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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night. Last season's defending series champ was this season's only perfect preliminary-round participant in Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Thus, his score is 300, as in 50 points for each of his four series wins and 25 points for each of his four series appearances. As a result of his late-frame heroics in the second of Round 5's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) become harness racing's newest millionaire. Starting from post position No. 5 after getting last week off, P H Supercam settled fourth, in front of longshot National Debt (Eric Carlson). He saw Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who was rebuffed by Clear Vision at the half a week ago, get stung by that one here. It was Clear Vision (George Brennan) forcing "Lucan" into a brisk, :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, 8-5 choice Beach Memories (Dan Dube) move from third, while "Supercam" was content to sit and watch. Lucan Hanover maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Beach Memories was continuing to invade. Meanwhile, P H Supercam, minding his business until now, decided to slip out. He went wide and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover late, winning by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision, with National Debt fourth and Beach Memories fifth. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts (career 45-for-163 with earnings of $1,012,291). The exacta paid $25, with the triple returning $102.50. "He's as good now as he's ever been," Bartlett said. "Tonight, I saw the leaders getting tired and I thought I had a shot to go in the passing lane. In the end, I figured it was safer just to move him outside. "Last season, he had to earn the respect. This season, he has it." Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.40) was both hard-used and solid in the final series prelim event. Seemingly disinterested in leaving until he saw Windsong Song (Brian Sears) with the same idea, "Terry" then whistled around Westchester :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Domethatgain (Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1¾ lengths, with Texican N (Carlson) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 5-for-13 this season (3-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $6.20, with the triple returning $72.50. The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach it So (Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. From post No. 4, Mach it So saw a retaking Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee) lead through soft early intervals of :27.1 and :57.2. However, he couldn't stave off Mach it So, who, moving from fourth, was up, over and gone (1:24.2, 1:52.4). The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Sears) third. For Mach it So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $113.50. Series standings, through all five preliminary rounds...1-P H Supercam (300 points), 2-Take it Back Terry (275), 3-Beach Memories (230), 4-Mach it So (229), 5-Fat Man's Alley (220), 6-Domethatagain (218), 7t-Lucan Hanover, Polak A and Windsong Jack (212). Note the three-way "dead-heat" for seventh, which has to be broken by lot. Also note that these are not necessarily the finalists. The determination of the field shall be made by the race office based upon series rules regarding multiple horses for owner and/or trainer (if applicable after review) Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series ($529,000) are set for Saturday, Apr. 25--the two richest North American races of the season to date--and are to be drawn Tuesday morning (Apr. 21) Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton, $20.20) in 1:57. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- No respect. That's about the best way to summarize Mach Stockn Barrel at Buffalo Raceway as for the fifth time in six starts, the 4-year-old gelding failed to go off as the post time favorite despite an impressive harness racing resume.   But for the fifth time in those six starts, Mach Stockn Barrel ($7.00) found his way to the winner's circle after registering a hard-charging length win in a career-best 1:55.2 in the featured $9,500 conditioned pace on Saturday night (April 18).   With eight victories now in 12 starts in 2015, Mach Stockn Barrel drew the seven post and watched Jokerman post some wicked fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:25.4,. It proved to be a perfect set up.   Mach Stockn Barrel, sitting last at the half in the field of seven, started making steady headway up the backstretch. Now gobbling up real estate on the outside past the three-quarter pole, Mach Stockn Barrel was locked and loaded. He used a powerful drive to the wire and blew past the stalling Jokerman (Jack Flanigen). Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn Gray) rallied and finished in second while Jokerman held on for third.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) has now earned $36,856 in 2015.   The semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series, Dedalos ($6.30) and Secluded Island ($5.70) each posted wins.   Dedalos (Jim McNeight), who won the 'A' division back in March, had the fast time of the two divisions with a 1:57.1 clocking, nipping Jettison (Cummings Jr.) by a nose. Tymal Torch (Gray) finished in third and will advance to next week's $24,500 (estimated) final along with Full Circle Spirit (Drew Monti) who took fourth.   Secluded Island, in the meantime, had a little bit easier time after romping to a two length decision over Feets Of Magic (Monti). Also moving on to the finals are third place finisher Nighthawk Hall (Kevin Cummings) and K C Colt (Ron Beback Jr.) who rolled into fourth position.   A $10,000 consolation race will also be held next Saturday for those not making the championship event.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The $113,406 Woodlands Stud/ Caduceus Club two year old Fillies Classic at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park tonight was meant to be a walk in the park for the daughter of Mach Three in Northern Velocity after her high class stablemate Dream About Me was scratched due to a hoof infection. No one told one of the other stablemates of Northern Velocity in Arden's Choice who even though she had beaten Northern Velocity at her last start was only the second elect on the tote. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Matthew Williamson led early from barrier five as Northern Velocity and Natalie Rasmussen settled into a lovely trail on her back. Arden's Choice with Mark Purdon in the bike settled well back early before ending up in the one by one with 1200 metres to go. With no mid race moves Luisanabelle Midfrew was not pressured in front and upped the pressure from the 800 metres with a quarter down the back in 29. As they turned for home Mark Purdon looped them with Arden's Choice and shot clear and put the race to bed quickly, racing away for a 4 1/4 length victory with Mark Purdon sitting quietly in the bike. Northern Velocity was held up by a tiring Luisanabelle Midfrew and by the time she got clear the bird had flown but she ran on well for second with Bettor Love Me a further 2 1/2 lengths away in third. Arden's Choice paced the 2200 metres in 2:44.4, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals of 56.6 and 27.6 Mark Purdon was happy with the continued improvement shown by the daughter of Panspacificflight. " She is getting better with every start and she never looked like doing anything wrong tonight." " She feels like a filly with a lot of bottom to her and I think the further she goes the better she will perform." " The Stiven family bred this one and I am sure Noreen was looking down from above, cheering us on, Mark said. The win by Arden's Choice continued a really good run for the stock of Panspacificflight lately who have been winning races on both sides of the Tasman with great regularity. Harnesslink Media       

With the new harness racing season well and truly under way now, we thought it was an appropriate time to have a look at any trends on the pacing siring charts in North America. Up to this point of the season it is clear from how he is preforming on both the overall sires list and the three year old list that the premature death of Rocknroll Hanover was a huge blow to the industry. His sons and daughters have started 2015 in great fashion with Rocknroll Hanover being a close second to Bettor's Delight on the overall list and currently running first on the three year old list. Mach Three is another sire to have made a good start to 2015 running a close third at present with a $850,000 gap back to Western Terror in fourth and Art Major rounding out the top five a further $240,000 back. Mach Three's son Somebeachsomewhere is currently a close sixth on the list and with his bigger crops coming on stream from this year on it would appear only a matter of time before he tops the overall sires chart. Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Pace (2015) - Top 5 Sires                             Sire                                                  Starters                                                 Money ====                                                ========                                             ===== BETTORS DELIGHT                          317                                                 $3,012,646   ROCKNROLL HANOVER                   268                                                 $2,964,641   MACH THREE                                   259                                                 $2,798,345   WESTERN TERROR                          231                                                 $1,951,740   ART MAJOR                                     196                                                 $1,712,369   The three year old list is headed by Rocknroll Hanover with Western Terror again in a prominent position on this chart in second place this time.   Jeremes Jet lies in third place just in front of Bettors Delight and last seasons leading two year old sire Sportswriter who have both been making rapid progress up the chart just lately.   The interesting sire close up to the established stars on the three year old list is the son of Art Major in Riggins 1:48.4 ($931,587) who currently sits seventh.   A son of the former outstanding racemare Towners Image 1:51.2 ($714,300), Riggins has just 22 three year old so there is real merit in his performance to date.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Pace (2015) - Top 5 Sires                                                                                       Sire                                                        Starters                                           Money ====                                                     ========                                        ===== ROCKNROLL HANOVER                        41                                            $321,882   WESTERN TERROR                               34                                            $273,165   JEREMES JET                                       33                                            $230,074   BETTORS DELIGHT                               39                                            $223,990   SPORTSWRITER                                   32                                            $196,389   Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, April 10, 2015 -- One Over Par rallied through the lane for what appeared to be a good second-place finish, only to be placed the winner through disqualification in Friday's opening leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. The series for 3-year-old fillies is named for Do Me Honor, a top performer in the Bill Bercury stable who raced later on Friday's card. The first leg was conducted as a single division. Although Dobre Povedane crossed the wire first after brushing through the Lightning Lane, she was placed back to second due to a late break. Meanwhile, One Over Par, upset winner of the recent Donna Dunn Memorial Pace championship, had extricated herself from a traffic jam and closed to within a nose of Dobre Povedane, where she was well positioned to benefit from the leader's error. PC's Vixen, rough gaited for much of the mile, finished third. The time over a "good" surface was 1:56.1 Aaron Merriman drove One Over Par, a daughter of Dragon Again-Susie Girl, for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owners Mark Maynard, KO Racing Stables Inc. and Tangie Massey. It was one of five wins on the 13-race card for Merriman. The track condition was upgraded to "fast" before the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, but the way Macharoundtheclock performed, the only track condition that would have stopped her was "closed." She blazed to the top from post 9 and collected her second straight victory in 1:53.4, holding off Sand Tilly Lace by a neck. Do Me Honor didn't win on the day "her" series began, but she was a strong third despite being parked the entire mile. Eric Ledford piloted Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $448,903 in career earnings, for conditioner Tim Twaddle and Birnam Wood Farms. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Royalty reigned supreme, and the harness racing punters rejoiced, in the $10,000 Maughan Thiem Ford Country Graduation Final (2230m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, April 4. Three Queens, the well backed $1.50 favourite, led throughout from gate one and her rivals were left to acknowledge the Queen. Flagbearer ($7.10) trailed the leader and had every chance but had to be content with a 5.7 metre second and Reil Quick ($20) was third, a further 13.2 metres back.  Driven by Jayson Finnis, son of trainer Barry, Three Queens rated 2:00:2 sprinting home her last quarter in 28.6 seconds. Part-owner-breeder Peter Medhurst, from Glencoe in South Australia’s South-East, said he had never been sure of victory, even though betting suggested the mare was, and his friends kept telling him she couldn’t be beaten. “I’ve been around long enough to know there is no such thing as a certainty,” Medhurst said. “But the race developed as we hoped it would. “We were a bit unsure about how much action there would be early but it was always our intention to try and lead throughout. “As the race developed Jayson was able to rate the mare as he wanted and I guess she had earned the respect of her rivals that no-one came to try and pressure us.” Medhurst bred Three Queens by Mach Three out of his star broodmare Surfing Queen, currently the state’s broodmare of the year. “She won a few races but is proving a star in the breeding barn,” he said. “Apart from those racing, Surfing Queen has a three-year-old and two-year-old nearly ready to race as well as a foal at foot.” Medhurst said Three Queens had been a late starter because she had a twisted leg as a young horse but with maturity the leg had corrected and she suffered no ill effects. The Maughan Thiem Ford final was Three Queen’s ninth win from just 14 starts. “We like to try and place our horses to use the handicapping system to pick up wins and the South Australian system enables up to do it better than in Victoria but we are going to have to head across the border soon. “Later this year we will look to have a look at the better mares races in Victoria to see if Three Queens can measure up.” by Graham Fischer

With this years harness racing season moving into its eighth month, we thought it a good time to look at any trends in the sires charts in Australia. A quick look told us the overall sires list is little changed from the last few seasons with the same four sires once again holding sway. The leader once again is the champion sire in Bettor's Delight who holds an $800,000 lead over his arch rival Art Major with over a $2,000,000 gap back to Christian Cullen in third and another $500,000 back to Mach Three in fourth.  These four sires have been the leading quartet for a few years now and nothing has materialized in the last few seasons to suggest that is going to change any time soon. When you go to the three year old sires list the roles are reversed with Art Major holding a $150,000 lead over Bettors Delight with Sportswriter another $200,000 back in third with Somebeachsomewhere making up the top four another $80,000 back. With the leading two three year old sires in Art Major and Bettor's Delight having plenty of classic runners to represent them in the latter part of the season, the battle for three year old supremacy looks likely to be decided between these two champion sires. When you go to the two year old sires list, Art Major is once again at the head of the class followed closely by Courage Under Fire and then Rock N Roll Heaven and Rocknroll Hanover. The first season sire Rock N Roll Heaven has started to replicate his North American siring performance with five of his seven winners being fillies and he should get a further boost on that front when the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly MacKenzie lines up in the APG heat at Menangle on Saturday night. Courage Under Fire has always had the ability to throw up that outstanding youngster and he looks to have another ready made star in Don't Hold Back whose effortless win in a stunning 1:53.7 at Melton was the star turn amongst the juveniles so far this season in our opinion. As has been noted several times before, three of the four leading overall sires on the Australian sires list are based in New Zealand. It is to be hoped that one or two of the newer sires available to breeders that are based in Australia can come through in the next couple of years to challenge the Kiwi domination. Harnesslink Media 

Victorian harness racing raider Rule Like A King made a one-act affair of the $40,000 Group Three Lees Orchards Easter Cup in Launceston last night. Rule Like A King was having only his second start since a 16-month injury enforced lay-off, but delivered one of the most emphatic wins in the modern day history of the feature. With ace Tasmanian reinsman Rohan Hillier in the sulky, the son of Mach Three stepped brilliantly to lead from the front line, lead and after setting consistent sectionals, he burst clear to score by almost 22 metres from local outsider The Majority ($34). Fellow interstate invader Outrageous El ($4.50) was two metres away third. Rule Like A King was listed as being trained by Hillier, but he took no credit for the gelding’s Cup preparation, preferring to relay that honour to his Victorian trainer, Dean Braun. “The horse came to me a couple of days before his Easter Cup heat last week, so I really can't take credit for training the horse,” Hillier said. “But I will celebrate it as my first winning drive in an Easter Cup. “It’s an honour to be given the responsibility of caring for a horse for such a prestigious race and we delivered the desired result. “I’ll be taking the Cup on a pub crawl tomorrow and probably end up drinking bubbly from it at the Devonport gallops tomorrow.” Rule Like A King was diagnosed with a bone chip in a coffin bone after finishing unplaced at Melton in September 2013. Braun gave the gelding plenty of time to recover and is confident he can win more feature races. “I thought the horse did a good job in his Easter Cup heat and tonight I think he showed that he is an above average horse,” Braun said. “We targeted the Easter Cup as a first-up assignment for him and he hasn't let us down.” Rule Like A King rated 2.01.3 for the 2698-metre trip, with the last half covered in 59 seconds. Braun is undecided about whether to return Rule Like A King to Victoria or leave him Tassie for some free-for-all racing to get him even more conditioned before an assault on a couple of feature races in his home state. PETER STAPLES

TORONTO, April 4 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group offered a mandatory payout on the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 wager Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires a horseplayer to select the top five finishers in order. If there are multiple winning tickets, 50% of the evening's pool is paid out to the winning tickets, while the other half is carried over to the following card. The last single winner to take home the entire 'Jackpot' was on December 8, 2014. As a result, a record carryover of $847,458.26 had accumulated over the past several months and was offered in a mandatory payout on Saturday's card. Scheduled as the last race on the 11-race program, the Jackpot Hi-5 had $2,581,505 (before takeout) of new money wagered Saturday night, bringing the total pool size to $3,041,738. The result was a payout of $4,317.55 on a $1 wager ($863.51 on a $0.20 wager) after the son of Mach Three, Camaes Fellow and driver Jonathan Drury came away with the victory at odds of 4/5. Camaes Fellow The top five finishers are as follows: 1. #4 Camaes Fellow - 4/5 2. #2 Bilbo Hanover - 4/1 3. #8 Cougar Hall - 7/1 4. #12 Regal Son - 12/1 5. #6 The Rev - 11/1 The Jackpot Hi-5 wager, which was added to the WEG betting menu in October 2013, has a $0.20 minimum bet and a takeout rate of 15 per cent. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Monday evening's card at Woodbine.McNair doubles up in Youthful. Mark McKelvie  

Mark Purdon probably had at least two harness racing lessons well learned  in mind when he bought Northern Velocity at the 2014 Premier Sale for $72,500.   The first  was learning from past successes. The other was to never leave a sale early.   Northern Velocity was the second last lot at the end of a long sale at Addington but Mark found the time to buy her for Cheryl Rasmussen and Trevor Titcomb, a decision they can hardly be regretting at this stage of the filly's development.   She certainly showed Mark enough by the summer that he went back to this year's sale and bought her full sister Tachydar (it was late in the sale too) at what might turn out to be a bargain price of $60,000.   Although Auckland Reactor and Fly Like An Eagle have been standout runners for the stable in the past, Mark is rarely without a Mach Three filly.   They can be difficult as many fillies can and they have their off days but the records are littered with age group filly stars by Mach Three and all leading stables need to have at least one in the mix.   Apart from their individual appeal, usually the most important factor with Mark in his final analysis, the pedigree cross of Northern Velocity must have  jumped out saying "pick me" when Mark and Natalie were studying the catalogue.   The Mach Three-Falcon Seelster cross which the filly carries has already proven a winner for All Stars.   Fly Like An Eagle is an obvious standout but the ill-fated Fiery Falcon won a Harness Jewels  and Millwood Meg while not outstanding on the track here later landed a West Australian Oaks and was another filly bred on this cross trained by All Stars (among others).   There are several other well known successes with this cross the best known recently being Venus Serena, one of the best fillies seen out in a long time.   "I went largely on type with her but I was certainly aware of that that cross had done for us in the past and it was a factor in my thinking" Mark says of his purchase.   The success of this cross is not a real surprise.   In fact the success of Falcon Seelster  mares crossed with Direct Scooter line stallions in general is no real surprise (the cross with Christian Cullen has been notably  successful) because Falcon Seelster is what counts for an "outcross " stallion in modern times.   He has no direct crosses of the Meadow Skipper line of Hal Dale nor the modern lines of Volomite through Direct Scooter.   In fact Falcon Seelster's pedigree looks like something which would have been extremely fashionable about 1970 -which is no bad thing.   It is full of Adios/Tar Heel crosses, Hal Dale/Volomite and even the Scotland/Volomite cross which was the foundation for the magical U Scott/Light Brigade cross 60 years ago in this country.   It might be claimed that Mach Three  gives them that high  speed and Falcon Seelster adds some old fashioned toughness.   Like many successful juvenile horses these days it seems Northern Velocity traces to a trotting influence in Beverly's Song whose notable foals beside Enna Gee were the fine trotters Mighty Dollar and especially Logan Cheval bred respectively by the Clark brothers Leicester and Tom.   Enna Gee a tough staying mare trained by Robin Butt and co-owned by him left three particularly smart pacers in Panyan,a  big success in Australia where he was placed in a Hunter Cup, age group black type winner, Rare Charm and Pathfinder who won the Group Two DB Superstar Final as a four year old after a light career to that point.   He broke down in Australia after one start.   While this family goes back to Topsy and has had its share of success, a lot of it has been in recent times.   Best known is Pembrook Benny, a half brother to Northern Velocity and the winner of over $1m, Pembrook Caesar a talented mare which won the Group Three Ladyship Cup at Melton for Jodi Quinlan in 2013, and Holme Fire,winner of both a Sires Stakes and a Nevele R filly heat.   All are from Northern Franco an unraced (though qualified) mare whose dam Natural Appeal took a 1.59 mark when that meant more than it does now who left nine winners at stud from 10 to race.   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stable

Gallant harness racing gelding Motu Crusader is on target to win consecutive Easter Cups following his impressive heat win at Launceston last Sunday night. Motu Crusader over came off a 40-metre handicap to score in style, suggesting he has lost none of the power he showed to win last year’s Easter Cup. With Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang in the sulky, the eight-year-old stepped well and made up ground gradually before unleashing a powerful sprint to emerge triumphant over Riverboat Jasper and rising talent Ardlussa Express. Trainer Zeke Slater was thrilled with Motu Crusader’s effort. “If I had have been asked two weeks ago whether the horse was going as well as last year I would have said no, but in the past week he has come on really well and tonight he showed me he’s back to where he needs to be to win another Easter Cup,” Slater said. Motu Crusader dead-heated for second in his heat last year before going on to win the Final convincingly. The remaining Easter Cup heat was won by Victorian-owned gelding Rule Like A King, which is being prepared for the feature by Beauty Point trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. Driven by Hillier, Rule Like A King rolled to the front soon after the start, and when challenged along the home straight, he had no trouble fending off his rivals. The son of Mach Three scored comfortably from another Victorian, Outrageous El, with Tasmanian Cup winner Star Chamber third. PETER STAPLES

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mach Stockn Barrel continued to flex his muscles at Buffalo Raceway as the 4-year-old gelding registered his sixth harness racing victory of the season in 10 starts with an impressive 1-1/4 length win over Jokerman in the featured $9,500 pace Saturday night (March 28).   Driver John Cummings Jr. was determined to get Mach Stockn Barrel to the top. It took some effort as Mr. Preserverance (Shawn Gray) handed out a parking ticket to the quarter pole in a solid 28.4.   But once gaining the top, Mach Stockn Barrel ($5.40) bottomed out the field, enjoying a widening two-length edge at the top of the stretch. There weren't any threats to the finish line as Mach Stockn Barrel was throttled down. Jokerman (Jim McNeight) showed some late kick to take second while Union Man Hanover (Shawn McDonough) finished in third.   Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic) is owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. The win pushed his winnings to $26,666 in 2015 and $51,247 lifetime.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, the old veteran Peenie ($13.20) found the winner's circle for the second time in a week and the 51st time in his career with a head victory over I C D Moolah in 1:59.2.   Peenie (Gray) was sitting fifth at the three-quarter marker but was sailing on the outside down the stretch. He used a terrific final panel of 28.1 to notch the head win. I C D Moolah (Drew Monti) had to settle for the disappointing place spot while Lucky Nadotremblay (McDonough) arrived in the show position.   Co-owned by Decker's Corner Stable and trainer John Mungillo, the 10-year-old gelded Peenie (Real Artist-Tre Cress) has now earned $16,860 this season and $649,249 lifetime.   Cummings Jr. and Gray each scored four victories on the 13-race card while Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race program slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays, schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Victorian harness racing trainer Maree Caldow will aim Macfire towards the Victoria Oaks following the filly’s impressive win at Tattersall’s Park Hobart last Sunday night. Macfire was taken to the Apple Isle for the Tasmania Oaks the previous week, but after finishing third to the Dean Braun-trained Sudden Change, connections opted to keep her in the state to try and win her second three-year-old race before home. Macfire (Mach Three-Sparks Under Fire) worked to the early lead from a wide front row draw, and when driver John Caldow slipped her more rein at the top of the home straight, she drew clear to score by 13 metres from Iden Makin Time. The daughter of Mach Three rated 2:01.5 for the 2090 metres, covering the last half in 58.6 seconds. Caldow said the filly, owned by stalwart stable client Tony Conte, had always shown above average ability and would continue to contest the better three-year-old races. PETER STAPLES

Conditions weren't up to much at the Northern Southland harness racing meeting at Invercargill yesterday with intermittent rain making the track slushy from early in the day. However anyone who was lucky enough to be on course for the $25,000 Caduceus Club Classic for two year old fillies witnessed a performance by Northern Velocity that will live long in the memory bank. Northern Velocity is a half sister to Penbrook Benny ($907,890) bred by Jordash Breeding Trust. The big strapping daughter of Mach Three got off the gate good for young driver Matt Anderson from barrier five in the slushy conditions and worked her way to the front after 400 metres. No sooner had Northern Velocity made it to the front, she was attacked for the lead by Chevrons Champion and Dexter Dunn and the two fillies went head to head right down the back straight before Dexter eased his filly. Pat Campbell led the three wide line up with Gina Grace on her back through the straight with a lap to go As soon as Gina Grace got to the death seat at the 1000 metres, driver Gerard O'Reilly pressed the go button and got three quarters of a length on Northern Velocity but couldn't cross her. These two went head to head down the back straight with Northern Velocity upping the tempo even more passing the 400 metres mark. Just when everyone expected Northern Velocity to come back to the field after such an arduous trip, she kicked away for an emphatic seven and a half lengths victory. What gave the run even more merit was her winning time of 2:44.5 was a new track record for two year old fillies over the 2200 metres and it was achieved on a slushy track and after a run from hell. Matt Anderson thought he was on the best filly yesterday and drove her accordingly. "I wasn't planning to go to the front." "I was in two minds actually as the first bend at Invercargill is quite tricky and you can't rush them in to it." "She got off the gate alright and found the top easily." "She got a  little bit keen when Dexter Dunn came up and had a good look." "I was just trying to get a bit of a breather when Gerard came around on Gina Grace." "She wasn't going good enough to hand up to." "My filly deserved the win," said Anderson. Northern Velocity was so impressive yesterday that it would not be a surprise to see her take out one of the two year old fillies classics later in the season Harnesslink Media  

With the top two harness racing mares in the country in Adore Me and Helena Jet having been retired recently, the title of New Zealand's best mare was up for grabs tonight at Addington in the $100,000 New Zealand Breeders Stakes. Venus Serena was the public elect from barrier three and she showed last night that at her best, there is no better mare in the country at present.. Driver John Dunn let the daughter of Mach Three work her way to the front after 250 metres and from there she controlled the tempo of the race. With a mile to go John started to up the tempo with Venus Serena and it was obvious a long way from home that most were struggling with the speed up front. The well supported New Years Jay worked around to the death at the 1000 metres mark and the race just hotted up even more. Down the back straight John turned the wick up again with a 27.9 quarter and most were struggling to make ground as they turned for home. The way the race had been run was set up for a swooper and Willow who had been last at the 600 metres flew home along the inner but Venus Serena was still a length to the good at the line. Pemberton Shard went her usual honest race running into third ahead of Here We Go Again who ran on well late for fourth. In the very windy conditions, Venus Serena paced the 2600 metres in 3:12, a mile rate of 1:58.8 with the last mile in a very quick 1:55.7 and closing sectionals of 57.3 and 29.4  John Dunn was happy to see Venus Serena back to something like her best. " That was such a gutsy run tonight and she felt more like her old self." " There is a really strong wind out there tonight and she ran into it twice so it was a top effort." " I eased off the speed early which I probably shouldn't have but once I let her roll she had them in trouble," John said. Trainer Geoff Dunn was a contented man post race. " She deserved that tonight as she hasn't really gone a bad race all season." "Bad draws have cost her a few times this season and that was the first time she had had a decent barrier." "Once she found the front, I knew she would be hard to beat." Geoff has deliberately given Venus Serena a lighter season. " Right through her two and three year old seasons, every race was a track or New Zealand record and that has to take a toll." "So we decided to give her an easier time at four in the hope that if we look after her now, we will be rewarded down the line," Geoff said. The only target left for the mare this season now is the Harness Jewels and last nights win has given her the bankroll to assure her a start in the May 30th feature. Harnesslink Media  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 16, 2015...Mach It A Par made it two in a row at Pompano Park on Monday night, eking out a very narrow decision in the $10,000 top pace for harness racing mares. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three, driven by owner Dan Clements, upset the heavily favored Pertty Music, handled by Ed Hensley in 1:52.4, the official margin being a nose. Mach Me Not, teaming up with Wally Hennessey, finished a very fast closing third after pacing the fastest final panel of her quintet--:27--while just a half length off the winner. Always Dee One was fourth, five lengths away, while De Vins Girl finished fifth. Mach It A Par, off as second choice at 3 to 1, was away alertly but relented to the 1 to 2 favorite, Pertty Music, around the opening turn as the latter took the field to the initial quarter in a very mild :28.1 with Always Dee One third, Mach Me Not next and De Vins Girl acting as the caboose with positions remaining stagnant through a soft half of :57.1. Heading into the final turn, Mach Me Not pulled from fourth forcing the hand of Mach It A Par, who darted out of the pocket with lightning speed, overtaking Pertty Music in a flash and opening up a daylight lead thundering for home after a three-quarters clocked in 1:25.2. In the lane, Mach It A Par began drifting out forcing Hensley to make a decision on whether to go outside or inside and he chose the latter route to try and gnaw in on the leader--the re-rally falling short by that aforementioned nose. In a post race interview, driver Dan Clements said, "This mare does have very sharp speed and can turn it on in a heartbeat...like she did tonight when I asked her around the final turn. She can catch 'em flat-footed. She was drifting out in the lane and still paced her last quarter in :27.1 or so. To tell you the truth, I didn't know if we won or not as Eddie's mare (Pertty Music) kind of got in another gear late herself." Trained by Renaldo Morales III for Clements, Mach It A Par won for the second time to go along with a second and two thirds in five starts with seasonal bounty of $15,200. The win also pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $50,000 in just 22 lifetime starts--$52,102 to be exact. Trainer Morales, by the way, now sports a lofty UTRS over .570 for the meet with a scorecard of 22-15-4 in 55 starts. Mach It A Par paid $8.20 to win. Another highlight on the card was the performance of the 13 year-old trotter Bit O Victory, achieving his 50th lifetime victory on Monday night with a 1:56 score in an $8,000 claiming event. Making a sharp quarter move for Kevin Wallis after the :28 opener, this altered son of Mr. Vic carved out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:26.2 en route to a 4 1/2 length victory over Nomad (Rick Plano) with Thirtyeightspecial (Mark O'Mara) third. Now owned by Denis Goyette along with trainer Norm Dessureault, Bit O Victory has recorded victories at six different tracks throughout North America and for six different trainers and 10 different drivers in a career measuring 12 seasons and 263 lifetime starts. He took his 1:55 mark last year as a 12 year-old and now has lifetime bounty of $408,372. Off as the 9 to 5 favorite this night, Bit O Victory paid $5.80 to win. In the Monday night edition of the Super Hi-5, the 20 cent wager again produced multiple winners with the carryover for Wednesday's card now well over $45,000. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

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