WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2015 -- In her characteristic Silky Sullivan fashion, Macharoundtheclock rallied from sixth to capture Friday's $15,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock followed the live cover of Novascotia Hanover into the final turn, then swung wide for Eric Ledford for the drive. She defeated 51-1 long shot Nutmegs Yankee by a neck in 1:55.1, with Doubelieveinmagic third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $395,577 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Evan Pattak
LEBANON, OH. - The owners of A Piece Of The Action LLC got more than a piece of the action in a pair of lucrative harness racing "Claim To Fame" finals at Miami Valley on Thursday night...they got half of the action and a solid immediate return on investment. They claimed both Regil Tiger, the winner of the $15,900 championship division for $8000 claiming horses and geldings, and Carlina Hanover, the winner of the $19,600 split for distaff $12,500 claimers, just one week ago in the final preliminary leg of the respective series. Both winners were entrusted to new trainer Jeff Nisonger. Regil Tiger (Josh Sutton) fought off constant pressure over a sloppy track and still managed to pull away to a 1:56.2 score over Orse Power (Tyler Smith) and Bazinga (Randy Tharps). It was the 35th lifetime triumph for the nine-year-old son of Mach Three and increased his career bankroll to over $310,000. The win was one of five on the night for Josh Sutton, who captured the recent Hollywood Dayton Raceway driving title and currently ranks third at Miami Valley Raceway. Carlina Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) also employed gate-to-wire tactics to capture her championship, holding off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Schmatie (Dan Noble) in 1:55.3. It was just the ninth lifetime win for the lightly raced daughter of Dragon Again and boosted her career bounty past $87,000. The "Claim To Fame" series concludes this weekend at Miami Valley when the finalists in the $5000 claiming trot compete for an $8200 purse on Friday night and the $12,500 male claiming pacer chase a $20,000 purse on Saturday. Sunday, February 1, is the deadline to enter another series of late closers, these for conditioned horses, to go postward over the next few weeks. Entry forms can be downloaded at: www.miamivalleygaming.com using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs. Gregg Keidel
It took driver Josh Dickie just a few seconds to find out how good Gamma Lady was at Alexandra Park last Friday. And the talented horseman liked what he felt. The first northern fillies juvenile pace of the season was a two horse war on the tote and so it proved to be on the track, with southerner Nek Time the leader and Gamma Lady the midfield stalker. Often in a juvenile race at Alexandra Park leading is enough to get you home and that looked to be the case at the top of the 400m mark, with Nek Tike going well and Gamma Lady forced four wide. But when the daughter of Mach Three straightened she put her head down like a little pro and demonstrated high leg speed to catch the leader in the shadows of the post. It was impressive stuff from the Brian Hughes-trained filly, rating 1:58.6 for the 1700m and she must have clocked not much over 27 seconds for her last 400m. Dickie got the drive through his association with Rosslands Stud, who bred and own Gamma Lady and he was beaming. “That was a big win and she is a lovely filly,” said Dickie. “They don’t often show you speed like that so she has a big future. “And it is exciting because she has the final of this series not too far away,” he said in reference to the Delightful Lady Classic, the culmination of the Young Guns fillies series. Gamma Lady is bred to be good, being out of Maheer Lady, who won six herself and was a daughter of Fern Glen. Michael Guerin - Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand
With so many quality youngsters entered in the Melbourne leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Sale, harness racing’s next superstar is destined to be among the crew. Making sure you’re the one who purchases the champion is another topic all together, but to strengthen the odds, having a glance at Lauriston Bloodstock’s line-up could be a smart move. Owned by Anne and Bill Anderson, Lauriston Bloodstock has produced numerous top-shelf performers, including last year’s slice of Australian Pacing Gold history. In an amazing effort, Lauriston Bloodstock bred the winner of the colts’ and fillies’ Finals. Follows The Stars outclassed the ‘boys’, while Queen Of Pop was too good in the girls’ decider. Counting down to the sale on February 1, Lauriston Bloodstock is offering eight possible champions…of which Lot 69 is destined to attract plenty of attention and bids. By Mach Three, the colt is from Canadian mare, Kabbalah Karen B, which boasts slick victories on both side of the equator. Along with her Northern Hemisphere triumph in 1:52.8, Kabbalah Karen B was successful at Tabcorp Park Melton in 1:53.8. This is Kabbalah Karen B second foal, with her first – a filly – one of this season’s two-year-olds. By Western Terror from Mib Hanover, Kabbalah Karen B is a half-sister to Cammibest, which earned $1,071,775 as a result of 37 wins. Lauriston Bloodstock’s other APG representatives are: LOT 75. Laugh Out Loud - Mach Three . Fourth foal; 4 winners . 100% producer. LOT 81. Left A Dream - Life Sign . Full brother to Gr1 winner Left In Paris. LOT 87. Left In Paris - Rocknroll Hanover . First foal of a Gr1 winner. LOT 93 . Limerick Star - Bettors Delight . Second foal , first colt, half brother to Rosie OReilly Gr3. LOT 101. Listen To The Rhythm - Life Sign . ( gelding ) Half brother to (My ) Willow Gr1. LOT 123. My Jackie Leigh- Somebeachsomewhere . First colt from a full sister to Maffioso.G1x5 LOT 181. Sugarland - Rocknroll Hanover .Second foal ,first colt from a Breeders Crown Cons Winner. PAUL COURTS
Millstone Twp., NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) most important and consistent source of funding comes from yearly and lifetime breeding donations, and sales. This year's list includes the Fabulous Sweet Lou, Mach Three, Lucky Chucky, Possess The Wall, McArdle, Chapter Seven, and many more. Breedings are being sold, not auctioned and are available all season to purchase. Donations, which are tax-deductible, are gratefully appreciated to assist SRF in caring for the 204 Standardbreds in need of homes, 121 of which are retired for life under SRF's full care, due to age or injury. This is SRF's 26th year as the only organization of its kind, solely dedicated to the Standardbred, which also follows all of its adopted horses diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. SRF's sale of breedings makes a substantial difference. To purchase a breeding, as well as to donate a breeding, please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, gifts to SRF are tax-deductible. Tammy Hollock Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535
DOVER, Del. --- Mach A Wish, who earlier this meet had a four-race win streak, got back to the winner's circle disposing of six foes in 1:53.2 to take the Dr. M.L. King Jr. $18,000 Mare Open/Handicap, Monday, Jan. 19, at Dover Downs. It was the third win on the harness racing card for meet leading driver Corey Callahan. Starting from the outside in a field of seven distaffs, Mach A Wish followed race-favorite front-pacing Handsoffmycookie (Trace Tetrick) who took her challengers until the final turn before they converged on the leader in the stretch. Mach A Wish was fastest down the lane to score her first win of 2015. She had two seconds preceded by two thirds in her previous four starts. Fox Valley Hermia, came on to finish second for Marcus Miller while Flick A Fly with Allan Davis was the show horse. CTC Stable and trainer Doug Lewis own Mach A Wish, a six-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Belinda Hanover. The win, her 20th lifetime lifted career earnings to $534,685. It was Lewis second training win. Marcus Miller piloted Twin B Heartland to victory in the $14,500 female sub-feature for 4&5-year-old winners-over pacers. McArma (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up. Romanascape (Jim Morand) was third. Harvey Eisman, Bert Hochprung and Ervin Miller Stable own the Bettor's Delight-Twin B Intimate five -year-old winner. Callahan and Ross Wolfenden had three wins each. Allan Davis won two. Touchdown Mindale and Thisdeuceiswild, fresh from wins last week, meet in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark days.' Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
Lot 17 at next month’s harness racing yearling sale could prove to be very appropriately-named. A colt by top sire Mach Three from good producer Affairs Of State, the youngster is part of the stellar Breckon Farms line-up at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. The Shaky Isles’ premier sale, this year’s edition is scheduled to be held at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. As for the colt’s appropriate name, it is Ring The Till…something his connections are bound to do on a frequent basis given his appearance and breeding. While Mach Three needs to introduction, Affairs Of State boasts three winners from four starters. A half-sister to four winners, Affairs Of State is from former champion mare, Under Cover Lover – a winner of four Group Ones. The family also includes millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover, along with Group One winners Mon Poppy Day, Amongst Royalty and Keep It Up. Harnesslink Media
Camaes Fellow was a repeat winner in the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack, going wire-to-wire in the Saturday night feature once again. Driver Jonathan Drury sent the odds-on favourite to the lead from post six and cruised through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25 en route to the three-length victory in 1:53 flat. Nickle Bag (Trevor Henry) used his patented late-closing tactics to rally home from third over for the runner-up honours. Machal Jordan (Roger Mayotte) was flushed first up from third approaching the final turn and finished third. Camaes Fellow has now won three races in a row and a total of 28 lifetime with earnings climbing to more than $920,000. Trainer Carmen Auciello shares ownership of the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding with Stephen Klunowski of North York, Ont. after claiming him last October for $50,000. He's since earned over $95,000 for his current connections. To view the rest of this story click here. Six for Robert Shepherd at Flamboro Flamboro Downs' defending driving champion Robert Shepherd gave his early season win count a boost, earning victories in half a dozen races during the Saturday night harness racing card. Shepherd began by winning the first four races with maiden-breaker Waiting On No One ($3.60) for trainer Mitch Tierney, the streaking pacer-turned-trotter Pureform Olympia ($3) for Gord Remmen, a 15-3/4 length winner Tomei Seelster ($2.40) for James Stewart and Michael Ellis' 11-year-old mare Premier Elecktrah ($13.50). To view the rest of this story click here. Mach It Big remains perfect in Maritimes Mach It Big has been perfect since his return to racing this winter and on Saturday afternoon he extended his win streak off a pocket trip in the $2,200 Preferred Pace at Charlottetown Driving Park. After working his way into the pocket spot from post six and tracking Forever Paradise through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.3, favourite Mach It Big ($2.90) overtook the pacesetter in the stretch and opened up three lengths before hitting the wire in 1:58 flat over the track listed as "good" with a two second allowance. Machinthesand came from last to show. Mach It Big earned his third straight victory since returning from a layoff in late December and fifth in a row in the Maritimes going back to last May. Marc Campbell drove the seven-year-old son of Mach Three, who is now a 29-time winner, for owner Mikaela Lustic while Jonah Moase handles the training duties. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, January 9 - Round one of the Snowshoe Series continued winter series action Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Four $16,000 divisions of the series for three and four-year-old pacers that were non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014 were contested Friday evening. In the first division, Vegas Rich went gate to wire to pick up the victory as the second choice on the board. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Vegas Rich cut the mile and set fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:27, before pacing home in :28.3 to score a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:55.3. P L Heavenly, the heavy 3/5 favourite, was first up around the final turn, but had to settle for second. Dragon Seelster finished third. A four-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam, Vegas Rich is trained by David Gibson, who shares ownership with David Goodrow Stable and Glenn Traver, and is now one for one this year. Vegas Rich now has three career victories and pushes his bankroll to over $40,000 with the victory Friday night. He returned $6.40 to win. Kindofabigdeal did not disappoint as the 1/5 favourite and won the second division in 1:56. Also driven by Filion, Kindofabigdeal picked up second over cover around the final turn and capitalized off that trip to pace by his rivals and score a three-quarters of a length victory over Ramblingamblinman. Newbie finished in the show spot. A four-year-old son of No Pan Intended, Kindofabigdeal is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc and is now one for one in 2015. Last season, Kindofabigdeal won five of 10 starts and banked more than $53,000. Friday night's victory pushes his career earnings over the $60,000 mark. Kindofabigdeal paid $2.70 to win. Another favourite delivered a victory in the third division, as Whistle Jimmy K picked up his fourth win in his last five starts. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Whistle Jimmy K got a two-hole trip and followed closely behind American Island until just before the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, American Island tried to hold off Whistle Jimmy K, but the favourite eventually pushed his way by in the final eighth to prevail over American Island by a length and a half in 1:55.4. Mittcent Van Gogh finished third. A four-year-old son of Mach Three, Whistle Jimmy K is trained by Ben Wallace and had won his final three starts of 2014 before finishing second last week in his 2015 debut. Whistle Jimmy K now has four career victories and earnings of over $26,000 for owners Brad Grant and Wallacestandardbreds Inc. A $2 win ticket returned $3.70. In the final division, Decisive Destiny and Trevor Henry scored an impressive victory in 1:55.2. A four-year-old son of American Ideal, Decisive Destiny got away sixth and was able to get in the outer flow on the way to the half. Around the final turn, Decisive Destiny was third-over and just a little more than three lengths off the lead. In the stretch, Henry showed Decisive Destiny a clear path and he paced right by his rivals to record a 3 Â½ length victory. A Boy Named Suuzz finished second, while Bad Bug got up for third. Decisive Destiny is trained by Shawn Robinson for Robert Hamather and was making his second start of 2015. Last year, the son of American Ideal won three of 20 starts for earnings of just under $40,000. Friday night's victory was his fourth career triumph and pushes his career bankroll over $47,000. Decisive Destiny paid $8.70 to win. The second leg of the Snowshoe Series will take place next Friday (January 16). Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications
WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2015 -- Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Macharoundtheclock unleashed her characteristic late rally to capture Friday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock was next to last when Eric Ledford asked her for pace. Despite a wide journey through the lane, she downed the first-over Novascotia Hanover by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.2. Doubelieveinmagic finished third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who extended her career bankroll to $388,077, for Birnam Wood Farms. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Ledford. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows
Camaes Fellow persevered by a head over Wazzup Wazzup for the second week in a row to take the $34,000 Preferred Pace while Carmen Auciello had a training triple during the 2015 opening card at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night. Jonathan Drury sent Auciello and Stephen Klunowski's Camaes Fellow around early leaver Calgary Seelster (Doug McNair) heading to the first turn and reached the quarter pole in :26.4 over the sloppy track. The seven-year-old Mach Three gelding continued to lead the field, which was scratched down to six with Modern Legend out, through middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.2. As they passed the third quarter mark, Wazzup Wazzup (Randy Waples) launched his attack on the pacesetter and those two took off down the lane in a heated battle to the wire with Camaes Fellow hanging on for the 1:52.1 triumph. Calgary Seelster finished seven and a half lengths behind in third. Machal Jordan (Roger Mayotte) advanced from the back of the pack to finish fourth while 6-5 favourite Nickle Bag (Trevor Henry) earned the final paycheque in fifth. To view the rest of the story click here. 2,000th career win for Kelly Sheppard Making his first start of the New Year on Saturday night, Kelly Sheppard steered his own trotter Kdazzle to victory in the seventh race at Flamboro Downs and reached a special career milestone in the process. Sheppard sent favourite Kdazzle ($4.50) on the move near the half and advanced from fourth into the pocket spot behind the pacesetting Empire Strikesback. When the leader broke stride around the final turn, Kdazzle went on to win in 2:04.2 over the sloppy track by two and a half lengths with Audrey Pearl following in second. Sheppard's victory aboard Kdazzle was his 2,000th driving win. The Dundas, Ont. horseman trains and co-owns the five-year-old homebred gelding as part of the Sea Of Green Inc. stable. To view the rest of the story click here. Northlands feature to Blue Star Beauty Blue Star Beauty prevailed from the pocket in Northlands Park's first Open event of the year for distaffers on a frosty -23 degree Saturday afternoon. Driven by Kelly Hoerdt in the $10,000 feature, Blue Star Beauty followed pacesetter Crackers Hot Shot through fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29 before overtaking her in the stretch for the 1:59.4 victory over the frozen track. Blue Star Beauty paid $7.20 to win. Favourite American Passion abandoned an early attempt to leave after being caught wide and later closed from last in the compact field of five to edge out Crackers Hot Shot for second-place. Feelin Flush finished fourth and Clearly Best was fifth while Sing Like An Angel was scratched sick. To view the rest of the story click here. Rod Donlevy loses fight with cancer at age 65 Surrounded by his family and friends, former Canadian Trotting Association President and longtime CTA director Rod Donlevy of Saskatoon, Sask. passed away on December 25, 2014 at the age of 65 after a heroic battle with cancer. Rod worked as a charter in the Western provinces during his university days and owned a number of horses through Ballantyne 17 Stable. During his time with the CTA, he helped negotiate the sale of the Evans Avenue offices, and was active in merging CTA and CSHS to become Standardbred Canada. In addition to his time with the CTA, Donlevy also started Central Program Register Ltd. with his father Urban and friend Gerry Cronin in the late 1960s. To view the rest of the story click here.
Pompano Beach, FL...In a five horse blanket finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a photo finish victory in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. The seven year-old altered son of Mach Three defeated Cadillac Phil, handled by Joe Pavia, Jr. by a scant neck with E Z Noah, stablemate to the winner, third for Aaron Byron). Pacesetting Duc Dorleans was fourth while That'll Be The Rei picked up the final check in the octet. As the gate sprung open, a quintet of these all-star pacers were vying for early superiority with 47 to 1 shot Histoire Eternelle, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, taking the early advantage before yielding to Duc Dorleans at the opening marker in :26.1 with That'll Be The Rei settling into third for Mike Micallef. Prairie Jaguar, usually more comfortable on the front end, had to settle for a seat in fourth with Lyons Johnny finding a spot right behind the Jaguar. Cadillac Phil was sixth at this juncture with E Z Noah next and a struggling Don't Tell Rusty at the back of the pack. Halfway through the mile, clocked in :53.4, positions remained but, three-eighths out, That'll Be The Rei was out and driving and racing as a team with Duc Dorleans passed the third station in 1:21.4 with Lyons Johnny fanning three wide and Cadillac Phil motoring four wide and E Z Noah widest of all. In the lane, just as at the start, the field fanned five across the track with Lyons Johnny striking the front a sixteenth out and holding off Cadillac Phil at the wire. E Z Noah, pacing the fastest final panel of the group, flying late to nail down show honors over the hard fighting Duc Dorleans. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "heck, my horse loves to be on or near the lead, too, but, starting from the outside and with five of 'em battling early on, I had no choice to relent a bit and find a spot as close as I could...and that was in fifth. The pace was pretty hot and that kind of helped our cause, especially when we turned for home. He wore 'em down in the lane and, after I got to the top, I saw Pavia's horse (Cadillac Phil) pacing on late...but then the wire care and that was that." Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny kicked off the 2015 campaign as he closed the 2014 season, with a win--his 23rd lifetime--to send his lifetime earnings to $241,649. As the 9 to 5 favorite, Lyons Johnny paid $5.60 to win. Also highlighting the Saturday program was a Super Hi-5 event featuring a hefty carryover and, once again, there were multiple winners enabling the carryover to soar well over $20,000 going into the Sunday night program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Charlottetown, PE – Mach It Big made his first start of the 2015 campaign a winning one taking the afternoon feature event in 1:58.4 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell drove Mach it Big to victory tracking race favorite Astor (Jason Hughes) through splits of 29, 59 and 1:28.4 before over powering the pace setter in the stretch. The Jonah Moase trainee, owned by Mikaela Lustic of Cornwall, returned $5.50 to win. Astor was second with Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) completing the triactor. It was Campbell’s third score of the day after getting his picture taken with Benny Rabbit then guiding Cheyenne Dunckley to top honors earlier in the program for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The MacPherson/ MacLean team also enjoyed success with Forever Paradise who claimed race 14 by six and a half lengths in 2:00.1 for catch-driver Corey MacPherson. In other action, Caliban Hanover, under the command of Ron Gass, won the trot division for owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. Veteran pacer Blu Meadow Willie picked up his 53rd lifetime win for owners Bob and Brenda MacInnis of Summerside while pilots Jason Hughes, Gary Chappell and Brian MacPhee started the new season with driving doubles. The handle for the 15 dash program was $37,456. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
Record-breaking harness racing trainer Gary Hall will take aim at the Western Australia Cup with rising star Soho Lennon. Hall revealed his plans to tackle the Grand Circuit event following Soho Lennon’s success in last night’s Nights Of Thunder at Gloucester Park. The state’s premier feature, the Cup is scheduled to be run at the same venue on January 16. There is a chance the son of Mach Three may also line up in next week’s Fremantle Cup. “He’s had three runs in the last fortnight and iS right at his peak at the perfect time,” Hall said. “The Pacing Cup is where I will head with him. “Depending on how he is in the next couple of days, I may put him in the Fremantle Cup as well. “He’s only a four-year-old and I don’t want to burn him out, so how he is after each run will be the guide.” Driven by Hall’s son, Clinton, Soho Lennon led throughout from the pole to score by a metre-and-a-half from In The Perfect Storm. Machtu – a WA Cup-bound stablemate of the winner – was a head away third. Covering the last half 57.1 seconds, Soho Lennon rated a slick 1:54.1 for the 1730 metres to provide Hall with his third victory in the Group Two since its inception in 2007. Hall captured the inaugural running with Tealsby Karita before securing last season’s edition with Hokonui Ben. Gary junior drove the pair. PAUL COURTS
Anyone and everyone in the harness racing industry in Canterbury were in agreement about one horses's chances this weekend and that horse was Rocker Band. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the former champion mare Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579) has always been held in high regard by trainer Mark Jones. A recent trial win at Ashburton where Rocker Band won by 12 lengths with a closing quarter in a sensational 25.3 meant punters wanted nothing else when she made her debut at Winton yesterday over a mile. However while most in Canterbury thought Rocker Band was a home run, Southern trainer Clark Barron was firmly of the opinion that his debut runner Rakarolla who is also by Rocknroll Hanover would not be a pushover. Whilst talking to Harnesslink mid week for his pick for the weekly ringaround, he mentioned that Rocker Band wouldn't have it all her own way and he expected a big run from the half brother to last season's outstanding filly Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($121,096) When the heavens opened prior to the races yesterday the track was affected but held up well overall. Clark took Rakarolla straight to the front from barrier 4 and immediately put the foot to floor while driver Mark Jones settled Rocker Band third last from her second row draw. Clark kept Rakarolla rolling in front at a quick tempo while Mark bided his time until the 600 metres mark where he set Rocker Band alight and she quickly looped the field to level up to Rakarolla as they turned for home. Just as everyone thought Rocker Band was going to stroll away for an easy win, Rakarolla dug deep and refused to go away. Come the finishing line Rakarolla still held a neck advantage and was holding Rocker Band with eight lengths away to Beaudiene Beaut Babe in third. Rakarolla cut out the mile in slushy conditions in an impressive 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 29.2 Clark has had Rakarolla in his stable since he was broken in as a yearling. " He is such a lovely pacer, just like his half sister Raksdeal." " I have always liked him but he did have a few tricks early on. " He is just a big dumb horse who has taken time to organize," Clark said. Qualifying as a 2 year old, Clark gave Rakarolla a few runs at trials and workouts before spelling him. This time in Clark has again given Rakarolla a handful of workouts and trials and he was happy heading into Saturday. "He has been running 3.3 - 3.4 for the 2400 metres and doing it easy but the reason I wanted to start him over a mile was to try to wake him up." "I had to keep at him yesterday to keep his mind on the job but as you saw he is a really good stayer," Clark said. Rakarolla is now going to have a week off to freshen up before Clark turns his attention to his racing programme. " The main aim for now is to qualify for the Southern Supremacy finals and that's what I will aim him for in the New Year," Clark said. Bred and raced by longtime stable client Brendon Fahy, Rakarolla is from the race winning Artsplace mare Raksplace and Clark has trained her first two foals. "Raksdeal and Rakarolla are her first two foals but the third, a colt by Mach Three is with Peter Hunter who Brendon has a few with as well." "By all accounts he goes pretty good as well," Clark said. Judging by yesterdays debut run Clark can look forward to a very profitable season with the son of Rocknroll Hanover. Harnesslink Media
Pompano Beach, FL...December 20, 2014...The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park presented a sterling racing program on Saturday night highlighted by a repeat win by Lyons Johnny in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace and a winning return to action by driver Jason Dillander. Lyons Johnny kicked off the festivities with a splendid win in 1:50.1 for Ed Hensley, pinning a defeat measuring just short of three lengths on his stablemate E Z Noah, driven by Aaron Byron. Don't Tell Rusty, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, was third while Cadillac Phil finished fourth. The final award in the sextet went to I Do Hanover. Trained by Pete "Sonny" Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny was sent right to the top from his post five but got in an early war with E Z Noah, with the latter taking over just short of the scorching opening quarter in :26. The two stablemates remained one-two through subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 with Lyons Johnny out of his cozy pocket turning for home and using a very sharp :27.2 finale to seal the deal. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "yes, we were burning some rubber in that opening quarter but this turned out to be pretty much an identical trip that I had last week. Only difference was that E Z Noah cut it this time instead of Prairie Jaguar, right behind me this time. He's so handy and responded immediately when I asked. Pete (trainer Pellegrino) has him razor sharp right now." The victory was number seven on the year for Lyons Johnny, a six year-old son of Mach Three, and pushed his 2014 bounty to $74,040. He's banked $233,899 lifetime. As the 1 to 2 favorite on the tote-board, Lyons Johnny returned $3.00 to win. Three events later, Jason Dillander, who had been out of action due to a May 9 accident at Hoosier Park which left him with two broken ankles, returned to action on Saturday night--and in a big way. Dillander piloted Philip Coleman's Cruizin K C to a sharp win in a conditioned event, sweeping four and five wide on the backstretch to circle the field and go to a 1:53 victory. After the race, Dillander said, "It was good to get back out there...and GREAT to win! This horse has a big motor when he's right...and he was right tonight." Cruizin K C, also a six year-old son of Mach Three, earned his third win of the year and 17th lifetime success to send his career bounty to $130,333. Also on Saturday night, the backstretch toy drive concluded with a 50-50 drawing with the winner, Rick Berks, taking home the grand prize of $1,000 and promptly donating it back to give a head start to the 2015 drive. Carol Macomber and Sue Blood spearheaded the drive--as they have for many years--enabling 120 children to have a happy holiday season. Racing continues Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with high class claimers going postward on Sunday night and a $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 on tap for Monday and Tuesday. The Monday card also features fillies and mares in the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace, an event where Just A Bee, fresh off of a brilliant 1:51 win, looks to make it two in a row for driver-trainer Mike Micallef. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park