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CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies were out in full force for the harness racing eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals. A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions. In the first elimination, Stubborn Belle, last year's O'Brien Award winner, made her 2015 debut a winning effort in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle made a move from third to first in the second-quarter to take control at the half in :57.1. After posting a third-quarter of :28.2, Stubborn Belle trotted home under minimal urging to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Meadow Seelster, who made a break after the start, made a huge comeback to finish second. Summers Jewel, Battle Mage and Tymal Illbthere rounded out the top-five to secure spots in the final. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Al Libfeld and Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm. The sophomore trotting filly won five of 14 starts last season and compiled earnings of over $524,000. Stubborn Belle returned $2.90 to win. Stubborn Belle The second elimination saw Danielle Hall, last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, sent-off as the heavy favourite in her season debut, but an early break from the star filly tossed the division up in the air. Second Sister and driver Doug McNair showed early speed to grab the lead. Once on the front, McNair got to call all the shots and set fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Second Sister cruised home in :28.1 to win by three-lengths over first-up challenger Kaddy in 1:55. Yanks Ball Girl, Magic Shelley and Sumthintotalkabout picked up the remaining cheques to earn a spot in the final. Following her break, Danielle Hall caught the field and was able to finish sixth. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Second Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The trotting filly finished third last week in her season debut. Last season, Second Sister won three of eight starts and earned $55,760. Her clocking of 1:55 Saturday night established a new career mark. Second Sister paid $26.70 to win. Second Sister On the pacing side, a total of 20 three-year-old fillies were split evenly into two ten-horse eliminations. In the first elimination, Ms Mac N Cheese was able to overcome post-ten to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese, the 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate and was able to make the front from the far outside. The public's choice set fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before being challenged around the final turn. Ms Mac N Cheese reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 with a first-over challenger at her wheel. In the stretch, the favourite turned aside all rivals to create some separation and paced home in :28.3 to win in 1:52.4. Code One Hanover, who got a two-hole trip, was able to close in on the leader in late stretch to finish second and narrow the margin of victory down to a length. Wrangler Magic, Capela and Southwind Ginger finished in the money to earn the final three spots in next week's final. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner David Ratchford. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two this season and nine for 12 in her career with over $84,000 in earnings. Ms Mac N Cheese lowered her career-mark by a fifth of a second with Saturday night's victory. She returned $6.10 to win. Ms Mac N Cheese In the second elimination, Solar Sister, the even-money choice, made it a sweep of the pacing eliminations by post-ten starters with a 1:53 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister sprinted to the front from post-ten and was able to reach the pylons at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The public's was then able to call the shots and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Solar Sister kept her momentum going and held off her rivals with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length. Delightful Hill came charging from the back to finish second. Win The Gold, Much Adoo and Twin B Honour rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Her elimination victory improves her 2015 record to a perfect two for two and was the fourth win of her career. Last season, Solar Sister won two of 12 starts and banked over $214,000. Saturday's clocking of 1:53 established a new career mark for the McNair trainee. A $2 win ticket on Solar Sister paid $4.30. Solar Sister The post position draw for both finals was conducted following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned the right to select their posts. The $129,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for trotting fillies and the $127,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for pacing fillies will take place next Saturday (May 30.) Here is how they will lineup in next week's finals. WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Final 1. Kaddy - Steve Condren 2. Stubborn Belle - Paul MacDonell 3. Second Sister - Doug McNair 4. Summers Jewel - Mario Baillargeon 5. Battle Mage - Jack Moiseyev 6. Meadow Seelster - Jody Jamieson 7. Sumthintotalkabout - Rick Zeron 8. Yanks Ball Girl - Randy Waples 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Magic Shelley - Chris Christoforou AE: Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Final 1. Much Adoo - Paul MacDonell 2. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion 3. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 4. Wrangler Magic - Yves Filion 5. Twin B Honour - Trevor Henry 6. Win The Gold - James MacDonald 7. Code One Hanover - Paul MacDonell 8. Southwind Ginger - Jody Jamieson 9. Delightful Hill - Jody Jamieson 10. Capela - James MacDonald AE: I Wonder Why - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sliding third-over on the backstretch before circling four-wide off the turn, Mach It a Par ($10.20) passed all seven of her rivals in Friday (May 22) evening's featured $10,000 conditioned pace for harness racing fillies and mares at Tioga Downs.   The five-year-old Mach Three mare took no part in the pacesetting proceedings, languishing at the back of the field through a sensible :56.1 half mile. Before reaching the backstretch, owner/driver Dan Clements moved Mach It a Par third-over to track live cover behind Jets Are On (Corey Braden) and Maejusmac (Mike Simons) up the backstretch. As Jets Are On turned up the pressure on pacesetter Rock N Load (John Cummings, Jr.) past a 1:25.1 three-quarter split, Maejusmac made a three-wide bid, carrying Mach It a Par four-deep off the far turn as Jets Are On struck the front at the eighth pole. Mach It a Par would ultimately slingshot to the fore, passing Jets Are On in the final fifty yards to prevail in 1:53.3. Rock N Load was a worn down but gamely beaten third, and Maejusmac checked in fourth after showing minimal kick off live cover.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Mach It a Par, who scored her ninth career win.   Clements scored a driving double on the evening's eight-race card, as did Fern Paquet, Jr. and Mike Simons. Live racing returns to Tioga on Saturday (May 23) evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. The week's schedule rounds out with a special Sunday (May 24) evening card, and an all-stakes Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) afternoon program, which features the first leg of the new Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters along with New York Sire Stakes events for three-year-old pacing fillies. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Harness racing trainer Ray Green always seems to have a smart two year old or two each season and has become known as one of the best two year old conditioners around. So when Ray tells you he has a bit of time for a juvenile, it pays to take notice. The two year old in question is Zach Maguire who lines up for his second lifetime start at Alexander Park on Friday night. A $34,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic yearling sale, Zach Maguire made a good fist of his debut when a close up third to the smart Sir Ritchie. Ray thinks he still has one or two little kinks to iron out with the Bettor's Delight colt. " He is not the finished product yet but he is getting better all the time." " The one attribute of his that I really like is his high speed" "He is a colt with a big future and being a Bettors Delight he should just get better and better with racing." " He's a keeper," Ray said. Ray was going to have two babies in tomorrow night but it looks like he may have to scratch his other runner, the Mach Three filly Tuapeka Sky. " She came out of the paddock lame so I will just have to get her checked out." " It is a shame because I have a lot of time for her." " She also has a lot of speed and I think will develop into a lovely three year old next season," Ray said. One thing that has changed at the Lincoln Farm setup recently has been a change in the stable driving arrangements. Ray was quick to dismiss any talk of bad blood in the change. " A lot of the new syndicates we have set up are requesting we put up some of the leading drivers and so to accommodate them we have made the change." At this point in the main we are using David and Zac Butcher," Ray said. Ray Green has a great record with young horses and this years crop headed by Killer Queen and company look sure to keep his name to the fore over the next twelve months. Harnesslink Media 

Every Queensland harness racing fan remembers the deeds of Be Good Johnny. In fact, most involved in harness racing know the name of Be Good Johnny. A dual Miracle Mile champion who amassed more than a million dollars during a highly decorated career from the stables of John McCarthy. He was a true modern day great. Now, there’s another pacer that carries a similar name that could be headed to sunny Queensland for the winter carnival features during the month of July at Albion Park. His name is Oh Jonny B Good. A New Zealand bred colt now based in the stables of outstanding couple Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack at their Shepparton base. The Mach Three – Maikona three-year-old created a huge impression when successful first-up at Bendigo on May 12 when he scored by an ever expanding margin and created a new track for 2150m with a mile rate of 1;54.9. In many ways, his speed that night brought back memories of Be Good Johnny. Now connections are looking at their feature race options. Oh Jonny B Good starts again this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Melton in the Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre Final but where he heads after that is unknown. But options seem endless. “We’re still in the mix with the New Zealand Jewels because he currently ranked 16th and if things fall our way, we would definitely head back because we already have Glenferrie Bronte and Just Cala heading over. If we don’t make the cut off, the Queensland Derby looms as a logical target for him.” Jack said. The Gr.1 $NZ150,000 KPMG Private Enterprise Emerald will be staged at Ashburton on Saturday May 30. The Queensland winter carnival offers plenty including the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby on July 18, the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Fly on July 4 and the Gr.3 $40,000 Gold Coast Derby on July 11. “It’s nice to have options and Queensland definitely makes strong appeal, I don’t think we could do both trips but it’s unlikely we’ll make the field for the Jewels in New Zealand so Queensland is looking likely at this stage. He’s got to hold his form because it won’t be easy up there. When he first arrived we weren’t overly impressed but as it turns out, he’s just a really bad track worker because he was excellent winning first-up and there should be further improvement to come from him. If New Zealand doesn’t eventuate, we’ll look at the E K Bray Country Clubs Cups series next before heading north to Brisbane. He’s a nice horse in the making and his form in New Zealand backs that up, he’s raced some of their best over there and performed well so we’re prepared to give him his chance.” Currently, Nathan Jack sits third on the Victorian Drivers Premiership with 146 victories while Amanda Turnbull is ranked fifth on the Victorian Trainers Premiership 53 winners. With Amanda still driving regularly in her home state of New South Wales for her father Steve, she is ranked second in the driver’s premiership with 89 winners. by Chris Barsby

Tomorrow sees the All Aged harness racing sale at Karaka and the first of the Auckland Reactor weanlings to go through the sale ring. There are seven catalogued and we plan to review them all before the sale. Lot 88 - An Auckland Reactor filly from Tragically Hip This filly is from the Beach Towel mare Tragically Hip and as such is bred on the same cross as the two winners the mare has already produced in Hip Hop Anvil 1:55.6 ($138,122) and Shot From The Hip 1:57.5 ($44,750). Both of those winners are by Mach Three as is Auckland Reactor. The Mach Three / Beach Towel cross has been very successful worldwide with the most notable horse bred on that cross being Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8 ($3,221,299) while in New Zealand it has produced horses like Sir Lincoln 1:54 ($663,601) The second dam Penelope Pitstop 1:59 won twice but the only foal she produced was Tragically Hip. The third dam is the smart Windshied Wiper mare Tac Wind 1:57.1 ($77,223) who left six winners at stud including the high class mare Flash Tactics 1:56p ($84,830) who the Southland Oaks at three. At stud Flash Tactics has left such smart types as Same Kinda Tactics 1:57.4 ($178,666) and Scare Tactics 1:51.4 ($115,669). This is the maternal family closely associated with the late Derek Dynes who had a huge amount of success with the "Tactics" maternal family for over fifty years. It is a maternal family noted for producing plenty of very smart fillies and mares. The filly in question is very much like a lot of the other Auckland Reactor weanlings we have reviewed in that she is very correct and has nice clean hocks. Lot 88 looks a nice cut of a filly to us and she certainly has the bloodlines behind her to be a successful racing proposition Harnesslink Media

By the time the PGG Sales Series final for two year old fillies was due to be run at tonights harness racing meeting at Addington, the driving rain had well and truly set in and had made conditions atrocious. The hot favourite was the Mach Three filly Northern Velocity who drew nicely at barrier five while her main opposition  Luisanabelle Midfrew drew two further out at seven. The two favourites both came off the gate at speed but due to her better barrier Northern Velocity found the front first and driver Mark Purdon was in no mood to hand up in the slushy conditions. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Matthew Williamson ended up parked in the driving rain with Kashana and Ricky May in the trail. There was no moves mid race and as they turned for home  Northern Velocity went clear and still held a 3/4 length advantage at the finish from Kashana and Killer Queen and David Butcher who had been three back on the inner. Luisanabelle finished a big fourth after sitting out parked the whole way. Northern Velocity paced the 1950 metres in 2:28.2, a mile rate of 2:02.2 with closing sectionals of 59.7 and 28. Mark Purdon was a relieved man post race.  " I didn't know how she would handle those track conditions but I knew the place to be was in front. " The conditions are really bad out there so I'm just happy to have got the job done," Mark said. Mark thought time would be Northern Velocity's best friend. " I think she will develop into a lovely three year old and if it wasn't for the Harness Jewels, she would be headed for the spelling paddock," Mark said. While probably not up with a couple of her stablemates, Northern Velocity still shapes as a player on Harness Jewels day. Harnesslink Media  

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Four time Gr.1 winner Fly Like An Eagle will stand at Yirribee Stud next season in what has been described as a coup for harness racing breeders in New South Wales.  The son of Mach Three defeated the best pacers of his time including Christen Me, Smolda, Sushi Sushi, Caribbean Blaster and Sir Lincoln and still holds the New Zealand record as the fastest two year old over 1700 metres with a mile rate 0f 1:55.9. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny praised Yirribee Stud on securing the $756,178 earner and believes it is an indication of the confidence in the NSW breeding industry. “Fly Like An Eagle is all quality as his record demonstrates and the Yirribee team must be congratulated for securing him from the New Zealand owners over other Australian states,” Dumesny said. “Yirribee’s Rod Woodhouse has been extremely proactive which will benefit the NSW breeding industry with this acquisition.” Standing for $2750, Fly Like An Eagle will qualify for the Colonial Bred Stallion Scheme which sees broodmare owners receive $500 payable on a live foal, while the progeny of the NZ Derby winner will be eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge and Breeders Challenge Blue Series. “The introduction last season of the Colonial Bred Stallion Scheme judging by the resultant covers was an instant success. “There are 190 mares in foal to eligible stallions this season which represents around fifteen percent of the mares served in NSW.” Yirribee boss Rod Woodhouse is excited by the announcement that Fly Like An Eagle will join the stallion roster at his well known Riverina stud. “Fly Like An Eagle was an exciting racehorse and his prospects as a stallion are just as exciting, Yirribee Stud is looking forward to the upcoming breeding season,” Woodhouse said. “He is from the famous Black Watch family, has been well priced and being a part of the Colonial Bred Stallion Scheme will make him very attractive to broodmare owners.” Dumesny believes the board of HRNSW demonstrated its support of the local breeding industry through a number of initiatives last year and these are already producing dividends. “The board recognised it was important to nurture Gr.1 winning colonial bred stallions in the same way the thoroughbred industry had,” Dumesny stated. “The decision by the board of HRNSW to fund the rebate attracted the quality first season stallion Caribbean Blaster last year and increased the numbers of mares over previous seasons to other eligible stallions.”  “Board members Rex Horne, Alex Smith and Rod Smith took the opportunity to inspect Fly Like An Eagle at Yirribee Stud on Tuesday and were all impressed by his athletic appearance which I am sure will attract broodmare owners.” Fly Like An Eagle ($150,000 Young Guns Final) Fly Like An Eagle ($150,000 Jewels Final) Fly Like An Eagle ($150,000 New Zealand Derby) Fly Like An Eagle (Breeders Crown win) Fly Like An Eagle - Kaikoura Cup Fly Like An Eagle ($650,000 New Zealand Cup) ; Greg Hayes

A field of eight open pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the featured event at the harness racing meeting on Sunday afternoon (May 10) from Harrah's Philadelphia, going for a purse of $30,000. The wagering public made Bamond Racing's Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) the even money favorite. The 5-year-old son of Mach Three was coming off of a fifth place finish in the Levy final at Yonkers. He was forwardly placed from post six, powering his way to the lead just after the quarter (26.2). Canadian shipper Alexa's Jackpot (Scott Zeron) sat the pocket, while Bank's and Layfield's Getitoffyourchest (Brett Miller) supplied the first-over challenge. After Mach It So put away the challenge of Getitoffyourchest, he had to deal with the fresh legs of the pocket-sitter. Mach It So battled Alexa's Jackpot down the stretch, with the latter narrowly winning, stopping the clock in 1:49.3. It was a lifetime's best performance for the Marty Fine trainee, who is also part-owner with Highland Thoroughbred Farms. The 5-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam picked up his eleventh career win out of fifty-six starts. He paid $13.00. Ron Burke trainee Clear Vision (Matt Kakaley) finished third. Michael Bozich  

Team McCarthy is heading back to Brisbane for next week’s $75,000 Seymour Nursery Pace series. Heats are scheduled for next Tuesday, with the Finals will be staged on May 16. Locally-owned pacers Smooth Showgirl and Birdy Mach will represent the power stable in their respective divisions and both will command strong respect. Smooth Showgirl is the defending champ following her dominant performance in last year’s Final when she defeated Feel The Faith and stablemate Bamako Mali, while Birdy Mach is very highly regarded within the Belinda and Luke McCarthy stable. “We’re looking forward to heading back to Brisbane next week for the Nursery Pace,” Luke said. “It’s a series that has been very good to me over the years and we believe we have the right horses to give it a good shake. “There’s nothing better than a Brisbane autumn/winter campaign.” Smooth Showgirl has raced in strong form this season, winning four of her 10 starts and setting a personal best time of 1:53.2 when successful at Menangle last month. The daughter of Art Major was unplaced as favourite last week at Menangle behind Image Of Courage after racing without cover in a time of 1:53.4. Birdy Mach has raced just once this term when unplaced at Menangle on December 30. Following a freshen-up, the son of Mach Three has undertaken an extensive trial campaign in preparation for his Brisbane trip, with his trial yesterday resulting in a comfortable victory in 1:56.4 when leading throughout. He paced the mile in sectionals of 29.6, 30.4, 28.5 and 27.9 seconds. “Both horses are fit and well and we’ve deliberately set both horses for this series,” Luke said. “It’s been one of their major targets all season. “The local talent looks pretty handy so it won’t be easy, but we’re confident both will perform at the required level. “Smooth Showgirl has been solid this season. She got left parked last week in fast time and she only just missed a placing in the end, so I was more than happy with her effort. “She can sustain her speed and she’s quite tough, so the style of Brisbane racing will suit her down to the ground. “We discovered a few little issues with Birdy Mach following his first-up effort and worked on those during his down time. It wasn’t anything major and time has helped him. “His trials have been good and he felt sharp yesterday, he pulled up in good order and I’m keen to test him during this series.” Both horses will be based at the property of co-owner Ian Gurney during their Brisbane campaign. McCarthy is no stranger to success in the Nursery Pace with victory behind Smooth Showgirl and Waves Of Fire (2014), Bling It On (2013), Aussie Made Lombo (2010), Fleur De Lil (2006), Tip Your Hat (2005) and Slipnslide (2003). He also won the three-year-old colts’ and geldings’ Final last year with Bling It On. HRQ Media

At this time of the year in most harness racing seasons in New Zealand, the quality of the fields at both the races and trials starts to fall away a bit as winter approaches but anyone at todays harness racing trials at Ashburton would have gone home having witnessed any number of smart performances throughout the programme. We thought we would highlight the horses that stood out for us in the clear but chilly conditions. Franco Nattai  -  This injury prone pacer has only raced twice in the last 16 months but reminded everyone today what a talented horse he is. He paced the 2400 metres in 3:00.9, a mile rate of 2:01.2 with very quick closing sectionals of 55.3 and 26.4 and he looked to still have a bit in reserve. If the leg holds up he will win a couple quickly. I Will Rock You  -  This two year old son of Rock N Roll Heaven was very impressive in the hands of stable reinsman, Dexter Dunn. He trailed the leader to the corner before working clear and holding out a late charge from Ears Burning. He paced the mile in a sharp 1:58.8 but was very impressive over the last 800 metres in 56.1 and 400 metres in a flying 26.1. The half brother to the former smart mare Artishake 1:56.2 ($92,785) and one of last season's better two year olds in Say My Name 1:57.9 ($90,098) looks very promising and won't be long adding to the family record. Ears Burning  -  Although beaten into second by I Will Rock You, Ears Burning was more impressive than the winner making solid ground late on a 26.1 quarter. A great looking individual, Ears Burning is just the type to win a couple before the end of the season.The son of Grinfromeartoear is a half brother to handy sorts like Burning 1:55.8 ($54,492), Fuoco 1:59.3 ($68,279) and El Fuego 1:57.8 ($42,265) but looks a better horse than his siblings in our opinion. Anna Kareem  -  Don't let the name fool you as this is a three year old gelding and he looked ready to make up for lost time today. Unraced todate, the son of Art Major from the Ken Barron barn looked an early winner when he came from off the pace to wear down Scotlynn Jack in a slick 3:03.4 for 2400 metres for the maiden pacers. Closing sectionals of 56.8 and 26.6 highlighted his potential. A son of the former smart racemare Anna Livia (9 wins) ($62,831), he looks ready to rumble. My Cash  -  Very big two year old filly by Mach Three that showed a real turn of foot in the two year old fillies heat. Settled off the pace by driver Blair Orange,My Cash swept to the lead half way up the straight and went to the line an easy winner. The overall time of 2:01.6 for the mile wasn't anything special but the manner in which she finished off the heat over the last 400 metres which was cut out off the front in 26.6 impressed us. Harnesslink Media

The harness racing pundits in Western Australia thought last nights Champagne Classic for two year olds at Gloucester Park was a one horse affair with the unbeaten Ideal Tyson a very warm favourite. And why wouldn't he be with six wins in a row and a best time of 1:55.5. The Gary Elson trained son of American Ideal was given time by driver Chris Voak to find his feet early from barrier five before before pressing on to the front with just over a mile to go. Another Gary Elson trained runner in Sprinter with Nathan Turvey in the bike was also well supported but he dropped out to the rear from the outside of the front line as soon as the gate went. Chris Voak kept Ideal Tyson bowling along in front and passing the 600 metres mark he looked to still have plenty left in the tank until Rich Yankee attacked the leader and Ideal Tyson was immediately under pressure. Rich Yankee turned for home in front with first starter Lightning Jolt in hot pursuit but both were bloused late by a flying Sprinter , who came from last at the 400 metres for an emphatic victory. Sprinter paced the 2130 metres in 2:36.7, a mile rate of 1:58.4 with closing sectionals of 58.9 and 29.6. Gary Elson, who had three runners in last nights race may have come up empty with the hot favourite Ideal Tyson but still scooped the major share of the $50,000 race with one of his other his other runners, Sprinter. A $34,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic yearling sale at Auckland by Gary, the son of Mach Three had won three of five before last night and looked like a horse on the up. Last night was the first time that a lot of those two year olds had gone much further than a mile and Sprinter looked to really appreciate the extra distance of the Champagne Classic. Harnesslink Media 

Team McCarthy’s Australian Pacing Gold Fillies' Final contender Three Squared needs to improve on her semi-final to win on Saturday night - but the word out of the harness racing camp is she can. “I’ve got a pretty high opinion of her,” said Luke McCarthy, who will steer the daughter of Mach Three at Tabcorp Park Melton. “She just hasn’t quite been as sharp since Bathurst. "Her work during the week has been really good and she should improve a lot.” McCarthy is pointing to Three Squared’s recent Bathurst carnival where she ran fourth in the Gold Tiara Final after being the fastest of the heat winners. In the heat she dashed home by almost 12 metres in a rate of 1:56.5. Nine days later she was five metres behind winner Pixies Parlour in the decider after working hard early before getting one-one cover and still finishing off quite well. Since the Gold Tiara Three Squared has had two starts for a second at Menangle behind Lettuce Go Pippa, when she led from gate seven over the mile and was beaten by a metre-and-a-half in 1:58.3, and a last-start fifth in the APG semi last weekend at Melton when she sat in the 'death seat'. McCarthy acknowledged he and trainer-wife Belinda, had “backed off her” after Bathurst to have her fresh and ready for the APG series. From barrier three McCarthy stated he will be looking to go forward with Three Squared, but predicted polemarker Hazels Girl would probably lead. “I think Hazels Girl will probably begin quicker this week given she’s had that run at Melton,” McCarthy said. "I’ll be looking to go forward and race handy.” Meanwhile, Hazels Girl has been backed in the TAB fixed odds markets from $4.60 into $4. The Daniel Neagoe-trained daughter of Art Major and former APG winner Miss Hazel looks the likely leader for reinsman David Morris. The $3.50 favourite, Zaras Delight, is rock solid at her price from gate five and is considered the filly most likely to challenge Hazels Girl for the front. Equal third picks are Jilliby Jitterbug from gate eight and Mark Purdon-trained My Mackenzie from gate four, both at $5. Jilliby Jitterbug won her heat by using the sprint lane to upstage Zaras Delight. She’s drawn for a similar run this time around. Hot Shot Woman, a stablemate of Hazels Girl, is right in the market at $7, backed in from $7.50. She caught the eye in the semi-final, but can race forward if needed, as she did behind Three Squared from a wide draw at Menangle recently. Trainer Gary Quinlan has a solid APG record, winning two of the previous three editions – Musical Delight was victorious in 2012, with Queen Of Pop scoring last year. This year he has Magical Delight, which is sitting on $7.50 with the TAB. - HRV Media Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 May 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 May 2015  

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; W.N. Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Dexter Cup eliminations, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $529,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $261,000 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 25). The Meadows on Friday night (April 24) will hold the $51,100 Meadows Maturity for older trotting mares. A field of nine ladies, including 2014 Dan Patch Award winners Shake It Cerry and Classic Martine, will go to the post in the track's ninth race. Meadowlands Racetrack's first Grand Circuit event of the season will take place on Saturday night (April 25) with the $47,306 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers. Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (April 25) will host $40,000 eliminations for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters. The $130,000 (est.) Dexter Cup final will be held on Saturday (May 2). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway hosted the fifth and final round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and the George Morton Levy Series this past weekend. On Friday night (April 17), one $40,000 division of the Blue Chip Matchmaker attracted six ladies, with odds-on Camille (George Brennan, $3) barely holding sway over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) in 1:53. Strings (Eric Carlson) wound up third as the 67-1 rank outsider. For Camille, a 7-year-old daughter of Camluck co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, it was her third win in eight seasonal starts (two-for-four in the series). P H Supercam rallied late to win his Levy Series division in 1:52.3. No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night (April 18). 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 five's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) became harness racing's newest millionaire. P H Supercam went wide late and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision (George Brennan). 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. 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 Jack (Brian Sears) with the same idea, Take It Back Terry then whistled around Westchester in 1:51.4. Domethatgain (Dan Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1-3/4 lengths, with Texican N (Eric Carlson) third. Take It Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, is now 5-for-13 this season (three-for-four in the series). The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach It So (Tim Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. The final margin was 1-1/4 lengths over Dancin Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Brian Sears) third. For Mach It So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 101; 2. Daniel Dube - 95; 3. George Brennan - 82; 4. Tim Tetrick - 57; 5. Yannick Gingras - 51. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 127; 2. Ron Burke - 118; 3. Rene Allard - 70; 4. Tony O'Sullivan - 32; 5. Andrew Harris - 26. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 114; 2t. Burke Racing - 27.65; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 27.65; 4. Allard Racing - 23.2; 5. Little Bapa - 23. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack, The Meadows and Miami Valley Raceway. Freehold has the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters and the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 2). Meadowlands Racetrack will host the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (May 1) and the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday (May 2). The Meadows will feature the Meadows Maturity Trot for older horses on Saturday (May 2). Miami Valley Raceway features the Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting and pacing mares on Sunday (May 3). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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       

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