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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 26, 2015 - Three-year-old pacers were featured Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R, with an event for each sex in the fourth and final preliminary round of their Quebec-Bred series, with the top horses advancing to their respective $65,000 final on September 6. Trainer Dany Fontaine probably wishes the final was next week, as his Mach On The Beach has really found himself in his last three starts, on Sunday taking a new mark of 1:54.3 in winning the final $7500 colt/gelding elimination. Driver Pascal Berube sent the Mach Three gelding swiftly out of the gate, with the rest of the field of five in a post positional lineup. (Western Bayama, the division's defending champion, was scratched; in fact, trainer Yves Filion had a scratch in each Q-series event -- filly Wanda Bayama, who had won two prelims, was also withdrawn.) Sitting next-to-last early didn't sit too well with odds-on favorite Sugarsam, though, and the meet's leading driver, Denis St Pierre, moved him out midbackstretch to rush at the leader by the 28.1 quarter. Berube played some hardball, though, and while challenging in the middle of the second turn, Sugarsam took some nasty steps and drifted wide (not unprecedented behavior for him), finally settling back in last as Mach On The Beach got to the half in 56.2. At a bad positional disadvantage but game as can be, Sugarsam made another move frontward from about the same spot he had done a half-mile earlier, getting to Mach On The Beach by the 1:25 3/4s. Sugarsam behaved himself around the final bend this time, but he could not get by the determined pacesetter in a bitter stretch duel, with Mach On The Beach hanging on by a neck on the wire. Mach On The Beach didn't race at two and had been off the board in his first 10 career starts in Ontario until making the switch to 3R, where he has a record of 3-2-1-0, and he has shown that he should be competitive in the Championship for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. Nine of the originally-programmed ten horses went postward in the filly division for $8250, with Voodoo Charm, winner of two of her prelim starts, also favored by the Quebec bettors at 2-5. (In the Quebec program, nine or fewer horses as entrants dictate a purse of $7500; if ten, one division goes for $8250; if 11 or more, the event is split for $7500 a division.) Unlike Sugarsam, Voodoo Charm did get to visit Victory Lane -- but only after a seven-minute inquiry into the action early on the second turn, the turn which had also plagued Sugarsam earlier. Big Bertha and Sylvain Lacaille left the gate quickly to get the lead before the 27.2 opening split, with Mario Charron moving just before the quarter from third with "Voodoo." As Voodoo Charm, who had made an early break in her previous start, started to go around Big Bertha to the lead into the second curve, the two came in very close quarters, and Big Bertha took a small stumblestep, which was the source of the inquiry, but no reason for placing was eventually found. Voodoo Charm went on to post splits of 57.2 and 1:27.4, and despite bearing out slightly in the lane she was strong to the wire, winning by a clear margin over Big Bertha in 1:57.2. The meet's leading trainer, Maxime Velaye, combined with Charron, who earlier had swept the Daily Double, to establish this filly as the favorite for her final for owners Yvan Mondoux, Guy Corbeil, Alexandre Morin, and Francois Laverdiere. Hippodrome 3R will now shift its focus to another type of horsepower for the next two weeks, as the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix auto race will be the focus the next two weeks. The casino and simulcast wagering will be available at 3R during this period, and on the return card Wednesday, August 12, two-year-old trotters will begin their preliminaries in the Quebec-Bred series. Quebec Jockey Club  

Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three) poked her nose out in time to win a close photo in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard piloted the eight year old mare for trainer Andy Sardella and worked out a second over journey for the race's 7-5 betting favorite. Fanning three wide around the final turn, Deliciouslynaughty charged hard in the final strides to photo with longshot Palm Beach (Wally Hennessey) who wound up finishing second in the $15,000 Spa Mares I Handicap. The race's front-runner Mcever (Billy Dobson) held on for third. It was the ninth victory of the year for the veteran Deliciouslynaughty who stopped the timer in 1:54.2 in Friday's feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace highlighting a program with more than a half million dollars in purses. Track record holder Dancin Yankee returns to the Spa for the first time since dazzling in 1:48.4 to win last year's Gerrity. There is a commemorative t-shirt giveaway with the purchase of the Saturday Saratoga program. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Nichols, N.Y. -- Tracking live cover on the backstretch, Dan Clements's Mach It a Par ($3.00) showed immediate response at the top of the stretch once again, taking Friday (July 24) evening's $12,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs in decisive--and well-measured--fashion.   Getting away last in the field of six, John Cummings, Jr. angled the 5-year-old Mach Three mare second-over to track the live cover of Shutthefrontdoor (Vern Smith) well off a :55.4 half mile. Mach It a Par was towed into midfield on the backstretch as Shutthefrontdoor turned up the pressure on leader K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) past three-quarters in 1:24. K J's Caroline ultimately gave way midway on the far turn, but Shutthefrontdoor's new-found lead was in jeopardy at head-stretch. Mach It a Par tipped off cover just upon cornering, and surged to the fore in mid-stretch. She was taken in hand with 70 yards to go, and she prevailed by a measured half-length in 1:52.2. Shutthefrontdoor held second, and K J's Caroline checked in a worn-down third.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Mach It a Par, now a 14-time winner.   Cummings led all drivers on the evening, notching three wins on the 10-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 26) afternoon, with first post scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

JULY 23, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner's circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. The Campbellville oval hosts two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and the second $105,000 division will see a "Be A Winner" semi-finalist assigned to each horse. Each semi-finalist and one guest will be invited to tour the race paddock and watch the Gold Series colts battle from the winner's circle, and the semi-finalist who was assigned to the winning horse will be able to join in the post-race celebrations. The victorious semi-finalist will also receive a digital copy of the winner's circle photo, dinner for four during the Grassroots Championships at Mohawk on Sept. 26, and a $100 wagering voucher for the Sept. 26 program. Hoping to greet the "Be A Winner" victor after the eighth race is Guelph, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore, who will send out the division's number-three ranked colt Physicallyinclined. The Mach Three son and driver Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, will start from Post 1, looking for their first Gold Series win after a pair of runner-up finishes in the first two Legs. "Hopefully his luck turns around this week," said Dr. Moore. "He's a very, very game, tough individual. "And actually this will be one of the first times that he's drew close to the rail in all his starts," the trainer continued. "He's been outside or in the middle in most all of them." Physicallyinclined boasts a sophomore record of 4 wins and two seconds through 7 starts, with his biggest win to date coming in the North America Cup Consolation at Mohawk on June 20. Owners Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS have attended all the colt's stakes starts and will be at Mohawk for Saturday's Gold Series test, hoping to share their enthusiasm for Physicallyinclined with the successful "Be A Winner" contestant. "He's the only horse they have and they're really, really excited," said Dr. Moore. "North America Cup Consolation night we're going up to the winner's circle, and I went to shake Bruce's hand and he's crying. He said. 'I can't help it'. He's a real good guy and it's nice to see people like that have success with their horses." In addition to Physicallyinclined, Moore will also send out Shoe Shine in the first Gold division. It will be the Shadow Play son's Ontario Sires Stakes debut and Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will steer him from Post 3 in the sixth race. "He's been a surprise actually. He had a bad heel crack in one foot and we got that fixed up and it seemed to have made a big difference," said Dr. Moore, who still spends his afternoons working at his veterinary practice. "Now I know it's a little tougher in the Gold, but they wanted to try him and I was okay with that, so away we go on Saturday." Wayne Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NS share ownership of Shoe Shine and Whebby trained the colt before leaving him with Moore following his first Mohawk start on June 29. Since arriving in Ontario the pacer has posted three wins and one fourth in four outings, starting in non-winners of $7,000 and moving up to non-winners of $25,000. "Both of those two colts have been pleasant surprises for all of us associated with them," noted Dr. Moore. "So hopefully we have a little more luck." Fans who do not reach the semifinals of the "Be A Winner" contest can still catch an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap during the trackside hat toss, and the first 200 fans arriving for Saturday's festivities can have an OSS T-shirt autographed by their favourite drivers. The first race rolls in behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate at 7:25 pm on Saturday and the three-year-old pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Horse Racing

On Monday night, 17 colts and 25 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway's marquee event, Industry Day. While the 25th anniversary of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 3, finalists in the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 27, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. Trainer Bob McIntosh and driver John Campbell won the 2014 Battle Of Waterloo with Go Daddy Go, and look to double-up with Think On It in the first division. The homebred son of Ponder won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event at Mohawk in 1:54 on July 10. He was fourth a week later in a Gold Series event at the same locale. This will be his first race on a half-mile track and he'll start from post position one. Sizing him up from post two is the Tony O'Sullivan starter Semi Automatic. While still on the hunt for his maiden-breaking win, the Badlands Hanover son has amassed $30,100 with a runner-up and third-place finish in two OSS Gold Series events. James MacDonald will steer. With $44,870 banked in three starts, Carolina Hurricane is the most accomplished earner of the bunch. He'll start from post six for trainer Ron Adams. The Sportswriter gelding was a speedy runner-up in his last two assignments. In race seven, Cambridge, ON trainer Casie Coleman conditions the 2-1 early favourite, A Bettors Risk. The Bettors Delight son made a costly miscue getting away from the gate in his career debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 17 but made a massive recovery in that mile to finish second. He'll start from the coveted rail position in Monday's second division. To his right, Stonebridge Beach will be on the hunt for his first win in four starts. Stephane Pouliot will drive the pacer for trainer Stephane Larocque. Stonebridge Beach rallied nicely to finish third in an OSS Gold Series event on July 18. The freshman is a Mach Three brother to the late great Art Colony (a winner of $863,000 in 13 races) and commanded a yearling price of $48,000 at the 2014 Forest City Sale. Jimmy Takter hopeful Cruise Patrol will start from post three. The Bettors Delight colt qualified in 1:56.1 over The Meadowlands and finished a close second in his first start at the New Jersey track a few weeks later. He had a rough trip in last week's Canadian debut in the OSS Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack, but finished fifth just three lengths behind the winner. Cruise Patrol was a $60,000 yearling purchase in Lexington, KY. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the $140,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Heavenly Hill is one of five starters in the Belles elims for Cambridge, ON trainer Dave Menary, who won the final in 2012 with Macharoundtheclock. Jody Jamieson will steer Heavenly Hill from the trailing position (post #9) in the first division. The duo finished second in an OSS Grassroots event last week at Georgian Downs, and won the filly's maiden trip in 1:54.2 on July 9 at Mohawk Racetrack. Menary's others hopefuls are: second division starters Free Show - the early favourite and richest of the field with earnings of $35,000 - and OSS Grassroots winner Twin B Virtue starting from outside post #8; third division starters Vermillion Bird (post #3) and outside starter Maniana which was a lapped-on runner-up in last week's OSS Gold Series event. Twenty Three Red is the early favourite from post seven in the first division. The Mach Three miss let a late lead slip away in her most recent OSS Gold Series start and settled for third. Monday will mark her first start in the barn of Cambridge, ON trainer Joe Pereira. Among her competitors, Boozer Bruiser boasts the quickest mile to date with an impressive 1:54.1 clocking in an OSS Grassroots maiden win at Mohawk Racetrack. She was a runner-up last week for trainer Louis Eftimiadis and driver Mike Saftic, who will send her from post #2 on Monday. Bold Amoretto was the winner of last week's OSS Grassroots event in 1:56.1. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, the Big Jim filly was a $52,000 yearling purchase. Her dam, Armbro Amoretto, was Canada's top two-year-old filly in 2002 and winner of $1.6 million during her own illustrious career. Bold Amoretto will start from post four in Monday's second division. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON won the 2014 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with Win The Gold. The pair are vying to replicate that victory with Win The Gold's full sister, Golden Idol. She was a solid runner-up in a sharp clocking two starts ago, but finished fifth by eight lengths in last week's OSS Gold Series event. The Sportswriter filly starts from post #1 in Monday's final division. Keystone Paula has earned $40,600 in just two career starts for trainer Ervin Miller. She's the richest of all 25 fillies after a two-length OSS Gold Series win in 1:54.1 at Mohawk Racetrack on July 6. She was fourth in her follow-up two weeks later. The projected early favourite of race six, she'll start from post position five with driver Sylvain Filion. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race eight on July 27. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 3 features a 12-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/ Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Drouin harness racing co-trainers Gary and Debbie Quinlan were successful in taking out the Hygain 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres at Tuesday’s Cranbourne fixture with Bettors Delight/Modern Girl filly Magical Delight. Driven by Chris Alford,  Magical Delight having her seventh appearance at the races showed plenty of speed from gate six to lead, before being restrained to take a trail on Maree Caldow’s well supported Courage Under Fire colt Madeeba which started outside her. After a cosy passage, Magical Delight used the sprint lane to gain the day by a nose in the thrilling finish after the pair drew clear of their rivals in the straight. Pablo Santanna (one/two – three wide at bell) finished third 13.2 metres in arrears of the winner. The mile rate was 1-59. Lemnos (Goulburn Valley) based Amanda Turnbull who spends many hours travelling backward and forward to her home town of Bathurst on a regular basis, combined with partner Nathan Jack to land a training double at the meeting with two Kiwi breds – boom Mach Three/Maikona colt Oh Jonny B Good the Condo’s Horse Transport Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres and Monarchy/Amanda’s Gem 4-Y-0 mare Beta Hanoverdakash the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2110 metres. Oh Jonny B Good driven by Amanda, a prohibitive $1.40 favourite, was eased from inside the second row to settle at the rear, with speedy gelding Terra Beau leading from gate three. Following Lucky VC three wide at the bell which crossed to be in the open for the last lap before striding clear on the final bend, Oh Jonny Be Good joined Lucky VC on turning, with the pair moving away to fight out the finish. Gaining the upper hand as the winning post came into view, Oh Jonny B Good scored by a comfortable 5.8 metre margin in 1-59.6, with Holdonsu 4.5 metres away in third place after following the winner home. Beta Hanoverdakash pinged straight to the front from the pole and after being rated a treat by Nathan, was never headed in accounting for Soh Filthy Rich (barrier four) which trailed by 4.9 metres. Always Treasure was 7.2 metres away in third place after following the pair. The mile rate was 2-08.3. Beautifully bred Grinfromeartoear/Counterfiet Girl gelding Fake Smile made it two from two when greeting the judge in the Blue Hills Rise 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres with Greg Sugars in the sulky. Raced by Paul Sequenzia who had so much success with multiple Derby winner Sushi Sushi, Fake Smile trained at Sunbury by Ahmed Taiba  settled four back in the moving line from gate three on the second line, with Lombo Medlyn Miss flying away from outside the front line to lead. Moving forward three wide uncovered at the bell, Fake Smile crossed to lead the outside division in the back straight, but was pushed three wide again approaching the home turn after the leader hung off the track allowing Blue Chipped to obtain an inside passage momentarily. Dashing to the front on straightening, Fake Smile registered an easy 3.8 metre victory in advance of Another Broadway (one/one last lap) and Dependlebury (one/two) in a mile rate of 2-01.3. Whittlesea trainer Charlie Farrugia and reinsman nephew Darren Zahra have enjoyed a fruitful season with a handy limited team and snared the Devilish Smile @ Elderslie Farm Stud Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with Major Minor, a five year old gelded son of Attorney General and Gay And Bright in a rate of 2-00.6. Given a sweet trip from the pole trailing the heavily backed Ian Dornauf trained Royal Shootout (gate three), Major Minor angled into the clear on turning to just hold on by a half head from sprint laner Village Me (four back the markers) and Royal Shootout in a slugging finish. The Caldow’s made amends for Madeeba’s narrow defeat earlier in the night when Bettors Delight/Millwood Touche filly Millwood Brandy scored in the Decron Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres. Sent forward from gate four to cross Bay Tint (gate two) shortly after the start, John Caldow elected to allow Phantom Rockstar (gate five) which had been three wide to assume control hitting the back straight on the first occasion. Enjoying a charmed passage, Millwood Brandy used the sprint lane to register a 3.9 metre victory over Phantom Rockstar and Lombo Idle Belief third after racing in the open from last for the final circuit. The mile rate was 2-02.8. Melton trainer Beau Tindale’s Sportswriter/Full Pleasure 3-Y-0 gelding Egodan chalked up his fifth success (four this season), when victorious in the Hyland Harness Colours Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres. With regular reinsman Rod Petroff in the sulky, Egodan settled with most of the field ahead of him after starting from the extreme draw, with Amanda Turnbull’s Airbournemagic circling the field from gate four on the second line to lead. Set alight racing for the bell, Egodan led for the last lap in defeating Cullen Regent from mid-field and Airbournemagic in a mile rate of 2-01. The margins being 6.1 X 4.8 metres. Melton mentor Lance Justice presently sidelined with a nasty heel injury after being involved in a freak accident at Geelong the week before, landed the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1609 metres with ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 Sands A Flyin/Zwish gelding Phil Monty much to the delight of the large number of stable clients who share in the ownership. Driven by the stable’s Jason Hackett, Phil Monty was revved up from gate six to lead and allowed to bowl, ran his rivals ragged to score by 7.6 metres from Blitzsuzy off a three wide trail on the back of the third placegetter United Legacy. The mile rate was 1-59.1. Len Baker

The 2015 Albion Park winter carnival came to a dramatic close on Saturday night. On a program that boasted four Group One features with strong prizemoney attached and a majority of leading trainers and drivers from around the southern hemisphere represented, harness racing fans were set for a huge night of entertainment. And they got what they were asking for. Brilliant Victorian three-year-old Menin Gate added to his impressive list of feature race victories this season by winning the $150,000 Queensland Derby when leading throughout defeating a gallant My Kiwi Mate and Queensland Oaks victor Fight For Glory in the 2680m feature. Sent straight to the lead by his reinsman Chris Alford from his ideal draw, the $1.40 favourite scored decisively in a time of 1;57.9. He covered his final mile in splits of 30.5, 30.1, 27.9 & 27.6 seconds. Prepared by Larry Eastman, the big striding gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has now claimed the Victoria, Gold Coast and Queensland Derby’s plus the Vicbred Super Series Final this term. Menin Gate Comeback pacer Philadelphia Man gave his loyal army of supporters plenty to cheer about when he proved too classy for his rivals winning the $125,000 UBET Blacks A Fake. Having only his second run back from a lengthy break, the Emma Stewart prepared Art Major entire worked hard early before finding the lead at the 1800m from local mare Forever Gold. After being perfectly rated by Gavin Lang, the $2.10 favourite scored a convincing victory from a brave Forever Gold while Avonnova fought strongly to hold third placing. The 2680m open-class feature was covered in a mile rate of 1;56.8. The last mile was covered in splits of 31.4, 29.9, 27.6 & 27.7 seconds. Philadelphia Man is now unbeaten in two runs back this campaign while providing Stewart with her biggest victory in the sunshine state. Philadelphia Man Most expected the Victorians to claim the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with the brilliant Heavens Trend, but her erratic behavior cost her victory. Improving local filly Special Moment ($35.10) caused a boilover downing Sweet As Candy and Aussie Vista in a mile rate of 1;58.0. The victory provided another feature race victory for Shannon Price and Scott Miller plus winning reinsman Brad Cowen during this carnival. Passing the 400m marker, Heavens Trend raced to the lead from Get In The Groove but raced greenly before ultimately galloping which left Trista Dixon (Get in The Groove) unseated while Covert Beauty and her driver Mark Dux crashed to the track. All horses and drivers involved in the incident were ok. Special Moment In the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo colts and geldings Final, the fast finishing burst from Leos Best ($8.60) proved too much for his rivals in the 1660m feature event. Leos Best, trained and driven by Grant Dixon, forced clear of an early pocket and relished a strong speed to defeat Roarn and Catcha Lefty in a career best time of 1;54.8. The Cammibest gelding has now claimed two feature events this season after winning the Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Classic last month. And the Gr.2 $50,000 Landfill Logistics 4yo Championship was taken out in brilliant fashion by New South Wales mare Sweet Molly Oshea ($11.80) for trainer Blake Hewitt and winning reinsman Gavin Lang. After racing without cover, the Mach Three mare proved too strong for Alleluia and Bling It On in a race record time of 1;54.7 for the 2138m journey. Club officials were thrilled with the big crowd in attendance to conclude a strong carnival.  

COLUMBUS, MN. - Keep The Dream (Travis Bowman) won a thrilling three-horse photo finish to capture the $8000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Running Aces on Saturday (July 18). The five-year-old Mach Three mare got away near the back of the pack, then moved into third-over position at the half, swung three-wide around the final bend and flashed a :29.1 finishing panel to edge Imfasterthanu (Nick Roland) by a head and Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) by a head in 1:55.3. Owned by Dr. James Findlay, Keep The Dream now has 15 career triumphs and has earned $128,526. It was her second win in four tries versus open mares at Running Aces. The co-feature was a $6500 Open II Pace for males and the three-year-old Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) continued to impress with his 11th victory in 17 tries in addition to five place finishes. Owner-trainer Jeff Ryan was out of conditions and forced to enter the Open II, but his Allamerican Native colt was up to the task topping Bunkerhill Bill (Tony Succarotte) by three-quarters of a length with Chewy Baca (Gerry Longo) garnering the show dough. Dead last at the three-quarter pole, Magee and Linkjack Hanover picked off seven foes in succession during a :28.4 final quarter for the upset win at 7-1 odds. A pair of $5500 Minnesota-sired three-year-old paces were also carded. Relentless Spirit (Lemoyne Svendsen) upset Moonshinenmonkeys (Tim Maier) in the filly split, winning in 1:55.3 at 6-1 odds. It was the second straight win in just three lifetime starts for Relentless Spirit who is owned by Edward Gutin and trained by Bob Lems. The colts division also was clocked in 1:55.3 with favored Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) holding off Imgoodatwhatido (Travis Bowman) and Willystayrwillgo (Gerry Longo). It was the initial 2015 win for Toatsmygoats, who won seven of eight races at two and was the state champion. David Flinn trains the winner for the Van Otterloo Stables. Gregg Keidel Director of Racing

Harness racing can be a hard game at the best of times and after the $125,000 Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park last night, Gary Elson would be the first to agree. Gary had two of the better supported runners in Ideal Tyson (American Ideal) who had drawn beautifully at barrier one and Sprinter (Mach Three) who had drawn poorly at barrier six on the front line. Gary was on record as saying that Ideal Tyson was by far the better of his two and he felt he would be very hard to beat from barrier one. But as soon as the gate went, Ideal Tyson was in trouble. Dodolicious with Ryan Warwick in the bike burned the gate from barrier two and Ideal Tyson galloped when he tried to match her speed early. Chris Voak immediately settled Ideal Tyson and sent him forward to sit outside Dodolicious and pressure her for the lead. No sooner had he done so, Ideal Tyson went off stride for a short time going out of the straight with two laps to go which made his task even more difficult. Settled again, Ideal Tyson again applied pressure on Dodolicious but Ryan Warwick was having none of it and held the lead. All the while Sprinter with Nathan Turvey in the bike was doing nothing out the back and moved into the three wide line with 800 metres to go. Dodolicious shook off Ideal Tyson at the 500 metres mark and turning for home looked to have the race in safe keeping. However Sprinter had peeled four wide at the 400 metres and just breezed on by in the straight for a super impressive victory. Dodolicious hung on gamely for second in front of Sheer Rocknroll who after trailing the leader the whole way battled into third. Sprinter paced the 2130 metres in 2:34.3 a 1:56.5 mile rate. A $34,000 purchase by Gary Elson at last years Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Auckland, Sprinter was bred by the Parkers at Drury who are renowned as the breeders of Auckland Reactor. Sprinter is by Mach Three out of the Bettor's Delight mare Forgotten Dreams who is out of Dreaming Spies by Dream Away. Last nights win was Sprinters sixth from just nine starts and with three placings as well took his earnings over the $120,000 mark. Harnesslink Media

One of New Zealand's better performed harness racing exports to North America in the last few years is finally starting to turn his form around in his new homeland. Mah Sish had a stellar career down under and was closing in on a million dollar in stake earnings when he was exported to North America last May. A free going son of Mach Three, Mah Sish looked perfectly suited to mile racing and big things were expected of him in North America. However all that came to nothing when in his first qualifying race in June last year he was very scratchy in his action and that would be his only look at a race track for nearly twelve months. His Kiwi born mentor, "Nifty" Norman has nursed him back to the track and he is slowly starting to show the kind of form that he showed in the Southern Hemisphere. Although it is still early days there are signs that the old Mah Sish is back and several of his recent runs have been more like his old self. Mah Sish had a nice win on the half mile Freehold track in early May in 1:55.2 before a couple of placings at the Meadowlands in good time hinted he was on his way back. He then had three runs at the leading track in Canada at Mohawk Raceway and although not winning efforts he did break 1:50 in one of those runs and was a certainty beaten at his third start there. Therefore when he lined up at The Meadowlands last Saturday, Mah Sish was well supported on the tote to win his second race of the year. Driver David Miller settled him fourth early as the first quarter went by in 26.2 and the half in 54. Passing the half Mah Sish was flushed out and from there David Miller just let him run and Mah Sish grabbed the lead before the corner and shot away and hid from the opposition in a very smart performance. Mah Sish stopped the timer in 1:49.2 and seemed to do it with a fair bit in reserve. There are plenty of options for Mah Sish race wise over the next few months but the pleasing thing is he finally got to show the North Americans a little bit of his class. Harnesslink Media  

One of the better two year old harness racing fillies of this season in Northern Velocity has been sold to prominent Australian harness racing enthusiast Scott Robertson and his wife Kathy. Northern Velocity raced at the highest level all season with wins in the $146,250 Sales Race at Addington as well as the $25,000 Leonard Memorial Stakes at Addington and the $25,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Invercargill. She faced the starter eight times during the season for three wins and two placings for a healthy stake haul of $140.560. With the All Star barn having the two other high class two year old fillies in the stable in Dream About Me and Arden's Choice, they made the decision to sell Northern Velocity after the Harness Jewels. A daughter of Mach Three, Northern Velocity is a half sister to the outstanding pacer Pembrook Benny 1:53.6 ($907,890) and was purchased from the 2014 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch for $72,500 by Mark Purdon. While Northern Velocity has been sold to Australian interests she won't be lost to the New Zealand scene just yet as new part owner Scott Robertson explains. " I have moved her to the Mark Jones barn with a view to her spending a big part of her three year old season in New Zealand." " The big aim will be the Sales Race again but apart from that I am more than happy to leave it up to Mark where she races." " At some point she will head over here to my trainer Steve Maguire," Scott said when speaking to Harnesslink this week. Scott is slowly building up a small but select broodmare band with the aim of concentrating on the top end of the market at the yearling sales and Northern Velocity will join that broodmare band when she has finished racing. Some smart mares have already been purchased such as * Joyfuljoy (NZ) 1:51.6 ($480,442) who has produced a lovely Rock N Roll Heaven filly to date. *Rockahula Baby - An Artsplace mare from a three quarter sister to Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 ($3,069,093) *Glenferrie Diva 1:58 - A Christian Cullen half sister to the very smart Foreclosure 1:48.8 ($807,746) *Magic Maddy Lombo - The dam already of Suave Stuey Lombo 1:49.6 ($566,512), Miss Trickin Lombo 1:53.3 ($230,312) and this years smart two year old filly Soho Maleleine 1:58 ($47,973) *Snug Harbour - A Bettor's Delight mare from  a full sister to Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,485,629) *The Baggy Green 1:57 ($108,700) - A very smart Art Major daughter of the brilliant racemare Lady Waratah 1:59.5 ($564,770) Scott has set his sights on having a small select broodmare band. " Somewhere around the ten to twelve mark is what I an aiming at." " I plan to sell everything in the first instance but as we get established I would prefer to sell the colts at the sales and retain the fillies where possible," Scott said It has been an ambitious project by Scott and Kathy but with the class of mares they already have and others of the class of Northern Velocity to still join the elite broodmare band, the future looks pretty bright for these standardbred breeders. Harnesslink Media

New Zealand's best harness racing two year old filly Dream About Me had her first look at Menangle yesterday in a tame workout as she heads towards the Breeders Crown series. Without doubt the best two year old filly seen in New Zealand for a few seasons, Dream About Me is unbeaten to date but faces some real competition across the Tasman as she trys to keep her unbeaten record in tact. The half sister to Christen Me and three quarter sister to Adore Me has inherited all the family ability but the clash with the outstanding Rock N Roll Heaven filly Heavens Trend 1:52.1 is something to really look forward to. The All Stars team has been reinforced lately as they turn their attention to the Breeders Crown series. The latest addition to the team is the big Mach Three three year old filly Classical Art who has tended to live in the shadows of The Orange Agent and Fight For Glory most of the season but the free going filly would seem ideally suited by the Australian style of racing. As is normal these days Greg Hayes caught up with Mark Purdon after yesterdays trial and that interview is enclosed here. Harnesslink Media  

Changeover/Nifty Franco filly Whitney H made a successful Australian debut by winning the Jet Roofing 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres at the harness racing meeting at Kilmore on Tuesday July 7. Unplaced in three outings in her homeland, Whitney H raced by former Bendigo HRC President Dennis Byce and wife Brenda, trained by the Melton combination of Maree and John Caldow with John in the sulky, led throughout from gate three, accounting for Carmens Spirit (three back the markers) along the sprint lane by 2.9 metres, with first starter Whatelsugot also using the sprint lane to finish third after trailing the winner. The mile rate was 1-58.3. Avenel concessional reinsman Mark Pitt possibly landed his first winner as a trainer when Sportswriter/Bonwarra filly Missy Deyo greeted the judge when making her first race appearance in the Weekend Breakfast @ Trackside From 9am 2-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres. Raced in partnership with “boss” Wayne Potter, Missy Deyo bred in the Goulburn Valley by Benstud Standardbreds was restrained from gate six to possie three back along the markers, with Bold Comment Lombo immediately inside her leading. Coming away from the inside to be one/one approaching the final bend, Missy Deyo finished full of running on straightening to record an impressive 2.1 metre victory over the hot favourite Our Odette which faced the breeze from the bell, with Bold Comment Lombo holding down third. The mile rate was 2-01.5. Wallan’s Shinn stable snared the Sentimental Journey Xmas In July–23 July 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres with home bred Four Starzzz Shark/Adelong filly Machli in a mile rate of 1-59. Bred and raced by Noel and trainer Ruth, Machli driven by Chris was tough in victory as she raced in the open after going forward from gate four. Striding clear halfway up the running, Machli had 1.5 metres up her sleeve on reaching the wire from Bee Bee Elle which followed her all of the way. Miss Sixties weakened to finish third after leading for Cameron Maggs. Daylesford octogenarian Bob Conroy almost trained the quinella in the Seniors Meal Deal Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres when Girls Go First and Miss Cosmos were split by Kadabra Dynasty. Driven by son Glenn, Girls Go First a 4-Y-0 daughter of Bacardi Lindy and Lucy Lastic bred by wife Pat, was driven a patient race mid-field in the moving line from 10 metres, with Miss Cosmos leading from the pole. Trailing up Kadabra Dynasty three wide in the last lap, Girls Go First ran home best to score by a head from Kadabra Dynasty in a rate of 2-07.7, with Miss Cosmos (Anne-Maree Conroy) 3.5 metres away in third place. Bathurst concessional reinsman Mitch Turnbull is having a ball in Victoria, chalking up another winner courtesy of 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Georgia Rose gelding Bettor Atom in the Trackside Advantage Loyalty Program Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres. Trained at Bolinda by Paul Males for parents Peter and Yvonne, Bettor Aton taking a lift led out from gate two, before handing over to the speedy Royal Shootout racing for the bell. Using the sprint lane, Bettor Atom fended off a challenge by Miss Metro Glen out wide in the shadows of the post who appeared to have him covered by 1.1 metres. Rowdy Rocket was 1.7 metres away in third place after following Miss Metro Glen home. The mile rate was 1-58.6. Not to be outdone, sister Amanda Turnbull combined with Doreen based aunt Bec Cartwright to land the Mitre 10 Kilmore Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2180 metres with smart Modern Art/Miss Superb mare Pressplay in a rate of 2-00.9. Bred and raced by Bec, Pressplay safely held the lead from the pole as the mobile gate pulled away, before surrendering to Just Knew at the bell. Making full use of the sprint lane, Pressplay bloused Just Knew by a half head in a thrilling finish, with Givemeaspell rushing home late out wide a half head away in third place after being extricated from three back the markers. Ararat trainer Michael Bellman and partner Emma Hamblin were successful with Kiwi bred 5-Y-0 Holmes Hanover/Divine Lustre gelding Our Bold Lustre in the New Winter Menu @ Trackside Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres, paying Supertab odds of $17.20. Taking a concession for Emma, Our Bold Lustre starting from 10 metres settled beautifully one/one to receive the run of the race, with the hot favourite C C Chevron going forward from 20 metres to gain the lead within a lap without spending too much petrol. Easing four wide running into the final bend, Our Bold Lustre was much too strong over the concluding stages, winning by 1.6 metres in advance of the local hope Hollys Miss Molly (three back the markers) and Rogue Assassin which raced without cover from barrier three. The mile rate was 2-05. On what was a great night for the Turnbull’s, Amanda handed the reins to partner Nathan Jack aboard 5-Y-0 Mach Three/The Perfect Paua mare Perfect Trouble to capture the Phoenix Designs Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres in 2-02.5. Staring from the extreme draw, Perfect Trouble was set alight three wide from mid-field to cross the poleline leader Rockn Ruby and assume control at the bell. Although runs were coming from all directions on straightening, Perfect Trouble a $1.30 favourite, was punched to the wire to score by 1.5 metres over Feel The Rhythm (one/three last lap) and Premier Rose (three back the markers). Len Baker

Highly-promising New Zealand bred harness racing two-year-old Sprinter is poised to warm up for the $125,000 Golden Slipper Stakes on Friday week by winning the $17,500 TABtouch Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will reappear after a two-month absence when he starts from barrier one and Nathan Turvey will be looking for an all-the-way win Turvey drove the Mach Three gelding when he dashed over the final 400m section in 27.8sec. and won a 2185m trial from Not Small at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. Sprinter is owned and trained by Gary Elson, who was pleased with the first-up effort of Ideal Tyson, who looks certain to be a warm favourite for the Golden Slipper after his easy first-up win over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon to improve his record to eight wins from nine starts. Sprinter should win from the Phil Costello-trained Anime and trainer Glenn Elliott's pair of Soho Wall Street and Soho Wolverine. Anime trailed the pacemaking Ideal Tyson when a sound second to Ideal Tyson on Monday, while Soho Wall Street was a winner over Rocknroll Whitby at Narrogin two starts ago and Soho Wolverine finished second to Rich Yankee in the Pearl Classic at Bunbury two starts ago. Ken Casellas  

New Zealand harness racing bred five-year-old Cyamach will drop considerably in class when he makes his Australian debut in the first heat of the Del Basso Smallgoods Chandon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The gelding, who is prepared at Serpentine by premier trainer Gary Hall sen., will start from barrier two on the back line in the 2130m event restricted to M1-class pacers and should fight out the finish with Bettor Party, Alongcomesdylan, Ohoka Cooper and Close To Cullen. At his most recent appearance Cyamach lined up against several of the best open-class performers in New Zealand when he started in the group 1 $238,000 Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park on March 6. He revealed excellent gate speed before racing four back on the pegs and finishing eighth in the field of ten. But he finished just five lengths behind the winner Christen Me, who beat another superstar in Adore Me by a nose, rating 1.55.5 over the 2700m journey. Another star pacer Ohoka Punter was third. "I'm a little disappointed that he didn't draw the front line because he's a bit hard to drive," Hall said. "He's got a bit of a head of steam and gets on the bit. And with not a quick beginner drawn in front of him is a bit of a worry as well. "But he's going to be hard to beat; his work has been good enough. I don't think that he's over brave, but he's pretty quick." Cyamach has had 45 starts for ten wins and 14 placings and $174,133 in stakes. He is closely related to Maheer Lord, winner of the WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in January 2006 after winning the Media Guild Cup and Parliamentarians Cup the previous year. He also won 11 races in New Zealand and 20 in America before being retired with earnings of $515,470 from 34 wins and 46 placings from 197 starts. Cyamach's great granddam Fern Glen produced Maheer Lord. The Dylan Quadrio-trained Alongcomesdylan warmed up for Friday night's event in good style when he gave a bold frontrunning performance to win from Shardons Rocket and Rocky Marciano over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. From the prized No. 1 barrier again, he looks the likely leader and will have plenty of admirers. Mark Reed gave punters a strong lead when he opted to drive Bettor Party for Darling Downs trainer Eric Chabros in preference to Close To Cullen, who is prepared by his father Mike. Reed drove Bettor Party when the five-year-old started off 30m and dashed to the front in the middle stages before winning easily from Major Rush over 2503m at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. That was his twelfth win from 67 starts. Reed drove Close To Cullen to an all-the-way win at Gloucester Park four starts ago (last October). He also drove the gelding at his first two starts after a spell last months for a good third at Northam and an encouraging fourth behind Waylade at Pinjarra. Clint Kimes will replace Reed in the sulky behind Close To Cullen, a pacer he has driven to victory four times. Smart four-year-old Ohoka Cooper has been placed for trainer-reinsman Kade Howson at his first two runs after a spell and will be fancied, despite his outside draw. Ken Casellas

COLUMBUS, MN. - Silence Son and Keep The Dream won their respective $8000 Opens at Running Aces on Sunday night; while the 50-cent Pick 6-offering a $5000 guaranteed pool-went unsolved due to a pair of longshot winners. When harness racing resumes at Running Aces on Tuesday (July 7) night, track officials expect that the Pick 6 pool will grow to well over $10,000. Silence Son (Nick Roland) took full advantage of a two-hole trip behind favored Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman), passing the frontrunner in deep stretch to win the Open Trot by three-quarters of a length. After comfortable fractions for the track's top trotters of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1, the winner put a finishing :28.3 on his triumphant 1:57 win. Californian George Reider both owns and trains the six-year-old son of Majestic Son who now has $88,509 in career earnings. Jailer (Rick Bertrand) got the show dough in the featured race for squaregaiters. Keep The Dream gave Roland, the leading driver at the meet, a sweep of the pair of features by copping her $8000 event for the best pacing mares in Minnesota in 1:54.4. The five-year-old Mach Three mare was placed fourth through the first two fractions of :28.1 and :58, then moved first-up through the 1:26.1 third panel to pull within a length of pacesetting Part Time Lady. With a strong :28.2 closing panel, Keep The Dream passed the leader and held off fellow closers De Valeria (Tim Maier) and Rev Me Up (Mark P'Pool) to garner her third local victory, but first in open company. The winner boosted her lifetime bounty to $125,166 for owner Dr. James Findlay of British Columbia. Tawa Road and driver Tony Succarotte pulled a major upset in the first leg of the Running Aces Pick 6 on Sunday, narrowly defeating heavily-favored Super Son Of Sandy (Lemoyne Svendsen) and returning $49 to win.   Sunday's handle of $220,098 was the best of the young 2015 summer meet at Running Aces. Bigger and better numbers are expected on Tuesday when a solid 11-race card-including the 50-cent Pick 6 with an estimated $10,000-plus pool-begins at 7 p.m. (CDT). Gregg Keidel

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