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Impressive youngster Colt Thirty One remains unbeaten. And punched his ticket for a trip south to Sydney to chase the $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold series, the harness racing final is scheduled for April 29 at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. The Grant Dixon prepared rookie sat without cover to claim the Brisbane heat of the series at Albion Park last night (Tuesday) defeating his stablemate Ark Patrol and Lucky Unlucky in a time of 1:59.2. In a race that developed into a sprint home, the last quarter was timed in 27.8 seconds. Unfortunately, the race was robbed of interest with race favourite Maywyns Courage taking no competitive part following a break in the score-up. Colt Thirty One is two for two following his debut victory at Albion Park on February 21. “He’s a nice horse with a good attitude and I was really pleased with his effort, sitting parked and then sprinting a fast last section was very good.” Dixon said. The Mach Three – Charm Personified colt was the clear favourite for the Wayne Wilson Paleface Adios Classic on March 4 before his scratching. The half-brother to Charming Allie (18 wins - $266k) had a minor issue with his hock. “His hock was up but he wasn’t lame and I wasn’t prepared to risk him for that race so I just backed off on him for a while there and now he’s back to full health. His winning trial last week in readiness for this assignment was very good and gave me good confidence. “He relaxed really well outside the leader and quickened nicely when I asked for a little more passing the 400m marker and felt strong through the line. “I’ve always rated him from an early stage and so far, so good but it’s only going to get harder going forward. It looks a very strong series judging by the results of the Sydney and Melbourne heats.” Melbourne heat winners were Lumineer, Stefsbest and Yankee Roller while the Sydney heat winners included Maximus Red, Be Major Threat and Sicario. Both Lumineer and Sicario have created plenty of interest following their ultra-impressive victories. The semi-finals of the APG are scheduled for April 22. Dixon is no stranger to success in the Australian Pacing Gold Final following his victory with Majestic Mach back in 2012. Both Majestic Mach and Colt Thirty One are bred and raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour. Chris Barsby

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Deliciouslynaughty was on her best behavior at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 5) and rallied late to capture the featured $8,200 pace for the harness racing mares in 1:57 over the fast track.   Getting a perfect second over trip, Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) went three-wide down the long Buffalo Raceway stretch and was able to surge past Who Says That (John Cummings Jr.) in the final strides to capture the victory. Susie's Delight) managed to secure the show position.   Scarlet N Silk had to tussle with Susie's Delight to grab the top and posted fractions of 28.4, 57.2 and 1:27.3.   But down the lane, Scarlet N Silk started to get leg weary while Deliciouslynaughty and Who Says That were revved up on the outside.   Who Says That enjoyed a slight advantage midway down the stretch but couldn't hold off the fast closing Deliciouslynaughty who posted the head win.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, it was the fourth win in 13 appearances for Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three-Naught Enough Hare). The 10-year-old mare has now put $24,906 in the bank this year and $438,451 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr had a triple in the bike while Stalbaum and Kevin Cummings all had doubles. Trainer Bo Sowers picked up three wins and Asher had a pair.   Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night with an 11-race card set for 5 p.m. There is a $999 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   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

Harness racing juvenile pacer Maywyns Courage produced a scintillating performance at Albion Park yesterday (Tuesday). And it augers well for an exciting freshman season for the precocious talent. Prepared by Graham Dwyer, the first starter blazed off the gate and led throughout in the Egmont Park Sprintlane Pace in a time of 1:55.2 – easily the quickest time for a two-year-old in the Sunshine State this season. Sectionals were covered in 26.8, 30.8, 29.5 and 28.4 seconds. Maywyns Courage scored by a widening margin of 15.75 metres from Lucky Unlucky and Maythehorsebewithu. The gelded son of former champion pacer Courage Under Fire is from the Mach Three mare Nonni Sheffield and bred by Denis Pangrazio. Nonni Sheffield went winless during her 7 start career before heading to the breeding barn. Maywyns Courage is the first foal from the mare. The youngster was purchased by Robert and Pam Essex at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale in Melbourne at a cost of $22,000. And he is closely related to Maywyns Best, a pacer that the Essex couple is racing with good success presently, the Blissfull Hall gelding is the winner of 17 races while banking more than $80,000 in prizemoney to date. The rich Australian Pacing Gold Final is scheduled for April 29 and will take place in Sydney at TABCORP Park, Menangle. A heat of the series will be staged at Albion Park on April 11. The final is worth $322,000. Maywyns Courage is also eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown plus the Vicbred series. Chris Barsby

LEBANON, OH. - Gerries Sport (Trace Tetrick) equaled the Miami Valley track record for 4-year-old male pacers with a dominating 1:50 triumph in the Saturday night (May 25) $22,000 Open I Handicap Pace. Despite a double jump up in class, Tetrick handled the talented son of Mach Three confidently, allowing a trio of gate leavers to move ahead of him early before immediately moving back to the outside following a :26.4 opening quarter mile. Clearing to the front just past the :54.3 halfway station, Gerries Sport sprinted to the three-quarters in a quick 1:21.4, then had enough left in the tank to cruise under the wire a length and a half better than Kiss Of Terror (Kyle Ater) and Franzo (Dan Noble). It was just the tenth lifetime win for Gerries Sport, from just 36 starts, but increased his career earnings to $238,371. He is owned by the partnership of Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and Josh Green. Leading trainer Tyler George has conditioned the winner since he was sent from Ontario to Ohio in January. Evergreen Elite (Trace Tetrick) and Heisenberg Z Tam (Tyler Smith) were winners in a pair of $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial late-closing series for non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime. Tharps is one of nine deceased "Lebanon Legends" who are honored annually with memorial series in their names. In addition to being an accomplished horseman in his own right, Tom Tharps was the patriarch of the Tharps racing family, which includes his son Randy (the winningest African-American driver in history with over 6,000 victories), as well as a host of other sons and grandsons who followed in his footsteps. Evergreen Elite lived up to his odds-on favoritism, prevailing over Sossy's King Kong (Tyler Smith) and Cracker Cam (John DeLong) by four lengths in 1:50.2. Ken Rucker trains the 5-year-old Duneside Perch gelding for The Panhellenic Stable of New York. Heisenberg Z Tam upset heavily favored Hustling Charley in the second split, using a pocket trip to shove a neck in front in the final strides in 1:52. The 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding returned $30.40 at the windows. He is owned by the Z Tam Stables, also of New York, and trained by Jim Arledge Jr. Driver Josh Sutton had a Grand Slam on the Saturday program, winning four races for four different trainers. His successes came behind the trotter Extracurricular ($11.20), and pacers Holy Chip ($9.20), Yippitty Hanover ($4.00) and Achilles Blue Chip ($24.40). Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 17, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for high-end pacing mares began Friday night, with a trio of $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw odds-on choice Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $3.60) parlay a perfect pocket trip into a handy, 1:53 victory Winning the draw, Shesjustadelight N watched as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, along came American Girl (Tim Tetrick), who eschewed a three-hole only to get hung for her troubles by Empress Deo. It was a :55.2 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with American Girl eventually backing away. While that was transpiring, Shesjustadelight N was enjoying the show, awaiting her close-up. Empress Deo owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the fave was ready. Shesjustadelight N edged inside, defeating the Empress by a length-and-a-three-quarters. Change the Rulz N (Scott Zeron) rallied for third at 48-1, with 110-1 shot Quick Draft A (Mark MacDonald) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it.." For Shesjustadelight N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver & Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $109.50 "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said of his lass. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it." Friday night's second Matchmaker grouping saw another odds-on number, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) prevail, though not without some angst. Away third from post position No. 2, Mach it a Par quarter-moved around Bedroomconfessions (Zeron), taking over right a :28.1 first two furlongs, There were very soft fractions after that (:57.3, 1:26), with Betabcool N (MacDonald) trying it first-up from fourth. Mach it a Par owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, then was all out to hold off Bedroomconfession by a nose in 1:53.2. Betabcool N held for a credible third, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) ad Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) settling for the remainder. For Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.10, with the triple returning $16.20. The first round's final foray offered the fast female, as Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $8.40) lasted on the lead in a season's-best 1:52.4. From post No. 3, she hooved her way (:28.2, :57.1, 1:24.3). Regil Elektra had a length lead into the lane, then whipped a crisp rally of 22-1 Hidden Land by a half-length. Third went to a pocketed Lispatty (MacDonald), with a first-up Medusa (Kakaley) and Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) grabbing the minors. Nike Franco N (Tetrick), locally debuting as the 9-10 favorite, gapped second-over and wound up seventh. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her third win in six '17 starts. The exacta paid $133.50, with the triple returning $374. "The open draws are so big in these series, and both (Mach it a Par and Regil Elektra) had good posts, so I had to leave with them," Bartlett said. "Mach it a Par isn't a front-end sort of mare, but I thought she was good in the last quarter when she had to be. "Regil Elektra won the Open Handicap here last Friday when it was cold, and she was there again." The Matchmaker (as well as the Saturday night-beginning George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series) offer five preliminary rounds, leading to a finale, set for Saturday, Apr. 22nd . by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 10, 2017 - Odds-on Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) held off Change the Rulz N (George Brennan) in a two-speed, inside number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Winning the post positions 2-through-6 draw, Regil Elektra was stung a bit by the lass to her left, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile After a :57.3 intermission, 39-1 outsider Sail to the Beach (Dan Dube) tried it first-up from fourth. That move did nothing to advance the cause of those behind her as Regil Elektra led in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters. The fave owned a length-and-a-quarter lead entering the lane, then held off an edging-out Change the Rulz N by a neck in 1:54.4. Third went to a ground-saving Know It All (Eric Abbatiello), with Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and locally-debuting American Girl (Scott Zeron) settling for the minors. For Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $207.50. YONKERS' SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $1,600 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening's (March 11) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,676.81. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races...if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

St Lads Moonwalk (Mach Three) prevailed in the Open Pace as part of the double harness racing feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jackie Greene had last year's local Pacer of the Year as Artful Way took home top honors after being the winningest participant in the Open Pace in 2016. This year's version for Greene could be St Lads Moonwalk who was aggressively piloted by Frank Coppola Jr. in the $13,000 Open on Sunday. The race's 5-2 second choice pocketed the favored Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) and held on to beat him in the stretch in a mile paced in 1:54.2. Sassy Hanover was second best while longshot Starzheaven (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. The $12,000 Open Trot was won by Slugfest (Conway Hall). The Trotter of the Year at the Spa in both 2014 and 2015, Slugfest again had a solid '16 campaign and started out his season in style on Sunday afternoon. Always seeming to thrive in the colder months of the year, Slugfest was at his best in the second half of the double feature as driver Jay Randall marched the veteran out to the early lead, a lead he would never relinquish. The Maureen Salino trainee went coast to coast in 1:56.2 at odds of 5-2 on Sunday to record his first victory of the year. Perfect Rendition (Larry Stalbaum) came up second best while No Recess (Jim Devaux) finished third. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee first post of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 24, 2017 - Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $6) was the third and last leader Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Into the game early from assigned post position No. 7, Mach it a Par waited her turn as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) took turns with the lead. Mach it a Par grabbed her chance just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a 29-secone next substation (:56.2 half), it was 48-1 rank outsider For the Ladies N (Dan Dube) taking out of fourth. Regil Elektra (Brent Holland) was second-up, while 19-10 choice Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton), in her U-S parimutuel debut, was behind that one Mach it a Par continued her work night in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. Despite drifting a bit, she held sway, negating the sharp close of Mackenzie A to win by a head in 1:52.4. Third went to Lispatty, with Empress Deo and Regil Elektra rounding out the payees. The five cashers were separated by just 1¾ lengths at the line. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $75.50. Frank Drucker

MachThree has become one of the most influential harness racing stallions in the world. His recent sudden death was a shock to the entire Industry as his true legacy is only just starting to unfold through the deeds of his siring sons and grandsons and also his daughters. As a racehorse Mach Three was a very good two and three year old with exceptional gait and speed. He faced the starter just 27 times for 18 wins and 6 placings, taking a track record at The Meadowlands of 1:49 in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a track record on a half mile track of 1:51.1 in a heat of the Little Brown Jug on his way to earning a total of $2,376,700. As a stallion right throughout his career he has shown the ability to leave that exceptional horse who are as dominant on the racetrack as he was. His champion son Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) is the hottest sire in the world right now and his Southern Hemisphere champion in Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) is being given his chance to follow suit with him serving 1,300 mares in his first four seasons at stud. Mach Three's progeny have produced a staggering earnings world-wide total of $136,000,0000. In North America his average earnings per starter is over $112,000. One of the few sires in the world today who is able to leave one as good or better than himself (a special one) both on the track and at stud. Somebeachsomewhere is reshaping the North American breeding industry with his complete dominance of his stock on the race track. Auckland Reactor is being given the same opportunity at stud in Australasia. All in all Mach Three is an outstanding and champion sire. Breckon Farms have five Mach Three yearlings for sale at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday the February 20th. Lot 28 – Miracle Moose (bay colt, Mach Three - Minnie Moose) Miracle Moose is the second foal from the black type Bettor’s Delight mare Minnie Moose ($142,791) and is closely related to Ashcott El ($124,651), dual Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed Diamond Moose ( $75,585) and Famous Deal ($124,019). Lot 40 – Oynas (bay colt, Mach Three - Paddy Brown) Oynas is the third foal from a five win Christian Cullen mare Paddy Brown ($46,726).  The second dam is the Group 1 placed Braeside Star ($67,225) a half-sister to New Zealand Cup & Miracle Mile winner Iraklis ($1,019,042). Braeside Star has had seven to race and they’ve all won and are all Black Type performers. This is the family of 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year O Baby ($391,273) and Group 1 Great North & Victoria Derby winner and three-year-old Pacer of the Year Lavros Star (1.50m, 28 wins $534,382). Lot 112 – Macca’s (bay colt, Mach Three - Bella Me) Macca’s is a half-brother to two winners in including Eclipse Me ($83,944). The second dam Estabella (1:56.3) is the dam of three winners including Milly Me ($246,999) and the Group 3 placed Delight Me ($77,092). This is the  family of dual Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed Pocket Me ($266,979), Fear Me ($60,168), Jungle Genie ($278,090), Jungle Jewel ($221,047), Buster Me ($265,430) and Puppetandmee ($201,518). Lot 91 – Zinny Mach (bay colt, Mach Three - Zingara) Zinny Mach is from a race winning Christian Cullen sister to the dam of the top Group 1 winning mare Lauraella ($649,946). This colt is the dam's second foal with the first foal being the now race winning three-year-old Laredo Torpedo who raced in the recent Victoria Derby. Lot 95 – Gimme Hope (brown filly, Mach Three / Affairs Are Bettor) Check this page out for all the history of this Gimme Hope wich we have already covered. Harnesslink Media

Australian Pacing Gold graduate Our Little General will work towards consecutive Blue Ribands when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Fresh from his Victoria Derby triumph a fortnight ago, Our Little General will tackle a heat of the harness racing classic for trainer Emma Stewart. Despite drawing awkwardly in barrier six, the son of Mach Three is a $1.90 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds, with Stewart confident Our Little General can justify his short price. “The draw isn’t ideal, but we couldn’t be happier with his condition,” Stewart said. “He had a good, solid trial at Ballarat during the weekend, which has really sharpened him up. “He will be in better shape this weekend than when he won the Victoria Derby at his second start from a spell.” Should all go according to plan, Our Little General will then contest next week’s $200,000 Final, which is part of a super Miracle Mile program. “Barring bad luck, he shouldn’t have any trouble making his way into the Derby,” Stewart said. “Like I said, he is in top shape, but will be better again after the heats.” The colt boasts an imposing record of nine wins and five placings from 15 starts for earnings of $360,305. APG Media  

Express Stride is the latest horse to beat the sub 1:50 mark down under with a dazzling 1:49.8 mile last Saturday night at the fastest harness racing track in the Southern Hemisphere, Tabcorp Park Menangle, just on the outskirts of Sydney in New South Wales. Express Stride was having his third start back on a new campaign winning all three races this time in to take his record to 24 starts, 9 wins, 6 seconds and 4 thirds for $191,790 in stakes with plenty more to come.  A Bettor's Delight horse from the top racemare Lauraella ($649,946) Express Stride is from the famed Black Watch family that has dominated the Yearling Sales in New Zealand for the last 30 years. This family is known as the Regina family. Express Stride winning in 1:49.8 There are a number of yearlings from the Regina family in the Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka next Monday the 20th of February. The Breckon Farms draft has several of note especially Lot 91 Zinny Mach a colt by Mach Three from a race winning Christian Cullen sister to the dam of Lauraella. This colt is the dam's second foal with the first foal being the now race winning three-year-old Laredo Torpedo who raced in last week;s Victoria Derby. Lot 91 – Zinny Mach (bay colt Mach Three / Zingara) Harnesslink Media            

The partners of OSS Gold and Grand Circuit winner Physicallyinclined are excited to announce they have reached a deal to stand the outstanding harness racing pacer for stud duty in Ontario for 2017. Sired by the great Mach Three, out of the Artsplace mare Artisticallyinclined, Physicallyinclined offers a strong pedigree.  His dam, Artisticallyinclined, is a full sister to the O’Brien and multiple stakes winning millionaire Armbro Amoretto. The fastest son of Mach Three standing in Canada, Physicallyinclined trails only Somebeachsomewhere as the second fastest Mach Three stallion in North America.  Physicallyinclined set his lifetime mark, in wire to wire fashion from Pp8, winning the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation by multiple lengths in a sharp mile of 1:49.   Physicallyinclined built a strong résumé winning from 20 lifetime starts.  He amassed a 40% (8/20) win, an 80% (16/20) top 3 and 95% (18/20) top 5 performance record.  He showed world class speed including open and closing quarters of 25.3.  He paced in 1:52.4 at Georgian Downs as a 2 year old and 1:53.1 as a 3 year old at the 1/2 mile track in London, showing his versatility on all sized tracks. Physicallyinclined will stand stud at Milverton Equine Reproduction Facility - MERF - and be managed by veteran breeding manager, Doug Nash.  Doug has been in the business for 30 years and managed many great stallions during his career at the Glengate and Cantario Farms.    When asked about the horse Nash said, "I looked him up and watched some videos.  What I saw was a big strong animal with a great gait and speed and power to match.  When he arrived at the farm, he looked terrific, in great shape with impeccable conformation. It explained what I saw and read.  I've been around great stallions in my time and he has all of the same attributes.  I'm excited to see what the future holds." Nash went on to say, "I watched his NA Cup Elimination and honestly he didn't get a good trip and the pace was slow but he still came his own last half in :51.4.  There's not many that are capable of that, front or back, forget about adding the slow pace.  Then, the next week, he won by multiple lengths over a field full of some very good Grand Circuit horses in the NA Cup Consolation.  I only wish he would have been pushed a little more because from what I saw, I think he had much more in the tank."    He said everybody involved is eager to get this animal some quality mares and that multiple mare discounts are available. The introductory stud fee for Physicallyinclined has been set at $3,000 CDN.  For additional information please contact Doug directly by phone at (519) 573-5804 or via email at dndnash@rogers.com.  

Our Little General (Mach Three-Kabbalah Karen) caused a minor harness racing upset by taking out this year’s $200,000 Victoria Derby on Hunter Cup night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Last season’s Breeders Crown winning two-year-old rated 1:56.8 to beat a Mark Purdon trained pacer, not the $1.40 All Stars favourite Vincent, but the $25.60 shot Motu Meteor driven by Grant Campbell. Vincent copped a bad flat tyre and had to be pulled out of the race at the mile mark, much to the chagrin of punters. All the while Our Little General was in front, out of trouble, making his own luck for champion reinsman Chris Alford. The General pumped out quarters of 30.3, 30.7, 28.1 and 26.6, Alford looking around at the bell, no doubt wondering where his much vaunted opponent was. Trained by Victoria’s leading trainer, champion horsewoman Emma Stewart, Our Little General has now earnt over $360,000 in stakemoney. “He’s a great little horse,” Alford said. “Emma and (partner) Clayton (Tonkin) do a great job. I went in with confidence, not that I could beat the favourite, but that he would run a great race. “When he kicked on the turn he was really strong.” Motu Meteor ran second, beaten 4.1m, while Luke McCarthy guided Astride into third.  Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

TORONTO, January 27 - Awesomeness and Lyons Sands were able to repeat in round two of the Snowshoe Series, while Waasmula became harness racing's newest millionaire with a fifth-place finish to a repeat-winning Sandbetweenurtoes in the $30,000 Mares Preferred Friday night at Woodbine. The second leg of the Snowshoe Series got things rolling on Friday's 11-race card. Awesomeness, who won his first leg division by more than seven-lengths, delivered another impressive gate-to-wire performance to take Friday's first $17,000 Snowshoe division by 5¼ lengths in 1:54.1. The Ryan Maxwell trainee was put on the front by driver Doug McNair and was never challenged, posting fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4, before pacing home in :28.2 for his second win of the season. Big Yellow finished second, while East End was third. A four-year-old gelded son of Mach Three, Awesomneness, who made his career debut in October, has been cleaning up this winter at Woodbine and now has seven wins in 13 starts. Owned by Martin Scharf, Awesomeness has banked $22,000 in three starts this season to bring his career earnings total to $84,600. The Maxwell trainee paid $2.20 to win. Awesomeness The second division was almost identical to last week's, as Lyons Sands went gate-to-wire with Senior K having to settle for second after a two-hole triple. Driven by J Harris, Lyons Sands blasted off the wings of the gate to grab command ahead of Senior K. The Bruce Goit trainee posted fractions of :27.1, :57 and 1:25.3 to lead the field into the lane. In the stretch, Senior K was angled off the pylons and took another crack at Lyons Sands, but just like last week, the leader did not surrender and crossed the wire first in 1:55. Senior K came up three-quarters of a length short, while Ohio Larry was third. A four-year-old gelding, Lyons Sands is now two for two in 2017 after winning nine of 13 last season. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is now an 11-time winner with career earnings of $61,090 for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Lyons Sands paid $5.90 to win. Lyons Sands Three and four-year-old pacers, who were non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2016, were eligible for nomination to the Snowshoe Series. The $39,400 Snowshoe Final will take place next Friday (February 3) and both Awesomeness and Lyons Sands will have an opportunity to complete a sweep of the series. Also on Friday, Sandbetweenurtoes captured the $30,000 Mares Preferred for the second-consecutive week, while Waasmula became harness racing's newest millionaire by picking up a fifth-place cheque. Richard Moreau trainee Sandbetweenurtoes had to fight off Sayitall BB in the stretch to secure a 1:52.3 front-end victory. The six-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was driven to her 23rd career victory Friday by Doug McNair. Owned by Brad Grant, Sandbetweenurtoes has quickly banked $37,500 this season to bring her career earnings to $817,722. Sandbetweenurtoes Despite not visiting the winner's circle, Waasmula's connections can celebrate after her fifth-place finish in the top-level event for pacing mares. The nine-year-old daughter of Million Dollar Cam earned $1,500 Friday to push her over $1 million in career earnings. Waasmula is owned and bred by Brent Vincent and trained by Bruce Goit. Her regular driver Trevor Henry was in the sulky to reach the milestone. Waasmula is a 29-time winner during her career with a mark of 1:49.2 taken at Mohawk. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 27, 2017 - Wrangler Magic (George Brennan, $16.60), who twice burned money as the harness racing favorite against less-talented lasses, was upon the money Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, 'Wrangler' saw a three-wide Empress Deo (Scott Zeron) pay a :26.3 price for the early lead. After a 56-second intermission, 9-5 choice Hidden Land (Brent Holland)-looped at the outset then stuffed into a four-hole-made her second move. She engaged Empress Deo in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with the eventual winner gapping from second-over. Empress Deo owned a tenuous lead entering the lane, A slow (:29.4) final quadrant 1:54.3 helped the field close ranks, with Wrangler Magic winning the scrum by a neck in 1:54.3. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald), who had every chance up the inside from the pocket, was second, with a course-altering Set Me up (George Brennan), Empress Deo and Delightful Dragon (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors as the payees were separated by a length-and-three-quarters at the finish. Hidden Land wound up sixth. For fourth choice Wrangler Magic, a now-5-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $341. Frank Drucker

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to announce the guest line up for their Thursday, January 25th harness racing show at 1PM. Mike and Mike will reflect on the life and career of world champion Mach Three who tragically passed away. The duo will talk with John Campbell about his illustrious career and talk about what it was like to drive this magnificent horse. Myron Bell will join the program this week to talk about the "On The Deck Partners" from Florida and will highlight his career. Bell who has been involved in racing for a long time will give a glimpse as to what growing up in the business was like. Grow and Fortify's own Kevin Atticks will join the show to talk about the upcoming Maryland Horse Industry Day. Harness Racing's newest game "Off and Pacing" started beta testing this week! Ryan Clements the game's creator will be on to talk about what it was like to build this game and what is coming in the future. The 2017 USHWA Caretaker of the Year award sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park was awarded on Wednesday to Justin MacEachern. He will join the program this week to talk about how he got in the business and what it was like to take care of champion Call Me Queen Be. Justin works for the Ross Croghan stable and told USHWA's Gordon Waterstone "I am so overwhelmed by this, I can't even begin to explain it." Pompano Park Director of Racing Operations Gabe Prewitt will come on the show to continue the weekly Pompano Park segment. We will discuss the happenings as well as the success the Pick 4 wager has had on Sundays. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live on their website at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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