Millstone Twp., NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) most important and consistent source of funding comes from yearly and lifetime breeding donations, and sales. This year's list includes the Fabulous Sweet Lou, Mach Three, Lucky Chucky, Possess The Wall, McArdle, Chapter Seven, and many more. Breedings are being sold, not auctioned and are available all season to purchase. Donations, which are tax-deductible, are gratefully appreciated to assist SRF in caring for the 204 Standardbreds in need of homes, 121 of which are retired for life under SRF's full care, due to age or injury. This is SRF's 26th year as the only organization of its kind, solely dedicated to the Standardbred, which also follows all of its adopted horses diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. SRF's sale of breedings makes a substantial difference. To purchase a breeding, as well as to donate a breeding, please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email email@example.com. SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, gifts to SRF are tax-deductible. Tammy Hollock Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535
DOVER, Del. --- Mach A Wish, who earlier this meet had a four-race win streak, got back to the winner's circle disposing of six foes in 1:53.2 to take the Dr. M.L. King Jr. $18,000 Mare Open/Handicap, Monday, Jan. 19, at Dover Downs. It was the third win on the harness racing card for meet leading driver Corey Callahan. Starting from the outside in a field of seven distaffs, Mach A Wish followed race-favorite front-pacing Handsoffmycookie (Trace Tetrick) who took her challengers until the final turn before they converged on the leader in the stretch. Mach A Wish was fastest down the lane to score her first win of 2015. She had two seconds preceded by two thirds in her previous four starts. Fox Valley Hermia, came on to finish second for Marcus Miller while Flick A Fly with Allan Davis was the show horse. CTC Stable and trainer Doug Lewis own Mach A Wish, a six-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Belinda Hanover. The win, her 20th lifetime lifted career earnings to $534,685. It was Lewis second training win. Marcus Miller piloted Twin B Heartland to victory in the $14,500 female sub-feature for 4&5-year-old winners-over pacers. McArma (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up. Romanascape (Jim Morand) was third. Harvey Eisman, Bert Hochprung and Ervin Miller Stable own the Bettor's Delight-Twin B Intimate five -year-old winner. Callahan and Ross Wolfenden had three wins each. Allan Davis won two. Touchdown Mindale and Thisdeuceiswild, fresh from wins last week, meet in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark days.' Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
Lot 17 at next month’s harness racing yearling sale could prove to be very appropriately-named. A colt by top sire Mach Three from good producer Affairs Of State, the youngster is part of the stellar Breckon Farms line-up at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. The Shaky Isles’ premier sale, this year’s edition is scheduled to be held at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. As for the colt’s appropriate name, it is Ring The Till…something his connections are bound to do on a frequent basis given his appearance and breeding. While Mach Three needs to introduction, Affairs Of State boasts three winners from four starters. A half-sister to four winners, Affairs Of State is from former champion mare, Under Cover Lover – a winner of four Group Ones. The family also includes millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover, along with Group One winners Mon Poppy Day, Amongst Royalty and Keep It Up. Harnesslink Media
Camaes Fellow was a repeat winner in the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack, going wire-to-wire in the Saturday night feature once again. Driver Jonathan Drury sent the odds-on favourite to the lead from post six and cruised through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25 en route to the three-length victory in 1:53 flat. Nickle Bag (Trevor Henry) used his patented late-closing tactics to rally home from third over for the runner-up honours. Machal Jordan (Roger Mayotte) was flushed first up from third approaching the final turn and finished third. Camaes Fellow has now won three races in a row and a total of 28 lifetime with earnings climbing to more than $920,000. Trainer Carmen Auciello shares ownership of the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding with Stephen Klunowski of North York, Ont. after claiming him last October for $50,000. He's since earned over $95,000 for his current connections. To view the rest of this story click here. Six for Robert Shepherd at Flamboro Flamboro Downs' defending driving champion Robert Shepherd gave his early season win count a boost, earning victories in half a dozen races during the Saturday night harness racing card. Shepherd began by winning the first four races with maiden-breaker Waiting On No One ($3.60) for trainer Mitch Tierney, the streaking pacer-turned-trotter Pureform Olympia ($3) for Gord Remmen, a 15-3/4 length winner Tomei Seelster ($2.40) for James Stewart and Michael Ellis' 11-year-old mare Premier Elecktrah ($13.50). To view the rest of this story click here. Mach It Big remains perfect in Maritimes Mach It Big has been perfect since his return to racing this winter and on Saturday afternoon he extended his win streak off a pocket trip in the $2,200 Preferred Pace at Charlottetown Driving Park. After working his way into the pocket spot from post six and tracking Forever Paradise through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.3, favourite Mach It Big ($2.90) overtook the pacesetter in the stretch and opened up three lengths before hitting the wire in 1:58 flat over the track listed as "good" with a two second allowance. Machinthesand came from last to show. Mach It Big earned his third straight victory since returning from a layoff in late December and fifth in a row in the Maritimes going back to last May. Marc Campbell drove the seven-year-old son of Mach Three, who is now a 29-time winner, for owner Mikaela Lustic while Jonah Moase handles the training duties. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, January 9 - Round one of the Snowshoe Series continued winter series action Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Four $16,000 divisions of the series for three and four-year-old pacers that were non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014 were contested Friday evening. In the first division, Vegas Rich went gate to wire to pick up the victory as the second choice on the board. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Vegas Rich cut the mile and set fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:27, before pacing home in :28.3 to score a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:55.3. P L Heavenly, the heavy 3/5 favourite, was first up around the final turn, but had to settle for second. Dragon Seelster finished third. A four-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam, Vegas Rich is trained by David Gibson, who shares ownership with David Goodrow Stable and Glenn Traver, and is now one for one this year. Vegas Rich now has three career victories and pushes his bankroll to over $40,000 with the victory Friday night. He returned $6.40 to win. Kindofabigdeal did not disappoint as the 1/5 favourite and won the second division in 1:56. Also driven by Filion, Kindofabigdeal picked up second over cover around the final turn and capitalized off that trip to pace by his rivals and score a three-quarters of a length victory over Ramblingamblinman. Newbie finished in the show spot. A four-year-old son of No Pan Intended, Kindofabigdeal is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc and is now one for one in 2015. Last season, Kindofabigdeal won five of 10 starts and banked more than $53,000. Friday night's victory pushes his career earnings over the $60,000 mark. Kindofabigdeal paid $2.70 to win. Another favourite delivered a victory in the third division, as Whistle Jimmy K picked up his fourth win in his last five starts. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Whistle Jimmy K got a two-hole trip and followed closely behind American Island until just before the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, American Island tried to hold off Whistle Jimmy K, but the favourite eventually pushed his way by in the final eighth to prevail over American Island by a length and a half in 1:55.4. Mittcent Van Gogh finished third. A four-year-old son of Mach Three, Whistle Jimmy K is trained by Ben Wallace and had won his final three starts of 2014 before finishing second last week in his 2015 debut. Whistle Jimmy K now has four career victories and earnings of over $26,000 for owners Brad Grant and Wallacestandardbreds Inc. A $2 win ticket returned $3.70. In the final division, Decisive Destiny and Trevor Henry scored an impressive victory in 1:55.2. A four-year-old son of American Ideal, Decisive Destiny got away sixth and was able to get in the outer flow on the way to the half. Around the final turn, Decisive Destiny was third-over and just a little more than three lengths off the lead. In the stretch, Henry showed Decisive Destiny a clear path and he paced right by his rivals to record a 3 Â½ length victory. A Boy Named Suuzz finished second, while Bad Bug got up for third. Decisive Destiny is trained by Shawn Robinson for Robert Hamather and was making his second start of 2015. Last year, the son of American Ideal won three of 20 starts for earnings of just under $40,000. Friday night's victory was his fourth career triumph and pushes his career bankroll over $47,000. Decisive Destiny paid $8.70 to win. The second leg of the Snowshoe Series will take place next Friday (January 16). Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications
WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2015 -- Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Macharoundtheclock unleashed her characteristic late rally to capture Friday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock was next to last when Eric Ledford asked her for pace. Despite a wide journey through the lane, she downed the first-over Novascotia Hanover by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.2. Doubelieveinmagic finished third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who extended her career bankroll to $388,077, for Birnam Wood Farms. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Ledford. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows
Camaes Fellow persevered by a head over Wazzup Wazzup for the second week in a row to take the $34,000 Preferred Pace while Carmen Auciello had a training triple during the 2015 opening card at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night. Jonathan Drury sent Auciello and Stephen Klunowski's Camaes Fellow around early leaver Calgary Seelster (Doug McNair) heading to the first turn and reached the quarter pole in :26.4 over the sloppy track. The seven-year-old Mach Three gelding continued to lead the field, which was scratched down to six with Modern Legend out, through middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.2. As they passed the third quarter mark, Wazzup Wazzup (Randy Waples) launched his attack on the pacesetter and those two took off down the lane in a heated battle to the wire with Camaes Fellow hanging on for the 1:52.1 triumph. Calgary Seelster finished seven and a half lengths behind in third. Machal Jordan (Roger Mayotte) advanced from the back of the pack to finish fourth while 6-5 favourite Nickle Bag (Trevor Henry) earned the final paycheque in fifth. To view the rest of the story click here. 2,000th career win for Kelly Sheppard Making his first start of the New Year on Saturday night, Kelly Sheppard steered his own trotter Kdazzle to victory in the seventh race at Flamboro Downs and reached a special career milestone in the process. Sheppard sent favourite Kdazzle ($4.50) on the move near the half and advanced from fourth into the pocket spot behind the pacesetting Empire Strikesback. When the leader broke stride around the final turn, Kdazzle went on to win in 2:04.2 over the sloppy track by two and a half lengths with Audrey Pearl following in second. Sheppard's victory aboard Kdazzle was his 2,000th driving win. The Dundas, Ont. horseman trains and co-owns the five-year-old homebred gelding as part of the Sea Of Green Inc. stable. To view the rest of the story click here. Northlands feature to Blue Star Beauty Blue Star Beauty prevailed from the pocket in Northlands Park's first Open event of the year for distaffers on a frosty -23 degree Saturday afternoon. Driven by Kelly Hoerdt in the $10,000 feature, Blue Star Beauty followed pacesetter Crackers Hot Shot through fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:29 before overtaking her in the stretch for the 1:59.4 victory over the frozen track. Blue Star Beauty paid $7.20 to win. Favourite American Passion abandoned an early attempt to leave after being caught wide and later closed from last in the compact field of five to edge out Crackers Hot Shot for second-place. Feelin Flush finished fourth and Clearly Best was fifth while Sing Like An Angel was scratched sick. To view the rest of the story click here. Rod Donlevy loses fight with cancer at age 65 Surrounded by his family and friends, former Canadian Trotting Association President and longtime CTA director Rod Donlevy of Saskatoon, Sask. passed away on December 25, 2014 at the age of 65 after a heroic battle with cancer. Rod worked as a charter in the Western provinces during his university days and owned a number of horses through Ballantyne 17 Stable. During his time with the CTA, he helped negotiate the sale of the Evans Avenue offices, and was active in merging CTA and CSHS to become Standardbred Canada. In addition to his time with the CTA, Donlevy also started Central Program Register Ltd. with his father Urban and friend Gerry Cronin in the late 1960s. To view the rest of the story click here.
Pompano Beach, FL...In a five horse blanket finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a photo finish victory in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. The seven year-old altered son of Mach Three defeated Cadillac Phil, handled by Joe Pavia, Jr. by a scant neck with E Z Noah, stablemate to the winner, third for Aaron Byron). Pacesetting Duc Dorleans was fourth while That'll Be The Rei picked up the final check in the octet. As the gate sprung open, a quintet of these all-star pacers were vying for early superiority with 47 to 1 shot Histoire Eternelle, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, taking the early advantage before yielding to Duc Dorleans at the opening marker in :26.1 with That'll Be The Rei settling into third for Mike Micallef. Prairie Jaguar, usually more comfortable on the front end, had to settle for a seat in fourth with Lyons Johnny finding a spot right behind the Jaguar. Cadillac Phil was sixth at this juncture with E Z Noah next and a struggling Don't Tell Rusty at the back of the pack. Halfway through the mile, clocked in :53.4, positions remained but, three-eighths out, That'll Be The Rei was out and driving and racing as a team with Duc Dorleans passed the third station in 1:21.4 with Lyons Johnny fanning three wide and Cadillac Phil motoring four wide and E Z Noah widest of all. In the lane, just as at the start, the field fanned five across the track with Lyons Johnny striking the front a sixteenth out and holding off Cadillac Phil at the wire. E Z Noah, pacing the fastest final panel of the group, flying late to nail down show honors over the hard fighting Duc Dorleans. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "heck, my horse loves to be on or near the lead, too, but, starting from the outside and with five of 'em battling early on, I had no choice to relent a bit and find a spot as close as I could...and that was in fifth. The pace was pretty hot and that kind of helped our cause, especially when we turned for home. He wore 'em down in the lane and, after I got to the top, I saw Pavia's horse (Cadillac Phil) pacing on late...but then the wire care and that was that." Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny kicked off the 2015 campaign as he closed the 2014 season, with a win--his 23rd lifetime--to send his lifetime earnings to $241,649. As the 9 to 5 favorite, Lyons Johnny paid $5.60 to win. Also highlighting the Saturday program was a Super Hi-5 event featuring a hefty carryover and, once again, there were multiple winners enabling the carryover to soar well over $20,000 going into the Sunday night program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
Charlottetown, PE – Mach It Big made his first start of the 2015 campaign a winning one taking the afternoon feature event in 1:58.4 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell drove Mach it Big to victory tracking race favorite Astor (Jason Hughes) through splits of 29, 59 and 1:28.4 before over powering the pace setter in the stretch. The Jonah Moase trainee, owned by Mikaela Lustic of Cornwall, returned $5.50 to win. Astor was second with Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault) completing the triactor. It was Campbell’s third score of the day after getting his picture taken with Benny Rabbit then guiding Cheyenne Dunckley to top honors earlier in the program for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The MacPherson/ MacLean team also enjoyed success with Forever Paradise who claimed race 14 by six and a half lengths in 2:00.1 for catch-driver Corey MacPherson. In other action, Caliban Hanover, under the command of Ron Gass, won the trot division for owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. Veteran pacer Blu Meadow Willie picked up his 53rd lifetime win for owners Bob and Brenda MacInnis of Summerside while pilots Jason Hughes, Gary Chappell and Brian MacPhee started the new season with driving doubles. The handle for the 15 dash program was $37,456. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores
Record-breaking harness racing trainer Gary Hall will take aim at the Western Australia Cup with rising star Soho Lennon. Hall revealed his plans to tackle the Grand Circuit event following Soho Lennon’s success in last night’s Nights Of Thunder at Gloucester Park. The state’s premier feature, the Cup is scheduled to be run at the same venue on January 16. There is a chance the son of Mach Three may also line up in next week’s Fremantle Cup. “He’s had three runs in the last fortnight and iS right at his peak at the perfect time,” Hall said. “The Pacing Cup is where I will head with him. “Depending on how he is in the next couple of days, I may put him in the Fremantle Cup as well. “He’s only a four-year-old and I don’t want to burn him out, so how he is after each run will be the guide.” Driven by Hall’s son, Clinton, Soho Lennon led throughout from the pole to score by a metre-and-a-half from In The Perfect Storm. Machtu – a WA Cup-bound stablemate of the winner – was a head away third. Covering the last half 57.1 seconds, Soho Lennon rated a slick 1:54.1 for the 1730 metres to provide Hall with his third victory in the Group Two since its inception in 2007. Hall captured the inaugural running with Tealsby Karita before securing last season’s edition with Hokonui Ben. Gary junior drove the pair. PAUL COURTS
Anyone and everyone in the harness racing industry in Canterbury were in agreement about one horses's chances this weekend and that horse was Rocker Band. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the former champion mare Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579) has always been held in high regard by trainer Mark Jones. A recent trial win at Ashburton where Rocker Band won by 12 lengths with a closing quarter in a sensational 25.3 meant punters wanted nothing else when she made her debut at Winton yesterday over a mile. However while most in Canterbury thought Rocker Band was a home run, Southern trainer Clark Barron was firmly of the opinion that his debut runner Rakarolla who is also by Rocknroll Hanover would not be a pushover. Whilst talking to Harnesslink mid week for his pick for the weekly ringaround, he mentioned that Rocker Band wouldn't have it all her own way and he expected a big run from the half brother to last season's outstanding filly Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($121,096) When the heavens opened prior to the races yesterday the track was affected but held up well overall. Clark took Rakarolla straight to the front from barrier 4 and immediately put the foot to floor while driver Mark Jones settled Rocker Band third last from her second row draw. Clark kept Rakarolla rolling in front at a quick tempo while Mark bided his time until the 600 metres mark where he set Rocker Band alight and she quickly looped the field to level up to Rakarolla as they turned for home. Just as everyone thought Rocker Band was going to stroll away for an easy win, Rakarolla dug deep and refused to go away. Come the finishing line Rakarolla still held a neck advantage and was holding Rocker Band with eight lengths away to Beaudiene Beaut Babe in third. Rakarolla cut out the mile in slushy conditions in an impressive 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 29.2 Clark has had Rakarolla in his stable since he was broken in as a yearling. " He is such a lovely pacer, just like his half sister Raksdeal." " I have always liked him but he did have a few tricks early on. " He is just a big dumb horse who has taken time to organize," Clark said. Qualifying as a 2 year old, Clark gave Rakarolla a few runs at trials and workouts before spelling him. This time in Clark has again given Rakarolla a handful of workouts and trials and he was happy heading into Saturday. "He has been running 3.3 - 3.4 for the 2400 metres and doing it easy but the reason I wanted to start him over a mile was to try to wake him up." "I had to keep at him yesterday to keep his mind on the job but as you saw he is a really good stayer," Clark said. Rakarolla is now going to have a week off to freshen up before Clark turns his attention to his racing programme. " The main aim for now is to qualify for the Southern Supremacy finals and that's what I will aim him for in the New Year," Clark said. Bred and raced by longtime stable client Brendon Fahy, Rakarolla is from the race winning Artsplace mare Raksplace and Clark has trained her first two foals. "Raksdeal and Rakarolla are her first two foals but the third, a colt by Mach Three is with Peter Hunter who Brendon has a few with as well." "By all accounts he goes pretty good as well," Clark said. Judging by yesterdays debut run Clark can look forward to a very profitable season with the son of Rocknroll Hanover. Harnesslink Media
Pompano Beach, FL...December 20, 2014...The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park presented a sterling racing program on Saturday night highlighted by a repeat win by Lyons Johnny in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace and a winning return to action by driver Jason Dillander. Lyons Johnny kicked off the festivities with a splendid win in 1:50.1 for Ed Hensley, pinning a defeat measuring just short of three lengths on his stablemate E Z Noah, driven by Aaron Byron. Don't Tell Rusty, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, was third while Cadillac Phil finished fourth. The final award in the sextet went to I Do Hanover. Trained by Pete "Sonny" Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny was sent right to the top from his post five but got in an early war with E Z Noah, with the latter taking over just short of the scorching opening quarter in :26. The two stablemates remained one-two through subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 with Lyons Johnny out of his cozy pocket turning for home and using a very sharp :27.2 finale to seal the deal. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "yes, we were burning some rubber in that opening quarter but this turned out to be pretty much an identical trip that I had last week. Only difference was that E Z Noah cut it this time instead of Prairie Jaguar, right behind me this time. He's so handy and responded immediately when I asked. Pete (trainer Pellegrino) has him razor sharp right now." The victory was number seven on the year for Lyons Johnny, a six year-old son of Mach Three, and pushed his 2014 bounty to $74,040. He's banked $233,899 lifetime. As the 1 to 2 favorite on the tote-board, Lyons Johnny returned $3.00 to win. Three events later, Jason Dillander, who had been out of action due to a May 9 accident at Hoosier Park which left him with two broken ankles, returned to action on Saturday night--and in a big way. Dillander piloted Philip Coleman's Cruizin K C to a sharp win in a conditioned event, sweeping four and five wide on the backstretch to circle the field and go to a 1:53 victory. After the race, Dillander said, "It was good to get back out there...and GREAT to win! This horse has a big motor when he's right...and he was right tonight." Cruizin K C, also a six year-old son of Mach Three, earned his third win of the year and 17th lifetime success to send his career bounty to $130,333. Also on Saturday night, the backstretch toy drive concluded with a 50-50 drawing with the winner, Rick Berks, taking home the grand prize of $1,000 and promptly donating it back to give a head start to the 2015 drive. Carol Macomber and Sue Blood spearheaded the drive--as they have for many years--enabling 120 children to have a happy holiday season. Racing continues Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with high class claimers going postward on Sunday night and a $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 on tap for Monday and Tuesday. The Monday card also features fillies and mares in the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace, an event where Just A Bee, fresh off of a brilliant 1:51 win, looks to make it two in a row for driver-trainer Mike Micallef. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
East Rutherford, NJ (December 13th) - Ignored on the tote board at 37-1, The Real One lived up to his name and pulled off the upset of night, winning the A-2/Free For All Handicap Pace with Scott Zeron. Taken back early in the mile, The Real One was allowed to sit sixth, well off the strong pace set by the 6/5 favorite Speed Again. That included a 26.1 opening quarter and a 54-second half mile. Brett Miller pulled Wake Up Peter to the outside approaching the half-mile pole and made a strong first over bid from last, which allowed Scott Zeron to guide The Real One off the pylons and positioned himself just off the helmet of Brett Miller and Wake Up Peter. Following that cover all the way to the top of the stretch, The Real One tipped off cover through three-quarters of 1:22.2 and out-sprinted the field to the wire to score in 1:50.1. Wake Up Peter went a big first over mile and dug in gamely to be second. Speed Again fought tenaciously to the wire as well to be third, with Dapper Dude a close fourth and Doctor Butch a traffic troubled (once again) fifth. The entire field finished with two and one-half lengths of each other. The Real One established a new lifetime mark with his 1:50.1 timing for owner Helene Fillion and trainer Pat Lachance. The most impressive effort on the racing program may have come from K-Lees Shakenbake who emerged victorious in the eighth race C-1 pace. Sent off at 5-1, K-Lees Shakenbake was last moving into the far turn and stacked up fourth over turning for home, some six lengths off the lead. Scott Zeron simply pulled on the right line and the moment his gelding saw racetrack his response was instantaneous, ripping through a 26-second final quarter to win going away in 1:51.2. Among those left in his wake was the 3-1 favorite, Hurrikane Kingcole, making his first start in nearly 11 months for John McDermott. He raced well, making a strong first over move and finishing a solid second in his comeback. K-Lees Shakenbake scored for trainer David M. Smith and owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. Brick Bazooka, who is likely pointing toward winter late closer events, remained unbeaten in four starts winning the first race on the card, a non-winners of 2 pace. Sent off as the 1/9 favorite, Brick Bazooka and John Campbell took command nearing the open quarter and never looked back, leading through fractions of 27.2, 55.3 and 1:24.3, before tripping the timer in 1:53.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Ironbarbassy was second and Call Me Muddy was third. The three year old gelded son of Another Mile is owned by James Henry Springer and raced out of the stable of Larry and Ray Remmen. On the heels of his record-breaking night, Ron Burke kept his good fortunes rolling, earning two wins on the program. First, Bettor Than You took the B-2/B-1 Handicap pace. Initially sitting the pocket, Bettor Than You moved to the lead past the opening quarter and proceeded to dominate throughout the mile as the 9/5 second choice. Al's Hammered rallied to finish second with Lonewolf Currier third. The winner is owned by Burke Racing Stable L.L.C and Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. Later on the card, Four Starzzz Z survived a speed duel through wild fractions of 27.2, 54.3 and 1:22.1 to capture a C-1 Pace for the Burke-Gingras connection completing the training double for Burke and giving Gingras his third winner of the night. Total handle for the Saturday program was $2,616,757. The Meadowlands was cancelled on this date in 2013. There will be a carryover in the $.20 Jackpot Super Hi-5 of $9,217 when racing resumes on Friday, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands
Pompano Beach, FL...December 13, 2014...In an epic finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a "nostril" decision over Prairie Jaguar, handled by Peter Wrenn, in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. Don't Tell Rusty and Kevin Wallis teamed to be third, three lengths away, while Fancyfreeshark finished fourth. Cadillac Phil picked up the nickel in the octet. Stopping the tele-timer in 1:49.1, a new lifetime mark, the six year-old son of Mach Three, beginning officially from post seven (after the scratch of Northern Companion), was away alertly following Prairie Jaguar (post five) as the latter blazed through an opening panel in :26. Lyons Johnny's nose never left the helmet of Wrenn through a lively half in :54.2 and sizzling three quarters in 1:21.3. Just a stride or two after that, Lyons Johnny left his pocket and pulled along side Prairie Jaguar turning for home, From there, it was tooth and nail all the way home with neither giving an inch through a :27.3 finale. When the judges looked long and hard at the photo, it showed Lyons Johnny in from by the slimmest of margins. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "Now THAT was some finish. These two were going all that they could go. It wasn't a case of one of these horses relenting...it seemed that both had the will to win this. This time, it was me...This time, I was the lucky one, but you can't take anything away from Prairie Jaguar, he was as awesome as my horse, especially cutting the whole way." Trained by Peter Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny won for the sixth time this year in 35 starts and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $68,040 with this, his first sub-1:50 performance. He's now earned $227,899 lifetime. A well respected 9 to 5 on the tote-board with stablemate Fancyfreeshark, Lyons Johnny paid $5.80 to win to his $2 backers. Earlier in the evening, The Florida Amateur Drivers Club made another sizable donation to Go For The Greens, an organization which assists breast cancer survivors with medical bill assistance. Diane Sears and Cindy Chace represented Go For The Greens while members of the Florida Amateur Drivers Club joined them in the winner's circle for the check presentation. Realizing that Breast Cancer Awareness Month had passed, the consensus of the Drivers Club was "it is never too late to help a cause as worthy as this!" by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park
TORONTO, December 11 - A snow covered Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the Niagara Series Thursday night. 18 three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies were split into two $15,000 divisions for round one of the three-week series. More than a dozen centimeters of snow blanketed Woodbine Thursday afternoon and into the evening, but the track crew had the surface in 'Good' shape for some fast fillies. In the first division, Witch Dali, the 4/5 favourite, took care of business winning in 1:53. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Witch Dali was sent straight to the lead and posted fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25 before pacing home handily in :28 to win by half a length over Artistic Fusion. Saucy B, who got on even terms with the winner around the final turn, finished third. A daughter of Dali, Witch Dali is trained by Tony Alagna and was making only her second start of the year. The three-year-old filly won her 2014 debut last week at the Meadowlands after an almost 13 month layoff. Witch Dali is now a perfect two for two this season and five for 12 in her career for earnings of over $40,000. She is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Brad Grant. Witch Dali paid $3.80 to win. Another favourite would deliver an impressive victory in the second division. Mach Some Noise and James MacDonald made a backside brush to the lead and never looked back scoring a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:54.3. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise came into round one of the Niagara Series after a third place finish in the Autumn Series on November 28 ended her four-race win streak. The daughter of Mach Three has now won all five of her career victories in her last six starts for owners O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable. In her first season of racing, Mach Some Noise has banked over $50,000 in 11 starts. Double Joy got up in a place photograph to take second over Val Di Noto, while Mappos Moenhay finished fourth. Mach Some Noise paid $4.20 to win. In order to be eligible to the Niagara Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31. The second leg of the Niagara Series will take place next Thursday (December 18) at Woodbine. Series action continues Friday night at Woodbine with leg one of the Valedictory Series. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Integrity will be at a premium for the annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Sunday. HRNSW will take a select number of samples in consultation with the Sales organisers including the fastest horse of the morning. In addition to this any buyer will be able to have their purchase tested for Steroids by notifying the HRNSW representative at the sale and paying the appropriate fee. This is the first sale in which buyers have had this opportunity. The 51-head catalogue has brought together two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies from every Australian eastern Mainland State as well as New Zealand. Included in the draft are sons and daughters of such notable sires as Beautide's sire, Bettors Delight, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the controlling body want to make it clear that all prospective owners, stakeholders, participants and supporters that they can have faith in harness racing in NSW. "As has been acknowledged nationally HRNSW has the strongest approach of any jurisdiction to integrity processes." "The HRNSW commitment covers every aspect and it is with the support of the Ready To Race Sale organisers that swabs will be taken, tested and if required stored for future analysis." Only graduates are eligible to nominate for the associated Group Three feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, to be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, next August. NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificates can be used as legal tender at the sale. By Dale Walker