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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 27, 2015 -- Mike Wilder continued his hot streak Friday at The Meadows, winning six times -- including five straight -- on the 12-race harness racing card. It was the second time this week he won as many as five races on a single program. On Friday, Wilder swept races 2-6, then added a win in race 11 for good measure. Two of Wilder's victories were for trainer Ron Burke while he notched one win each for conditioners Dan Altmeyer, Jim Arledge, Jr., Kris Rickert and Tyler Stillings. In Friday's feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Preferred Handicap Pace, Macharoundtheclock abandoned her customary closing style, roared to the early lead for Eric Ledford and scored an easy front-end victory in 1:53.4. Do Me Honor finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Certified Ideal third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three -Summers Soul who now boasts $415,202 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a three-bagger on Friday's program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

In the 1980s there were a number of memorable race track confrontations on the local harness racing circuit and one that has always stuck out in my mind came in the latter part of 1988 at Sportsman’s Park. It was the $384,000 American National on the first Saturday of November, a 3-year-old pacing stake that was billed nationally as the “Showdown of the Tear. A victory by Matt’s Scooter would clinch 3-year-old of the year honors and put the Direct Scooter colt in strong positon to win Pacer of the Year Honors. However the task wasn’t going to be easy for Matt’s Scooter. All the big guns in the sophomore division came to town and each one wanted to leave with the winning $192,250 check Unfortunately the weatherman didn’t co-operate on November 5, 1988. The evening was very chilly and the track was sloppy from a steady day-long rain but that didn’t put a damper on the race or the enthusiasm of a jam-packed crowd in attendance at the Cicero, Illinois facility. Matt’s Scooter and driver Mike Lachance earlier that year became the fastest harness horse in the sport’s history with a 1:48.2 time trial at Lexington, smashing the old record of 1:49.2 set by the great Niatross 8 years earlier. In The American National showdown Lachance got Matt’s Scooter to the top on the rain-soaked racing strip and put away a bid from Camtastic, one of his chief rivals, at the three-quarter pole. He then held off a spirited rally from another major rival, Albert Albert, finishing 1 and 1/2 lengths ahead in the 1:55.3 mile in the slop. Matt’s Scooter would go on to earn $1,783,588 in his second season winning 11 of 22 starts with 7 seconds and 2 thirds, failing to hit the tote board only once in 1988, earning both Three-Year-Old and Pacer of the Year honors. A season-later as a 4-year-old Matt’s Scooter was named the 1989 Harness Horse of the Year when he captured 23 of 30 starts. often against the very best pacers in the U.S. and Canada for trainer Harry Poulton while adding another $1.14 million to his bankroll for his Canadian owners Illa Rumpel and Charles Juravinski. Matt turned in at that time the fastest mile ever in Canada when he captured the Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:51. He also won the Breeders Crown, William Haughton Memorial, Driscoll Free-For-All, and legs of the U.S. Pacing Championship, George Morton Levy Memorial, and Graduate Series. In a 1989 media interview his trainer Harry Poulton had this to say about Matt’s Scooter: “He never really did anything bad. He didn’t break any carts, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. He was always bucking, kicking or doing something. We shipped him home 12 hours one day, and the next day he was on his hind legs in the yard. I don’t know where he got his energy.” Matt’s Scooter was retired at the end of his 4-year-old campaign and went on to be an splendid stallion. In his 22 years at stud—all but one standing at Perretti's flagship farm in New Jersey—Matt’s Scooter sired the winners of more than $76.3 million, with five millionaires. His greatest legacies as a sire were Mach Three (1:49, $2,376,700), who won the 2002 Meadowlands Pace and produced the great Pacer of the Year and world record holder Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4, $3,221,299), Royal Mattjesty (1:48.4, $1,840,681); the 1996 Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Mystical Maddy (1:50 $1,436,325) and His Mattjesty (1:50 $1,038,861). As a broodmare sire, Matts Scooter's credentials include the million-dollar winning mares Glowing Report, Economy Terror, Yellow Diamond and Drop The Ball. The horse was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the U.S. Living Hall of Fame in 1996. Matt’s Scooter was euthanized on June 30 of 2014 at the age of 29. 1989 Breeders Crown 1998 Meadowlands Pace 1998 Confederation Cup By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

One little-known fact to the wider population is Australia has two family Kelly Gangs! While one, led by iconic bushranger Ned, is famed throughout the nation, the other is just as renowned in harness racing circles. The equine Kelly clan includes Albert Kelly, Greg Kelly, Mcraes Mate, Macca Kelly, Frith, Lady Waratah, Classic Garry, Provocative, Royal Verdict, Modern Girl and Hexham Heartbeat to name a select group. As of next week’s Sydney Australian Pacing Gold Sale, bidders have the opportunity to purchase the latest promising member of the family. The youngster in question is part of the outstanding line up from Yirribee Pacing Stud and will enter the ring as lucky Lot 333. An athletic looking filly, this yearling has everything going for her. Her sire – Mach Three – has a tremendous record with his daughters, while her dam – Elizabeth Kelly – comes from one of the strongest maternal bloodlines in the Southern Hemisphere. Elizabeth Kelly is from award winning broodmare Miss Paula, which boasts eight winners from nine starters. A successful race mare, with her wins including the Group One Seymour Nursery, Miss Paula is the dam of three Group One winners. Along with being in the rich APG race series, Lot 333 is eligible for the Australasian Breeders’ Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge. PAUL COURTS

All the harness racing pundits thought tonights $20,000 yearling sales graduette was a gift for the All Stars barn runner Northern Velocity. The big strapping daughter of Mach Three had been in great form at trials in Canterbury recently and the punters made her a short priced favourite. Away well, driver Mark Purdon settled her in the one by one early before moving up to the death seat outside the leader Flyingretna with 800 metres to go Passing the 400 metres mark Northern Velocity suddenly went into a wild gallop losing all chance in the process. Just when it looked  like the other All Star runner Emeli Maguire would get home, Sem's Delight with John Dunn in the bike swooped down the outside to nab the win right on the line. The daughter of Bettor's Delight had disgraced herself on debut at Timaru when galloping but showed the benefit of having had a raceday run tonight. John Dunn has a good opinion of the filly. " I have always really liked her but I didn't think she had the ringcraft to win the race with the Purdon duo in there." " Last week wasn't really her fault as it was only her third time off the place in her life." "She is very green still and just needs a bit more experience," John said. Sem's Delight, a $44,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic sale by Robert Dunn on behalf of long time clients Clive, Rona and Shona McKay is providing some consolation to Clive and Rona who have had a hard luck run recently with their star pacer Franco Nelson. John was of a mind to back off a bit now. " She has come a long way in a short time and with two runs in a week it may pay to back off her now." " There is a really good race for her next week (Leonard Memorial) but it may pay to miss that with all that she has done recently, "John said. Mark Purdon was at a loss to explain why Northern Velocity galloped. " She was travelling really well at the time but just seemed to lose her concentration at the 400 metre mark." "I am at a loss to explain why she did that," Mark said.  Tonights win by Sem's Delight highlights once again that there is no such thing as a certainty in racing. Harnesslink Media  

Yesterday we did a review of how all the harness racing sires fared at the two day sale at Christchurch this week. Now we turn our attention to Auckland and as expected the Australasian Classic was the success everybody thought it would be with a catalogue as strong as anything ever presented at Auckland. The one huge plus at this years sale was that the champion sire Bettors Delight ended up with with 35% of all horses sold at the sale. Between them Bettor's Delight, Art Major, Mach Three and American Ideal provided nearly two thirds of all the horses sold at Auckland which is such a help when it comes to averages overall. Bettors Delight Number Sold - 40 Overall average - $55,512 Colt average - $62,820 Filly average - $43,330 Just the backbone of the sale and his colt average for 25 sold of $62, 820 is outstanding for any standardbred sale worldwide let alone in New Zealand. Surprisingly for us his fillies averaged nearly $20,000 less than the colts which for a sire who is the best filly sire on the planet is a bit of a mystery to us. Art Major Number sold - 14 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $64,100 Filly average - $39,055 Compared to how he fared in Christchurch, Art Major had a stunning sale in Auckland. He has the highest colt average at $64,100 and his fillies brought money more in line with how they are performing on the track. The issue in New Zealand for Art Major has always been one of numbers in the sale due to him never breeding huge numbers of mares in this country. That changed this season when he served a book of 170 mares in New Zealand and therefore he should have a much bigger presence at the sales in the near future. Mach Three Numbers sold - 6 Overall average - $38,333 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $30,000 Those figures are a good indication of where Mach Three sits in the overall scheme of things.  Right up there with the big boys but commercially just a touch behind the other two sires above. Continues to have fluctuations in his numbers for sale due to foal numbers but does have bigger crops coming through so may have bigger representation in the future. American Ideal Numbers sold - 11 Overall average - $33,863 Colt average - $40,714 Filly average - $19,375 His numbers at Auckland were a lot better than they were at Christchurch but that was due entirely to one lot who made $150,000. We are still at a loss to explain the lack of demand for American Ideal fillies which have been his flag bearers in New Zealand. Hard to pinpoint what the problem is here with buyers overlooking his stock in favour of stock by sires he is matching on the track. It may just be the lag effect between racetrack performance and sale ring success but we will be watching closely next year for the uplift in prices his performance deserves. Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $36,625 Colt average - $42,500 Filly average - $34,333 As in Christchurch the SBSW were great types and were keenly sought after. The only Somebeachsomewhere colt in this sale went to the All Stars barn who have had some success with stock from his very small New Zealand crops to date. His biggest New Zealand crop are now foals on the ground and with the success at this years sales you would anticipate a much bigger representation at next years round of sales. Christian Cullen Number sold - 5 Overall average - $28,900 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $22,500  A bit surprising to see Christian Cullen struggle as much as he did in Auckland. Still in the frame as a commercial stallion as he proved at the two days in Christchurch but apart from one lot he was not wanted at this sale. His fillies in particular were marked down which considering their success over the years was a minor surprise. Rocknroll Hanover Number sold - 7 Overall average - $32,714 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $30,000 We didn't include Rocknroll Hanover in our Christchurch review as we took the view that being deceased meant he had a limited future impact on New Zealand sales. But having sold seven at Auckland and having such healthy figures persuaded us that we should include him in the Auckland review. A lot of breeders have used him over their Artsplace mares and horses bred on this cross are highly sought after world wide as this cross has produced six of Rocknroll Hanover's eight millionaires. Muscles Yankee Number sold - 3 Overall average - $42,333 Colt average - $43,500 Filly average - $40,000  Muscles Yankee only had the three lots in the whole sale but they all made over $40,000 so their is a real demand still for his stock. The maternal families of all three lots were top class which may have helped the overall result. Majestic Son Numbers sold - 3 Overall average - $34,500 Colt average - $52.500 Filly average - $25,500 The small number in the sale is due to the fact that Majestic Son only has eight yearlings on the ground in New Zealand Should have a much bigger representation next year as he served 161 mares in 2014 on the back of his earlier small crops performing so well. Overview  This sale is the best promotional tool that harness racing has in New Zealand but it has the potential to be so much better in our opinion By natural attrition of smaller breeders in the North, the sale has few lots by sires who are not in the elite group as the above statistics show. We firmly believe that the Australasian Sale could reach far greater heights if the following changes were implemented. *Limit the sale to 125 lots * Make it a select sale * Have a set number of places set aside for southern breeders. The whole point of the changes is to turn the Australasian Sale into an elite sale that dominates the top end market in Australasia. The thoroughbred breeders do it very successfully with K1 at Karaka and while we will never reach those heights we can close the huge gap a wee bit. Breeders in the north who don't get accepted for the Australasian Classic have a ready made alternative these days with the all age sale in May which has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Last year it hit a five figure average for the first time and the bench of buyers included most of the regulars on the New Zealand sales scene. We have a chance to position our industry in the best possible light with a smaller select sale at Auckland and it is something that we would hope would be considered by PGG Wrightson and The North Island Breeders Association.. Harnesslink Media

Most harness racing enthusiasts in New Zealand headed to the sales this week at both Auckland and Christchurch and a lot took home a yearling or two. With the dust just settling on the two days at the Premier Sale in Christchurch, we thought it a good time to assess the performance of our leading sires at that sale along with a few of the other sires who aspire to reach that level. All the numbers used are correct at the present time but may vary slightly as more of the passed in horses are sold post sale The elephant in the room in any review such as this is of course Bettor's Delight. He just completely dominated both days at Christchurch both in numbers sold and the average over the two days. Bettor's Delight  Number sold - 49 Overall average - $51,091 Colt average - $56,645 Filly average - $34,291 The surprising thing from those statistics is the big gap between his colts and his fillies. Bettor's Delight is renowned for leaving great fillies so to us the gap was surprising. Apart from that what can you say. A great sire who continues to dominate the sales and nothing happened in the two days at Christchurch to suggest that any change to the status quo is coming anytime soon. The next most successful sire with big numbers was the stallion that Bettor's Delight dethroned from the top spot in the yearling sales averages in Christian Cullen. His numbers held up well considering all the challengers he is facing on the siring front. Christian Cullen Numbers sold - 18 Overall average - $37,611 Colt average - $40,133 Filly average - $25,000 Considering where his service fee presently sits, Christian Cullen represents great value on yesterdays results and that is not something we were able to say just a few years ago. Every year the pundits predict his demise as a sire of significance but every year the buyers continue to put their hand up for the Christian Cullens and for big money to boot. Another elite sire who had a good sale was Mach Three. Mach Three Numbers sold - 20 Overall average - $30,700 Colt average - $32,062 Filly average - $29,791 This was one sire who had little difference in the average between his fillies and his colts. The top price of $71,000 was the same for both his best filly and colt and most of the leading trainers brought one or two by him. Has been doing a great job over the last few years but is probably overdue another high class colt in the next twelve months or else the so called experts will be suggesting his best days are behind him. American Ideal Numbers sold - 22 Overall average - $15,681 Colt average - $19,166 Filly average - $11,500  Considering the great last twelve months that his stock have had on the racetracks of Australasia, it was a real surprise to us and no doubt to vendors as well that he struggled as much as he did. Even more confusing was the lack of interest in his fillies when they have been his flag bearers in New Zealand over the last twelve months. Sometimes there is a lag in racetrack performance being converted into sales success and to us that is the most logical explanation here. Courage Under Fire Numbers sold - 8 Overall average - $32,375 Colt average - $34,857 Filly average - $16,000 Just continues to fly under the radar of most of the breeders in New Zealand but not the buyers thats for sure. Only sold one filly so that average is misleading but his colts were highly sought after throughout the two days. Has shown repeatedly that he can compete with any sire in the sales ring but his number of mares served in New Zealand continue to decline. He only served nineteen mares in 2014 so some vendors who have a foal by him may be in for a good return at next years sales. Art Major Numbers sold - 14 Overall average - $29,600 Colt average - $28,833 Filly average - $30,187  Considering the run that Art Major is having on both sides of the Tasman, the lack of big money for most of his yearlings took us by surprise. He did have one six figure filly but his second best yearling price wise only made $45,000. Didn't appear to us to be anything amiss with the yearlings in question and the only answer we could come up with was they weren't Bettor's Delights. Amazing result really when you look at the super season his three year olds are having in New Zealand Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 5 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $55,000 Filly average - $20,000 First crop of any size in New Zealand and these yearlings were conceived via fresh semen. Without exception they were good looking types and were keenly sought after. Going by the type of yearling produced by Somebeachsomewhere at this years sales,  we could be about to see why the North Americans hold the son of Mach Three in such high esteem. Rock N Roll Heaven Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $30,250 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $20,500 They all were nice types but what surprised us was his only filly made just $20,500. The fillies have been the ones flying the flag for Rock N Roll Heaven in North America and in Australasia so the emphasis on the colts was a surprise. Look very much like clones of their grand sire Rock N Roll Hanover which is a good thing in our book though attitude did seem an issue at times with a couple of them. Sportswriter Numbers sold - 5 Overall average - $26,300 Colt average - $27,625 Filly average - $21,000 The whole five of them were lovely types and we thought they under sold when you looked at the pedigrees and the individuals at the sale. All of them made at least $20,000 but only one kicked on from that to make $46,000. There are question marks over whether he can leave that elite level colt or filly but you couldn't fault the yearlings in Christchurch and we were a touch disappointed with the prices they made. Changeover Numbers sold - 10 Overall average - $11,550 Colt average - $12,333 Filly average - $10,375 Not the kind of sale he would have been looking for. He had his moments but his lack of classic winning horses from his first crop is starting to hurt him. All he needs is one or two top liners to appear and his stock will double in value over night. His overall numbers are great and everything else is on track but he does need those couple of stars and sooner rather than later. Love You Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $28,875 Colt average - $28,875 A great result for a trotting sire to have four average over $28,000. They were keenly sought after when ever a Love You entered the ring. The only issue now is he only served 13 mares in 2014 and was unavailable this season so there will few of them at the sales in the next year or two. Muscle Mass Numbers sold - 13 Overall average - $16,923 Colt average - $16,625 Filly average - $17,400 A great return to New Zealand for the son of Muscles Yankee and he had a big sale considering his numbers and the fact some of the maternal families were ok but not sensational. A sire who is really on the up in North America but the only downside is this is his only crop in New Zealand to go through the sales and at this stage it will be his last as he hasn't shuttled for the last two years. Overview All the sires we have reviewed would in the main be satisfied with what they achieved at this years Premier sale in Christchurch. Some probably hoped to do a bit better and some probably did a bit better than they thought they would but the numbers for the sires we have covered are commendable. Some sires at this years Christchurch sales that we haven't reviewed here didn't help the overall sale on any level and you would have to question the value of continuing to present stock by them at what is meant to be a "Premier" sale. Harnesslink Media

DOVER, Del.--- Seawind Ginger, overlooked at 13-1 after a win last start and leaving from the rail with Jonathan Roberts driving, scored a 1:53.3 upset in the Monday, Feb. 16 $14,000 4&5-Year-Old distaff harness racing feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan finished with four winners. With both Velocity Sonja (Allan Davis) and Odds On Alpha (Vic Kirby), bringing three-race win streaks into the contest and drawing wagering support, Roberts used his inside post to best advantage driving the Mach Three - Seawind Gabriella four-year-old, by following Velocity Sonja from the start until the closing stages of a lifetime best 1:53.3 mile. Seawind Ginger, a wire-to-wire winner last week, closed along the passing lane to victory. Velocity Sonja was a safe second. Hit By Lightning (Corey Callahan) edged Odds On Alpha for third-place. Roberts also drove two other up-setters, a 19-1 longshot, Gerald Kelly's Zoe's Fortune to a 19-1 victory in a $15,000 Mares Claiming pace, and 6-1 Mildred's Button for Bill Mears and Janine McIlvane. Razor sharp Taylor Rei out on a strong stretch finish to win the $14,500 sub-feature for female pacers scoring a career fastest 1:53.3 triumph with Montrell Teague in the bike for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners Jonathan Klee Racing and McCoo Inc. The Cheyenne Rei - Lady Raider mare overtook Star Keeper (Callahan) and front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) in the closing strides. Meet leading driver Callahan had four wins, Roberts and Eddie Davis Jr. collected three. Tony Morgan had two wins to bring his career total to 14,967. Trainer Arty Foster Jr. also had a double. 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

Her mum is a good producer, her father was a top racehorse and is a super sire, so it’s fair to say she is going to have her share of ability. Part of the stellar Yirribee Pacing Stud collection, the youngster will enter the ring at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney To be more precise, the filly is Lot 313 at the February 28 sale. As for her potential and breeding, it speaks for itself! The athletic looking filly is by Mach Three, which captured the $1million Metro Final at two and the $1million Meadowlands Pace at three. He is also the sire of three Southern Hemisphere – Auckland Reactor, Captain Joy and Mysta Magical Mach. Her dam – Boldandbeautiful is a multiple Harold Park winning mare with earnings of $79,422. At stud Boldandbeautiful boasts the perfect record of two winners from two starters, including Morgan Abby (10 wins), which is the dam of last year’s highest price yearling - $120,000 – at the Melbourne APG sale. Boldandbeautiful’s second starter - Its Only Rocknroll – captured last season’s Group One New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge. The family also includes Kingstar, Royal Chef, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand, Gold King and Run Wick. Along with being in the rich APG race series, the filly is eligible for Australasian Breeders’ Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge. PAUL COURTS

If races are won when the mobile gates are folded back, then the Grant Dixon stable are the masters as one of the biggest harness racing upsets of Inter Dominion heats night unfolded at Albion Park tonight. Majestic Major, from the Dixon stable, burned out of the gate and crossed odds-on favourite Avonnova at the start and that forced the unhoppled hero to race without cover for the entire journey as there was no lead there for him. Turning for home, though Avonnova showed his true colours and moved up to find the lead and went within a hairs breadth of taking the race. Then Dixons 'other' stable hope, Majestic Mach, a son of Mach Three who had strung together a mighty sequencer of wins for Kevin and Kay Seymour a couple of seasons ago, ignited and flashed down the outside to grab victory in the shadows of the post. With only one Inter Dominion Grand Final berth up for grabs, connections of Avonnova will be hoping to secure a wildcard entry into the big race. Many would say he earned it. Still the night belonged to Majestic Mach, with Avonnova finishing second and Bettor Draw third in a quick 1:54.8 in a race where there was no place for the faint-hearted. Second favourite Forever Gold raced in a one-one trail but couldn't finish the race off and wilted to run fourth.

One of the older sayings in harness racing which has proved so true over the generations is top sires will become top broodmare sires. Everywhere you look both here and in North America you see the same thing over and over again. Any sire who can climb to the top of the siring charts with his progeny will have his mares do exactly the same thing for him in the broodmare barn. One sire who is just starting out in the broodmare side of things in New Zealand is Mach Three. As of today mares by Mach Three have just 54 live foals three years or older on the ground in New Zealand. Most of those are three year olds but a few are four and five and they have already started in a fashion which would suggest they are headed for the top of the broodmare siring charts as well. Of those 54 foals, 36 have already qualified and 21 have already been to the winners circle. Pacquiao 1:52.9 ($137,118)  Eyre Crusher 1:56.5 ($79,953) and Al Raza 1:55 ($42,493) are just three of the early winners from mares by Mach Three. This years yearling sales are very light on progeny from Mach Three mares with only two entries in the Australasian Classic sale. The one we have chosen to highlight is Lot 137, Vasari. A colt by one of the hottest sires worldwide at the moment in Art Major, Vasari is the second foal of the young Mach Three mare in Thebestamancanget. The dam of Thebestamancanget is the former smart two and three year old filly in Ciccio Star 1:58.4 ($102,499) Ciccio Star won the PGG Sales Pace for fillies at three as well as a heat of the Hyrdoflow Fillies Series. At stud she has done a great job with eight winners to date including Zenthura 1:56.5 ($117,705)  Major Star 1:56.9 ($104,972)  Idancedallnight 1:59.3 ($103,655) and Conquistare 1:55.9 ($73,755) Her daughters are already on the board as broodmares with Idancedallnight the dam of Waltzing With Cullen 1:51.7 ($151,131). Ciccio Star is a half sister to the very durable Nketia 1:52 ($394,,035) and is closely related to Fake Spirit 1:59 ($184,368) and Chilli Palmer 1:51.5 ($232,859). This of course is the other side of the famous Black Watch maternal family but this side of the family has been having as much if not more of the limelight in recent times. Mach Three has done a great job as a sire in New Zealand and it should come as no surprise to anyone when his daughters do a similar job in the broodmare barn in the next few years. Harnesslink Media  

If you had asked anyone involved with harness racing in New Zealand who Robert Famularo was, the answer would invariably be the man who raced Monkey King and Carabella. But racing horses was never really meant to be the plan when Robert and his daughter Sara established Dancingonmoonlight Stud at Ohoka all those years ago. The plan had always been to set up Dancingonmoonlight as a boutique breeding establishment and to sell the yearlings they raised at the sales each year. But with the emergence of first Monkey King and then Carabella, those plans were put on hold as the emphasis understandably went on the racing team. Now Dancingonmoonlight is about to fulfill those original plans with a batch of yearlings heading to the Christchurch sales next week. Situated on nearly 200 acres at Ohoka, Robert and Sara have developed Dancingonmoonlight into a showplace the equal of any in the world. From the long tree lined entrance to the state of the art yearling boxes to the fully irrigated paddocks, no expense has been spared in establishing the stud. Sara is really looking forward to next weeks sales. " I am a bit nervous but excited at the same time about next week." " We have raised these yearlings from foals and I think there are some great types amongst our draft" " We are taking them there  to sell and thats the hard part for me as I've handled them all the way through but I will get a big thrill out of seeing them race regardless of who owns them," Sara told Harnesslink this week. At present they have about 15 mares in their broodmare band and Sara thinks that is not to far off their optimum number.  "We have bred a couple of Artsplace fillies with the sole intention of adding them to the broodmare band long term but apart from that we are pretty happy with the mares we have." Sara said. This years draft are all from mares that Cavalla Bloodstock have either imported or raced and as you would expect Sara has a couple of favourites amongst them " The two I really like are from full sisters actually." "One is the Mach Three colt from the very smart racemare Timeless Perfection (1:56.9 6 Wins) and the other is the Four Starzzz Shark colt from her full sister Miss Moonlight Shadow." "They are both lovely strong colts who have been very popular with trainers and owners looking at our draft," Sara said. Next year Sara expects to have up to twelve yearlings entered and the star lot of those will undoubtedly be the Mach Three colt from the champion racemare Carabella 1:55.2 ($693,617) " He is Carabella's first foal and is a lovely type. " We have all the top sires represented amongst our foals but we also have some Raging Bull foals to go through the ring next year. "He stood here last year and we have some lovely foals by him," Sara said. While it may have taken a bit longer than planned to get Dancingonmoonlight Stud functioning as they originally planned, Robert and Sara should be very proud to have a breeding establishment unrivaled in the southern hemisphere and a lovely broodmare band with which to take advantage of the superb facilities. Harnesslink Media 

Caroline and Braeden Whitelock are as well known in harness racing circles as they are in the rugby community in New Zealand with a history in the industry that goes back over many decades. Caroline is the daughter of the late Nelson Dalzell who established the "Moose" breed in Canterbury in the 1960s and 70s and raced a lot of those runners with that prefix. Standout performers such as Diamond Moose (13 Wins) Lord Moose (9 wins) and the Welcome Stakes winner Golden Moose (6 wins) were just some of the standouts produced over the years. While they have established their own breeding stock, Caroline and Braeden are still breeding from the family established by Nelson and with some success too. Magic Moose 1:58.3 ($24,840) was a handy mare for them and they have raced and sold progeny from her over the last few years. This year they have consigned a Mach Three colt from Magic Moose for the Australasian Classic yearling sale at Auckland and he has all the credentials to make it on the track. His name is Strawberry Moose and he is the fifth foal from Magic Moose who has already produced the very smart Minnie Moose 1:55.9 ($140,958) who ran second in the 5 year old Harness Jewels Diamond and Cullens Moose (7 Wins). Magic Moose is a daughter of the former smart racemare in Lady El  1:58.3 (8 Wins) who made it to the edge of open class in the 1980s. At stud Lady El left five winners apart from Magic Moose including such smart types as Ashcott El 1:52.4 ($144,651) and Classy Moose (7 Wins) while she also the grand dam of Famous Deal 1:52.6 ($126,214). This has always been recognized as a really tough hard wearing family and the injection of the noted speed sire in Mach Three should ensure that Strawberry Moose inherits a bit of both. Harnesslink Media   

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2015 -- In her characteristic Silky Sullivan fashion, Macharoundtheclock rallied from sixth to capture Friday's $15,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock followed the live cover of Novascotia Hanover into the final turn, then swung wide for Eric Ledford for the drive. She defeated 51-1 long shot Nutmegs Yankee by a neck in 1:55.1, with Doubelieveinmagic third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $395,577 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Evan Pattak

LEBANON, OH. - The owners of A Piece Of The Action LLC got more than a piece of the action in a pair of lucrative harness racing "Claim To Fame" finals at Miami Valley on Thursday night...they got half of the action and a solid immediate return on investment. They claimed both Regil Tiger, the winner of the $15,900 championship division for $8000 claiming horses and geldings, and Carlina Hanover, the winner of the $19,600 split for distaff $12,500 claimers, just one week ago in the final preliminary leg of the respective series. Both winners were entrusted to new trainer Jeff Nisonger. Regil Tiger (Josh Sutton) fought off constant pressure over a sloppy track and still managed to pull away to a 1:56.2 score over Orse Power (Tyler Smith) and Bazinga (Randy Tharps). It was the 35th lifetime triumph for the nine-year-old son of Mach Three and increased his career bankroll to over $310,000. The win was one of five on the night for Josh Sutton, who captured the recent Hollywood Dayton Raceway driving title and currently ranks third at Miami Valley Raceway. Carlina Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) also employed gate-to-wire tactics to capture her championship, holding off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Schmatie (Dan Noble) in 1:55.3. It was just the ninth lifetime win for the lightly raced daughter of Dragon Again and boosted her career bounty past $87,000. The "Claim To Fame" series concludes this weekend at Miami Valley when the finalists in the $5000 claiming trot compete for an $8200 purse on Friday night and the $12,500 male claiming pacer chase a $20,000 purse on Saturday. Sunday, February 1, is the deadline to enter another series of late closers, these for conditioned horses, to go postward over the next few weeks. Entry forms can be downloaded at: www.miamivalleygaming.com using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs. Gregg Keidel

It took driver Josh Dickie just a few seconds to find out how good Gamma Lady was at Alexandra Park last Friday. And the talented horseman liked what he felt. The first northern fillies juvenile pace of the season was a two horse war on the tote and so it proved to be on the track, with southerner Nek Time the leader and Gamma Lady the midfield stalker. Often in a juvenile race at Alexandra Park leading is enough to get you home and that looked to be the case at the top of the 400m mark, with Nek Tike going well and Gamma Lady forced four wide. But when the daughter of Mach Three straightened she put her head down like a little pro and demonstrated high leg speed to catch the leader in the shadows of the post. It was impressive stuff from the Brian Hughes-trained filly, rating 1:58.6 for the 1700m and she must have clocked not much over 27 seconds for her last 400m. Dickie got the drive through his association with Rosslands Stud, who bred and own Gamma Lady and he was beaming. “That was a big win and she is a lovely filly,” said Dickie. “They don’t often show you speed like that so she has a big future. “And it is exciting because she has the final of this series not too far away,” he said in reference to the Delightful Lady Classic, the culmination of the Young Guns fillies series. Gamma Lady is bred to be good, being out of Maheer Lady, who won six herself and was a daughter of Fern Glen. Michael Guerin - Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand  

With so many quality youngsters entered in the Melbourne leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Sale, harness racing’s next superstar is destined to be among the crew. Making sure you’re the one who purchases the champion is another topic all together, but to strengthen the odds, having a glance at Lauriston Bloodstock’s line-up could be a smart move. Owned by Anne and Bill Anderson, Lauriston Bloodstock has produced numerous top-shelf performers, including last year’s slice of Australian Pacing Gold history. In an amazing effort, Lauriston Bloodstock bred the winner of the colts’ and fillies’ Finals. Follows The Stars outclassed the ‘boys’, while Queen Of Pop was too good in the girls’ decider. Counting down to the sale on February 1, Lauriston Bloodstock is offering eight possible champions…of which Lot 69 is destined to attract plenty of attention and bids. By Mach Three, the colt is from Canadian mare, Kabbalah Karen B, which boasts slick victories on both side of the equator. Along with her Northern Hemisphere triumph in 1:52.8, Kabbalah Karen B was successful at Tabcorp Park Melton in 1:53.8. This is Kabbalah Karen B second foal, with her first – a filly – one of this season’s two-year-olds. By Western Terror from Mib Hanover, Kabbalah Karen B is a half-sister to Cammibest, which earned $1,071,775 as a result of 37 wins. Lauriston Bloodstock’s other APG representatives are: LOT 75.   Laugh Out Loud - Mach Three . Fourth foal; 4 winners . 100% producer.  LOT 81.   Left A Dream - Life Sign . Full brother to Gr1 winner Left In Paris. LOT 87.   Left In Paris - Rocknroll Hanover . First foal of a Gr1 winner. LOT 93 .  Limerick Star - Bettors Delight .  Second foal , first colt, half brother to Rosie OReilly Gr3. LOT 101. Listen To The Rhythm - Life Sign . ( gelding ) Half brother to (My ) Willow Gr1. LOT 123. My Jackie Leigh- Somebeachsomewhere . First colt from a full sister to Maffioso.G1x5 LOT 181. Sugarland - Rocknroll Hanover .Second foal ,first colt from a Breeders Crown Cons Winner. PAUL COURTS

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