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Richard Moreau trainees swept the Exactor in the opening leg of the harness racing Ontario Boys Series Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine Ontario sired four-year-old pacers competed in the Ontario Boys $18,000 opening leg. Richard Moreau sent out a pair of starters, including the 2/5 favourite Rafa. However, Cajon Lightning would steal the thunder from his stablemate with a 1:52.2 victory. Driven by Trevor Henry, Cajon Lightning sat third around the first turn, while Mach Code cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Rafa, who was second, circled to the lead entering the backstretch and posted a half-mile clocking of :56.1. Rafa led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3, while Filion was able to angle Cajon Lightning off the pylons for the stretch drive. In the lane, Rafa fought off pressure from first-up challenger Half A Billion, but he could not hold off Cajon Lightning. The Moreau trainee powered by for Henry and finished a length and a half ahead of his stablemate. Half A Billion finished third, while Mach Code was fourth. A son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning is owned by William Wood, William Dittmar Jr., Stephen Iaquinta and Minisink Farms LLC. The four-year-old pacer entered Saturday's contest winless in two starts this season after winning six of 21 last year. Cajon Lightning now has seven career victories and earnings exceeding $110,000. The Moreau trainee paid $11 to win. Cajon Lightning In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys, the four-year-old Ontario sired pacers had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Also on Saturday, Nickle Bag once again prevailed in the $34,000 Preferred pace. The Bill Robinson trainee entered Saturday on a two-race win streak, including a gritty first-over victory in last week's $34,000 feature. Regular driver Trevor Henry was once again in the bike and was aggressive with the six-year-old. Nickle Bag made a second-quarter brush to the lead after getting away third. The Robinson trainee posted middle-fractions of :55 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :28.1 to win the Preferred by two-lengths. Prescotts Hope finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was third. A son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag now has four wins in six starts this season for earnings of $64,500. The Robinson trainee sports a career resume of 23 victories and earnings exceeding $524,000. Nickle Bag paid $4.60 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday (February 8) at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The 2016 Melbourne leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sale series is well underway and after 50 lots the harness racing sale has really yet to take off. Of the 50 lots to pass through the ring todate, 10 have gone back to their box with the vendor,a passing rate of 20% which will hopefully drop with out of the ring sales. Somebeachsomewhere has had just two lots todate and both made $50,000 which in the context of the overall sale has been very positive. Lot 38 was a SBSW colt from the imported Camluck Mitzi M Hanover and was sold to leading New Zealand owner Neil Pilcher, one of the all conquering All Stars barn long time clients. Lot 43 was a SBSW colt from the great racemare Mother Courage ($462,520) The top price from the first 50 lots went to Lot 9 which was offered on behalf of Lauriston Bloodstock. The upstanding Art Major colt from the imported Western Terror mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,089) made $61,000 Mark Purdon made his first move of the day for Lot 46, an outstanding looking Mach Three colt from the 1:54.4 Artsplace mare in National Gallery ($90,600) which cost Mark $52,000 Several other lots were keenly sought after but they were well outnumbered by lots that were below the overall average to date Lots to make more than $30,000 so far included * Lot 16 - A Mach Three colt from the Life Sign mare Left In Paris 1:56.7 ($151,200)    -    $35,000 * Lot 23  - A Western Terror filly from the In The Pocket mare Listen To The Rhythm     -    $45,000 * Lot 36  -  A Courage Under Fire colt from the Chandon mare Miss Kellie ($85,580)    -   $36,000 Harnesslink Media

Regil Elektra and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won the draw, the hearts and minds of the electorate and the race Friday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. From the pole, Regil Elektra saw Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) take the first ballot. The people's preference then reclaimed the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was very simple (:57.2, 1:25.4, 1:54), with Massive Attack A (George Brennan) trying it weak first-over. The end result was a handy, three-length victory. Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) was a three-hole second, with Inittowinafortune, Elisaveta N (Eric Carlson) and Bazooka Terror (Tyler Buter) rounding out the payees. For Regil Elektra, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone and trained by Keith Armer, she's now 3-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $25.20. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

One of the great differences that exist between the Thoroughbred Racing industry and the Harness Racing industry in New Zealand is the reluctance by the harness racing industry to use high profile New Zealanders who are heavily involved in harness racing in its promotion. With the recently completed Thoroughbred yearling sales still fresh in the memory, one couldn't help but notice the amount of main stream TV and newspaper coverage throughout the sales that was centered around the involvement of high profile sporting celebrities. Brendon McCullum and Richie McCaw were popping up all the time in coverage of the sales but they were just two of the many high profile people that the thoroughbred industry used to get that all important media coverage at their biggest time of the year. Harness racing on the other hand seems almost reluctant to use high profile sports people in the same way and it is something that we should really address as in the view of Harnesslink, we are missing a great promotional opportunity here. Mainstream media will cover our upcoming yearling sales but the amount of coverage will be guided in a lot of ways by how many human interest stories that have a wider public appeal they can report on. Brendon McCullum has been involved in harness racing for a long time now and is one obvious route we could go down but to us the involvement of the Whitelock brothers in harness racing presents a great opportunity to present harness racing to a wider mainstream audience. The family have been heavily involved in harness racing for generations and All Blacks such as Sam have helped out at the All Stars barn when learning about the game. The fact that the Whitlocks are seen as such great role models for aspiring rugby players in New Zealand is a big plus in the wider community. Braeside Lodge at Palmerston North, the boutique breeding establishment run by Braeden Whitelock and his wife Caroline is one of New Zealands most successful and they have had a presence at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for several years now. This year is no exception where they have four yearlings entered and all from quality mares and all by leading sires. We found it hard to select one above the others but we took a real liking to Lot 61, Hicori after watching the video of him parading. A son of Mach Three, Hicori is typical of that stallions progeny and you would struggle to get a better maternal pedigree page than his one. The dam Paddy Brown 1:57.7 ($46,726) is a daughter of leading broodmare sire Christian Cullen and Hicori is just her second foal. The second dam Braeside Star 1:59.8 $(67,225) has left six winners from eight foals including such smart horses as Braeside Derby 1:54.2 ($160,784) and Ohoka's Artsplace 1:57.9 ($94,313) while her unraced Artsplace daughter Braeside Lady has already produced the champion three year old filly O Baby 1:54.8 ($391,273) The third dam is the champion broodmare Tuapeka Star so the pedigree page is as good as you will find in this years catalogue. Promotion of harness racing through people like Sam Whitelock and his wider rugby family is essential for the industry if harness racing is going to attract more widespread coverage in the main stream media. Harnesslink Media  

Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud is pleased to announce that the 2016 books are now closed for Muscle Mass and Mach Three. Muscle Mass is the sire of two-time O’Brien Award winner Riveting Rosie and many other Ontario Sires Stakes standouts. He returned to Ontario this season and was very warmly received by breeders. Mach Three, one of the leading pacing stallions in North America for several years and sire of  Somebeachsomewhere, sees his book close early for yet another season. Tara Hills Stud thanks all of the breeders who have already confirmed their mares. There is still time to book to E L Titian, He's Watching, Kadabra, Mr Lavec, Royalty For Life and Sportswriter.  For more information please visit the Tara Hills website.

Father Dan Cummings would be the last person in the industry in New Zealand to promote himself and his boutique breeding operation as something special but after 35 years of continuous success, he doesn't have to. Since the early 1980s, stock bred at the famous Tuapeka Lodge in Lawrence breeding operation have always commanded a premium at yearling sales in New Zealand. Like Sandy Yarndley in the North Island, Dan lifted the whole preparation and presentation of yearlings to the next level in the South Island from the time he entered the marketplace. Buyers know that yearlings prepared at Tuapeka Lodge have wanted for nothing from day one and when combined with maternal families that have continued to produce age group stars with monotonous regularity, the Tuapeka brand is stronger today than ever. This year Tuapeka Lodge has ten yearlings entered at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch on the 23rd and 24th of February and after perusing the videos they would appear to us to have an outstanding group of yearlings this year. In an attempt to narrow down what we think is the pick of the draft, we have watched the videos of each of the yearlings several times and one horse jumped out at us every time. We are not sure Father Dan will appreciate us singling out one lot but we were so taken with him that we thought he deserved the attention. Lot 456 on the second day at Christchurch is named Culpeka and he is a son of Mach Three from the 1:56.9 Christian Cullen mare in Tuapeka Maddy. Tuapeka Maddy was lightly raced due to ongoing issues with tying up and retired after only a handful of starts but was held in high regard by the stud. The second dam Letatalk has produced that special youngster already in the form of the Mach Three colt, Machtu 1:55.2 ($208,007) who has 16 wins on his card to date. A daughter of Letatalk in Raconteur is the dam of the unbeaten Changeover filly, Talkerup 1:58.2 who is the early favourite for the $150,000 PGG Yearling Sales final for three year old fillies at Addington next week. It is a pedigree full of black print which is very current through the deeds of Machtu and Talkerup so ticks all the boxes pedigree wise. The individual himself is as classy as the pedigree. To us he looked more like a two year old with a real touch of class rather than a yearling heading for the sale ring and the video only convinced us even more that this colt was the pick of the Tuapeka Lodge draft. Tuapeka Lodge have set the standard at the yearling sales in the South Island since their inception and this years batch of yearlings is right up to their usual high standard. To view the Premier Sale catalogue click here. To visit Tuapeka Lodge online for all the Yearlings click on this link. Harnesslink Media  

Saturday's $30,500 Group 3 Invercargill Cup may have only drawn eight runners but it was possible to make a strong case for at least six of them on paper on exposed harness racing form. Local hope Costa Del Magnifico from the front line was a lot of the pundits first pick for the race but queries over his racing style over 3200 metres meant some were keen to question his credentials. As expected Tas Man Bromac made a flier from the 10 metre mark to grab the early lead for trainer driver Nathan Williamson before handing up to the free going Costa Del Magnifico with junior driver Matt Anderson in the bike. Matt immediately lifted the tempo over the next 1000 metres but coming through the straight with two laps to go, he eased the pace slightly only to see Cullect A Guiness and John Dunn appear on his outside at the same time and with their momentum grab the lead. John Dunn made sure there was no loitering in front and appeared to have the field in trouble on the corner but once Matt had angled Costa Del Magnifico into the clear, the son of Mach Three flew the last 150 metres to nail a terribly game Cullect a Guinness right on the winning post. Titan Banner battled into third three lengths away just in front of a slightly disappointing Pulp Fiction who was given every chance by Dexter Dunn. Costa del Magnifico paced the 3200 metres in a smart 4:01.1, a mile rate of 2:01.2 with closing sectionals of 56.4 and 27.3. It was Costa Del Magnifico's eight win at just his twenty third start and along with eleven placings it took his earnings over the $71,000 mark. Matt Anderson was a happy man post race today. “John caught me out a bit when he made that quick mid race move as I wasn't keen to hand up the front to anyone.” “However I made a quick decision as it was happening not to kick up and try to keep him out at that point as there was a long way to go and I didn't think John would be handing up to anyone so I would get the run of the race.” “I know it took him the length of the straight to claim Cullect A Guinness but I was pretty confident once I got out.” “I just can't thank the connections enough for putting me on in such a big race.” “The only problem now is to sort out how to keep the drive when Nathan is available again,” Matt said with a big grin. Trainer Brent Shirley was unsure initially if his charge had got up. “From where I was I thought we had run second so I was rapt to see we got up.” “I never gave Matt any instructions before the race.” “I have a lot of confidence in his judgment and told him to drive his own race,” Brent said. Shirley said the Addington Super Series is the entire's next aim on the 12th February. Matt Anderson has continued to impress all season with his displays of mature driving in testing situations and todays calmness under pressure was further evidence of his growing confidence in the bike. Harnesslink Media

TORONTO, January 28 - Harness racing trainer Carmen Auciello celebrated a career milestone Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The 35-year-old conditioner sent out four-year-old Mach Three mare Twin B Sweetheart to victory in Thursday's fourth-race and surpassed $10 million in career earnings with the victory. A Stouffville, Ontario resident, Auciello entered Thursday's program just $6,823 shy of the milestone. Auciello's stable has earned over $200,000 in the first month of 2016. Last season, the conditioner put up career high numbers with 194 victories and over $2.7 million in earnings. Auciello, who recorded his first starts as a trainer in 2004, was the top trainer of the 2015 Mohawk Racetrack meet and overall on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit in 2014. This season, Auciello leads all conditioners on the WEG circuit with 10 victories. He will look to keep things rolling with eight starters entered to go this weekend at Woodbine. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to extend its congratulations to Carmen on his milestone. Twin B Sweetheart Mark McKelvie

Dennis Picker's successful week got even better when he backed up from a Goulburn Cup victory on Australia Day to take out the fast-class harness racing event at Bathurst the following night. And it was also a double celebration for Crookwell owner and friend, Pat Bourke, who races both Condagen and  the Bathurst winner Hard To Hear. Hard To Hear had joined Picker's stable at Bigga, mid-way between Bathurst and Goulburn, just a week earlier, after Picker had driven him in a race at Canberra, but his quote of $22 suggested that he wouldn't trouble Left Neglected, drawn the pole and shooting for three straight wins at the track. Picker crossed to the lead from the jump, and after enjoying a very soft lead section and first half of  63.1 seconds, he increased the tempo turning into the back the last time, with the final quarters dispatched in 28.5 and 27.6, for a mile rate a touch slower than 2:00 for the 2260 metres distance. The race itself was far more exciting than those bare facts and figures would suggest. Nathan Turnbull on Left Neglected was clearly happy to wait for the sprint lane, and once balanced up, he came very quickly, looking certain to grab the leader, who eye-balled the challenger to his near side and fought really hard to the line. Majority opinion, that the outside horse had just held on, was confirmed after a short delay, with the margin officially a half-head. Picker is one of the hardest workers in the sport, training a twenty-plus team on the farm at Bigga, assisted by his parents Grant and Jenna, and covering plenty of miles in all directions to race them. On Monday, he made the near-two hour trip to Bathurst to trial some of his babies, followed by a similar outing to Goulburn on Australia Day, and then back to Bathurst on Wednesday. He comes from a family with strong footballing connections, and his Breeders Crown champion of two seasons ago, Just Kala, was raced by his brother Joe, a South Sydney first-grader previously with the Canberra Raiders. One of the other Bathurst winners on Wednesday has a strong link to football, though from a different code. Comekissmequick NZ ($3.70, Kerryann Turner/ Robbie Morris ), which led throughout in a C0 sprint, with a last half in 58.4, is raced by a group which includes several players from the Western Sydney Giants team. One of them, Heath Shaw, the club vice-captain, has had an illustrious career in AFL, playing a number of years with Collingwood before coming north to the Giants in 2014. Last season, he was named as a member of the All-Australian team, a wonderful honour. So, has Robbie Morris switched allegiance, and adopted Aussie Rules as his new winter sport? His admission to telling a few fibs to the owners about his new-found interest in their game, suggests that Rugby League, and the Wests-Tigers outfit based at Cambelltown, is still his go! Mitchell Turnbull bagged a driving double with two of his father's team, The Space Invader ($16.10)  in the opening C1-C2 event, and Casino Tommy ($7.80) getting the protest decision after an eventful 3C0-3C2 fifth race. The Space Invader sat back in the one-one as Karloo Ten Seventy worked hard outside leader Puffnstuff, and then came with a strong sprint in the closing stages to reel in that horse for a promising win at just his second run back this season. Casino Tommy had done plenty of work in the death, and still had plenty to offer when it moved up to challenge odds-on favourite Art Mistress about a hundred metres from the finish. Art Mistress shifted out suddenly at this point, hampering the challenger before straightening and crossing the line first. Though the margin between Art Mistress and Casino Tommy was a sizeable metre and a quarter, stewards were fairly quick to uphold Mitchell Turnbull's protest, and reverse the placings, to complete the reinsman's double. Skirmish ($1.40 favourite ) increased his lead in the Horse of the Year and Juvenile Horse of the Year premierships with a front-running win in C1-C2 grade, his fifth win from nine starts at the track this season. The win earned praise from driver Emma Turnbull, who believes the Mach Three gelding is getting better with each run, adding " he does just what he has to do when another horse comes at him. He's very tough." It was also a belated birthday present for trainer Peter Bullock, who turned sixty last week, and had to settle for a desperately close second with the horse on that occasion. You didn't have to wait too long to make up for it, Peter. Jason Turnbull steered Glee Bromac NZ ($4.60, for his mother Wendy) to consecutive wins at home, in a  C4-backed  sprint, sitting behind leader Zelus and ousprinting him, with consistent quarters producing a respectable 1:57.4 mile rate. Wendy Turnbull is challenging Bernie Hewitt for second place on the Trainers Premiership at Bathurst, with her Lagoon stable enjoying its best season for a number of years. In the final race of the night,a C0-C1 sprint,  Mod Conns ($43.50, Jess Prior/ Terry Powter ) sat outside the lead from the start, before hitting the front halfway down the running and then desperately fighting off the challenge of from Better With Bourbon NZ, which switched back to the inside. A short half-head was the margin. As the earlier win by Hard To Hear had demonstrated, getting into the sprint lane doesn't guarantee success, it just provides the opportunity, if your horse is fast enough. Orange HRC is staging its two meetings at neighbouring Bathurst this season, because of track problems, with the "warm-up" on Sunday February 7, and the Carnival of Cups meeting on February 14. They are part of a busy February at Group One Feeds Paceway, with feature meetings set down for Sunday February 21 ( Group 10 Rugby League Day) and Friday February 26 ( the popular Cathedral Parish Night). Harness Racing New South Wales

Harness racing buffs who have been in the industry for a decade or three will have no trouble recognizing the name of Grice when it comes to the breeding of high class standardbreds in New Zealand. Ben Grice was a dominant figure in the harness racing and breeding industry in New Zealand over many decades, stretching from the 1920s through to the early 1980s. His colours were the equivalent of the Purdon-Rasmussen colours of today in always having serious contenders for the age group classics of their time. The maternal families that he built up over the generations were full of classic winners and were highly sought after in the rare times they became available on the market. Since his death, the maternal families established and developed by Ben have been spread far and wide throughout Australasia and while their influence is not the same as it once was, the families continue to produce that exceptional youngster. The latest star from the Grice breed to make his mark is the exciting Bettor's Delight gelding Burnaholeinmypocket 1:52.1 ($ 135,847) “The winner of eleven from twenty two to date in Australia, Burnaholeinmypocket made a huge impression on New Zealand harness racing fans at last season’s Harness Jewels meeting at Ashburton where he drew the outside gate, settled well back and then flew late for an unlucky fourth to the brilliant Have Faith In Me.” . “Back now at four, Burnaholeinmypocket has won his first two starts in Victoria in the manner of a horse that is headed to the top.” Those performances will be bringing a smile to the faces of the Breckon Farms team in New Zealand as they prepare to sell his half brother Pumpt at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd. The son of Mach Three is typical of stock by his sire in being very athletic and correct and would attract buyers attention regardless of how well his half brother is performing. Throw in the fact that Fleshing, a full sister to Pumpt was a race winner at two last season in Victoria and that only adds to the colts attraction to buyers. The Ben Grice influence in 2016 may not be what it once was on breeding in Australasia but his long established maternal families still have the ability to leave that high class individual. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

Rakauhauka trainer Clark Barron continued to add to his excellent season's training tally when he won three consecutive races at Ascot Park today.   Rakaporsche, Sumthin Special and Tight Lipped all won.   From barrier six Rakaporsche was taken straight to the top.   "She's got natural gate speed and the way the draw worked out a lot of people didn't realise that there were only six (runners) off the front and eight on the second row so it was no good going back," said Barron.     Rakaporsche held off a late charge by Likethelook which came home along the inside. The margin was a nose.   "She's taken a lot of runs to come right and even knocked up pretty quick today but she's been pretty fat inside I think."   Rakaporche showed talent as a two year old running third on debut behind Envious before winning her next start at Wyndham in February last year over a mile in 1-58.4. After that win she injured a pastern which required an operation.   She returned to the racetrack just before Christmas but has required five starts before returning to winning form.   Rakaporsche is by Mach Three out of the maiden Mark Lobell mare Rakamobile. Her foals include Rakatoy (1 NZ  and 2 Australian wins), Rakamaz (2 New Zealand and 6 Australian wins) and Only The One (1 New Zealand and 12 Australian wins).   The mare's best performer off the track has been her Artsplace daughter Raksplace who has left Raksdeal, Rakarolla and Raksmach.    The second win for Barron came a race later when Sumthin Special improved from a first start sixth to win the Book A Mini Marquee on Cup Day Mobile Pace.   The four year daughter of Mach Three is out of Borowan, a Bo Scots Blue Chip mare which won two races in New Zealand before winning a further fifteen in Australia.   From seven Barron took Sumthin Special to the lead before handing up to Hot Chilli with 1500 metres to run. When second favourite This Excuse Is Fine started to improved inside the 700, Barron hooked Sumthin Special out of the trail and went up to challenge Hot Chilli. The pair drew away and battled hard in the slush up the straight. Sumthin Special won by a length and a half from a game Hot Chilli.   "As you can see she's quite tough."     Somthin Special is owned by Aucklander Grant Dowdall.   "He's sent a few horses down and this is the first one that's been alright." "We had a lot of problems with her feet.." It was our winter and a lot of trainers had it. Nathan (Williamson) had it with his team. We were picking that the frost got into her feet and she actually had to regrow her feet."      The win was Barron’s sixteenth of the season. His best season in the training ranks was in 2011 when he trained 18 winners. With the team around him this season he’s likely to better that. He's also closing in on his 200th win - after today’s meeting he sits at 199.    Barron's final winner of the day came in the very next race when he adapted front running tactics to win the Kelvin Hotel Mobile Pace with maiden pacer Tight Lipped.    Tight Lipped is owned by Kieran Fahy and Michael Turner. He’s by Changeover out of Letatalk and was bred by Tuapeka Lodge. The pair bought him for $6,000 in 2013. Turner then bought Letatalk in 2014. She’s a half - sister to Reconteur the dam of promising Talkerup who has won her only two starts for Cran Dalgety. Reconteur was recently bought by Macca Lodge as Tuapeka Lodge looks to downsize its operation.  Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing  -  Check site here  

The three heats for the Victoria Derby were held tonight at the harness racing meeting at Ballarat and Mark Purdon produced the champion New Zealand three year old Lazarus to throw down the gauntlet to the locals with an outstanding win in quick time in his heat. Heat One Even though he had drawn poorly on the second line for Mark Purdon behind the rank outsider Designer Arden, Lazarus was sent out a $1:30 favourite in the first Victoria Derby heat on the strength of winning ten from twelve in his homeland and nearly $500,000. Allowed to settle four back in the running line by Purdon early, Lazarus looped the field to sit outside the leader Zee Dana and Nathan Jack with just over a lap to go. Purdon never applied any real pressure down the back straight but past the 400 metres he got serious and Lazarus quickly shot to the front on straightening and ran away for a super impressive win with Purdon hardly moving in the bike. Zee Dana stuck on gamely for second in front of Born To Rocknroll who did plenty early and never flinched in holding on for third. Can't Refuse was another to do plenty of work early and hold on for fourth and qualify for the final. The Bettor's Delight colt paced the 2200 metres in 2:39.2, a mile rate of 1:56.5 with closing sectionals of 55.5 and 26.9. Heat Two Heading into the second heat, three horses stood out from the pack on paper and although the three of them had challenging runs in a fast run heat, they still filled the first three placings at the finish. Greg Sugars burned Don't Hold Back off the gate from barrier six to grab an early lead but was immediately challenged by Three Ways and Kate Gath who assumed the lead after 600 metres after a tussle with Don't Hold Back that never got too serious. With a lap to go Brallos Pass and Nathan Jack moved up into the death seat but applied no real pressure until passing the 400 metres mark. Mastering Three Ways on straightening, Brallos Pass looked the winner but Dont Hold Back and Greg Sugars eased out from the trail and flew late for a narrow but impressive victory. Brallos Pass lost no admirers in just going under after sitting parked the last lap while Code Black flew late to grab third from a very game Three Ways late in the piece. The Courage Under Fire colt trained by Mario Attard paced the 2200 metres in 2:39.6, a mile rate of 1:56.7 with closing sectionals of 56.1 and 27.4 which was only .4 of a second slower than Lazarus ran in heat one. Heat Three Again on paper three horses stood out for us on exposed form and they duly ran the trifecta but certainly not in the order that everyone expected. Kingofthestars and Nathan Jack lead with ease from barrier three but the early pace was moderate as several of the poorly drawn horses moved from the back to get handy. The West Australian raider Sprinter was parked for a couple of hundred metres before receiving a trail on the back of the very smart Power Of Red and Amanda Turnbull who took up the death seat. The pace really went on from the half in this heat with Kingofthestars brushing down the back in 27.7 but Power Of Red and Sprinter were still in touch as they turned for home. Just when it looked like Kingofthestars would prevail, Sprinter flew late to grab the favourite for a very smart win. Kingofthestars was slightly disappointing in being beaten after having his own rules in front while Power Of Red stuck on gamely after doing plenty mid race. Iceenothink was a fair way from the first three in fourth which earned him a spot in the Victoria Derby final. The Mach Three gelding trained by Gary Elson and driven by Nathan Turvey paced the 2200 metres in 2:39.2, a mile rate of 1:56.5 with closing sectionals of 55.2 and 27.5 Sprinters winning time was the same as Lazarus ran in winning heat one. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 22, 2016 - Regil Elektra with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett in the bike, was encouraged early and in hand late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Getting some gate reminders from post position No. 4, Regil Elektra made the lead before a :28.1 quarter-mile. From there, no sweat (:57.3, 1:26, 1:53.4), with that :27.4 kicker denying anyone else a shot. Pole-assigned Jungle Genie N (Matt Kakaley) chased from the pocket while beaten a length-and-three-quarters, with Massive Attack N (George Brennan), tepid 9-5 choice Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube) a trailing-throughout Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) completing the payees/finishers. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone and trained by Keith Armer, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.60, with triple wagering cancelled due to limited entrants. A reminder that in advance of the northeast's snowstorm, live racing (and all simulcasting) has been scrapped for Saturday (Jan. 23). Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday, Jan., 25, with a first post of 7:10 PM. As of this writing, with NYRA not having made a decision regarding Aqueduct's Sunday (Jan. 24) program, Yonkers' status for Sunday simulcasting is TBA. Frank Drucker

As this years series of yearling sales draws closer, the progeny of the leading sires in Australasia are once again under the harness racing spotlight as buyers study pedigrees and inspect likely types. All the usual siring suspects are available again this year, headed by the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major along with Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three and Rock N Roll Heaven to name just a few but one stallion whose name we haven't heard much in discussions is the very well performed,Well Said. With his first crops in Australasia only turning two this year, Well Said has had no progeny down under to represent him to date which makes it incredibly hard to establish yourself when the stallion marketplace is as strong and as crowded as it is in Australasia. Both of his initial two year old crops in Australia (23) and New Zealand (14) are so small as to be insignicant which came as a real shock to us here at Harnesslink. Afterall, Well Said has already established himself in the Northern Hemisphere as an elite sire at the highest level. A 'Blue Blood' pedigree to die for which was coupled with a sensational racetrack career saw Well Said given every opportunity when he went to stud. And he hasn't disappointed with a great record to date with numbers that suggest he deserves to be recongnised as one of today's elite sires. From his first crop he produced the brilliant Uffizi Hanover 1:50.3 ($767,258) along with such standouts as Tellitlikeitis 1:48.4 ($513,917) and Southwind Silence 1:52.2 ($504,496). With that crop now just turning five in North America, Well Said is touching $90,000 per average starter which is a sure sign that he will become a member of the elite $100,000+ club of stallions who average six figures per starter. The second crop of Well Said carried on the good work as three year olds in the 2015 season with the likes of Lost For Words 1:49.3 ($913,571) and My Hero Ron 1:49.2 ($445,773) starring on the track and this crop already has an average per starter of nearly $70,000 so no drop off there. While Well Said was well represented in most of the age group classics from his first two crops, the one misgiving some breeders held was could he produce that dominant youngster that everyone is looking for. Well Control The Moment 1:49.4 ($461,457) from his third crop put that doubt to bed in emphatic fashion at two last season, dominating the division in a manner that we hadn't seen for several years. His win in the Metro Pace in 1:49.4 was one right out of the box as he destroyed a quality field by lengths and he is the horse to beat in all the major three year old classics in North America in 2016. Standing at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for $7,500 in the 2016 season, Well Said is now firmly established in the North American stallion marketplace which begs the question of what is happening in the Southern Hemisphere. Well Said only has nine yearlings for sale in New Zealand this year and just eleven in the three legs of the Australian Pacing Gold which makes it really difficult for him to get any oxygen in the marketplace. While there are only twenty Well Said yearlings for sale down under, several of them are from very well performed maternal families and at this stage one of those yearlings starring on the track next season at two is probably the only way Southern Hemisphere breeders and owners are going to reconise the elite stallion in their midst. Harnesslink Media

You haven't had to look very far in the last eighteen months to see the changing dynamic in the harness racing siring charts especially in the broodmare end in New Zealand. After a brilliant siring career during which he dominated the New Zealand Sires lists, Christian Cullen was always going to make a similar impact in the broodmare ranks as he had done as a sire. Christian Cullen has been an outstanding filly/mare sire in his time and now that he has hundreds of well performed and well bred mares entering the broodmare ranks in New Zealand, he could well dominate the broodmare charts for some time to come. In the last twelve months, mares by Christian Cullen have left such outstanding types as Lazarus 1:52.9 ($488,262), Chase The Dream 1:53.1 ($294,646), Golden Goddess 1:55 ($169,810), Te Kawau 1:54.3 ($186,376) and No Doctor Needed 1:53.1 ($138,090) to mention just a handful. Looking at this years yearlings sales at both Karaka and Christchurch reveals countless examples of young well performed Christian Cullen mares with progeny for sale by the likes of Bettors Delight, Art Major and Mach Three so the momentum looks like building, not slowing in years to come. One of the better Christian Cullen racemares of the last few years to have her first progeny for sale this year is Supremacy 1:57.2p ($107,911) Her first foal is named Bounty Lady and will sell as Lot 93 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Karaka on February 22nd. The daughter of Art Major has plenty of depth to her pedigree with her grand dam being none other than the former champion racemare Victor Supreme 1:54.7 ($247,022) who has carved out a great record as a broodmare as well. Not only has she produced Supremacy but Victor Supreme has also produced Victor's Delight 1:54 ($152,031) and Supreme Rocket 1:51.4 ($67,387) and is the grand dam of the speedy Pennsylvania 1:55.1 ($49,971). It has been a very strong fillies and mares family for several generations and Bounty Lady looks just the type to build the family record up even further. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling sale catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

Pukekohe harness racing trainer Ray Green is having a year to remember with his juveniles with three of his barn having designs on the Young Gun Series Final in early March. Vasari 1:56.4, a son of Art Major has impressed all season while his Mach Three stablemate Alta Intrigue 1:56.6 with two wins from three starts has looked the equal of any two year old racing in the country. The third of Ray's team eying up a Young Guns final appearance is Spring Campaign and the son of Courage Under Fire has done enough to date to suggest he will be a major player on March 11th. Spring Campaign was a gutsy second on debut, running second to stablemate Alta Intrigue off a 55.9 last 800 metres but a couple of minor issues have kept him from the track since. However tomorrow night Spring Campaign steps out for his second start at the races in the last at Alexandra Park but it is not against his fellow two year olds. " The two old race never got off the ground but he needs a run so we are taking on the older horses." " It is not ideal but you need to keep ticking them over with a view to having them ready for the final so your hands are tied a bit, "Ray told Harnesslink this afternoon. Spring Campaign is also going through a bit of a growth spurt at the same time which has Ray not rushing things at this point. " We will know a lot more after the race tomorrow night but he is going through a growth spurt at the moment which he seems to be coping really well with." " His work has been super leading into tomorrow night and he really should be winning the race," Ray said. Ray is facing the same problem with Vasari and Alta Intrigue as he has with Spring Campaign in that finding suitable races to keep them ticking over is not easy. " Alta Intrigue is classed as a C2 horse by the handicapping system which means I have to race older horses to get a run which is crazy." " Vasari is classed as a C1 so he is not much better off and both of them are disadvantaged in where they can start." "I am not going to line them up against the C1 and C2 pacers as it would be too hard on a two year old with all the big races still to come," Ray said. Ray has put together a great record over the years with his juveniles but in this years trio, he really looks to have horse power to take out the Young Guns Final. Harnesslink Media

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