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YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 27, 2018 - Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $7.60), after paying her way through the just-concluded Blue Chip Matchmaker, rallied from off the pace Friday night (Apr. 27th). winning Yonkers Raceway's $30,000 harness racing filly and mare Preferred Handicap Pace. At the outset, it was Caviart Cherie easily clearing her seven inside rivals. Last week's winner then gave it up to Ellie'sjet N (Jordan Stratton) before a 'good' :26.4 opening quarter-mile. Mach it a Par, meanwhile, left for a seat from post position No. 7. She found one fifth, winding up second-over behind tepid 5-2 choice Lovineveryminute (Brian Sears). Both were out moving prior to a :55.3 intermission, though the first-up number wasn't making many inroads. That forced Mach it a Par wide right at the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Ellie'sjet N owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but her pursuer was about to pay her a visit. Mach it a Par wore down the leader, edging past by three-quarters of length in a season's-best 1:52.4. Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum), Lovineveryminute and Caviart Cherie settled for the minors. For second choice Mach it a Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D’Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her third win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $108.50. The winner is now over $800,000 in career earnings after her 40th victory Earlier in the evening, there was a 'Cherie' union meeting in the paddock, where Caviart Cherie was introduced to Cherie Czerniowski, Empire City's Assistant Director of VGM Operations. The two ladies seemed to get along, with photographic evidence to prove it, Frank Drucker

Harness racing buyers beware, do not be late, it is a 10.30am start for Lot 1 in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on Monday (12th of February) called Can’t Believe Myeyes, a Mach Three colt from the good race winning Falcon Seelster mare Racketeers Girl ($86,545).   Mach Three has left close on $19 million in progeny earnings in New Zealand. In Australia he has about the same amount $19 million earned to date and in North America Mach Thre is the sire of over $120,000,000 in progeny earnings. Total earnings world-wide is just on $160 million, a huge amount.    Mach Three is the sire of champion race horses Somebeachsomewhere ($3,328,755) and Auckland Reactor ($1,837,043) both horses now at stud.   Can’t Believe Myeyes is bred on the Mach Three x Falcon Seelster cross that has left horses like Fly Like An Eagle ($756,178), Venus Serena ($796,397) and Mach Beauty ($460,670).   Can’t Believe Myeyes is a very good looking bay colt, not big but strong and compact. He has very long fetlocks which is an indicator of speed.    The dam of Can’t Believe Myeyes, Racketeers Girl, raced in Australia for Kim Prentice who said that even though Racketeers Girl was a small horse she didn't feel like it while driving her. She was good gaited from the time he broke her in and had a big stride for her size. She was always well mannered and easy to handle. She had good speed for a little horse. Her strength was how genuine she was in races, she use to try her heart out. Racketeers Girl won 8 races.   Mach Three winning the Meadowlands Pace     Auckland Reactor by Mach Three winning The New Zealand Free For All     Somebeachsomewhere by Mach Three winning The North American Cup     Harnesslink Media

With the breeding and looks of a harness racing star, Lot 30 is the early favourite to top Sunday’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. From Group One winning mare English Elegance, the colt is by outstanding stallion Mach Three. Successful in the New Zealand Great Northern Oaks, English Elegance has matched her racing feats in the breeding barn, producing seven winners from eight starters. Her progeny include Elegant Christian and Major Moment, which have both captured Group Two events. As for her latest offering, the colt will enter the ring with a $60,000 reserve – a price co-breeder Greg Mitchell believes will be surpassed. “We had all our yearlings independently valued, with this bloke coming in at over $60,000,” Mitchell explained. “Having an independent value done means the reserve is based on breeding…it takes out my opinion, any sentiment and so on. “He is a lovely colt from a family fantastic and will no doubt draw plenty of attention.” Mitchell’s representatives also include Lots 11, 21, 26, 32 and 41. With a reserve of $40,000, Lot 32 is also expected to attract his share of attention. From Find Fake Cash, the colt is a half-brother to five winners, including Golden Nursery winner, Corporal Luna. The yearling is by premier sire, Art Major. “He is well put together from the best sire the mare has been put to,” Mitchell said. “She has produced well with some lesser sires, with the family being good the whole time. “On the day of the sale I look forward to sitting back, staying out of it, and seeing how they go.” APG Media

With the recent deaths of Somebeachsomewhere and his sire Mach Three there has never been a more important time for a breeder to acquire a filly by these two proven champion stallions. In the years to come a breeder will need to have mares by these harness racing champions to survive long term in the breeding business. In North America Somebeachsomewhere has produced 13 millionaires of which six are fillies or mares. They include the sensational Pure Country Q1:48 ($2,411,276). Over the past three years, no female pacer can match the accomplishments of Pure Country (Western Hanover). In fact, few in the history of harness racing can produce better resumes when it comes to accumulating awards. Pure Country became the first female pacer to receive a Dan Patch Award at ages 2, 3, and 4 when she was named the sport's best older pacing mare in December 2017. Pure Country was a perfect 10-for-10 at age 2 and joined JK She'salady (2014), See You At Peelers (2010) and My Little Dragon (2005) as the only 2-year-old female pacers to win a Dan Patch Award with an undefeated season.  They also incude Somwherovrarainbow (Artiscape) 1:48f ($1,344,856), Idyllic Beach (American Ideal) p2, 1:50.3s ($1,252,272), Call Me Queen Be (Western Terror) 1:49.1f ($1,229,916), Darlinonthebeach (Bettor's Delight) 1:48.1 ($1,077,256) and Sandbetweenurtoes (Artsplace) 1:49.1 ($1,023,582). One of the great things about Somebeachsomewhere is that he has proven that he can cross with just about any other sire line. Somebeachsomewhere himself is by Mach Three (Matt's Scooter) out of a Beach Towel mare. It is this blood that has injected a new hybrid breed throughout the world especially in North America as Somebeachsomewhere is the first Direct Scooter line stallion that Hanover Shoe Farms has stood. The results speak for themselves. Pure Country 2017 Breeders Crown Mare Pace – Pure Country In North America Somebeachsomewhere has total progeny earnings now of an incredible $87,261,677. He will become very soon the quickest stallion ever to produce over $100,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America. His per foal born average earnings is already a staggering $111,445 with his oldest foals just seven years old. That's right every foal born in North America already has average earnings of $111,445 to date. Somebeachsomewhere has progeny earnings of over $8 million in Australia from 174 winners to date including the ill-fated Breeders Crown winning filly Petacular (Western Ideal), 26 starts 19 wins and $454,000 in earnings. In New Zealand he has about 100 foals old enough to race and has already progeny earnings of over $1 million to date including the real promising fillies and mares Bonnie Joan (Live Or Die) 1:52.8 $160,694, Opoutama (Artiscape) $61,210, Shenandoah (Christian Cullen) $50,539 and Somejoy (Bettor's Delight) $45,180. Breckon Farms have four fillies by Somebeachsomewhere in their draft at this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on February the 12th. Lot 51 – Endless Possibility is a filly out of the Bettor's Delight mare Affairs Are Bettor who has two foals to race for two winners to date. Endless Possibility is bred on the same cross as North American mare Darlinonthebeach 1:48.1 ($1,077,256) and the New Zealand mare Somejoy $45,180. This is the family of the top International New Zealand race mare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 now an exceptional and influential broodmare Down Under. Lot 51 – Endless Possibility (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Are Bettor- Bettor's Delight) Lot 51 – Endless Possibility (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Are Bettor - Bettor's Delight) Lot 55 – Giddy Heights is a filly closely related to Lot 51 Endless Possibility above, as she is from the Group 1 place mother of the dam of Endless Possibility. Giddy Heights is a half-sister to four winners including the Group placed (My) Chachingchaching (1.51.6, 15 wins, $175,474) and Smart Fortune 1 start, 1 win, 2yo winner of the first Young Guns Heat. Once again this is the family of the top International New Zealand race mare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 now an exceptional and influential broodmare Down Under. Lot 55 – Giddy Heights (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Of State - Presidential Ball) Lot 55 – Giddy Heights (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Affairs Of State - Presidential Ball) Lot 110 – Summer Change is from the super Group 1 winning mare Dancingonmoonlight (1.53.2, 19 wins, $402,832, including the NSW Oaks, Gr.1, Victorian Ladyship Cup, Gr.2, Australasian Breeders Crown 3yo Final, Bathurst Gold Tiara Silver Cons, 2nd Queensland Oaks, Gr.1, 2nd Victorian Queen of the Pacific Mares Championship, Gr.1, 2nd Australian Oaks, Gr.1, 2nd Hydroflow Fillies Final, Gr.1, 2nd Great Northern Oaks, Gr.1, 3rd New Zealand Oaks, Gr.1, 3rd Noel J Taylor Mile, Gr.2, 3rd Spring Cup). Summer Change is half-sister to six good winners including the Group 1 winning mare Miss Moonlite (13 wins, $213,165, including the Australasian Breeders Crown 4yo Final) and the Group 3 and Listed race winner and Group 1 placed Moonrock (1.54.6, 12 wins, $181,222). Lot 110 – Summer Change (brown filly Somebeachsomewhere - Dancingonmoonlight - Holmes Hanover) Lot 110 – Summer Change (brown filly Somebeachsomewhere - Dancingonmoonlight - Holmes Hanover) Lot 145 – Power Of Soul is from the unraced Art Major mare Good On Top who is a half-sister to Double Shot ($42,493), Group 3 winner Mark Dennis (40 wins, $283,900)), Group 1 winner Waitfornoone ($201,804), the Group 1, 2 & 3 placed mare Fight Fire With Fire ($151,656), St Barts (15 wins, $162,506), Twice As Hot ($54,735) and Trelise ($19,231). This filly Power Of Soul is closely related to the 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Elle Mac ($265,564), Pacific Warrior ($313,443) and Flaming Flutter ($736,895). Lot 145 – Power Of Soul (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Good On Top - Art Major) Lot 145 – Power Of Soul (bay filly Somebeachsomewhere - Good On Top - Art Major) To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Generational speed 1:47.4 ---- 1:46.4 The Australasian Classic Yearling Sale Harnesslink Media

There are seventeen Mach Three yearlings in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on February the 12th. Six fillies and eleven colts go under the hammer at this harness racing Auction. Six of those yearlings are out of Group, stake winning or placed mares. Those mares are Racketeers Girl (Lot 1), Angela Jane (Lot 64), Fight Fire With Fire (Lot 131), Ohoka Moon (Lot 155), Samantha Q (Lot 10) and Western Starr (Lot 88). Mach Three needs no introduction, a great race horse and a super sire. He unfortunately died January 20th 2017 at Alabar Farms following a paddock accident. He had just turned 18. The stallion was officially inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. As a 2-year-old Mach Three won the $1.1 million Metro Pace at Woodbine in 1:51.4. The following year, Mach Three won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in a career best 1:49. Mach Three has a career record of 18 wins 4 seconds and 2 thirds in 27 starts and earnings of $2,376,700.  Mach Three winning The Meadowlands Pace Mach Three, a son of Matts Scooter out of the Abercrombie mare All Included, has produced 1,297 offspring in North America to date, with total progeny earnings  of $119 million. Mach Three’s progeny’s average earnings per starter is $119,640. Mach Three has produced 6 millionaires in North America to date. He has produced 354 horses that have earned $100,000 or more and 125 that made $250,000 plus. He has produced 502 horses that have gone 1:55 mile or better, 312 in 1:53 or faster and 37 in 1:50 or faster. Mach Three is the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere ($3.2 million, 1:46.4 world record) and now sensational sire throughout the world. Somebeachsomewhere led all divisions in North America in 2017 on the sire money winnings list, 2,3 and all-age divisions. Down Under, Mach Three has sired the winners of $19 million to date in New Zealand including the champion Auckland Reactor, and in Australia he is the sire of $19 million in progeny earnings as well.  The Group, stake winning or placed mares mentioned above Angela Jane and Fight Fire With Fire are the richest of the six mares that have Mach Three yearlings in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. Both yearlings are from the Breckon Farms draft. Angela Jane has a filly by Mach Three and Fight Fire With Fire has a colt. Angela Jane ($144,835) by Falcon Seelster won the Group 2 Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes among her wins and has produced four winners to date including the very good Steve McQueen ($221,602). Angela Jane winning the Group 2 Caduceus Club Ladyship Stakes Lot 64 – Rock Me Baby (bay filly Mach Three / Angela Jane) Lot 64 – Rock Me Baby (bay filly Mach Three / Angela Jane) Fight Fire With Fire has a Mach Three colt in the Sale (Lot 131). She was a very good racemare winning $151,656. She was placed in several Group races including a second in the $138,000 Group 1 New Zealand Sire Stakes Final. Fight Fire With Fire is a half-sister to the dam of 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Elle Mac ($265,564) and is also a half-sister to the dam of Pacific Warrior ($313,443). She is also a half-sister to the dam of Flaming Flutter ($736,895). Fight Fire With Fire in the New Zealand Sire Stakes Final Lot 131 – Saul Good (bay colt Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire) Lot 131 – Saul Good (bay colt Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire) Mach Three stood his entire career at Tara Hills Stud in the northern hemisphere and Alabar in the southern hemisphere. His first foals hit the ground in 2004. He shuttled for 13 years straight. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Generational speed 1:47.4 ---- 1:46.4 Harnesslink Media

Star four-year-old Mach Three pacer Our Little General almost claimed the Warragul harness racing club track record when winning the $25,000 Eastern Challenge at Logan Park today. First up since winning the three-year-old division of the Breeders' Crown in August, connections used Thursday's race as a stepping stone to the upcoming Chariots Of Fire event in Sydney. Driver Chris Alford dictated terms to suit in front with Our Little General, who went within two one hundredths of a second of breaking the 2210 metre track record in defeating Beach Surge and Waimac Attack. Our Little General went past the $500,000 in stakes earnings mark with victory on Thursday, and is trained at Cardigan by Emma Stewart for a large group of owners, some of which were trackside to witness the victory. Both Alford and Stewart have now won the Eastern Challenge race twice. It was the first race win at Warragul for Stewart, despite her stables dominant success over a number of seasons. Elsewhere on the day there were mainly small fields, in particular the opening race which was reduced from six runners to four after scratchings, and became a two horse race as the field was well strung out after some mid race interference. Weight of punters support was with local Penny Bobbins, however All Major ran straight past that pacer once the two settled down to fight out the finish. All Major scored by over six metres, and is trained at Cranbourne by Michael Hughes. Oakleigh trainer Janine Stewart and her horse Glam Rock love the Warragul Pacing Bowl. Both horse and trainer have only won two races in their careers, both at Warragul. Glam Rock, driven by Greg Sugars, proved too strong for Melchoir and Rapacious. Stewart was the 2016 Graduate of the Year from the Gippsland Harness Training Centre. Eight-year-old gelding Uetliberg is another horse which likes Warragul, having recorded two wins and three placings on the circuit from eight starts. The Frank Offer trained horse overcame a 40 metre handicap to win the Windra Gidgea Memorial Trotters event, beating locals Omy Son and Just Hold On. Swedish born horsewoman Kima Frenning had her first drive at Warragul in the fourth event, and led throughout with gelding Sir Briggen. The underrated Frenning drove a perfect race behind Sir Briggen, which denied locals Mygoldengrinner and Courageous Desire victory. Warragul harness racing returns on Monday, February 11. Kyle Galley

Star Queensland pacer Colt Thirty One is on target for a big season. The richly talented harness racing three-year-old made it back to back victories when successful in the $10,540 Pot of Gold Final at Albion Park today (Friday). Fresh from his clinical display last week when resuming the previous week, the Mach Three – Charm Personified colt sat parked in the 1660m event before easily defeating former New Zealand filly Lisa Lincoln and Paternity Suit in a time of 1:54.1. Sectionals were covered in 28.8, 29.9, 27.5 and 28.2 seconds. It was the 9th victory from 13 starts and all victories have come via the Albion Park oval. The proven Gr.1 winner is being readied for a tilt at the $200,000 Victoria Derby series next month and trainer/driver Grant Dixon is content with the progress his top pupil is making. “I was really pleased with the effort today, it was a nice follow-up from his effort the previous week and he felt strong to the line and the sectionals were sharp.” Dixon said. The heats of the Victoria Derby are scheduled for January 20 while the final will take place the following week at TABCORP Park, Melton. Key rivals will include star local and the unbeaten Lumineer while the dominant All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are also likely to be represented among many others. Outstanding Tasmanian youngster Ignatius is likely to skip the Melbourne feature in preference for the New South Wales Derby the following month. But Dixon is confident his colt will be amongst the action. “He proved he was competitive with his efforts during the Breeders Crown back in August and I think he has come back in really good shape, we’re in the mix anyway. “He’s filled out and thickened in the right areas and he’s very relaxed which is great, he’s very tractable and driving very well. “I’m hoping to find another race before heading south and that should have him in great shape for the series.” Colt Thirty One finished third behind King Of Swing and Poster Boy in the Gr.1 $285,000 Australasian Breeders Crown on August 27. The Gr.1 QBRED Triad winner is raced by his breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour. Chris Barsby

Classy New Zealand-bred mare Maczaffair, surprisingly beaten as a 5/2 on favourite by Dior Mia More two Fridays ago, is poised to make amends and return to the winning list by proving too speedy for her seven harness racing rivals in the $25,000 final of the Coulson Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her prospects improved greatly when she drew the favourable No. 2 barrier and Shannon Suvaljko is certain to make full use of her sparkling gate speed in a concerted bid to set the pace. She started out wide at barrier eight in a qualifying heat at her latest appearance and raced three wide for much of the first lap before racing without cover. She fought on doggedly to finish a 2m second to the pacemaker Dior Mia More, who sprinted over the final quarters in 27.4sec. and 28.4sec. Maczaffair, prepared by astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, gave a superb performance as a 90/1 outsider at her previous outing when she began brilliantly from barrier six and led for the first 450m before sitting behind the pacemaker and 10/1 favourite Ultimate Machete. She ran home in grand style to finish second to Ultimate Machete. The Mach Three mare has been a wonderful performer for owners Albert and Julie Walmsley and looks set to improve on her already impressive record of 13 wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 31 starts for stakes of $301,668. Dior Mia More, prepared by Annie Belton, followed her victory over Maczaffair with a shock defeat at 25/1 on last Friday night when she set the pace and weakened to finish third behind Khun Ratha and Glow Bright over 2130m. She will be tested from barrier six this week. Mon Lillies is racing enthusiastically and has explosive gate speed but from the No. 3 barrier, it is problematic whether she will be able to cross Maczaffair and take the early lead.                 Auctioneers Elsu, a hardy eight-year-old, has sound place prospects from the No. 1 barrier. A winner at 18 of her 189 starts, Auctioneers Elsu rarely performs below par for Cardup trainer Sarah Suvaljko, and Jocelyn Young should give her a favourable passage behind the pacemaker. Gotta Go Gabbana, a stablemate of Dior Mia More, is in good form, with her five starts in her current preparation producing two wins and two seconds. She will start from the No. 5 barrier and will again have the services of in-former reinsman Chris Voak. The Matt Scott-trained C C Chevron was an all-the-way winner from barrier one when she beat Gotta Go Gabbana and Mon Lillies last Friday night. But she faces a far tougher task this week from the No. 7 barrier. Ken Casellas

Barrier draws mean so much in harness racing, and that was the case again on Friday night when Nyngan-trained mare Bulgari Rose was successful in the Gerard Yeo Memorial Pace (2120m) at Dubbo Paceway. With members of the Yeo family trackside, leading driver Mat Rue was at his absolute best as he guided the four-year-old Mach Three (CAN) x Cartier (USA) mare to an all-the-way win in the feature, just lasting to win in a driving three-way finish. Bulgari Rose ($2.40 fav) was able to hold the lead early, and it was a lead she wouldn’t relinquish. After strolling through the first two quarters of the last mile in splits of 33.3s and 32.5s, Bulgari Rose slipped through the third quarter in 30.7s. It ensured she had enough in the tank to fly home over the last 400m in 28.7s, enough to hold off Village Angel ($8.30, McKayler Barnes) by a half-neck. Son Of A Virgin ($9.80, Mark Hewitt) was a further neck away in third place in a race where the mile rate was 2:03.9. The other main race on the card, the Dubbo RSL Club and Resort Final (2120m) also saw an all-the-way winner in the form of She’s A Ranger. Trained at Forbes by Adam Bellach, and with Angela Hedges in the gig, the $1.90 favourite shot away from her rivals at the 400m mark to beat Miss Ives ($14.30, Greg Rue) by more than 11 metres. Shazam Shannon ($23.00, McKayler Barnes) was a further six metres away in third position. Dubbo Harness Racing Club’s next meeting will be held at the Showground Paceway on Wednesday, November 15. By Ben Walker Reprinted with permission of The Daily Liberal

After beating one of the best Maryborough Cup fields in recent memory, the harness racing team behind Inter Dominion bound star San Carlo couldn’t be happier. “He did it really easily. I was looking around wondering where they had all got to,” driver Bec Bartley said of San Carlo’s 1:56.6 Maryborough Cup win today over 2690m in front of a big crowd. San Carlo blitzed out of the gate to lead the field, showing the kind of gate speed that will aid him enormously in his quest for glory at a track like Gloucester Park in a month’s time. “I wasn’t expecting that,” Bartley said of San Carlo’s gate speed today. “After 100m I couldn’t believe it. I just encouraged him a bit. Steve and I have never really asked him to show that, but to know he’s got it really gives us great confidence.” San Carlo romped around Maryborough in quarters of 29.4, 28.9, 28.4 and 27.6 on his way to a 3m win over reigning Len Smith Mile winner My Field Marshal. The Mach Three-Bridge Player gelding is trained by Stephen O’Donoghue. Bartley said she “just can’t wait” to get to Perth to drive in the Inters, but first things first, San Carlo will likely head to Yarra Valley for the club’s Cup on Oaks Day, Thursday, November 9. The last time rankings were released San Carlo had jumped from No.42 to No.30 and was virtually assured a start in the first round of Inter Dominion heats on November 24. “Hopefully he’s climbed a bit further again now,” Bartley said. San Carlo picks up four points on the Victorian Trots Country Cups Championship to share the lead with leg one winner Messini, while Mr Mojito finished third today to give trainer Kerryn Manning two horses on the Championship ladder after Ideal Success’s second placing last week at Swan Hill. Sparkling Cup success John Meade-trained trotter Sparkling Success won today’s Seelite Windows and Doors Maryborough Trotters Cup by 2.1m over Clover Mac. Driven a treat by Chris Svanosio, the six-year-old Great Success-Diamond Insitu gelding powered past race favourite My Tribeca (fourth) in the home straight and held off Kate and Andy Gath’s Clover Mac late in a mile rate of 2:03.5 for the 2690m standing start race. Our Twentyten finished third for Rod Petroff. Terang mare Perth bound? Following her slashing third placing today at Maryborough, Terang mare Keayang Kallisto might be joining fellow south-west star Jilliby Jagger on the plane west for the Perth classics. Flight availability is being looked at and options considered for the recent Blossom Lady winner, who ran third from the back row today in a spicy C3-C4 pace won by supremely talented Shadow Sax over another rising star in Audi Hare. Darby double Young gun reinsman Darby McGuigan drove the winners of races three and four today on Cup Day at Maryborough, both at bolters’ odds. McGuigan struck first aboard Glen Davies-trained trotter Brandons Price at $14.70 before a huge boilover aboard Shot To Stardom for trainer Jody Woodham-Murdoch in the C0 pace, winning at $41.70. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  

Shepparton’s rising superstar pacer San Carlo has never failed to rise to the occasion throughout his harness racing career and he faces another giant step-up tomorrow night when he tackles the $200000 Victoria Cup at Melton. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three has come up with barrier seven — the extreme outside of the front row — in the 2240m Group One event. San Carlo’s trainer Steve O’Donoghue admits the horror draw is going to make San Carlo’s chances of landing his biggest win that much tougher. O’Donoghue said he was happy to be in the race, but conceded the barrier had made winning an unlikely prospect. ‘‘It’s like an under-18 footballer going up into the senior side for the first time; it’s going to be really tough. I’ll be happy to beat one home for a start,’’ O’Donoghue said. ‘‘You would like any of the horses in that field, wouldn’t you?’’ While Lennytheshark is favourite to win the feature, fireworks are expected at the start with the trainers of Major Crocker and NSW visitors Code Black (barrier three) and Tiger Tara (barrier five) declaring they won’t be taking any prisoners early. Lennytheshark’s reinsman Chris Alford has declared he “couldn’t be happier” with Lenny’s barrier one draw. Rivals are Shark bait He might be eight years of age now but you wouldn’t have thought it as Lennytheshark made a stunning return to racing at Melton last Friday night. The David Aiken-trained warrior humbled some smart pacers in winning the $50000 Smoken Up Sprint over the 1720m trip in his first race since finishing fourth to his illustrious stablemate Hectorjayjay in the Blacks A Fake feature at Albion Park in July. Driven by Chris Alford, Lenny did it at both ends, spearing from barrier seven across the face of the field at the start to take up the pacemaking role and then audaciously pulling away from his rivals in the dash home in a blistering 1:51.9 mile rate. He had more than 8m to spare over runner-up My Field Marshall at the finish, with Tee Cee Bee Macray a whisker away third. Lenny is Inter Dominion-bound to defend his crown in December, but he has another huge challenge tomorrow night when he tackles the $200000 Victoria Cup at Melton. He has drawn barrier one and it would take a brave person to say he couldn’t win it given what he did last Friday night. It’s McCool for Junior Wahring horseman Kevin Weidenbach Jr is certainly getting results with Lucy McCool. In only six starts for Weidenbach Lucy McCool has won two races and been placed second once. The six-year-old Miles McCool mare notched her latest win in a C1 Only event last week at Yarra Valley after a perfect Weidenbach drive. Lucy McCool is from the former smart Caprock racemare Play The Dice and her latest win, the third of her 29 starts, produced a PB mile rate of 1:58.6. From pillar to post Byrneside horseman Damian Wilson made full use of pacer Cobie Hall’s draw to win on debut last week at Echuca. Trained and driven by Wilson, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall came from barrier three to take over the early front running and led throughout over the 2160m trip for a comfortable win over NSW visitor Kamwood Izzy, with the locally-trained Our Dandy filling the minor placing. Cobie Hall is the first foal of the unraced Safely Kept mare Annie Angel to race and peeled off some slick final sectionals and a respectable mile rate of 1:59.2 to suggest there could me more wins in store. The Nod of approval Echuca trots stalwarts Norm and Joan Visca enjoyed a win on their home track last week with consistent performer Winkn Nod. Trained and driven by legendary Bendigo horseman Brian Gath for the Viscas, Winkn Nod was another pacer to utilise his barrier two draw and was another pillar-to-post winner at the meeting in a C1 Only class race. Pulling out a 28.7 final split, Winkn Nod proved too good for Oldseadog and the Brent Thomson-trained Arty Guy with a winning margin of 4m and a short half-head separating the minor placegetters. Winkn Nod, a six-year-old gelding by Grinfromeartoear, deserved the win as he ran second at his previous two starts at Shepparton and Echuca. It was his third win with seven placings from 23 starts. Winning scent to Rose A mid-race move by reinsman Daniel Rose proved a winner for smart Kyabram-trained pacer Scout Hall Road at Echuca. Rose took the six-year-old Village Jasper gelding around the field from last to the front at the 1100m and staved off challengers from top two chances Sir Briggen and A Special Dream in the run to the finishing line in the 2160m event. Despite an encouraging third to the smart Scotlyn Jack at his previous start at Shepparton on September 29, Scout Hall Road was a 16-1 shot on the tote. Trained by Rose’s father Bruce, Scout Hall Road has been a consistent performer for connections with 10 wins and 19 placings from his 70 starts. A Special Dream’s third placing in the race continued a string of top-three finishes for the Steve Duffy-trained and Ryan Duffy-driven seven-year-old son of Live Or Die. The pacer has not missed a top-three placing in his past 11 starts, which include three wins with four seconds and four thirds. Ellen’s skills on show The Shepparton-based Bartley sisters — Bec and Lisa — have been enjoying their share of success of late in the sulky and it was another sister’s turn to show her wares in Victoria last week. Coleambally (Riverina)-based trainer Ellen Bartley produced Begoodorbegoodatit for a win in restricted class at Echuca. Driven by leading Riverina reinsman Blake Jones and an odds-on chance, Begoodorbegoodatit went straight to the front from barrier two over the 1750m trip and had no worries holding off main challengers Megiddo and the Kyabram-trained Beyond A Shadow. Begoodorbegoodatit was coming off a second at her previous start at Shepparton on September 21 in fast time in a race won by Our Lady Madonna, so punters took note of that formline in supporting her into an odds-on chance. Begoodorbegoodatit is only the third foal of the Art Major mare Lose The Blues to race and the only winner so far with her 19 starts producing three wins and five placings. Sweet for Candyman Top reinsman Greg Sugars was the star at Echuca with a driving treble. Two of the winners, Fong Nien and Mar Nien, were for his trainer-father Ross, while the Allan McDonough-trained Bright Shadow was middle pin of the trifecta. Fong Nien is a half-sister of four winners from the winning Miles McCool mare Jane McCool, including the multiple winner Smooth Grin. Mar Nien is a five-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Armbro Operative mare Champagnesheffield, who was a winner of five races and has left two other winners. As swift as a Hare The Josh Aiken-trained and driven Audi Hare kept his perfect Australian record intact with another dominant win last Friday night at Melton. Joining the Aiken stable after 20 starts for two wins in New Zealand, the five-year-old gelded son of Mach Three had scored at Bendigo on his Australian debut on September 16 and followed up that win with another success at Shepparton on September 29. He completed the hat-trick with his Melton win in which he accounted for the Laura Crossland-trained and driven Charming Major and Time Keepa Lombo in 1:56.2 mile rate time for the 1720m. Aiken summed up the race perfectly when the pace slackened a lap out, working Audi Hare around the field to the front and from then on was never going to be beaten. Duke rules at Hill Four-year-old gelding Manbar Duke made a winning return to the racetrack in a family finish in a C0 Only class race at Swan Hill on Tuesday night. Trained by Kyabram horseman Brent Thomson and driven by Nathan Jack, Manbar Duke led throughout to beat Letsrockletsroll, trained by Thomson’s father Russell and driven by Craig Turnbull. Manbar Duke was a $2.10 favourite while Letsrockletsroll was a $5.30 chance. Taken straight to the front by Jack from barrier three, Manbar Duke ran his rivals ragged, particularly over the concluding stages with splits 28.7 and 27.4 for a last half in 56.1. Letsrockletsroll’s effort to come from last at the bell and get within 4m of the winner was also noteworthy given the third horse home and second favourite Tillys Desire was more than 20m astern. Manbar Duke was having his first start since March and was coming off successive wins at Yarra Vallley and Cobram. A son of Santa Blue Chip, Manbar Duke has had just the seven starts for three wins and three seconds. His dam Korobeit Princess, who is by little known sire Armbro Kojak, was a four-times winner and was out of the good racemare Korobeit Angel, a daughter of Denver Gift, who was bred by veteran Kyabram horseman Darky Meloury. Colbinabbin horseman Graham McDermott was also a winner at Swan Hill, scoring in a T0 or better trotters race with Justtentrumps who notched his fourth win from 19 starts. Building future The new trots track at Wagga is under way with the first sod turned at the new site last week. NSW Racing Minister Paul Toole was alongside Harness Racing NSW chairman Chris Edwards and his fellow board members for the significant milestone. “The journey has been a lengthy one from when we first called for expressions of interest in a Riverina Super Centre back in 2006,” Edwards said. “But now that we are finally at this stage, it is pleasing to know that in a year’s time we will have completed a strategy to install 1000m tracks in all the region’s Hunter, Western and Southern districts. “What is really positive for Wagga is that what we have learned from the other projects has been enhanced, corrected or improved with this last instalment.” The long-awaited project will have a 1070m track constructed with a width of 20m to accommodate 10 horses starting off the front row, if required. There will be a camber of 10° on the 110m radius turns to assist with equine welfare, driver safety and to enhance the speed performance of the horses, as well as a sprint lane to provide all horses a competitive opportunity. Alongside the track, public facilities similar to those at Bathurst will be constructed as well as race stalls that can accommodate 140 horses, including a designated area for mini trot participants. Harness Racing NSW’s long-term vision for the property is to also include a training centre. Coming up Today: Kilmore (n). Tomorrow: Melton (n). Sunday: Stawell (d). Monday: Warragul (d). Tuesday: Shepparton (n). Wednesday: Geelong (n). Thursday: Bendigo (n). The Shepparton News Reprinted with permission of The Shepparton News

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Machinthesand (Mach Three) was upset bound in the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Ken Murphy, who had three winners on the 13-dash program, engineered the patient trip to the winner's circle as he laid fourth on the rail in the $2,200 Red shores feature while Minor Wisdom (Driven by Ryan Desroche) rolled the front end. Minor Wisdom's front end fractions were 27.1 at the quarter and 56 seconds at the half-mile marker before battling with Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) at the three-quarters of 1:26. Machinthesand was still over six lengths back at that third station but gobbled up ground in the last quarter to win in 1:57.1. Rash B Havior (Gary Chappell) was second in a huge after making a break at the start while Old Buck (Jason Hughes) completed the triactor ticket. Machinthesand is trained by Hughie Murphy for owners Noonan Holdings and Russell and Karen Noonan of Summerside. Driver Ken Murphy also visited the winner's enclosure after a 1:59.2 score with Southfield Sue for Vance Cameron of Summerside and Shouldabeenaclown in 1:59.3 for trainer Edgar Stewart of Ellerslie. Pictonian Storm had the fast win of the day in the $1,700 back-up class with a 1:56.1 victory for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside and trainer Austin Sorrie as one of four wins on the day for driver Chappell. The Charlottetown reinsman's other wins were with Blazing By in 1:59from his own stable and a pair of winners from the stable of Phil Sizer including Western Sexy in 2:02.1 and Windemere Johnny in 2:01.3. Cyrax remained perfect on red soil scoring a win in 1:57 for his second win in as many starts for owner-trainer Barry Biggar of Summerside. It was the third win of the day for driver Dale Spence as the Tyne Valley resident also won with Montana Ben in 1:57.2 for Mike Ramsay of Summerside and with Myambrose in 1:58.4 for trainer Carl MacDougall of Ellerslie. Jason Hughes had a driving double as he solidifies his place in second place on the Summerside driving standings. His wins were in a maiden breaking score with Woodmere Ideal Art in 2:01.2 from the Ultimate Stable of New Brunswick and with Revelry Seelster in 2:03.1 for owner-trainer Rocky Schurman of Summerside. Visit www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

If harness racing trainer David Menary has any problem with Sintra, it's that there aren't enough days to enjoy the horse. "He's the kind of horse I wish I could race eight days a week," Menary said. "You don't have too many bad days when you get to take him to the track." Sintra, fresh off his win in last week's Canadian Pacing Derby, leads a group of 10 horses to Saturday's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers at central Ohio's Scioto Downs. The 4-year-old gelding will start from post No. 8 with Andrew McCarthy sitting in for regular driver Jody Jamieson, who will be racing at Mohawk. The field, assembled based on career earnings, also includes millionaires McWicked, Check Six, Luck Be Withyou, Boston Red Rocks, and Keystone Velocity. Rounding out the group are Mel Mara, Let's Drink On It, Rockin Ron, and Night Pro. Introduced in 2013, the race honors the late Jim Ewart, who was the race secretary at Scioto Downs from 1976 through 2002. Ewart, who worked as a race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand, died in 2012. Last year's edition of the Ewart was won by Always B Miki in a track-record 1:47, which also equaled the world record for pacing on a five-eighths-mile oval. Sintra, a son of Mach Three out of the mare Dancin Barefoot, has won eight of 13 races this year and earned $487,607. Jamieson has driven Sintra in every start but one this season. Brett Miller guided Sintra to a six-length win in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands in May. "The horse made a great impression on Brett and I loved the result that night," Menary said. "I think he will (make a good impression on McCarthy). I wish Andy wasn't handicapped with a poor starting spot, but hopefully we finish better than where we start." Menary owns Sintra with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. Gray and Denise Guerriero own Pedro Hanover, who McCarthy drove to victory in Monday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. "It's cool," McCarthy said about being asked to drive Sintra. "I got lucky to pick him up. I've watched him race and he's got a heck of a lot of ability. He got a bad spot with the eight hole, but it looks like there's going to be a lot of action. We're just going to have to see how the cards fall and see where we end up." The 31-year-old McCarthy set career highs last year with 277 wins and $4.51 million in purses. This year he won the $242,500 Spirit of Massachusetts Stakes with JL Cruze, giving McCarthy the most lucrative open stakes victory of his career so far. He won two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes titles, with 3-year-old female pacer Caviart Ally joining Pedro Hanover, and had two second-place finishes in PaSS finals. "It's been a very good year," said McCarthy, a native of Australia who started driving in the U.S. in 2007. "It feels like it's starting to all fall into place a little bit." Just as it has for Sintra, who gave an indication of his talent last year when he won eight of 16 starts and earned $229,346. Five of the races he lost were won by Betting Line, who was Canada's Horse of the Year. "I don't think you can aim stupid crazy with any 4-year-old, but I've always had a lot of confidence in the horse," Menary said. "I think last year he came closer to beating Betting Line than any other 3-year-old did. He was lightly raced and I put him away in good shape. I was super excited about this year and we're living the dream right now. "He makes us all look good. He knows when it's game time. He's not the flashiest when training, but when he goes to the gate he's ready to play. I have great partners on the horse and we've had a lot of fun. Hopefully he's got lots of good days ahead of him." The Ewart is race 10, with a 9:30 p.m. estimated post time. The card also includes the $125,000 Jug Preview, race 7, which features multiple-stakes-winner Downbytheseaside in a field of nine. Downbytheseaside, trained by Ohio's Brian Brown, won last week's Messenger Stakes and has earned nearly $1 million this year. Following is the field for the Jim Ewart Memorial in post order with named drivers and trainers. PP-Sire-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Mel Mara by Lis Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 2. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Steve Elliott 3. McWicked by McArdle-David Miller-Casie Coleman 4. Let's Drink On It by Art Official-Travis Seekman-Joe Seekman 5. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 6. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere-Chris Page-Ron Burke 7. Rockin Ron by Real Desire-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 8. Sintra by Mach Three-Andrew McCarthy-David Menary 9. Keystone Velocity by Western Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard *10. Night Pro by Pro Bono Best-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Dale Decker *Night Pro starts in the second tier. Following is the field for the Jug Preview in post order with named drivers and trainers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown 2. Sports Column by Sportswriter-Brett Miller-Blake MacIntosh 3. Bettor's Pick by Bettor's Delight-Kayne Kauffman-Ben Davis 4. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 5. Henry The Dragon by Dragon Again-Randy Tharps-Brenda Teague 6. Major Moe by Art Major-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown 7. Scotch McEwan by McArdle-Josh Sutton-Jim Dailey 8. Drunk On Your Love by Foreclosure N-Dan Noble-Jim Pollock Jr. 9. Thrdthrsdaynsptmbr by Rock N Roll Heaven-Ken Holliday-Sherri Holliday Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Four-year-old gelding Sintra and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson rallied up the pylons to capture the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 12-1 Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dave Menary stable star unleashed a furious stretch rally to charge up the inside and nail Rockin Ron at the wire in 1:48.1 for driver Jamieson and trainer Gaetan Hebert. "It's pretty awesome," said co-owner Menary following the victory. "He's a special horse that I thought was a half-mile track horse at the start of the year, but that hasn't worked out well this year. "He likes the big track and he likes to flaunt his speed and I'm happy to be here." Sintra and Jamieson left from post-nine and were able to drop in fourth heading into the first turn. Nirvana Seelster claimed the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26. Elimination winner Rockin Ron and driver Louis Philippe Roy would circle around to the lead from second heading up the backside and led by the half in :54. Similar to his elimination, Roy allowed Rockin Ron to roll in the third-quarter and open up a 2½ length lead at three-quarters in 1:21. Sintra and Jamieson stayed in on the far turn and sat fifth, buried along the pylons turning for home. In the stretch, Rockin Ron continued to pace strongly and had a sizeable lead with less than an eighth of a mile to go. Staying along the rail proved to be the winning move by Jamieson, as room was available and Sintra took dead aim at the leader. The four-year-old used every inch of a racetrack to track down and surpass Rockin Ron by a neck. McWicked rallied from seventh to finish third, while All Bets Off and Nirvana Seelster finished in a dead-heat for fourth. Keystone Velocity, the even-money favourite, finished sixth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra came into the 'Pacing Derby' off a second-place finish to Rockin Ron in his elimination. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do off the gate," said Jamieson following the race. "Dave didn't want me to get away tenth and I didn't want to be blasting out to the lead. "As it worked out, I got away fourth and (Keystone Velocity) moved quickly to get his position and I wasn't sure it was going to work out, even at the head of the stretch. (All Bets Off) was on a left line and (Rockin Ron) run out a bit, (Nirvana Seelster) was on the left line and it opened up and Sintra with any kind of a trip at all...he just explodes through." The 'Pacing Derby' victory is the first for Jamieson, who was very honest with his emotions following the race. "The last couple years, just the positions I've put myself in to not be overly successful, I got to tell you this one feels really good. It feels as good as any of the big wins I've ever had." Rockin Ron, who was the 2/1 second-choice, almost pulled off another front-end mission for the team of Roy and trainer Ron Burke. "It was what I wanted to do," said Roy following the race. "I had (Nirvana Seelster) leaving out so I couldn't keep him there, I just wanted to take him on and pace up front. "He wasn't steering as good as he was last week. Last week he was perfectly straight, but he was a little bit on the line today. Ron will correct that and he'll come back as good as he was last week." Sintra is owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. The four-year-old is now eight for 13 with $578,735 banked this season, while his career totals now sit at 16 wins and $882,385 earned. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $27.40. The $2 Exacta (Sintra-Rockin Ron) paid $184.90, while the $1 Trifecta (Sintra-Rockin Ron-McWicked) checked in at $476.45. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It's no surprise that Sintra has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite in Sunday's C$200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R for four-year-old pacers. The gelded son of Mach Three has been nearly perfect this season for trainer Dave Menary, winning seven of his ten starts so far and now drawing the rail for Sunday's Prix D'Ete makes him the horse to beat. Owned by Brad Gray of Dundas, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Ontario, Sintra will have Jody Jamieson once again doing the driving. In their last start, two weeks ago in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Raceway, Sintra came from fifth place at the top of the stretch, kicked in a :25.4 last quarter mile and posted a 1:48.4 triumph. Two starts back from that he scored his lifetime best mile with a 1:47.2 romp in capturing the $240,000 Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. While Sintra has raced against and beaten everyone in the field except for Sports Authority, it will still take a big effort to win on Sunday. Awesomeness, from post three for driver James MacDonald, won his last start at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:50. Brittany Farm's Western Fame (post 5) for driver Trevor Henry, is one of two in the race for trainer Jimmy Takter and in his last start, Western Fame was second by a nose in a dead heat at Yonkers Raceway in 1:53.1. Lyons Snyder, also from the Takter Stable, is the 4-1 second choice from post two and will have Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, in the sulky. And drawing the far outside in post eight is Dr J Hanover, who earlier this season became the fastest Canadian winner ever with his monster 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk. He will be driven by Doug McNair and in the past, has shown great leaving ability, even from post eight. Rounding out the field is another contender in Roll Away Joe from the Ron Burke Stable. He goes from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot will start his son of Mach Three, Stonebridge Beach from post six. The long shot in the field is a local horse, Sports Authority, starting from post seven for trainer Maxime Velaye. This son of Sportswriter, owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, is coming off a strong 1:52.4 victory at Rideau Carlton. He will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Louis-Philippe. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight victory in the Prix D'Ete, having won last year in a classic battle with Rockin Ron over Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:52 over a sloppy track. The prior year he won with All Bets Off, tying the all-age track record in 1:50.3 that was first set by Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014. The Prix D'Ete was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2014. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matts Scooter and a host of other top pacers had won the Prix D'Ete when it was held at the old Blue Bonnets Racecourse. There are four divisions of the third and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies on Sunday. This is the last chance for the youngsters to earn points towards the C$55,000 finals on Sunday, September 3. 14th Race $200,000 Prix D'Ete 1. Sintra (Jody Jamieson) 2-1 2. Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube) 4-1 3. Awesomeness (James MacDonald) 5-1 4. Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy) 5-1 5. Western Fame (Trevor Henry) 6-1 6. Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot) 10-1 7. Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy) 12-1 8. Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) 6-1 Track Notes: H3R's leading driver this season, Stephane Brosseau, is just three wins away from his 3,000th career victory. He has ten drives on Sunday's program. The 15-race program on Sunday has a later first race post time of 2:30 pm with the Prix D'Ete scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm. Hall of Famer Michel Lachance, who won back to back Prix D'Ete's with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989, is the Grand Marshal this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

The way harness racing driver Jody Jamieson sees it, if stakes-winning pacer Sintra were human, he might be Mike Trout. "He's got speed, he's got stamina, he's got talent," Jamieson said. "When you add in smarts, where he'll let you drive him how you want, that's the total package right there. He's a five-tool baseball player." Sintra will get the chance to display his tools Saturday in the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Sintra, coming off a 1:47.2 win in the Graduate Series championship July 8 at the Meadowlands, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Gerrity's eight-horse field. Sintra and driver Jamieson will leave from post four. The Gerrity also includes Haughton Memorial winner Mach It So, Ben Franklin Pace and Levy Series champion Keystone Velocity, and Battle of Lake Erie winner All Bets Off. Completing the field are millionaires Clear Vision, Bit Of A Legend, Boston Red Rocks and Somewhere In LA. New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in last year's Gerrity. Sintra, a 4-year-old gelded son of stallion Mach Three, has won six of eight races this year while competing primarily in races restricted to 4-year-olds, although he did win the Mohawk preferred against older foes on July 1. In the Gerrity, only Sintra and Boston Red Rocks are 4-year-olds; the remaining horses range in ages from 6 to 11. "It's a real advantage to be able to race against 4-year-olds, there's no question about it," said Jamieson, who drives Sintra for trainer/co-owner Dave Menary. "He's got a bit of a tougher test coming up here on Saturday in the Gerrity, but if he gets the trip he's tough." Last year Sintra won eight of 16 starts and earned $229,346 for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing. Five of the races he lost were won by Betting Line, who was Canada's Horse of the Year. "Anybody that had to race against Betting Line was racing for second money for the most part," Jamieson said. "A couple times I headed him and thought I had him beat and it just didn't work out. It's hard to say whether I've seen a difference in him (this year). He was awesome from day one. He rarely put a bad start in, if at all." Sintra, who was limited to three races at age 2 because of injury, competed mostly at Mohawk last year. His one trip to the Grand Circuit was for the Milstein Pace, where he finished fifth. "We only faced the open company a couple times last year," said Jamieson, who has driven Sintra in 22 of his last 24 races. "This year we're taking on the world. "Dave Menary has done a hell of a job managing him, you can't say enough about him. I think he's also done a hell of a job picking the driver for the horse too." Boston Red Rocks, who is winless in 10 races this year but a runner-up on six occasions, is the Gerrity's 5-2 second choice on the morning line, starting from post No. 1 with Brett Miller driving for trainer Steve Elliott. Keystone Velocity, who drew post eight, is 9-2 followed by All Bets Off at 5-1. "I got a great draw," Jamieson said. "I love the half-mile track, but when you put these kinds of horses on the half-mile track there's obviously a lot of luck and a little bit of a trip scenario that comes into play. But I think he's in the right spot with the four hole and he's in great form." Racing at Saratoga begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Gerrity is race No. 6 on the card, with post time at 8:45 p.m. approximately. In addition to the Gerrity, the card features eight New York Sire Stakes races. Fans will receive a coupon for a free commemorative 2017 Gerrity Night T-shirt with the purchase of a $2 race program, while supplies last. A variety of local food trucks will be on hand throughout the night near the track apron. As always, parking and admission are free. The Gerrity honors the memory of Joe Gerrity Jr. and his many contributions. A highly respected leader, inspiration and icon for Saratoga Raceway and the horse racing industry, he was a breeder of horses in Loudonville, a licensed harness driver and became Chairman of the Board of Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (now Saratoga Casino Hotel) in 1987. He later oversaw the expansion of the facility and the installation of video gaming machines, partially funding the project himself. He also served as a director for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State for 20 years, and acted as treasurer for much of that time. He passed away in 2005. Below is the field for the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Boston Red Rocks-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott-5/2 2-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/1 3-Somewhere In LA-Jason Bartlett-Richard Banca-6/1 4-Sintra-Jody Jamieson-David Menary-2/1 5-Bit Of A Legend N-Jordan Stratton-Peter Tritton-8/1 6-Clear Vision-Mark MacDonald-Jennifer Lappe-15/1 7-Mach It So-David Miller-Jeffrey Bamond Jr.-12/1 8-Keystone Velocity-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-9/2 Ken Weingartner

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