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Victorian harness racing trainer Maree Caldow will aim Macfire towards the Victoria Oaks following the filly’s impressive win at Tattersall’s Park Hobart last Sunday night. Macfire was taken to the Apple Isle for the Tasmania Oaks the previous week, but after finishing third to the Dean Braun-trained Sudden Change, connections opted to keep her in the state to try and win her second three-year-old race before home. Macfire (Mach Three-Sparks Under Fire) worked to the early lead from a wide front row draw, and when driver John Caldow slipped her more rein at the top of the home straight, she drew clear to score by 13 metres from Iden Makin Time. The daughter of Mach Three rated 2:01.5 for the 2090 metres, covering the last half in 58.6 seconds. Caldow said the filly, owned by stalwart stable client Tony Conte, had always shown above average ability and would continue to contest the better three-year-old races. PETER STAPLES

Conditions weren't up to much at the Northern Southland harness racing meeting at Invercargill yesterday with intermittent rain making the track slushy from early in the day. However anyone who was lucky enough to be on course for the $25,000 Caduceus Club Classic for two year old fillies witnessed a performance by Northern Velocity that will live long in the memory bank. Northern Velocity is a half sister to Penbrook Benny ($907,890) bred by Jordash Breeding Trust. The big strapping daughter of Mach Three got off the gate good for young driver Matt Anderson from barrier five in the slushy conditions and worked her way to the front after 400 metres. No sooner had Northern Velocity made it to the front, she was attacked for the lead by Chevrons Champion and Dexter Dunn and the two fillies went head to head right down the back straight before Dexter eased his filly. Pat Campbell led the three wide line up with Gina Grace on her back through the straight with a lap to go As soon as Gina Grace got to the death seat at the 1000 metres, driver Gerard O'Reilly pressed the go button and got three quarters of a length on Northern Velocity but couldn't cross her. These two went head to head down the back straight with Northern Velocity upping the tempo even more passing the 400 metres mark. Just when everyone expected Northern Velocity to come back to the field after such an arduous trip, she kicked away for an emphatic seven and a half lengths victory. What gave the run even more merit was her winning time of 2:44.5 was a new track record for two year old fillies over the 2200 metres and it was achieved on a slushy track and after a run from hell. Matt Anderson thought he was on the best filly yesterday and drove her accordingly. "I wasn't planning to go to the front." "I was in two minds actually as the first bend at Invercargill is quite tricky and you can't rush them in to it." "She got off the gate alright and found the top easily." "She got a  little bit keen when Dexter Dunn came up and had a good look." "I was just trying to get a bit of a breather when Gerard came around on Gina Grace." "She wasn't going good enough to hand up to." "My filly deserved the win," said Anderson. Northern Velocity was so impressive yesterday that it would not be a surprise to see her take out one of the two year old fillies classics later in the season Harnesslink Media  

With the top two harness racing mares in the country in Adore Me and Helena Jet having been retired recently, the title of New Zealand's best mare was up for grabs tonight at Addington in the $100,000 New Zealand Breeders Stakes. Venus Serena was the public elect from barrier three and she showed last night that at her best, there is no better mare in the country at present.. Driver John Dunn let the daughter of Mach Three work her way to the front after 250 metres and from there she controlled the tempo of the race. With a mile to go John started to up the tempo with Venus Serena and it was obvious a long way from home that most were struggling with the speed up front. The well supported New Years Jay worked around to the death at the 1000 metres mark and the race just hotted up even more. Down the back straight John turned the wick up again with a 27.9 quarter and most were struggling to make ground as they turned for home. The way the race had been run was set up for a swooper and Willow who had been last at the 600 metres flew home along the inner but Venus Serena was still a length to the good at the line. Pemberton Shard went her usual honest race running into third ahead of Here We Go Again who ran on well late for fourth. In the very windy conditions, Venus Serena paced the 2600 metres in 3:12, a mile rate of 1:58.8 with the last mile in a very quick 1:55.7 and closing sectionals of 57.3 and 29.4  John Dunn was happy to see Venus Serena back to something like her best. " That was such a gutsy run tonight and she felt more like her old self." " There is a really strong wind out there tonight and she ran into it twice so it was a top effort." " I eased off the speed early which I probably shouldn't have but once I let her roll she had them in trouble," John said. Trainer Geoff Dunn was a contented man post race. " She deserved that tonight as she hasn't really gone a bad race all season." "Bad draws have cost her a few times this season and that was the first time she had had a decent barrier." "Once she found the front, I knew she would be hard to beat." Geoff has deliberately given Venus Serena a lighter season. " Right through her two and three year old seasons, every race was a track or New Zealand record and that has to take a toll." "So we decided to give her an easier time at four in the hope that if we look after her now, we will be rewarded down the line," Geoff said. The only target left for the mare this season now is the Harness Jewels and last nights win has given her the bankroll to assure her a start in the May 30th feature. Harnesslink Media  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 16, 2015...Mach It A Par made it two in a row at Pompano Park on Monday night, eking out a very narrow decision in the $10,000 top pace for harness racing mares. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three, driven by owner Dan Clements, upset the heavily favored Pertty Music, handled by Ed Hensley in 1:52.4, the official margin being a nose. Mach Me Not, teaming up with Wally Hennessey, finished a very fast closing third after pacing the fastest final panel of her quintet--:27--while just a half length off the winner. Always Dee One was fourth, five lengths away, while De Vins Girl finished fifth. Mach It A Par, off as second choice at 3 to 1, was away alertly but relented to the 1 to 2 favorite, Pertty Music, around the opening turn as the latter took the field to the initial quarter in a very mild :28.1 with Always Dee One third, Mach Me Not next and De Vins Girl acting as the caboose with positions remaining stagnant through a soft half of :57.1. Heading into the final turn, Mach Me Not pulled from fourth forcing the hand of Mach It A Par, who darted out of the pocket with lightning speed, overtaking Pertty Music in a flash and opening up a daylight lead thundering for home after a three-quarters clocked in 1:25.2. In the lane, Mach It A Par began drifting out forcing Hensley to make a decision on whether to go outside or inside and he chose the latter route to try and gnaw in on the leader--the re-rally falling short by that aforementioned nose. In a post race interview, driver Dan Clements said, "This mare does have very sharp speed and can turn it on in a heartbeat...like she did tonight when I asked her around the final turn. She can catch 'em flat-footed. She was drifting out in the lane and still paced her last quarter in :27.1 or so. To tell you the truth, I didn't know if we won or not as Eddie's mare (Pertty Music) kind of got in another gear late herself." Trained by Renaldo Morales III for Clements, Mach It A Par won for the second time to go along with a second and two thirds in five starts with seasonal bounty of $15,200. The win also pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $50,000 in just 22 lifetime starts--$52,102 to be exact. Trainer Morales, by the way, now sports a lofty UTRS over .570 for the meet with a scorecard of 22-15-4 in 55 starts. Mach It A Par paid $8.20 to win. Another highlight on the card was the performance of the 13 year-old trotter Bit O Victory, achieving his 50th lifetime victory on Monday night with a 1:56 score in an $8,000 claiming event. Making a sharp quarter move for Kevin Wallis after the :28 opener, this altered son of Mr. Vic carved out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:26.2 en route to a 4 1/2 length victory over Nomad (Rick Plano) with Thirtyeightspecial (Mark O'Mara) third. Now owned by Denis Goyette along with trainer Norm Dessureault, Bit O Victory has recorded victories at six different tracks throughout North America and for six different trainers and 10 different drivers in a career measuring 12 seasons and 263 lifetime starts. He took his 1:55 mark last year as a 12 year-old and now has lifetime bounty of $408,372. Off as the 9 to 5 favorite this night, Bit O Victory paid $5.80 to win. In the Monday night edition of the Super Hi-5, the 20 cent wager again produced multiple winners with the carryover for Wednesday's card now well over $45,000. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Harness racing reinsman Scott Phelan has been having a quiet time recently by his own high standards but he made up for it yesterday with a couple of wins at the Harness Racing Waikato meeting at Cambridge. The first win came aboard the smart Mach Three two year old Mach Time who won a maiden race with a real degree of authority. Sent to the lead early by Scott from barrier two, Mach Time then took a trail behind the Neil Brady trained and driven Volente after 300 metres. When Volente began to tire with 600 metres to go, Scott angled him out into the running line and when he gave the two year old his head as they turned for home, Mach Time fair burst away from the field to record an easy victory by 2 3/4 lengths. Mach Time paced the 2200 metres in a smart 2:45.2, a mile rate of 2:00.8 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 28. Scott has a bit of time for the son of Mach Three. " His first two starts were against Chase The Dream at Auckland and he only had a couple of workouts prior to those runs so he is improving all the time with the racing." "I thought he would be a bit too smart for a maiden field yesterday so I was pretty confident." " He is a touch better than Harry Hoo who ran second to Lazarus in the Sires Stakes heat so we might have to look at a Sires Stakes heat with him next," said Scott. The second of Scott's winners on the day was the four year old Art Major mare Sweet Art who chalked up win number six when taking out the C2 and faster pace over 2200 metres from a stand. Away safely from the ten metres mark, Scott was caught in the open from the start as Styx it To Em set a solid pace in front. Working slowly up to the leaders wheel, Scott sent Sweet Art to the front with a little over a lap to go and from there he controlled the tempo. Keeping up a solid clip down the back straight, Scott shot her clear as they turned for home and Sweet Art had enough in the tank to hold out the challenge of Styx It To Em up the passing lane by 3/4 of a length. Sweet Art paced the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:47.9, a mile rate of 2:02.7 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 28. Scott thinks they have found the key to the Art Major mare. " She is a lot better when you let her do her own thing during a race." " She is a lot happier that way when you let her find her own rhythm." " Time has been her best friend and Steve and Chris (trainers) have placed her well so I think there are a few more wins in her yet," Scott said. Those two wins yesterday took Scott to 30 for the season and judging by the team Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick have around them at the moment, he won't be long adding to that total in the near future. Harnesslink Media  

Pompano Beach, FL…March 14, 2015…P L Hellcat, Dan Clements’ splendid four year-old son of Mach Three, known for his tremendous brushing power, brushed  the entire mile on Saturday night in taking top honors in Pompano Park’s top pacing feature—the $13,500 Open. Trained by Renaldo Morales, III, P L Hellcat led at every pole--:27.1, :56.1 and 1:23—in route to a victory measuring a length over the fast closing Raji’s Blue Line (Mike Micallef) in 1:51.1. Neptune (Aaron Byron) finished third while Cadillac Phil, showing early speed before being shuffled on the backside, rallied quickest of all--:27.3—to finish fourth. Heart Felt, prominent throughout the mile, finished fifth in the septet. After the race, driver Dan Clements said, “I left out of there expecting to get a two-hole journey but it didn’t work out that way at all. We got some pretty serious pressure on the backside--:26.4—but he was up to the task. He does have some kinda brush…but, tonight, he brushed the whole mile! He was very good. I am proud of him!” The lightly raced four year-old, P L Hellcat now sports a report card of 3-2-0 in six starts and $24,630 for the year. He’s banked $124,304 lifetime in only 27 career starts. Even money on the tote-board, P L Hellcat returned $4.20 to his many faithful followers. In the $10,000 event for $20,000-$25,000 claiming pacers, Remissionofsins, handled by George Napolitano, Jr., was an impressive virtual gate-to-wire winner, scoring in a lifetime best 1:50.2—this after cutting fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:23.1 along the way. The seven year-old son of Final Cheers, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, stretched his winning skein to two after last week’s lifetime best effort of 1:50.4. Actononelasttime, a $4,000 claim less than a month ago and in for $20,000 this night, finished second for Kevin Wallis while Machinest rallied for Jason Dillander to finish third. Zavan was fourth in the mile while JJ’s Doughnut, last turning for home, finished fifth and was promptly claimed for the sixth time this year—this time for $25,000. In a post race chat, driver George Napolitano summed up the journey on Remissionofsins in a succinct manner saying, “He’s just very good right now!” Remissionofsins now shows a consistent 2-5-2 scorecard in 11 starts, good for $26,660 for the season and $133,796 lifetime. As the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite, Remissionofsins paid $2.40 to win. Also on the card, Pompano Park champion Prairie Jaguar returned to his winning ways with a splendid wire-to-wire win for Peter Wrenn in 1:51.1 in a $10,000 conditioned event for pacers. The now seven year-old son of Spy Hard cut opening panels of :27 and :55.2 before sprinting through a sizzling third quarter of :26.4 to dispel any threats as the pocket sitting Hillybilly (Bruce Ranger) and Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham), eventually second and third, respectively, in the mile, were not about to gain any ground during that backside binge—the winning margin being two lengths. Prairie Jaguar now has 22 lifetime wins and $168,827 lifetime. Owned by Laurie Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, Prairie Jaguar is the only horse in Pompano Park history with six wins in 1:50 or faster—his mark being 1:49. Prairie Jaguar paid $3.20 to win. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, Histoire Eternelle, handled by Peter Wrenn, was the winner in a lifetime best mile 1:51.3, significant because the victory enabled track announcer Gabe Prewitt to sweep the card--handicapping all nine winners on top. The Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Saturday night--the 20 cent consolation of 5-3-4-2-6 paying $85.10--pushing the carryover for Sunday night's card over the $37,500  mark. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 14, 2015-- Favored Mach's Beach Boy and harness racing driver Pat Lachance ($5.60), prevailed from a soggy pocket Saturday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace. Winning the blind draw, Mach's Beach Boy was only going to allow one horse to outleave him, and that one was Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald). Beach Memories was summarily stuffed into a three-hole before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a 56.4 intermission, Beach Memories was trying his luck again, going to challenge "Needy" by the 1:24.2 three-quarters. Warrawee Needy appeared to have some nighttime daylight, owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Mach's Beach Boy dove into a damp passing lane and went by. He edged away by a couple of lengths in 1:52.4. Beach Memories held third, with a rallying Pancetta (Brian Sears) and Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) earning the minor moolah. For Mach's Beach Boy, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding Ontario co-owned by Dan Mogridge and Jeffrey Osborne, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $28.60. Stakes/series action continues next week. Monday, it's the second round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Tuesday, the second round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Saturday, opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Raceway's live season continues Sunday (post time 1:10 PM), our final "French-centic" Sunday until November. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Mach Stockn Barrel made it two straight convincing victories and King Otra regained his throne to take the spotlight in the co-featured $8,800 conditioned paces at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 14).   In the opener, Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) watched patiently from the back of the pack as Jokerman posted wicked fractions of 27.3, 58.2 and 1:28 over the sloppy track.   Jokerman (Kevin Cummings) put away the first-over challenge of Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) at the top of the stretch but Mach Stockn Barrel, four-length winner on March 7th, was just getting into high gear.   The hot splits started to take its toll on Jokerman and Mach Stockn Barrel ($8.50) took advantage, blasting by to register the length decision in 1:57.0 Jokerman held on for second while Terlingua (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the fifth win in eight starts this season for Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic). The 4-year-old gelding has now won $20,776 in 2015 and $45,357 lifetime.   Youwillwishyouhad (Cummings Jr.) did all the dirty work on the front end but it was King Otra (Monti) who cleaned up in the end to post the win in 1:58.0.   Setting the tempo with times of 28.2, 59.1 and 1:28.4, Youwillwishyouhad had the pocket-sitting King Otra ($8.50) breathing down his neck until mid stretch. Monti then tipped King Otra to the outside and paced away from Youwillwishyouhad by 1-3/4 lengths. Southwind Whiski (David McNeight III) finished in third.   With the victory, King Otra (Western Ideal-Queen Otra) has been victorious three times in eight appearances this year and has won $19,464 and $223,062 lifetime. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Barbara Russo and trained by Neal Russo.   The tote board worked overtime in the second race as Lee Dahn drove Thisoneandonemore to a $73.00 victory. American Bull (Cummings Jr.) finished in second at 40-1 while 13-1 shot OK Braveheart (McNeight) took a show dough to complete the $2,159.00 trifecta for a buck.   In the seventh race, Put It In Gear (Cummings Jr.) went gate-to-wire from the eight post and paid a healthy $90.00 to his backers.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with the 12-race program getting underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Pompano Beach, Fl...March 9, 2015...As Pompano Park harness racing fan Gary Andrews lamented, "They could have just shown the replay from last week!" Gary was speaking of Just A Bee's win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (March 9) as the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood extended her winning streak to four with a 1:51.4 win for trainer-driver Mike Micallef in an almost identical manner as last week's win. With only a quartet going behind the Hummer Starting Gate this night with a late scratch, Just A Bee left just outside of main rival Senorita Santanna, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., tracking that one all the way through panels of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.2 before tilting out turning for home and rolling on by in mid-stretch to score by three-parts-of-a-length with the "Senorita" easily second best. Always Dee One teamed up with Rick Plano to be third, eight lengths away, over Pertty Music, making her first start back after a four week absence. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "You know, she's just very sharp right now. They (horses) aren't machines so we have to enjoy these times when they occur. The trip was almost identical as last week's as we sat behind George (Napolitano) the entire way. When we turned for home, I asked her and she responded. But don't take anything away from (Senorita) Santanna, she is one heckuva mare--tough as nails!" Owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee now sports a 6-1-0 scorecard in eight starts, good for $40,750 so far this young season. Since her claim for $12,000 last September in Indiana, Just A Bee has won 10 times in 17 starts, earned $68,200 and taken a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. As the 1 to 5 betting favorite, Just A Bee returned $2.40 to win. The co-featured $10,000 Open "2" Pace for mares went to Mach Me Not, deftly handled by Wally Hennessey, in 1:52.3. Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the S S G Stables, this nine year-old daughter of Mach Three was away fifth early on in the action-packed mile as Wind River Cat (Kevin Wallis) and Keystone Christa (Aaron Byron) barbed for early supremacy with the latter on top at the opener in :27.2--but not for long. Mach Me Not made a quarter move from fifth to the lead down the straightaway the first time, only to be out-brushed around turn two as Glam Cam (Walter Ross, Jr.) sprinted up to take control just a couple of strides past the :56 half. Glam Cam and Mach Me Not continued one-two past the third station in 1:23.3 with Keystone Christa making yet another bid on the outside, Wind River Cat skimming the pylons with the 1 to 5 favorite, Arodasi (Joe Pavia, Jr.), yet to fire. In the lane, Mach Me Not took dead aim on Glam Cam and, though drifting out, sprinted clear to a win measuring 3 1/2 lengths over Glam Cam. Wind River Cat was third under the wire but set back a notch with a pylon violation moving Arodasi up to third. Glow Stick picked up the nickel. Mach Me Not achieved her 30th lifetime victory, pushing her career bounty to $315,262--$19,240 this season on the strength of three wins in nine starts. As the 3 to 1 second choice on the tote-board, Mach Me Not Paid $8.80 to her many faithful. The featured $12,000 Open Trot for mares went to Mc Tiny's Hope, smartly handled by Ben Mc Neil. This seven year-old daughter of CR Excellence, trained by Jack Mc Neil for owner Ellen Mc Neil, began from the outside post seven and picked up live cover the entire final lap and then stormed home fastest of all to score a photo finish decision over My Heidi (Jason Dillander), weaving on through between horses late, and the fast closing She's All In (Rick Plano). M T Ur Pockets finished fourth after a mild bid three-eighths out and Blushing Hanover picked up the final award in the septet. Favored Trot Fudge Sundae made a miscue around the first turn in tight quarters. Fifth choice in the betting, Mc Tiny's Hope paid $16.40 to win with, this, her 23rd lifetime success, sending her career bounty to $132.230--$23,456 this season on the strength of a 2-3-0 scorecard in 10 starts. Also on the card was the $10,500 Final of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closer featuring pacing mares. As expected, Taylor B Good, a dominant winner in the first two claiming legs of this event, completed the sweep, scoring a four length win for Rick Plano in 1:54.2 over Viewish (George Napolitano, Jr.) with Flying Topless (Aaron Byron) third. Five Stars Queen and Moon Is On Fire took home the minors in the field of eight. Hot property lately off of claims her last three starts, Taylor B Good, off at 1 to 5 on the board, was relaxed in fifth early as Five Stars Queen took the field to the opener in :28.1, only to be replaced on the front end by Newsmaker, reaching the half in :56.3. Taylor B Good, meanwhile, was out following cover just after three-eighths of a mile, followed that cover until three-eights out, then went on a brief double-bubble mission, assuming command around the final turn and lengthening her advantage to the wire. Reclaimed last week by trainer Bernie Wolin for wife Hilda Wolin, Taylor B Good enjoyed the third biggest payday of her career measuring 88 starts, sending her lifetime bankroll to $89,718--$12,745 this year, $10,750 of that over the past two weeks in this late closing series. Taylor B Good paid $2.60 to win. The second leg of the "Over The Hill Gang" pace for 10 year-olds and up was contested with eight warriors with over $2 million in lifetime earnings on the strength of over 300 lifetime wins. Once again, it was the heavy favorite Shark Dressed Man, off at 1 to 2, holding on to score a 1:54 win for Rick Plano, his winning margin a diminishing half length over Oil Magnet (Mike Micallef) with Dr Flamingo (Aaron Byron) also in the photo. Clive Hanover was fourth with Allamerican Major next in the octet. Shark Dressed Man, an 11 year-old gelded son of Shark St Partners, won for the 48th time during his career measuring 205 starts and sent his earnings to $329,569--$5,235 of that for owner Ernest Durse after his claim in mid-January. Finally, the Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Monday night with the 20 cent consolation of 7-3-6-1-4 paying $37.16, sending the carryover to Wednesday night's card surging over $30,000. Post time is 7:30 for the Wednesday card. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

When people look at the harness racing sires list in North America you would think that they all race under the one flag but of course we know that is not the truth. Canada is fiercely independent and standardbred breeders in Canada are no different so we thought we would do a review of the performance of Canadian based stallions and their influence on harness racing in Canada and beyond.  The leading sire on the all age pacing sires list in 2014 that stands in Canada was Matt's Scooter son, Mach Three who headed off the perenial top dog in Canada in Camluck. This two were head and shoulders above the competition as the siring chart below shows. Canadian all age pacing sires list for 2014 Stallion Name                     Money won                                               Wins                                             MACH THREE                     $11,458,141                                             1181 CAMLUCK                            $7,159,237                                                 964 JEREMES JET                     $4,232,278                                                 453 BADLANDS HANOVER     $3,484,110                                                 423 SHADOW PLAY                   $3,055,528                                                 230 NO PAN INTENDED           $2,808,131                                                  331 MILLION DOLLAR CAM     $2,616,398                                                 335 SPORTSWRITER                $2,475,204                                                    78 STONEBRIDGE REGAL     $2,379,050                                                 344 MODERN ART                     $2,323,643                                                  274 The overall record of both Camluck who is now 28 years old and Mach Three who is 16 are outstanding and would hold their own anywhere in the world. Camluck   -    Winners   -     $100,000 Winners   -     Millionaires   -     Sub 1:50         Total Stakes                             1596                      592                                  28                       62                $217,969,096   Mach Three  - Winners   -  100,000 Winners   -  Millionaires   -  Sub 1:50         Total Stakes                                619                      211                        2                        21               $106,923,082                                                                                                                              (Worldwide)                                                                                                                                                  So it looks at the moment as if Mach Three and Camluck have a jump on the competition but two young sires are lining up to challenge them in Shadow Play and Sportswriter. Shadow Play finished fifth on the list even though he only had two and three year olds to represent him while Sportswriter finished eighth with just his two year olds to represent him. If they can maintain that early momentum from their initial crops then they have every chance of toppling the leading duo in the next two or three years The table above does have a very "Australasian" look about it with eight of the ten sires on the list having stood down under at some point of their career. The trotting sires list is again dominated by a couple of well estalished elite level sires in Kadabra and Angus Hall. The emergence of Muscle Mass as a leading sire will be bitter sweet for Canadian breeders as he has since relocated to Blue Chip Farms in New York.  Canadian all age trotting sires list for 2014 Stallion Name                                 Money                                        Wins   KADABRA                                     $7,239,806                                   542 ANGUS HALL                              $5,582,473                                    613 MUSCLE MASS                           $3,885,863                                   285 MAJESTIC SON                           $2,773,259                                   184 KEN WARKENTIN                       $1,930,438                                   252 DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE      $1,907,078                                     85 STRIKING SAHBRA                    $1,814,017                                   207 AMIGO HALL                               $1,648,308                                    178 FEDERAL FLEX                             $947,671                                      92 DUKE OF YORK                             $914,302                                    133 The overall records of both Kadabra who is 16 years old and Angus Hall who is 19 years old are both outstanding as the figures show. Kadabra    -    Winners    -    $100,000 Winners    -    Millionaires    -    Sub 1:53    -    Total Stakes                              399                         141                                3                             15                 $51,015,193    Angus Hall  -  Winners    -    $100,000 Winners    -    Millionaires    -    Sub 1:53    -    Total Stakes                               746                        231                                6                              14                $87,008,509   With Muscle Mass no longer standing in Canada, the two established siring greats don't have any real challengers on the horizon which is never healthy long term. The 2015 season has started well for the Canadian based sires in the first nine weeks of the season with Mach Three leading the all aged sires list in North America with Camluck holding down seventh spot while on the trotting sires list for North America, Kadabra and Angus Hall are first and second at the moment. However the Canadian breeding industry really needs one of the new boys on the scene to step up big time in the next twelve months because the old guard can't go on forever. All in all the Canadian breeding industry continues to have a major impact on harness racing around the globe but it is in need of some renewal or that influence will start to wane. Harnesslink Media 

Pompano Beach, FL...March 7, 2015...Duc Dorleans conquered eight tough rivals, the nine post and an "off" track on Saturday night and extended his harness racing winning streak to four for Donald Dupont in Pompano Park's $14,000 Open Handicap Pace. The five year-old son of Shanghai Phil, once again, was given an early tussle by Fancyfreeshark, handled by Bruce Ranger, through an opening quarter of :27.4 but, once on top, had things fully under control through subsequent panels of :56 and 1:24.4 before streaking home in :27.1 to seal the deal measuring three-parts-of-a-length over the Fancyfreeshark with Neptune, driven by Aaron Byron, rallying for third after pacing the fastest final quarter in the race--:26.3. Cadillac Phil finished fourth while Raji's Blue Line picked up the nickel. In a post race interview, driver Donald Dupont said, "Yes, we had the outside post but the trip tonight was a bit easier than last week because we didn't have any incidents around the opening like last week, when there was a breaker early. Once we got to the top and the half was in :56, I was confident he could carry it all the way." Owned by Gestion C Levesque along with Les Ecuries Orleans of Quebec, Canada, Duc Dorleans won for the fifth time in eight starts this year to boost his 2015 bankroll to $36,260. He has now won 22 of 66 lifetime starts and $438,056 to go along with his Pompano Park mark of 1;49. As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Duc Dorleans paid $4.60 to win. Two other Pompano Park "favorites" were in action on Saturday night and each came out on top in their respective events. Phil Coleman's Cruizin K C made his 2015 debut after a two month vacation and made his patented three wide surge around the final turn to circle the field and win in 1:52.4 for Mike Micallef. The seven year-old son of Mach Three was his usual relaxed self early on but paced his final 3/4s in 1:23.4 to score by 1 1/4 lengths over the late closing One Lucky Dragon, handled by Matt Romano with pacesetting Always N The Money, driven by Peter Wrenn. third. Four Socks and Hillybilly also picked up checks in the field of nine. Cruizin K C now has $135,333 in career bounty and paid $5.60 to win as the favorite. Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, came from well off the pace to gobble up his rivals in the lane to score a 1:53 win in the Super Hi-5 finale. Handled by Dave Ingraham, Northern Companion unleashed another one of his eye-opening sprints to the wire to score handily over Hands Off Frank (Aaron Byron) with G P S Legacy (Kevin Wallis) next. Histoire Eternelle and McGreat completed the Super Hi-5 order of finish, good for a consolation payoff of $295.83 for the 20 cent ticket. The carryover going into Sunday's racing card is now over $22,000. Also, the Florida Amateur Driving Club made another of their charitable contributions on Saturday night--this one to Bit-By-Bit, an organization specialization in Therapeutic Riding for those who have suffered from disabilities. Irag War Veteran Steve Ligeikis accepted the award on behalf of Bit-By-Bit, with Viet Nam veterans and Amateur Drivers Billy Muggleston and Joe Pennacchio making the presentation along with several other drivers. Finally, Heather Vitale paid a visit to Pompano Park on Saturday night and even called the second race on the program. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

It appears the latest star in one of harness racing’s most successful families was unearthed at Ballarat yesterday. Trained by power couple Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Celebrity Guest made an impressive debut, suggesting she is heading towards the top like so many of her relatives. Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, the two-year-old led throughout in 1:58.2 for the 1710-metre trip when accounting for Missing Mary and Diamond Jasper. By Mach Three, the filly is the fourth winner from Celebrity Ball, which scored at four of her 15 starts. Celebrity Ball is from broodmare sensation Larrakeyah Lady, the dam of nine winners from 10 starters. Larrakeyah Lady’s foals include Safe And Sound, Massarua, Gold Rocket and The Good Times, with the latter a stablemate of Celebrity Guest. Lifeline – a daughter of Larrakeyah Lady – boasts six winners from nine starters, including Lovelist, which has won six of her 12 starts, and Punchline, which was also triumphant for Stewart and Tonkin at Ballarat. Lifeline’s daughter, Secret Life, has five winners from six starters, including Group One winners Beauty Secret and Major Secret. The clan also includes Doubter, Jazzam, Next Bonus, By My Side, Star Bonus, Lucky Punch, Quizzical, Dieing Secret, Exciteusinthecity, Firebomb, Ben Cartwright, Cyclone George and Paintball. As for Celebrity Guest she has been aimed towards key features such as the Vicbred Super Series and Australasian Breeders’ Crown. “She is a pretty nice filly, which will get better as she goes along,” Stewart said. “She is eligible for some of the better races, so that’s the way we will head and see how she goes.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

The Cheviot Harness Racing Club comes to town once a year when they run their annual meeting at Addington Raceway. The highlight is always the Group3 Leonard Memorial for two year old fillies and this year was no exception with eleven fillies lining up in the time honoured classic. Gina Grace led early from barrier eight through a first 400 metres of 27.2 before handing up to Emeli Maguire who then handed up to her stablemate Northern Velocity with a lap to run. Northern Velocity looked to be doing it comfortably off the back straight before being joined out wider by another stablemate in Sophisticated Lady at the 500 metres mark. Driver Matt Anderson let the brakes off on the corner and Northern Velocity shot away for an easy victory over a game Sophisticated Lady and Gina Grace who did really well for third after getting held up badly at the 400 metres mark by a tiring Emeli Maguire. Northern Velocity covered the 2000 metres in 2:28.6, a mile rate of 1:59.5 with closing sectionals of 60.6 and 30 The big daughter of Mach Three had disgraced herself on debut when breaking for no reason at the quarter pole but never looked like putting a foot wrong today. A $72,500 purchase out of last years Premier Sale at Christchurch, Northern Velocity is a half sister to the outstanding Pembrook Benny 1:53.6 ($907,890) Northern Velocity had impressed at trials and workouts in Canterbury prior to her debut run and she must have made an impression on Mark Purdon as well as he bought her full sister at this years Premier Sale in Christchurch for $60,000. The runner up is another daughter of Mach Three in Sophisticated Lady who is also a sales graduette having being purchased out of last years Australasian Classic for $70,000. She is from a Christian Cullen half sister to the very smart Gentle Western 1:55 who won his first three starts from the All Star barn before being hurt in the big smash at last years Southern Supremacy Final. The third place getter Linda Grace is a full sister to last seasons outstanding two year old filly in Linda Lovegrace 1:57.7 ($168,524) so all three placegetters have plenty to recommend them on the breeding front. Harnesslink Media   

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

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

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