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Anyone and everyone in the harness racing industry in Canterbury were in agreement about one horses's chances this weekend and that horse was Rocker Band. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the former champion mare Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579) has always been held in high regard by trainer Mark Jones. A recent trial win at Ashburton where Rocker Band won by 12 lengths with a closing quarter in a sensational 25.3 meant punters wanted nothing else when she made her debut at Winton yesterday over a mile.  However while most in Canterbury thought Rocker Band was a home run, Southern trainer Clark Barron was firmly of the opinion that his debut runner Rakarolla who is also by Rocknroll Hanover would not be a pushover. Whilst talking to Harnesslink mid week for his pick for the weekly ringaround, he mentioned that Rocker Band wouldn't have it all her own way and he expected a big run from the half brother to last season's outstanding filly Raksdeal 1:54.9 ($121,096) When the heavens opened prior to the races yesterday the track was affected but held up well overall. Clark took Rakarolla straight to the front from barrier 4 and immediately put the foot to floor while driver Mark Jones settled Rocker Band third last from her second row draw. Clark kept Rakarolla rolling in front at a quick tempo while Mark bided his time until the 600 metres mark where he set Rocker Band alight and she quickly looped the field to level up to Rakarolla as they turned for home. Just as everyone thought Rocker Band was going to stroll away for an easy win, Rakarolla dug deep and refused to go away. Come the finishing line Rakarolla still held a neck advantage and was holding Rocker Band with eight lengths away to Beaudiene Beaut Babe in third. Rakarolla cut out the mile in slushy conditions in an impressive 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 29.2 Clark has had Rakarolla in his stable since he was broken in as a yearling. " He is such a lovely pacer, just like his half sister Raksdeal."  " I have always liked him but he did have a few tricks early on. " He is just a big dumb horse who has taken time to organize," Clark said. Qualifying as a 2 year old, Clark gave Rakarolla a few runs at trials and workouts before spelling him. This time in Clark has again given Rakarolla  a handful of workouts and trials and he was happy heading into Saturday. "He has been running 3.3 - 3.4 for the 2400 metres and doing it easy but the reason I wanted to start him over a mile was to try to wake him up." "I had to keep at him yesterday to keep his mind on the job but as you saw he is a really good stayer," Clark said. Rakarolla is now going to have a week off to freshen up before Clark turns his attention to his racing programme. " The main aim for now is to qualify for the Southern Supremacy finals and that's what I will aim him for in the New Year," Clark said. Bred and raced by longtime stable client Brendon Fahy, Rakarolla is from the race winning Artsplace mare Raksplace and Clark has trained her first two foals. "Raksdeal and Rakarolla are her first two foals but the third, a colt by Mach Three is with Peter Hunter who Brendon has a few with as well." "By all accounts he goes pretty good as well," Clark said. Judging by yesterdays debut run Clark can look forward to a very profitable season with the son of Rocknroll Hanover. Harnesslink Media  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 20, 2014...The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park presented a sterling racing program on Saturday night highlighted by a repeat win by Lyons Johnny in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace and a winning return to action by driver Jason Dillander. Lyons Johnny kicked off the festivities with a splendid win in 1:50.1 for Ed Hensley, pinning a defeat measuring just short of three lengths on his stablemate E Z Noah, driven by Aaron Byron. Don't Tell Rusty, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, was third while Cadillac Phil finished fourth. The final award in the sextet went to I Do Hanover. Trained by Pete "Sonny" Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny was sent right to the top from his post five but got in an early war with E Z Noah, with the latter taking over just short of the scorching opening quarter in :26. The two stablemates remained one-two through subsequent panels of :54.4 and 1:22.3 with Lyons Johnny out of his cozy pocket turning for home and using a very sharp :27.2 finale to seal the deal. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "yes, we were burning some rubber in that opening quarter but this turned out to be pretty much an identical trip that I had last week. Only difference was that E Z Noah cut it this time instead of Prairie Jaguar, right behind me this time. He's so handy and responded immediately when I asked. Pete (trainer Pellegrino) has him razor sharp right now." The victory was number seven on the year for Lyons Johnny, a six year-old son of Mach Three, and pushed his 2014 bounty to $74,040. He's banked $233,899 lifetime. As the 1 to 2 favorite on the tote-board, Lyons Johnny returned $3.00 to win. Three events later, Jason Dillander, who had been out of action due to a May 9 accident at Hoosier Park which left him with two broken ankles, returned to action on Saturday night--and in a big way. Dillander piloted Philip Coleman's Cruizin K C to a sharp win in a conditioned event, sweeping four and five wide on the backstretch to circle the field and go to a 1:53 victory. After the race, Dillander said, "It was good to get back out there...and GREAT to win! This horse has a big motor when he's right...and he was right tonight." Cruizin K C, also a six year-old son of Mach Three, earned his third win of the year and 17th lifetime success to send his career bounty to $130,333. Also on Saturday night, the backstretch toy drive concluded with a 50-50 drawing with the winner, Rick Berks, taking home the grand prize of $1,000 and promptly donating it back to give a head start to the 2015 drive. Carol Macomber and Sue Blood spearheaded the drive--as they have for many years--enabling 120 children to have a happy holiday season. Racing continues Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with high class claimers going postward on Sunday night and a $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 on tap for Monday and Tuesday. The Monday card also features fillies and mares in the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace, an event where Just A Bee, fresh off of a brilliant 1:51 win, looks to make it two in a row for driver-trainer Mike Micallef. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

East Rutherford, NJ (December 13th) - Ignored on the tote board at 37-1, The Real One lived up to his name and pulled off the upset of night, winning the A-2/Free For All Handicap Pace with Scott Zeron. Taken back early in the mile, The Real One was allowed to sit sixth, well off the strong pace set by the 6/5 favorite Speed Again. That included a 26.1 opening quarter and a 54-second half mile. Brett Miller pulled Wake Up Peter to the outside approaching the half-mile pole and made a strong first over bid from last, which allowed Scott Zeron to guide The Real One off the pylons and positioned himself just off the helmet of Brett Miller and Wake Up Peter. Following that cover all the way to the top of the stretch, The Real One tipped off cover through three-quarters of 1:22.2 and out-sprinted the field to the wire to score in 1:50.1. Wake Up Peter went a big first over mile and dug in gamely to be second. Speed Again fought tenaciously to the wire as well to be third, with Dapper Dude a close fourth and Doctor Butch a traffic troubled (once again) fifth. The entire field finished with two and one-half lengths of each other. The Real One established a new lifetime mark with his 1:50.1 timing for owner Helene Fillion and trainer Pat Lachance. The most impressive effort on the racing program may have come from K-Lees Shakenbake who emerged victorious in the eighth race C-1 pace. Sent off at 5-1, K-Lees Shakenbake was last moving into the far turn and stacked up fourth over turning for home, some six lengths off the lead. Scott Zeron simply pulled on the right line and the moment his gelding saw racetrack his response was instantaneous, ripping through a 26-second final quarter to win going away in 1:51.2. Among those left in his wake was the 3-1 favorite, Hurrikane Kingcole, making his first start in nearly 11 months for John McDermott. He raced well, making a strong first over move and finishing a solid second in his comeback. K-Lees Shakenbake scored for trainer David M. Smith and owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. Brick Bazooka, who is likely pointing toward winter late closer events, remained unbeaten in four starts winning the first race on the card, a non-winners of 2 pace. Sent off as the 1/9 favorite, Brick Bazooka and John Campbell took command nearing the open quarter and never looked back, leading through fractions of 27.2, 55.3 and 1:24.3, before tripping the timer in 1:53.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Ironbarbassy was second and Call Me Muddy was third. The three year old gelded son of Another Mile is owned by James Henry Springer and raced out of the stable of Larry and Ray Remmen. On the heels of his record-breaking night, Ron Burke kept his good fortunes rolling, earning two wins on the program. First, Bettor Than You took the B-2/B-1 Handicap pace. Initially sitting the pocket, Bettor Than You moved to the lead past the opening quarter and proceeded to dominate throughout the mile as the 9/5 second choice. Al's Hammered rallied to finish second with Lonewolf Currier third. The winner is owned by Burke Racing Stable L.L.C and Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. Later on the card, Four Starzzz Z survived a speed duel through wild fractions of 27.2, 54.3 and 1:22.1 to capture a C-1 Pace for the Burke-Gingras connection completing the training double for Burke and giving Gingras his third winner of the night. Total handle for the Saturday program was $2,616,757. The Meadowlands was cancelled on this date in 2013. There will be a carryover in the $.20 Jackpot Super Hi-5 of $9,217 when racing resumes on Friday, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 13, 2014...In an epic finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a "nostril" decision over Prairie Jaguar, handled by Peter Wrenn, in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night.   Don't Tell Rusty and Kevin Wallis teamed to be third, three lengths away, while Fancyfreeshark finished fourth. Cadillac Phil picked up the nickel in the octet.   Stopping the tele-timer in 1:49.1, a new lifetime mark, the six year-old son of Mach Three, beginning officially from post seven (after the scratch of Northern Companion), was away alertly following Prairie Jaguar (post five) as the latter blazed through an opening panel in :26. Lyons Johnny's nose never left the helmet of Wrenn through a lively half in :54.2 and sizzling three quarters in 1:21.3.   Just a stride or two after that, Lyons Johnny left his pocket and pulled along side Prairie Jaguar turning for home, From there, it was tooth and nail all the way home with neither giving an inch through a :27.3 finale.   When the judges looked long and hard at the photo, it showed Lyons Johnny in from by the slimmest of margins.   In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "Now THAT was some finish. These two were going all that they could go. It wasn't a case of one of these horses seemed that both had the will to win this. This time, it was me...This time, I was the lucky one, but you can't take anything away from Prairie Jaguar, he was as awesome as my horse, especially cutting the whole way."   Trained by Peter Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny won for the sixth time this year in 35 starts and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $68,040 with this, his first sub-1:50 performance. He's now earned $227,899 lifetime.   A well respected 9 to 5 on the tote-board with stablemate Fancyfreeshark, Lyons Johnny paid $5.80 to win to his $2 backers.   Earlier in the evening, The Florida Amateur Drivers Club made another sizable donation to Go For The Greens, an organization which assists breast cancer survivors with medical bill assistance. Diane Sears and Cindy Chace represented Go For The Greens while members of the Florida Amateur Drivers Club joined them in the winner's circle for the check presentation. Realizing that Breast Cancer Awareness Month had passed, the consensus of the Drivers Club was "it is never too late to help a cause as worthy as this!"   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

TORONTO, December 11 - A snow covered Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the Niagara Series Thursday night. 18 three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies were split into two $15,000 divisions for round one of the three-week series. More than a dozen centimeters of snow blanketed Woodbine Thursday afternoon and into the evening, but the track crew had the surface in 'Good' shape for some fast fillies. In the first division, Witch Dali, the 4/5 favourite, took care of business winning in 1:53. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Witch Dali was sent straight to the lead and posted fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25 before pacing home handily in :28 to win by half a length over Artistic Fusion. Saucy B, who got on even terms with the winner around the final turn, finished third. A daughter of Dali, Witch Dali is trained by Tony Alagna and was making only her second start of the year. The three-year-old filly won her 2014 debut last week at the Meadowlands after an almost 13 month layoff. Witch Dali is now a perfect two for two this season and five for 12 in her career for earnings of over $40,000. She is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Brad Grant. Witch Dali paid $3.80 to win. Another favourite would deliver an impressive victory in the second division. Mach Some Noise and James MacDonald made a backside brush to the lead and never looked back scoring a 2 ¼ length victory in 1:54.3. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise came into round one of the Niagara Series after a third place finish in the Autumn Series on November 28 ended her four-race win streak. The daughter of Mach Three has now won all five of her career victories in her last six starts for owners O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable. In her first season of racing, Mach Some Noise has banked over $50,000 in 11 starts. Double Joy got up in a place photograph to take second over Val Di Noto, while Mappos Moenhay finished fourth. Mach Some Noise paid $4.20 to win. In order to be eligible to the Niagara Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31. The second leg of the Niagara Series will take place next Thursday (December 18) at Woodbine. Series action continues Friday night at Woodbine with leg one of the Valedictory Series. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Integrity will be at a premium for the annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Sunday. HRNSW will take a select number of samples in consultation with the Sales organisers including the fastest horse of the morning. In addition to this any buyer will be able to have their purchase tested for Steroids by notifying the HRNSW representative at the sale and paying the appropriate fee. This is the first sale in which buyers have had this opportunity. The 51-head catalogue has brought together two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies from every Australian eastern Mainland State as well as New Zealand. Included in the draft are sons and daughters of such notable sires as Beautide's sire, Bettors Delight, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the controlling body want to make it clear that all prospective owners, stakeholders, participants and supporters that they can have faith in harness racing in NSW. "As has been acknowledged nationally HRNSW has the strongest approach of any jurisdiction to integrity processes." "The HRNSW commitment covers every aspect and it is with the support of the Ready To Race Sale organisers that swabs will be taken, tested and if required stored for future analysis." Only graduates are eligible to nominate for the associated Group Three feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, to be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, next August. NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificates can be used as legal tender at the sale. By Dale Walker  

Allan and Dave Clark, the men behind the Highview standardbred brand has been in the harness racing industry for long enough to know how hard it is to establish a colonial sire these days with all the North American shuttle stallions and frozen semen available to the New Zealand breeder. Nevertheless they decided a few years ago that funneling all the stud income back to North America was not something that was beneficial to the harness racing industry in New Zealand and starting looking for a potential sire locally . After a considerable time researching and evaluating what what local sire prospects were available, they settled on the very smart Christian Cullen entire Justa Tiger.  Justa Tiger is a true "blue blood" in every sense of the word. Not only is he a son of the champion New Zealand sire Christian Cullen but his dam is none other than the brilliant racemare Tigerish. Tigerish 1:57.1 won 15 races and $491, 957 on the track including a swag of group and classic races and was the leading filly of her year. Tigerish has carried than performance through into the breeding barn having left seven winners to date with her first daughter to go to stud Tiger Turner has already left All Tiger 1:49.1 ($409,985) and Tiger Tina 1:53.8 ($119,631) Justa Tiger was purchased by John Street at the Australasian Classic yearling sale and raced under the Lincoln Farm banner. He won his first start as a 2 year old and won two races at that age for stakes of $23,359 and ran in the Harness Jewels at two. As a 3 year old Justa Tiger came into his own, winning seven races and being placed seven times from 20 starts for stakes totaling $138,863. He took his lifetime mark when winning at Auckland over 2200 metres in 2:40.2, a mile rate of 1:57.1. His best performances were when he was beaten a neck by Georgetown in the $215,000 sales series race at Auckland - when running third in the $200,000 Great Northern Derby to Fiery Falcon and second in the $45,000 Flying Stakes to Auckland Reactor, beating home amongst others on that occasion Themightyquinn. Injured as a late 3 year old, Justa Tiger has all the credentials to be given his chance at stud From 37 starts, Justa Tiger won nine races, ran second four times and third seven times for stakes totaling $162,222. Purchased by David Clark after his retirement due to injury, Justa Tiger stood his first season at Highview at Riverton in 2010 which resulted in 23 foals which are now 3 year olds. As with all colonial stallions he struggled for patronage but Allan and David sent a handful of their commercial mares to help him get started. " Its really difficult for New Zealand bred sires to get the mares they deserve to get a chance to prove themselves." "We sent a few of our commercial mares to try to help him get established, " Allan told Harnesslink this week. The first crop of the Justa Tiger's are now 3 year olds and the first to hit the track is Machjagger, a lovely big filly from the Mach Three mare Mach N Elle whose first foal is the very smart Darcee 1:58.9 $40,067) Machjagger qualified in late October beating the smart Another Windermere in the process and Allan and David were hopeful of a good debut when she lined up on Sunday at Invercargill. " Even though you don't own them, you follow his progeny as though you do." "We had heard she was a smart filly and Sunday's run confirmed that,"  Allan said. Restrained off a wide draw by driver Nathan Williamson, Machjagger settled last in the running line before being sent forward with 1400 metres to run. Finding the front at the 850 metres mark, Machjagger was hotly challenged as they turned for home but refused to give in and was still a head to the good at the finishing line. Machjagger paced the 2200 metres in 2:47.2 in the showery conditions and on an easy track. Allan is confident that there are more winners in store in the near future. "We know of several others that are held in high regard with both Geoff Dunn and Peter Bagrie having a Justa Tiger they like." "We had another filly qualify down here in October so Justa Tiger is certainly heading in the right direction." "We have sold most of them privately but still have a handful on the farm for sale," Allan said. It takes a fair bit of courage and commitment to try and establish a colonial bred sire in todays market and Allan and David Clark are to be congratulated for giving Justa Tiger the opportunity that they have. Harnesslink Media  

Out Of The Hat took advantage of the passing lane to prevail in the featured $6,500 Winners Over Handicap Trot at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening. Fresh off a front-end victory at the Ottawa oval last Sunday, Out Of The Hat settled for a pocket trip tonight as Four Starz Speed took over command past the first quarter mark and battled on top with the challenging Euro Classic. Trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot then sent Out Of The Hat up the passing lane to prevail over the duelling leaders by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.2. The track was rated "good" with a one second variant. The leading trotter for wins last year with 18, the Kadabra mare has added 13 more victories to her record during her five-year-old campaign in 2014. To view the rest of this story click here. Mach Pride rebounds at Flamboro After some front-end friction took him out of contention last Sunday night, Mach Pride rebounded in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace for horses and geldings this evening at Flamboro Downs. The favourite in last week's Preferred 3, Mach Pride was advancing up alongside the leading Get Around Town when they hooked up and backed through the field as a result of the interference. This week, he had things all his own way, leading wire-to-wire in 1:55.4. Mach Pride was the favourite again in Sunday's Preferred event and paid $2.60 to win. Major Homer finished over three lengths behind and Get Around Town was third. Mach Pride has won two of his last three starts for trainer Louie Eftimiadis. The four-year-old son of Mach Three was driven by J.R. Plante and is owned by Michael Virdiramo, Sheldon Rose, Randy Zhok and Lou Green. To view the rest of this story click here. Repeat win at Fraser for Beren Hanover Beren Hanover was first up and first home to make it two wins in a row in Fraser Downs' $10,500 Open Pace on Sunday. Trainer/driver Allan Molloy sent Dal Reo Farms' four-year-old pacer first over from fifth down the backstretch and swept by his rivals to score the 1:54 triumph over the frozen track. Gable Blue Chip (Serge Masse), who had led through panels of :26.1, :56.1 and 1:25.2, finished third as Rock Allstar (Brandon Campbell) came through in the passing lane to snatch the runner-up honours. To view the rest of this story click here. Truro feature goes to Watersides Kipper Former Maritime stakes competitor Watersides Kipper converted off a pocket trip to score his first victory of the year in the top pacing class at Truro Raceway on Sunday. Making his second start this year at Truro after racing in New York and Ontario, Watersides Kipper pulled the pocket and overtook the pacesetting Schooner into the stretch before drawing away by three and a quarter lengths for the 1:58.1 victory. Last week's winner in the $1,275 feature pace, Dreams Matter, followed in third. To view the rest of this story click here.  

Camaes Fellow ($16.80) was a dominant wire-to-wire winner in Saturday night's $30,000 top conditioned pace at Woodbine Racetrack and was the first half of a double for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. Camaes Fellow sprinted out the lead from post four in the eighth race, forcing eventual third-place finisher Calgary Seelster to take back into the two-hole through a hot :25.2 first quarter. He led by four lengths through middle splits of :54 and 1:21.4 and cruised home for the 1:50.1 triumph. Nickle Bag stormed home from last to place with :26.2 final quarter speed. The final margin was two and a half lengths. Auciello and Stephen Klunowski claimed the six-year-old Mach Three gelding for $50,000 in his first start this year on Oct. 11 at Mohawk and he has since won half of his six starts while earning $41,200 for his new connections. The win was Camaes Fellow's 25th lifetime and bumped his bankroll to $866,570. To view the rest of this story click here. 

All harness racing enthusiasts eyes in Australasia were focused on Menangle this weekend especially for the staff at Kentuckiana Lodge in Canterbury. Their stable pin up boy Christen Me was looking to end a mini drought for Kiwi trained horses in the $750,000 Miracle Mile and looked a huge chance after a perfect draw. Cran Dalgety and Dexter Dunn were there in Sydney but on the local front the stable had a handful involved at the Geraldine meeting held at Orari yesterday and the last thing they needed to do was to take their eye off the ball with the boss away. This years $20,000 Mainfreight Geraldine for C4 and faster pacers drew a great field of intermediate grade pacers with a lot of the lower grade stars of Cup week involved. Representing Kentuckiana Lodge was Mighty Flying Mac who was handicapped off 20 metres in the 2850 metres standing start event. Away slowly for reinsman Matthew Williamson, Mighty Flying Mac settled in the last couple early as first Karanga Red Fantasy and then Bio Marinus set the tempo in front. Following the well supported All Star stable runner Meticulous everywhere he went, Mighty Flying Mac was still at the tail of the field with 400 metres to run but still hard on Meticulous's back as they turned for home. Peeling wider as they straightened, Mighty Flying Mac fair flew the last 100 metres to grab Meticulous for a very impressive victory. It was the 10th lifetime win from start 46 and along with 20 placings took his earnings to $144,753. The 5 year son of Mach Three paced the 2850 metres in 3:40.8, a mile rate of 2:04.6 with closing sectionals off the front off the front of 59 and 28.9 which Mighty Flying Mac would have bettered by quite a margin coming from last. It was driver Matthew Williamson's 21st winner for the season and he currently lies fifth on the New Zealand drivers premiership. Matthew knew that he had to bide his time with Mighty Flying Mac during the race. " With the race being run at such a solid clip I knew I had to be patient." " I was itching to go as he was traveling so well but I was following the right horse and being patient was definitely the key to the win," Matthew said Matthew knew Mighty Flying Mac would finish the race off in style. "He went super during Cup Week in very strong fields and the stable was happy with him." "Cran's horses are always ready to run," he said While Mighty Flying Mac is just a notch below the elite level horses, give him a run like he had today and he is a big chance to add to his winning tally in the future. Postscript - High class 3 year old Art Union made it a double for the day for Kentuckiana Lodge when he took out the last at Gerdaldine yesterday and then later in the evening in Sydney Christen Me was at his brilliant best as he beat the best in Australasia in the $750,000 Miracle Mile. Harnesslink Media    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 28, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $21,000 harness racing featured fairer-sex pace was won by a cone-skimming Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald, $34). Sitting third along the pylons from post position No. 2, Palm Patrol saw Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) seemingly in control through (:28, :58.1, 1:28.2). Getting no grief from a first-up Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton), "Jillian" owned a length-and-and-half lead into the lane, but was about to hit the wall. Cooking the Books (Eric Carlson) edged from the pocket, leaving the passing lane for Palm Patrol...and she did indeed pass. The latter whipped the former by a head in 1:54.3, with a closing Our Els Dream N (Jason Bartlett), Sir Jillian Z Tam and 3-2 favorite Road Bet (George Brennan) settling for the small change. For sixth choice Palm Patrol, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Robert Burgess and trained by Carmen Auciello, it was her sixth win (third consecutive) in 35 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $120, the triple returned $1,580 and the superfecta paid $10,524. Friday's Pick 5, which began with a carryover of $3,699.73, saw a new $10,781.52 invested. The winning combination of 4-4-7-5-2 returned $734.50 for every half-a-buck, not entirely bad for a sequence that included three winning favorites a one second choice. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Harness racing has been dominated in the south this season by the outstanding efforts of the All Stars team and tonight at Addington was no different. Heat three of this years Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies series for 3 year fillies looked like a three horse affair with the All Star Team duo of Supersonic Miss and Classical Art joined by the talented Delightful Lana from the Cran Dalgety barn. In slushy track conditions, Delightful Lana and Classical Art came out together and dueled for 300 metres before Natalie Rasmussen slotted Classical Art into the trail behind Delightful Lana who as usual had Dexter Dunn in the bike. Mark Purdon had settled Supersonic Miss back on the inner but hooked her out and sent her forward with 1200 metres to go and she worked to Delightful Lana's wheel with 700 metres to run.  As they swung for home Delightful Lana held a narrow advantage but was quickly claimed by Classical Art up the passing lane and by Supersonic Miss on her outer and these two settled down to battle it out. Even allowing for the run she had most pundits would have still expected Supersonic Miss to assert her superiority but it wasn't to be as Classical Art ran away from her better credentialed stablemate for an emphatic victory by 2 1/2 lengths with Delightful Lana a further 1 3/4 lengths in third. It was the fourth win in a row for the strongly built daughter of Mach Three and maintained her unbeaten record since her debut just over a month ago. Classical Art paced the 1950 metres in slushy conditions in 2:24.6, a mile rate of 1:59.3 with smart sectionals of 56 and 27.5 considering the state of the track. It should be little wonder that Classical Art is as talented as she is as the daughter of Mach Three is from the 1:57.6 Artsplace mare Art Lover who is a daughter of none other than the brilliant racemare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923). Purchased for $31,000 from the Australasian Classic Yearling sale in 2013, Classical Art's progress has been far from plain sailing for her trainers. Mark Purdon was quite reflective after the race tonight  on his unbeaten filly. " She was close to being sacked not to long ago to be honest." " She is quite a hard filly to work with and is not that good a track worker at home." "When it comes to raceday however she is a completely different filly." "To win that race tonight in the manner she did at just her fourth lifetime start was some effort," Mark said Mark wasn't disappointed with the run of the brilliant Supersonic Miss to run second. " The track didn't suit her 100% and she had a tough run but it was still a smart effort under the circumstances but she ran into a better one on the night," he said. Both fillies will now head to Auckland with the $75,000 Ladyship Stakes and $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes final firmly on the radar. While Supersonic Miss would have started the season as the top ranked filly in the All Stars stable, one gets the feeling from listening to Mark Purdon tonight that she is being  quickly overtaken by Classical Art. Harnesslink Media    

Harness racing tonight at Addington Raceway was run in cold and showery conditions and a lot of horses just struggled to cope with the slushy track conditions. One who did cope was the talented 4 year old mare in Sans Le Sou who showed real courage to win her maiden in a style that suggested that it won't be her last success. Punters sent her out favourite in the 2600 metres event after a couple of smart seconds at her previous two starts. The daughter of Mach Three settled six back in the running line for trainer/driver Ricky Alfield as Ancient Moonlight set up a solid pace in front. Ricky didn't move until 1300 metres from home where he sent Sans Le Sou forward three wide without cover. Unable to get in to the one out line, Sans Le Sou sat out three wide for the rest of the trip and as they turned for home  and just when you half expected Sans Le Sou to stop, she kicked clear for an impressive victory. Sans Le Sou paced the 2600 metres in 3:19.8, a mile rate of 2:03.6 with closing sectionals of 59 and 29.3 which taking into account the ground she covered and the track conditions was a great way to clear maidens. Sans Le Sou which is French for "Penniless" is a daughter of the race winning Live Or Die mare Arma Xcellent and traces closely to the outstanding maternal family established by Armiss. It is a family that is noted for leaving high quality fillies and mares and in Sans Le Sou it appears to have another one to add to the list. Harnesslink Media    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 22, 2014--Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $5.30) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $26,000 winners-over pace. Inheriting the pole after an inside scratch, Mach's Beach Boy saw Orillia Joe (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead. Mach's Beach Boy then moved--apparently, just in time--in front of Rockstar Temper (Dan Dube). It was Mach's Beach Boy putting up intervals of :27.4 and 57-seconds flat as BJ's Guy (Brent Holland) took out of fifth. Mach's Beach Boy maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length lead into the lane. He then kept both Orillia Joe and BJ's Guy a bay, whipping the former by a neck in 1:53. Rockstar Temper and Stolen Car (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. Ronny Bugatti (Mark MacDonald, three wins for second consecutive night) was a jammed-in sixth as the 6-5 favorite. For second choice Mach's Beach Boy, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for Ontario co-owners Dan Mogridge and Jeff Oborne, it was his ninth win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $68.50, with the triple returning $297.50. With seven double-figure win payoffs included in the 12-race card, the Pick 5 was--shockingly--not hit. Thus, the Sunday matinee gimmick begins with a double carryover of $7,091.34 (50-cent base wager on races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the third of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Y Mach Me was the winner in Northfield's weekly top distaff event when she crossed the wire a winner in the $12,500 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday (November 21) at Northfield Park. She is trained by Pat Karcher for Carey, Ohio owner Lucky Draw Racing Stable. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky. Y Mach Me (Mach Three-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from the second tier and was fifth at the :28.1 opening quarter. Wrenn pulled the six year-old first over in the second quarter and she steadily advanced through times of :57.4 and 1:26.3. She cleared to the lead in the final turn and hung on to win by a head in 1:55.1. Completing the race were Mama Said, Sweetheart Dance, Eradikate, Pantsuit Hilary, Coupon Lady, Champagne Tonight and Jump Start. Shes Glorious was scratched. Friday's win was the eighth victory this year in 39 starts. It bolstered her career win tally to 16 and her lifetime earnings to $113,544. She returned $5.60 to win. Y Mach Me was just one of seven wins on the Friday program for Northfield Park leading driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. He was also triumphant with Liveandinconcert ($15.40) in race one, Stone Of Magic ($2.80) in race two, Fritzie Chic ($2.80) in race four, Im Shameless ($11.60) in race five, Special Lady D ($19.80) in race six and JK Geronimo ($3.40) in race 14. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (November 24) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,263.91. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Monday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

TORONTO, November 20 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series. In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the lead by driver Mario Baillargeon and never looked back. Meadowview Vicky posted fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before trotting home in :29.1 to win by a length and a half in 1:57.3. Wings Of Ballykeel finished second after sitting in that position the entire mile, while Oho Diamond took the show spot. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Vicky has now won a division of the first two legs of the Autumn Series and will have a chance at the series sweep next week. Meadowview Vicky has now won six of 13 career starts for over $50,000 in earnings. She is owned by Meadowview Farms Inc. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. Osprey Impact converted off a perfect second over trip from driver Dave Boughton to win the second division. The daughter of Federal Flex was able to pick up the cover of Cs Afternoondelite in the second quarter and followed that filly up to the front. Situated second over and less than two lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Osprey Impact tipped off cover and trotted by to score a 1 ¾ length victory in a career best 1:58.1. Acapulco Hall, who was third along the rail at the top of the lane, got up for second, while Serendipitous, who got a two-hole trip, finished third. Trained by Mario Macri, Osprey Impact finished third in last week's opening leg. The three-year-old filly has now won four of 13 starts this season and banked over $27,000 for owner Paul Larrabee. Osprey Impact returned $32.70 to win. Mach Some Noise recorded her fourth consecutive victory to take the first division for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Mach Three would take control of the race in the second quarter and leave her rivals behind. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald posted a half of :57 and a three-quarter time of 1:25.2, before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 4 lengths in 1:53.3. Artistic Fusion got up for second, while Thrill Chaser finished third. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise will take her four-race win streak into next week's final with an opportunity to record the series sweep. Owned by O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable, Mach Some Noise has now won four of nine career starts and banked over $37,000. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new lifetime best for the three-year-old filly. A $2 win ticket returned $2.50. In the second division for the pacing fillies, Catlea Seelster never saw the rail, but still got the job done in 1:56.3. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, Catlea Seelster was parked around the first turn in mid-pack. The daughter of Stonebridge Regal would continue her outside journey down the backstretch and was first up at the leader's wheel as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Catlea Seelster showed her grit and wore down Debbies Mach to win by a neck. Performing Art took the show spot. Trained by Anthony Montini, Catalea Seelster entered the second leg of the Autumn Series off a seventh place finish in the opening leg. The round two victory is her second win in 15 starts this season and the third win of her career. Owned by Albina Montini and Teresa Davidson, Catlea Seelster has now banked over $33,000 in her career. She paid $14.90 to win. The top ten money earners to enter the final leg will contest next Friday night's final. Leg two action of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with the second round for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

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