Make plans to attend the Canadian Yearling Sale Preview Day Saturday at Flamboro Downs. All yearlings set for auction on Sunday will be ready for viewing. The sale is set to start at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Complete sale information is available on theCanadian Yearling Sale page. Offspring from Ontario’s top stallions will be offered at the Canadian Yearling Sale, such as trotters sired by Angus Hall, Kadabra, Majestic Son and Muscle Mass, and pacers sired by Camluck, Mach Three, Shadow Play and Sportswriter. First crop Ontario-eligible stallions with yearlings available include pacers Big Jim, Bettors Delight, Up The Credit and Vintage Master, and trotter Manofmanymissions. To view the online catalogue, click the following link: Canadian Yearling Sale Online Catalogue From the Canadian Yearling Sales Company
The regular harness racing season for the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series concluded on Friday (September 12) night at Mohawk Racetrack with five $18,000 divisions, and Moonwards Hanover and Thinkofagameplan both kept their Grassroots win streaks intact. Competing in the opening event, Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who came into this race off Grassroots successes on August 24 at Georgian Downs and August 31 at Clinton Raceway, circled from third to first before the :56.3 half. He would go on to post three-quarters in 1:26.1 and then kicked home in :28.4 to win by half a length over a closing Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair). There was a dead-heat for third between Big Moment (Randy Waples) and Ballybunion (James MacDonald). Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now three-for-six in the win column with a bankroll of $36,000, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples), the points leader in this group, was behind the gate in the second Grassroots split, and he would pull out of the pocket to take command after the 27 second opening quarter. Thinkofagameplan, who was second in a division of the Grand Circuit Champlain Stakes at Mohawk in his last try, would then click off the half in 57 seconds and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 en route to a 1:54.3 score. He defeated runner-up Mybestolxfriendray (Phil Hudon) by a length and three-quarters with Ace Of Clubs (Doug McNair) back in third. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his fourth win (all in Grassroots competition) from eight attempts and pushed his earnings to $76.440, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. While those familiar faces were victorious, the other three Grassroots flights were all won by horses who hadn’t yet tasted a win in the provincial program this season. Mr Carrotts (Phil Hudon) was the first to break through as he won the third section in 1:54.2. He was first at the :27.2 opening quarter and the :56.4 half, but first-over challenger Star Cover (Jody Jamieson) put a head in front at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Mr Carrotts would battle back on the inside in the lane, and he would go on to beat Star Cover by a length at the finish line with Windsong Lord (Chris Christoforou) in third. Murray Brethour trains Mr Carrotts, a colt by Mach Three, for owner-breeder Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton, Ontario. Mr Carrotts broke his maiden in his fifth trip behind the gate, and he has now put away $10,000. He’s the fourth foal out of the Run The Table mare Cueless ($466,638), who was a three-time winner in OSS competition during her racing career. Robert Hill (James MacDonald) had been picking up minor shares against Gold Series competition, but a drop to the Grassroots level made him a 1:54.1 winner on this night. He left from post eight in the fourth Grassroots test, and he was up to grab the front after the :27.4 opening quarter. Robert Hill would go on to put the :56.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters on the board before a :28.3 final kicker sealed his two and a quarter length triumph. Halton Hurricane (Rick Zeron) was second and Pace Seelster (Jody Jamieson) nabbed third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a Jeremes Jet colt, for owner Thomas Hill of England. Robert Hill, who was bred by Perretti Farms and sold for $30,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale, picked up his first win from six attempts, and he has now pocketed $19,220. He’s the seventh foal out of the Caprock mare Smooth Latin N ($217,884), which makes him a half-brother to two six-figure earners in McApulco ($365,942) and Mcaracas ($170,579) and to three-year-old Shadios, who has won twice in Grassroots competition this year for the Alagna/Hill combination. In the nightcap it was Supersonic Jet (Trevor Henry) who chopped out the :26.4 first quarter, but he would be overtaken by both Pier Ho Temptation (Chris Christoforou) and Shippen Out (Doug McNair) prior to the :56.2 half. Shippen Out then got to three-quarters first in 1:25, fighting off a first-over test by Jeb (Phil Hudon) in the process. Shippen Out put away Jeb for good early in the stretch drive and then held his pursuers at bay late in the mile to win by a length and a quarter in 1:54. Mystical Jet (Jody Jamieson) came in second and Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) took third. Blair Burgess trains the victorious Badlands Hanover colt for owner Karin Olsson-Burgess of Milton, Ontario. Shippen Out won for the first time in eight starts, and he has now earned $16,150. Winbak Farm bred Shippen Out, who fetched $9,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. He’s the first foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Shipps Bikini ($410,500), who won a Grassroots division herself as a two-year-old. The two-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will return to Mohawk next Friday (September 19) to compete in their Semifinal events. For full results and charts of this Friday’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0912mohsn.dat.
A new sale concept for harness racing broodmares and mixed stock had its first outing tonight and it didn't quite go to script. All up there were 73 broodmares and 18 mixed stock that went under the hammer this evening at Addington Raceway. There was a good crowd of over 100 people in the Blossom Lady lounge at Addington when the auction began but it was soon apparent that if the broodmare had a bit of age or had a hole in her pedigree then there was absolutely no interest from the buyers present. The passed in rate was very high with only 16 of the 73 broodmares changing hands on the night although the auctioneers were confident of doubling that number from post auction sales. Top price as expected was lot 2 which was the In The Pocket mare Zenola's Princess who was sold in foal to the leading sire Art Major for $10,000. The second best price was for lot 41 which was the Christian Cullen mare Stronecullen who was sold in foal to Shadow Play for $3,500 Lot 31, the Soky's Atom mare Bionic Reign who was not in foal made $3,000 as did lot 58, the Mach Three mare Triple Sec who was in foal to Betterthancheddar. Several mares were passed in when the last bid ended up with the vendor at the rerserve price and no more bids were forthcoming. Lot 20, Glenferrie Skipper was passed in for $10,000 while lot 50 Sun Goddess was also passed in at $7,000. Two other passings of note were lot 7, A Touch Of Sun who was not in foal and lot 44 Hayley Brogden who was in foal to Mach Three. Both made $6,000 on the night but went home with their vendors but negotiations are continuing. In the mixed stock side of the sale the trend was the same as with the broodmares with the two most keenly sought lots reaching $6,000 but on their vendors bid. Both times the auctioneer announced that one more bid would buy the horse involved but no further bids were made from the buyers bench. The two lots involved were lot 1, the American Ideal filly Miss Patriot and lot 2, the Sam Bourbon colt. While there were a lot of things they would do slightly differently in hindsight, The Canterbury Standardbred Breeders are to be congratulated for trying to bring a low cost sale option to the market to try to help the average breeder. With its low entry fee and no commission and no travel involved for the lots to be auctioned, the sale concept definitely has a future. What was sadly lacking today was a lot more quality lots but that was due in no small part to the uncertainty about how the sale would pan out for the vendors. Well bred stock sold well tonight and hopefully next year a much stronger draft will be catalogued. Harnesslink Media
On a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon, the Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest harness racing program of the 2014 harness racing season with the $425,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There were seven championship finals on the wagering card. It did not take long for the first track record to be rewritten on the racing card as Meganou got the job done in the very first race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotters. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Meganou left from three and never looked back. The daughter of Kadabra held the field at bay the entire one mile race, leading by four to five lengths at all times. She cut fractions of :30, 1:00.2, 1:31 and coasted home to win by three and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Intouchable (Simon Allard) was second with Notrouble Dechafra (Stehane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win and third straight track record performance for Meganou. Only this week Meganou became the fastest two-year-old trotter regardless of gender in the history of the Hippodrome 3R with her 2:01.1 clocking. The mile rewrote her record for fillies that she set last week of 2:02 and surpassed the trotting colt record of 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest more than 21 years ago in 1993. Trained by Daniel Martin and owned by Jean Picard of Orford, QC, it was the fourth win this year for Meganou, who paid $3.00 to win. In the second race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, track record holder Viva Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion waited patiently in fourth place as Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) cut early fractions of :28.4 and :58.3. Once the field entered the backstretch the second time, Filion made his move first-over with Viva Bayama and the Muscle Mass filly blew past the leaders by the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and won with ease by five open lengths in 2:00.3. Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) was second with Lucyll Bro (Stephane Gendron) third. Owned and bred by Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre D’Argenteul, QC, Viva Bayama scored her fourth win this year and paid $3.10 to win. Yves Filion did not waste any time coming back to the winner’s circle as he won the very next race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts with Western Bayama in a lifetime best clocking of 1:58. Mr Sunshine Boy (Pascal Berube) was first on the lead with Half A Billion (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. Gendron then came right out and took over the lead by the half mile in :58.1 as the action really heated up with Clinton Panic (Gilles Gendron) coming first-over and race favorite, track record holder Sugarsam (Denis St Pierre) second-over. Pierre then came three-wide around Clinton Panic) and by the three-quarters in 1:28 had closed the gap on Half A Billion but that was when Yves Filion and Western Bayama came into the picture and was three-wide around the final turn. Coming down the stretch, Filion was able to urge Western Bayama on to victory by one and one-half lengths with Half A Billion third and Sugarsam third. Also owned and bred by Bayama Farms, it was just the second win in five lifetime starts for Western Bayama, a son of Lis Mara who paid $6.50 to win. The only two-time Quebec-Bred Series was crowded at 3R today as Maximuscle had little trouble for driver Mario Charron in beating six rivals in the fourth race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts. Clearing to the lead before the opening quarter mile in :29, Charron and Maximuscle were in easy command until after the half mile and then Charron asked for a little more from Maximuscle and the son of Angus Hall responded by kicking in another gear and leaving the rest of the field behind. By the time they reached the top of the stretch Maximuscle was up by five lengths and went on to win in a romp by nine and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) third. Trained by Eric Valiquette, Maximuscle was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and posted his seventh win in ten starts this year, paying $2.80 to win. Native son Daniel Dube, of the top driver in all of harness racing, came back to 3R to compete in the championship program and he did not go home empty handed in the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Driving the 1/5 favorite My Fleet Three from post two, Dube sent the daughter of Mach Three right to the lead and never looked back, cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28 and then cruising home to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1. The pocket sitting First Girl (Stephane Gendron) was second with Voodoo Charm (Yves Filion) third. The time of the race was a new track record for filly pacers as My Fleet Three erased her own mark set last week of 1:57.4. Trained by Richard Moreau for breeder/owner Gestion Mario Audet, Inc. of Yves Sarrazin, QC, it was the second win in five lifetime starts for My Fleet Three. She paid $2.60 to win. The 1/5 wagering favorite, Champagne Shower (Denis St Pierre) were unable to maintain their lead at the top of the stretch as Chaleurs Fantasy and driver Stephane Gendron were able to sneak up along the rail and post a 9-1 upset victory in the $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Thrill Chaser (Marie Auger), who followed pacesetter Champagne Shower but elected to go to the outside in the stretch, was second with Champagne Shower fading to third place. For Chaleurs Fantasy, a daughter of Omar Khayam, the time of the race, 1:58, was a lifetime mark and the sixth win this year for the Carl Duguay trainee. She won by one and one-quarter lengths for breeder/owner Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC. She paid $21.60 to win. The Hippodrome 3R scheduled the fastest division as the last one as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battled it out for $65,000. It was not so much as a battle as it looked to be as Atomic Million AM was made the 2/5 favorite and raced just like it for driver Sylvain Lacalle. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam took the early lead away from rival Hall Bro (Stephane Brosseau) by the opening quarter mile in :27 and then cut fractions of :56 and 1:25.2 before hold off Hall Bro in the stretch to win by one length in 1:54. Bali (Marie Auger) finished third. It was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Atomic Million AM. He is trained, bred and owned by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $2.80 to win. The Hippodrome 3R has completed its Tuesday night race schedule this season and is now open just on Sunday’s. There will be one special Saturday night program on September 20, the eve of the Prix D’Ete Sunday with a 7:30 pm post time that Saturday night. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Late last season Blair Orange announced that he was leaving the all conquering All Stars stable and going to work for another leading harness racing trainer in Ken Barron. It raised a few eyebrows at the time as Blair had just had his most successful season in the bike with 106 wins, finishing second on the premiership behind Dexter Dunn. Many thought it may take the new partnership a few months to find their feet but they have started the season in great fashion and look to have a very progressive team of young horses. One of that team in Southern GNP made his debut last night at Addington Raceway (September 5th) and lived up to the hype which saw him sent out a warm favourite. Wide early from barrier six, Southern GNP found the death after 400 meters and got cover when a couple made moves with a lap to go. Sitting sixth for most of the last lap, Blair peeled him out passing the 300 meters and he quickly grabbed the lead and went to the line with Blair sitting quietly in the bike for a very impressive debut win. Southern GNP paced the 1950 meters in a smart 2:23, a mile rate of 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 58.3 and 28.5 Only qualifying at the end of July when he won his heat by 11 lengths, Southern GNP looked like a horse short on ringcraft but long on ability. A 3 year old by leading sire Live Or Die, Southern GNP is the first foal from the very smart Mach Three mare in Gross Misconduct 1:59.4 ($92,570) It has been a hugely successful southern family with another Live Or Die gelding Mr Williams 1:55.7 ($133,242) close up in Southern GNP"s pedigree. The trainers scene in Canterbury has been a All Stars/Dalgety battle in the last few years but the new Barron/Orange partnership has brought some welcome competition to the top duo. Harnesslink Media
A field of eight filly and mare pacers who are winner's over $25,000 in their lifetime squared off at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday (Sept. 5). The wagering public put their support behind million dollar mare Monkey On My Wheel (Tim Tetrick), who was sent off as the 7/5 harness racing favorite. At the start, the favorite left aggressively, and cleared the lead before the quarter, which was achieved in :27. After a rated :28.4 second quarter, pressure arrived in the form of another millionaire mare Drop The Ball (Corey Callahan), but she could get no closer then a length. Three-quarters went in 1:22.4. The leader sprinted clear at the top of the stretch, outlasting a fast closing Regil Elektra (Victor Kirby), who finished second. Pocket-sitter Set Me Up (Matt Kakaly) finished third. The winner paced the mile in 1:50.4, and paid $4.80 to win, keying an exacta that paid $48.40, and a trifecta that paid $317.40. Monkey On My Wheel is owned by Mac Nichol, and is trained by Casie Coleman. She now has 31 career victories on 87 starts and has earnings of $1,572,334 in stakes. Mike Bozich
Charlottetown PE - The former Maritime stakes winner Forever Paradise is once again enjoying the fresh Island air. The four-year-old gelded son of Western Paradise picked up his second straight feature victory at Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday night, stopping the clock in 1:56.1. Driver Marc Campbell hustled Forever Paradise to the lead before a give-and-go with pocket sitter I D K, Cutting out all the numbers of :27.4, :57.3, :127, Forever Paradise opened up and won by three lengths for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. I D K held for second and Mcjestic was third. The win was part of a driving double for Campbell who won earlier in the card with Kyle Wilkie trainee Mademoiselle Neeld. Honor Roll has been on quite a roll of her own, the five-year-old daughter of Mach Three picked up her fifth straight victory in 1:59.2 for co-owner and driver Brian Andrew. As her previous four victories, Honor Roll came from out of the clouds to pick up the victory in race 10. She is also owned by Bill Andrew and Blake Andrew. Ronnie Gass is the trainer. Brian also had a double on the card winning with Lace in Race 2. A light upset in the Open Trot seen Frill Seeker defeat his seven rivals in 2:00.4 for the Ebbsfleet Stables. Driver - trainer Kenny Arsenault gained the fourth position off of the wings before rushing to the front just past the half, winning by a third-of-a-length over the bettors choice Zip The Lip. Pleasure Girls was third. Jason Hughes picked up a driving and training double on the card winning with Rocks Confession in 2:01.. He also took the evenings Open Mares race with Stayoutofmyaffair in 1:57. It is with sadness that Red Shores confirms the death of Northern Zoom during tonight's race program. Our condolences are with the horse's owner, trainer and driver. Northern Zoom was transported to the Atlantic Vet College where and autopsy will be performed. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post time. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
This Weekend Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland really is the place to be this weekend for harness racing and although there is more than 120 horses running for €30,000+ in prize money, there is much more than money at stake over the 2 days race meet. All season there have been battles raging across all ranks of pacers and trotters and these simmering rivalries are set to finally boil over at Portmarnock in front of what is forecasted to be a monster attendance. The feature event of the weekend is the Christopher Dunne Memorial Derby that pitches hot favourite Rhyds Rainbow against arch rival Rhyds Art with the end result being a winner for the punters as this is set to be a no-holds-barred catfight for the €10,000 first prize. Rainbow has beaten Art virtually every time they met so far and boasts a 1.57.3 personal best as opposed to Art’s best of 1.58.1 but the pendulum seems to have swung back in favour of the latter in recent weeks as she beat Rainbow rather comprehensively at Tregaron in August. Has Rainbow gone “over the top” or can she bounce back to inflict yet another defeat on her arch nemesis, the rapidly improving Art? Pundits predict that this grudge match between the two top fillies is going to get vicious and it’s us the paying public who love the sport who'll will be rewarded with a spectacle of biblical proportions. Lob in the colts, Porterstown Chris and Ayr Regal, who are both at the top of their game at the moment and this event is shaping up to be the classic of all classics. Whilst on the subject of top class fillies, the STAGBI aged fillies and mares race is another mouth-watering contest and this tail-ends the Saturday night card. The popular Shades Of Grey representing England will be all the rage in this but Scottish raider Racezapan will not go down without putting up one hell of a fight. The Welsh send over Baby Rosa in an effort to bring the coveted prize back to the valleys whilst local hope Coalford Cabrini is Ireland’s best chance of keeping the lion’s share of the prize money at home. Sunday boasts an equally strong card and there is some serious unfinished business in the top class free for all ranks and with the Grafton Barber sponsored FFA race. It’s widely predicted by pundits that this race will answer for once, and for all, just who is the top pacer in the British Isles. This race is worth the entry fee alone and family honour is at stake. Current reigning UK champion Stoneriggs Mystery hammered his rivals into submission at Portmarnock last month and was just 0.5 of a second outside the track record having been parked and also sloppy track conditions. Local up and coming superstar Springhill Alibi was 3rd that day but it was his first foray into FFA company and he put this experience in the top flight to good use at Tregaron when he exacted revenge on Mystery to lay claim to his title. Throw in Rhyds Destiny who took the All Ireland title in Inchydoney, Brywins Magic Potion who triumphed at Aberystwyth, Meadowbranch Romeo who landed the Famous Musselburgh Pace, Tir Prince record holder Forafewdollarsmore and Tregaron Welsh Classic winner Saunder Mach Three and we have arguably the best FFA held at any venue in 2014. The draw will be of paramount importance on the day but the overall victor will rightfully claim to be top dog across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Le Trot Francais races may not be everybody’s cup of tea but the Gold standard of the French breds have captivated the Irish public all season. Joe Caffrey’s Romulus Angenais can arguably claim to be the best around at present but Radjah Normand, Rubis De Lorion and Real De Morge are snapping at his heels and eyeing up the number one spot. These clash again and it would take a brave man to accurately predict the 1-2-3 home in this popular event. It’s unusual for an owner of one of the French breds to step outside the comfort of the restricted races but Englishman John Howard has made the bold move of entering the recently acquired Robec against the speed merchants Danger Of Butcher and Yke Starlake in the Rising Force FFA trot and all eyes will be on the English raider to see if he can move up the gears faster that his French counterparts and beat the crack milers at their own game. This race will be a thriller, an maybe a track record. Tarawood Messi came of age at Portmarnock last month winning the Paul Murtagh Memorial 4-year-old Classic and the strawberry Roan colt puts his title on the line against 3 opponents on Sunday. McCoy is a worthy opponent and a game winner in Wales last weekend whilst Racezapan lines out a second time over the weekend – this time against the colts which must be a tip in itself from confident connections. Ayr Majesty is a king in waiting and it’s predicted that Messi will have to dig deep to the very bottom of his reserves to stop the aptly named Majesty taking his crown. Will we have a new 4-year-old King or will Messi score yet again and cement himself as the best? The above race previews represent just a small number of scores that will be settled over the weekend and with the advantage of being near the M50, Dublin Airport, Dublin/Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port and local train station, Portmarnock Raceway really will be the place to be this weekend. In the words of USA Hall of Fame announcer, Roger Huston…BE THERE! By Thomas Bennett, for Portmarnock Trotting Club
The 2014 racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (August 31), and six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program. The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split. With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third. The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a two-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on September 21, 2003. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to $36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two-hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4. Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of $30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Joe Hudon, who resides in Acton, Ontario, also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue (McArdle), with partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked $28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought $32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover ($311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to $23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Also winning in Grassroots competition today were: --Star Cover (Jody Jamieson, 1:57.3). This son of Royal Mattjesty is owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario. Star Cover has won twice from seven trips behind the gate, and he has put away $14,060. He was bred by Winbak Farm and fetched $4,500 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale. Star Cover’s dam is the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Rosebud ($721,057), an Ontario Sires Stakes superstar who won 11 times from 14 attempts during her OSS career. --Charlottes Colony (Trevor Henry, 1:58). An Art Colony colt, Charlottes Colony broke his maiden in his fifth try and boosted his output to $16,800. Charlottes Colony is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Thomas McGuffog of Hanwell and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas, New Brunswick. Charlottes Colony, whose dam is the Mohican Pride mare OGs Starlett ($536,647), was bred by Dan Belliveau and was hammered down for $4,200 at last year’s Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on September 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes and Clinton Raceway
Who Doesnt continued to dominate Alberta Downs's Open pacers as he romped to his eighth straight victory in the $8,400 feature on Sunday afternoon. Alberta Downs's leading trainer and driver Travis Cullen shares ownership of the five-year-old Mach Three gelding with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen, all of Glenboro, M.B. Leaving from his assigned outside post, Alberta's hottest pacer Who Doesnt crossed over in front of his five rivals into a :28.1 opening quarter before taking a second quarter breather to the half in :58.3. He began to pick up the pace and open up on the lead as he raced to three-quarters in 1:26.1 and took off down the stretch to win by six and a quarter lengths in 1:54 flat. To view the rest of this story click here.
The 2014 harness racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (August 31), and six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program. The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split. With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third. The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a two-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on September 21, 2003. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to $36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two-hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4. Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of $30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Joe Hudon, who resides in Acton, Ontario, also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue (McArdle), with partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked $28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought $32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover ($311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to $23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Also winning in Grassroots competition today were: --Star Cover (Jody Jamieson, 1:57.3). This son of Royal Mattjesty is owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario. Star Cover has won twice from seven trips behind the gate, and he has put away $14,060. He was bred by Winbak Farm and fetched $4,500 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale. Star Cover’s dam is the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Rosebud ($721,057), an Ontario Sires Stakes superstar who won 11 times from 14 attempts during her OSS career. --Charlottes Colony (Trevor Henry, 1:58). An Art Colony colt, Charlottes Colony broke his maiden in his fifth try and boosted his output to $16,800. Charlottes Colony is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Thomas McGuffog of Hanwell and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas, New Brunswick. Charlottes Colony, whose dam is the Mohican Pride mare OGs Starlett ($536,647), was bred by Dan Belliveau and was hammered down for $4,200 at last year’s Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on September 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts click here. Ontario Sire Stakes
Woodley to break through in August Cup Morgan Woodley, who has driven a placegetter in three of the past four August Cups, has high hopes of breaking through for his first victory in the winter feature event by scoring with David Hercules in the $35,000 Curtin FM August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. David Hercules, trained at Byford by David Thompson, has drawn fairly at barrier four on the front line, but is likely to be left in the breeze outside the likely pacemaker Northview Punter, who will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the 2536m event. Trainer Gary Hall sen. conceded that he was slightly disappointed at Northview Punter's effort when second behind stablemate Our Arlington in a 2503m stand last Friday night. But his spirits were boosted after the random barrier draw. David Hercules proved the master of Northview Punter three starts ago when he started from the No. 5 barrier and worked hard in the breeze before finishing strongly to beat the pacemaking Northview Punter by a half-length, rating 1.55.7 over 2130m. David Hercules was gallant in defeat when fourth behind Reuben Brogden in a 1730m sprint last Friday night. He was at a significant disadvantage, starting from the outside of the back line. He settled at the rear before Woodley started a three-wide move 1100m from home. The seven-year-old sustained a strong effort to finish just under two lengths from the winner. David Hercules had been most impressive in winning at his four previous starts (after resuming from a spell), winning twice each over 2130m and 2536m. Friday night's event will be the 63rd running of the August Cup and Thompson is hoping that David Hercules will become just the eighth horse to complete the Winter Cup-August Cup double in the one season. Those to have achieved this feat are Tavis (1975), Peter Anstey (1977), High Moore (1979), Preux Chevalier (1985), Manageable (1989), Shattering Class (1998 and 1999) and Another Party (2000). Woodley's placegetters in recent August Cups have been Mysta Magical Mach (third behind Im Themightyquinn in 2010), Has The Answers (third behind Lombo Navigator and Rocket Reign in a thrilling three-way photo finish in 2011) and Has The Answers (second to Uppy Son last year). Mysta Magical Mach and Has The Answers were prepared by Tony Svilicich, who won the August Cup with Digger of Fortune in 2003. Svilicich has trained six minor placegetters in the past six August Cups. In 2008 he was represented by Roydon Holmes and Demoralizer. Roydon Holmes (9/1) led until the final 20m and finished a close second to Glencadam, and Demoralizer was third. He did not have a runner in 2009 before Has The Answers led until the final 50m when second to Im Themightyquinn in 2010. His other runner Mysta Magical Mach was third. A year later Has The Answers (6/4 on) set the pace when third. In the 2012 August Cup Mysta Magical Mach (6/1) set the pace and was two lengths in front with 120m to travel before being swamped and was relegated to fifth behind Dasher VC. Twelve months ago Has The Answers was favourite at 6/4 when set the pace from barrier two and led until the final 90m when beaten by the fast-finishing Uppy Son. This year Svilicich will be represented by outsider Shardons Rocket, who will be driven by Chris Lewis, but faces an extremely difficult task from the outside of the back line. The August Cup is a particularly significant event for Hall sen., who had the distinction of training Zakara for his four wins in the race --- in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. Hall's other August Cup winner was Im Themightyquinn, who started at 5/2 on in 2010 when he got to the front 50m from the post before defeating the pacemaker Has The Answers. The Cup prospects on Friday night of last-start winners Reuben Brogden and Our Arlington were boosted when they drew favourably at No. 2 and No. 3 on the front line. Reuben Brogden, trained by his owner Gary Elson, was most impressive last Friday night when he was tenth at the 500m mark and stormed home from sixth, five wide, on the home turn to defeat Old McDonald at a 1.54.4 rate over 1730m. Our Arlington also caught the eye last Friday night when he galloped soon after the start and settled down a distant ninth before dashing forward to move into the breeze 1400m from home and then gained the one-out, one-back trail and then finishing boldly to snatch victory from Northview Punter. Hall predicts big things for Machtu Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. has labelled Machtu the second best pacer in his Serpentine stables and is bubbling with confidence that the New Zealand-bred three-year-old will make a triumphant return to racing by proving too powerful for his rivals in the 2130m Glengarry Spectacles Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Machtu will be making his first appearance for 20 weeks when he starts out wide at No. 4 on the back line for champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. This will be the gelding's first start since he finished a close third behind Three Blind Mice and Eyre Crusher in the WA Derby early last April. "He has returned in great shape and his trials at Byford on the past two Sundays have been phenomenal," said an enthusiastic Hall sen. "He won both his trials, beating open-class horses and you would think that he would just win on Friday night. "In a 2550m stand on Sunday Machtu led and beat his open-class stablemate Livingontheinterest by a length after sprinting the final 400m in 27.9sec. In a 2150m mobile the previous Sunday he led and covered the final 800m in 56.5sec. and beat top-class pacer David Hercules on his merits. "Machtu is the second best horse in our stable, behind Im Themightyquinn. We are really happy with him and his long-term mission is the interdominion championship in Perth in 2016. At the moment we will take races as they come and see how he goes. "Quinny is back in work and is coming along nicely. He should resume racing towards the end of October and his main target is the $700,000 New Zealand Cup on the second Tuesday in November. It's a stand and he will draw the front line." Machtu, who has won at seven of his 12 starts, is one of three Hall runners in Friday night's race, the others being High Courage (No. 3 on the front line) and Classic American (outside of the back line). High Courage and Classic American are smart colts, but appear a class below Machtu. Nonetheless, each will be fancied to figure in the finish along with Burning, the promising Mach Three colt in the stables of Greg and Skye Bond. Burning, a speedy frontrunner and winner at seven of his 16 starts, will begin from the inside of the back line. An all-the way Pinjarra winner three starts ago, he lost few admirers when a fighting second to Elegant Christian over 2130m last Friday night after working hard without cover. Hall sets sights on 250 winners There is no stopping the all-conquering Hall training complex and now champion horseman Gary Hall sen. has lifted the bar and is setting himself fresh challenges as the 2013-14 season comes to an end. The Hall camp has 14 starters on the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night and punters would be well advised to include all 14 runners in their thoughts. Hall, a runaway winner of the trainers' premiership, would dearly love to end the season in a blaze of glory on Friday night. Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. also would love to wind up the city season by winning the final event with honest performer Globalization in the Pedrini Painting Westbred Pathway Pace. Hall sen. leads the Metropolitan trainers' premiership with 169 wins --- a mile head of Greg and Skye Bond (63), Ross Olivieri (62), Debbie Padberg (32) and Andrew De Campo (25). On all tracks in Western Australia during the season he has had 814 starters for 209 winners, 116 seconds and 96 thirds for prizemoney of $2,966,533. In second place is the Bond stable with 146 winners and 128 placegetters from 817 starters. This is the first time a trainer has prepared more than 200 winners in a season in this State. Hall currently has 50 horses in work and he wants to keep the winners rolling in. "My aim for the 2014-15 season is to train 250 winners and to win the WA Pacing Cup for the ninth time," he declared. "Im Themightyquinn will run in the Cup, providing the wheels stay on." Hall is also looking for big things from exciting three-year-old Machtu and he also predicted bright futures for many of his horses, including Beaudiene Boaz, Nuala, Zennart and Juliana Bromac. Get on Machs A Pearler Unfavourable barriers have dogged Machs A Pearler in recent weeks and the New Zealand-bred four-year-old should greatly appreciate starting from the prized No. 1 barrier in the first event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The honest gelding, trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, looks a good thing and punters should establish a good bank for the night by supporting him to end a losing sequence of seven. Machs A Pearler has enjoyed little luck recently after starting from the back line three times and from the outside of the front line twice at his past five outings. He is a smart frontrunner ideally suited over the sprint trip of 1730m. Punters should take it into serious consideration that he has led in ten of his 490 starts for five wins and five second placings. The Bond stable has 13 runners on Friday night, including six starters in the $25,000 King's Park Fashion Schrader final over 2130m. Four of those runners --- Tuapeka Kahu, Lunar Tide, Bettor Offer and Im Terrific --- are last-start winners, while the other two, Jay Bees Grin and Condrieu each finished third at their most recent outing and have sound prospects. Libertybelle Midfrew runs a sizzling trial Star filly Libertybelle Midfrew looms large as the best bet on the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night after running a superb trial at Byford on Sunday morning. Libertybelle Midfrew, trained by Mike Reed and to be driven by his son Mark, has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from barrier seven, the outside of the front line in the 1730m Casey Australia Pace. She warmed up for the race in dashing style at Byford on Sunday morning when she raced wide early and then took up the running before careering away from her four rivals to win the 2150m trial by almost 19 lengths from Shezablaze, rating 1.57.1 after sprinting over the final 800m in 56sec. This performance showed that the filly was poised to make amends for her shock first-up defeat at 10/1 on when she raced without cover and finished third behind Harriet Elisabeth and Jungle Jewel over 2130m on August 1. That was her first appearance since scoring a runaway victory in the WA Oaks on May 9 to take her West Australian record to five starts for five wins. Making good appeal as a placegetter is the Andrew De Campo-trained Maddy White, who should be prominent throughout from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. The David Thompson-trained Harriet Elisabeth has won at seven of her 18 starts and is capable of a bold showing from barrier three on the back line. Where Dreams Grow, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, has won at each of her past three starts, two at Bunbury and then one at Gloucester Park, when she set the pace from barrier two. But she faces a stern test from the No. 6 barrier. Ken Casellas
There are four return winners ready to do battle in the ninth race feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening. First race post time at 7:00 pm. While two of the four horses are coming off qualifying race victories, the fourth return winner in the field is not and in fact he is the fastest return winner in the race. That honor goes to Windham Hanover from post seven. The ten-year-old gelded son of Mach Three is trained and driven by Norman Beaudoin and last week at the Hippodrome 3R they teamed up and posted a very impressive wire to wire victory in 1:55.2 by two open lengths in this same class. Last week was the Windham Hanover’s second win on the season, yet the impressive mile was not good enough for the morning line maker at 3R as they have him tabbed as the 4-1 fourth choice in the race. The honors of being the morning line favorite at odds of 5/2 goes to Walks Of Life. This four-year-old grey gelded son of Western Hall is coming off a 1:58.2 win at 3R last week and is making only his third start of the year for trainer Daniel Martin. Walks Of Life will start from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders in the field include Hockey Bum (post 2) who just won his qualifying race at 3R in 1:59.4 along with Dagon A Little (post 5) and a returnee from Rideau Carlton, Who Dey. Starting from post six, Who Dey will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron and has been very sharp in his last two starts, finishing second and third but race timed in 1:55.4 and 1:54.2. Completing the field are Pan Larcey (post 1), Montezuma Bluechip (post 4), OK Ebury (post 8) and Beach Runner A M (post 9). From the Quebec Jockey Club
Eight $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots contests for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers were staged on Sunday night (August 24) at Georgian Downs, and the last of those eight splits saw a new track record of 1:52.2 turned in by Seaforth. Driven by Mike Saftic, Seaforth was up to grab the lead away from Pan Street USA (Randy Waples) after the :27.2 opening quarter. From there, Seaforth hit the half in :56 and the three-quarters in 1:23.4 before he paced a final quarter in :28.3 to seal the win and the record. Pan Street USA held second, beaten just over a length by the winner, and Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair) finished third. The clocking lowered the previous rookie gelding pace record of 1:53.1 set earlier this year by Southwind Indy, and also is better than Sportskeeper’s colt record of 1:52.3 by a fifth of a second. Eric Adams trains Seaforth, a No Pan Intended gelding, for owner/breeder Millar Farms of Newmarket, Ont. This was Seaforth’s second win from six starts and he has now earned $38,260. He’s the first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Chocolate Truffle, a half-sister to five six-figure earners, including multi-time Grassroots winner Rare Copy (Grinfromeartoear, $158,213). Driver Paul MacDonell also enjoyed a fine trip to Georgian Downs as he racked up three Grassroots wins, including a pair for trainer Jack Darling. Darling and MacDonell connected for the first time in the sixth flight withMoonwards Hanover (1:54) and then came right back in the next dash with York Seelster (1:54). MacDonell also prevailed in the fifth division with Pair Of Deuces (1:54.1). Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ont. owns both Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter, and York Seelster, a Mach Three gelding. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who broke his maiden in his fourth try and pushed his bankroll to $21,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. York Seelster, bred by Seelster Farms Inc. and sold for $55,000 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale, is now one-for-five in the win column to go with earnings of $24,900. The fourth foal out of the Artsplace mare Yankee Athena, York Seelster is a half-brother to Yoselin Seelster (Shadow Play, $109,432), an OSS Gold winner last season for two-year-old pacing fillies. Richard “Nifty” Norman trains Pair Of Deuces, MacDonell’s other winner, for owner/breeder Pinske Stables of Plato, Minnesota. The Badlands Hanover colt is now a two-time winner from five trips behind the gate and he has stashed away $19,500. He’s the first foal out of the Pinske’s Dragon Again mare Pacific Dragonette, a sister to horses like Doubleshotascotch ($683,773). In other action Jeb (Phil Hudon, 1:54.3) and Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples, 1:54.2) both posted their second victories in Grassroots competition this season. Jeb, a colt by Camluck, is trained by James “Friday” Dean for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ont. Jeb, who has banked $26,160 to go with his pair of wins, was bred by Seawind Amg Stbs 2005 Inc. and was taken out of the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale for $22,000. He’s the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Keystone Treasure, a half-sister to a pair of former OSS standouts in Invitro (Camluck, $2,383,597) and Bigtime Ball (Camluck, $1,625,073). Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his second win from five attempts and pushed his bankroll to $27,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ont. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. The other Grassroots winners on Sunday night were: --Midnight Play (Shadow Play), a 1:54.2 maiden-breaking winner for driver Jonathan Drury, trainer Bill Cass, and owner John Craig of North York, Ont. Bred by Winbak Farm, he was sold for $72,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Midnight Play’s dam Midnight Art (Artsplace) is a half-sister to the likes of Manchine ($257,361). --Fightmaster (Art Colony, 1:55). He also won for the first time in his career with James MacDonald at the controls for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Jack Quinn and Michael McGuigan of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Fightmaster was bred by Charlotte Ranch and Caneast Standards Inc. and fetched $24,000 at the 2013 Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. His dam is the Bo Knows Jate mare Ardor Chymes ($497,707), a multiple-time OSS winner in her racing career. The two-year-old male pacers of the OSS Grassroots will be back in action next Sunday afternoon (August 31) at Clinton Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
While relaxing in a paddock after another successful season, outstanding mare Frith is set to deliver more exciting news…well sort of! Frith’s first foal is due within the next few weeks via a surrogate mother. The youngster, which is destined to be a sales topper, is by boom sire Mach Three. “She’s out for roughly two months now, but she will still be providing us with a highlight during that time,” trainer Bruce Harpley explained. “Because she had such a long break after the Breeders’ Crown last year, Bernie and Dianne (Kelly, owners) put her in foal to Mach Three. “Now the surrogate mother is due to foal next month, so it will be interesting to see if she has a colt or filly. “If it can turn out to be anywhere near as good as its mum, then we can look forward to plenty more good times.” The unborn youngster will have a massive shadow to step out from given the extent of Frith’s feats. A daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, Frith boasts 29 wins and eight placings from 38 starts, including consecutive Breeders’ Crown Finals – the most recent coming at Tabcorp Park Melton last Sunday. With Harpley in the cart, Frith was quickly angled away from the inside of the second row to be three-wide and pushing forward at the start as Arma Xpress set the early pace. Allowed to stroll to the front during the middle stages, Frith was never fully extended on her way to a three-and-a-half metre win from The Baggy Green. From dual Breeders’ Crown winner Lady Waratah, The Baggy Green was also bred by the Kellys. After working overtime in the ‘death seat’, Im Smouldering was two metres away third. “As much as it is a thrill to win such a big race, it’s also a relief to get the job done,” Harpley said. “It can look easy on paper, but it’s never the case as you’ve still got to get out there and perform at your best. “She had to work a little more than I would have liked to find the front, but she still had plenty left at the finish. “She’s just such an ideal racehorse as she has strength, speed and brains to boot.” Covering the last half in 57.5 seconds, the four-year-old rated 1:56.6 for the 2240 metres, stretching her bankroll to $794,972. To be given “about seven weeks off”, Frith will be aimed at the major mares’ races next season beginning with the prestigious Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “I haven’t spoken to Bernie yet, but she will have about seven weeks off now,” Harpley said. “That will see her back racing about early to mid January, which gives her a couple of months racing to be ready for the Ladyship Mile. “Further down the track, I’d like to bring her back to Melton for the three main mares’ races in May, particularly the Queen of the Pacific. “She hasn’t had a crack from the stand, but I can’t see it being a problem.” Paul Courts
On harness racings big day at the Breeders Crown finals at Tabcorp Park Melton yesterday, there were six pacing races up for decision. There was a great mixture of stock by all the sires in great demand by breeders in Australia. Bettors Delight, Mach Three and Sportswriter all had representation but by the end of the days racing, one stallion stood head and shoulders above the competition - Art Major His stock won three of the six pacing finals and sent breeders a clear message with the breeding season just around the corner. If anything this season, the gap in Australia between Art Major and the chasing pack at the age group level has grown larger and more pronounced. As the season draws to a close Art Major is $368,000 ahead of Bettors Delight on the 2 year old sires list and $1,166,000 ahead on the 3 year old list and that really confirms what a spectacular season he has had in Australia. Yesterday the two year old and three year old sections of the Breeders Crown finals were dominated by Art Major. Follow The Stars was outstanding in the 2 year old colts/geldings final, burning to the front from the outside of the gate and giving nothing else a chance from that point. But for being wiped out in the Harness Jewels in New Zealand, Follow The Stars would have been unbeaten at two. Being bred the way he is, if Follow The Stars can kick on at three then he certainly has all the credentials to be given a chance in the stallion barn. Major Crocker was a super winner of the 3 year old colts /geldings final. Used up big time early to hold the lead on two occasions, Major Crocker still found enough in the straight to pick up the outstanding Bling It On. It was a real statement from Major Crocker and he looks to have the all round game to be a "major " player next season and beyond. The third winner on the day was Just Cala in the 3 year old fillies final who has stepped up to another level in her last few starts. A brilliant winner of her semi final, Just Cala showed that was no fluke with another outstanding performance against the best fillies going around in Australia. The Alabar team would have been smiling at those results but the cherry on top for them would have been the run of Jk Shesalady in the eliminations of the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk in Canada. She was the fastest of the elimination winners yesterday in a time of 1:51.1 and by over seven lengths and looms as the filly to beat in the $480,000 final next weekend. Art Major has always been an elite sire but right at the moment his stock worldwide are on an unbelievable run. Harnesslink Media