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Artful Impulse and Count Speed reined supreme in their respective co-featured events at the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park on Wednesday night. Artful Impulse, off at 9 to 1 and patiently handled by Andy Santeramo, kicked things off in the $8,500 "Winners Over Handicap" for pacing mares by shocking the 1 to 20 favorite, Senorita Santanna, driven by Wally Hennessey, in 1:52.4. Winbak Heavenly, with Tom Sells in the bike, finished third while the only other starter in the event, Mach Me Not, finished fourth. Cheap N Easy was a late scratch in the opener, reducing the field to four. As the Hummer wings opened, Artful Impulse and Senorita Santanna left together and engaged in a duel for the first eighth before "Impulse" yielded to the "Senorita," the latter taking the field to an opening quarter in :26.4 with Winbak Heavenly content to stay in third and Mach Me Not already about five lengths away as the trailer. Positions remained stagnant through a half in :56.2 with Senorita Santanna picking up the pace a bit on the backside. reaching the third station in 1:24.4 and with a clear lead turning for home. Once they straightened away, Artful Impulse left the coziness of her pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, drawing on even terms a sixteenth out and edging to the lead near the wire--the winning margin a half length. In a post race interview, driver Andy Santeramo said, "Jimmy (trainer Mc Donald) said she had gate speed and I figured the only way I had a chance of upsetting Wally's (Hennessey) mare (Senorita Santanna) was to leave with mine and try to take a little sting out of her early. " "I thought Wally got away from us a little bit on the far turn but my mare responded very nicely when it counted. She must've come her last quarter under :28--(actually :27.4). Big mile." For Artful Impulse, a four year-old daughter of Artistic Fella owned by Twenty Four Carrot Racing, it was her third win of the year in 17 starts, good for $22,900 this semester. She's banked $113,145 lifetime. As third choice in the betting, Artful Impulse returned $20.20 to win. Count Speed never had an anxious moment as Wally Hennessey guided this six year-old Majestic Son gelding to a handy win--his fifth in a row--over stablemate Verdi, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., in 1:54.4 in the $8,500 "Winners Over" Handicap Trot. My Revenuer, with Tom Sells in the bike, used his typical late rally to finish third while Jailhouse Jessica finished fourth. Adenium picked up the nickel in the sextet. It was Count Speed flashing his usual alacrity as the gate sprung and, after a brief battle with Adenium, took command and led through opening panels of :28 and :57.3. Just short of that second marker, Jailhouse Jessica, fifth early on, began her sprint forward as did Verdi, away last in the early going but now following "Jessica's" live cover. With the pace beginning to pick up three-eighths out, Count Speed maintained a clear lead with Jailhouse Jessica a bit more than a length away, Adenium holding the third spot near the pylons and Verdi fanning widest of all through three-quarters in 1:26.2. In the lane, Hennessey sat confidently as Count Speed gave him a :28.2 sprint to the wire, stopping the clock in that aforementioned 1:54.4. After the race, Hennessey said, "this horse is very sharp right now...super sharp." "He just seems to do what he has to do to get to the wire first." "I was a little surprised to see his stablemate (Verdi) charging into second as he was stepping up to the big time for the first time." Both Count Speed and Verdi are trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil. Count Speed now owns a 5-0-1 scorecard in seven starts with earnings of $21,470. He's won 24 times during his career with a bankroll of $219,870. As the "talk of the tote-board" at 3 to 5, Count Speed returned $3.20 to his many faithful. Finally, in Wednesday's Super Hi-5, the 5-6-8-4-7 winning combo produced 22 winning 20 cent tickets pushing the carryover for Saturday night over $197,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

We are at that point of the harness racing season where all the cream in the two year old ranks rises to the surface. That is especially so with the two year old trotters who line up on Friday night in the $60,000 Lone Star Riccarton Sires Stakes Championship at Addington. The northern raider Gershwin has shown plenty of ability in his short career and the beautifully bred colt looms as a major chance in Friday nights feature. A son of the champion North American sire Muscles Yankee, Gershwin is the second live foal of the former outstanding racemare Allegro Agitato (22 wins) ($529,854) and looks to have inherited a lot of the family ability. Trainer Sean McCaffrey has a high opinion of his two year old colt. " He is just such a natural trotter." " We raced him in aluminums all round and he doesn't need or appreciate any weight." " Once he is underway a kid could drive him," Sean told Harnesslink this week. Gershwin has met the hot favourite High Gait twice and Sean took a lot of confidence out of their last meeting. " My fella did a lot more work in the race and she only got us by a nose up the passing lane." " Gershwin has really improved since then as well and we have a big advantage at the barrier so I give him a big chance," Sean said. Gershwin is not the only two year old trotter that Sean has sent south with the stablemate Royal Willie also on the trip. " The owners missed a payment for the the Sire Stakes series which is why he is not there this week but he is third on the Harness Jewels rankings and will be at Ashburton." " His last start win at Alexandra Park where he sat parked against the maidens showed us he has a fair bit of bottom to him and they will know he is there on Jewels day,"Sean said. A son of the leading sire Majestic Son from the former smart racemare Miss Whiplash (13 wins) ($151,765) Royal Willie has always impressed Sean. " I have always liked him and there is nothing between him and Gershwin ability wise." " It is hard enough to get one nice two year old trotter most years but this year I have been lucky enough to strike two," Sean said. Seam McCaffrey is no stranger to winning age group trotting classics at Addington and in Gershwin he looks to have a royal chance of adding to the trophy cabinet on Friday night. Harnesslink Media

Daylesford's It Is Billy looks bound for bigger fish after Friday night's Pegasus Melton Pacing Cup win. Trained and driven by husband and wife Michael Barby and Anne-Maree Conroy, the win was It Is Billy's fourth harness racing triumph from six runs this time in. It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) worked around to the breeze before the mile mark in tonight's 2760m stand-start race and would sit parked for the remainder of the event, as leader Comply Or Die paced opening quarters of 31 and 31.6 before they upped the ante down the back with a 29.3 third split. When Comply Or Die was put under pressure at the corner It Is Billy was clearly travelling within himself and upon straightening in-the-run players must have had him unbackable favourite. It Is Billy’s fourth quarter was 27.4 for a 2:01.8 mile rate. Bettor Rock On showed his true colours tonight, closing gamely down the outside to finish second. > Re-live It Is Billy's Melton Pacing Cup win Champion reinsman Greg Sugars took driving honours tonight with a winning double via punter’s friend Illawong Helios, who just keeps winning for trainer Ross Sugars, and improved trotting mare Heavenly Sister for horseman Ross Graham. Heavenly Sister, a daughter of Majestic Son out of US bred mare Heavens Above, took 11 goes to break her maiden status but tonight’s victory in the Garrards Trot over 1720m made it two on the trot. The Majestic was bold in second, he and Heavenly Sister engaged in a two-horse war throughout the bulk of the final lap, the winner finishing with a 2.3m winning margin in a mile rate of 1:59.4. Illawong Helios, by Majestic Son out of Shining Sun, has now won nine of her last 10 starts and 12 out of 20 all up after taking out the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot over 2240m. From the pole Greg Sugars held the front and the four-year-old mare travelled well throughout to score by 5.5m over Desert Spur in a mile rate of 2:02.0. Skippy Rascal kicked off proceedings for the night with victory in the DNR Logistics Pace over 2240m, the Julie Douglas-trained, Glenn Douglas-driven five-year-old gelding by Live Or Die out of Royal Rascal following leader Ideal Majority in the run before using the sprint lane to win by 1.6m, Ideal Majority holding on for second from Washmepockets and Lark Rise. An upset in the Renown Silverware Trot Final certainly added value to the early quaddie, Katelin Brooke taking it out for Grenville’s Gregory Moss and reinswoman Debra Wicks-Moss. Katelin Brooke finished powerfully at odds of $32 to beat Savannah Jay Jay, whose run was enormous coming from last, with Lazy Sunday hitting the line nicely for third. Katelin Brooke is an eight-year-old daughter of Earl out of Kanuka Lass. New South Wales trainer Blake Fitzpatrick was victorious in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Trot. Five-year-old Earl/Pinevale Ellason mare Duchess Ella led easily from gate two before holding off Bellmac Kody and Star Gun for a neck win in a rate of 2:00.8 over 22400m. The first three horses over the line came right away from the others. The hot run of form being enjoyed by Terang’s Marg Lee continued with four-year-old Art Major/Deltas Dream gelding Keayang Active returning to the track with an impressive victory in the TAB.com.au Rising Stars Pace (first heat). Keayang Active came clear late to win by 2.3m over McRita and Upanatom. And finally Hotasel (Elsu/Hotgossip) on debut for trainer/driver John Justice finished too well in the last race, the second heat of the Rising Stars, to win from Hollywood Sign, who led, and Macho Comacho in third just ahead of Fernco Bobby G. Hotasel rated 1:59.5. - HRV Media

Pompano Beach, FL...May 6, 2015...Senorita Santanna, a bridesmaid to Godiva Seelster in their last two encounters, finally conquered her nemisis on Wednesday night (May 6) in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares, stopping the clock in 1:53.4.   The five year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, off as second choice at 5 to 2 and handled this night by Kevin Wallis, was away alertly, as usual, before yielding to Godiva Seelster, off at 1 to 5, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines, around the first turn and stalking that one through fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25.4.   Tilting out turning for home, Senorita Santanna began gnawing away at Godiva, drawing on even terms a sixteenth out and then on to a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length.   Just Fine, longest chance on the board at 65 to 1, teamed up with Mickey McNichol to be thirdfour lengths away, while Artful Impulse finished fourth. Mach Me Not picked up the minors in the field of seven.   In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "I had driven this mare before around the first of the year and won with her a couple of times so I knew of her talent. She has early speed so she left right out and I really didn't want to get in any speed duel early with a mare with the credentials of Wally's (Hennessey) mare (Godiva Seelster). He (Hennessey) rated her well to the half so I didn't know if I would be able to get by her off that, but my mare responded very well when asked and she must have paced her final quarter under :28 (actually :27.4) to get by."   Trained by Joe Sanzeri for the J L Benson Stables, Senorita Santanna won for the fifth time in 17 starts this year, sending her seasonal bankroll to just short of $50,000--$48,170 to be precise. She's banked $160,156 lifetime.   She returned a $7.00 mutuel to her faithful.   Godiva Seelster, by the way, with her second place finish, extended her streak of earning checks to 53, covering her every start as a three year-old, four-year-old and, thus far, five year-old.   In the companion $10,000 Open Handicap for Trotters, Count Speed extended his win skein to four with a 1:55.3 win for driver Wally Hennessey.   Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, the Majestic Son six year-old did not have the easiest of journeys as he went searching for the lead early, only to be out-scooted from the get-go by, first, Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo), and, then, Gold Savage (Mickey McNichol) through an opening panel of :27.2 with Count Speed's main rival, Increditable, handled by Kevin Wallis, finding a cozy spot in fourth after starting from the outside nine post.   But Count Speed kept pressing on, taking command halfway through the mile in :56.2 with Gold Savage second, Illusionsndreams third and Increditable fourth but on the move heading into the final turn.   With the three-quarters on the board in 1:25.2, Count Speed turned for home with a lead of 1 1/2 lengths but, through the lane, no serious threats developed and Count Speed hit the wire with that same margin over the late charging Increditable with Gold Savage third and Jailhouse Jessica rallying late for fourth. Illusionsndreams did pick up the nickel in the nine horse field.   After the event, Hennessey said, "This was not an easy trip...but, when you have an outside post with what seems to be your main rival one notch out, there is no choice but to keep pressing on. It was a pretty demanding 1:25.2 three quarters for him but, I guess it was a demanding three quarters for the others near the top, as well. He's (Count Speed) in very sharp form now and that's what got him through this one tonight."   For Count Speed, it was his fourth win--all consecutive--in six starts, good for bounty of $17,220 this semester. He's banked $215,620 lifetime.   As the 5 to 2 second choice in the betting, Count Speed paid $7.20 to win.   Other notable performances on Wednesday night were put in by My Revenuer, Cheap N Easy and Looney Dune.   My Revenuer, driven by Tom Sells for owner-trainer Tom Petri, "exploded" by his rivals in the stretch to score a 4 1/4 length in the $7,500 Open 2 Trot, defeating Goldstar Classic and Wally Hennessey in a season's best 1:55.3.   Ex King and Andy Santeramo rallied to finish third while Tyrone Showstopper was fourth after cutting panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:26.3. The Muscler picked up the final award in the field of nine.   My Revenuer, a seven year-old son of Revenue S, won for the second time this season--20th win lifetime--to send his 2015 earnings to $22,821. He's banked $156,596 lifetime.   As the 2 to 1 second choice, My Revenuer paid $6.20 to win.   Cheap N Easy, a seven year-old daughter of Cam's Card Shark, came into the action in her conditioned pace for mares with a mark of 1:52.2 set three season's ago at the seven-eighths Vernon Downs oval. She went into the Pompano Park winner's circle with a new mark--1:51.2--after leading at every pole--:26.4, :54.4 and 1:23--along the way.   Trained by Fred Cohen for Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy, Cheap N Easy won for the 48th time during her career to send her lifetime bounty to $239,669.   Cheap N Easy was 3 to 5 on the tote-board and returned $3.40.   Looney Dune also recorded a new lifetime mark--1:52.1--in her conditioned pace for mares.   The Bettor's Delight seven year-old, trained by Jack Mc Neil III for owner Ellen Mc Neil, was driven by Ben Mc Neil and also led throughout the proceedings, carding fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23.3 before repelling the stout challenge of Taylor B Swift and driver Wally Hennessey turning for home and finishing off her opponents with her :28.3 finale.   Della Bea finished third for Bruce Ranger while DVC Kahlua Breeze and Goldstar Rcokette picked up the final two awards in the field of 10.   Second choice in the betting, Looney Dune paid $6.80 to win.   In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, long shot Track Girl (12 to 1) keyed a 4-1-5-3-6 winning combination paying $211.16 to 20 astute handicappers for their 20 cent investment, sending the carryover to Saturday night's program over the $190,000 mark.   The track also announced that there will be a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 on Wednesday, May 20, provided no single winner cashes in prior to then.   Saturday night post time is set at 7:30 p.m with the Super Hi-5 carded as the final race on the card.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 30 - Magic Shelley overcame traffic trouble around the final turn to win the harness racing Celias Counsel series final Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies battled it out in the $35,000 Celias Counsel final Thursday evening. Hape came into the final with an opportunity for a series sweep and was sent off as the even-money favourite The public's choice and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fifth in the early stages, while Giona and trainer/driver Wayne MacLean cut out a solid opening-half of :56.2. Entering the final turn, Moiseyev brought Hape off the cones to catch second-over cover behind Tymal Signature. However, Hape would gap her cover and make a break midway around the final turn. Magic Shelley and driver Chris Christoforou were sitting third-over behind Hape and were forced to go three-wide to avoid the breaker. In the stretch, the first up challenger Tymal Signature would overtake the lead, but her lead would quickly evaporate, as Magic Shelley found her best stride on the far outside and powered by to win by a just over a length in 1:56.1. Jls Too Hot Taj shot up the rail to nose out Tymal Signature for second, while Allies Gift finished fourth. A daughter of Majestic Son, Magic Shelley is trained by Paul Reid for owner Robert Key. The sophomore trotting filly entered the final Thursday off a fourth and fifth-place finish in the preliminary rounds and was making just her third start of the season. Magic Shelley now has three wins from 15 career starts and earnings of over $45,000. The clocking of 1:56.1 establishes a new-career mark for the Ontario sired filly. Magic Shelley returned $12.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

When it comes to the 6-year-old trotter Silence Son, you dont know if youre going to get Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde until the harness racing gate has rolled. The George Reider trainee has rattled off two solid wins at Cal Expo at the Open II level this month, including a lifetime best 1:55 tour on April 4, but surrounding those scores are a pair of efforts where he failed to be on stride at the start and lost his chance. Williams Hernandez was guiding Silence Son for the first time in last weeks outing and no doubt Reider and the trotters backers were holding their breath when starter Kenny Fowler gave the marching orders. The trotter shot right to the top, carved out all the fractions and held safe by a neck while rewarding the faithful with an $11.80 payoff. Ive been very impressed with his last two wins, Reider related. Williams did a great job last week. I told him how temperamental the horse was, we did discuss some strategies and he figured him out. As one might guess, conditioning a trotter like Silence Son can test ones patience, but performances like last week make it all worth the effort. Hes not that easy to train by any means, but when he minds his manners he is a fun horse to watch. That said, its always week to week. I can say that David and Rob Haness and their father Robert really enjoy watching him race. Reider gives plenty of credit to assistant trainer Kimberly Hines, and the three of them will soon be headed to Minnesota and Running Aces, which is where George claimed Silence Son for $7,500 last year. Our expectations are high, because we know he likes that oval, his trainer added. In the meantime, Silence Son has one more local assignment on tap here Saturday night, and it will be interesting to see if hes on his best behavior when the car hits top speed. Open Trot, Distaff Pace atop the marquee Silence Son and Winsom Kelly, fresh from a one-two finish last week, head the cast for the Open I Handicap Trot, while Rag Doll will attempt to overcome the demanding No. 10 slot in the co-featured Open II Filly-Mare Pace at Cal Expo Saturday evening. This is the next-to-last night of the Watch and Wager LLC winter/spring session, with a 10-race card on tap and a first post of 6:55 p.m. The curtain will fall on Sunday with first post for that nine-race card set for 5 p.m. Silence Son is a 6-year-old Ohio-bred son of Majestic Son who is owned and trained by George Reider and will have Williams Hernandez doing the honors. He comes into this assignment having captured two of his last four outings. Silence Son established a new lifetime standard when he tour the oval in 1:55 flat on April 4, then lost his chance with an early miscue in his next trip to the post. He was all business in his most recent try with Hernandez at the helm for the first time, as he made every pole a winning one and held safe by a neck over Winsom Kelly. The latter is a 9-year-old by Eccentric who carries the banner of Nikki Hudson and Kc C Carvalho with Luke Plano reining and training. He recorded his most recent victory on March 21 under these conditions and closed with a rush to just miss to Silence Son in last weeks clash. Rounding out the field are the always-dangerous Franky Provolone for Steve Wiseman; the classy Franks Best with Mooney Svendsen; and Sharpshootennorris, who has the benefit of the cozy rail slot. ********** A reminder that with Sunday being closing night of the winter/spring meet, there will be mandatory payouts in all wagers on that program. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness      

Count Speed, off at 4 to 1 and deftly handled by Wally Hennessey, pinned a half-length defeat on the 1 to 10 favorite, Increditable, driven by Kevin Wallis, in Pompano Parks $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday night (April 29) in a mile clocked in 1:55. Jailhouse Jessica, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, finished third while the only other starter, Ramzan, pulled up half way through the mile and did not finish. Count Speed, a six year-old gelding by Majestic Son, began from post three and out-maneuvered Increditable, leaving from post four, as the Hummer sprung its wings and took the field to an opener timed in :27.4. At that point, Wallis pulled on Increditable's right line but Hennessey thwarted the idea of the favorite moving to the top and had to settle back behind the leader. Hennessey kept his charge on the lead through a perfectly rate half of :57.3 and, on the backside, let Count Speed change gears, keeping Increditable a length-and-a-half away and Jailhouse Jessica 2 ½ back through 3/4s in 1:26. In the lane, Increditable tried yet another rally and got within a half-length of Count Speed, but no closer as a :29 finale sealed the victory, his third in a row and 22nd lifetime. In a post-race interview, driver Wally Hennessey related, the difference in this race was a few days ago at the draw. "When we drew a spot inside of Increditable, I thought that, if I was on the front end, I could kind of control what was going on." "We timed the gate just right and had things our way." "He got a good rated half and he trotted a bit faster the second half than the opening half." "Lets not take anything away from Increditable, he's really sharp now, too, but, as I said, the draw made all the difference tonight," Wally said. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Count Speed sent his seasonal earnings to $12,220 in five starts and $210,620 lifetime. As second choice on the tote-board, Count Speed paid $10.80 to win in picking up the major portion of the $10,000  Owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil got a second helping of winning¬Ě as their four year-old Verdi took top honors in the $8,000 condition trot, again, for Wally Hennessey. This altered son of Kadabra conquered his seven rivals from the eight post, keeping his unofficial record for 2015 unblemished at seven. Officially, though, he is six-for-seven as his only blemish was the result of a disqualification back five starts ago. Hennessey had Verdi away alertly from his outside post and settled into fifth early as Dream Lake (Matt Romano) and Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) played tag through opening panels of :27.1 and :56.4. Heading to the half, Hennessey guided Verdi outside and began grinding towards the leaders, reaching the top spot at the third station in 1:25.2 and coasting home from there in a lifetime best 1:55.1 performance. His winning margin 4 ¼ lengths over the late surging Gold Savage (Dave Ingraham) with On The Tab (Bruce Ranger) third. My Revenuer rallied to finish fourth while Dream Lake held on for the nickel. Verdi now has career earnings of $124,429--$19,830 this semester with his faithful rewarded with a $5.20 mutuel. Also on the card, Sky Crest, making his first start since November of 2013, was an upset winner (14 to 1) in a condition trot for Kevin Wallis, ironically pinning a one length defeat on a 1 to 10 chance handled by Hennessey, Swan Yankee. Trained by Clarence Patterson for the Apollo Racing Stables, Sky Crest, a five year-old son of Crest, stalked Swan Yankee through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before wearing the latter down in the final stages and stopping the tele-timer in 1:56.1, annihilating his former mark of 2:00.4. He paid $30.60 to win. It was also the first training win for Patterson since June of 2013, when Wallis guided Points West to victory in 1:54 over a group that included Doo Wop Hanover. Pompano Park's Pick-4, with a $25,000 guarantee on Wednesday night, featured the aforementioned Verdi and Sky Crest taking the first two legs with Maid Of Silver (Matt Romano) taking the third leg returning $46.40 and Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) sewing things up with a $40.00 mutuel in the Pick-4 finale--the 8-2-6-8 combination returning $28,009.45 for a 50 cent investment. The Super Hi-5 had multiple 20 cent winners on the 2-4-1-3-5 combo sending the carryover to Saturday's program vaulting over the $180,000 mark. Post time for Saturday's card is 8:00 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Serendipitious proved she was better than the boys in the $7,900 conditioned/optional claiming trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 22) and made sure her male counterparts won't soon forget it. Serendipitious, not only destroyed the field of harness racing geldings by five lengths, she went the mile in track record time of 1:58.1, the fastest ever by a trotting mare at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The previous all-aged mark for mares was 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012. The 1:58.1 time by Serendipitious also established a new standard for 4-year-old trotting mares at Buffalo Raceway. The old time for that level was 1:58.4 held by Hat (2011), Clydabell (2012) and Sabo (2012).   Driver Kevin Cummings was a hit with the ladies in the early going as he sent Serendipitious to the record-setting mile. A Cameo In Life ($8.70) then made a clean sweep for Cummings in the early daily double by rolling to a 1-3/4 length decision in 1:58 in the co-featured $8,500 Open II for the distaff pacers.   Serendipitious ($2.90) started off the night impressively in scoring a five-length decision, earning her third win in four tries in 2015. The track was fast but a raw wind, temperatures in the low 40s and occasional rain and snow showers made the record even more remarkable.   Serendipitious had little trouble going gate-to-wire. Scoring from the four post, Cummings went right to the top with the winner, facing no resistance. Posting fractions of 29.0, 49.0 and 1:29.0, the outer flow started to develop just before the three-quarter marker. That's when Serendipitious got her cue to put it into high gear. She had no issues in the stretch, going 29.1 in the final panel. September Hall (Shawn McDonough) and Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) were left to battle it out for the minor spoils and finished in second and third respectively.   Owned by Guy Polillo and trained by John Mungillo, Serendipitious (Majestic Son-Royal B G) has now earned $11,948 this season and $71,347 in her young career.   In the co-featured second race, A Cameo In Life completed the 4-2 Cummings' daily double combination that returned $14.00. Sitting third down the back stretch the final time, A Cameo In Life tipped to the outside, brushing easily to the lead and never looked back from there.   Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) finished in second while Wicked Elphaba (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by Clark Siminski and trained by Kirk Desmond, A Cameo In Life (Lease On Life-Allamerican Cameo) has now put $20,938 in the bank this year and $80,028 lifetime. It was the fifth win in 13 attempts for the 6-year-old A Cameo In Life.   Cummings and Gray finished with three victories apiece while Jack Flanigen doubled.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 12-race card set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Pompano Beach, FL...March 18, 2015...Its Payday Friday paid early dividends this Wednesday night with a splendid 1:54.1 harness racing victory for owner-driver Dan Clements in Pompano Park's featured $12,500 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III, was sent away carefully by Clements before brushing up strongly around turn one to take command and control the proceedings off of panels of :28, :57 and 1:25.1 before sealing the issue with a :29 finale, holding off the pocket sitting Winermaster Hanover (Bruce Ranger) and the late surges of Dukester (Rick Plano) and Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Flyhawk El Dorado picked up the nickel in the sextet. After the event, driver Dan Clements related, "I wanted to be cautious leaving just to make sure he was solid and, when we got away OK from the gate, I let him trot...and trot he did! He is handy and can do it any way but I thought I'd be better off leaving, especially from this advantageous post here." Its Payday Friday won for the third time this season in eight starts to send his seasonal earnings to $28,750 and $211,388 lifetime. As second choice on the board, Its Payday Friday returned $5.00 to his faithful.. In the $10,000 co-feature trot, Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey guided the five year-old gelding High Blue to the largest payday in his career with a victory in a lifetime best 1:54.4, destroying his former mark of 1:57.4 accomplished over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, High Blue zipped out of the gate from post five through a seemingly suicidal opening quarter of :26.3 and then proceeded to carve out panels of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before striding home in :29.1 to score by a length over Ramzan (Matt Romano) with Increditable (Kevin Wallis) third--that 2-3 order subsequently reversed as Ramzan went up in the air near the wire. CJ's Rascal was fourth while Majestic Won finished fifth in the field of nine. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "You know, when I qualified him about a month ago, I zipped him out of there and he won wire-to-wire in (1):59 and a piece but he came home pretty well in that one. I raced him off the pace in his first two starts back with the first one against that Dukester, who won in (1):54 and change and the one last week we got shuffled a bit but he still had good trot late in the mile. So, I decided to send him tonight and he was revved up early--that opener was all him. He just didn't want to let anyone by. He kind of surprised me by his staying power at the end. It was a heckuva mile for him!" Sired by Majestic Son, High Blue won for the initial time this season to send his seasonal earnings to $6,550 in four starts and lifetime bounty to $64,307. Not only was this High Blue's largest career payday, as the fourth choice among the punters, High Blue Paid $13.40 to win--the largest win mutuel payout of his 10 lifetime successes. In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were two tickets that had the 2-1-8-3-7 combo, each receiving $2,736.20 for their 20 cent investment. The carryover going into Saturday's program has vaulted over $54,000. Also interesting to note is the fact that, since the inception of the Super Hi-5 at Pompano Park, the average consolation payoff has soared to slightly over $500.00. Post time for the Saturday extravaganza is 7:30 p.m. John Berry reporting for Pompano Park    

Any harness racing breeder will tell you there are no guarantees when it comes to breeding standardbreds regardless of their racing record or pedigree. Plenty of top class well bred mares fail to fire as broodmares for reasons that in the main are a mystery to everybody. Well known breeder Trevor Casey has raced a lot of horses over the years and one of his better racemares from a few years ago was Belle Galleon. The daughter of Sundon was bred by Garry Allen, the HRNZ chairman and raced initially by Trevor Casey and Bruce Negus of Courage Under Fire fame who trained the filly. Bruce sold his share in Belle Galleon to Mike Bowden after the filly had had a handful of starts as a three year old and Trevor and Mike raced the mare for several seasons as she accumulated eleven wins and $116,144 on the track. Trevor remembers her as quite difficult to get organized in the beginning. " She took ages to get the hang of it early on." " We would take her to the trials quite a few times and she would just gallop." " She did eventually come to it and we started her at Oamaru but she ran into a real smart one in Jasmyn's Gift and finished second. " We lined her up the next night at Forbury Park and she won easily," Trevor told Harnesslink today.   At her third lifetime start she ran fifth in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks but was disqualified for an early gallop and in just her fifth lifetime start Belle Galleon ran second in the New Zealand Trotting Derby to Thedonsson after having no luck in the running. Belle Galleon changed camps a couple of times during her career moving between Bruce Negus and Colin De Filippi. After been retired to the broodmare barn, tradegy struck the Belle Galleon camp soon after when part owner Mike Bowden passed away. In his will Mike left his share in Belle Galleon to well known Amberley trainer Kevin Chapman. So Trevor and Kevin take year about breeding from the mare and while she was a very smart mare on the racetrack, Belle Galleon is fast becoming a broodmare gem. Trevor bred the first foal, a colt by Dream Vacation that he named Stent due to having had stents implanted earlier that year. He entrusted him to Colin De Filippi and as they say the rest is history.  A smart two year year old Stent has just got better and better every year to the point where he has just gone through a five start Australian campaign including the Southern Star final unbeaten. His earnings stand at a tick over $950,000 NZ and there appears plenty more in store for the now six year old gelding. Kevin sent Belle Galleon to Majestic Son when his turn came around and the resulting foal was named Belles Son. He has hit a purple patch in the last fortnight winning his last two starts and three lifetime from just ten starts and looks to have a bright future. Trevor then sent the mare to Angus Hall and the resultant filly foal was named Arya. Placed with the All Stars barn, Arya was a star two year last year, only missing a place once from seven starts when she was controversially disqualified in the Harness Jewels. Sent to Australia for the Breeders Crown, she was dominant throughout the series, winning the final effortlessly. Arya was left in Australia with Brent Lilley by Trevor as he also has top class filly Wanna Play with the All Star barn and didn't want the two fillies to clash. This season at three she has carried on her winning way for Brent and on Saturday night took out the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess final on the undercard to the Southern Star. Arya is now the winner of seven of her eight Australian starts and has taken her earnings over the $160,000 mark and she is still only half way through her three year old season. When Kevin's turn to breed a foal came around he sent the mare to Muscles Yankee and bred a colt he named Izmok. Izmok was sold at last months New Zealand Premier Yearling sale at Christchurch for $90,000, the top price for a trotting yearling at the New Zealand sales this year. Izmok was purchased by Charlie and Kaye Templeton from Invercargill. Trevor sent the mare back to Dream Vacation and has a full brother to Stent on the ground while Kevin has had Belle Galleon served by Muscle Hill. Trevor was at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday and was still bubbling today when speaking to Harnesslink. " It is not very often that you win a Group 1 but to win three Group1s on one night was unreal." " I don't think many mares will have ever left three Group 1 winners on one night apart from maybe Scuse Me." " The funny thing is that the three foals that are old enough to race from Belle Galleon have all won a race for the last two weeks in a row, " Trevor said. There are never any guarantees when breeding from smart racemares but in Belle Galleon, Trevor and Kevin have got that rarest of creatures - a broodmare gem. Harnesslink Media 

Tonight harness racing followers at Addington Raceway were witness to an outstanding run from last seasons dual derby winner in King Denny. After galloping away from the ten metres mark, King Denny with co-trainer Mark Purdon in the bike settled a long way off the pace early which was set by Monty Python. With 1600 metres to run, Mark eased King Denny into the running line from the rear and slowly worked his way forward. By this time Clover Don had taken over and King Denny ended up on his wheel passing the 600 metres mark.  Just when the run should have been taking its toll as they turned for home, King Denny just went up a gear and went to the line a comfortable winner. Credited with an official time of 3:21.3 for the 2600 metres from a stand, King Denny was privately timed to run his last 2400 metres in a very quick 2:59.6 after his early gallop. What made the run even more meritorious was King Denny ran into a strong easterly in the home straight. Mark Purdon was rapt with the run " He has gone huge really" " To sit parked and run into that strong breeze and still win like he did was a top effort," Mark said. Mark is not to concerned with his tardy beginnings at his last two starts. " He never got any experience of stands as a three year old as most of his races were mobiles." " He is getting better but just needs a bit more practice on raceday," Mark said. Future plans for the four year old son of Majestic Son are based around a trip to Auckland. " We will keep him close to home over Easter and just race him at Addington. " The long term aim is to have at his peak for the Rowe Cup at Auckland," Mark said. The manner in which King Denny has won his last two starts would suggest he is a huge chance to take home the silverware in Auckland. Harnesslink Media  

Yesterday we did a review of how all the harness racing sires fared at the two day sale at Christchurch this week. Now we turn our attention to Auckland and as expected the Australasian Classic was the success everybody thought it would be with a catalogue as strong as anything ever presented at Auckland. The one huge plus at this years sale was that the champion sire Bettors Delight ended up with with 35% of all horses sold at the sale. Between them Bettor's Delight, Art Major, Mach Three and American Ideal provided nearly two thirds of all the horses sold at Auckland which is such a help when it comes to averages overall. Bettors Delight Number Sold - 40 Overall average - $55,512 Colt average - $62,820 Filly average - $43,330 Just the backbone of the sale and his colt average for 25 sold of $62, 820 is outstanding for any standardbred sale worldwide let alone in New Zealand. Surprisingly for us his fillies averaged nearly $20,000 less than the colts which for a sire who is the best filly sire on the planet is a bit of a mystery to us. Art Major Number sold - 14 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $64,100 Filly average - $39,055 Compared to how he fared in Christchurch, Art Major had a stunning sale in Auckland. He has the highest colt average at $64,100 and his fillies brought money more in line with how they are performing on the track. The issue in New Zealand for Art Major has always been one of numbers in the sale due to him never breeding huge numbers of mares in this country. That changed this season when he served a book of 170 mares in New Zealand and therefore he should have a much bigger presence at the sales in the near future. Mach Three Numbers sold - 6 Overall average - $38,333 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $30,000 Those figures are a good indication of where Mach Three sits in the overall scheme of things.  Right up there with the big boys but commercially just a touch behind the other two sires above. Continues to have fluctuations in his numbers for sale due to foal numbers but does have bigger crops coming through so may have bigger representation in the future. American Ideal Numbers sold - 11 Overall average - $33,863 Colt average - $40,714 Filly average - $19,375 His numbers at Auckland were a lot better than they were at Christchurch but that was due entirely to one lot who made $150,000. We are still at a loss to explain the lack of demand for American Ideal fillies which have been his flag bearers in New Zealand. Hard to pinpoint what the problem is here with buyers overlooking his stock in favour of stock by sires he is matching on the track. It may just be the lag effect between racetrack performance and sale ring success but we will be watching closely next year for the uplift in prices his performance deserves. Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $36,625 Colt average - $42,500 Filly average - $34,333 As in Christchurch the SBSW were great types and were keenly sought after. The only Somebeachsomewhere colt in this sale went to the All Stars barn who have had some success with stock from his very small New Zealand crops to date. His biggest New Zealand crop are now foals on the ground and with the success at this years sales you would anticipate a much bigger representation at next years round of sales. Christian Cullen Number sold - 5 Overall average - $28,900 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $22,500  A bit surprising to see Christian Cullen struggle as much as he did in Auckland. Still in the frame as a commercial stallion as he proved at the two days in Christchurch but apart from one lot he was not wanted at this sale. His fillies in particular were marked down which considering their success over the years was a minor surprise. Rocknroll Hanover Number sold - 7 Overall average - $32,714 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $30,000 We didn't include Rocknroll Hanover in our Christchurch review as we took the view that being deceased meant he had a limited future impact on New Zealand sales. But having sold seven at Auckland and having such healthy figures persuaded us that we should include him in the Auckland review. A lot of breeders have used him over their Artsplace mares and horses bred on this cross are highly sought after world wide as this cross has produced six of Rocknroll Hanover's eight millionaires. Muscles Yankee Number sold - 3 Overall average - $42,333 Colt average - $43,500 Filly average - $40,000  Muscles Yankee only had the three lots in the whole sale but they all made over $40,000 so their is a real demand still for his stock. The maternal families of all three lots were top class which may have helped the overall result. Majestic Son Numbers sold - 3 Overall average - $34,500 Colt average - $52.500 Filly average - $25,500 The small number in the sale is due to the fact that Majestic Son only has eight yearlings on the ground in New Zealand Should have a much bigger representation next year as he served 161 mares in 2014 on the back of his earlier small crops performing so well. Overview  This sale is the best promotional tool that harness racing has in New Zealand but it has the potential to be so much better in our opinion By natural attrition of smaller breeders in the North, the sale has few lots by sires who are not in the elite group as the above statistics show. We firmly believe that the Australasian Sale could reach far greater heights if the following changes were implemented. *Limit the sale to 125 lots * Make it a select sale * Have a set number of places set aside for southern breeders. The whole point of the changes is to turn the Australasian Sale into an elite sale that dominates the top end market in Australasia. The thoroughbred breeders do it very successfully with K1 at Karaka and while we will never reach those heights we can close the huge gap a wee bit. Breeders in the north who don't get accepted for the Australasian Classic have a ready made alternative these days with the all age sale in May which has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Last year it hit a five figure average for the first time and the bench of buyers included most of the regulars on the New Zealand sales scene. We have a chance to position our industry in the best possible light with a smaller select sale at Auckland and it is something that we would hope would be considered by PGG Wrightson and The North Island Breeders Association.. Harnesslink Media

Promising filly All Under Control lived up to her name in last Saturday night’s Empire Stallions Home Grown Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton. Despite going into the Group One as a maiden, and one of the outsiders as $40.90, All Under Control was never in danger of being beaten. Impressed with the trotter’s performance, trainer Brent Lilley will aim All Under Control towards features such as the Victoria Oaks and Vicbred Super Series. “She’s still got to improve a fair bit, but she goes along well,” Lilley said. “I will wait until her next start or two to see if this was a one off or if she can keep producing those kinds of runs. “There is a bit to like about her on this run, especially the way she responded when Anthony (Butt, driver) showed her the whip. “He gave her one crack up the straight to keep her mind on the job and she found a bit like good horses so.” After travelling midfield from the outside of the front row, All Under Control completed a metre-and-a-half win from Casa Fundada, with Zaire Diva a half-head away third. “I went into the race thinking she was a rough chance, but she really put in,” Lilley said. “On that run, and with a bit of improvement as she gains experience, I’ll have a look at races like the Oaks and Sires’ Stake.” Covering the last half in 60.6 seconds, the daughter of Majestic Son rated 2:02 for the 1720 metres. PAUL COURTS

Mark Steacy has a pretty good batting average in the Breeders Crown. The harness racing trainer of Harper Blue Chip, who is entered in this year's Three-Year-Old male trotting final, has won three finals with 10 starters and narrowly missed a fourth. "I've been kind of lucky as far as the Breeders Crown," he said. "We haven't raced in a lot of them, but I guess we've made the best of what we've been in." He won with Majestic Son in the Three-Year-old Colt Trot in 2006, Stylish Artist in the 2007 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and Hana Hanover in the 2009 Open Mare Pace. She placed third the year before in her division. Steacy narrowly missed a fourth win last year, finishing second by only a neck with Sunshine Beach, who started eighth in the field of nine and was parked a good deal of the way. Asked to pick if any of his winners stand out from the rest, Steacy chose Majestic Son, who would go on to win Horse of the Year Honors in Canada that season. "By far my best horse was Majestic Son," he said. "He was a great horse, comparable to any of the three-year-old trotters that have raced. That's how I feel about him." Majestic Son, with Trottin' Trevor Ritchie handling the lines, won by a third of a length, beating odds-on favorite Glidemaster, who won the Hambletonian. Hana Hanover, driven by the Minister of Speed, George Brennan, registered a win at more than 13-1 odds in a time of 1:48 4/5, the fastest mile of her career. "Hana Hanover was a real gutsy mare, not so much blessed with talent, but she just had a big heart and tried real hard all the time," Steacy said. Stylist Artist, also driven by Brennan, went postward in her race at just under 5-1 odds, leaving from the rail. She sat in second for part of the race, dropped back to fourth, albeit by only a half length, and poured it on with a final quarter mile in 27 3/5 to prevail by 1½ lengths. "Stylish Artist was a nice filly, but she got lucky," Steacy said. "She got a very nice trip and it just worked out well. George Brennan drove her perfectly. She was a nice mare, but not a great mare." Harper Blue Chip, who finished third in the Hambletonian at 45-1 odds, is one of 10 entered in his Breeders Crown. He will face two of trainer Jimmy Takter's horses - Nuncio and Father Patrick - who are also entered. (Harper Blue Chip subsequently drew post nine, and was assigned a morning line of 12-1) "It's hard to compete against him when he has two real live horses like he has," Steacy said. "If his horses are 100 percent healthy and everything, realistically we're not going to be first or second in that race, but it's been a long year and Father Patrick is vulnerable now, and Nuncio beat (Harper Blue Chip) by three-quarters of a length last time out (in the Matron), where we were back four or five lengths at the start of the summer. So I think we're closing the ground on these horses. The horse that scares me a lot if Riina Rekila's (EL Titan, which won the Erskine in his last race). He's a nice horse and I think he's peaking at the right time. I'm quite worried about that one as well. Post position is going to mean a lot. (EL Titan subsequently drew post 10) "Finishing third (in the Hambletonian) was probably the best I expected to happen. There's nothing like winning the Hambletonian, which I'd like to do some day, but going up against (Takter's horses) and finishing third was like a win because we were such a long shot." Harper Blue Chip, a $40,000 yearling purchase, has won six of 14 starts this year and $657,029 after winning four of eight last year and $196,883. He is undefeated in four Ontario Sires Stakes races this season. He is owned by Landmark 6 Racing Stable that includes Steacy, David R McDonald, David K Reid and George R Judson. McDonald and Reid have been with Steacy since the early 1980s. Judson is another longtime client and the octogenarian is enjoying his Great Success in the business with Harper Blue Chip. "I knew George was looking for a nice horse and I felt this was going to be a nice one, so we swung a deal where I sold my 25% share to him in the horse's two-year-old year and it's worked out really well for him," Steacy said. Landmark 6, led by Howard Pearce of Kingston, is a syndicate that owns one quarter of the horse. Steacy and Pearce started putting together syndicates six years ago to give relative new owners in the business a chance to be involved in a group with minimal financial risk. Some of the original syndicate members have reinvested in the subsequent Landmark groups. "Fortunately for Landmark 6, they got the ultimate horse in Harper Blue Chip," Steacy said. "That's made it even more rewarding for the Landmark groups. He's been our best horse, by far, but we've had a couple nice ones, but nothing like Harper Blue Chip. When we cash out at the end of the year, they're all going to make money in this group." As part of the process of creating the syndicates, the members have to relinquish their investment after the horses' three-year-old seasons. The members pay up front to cover all the costs through to the end of the three-year-old year. "That quarter will probably be sold, we'll just have to figure out a price," he said. "If a good enough offer came along, we'll sell the whole horse. It would have to be a decent offer because I think this horse can make a very nice aged horse as well. I know it's tough for four-year-olds but there's a few more opportunities next year for four-year-olds. And the Majestic Sons have shown they can go on as four-year-olds." Steacy's 2013 three-year-old pacing star, Sunshine Beach was recently retired to stand stud at Seelster Farms. He had a tough four-year-old campaign winning only one of 10 races and a mere $27,330 after winning eight of 20 last year and $913,702. He was one of the few to pin a loss on Captaintreacherous. Sunshine Beach battled with a bladder stone problem all of his three-year-old season, which was not publicized, and this year he had to endure a kidney stone issue. "It took its wear and tear on this poor horse," Steacy said. "He was a very talented horse and he got off to a slow start because he had a few complications early at two, and once we got that figured out he matured into a nice three-year-old." "He was parked every step of the mile from the eight hole (in the Breeders Crown) and just got beat," Steacy said. "He was a champion three-year-old, maybe a half a step behind Captaintreacherous." By Perry Lefko, for the Breeders Crown

Harness racing is one of those sports where luck plays a big part at times. Sometimes when things are going bad nothing positive happens where as when your luck is in, the world is your oyster. No one knows that better at the moment than well known owner Trevor Casey who has been riding a wave of success in the last few years. One of his many stars at the moment is the talented Majestic Son filly, Hot Pants. A $30,000 purchase at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale in Auckland in 2012, Trevor races Hot Pants in partnership with co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen and right from the start Hot Pants has shown promise. Although she didn't win as a 2 year old, Hot Pants ran second in the $82,000 Sales Trot to stablemate Dieu De L'Amour ($58,839) and fourth to another of Trevor's youngsters in Daenerys Targaryen ($106,923) in the 2 year old Trotters Championship. Hot Pants looked to have come back bigger and better at three when she won her maiden race by 10 lengths just prior to the New Zealand Trotting Oaks. But thats where things started to go wrong and Trevor didn't see it coming. "Mark was very confident of a big run in the Oaks and although she ran third, she was beaten 10 lengths and was very disappointing," Trevor told Harnesslink this week. A few days later Trevor got the call all owners dread. "Mark rang to say that Hot Pants had bled badly after the Oaks and the vet advice was that she was finished as a racehorse and should be retired,"  he said. Trevor put Hot Pants in the broodmare paddock but was toying with the idea of selling her. " I have plenty of well related and performed broodmares as it is and didn't fancy another one, he said. Trevor watched Hot Pants tearing around the broodmare paddock and wondered to himself if there was anything that might help Hot Pants get over her bleeding episode. It was at this point Trevor contacted well respected Victorian vet Alastair Maclean who is a good friend for advice. " Alastair sent me some powder to treat her with which over time seemed to pick her up and I became keen to try her again" he said. The next hurdle for Trevor was convincing Mark Purdon to try her again. "Mark was reluctant initially but came round after a couple of conversations," he said. So four months after being retired, Hot Pants returned to the All Stars training establishment at Rolleston to try to resurrect her racing career. No one involved really knew how it was going to turn out let alone Trevor. So there was some understandable nervousness in the camp when Hot Pants lined up for her first start back at the end of September at Addington. A nice fifth in the hands of part owner Natalie Rasmussen was as good as could be expected in the circumstances and it was decided to press on The first up start had qualified Hot Pants for the $24,505 final of the Alabar Super Series and with a peach of a drive from Mark Purdon she got home over Indiana Jones and Commander Paris. Next up was a junior drivers race but Trevor wasn't sure if it was the right move. "Mark was keen to put up stable driver Matt Anderson" "He had great confidence he would get the job done and as usual his judgment was spot on," he said. From there Trevor was keen to start on Cup Day but Mark had sorted out a 1950 metres mobile on Show Day and it was there Hot Pants lined up. Wide for 500 metres before finding the death seat, Hot Pant was left parked as Sunny Ruby set a scorching pace in front. Able to slot down onto the running line at the 700 metres mark when a horse broke, Mark angled her off the inner on the corner and burst through the middle late in the piece to claim a great win. Hot Pant's time of 2:25, a mile rate of 1:59.6 was a new New Zealand record for a mare 4 year old or older. Trevor was suitably impressed with Hot Pant's performance. "She has always had speed but now she has developed a staying game as well."  "To set a New Zealand record after doing so much work was a great effort,"he said Just as important was how she came through the race. "She has come through the race really well and all going well we are planning to head to Auckland now," Trevor said. It should be of little surprise that Hot Pants is going as well as she is when you look at her bloodlines. By boom trotting sire Majestic Son, Hot Pants is the first foal from the lightly raced but talented mare Dutch Annie (4 wins) ($35,719)  The second foal is last years talented 2 year old filly Yagunnakissmeornot ($26,180) who won four times in her debut season and finished fourth in the Harness Jewels. The grand-dam of Hot Pants is the brilliant racemare Miss Whiplash 1:58.6 ($151,765) who left last years 2 year old trotting filly of the year in Wanna Play 1:58.9 ($52,171)  who is also raced by Trevor. Wanna Play is also by Majestic Son making her a 3/4 sister to Hot Pants. One thing you can guarantee now is that when Hot Pant's racing career comes to an end for the second time, Trevor will manage to find a spot for her in his broodmare band. There is a fine line between success and failure in harness racing and the story of the successful return of Hot Pants to the track shows how fine that line can be at times. Harnesslink Media  

TORONTO, November 13 - Three-year-old fillies were in the spotlight Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack for round one of the Autumn Series. Three $15,000 divisions on both the pacing and trotting side took place. A three-week series, the Autumn Series is for three-year-old fillies who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2014 as of September 30, 2014. In the opening division for the trotting fillies, it took just one move for Acapulco Hall to sweep to the front and cruise to a 1:56.2 victory. Trained and driven by Rick Zeron, Acapulco Hall, who was sent off as the 2-1 second choice, got away in second behind Jayport Princess. As the field reached the half, Zeron brought Acapulco Hall to the outside and trotted right by to the lead. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, Acapulco Hall would trot home without any danger of surrendering the lead for a 2 ½ victory over Jayport Princess. Missys Ga Ga, the 4/5 favourite, would rally from sixth to finish third. Unraced as a two-year-old, Acapulco Hall has now won three times in nine career starts for earnings of over $34,000. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe is owned by Walnut Hall Limited and lowered him career mark by a full second. She returned $6.80 to win. Serendipitous blew out her rivals in the evening's second division. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Serendipitous sprinted off the gate from post one and never looked back. The daughter of Majestic Son posted fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 before leaving the rest of the fillies far behind to win by 5 lengths in 1:58. Wawona finished second, while Nickange Two took the show spot. Trained by John Mungillo for owner Guy Polillo, Serendipitous came into Thursday night's race off a pair of victories at Batavia Downs. The leg one victory was the fifth win in 21 starts this season for Serendipitous and boosts her seasonal earnings to over $41,000. She returned $3 to win. In the final division, Meadowview Vicky had to dig in deep stretch, but got the job done as the 1/5 favourite. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Meadowview Vicky got away fourth, while Watch Her Dangle got the lead at the quarter pole and led the field down the backstretch. Meadowview Vicky would come first up in the third-quarter to challenge Watch Her Dangle and the fillies were on even terms at the third panel in 1:27.1. In the stretch, Meadowview Vicky would overtake the lead and had to dig deep to fight off Wings Of Ballykeel, who got a two-hole trip, and a late rally from Osprey Impact to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.3. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Meadowview Vicky is trained by Mark Etsell for owner Meadowview Farms Inc. She has now won won five of 12 starts this season for earnings of over $43,000. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. In the first of three divisions for the filly pacers, Mach Some Noise came from off the pace to win in 1:55. Performing Art took the lead early in the backstretch and would bring the field into the stretch after reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald got away in eighth and would be situated seventh and three-wide as the field came off the final turn. In the stretch, Mach Some Noise would kick home in :28.1 to overtake Performing Art and score a 2 ½ length victory. Performing Art held on to second over Thrill Chaser. A daughter of Mach Three, Mach Some Noise is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owners O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable. The victory for Mach Some Noise extends her win streak to three in a row and improves her record to three wins in eight starts for earnings of $30,500. She returned $4.90 to win. Artistic Fusion pulled off a 24-1 upset in the second division. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Artistic Fusion got away eighth in the field of nine and would be ninth on the outside when the field reached the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Artistic Fusion went from last to first in the blink of an eye with a powerful last quarter kick to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:54. Shellysilvermoon, who was first over on the final turn and appeared to poised for victory at the top of the lane, had to settle for second, while Royal Mama finished third. A daughter of Artistic Fella, Artistic Fusion has now won four of 14 starts this season for earnings of over $31,000. The round one victory was the fifth win of her career. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote. She paid a generous $51.70 to win. An Angel Shes Not and Paul Macdonell converted off a two-hole trip to take the final division. Double Joy sprinted off the gate for Billy Davis Jr. and posted a quick opening quarter of :26.4. An Angel Shes Not got away second behind the leader and sat patiently in the two-hole as Double Joy posted fractions of :55.3 and 1:25.4. In the stretch, MacDonell came off the rail with An Angel Shes Not and she powered by Double Joy to win by two lengths in 1:54.2. Champagne Shower, the 4/5 favourite, made a late rally from seventh, but would come up just short of second behind Double Joy. An Angel Shes Not is owned and trained by David Snowden. The leg one victory was only her second win in 26 starts this season and the third win of her career. The daughter of Jeremes Jet has now earned over $43,000 this year and $53,000 in her career. An Angel Shes Not paid $6.10 to win. The second leg of the Autumn Series will take place next Thursday, November 20. The opening leg of the Autumn Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings takes place Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

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