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The two major Standardbred Yearling Sales in the UK and Ireland will take place in October and buyers will be pleased to know that their purchases will be racing for the richest stakes purses ever in 2017. Depending on what stakes races each yearling has been nominated to or will be eligible for nomination, racing opportunities for two-year-old’s next season will be on the rise. The first sale takes place at York Harness Raceway on Saturday, October 8 and the Camden Stud Sale will feature mainly yearlings and some older horses going under the hammer starting at 11:00 am. There will also be a race meet at York that afternoon. The sale includes yearlings by notable sires which include Bettors Delight, Mypanmar, Hasty Hall, and the first crop from the exciting prospect Art Professor.  A number of Trotteur Francais are also available, eligible for both the British and Irish Le Trot Series’. Sale catalogues can be purchased from Sarah Thomas in person at Tir Prince Raceway (Saturday 24th September), Corbiewood Stadium (Sunday 25th September), York Harness Raceway (Saturday 1st October), or from Sue Young at Almeley (Sunday 25th September).  Alternatively, catalogues can be posted to residents within the UK and also Ireland. The second sale is the Brightwells Standardbred Sale taking place on Monday, October 24. This sale will feature not just yearlings, but also broodmares and horses in and out of training. There is still time for late entries (October 19) to be made. The Brightwells Sale has featured the highest priced yearlings in the history of Ireland and the UK the last two years. This year’s sale is headed by yearlings sired by world champion stallions Art Major, Bettors Delight, McArdle, Share The Delight, Rock N Roll Heaven, Hasty Hall, Sportswriter, Western Ideal, Roll With Joe and many more. For more information click here.   All yearlings would be eligible to the Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM), which is the richest stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. This past year was the first time that the VDM featured both a colt and filly division. With new sponsor Hanover Shoe Farms for the colts and Diamond Creek Farm sponsoring the filly division for the second straight year, those two finals will each go for €20,000 in 2017 and each elimination division will race for €2,000. Also the Alabar-Oakwood 3YO Derby has also increased and for the first time, with sponsorship from Alabar Stud down under, will now feature separate finals for both colts and filly’s. Foals will also be eligible for the Irish Sire Stakes, which is being sponsored again by Brian Doyle Air Cargo for the third straight year, the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland, which president David Wilson said will also see increased purses in 2017 in all divisions, the British Harness Racing Club Sire Stakes and other special stakes events throughout the UK. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

WILKES-BARRE PA - It may not be the optimal way to get tight - making two moves in a Sire Stakes race against Valley Forge harness racing winner Darlinonthebeach - but the McArdle filly Lispatty was certainly ready in her next start, the $15,500 featured distaff pace on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, quarter-moving to the lead and then winning by five lengths in 1:50, knocking over two seconds off her lifetime mark.   Envious Hanover and Single Me were a distant next-closest at the wire to Lispatty, who was driven by Anthony Napolitano for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who was completing a training double, with his winning chargers driven by different Napolitano brothers - George had guided the early winner. Lispatty, who has an outside chance to make her Sire Stakes final and a very good chance to make her Sires consolation, is owned by Garcia-Herrera's son Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who got his trainer's license recently and is doing well guiding the fortunes of the Garcia-Herrera string at Philadelphia.   The 1:50 clocking of Lispatty was bettered in a $14,000 conditioned pace for females, as Gallie Bythe Beach posted her second straight victory, with her Tuesday time of 1:49.1 just a tick off her lifetime mark. Mike Simons moved the impeccably-bred (Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria) mare to the lead past the quarter, and Gallie Bythe Beach took it from there, storming home in 54.2 to win by six lengths for trainer John Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC, who saw their mare come within an eyelash of the $750,000 career earnings plateau ($749,898 is now her actual number).   PHHA / Pocono      

Scotch McEwan romped to victory in the third leg of the harness racing Ohio Sires Stakes action on August 16 for driver Josh Sutton and trainer Bill Dailey, pacing in 1:53.2, just slightly slower than the 1:52.3 track record he had set on July 28.   A total of nine $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts were contested at the five-eighth's mile oval on a rainy and steamy Tuesday afternoon.   The bay gelding's 1:52.3 clocking and this latest sizzler didn't come as a surprise to breeders Brad Wallace or Kevin Greenfield, who own and operate Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, where the colt was born and raised.   "Rebecca Ewing, who bred Scotch McEwan is the wife of Leonard Buckner, who owns Hickory Lane in partnership with us," Kevin explained. "We're not surprised at this colt as he just doesn't seem to know how fast he is yet. In his last start he was parked out the entire mile and staved off three challenges. Josh (driver Sutton) said the colt wasn't really even paying attention at the end of the mile, either, or he might have gone faster."   Brad agreed.   "When this colt was in the yearling sale, a lot of trainers passed him up, and didn't seem to like him for whatever reason," Brad admitted. "Kevin and I were both kind of surprised because we really felt he was something special from day one."   Scotch McEwan brought a final bid of $30,000 at the 2015 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   "We raised and raced his dam, Forever Ivy," Brad noted. "She was a gutsy, tough race mare who took a mark of 1:50.3f as a 5-year-old and earned $355,291. So we're not really surprised that this youngster would be fast as well."   Scotch McEwan is the first foal out of Forever Ivy and is from the first Ohio crop by McArdle, who stands at Hickory Lane Farm. Forever Ivy is by Stand Forever and is out of the Ruffstuff Baker broodmare She's A Ruff One p, 4, 1:53f ($137,549).   Interestingly enough, Forever Ivy is also a half-sister the 2-year-old pacing filly Lorenna's Ruffian (also by McArdle), who captured a Leg 1 Ohio Sires Stakes on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:56.2.   Scotch McEwan now has $60,800 in his career bankroll from three wins and one third in five starts. He had captured Leg 1 of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.2 by nearly five lengths, then finished third in Leg 2 at Northfield Park on July 11, timed in 1:54.1, before winning that Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28.   The 2-year-old trotting colt Buckeye Boss and the freshman pacing youngster Drunk On Your Love both continued their sweep of the series by winning their third OSS legs Tuesday at Scioto.   Buckeye Boss, a Chris Beaver trainee, romped to a 1:58.2 victory for Aaron Merriman. The son of Triumphant Caviar had prevailed in Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto in 1:59 and on July 12 in Leg 2 at Northfield in 1:57 by nearly seven lengths. He then won an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28 in 1:56.2. The winner of $82,750 is owned by Beaver along with Ohio-based breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures of Ontario.   Drunk On Your Love is a Foreclosure N colt who notched career win three in 1:55. Trained by Bill Dailey for Richard Lombardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green, Drunk On Your Love won OSS Leg 1 at Scioto on July 4 in 1:54.3 and Leg 2 at Northfield on July 11 in 1:56.1. All of this youngster's triumphs have come in front-stepping fashion.   Ohio Sires Stakes return to Scioto Downs on Friday night, August 19, featuring 3-year-old filly trotters vying in Leg 4 of this series.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

The multiply Group One winning mare Nike Franco, has been sold to North American interests for a substantial sum and has already arrived into the stable of high profile American harness racing trainer Jo Ann Looney-King in Delaware, Maryland. Trained by Victorian Dean Braun Nike Franco has raced in 18 Group races to-date. Her record stands at 33 starts for 18 wins and 11 placings for $392,000 in earnings. Nike Franco by McArdle is sensationally bred and is the first foal from the $439,376 Group One winning Badlands Hanover mare Nearea Franco who was the 2007/2008 4yo “Pacing Mare of the Year” and the 2008/2009 “Older Pacing Mare of the Year” in New Zealand. A yearling half-sister by Mach Three to Nike Franco sold for $70,000 at this year’s yearling sale in Christchurch. Nike Franco is closely related to world champion and “Horse of the Year” Beach Towel ($2,570,357). Nearea Franco, the dam of Nike Franco, is from the Abercrombie mare No Papa who is a half-sister to Beach Towel. There has probably never been a better performed mare than Nike Franco that has gone to North America, from Australia, or New Zealand for that matter, at such a young age with still so much to offer. At her last start Nike Franco won the Group One $100,000 Queen of Pacific Stakes over 2700 meters in a track record, beating the best mares in Australasia.  Four starts back she beat a field of top class boys in the Warragul Cup in a track record again and beat them fair and square. That field included Glenferrie Hood who went on to beat the best FFA horses in Australasia including Christen Me 1:49.1 ($2,390,000). Nike Franco won the $125,000 Group 1 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on a half mile track beating all the best mares Down Under over 2130 meters in a 1:55 mile rate over the distance, at the last Inter Dominions. In her lead up to that race North American champion driver Tim Tetrick drove Nike Franco to win at Pinjarra, while he was in Australia for the Inter-Dominions. He was very impressed with her win. Other New Zealand mares that have been sold to North American interests in recent times and that have performed very well are;  Royal Cee Cee  NZ record,  11 starts for 4 wins $73,000 - USA  40 wins 21 seconds and 14 thirds for $1,149,752. Sell A Bit  NZ record,  34 starts for 9 wins $66,000 - USA  since August 2015, 19 wins 14 seconds and 9 thirds for $426,000. Al Raza NZ record,  25 starts 9 wins $69,000 - USA since September 2015, 17 wins 10 seconds 7 thirds for $323,000. If there was ever a mare to represent Australia and New Zealand in North America then this mare Nike Franco has the best chance to do exactly that. It is quite conceivable to see her winning a million dollars plus in North America if all goes well. Nike Franco was purchased by the well known racing identity Richard Poillucci of Boston who also bought Hambletonian Day winner Barimah (1:50.3) from Australia. Barimah was having only his third start in the USA. Harnesslink Media

Nike Franco’s position among Australia’s elite harness racing mares has been further entrenched with a powerful $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific win at Tabcorp Park Melton. The five-year-old mare (by McArdle out of Nearea Franco) from Dean Braun’s Lara stables upstaged a quality line-up in the Group 1 mares’ classic, including former race winner Gumdrops and millionaire earner Frith. Nike Franco led for the majority of Saturday night’s 2760-metre journey and rated 1:56.5, finishing 1.9m clear of runner-up Milly Perez with third placegetter and race favourite Cyclone Kate 3.1m off the winner. RE-LIVE NIKE FRANCO’S QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC TRIUMPH “This mare’s so exciting,” an elated Braun said. “I’ve had some really good racehorses but this mare’s very special. “I said to Greg Sugars (Driver) that I thought I had her pretty right tonight … he drove her really well.” Nike Franco has won feature races in four Australian states, with two Oaks successes in Queensland – the Gold Coast and the Qld, the Raith Memorial in New South Wales, the rich Mares Classic in Western Australia, and this season’s Warragul Cup and now the Queen of the Pacific in Victoria. “To do what she did tonight was pretty special,” Braun said.   The victory capped a great night for Greg Sugars, who drove a winning treble and dual Group 1 successes after earlier securing the win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final for 2YO Trotting Fillies aboard Illawong Shimmer, trained by Greg’s father Ross. Illawong Shimmer (by Muscle Mass out of Shining Sun) is, as her name suggests, a member of trots owner Dr Martin Hartnett’s clan. “They deserve every win they get for what they put in,” Sugars said post-race of Hartnett and wife Kaye. Illawong Shimmer rated 2:01.2 for the 1720m trip to defeat Yankee Redback (Kerryn Manning) with Sval Queen (Anthony Butt) third. Deltasun won the night’s other Group 1, the colts and geldings’ trotters Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic. Trained by former jockey Terry Young at Ararat, Deltasun (by Tennotrump out of Deltasu) handled the final corner better than race favourite Illawong Byron (Jodi Quinlan) and held a half-neck advantage over that horse on the line in a rate of 2:01.6, with Kheiron (Peter Lane) third. Sugars and Lang shared driving honours at Melton, each grabbing a treble. In addition to the abovementioned victories Sugars steered Anton Golino-trained Val Gardena (by Kadabra out of Lets Be Happy) to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Sweetheart Trot Final, while Lang guided former New South Wales Derby winner Major Secret (Art Major/Secret Life) home in the Best In Town Concreting Pace for Emma Stewart, and Hectorjayjay (Dream Away/Sheer Finesse) to victory in the Group 2 University Meat 4YO and 5YO Championship over 2240m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS & VIDEO REPLAYS FROM MELTON Other Melton winners were Little Lyn (by Jeremes Jet out of Rappa Scooter), a homebred mare raced and trained by Barry Dunn at Horsham and driven by son Aaron Dunn in the Service Sphere Pace, popular It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) in the Crown Coffee International Golden Reign Free-for-All for trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy, Stoned I Am (by Sundon out of Stoned At Midnight) in the Seelite Windows and Doors Coulter Crown for trainer/driver Simone Walker, and in-form eight-year-old Might Be Luck (by Northern Luck out of Marilyns Might) in the Riddell Umpires Association Claiming Pace for trainer Beau Tindale and reinsman Michael Bellman. Victorians shine interstate Another week, another domination from the Emma Stewart stable – this time at Globe Derby, South Australia. The Smythes Creek trainer secured a winning treble on Saturday night at the SA home of metro trots racing, with unbeaten two-year-old filly Our Celebrity (by Mach Three out of Celebrity Ball) winning the Alabar/SA Botra 2YO Fillies Golden Nursery Final, impressive three-year-old Rocknroll Magic (by Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic) taking out the Home Loans-Providing Solutions SA Botra 3YO Fillies Final, and Metro Mike (by Metropolitan out of Tuscan Skies) saluting in the Carbine Chemicals Pacers Dash over 1385m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS FROM GLOBE DERBY, SA All Stewart’s winners were driven by Mark Billinger, who picked up five winners for the night overall. Meanwhile, at Menangle in New South Wales, classy five-year-old trotting mare Claudys Princess (by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse) took out the Rio Meteor Race Sulky La Coocaracha (Group 3) with Darren Hancock in the cart for Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore, and Golino-trained Pizza Queen (by Credit Winner out of Armbro Domino) won the Garrards Horse and Hound NSW Trotters Oaks for reinsman David Morris, upstaging race favourite High Gait in a thrilling finish. WATCH PIZZA QUEEN'S NSW TROTTERS OAKS SUCCESS Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  

The final piece to this year's Molson Pace puzzle has fallen into place with the announcement that $1.7 million career winner McWicked will join seven other outstanding harness racing rivals in the $150,000 event next Friday night at The Raceway in London. The five-year-old son of McArdle, who now hails in the Steve Elliott Stable, will come into the race fresh off a pair of winning qualifiers and one pari-mutuel start this season. He finished just five lengths back of Always B Miki and Mel Mara in last weekend's flashy 1:48.4 mile in the Open Pace at The Meadowlands. McWicked took his 1:47.3 record at age three in winning the $500,000 Hempt Memorial Final at Pocono Downs. That same season, he posted victories in the Adios, Breeders Crown and Progress Pace Final and was voted Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year in both Canada and the US. He has 15 wins and 35 on-the-board finishes to his credit in 44 career races. Rockin In Heaven, who was a recent fourth-place finisher in the Confederation, will be the 'also eligible' in the field in the event of a scratch. The combined earnings of this year's Molson Pace field is more than $9 million. "We are extremely happy with the field we've assembled considering we are in the midst of a very busy time in the season for older horses," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "There are some familiar faces but some new ones in the mix this year. It's a very talented and well balanced field with plenty of half-mile prowess. It should produce not only a great race but a very enticing wagering proposition." The post position draw will take place this Monday on The Raceway's pre-game show which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.) The Molson Pace undercard is a strong one, featuring four City of London Series Finals, a pair of Alliance Series finals and Gold divisions for three-year-old colt pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Total purses for the night will be more than $500,000. As always, there will be lots happening on track that night including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS 'Be A Winner Contest', Party On The Patio, Molson VIP Infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15% takeout wagers. For full details, visit www.molsonpace.com. Here is this year's Molson Pace field in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Bettor Rock On N Evenin Of Pleasure Machtu N McWicked P H Super Cam State Treasurer Sunfire Blue Chip AE: Rockin In Heaven Greg Blanchard    

The beaten favorite in the recent Miss Pennsylvania Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Darlinonthebeach, got some measure of revenge by winning one of three $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars divisions for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies at The Downs Monday, not letting an unusually-patterned race keep her from a 1:51.3 victory. The other two divisions saw their victresses, I Said Diamonds and Shesasmokinlady, both take new lifetime marks of 1:50.4 in capturing their sections.   Princess Fabulosa outgunned everybody out of the gate in the first division, with 4-5 favorite Darlinonthebeach second but having an early problem, as Newborn Sassy, the 11-10 second choice, and Sail To The Beach were biding their time two-wide just to "Darlin"'s right until the early fireworks settled. Newborn Sassy made the lead at the 27.3 quarter, and here's where the sulky wheels were joined by the drivers' wheels starting to turn.   Sail To The Beach and John Campbell proceeded up towards the lead, but Darlinonthebeach and driver David Miller pulled out right behind them. Tim Tetrick, behind Newport Sassy, quickly did the math that "1+1+1=3=first-over," and since he didn't want to be in that position, he urged his filly on to keep the lead, leaving Sail To The Beach stuck two-wide and Darlinonthebeach temporarily three-wide as Miller did not want to lose momentum, thinking Sail To The Beach would go to the top.   Newborn Sassy retained the top at the half in 55 (27.2 second quarter, faster than the first and against the wind) after that mental sulky chess match, with Princess Fabulosa in the pocket and Darlinonthebeach backing off to second-over, and they went down the backstretch that way to a 1:22.4 3/4s. When left-out-first-over Sail To The Beach gave way on the far turn, Miller again had to go three-wide, while Princess Fabulosa (Jim Marohn Jr.) attacking in the stretch to the left of Newport Sassy. Darlinonthebeach showed grittiness, striding on to outfoot Newport Sassy by a neck, while 20-1 Princess Fabulosa another neck back in third.   The winner is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Nancy Johansson for owner White Birch Farm.   The matter was much more tactically simple for second division winner I Said Diamonds. Driver Matt Kakaley fired her up early from the outermost post eight and grabbed the top after the 26.4 opener, posting middle splits of 55.3 and 1:23, then drawing clear on the turn to win by 3¼ lengths over another daughter of Well Said, I Said Please. The winner has never been off the board in nine career starts, and her 2016 record is now 3-2-1-0, the second in finishing behind Pure Country in the Miss Pennsylvania Final, for trainer Matias Ruiz and the ownership of Little Bapa LLC.   Like I Said Diamonds, Shesasmokinlady has now been 1-2-3 in nine career outings, running her record to 2-for-2 this season in taking the third division for trainer/driver Ray Paver (still thought of as "Tommy" or "Junior" to the older among us). The victorious smoke-colored daughter of McArdle was out well past the 26.3 first quarter, made the lead in front of the stands and then yielded to a brushing Eloquent Grace before the 54.2 half. 7-5 chalk Yankee Moonshine attacked first-over to the 1:22.2 3/4s, but when that foe backed off, 8-5 second choice Shesasmokinlady could come to the outside, go past the pacesetter, then hold off the late Pocono Pike thrust of 14-1 early leader Some Fancy Filly by a head. Iris Horowitz owns the late-developing and powerful-looking filly.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action for three-year-olds concludes tomorrow at Pocono, with three $30,000 divisions for trotting fillies the headliners.   PHHA / Pocono

FREEHOLD, NJ -- April 15, 2016 – Veteran harness racing driver Anthony "Tony" Dandeo , 80 years old, drove the winner of the 10th race at Freehold Raceway Friday.  Coming first up at the half mile marker, Dandeo took the front and never looked back, steering Micky Blu to her 16th lifetime win in 1:57.4, the last quarter in 29.3. Micky Blu paid $13.40 to win. The seven-year-old mare by McArdle is trained and owned by Robert Bresnahan, Jr. Dandeo added another win to his driving career which totals 233 wins and $783,758 in purses won. by Courtney Stafford

An enthusiastic group of harness racing owners, many of them new to the sport, have booked their chariot to Sydney courtesy of Tact Tate’s Nestle Professional 4YO Bonanza win tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton.   The Amanda Turnbull-trained gelding by McArdle out of Tact Lizzie showed an electric turn of foot in the home straight notch Group 1 success, sprinting by Mark Purdon’s Itz Bettor To Win (second) to record a mile rate of 1:51.9 for the 1720m trip.   “We’re very excited,” Turnbull said post-race. “It’s a really big thrill.”   Turnbull’s excitement was only surpassed by the group of winning owners, who declared Sydney the next stop for the $200,000 Chariots of Fire.   The winner of the Bonanza receives an invite to the Chariots.   Tact Tate led initially tonight before handing up to Purdon aboard Itz Bettor To Win. This move pocketed Tee Cee Bee Macray three-pegs from the pole and Burnaholeinmypocket four back on the inside.   “It worked out perfect once he had that much gate speed,” Turnbull said.   Tact Tate has won five from five since arriving in Australia and the owners are having an absolute blast.   “It is a big group of owners and a lot of them are new owners, so that’s really good for the industry,” Turnbull said.   Cody Winnell

Noel Kennards Prodigal Seelster Summer Of Speed Final for older mares today at Ashburton Raceway only drew a field of eight runners but there were plenty of chances in an open field. The southern visitor Sheeza Shark was sent out a warm favourite on the strength of a win at Ashburton in a heat of the series but drew barrier eight due to the preferential system in place for the final. Tintinara led early for Dexter Dunn before handing up to Valor Lustre and Blair Orange who continued to roll once he found the front with New Years Jay and John Dunn sitting on his wheel.. Blair kept the tempo going from the half which made it really hard for those back in the field to make any ground. Turning for home New Years Jay went up to Valor Lustre but the big strong McArdle mare kept finding and was comfortably holding her at bay over the last 200 metres. New Years Jay fought on gamely for second after being parked the whole trip while Tintinara nabbed third up the passing lane after a lovely run in the trail the whole way. Sheeza Shark made little headway from the back,finishing a disappointing seventh. Valor Lustre cut the mile out in a sharp 1:54.3 with closing sectionals of 55.3 and 27.2 Trainer/owner Ivan Court was all smiles post race. " Once she got to the front I thought she was a big chance." " She is very tough and I thought they would have their work cut out getting past her." Ivan is now seriously thinking about lining Valor Lustre up in the New Zealand Premier Mares Championship at Addington next Friday night. " We will see how she comes through today's run first but I am leaning towards lining her up." " She is a bit under rated in some quarters but I think she will measure up," Ivan said. Ivan bred Valor Lustre from his former smart racemare Regal Lustre who won five but he thinks Valor Lustre is a lot better mare. " I think Valor Lustre is a very smart mare and think she has a few more wins in front of her yet," Ivan said. Harnesslink Media

DOVER, Del. --- McJagersonthemove,second in his previous two races, proved the best in the Thursday, Jan. 14 feature race at Dover Downs winning easily in 1:52.2 with harness racing driver Tony Morgan in the bike. The McArdle-Grand fancy gelding lived up to his name moving into the lead and scoring by 3-lengths for trainer Willard Reynolds and owner Mark Howard in an $8,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. The victory of his second of the meet along with two seconds and three thirds in eight starts. Ace Of Sharks (Allan Davis) came on for second with Western Young Gun (George Dennis), third. Allan Davis notched his second win guiding L&J Racing's Tataria, a four-year-old by Four Starzzz Shark-Pure Prize, to her second straight win and third in her last four starts racking up a 1:53.2 decision in the top female race of the day, a $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and mare pace. Aarin Hanover (Jim Morand) and Casiano (Jonathan Roberts) finished second and third respectively. Four drivers; Tony Morgan, Allan Davis, George Dennis, Brett Miler and trainer Williard Reynolds made the winner's circle twice each. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- While Speed Again won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and Captive Audience the $27,500 Delaware Special, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Eric Ell, with four-win nights, at Dover Downs on a powerful Monday, Jan. 11 card. Speed Again stepped up in ranks to win for the second straight outing rolling down the passing lane for Yannick Gingras driving a 1:51.1 victory in the $30,000 top pace of the week. It was one of two wins for trainer and part owner Ron Burke, Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, and one for partner RTC Stables. The Dragon Again-Sand Speed gelding was followed by Major Uptrend (Corey Callahan), second, and Dapper Dude (Tim Tetrick), who closed well for third. Callahan made good use of leaving from post 1 with Captive Audience chalking up his second win on the card, a 1:50.2 front-end performance in the $27,500 Delaware Special. Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis own the six-year-old son of Art Major-Captiva Island who won for the 12th time in his career earning $632,710. Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) went a big trip to finish second. Little Ben (Tetrick) came on for third. Gingras, who has had hot nights at the track in recent Mondays, drove four winners. Two of the wins came with Eric Ell trainees. Beavercreek Artist, a:1:51.2 wire-to-wire winner in a $20,000 Claiming Male Allowance and Jeremes General, in 1:51.3 winning a $15,000 Male claimer, both also owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta., . Gingras and trainer Eric Ell were deprived of another win when Adventure Bound finished first in 1:51 in a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace but was disqualified for pacing inside four pylons while in the stretch. Mike Hill's Eridanus N, a veteran McArdle- Kurahaupo Dream gelding, with Ross Wolfenden driving for trainer Joe Hunderpfund finished second and at 26-1 odds was placed first. Papa Ray (A.Davis) was placed second with Adventure Bound placed third. Class Six gave Gingras his fourth win a 1:52.2 decision in a $15,000 pace for young horses. The Western Ideal-Can Du River gelding is trained by Burke for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. It was the five-year-old's second straight victory and seventh in his last eight starts. Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) was next in front of Beat Of NY (A.Davis). Soto, reined by Vic Kirby, won a $12,000 Male pace in 1:51, to give Ell and owners Wood, Dittmar and Iaquina, their third wins on the program Blazing Bobby Sox, piloted by trainer Art Stafford Jr. won for the fourth time in his last five races fashioning a 1:52.2 score in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) was runner-up in front of Quick Shot (Tony Morgan). The top female pacers duke it out in a $20,000 Mares Open in the Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. FASHION SHOWDOWN, SCANDALICIOUS, ELLIESJET N IN $20,000 OPEN  Seven top distaffs battle it out in this week’s $20,000 Mares Open pace led by last week’s upset winner Fashion Showdown on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Dover Downs.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Chris White’s Fashion Showdown has been an Open regular all meet but raised to top of the list last week when Ross Wolfenden drove a 1:51.3 longshot win at 35-1 odds. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious finished a head-back and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer and Corey Callahan may have put in the biggest trip, racing outside on the backstretch to get the lead and hold on for third only a neck behind. Bamond Racing’s Nefertiti Bluechip in her first start in nearly a month closed strongly for Brett Miller to finish fourth. Last Tuesday marked the end of Elliesjet N’s eight-race win streak since arriving from New Zealand for owners Barry Spennen, Kevin Evans, trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing. Her regular driver is Art Stafford Jr.  The race favorite last week was the highly regarded Jerseylicious, reined by Allan Davis, driving for Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing, Jeff Clark’s Springforth and George Dennis. Made her local debut and starts from post 1. A strong undercard is topped by a $15,500 4&&5-Year-Old Mares pace. One of the nine starters was a winner last time, Eric Becker’s Flying Nun (Tyler Davis) who steps up in class and leaves from post 9 in the second tier.  Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) and Fashion Rocker (Wolfenden) are the race favorites. Marv Bachrad

Most harness racing followers have a 'Bucket List' of racedays they would like to experience in their lifetime.    Little Brown Jug Day is on most peoples lists as is Hambletonian Day but one that wouldn't find a place on most peoples list is the Christmas meeting at Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.   However we have always rated it as a not to be missed meeting and being here today has just confirmed to us once again that this meeting is one out of the box.   A combination of the festive season, an extremely enthusiastic club and a township that is fully involved in the day and you have the recipe for a great day.   The first race for this years meeting drew a big field of fourteen but the race was as good as over soon after the start when the talented Bolting flew the start and grabbed the lead.   Driver Craig Thornley kept the four year old son of McArdle up to the mark in front and it was clear a long way out that he was the one to beat.   Although Windfall and John Dunn challenged gamely in the straight, Bolting always looked to have them covered in the last 200 metres with Bobby M and Robbie Close running on well for third.   The 2000 metres on the grass took 2:39.1 with closing sectionals of 60.1 and 30.   Craig Thornley was confident a fair way out he would hard to beat.   “Steve McRae always has them ready to run and once he found the front I was pretty confident.”   “I kept them running along at a reasonable rate which kept any mid race challenges away and even though Windfall got close, I always had him covered. I didnt even pull the sliding blinds,” Craig said.   Last year at the second day of this meeting, Bolting was a very difficult drive for Craig but all that  is well and truly behind him now.   “He is quite a big horse and was just weak and immature last year but he has matured in the last twelve months and this time in he is a sensible, tractable racehorse.   “Spreydon Lodge likes to turnover its racehorses and I think Bolting is for sale after the second day at Westport, Craig said.   On what he has shown in his brief career to date, Bolting looks like a horse with a good future in front of him.   Bolting     Harnesslink Media    

Pompano Beach, FL…December 21, 2015…Mayabelle, driven by harness racing trainer Mike Micallef for the Baron Racing Stable, took top honors in the $10,100 final of the Success Cameo Late Closer for claiming ($4,000 base) pacing mares on Monday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The four year-old daughter of McArdle, off as the 7 to 5 favorite, used the rail to gain a picture perfect journey and score by three-parts-of-a-length over the longest proposition in the field, Fair Voltage, handled by Dave Ingraham and off at 88 to 1. The pacesetting Sweet Bet, teamed up with Matt Romano, finished third, a length away, after posting fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:25.1 along the route. Dakota Law finished fourth and Ruths Shadylady finished fifth in the field of nine. Indeed, it was Sweet Bet that darted out for early supremacy with Pacific Date showing early foot from the outside nine post and moving just outside of the leader through the early panels with Mayabelle neatly covered up in third. As Pacific Date began to falter on the backside from the long route, Mayabelle moved into second and, at the top of the lane, tilted out, forged on by and safely held off Fair Voltage for the win, her fourth of the season in 24 starts. After the event, driver Micallef said, “This mare was claimed from us two starts back and we claimed her right back last week because she’s a solid performer in this particular class. “She likes to be in the thick of things and the rail was the perfect spot to do what she likes to do—be close. “It turned out to be a very cozy journey.” In earning her 10th lifetime victory, Mayabelle sent her lifetime bounty to $115,734 and enjoyed her biggest payday since her sire stakes win in Pennsylvania as a two year-old.   Mayabelle paid $4.80 to her multitude of followers. Also of note on the Monday card was the performance of the six year-old pacer Danger Hi Joltage. This altered son of Village Jolt, with many of his 29 lifetime wins on the engine, returned to that strategy on Monday night with Wally Hennessey in the bike to score a stunning win in 1:50.2 in a $10,000 claiming pace—a new lifetime mark. Slicing through panels of :26.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2, Danger Hi Joltage never relented during a :28 finale to score by 3 ½ lengths over the pocket-sitting Free Love (John MacDonald) with Artsbred Camotion (Kevin Wallis) next, almost nine lengths away. Cruizin K C finished fourth and Native Lightning picked up the nickel in the field of 10. After the race, driver Wally Hennessey said, “I knew that this one had success on the front end but, last week, we were stuck with the nine post—that was his first start here—and couldn’t use it. “Since the five post is pretty popular here, I decided to try that strategy that has been so successful with this horse—on the front. “I wasn’t surprised that he won on the front like that, but I was surprised at the new life mark. That’s pretty solid for a ‘10’ claimer. Trained by Rob Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable, Danger Hi Voltage won for the sixth time this year—all on the engine or close up—to send his 2015 bankroll to $38,963 and $172,431 lifetime. As the 6 to 5 favorite, Danger Hi Joltage paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Auspicious Hanover looking for a second straight victory in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot while Wednesday night’s 14 race extravaganza features the Open Handicap for fillies and mares. In that $11,500 event, Wild Wanda takes on a very talented field including Precocious Beauty, Classic Carpet, Safe From Terror, Jets Are On and Just A Bee, the latter making her return to the racing wars after a six week vacation. Also on Wednesday, the finals of the Sea Eagle Late Closer and the Optimist Late Closer--both for claiming pacers—are on tap, as well. The Sea Eagle features $6,000 claiming geldings going for $11,100 while the Optimist, featuring $4,000 claiming geldings, has a final purse of $10,100. The track has carded an two pentafecta events along with two Pick-4 offerings on their wagering buffet with post time moved up to a special 7:00 p.m. start. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Today's $125,000 Westral Mares Classic at Gloucester Park looked a matchrace between the champion harness racing mare Frith and the up and coming open class mare Nike Franco NZ. Frith has been in dynamic form in her two starts in the west but that was negated a lot today by the horrible draw she had of the outside of the gate at barrier nine. Luke McCarthy pressed forward from barrier two to grab the lead with Nike Franco while Chris Voak sent Frith forward on a huge burn from which she eventually found the death seat outside Nike Franco. Luke kept up a good clip in front with Nike Franco and it was obvious a long way out that Frith was in trouble when she couldn't respond to a three wide move at the 700 metres mark. Nike Franco on the other hand was still travelling beautifully and went to the line full of running for an easy win over a fast finishing Jungle Jane and Ideal Alice who battled on for third. Considering that Nike Franco was involved in a sub 35 second burn to hold the lead, you could be nothing but impressed with the ease of the win. Nike Franco paced the 2138 metres in a smart 2:32.9, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 27.5 It was the daughter of McArdle's 15 win from just 24 starts and took her earnings just shy of quarter of a million dollars. Trainer Dean Braun couldn't contain a big smile post race. " It has been a long way back for this mare and I am thrilled that the public got to see the real Nike Franco today." " She was a star three year old but had a few issues at four so it is great to see her back at her best.' " When she drew good we were fairly confident she would go a big race," Dean said. Dean has already set in place the longterm plans for Nike Franco. " She can go home now and have ten days off before we get her ready for the Ladyship Mile at Menangle." "The way she went today, I don't think she has to fear anyone," Dean said. Harnesslink Media  

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker made it two wins in-a-row stepping up to the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Captive Audience Atta Boy Bones romped to victory in the $27,500 Delaware Specials, the Monday, Dec. 7 twin harness racing features at Dover Downs. After winning last week's $20,000 Open Handicap, Bushwacker scored an impressive 1:50.3 success in the Preferred Handicap with David Miller at the controls. The win was the eighth of the year for the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk gelding owned by Henderson Farms. Chris Ryder conditions the winner of $157,325 this season and $362,612 in his career. Dapper Dude closed well for Vic Kirby to finish second. Atta Boy Dan was third with Brett Miller driving. Captive Audience powered to a 1:51.4 score in the Delaware Special Handicap with Corey Callahan handling the driving assignment for Carter Racing Stable and owner-trainer Doug Lewis. Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) was a game second. Mustang Art (Marcus Milller) took show honors. Allan Davis had a three win night, his second came in an $18,000 3,4&5-Open Handicap, driving Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt to victory in 1:52 giving trainer Wayne Givens his second victory. The Badlands Hanover-Mattercycle five-year-old gelding out-legged Sweet Talkin Satin (B. Miller) home in 1:52. Givenupdreaming (Callahan) was third. With the win, Bad Boy Matt entered six figures with $106,385. In one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male paces, Art Stafford Jr. took Atta Boy Bones to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1:52.2 lifetime record. Owned by the driver and trainer Andrew Stafford, the altered son of McArdle-Santino's Rose won for the fourth time this year upping his career earnings to $48,490. Good Luck (David Miller) and Rockin' Cougar (Tony Morgan) were second and third respectively. Sean Bier owned and driven Brody notched a 1:52.4 decision in the other $15,000 section. Trained by his wife, Crissy Bier, the five-year-old Real Artist-Glenmount-Suestur Bier homebred gelding now has won seven times this campaign earning $45,185. Shanzhai (Brandon Henley) was next in front of One Last Roadie (Brett Miller, third.) SHINE N SHIMMER, TYRA HEAD $20,000 DISTAFF TUESDAY AT DOVER Shine N Shimmer, Tyra and two-time winner Hearts N Flowers lead the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on the Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan, the meet’s leading driver, will be in the bike driving Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer, an $112,747 winner this season. The Doug Lewis trainee has won three of her last five starts. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby in the bike, has been second in her last two outings but must overcome starting from the outside, meanwhile Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers and Allan Davis have consecutive wins. Foulk Stables’ Valerya, driven by George Dennis, has drawn the rail with Bob Baley’s Duneside Chella, handled by Marcus Miller, a winner of two of her previous three races, starts along side. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious, piloted by Tony Morgan, and Montenegra with Brett Miller, owned by Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock complete the lineup. A pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces tops the rest of the program. Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. In another $15,000 division Herb Mazeke’s Melanies Sharkette (Marcus Miller),  Lady Beth (Ross Wolfenden) and owner-trainer Quik To Fool You (Kirby) are the horses to beat in that section. In other events, CTC Stable and trainer Doug Lewis’ Mach A Wish (Callahan) JTE Enterprises’’ Handsoffmycookie (Morgan) and Bob Winkleman’s Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) lead one of two $12,000 female paces. Marv Bachrad

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