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Just when you figure there is nothing new that Foiled Again can accomplish, he accomplishes something new. Foiled Again is 3-for-3 this year as he gets ready for Saturday's fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The 10-year-old pacer, who has won 79 of 201 career races, had never before started a season with three consecutive wins. So when trainer Ron Burke said in early March that Foiled Again "started this year better than he's ever come back," he wasn't kidding. The ageless wonder is the richest horse in North American harness racing history, now with $6.10 million, the oldest horse ever to win a Breeders Crown, the oldest horse ever to have a million-dollar campaign, and one of only two horses to claim three consecutive Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer. Rambling Willie is the other. Foiled Again's three wins in the Levy put him tied with stablemate Bettor's Edge atop the series standings. Rounding out the top 10 are Mach It So, Easy Again, Itrustyou, Apprentice Hanover, Clear Vision, P H Supercam, Dancin Yankee, and Hillbilly Hanover. The six-week series concludes April 26. * * * Speaking of multiple Dan Patch Award winning pacers, Anndrovette picked up her first win of the year last week in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. Anndrovette has received the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer each of the last three years, equaling the record shared by Eternal Camnation and Shady Daisy. With $2.61 million in career purses, Anndrovette ranks No. 6 on the all-time list for pacing mares, and she is closing in on No. 5 Loyal Opposition, who retired with $2.64 million. Eternal Camnation is the only pacing mare to exceed $3 million, finishing her career with $3.74 million. Anndrovette is tied with Rocklamation for fourth place in the Matchmaker series standings, behind Angels Delight, Yagonnakissmeornot, and Summertime Lea. Spots six through 10 are held by Ideal In Vegas, Somwherovrarainbow, Krispy Apple, Ramalama, and Fashion Mystery. The six-week series concludes April 26. * * * Somwherovrarainbow, who was the sport's 2-year-old pacing filly champion in 2012, has started this year with three consecutive wins for trainer Joe Holloway, and the second half of Holloway's dynamic duo is ready to return to action Friday at the Meadowlands. World champion Shebestingin is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the fillies and mares B-1/A-2 handicap at the Big M. Holloway said earlier this year that he planned to start Shebestingin in several overnight races before going to the $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff on May 4 at Ohio's new Miami Valley Raceway. Shebestingin paced the fastest mile ever by a female pacer when she won in 1:47 at Lexington's Red Mile last year. She prepped for her first start this season by winning two qualifiers, the first in 1:52.2 and the second in 1:54.3 into a stiff homestretch wind. * * * Also on Friday at the Meadowlands is the second leg of the Artistic Vision Series for pacing fillies and mares. Ron Burke's American In Paris, a perfect 5-for-5 this year, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the 12-horse field. Road Bet, who joined American In Paris in winning a first-round division last week, is 7-2 from the second tier. JK Letitgo, who was second to American In Paris for her first loss in eight starts this season, is 2-1. On Saturday night, the Big M hosts the second round of the Whata Baron Series. Wake Up Peter, who won his first-round division, leads the first of two second-leg splits. Captive Audience, who also won last week, headlines the second. * * * The Meadowlands has released the first edition of "The Road to the Meadowlands Pace," with undefeated Dan Patch Award winner He's Watching in the No. 1 spot. He's Watching dominated the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished the year 8-for-8 with multiple track records and one world record. "We're pretty excited," trainer Dave Menary told Woodbine Media's Greg Gangle earlier this year. "He's the kind of horse that makes you want to get up in the morning. "We want to dance in all the big dances and hopefully he's up to it," he added. "There's a difference between saying it and doing it, but I think his speed is unquestionable." To see the entire "Road to the Meadowlands Pace" list, with comments from Darin Zoccali, click here. To see Gangle's interview with Menary, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

With the Championship Meet at The Meadowlands nearly upon us, The Road to The Meadowlands Pace has begun. The 2014 Road to the Pace is quite different than the 2013 edition. One year ago, just 30 horses were nominated with 29 still eligible after the first sustaining payment. A large factor in this was the presence of Captaintreacherous. With no standout performer and improvements made to the payment schedule of The Meadowlands Pace in 2014, 59 three year olds were nominated to The Meadowlands signature event and 56 of those 59 made the March sustaining payment. Each week leading up to the event, Director of Racing Operations and Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali will publish an installment of "The Road to The Meadowlands Pace," with the first installment available today. The publication features a top 10 of Meadowlands Pace contenders, each of which is assigned a spring-book morning line for the event and includes updated information regarding earnings, lifetime mark, trainer, driver and also includes some of Zoccali's thoughts on each horse. He's Watching will begin as the #1 horse in Zoccali's rankings, set at 4-1. "He was voted as the Two Year Old Pacing Champion last year. He deserves to be on top of the rankings until he gives me a reason that he shouldn't be. It's a wide open year and I expect a lot more movement through the rankings this year as opposed to last year when it seemed to be Captaintreacherous and nine others each week." One horse not in the rankings is Arthur Blue Chip as it was announced via Standardbred Canada that the Ian Moore trained colt suffered a stall injury and would miss a "significant part of the year." Zoccali initially had Arthur Blue Chip listed at #2 in the rankings prior to the injury. Conspicuous by his absence in the top 10 is National Debt, the undefeated winner of The Buddy Gilmour Series earlier this year at The Meadowlands. "I am sure some in the industry would have him in the top 10," said Zoccali. "But as of now, the only Meadowlands Pace eligible that he has defeated is Capital Account and while his upside and potential is immense, I want to see what he does against these quality horses before moving him up on the list. But make no mistake, he is on the doorstep." The complete Road To The Meadowlands Pace is available at http://www.meadowlandspace.com/pdf/Road_To_The_Pace-Week1.pdf and will be updated each week. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

In a ground-breaking arrangement, the two most time-honoured stud farms in New Zealand and Australia are partnering on a stallion – and will be partnering on more in the future. The stallion with the honour of consummating this relationship is the multiple World Record holder and Meadowlands Pace winner, A Rocknroll Dance – the first horse ever to record multiple sub-1:50 wins as a two-year-old and the only horse ever to win three consecutive races in sub-1:48. A $2.4 million winning son of Rocknroll Hanover, A Rocknroll Dance will stand at Nevele R in Canterbury with Alabar coordinating the marketing throughout New Zealand and Australia. Commercial breeders will no doubt gain great confidence from this arrangement as it should ensure A Rocknroll Dance an outstanding book of mares and give him the firepower to make a real impact at the sales and beyond. The participants in this deal make no secret of the significance they attach to it. Helena Francis, daughter of the late Wayne Francis and now managing director of Nevele R Stud: “Nevele R Stud has a proud history over the years of bringing to the breeders outstanding stallions. “By partnering with Alabar we see this as a means of ensuring that top stallions are available to our breeders. “We are looking forward to the opportunities that will arise from this relationship.” Graeme Henley from Alabar: “This is the way of the future. We’ll also be partnering on future deals. Both Nevele R and ourselves are committed to accessing the very best stallions for our breeders – to achieve this we need to not only work together and but also alongside the major farms in North America. “We wanted the first stallion we stood together to be the absolute best available – there’s no doubt A Rocknroll Dance is a very special horse.” Adam Bowden (principal of Diamond Creek Farm, the managers of A Rocknroll Dance, the owners of the most elite broodmare band in harness racing and a burgeoning force in the North America stud scene): “We believed in A Rocknroll Dance as a racehorse, we believe in him as a stallion, and we believe the combination of forces between Nevele R and Alabar in the Southern Hemisphere only begins to scratch the surface of what the future will hold. A stallion with his looks, pedigree and race record are a rare combination and combined with the success of Northern and Southern Hemisphere powerhouses Diamond Creek Farm, Nevele R Stud, and Alabar Farms, the sky is the limit.” A Rocknroll Dance is currently serving a full book in his first season at Diamond Creek’s Pennsylvania farm. His book is one of the best books afforded to a new stallion and includes the likes of one of the greatest fillies of recent times See You At Peelers ($1,573,260), the $2.6 million winner Loyal Opposition, the millionaire Tidewaterdragonfly, the brilliant filly Isabella Blue Chip (p,2,1:51.4, $792,069) and Wheres The Beach (the dam of none other than the great Somebeachsomewhere). Interestingly for the breeders of Australasia, both See You At Peelers and Isabella Blue Chip are by Bettor’s Delight. A Rocknroll Dance earned this tremendous support with a race career that was glittered with highlights. He was the richest two-year-old of his year and equalled the world record at that age. As a three-year-old he not only won the Meadowlands Pace but also the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine - in identical times of 1:48.2. As a four-year-old he was a monster, setting world records on both five-eighths (1:47.8) and half-mile tracks (1:49.2). His outstanding achievement of three consecutive sub-1:48 wins was recorded in winning an invitational at Pocono Downs (1:47.8) and the elimination and final of the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.6 and 1:47.4). He is one of only three pacers in history to win in sub-1:50 at two, three and four. A horse who could lead or power over the opposition at the finish, he paced eleven sub-27 last quarters – fastest 25.4 and four sub-27 first quarters (when leading) – the fastest in 25.2. He defeated twelve millionaires, incl Foiled Again $6,089,210, Sweet Lou $2,133,011, Golden Receiver $2,130,368, Pet Rock $1,985,820, Atochia $1,793,594, Clear Vision $1,791,052, Bolt The Duer $1,724,645, etc. Bred in the purple, his dam is a half sister to the champion sire Western Hanover. This is an outstanding siring family with no less than eight sires of $100,000 winners in his first four dams. Intriguingly, he carries a 4 x 2 cross to the outstanding broodmare Wendymae Hanover. His fee is set at NZ$6,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand and AUS$6,000 (incl GST) in Australia. In a win for breeders he will be included in both the Nevele R and Alabar multiple mare discount schemes. Courtesy of Alabar Stud

The more and more I have the opportunity to speak with people within the harness racing industry, the more and more my view on humanity changes for the good. For all the negatives in the world that grab the headlines, a shadow is cast on what should be the brightest of headlines, which is the horsemen and women that form harness racing. Despite the uncertain future of horse racing in Ontario, many within the industry remain positive and hope for the best. The best being the Ontario Government will come to terms with the racetracks to ensure further growth, such as we see south of the border in states like New York and Ohio. Having to deal with these issues over the years is one of Canada's top harness racing drivers, Sylvain Filion. "In 1999 I came here to Ontario and after three years I went back to Quebec. I was there for five years and then came back here." Sylvain explains. Making a big move from his native hometown in Quebec, Sylvain Filion made the move to Ontario as racing in Quebec declined and became virtually nonexistent. "They quit racing in Montreal" says Sylvain. "The racing was very good there, but when they quit racing I came to Ontario." "It sounds kind of like what is happening here" Sylvain notes. "They had money from the slots and then the Government took the money away and that is what killed harness racing. So hopefully that won't happen here." It must be deja vu for Sylvain. There is one positive rumor circulating that the government may have a plan to help the horse racing industry. There is word that negotiations are under way that will ensure the success of harness racing for the next five years, if not longer. Speaking with Sylvain, he's currently feeding his adopted daughter, Stella-Rose and little Stella-Rose will be turning one in a few days. Sylvain and his wife Dominic adopted Stella-Rose eight months ago and they could not be happier. The cheerfulness is Sylvain's voice radiates of pride and joy all due to the new edition to the Filion family. Will Sylvain and Dominic adopt another baby so Stella-Rose may have a brother or sister? Sylvain says possibly but it's too soon to say for sure. "It's about time I became something" Sylvain says with a laugh. "Right now it's my greatest achievement. My wife and I couldn't have a baby and we have wanted a baby for over twenty years so we adopted and it has worked out. We are very very happy!!" Sylvain comes from a family with deep roots in the horse racing world. "I was born with horses all around me. My father still has that farm in Quebec and my grandfather had 5 or 6 horse as well. That's how my father and uncles got started." Sylvain says. Sylvain's father, Yves won the North America Cup and the Prix d'Ete with Runnymede Lobell in 1988. One is of his uncles, Herve, is the world renowned Hall of Fame horsemen. "There's still a lot I want to do, there's big races I'd like to win, like the North America Cup, (which takes place at Mohawk racetrack). I came second once and my father won it. The Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug are ones I would like to win." "At the start of each year, we cross our fingers and hope a horse comes through that can have us do great things." Sylvain says about any potential break out horses. Sylvain does not train any horses, as he puts it, he is 100% focused on driving. If he had to pick one of his favorite horses out of all he's driven, he feels Breeders Crown winner Goliath Bayama is the favorite. As for Sylvain preference for track type and style, he says he enjoys the one mile tracks like the Meadowlands compared to the 7/8th mile tracks. Yes, that one eight makes a difference. "When you're on the 7/8th, you have the whole stretch to get into position and at the mile tracks, when you leave the gate you have an eighth of a mile until you hit the first turn" is how Sylvain describes the flow. "If you decide to leave hard, you might have a long drive going into the first turn." Meaning you're stuck on the outside leading to a longer trip for the horse and burning unnecessary horse power. During the warm months, Sylvain loves to play golf and is an avid fan of the sport. The one golfer he admires most is 'The Lefty', Phil Mickelson. "I like his aggressive style, every time he goes for broke when he plays." Sylvain says. When the weather turns cold, Sylvain and his wife Dominic usually head south for a vacation getaway. This year was a tad different as the happy parents were basking in the warmth of their new bundle of joy, Stella-Rose. Happy Birthday Stella-Rose! When Sylvain decides to hang it up and call it a great career, what he hopes to do with his family is travel. "I like Costa Rica, the wildlife there is pretty amazing. I'd like to go to Europe. I was there once to train a horse and that was at 9/11." Sylvain went to France to work with and train a horse he was set to drive in a big trotting race in Montreal, the Trot Montreal. "They invited horses from all over the world to race in Montreal." Sylvain explains. "I was a little anxious to come back because I was stuck there for an extra five days." Sylvain was telling me about how much fun the drivers have amongst themselves. Once they're in the bike and on the track, it's strictly business and game on, "Here at Woodbine we take our jobs very seriously. Once we are out there on the track we are all professionals and may the best horse win." However between drives and/or races, the horsemen really know how to keep the atmosphere light. "There are jokes amongst the drivers" Sylvain says. "We spend so much time together. Especially in the summer when we are driving five or six nights a week, we get to the Paddock for 6:30pm and we are there until 11:30pm. So we have to find a way to have a bit of fun and enjoy ourselves." Some examples of jokes played on one another; a driver, who has a couple of races off, may grab a pair of gloves from another driver and tie knots in the fingers of those gloves. So when the owner of those gloves grabs them to head out, that driver has to go out without any gloves on or has to rush and get a pair from a trainer. For fun, sometimes baby powder is put into the helmet of an unsuspecting driver. As you may guess, when the helmet goes on, that drivers' entire head and face is covered. Another prank is putting shoe polish around the goggles of another driver where that said driver is left with rings of polish around his eyes for the rest of the night. They must be tearing up with laughter at times! Sylvain admits, one prank that happened to him is when someone tied his shoe laces "into 2000 knots so I had to cut out all the laces before I left to go home after the races." Priceless! Sometimes they tease one another, "You have to be able to laugh at yourself" says Sylvain. "You have to remain humble. When a guy is parked out the whole mile and he comes in last, he's asked if 'he's caught a cold out there?'...we are a tough group, but a fun group." By Roderick Balgobin, for Supernova Sports Club www.supernovasportsclub.com Twitter: ScSupernova        

Freehold, NJ --- As the 2013 harness racing season came to a close, the then 3-year-old Captaintreacherous headed to the Meadowlands for a race against the sport’s best older male pacers. Although “The Captain” finished sixth in that race -- the $512,000 TVG Free for All Championship won by ageless Foiled Again -- trainer Tony Alagna was happy with what he saw. Now as the 4-year-old Captaintreacherous gets ready to compete regularly in the older division, Alagna remains pleased. Captaintreacherous returned to Alagna’s stable in February after two months of R&R at Brittany Farms in Kentucky and is being pointed toward a June return to action.        "He has matured a lot from the time he was turned out,” Alagna said. “He grew some more, he put on some more muscle tone. When we sent him to Brittany he was still in very good condition, flesh-wise and weight-wise, for as hard as he raced. When he came back in, he just put on more bulk. He looked tremendous when he came in. “Right now we’re shooting to qualify sometime at the end of May or the first part of June. We’ll set up his schedule after we qualify, but we’ll probably aim for the Meadowlands Maturity (on June 13). I’m very happy with his progress. You can just see that maturity and how much he’s changed with just 60 days turned out. It’s really amazing. I’m excited, very excited.” Captaintreacherous won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million last season and received his second consecutive Pacer of the Year Award. His wins included the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. Trained by Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group, The Captain joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only horses to win the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. Captaintreacherous became the first horse to win back-to-back Pacer of the Year honors since Jenna's Beach Boy in 1995-96 and joined Niatross as the only horses to accomplish the feat at ages 2 and 3 since the award was first given in 1970. Pacer Bret Hanover was honored at ages 2, 3 and 4 with the Horse of the Year Award from 1964-66. Undefeated female trotter Bee A Magician received the 2013 Horse of the Year Award over Captaintreacherous and Foiled Again. “Of course you want to be Horse of the Year, but he got Pacer of the Year and I thought he deserved it,” Alagna said. “He put the best resume together for the entire year. No other pacer put together as complete a resume at (age) 2 or at 3 when he won the award. No horse compiled a whole year like he did. “Bee A Magician is a phenomenal filly and it was a great year for racing. I think this past year, when you had Captaintreacherous and Bee A Magician and I Luv The Nitelife and Foiled Again and Father Patrick -- there were so many great stories. You can go down the list. It was a great year for harness racing and I was just glad to be part of it. It’s exciting.” Captaintreacherous’ push for Horse of the Year likely would have received a boost with a win in the TVG final, but he finished sixth, beaten by only two lengths. He was trying to become the first prominent 3-year-old male pacer in more than 30 years to defeat older rivals in a stakes-caliber event. “Even though he didn’t win, he was only beaten two lengths for the victory after a hard 3-year-old campaign,” Alagna said. “I was happy to gauge where he fit against that bunch at the end of the year. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy. We had confidence and faith in our horse and hoped he’d win, but we weren’t going to dodge the opportunity to do something that was good for the industry as well. All the positive feedback that we received after the race; (ownership managing partner) Myron Bell can tell you stories about all the people who contacted him and thanked him for putting the horse in that race. That says something.” Captaintreacherous now joins Foiled Again, Golden Receiver and the rest of the sport’s top older pacers in a star-studded division. Foiled Again was Pacer of the Year in 2011 and is the division’s three-time defending champion. With $6.05 million in career purses, the 10-year-old is the richest harness racing horse in North American history. “You have to admire Foiled Again,” Alagna said. “I see him every day out here at the farm. He’s just an amazing athlete. He’s a great horse and he’s fun to watch.” Alagna is ready to join the fun with Captaintreacherous. “I haven’t raced a horse like this, as far as the older division, since Lis Mara,” Alagna said, referring to the sport’s top older male pacer of 2006, who he helped condition while second trainer for the Erv Miller Stable. “I have great memories of racing Lis Mara, going to places and how much the fans appreciate the older division. It’s going to be exciting.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Western Terror and the trotting stallion Sundon. With the North American breeding season well underway we will continue on with some of the stallions making an impact on the breeding scene. Today we have produced an in depth review for the outstanding racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere. All stats shown are as 17th March 2014. Enjoy the read. BREEDING By the champion son of Matts Scooter in Mach Three who has been in the elite handful of sires worldwide for several years. His dam is the Beach Towel mare Where’s The Beach who was unraced. She has produced ten foals and apart from Somebeachsomewhere has left six winners with Stars On The Water $141,294 (1:52f), Sun N Sand $124,050 (1:52.3s) and last season’s smart two year old in Some Major Beach $138,326 (1:53.1f) being the best of them. The grand dam is the Cam Fella mare in Where’s Sarah $19,576 (1:57f) who left seven foals for seven winners. These include Night Mystery $309,433 (1:50.4)  Ifyoucouldcwhati C $348,560 (1:50.2s) and Canvas Master $137,527 (1:53.1z).  An unraced daughter by Stand Forever in Ohio Annie has left the smart I Found My Beach $524,079 (1:50.2f). The third dam is the very good Steady Star mare The Booger Lady $34,629 (T 1:57). She has left 11 winners including the very good Cam Terrific $592,594 (1:49.3) now sire of 169 winners of just on $9 million in stakes as well as Flight Of Fire who only won $262,111 but has left a great legacy as a sire in Quebec, Canada. Flight Of Fire has sired over 560 winners with over $27 million in earnings to date. Somebeachsomewhere made $40,000 at auction which about sums up his pedigree, very handy but not exceptional. RACE RECORD  Somebeachsomewhere faced the starter six times (all in Canada) at two for six wins amassing $812,592 in stakes. His best win was in the $1 million Metro Pace taking a world record for a two-year-old at that time of 1:49.3s. This was no ordinary group. This field was possibly one of the best group of two-year-olds ever and included Santanna Blue Chip ($1,641,643), Shadow Play ($1,599,822), Dali ($1,436,363), Deuce Seelster ($1,149,825), and Moon Beam ($785,986). This Metro Pace field have now combined earnings of over $11 million in stakes between them. Somebeachsomewhere's other notable wins as a two-year-old was in the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo, the $145,300 Nasagaweya stakes and the $115,884 Champlain Stakes. His great unbeaten season at two only really served as an entree for what was an unbelievable three year old season. Facing the starter 15 times, Somebeachsomewhere won on 14 occasions with a sensational second in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace at his only other start. Many astute judges in North America maintain his second in the Meadowlands Pace as the best performance of his stellar career. This writer was on track for this outstanding and unbelievable race that is now regarded as "the race of the decade." In what is perhaps the greatest race in Meadowlands history, Art Official edges Somebeachsomewhere in a world record mile. To think that a horse could be attacking the leader three wide at the half in a world record 51.3 and lead at the three-quarters in 1:19.1 and still fight to the wire against a courageous and great Art Official in that world record 1:47 mile was something unreal and unbelievable to see but true. You have to see it to believe it! To be only beaten a neck! Somebeachsomewhere's biggest stake win was in the $1.5 million Pepsi North American Cup in 1:49. He won such time honoured classics as the $650,000 Messenger Stakes, the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:48.3 and the $493,000 final of the Confederation Cup (half mile track) in another world record 1:49.2. He ended his racing career with a record of 21 starts for 20 wins and 1 second for $3,328,755 in stakes. His lifetime marks are p2, 1:49.3s; p3, 1:46.4m, 1:49.2h.       He took his lifetime mark of 1:46.4 in the $134,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington to become the fastest three-year-old in history. In his fifteen starts at three he went under 1:50 on ten occasions. The season wasn't without its hiccups though with Somebeachsomewhere being scratched late twice due to lameness issues. But like the truly great horses do he overcame adversity to stake his claim as one of the greatest, possibly the greatest three year old harness racing has ever seen. NORTH AMERICAN STUD CAREER As you would expect for a stallion with such a great race record, Somebeachsomewhere has served large but not huge books since retiring to stud at Hanover Shoe Farm. His first crop numbered 124 foals of which 96 went through the sales ring as yearlings averaging a hefty $62,661. And they repaid the faith of those buyers by dominating North American two year old racing in 2012. Somebeachsomewhere topped the two year olds sires list in 2012 and that crop repeated the dose as three year olds in 2013 By the end of 2013 that first crop of Somebeachsomewhere had rewritten the harness racing record books. The numbers are truly amazing. Of his 124 foals, 111 have faced the starter with 96 being race winners. Twenty eight have won $100,000 while nine have gone under 1:50, and a huge 57 have gone under 1:53. Stakes won to date are a staggering $13,681,117 with an average per starter of $123,253 which is going to reach even greater record levels as most continue racing as older horses. The best performer from this crop to date is the brilliant colt, Captaintreacherous p3, 1:47.1m who in 26 starts at two and three, won 21 and was placed four times for $2 976,810 in stakes to have a record not too much inferior to his sire. Others to excel include Sunshine Beach 1:47.4f ($950,108), Somewhereovrerainbow 1:49.1m ($892,790) and Apprentice Hanover 1:49.4 ($597,474).   Somebeachsomewhere won the three-year-old sire’s premiership in 2013 by over $2,800.000 The second crop of Somebeachsomewhere were also well received by the buyers at the yearling sales with 83 being sold averaging an enormous $83,681 They carried on from the first crop by topping the two year old sires list in 2013. Of the 114 two year olds sired by Somebeachsomewhere that season, 97 raced with 58 being winners. Of the four two year olds that went under 1:50 in 2013 throughout North America Somebeachsomewhere sired three of them. He had 21 under 1:53 and a staggering 42 under 1:55 His best performer was the filly Gallie Bythe Beach 1:50.3f ($344,076) while another filly Beach Body 1:53.1f  ($290,769) was his second best performer. Others showing up are Limelight Beach 1:49.4 ($210,192), Beach Gal 1:50.3f ($142,361), Somestarsomewhere 1:49.2m and So Surreal 1:49.4m are all looking well above average. Somebeachsomewhere two-year-olds stakes total was nearly $500,000 ahead of his competition on the sires list in 2013. AUSTRALIAN SIRES RECORD Only available via frozen semen initially and served small books as a result. His oldest crop is three in the 2013/2014 season and numbers just 19 horses. Six of them have won to date with the best of them being the two-year-old Breeders Crown winner from 2013 in Whereibylong 1:56.8 ($224,228). A Breeder's Crown winner from your first crop of just 19 foals is a great achievement. The knockers are already out in Australia as with such great expectations for any horse by Somebeachsomewhere the breeders expect all his foals to be champions! Even though he only has 19 horses in that crop one could say that the results so far have been a bit short of what Somebeachsomewhere has achieved in North America which has raised the issue of the worth of "Frozen Semen" once again. His second crop in Australia numbers 49 and that should enable Somebeachsomewhere to be a major player in two-year-old racing in the 2013/2014 season. His third crop in Australia will only total 23 foals.  His fourth crop is his first fresh semen crop with the horse standing in Australia at Empire Stallions. He bred 166 mares in Australia for 106 registered foals to date with 10 returns still to be filed, and 75 in New Zealand via fresh semen as well. That makes a total of 241 mares bred in his fourth season at stud down under. These resultant foals will give us all a much better assessment of just how great a stallion Somebeachsomewhere will be in Australia and New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD  Has a minute crop of three-year-olds which numbers just four. Two of those have won including the very smart Someardensomewhere 1:58.2 ($28,472) who has been racing at the elite three year old level in New Zealand. Only has eight two year olds this season for two qualifiers to date so impossible to draw any conclusions with such small numbers. Did serve 75 mares in his fourth season via fresh semen so we may have to wait for that crop to race to reach any valid conclusions about his record in New Zealand. POSITIVES The numbers say it all. This is that once in a generation stallion who has raised the bar on performance in harness racing. From every angle his numbers are better than what was thought to be achievable. He has not just made an incremental step forward for standardbreds but a giant leap. In my view without doubt the most influential sire since Albatross and his rewriting of the record books has only just started. NEGATIVES Probably the only one for most breeders is the service fee but when you are book full and closed three months before the breeding season at a fee of $30,000 then that is obviously not too expensive. It seems with his success in the Northern Hemisphere and his value having sky rocketed, the owners do not want him to shuttle again so he will more than likely not shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere and will only be available via frozen semen, which does work for some stallions and not for others. Results from his first crop in Australia suggests Somebeachsomewhere may fall into the second category.  OVERVIEW Somebeachsomewhere is that once in a generation sire who lifts the whole standardbred breed to the next level. Book full and closed at $30,000 in North America says it all. The best sire in North America by a large margin but yet to have any impact in Australia due in part to small numbers. Does have 49 two year olds in Australia in 2013/2014 so that should be ample for Somebeachsomewhere to produce the outstanding juveniles he is renowned for in North America. If he doesn't then the focus on frozen semen will only grow. OVERALL RATING:    10 out 10 JC The Story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 1 The Story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 2 The story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 3 News maker of the year - Somebeachsomewhere Somebeachsomewhere - The Bluegrass Stakes - World Record 1:46.4 Somebeachsomewhere - Confederation Cup Somebeachsomewhere winning The Breeders Crown Somebeachsomewhere - North American Cup Final Somebeachsomewhere - 2007 Metro Pace   Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire A Stallion review - Mach Three A Stallion review - Sundon A Stallion review - Western Terror And here is "The forgotten sire’s series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten” sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Western Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

After earning a diploma in Marketing and Sales from Humber College, Carmen Auciello could have walked through many different doors. Despite the good possibilities, the door closest to his heart was the door that led back home and after spending a short time away in the business world, that is what Carmen did. Carmen has never had to look back and he may not want to. "I was bored with my job and about a year after I finished college, I decided 'if I'm ever going to try this I am going to do so now when I am 21 years old instead of later in life and regretting why I didn't try this sooner'. And it's been great!" Carmen says. "My father and I have been partners and we started at the bottom and worked our way to a bigger and 70 horse stable and now we are one of the top (stables) in Canada." It's a touching thought knowing Carmen could just of easily chosen another career path but he trusted his gut, his intuition and the hard work has paid off for him and his family. Carmen credits his dad for all of his inspiration. "He's been supporting 4 kids and a wife for many years now. He had his ups and downs and there were years we struggled financially. I saw the heart and soul he put into it, year after year after year to try and support myself and my sisters and the family. I felt I owed it to him to get involved and continue the family business. Definitely owe everything to him." "Hard work has a lot to do with (the success) but there is more to it. I think with me, I went and got an education and learned how to run a business. I learned how to sell myself and sell my services and I learned how to deal with owners and clients. Without them, the owners, we are nothing. I can't afford to own all these horses by myself." Carmen continues his beliefs that without his owners providing him quality horses, no matter how good he is, Carmen could only go so far. "Aside from working with the horses, there is a lot more to being successful than just training horses." Carmen explains he's "put more of a business oriented aspect into my job, my career and my business... there is having the right people, you have to have them doing it right and you need to trust them. You need to become affiliated with people who believe in you and want to invest in you. That is what I've worked on the last few years and I am proud of that." Carmen offers wonderful advice for anyone wanting to get into the horse racing industry. Passion is vital, yet more is needed to ensure security let alone success. "I would ask them to what capacity do they want to be involved? There are a lot of people who are happy to jog horses and do the more hands on approach for a living. You're not going to get rich, but you can have a very fulfilling career. Do they want to train? Do they want to drive? Do they want to own their own business and grow it to where they're one of the biggest stables in North America?" "Learning to have an eye for a horse, spotting a good horse when you see one....You got to put the time in and everyone is not cut out for it. There are a lot of people that can train a horse better than me, but they cannot run a business." Carmen emphasizes that working with top quality stables is the best way to learn, whether you want to drive or train. At the end of the day, any chance of success is based on having a plan and knowing how to execute that plan to fruition. With the cuts in racing within Ontario, Carmen still manages to employ ten workers, three in the USA and the rest at his stable in Port Perry, Ontario. Why has Carmen been able to employ close to a dozen employees? "Why? My rates are fairly reasonable, we are a family orientated business but at the same time we are trying to grow it the best we can. I didn't settle, when 25 horses was at my max I didn't say 'I'm full'. If somebody offered me a horse I found a way to accommodate them." "We expanded to the States and we had upwards of 20-25 horses at one time. We are making expansions to our facility here to accommodate ten more horses. When people are willing to invest in you and bring you horses, you have to accommodate them." Carmen also acknowledges the scary part to any business; "There will be times when things aren't as good and you need to be prepared for that as well." Something unique Carmen offers to all of his owners is a flat fee rate, ensuring there is no end of the month surprises baring any extreme circumstances such as veterinary emergencies. "What you see is what you get" explains Carmen. "Not only are my rates very reasonable compared to other guys, it is also flat rate and owners know what their bill is going to be at the end of the month. It's all inclusive." "There are so many costs in training a horse and running a stable" Carmen acknowledges. "Owners think $45 a day? Oh this is cheap. But when trainers need to add in the additional costs for shoeing, vitamins and anything extra that comes up, which always happens, it adds up and then owners think they are getting ripped off. It's all about perception." Carmen emphasizes managing costs and looking for ways to save. Such as buying in bulk does help him keep his prices low. "If I feel the horses don't need it, they don't get it. It is not cutting corners; it is keeping the costs down. If I keep my cost down, then that saves money for the owner and we all have a chance to make money." In terms of which races and where Carmen likes to place his horses, he prefers to stick with Woodbine Racetrack (and Mohawk in the summer months). Whether the horse races for a $4,000 purse or a $16,000 purse, it will eat the same and need the exact amount of care and attention regardless. So for Carmen, he steers clear of the 'B' tracks since it is not as easy to make money. Sure if the horse wins three or four races at a 'B' track, it may cover costs and provide a little profit but in reality it is not feasible for growth in the long term. If owners are not making money, they are most likely to pull out of the game and that is one less horse immediately and that experience may sour the owner for a lifetime ensuring they will not buy anymore horses. Carmen's stable has the most starts at Woodbine this year and his stable has the second most starts in North America. How did he get to this point? "You have to invest money, but you also have to sell yourself and find others to invest. I consider myself a salesman because that is what I am doing, selling my services.... Anybody can do it, I would suggest you put something together where you can claim one horse, race it at Woodbine. Start with one and hopefully have it snowball from there. As for Carmen's stable in the USA, he is based in Pine Bush, NY and mainly has his horses race at Yonkers and the Meadowlands for the time being. Once more racetracks open up in Pennsylvania such as Pocono Downs and Harris Philadelphia; he will expand to racing at all four. Right now his stable in the USA has 15 horses, but Carmen hopes to have that number grow to 25 maybe even 30. For 2014, Carmen considers his best horse to be Bugger Bruiser who he bought for $40,000 last year, and then went on to win all four races after he joined Carmen's barn bringing in over $200,000. "He hasn't raced yet this year but I have him entered into all the big races, the North America Cup, the Meadowlands Pace" confirms Carmen. "He's the nicest horse we've ever had and we are going to give him a shot and hopefully he will dance the big dance with all the other good horses. He's definitely my number one contender this year." Away from the track, Carmen enjoys playing hockey and golf with his buddies, though he admits he doesn't have the time to get out as much as he used to. Carmen has a 3 year old daughter named Leah and a 7 month old son named Hudson. Carmen also gives a lot of credit to his wife Ashley, who he says has been so amazing, supportive and strong. "She's allowed me to chase my dream" Carmen says. "There are a lot of nights where I am out at the track, I'm not at home and she's at home taking care of the house and the kids.... She's been supportive since day one." As Carmen's stable grows and with more owners joining the ranks, one thing Carmen ensures is that he wants his owners to have a say. For instance, for a long while Carmen was loyal to driver Anthony Macdonald and vice versa, and not to say there is no loyalty but Carmen does his best to respect an owner's choice for who is driving their horse. Which is understandable as this is a team endeavor. "90 percent of the time it's up to me, but at times owners may request a driver change". In the midst of all the racing going on, Carmen is currently building his man cave in his basement! At the time of the interview, Carmen was headed out to buy an 80 inch TV for the cave. Yes I said 80 inch TV, well done sir! Aside from the TV, Carmen will add a booming stereo as well has his racing trophies and the blanket from the Super Final last year and a blown up picture of the Super Final Win. Carmen's goal is "to add as many trophies and pictures as I can." At the rate Carmen is going, he may need to expand the man cave shortly, or build a second man cave. Maybe have one in Canada and the other at his stable south of the border. by Roderick Balgobin of Supernova Sports Club www.supernovasportsclub.com Twitter: ScSupernova  

Friday night's $30,000 A/FFA pace for mares proved to be the fourth straight success for the vastly improved American In Paris. The American Ideal mare has really moved forward for Ron Burke, winning her four most recent starts with the addition of Lasix. This edition was another gate to wire trip conducted by Yannick Gingras. Fast out of the gate to the front in 26.3, Gingras eased her through a soft middle half then outsprinted her rivals home in 27.2 to close out the 1:50.4 score. Lorrie Please was second and Monkey On My Wheel third. The win continued the unbeaten season for American In Paris, perfect in four outings with $45,000 in the books for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Drivers Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras split eight wins on the card, each winning four on the evening. For Tetrick, his career win total now stands at 7,995. The Bionic Man has 12 drives on the Saturday program including National Debt, the morning line favorite in the William "Buddy" Gilmour Final. That series final features a matchup of Meadowlands Pace hopefuls as first round winner National Debt squares off with the other first round winner, Capital Account. The Saturday card also features the final of The Charles Singer Memorial, headlined by the February Horse of the Month, Perfect Alliance, who looks to remain undefeated in 2014 and is the 4-5 morning line choice in that Final. She will be challenged by Super Bowl Champion Time To Quit, who is a perfect five for five in 2014. Post Time for the 13-race Saturday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

For the first time since April 4, 2009 (other than Meadowlands Pace or Hambletonian Day cards), when a near seven-figure Pick 6 pool spurned a massive night, total handle at The Meadowlands eclipsed $4 Million on Saturday night. The total handle on the night was $4,106,609 which was a 14-percent increase over the same program in 2013. This was the third highest handled program in the last 16 months along with the 14-race Meadowlands Pace card in 2013 handled which $4,311,545 and of course, Hambletonian Day 2013. The Saturday night feature at The Meadowlands came early in the program as Racing Secretary Peter Koch chose race two to showcase the fastest pacers he's got to work with in the $30,000 A-1/Free For All Handicap. Dovuto Hanover scored a mild upset employing a first over grind to wear down the favored Golden Receiver to in 1:49-. The race attracted just six horses, a result most likely of the imposing presence of Golden Receiver, who returned to the wars last week in fine fashion. He would go postward as the public choice from the outside post which became the five with the late defection of Abelard Hanover. Despite the short field the action was hot right from the word "go" as Panesthetic and Easy Again left hard for the pocket behind the fave with Easy Again emerging as the leader when the quarter time flashed up 26-. Golden Receiver found himself in the unusual position of not making the front until well past the three eighths pole and cleared just before the half in a demanding 53.3. Corey Callahan tried to steal a breather around the bend and was able to rate a 28.3 third panel but Tim Tetrick used that tactic to the advantage of his mount and had Dovuto Hanover geared up and rolled alongside to engage the leader as they entered the stretch. Dovuto Hanover eyeballed the veteran through the early stretch drive then edged clear late, widening to a two and a quarter length victory. Golden Receiver was his usual dead-game self and held the place with Easy Again third. The winner is trained by Darran Cassar for owner Martin Scharf and returned a $15.40 win mutual. In the second leg of the Buddy Gilmour series for three year old pacing males the heavily favored Dinner At The Met had his way with eight overmatched foes. With both of last Saturday's leg one winners, Capital Account and National Debt, given the week off in anticipation of next week's $60,000 final, a single division was all that was required to accommodate a mere nine entrants. Unraced at two, Dinner At The Met has quickly picked up the game and was winning for the fourth time in five outings. Corey Callahan picked up the drive for the listed Andy Miller who was absent for the card due to travel complications and the assignment was a simple one. Sent out for the lead from post six Dinner At The Met faced no opposition through very kind fractions then jetted hoe in 27.2 to close out the mile in 1:53-. Recharge took the place and Rock Fame held third. Trained and owned in part by Erv Miller along with Bert Hochsprung, the Metropolitan gelding will surely have to be dealt with next week in what shapes up to be an interesting contest. Next week, Dinner At The Met will square off with round one winners National Debt and Capital Account in a series finale with Meadowlands Pace implications. Racing will resume on Thursday evening, with first post time of 7:15 P.M. Thursday features an 11-race program, including the first round of The Winter Survivor Series. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands    

East Rutherford, NJ -- The first round of payments are in for the major Grand Circuit stakes to be raced in 2014 at The Meadowlands and the big news is the dramatic increase in the number of horses nominated to the $750,000e Meadowlands Pace. A total of 58 three year old colt pacers were named to the race, nearly double the 2013 figure of 30, and boast the most accomplished freshmen from last season and a few upstarts among the nominees.   The eligibles include the recently named 2013 Dan Patch Award winning two year old colt pacer He's Watching, Breeders Crown winner Luck Be With You, Metro hero Boomboom Ballykeel and Governor's Cup champ JK Endofanera. Both colts that won divisions of the Buddy Gilmour series so impressively on Saturday, Capital Account and National Debt, have been paid in as well.   Several tweaks in the payment formula resulted in greater participation by nominators. The most noticeable change was the reduction in the nomination fee from $1,000 to $500. Another is the inclusion of a tiered entry fee replacing a flat fee of $6,000 to enter the elimination round to $2,500 to start in the elimination race and then $5,000 to continue on into the final.   Other changes are being implemented going forward which include for the first time a two year old payment of $400 due March 15 on foals of 2012 which will result in a reduction of $2,000 in the sustaining payments for the 2015 Pace. The goal is to maintain and eventually increase the purse of the race while at the same time reducing the burden on the nominators   By mere association the Mistletoe Shalee filly companion stake leaped nearly 40%from 29 to 41.   Meadowlands General Manager and CEO Jason Settlemoir voiced his approval, "It's gratifying to see our signature race experience such a resurrection. It took some thought by the racing department Pete Koch, Darin Zoccali and Nick Salvi to revise a payment plan that was no longer working. The improvement is welcome and appreciated.   "With better weather ahead and the stakes season on the horizon, there is certainly cause for optimism. Saturday past the place felt alive, the crowd was not only large but also engaged. There was definitely the type of buzz in the building that we are expecting for the new grandstand."   Across the board on the stakes menu results were mixed. Substantial increases were realized in the Peter Haughton Memorial and Merrie Annabelle, a few more trotters were nominated to the Cashman Memorial and the TVG Trotting Championship. Those names include two noteworthy mares, Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and world record holder Maven. The older pacing mare stakes were up a bit as well.   The Del Miller for sophomore filly trotters took the biggest hit, down a third and several of the stakes for open older pacers also declined appreciably while the quality of the nominees held up nicely.   Nominations for all the races are now posted on The Meadowlands website. Keep in mind that these lists are subject to omission/correction.http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/StakesNominations.aspx From the Meadowlands Media Relations Dept.

After joint consultation Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms and majority owner Jeff Snyder have decided to retire Cam's Card Shark from active stallion duty at Hanover. "The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled" Simpson said. "He has now reached the stage in life where it is both difficult and dangerous for him and those around him to mount the phantom mare or even to be collected using a live mare". Cam's Card Shark is a foal of 1991. As a two year old he was lightly campaigned under the guidance of trainer Micky McGivern. His wins at two included the Lou Babic Memorial and two New Jersey Sires Stakes. At 3, he was transferred to the Bill Robinson Stable. He was voted "Horse of the Year 1994". In addition he garnered both O'Brien and Nova awards for Horse of the Year. His wins at three include the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace, The North America Cup,  the Art Rooney Memorial, the Adios, the Messenger, the New Jersey Classic and the Miller Memorial. He was syndicated at the end of 1994 and retired with two and three year old earnings of $2,498,204.. He entered the stallion ranks at Hanover's New Jersey Farm in 1995. His stallion accomplishments are many and varied He has sired ten millionaires including five who have earned in excess of two million dollars. He is credited with three Little Brown Jug winners and two winners of The Meadowlands Pace.His most renowned performers have been Shark Gesture, Bettors Delight, Four Starzzz Shark, Royalflush Hanover, Holborn Hanover, Roll With Joe, Village Jolt and Million Dollar Cam. Of special note is that his son Bettors Delight is the fifth great stallion from a paternal line that follows from Meadow Skipper, through Most Happy Fella, to Cam Fella, to Cams Card Shark and now Bettors Delight. This is a feat unprecedented in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeding. Its quite possible that the line will be extended through his grandson Betterthancheddar. Snyder said that Cams Card Shark will live out his remaining days "which I hope will be many" at Hanover Shoe Farms. From Hanover Shoe Farms        

TROIS-RIVIERES , February 20, 2014 - Daniel Dube, a native son of Trois-Rivieres and now competing in the New York area as a professional harness racing driver, can't wait to come to his hometown and Hippodrome 3R this summer. "It is a pleasure for me each time I return to the Hippodrome 3R to race," Dube said. "This is where I started my career. I never missed the opportunity to go there when we visit my family and my wife's family. And the revival of Prix d'Ete will surely be another opportunity to return. " In the racing world, Dube needs no introduction In both Canada and the United States, he won multiple championship's and many of the most prestigious races in the sport such as the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug. Last summer, he paid a visit to the Trois-Rivieres racetrack and he won in 1:52.4 with the horse Duc Dorleans , the fastest mile in the history of Hippodrome 3R. "The track at Trois-Rivieres is fast, there is no doubt," Dube said. "It compares favorably with the best tracks in North America. The Prix d'Ete should draw the attention of the best four-year-old pacers in America, because it will be a great event. Several trainers, including the accomplished Ron Burke, who has raced some horses in Charlottetown in the Gold Cup & Saucer, will be interested by a purse of $200,000 in the new Prix d'Dete. If I get an opportunity to have a drive, I will certainly be there. " A reminder that Sunday, September 21, 2014 is a date to put on the agenda for all harness racing fans who want to see the best drivers and the best four-year-old pacers in North America at the Hippodrome 3R. Horsemen are reminded that nominations for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete and the $50,000 consolation race, must be postmarked by Saturday, March 15, 2014. For more information about the race, nomination forms and conditions please go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Hippodrome 3R

National Debt has only four lifetime starts, winning all four easily in Alberta Canada. On Saturday the impressive colt will step up in class and face the best early season three-year-old harness racing colts at the Meadowlands in the William Buddy Gilmour Series. In those four lifetime starts, National Debt owns two track records.  National Debt became the fastest two-year-old pacer in Alberta Downs history in just his second start, defeating a field of older horses in 1:53.3. In his fourth lifetime start National Debt equaled the track record for two-year-old colts at Northlands Park, rolling to victory in 1:55. Kelly Hoerdt trained and drove the colt in all of his four starts. Kelly shares ownership of the talented son of Allamerican Native-Our Inheritance with Blair & Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta.  The colt was a $17,000 purchase at last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Kelly was named Co-Trainer of the Year at the recently completed Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Awards. Hoerdt, 47, scored 82 training wins during the 2013 racing season and earned $623,245 in purses, $438,100 at Alberta Downs to make him the season's leader.  Also at the awards, National Debt was named Two-Year-Old Colt of the Year. The William Buddy Gilmour Series begins next Saturday at the Meadowlands.The first leg goes for $17,500. The second leg on March 1st goes for $20,000, and the final on March 8th for $75,000.  The series is for non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime. "He is a fantastic horse," Hoerdt said. "He is the best horse I ever had. I don't know how he is going to be at the Meadowlands. He has had a couple of good qualifiers. "He was awarded the two-year-old of the year last night," Hoerdt added. "He went 1:53 in just his second lifetime start. We have a shortage of horses in Alberta. They mix the classes. He won his maiden in 1:57. He then went in non-winners of two thru four. It is like jumping up three classes. He did not race against two-year-olds in that race, they were all aged horses. The horse he sailed by in twenty six went on to win the Western Canada Pacing Derby. In all his starts he had a plenty of horse left at the end. This is why he is at the Meadowlands. "I haven't seen the two qualifiers but I got feedback from Tim Tetrick," Hoerdt explained. "Tim said the horse has tons of talent, but is very green. Every time he took the horse off the helmet he couldn't wait to get by that horse. That's the sign of a great horse. He goes by them, but doesn't want to open up on them. He liked him. Another good thing is that Tim had his choice to drive two other horses in that race and picked us. I am hoping Tim drives him in the Gilmour. "We have had a problem getting him ready for the series," Hoerdt said. "We gave him time off after his fourth start. I should have trained him down to two minutes in Alberta. With the bad weather we were only able to train him down to 2:03 before I sent him to Ronnie Coyne. The plan was to have one start in him, but Ronnie was getting dumped on with the snow. The Gilmour is just a launching pad. They are not going to get the guts ripped right out of him in his first start. Last year the divisions went in 1:52 and 1:53. He is coming off the qualifier in 1:56.  The time doesn't mean as much as the way he did it. I know that sitting behind him, 1:51 or 1:52 is not out of his reach. He may be a little short in his first race. Everybody else is going to be in same boat with the bad weather and cancellations" There are fifty one horses eligible for the William Buddy Gilmour. The notables include Capital Account, Dinner At The Met, Pierce, and Fire In The Belly among others. Capital Account trained by Jimmy Takter won in 1:52.4 by five lengths on February 8th at the Meadowlands. Dinner At The Met trained by Erv Miller won in 154.3 on February 15th at the Meadowlands. Pierce, although he broke stride the other night at the Meadowlands, has a lifetime mark of 1:50.1 at the Red Mile in a qualifying race. Fire In the Belly, trained by Jim King Jr., won easily at Dover Downs in 1:54.2 on February 16th. "We have made a lot of stake payments for him." Hoerdt said. "We jumped in with both feet. He's paid up for the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Breeders Crown, Cane Pace and Messenger. He is out there for sale. We don't have a for sale sign on him. Those payments have to be made if you plan to get any money for the horse. "I sent the horse to Ron Coyne in New Jersey." Hoerdt added. "My partner Blair Corbeil has a horse with Ron already. I met Ron a couple of years ago at Harrisburg. He has a smaller operation with his wife. All the horses get individual attention, as opposed to a big barn. We are on the same page as far as training the horse." "We are waiting to see if he can do it against the competition at the Meadowlands," Coyne stated. "I am pretty confident he can go in 1:51. Can he do it this week, probably not. It would have been nice if we had a start along with the two qualifiers.  We have been fighting the weather for a couple of months now. They were fighting the weather up in Alberta when he first started training. We got the two qualifiers in. I was happy with both qualifiers. The first qualifier he was in need of a soft journey. We covered him up and let him sprint the last hundred yards. The other day we raced him a little bit more. We were hoping for a sharper qualifier, around 1:55. The pace up front did not dictate that. He finished it off coming home in twenty seven and change. "Timmy(Tetrick) liked him quite a bit," Coyne said. "He said he has got some talent. Everybody is down on the fence. Can he make the next jump? I expect Tim will drive the horse on Saturday. I don't see any better horses that he could drive. I am hoping he will stick with him. “We wanted to stay away from any 1/2 mile tracks early," Coyne explained. "They have put him in the Bobby Weiss at Pocono next. That will stretch his legs a little more. Hopefully that will set him up for the rest of the season’s stakes races." If all goes well, starting with Saturday's Buddy Gilmour Series, Kelly Hoerdt and his team will have a successful three-year-old stake season with National Debt. They will have defied the odds of racing a horse from Alberta, Canada and being successful in the highly competitive racing of the big tracks in the Northeast. By Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

The 2014 book for first-year stallion A Rocknroll Dance is now full and closed, according to Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden. A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2 ($2,429,441), a multiple World Champion and winner of the Meadowlands Pace, stands at Diamond Creek of Pennsylvania for a stud fee of $6,000. I'd like to thank all who booked to him, from the first one to the last one, Bowden said. We believed in him as a racehorse and we believe in him now as he embarks on his next career. His book is filled with quality from top to bottom. "We're breeding 19 of our own top mares to him, including three millionaires and two Dan Patch winners", he added. Included in that group is Diamond Creek's sparkling 2012 acquisition See You At Peelers p,2,1:51.3f; 3,1:49.2f ($1,573,260), a World Champion and two-time Dan Patch award winner. Other top mares in A Rocknroll Dance's initial court include Loyal Opposition, Loving Caroline, Isabella Blue Chip, Tidewaterdragonfly, Blood Diamond and Apple, the latter two from the immediate maternal families of great producers Cathedra and Arterra. "Dance is a gorgeous stallion, and hopefully his foals will have that great Western Hanover look that his inbreeding suggests", Bowden said. "I think they'll be very popular attractions at the select yearling sales." Diamond Creek Farm For further information contact Adam Bowden: (859) 707-5987, email: diamondcreekfarm@hotmail.com

East Rutherford, NJ---Nomination payments for stakes and early closers for the 2014 season at The Meadowlands Racetrack come due on February 15.    The 38th edition of the $750,000e Meadowlands Pace, signature Grand Circuit stake at the track, offers a reduction in the nominating and sustaining payments for 2014 of nearly 20 percent compared with the 2013 levels. The price to nominate has been slashed in half, from $1,000 to $500. New for 2014 is a tiered declaration fee, dropping the cost of entry in the elimination races from the single declaration fee of $6,000 to $2,500 for the elimination and then $5,000 to go in the final (if eliminations are not needed, the cost to race in the final will be $7,500).   Also due are the initial installments for all Meadowlands administrated/hosted stakes including the second edition of the TVG FFA Trotting & Pacing Championship.   Forms and further details are available at The Meadowlands website or a call to the Racing Office at 877-782-2537. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

A few significant reductions have been made to the cost of nominating and sustaining your pacing colts to The Meadowlands Pace for 2014 and beyond. Recognizing the high cost of staking and the increased opportunities that exist for the three year old pacing colt division, the nominating and sustaining payments for the 2014 Meadowlands Pace have been reduced by nearly 20%. Chief among these cuts is the price to nominate having been slashed in half, from $1,000 to $500. Another new wrinkle for 2014 is a tiered declaration fee, dropping the cost of entry in the elimination races from the single declaration fee of $6,000 to $2,500 for the elimination and then $5,000 to go in the final (if eliminations are not needed, the cost to race in the final will be $7,500). It will cost $5,000 less than 2013 for a horse to put his nose on the gate in a Meadowlands Pace elimination. This should allow more owners to take a crack at one of the classics and a chance to earn the cost of the final declaration fee while racing in the elimination. The purse for the 2014 Meadowlands Pace is estimated to be $750,000 with the eliminations to go for $50,000. Looking ahead, the Meadowlands Pace is being transitioned from an Early Closer, which requires no nomination until the year in which the race will be contested, to a stake with payments due in prior years. To begin, a two year old nomination payment of $400 on the foals of 2012 to race in the 2015 Pace is due on March 15, 2014. After this initial fee, the nominated horse will be eligible to be sustained to the 2015 Pace by making $2,000 February 15 and $2,500 March 15 payments. The total payments then represent a further reduction of 25% versus the cost in 2014. "The Meadowlands Pace is the signature event at The Meadowlands," said Chairman Jeff Gural. "These three year old pacers have a lot of options now, more than ever before, and we feel it is important to make this event as affordable and attractive as possible. It's what the horsemen deserve and it's what The Meadowlands Pace deserves. I truly hope the horsemen respond with their nominations." "This is a big step for The Meadowlands Pace," said Director of Racing Operations, Darin Zoccali. "Our team in the racing department has been working on this concept for a year. I want to thank Peter Koch and Nick Salvi for their creativity and ingenuity in coming up with a game plan that we all believe will make The Meadowlands Pace better than ever. We have strong confidence that these changes will yield more nominations, more horses sustained throughout the payment process and more horses entered in the Eliminations. The end result will be a deeper, more competitive field and a higher purse, which is in the best interest of the horsemen and The Meadowlands Pace itself." An announcement regarding the 2016 Meadowlands Pace and beyond along with its payment schedule will be made public in the near future. The application for the 2014 Meadowlands Pace nomination can be found here: http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/Horsemen/Harness_Stakes_Applications/2014%203YO%20early%20closing%20program_pace.pdf The application for the two year old nomination for the 2015 Meadowlands Pace can be found here: http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/Horsemen/Harness_Stakes_Applications/meadowlands%20pace%20stakes%20ad.pdf by Darin Zoccali for The Meadowlands  

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