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The harness racing favourites displayed their class in the QBRED Triad Finals at Albion Park last Saturday night. A pair of Gr.1 $100,000 finals was held for the three-year-olds and the results didn’t shock anyone with classy colt A Good Chance breaking through for a well-deserved triumph in the colts and geldings final while stablemates Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial fought out the finish in the fillies final. Sent off at odds of $1.30, A Good Chance speared straight to the front in the 2138m feature and was perfectly rated in front by his driver Chris Petroff before kicking clear heading off the back straight. In the home straight, A Good Chance held off a determined finish from Drifting Away to score by a half neck margin while Duke Jujon took inside to grab third some ten metres away. The mile rate was 1;57.5 with his final mile covered in splits of 31.5, 29.9 27.7 and 28.7 seconds. A Good Chance is raced by Maureen Smith while prepared by her husband Donny. The Mr Feelgood – Chance The Walk colt has amassed more than $155,000. In the fillies’ final, the Shannon Price trained Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial were expected to fight out the finish and it went to script. Almost. Bettorthanspecial was the best backed runner and started the favourite at $1.60 while Bettor Promise started at odds of $2.60 but it was the latter that led throughout to score in the feature event. Bettor Promise, handled by Bart Cockburn proved too strong defeating Bettorthanspecial while Feel The Faith ran an excellent third after working hard throughout. The mile rate was 1;57.0 with the final mile covered in splits of 29.1, 30.7, 29.2 and 28.5 seconds. The Price fillies repeated their efforts of last season with a top two finish in the Triad Final after Bettorthanspecial beat Bettor Promise but this season was a reverse result. The Bettor's Delight – As Promised filly has now banked more than $158,000. In the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad Final 4yo Mares Final, race favourite Joys A Babe proved too classy defeating Il Cavalino and Charming Allie in a time of 1;58.8 for the 2138m. Despite being crossed at the start by Il Cavalino, trainer/driver Grant Dixon quickly worked around to re-take the lead and put the event beyond doubt after scoring comfortably at the finish by 3.5 metres. The Art Major – Joy To Behold mare has built up a fine record for her owner/breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour and the victory pushed her earning past $200,000. Joys A Babe has won 16 of her 27 starts to date. In the 4yo entires and geldings final, Mafuta Vautin justified his favoritism ($1.40) when he led throughout defeating Raring To Go and The Duke Downunder. Mafuta Vautin recorded a time of 1;56.7 while running his final mile in splits of 31.1, 29.7, 28.9 and 28.6 seconds. Handled by young New Zealand born reinsman Adam Sanderson for trainer Darrel Graham, the Rollon Bigred – Ashleysplace gelding made a clean sweep of the QBRED features this term after taking the Breeders Classic earlier this season. Bred and raced by Albion Park committeeperson Linda Graham, Mafuta Vautin has now won 11 of his 15 starts with earnings approaching $100,000. Racing Queensland

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 8, 2015 - The featured harness racing event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino provided an exciting finish as Just A Bee and Montenegro crossed the wire together on Friday, May 8. Unable to be separated after the photo was examined, Just a Bee and Montenegro finished in a dead heat for the win in 1:53. In an abbreviated field of six, Montenegro was sent firing away from the gate by driver Jason Dillander to get the first call in :27.4. Just a Bee and Mike Micallef also left aggressively to grab a pocket seat behind the pacesetter while the rest of the field sorted out early position. Montenegro continued to dictate fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.3 as the field remained in single file line down the backside. Pertty Music and Ed Hensley were the first to commit to the outer flow with Miss Kilo and Trace Tetrick in tow approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Montenegro was able to put away Pertty Music but she still had her work cut out for her with Just A Bee sitting on her back in the pocket. Micallef found late racing room up the rail and Just A Bee exploded from the pocket to reach the leader. Now stride for stride, both mares dug in gamely to cross the wire together. Miss Kilo held on for third place honors. For Montenegro, it was the second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and 30th career win. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Montenegro has now earned $37,260 for the season for owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. The seven-year-old daughter of Camluck-Cyber Wave now sports a lifetime bankroll of $532, 789. Just A Bee scored her first seasonal victory at Hoosier Park and ninth victory from 14 outings in 2015. Trained by Mike Micallef, Just A Bee has earned $71,625 this season for owners Anita Micallef, John McGoff, and Greg Heath. With the win, the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood-Tawnees Mark notched her 34th lifetime victory from 141 starts. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 9 with a 14-race card. With an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m., Saturday's live racing card at Hoosier Park will feature a $21,000 Invitational Trot. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit . Emily Gaskin

Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Just A Bee survived an early speed duel with Godiva Seelster and went on to score a narrow win over her newest harness racing arch-rival on Monday night (April 6) at Pompano Park. Handled by trainer Mike Micallef, the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, was involved in a speed duel through a good portion of an opening panel of :26.4 while seeking command from her outside five post in her quintet. Once on top, the "Queen Bee" carded fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.3 to set up her final panel of :27.2 to stop the clock in 1:51, holding Godiva Seelster and Wally Hennessey at bay by a half length. Mach Me Not, with Bruce Ranger in the bike, last around the final turn, was third while Senorita Santanna finished fourth over De Vins Girl in a "barber pole" finish reading top down on the program page 5-4-3-2-1. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "Wally's (Hennessey) mare gave my mare all she could handle both early and late in the mile. The difference between our mares can probably be measured in inches, not lengths. The way both of 'em are right now, you can flip a coin on who will's that close. "I am very proud of Just A Bee because she has given us everything she's got since we claimed her (for $12,000) last fall. She's just amazing. "But Godiva Seelster is incredibly talented, as well. I don't think she's missed a paycheck during her last three seasons...just amazing!" Indeed, Godiva Seelster just recorded her 50th straight start getting checks, dating back to 2013. But, this night, the Queen Bee reigned supreme. Owned by Anita Micallef, along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee picked up her eighth win in 11 starts this year, good for bounty of $55,875. She also achieved another milestone by going over the $200,000 in career earnings--$205,541 to be exact. As the 1 to 2 tote-board favorite, Just A Bee paid $3.00 to her multitude of backers. Regarding Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, there were 180 winning 20 cent ticket holders with the 6-3-10-2-4 combination, each receiving $61.96, pushing the carryover for Wednesday night's racing program to $116,569.75. Post time for the mid-week card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

The rich QBRED Breeders Classic Finals were staged at Albion Park last night (Friday) and provided great harness racing. The Gr.2 three-year-old finals were worth $50,000 each while the Listed four-year-old finals were worth $25,000 each. The night coincided with the culmination of the Racing Queensland Girls On Track race series. In the 3yo Fillies final, the Phil Mitchell prepared Cullens Jewel made full use of her front-line draw and led throughout to score a convincing victory defeating Mathilda Diventa and Feel The Faith. Race favourite Bettorthanspecial finished fourth. Cullen Jewel rated 1;58.5 for the 2138m journey while covering her final half in 57.5 seconds. Mark Dux took the winning drive on the American Ideal – Cullens Cameo filly. It was her biggest victory to date and her fourth overall. Smart pacer Admiral Bronski took honours in the 3yo Colts and Geldings final after a brilliant tactical drive from leading reinsman Shane Graham. After starting from a second-line draw, the Art Major – Bronski Gorgeous colt whipped around the field at the 1200m mark and took the lead away from race favourite A Good Chance before handing back over at the 800m marker. Admiral Bronski finished quickly via the sprintlane and held off the fast finishing burst of Jack Malone with Uncle John filling third. Race favourite A Good Chance finished fourth. Admiral Bronski rated 1;58.0 for the 2138m journey with the final half covered in 58.9 seconds. Trained by Mick Grant, Admiral Bronski is now the winner of 7 races from 23 starts. In the 4yo divisions, the favourites proved too classy for their rivals. Flashy chestnut Mafuta Vautin, trained and driven by Darrel Graham, led throughout in the Entires and Geldings final defeating Mister Higgins and The Duke Downunder. Bred and raced by Linda Graham, the Rollon Bigred – Ashleysplace gelding has now won 9 of his 13 career starts. Mafuta Vautin rated 1;57.9 for the 2138m journey while finishing off in 58 seconds. In the 4yo Mares final, Charming Allie worked her way to the front and defied running down in the home straight defeating Beef City Safari and Morethanmeetstheye. Bred and raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour, the Grant Dixon trained and driven mare claimed her 17th career victory from 27 starts. The Mr Feelgood – Charm Personified mare rated 1;59.0 for the 2138m journey while running her last half in 57.1 seconds. Congratulations to all winners and their respective connections. Racing Queensland

Pompano Beach, FL...March 23, 2015...Just A Bee extended her winning streak to five in the $12,000 Open Pace for Mares on Monday (March 23) at Pompano Park as the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood wore down a very game and stubborn Godiva Seelster to score a measured neck victory in 1:51.1. Driven by trainer Mike Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee won for the seventh time in nine starts this season, pushing her seasonal bounty to $46,750 and $196,416 lifetime. She's banked $75,200 since she was claimed for $12,000 last September covering 17 starts--11 of which were wins. At the outset, Godiva Seelster, handled by Wally Hennessey, zipped out of the gate to an early lead, yielding to Senorita Santanna, with Aaron Byron handling the lines with the Senorita sizzling an opening panel in :26.2 with Godiva in the garden spot, Mach It A Par with Dan Clements third and Just A Bee next. Three-eighths out, Godiva Seelster left the cozy pocket and sprinted by Senorita Santanna as Just A Bee took up the chase, as well. A picked up three quarters in 1;22.3 left Godiva Seelster with a clear lead with Just A Bee in pursuit and Mach It a Par also getting into the fray but, at midstretch, Just A Bee pulled on even terms with Godiva Seelster and edged on by in the final yards. After the race, driver Mike Micallef said, "What can I say? She (Just a Bee) is just very sharp right now. We have to enjoy the ride while we can because this business isn't all roses every start. Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster) was very game tonight. She endured a heckuva opening panel and still was tough as nails at the end. And Dan's mare (Mach It A Par) was sharp, as well. Like I said, we enjoy these times when we can." As the overhwelming 1 to 5 favorite, Just A Bee returned $2.60 to win. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 event attracted strong play on Monday night with the 4-6-10-2-1 20 cent consolation paying $1,636.74. The carryover going into Wednesday's program now stands at over $66,000. John Berry for Pompano Park

Louisville, KY --- He doesn’t have a clue why she is presently such a tough customer, but harness racing driver Mike Micallef is clearly thrilled Just A Bee has discovered her best stride. “I have no idea why she is so good right now,” said her conditioner and pilot. “She is just a happy horse and I haven’t done a thing with her other than just freshening her up before bringing her from Hoosier to Pompano.” A daughter of dual hemisphere champion Mr Feelgood and the Camluck mare Tawnees Mark, the 7-year-old Just A Bee has earned $190,416 from 135 lifetime starts. She is owned by Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath and has been reminiscent of her sire during her time in the Micallef barn. She has paced 15 miles for her current connections with 10 triumphs and when she hasn’t hit the winner’s circle it might very well be only Micallef’s fault. “I don’t want her to be too hard on herself,” he said. “Everything she has done is all on her own and she is competing against some very tough company with Pertty Music and McFlirty. They are extremely nice mares. I can’t say enough about how good she has been.” Her dam has only dropped three foals, but Just A Bee is a half sister to A Regular Terror (Western Terror p,5,1:54.3h, $126,175) and has campaigned in Canada, New York, Indiana and Florida. The mare finished fourth in her only qualifying start at Mohawk Racetrack a 2-year-old, then went to the gate 22 times at age 3 at Rideau Carleton, Flamboro Downs, Kawartha Downs and Batavia Downs. As a 4- and 5-year-old she raced exclusively in the Empire State and only performed at Buffalo Raceway, Batavia Downs and Tioga Downs. She almost always brought home a check. After a barn change from Courtney Ohol to Charles Stewart and a six week vacation in early 2014, Just A Bee surfaced at Hoosier Park. While in Stewart’s care she lowered her lifetime mark by three full seconds and caught Micallef’s attention. “I thought she would fit in really well with our program down in Florida,” he said. “But I never imagined she would do this well.” But Micallef does admit there might be something to her new routine that she may relish. “I let her gallop twice a week,” he said. “I just let her go around a mile.” Just A Bee also seems to just enjoy life and may just be coming into her own as she matures. “She is funny,” Micallef said. “She pins her ears back every time anyone comes near her, but the minute you pet her she is all over that. She is such a nice horse and once you pay attention to her, she loves it.” The mare will remain in Florida for just a bit longer before she returns to the Midwest and commences the remainder of her season at Hoosier Park. “They just posted the conditions and they have a $21,000 Open back in Indiana,” Micallef said. “That’s where I base my stable. I want to see if she can compete up there, but I think she can. In her last start I literally was pulling the bit out of her mouth she wanted to go so much. She’s been taking on good quality mares down here so I don’t know why she can’t do the same up there. “I don’t think it’s just the track with her. Believe me, no one is as surprised as me she is this good right now. She’s just really enjoying herself out there and my job is just to keep her happy.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Pompano Beach, Fl...March 9, 2015...As Pompano Park harness racing fan Gary Andrews lamented, "They could have just shown the replay from last week!" Gary was speaking of Just A Bee's win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (March 9) as the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood extended her winning streak to four with a 1:51.4 win for trainer-driver Mike Micallef in an almost identical manner as last week's win. With only a quartet going behind the Hummer Starting Gate this night with a late scratch, Just A Bee left just outside of main rival Senorita Santanna, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., tracking that one all the way through panels of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.2 before tilting out turning for home and rolling on by in mid-stretch to score by three-parts-of-a-length with the "Senorita" easily second best. Always Dee One teamed up with Rick Plano to be third, eight lengths away, over Pertty Music, making her first start back after a four week absence. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "You know, she's just very sharp right now. They (horses) aren't machines so we have to enjoy these times when they occur. The trip was almost identical as last week's as we sat behind George (Napolitano) the entire way. When we turned for home, I asked her and she responded. But don't take anything away from (Senorita) Santanna, she is one heckuva mare--tough as nails!" Owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee now sports a 6-1-0 scorecard in eight starts, good for $40,750 so far this young season. Since her claim for $12,000 last September in Indiana, Just A Bee has won 10 times in 17 starts, earned $68,200 and taken a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. As the 1 to 5 betting favorite, Just A Bee returned $2.40 to win. The co-featured $10,000 Open "2" Pace for mares went to Mach Me Not, deftly handled by Wally Hennessey, in 1:52.3. Trained by Jim Mc Donald for the S S G Stables, this nine year-old daughter of Mach Three was away fifth early on in the action-packed mile as Wind River Cat (Kevin Wallis) and Keystone Christa (Aaron Byron) barbed for early supremacy with the latter on top at the opener in :27.2--but not for long. Mach Me Not made a quarter move from fifth to the lead down the straightaway the first time, only to be out-brushed around turn two as Glam Cam (Walter Ross, Jr.) sprinted up to take control just a couple of strides past the :56 half. Glam Cam and Mach Me Not continued one-two past the third station in 1:23.3 with Keystone Christa making yet another bid on the outside, Wind River Cat skimming the pylons with the 1 to 5 favorite, Arodasi (Joe Pavia, Jr.), yet to fire. In the lane, Mach Me Not took dead aim on Glam Cam and, though drifting out, sprinted clear to a win measuring 3 1/2 lengths over Glam Cam. Wind River Cat was third under the wire but set back a notch with a pylon violation moving Arodasi up to third. Glow Stick picked up the nickel. Mach Me Not achieved her 30th lifetime victory, pushing her career bounty to $315,262--$19,240 this season on the strength of three wins in nine starts. As the 3 to 1 second choice on the tote-board, Mach Me Not Paid $8.80 to her many faithful. The featured $12,000 Open Trot for mares went to Mc Tiny's Hope, smartly handled by Ben Mc Neil. This seven year-old daughter of CR Excellence, trained by Jack Mc Neil for owner Ellen Mc Neil, began from the outside post seven and picked up live cover the entire final lap and then stormed home fastest of all to score a photo finish decision over My Heidi (Jason Dillander), weaving on through between horses late, and the fast closing She's All In (Rick Plano). M T Ur Pockets finished fourth after a mild bid three-eighths out and Blushing Hanover picked up the final award in the septet. Favored Trot Fudge Sundae made a miscue around the first turn in tight quarters. Fifth choice in the betting, Mc Tiny's Hope paid $16.40 to win with, this, her 23rd lifetime success, sending her career bounty to $132.230--$23,456 this season on the strength of a 2-3-0 scorecard in 10 starts. Also on the card was the $10,500 Final of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closer featuring pacing mares. As expected, Taylor B Good, a dominant winner in the first two claiming legs of this event, completed the sweep, scoring a four length win for Rick Plano in 1:54.2 over Viewish (George Napolitano, Jr.) with Flying Topless (Aaron Byron) third. Five Stars Queen and Moon Is On Fire took home the minors in the field of eight. Hot property lately off of claims her last three starts, Taylor B Good, off at 1 to 5 on the board, was relaxed in fifth early as Five Stars Queen took the field to the opener in :28.1, only to be replaced on the front end by Newsmaker, reaching the half in :56.3. Taylor B Good, meanwhile, was out following cover just after three-eighths of a mile, followed that cover until three-eights out, then went on a brief double-bubble mission, assuming command around the final turn and lengthening her advantage to the wire. Reclaimed last week by trainer Bernie Wolin for wife Hilda Wolin, Taylor B Good enjoyed the third biggest payday of her career measuring 88 starts, sending her lifetime bankroll to $89,718--$12,745 this year, $10,750 of that over the past two weeks in this late closing series. Taylor B Good paid $2.60 to win. The second leg of the "Over The Hill Gang" pace for 10 year-olds and up was contested with eight warriors with over $2 million in lifetime earnings on the strength of over 300 lifetime wins. Once again, it was the heavy favorite Shark Dressed Man, off at 1 to 2, holding on to score a 1:54 win for Rick Plano, his winning margin a diminishing half length over Oil Magnet (Mike Micallef) with Dr Flamingo (Aaron Byron) also in the photo. Clive Hanover was fourth with Allamerican Major next in the octet. Shark Dressed Man, an 11 year-old gelded son of Shark St Partners, won for the 48th time during his career measuring 205 starts and sent his earnings to $329,569--$5,235 of that for owner Ernest Durse after his claim in mid-January. Finally, the Super Hi-5 again had multiple winners on Monday night with the 20 cent consolation of 7-3-6-1-4 paying $37.16, sending the carryover to Wednesday night's card surging over $30,000. Post time is 7:30 for the Wednesday card. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2015...The two best pacing mares on the Pompano Park roster--Just A Bee and Senorita Santanna--hooked up in a classic harness racing duel on Monday night and, while Senorita Santanna won the battle out of the gate, it was Just A Bee, again exquisitely handled by Mike Micallef, who prevailed by three-parts-of-a-length at the end of their 1:51 epic mile. The "Queen Bee" left hard from her post four, as did Senorita Santanna from post five with George Napolitano, Jr. handling her lines, with these two wrestling hard for the early lead and the latter assuming control shortly after the opening eighth and zipping to the initial quarter in :26.3. Reaching the half in :55.2, Senorita Santanna enjoyed a 1 1/2 length advantage over Just A Bee with positions still the same way past three quarters in 1:23.2. Turning for home, Just A Bee left the coziness of her pocket and began gnawing away at the leader, reaching the lead in mid-stretch and edging away late as Micallef peered back at the main rival as if to say "so long!" De Vins Girl finished third for Jason Dillander--4 1/2 lengths away--while Mach Me Not was fourth over Southwind Trini in the quintet. In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "Once again, she went quite a journey. The week off didn't seem to be a bother to her as she has won a couple of times off of a brief vacation. We tussled early so I had no choice but to take the pocket--not such a bad thing, as she is very handy and does anything asked of her. "When we turned for home, she proved herself again with a final quarter that had to be in the area of :27.2 or so." (It was) "She raced giant." Trained by Mike for owners Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee, a seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, won for the third straight time and fifth time in seven starts this season, good for $34,750. She now has 30 lifetime victories with a career bankroll of $184,416. As the 6 to 5 second choice in the betting, Just A Bee paid $4.40 to win. Two other notable events on the Monday night card were the second leg of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closing event for claiming pacing mares and the "Over The Hill Gang" pace for $4,000 claiming pacers 10 years-old and up--the latter event featuring a field of 10 with combined earnings of almost $3,000,000 on the strength a combined 355 wins in 2,069 lifetime starts. The "Happy Wife, Happy Life" leg went to Taylor B Good, overcoming her eight rivals from the nine post with a lifetime equalling best 1:53 performance for George Napolitano, Jr. This six year-old daughter of Kilowatt, trained by Joe Sanzeri for the J L Benson Stables, came out sprinting from her outside post and clocked panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.1 before going into yet another gear turning for home, completing her journey with a :27.4 finale to pin a defeat measuring 10 3/4 lengths on Newsmaker, driven by Wally Hennessey. Flying Topless, teaming up with Aaron Byron, was third while Five Stars Queen and Viewish picked up the minors. Hot property off claims the last two starts, Taylor B Good won for the second straight week and was promptly claimed again this time around, too, with the mare returning to her previous owner, Hilda Wolin as the final of this late closer looms ahead. In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "Ya know, in a situation like this, I thought, 'if I don't give it a whirl from here, I'd be 10 lengths back...and I'm don't think that any mare is 10 lengths better than any other here.'" Turns out that George was both right and wrong. He was right to "give it a whirl" but wrong about the "10 lengths" reasoning as the mare won by 10 3/4! Third choice on the board, Taylor B Good paid $8.80 to her faithful. The "Over the Hill Gang" pace went to the 11 year-old Shark Dressed Man, driven by Rick Plano, in wire-to-wire fashion stopping the tele-timer in 1:53.3 for his first win of the year. The son of Shark St Partners clocked hot panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:23.2 en route to a 4 1/4 length win over the 10 year-old No Shenanigans handled by Kevin Wallis. Oil Magnet skimmed the pylons and was third under the line but a subsequent disqualification for a pylon violation pushed him back to seventh allowing Allamerican Major to move up one notch to third while Dr Flamingo also was placed up a rung to fourth. Clive Hanover completed the Super Hi-5, which, once again, had several winners cashing a 20 cent ticket worth $444.80 allowing the carryover for Wednesday's Super Hi-5 to swell over the $15,000 plateau. For Shark Dressed Man, owned by Ernest Durse, it was his 47th lifetime success in 204 career starts, good for bounty of $327,745. As the 3 to 5 choice, Shark Dressed Man paid $3.20 to win. John Berry

Savvy breeders have every reason to be on good terms with themselves. Following the recent harness racing Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale staged in Brisbane, the progeny of former world champion pacer Mr Feelgood sold incredibly well. In fact, he averaged $27,000 from his six lots sold. He also snared the top lot of the sale with his Catwalk Beauty filly fetching $48,000 when knocked down to the bid of Patrice Madden, partner of leading trainer/driver Peter Greig. The sales topper was also awarded the best presented filly on the day. His sale results included $26,000 for a filly from Magic In Motion, $30,000 for a Truly Famous filly, $28,000 for a Get Happy colt, $14,000 for a Girl Of The Moment filly and $16,000 for a Girls Rule filly. After standing his first two commercial seasons at stud at Yirribee in New South Wales, owners Kevin and Kay Seymour along with Peter and Zilla O’Shea relocated their prized stallion to Queensland. Standing at Egmont Park on the Darling Downs of Toowoomba under the watchful eye of Peter and Leann Bell, he was generously offered for a free with only a handling fee involved. The highly decorated stallion has just completed a very large book of mares which includes several well credentialed mares from all states of Australia. And with the heavy workload, his fertility has remained potent with every nine in ten mares confirmed in foal. The move in standing Mr Feelgood for free was a way of helping the Queensland breeding industry which has stalled following the demise of the incomparable Fake Left and Perfect Art. And breeders pounced on the wonderful opportunity. The Grinfromeartoear stallion has already proven his talent at stud in North America after serving a small crop of mares with twenty-two live foals hitting the ground before being imported back in 2008. His North American progeny include Meadowlands winner Nathan Feelsgood while both I'm Feelin Good and Feels Good have both proven their talent on the Kentucky Sires Stakes circuit. Remarkably, with only two foals to race last season, he produced two richly talented types in A Good Chance (4 wins including $35,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final) and Feel The Faith (6 wins including Australasian Breeders Crown consolation). Astute buyers have reacted quickly at the sales so far this year. The Brisbane results were a flow-on effect from a positive Melbourne sale. His four lots averaged $18,500. His individual sale results included $16,000 for a Miss Holmes colt, $25,000 for a colt from The Princess Poet, $13,000 for a Trend Setter filly and $20,000 for a Twice Again Franco colt. This weekend, the Sydney sale takes place where three lots will be offered which includes two colts and a filly. by Chris Barsby

His father is a Group One winner on both sides of the equator and his mother hales from a family littered with top shelf performers. Given his bloodlines, this ‘athletic’ colt is bound to inherit more than his share of ability and success. The youngster in question is part of the outstanding line up from Yirribee Pacing Stud heading to the Sydney Australian Pacing Gold Sale. To be more precise, the yearling will enter the ring on February 28 as Lot 299. To be even more precise, the promising type is by champion pacer and now star sire, Mr Feelgood. As the winner of the Little Brown Jug, Inter Dominion and A G Hunter Cup, Mr Feelgood requires no introduction. The sire of only 19 Australian foals – three years or older – Mr Feelgood boasts 11 winners including, Charming Allie, A Good Chance and Feel the Faith. On his dam’s side, the yearling is from Athletic River, which is closely-related to another A G Hunter Cup winner, Surprise Package. The family also includes Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Shardons Aflyin, Royal Surprise, Flaming Roadstar, Shardons Rocket, Precious Dylan, Knight Vance and Vi Et Animo. Along with being in the rich APG race series, the filly is eligible for the Australasian Breeders’ Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge. PAUL COURTS

Pompano Beach, FL...February 16, 2015...A coup to overthrow the "Queen Bee" at Pompano Park by a "Senorita" failed on Monday night as Just A Bee withstood a furious late surge by Senorita Santanna to retain her coveted harness racing crown in a photo finish in the $12,500 Open Pace for Mares.   Driven by trainer Mike Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee was used hard from her outside post at the outset to grab the top spot from a stubborn Senorita Santanna, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., prior to the opening panel, clocked in a sharp :26.3.   Once on top, Just A Bee continued to put up quick numbers, with the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.4.   Turning for home, Just A Bee was on her way to a :28 finale with Senorita Santanna clocked even a tick faster--the latter's late charge falling a neck short in a mile timed in 1:51.4.   Southwind Trini finished third for Bruce Ranger, though 6 ½ lengths away while De Vins Girl and Arodasi completed the quintet.   In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "We were in a bit of a war early and, after that, it was somewhat difficult to calm my mare down. To me, she was very impressive tonight as she kind of picked it up on her own on the backstretch and really dug in late. I was proud of her performance tonight."   For Just A Bee, a seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, it was her second straight win and fourth in seven starts this young season, pushing her seasonal bounty to $28,750. She's banked $178,416 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 public choice, Just A Bee returmed $3.20 to win.   Reported by John Berry      

Pompano Beach, FL...February 9, 2015...With mares in the Pompano Park spotlight Monday night, Just A Bee and Little Bitty Lies took top honors in their respective events for the harness racing distaffers.   Just A Bee, competing in the $12,000 Open Pace for the Mares, conquered five rivals and a racetrack deluged with rain just minutes before to score a 1:52.4 win for Mike Micallef -- her margin a half length over a very stubborn Senorita Santanna, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. De Vins Girl was third for Jason Dillander while Always Dee One and Arodasi also picked up minor awards in the field of six.   Just A Bee, a seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, was away in good order from her outside post six to settle into the third spot around the opening turn behind Senorita Santanna and De Vins Girl. Just a couple of strides later, "Queen Bee" was out again and driving for the lead, which she assumed shortly after an opening panel of :27.1.   With no pressure down the opening straightaway, Just A Bee lolly-gagged through a second quarter in :29.4, reaching the half in a "soft" :57. Once they straightened away on the backside, Just A Bee discouraged any impending threats with a :28 third quarter in the slop and then sealed the deal with a :27.4 closer, holding off a very game Senorita Santanna by a half length.   In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, Once I got a taste of that mud in my mouth, I decided to try and make the top spot to minimize any additional 'mud pudding' thrown my way. Actually, we got a nice breather during the second quarter and, when we reached the half cheap (:57), I thought she could carry it all the way home. George's mare (Senorita Santanna) went a big mile--she's tough as nails--but my mare is tough, as well...and actually had a bit easier of a trip than last week, when she had to go first up on the backside and finished second."   Owned by Anita Micallef, along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee now has a 3-1-0 scorecard in five starts this young season, good for $22,500. She's earned $172,166 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Just A Bee returned $3.40 to win.   Little Bitty Lies, a five year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, used a bold rush on the backside to take command prior to the final turn and romp home an easy winner--two lengths--for Lewayne Miller in 1:56.4 over the track still labeled sloppy in the $13,000 companion Open Trot for Mares.   Trot Fudge Sundae, handled by Dave Ingraham, used a backside brush of her own to get second while Blushing Hanover, prominent early but backed up after getting "briefly stuck in traffic" rallied for Mickey McNichol to finish third.   Barbies Korvett and Black Swan also earned checks in the septet.   Third early on through opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4, Little Bitty Lies blitzed her opposition with a strong backside brush to assume command--comfortably--past the third station in 1:26.4.   From there, the issue was never in doubt.   Owned by the consortium of the Erv Miller Stable, Wind Gap, MIchelon and Paymaq Racing, Little Bitty Lies won for the initial time in 2015 in just two starts this season--9th win lifetime--to send her career bankroll to $158,788.   Finally, though the even money favorite in the Super Hi-5 was disqualified and placed out of the top five, the event still had multiple winners with the carryover going over to Tuesday night's card exceeding $120,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry for Pompano Park      

Exciting prospect A Good Chance is nearly ready to kick start his latest harness racing campaign. The Donny Smith trained colt is expected to trial within a fortnight as he gears up for a lucrative and busy campaign. The reigning Queensland Two-year-old of the year performed with great distinction last season and never missed the board during his ten start campaign which netted four victories. His crowning glory came in the Gr.3 $35,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final at Albion Park while he finished an agonisingly close second in the Gr.2 $80,000 QBRED Triad Final behind Jack Malone at his final start of the season. The Mr Feelgood – Chance The Walk colt also notched a placing in the Gr.1 $100,000 Seymour Nursery Pace Final behind Waves Of Fire and Artistic Flite. “He’s just about ready to go again and I can’t be any happier with him, I was deliberate in giving him a lengthy break and I’m thrilled with his current condition because he’s really muscled up and filled out in key areas of his body.” Smith said. A Good Chance will trial at Albion Park in the coming weeks and a raft of feature events have been penciled in for his upcoming campaign. His first major mission will be a title defence of the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic at Albion Park on March 27 before looking at the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad in late May before concentrating on THE Brisbane winter carnival. “It’s going to be a long season with so many features but we will carefully manage him just like last year and hopefully get the best from him. I’m convinced he’s grown and filled out compared to last season, I would say he’s 30kg to 4okg’s heavier but its all muscle. “He’s enjoyed a really good foundation and he continues to improve with his times so a trial will bring him on even further. I’m likely to give him two trials but I will just monitor him after his first hit-out.” Since Smith and his wife Maureen made the switch to their current Redcliffe base from Hendra last year, the numbers have swelled and the results have also been very pleasing. The couple are currently working a team of twelve while a few a more are currently in pre-training as they prepare for their next campaign. “We love it here at Redcliffe; with the extra room and stables we have been able to expand our numbers and things are going along nicely. It’s very trainer friendly and the track is well looked after by Greg Franklin and his team. “Maureen and I get some good help every morning and the system is working, I’m back doing the bulk of the shoeing but I haven’t made my mind up about race driving again yet. “My foot is getting better all the time but I’m still undecided on which way I’ll go with the driving.” Smith has been out of action for the past four months with a broken foot after he was stood on by a pacer he was shoeing at his new property. Just recently, Smith gained a medical clearance to resume race driving but is yet to get back in the bike on raceday. “I’ve got my clearance but I’m happy with the way things are going currently, we have the services of Chris Petroff and he’s a good driver who drives regularly which is important. “We may even offer him the drive on A Good Chance this season, but we’ll make that decision soon.” Smith has already trained 12 winners this season with the promise of plenty more to come. by Chris Barsby  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2015 -- I'm Feelin Good had captured three straight races with gritty first-over moves, but could he possibly use the same strategy to extend his streak to four? Indeed he could, as his determined move for Tony Hall wore down the leader, Shooter's Dream, and carried him to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dew N Doughnuts shot the Lightning Lane for second, a neck back, while Desperation rallied for show. Time for the mile was 1:53.3, including a snappy back half in 55.4. Ashley Hall trains I'm Feelin Good, a 7-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding who extended his career bankroll to $526,454, for Larry Fischer. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Pompano Beach, FL...January 12, 2015...Pure Barre and Just A Bee extended their winning streaks on Monday night as Pompano Park hosted a pair of Open events for mares--one for trotters and the other, of course, for pacers.   The grand mare Pure Barre, making her 100th lifetime start, overcame the outside nine post to score a near gate-to-wire win for Mickey McNichol in 1:55 for her 21st lifetime win.   Owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, the now seven year-old daughter of Classic Photo, secured the lead around the opening turn and clocked panels of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26 before sealing the issue with a :29 finale to score by 2 3/4 lengths over the late charging McTiny's Hope, driven by Ben McNeil. M T Ur Pockets, well back early, finished third for Ed Hensley while Trot Fudge Sundae, a stout challenger around the final turn, was fourth. She's All In rallied to get the nickel.   In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "Yes, we had the nine post but this mare is very handy out of the gate and likes to be in the thick of things from the get-go. There didn't seem to be that much early speed in there, so I just let her do her own thing. She knows how to throttle and she knows how to relax--something she did in the second quarter. There was a bit of a challenge around that final turn but she was well in hand all the way home."   Pure Barre, with only nine starts under her girth last year--her scorecard reading 5-3-0 with $34,280--made her initial start of this new year just as she ended last season--with a win--to send her lifetime bounty to $220,145.   As second choice in the wagering, Pure Barre paid $7.00 to her faithful.   Just A Bee, known as the "Queen Bee" in this top class for mares off of three straight winning performances, justified her even money backing on the tote-board by making it a "hambone"--four-in-a-row--as she, too, was a near wire-to-wire winner for Mike Micallef. Her 1:51 triumph was measured as 3/4 of a length over McFlirty, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Mach It A Par, longest prop on the board at 48 to 1, finished third for Dan Clements while P L Hula and Pertty Music earned the last two awards.   Starting from the outside post in her septet of mares, Just A Bee was on the fly from the get-go, stinging her way to the top spot around the first turn and buzzing through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1 before zipping home in :27.4.   The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, won for the 27th time during her blossoming career, sending her lifetime earnings to $162,416.   After the event, driver Mike Micallef said, "when the gate opened, I really didn't know if we were going for the top spot or somewhere close up. She's very handy and has an attitude kinda like, 'just tell me what you want me to do and I'll do it!' Were riding the crest right now, so we have to enjoy this while we can. These other mares are very good, too, so each week is an adventure. Just A Bee is just very sharp now. Who knows how long this will last."   Just A Bee returned $4.00 to win.   Once again the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Monday night--the consolation paid $1,437.46--so the carry-over to Wednesday's program is close to $40,000.   Post time for the mid-week 11 race card is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park        

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2015 -- I'm Feelin Good wore down the leader, Visible Gold, with a relentless first-over bid and captured his Third Straight in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold cut out a moderate 58.4 first half but couldn't withstand the pressure from I'm Feelin Good, who scored by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4 and relegated Visible Gold to his fifth consecutive place finish. Dew N Doughnuts was third. Tony Hall drove the 7-year-old Mr Feelgood-I'm-The-Goto-Girl gelding, who now boasts $516,454 in career earnings, for trainer Ashley Hall and owner Larry Fischer. Hall piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

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