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Veteran harness racing trainer Paul Hill reaffirmed his status as the king of the kids when he snared the feature two-year-old double at Luxbet Park Hobart in Tasmania last night. Hill prepared star filly Ideal Bliss to win his third consecutive Group 3 Evicus Stakes final and his handy colt Feelin Dusty led throughout to give Hill his second Dandy Patch from the past three editions. "I've been very fortunate to have had some very talented young horses in my care in recent years and I'm hoping this isn't the end of my good run," Hill said. "Ideal Bliss is a very good filly and I have no doubt she will develop into a very good three-year-old." "I also have a decent opinion of Feelin Dusty and when he drew gate two I rated him a top chance of winning even though the raps were big on Todd Rattray's horse (Izaha). "When Ricky (Duggan) was able to lead and not spend too much early on Feelin Dusty I was confident my horse would be very hard to beat and that's how it panned out." Ideal Bliss, owned and bred by Charlie and Connie Beadman, was sent out the $1.40 favourite despite drawing the inside of the second row. However, her driver Rohan Hillier snagged her out the back at the start to ensure he could find a spot in the one-out line while Inwil ($8) showed good speed to lead. Hillier sent Ideal Bliss  (American Ideal-Blissfull Grace) around the field at the bell and when he moved alongside the leader at the top of the home straight she forged clear but had to pull out all stops to fend off Inwil that made a late charge with Jeanette Barry a close-up third. Feelin Dusty ($2.30fav) showed brilliantly gate speed to easily hold the front in the Dandy Patch while Run Wick ($11) faced the breeze with Izaha ($2.40) on its back enjoying the one-out-one-back position. But a lap out and unhappy with the modest tempo Rattray sent Izaha up to face the breeze and put some pressure on the leader and they singled out to fight out the finish. Feelin Dusty responded when Duggan called on the gelded son Mr Feelgood for the big effort and he went on to score by over 10 metres from Izaha with Pezzamystic over 15 metres away third. Peter Staples

The harness racing season is over for Opononis Bliss. A debut winner at Albion Park in 1:57.9 on April 4 has since undergone an operation owing to sequestrum. The Mr Feelgood – Opononi Sunset filly has battled soundness issues ever since but a series of x-rays recently has revealed the problem rests in the near side front leg. Sequestrum is a piece of dead bone tissue formed within a diseased or injured bone, typically in chronic osteomyelitis. Prepared by leading trainer Chantal Turpin, the filly was being readied for the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Fillies Final at Albion Park on July 15. But now the filly will be recuperating following surgery this week. “She came through the race in good style and we just backed off but we noticed she was a little ginger when we brought her back in, it didn’t improve and we had her checked over at the Queensland University at Gatton and this is the end result which is disappointing.” Turpin said. The operation has been hailed a success but connections will give her plenty of recovery time meaning she won’t race again this term. The two-year-old fillies division boasts strong depth with the likes of Fame Assured, Aqua Miss, Ark Teamo, Red Charmer, Well Disguised, Datsgood and the Sydney trained Arts Treasure all displaying strong ability. Meanwhile, stable star Mattgregor is ready for his challenge this weekend when he tackles the Gr.2 $75,000 4 & 5yo Championship this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Melton. The Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding was beaten but far from disgraced last Sunday at Albion Park when finishing second behind in-form mare Summertime Lizzie in a time of 1:51.9. Mattgregor sat without cover. “He’s come through the race really well and he’s trained at a good level this week so he’s ready to go, he’s booked to fly south on Thursday night,” Turpin said. “We know he’s good enough and he’s got a handy draw so hopefully he won’t be too far from the action, we’re looking at coming home via Sydney with a possible race or two at Menangle before the winter carnival.” Mattgregor will start from gate four in the 2240m feature event and Pete McMullen will take the drive. Chris Barsby

Sunday's Australian Pacing Gold Sale could be an omen for those looking to purchase a yearling by leading harness racing stallion Mr Feelgood. The first pacer to win Group Ones on both sides of the equator, Mr Feelgood’s biggest success came in the 2009 Inter Dominion. That was the year the prestigious Championship was conducted in Queensland – which doubles as this weekend’s APG Labrokes Yearling Sale location. To be more precise, the 70 lots will enter the ring at Albion Park Raceway. As for Mr Feelgood, he will be represented by 10 colts and eight fillies, with each from families littered with winners. With his stock racing in sensational form this season, Mr Feelgood’s offerings are destined to be in demand. As of today’s Harness Racing Australia figures, Mr Feelgood is equal leading two-year-old sire with Art Major, Bettors Delight and Shadow Play on winners this season. The difference is the strike rate, with Mr Feelgood’s winners coming from eight starters, with the other three ranging between 11 and 24 starters! Mr Feelgood’s winners-to-starters strike rate is 75 per cent, with his closest rival among the leaders at 54.5 per cent. APG Media

Team Dixon dominated the feature card of harness racing at Albion Park tonight (Saturday). The powerhouse stable took both feature events, the $20,000 Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios Classic and the $20,000 Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final. Red Charmer ($16.90) stormed down the outside to claim victory in the juvenile event defeating Well Disguised ($18.30) and Datsgood ($1.60 fav) in a time of 1:57.4. The Mr Feelgood – Rhapsody In Red filly is raced by her breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour. It was start number two tonight for Red Charmer and her maiden success. It was proved a great result for Mr Feelgood, siring the winner and the third placegetter which is a timely boost with the Queensland yearling sales starting next week. The stable was heavily fancied to win the event with Colt Thirty One but he was a late scratching earlier in the day. Former New Zealand trotter Foursharesmorebeers ($4.40) scored a thrilling victory in the Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final defeating Scorched ($2.70) by a nose margin while Illdoitwhenimready ($5.90) finished a further 8m away in third. The time was 3:27.2 which gave Foursharesmorebeers a mile rate of 2:05.5 for the 2647m stand-start feature. Foursharesmorebeers is raced by Greg Mitchell. First staged in 2011, it is the first time the Dixon stable has won the Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final. Team Dixon won 5 of the 10 races staged tonight including both features while Monarkmac, The Black Assassin and Joys A Babe also proved triumphant. Trista Dixon took driving honours with a treble after partnering Monarkmac, Joys A Babe and Red Charmer. And given her excellent form in recent weeks, Trista now moves into outright second in the metropolitan driver’s premiership trailing Grant by 6 wins. Grant has driven 32 metro winners while Trista sits second with 26 winners. Team Dixon leads the National Trainers Premiership also and hold a healthy lead over Perth based husband and wife team of Greg and Skye Bond while Bathurst horseman Steve Turnbull sits third. Racing Queensland

They are Queenslanders through and through but sporting stars Gorden Tallis and Chris Lynn were quite happy to get their first harness racing win on New South Wales' soil. Tallis, a former Australian rugby league player, and Lynn, an Australian cricketer, are proud owners of the pacer Lynnsanity who won on debut at Bathurst last Sunday. The close friends were ecstatic with their colt's performance, living up to his $1.60 favouritism. "It was great to watch but as a punter I was a bit disappointed with his price," Lynn joked. "A win is a win and is doesn't matter if it is at home or away. "I'm up in Noosa for the Pink Stumps Day, a fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation, and I realised the race was coming up as I was driving so I pulled into the pub and watched 10 minutes of Sky Racing." And Lynn did not make it too obvious in his surroundings that he was a winning owner. "I was pretty quiet to be honest because I didn't want to let everyone know in the pub what was happening," he said. Named after the hashtag associated with Lynn, Lynnsanity the two-year-old pacer, is trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton who purchased the son of Mr Feelgood at the Ready2Run Sale. And at his first race appearance he rated the mile in 1:59.6. "We're very happy," Lynn said. "I also gave part of my share to my Mum and also Gorden Tallis who is a great friend of mine. "It's nice to enjoy the experience with a couple of your closer mates . . . that's what it's all about. "I can definitely see myself getting the harness racing bug. "I'm always keen to learn about a new product and it will be nice to get to a harness racing meeting soon." All it took was one email for Lynn and Tallis to become involved with the pacing version of Lynnsanity. "Shane (Tritton) emailed my manager saying he was naming a horse after me and when a share was offered I jumped at the opportunity," Lynn said. "I've owned a couple of greyhounds and always loved my horse racing and a punt. "It's also pretty cool to be recognised from another industry and if my status can help harness racing while increase the exposure of cricket, everyone is a winner." Lynnsanity is being aimed at the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown series and is also eligible for the New South Wales Breeders Challenge. AMANDA RANDO

Veteran Tasmania harness racing trainer Paul Hill has enjoyed great success with juvenile pacers for many years having prepared the best two-year-olds in the state for the past two seasons. At Luxbet Park Hobart this week Hill produced another highly promising two-year-old in Feelin Dusty that made an impressive debut by winning against older horses. Feelin Dusty was nominated for a two-year-old event but when insufficient nominations were received the field was opened up to three-year-old and older non-winners which produced a field of seven. Hill had no qualms about running his juvenile against older and more experienced pacers and the end result revealed why. "They put the race on so that the two-year-olds could get race experience and I was only too pleased when it was kept on the program with older horses in the field," Hill said. "I've had a fair opinion of this horse from day one and I'm sure anyone who saw how he handled his debut would agree he shows great potential. "I've had some very god two-year-olds in the stable in recent times including Hillview Jake and Chica Bella that were named the state's best two-year-olds in their respective sex categories in 2015 and I reckon Feelin Dusty is right up there as far as ability is concerned." Hill partnered Feelin Dusty on debut and sent the well-bred gelding (Mr Feelgood-Maybe Elite) straight to the front from the pole position (gate 1). Once in front Hill allowed the colt to bowl along at his leisure and when he called on him to sprint turning for home he left is rivals in his wake. Feelin Dusty powered to the line to score by 7-1/2 metres from three-year-old filly Hayley's Comet with Tell Mia Story over two metres away third with the winner clocking a respectable mile rate of 2.02. Hill says Feelin Dusty will progress to the Debutante Stakes in Launceston next Friday. Peter Staples

The record is perfect. 100% spot-on. Perhaps it was divine intervention or just the harness racing gods smiling down upon Lucky Lefty last night (Wednesday) when he registered his maiden success in the QBRED Means Queensland Pace at Redcliffe but it was much more than just another victory. Well, it certainly was for Christina Monte and her husband Charlie Cini. Over the past decade, the popular couple has been dining off the deeds of their former classy racemare turned broodmare gem, Lefty. The Fake Left mare scored on 17 occasions from 67 career starts while amassing more than $117,000 in stakes but her true value at stud is immeasurable. From 11 foals, Lefty produced 11 winners. Her winners to date include Chucka Lefty (9 wins - $51k), Shes A Lefty (10 wins - $102k), Lotsa Lefty (4 wins - $17k), Another Lefty (7 wins - $24k), Major Lefty (17 wins - $88k), Just A Lefty (9 wins - $29k), Royal Lefty (2 wins - $6k), Feelin Good Lefty ( 2 wins - $11k), Bring On Lefty (4 wins - $25k) and Catcha Lefty (12 wins - $123k). Nine different stallions have covered Lefty including Perfect Art (twice), Lotsa Clout, Safely Kept, Art Major, Jet Laag, Blissfull Hall, Mr Feelgood (twice), P B Bullville and Village Jasper. The last foal for Lefty before being retired is Lucky Lefty, a Mr Feelgood colt who scored at start number seven. Unfortunately, Lefty is no longer with us. But her deeds can live on through Catcha Lefty, the richly talented three-year-old gelding is chasing Derby glory over the next week starting with the Listed $25,000 Garrards Gold Coast Derby at Albion Park on Saturday night. Despite a tricky second-line draw, Catcha Lefty still rates as a chance following his eye-catching effort last week in the Premiers Cup behind Smiling Armada after losing considerable early ground after a tardy start. “We’re really happy with the way he’s going at the moment, last week obviously didn’t go to plan but his run was very good given how much ground he made up and the sectionals back that up.” Cini said. “We’ll need luck from the draw but if we get any luck, he won’t be far away and hopefully they go hard throughout and that will suit our guy nicely. I know Shane Graham ( driver) is happy so that makes us happy.” He added. Let’s hope the celebrations continue. Chris Barsby

Harness racing trainer Shannon Price is talking tough.“We will lead”. Price declared.Following the barrier draw yesterday (Tuesday) for Saturday night’s Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park, the Logan Reserve conditioner showed her hand early.The Price trained Ultimate Art has been the form horse in Brisbane in recent times, since being switched from the stables of Ellalong horseman Mick Formosa to Price at the start of the year, the former Group One winner has regained the fire in the belly. To date, Ultimate Art has won 9 of his 12 starts which includes a streak of eight in a row.The Modern Art entire was aiming for nine straight before tasting defeat in the Gr.3 $30,000 Lucky Creed on June 18 against Avonnova when he was crossed from the inside gate. He has since bounced back into the winner’s circle with his all the way victory last week in the Listed $25,000 Mr Feelgood defeating dual Queensland Horse of the Year in Avonnova. “He has a little habit when he scores up and he got the timing all wrong which placed Bart (Cockburn – driver) at a disadvantage, that’s the reason he couldn’t muster that night. He proved last week he has the necessary speed to lead and that’s our aim this week. “Sure there’s some speedy types drawn on his outside but I don’t think they can cross, he’ll be given a strong warm-up and he’ll be focused. We’re really happy with the way he’s improved his gate speed since being up here and that comes from the hard style of racing that Brisbane produces, he would’ve been no chance of leading a field like this when he first arrived. “During his win streak we started thinking the Sunshine Sprint would be a great race for him, he was winning and running unbelievable times and that made us think he might be capable of breaking the track record if he drew to lead. Our aim is to win but the track record could be another bonus.” Champion Perth pacer Im Themightyquinn holds the track record at 1:50.4; he set the mark when he scored in this race back in 2014.Since that night, no horse has gone remotely close to breaking the record.In fact, no horse has even broken into the 1:50 time zone at the famous Breakfast Creek 1000m oval. While Price is confident of leading, she is fearful of the second-line runners with New Zealand star Christen Me drawn directly on the back of Ultimate Art while last start Gr.1 Len Smith Mile winner Hectorjayjay has drawn gate 10, three off the second-line. “Given how even races are nowadays, being on the inside gives your horse a massive advantage and Christen Me is going to secure a perfect trip in transit. He needed the run badly first-up a few weeks back and he’ll be a much sharper prospect this week, and next week for that matter. “Hectorjayjay is a special animal and he’s got my full attention, his point to point speed is like nothing else and he wasn’t draw dependent like most others in this race. He’ll be wide at some stage but if he’s within distance, he could still get over the top of everyone. “While I respect all my rivals, they’re the two horses I fear the most in this race this weekend. We haven’t seen a race like this for some time at Albion Park, even when Blacks A Fake was racing it didn’t produce the build up like this race has but Blackie was just better than everything else. I can’t wait; I’m excited to be part of it.” Mick and Kirsty Formosa will travel up to watch their pride and joy compete over the next week, taking in a family holiday on the Gold Coast while venturing to the track to cheer loudly for the horse affectionately known as ‘Thomas’. And they’ll provide plenty of his favourite treats win, lose or draw – licorice bites. Chris Barsby

Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef and "stung," herself, half way through the mile, got the last fatal sting to her competition when it counted as she edged by late to score a half-length win in 1:51.1 in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday night. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood pinned the narrow defeat on Godiva Seelster, handled by Wally Hennessey, and Pertty Music, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, the latter two in a dead-heat for the place honors. All Charged Up finished fourth in the mile with Drea's Good Powow picking up the final award in the octet. It was an action packed race as there were five lead changes during the mile with All Charged Up , teamed with John MacDonald, bolting to the front with Pertty Music settling in the garden spot and Classic Carpet next during a hot opener of :26.1. That's when Just A Bee brushed up from fourth followed by Godiva Seelster with the "Bee" reaching the top prior to the half clocked in :55.1 with "Godiva" joining her in a battle for supremacy entering the backside. Through an official third panel in :27.1, Godiva Seelster had a clear lead past that station in 1:22.2 and was trying to protect that in the lane with both Just A Bee and Pertty Music closing in. In deep stretch, Just A Bee stung her rivals one last time to narrowly prevail at the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "my mare never ceases to amaze me. She just never, ever quits. "She's gone a lot of great miles for us-some even a little faster-but this was one of her great performances. And she did this against some of her stiffest competition as both Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster) and Kevin's mare (Pertty Music) are in this same class." Just A Bee won for the fourth time this semester in nine starts, banking $33,230 in the process. Lifetime, she's at $308,181, including $186,965 since she was claimed for $12,000 about 18 months ago by Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath. Of her 43 lifetime wins, 22 have come since she has been under the care of trainer-driver Micallef. As the even-money tote-board favorite, Just A Bee returned $4.20 to win. In finishing in that dead-heat for second, Godiva Seelster kept her streak of earning purse checks alive, now standing at an amazing 78 starts dating back through her seasons as a three, four, five and, thus far, six year old season. Racing continues at Pompano Park on Saturday night with post time at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Breeding for the harness racing market in Australasia is never an easy business at the best of times especially if you are trying to market and sell fillies, Buyers are notoriously reluctant to pay anything like the same premium for well bred fillies as they are for well bred colts but we feel that are missing out on a lot of opportunities because the buyers have missed the changes taking place in the stallion market down under. When you look at the present line up of stallions that are dominating the racing scene in Australasia, then just about all the elite stallions are outstanding filly sires. Bettor's Delight is without doubt the best filly sire in the world today, continually churning out champion fillies each season and in big numbers and they are keenly sought after at yearling sales in both hemispheres. Rock N Roll Heaven is another sire whose fillies to be honest are better than his colts in North America, Australia and New Zealand in his siring career to date. American Ideal is another stallion whose fillies often outperform his colts on the track while Shadow Play has five mares amongst his top eight earners in North America. So with such great filly sires dominating the stallion market in Australasia, you would think that fillies would be keenly sought after especially since any well bred ones have a good residual value once they have finished racing which the colts in the main just don't have. Looking through this weekends Australian Pacing Gold Sale at Brisbane and a great number of the fillies would appear to have a high residual value post any racing career. A lot of them come from high profile New Zealand families which are very current in the New Zealand market and have just fetched significant five figure sums at the latest sales in New Zealand. We thought we would highlight a couple of lots from Brisbane that in our opinion would have high residual valve post racing. Lot 450  -  Filly by Mr Feelgood from the Christian Cullen mare Tori Maguire 1:57 ($57,870) The first foal of a smart Christian Cullen mare in Tori France who is a full sister to a champion two and three year old filly in Lizzie Maguire 1:56.5 ($477,366). Christian Cullen is the leading pacing broodmare sire in New Zealand at the moment and for the foreseeable future. A colt by Mach Three from Unrehearsed making him a half brother to Tori Maguire made $40,000 at the recent Australasian Classic yearling sale at Karaka in Auckland. The family is seen as a rich source of  juveniles in New Zealand and has been selling well at the yearling sales for the last 15 years. Lot 431  - Filly by Lanercost from the Bettor's Delight mare in Manhattan Montana 1:57.6 The first foal from a 1:57.6 Bettor's Delight half sister to nine winners including such top liners as Village Hero 1:50.6 ($306,475) and He's My Hero 1:54.3 ($222,293), this is a family that is highly sought after in New Zealand as as can be seen from the latest yearling sales there Two Bettor's Delights colts from Christian Cullen half sisters to Manhattan Montana were sold at the Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka for $80,000 and $60,000 respectively The two Bettor's Delight colts in question are three quarter brothers in blood to Manhattan Montana. At the New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch, a Washington VC half brother to Manhattan Montana made $45,000. Now both the fillies we have highlighted are by young sires  who still have to prove themselves at the highest level but the maternal families are so strong in our view that we wouldn't hesitate adding those two to a broodmare band when they are finished racing. There are numerous other lots for sale at Brisbane on Sunday that are just as well bred in our view and are from families that are in hot demand on both sides of the Tasman. In a lot of ways, the fillies are becoming a better financial investment than the colts these days. Harnesslink Media 

The $150,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Series continued at the South Florida oval with Velocity Vespa and Just A Bee earning the top award in their respective divisions in the second leg of the harness racing series.   Velocity Vespa, handled with perfection by George Napolitano, Jr., led every stride of her mile while recording fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1;22.3 in route to a lifetime best performance of 1:50.2. The six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover pinned the 2¼ length defeat on Show Runner, handled by Tim Maier with Pertty Music and Ed Hensley teaming up for show honors. Lucy's Pearl finished fourth with the favorite, Totally Rusty, fifth in the septet. Positions were relatively stagnant once the dust settled, sans a mild backside move by Lucy's Pearl to wend her way into third--briefly--with the winner never relenting any ground at any stage of the mile. In a post-race interview, driver Napolitano related, "last week I tried to rate her a little more but, the more I think about it, sometimes these mares just don't want to be rated and this one just kind of spoke to me tonight and 'said' let me go and I'll handle the rest. "It was a great effort on her part tonight." Trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, Velocity Vespa won for the fifth time in six seasonal starts to send her 2016 earnings to $31,625. The victory--her 27th lifetime in 102 starts--sent her earnings to the cusp of $200,000--$199,862 to be precise. As the 2 to1 second choice on the tote-board, Velocity Vespa paid $6.80 to win. Just A Bee, deftly handled by Mike Micallef, used different tactics this night as this eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood sat in the garden spot all the way before tilting from the pocket turning for home and using a :27.3 finale to track down the pacesetting Godiva Seelster, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines, to win by a length in 1:51.3. Mach It A Par finished third for Dan Clements while Limelight rallied to finish fourth. Wild Wanda picked up the nickel in the sextet. Indeed, it was Godiva Seelster leaving alertly and taking the lead from the get-go as Just A Bee elected to take the pocket seat with Mach It A Par next. Right at the :27.1 opener, Micallef looked as though he might make a quarter move but ducked back in as Godiva Seelster racked up subsequent number of :55.2 and 1:23.4. Turning for home, Just A Bee left the coziness of the pocket and, as Micallef said, "that was that." Of the journey, Micallef said, in a post-race interview, "I had a notion to come out and make that quarter move but Wally's mare (Godiva Seelster) looked like she was on her game, so I decided against that move and stayed in the pocket hoping for some sharp fractions. "When I saw 1:23.4, I wasn't sure if we were going to get by because the other mare is very sharp, you know! "It worked out well." Also trained by Micallef for owners John Mc Goff, Greg Heath and Anita Micallef, Just A Bee won for the second time this season and 42nd time career-wise. Her lifetime bounty now stands $293,481. As third choice on the board at 3 to 1, Just A Bee paid $8.20. Godiva Seelster, by the way, with the second place finish, extended her streak of not missing a purse check to 75 races encompassing her entire seasons as a three, four, five and, currently, six year-old. Also on the Saturday program, the Florida Amateur Driving Club welcomed the visiting Norwegian driver Svein Wassberg and he promptly made his U.S. debut a winning one as he drove Vacation Day to victory in the first of two F.A.D.C. events. This 10 year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation was in mid-pack most of the journey before making a three-wide jaunt around the final turn to win by three lengths in 1:59.4. After the event, an elated Wassberg said, "I really didn't expect to win but when I pulled him out, he grabbed the bit and that was it! What a great feeling to win my first race here. My heart is beating a mile a minute!" Off as the 6 to 1 as the fourth choice in the betting, Vacation Day paid $14.00 to his faithful. Racing continues on Sunday night as a full field of 10 hook up in Pompano Park's $16,500 Open Handicap Pace. Panocchio has been tabbed as the 5 to 2 morning line favorite and begins from the coveted post 5 with Dan Clements scheduled to drive. Last week's winner, Bluehourpower, has been assigned post nine and will have the driving services of Ricky Macomber, Jr. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Just A Bee, splendidly handled by Mike Micallef, buzzed out of the gate in a hurry and never looked back while stinging her six rivals with a 1:51.3 mile in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, carding panels of :27, :56.1and 1:24, put the stinger in for good with a :27.3 finale to pin a defeat measuring 2½ lengths on Godiva Seelster, with Wally Hennessey in the bike. Southwind Trini was third for Brad Kramer while Art Frenzy finished fourth. Sandysgoldenhour picked up the minor award in the talented field of seven. For the winner, trained by Micallef for Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, it was her initial victory of the year in four starts and 41st success lifetime, sending her career bounty to $286,231--$165,015 of that since the owners claimed her for $12,000 in early September of 2014. In finishing second, Godiva Seelster, making her first start back after a two month vacation, extended her streak of getting purse money to 73 races-the last time missing a purse check being September 9, 2012. In a post-race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, "the last few starts I kind of floated her out and looked for a good spot early. Tonight, when the gate sprung, my mare knew I meant business by giving her a couple of reminders leaving. We were lucky enough to get a bit of a breather in the second quarter and, then, on the backside, I knew SHE meant business as I didn't ask her anything and she was off to a :55.2 final half. She's been very good to us!" As the 9 to 5 second choice, Just A Bee paid $5.80 to win. In the $10,000 co-feature for the ladies, Ed Hensley's Pertty Music also used gate-to-wire tactics to hit the wire first in 1:52.3-her winning margin one length over Deuces For Charity, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., with De Vins Girl and George Napolitano, Jr. teaming up to be third. Shortest Distance actually lived up to her name by taking the shortest distance around to be fourth while Drea's Good Powow finished fifth in the sextet. Fractions for the winner were :27.1, :55.2 and 1:23.4 with a :28.4 finale capping the mile and prompting driver Hensley to say, "she was a stride away from winning from off the pace last week so I thought I'd like to try and control the situation tonight. It worked out well and she was pretty tough in the lane when it counted." For Pertty Music, a six year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet trained by Ashleigh Hensley, it was her first win of the year in five tries and 21st success lifetime with her career bounty leaping to $280,849 with the victory. As the 3 to 2 second choice, Pertty Music rewarded her faithful with a $5.00 win mutual. Racing continues Saturday night with a 10 race program with first post set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...December 31, 2015...Just A Bee, exquisitely handled by Mike Micallef, stung her rivals at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (December 30), regaining her status as the Queen Bee with a sterling harness racing performance in 1:50.4. The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, trained by Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John McGoff and Greg Heath, led from first long stride to last, clocking panels of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.1 before her 27.3 sprint home sealed the issue by 1 3/4 lengths over the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Precocious Beauty, handled by Doug McNair. Safe From Terror, with Matt Romano in the bike, finished third while Classic Carpet, prominent early, finished fourth. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the talented sextet. At the outset, Just A Bee seemed to, literally, push the starting gate out of her way from her outside post seven and immediately too command, stuffing Classic Carper in the pocket with Safe From Terror, Sandysgoldenhour and Jets Are On next with that aforementioned favorite, Precocious Beauty, away sixth and last, some seven lengths back early. With the dust then settled, positions remained the same until turn two when Precocious Beauty began her jaunt forward, sprinting her third quarter in :27 to wend her way into contention about a length away turning for home. In the lane, with both mares sprinting, Just A Bee never relented and was never in danger to the wire. After the event, driver Mike Micallef said, "my mare raced good in her first start back last week and felt very strong warming up on the track--relaxed but ready, I would say. When she grabbed on behind the gate, I thought 'we're going for the gusto tonight' and she burst out of the gate. "That probably was the difference because that put some distance between us and Doug's (McNair) mare (Precocious Beauty). She, too, of course, is one heckuva mare but maybe not seven or eight lengths better so the start I thought might be the key." Since being claimed in September of 2014 for $12,000, Just A Bee has won 19 times for Micallef, good for $153,735--$125,285 this year. As the 5 to 2 second choice, Just A Bee returned $7.60 to her faithful. Also of note, the 10 year-old Park Place mare Shortest Distance used the shortest distance to victory on Wednesday night by skimming the pylons late in the lane to score her 90th career victory--this one in 1:53.3. Trained by Leopold Sawyers for owner Byron Pineda, Shortest Distance was handled by Wally Hennessey and garnered her 12th win of the year in 31 starts. She took her lifetime mark of 1:53 just one week ago. Shortest Distance has lifetime bounty of $457,340--$57.294 of that banked this year as the 2015 season comes to an end. Racing continues on Saturday night with Pompano Park's five night a week schedule--Saturday through Wednesday--currently in effect with a 7:30 post time. John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 3, 2015...Just A Bee, off at 2 to 5 on the tote board, took full advantage of the absence of arch-rival Godiva Seelster and took top harness racing honors--narrowly--in Pompano Park's Open Handicap for Mares on Tuesday night. The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, again handled by trainer Mike Micallef, scored her 14th win of the season--this one in 1:52.4--besting Winbak Heavenly, driven by Aaron Byron, by a neck. IM Gracie's Wigwam, with Ed Hensley in the bike, finished third, 1¾ lengths away. Jets Are On finished fourth with Artful Impulse picking up the nickel in the classy field of six. At the outset, there was a scramble for the early lead as Artful Impulse (Andy Santeramo), showing her usual early speed, and Winbak Heavenly, also on the bit leaving, battled around turn one forcing Just A Bee, also showing gate speed, into the third spot--but only briefly. At the opening marker, timed in :27.2, Micallef tugged on the right line of Just A Bee and she surged to the front three-eighths into the mile. After a :56.1 half, Just A Bee had a 1¼ advantage over Artful Impulse with Winbak Heavenly next and IM Gracie's Wigwam brushing up strongly from fifth with an individually timed third panel of :27.3, reaching to within a head of Just A Bee at the third station in 1:24.4. In the lane, Just A Bee repelled "Wigwam" but in deep stretch, had to contend with Winbak Heavenly, whose rally fell short by that aforementioned neck. After the event, driver Micallef said, "There is no such a thing as a 'gimme' in racing...maybe in golf with a one foot putt, but not on a racetrack. "My mare dug in and gave everything she had to preserve the win. She was game...but so were the others in there, as well." Owned by Anita Micallef, along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee pushed her lifetime bankroll to $21,081--$118,155 of that this semester. Since being in the Micallef Stable off of a $12,000 claim last September, Just A Bee has 18 wins under her girth and $146,605 to go along with a mark of 1:50.3 established twice here at Pompano Park. She paid $2.80 to win. SUNDAY PENTAFECTA GUARANTEED AT $25,000 Though the 7 to 5 favorite, Yakekty Hanover (Kevin Wallis) won the fourth race Pentafecta event, no ticket had the 5-6-9-2-7 combination resulting in an $8,001 carryover and a $25,000 guarantee for Sunday night's Pentafecta. Also, Pompano Park now advances to a three night-a-week schedule, adding Mondays to their agenda beginning next week. The Sunday-Monday-Tuesday schedule will include a $10,000 Pick-4 guarantee for the Sunday program and $5,000 guarantees for the Monday and Tuesday cards. Post time will remain at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...October 14, 2015...Just A Bee, strategically handled by Mike Micallef, got a bit of revenge on arch-rival Godiva Seelster, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, at Pompano Park on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, eking out a narrow win in 1:52.3 after an epic harness racing battle in the Open Pace for Mares.   The seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood assigned with the six post, one notch inside of Godiva Seelster, used that slight advantage, carrying it over to the race itself by forging for the lead and assuming control from Togetherforever after a quick :27 opener. Meanwhile, Godiva Seelster, normally on the engine early, was forced to take back and settle in fifth early.   After a :56.2 half, "Godiva" rolled up on the outside and, very quickly, an epic battle developed with Just A Bee and Godiva Seelster slugging it out the final three-eighths of the mile.   The two were, literally, trading noses on the lead from the far turn to the wire with Just A Bee on top at the wire in a tight photo finish.   Winbak Heavenly, with Aaron Byron in the bike, finished third, 1 3/4 lengths back with Togetherforever fourth and Mach It A Par, pacing the fastest finale in the septet, earning the nickel.   After the event, Micallef said, ..."now THAT was something. Two great mares going at it tooth and nail like that. You know what? The difference in that race was probably determined three days before that when we were assigned one spot inside of Wally's mare. When they are that close in talent, an early advantage can go a long way. Yes, I had to use her pretty hard early to gain that advantage...but my mare is a brave one...out in :56.2 and home in :56.1."   For Just A Bee, owned by Anita Micallef along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, it was her 13th success of the year, pushing her seasonal bankroll to $111,160. She paid $3.60 to her faithful.   Godiva Seelster, certainly not disgraced in defeat, earned a purse check for the 68th consecutive time stretching and covering her career as a three, four and, now, five year old campaigns.   Meanwhile, Hennessey continued his hot hands with a grand slam of his own, winning with Caesar's Forum and Gleneagles in FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes action, as well as Angel Demon and Jets Are On.   Caesar's Forum, given sensational rating by Hennessey, lolly-gagged on the front end to an opening half in 1:00.2 before sprinting home in :55.1 to score a win measuring three-parts-of-a-length over arch-rival Owosso Flash (Mike Deters) in the Sunshine State Stake for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. It was he second win in a row over this main rival for this son of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Marc Aubin for Amante Standardbreds.   Gold Star Roger finished third--8 1/2 lengths away--while Stutz and Drake picked up the minors. The event was contested off the pari-mutuel card.   Gleneagles, a two year-old son of Mysticism, earned his maiden win in his Pompano Park debut, scoring handily in 1:57 in a gate-to-wire effort over Conman's Dream (Jason Mac Dougall) and R Chism (Mike Micaallef). ICU Diamond T, prominent early, finished fourth with Danza next in the septet.   The youngster is trained by Jim Mc Donald for the Pinhook Stable and, as the 1 to 20 overwhelming favorite, paid the minimum $2.10 to win.   Wally also scored with Angel Demon ($5.20) and Jets Are On ($11.60), bringing his victory total through the first four nights of the meeting to 22.   The other FSBOA Sunshine States, contested off the card, were won by Prairie Sweetheart and Gold Star Dynasty.   Prairie Sweetheart, co-owned by trainer Mike Deters along with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, kept her perfect record in tact with a career best 1:56.4 clocking with Mike in the bike.   The two year-old daughter of Royal Millenium is now two-for-two against her Florida bred filly competition, pinning a handy win over Caitlin's Romance (Mel Turcotte) and Gold Star Love Bug (Wally Ross, Jr.)   Diamond Lily and Prairie Pistol also earned checks in this octet of youngsters.   Gold Star Dynasty dominated the three-year-old Sunshine State Stake for the fillies, scoring a resounding win measuring a tad over five lengths in 1:57.1.   Aaron Byron was in the sulky for trainer Mike Deters and owners Oldford Farms, Jarold Hawks and Wrenn Racing.   Gold Star Sonata (Ross, Jr.) was second with last week's winner, Davita, recovering from a miscue early, finishing third. Gold Star Charming and Arties Diamond Gal were next in the sextet of fillies.   Also starring on the Tuesday night card were the Hensleys--Ed and Ashleigh.   The pair teamed up for a grand slam as the Ashleigh trained and Ed driven Swing N Ace ($3.60), Friendsnheartbeat ($6.20), Bloodstockshalltab ($2.60) and My Hope ($7.80) all scored victories on the card. Even sweeter, the pair own all of the winners, as well.   Finally, the Super Hi-5 was hit on Tuesday--the unique 20 cent ticket worth $6,299.48.   Pompano Park's next live racing program is Sunday night with Open pacers expected to be in the spotlight.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Egmont Park, one of the country’s finest harness racing nurseries is having an open day. Based on the rich soils of the Darling Downs at Toowoomba, the famed harness racing stud has produced countless winners including Australia’s greatest ever champion, Blacks A Fake ($4.5 million – 4 Inter Dominions). An invitation is extended to all interested parties to attend the day which is scheduled for Sunday, August 23 starting from 10am. If more convenient and depending on numbers, a bus will be made available for pick-up and drop off from Albion Park but bookings are essential. “This is a perfect opportunity to come and view our world class stallions in lead-up to the new breeding season in a relaxed and friendly environment, have a great day out and catch up with friends.” Studmaster Peter Bell said. Come along and see one of the state’s finest Studs which is the home of world champion pacer Mr Feelgood and the new exciting prospect Hurrikane Kingcole for the upcoming breeding season. Mr Feelgood, a winner of the famed Little Brown Jug plus an Inter Dominion Grand Final continues to prove his worth in the breeding barn with noted performers A Good Chance ($151k) and Feel The Faith ($91k) leading the way downunder. His stats continue to rise from his North American crop which includes I’m Feelin Good ($544k), Nathan Feelsgood ($239k), Feels Good ($213k), Just A Bee ($205k) and Justified ($174k) among others. Hurrikane Kingcole is a striking and wickedly fast son of champion sire Cams Card Shark out of the mare Blazing Yankee and retired with a ‘PB’ of 1;47.3. Prepared throughout his career by John McDermott, Hurrikane Kingcole won 14 of 49 career starts. Both stallions will parade on the day. A tour of the stud outlining new facilities is planned while viewing of the broodmares and yearlings is also scheduled. Light refreshments will be served on the day. Egmont Park Stud is located on 662 Biddeston – Southbrook Road, Biddeston. RSVP: 16TH August to Peter Bell on 0418 885 033 or 07 4691 0772 – Egmont Park

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