TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 24, 2016 - Harness racing trainer/driver Carl Duguay is looking for a big racing day at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday as he has two horses competing in the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Each of the four finals for four and five-year-olds pacers and trotters race for a purse of $30,000 and Duguay and his family-owned Chaleurs Breeding Farm have the morning line race favorite in one division and the fourth choice in another division. "I like the posts that we drew for Sunday." Duguay said. "It is a good post for Viva Bayama (post 6). I am glad she drew that one. And post two for Chaleurs Fantasy is very good. That is perfect for her. "We have been in the harness racing business for many years." Duguay explained. "My father, Gaston, is 73 and has been in the business for most of his life. It is a family business as my brother Eric is also involved along with myself. "I have just 5 racehorses with me near Trois-Rivieres to race at the Hippodrome 3R." Duguay said. "I train them at We have another 20 horses at our farm in Port-Daniel, Quebec, mostly broodmares and younger horses that Dad and Eric care for. When they are ready to race they send them to me. "The breeding farm name of Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs comes from the region outside of Quebec called Chaleurs Bay." Duguay explained. "It is the arm of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence between Quebec and New Brunswick. It is where we are from in Port-Daniel. "We bred Chaleurs Fantasy and I raced her at age 2 and 3 until after the Quebec-Bred Series at 3R. Then I send her to the USA to Hedi Rohr at Saratoga Raceway and she did very well with her. After the final this Sunday I will send her back to Hedi. She (Chaleurs Fantasy) is the best horse we have ever bred and raced from Chaleurs Farm. A daughter of Omar Khayam, Chaleurs Fantasy has over $100,000 in earnings. Last year she won ten times with a record of 1:53.1. This year she has three wins in four starts. Her only loss was by a slim head in the Quebec-Bred Series to Miss Bro. Last week in the final preliminary round, Duguay and Charleurs Fantasy led from start to finish in 1:57.1 by two and one-half lengths. Duguay sends Viva Bayama out on Sunday as a mild 4-1 long shot from post six in the sixth race final for trotting mares. This daughter of Muscle Mass is also a $100,000 career winner, but not for Duguay, who bought the mare at the end of the season last year. "I claimed Viva Bayama last year after she was done racing in the series at 3R." Duguay explained. "They were racing her in claimers and I got her for $10,000. I was very happy to have her in my stable." Not only has Viva Bayama won the series finals the last two years, she also set the 3R track record at age 3 in 2014. But she has not been as good now at age 5, having just one win in eleven starts. Fortunately, that victory came in a division of the series to enable her to make it into Sunday's finale. "I think she will do very well on Sunday." Duguay said. "I am not driving her. I put Denis St Pierre on her because he knows the mare. He won the final with her last year." So what is this ability that Carl Duguay seems to have with the fillies and mares over the colts and horses?" "I like the mares," Duguay said. "I talk with them," Duguay joked. "They need lots of attention. I think my key to success with the mares is patients. You must have lot of patients with horses, especially mares. You have to really know and understand them." So what does the future hold for the Duguay Stable after this Sunday's Quebec-Bred Series Finals? "I think I have the best three-year-old trotting filly for the Breeders Cup Series that starts at 3R on July 3." Duguay proudly said. "Her name is Y S Suzanne and I predict that she will break the track record at 3R this season." Duguay added, "And not just the filly trot record of Viva Bayama she did last year in 1:59.2, but the colt record too! (Lukes Pierre 1:58.2 in 2003) as I think she is that good. After making only six starts at age 2, Duguay purchased the daughter of Angus Hall from owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin. Her lone victory was a big one last year, in the $41,000 Quebec-Bred Series final at 3R in 2:03.3. "I see this filly has such ability." Duguay said. "I already schooled her at 3R in 2:00 and she gets better every start." And if just one of Carl Duguay's mares win on Sunday or if both can win. What will Carl Duguay do to celebrate? "Ha Ha Ha," Duguay laughed. "If we do well or not on Sunday we will go out to dinner after the races with family and friends and have a very good time!" TRACK NOTES: Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm for the ten race program. The four $30,000 Quebec-Series Finals are races #3 (Horse Trot), race #6 (Mares Trot), Race #8 (Mares Pace) and Race #9 (Horse Pace). There is a free race program and free live video feed for Sunday's races available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The big names in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series two-year-old colts and geldings trotters' division have drawn the front row and are en route to a formiddable showdown in next Friday night's harness racing final. At Tabcorp Park Melton on the Super Series semi-final night for pacers, the trotters' barrier draw saw Deltasun claim the pole mark and Illawong Byron draw barrier six, giving a relatively direct route into their next big showdown. Fillies heat winners Yankee Redback (barrier two) and Illawong Shimmer (barrier five) also both drew the first row. Illawong Byron’s standing was only reaffirmed at last Tuesday night's heats at Ballarat when the two-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Blush dominated and won by 41.6m. Showing gate speed from barrier six, the result was never in doubt for Bacchus Marsh trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan. “I am very happy with him,” Quinlan said. “I was a little disappointed that he overraced, but he has always shown above average ability and I couldn’t be happier with him on that score, he is a classy animal.” Quinlan partly attributed Illawong Byron’s overracing to the gelding coming to the end of a very impressive campaign. “He is still quite green. He is a fairly reliable two-year-old trotter, but he probably overraces and in an ideal world he would probably go to the paddock, but he has a few important races to run yet,” she said. The other colts and geldings heat was won by Deltasun (Tennotrump/Deltasu), a $1.04 favourite who took the honours by 14.6m for Ararat trainer Terry Young and Bacchus Marsh driver Gavin Lang. “There’s no doubt the horse to beat is Deltasun and the barrier will be important," Quinlan said. "But (Illawong Byron) is a good, versatile horse and can also run well from behind.” While it could be argued the colts and geldings shapes as a two-horse race, the two-year-old fillies presents as much more open. Ross Sugars’ Illawong Shimmer (Muscle Mass/Shining Sun) was impressive in leading and winning the first heat by 3.4m from Maree and John Caldow’s hope Valsue. But heat two proved more open, particularly once Anton Golino’s $1.60 favourite Sval Queen broke in the running. Yankee Redback, the only horse in hobby trainer Michael Scandolera’s Kilmore stable, took advantage, with driver Michael Bellman drawing her off leader Kyvalley Kyrie’s back to win by 7.7m. “She had a lot of luck. I thought she was about the third or fourth best horse in the race, but the others galloped and she didn’t,” Scandolera said. “She has beautiful manners. She’s just a natural. “When we broke her in she had a lot of fire, and still has a lot of fire. She’s a very intelligent horse and I let her do her own thing.” Scandolera said if things fell Yankee Redback’s way in the final she could take advantage. “She goes away very quick and very safely, and if she leads she can make her own race, but if she doesn’t and has to go back she can still go all right.” Barrier draws: Two-year-old colts and geldings 1: Deltasun 2: Prosthesis 3: Bootleg Bert 4: Kheiron 5: Me Pat Malone (emg) 6: Illawong Byron 7: Endsin A Party 8: Needabacardi 9: Aldebaran Pirate 10: Carnera 11: Just Oscar 12: Red Rustler (ODM) Two-year-old fillies 1: White House Sweet 2: Yankee Redback 3: Ten Spanners 4: Watts Up Rainbow 5: Illawong Shimmer 6: Star In Sight 7: Downtown Miss 8: Kyvalley Kyrie 9: Derrie Aire 10: Midnightpinevale (ODM) 11: Myrniong Rainbow (ODM) 12: Betty Hall (ODM) 13: Valsue (ODM)
JUNE 14, 2016 - Six $18,000 Grassroots divisions were featured on Mohawk Racetrack's Tuesday evening program as the harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies opened their 2016 season. Things got off to a quick start as Magical Valentine and trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev fired to the front before the halfway marker and sailed home to a 1:56.2 personal best in the first division. In just her fourth lifetime start, Magical Valentine bested a pair of freshman Grassroots winners, Traviata and Dewdle All Day. Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev conditions the daughter of Kadabra for M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. The win boosted Magical Valentine's sophomore record to two wins, one second and earnings of $19,500 in three starts. The sharp tempo was maintained in the second division as favourite Magical Steph and Myretirementticket battled through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:26.1 before yielding in the stretch to a hard-closing Royal Charm. After pushing out three-wide to get a clear look at the leaders, Royal Charm and trainer-driver Mark Steacy powered down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Myretirementticket stayed game for second and Its All About Sam trotted into third. "Royal Charm is a well-bred filly that has always shown a lot of speed, but has been hampered by tie-up problems and immaturity," said Steacy of the Majestic Son-Queen Of Grace daughter. "Hopefully her problems are now behind her so we can continue to see what she can do." The Lansdowne, ON resident conditions Royal Charm for Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo, ON, David McDonald of Cornwall, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stables Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. Tuesday's win was the filly's first in six outings. Fan favourites Dayliner and Paul Walker also delivered a sharp mile in the third division, trotting under the wire in 1:56, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Powerful Glare and Silky Flashy Nfast. The win - a new lifetime mark for the Muscle Mass daughter - was Dayliner's second in 16 appearances. Walker trains and drives the filly for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound, ON. The first-time winner trend continued in the fourth division as Jody Jamieson stepped into the race bike behind True Muscle and guided the filly to a one and one-half length victory in 1:57.1. Fan favourites Could It Be Magic and I Want Kandy settled for second and third behind the first time winner. "She's just a sweet OSS filly that seems to want to do everything you ask," said Jamieson, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to the win for trainer Keith Jones of Barrie, ON and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. "I liked her so much that I'm going to go to Georgian Downs to drive her in the Alliance Final on Sunday (June 19)," added the Moffat resident. P C Cantore earned her first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy in the fifth Grassroots division, reaching the Mohawk Racetrack finish line two lengths ahead of Smash Hit and Zorgwijk Queen. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry piloted the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Balladeer to the 1:57.2 victory for owner-breeder-trainer Peter Clements of Dobbinton, ON. Unraced at two, P C Cantore now has four wins in six starts and earnings of $21,592. The final Grassroots trophy was awarded to Majestic Mistress, who hung on for a neck victory after battling pacesetter Absolut Seelster from the halfway marker onward. Majestic Mistress and driver Ryan Holliday stopped the teletimer at 1:58.1, holding off favourite P L Jill and second choice Magical Wonder. The win was the Majestic Son daughter's first in seven outings. "It was nice to get the monkey off our back with her," said driver Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest, ON. "She can trot enough; it's just a matter of keeping her at task. I think she's getting the hang of it." Holliday's father Dave, also of Mount Forest, conditions Majestic Mistress for owner-breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, ON. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 1, during Dresden Raceway's Canada Day celebrations. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week, with the three-year-old pacing colts taking centre stage on Thursday with six Grassroots divisions and the three-year-old pacing fillies stepping to the forefront on Friday with seven Grassroots splits. Post time for both programs is 7:30 pm. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing
Nichols, N.Y. -- Harness Racing Driver John Cummings, Jr. enjoyed a banner Saturday (June 11) at Tioga Downs, taking the lone $7,500 second-round Williams Auto Group late-closing preliminary race with Makers Mass ($3.70, part of entry) as part of a four-win night. Makers Mass used a first-over blitz on approach to the far turn to wear down and sprint off from Thats a Bad Boy (Tyler Freese) at the eighth pole. The 3-year-old Muscle Mass gelding drew off by 3-1/2 lengths for a decisive 1:55.3 triumph over Thats a Bad Boy, while Golden Son (Gary Clark) stalked the winner's cover loosely en route to a third-place finish. Megan Wilson trains Makers Mass for owner-breeder Alan Hainsworth. Later in the evening, Cummings found a seam up the pegs on the far turn with Allen Sisco trainee Stratocaster ($8.40), sprinting through for a 1:51.1 win in the featured $9,000 Open 2 Pace over Mortal Zin (Aaron Byron) and Pierce (Nick Surick). Cummings also teamed up with DC Flashback ($9.80, 1:56.2) and Ang's Delight ($4.00, 1:54.1) on the 13-race card. The top trotting event of the evening, an $8,200 upper-level conditioned event, saw Prairie Fortune ($13.80) sweep clear off a far-turn duel, drawing off by 2-3/4 lengths for a 1:55.1 victory in rein to Jim Meittinis. The 50¢ Pick 5 was hit for $288.25, nearly five times what the corresponding win parlay would yield. The sequence closed with an authoritative front-end 1:57.1 win from odds-on favorite Brandos Muscle Man and driver Monica Banca in a $6,000 C.K.G. Billings event for amateur drivers. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 12) afternoon, with a blockbuster 15-race card due to begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Me The Boss and harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy put in a game first-over effort and was able to not only collar Maximuscle, but beat him to the wire in capturing the third leg of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R. Louis-Philippe Roy was sensational in the sulky Tuesday as he won six of the eleven races he competed in, taking the lead in the driver standings away from Gaetan Lamy, 12 to 11. Competing in a non-wagering division of the series for four and five-year-old trotters, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron were parked out early by Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Charron was able to give Maximuscle a breather on the lead as they went to the half mile in :59.3, but then the action again picked up as Roy had Me The Boss on the move first-over and they collared Maximuscle by the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Using the inside position, Charron regained the advantage on the final turn but then in a dramatic stretch drive, Roy was able to urge Me The Boss on in the stretch and gun down Maximuscle at the wire to win by a head in 1:59.2. Promesses Imperial was third. It was the fourth win in 17 starts this year for Me The Boss. The five-year-old gelded son of Keystone Nortic is trained by Francis Richards for the Lacrocque Racing Stable of Thornhill, Ontario. It was a night for upsets in the Quebec-Bred Series with the race favorites both failing to make it back to the winner’s circle in the two divisions for trotting mares. It was SOS Afterthestorm, at odds of 12-1, who took full advantage of an early break by the 1-4 favorite SOS Striking Monte (Charron) and not only went to the early lead for 3R’s leading driver this year, Gaetan Lamy, but scored in a romp by five open lengths in 2:03. Leaving from post three, Lamy sent the five-year-old daughter of Justice Hall right to the front, cut fractions of :29.3 and 1:02 before Charron was able to come back first-over with SOS Striking Monte, but after collaring SOS Afterthestorm, SOS Striking Monte could not keep up the press at the three-quarters in 1:31.4 as Lamy’s mare started to pull away. The pocket-sitting Bambie Benjo (Louis-Philippe Roy) was second with SOS Striking Monte third. SOS Afterthestorm paid $26.40 to win. It was the first win in five starts this year for SOS Afterthestorm, who is trained by Francine Morrissette and owned by Caalum Ian Anderson Macdonald of Halifax, NS. Then in the second mare division of the series, also a non-wagering race, Viva Bayama regained her winning form for trainer/driver Carl Duguay with a game neck triumph over SOS Revange (Gaetan Lamy) in 2:02.2. Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) was third. Kim Sorel cut the mile with Double Chance (Sylvain Lacaille) in the pocket seat to the quarter in :30 and the half mile in 1:01.2. The action picked up as Lamy came first-over with SOS Revange and then by the three-quarters in 1:31.1, Duguay was second-over following Viva Bayama. Those two horses raced head and head down to the wire with Viva Bayama getting her first win in ten starts this year. She is owned by Elevage Baie De Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC. TRACK NOTES: In addition to winning six races on the program, Tuesday, driver Louis-Philippe Roy scored the highest priced winner of the season at 3R when he gave Iron Phil a perfect second-over trip in the ninth race at odds of 48-1, winning in the final strides and paying $99.40 for the victory. Live racing resumes at 3R on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm with the third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. For more information, free race programs and live racing via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Secret Muscle owned trained and driven by Charlie Ward of Hanover got the night rolling winning the first race of the harness racing season as the 4/5 favorite. The 4 year old son of Muscle Mass got away second from the outside post and stayed behind Attitude to Burn until just before the ¾ pole when he took over the lead. The 2 trotters battled down the stretch with Secret Muscle coming out on top by just under a length. There were several great finishes on the Saturday card including a 4 wide battle down the stretch in Race 5 eventually won by Lawmen Reign, owned trained and driven by Ross Battin of Monkton. Bruce Richardson, Brad Forward and Clark Stacey each piloted 2 horses to victories on the night, and the Tendr-pizza mile was won by Terry Fritz who owns trains and drives last year's horse of the year, Preppy Art who won the nightcap in easy fashion in 1:58.4. Hanover Raceway plays host to Pepsi night at the races next Saturday June 11th. Close to 2,000 dollars in prizes will be given away include a Patio Set, BBQ, Lawn Mower, Golf Equipment and more. Post time next Saturday night is 7:15pm.
Harness racing driver and co-trainer Mark Purdon, directed all the praise for today's win in the $100,000 Mitre 10 Mega Cambridge 2YO Ruby, to New Brighton Roddy Butt. The former trainer and major owner of Custodian, sold a large amount of the 2yo Muscle Mass gelding a few weeks back to a Syndicate set up by Sydney based trainers Nathan Jack and Amanda Turnbull. “Roddy deserves the praise here, he arrived in great condition and all we had to do was keep him fit” said Mark Purdon. The race was thrown into disarray early, with heavliy backed favourite Enghien galloped behind the gate and adding 50m onto his task. While he tacked on and still looked a massive chance with a lap to run, he jumped out of his gait again, when Ricky looked to put him into the race at the 800m mark. Meanwhile Mark Purdon has Custodian with great cover early, but was out and around to find the spot outside the leader inside the final lap, before wearing his opposition into the ground at the top of the straight. “I sold a large share in him recently to Nathan Jack and Amanda Turnbull, and they asked if I would be offended if they sent the horse to the All Stars barn. I said of course not, they are the leading trainers for a reason and off he went” said Roddy Butt. Winning Time & Margin: 1-59.67 MR, 57.5, 28.8, with a short head back to Heavyweight Hero (Todd Macfarlane) in 2nd and 1 ½ lengths back to Habibi Inta in 3rd. Andrew Fitzgerald
Punters left Tabcorp Park Melton on a high after favourites dominated the nine-race harness racing card, including well-travelled three-year-old High Gait, who added a third Australian Group 1 to her decorated career. Driver Chris 'Puppet' Alford brought up his 200th win in Victoria for the season in the Noel Simpson Memorial Victoria Trotters Oaks when he steered High Gait to a hard-earned victory, with the Muscles Yankee filly out of Regal Volo having to fight off a terrific Red Hot Tooth to claim the bulk of the $60,575 stakes. “(High Gait) is a professional little horse. They have probably caught up to her a little bit from last year, but she was still good enough to win,” Alford said. “It’s always good to drive a real nice trotter and ones like this don’t come along too often.” The win rewarded the efforts of trainer Nicole Molander, who has taken back responsibility for the filly after a stint in leading Kiwi trainer Mark Purdon’s care. The Group 1 win was hard earned, with Kari Males’ filly Red Hot Tooth (Yankee Paco/Karaka Tooth) defying her $36 odds to lead impressively. She was joined by the favourite at the 400m mark but never gave up the fight, with High Gait’s class edge bearing fruit in the dying stages to win by 1.3m. “There was plenty of action early and I had to probably come out earlier than what I would have liked,” Alford said. “She got to the front and, I’m not sure what happened, she was going to win by a length and just clocked off, but fortunately she held on.” It was the second of a double for Alford on the night, having earlier steered Our Missionary Man (Jeremes Jet/Hawthorne) to victory in the DNR Logistics Pace for trainer Emma Stewart. Stewart also walked away with a double after Major Secret’s return from a lengthy lay-off continued to bring success, having claimed the tab.com.au Pace for two consecutive victories in the hands of driver Gavin Lang. “For a horse that’s come back after nearly 12 months off and to win two races in a row like that, it’s really a credit to everybody involved,” Lang said of the five-year-old by Art Major out of Secret Life. “We all know how good he has been, but to come back and race at this level and show the ability he has got, to sundry and all it’s a great effort.” Alan Tubbs’ four-year-old Ponder gelding, Tee Cee Bee Macray, again produced a show-stopping burst to salute, this time winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace final for driver Greg Sugars. “He’s got tremendous speed,” Sugars said. “That’s a pretty impressive last quarter … he would have run clearly under 27 (seconds). Very fast horse, very bright future in front of him.” From last at the bell, Tee Cee Bee Macray was given cover into the race before taking off four-wide around the last corner to pursue Kerryn Manning’s heat winner Miss Dreamin and Mildura flyer Murranji Track, who emerged from the box seat into the sprint lane. None could match Tee Cee Bee Macray’s irresistible pace. “He’s turning into more and more of a racehorse every time he steps out on to the track,” Sugars said. “That speed he’s got, it’s going to hold him in good stead when he’s up in grade against better horses, because he can follow any speed and still finish off just as quick. He’s an exciting animal.” Others to venture into the winners’ circle included talented trotters Illawong Byron and Claudys Princess. Trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan's two-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Blush registered a fourth win from seven starts when Illawong Byron won the Group 2 Haras Des Trotteurs Tatlow Stakes. “He was very fired up tonight in the warm up,” Quinlan said post-race. “I always planned to press forward, I just had to really balance him early. He was just trying to go a little bit too hard and starting to mix his gear a little bit. That’s all an experience thing and if he settles he doesn’t usually trot like that, he usually trots quite good. He is just getting a little fired up.” But despite being a temperamental two-year-old he proved too good, as did Claudys Princess (Bacardi Lindy/All Finesse) who by contrast was once again on her best behaviour to win the Group 2 Bacardi Lindy Mares Trot for trainer Michael Blackmore and driver Gavin Lang. “That’s been the great thing about (Claudys Princess), her manners have been exemplary all her life and, as you know, in the trotting ranks you are halfway home when they are like that,” Lang said. There were further smiles in trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy’s camp after It Is Billy also confirmed his top billing to win the Mittys Young Pedro Free For All, a second straight success for the It Is I gelding out of Glenlyon Glad. Having led throughout a 26.8 last quarter clinched the deal for It Is Billy. “He can move when he wants too,” Conroy said. “It’s terrific that he did win. The (owners) are happy all the time, it’s great to win for them.” Also making it two wins in as many meetings at Tabcorp Park Melton was Tenno Dance, who won the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for trainer Glenn Sharp and driver Josh Duggan. The five-year-old by Tennotrump out of Disco Dance registered a half-head win from Jimbo Johnson. The night closed with an old favourite from trainer David Aiken’s stable, Smudge Bromac, winning the Cogs Claiming Pace, a 34th career win for the 10-year-old veteran of 189 races. “He went awesome,” driver Josh Aiken said. “He knows his job and loves racing and it’s just good he can still win at age 10.” by Michael Howard
WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2016 -- With his harness racing rivals vanquished early, Muscle Up The Goal raced against the clock -- and won, scoring in a track record 1:52 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. It was the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old stallion at The Meadows, eclipsing the mark of 1:53 set by Monte Christo Spur. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman were at the front in a flash despite leaving from post 9. The son of Muscle Mass-Tags Goal was so dominant that he was ahead 5 lengths at the three-quarters while continuing to open up. He scored by 7-1/2 lengths over Call For Justice, with Classicality third. Chris Beaver trains Muscle Up The Goal, who won his third straight and extended his career bankroll to $234,616, for Synerco Ventures. Merriman piloted five winners -- including a pair for trainer Ammon Hershberger -- on the 14-race card The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2016 - SOS Revange kept her unbeaten streak intact in 2016, posting her third straight win with a decisive victory in the second round of the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. A four-year-old mare by Kadabra, SOS Revange and driver Gaetan Lamy started from the rail in the seventh race feature for four and five-year-old trotting mares, but the inside post position had little bearing on the way she raced. The contest got underway with 21-1 Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) shooting to the lead with SOS Striking Monte (Marron Charron) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter in a speedy :28.1. There was no real movement until the half mile marker in :58.2 when National Trace (Stephane Brosseau) started up first-over. The action then took place as the field entered the backstretch the final time. Just as Charron eased SOS Striking Monte from the two-hole to challenge Kim Sorel, Gaetan Lamy, who was in seventh place along the rail, found clearance, swept to the outside and started up three-wide down the backstretch with brilliant speed. Meanwhile, after the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Charron and SOS Striking Monte had not yet cleared by a stubborn Kim Sorel, but it was Lamy and SOS Revange who kept the momentum going three-wide around the final turn, collaring SOS Striking Monte as they started down the stretch and wining by one length in 1:59.2. Kim Sorel held for third. It was a lifetime mark for SOS Revange, who is trained by Jean Tourigny and was bred and is owned by Monalisa Pagliericci of Stanbridge Station, QC. She paid $5.20 to win. The horses did battle in their division as a non-wagering race with just three starters. Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd went right to the lead with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) sitting right on their back as Met The Boss (Stephen Charlton) went off stride at the start. Cutting fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.3, Seeyou Men could not seem to shake Promesses Imperial off his back. Then in a torrid stretch drive, Lombart came after Shepherd and Seeyou Men was barely able to hold off Promesses Imperial to the wire, winning by a head in 2:01.1. It was the second win in five starts this year for track record holder Seeyou Men. The four-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle Darveau for co-owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, QC. TRACK NOTES: This Sunday, June 5, 3R will host its first All-Star Drivers Challenge featuring many of the top drivers in the world coming to Trois-Rivieres. Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube, Jody Jamieson, Sylvain Filion and 3R leading drivers from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron. They will all compete in eight tournament races with $10,000 in prize money. All of the drivers will be at a meeting and greet with race fans starting at 12:15 pm in the clubhouse area. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Nike Franco’s position among Australia’s elite harness racing mares has been further entrenched with a powerful $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific win at Tabcorp Park Melton. The five-year-old mare (by McArdle out of Nearea Franco) from Dean Braun’s Lara stables upstaged a quality line-up in the Group 1 mares’ classic, including former race winner Gumdrops and millionaire earner Frith. Nike Franco led for the majority of Saturday night’s 2760-metre journey and rated 1:56.5, finishing 1.9m clear of runner-up Milly Perez with third placegetter and race favourite Cyclone Kate 3.1m off the winner. RE-LIVE NIKE FRANCO’S QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC TRIUMPH “This mare’s so exciting,” an elated Braun said. “I’ve had some really good racehorses but this mare’s very special. “I said to Greg Sugars (Driver) that I thought I had her pretty right tonight … he drove her really well.” Nike Franco has won feature races in four Australian states, with two Oaks successes in Queensland – the Gold Coast and the Qld, the Raith Memorial in New South Wales, the rich Mares Classic in Western Australia, and this season’s Warragul Cup and now the Queen of the Pacific in Victoria. “To do what she did tonight was pretty special,” Braun said. The victory capped a great night for Greg Sugars, who drove a winning treble and dual Group 1 successes after earlier securing the win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final for 2YO Trotting Fillies aboard Illawong Shimmer, trained by Greg’s father Ross. Illawong Shimmer (by Muscle Mass out of Shining Sun) is, as her name suggests, a member of trots owner Dr Martin Hartnett’s clan. “They deserve every win they get for what they put in,” Sugars said post-race of Hartnett and wife Kaye. Illawong Shimmer rated 2:01.2 for the 1720m trip to defeat Yankee Redback (Kerryn Manning) with Sval Queen (Anthony Butt) third. Deltasun won the night’s other Group 1, the colts and geldings’ trotters Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic. Trained by former jockey Terry Young at Ararat, Deltasun (by Tennotrump out of Deltasu) handled the final corner better than race favourite Illawong Byron (Jodi Quinlan) and held a half-neck advantage over that horse on the line in a rate of 2:01.6, with Kheiron (Peter Lane) third. Sugars and Lang shared driving honours at Melton, each grabbing a treble. In addition to the abovementioned victories Sugars steered Anton Golino-trained Val Gardena (by Kadabra out of Lets Be Happy) to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Sweetheart Trot Final, while Lang guided former New South Wales Derby winner Major Secret (Art Major/Secret Life) home in the Best In Town Concreting Pace for Emma Stewart, and Hectorjayjay (Dream Away/Sheer Finesse) to victory in the Group 2 University Meat 4YO and 5YO Championship over 2240m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS & VIDEO REPLAYS FROM MELTON Other Melton winners were Little Lyn (by Jeremes Jet out of Rappa Scooter), a homebred mare raced and trained by Barry Dunn at Horsham and driven by son Aaron Dunn in the Service Sphere Pace, popular It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) in the Crown Coffee International Golden Reign Free-for-All for trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy, Stoned I Am (by Sundon out of Stoned At Midnight) in the Seelite Windows and Doors Coulter Crown for trainer/driver Simone Walker, and in-form eight-year-old Might Be Luck (by Northern Luck out of Marilyns Might) in the Riddell Umpires Association Claiming Pace for trainer Beau Tindale and reinsman Michael Bellman. Victorians shine interstate Another week, another domination from the Emma Stewart stable – this time at Globe Derby, South Australia. The Smythes Creek trainer secured a winning treble on Saturday night at the SA home of metro trots racing, with unbeaten two-year-old filly Our Celebrity (by Mach Three out of Celebrity Ball) winning the Alabar/SA Botra 2YO Fillies Golden Nursery Final, impressive three-year-old Rocknroll Magic (by Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic) taking out the Home Loans-Providing Solutions SA Botra 3YO Fillies Final, and Metro Mike (by Metropolitan out of Tuscan Skies) saluting in the Carbine Chemicals Pacers Dash over 1385m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS FROM GLOBE DERBY, SA All Stewart’s winners were driven by Mark Billinger, who picked up five winners for the night overall. Meanwhile, at Menangle in New South Wales, classy five-year-old trotting mare Claudys Princess (by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse) took out the Rio Meteor Race Sulky La Coocaracha (Group 3) with Darren Hancock in the cart for Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore, and Golino-trained Pizza Queen (by Credit Winner out of Armbro Domino) won the Garrards Horse and Hound NSW Trotters Oaks for reinsman David Morris, upstaging race favourite High Gait in a thrilling finish. WATCH PIZZA QUEEN'S NSW TROTTERS OAKS SUCCESS Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
Trotters were in the spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Tie Silk Series Final headlining the 10-race harness racing card. A field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings clashed in the $32,200 Tie Silk Series Final. The sophomore trotters not only had to deal with each other, but also rainy and windy conditions. Eddie Green trainee Donicus, 6-5 favourite, was aiming for a series sweep from post-five, but right to his inside was Per Henriksen trainee Muscle Hustle, the 8-5 second choice. Henriksen opted to skip the second leg with Muscle Hustle after the son of Muscle Mass won a leg one division. Donicus and Muscle Hustle trotted out quickly at the start with the Green trainee grabbing the lead and posting an opening-quarter of :27.2. Muscle Hustle and driver Randy Waples sat patiently in the two-hole, as the favourite posted fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2. Waples pulled on the right line to set up a stretch duel at the top of the lane. Muscle Hustle found top gear quickly and surged by to record a two-length victory in 1:56.2. Donicus' bid at a series sweep was denied, as he finished second. Greg Peck trainee Merchandiser, who won a leg two division, finished third from post-ten. Muscle Hustle was making just his second start of 2016 and fifth overall Monday. The Henriksen trainee now has three career victories and over $33,000 earned for owners Ecurie Bergh Inc. The clocking of 1:56.2 shaved nearly a second off Muscle Hustle's previous career-best. He paid $5.30 to win. Muscle Hustle Three-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2015, were eligible to the Tie Silk. The weekly $34,000 Preferred Trot saw yet another older trotter find the winner's circle Monday. Charlie Is A Joker benefited from breaks by the two favourties, Fearless Man and Flanagan Memory, to win in 1:55.3 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. The eight-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall grabbed the early lead, before surrendering the front to Zeus Lightning in the second-quarter. Charlie Is A Joker sat in the two-hole until the top of the lane and surged by in the stretch to win by a length at odds of 9-1. Zeus Lightning held on for second, while Hldontghttoyurdrms finished third. Charlie Is A Joker now has back-to-back victories to improve his season's record to four wins in 13 starts. The veteran trotter has banked $71,000 this season for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin. Monday's victory was the 32nd career score for Charlie Is A Joker and pushes his career earnings over $443,000. He paid $20.50 to win. Charlie Is A Joker While the older male trotters battled early in the card, the Late-Double started with a $24,000 Mares Trot. Many familiar older trotters, including Charmed Life, Rockin With Dewey and Bax Of Life, headlined the field, but a daughter of Muscle Mass making her four-year-old debut stole the show. Muscle Baby Doll shot through late for driver Sylvain Filion with great final-quarter speed to win in 1:54.4 at odds of 10-1. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was making her debut against older rivals after winning eight of 15 as a three-year-old and banking over $451,000 in her first two seasons on the track. Charmed Life, who took command in the second-quarter, surrendered the lead late and had to settle for second, while Rockin With Dewey finished third. Muscle Baby Doll trotted along fourth for the majority of the mile and used a :27.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter. The daughter of Muscle Mass is owned by F Bellino And Sons LLC and now has 13 career victories. Muscle Baby Doll returned $23.60 to win. Muscle Baby Doll Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
K D Muscles had only once tasted victory in New Zealand before joining Andy Gath’s harness racing stable at Long Forest, but she still managed to amass over $60,000 in winnings. “I don’t know how she accumulated that with only winning the one race but she did,” Gath said. On Monday at Horsham the five-year-old mare by Muscle Mass out of Kazzle Dazzle won the Pegasus Spur @ WoodlandsTontine Trotters Series Final (Group 3) in bold fashion, sitting in the chair throughout before outpunching Tryncatchme in the stretch for a head victory. She rated 2:05.7 for the 2700m standing start with Kate Gath in the sulky. WATCH K D MUSCLES PACK TOO MUCH PUNCH “It was a bit of a fluke that the Tontine came up on the calendar after we bought her, so we earmarked that series and she did a great job,” Gath said. “She’s a mare on the way up. To win from the death over 2700m in a feature race, she obviously has ability. “She’s still got plenty of improvement in her yet. She’s got a bigger future.” Gath said he suspected K D Muscles was a victim of bad luck in New Zealand, “always managing to find one better” in her races. And as for her next stop? “We’ll just head to the next available race for her. She’s a really good mobile horse. She runs the gate really quickly,” Gath said. Cody Winnell
Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud is pleased to announce that the 2016 books are now closed for Muscle Mass and Mach Three. Muscle Mass is the sire of two-time O’Brien Award winner Riveting Rosie and many other Ontario Sires Stakes standouts. He returned to Ontario this season and was very warmly received by breeders. Mach Three, one of the leading pacing stallions in North America for several years and sire of Somebeachsomewhere, sees his book close early for yet another season. Tara Hills Stud thanks all of the breeders who have already confirmed their mares. There is still time to book to E L Titian, He's Watching, Kadabra, Mr Lavec, Royalty For Life and Sportswriter. For more information please visit the Tara Hills website.
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The front-running and heavily favored Lutetium was the one to chase down in Buffalo Raceway's $9,000 Open Trot on Friday night (Jan. 22) and Northern Bullet ($11.60) was more than up to the task. Blazing some hot fractions of 28.4, 58.2 and 1:28.1 on a frosty night, it seemed like Lutetium was going to runaway and hide from the field of six. But Northern Bullet, who was five lengths back in third with a quarter mile to trot, took dead aim on the pace-setter. He easily gunned down the leg-weary Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) in the stretch to notch the 1-1/4 length decision in 1:58.2. A final panel of 29.1 proved to be the winning shot for Northern Bullet. Driver Ray Fisher Jr. knew Northern Bullet was in good shape after seeing the three-quarter split posted. "He's a sprinter down the stretch. I told (trainer) JD Perrin yesterday that I knew this horse was going to win tonight." Lutetium settled for second place while Leave Your Mark (Shawn McDonough) took the show spot. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by Perrin, the 6-year-old gelded Northern Bullet (Muscle Mass-Flame Tamer) has now earned $5,580 in two starts this season and $145,758 lifetime. Kevin Cummings finished the evening with three driving victories while Todd Cummings, Drew Monti and Truman Gale each doubled. Trainer Bob Gruber III led the conditioners with two wins. Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled. For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
TORONTO, January 18 - Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat harness racing victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday. In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth, while AspenCalifornia cut an opening-panel of :28.1. I Jasmin circled around the leader from second to lead the field by the half in :58.1. Moiseyev was able to pick up cover around the final turn and had Domedomedome poised to strike from second-over turning for home. In the lane, the public's choice surged by to the lead and trotted home comfortably in :29.1 to win by 3 Â¼ lengths over Piscean. I Jasmin finished third, while AspenCalifornia was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome has now visited the winner's circle twice in three starts this season and nine-times overall. Owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt, Domedomedome increased her career earnings to $120,550 with Monday's victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Domedomedome A pair of scratches left just a field of four for the second division, but the small field put on a good show. Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, and trainer/driver Dagfin Henriksen trotted along third in the early stages, while Giona cut out opening-fractions of :29.1 and :59.2. After trotting by the half, Henriksen brought his mare to the outside and trotted up to within a length of Giona at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Giona battled tough and refused to surrender the lead to the public's choice. Lady Ping needed every inch of racetrack to get by the leader and did so in the final stride to win by a head in 1:58.1. Luau Hanover finished third, while MissysGa Ga, who made a break at the start, was fourth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Henriksen, Dr. Brett Anderson and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare now has two wins from three outings in 2016 after winning four of 24 last year. Lady Ping's sixth career triumph pushes her career bankroll over $131,000. She paid $3.30 to win. Lady Ping In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the four and five-year-old trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Domedomedome and Lady Ping will both be aiming for a series sweep in next Monday's (January 25) $44,200 final. Mark McKelvie