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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 20, 2015) - Most harness racing trainers would be happy if their prized pupil started their three-year-old season with an impressive win, but Nik Drennan continues to describe Guess Who's Back as a work in progress. "He was good and I was happy, just not 100-percent happy," said Drennan in describing his colt's win in last week's opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. "He put in a few steps around the first turn so we're just trying to work some things out. He has to get over his issues. We need to get him on a regular routine of racing so that we can build his confidence and get him stronger both mentally and physically." Guess Who's Back has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, co-feature on the Meadowlands 12-race Friday program. Brian Sears will drive the Muscles Yankee colt. The other opening leg winner, French Laundry, was given the week off by trainer Jimmy Takter. Guess Who's Back sold for $90,000 as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale. His dam is a half-sister to the millionaire Breeders Crown champion Poof She's Gone. He is owned by Joseph Davino in partnership with Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva Stables. Drennan said he has never had a horse as good as Guess Who's Back, yet he is far from a finished product. He flashed major talent last year, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, but also frustrated Drennan by going off-stride in four starts. "He was pretty big," explained Drennan. "Last year he looked like a four-year-old and was racing against horses that were half his size. Now he probably looks like a five-year-old. He had to get over some aches and pains last year. It's more mental than anything with him now. The next couple of starts will tell with him." Friday's card also includes the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies and an Open Handicap for pacing mares that serves as the seasonal debut of stakes-winning four-year-olds Sandbetweenurtoes and Act Now. There is a carryover of $124,509 in the race five Jackpot Super High 5 and $96,746 in the last race Jackpot Super High 5. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Belmont Stakes Trip Giveaway With the eyes of the racing world fixed upon American Pharoah and his quest for thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Meadowlands is going to give one of its fans a trip of a lifetime. Fans visiting the Meadowlands during live racing can enter to win a VIP trip to the Belmont Stakes. The prize package includes clubhouse seating for four, dining in the Marquee Tent, and a parking pass. The winner will be drawn May 29. Fans must be present to win the grand prize. Justin Horowitz

Mission Brief returned to the races at Friday nights harness racing meeting at The Meadowlands where we expected to see her, in the winners circle. The fastest two year old trotter of all time made short work of her Sire Stakes competition in the lone $25,000 division for the filly trotters, winning in 1:53.4. The World Champion took off the speed early in the mile, but made a controlled move to the lead and cleared before the half-mile pole through fractions of 27.3 and 56.2. She led the field past three quarters in 1:25.3 and turned for home with a two length lead. Mission Brief drifted a touch in the stretch, but finished the mile well within herself while never being asked by her driver Yannick Gingras. It is worth noting that shortly after the finish, Mission Brief appeared to bobble and went off-stride, but she remained on-stride until the teletimer stopped. Her driver Yannick Gingras was pleased with her effort. "She had a ton of trot," said Gingras. "She went in 1:53.4 and it was a walk in the park for her. We still have some work to do before the second Saturday in August but she is on the right track." Mission Brief became the fastest two year old trotter of all time when she romped to a 1:50.3 performance at The Red Mile last year. She is conditioned by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J & T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. With the victory, Mission Brief's career earnings surpassed $600,000. On the colt-side of the Sire Stakes action, Guess Whos Back put forth a performance worth of his name, with a dominant 1:54 score in the first of two New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for the three year old trotting colts. Sent off as the slight favorite over Canepa Hanover (both were 4/5), Guess Whos Back settled off the speed through the first quarter of a mile, before making a power move to the lead down the backstretch for Brian Sears. The Muscles Yankee colt would clear the top with ease, hitting the half-mile in just 58.1. He would face no pressure from that point of the mile all the way to the wire, sailing past three-quarters in 1:27, before leveling out in the stretch and drawing clear to a convincing 1:54 triumph. As a two year old, Guess Whos Back won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadowlands en route to earning $92,350 for Nikolas Drennan. Drennan expressed delight with how his Hambletonian hopeful performed. "Overall I was very happy with him," said Drennan. "It looked like he got a little steppy on the first turn, so we may make a few small changes going forward. But I was happy with him." Guess Whos Back sent his earnings past $100,000 with the winners share of $20,000 purse. He is owned by Davino, Shackman, T L P Stable and J&T Silva Stables. The other division for the sophomore colts pitted an intriguing matchup of Muscle Diamond and French Laundry. That pair finished second and third respectively in the Breeders Crown last year. Muscle Diamond was sent off as the 4/5 favorite with French Laundry the 3/2 second choice. The latter established the lead early on and took the Sire Stakes field through fractions of 28, 57.3 and 1:26.2. Muscle Diamond sat along the pylons in third, tracking the early speed and was guided off the pylons in the stretch and showed dramatic acceleration. However, nearing the wire, Muscle Diamond lost his momentum while getting a little steppy, seemingly because he was trotting so fast in the stretch and French Laundry was able to hold on for the win in 1:53.1. Both colts were very imopressive in their three year old debuts. French Laundry added to his lifetime earnings, which now stand at $323,119 for Jimmy Takter. Brett Miller drove the talented colt for Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding Al Libfield and Marvin Katz. There were some new faces that comprised the talented field in the $30,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, but the result was one that we have come to know well. Radar Contact, who has not been worse than second since February 6th, was the 6/5 favorite and she would dictate the terms after wrestling the lead away from Inittowinafortune, who reached the opening quarter in a sharp 26.2. From there, Radar Contact would clear the lead and reached the half-mile in 55.2 with Inittowinafortune close behind in the pocket, a scenario we have seen week in and week out at The Meadowlands. These two mares remained that way through three quarters in 1:23.1 and the two sprinted away from the field, but this time Inittowinafortune was able to chase down Radar Contact to score in 1:49.4, a lifetime best effort. Radar Contact was a clear second with Jerseylicious third. The winner was one of two on the card for trainer Michael Russo, who conditioned the mare for Michael Pagonas. Scott Zeron was in the sulky. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed and the Jackpot swelled to $118,474 for the Saturday program. The last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 also carried over again, with that carryover pool now standing at $91,803. Total handle for the 12-race Friday card was $2,773,591. That marked a 15-percent increase from the same day in 2014 despite one less race. The on-track handle yielded a 20-percent gain as well. Saturday night features the $183,650 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, where Bee A Magician will attempt to become the first mare in the 17-year history of the race to emerge victorious. Also on the program is New Jersey Sire Stakes action for the three year old pacers, both colts and fillies. Last year's two year old pacing champion Artspeak will headline one of two divisions for the colts and geldings. There is a $50,000 TVG Invitational on the program as well. Post time for the Saturday program is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali  

All the pundits (us included) thought that High Gait had a mountain to climb in the Lone Star Riccarton $60,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes Final for two year old trotters at last nights harness racing meeting at Addington. The unbeaten daughter of Muscles Yankee had drawn the inside of the second row behind Dark Ops, a hundred to one shot while her major opposition Gershwin had drawn perfectly at barrier two on the front line. All that changed as they reached the starting point when Dark Ops galloped in the slushy conditions as did Gershwin with High Gait and Natalie Rasmussen managing to duck both of them somehow. However as a result High Gait settled last of the pack as Arannalea and Mark Jones set a steady tempo in front. Still last at the 500 metres. Natalie sent High Gait around them four and five wide as they turned in and then just picked the leaders up like she had just joined in, It was a brilliant performance in the conditions and confirmed High Gait as New Zealand's leading two year old trotter this season. High Gait's stablemate Missandei held second after a big sweeping run for Mark Purdon with the pacemaking Arannalea holding on for third. High Gait trotted the 1950 metres in the atrocious conditions in 2:32.5 with closing sectionals of 62 and 29.3 Natalie was full of admiration for the daughter of Muscles Yankee. " She has gone absolutely super to come from that far back" " I don't know how we missed the early carnage, it felt as if I was going sideways." " She is such a determined wee thing, you have to admire her," Natalie said If there were any doubts about the top dog status amongst the two year old trotters this season, that was well and truly settled last night. Harnesslink Media

We are at that point of the harness racing season where all the cream in the two year old ranks rises to the surface. That is especially so with the two year old trotters who line up on Friday night in the $60,000 Lone Star Riccarton Sires Stakes Championship at Addington. The northern raider Gershwin has shown plenty of ability in his short career and the beautifully bred colt looms as a major chance in Friday nights feature. A son of the champion North American sire Muscles Yankee, Gershwin is the second live foal of the former outstanding racemare Allegro Agitato (22 wins) ($529,854) and looks to have inherited a lot of the family ability. Trainer Sean McCaffrey has a high opinion of his two year old colt. " He is just such a natural trotter." " We raced him in aluminums all round and he doesn't need or appreciate any weight." " Once he is underway a kid could drive him," Sean told Harnesslink this week. Gershwin has met the hot favourite High Gait twice and Sean took a lot of confidence out of their last meeting. " My fella did a lot more work in the race and she only got us by a nose up the passing lane." " Gershwin has really improved since then as well and we have a big advantage at the barrier so I give him a big chance," Sean said. Gershwin is not the only two year old trotter that Sean has sent south with the stablemate Royal Willie also on the trip. " The owners missed a payment for the the Sire Stakes series which is why he is not there this week but he is third on the Harness Jewels rankings and will be at Ashburton." " His last start win at Alexandra Park where he sat parked against the maidens showed us he has a fair bit of bottom to him and they will know he is there on Jewels day,"Sean said. A son of the leading sire Majestic Son from the former smart racemare Miss Whiplash (13 wins) ($151,765) Royal Willie has always impressed Sean. " I have always liked him and there is nothing between him and Gershwin ability wise." " It is hard enough to get one nice two year old trotter most years but this year I have been lucky enough to strike two," Sean said. Seam McCaffrey is no stranger to winning age group trotting classics at Addington and in Gershwin he looks to have a royal chance of adding to the trophy cabinet on Friday night. Harnesslink Media

Yesterday we had a look at the trends in harness racing in North America with regards to how pacing sires were performing so far this year. Today we thought we would do the same thing with trotting stallions and how the charts are looking at this stage of the season. The list has a very familiar look to it with a lot of the sires near the top of the list having been around for a while. Kadabra continues to hold a prominent place on the list as he has for quite a few years and even though it is early days he has established a lead of close to $260,000. Angus Hall is another leading sire who is always prominent on these lists and he has continued that trend in the early part of this year. Cantab Hall is $200,000 plus back in third place with both Yankee Glide and Andover Hall close up in fourth and fifth place.  Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                        Sire                                                          Starters                                                  Money ====                                                        ========                                              ===== KADABRA                                                135                                                    $1,309,241   ANGUS HALL                                           118                                                    $1,050,390   CANTAB HALL                                          96                                                      $844,498   YANKEE GLIDE                                       101                                                     $723,239   ANDOVER HALL                                       93                                                      $703,594   The three year old trotters list is still very much in its infancy and it is hard to try to draw any conclusions due to the lack of runners at this stage of the season.   CR Commando holds a narrow lead at this stage of the season over the the son of Donerail in Political Briefing who stands in Delaware.   He only has ten live three year olds this season and only 95 live foals in his ten years at stud to date.   Muscles Yankee is going well as usual as is Yankee Glide but most of the heavy hitters are not far away and one feels this list will have a very different look about it after another month or two.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                      Sire                                                             Starters                                                      Money ====                                                           ========                                                 ===== CR COMMANDO                                              8                                                       $112,180   POLITICAL BRIEFING                                     4                                                         $95,160   MUSCLES YANKEE                                       10                                                        $92,422   YANKEE GLIDE                                             18                                                           $88,586   DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE                             15                                                        $87,890   Harnesslink Media  

Seaford, DE --- Trainer Justin Brenneman was scrolling through an online listing of horses for sale when one name brought him to a stop. Winbak Red. The old trotter instantly brought to mind Brenneman’s childhood at Ocean Downs. There he’d grown up, learning the ins and outs of harness racing from trainers and grooms with decades of experience with Standardbreds. It was there he watched Winbak Red transform from a green 3-year-old to an open trotter for trainer Richard Ringler. And so Brenneman had no qualms about selling his only racehorse to buy Winbak Red, now 12, for $2,000 with partner John Barth. “I’ve always liked old classy horses,” he said. “Most of them like to race and they like to win.” Brenneman, 25, purchased Winbak Red (Muscles Yankee-Red Oak’s Angel) the first week of March. The trotter had spent the winter racing at Miami Valley Raceway. Though he managed a win in 2:00.1 on Feb. 8, Winbak Red came back to trot a mile in 2:07 in a $5,000 claimer the following week. He raced once more in Ohio, finishing fourth in 2:03.2, before heading east. Brenneman was optimistic he’d be able to get the horse back on track. “He was sound so I thought I could make a couple changes to help him,” he said. Brenneman, who works for a trainer in Delaware and usually keeps a horse or two of his own on the side, said the first thing he did was change Winbak Red’s shoeing -- back to the way it was when the trotter was winning the open at Harrington Raceway. “I put four aluminums on with toe weights in the front the way Richie (Ringler) used to,” Brenneman said. Eager to keep the horse off the qualifying list, he put him in at Rosecroft Raceway two weeks after buying him. Brenneman figured if nothing else the trotter, who raced in the snow in Ohio, would pick up a few seconds just by racing in the more moderate temperatures of his home state. Winbak Red did more than that. He came from behind for driver Frank Milby to win by four lengths in 1:56.3. “I thought he’d trot more than he was out there (in Ohio) but I didn’t think he’d go in 1:56,” Brenneman said. If he was impressed then, he was even more impressed the following week when Winbak Red came back to win against some of the track’s top trotters in 1:56. “He was in tougher but Frank (Milby) said he was very handy,” Brenneman said. For Brenneman it was simply validation of his respect for “classy old horses.” Winbak Red has made every year of his decade-long career a winning one. The trotter won his first race at Rosecroft Raceway in 2006 as a 3-year-old. He stayed in the Mid-Atlantic area for several years, winning races at Harrington and Dover, where he set a then lifetime mark of 1:55.3 as a 5-year-old. Winbak Red had the best year of his long career in 2011 with a move to the Empire State. The trotter won 14 times and earned $101,820 -- nearly a quarter of his lifetime earnings -- that year alone. He set a new lifetime mark of 1:55.1 the following year at Pocono Downs but has slowed down since. Brenneman is hopeful though that these latest wins are a sign of more to come. Though Winbak Red made just $7,906 last year, the trotter has already earned $8,385 in 2015 with just eight starts. Brenneman plans to start racing him at Harrington Raceway later this month. In the meantime, he’s letting him enjoy some time off in the field. “I just try to keep him happy,” Brenneman said. by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

WILKES-BARRE PA - Four of the first five winners at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night paid the 5 cents to a dollar legal minimum profit in winning, including three visitors to the harness racing Victory Lane during $15,000 third round series action of the Bobby Weiss Series - with the quartet tallying by a combined 21 lengths.   The trotting males were up first, and two Meadowland invaders took all the money, both pari-mutuel and purse. First up was the Crazed gelding JL Cruze, who has already bankrolled $133,000+ this year winning three series at the Jersey oval and racking up an effortless 12¼-length score in his mountain debut for trainer Eric Ell and driver John Campbell. The winner tripped the timer in 1:54.1 over a sloppy surface after making every pole a winning one for owners Ken Wood, William Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta.   Opulent Yankee, who has caused the "2" in JL Cruze's 11-9-2-0 season's record, was next up, and he was 3½ lengths to the good at the end of his 1:54.2 triumph. Team Orange Crush, driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller, guide the fortunes of the Muscles Yankee gelding for Little E LLC, Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir, and David Stolz.   In the first of two pacing mare divisions, the Burke / Weaver Bruscemi entry took all the money and finished 1-2, as Donttellruss got her first Weiss win in two starts, turning back Allthatjazz De Vie, who was successful in her initial series outing, in 1:53.3. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi share ownership of the Andrew McCarthy-driven winning daughter of Panspacificflight with Lawrence Karr and Frank Baldachino.   In the second distaff sidewheelers cut, a Burke entry was also favored, but they had to settle for second and third behind the only two-time Weiss winner in this section, the Somebeachsomewhere mare The Beach NextDoor, taking a new mark of 1:53 under the guidance of Jim Morrill Jr. The winner's dam is named On The Choo Choo, and those are the tactics Morrill successfully employed for trainer Brewer Adams and the partnership of Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark.   The fourth 1-20* horse, in the card's opener, was the well-regarded altered son of The Panderosa, Heavenly Knox, who made short work of his assignment in a personal best of 1:51.3. Triumphant in the Walter Russell Series Final at The Meadows in his last start, Heavenly Knox is now 8 for 9 lifetime, with driver David Miller and trainer Mark Ford entrusted with the care of the winner by new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The four "sureshots" attracted plenty of money "underneath" as well, as $60,000 to show among all but JL Cruze; his race had no show betting, so over $20,000 went into the place pool on him.   (But all is not chalk in the Pocono pari-mutuels: Hall of Famer John Campbell paid $25.60 to win in a race on the card, and he finished third, beaten a length, at 75-1 in another.)   PHHA / Pocono    

At the harness racing meeting at Addington tonight, the first of this season's classics for two year old trotters was held and as expected the well performed Muscles Yankee filly High Gait was too smart. However the victory while expected was far from easy and High Gait was fully extended by both Wilma's Mate and Conon Bridge. High Gait worked to the lead from barrier six for Natalie Rasmussen and held the front until a lap out where Wilma's Mate and David Butt looped the field and grabbed the lead.   Conon Bridge and Bob Butt followed Wilma's Mate around and ended up in the death seat before receiving some cover when All Star Angus circled them to sit parked.   Wilma's Mate led for home and it took most of the straight for High Gait up the passing lane to grab the daughter of Pegasus Spur by half a neck with Conon Bridge finishing on again for a great debut third.   Natalie was happy with the performance from the daughter of Muscles Yankee.   " She is such a wee tradesman and is a natural two year old."   " You can use her a bit and she also has a bit of speed so that gives you plenty of options in a race."   " She wont race that much more this season with the Sires Stakes and Harness Jewels the two main races she is aiming for."   " If we look after her at two, she should come back a lovely three year old," Natalie said.   The other two first starters from the All Stars barn in Missandei and All Star Angus both showed enough on debut to suggest bright futures.   " They are both pretty inexperienced and will have a bit more racing before the big races."   "There is not that much between the three of them to be honest," Natalie said.   These days two year old trotting races are as hard to win as any other race on the program and several of tonights runners look to have big futures.   Harnesslink Media.

Last Sunday’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at Tabcorp Park Melton saw a 20 per cent spike in registered bidders. While the overall average price was down on previous years, $12,941 compared to $16,359 last year, APTS promoters said this was in partly due to only 40 lots passing through the ring. “We would expect that number to jump around a bit with only 40 lots going through,” Harness Racing Victoria’s Vaughn Lynch said. “We would have liked a higher average, but we understand there are several factors behind it dropping. “There was less competition than usual at the bottom end of the sale, meaning there were bargains for the astute buyer.” Lynch stated it was great to see more bidders than usual with “strong competition at the top end of the sale seeing several potential buyers going home disappointed”. The sale topper was a striking bay colt by Angus Hall out of unraced Muscles Yankee mare Bromac Aldebaran, which sold for $38,000. “He’s got good confirmation and a good pedigree,” said Richard Matthews, who made the successful bid. “I’ve had a bit more luck with the trotters over the years for whatever reason. I bought a broodmare from New Zealand, Invasions Pride. She didn’t race a long time but she threw a trotter called Let Me Thru, who ran second in an Inter Dominion when he was only a five-year-old. “The mare’s progeny have produced about $740,000 worth of stake winnings.” The second-highest priced purchase was Lot 15, a bay colt by the sire of the fastest two-year-old in history Muscle Hill, from Calder Fury, which went for $37,000. A sister to exciting mare Barefoot Sally (an impressive winner at Melton on Saturday night) went for $22,000, the filly by Bacardi Lindy – sire of Claudys Princess – out of Strapon. Scott’s Creek horseman Anthony O’Connor purchased two yearlings at the sale, Lot 20 a filly by Skyvalley from Maori Road for $5000 and Lot 31 Aldebaran Doc, a colt by Skyvalley from Aldebaran Deegan for $4000. “You can’t breed them for that price,” O’Connor said. “It’s worth rolling the dice at that price. “My son Nicholas and I wanted a trotter and we were looking for a filly, so to get into a good family of trotters is great. “The other one, I had a few mates who wanted to race one, so we’ll probably go quarter shares.” The APTS finished off a big weekend of Victorian trotting, which saw New Zealand star Stent win the $300,000 Group One Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star on Saturday night. “This is the third year for the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale and we’re looking forward to being able to build on it further in coming years,” Lynch said. 2015 AUSTRALASIAN PREMIER TROTTING SALE RESULTS Lot 1: Colt by Lawman out of Speedy Naomi – Withdrawn Lot 2: Filly by Eilean Donon out of Kyvalley Bling – $9000 to Chris Lang Jr Lot 3: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Arnikas Pride – Passed In Lot 4: Colt by Angus Hall out of Bromac Aldebaran - $38,000 to Gatto Pty Ltd Lot 5: Filly by Skyvalley out of Countessa Hest – $7000 to Glenn Conroy Lot 6: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Catchya Kasey – Passed In Lot 7: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Cruzenthepacific - $6000 to Terence Howard Lot 8: Colt by Angus Hall out of Maoris Dream - $30,000 to Ian Hunter Lot 9: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Stand On Me - $10,000 to Maree Caldow Lot 10: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Spring Fly – Passed In Lot 11: Filly by Skyvalley out of Sundons Babe – $7000 to Greg Scott Lot 12: Colt by Angus Hall out of Poignant – $30,000 to Maree Caldow Lot 13: Filly by Skyvalley out of Maori Lindy – $4000 to Glenn Conroy Lot 14: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Maori Moments – $5000 to Joe Pace Lot 15: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Calder Fury – $37,000 to Jim Connelly’s KPC Racing Lot 16: Filly by Angus Hall out of Aldebaran Maori – $18,000 to Blundell Family Trust Lot 17: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Maori Missile – Withdrawn Lot 18: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Docmelfi – $10,000 to Jayne Davies Lot 19: Colt by Metropolitan out of Countess Angela – $5000 to Greg and Denise Muir Lot 20: Filly by Skyvalley out of Maori Road – $5000 to Anthony O’Connor Lot 21: Colt by Kyvalley Blur out of Kyvalley Kitty – Passed In Lot 22: Colt by Muscle Mass out of Queens Rhapsody – $10,000 to Brent Lilley Lot 23: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Honey – $4000 to Russell Commens Lot 24: Colt by Muscle Mass out of Icantremember – Withdrawn Lot 25: Colt by Sundon out of La Tonneralla – $15,000 to Paddy Lee Lot 26: Colt by Muscles Yankee out of Elusive Charm – $32,000 to Don Smith Lot 27: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaranfavourite – $9000 to Brent Lilley Lot 28: Filly by Angus Hall out of Flaming Action – $9000 to B Cabria Lot 29: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of A Poem Kept – $11,000 to John Murdoch Lot 30: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Modern Maori – Withdrawn Lot 31: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Deegan – $4000 to Anthony O’Connor Lot 32: Filly by Yankee Spider out of Positive Logic – $8000 to Michael Scandolera Lot 33: Filly by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Chloe – Withdrawn Lot 34: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Charlotte Galleon – $7000 to Steven Hall Lot 35: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Strapon – $22,000 to WJ and MD Cameron Lot 36: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Breeze – $22,000 to David Scott Lot 37: Colt by Armbro Variable out of Gladys Emanuel – $8500 to Mario Azzopardi Lot 38: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Revenue – $5000 to Blake Fitzpatrick Lot 39: Colt by Armbro Invasion out of Im Mumbo Jumbo – Passed In Lot 40: Colt by Pegasus Spur out of Lets Be Happy – $25,000 to Michael Taranto Lot 41: Colt by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Hall – Withdrawn Lot 42: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse – Passed In Lot 43: Colt by Tennotrump out of Mystic Jewel – $9000 to Tubbs/Sugars Lot 44: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Seek And Destroy – $6500 to S Hayes Lot 45: Filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Sunset – $8000 to Chris Lang Jr Lot 46: Colt by Fling It out of Keyfield – $4000 to Olivia Berg By Cody Winnell 

Any harness racing breeder will tell you there are no guarantees when it comes to breeding standardbreds regardless of their racing record or pedigree. Plenty of top class well bred mares fail to fire as broodmares for reasons that in the main are a mystery to everybody. Well known breeder Trevor Casey has raced a lot of horses over the years and one of his better racemares from a few years ago was Belle Galleon. The daughter of Sundon was bred by Garry Allen, the HRNZ chairman and raced initially by Trevor Casey and Bruce Negus of Courage Under Fire fame who trained the filly. Bruce sold his share in Belle Galleon to Mike Bowden after the filly had had a handful of starts as a three year old and Trevor and Mike raced the mare for several seasons as she accumulated eleven wins and $116,144 on the track. Trevor remembers her as quite difficult to get organized in the beginning. " She took ages to get the hang of it early on." " We would take her to the trials quite a few times and she would just gallop." " She did eventually come to it and we started her at Oamaru but she ran into a real smart one in Jasmyn's Gift and finished second. " We lined her up the next night at Forbury Park and she won easily," Trevor told Harnesslink today.   At her third lifetime start she ran fifth in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks but was disqualified for an early gallop and in just her fifth lifetime start Belle Galleon ran second in the New Zealand Trotting Derby to Thedonsson after having no luck in the running. Belle Galleon changed camps a couple of times during her career moving between Bruce Negus and Colin De Filippi. After been retired to the broodmare barn, tradegy struck the Belle Galleon camp soon after when part owner Mike Bowden passed away. In his will Mike left his share in Belle Galleon to well known Amberley trainer Kevin Chapman. So Trevor and Kevin take year about breeding from the mare and while she was a very smart mare on the racetrack, Belle Galleon is fast becoming a broodmare gem. Trevor bred the first foal, a colt by Dream Vacation that he named Stent due to having had stents implanted earlier that year. He entrusted him to Colin De Filippi and as they say the rest is history.  A smart two year year old Stent has just got better and better every year to the point where he has just gone through a five start Australian campaign including the Southern Star final unbeaten. His earnings stand at a tick over $950,000 NZ and there appears plenty more in store for the now six year old gelding. Kevin sent Belle Galleon to Majestic Son when his turn came around and the resulting foal was named Belles Son. He has hit a purple patch in the last fortnight winning his last two starts and three lifetime from just ten starts and looks to have a bright future. Trevor then sent the mare to Angus Hall and the resultant filly foal was named Arya. Placed with the All Stars barn, Arya was a star two year last year, only missing a place once from seven starts when she was controversially disqualified in the Harness Jewels. Sent to Australia for the Breeders Crown, she was dominant throughout the series, winning the final effortlessly. Arya was left in Australia with Brent Lilley by Trevor as he also has top class filly Wanna Play with the All Star barn and didn't want the two fillies to clash. This season at three she has carried on her winning way for Brent and on Saturday night took out the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess final on the undercard to the Southern Star. Arya is now the winner of seven of her eight Australian starts and has taken her earnings over the $160,000 mark and she is still only half way through her three year old season. When Kevin's turn to breed a foal came around he sent the mare to Muscles Yankee and bred a colt he named Izmok. Izmok was sold at last months New Zealand Premier Yearling sale at Christchurch for $90,000, the top price for a trotting yearling at the New Zealand sales this year. Izmok was purchased by Charlie and Kaye Templeton from Invercargill. Trevor sent the mare back to Dream Vacation and has a full brother to Stent on the ground while Kevin has had Belle Galleon served by Muscle Hill. Trevor was at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday and was still bubbling today when speaking to Harnesslink. " It is not very often that you win a Group 1 but to win three Group1s on one night was unreal." " I don't think many mares will have ever left three Group 1 winners on one night apart from maybe Scuse Me." " The funny thing is that the three foals that are old enough to race from Belle Galleon have all won a race for the last two weeks in a row, " Trevor said. There are never any guarantees when breeding from smart racemares but in Belle Galleon, Trevor and Kevin have got that rarest of creatures - a broodmare gem. Harnesslink Media 

The first day of this years harness racing sales in Christchurch were held today and the contrast with yesterday in Auckland was quite marked. The top end looked after it self as it did in Auckland with four $100,000 sales on day one. The difference from Auckland was the middle market was no where near as strong as it was yesterday. Once again the top price was $200,000 and yet again it was for a Bettors Delight Colt. Named Bollinger he was consigned by Glenbrook Park Standardbreds of Mosgiel and is from the smart In The Pocket mare Asabella. The successful bidders were Emilio and Mary Rosarti who also took the highest priced filly home from Auckland. Bollinger Lot 174 Bollinger was the standout colt early in the day  but three other lots after him also hit six figures. The first of those was a real carbon copy of Christian Cullen in Lot 198. Named Circles, the Christian Cullen colt was from the smart Presidential Ball mare in Blackbird Fly and  was consigned by Norwegian Breeding Ltd and was sold to Terry Taylor of Pleasant Point for $100,000. Circles - Lot 198 The next $100,000 sale was not for a couple of hours after that when Lot 263 went through the ring. The upstanding son of Somebeachsomewhere from the In The Pocket mare Free As A Bird was keenly sought after by several buyers before Robert Dunn won the bidding duel when the price reached $100,000 The dam of Lot 198 Blackbird Fly and Lot 263 Free As A Bird are half sisters. Chicargo Styx - Lot 263 The last of todays lots to hit six figures was Lot 313 who was consigned by Ken and Anne Spicer. Named Wrangler, the son of Bettor's Delight is from a half sister to Venus Serena and was purchased by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame. The bidding stalled for quite a while but then really took off and finished at $170,000. Wrangler - Lot 313 The sale overall had a healthy average of just over $27,000 for the lots sold on the day but the middle was held up by the Bettors Delights. The stallion averages were interesting as the figures below show: * Bettors Delight - 23 sold at an average of $56,108 * Christian Cullen - 12 sold at an average of $36,833 * Mach Three - 6 sold at an average of $32,666 * Art Major - 8 sold at an average of $24,937 The top priced trotting bred yearling on the day was Lot 204 and was consigned by Kevin Chapman of Amberley. Named Izmok, the colt by Muscles Yankee from Belle Galleon was keenly sought after by several buyers. The half brother to Stent and Arya was finally knocked down to the Charlie and Kaye Templeton of Invercargill for $90,000. The sale concludes with another 180 lots tomorrow. Full day results Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   142 Windsor B C Monarchy Valley Of The Moon Mr. I. L. & Mrs. C. J. Lochhead Weedons Not sold, Res $18,000     143 Bay Richter B C Ohoka Arizona Vance Marie Messrs. J. M. H. Booth Leeston & H. L. Waretini Christchurch HOOF IT RACING STABLES LTD AUCKLAND $11,000 144 Arizona Highway B C Ohoka Arizona Van Ished Tregynon Farm Ohoka WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $10,000 145 American Rockstar BR C American Ideal Va Va Voom Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR RK & MRS RG MCCUTCHEON TEMUKA $21,000 146 Kat Supreme B F Rocknroll Hanover Village Dreamer Scherger Court Standardbreds Loburn Not sold, Res $30,000     147 Fiscal Madness C C Revenue Violette Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR B NORMAN OWAKA $7,500 148 Devil Gate Drive B F Santanna Blue Chip Voodoo Doll Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks HUTTVIEW FARM LTD RAKAIA $2,000 149 Myidealson BR C American Ideal Warp Speed Toomebridge Stables Blenheim PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $15,000 150 Western Sapphire B F Art Major Western Legend Legends Bloodstock Ltd Templeton PGW as agent CHCH $14,000 151 Tuakana B C Bettor's Delight Whenua Toliman Lodge Ltd West Melton Withdrawn     152 Zahven Banner BR C Bettor's Delight When You're Hot Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton JOHN MCCARTHY AUSTRALIA $30,000 153 Dave The Rave B C Live Or Die Winding Down Mrs. L. M. Jones Mrs. K. E. Hudson Christchurch Mr. D. W. Neal Riwaka & Mr. W. G. Barber Geraldine Withdrawn     154 Night Moves B C Changeover Wonderful Tonight La Grange Farm West Melton GREG O'CONNOR CHCH $20,000 155 Trusty Waihemo B C Bettor's Delight Waihemo Rainship Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch D GALE HELENSVILLE $35,000 156 Sportzstar B C Sportswriter Zenara Bon-Accord Farm Westport Not sold, Res $30,000     157 Balfast B F Rock N Roll Heaven Zenardle Mr. L. C. Driver Amberley Not sold, Res $20,000     158 Kitura B F Mach Three Zitura Mr. M. L. Law Wellington Not sold, Res $17,000     159 Huey Maguire B C Courage Under Fire Zoe Maguire Jubilee Park Cambridge INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $16,000 160 Punter's Dream B C Bettor's Delight Zagami Mrs. C. M. Dalgety West Melton Mr. A. Zame Gisborne Lang Breeding Ltd & Mr. D. Zame Wellington PGW as agent CHCH $37,500 161 Miracle Rising B C Muscle Mass Whosinthenest Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR GAVIN SMITH KAIAPOI $19,000 162 Arden's Angel BL F Rock N Roll Heaven Achieve A Dream Arden Lodge Tapanui Withdrawn     163 Hare Razing B C Artsplace Achy Breaky Shufle Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland B BORCOSKIE RANGIORA $20,000 164 Kiwi Bloke B C Courage Under Fire A Good Kiwi Chick Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch M SHINN CHCH $42,500 165 Dolly Patron B F American Ideal Alice Patron Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $4,500 166 Gibbston Shard B C Santanna Blue Chip All Time Glory Shard Farm Standardbreds Ltd Invercargill MR D M MCKENDRY ASHBURTON $3,000 167 Angel Bromac B F Mach Three Amaretto Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton ROBERT J WATSON AUSTRALIA $20,000 168 Ranes B C Love You Xena Hest Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW MATTHEW CRAVEN AUSTRALIA $33,000 169 Corporate Intent B C Christian Cullen Annika Sorenstam Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $25,000 170 Waimac Attack B C Mach Three Another Sheila Mr. G. J. & Mrs. C. A. Bailey Cust & Mr. J. F. & Mrs. S. L. Wilson Rangiora Not sold, Res $40,000     171 Phoenix Arizona B C Badlands Hanover Arma Phoenix Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks Not sold, Res $12,000     172 Artistic Jewel B F Christian Cullen Art Lover Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $25,000     173 Mista Delight B C Bettor's Delight Art Of Perfection Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $21,000 174 Bollinger BR C Bettor's Delight Asabella Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $200,000 175 Phoebe Muscle B C Muscle Mass Ashley Sunset Phoebe Partnership Christchurch ROBBIE CLOSE RANGIORA $12,000 176 Rock N Roll Patron BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Anita Patron Mr. J. P. Henderson Christchurch S REID PUKEKOHE $30,000 177 Regal Aspirant B F Monarchy Aspiring Gal Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton Not sold, Res $30,000     178 Enghien B C Love You Another Starlet Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR GP & MRS NM HOPE as agent KAIAPOI $20,000 179 Agincourt B C Sam Bourbon Zlata Dream With Me Stables NZ Ltd Christchurch RJ BUTT KAIAPOI $8,500 180 Lady Muscles B F Muscles Yankee Anreca Hest Thompson Bloodstock Limited Dunedin ALAN CLARK TIMARU $5,000 181 Onedin Gambler B C Bettor's Delight Ashanna Mr. W. E. & Mrs. P. M. Bain Roxburgh MR BARRY CLARK CHCH $12,000 182 Pretty Pins B F American Ideal Andress Blue Chip Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland TERRY MCPHERSON GORE $18,000 183 Highview Emjay B F Art Official Baptism Of Fire Baptism Breeding Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $30,000     184 Lucas James B C Big Jim Aziza Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks COLIN HARRIS AUCKLAND $12,500 185 Lady Madonna B F Art Major Back In The USSR Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston B PURDON CLEVEDON $16,000 186 Baileys Knight BR C Christian Cullen Baileys Delight Mr. A. J. Grant Springston INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $12,500 187 Arden's Beach Boy B C Somebeachsomewhere Ardensplace Arden Lodge Tapanui MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $35,000 188 Blues City Babe B F Gotta Go Cullect Beale Street Babe Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley ANDREW ARMOUR INVERCARGILL $3,500 189 Beaudiene Angel BL F Changeover Beaudiene Bianca Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $13,000 190 Ultimate Turbo B C Bettor's Delight Bee Jays Money Ultimate Breeding Westport PGW AS AGENT CHCH $60,000 191 Bella Figlia B F Art Major Bella Arden Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch S L MCCAFFREY CAMBRIDGE $12,500   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   192 One Bid Buys B F Muscle Mass Biddy Bid Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi JB & JR DAVIES HAMILTON $17,000 193 The Best Christian B C Christian Cullen Anvils Delight Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     194 Ideal Blaze B C American Ideal Blaze Of Colour Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton MR T HARKNESS TIMARU $4,000 195 unnamed B C The Pres Blazing Pat Mr. B. G. Woodhouse Omakau Not sold     196 Millie Grey G F Monkey Bones Bonspiel Grace Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua PGW AS AGENT CHCH $11,000 197 Trouble Pres BL C The Pres Boyzenberry Trouble Lodge Methven Withdrawn     198 Circles B C Christian Cullen Blackbird Fly Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston TD & AV TAYLOR PLEASANT PT $100,000 199 Baileys Rock BL C Bettor's Delight Baileys Pearl Mr. A. J. Grant Springston CRAN DALGETY CHCH $60,000 200 Mortician C C Monarchy Bred A Monster Ms. M. A. Caig Winton Not sold, Res $10,000     201 That's The Story B C Monarchy Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford Not sold, Res $25,000     202 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Black Minx Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     203 Bringitonhome BR C Courage Under Fire Bubba Ho Tep Mr. P. A. & Mrs. Y. A. Hogan West Melton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $22,000 204 Izmok B C Muscles Yankee Belle Galleon Seavale Racing Amberley CT & KL TEMPLETON INVERCARGILL $90,000 205 Absolutely Unreal B F Gotta Go Cullen Brilliant Franco Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR PAUL WALTON CHCH $9,000 206 Rock N Christian B F Rock N Roll Heaven Cantina Bon-Accord Farm Westport PGW as agent CHCH $11,000 207 Baby Bangles B F Art Major Boom Time Baby Regal Farm Victoria WESTMERE FARMING CO LTD ASHBURTON $20,000 208 My Blue Heaven BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Carnival Banner Mr. P. S. Fry Upper Moutere Not sold, Res $30,000     209 Jewels And Gems BR F Mach Three Cartier Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel DOMENICO MARTELLO AUSTRALIA $71,000 210 The Artristocrat B C Art Major Catherine Zeta Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $30,000 211 Robbie Royale B C Raffaello Ambrosio Castle Royale Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua MR B NORMAN OWAKA $10,000 212 Bettor Be Bad BR C Bettor's Delight Beaudiene Bad Babe Taffy Ltd Winton S REID PUKEKOHE $90,000 213 Chilli Franco B F Vintage Master Cherish A Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell PGW as agent CHCH $7,000 214 Been A Long Time B C Rocknroll Hanover Child In Time La Grange Farm West Melton MR GH BENNETT RANGIORA $25,000 215 All Money B F Mach Three Cee Ash Rankin Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $5,000 216 Eye For Fun B F Courage Under Fire Chloe Bromac Mr. G. W. Deakins Christchurch Not sold, Res $10,000     217 Millwood Tiffany B F Christian Cullen Chloe Hanover Ms. K. Carville Ohoka MJ & SJ LITTLE P/SHIP CROMWELL $16,000 218 Falcons Dazza B C Gotta Go Cullen Citybabe Mr. S. R. Baucke Invercargill MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $3,000 219 Over The Love C C Love You Cochy Bondhu Marrion Bloodstock Christchurch MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $25,000 220 Caleb Jones B C Sportswriter Classy Line NZ Bred Ltd Weedons INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $20,000 221 Johnny Podres B C Christian Cullen Brooklyn Dream Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch B PURDON CLEVEDON $75,000 222 Cavalier Bromac B C Mach Three Congo Breeze Mr. T. A. Beaton Aylesbury & Bromac Lodge Ltd Christchurch JF CURTIN CHCH $32,000 223 Changearound BL C Changeover Cracker Kate Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora Withdrawn     224 Champagne Bromac B F Courage Under Fire Cozette Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR TF ASHBY CHRISTCHURCH $16,000 225 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Congo Smoke Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     226 Ideal Dash B C Western Ideal Coughton Court Messrs. D. M. Shammall South Australia & P. J. O'Rourke Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $25,000 227 Bettor Cruise B F Bettor's Delight Courage Aplenty Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora JEFF WHEELER SPRINGSTON $18,000 228 Stompem B C Christian Cullen Crushem Mr. R. K. & Mrs. G. Wah Halswell KIRWEE SYNDICATE CHCH $42,500 229 Immer Besser BR C Bettor's Delight Cullen's Creation Tavistock Breeding Ltd West Melton PGW as agent CHCH $65,000 230 Ultimate Angel B F Bettor's Delight Cullens Katching Ultimate Breeding Westport MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $4,500 231 Christmas Toyboy B C Christian Cullen Diana May Mr. P. F. & Mrs. C. L. Smith Weedons MR D A & MRS P A CHAPMAN ASHBURTON $25,000 232 The Dominator B C The Pres Domination Mr. S. G. Bell Timaru Not sold, Res $10,000     233 Classie Margaret B F Gotta Go Cullect Classie Emma Classiebawn Stud Prebbleton MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $7,000 234 Charming Major B C Art Major Charm Thee Regal Farm Victoria IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $22,000 235 Valet B C Bettor's Delight Corbell Birchbrook Breeding Ltd & Mr. S. J. Hooper Woodend Withdrawn     236 Pangani B F Mach Three Christian Watch Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch Withdrawn     237 Run Boy Run B C American Ideal Dakota Grace Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland P KERR KAIAPOI $16,000 238 President Roydon B C The Pres Dear Diedre Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton BUTTERWORTH RACING SYNDICATE AUSTRALIA $10,000 239 He's Official B C Art Official Delightful Lover Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR B MANGOS PUKEKOHE $14,000 240 Youneedabitofmuscle B C Muscle Mass Del's Hoof N It Mr. G. W. & Mrs. S. A. Hunt Leeston Withdrawn     241 Ideal Rule B F American Ideal Cullens Rule Paritai Farm Rakaia JASON LETHABY CHCH $6,000 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   242 Caviar Bromac BL C Vintage Master Crown Defender Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR MARK JONES CHCH $27,000 243 Sportage Denario B F Sportswriter Dreamo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $12,000     244 Tisadream B C Bettor's Delight Dreamy Atom Mr. V. L. & Mrs. D. L. Devery Invercargill DAMIAN KEATING AUSTRALIA $45,000 245 Styx Vixen B F Bettor's Delight Foxy Styx Styx Stables Christchurch BRAEVIEW LTD GORE $60,000 246 Cullinan B C Courage Under Fire Diamond Fleet Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch MENTALLY STABLE CHCH $15,000 247 Donegal Tweed B C Love You Donegal Flat Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $37,500 248 Eastwood Shadow BL C McArdle Eastwood Blue Jeans Messrs. L. R. Melhopt Prebbleton & T. C. Behrns Lincoln DAWE BLOODSTOCK RANGIORA $8,000 249 Editorial B C Art Official Edernay Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $12,000 250 Paddy Finn B C Christian Cullen Eilish Finn Mrs. H. M. Finlayson Templeton N MCGRATH CHCH $21,000 251 I Can Dream BL F If I Can Dream Ella Sue Netherwood Lodge Trust Blenheim MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $10,000 252 Elisa Mae Jones B F Four Starzzz Shark Emmy Jones NZ Bred Ltd Weedons MR TF ASHBY CHCH $6,000 253 Rock Stock N Barrel B F Rock N Roll Heaven Dudinka's Angel Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel Not sold, Res $17,000     254 Patanjali B F American Ideal Enchanter Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch JAMES MCDONALD CHCH $5,000 255 Garry's Legacy B C Christian Cullen Essential Guest Hunterfield Balcairn CRAIG KENNEDY CUST $21,000 256 Righteous Brother B C Rock N Roll Heaven Falcon's Guest Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch CLEMENCE DRILLING KAIAPOI $20,000 257 Pembrook Blue B C Santanna Blue Chip Dudinka's Star Pembrook Park Limited Ohoka MR R H NEGUS CHCH $4,000 258 Bettor Be Noisy B C Bettor's Delight Fire Dancer Ms. E. K. Fox Christchurch & Mr. L. N. Conner Stewart Island NEIL DARLINGTON AUSTRALIA $22,000 259 Mach's Back B C Mach Three Dream Angel Mr. M. J. Little Invercargill Not sold, Res $20,000     260 Convert Denario B C Changeover Ergo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $8,500     261 Flying Mister D B C Bettor's Delight Flying Mrs Williams One Over Lodge Waimate WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $41,000 262 Wine Tutor B C Vintage Master For The Don For The Boys Partnership Christchurch MR STEVE DOLAN CHCH $20,000 263 Chicago Styx B C Somebeachsomewhere Free As A Bird Styx Stables Christchurch MR RJ DUNN CHCH $100,000 264 Frisky Bromac B C Bettor's Delight Fresco Denario Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $30,000     265 Front Row B F Gotta Go Cullect Front Cover Lover Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch PGW as agent CHCH $16,000 266 Harpers Bazaar B F Santanna Blue Chip Front Page Girl Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR NJ & MRS MG GREEN ASHBURTON $2,000 267 On The Rantan B C Bettor's Delight Funontherun Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford CRAN DALGETY CHCH $85,000 268 Standing Bear B C The Pres Flashman Go Harness Racing Ltd Christchurch RJ & DM KING RAKAIA $15,000 269 October Affair B F Christian Cullen Exotic Maid Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley Not sold, Res $7,500     270 Galleons Victory B C Muscle Mass Galleons Assault Mr. G. S. Allen Wellington BARRON BLOODSTOCK INVERCARGILL $15,000 271 Prime Galleon B C Bettor's Delight Galleons Respect Fanny Allen Family Trust Wellington PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $70,000 272 Geena's Girl BR F Crazed Geena's Star DZ Partnership Dunedin TAVISTOCK BREEDING LTD WEST MELTON $7,500 273 Bettor Deal B F Bettor's Delight Gem Power P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $40,000 274 Captain Thunderbolt B C Panspacificflight Genuine Art Macca Lodge Ltd Gore Not sold, Res $20,000     275 Takemetothebeach B F Somebeachsomewhere Give Or Take Messrs. R. J. Paterson Rangiora & G. D. Scott Kaiapoi Not sold, Res $40,000     276 Ohoka Johnny BR C Ohoka Arizona Glentara Ms. K. Carville & Ms. T. Nicholas Ohoka CB & SJ MCPHERSON GORE $8,000 277 Bravo Denario B C Mach Three Goodtogo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $20,000 278 Livinginthefastlane B C Live Or Die Hanover Fair Mr. R. C. & Mrs. M. M. Beale Oamaru Withdrawn     279 Supreme Banner B C Christian Cullen Gretna's Best Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton P KERR KAIAPOI $26,000 280 Extra Blast B C Bettor's Delight Ginnie Moon Duncraigen Farm Ltd Wyndham AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB 2016 TAKANINI, AUCKLAND $25,000 281 Kahmon BL F Monarchy Kahmotion Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham MR DAVID C THOMAS ASHBURTON $20,000 282 Fancy Schmancy B F Well Said Hallie Parker Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch Not sold, Res $15,000     283 Serengeti Styx B C Art Major Gotta Go Hype Styx Stables Christchurch PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $60,000 284 Squeeze B F American Ideal Harmony Franco PRB Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch A CONTE AUSTRALIA $5,000 285 Muscles Galore B C Muscle Mass Harriet Hughes Messrs. I. W. McNicholl & Mr. J. P. Baker Wellington Not sold, Res $45,000     286 Master Of Disguise B C Vintage Master Hidden Jewel Mrs. J. L. Smolenski Weedons MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $21,000 287 unnamed B C Well Said Highview Chartom Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $35,000     288 Cometti B C Bettor's Delight Heavenly Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $67,500 289 Roman Rebel B C Bettor's Delight Highview Chasue Mrs. H. Van Opzeeland West Melton M BROWN INVERCARGILL $40,000 290 Hilarious Magic B C Rocknroll Hanover Hilarious Leigh Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $30,000     291 Miss Fandango BR F Mach Three Hi Life Franco Mrs. M. E. McCarthy Oamaru K M BARRON CHCH $22,000     Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   292 Better Than Most BL C Bettor's Delight Hi Speed Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $33,000 293 Save The Day B C Bettor's Delight Holmes Town Girl Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel WARREN TAYLOR CHCH $22,000 294 Franco Hampton B C Christian Cullen Hunter Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $75,000 295 Art Collector B C Art Official Hurricane Dancer Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford KELK PARTNERSHIP RD 6 $15,000 296 Ohoka Sammy B C Art Major I Izz Sassy Ms. K. Carville Ohoka PGW as agent CHCH $25,000 297 Keepitinthefamily B C Monarchy In De Fence Mrs. W. I. Blakie Oturehua ARNA DONNELLY CAMBRIDGE $10,000 298 Ultimate JJ B F Somebeachsomewhere Inter Shape Ultimate Breeding Westport Not sold, Res $20,000     299 My Wee Man BL C Changeover Jenna Franco Mr. G. J. Crabbe Broadfield PETER BOAG GRETA VALLEY $18,000 300 Funky Monkey G F Monkey Bones Jani Franco NZ Bred Ltd Weedons Withdrawn     301 Love Insist BR C Love You Insist Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     302 Machinro B C Mach Three Inspiring Dash Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks CRAN DALGETY CHCH $45,000 303 Brylin Trouble BR C Brylin Boyz Ippica Ado Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $4,000     304 Real Obsession B F Real Desire Isabella Anvil Saratoga Farm Loburn MR GJ BURGESS CHCH $4,000 305 unnamed B C Well Said Ivy Rose Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $25,000     306 Bakari B C Gotta Go Cullect Jacaranda Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch MR KK & MRS BG CHAPMAN AMBERLEY $24,000 307 Macador B C Mach Three J'Adore Bromac Mr. E. L. Basham NSW Not sold, Res $25,000     308 Franco June B C Vintage Master Jazz Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell R & E WILSON PARTNERSHIP BALFOUR $7,000 309 Speedy Mach BR C Mach Three Initforfun Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $21,000 310 Credit Master B C Muscle Mass Jessicas Credit Arcadia Harness Racing Group Victoria MR AP & MRS LM NEAL CAMBRIDGE $12,000 311 Perchaya B F Vintage Master Jessica Vhea Asmara Farm Partnership Rakaia MR DA NEWTON ASHBURTON $3,000 312 Bettor Rock Again B C Bettor's Delight Jingle Belle Rock Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi Withdrawn     313 Wrangler B C Bettor's Delight Jen Marie Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks ID DOBSON CHCH $170,000 314 Artful Annie B F Art Major Jubilee Franco Tregynon Farm Ohoka Withdrawn     315 Queen Boudicea BR F Well Said Julia R Messrs. G. Banks & M. Hanover, USA N MCGRATH CHCH $22,000 316 Just Deal It B F American Ideal Justalert Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $32,500 317 Roger F B C Muscle Hill Justine H Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW Withdrawn     318 Brave Warrior B C Badlands Hanover Just Jayne Ultimate Breeding Westport D GALE HELENSVILLE $6,000 319 Muscle Moment B C Muscle Mass Juverna Gower Terraces Farm Partnership Cheviot J DAVIES & N ALEXANDER AUSTRALIA $17,000 320 Matua Tana B C Love You Kahola Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham Not sold, Res $55,000   Harnesslink Media

Next weeks round of the harness racing sales has quite a few entries by the son of Muscles Yankee in Muscle Mass. Muscle Mass 1:53.8 ($229,000) won eight of twelve on the track before being injured with the highlight being his win in 1:53.8 at his second lifetime start at two. Muscle Mass is bred in the purple with elite level horses everywhere in his pedigree. His dam is Graceful Touch 1:56 ($192,000) by Pine Chip whose first six foals all went through the sales ring at either Harrisburg or Lexington and as you can see from the list below were keenly sought after. Muscle Mass by Muscles Yankee  -  $100,000 Touchdown Town by Muscles Yankee  -  $320,000  Muscle Massive by Muscles Yankee  -  $425,000 Thatsnotmyname by Windsongs Legacy  -  $250,000 Graceful Kelly by Muscles Yankee  -  $145,000 Mr Lucky Luke by Lucky Chucky  -  $450,000  Graceful Touch is one of only two foals from the high class Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) with the other being her full brother in Cobol 1:54 ($417,457)  With his pedigree and two year old speed, Muscle Mass was always going to be given his chance at stud in North America and he went to stud in 2009 in Canada. Right from the start Muscle Mass has shown the ability to leave elite level trotters and with his first crop just turned five, he already has $8,479,420 in stake earnings on his card. In the season just completed in North America Muscle Mass finished seventh on the three year old sires list ahead of such outstanding sires as Kadabra, Angus Hall, Muscles Yankee and Majestic Son. Last season Muscle Mass made the move to Blue Chip Farms in New York where he stands at a fee of $6,000 which is an indication of his standing now in the stallion ranks in North America. His full brother Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) made a great start at stud last year with his two year olds finishing fifth on the two year old siring charts in his debut season. Available to New Zealand breeders via frozen semen in 2009/2010, the first and only crop to date of Muscle Mass old enough to race in New Zealand were born in the 2010/2011 season. Numbering just five live foals, that number is now four with Massuci having died. The remaining four foals are now four year olds and are all mares. Below is a record of their racing careers to date. Zheyna - 18 starts - 3 wins - 2 seconds - 4 thirds - Stakes $21,764 Mass Invasion - 12 starts - 1 win - 4 seconds - 1 third - Stakes $9433 Schleck - 6 starts - 2 wins - 2 seconds - 0 thirds - Stakes $16,439 K D Muscles 16 starts - 0 wins - 4 seconds - 3 thirds - Stakes $40,297 K D Muscles would have to be the biggest stakes winning maiden trotter in New Zealand having run second to Majestic Time in the the $25,000 New Zealand Trotting Oaks in a 2:00 mile rate and second to Thebestlove in the $97,500 Sales Trot in a 1:59.9 mile rate  . Four foals for four lovely mares is not a bad start however you look at it. Unavailable for the 2010/2011 and 2011/ 2012 seasons, Muscle Mass shuttled to New Zealand in the 2012/2013 season and served a healthy book of 71 mares on the back of the performance of his handful of foals from his first crop. Now yearlings, this crop numbers 55 and Muscle Mass did cover some lovely trotting mares in the one year he shuttled here. It was a no show again in 2013/2014 and 2014/ 2015 so if you want a son or daughter of Muscle Mass, this years yearling sales might be your last opportunity in the foreseeable future to acquire one. Harnesslink Media

As the new year begins, so does foaling season at Winbak Farm. This year the farm is expecting around 300 foals that will be eligible to rich stakes programs in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For the second year in a row, a filly was the first to be born. This year, the first to arrive was a Muscles Yankee filly out of the mare Call Me Hazel (sired by Call Toll Free), 1:57.2f ($57,916). She was born on January 17th. The filly is a half-sister to Delaware Stakes standouts, Starlit Eyes, 3, 1:58.3f ($149,680), The Felton Queen, 1:58.2f ($114,238), and Call Me Hal, 3, 1:58h -'14 ($90,627). Call Me Hazel is a half-sister to Scorpion Moon, 1:52.3s ($952,041). This filly is the first crop of Muscles Yankee foals to be eligible in the rich New York program. Second to arrive, 9 days later was a Vintage Master filly from the mare Santino's Rosa (sired by The Panderosa), p, 1:50.3 ($166,827). The filly was born on January 26th. Santino's Rosa is a full-sister to San Antony O, p, 1:52f ($348,996), and Yankees In Seven, p, 1:52.3h ($280,868). This filly will be Ontario-eligible. Vintage Master's first crop are now two and preparing for stakes action in 2015. The third to arrive was a Betterthancheddar filly from the mare Lilli Maid (sired by Christian Cullen). The filly was born on January 27th. This is the first year for North American foals from Betterthancheddar. His foals from the southern hemisphere are getting great reviews. Lilli Maid is a half-sister to Western Expression, p, 1:51.2f ($192,751), and Little Michael B, p, 1:50f ($169,477). This filly will be New York eligible. He is now standing at Winbak Farm of Ontario. The fourth to arrive was an Artiscape colt from Latin Liftoff (sired by Shotgun Scott) p, 3, Q1:57.4f. The colt was born on January 28th and is a half-brother to Battle of Waterloo Elimination Winner, Steady Warrior, p, 3, 1:52.1s -'14 ($144,156). Latin Liftoff is a half-sister to Spring Break, p, 3, 1:50.3z ($787,057). This colt will be New York-eligible. Those interested in learning more about Winbak Farm, including information about the stallions, should visit www.winbakfarm.com or call 410.885.3059. To see pictures of the foals born this year, be sure to follow Winbak Farm on Twitter or like their Facebook page. by Elizabeth Cheesman, for Winbak Farm

Harness racing trainer Julie Miller thought Opulent Yankee might be well suited for series racing this winter at the Meadowlands, and so far the 4-year-old trotter has made good on the trainer's beliefs. Opulent Yankee, who joined Miller's stable in November, won both of his starts in the preliminary rounds of the Super Bowl Series for 3- and 4-year-old trotters at the Big M and is likely to be among the favorites in Saturday's $50,000 final. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also features the $56,000 Escort Series final for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers and the $47,600 Worldly Beauty Series final for 3- and 4-year-old female pacers. Opulent Yankee will start the Super Bowl from post 10 with driver Andy Miller. Propulsion, who also won two preliminary divisions in the series, will leave from post one with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Tony Alagna. Other division winners JL Cruze, Two Hip Dip and Blocking The Way drew posts four through six, respectively. Jeff Gural's Little E LLC bred and co-owns Opulent Yankee with Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir and David Stolz. Gural also is among the owners of Propulsion, with Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and the partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "I've been really happy with him," Miller said about Opulent Yankee. "Mr. Gural sent him to us after Lexington and we evaluated him and we told him we really liked the horse. We thought he could be a major contender in the winter series at the Meadowlands and it's proven to be true. He's been good in the first two legs and hopefully he'll be right there for the final." Opulent Yankee (Muscles Yankee-Opulent Bluestone) was winless in eight starts at age 2, but finished third three times, including in a division of the Reynolds Memorial Stakes at Vernon Downs. He went off stride in his 2014 debut, in the Charles Smith Trot at Freehold in September, but rebounded to win in 1:51.4 in a late closer at The Red Mile two weeks later. After two more starts in October, Opulent Yankee was given time off. He was entered to sell in the November Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale, but was withdrawn. "He has a nice way of going and a great gait to him; a good attitude and nice size and conformation," Miller said. "When he was in Lexington he showed some speed, so I felt like he was definitely a horse that could be competitive at this level. If they show a little bit of talent at 2 and 3, there is something to work with from the get-go. "The first time Andy and I trained Opulent Yankee, I said to Andy that I hoped Mr. Gural didn't want to sell (Opulent Yankee) because I thought he would be something nice to hang onto for the 4-year-old year. I don't know if he can step up to being a Grand Circuit 4-year-old, but for what we're asking of him right now, I definitely think he's a major contender." Miller is no stranger to winter success at the Meadowlands. In 2013, she finished 1-2 in the Super Bowl with Windsun Galliano and Helios. Last year, she saw Perfect Alliance win the Singer Memorial Series and Bambino Glide capture two legs of the Horse & Groom Series. And in 2009, Lucky Jim won the Horse & Groom on his way to dominating the summer and fall open stakes and a Dan Patch Award as best older male trotter. Opulent Yankee's ownership group is the same partnership that raced Perfect Alliance last year. Opulent Yankee won his first round of the Super Bowl by 5-3/4 lengths over Annapolis in 1:55 and won his second round by a half-length over JL Cruze in 1:53.2. "I don't want to date myself, but when I first raced in the Super Bowl, they were going in (1):56 and (1):57 to win it," Miller said. "Now it's a whole different level of horses that are eligible to those races. It makes for competitive racing, which is what we're all looking for. There are no easy spots in these series. They've really developed a nice program for these horses. "This final should be a great race. It's going to be the draw and how the trip works out. But I have a lot of confidence in Andy and Opulent Yankee." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

Sertorius…A Roman soldier recognised by history as a natural general and born leader! With a name like that, and a pedigree just as strong, Sertorius the yearling is destined for great things. By top stallion Muscles Yankee, the colt is the second foal from race winning mare, Classic Armbro. Classic Armbro’s first offspring is a daughter by Love You, which is one of this season’s two-year-olds. As for Sertorius, he is part of the team of yearlings to be presented by Breckon Farms at next month’s sale. The athletic youngster will enter the ring as Lot 37 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on Monday, February 16. By Armbro Invasion, Classic Armbro is from Merinai, which is still regarded as one of the most talented trotters produced in the Southern Hemisphere. Before injury cut her career short, Merinai won 19 of her 27 starts, including the Dominion Handicap, Rowe Memorial and National Trot. The family also includes Sunny Elegant, Pretty Sunday, Sonofanearl, Rosemma, Miss Pegasus and Wingonhai. Harnesslink Media

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Chris Page, currently second to Josh Sutton in the local driver's standings, won both the $10,000 Open Trot and the $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. In addition, the red-hot 31-year-old reinsman got his picture taken four other times in the winner's circle to garner half of the wins during the 12-race program. Mr. Web Page was Page's mount in the featured trot, using a second-over trip to beat late-closing Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) and Southwind Nazareth (Brad Hanners) in 1:56.2. Although the winner's seasonal bankroll of $65,938 was the largest in the full field, the public sent him off at 5-1. Trained by Jim Arledge Jr. and owned by the Helping Hands Stables, the win was his first at Dayton in five tries against open company, but the ninth triumph of a very good six-year-old season. Valentino, making his first recent start in open company, was still sent off as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite on the merits of a frontrunning 1:51 score in the top condition class a week ago, the first start for new owner Rockstar Meadows and new trainer Brian Brown. Page sent the seven-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover right to the front and cruised through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before the entire eight-horse field bunched up around the final turn. Lucky Lime (Randy Tharps) rallied from seventh to finish second when the pair crossed the wire together in 1:52.2. Sunday Poker (Tyler Smith) was third. With the victory, Valentino increased his lifetime bounty to $798,632. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

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