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No Pan Intended, the last of the ten Pacing Triple Crown winners, is headed off to Ireland to continue his breeding career. His North American stint in that capacity has been unremarkable. Let’s hope the fifteen-year-old son of Pacific Fella finds the Emerald Isle more to his liking. That got me to thinking about the fact that most of the nine complete Triple Crown winners have come up short in the harness racing breeding shed. No Pan Intended, who won the Triple Crown in 2003, drew 201 mares the following year, resulting in 133 registered foals, but demand dwindled to the point where he only attracted 11 mares in 2014. All told he averaged 30 foals per year for his career in NA. The nine-year-old slugger Alexie Mattosie is his only millionaire. He won the Presidential and the William Haughton in 2011, but has done it the hard way for the most part. Lennon Blue Chip, from his first crop, is about $50,000 from being a millionaire, but aside from a couple of OSS Gold legs it’s been a long slog. Nebupanezzar, from crop number two, did win the Governor’s Cup, along with a couple of Gold legs, and he also ended his career about $50,000 short of a million. No Pan Intended’s performance as a broodmare sire has been negligible.  The Cambest colt Blissful Hall won the Triple Crown four years earlier. He sired a half dozen crops here before being sent to Australia. Camelot Hall, from his first crop, won the Metro and Nassagaweya, and the following year Shanghai Phil, the sire of Duc Dorleans, won the Bluegrass, ISS and Champlain. And Armbro Dancer and Marnie Hall met with some success against the older mares. Nat A Virgin, Play It Again Sam and Witch Dali are a few of his broodmare credits. Western Dreamer, an incomplete son of Western Hanover, won the Triple Crown two years earlier, in 1999. We have to go back fourteen years to 1983 for the next winner, Meadow Skipper’s richest offspring, the Canadian hall of famer, Ralph Hanover. There are plenty of examples of stallions who don’t come close to reproducing themselves at stud, but Ralph certainly stands out in that group. He bred 200 mares in each of his first two seasons, producing 126 and 104 foals, respectively, but he was down to five by 1996, when he finished his career in Ontario. He produced handsome individuals like himself, but most of them were simply too slow. Some believed that Ralph beat up on a weak group, but the checkmarks were all in place for a successful breeding career. It just didn’t happen. The great Niatross preceded Ralph. He won three years earlier, in 1980, then retired as the fastest and richest pacer ever. His first crop of 148 contained the great Nihilator, who won 35 of 38 starts and earned a world record $3.2 million; Pace and Messenger winner, Pershing Square; and two and three-year-old division champ Semalu D’Amour. And crop number two, which numbered 200, contained his second consecutive freshman champ, Barberry Spur, as well as Smartest Remark, Caressable and Masquerade. Niatross was subsequently moved to New York, where the bottom fell out of his siring career. Whether the move was a contributing factor to the drop off is up for debate. He started out at $35,000, but was standing for $2,000 in New Jersey by 1999. His broodmare credits include, Electric Slide, Bonnie And Clyde, Stand Forever and Gothic Dream. We go back a decade for the next Triple Crown winner, and we finally hit the jackpot with Most Happy Fella, one of the greatest sires to ever roam the earth. He died tragically at 17 and only left us 13 crops, but he dazzled us with his accomplishments. His first crop contained Silk Stockings and Tarport Hap; Oil Burner, the sire of No Nukes and grandsire of Western Hanover, was in his second; Happy Motoring, who gave us OTRA, came along in 1976, and the great Cam Fella three years later. And Most Happy Fella’s daughters gave us Laughs, Armbro Emerson, Ramblin Storm, Mystical Maddy, Topnotcher, Nobleland Sam, Sweet Reflection and Armbro Dallas. The Poplar Byrd colt Rum Customer won two years earlier. After a handful of failed crops in NA, he was shipped to New Zealand. Two years earlier, in 1966, Romeo Hanover won the Triple Crown. The hall of famer won his division three times and lost only once at three. The fact that his richest performer was the dual gaited Speedy Romeo says it all. He stood at Pine Hollow Stud, the same farm where Niatross saw his siring career go to pieces 17 years later. Romeo’s prowess on the track did not translate to his progeny. His daughter Last Wish was the second dam of Precious Bunny. That’s about it. He was relocated to Australia in 1978. Bret Hanover was the second Triple Crown winner, and like all the rest, with the exception of MHF, the three-time Horse of the Year failed to match his excellence on the track with his performance as a stallion. He experienced plenty of success, especially early on, and he was a prolific sire, but that great son eluded him. Strike Out, a division winner at two and three, was probably his most accomplished son, but fertility issues kept him from carrying on the line. Storm Damage, who fought the good fight against Niatross and Tyler B, was another. The Adios line running through Bret endures through world champion Warm Breeze’s grandson McArdle. The Meadow Skipper line helped do him in on the one hand, but it also allowed him to flourish as a broodmare sire. Among his credits: Fan Hanover, Nihilator, Cam Fella, Barberry Spur, Town Pro, Jaguar Spur, Ball And Chain, Three Diamonds, Miss Easy, Naughty But Nice, Delinquent Account, Armbro Feather and Sonsam. And the first Triple Crown winner was Adios Butler, the greatest pacer of his era, who paced a world record 1:54.3 in a time trial as a four-year-old. He was voted Horse of the Year at three and four. His level of success as a sire was very modest. Realization winner Adios Waverly, Honest Story and El Patron were three of his best. And his daughters were inconsequential as broodmares. Does the fact that the Pacing Triple Crown has for all but Blissful Hall and No Pan Intended taken place on three half mile tracks help explain the lack of production in the breeding realm? After all, the trotters get two of three on big tracks. Regardless, some of the better stallions simply didn’t win the Triple Crown. Cam Fella won the Cane and Messenger, as a supplemental entry in both, but he wasn’t staked to the Jug. Western Hanover won the Cane and Messenger but was a nose short against Fake Left in the Jug. Artsplace was parked the mile and finished ninth in the Messenger. He didn’t race in the other two legs. Albatross won the Cane and Messenger, but was beaten by Nansemond in the Jug. Abercrombie won the Messenger, finished eighth in the Jug and won his Cane elimination. I guess it all comes back to that.    by Joe FitzGerald for Harnesslink Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Offaly, Ireland - Oakwood Stud management has announced that they have purchased the Standardbred stallion, No Pan Intended, in the United States and will stand him for the 2016 breeding season in Ireland. A selling price was not disclosed. "We were trying buy No Pan Intended in February this past year, said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud, "And Brian Doyle from Brian Doyle Air Cargo, was negotiating in our behalf, but it didn't happen. "We were looking to buy some nice stallions for our farm," Delaney added, "And we purchased Foreclosure N earlier in the year from Mark Weaver and Ron Burke. Brian is our bloodstock agent and he is always looking out for good breeding stock for Oakwood Stud as he flies all our horses and many others to the UK and Ireland from Harrisburg and all the major sales. "Brian was approached again by Marvin Raber, handler of No Pan Intended for owner Bob Glazer from the Peter Pan Stable and he asked if we would still be interested in him. "We got the deal done this time," Delaney explained "And we are delighted to now have two top USA stallions standing at Oakwood stud this coming year." No Pan Intended became only the 10th horse in history to win the pacing Triple Crown back in 2003. As a three-year-old he won 17 of 21 starts with earnings of $1.46 million. His Triple Crown victories came in the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger Pace. That year he also won the Breeders Crown, James B Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and the Art Rooney Pace, ending the season with a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. As a stallion, No Pan Intended has had 550 registered foals with a remarkable 422 of those foals racing and sporting combined earnings of more than $34,000,000. He was voted the 2003 Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association. Sired by Pacific Fella from the Hall of Fame mare, Classic Wish, No Pan Intended is a brother to two other world champion million dollar plus performers, Hall of Fame inductee Bettor's Delight ($2.5m) and Roll With Joe ($1.8m). "My brother James, who runs Oakwood Stud, says he is another top stallion for us to stand," Derek Delaney said. "The quarantine will go fast and we hope to breed at least 40 or more mares this first season in Ireland. We have not yet set a stud fee price. "We are super excited to now have No Pan Intended and Foreclosure N standing at Oakwood Stud," Delaney said. "They will complement each other perfectly. With the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the rebirth of the Ireland Sire Stakes and the Breeders Crown UK/Ireland, there is great growth in racing opportunity and we now have two top stallions for owners to breed their mares to." by Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 28, 2015...Panocchio, the grand five year-old son of No Pan Intended, stretched his winning streak to four on Saturday night at Pompano Park, covering the mile in 1:49.4 for harness racing driver Dan Clements.   Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio beat a very classy field numbering six by skimming the pylons turning for home and pushing past the stubborn Bandolito (Kevin Wallis) to score by one length. Alexa's Jackpot (Steve Condren) finished third, four lengths away while Lyons Johnny finished fourth, Archetto Hanover picked up the nickel.   At the outset, it was Bandolito, leaving from post five bursting off the Hummer Starting Gate and into the lead with Panocchio, beginning out post further out, on the move and wending his way into second around the opening turn with Alexa's Jackpot next during a hot opener of :26.2.   With the pace remaining "red-hot," positions remained stagnant as Bandolito reached the half in a stunning :53.4.   On the backside, the field began to tighten up with Alexa's Jackpot going first up and moving to within a length of Bandolito with Panocchio now seeking some room to roam as they reached the third station in 1:21.3.   Turning for home, Bandolito drifted out a tad allowing Panocchio to skim the pylons and into the lead a sixteenth out and on to victory.   After the event, both the driver and trainer were extolling the virtues of each other with driver Clements lamenting, "As I have mentioned before, what an honor and thrill to drive a horse like this. He's just so handy and (trainer) Jim Mattison does just an outstanding job in keeping him race-ready--even after a week or two off."   Mattison then remarked, "You know that these are very classy horses in here...and to start from the outside makes it even more remarkable. That said, it's one thing top have the horse power and it's another to have a driver like Dan (Clements) who handles him to perfection."   Panocchio now sports a 12-6-2 scorecard in 29 starts, good for $116,122 this semester and $290,767 lifetime to go along with 36 career victories and his 1:48.3 mark.   Ironically, Panocchio, that set the track record of 1:48.3 two starts back, has been the favorite in only one of his four winning starts at Pompano Park and, this night, he was the second choice at 7 to 5 as Bandolito wound up 4 to 5 on the tote board.   Pompano Park racing resumes on Sunday night with the track presenting the F.S.B.O.A. Super Night consisting of eight events with total purses over $540,000.   Super night will also honor the late Dr. Melvyn Aylor, who passed away due to a tragic accident six years ago.   The track also will be featuring a Pick-4 carryover and a guaranteed pool of $10,000.   Pari-mutuel post time is 7:30 p.m. for Super Night with two Super Night events scheduled as non-wagering races beginning at 6:00 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL…November 15, 2015…Panocchio, off at a dime to a dollar in the betting, did not disappoint as this magnificent five year-old son of No Pan Intended scored a “three-peat” win at Pompano Park on Sunday night, stopping the timer in 1:50.4 for driver Dan Clements. Fresh off of a track record 1:48.3 performance one week ago, Panocchio was forced to pace an opening panel in :26.1 while taking the top spot away from Alexa’s Jackpot, handled by Joe Pavia, Jr. Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was third at this juncture with Lyons Johnny next and Next Thing Smoke’n fifth in the quintet. Positions remained unchanged with Panocchio able to negotiate a “breather” of :28.2 during quarter number two, reaching the half in :54.3. On the backside with no immediate threats developing, Clements was able to keep his charge relaxed and reached the third station in 1:23.3 while enjoying a comfortable lead of 1 ¼ lengths over Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny a neck further back in third. Turning for home, Clements lifted the lines on Panocchio and he was off on a :27.1 tangent to hit the wire in the aforementioned 1:50.4—three-parts-of-alength better than Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny next, 5 ¼ lengths away. Whogoesfirst finished fourth while Next Thing Smoke’N was forced to pull up on the backside due to broken equipment. In a post-race interview, driver Dan Clements lamented, “You know, it is such a pleasure and such an honor to drive a horse like this. I am so grateful to have this opportunity. The Mattison’s—Jim and Vicki—have developed an exceptional talent and their dedication has paid off for them. “Yes, I am happy to be a small part of his success but I am very happy for them. “I’ve been in this business a long time and this is the fastest horse I have ever driven. Indeed, I have been blessed!” Panocchio, owned by trainer Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., now sports a scorecard of 11-6-2 in 28 starts, good for $110,622 in seasonal bounty. Lifetime, Panocchio has $285,265 on his card. Sandwiched around the Sunday night feature, were two divisions of the Florida Amateur Driving Club Trot with a 27 to 1 bomb, Rel Cash Clown, taking the opener and P L Humanity annexing the finale for the FADC. Rel Cash Clown, driven this night by Mitch “Sky” Walker for trainer Mr. Marty Cooper and owner Andrea Siegel, won for the first time in nearly 18 months covering 36 starts, stopping the timer in 2:00.1 and rewarding his faithful with a mutual of $57.80. The fast closing What About Brian (Laurie Poulin) finished second while Leonardo (Leon Cable) was next. Good Feeling was fourth while the 2 to 5 favorite, Vari Forgetful, picked up the nickel. That win, incidentally, set up a tote-board popping $1,630.80 early daily double payoff when Aloneinspades and Wally Hennessey teamed up to score a 39 to 1 upset over the 1 to 5 favorite Rockntouch (Dan Clements) in 1:53.2 in the second half of the double. Real Temptation (Kevin Wallis) finished third while I’m A Gift and Bob’s Ideal picked up the final awards in the field of nine. In the final Florida Amateur Driving Club event, Dennis Whittemore guided his own P L Humanity ($7.40) to a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:58.1, the winning margin almost three lengths over the 4 to 5 favorite, Zeitgeist (Dein Spriggs), with Tymal Recap (Billy Muggleston) well back in third. Victors Cowboy Joe and Good Friend finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the field of nine. That result, by the way, was the final leg of the Pick-5 and, with nary a bettor able to negotiate an unblemished ticket, a carryover of $2,486 goes over into the next night’s Pick-5—the “guaranteed” pool for the Monday night Pick-5 set at $7,500. Pompano Park’s “undercard” feature went to Hurricane Howard, the Florida bred eight year-old son of Mannart Howard winning his fourth in a row. Leading every step of the route, Hurricane Howard clocked hot panels of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed the deal over All Steinam (Mike Micallef) with Respectable Dream (Aaron Byron) third. Blueridge Dancer and Abreathofreshart picked up the minors. Owned by Lawrence Barnett along with trainer Mike Deters, Hurricane Howard was driven to victory by Rick Plano in 1:51.3, just one tick off of his lifetime mark. The victory for Hurricane was his 41st lifetime in 199 starts sending his career bounty to $206,194--$33,295 this season on the strength of a 6-3-4 scorecard in 26 starts. As second choice in the wagering, HurrIcane Howard paid $8.40. Post time for the Monday program is 7:30 with the Pick-5—and its guaranteed $7,500 pool—beginning with the first race. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Campanile (No Pan Intended) scored a wire-to-wire win in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Dismissed at odds of 7-1, No Pan Intended Campanile moved out to the early lead and cruised through a first half in 57.0 before getting tested by Yonkers invader So Nice (Billy Dobson) approaching the three quarter pole.  The Chris Marino-trained Campanile, who recently moved over the half million dollar mark in lifetime earnings, dug down for some of her back class and responded to driver Austin Siegelman's urging turning away So Nice before drawing out to prevail in 1:53.3. Pocket sitter La Fiesta (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second while longshot Deliciouslynaughty (Stephane Bouchard) got up for third. Campanile, who recorded her first victory in the Fillies and Mares Open in 2015, returned $16.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $89.50 and $567, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Pompano Beach, Florida…November 8, 2015…Panocchio, the splendid five year-old son of No Pan Intended, paced the fastest mile in the 51 year history of Pompano Park on Sunday night, overcoming the outside post and six rivals to score in 1:48.3. Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio was, once again, driven by Dan Clements, who sent his charge winging out of the gate along with Alexa’s Jackpot (Joe Pavia, Jr.), settling in second through hot panels of :26.1, :54 and 1:21.3. Turning for home, Panocchio left the coziness of the pocket and, in mid-stretch, rocketed on by to score by 1 ¾ over Alexa’s Jackpot with Lyon’s Johnny (Mike Micallef) third the entire route. Northern Companion, individually timed in 1:50 flat (maybe a shade faster), could do no better than fourth while Audrey’s Dream finished fifth in the septet.  After the race, driver Dan Clements said, “Geez, when this horse gets behind the gate, he’s all business. He just sailed out of the gate and we were fortunate to find a nice cozy spot early since nobody really wanted to get into a heated shoving match that early.  “When we turned for home, he just exploded with pace…I mean EXPLODED!  “He’s just a remarkable racehorse.” For Panocchio, it was his 10th win of the year in 27 starts, sending his seasonal bounty to $105,622. Lifetime, he has won 34 of 80 starts, good for $280,267 to go along with his new lifetime mark and track record. The F.S.B.O.A. sponsored Stallion Stakes for Florida Bred trotters were contested in four separate divisions for two and three year-olds on Sunday night with Prairie Fortune, Livy M, Rexamillion and Gold Star Briana annexing victories in their respective classes. Prairie Fortune, coming off of a sweep in Sunshine Stakes competition, easily took the $32.675 Stallion event for sophomore trotting colts and geldings by romping to a victory measuring 6 ¾ lengths in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin. With a quarter move to the top after a :28.3 opener, this three year-old son of Arapa Victory went on to clock panels of :58 and 1:28 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed the deal over Railee Workable (Mickey Mc Nichol) with Harrison (Wally Hennessey) next, almost 15 lengths away. RJ’s Iron Man and Victory Park completed the quintet with the winner’s share of the $32,675 purse sending Prairie Fortune’s seasonal bounty to $70,784. He’s banked $85,231 lifetime to go along with a mark of 1:53.4 at Pocono Downs. The driving win for Deters also sent his UDRS number over .900, based on a 14-11-3-0 scorecard. The Stallion Stake for three year-old trotting fillies, worth $30,750, went to Livy M, also trained by Deters and driven this night by regular pilot Wally Hennessey.   Owned by the consortium of Deters, Fred Morosino, Ken Fritz and Don Fritz, this daughter of Proud Bushy coasted to a wire-to-wire 4 ½ length win in 1:59, pinning the defeat on Zendaya (Bob Roberts) with Palm City Slick (Ed Hensley) next. Run Around Sue S completed the quartet. Livy M now has lifetime earnings of $52,000--$34,911 this year in 10 starts. Rexamillion, took top honors in his $28,950 Stallion Stake for Bob Roberts. Aborting his usual front stepping tactics, Rexamillion let Proud Joe T (Rob Hoffman) cut the mustard with fractions of :30, 1:01.2 and 1:31.4 before sweeping up from third into the final turn and collaring the leader shortly after turning for home and then on to a handy 2 ½ length victory in 2:02.2. Proud Joe T was second with Fifty Fifty Ninety (Jason Mac Dougall) third. Trottime Splendor was fourth while Savin Rock picked up the nickel in the quintet, Owned by Richard Dunmire along with Jay and trainer Kim Sears, this son of Proud Bushy won for the third consecutive time and now sports a scorecard of 5-3-1-1, good for $24,131 with yet another month of Florida Stakes season ahead. The final Stallion Stake, this one worth $28,950 for juvenile trotting fillies, went to Kevin Kelly’s Gold Star Briana, trained by Dan Hennessey and driven by brother Wally. This daughter of Basil kept her perfect record in tact—now five-for-five—with a resounding win measuring 13 lengths over All Star Fame (Dan Clements) with Trottime Fool (Walter Ross, Jr.) third. Mitzie finished fourth while Trotting Missmissy finished fifth, doomed after a miscue at the start. Gold Star Briana’a time was 1:58.2—a new lifetime best—and sent her earnings to $26,938. Stallion Stakes action continues on Tuesday night with four divisions for the Florida bred two and three year-old pacers in the spotlight.   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park

Campanile (No Pan Intended) scored in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. One of the top pacing mares at the track in the past few seasons, Campanile worked hard to get the early lead in Friday's $14,000 Winners Over for distaffers. Pressured throughout, Campanile dug in and fended off the late challenge from the favored Ella V Horse (Stephane Bouchard) to prevail for trainer Chris Marino and driver Austin Siegelman. The six year old mare moved her career earnings to over the half million dollar mark with her Friday score which came in 1:53.2. Ella V Horse was the runner up while Two Heart (Kim Crawford) earned the show spot. There were two divisions of the Jim Derue Memorial Trot on Friday night at Saratoga as well. Showmeyourguns (Conway Hall) matched his lifetime mark with a wire-to-wire score in 1:58.2 with Shawn Gray in the sulky. The John Stark Jr. trainee prevailed in both legs of the Derue Series and will likely head into next week's $28,200 Final as the favorite. The other leg two winner on Friday night was Capt Serious (Explosive Matter) who trotted past his rivals to score in 1:59 for trainer-driver Jordan Derue. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($3.20, Tony Morgan) notched her seventh win of the year in 1:52.4 in the $12,500 Mares Open II at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway.  Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner, the 5-year-old No Pan Intended mare assumed command near the half-mile and never relented from there in her open length win over A La Notte Hanover and a hard charging Matinee Dragon.  It was one of four wins on the program for Morgan.  George Dennis had a trainer/driver double.    Wednesday's (September 23) program at Harrington Raceway will support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition as horse bracelets and other merchandise with be made available for purchase in the paddock and grandstand lobby areas. All proceeds will go to benefit the DBCC. The seventh race on the 12 race program was named in the DBCC's honor. To learn more about DBCC, please visit Matt Sparacino

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) scored another Open Pace harness racing victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Pacer and Horse of the Year at the Spa is having another terrific season and was the co-favorite in Saturday's feature. Gerry Mattison moved the versatile Panocchio out to the early lead and the five year old never had an anxious moment while wiring the field in 1:51.1. One of the winners in a three horse dead heat last weekend, Panocchio scored for the sixth time in the $18,000 local Open this year as he held off pocket-sitting Hot Roddy (Bruce Aldrich Jr), who finished second in his first try in the feature, and Burkentine Hanover (Stephane Bouchard), one of the trio of winners in last Saturday's Open, who earned the show spot. Panocchio's quest to repeat as Pacer of the Year and perhaps Horse of the Year was furthered by registering his fastest score thus far this season for co-owners Emile Johnson Jr. and trainer Jimmy Mattison. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Ontario's talented two-year-olds put on an impressive show at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the top 20 point earners in each division were whittled down to 10 in Grassroots Semi-Final action. Muscles For Life kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes post season, sprinting down the stretch to a 1:57.3 personal best in the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass son and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON bested Money Mission and United BI by two and three-quarter lengths to secure their spot in next weekend's Grassroots Championship. "He was a little late getting started, he made a few mistakes and then we had to put the hopples on him," said trainer Gregg McNair about Muscles For Life, who finished the regular season with one win, one second, one fourth and one eighth in four outings. "He's raced pretty good every time. He's got a lot of trot. "He got a good trip, but he's got fairly good talent," added the Guelph resident, who trains Muscles For Life for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. Fourth and fifth-place finishers Cool Creek Victory and Muscle Time also advanced to the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. Muscles For Life The first trotting filly Semi-Final was the first of three captured by Trevor Henry, who is in a fight for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion. Henry teamed Myretirementticket to a 1:57.1 personal best ahead of fan favourite and division point leader Magical Steph and Jangone. Myretirementticket hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of her rivals. "She's getting better every week," said Henry. "She does everything right, she's a sweetheart to drive." Henry engineered the win for Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again. Very Classy and Dayliner rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship. Myretirementticket Arthur, ON resident Henry faces a tough choice for the Championship, as he also piloted the winner of the second trotting filly division. Traviata cruised home a four and one-half length winner; matching Myretirementticket's 1:57.1 clocking. The fan favourite bested Mariana, Liseberg, Malia and Tough Affair. "She's pretty nice too, it's going to be tough to be pick," said the reinsman, who engineered the Kadabra daughter's fourth straight victory for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman of Allentown, NJ and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Traviata Henry's third win came with pacing filly St Lads Smokin Hot, who powered down the stretch to a 1:53.1 personal best. Noone To Depend On finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, favourite and division point leader Sports Expert was third, with Selling The Dream and Miss Print completing the top five. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau trains St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The Lake, ON. The No Pan Intended daughter finished the regular season with a pair of wins - both over half-mile ovals - two thirds and one sixth in five starts. St Lads Smokin Hot Gerries Sport captured the first pacing colt Semi-Final with a 1:53 personal best for trainer Robert Robinson and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Mach Three son and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON controlled the tempo for much of the race and cruised home three and one-quarter length winners over Print Media, Blue Zombie, Bingo Ingo, and division point leader St Lads Moonwalk. "He's a nice little colt," said Zeron. "He had a little confusion when we first started going with him so we were pretty conservative with him and let him pace into where he wanted to be to get his form going, and as the summer went on he's gotten smarter and better." Gerries Sport Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev piloted two Semi-Final winners, starting with pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in Race 8. The fan favourites pressed the pace in the outer lane through much of the mile before getting up for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53. Im In Luv, Buttermilk Hanover, pacesetter Southwind Shania and No Shadows completed the top five. Moiseyev engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Mach Three miss was a two-time winner and one-time runner-up in three regular season Grassroots starts. Mayhem Seelster One race later Moiseyev was back in the winner's circle with the only division point leader to add a Semi-Final win to their resume. Trotting colt Georgies Pockets sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:58.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Dynamic Edge and Willyorwonthe. Gonna Fly and Asterix finished fourth and fifth. Mike Vanderkemp of Hillsburgh, ON conditions Georgies Pockets for owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. In five regular season starts the Muscle Mass son posted an impressive record of three wins and two seconds to top the freshman trotting colt division. Georgies Pockets The last of the Grassroots Semi-Final trophies went home with Kokanee Seelster, who prevailed in the second pacing colt split. The Camluck colt and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph controlled the temp from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Tango Star in 1:53. Favourite King Of Sports was third, just ahead of Azul Pool and Only Half Bad. Anthony Montini of Acton, ON trains Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill, ON. The pacer posted two wins and one second in three regular season Grassroots starts. Kokanee Seelster The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will now begin preparations for next Saturday's (Sept. 26) $50,000 Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by their three-year-old peers, who will wage their Semi-Final battles at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 18. The sophomores are featured in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 on the program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

SEPT. 9, 2015 - Southwind Shania clocked the quickest mile in a quartet of harness racing Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. In rein to Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, favourite Southwind Shania fired straight to the front from Post 4 and sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 on her way to a 1:56.3 clocking. Dancin Inthe Nude and Northern Prima were three lengths back in second and third. "Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction for her," said trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down like a real good filly, I thought like a Gold and maybe open calibre, and things haven't panned out. She's been disappointing so far." Coleman shares ownership of Southwind Shania with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON, Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Wednesday's victory was the Sportswriter daughter's first in nine starts, with three of them coming in the Grassroots program and two at the Gold Series level. With just one win, one third and one fourth in her Grassroots appearances, Southwind Shania finished short of the cut off for the Grassroots post season. Coleman said the filly will have an opportunity to maintain her forward progress in a few more overnight events before being sold in November. "She is a nice filly, but I don't believe Grand Circuit, so she will be sold in Harrisburg," said the Cambridge resident. Driver Trevor Henry also piloted St Lads Smokin Hot to a win in the final Grassroots division of the evening. Also starting from Post 4, Henry settled St Lads Smokin Hot into third as Noone To Depend On rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.2 half Henry tipped the fan favourite into the outer lane and St Lads Smokin Hot had taken control before the 1:27.3 three-quarters. From there the filly cruised home to a two length victory in 1:57.2, besting Endless Legacy and Buttermilk Hanover. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON. In five Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter posted two wins, two thirds and one sixth for a point total of 127, good enough for fifth spot in the division standings. "She's a big filly that only gives as much as she has to, but she is game and they will know she is there next week," said Henry, who will steer the filly in one of two $20,000 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17. The largest margin of victory on the evening went to Divas Image, who hit the wire 10 and one-half lengths ahead of the third division field in a sharp 1:56.4. Stonebridge Pearl and Tempus Seelster followed the fan favourite down the stretch into second and third. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell crafted the win, the filly's second of the season, for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and his partners Bannon Stables of Napanee, ON and Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Rocknroll Diva. "She is a real sweetheart of a filly that we bred because we really believed in her mother, but she was injured badly at two," explained Steacy. "Although she's small, Diva has a great gait and lots of brains," the trainer continued. "We have raced her from off the pace in most of her races and I think it has allowed her to develop into a very nice filly who should go into the Semi-final very brave." Divas Image finished the regular season with one win, two seconds, two thirds and one fifth in six Grassroots starts, earning 129 points and putting her in fourth spot in the standings. The other $18,000 Grassroots division was captured by Im In Luv who tipped out of the outer lane turning for home and paced under the wire a one length victor in 1:58.1. Pocket-sitter Glorious Delight finished second and the leader of the outer lane parade, Specialcelebration, finished third. "She got a perfect trip and she responded well," said Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, who guided the filly to her second Grassroots victory. "Semi-finals next." Jamieson's father Carl of Rockwood, ON trains Im In Luv and shares ownership of the Badlands Hanover daughter with Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England. In six Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, two fourths and two fifths for a total of 126 points and sixth spot in the standings. Wednesday's event completed the regular season events for all eight Grassroots divisions. The top 20 point earners from each two-year-old division will battle in Semi-final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17 and the three-year-olds on Sept. 18. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will make their way back to Mohawk on Sept. 26 for the Grassroots Championships. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Grand River Raceway, a Gold leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Sept. 21. Ontario Horse Racing

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) prevailed in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the fourth time this season. The track's defending Horse of the Year, Panocchio was the 9-5 second choice in the wagering in Saturday's feature and driver Gerry Mattison powered the star pacer out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.2 opening quarter. The fractions stayed fast for the Jimmy Mattison-trainee who cruised through a half in 55.3 before clicking off three quarters in 1:23.3. Panocchio, as he so often does, dug in when briefly confronted and paced away to score in 1:51.2. Longshot Martial Bliss (Jim Devaux) sat the pocket behind the winner and finished a strong second while Jin Dandy (Austin Siegelman) came on for third. It was the 30th victory in 71 career starts for Panocchio who paid $5.90 to win. The exacta in the $18,000 Open returned $66 while the triple came back $278. Panocchio is co-owned by Emile Johnson Jr and trainer Jimmy Mattison. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga beginning at 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Dublin, Ireland – New Zealander Dexter Dunn made his presence known in Ireland and the UK as the visiting harness racing reinsman won three races at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday. In addition, there were two track records set at Portmarnock Saturday. One in an elimination division of the Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers and the other in an elimination division of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby. It didn’t take Dexter Dunn long to find the winner’s circle at Portmarnock, it came in the second race on the program, a one and half mile handicap trot with the six-year-old French mare, Valse De Fourches. “She was on the bit,” Dunn said, “and she did all the work.” Getting right to the front, Valse De Fourches led every step of the way, scoring by two lengths in 3:09.5. Sired by Ipson De Mormal, Valse De Fourches is trained and owned by Sean Kane. “It’s so great to be here,” Dunn said. “This first race was so easy as she is a good mare.” New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety put it best. “He has silk hands,” Dalgety said of Dexter Dunn. “Dexter is use to these extra distance races. It looked like he just held the mare together and Dexter put a little extra polish on her.” Dunn then added his second straight win with Carmel Camden in the first of two elimination divisions of the Oakwood Stud eliminations The filly division, going one and one-half miles, saw Dunn and Carmel Camden wire the field with ease in 3:06.7, romping by six open lengths. The daughter of No Pan Intended is trained and co-owned by James Delaney with his brother Derek. “This was the first time that she (Carmel Camden) ever went an extra distance race and Dexter did great with her.” James Delaney said. “If she races like that tomorrow in the final for Dexter we will be in the hunt for sure.” The third win on the day for Dexter Dunn came in the last race, the Fletcher Metals FFA Pace. Dunn once again sent the top pacer Dean’s Alibi to the front and never looked back, wiring the field in 1:56.8. Sitting on his back the entire mile was the grey, Oakwood Outlaw with USA’s George Brennan in the bike but they could not keep up in the stretch as Dean’s Alibi won with ease by four lengths. One of the top three-year-old pacers in Great Britain, Rewrite History, rewrote another track record as he won his division of the Oakwood Stud for colts at one and one-half miles in 3:03.8. Driven by Gordon Gilvear, Rewrite History also wired the field. The son of Sportswriter is trained by John Gilvear and is owned by Steven Gilvear. John and Steven are brothers and Gordon is John's son. The first track record on the day was in the first of three eliminations divisions of the Vincent Delaney Memorial. The colt division saw Miraculous and driver Patrick Kane, Jr. sit patiently in third place as Meadowbranch Titus (John Richardson) cut the mile and Party At The Spa (Alan Haythornthwaite) was in second place. The action picked up at the three-quarter mile marker as Haythornthwaite came first-over with Party At The Spa and Miraculous followed the outside flow, then tipped three-wide on the turn and then was able to collar both horses in the stretch to win by a half-length in 2:00.9. That clocking rewrote the track and stakes record of 2:01.7 set last year by the top colt, Titanium. Miraculous is sired by Arts Conquest and is trained by Sally Teebook and owned by Amie Flower. The second colt division saw the impressive Newtown Rock and driver Alan Wallace, Jr. wire the field by a half-length in 2:01. The filly elimination division was a hotly contested battle between race favorite Gabriela Camden (Hugh Menzies) and Meadowbranch Queen (John Richardson). Gabriella Camden cut most of the mile but in the backstretch the second time, Meadowbranch Queen moved to the lead but broke stride on the final turn for home. Alertly driver John Richardson was able to get his filly back on stride and she went on to win by a half-length in 2:04.9. Meadowbranch Queen is sired by Kikikolt and is trained by Wiliam Flanagan for the Meadowbranch Stable. Track Notes: On a sad note it was reported this afternoon that the top three-year-old pacer, Titanium, was put down this morning. The 2014 winner of the Vincent Delaney Memorial and the all-time fastest three-year-old in the UK, had an emergency colic operation and did not survive.  Saturday attendance was the best in track history with a reported crowd of over 1,500 in attendance. Sunday’s post time for the 12 race program is 2:00 pm and featured will not only be the finals of both the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial and the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby, but the final Inter-Dominion heat to decide who will represent the UK/Ireland in Australia. Visiting guest announcer, Hall of Famer Roger Huston of the USA, will call his 170,000th career race Sunday at Portmarnock. By Steven Wolf

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) won his third Open Pace of the season at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jimmy Mattison trainee is the Spa's defending Horse of the Year and looked every bit the part in Saturday's $18,000 feature. Driver Gerry Mattison moved Panocchio out to the early lead and got a soft opening half in 57.3. The five year old pacer fended off the challenge from the first over favorite Musselsfrmbrussels (Billy Dobson) while sprinting his final half in 55.2 to prevail in 1:53 . It was the fifth victory in twelve seasonal tries for Panocchio who scored sixteen wins in 2014. Pocket sitting Ser Jon (Brian Cross) finished as the runner up to Panocchio on Saturday night while Musselsfrmbrussels held on for third. Panocchio returned $7.00 to win and led an exacta that paid $44.00 and triple that came back $240.00. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Melissa Simser

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) closed up the passing lane to win the Saturday night harness racing open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Horse of the Year at the Spa, Panocchio worked hard to secure a pocket trip despite sizzling early fractions. RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) raced parked to the quarter in 26 seconds flat before bypassing Panocchio to become the race's frontrunner. Enduring multiple challenges along the way, RU Ready To Rock held firm before getting edged at the wire by the Jimmy Mattison-trained Panocchio. The mile and a 1/16 time was 1:58.4 after the first mile was paced in 1:51.2. Panocchio, who bested runner up RU Ready To Rock by just a half length, was the race's 6-5 public choice and led an exacta that paid $22.60 and a triple that came back $172.50 with Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) finishing third. It was the second win in the local Open thus far this year for Panocchio who was piloted to the victory by Gerry Mattison. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($6.20, Tony Morgan) recorded her fifth win of the year Tuesday in the harness racing featured $10,000 conditioned pace for mares at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.2. The 5-year-old No Pan Intended mare held off all comers in a wire-to-wire score over favorite A La Notte Hanover and Outrageous Delight N. Bj's Sweetheart is no stranger to the winner's circle as she notched her 21st career win in just 67 lifetime starts for trainer Jason Skinner. Driver George Dennis had three wins on the program. Jim Morand, Vince Copeland and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Wednesday's program will feature a $5,000 guaranteed pool pick four (races 3-6), buoyed by an $1,395 carryover from Tuesday. Matthew Sparacino    

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