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Goshen, NY ---According to Alisa Horner, Office Manager at White Birch Farms, Allentown, NJ, "Three Mile Island died Feb. 2 of natural causes. She didn't have any health issues prior and still looked great, considering her age."   A bay mare by No Nukes, Three Mile Island was from the Race Time dam Racy Kathy.   Foaled in 1985, she took a 2-year-old World Record mark of 1:56.2f and earned $288,079 on the racetrack before starting her Hall of Fame career as a broodmare.   From 15 foals she was a 100% producer whose foals earned over $4.3 million with 12 going over $90,000. Her most notable son was ISLAND FANTASY p,3,1:50.1 ($1,371,525), but she also produced another six sub-1:53 pacers. She was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in Goshen as a broodmare in 2001, two years before her sire No Nukes. "Named for the worst nuclear disaster in North America," noted her page in the Standardbred Old Friends book, the year she foaled a postage stamp was just 22 cents and Gold traded for $327 an ounce. Also of note in 1985--the cost of a Super Bowl ad was a modest $525,000 (this year the cost was 10 times that amount). Her last foal was born in 2007 and she has lived the last 12 years as a happy retiree at White Birch Farm. by Chris Tully for White Birch Farm

The Northern Dude was a repeat winner of the $12,500 Open Trot on Monday (December 1) at Northfield Park. Curran Racing, LLC of Red Hook, New York owns the five year-old. Trainer Jessica Millner enlisted the driving services of North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman. The Northern Dude (Ken Warkentin - LR Alleys Concern - King Conch) left alertly from post seven and led his competition at every call. He set fractions of :27.3, :57, 1:25.4 and 1:56.4 and was a full-length in front at the finish. Completing the race were Mythical Hall, Mama Made Me Blue, Jesse's Messenger, Catching Katie, Diamond Hunter, Mary's Darvin and Zorgwijk Heavenly. Monday's victory represents the third consecutive win for The Northern Dude, who now has seven wins in 26 starts this year, 15 career successes and a bankroll of $177,030. He was the heavy favorite and paid $3.60 to win. Major Belle was impressive in winning the evening's $12,500 Open Pace. Ron Burke trains the six year-old for Pennsylvania owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and New York connections of Cynthia Massari and Joseph Di Scala, Jr. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Major Belle (Art Major - Meghan's Belle - No Nukes) started from the far outside and was content in the back of the pack while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.3 and :54.4. Major Belle had moved into third at the 1:23.2 three-quarter pole and took the lead in the stretch and besting his competition by 2-lengths, in 1:53.2. Completing the race were Real Future, Top Of The Mark, Bettor's Choice, Midnight Dragon, Allamerican Pewter and Onhishonor Hanover. Mybrothergeorge was scratched. Monday's triumph was the seventh win in 28 starts this year for Major Belle. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $362,229. He returned $15.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

In the spring of 2013,one of the most talked about horses in the North Island was the Andrew and Lyn Nea trained gelding Beyond The Silence. The son of Courage Under Fire had won five of his first nine starts along with a couple of placings and had impressed many seasoned observers with his high speed and stamina. On the strength of those performances the decision was made by his connections to trek south for the PGG Wrightson $50,000 sales race at Kaikoura and from there to Cup week at Addington. A near enough sixth at Kaikoura was followed by a poor ninth on Cup Day and Beyond The Silence returned to the North Island to rest and lick his wounds. A series of workouts had Beyond The Silence well primed for his new campaign when he stepped out at Alexandra Park in Auckland tonight. Sent straight to the front from barrier three by Lyn Neal, he cruised along in front for a lap before handing up to the favourite, Russley Haste with 1200 meters to go and from there it was just a matter of zooming up the passing lane for an impressive win over the stablemate Who Dares Wins who also used the passing lane to great effect. The time for the 2200 meters in the very windy conditions was only 2:46.3, a mile rate of 2:01.6 but they scooted home from the 800 in 56.6 and the 400 in 27.2. From a Camtastic half sister to the former smart Fred Fletcher trained pacers Roymark ($122,461) and Precious Romance ($62,015), Beyond The Silence belongs to the family of the imported No Nukes mare Romantic 11. Raced by the Neals with the estate of Lyn's father Frank Bebbington, Beyond The Silence looks to have a big future in front of him judging by tonights performance. Harnesslink Media

Chase The Sun paced home for his sixth straight win Monday (July 7) in Northfield Park's eighth race. The eight year-old gelding is owned by Lawrence La Barbera of Saint Loius, MO and trained by Brian Loney. Northfield Park's leading driver, Josh Sutton, was aboard for the winning drive. Chase The Sun started from post six and was content in fifth position through a blistering :26.1 opening quarter. Sutton pulled Chase The Sun in the second quarter and remained first-over through fractions of :55 and 1:23.4 before taking lead. Once on the lead, he imposed his dominance by drawing off by 10 ½-lengths in 1:52.3. Monday's triumph was the 29th career success for Chase The Sun (Bettor's Delight-Out Of The Shadows-No Nukes) and increased his lifetime earnings to $180,388. He was the race favorite and returned $4.00 to win. In Race 10 Just Crowned captured the $12,000 Open Pace. Mark Headworth trains the seven year-old for Tony Piroski of Essex, Ontario, Canada. Aaron Merriman was the winning driver. Just Crowned (Artsplace-Princess Justice-The Panderosa) started from post two. He sat the pocket through fractions of :26.2, :54.2 and 1:23.2. Merriman pulled from the two-hole and bested his competition 1 ¼-lengths in 1:53. Completing the race were Major Belle, True To Mach, Carmen's Best, Hall Of Memories, Heza Star Cruiser, Bursting Blaze and Moreland Flash. High Noon was scratched from the event. Monday's triumph was the second win in 20 starts this year for Just Crowned. It increased his lifetime win tally to 24 and his earnings to $197,067. He paid $9.80 to win. In the evening's 11th race, Mythical Hall was victorious in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. He is trained by Any Rickert and driven by Aaron Merriman for owner Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. Mythical Hall (Andover Hall-Myth-Lindy Lane) started from the rail and was leading at every post through fractions of :27, :55, 1:24.2 and 1:55. He outfought competition in the stretch and was a neck in front at the finish. Completing the race were Run And Tell Pap, Kahoku, Here Comes Bubba, Rose Run Logan, Zorgwijk Heavenly, Wind Surfer, Rush N Supreme and Miss Panthers. Mythical Hall now has five wins in 13 starts this year, 23 career successes and a bankroll of $373,923. He returned $5.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff    

Former champion Australian youngster Sushi Sushi has been humanely put down after shattering a pastern in trackwork this morning. The $1 million dollar earning pacer was rushed to the vet soon after sustaining the injury but unfortunately there was nothing that could be done and he was regretfully put down. It is understood that Sushi Sushi’s injury was sustained to the same leg that has seen him ruled out of racing since January of 2013 The six-year-old son of Art Major, who once had a win streak of 16, was trained by Freddy Taiba for the majority of his career, but also had a stint in New Zealand with Mark Purdon. Know by many of his biggest fans as ‘The Sush,’ the extremely talented pacer's biggest wins included the 3YO ABC Final, the Victoria Derby, the Breeders Challenge Final, the NSW Breeders 2YO Final, the Kevin Seymour Nursery, and New Zealand’s Great Northern Derby and Kaikoura Cup. Sushi Sushi was driven by top Australian reinsman Greg Sugars, who formed a wonderful association with the great pacer. His last win was in the Group Two Bendigo Cup, while his last start resulted in a narrow second to Mah Sish is the Group One Ballarat Cup. The son of No Nukes mare Sabilize was bred by Weona Standardbreds and was owned by A Cendron and P D'Alessi. Sushi Sushi won 27 of just 47 starts, with stakes in excess of $1.1 million. R.I.P ‘The Sush’ By Mitchell Robertson  

In our prominant harness racing sire series we have reviewed American Ideal and Art Major so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Bettors Delight. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Cams Card Shark, he is out of the averagely bred Armbro Emerson mare in Classic Wish. But that is the only thing that is average about this mare. Taking a record of 1:52 on her way to earning $436,273 makes good reading but it is her record at stud which places her up with the all time brood mare greats. Apart from Bettors Delight p3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461) she has left Roll With Joe p3,1:48.2 ($1,799,250) now at stud, No Pan Intended p3,1:50.3 ($1,613,180) now sire of over $28,000,000 in stakes, and Classic Rocknroll p3,1:50.1h ($780,210). Her 10 winners to date have produced total stakes of $7,445,000 a massive effort for any brood mare in history. The other feature for Classic Wish is that her progeny at the sales have always sold for big money as the following list shows; 1998 Bettors Delight  by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 59)                      $65,000 1999 No Wishes by No Nukes (Harrisburg lot 186)                                        $100,000 2000 No Pan Intended by Pacific Fella (Tattersalls lot 50)                             $150,000 2001 Western Wish by Western Hanover (Tattersalls lot 40)                           $70,000 2002 Wishforall Fullhouse by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 229)         $310,000 2003 Classic Card Shark by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 119)            $240,000 2005 Classic Star by Cams Card Shark (Harrisburg lot 78)                            $130,000 2006 Regal Wish by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 82)                     $70,000 2007 Classic Rock Nroll by Rocknroll Hanover (Winbak Farm lot 60)            $180,000 2008 Roll With Joe by Cams Card Shark (Lexington Select lot 81)                 $100,000 2009 Rocknroll Wishes by Rocknroll Hanover (Harrisburg lot 112)                   $40,000 2011 Classics Greatwish by Somebeachsomewhere (Harrisburg lot 131)   $185,000 RACE RECORD - Started just twenty six times for 15 wins and 7 placings for $2,581,461 in stakes, racing just at two and three. Took a mark of 1:51.3s at two which he reduced to 1:49.4 at three. He won the $871,475 Breeders Crown as a  2yr old  and the $1,148,500 North American Cup and $348,867 Little Brown Jug as a 3yr old.  AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Very hard to do it justice really.There are too many crops to review individually but right from his first crop he has stamped himself as one of the all time greats. What has really set him apart from his competition is his ability to sire such great fillies and mares. His very first crop born in 2003 produced his richest performer the sensational mare Darlins Delight p4,1:49.1 ($3,024,304). He had 114 foals born that year,107 have raced for 92 winners and that crop has earned $16,327,315 to date. His second crop once again produced a mare that was his highest stake earner of the year, the champion mare Southwind Tempo 1:48.2 ($2,445,541) and to top that year off he produced another mare that made a million, Symphony In Motion 1:49 ($1,065,949). Besides those two mares he left two other millionaires that year in Kenneth J and Forensic Z Tam. Four millionaires from one crop - That is incredible. That crop has 111 foals for 95 winners of $21,000,000 to date. His third crop in 2005 produced just 87 foals but once again Bettors Delight showed just how good he is by producing the outstanding gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.2 ($2,816,287) his only $1 million plus winner from that crop. The 2006 crop had just the 89 foals for 75 winners of $12,398,000 in stakes with no millionaires to date. Then the 2007 crop produces his next millionaire in Hulas Z Tam 1:52.2h ($1,016,860) racing almost entirely in New York state. One must remember that New York State has the most money for racing any where in North America. Therefore there is a big advantage for stallions standing in New York State. The three stallions that we have profiled to date American Ideal, Art Major and Bettors Delight have all stood at stud in New York State and have completely dominated the breeding Industry in that state. After 10 seasons standing in New York State Bettors Delight was moved to stand in Canada in 2012 before moving again to stand in Pennsylvania in 2013. Never the less we move on to Bettors Delight 2008 crop and you will not believe it he does it again producing two millionaires, his best colt to date in Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and the champion 3yr old filly See You At Peelers who had just the 31 starts for 26 wins and $1,566,900 in stakes. That 2008 crop has 134 foals, 121 have raced for 99 winners for a total stakes of $13,635,886. The 2009 crop has no millionaires as yet but they are only 4yr olds and I am betting that two of them will be millionaires in the not to distant future as both Dynamic Youth 1:48.1 ($847,878) and Bettors Edge 1:49 ($756,301) are both top end racehorses and they finished 1st and 2nd in a feature race just last night at The Meadowlands (4th of January) with Bettors Edge winning this time round. His 2010 crop (3yr olds in 2013) has produced the outstanding Vegas Vacation and yes you guessed it, another millionaire at $1,071,788. The 2011 crop of 2yr olds by Bettors Delight has been by his standing a very average crop with his richest earner Delightful Dragon earning just $227,329 for the year. All in all Bettors Delight has produced millionaires in six of his nine crops to the races so far in a siring career in North America that one could only dream off. He has a stunning and outstanding record that would be hard to duplicate anywhere. US statistics Eligible to race - 973 Winners - 706 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 72% $1,000,000+ 10 Sub 1:50 - 45 Average earnings per starter - $126,831 Average earnings per eligible horse - $107,670 Total earnings to date - $104,762,708 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD -  It started with four small crops via frozen semen which totaled just 30 foals of which 21 were winners including such smart types as Emjayem Grand 1:49.6 ($420,157) Vegas Bound 1:52.5 ($334,589) and Roman Stride 1:53.7 ($261,513). His first crop via fresh semen in the 2007 / 2008 season was his biggest to date in Australia and numbered 117 foals of which 67 have been winners including such top liners as Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($939,208), Beautide 1:50.2 ($803,437), Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Suave Stuey Lombo 1:51.8 ($323,394) and Abettorpunt 1:54.9 ($306,255). His next three crops have produced just 216 live foals (80, 80 and 56) of which 111 have been winners including the outstanding Border Control 1:50.6, (a NZ record) with stakes of $405,558 in Australia and New Zealand combined, Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760), Musical Delight 1:53.1 ($243,188), Waldenburg 1:53.8 ($198,848 and Caesar Augustus 1:54.5 ($166,923). Has not done as well as his North American competitors as a sire of fillies and mares in Australia. Still he has left the brilliant Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), Bellas Delight 1:54.8 ($376,035), L Machane 1:54.6 ($317,760) and Im Smouldering 1:55.8 ($249,688) to date. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 363 Winners - 197 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 54% $100,000 plus - 24  $1,000,000, plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $46,097 Average earnings per eligible horse - $33,636 Total earnings to date - $11,846,986 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Bettors Delight started breeding mares in New Zealand via frozen semen in 2003 with several small crops (13, 6, 25 and 7) which totaled just 51 foals. That group produced 24 winners including Highview Tommy ($1,021,904) and Bettors Strike ($890,201). He has four crops in NZ via fresh semen (261, 127, 243 and 117) and has been dominant from day one with his larger crops. His standouts include such horses as Gold Ace ($1,028,621), Bit Of A Legend ($640,178), Five Card Draw ($347,021) and Ohoka Punter ($478,402), Percy The Punter ($241,611), Texican ($282,707) and the unbeaten 3yr old this year in Tiger Tara ($132,200). Like in the US it is as a sire of fillies that he has excelled in NZ. Three champions in Bettor Cover Lover ($1,061,534), Carabella ($693,615) and the sensational Adore Me ($582,976) are all as durable as they are fast.  Other very good fillies are Dancing Diamonds ($343,276), Ardens Darlin ($245,829) and Donegals Delight ($205,428). Foals 3yr old and older - 799 Winners - 391 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 49% $100,000 plus - 29  (+26 in Australia) Total - 55 $1,000,000 plus - 3 Average earnings per starter - $32,214 Average earnings per eligible horse - $19,272 Total earnings to date - $15,398,520 POSITIVES - Has left great fillies and mares especially in the US and New Zealand. His progeny can run at two and carry on as older horses onto the Grand Circuit and are just very good race horses durable and good allrounders. He has a decent record as a percentage sire especially in the US. He is known for his great fertility and is still breeding huge crops even at the age of 16 years old in New Zealand and Australia. Not many stallions can keep producing millionaires year after year but that is what Bettors Delight has done. In 2013 Bettor's Delight was the leading money winning pacing stallion in the NY Sire Stakes program as well as the leading All age money winning stallion in North America. NEGATIVES - With such large numbers on the ground now world wide Bettors Delight has seen a drop off in his yearling sale prices in the US and no doubt the same will happen in Australia and New Zealand as he continues to breed large books of mares. Bettors Delight is just a little fellow and I mean real small in size and he leaves a lot of small foals which has not helped him at the yearling sales. Although he has left great fillies in the US and in New Zealand he has failed to leave any colt that was anywhere near as good as himself with his richest colts Betterthancheddar 1:48 ($1,636,086) and Kenneth J 1:49.2 ($1,592,755) only just able to command enough respect to stand at stud anywhere in the world today. Now one must remember that he has ten crops in North America and eight crops in Australia and New Zealand with a staggering 2,135 foals that are now 3yrs old or older with total stake earnings of $132,008,214. With these huge numbers on the ground he has still failed to leave that very special colt, anywhere in the world to date.  OVERVIEW - Just an incredible racehorse sire anywhere he has stood at stud. Unbelievable ability to sire great fillies and mares sets him apart from all his competition. A tremendously fertile stallion and being from such a great brood mare and leaving such great fillies and mares bodes well for his future as a brood mare sire. Has to be a very big question mark over him ever being a sire of sires! With his richest colt to date, Betterthancheddar, standing at Alabar in New Zealand for the first time this 2013/2014 breeding season, one would hope that that he may fill a much needed void for this great son of Cams Card Shark.. OVERALL RATING - 9 / 10  JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

Cullinator was an upset winner in Northfield Park’s seventh race on Tuesday (October 15).  Peter Kass of Mentor, Ohio owns and trains the sophomore gelding and Jason Thompson drove him to victory.        Cullinator (Christian Cullen-Midnight Stage-No Nukes) started from post seven and kicked from the back to win by 1 ¼-lengths in 2:00.1.  Friday’s victory was the first career win in 16 starts for Cullinator, who now has career earnings of $4,234.   (7) Cullinator (110-1) was followed across the wire by (6) So Gung Ho (2-1), (4) Princes Morgan (53-1) and (2) Southern Care (2-1). Cullinator returned $223.60 to win; the 7-6 Exacta paid $1,518.20; the 7-6-4 $1.00 Trifecta returned $20,582.30 and the 7-6-4-2 10-cent Superfecta paid $12,015.96. Northfield Park Adds $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool To Wednesday’s Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (October 16) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $7,075.96. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.      Wednesday’s post time is 6:30 p.m.\ By Ayers Ratliff

Harnesslink.com has exclusively learned today from the connections that own the undefeated world champion Standardbred two-year-old pacing colt, He’s Watching, that a half interest in the son of American Ideal has been sold to the Muscara Racing Trust He’s Watching is trained and co-owned by David Menary with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero, all from Ontario, Canada. Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, Pennsylvania is comprised of the Joe Muscara family whom currently own and stand the stallions Art Official, Mach Three and Mister Big in additional to numerous race horses. This season He’s Watching put the harness racing world on notice of his ability, setting world records at Tioga Downs (1:50) and Yonkers Raceway (1:52.2). He also set track records at Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs and tied the track record on a rainy night at Batavia Downs. He concluded his two-year-old season with earnings of $291,722. He’s Watching was purchased by Menary as a yearling for just $3,000. Complete details of the transaction including the price were not revealed but David Menary confirmed that the current owners would have controlling interest of He’s Watching as a racehorse for the next two seasons and that the Muscara Racing Trust would have controlling interest of He’s Watching as a breeding stallion. The entire arrangement is very similar to that of the great race horse and stallion, Niatross, who was also undefeated at age two in 1979 when half interest was sold for $2.5 million with the same racing/breeding agreements. “This is a good deal for everyone,” Said Dave Menary, “We are happy to have partners like Joe Muscara and his family on board. We had a great team when we started out with the colt and now the team is even better. “I am sorry that He’s Watching was not staked to the Breeders Crown this week and can’t be supplemented,” Menary added. “We turned him out but he was in perfect shape to keep on racing. He will be staked right for next year and we plan to be in all of the big dances. “When I first bought him at the sale he was a June foal and a little small,” Menary said. “He is still growing and I am sure will fill out more this winter. What he lacked in size he made up for in speed, heart and ability and he’s not done growing yet. I like to compare him to Foiled Again.” “We are very happy with this deal,” Said Robert Muscara of the Muscara Racing Trust. “He’s Watching has so much potential for the future. Two world records, eight for eight racing this year and we can’t wait to see what happens next year. We are also very happy with Dave Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero as partners. They were great to deal with on the sale. It’s going to be very exciting next season. “ On the breeding side, He’s Watching’s pedigree, despite his bargain basement yearling sale price, shows four strains of the great broodmare K Nora – through He’s Watching himself and Western Ideal via the champion mare Leah Almahurst, plus through American Ideal and Life Sign via the world champion mare Three Diamonds. Also in his breeding is that there are duplications of Leah Almahurst and Three Diamonds that are sex-balanced (i.e. appearing via both a son and a daughter). There are also sex-balanced duplications of Abercrombie, Adios, Good Time, Knight Dream, Meadow Skipper and No Nukes. He’s Watching also has 8 daughters of Tar Heel (6 of them unique) in his 6th generation. That makes He’s Watching’s pedigree one of a possible real champion for his future stallion duties.  by Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

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