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Passionate Sydney harness racing owner Emilio Rosati has never been afraid to think outside the box - and now he's doing that with success, with three former American horses. While there's a veritable procession of Australian and New Zealand standardbreds being sent to the Northern Hemisphere, it's a relatively rare thing for American race-horses to be brought "Down Under". But that's what Rosati has done and, prepared by his private trainer former North American champion mentor Noel "Oz" Daley, two of his US imports scored impressively at Menangle last Saturday night. Rosati has been in the sport over 45 years and has used the suffix "stride" in the names of many of his horses, after one of the first horses raced with his wife in the 1970s, named Stride High who won nine races. Seven-year-old mare Blue Moon Stride USA (Rocknroll Hanover USA-Classic Star) took out the $22,440 Mares Pace for James Rattray, while five-year-old square gaiter Lily Stride USA (Muscle Hill USA-Sterling Volo) was victorious in the $14,280 Trotters Mobile with Anthony Butt aboard. "It was certainly very pleasing as they were off the scene for quite a while - one of them unraced for nine months - so it's taken a bit to get them up and going again," Daley said. "Lily Stride has really hit her straps with four wins now from her six outings for us. But she does have some class on her side because back in the States she scored an upset win in the 3yo Breeders Crown Filly Trot, worth a purse of $500,000, last October," he said. "Blue Moon Stride is a gorgeous mare who has now earnt over $1.2 million. Emilio and his wife Mary bought her as a weanling. She's beautifully bred, out of a sister to (former star racehorse and now leading sire) Bettors Delight. "Over in the US she came up against ex-Aussie mare Shartin, who recently won at The Meadowlands in world record time of 1.46-4. (Before being sent to the Northern Hemisphere, Shartin was considered to be one of Australia's best juveniles, taking the Tasmania and Queensland Oaks while under the care of Victorian trainer Dean Braun.) "Both Lily Stride and Blue Moon Stride were prepared by former Kiwi trainer Mark Harder, who has probably been USA-based for over 30 years. Mark did a great job with them and he also had Mooshka Stride, a trotter that's joined our barn as well." Mooshka Stride USA (Credit Winner-Check Me Out) has had one start for the Rosati-Daley team, for a Menangle success on July 2 in 1.58-5. This took her career tally to five wins and seven placings from 21 starts for over $85,000 in earnings. "She got kicked by another horse and is just back in training again," Daley said. The USA trio flew out in November. They arrived in Australia after enjoying a short time in New Zealand. "They all had a good few months off which was ideal," Daley said. The Daley stable has 18 horses in training - a far cry from the huge numbers the skilled horseman had under his care while overseas. "The most we got up to was probably about 125. However, over the past few years in the States when I was scaling down after deciding to make Australia home again, it was a much smaller," he said. "At the beginning of my last season there was 25 horses, and at the end about 10 to 12." Over three decades based in the United States, largely at New Jersey, Daley stamped himself as one of the all-time greats. He prepared 2570 winners for more than $61.1 million, which ranks sixth among all trainers in harness racing history. by Terry Gange  

Teenage young gun harness racing driver Leonard Cain admits he loves nothing better than being busy and tackling a new challenge head-on. "I'm just so much happier when there's a lot going on, preferably getting more race drives from trainers and ultimately more winners!" Cain said. The 19-year-old started his Sydney career off in a blaze of glory, combining with his boss Noel Daley, to post wins with their first four starters. "We couldn't have got off to a much better start than that. It was unbelievable," Cain said. "You just dream of things like that, but you don't expect them to happen." Former superstar North American horseman Daley, with enough USA achievements to his credit to choke a bull, is private trainer for leviathan owner Emilio Rosati and his wife Mary. Daley recruited former Queenslander Cain to be the stable number one driver a few months ago. "I was having a good run back home, but the offer to join the Rosati-Daley team was such a huge opportunity," Cain said. "I've learnt such much from Noel - it's invaluable. He's so easy to adapt to and probably the perfect boss," he said. "He's happy for me to travel, and I'm now starting to pick up outside drives from well-known trainers like Ian Wilson, Darren Binskin, Team Tritton, Mark Lefoe and others." In recent times, Cain has been seen competing at Wagga, Newcastle, Goulburn, Bathurst, Penrith and Menangle. "The travel is just part of being in the industry and I haven't got a problem with it - you have to do it if you want to succeed," Cain said. The enthusiastic youngster landed the longest-priced winner of his short, but exciting, career last Saturday night - and he didn't have to travel far to do it! Cain took out the $20,400 M1 event at NSW headquarters, Menangle, with Uncle Jay for Mark Lefoe. Uncle Jay - Ashlea Brennan Photo Uncle Jay (Art Major USA-Kays My Gem (Presidential Ball USA) shot most punters out of the water with starting odds of $126. Uncle Jay "It was the first time I'd driven the horse, but he felt terrific during the run and got to the line strongly," an elated Cain said. "I enjoy driving at Menangle. However, it surprised me being so flat. It's only my opinion, but I think there'd be sensational times recorded if it was banked more." Cain, born and raised in Queensland, drove 55 winners in his first season in 2017. The following season he was successful on 48 occasions and is now enjoying his best season ever, with a tally of 66. "I've settled in well and quite enjoy Sydney. My girlfriend Bethany Manga is with me and she now helps around the stables as well as doing nursing studies at TAFE," he said. "We met when we were both doing the mini trotters." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Master harness racing trainer Noel Daley, who stamped himself as one of the all-time greats in North America over nearly three decades, has kicked off his Australian career in the best possible way.   Daley, private trainer for leviathan owners Emilio and Mary Rosati, of Sydney, landed a Menangle winner yesterday in three-year-old gelding Typhoon Stride (Bettors Delight-Beach Parade (Beach Towel).   “It was so good to get the monkey off my back,” an elated Daley said.   “The horse won a trial recently and his work since has been first class, so I guess we were hopeful of a good showing,” he said.   After being shot to an early lead, Typhoon Stride was well rated by stable reinsman, former Queenslander Leonard Cain.   Posting a slick first split of 26.1, Cain eased his foot off the accelerator for comfortable 30.6 and 29.7 sections, before cranking it up again with a final quarter of 27.4. He got home by a neck in a mile rate of a 1.53.8.     Daley said he was thrilled by the performance of the youngster who would improve greatly from the first-up race start.   “Typhoon Stride hadn’t started for over 12 months after kicking his career off with two runs in Victoria, and Leonard (driver) told me that he dragged a punctured wheel for the final 600 metres,” he said.   “So, taking all of that into consideration, the pacer went very well.”   While Typhoon Stride did his best, Daley was disappointed with his other starter Paramount Stride, who finished near the tailenders for James Rattray.   “When we worked the two the other day, not much separated them. Probably all I can say is one went very well on race day…and the other not so well,” Daley said.   “It was bad luck for James. I wanted Paramount Stride to go okay for him because we have been good mates for quite some time.   “He spent maybe two years with us in America and drove winners for our stable.”   Daley is renting stables at the Menangle Training Centre, while a state-of-the-art training establishment is being organised by Rosati.   “Emilio has planned every aspect of it, but sometimes these projects take longer to complete than expected,” Daley said.   “But I can say that I can’t wait for it to be finally up and ready to go – it’s going to be a great setup.”   Daley said his numbers at the training centre had increased to 17 horses when he was permitted to have more stables.   “There’s a big bunch of maiden class horses in the team and at least three or four others will be racing soon,” he said.   “A lightly raced four-year-old in Arctic Stride will compete at Penrith this Thursday and then we may have another runner at Menangle next week.   “Arctic Stride has one win and a placing from four starts, but he went nicely in a recent trial.”   Daley said that he had settled into the Sydney environment without a problem. “I’m loving it, and more importantly, so is my six-year-old son Max,” he said.   Daley prepared a remarkable 2570 USA winners, which ranks 20 th among all trainers in harness racing history and his total purse of more than $61 million ranks sixth.   Others to have won more money are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Robert McIntosh, Erv Miller and Mark Ford.   Being based mainly in Bordentown, New Jersey, a little over an hour from New York, Daley prepared such greats as Mr Muscleman (his favorite and his springboard to success), along with Broad Bahn, Cedar Dove, Caviart Alley, My Little Dragon, Explosive Matter and others.     Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Enjoy the driving talents of Leonard Cain while you can. The 19-year-old concession driver will leave his native Queensland in March to further his career in Western Sydney. The south-east Queensland horseman is one of the state’s leading concession drivers.  He is currently employed by his father, Errol, at Logan Village. As of today (Feb 21) Cain had reined home 48 winners and 114 place-getters ($361,712) from 482 drives this season. “It’s still to be confirmed but it is likely to happen within the next month. Noel Daley is returning home from the United States. He was one of their best up there and he’s going to set up a stable not too far from Menangle," Cain said. “It will be a great opportunity to work with someone who has so much harness racing knowledge both here and abroad. I’ve loved it here but I want to further my career in a bigger city working for a world renown trainer. “I really enjoy driving. I started in September 2016 and I’m not sure how many winners I’ve driven. I’d say it would be around the 150 mark,” Trinity College (Beenleigh) educated Cain said. Last Friday he drove the Kerry Smith trained Annika Magic to win race nine, and then three days later at the same venue he won behind the Wayne Graham trained Boulder City, in race six. Cain has seven drives this Saturday night at Albion Park, including Annika Magic in the first event for C4 or better pacers. "She won well from barrier three here last week and even though she's drawn three on the second row this time, she only needs a decent run to be right in it again," Cain said. However he thought the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree was a better winning chance in the feature event - the Kevin & Kay Seymour $21,160 Open Pace (race seven). "He's a nice horse who has copped a tough race. He hasn't raced for a month and will be much better for the run. He's won 23 races and has drawn well enough (4) to get a good trip," Cain said. "I think Bodhi Tree will put in a strong effort. He would be my best winning chance on Saturday." The gifted teenager has a strong book of drives on Saturday. He will line up in seven of the 10 races carded. “I don’t usually have this many. I’m grateful people are starting to recognise my driving. I love it and just want to keep getting better. I’m looking forward to a busy Saturday night,” Cain said. Cain will drive in the first five races. He also liked the prospects of the Ryan Veivers trained Ima Top Tycoon in the fifth event for C2 or better pacers, despite the second line draw. "One on the second row will actually suit him because if he can get handy on the fence he has a lethal last 100m sprint in him." Cain also thought the Brian McCall trained Rocknroll Music could test them from a nice draw in the eighth event, which is also for the C2 and faster pacers. "He's drawn three and is better than his last two runs suggest. He's tough and has a bit of speed. He's also a genuine type who should be right in this," Cain said. Footnote: Cain brought up his half century at Redcliffe yesterday (Thursday) when he won the first two races on the nine-strong card. He saluted behind the Errol Cain trained Modern Thought, and the Ben Aldons trained Night Ninja respectively. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland  

Noel Daley, who left Australian shores nearly three decades ago and became one of North America’s most decorated harness racing trainers, is back home to stay.   And although his plans have been on the drawing board for some time, it took a short telephone chat to clear the way for him to come home to do what he does best – train winners.   “I’ve been saying I was coming back for probably the last five or six years; and now I’m pinching myself that it’s actually happened. I couldn’t be happier,” Daley said.   Daley said the path was cleared after talking with prominent owner and passionate industry participant Emilio Rosati and his wife Mary, of Sydney.   “I will be their private trainer and prepare a team at their new state-of-the-art facility at Luddenham – we decided that it would work well for all of us,” Daley said.   “I must be honest and say that at one stage I was thinking perhaps I might have to be an Uber driver when I got back to Australia. I wanted to return but didn’t quite know how I was going to do it.”   “It’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get into it. I’ve had a bit of a break now and I’m as keen as ever, and ready for next challenge.   “I have my six-year-old son Max with me, and he’s settled into things really well, so it couldn’t have worked out any better.”   During his time in the US, Daley was mostly based at “Magical Acres Farm” at Bordentown, a city in Burlington County, New Jersey, a little over an hour from New York.   He prepared a remarkable 2570 winners with earnings of more than $61 million. Only a handful of others, headed by Ron Burke, have won more money.   Not bad for a former Airlines baggage handler at Brisbane Airport, who, in fairness, did however have a love for horses.   “On all my days off from work and spare time, I’d been mucking around with horses with anyone who would let me help them,” Daley sad.   “I was about 18 or 19 years old and had the ‘bug’ so in hindsight I was always going to end up in the harness racing industry.”   Daley spent time working with Queensland horseman and friend Ian McMahon, before making the decision to head to the USA.   “I had intended to stay six months in California and that was going to be it, but I got a huge lucky break in landing a job with New Zealand trainer, Brett Pelling,” he said.   “Brett’s a legend of the sport over there and with prolific success has set the bar so high with earnings, race records and a bunch of other leading statistics.   “When I started out with him in 1990, he was just on the rise and about to make a huge impact. I was a groom and then became stable foreman.”   It was a heady era. Pelling went on to dominate Meadowlands, winning the training title six times and in 1998 performing one of the most remarkable feats the sport had ever seen, winning not only the world-renowned Little Brown Jug and Jugette finals at Delaware, Ohio, but all the eliminations, too.   That same season, Daley branched out on his own, starting off with two pacers. But his career went ahead in leaps and bounds after meeting businessman Adam Victor, who wanted to become involved in the sport, but was unsure of the process.   “I think we may have had six or seven ticking along by then, but in probably two years the stable numbers increased dramatically to 125 with 100 of these belonging to Adam and his son, Adam Jnr,” Daley said.   “They were my most loyal supporters all the way along,” he said.   When Adam Victor senior bought a trotter named Mr Muscleman, it was Daley’s springboard to success.   “They took a shot with the horse because he’d only faced the starter on one occasion and got beat in a maiden at a low standard country meeting,” Daley said.   “We obviously thought Mr Muscleman had real improvement in him because he was being trained around a little track on a farm,” he said.   Their $165,000 outlay culminated in the horse winning over $3.5 million, collecting three prestigious Dan Patch awards and the 2005 Trotter of the Year title.   “And that certainly led to so much more,” Daley said.   “I owe Mr Muscleman for really putting us on the map.”   Other Daley success stories include My Little Dragon, Broad Bahn, Cedar Dove, All Laid Out, Caviart Ally, Explosive Matter, All Speed Hanover, and Impressive Kemp, but Mr Muscleman was undoubtedly his best, retiring to become a big attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.   Daley said competing in an Elitlopp in Sweden with Mr Muscleman and then in Milan in Italy with Explosive Matter were great trips.   “We tasted some success with both of them – it was a lot of fun,” he said.   The Daley-Rosati team will initially include a number of unraced two-year-olds, along with three performers from the US and a recently-acquired Kiwi pacer.   “It’s certainly going to be different competing at Menangle with the varying race distances and a few other things, but we’ll just play it by ear and hopefully it will all fall into place,” Daley said.   “I know I’m going to have to work hard as there’s a lot of good trainers up around here and even they are finding it tough at times,” he said.   “The Rosatis own nearly 30 broodmares so there’s going to be a constant stream of well-bred youngsters to work with.”   Emilio Rosati, who has been in harness racing for more than 40 years, said he was excited to have an experienced horseman in Daley preparing his team.   “I’ve loved the sport, right back from the early days when I lived probably 200 metres from the old Harold Park track,” he said.   “I remember going over to watch brilliant pacers such as Hondo Grattan, Welcome Advice, Paleface Adios, Mount Eden, Manoroa, to name just a few.”   Rosati said his very first horse, named Stride High, won 11 or 12 races for him.   “He was as game as they come. He had one very bad leg and between races his training regime was strictly swimming.   “A guy by the name of Neil Freeman was training him out of Joe Ilsley’s place and he did a fantastic job.”   Rosati’s horses carry the “Stride” prefix, in recognition of his first horse.   Emilio Rosati   The new property, on 130 acres, will feature a 1000-metre fastwork track, designed on the same turns and camber as Menangle, as well as a sand track. Other first-class facilities include a barn that allows horses access to their own turnout yard; a water walker and 40 fully fenced paddocks.   “Emilio has been doing all the planning and everything is coming together nicely. It’ll be great and hopefully I can get some results,” Daley said.   “We recently got three horses back from the States who have a bit going for them. Blue Moon Stride is a mare out of a half-sister to Bettors Delight; Mouska Stride looks a nice type, while Lily Stride is a 4yo trotter with a Breeders Crown win and stakes of $750,000 to her name,” he said.   Daley who, unbelievably, has never trained on his own in Australia, is raring to go.   “America was very good to me and I never thought for a moment I would have been there so long and able to have such success,” he said.   “Now it’s time for the next chapter and with a great setup and some well-bred horses, bring it on!”     Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (November 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by trainer, Noel Daley; handicapper, Chuck Grubbs; and FSBOA President, Joe Pennacchio Daley joins the program this week to discuss his career in America and what he is looking forward to as he heads back to Australia to continue his career later this month. Daley will talk about what went into the decision of moving back and what fans can expect from his new stable. Grubbs, who won the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, will join this week to discuss some of his handicapping tips and how he applies those to harness racing. Grubbs is a prominent horse gambler in the sport and will provide some insight into what angles he uses to help handicap the races. Pennacchio, joins the program to talk about the state of horse racing in Florida and to talk some about his amateur driving career. Post Time with Mike and Mike award nominations are still being accepted until November 21! For more information visit http://www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com/post-time-with-mike-and-mike-awards.html Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

At the end of this season, Noel Daley will return to his native Australia to begin a new chapter in his career as the trainer for prominent owners Maria and Emilio Rosati at the couple's new facility near Sydney. On Saturday night, Daley-trained Caviart Ally will try to deliver an appropriate going-away gift - a Breeders Crown trophy. Daley, who started his own stable in the U.S. in 1998, has already won eight Breeders Crown finals in his career, including three with pacer My Little Dragon and two with trotter Mr Muscleman. Caviart Ally will start from post nine in the $270,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Caviart Farms-owned 4-year-old is 8-1 on the morning line with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. She finished third in her Breeders Crown elimination last weekend, won by Shartin N, but has hit the board in seven consecutive starts, including a win in the Milton Stakes, and earned $1.06 million lifetime. "We didn't get the best post in the world, but she's still capable of winning it," Daley said. "It just depends whether she's having a good day. She wasn't very good (in her elimination), I don't know if it was the track or whatever, but she came out of it all right. "Andy always says he knows when he's scoring down whether he's going to be all right or not. She's in it up to her ears if she has a good night; she just needs to have a good night." Caviart Ally is Daley's only Breeders Crown finalist, but not the only finalist to which he has a connection. In the 2-year-old filly trot, favorites Woodside Charm and When Dovescry both are out of mares that were trained by Daley. When Dovescry is the first foal out of Cedar Dove, who won a Breeders Crown for Daley in 2011, and Woodside Charm is out of Fireworks Hanover and a half-sister to Daley's millionaire Explosive Matter. Plunge Blue Chip, one of the contenders in the 3-year-old filly trot, is from the family of Mr Muscleman. "It's fun to see," Daley said. In his career, Daley's horses have earned $61.1 million in purses, which ranks sixth among all trainers in harness racing history, and his 2,564 wins rank 20th. Daley worked eight years for trainer Brett Pelling before launching his own stable and credits the relationship he forged with owner Adam Victor and his son Adam Jr. in the late 1990s as a springboard to success. "He wanted to get into the game and never had a horse at that stage," Daley said. "We had a bit of luck with (pacer) Perfect Son and then we bought Mr Muscleman (in 2002) and that just set things on a roll. I went from having five or six horses and he went to having none to within a couple of years I had 125 horses and 100 were his." Four of Daley's five Breeders Crown-winning horses - My Little Dragon, Mr Muscleman, Cedar Dove, and All Speed Hanover - were owned in whole or part by the Victors. In addition to his success in the Breeders Crown, Daley enjoyed winning the Hambletonian with Broad Bahn in 2011. Still, nothing equaled the feeling of racing Mr Muscleman, who was a three-time Dan Patch Award winner, including Trotter of the Year in 2005, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. Since 2009, the gelding has resided in the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions. "Muscleman is still the best horse I ever had," Daley said. "He was my highlight. Obviously winning the Hambo with Broad Bahn was special, but Broad Bahn was a long way from being the best horse. He was the right horse at the right time. Everything went right for him that year. That's what you need to win one of those races. "(Mr Muscleman) was such a tough horse. He had a lot of issues, but was just a good horse. You don't realize what a good horse he was until you look back on it. It's fun to go see him at the Horse Park. They love him there too. Even there he is sort of a favorite. He's such a nice little horse." How good was he? It goes beyond his two Breeders Crown titles, two Maple Leaf Trot triumphs, and wins in the Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic, Titan Cup, and Cutler Memorial, to mention a few. "He was the second trotter I ever had; I had a cheap claimer before him," Daley said, laughing. "We did everything wrong with him. He was a great horse in spite of us, not because of us. He overcame our inexperience, put it that way." Now a much more experienced Daley is ready for a new adventure and challenge. He has talked for years about returning to Australia, but now the time seems right. "All my family is there and I've been looking to do it for a while," Daley said. "America has been good to me. I have no regrets. I never imagined I would be here this long and I always wanted to go home, it was just a matter of finding a way of going home where I could still make a living. "I met with Emilio and we came to the decision that it was going to work for both of us. It's a different racing game over there and I'll have to get used to the way things are done there. But I'm going to have a great setup to work with and well-bred horses to do it. I'm really looking forward to it." He then added, again with a laugh, "I've been telling my staff for years that I was going home. I had to make sure they knew this year that this one is for real." And regardless of the outcome of Saturday's Breeders Crown, he will leave satisfied. "We've had a lot of fun," Daley said. "It was a great run. It's time for the next chapter." by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Cavairt Ally delivered another dominating performance to win the $255,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four-year-old pacing mare and driver Andrew McCarthy made a backstretch move to the lead from fourth and pulled away in the stretch for a three-length victory in 1:51.2. "I really had to leave hard to get away third and then I worked her pretty hard down the backside get the front," said McCarthy. "I chased her on the last turn a little bit to get the engines revving and she did respond, she perked right up and responded." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally entered the Milton final off a stunning career-best 1:48.3 victory in her elimination and made no mistakes Saturday to best a deep field of older pacing mares. Twinkle charged from the rail to grab the first-lead, posting a sharp :26 opening-quarter. Caviart Ally came to the outside before three-eighths and didn't clear to the top until strides before the half, which was reached in :54.3. Caviart Ally faced no pressure in the third-quarter, as first-up challenger Tequila Monday only advanced a single spot after angling out from fourth. The three-quarter pole was reached in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Caviart Ally said goodbye to her rivals and cruised home in :28.3 for the victory. Bettors Up finished second in a tight place-photo with Pure Country. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally's sixth win of the season and 15th overall pushed her over $1 million in career earnings for owners Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. "We are so super proud, she's just a great mare," said Clarence Chaffee, who owns Caviart Farms with his wife, Judy. "She was really good last fall winning the Jugette and then this spring she got sick and it took a while to get her going and back on track, but boy she has really come on now." A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $2.90. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Delightful Dragon raised her lifetime bankroll over the $800,000 plateau with a 1:52 victory in the $14,500 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Driver Eric Carlson pulled behind cover from fourth nearing the half, then started a three-wide sweep when that cover started to falter nearing the ¾. Crossing back over to two-wide midturn, she had powered up to leader Nerida Franco N, who had set fractions of 26.1, 55.1, and 1:23.1, by headstretch, and through the lane she paced away as much the best, taking her earnings to $802,866 for trainer/owner Noel Daley. Only four drivers gained admittance to the Harrah's winners circle on the Friday card. Both Andrew McCarthy and George Napolitano Jr. brought home five winners; Eric Carlson won the feature as mentioned above and took the very next race as well; and Pat Berry bookended the card for his driving double. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Some very nice babies were on display during a morning session at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday. The barns of Noel Daley and Jim Campbell were especially hot, sending out four and three, respectively, winning freshmen. Among the highlights: The Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station, named for bluegrass musician Alison Krauss's band, made sweet music while stopping the timer in 1:54.4, tying him with Captain Malicious as the fastest two-year-old to date on a 5/8-mile track (all season's records as of Monday night). David Miller was in the sulky for trainer Joe Holloway. The standard for baby pacing fillies was lowered to 1:56.3 by the Captaintreacherous miss Sea Princess, who came home in 56.1 to win for driver George Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo. Staying on the pacing side, the Somebeachsomewhere colt V O Joe did not set a season's mark with a 1:58.4 triumph, but coming his own last back fractions in 55.3 - 26.4 after an uncovered journey marks him as one to watch for driver Brett Miller and trainer Sam DePinto. On the trotting side, the Possess The Will colt Windchill Fashion blew home in 2:00.2, making him the fastest colt in his division so far and tying filly Measuredperfection for fastest mile over an "f"-sized track by a two-year-old. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Jim Campbell. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

After letting a lead slip away in her elimination, Caviart Ally will try and be a little less zealous and a lot more powerful down the stretch in Friday's $500,000 Breeders Crown final for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers at Hoosier Park. Entering last Friday's elimination as one of the favorites, Caviart Ally left from the rail and led into the stretch before fading to fifth, behind upset winner Ella Christina, Idyllic Beach, Agent Q and Carol's Z Tam. "She got a little aggressive on me, so we might have to make a couple changes to get her quieted down," driver Andy McCarthy said. "It was her first time at the track and as soon as we went out there I could tell she was a little too aggressive. I would have liked to have raced her a little better, but I really didn't have any option." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally has hit the board in 15 of 18 starts, with seven wins, five places and three shows. Her biggest win was also the biggest ever for long-time owners Judy and Buck Chaffee, when she claimed the Jugette Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. She leads all finalists in 2017 earnings with $556,145. "We'll get her settled down for next week," McCarthy said. "I'm sure she will be a lot better. She's had a great year. She's done a good job this year. (Her elimination) was a little uncharacteristic, with her getting hot like that." Speaking of getting hot, Ella Christina was on fire in a good way at the tail end of the elimination. She entered the race at 35-1 odds and entered the top of the stretch in sixth place. Ella Christina joined the large group of frontrunners late, and was angled out by driver Tim Tetrick before roaring down the center of the track to win it in a time of 1:51. Ella Christina, who has seven wins and two places in 17 season's starts, entered the Breeders Crown elimination off a sixth-place finish in the Courageous Lady. She led for most of the mile in that race before dropping back in the stretch, but managed to reverse her fortunes in this one. "We shipped five hours that morning to Cleveland and we ended up pulling her blood Monday morning after the race and she tied up," said trainer Nick Surick, whose horse has earned $120,311 this year. "Her muscle enzymes were pretty high and she just wasn't herself that day. "She got stuck on the lead and they pressed her (:26.4 opening quarter, :55 half); she really never got a breather. She's a smaller filly and they were at her throat the whole mile, and she just wasn't having it that night." Ella Christina got by Idyllic Beach (second) and Agent Q (third) in the Crown elimination while they were challenging Caviart Ally for the lead. "She was all right," Agent Q's trainer Aaron Lambert said. "We'll tune her up a little this week and look forward (to the final). We'll maybe give her a little more of a blowout this week." She will hope to make up for heartbreak after finishing second by a nose in last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. Driven by David Miller, Agent Q is tied with Tequila Monday for the second most wins this season (eight) among the finalists, behind only Blazin Britches who has 10. She is also the second-highest earner at $509,066, having finished in the money in 12 of 14 starts. And her best time of 1:48.4 is tied with Blazin Britches for fastest in the field. "Her season has been great," Lambert said. "Except for getting sick one time and making a break the other time, you couldn't fault her. (Making the break) was just an off track, and one of those racing incidents. Apart from that she's been super." Despite Idyllic Beach not being able to close for an elimination victory, trainer Jimmy Takter was happy with the effort of last year's Dan Patch Award winner as best 2-year-old female pacer. "She raced really good," Takter said. "She was battling on and off several tie-ups (this year); I had a big problem with that. We missed a few starts because of that. It looks like she's coming back in the right form." With Yannick Gingras in the sulky, Idyllic Beach has won $376,671 this year thanks to four firsts, four seconds and three thirds in 15 starts. "She's a player," Takter said. "You can never rule her out. She's always on the board. She's made over a million dollars (lifetime); I'm proud of her. She could be right there." Two horses who received byes into the final were Mark Steacy's Obvious Blue Chip (six wins, $374,430), who has been in the money in 10 of 16 starts; and Chris Oakes' Tequila Monday (eight wins, $379,517), who has hit the board in 16 of 20 starts. Following is the field for Friday's $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly pace. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Blazin Britches by Rock N Roll Heaven - Trace Tetrick - Brian Brown - 6/1 2 - Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight - Andrew McCarthy - Noel Daley - 3/1 3 - Ella Christina by Western Ideal  - Tim Tetrick - Nick Surick - 4/1 4 - Inverse Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - Peter Wrenn - R. Nifty Norman - 20/1 5 - Agent Q by Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert - 7/2 6 - Carol's Z Tam by Always A Virgin - Ricky Macomber Jr .- Jamie Macomber - 15/1  7 - Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 9/2 8 - Jaye's A Lady by McArdle - Andy Miller - Nancy Johansson - 30/1 9 - Tequila Monday by American Ideal - David Miller - Chris Oakes - 15/1 10 - Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe - Scott Zeron - Mark Steacy - 12/1 by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Caviart Ally and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy showed why they were the best Wednesday afternoon as the pair won the 47th  $273,250 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday afternoon. In the $163,950 second and final heat, Blazin Britches (Trace Tetrick) and Caviart Ally used the inside positions that they earned in the eliminations to sprint out the early lead as the field of eight passed the quarter mile pole in :27 3/5. Blazin Britches kept Caviart Ally behind her through the half in :55 4/5. McCarthy tipped the eventual winner off the rail at the three-quarters in 1:23 3/5. The crowd urged the pair down the lane and Caviart Ally cleared by ¾ of a length in 1:51 3/5. Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) rounded out the top three. New Zealand native, Noel Daley trains the Bettor's Delight filly for Caviart Farms. McCarthy, an Australian native, won the Jugette for the first time, capping a three win day at the Delaware County Fair. In the second elimination, Caviart Ally used the inside post and took control of the race and went by the ¼ mile pole in :27 1/5. Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge the pacesetter as the field approached the half mile station in :56 3/5. McCarthy asked his charge for more and Caviart Ally opened up at the three-quarters in 1:23 4/5. Caviart Lady won by 5 lengths over Tequila Monday (David Miller). Idyllic Beach hung on for third and Ella Christina (Tim Tetrick) advanced to the final with her fourth place finish. The first $54,650 elimination went to Blazin Britches by 2¼ lengths over Obvious Blue Chip in 1:52 1/5. The Brian Brown trainee is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. That pair hope to win the 72nd Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Jugette Day Undercard Driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley teamed up after their Jugette elimination win to take the $80,575 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters. McCarthy used a perfect drive with Cool Cates to keep Satin Dancer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) locked on the rail and sprinted home to win in 1:56. The Yankee Glide filly, a $35,000 yearling purchase, has now won more than $250,000 for the All Laid Out Stables. Seventeen three-year-old colt trotters competed in the $94,334 Ohio Breeders Championship. Trainer Chris Beaver swept the two divisions with Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) in the first division and Fraser Ridge (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in the second. Fraser Ridge established a national season's record of 1:55 in the second $47,167 division with a 4½ length win over Full Surge (Mike Wilder). Fraser Ridge has won three in a row for Donald Robinson, Robert Mondillo, Beaver and RBH Ventures. Buckeye Boss took the second division in 1:55 3/5 over Jailhouse Sam (Hugh Beatty) and Dejarover (David Miller). The winner is owned by Beaver, Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Three divisions of the $130,000 OBCs for freshman pacing fillies were held with Prsntpretynperfect taking the fastest division in 1:54 3/5. Prsntpretynperfect (Kayne Kauffman) overcame post #7 and was able to sit behind the leading Princess Rougarou (Yannick Gingras) until the final turn and sprinted clear to score by three lengths. The daughter of Big Bad John has now won six of seven starts this season for owners Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Joshua Green and trainer Brian Brown. Baron Remy (Chris Page) won the second $43,333 division in 1:54 4/5. Baron Remy belongs to Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Pumel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The nation's leading trainer Ron Burke conditions the Yankee Cruiser filly. Pearl Crush (Ryan Stahl) took the first division over Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Delicate Arch (Yannick Gingras) in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5. The Yankee Cruiser filly is conditioned by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect. Two-year-old filly trotters competed in a pair of divisions of the $113,400 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships. The first division featured a classic stretch duel between Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and Risky Deal (David Miller). The Break The Bank K fillies were nose-to-nose through the lane with Risky Deal getting the last call in a lifetime best 1:57. Crist Hershberger trains the winner for Deborah Kvernmo To Russia (Ryan Stahl) used a final turn move to win the second $56,700 division in 1:58 2/5 over Red Storm (Aaron Merriman) and She's Got Pizazz (Brett Miller). The Manofmanymissions filly now has $104,380 on her card for owner Parent Racing Stable and trainer Scott Cox. The $12,900 OBC for aged trotters went to A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) in 1:54 3/5. The 4 year-old Triumphant Caviar mare is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schault and trained by Ron Steck. The 22 race Jug Day card features the $590,400 Little Brown Jug. Post time is 11:00 am. Jay Wolf  

Delaware, OH --- Cool Cates beat Satin Dancer to the front on the first turn and it proved decisive as she marched to a 1:56 win in Wednesday’s (Sept. 20) $80,575 Buckette Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old female trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Satin Dancer was second, beaten by 1-1/4 lengths, and Maewegonow was third. Feed Your Head, the morning-line favorite from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, was scratched. Cool Cates, driven by Andy McCarthy, and Satin Dancer were quickest off the starting gate, but Cool Cates got the lead from post two on her way to an opening quarter-mile of :27.2. The field reached the half in :57.3, at which point Maewegonow was making a first-over bid and nearing Satin Dancer in second place. The group held those positions to three-quarters, in 1:26.4, and Cool Cates trotted home from there. “I sort of thought we would end up on the front today; on paper once Takter’s horse was scratched I sort of thought we were the best,” said Noel Daley, who trains Cool Cates for owner All Laid Out Stable. “She’s no champion, but she’s a nice filly. She’s been on her game of late. She’s a lot more controllable now in the races. “I did sort of expect her to be pretty good today.” Cool Cates (Yankee Glide) has won five of 12 races this year and seven of 20 in her career, good for $251,379 in purses. She has three wins and two second-place finishes in her last five starts. She was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up on Sept. 3. “She will go to Lexington next,” Daley said about Cool Cates’ schedule. “We just hope we can dodge some of the good ones there in the Bluegrass. If she’s good enough we’ll drop her in (the Kentucky Filly Futurity). Obviously, we’re not beating Ariana G, but if she has a good week we’ll put her in there. “They’re going to breed her to Muscle Hill next year, so we’ll do what we can in between,” he added. Cool Cates, the even-money second choice behind 4-5 favorite Satin Dancer, paid $4.00 to win. It was both Daley’s and McCarthy’s first win in the Buckette. "We bought her for $35,000 down in Lexington and she's a nice filly but as a 2-year-old she was a little tough to manage," said Daley. "She was this year too early on but she really has been coming around. Adding Lasix helped her and she's also begun to mentally mature." -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

WASHINGTON, PA, May 26, 2017 -- Caviart Wonder challenged the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Fine Tuned Lady, head on and wore her down to pull off the upset in Friday's $72,000 Currier & Ives Trot at The Meadows. Treviso and Cool Cates took the other divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Noel Daley enjoyed a C&I double with Caviart Wonder and Cool Cates. The open division of the Currier & Ives is set for June 3 at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady worked out reasonable opening-half fractions of 27.3/57.1, so when Caviart Wonder pursued her first over, it's likely her driver, Jim Pantaleano, was the only observer who thought the bid would succeed. "She felt very comfortable sitting in," Pantaleano said. "I was very careful going down the backstretch because she made a break there last time she was here. I didn't need to be that careful because she ended up being real handy. I spoke to her when we got in the last turn just to keep her attention, and she was strong all the way through the wire." Caviart Winder downed Fine Tuned Lady by a length in a stake-fastest 1:55, with Sheez On A Cruze third. Caviart Farms campaigns the daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done. Caviart Wonder A comfortable first half also was the key to victory for Treviso, who tripped the timer in a leisurely 59.1, Still, Charlie Norris, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela, for Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, was taking nothing for granted. "She trained well after her last race, but you're always worried," he said. "She finished in hand again. That makes it a lot easier." Treviso scored in 1:55.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Temple Ruins, with Broadway Idole third. Treviso triumphed for the second time in as many races to start her sophomore campaign and pushed her career bankroll to $186,350. Norris indicated Treviso will be pointed to the Hambletonian Oaks, with a pair of Pennsylvania Sires Stake engagements along the way. Treviso Cool Cates unleashed a powerful first-over move that gave her the jump on the favorite, Sianna Hanover. She downed that rival by a length in 1:55.3, while My Cherry Pie rallied for show. "They said she's a little fussy going to the gate, just be careful there and let her do her thing in the post parade," said winning driver Mike Wilder. "Once we got away from the gate, she was completely professional. She was just like driving a car. Her attitude was tremendous." All Laid Out Stable owns Cool Cates, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Dance To Market. Cool Cates It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 13-race card. Friday's program also featured a pair of Preferred events. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality worked hard for the lead but was untouchable thereafter, prevailing in 1:54.4 for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $410,682 in lifetime earnings. Classicality In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames survived a parked-out 26.2 opening panel and scored in an impressive 1:50.4. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding, who stretched his career bankroll to $219,387, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Lincolnjames After a brief break for the holiday, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Sortie, Noel Daley's Hambletonian Stakes hopeful, begins his 3-year-old harness racing campaign Saturday by competing in the first of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows, near Pittsburgh. Sortie is among 18 Hambletonian eligible trotters entered in the three divisions, with each race featuring six. Last year, Sortie won his elimination for the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. He also finished second in the Matron Stakes, but Daley believes the colt wasn't at his best because of trouble breathing. Daley has made an equipment addition in the hopes of correcting the issue. "He didn't finish off the race properly in the Breeders Crown; I know he was third, but he wasn't any good," said Daley, who trains and co-owns Sortie. "He should have jogged in the Matron and he wasn't any good. This year he came back and I've put a Cornell Collar on him, because mechanically they said his throat was fine. "He's been real good so far. I've been very happy with him." Sortie is a son of former Daley star Explosive Matter out of the stakes-winning mare Win B. Daley was interested in Sortie because of his familiarity with the colt's family and purchased the horse for $65,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale. The colt is owned by Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza, and Daley's Sortie Stable. Last year, Sortie went off stride in three of his first four starts (he won the only race in which he did not) before starting to put it all together. He finished fourth in a division of the International Stallion and then hit the board in his final three races of the campaign. For the year, he finished with $122,055 in purses from eight starts. "He always showed talent, but he would throw his head or when you pulled him off a horse he just wanted to go a hundred (miles per hour)," Daley said about last year's breaks. "We've been concentrating on that. When we qualified him, (driver Andy McCarthy) pulled him out, put him back, pulled him out, put him back, a couple of times. He seems better. You just have to watch that he doesn't want to spin his wheels too quickly. He's a good gaited horse. He just wanted to get going." Sortie prepped for his seasonal debut by winning two qualifiers, one at the Meadowlands and the other at Harrah's Philadelphia. Daley said the horse will stay near his base in central New Jersey as he works toward the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. "We'll try not to overdo it," Daley said. "It's a heavy schedule; I don't want him to be in everything. I'd rather keep him here. He can go (to Canada) later. If he's good enough, he's got everything late. I don't want to have too many tough trips when we're just trying to get him set up." The early favorite for the Hambletonian is Linda Toscano-trained New York-bred Walner, who won seven of eight starts last year and received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter. Walner won each of his races by at least 1-3/4 lengths, including a 4-1/2 length triumph in the Breeders Crown. Linda's horse is obviously the horse to beat, but I legitimately think that if (Sortie) can breathe he's a top five horse, definitely," Daley said. "After Linda's horse, there's no one else I'd swap him for. We'll see. It depends who steps up. He's got to step up and do it now." Following are the fields for Saturday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions in post order with Hambletonian eligible horses in bold. Division 1: Perfect Spirit, Di Oggi, Meteoric, Gee Wizz George, Sortie, High Glider, Giveitgasandgo, Coogan, Dover Dan. Division 2: What A Cantab, Stealth Hanover, Monteverdi, Simply Volo, Andy M, Gustavo Fring, Snowstorm Hanover, Media Buzz, Don Dream. Division 3: Brown Bear, Limerence, Brand New Key, Meme Hanover, Common Parlance, Affair Of Honor, Iron Mine Johnny, Explosive Ridge, Backstage Pass. Giveitgasandgo, from the stable of John Butenschoen, was last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion. Snowstorm Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, won the Matron Stakes and Valley Victory. Ken Weingartner

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