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Harness racing world champion Well Said has packed his trunk and is flying to Australia this season to stand at Empire Stallions in Avenel, Victoria. Previously available to Down Under breeders via frozen semen, Empire is thrilled to welcome the U.S. Pacer of the Year in the flesh. Well Said is a stunning, dark bay 16-hand individual who commanded attention from the beginning. He caught the eye of many of the sport’s top owners and trainers fetching a top price of $240,000 at the Standardbred Yearling Sale at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Well Said was destined for greatness being a son of the prolific Western Hanover out of the Artsplace mare Must See, a 1:52 winner of $552,000 and a full sister to World Champion Glowing Report, a winner of more than $2 million. Well Said was placed in the very capable hands of notable U.S. trainer Steve Elliott who knew the colt was outstanding from the beginning.  “He’s the perfect horse” Elliott said. “From the moment he arrived at my barn, I knew he would be special. He has perfect conformation, perfect manners and a perfect gait – he has no faults. Good horses make trainers look good – he made me look great. “ During his two-year-old season, Well Said took a record of 1:51 while earning nearly $600,000. His greatest achievement that year was his brilliant win in the $700,000 2-year-old Breeders Crown Final. Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce, who piloted Well Said throughout his career, said after the Breeders Crown victory, “He is the fastest two-year-old I have ever sat behind.  His come from behind win tonight proved he is the best of his generation.” Breeders Crown Final Well Said returned at three to dominate the pacing ranks winning 10 of 14 races and banking over $2 million. His major victories included the $1 million North America Cup, the $1 million Meadowlands Pace, the Little Brown Jug, the Battle of the Brandywine and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. He joined another Empire alumni, Precious Bunny, as one of only two horses in history to win the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug. Battle of the Brandywine Well Said was flawless in the North America Cup winning this prestigious race in a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:48.1 at Mohawk Raceway. He claimed the Meadowlands Pace by six lengths with an impressive 1:47.3 mile and he paced the fastest mile in the history of The Meadows five-eighths mile oval in Pennsylvania with a 1:49 victory in his elimination for the Grand Circuit Delvin Miller Adios Stake. Well Said - 2009 Mohawk $1,500,000 Pepsi Cup 1:48.1 Well Said’s most memorable moment, was without a doubt, his first-heat triumph from the eight post in the Little Brown Jug in 1:51.1. This extraordinary performance was voted by the readership of The Horseman & Fair World Magazine as the most exciting race of the year. First Heat Little Brown Jug Following this superstar season, Well Said was voted the U.S. Dan Patch 2009 Pacer of the Year. He also unanimously voted the 3YO Colt Pacer of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. Not only did Well Said receive accolades that year, but he also helped his connections receive national attention that year as well. His trainer, Steve Elliott was named the New Jersey Standardbred Trainer of the Year and his breeders, Mark & Ed Mullen of Fair Winds Farm and Steve Jones of Cameo Hill Farms were honoured as the Standardbred Breeders of the Year. Well Said has done an exceptional job in the siring department during his young stud career. From just four North American crops of racing age, including a 2-year-old crop in 2016, he has sired the winners of just on $24 million with 13 in 1:50, 160 in 1:55, Already has produced a millionaire, eight $500,000 plus winners and 70 winners of over $100,000 and his progeny has average earnings per starter of $70,867 as at todays date (Track It stats). Well Said was the leading first crop Sire in North America and this crop included the 2yo Breeders Crown filly champion Uffizi Hanover 2,1:50.3 ($746,552) . Other champion performers include the 2016 Meadowlands Pace champion Control The Moment 3,1:48.2 ($1,085,220), the  2015 Little Brown Jug heat winner Lost For Words 3,1:49.3 ($937,784), the $80,000 Adios Betty winner I Said Diamonds 3,1:50 ($473,857), Adios Elimination winner My Hero Ron 3,1:49.2 ($548,913), Katie Said 1:49.4 ($504,476) the Tompkins Geers Stake, Ladyship Stake, Keystone Classic winner Sometimes Said 3,1:50 ($497,716) the 2yo Goshen Cup Winner, Tellitlikeitis 3,1:48.4 ($490,695) North America Cup elimination winner, second in $1 million Final, etc.   2016 Meadowlands Pace - Control The Moment Well Said has been a top ten U.S. Sire of 2 and 3-year-olds each year since his first crop raced in 2013. In the Southern Hemisphere, from just two small frozen semen crops, Well Said’s progeny are just beginning to make an impact on the racing scene. He currently is New Zealand’s leading percentage sire of 2-year-olds. “He is one of the most handsome horses I have ever seen and I have always been a fan of his”: said David James, principle of Empire Stallions. He was a super racehorse and he is now an outstanding sire of both colts and fillies. He is a great addition to our powerhouse stallion lineup and he will suit Down Under mares perfectly.” Well Said will stand for an introductory fee in Australia of $6,000 including GST and $6,000 plus GST in New Zealand with discounts available. Harnesslink Media

WILKES-BARRE PA - Keystone Velocity has been selected as Pacer of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by the harness racing team, with the same group picking Wilberforce as local Trotter of the Year and Mccedes as Claimer of the Year. Keystone Velocity had already established himself as a piece of harness racing trivia before he first set foot on the racetrack ("At $3000, who was the lowest-priced offspring sold at auction from the last crop of the great sire Western Hanover?"), and had added to his credentials with many placings in important races during his youth. After 22 months away from the racetrack, Keystone Velocity returned to sulky sport competition in mid-May, and he showed a distinct liking for the red clay Pocono oval, posting five wins and a second in nine local starts, good for $54,365 in earnings, and at age eight twice paced in 1:48.2, his lifetime best. Lauretta Galm had owned Keystone Velocity from the time he was auctioned off as a yearling until his last start at Pocono in September, and he earned just a shade under $500,000 for her account. Wilberforce, a gelded son of Caviar Crown owned by Dale Wareham in parternship with trainer Kris Rickert, came to Pocono in June with a 1:56 mark, a last start win over a low-level conditioned field at The Meadows, and little respect from the fans - in his four 2016 victories before shipping eastward, the horse had paid $26.80, $89.20, $10.40, and $18.40. But the four-year-old matured into a rugged high-level performer locally, posting a 13-5-1-3 record, adding $62,320 to his bankroll and lowering his lifetime mark to 1:53.1 in his first victory at Pocono, on July 10, while moving up to the highest regularly-scheduled totting class offered at The Downs. Mccedes, an 11-year-old McArdle gelding, certainly had seen his share of racetrack success before this year, earning $1,310,011 and posting a mark of 1:49.3 at age three. The desire and class of this tough pacer was again evidenced during the 2016 campaign, as on April 16 he went wire-to-wire, throwing a 27.2 last quarter to complete a 1:50.2 mile - just 3/5 of a second behind his lifetime best taking eight years previously! The solid performer, going up and down the claiming class ladder in the $10,000 to $20,000 range, had eight victories this year at Pocono, along with two seconds and two thirds, in 19 starts, and he earned $54,060 at The Downs while "just racing in claimers." He changed hands via the claiming box several times over the season, and virtually everyone associated with him made money with him. All three horses will be honored in special ceremonies in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner's Circle on Saturday, November 19th; Wilberforce after the 8th; Keystone Velocity after the 10th; and Mccedes after the 12th race. The Driver and Trainer of the Year will be awarded and honored on closing night, November 26th with a full release to follow. Jennifer Starr 

Queensland harness racing heavyweight Avonnova has won the Queensland Harness Horse of the Year title for a record-breaking third time in a row. Announced at the 2016 Queensland Harness Racing Awards at Kedron Wavell Services Club, the 10-year-old gelding also won the 2016 Queensland Pacer of the Year and 2016 Queensland Aged Horse of the Year awards. Owner / Trainer Ian Gurney accepted the awards on behalf of co-owner Paul Montgomery. Avonnova has provided a great ride for Gurney and Montgomery who bought the gelding from New South Wales in October 2013 and has now won nearly $400,000 in prize money for the pair. Avonnova beat impressive horses such as Catcha Lefty (2YO Pacer of the Year), Park Life (3YO Pacer of the Year) and Our Overanova NZ (Queensland Trotter of the Year) to take out the Horse of the Year award. Shane Graham won the Queensland Driver’s Premiership for the second year in succession, adding the 2016 Albion Park and Redcliffe Premiership titles to his trophy cabinet. Graham, who was runner up on the National Driver’s Premiership, scored his biggest success in the $322,000 Group One Australian Pacing Gold Final with Park Life. Grant Dixon won the 2016 Queensland Trainer’s Premiership for a fifth year in a row, an outstanding achievement which he matched at a national level. Dixon also won the Albion Park and Redcliffe Trainer’s Premiership with 246 winners. Amongst Dixon’s many fantastic achievements was a Group One double on 28 May when Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks were both successful in their respective QBRED Triad Finals. Nathan Dawson capped a great season collecting the 2016 Concession Driver of the Year Premiership and the 2016 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year (Male). Dawson, Queensland’s busiest concession driver, finished the season with a career best 91 wins and also took out the Marburg Driver’s Premiership. Isobel Ross was crowned the 2016 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year (Female), finishing the season with 50 wins, more than double her previous career best, a significant achievement considering she missed a portion of the season due to a wrist injury. Solid Earth Pty Ltd, for Kevin and Kay Seymour and their daughter Leigh Fullager, collected both the 2016 Queensland Breeder of the Year and Owner of the Year titles after another dominant season.  As owners, Solid Earth completed the season with more than double the number of winners of any other owner or group of owners in Queensland. Amongst its many highlights was a Group One double with Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks in their respective QBRED Triad Finals, and a Group Three double in Victoria when Frankie Rocks and Cherish The Moment claimed the Australasian Breeder’s Crown Consolation Finals. There were four inductees into the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame on the night. The prestigious honour was given to champion Queensland race horse Peter Profit, Noel and Christine Denning’s Burwood Stud, champion race horse and brood mare Lefty, and Don Ross Snr for his outstanding service to the industry as Clerk of the Course. Peter Profit Champion Queensland race horse Peter Profit was inducted into the Queensland Hall Of Fame, recognising his outstanding career which is fondly remembered by many within the industry across Australia. Born in 1966 Peter Profit was a Queensland hero winning 43 races at Albion Park and was a dual winner of the Albion Park 10,000.  Peter Profit won 45 races when trained by Frank Donohoe whose son Alan Donohoe drove the harness great to a few wins in his early career. Peter Profit, by the great James Scott, retired at the age of 13 with a personal best time of 2:01:5 and prize money worth $61,643 regarded as a true legend of the sport. Margaret Donohoe accepted this prestigious award on behalf of his connections. Burwood Stud The Denning family was honoured with Hall of Fame induction in the breeding category.  Noel and Christine Denning’s Burwood Stud located at Pittsworth was established in 1982 on 615 hectares of fertile land. The Denning family has built this business from the ground up and can lay claim to be the leading standardbred stud in Queensland.  Continuing to evolve with the times, Burwood Stud offers the latest technological advancements for foaling, catering for permanently agisted mares and their offspring, as well as short-term visiting mares. Burwood Stud has continually stood quality stallions over the years and offers a wide variety of stallions from all over the world through its semen transport service and currently stands three standardbred stallions on their property. Horses bred at Burwood have won the last four Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Finals and are producing winners in Queensland, interstate and New Zealand.  The time, effort, sponsorship and results of Burwood bred over many years ensure the Denning family are worthy inductees into the Queensland Hall of Fame. Lefty The former outstanding race mare Lefty was the first broodmare inducted into Queensland’s Hall of Fame. After a career that produced 17 wins from 67 starts and $117,033 in prize money, and highlights of the 1997 2YO QBRED Final and four metropolitan wins, Lefty retired in 2000 for a career at stud.  Lefty produced 11 foals which have all won races. 2001 Chucka Lefty (9 wins, $51,410) 2002 Shes A Lefty (10 wins, 102,396, QBRED 2YO Triad & Breeders Classic winner, dam of 2 winners) 2003 Lotsa Lefty (4 wins, $17,996, dam of a winner) 2004 Another Lefty (7 wins, $24,500) 2007 Major Lefty (17 wins, $88,685) 2008 Just A Lefty (9 wins, $29,175) 2009 Royal Lefty (2 wins, $9431) 2010 Feelin Good Lefty (2 wins, $11,696) 2011 Bring On Lefty (7 wins, $42,208) 2012 Catcha Lefty (13 wins, $170,523, QBRED 2YO Breeders Classic, Queensland Derby) 2013 Lucky Lefty (1 win, $3,215) Lefty unfortunately passed away at the age of 22 this year. The award was accepted by her breeder, owner and trainer Cristina Monte. Don Ross Snr  Don Ross Snr has provided outstanding service to the industry as a Clerk of the Course where he is considered a leader in his field. Don has also offered outstanding support assisting many industry participants with their horses in many areas including organising mares for surrogate breeding. Don is famous for providing his Chariots for Shows and movie work with the Chariot races, formerly held at the Brisbane Exhibition and is fondly remembered by all who witnessed his great horsemanship. Don is an absolute gentleman and friend of so many in the harness racing industry, and continues to provide fantastic service at the age of 82. His family is following in his footsteps, including son Don and grandson Donald, who are continuing the quality family horsemanship as Clerks of the Course with granddaughter Isobel also training as a Red Coat while developing a successful career as a harness driver. The full list of winners from last night's 2016 Queensland Harness Racing Awards;  

Nichols, N.Y. -- With the eleventh season of harness racing at Tioga Downs coming to a wrap, Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters's Prairie Fortune captured Trotter of the Year honors by way of sustained dominance over the Open ranks through the summer. However, with Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob and Ina Madill's Andreios Kardia virtually inseparable in terms of top pacing honors, they will settle their score in dramatic fashion: a closing-night (Saturday, September 17) match race.   "It's been a great summer," remarked Jason Bluhm, Director of Racing at Tioga Downs. "With these two pacers each winning seven races this season and going back and forth at each other in the Opens, we thought, 'What better way to determine Pacer of the Year than with a match race?'"   The two combined for 14 wins on the season, and they have exchanged top billing in Open 1 events through the last five occurrences of the event, with Andreios Kardia having won three and Believe This Bob two. Andreios Kardia, the slim 3-5 morning line favorite by virtue of his 1:49.3 triumph last week, will start from post 2 for trainer Jeff Byron with usual driver Aaron Byron. Believe This Bob, while the dominant force through the summer with more sustained success at the Open 1 level, last won on August 27, staving off Andreios Kardia by a scant nose in 1:50.4. Usual driver Mike Simons will be at the lines for trainer Joe Skowyra.   In addition to the race for Tioga Pacer of the Year, Simons remains in the battle for top driving honors on the meet. His 62 wins thus far keep him within three of leading driver Scott Coulter with 26 races remaining in the season. In the trainer standings, Deters has started to edge away, leading Skowyra 34 to 30 while closing weekend looms.   Both the Friday (September 16) and Saturday (September 17) cards are set to commence at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, with full coverage on the Tioga Downs Racing Network to begin at 6:05 p.m. on both nights.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Harness racing's richest horse with $7.33 million in career earnings, 12-year-old Foiled Again is preparing for another season of going against the top older pacers in North America. He will qualify for the first time this year on Friday, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with an eye toward competing in the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Levy Series begins March 19. Foiled Again won the series championship in 2009 and 2010. "He could not have trained back better," trainer Ron Burke said. "He really seems good. I cannot wait. He seems sharp. I'm just excited to get it going. Every time he steps on the track it's history, so it's cool." Foiled Again received Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer in 2013, 2012, and 2011, when he also was named Pacer of the Year. The only older male pacers to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards are Foiled Again and Rambling Willie (1975-77). Foiled Again also received O'Brien Awards for best older male pacer in 2013 and 2011. Last year, Foiled Again won three of 22 races and earned $436,207. It was his lowest earnings total since 2008, but still ranked ninth among all older pacers in North America despite missing nearly seven weeks following minor throat surgery. He was the only pacer older than age 6 among the top 10 money-winners in 2015. His seasonal earnings also were a record for any 11-year-old pacer in history. Foiled Again's wins last season came in the Battle of Lake Erie, a triumph that lifted him to above $7 million in lifetime purses, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and an elimination for the Breeders Crown. He finished second in the Bobby Quillen Memorial and third in each the William R. Haughton Memorial, TVG Free For All Pacing Championship, U.S. Pacing Championship, and Roll With Joe Stakes. The gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and JJK Stables. "He really is amazing," Burke said. "He's 12 years old, and maybe he's not the best aged free-for-aller, but he's in the top 10 easily. Last year he missed a big part of his normal schedule with throat surgery. I look for him to have a little bit of a bounce back year this year." Foiled Again is among a dozen horses from the Burke Stable qualifying on Friday at the Meadowlands. The others are pacers Always At My Place, Bettor's Edge, Request For Parole, Sassa Hanover, Skippin By, Somewhere In L A, Southinkucandance, Take It Back Terry, and Western Bayama, plus trotters DW's NY Yank and Luminosity. Bettor's Edge, a 7-year-old, has earned $1.79 million in his career, and 7-year-old Take It Back Terry finished second in last year's Levy final on his way to $471,110 in purses. Stakes-winner Somewhere In L A is a newcomer to the stable. Sassa Hanover, a 4-year-old mare, also has $1 million in lifetime purses. "I think we're going to go four or five horses to the Levy," Burke said. "We're just trying to decide which ones. Take It Back Terry for sure is going. He couldn't have had a better year. By the end of the year he was just out of his mind. We're going to give him a shot this year to race a little more in the bigger races and see if he can compete with the true top ones. Somewhere In L A trained back very well. Hopefully he gives us another quality, upper level horse. "Skippin By and Request For Parole look like they're going to be top mares this year. Luminosity and DW's NY Yank are both a step below the true free-for-all trotters, but they can race in those races and get checks. I'm excited. We've got a lot of good horses getting ready to come back. This will be the first wave and then the 3-year-olds will come back and before you know it the 2-year-olds will be ready to go." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Goshen, NY - The Dan Patch Horse of the Year trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are still available, but the deadline for advertising in the souvenir journal is Wed., Feb. 10.   In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Charles Keller III & Bruce Nickells; and Communicators Hall of Fame, David Carr and Jerry Connors.   The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, James Simpson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the website.   Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email:   Savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the luxury resort of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. A special rate can be reserved by calling 888-421-1442 BEFORE February 11, and mentioning code: DAN PATCH or by clicking this link: The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Wednesday, February 10. To advertise in the Souvenir Journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link:   Dan Patch Horse Awards – 2015 Champions   E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit Trotter of theYear: Pinkman Pacer of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Southwind Frank 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Broadway Donna 3-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Pinkman 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Mission Brief Trotting Horse: J L Cruze Trotting Mare: Bee A Magician 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Boston Red Rocks 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Pure Country 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Wiggle It Jiggleit 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Divine Caroline Pacing Horse: State Treasurer Pacing Mare: Venus Delight   United States Harness Writers Association – Awards and Honorees United States Harness Writers Association Awards Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Charles Keller III Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Bruce Nickells Communicators Hall of Fame: David Carr Communicators Hall of Fame: Jerry Connors Stan Bergstein–Proximity Award: James W. Simpson Norman Woolworth Owner: George Teague Jr. Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year: Jimmy Takter Driver of the Year: David Miller Breeder of the Year: Hanover Shoe Farms Lew Barasch Breakthrough: Gabe Prewitt Rising Star: Montrell Teague President’s Award: Breana Carsey President’s Award: Michelle & Albert Crawford W. R. Haughton Good Guy: Jo Ann Looney-King USHWAn of the Year: Ellen Taylor Lee Anne Pooler Unsung Hero: Joanne Young January Davies Humanitarian Award: Marvin Chantler Amateur Driver of the Year: Hannah Miller Caretaker of the Year: Mike Taylor Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Margie Seelster Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Mozzi Hanover Hervey Awards - Writing: Feature: Kimberly French; Writing: News & Commentary: Dave Briggs Broadcasting: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Smallsreed Photography Awards - Feature:  Frances Lund; Racing:  Clive Cohen Grand Circuit – Driver: Yannick Gingras; Trainer: Ron Burke; Owner: Burke Racing US Trotting & US Harness Writers Railbird Recognition Awards - Horse Person: Joe Bellino; Racing Moment: Wiggle It Jiggleit’s Jug US Trotting & US Harness Writers Dash Winning Driver: Aaron Merriman Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service to Youth Award: Callie Davies-Gooch   Chris Tully    

New stallions joining the siring ranks in New Zealand always creates a bit of excitement each season and this year is no different with several ' newbies' on offer. One of these is the colonial bred Terror To Love who has created a lot of interest in New Zealand in his first year at stud and somewhat surprisingly also in Australia. The eight year old son of Western Terror won his first race as a two year old at just his fourth start when he took out the Group 3 Sapling Stakes over  two future top liners in Ohoka's Bondy 1:53.6 ($388,148) and Major Mark 1:55.9 ($677,720). At three he came back bigger and better, winning eight of fifteen with many great battles with his arch nemesis, Gold Ace including dead-heating with him in the Group 2 Flying Stakes. Placed in both Derbies and the Harness Jewels, Terror To Love was only just warming to the racing game. From his four year old season through to his retirement, Terror To Love stepped up and dominated the open class pacing ranks in New Zealand. Highlighted of course by his stunning three NZ Cups, Terror To Love was just a monster in that period, winning just about every race of any note including Auckland and Easter Cups. That earned him the Pacer Of The Year title three times and overall Horse Of The Year twice. The only blip on an otherwise magnificent career was his record at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Terror To Love could just never get to grips with the track surface and in ten starts managed only three placings which did include a second in the $750,000 Miracle Mile to Baby Bling. They did resurface Tabcorp Park Menangle late in Terror To Love's career and he produced an outstanding run for fourth from barrier ten in Christen Me's 1:49.1 Miracle Mile which was a performance more in keeping with his ability. Terror To Love did show Australian fans the real 'Terror' when wearing down the dual Grand Circuit Champion Christen Me in the $100,000 Cranbourne Cup last year. When retired to the stallion barn, Terror To Love had faced the starter 76 times for thirty one wins and twenty three placings for stakes totaling $2,429,618 with a best time of 1:51 Terror To Love is bred to be good with a pedigree chock full of good horses. His sire Western Terror has over $61,000,000 on his card as progeny earnings in North America with 25 in 1:50 and worldwide he has seven millionaires to date. The maternal side of Terror To Love's pedigree has been producing quality horses for nearly eighty years. Established by Roydon Lodge, the first superstar was Parisienne who raced in the Inter-Dominions in the 1930s and appears as the seventh dam of Terror To Love. Mary Wootton, the sixth dam of Terror To Love produced the top race horse and then sire in Scottish Command who won an Auckland Cup. The fifth dam of Terror To Love is Roydon Mary who left Roydon Dream who won the New Zealand broodmare of the year title after producing two outstanding open class sons in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott. Roydon Dream is the fourth dam of Terror To Love so it is not hard to see from that maternal family why Terror To Love was so good. There are not many pedigrees in New Zealand that have two broodmare of the year winners in the first four dams A crowd favourite in New Zealand, Terror To Love was always expected to serve a good sized book in New Zealand and that is how it is panning out. Peter O'Rourke who is managing Terror To Love at stud has been thrilled with the response. " Our aim at the start of the season was to serve 100 mares in New Zealand and we are well on track to do that." " Not only has he got good numbers but I have been very pleased with the quality as well," Peter said. After his issues while racing in Australia, a lot of pundits thought he would struggle to attract any mares from there but Peter has been pleasantly surprised with the result to date. " Well respected horsemen such as Brian Hancock and Luke McCarthy have both booked four mares in which shows the horsemen know how good he was." " All up it looks like we may do twenty five in Australia which is a good start," Peter said. It is a hard row for a colonial stallion to get established these days with the very best of the North American stallions available to breeders down under but Terror To Love has both the breeding and the race record to make his mark in the stallion barn. Terror To Love - 2013 New Zealand Cup Terror To Love - 2012 New Zealand Cup Terror To Love - 2011 New Zealand Cup Harnesslink Media

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has named its 2015 award winners, as voted on by the organization's harness racing members. Atta Boy Dan, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, has been named Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Atta Boy Dan won 10 of 13 starts at The Meadows during the season en route to more than $225,000 in earnings. He paced his best mile in 1:49.1, a track record for aged pacers. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old son of Western Terror.   Trotter of the Year honors went to the horse also named 3YO Colt/Gelding Trotter of the Year, Chef Lee. Owned and trained by Norm Parker, the Cantab Hall gelding was 8-for-12 locally, earning more than $165,000.   Two-year-old honors went to Toddler Tantrum, Danika P, Major Matter and Goodtogo Hanover.   Toddler Tantrum (Western Terror) was named the top freshman pacer of the year, winning four of seven local starts for owners Don Tiger, Birnam Wood Farms and Seth Rosenfeld. Tim Twaddle trains Toddler Tantrum.   Danika P, by Yankee Cruiser, was the 2YO filly pacing champion, winning one of six for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable. Ron Burke trains Danika P, who took a mark of 1:55.4.   Major Matter, a gelding by Explosive Matter, who split time between sire stakes and fair stakes, was named the top freshman male trotter for the season. Owned by trainer Rick Beinhauer along with his wife, Regina, Major Matter was 3-for-5 at The Meadows, taking a mark of 1:57.2.   The top 2YO filly trotter was Goodtogo Hanover, trained by Bill Zendt. A two-time winner at The Meadows during the summer, the Explosive Matter filly is owned by Zendt in partnership with Gary Saul.   Joining Chef Lee as the top sophomores for the year were Royaltyhasarrived, Fashion Rocker, and Manhattan Miss.   Royaltyhasarrived (Western Terror) was named the top pacing colt for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Mike Munn. A five-time local winner during the year, Royaltyhasarrived is trained by Steve Schoeffel.   Fashion Rocker, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, was named 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year, winning four of 10 starts at The Meadows for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Bethann Palone. Ron Burke trains. Acadia Farms, Marty Wollam and George Berlin own Manhattan Miss, the top sophomore trotting filly. Wollam trains the daughter of Broadway Hall, who earned five Meadows wins in 2015. Do Me Honor, by Cheyenne Rei, was named the top older pacing mare, retaining the title she also earned in 2015. Owned and trained by Bill Bercury, the 7-year-old won six races for the season and banked over $116,000 locally.   Dunn Stable's Classicality, a five-year-old by Classic Photo, was the top older trotting male, winning four races and banking more than $110,000 for trainer Lisa Dunn.   The top older trotting mare was Whata Donato, owned by Frank Poerio. Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, was a winner of eight races for trainer Doug Snyder.   The MSOA congratulates all of this year's divisional champions.   Jeff Zidek  

Pixies Parlour was the filly that broke the Steve Turnbull hoodoo at the Bathurst two year old carnival. Despite having won countless feature races including the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile with Smooth Satin, the multiple premiership winner had never won a Bathurst Gold Crown or Tiara until 2015 and off the back of that performance could Pixies Parlour be NSW 2yo filly of the year? Pixies Parlour won the first Gold Tiara on the new Bathurst track and recorded two other victories during the season taking her career stakes earnings to $62,575. Unfortunately for connections she never regained the form she showed during the Bathurst carnival and was placed twice in her subsequent four starts. Importantly Pixies Parlour led home three other fillies in the Gold Tiara that have been nominated for NSW 2yo filly of the year. Other nominations include: Abettorrose - Won the Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle and competed in some quality races throughout the season. Hot Shot Woman - Raced 14 times throughout the season and despite winning only two races she was placed in a further nine including three at group one level and won more than $168,000. Soho Madeline - Spent time in two different stables during the season but raced well during her stint in NSW. Won three races including a heat of the Bathurst Gold Tiara. Three Squared - Boom filly in the early part of the season that recorded a slick 1:55.9 victory on debut. Raced in a number of feature events during the season and banked more than $60,000. The best 2yo filly in NSW will be announced at the HRNSW Awards Night at Doltone House, Darling Harbour on Saturday September 19th. For tickets call Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6600. Greg Hayes

The harness racing community will gather in Christchurch this weekend to honour and celebrate the elite performers of our industry over the last twelve months. The winners of the age group pacers and trotters divisions will be able to celebrate and remember what a great last twelve months they have had. That is unless you happen to be the owner or trainer of a four year old pacer or trotter. This is nothing at this years awards dinner for four year olds and that is due to the incredibly short sighted decision to combine the awards for four year olds and older horses into one category. So Sky Major has to go up against Christen Me, King Denny against Stent, Venus Serena against Adore Me and Poppymalda against Kincaslough. Hence no four year old in New Zealand from last season will win an award which is a travesty when you realize what an incredibly talented bunch of pacers and trotters we had in this age group last season. In recent years some of our major four year old classics have been turned into four and five year old races with the aim of trying to keep some of our older horses in New Zealand and to produce stronger fields. But like all poor decisions it is only a half way house. Not all the four year old races have been made into joint affairs with the five year olds with the Harness Jewels the obvious exception. Surely if it is such a great idea to make the Messenger and the Taylor Mile joint races with the four and five year olds, why not the Harness Jewels. Logic would suggest that having made four and five year olds a joint age group for some classics they would follow suit and do the awards on the same basis. Instead we have a situation were we have four year old Group races, four and five year old Group races and then when it comes to awards time we have four year olds, five year olds and older horses in one category. It is a mess of their own making and one that needs urgent attention. The owners and trainers of four year olds deserve to be treated better and to be acknowledged for the massive contribution they make to our industry. Harnesslink Media

Diamond Creek Farm has announced that the initial book for 2014 harness racing "Pacer of the Year" and runner-up for Horse of the Year, Sweet Lou, is now full and closed. “We expected a great response, and that’s certainly what we got,” said Diamond Creek’s owner Adam Bowden. “It seems like this horse’s charisma equals his credentials, and his popularity on the racetrack pretty much just transferred over straight to the breeding shed. “With the quality of the mares he’ll be bred to, his first crop of yearlings should rival those of any horse out there,” he added. Sweet Lou retired to stud at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania after his 5-year-old season with earnings of more than $3.4-million and a World Record mark of 1:47 taken on a five-eighths mile track. He is a son of Yankee Cruiser from Sweet Future, also the dam of $2.7-million winner and World Champion Bettor Sweet. “I think that sometimes people primarily see Sweet Lou as a champion free for all pacer, which is true of course, but the fact that he was also a World Champion, Breeders Crown winner, and divisional Pacer of the Year as a 2-year-old is sometimes overlooked,” Bowden said. “We think he has everything it takes to be a tremendous sire.” The multiple World Record-holder--and first horse to ever pace six consecutive sub-1:48 winning miles--was campaigned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Phillip Collura and trained by Ron Burke. Breeders and fans may follow the continuing career of the horse many called “The Great White Blaze” on Twitter @greatwhiteblaze. Sweet Lou - 2014 Ben Franklin - Mohegan Sun Pocono Diamond Creek Farm

Jim Simpson, the president of Hanover Shoe Farms and the members of the the Captaintreacherous racing group have announced that The Captain will be officially retired at Lexington's famed Red Mile during the races on Thursday October 2. Tony Alagna, the colt's trainer said "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks. He's been fighting a low respiratory bug and we just haven't been able to overcome it. Rather than take the chance of doing irreparable harm to this great horse, I think it would be wise for everybody concerned to have him retired at Hanover Shoe Farms. I have no doubts that he is destined to become a great sire. I very much look forward to the day when I will be looking at, buying and training his babies". Jim Simpson said that he looks forward to having the greatest son of the sport's supersire Somebeachsomewhere stand at Hanover. "Captaintreacherous was one of the greatest two and three year old pacers in the sport's history. It's now time for him to excel in the next stage of his remarkable career." Myron Bell, the colt's racing manager throughout his career said "I've been involved in Harness Racing for half a century. I've seen all of the greats during that time. Captaintreacherous has to rank right up there among the very best. In my entire career in the sport I've only predicted two horses as being "can't miss" sires. Those two were Artsplace and Western Ideal. The one quality that all three horses share is extreme courage. I have no doubt whatever that Captaintreacherous will follow in their footsteps in the stallion ranks. I look forward to buying and training a large number of his yearlings". Captaintreacherous was voted "Pacer of the Year" at both two and three. At 2, he won 8 of 10 starts and earned $918,253. At 3, he won 13 of 16 starts and earned $2,055,033 winning almost all of the Classic events including the three richest, the North American Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Captaintreacherous retires with earnings of $3,148,657. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky in whose hands the Captain will be literally be in at Hanover can't wait until the horse gets to his next home. "I don't think I've ever been more excited about an incoming stallion. The Captain has it all, great performance on the racetrack, great courage, a fantastic pedigree and perhaps most important of all, he's drop dead gorgeous and correct, something that I'm certain he will transmit to his foals." Captaintreacherous will begin his stallion career in February of 2015. Captaintreacherous 2013 Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) fighting the bit to win the Crown Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

The votes have been tallied and the winners announced at the 2014 New Zealand Harness Racing  Awards in Christchurch. Tonight our industry celebrated the many successes of the exciting 2013/14 season. Below are the winners for 2014. Please note a total of 21 voting papers were received. PGG Wrightson 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year  SUPERSONIC MISS 14 Owners: Butterworth Racing Syndicate, K J Riseley, D M Riseley, MacLean Family Syndicate, Kaos Syndicate. (Joanne’s A Delight - 5, Linda Lovegrace - 2) Woodlands Stud 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year VENUS SERENA 21 Owner: R L Sandford, Mrs J A Sandford, G R Dunn Nevele R Stud 4YO & Older Pacing Mare of the Year ADORE ME 21 Owner: Charles Roberts, Paul Kenny, Mary Kenny. McMillan Equine Feeds 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year  FOLLOW THE STARS 20 Owners: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, N Pilcher, G R Douglas, P J Creighton, Mrs M C Creighton (Alta Orlando - 1) Copthorne Commodore 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year TIGER TARA 17 Owner: R L Sandford, Mrs J A Sandford, J S Gould, G R Dunn (Locharburn - 3, Isaiah - 1) Christchurch Casino 4YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year TERROR TO LOVE 21 Owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited (Terry McDonald) Alabar Stud Pacer of the Year TERROR TO LOVE 19 Owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited (Terry McDonald) (Adore Me - 2) Trotters Crombie Lockwood 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year WANNA PLAY 14 Owner: Trevor Casey, Natalie Rasmussen (Arya - 6, Yagunnakissmeornot - 1) XCM 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year MAJESTIC TIME 21 Owners: J M Ward, Mrs P L Ward, Miss S L Ward, C M Ward Advanced Joinery 4YO & Older Trotting Mare of the Year SUPERBOWLCHEERLEADER 21 Owner: Mrs Sue Grainger, Studholme Bloodstock Limited Lone Star 2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year MONBET 20 Owners: Greg Hope, Mrs Nina Hope, Maurice Molloy (Prince Fearless - 1) The Caxton Press 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year KING DENNY 21 Owner: Butterworth Racing Syndicate NRM 4YO & Older Trotting Entire & Gelding of the Year MASTER LAVROS 20 Owner: Kypros Kotzikas (Peak - 1) Lincoln Farms Trotter of the Year MASTER LAVROS 21 Owners: Kypros Kotzikas Harness Racing New Zealand Horse of the Year TERROR TO LOVE 19 Owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited (Terry McDonald) (Adore Me - 2)

Most years when you look at the list of nominees for the annual harness racing awards, there are many age group awards that have the potential to be highly contentious. In our view this is one of those years where most of the award winners pick themselves. The exception is the two year old filly trotter of the year where Wanna Play and Arya can both present a compelling case in support  of claims to the award. How media voting in these awards regard the disqualification of Arya on Jewels day will have a big bearing on who wins this award. If the result as they passed the line had stood ( as many in the industry think it should have) then Arya would have beaten Wanna Play in four of their six meetings. As it stands after the disqualification, the tally is three apiece. Our vote would go to Arya but we can see the reasoning for people voting for Wanna Play who got better as the season went on. In several of the divisions the winner for this year is clear cut. In the pacing awards Adore Me, Venus Serena,  Follow The Stars and Terror To Love look ready made winners while over on the trotting side of the awards, Monbet, King Denny, Majestic Time, Superbowlcheerleader and Master Lavros look certainties. One category that will divide some voters is the two year old filly award. For us this was settled on Jewels Day where Supersonic Miss gave all her competition for this award a start and a beating. The other category that may see differing views is in the three year old colt award. Several colts had great seasons but for us Locharburn stood out with him finishing one/two in all twelve starts. Finally we think the overall awards are clear cut with Terror To Love the Pacer of The Year and Master Lavros the Trotter Of The Year. We think the Harness Horse Of The Year must go to Terror To Love for his outstanding season in winning the New Zealand Cup for the third time along with an Auckland Cup.  Here are our selections for this years awards. PACERS 2 year old filly - Supersonic Miss                             2 year old colt/geld - Follow The Stars 3 year old filly - Venus Serena                                  3 year old colt/geld - Locharburn 4 year old+ mare - Adore Me                                     4 year old+ entire/geld - Terror To Love TROTTERS 2 year old filly - Arya                                                   2 year old colt/geld - Monbet 3 year old filly - Majestic Time                                    3 year old colt/geld - King Denny 4 year old+ mare - Superbowlcheerleader                   4 year old colt/geld - Master Lavros   PACER OF THE YEAR - Terror To Love TROTTER OF THE YEAR - Master Lavros HARNESS HORSE OF THE YEAR - Terror To Love Harnesslink media

East Rutherford, NJ - No fewer than seven major Grand Circuit stakes will populate the Saturday night card at The Meadowlands, led by the track's signature race, The Meadowlands Pace.   The all-star lineup begins with a pair of high-stakes preps for trotting's top prizes, the August 2 Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks.   Race four is the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial three-year-old colt trot which will be the stage for last year's top freshman Father Patrick to battle Trixton who has emerged as a worthy adversary this season. It is the first time these two have met, the occasion made even more intriguing by the fact that both are trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.   Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali has Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) listed as a strong morning line favorite at 4/5 from post nine, while Trixton is at 3/1 from post twelve in the second tier with trainer Takter aboard.   The $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial for sophomore trotting fillies also pits last year's finest against emerging talent. Shake It Cerry was clearly the best of a very talented crop last season, easily winning year end awards for the Takter stable and regular driver Ron Pierce. She has transitioned successfully to sophomore status winning four of five starts this season and is the 9/5 choice from post seven.   Her only loss required the world record 1:51.3 effort by Designed To Be at Pocono last month. It was the second time Designed To Be has assaulted the record books, having taken the two-year-old title with her 1:52.2 mile last fall in Lexington. She will have Brian Sears aboard for trainer Julie Miller on Saturday.   The remarkably fast Cooler Schooner is the fastest freshman trotter ever, regardless of sex by virtue of her amazing 1:51.3 win last summer at Pocono. She is sometimes guilty of self-sabotage but can never be dismissed. The Campbell brothers, John and Jim will conspire to manage that wicked speed toward its best use.   The new shooter in this division is Heaven's Door another who demonstrated great talent at two for Ross Croghan but it took until this year for her mind to catch up to her speed. She was sold over the winter and moved into the Ake Svanstedt barn where she has flourished. She won last month's NJSS final in a stakes record 1:52 with great ease and is facing the division's best now for her new connections and adds another element of suspense.   Next up (race six) will be the $212,500 Mistletoe Shalee for sophomore pacing fillies, another contentious contest. Sandbetweenurtoes raced but once at two for Tony Alagna but showed such promise in her first few starts at three that the brothers Remmen, Ray and Larry, bought her for John Grant and she hasn't lost since. She was the winner of last week's elimination in 1:49.1 with Brett Miller aboard and will likely be the post time fave off a 5/2 morning line.   Precocious Beauty was the divisional leader last year for the McNair barn and has yet to find that form thus far at three, though last week's race was encouraging. Takter's Uffizi Hanover won the 2013 Breeders Crown and the Fan Hanover this year for her regular pilot, newly minted Hall of Famer David Miller.   The older dames race on the pace for $178,450 in the cleverly named Golden Girls stake in the seventh race. Joe Holloway has always had a way with the ladies, training several distaff champions over the years and has a formidable pair in this one. Somwherovarainbow has well over a million in career earnings and has been in deadly form for Joe since early spring with six wins from ten starts, among those the Bluechip Matchmaker final. Brian Sears drives.   Her stable mate Shebestingin is the fastest female Standardbred ever, having seared The Red Mile clay in an eye-popping 1:47 flat last fall. She has yet to beat the best of this division since graduating into the open ranks but her speed make her a danger for David Miller.   The race favorite at 2/1 is the iron-tough race mare Androvette. Her story has been told many times but never gets old, particularly for her connections. She vaults over $3million lifetime with a win in this stake for trainer PJ Fraley and her constant racing companion Tim Tetrick.   Just when you think, "Well, this just can't get any better," you come to the meat of the card. Race 8 contains the finest Free For All pacers in the land racing for $463,300 in the WR Haughton Memorial, one of the biggest events of their season. The lifetime earnings for these ten horses are just north of the $20 million mark.   Captaintreacherous is the two time defending Pacer of the Year and a winner of over $3million in his racing career for trainer Tony Alagna. He's developed into a fan favorite with his gritty, never give up style and he'll need every bit of that heart, a large dose of speed and another clever steer from Tetrick on Saturday. He's drawn a favorable post starting just inside the 8/5 favorite, Sweet Lou.   Sweet Lou has flashed brilliance from the start for his connections and still holds the freshman pacing world speed record. Now five year of age, he's in the best form of his career and has been invincible since paired with driver Ron Pierce in May. Together they are five for five, all in 1:48.3 or faster culminating with a world record 1:47 the hard way at Pocono in the Franklin, the fastest mile on a five-eighths track in history.   Sweet Lou is one of a formidable four horse armada sent out in the Haughton by Meadowlands and national leading trainer Ron Burke. The four Burke horses alone have amassed a staggering $12million in career earnings led by the richest pacer in history, ageless wonder Foiled Again at $6.3 million. Foiled will have to overcome the extreme outside post for his regular driver Yannick Gingras in this battle.   The $776,000 Meadowlands Pace is race nine on the star studded extravaganza and has been well covered in many arenas, so for our purposes let's just say it shapes up to be a very exciting and contentious race, as is usually the case in the absence of a clear division leader.   Among the deepest and most contentious divisions this season is the older trotting mares. The returning Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, last year's division leader Maven and pair of four year old mares that have blossomed into trotting divas, Perfect Alliance and Classic Martine will all meet among a field of eight in the $40,000 Miss Versatility in race ten.   It's one for the ages this Saturday night at The Meadowlands with over $2.5 million in purses offered over the 13 race card, including four $100,000 finals for state bred freshmen. Post time is 6:30pm and it's going to be well attended, so if you're thinking of coming out make your reservations now. If not, the Haughton and Pace will be carried live on the CBS Sports Network and the TVG Racing network.   From the Meadowlands Media Relations Office

Smart pacer Five Card Draw has raced himself into the Brisbane winter carnival. The former New Zealand two-year-old Pacer of the Year has proved to be an astute mid-season purchase for big spending owner Dean Shannon and his trainer/driver Darrel Graham. Arriving in Australia back in February, the highly decorated pacer has now managed to win six races at Albion Park while running eight minor placing’s and banking close to $70,000 in prizemoney. His latest victory on Saturday night was quite easily his best winning performance since crossing the Tasman. Starting a heavily backed favourite in the $16,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final, Five Card Draw was chased off the gate at the start but galloped soon afterwards. Losing valuable ground, Five Card Draw managed to reset fairly quickly with Graham saving as much ground as possible by racing against the pegs. With Victorian three-year-old Diamond Ace setting cracking sectionals in front, Five Card Draw continued to make ground along the inside before forcing clear approaching the home turn and race away from Ida Tiger and Floyd Mayweather over the concluding stages. The winning mile rate of 1;54.1 is a new ‘PB’ for the Bettors Delight gelding. “That was a great victory and clearly his best winning performance since joining my stable earlier this year. After making that crucial error early, he had no right to finish off the way he did – that was a fantastic effort.” Graham said. So taken by the winning effort, Graham is now looking at the Queensland winter carnival features starting with the Gr.3 $45,000 4 & 5yo Championship at Albion Park on July 12. “His recent form surge proves he deserves his opportunity in some of these better events during the next month, at this stage I will tackle the 4 & 5yo Championship followed by the 4yo Championship and then I’ll take a look at the Redcliffe Cup. “He proved he can handle the standing start conditions when he contested the Premiers Cup series recently, his effort in the final behind Major Moment was his best run for me because he was so brave after doing all the work in track record time while the winner came via the sprintlane. “He’s low flying currently and I’m prepared to give him his chance in these upcoming features; he’s fit and healthy and he should relish a genuine tempo while being driven cold and saved for one run at them. We’ll give it a good crack anyway.” The Fernvale based mentor will have Sign To Inverell tackling the open class features in the next month starting with Saturday night’s Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park where he will meet champion pacer Im Themightyquinn, current track record holder Suave Stuey Lombo and the flying Avonnova among others. Comeback pacer Lanercost will skip this week’s sprint feature after missing last week’s open class event because a small niggling injury. By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

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