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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Game Of Claims Series continued on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the temperature dropping through the 20s throughout the twilight harness racing card but the contested action featuring hot contests and hot horses. Both winners were claimed out of the $25,000 second preliminary leg for horses this week valued at a base price of $27,500, as horsemen want the right horse ready to take the throne in this group's $50,000 Game of Claims Championship on Saturday the 29th. The only double winner in this Game Of Claims section is the four-year-old Captaintreacherous ridgling Trente Deo, but if he sweeps his prelims, he'll be doing for somebody other than trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc. and Earl Hill Jr. Trente Deo, an engine winner last week for those connections, here rallied from the pocket to post a 1:52.4 victory for driver Simon Allard. Also winning in this company, and also moving to a new stable, is the veteran Pacific Fella gelding Polak A, who came from off the pace to win in 1:52.1 while exceeding $800,000 in earnings for driver Jim Morrill Jr., trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Eric Prevost (these two having the horse only this one week). Polak A had a second last week and a win here, so like two-time winner Trente Deo he is likely to make their Championship and may be eyed by several stables, even though the base price of claiming for this group goes up to $30,000 in next week's last preliminary. There were three divisions of the second preliminary round for the Game Of Claims group valued at a $17,500 base price Saturday, and the rail proved the common launching pad for the three victors of the $15,000 races. Simon and Rene Allard combined to take two of the cuts: with Horsing Around, who had been claimed in the first prelim, the Shadyshark Hanover gelding winning for Allard Racing Inc and Neal Moase in 1:53.2; and with the Roll With Joe gelding Stirling Escort, picture-perfect in tallying for A-1 Racing in 1:54.3. Neither Allard winner was claimed this time, but the winner of the other cut, the Make My Day gelding Ancle, is changing hands for the second straight week after becoming the only two-time Game Of Claims winner in this price class. Jim Morrill Jr. guided Ancle to victory in 1:53.3 for trainer James Guagliardo and owner Steven Celinsky. In all, six horses were claimed for $105,000 at this level with an eye towards the group's February 29 $30,000 Championship, bringing the night's total barnchangers to a dozen, with $278,775 changing hands. In the $17,500 top conditioned pace, last year's Pocono Pacer of the Year and the winningest harness horse in the United States with nineteen, the eleven-year-old Western Terror gelding Atta Boy Dan, joined the repeat series victors as the only two-time winners at the meet with a 1:51.3 victory. Tyler Buter kept the greybeard just off a wicked :25.4 opening duel, brushed to the lead, and then the pair won as they pleased for trainer Peter Pellegrino and owner Stephen Larkin. The victory was the 74th in Atta Boy Dan's career, and he now sports a bankroll of $982,752. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. visited Victory Lane four times Saturday, giving him ten triumphs after three days in the young Pocono season. The PHHA and the Pocono community extends its sympathies to trainer Andrew Harris, to his two daughters, and to the extended family upon hearing that Andrew's wife Amanda passed away at age 34 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Mavis Merle continued her love affair with the harness racing track at Luxbet Park Hobart last night when she stormed home to win the Sutter Hanover Pace over 2090 metres. Of the mare's eight career wins six have been on the spacious Hobart circuit. The Bradley Walters-trained mare stepped safely from her 20-metre handicap and driver James Austin urged her forward early to face the one-out line while Last Guy Standing stepped straight to the front. With a lap remaining Mavis Merle received cover when Austin eased back to ,allow Rockbank Dancer to slip off the fence to face the breeze but that was short-lived when Martys For Real also left the fence to take up that role leaving Mavis Merle three back in the one-out line. But when Ricky Duggan opted to send his charge and race favourite Zumba Bromac ($3.60) around the field to head the three-w-de train, Austin stayed in on Mavis Merle ($4.10) which looked to be a risky move. Last Guy Standing began to feel the pressure when it was applied in the home straight with Zumba Bromac about to claim the lead. However, Mavis Merle was poised to pounce and when Austin angled her out to challenge she sprinted quickly and went on to score by over a metre from Zumba Bromac with outsider Tizyalator working home well to grab third ahead of Last Guy Standing and the luckless Sir Dasher Dee. It was the Pacific Fella mares fourth win in six stats and given her ability to handle standing starts Walters is likely to target some of the country cups with the mare over the December-January period. The mare has won eight from 32 with 10 minor placings for over $55,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

Dublin, Ireland - Triple Crown winner, No Pan Intended, has died after a freak accident at Oakwood Stud Friday morning. He was 16. Derek Delaney reported that the son of Pacific Fella had exercised earlier in the day as he always does and then when being led to the breeding shed, No Pan Intended had reared up, flipped over backwards and landed on his head and was dead. "It was the same routine we did with him all the time," Delaney said. "He is always feeling good, full of himself, so we exercise him in the paddock or hook him up to a jog cart and go a few miles to take some sting out of him before going to the breeding shed. It was just a freak accident, nothing more. We sent his body to the equine hospital for an autopsy." Bred by Winbak Farms of Maryland and purchased as a yearling by Robert Glazer of the Peter Pan Stables, No Pan Intended was trained by Ivan Sugg. As a two-year-old he showed speed and ability, taking a record of 1:55 and earning $115,883 in 13 starts. It was at age three that No Pan Intended crushed nearly every foe he faced. No Pan Intended became only the 10th horse in history to win the pacing Triple Crown back in 2003. As a 3-year-old he won 17 of 21 starts with earnings of $1.46 million. His Triple Crown victories came in the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger Pace. That year he also won the Breeders Crown, James B Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and the Art Rooney Pace, ending the season with a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. He was driven exclusively during his three-year-old season by David Miller. As a stallion, No Pan Intended has had 551 registered foals with a remarkable 424 of those foals racing and sporting combined earnings of more than $35,150,000. He was voted the 2003 Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association. Sired by Pacific Fella from the Hall of Fame mare, Classic Wish, No Pan Intended is a brother to two other world champion million dollar plus performers, Hall of Fame inductee Bettor's Delight ($2.5m) and Roll With Joe ($1.8m). "We are just sick over this," Delany said. "He was set to be the best stallion in all of Ireland and the UK with a full book this season and then in June he was to fly to Australia and stand the season there." By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud      

Harness racing favored Polak A (Brian Sears, $4.60) snapped Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Those two, leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, were sent toward the lead. "Phil" worked around Polak A, then laid down intervals of :27.4, :57 and 1:24.4. The third-quarter pace was prompted by a first-up First Class Horse (Jason Bartlett). Phil Your Boots owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane and looked home, but Sears was relentless in getting after Polak A. That one finally did corral the leader, winning by a nose in 1:53. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) saved ground through the final turn before finishing with a flourish to grab third. First Class Horse and Dream Out Loud N (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For repeating Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under Pacific Fella gelding co-owned by many Bellinos and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he's now 4-for-6 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $28, with the triple returning $97.50. Later in the card Sears and Sapphire City ($5.90) turned in the fastest local mile (1:52.1) of the season, winning the $16,000, 10th-race pace. The Raceway's live season continues with a "French" Sunday afternoon (first post 12:30 PM). Frank Drucker

Second choices Major Athens (George Brennan, $6.50) and Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.30) were second to none Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing $32,000 Open Handicaps. Major Athens won the week's featured trot after being pocketed from assigned post position No. 6. He watched as Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28. It was "Herbie" taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane while being pestered by 13-10 choice Money Maven (Sears). That one slipped off the cones from third, engaging in and out of the final turn. Money Maven continued well and fought the good fight, but was tripped up by a cone-skimming Major Athens. The latter whipped the former by a nose in 1:56, with Home'n Dry (Jordan Stratton), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) and Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Major Athens, a 6-year-old son of Andover Hall owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Milici, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $144.50. The week's marquee pace had a three-move effort from Polak A. Away third from his ordered post No. 5 venue, he trailed both 4-5 fave Roland N Rock (Dube) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) in a gapping octet. "Roland" sped away (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.3) while "Hugh" lost touch in the pocket. That allowed Polak A a rest stop when he moved toward the leader. Roland N Rock had a couple of lengths turning for home, but Polak A was sizing him up and easing past. He won by a length in a season's-best 1:53. Third went to Atta Boy Dan (Brennan), with Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) and Bad Boy Matt (Mack MacDonald) grabbing the minor moolah. For Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under Pacific Fella gelding co-owned by many Bellinos and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he's now 3-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $10.60, the triple returned $94.50 and the superfecta paid $646. Saturday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double-carryover of just over $9,400, attracted $24,891 of new money. The winning combination of 6-5-3-6-8 returned $2,552 for every correct half-a-buck ticket. The Raceway's season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), with a dozen races and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - Proving he's not quite ready to join AARP-that's the American Association of Retired Pacers-14-year-old Sakra Fella (Scott Zeron, $66.50) showed a group of harness racing youngins what for, winning Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday matinee opener. Sakra Fella closed from fourth through the lane in the $6,500 opener to whip pace-setting 2-5 favorite Arthur (Matt Kakaley) by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.1. Combined with an earlier win at Monticello, the Pacific Fella gelding is now 2-for-3 this season as the one-horse stable of Dolores and Carl Dobkowski. Mr. Dobkowski, the trainer since Day One, turns 91 next month. Sakra Fella had gone winless is limited work (10 starts) over the previous two seasons and has never won more than twice in a year since 2008, when he made 38 starts. As was pointed out by more than one shrewd observer, Sakra Fella's local race lines predate Yonkers' "slot era," beginning with a qualifier in February, 2005. Tuesday's win was his 20th in his 180th career start ($298,902). Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Joe Bellino was uncertain whether newly acquired pacer Polak A would be competitive in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, but he made the Australian 7-year-old eligible for the harness racing event before the horse ever set foot in the country. After watching Polak A win his first two starts in the series, Bellino is enjoying the decision. “I had a feeling,” Bellino said about Polak A, who was purchased for an undisclosed amount two months ago and is owned in partnership by Bellino, F Bellino & Sons LLC, and Frank Bellino. “Before we got him, I told my wife to make him eligible to the Levy. I made that payment just on a hope. “I figured if he does well I look like a genius -- which is usually never said with my name. I’ve been called a lot, but never a genius.” Last week, Polak A fought off challenges from multiple-stakes-winners Michael’s Power and Foiled Again to capture his Levy division by a neck in 1:52.4. In the opening round, Polak A won by a neck over Take It Back Terry in 1:52. “I would have been happy with hitting the board, or a fourth or a fifth, just to know we could go with them,” Bellino said about last week’s race against Michael’s Power and Foiled Again. “But once he’s on the front, he’s hard to get past. He’ll let people get to his eye, but he doesn’t like to be passed. That’s what’s most impressive.” Polak A, who arrived in the U.S. in mid-February, is a son of Pacific Fella-Capture A Million and won 17 of 75 races and $219,652 in Australia. The horse is named after Richard Polak, who was a promising junior driver in Australia before suffering severe injuries in a training accident in 2007. Polak was in a coma for several months and is now confined to a wheelchair. Polak co-owned Polak A’s full brother Schinzig Buller, who was a Group One winner in Australia. Polak A is trained by Tony O’Sullivan, who is a native of New Zealand. “Tony always wanted some horses from where he’s from, down in Australia and New Zealand,” Bellino said. “I liked (Polak A) a lot when I saw his replays, and Tony liked him a lot. Both of us liked him a lot, so we took a shot. We were hoping he was going to be an open horse, or a high non-winners (condition). Tony is just doing a great job with him. He got him acclimated to America, which is very hard from what I hear.” Bellino recently bought another pacer from Down Under, New Zealand-bred Reuben Brogden, but for now is focused on Polak A. On Saturday, the horse is in the third of four Levy divisions and will again face Foiled Again and Michael’s Power. Polak A is tied with fellow series unbeatens P H Supercam and Beach Memories for the top spot in the Levy standings. The six-week event concludes April 25. “He’s going to race this week and we’ll probably give him next week off and see how it goes from there,” Bellino said. “He’s a workhorse. People seem to like him. He’s something new. We’ve been lucky.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 2 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, eight-horse $50,000 divisions again featured the best Free-For-Allers, and a trio of combatants couldn't wait to double their pleasure. Defending series champ P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $7) used the same M-O-sitting a three-hole and closing deep in the passing lane-that worked so well in the 2014 finale. "Supercam," from post position No. 4, went by a pocket-sitting Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) to win the first grouping by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.4. Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras), the just-over-even-money favorite, was a first-up third. The first three intervals (:27, :57, 1:24.1) were provided by Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee), before that one tired and finished last. For second choice P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.40, with the triple returning $86. The second event was Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.80) repeat what he did in the series opener, as in win the draw and make the rest of his rivals pay. After giving it up to Michael's Power (Dan Dube), Polak A took over before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a cheapy, :29.2 next interval (:56.4 half), 4-5 fave Foiled Again (Gingras) moved from third. A :27.4 third quarter (1:24.3) ensued, with Polak A maintaining a short lead into the lane. He dug in, holding off both Michael's Power (neck) and Foiled Again (length-and-a-quarter) in 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was fourth. For second choice Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Pacific Fella trained by Tony O'Sullivan for co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons, Frank J Bellino and Joseph Bellino, he's now 2-for-2 stateside and 2-for-3 in '15. The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $64 and the superfecta paid $231.50. Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by 6-5 second choice Beach Memories (Gingras, $4.50). Leaving from post No. 4, he worked hard to get around Sapphire City (Bartlett). From there, and sub-sections of :27.3, :57, 1:24.2 and 1:53, Beach Memories held off that same Sapphire City by a neck, with 11-10 wagering choice Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) a non-threatening third. For Beach Memories, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Strollin Stable AWS Stables King McNamara and Country Club Acres and trained by Ron Burke, it was his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14, with the triple returning $28.80. The evening's final series event saw driver Gingras author some Raceway robbery with Bettor's Edge ($12.20) in 1:53.3. Leaving alertly from post No. 4, Bettor's Edge met no resistance whatsoever from 3-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller). Left to his own accord (:28, 57.2, 1:25.4), Bettor's Edge opened a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. He then easily repelled his odds-on pursuer, winning by a half-length. Windsong Jack (Sears) was third, with McErlean (Tyler Buter) fourth. For second choice Bettor's Edge, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable, it was his first win in a couple of '15 tries. The exacta paid $31.40, the triple returned $66 and the superfecta paid $425. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.70) in 1:56.1. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (Note there is no simulcasting the next two Sundays [Palm Sunday, Easter]). Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 21, 2015-The annual rite of spring known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series began Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting five, $50,000 divisions for the best Free-For-Allers in training. The featured foray did not disappoint, as last season's champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), picking off the season-debuting, 11-year-old Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) in the third grouping. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers-3-2 favorite "Supercam" and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson)--making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Big N Bad (Dan Dube) moved from fifth, with Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller) in behind. Meanwhile, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and snapped harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin' Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., he returned $5 for his third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $22.60, with the triple returning $90.50. "A lot of things went right for him tonight," Bartlett said. "Obviously, the draw and the fact (Foiled Again) wasn't going much up front. The best thing about me horse is he can sprint, but Foiled Again is a great horse and tough to get by. I thought we were going right by, especially since (Foiled Again) was making his first start of the season, but it's always special to beat a horse that's so good." Millionaire Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald, $7.30). was left alone on the lead (:28, :57) and made 'em pay (1:24.2, 1:52.1) in the fourth Levy division. From post No. 2, he whipped a closing 50-1 Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson) by three-quarters of a length. Clear Vision (Gingras) was third, while 11-10 choice Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) was a tiring pocket sixth. For Warrawee Needy, a 6-year-old son of E Dee's Cam co-owned by (trainer) Mark Ford, David Shea and Carl Jamieson, he's now 4-for-7 this season. The exacta paid $131.50, with the triple returning $433.50. Saturday night's other Levy events were won by... --Beach Memories,g,5 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners Strollin Stable,AWS Stables,King McNamara,Country Club Acres/trainer Ron Burke/driver Gingras; 1:52.2/$5.30; --Polak A,7 (by Pacific Fella); co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons,Frank J Bellino,Joseph Bellino/trainer Tony O'Sullivan/driver Gingras; (U-S parimutuel debut) 1:52/$5.30; --Michael's Power,g,6 (by Camluck); breeder-owner Jeff Snyder/trainer Mark Silva/driver Dube; 1:52.1/$21. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Not Afraid (Dube, $3.20), overcoming an assigned eight-hole (1:56.1) for a fourth consecutive victory. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Palm and Easter Sundays, March 29 & April 5). Frank Drucker

Former West Australian Pacer, Polak.......now Polak A makes his American harness racing debut this Saturday night at Yonkers in the $50,000 George M Levy pace. Bought just a couple of weeks ago by Frank Bellino and Sons of  New York, Polak A has settled into his new environment very well and his new stable owners are very happy with the new Australian import. Polak A went to the Meadowlands last Friday morning to Qualify and he finished a close up 3rd behind Clear Vision who has earnings of over $2.3 million and a best 1.48.2MR, and Bettor's Edge a winner of over $1.4 million and a 1.48.1MR best rate. The mile rate for the qualifier was a solid 1:53, with  Clear Vision and Bettor's Edge coming home the last 400m in  27.1 and 27.2 respectively. Polak A covered his last 400m in a sizzling 26.2... Polak A,  was born 15-Oct-2008 is by Pacific Fella out of Capture A Million by Million To One. Polak A... Career Starts: 75....17 Wins...12 Seconds...and 10 Thirds with prizemoney of over $221,000 and a best of 1.54.6MR. Capture A Million the dam of Polak A, is also the dam of Schinzig Buller ...$290,837 and  1:56.1MR who is a full brother to Polak A.. Polak A made his race debut on the 05-Feb-2011 as an early two year old, and guess what, he won on debut, In fact he was only unplaced 3 times out of his twelve 2 year old starts which included 4 wins. Some of Polak A classic winning family members include.. Lynsey Lombo 1998  by Troublemaker - 1:59.1 $85,955 +.. Lombo Rapida 1995  by Northern Lights - 1:57.0 $790,629+.. Ballas Arockstar 2006  by Orange Sovereign - 1:58.1 $179,555+.. Batavia Touchngo 2006  by Rich And Spoilt - 1:58.4 $117,878 +.. The Seventh Son 2004  by Jennas Beach Boy - 1:54.2 $130,472+.. Lombo Bella Petite 1998  by Chandon - 1:59.7 $174,322+.. Madame Lily 2007  by John Street North - 1:57.6 $140,824 +.. Wipe The World 1983  by Windshield Wiper - 1:55.8 $210,464 +.. etc..ect.. Standardbred Breeding

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 26, 2014 - One of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take place on Friday, August 8 as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval for the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, ten of the top rated pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. Hoosier Park's most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch, an invitational race, not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil. Hoosier Park's event is named after the early 1900s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch. Originally from Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch raced the clock rather than his inferior competitors. Drawing crowds of over 90,000 people at a single race, the free-legged equine hero was the unparalleled sports icon of his time. The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 20 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna's Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella. Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, inherits the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. Peine begins making his list of potential contenders for one of the ten coveted invitations to the Dan Patch many weeks in advance. "We are looking at what may be the most competitive field to date in the 2014 edition of our signature race," Peine noted. "We haven't officially decided, but the horses we are looking to invite are evenly matched and that makes for great racing. There is an outstanding group of older pacers racing all over the country right now and we are looking forward to bringing them to Hoosier Park." Post positions for the 2014 edition of the Dan Patch will be drawn at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 5. This year delivers a new and exciting aspect as the winner of the 2014 Dan Patch Invitational will get an automatic nomination to the 2014 edition of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby slated for Friday, October 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. All nomination fees will be waived but in the event the winner of the Dan Patch Invitational has already been nominated to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, a refund of all fees will be given upon declaration. The Dan Patch Invitational will be part of a special weekend tagged as the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will by a concert by Little Big Town on Saturday, August 9 as Hoosier Park continues their summer concert series line-up. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day meet will be conducted through November 15. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

With the North American breeding season well underway we will continue with our "A Stallion Review" series highlighting the stallions that are making an impact on the harness racing breeding scene. Today we have produced an in depth review for the outstanding racehorse Artistic Fella who had his first crop race as two-year-olds in 2013 in Canada and in Australia. His second crop of two-year-olds are now racing in Australia. Enjoy the read. BREEDING Artistic Fella is a son of the Cam Fella stallion Pacific Fella who earned $1,064,631 on the racetrack and took a best time of 1:48.4. He has been a successful sire in both North America and Australia with his stock having earned $20,727,656 in North America with three millionaires including No Pan Intended $1,613,180 and Romona Disomma $1,033,475. Pacific Fella is already a sire of sires with No Pan Intended already having passed the $28 million mark in earnings at stud. In Australia Pacific Fella made his mark with stake earnings of $8,100,881 (especially with his fillies) including such smart horses as Ima Spicey Lombo $483,686, Ruby Dazzler $350,767 and That's Mister Ali $312,662. Artistic Fella is from an unraced daughter of Artsplace in Everything's Easy, who has had 13 foals for six winners with four in 1:53 headed by Artistic Fella. Other notable winners include Melissa's Fancy 1:52f, ($473,313) and Easy Big Fella 1:50.4 ($246,764) The grand dam is the very smart No Nukes racemare called Everything Goes who took a record of 1:53 on her way to earning $342,033. She left 12 foals for seven winners with one in 1:53 and two in 1:55 including the talented Everything's Great 1:52.1f ($240,391) who is a full sister to Everything's Easy. The third dam is the Meadow Skipper mare in Easy To Love who left 12 foals for 10 winners with four in 1;53 including the smart Wear My Ring 1:52.4f ($284,258). Easy To Love is a three quarter sister to the great racemare Halcyon ($855,588) and a half sister to two sires who stood down under in Present Laughter ($509,912) and Paulsboro ($231,561). What makes Easy To Love so interesting is not only is she the third dam of Artistic Fella but she is also the second dam of his sire, Pacific Fella. So Artistic Fella is 3x3 to Easy To Love. A half sister to Easy To Love in Expressive Moves was imported into New Zealand and left the very smart race mare in That's Life Lavra ($191,346) who has two foals old enough to race for two very good winners in Neffeli Lavra 1:53.9 (Australia) and the 3yo Bio Marinus 1:58.3 mile rate with six wins from just the 16 starts to date. RACE RECORD Lightly raced at two, Artistic Fella faced the starter just four times at that age for three wins including two heats of the New Jersey Sires Stakes on his way to earning $51,250 and taking a mark of 1:53.3.  At three he faced the starter 18 times for 11 wins and $941,558 in stakes with a best winning time of 1:48.4. His biggest win was undoubtedly in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace. That day he won in 1:48.4 beating a top line up including My Boy David ($1,339,281), Shark Gesture ($2,890,594), Total Truth ($2,105,122) and Western Ace ($1,924,290). Another top effort was his win in the $225,000 Berrys Creek final at The Meadowlands in 1:50.3 running his last quarter in 25.4. At four he raced a further 16 times for 7 wins 2 seconds and 3 thirds for $702,107 in stakes with a record of 1:48.4. His wins included the $540,000 Breeders Crown Final in 1:49.2 and the $200,000 Dan Patch final in 1:49.2. The Breeders Crown that year was an outstanding group of great horses. They included Mister Big, Lis Mara, Boulder Creek, Total Truth, Western Shore and Mypanmar. The nine starters had average earnings of $2,201,344 (can you believe that?) Total stakes earned by this group is a staggering $19,812,103. It was a great, great group!  Stepping out again at five, Artistic Fella raced 14 times for 5 wins, 7 seconds and 1 third for earnings of $945,617 and an improved record of 1:48 flat. He took his record in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final at Chester. With just a little bit of luck he could have doubled his earnings as he ran second in the $702,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (to Mister Big), the $600,000 Haughton final (to Mister Big), the $532,000 Breeders Crown final (to Mister Big) and the $332,000 US Pacing Championships (to Mister Big). Retired at the end of his five year old campaign, he went to stud with a race record of 52 starts for 26 wins and 14 placings for stakes totaling $2,604,532. He took a best time of 1:48 and broke the 1:50 barrier 21 times during his career. NORTH AMERICAN STUD RECORD Artistic Fella stood in Canada and has made a good start to his siring career with his first crop of two year olds racing in the 2013 season. He made it on to the top twenty list of two year old sires in North America and with the hugely reduced stake money on offer in Canada this has been a good start. He was third on the Canadian based sires list behind Shadow Play and Mach Three and you would expect that like his sire, his progeny would improve markedly at three. His best two performers to date are the fillies Porsche Seelster ($107,647) and Regil Meg ($75,748). Others showing up are Allstar Seelster ($43,433), Concert Artist ($42,852), Titus Seelster ($40,125) while Can Art and Western Fella have looked progressive types.   With just the one crop racing in Canada, Artistic Fella has 98 old enough to race (2yo olds in 2013) for 47 starters, 25 race winners, 1 in 1:53, total stakes to date of $599,900. AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD Artistic Fella's first crop raced as two year olds in the 2012/2013 season and really made a statement. From a foal crop of 80 he produced the best two year old filly in Australia in Mindarie Priddy, now the best three-year-old in Australia p3.1:53.8 ($226,560) as well as Kimba Bay 1:57.5 ($100,273), Artistic Copper ($87,815) Majestic Amy 1:59.4 ($87,390) and Paua Fella 1:58.8 ($37,849). It was a great debut season and his second crop of just 56 foals has started in the same vein with the outstanding two-year-old colt Artistic Flite winning in sensational fashion the Bathurst Gold Final last week already confirming Artistic Flite as the best two-year-old in Australia this season. All up Artistic Fella has had 15 winners from 35 starters in Australia to date for $709,636 in total stakes. POSITIVES His stock are in the main like their sire, displaying both speed and grit. They are good gaited and his fillies seem as good as his colts. They should continue to improve as they mature as both their sire Artistic Fella and grand sire, Pacific Fella did. Has already shown that he has the ability to leave stock that can race and win at the elite level. NEGATIVES The only knock on him so far in North America is the low money his progeny will race for in Canada where he stands as the program there has almost disappeared. Although he has good size crops in Canada it will be difficult for his progeny to make any money of note and this will be a handicap as a stallion in the eyes of the breeding world.. Down under his problem will be the small crops over the next few seasons of just 67 and 42. He did breed big numbers this year at 220 mares. OVERVIEW A very good start to his siring career especially down under. He has a special three-year-old filly in Mindarie Priddy and a special two-year-old colt in Artistic Flite that could carry him through to when his big crop that has just been bred, starts to race. His fillies run as well as his colts which is a big plus but he does need to improve his overall percentages to cement his spot in the stallion market. It is early in his career and if age does help his stock as many predict, then those percentages may improve to the same level achieved by his competitors. OVER ALL RATING  5.5 out of 10 JC  

Duet will be looking for the second trophy of her career when she suits up in Friday nights featured Sire Stakes for owner/trainer Rick Cisco and pilot Tim Maier. The daughter of Disco Devil posed for pictures following the February 14 added-money gathering for this division, which features a very contentious group of 3-year-old pacing distaffers. I got this filly last summer and broke her, Cisco related when asked about the bay miss. She needed some time, so I was patient and waited with her. Luke Plano qualified her and told me she was ready for stakes company, so thats where we went. He had a filly of his own in there, and when I asked who I should drive, he suggested I get Tim. Hes done a great job with her and hes also been very helpful as far as giving me suggestions after the races. Since her February stakes tally, Duet was fourth and fifth with her peers and then turned in a solid effort in the most recent gathering for this group two weeks ago. She finished well that evening to complete the exacta behind Js Littlerockstar and should be sitting on a good outing Friday. After the race following her stake win where they went to the three-quarters in 1:25 and change, I had her scoped and she had a sinus infection, Rick noted. It took her awhile to truly recover from that and it hurt her in the next two stakes races.. As far as this week goes, James Kennedys filly has won the last two stakes, but I still think this is a pretty wide-open field as all of these have the ability to win on an given night. My filly is still green and learning and after this meet is finished Im going to give her all the time she needs. Sophomore Sire Stakes feature contentious casts Two $10,000 California Sire Stakes are the focus of attention at Cal Expo Friday night, with Js Littlerockstar eyeing her Third Straight big money score in the distaff pacing event while Placer and Ahh Panama are among the major players in the Trotting contest. Js Littlerockstar is a daughter of Little Steven and the Pacific Fella mare Sweet Sakra Sue who has moved to the head of the sophomore pacing filly division over the last month. James Kennedy owns, trains, drives and bred the distaffer. In the March 14 stakes clash, the Kennedy performer was unhurried early, came first over at the half and ignited when it counted to be up by a length. In the most recent gathering for this division two weeks ago, Js Littlerockstar raced up close and personal and got the job done by a length and a quarter as the 8-5 favorite. Duet was the runner-up in that affair for owner/trainer Rick Cisco and pilot Tim Maier. The Disco Devil offspring was an impressive winner of the February 14 stakes in a 1:57 2/5 performance and turned in a solid effort in that last get-together for this group two weeks ago. De Valeria was the leader of the division earlier in the meet and helps make things very interesting with her top effort with Steve Wiseman, while Brewski rounds out the compact field with Chip Lackey at the controls. The last three Sire Stakes for the trotting set have gone to three different performers. Ahh Panama was the most recent to be taking pictures two weeks ago, as she made every pole a winning one at 8-1 that evening for owners Henry Wieseneck, Marty Garey and Bob Johnson, who also conditions the daughter of Panama Hanover. Placer has three stakes trophies on the mantle for Team Desomer, but lost his chance in the most recent get-together when he made a break before the half. Snuff N Beer got the job done in the February 28 stakes for owner/breeder Mary Harris and trainer Kennedy Lindsey and must be respected.  by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness            

She may be small, but Incredible Gambler packs a big kick in the stretch and has now posed for pictures following four of her last five trips to the post here at Cal Expo. The 8-year-old New Jersey-bred daughter of Allamerican Ingot who currently goes about her business for owner Clint Lugar and trainer Salvador Wenceslao, with Dave Siegel having guided her in three of those aforementioned four scores. Siegel has a long history with Incredible Gambler, having previously owned the mare, and theyve developed a great rapport over the years. Shes one of my favorite horses to drive, Siegel noted. I get along with her really well, and know her strengths and weaknesses as well as any other horse I drive. She comes ready to race every week and seems to really enjoy racing, though frankly she does not really like racing in the slop. Since she is a strong closer, she really likes the big track and the dirt surface suits her very well. She is small in stature, which makes for great visibility, really handy and two fingers to drive. The Lugar colorbearer, who sports a 1:54 career standard, recently went over the $100,000 earnings plateau. I was very happy that she returned to Cal Expo after her eastern journey and that Clint continues to give me the opportunity to drive her, Siegel added. Incredible Gambler is slated to suit up in Friday evenings ninth race with main man Siegel giving directions from the No. 4 post. She figures to make her presence felt once again when push comes to shove in the stretch. Sire Stakes, Distaff Open Pace on tap A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds and a Distaff Open Pace are on tap Friday night at Cal Expo, with Js Littlerockstar and Placer heading their respective stakes while Show Runner and Ladys Art square off in the co-feature. . A 14-race card is scheduled with first post set for 5:45 p.m. The Sire Stakes for the pacing fillies goes as the fourth on the program, while the race for the trotters is the sixth and the filly-mare Pace occupies the second spot on the program. Js Littlerockstar is a 3-year-old daughter of Little Steven out of the Pacific Fella mare Sweet Sakra Sue who is owned, trained, driven and bred by James Kennedy. After finishing second in her first two added-money outings this season, she earned a trophy in the most recent clash two weeks ago. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice in that affair, the bay miss rallied with second-over cover and ignited at crunch time to prevail by a length. She came her final quarter in :28 flat while stopping the timer in 1:58 that evening. De Valeria will attempt to make amends after finishing fourth that night after being shuffled as the odds-on choice. The Eugene Afentoulis colorbearer accounted for two of the previous three Sire Stakes for the division with trainer Luke Plano at the controls. Placer is eyeing his four stakes score in the race for the sophomore trotters. The homebred son of Panama Hanover races for the Desomer Stables Inc. with Steve Desomer handling the lines. In the last stakes gathering on March 14, Placer was parked to the lead at the half, took complete control of things from that point and came to the wire with two and three-quarter lengths to spare in a lifetime-best 2:00 1/5 clocking. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

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

Orlandos Express has been under the care of James Kennedy for less than two months, but this could be the start of something big as the 3-year-old continues his march toward next weeks Bob Gordon Series final. The Frank Nevarez-homebred son of Wicked Island only made it to the post one time last year and didnt get to the races again this season until November 15, but hes doing his best to make up for lost time. Hes won two conditioned events, finished second to divisional powerhouse A Stitch In Time in a Sire Stakes and then captured his section of last weeks opening leg of the Gordon. Sent off at a juicy 9-1 in the latter affair, he sat a stalking trip for Kennedy until the stretch, then unleashed a :27 3/5 final quarter to prevail by a half-length over favored Party Cove. Hes a nice one who doesnt do a thing wrong, Kennedy related. When I first got him, I learned quite a bit right away by going some trips and you could tell that he had a lot of potential. Orlandos Express came from well back to win his first two outings for Kennedy, then was far from disgraced finishing a distant second behind the very talented A Stitch In Time in his initial stakes foray. Last weeks Gordon opener fit snugly into the schedule and he responded by getting the job done while lowering his mark to 1:56 4/5 that evening. There arent any more stakes for him until January, so this series is perfect, his mentor noted. Hes definitely getting better and better with each start, and hes shown that he really likes to finish his races. Hell have more experience when he goes up against A Stitch In Time again. Kennedy is having a tremendous meet, with extremely high batting averages as both a driver and a trainer. Its been a joy to have the opportunity to drive and train such nice horses, he added. Bob Gordon Series, Invitational Pace head card The second leg of the Bob Gordon Pacing series, featuring last weeks opening leg winners After Alimony and Orlandos Express; and an Invitational Pace headline Saturday nights 14-race program at Cal Expo. After Alimony will be one of six Gene Vallandingham trainees in this weekends penultimate leg of the Bob Gordon. A 3-year-old daughter of Lis Mara out of the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Lucerne, she carries the A Piece Of the Action LLC banner. After Alimony sat a pocket trip to handle conditioned foes two weeks ago at 5-1 odds, then was sent off at 4-1 in last weeks division of the opening leg of the Gordon and proceeded to make every pole a winning one with Vallandingham in the sulky. Vallandingham will once again handle After Alimony in the second division and Party Cove in the first section. Orlandos Express is a lightly-raced 3-year-old homebred son of Wicked Island who races for Frank Nevarez and is reined and trained by James Kennedy. He won his first two starts in November, finished second to the outstanding A Stitch In Time in a December 6 Sire Stakes and then did the track-and-attack to perfection to take his Gordon division while lowering his mark to 1:56 4/5 in the process. Looking at the Invitational Pace, Stueben Jumpinjack is going in sharp form at the moment for trainer Gretchen Smith, who co-owns the 5-year-old son of Pacific Fella with Maureen Pittaro. He will appreciate getting away from Pancetta, who has headed East after two dominating Invite victories here. Stueben Jumpinjack, who will be handled by Tyler Smith, captured four of his five starts between November 2 and November 30, with those scores coming in optional claiming events. He has made his last two appearances at this top level, registering a second and a third behind the aforementioned Pancetta. Completing the field are Its Getting Hairy with Tim Maier; One And Only, Luke Plano; Phantom Dan for James Kennedy; Somethinginthewind with Gene Vallandingham; Emery Vern and Mobil Big John, who both hail from the George Anthrop barn and leave from the inside posts. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness        

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