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LONDON, Ontario . . . Mark MacDonald, one of harness racing's most talented drivers, made his return to The Raceway at Western Fair District where he made his start and was leading driver for several seasons, and captured two of the four City Of London finals tonight, part of the Molson Pace undercard. The third and fastest City Of London final, a $38,200 contest for pacing distaffers, had tons of action with MacDonald, now a regular on the New York circuit, scoring a victory. As the race got underway Trevor Henry and Face To Face overtook Miss Brandi K by the :27.3 opening panel. She hit the half in :55.3 with pressure from favourite Milliondollar Babe who was neck and neck with the leader down the backside but they were both overtaken by Lyons Katrina and MacDonald, who’d been stalking second over, and were absolutely flying by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Lyons Katrina slowed in the stretch but held on to win in 1:57.1. Played By Anangel was a close second followed by Miss Brandi K. It was first lifetime win for Lyons Katrina, a three-year-old daughter of Major In Art owned by Geoffrey Lyons of Burford, Ontario and trained by James Morrison. Bred by Bill Loyens of London, Ontario, the filly is the second foal from $457,000 winner Milliondollarsmile, her first being $482,000 winner Windsong Jack. The fourth and final City Of London final, the $39,000 test for pacing horses, saw MacDonald and Fortune Playboy cutting the pace early as he hit the opening quarter in :27.3. He had pressure from Teranadawn at the :57.2 half but rebuffed that challenge and hit the three-quarters in 1:26 and held his position through the wire in 1:57.3. Hussys Blu Boy was second with Decroft Havaball third. Fortune Playboy, a four-year-old gelding by Rambaran, was recording his seventh win in 10 starts this year for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Holland Racing Stable of Niagara On The Lake, Ontario. In the $35,600 final for male trotters it ended up being a four horse race thanks to a late scratch and several breakers in the early going. That allowed Trevor Henry and Shadywood Kid easy access to the front end early and they never relinquished it. The three-year-old gelding by Pegasus Spur tripped off splits of :29, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 and was a comfortable winner in 2:01.3 over Crime Novel and Kdazzle. Henry, the leader driver at The Raceway, co-owns the winner with John MacLeod who bred the Shadywood Kid with Henry's father Ross. Trained by Shannon Henry, Shadywood Kid was recording his first lifetime win in his 11th attempt. An exciting photo finish took place in the $34,800 final for mare trotters which saw Ja El Diamond setting the early tempo for Steve Byron through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1. Heroine Seelster sat the pocket the entire mile and was trapped in that spot until late going when she finally found racing room and trotted up quickly but was just a nose short at the wire in 2:02.1. Oaklea Wand was third. Pat Hunt trains the winner, a three-year-old daughter of Angus Hall owned by Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Ontario. Unraced last year at two, Ja El Diamond now has three wins in six starts this year for $31,000 in earnings. From the Raceway Media Department

WASHINGTON, PA, May 21, 2014 -- Daylon Miracle overpowered the field in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, notching her second straight victory and ninth in 16 starts this year. Daylon Miracle had to fight three wide for the early lead, but when Aaron Merriman gave her a 29 second-quarter breather, she was home free, scoring in 1:53.4. The pocket-sitting Mistress Valentine was a length back in second while Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Bill Bercury trains and owns the 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel, who now boasts $345,787 in career earnings. Dave Palone drove four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 14, 2014 -- Foiled in her bid for the early lead, Daylon Miracle unleashed her frustration on the rest of the field, capturing Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap in 1:52.4, fastest ever by an older trotting mare at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle hustled out of post 6 for the lead but was denied by Magic Wheel and had to find a seat fourth. When Aaron Merriman sent her first over down the backside, the 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel quickly disposed of Magic Wheel -- and everyone else. Mistress Valentine was second, a length back, with Vixy third. The time knocked a tick off the old mark of Unefoisdansmavie, who finished 5th to Daylon Miracle in Wednesday's race. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts career earnings of $336,787. In Wednesday's companion feature, the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Count Me In sat comfortably in the pocket for Mike Wilder, then shot the Lightning Lane to defeat Major Athens by a neck in 1:53.3. Trustworthy Kid earned show. Marty Wollam conditions the 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $275,691, and owns with Acadia Farms. Wilder drove five winners on the 14-race card, giving him 10 over the past two programs. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                                  

Talented North Island trotter Speeding Spur looks set to make a bold South Island debut in the Group 3 2YO Trotting Stakes at Addington on Saturday. The John and Josh Dickie trained trotter, who downed the smart Yagunnakissmeornot in his last start, trialled up stylishly at Ashburton today, so much so that Josh Dickie reversed his decision to make Millie Sampson his Harnesslink Bet Of The Week. After leading early, The Pegasus Spur two-year-old made a mid-race break, losing considerable ground before speeding home for fourth place. “He was getting an easy time in front and simply lost concentration and broke,” explained Dickie. “But he came down pretty quickly and really found the line stylishly,” he added. “They have been running some very good times down here but I think can match them on the clock,” said Dickie. “He is going to improve with a few more runs under his belt but I really do rate him quite highly,” he concluded The trial was won by Roydon’s Jewel, who will again be a rival of Speeding Spur’s on Saturday, while the classy Monbet as well as Wanna Play also pose as serious threats. The latter was unable to be driven out in her last start and could be a very good bet at good value. Other impressive trialists at Ashburton included Iceobar, who won easily by a length and a half, while Curlimore also caught the eye, dashing through tight quarters late to finish third in the same event. Both two-year-olds look to have strong chances in the fifth event at Addington on Saturday. By Mitchell Robertson

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2014 -- Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato's Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for the Ron Burke stable. Steppin Out took a mark of 1:57.2 as a freshman but had been hampered by recent gaiting problems. Trainer Chas Norris equipped her with hopples Wednesday, and she flashed her old form, scoring in 1:58.2 for Dan Rawlings. Exclusive Photo was second, 1/2 length back, with Glide By Shooting third. Glat Kosher Racing campaigns Steppin Out, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling. In something of an oddity, Unefoisdansmavie raced in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap on the same card that featured the series named for her. Poetic as a win might have been for her, it was not to be, as she encountered a buzz saw named Daylon Miracle, who captured her sixth victory in her last seven starts. Aaron Merriman moved Daylon Miracle twice -- once for position from post 8, once on a relentless first-over mission that carried her past the leader, Magic Wheel. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel triumphed in 1:54.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Mistress Valentine. Magic Wheel saved show while the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie had to settle for fourth. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts $320,003 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder and Brian Zendt each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

Daylon Miracle overcame a sloppy track and a tough first-over grind to win the featured Preferred Handicap Trot on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #2 in a field of seven as the even-money favorite, Daylon Miracle (Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel), a 5-year-old mare trained by William Bercury, sat fifth for the first half-mile of the race. It wasn't until the back stretch that driver Brett Miller set the mare in motion and took aim at pacesetting Coraggioso. In the stretch, Daylon Miracle took over and held off the closers by three-quarters of a length in 1:56:1 on a sloppy track. Money On My Mind rallied for second while Coraggioso faded to third. Daylon Miracle won for the sixth time in ten races this season. It was her 18th career victory, pushing her lifetime earnings to $310,003. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs      

London, March 21, 2014 -- With his victory aboard Daylon Melody in Friday's second race at The Raceway in London, driver Alfie Carroll reached the 1,000 win milestone. Carroll, a resident of nearby Iona, got away second with the trotting daughter of Pegasus Spur and then converted from the pocket trip to stop the clock in 2:03. The victory was the third this season for Daylon Melody who is owned by Daylon Farms Ltd. and trained by Jennifer Pinkerton. Carroll leads the current driver standings at The Raceway for 2014 with 55 wins so far at the Meet as he looks for his first driving title at the London oval. Greg Blanchard

WASHINGTON, PA, March 14, 2014 -- Small Town Charmer overwhelmed the field once again, notching her second straight series victory in Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Black Silk Jammys and Radar Lover took the other $15,000, second leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dave Palone enjoyed a series double with Small Town Charmer and Black Silk Jammys. Palone allowed the dust to settle before moving Small Town Charmer, the 1-9 favorite, to the front before the quarter. The 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Brava Hanover sailed home in a career-best 1:53.2, 3-3/4 lengths better than Thunder Chaser. Eiffel Tower finished third. Ron Burke trains Small Town Charmer for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on the card, two of The Meadows' hottest performers entered their respective races with impressive winning streaks, but only one emerged with the streak intact. That was Daylon Miracle, who was first over forever in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot but still downed 28-1 long shot Chilitodayhotamale by 3/4 lengths in 1:56 to collect her fourth straight win. Victory Is Coming shot the Lightning Lane for show. Aaron Merriman piloted Daylon Miracle, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $385,317, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Automatic Slims saw his winning streak snapped at five when he got away poorly and could manage only fourth with a late rally. Visible Gold, who dead-heated with Automatic Slims in their last race, was sharp once again, moving first over for Mike Wilder to triumph in 1:52.3. Ballistic Tip was second at 26-1, 1-1/4 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Pop Cop third. Burke conditions Visible Gold, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding who now boasts $244,784 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Palone, Merriman and Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The ultimate test of speed and stamina – the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Trotting Series restricted to mares over 1609 metres commenced at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo on Saturday March 8, with both the Silver and Gold heats taking place. Considering the association that Duncan McPherson and his family have had with the Lang stable over the years, it was appropriate that trotting maestro Chris Lang was going to dominate on the night winning both races. Without doubt, the Gold Heat was the highlight  – the victor being five year old Shes An Image bred and raced by the Humphrey’s from Melton. Beginning brilliantly from outside the front line, Shes An Image almost crossed the well tried Quite A Moment (gate two) as the mobile gate pulled away, however Greg Sugars was able to retain the inside running approaching the first turn, with Shes An Image being restrained to immediately take a trail on her back. Kerryn Manning aboard the local hope Aleppo Midas (gate three on the second line) was off and running prior to the bell and joined Quite A Moment with a lap to travel. With the two favourites engaging in a two horse war along the back straight, the pace was a cracker with neither giving an inch. Just as Aleppo Midas was being hailed the winner in the shadows of the post, Shes An Image a daughter of Last Sunset and Joyces Choice sprouted wings along the sprint lane to score by a head in a tricky finish, with Quite A Moment 1.3 metres away in third place. With splits of 28.9, 30.5, 28.5 and 29.6, Shes An Image returned a mile rate of 1-57.4. The Silver heat going the way of long odds-on favourite Maori Time ($1.40), a well performed daughter of Pegasus Spur and Sundonna bred and raced by Fred Crews which goes back to the famous Maoris Idol dynasty. Not bustled from gate four with Im Anonymous leading from gate two, Maori Time ambled to the breeze, before taking over at the bell. Always in control, Chris allowed Maori Time to cruise to the wire, scoring by 1.4 metres only from Queens Vacation (three back the markers) and Canadian Dream (four back) in a mile rate of 1-59.8. Further heats including the Bronze, will be conducted at Shepparton on Friday March 14. Finals are held on Saturday 22 March - Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star & Girls' Night Out at Tabcorp Park Melton. Videos attached of both races Len Baker Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

WASHINGTON, PA, March 5, 2014 -- Hammered to 1-5 in the wagering, G Momma justified the support when she rolled first over to victory in the fastest division of Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Hierarchy and Glams K took the other $15,000 splits of the Wohlmuth, a series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares that honors the memory of the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of The Meadows' 2:00 Club. Mike Wilder enjoyed a Wohlmuth double behind G Momma and Hierarchy G Momma was sitting third down the backside when Wilder sent her after the leader, Boo's Party Girl. The 4-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Strike Ten sailed home in 1:59.1, 4 lengths better than Boo's Party Girl. Westfiftyfirst earned show. Paul Corey trains G Momma for Howard Kaufman, Joshua Kaufman and William Eltzroth. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle was much the best again, notching her Third Straight victory -- this time in front-end fashion -- for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Vixy was 1-3/4 lengths back in second, with Chilitodayhotamale third. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel extended her career bankroll to $285,503. Merriman drove four winners and Brett Miller three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 26, 2014 -- The career-long frustration of Mal's Gal ended Wednesday at The Meadows. In her 72nd lifetime start, Mal's Gal captured her maiden victory for James Calvin Dodson and owner/trainer Ron Lineweaver. Most horses with lengthy records of futility are dismissed as "professional maidens," but Mal's Gal has been earning her keep. In those 71 winless outings, she finished second or third 34 times and banked $41,557. In Wednesday's triumph, the 5-year-old trotting daughter of Malabar Millennium-Maddie Hanover brushed wide in the lane to score in 2:02.4. Daylon Miracle took the feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, with a relentless first-over move that enabled her to wear down Magic Wheel and defeat her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2. Vixy was a ground-saving third. Aaron Merriman drove the 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. It was the second straight victory for Daylon Miracle and extended her career bankroll to $276,503. Mike Wilder drove three winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 6:55 PM. By Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

After a very active day at Karaka yesterday, John Street of Lincoln Farms was at it again at today’s New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, purchasing a handful of yearlings including the sales topper. Described by Street as an absolute standout, he secured lot 124, Beaudiene Beaufighta, for $140,000. The pricey colt is a son of Bettor’s Delight out of top producer Beaudiene Babe, making him a half-brother to Harness Jewels winner Beaudiene Bad Babe. He is also a half-brother to capable nine win pacer Guns N Roses and a close relation of the very good Beaudiene Christian (11 wins), who was recently retired. Beaudiene Beaufighta was sold by Dawn and Dave Kennedy of Otautau. The other $100,000 plus lots were Bettor Think Quick, a Bettor’s Delight filly out of Rona Lorraine, who is a Group One winning half-sister to star filly Venus Serena, and Twinkle Bromac, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of an Artsplace daughter of Tandias Courage. Bettor Think Quick was slammed down to the bid of Rosslands Stud for $105,000, while Twinkle Bromac caught the eye of brilliant judge Mark Purdon, and was secured by him for $100,000 Kerry Hoggart of Rosslands Stud also purchased a grouse Bettor’s Delight half-brother to Georgetown for $87,500. Other Bettor’s Delight colts to sell well included Franco Christiano, Better Than The Best, and G I Joe, while Christian Cullen colt Alpha Styx also fetched top dollar. Franco Christiano was sold to Mr Neumann of ‘Tyre General’ fame, who purchased the colt for $92,500, while Better Than The Best ($75,000) and G I Joe ($82,000) were purchased by the Kennards and the Butterworths, and are both likely to find themselves in the barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. However, Mark’s brother Barry got one back on him with the well related Christian Cullen colt Alta Styx, buying him for $87,500. The other $80,000 plus colt of the sale was Highview Joey, a Rock N Roll Heaven half-brother to Highview Tommy, who was knocked down to the bid of Cran Dalgety. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day was Paramount Faith, a Pegasus Spur full-sister to Paramount Geegee and talented two-year-old Paramount Dream. He was purchased by Ian Dobson and will be trained by Colin & Julie DeFilippi. Today’s average was $25,191, with a clearance rate of 77%. However, that clearance rate is expected to rise when selling commences tomorrow. To view full results from the first day of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson

Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup night draws ever closer and with it brings a plethora of trots action to suit every enthusiast. Three trot races are on the card, and, as is customary, trotting royalty in the form of the Chris Lang stables is well represented. The Group 1 Chiko Australasian Trotting Championship has developed into a fascinating race in the past couple of weeks with boom Dean Braun colt Blitzthemcalder having his colours lowered by a short-half-head in the first heat of the race at Ballarat by the Chris Lang trained I See Icy Earl. “That was arguably the best run of his career so far; we were really happy with him.” Lang said. “The distance (of Saturday night’s race – 2760m) really suits him.  He couldn’t be drawn better; he’s not that quick off the gates.” Regular driver Greg Sugars will again take the reins. When queried about why Lang no longer drives the horse, he produces a surprisingly generous response. “Greg drove him when I was sick and knocked back a lot of other drives for him so I think it’s only fair that he keeps the drive now,” he said. Despite I See Icy Earl’s current excellent form, Chris sees the David Aiken trained My High Expectations as the horse to beat. He’s in a better position to know than most; My High Expectations faced the Lang trained Kyvalley Blur in the Aldebaran Park Maori Mile (Group 2) at Bendigo recently with the two American bred trotters fighting out a thrilling finish in which the former prevailed by a neck. The lightly raced Kyvalley Blur will sidestep the Trotting Championship in favour of the Glenferrie Farm Trotters Cup (Group 3) over 2240m from a mobile start. “I just didn’t want to start him two weeks in a row over that distance,” the Nagambie-based trainer explains. “He’s only young really, and he’s bred to Northern Hemisphere time so he’s younger still. We’re saving him for the Great Southern Star (at Melton on March 22nd).” Lang goes on to say that Kyvalley Blur will first travel to Tabcorp Park Menangle to compete in the Chambers Challenge trotting event to be held on Inter Dominion Day on March 2. Taking her place in the same event is three time Group One winning mare Shes An Image, who is first up from August 2013 and will “need the run” according to her trainer, but perhaps her class and the good draw will see her run into a place. Shes An Image will instead be set for the Breed For Speed Gold Series Final over 1720m on Great Southern Star day. Rounding out the quartet of Lang runners for the day will be the lightly raced Pegasus Spur mare Maori Time. “She’s a big filly so we’ve taken our time with her but she’s above average.  I think she’s a winning chance even though this is a step up in class for her.” And when a superstar trotting trainer like Chris Lang is talking about trotting horses in trotting races, it pays to sit up and take notice. by Lucy McCormick (Harness Racing AU)

The second annual Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, sponsored by Pryde’s EasiFeed, will be held on Sunday, March 23 at Tabcorp Park Melton, the day following the running of the Group 1 $400,000 Great Southern Star. The sale has attracted 44 nominations – up from 40 last year – and will feature the cream of the crop of Australia's trotting yearlings. And, to give the sale a truly international flavour, 40 percent of the catalogue are out of overseas mares – three USA, 14 NZ and one Europe. Duncan McPherson, a Director of the sales company, said: “The sale represents an opportunity for purchasers to buy at any level of the market. With 18 stallions represented there’s a horse in the sale for every pocket. Never before in Australia has such an offering and variety of yearlings been made available to the Harness industry. “Full credit goes to the vendors of the yearlings who have shown great faith not only in the sale but also in the initiatives taken by Harness Racing Victoria in its efforts to internationalise and globalise the Trotter.” A feature of the sale will be the first Australian crop of former USA superstar and now siring sensation Muscle Hill. He will be represented by two colts, one out of a half-sister to Calder Sensation and to the dam of Blitzthemcalder, and the other from the American-bred Let’s Be Happy, the mother of Vicbred heat winner Verbier. Muscles Yankee, the sire of Muscle Hill, has a single entry, a filly out of the multiple Group 1 winner Adella’s Dash, dam of the SA Trotters Derby winner Glenferrie Dreamer. Muscles Yankee’s highest stakes earning entire son ‘Down Under’, Skyvalley ($322,675), has by far the biggest draft with seven fillies and two colts. The top picks could be the colt out of former top racemare Jauriol, the colt from the sister to Swedish star Yield Boko and fillies out of Aldebaran Dream (Vic. Trotters Oaks) and the Muscles Yankee mare Charming Yankee. Besides Muscles Yankee and his sons, the catalogue boasts stock by established sires such as Angus Hall, Majestic Son, Pegasus Spur, Monarchy and Conch Deville and the exciting newcomers Bacardi Lindy, Federal Flex, Great Success, Lawman, Armbro Variable, The Pres, Bad Boy Truscott, Tennotrump, Aldebaran Yankee and Zooma. Angus Hall, one of America’s most successful sires of all-time, has four nominations including a gelding from the 1:57 $150,000 winning Muscles Yankee mare Lindy’s Two Step, two colts out of mares from the wonderful Maori Miss tribe and a colt from the classics-winning Pinevale Ellason. Another sire with a strong representation at the sale is Majestic Son, last year’s leading sire of two-year-old trotters. His five entries include a half-brother to the Vicbred champion Split Image, a colt out of a half-sister to Skyvalley and Allegro Agitato, a half-brother to the Derby placegetter Our Dreamlover and a filly out of a half-sister to the cup class trotter Danny Cash. While Pegasus Spur, the sire of three Breeders Crown champions, has fillies out of Shez Allrighty ($85,431), Kyvalley Bling (family of Kyvalley Road) and the Muscles Yankee mare Aldebaran Honey and a colt out of Maori Sunshine (Lightfoot Laurels). Other well performed racemares with progeny in the sale include the Trotters Oaks winner Running Pinevale, Speedy Naomi ($77,316), Aldebaran Maori ($74,581), Cloud Chaser (VSTA Cup), Poppy, Strike Destroyer, Enjoy A Champers and the Breeders Crown placegetter Pocket Fantasy. There’s a sister to the dual Vicbred champion Brunelleschi and close relatives to a swag of Group and Cup winning trotters including Galleon’s Assassin, Merinai, Spidergirl, Danny Bouchea, Stoned I Am, National Interest, My Missindependent, Jazz Legend and Tucumcari. All prospective purchasers should note that the $7,000 Vicbred First Win bonus is applicable to Vicbred eligible horses as is Breeders Crown and Need For Speed Series. All purchasers are encouraged to become members of the Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club as owners bonuses are available to all those horses owned by members in selected events during their racing careers. The online catalogue for the Australasian Premier Trotting sale can be viewed at www.austrottingsale.com.au Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Harness Racing Victoria on phone 8378 0200 in early February. by Peter Wharton

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2014 — Out and uncovered from the three-eighths, Daylon Miracle ground out a gutsy victory in Thursday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Daylon Miracle was racing off an injury scratch, Aaron Merriman didn’t hesitate to send her on her long, first-over journey. She collared the leader, Perfect Chance, near the three-quarters and scored in 1:58.1 on a “slow” surface. Crowdswild Hanover rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Blueridge Abigail third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Daylon Miracle, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who now boasts $250,393 in career earnings. Merriman and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 16-race card. Evan Pattak

Richard Dick Stillings, who has driven 5,751 career winners with over $41.7 million in purse earnings, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Stillings was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in 2013. Stillings, a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, drove or trained some of the best Grand Circuit horses in the 1980s -- Barberry Spur (p.3, T1:50.2 - $1,634,017), Jaguar Spur (p,4, T1:49.2 - $1,806,473) Kentucky Spur (p,3, 1:52 - $1,341,340), Pegasus Spur (1:54 - $1,296,683), Esquir Spur (1:56f - $336,250) and Gunslinger Spur (1:58f - $317,562). Stillings began his career as a groom for Hall of Fame trainer Dick Buxton. After a three year stint in the U. S. Army, he took a jobs with Jimmy Cruise, Sr. and Howard Beissinger. In 1968, Stillings moved to The Meadows in western Pennsylvania and soon established himself as a top trainer-driver. Stillings and his brother Charles Buddy soon joined up with owner Roy Davis and formed a tremendous partnership sending out a string of successful horses, all with the Spur surname to honor the Tottenham Hotspur soccer club. Team Spur teamed up to win back-to-back Little Brown Jug titles in 1986 and 1987 with Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur. They captured a pair of Breeders Crown finals (Esquire Spur 3CT 1989 and Kentucky Spur 2CP in 1988). Stillings, 69, remains quite an active trainer/driver. In 2013, Stilling sat behind 1,215 starters and collected 108 wins. Stillings will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association banquet in Columbus on Sunday, January 26.   by Jay Wolf for Ohio Chapter USHWA

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