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When owner Michael White first met harness racing trainer Dan Daley there was a horse in Daley's stable named Life Sizzles. White so admired the hard-knocking pacer, who raced through age 11 and amassed nearly $930,000 in purses despite never winning a race worth more than $40,000, he decided to buy one of the stallion's first-sired sons. White admits it was a decision fueled by emotion, but it has resulted in more excitement than he could have ever imagined. And who knows, the best might be yet to come. On Thursday night, White's purchase - Sonofa Sizzle - will try to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt brings a three-race win streak into the final, a streak that includes his victory in December's $100,000 DSBF championship for 2-year-olds. For his career, Sonofa Sizzle has won six of 12 races and earned $135,516. All six of his victories have come in his most recent nine starts, with the remaining three races during that span resulting in second-place finishes. In January, he was honored by the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association as the best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014. "We've been absolutely thrilled," said White, who purchased Sonofa Sizzle privately from breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. "Just to get to the races is an accomplishment. To get to the races and compete at this level, it's unbelievable. You don't get this a lot. "This horse doesn't have to do anything else to make me very proud and very happy that I made the decision I did. Not that I don't want him to go on, and he has the ability to do great things. He'll get a chance to compete and see how far he can go. Every time you ask him to do something, he does it. It's been a very enjoyable journey." It is a journey that began with Life Sizzles and includes the family of 2014 Horse of the Year winner JK She'salady, although there was no way for White to know how all the pieces would fall into place when he acquired Sonofa Sizzle in February 2013. "I never owned him, but I really appreciated him," White said about Life Sizzles, who as a 3-year-old prior to joining Daley's stable beat Real Desire in an elimination of the 2001 North America Cup and bested Peruvian Hanover in a Progress Pace elim. "He was a classy veteran who would try every week. He never wanted to go on vacation. If you turned him out, he would just roll around for five minutes and want to come back in to work. The horse lived to race. I just thought he was so special I wanted to give him a shot (as a sire)." It's proved to be a shot well worth taking. Sonofa Sizzle is out of the mare JK Lady Like and his second dam is Presidential Lady, the mother of JK She'salady as well as now 4-year-old stakes-star JK Endofanera. Daley broke Sonofa Sizzle and trained him through the early part of his 2-year-old campaign before the horse was shipped from New York to Delaware for the DSBF series. He finished second in the $100,000 final at Harrington in October and won the championship at Dover in December. The Dover victory is White's favorite race so far. Sonofa Sizzle was seventh, trailing the leader by eight lengths, after three-quarters of a mile. David Miller moved the colt on the final turn and Sonofa Sizzle responded with a :27.2 final quarter to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1. "When I'm tired or feeling down or depressed I'll pull that race up," White said. "I still don't know how he wins from where he was in that final turn. David Miller told me he thought he waited too long and was too far away. To me, that last three-eighths of a mile, I'm amazed at how much ground he covered. "I never thought he was going to get there. To have seen that was phenomenal." The race was special for another reason as White's older brother, Jerry, who introduced him to harness racing in his youth while living on Long Island, was in attendance. "There was no happier moment in horse racing than to have my horse win the final and have my brother in the picture with me," White said. "It kind of was a full circle. He got me started and I got to pay him back by getting him a winner's circle photo of the Delaware final. It's pretty cool. It was a very happy picture to send him." Sonofa Sizzle, racing in the stable of trainer Josh Green this year, is 2-for-2 in 2015 with both wins coming in preliminary rounds of the DSBF series. His most recent triumph came in a career-best 1:51.2. Following the DSBF at Dover, the colt is staked to a number of top races including the Art Rooney Pace in late May, Messenger Stakes in early September and Little Brown Jug in mid-September. He also has the Progress Pace on his schedule in November. "We have to be careful with not overdoing it," White said. "He's going to be on a 'show us' schedule, if you know what I'm talking about. He's going to finish and stay in Delaware for a few weeks and train back calmly. Dan's moving the barn from Florida to New York at the end of April, beginning of May. We'll ship him from Delaware to New York and get him prepared for the Rooney. "If he trains well and looks like he's ready to go, we'll enter him in the Rooney. But this horse owes me absolutely nothing. I just look forward to every time he goes out there." For now, White is focused on the eight-horse DSBF final, which also includes Smoking Joey (2-1 morning line), K J Ben (6-1), Seboomook Katahdin (8-1), and Byby Landon (9-1). Sonofa Sizzle and driver Vic Kirby will start from post five. "The horses this year in this division are phenomenal," White said. "I think it says a lot for Delaware breeding that so many of them are doing really well. You can't take anything away from his competition. The Delaware breeders should be very proud of their product. I hope all the sires get more breedings and the breeders do even better. "You look across those eight horses that are starting and you could be proud of every one of them. And I am. I'm proud of mine, but I'm proud of the competition. It's a good race and it's a pleasure to compete with really good horses. That's good for everybody." White, who works as a business coach and trainer, finds harness racing to be a healthy diversion from his job. "I find it to be very relaxing," White said. "I do a lot of traveling and I coach a lot of professionals. To be able to go down in the wintertime to the training center on Saturday and just watch the horses train and clear my head really helps. And in the summertime being able to go to New York and watch the horses. To me, it's the greatest thing in the world. I'm thankful that I have the ability to do it." And he's thankful for the thrills provided by Sonofa Sizzle. "This horse has a bit of a personality," White said. "Everyone says he's real easy to drive, you just have to let him know what you want. He's still so young. If he ever figures out the ability he has, who knows what he could be. "Sometimes things come together. You never know how they're going to work. Harness racing is one of those things that you have to do for love before you do it for money. This is one of those times when you get something special, and special doesn't mean having to be the best, but special in the fact we have this opportunity. "I'm looking forward to seeing where the colt takes us." By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Shepparton, Victoria, Australia --- Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner and Hall of Fame member, died at Morley Park stud near Shepparton, Victoria, Australia on Aug. 14, 2014, at the age of 24. A son of the incomparable Abercrombie and world champion filly Three Diamonds, Life Sign raced only as a 2- and 3-year-old, amassing $1,912,454 from 18 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds in 35 starts. Besides his record-breaking Little Brown Jug success, he won such prestigious classics as the 3-year-old Breeders Crown, Art Rooney Memorial, International Stallion Stake, Burlington Pace, Governor’s Cup, American-National and the Bluegrass Stake. At the stud Life Sign left the winners of more than $113 million in stakes in North America, placing him among the top ten money-winning sires at his gait of all-time. While in Australia his stock has earned $12.4 million and in New Zealand, they amassed almost $2 million. Real Desire 1:48.2 ($3.1 million), the 2002 Horse of the Year; Peruvian Hanover 1:49.4 ($1.8 million); the Meadowlands Pace winner Day In A Life 1:49.4 ($1.8 million); and the 2-year-old pacing colt of the year I Am A Fool 1:51.2 ($1.1 million) were among the seven millionaires sired by Life Sign. He was the broodmare sire of the winners of more than $97 million and eight millionaires including Loyal Opposition 1:48.4 ($2.6 million) and Breeders Crown winner Village Jolt 1:50.4f ($1.6 million). Life Sign was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2013. by Peter Wharton

The $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie has drawn an impressive field of eight horses [field summary below] and goes postward this Saturday evening, July 19 as Northfield Park's twelfth race. Approximate post time for this event is 11:00 p.m. The Battle is a contest for North America's top open pacers. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's twelfth race, the Battle feature. Saturday's first race post time is 6:00 p.m. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's feature and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced his last four races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 80 career victories and sports earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2014 $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie Field: #1 - Night Pro enters this race with a six-race win streak, the last four all being paced sub-1:50, and earnings of $308,929. He is the son of Pro Bono Bests (Sire of Bono Bests, 2008 Battle of Lake Erie champion). His dam, Midnight Jewel was a standout race mare at Northfield Park and throughout the Midwest. This four year-old has won 21 of 28 career starts and is 9 of 11 this year. He makes his second local appearance. He won his career debut here in a $2,000 NW1 in 1:57.4 in March of last year. Dale Decker of Temperance, Michigan owns and trains this horse, who has been terrorizing his competition in Michigan and Indiana. He has a career best of 1:49 (HoP 7/8) and Peter Wrenn, who won the Battle with Dare You To in 1991, has been given the driving assignment with a morning line of 4-1. #2 - Beach Memories is one of two sons of Somebeachsomewhere in this year's edition of the Battle of Lake Erie. He has won 11 of 39 career races, taking a 1:48.3 (ScD 5/8) mark and bankrolling $450,214. This four year-old is owned by the partnership of Strollin Stables of Marion, Ohio, AWS Stables of Lima, Ohio, King McNamara of Naples, Florida and Country Club Acres of Findlay, Ohio. Beach Memories is the winner of last year's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. He is conditioned in Delaware, Ohio by Brian Brown and was victorious in his most recent effort in the Buckeye State in a $20,000 Open at Scioto Downs in June. Brown has enlisted Northfield Park's leading driver, Josh Sutton, to drive this 15-1 morning line contender. #3 - Bolt The Duer sports career earnings of $1,770,095 and is one of three millionaires in this year's Battle of Lake Erie field. He has 54 lifetime starts and 20 career victories. He is a five year-old son of Ponder with a lifetime mark of 1:47.4 (Mea 5/8). Bolt The Duer is owned by All Star Racing, Inc. of Towaco, New Jersey and is trained by Peter Foley. This is the second local appearance for Bolt The Duer, who won the $130,000 Cleveland Classic here is 2012. His richest win came in the $500,000 Adios Final at The Meadows in 2012. He has been assigned a morning line of 7-2 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Canadian Mark Mac Donald. #4 - Clear Vision is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay, New York. He has won 25 and has been on the board in 80 of 151 career races, taking a 1:48.2 (TgDn 5/8) mark and bankrolling $1,912,868. 2014 marks Clear Vision's second Battle of Lake Erie appearance, finishing third in last year's edition. His richest victory was in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway in 2013. Burke has named Ohio-native Brett Miller to drive this 9-2 morning line competitor. #5 - Fool Me Once will start for Canadian owners Mark Austin Stables of Fergus, Ontario and Daniel Smith of London, Ontario. He has 16 career victories in 32 lifetime starts. This four year-old son of Art Major has career earnings of $654,371 and enters this race off of two straight wins at Mohawk, where he took his 1:48.1 lifetime mark. Fool Me Once is last year's New York Sires Stake Champion, winning the $225,000 final at Yonkers Raceway. This 6-1 morning line selection is trained by Mark Austin and is scheduled to be driven by North American leading driver, Aaron Merriman. #6 - Twilight Bonfire is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. This four year-old has 49 career starts, winning 10 races. He has earned a 1:50.1 (Mea 5/8) lifetime mark and has career earnings of $965,140. Twilight Bonfire makes his second local appearance. He started as the favorite, but ended as the runner-up in last year's $126,000 Cleveland Classic. This Richard Gillock trainee's biggest win was at Dover Downs in the $165,975 Matron Stakes in 2012. Buckeye-native Tony Hall has been called upon to drive this 12-1 morning line starter #7 - Foiled Again is attempting to become the first horse to win this even three times and makes his sixth Battle of Lake Erie appearance. He won this event in 2009 and 2011, finished third in the 2010 and was second in this event in 2012. Ron Burke trains foiled Again for owners Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA and JJK Stables of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Foiled Again has garnered 80 career victories and has been in the money 161 times in 210 career starts, earning a mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8) and earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. Yannick Gingras is scheduled to pilot this 3-1 slight morning line favorite. #8 - Apprentice Hanover is the 2013 Cleveland Classic Champion and makes his second local appearance. The $126,000 Classic also represents his richest triumph. He has 43 lifetime starts and 17 career victories. He is a four year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere with a lifetime mark of 149.4 (Mea 5/8) and career earnings of $824,675. Apprentice Hanover is owned by Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Benjamin Wallace. He has been assigned a morning line of 10-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Dan Noble. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's (July 19) $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced his last four races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 80 career victories and sports earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2014 Battle of Lake Erie field: Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1-Night Pro Peter Wrenn Dale Decker 4-1 2-Beach Memories Josh Sutton Brian Brown 15-1 3-Bolt The Duer Mark MacDonald Peter Foley 7-2 4-Clear Vision Brett Miller Ron Burke 9-2 5-Fool Me Once Aaron Merriman Mark Austin 6-1 6-Twilight Bonfire Tony Hall Rich Gillock 12-1 7-Foiled Again Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 3-1 8-Apprentice Hanover Jody Jamieson Benjamin Wallace 10-1 Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Powerful Undercard This year's Battle of Lake Erie program carries total purses of $554,500. The 15-race program boasts an impressive undercard featuring nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for two and three year-old colt pacers and trotters. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's twelfth race, the Battle feature. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Foiled Again is expected to enter Saturday's (July 19) Battle of Lake Erie and will try to become the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the event three times. The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced all of his last three starts under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has so far garnered 80 career victories and earned $6,313,068. Those earnings make Foiled Again the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. Other millionaire Battle of Lake Erie nominees include: Horse Owner(s) Trainer Bolt The Duer All Star Racing Inc. Peter Foley Clear Vision Burke Racing, Bruscemi, Panhellenic, Koran Ron Burke Heston Blue Chip Kenneth Jacobs Linda Toscano Michael's Power Jeffrey Snyder Casie Coleman Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. An impressive undercard featuring $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for two and three year-old colt trotters and pacers will support this year's Battle of Lake Erie. In addition, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special Battle of Lake Erie Buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330/467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample some of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason can also be enjoyed on the apron from 5 to 10 pm. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Call Me Up delivered on her pari-mutuel promise with a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Fraser Downs. The 3-2 favourite took command of the field from post three and never looked back, leading through fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2 en route to a 1:54.3 triumph for trainer/driver Bill Davis and the J J J Stables. Rod Therres trainee Village Janus finished four lengths behind in second while the winner's stablemate, Just Fiction, rounded out the top three finishers. Call Me Up, a winner two starts ago and runner-up last week in the top class, returned $4.90 to her backers for Friday's win. The six-year-old Peruvian Hanover mare earned her 19th victory and pushed her career bankroll to $115,482. The $7,500 second leg of the Spartacus Series for $10,000 claimers was won by Darren Lupul's homebred gelding Strikes N Charges and driver John Chappell in 1:55.3. The eight-year-old son of With Held prevailed by three-quarters of a length over Camblazer and Anasazzi Road, who finished second in a dead-heat. He paid $30.40 for the upset victory after a fifth-place finish in the opening round. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

DOVER, Del. --- The 18th renewal of the $400,000 (est) Progress Pace at Dover Downs is the highlight of the first full month of the track's 45th season. The Progress Pace is the signature event of the 2013 Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Racing." The Progress Pace features the sport's leading three-year-olds in training in a two-week event. First, a $35,000 elimination division on Nov. 10 with the top eight finishers return for a $284,160 final on Nov. 17. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, scored a 1:48.3 victory in this year's Matron Final. The gelding was favorite for the Progress Pace elim., but did not come out of the Matron, "100 percent," thus was scratched. Twilight Bonfire, a 20-1 longshot from post 8 with Tim Tetrick driving, pulled a major surprise in the $35,000 elim by nipping Sunshine Beach by half a neck. The Progress Pace Final on Dec. 1 is the richest race in Delaware harness racing this year. Progress Pace history The Progress Pace was created by Dover Downs' CEO Denis McGlynn in the fashion of a former state of Delaware sports' tradition - The Battle of the Brandywine - formerly the showcase event of ill-fated Brandywine Raceway. Over the years, Most of the sports leading drivers, owners and stables have participated in the Progress Pace. Hall of Fame drivers include three-time winners John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Mike Lachance, Cat Manzi, Dave Palone and David Miller. Luc Ouellette also drove three winners while Bret Pelling trained three Progress Pace champions. Sampson Street Stable has shared in three Progress Pace champions, Newman Racing is the only other with more than one winner. The first Progress Pace was carded in 1996 with a $100,000 final. The winner was Armbro Operative, owned by Tom Walsh, Jr. and Dave McDuffy, driven by Mike Lachance. It was the first of three Progress Pace winners conditioned by Brett Pelling. Pelling also trained the winners of the next two winners of the event, when Dream Away, owned by Canadian horsemen Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Al Libfeld won the 1997 edition and Crown Jewel Stable's Browning Blue Chip took 1998 laurels. Both winners were driven by John Campbell. Luc Ouellette drove Jeff Snyder's Royalflush Hanover to his first Progress Pace titles. The gelding overtook Grinfromeartoear on the backstretch and pulled off to win the 1999 title. The following season, Ouellette came back to drive 2000 winner Powerful Toy, owned by Newman Racing Stable, Sampson Street and Dodge A Bullet stables. Ron Pierce made the winner's circle in the 2001 event driving Peruvian Hanover for owners Sidney Korn and Alvin Jacobson. Art Major beat stablemate McArdle to win the 2002 edition. Owned by Deena Frost, Jerry Silva, Sampson Street and TLP stables, Art Major was the third Progress Pace champion driven by John Campbell, In 2003, for the second straight year and third time in Progress Pace history, Radar Sign, a colt owned in part by Sampson Street Stable and Newman Racing Stable, driven by Ouellette, won the final. The 2004 winner was longshot Holborn Hanover, with George Brennan driving for trainer Mark Harder and owners John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp. Holborn Hanover became the first sub-150 Progress Pace winner posting a come-from-behind 1:49.3f victory. In 2005, Gryffindor, became the first Delaware-owned and trained winner. After being purchased by Three Point Acres in time to win the Messenger Stake at Harrington Raceway, the sophomore won the 10th Progress Pace wire-to-wire in 1:50 with David Miller in the sulky. The purse was the event's all-time highest, $394,120. Another Delaware owned and conditioned colt, Total Truth, was the 2006 Progress Pace champion. The colt owned by Only Money and Teague Inc., the first of two straight for Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. Pierce returned to take 2007 Progress Pace in upset fashion. Trained by Robby Siegelman for The Cheyenne Gang, Ghee House rolled down the lane for a 1:50.4 upset victory to take the 12th edition. In November 2008, overlooked at 32-1, Cat Manzi drove Bettor Sweet to a surprise 1:52.1f victory, the second richest Progress Pace boasting a $390,000 purse. Two locally owned horses Rudy Rednose and Badlands Nitro, both trained by George Teague, finished second and third respectively. Vertical Horizon and Jim Morrill Jr. were the winning 1:50.4 team, for the 2009 edition. In 2010, Yannick Gingras guided Rockin Image to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. The 2011 winner was Westwardho Hanover, a 1:49.1 performance piloted by Dave Palone. Heston Blue Chip completed an outstanding Fall campaign to win the 2012 Progress Pace with Tim Tetrick in the bike, in event winning time of 1:49. Progress Pace Champions Year Purse Winner (Driver) Win Time 1996 $100,000 Armbro Operative (Mike Lachance) 1:53f 1997 $100,000 Dream Away (John Campbell) 1:54f 1998 $225,000 Browning Blue Chip (John Campbell)1:51.2f 1999 $225,000 Royalflush Hanover (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.2f 2000 $228,000 Powerful Toy (Luc Ouellette) 1:52.1f 2001 $337,100 Peruvian Hanover (Ron Pierce) 1:52.3f 2002 $335,000 Art Major (John Campbell) 1:51f 2003 $350,060 Radar Sign (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.4f 2004 $345,900 Holborn Hanover (George Brennan) 1:49.3f 2005 $394,120 Gryffindor (David Miller) 1:50f 2006 $348,900 Total Truth (Ron Pierce) 1:52.2f 2007 $350,900 Ghee House (Ron Pierce) 1:50.4f 2008 $390,000 Bettor Sweet (Cat Manzi) 1:51.2f 2009 $350,000 Vertical Horizon (Jim Morrill Jr.) 1:50.4f 2010 $320,000 Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.3f 2011 $330,000 Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) 1:49.1f 2012 $270,000 Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 1:49f - event record by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Two state double for McMillian Ryan McMillian had a big night, Friday night with his square gaiters former Victorian mare La Chabanais, who he trains, won her third race in row when came off 20 meters to win easily by 7.5 meters McMillian also part owner of former South Australian trotting mare  Brylin Crescent now in the Victorian stables of  David Aiken, which  took out the  Aldebaren Park Trot on Friday night at Melton, the mare has now won five races since join Aiken’s team in February this year. Port Adelaide’s assistant coach Jason Cribbs is also in the ownership of Brylin Crescent who was bred in New Zealand by Brylin Boyz who incidentally has relocated to Burwood Stud in Queensland this season after siring over 100 winners who have amassed more than $1.5million.   Ray Holberton elected to SAHRC Board.   Botra President Ray Holberton has been elected to the board of  South Australian Harness Racing Club Holberton  polled the largest number of votes of all the candidates unfortunately President Lyn Tester  lost her seat on the board, so the club will have to appoint a new President to take the reins. Holberton believes he can hold both positions his work with BOTRA has been outstanding and his position on the board can only benefit the grass roots users of Globe Derby.   Aaron Brown kicks starts his season.   Last season’s leading trainer Aaron Brown has had a relatively slow start to the season by his standards before this weekend only had four of his chargers grace the winners circle, that changed Monday when he trained the last two winners at Betezy Park Globe Derby Joeys Legacy who was having his third run back from a let up proved too good running away to win by 10 meters and then high priced  New Zealand import Shacklock finally broke his maiden duck in Australia, after starting odds on favourite at his first three Australian starts Ken Rogers moved the Peruvian Hanover 5 year old off the marker pegs at the 400 meters and he gave nothing else a chance sprinting home 29.3 seconds. Shacklock won a 3 year old race on the grass at Banks Peninsula in New Zealand before being sold to clients of the Brown stables.   Battlers Night version II   Botra have been given a date for their second Battlers Night it will be conducted at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Valentine’s Day February 14th next year following on from the huge susses of this year’s event held in August, HRSA and Botra have worked together to make this event a biannual event. With increased stake money, trophies and involvement of owners in presentation area to non-winners this venture is sure to become a feature meeting on the calendar. By Gary Newton

Cobram on the mighty Murray has been a happy hunting ground in recent times for NSW visitors and that was again the case on Wednesday August 21 when the club stages a neat eight event card.  Thurgoona (Albury) trainer John McGuffie scored an upset victory in the Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Harrys Tambula gelding Harrys Champ, paying Supertab odds of $26.30. Given an easy time by Royce Gregory-Jack trailing the short priced favourite Bohemian Lombo (gate six) after leading out from gate four, Harrys Champ made full use of the sprint lane to gain the day by a nose in 2-02.9 over Bohemian Lombo which made the long journey from Terang, with Mainland Jet (three back the markers) third. Harrys Champ had previously chalked up 5 wins, the last being at Wagga in October 2012.  Leeton's Kim Hillier snared the Katunga Lucerne Mill Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1670 metres with Beticanfly, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Bettors Delight and Have A Nice Flight in a rate of 1-59.2. Starting from gate two on the second line, Beticanfly assumed control at the bell after crossing Last Spin and when given full rein on the home turn, dashed away to score by 4 metres from the heavily supported Nevaeh (four back the markers - one/one last lap). Kaka Point Coast finished third after racing wide for the entire trip. Hillier and Narrandera reinsman Blake Jones were to bring up a double when Ponder/Scoots Away filly Tea House which started her career in Victoria, snared the Cobram Betta Electrical Pace for C1 class over 1670 metres.  Trailing the poleline pacemaker Nedra Gold an odds-on favourite, Tea House finished best along the sprint lane to defeat the leader in 1-57.4, with Mister Bellisimo (three back the markers) third. Blake Jones enjoyed a "day of days", notching up his third victory for the afternoon aboard the Jackson Painting (Narrandera) trained Modern Art/Phantom Dancer filly Modern Dancer in the Pat Barrett's Tyre Service 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres.  Beginning with a wing on every foot from gate six, both Modern Dancer and the hot favourite Wounded outside her easily cleared the field, racing head and head throughout the event. Edging clear on the final bend, Modern Dancer was untroubled in registering a 4 metre margin in advance of Wounded in two minutes even. Arriens (four wide last lap from last) finished 3.7 metres away in third place. On the home front, Moama/Echuca part-owner/trainer/driver Ron Gilligan's in-form 5-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Salute The Rain gelding Salute The Wind was successful in the Len Schmedje Memorial Trotters Handicp for T0 or better class over 2170 metres.  Stepping a lot better this time from 20 metres, Salute The Wind settled three back in the running line, with Dabbsey crossing Wirra Storm to lead shortly after the start. Commencing a forward three wide move in the last lap, Salute The Wind was too strong at the finish for Dabbsey in a rate of 2-04.2, with Sans Frontiere close up in third place after facing the breeze from a 30 metre mark. The margins being 4 metres by 1.6 metres. Lancefield's Paul Rix who at one stage worked for the powerful Bob and Vin Knight stable, landed the Hocking Trading Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres with 4-Y-0 Peruvian Hanover/Safe Adieu gelding Travelnfirstclass, much to the delight of a large group of owners including the Rix family and Brian (Yogi) Hunt. Driven by Scott Stewart, Travelningfirstclass having start number nine was untroubled to lead throughout from gate three, accounting for Stonethachristian which trailed and Life Long Voyage which followed the pair. The mile rate a slick 1-57.7. Tatura trainer David Abrahams combined with Daryl Douglas to capture the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2170 metres with 4-Y-0 Artiscape/Course She Can mare Thisiswhoiam in a rate of 2-00.5, leading for the majority of the trip from gate five to score from Teniamo which trailed and My Mums A Star (six wide home turn from last). The De Maria Mitsubishi 2-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres resulted in the closest finish of the day, with five horses crossing the line almost in unison - the victor being Sutter Hanover/Grace Anatom gelding Sutter Man.  Trained at Kyabram by Mick Blackmore and driven by David Moran, Sutter Man possied three back the markers after his stablemate Loverwithagrin arrested the lead away from Canyouseeme turning into the back straight on the first occasion. Exticated into the clear on turning, Sutter Man finished full of running to blouse Just Knew out wide by a head, with Canyouseemenow using the sprint lane to dead-heat for third with Fairy Dust (one/one - three wide home turn). The mile rate 2-02.1. Videos of all races attached Len Baker  

Foiled Again drew post 2 in Saturday’s (July 20) $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in by Northfield Park Executive VP/Director of Racing Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented five times and Saturday’s eleventh race will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The eight-year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again, who is now nine years old. He has paced his last five races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and has garnered 70 career victories and earned $5,176,444. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. The 2013 Battle of Lake Erie field: Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1-Aracache Hanover     TBA Gregg McNair 7-2 2-Foiled Again                Tony Hall Ron Burke 2-1 3-Rockin Finish              Dan Noble Virgil Morgan Jr.12-1 4-Thinking Out Loud      Dan Noble Robert McIntosh 6-1 5-A Rocknroll Dance     Dan Noble Jim Mulinix 4-1 6-Clear Vision                 Chris Page Ron Burke 15-1 7-State Treasurer          Aaron Merriman Ian Moore 8-1 8-Versado                       Andrew McCarthy Nick Surick 10-1 Final driver selections will be made by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. An impressive undercard featuring two $30,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colt trotters and a $35,000 OSS division for three year--old-old colt pacers will support this year’s Battle of Lake Erie program. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday’s eleventh race as well as a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool. Saturday’s Pick-4 will conclude with the Battle of Lake Erie. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff  

Achieving your first training success is no mean feat but to do it with a trotter that has shocking conformation is a big achievement. “He’s a crock, but like all of my animals he’s my friend first and racehorse second. It’s a shame he’s not formed right because he has got a bit of ability but he’s not the type you can race week in and week out,” said trainer James Ramsay.

Champion New Zealand harness racing reinsman Dexter Dunn, successfully defended last year's title in the annual Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship conducted by the progressive Horsham Harness Racing Club at Horsham on Monday May 20.

It came as no surprise that Blazin N Cullen won at Christchurch's Addington Raceway in New Zealand last Friday (July 20) night. The 2-year-old colt has rich maternal bloodlines, so much so his close harness racing rellies have been some of North America's top pacers and stallions.

Foiled Again drew post 5 and has been named the 2-1 morning-line harness racing favorite in Saturday's (July 21) $111,500 Battle of Lake Erie by Northfield Park Executive VP/Director of Racing Dave Bianconi.

Foiled Again is expected to enter this Saturday's (July 21) Battle of Lake Erie and will try to become the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the harness racing event three times.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 Northfield Park will host the 27th annual $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran harness racing pacers the sport has to offer.

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