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Acton, Ontario - In the wee hours of the early morning Monday, Sydney "Pinky" Seelster had a filly, and nobody in the harness racing industry could not be happier than their owner, Sydney Weaver. Her first Facebook post was at  3:42 am along with a photo of the newborn daughter of Pet Rock. The text from Sydney Weaver said, "Baby Joe has arrived! For all of you who read my story on Harnesslink about  The Anticipation of Waiting for a foal, Sydney Seelster had Baby Joe on a wintry night. We will be going to the Juggette instead of the Jug." Of course Sydney Weaver was on hand for the blessed event along with her parents, Lisa and Don Weaver. Not knowing if it was to be a filly or a colt, Sydney affectionately named the unborn foal, Baby Joe, after Pet Rock's owner, Joe Bellino, who donated the breeding to Sydney Seelster for Pet Rock. And what will the name be for this pretty little filly? That will be announced later this week in a special Harnesslink exclusive press release. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  


Empire Stallions is pleased to announce that Triple World Champion PET ROCK 2,1:52.3; 3,1:50; 4,1:47 ($1,984,2014) will be joining our stallion roster and standing in Victoria for the upcoming 2015/16 harness racing breeding season.   A fierce competitor with extraordinary race credentials, PET ROCK started a total of 45 times with 16 wins and 18 placings while amassing over $1.9 million in earnings.PET ROCK has the distinction of being the fastest horse in history of any age winning on a half mile track in a world record 1:48.1. He is also the current World Champion and fastest 4YO ever on a five-eighths mile track winning in 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs.   PET ROCK was destined for greatness the moment he first stepped foot onto a racetrack. In his first 2YO trial at Scioto Downs in Ohio, PET ROCK caught the eye of trainer Virgil Morgan Jr when he won solidly in 1:58. Morgan discovered that the colt was for sale and after his second qualifying win, this time at The Meadowlands in 1:55.3, PET ROCK was purchased by Frank & Joe Bellino of New York with Morgan accepting training duties.   PET ROCK hit the board in all of his 5 starts at 2 with 2 wins and 3 seconds while winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes at The Meadowlands in 1:52.3 and the Hoosier Stake at Indianapolis. His three second place finishes were by a total of less than three-quarters of a length.   At 3, PET ROCK banked $934,500 with 8 wins including the $306,000 Art Rooney Memorial Final in a Stakes & Track Record over Yonkers half-mile oval in 1:51. He also won the $215,000 Windy City Pace Final at Maywood Park in 1:51.4, the $50,000 Confederation Cup elimination and placed in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace Final, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Final, the $415,000 Messenger Stakes Final and the $312,000 Cane Pace Final.   PET ROCK’s four-year-old season would become one for the record books with 6 wins (5 of these between 1:47 and 1:48.2) for a further $972,820 in earnings while lowering his lifetime mark to 1:47 neat at The Meadowlands.   In early September 2013, PET ROCK took his first World Champion title in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs to become the fastest 4YO ever on a 5/8ths mile track winning in a sizzling 1:47.2.   Just 12 days after his record setting performance at Scioto Downs, PET ROCK became the fastest pacer of any age or sex on a half-mile track with his impressive 1:48.1 victory in the Winbak Pace at Delaware, Ohio over A Rocknroll Dance. PET ROCK’s gutsy performance in the $184,000 Roll With Joe Final at Tioga Downs saw him set yet another 5/8ths track record in 1:48.1 while defeating a stellar field of seasoned performers including Foiled Again, A Rocknroll Dance, Sweet Lou and Betterthancheddar.   This World Champion season was punctuated with his win in the prestigious $471,000 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands starting from post nine. PET ROCKlowered his lifetime mark to 1:47 (with a last quarter of :26.3) while establishing a new stakes record and once again dominated a star-studded field in Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou, Golden Receiver and Foiled Again. He also scored wins in the $200,000 American National Stake in a great stretch duel over Foiled Again in 1:48.2 and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in 1:50.1. “PET ROCK’s records speak for themselves. He is a true champion, winning on all-sized tracks speaks to his versatility” said trainer Virgil Morgan Jr who has 5,529 race wins to his credit for $46.5 million in earnings. PET ROCK is by the prolific ROCKNROLL HANOVER, a World Champion himself who was the USA 3YO & Horse of the Year sweeping most of the sport’s classics including the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup while earning over $2.7 million. Before his untimely death, ROCKNROLL also stood at Empire Stallions and is currently the leading 2YO sire in Australia from the first of his two crops resulting from the years he stood in Victoria. ROCKNROLL HANOVER is one of North America’s premier sires from just 6 crops of racing age banking an astonishing $77 million in earnings, 190 $100,000+ earners and 59 in 1:50. With his1:47 record, PET ROCK is ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s fastest performer ever.   PET ROCK is bred on the golden ROCKNROLL HANOVER - ARSTPLACE cross. His dam, CASUAL BEAUTY is by ARTSPLACE out of the CAM FELLA mareCASUAL BRILLIANCE. A 1:54 race winner herself at 3, CASUAL BEAUTY has left 9 foals for 9 winners – all in 2:00 or faster. His granddam CASUAL BRILLIANCE has had five winners in 1:57 with two in 1:55.   A handsome dark bay stallion standing 16 hands, PET ROCK is a kind horse with great conformation, a flawless gait and excellent fertility. “We are absolutely thrilled to add a stallion of PET ROCK’s caliber to our lineup” said Empire Stallion’s owner David James. “It was an honour to stand his sire and we look forward to carrying on this successful bloodline, particularly with ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s current down under success. We believe PET ROCK is ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s greatest son and with his World Champion race credentials and royal pedigree, PET ROCK will have a major influence on the future racing scene.”   PET ROCK has been fully booked to the maximum number of mares allowed in North America in both 2014 and 2015, his first 2 seasons at stud, at a fee of $6,000. PET ROCK was also fully booked in NSW last season which was his first in the Southern Hemisphere.    He will stand at Empire for a very competitive fee of $5,500 and discounts will apply. His progeny will be Vicbred eligible, as well as eligible to the Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and the NSW Breeders Challenge. World Record 1:48.1 on Half Mile Track Pet Rock defeats A Rocknroll Dance in world record time in the2013 Winbak Pace World Record 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs Pet Rock defeats Sweet Lou & A Rocknroll Dance in Jim Ewart Memorial

With the new season upon us, harness racing breeders have at least two reasons to be excited thanks to Global Stallion Management. The popular group has secured top prospects for Australasian breeders, which are destined to be well patronised. Thanks to the hard work and vision of Global’s Scott Robertson and Gary Donaldson, champion pacer Pet Rock and world champion trotter Dejarmbro are heading ‘Down Under’. A royally-bred son of Rocknroll Hanover, Pet Rock’s maternal line includes the likes of Artsplace, Cam Fella and Albatross. A relentless pacer, which earned the nickname of ‘The Crusher’, Pet Rock coupled blistering speed with a seemingly endless supply of stamina. Boasting a world record 1.47 on a 5/8-mile track, the stallion also registered a world record of 1.48.1 on a half-mile circuit. Often complimented for his “flawless gait”, Pet Rock will stand at the well-known Yirribee Stud in New South Wales, with interstate mares eligible for the lucrative NSW Breeders’ Challenge as well as their local futurities. In one of the best cropS of the modern era, Dejarmbro was a standout as he established several milestones, including a world record at three. From the Donerail mare Armbro Déjà Vu, Dejarmbro belongs to one America’s premier trotting families, which is littered with superstar performers and is closely-related to Monarchy, making him an attractive cross. A magnificent looking stallion, Dejarmbro was fully booked in America, with his ‘card’ – via frozen semen - expected to fill quickly in the Southern Hemisphere as well. Pet Rock and Dejarmbro will join Global Stallion Management’s established line-up consisting of Angus Hall, BG’s Folly, Julius Caesar, Lawman and Stonebridge Regal. Global can be contacted via Robertson on 0400 331 386, Donaldson 0427 004 662 or Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 PAUL COURTS

Kialla trainer-driver David Moran enjoyed a winning double with two of his in-form pacers last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Both The Baggy Green (a four-year-old mare by Art Major out of Lady Waratah) and Our Santa Catalina (a three-year-old filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of San Sophia) carried their strong Breeders Crown form into last night's meeting and both recorded strong victories. The Baggy Green, who ran second to Frith in the four-year-old mares’ Breeders Crown Final last time out, found the back of early leader Earth Angel last night used the sprint lane at the finish to wind up for a 2.3-metre victory in the Alabar Pace, Race 1, over 1720 metres. Earth Angel led for Josh Aiken with Isabelle Delacour (Jason Lee) parking in the breeze after a failed attack for the front. Glenferrie EJ (Jodi Quinlan) ran second after a sustained run three-wide, while Earth Angel boxed on gamely for third. The Baggy Green started at $2.20, kicking the night off on a winning note for punters. Moran’s second winner came up in Race 4, the Harness Breeders Vic 3YO Classic over 1720 metres. He drove Our Santa Catalina, who scored an upset win over last-start Group 1 winner Just Cala (Amanda Turnbull) by 1.8 metres, with Madison Louise (Chris Alford) third. With 1200 metres to go Moran and Our Santa Catalina eased three-wide from the one-out-one-back spot and moved to the breeze outside race leader Dazzling Arden. At this stage Turnbull had the $1.40 favourite Just Cala in last position. Down the back, though, Turnbull started her move, taking the Dennis Picker trained filly around the field three-wide. But the leaders quickened up with middle sectionals of 29.9 and 28.4, Just Cala forced to work hard for the bulk of the final lap. Once the field straightened up for the run to the judge, Our Santa Catalina shook off Dazzling Arden and then hit the line in a 27.8 final quarter. Just Cala simply didn’t have the firepower at the finish as Our Santa Catalina – who ran third in a Breeders Crown semi-final at Ballarat two starts back – showed enormous grit in the run to the line. Our Santa Catalina has now won seven of 20 starts. Leading reinsman Nathan Jack was the other driver to pick up a winning double last night, piloting Bad Habbott to a 2.7-metre triumph in the Home Timber and Hardware Melton 3YO Trot for trainer Russell Commens before finishing the program aboard Shared Interest, the Russell Jack trained gelded son of Angus Hall obliterating his rivals by 18.1 metres in the Haley Toulmin 2YO Trot over 1720 metres. Other winners on the card were Action Kosmos for Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan in the Trot and Game We Play in the Empire Stallions 3YO Pace Final for trainer-driver Craig Turnbull, the son of Courage Under Fire too strong as the long odds-on favourite in the race Karkarooc who finished a well-beaten seventh. In-form mare Tandias Bromac won the Pet Rock Pace for trainer Amanda Grieve and driver Chris Alford while the Michael Stanley trained and driven Young Modern won the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720 metres. Gumdrops won for trainer Steve Zammit and driver Rodney Petroff in the Breeders Crown Broodmare Noms Close 1 Sept Pace, and the Chris Lang trained and driven Lord Liam won the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap. The Victorian harness racing spotlight turns to Cranbourne tonight (Saturday) with the first of 11 races at 5.35pm. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

It would be easy for trainer Ron Burke to be confident as he prepares Sweet Lou for Friday's $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. After all, his 5-year-old pacer brings an eight-race win streak to the event, with an unprecedented stretch of speedy miles to go with it. But Burke knows Sweet Lou isn't the only horse streaking into the Dan Patch. Dancin Yankee, the last horse to defeat Sweet Lou, also is among the pacers in the nine-horse field. Dancin Yankee, racing out of the stable of trainer Amber Buter, brings a six-race victory streak to the Dan Patch. It will be the first meeting between the two horses since Dancin Yankee won the Van Rose Memorial Invitational on May 3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sweet Lou finished third, but since then has gone undefeated. "I think Lou is running into another horse that is racing as good as anyone in the country," Burke said. "I'm actually nervous. I think that horse is super sharp, career sharp, too. "There are other horses that could win too, but both those horses are on long win streaks. I think that's going to be a great race." Sweet Lou has won eight of 11 races this year and earned $791,500 for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. His wins include the Ben Franklin Pace, William R. Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, and Roll With Joe. His 1:47 victory in the Ben Franklin is the fastest ever on a five-eighths-mile track, breaking the previous mark of 1:47.2 that was shared by Dancin Yankee and Pet Rock. Sweet Lou has won each of his last five starts in less than 1:48, which is a record. He has been driven during his win streak by Ron Pierce. For his career, the son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future has won 30 of 66 races and $2.90 million. He was the 2011 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer and earned $1 million at age 3, but picked up only four wins and $348,638 at 4. "I'm just so happy he's winning," Burke said. "It's enjoyable to watch him race right now. I've been such a believer all along and for him to do what we thought he could, nothing feels better." Burke, who on Saturday moved past Virgil Morgan Jr. to become the winningest trainer in harness racing history, also sends Bettor's Edge to the Dan Patch. The 5-year-old gelding has won six of 19 races this season and earned $421,781. He was second to Sweet Lou in the Franklin and Haughton and fourth in the U.S. Pacing Championship. Dancin Yankee has won 14 of 21 races this year and $315,140 for owners Baron Racing Stable and Rich Lombardo. The 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest won the preferred handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in each of his last three starts. The remainder of the field is Thinking Out Loud, Night Pro, Carol's Comet, Heston Blue Chip, State Treasurer and Our Lucky Chip. "It ended up being a really good field," Burke said. Following is the field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Dancin Yankee, Tyler Buter, Amber Buter, 8-1; 2. Thinking Out Loud, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 6-1; 3. Night Pro, Peter Wrenn, Dale Decker, 20-1; 4. Carol's Comet, Aaron Merriman, Ron Potter, 15-1; 5. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 4-5; 6. Heston Blue Chip, Corey Callahan, Linda Toscano, 15-1; 7. Bettor's Edge, Ricky Macomber Jr., Ron Burke, 10-1; 8. State Treasurer, Jody Jamieson, Ian Moore, 4-1; 9. Our Lucky Chip, Trace Tetrick, Jason Miller, 30-1.  By Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

They say you can’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. It seems the same can be said for horses. For Group 1 winning mare Pressplay, punters who wrote her off as inconsistent must have felt as though they’d been kicked in the shins when she won the Vicbred Super Series final earlier this month at big odds. Pressplay has never lacked in ability, says trainer Rebecca Cartwright, but the horse’s feet have not been the same since she trod on a nail. “Some of her runs might have looked a bit disappointing on paper but if you knew the horse you’d know in some of those races it was like she was running on a hot tin roof,” Cartwright said. Farrier Stephen Said, who has been in harness racing a long time, has played an integral role behind the scenes with Pressplay. Due to her hoof ailment shoeing the mare is problematic, but Stephen’s persistence has paid off in spades, Cartwright said. “He did the most amazing job with her. Stephen really cared and made particular sets of shoes for her … her feet had never been as perfect as he got them heading into the Vicbred Final.” Doreen-based Cartwright bred Pressplay and raced her mother, Miss Superb. “It was just so humbling (to win the Group 1). We’ve been in the game a long time and to breed one and then to win a Group 1 with that horse was just amazing,” she said. “Craig (Rebecca’s partner) should take a lot of the credit for the win. He’s done a wonderful job with her and has always loved her.” Pressplay has drawn gate six in the Pet Rock Pace Final (Race 2) at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night with Amanda Turnbull, who has become the horse’s regular reinswoman after guiding her to Group 1 success, taking the reins. “It’s a bugger of a draw,” Cartwright said. “I don’t really know at this stage. I’m going to have to sit down and look at all the runners and work it out.” Cartwright said Pressplay was a “dead-set sit-sprinter”, so making her own luck in running can be tricky. But in terms of ability, Cartwright always knew Pressplay had at least one big-race win in her. “Her first run in the (Vicbred) heat was a good one. Then she ran a super race in the semi-final. We always said she could win a big race she just need a little bit of luck,” Cartwright said. By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

This beautiful 400 acre standardbred nursery on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River has long been recognised as one of Australia's premier harness racing stud farms. Established in 1985 by Rod Woodhouse and the late Ian Walsh, Yirribee has earned its reputation for excellence over the last thirty years through hard work and professional management. The 400 acres are fully irrigated and the paddocks, fencing and stables have all been purpose built to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses on the stud. Yirribee Pacing Stud bred their own mares with an eye to the yearling sales where they have built up a reputation as genuine sellers of quality yearlings, having sold numerous classic winners over the last 30 years. Yirribee Pacing Stud is looking forward to the coming season with real confidence. Not only is the stud environment in outstanding condition but the stallion roster is exciting to say the least. Still run on a day to day basis by its co-founder Rod Woodhouse with help from Dianne Sutherland, Yirribee's success is in no small part due to the longevity of most of the staff employed at the stud. The well regarded stud master Roger Strong has been at Yirribee since 1998 and with Rod and Dianne gives the stud that vital experience needed to run such a large operation. The on farm pregnancy rate of 94% is testament to their knowledge and experience. With the stud being in such close proximity to the airport, Yirribee is able to send semen anywhere in Australia and know that it will reach its destination the same day. In 2011 Yirribee established a new quarantine area to allow for the exportation of semen to New Zealand in recognition that Australia and New Zealand now operate as a single market in the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. So the infrastructure and the staff at Yirribee are first class and this season they have the stallions to match.  One stallion that has them really excited with the new breeding season approaching is Million Dollar Cam. Million Dollar Cam 1:50.4 ($969,792) who stood in North America for several years, has been having a stellar season in both hemispheres this year. That shouldn't come as any surprise to Australian breeders as Million Dollar Cam was a two and three year old of the highest class, winning the famous Little Brown Jug in 1:50.2 on the half mile oval, defeating both Art Major and Mach Three. The horse that started the ball rolling this year was PH Supercam 1:51.1h ($717,222) who won the $567,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Series Final at Yonkers in a very quick 1:52.3 on the half mile oval. PH Supercam is the latest in a long line of quality horses sired by Million Dollar Cam in North America joining the likes of PH Jackpot 1:49.4f ($745,643) Mr Saratoga 1:49.4s ($705,017), Deuces And Jacks 1:51.2f ($626,084) and Play It Wynn 1:50.4s ($588,715) to name just a few of the horses that have helped Million Dollar Cam to accrue $21,816,457 in stakes to date. Million Dollar Cam is also having a great season in Australia with his first crop of two year olds. With a crop numbering just 60, his juveniles have been making Australian breeders sit up and take notice as they have been prominent in all the major stakes races. The headline act amongst them so far has been Its Only Rocknroll 1:55.5 ($96,910) who won the $125,000 New South Wales Breeders Challenge Final for colts and geldings. Throw in the smart filly Ameretto 1:56.9 ($49,675) Milliondollar Wave 1:57.6 ($35,743) and Karalta Impulse 2:03.4 ($23,165) and Million Dollar Cam is chalking up some pretty impressive numbers. Million Dollar Cam has had 21 two year old starters to date for 6 winners of $240,008 which is a great launching pad for his stud career in Australia. Million Dollar Cam - Little Brown Jug But Million Dollar Cam is not the only stallion that Yirribee has high hopes for this breeding season. Pet Rock 1:47 ($1,985,820) will be standing his first season in Australia this year and this brilliant son of Rocknroll Hanover has so much to offer Southern Hemisphere breeders. His world records of 1:48.1 on an half mile track and 1:47.2 on a five eights track establish one thing beyond any doubt. You don’t run such incredibly quick times on small tracks unless you have a flawless gait. Pet Rock raced and beat the best colts of his year on his way to earning $1,985,820. Not only does he have the performance on the board, but he is bred in the purple as well. He is the fastest son of the great sire, Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.3m ($3,069,093) whose stock have won in excess of  $65,665,136 to date and is from a daughter of Artsplace in Casual Beauty 1:54  who has left four in 1:55 at stud. The Rocknroll Hanover over an Artsplace mare cross has been sensational in North America with six of his eight millionaires being bred on that cross. It all adds up to Pet Rock having all the credentials to make it as a sire which is obviously how the North Americans see him as he served 140 mares at Midland Stud in Ohio in his first season. Pet Rock - World record on a five-eights track Backing these two sires up are a string of proven sires which include; VILLAGE JASPER - Has already sired 658 winners who have won $30,921,212. There is not much more needs to be said really. He is a top sire of both fillies and colts who continues to leave high class horses. LOMBO POCKET WATCH - Really only has the one crop of four year olds to represent him on the track as he went back to the racetrack after that season. So far that crop has had 25 winners for stakes of $570,084 including such smart types as Big Ben Lombo 1:57 ($53,374), Clancys Fobwatch 1:56 ($59,768), Magic Moment Lombo 1:57.4 ($51,320) and Lombo Keepa Secret 1:57.6 ($43,663) so Lombo Pocket Watch has made an encouraging start as a sire. JOHN STREET NORTH - Has proven to be a great bread and butter sire with 181 winners to date for stakes totalling $6,305,319. He has sired 14 $100,000 winners including such smart types as Fourmore 1:56 ($273,348), Flite Dynasty 1:55.8 ($183,840), Go Go Bop 1:57.5 ($183,490) and No More Drink 1:56.1 ($163,529). Looks great value at $1,000 (gst inclusive) RIVER KHAN - Another sire who has done a good job with 147 winners to date for stakes totalling $4,375,906. What he can do is leave that real top liner such as About To Rock 1:58.5 ($553,395,) Mighty River ($425,560) and Muddy River 1:59.4 ($207,313). MR FEELGOOD - Only available via frozen semen from Queensland this season after standing at Yirribee last season. Off to a great start in Queensland and has all the credentials to make a top sire. Yirribee Pacing Stud should be very proud of the outstanding siring group it has assembled for the 2014/2015 breeding season. There is something there for everyone and every budget. Going by the depth of the stallions available, one would expect that Rod, Dianne and Roger are going to be very busy this breeding season. Harnesslink media

Bettor's Edge is not the highest profile pacer in the Ron Burke Stable, but he is holding his own against the best in the sport. It's something he has done pretty much throughout his million-dollar-earning career. The 5-year-old gelding heads into Saturday's $463,300 William R. Haughton Memorial for older pacers at the Meadowlands off a second-place finish in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 28. He finished between stablemates Sweet Lou, who edged him by a neck, and Foiled Again. Sweet Lou and Foiled Again also are entered in the Haughton, as well as Burke-trained Clear Vision. Sweet Lou, who has a five-race win streak, is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Bettor's Edge is fourth choice at 6-1, behind Captaintreacherous (3-1) and State Treasurer (9-2). Foiled Again, who with $6.31 million in career purses is the richest harness racing horse in North American history, starts from the outside in post No. 10 and is 12-1. The Haughton and $776,000 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers will be shown live starting at 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Saturday's card also includes the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial, $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial, $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee, $178,450 Golden Girls, and a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility Series. Bettor's Edge, who joined the Burke Brigade in November 2013 after a successful stint with trainer Linda Toscano, has won six of 17 races this year, including three divisions of the spring Levy Series, and earned $285,340. "We're high on him," said Mark Weaver, who owns Bettor's Edge with Burke Racing, Mike Bruscemi, and M1 Stable. "In the Franklin, it looked like he was going to get by [Sweet] Lou and beat the best horses around. He's solid. A lot of people that follow him really like him. His lines are better than they look. He's been in against tough horses in tough spots." As a 3-year-old, Bettor's Edge won six of 25 races, including the Monument Circle, and had on-the-board finishes in the Breeders Crown, Tattersalls Pace, Little Brown Jug, Cane Pace, and Progress Pace on his way to $573,797 in season's earnings. "We always liked the horse," Weaver said, adding about Bettor's Edge's foaling year of 2009, "That year, [Sweet] Lou's crop, I love those horses. I don't think people realized how good they were. I think last year they started to realize, with Pet Rock and A Rocknroll Dance and some of the others and the way they raced in the aged pacing division. "We're trying to look at the immediate future as well as down the road. Foiled [Again] can't last forever; [Sweet] Lou eventually will be in the breeding shed. We like to buy horses we think can help fill voids when they happen. We thought he could do that. So far it's worked out. I wouldn't be surprised if he does some bigger and better things." If nothing else, Bettor's Edge has proved to be a durable money-earner. When he starts in the Haughton it will give him at least one race in 14 of the last 15 months. "A lot of these horses, you map out every start," Weaver said. "With him, we've been kind of winging it. He's had 38 starts since he's had a real break. Believe me, he's not getting one soon as well as he's racing. At some point he'll get the break he deserves and maybe he'll come back even better next year." Following is the Haughton field in post order with listed drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Thinking Out Loud, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 8-1; 2. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 3. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 8-5; 4. State Treasurer, David Miller, Ian Moore, 9-2; 5. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 30-1; 6. Bettor's Edge, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 7. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley, 12-1; 8. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 20-1; 9. Clear Vision, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1; 10. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 12-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Pocono Downs racetrack outside of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania lived up to its reputation as the world’s fastest five-eighths mile harness racing track as five world records were set Saturday during their $2 million Sun Stakes. Early on the evening the trotter Sebastian K set up the string of world record performances with his all age trotting mark at a one mile distance in 1:49 and that paved the way for three more world marks to be set. The second most impressive mile was Father Patrick in winning the $500,000 Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial for three-year-old trotting colts. Leaving from post eight, driver Yannick Gingras was parked out early on by stablemate Nuncio (John Campbell), who had beaten out Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) for control of the early lead to the opening quarter mile in a smart :27.1. Gingras took his time and got Father Patrick to the lead before the half mile marker in :56 and then just let his trotter roll. Past the three-quarters in 1:23, Father Patrick began to open up on the field. As they came down the stretch, Father Patrick was at ease as Gingras just line drove him home, but the teletimer said different as the one mile was clocking in an amazing 1:50.2. Nuncio was second with Datsyuk third. His time established Father Patrick as the fastest three-year-old trotter ever on a five-eighths mile track, surpassing Googoo Gaagaa’s 1:50.4 mark in 2012, also set at Pocono Downs. “I was very happy with both my horses,” said trainer Jimmy Takter, who also trains Nuncio. “Like I have been saying, Father Patrick is a very unique horse. We compare him with other horses and I have trained a lot of great horses but this is the best horse I have ever developed. This horse trotter here tonight in 1:50.2. I know this track is fantastic but Yannick he just sat with him and never asked him and he still had his plugs (ear) in him. He was sitting on a good second at least.” Now undefeated in five starts this year and with 15 wins in 16 lifetime starts (his only loss came last year to Nuncio), Father Patrick is sired by Cantab Hall and is owned by the Father Patrick Syndicate of East Windsor, NJ. With his victory he has surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings at 1,097,288. The $500,000 final of the Max Hempt Memorial for three-year-old pacing colts saw McWicked and driver David Miller beat the world mark for his age and gait with a 1:47.3 victory. The son of McArtle took the early lead away from At Press Time (Yannick Gingras) and never looked back, cruising to the wire in winning by two and one-quarter lengths over At Press Time and All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), who had tried to go first-over in the race. His time of 1:47.3 surpassed the world record on a five-eighths mile track that was set last year by Sunshine Beach at Pocono Downs in defeating two-time Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous. “He was just awesome,” said trainer Casie Coleman. “I usually like him out of a hole but he can race on the front end. I saw Dave (Miller) tuck his whip away in the stretch so I was pretty happy.” “You know, he felt pretty good down the backstretch and around the final turn,” David Miller said. “He is just unbelievable. I had a lot of confidence in him. I didn’t want to be the last one out of the gate and it worked out pretty well.” Owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, NY, it was McWicked’s fourth win in seven starts this year. He paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. Doo Wop Hanover and driver Corey Callahan swept three-wide in the backstretch from last place and despite being parked out three-wide the entire final turn, was able to close with a burst of speed to win the $75,000 Max Hempt Memorial Consolation Pace for three-year-olds colts. Mattamerica (George Napolitano, Jr.) took the early lead away from Kingofthejungle (Brett Miller) and he set super-fast fractions. Some Playa (Brian Sears) had come first-over to no avail as it was Doo Wop Hanover come on to win by a half length in 1:49. Mattamerican held for second with Kingofthejungle third. It was the third win in six starts this year for Doo Wop Hanover. The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Steve Eliott and it was a lifetime mark for the bay colt who paid $7.00 to win. He is owned by Peter Blood, Rick Berks and Gary Piontkowski. A real slugfest was expected in the $500,000 final of the Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace for older horses and fans were treated by just that. Sweet Lou, the Dan Patch award winning 2011 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year has not been living up to expectations until the last two months and tonight he showed he is the best in the business this year. Driven by Ron Pierce, Sweet Lou was not only able to come on the outside and take away the lead from stablemate Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) after a :25.2 opening quarter mile, but then held him off in a dramatic stretch drive to win by a neck in 1:47, setting a world record in the process. Another stablemate from the Ron Burke Stable, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was third. Captaintreacherous could do nothing with a third-over trip and was fifth. His time surpassed the world mark on a five-eighths mile track that was co-held in 1:47.2 by both Pet Rock (2013) and Dancin Yankee earlier this year. It was a lifetime mark for Sweet Lou. “I let him (Bettor’s Edge) come up to me,” said driver Ron Pierce, “and then I chased after my horse. We were never passed. He just dug in a little bit more. I felt by far he was the best horse in the race. I just had to drive him right. The only way he was going to get beat tonight is if I messed up.” A winner in his last five starts, Sweet Lou is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by The Brurke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Peter Collura. The five-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruise paid $3.20 to win. The only big final that did not set a world record was the $300,000 finale of the James Lynch Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Repeating the same effort as last week, Fancy Desire and driver George Napolitano, Jr. were parked out to the opening quarter mile in :26.1 by Sayitall BB (Yannick Gingras) but once she got to the lead, Fancy Desire would not be passed again. Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell) was parked out from the start and started to come after Fancy Desire as they sped to the half in :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:22.2 but she then began to fade. Then coming down the stretch, Napolitano went to work on Fancy Desire as Sayitall BB came right after them, neck and neck to the wire but Fancy Desire held tough to the finish to win by a head in 1:49.2. Uffizi Hanover (David Miller) was third. “I knew it was going to be a tough race,” Napolitano said. “Once I got to the front I knew Yannick was right behind me and that he had a pretty nice horse. I knew it would be a horse race to the wire. I was really confident coming into the race. She loves her work.” Sired by Real Desire, it was the second straight win and fourth victory of the year for Fancy Desire, who is owned by Robert DiNozzi of Ossining,NY. She paid $5.20 to win. Tyra and driver Tim Tetrick were able to make the most of a two-hole trip behind race favorite Someisleandsomwhere and then pull away in the stretch to win the $50,000 James Lynch Memorial Consolation race for three-year-old pacing fillies. Tyra had shot out to the early lead but a quarter move by Someislesomwhere (David Miller) gave Tyra the perfect two-hole. She moved out of the pocket at the top of the stretch and blasted away from the field to win by three open lengths in a lifetime best 1:50.1. It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) was second with Someislandsomwhere third. Trained by Jim King, Jr. Tyra is sired by McArtle and is owned by CC Racing, LLC. Of Molcena, IL. She paid $6.20 to win and it was her third win in seven starts this year. Sun Stakes Saturday got off to an early fast start at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as 4-year-old trotting gelding Wind Of The North stormed to a 1:51 victory in the second half of the Daily Double, a $21,000 trot. Driver David Miller, to be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame next weekend, left swiftly with the altered son of Cantab Hall to hit the quarter in 26.2, then yielded to Daylon Magician, who got the field to the half in 55.1. Going to the ¾ Daylon Magician made a break and went to the infield, giving Wind Of The North clear sailing and inside positioning to the 1:23.1 ¾, and Wind Of The North stormed home in 27.4 to finish the record mile, which shaded the former standard of Indian Summer, set here 51 weekends ago, by a tick. Clifton Green of Pennsylvania is the trainer/lessee of Wind Of The North, who lowered his personal best by almost three seconds, from 1:53.4. by Steve Wolf, for

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Summarzing the awesome impact of the tremendous performances shown, primarily during the features, for the $2,271,000 Sun Stakes Saturday card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs: --The fastest trotting mile ever, without qualification, the 1:49 turned in by superstar Swedish superstar Sebastian K S and trainer/driver Ake (pronounced OH-key) Svanstedt. The overall standard was the 1:49.3 by Enough Talk at Colonial in 2008; the "f" track mark was the 1:50.2 set by Market Share at Harrah's Philly five weeks ago. His last three quarters were an awesome 1:19.4! --The fastest pacing mile ever on a 5/8-mile track, the 1:47 posted by Sweet Lou in the Franklin Final; the former record on 5/8-milers was the 1:47.2 co-held by Pet Rock and Dancin Yankee. In addition, the clocking was only 1/5 off the all-size-tracks race record of 1:46.4 co-held by Somebeachsomewhere, Holborn Hanover, and Warrawee Needy. --Divisional world records were set by 3YO trotting colt Father Patrick, 1:50.2 in winning the Beal Final; 3YO pacing colt McWicked, 1:47.3 in taking the Hempt Final; and 4YO trotting gelding Wind Of The North, who took an overnight conditioned event in 1:51. Father Patrick's time also was only 1/5 of a second off the divisional record for all sizes of tracks, co-held by Donato Hanover and Muscle Hill. --The three stakes mentioned above as setting world records of course also rewrote their stakes records. In the other major stake of the night, the Lynch Final for 3YO pacing fillies, winner Fancy Desire equaled the stakes mark of 1:49.2 first set by American Jewel two years ago. --Overall, the 16-race card rewrote the seven-day-old standard for fastest race card ever in the history of harness racing. A mark of 1:49.2 was set on Sun Stakes Saturday elimination night; that ink will not get the chance to dry, as the average of tonight's races was 1:49.1 (which includes three trots on the card, although they went 1:51, 1:49, and 1:50.2). --In all, five world records were set on the card, and 11 horse set new lifetime marks. --There were three miles in 1:47.3 or better: Dancin Yankee and McWicked in that time, and then Sweet Lou's 1:47. (Has that feat ever been accomplished on one card before?) There were five other miles in 1:49 or better, and 11 miles total in 1:50 or better. From the PHHA, for Pocono Downs  

Dancin Yankee won the $25,000 Preferred pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but the real story was his time, which was the fastest ever at Pocono and matched the harness racing world record for fastest pace on a 5/8-mile oval. Fresh off a win in the Van Rose Memorial pace at Pocono in his previous start, Dancin Yankee (Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest), the 4-5 favorite from an outside post in a field of six, took over the lead with a blinding burst of speed on the front stretch. With Brett Miller in the bike, the 6-year-old stallion from the Josh Green barn had to endure a first-over challenge on the back stretch from Mach It So and a home stretch battle from pocket horse Clear Vision, eventually prevailing over the latter by a neck with Feel Like A Fool finishing third. The fractional times for the mile were :26, :52:2, 1:20:1, and 1:47:2. That winning time broke Pocono's all-time mark of 1:47:4, which was accomplished three times in 2013. It also matched the fastest mile ever paced on a 5/8-mile oval, which was first set last year by Pet Rock at Scioto Downs. In addition, Dancin Yankee sets a new world record for aged stallions on the pace with the winning time. Dancin Yankee, owned by Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo, won for the 8th time in 14 races this season. He now has 32 lifetime victories and career earnings of $778,922. Jim Beviglia

Pet Rock 1:47 ($1,984,204), the fastest pacer ever on a half-mile and five-eighths mile track, is to do stud duty at one of New South Wales' leading studs, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga this season. The brilliant, young stallion has just completed his first season at the prestige Midland Acres stud, Ohio where he served a full book of 140 mares at a $6,000 fee. "We're thrilled to have been able to secure a horse of his accomplishments to stand stud in Australia," Global Stallion Management director Scott Robertson said. "His record speaks for itself." Pet Rock started on 45 occasions over three seasons and totted up 16 wins and 18 minor placings. A winner in 1:52.6 as a two-year-old, Pet Rock banked $934,518 at three racing against top horses such as A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou and Thinking Out Loud. Among his successes were the $306,204 Art Rooney at Yonkers in a stakes and track record of 1:51 and the $215,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park in 1:51.8. He also finished second in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace, $415,000 Messenger Stake, $322,000 Cane Pace and $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine and third in the $587,000 Confederation Cup. As a four-year-old Pet Rock really came into his own, netting $972,820 from six wins and five placings in 18 appearances. He took his record of 1:47 at four years, winning the $471,800 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands, coming from post nine with a 26.6 seconds closing quarter. He established world records on a half-mile track winning the Winbak Farm Pace9 at Delaware in 1:48.2 and a five-eighths track capturing the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs in 1:47.4 and was only one-fifth of a second away from being the fastest horse over a half-mile, five-eighths and one mile track. Pet Rock - World Record Pet Rock - World Record Pet Rock's other successes at four included the $150,000 Roll With Joe in 1:48.2 (beating Foiled Again $6.2-million), $200,000 American National in 1:48.4 and the $223,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, while he finished runner-up in the $500,000 Breeders Crown, $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace and fourth in the Canadian Pacing Derby and US Pacing Championship. Virgil Morgan Jnr, who trained Pet Rock, said: "He is such a consistent horse and never throws in a bad race. He can also do it any way you want. Sometimes it seems like he has three lungs!" Hall of Fame driver David Miller said: "He's a pleasure to drive. Obviously his greatest asset is he can carry his speed as far as he can. He amazes me." Pet Rock is a quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood - that of Rocknroll Hanover his sire and Artsplace his maternal sire. Rocknroll Hanover, the sire of Pet Rock, was twice America's champion pacing sire and from just five crops before his untimely death  and they have banked more than $62-million, with 142 $100,000 earners and 39 in the 1:50 list. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.6, Rocknroll Hanover was the world's champion two-year-old pacer at which age he took a record of 1:49.8; was named 3YO of the Year and he ran up a record tally of $2,754,038 to the end of his two and three-year-old racing. Pet Rock belongs to a noted female line, his dam Casual Beauty (1:54) being by Artsplace (1:49.4), champion sire and broodmare sire from Casual Brilliance (1:58), by Cam Fella (1:53.2) from Velvet Dream (1:55.2), by Albatross (1:54.6), who was dubbed 'Super Bird' for his outstanding racetrack and siring deeds. Casual Beauty, the dam of Pet Rock, has proved a prolific broodmare. She is also the dam of Stonebridge Ideal (1:52.2), Casual Lauxmont (1:53.4) and Stonebridge Adonis (1:54) and, in all, nine winners from nine foals with eight in 2:00 and four in 1:55. Casual Brilliance, the dam of Casual Beauty, left five winners in 1:57, two of whom took records of better than 1:55, while the third dam, Velvet Dream, left 13 winners with five in 1:55. A striking bay horse, foaled in 2009, Pet Rock is the fastest performed son of  Rocknroll Hanover, and as a representative of the famed Western Hanover sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of a winning family that has produced top racehorses and leading sires. Pet Rock's service fee in America is $6,000 at which he was fully booked within 10 days, but he is available to Australian breeders for $4,400 payable on 42 day positive test which includes multiple mare and kindred body discounts. No further discounts will be available. His progeny will be eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred (conditions apply) and the Breeders Challenge Blue Series. Peter Wharton  

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