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The New South Wales based stallion He’s Watching sired winners in four different countries in the past fortnight! Heading the vanguard was the brilliant three-year-old colt Tattoo Artist, who led from end to end in 1:49.4 in an $84,506 division of the Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (September 5). Runner-up in the $1 million North America Cup, Tattoo Artist boasts a lifetime scorecard of 11 wins from 17 starts for $694,478 in stakes. Retour Au Jeu, another from He’s Watching first Canadian crop, captured a division of the Breeders Trophy Series in a career-best 1:54.4 at Hippodrome Trois -Rivieres, Quebec on Sunday (September 6). Other recent North American winners sired by He’s Watching included the three-year-olds Wyoming Wind, a winner in 1:56.2 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania, Illbewatchingu (1:57, Grand River Raceway) and Lady To Watch (Hanover Raceway). On the home front, Experia, He’s Watching led in two ‘new’ two-year-old winners in He’s Dan, a winner in 1:59.1 at Kilmore with a final half in 56.1 and quarter in 27, and Ulaanbaatar (1:59.7, Bathurst), while Experia, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old by He’s Watching won for the second time at Menangle, rating 1:57.1 over 2300 metres with the closing 800 in 56.7. To complete a big fortnight, Im Watching You, a four-year-old gelding, came from third last on the home turn to snatch a thrilling last-stride win at Invercargill. He’s Watching can boast the enviable record of having sired 18 individual winners from 57 foals in his first Australian crop – a 32 percent strike rate. A dual world champion and million dollar winner, He’s Watching is now standing at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), of Luke Primmer.     by Peter Wharton

Brilliant Auckland Reactor gelding Reactor Now went within 0.2 of the track record in his emphatic win at Shepparton on Saturday night (September 5). Starting from the pole, the four-year-old led in the early part, then handed up before retaking the front in the first lap. He was never again headed. He clocked closing fractions of 27.4 and 28 – figures which he could have sharply improved. The mile rate for the 1690 metres was 1:52.8. The win kept his unbeaten record in tact at the Kialla track  Reactor Now boasts a lifetime record of 15 starts for 11 wins and $78,930 in stakes. Watch the replay click here! Bred by Bruce and Vicki Edward, the big gelding is out of the American-bred mare Who’s Sorry Now (1:59), a Western Ideal mare who has produced three sub 1:56 winners from three starters. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at the St Fort stud, Moama, of Tony Peacock.   by Peter Wharton  

Delightfulreaction, Auckland Reactor’s second richest daughter, sent her stake earnings beyond the $150,000 plateau when she outfinished her harness racing rivals at Gloucester Park on Friday night (September 4). After enjoying a saloon passage, the four-year-old mare peeled off a 57.7 seconds final 800 to win by almost a length. The mile rate for the 2536 metres was 1:58.4. It was her eleventh lifetime success and boosted her prizemoney to $158,283. Watch the race replay click here! Bred by Mike Howie, Delightfulreaction, a multiple Group placegetter, is out of a Bettor’s Delight mare, Apache Delight. Accelere, a four-year-old gelding and another from Auckland Reactor’s second crop, posted his first win at his second start on Australian soil at Penrith on Thursday (September 3). Despite racing without cover, the New Zealand-bred gelding prove too tough, rating 1:55.3 for 1720 metres with the closing 800 in 58.2. Meanwhile, Jaffa, another ex-Kiwi mare sired by Auckland Reactor, was a very impressive winner in a career-best 1:56 at the Wagga midweek meeting. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at Tony Peacock’s St Fort stud, Moama (NSW).     By Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Eighth on end Bernie Winkle, a seven-year-old New Zealand bred gelding, has won his last eight starts and is the best pacer racing in Victoria’s Sunraysia district at present. He is by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven, sire of a top racemare in Shez All Rock. Bernie Winkle is out of Dolly McD, by Mach Three from the Panorama mare Panodoll, a half-sister to Joyfulbelle (1:56.3), the dam of the high class racemares Bettor Joy 1:50.2 ($567,680) and Joyfuljoy 1:51.6 ($480,442), both Group winners in NZ and now racing successfully in America, and the grand-dam of the WA Diamond Classic winner Majorpride 1:58 (139,245) and recent Tasmanian winner Giftofjoy (1:58.3). Bernie Winkle                                                        -- Stuart McCormick photo   Bernie Winkle ranks as a half-brother to the Invercargill Cup and USA winner Statham 1:50.2 ($156,714) and the NZ winners Toby O’Tara (1:59.5) and Croesus.   Crack youngster by ‘Captain’ A two-year-old to take high ranking in Victoria is Lochinvar Chief, one of the first crop sired by the champion American pacer Captaintreacherous, whose frozen semen in available at Empire Stallions. The gelding has won three races and been three times placed from seven starts for $42,600.  He soundly trounced older rivals at Echuca recently in the smart time of 1:58.8, and appears every bit as good as the Victorians rate him. Lochinvar Chief wins a race at Bathurst                --Bathhurst Harness Racing Club photo   A $70,000 yearling, Lochinvar Chief is out of Always A Target, by Always A Virgin from a useful racemare in Alta Calypso (1:59.4), by Village Jasper and tracing back to the American mare, Minnehaha.   Near Cup class Out To Play, who won the Flying Horse Pace, the main event at Ballarat last Saturday night, is an Art Major entire from the same family as that which produced the emerging champion Ride High. Out To Play, who won the Vicbred Super Series as a three-year-old, has only been sparingly raced, but he has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field he beat at Ballarat. Bred and part-owned by Peter Gleeson, Out To Play is from Play Ball, by Presidential Ball from Secret Life (1:58.6), by Safely Kept from Lifeline, a Classic Garry half-sister to Celebrity Ball, the grand-dam of Ride High. Out To Play ranks as a half-brother to the Vicbred Championship Final winner Stay And Play (1:55.5) and a brother to the Melton winner Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508), who, in turn, left the Vicbred finalist The Pantheist (1:56) and the smart two-year-old filly Holi Starzzz (1:56.1), the winner of four of her six starts to date.   NSW Pink Diamond winner Operative Anna, the brilliant end to end winner of the Harness Breeders NSW Pink Diamond Stakes at Menangle, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she won the Group 2 Breeders Challenge Regional Final. She has opened her three-year-old season with some consistent form and will be well in line for the remaining juvenile classics. She is a filly by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven, from Operative Waves, the best of whose several progeny has been the Seymour Nursery Pace winner Waves Of Fire 1:52.8 ($240,411). Operative Waves ranks as a half-sister to the NSW winner Beautifulsmile (1:59.2), being by Presidential Ball from Operative Lady (2:01.8) by Armbro Operative from the Tuapeka Knight mare Genia’s Dream NZ, a half-sister to the Australian Pacing Championship winner Jack Brandon 1:59.6 ($132,570) and to the dam of the Victoria Breeders Plate winner Not Today 1:55 ($178,486). Operative Anna was bred and is raced by long-time NSW enthusiasts Tim Neven and Melissa Beal.   Close relatives are winners Two smart young horses at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the remaining juvenile classics, are the close relations Askmeilltellya and Act Now. Both bred by Bruce Edward are by Somebeachsomewhere with the three-year-old Askmeilltellya being out of the American-bred mare Molly’s Lucky Star and the two-year-old Act Now from one of her daughters, Molly’s Ideal. Askmeilltellya, winner of the WA Diamond Classic as a two-year-old, has now won six races and $111,283 in stakes, while Act Now posted his maiden success at his third start. Molly’s Lucky Star (1:54.4) is by Bettor’s Delight from Pacific Destiny, by Artsplace from the Big Towner mare One More Kiss, dam of the top American pacer Pacific Fella (1:48.4), who stood stud in Victoria. Others from Molly’s Luck Star have been Pin Stripes (1:53.7, who won five), Our Jaguar Star (1:57.4) and War Dan Star (1:59.3).   Bully’s Delight impresses Bully’s Delight, who won at Melton last weekend, after being blocked for racing room at one stage, has now won nine races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a five-year-old half-brother by Bettor’s Delight to the prolific Melton winner Kid Coconut 1:55 ($146,951). Bullys Delight winning at Melton                                         – photo by Stuart McCormick   Their dam, Mi Coconut, was an Albert Albert mare from Milady 1:59.6 ($147,351), by Kotare Knight from Lucky Piece, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Bully’s Delight and Kid Coconut, others of her progeny have been Blisstar (1:58.8), Queen Of Diamonds (1:57), Ilikemillie (1:57.2) and Mighty Boy Coconut (1:57.3). Mi Coconut won 18 races and $192,172 including the Queen of the Pacific and was a top racemare in her own right. She was a half-sister to Milady Meg, winner of seven races and $54,102 including the Granny Smith, and Mi Mademoiselle (5 wins). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Kate (by Highland Chief) family, Milady being a half-sister to Family Revenge (5 wins), dam of Armbros Revenge 1:53.4 ($291,006), a classics winner in Tasmania who later competed successfully in America.   More Shades Of Gold – bred to be a top trotter More Shades Of Gold, who won the Group 2 $31,800 Franco Australian Trotters Cup at Menangle, is a five-year-old trotter expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. A member of Blake Fitzpatrick’s Cawdor team, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Majestic Son, the leading sire of trotters in both NZ and Australia, More Shades Of Gold is out of the Evander’s Gold mare Hanover The Gold (Tr 2:05.6), whose dam, Chiola’s Choice (by Chiola Hanover), was a half-sister to Game Neroli, the grand-dam of the exported Rosie Rush Tr 1:57 ($155,629). Hanover The Gold, who won five races trotting, also figures as the dam of the Breeders Crown 3YO champion Kratos Tr 1:59.4 ($108,254) and the good Menangle winners A Loan Again Tr 1:57 ($148,829), Bad Habbott Tr 1:56.4 ($133,382) and I’m Just Awesome. I’m A Nauti Boy (7 wins), the Cambridge Trotting Stakes winner Earl Whitesock and a champion trotter in an earlier decade in David Moss, the winner of 31 races and $490,275, all belong to the family which produced More Shades Of Gold.   Sister of Delightful Lana Iolanta, winner of the Tatlow Stakes as a two-year-old last season and recently a winner at Maryborough in a sharp 1:55.5, is a Bettor’s Delight sister to the Victoria and NSW Oaks heat winner Delightful Lana 1:54.5 ($148,269). Both bred by Christchurch identity John McKenzie are by Bettor’s Delight from Long Live Lana (2:01.2), a handy racemare herself, and who has left other winners in Son Of Lana (1:57.9), Major Coo and this season’s Victorian juvenile winner Rock N Roll Do (1:55.6). Long Live Lana was a half-sister to the Albion Park winners Nonno Stride 1:54.3 ($138,554) and Ruato Bay 1:53.8 ($128,600), being by the Direct Scooter horse In The Pocket from Infante Elana, by Soky’s Atom from Entrancing, Mark Lobell from the Morano mare Coo Doo, who established the best winning branch of the Mavis Wood family. Other top performers belonging to this noted family include the Group winning pacers Havago (WA Pacing Cup), Heavens Trend, Cant Refuse, Captain Peacock (NZ Derby), Schinzig Buller, The Flyin Doctor (1:49) and Elegant Christian and the trotters Dependable, Ima Gold Digger, Valmagne, Monty Python and Benchmark.   Typhoon Tiff is tops Typhoon Tiff, winner of the Group 3 The Schrader at Gloucester Park last weekend, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers in Western Australia. Typhoon Tiff, who won the Dainty’s Daughter and Westbred Classics as a three-year-old, has been a difficult horse to produce at her peak, but she has shown up as a very useful pacer, and it was a strong field she beat at Gloucester Park. She holds a mile record of 1:54.4 and has won 10 of her 19 starts for $188,167 in stakes. Bred and raced by Colleen Lindsay, Typhoon Tiff was sired by Bettor’s Delight from the Righteous Hanover mare Tiffany Twisted (1:59.9), who left earlier winners in Bettor Twisted 1:56.9 ($101,207) and Tiffany Twirl (1:57.3). Tiffany Twisted, who won three races in Perth as a two-year-old, was a half-sister to a fine racemare in Centrefold Angel 1:55.2 ($237,348), a winner of 14 races including the WA Diamond and Dainty’s Daughter Classics and dam of four sub 2:00 winners. Their dam, Twisted Art, was by Perfect Art from Blithe Spirit (2:01.9), by Classic Garry from Go Go Gena (dam of 6 winners), by Romeo Hanover from the King Oro mare Papagena, dam of the dual WA Empress Stakes winner Bellagena. In the back removes of Typhoon Tiff’s pedigree are horses of the calibre of the Inter Dominion heat and dual WA Easter Cup winner Magic Flute, Hezavillain (WA Triple Crown 2YO), Mary Catherine (1:52.2) and Modulation, a top pacer in the Wayville era. Typhoon Tiff was one of three winners on the night sired by Bettor’s Delight, the others being Bettor Party and Carter Micheal, an impressive winner over 2130 metres and a stayer of some real potential.   Blue blooded filly Ladies In Red, who outstayed her rivals on debut at the Shepparton midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Mach Three, she is out of the Western Terror mare Kabbalah Karen B (1:53.8), whose dam, Mib Hanover, ranked as a sister to the dam of the top American pacer Noble Ability 1:49.2 ($1.7 million). Kabbalah Karen B, who was imported from Canada by Victorian breeders Bill and Anne Anderson, is also the dam of the Victoria Derby and dual Breeders Crown winner Our Little General 1:49.8 ($685,795), now racing successfully in America, and the Melton winners Kasbah Kid 1:54.3 ($157,620) and Beautiful Woman (1:56.4). At the last APG Melbourne sale a filly by Bettor’s Delight from Kabbalah Karen B was purchased for Ballarat owner Tim Bunning for $38,000. by Peter Wharton

The first Australian born foals by the former New Zealand harness racing champion Lazarus have hit the ground and are looking the part. The first Lazarus filly, a lovely, leggy individual, was born at Waratah Farm, Girgarre East, near Shepparton Tuesday night (September 1) at 10pm. She is out of the 1:56.2 winner Stratospheric, a daughter of the great Rocknroll Hanover and the 2007 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Star Chaser. The filly was bred by respected Shepparton breeder Helen Head, and is the first foal of her dam. Earlier in the day the first Lazarus colt was foaled in NSW. He is out of the Art Major mare Chalondra (1:56.6), a half-sister to the dual Inter Dominion champion and Australian Horse of the Year Beautide 1:50.2 ($2,183,132). This colt was bred by David and Rachael Micallef and Dale and Michelle Grace. By Peter Wharton

The French stallion Orlando Vici, a top trotter in Europe and whose frozen semen is available ‘down under’ at Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.), continues to churn out the winners. Beau Garcon, Brandlo Prince and Orlando Jolt NZ, all members of his first crop, were successful in Victoria recently. Beau Garcon, who is out of a French-bred mare, Glenferrie Unixa, came off a 20 metre handicap to win at Horsham, Brandlo Prince completed his sixth success from 11 starts this season at Ballarat, while Orlando Jolt notched his fourth win at Kilmore. The trio were all bred by Haras Des Trotteurs principal Pat Driscoll. Orlando Vici has the amazing score of having sired 10 individual winners from 11 foals in his first Australian crop. They include the NSW Derby winner Xebec, Beau Garcon (Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Just Believe (Vicbred 3YO Silver) and Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks). Im Hector, a three-year-old gelding and one of the first crop of the Love You horse Quaker Jet, won for the third time this season at Shepparton when he outfinished his rivals from a 10 metre handicap. Quaker Jet has sired seven winners and five placegetters from 14 starters from an initial foal crop of 24. Meanwhile, Love You himself was credited with a ‘new’ winner in New Zealand in the three-year-old gelding Leaf Stride, who led most of the way on debut at Addington. A $90,000 yearling, Leaf Stride rated 2:02.5 over 1980 metres with the last 800 in a slick 58 seconds. A notable siring achievement was put up by Ready Cash as the sire of two Group 1 winners at Vincennes, Paris last weekend in Face Time Bourbon and Go On Boy, who annexed the Criterium des 5 Ans and Criterium 4 Ans respectively. Haras Des Trotteurs has four sons of Ready Cash on its frozen semen roster in the superstar Bold Eagle, Brillantissime, Always Ready and En Solitaire (NZ only).     by Peter Wharton

Former New Zealand champion Changeover sired 108 individual winners and progeny earnings of $2,152,914 in the closing harness racing season, and has now left the winners of more than $1 million in five consecutive seasons. In all, Changeover’s stock have earned a massive $13,607,544 in stakemoney in NZ, Australia and North America. Changeover sired six winners on the last two days of the season. Convert Denario NZ won the Free-for-all at Gloucester in 1:57.4, Motu Gatecrasher NZ scored in 1:54.1 at Menangle, Platinum Revolution NZ made it seven from eight this season at Newcastle in 1:53.4, Rakasinc NZ notched his seventh win for the season at Northam  in 1:57.7, Dragontown scored at Mildura and Smoken Shazza won at Cambridge Raceway, NZ. Changeover stands at Burwood Stud, located on Queensland’s lush Darling Downs, for the modest fee of $1,650 including GST. By Peter Wharton

The Aldebaran Park bred and raised Aldebaran Ursula and Aldebaran Selena are the two richest, fastest and winningest two-year-old trotting fillies for the 2019/20 season to date. Aldebaran Ursula (by YIELD BOKO Se) has won three of her five starts including three heats of the NSW Foundation Series, earned $16,220 and established a new Australian mile record for one her age, gait and sex of 1:59.1 at Menangle. Meanwhile, Aldebaran Selena has won three races including a heat and the Final of the inaugural Queensland Springboard Series (Listed) at Albion Park and $15,187. Aldebaran Park’s reputation as one of the leaders in the production of quality trotting stock was further reinforced in August with eight individual winners bred or raced by the Nagambie facility. The list is headed up by Aldebaran Tess NZ, who completed a winning hat trick at Ballarat, the 1:58 Menangle winner Hotjane Bling (by EILEAN DONON USA) and the dual Terang victor ALDEBARAN ROCKY (by EILEAN DONON USA). Other Aldebaran Park bred or owned winners were the three-year-old filly Aldebaran Belle NZ, Aldebaran Sundown (by SKYVALLEY NZ), Aldebaran Crescent and Kyvalley Kyrie. Our resident stallion SKYVALLEY NZ led in seven individual winners for the month to advance his seasonal tally to 30. He sired the winners of $832,692 in prizemoney and was again clearly the leading colonial bred sire in 2019/20. Besides Aldebaran Sundown, SKYVALLEY NZ was represented by Nerveracking, who has now won five of her past six starts, the metropolitan winners Orlando’s Princess (Melton), Skyline (Albion Park) and Gap Year (Gloucester Park), the three-year-old filly Daring Angel and the Invercargill, New Zealand winner Spotlight The Valley NZ (Tr 2:02.1  - $89,984). Godofthunder, a five-year-old gelding and one of the first crop of our frozen sire YIELD BOKO Se, posted his eighth win and took his earnings to beyond $50,000 at Globe Derby Park recently. From his initial crop of 15 foals, YIELD BOKO Se has left seven starters and six winners. On the international front, the Aldebaran Park-owned Aldebaran Revani USA and part- owned Syrinx Minx USA are both competing strongly in the rich Pennsylvania Sires Stake and Stallion Series program, while the three-year-old filly Kela Hale Boko Se, owned by Aldebaran Park and trained from Menhammar Stuteri in Sweden, is now being readied to qualify at the famous Solvalla racetrack – the home of the Elitloppet in Stockholm. Sermon USA, a three-year-old full brother to Aldebaran Park’s exciting, young sire ALDEBARAN EAGLE USA, captured a division of the Kentucky Commonwealth Series at The Red Mile in 1:54.   by Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor sired a winning double in the first two races at the Hobart twilight meeting on Sunday (August 30). Nine Diamonds, a three-year-old filly, stormed home from midfield to win by 22 metres with a last 800 in 58.6. It was the filly's third harness racing success from her last four starts. Thirty minutes later Cinocal Jamane led from end to end to notch her maiden success. Another 'new' winner for Auckland Reactor was Mighty Reactor, who rallied strongly after being pocketed to win at the last Addington Winter meeting. In Western Australia, Nuclear Poker overcame a wide passage to complete back-to-back wins at Northam. He has now won four races. Auckland Reactor has sired 89 individual winners in Australia this season and progeny earnings of $1.3 million.   Peter Wharton

Former New Zealand 4YO of the Year Tintin In America, who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), took the siring honours at the final Winter Meeting at Addington Raceway on Sunday (August 30). The champion son of McArdle led in a winning double with two members of his first crop, Claus and Terrier, the former posting his sixth success and the latter his fourth. Tintin In America was also represented by the three-year-old filly Smooth Rye, who came from worse than midfield to notch her third win at Pinjarra. Million Dollar Cam claimed a winning double at the Bathurst midweek meeting with the three-year-old Pat McGarry (1:56.7), who was bred by Yirribee Stud, and Bill Shannon (1:59.7). Highly promising three-year-old filly Didn’t I, a winner in 1:57.2 at Kimore and now the winner of four of her last five, and Arrived Late (1:59, Summerside Rcaeway, Canada) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. The Renaissance Man two-year-old colt Artful Jack continues to fly the flag for his sire in NSW. The colt scored a runaway success in 1:59.6 at Tamworth to complete a winning hat trick. Another Yirribee Stud-bred winner was Mach Angelo, who emerged successful for the sixth time at Penrith.   By Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor, who is enjoying a boom year with his progeny, sired five harness racing winners on the one day on Thursday (August 27). The haul included a winning double at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand and winners in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The Banker, who came from last to dead-heat in 1:59.9, and the trotter As Free As Air, who sat parked for the majority of the trip, rang up number one for Auckland Reactor at Cambridge. The three-year-olds Maxactor and Mac Stubborn scored at Horsham and Tamworth resepectively. Maxactor was particularly impressive, racing without cover from the get go before notching his third success. Admiral, a NZ bred son of Auckland Reactor, completed the quintet, winning for the seventh time at Redcliffe. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at the St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), of multiple Group 1 winning horseman Tony Peacock. Peter Wharton

2020 is a red-letter year for one of South Australia’s true all-round horsewomen, Lee-Ann Pangrazio. It marks a 50 year anniversary in harness racing for the owner of Bolnora Breeding and Racing who has been a successful studmaster, breeder, owner, trainer, driver, yearling sale vendor and official. And, Lee-Ann’s enthusiasm for the sport is as strong now as when she first started out in the 1970’s. “I still get a buzz out of getting up in the morning and watching the new foals playing in the paddock with their dams,” Lee-Ann said. She has scaled down the business somewhat in the last few years with only 25 resident mares as well as mares being shipped in for the breeding season.  “Bolnora is now more a boutique farm. At one stage we had up to 160 mares on the property,” she said. Another source of great enjoyment for Lee-Ann is watching the exploits of her daughter, Katie, a successful driver, and her son, Andrew, a veterinary surgeon. “Katie works for Jill Neilson in the mornings and helps out at our farm in the afternoons,” Lee-Ann said. “She helps out with the breaking-in and training and general farm work.” Pangrazio, who was recognised for her contribution to South Australian breeding industry by BOTRA in 2005, is a pioneer of the sport. “Bolnora was the first stud in SA to introduce artificial insemination in 1997,” she stated. Lee-Ann herself comes from good equine stock.  “Mum used to ride showjumpers and crosscountry horses. She was still competing in shows until she was in her 40’s. “I rode ponies from a child through to my teenage years,” Lee-Ann said. Lee-Ann grew up on a dairy farm, firstly at Jervois and later at Virginia. The Pangrazio family became involved in trotting when they bought Len Sugars’ house and stables at Klemzig and Sugars bought their farm at Virginia. Lee-Ann and her ex-husband, Peter Lobb, established Bolnora as a training and breeding facility in 1993. “Effilo Adios, Long Tan Rob and Simply Two were a few of the best winners we trained,” Lee-Ann said. The 186 acre property, located at Dublin on the Adelaide Plains, has been the birthplace of numerous top flight performers down through the years. The list includes the SA Breeders Plate and triple Southern Cross winner Hes A Corka, his Oaks-winning sister Saved A Corka and half-sister Whatacorka (dam of Come On Frank), the multiple cups winner Scruffy Murphy and the SA Golden Nursery winner Fibber Magee. Among the horses bred and sold by Bolnora at the SA yearling sales have been the siblings Mandy Kriden, Responder and Takemepitchamister and the good Melton winner Amazing Kano. Lookin Fresh, a smart three-year-old winner at Bendigo in June, was bred at Bolnora and sold privately. “Mandy Kriden and Responder both won over $100,000, while Amazing Kano earned in excess of $70,000,” Lee-Ann said. Lee-Ann serves as treasurer of the SA BOTRA where she has been a committee member for several years. She also stands the Safe And Sound horse Sound System at Bolnora. The Tyler B import Miles McCool and the royally bred colonial horse Our El Fuego were others to do stud duties at Bolnora.   by Peter Wharton Reprinted with permission from Australian Standardbred Breeders Association website

Changeover, the former Kiwi harness racing champion who is now standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired winners in four different States and North America this week. The list was headed up by the New Zealand Notorious, who posted his sixth success at Albion Park  and ninth overall with his 1:56.5 winning effort last Friday (August 21). Changeover was also credited with a ‘new’ two-year-old winner in Justanextragrand (Pinjarra) and a pair of three-year-old winners in Yianni, a winner in 1:56.7 at Maryborough, and Change Up (1:59.4, Globe Derby Park). Other recent winners by Changeover include Paddington Central NZ (1:58.1, Shepparton), Little Change (1:59.5, Redcliffe) and in North America, Glenferrie Bronte NZ (1:51.4, Pocono Downs) and Bronze Over NZ (1:53, Yonkers). Changeover, who stands for a modest fee of $1,650, has sired 61 individual winners in Australia this season and they have won 176 races and $1,282,470 in stakes.   By Peter Wharton

Brilliant He’s Watching colt Tattoo Artist, the winner of three $100,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Finals this year, is among the leading fancies for the harness racing $1 million Pepsi North America Cup to be run at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (August 29). The joint leader in the OSS pointscore standings, Tattoo Artist has won five of his seven starts this year for $139,345 in stakes and with a mark of 1:48.4 is the fastest pacer in Canada in 2020. He’s Watching is enjoying a boom season with his three-year-olds in North America. From a foal crop of 77, he has had 56 starters and they have amassed almost $500,000 in stakes. Leading the vanguard for He’s Watching last weekend was the New Zealand-bred three-year-old gelding Pocket Watch, who led from end to end in 1:53 at Harrah’s Philadelphia at his American debut. Other recent He’s Watching winners in North America have been Dontblvmejustwatch (1:54.2), Retour Au Jeu (1:55.8), Gucci Eyepatch (1:58.4) and Panerai (1:59.8). On the home front, Lester became He’s Watching’s seventh individual two-year-old winner at Shepparton. Of He’s Watching’s first Australian crop of 57 foals, 18 have been winners – an impressive 32 percent strike rate. He’s Watching is standing this season at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW). Peter Wharton

Tact Bess, a New Zealand-bred daughter of Auckland Reactor, posted a new lifetime mark of 1:54.5 when she outsprinted a smart field at Albion Park on Saturday night (August 22). Starting from the No. 2 gate, the five-year-old enjoyed a saloon passage behind the leader before being switched down onto the passing lane. She won by 1.7 metres. Driven by Isobel Ross for trainer Grant Dixon, Tact Bess clocked 55.9 for the last 800 metres. To watch the video replay click here Out of a mare by New York Motoring, Tact Bess has now won 11 races and $65,233 in stakes. Auckland Reactor sired a winning double at Bunbury two nights earlier with Nuclear Power (1:58.9) and Madam Of Mischief (2:00). Auckland Reactor, who stands at Tony Peacock’s St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), has left 87 individual winners in Australia this season and they have won 193 races and $1.36 million in stakes. Peter Wharton

Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga this year, continues to churn out the winners from his first harness racing crops in Western Australia. The multiple Group 1 winning son of Art Major was represented by a pair of two-year-old winners in Mister Ridgewell, a most impressive winner at Gloucester Park, and Arma Einstein, who won in 1:57.1 at Pinjarra. Medieval Man, a three-year-old gelding, completed a winning double for Renaissance Man at Pinjarra, notching his third win from huis last five starts. Renaissance Man has left 20 individual winners from 33 starters at an average of $17,600 per starter. Reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin became the richest aged female pacer in North America this year when she annexed the $129,000 The Artiscape in 1:48.8 at Tioga Downs, New York. The daughter of Tintin In America has amassed $282,519 from five wins and a second in six starts in 2020 and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $US2.39 million. Million Dollar Cam was represented by winners in three different countries last week. Promising mare Getaloadathisgirl led the vanguard with her third win from her last four outings at Albion Park, clocking a career-best 1:56.1. The Yirribee Stud bred Allegretto (Bathurst) and Seeknyoushallfind (Pinjarra) were other Australian winners sired by Million Dollar Cam, while Eastend Eddie (1:55.4) and Doc’s Ronhnery scored at Harrington Raceway, Delaware and Inverness Raceway, Canada respectively. Former world record holder Warrawee Needy left two winners in North America last week including the two-year-old filly Need To Know (1:59) and the three-year-old gelding Needless To Say (1:53.8).     By Peter Wharton

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