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Captaintreacherous returns to work Saturday night when he faces eight foes in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Ranked No. 1 in harness racing's current Top 10 poll, Captaintreacherous is a perfect 6-for-6 this season with his victories including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Max C. Hempt Memorial. He has not raced since capturing the Meadowlands Pace on July 13. Captaintreacherous prepped for the Battle of the Brandywine with a 1:50.1 qualifier win on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands. He paced the final quarter-mile in :25.4 and won by 15-1/4 lengths with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines. "He's really good," trainer Tony Alagna said. "I'm very happy with the way he qualified at the Meadowlands two weeks ago and he trained back good on Saturday here at Gaitway (Farm training center). I'm going to blow him out a couple easy trips (Wednesday) and he should be good to go." Captaintreacherous was named 2012 Pacer of the Year after winning eight of 10 races, including the million-dollar Metro Pace. He is one of only three horses to win the Metro, North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, joining Presidential Ball and Rocknroll Hanover on the list. Owned by the Captaintreacherous Racing group, the "Captain" is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Battle of the Brandywine, where he starts from post four. In the Hempt Memorial, also held at Pocono Downs, Captaintreacherous started from post nine - the outermost post - and raced on the outside the entire mile, including three wide on both the first and last turns. The Battle of the Brandywine field also includes Meadowlands Pace runner-up Odds On Equuleus, who starts from post eight, and Meadowlands Pace third-place finisher Sunshine Beach, who begins from post two. Twilight Bonfire, who was second in the North America Cup, starts from post six. "Based on what he's accomplished against those other horses he's definitely the horse to beat all the time at this stage," Alagna said. "We're hoping we did the right thing by giving him a little layoff and freshening him up for the rest of the year. He put on about 75 pounds and he couldn't be any fresher, any sharper. "He really looks good condition wise. We're hoping that we did the right thing, and by the way he acts I believe we did." Captaintreacherous has won $1.12 million this year and $2.04 million for his career. Alagna said the horse's accomplishments thus far have taken off a lot of pressure for the remainder of the season. "At this point we feel like we've won the North America Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Hempt --- those are three huge accomplishments for a 3-year-old pacing colt," Alagna said. "If he can continue the rest of the year and rack up some more stakes wins that's what we're looking for as far as him being a stallion someday." Alagna considered sending Captaintreacherous into another qualifier last week, but decided against it after the colt's strong performance 12 days ago at the Meadowlands. "He got home in :25.4 that day and that's a big quarter for him because he's not normally a sprinter," Alagna said. "He's very sharp right now." Following is the field for the Battle of the Brandywine with listed drivers and trainers (and morning line odds): 1. Lonewolf Currier, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott (5-1); 2. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy (7-2); 3. Mach It So, Yannick Gingras, P.J. Fraley (4-1); 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna (5-2); 5. Wake Up Peter, Ron Pierce, Alagna (12-1); 6. Twilight Bonfire, David Miller, Danny Collins (15-1); 7. Beach Memories, Corey Callahan, Brian Brown (20-1); 8. Odds On Equuleus, Andy Miller, Robin Schadt (8-1); 9. Some Kinda Beach, Matt Kakaley, Erv Miller (6-1). by Ken Weingartner  

He has been an integral part of Clinton Raceway’s Legends Day since its inception back in 2001 and will be back again this year on Sunday, August 18. But Ron Waples still can’t get used to the thought of being considered a harness racing ‘living legend’. Those who have followed the incredible career of the double Hall Of Famer would say otherwise. Waples has driven just shy of 7,000 winners and has posted career purse winnings of more than $75 million in the process. Along the way, he has been blessed to sit behind some of the greatest horses ever to look through a bridle – horses like Ralph Hanover, Sugarcane Hanover, Peace Corps, No Sex Please, Dream Maker and Presidential Ball, just to name a few. He has won almost every major race in the sport along the way, including the Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and nine Breeders Crown titles. “At the time, it’s all just another day at the office,” recalls Waples. “But now, when I reflect back on things, I realize just how fortunate I was to be associated with so many great horses and great people and to enjoy the success that I did.” Waples will be looking to capture his second Legends Day Trot this year after winning the 2003 edition with Carrland Buddy in a then track record of 1:58.2. This will be his seventh consecutive Legends Day appearance and he says it is an experience that never gets old. "I don’t really think of myself as a legend but it’s definitely very special to be asked to take part in something like this. I’m still a fan too and I’ve got to spend this day with some of the guys I’ve idolized myself like the late Buddy Gilmour for example. “It’s always a great day and I love the atmosphere,” he explains. “I am amazed at how many fans come out and they’ll stand in line for a couple of hours just to get autographs. The folks at Clinton go above and beyond on this day and they’ve raised a lot of money for local charities too over the years which makes it even more special.” In fact, the previous six Legends Day events have provided $132,000 that go directly to benefit local charities in the Clinton area. The Legends Day roster this year will include Waples along with Herve Filion, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Ray Remmen, Keith Waples, Dave Wall, Clint Galbraith, Bud Fritz, Jim Doherty, Doug Brown and Steve Condren – a group with combined purse winnings of well over half a billion dollars. The $15,000 Legends Day Trot and Ontario Sires Stakes action for two-year-olds will be the highlight races for the afternoon. Fans will have an opportunity to meet this year’s legends and receive autographs starting at 2:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment and pony rides in the park. The Pineridge Barbecue Chicken dinner is scheduled from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tickets $15 each) and Legends T-shirts will be on sale for just $2. All proceeds, along with those from the silent auction that day, will go to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. For complete details visit www.clintonraceway.com . by Jessica Carnochan  

The Stawell Harness Racing Club paid tribute to those who have assisted the club over the years when a seven event card was held at Laidlaw Park on Wednesday August 7 in very wet conditions. Former Ararat based trainer Aaron Brown now domiciled in South Australia, made a successful trip home when Presidential Ball/Lombo San Jan gelding Whata Player greeted the judge in the Reginald Cooper Life Member 2-Y-0 Pace over 1790 metres. Driven by Greg Sugars, Whata Player led throughout from the pole to defeat the well backed Just Call Me Mac (one/one - three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-05.8, with the first starter In The Trenches third after moving to face the open for the last lap. The Terry McManus Life Member 3-Y-0 Pace over 2175 metres was taken out by the Peter Manning (Great Western) trained and Matt Craven driven Armbro Speedstar in a rate of 2-03.9. Starting from gate two on the second line, Armbro Speedstar (Armbro Operative/Princess Of Stars) settled with most of the field ahead of him, with Sapper Ford leading from gate four. Sent forward three wide solo in the final circuit, Armbro Speedstar was too strong at the finish for the hot favourite Galleons Warrior which did a power of work from the outset to park outside the pacemaker.  When Galleons Warrior surged clear approaching the home turn, Armbro Speedstar was hot in pursuit and finished best to score by 2.2 metres in a rate of 2-03.9, with Rising Power third from mid-field. Ultra consistent P Forty Seven/Just Moonstrike 4-Y-0 gelding Arr En Special notched up his 4th victory for the season in the Leslie McLeod Life Member Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Trained at Allendale (Mount Gambier) by David Kemp and driven by David Murphy, Arr En Special was trapped four wide from outside the front row running into the first bend, before angling into the one/one spot. Easing three wide at the bell, Arr En Special raced three wide uncovered for the rest of the journey, exploding to the front approaching the home turn. Although tackled by Peters Ace (four wide last lap from last) on straightening, Arr En Special held a margin to the wire, registering a 4.9 metre margin in a rate of 2-02.1. Kurraca Knight (one/one last lap) finished third. Arr En Special usually races at most Western District meetings and was making his 51st appearance at the races (19 this season). Redan (Ballarat) trainer/driver Michael Stanley may have something special in ex-Kiwi 3-Y-0 Presidential Ball/Pamela Pamela gelding Hilltop Hustler who brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking the Life Members Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres. Settling three back in the moving line with the tearaway leader The Kingston Flyer making every post a winner, Stanley wasted no time in sending Hilltop Rustler forward to face the breeze at the bell. Doing a lot of chasing, Hilltop Raider dropped in for a short breather approaching the home turn. When asked for a super effort on straightening, Hilltop Hustler responded in grand style to record a four metre victory in 1-58.2 over the leader, with Roman Abbey a further 26 metres away in third place. Former Portland trainer Peter Tonkin now based in Ballarat, snared the Colin Prockter Life Member Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres with Guvs Boy, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Artiscape and Natashas Rose. Taking a concession for much improved Bendigo youngster Haydon Gray, Guvs Boy from the pole led throughout,  ccounting for In The Frame Lombo which trailed, using the sprint lane to no avail, with Burston Holme third after following the pair. The mile rate 2-07.7. The Gregory Cooper Life Member Trotters Mobile went the way of Longlea (Bendigo) trainer/driver Paul Morrissey's 5-Y-0 Malabar Maple/Lady Clare mare Canadian Dream. Spending most of the race buried three back the markers from gate three, Canadian Dream was extricated to be three and four wide on the final bend, finishing with a wet sail to blouse the pacemaker A Stylish Jewel in the last stride, with Hezminenotyours a game third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-11.8. Three year old Artesian/Soky Sue colt Easy Lighting trained and driven by Ahmed Taiba of Sushi Sushi fame, landed the Geoffrey Sanderson Life Member Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres in a rate of 2-01.7. Held in a firm pocket three back the markers after starting inside the  second line, Easy Lightning finished hard along the sprint lane to tip out  Make A Fuss also along the sprint lane ahead of him after trailing the weakening leader Tara Tom. Mathias a stablemate of the pacemaker finished third off a three wide trail last lap from last. Len Baker Len Baker len-baker@bigpond.com 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745  

There were few surprises at Menangle yesterday with the well fancied runners taking out the majority of the Australasian Breeders’ Crown heats. The big guns, Frith, Bling It On and Lettucerockthem all paid miniscule odds of $1.04, while a slightly more generous $1.40 was on offer for Majestic Amy. Frith’s (Four Starzzz Shark) 12th straight win was nothing more than a cake walk, while Lettucerockthem’s (Art Major) seventh straight was almost as easy. However, probably the most impressive of the day was his McCarthy trained stablemate Bling It On (American Ideal), who will be saying just that to his two-year-old ABC rivals after making a dazzling back straight dash and blowing his opposition away with a 19.9 metre win. His last half was record in a blistering 54.3, which was by far the quickest of the day, as was his overall time of 2:48.7 (1:58.0). The only slight upset of the day was Bebrave (Presidential Ball) ($3.90), who finished too strongly up the sprint lane for favourite Caesar Augustus, who received an easy run in the van but raced waywardly up the home straight. Away from the ABC heats, former New Zealand pacer Christian Ruler was an emphatic 20.9 metre winner in the C5-7 win 1609 pace, posting a very good time of 1:52.6 after burning to the front from the outside of the gate. by Mitchell Robertson   Frith  Bling It On Lettucerockthem Majestic Amy Bebrave  

Very seldom two four horse races are a highlight on any harneess racing program but on Friday night the heats of the Breeders Crown are interesting the colts & geldings heat has a Victorian boarder hopper in the Geoff Webster trained Mardy Bicken who won at his first start at Hamilton before two unplaced runs since.

Many expected a horse with the word 'brave' in their name to win the $125,000 Group One Mach Three Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for the harness racing 3YO Colts & Gelding, but that horse was Bebrave and not Home Of The Brave.

After a 16-month injury-enforced spell Gomeo Romeo has started his slow and gradual build up to the 2013 New Zealand Cup with a win at the Alexandra Park harness racing workouts on Saturday (June 22).

When the eliminations for the Armbro Flight and Elegantimage stakes are held this weekend at Mohawk Racetrack, harness racing trainer Nifty Norman will send out the horse that won the Hambletonian Oaks last season and another he hopes can win the Oaks this year.

The defending harness racing NZ Amateur Champion, Jeff Darby, leads the 2013 competition after the first two heats of competition at Addington last night.

Great Western sisters Michelle and Kerryn Manning took the honours at the Stawell harness racing fixture held on Wednesday May 8th, Michelle with a training and driving double - Wheatsheaf Avaball and Aheadofhistime and Kerryn with a driving double - Shandorlass and Paparazzi Snapshot.

Masteroftheclass paced home for his fourth straight win Monday (April 29) in Northfield Park's thirteenth race.

Harness Racing returned to the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Tuesday April 2 when the Nyah HRC staged a neat eight event card dominated by visitors.

State Of The Union paced gate to wire to win the $5,000 Open Handicap in the opening race at the Northfield Park harness racing meeting on Monday, April 1, 2013. Ryan Stahl co-owns and piloted the gelding for fellow owner and trainer Nichole Gagnon.

This photo of champion harness racing pacer Cam Fella was taken in 1997 outside the paddock of Sportsman's Park when the 18-year-old pacer was making his farewell tour through the country enroute to his retirement home at The Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Harness racing junior driver Bronson Munro had a memorable day today at Invercargill (Sunday February 17) combining with step-father Neil for their first win together.

The Gareth Dixon trained Cyclone Prince improved on his debut fourth to take out tonight's (Friday February 15) $25,000 fifth Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns heat for 2yo colts and geldings at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park.

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