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Well-performed New South Wales-bred six-year-old Bebrave, a winner of six races in Queensland this season, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when  he contests the $18,000 Australian Marine Complex Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Presidential Ball gelding has a formidable record of 17 wins and 16 placings from 68 starts for stakes of $172,156. However, he faces a stern task at his WA debut. Under the preferential barrier draw conditions he will start from the outside (No. 9) over the sprint journey and will clash with several in-form pacers, including American Boy, Sky Art and Holy Grail. Bebrave will be driven by Stuart McDonald for Busselton trainer Jamie Howlett, who claimed the gelding for $9000 in a 2138m event at Brisbane’s Albion Park on April 19 on behalf of Kelly Simmonds and Peter Bamess. In that race Bebrave was driven by Shane Graham and was first out from barrier five before sitting behind the pacemaker and running home strongly along the sprint lane to win by just over a length from Tallyho Bromac at a 1.55.7 rate. Bebrave, described by Howlett as a “nice horse,” has been in WA for six weeks. His early preparation in Busselton was hampered by wet weather which led to Howlett’s private 800m track being quite muddy. “I had the track resurfaced two weeks ago and it has changed everything,” Howlett said. “The track is beautiful and the horses have been able to work properly in the past fortnight. “Behave will be tested from the outside barrier over the short trip and we will be able to assess his ability when he races against several good pacers in this week’s race.” American Boy, a smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old in the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen., will start out wide at barrier seven and will be fancied to maintain his superb form. He has raced only 13 times for ten wins, one second and two fifths. American Boy enjoyed an ideal trip in the one-out, one-back position before sprinting home strongly in a final quarter of 27.8sec. to get up in the final stride to dead-heat for first with the pacemaker Burning, rating 1.55.3 over 2130m last Friday night. He charged home from ninth in the middle stages to win easily from Unsinkable Boxer over 2130m a week earlier. Sky Art, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo, comes to town after stylish wins at Bunbury at his past two outings. Aiden de Campo will drive him from barrier eight. Holy Grail, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 6 barrier and is sure to be storming home. He has been placed at his past eight starts after covering extra ground and winning at Northam on March 31. Ken Casellas

Louisville, KY --- Harness racing trainer Brian Brown and his ownership group had their eye on Spider Man Hanover long before he went through the ring at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, so they were thrilled to purchase him. Especially for the price. “We all really liked him and he was one of the top ones we wanted to bring home,” said Brown. “We loved his pedigree and then we were even more sold on him when we went to see him. We were prepared to go much higher for him as we thought he would go for at least $60,000, so we were very pleased we paid $40,000 for him. Actually we were in shock that’s all we had to give. The only reason I can think of that he didn’t go for more was he was on the smaller side, but he was very well built.” The son of Western Ideal and the Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip will seek to become a state champion when he competes on Friday (Sept. 11) in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He will have the services of regular pilot David Miller in the ninth race on the card at The Meadows and will begin his mile from post position four. Owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman, Spider Man Hanover is the fourth choice on the morning line at 5-1 behind Check Six (3-1), Big Top Hanover (7-2) and Ideal Jimmy (9-2). There certainly is a lot to like about this colt’s family tree as his dam earned just shy of $200,000 during her racing career. His granddam, the Presidential Ball mare Stasia’s Girl amassed $142,774 on the track and she foaled another $100,000 winner in Cascata by American Ideal, p,1:51.2s, $145,414). Spider Man Hanover is also a full brother to Stacia Hanover p,3,1:49.2 ($238,746), who was last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner and this year’s Shady Daisy champion. He is also a half-brother to Seashell Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, p,3,1:51.4f, $99,245) and an unnamed American Ideal weanling colt. “His family was what initially attracted our attention and then of course seeing how well his sister raced at two,” Brown said. “We knew he had ability right off and had high hopes for him right away.” Spider Man Hanover certainly has illustrated his potential. He won his first qualifying race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on June 10 and was second in his second trip to the gate over the same oval on June 19. The colt made his career debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3 and was just out-finished for the triumph by the heavy favorite Allie’s Cruiser. He broke his maiden on July 15 at the same facility with David Miller at the lines for the first time in a $53,548 Sire Stakes event. Then it was on to The Meadows on July 25 where Spider Man Hanover collected his second career win in a $43,548 Sire Stake. He followed that up by coming home eighth and last in an $81,113 Sire Stakes race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 20. The colt rebounded, however, with his third career triumph on Sept. 1 at The Meadows in a $70,714 Sire Stakes race. To date, he has banked $91,405, has a resume of 5-3-1-0 and a mark of 1:51.3f. “You can just throw that one race out,” Brown said. “He did not race well at all and David suggested some things after he came back with him, so we put a jaw cord on him and it was very helpful. Right from the start he tended to get a little aggressive when it was time to race and we have tried different things to help calm him down as well as focused on what he was doing. But with the jaw cord and him beginning to learn his job, we think he is headed in the right direction. He could tend to be pretty grabby and the equipment change helps David control him a bit better. We anticipate that he will race well on Friday.” After Spider Man Hanover’s championship engagement, he’ll begin his travels outside the Keystone State with Kentucky, Ontario and New Jersey on his itinerary. “We would like to race him twice in Lexington and then we plan on taking him to the Breeders Crown,” Brown said. “His last race will hopefully be the Governor’s Cup. We like that it’s at the Meadowlands and think that will be a great spot to end his season. “We really think a lot of him and are looking forward to how the rest of the year unfolds. He is not tremendously big, but he is well made and has the talent to be a very nice horse for us. We have high expectations for him and we think he will fulfill them.” Below is the field for the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for freshman pacing males, with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1 - Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1  2 - Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8-1  3 - Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal  - Dave Palone-Ron Burke-7-2  4 - Spider Man Hanover by Western Ideal - David Miller-Brian Brown-5-1  5 - Yankee Artillery by Somebeachsomewhere -Corey Callahan-Aaron Lambert-6-1  6 - McDave by McArdle  -Andy Miller-Robin Cruise-10-1  7 - Ideal Jimmy by Western Ideal -Marcus Miller-Robin Cruise-9-2  8 - JK Will Power by Somebeachsomewhere  -Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-10-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

The first day of this years harness racing sales in Christchurch were held today and the contrast with yesterday in Auckland was quite marked. The top end looked after it self as it did in Auckland with four $100,000 sales on day one. The difference from Auckland was the middle market was no where near as strong as it was yesterday. Once again the top price was $200,000 and yet again it was for a Bettors Delight Colt. Named Bollinger he was consigned by Glenbrook Park Standardbreds of Mosgiel and is from the smart In The Pocket mare Asabella. The successful bidders were Emilio and Mary Rosarti who also took the highest priced filly home from Auckland. Bollinger Lot 174 Bollinger was the standout colt early in the day  but three other lots after him also hit six figures. The first of those was a real carbon copy of Christian Cullen in Lot 198. Named Circles, the Christian Cullen colt was from the smart Presidential Ball mare in Blackbird Fly and  was consigned by Norwegian Breeding Ltd and was sold to Terry Taylor of Pleasant Point for $100,000. Circles - Lot 198 The next $100,000 sale was not for a couple of hours after that when Lot 263 went through the ring. The upstanding son of Somebeachsomewhere from the In The Pocket mare Free As A Bird was keenly sought after by several buyers before Robert Dunn won the bidding duel when the price reached $100,000 The dam of Lot 198 Blackbird Fly and Lot 263 Free As A Bird are half sisters. Chicargo Styx - Lot 263 The last of todays lots to hit six figures was Lot 313 who was consigned by Ken and Anne Spicer. Named Wrangler, the son of Bettor's Delight is from a half sister to Venus Serena and was purchased by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame. The bidding stalled for quite a while but then really took off and finished at $170,000. Wrangler - Lot 313 The sale overall had a healthy average of just over $27,000 for the lots sold on the day but the middle was held up by the Bettors Delights. The stallion averages were interesting as the figures below show: * Bettors Delight - 23 sold at an average of $56,108 * Christian Cullen - 12 sold at an average of $36,833 * Mach Three - 6 sold at an average of $32,666 * Art Major - 8 sold at an average of $24,937 The top priced trotting bred yearling on the day was Lot 204 and was consigned by Kevin Chapman of Amberley. Named Izmok, the colt by Muscles Yankee from Belle Galleon was keenly sought after by several buyers. The half brother to Stent and Arya was finally knocked down to the Charlie and Kaye Templeton of Invercargill for $90,000. The sale concludes with another 180 lots tomorrow. Full day results Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   142 Windsor B C Monarchy Valley Of The Moon Mr. I. L. & Mrs. C. J. Lochhead Weedons Not sold, Res $18,000     143 Bay Richter B C Ohoka Arizona Vance Marie Messrs. J. M. H. Booth Leeston & H. L. Waretini Christchurch HOOF IT RACING STABLES LTD AUCKLAND $11,000 144 Arizona Highway B C Ohoka Arizona Van Ished Tregynon Farm Ohoka WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $10,000 145 American Rockstar BR C American Ideal Va Va Voom Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR RK & MRS RG MCCUTCHEON TEMUKA $21,000 146 Kat Supreme B F Rocknroll Hanover Village Dreamer Scherger Court Standardbreds Loburn Not sold, Res $30,000     147 Fiscal Madness C C Revenue Violette Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR B NORMAN OWAKA $7,500 148 Devil Gate Drive B F Santanna Blue Chip Voodoo Doll Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks HUTTVIEW FARM LTD RAKAIA $2,000 149 Myidealson BR C American Ideal Warp Speed Toomebridge Stables Blenheim PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $15,000 150 Western Sapphire B F Art Major Western Legend Legends Bloodstock Ltd Templeton PGW as agent CHCH $14,000 151 Tuakana B C Bettor's Delight Whenua Toliman Lodge Ltd West Melton Withdrawn     152 Zahven Banner BR C Bettor's Delight When You're Hot Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton JOHN MCCARTHY AUSTRALIA $30,000 153 Dave The Rave B C Live Or Die Winding Down Mrs. L. M. Jones Mrs. K. E. Hudson Christchurch Mr. D. W. Neal Riwaka & Mr. W. G. Barber Geraldine Withdrawn     154 Night Moves B C Changeover Wonderful Tonight La Grange Farm West Melton GREG O'CONNOR CHCH $20,000 155 Trusty Waihemo B C Bettor's Delight Waihemo Rainship Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch D GALE HELENSVILLE $35,000 156 Sportzstar B C Sportswriter Zenara Bon-Accord Farm Westport Not sold, Res $30,000     157 Balfast B F Rock N Roll Heaven Zenardle Mr. L. C. Driver Amberley Not sold, Res $20,000     158 Kitura B F Mach Three Zitura Mr. M. L. Law Wellington Not sold, Res $17,000     159 Huey Maguire B C Courage Under Fire Zoe Maguire Jubilee Park Cambridge INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $16,000 160 Punter's Dream B C Bettor's Delight Zagami Mrs. C. M. Dalgety West Melton Mr. A. Zame Gisborne Lang Breeding Ltd & Mr. D. Zame Wellington PGW as agent CHCH $37,500 161 Miracle Rising B C Muscle Mass Whosinthenest Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR GAVIN SMITH KAIAPOI $19,000 162 Arden's Angel BL F Rock N Roll Heaven Achieve A Dream Arden Lodge Tapanui Withdrawn     163 Hare Razing B C Artsplace Achy Breaky Shufle Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland B BORCOSKIE RANGIORA $20,000 164 Kiwi Bloke B C Courage Under Fire A Good Kiwi Chick Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch M SHINN CHCH $42,500 165 Dolly Patron B F American Ideal Alice Patron Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $4,500 166 Gibbston Shard B C Santanna Blue Chip All Time Glory Shard Farm Standardbreds Ltd Invercargill MR D M MCKENDRY ASHBURTON $3,000 167 Angel Bromac B F Mach Three Amaretto Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton ROBERT J WATSON AUSTRALIA $20,000 168 Ranes B C Love You Xena Hest Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW MATTHEW CRAVEN AUSTRALIA $33,000 169 Corporate Intent B C Christian Cullen Annika Sorenstam Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $25,000 170 Waimac Attack B C Mach Three Another Sheila Mr. G. J. & Mrs. C. A. Bailey Cust & Mr. J. F. & Mrs. S. L. Wilson Rangiora Not sold, Res $40,000     171 Phoenix Arizona B C Badlands Hanover Arma Phoenix Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks Not sold, Res $12,000     172 Artistic Jewel B F Christian Cullen Art Lover Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $25,000     173 Mista Delight B C Bettor's Delight Art Of Perfection Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $21,000 174 Bollinger BR C Bettor's Delight Asabella Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $200,000 175 Phoebe Muscle B C Muscle Mass Ashley Sunset Phoebe Partnership Christchurch ROBBIE CLOSE RANGIORA $12,000 176 Rock N Roll Patron BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Anita Patron Mr. J. P. Henderson Christchurch S REID PUKEKOHE $30,000 177 Regal Aspirant B F Monarchy Aspiring Gal Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton Not sold, Res $30,000     178 Enghien B C Love You Another Starlet Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR GP & MRS NM HOPE as agent KAIAPOI $20,000 179 Agincourt B C Sam Bourbon Zlata Dream With Me Stables NZ Ltd Christchurch RJ BUTT KAIAPOI $8,500 180 Lady Muscles B F Muscles Yankee Anreca Hest Thompson Bloodstock Limited Dunedin ALAN CLARK TIMARU $5,000 181 Onedin Gambler B C Bettor's Delight Ashanna Mr. W. E. & Mrs. P. M. Bain Roxburgh MR BARRY CLARK CHCH $12,000 182 Pretty Pins B F American Ideal Andress Blue Chip Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland TERRY MCPHERSON GORE $18,000 183 Highview Emjay B F Art Official Baptism Of Fire Baptism Breeding Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $30,000     184 Lucas James B C Big Jim Aziza Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks COLIN HARRIS AUCKLAND $12,500 185 Lady Madonna B F Art Major Back In The USSR Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston B PURDON CLEVEDON $16,000 186 Baileys Knight BR C Christian Cullen Baileys Delight Mr. A. J. Grant Springston INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $12,500 187 Arden's Beach Boy B C Somebeachsomewhere Ardensplace Arden Lodge Tapanui MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $35,000 188 Blues City Babe B F Gotta Go Cullect Beale Street Babe Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley ANDREW ARMOUR INVERCARGILL $3,500 189 Beaudiene Angel BL F Changeover Beaudiene Bianca Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $13,000 190 Ultimate Turbo B C Bettor's Delight Bee Jays Money Ultimate Breeding Westport PGW AS AGENT CHCH $60,000 191 Bella Figlia B F Art Major Bella Arden Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch S L MCCAFFREY CAMBRIDGE $12,500   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   192 One Bid Buys B F Muscle Mass Biddy Bid Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi JB & JR DAVIES HAMILTON $17,000 193 The Best Christian B C Christian Cullen Anvils Delight Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     194 Ideal Blaze B C American Ideal Blaze Of Colour Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton MR T HARKNESS TIMARU $4,000 195 unnamed B C The Pres Blazing Pat Mr. B. G. Woodhouse Omakau Not sold     196 Millie Grey G F Monkey Bones Bonspiel Grace Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua PGW AS AGENT CHCH $11,000 197 Trouble Pres BL C The Pres Boyzenberry Trouble Lodge Methven Withdrawn     198 Circles B C Christian Cullen Blackbird Fly Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston TD & AV TAYLOR PLEASANT PT $100,000 199 Baileys Rock BL C Bettor's Delight Baileys Pearl Mr. A. J. Grant Springston CRAN DALGETY CHCH $60,000 200 Mortician C C Monarchy Bred A Monster Ms. M. A. Caig Winton Not sold, Res $10,000     201 That's The Story B C Monarchy Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford Not sold, Res $25,000     202 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Black Minx Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     203 Bringitonhome BR C Courage Under Fire Bubba Ho Tep Mr. P. A. & Mrs. Y. A. Hogan West Melton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $22,000 204 Izmok B C Muscles Yankee Belle Galleon Seavale Racing Amberley CT & KL TEMPLETON INVERCARGILL $90,000 205 Absolutely Unreal B F Gotta Go Cullen Brilliant Franco Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR PAUL WALTON CHCH $9,000 206 Rock N Christian B F Rock N Roll Heaven Cantina Bon-Accord Farm Westport PGW as agent CHCH $11,000 207 Baby Bangles B F Art Major Boom Time Baby Regal Farm Victoria WESTMERE FARMING CO LTD ASHBURTON $20,000 208 My Blue Heaven BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Carnival Banner Mr. P. S. Fry Upper Moutere Not sold, Res $30,000     209 Jewels And Gems BR F Mach Three Cartier Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel DOMENICO MARTELLO AUSTRALIA $71,000 210 The Artristocrat B C Art Major Catherine Zeta Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $30,000 211 Robbie Royale B C Raffaello Ambrosio Castle Royale Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua MR B NORMAN OWAKA $10,000 212 Bettor Be Bad BR C Bettor's Delight Beaudiene Bad Babe Taffy Ltd Winton S REID PUKEKOHE $90,000 213 Chilli Franco B F Vintage Master Cherish A Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell PGW as agent CHCH $7,000 214 Been A Long Time B C Rocknroll Hanover Child In Time La Grange Farm West Melton MR GH BENNETT RANGIORA $25,000 215 All Money B F Mach Three Cee Ash Rankin Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $5,000 216 Eye For Fun B F Courage Under Fire Chloe Bromac Mr. G. W. Deakins Christchurch Not sold, Res $10,000     217 Millwood Tiffany B F Christian Cullen Chloe Hanover Ms. K. Carville Ohoka MJ & SJ LITTLE P/SHIP CROMWELL $16,000 218 Falcons Dazza B C Gotta Go Cullen Citybabe Mr. S. R. Baucke Invercargill MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $3,000 219 Over The Love C C Love You Cochy Bondhu Marrion Bloodstock Christchurch MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $25,000 220 Caleb Jones B C Sportswriter Classy Line NZ Bred Ltd Weedons INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $20,000 221 Johnny Podres B C Christian Cullen Brooklyn Dream Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch B PURDON CLEVEDON $75,000 222 Cavalier Bromac B C Mach Three Congo Breeze Mr. T. A. Beaton Aylesbury & Bromac Lodge Ltd Christchurch JF CURTIN CHCH $32,000 223 Changearound BL C Changeover Cracker Kate Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora Withdrawn     224 Champagne Bromac B F Courage Under Fire Cozette Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR TF ASHBY CHRISTCHURCH $16,000 225 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Congo Smoke Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     226 Ideal Dash B C Western Ideal Coughton Court Messrs. D. M. Shammall South Australia & P. J. O'Rourke Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $25,000 227 Bettor Cruise B F Bettor's Delight Courage Aplenty Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora JEFF WHEELER SPRINGSTON $18,000 228 Stompem B C Christian Cullen Crushem Mr. R. K. & Mrs. G. Wah Halswell KIRWEE SYNDICATE CHCH $42,500 229 Immer Besser BR C Bettor's Delight Cullen's Creation Tavistock Breeding Ltd West Melton PGW as agent CHCH $65,000 230 Ultimate Angel B F Bettor's Delight Cullens Katching Ultimate Breeding Westport MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $4,500 231 Christmas Toyboy B C Christian Cullen Diana May Mr. P. F. & Mrs. C. L. Smith Weedons MR D A & MRS P A CHAPMAN ASHBURTON $25,000 232 The Dominator B C The Pres Domination Mr. S. G. Bell Timaru Not sold, Res $10,000     233 Classie Margaret B F Gotta Go Cullect Classie Emma Classiebawn Stud Prebbleton MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $7,000 234 Charming Major B C Art Major Charm Thee Regal Farm Victoria IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $22,000 235 Valet B C Bettor's Delight Corbell Birchbrook Breeding Ltd & Mr. S. J. Hooper Woodend Withdrawn     236 Pangani B F Mach Three Christian Watch Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch Withdrawn     237 Run Boy Run B C American Ideal Dakota Grace Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland P KERR KAIAPOI $16,000 238 President Roydon B C The Pres Dear Diedre Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton BUTTERWORTH RACING SYNDICATE AUSTRALIA $10,000 239 He's Official B C Art Official Delightful Lover Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR B MANGOS PUKEKOHE $14,000 240 Youneedabitofmuscle B C Muscle Mass Del's Hoof N It Mr. G. W. & Mrs. S. A. Hunt Leeston Withdrawn     241 Ideal Rule B F American Ideal Cullens Rule Paritai Farm Rakaia JASON LETHABY CHCH $6,000 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   242 Caviar Bromac BL C Vintage Master Crown Defender Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR MARK JONES CHCH $27,000 243 Sportage Denario B F Sportswriter Dreamo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $12,000     244 Tisadream B C Bettor's Delight Dreamy Atom Mr. V. L. & Mrs. D. L. Devery Invercargill DAMIAN KEATING AUSTRALIA $45,000 245 Styx Vixen B F Bettor's Delight Foxy Styx Styx Stables Christchurch BRAEVIEW LTD GORE $60,000 246 Cullinan B C Courage Under Fire Diamond Fleet Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch MENTALLY STABLE CHCH $15,000 247 Donegal Tweed B C Love You Donegal Flat Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $37,500 248 Eastwood Shadow BL C McArdle Eastwood Blue Jeans Messrs. L. R. Melhopt Prebbleton & T. C. Behrns Lincoln DAWE BLOODSTOCK RANGIORA $8,000 249 Editorial B C Art Official Edernay Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $12,000 250 Paddy Finn B C Christian Cullen Eilish Finn Mrs. H. M. Finlayson Templeton N MCGRATH CHCH $21,000 251 I Can Dream BL F If I Can Dream Ella Sue Netherwood Lodge Trust Blenheim MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $10,000 252 Elisa Mae Jones B F Four Starzzz Shark Emmy Jones NZ Bred Ltd Weedons MR TF ASHBY CHCH $6,000 253 Rock Stock N Barrel B F Rock N Roll Heaven Dudinka's Angel Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel Not sold, Res $17,000     254 Patanjali B F American Ideal Enchanter Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch JAMES MCDONALD CHCH $5,000 255 Garry's Legacy B C Christian Cullen Essential Guest Hunterfield Balcairn CRAIG KENNEDY CUST $21,000 256 Righteous Brother B C Rock N Roll Heaven Falcon's Guest Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch CLEMENCE DRILLING KAIAPOI $20,000 257 Pembrook Blue B C Santanna Blue Chip Dudinka's Star Pembrook Park Limited Ohoka MR R H NEGUS CHCH $4,000 258 Bettor Be Noisy B C Bettor's Delight Fire Dancer Ms. E. K. Fox Christchurch & Mr. L. N. Conner Stewart Island NEIL DARLINGTON AUSTRALIA $22,000 259 Mach's Back B C Mach Three Dream Angel Mr. M. J. Little Invercargill Not sold, Res $20,000     260 Convert Denario B C Changeover Ergo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $8,500     261 Flying Mister D B C Bettor's Delight Flying Mrs Williams One Over Lodge Waimate WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $41,000 262 Wine Tutor B C Vintage Master For The Don For The Boys Partnership Christchurch MR STEVE DOLAN CHCH $20,000 263 Chicago Styx B C Somebeachsomewhere Free As A Bird Styx Stables Christchurch MR RJ DUNN CHCH $100,000 264 Frisky Bromac B C Bettor's Delight Fresco Denario Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $30,000     265 Front Row B F Gotta Go Cullect Front Cover Lover Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch PGW as agent CHCH $16,000 266 Harpers Bazaar B F Santanna Blue Chip Front Page Girl Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR NJ & MRS MG GREEN ASHBURTON $2,000 267 On The Rantan B C Bettor's Delight Funontherun Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford CRAN DALGETY CHCH $85,000 268 Standing Bear B C The Pres Flashman Go Harness Racing Ltd Christchurch RJ & DM KING RAKAIA $15,000 269 October Affair B F Christian Cullen Exotic Maid Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley Not sold, Res $7,500     270 Galleons Victory B C Muscle Mass Galleons Assault Mr. G. S. Allen Wellington BARRON BLOODSTOCK INVERCARGILL $15,000 271 Prime Galleon B C Bettor's Delight Galleons Respect Fanny Allen Family Trust Wellington PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $70,000 272 Geena's Girl BR F Crazed Geena's Star DZ Partnership Dunedin TAVISTOCK BREEDING LTD WEST MELTON $7,500 273 Bettor Deal B F Bettor's Delight Gem Power P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $40,000 274 Captain Thunderbolt B C Panspacificflight Genuine Art Macca Lodge Ltd Gore Not sold, Res $20,000     275 Takemetothebeach B F Somebeachsomewhere Give Or Take Messrs. R. J. Paterson Rangiora & G. D. Scott Kaiapoi Not sold, Res $40,000     276 Ohoka Johnny BR C Ohoka Arizona Glentara Ms. K. Carville & Ms. T. Nicholas Ohoka CB & SJ MCPHERSON GORE $8,000 277 Bravo Denario B C Mach Three Goodtogo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $20,000 278 Livinginthefastlane B C Live Or Die Hanover Fair Mr. R. C. & Mrs. M. M. Beale Oamaru Withdrawn     279 Supreme Banner B C Christian Cullen Gretna's Best Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton P KERR KAIAPOI $26,000 280 Extra Blast B C Bettor's Delight Ginnie Moon Duncraigen Farm Ltd Wyndham AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB 2016 TAKANINI, AUCKLAND $25,000 281 Kahmon BL F Monarchy Kahmotion Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham MR DAVID C THOMAS ASHBURTON $20,000 282 Fancy Schmancy B F Well Said Hallie Parker Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch Not sold, Res $15,000     283 Serengeti Styx B C Art Major Gotta Go Hype Styx Stables Christchurch PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $60,000 284 Squeeze B F American Ideal Harmony Franco PRB Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch A CONTE AUSTRALIA $5,000 285 Muscles Galore B C Muscle Mass Harriet Hughes Messrs. I. W. McNicholl & Mr. J. P. Baker Wellington Not sold, Res $45,000     286 Master Of Disguise B C Vintage Master Hidden Jewel Mrs. J. L. Smolenski Weedons MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $21,000 287 unnamed B C Well Said Highview Chartom Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $35,000     288 Cometti B C Bettor's Delight Heavenly Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $67,500 289 Roman Rebel B C Bettor's Delight Highview Chasue Mrs. H. Van Opzeeland West Melton M BROWN INVERCARGILL $40,000 290 Hilarious Magic B C Rocknroll Hanover Hilarious Leigh Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $30,000     291 Miss Fandango BR F Mach Three Hi Life Franco Mrs. M. E. McCarthy Oamaru K M BARRON CHCH $22,000     Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   292 Better Than Most BL C Bettor's Delight Hi Speed Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $33,000 293 Save The Day B C Bettor's Delight Holmes Town Girl Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel WARREN TAYLOR CHCH $22,000 294 Franco Hampton B C Christian Cullen Hunter Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $75,000 295 Art Collector B C Art Official Hurricane Dancer Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford KELK PARTNERSHIP RD 6 $15,000 296 Ohoka Sammy B C Art Major I Izz Sassy Ms. K. Carville Ohoka PGW as agent CHCH $25,000 297 Keepitinthefamily B C Monarchy In De Fence Mrs. W. I. Blakie Oturehua ARNA DONNELLY CAMBRIDGE $10,000 298 Ultimate JJ B F Somebeachsomewhere Inter Shape Ultimate Breeding Westport Not sold, Res $20,000     299 My Wee Man BL C Changeover Jenna Franco Mr. G. J. Crabbe Broadfield PETER BOAG GRETA VALLEY $18,000 300 Funky Monkey G F Monkey Bones Jani Franco NZ Bred Ltd Weedons Withdrawn     301 Love Insist BR C Love You Insist Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     302 Machinro B C Mach Three Inspiring Dash Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks CRAN DALGETY CHCH $45,000 303 Brylin Trouble BR C Brylin Boyz Ippica Ado Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $4,000     304 Real Obsession B F Real Desire Isabella Anvil Saratoga Farm Loburn MR GJ BURGESS CHCH $4,000 305 unnamed B C Well Said Ivy Rose Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $25,000     306 Bakari B C Gotta Go Cullect Jacaranda Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch MR KK & MRS BG CHAPMAN AMBERLEY $24,000 307 Macador B C Mach Three J'Adore Bromac Mr. E. L. Basham NSW Not sold, Res $25,000     308 Franco June B C Vintage Master Jazz Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell R & E WILSON PARTNERSHIP BALFOUR $7,000 309 Speedy Mach BR C Mach Three Initforfun Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $21,000 310 Credit Master B C Muscle Mass Jessicas Credit Arcadia Harness Racing Group Victoria MR AP & MRS LM NEAL CAMBRIDGE $12,000 311 Perchaya B F Vintage Master Jessica Vhea Asmara Farm Partnership Rakaia MR DA NEWTON ASHBURTON $3,000 312 Bettor Rock Again B C Bettor's Delight Jingle Belle Rock Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi Withdrawn     313 Wrangler B C Bettor's Delight Jen Marie Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks ID DOBSON CHCH $170,000 314 Artful Annie B F Art Major Jubilee Franco Tregynon Farm Ohoka Withdrawn     315 Queen Boudicea BR F Well Said Julia R Messrs. G. Banks & M. Hanover, USA N MCGRATH CHCH $22,000 316 Just Deal It B F American Ideal Justalert Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $32,500 317 Roger F B C Muscle Hill Justine H Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW Withdrawn     318 Brave Warrior B C Badlands Hanover Just Jayne Ultimate Breeding Westport D GALE HELENSVILLE $6,000 319 Muscle Moment B C Muscle Mass Juverna Gower Terraces Farm Partnership Cheviot J DAVIES & N ALEXANDER AUSTRALIA $17,000 320 Matua Tana B C Love You Kahola Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham Not sold, Res $55,000   Harnesslink Media

Goldplay will be back to defend her Golden Guitar title at the Tamworth on Friday night. The $25,000 feature is part of the Carnival of Cups, with Goldplay easily winning her heat last night. “It was a nice hit out for her” said trainer and reinsman Bart Cockburn, who trains Goldplay for the Solid Earth syndicate. “It was a good pipe cleaner” After setting a track record to take out the feature last year, Goldplay ha an easier time of things this time around. The daughter of Presidential Ball rated 1:59 for the 1980 metres to score by 13 metres from The Muse, with Wake Up Quinn six-and-a-half metres away third. With six heats conducted Happyever Laughter opened the books with an all the way win in the opening qualifier for Riverstone trainer Dwayne Sarina and reinsman Josh Willick. “Hopefully he finds the right alley in the final,” Willick said. The Shane Tritton stable will be looking for a good draw as well after Bien Hoa led throughout with Lauren Panella in the spider. “He is a nice horse and the barrier helped,” Panella said. Tritton is no stranger to the Golden Guitar glory, with Mach Beauty taking the title in 2013. Tangles then stepped out for the Nathan Hurst stable, and made it consecutive wins for the five-year-old mare after taking out the The Pub Group Competitive Stakes on Wednesday evening. Tangles scored by a half-head over Marquez, with Franco Seville a neck away third.  Dubbo pacer Tommy Tuppence then took out the fourth heat when accounting for Better Than Max and Ultimate Ace. Hurst took the drive behind Tommy Tuppence for Dubbo trainer Peter Reynolds, and at his first time behind the son of Ponder and Mirra Mirra. “It’s the first time I have driven the horse,” Hurst said. “He is a good strong, tough horse” Queensland trainer Trevor Lambourn was relieved after his pacer Paint The Hammer took out the fifth heat, a half-neck clear of Mister Chow, with Hear The Call four-and-a half metres away third in 2”00.3 “I am so excited to be in the Final,” Lambourn said. “They were doing the work up the front and I would love to win the Final.” HRNSW Media

Rockin Cullen ended up her race career on a high by taking out the $9915 Stunin Cullen Sprint Series Final over 1200m at Forbury on Thursday, December 17. The 5YO daughter of Christian Cullen and Idancedallnight, racing in foal to top sire Bettor’s Delight, justified her favouritism from the two gate in the hands of Kimberly Butt. he had enough gate speed to cross Sunnivue Bay Boy and after being pressured by Canderel from the 800m, Rockin Cullen kept finding enough to hold strong late finisher Alexy by a head, with Sicilian Secret third. Kimberly also won the Ricoh Junior Drivers Mobile Pace at Forbury, getting short-priced favourite Cullen Keefe home after giving him the run of the race to beat Music, taking her number of driving wins to 20. Rockin Cullen achieved the goal of her father and son Southland owners, Paul and Brendan Duffy, after being sent to Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones as a C1 mare this term. She raced just four times, winning a heat and final of the Stunin Cullen Sprint Series, and also earned a 1:57.4 time trial credit before being retired to the matron’s paddock. Rockin Cullen raced just 16 times for three wins and three placings, earning $19,722. She has plenty going for her on breeding and has a useful record to match. Her dam Idancedallnight (p2, 1:59.3, six wins & $103,655) was a former Group Two Nevele R Stud 2YO Stakes winner during her race career for owner Ian Dobson. Idancedallnight, who died last year, is the dam of four to race for four winners. She left useful brothers to Rockin Cullen in Waltzing With Cullen (1:51.7, Aust, 15 wins & $139,488) and Southland winner Nureyev (2:00), and also this season’s second-up Invercargill winner Degas (by Art Major). Rockin Cullen is a distant relative of the famed Regina-Rosehaven-Black Watch maternal line, which earlier relatives of the Duffy family established. Idancedallnight, by Presidential Ball, was from another good filly in Ciccio Star (p3, 1:58.4), who won five at two and three, including a PGG NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Fillies Pace, earning $102,499. Ciccio Star also left smart half-brothers to Idancedallnight in Conquistare (1:55.9, Aust, 13 wins & $A73,755), Zenthura (1:56.5 Aust, 16 wins & $A117,705), Major Star (1:56.9, seven NZ wins & $101,577) and this season’s promising Canterbury pacer Dana Duke (three wins). Rockin Cullen’s fourth dam Spirit Of Venus (Lordship-Nancy Iola, by Black Fury-Rosehaven) was unraced but besides Ciccio Star left the speedy Nketia (1:52.4, US, 17 Australasian wins), and Whata Spirit, the four-win dam of a NSW Oaks winner in Fake Spirit (p2, 1:59.8, 1700m) and fast North American winner Family Spirit (1:52.4h, US). Another daughter of Spirit Of Venus in Spirit Of Spring left Umoja (1:51.2, US), who won five in NZ and has won 24 in North America, earning nearly $200,000. Courtesy Of Mark Jones Racing Stables    

The first race on the program at Methven today was blessed with three really smart 3 year olds and as expected they dominated the finish. McArdle Star, Highview Freedy and Until Further Notice all had their supporters prior to the race and all went well enough to justify that support. Highview Freddy from the Robert Dunn barn led easily from barrier one with Sam Ottley in the bike while the Jimmy Curtin trained and driven Until Further Notice settled three back on the inner from his second row draw. The Ken Barron trained McArdle Star with stable reinsman Blair Orange in the bike settled third last from his second line draw.. Sent forward three wide with cover by Blair with a lap to run, McArdle Star found the death seat with 900 meters to run and sat there until the 400 meters when he went up to eyeball Highview Freddy as they turned for home. Blair did little more than flick the reins at McArdle Star up the straight as he went on for an impressive debut win by 2 and 1/4 lengths from Highview Freddy who was just as clearly second. Until Further Notice cleared the pocket three back on the inner as they turned for home and ran on well for third but was 2 and 1/2 lengths from Highview Freddy at the finish. McArdle Star paced the 2300 meters on the grass in 3:02.3, a mile rate of 2:07.5 on a track rated as dead. Brought out of the 2013 Australasian Classic Sale for $30,000 by long time stable clients of Ken Barron in Steve Thompson and Grant Dickey, McArdle Star is as the name suggests is a 3 year old by McArdle from the talented Presidential Ball mare Star Of The Ball 1:56.1 ($68,647) The first foal from Star Of The Ball by Christian Cullen was named Two Twenty in reference to the fact he cost $220,000 at the sales. Why he didn't amount to much on the racetrack, the next two colts in Merv 1:53 ($67,763) and Macha 1:55.8 ($115,297) were well above average. The grand dam of Star Of The Ball is none other than the champion broodmare in Black Watch. McArdle Star looks to have inherited all the family ability and should be in for a profitable season judging by todays run. Harnesslink Media      

Harness racing returned to Winton today (September 7th) and it was notable for seeing the first winner by the son of The Panderosa in Panspacificflight 1:50.6 ($442,953) in New Zealand. Available through Macca Lodge at Gore, his oldest crop in New Zealand have just turned three and number just 23. Several showed up at trials as two year olds but none had saluted the judge until today. The Manipulator had qualified seven seconds under time at Gore and with leading driver Dexter Dunn in the bike,he was sent out a short priced favourite on debut. Dexter let The Manipulator find his feet early from barrier one before he sent him to the front after 300 meters. The Manipulator always looked to be travelling well in front and Dexter hardly moved in the straight as he held all the challengers comfortably at bay. Trained by Tony Stratford at Riversdale, The Manipulator paced the 2400 meters from the mobile in 3:01.5, a mile rate of 2:01.7 with smart closing sectionals of 56.9 and 27. The Manipulator is the second foal from the top Presidential Ball racemare Luckisaladytonight 1:54.1 ($151,249). The first foal is the Laurence Hanrahan trained Cullen Keefe who is unbeaten in two so far. The grand dam Delightful Chance went 1:57 while the third dam Missy Lou is a half sister to the champion pacer Christopher Vance 1:54.6 ($1,747,167) Panspacificflight has done a great job in North America with over $9,000,000 on his card to date and his current crop of 2 year olds sit 13th on the North American charts ahead of Rocknroll Hanover, McArdle and Always A Virgin. His fastest runner to date is Paco Labrook 1:48.4 ($539,768) who is also from a Presidential Ball mare like The Manipulator. There is never a better time for a stallion's progeny to shine than in the spring when breeders are making up their minds about consorts for the coming season and in The Manipulator, Panspacificflight has produced a smart horse at just the right time. PS: First Flight In with Dexter in the bike made it two for the day for Panspacificflight when winning later on the program from the outside of the second row. Harnesslink Media    

Xanderxav overcame an early speed duel to win the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Trotters Graduate at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. The Linton Power trained trotter had the pole draw, which helped him hold out the early challenge from fellow mobile-start firebrand squaregaiter Mister Gunsen. With regular driver David Moran in the spider Xanderxav, who hails from Marungi, continued his recent strong form, the wily eight-year-old racing more like a spritely four-year-old. At the 500-metre mark it became clear Xanderxav comfortably had the measure of race favourite Zedalite, which was beginning to struggle in the breeze. El Paco reaced by pulling out of the one-one to stake its claim three-wide, while Stoned I Am snagged back to the markers near the rear of the field and saved enormous ground around the final turn. But old Xanderxav is tougher than a cheap steak and the son of glorious trotter Wagon Apollo added a Group 2 victory to his kitbag, scoring a 4.9-metre win over runner-up Stoned I Am (Simone Walker). Xanderxav’s mile rate for the 2240-metre trip was 1:59.4. The Group 2 Breeders Crown Pacers’ Graduate was taken out by Keayang Cullen for Terang trainer Marg Lee and driver Jason Lee. The in-form free-for-all star is headed towards the Miracle Mile long-term and tonight he defeated Shane Tritton trained Suave Stuey Lombo by 2.1 metres, while the winner’s stablemate, Keayang Steamer, finished third for driver Glen Craven. Keayang Cullen zipped around the field early to find the lead and then kept on kicking for a good win in a rate of 1:56.0, with a last half-mile of 55.7secs. Earlier in the night Grant Dixon trained and driven Feel The Faith was too strong for Glenferrie Blade in the Betterthancheddar @ Alabar Breeders Crown two-year-old fillies’ consolation, while Boasson Hagen took out the American Ideal @ Woodlands two-year-old boys’ Breeders Crown consolation for Tasmanian trainer Christian Salter and leading reinsman Gavin Lang. Boasson Hagen beat runner-up Pompidou by a head with Hez The One third for Heywood trainer Bec East. John Justice delivered a perfect front-running drive aboard Shakti Bromac to land the Alabar Breeders Crown Graduate Pace over 2240 metres, too strong for runner-up Valley Of Diamonds, while Wounded ran third. Rockbank trainer Joe Vassallo enjoyed success in the Breeders Crown Graduate Trot with four-year-old Village Jasper gelding Stunning Jasper scoring a half-head win over race favourite Jeter with Speedy Rambo third. Michael Stanley, who has Soho Tokyo in the two-year-old fillies’ Breeders Crown Final on Sunday, captured the Breeders Crown Broodmare Noms Close 1 September Pace over 2240 metres with four-year-old Presidential Ball gelding Hilltop Hustler, which powered home by five metres over runner-up The Good Times and third placegetter Turnpike Cruiser. Four-year-old D M Dilinger gelding Crazy Dave broke his metropolitan maiden status in the eighth race, the TAB.COM.AU Pace over 2240m. The winner came from the Gary Bailey stable at Portarlington and was driven by Michael Bellman. Essbee Doubleyou ran second for Jodi Quinlan, while Tyler Bromac was third for Matthew Craven. Valley Ess Jay won the last race, the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting consolation. Trained and driven by trotting master Chris Lang, the Skyvalley gelding fought back doggedly after being headed by The Third Son late to win by 1.9 metres. The Third Son held on for second for John Caldow, while Glenferrie Belle was well beaten in third place. Racing returns to Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday for the 10-Group 1 Breeders Crown Finals Day, where a huge crowd is expected. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria  

The Christian Cullen Mobile Pace for fillies and mares at the Waikato Harness Racing meeting at Cambridge this evening looked to be a benefit race for the smart Mach Three filly Zeta Bromac. The winner of four of her six lifetime starts had drawn perfectly at four for the 1700 meters mobile while her main competition Cyclone Kate had drawn poorly. Backed into microscopic odds by punters, Zeta Bromac went straight to the front and kept up a hot pace in front throughout. Turning for home Zeta Bromac looked to have the field in trouble until the smart two year old filly Cyclone Kate angled off from three back on the inner and stormed home for a narrow but impressive win. It was the third win in nine starts in her juvenile season for the daughter of Mach Three and showed  once again how dangerous she is with a soft run. Placed second earlier in the season in the $75,000 Young Guns Final to the very smart Democrat Party 1:56.1 ($60,524), Cyclone Prince is raced by a group of owners that includes New Zealand cricketer Kyle Mills and former Auckland Blues rugby player, Ant Strachan. Cyclone Kate paced the 1700 meters mobile in a very quick 2:02.08, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28.3 Cyclone Kate is  from the Presidential Ball mare Eyre To The Throne 1:58.9 who won three of her five lifetime starts. The first foal from Eyre To The Throne is this years smart three year old Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($128,607) who is a full brother to Cyclone Kate.  The grand dam of Cyclone Kate is Erin Brockovich who is a full sister to the former champion juvenile, Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,551,941). It is a family littered with classic winning horses and Cyclone Kate looks to have inherited all the family ability if tonights win is any guide. Harnesslink media    

R I P Tony Chiaravalle. He owned the 1993 Pace winner Presidential Ball and was the original owner of the third place finisher that year Riyadh. R I P Matts Scooter-1988 Meadowlands Pace winner-sire of Mach Three 2002 Pace winner. Grandsire of Somebeachsomewhere-THE most prohibitive Pace favorite of the 21st century/ R I P Joe Muscara. He owned the 2002 Pace winner Mach Three and his Muscara Trust co-owns elim divisional winner He's Watching, one of the favorites in this Saturday's race.   $776,000 Pace Purse. Not counting the two years with a supplemental entry, (2000 and 2008), this is the first time since 1990 that the purse is at least $100G higher than the previous year: 1989 $852,000 Dexter Nukes 1990 $1,153,500 Beach Towel   Sire Well Said looks to do-with two chances-what has been done SEVEN TIMES in Meadowlands Pace history. Win the Pace with his first crop. (Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis) 1984 Happy Motoring sired On The Road Again 1985 Niatross sired Nihilator 1997 Artsplace sired Dream Away 1998 Life Sign sired Day In A Life 2005 Western Ideal sired Rocknroll Hanover 2008 Art Major sired Art Official 2013 Somebeachsomewhere sired Captaintreacherous   If you're betting either He's Watching or Luck Be Withyou, you have recent history on your side. Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce have won 6 of the last 7 editions of the Meadowlands Pace, THE most dominant TWO-driver run in the races 37 year history. (Of those 6 wins between them, 3 each, 4 of those 6 were NOT favored)   Ron Burke will try and do what has been done THREE TIMES before. Be the Leading trainer at the Meadowlands for the meet AND win the Meadowlands Pace. J K Endofanera 1993 and 1994 Bill Robinson did it with Presidential Ball and Cams Card Shark 1997 Brett Pelling did it with Dream Away 2004 Mark Harder did it with Holborn Hanover, who was 2-22 lifetime coming into the race and lit up the board at 58-1   "MILLER TIME?" Maybe. There are three driving "MIllers" in the race-Dave and Brett and Marcus. That doesn't even count trainer Erv. The first ever TRAINER named Miller to be in the Pace-as well as the first ever drive-BOTH finished 3rd. Del Miller trainer 3rd 1980 Tyler B Jim Miller driver 1979 3rd with Tijuana Taxi   THROWBACK TIME? Some Pace participants in 2014 were prominent at the Meadowlands in the 1980s. Val D'Or Farms (Always B Miki) 3 times made a 1980s Pace final. 4th with Masquerade in 1986, 7th and 11th with Ringaleevio and Paladium Lobell in the 1988 edition Steve Elliott was 10th with Souffle in the 1986 final of the Pace, and was 3rd and then 2nd in the 1988 and 1989 Trainer Standings here Joe Holloway won FOUR races at the Meadowlands in the 1970s-including twice with a pacer named Pentagon as a DRIVER. In the 1980s, Joe became the first ever Meadowlands trainer to win as many as 106 races in a singe meet-1988 Jim Campbell was the 1989 Meadowlands Training Leader. He also started in the Pace with a pair in 1987-3rd with Run The Table and 12th with Dictionary   Peter Blood is one of the owners of Doo Wop Hanover. As a trainer here-he was second in the 1988 Wilson-the LAST one to go for $1 Million-with Nukes Image to Kassa Branca. The following year, he went 1-2 in the Wilson conso.   Pierce Pace Potpourri Ron Pierce drove the shortest priced Pace winner of the new millennium-$2.80 Well Said 2009. Ron Pierce UPENDED the shortest priced Pace STARTER of the new millennium-Somebeachsomewhere-10 cents on the dollar-in 2008 with Art Official. (Art Official-incidentally-sold as a $4,000 WEANLING at a Meadowlands January sale)   NUMBERS 17 of the 37 Pace winners were sired by a horse who himself raced in the Pace final. ONLY ONE-Real Desire is the ONLY horse to win $3 Million-be Horse Of The Year and win the Meadowlands Pace and NOT be in the Hall Of Fame ONLY ONE Pace winner won from the second tier-On The Road Again 1984 Post 12 THREE Homebreds in the Pace final field. The 2013 Hambletonian had three homebreds win all three eliminations and then the final. Creatine, Smilin Eli and Royalty For Life 20-1 or better-Tellitlikeitis will surely be one of the longshots in the 2014 Pace final field. Rarer than rare for the North America Cup FAVORITE-ALSO the Meadowlands Pace elimination FAVORITE, to be an also-ran in the wagering in the Pace final. FIVE catch-drivers have gone into the Hall Of Fame the past TWO decades. Only five.   ANNIVERSARY 23 years to the day of Precious Bunny winning the 1991 Meadowlands Pace. July 12, 1991. That marked the first time in history a horse won TWO million $ races in the same year (Nihilator did it in 1984 and 1985) John Campbell drove him in the North America Cup to victory, but opted off for Artsplace in the Pace final and Jack Moiseyev won with the Cam Fella colt. HOY. It was also the first of four STRAIGHT Pace winners for Cam Fella as a stallion-ironic when you consider that Cam Fella finished his career 57 straight times on the board-the last time he MISSED the board? 1982 Meadowlands Pace elimination!! 7th   Ron Pierce is on top in North America in $$$. 58 Years of age. This stat is especially interesting when you consider that-in 2006-he was and is the ONLY 50 Years Old to EVER lead the way, and now at 58 is threatening to do the same   Golden Receiver's barn change-AFTER winning $2 Million-brings back memories of possibly the two greatest horses to ever undergo a barn change. Seatttle Slew and Artsplace.   WIDE OPEN PACE?-2013 TOLD US EXACTLY THAT Many live candidates to win the 2014 Meadowlands Pace. And why not. In 2013-the LEADING 2 YO colt pacing earner made $390G-Arthur Blue Chip. This marked the first time since 1977 that the leading $$-winning freshman pacing colt did NOT have at least $400G on his card. No No Yankee had $211G in 1977 (Ironically-the FIRST year of the Pace)   Dave Miller-John Campbell Dave Miller-6 days after entering the Hall Of Fame, hopes to do what only John Campbell has done prior. Go into the Hall Of Fame and win either the Hambletonian or the Meadowlands Pace the SAME year. 1990-John Hambo Harmonious. Dave handles Always B Miki   IF Marcus Miller wins the Meadowlands Pace-he WILL become the YOUNGEST driver ever to do so. Tetrick also did it at 25 in 2007 with Southwind Lynx, Marcus a few months younger.   Canadian Influence 5 of the 6 inside posts in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace have Canadian ownership. 6 of the first 12 Meadowlands Pace winners (1977-1986) had Canadian ownership.   "Hall" Pass-OOPS Pace Five of the first 10 winners of the Meadowlands Pace had trainers who were Hall Of Famers. BUT-only ONE of the last 27 training winners of the Meadowlands Pace did it. Ray Remmen 1990 Beach Towel. Jimmy Takter has two shots at ending that 24 year 0-fer.   Coyne-Operated Ron Coyne (National Debt) has been in the Pace before. 1999 with Washington VC. 8th. That colt then sired a $3 Million career earner by the name of Themightyquinn   If either John Campbell or Ron Pierce win the Meadowlands Pace, they will be the oldest to do so. 59 and 58. Cat Manzi at 56 in 2006 with Artistic Fella currently holds than distinction.   Steve Elliott is the ONLY trainer in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace field who has won this race before. And he did it twice. 2006 and 2009. There are only two trainers in Meadowlands Pace history who have won the Pace multiple times and were FAVORED in all of their wins: Elliott, Billy Haughton  Billy Did it with Falcon Almhurst in 1978-9/5 choice over eventual HOY Abercrombie-and with Nihilator at 1-9 in 1985 heading a prohibitive 5 horse entry.   "Starter" Kit NO 2014 Pace finalist has more than 8 starts in 2014. Yet 16 of the first 24 Meadowlands Pace winners had at LEAST NINE starts on the season entering the Pace final.   Jimmy Takter (Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere) will try and do what Brett Pelling did last. Go 1-2 in the Pace. Pelling did it with Rocknroll Hanover in 2005 and Village Jolt second.   He's Watching's June 13 foaling date would be THE latest ever for any Meadowlands Pace winner. (TWO of the more famous JUNE foals of all time used to be stablemates-Art Major and McArdle)   SLOW STARTS? NO PROBLEM IN THE PACE Your year isn't going the greatest going INTO the Meadowlands Pace? This doesn't mean a whole lot-or at least it didn't to these brand names: 2001 Real Desire 1 for 5 going into the Pace 2000 Gallo Blue Chip 5 for 10 entering the Pace 2010 One More Laugh 2 for 6 going into the Pace 1988 Matts Scooter Just 2 for 9 entering the Pace (NOTE-the 2 YO Champion (He's Watching 2-5)-and the 2YO Breeders Crown winner (Luck Be With You 1-5)-are a combined 3/10 entering the 2014 Pace)   The "OUTSIDERS?" The three outside horses in the Pace were all sired by a Pace favorite: Post 8 Sometimes Said (Well Said 2009) Post 9 Always B Miki (Always A Virgin 2007) Post 10 Doo Wop Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover 2005)   Takter's Pace Breakthrough? NO Trainer in the 21st century who's campaigned a Horse Of The Year has made it to the Hall Of Fame. Jimmy Takter is the last trainer to do both-having won the HOY titles in 1997-1998-1999. Bob McIntosh went into the Hall Of Fame in 2002-and a full decade later-won his first MILLION $ race going 1-3 in the 2012 NA Cup. Jimmy Takter is looking for his very first Pace score. Ron Burke just scored his first Million $ win taking the NA Cup with J K Endofanera.   The Two oldest drivers to hit the board in the Meadowlands Pace? 1978 Joe O'Brien 59-thid with Flight Director 1982 Billy Haughton 58 3rd with McKinzie Almahurst John Campbell is 59 and Ron Pierce 58   Campbell-Meadowlands Pace-Post 10 The man is amazing. Post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace in 2014 with Doo Wop Hanover. His history from post 10 in the Pace is almost beyond belief. ALL of the following are from Post 10-IN The Meadowlands Pace: 1982 Hilarion winner-first ever catch-driver to win a Million $$ race. 1997 At Point Blank second at 14-1 the colt was WINLESS (0-15) on the year!! 1999 The Panderosa got post 10 initially-AND on the redraw-and still dominated with a 26 flat final quarter in 1:49.3-then a record mile in the Pace and thus becoming the first horse ever to win TWO million $$ races BOTH in sub 1:50) 2004 3rd with Metropolitan from post 10 2007 third with Artriverderci from post 10. 5 different trainers from post 10-five times on the board. Consider that in the other 30 times any driver raced in the Pace from post 10-combined-those drivers were 3-30 ON THE BOARD!   OTHER Post 10 notes...... Dave Miller's Pace debut-1995-Cinder Lane Sam came from post 10-5th-flying home in 26.1.....Pat Crowe drove exactly once in the Pace-from post 10-in 1984 12th with a colt by the name of Greener Pastures.....Brett Pelling made his Pace debut in 1993 from post 10 (No check)....Pinocchio raced in the Pace-from post 10 for Neal Shapiro...   15 times in history the Meadowlands Pace winner has been THAT YEAR'S Leading $$ winner among ALL Pacers.(MOST common of any race of the leaders)   Just HOW tough is it to WIN The Meadowlands Pace? This stat might tell it best. The last THREE Triple Crown winners in the sport-NONE of those three finished first OR second in the Meadowlands Pace!! 2003 No Pan Intended 4th 1999 Blissful Hall 7th 1997 Western Dreamer 3rd   Who are the three richest ever horses to have participated in the Meadowlands Pace final and NOT gotten a check? Boulder Creek $3,425,853 8th 2003 Red Bow Tie $2,673,920 9th 1997 Western Hanover $2,541,647 7th 1992   Super Tough Quiz: Can you name the three colts who led all pacers in year end earnings but did NOT compete in the Meadowlands Pace final? 1977 Governor Skipper $522,148 1998 Shady Character $1,070,569 2002 Art Major $1,562,779   Compiled by Bob "Hollywood" Heyden

Driver Sylvain Filion captured two of the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings featured on Saturday night's card at Mohawk Racetrack while Preferred pacer State Treasurer equalled the fastest mile on Canadian soil so far this year. Boomboom Ballykeel, who won the 2013 Metro Pace at Mohawk, zoomed to a 1:50.3 effort in the first division, giving him his second OSS Gold victory of the season. With driver Sylvain Filion at the lines, Boomboom Ballykeel followed from the pocket while Three Of Clubs (Doug McNair) chopped out fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23.3. Filion sent his charge on the attack in the stretch and he collared the pacesetter before pulling clear to win by a length. Three Of Clubs held second and Hunch Man (Mike Saftic) came home in third. Richard Moreau trains Boomboom Ballykeel, a Mach Three-Teig N Riley (Presidential Ball) colt for owner/breeder Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, Ont. Boomboom Ballykeel has a pair of wins from four starts this year and he has five career victories. He has earned $76,000 in 2014 and $465,702 lifetime. Boomboom Ballykeel is a full brother to Mach Of Ballykeel ($369,770), a former Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series winner as well. To view the rest of the story click here.

 Antonio "Tony" Chiaravalle, who campaigned such notables as 1993 Pacer of the Year Presidential Ball, his blazing-fast stablemate Riyadh, and the top free-for-allers Dream Maker and Lime Time, died Monday, June 23, at the age of 78. Before Presidential Ball gave Mr. Chiaravalle a top sophomore stakes contender, Dream Maker and Lime Time put him in the winner's circle for the sport's most prestigious races for older horses. Dream Maker defeated Rambling Willie, Le Baron Rouge, Senor Skipper and Governor's Skipper and won the 1978 Provincial Cup at Windsor and the 1978 Canadian Pacing Derby at Greenwood Raceway. He was voted Canada's Aged Pacer of 1977. To view the rest of this story click here.

Superb trotting filly Claudys Princess edged out Illawong Helios in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for 3YO trotting fillies today at Maryborough. The Mick Blackmore-trained star, who last start won the Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Oaks, went 2:02.4 with a last half of 61.5 to defeat the Ross Sugars-trained runner-up by a half-neck. Gavin Lang didn’t bustle Claudys Princess early and allowed her to balance up three back on the pegs, following Illawong Helios, which had the back of race leader Illawong Moonshine. Turning for home Illawong Moonshine had run her race and was quickly gathered up by Illawong Helios, but once the sprint lane opened up Claudys Princess darted through with a successful late winning bid. Sister Of Sonoko ran third for Ross Graham, while Kapitan Claire from the Sugars yard with Kylie Sugars in the sulky ran fourth. Claudys Princess has now won 11 races from 14 starts. Later on the card top three-year-old trotter Asdenro won the boys’ Vicbred heat by 3.9m over Guiltless. Haydon Gray took the David Van Ryn-trained son of Armbro Variable to the front early from gate five, holding off all challengers late to score over David Abrahams-trained Guiltless, with Alan Tubbs-trained Drunken Maniac finishing on for third. Savannah Jay Jay put some value into first fours with Neil McCallum guiding the Stan Cameron-trained gelding into fourth place despite a scratchy beginning. Favourite Holdonsu made it seven wins from 16 starts with victory in the Vicbred 3YO males’ pacers heat at Maryborough, the Jayne Davies-trained, Rodney Petroff-driven son of Elsu scoring a head win over Jedi Mind from the David Aiken stable, with Time Capsule coming in third. My Bella Starr captured the 3YO pacing fillies’ Vicbred heat for trainer Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang in Race 8. The daughter of Art Major/Badlands Legend went 1:59.8 and prevailed by 1.6m over runner-up Distant Memory, who had made the trip south from New South Wales for trainer-driver Kerry-Ann Turner, with Phil Chircop-trained The System Black getting third-place prize money for driver Petroff. Lang capped off a winning treble in the last race on the program, the Vicbred seventh heat of the 3YO colts and geldings, aboard Presidentialsecret for Emma Stewart. The Presidential Ball gelding prevailed by 4.4m over Young Modern for Michael Stanley, while Lisa Miles guided Su You Too into third place. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Stylish gelding Isaiah Artois has the $125,000 Golden Slipper on July 18 firmly in his sights after giving a bold frontrunning display to score a decisive victory in a drama-filled International Health Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. All honours were with Isaiah Artois, third favourite at 15/2 who was produced in great shape by Byford trainer David Thompson and was driven with aggression and confidence by Colin Brown. But there was a sad tale of woe, with the 2/1 on favourite The Odd Lover having his off-side sulky tyre punctured 100m after the start. In Nyrobi overraced badly when the mobile barrier released the field and Gary Hall jun. had a hectic time trying to settle the youngster who was virtually uncontrollable. Hall had a battle in trying to steer In Nyrobi as he attempted to guide him towards the outside fence. As he desperately tried to manoeuvre In Nyrobi away from behind The Odd Lover (racing three wide) In Nyrobi's near front leg clipped the wheel of The Odd Lover's sulky. Kim Prentice then dashed The Odd Lover forward to move into the breeze after 550m. Mister Atomic had galloped at the start and Morgan Woodley sent Nitro Lad into the lead before Isaiah Artois surged to the front after 200m. Punters realised that there was a serious problem when Prentice took a sustained look at The Odd Lover's off-side sulky wheel as the field raced down the front straight to receive the bell. The tyre was flattened, but stayed on the rim. However, the tube had become loose and had become wrapped around the axel. The Odd Lover, under the massive disadvantage of having to pull his disabled sulky, began to wilt half-way down the back straight in the final circuit and as Prentice was easing him back towards the rear approaching the home turn The Odd Lover was tightened and broke into a gallop. He finished 105m behind the winner in eleventh position. Steve Johnson, the breeder and owner of Isaiah Artois, was delighted with the victory and paid tribute to the professional care of Thompson and his wife Karen as well as the skill of Brown. "We came here tonight expecting that the Odd Lover would be extremely hard to beat," he said. "And I feel a little bit sorry for Kim Prentice, having to carry a flat tyre." After a reasonable lead time of 37.7sec., Isaiah Artois had the luxury of coasting through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.4sec. before covering the next quarters in 29.4sec., 29.8sec. and 30.1sec. He rated 1.59.7 over the 2130m and defeated 11/2 second fancy Artillery Major by a length, with almost a length to Kasey Kahne (15/1) in third place. Artillery Major finished solidly from fifth on the pegs at the bell and Kasey Kahne came from seventh with a lap to travel. Isaiah Artois has had six starts for four wins and two thirds for stakes of $74,698. He is by Art Major and is the second foal out of Endless Journey (by American stallion Die Laughing) who had nine starts in Western Australia as a two and three-year-old in 2006 and 2007 for two minor placings and stakes of $2560. Endless Journey is a half-sister to Like A Dame, the dam of top-flight seven-year-old David Hercules, who had set the pace and beaten Im Themightyquinn 30 minutes before the win of Isaiah Artois in the Pearl. Endless Journey is out of Victorian-bred mare Hold Tight, whose five winners included Fake Embrace, winner of the Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park in March 1994. Fake Embrace earned $240,249 from 37 wins and 40 placings from 178 starts. David Hercules claims a mighty scalp In ancient times the mythical Greek divine hero Hercules was famous for his strength and was acclaimed for slaying, bare-handed, the ferocious Nemean lion, a vicious monster who was considered indestructible. The modern-day Hercules appeared in the form of David Hercules at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his victim was Australasia's greatest pacer Im Themightyquinn. Im Themightyquinn was considered a certainty by most pundits, but he had his colours lowered by David Hercules, who proved too speedy for his illustrious rival in the 2130m KA Cleans And Flushes Pace. David Hercules, resuming after a spell, charged straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and he relished his pacemaking role before beating Im Themightyquinn by just over two lengths, with Dundee Three finishing strongly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be 10m away in third place. Im Themightyquinn, favourite at 2/1 on, started from barrier three and raced without cover for the first 550m before Toretto assumed the position in the breeze. Morgan Woodley rated David Hercules perfectly, and after opening quarters of the final mile in 30.9sec. and 29.1sec. the West Australian-bred seven-year-old gave his rivals very little chance by sprinting brilliantly over the final two quarters in 27.3sec. and 27.6sec. Im Themightyquinn, driven for the first time in a race by Clint Hall, started a three-wide move towards the end of the back straight in the final circuit. He finished solidly, but found the task beyond him. Woodley admitted he was more than pleasantly surprised at the splendid first-up performance from David Hercules, a clear second favourite at 5/2 at his first appearance for just over three months. "He exceeded my expectations," he said. "I went out thinking that if I could pinch an easy time early he might have a good chance of finishing close with Im Themightyquinn. My suspicion was that Im Themightyquinn, with race fitness under his belt and the way he has been racing in such a rich vein of form, would prove a little bit too good for us. "The lead time (37.6sec.) and the leisurely first quarter (30.9sec.) allowed me to be really up tempo from the 1200m and make it very hard for anything from behind. He certainly did exceed my expectations and I was very happy with him and the most positive thing to come out of it is that I think that he will improve. "I believe it was the winning move, sprinting the third quarter in 27.3sec. It wasn't premeditated, it wasn't a plan; it just seemed like the right thing to do. So I rolled the dice and threw caution to the wind down the back straight and tried to pinch a good break. "As we turned into the back straight the last time I had a look over my shoulder and saw that Im Themightyquinn still hadn't pulled out off the back of Toretto, and I thought, well now's my chance. If I can pinch a couple of lengths here and he has to be going sideways while I'm going forward, well I can really make a race of it. "Fortunately David Thompson had the horse right, and this made my drive look good. A lot of times you can try things like that, but if the horse isn't up to the mark they will wilt over the final stages and you will have egg on your face. So credit is due to David for having the horse so forward. "David Hercules ran out a little bit in the home straight, but that is not something that's of great concern. If it was the first time he had done it, then I would be worried. It seems to be quite a consistent thing with him. He has raced with block blinkers on from time to time and, who knows, moving forward, it might be the case that he goes back and has some form of eye-wear to keep him a little more focused and straight. "He's quite a large horse and I think that some of this is probably because he is running too quickly for his frame. Im Themightyquinn is pint-sized compared to David Hercules." David Hercules, owned by David Botha and Jeneen Johnson, has amassed $820,304 in prizemoney from 30 wins and 31 placings from 88 starts. The Parade, a model of consistency A wide barrier did not prove a disadvantage for talented filly The Parade, who maintained her wonderful consistency when she sustained a powerful burst from last to win the 1730m Electromix-Electrolytes And Sweat Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Despite her excellent form, including her second to the brilliant Libertybelle Midfrew in the WA Oaks last month, many punters overlooked her claims and she started at a gift price of 7/1 from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice wisely restrained The Parade back to last at the start, while polemarker and 5/4 on favourite Harper Grace was put under plenty of early pressure, first from Maddy White (5/1) and then Jungle Jewel (8/1). This resulted in a fast opening quarter of the final mile in 28.2sec. After a second section in 30.1sec., Harper Grace led from Jungle Jewel at the bell, with My Samantha Jane (11/1) next on the pegs and Maddy White in the one-out, one-back position. Prentice started a three-wide move 950m from home and The Parade sustained a strong burst to take the lead with 250m to travel. The final sections went by in 28.9sec. and 29.8sec. and the winner rated a slick 1.56.3. She won by 2m from My Samantha Jane, with 5m to Maddy White in third place. Harper Grace weakened to finish fourth. The Parade has earned $108,144 from seven wins and eight placings from 20 starts. She is by American stallion Real Desire and is the first foal out of unraced Badlands Hanover mare Hearty Lass, whose dam Atomic Lass produced former champion Auckland Reactor (53 starts for 32 wins, four placings and $1,837,043) and Taihape Tickler, who had 113 starts for 19 wins, 19 placings and $183,919. The Parade's win completed a double for Prentice, who was successful earlier in the night with the Ken Kirke-trained The Pacing Priest. Finbar Abbey and Arousing win for Olivieri and Voak Veteran New Zealand-bred pacer Finbar Abbey, who holds the unique distinction of being the only horse to have won a race in Australia in which outstanding four-year-old Alta Christiano tasted defeat, gave Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and reinsman Chris Voak the first leg of a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he finished strongly to win the 2503m Ironvita Blood And Oxygen Handicap. The pair completed the double when Arousing was successful in the second qualifying heat of the Neutra Syrup Netralises And Removes Lombardo Pace. Finbar Abbey, a 4/1 chance, began speedily from the 10m mark, and after racing wide early, slotted in to the one-out, one-back position, with Bartowski setting the pace from Gallileo in the breeze. Shardons Rocket, the 30m backmarker, surged forward, three wide, in the first lap before eventually getting to the front 1270m from home. This relegated Finbar Abbey to sixth in the one-wide line, but Voak remained patient before he switched Finbar Abbey three wide at the 600m mark. Finbar Abbey dashed to the front 50m from the post and won by a length from 5/1 chance Ohoka Courage, who was eighth at the bell and followed the last-lap three-wide run of the winner. Heez Orl Black, the 6/4 favourite, who moved to the breeze 950m from home, wilted to fifth. Finbar Abbey, who won the 2902m Easter Cup from Polak and Alta Christiano on April 17, has flourished under Olivieri's care and looks set for further successes. The eight-year-old has had 105 starts for 15 wins and 24 placings for stakes of $127,281. He had 63 starts in New Zealand for five wins and 14 placings before arriving in Australia. Arousing, second fancy at 4/1, made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier when she set a moderate early pace before covering the final 800m in 57.5sec. to beat 5/4 favourite Jungle Genie by one and a half lengths. This ended a losing sequence of nine and boosted her earnings to $102,696 from ten wins and 24 placings from 92 starts. Jungle Genie was not suited by the dawdling pace and did a good job to come from seventh at the bell. Olivieri and Voak kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Saturday night when 5/2 chance Hes Ritehererightnow finished strongly to win a 2503m stand from Ardens Southee. Elson and Young strike purple patch Owner-trainer Gary Elson and reinsman Kim Young completed a wonderfully successful week when they combined to score an upset victory with 44/1 outsider Reuben Brogden in the2536m Min-A-Vit Racing And Breeding Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This followed wins with two-year-old Mister Ardee and three-year-old Class of Tara at Pinjarra on Monday and two-year-old Arturus at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Reuben Brogden, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, started from the outside of the back line and he was last in the field of 12 after a lap before storming home from the rear at the bell to snatch a last-stride victory by a head from 5/4 favourite Slick Chapel, with Vapour (9/4) a close third after appearing certain to win when he led clearly on the home turn. Polemarker Im Terrific set the pace until Lauren Jones sent Vapour (sixth at the bell) to the front at the 400m mark. Gary Hall jun. then issued a spirited challenge with Slick Chapel, who had followed Vapour's three-wide run in the final circuit. Vapour began to wilt in the closing stages and was overhauled by Reuben Brogden and Slick Chapel. The final 800m was covered in 59.5sec. and Reuben Brogden rated 1.58.4. Young drove vigorously in the home straight and earned a $400 fine from the stewards for an incorrect whip action. Reuben Brogden, who finished third to Im Victorious in the Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park in December 2012, has been lightly raced and his win on Friday night improved his record to 36 starts for 14 wins and ten placings for stakes of $114,936. The son of American stallion Real Desire, Reuben Brogden was placed twice from three starts in New Zealand in October 2011 before coming to WA. He is the first foal out of Presidential Ball mare Ruby Choozday, who had eight starts for one win, two placings and $5970. Spectacular debut by Spectactular New Zealand-bred five-year-old Spectactular, a standing-start specialist in his home country with five wins in stands, revealed sparkling early speed from behind the mobile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when made an impressive Australian debut with an effortless victory in the 2130m Mecworma And Bot Worming Paste Pathway Pace. Produced in fine fettle by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., Spectactular, hot favourite at 3/1 on, gave Gary Hall jun. an armchair drive as he bowled along in front before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to win by just over four lengths from polemarker Kristoff, who had trailed him throughout. Spectactular rated 1.57.4 to improve his record to nine wins and six placings from 37 starts for stakes of $64,862. By Christian Cullen, he is the eighth foal out of New York Motoring mare Tact Hayley, who was placed at five of her 11 starts before being retired to the breeding barn. Halls maintain their dominance with two trebles The all-conquering combination of master trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. maintained their outstanding form with another three winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They were successful with Black Aquila (5/2), Spectactular (3/1 on) and My Hard Copy (2/1 on) and then they combined with another treble at Gloucester Park on Saturday night, scoring with Massive Attack, VC Manoeuvre and Soho Lennon. Black Aquila, a newcomer to the Hall stable, gave a powerful display to win the 1730m Protexin Multi Strain Probiotic Pace from Desirable Guy and Roy Bolt. He started from the No. 5 barrier on the front line and raced three wide for the first 550m before moving into the breeze outside the pacemaker Roy Bolt. Black Aquila moved on terms with the leader 450m from home before taking a clear lead 150m later and racing away to score by a length and a half at a 1.56.8 rate after the final 800m was covered in a slick 57.3sec. Owned by Michael Young, Courtney Burch and John Young, Black Aquila showed early promise when he won the group 1 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park in April 2011 when he defeated Polak and El Machine. The son of Totally Ruthless, he is bred to be a good winner. He is the first foal out of the unraced Il Vicolo mare My Date With Destiny, whose dam Baltic Flight produced Baltic Eagle, whose 40 starts produced 21 wins, seven placings and stakes of $746,980. Baltic Eagle's wins included the WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup and interdominion championship in Christchurch early in 2003, the FTC Members Sprint in November 2003 and the Celebrity Mile at Gloucester Park in December 2004. New Zealand-bred four-year-old My Hard Copy maintained his outstanding form when he was untroubled to set the pace and win easily from strong-finishing stablemate Our Arlington and Black Pontiac in the 1730m Horsport Rehydration And Recovery Pace. My Hard Copy set a cracking pace and reeled off quarters in 28.4sec., 28.9sec., 29sec. and 27.9sec. He now has earned $146,047 from 14 wins and 13 placings from 40 starts. The Pacing Priest prevails A pre-emptive strike by reinsman Justin Prentice paid dividends when he guided the injury-plagued The Pacing Priest to a narrow victory in a punishing finish to the 2503m Sootha Nerves And Stress Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The well-supported New Zealand-bred eight-year-old (9/2) started from the inside of the 10m line and settled down in tenth position on the pegs before Prentice seized the initiative by dashing the gelding forward, three wide, after 750m to move outside the pacemaker Turbo Gold (40/1) with 1450m to travel. Prentice was content to leave The Pacing Priest in the breeze until he urged the gelding forward to take the lead 250m from home. The Pacing Priest then fought on doggedly to score by a metre from 9/2 chance Bubbles And Bling, who came from 11th at the bell and followed the three-wide run of Trojan Bromac before going four wide at the 300m mark and finishing strongly. Turbo Gold held on to finish third. The Pacing Priest, who is trained at West Swan by Ken Kirke, ended a losing sequence of ten and improved his record to 45 starts for ten wins, 13 placings and $110,451 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas  

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

If prominent American owner/breeders Gordon Banks and Mark Hanover could win one aged Group One race in New Zealand it would be a Harness Jewels Final. The Florida-based cousins are the only owners in the world to have won Breeders Crown finals in both North America and Australia, but have yet to win a Harness Jewels crown. “That would be a dream come true,’’ Banks told HRNZ from his Miami base. “The only reason we own horses is to win the big races. “Sure the New Zealand Cup and an Inter Dominion Final would be nice but we don’t usually race aged pacers so a Jewels title would cap it off nicely. Banks and Hanover could get their wish on May 31 when the Jewels leader they own - Joanne’s A Delight lines up in the $150,000 2YO Fillies Diamond Pace at Cambridge Raceway. Both men stayed up until 3.30am last Friday to watch Joanne’s A Delight win their first New Zealand Group One race. The Nigel McGrath trained daughter of Bettor’s Delight won the $150,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Championship. “I couldn’t get to sleep after watching the race, I must have watched the replay five times and she won every time. “Then when I tried to get to sleep I kept seeing the race in my head. “It was a great night despite the lack of sleep,” Banks said. His cousin agreed saying it was one of the recent highlights in their ‘Down Under’ racing careers. “We have won two New Zealand Messengers and Tupelo Rose won almost every aged Group race down there, but this was a real highlight,’’ Hanover said. “Nigel has got her in fantastic condition for the big races this month. “It was also a great drive from Anthony Butt, to win the Jewels Final would be a dream come true.’’ The cousins have won numerous Group One races in both hemispheres. They won the North American and Australasian Breeders Crown Finals with Molly Can Do It (2002) and Passions Promise (2010). Alert Fulla and Tupelo Rose also won the 1990 and 2001 New Zealand Messenger Championships at Alexandra Park. “The year Molly Can Do It won the Breeders Crown, Tupelo Rose also ran third in the race. “She is the best ‘Down Under’ horse we have owned,” Hanover said. Banks and Hanover said there was a possibility that they could fly to Cambridge to watch their filly line up a favourite in the Yarndley sponsored Group One Final. “It would be great to get down there again and see her race in the flesh, but it all depends on our commitments up here. “I was in New Zealand and Australia for 10 weeks this year as a guest at the Inter Dominion final. “I did some sight-seeing and also went to the Sales in both countries. “If we can’t make it we will certainly be glued to the TV. “She’s a real darling and I think we are going to have a lot of fun with her,” Banks said. “I’d love to come as well but it depends on our commitments up here, It’s a long way to Tipperary,” Hanover added. The cousins fell in love with harness racing in New Zealand three decades ago and then became even more hooked when they brought Presidential Ball. They bought his first two foals – Lets Thank Heaven and Its Forever Now, which both went on to win Group One races. “We fell in love with harness racing in New Zealand a long time ago and still love it. That’s why we keep attending your sales there and in Australia,’’ Banks said. “To be frank racing in North America is boring. “Mobile mile races day in and day out is all you get, It’s very monotonous and the only time you get a crowd up here is for the big races. “The rest of the time the tracks are empty, you guys put on a great show down there and we are proud to be a part of it. The pair have about half a dozen horses, all youngsters, with McGrath at Weedons. They bought two Bettor’s Delights at this year’s yearling Sale and two last year. Their stock includes 2yo fillies - Cyclone Charlie (Rock N Roll Hanover – Eyre To The Throne); Baileys Gold (Bettor’s Delight – Baileys Pearl); and 2yo colt Listentothemusic (Bettor’s Delight – Shoshana Hall). By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

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