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The 6-year-old State Treasurer, purchased for a mere $6,500 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a multiple-stakes-winner with more than $1 million in earnings for harness racing owners Sally and Allan MacDonald and Paul and Sophie MacDonald. Earlier this year he won an unprecedented third Molson Pace and last season he captured the Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington's Red Mile. He also missed by only a neck in last year's Breeders Crown Open Pace, finishing third. Last weekend, State Treasurer won his elimination for Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers from post nine by a neck over Dynamic Youth in 1:50.3 over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He will start the final from post four with David Miller driving for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "We refer to him as our once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Sally MacDonald, who lives on Prince Edward Island. "When we stop and think about all the people we've met and the traveling we've done, it's basically all because of him. It's been just such an enjoyable time with him." Luck Be Withyou, who won the first of the two Franklin eliminations last weekend, drew post nine for the final. George Napolitano Jr. will drive for trainer Chris Oakes. Saturday's card at Pocono also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $75,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. State Treasurer has won four of seven races this year. The four victories have come in his most recent five outings - despite starting from inside of post seven only once - and include the Molson Pace and Gold Cup Invitational. His setback came in the Battle of Lake Erie, where he was fifth by 1-3/4 lengths from post seven at half-mile Northfield Park. "We're very happy with the way he's been racing of late, that's for sure," said Paul MacDonald, who lives in Toronto and is Allan MacDonald's nephew. "We've been drawing poorly it seems quite a bit lately, but that's horse racing. It's certainly tough with such a strong group of older pacers when you're drawing on the outside. I don't think we'll continue to get the breaks we've been getting in some of these races. You just can't do that all the time against such a good group of horses." State Treasurer is a son of stallion Real Desire out of the mare Ideal Treasure, who is a full sister to stakes-winner Ideal Matters. His third dam is world champion stakes-winner Hit Parade. Allan MacDonald selected State Treasurer as a yearling. It was the first horse ever owned by Sally, Paul and Sophie. "My husband had been involved (with horses previously) but we decided to put this horse in my name," Sally MacDonald said. "He thinks I'm his good-luck charm." Said Paul, with a laugh, "Some people say I'm probably ruined now with him as the first horse. "It's been fantastic. Just to be there and participate against an incredible group of horses has been the highlight. Dr. Moore has said he's never had a bad race and I think what he means by that is the horse always gives 110 percent. He may get a bad trip, or the draw may be terrible, or the flow doesn't work out the way that you hope, but the horse is always giving it his best. "We've just had such a great time with this guy. We owe a lot of it to Dr. Moore. He's been just super with him." State Treasurer, who has been trained by Moore throughout his career, has won 25 of 78 career races and earned $1.08 million. He banked a career-best $464,311 last season. "He's an awesome horse to be around," Sally MacDonald said. "He's got a terrific personality. Everybody that sees him likes him. "It's just been such a good-news story with him." Following is the Ben Franklin field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Domethatagain by Bettor's Delight -  Tim Tetrick, Rene Allard 2. Foiled Again by Dragon Again -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 3. Clear Vision by Western Hanover -  Brett Miller, Ron Burke 4. State Treasurer by Real Desire -  David Miller, Ian Moore 5. Dynamic Youth by Bettor's Delight -  Andrew McCarthy, Aaron Lambert 6. Mach It So by Mach Three -  Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr. 7. Captive Audience by Art Major -  Jim Morrill Jr., Doug Berkeley 8. Vegas Vacation by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 9. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal -  George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes   Following is the Hempt Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -  Brett Miller, Ken Sucee 2. Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight -  Jim Morrill Jr., Tom Fanning 3. Lost For Words by Well Said -  David Miller, Brian Brown 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -  Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis 6. In The Arsenal by American Ideal  -  Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison 7. Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -  Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King 8. A Bettor Hat by Bettor's Delight -  Yannick Gingras, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight -  Andy Miller, Chris Ryder   Following is the Beal Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Pinkman by Ezplosive Matter -  Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 2. Cruzado Dela Noche by Muscle Massive -  David Miller, Nancy Johansson 3. Centurion ATM by Sjs Caviar -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover -  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 5. Crazy Wow by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Wicker Hanover by Explosive Matter - Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley 7. Shoot The Thrill by Explosive Matter -  Tim Tetrick, Dirk Simpson 8. Boots N Chains by Yankee Glide -  Andy Miller, John Butenschoen 9. Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - John Campbell, Ake Svanstedt   Following is the Lynch Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight -  Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 2. Deli Beach by Somebeachsomewhere -  John Campbell, Brett Bittle 3. Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott 4. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 5. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven -  David Miller, Joe Holloway 6. Momas Got A Gun by Somebeachsomewhere -  Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr. 7. Single Me by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Ross Croghan 8. Wicked Little Minx by Rocknroll Hanover -  Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson 9. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder   Following is the Sun Invitational field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. My Love Bi by Donato Hanover -  George Napolitano Jr., Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 2. Hot Shot Blue Chip by Revenue S -  Joe Pavia Jr., Jonas Czernyson 3. Sebastian K by Korean -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Daylon Miracle by Pegasus Spur -  Simon Allard, Rene Allard 5. JL Cruze by Crazed -  John Campbell, Eric Ell 6. Gural Hanover by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 7. Classic Martine by Classic Photo -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Harness racing exports to North America from New Zealand had really dried up over the last few years and what was once a lucrative market for Kiwi owners had become a mere trickle of exports. A big part of that decline was due to the value of the New Zealand dollar which has sat around the high eighty cent mark for quite a few years. The recent large drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar against its American counterpart has seen a rekindling of interest from North American owners and trainers and quite a few have winged their way north recently. Three horses that went up to North America recently in Freespin, Backup and Eyre Hostess have all settled in brilliantly and are already plying their trade in their adopted homeland. The horses land in New York these days and the days of horses getting sick on arrival in Los Angeles seem like a thing of the past with the change of entry location. The Real Desire gelding Freespin ran third first up at Yonkers from the outside of the gate but then followed that up with a super front running effort to score in a sharp 1:53.4 on the half mile oval. The Lis Mara mare Eyre Hostess also ran third first up at Harrahs Philadelphia and then not to be outdone by Freespin put up a great run at her second start at the same track to score in 1:51.4 The Art Major gelding Backup was thrown in the deepend in the $25,000 open at Yonkers but performed with distinction, finishing second in 1:52.2 to the very well performed Lucan Hanover 1:48 ($698,533) Those kind of results in conjunction with the drop in the dollar have helped to drive a resurgence in the market and another planeload left for North America yesterday. On board were horses such as Mr Franklin, Kippenberger and Playaway amongst others and the next planeload is three quarters full already. While no one can predict where the dollar will end up as it continues to fall, Kiwi owners and trainers are taking advantage of having another outlet for horses that are on their mark here. Harnesslink Media

It didn’t take long to realise harness racing trainer Brent Lilley might be in for a good night at Tabcorp Park Melton. But not many could have predicted just how well the script would play out for the Bolinda horseman, who walked away from tonight's Trotters Oaks meeting with five wins – including the two feature races. It all began with five-year-old Live Or Die/Trustee Mota gelding Crusader Acey, who showed his last-start win at Shepparton was no fluke with victory in the DNR Logistics Pace over 1720m to open the program. From barrier seven reinsman Anthony Butt produced a carbon copy of his steer aboard Hollywood Sign last month when it won the Rising Stars Final, driving Crusader Acey across the field early to find the pegs before handing up to the favourite, Macho Comacho. Crusader Acey out-sprinted Macho Comacho late along the sprint lane to win by a neck in a mile rate of 1:54.1. Lilley notched a winning double in the fourth race with five-year-old Monarchy/Sun Mist mare Rosemma. The foolproof trotter dashed to the lead early from barrier five for Rodney Petroff, while stablemate and race favourite Kyvalley Pink blew its chances by galloping away. Rosemma rated 2:00.7 to hold off a fast-finishing Mister Independent by 1.1m in the Garrards Horse and Hount Trot. Lilley and Butt then snared Race 7, the TAB.com.au Pace ,with impressive gelding Lets Elope (by Real Desire out of Alta Vista), finding the lead from barrier two before staving off all comers at the finish. Lets Elope carved out splits of 30.4secs, 29.8secs, 28.5secs and 27.6secs, clocking a 1:56.4 mile rate. Punters backed Lilley and Butt in to do it again in Race 8, the night’s feature, the $60,505 Group 1 Noel Simpson Memorial Trotters Oaks. Favourite backers were grinning 2mins and 47secs after the mobile arms folded back, My Arya leading from start to finish to register a 3m win over Amarula with Little Miss Zigzag flashing home for third. The Angus Hall filly held out an early challenge from Fiery Mountain Girl to lead before getting away with a 61.3secs first half at the head of affairs. She upped the tempo down the back the last time and took the zing out of any chasers with a 28secs third quarter. Sprinting home in 29.8secs, My Arya never looked like being headed and has now won 10 of her 11 Australian starts. Her winning mile rate for tonight’s 2240m trip was 2:00.4. Lilley and Butt capped the night in Race 9 by taking out the Pryde’s Easifeed Tatlow Stakes for two-year-old trotters with Kyvalley Tinman. The son of Majestic Son/Kyvalley Kitty sat on the speed in the run before out-staying his rivals, quickly getting the better of early leader Calder Knight turning for home before seeing off a late charge by impressive filly Princess Phoenix for a 1.3m win in 2:04.2 for the 2240m journey. While Lilley made the headlines with five winners, Butt’s performance should be undersold, finishing with a metropolitan quartet of his own. In other results, Aldebaran Macha easily took out the Good Form Pace over 2240m for David and Josh Aiken, the son of Mach Three/Aldebaran Bromac too good for runner-up Hez The Wild Card in 1:56.2. Anton Golino and Todd McCarthy took out the Group 2 Bacardi Lindy Mares Trot with rising star Arboe, who held off Vics Cheval at the finish by 3.2m. Arboe, by Love You out of Lough Neagh, has now won five of six starts and has genuine star power. Arboe rated 1:59.0 over the 2240m, Claudys Princess finishing third beaten 13.2m by the winner. Bringing up a double for Todd McCarthy was Glenferrie Hood, a pacer making a name for himself in Victoria with two straight wins here. The son of Christian Cullen/Niftey Franco found the lead from gate seven early and ran along to record a mile rate of 1:53.7, defeating Sapphire Swayze by 3.6m with Im Barney Rubble third. Shes A Runa notched her 16th win at start No.27 by taking out the Empire Stallions Vicbred Championship Final for trainer Amanda Turnbull and driver Nathan Jack. The Jeremes Jet/Runacullen mare, a four-year-old, was 7.3m too strong for Gollahman, while in-form Ithappenstobeametro stuck on gamely for third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:55.5. Trainer Dean Braun looks to have another star on his hands in the form of Wardwell, who won tonight’s Pegasus Club 3YO Pace Final over 2240m. The gelding by Mach Three out of Ohappy Daze won by 7.4m over Starwyn Jasper with Brighty Valentine third in a rate of 1:59.0. Wardwell has now won three from three and bigger races look on his agenda moving forward. David Miles and his talented four-year-old Smokey Quartz capped the night with a gutsy success over Masterofthurles, that pair racing well clear of third placegetter Thunder Fee in the last race, the 2Construct Pace Final over 1720m. Smokey Quartz and Masterofthurles were involved in a speed war early, the latter eventually holding up and Smokey Quartz dropping to the leader’s back. From there Smokey Quartz eventually got out, rounded up the early pace setter and went on to score by 2.8m in a rate of 1:56.4. Smokey Quartz is a son of the great Courage Under Fire out of Pareen. View replays of all tonight's races and get full results by Cody Winnell

There were plenty of talking points after the two semi-finals of the two-year-old harness racing feature last week, the Golden Nursery (May 22nd) at Globe Derby Park. After the Alabar Bloodstock first heat it was about the winner Thepresidentslady, and after the second, the manners of the money back $1 favourite Rocknroll Magic. But the two semi-finals again confirmed that Gawler trainer Peter Bain has two nice fillies in Hilltop Sophia and Hilltop Rose. In the Alabar Bloodstock first semi, Thepresidentslady a filly by Real Desire owned and bred by the Cormack family in South Australia, but trained at Great Western by Peter Manning, was backed from as much as $2.10 into $1.50 favourite and gave her rivals no cause for concern going straight to the front and scoring a nine and a half metre win. Hilltop Sophia ($5.10) came from well back in the field to grab second a metre in front of Don’t Tell Linda ($21.40). Driver Jock Dunlop got away with a 64.3 first half and the filly sprinted home 29.3 and 28.7 last quarters making it impossible for her rivals to catch her. Part-owner Ben Cormack said Thepresidentslady was out of a mare the family raced called Mixed With A Twist, herself out of another their mares Glowing Angel. The ease of the win did not surprise the family and they are looking forward to the final. The SA BOTRA semi-final saw the Emma Stewart trained Rocknroll Magic, a $1 – money back – favourite from gate one with David Harding aboard. Anyone who took the short odds was left white faced when the filly was refusing to score up properly, eventually galloping and putting herself out of the race. Driver Aaron Bain, on the $10.30 second favourite Hilltop Rose in gate five, saw the issues with the favourite and drover his filly straight to the front. In a repeat of the first semi, Bain recorded 34.7 and 32.8 first quarters allowing his filly to dash home in 29.5 and 28.6 to score by 17-1/2 metres from Comicopera ($21.30) with Gifted Artist ($96.20) three metres away third. “I could see the favourite wasn’t filling her position in the score up,” Bain said. “So when the mobile sped away I decided it was time to put the foot down and we were able to cross and lead and I was able to rate the race to suit. “She sprinted home beautifully to win and it is great to have both fillies in the final.” A filly by Rocknroll Hanover, Hilltop Rose is now unbeaten in three starts, including a Ladyship Stakes, and is proving one of the state’s best two-year-olds. David Harding said he was aware of a possible problem with Rocknroll Magic when the field went onto the track. “She had a bee in her bonnet,” Harding said. “She didn’t do things right in the preliminaries and then when asked to score up she wanted to run up the track and I had her on one rein and as a result she knocked  herself and went into a gallop – unfortunately that’s racing.” by Graham Fischer Harness Racing South Australia Related Links Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Friday 29 May 2015

Charlottetown, PE - Carnivore and harness racing driver Walter Cheverie made every move count to win the top class in a dramatic four horse finish Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Cheverie mapped out the trip by getting away third from post 6 but ran into some traffic problems after being shuffled and locked in along the pylons fifth on route to the three-quarter pole. The duo remained patient finding a seam to get into the outside flow as the field headed for the final turn. Then, instead of tipping outside, Cheverie waited until My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell) faded enough for him to take the Maryn Webster trainee back to the inside and blast up the passing lane to out gun pace-setter Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald), Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and a fast closing All Turain (Corey MacPherson) in the lane. The 1:57.2 victory was Carnivore's (Real Desire) third score from four starts in the spring meet for Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. All Turain was second with Cabo Pan Lucas, who laid down fractions of 27.2, 57.3 and 1:27.2, remaining strong for third. The 6-5-2 triactor paid $41.90. Camcun, owned by Jeff Holmes, Orwell and Trevor MacDonald, Vernon Bridge, won the finale giving Cheverie the late double. Pleasure Girls ran away with the trot division leveling the competition by 17 lengths for driver-trainer Ron Gass and owner Shelly Gass, Cornwall. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

London, May 19, 2015 -- Defending champion State Treasurer will be back in the Forest City next Friday night, May 29, in search of an unprecedented third straight Molson Pace title as the harness racing field for this year’s $150,000 Invitational takes shape. The six-year-old son of Real Desire scored his first win of the season this past Saturday at Mohawk in authoritative fashion in 1:49.4 and will be given this week off in preparation. State Treasurer would surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings with a top-two finish in this year’s Molson. Joining him in this year’s event will be All Bets Off who is fresh off a sizzling 1:51.3 victory in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and fellow Cup elimination winner, Lets Drink On It, who suffered a tough, parked out trip in the final and finished out of the money. American invader and millionaire, P H Super Cam, will be making his second appearance in the Molson Pace and will be joined by a pair of new faces in Polak A from the Tony Osullivan stable and $500,000 winner Night Pro, who has won five of eight this year in Indiana including a 1:49.2 tally in mid April at Hoosier Park. “The race office has put together another stellar group,” said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. “I like the mix that we have...some big names, some four-year-olds who have acclimated and some new faces that have very impressive credentials. We’ll keep a close eye on this weekend’s action before filling out the final couple of spots.” The post draw for the Molson Pace will be held this Monday evening on the pre-game show just prior to live racing at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Raceway has a big night planned on track and fans will be able to watch the action outside on the large video board that is being brought in for the evening. For complete details on what is planned and to stay up to date on this year’s event, visit www.molsonpace.com. This Friday night, The Raceway will host more City of London Series eliminations with the trotters taking center stage. It is also HPIBET night at The Raceway where fans will have a chance to win a VIP package to this year’s Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk and all sorts of HPIBET prizes that will be given away throughout the night. First post for this Friday, and Molson Pace night, will be 7:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard

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

Consistent pacer Me Mate Les has been promising to win a feature race for some time and on Sunday night he finally delivered the goods when he powered home to take out the Light Harness Tasmania Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. Me Mate Les went into the race on the back of a handy fourth in a heat a week earlier. With ace Victorian reinsman John Caldow aboard, the gelded son of Real Desire trailed the leaders to the home turn before easing out three-wide to challenge and he finished too powerfully for his rivals. Me Mate Les went on to score by four metres from Supersub that faced the breeze for the final two laps, with Might Jasper coming from well back to grab third 3-1/2 metres away. The six-year-old has only been with trainer Andrew Rawlings a short while but he has managed to get the best out of the gelding while in his care. It was a masterful drive from Caldow who was aware that Me Mate Les would not appreciate being in front if eye-balled by another horse so when Rohan Hadley sent Pushkin around the field Caldow was quick to hand up the lead. Nathan Ford aboard Supersub was not content with the speed in the race so he too went forward from beyond midfield to face the breeze. Supersub forged to the lead turning for home the last time but he had no answer to Me Mate Les's finishing burst. Peter Staples

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2015 -- After Wednesday's harness racing program at The Meadows, it's hard to say which of the trotters Lou Goans owns and trains, Laurie Lin and Linborghini, he prefers. In a rarity, the full sisters -- daughters of Linbo - Bacon Hill Bonnie -- each won a $12,000 opening-round division of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Perhaps most gratifying for Goans -- the siblings were a combined 0-33 entering the series. The 3-year-old Laurie Lin got the family off to a good start when she crossed the wire second but was placed the winner when Watch Her Dangle was disqualified for a lapped-on break. Talking Scandal finished third. Laurie Lin scored in 2:03.2 over a sloppy surface for Tony Hall. Later in the card, the 4-year-old Linborghini followed cover nicely, then brushed wide through the lane to triumph in 2:04.3 for Brian Zendt. Miss E Claire was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Icy Sprite earned show. Andrew Markano bred both Laurie Lin and Linborghini. Wu Long took the other series split for Dave Palone, one of his four wins on the 14-race card. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of The Meadows' 2:00 Club. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts avoided the breaking leader, snaked between horses late and prevailed for Mike Wilder in 1:54.1, a neck better than Royal Heart. I'm Banksy rallied for show. Norm Parker conditions Dew N Doughnuts, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire - Artbitration who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Tom Klosky, Jr. Evan Pattak

Right from the very start of harness racing in Australasia, breeders have looked to North America for stallions and breeding stock to lift the local breed. The influence of those imported mare's has always been pronounced and continues to this day to produce some of our best  racehorses. Last season's outstanding two year old Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($504,167) is a product of the imported daughter of Cam's Card Shark in Smyrna Duruisseau and this season has unearthed another potential star from an imported mare. The horse in question is Ideal for Real and his win in the heat of the New South Wales Derby on Saturday night was that of a horse headed to the top. A son of American Ideal, Ideal For Real is the first foal from the Real Desire mare Tamara Hall who was imported to Australia in 2010. Tamara Hall is a daughter of the talented No Nukes mare in Tabloid 1:53.3 ($321,604) who is a former Canadian two year old of the year Tamara Hall was purchased as a yearling but injured a tendon and never raced Her dam Tabloid has left eight winners, 6 in 1:53 with five of those winners earning over $100,000 The best of these winners were the very smart trio of B J's Whirlwind 1:49.1 ($ 954,463)  The Globe 1:50.3 ($772,462) and B J's Breeze 1:51.2 ($506,556) while a daughter in Cambloid 1:58.8 ($28,760) has left four $100,000 winners including That's Ideal 1:51.3 ($283,742) and Upfront Countryboy 1:51.1 ($208,667) Tabloid was one of fifteen winners from Next Chapter with those winners including the full sister to Tabloid in Positive Reaction 1:53.4 ($153,217)  Half sisters to Tabloid include: * Little Black Book 1:54 ($288,457) who is the dam of five $100,000 winners including Sioux Dawn 1:50.2 ($348,926) and Catch A Wish 1:52.2 ($260,829) *Saucy Britches 1:57.1 ($84,553) who is the dam of four $100,000 winners including Armbro Cayenne 1:51.3 ($523,432) and Swashbuckler 1:51.1 ($352,298) *Book Smart 1:57.3 ($27,654) who is the dam of Fourth Page 1:52.2 ($255,828) Tabloid is closely related to the former outstanding three year old in Hot Hitter 1:54 ($963,574). Tamara Hall has had three more foals since Ideal For Real including the two year old Rocknroll Hanover filly in Rockin Tammy, a yearling full brother to Rockin Tammy and a weanling full brother to Ideal For Real. It is a family that has consistently churned out high class racehorses and reading that pedigree it is not hard to see why Ideal For Real is the talented three year old he is. The importation of North American mares has been happening for over 100 years but has  really taken off in the last few years and with the continuing success of their offspring at the highest level in Australasia it is a trend that is likely to continue. Harnesslink Media

The beautiful five year old Somebeachsomewhere broodmare prospect, Antigua Hanover, topped the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale held in Delaware, Ohio, February 9-10. Consigned by Buter Racing Inc., the $230,353 winner with a record of p,3,1:50.4f was purchased by Merlie A Schwartz of Indiana. Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a powerful consignment that contained another exceptionally nice Somebeachsomewhere, Chaxiraxi Hanover.  The maiden half-sister to Little Brown Jug winner P-Forty-Seven was purchased by Bill Rice of Michigan for 23,000.  Mark Ford signed the tickets on a couple of solid condition horses from that consignment, Tex p,4,1:52.4f for $31,000 and Dream Rocker 3,1:56.2f for $26,000. Other featured entries from Burke Racing Stable LLC were Mayela Hanover, a NW 2 Dragon Again filly purchased by Frank Chick for $26,000 and Megawatt Blue Chip, a three-year-old Art Major half-sister to One More Laugh p,3,1:47.4 $2,633,318, purchased by Kenneth Slabach of Indiana for $18,000. Owner and trainer Tim Lancaster of New Jersey added Passionate Kisser to his stable on a $30,000 bid.  The lightly raced son of Real Desire was consigned by Spring Haven Farm, agent. Josh Green was pleased to sign the ticket on the Ontario Sires Stakes winning trotter Tyrone Haji for $25,000 for owner Keith Pippi of Pennsylvania. “It was the strongest winter sale we’ve had in ten years,” said Blooded Horse Sale President Jerry Haws. “The number of mares bred fell dramatically during the last decade and now, better purses are driving demand for both breeding and racing stock.” The highly popular Spring Blooded Horse Sale is May 11 where competitive racehorses and racing prospects are sure to bring a premium.  Entries close in mid-April.  Visit bloodedhorse.com for more information. Dot Morgan Executive Director                                                       

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has numerous breedings for harness racing stallions standing in various states. These breedings are being sold and not auctioned to protect the value of the stallions. Some stallions are Yankee Cruiser, So Sureal, Shark Gesture, Rocknroll Dance, Rock N Roll Heaven, McArdle, Lucky Chucky, Jurgen Hanover, Big Stick Lindy, Real Desire and many more. This is SRF's most important and consistent source of funding, which comes from yearly and lifetime breeding sales and donations. The revenue generated helps provide for the care, boarding, feeding, veterinary, farrier, dental, worming, rehabilitation and re-training of 198+ Standardbreds, 125 of which are permanently retired due to age and/or injury. This is SRF's 26th year as the only organization solely dedicated to the Standardbred breed, the only one of its kind also providing full care for horses when adoption is not possible, and following their welfare in every home diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds, and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. Breeding donations, and SRF's sale of such gifts make a substantial difference. To donate or purchase a breeding please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email accounting@srfmail.com. SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and gifts to SRF are tax-deductible. Tammy Hollock

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2015 -- Dew N Doughnuts kicked by the leader, Visible Gold, in the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life / Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dew N Doughnuts had a chance last week to upset Visible Gold in the Lightning Lane but fell a nose short. On Wednesday, the 5-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration moved determinedly for Mike Wilder and nailed the 1-1 favorite by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3. The first-over Desperation raced well for show. Norm Parker trains Dew N Doughnuts, who extended his career bankroll to $181,895, for owner/breeder Thomas Klosky, Jr. Brady Brown and Mike Wilder each piloted a pair of winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Kenny Fowler doesnt mind if you call him a backseat driver. In fact, hes downright proud of the fact. Fowler is plying the trade of harness starter for the first time in his career at this meeting, making sure the trotters and pacers get off to a clean and fair start to their one-mile journey. Even though Kenny was born in Sacramento some 53 years ago, it wasnt until he was in college that he truly got exposed to harness racing and realized its what he wanted to do with his life. I was going to Sierra College and I went to work during the summer for my brother Donnie, who owned the Winners Circle cafeteria at the track, Kenny related. I found I really liked the horses, and eventually I left college and started learning about the sport from the ground up. Originally it was Al Sleva and Dick DeSantis who took a young Fowler to Lodi and gave him the chance to get hands-on experience with the standardbreds. He eventually went to work for Chip Lackey and had the chance to go to Canada and win some races under that stables banner. From there, Kenny went to work for the late Bob Gordon and had the chance to be around some very nice performers. He even had some thoughts about becoming a driver, but then fate intervened and he found himself on a different path. It turned out they needed someone to drive the starting car, and the qualifications were you had to speak English and have a drivers license, Fowler recalled. Bobby heard about it and told me I should try it. Kenny got the job, and recalls in only his second night on the job he was guiding around the car for a stakes race at Los Alamitos. He drove for Larry Jones, John Wilson and Todd Nixon before Bill Vallandingham became the starter in 1994 and held that position for 20 years before health issues forced him to take his leave this fall. Vallandingham recently underwent successful lung transplant surgery and is doing very well, and with Fowler moving to the starters position, Larry Dana is filling in his old spot as the driver. As part of his job and continuing a proud California harness tradition, Fowler was the fellow in the tuxedo leading the winner into the charmed enclosure for a picture following each race. It took a little while to get used to the tuxedo, but then I got to like it, Kenny said. I owe everything to Billy, he continued. I miss him being here so much. Hes been a like a father to me, helping me through my personal problems and all the time teaching me about the starting car and everything thats involved. Billy and I have been pretty much joined at the hip for the last 20 years. It was about three years ago that I started working with schoolers and then last summer I passed the USTA starters test, meaning I could be the starter at any track in the country. A Real Miracle heads main event A Real Miracle, who has spent the majority of the meeting in the shadow of St Lads Lotto and China King, gets the top billing in Saturday evenings $5,000 featured Pace. The headliner goes as the third event on a 10-race program that will get underway at 6:40 p.m. A reminder that through January, the guarantee on the 16% takeout Pick 4 has been raised to $30,000. The Pick 5, Jackpot 6 and Hi-5 are also come with that reduced 16% takeout. Racing is being conducted this week under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Next week will find Friday and Saturday action, with no racing on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1. Looking at Saturdays feature, A Real Miracle should have more than his share of backers. The 5-year-old son of Real Desire races for Junior Wilkinson, Billie Schwartz and Ivan Axelrod with Wilkinson training and Luke Plano once again at the controls. While A Real Miracle has had to settle for most minor awards while squaring off against a couple of very tough customers in St Lads Lotto and China King in the Open Pace, but gets away from those foes for the second time in the last three weeks. On January 10 in a conditioned affair, the Wilkinson trainee proved a punctual 1-2 favorite as he made every pole a winning one and prevailed by a neck in a 1:53 tour. He came back last weekend to finish fifth in the Open Pace behind the top performers on the grounds after being well back in the early stages. Taking him on Saturday are Announcement and Bubs Desire, who are both hail from the Ray Burt shedrow; Enee Weene And Me for Tim Brown and the James Kennedy reined-and-trained Allamerican Solo. By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 16, 2015-Spirit of Desire and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett outfought Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) in a good, old-fashioned match race Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from post position No. 5, Spirit of Desire worked around Palm Patrol just at a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, Momma Rock (Brian Sears) tried it first-up from fourth. However, that bid was weak at best as Spirit of Desire found a 1:25.4 three-quarters. She and her "stalker" then had the race to themselves through the lane. Palm Patrol appeared to grab a short lead, but the aptly-named Spirit of Desire stuck her tongue out on the money in 1:55. Momma Rock wound up a best-of-the-rest third, beaten more than seven lengths. Last week's victress-and this week's slight 5-2 choice-Set Me Up (George Brennan) and Cooking the Books (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. For fourth choice Spirit of Desire, a 5-year-old daughter of Real Desire trained by Tim Lancaster for co-owners Bill Lancaster, Neal Rosenberg and Margaret Ames, it was her second win in as many seasonal starts The exacta paid $52.50, with the triple returning $272. The Raceway's live season continues night Saturday (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Bubs Desire made it two wins from his last four appearances with an impressive conditioned score last weekend and he appears to have found a nice winter home for trainer Ray Burt. “I’ve got 11 horses out here for Matias Ruiz,” Burt related when asked about Bubs Desire. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire carries the banner of Roslyn Delgaudio and has been guided in all his Cal Expo outings by Luke Plano. “Matias claimed him for $25,000 and he’s gone :49 and a piece a few times,” Burt said. “He told me that he can have kind of a funny attitude, but if I keep him happy he’s a real good one. I give him a lot of time outside in the pen, and he really seems to like that.” Bubs Desire, who sports a 1:50 2/5 mark at Pocono Downs, has made five starts since switching his base to California and seems to be getting the hang of things. “He needed his first start here, then in the second one he raced on the lead and tired and Luke told me he just wanted no part of the front end,” Ray explained. The pacer put it all together in his third local outing, rattling off a 1:52 3/5 score, had some issues at next asking and then returned to his winning ways at most recent asking after doing the track and attack to perfection for Plano. “Luke said he was vicious in the pocket and absolutely loved being on the helmet in that first win,” his trainer noted. “Let’s just say that he had some dietary issues in his next start and draw a line through the race, and then last time he showed what he can really do. “The plan with these horses is to find the best spots for them and win as many races as possible before they go back East in the spring.” Hoboken Hanover, Pick 4 guarantee increase highlighted Hoboken Hanover, a sharp first-over victor last week for Tim Maier, gets the top billing in Friday night’s featured pace. He will do his work from the outside post in the field of nine.  A 10-race card is on tap with first post at 6:40 p.m. and racing is now being conducted under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. A reminder that through the month of January, the guarantee on the low-takeout Pick 4 has been raised to $30,000. The Pick 4 is one of four wagers offered each night with the reduced 16% takeout rate, the others being the Pick 5; Jackpot 6 and Hi 5 on the nitecap. Hoboken Hanover is an 8-year-old son of Cam’s Card Shark who comes into Friday’s headliner with $282,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 4/5 mark. He was reserved early in last week’s score, made a bold first-over move to the stretch and won going away by a length and three-quarters. Looking ahead to Saturday and Sunday, Sire Stakes action will dominate the programs. On Saturday, the 4-year-old pacing males will do battle with Laissez Moi Passer, Rikybrnthegaragdown and King Of The Crop getting a rematch after coming to the wire noses apart in that order in the most recent big-money clash two weeks ago. Saturday evening will also find the 3-year-old pacing colts and 3-year-old trotters getting their initial chance at added-money and it will be interesting to see how those divisions will be shaping up this season. On Sunday, the 4-year-old pacing mares and 4-year-old trotters square off in Sire Stakes events. J’s Littlerockstar and Brewski are among the major players in the pacing contest, while Bank Of Lodi and Placer figure to get their share of attention in the trotting event. Sunday’s card will also find the initial added-money races for the 3-year-old By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

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