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Stu and Hayden Corps are living the harness racing dream with their handy 3yo filly Ultimate Desire. Based in Christchurch, the father and son duo are landscapers by day, major horse owners by night. “We have shares in plenty of horses, but Bailey (Ultimate Desire) is definitely the stable star at the moment” said Hayden Corps. “I reckon we have 5 race horses, a couple of yearlings and a few broodmare’s in foal” Brought from the Alabar Weanling Sales and originally prepared by co owner Brent Weaver, who shares in the ownership with his wife and the Corps, Ultimate Desire was the centre of a number of large offers as a 2yo. “She won at Forbury as a 2yo back in May last year (2015) and a few decent offers came in for her, and a few times since we’ve have had some more offers. But we have always said that it’s not about the money, we just want to enjoy the thrill of a handy horse” said Corps. And the thrills keep coming with the 3yo Real Desire filly who recorded her 3rd win from just the 18 starts at Ashburton Raceway last Saturday afternoon. Dragged back from a wide draw, driver John Dunn soon found himself 3 wide around the first bend before slotting in fourth last in the running line. Sent 3 wide again at the 1200m, Ultimate Desire had cover till the 800m mark; from then on it was up to the pint sized filly to display her toughness. Dunn let his charge slide around the bend and was able to put a number of lengths on the field which appeared to be the winning of the race as they were able to hold on for victory by a nose over He Can Fly (Tim Williams), with ¾ lengths back to Christopher Banner (Ricky May) in 3rd. Ultimate Desire set a new track record in 2-54.6, which is 1.6 seconds outside the NZ Record set by Nek Time back in March. With a mile rate of 1-57.0, 800m 56.8, 400m 27.7, it certainly appears like this won’t be the last time the Corps visit the winners bar thanks to their super filly, nor will it be the last time Corps thanks the Tab for offering up odds of $15 and $3.20. “I couldn’t believe the price she was paying, she went super last start and we were pretty confident” “We have one eye on a jewels start, so we will be lining up this week and then hopefully in the Oaks to try and sneak a spot. She might not level up to the All Stars fillies but just having a jewels runner would be a victory for us” “The credit has to go to Brent (Weaver) for developing her early and now Brad Mowbray for looking after her so well” said Hayden Corps. WATCH BELOW: Ultimate Desire sets a new track record and records her 3rd victory: Saturday’s victory also brought up a milestone for driver John Dunn who recorded his 800th career driving success. Dunn currently sits 3rd in the drivers Premiership on 88 wins, 5 behind Blair Orange in 2nd, while Brother Dexter Dunn is untouchable in the lead on 167 wins for the season. Andrew Fitzgerald

Real Illusion (Real Desire) scored in Saturday's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six year old pacer was making his first start for trainer Jose Godinez after a claim last weekend and Real Illusion paid immediate dividends for his new harness racing connections by scoring in the $15,000 feature.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Real Illusion who wound up first over in a race that featured first half fractions of 26.0 and 54.0.   Real Illusion stopped the timer in 1:59.3 in the 1 1/16 mile Open as the race's 7-5 betting favorite.   Grand Galop Semalu (Mark Beckwith) was the runner up in the Saturday feature while Whogoesfirst (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot.   The exacta with 26-1 longshot Grand Galop Semalu second returned $74.50 and the triple paid $334.   Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a pick five carryover of $2,731. The matinee begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 harness racing campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire has been assigned the outside spot in a field of nine and will reunite with regular driver Chris Christoforou. State Treasurer put together a dream season last year with nine victories in 19 starts and just shy of $1 million in earnings. The Dr. Moore trainee posted victories in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup, US Pacing Championship, Roll With Joe and Canadian Pacing Derby en route to being named the top older pacer in both Canada and the United States. State Treasurer enters his seven-year-old season with a milestone in sight. Just a $6,500 yearling purchase, he is just over $51,000 away from $2 million in career earnings for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Although State Treasurer has yet to make a start, the veteran pacing stallion has already made headlines this season. Dr. Moore qualified State Treasurer in an eye-popping 1:49.4 on April 15 at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Florida. The recorded fractions over the mile-oval at Southern Oaks were :26, :52.3, 1:19.4 and 1:49.4. State Treasurer's competition in Saturday's Preferred includes a stablemate and a trio of Preferred winners this season. Dr. Moore trainee Arthur Blue Chip is making his sixth start of the season from post-five in the Preferred. The five-year-old son of Shadow Play made all five previous starts at Pompano Park and scored two victories along with three runner-up finishes. Nickle Bag, who has six Preferred victories this season, will start from post-six. Ellis Park and Boomboom Ballykeel, who have each scored a Preferred victory in the last month, start from post-seven and eight, respectively. The Preferred Handicap has been carded as the tenth-race on the 11-race program. State Treasurer will not be the only Dr. Moore trainee to appear at Mohawk Saturday. The veteran conditioner sends out three starters in The Diplomat and former New York Sires Stakes standout Rockin In Heaven in an overnight event. Some Gold starts from post-two in the first Diplomat division for Dr. Moore, while Worthy Art and Sutton Seelster will leave from post position three and five in the second split. Rockin In Heaven will make his second start of the season in the evening's fourth-race. The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored victories in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic last season en route to banking over $367,000. The second leg of The Diplomat Series will feature two $20,000 divisions Saturday night. The Diplomat Series is for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $100,000 last season. The opening-leg of the series failed to fill, as only four horses were entered, but leg two has attracted 13 pacers. Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn will headline the first division from the rail. The three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal has captured both The Count B and Youthful Series finals this season to help him sport a 2016 bankroll of over $66,000. The first division field of six also includes British Columbia star Kokanee Seelster. The Ming Siu trainee made his first four starts this season at Fraser Downs and captured the $75,000 Keith Linton Memorial on April 3. Unlike War N Munn, Kokanee Seelster is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The second Diplomat Series division features a strong field of seven Bill Budd trainee Flaherty has won four of eight starts this season and holds a mark of 1:51.3. The son of Up The Credit will start from post-two and has been made the 9/5 morning line choice. Flaherty is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Richard Moreau trainee Gerries Sport won his season debut last week at Mohawk in 1:52.3 and is the 5/2 second-choice on the morning line from post-seven. An Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots star last season, Gerries Sport appears ready to take a big step forward in 2016 with a pair of solid qualifying efforts before capturing his season debut. The Diplomat Series divisions are carded as the third and ninth-races on Saturday's card. Post time for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

HAMBURG, NY --- After being sidelined for nearly three months due to a broken arm, three-time defending Buffalo Raceway driving champion Kevin Cummings returned to the sulky on Wednesday night (April 27) and he showed absolutely no signs of rust.   Cummings scored a triple on the night and was aboard Nutmegs Yankee in the featured $9,000 pace for the mares to highlight the action.   Last seen on January 30, Cummings wasted no time in finding his way back to the winner's circle as he guided Voltina to a popular $4.40 victory in the first race.   It was vintage Cummings in the feature event as he sent Nutmegs Yankee ($13.00) right to the lead from the seven post and they never looked back in scoring the 1-1/2 length win over Mach This Way in 1:56.1. Dontch Remember (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, Nutmegs Yankee (Real Desire-Salty Yankee) has been victorious four times in 14 appearances this season. The 8-year-old mare has earned $20,838 in 2016 and $395,806 lifetime.   Drew Monti and Billy Davis Jr. each had driving doubles while Angelo Nappo trained a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Harness racing trainer/driver Todd Schadel, a regular at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, entered five horses in the $15,000 first preliminary round of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing younger females on Tuesday night, and he overcame the outside post eight twice to post identical times of 1:56.4 in taking the two quickest divisions.   First up was the sophomore Southside Hanover, who is also owned by Schadel in partnership with Roger Hammer - the team that brought you Vivid Photo. Certainly gifted with the pedigree for speed (Cantab Hall out of 2000 O'Brien 2TF Sharise Seelster), "South Side" had the fastest 2016 race win time of all of tonight's starters, a 1:57.1 win here last week, but the crowd still let her escape at 7-1, and she never looked back in coming home in 57.4 and lowering her new race mark.   Next up was the SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar, who lowered her mark, taken in a recent qualifier, by a full second. Out of a half-sister to champion Housethatruthbuilt, Real Caviar came home in 57.2 and held off a serious late backstretch challenge by Grand Canyon in winning for owners Schadel and breeder Dr. John Egloff.   Finally breaking up the run of Team Schadel was the Credit Winner four-year-old mare Stirling Debutant, who lived up to her name in her 2016 bow with a 1:57 win, also overcoming post eight. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties for the winner, who made the lead past the quarter and led at the rest of the calls, for trainer Christie Collins and owners J M F Racing LLC.   Team Allard - driver Simon and trainer Rene -- posted overnight triumphs with a pair of classy mares. The Pegasus Spur mare Daylon Miracle passed $600,000 in career winnings when she won a $12,500 trot in 1:53 for the partnership of Allard Racing, Giselle Hebert, Earl Hall Jr., and the ubiquitous Howard Taylor, while Fancy Desire, who won the 2014 Lynch Championship right here at The Downs, pushed her lifetime bankroll over $470,000 as the Real Desire mare took an $11,000 pace for Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh.   The night started off with a mutuel buzz as Rockinthepipes trotted from seventh at the stretch call to win in 1:57.3 and return $71.60 to win. The victory gave Marcus Miller half of the four $50+ winners at The Downs so far this year, and it was the second bomber in five days for trainer Clifton Green, who won with longshot Dark Pool opening day at Harrah's.   PHHA / Pocono  

Like a Timex watch of yore, Rockin Ron takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'. He demonstrated that once again in Saturday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows when, for the fourth consecutive start, he was parked in a sub-27 opening quarter while trying for the lead. He prevailed easily Saturday, just as he did the previous three races, and stretched his overall winning streak to seven. Once the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding settled on the front for Dave Palone, he repelled the first-over challenge of Dew N Doughnuts and scored in 1:51, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Unlocked. Dew N Doughnuts saved show. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron, who now boasts $189,918 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and trainer Paul Corey each enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Nutmegs Yankee was overlooked at the betting windows but she rewarded those faithful harness racing followers by posting a 1-1/4 length victory over Missevil in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace for the ladies on Wednesday night (March 30).   Sent off at 13-1, Nutmegs Yankee (Todd Cummings) used a ground-saving trip to spring the $29.80 upset in a seasonal best 1:55.3 over the fast track.   Missevil (Jack Flanigen) raced to the lead from the rail, putting up fractions of 28.3, 58.1 and 1:26.4. Nutmegs Yankee managed to draft along in second place and pounced on her opportunity in the passing lane, collaring Missevil in mid stretch. A last quarter mile of 28.3 was more than enough to get the job done. Memumsnotnice (Truman Gale) was along late for the show position.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, Nutmegs Yankee (Real Desire-Salty Yankee) has three victories in 10 tries in 2016, putting $14,848 in the bank. The 8-year-old mare has now amassed $389,916 in lifetime earnings.   Cummings finished the night with four victories in the bike, Jack Flanigen tripled while Jim McNeight doubled. Trainer Kirk Desmond conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing will continue on Friday evening with a 12-race program slated to get underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Real Illusion (Real Desire) extended his win streak to three on Saturday night as the six year old harness racing pacer handled the step up into the Winners Over at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The James Siegelman trainee prevailed in his local debut while competing in a $12,500 claiming race. Last week, Real Illusion stepped up in company and again went wire to wire with Austin Siegelman in the sulky. On Saturday night, the razor sharp pacer made his debut in the $13,000 feature and again powered out to the early lead. After posting fractions of 26.2 and 55.1 in the first half, Real Illusion had enough to hold off the late challenge from Someplace Special (Mark Beckwith) to win the 1 1/16 mile Winners Over pace in 1:59.2. Someplace Special was a close second to the race's even money betting favorite while longshot RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. For Real Illusion, it was the fourth victory of the season and the third in his three local tries. Billy Dobson was the Saturday evening sulky star at the Spa as he piloted five winners on the card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

With early afternoon rain showers and temperatures in the low 50s, it put Buffalo Raceway's half mile harness racing oval in the sloppy category. But the off going sure didn't bother Nutmegs Yankee one bit as she took a 1-3/4 length victory over Dontch Remember in the featured $9,000 pace for the mares on Wednesday evening (March 16).   Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) set the tempo off the pylons, putting up splits of 31.4, 1:02.4 and 1:32.4 and was breezing along smartly. But things were about to change in the last quarter mile.   Nutmegs Yankee (Truman Gale) who drafted along behind the pace-setter, was just waiting patiently for the passing lane to open up. And when it did, it was over. Nutmegs Yankee ($5.00) exploded past Heavenly Place and pulled away to the victory, winning in 2:01.2. Dontch Remember (Billy Davis Jr.) rallied for place position while Heavenly Place held on for third.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, Nutmegs Yankee (Real Desire-Salty Yankee) now has two victories on the campaign and pushed her seasonal earnings to $9,798. The 8-year-old mare increased her career winnings to $384,866.   Jennifer Falcone registered her first career training victory as Ugly Betty (Davis Jr.) won for her in the second race on the program. Ugly Betty ($6.40), who covered the mile in 1:58.3, is co-owned by Falcone and Margaret Payne.   Kirk Desmond and Russell Bratt conditioned a pair of winners.   Todd Cummings and Drew Monti each scored three victories in the bike and Billy Davis Jr. added a double.   Racing will continue on Friday night with an 11-race card slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 6, 2016 -- Buried at the pylons entering the stretch, Rockin Ron exploited a suddenly vacant Lightning Lane and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A newcomer to The Meadows who'd been off since Nov. 8, Rockin Ron figured to get no more than a minor award when he was shuffled to fifth. But when Capital Account pulled the pocket for the drive, the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding charged through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:52.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than early leader Mattamerican. Bestinthebusiness rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron, who extended his career bankroll to $136,168, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. It was one of five wins for Palone on the 15-race card, including a pair each for Burke and trainer Jack Smith. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

New Zealand's leading junior driver Brad Williamson is having one of those seasons that just keeps getting better and better. Week in, week out, Brad is churning out the winners at a great rate and the run he is experiencing is showing no signs of abating. Today at Winton Racetrack Brad added another three winners to this season's tally and showed why he is so highly rated by a lot of his contemporaries on the track. "That is the first time I have driven three winners in one day so it was a big thrill especially because I only had four drives on the program," Brad explained when talking to Harnesslink this afternoon His first winner came in the form of the three year old trotter Sam Galleon who after missing away and settling a long way from the leaders, got over the top of them late in the piece for an impressive victory. The son of The Pres looked pretty green throughout the run and looks to have plenty of upside going forward. "He has got a lot to learn but there is no doubting the ability is there." "He is a half brother to three open class trotters so he is bred to be above average." "There is a lot of improvement there yet when he learns a bit more ringcraft," Brad said. Brad's second winner today was the smart Monarchy mare Pyramid Monarch who backed up her impressive second at Addington last Friday night to Harriet Of Mot with an impressive front running victory. Away brilliantly from her 30 metre handicap to grab the lead after just 400 metres, Pyramid Monarch was never in danger afterwards, coasting down to the line for an easy victory. It was win number eight for the mare and her fourth this season and took her earnings over the $70,000 mark. "She is such a lovely mare to drive." "Her manners are great and she tries so hard every time she goes to the races." "She is just a little money making machine at the moment and I don't think she is finished yet," Brad said. Brad's third winner was the four year old Real Desire gelding Dissolution who surprised everybody by sitting parked out the whole journey and still having enough petrol in the tank to scoot away and win easily in the end. "He is really starting to come into his own this horse." "Not long ago he wouldn't have been able to do that but he has been a big improver recently and that was a good effort today," Brad said. Todays wins took Brad's tally for the season to an impressive 41 victories which is 23 ahead of the chasing pack and barring injury he looks to have the New Zealand Junior Driving premiership in the bag with six months of the season still to go. Harnesslink Media      

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2016 -- Dew N Doughnuts moved willingly second over before vaulting to the lead in the stretch and capturing the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace on Friday's snow-shortened harness racing card at The Meadows. The track canceled the final seven of 13 scheduled races when persistent snow rendered the surface hazardous. Dew N Doughnuts followed the cover of My Temudjin N before Tony Hall moved him three wide into the final turn. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration held off the unlucky Capital Account, who lacked racing room, and defeated him by a neck in 1:55.4 on a surface listed "good." Early leader Bestinthebusiness saved show. Norm Parker trains the homebred Dew N Doughnuts, who now boasts $278,049 in career earnings, for Thomas Klosky, Jr. Among the races cancelled were those comprising the Pick 5, which was to feature a $25,000 total-pool guarantee. That guarantee will be offered for Monday's Pick 5. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2016 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Muscle Hill and Real Desire. The other nominees were Credit Winner, Mr Muscleman and Yankee Glide. Broodmare Arl's Troublemaker will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame, having met the qualifications for broodmares. Muscle Hill, Real Desire and Arl's Troublemaker will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 3rd, 2016. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2016 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade only if they comply with the following strict criteria: They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada). Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner. THE 2016 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES MUSCLE HILL (Nominated as Racehorse) 2,1:53.3; 3,1:50.1 ($3,273,342) Bay Horse, 2006 (Muscles Yankee - Yankee Blondie - American Winner) World champion trotter Muscle Hill raced in 2008-2009 and owns a lifetime record of 21-20-1-0. He continues to rank as the leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred ($2,456,041) of all time. Muscle Hill finished second in his freshman debut, a New Jersey Sire Stakes event, but never lost another race. Major two-year-old wins included the Peter Haughton Memorial, Bluegrass, International Stallion Stakes and the Breeders Crown, where he set a world record 1:53.3 for two-year-old trotting colts on a mile track. Muscle Hill finished the season with earnings of $817,301 and was voted 2008 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Muscle Hill was undefeated in twelve starts as a three-year-old in 2009. Major victories included the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, World Trotting Derby, Kentucky Futurity and American-National. His world record-equaling Hambletonian (1:50.1) is still the fastest ever. Muscle Hill's efforts earned him the titles of 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, and 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Muscle Hill was the first trotter to win Horse of the Year after an unbeaten season. With three crops racing, Muscle Hill has sired the winners of over $14 million, including 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton 3,1:50.3 ($947,057) and Breeders Crown and Hambletonian elimination winner, world champion Mission Brief 2,1:50.3 ($1,426,687). REAL DESIRE (Nominated as Racehorse) p,4,1:48.2 ($3,159,814) Bay Horse, 1998 (Life Sign - Deadly Desire - Troublemaker) In three racing seasons (2000-2002), pacer Real Desire amassed over $3 million, clocked nine sub-1:50 victories and was honored with Horse of the Year awards in both the United States and Canada. At the time of his retirement, Real Desire was ranked third among the leading moneywinning pacers of all time and is currently ranked thirteenth. He recorded 25 wins out of 40 starts, finishing off the board only twice in his career. As a two-year-old in 2000, Real Desire was victorious in eight of his ten starts, including a division of the Champlain Stakes, the Nassagaweya Stake and the Kentucky Sire Stakes final, where he set a 1:50.4 world record mile for two-year-old pacers. During his 2001 sophomore season Real Desire continued to show brilliance with wins in the Meadowlands Pace, the Hoosier Cup, a division of the Bluegrass and the Breeders Crown final. He closed the season with a 17-7-7-2 record and earnings of $1,646,036 that have kept him among the top twenty single-season moneywinning pacers of all time. Real Desire's 2002 four-year-old season included wins at his second Breeders Crown final, the Canadian Pacing Derby and the U.S. Pacing Championship. He finished the season with a 13-10-1-1 record and $1,059,790 in earnings, and was elected 2002 Horse of the Year and Pacing Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, Real Desire was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. As a stallion, Real Desire has total North American foal earnings of over $52 million, with 305 in 1:55 and 151 $100,000 winners. He is the sire of 2015 Dan Patch Pacing Horse, Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship winner State Treasurer p,6,1:47 ($1,804,358) and 2007 Little Brown Jug and North America Cup winner Tell All p,3,1:48.3 ($1,509,227). Real Desire is the broodmare sire of 2013 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and 2014 Meadowlands Pace winner, world champion He's Watching p,3,1:46.4 ($1,116,450). ARL'S TROUBLEMAKER (Broodmare) p,4,1:53.2 ($143,945) Bay Mare, 1992 Troublemaker - Kawartha Quality - Southampton V Broodmare Arl's Troublemaker was foaled on January 27, 1992 in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. Bred by Bernard Foti, Arl's Troublemaker raced from 1994 to 1998, earning $143,945. The progeny that qualified Arl's Troublemaker for the Hall of Fame are Art Maker p,1:49.1 ($1,036,217), Stock Market Wiz p,1:49.3 ($739,283) and Breakin The Law p,1:49.4 ($504,932). To date, Arl's Troublemaker has produced seven fillies and six colts, with eleven starters and earnings of $2,630,432. (USTA statistics) Janet Terhune  

Harness racing trainer Kyle Austin knows what it is like to own a top horse having raced the very talented Nutwood 1:50.6 (8wins) over twenty odd years ago and he now has one in his care that looks to be blessed with the same abundance of ability. Buster Bailey is the horses name and the three year old son of Real Desire gave Addington racegoers a glimpse tonight of why he is held in such high regard by both Kyle and driver Blair Orange. Staying out of the early fireworks from barrier three, Buster Bailey was sent forward to grab the lead with just over a lap to go by Blair, though not without a fight with Dream Damien. These two went clear on the home turn but Buster Bailey was always travelling the better and although racing greenly in the straight still had half a length to spare at the finish. The time of 2:22.5 was super impressive in the cold conditions, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 27.6. Kyle is enjoying the ride just as much this time as he did with Nutwood. " It is so hard to get a really smart horse so I am rapt to have Buster in the stable." "After I sold Nutwood, I struggled to find a winner for quite a while so it is nice to have another smart one." Kyle said. With only a handful of starts off the place in his short career, there would appear to be plenty of upside to Buster Bailey. "I gave him a few runs off the place at two but he was pretty immature and I put him aside in the end." " He only qualified in early November at Addington so you would like to think he has plenty of upside." " That win tonight was penalty free but our big aim is the $23,500 Super Series Final on February 12th which is a maiden front for him," Kyle said. As to be expected with a three year old who looks well above average, the bloodstock agents have been hovering but no business is close to be done at present. " No one has made me a firm offer to date but I am not sure I want to sell anyway." " It has been a long time between drinks and I am really enjoying it," Kyle said. However that pans out, Kyle has one very talented three year old in his care. Harnesslink Media  

Doug McLeish usually has a handy horse but today's winner has tested his patience.    In the past he raced nice trotter Perfect Hold which won eight races, shared in the ownership in Winton Cup winner Future Fortune and Nelson Cup winner Scottish Sailor, and and he owned Motu Crusader which won four races here including a Sires Stakes Heat at Forbury before he was sold for big money to Australia.   Over the years he's attended most of the yearling sales in Christchurch and has tended to purchase at the lower end of the market.   One of those purchases was an unnamed colt by Real Desire out of the In The Pocket mare Gemside.   Bought for $7,000.00 he was later named Dissolution, and qualified as at two year old in February 2014.    "We had him in the Sires Stakes heat at Addington last year because we thought he was good enough to go there." "If he hadn't gone good enough today I was going to sack him so he's had a reprieve." "The last time he started at Invercargill he was dehydrated and he didn't go any good." He's not very good at drinking - not like his owner. He did go good at the workouts last Thursday though," said McLeish.     His twenty starts up until today yielded a couple of seconds. Just enough the keep the Real Desire gelding in work.    From a wide draw, in-form driver Brad Williamson took the four year old gelding back before getting three back on the outside. He got onto the back of an improving Get Carter and got a nice drag along until the top of the straight. Once he was let down by Williamson, Dissolution came home resolutely to beat Get Carter by one and a half lengths running the 2400 metre mobile trip in 2-59.1.    McLeish enjoyed today's success with his nephew Keith Bond son of former Southland trainer Graham Bond and Amberley based horsewoman Robyn McLeish. Keith is one of the ground staff at Eden Park in Auckland.  Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing      -   Check site here  

Harness racing's richest pacer of the year, 3-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, and fastest pacer of the year, 6-year-old stallion State Treasurer, were among the six pacers named divisional champions in Dan Patch Award voting announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday. Also receiving Dan Patch Award pacing honors were undefeated 2-year-old female Pure Country, 2-year-old male Boston Red Rocks, 3-year-old female Divine Caroline, and older female Venus Delight. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be announced live Thursday at approximately 1 p.m. from Monticello Raceway, following the second race. The announcement will be available on Monticello's simulcast, advance deposit wagering sites, or via replay at monticelloraceway.com/video-racing-results. An email announcement will follow immediately. A total of 136 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned. Wiggle It Jiggleit received 97 percent of the votes in the 3-year-old male pacer division while Pure Country got 91 percent for 2-year-old female pacers. Divine Caroline, State Treasurer, and Venus Delight each received more than 77 percent in their categories and Boston Red Rocks got 60 percent. All six pacers are receiving their first Dan Patch Award honors. Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 races this year and finished second on three occasions on his way to $2.18 million in purses. The gelding's victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and Matron Stakes. In addition, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a half-mile track when he won in 1:49 at Harrington Raceway. His time of 1:48 in winning the Battle of the Brandywine set the world record for a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile oval. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and trained by Teague's longtime assistant Clyde Francis. Teague's son, Montrell, drove Wiggle It Jiggleit in all his starts. Three-year-old filly Divine Caroline won five of her final six starts this year --- including the Breeders Crown and Tarport Hap --- and won eight of 22 races overall. She finished among the top three a total of 19 times and earned a division-leading $667,266 for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel. Divine Caroline's remaining wins this season also included divisions of the Glen Garnsey and Bluegrass stakes. State Treasurer topped all older pacers in purses with $865,807. His time of 1:47 in winning the U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands was this year's fastest mile by a pacer and only one-fifth of a second off the fastest race mile in harness racing history. For the year, State Treasurer won nine of 19 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. His victories also included the Canadian Pacing Derby, Roll With Joe, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Molson Pace. His triumph in the Molson Pace made him the first three-time winner of the event. State Treasurer, trained by Ian Moore, is owned by Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Venus Delight was the richest pacing mare of the season, with $603,265 in purses for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and owner Bamond Racing. She won eight of 19 starts and finished among the top three on 15 occasions. Her wins included the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship, the Milton Stakes, the TVG Free For All Series championship for pacing mares, and the Artiscape. Pure Country was a perfect 10-for-10 this year and led all 2-year-old pacers with $689,968 in earnings. She joins JK She'salady (2014), See You At Peelers (2010) and My Little Dragon (2005) as the only 2-year-old female pacers to win a Dan Patch Award with an undefeated season. Trained by Jimmy Takter for owner Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country's wins included the Breeders Crown, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship --- in a stakes- and track-record 1:51 at The Meadows --- and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. Boston Red Rocks never finished off the board in nine races this year, winning four times. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers and Governor's Cup. The colt, trained by Steve Elliott, is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks earned $579,205 this year, the top figure for a 2-year-old male pacer. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Boston Red Rocks (82 votes) Rocknroll Hanover---McGibson---McArdle Yearling Price: $50,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Andray Farm Owners: Peter Blood, Rick Berks Trainer: Steve Elliott Drivers: Tim Tetrick, John Campbell Races: 9-4-4-1 Purses: $579,205 Mark: 1:50.3 at Meadowlands Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $413,000 Governor's Cup 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Pure Country (124 votes) Somebeachsomewhere---Western Montana---Western Hanover Yearling Price: Homebred Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Races: 10-10-0-0 Purses: $689,968 Mark: 1:51 at The Meadows Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Wiggle It Jiggleit (132 votes) Mr Wiggles---Mozzi Hanover---Jenna's Beach Boy Sale Price: Private Breeders: James Bernstein, Theresa Bantle, Eric Felter, Vincent Tancredi Owner: George Teague Jr. Inc. Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague Races: 26-22-3-0 Purses: $2.18 million Mark: 1:47.4 at Meadowlands Top wins: $706,000 Meadowlands Pace; $677,000 Little Brown Jug; $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine; $500,000 Hempt Memorial 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Divine Caroline (113 votes) Rock N Roll Heaven---Loving Caroline---Art Major Yearling Price: $75,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owners: Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, Michael Ouriel Trainer: Joe Holloway Driver: David Miller Races: 22-8-5-6 Purses: $667,266 Mark: 1:49.2 at The Red Mile Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $173,500 Tarport Hap; $117,250 Glen Garnsey division OLDER MALE PACER State Treasurer (108 votes) Real Desire---Ideal Treasure---Western Ideal Yearling Price: $6,500 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Brittany Farms Owners: Sally MacDonald, Paul MacDonald Trainer: Ian Moore Drivers: David Miller, Randy Waples, Chris Christoforou Races: 19-9-1-5 Purses: $865,807 Mark: 1:47 at Meadowlands Top wins: $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby; $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship; $150,000 Roll With Joe OLDER FEMALE PACER Venus Delight (105 votes) Bettor's Delight---Venus Killean---Run The Table Sale Price: Private Breeder: Estate of George Hempt Trust Owner: Bamond Racing Trainer: Jeff Bamond Drivers: Jason Bartlett, Tim Tetrick, James MacDonald Races: 19-8-3-4 Purses: $603,265 Mark: 1:49.4 at Vernon Downs Top wins: $261,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker; $225,000 Milton; $200,000 TVG; $194,000 Artiscape From the U.S. Harness Writers Association

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