Nominations for the SA BOTRA Golden Nursery Series closed at the end of November with 130 two year olds nominated up from 117 last season. BOTRA recently announced that prize money for heats and finals heats now carry prizemoney of $6000 and increase of a $1000 each heat with the final to be the last Saturday in May worth $25,000 for colts & geldings and the same for the fillies final an increase of $5000 each final. SA BOTRA executive officer Lois Randall said " we are very pleased with the increased number of entries up by 13 from same time last year." Randall went on to say "last year we had to extend nomination time while this year nominations closed on time." The Goldern Nursery was first run in 1971 and has been won by some outstanding pacers over the years such as Uncle Remus in 1979, Armchair Rider for Vin Knight in 198, Nikalong Shadow in 1987, Pappy McCoy for Ross Sugars in 1989 the classy filly Ananz was crowned champion in 2008. In 2011 BOTRA decided to run both a colts and geldings and a fillies final with increased prizemoney. Last season's winners were Flagbearer took out the fillies division while Major Cruiser won the colts & geldings final. By Gary Newton
In harness racing, provisional drivers aren't supposed to get first call to drive the best horses on the grounds. Provisional drivers don't repeatedly drive horses to track records and absolutely under no circumstance do they ever win more often than their peers. But all of that changed Saturday at Batavia Downs where 23-year-old provisional driver Shawn McDonough concluded the meet at the Western New York track by becoming the first "P" driver in harness racing history to win a track's dash title. And in the end, it wasn't even close. McDonough took the lead atop the driver standings over the summer and entered the final week of the meet holding a 93 to 84 win advantage over the next closest driver, Ray Fisher. In the final three days of the meet, McDonough won three races Wednesday, another three on Friday, and for just good measure scored a grand slam on the meet's final night putting him over the 100 win mark. A strong Buffalo meet in the first half of the year that saw McDonough win 71 times from 591 starts gave the young driver a wave of momentum heading into the new meet at Batavia. There, a number of factors played a role in McDonough's record breaking success. McDonough said, "John Cummings left here and that opened spots up. A couple drivers got hurt (Ray Fisher and Jack Flanigen nearing the end of at Buffalo), and that opened up opportunities. I did well for a number of the trainers and they kept with me." McDonough credits the Empowered Racing Stable and Resilient Racing Stable as a large part of his success at Batavia. I was working for Empowered Racing Stable with Carl Smith and they put me on the right foot with some power to drive. My own owners, the Resilient Stable, they gave me a great opportunity to train horses and I've done well. In regards to Empowered, "You know, they have great horses and spend a lot of money on horses and bring them to these tracks. I broke the track trotting record this year with their mare Mystical Escapade," said McDonough. In addition to the smashing record setting performance by Mystical Escapade who would go onto be named Trotter of the Year at Batavia, McDonough also broke a track record with the pacing mare Xenia Hanover by virtue of a blowout eight length win in 1:53. Other horses of note from McDonough are Cactus Jack and Resilient Stable's millionaire trotter, Self Professed. McDonough said that his best of claim of the year was Debs Girloffortune. "I claimed her for $4,000 and she made almost $16,000 just at Batavia for me. I think she missed one check in about twenty starts." Even with the breakout success at Buffalo, it was hard for McDonough to envision just how much of that would carry over into the Batavia season. "Heading into the meet someone had asked me how many wins I'd get, and I thought maybe 75 or so. I can't explain it but for some reason every year I have better luck at Batavia than I do at Buffalo. Being a provisional driver I didn't know what the opportunities would be like, but a lot of my buddies are good trainers and they all helped to put me on the map pretty good." McDonough continued, "I never thought realistically I would hit the 100 mark; it was just a great year. I'm thankful for my owners, all my family and friends. I've got a good helper too with my girlfriend Ashley Holiday who helps out a lot. We've got a really great team here and everything clicked." In becoming the first provisional driver to ever win a track dash title, it does beg the question: Why is McDonough still a provisional driver in the first place? By the very definition of what a provisional license essentially is, it's almost inexplicable that McDonough remains under that classification. Ultimately, it is only the state appointed judges presiding at Buffalo/Batavia that can grant McDonough to a full "A" driver status. But despite the subjective nature at which that determination is made, McDonough has laughably outpaced what the standard minimum requirements are, pursuant to the United States Trotting Association 2014 Bylaws. There are a number of different ways that minimum requirements can be met, but generally speaking what's required while holding a 'P' license is one year driving experience, plus 25 satisfactory pari-mutuel starts and a win requirement of 5 wins. McDonough has held a 'P' license now for 4 years and in just this single year alone, he has won 174 times with earnings in excess of $900,000. Searching for an answer, McDonough said "I asked at the beginning of the Batavia meet why I can't yet have an 'A' license and didn't really get an answer, so I told myself that I'm going to have to go out there and try to win a title to show the judges. I'm not sure how it makes them look having a 'P' driver go out there and win a title, but you can't argue with them." He continued, "They're actually the ones that told me towards the end of the meet that I was going to be the first 'P' driver to win a dash title and break history, I didn't even know that." McDonough added, "I had an opportunity to go to the Meadowlands and drive for Empowered Racing. They asked me to go with them but I wasn't able to (because of the 'P' status). All I can do is be patient and keep it going. Just this year I've had close to 180 wins; I'm not dangerous and haven't caused any accidents - nothing." The next time we'll see McDonough in action is when Buffalo starts their new season on January 8. Until then, he's giving his horses time off for a little break. As for plans later down the road McDonough says "I'm just being patient. If I have a good year again maybe we'll look at trying Pocono. If I get a couple of my guys to go and get owners like Empowered and Resilient to move their stock we'll see what happens." In the meanwhile, McDonough will enter 2014 seeking his second consecutive track title in Western New York. Unheard of for a 'provisional' driver. by, Brett Sturman for The Racing Beard
When the term 'Ponzi scheme' is mentioned these days, the names Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford instantly spring to mind. The pair of them ran multi-billion dollar frauds (US$60bn and $8bn respectively) that destroyed the lives of thousands of investors who had put their life savings into a 'wonderful' investment strategy. How so many people were sucked into the scheme is baffling to those on the outside. The lifestyle, the sales pitch, the success stories of the early investors - I suppose it all adds up. So where does this link to racing you ask? A prominent Australian 'racing identity' this week has been reported to have lost access to a bank account with punters' club funds of $194m in it. Firstly - is there a worse term for anyone to be labelled with that 'racing identity'? It ALWAYS ends up meaning shonky crook! Secondly - who the hell has a punters' club with an active bankroll in the tens of millions? It simply can't be done. The media has just started to scratch the surface on this case: - Racing identity Bill Vlahos denies punting club losses - $5m bill for Caviar's brother unpaid - Punters' club man faces suit over Black Caviar's half-brother but my sources tell me there is a lot left to expose. Let's examine the alleged punters' club run by Bill Vlahos: There was no prospectus for potential investors, no contracts securing their investments, nothing at all in writing. No public records of the club activity. All members were sworn to secrecy. (Anyone hearing alarm bells?) Members would put money into the club and then receive regular dividends. Members were promised a return of over 6% per quarter, adding up to 25% annual profit on investment, and that's what the early investors received. It was a betting syndicate. Since when are betting returns consistent? All the dodgy betting investment scams in Australia are based on the Gold Coast, so surely this one had to be legitimate? The syndicate was allegedly betting on Melbourne and Sydney racing each week, but with 'offshore outlets' via a broker. Punters worldwide will tell you that getting on is harder than ever. As soon as you start winning, your cards are marked and the industry works against you to shut you down. Corporate bookies shut or heavily restrict your account. Betfair hits you with a Premium Charge of up to 60% of your profits. There simply aren't offshore outlets who will let you bet millions on Australian racing, and there certainly aren't charitable betting firms out there who will let you win a million dollars per quarter to keep up with your promised 6% quarterly return. There is more truth in a Harry Potter novel! The master system behind this money tree: "Mr Vlahos developed his system during a two-year stint living near Randwick racecourse when he was not working full-time. He said he used his mathematical training gained during his La Trobe University psychology degree to come up with a way to beat the odds. Mr Vlahos said that members of his club trusted him despite the lack of written contracts, and accepted that he collected five per cent of the winnings. "There's nothing in writing because it's a punting club and it's a trust punting club, the people that are in it have made the decision that they understand how the punting club works between me and them," he said." "Mr Vlahos said that the maths-based system he used for the punting club brought constant quarterly profits back into the common pool." The "mathematical training gained during a psychology degree" allowed him to develop a system, which he coincidentally did while living next door to one of the biggest racecourses in the country. I'm calling bullshit on that one. Wagering is an incredibly complicated business which requires an enormous workload just to keep up with continually evolving markets. Maths alone will not make you a profit. Form study alone will not make you a profit. The best money management scheme of all time will not make you a profit. Anyone who tells you they can make consistent, unlimited profits on horse racing has as much credibility as a politician.... The reference material for a successful and disguised Ponzi scheme is the success of the early members. They make their money from introducing new members, although it is highly likely they are unaware of the mechanics of it. Every new member brought into the syndicate bring new liquidity, which is actually the profit they supposedly make every week from their betting investments. The ground-floor investors do very well out of it, and continue to innocently provide glowing references for anyone else considering joining. For them, everything seems above board. So Bob is considering putting money in, he looks at Jim who has been in for a year and done well, then he looks up to Max who has been in for longer and is genuinely displaying the lifestyle of someone making solid, regular profits from their investments. So Bob thinks he's onto a good thing, everyone knows each other and believes what they see, and injects more money into the 'club'. This cycle continues with everyone profiting until it gets too big. Suddenly the rate of signing up new members starts to fall away, the liquidity dries up and so does the flow of profits. Vlahos claims that they had only lost money in one quarter in eight years - that's all it needs to start crumbling.... One piece of anecdotal evidence I have heard is of an early member in regional Victoria who had an incredible run signing up new members - while they all bought cars and swimming pools with their profits, he kept re-investing his profits to create that golden nest egg for retirement. I'm told he believed his share of the syndicate pot was as much as a third - in the vicinity of $60-120m! I'm tipping he'll be rather disappointed. The Westpac account allegedly containing the $194m hasn't been locked by the bank, it hasn't gone missing, they haven't lost the account due to a computer glitch. It never existed in the first place. Bill Vlahos doesn't exactly have the cleanest of connections in the racing industry - he has a link to Tony Mokbel, the big time drug dealer who laundered much of his cash flow through various forms of gambling. When the heavy hand of the law started closing in on Mokbel and his associates, it was Vlahos who took over ownership of a horse owned by Tony's brother Horty Mokbel, Pillar of Hercules. The chances of that being coincidental are very slim. And it was this love of horses which reports say, saw him come up with another front for the Ponzi scheme. Vlahos was most famous for his backing for BC3 Thoroughbreds - a new age bloodstock syndication company who entered the market with a bang, paying huge prices for yearlings, including $5m for a half-brother to Black Caviar. It seemed over the top at the time, their attitude was "we weren't going to be outbid on this one". And now we know why. Value didn't seem to matter to them. So long as the horse could attract investors, they'd be fine. The sales company, Inglis, have yet to be paid for the horse. This isn't uncommon, trainers often take a while to syndicate horses, but they have to pay interest on their debts. It is reported that several people have paid cash for shares in the blue-blood colt, but none of that money has been passed onto Inglis - the allegations are that it has all been tipped into the Ponzi scheme. If all this is true, and I have no reason whatsoever to doubt my sources who have seen this building up for several years, there are many highly respectable people caught up in this, completely innocently. Investors from Melbourne society, football clubs, players and administrators. Highly respected administrators who have left their jobs to become part of the BC3 'success story'.... My sources tell me that BC3 staff were told this morning Australian time that the company is no longer. I'd expect most of them knew nothing of all this until very recently. The interest started to mount up on 'Jimmy', the half-brother to Black Caviar. Pressure was on to find more funds to put into the club - surely this sham would last forever? Vlahos allegedly relocated to Singapore earlier in the year - to secure more suckers? To get away from the front-line pressure of the scheme? To stay away from investigators and start preparing an escape route? Theories of what has happened to 'Jimmy' are plentiful. The SMH article said 'the insurance policy can only be paid out in death'. Spider bite, heavy dose of anti-biotics from a vet which is rumoured could be linked to laminitis, a potentially fatal disease.... If the horse survives this ordeal which he is still recovering from, a successful life on the racetrack must be highly improbable now. A stud career for an unraced colt, no matter how esteemed the bloodlines, will be nowhere as lucrative as it could have been with a few wins under his belt. This scandal has only just started to hit the courts, brought upon by legal proceedings from an unhappy member who is unlikely to ever see his money again. Vlahos' assets have been seized, his passport taken away. Criminal reporters will dig further into this, further than the traditional racing media who are always reluctant to expose/embarrass people within the industry. I'm told investigative journalists from The Age have been close to breaking this story but were holding back - articles from their rivals may now force their hand. The fallout from this will be enormous. Racing can't afford to have thousands of people with significant sums of money involved become disenchanted with the sport. When the Nathan Tinkler empire crumbled, the people who felt it most were the businesses and staff he owed money to. This scandal goes so much wider. And yet it's not a new blight on the racing industry. Go back to the 80s and a Melbourne conman called Joe Talia did something similar, using the gift of the gab to convince people to invest in his schemes. There were no miracle investment schemes, it was just him pissing the money away at the racetrack, in casinos or living far above his means. Courtesy of Scott Ferguson "This article written by and reprinted courtesy of Scott Ferguson, seasoned betting industry expert and editor of www.sportismadeforbetting.com blog. You can also follow him on Twitter via @borisranting"
HRSA are delighted to announce that Tattsbet will be offering a weekly fixed price wagering service on South Australian Harness Racing commencing on Saturday 7 December at Betezy Park Globe Derby. HRSA CEO, John Lewis stated "that this is a significant announcement for the harness racing industry in South Australia, which will create significant wagering interest, and be a great fillip for our code." Mr Lewis also stated that "this is one of the most exciting and positive wagering announcements for many years, and follows considerable lobbying by HRSA over many years to secure an enhanced fixed price wagering service". "In particular, we are also extremely appreciative of the commitment to this initiative from Tattsbet management including Tattsbet CEO, Robbie Cooke, who is clearly demonstrating an increased commitment to generating wagering growth." Mr Lewis further stated that 'the timing of this announcement was ideal leading into the "Summer of Racing" for harness racing in South Australia, including the $125,000 Betezy SA Cup to be held on Saturday 11 January 2014." Tattsbet have also advised that they intend to expand the fixed price wagering service to include Friday night Harness Racing by March 2014, with further possible expansion to occur later in 2014. More Information: John Lewis, HRSA CEO - Ph 0417 855 300 Email: email@example.com Gary Newton firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun was ecstatic when his star four-year-old Chilli Palmer drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night and predicted that the gelding would lead and prove very hard to beat. Braun's optimism will certainly take the wind out of the sails of several rival trainers and reinsmen who were planning for their horses to charge forward in determined bids to take an early lead against Chilli Palmer, a pacer they believed did not possess the speed to take advantage of the inside barrier. The brilliant Chilli Palmer, to be handled by ace Victorian reinsman Chis Alford, has won at each of his past six starts and has a record of nine starts for seven wins, a second and a seventh. He has won most of his races by producing a sizzling finishing burst. He has never jumped straight to the lead in his brief but spectacular career. "Everyone is entitled to his opinion," Braun said from Melbourne after the barrier draw. "But we will be aiming to make full use of the inside barrier. Chilli Palmer has got great natural high speed and I haven't had a horse with more natural gate speed. So far we have never really used his gate speed. "I couldn't be happier with the way is working. He had a good blowout at Byford on Saturday when Shaun Kittel worked him over a mile and a half and he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. "Hopefully Chilli Palmer will be able to make amends for the defeats of my horses Mustang Mach and Chancellor Cullen in the past two Gold Nuggets. It should be a great race on Friday night and every horse in the field can win, with the right run, but I wouldn't swap my horse for any other runner." Mustang Mach (11/1) started from barrier four and raced without cover for most of the way when a fighting second to The Gold Ace in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen (5/4) raced in the breeze for the final 1550m when fourth behind Im Victorious a year ago. The No. 1 barrier has been a huge advantage in the recent Golden Nugget Championships, with the No. 1 horse leading and winning three of the past five Nuggets and the other two winners in this period coming from the No. 2 barrier. Schinzig Buller won from barrier two in 2008 and then Bonavista Bay (13/8), Dasher VC (6/4 on) and The Gold Ace (10/1 on) won in the following three years before Im Victorious (11/4) started from barrier two and thundered home from ninth at the bell to win from Bettor Reason (20/1) and 6/1 chance Reuben Brogden, who started from barrier one and set the pace until the final stages. Chilli Palmer could not have been more impressive than he was at his West Australian debut in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday week when he charged home from last at the 600m to score a decisive victory over the pacemaker Condrieu, with My Hard Copy third and Rocky Marciano fourth. Condrieu began with devastating speed from barrier five to burst to the front after 120m and Greg Bond, who trains the gelding with his wife Skye, plans to instruct reinsman Colin Brown to charge forward from out wide at barrier six. "We'll go forward; there's no point in going backward," he said. "We decided to have a crack for the lead from barrier five in the McInerney Ford, and it worked for us. The element of surprise won't work for us again, but we'll still be going forward. "We don't know whether Chilli Palmer has the necessary gate speed. He may well be better sat up; that's how he has been driven in most of his races. I don't think they will want to be caught in the early hustle bustle. Condrieu has done well since his second in the McInerney Ford and we're really happy with him." Condrieu is at his best when he leads. He has set the pace at four of his seven wins in WA, two of them being over 2536m, the distance of the Golden Nugget. Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack was delighted to draw barrier two with the speedy Nowitzki, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship three Fridays ago. "The draw goes a long way (to winning) and I'll be trying to get across to the lead," he said. "His three runs in WA have been below par, but I expect him to go better this week. If he races as well as he can, he's certainly the horse to beat." Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. was disappointed with the barriers drawn by his two runners, Northview Punter (No. 3 on the back line) and My Hard Copy (outside of the front line) and said that he would need plenty of luck to win. "It's going to be a great race and I reckon Nowitzki will come out hard and lead --- and Condrieu will also come out hard," he said. "So hopefully it will be on from start to finish. My best chance from the draw is Northview Punter. We might drive him a bit quiet and let him come home." DALGETY RETAINS FAITH IN BIT OF A LEGEND Champion New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety returned to Perth last week for the first time for 17 years and he has not given up hope of winning the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night with outstanding four-year-old Bit Of A Legend, even though the horse was unplaced in the Four-Year-Old Championship and McInerney Ford Classic at his past two starts. The 45-year-old Dalgety has fond memories of his first trip to Western Australia when he prepared Desperate Comment for the 1996 interdominion championship. Desperate Comment, who was driven by Peter Jones, qualified for the final as leading points scorer after a third, a second and a win in the heats. But he finished sixth in the final, won by Young Mister Charles. Bit Of A Legend, who has amassed $640,178 in prizemoney from 17 wins and 11 seconds from 36 starts, was trained and driven for his four starts at Gloucester Park in this campaign by New Zealander Brent Mangos. His best effort was an easy victory in a prelude of the Golden Nugget three starts ago when he defeated Galactic Galleon and Northview Punter. "Brent has done a fine job with him, but the horse faces a hard task in Friday night's race," Dalgety said. "Bit Of A Legend is only small and he's not stylish or elegant, but his assets are his great will to win and determination. "He has drawn barrier four and I'm pretty excited that just to be inside barrier five on the front row. Nowitzki and Condrieu are very fast beginners and I think that when we settle Bit Of A Legend will definitely be in the better half of the midfield --- and that will be a good start. In most of his wins he's come from behind. He just wants to be the winner." Bit Of A Legend, who will be driven by New Zealand's champion reinsman Dexter Dunn, and has the stable name of Carter, after Dalgety's ten-year-old son Carter, who insisted that his father buy the pacer at the New Zealand yearling sale. "Bit Of A Legend was very little, but Carter picked him out and said 'we've got to have this one,' Dalgety said. "So I bought him for $NZ50,000, probably from the heart than the head. I had had his half-brother London Legend, who was a good horse. "I bought Bit Of A Legend for myself, a good stable client in Darryl Brown, from Perth, Ross Stanbury, from Christchurch, and Pat Cabarlla, from Invercargill, and we have no regrets." London Legend, by In The Pocket and the first foal out of Soky's Legend, raced 101 times for Dalgety between 2008 and 2011 for 25 wins, 27 placings and stakes of $456,124. DEXTER DUNN OUT TO EQUAL HIS FATHER AT GLOUCESTER PARK Dexter Dunn, New Zealand harness racing's golden boy and a superstar at the age of 24, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when he drives Bit Of A Legend in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And he would dearly love to emulate the performance of his father Robert, who landed a winner at his only trip to WA, in 1996 when he was successful with Master Musician in a second-round heat of the interdominion championship. Robert Dunn then was in the sulky when Master Musician, the 5/2 favourite, finished third behind Young Mister Charles and Sunshine Band in the final. Dunn, who will arrive in Perth on Thursday, will get the opportunity to experience driving on the 805m circuit when he handles three pacers trained by Matt Scott in early events on the program. Scott has nominated Dunn to drive Miss Tee Dawn in the 1730m V. and K. Congerton Memorial Mares Pace, Marooned in the 2130m Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace and Zurbaran in the first heat of the Livio (The Champ) Tolomeo The Coulson Pace. Miss Tee Dawn has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and has sound prospects of giving Dunn a winner at his first drive at Gloucester Park. This would equal his feat of landing a winner at his first drive in America --- when he was successful behind McClelland (1.50.1) over 1609m at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on June 25, 2011. Miss Tee Dawn started from the outside of the back ,line and did a good job to finish strongly from the rear to be fourth behind Arts Gangsta over 2190m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. She also unwound a powerful burst from the rear to win from Mount Richon over 2150m at Harvey the previous week. Marooned, who was claimed for $10,000 last week, has a losing sequence of 20 and faces a stern test from barrier four on the back line. He trailed the pacemaker Sanjaya when a sound third to that pacer last week, with the winner rating 1.55 over 1730m. Punters are likely to be keen to support the polemarker and smart frontrunner Taiaha against Marooned and the other ten runners in this week's event. Taiaha, who is prepared by Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed, caught the eye when racing first-up at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he raced three back on the pegs and was hampered for room before finishing solidly to be second to Celtic Crusader. Zurbaran, a winner six starts ago and placed second at two of his past four starts, will be at handsome odds from the outside of the front line in a race in which polemarker Cool Johnny (resuming after a let-up), What God Knows and Soho Highroller will be fancied. THE BEAU BRUMMELL RETURNS AFTER A SPELL IN FINE STYLE New Zealand-bred five-year-old The Beau Brummell looks one of the best bets on the program at Gloucester Park on Friday night after scoring an effortless first-up victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop produced The Beau Brummell in fine fettle for his first appearance for three months when he trotted faultlessly three back on the pegs in a race run in Indian file before he surged to the front 100m from home and scored by more than three lengths from All Over Red Rover at a 2.1.9 rate over 2185m. The Beau Brummell will start from barrier three on the front line in the 2130m mobile Kyle And Dozer Trot on Friday night in which he will clash with then highly-regarded Prince Eddie, smart frontrunner Heez Speedy Gonzalez, last-start winner Earl Harbour and Hot Holiday, who has won in good style at two of his past four starts. by Ken Casellas
DOVER, Del. --- Hot Roddy, who won all but one of his 2012 starts, drops down into the Tuesday, Dec. 3 feature at Dover Downs. After winning most of his $253,831 lifetime earnings in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-and-three-year-old events, Hot Roddy has changed ownership and trainer. Now with a $30,000 tag, Hot Roddy is currently owned by Daryl Bier and J&T Silva and trained by Phil Goldwater. A lifetime winner of 12 races, Tony Morgan will drive the Roddy's Bags Again gelding again six opponents in the $20,000 3&4-Year-Old Claiming Allowance. Heading the opposition is Don Reed and trainer George Wager's McPort In A Storm with George Dennis driving, Beaver Creek Farm's Blue Ridge Dancer and Chris Page. Other contenders are Legacy Racing Of DE's Cactus Bill handled by Allan Davis, Chad Webb's Double McTwist with Ross Wolfenden, Tina Clark's Jingle Bell Rocker with meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Skyway Shooter and Roger Plante from the rail for Bob Davison and Bill Cox. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. There is no racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
Top-level racing took place Saturday at Jagersro on V-75 day and at Kincsem Park. Two year-old colt Onceforall Face (by Viking Kronos) took the 600,000Sek (to the winner) Jagersro feature for Lutfi Kolgjini while at Kincsem Park Radium Boy (by Wall Street Banker) won the 3140 meter, 1 million Huf purse Menesek Dija for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. A summary of the featured events at these tracks follows: Jagersro SWE November 30, 2013 Gr. I Svensk Uppfodingslopning 2013, 1640 meters autostart, 600,000Sek to winner 1. Onceforall Face (2m Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM-Lemon Dra), 1.13.7kr, trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini, owners Vallro AB and Lutfii Kolgjini AB (4 2-1-0 670,000Sek lifetime). Prion Tilly (2m Clerk Magistrate-Infra Tilly-Super Arnie), 1.13.8kr, Torbjorn Jansson driver, Stall Tilly AB owner was second. Gold - Meadow Prophets Minne 2013, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000Sek to winner: Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), 1.12kr, Peter Untersteiner driving (78 8-18-15 3,306,700 Sek career) defeated Premance Simoni, and Rakas. Oasis Bi, Kash's Cantab, Neo Holmsminde and Raja Mirchi were in the upper-class beaten field. John Jacobssons Minne 2013, 3-4 year olds, 2140 meters handicap by distance, 150,000Sek to winner: Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), 1.13.8kr, Johnny Taker driver (31 15-1-2 3,060,330 Sek lifetime) Bronze Division - 1640 meters autostart, 110,000Sek to winner: Claes Boko (4m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride), 1.11.9kr, Erik Adielsson driving, (16 7-6-0 829,500Sek lifetime) Kincsen Park Budapest November 30, 2013 Ketevesek Versenye 500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart 1. Szimfonia (2f Medic Hanover-Dallam), 1.21.8kr, Sandor Varga up 2. Blitz Va Bene (2m Diablo Va Bene-Oracle), Tibor Hajnal 3. Sensation (2m Incredible Cole-Intelligent Star), I. Papp API Dij 500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart 1. Orifiamma Jet (5f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), 1.15.7kr, S. Varadi driving, Napsuger owner 2. Orangyal (5f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), P. Vicen 3. Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna), R. Hanzekovic. SLO Menesek Dija 1,000,000Huf purse, 3160 meters distance handicap 1. Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), 1.19;.7kr, Veljko Mazsity trainer/driver, Hico Bt. Owner 2. Night Lady (6f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady), Tibor Hajnal up 3. Masterpiece (7m Tony Oaks-Fairplay), L. Marton aboard Italy (GAET) released its much anticipated December schedule and the hosting tracks (below). Gran Premi Trotting-Italy 8 December 2013 1 Treviso Gran Criterium (memorial Bepi Biasuzzi) 1600 E 2 - 165,000 euro 8 December 2013 2 Treviso Gran Criterium (filly) 1660 I 2f 66,000 14 December 2013 Napoli Batterie qualificazione Derby (3x22000) 2100 I 3 - 66,000 14 December 2013 2 Napoli Royal Mares 1600 O 4+f - 45,100 14 December 2013 1 Napoli Triossi 2100 E 4 - 209,000 14 December 2013 2 Napoli Antonio Carena (filly) 1600 E 4f - 55,000 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Derby 2100 I 3 - 770,000 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Oaks del Trotto (memorial C. e A. Tranfo) 1600 I 3f - 220,000 26 December 2013 Napoli Consolazione Derby 2100 I 3 - 45,100 26 December 2013 1 Napoli Allevatori (memorial P. Castelvetro) 2100 I 2 - 187,000 26 December 2013 1 Napoli GalÃ Internazionale del trotto - Turilli 2100 O 4+ - 297,000 26 December 2013 2 Napoli Allevatori (filly) 1600 I 2f - 66,000 28 December 2013 2 Palermo Mediterraneo 1600 I 3 - 45,100 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Harness Racing NSW in conjunction with the NSW Harness Racing Club and Destination NSW will formally launch the TAB.COM.AU 2014 Inter Dominion Sydney Championship on Monday 2 December. The Controlling Body and Principal Club are announcing the face and ambassador who will assist with the promotion of the series, which is also known as the Melbourne Cup of harness racing. A press conference will follow the announcement with Harness Racing NSW CEO Mr Sam Nati, the NSW Harness Racing Club CEO Mr John Dumesny and the 2014 Inter Dominion Ambassador. Date: Monday 2 December Where: Dawes Point Park, Hickson Rd The Rocks (in front of Park Hyatt). Time: From 8:45am.
'Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has one of the strongest ever boards in more than half a century - with the addition of two new faces to the leadership team,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink this morning. The Paceway's longest serving president was re-elected by members at last night's (Wednesday, November 27th, 2013) annual general meeting along with vice president John Waite, treasurer Loretta Dewsbury and directors Neil Costello, Vanessa Gauci, Andrew Ho, Megan Lavender and Garry Leonard. 'I pay tribute to retiring directors, harness racing horse trainers Anthony Gorrell and Michael Watkins, who did not seek re-election and, consequently, have retired from the board after many years of dedicated service to our race club,' Mr Bentley said. 'Their seats have been filled by Michael Wilson, who is the rail division general manager of Padstow based Chess Industries, and Robert Caruana, who is the general manager of the AMP's Macquarie Centre at North Ryde,' he said. 'The son of former Orange Harness Racing Club president Raymond Wilson, Michael's family have been involved in trotting for more than sixty years - with links to the Parkes, Forbes, Dubbo, Orange, Junee, Harold Park and Penrith harness racing clubs. 'An owner and former harness racing horse trainer himself, Michael is already a great asset to Bankstown Paceway - with his company sponsoring the 2013 Chess Industries World Cup of Harness Racing, which took place on the night before the Interdominion. 'Also introduced to Bankstown Trots by his father, Robert Caruana has been an infrastructure, redevelopment and facilities management expert for the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Colliers International, Mirvac and Lend Lease, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of its portfolio of regional shopping centres, including Macarthur Square, Penrith Plaza, Wollongong Central, Cairns Central, Canelands, and, of course, Bankstown Square. 'Robert is currently overseeing the $420 million redevelopment of Macquarie Centre, for AMP, into second largest shopping centre in New South Wales. 'With experience, passion and talent, the Bankstown Paceway board looks to continuing to serve our members, racecourse patrons and, of course, all fans of the trots,' Mr Bentley added. Bankstown Paceway
At the NZ Racing Board AGM, held at the Head Office in Wellington today, the NZ Racing Board reflected on a record-breaking financial year and outlined its ambitious vision and goals for the future. Financial achievements in 2013 included a record turnover of $1,956.8m, and record distributions of $147.7m to the racing industry and sporting organisations. Speaking at the AGM, NZ Racing Board Chair Glenda Hughes said the organisation and the industry still faced significant challenges, and ongoing transformation and a collaborative approach is key to further, sustained success for an industry that contributes almost 1% of GDP. "2013 was a year of rebuilding, but we were delighted to have delivered a record return for the industry at the same time. We are constantly driven by our core purpose, which includes promoting and enhancing the racing industry and generating long term profit for the industry. "Significant transformation has already occurred. This year a new leadership team was put in place, capability was increased across the organisation at all levels, clarity of accountability and focus was established, an aspirational vision was developed and a five-year corporate strategy was outlined." Long term strategic organisational goals outlined at the AGM were to: Â· Achieve a surplus of $160-$180m Â· Grow stakes by 50% Â· Grow return to racing owners by 50% Â· Achieve 30% turnover from new markets and products Â· Reduce operational cost-to-income ratio to below 30% NZ Racing Board CEO Chris Bayliss said, "We now have a clear vision that gives us an aspirational focus - to be the best entertainment business for New Zealand. With our strategy now in place we have a robust plan to take this business forward, clear metrics for measuring our progress, and clear goals to enable us to achieve our vision for the industry. "We will continue to strive - through open dialogue, transparency and collaboration with the industry - to transform and succeed together," said Mr Bayliss. Minister of Racing Hon Nathan Guy spoke at the AGM and congratulated the Board and Management on the financial results. Financial result increase 2012/13 2011/12 Turnover $1.957b $1.814b +7.9% Net profit $144.1m $127.3m +13.2% Distribution to Racing Industry $142.0m $135.5m +4.8% Total distribution made from current year profit: $142.4m $135.8m +4.9% Full information and financial statements will be in the NZ Racing Board's 2013 Annual Report, which will be publically available online from 13 December. Presentations from the NZ Racing Board's AGM were filmed for subsequent broadcast on the Trackside television channel at 3:00am on Saturday, 7 December and again at 1:00am on Sunday, 8 December 2013. Tom Judd Corporate Communications New Zealand Racing Board
London, November 26, 2013 – Horse people are advised that The Raceway at Western Fair District will be closed for training on Wednesday morning as the track crew performs snow removal and maintenance ahead of this Friday night’s program. Qualifiers are slated for Friday morning at 11 a.m. and live racing happens Friday night at 7:05 p.m. The London oval will also host live racing this afternoon beginning at 4:05 p.m. Today’s program features two more $5,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-4 wagers. Monday’s early Pick-4 generated a payoff of more than $6,600 on a .20 cent ticket. For free programs, live streaming video and more, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blachard for The Raceway
A reminder to all owners of current 2yos, that 2014 SA BOTRA Golden Nursery payments close this Friday 29th November with Harness Racing SA. There will be two $25,000 Finals for 2yos this season, one each for the fillies & colts & geldings. A one off payment of $150 is required by Friday to be eligible for the series. The $6,000 heats will be held on Friday 23rd May and the Finals on Saturday 31st May. Any 2yo can be nominated, as the race is not limited to Southern Cross horses. The only requirement regarding eligibility is that the owner/s must be BOTRA members at acceptance time in May; you do not have to be a BOTRA member at the close of payments. If you have any queries, please contact the HRSA Racing Office on 08 8285 0700. Peter Smith, Racing Operations Manager Harness Racing SA
The Italian Cup night proved a popular night out with the Paceway Restaurant, serving traditional Italian food sold out, free wine tasting and rides for the kids families were well catered for but it was on the track where all the action was. The time honoured Italian Cup was a thrilling affair from the moment the mobile barrier pulled away at the 1800 meter start point, Victorian visitor the Glenn Douglas trained Jukebox Music held the lead intothe first bend with up and coming star Harrison Maguire, with Ryan Hryhorec in the bike pressing forward to take the lead going into the back the first time, no sooner had Harrison Maguire reached the lead when David Harding on board the favourite Timeless Era was sent forward to sit outside the leader. From that point the pressure was on Harding drove Timeless Era like he was the best horse in the race and while Harrison Maguire at no stage ever gave in Timeless Era despite his hard run proved just a bit too strong, Mark Dennis who sat in the one out and one back looked to struggling at the 400 meter mark battled on to claim third spot from Jukebox Music. Trained in Sunraysia by Boris Devcic Timeless Era has now won five races from eight starts this season including his two previous runs at Melton. The other main event was the South Australian heat of the Alderbaran Park Monte which saw for the first time a Monte race held under mobile conditions proved a exciting spectacle Andy’s Favourite missing the start by some 30 meters, and Monte specialist Likeaplayboy running straight to the front only to immediately challenged by Chuck Wagon these two cleared out at the bell with eventual winner Andy’s Favourite tailed off at the bell with the leads tiring at the 400 meters Haley Toulmin never gave up urging the Chris Lang trained 11 year old, to grab Chuck Wagon right on the line to win by half a head. Other winners on the program were Forty Seven Flash who ha little trouble in leading all the way in the opening event, the Aaron Brown trained Jilliby Showtime found the front in race two and was never headed, Guggenhein put up a huge performance to score after breaking just after the mobile pulled away, then had to race wide to find the breeze before proving too strong. Outsider Shakatomic provided an upset to win race four, Rubon Brown won the Trotters Handicap to give David Harding the first leg of a driving treble, Harding then closed out the meeting when Stone the Christian used the sprint lane to score. By Gary Newton
Jay Ginnetti Jr. 52, husband of Traci Ginnetti, son of John ( Jack ) Ginnetti Jr. and the late Mary Anne Ginnetti passed away last Monday ( Nov. 18 ) in his home in Ventura, Calif. and formerly of Marlborough, Mass.. Jack Ginnetti, Jr. is a promient harness racing publicist in New England and an inductee of the Living Hall of Fame Communicators Corner. Funeral arrangements are presently incomplete, but will be handled by the John P. Rowe Funeral Home, 59 Main Street Marlborough, MA 01752 at a later date. Condolence cards can be sent to: John " Jack " Ginnetti Jr. 103 Naugler Ave. Marlborough, MA. 01752 by Bob Lieberman
‘The spectacle of trotting races conducted “under saddle” – known as le trot monte – will return to Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track next month as part of the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has said. ‘A popular discipline in Europe and Scandinavia, ridden trot races require great skill from both the horse and rider and are a marvel to observe,’ Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. ‘Accordingly, Bankstown Paceway is justifiably proud of our record as the harness racing industry innovator who successfully returned monte racing to New South Wales on Saturday, December 1st, last year, and hosted the southern hemisphere’s very first international trotting saddle race on Friday, May 31st, this year, which featured riders from Australia and Sweden,’ she said. ‘With the support of our race sponsor, Aldebaran Park, the rider who accumulates the most points over the twenty two race nationwide monte series will receive a return airfare to participate in Scandinavia,’ Ms Lavender added. Le trot monte racing, or racing under saddle, will return to Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Racecourse entry is free. Gates open at 5.00 pm and the first race starts at 6.10 pm. Bookings for race night dining packages can be made at email@example.com or on 02 9708 4111. Megan J. Lavender
New York Terror (Western Terror) made a big late move to reel in the favorite in the $5,885 featured race on Wednesday at Saratoga. Chris Long sat patiently with New York Terror before unleashing a late attack and getting by the 1-5 favorite Keystone Real Deal (Billy Dobson). Trained by Ray Sharpe, New York Terror was coming off a strong closing second last week and was equally strong in the stretch on Wednesday in the $15,000 conditional-claimer to prevail in 1:55.4. Keystone Real Deal was second while Gibson Blue Chip (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway