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WILKES-BARRE, PA - Some high-powered free-for-all and invitational harness racing pacers were very impressive winning Wednesday morning qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fastest of all was the veteran Riverboat King gelding Theartofconfusion A, who paced a 1:49.3 all-age track record mile at Yonkers last year. On Wednesday Theartofconfusion A motored home in :56 flat despite being first-up to complete a 1:55.1 victory for driver Eric Carlson and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, auguring well as he sets out to post a third consecutive $200G+-winning season for co-owners Garcia-Herrera and Barbara and Donald Arnstine. The Real Desire eight-year-old mare Eclipse Me N, who set a 1:48.2 divisional world record at The Downs last year, flew home in :55.2 to stop the timer in 1:55.4 in her event. Simon Allard was in the sulky for trainer/brother Rene and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae. Trainer Rene Allard has been le Boss of the local conditioners with six titles in the last seven years, and his 2018 Hempt Championship winner Springsteen sounded a strong winning note with a 1:56.1 victory, his own last half :56.1 with Simon Allard sulkysitting. Allard Racing Inc. co-owns the son of Rock N Roll Heaven with Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg, and Kapildeo Singh. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 7, 2019- Favorites Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) and Theartofconfusion A (Austin Siegelman, $4.60) both prevailed Saturday night (Sept. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps. Eye ofa Tiger AS, assigned outside his seven rivals in the week's marquee trot, made the first lead. He then played leapfrog with Dayson (George Brennan) by a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Eye ofa Tiger AS found a comfy :57.3 intermission and was moving toward a 1:26.1 three-quarters when Dayson jumped it off in the pocket, leaving the course. Eye ofa Tiger AS owned a length lead into the lane before holding off a ground-saving There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell) by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.1. New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.), Barry Black (Troy Beyer) and Fashion Creditor (Siegelman) settled for the minors. For Eye ofa Tiger AS, a 5-year-old statebred Chapter Seven gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was ninth win in 24 seasonal starts The exacta paid $17.40, the triple returned $57 and the superfecta paid $347.50. The weekly adult pace saw Theartofconfusion A, just removed from his all-age track record, dispose of five foes. From post position No. 4, he led through intervals of :28.2, :56.4, 1:23.4 and 1:51. Pole-assigned Benhope Rulz N (Shaun Vallee) completed a two-speed number at 47-1, with The Real One (Pat Lachance), San Domino A (Bartlett) and I'm Some Graduate (Brennan) picking off the remainder. Micky Gee N (Stratton) did not fire. For Theartofconfusion A, a 9-year-old Down Under Riverboat King gelding co-owned by (trainer) Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and Barbara & Donald Arnstine, it was his seventh win in 25 '19 tries. The exacta paid $61, the triple returned $165 and the superfecta paid $554. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- George Napolitano Jr., the leading harness racing driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the pilot of favored Theartofconfusion A in that track's $20,000 pacing feature Saturday, got away from the gate with a very simple, non-confusing plan: keep going until getting the top, and then improve position from there.   And George Nap followed the plan to perfection, guiding the altered son of Riverboat King to the front going under the wire the first time, and then widening his lead to four lengths the next time they passed that point, at the finish of his 1:49.3 victory, a time which lowered his lifetime best by a fifth. The winner of $263,088, owned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera in partnership with Barbara and Donald Amestime, is perfect in Pennsylvania since entering Garcia-Herrera's care four starts back, following up on a Philly win with this Pocono triumph.   The oldest track record on the Pocono books, the 1:14.3 clocking by Lieut Harkie for 5/8 of a mile, posted in 1979, seems almost sure to fall Sunday night as the mountain oval cards a rare race at the oncearound distance. The world record of 1:08.1 would be ambitious, but does not seem impossible.   PHHA  

Talented Hobart-based reinsman Rodney Ashwood is no stranger to driving multiple winners on a harness racing program but at Luxbet Park in Hobart last Friday night he dominated with three winners on the seven-race card. He opened his account with a win aboard the Eric Jacobson-trained Rusty Red Comet that stepped cleanly from the standing start and then enjoyed a cozy run on the leader's back. Ashwood waited until nearing the home turn to push out on the gelded son of Riverboat King and once in clear air the gelding powered home and grabbed victory in the shadows of the post to defeat Pushkin and Be Good Franklin over 2090 metres. Rusty Red Comet recorded a mile rate of 2.04.5 which wasn't too band from the stand. Ashwood again teamed up with Jacobson to score aboard War Chest in the C.U.B Pace over 2090 metres. After facing the breeze to the winning post the last time Ashwood urged his charge forward to assume control and it proved to be the winning move. War Chest booted well clear at the top of the home straight but he had to pull out all stops to withstand a powerful charge from eventual runner-up Falcon Harry that flashed home to miss by a half-head with Gaggle Coordinator a distant third. Ashwood ended a great night in the cart by guiding Remember Joe to victory in the Burger Me Campbell Town Claimer over 2090 metres. Remember Joe was backed in to start the $2.30 favourite and when Ashwood had the gelding settled in the one-out-two-back position punters would have been starting to line up to collect. When Ashwood was able to avoid a scrimmage leaving the bottom turn the last time Remember Joe quickly raced to the leaders and he went on to record an effortless win over Electric Ollie and Aninchofhislife. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing trainer Kate MacLeod landed one of the bargain buys of the year when she secured former NSW pacer Rattlenhum for a modest sum earlier this year. The gelded son of Riverboat King had won only one race from 50 starts for Broken Hill owner-trainer Tony Camilleri when he was advertised the gelding for sale on the Internet for $1500. In Launceston on Sunday Rattlenhum made it two wins from only three starts for MacLeod, leading throughout with ace reinsman Troy Hillier in the sulky. In blustery conditions Rattlenhum ($2.80) forged to the lead soon after the start and when seriously challenged in the home straight the last time he refused to wilt and forged clear close to home to score from Olivers Mate ($5) with the favourite Regmondo ($2.60) third. "I was looking to buy a horse for my Mum (Ruth) to race and came across Rattlenhum on the Internet," MacLeod said. "I spoke to the owner Tony Camilleri for a while and he explained the horse had just gone a bit sour but for $1500 I thought he was worth a punt. "He had a win and a third at Broken Hill before I bought him in April and he won at his first start for me in Launceston a month later. "I tipped him out for a spell and he was a bit unlucky when fourth first-up two weeks ago. "But today once he got the front I knew he'd be very hard to run down. "He can be a bit moody and is a bit of a pig at times but overall he's doing a good job and Mum's happy." Peter Staples

Anndrovette's home is in New Jersey, but the harness racing female pacer certainly seems to make herself at home in Canada; particularly when it comes to the Roses Are Red Stakes at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. The 9-year-old has won the Roses Are Red a record three times and goes for No. 4 on Saturday in the C$370,000 final at Mohawk. Anndrovette enters the race off a 1:49.4 win by a nose over Sandbetweenurtoes in her elimination last weekend. It was the mare's first victory in seven starts this season and her best win time since capturing the 2014 Roses Are Red --- the third of her threepeat --- in 1:49.1. For her career, Anndrovette has won nine of 22 races at Mohawk and hit the board a total of 17 times. "She really likes Canada and she's done really well in the Roses Are Red up there," said Tim Tetrick, who is Anndrovette's regular driver. "She raced great last week; it was a really good mile. She's a classy old mare, that's for sure. She never seems to go away; not for the whole season. She's older now, but you usually get three or four good starts out of her. She makes about $400,000 a year, and there's nothing wrong with that." Anndrovette has won 45 of 135 career races and earned $3.51 million in purses. She enters the Roses Are Red needing $237,102 to surpass Eternal Camnation's record of $3.74 million for the top spot among all female pacers in harness racing history. In addition, Anndrovette received four consecutive Dan Patch Award trophies from 2011-2014, setting the record for an older female pacer and equaling Eternal Camnation's record for the most awards given to any pacer in history. Anndrovette, a daughter of Riverboat King out of the mare Easy Miss, also has received four O'Brien Awards for best older female pacer in Canada. She is owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. "I'll never count her out," trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. said. "Anytime I've ever counted her out before she comes back to prove me wrong. He then added with a laugh, "Maybe I will count her out. Maybe that will do it." Prior to the start in her Roses Are Red elimination, Anndrovette raced this season exclusively at Yonkers Raceway. She had a second-place finish and two thirds at the half-mile oval in New York. For her career, she has won 13 of 45 starts at Yonkers, but posted only two wins at The Hilltop since 2013. "I know Yonkers isn't her cup of tea," Tetrick said. "It hurts her that she doesn't get to race as much on a big track. (Last week) was the best she's raced all year. I think she'll be fine. She's very tough and she likes to win." Anndrovette rallied from sixth place at the midpoint of last week's elimination to post her triumph. Also winning eliminations were Lady Shadow, who claimed last year's Roses Are Red trophy, and Solar Sister. Lady Shadow won her elim by 3-1/4 lengths over Yagonnakissmeornot in 1:50.2 with Doug McNair in the sulky for trainer Ron Adams. Solar Sister won her elim by 1-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:51, also with McNair handling the driving. McNair will sit behind Solar Sister, trained by his dad Gregg, in the final. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive Lady Shadow. Anndrovette will start the final from post No. 4, with Solar Sister leaving from post two and Lady Shadow from three. "You get a good spot and hope it works out," Bamond said. "I don't know what Tim will do; I don't know if he'll leave. She was real good from off the pace after being on the lead pretty much her whole life, so maybe he takes her off the gate and it works out." Following is the field for the Roses Are Red in post order. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 2. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - R. Gregg McNair 3. Lady Shadow - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams 4. Anndrovette - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 6. Devil Child - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes 7. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 8. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque 9. Yagonnakissmeornot - Jody Jamieson - Rene Allard 10. Katie Said - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter And with their sires; 1. Waasmula by Million Dollar Cam 2. Solar Sister by Mach Three 3. Lady Shadow by Shadow Play 4. Anndrovette by Riverboat King 5. Sandbetweenurtoes by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Devil Child by American Ideal 7. Ms Mac N Cheese by Badlands Hanover 8. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 9. Yagonnakissmeornot by The Panderosa 10. Katie Said by Well Said by Ken Weingartner

South Australian harness racing trainer Robert Caruso has had great success with horses sourced from highly-respected and successful Queensland trainer Stuart Hunter and on Saturday night Holme On The River by Riverboat King out of Wheres Holme added to that record. A well backed $3.60 chance, Holme On The River, driven by Dani Hill, led throughout for a long head win in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m). The $3 favourite Bianca Tang, trained by Hill’s father Gary, and driven by her brother Wayne, finished second, 12 metres in front of Giddy Up ($18.60). “I reckon I have bought upwards of 20 horses from Stuart over the years,” Caruso said. “And they have all paid their way so it has been a winning formula. “When Stuart rang to say he had to have a clearance sale and he thought Holme On The River and Modern Chic would be suited here in Adelaide I didn’t hesitate to buy them. “Holme On The River had his first run for me last week and was over 2230m in his first run for more than a month and found the trip a bit far. Tonight, he was back to the 1800m and fitter so I thought he would be a good chance.” Caruso paid just $5000 and picked up $4257 on Saturday night so the seven-year-old has nearly repaid his purchase price. What impressed the trainer was Holme On The River’s winning mile rate of 1:57.2. “He went quick,” Caruso said. “I thought when he came here he might just be a claimer, but maybe I will have to re-assess.” After a comfortable 31.1 first quarter Holme On The River reeled off final sectionals of 29.2, 28,7 and 29.5. Bianca Tang, which had gone to sit parked, was outsprinted from the 600 metre mark and while Holme On The River had had enough over the final 50 metres, he had established a big enough lead to hold off Bianca Tang which was coming again. Later in the night, Modern Chic ran third in the Clay And Mineral Sales Pacers Discretionary (2230m) to indicated she will also pay her way in South Australia.  Graham Fischer

After seeing her 2015 season cut short by illness, Anndrovette is back to the races at age 9 and chasing Eternal Camnation's earnings record for a female pacer. And while it might be tempting to count out the multiple-award-winning Anndrovette at this stage of her harness racing career, it might also be foolish. Anndrovette, who finished third in her seasonal debut last week in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway, has won 44 of 129 career races and earned $3.46 million in purses. She enters Friday's third round of the Matchmaker needing $278,727 to surpass Eternal Camnation's record of $3.74 million for the top spot among all female pacers in harness racing history. "It's obviously something that's in the back of our minds, but I look at the horse's health and well-being before I look at records," said Jeff Bamond Sr., who owns Anndrovette with his son, trainer Jeff Bamond Jr., and Joe Davino. "If she couldn't compete on a high level anymore I'm not going to race her just to chase a record. "Some people said to me recently that she's one of the toughest horses they've ever seen and every time you count her out all of a sudden she turns around and surprises you. I won't count her out and she'll let us know when it's time that she doesn't want to do this anymore." Added Bamond Jr. about the purse record, "If she does it, that's great. And if she doesn't, that's not taking anything away from her either. It's just pretty special to be looking at it." Anndrovette won three of 18 races last year and earned $363,408. She snapped a six-race winless streak with a 36-1 surprise from post 10 in the Golden Girls at the Meadowlands last July and came back three weeks later to win the Lady Liberty at the Big M. Both races were contested at 1-1/8 miles. In late October, she was scratched sick from the Breeders Crown and didn't start again the remainder of the season. "She got some kind of infection; we're not really sure how she got it," trainer Bamond Jr. said. "It was best to shut her down and do the right thing. She owes us nothing. Luckily she was able to come back good. If anyone was going to be able to do it, it was her because she's so tough. I was worried, but as soon as you count her out, she always steps up." Anndrovette was beaten by a half-length in her 2016 debut, which was won by Yagonnakissmeornot in 1:53.3. "She's not a great qualifier; it usually takes a start or two to get rolling, so I was definitely happy with it," Bamond Jr. said. "I thought she got out of the gate good and she finished up good, so I was very pleased to see her have pace on both ends." On Friday, Anndrovette competes in the third of three Matchmaker divisions. She will start from post three with regular driver Tim Tetrick. The six-mare field also includes Al Raza N, who is 2-for-2 in the series and on top of the standings for the six-week event, as well as Yagonnakissmeornot and first-round division winner Mach It A Par. Bamond-trained Krispy Apple is in Friday's first division and his Venus Delight is in the second division. Venus Delight was the 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer, snapping Anndrovette's four-year hold on the honor. "It's a tough series," Bamond Sr said. "You always feel good about the ones you enter. If they can make money and they all come out healthy and continue for the year, I'm happy. I think I have a shot, but so does everyone else or they wouldn't have put their horses in there." Anndrovette's four consecutive Dan Patch Award trophies set the record for an older female pacer and equaled Eternal Camnation's record for the most awards given to any pacer in history. Anndrovette, a daughter of Riverboat King out of the mare Easy Miss, also has received four O'Brien Awards for best older female pacer in Canada. In addition, she is the only horse to win the Roses Are Red Stakes three consecutive years and one of two horses to win the Breeders Crown Mare Pace in back-to-back years. Other major victories include two editions of the Betsy Ross Invitational plus the Lady Maud Stakes, American-National Stakes, Artiscape Stakes, A Spring of Hope Invitational, Overbid Series final, and a New York Sire Stakes championship. "She's my once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Bamond Sr., who has owned Anndrovette since the summer of her 3-year-old season. "I've had some good horses but she's meant the world to me. When we bought her we thought we were buying a nice New York Sire Stakes horse, never thinking that we would end up with what we did. It's a dream." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

Six weeks ago Scottsdale harness racing trainer Kent Rattray didn't have a horse in his stable capable of being competitive in an Easter Cup but as chance would have it fellow trainer Wayne Campbell called him with an offer to lease Riverboat Jasper. Inside an hour of that phone call Rattray was on Campbell's doorstep and after a gentleman's handshake to close the deal the six-year-old gelding was loaded onto Rattray's float. At the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last night Riverboat Jasper gave Rattray his first taste of success in an Easter Cup when he powered home to win the $40,000 Group 2 event over 2698 metres from Resurgent Spirit and Queens Advocate. Amid emotional post-race celebrations Rattray explained what the win meant to him. "I made a decision two years ago to do this full-time but it's been very lean and to win this race that is like winning an Inter Dominion to me," Rattray said. "The horse's owner Wayne Campbell called me just over six weeks ago and asked me if I wanted to lease the horse and I was around his place within an hour to pick him up. "People just don't know what this win means to me." It also was a first for driver John Walters who shed a tear or two when asked what winning the race meant to him. "My Dad (Harry) won this race in 1976 with Andy Cast so for me to win an Easter Cup as well means a hell of a lot," Walters said. "It's a race all of us drivers want to win because there's so much history associated with it." Walters had Riverboat Jasper (Riverboat King-Cranleigh) settled better than midfield but on the rails from his front-row draw while The Majority (Gareth Rattray led with the well-backed favourite Jaruzelski Leis ($3.20) on his outside facing the breeze. Jaruzelski Leis forged to the lead turning for home and by that time Walters had Riverboat Jasper off the fence and three-wide challenging. Resurgent Spirit ($3.60) forged to the front turning for home but Riverboat Jasper powered home to defeat Resurgent Spirit with Queens Advocate ($7.50) flashing home late to grab third. Peter Staples

Talented Victorian seven-year-old pacer Keayang Steamer last raced in New South Wales in the 2013 Chariots Of Fire.  The son of Riverboat King finished fourth behind Christen Me, Smolda and Restrepo all subsequent Group One winners at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  This Friday night, the Marg Lee trained gelding will be chasing Bankstown’s feature event of the year, the Treuer Memorial. Regular driver Glen Craven will make the trip north to drive Keayang Steamer and believes he is a strong chance of winning after recording a 1:53.1 victory at Melton on Saturday night. “From a driving perspective he is feeling and racing as well as he ever has and I think his last win proved that he isn’t too far off his best in regards to his form,” Craven said. “The biggest query will be the track, he has never raced at Bankstown but he works on a half-mile track at home so I don’t think the size of the track is going to be too much of a concern.” The Treuer Memorial looked an ideal race for Keayang Steamer over the longer distance. “I think that’s why Marg was keen to get him to Sydney, Keayang Steamer loves the longer trip, she put him in hoping for a good draw and so far everything has gone to plan. “He was probably a month behind where we wanted him in his preparation and therefore he wasn’t aimed at the Inter Dominion in Perth but if he is racing well and stands up to constant racing then I would think next year’s Inter at Gloucester Park would be a logical target.” Since his Chariots Of Fire performance he has only raced seventeen times. “There hasn’t been any major issue, no torn ligaments or anything that severe, we just couldn’t keep him strong enough. “He couldn’t keep any muscle definition over his back and hindquarters so we changed his training program around and he does a lot more work up hill which has definitely helped him.” Craven was happy with barrier number three in Friday’s event but is hoping the perfect gate doesn’t put a target on his back. “In a race like the Treuer Memorial a good barrier draw is always important, three is perfect but it could quickly become a bad draw especially if the pace is hot. “He’s definitely drawn to take advantage in the early stages.” Craven will be having his first drive on the Bankstown track having previously driven in New South Wales at Menangle and the old Bathurst Showgrounds. The Treuer Memorial is race six at the Bankstown meeting on Friday night and is scheduled to start at 9:10pm. Greg Hayes

Talented Terang pacer Keayang Steamer resumes from a long spell in Sunday’s Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Pacing Cup. At his best Keayang Steamer was able to upstage superstars like Smoken Up and Melpark Major, getting the better of Trigger in the 2014 Horsham Cup and toppling Melpark Major a couple of weeks later at Tabcorp Melton. But the son of Riverboat King has only graced the starter twice in 14 months and is first up since February this weekend, so it’s a case of “fingers crossed” rather than taking grand expectations into the race for trainer Marg Lee. “He’s shown what he can do, so we’ve got our fingers crossed and we’ll take each race as it comes,” she said. “He’s done a lot of fast work over the distance without fully putting the pressure on him.” The impressive gelding has won 16 races from 38 starts for $210,043 prizemoney and will be aimed at next year’s Sumer of Glory carnival all going well. But it is a case of baby steps for the time being, according to Lee, who said Keayang Steamer wasn’t strong enough in his “back, stifles and quads” last time in. “His quads needed a lot of bulking up. He’s been doing a lot of riding and a lot of hill work here,” she said. “He’s had three trials and we’re happy enough with where he’s at. It was just a matter of finding a suitable race and with Arden Rooney and Flaming Flutter not in it we decided to go here.” Keayang Steamer will start from a 10-metre handicap alongside Exciteusinthecity in the $30,610 Group 3 Maryborough feature. Lara’s Dean Braun has polemarker Macho Comacho in the field and will be hoping the stand-start specialist gelding can improve on a first-up 11th in the Swan Hill Pacing Cup. Brent Lilley-trained Lets Elope has gate three after a big third at Swan Hill, while Glenn Douglas-trained stablemates The Dip (gate four) and Skippy Rascal (six) will be split by Vince Vallelonga’s last-start M1-M2 winner Manuka Man. Keith Cotchin will present country cups specialist Road To Rock after it ran fifth in the Swan Hill feature, while Matthew Craven-trained Changing Code has barrier eight, Craig Demmler’s Charlie Machsheen will come out of gate nine, Tim Bolitho-trained Arber will start from 10 and Geoff Lucas-trained Daylight Dan has barrier 11. Kerryn Manning’s in-form six-year-old Jaccka Art is the emergency. Meanwhile, the popular TrotsCruiser will be in attendance at Maryborough with showbags for people who enter the "Drive Away in the Trotscruiser" promotion.  HRV and the TAB will also be giving away a $1000 bet on the Cup via the Trot Selfies competition.   CODY WINNELL

Harness racing is a sport that takes a heavy toll on the horses that participate in it. All horses are deemed to have a "shelf life" in their careers, especially the fillies and mares. That is not to say that they can't race over an extended period but few are able to maintain their best for a long period especially at the elite level of the sport. Anndrovette is one of those few exceptions to the rule. The eight year old daughter of Riverboat King will line up at Woodbine on Saturday week in her fifth trip to a Breeders Crown Final. It will be start 129 for the battle hardened mare with 44 wins and 46 placings already on her card for stakes totaling $3,493,292 Anndrovette already has two Breeders Crowns in the trophy cabinet and with a win in the $250,000 Open Mare Pace, Anndrovette will tie Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon for the most Breeders Crown titles by a pacer, with three a piece and in the form she has been in lately, it would be very unwise to count her out on Saturday week. Purchased by her present owner Jeff Bamond half way through her three year old year, Anndrovette has just continued to race on season after season at the top level. " She is just a real professional racehorse." "She knows what she is there for and doesn't take kindly to anyone trying to pamper her or spoil her." " On raceday, she is just all business,"  Jeff told Harnesslink this week.  Anndrovette won her two Breeders Crown back to back at four and five and has run third and fourth in her other attempts at Breeders Crown glory. " You can never write this mare off as she is so game and so honest." " Every now and again someone will tell us that maybe she has had enough, that it is time to retire her." " Most times that happens she will come out and win her next start just to stop that conversation before it starts." " She continues to be a great money earner and loves racing and as long as she is competitive I will keep racing her," Jeff said.  When she does finally hang up her racing shoes, Anndrovette is unlikely to stay in the Bamond barn. " Breeding is not a side of the sport that we are into." "Usually we sell our racemares when they are finished racing but we will have that discussion about Anndrovette when the time comes," Jeff said. Whatever the outcome at Woodbine on the 24th October, Anndrovette has earned the right to be acknowleged as one of the best mares of her generation. Harnesslink Media

Lightly raced three-year-old harness racing filly Freyde delivered an impressive performance to win a 3C0-C0 at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston tonight (Sunday). Freyde (Riverboat King-Diligently) was buried away in the field three-back the fence from her inside second-row draw while the well backed favourite Pageantry showed his rivals a clean pair heels as he slipped to the lead and looked to be travell9ng comfortably turning for home. But when Freyde's driver Todd Rattray found clean air about 100 metres from home and eased the Barrie Rattray-trained filly into space she rattled home and hit the line almost two metres clear of Pageantry with first starter Kouper Bailey a close-up third. Freyde was coming off a fourth in Launceston at her previous outing which was her first start in almost a year. The filly won in Hobart in August last year but was subsequently dispatched to the paddock to recover from an injury. Given the way the Freyde sprinted to the line tonight when clear of the pack there are more wins in store for this filly. Pageantry did a good job to hold on for second while Kouper Bailey (Courage Under Fire-Balencia) showed courage on debut to battle on after facing the breeze for the duration. Peter Staples

East Rutherford, NJ --- Anndrovette must enjoy racing 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. The multiple-award-winning 8-year-old mare captured Saturday’s (Aug. 8) $251,250 Lady Liberty for older harness racing female pacers at the Big M at the added distance of 1-1/8 miles, defeating Table Talk by 1-1/4 lengths in 2:04.1. Anndrovette also won the Golden Girls at 1-1/8 miles on July 18 at the Meadowlands, which was her first victory at the track since the 2012 Overbid final. A four-time Dan Patch Award recipient, Anndrovette and driver Tim Tetrick were sent off at 5-2 odds and took the lead from Table Talk as the field made its way around the first turn. Table Talk remained second for much of the mile and was unable to overtake Anndrovette in the stretch. Venus Delight finished third. “I just wanted to be in control or follow the one that had some speed up front,” Tetrick said. “I got to control it and my mare was happy to be up there. When she’s on her game, she’s one of the toughest horses I’ve ever been associated with. She shows up, she’s a true champion, no question.” Anndrovette (Riverboat King-Easy Miss) has won 44 of 123 career races and earned $3.42 million. She is trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. and owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. She is the second richest pacing mare in harness racing history. Eternal Camnation tops the list with $3.74 million. “She could get there,” Tetrick said. “She’s broken a lot of horses in this older division, a lot of them tried to take it to her, but she lasts year in and year out. I give her tons of credit, I race her hard all the time and she likes it, she keeps coming back.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Pompano Beach, FL...March 21, 2015...While Neptune took top honors in Pompano Park's top Open Pace on Saturday night, he had to share the spotlight with Steelhead Hanover, who tripped the final timer in 1:49.2, a time equalled or eclipsed on only six other occasions in Pompano Park history. Neptune, dismissed as the fourth choice in a sextet of Open pacers, pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Saturday night, stopping the timer with a lifetime best 1:50.2 performance for driver Aaron Byron.   The six year-old son of Riverboat King, trained by Dale Gilmour for owner Sue Chindano, dawdled near the back of the pack early on as favored Remissionofsins, handled by Bruce Ranger, sizzled panels of :25.4, :54.1 and 1;21.3 before seccumbing to the late onslaught of the winner, pacing the fastest final panel of all--:27.4--to eke out the photo finish win measuring a head. Remissionofsins did finish second.   Cadillac Phil, with Mike Micallef handling the lines, closed from last around the final turn to finish third while Fancyfreeshark was fourth. Heart Felt, prominent throughout the mile in the garden spot, picked up the nickel, 2 1/2 lengths away, while Prairie Jaguar, forced to go about an extra 20 yards while outside all the way, finished sixth, pacing his mile in 1:51.   In a post race interview, driver Aaron Byron related, "Neptune really had no room to roam in his last couple of starts, until it was too late late to do much damage. Tonight, it was kind of the same story, but, this time, we were able to find some room and he responded...big time! The fractions were very hot tonight and that helped his cause as we know he can pace a final quarter under :27."   Trainer Dale Gilmour chimed in as well saying, "This horse isn't very large in stature but he has a tremendous heart and seems to love his surroundings. He only had a handful of starts on tracks larger than a half mile (7) before coming here and he was able to pace final quarters in :27 at Yonkers, so I was always hopeful he could perform well and very happy he was able to strut his stuff here."   Off at 6 to 1, Neptune paid $14.40 to win with this, his initial triumph of the year--23rd lifetime and first on a track larger than a half mile--to send his career earnings to $207,956.   Steelhead Hanover, competing in a $9,400 conditioned pace, made a shambles of his event zipping out of the gate for driver-trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. as it sprung open and carding fractions of :27, :54.4 and 1:21.1 en route to his 1:49.2 performance, reaching the wire 4 3/4 lengths ahead of the pocket sitting Cartoonist (Wally Hennessey) with One Lucky Dragon (Matt Romano) third. Smile A Little and Damon BLue Chip completed the initial five in the field of nine.   Owned by the consortium of Held, the AGC Stables, Dijo Racing and Barbera, Steelhead Hanover, a six year-old son of Bettor's Delight was making just his second start of the year and, although he does own a 1:48.3 mark at Pocono Downs, Pavia was surprised at the outcome.   "I thought he'd be better tonight on the drop down in class," he said, "but I was very surprised at the time. He did this whole thing by himself. After I sent him, he just rambled on all on his own. He was absolutely outstanding tonight...and he did it easily, too!"   While the time might have been a surprise to Pavia, the outcome was not...to the bettor's, anyhow. Steelhead Hanover was 1 to 5 on the board and paid $2.60 to win.   That win, incidentally, was the pacer's 17th lifetime in 69 starts, pushing his lifetime earnings to $489,458.   A $10,000 co-feature for $20,000-$25,000 claiming pacers went to Johnny Grippa, driven by Bruce Ranger in 1:51.3.   In an event cut to just a field of three with two pre-race scratches, Johnny Grippa, trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, wired his two opponents off of fractions of :28, :55.4 and 1:24.1 before a :27.2 sprint home sealed the deal by a length over the favorite JJ's Doughnut (Kevin Wallis). Machinist (Jason Dillander) finished third in the trio.   The winner, a seven year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, won for the 40th time during his career--third time this season--to send his lifetime bankroll to $177,395.   As 8 to 5 second choice, Johnny Grippa paid $5.40 to win.   Yet another $10,000 co-feature--this one a conditioned event for pacers--went to Northern Companion, driven by Dave Ingraham, coming from well of the pace and pacing his final half in :54 to roll by late to score a 1:52.1 decision measuring three-quarters-of-a-length over Don't Tell Rusty (Dan Clements) with T's Electric (Jason Dillander) third. Hillybilly rallied from eight and last to finish fourth while Who's Your Maddy finished fifth.   The victory for the Howard Klohr trained/Dorothy Zarza owned seven year-old son of Cambest was his 2nd of the year in just six starts and 39th triumph lifetime, sending his lifetime bounty just a few dollars shy of $250,000.   Northern Companion was second choice in the betting and paid $10.60 to win.   Finally, the Florida Amateur Driving Club had two events on the Saturday night program with Dein Spriggs taking the opener with Zeitgeist and Four Starz Credit and driver Jamie Marra teaming up for the victory in the second.   In the case of Spriggs win, it was the ninth straight week that Amateur Driver Spriggs has reached the winner's circle in an FADC event.   After that event, the club made a large donation to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in honoring the memory of popular Pompano Park farrier Robert Rochealue, who lost his battle with brain cancer several weeks ago.   The club now has surpassed the $140,000 in charitable donations.   Pompano Park's 20 cent Super Hi-5 had nine winning tickets out on the 8-1-10-4-2 combination paying $183.40 each sending the carryover to the Sunday night program over $55,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Seaford, DE --- This spring, unraced 3-year-old pacing filly River Runs Thru It was galloping around with a herd of broodmares. A relatively quick six months later, she’s won three of her last five starts and earned nearly $13,000. “She’s been doing everything right,” said Mike Patterson, the filly’s owner and trainer. River Runs Thru It (Riverboat King-TJ Run) won her most recent start at Dover Downs on Nov. 4, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1. Patterson, a lifelong horseman, couldn’t have been prouder after watching his prize filly -- the only horse in his stable -- make a move from last to cross the wire first. She’s come a long way from the filly that left the broodmares to run up to the fence the first time Patterson saw her. He started working with River Runs Thru It, who he essentially got for free, in April. The filly is the sixth foal and fourth winner out of TJ Run p,1:54s ($157,031). Although she’d started training as a 2-year-old, she was turned out for the winter and had yet to return to jogging in 2014 when Patterson took her on. He admits the filly’s solid red coat made him hesitant. “I was a little prejudiced,” he said, adding that he had experience with a number of chestnut pacers by Riverboat King during his years working for trainer John Wagner and hadn’t been impressed. He further doubted his decision to begin training River Runs Thru It the first time he asked her to go a little faster than her preferred jogging pace. “I chirped to her and she flashed her tail,” he said. “I thought, ‘oh great she’s temperamental.’” The filly seemed happy enough to jog though, so Patterson kept going with her, eventually beginning to turn her the right way of the track for some training miles. Things went well until she got stuck at 2:20. Patterson, who stables at Les Givens’ farm in Seaford, credits Les and Brandon Givens with helping to get the filly down to qualifying time. With some training company and a few equipment changes, River Runs Thru It was ready for the races by July. She proved to be a little shaky at first, making breaks on and off at Ocean Downs throughout July and August, but Patterson says tighter hobbles and a few steady miles toward the end of the meet gave her confidence. “Once she found out she could do it she started wanting to do it,” Patterson said. The filly won her first race in 1:59.3 on Sept. 25 at Harrington Raceway for driver Tony Morgan, who has since become her regular reinsman. She followed that up with a second place finish from the eight hole two weeks later. On Oct. 16, she bested the non-winners of two competition, lowering her mark to 1:57.1. She rounded out her time at Harrington with a third place finish on Oct. 23. Patterson says she never faltered that night, in spite of the fact that she had a broken line pole dangling from her neck the entire mile. “I don’t think she’s had a bad race since she’s come to Delaware,” he said. Patterson, who was happy just to see River Runs Thru It get qualified, is thrilled to have seen her progress from a gangly, out-of-shape green filly to a steady, confident racehorse earning checks every week. While she didn’t have the stakes success some of his past horses, including Mad Libs p,1:53.4z ($237,549) and Shaaga p,1:55.2f ($72,527) had, she’s made his time worthwhile. “All horses are not made to be good 2-year-olds,” Patterson said. “Sometimes you just have to have patience and wait for them to grow up.” by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent   

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