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Talented harness racing filly Zara’s Delight is ready to go again. The Rock N Roll Heaven – Barely Legal three-year-old has not raced since being a beaten favourite in the Gr.1 $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park, Melton last May. After working hard throughout, Zara’s Delight finished 6th behind Jilliby Jitterbug in a mile rate of 1:56.5. Following a lengthy break, the Jack Butler trained filly is set to attack in her latest campaign. “I wanted her to have a big break and she got that, we spelled her at Bathurst following the Melbourne campaign which me made by road and she’s been back in work for some time. She’s a lot bigger now and she’s really thrived during her time away from the track, I’m hoping she rewards us with a big season.” Butler said. Zara’s Delight has indicated she’s returned in fine form following some neat trials at Albion Park over the past fortnight. Her latest trial (Tuesday) was a convincing 14m romp in a mile rate of 1:57.0 for the 1660m event after racing without cover. The previous trial was a hard held third placed effort behind talented filly Cherish The Moment in a time of 2:01.1. But these latest efforts were marked improvement on her first official trial last month which resulted in a mediocre 6th beaten some 13.75m behind Frankie Rocks. “Fortunately we discovered that she was suffering from a throat complaint and that explained the performance because that was way out of character, we had to treat the problem and we backed right off on the work while she recovered. “Given that we had such a great foundation underneath her before this bump in the road, it didn’t take long to bring her up to peak fitness again. I’m sure we jumped on this issue before it became much worse so we got luck in many ways. “I’ve been really pleased with her latest efforts, I told Bart (Cockburn – driver) not to come off a helmet in her first trial back while she was allowed to stretch right out today and she finished off in a good last half, she pulled up well and I think she’s ready to head back to the races now.” Butler will scan the programs but the long term aim appears to be the Brisbane winter carnival later this year. The Gr.3 $40,000 Gold Bracelet at Bathurst next month has already been ruled out. “We won’t be heading back to Bathurst with her, I think that series comes up a little too soon plus I don’t want to travel her that far by road again. I’m planning on giving her a couple of runs within the next month before building her up over the coming months. “The Queensland Oaks is the long term aim while both Gold Coast and Redcliffe Oaks are also heavily favoured, at this stage we might just stick close to home rather than hitting the road with her this season.” Zara’s Delight is raced by Sydney businessman Rod Smith. by Chris Barsby

If there is one thing you can be sure of heading into this years round of yearling sales in New Zealand, it is that the usual handful of stallions will dominate proceedings. Bettor's Delight just continues to raise the bar every year with his progeny dominating Australasian harness racing like no stallion in living memory and will deservedly be the most sought after sire. Hot in pursuit will be his biggest challengers in Art Major, Mach Three and Somebeachsomewhere but after that, the pacing stallion picture becomes a lot less clear. Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven have had their moments at past sales and do have particularly strong offerings this year which may lift their results up to the top level above The averages for all of the other stallions at last years round of sales suggested buyers were a lot less forgiving of issues or faults with progeny of what we called the "second tier stallions". Some made reasonable money but a lot would have struggled to break even which in the context of what a lot of these sires have produced would seem an unfair result. In our view there is a lot of value for money to be had in the progeny of the second tier stallions at New Zealand sales and this year is no exception. Most of these stallions have shown they can leave that classic winning youngster but just not at the same frequency as the Bettor's Delights of this world. A good example for us is Lot 117 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale. Named Lacey's Lad, he is a son of Lis Mara from the race winning Christian Cullen mare in Van Seraa. Van Seraa has three foals that are three years or older on the ground and to date she is batting at 100% winners to foals * Raesawinner - 1: 56.7 ($ 92,821) - By Elsu * Georgia's Jury 1:57.3 ($59,871) - By Lis Mara * Van Mara - 1:58.2 ($15,150) - By Lis Mara Georgia's Jury was a classic filly at three, running second to Adore Me in the three year old filly Sires Stakes final while Van Mara is a three year old who won recently at Alexandra Park. So this years offering is a full brother to two smart winners and the individual himself is a strong athletic looking colt so he ticks a lot of boxes for prospective buyers. To us he is typical of the value for money yearlings available at the sales by second tier stallions and deserves more than a passing glance from prospective buyers. Harnesslink Media  

As this years series of yearling sales draws closer, the progeny of the leading sires in Australasia are once again under the harness racing spotlight as buyers study pedigrees and inspect likely types. All the usual siring suspects are available again this year, headed by the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major along with Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three and Rock N Roll Heaven to name just a few but one stallion whose name we haven't heard much in discussions is the very well performed,Well Said. With his first crops in Australasia only turning two this year, Well Said has had no progeny down under to represent him to date which makes it incredibly hard to establish yourself when the stallion marketplace is as strong and as crowded as it is in Australasia. Both of his initial two year old crops in Australia (23) and New Zealand (14) are so small as to be insignicant which came as a real shock to us here at Harnesslink. Afterall, Well Said has already established himself in the Northern Hemisphere as an elite sire at the highest level. A 'Blue Blood' pedigree to die for which was coupled with a sensational racetrack career saw Well Said given every opportunity when he went to stud. And he hasn't disappointed with a great record to date with numbers that suggest he deserves to be recongnised as one of today's elite sires. From his first crop he produced the brilliant Uffizi Hanover 1:50.3 ($767,258) along with such standouts as Tellitlikeitis 1:48.4 ($513,917) and Southwind Silence 1:52.2 ($504,496). With that crop now just turning five in North America, Well Said is touching $90,000 per average starter which is a sure sign that he will become a member of the elite $100,000+ club of stallions who average six figures per starter. The second crop of Well Said carried on the good work as three year olds in the 2015 season with the likes of Lost For Words 1:49.3 ($913,571) and My Hero Ron 1:49.2 ($445,773) starring on the track and this crop already has an average per starter of nearly $70,000 so no drop off there. While Well Said was well represented in most of the age group classics from his first two crops, the one misgiving some breeders held was could he produce that dominant youngster that everyone is looking for. Well Control The Moment 1:49.4 ($461,457) from his third crop put that doubt to bed in emphatic fashion at two last season, dominating the division in a manner that we hadn't seen for several years. His win in the Metro Pace in 1:49.4 was one right out of the box as he destroyed a quality field by lengths and he is the horse to beat in all the major three year old classics in North America in 2016. Standing at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for $7,500 in the 2016 season, Well Said is now firmly established in the North American stallion marketplace which begs the question of what is happening in the Southern Hemisphere. Well Said only has nine yearlings for sale in New Zealand this year and just eleven in the three legs of the Australian Pacing Gold which makes it really difficult for him to get any oxygen in the marketplace. While there are only twenty Well Said yearlings for sale down under, several of them are from very well performed maternal families and at this stage one of those yearlings starring on the track next season at two is probably the only way Southern Hemisphere breeders and owners are going to reconise the elite stallion in their midst. Harnesslink Media

It seems success with two-year-old pacers comes naturally for prominent harness racing owner-breeders Charlie and Connie Beadman. In Launceston last Friday night the Beadmans' juvenile Rocknroll Turbo made his debut in the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes and the son of Rock N Roll Heaven never let them down. With Rohan Hillier in the cart, Rocknroll Turbo travelled sweetly in the one-out-one-back position and when asked for the big effort in the home straight he ran down the leader and hit the line with over a metre to spare from No Fear No Failure with Swap Me a close-up third. It was a professional performance from the Paul Hill-trained colt that is from the Beadmans' good producing broodmare Laagirl. The Beadmans enjoyed success with Jerrys Jet that was Tasmania's top two-year-old and last season he was a close-up second to Mister Lennox in the voting for the three-year-old of the year award. Rocknroll Turbo covered the 1680-metre trip in 2m.006.9 for a mile rate of 2.01.6 running home his last 800m in 58.7s.   Peter Staples  

Harness racing breeders worldwide usually have one wish when the studmaster rings them up to tell them that their mare has had a foal.  Please let it be a colt. There are exceptions of course with older mares and the like where you are trying to keep your connection to the family alive but in the main, a colt is what is hoped for. Up to now a couple of the elite stallions in Bettor's Delight and American Ideal have consistently produced fillies of equal class to their colts so not producing a colt is not as frowned upon as much with these two stallions. Now it appears we have a third elite level sire who is establishing a record on a par with the other two stallions mentioned above. Rock N Roll Heaven's first crop have just completed their three year old season in North America and have made a great debut, finishing second on the sires list behind Bettor's Delight and ahead of all the other elite stallions in use worldwide. Rock N Roll Heaven has done that off the back of a trio of outstanding fillies who are far and away his biggest stake earners. Sassa Hanover 1:49.4 ($1,052,700) heads the trio but is closely attended by Divine Caroline 1:49.2 ($887,945) and Band Of Angels 1:50 ($487,180) Any stallion would be proud to have produced any one of those three fillies but to have done so from his first crop is a real feather in the cap for Rock N Roll Heaven. The first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven to hit the tracks In Australia in 2015 produced similar records to their Northern Hemisphere counterparts. Rock N Roll Heaven finished second to Bettor's Delight on the two year old siring charts and once again his three top earners were all fillies. Jilliby Jitterbug 1:56.5 ($179,485), Rocknroll Magic 1:56.5 ($151,321) and Heaven's Trend were all elite class fillies and a great advert for their sire. These three fillies were the only $100,000 two year old winners produced by Rock N Roll Heaven in Australia last season. In New Zealand, Rock N Roll Heaven only produced a small first crop of just 37 foals which negated him having any impact on the siring charts but his two best performers from that crop are the fillies Killer Queen 1:55.6 ($93,973) and Emily Blunt (4 wins from 6 starts todate.) What is blindingly obvious from the statistics above is that not only are the Rock N Roll Heaven fillies high class, but in the main they are better than his colts. That is not to say that the Rock N Roll Heaven colts are not doing a good job, but that his fillies are doing an exceptional one. If things continue on as they have started with Rock N Roll Heaven, that phone call from the studmaster in future may have the breeder with their fingers crossed hoping for a filly. Harnesslink Media

Memories of the late cricketer Phillip Hughes were recalled when Fouroeight scored his first win at the Group One Feeds  restricted-class harness racing meeting at Bathurst last Tuesday. The three-year-old gets his name from the official test number allocated when Hughes was first selected - he became the four hundred and eighth player to represent Australia since test cricket was first played - which Hughes proudly sported on his shirt, under the coat-of -arms. Since Hughes' tragic death, that number has become iconic in Australian cricket, and even among the wider community. Many cricketers, at all levels, now sport the number on their clothing, footwear or equipment. The Rock N Roll Heaven two-year-old had entered Rue's stable round about the time of the tragedy, in late November 2014, and Rue, very deeply touched by the death, was quick to ask owner Tony Pace if he could add a name to the list about to be submitted. "Tony was happy for me to do that - he's a terrific owner, who never bothers me about anything, and goes along with whatever I decide for his horses - and even though it went down as sixth out of a possible six names, that was the one we got. I think it was just meant to be," he recalls. Tuesday's win might have been the gelding's first, but his $1.20 starting price was no surprise. He'd placed at all five previous runs, three last season including a Gold Crown Consolation, and twice recently, including the McCarthy Memorial race on Boxing Night. After holding the lead from his inside gate, Rue was able to get away with a comfortable first half in 62.7 seconds, before upping the ante over the final half in 55.4 seconds, for an overall mile rate of 1:57.5, seemingly with plenty in reserve. His winning margin, over first starter Whiskey Blaze and So Kool Master, was 24 metres, just a touch more than the length of a cricket pitch.  "Marvellous," Richie would have declared. The all-the-way win of Glee Bromac NZ ($6.00), the second leg of a Wendy Turnbull training double in the opening two events, also prompted some memories, much closer to home this time, when driver Jason Turnbull spoke about the December 15 birth of a daughter to himself and partner Donna Russell. Named Georgia Dale, she carries the same initials as Jason's late father Greg, and perpetuates the "Dale" middle name borne by his famous grandfather "A.D " , father Greg, and Jason himself. Each time Jason and older sister Emma warm up before a race, or return to scale after a placing, they pass in front of the infield semaphore, which is officially the "Greg Turnbull Memorial" at the track. G.D. is keeping a good eye on them. Emma, who's battling it out with Mat Rue for the driving premiership at Bathurst this season, took out the opening race, an RO sprint, with Yearn For You ($29.70 ) which produced a barnstorming finish to score his second lifetime win, and the first in 10 starts this season. Then in race three, following Jason's win, she backed up again, with Our Braxton NZ ($5.60, for Lester Hewitt), sitting in the death throughout the R1 sprint to score a tough win, home in 27.5 and 29.8, for win four in six lifetime starts. She almost made it a treble in race four, but had to settle for a close second, driving the Peter Bullock-trained Skirmish, behind Left Neglected ($7.70, Nathan Turnbull ) in the R2/R3 "fast class" of the night. Left Neglected set off three-wide from the half-mile, tracked up by Skirmish, and pulled out plenty in the run home, for an impressive win in the night's fastest time, a 1:54.8 rate. His trainer-driver was expecting a good run from the close relation to Blacks A Fake, after several strong trials, but was nonetheless pleased by the performance. Count Montecristo ($20.30, Tony Higgs ) ended a fourteen-month long losing sequence, when he came from mid-field with a strong finish to take out an R2-backed conditioned sprint, giving his trainer-driver just his second win at the new Bathurst track, the previous win for both of them coming on Melbourne Cup day in 2014. Even sectionals added up to a moderate 2:00.1 mile rate. Brian and Margaret Bradley, who stood stallions at their "Myola Park Stud" for a number of years, were represented by the winner of the 2260 metres R0 seventh race, Slice of Paradise ($4.30 favourite, Amy Day). The lightly-raced Mach Three son continued the improvement shown in a couple of recent placings, coming with a strong sprint from mid-field. Resounding cheers were heard down at the Coolamon farm. Cherry Mahoney ($1.60 favourite, Steve Turnbull ) commenced her sophomore year in winning fashion, leading early before handing up and then coming wide in the straight for an authoritative win in the final event, rating 1:58.1 over the sprint course. The daughter of Breeders Challenge champion Bonnie Mahoney, and a Tiara heat winner last season, she had improved her race manners after a number of trials leading into this race, but her driver wasn't prepared to chance the sprint lane with her, preferring to pull her out turning for home to give her plenty of room. Once she balanced up, she had the race in her keeping. Bathurst races again next Friday night, with the annual Oberon Community Cup Night certain to draw a very big crowd, for some high-class racing headed by the Cup, and plenty of novelty events and auctions to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. It's always one of the most enjoyable nights of the season. by Terry Neil

DOVER, Del. --- Yankee Heaven and Giant Sculpture came from off the pace in each of the Thursday, Jan. 7 co-feature paces at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden had a four-win 'grand slam.' Ross Wolfenden hustled Yankee Heaven up in the closing strides to overtake front-pacing McJagersonthemove (Tony Morgan) in a field of all 4-year-olds to score a 1:53.4 triumph for trainer Bruce Saunders and owners Clark, Altobelli, M&M Harness and M&L Of Delaware. A brown son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Adept Yankee, The win was the fourth in his career while earning $63,766 lifetime. McJagersonthemove was second with Shinobu Hanover (Ben Stafford Jr.) third. In the co-feature, Bill Emmons' Giant Sculpture dropped out of the claiming ranks to rack up the fastest win on the card, a 1:51.1 decision Besting Rock N' Roll Jet (At Stafford Jr.) and Black Aquila A (Corey Callahan). Allan Davis drove the Village Jolt-Ice Sculpture gelding conditioned by Eric Ell. A career 20-race winner, he has now won $160,123 in his career. Ross Wolfenden had a four-win driving 'grand slam,' meet leading driver Corey Callahan drove three winners while Tony Morgan had a double. Marv Bachrad

In December 2015 both the New Jersey Senate and the New Jersey Assembly passed bills to put casino gaming on the ballot in November 2016.  Despite the fact that those bills had some minor differences that could not be worked out by the end of 2015, it is clear that there was wide spread agreement to place the question of Northern New Jersey Casinos on the ballot in 2016. When the Legislature reconvenes in early 2016, there will be  renewed efforts to reconcile those minor differences as reported by the State’s largest Newspaper, The Newark Star Ledger.   We are confident that reconciliation will occur because it is in the political best interests of the legislators in both political parties to effect that reconciliation. Assuming we are correct, it will be a decision to be made by the voters in New Jersey in  November of 2016 regarding the expansion of casino gaming to the populous Northern part of the state.   If that ballot question passes, then Rock N Roll Heaven and Lis Mara will be the only pacing stallions whose offspring will have eligibility for entry in what should be a much more lucrative Sire Stakes in 2019. Thus it will be a boon to those breeders who had the foresight to breed to one of these two stallions in 2016.  One look at how the few Kentucky sired horses fared at the yearling sales can attest to this. In addition to the referendum for casino gaming in Northern Jersey, many key legislators (including the prominent state senator who has already announced his intentions to run for Governor in 2017) have firmly committed to supporting the horse racing industry in New Jersey. This has been reiterated in several releases this month  This will add yet additional revenues for horsemen and probably will be in advance of revenues realized by casino gaming – another boon to the breeder with foresight to support New Jersey stallions. There is also the prospect for Fantasy Gaming, and this is not just “pie in the sky”.  In all likelihood, a fantasy gaming provider with ties to Las Vegas that will manage fantasy gaming in New Jersey.  Again, this will generate significant additional revenues for the horsemen in New Jersey and again, the winners among winners will be those select few who bred to New Jersey stallions in 2016. Moreover, one look at how historical racing fared at The Red Mile with but limited population within a 30 minute drive, can only whet the appetite for how fantasy gaming would fare at say The Meadowlands with mega millions of people within a short drive in the Tri State area.  Of course whenever and wherever breeders choose to breed, they are always hoping hit the grand slam and that grand slam can come after being bred to any stallion.  Why not increase the chances of a major home run by breeding to a select few New Jersey stallions? Bob Marks

Leeton harness racing horseman Wayne Sullivan has targeted the Breeders Plate for as long as he can remember. It is a race that his grandfather won but has so far eluded Sullivan despite qualifying a number of competitors in the two-year-old feature previously. Sullivan decided to try something different this year and rather than drive his runners himself, he booked leading Victorian reinsman Nathan Jack to drive his two fillies in the series. The move paid immediate dividends with Jovial Rock winning a heat on Saturday night after a calculated drive from Jack. "I've lost count how many times I have had a drive in the Leeton Breeders Plate, but for some reason in the big one I tend to go left when I should have gone right or go right when I should have gone left," Sullivan said. "It is a race I would really like to win and with the prizemoney for the race now being $40,000, it makes it even more attractive." Sullivan was pleased with the barrier draw after Jovial Rock drew barrier one in the final. "I think she needed to draw there to have a realistic winning chance, it is a big ask to take on the better colts and geldings from a wide draw but from gate one she looks set to get a really nice run." The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven raced behind the leader in her heat before pulling to the outside in the straight and hitting the lead in the shadows of the post. "I told Nathan not to get too aggressive on her because she is still learning and he did what he was asked, he didn't get too excited when he got into the clear and let her chase down the leader without being bustled too much. "I got her by accident, she didn't make her reserve at the yearling sales and Andrew Daniels sent her to me with an option to buy and six weeks later I made the decision to take her." While in recent years there has been a standout going into the final, Sullivan believes this year is a wide open event. "It is fair to say there are probably four or five chances going into Friday night and with the right run I think my filly is one of the hopes." The Leeton Breeders Plate is race five on Friday night's program and is scheduled to begin at 8:40pm. Greg Hayes

A feature-race double at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night wasn’t the only good news for superstar harness racing trainer Emma Stewart this weekend. Stewart prepared Rocknroll Magic to bolt away with the $30,610 Harness Breeders Victoria Gold Chalice, while Jadahson came from a seemingly impossible spot to win the strongest pacing race of the night. Rocknroll Magic looks every inch an Oaks filly, with Stewart to give her a let up after Saturday night’s group two win with the classics in mind. But the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven has another summer goal and that is getting in foal --- kind of. “Some of her owners are breeders so they are keen for an embryo transfer foal from her,” explains Stewart. “They have already tried a couple of times but had no luck but we will try again soon. “She she will have an easy time now and then come back for the Oaks races.” Saturday’s double came as the stable’s Inter Dominion rep Philadelphia Man still recovers from the series, where he was disappointing in the final and found to be sore after. But his trainer is confident he will be back to his best soon. “We will have the vet to him this week to have a good look over him but I don’t think there is anything seriously wrong,” says Stewart. “He has back problems and I think they flared up over there (in Perth) but I am pretty sure he will get over those and we can aim him at the Cups here.” That will mean the Ballarat Cup on January 23, followed by the Victoria and Hunter Cups in the following weekends, that treble meaning Philadelphia Man will almost certainly not be asked to go to the Miracle Mile carnival in Sydney. And really putting a smile on Stewart’s face is the return to the stable of last season’s Miracle Mile placegetter Guaranteed. The magnificent pacer has been jogging at a rehab facility since recovering from stem cell surgery and has returned looking sound. “He looks great but we don’t know exactly where he is fitness-wise because we haven’t put the hopples on him yet. “Because of that the Cups here and even the Miracle Mile will probably come too soon so we will just get him back to fitness and the work out a programme for him. “But it is great to have him back.” by Michael Guerin Harness Racing Victoria

A festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and track record performance for three-year-old filly pacers. After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). "I thought she (Bettor N Better) got me in the last step," said Gingras. "Sassa had to work very hard to get on top. She was tired but did everything she could to find the wire a winner." Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven - Sayo Hanover - Allamerican Native) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday's victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors' choice and returned $3.60 to win. Completing the field were Bettor N Better, Southwind Roulette, Somewhere Sweet, Purrfect Bags, Luck Be A Lindy, Triple V Hanover and Band Of Angels. Sassa Hanover $10,651.90 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Sunday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Sunday’s (November 29) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $40,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,651.90. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Sunday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

The All Stars barn make a habit of winning races on Cup Day and they up to their old tricks today with another batch of standout winners. The Rock N Roll Heaven three year old Benicio was the favourite for the C2 front pace today but several other runners looked capable of pushing the All Stars runner.   Benicio settled in the running line four back on the outer until driver Mark Purdon pushed the go button at the 700 metres mark.   Benicio quickly looped the field and shot clear and at the line he was still 3 1/2 lengths to the good of his opposition.   Owned by Wayne Feiss from Victoria, this was his third win in just four starts.   Noted Victorian horsewoman Jean Feiss was thrilled by the win.   "He has always had speed but was a bit weak at two so we put him aside."   "He has come back a lot stronger this time in and that speed is still there."   "You have to hand it to the All stars barn, they are just the best," Jean said.   Both Wayne and Jean are big supporters of the All Star barn and have been for many years.   Other horses representing them today were Chase The Dream who finished second in the Sires Stakes Final while at this time they still had Messini to run in the New Zealand Cup      Harnesslink Media

Bell I No (Rock N Roll Heaven) chose a good time to put in a career performance as the Bert Belanger-trainee prevailed in the $28,600 Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series Final on Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga. The three year old pacer was the last horse to qualify for the Series Final after securing just a third and a sixth place finish in the two $7,500 legs. On Saturday night, Bell I No raced like anything but a longshot as he moved first over on the favored First Delight (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and raced evenly with that one for a quarter of a mile before powering past in the final 1/16. Bell I No, who was driven by Phil Fluet, stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:54 in a race that had a purse just a couple hundred dollars less than he had made in his young career coming into the Series Final. Montera (Frank Coppola Jr) came into the Final on a five race win streak but had to settle for second on Saturday night while First Delight held on for third. Bell I No returned $20.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $105 and $295, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a first post time of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella    

One of Queensland's best ever race mares, Forever Gold is about to begin her new life in the breeding barn. After recently announcing Forever Gold’s retirement, owners Murray Cole and Beau Watson have paired Forever Gold with leading first season sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Standing at Pepper Tree Farm in NSW, Rock N Roll Heaven has produced multiple Group winners from his first Australian crop and finished second to Bettors Delight in the 2014-15 Australian 2yo Sires premiership. Rock N Roll Heaven is also currently going head to head with Bettors Delight for the converted 3yo Sires premiership in the USA. Forever Gold was a champion on the racetrack and had 42 race victories and earned in excess of $700,000 in stakes. She was retired late last month to reside at Egmont Park Stud on Queensland's Darling Downs. Her last race start was in the Group 1 Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park, a race which was preparing her for the Grand Circuit Group 1 Queensland Pacing Championship and possibly the New Zealand Cup. She finished sixth in the Gold Coast Cup won by Bling It On in record time. On retirement her owners revealed that Forever Gold had soreness in her nearside fetlock joint, an injury that she has battled with over the past couple of seasons Racing Queensland

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 28, 2015 - When the daughters of Rock N Roll Heaven, Divine Caroline and Sassa Hanover, finished one-two in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Woodbine, it pushed the stallion's earnings to the top of his class. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has been relocated to New Jersey for his 2016 season at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ. His first foals, now three, have accounted for $3,447,949 this year with 71 of 103 foals making starts. This makes him the most accomplished United States-based sire of three-year-old pacers this year, based on earnings, and second only to Bettor's Delight, now in Ontario. Sassa Hanover with $910,311, Divine Caroline with $717,758 and Band of Angels with $482,303 are the top three earners credited to Rock N Roll Heaven, according to statistics provided by the United States Trotting Association. All are three-year-old fillies. His top colts are Rockin In Heaven with $363,099 and Arque Hanover with $223,841. Divine Carolina, driven by David Miller and trained by Joe Holloway, won her Breeders Crown in 1:51 flat and extended her winning streak to four. She also won her Crown elim, preceded by the Glen Garnsey and Bluegrass, both at Lexington's Red Mile. This year the filly, who is out of Loving Caroline, posted seven wins, five seconds and six thirds from 20 starts for $576,332. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 25 of 31 starts. She is owned by Val D'Or Farms of Freehold, NJ; Ted Gewertz of New York City; Rojan Stables of Wilmington, DE and Michael Ouriel of Webster, NY. Rock N Roll Heaven, who is by Rocknroll Hanover and out of Artistic Vision, stands for a 2016 fee of $6,500 at Deo Volente Farms. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

TORONTO, ON - Divine Caroline found her form at the right time. After displaying some ability early in the season, the sophomore daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven added to her late-season surge, posting her fourth consecutive harness racing victory in the $500,000 U.S. ($648,700 Cdn) Breeders Crown three-year-old filly pace race Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Owned by Val Dor Farms, Theodore Gewertz, Rojan Stables and Michael Ouriel, Divine Caroline became the fourth favorite in the first four Breeders Crown races to win. Divine Caroline is trained by Joe Holloway, who came into the 2015 Breeders Crown 12th in all-time winnings with more than $2.7 million. He had six previous winners, but had not found the winner circle since 2000. Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin raced in last year's Breeders Crown two-year-old filly pace. Bettor Be Steppin finished third, followed by Divine Caroline. But it's been a tale of two horses this year for the fillies. Bettor Be Steppin did well in the middle part of the season when Divine Caroline started to tail off. But it's been a different scenario in the fall. Both horses were in the race, but purely on current form Divine Caroline looked the better of the two. Divine Caroline began her streak with a win in a division of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile and has kept rolling. Driven as usual by David Miller, who began the night with a win with D'One in the mare trot, Divine Caroline sat far behind the early pace, which saw The Show Returns, an 86-1 outsider, and Southwind Roulette, 32-1, slug it out for the opening quarter mile. It was The Show Returns, who prevailed setting a Breeders Crown opening quarter mile record in a blistering 25 seconds. Bettor Be Steppin, driven by Corey Callaghan, had the lead after a half in :55. Miller had Divine Caroline fifth by six lengths at that point and following cover. Three quarters into the race, Sassa Hanover had the lead by 1¾ lengths in 1:23 2. Miller had his horse moving well at the point, and took over half way down the stretch and crossed the line first by 1¾ lengths in 1:51. Bettor Be Steppin finished a distant eighth. "Last year she showed high, high speed, but it took time for her to mature," Holloway said. "Even through the beginning of the year, she was close but never winning. She's finally turned it around and become a top-notch filly." He liked the way the race unfolded. "That's what you hope for, a good, clean trip," Holloway said. "Caroline was in a good spot and she showed she could do it." Divine Caroline went postward at just under 7-10. She won her seventh race in 20 starts this season, surpassing $650,000 in earnings. In her career, she has totaled almost $800,000. She paid $3.30, $2.80, $2.30. Sassa Hanover paid $12.50, $6.60. Bedroomconfessions paid $3.70. The exacta paid $60.80. The trifecta $224.90. QUOTES; Joe Holloway trainer: Last year she had just one win.  She had high high speed.  It took time for her to learn how to control it.  Even in the beginning of this year, she was close, but could never win. She finally turned it around and turned on the winning ways.  She turned into a really topnotch filly. That is what you like to see, a good clean trip.  In the beginning, I was hoping that Steppin was back to her old ways but, I could see by the half, that she was not good enough. She is tired at the end of the year.  She will be back next year. Caroline was in a great spot and she showed what she can do. The Matron and the race at the Meadowlands at the end of the year. By Perry Lefko

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