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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

Sir Daniel lived up to his blue-blood name, and breeding, when he scored a runaway win on debut at Group One Feeds Paceway on Wednesday night.  The Kerryann Turner-trained three-year-old, a prohibitive $2.00 favourite in the 2260 metres Lexus Of Dubbo Pace, worked to the front  after half a lap, and harness racing driver Robbie Morris “stole” a first half in 65.2 seconds before opening up over the final stages, with closing quarters of 28.1 and 27.7 for an ever-widening 20 metres winning margin.  The overall mile rate of 2:03.4 belied the ease, and quality, of the win. By leading first-season sire Rock N Roll Heaven, the gelding is from Ashlees Babe, which bankrolled over $300,000 for Joe and “Sir” Daniel Cordina in a fine career that included wins in the Vicbred 3YO and 4YO Mares Finals, and the Queensland Oaks.  She won on debut at three, almost 13 years earlier to the day, and strung together an opening sequence of 10 race wins, including the Princess Mile and J.L.Raith Memorial, before her fourth in the NSW Oaks. It hasn’t been all plain sailing with Sir Daniel, however. “We’ve got quite a few people to thank for getting to this stage with him,” commented Robbie Morris after the race. “He wouldn’t go at all when starting out, and we had to have him broken in to saddle, to get him to settle down. Dave Micallef had him up at Young for quite a while, and then he came down to us, and it’s been a very steady process from everyone to get him to here. “As you saw in the run, he’s got plenty of speed, but he’s still pretty wayward, and when his manners catch up with his ability, then we’ll find out how far he’ll go,” was the measured comment of his driver.  In the meantime, Robbie has another- far more exciting - prospect to occupy his thoughts, with the birth of his and Kerryann’s first child now just weeks away. Best wishes to a fine young couple. Smirking Angel was another well-bred debutant to score at the meeting, in a C0 sprint for trainer Matt McCarthy and driver Anthony Frisby, the first leg of a double for the Perthville reinsman.  Well supported at $3.60, the mare by Art Major from a half-sister to millionaire David Hercules, was formerly trained at Cobbity by Luke Mccarthy, but was sent up to Uncle Matt for easier company than the 1:52-type opposition she would have to contend with at Menangle. Frisby led early, took a trail and was content to wait for the sprint lane, which he used to good effect, coming clear over the final stages for a 3 metres margin from death-seating Red Hot Jerry.  He’s still not convinced about the sprint lane, saying it’s not much fun getting beaten that way, but he’s now won several races in this fashion, and might soon have to change his mind! The other leg of his double, Spare The Price ($2.00 favourite, for his father Chris), sat outside the lead in a second division of the C0 sprint,  to comfortably hold off Cabo San Lucas, which ran on well after working clear from the inside.  Frisby, last season’s leading junior driver at Bathurst, doesn’t have the benefit of a concession this year, and expects the going to be just a little tougher now. Still, he’s made another good start to the season, and it will be no surprise to see him improve on last year’s tally of 14 wins. Other winners at the meeting were: Star Singer ($8.10, Nathan/Blair Hurst), in a C0/C1 sprint, the younger brother of Nathan adopting “catch me if you can” tactics on the mare, just second up after a year-long break, and earning  the  “Taylormade Drive-of-the-Night” award, judged by racecaller Mitch Manners; Mattjestic Star ($4.30, Steve/Nathan Turnbull), in the C2 Alabar Bloodstock Pace, crossed early and coming off the leader’s back to nab Kapow Shannon right on the line, in a sharp 1:54.8 rate, the meeting’s fastest; Cracka  Stride NZ ($3.20 favourite, Steve Turnbull/Mat Rue),  in a C3-C5 sprint, leading throughout, with a closing half in 55.9 seconds, to provide just a little compensation for the broken thumb he inflicted on Mat, in a swimming pool accident, back in the day when they were both part of Luke McCarthy’s  stable; Ideal Gambler NZ ($9.40, Bernie Hewitt), in a C0/C1 sprint, coming from the second half of the field with a strong sprint to score his second win from four runs this season, and another winner to boast impeccable breeding, being a close relation to Hunter Cup and Gold Crown winner Another party, and current Bathurst track record-holder Fearless leader ; Black Poles ($3.00, Paul Melham/Emma Turnbull), in a 2260 metres C0-C2 Encouragement Stakes, the second-least experienced runner in a field which collectively had over 400 starts  - as opposed to young Damo Walker, making his driving debut and getting Machs On Show into the places. It was a little quieter around Bathurst this week after all that V-8 excitement, but good to see some real horsepower in action at Mount Panorama. by Terry Neil

TORONTO, ON - Divine Caroline is living up to her name. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven has been absolutely divine in October, winning three consecutive races, including a $32,465 elimination of the Breeders Crown for harness racing three-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   This was a horse who could only cobble together one win in 11 starts in her rookie season, but she's been sensational as a sophomore, in particular the last few weeks.   She posted a lifetime mark with a 1:49 2/5 victory the week before in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. The ship to Canada had little effect as she is so sharp now.   Driven by Dave Miller for trainer Joe Holloway, Divine Caroline followed first-over cover after half a mile and into the stretch, after which she strutted her elegant stride to take the lead halfway from the wire and won by an easy 2¾ lengths in 1:51 3/5.   She was the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine. "She's very good in coming off the pace," Holloway said."She's blossomed inside of the last month and it's a good time of the year. It's tough for horses to stay good all year." Stablemate Bettor Be Steppin was the better of the two earlier in the year and also the more dominant one last year. Bettor Be Steppin finished fifth in her elimination earlier in the card to advance to the final. Divine Caroline is owned by Val D'or Farms, Theodore Gewertz, Rojan Stables and Michael Ouriel. Val D'or Farms, Gewertz and Rojan Stables own Bettor Be Steppin. "Earlier in the year Bettor Be Steppin was the better of the two and right now Caroline's racing great," Holloway added. "Earlier in the year she wasn't winning, but she wasn't getting beat by much. She seemed to put it together as of late. She's gotten bigger. Through the course of the summer, she's grown almost a hand. She's a tall mare, starting to fill out. I think she's going to be a force next year because she's going to be so much bigger and stronger."' Divine Caroline paid $3.30, $2.40, $2.10. Bedroomconfessions placed second and paid $5.00 and $3.40. Sassa Hanover, who overtook early pacesetter Band Of Angels to take lead at the half mark and held that place into the top of the stretch, paid $3.40 to show. With her sixth win in 19 starts this year and her seventh in 30 career starts, Divine Caroline increased her career bankroll to more than $470,000. $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN FINAL- 3 YEAR OLD PACING FILLIES. 1 Divine Caroline - D Miller J Holloway 2 Bettor Be Steppin - C Callahan J Holloway 3 Solar Sister - D McNair R McNair 4 Bedroomconfessions - Ti Tetrick T Alagna 5 Mosquito Blue Chip - C Callahan P Jessop 6 Southwind Roulette - Y Gingras R Burke 7 Frost Damage Blues - B Sears T Fanning 8 The Show Returns - J Campbell C Ryder 9 Stacia Hanover - S Zeron S Elliott 10 Sassa Hanover - M Kakaley R Burke AE:1 Wrangler Magic - S Filion S Larocque AE:2 Wicked Little Minx - B Miller N Johansson Divine Caroline     Perry Lefko for the Breeders Crown      

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing sophomore filly pacers were in competition at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 10 with two divisions of the $232,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial.   Rock Me Gently upset the first division at odds of 17-1 by springing from the back off a fast pace. The speed was established by Bettor Be Steppin, taking the lead through a :26.3 first quarter. Storm Point flushed first over from fourth and pressured the pace into splits of :54.1 and 1:22.1, remaining game in the stretch drive. Wicked Little Minx slid by from off cover and took the lead at mid stretch, losing it to Rock Me Gently who surged by easily to take the top spot. Wicked Little Minx finished second, Daut Full was third.   From the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Cambest mare Cam Swifty, Rock Me Gently races for the interests of Old Block Stables Inc., The Fra Stables LLC, and Kenneth Klein and conditioner Steve Elliot. She was driven by David Miller to her fifth win in 15 starts this year. She paid $37.40 to win.   "She raced really good at Chester [Harrah's Philadelphia] the last time I raced her," David Miller said. "I wasn't for sure that this was a big step up in class, but she raced very well; I had live cover right into the race and she did the rest."   "The track's in great shape today," Miller also said.   The Joe Holloway-trained Divine Caroline was carried by cover towards the lead and maintained the front to win the second division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:49.2. After a quarter in :26.3 set by Moremercy Bluechip, Divine Caroline tracked Band Of Angels following a brief loss in stride on the backstretch. She followed Band Of Angels from second over past a :54 half and a 1:22.1 third-quarter before circling her to take the lead. Band Of Angels fought to her inside, but soon began to falter, while Devil Child roared from the back of the pack and down the center of the track to challenge Divine Caroline in the final stages of the mile, coming within a length of the winner.   Bedroomconfessions finished third.   Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables and Michael Ouriel and driven by David Miller, Divine Caroline returned $4.00 to win in her fifth victory in 18 tries this year. She's by Rock N Roll Heaven, out of the Art Major mare Loving Caroline.   "Overall, David [Miller] did a fantastic job [getting her a trip], and I don't say that too often," Joe Holloway said. "But he did a great job. The filly has had issues jumping shadows when she was younger, and then with this racetrack and the bright sunny day, we knew there was going to be some [shadows]. They got jammed up, and he had to tip her out. When he did it, there was a big shadow right there and then when he had her attention, it was fine."   When asked about Bettor Be Steppin following her off-the-board finish in the first division, Holloway said "Yeah, she came out okay. She needs different racing tactics, so Corey [Callahan] will adjust, and we'll try something different next time."   "We'll stay here until Wednesday and then head up to Canada," Holloway also said.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Joe Holloway-trainee Divine Caroline put in the fastest mile of the three harness racing divisions for the $189,400 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:53.2. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Art Major mare Loving Caroline stalked a pace of :29.1, :57.4, and 1:26 set by Band Of Angels. Driver David Miller tipped the even-money favorite first over after the half, and applied pressure to the pacesetter nearing the top of the stretch. The two battled for control through the stretch, with Divine Caroline edging past race leader and forced to fend off the late-pacing Daut Full from off cover. She held Daut Full off, however, winning by about a length over the closer, with Band Of Angels finishing third and Storm Point fourth. Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel, the $4.00 winner won the fifth race of her career, pushing her earnings to $396,633.   "She raced really well," David Miller said. "She's been really consistent this year and gives a good effort."   "The rail's very deep, still," Miller also said. "There's a little bit of a wind, and I guess they're [the track crew] working a little too hard on the inside."   "They're [Bettor Be Steppin and Divine Caroline] very good and they're very consistent," Joe Holloway said. "[Bettor Be] Steppin had been the better filly for most of the time, but [Divine] Caroline's been consistent and she may be the fastest. The next three to four weeks may be fun."   "We go here [for the Tattersalls Filly Pace] then to Canada for the Breeders Crown," Holloway also said.   Wicked Little Minx stalked the front for the entire mile until she had an opportunity to pace through a vacant slot in the stretch and sneak to the lead and to a 1:55.3 win in the first division. Bettor Be Steppin set the tempo after circling by early leader Invest In Art for control. Once on the lead, she put up fractions of :28.4, :57.2, and 1:27.1. Pressure came nearing the three-quarter pole from Invest In Art, who popped out of the pocket heading into the stretch. Bettor Be Steppin held her at bay in the stretch, but drifted off the pylons in the process, which allowed for Wicked Little Minx to pace by the 3-5 favorite who attempted to retake the lead approaching the finish, but settled for second. Invest In Art finished third. Wicked Little Minx, owned by Courant A B, paid $11.80 to win. This was the fourth win of her career, earning $193,679 to date. The daughter by Rocknroll Hanover, out of Beachy Lady by Jenna's Beach Boy, is trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by Brett Miller.   "She's gotten her things together from summer and onwards, and now she's going for it again," owner Anders Strom said. "Today's trip by Brett was perfect. And well done by the stable, trainer, groom, and everyone because this horse has a lot to do in the future."   "It's so fun to also be involved in the pacing business," Strom also said. "I'm a trotting person, but a few years back I told my friend Bernie Noren that I would like to get involved in pacing a little bit, and Bernie actually helped me pick this one out [Wicked Little Minx at the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale]."   "Besides the Jugette, there's been many other races so far where I've gotten very bad trips with her," Brett Miller said. "Finally things worked out and we got a good trip."   "It's still tiring," Miller also said talking about the track surface. "They've [the track crew] done a great job with this track. With all the rain we had yesterday and as bad as it was last night, they've done a great job, but it's still very tiring."   Storming from the back of the pack down the center of the track, Bedroomconfessions fulfilled her duty as the 6-5 favorite by winning the second split of the Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace in 1:54.1. Setting the pace was Devil Child, with fractions of :28.2, :56.3, and 1:26.2. Around the far turn, Triple V Hanover tipped first over, with Moremercy Bluechip and Bedroomconfessions tracking the cover. Triple V Hanover edged into second after pocket-sitter Happiness retreated at the top of the stretch, while Moremercy Bluechip fanned wide of her cover, as did Bedroomconfessions. Once rolling from the back, Bedroomconfessions soon rushed up to and by Devil Child and edged away to a two length victory.   Devil Child held on for second, Triple V Hanover finished third, and Moremercy Bluechip was fourth.   Returning $4.60 to win, Bedroomconfessions is by American Ideal, out of Jenna's Beach Boy mare Turnoffthelights. She's owned by Riverview Racing LLC and Alagna Racing LLC, trained by Tony Alagna, and driven by Tim Tetrick. She obtained her sixth win of her career, earning $372,893.   "My wife made me buy the dam, Turnoffthelights," owner and breeder Myron Bell said. "She's out of a sister to Keystone Horatio; that's a family that goes back to Smooth Fella and Happy Lady, and I always wanted to have a filly in this family. We bred her to American Ideal and Bedroom[confessions] was the first foal, so we're happy to have her."   "We bought her [dam Turnoffthelights] in Lexington about seven or eight years ago," Bell also said. "We raced her as a two-year-old. She had minor ability."   "She'll [Bedroomconfessions] be bred to the Captain[treacherous] either next year or the year after, it depends on how well she wants to race," Bell also said.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues on Wednesday, Oct. 7 with four divisions of the $268,000 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. Wednesday also begins the week of matinee cards, with first race post set for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Sassa Hanover showed her versatility in winning the 45th Jugette in Wednesday action at the the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In the $151,350 second heat, Matt Kakaley sent Sassa Hanover after the lead from the rail position. Southwind Roulette (Corey Callahan) improved from her third starting position to sit behind the leader. The first elimination winner Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge but could not get past the eventual winner. Sassa Hanover drew clear of the field and scored a two length victory over Southwind Roulette and Somewhere Sweet (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in 1:51 1/5. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, winner of the 2010 Little Brown Jug, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. The win was trainer Ron Burke’s second Jugette crown and Kakaley’s first.   “I was second the past two years, so this feels good,” noted Kakaley. The two heat time of 3:42 established a new two-heat world record. In the second elimination, Sassa Hanover came from off the pace and went from last to first to score in a stakes record equaling 1:50 4/5. Momas Got A Gun (David Miller) was hustled off the gates wings to take early command of the field of six. Kakaley dropped Sassa Hanover to the back of the pack and was content to sit there until midway down the backstretch. Sassa Hanover swooped past the field and beat Somewhere Sweet by ¾ of a length. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) and Serious Filly (Scott Zeron) advanced to the final. In the first elimination Bettor N Better came from off the pace to score in 1:51 1/5. David Miller and Triple V Hanover protected his rail position and led the field through the first three-quarters of a mile. Yannick Gingras eased Bettor N Better off the rail going down the backstretch and drew off by 2 ¼ lengths over the pocket sitting Southwind Roulette (Matt Kakaley) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller) in 1:51 1/5. Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller) also advanced to the final. Two Divisions of the Buckette Held Classical Annie and Aaron Merriman took the faster of the two divisions in the $109,200 (div.) Buckette for three-year-old distaff trotters. The field of six raced in post-position order through the first three-quarters of the mile. The leader Katniss (Yannick Gingras) made a break in stride and was taken into the safety lane handing the lead over to the pocket sitting Classical Annie. The daughter of Andover Hall held off a late rally by Smexi (Corey Callahan) by a neck in a lifetime best 1:54 1/5. Jim Arledge, Jr. conditions the filly for Laura Baker, John Schmucker and Thomas York, Jr. The second $54,600 division was won by a fast closing Speak To Me (Brett Miller) who swooped past four rivals in the deep stretch to win in 1:55 1/5. Jimmy Takter trains the Muscle Massive lass, who has earned $324,418, for Brittany Farms.   Tipton Teeez Survives Tough Trip to Win the $44,200 Standardbred (2FP) Tipton Teeez and Yannick Gingras never saw the rail, but still had enough in the tank to win the Standardbred for freshmen filly pacers. When the gates wings folded, Montrell Teague hustled Miss Me Yet after the early lead, forcing the eventual winner to race on the outside. As the field of nine rounded the final turn five fillies were within two lengths of the pacesetting Miss Me Yet. Tipton Teeez gutted out a 3/4 length victory over Rockin Rum Springa (David Miller) and Hug A Dragoness (Matt Kakaley). Miss Me Yet hung on for fourth. Brian Brown trains the Wester Terror filly for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo.   Beaver Trainees Sweep OBC Two-Year Filly Trot Trainer Chris Beaver won both divisions of the $98,000 Ohio Breeders Championship. Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) rebounded from a narrow defeat in the recent Ohio Sires Stake Championship to score a decisive nine length victory over Bellesvictoryring (John Konesky III) in 1:58, shattering the stakes record. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by Wilbur Stoll Lang and Beaver.   Beaver was back in the Delaware winner’s circle a few races later with Evanora (Ryan Stahl). The daughter of Pilgrims Taj scored in 1:58 4/5 over the pacesetting Count On Cami (Kurt Sugg). Evanora is owned by Sandra Burnett.   Neely’s Messenger, David Miller Score in OBC Neely’s Messenger scored a mild upset over I Know My Chip (Chris Page) in the final strides to win the $75,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore colt trotters in 1:57. Miller is the winningest driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair with 206 victories. Neely’s Messenger is conditioned by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Ann Sweet. Jay Wolf  

Bill Donovan is looking forward to seeing Band Of Angels compete in Wednesday’s $212,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the harness racing meeting at Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, but the longtime owner will watch from afar.   “Of course, I’m excited,” Donovan said. “Anytime you have a horse good enough to go into one of the premier races in the sport, you’re excited. She’s earned her way in, for sure.   “(But) I’m very superstitious,” he added with a laugh. “Every time I go to a big race, it seems like disaster strikes.”   Band Of Angels is one of 12 fillies entered in the Jugette, and one of four horses in the race from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. She will start from post No. 3 with driver Yannick Gingras in the second of two $50,450 eliminations and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The top four finishers from each division return later in the day for the $151,150 final. A horse must only win the final to be declared the Jugette champion.   Post time is noon for Wednesday’s first race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. The Jugette eliminations are races 12 and 13. The final is race 17.   Band Of Angels heads to the Jugette off a nose win over Devil Child in the New York Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Band Of Angels and driver Jason Bartlett started from the outside, post eight, but got the lead in the opening quarter-mile and went on to victory.   “I think most people wrote her off from winning the sire stakes final, but she persevered,” Donovan said. “I was surprised myself. Jason Bartlett gave her an aggressive drive getting her off the (starting) gate and she did the rest. She’s just been a real pleasure.”   Band Of Angels has won six of 13 races this year and 12 of 23 lifetime starts, with total earnings of $462,745. She has finished worse than third only once in her most recent 11 races.   In 11 career races on half-mile tracks, such as the oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, she has posted eight wins, one second, and one third.   “She is awful good on a half-mile track, so I think she’ll give a good accounting of herself on Wednesday,” Donovan said. “She’s been a solid horse this year. When they make the money she’s made this year, it’s obviously a good year."   “We’ve been fortunate with Band Of Angels in that she did come out of a terrific 2-year-old season and she has more than held her own at 3. I think she belongs there. I think she’s definitely in the top 10 of 3-year-old fillies this year.”   Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, the 2010 Little Brown Jug winner and Horse of the Year honoree, and the mare Time N Again. She is a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment and was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale.   Donovan is making his second appearance in the Jugette as an owner. His filly Bettor B Lucky finished second to Darena Hanover in the 2012 Jugette. Both horses were trained by Burke.   “I’m hoping to turn the tables on that finish this year,” Donovan said.   The morning line favorite at 5-2 in the second elimination is trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.’s Momas Got A Gun, who will start from post No. 2 with driver David Miller. She is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she missed by a head, and Valley Forge Stakes.   A daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Benear, she is a full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. She has won three of 14 races in 2015 and earned $313,368.   Triple V Hanover is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the first elimination. The Brian Brown trainee will start from post one, also with Miller in the sulky. She has won four of 11 races this year and earned $105,265 for owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara, and Strollin Stable.   Following are the Jugette elimination fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $50,450 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Triple V Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown-3-1 2. Southwind Roulette-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-7-2 3. Bettor N Better-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4. Moremercy Bluechip-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10-1 5. Wicked Little Minx-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson-12-1 6. Mosquito Blue Chip-Jim Morrill Jr.-Paul Jessop-7-2   $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown-6-1 2. Momas Got A Gun-David Miller-Virgil Morgan Jr.-5-2 3. Band Of Angels-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Bedroomconfessions-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-12-1 5. Somewhere Sweet-Jim Morrill Jr.-Brian Brown-8-1 6. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4-1 Ken Weingartner

Latham, NY---62 well-bred yearlings, including 58 eligible to the lucrative New York Sire Stakes, went up for auction Sunday (Sept. 20) at the annual harness racing Morrisville College Yearling Sale at the Nancy Sears Stowell Equine Arena located on the college campus. A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. start time for breakfast and to get a good look at the next generation of stars from 17 top sires in the sport before finalizing their short lists and heading into the sales arena. When everything was said and done, 48 trotters and 14 pacers produced a sales total of just under $1 million with an average price per horse of $15,540. That number is up a substantial 43% from last year’s average bid of $10,715 and a 60% increase over the average price of the last five years combined. Speculation at the sale was the smaller group of higher caliber yearlings drove the prices up. The sale topper (as well as highest priced trotter) was hip number 24, Royal Pinot (RC Royalty-Graduation Party) who was consigned by Crawford Farms. The filly was purchased for $55,000 by Burke Racing LLC The second highest bid of $40,000 was realized for hip number 68, Texican (Cash Hall-Hot Chili Girl) who was consigned by Lakeview Equine. The trotting colt was purchased by Wanda Polisseni of Fairport, NY. On the pacing side, hip number 42, Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover), who was also consigned by Lakeview Equine, drew a final bid of $24,000 from Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY. Chapter Seven yearlings brought the highest average price of the sale at $24,667, just ahead of Conway Hall who commanded $24,200. RC Royalty, who had the highest number of yearlings in the sale (21), was third at $18,190. The seven-horse consignment from Crawford Farms brought the highest average price of $21,143. Lakeview Equine who offered 15 head averaged $17,767 and the Morrisville College Equine Institute, who had the largest consignment of 18, realized $17,500 per horse. A complete listing of all hip number bids and other searchable information can be found at this link. ( ) Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

Middletown, NY - Hundreds of horsemen and women from around the tri-state region flocked to the spacious Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday, September 13 to purchase the next crop of Standardbred champions. Sunny skies and a cheerful outlook prevailed as 113 colts and fillies passed through the auction ring for a gross of $1.423 million, averaging $12,600 per offering.   Held on the day immediately following the 3-year-old divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway, harness horse owners and trainers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania took the passing lane to the Cradle of the Trotter to witness the first of what promises to be an excellent regional sales venue. A handful of horsemen from the Canadian WEG circuit chartered a plane to take a chance on the lucrative NYSS program eligibles. Savvy horsemen from Delaware and the New England states also made their presence known.   The sales topper was a Rock N Roll Heaven colt (Hip#65) from Armbro Savannah consigned by Blue Chip Farms and purchased by Joseph Bellino for $67,000. A total of five yearlings by Rock N Roll Heaven were sold for an average of $32,840, who led all pacing stallions. Roll With Joe and Art Major sons and daughters were nearly a dead heat for second and third, with $19,167 and $19,000 averages respectively.   The highest priced trotter sold was a filly by Chapter Seven (Hip#57) out of the Credit Winner mare Gluteus Maximus. Gene Kurzrok was the successful bidder at $47,000 for the first crop prospect consigned by Blue Chip Farms. Four foals by Chapter Seven topped the trotting ranks for an average of $32,000, followed closely by Credit Winner at $31,500.   The leading consignor by average was Blue Chip Farms, Wallkill, NY at $24,500, followed closely by Steve Jones' Cameo Hills Farm, Montgomery, NY at $23,600. Thirty one pacing colts led the way overall with a $16,097 average, followed by trotting colts (27) at $14,079.   An entire set of sales results sheets, including sire averages and other statistics, can be accessed online at:   by Chris Tully, for Goshen Yearling Sale        

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 12, 2015-It was a dark and stormy night, but undeterred, Yonkers Raceway forged ahead for the first of two harness racing New York Nights of Champions. For the first time since its inception in 1990, the eight sire stakes finals were halved. Saturday night, the Empire's best 3-year-olds had the marquee, with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals. The NYSS events were each again sponsored by a prominent breeding farm. The skinny... Majestic View Farms Filly Trot - Second choice Jewels in Hock (Jim Morrill Jr., $6.20), leaving from post position No. 4, needed every bit of her lead. She was just sway against the relentless chase of last season's divisional champ, 3-5 favorite Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory). The final margin, after fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:26. and a sloppy 1:56.3, was a narrow nostril, with both drifting late (though not near one another). Lady Winona (Jason Bartlett) was a pocket third. For Jewels in Hock, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by Linda Toscano for KJ Stables, it was her ninth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.20, with the triple returning $27.60. "The advantage we had (over Barn Doll) was this filly can leave the gate," Toscano said. "She hasn't always been the easiest horse to work with and we've tinkered with the equipment, but she's shown she has the talent." After the race, it was revealed Barn Doll had been sold to William Weaver III for an undisclosed amount, with Gregory taking over the training. Cameo Hill Farm Filly Pace - Props to Bartlett, who launched Band of Angels ($21.60) from an eight-hole and went the distance. She looped defending champ (and 2-1 choice) Mosquito Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), forcing that one into a seat and a second move. Band of Angels was able to rate early (:28.2, :58, 1:26.1, 1:54), then whip pocket-protecting Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore) by a wet nose. Mosquito Blue Chip was a credible third. For sixth choice Band of Angels, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, she's now 6-for-13 this season. The exacts paid $124.50, with the triple returning $458.50. "I was going to duck her inside (Mosquito Blue Chip), but she was so good leaving, I just went on with it," Bartlett said. "The half was cheap, even with the sloppy track and she felt strong. We beat some nice fillies in here." Morrisville College Equine Institute Colt/Gelding Trot - In bingo, Habitat (Morrill Jr. $2.70) would have been your proverbial free space. A Yonkers Trot champ last Saturday was a statebred champ this Saturday. From post No. 3, Habitat saw Wings of Royalty (Bartlett) grab the first lead, then did his thing (:29, :58.2, 1:28. 1:56.3). The final margin was a never-threatened length-and-a-quarter over Wings of Royalty, with Mythology Bluechip (Andy Miller) third. For Habitat, a Conway Hall colt co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable, it was his eighth win (fourth consecutive) in 15 '15 tries. The exacta paid $13.20, with the triple returning $83.50. "A training mile," Morrill Jr. said. Blue Chips Farms Colt/Gelding Pace - "He just shows up every start." That's what co-owner/trainer Tom Fanning appreciates about odds-on Betting Exchange (Bartlett, $3.70) after that one's solid win in the finale of the sire stakes quartet. Two-moving to the lead from post No. 5, he controlled the conversation (:27.1; 56.4; 1:24.4; 1:52.4), dispatching a first-up Rockin' in Heaven (Trevor Henry) en route to a handy, 3¼-length victory. Rank outsider Americanprimetime (Eric Carlson) skimmed the cones for second at 41-1, with first leader National Seelster (Miller) lasting for third. For Betting Exchange, a son of Bettor's Delight also co-owned by Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz, he's now 3-for-14 this season after beginning 0-for-7. The exacta paid $77.50, with the triple returning $393.50. Scheduled superfecta wagering was cancelled after a pair of scratches, including the winner's entrymate. "We closed up his bridle and that's made him more aggressive," Fanning said. "He's not waiting on horses anymore." The Raceway hosts New York Night of Champions (Part II)-four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds-Saturday night. Sept. 26. Saturday's pair of $48,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace, Sapphire City (Jordan Stratton, $26.80) in 1:52.2; --Trot, Luminosity (George Brennan, $10) in 1:55.2. Frank Drucker  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 11, 2015 – The Bellino Family weighed the risks with the potential rewards and decided to relocate their eight-year-old stallion, Rock N Roll Heaven, to Deo Volente Farm in Flemington, NJ. The 2010 Horse of the Year, owned by Joe and Frank Bellino, stood at Blue Chip Farms in New York for the past four seasons. “The Bellinos want to help New Jersey because they see that New Jersey is working to help itself,” said Michael J. Gulotta, chief executive officer of Deo Volente Farm.  “I told them all the negatives but also the potential upside.  “Forces are moving in the right direction, and there is a great chance at revitalization in New Jersey,” noted Gulotta, who chairs the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey [SBOANJ].  “Like the gentrification of Jersey City, where they took advantage of the natural resources, I think the same thing applies to horse breeding in this state.  I believe that taking the risk associated with being in the business will pay off.  And the greatest returns go to the greatest risk takers.  I think it is a risk but not without its merits.” Gulotta noted that the SBOANJ’s New Jersey Pacing Stallion Breeding Incentive Program played a role in the Bellinos decision.  For the 2015 breeding season, the incentive program offers a rebate of the full advertised stallion fee [up to $2,500 maximum] for New Jersey resident mares and 50 percent of the stallion fee [up to a $1,250 maximum] for non-resident mares. “I’m hopeful that program will be extended and attract more mares to New Jersey,” said Gulotta.  “We need to attract stallions to have a New Jersey program.  If there is no program, we won’t need New Jersey farms.” Joe Bellino and his father, Frank, announced their decision on Thursday after considering several options for moving their stallion "We've been disappointed in his last couple of breeding books,” Joe Bellino told  "Blue Chip tried their best with him, and I know they wanted to keep him, even until the end.” Bellino said that regardless of the money or other issues, he wanted to step up and help New Jersey racing and breeding. “Instead of everybody running away, maybe some people should run to help,” Bellino noted.  “Let's do the right thing.” “Now it is my obligation to make sure the horse’s career is a success,” said Gulotta, whose Deo Volente Farm was honored as New Jersey’s Breeder of the Year in 2014.  “I’ll do everything in my power from marketing to legislation to innovative programs.  I’ve been asked to run for state senate, but I’m having too much fun doing what I’m doing. “Our farm manager, Fidencio Cervantez, has handled some of the top stallions in our industry, including Rock N Roll Heaven's own sire Rocknroll Hanover, in addition to Muscles Yankee, Matt’s Scooter, Artiscape, and others.  And I have Bob Marks to market this horse,” Gulotta added.  “We have a solid team.” Deo Volente’s New Jersey farm stands the trotters Trixton and Wishing Stone along with the pacers World of Rocknroll, Lis Mara and If I Can Dream. Rock N Roll Heaven’s first foals are three year olds this year, led by the fillies Sassa Hanover p, 1:49.4 ($704,002), Band Of Angels p, 1:50 ($350,245) and Divine Caroline p, 1:49.4f ($344,333). For all the latest updates on Rock N Roll Heaven as at the 1st of September 2015 go to Rock N Roll Heaven’s 2016 stud fee will be announced soon. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Not that there is ever a bad time to be racing well, but for Rockin' in Heaven, he's certainly picked a dandy time to get good. The 3-year-old son of Rock N' Roll Heaven looms a player Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the New York Night of Champions (Part I). Four $225,000 sire stakes finals of soph boys and girls, pacers and trotters go as races 5 through 8 (first post 7:10 PM), with each race sponsored by a prominent Empire State breeding farm. Rockin' in Heaven landed post position No. 2 in the last of the quartet, Blue Chip Farms Pace. Dr. Ian Moore, the man behind the likes of Shadow Play and State Treasurer, co-owns (with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb) and trains. The Good Doctor has imported one of Ontario's leading chauffeurs, Trevor Henry, for a rare Yonkers appearance. According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Anne Chunko, Henry has one previous career Westchester work night, a 2010 excursion driving an eight-hole, 90-1 shot (Quantum Cashman) in a NYSS event. So, why is Henry crossing the border Saturday? 'Cause Rockin' in Heaven is good. He enters with three wins in his last four starts, including an 11-1 upset in the $290,000 final of the Empire Breeders Classic (Tioga, life-best 1:50). Henry himself did the recent honors, a wire-to-wire, 1:53 NYSS effort at Batavia where he was parked three-deep making the lead. "He's a nice horse," Henry said en route to Mohawk Thursday night. "He can be lazy and he never wins by much, but he's progressed. "When Ian (Moore) first started with him, he said he couldn't get a lot out of him," Henry said. "I think it wasn't until his win in (June's division of the) Somebeachsomewhere (Mohawk, 1:50.3) that we finally started to see the sort of colt he was." Enough to get his driver to cross customs, at the very least. For the season, Rockin' in Heaven-a $40,000 Harrisburg yearling-has eight wins, four seconds and a third in 15 starts ($310,565). His current form spree began here, sticking his tongue out at the wire in an $84,187 NYSS sire stakes division early last month. Rockin' in Heaven has certainly learned his craft well after a three-win, $14,000-plus season as a frosh. New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for the 2-year-olds, goes Saturday, Sept. 26th. This is the first-time in the NOC's 26-season history that it has been a two-night production. Frank Drucker

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