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Bushwacker, the richest harness racing horse of 2016 won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for the second straight week at Dover Downs on Monday, Feb. 8. After Mustang Art, with Sean Bier, took the feature pacers to the quarter in :25.4, Tim Tetrick pulled Bushwacker to the outside in front of the grandstand to take lead at the half in :54.3. Bushwacker was in command through a 1:22.1 three quarters and had enough to reach the finish line in 1:50.4 with Mustang Art, second. Doctor Butch came on in the lane for Tony Morgan to finish third. The five-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk, conditioned by Chris Ryder, won for the fifth time in 2016 and sixth in his last eight, for Henderson Farms. It was his 17th career win with a $426,212 lifetime bankroll. Bushwacker has now won $71,100 already in 2016. Frank Chick's Warp Factor Three, trained by Kevin Lare, made good use of starting from post 1 with Yannick Gingras scoring a 1:52 victory in a $15,500 4&*5-Year-Old Male pace. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) was second in front of Apollo Seelster (Roberts). Russ Foster, the youngest driver in the race at 26, drove Sentencing Memo, the youngest horse in the event, a three-year-old, to a fast closing triumph in a $14,000 pace for young male horses. Suchasenceofhumor (Jim Morand) was runner-up with Roll Big (Corey Callahan), the favorite, third. Veteran Arty Foster, the driver's grandfather, owns and trains the Western Terror-Lady Annie gelding, who won for the fourth time in five outings and sixth time in seven starts. In a $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace, Owner Foulk Stable won for the first time since claiming Sparky Mark for $50,000 in December, as Jonathan Roberts, who had a driving triple, piloted the nine-year-old son of Astreos-Luckbealadytonite to a 1:51.2 triumph. It was one of two training wins for meet leader Dylan Davis. Just A Jolt (Tetrick), the race favorite, finished strongly for second with Don't Ya Know (Vic Kirby) the show horse. Rocknroll Jewell gave Gingras a double winning for the sixth consecutive time notching a 1:51.2 conquest in a $12,000 Male pace. Tom Lazzaro owns the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewell gelding trained by Dylan Davis. Gallic Beach (Callahan) went a big trip and finished second. Believe This Bob (Ross Wolfenden) was a close third. In a day of big prices, 21-1 Millennium Wheel was the biggest, scoring a 1:52 decision in a $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Trainer Jason Lynch shares ownership win Jim Jacobs in the Bettor's Delight-London Eye gelding. Beavercreek Artist (Allan Davis) and Brioni (Tony Morgan), whose seven-race win streak came to an end, were second and third respectively. Jonathan Roberts with three wins, Montrell Teague, Allan Davis, Yannick Gingras and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins each. SPRINGFORTH, SHINE N SHIMMER HEAD $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY   Springforth, a just miss second in his last two starts meets regulars Shin N Shimmer and Fashion Showdown in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 p.m. Owner-trainer Jeff Clark’s Springforth, piloted by George Dennis, has been a close-up second in three 0f his last three outings, with a win in between, takes on Howard Taylor’s hard-hitting Shine N Shimmer teamed with Corey Callahan and Chris White’s Fashion Showdown, driven by Ross Wolfenden, a two-time Open winner, who has a major change of post positions this week moving from post-8 to number-3 this week.   Jerseylicious leaves from the rail with Allan Davis driving for Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing while Tony Morgan will drive JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious from the outside in the seven-distaff field. John McGill’s No Respect with Tim Tetrick in the bike, and Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley’s sharp Matinee Dragon with Jonathan Roberts complete the highly competitive lineup. A $15,000 Mares Winners-Over pace heads the undercard.  Mildred’s Button (Montrell Teague) closed strongly to win last week’s edition. Lorie and Paul Davis’ Lady Beth (Tetrick) was a head back in second for the second straight start. Playncardswitroddy (Dennis), owned by George&Tina Dennis and Ask W stables, was used on the backstretch and was only two-lengths off at the wire. Naty (Jonathan Roberts) step up a notch for trainer Brian Malone and Carrie Stackowitz after an impressive win last week. Marv Bachrad

For as long as harness racing has been in existence in New Zealand, the industry has been selling its racing stock to overseas buyers. As a result, we have sold a reasonable percentage of our better racemares to Australia and North America over a long period and it has always acted as a drag on the development of the breed in New Zealand. One only has to look through any Australian Yearling catalogue and you will find a lot of the maternal families originated in New Zealand.  For a longtime now New Zealand breeders have been bringing some of our better bred and performed mares back from North America but it is only in recent times that New Zealand breeders have really turned their attention to New Zealand mares based in Australia. More and more New Zealand bred mares with good times and money besides their names are making their way home and their progeny are finding their way back into our yearling sales catalogues. One of the more recent success stories from the mares returning home is La Jaconde 1:59.2 ($153,285) who under the care of Tony Dickinson of Alta Breeding fame has already produced the smart two and three year old in Alta Orlando 1:56.2 ($173,486) One of the mares brought back from Australia who has the first of her progeny entered at this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd is Racketeers Girl 1:54.8 ($86,545) who has a Rocknroll Hanover colt selling as Lot 79 Like La Jaconde, Racketeers Girl took her time and money in Perth and was placed at Group 3 level there so was a handy racemare. A lot of this family seem to have been sold into Perth in the last ten years with her half brother Bettor Dreams 1:54.6 ($186,952) doing a great job there while other close relatives to have excelled in the west include Dartmoor 1:55.8 ($427,361) and J Walker 1:58.2 ($176,441). The buying bench from Western Australia has been getting bigger and stronger at both New Zealand sales in recent years and to have four well performed horses on the catalogue page who have performed at a high level in that state must be a big bonus for prospective buyers from Perth.  Lot 79 in Racketeers Boy has the added bonus of being an athlectic looking individual with a touch of class about him so one would expect that there will a fair bit of interest in him from Western Australia at Karaka on February 22nd. Harnesslink Media    

Richard Moreau trainees swept the Exactor in the opening leg of the harness racing Ontario Boys Series Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine Ontario sired four-year-old pacers competed in the Ontario Boys $18,000 opening leg. Richard Moreau sent out a pair of starters, including the 2/5 favourite Rafa. However, Cajon Lightning would steal the thunder from his stablemate with a 1:52.2 victory. Driven by Trevor Henry, Cajon Lightning sat third around the first turn, while Mach Code cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Rafa, who was second, circled to the lead entering the backstretch and posted a half-mile clocking of :56.1. Rafa led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3, while Filion was able to angle Cajon Lightning off the pylons for the stretch drive. In the lane, Rafa fought off pressure from first-up challenger Half A Billion, but he could not hold off Cajon Lightning. The Moreau trainee powered by for Henry and finished a length and a half ahead of his stablemate. Half A Billion finished third, while Mach Code was fourth. A son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning is owned by William Wood, William Dittmar Jr., Stephen Iaquinta and Minisink Farms LLC. The four-year-old pacer entered Saturday's contest winless in two starts this season after winning six of 21 last year. Cajon Lightning now has seven career victories and earnings exceeding $110,000. The Moreau trainee paid $11 to win. Cajon Lightning In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys, the four-year-old Ontario sired pacers had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Also on Saturday, Nickle Bag once again prevailed in the $34,000 Preferred pace. The Bill Robinson trainee entered Saturday on a two-race win streak, including a gritty first-over victory in last week's $34,000 feature. Regular driver Trevor Henry was once again in the bike and was aggressive with the six-year-old. Nickle Bag made a second-quarter brush to the lead after getting away third. The Robinson trainee posted middle-fractions of :55 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :28.1 to win the Preferred by two-lengths. Prescotts Hope finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was third. A son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag now has four wins in six starts this season for earnings of $64,500. The Robinson trainee sports a career resume of 23 victories and earnings exceeding $524,000. Nickle Bag paid $4.60 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday (February 8) at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

DOVER, Del. --- Shellysblockbuster, a 7-1 shot, and Four Staces won the two-halves of the Thursday, Feb. 4 harness racing feature over a 'good' track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drives three winners. Both winners left from post 2 and won in similar style in a driving finish. Vince Copeland steered Shellysblockbuster in a 2-hole trip to catch Summer Camp (Corey Callahan) at the wire in 1:52 with Star Messenger (Vic Kirby) taking third. Don Reed and trainer George Wagner own Shellyblockbuster, a nine-year-old Bettor's Delight-Love's Talk gelding who racked up his 20th win of his career. Two races later, Callahan picked up his third win of the day piloting Four Staces home in 1:53.3 with most of the field in the win photo. The Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding won his first of 2016. Mike Casalino owns the winner with trainer Dylan Davis. Pinerosa (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Allstar Preview (George Dennis) third after being parked-out the entire mile. Corey Callahan and Montrell Teague, who won the first three of four races, had driving triples. Vince Copeland and owner-trainer Dylan Davis had a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday, Saturday and this week only, on Super Bowl Sunday. Monday through Thursday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch the live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER, Del. --- Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the lineup, used a late surge nearing the finish line to score a 1:51.2 lifetime mark winning the $20,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick tripled.   Corey Callahan pulled Cheyenne Robin out of fifth in front of the grandstand and eased the Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie bay up on the outside to finally engage front-pacing Scandalicious (Tony Morgan) heading to the three quarters where the twosome battled around the final turn. The pair were side by side in the lane with Springforth (George Dennis) coming along the passing lane. Cheyenne Robin then rallied to reach the wire first with Springforth taking second in front of Scandalicious, third. Leased by The Cheyenne Gang, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie won for the second time with a second in three 2016 starts. It was her 12 lifetime victory advancing lifetime earnings to $178,414. The winning driver was Callahan’s third on the card. Mildred’s Button pulled out of fifth in mid final turn and came four-wide under the direction of Montrell Teague and then rolled past the leaders for a 1:54.4 victory in the $15,000 secondary feature. It was Teague’s second win and the first of the year for the American Ideal-Miss It Mildred five-year-old mare, her trainer Dave Rearic and owners Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain. Lady Beth (Tetrick) and Cover Up Hall (Wolfenden) were second and third respectively. Tim Tetrick guided Sage N to a 1:51.2 triumph in a $12,500 distaff pace. Shine N Shimmer (Callahan) and Valerya (Jonathan Roberts) dueled from the backstretch to mid-homestretch before Sage M began her charge to the win. The Christian Cullen-Smart Decision mare is trained by Scott DiDomenico for C.V. Iannozzo, Triple D Stables and JFE Entertainment.  It was her first win of the New Year. Matinee Dragon (G.Dennis) closed for second with Shine N Shimmer holding on for the third place check.    Meet leader Corey Callahan drove three winners, Tim Tetrick, Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts had two wins apiece. BLUEBIRD REVEREND SEEKS THIRD IN-A-ROW N $21,000 OPEN TROT Bluebird Reverend winner of the last two $20,000 Open trots must overcome starting from post 8 this week's $21,000 edition on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Dover Downs... First post is 4:30 p.m. Montrell Teague will again hold the lines for owner- trainer Bob Reeser and partners Dee Dennis, Jay Johannsen who own Bluebird Reverend an Indiana juvenile champion. Among the seasoned rivals in the nine-horse field are Mike Casalino's Tough Mac, with Corey Callahan Owner-trainer Bob Shahan and Jim and Amanda Parson's local favorite I Like My Boss and George Dennis driving. The rest of the talented field features Ted Gewertz's Panamanian Hanover, piloted by Tony Morgan. RBH Venture's War Cry Hall, with Ross Wolfenden, sharp Drinksforthehouse with Corey Callahan driving for Howard and Josh Kaufman, Providence West's Odessa and Justin Vincent from post 9 in the second tier, Callan Racing's steady Spunky Jack handled by Roger Plante and Ed Gannon Jr.'s Winbak Charles M with Jonathan Roberts. Another field of nIne makes up the $15,500 sub-feature for 4&5-Year-old trotters. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Callahan) has won his last two starts, Bob Shahan's Machuca (A.Davis), Jim Moore's fast gelding Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) leaves from the rail with Triple D Stab;es and CC Racing's Stirling Diva (Wolfenden) alongside. Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson's steady Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), John and Sarah Swart's Winmando (Vince Copeland), Craparotta&Berry Racing's Inner Peace (Pat Berry) and Bobby Glassmeyer's Tymal Signature (Roberts) from the second tier. During February, Dover Downs races five days a week. Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's post time is 5:30 p.m. No Live racing on Friday and Saturday. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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  

DOVER, Del. --- Bushwacker recorded his third win at the meet this season scoring a 1:50.2 harness racing victory in the week’s top pace the $30,000 Preferred on Monday, Feb. 1. It was de ja’ vu all over again for 13-1 Mustang Art winning the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick tripled.   For the second straight week, Tim Tetrick who piloted Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker into the early lead but this time did not stop in the stretch on the way to a 1:50.2 success in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. The five-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk posted his sixth victory in his last eight starts with a second and a third for trainer Chris Ryder. The win pushed his career bankroll to $411,212. Doctor Butch (Tony Morgan was a fast finishing second with Dapper Dude (Vic Kirby), last week’s winner third. For Mustang Art, the only change was a driver, Sean Bier. Just as last Monday, he went off at 13-1, and the Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding left fast to get the lead, then sat second behind runner-up Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) until late in the stretch before coming on for a !:50.2 triumph for his second consecutive $27,500 Delaware Special win. Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art who won for the 42nd time. Casey At Bat made it two straight victories in $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male company to lead off the program as Allan Davis drove the four-year-old Sportsmaster-Odds On Casey gelding to victory number-5 this meet for trainer Wayne Givens and Sharon White, Denise Davis and legacy Racing. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) finished second with Twin B Stingray (Kirby) third. Blazing Bobby Sox came from off-the-pace to take the lead three-wide turning for home and rolled to a 1:54.1 decision in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Driver Art Stafford Jr. who owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding with his dad, Art Stafford, won for the fifth time this meet. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) led until the closing steps and finished second in front of Denslow Hanover (Tetrick) third. Vic Kirby put Soto into the lead and there was no catching the four-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Incredible Beauty horse in a 1:51.1 $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Contraband Hanover (Callahan) was next best wile race-favorite Just A Jolt (Tetrick) came storming down the lane from way back to finish third. The win was the second in-a-row and Third in the last four for owners ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta.         Brioni, a five-year-old Four Starzzz Shark Ambro Bahama horse, claimed last week, won for new owner-trainer Ron Davis for his sixth consecutive victory, romping to a 1:52 conquest in a $15,000-$20,000 Male Claiming Handicap to give Tony Morgan, the second leading winning driver in North America, his third win on the program. Beavercreek Artist (A.Davis) and Sir Jonathan Z Tam (Tyler Davis) were second and third respectively. Impressive winners from last week meet Hearts And Flowers and No Respect, a pair of impressive winners last week, head the 'Ground Hog' day, $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After taking the lead in front of the grandstand, Bay Pond Stable's Hearts And Flowers had clear sailing for Allan Davis on the way to a 1:52.1 victory having enough to hold off the consistent and fast finishing Springforth, owned and trained by Jeff Clark with George Dennis driving. Race favorite JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tim Tetrick, finished third. John McGill's No Respect turned in a convincing 1:52 triumph in her last start and will be driven by Vic Kirby from the rail. Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the contest, was absent last week after a near wire-to-wire victory, finishing second by a nose, in her last start. Corey Callahan will be at the controls this week. Chris White's Fashion Showdown won this event two weeks in-a-row with Ross Wolfenden, but was parked-out last Tuesday and again is burdened with post 8. Other starters are Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost piloted by Montrell Teague, and Elliesjet N, owned by Barry Spedden, Kevin Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker, who should enjoy leaving from post 2 this week. Among as talent rich assortment of top female paces is a $15,000 Mares Winners-Over pace led by last week's 1-2 finishers, Playncardswitroddy (Dennis), owned by George &Tina Dennis and Ask W stables, and Lorie and Paul Davis' Lady Beth (Wolfenden) and a $12,500 distaff pace featuring Howard Taylor's steady Shine N Shimmer (Callahan) and Foulk Stables' Valerya (Jonathan Roberts). . Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Dover, Del.--- Sunshine Superman took charge after the opening quarters and raced first the rest of the mile to win the Sunday, Jan. 31 feature race at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Tony Morgan remains red hot driving three winners. Owned by trainer Doug Lewis, the nine-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Carolina Sunshine gelding held off fast closing Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and Jeremes General (Allan Davis) to post his 29th career victory with lifetime earnings of 371,551. The victory was the first of two for Jonathan Roberts. A $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace was the sub-feature. George Dennis guided Bob Murray's Three Day Forecast to his second win in last three chalking up a lifetime fastest 1:51.1 score. Shawn Murray conditions the Three Olives-Future Forecast gelding who won for the third time this meet. If You Want Fire (A.Davis) was second best. PL Hoofhearted (Montrell Teague) took third money. Red hot driver Tony Morgan had a triple while Jonathan Roberts, trainer Steve LeBlanc and owners Bill Lutz, LeBlanc Racing and Count De Money stables had two winners each. Marv Bachrad

TORONTO, January 30 - Nickle Bag turned in a tremendous harness racing effort to win a thrilling $34,000 Preferred Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Bill Robinson trainee got away seventh in the field of eight for driver Trevor Henry, as Nirvana Seelster rejected a two-hole trip to take command for driver Rick Zeron. After a first-quarter of :27.1, Nirvana Seelster marched down the backside to the half in :55.4. Meanwhile, Henry tugged on the right line and blasted Nickle Bag from seventh towards the front to engage with the leader. Nirvana Seelster was forced to pace a :26.4 third-quarter, as the leader slugged it out with the first-over Nickle Bag. Nirvana Seelster held a narrow lead for the majority of the lane, but Nickle Bag refused to lose and grinded by in the final strides to win in 1:50.4. The Rev finished third at 25/1. Sent off as the 1/2 favourite, Nickle Bag now has two consecutive wins and victories in three of five starts this season. The six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover pushed his career earnings over $500,000 with his 22nd career victory Saturday for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3 to win. Nickle Bag Also on Saturday's card, Roger Mayotte made his first visit to the winner's circle since losing several horses in the tragic fire at Classy Lane Stables. The veteran driver steered Kenneth Switzer trainee Machal Jordan to victory in a $22,000 overnight event. The seven-year-old pacer showed his class by digging in to hold on for his 21st career victory in 1:52.2. Mayotte, who has won over 3,500 races and $52 million as a driver, now has two wins in 10 drives this season. He will look for his first training victory since the Classy Lane fire on Monday night with six-year-old trotter Kinetic King. Machal Jordan Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 25, 2016 -- Shoved four wide through the final turn, Tipitina blazed through the stretch to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Tipitina was third over down the backside and appeared to have excess cover. But when Eric Goodell showed her racetrack, she brushed past the field and nipped Spreester by a nose in 1:54.1. Early leader Set Me Up saved show. Mark Goldberg trains Tipitina, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly who captured her second straight race and pushed her career bankroll to $212,969, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Jim Pantaleano collected six wins -- including four legs of the Pick 5 -- while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. Fueled by a four-day carryover and a $25,000 guarantee, the Pick 5 returned $25,990.75 for a single winning 50-cent ticket. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

When you look back on the history of big priced harness racing yearling sales purchases turning out as good as the price they brought at the sales, there are more than a few that fell well short. However one of last years star yearlings is giving every indication that she was worth every dollar paid. At last years Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Karaka, Lot 133 was one of the most sought after yearlings at any sale in Australasia. A daughter of the champion sire Bettor's Delight, the filly was the first foal from the very smart Christian Cullen mare Temepara Cullen 1:56.1($40,141) who is a full sister to the brilliant Stunin Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,493,716) so as pedigrees go, it just doesn't get any better.   Named Kharizma on sale day, the filly was an outstanding individual and had all the big players from both sides of the Tasman chasing her.   When the dust had settled, big spending Australians Emilio and Mary Rosati had shelled out a huge $165,000 for the very masculine looking filly.   Leaving her in New Zealand with Tony Herlihy, the filly was renamed Strawberry Stride and has shown more than enough at trials in the north to suggest she will make a winning debut in the two year old fillies race at Alexandra Park on Friday night.   Last Saturday at the Franklin trials she turned in an outstanding performance to qualify nearly eight seconds under qualifying time in a 2:01.3 mile rate for the 2050 metres with the last half in a sharp 58 seconds.   From barrier one, Strawberry Stride looks to have a mortgage on the race as she starts to repay her large purchase price.   One couple who will be smiling at the progress of Strawberry Stride will be long time sales vendors Sandy and Jan Yarndley who are offering a half brother to her at this years Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Karaka on February 22nd.   Named Magical Mover and selling as Lot 98, the son of Rocknroll Hanover is sure to evoke a similar reaction from buyers as his half sister did, especially given how promising she looks.   To view the Australasian Classic Yearling sale catalogue click here.   Harnesslink Media  

DOVER, Del. --- Veteran pacer Special T Rocks returned to the winner's circle following a 1:51.3 victory in the Sunday feature race, after an early light snow shower over a 'good' harness racing track at Dover Downs on Jan. 17. Too Darn Hot won the $20,000-$25,000 Claimer and Brioni took his fourth straight. Driver Ross Wolfenden had a four-win night. Allan Davis piloted $497,149 and 34th lifetime winner Special T Rocks, an eight-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special, to his first win of the meet scoring a 1:51.3 triumph in a $9,000 Male pace for trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owner John Cancelliere. Allstar Preview (George Dennis) closed for second in front of Shellysblockbuster (Vic Copeland) third. In the sub-feature $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap, Jason Lynch and Too Darn Hot quick-stepped past leader If You Want Fire (A.Davis) on the backstretch and then opened up on the way to a 1:52.3 lifetime record victory. Three Day Forecast (Tony Morgan) was runner-up. Big Secret (Jonathan Roberts) collected third money. Trainer-driver Lynch and Jim Jacobs own the four-year-old Rocknroll Hnaover-Kiss Me Kate winning gelding. Claimed for $10,000 last month, Briono stepped up to the $15,000 ranks and won for the fourth consecutive start and six of his previous seven outings. The Four Starzzz-Shark-Armbro Bahama gelding is owned by trainer Arty Foster. Marcus Miller has been his regular winning driver. Ross Wolfenden led the drivers with four wins. Allan Davis had three wins as did trainer Joe Hundertpfund, Tony Morgan notched a double.Trainer Tim Crissman, owner Crissman Inc. and owner Arty Foster also haltered two wins each. CAPTIVE AUDIENCE SEEKS REPEAT IN $27,500 DELAWARE SPECIAL Following a wire-to-wire victory from the rail in last week’s $27,500 Delaware Special, Captive Audience and Yannick Gingras start from the outside this week in the Martin Luther King feature race at Dover Downs on Monday, Jan. 18. Post time for racing is4:30 p.m. Al “Rusty” Carter and trainer Doug Lewis own the ultra-sharp Captive Audience, who racked up two wins, a second and a third in starts since early December gets the nod as favorite in the select field of six. Janet Hudson’s Just A Jolt, after a week off, finally gets a better starting post this week with Tim Tetrick driving. Max Walton and Greg Papleo’s Mustang Art, handled by Brett Miller, winner of this event two weeks ago, and Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Bad Boy Matt, second last Monday, with Allan Davis are joined by  driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art, who makes a major changed starting from the rail instead of outside, last week. Elizabeth Brittingham’s Raritan Bay, reined by Bret Brittingham) drew alongside. The $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace is highly competitive. Three starters won last week. Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Class Six (Gingras) has two straight wins and seven in his last eight starts, Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox is on a tier himself with four winners in five starts, and Denise Davis, Sharon White and Legacy Racing’s Casey At Bat (A.Davis) has been impressive in his six starts since arriving from Chicago with three wins. Kapildeo Singh’s Apollo Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) has the rail, and Frank Chick’s Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) finished second in their last starts. Kathleen Brewer’s Quick Shot (Tony Morgan) and Rich Lombardo, Baron Racing and Josh Green’s Sectionline Rocks (Tetrick) cannot be overlooked. Topping a strong undercard, Little Ben (Tetrick) racing for Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, takes on Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s sharp Adventure Bound (Gingras), Reg Hazzard and legacy Racing’s Papa Ray (A.Davis) and Robbins Next Farm’s Gallic Beach (G.Dennis) a winner of four of his last five in a $14,000 Winners-Over Male pace. Marv Bachrad

East Rutherford, NJ --- After making two separate moves in the first three-eighths of Saturday (Jan. 16) evening's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Meadowlands, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker ($2.80) held sway for his third consecutive harness racing top-level win in New Jersey. Tim Tetrick sent the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding forward at race's outset, easing off a trio of other leavers before commencing a brush to the fore after a :26.4 first quarter. Bushwacker forged clear with five-eighths of the mile yet in front of him, taking charge from Dover invader Atta Boy Dan (Yannick Gingras) and subsequently rating a :55.3 middle half. After facing mild first-over pressure from Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller) on the far turn, Bushwacker accelerated clear in mid-stretch. He ultimately prevailed in 1:50 by 1-1/4 lengths, holding clear enough of Atta Boy Dan's late rally between rivals. Sweet Beach (Brett Miller) swung four-wide in mid-stretch off his third-over bid to pass tired pressers and stalkers in claiming third honors. Chris Ryder trains the 15-time winner. In addition to his win aboard Bushwacker in the feature, Tetrick paired up with five other winners on the night, including True Blue Hall ($8.20, 1:51.4), Moonlight Ransom ($5.60, 1:52.3), Dinner At The Met ($5.00, 1:52.1), Our Dragon King ($4.80, 1:51.3), and Arockin Hanover ($2.20, 1:53.1). In the evening's sub-featured $16,000 upper-level conditioned pace, Real Nice ($17.80) capitalized on a pocket trip, enjoying clear sailing throughout behind favored pacesetter Bettor Than You (Gingras) before kicking clear by 1-1/2 lengths for a 1:50.4 triumph. The 11-year-old veteran earned his 53rd career win in rein to Scott Zeron for owners Anthony Scussel and the Lightning 5 Racing Stable and trainer Scott Blackler. Saturday evening's total handle for the 14-race program was $2,826,048, including $156,822 in the evening's trio of guaranteed-pool horizontal wagers. Since neither 20-cent Jackpot High 5 was hit, Friday (Jan. 22) evening's seventh race High 5 will boast a $5,915 carryover, while the finale's High 5 will carry $62,725 of added money should one punter take down the entire pool. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (Jan. 22) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:35 p.m. (EST). Race 1 - Grand Theft Race 2 - Bushwacker Race 3 - Piece Of The Rock Race 4 - True Blue Hall Race 5 - Moonlight Ransom Race 6 - Dinner At The Met Race 7 - Gratias Deo Race 8 - Onedin Mach Race 9 - Our Dragon King Race 10 - Sometimes Said Race 11 - Fraternity Race 12 - Intheblinofaneye Race 13 - Real Nice Race 14 - Arockin Hanover by James Witherite

DOVER, Del. --- Hoboken Hanover ended Jingle Bell Rocker's five-race win streak while Smart Rokker took the Male pace and Brioni won a third-straight in Sunday, Jan. 10 harness racing features at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts tripled. Jonathan Roberts capped a three-win day driving owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's Hoboken Hanover to a 1:56.1 triumph ending a win streak that dates back to meet opening week. For Hoboken Hanover, it was the 42nd career victory lifting the Cam's Card Shark-Haps Hanover gelding to earnings of $301,888. Magic Cam (George Dennis) finished second with Alex In Wonderland (Sean Bier) third. Jingle Bell Rocker (Ross Wolfenden) was fourth. In one of the co-feature paces, Roberts moved Smart Rokker to the outside on the final turn then sped-away for a 1:54.1 victory. Brian Malone trains the altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Sassy Newton he owns with Peter and Peter Venturini III. The win was the 17th lifetime success for the six-year-old gelding who now has won $133,777. Roddy's Hot Again (Dennis) was runner-up. Lettucefib A (A.Stafford Jr.) was the show horse. Brioni, piloted by Marcus Miller, made it three-in-a row winning a $15,000 Claiming Allowance. Claimed for $10,000 last month by Arty Foster, the Four Starzz Shark-Armbro Bahama horse has stepped up for consecutive wins. Native Art (Montrell Teague) and NJ Law (Bret Brittingham) finished second and third respectively. Tony Morgan joined Jonathan Roberts with three wins Art Stafford Jr., trainer Tim Crisman and Crisman Inc. had two wins apiece. MAJOR UPTREND HEADS $30,000 PREFERRED, MUSTANG ART, $27,500 DELAWARE SPECIAL A pair of recent fast winners, Major uptrend and Mustang Art, respectively, return in the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special twin-features on Monday, Jan. 11 at Dover Downs. Major Uptrend uncorked a lifetime best 1:49.1 two weeks ago in the previous Preferred, with Corey Callahan holding the lines for trainer Doug Lewis and owner Howard Taylor, scoring wire-to-wire. Two other starters, Rich Pollucci’s fast Dapper Dude of the Jim King Stable, with Tim Tetrick, back from a month-long vacation in Australia, finished third, while Bamond Racing’s Snap To It with Brett Miller in the bike, was fourth. Stepping up from an impressive Del. Special performances last week, Sweet Rock, owned by Reg Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing, scored a 1:50.2 victory with Allan Davis. Kovach Stable’s Del. Special regular, Feel Like A Fool and Montrell Teague leaves from the rail. Another speedster, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stables and Burke Racing’s Speed Again (Yannick Gingras), fresh from a 1:50.3 score last time completes the select field. Max Walton and Greg Papleo’s Mustang Art (B.Miller), who always has raced well in Dover features, was a 1:51 winner last Monday from post 9 in the second tier. Rusty Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Callahan) was a close second with Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Bad Boy Matt (A.Davis) third. Little Ben (Tetrick) has been racing at the top of his game for Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, and makes his  first start in two weeks. Driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art must overcome starting from the outside. Elizabeth Brittingham’s Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) has never been better. Completing the lineup is Don’t Ya Know (Gingras). Two $15,000 and a $14,000 pace for young horses head a strong undercard. Marv Bachrad

One of the oldest lines used by harness racing breeding students worldwide up till the last few years was never write off a stallion's chances even if it is dead. It was not uncommon prior to the widespread use of frozen semen for a young stallions progeny to fire up on the track as soon the stallion died in the early stages of their siring career. These days breeders have the luxury of having access to the frozen semen of a number of the stallions that die prematurely and the biggest example in the last few years has been Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 ($2,754,038) The son of Western Ideal was a star on the track and took that straight to the siring barn where he was an instant success. Just when he was establishing himself as an elite sire, he ruptured his stomach at age eleven and had to be euthanized in March 2013, his premature death sending a shock through the breeding business worldwide. Fortunately, he had plenty of his frozen semen stored and he has continued to produce foals in the years after his death. The success of Rocknroll Hanover's crop of two year olds in Australia last season where he was a close third behind Bettor's Delight on the sires list was a timely reminder of his quality in the siring barn. This year Rocknroll Hanover has seventeen yearlings in the two major sales in New Zealand with his ten offerings at Karaka all having plenty to recommend them on the pedigree page Lot 113 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale on February 22nd at Karaka is typical of the quality that is being offered. A colt named King Of Swing, he is the first foal of the former top Artsplace three year old filly in Twist And Twirl 1:56.8 ($283,258) who won both the Great Northern Oaks and the New Zealand Sires Stakes Three Year Old final as well as running second in both the New Zealand Oaks and the Australasian Breeders Crown Three Year Old Fillies Final. The second dam Giveitawhirlgirl 2:00.4 has been doing a great job at stud having already produced Feels Like Magic 1:52.2 ($217,783) and Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061) as well as Twist And Twirl while the third dam is the former top class filly Impish 1:54.9 (6 wins) who is now the dam of The Fascinator 1:53.9 ($155,162) and the grand-dam of smart West Australian mare Opulent 1:54.9 ($249,085) The fourth dam is the former star New Zealand mare in Smarty Pants (10 wins) so the maternal family has strength going back generations while still churning out star performers today. King Of Swing looks to have all the bases covered for those looking for a Rocknroll Hanover yearling. To view the catalogue for the Australasian Classic Yearling sale click here. Harnesslink Media

East Rutherford, N.J. - Henderson Farms' Bushwacker (9-5 morning line) and Kenneth Jacobs's Doctor Butch (2-1) are poised for a Saturday night (Jan. 9) rematch in the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and the heavily favoured pair will square off against a quintet of other harness racing foes in the night's most prestigious of 14 races, carded as the second event. Doctor Butch, the lone millionaire of the septet, was assigned post 6 for his second start of the meet. The 6-year-old Art Major entire turned in a massive rally in last week's Open, kicking third-over cover late to pass all but one of his rivals. John Campbell handles the driving duties once again for trainer Linda Toscano. The one that Doctor Butch failed to pass--Bushwacker--was assigned the outside post 7 in the group by virtue of a string of four straight top-two finishes against Open company at both Dover and the Meadowlands. Last week, the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding found a seam up the pegs in the final eighth to kick clear off a pocket trip. Corey Callahan handled the driving assignment for trainer Chris Ryder last week, and "The Captain" is slated to be back aboard the 13-time winner this week. Other notable contestants include Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller, post 5), who won three straight races before facing defeat in the final sixteenth in last week's Open, and Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller, post 2), who has amassed over $920,000 in career earnings. A sub-featured upper-level conditioned pace will go as race 9 on the evening, with a field of nine vying for a purse of $15,000. Following a traffic-troubled journey last week, Ron Burke trainee Ultimate Beachboy drops down from the Open ranks for his third outing of the meet. Yannick Gingras will drive the 2-1 morning line favourite from post 7, but the pair will face their fair share of formidable foes. Mr Franklin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Rockin Wizard (Callahan, post 6) both come back off solid in-the-money finishes at this class, while Good Side (Jim Marshall, III) steps up off a third-level win and four prior top-three outings between Freehold and Harrah's Philadelphia. Punters should note that while the Pick 5 and Pick 4s still combine for $105,000 in guaranteed pools, the Pick 5 now begins in race three and the Pick 4s are due to begin in the fifth and ninth events. Likewise, the 20¢ Jackpot Super High 5 will be offered in races seven and 14, with over $50,000 in carryover money awaiting this week's players. On Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., fans who have opted into the email database can redeem coupons for $5 wagering vouchers they have received in their inboxes. Post time for both the Friday and Saturday cards this week at The Meadowlands will be 6:35 p.m. EST. For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at the Meadowlands, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

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