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DOVER, Del.---- Mustang Art won the $28,500 Delaware Special; Emeritus Maximus, the 4&5-Year-Old Open and Dirty Devil, the $15,000 Winners-Over paces on a top Dover Downs Thursday card on March 6. Ron Pierce had a four-win slam. Pierce left quickly with Mustang Art in the feature before giving up the lead to Nova Artist (Allan Davis) at the quarter. Nova Artist cut out the fast pace and led half way down the lane before Mustang Art zoomed out and to victory in a :26.4 final panel for a 1:51.1 decision. Nova Artist held on to second while Jeremy's Successor (Sean Bier) raced gamely three wide around the final turn and got up for third. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art, an Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding, who won for the second time this year lifting the Jim McGuire-trainee to seasonal earnings of $32,575. Pierce was also behind John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus, who got checks in the Progress Pace last Fall, a 1:51.1 winner of the $18,000 Open for young horses. A son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight, Wahine (Jim Morand) closed strongly to finish second with Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) streaking along the passing lane for third. Corey Callahan and Dirty Devil teamed up for a 1:51 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace. Owned by Alexander Rice Sr. and Mike Horn, the Real Artist-Ms Eyes And Thighs gelding made it four wins in seven 2014 races and a $27,200 bankroll this year. Bad Man Sam (Vic Kirby) was next while Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was third. In the first of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners- Over paces, Rebel Soldier, bred, owned and trained by Steve Warrington and driven by Vic Kirby, registered his fastest lifetime victory 1:50.2, overtaking Just A Jolt (Trace Tetrick) in deep stretch for his second win in three trips this year. An altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Heavy Thunder, Rebel Soldier ended a three-race win streak by Just A Jolt. Cruising West (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse. Another streak ended in the other $14,500 division when Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win in 1:52.3 piloting Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough, conditioned by Joe Hundertpfund, to his second win of the year. The Artiscape-Maryland Beauty gelding bested race-favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick), who finished second making his record four wins in six starts. Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Pierce also drove Wade Wyatt's Manhattan Rusty N, trained by Joe Skowyra, to his fifth consecutive victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance in a career fastest clocking of 1:50.3. Bondy N (Wolfenden) and Hasty Western (A.Davis) were second and third respectively. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti won his third straight and seventh win in eight races, to win a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace in 1:53.4. On Eagles Wings (Kirby) was next in front of MG Kid (Morand), who made a misstep on the final turn and then closed to finish third. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2014...Angels Delight, given a brilliantly rated drive by Jason Dillander, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap on Sunday night. The four year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, trained by Jim Mc Donald for owner Joe Pennacchio, pinned a wire-to-wire half length defeat on De Vins Girl, driven by Rick Plano, with the even money toteboard favorite, Arodasi, third, a length and a quarter away, in 1:52.4. Fiesta Camcun and Fashion Ruffles rounded out the quintette. Angels Delight showed her usual early speed from post four and Dillander had her on the lead a few steps out of the gate with De Vins Girl, leaving from the outside post, settling in the garden spot through an opener of :27.4. It was right then, with all parties content in their places, that Dillander rated Angels Delight and lolly-gagged through a :29.3 second panel, reaching the half in :57.2 with a comfortable length and a half lead. On the backside, Arodasi charged from fifth up to second during the official :28.2 quarter--hers being :27.2--but Angels Delight sprinted home in :27, holding off the late charging De Vins Girl with Arodasi next after pacing her final half mile in :54.2. In a post race interview, driver Dillander summed up the event with one single word, "Perfect!" Trainer Mc Donald had high praise for both the mare and the pilot saying, "She's been very solid her last nine starts..either first or second in all of them--and I felt confident that, if she could get a good rated trip, she's be tough. Jason did a magnificent job tonight. So, we'll split the kudos 50-50!" Angels Delight now has a 3-4-0 scorecard in her seven starts this year and $25,000 in bounty. She's banked $89,486 lifetime. As third choice in the betting, Angels Delight paid $7.40 to win. RANGER MOVES ON IN DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP Pompano Park's $20,000 Driver's Challenge continued on Sunday night with the first of three semi-finals and Bruce Ranger emerged victorious over Rick Plano on the strength of two wins, a second and a fifth in the four race competition. The final tally was 28 to 8. Ranger now moves to the March 15 finals and will face the winner of the Simon Allard-Kevin Wallis match-up on Monday and the winner of the Jason Dillander-Mickey McNichol pairing on March 10. The Monday festivities include an additional perk with a second straight carryover in Pompano Park's popular Pick 5 wager. Post time for tomorrow night's card is 7:05 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 1, 2014--Three weeks out and first-up were no problem for Fat Man's Alley (Matt Kakaley) Saturday night, as evidenced by winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Taking it all in early from post position No. 4, "Fat Man" watched as a three-wide Dancin' Yankee (Jason Bartlett) worked around Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission as Fat Man's Alley was commencing his first of March march from sixth. However, he was just pacing in place by the 1:24.1 three-quarters, as Dancin' Yankee took a length-and--a-half lead into the lane. It was off the final turn that Fat Man's Alley received the memo, and he went on by. The margin was a neck in 1:52.3, with Pan from Nantucket, Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. American Rage (Brian Sears), the 19-10 favorite, was a non-factor seventh. For Fat Man's Alley, a 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $15.60 (sixth choice) for his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $77, with the triple returning $308.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
Dover, DE --- It was the perfect ending to a perfect season for Bee A Magician. The female trotter on Sunday night was named 2013 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the Dan Patch Awards banquet at Dover Downs. Bee A Magician, who was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age 3 and earned a divisional record $1.54 million, bested pacers Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous for the honor. Bee A Magician became the first 3-year-old filly trotter to receive the Horse of the Year Award since Continentalvictory in 1996. She got 94 votes, followed by Foiled Again with 19 and Captaintreacherous with 16. In addition, Bee A Magician was named Trotter of the Year by a 120-vote margin over both Market Share and Royalty For Life, who received three votes apiece. Although Foiled Again received more support for Horse of the Year, Captaintreacherous got the nod for Pacer of the Year, 68-57. Captaintreacherous, who won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million last season as a 3-year-old, became the first horse to win back-to-back Pacer of the Year honors since Jenna's Beach Boy in 1995-96. He joined Niatross as the only horses to accomplish the feat at ages 2 and 3. Winners of divisional honors also were recognized at the banquet: Father Patrick (2-year-old male trotter), Shake It Cerry (2-year-old female trotter), He's Watching (2-year-old male pacer), Precocious Beauty (2-year-old female pacer), Royalty For Life (3-year-old male trotter), Bee A Magician (3-year-old female trotter), Captaintreacherous (3-year-old male pacer), I Luv The Nitelife (3-year-old female pacer), Market Share (older male trotter), Maven (older female trotter), Foiled Again (older male pacer) and Anndrovette (older female pacer). Bee A Magician, Father Patrick and Maven were unanimous picks for divisional titles. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, Market Share, and Anndrovette were repeat winners. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician's wins included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial. Her $1.54 million in purses were the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive divisional honors dating back to 1975. Captaintreacherous' wins last year included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group, he joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only horses to win the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. He's Watching was undefeated in eight starts last year, including the New York Sire Stakes championship, and equaled the world record of 1:52.2 for 2-year-old colt pacers on a half-mile track. He is owned by trainer David Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero and was driven primarily by Jim Morrill Jr. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life won seven of 14 starts and $1.27 million for trainer George Ducharme, driver Brian Sears, and owners Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr. and Paul Fontaine. He also won the Canadian Trotting Classic. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Market Share, who was a 4-year-old in 2013, also took divisional honors at age 3. Last year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Foiled Again, who last season at age 9 became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joined Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, Foiled Again won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Anndrovette also became a three-time divisional champion. She joined Eternal Camnation (2001-03) and Shady Daisy (1992-94) as the only older female pacers to accomplish the feat. Anndrovette won seven of 21 races and $558,201 for trainer P.J. Fraley, driver Tetrick and owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino. Her victories included the Roses Are Red Stakes. For complete vote totals, click here. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS HORSE OF THE YEAR TROTTER OF THE YEAR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician Kadabra – Beehive – Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard “Nifty” Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. PACER OF THE YEAR 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous Somebeachsomewhere – Worldly Treasure – Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders. Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He’s Watching American Ideal – Baberhood – Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty Art Major – Precious Beauty – Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She’s A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty – Bourbon ’N Grits – Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray “Chip” Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife Rocknroll Hanover – Lisjune – Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis “Andy” Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share Revenue S – Classical Flirt – Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven Glidemaster – M Stewart – American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra S.r.l. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King – Easy Miss – Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications U.S. Trotting Association
The only yearling by champion USA based stallion Western Ideal to be offered at an Australian Yearling Sale this year will go under the hammer in Perth this afternoon. KTC Bloodstock will offer Lot 12 which is a filly by Western Ideal from the Stoneridge Scooter mare Pash On. This filly is a half-sister to four winners including the $100,000 earner Village Ruler. Western Ideal is the sire of 235 $100,000 earners in North America including the outstanding racehorse and sire Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 $2,754,038 and the millionaire mares Cabrini Hanover and Krispy Apple. Like all fillies being offered in Perth, Lot 12 will be eligible for the Epona Mares Bonus for her wins, while Western Ideal is already making his mark as a broodmare sire with 43 $100,000 earners headed by the Bettors Delight mare See You At Peelers which has won in excess of $1.5 million. Sons of Western Ideal in Rocknroll Hanover and Always A Virgin are also represented in today’s sale. Rocknroll Hanover seven lots in the catalogue made up of three colts and four fillies. As to be expected with a sire whose American stud record includes 129 $100,000 earners and eight millionaires, the Rocknroll Hanover’s being offered in Perth are out of quality mares with six of the mares being either Black Type or Black Type producers. Rocknroll Hanover’s best son is Rocknroll Heaven with a record of 1:47.6 and stakes in excess of $2.7 million. Rocknroll Heaven’s first crop are current yearlings and there are three of them in today’s sale – two colts and on filly. The 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale gets under way at the Belmont Park Sales Complex at 1:00pm with a parade of yearlings commencing at 10:00am. The office at the complex will open at 8:00am for those wishing to make an early start on finding their champion.
The former Kiwi rock star has officially taken a backseat to the star-studded Americans. That’s the opinion of Bruce Barlass, the Canterbury rep for PGG Wrightson, following the second day of the two-day New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch yesterday (Wednesday). “For the first time about a decade Christian Cullen hasn’t been the big tick item at one of our yearling sales. In fact there were only a couple of Christian Cullens in Auckland and a handful down here (Christchurch). “He has made way to the likes of Bettor’s Delight, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, and Rocknroll Hanover,” Barlass said. And in fact it was Bettor’s Delight that fetched the only six-figure sum at yesterday’s sale. Mark Purdon, on behalf of Victorian Merv Butterworth, paid $100,000 for lot 334 – a Bettor’s Delight – Motu Pocket O’Jewels (In The Pocket) bay colt named Motu Premier. The vendor was Ohoka’s Motu Lodge Stud. The second highest price yesterday was also paid by another Australian – this time Emilio Rosati (via Tony Herlihy – MNZM) paid $95,000 for Lot 316 – a Rock N Roll Heaven – Lucinda Midfrew (Live Or Die) bay colt named Lipstickonyourcollar. The vendor was J. W. and Mrs R. G. Mooney. There were three $100,000 plus sales on the first day – (Lot 124 – a Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Babe colt ); Lot 59, a Rocknroll Hanover-Tallulah Bromac colt; and the most expensive filly on all three days - Lot 40, who was by Bettor’s Delight out of Rona Lorraine . The only six figure price in Auckland was Lot 57, a Bettor’s Delight- Galleon’s Supreme colt. The top trotter yesterday was Lot 248 – a son of Angus Hall and Cata (Muscles Yankee). Aldebaran Lodge in Victoria paid $70,000 to Rosedale Farm of Ladbrooks for the brown colt Hall Pass. The vendor was K. N. and Mrs A. M. Spicer. Barlass said 124 lots were sold yesterday amounting to $2,976,750. The clearance rate was 75b per cent and the average price paid was $24,006. He said both ‘Premier’ days saw 254 lots sold at an aggregate total price of $6,232,250. The average on Tuesday and Wednesday collectively was $24,536. “This gave us an overall clearance rate of 76 per cent. Our overall clearance rate went from $5.5 million last year to $6.2 million this year. “That’s a 12 per cent increase. Sure we are delighted with that result, but the way the economy has been improving – especially here in Christchurch, it was expected,” Barlass said. He said the stake increases at Alexandra Park, the positivity at Addington Raceway, and the heavy Australian interest all ensured the increase. Barlass also believed the change in the Premier Sales format from three days to two days a few years ago also ensured the rise. “I also think having two even days instead of just having the best horses on day one also helped. This is the first year we have mingled the best horses on both days. “It was a successful move because this year we had two equal days and it meant horses of lesser quality were also able to be sold alongside some of the best – not just on day one, but on both Tuesday and Wednesday,” Barlass said. To view the Sales results from the two-day New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, click here: By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)
A strong middle market on the first day of the two-day New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch yesterday (Tuesday) saw the average price lift from $22,186 in 2013 to $25,191 in 2014. Canterbury rep for PGG Wrightson, Bruce Barlass put the 14 per cent rise in prices down to a strong Canterbury and Southland presence, as well as the healthy state of dairy farming in the South Island. “We are pleased with what happened considering in it was 32 degrees outside and about 40 inside. I’ve never experienced a Sale in such hot conditions. “But the people came out. The place was packed and there were an especially high number of Southlanders who turned out. “It’s three years since our ‘earthquake sale’ and this year has shown us that people have been prepared to spend money. The middle market was especially high and I think that’s what lifted out average,” Barlass said. Only two lots broke the $100,000 mark at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on Monday. Yesterday three lots broke the magic six figure mark at Christchurch, but it was the $30,000 to $92,500 range that bolstered the statistics. Thirty two of the 176 lots programmed achieved between $30,000 and $92,500. “Lincoln Farm, Kerry Hoggard, Mark Purdon, Robert Dunn, Cran Dalgety and of course Mark Purdon were some of the big buyers on the day, but without the strong middle market the Sale would have suffered. “It was also pleasing to see a strong Australian showing as well. Merv Butterworth bought big. That was pleasing because this is new territory for him,” Barlass said. The highest price of the day paid was $140,000 - $10,000 more than the highest price at Karaka and $30,000 less than the top price paid on day one at last year’s Premier Sale – that being $170,000 for an Art Major-Asabella colt originally named Titanium, but now called Major Stride. This year Lincoln Farms of Kumeu paid $140,000 for lot 124 – a Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Babe colt named Beaudiene Beaufighta. The vendor was W.D. Kennedy of Otautau. The other two lots to fetch more than $100,000 or more were: Lot 40, a Bettor’s Delight-Rona Lorraine colt named Bettor Think Quick bought by Rosslands Stud for $105,000. Vendor: Rosedale Farm. Lot 59, a Rocknroll Hanover-Tallulah Bromac colt named Twinkle Bromac bought by Mark Purdon for $100,000. Vendor: Bromac Lodge. Barlass was also delighted with the 77 per cent clearance rate compared to the 73 per cent at Auckland. “It was a very good day clearance wise and I think this should improve on day two. In fact I think we can get close to last year’s overall clearance of 80 per cent,” said Barlass. He believed the lift in the economy in Christchurch, especially from the dairy community was starting to filter into the standardbred industry. “There’s a lot more money being pumped into Christchurch and I think the city has rebounded well from our tragedy three years ago. I’ve never seen so many Southlanders out in force either. “I’m expecting an even better day tomorrow (Wednesday),” Barlass said. Full sales results from yesterday can be viewed by clicking this link. Published 19 February 2014 http://www.standardbred.co.nz/Sales/Results/58 By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)
After a very active day at Karaka yesterday, John Street of Lincoln Farms was at it again at today’s New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, purchasing a handful of yearlings including the sales topper. Described by Street as an absolute standout, he secured lot 124, Beaudiene Beaufighta, for $140,000. The pricey colt is a son of Bettor’s Delight out of top producer Beaudiene Babe, making him a half-brother to Harness Jewels winner Beaudiene Bad Babe. He is also a half-brother to capable nine win pacer Guns N Roses and a close relation of the very good Beaudiene Christian (11 wins), who was recently retired. Beaudiene Beaufighta was sold by Dawn and Dave Kennedy of Otautau. The other $100,000 plus lots were Bettor Think Quick, a Bettor’s Delight filly out of Rona Lorraine, who is a Group One winning half-sister to star filly Venus Serena, and Twinkle Bromac, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of an Artsplace daughter of Tandias Courage. Bettor Think Quick was slammed down to the bid of Rosslands Stud for $105,000, while Twinkle Bromac caught the eye of brilliant judge Mark Purdon, and was secured by him for $100,000 Kerry Hoggart of Rosslands Stud also purchased a grouse Bettor’s Delight half-brother to Georgetown for $87,500. Other Bettor’s Delight colts to sell well included Franco Christiano, Better Than The Best, and G I Joe, while Christian Cullen colt Alpha Styx also fetched top dollar. Franco Christiano was sold to Mr Neumann of ‘Tyre General’ fame, who purchased the colt for $92,500, while Better Than The Best ($75,000) and G I Joe ($82,000) were purchased by the Kennards and the Butterworths, and are both likely to find themselves in the barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. However, Mark’s brother Barry got one back on him with the well related Christian Cullen colt Alta Styx, buying him for $87,500. The other $80,000 plus colt of the sale was Highview Joey, a Rock N Roll Heaven half-brother to Highview Tommy, who was knocked down to the bid of Cran Dalgety. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day was Paramount Faith, a Pegasus Spur full-sister to Paramount Geegee and talented two-year-old Paramount Dream. He was purchased by Ian Dobson and will be trained by Colin & Julie DeFilippi. Today’s average was $25,191, with a clearance rate of 77%. However, that clearance rate is expected to rise when selling commences tomorrow. To view full results from the first day of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson
LEBANON, OH. - Despite sub-freezing temperatures Lookinforadventure scorched the new Miami Valley five-eighths mile oval in 1:51.4 on Sunday night to capture the featured $10,000 Open-Preferred pace and lower the track record. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. left alertly and opted to sit the pocket throughout most of the record-setting mile. Eventual runnerup I'm Feeling Good (Tony Hall) posted front-end fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before yielding halfway down the stretch to finish 1-1/2 lengths behind. Ardyne Ace (Jim Pantaleano) raced gamely from the outside post position in the field of nine to garner the show dough. Green Acquisition Corporation owns Lookinforadventure, a six-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the Jate Lobell daughter Student Driver. The winner was recently moved to the Virgil Morgan Jr. stable as he approaches the half-million dollars in career earning plateau. Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway
"He is the fastest and gutsiest horse I ever sat behind," Sylvain Filion stated. Panther Hanover established himself as one of the fastest pacers in the history of the sport. His career cut short by injury was brilliant. During his short career Panther Hanover won eight of fourteen starts and banked more than $365,000, while taking a mark of 1:47.2 at the Meadowlands. His three-year-old campaign was highlighted by victories in the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned by Jim Carr, Panther Hanover will now stand stud at Win Place and Show Farm in New York State, just one mile from the Canadian/U.S. border. Stud fee for 2014 will be $3,000 with a multiple mare discount available. A two mare discount is available for $3,000 for the first live foal and $1,000 for the second live foal. Foals will be eligible to the lucrative New York State Sire Stakes Program. Sam and Carolyn Trombley own and manage the picturesque Win Place and Show Farm. "We have already has a lot of inquiries about him. He is easy to manage and handle and knows when it is time to perform. His personality and attitude is terrific." Sam Trombley said. James Dean trained Panther Hanover for his racing career. "He was wicked fast and if he had stayed sound there is no telling how fast he would have gone," James Dean said. "He went in 1:47.2 in the New Jersey Classic. It was the fourteenth race of the day. Had he raced earlier in the day he would have gone in 1:46 and change. By the time of our race a wind kicked up pretty good in the backstretch. Earlier in the day there was no wind at all. If he had stayed sound he could have been the fastest horse I ever trained.” Owner Jim Carr is looking at a book of over 75 mares. "He was an awesome looking horse who had the look of a thoroughbred," Carr said. "He had the gift of great gate speed and a tremendous brush. He could sit the pocket if needed. He had a great attitude and was well mannered. For Quebec mares we have a special opportunity. If you bring your mare to the farm nearby (50 miles), and the horse is bred at the farm, you can now race both in the enhanced Quebec Sire Stakes Program and the New York Sire Stakes Program. You can get in on the ground floor of the fifth fastest horse in harness racing history and the fastest son of Rocknroll Hanover. He was bred to be great and his paternal family shows it. Panther Hanover is a half brother to outstanding performers Pan Hanover, Philos Hanover, Platinum Hanover and Passmaster Hanover, who are the winners of over one million dollars in purses. Remember all of his foals are eligible for the rich New York Sire Stakes Program. To contact Sam and Carolyn Trembley call (518) 297-3506. The farm is Win, Place & Show Farm, 474 Hayford Road, Champlain, NY 12919 and their website is http://winplaceandshowfarm.com/arrival. By Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com
The Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd and Tasracing at 6pm next Friday at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale comprises 39 lots by 17 different sires including Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major and the champion North American sire Rocknroll Hanover. Other well known stallions include Courage Under Fire, Shadow Play, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Julius Caesar, Mister Big, Major In Art, Tiz A Masterpiece, Stonebridge Regal and JR Mint. The offering includes the first foal of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak and a colt closely related to the Miracle Mile winner and nominal Inter Dominion favourite Beautide. Besides Shez Ryleymak, the progeny of Group and classic winners Cam River, Mon Poppy Mary, Laconic, Cullens Angel (1:54.8), Thabela Brioso, El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon and Whata Dragon are listed to go under the hammer. There’s half-brothers and sisters to top performers such as Abbreviated (Vic. Youthful), Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner, Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle, Cruisin Fella and Melolyn. All yearlings presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. They will also be eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. Furthermore, the youngsters are eligible for a one-off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K.Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com . by Peter Wharton
DOVER, Del.---- After consecutive fast wins, 8-1 Dancin Yankee moved into the $30,000 Preferred to another win; Full Of Sand won a photo in the $28,500 Delaware Special and Ice Scraper took the $18,000 Open to highlight a strong Thursday, Jan. 30 card at Dover Downs. Overlooked in the betting despite two straight impressive victories, Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page, blew past the leaders in the stretch to record a 1:51.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred, the top purse race of the week. The six-year-old son of The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gave trainer Josh Green his second win on the program. Owned by Bob Briley, Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing, it was his 27th lifetime win and brought his career earnings to $614,822.Second-place Texican N led in the stretch for Ross Wolfenden with Special Forces, third, reined by Corey Callahan. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) led early and tired in the stretch. Callahan and Full Of Sand enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip following All Stienam (Chris Page) until mid-stretch before rolling up to score a 1:51.2 decision in the $28,500 Del. Special. Trish Foulk conditions the Full Of Fun-Soft Towel gelding for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables. A 40-1 shot, People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) came on for third. Ice Scraper, a recent arrival from top-class events at Balmoral Park, notched an impressive 1:51.1 win in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. Owned by Jim Behrendt and trained by Phyllis Copeland of the Roger Plante Stable, the winner is an altered son of Yankee Skyscraper-Chill Breezes. Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second in front of Don't Ya Know (Vic Kirby). Summer Camp came from off the pace to score a 1:51 victory in a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable own the Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art veteran gelding. Driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green. GD Airliner (Callahan) was next with Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Trainer Peter Tritton has unveiled another Down Under import to reckon with. Ross Wolfenden steered Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N, a Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche gelding, to his second win in a row with a stunning 1:51.3 success. Panfully Cool (Ron Pierce) and Wahine (Jim Morand) were second and third respectively. Meet leader Callahan led all drivers with four wins. Ross Wolfenden and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins, Chris Page, Ron Pierce and trainer Josh Green and owner Baron Racing had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
Many of Tasmanian’s leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Tasmanian Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Lyndon and Gail Menegon’s Big Park stud, Karoola has the biggest draft with eight lots including two by highly promising sire Major In Art and five by the royally bred Tiz A Masterpiece. The consignment includes half-brothers to the dual Melton winner Cruisin Fella and the Bathurst Tiara heat winner Dakota Hanover and a filly out of the Belmont winner El Jays Belle. Strezlecki Lodge, Windemere, conducted by Brooke Hammond, will offer six yearlings – by five different sires. The pick of the draft appears to be the Rocknroll Hanover colt out of a strong New Zealand family which includes Charleys Dream (Tas. Golden Mile), Village Hero and so on. The Hammond clan will also offer a Stonebridge Regal filly out of the Bandbox Stakes winner Cam River, the dam of Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), and a JR Mint brother to Sales Classic winner Prisoner. The Jetsonville Park Syndicate, who imported JR Mint from America, has entered five yearlings – four fillies and a colt – by the 1:49 $920,000 winning son of Northern Luck. The draft includes a daughter of the Evicus Stakes winner Mon Poppy Mary, whose first foal in Black Centurian took out the Sales Classic. Prominent Devonport breeder and owner Mick Maxfield has nominated two lots, one a colt by champion sire Art Major from a good winning NZ mare and the other an Elsu filly out of a half-sister to the Victoria Sires Classic winner Romeo Castle. Briighton breeder Peter Walker’s four-strong entry includes a pair of fillies by Art Major, one of out Ticket To Angel and the other from her Granny Smith winning daughter Cullens Angel. He will also offer fillies by Shadow Play and Jeremes Jet, both out of winning Resurgent Dragon mares. A Mister Big filly out of the immediate family of Miracle Mile hero Beautide will spearhead the three-strong draft of the Harford-based Paine family. The well made filly is out of Atlarak, a half-sister to Gorse Bush, the dam of Beautide. Brighton studmaster Sue Streit has nominated a colt and a filly by resident stallion Mountain Glory, a former Tasmanian Horse of the Year. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com by Peter Wharton
Benstud Standardbreds have been going from strength to strength in recent years and co-owner Craig Judd is confident that will once again be evident at this year’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale. “We have been breeding and selling yearlings for a number of years, but things have really taken off since we took over the former ‘Lynrose Stud’ in 2007,” explained Judd. This year Benstud Standardbreds have 12 yearlings set to go under the hammer at the Melbourne APG Sale on Sunday February 2, while they also have four yearlings engaged in the Sydney Sale. “It is without a doubt the strongest crop of colts we have ever had,” said Judd. “In the past we have had two or three standout colts, whereas this year we have about five of them,” he explained. Among them, are a Rocknroll Hanover half-brother to All Eyes On Us, a Rock N Roll Heaven – Mendelico colt, and an Art Major colt out of the smart mare Morgan Abby. The first of those to go under the hammer on Sunday is the Rocknroll Hanover – All Eyes On Me colt (lot.53), and Judd describes him as being “absolutely flawless.” “He is a very nice type with perfection confirmation,” said Judd of the half-brother to last season’s APG 2YO Colt & Geldings Final runner-up All Eyes On Us. Another who is sure to grab the intention of plenty of buyers is lot 168, a stunning colt by Art Major out of 10-win mare Morgan Abby. “He is a sensational colt with a bit of the X-factor,” enthused Judd. “Last season I said All Eyes On Us was the nicest colt we had ever put through the sale, and this fella reminds me a lot of him.” When watching the videos on the Benstud Standardbred website, I thought lot 157, a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of 17 win mare Mendelico, was an absolute standout, and Judd was quick to agree. “He is a tremendous colt with all the attributes needed to be a top-liner,” said Judd. “He is big and strong and has a super pedigree to boot, he really is the full package,” he added. But, while Benstud Standardbreds has a stellar draft of colts, they also have a few cracking fillies, including a Mach Three full-sister to multiple Group One winner Fly Like An Eagle and an Art Major three-quarter sister to Victorian Cup winner For A Reason. “They are a couple of really nice fillies, with super breeding, so I am expecting very big things from them as well. When asked if there were was a ‘smokey’ in his draft that could slip under the radar of buyers and offer some value for money, Judd said that it could be lot 9, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of Sassy Gert. “Her dam was unraced because she fell off the float at the yearling sales and injured herself badly, but she is a half-sister to top mare Sassy Sarah ($445,866). “And the yearlings out of La Bella Rufus (half to Young Rufus) and My Spirit Of Tara could be in a similar boat.” “They both had two-year-old go nicely in the Trialling Sale at Menangle in Decemeber.” Other yearlings that Benstud Standardbreds will offer at the Melbourne APG Sale include an Art Major – Tika Filly, a Rocknroll Hanover – Bendall Rose (10 wins) colt, a Rock N Roll Heaven – Monica Stride filly, and a Sportswriter half-sister to South Australian superstar Come On Frank. Meanwhile, Judd is also excited about a couple of yearlings that Benstud Standardbreds are offering at the Sydney APG Sale. “We have an Art Major half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling and star three-year-old Bling It On, as well as a Rocknoll Hanover half-brother to Rocknrolla.” Of the 13 yearling that Benstud Standardbreds offered at last year’s APG Sale, 9 of them have already won a race or a trial. “It’s pretty good going when you consider we are only two months into the two-year-old season, said Judd, in what was a huge understatement. “I’m just hopeful the yearlings this year will do a similar job.” Smart types Benstud Standardbreds have produced in the past include Philadelphia Man, Soho Valencia, Bellas Delight, Fly Like An Eagle, Come On Frank, All Eyes On Us, and of course last season’s star two-year-old Bling It On. The only question is who will be the next one? Judd said that all the yearlings being sold at the Melbourne APG Sale will be at the Inglis Sale Complex tomorrow and everyone is welcome to go and view them. To View pictures and videos of the yearlings on offer visit the Benstud Standardbred website. By Mitchell Robertson Contact: Benstud Standardbreds 3189 Labuan Road, Katunga, Victoria. 3640 (30 mins. north of Shepparton) Telephone: (03) 5865 8273 Fax: (03) 5865 8238 Peter Judd 0419 320 062 or Craig Judd 0458 658 273 25th January 2014 A week out from the sales and the inquiries are starting to increase, I’m anticipating that it will be a good sale but have been disappointed before. We are ecstatic with the condition of all of our yearlings and the feedback from the videos has been fantastic. I thought the TALE OF THE TAPE might be of interest to everyone. At the start of the yearling prep we weighed and measured all of the yearlings and I’ve found it interesting to watch their progression …The 1st weigh in was on the 1/12/13 and final was 21/1/14 COLTS ALL EYES ON ME WAS: 15 HANDS/370 KG NOW: 15.1 HANDS/404 KG GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/34 KG BENDALL ROSE WAS: 14.2½ HANDS/360 KG NOW: 14.3½ HANDS/402 KG GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/42 KG LA BELLA RUFUS NZ WAS: 14.2 HANDS/366 KG NOW: 15 HANDS/397 KG GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/33 KG MENDELICO WAS: 15½ HANDS/378 KG NOW: 15.1 HANDS/411 KG GAIN: 0.0½ HAND/33 KG MORGAN ABBY WAS: 14.2 HANDS/374 KG NOW: 14.3 HANDS/410 KG GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/36 KG MY SPIRIT OF TARA NZ WAS: 13½ HANDS/307 KG NOW: 14.1½ HANDS/357 KG GAIN: 1.1 HANDS/50 KG FILLIES SASSY GERT WAS: 13.3½ HANDS/301 KG NOW: 14.1 HANDS/346 KG GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/45 KG THREE EAGLES WAS: 14.2 HANDS/333 KG NOW: 15 HANDS/367 KG GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/34 KG TIKA USA WAS: 14.1 HANDS/325 KG NOW: 14.1½ HANDS/372 KG GAIN: 0.0½ HAND/47 KG WHATACORKA WAS: 14.1 HANDS/286 KG NOW: 14.2 HANDS/329 KG GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/43 KG MONTANA MELODY WAS: 14.2½ HANDS/378 KG NOW: 15 HANDS/419 KG GAIN: 0.7½ HANDS/41 KG MONICA STRIDE WAS: 14.3 HANDS/354 KG NOW: 15 HANDS/401 KG GAIN: 0.7 HANDS/47 KG The colts had an average weight gain of 38 kg & fillies gained an average of 42 kg… which is an average gain of .9 kg per day.
Pompano Beach, FL...January 26, 2014...Angels Delight, handled by Jason Dillander, took top honors in the Mares Open at Pompano Park on Sunday night but had to survive a bad step or two turning for home, an onslaught at the end of the mile and a judges inquiry before the "official" sign was posted. The four year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, trained by Jim Mc Donald for owner Joe Pennacchio, earned her initial victory of the year in 1:53.1, winning by a neck over the late surging Excelerated Speed (Wally Hennessey) with De Vins Girl (Rick Plano) also in the win photo. Express Jet, prominent early on, finished fourth, a length away while Southwind Trini was just a nose back of Express Jet in picking up the final award in the field of seven. At the outset, Express Jet showed her usual early speed from post six but Angels Delight, leaving from post three, battled early and stuffed Express Jet In The Pocket through an opening panel in :27.3. Dillander then grabbed a hold of his mare and rated her through a second quarter of :29.2, reaching the half in :57. On the backside, three-eighths out, the pace began to quicken as Southwind Trini brushed up from fifth to reach second, just a length away, with the 3/4s timed in 1:25.4. At the top of the lane, Angels Delight took a couple of bad steps but quickly regained her composure, sprinting home in :27.2 to earn the close decision. In a post race interview, Dillander said, "...yeah, she took a couple of bad steps--I don't know why--but she's a pro and got right back on track and was very strong to the wire. She needed it, too, because those other two (Excelerated Speed and De Vins Girl) were really flying." Indeed she did. Excelerated Speed paced her final quarter in :26.3 and just did miss the winner's circle by, what the charts showed, a "nk." As the even money tote-board favorite, Angels Delight paid $4.20 to win to her $2 backers and half of the $10,000 purse to the connections of Angels Delight, sending her lifetime bankroll to $74,486--$10,000 of that this year in three starts. The $8,000 co-feature for the mares went to Bombilla Hanover, scoring her 23rd lifetime victory to send her career earnings to $171,393. The six year-old daughter of The Panderosa, co-owned by trainer Peter Blood along with Rick Berks and Lew Whitaker, was driven by Bruce Ranger, who sent the mare on a speed binge from fifth just short of the :27.2 quarter and into the lead, clocking subsequent panels of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before romping home in :28.2 for the one length score over Diamond Amber (Simon Allard) with Head First (Ed Hensley) third. Asset Management and Darlington Stripe also picked up awards in the field of nine. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park