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Pompano Beach, Fl...March 27, 2015...With Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 $70,000 carryover into Saturday's harness racing program gaining significant momentum, the track has added additional "fuel to the fire" by carding the $15,400 Open Handicap Pace as the event host for Saturday's Hi-5. A stellar field of 10 will face the Hummer Starting Gate, including newcomers Doo Wop Hanover (5/2) and Panocchio (9/2), both expected to attract significant interest at the mutual windows. Doo Wop Hanover, a $257,000 winner with a 1:49 mark in his 2014 three year-old campaign and a very fast closing fourth to McWicked in the Breeders Crown in his final start last season, makes his four year-old debut for trainer Peter Blood, who co-owns along with Rick Berks. Mickey McNichol, who handled "Doo Wop" in his 1:50.4 qualifying win last week, will be in the bike and begins from post eight. This son of Rocknroll Hanover is sandwiched between Panocchio, a 1:49.3 winner in his last start at Pompano to close out last year's campaign, and Duc Dorleans, bringing a four race winning streak in Open competition to the table. About Doo Wop Hanover, trainer Peter Blood said, "I'm not too crazy about having drawn the eight post in a bulky field like this, but Doo Wop showed he was tight with that qualifier last week and he can really do some rattling in the lane, so we hope for the best in this, his first start back." Panocchio will have the services of Bruce Ranger in the bike while Duc Dorleans, sporting a mark of 1:49 at Pompano Park, will have regular driver Donald Dupont handling the five year-old's lines. Ranger thinks the event will be an all out war...especially early. "If the weather cooperates, I think we'll see some very fast fractions--some real barnburners--especially early," he said. "Last week, the opener was :25.4, so I wouldn't be surprised if the half was :53 and change and I don't think it would be prudent to mix it up too much with the leader at that point. That could set up for a track record threatening mile." Pompano Park's track record is 1:48.4. While these aforementioned stars have lightning gate speed, their main competition may come from yet another blossoming star, Remissionofsins (7/2), a side-wheeler that can bolt out of the gate with the best of them, as evidenced by his :25.4 opener last week in the Open, only to be nailed in the final stride or two of a 1:50.2 mile. Kevin Wallis will be in the bike back of Remissionofsins for the "Saturday night special." Wallis said, "This is the first time that I will have driven this horse but I understand he does have some 'hellish' (keeping with the 'sins' theme) early. Off his recent performances, he should be competitive in the field." The field also boasts Cruizin K C (post one, 15/1), Freeneasy Hanover (20/1), Northern Companion (15/1), E Z Noah (10/1), P L Hellcat (8/1) and Raji's Blue Line (15/1), starting from the second tier 10 post. Raji's Blue Line will have the driving services of Mike Micallef who said, "I realize that there are a few horses in there that might be a step or two better than mine but, the last time I checked, 'Raji' couldn't read the tele-time on the infield board, so I am hoping to catch some live cover off of a lively half." Post time for Pompano's Saturday night program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Last Saturday night’s Sapling Stake at Globe Derby proved to be a Bain family affair. The time-honoured feature was captured by promising filly Hilltop Sophia, which is prepared astute horseman Peter Bain. Driven by Bain’s son, Aaron, Hilltop Sophia is owned by the trainer’s mother, Val. “It was a nice win for the whole family to be involved in,” Bain declared. “She is a nice little filly and it made for a good night out.” Settled two-back along the pegs as the field raced in ‘Indian file’, Hilltop Sophia gained a one-one trip at the bell as Dont Tell Linda was moved to the ‘death seat’. Forced three-wide along the back straight, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover sustained a strong sprint to complete an eye-catching win from Queen Of Sharkz and Tyrion. “She is a pretty nice filly,” Bain said. “That’s two wins and three placings from five starts, so you can’t ask for much more than that. “With the trip she got she was always going to be hard to hold out and she finished it off as you’d expect.” Covering the last half in 59.4 seconds, the two-year-old rated 2:01.7 for the 1800 metres. Set to enjoy “a week to 10 days off”, Hilltop Sophia has been aimed at several features, including the Southern Cross and Vicbred Super Series. “There are plenty of options for her before the end of the season, including the Golden Nursery,” Bain said. “That said, I don’t want to over race her, so I will keep her fresh where I can. “She will have a week to 10 days off now, then I’ll get her going again.” PAUL COURTS

Offaly, Ireland – Oakwood Stud management has announced that they have purchased the racehorse/stallion Foreclosure N in the United States and will stand him for the remainder of the 2015 season in Ireland. A selling price was not disclosed. “While on our recent tour of the USA last week,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud, “I met with Mark Weaver at the Meadows and went out and saw the stallion on the farm and thought he would be perfect for us in Ireland. Within a week we struck a deal.” Forclosure N has just about traveled around the world. The stallion by Rocknroll Hanover is from the Australian-bred Fake Left mare Pleasing Package A, who had a great record at the races of 1:50.2 ($324,710). At two he won five times, including victories in the NJSS Championship - where he paced Freehold's half-mile track in 1:54.3h - and his Breeders Crown elimination where he set his freshman mark of 1:52.1f. At three he finished third in his North America Cup elimination and second in his Meadowlands Pace elimination... in both finals he drew PP #10 yet still managed to finish fourth both times, beaten less than three lengths in each. Foreclosure N was a six-time winner as an older horse and his record mile and biggest win of his career came in the $182,000 American National at Balmoral Park in 2012. There he romped by six and one-half lengths in 1:48.4 in defeating Foiled Again, Golden Receiver, Aracahe Hanover and Razzle Dazzle. In that race he took the field to the three-quarters in 1:19. With a final record of 1:48.4 and career earnings of $807,000, Foreclosure N had a promising career until age 5 when an injury sidelined him to stallion duty for the rest of his career. He was owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stables. Foreclosure N stood his first season in Ohio and now has 19 yearlings from his first crop. “My brother James, who runs Oakwood Stud, says this is a perfect stallion for us to stand,” Derek Delaney said. “The quarantine will go fast and we hope to breed at least 40 or more mares this first season. We have not yet set a stud fee price.” The stuff fee on Foreclosure N will be €700 and interested parties can contact James Delaney at +0851105010 or email derekd105@gmail.com.  by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) took advantage of an early speed duel in the $18,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and swooped the group to record a victory in the feature. The seven year old Jose Godinez trainee got away sixth in the seven horse Open but after first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.4 came charging hard three wide in the final quarter to secure the victory in 1:55.1. The race's co-favorite at 2-1, RU Ready To Rock recorded his fourth win of the season. His stablemate BJ's Bequia (Rocknroll Hanover) prevailed in the "undercard" to the Open, scoring on the front end for Aldrich in the $15,000 Winners Over pace. Aldrich piloted three winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

DOVER, Del. --- Sweet Rock returned from the Meadowlands last month and has been invincible since rolling off four consecutive wins capped by a 1:51.1 photo finish score in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap Thursday, March 19 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick won six races to give him 11 in two days. In a driving finish three horses, Sweet Rock had his nose up first for Allan Davis with Mojo Terror and Tim Tetrick second just a head in front of a fast-finishing Just A Jolt and Vic Kirby. Wayne Givens trains the Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding who now has a 2015 record of four wins in seven races earning $37,150 and $251,981 lifetime. Reggie Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing own the four-year-old. Howard Taylor's Handsome Henry K responded after a tough parked-out trip last week to score a 1:51.1 victory in the $20,000 Open/Handicap pace. With meet leading driver Corey Callahan at the controls, the Western Ideal-Color Me Beachy gelding, a $324,455 lifetime winner, won for the second time this year. Papa Ray (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up with Lindwood Player (Tetrick) getting up for third. Tetrick used the quickest way home driving race-favorite Contraband Hanover to notch a career fastest 1:51 clocking in the $16,500 Open pace. The win was the second straight and fifth of the year in eight starts for the altered son of Somebeachsomewhere-Castaway. For owner Tom Lazzaro, it was one of two wins during the card. Meet leading trainer haltered four winners. Bandito (Daryl Bier) cut out the fast fractions but had to settle for second-place. Scalped (Montrell Teague) took third money. Tetrick also drove the winner of another $16,500 Open/Handicap, Maddysonofagun, for His folks Mary Alice and Tom Tetrick. Jim King is trainer of the 1:52 winner. A grey gelding by Modern Art-Maddy Girl, the five-year-old bested a tough Four Staces (Corey Callahan) and Ballinrobe (Allan Davis), second and third respectively. In one of two $15,500 4&5-In a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Ziggy Sky was another winner for Allan Davis. The Stonebridge Regal-Bubeleh gelding was at his fastest with a lifetime record of 1:51.3. Bobbies Power Play (Tony Morgan) was a close second in front of Goldin Parachute (Ross Wolfenden). A 49-1 shot, Cabbie's Delight, a Bettor's Delight-Get A Cab four-year-old, pulled a big surprise for owners Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson posting a 1:52.3 upset paying $100.20 for a $2 wager. Favorite Star Messenger (Tetrick) was second with A Quick Buck (Morgan) third. Tim Tetrick had six winners, Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis had four wins each. Owner-trainer Arty Foster Jr. and owners Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro had two wins each. There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Live racing returns Monday through Thursday with starting time at 4:30 p.m. Now on Thursdays, only, there is a two-for-one entre special the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Each race day, reservations are suggested for those choosing to dine while watching live racing. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

LEBANON, OH. - Lucky Lime, nicknamed 'The Grinder' in keeping with his racing style, wore down all his harness racing adversaries for driver Kyle Ater in the $15,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night--despite a grueling first-over journey (the kind he appears to like!). Speed Trap (Chris Page) allowed Gareth Nourrir (Tyler Smith) to briefly clear to the front before retaking control as the quickest leavers passed the quarter mile marker in :27. By the halfway station in :55.3 Lucky Lime was out and moving with Virgil (Josh Sutton) in tow and the eight-horse field double-tiered from front to back. Lacking a huge burst of speed, but with abundant determination, Lucky Lime inched closer with every stride until finally clearing to the front just past the 1:23.2 three-quarter station. Special Forces (Dan Noble) closed furiously through the stretch to finish second with Virgil garnering the show dough in the 1:52.3 mile. Midway down the lane seven of the combatants still had a shot to win it, but it was Lucky Lime who displayed the most grit. The top seven finishers were all within two lengths at the wire. Dean Glispie trains Lucky Lime, who has now won over $100,000 racing exclusively in Ohio over the past 13 months, for owner Kirk Nichols. The six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover sports a career bankroll of $231,517. Gregg Keidel  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 13, 2015 - Rockaround Sue ($31) with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett in the sulky, coming off a trio of non-descript efforts, bottomed out her foes Friday night in winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 3, "Sue" had to wait her turn as RD IOU (Tyler Buter) and Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) both left inside of her. Rockaround Sue worked around Palm Patrol, making the lead just after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. All the while, eight-hole assignee Sayitall BB (George Brennan), as the 13-10 favorite, left into a five-hole. It was a :56.4 intermission before "BB" moved again, and as good as she was in winning her seasonal debut a week ago, she was that ugly here. Sayitall BB never came close to the leader, who widened passing a 1:25 three-quarters. Rockaround Sue opened to 3½ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held off a shaking-free RD IOU by a length in 1:53.2. Marathon Day (Eric Carslon), racing last-over, rallied from last to snap third, with Palm Patrol and Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube) completed the cashers. Sayitall BB finished last, beaten nearly seven lengths. For seventh choice Rockaround Sue, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover co-owned by Bamond Racing and Silva Stables and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her first board finish in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $174.50, with the triple returning $980. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,731.80 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and an Ides of March "French" Sunday (post time 1:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The only stallion of any note to have his first crop hit the tracks down under this season is the son of Rocknroll Hanover, Rock N Roll Heaven. Standing at Pepper Tree Farm at a fee of $11,000, Rock N Roll Heaven served 214 mares in Australia in his first season at stud from which he produced 153 foals who are two year olds this season. While it is early days it has been a less than auspicious start for the young sire. As of today he has had fifteen starters for  three winners and currently sits eighth on the Australian two year old sires list which for a stallion with 153 two year olds is slow going. Last season Sportswriter had a similar number of two year olds and was vying for the lead on the sires table for most of the season before Bettors Delight and Art Major forged clear in July and August so to date you would have to say that Rock N Roll Heaven has started very slowly. The three two year olds that have won all look promising enough with the pick of them being the Michael Stanley trained Soho Lexington who was impressive winning in a 1:58.1 mile rate for 1690 metres at Kilmore recently. In North America, Rock N Roll Heaven had a great start to his siring career last year finishing a close sixth on the two year old sires list with over $1.7 million on his card and that was on the back of a string of impressive fillies. The best of them was Sassa Hanover 1:50.1 ($485,591) and his four $100,000 winners from his first crop were all fillies. One filly that has caught our eye in Australasia is MacKenzie, a daughter of the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343) A member of the all conquering All Star barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, she was purchased out of the  Sydney APG sale last year for $82,000. She has looked very smart at trials and is being aimed at the APG races in Australia and will be a player going by her efforts at the trials. Rocknroll Hanover has a reputation for leaving difficult to handle horses and it looks like his son Rock N Roll Heaven has passed on the same traits. That won't stop them winning races as the record of Rocknroll Hanover shows but it does lead to a lot of trainers looking elsewhere for stock, especially at yearling sales. In New Zealand in his first season he served 52 mares which resulted in 37 horses who are two year olds this season. The only one that has shown up so far is the filly Killer Queen 1:59.2 who has been placed in the Young Gun Series at Alexandra Park and is held in high regard by trainer Ray Green. The record of Rock N Roll Heaven in North America would suggest that the winners will come at some point but if you are going to compete with the Art Majors and the Bettor's Delights in the Australasian market, then those winners need to come sooner rather than later. Harnesslink Media

DOVER, Del. ---- Harness racing driver Tony Morgan moved two steps closer to 15,000 wins driving Middle Aged Crazy to victory in the Dover Downs, Tuesday, March 10 feature race. Earlier Morgan drove Courser Hanover to victory in 1:55.3 to win a Delaware $5,000 Male Claiming pace. In the feature, Morgan had just enough driving Middle Aged Crazy to move along the passing lane and catch Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) in the final step. Tim Mumford owns the Yankee Skyscraper - Valley Amelia gelding trained by Shane Long who won for the second time this year. LA Camcharger (Vic Copeland) got up for third in the photo. Jingle Bell Rocker, who was unbeaten from the Christmas Holiday season until early February, got back on the winning track as Trace Tetrick drove the Les Givens-conditioned Rocknroll Hanover - Blissard Of Oz gelding, owned by Tina Clark, to his 13th lifetime win, a 1:53.1 victory in a Delaware $7,500 Male Claiming pace. Tony Morgan, Trace Tetrick, George Dennis and trainer Kathleen Brewer had two wins each. SEVRUGA JOINS $18,000 OPEN/HANDICAP TROT WEDNESDAY Sevruga, one of North America’s top trotters in recent years, makes his first start of the season in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 11 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Ragazzo Dolce seeks fifth straight on under-card. Andy Miller will drive the veteran $1-million winner Sevruga in this week’s feature. JP racing owns the seven-year-old gelding who qualified twice on off -tracks at the Meadowlands. Last Wednesday’s winner J.L.Sadowski’s Tag Up And Go, with Trace Tetrick driving, has already post four wins in 2015. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, driven by meet leader Corey Callahan, is one of the winningest horses at the track with six wins, including three of his last five starts. Steve Moss, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer’s Tirade Hanover, handled by Vic Kirby, has a couple of wins, two seconds and has been in the money in all his local starts.  One of the most consistent top class trotters this meet is Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum with Allan Davis driving. Powerful Charger, owned by trainer Jim King and driver Tim Tetrick, has won two of his previous three starts. Jenny Melander’s Wisenheimer and Montrell Teague and Jane Dunavant’s Apparition, who leaves from the rail, with Carlo Poliseno, complete the field of eight.  Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Ragazzo Dolche (Davis) seeks a fifth win-in-a-row in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Two other starters are also riding win streaks. Rosemary Smutz’ Man Of Muscle (George Dennis) has a four win skein going and Leigh Raymer’s Someway Same Hall (Kirby) has won two in-a-row. Two fast mares lead the opposition, Bill Cantrell’s Classic Belisima (Callahan), and Eric Foster’s Stirling Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Joyeux Dream (Pierce), a six time winner this year, is the one to beat in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap trot. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. 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 and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, March 6, 2015 -- Fashion Rocker swooped the field down the backside and scored a comfortable harness racing victory in a division of Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Somewhere Fameous took the other $15,000 opening-leg split of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The series honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of veteran The Meadows-based trainer and USTA Director Walter "Boots" Dunn. Fashion Rocker, who prepped for the series in overnights at the Meadowlands, was sitting third when Dave Palone sent him on his journey. The 1-5 favorite easily gobbled up the leaders and triumphed in 1:59 on a sloppy surface. The pocket-sitting Skyway Hurricane held second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Southwind Asia third. Ron Burke trains Fashion Rocker, a sophomore daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Show Off, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Bethann Palone. In the $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace, Elm Grove Inarush, who raced extensively in Canada last year at 3, blitzed the field with a three-wide backside burst and scored in 1:55.2 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer J.L. Adams and owners Martin Valentic and John Bednarski, Jr. Bazooka Terror was 2-3/4 lengths back in second while a trapped-in Do Me Honor settled for show. A daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee-Seawind Alpha, Elm Grove Inarush extended her career bankroll to $120,343. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder, trainer Randy Bendis and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Louisville, KY --- His record stands at a perfect 14 for 14, he’s paced in 1:51.2 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and ended his freshman season with a triumph in the $86,000 American-National Stake over Earndawg, the Orange and Blue victor, so it’s pretty difficult to imagine getting Roland N Rock on stride was no simple task. “He always wants to trot and we just let him do it now,” said his co-owner/trainer Duane Roland. “He’ll even trot right up until the gate, but once he’s racing he’s all pace. We have never had one problem with him breaking so we allow him to do whatever he wants.” Born in Iowa, a son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Cambest mare Hank’s Chip, Roland N Rock competed primarily on the fair tracks in his native state and is the product of Duane and Connie Roland’s Harrisburg excursion in 2011. The couple, whose entire family has been heavily involved in the sport since 1969, were hoping to cash in on the Perretti Farms dispersal of their broodmare band. After spending $6,000 for Hank’s Chip, who was already in foal, it appears the Rolands did just that. “We have about 75 to 80 horses out here, with about 25 foals a year,” said the Grinnell resident, who owns, conditions and steers all his own stock. “We were looking for some mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover, but we have a budget as we own a 1,500 acre farm that produces soybeans and corn. That is how we make our living and our horses are just for pleasure. We were able to purchase two mares, as we paid $9,000 for another, but her foal turned out nothing like Roland.” As Roland N Rock paced his way through the Iowa fair circuit, offer after offer came through to buy him, but there was not even the most remote possibility they would sell. “I am 47 years old and I’ve waited a lifetime for a horse like this,” Roland said. “My entire family is in this business and we have had some nice horses. My father Roger sold Panaramic Art for $60,000 and that was one of them, but I think this one is even more special. “Ones like these sometimes never come along. I knew we had something different on my hands in July when he paced the fastest half in Iowa history (:57.2) at Oskaloosa. When John Delong got off him at Springfield, he said he could have went much faster and was very impressed with him. All the way back to the paddock after that race, people were asking me how much they could buy him for, while I just kept shaking my head.” The Roland family certainly is a mainstay and/or cornerstone of the Iowa harness industry, as cousin Dan has grabbed headlines for his driving and brother Royal is no slouch in the sulky either. Royal is also a director for the United States Trotting Association and the treasurer for the Iowa Harness Horsemen’s Association. Duane is the secretary and Dan is on the board. “We all have our own places, half-mile tracks and training facilities,” Roland said. “We race against each other because when we tried keeping our horses together, no one could agree on anything. We all have our own ideas on how things should be done and no one is willing to change that.” There is, however, an alteration in the Roland family’s agenda for the summer of 2015. “We think he is the real deal and we are taking him out East to race against the best,” Roland said. “We are coming with him as I want to do all the work on him myself. I could ship him out there to someone else, but this horse means a lot. Connie and I are looking forward to the journey. “In fact, I just finished staking him and he’s in just about everything. There’s the Meadowlands Pace, the Progress Pace, the Matron and the Messenger. He will have to earn his way into the Jug or Lexington, but I think he will give a good account of himself. We just used the money he made to give him the opportunity. I don’t know about the Breeders Crown right now. That depends on how well he races. “We are just very excited to have this kind of opportunity with him and to be on the road all summer long. I can’t explain the kind of thrill this horse has provided us with. He was so much better than these other horses, some guys were wondering if it would take the heart out of them having to chase him all the time and never being able to catch him. “Also, you just can’t describe the feeling of holding a horse back for a half behind the entire field and just waiting for the chance to let them loose because you know he is going to go by them all. It’s absolutely unbelievable.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Right from the very start of harness racing in Australasia, breeders have looked to North America for stallions and breeding stock to lift the local breed. The influence of those imported mare's has always been pronounced and continues to this day to produce some of our best  racehorses. Last season's outstanding two year old Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($504,167) is a product of the imported daughter of Cam's Card Shark in Smyrna Duruisseau and this season has unearthed another potential star from an imported mare. The horse in question is Ideal for Real and his win in the heat of the New South Wales Derby on Saturday night was that of a horse headed to the top. A son of American Ideal, Ideal For Real is the first foal from the Real Desire mare Tamara Hall who was imported to Australia in 2010. Tamara Hall is a daughter of the talented No Nukes mare in Tabloid 1:53.3 ($321,604) who is a former Canadian two year old of the year Tamara Hall was purchased as a yearling but injured a tendon and never raced Her dam Tabloid has left eight winners, 6 in 1:53 with five of those winners earning over $100,000 The best of these winners were the very smart trio of B J's Whirlwind 1:49.1 ($ 954,463)  The Globe 1:50.3 ($772,462) and B J's Breeze 1:51.2 ($506,556) while a daughter in Cambloid 1:58.8 ($28,760) has left four $100,000 winners including That's Ideal 1:51.3 ($283,742) and Upfront Countryboy 1:51.1 ($208,667) Tabloid was one of fifteen winners from Next Chapter with those winners including the full sister to Tabloid in Positive Reaction 1:53.4 ($153,217)  Half sisters to Tabloid include: * Little Black Book 1:54 ($288,457) who is the dam of five $100,000 winners including Sioux Dawn 1:50.2 ($348,926) and Catch A Wish 1:52.2 ($260,829) *Saucy Britches 1:57.1 ($84,553) who is the dam of four $100,000 winners including Armbro Cayenne 1:51.3 ($523,432) and Swashbuckler 1:51.1 ($352,298) *Book Smart 1:57.3 ($27,654) who is the dam of Fourth Page 1:52.2 ($255,828) Tabloid is closely related to the former outstanding three year old in Hot Hitter 1:54 ($963,574). Tamara Hall has had three more foals since Ideal For Real including the two year old Rocknroll Hanover filly in Rockin Tammy, a yearling full brother to Rockin Tammy and a weanling full brother to Ideal For Real. It is a family that has consistently churned out high class racehorses and reading that pedigree it is not hard to see why Ideal For Real is the talented three year old he is. The importation of North American mares has been happening for over 100 years but has  really taken off in the last few years and with the continuing success of their offspring at the highest level in Australasia it is a trend that is likely to continue. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing owners dream of having a runner qualify for an Inter Dominion Grand Final.  Western Australian Kevin Jeavons is one of the lucky few that has already lived the dream having watched Washakie compete in four grand finals.  Washakie’s best effort was sixth in Queensland in 2009 and he repeated that again in Sydney four years later. This year Jeavons will be cheering on two runners with the John McCarthy trained Monifieth and Blazin N Cullen qualifying for the $750,000 Gr. 1 event. “I’m looking forward to Sunday afternoon for sure but I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, I’m just hoping they perform at their best,” Jeavons said. “I’ve always had an interest in horses, I got my first one when I was nineteen, have driven a few as well but as I got older my business interests took up more time and now my wife and I get plenty of enjoyment watching the horses race.” Monifieth and Blazin N Cullen raced in New Zealand before being purchased and Jeavons admits he enjoys watching and researching horses from across the Tasman. “Monifieth is a lovely horse with high speed but I guess when you buy them from New Zealand you are always hoping to get one that can take that step up and race against the best horses.” “He was beaten at his first run in Australia at Goulburn and I don’t think the bookmakers had much of an opinion of him at his next start because from memory I think I got 25/1 and he won which was very nice.” Blazin N Cullen is beautifully bred, his mother Rye Hanover is the sister of American stallions Red River Hanover, Rustler Hanover and the winner of over $3 million Rocknroll Hanover. “I was surprised that he came up for sale, I had been watching him in New Zealand and always liked him but I didn’t think he would be available but I still remember getting a call just before Christmas a few years back that he was on the market.” “We bought him and he has done a great job for us and John (McCarthy), he has drawn well in barrier two this Sunday so there are options with him.” Jeavons will also be cheering on his three year old Kilcullen in the Gr. 1 NSW Derby on Sunday afternoon. “We bought him unraced from New Zealand, he has done a good job and I really like that he has drawn barrier two so he should get the perfect run.” The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Coordinator Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au Related Links Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015

Yesterday we did a review of how all the harness racing sires fared at the two day sale at Christchurch this week. Now we turn our attention to Auckland and as expected the Australasian Classic was the success everybody thought it would be with a catalogue as strong as anything ever presented at Auckland. The one huge plus at this years sale was that the champion sire Bettors Delight ended up with with 35% of all horses sold at the sale. Between them Bettor's Delight, Art Major, Mach Three and American Ideal provided nearly two thirds of all the horses sold at Auckland which is such a help when it comes to averages overall. Bettors Delight Number Sold - 40 Overall average - $55,512 Colt average - $62,820 Filly average - $43,330 Just the backbone of the sale and his colt average for 25 sold of $62, 820 is outstanding for any standardbred sale worldwide let alone in New Zealand. Surprisingly for us his fillies averaged nearly $20,000 less than the colts which for a sire who is the best filly sire on the planet is a bit of a mystery to us. Art Major Number sold - 14 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $64,100 Filly average - $39,055 Compared to how he fared in Christchurch, Art Major had a stunning sale in Auckland. He has the highest colt average at $64,100 and his fillies brought money more in line with how they are performing on the track. The issue in New Zealand for Art Major has always been one of numbers in the sale due to him never breeding huge numbers of mares in this country. That changed this season when he served a book of 170 mares in New Zealand and therefore he should have a much bigger presence at the sales in the near future. Mach Three Numbers sold - 6 Overall average - $38,333 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $30,000 Those figures are a good indication of where Mach Three sits in the overall scheme of things.  Right up there with the big boys but commercially just a touch behind the other two sires above. Continues to have fluctuations in his numbers for sale due to foal numbers but does have bigger crops coming through so may have bigger representation in the future. American Ideal Numbers sold - 11 Overall average - $33,863 Colt average - $40,714 Filly average - $19,375 His numbers at Auckland were a lot better than they were at Christchurch but that was due entirely to one lot who made $150,000. We are still at a loss to explain the lack of demand for American Ideal fillies which have been his flag bearers in New Zealand. Hard to pinpoint what the problem is here with buyers overlooking his stock in favour of stock by sires he is matching on the track. It may just be the lag effect between racetrack performance and sale ring success but we will be watching closely next year for the uplift in prices his performance deserves. Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $36,625 Colt average - $42,500 Filly average - $34,333 As in Christchurch the SBSW were great types and were keenly sought after. The only Somebeachsomewhere colt in this sale went to the All Stars barn who have had some success with stock from his very small New Zealand crops to date. His biggest New Zealand crop are now foals on the ground and with the success at this years sales you would anticipate a much bigger representation at next years round of sales. Christian Cullen Number sold - 5 Overall average - $28,900 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $22,500  A bit surprising to see Christian Cullen struggle as much as he did in Auckland. Still in the frame as a commercial stallion as he proved at the two days in Christchurch but apart from one lot he was not wanted at this sale. His fillies in particular were marked down which considering their success over the years was a minor surprise. Rocknroll Hanover Number sold - 7 Overall average - $32,714 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $30,000 We didn't include Rocknroll Hanover in our Christchurch review as we took the view that being deceased meant he had a limited future impact on New Zealand sales. But having sold seven at Auckland and having such healthy figures persuaded us that we should include him in the Auckland review. A lot of breeders have used him over their Artsplace mares and horses bred on this cross are highly sought after world wide as this cross has produced six of Rocknroll Hanover's eight millionaires. Muscles Yankee Number sold - 3 Overall average - $42,333 Colt average - $43,500 Filly average - $40,000  Muscles Yankee only had the three lots in the whole sale but they all made over $40,000 so their is a real demand still for his stock. The maternal families of all three lots were top class which may have helped the overall result. Majestic Son Numbers sold - 3 Overall average - $34,500 Colt average - $52.500 Filly average - $25,500 The small number in the sale is due to the fact that Majestic Son only has eight yearlings on the ground in New Zealand Should have a much bigger representation next year as he served 161 mares in 2014 on the back of his earlier small crops performing so well. Overview  This sale is the best promotional tool that harness racing has in New Zealand but it has the potential to be so much better in our opinion By natural attrition of smaller breeders in the North, the sale has few lots by sires who are not in the elite group as the above statistics show. We firmly believe that the Australasian Sale could reach far greater heights if the following changes were implemented. *Limit the sale to 125 lots * Make it a select sale * Have a set number of places set aside for southern breeders. The whole point of the changes is to turn the Australasian Sale into an elite sale that dominates the top end market in Australasia. The thoroughbred breeders do it very successfully with K1 at Karaka and while we will never reach those heights we can close the huge gap a wee bit. Breeders in the north who don't get accepted for the Australasian Classic have a ready made alternative these days with the all age sale in May which has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Last year it hit a five figure average for the first time and the bench of buyers included most of the regulars on the New Zealand sales scene. We have a chance to position our industry in the best possible light with a smaller select sale at Auckland and it is something that we would hope would be considered by PGG Wrightson and The North Island Breeders Association.. Harnesslink Media

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Any southern hemisphere harness racing breeder looking at the results of matings of Artsplace mares in the northern hemisphere will quickly come to one conclusion. Cover the mare with Rocknroll Hanover and chances are very good that the resultant foal will be a serious racehorse.  It has been a cross without parallel in recent times and six of the eight millionaires that Rocknroll Hanover has produced have been from Artsplace mares. Rock N Roll Heaven - 1:47.3 ($2,774,478) Put On A Show - 1:47.3 ($2,459,903) Rocklamation - 1:48.3 ($2,259,904) Pet Rock - 1:47 ($1,985,820) Rock N Soul - 1:49.4 ($1,158,637) Ticket To Rock - 1:50.3 ($1,131,163) Looking through the maternal families of horses bred on this cross in this years Australasian Classic yearling sale led us to Lot 129 and the filly, Crystal Sparkles. Crystal Sparkles is the second foal of the young Artsplace mare Taylor Kate who is from the former smart two and three year old filly in Black Maire 1:59.8 ($39,981) Taylor Kate is a half sister to six winners including the brilliant two and three year old filly Lauraella 1:55.9 ($649,946) The 2008/2009 three year old filly of the year in New Zealand, Lauraella won the New Zealand Oaks, Great Northern Oaks, Nevele R Fillies Final as well as the Harness Jewels Diamond at two. The first foal of Lauraella is this seasons very smart three year old Express Stride 1:58.1 ($119,525) Taylor Kate is also a half sister to a very smart two and three year old in The Muskeg Express 1:55.9 ($111,331) A full sister to Black Maire in Syriana is the dam of this seasons big improver in the four year old ranks, Meticulous 1:55.6 ($99,420) The third dam is the handy Vance Hanover mare in Corbie 1:57.2 who left six winners including the talented Agios Nikolaos 1:52.2 ($192,180) while the fourth dam is Black Watch herself. This is one of the strongest branches of the strongest family in the New Zealand stud book. Given that Crystal Sparkles is also bred on such a dynamic breeding cross makes her a great proposition both on the track and in the breeding barn. Harnesslink Media   

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