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WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Racing Hill, the 1-5 favorite, overpowered the field as he captured his elimination in the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:49.1, while Manhattan Beach found late racing room to take Saturday's other $25,000 harness racing elimination at The Meadows. Those two will be joined in next Saturday afternoon's $400,000 Adios final by Check Six, Lyons Snyder, More Dragon, Fernando Hanover, Another Daily Copy, American Passport and Big Top Hanover. Big Top Hanover earned his berth in the field of nine as the fifth place finisher with higher career earnings. Five of the six entrants trained by Ron Burke made it through to the final. The draw for Adios post positions is set for Tuesday at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live! The connections of Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach will choose their post positions, with the others drawn randomly. Racing Hill boasted the strongest credentials in the field, having won the final of the $500,000 Hempt Memorial and finishing second in the Meadowlands Pace and the final of the North America Cup--each of those a $1 million event. If that grueling schedule of five tough races in little more than six weeks took anything out of him, it wasn't evident in his Adios elimination. The son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals made the front with an extended quarter pole move for Brett Miller and thwarted the first-over challenge of Pick Six to down him by 3/4 lengths. Early leader Lyons Snyder finished third. "He's just ultra-sharp," said Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. "He felt so good coming out of the Meadowlands Pace--he was so fresh and jogged great--that I felt good about bringing him here. "If the final had been an open draw, I probably would have preferred that he sit in so we could make the final. But with the new format this year, it's important that you get to pick your post--especially with a bunch of Burke horses making the final. You don't want to draw the 9 hole against a big entry." The victory pushed Racing Hill's lifetime bankroll over $770,000. Manhattan Beach saved ground for most of the mile before Matt Kakaley sent him through a seam in mid-stretch. He held off the Lightning Lane charge of his stablemate, Fernando Hanover, to defeat him by a neck in 1:50.2, a career best. Another Daily Copy, who fronted the mile, saved show. Kakaley said he wasn't worried about being pinned late. "If I'd had to wait for the passing lane, he'd have got through," he said. "There was no worry there. He raced really good in the Meadowlands Pace, and he raced good today. He was sneaky good a few starts before the North America Cup. Hopefully he brings his 'A' game next week." Burke conditions Manhattan Beach, a Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers. As thoughts turned to Tuesday's draw for post positions, both camps seemed to be heading in the same direction. "The inside here is tough to get off," Miller said. "I got away fourth today from the rail, and I was leaving just about as hard as I could. I could live with post 3, but I think I'd rather have post 4, right around there." Kakaley's reasoning was similar. "I don't want the 1 or 2 hole ," he said. "Probably 3 or 4." Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2016 -- Of the 12 competitors in the 50th edition of the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows, Racing Hill may have the strongest credentials. He won the final of the $500,000 Hempt Memorial and finished second in the finals of both the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace, each a $1 million stake. Those harness racing performances pushed his lifetime bankroll to $757,528; victory in the Adios final would make him a millionaire. But the road to those laurels has been demanding -- five tough races against elite competition in a little more than six weeks. After a workload that heavy, will he be sharp in his Adios elimination? Trainer Tony Alagna says the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Deals remains in top form. "He's come out of it in great shape, so we made the decision to take him to the Adios," Alagna said. Racing Hill is the 8-5 morning line favorite in race 8, the first of two Adios eliminations, with an approximate post time of 3 PM. He goes from the rail with Brett Miller driving. The Adios final is set for Saturday afternoon, July 30. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with the better career earnings, return for the final. Alagna noted that Racing Hill earned a bye into the Meadowlands Pace final, giving him a valuable week off. "He came out of that race great," Alagna said. "He ripped around the field with his tail over his back. That made the decision easier. He trains lightly between races, no kind of speed. He tells you what he wants as far as work goes. He carries his weight well, and he's good to himself. All those things help." He said Tom Hill, owner of Racing Hill, gives him considerable leeway on the colt's schedule. "The Hills are very good that way," he said. "They told me to make the decision based on what I saw." He indicated Racing Will likely would have two weeks off following the Adios to freshen for his next engagement, the Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah's Philadelphia. Alagna also sends American Passport into the Adios -- he and Scott Zeron leave from post 5 in the second elimination, race 9. The son of American Ideal-Star Of The Show finished a strong second in the June 4 Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk but is winless in five outings this year and hasn't raced since July 1. "He's had bad luck and needed to regroup," Alagna said. "He qualified very good the other day. Based on what he did last year, I don't think the Adios is a stretch for him at all." The Adios eliminations card offers two strong supporting stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- the Romola Hanover, a $159,360 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post Saturday is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- What's Goin On probably had the harness racing fans asking that exact question as he shocked the field in his $36,567 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 20).   In covering the mile in 1:56.4, the fastest of the three divisions, What's Goin On (Mark MacDonald) paid a handsome $37.60 to his faithful backers.   In other Sire Stakes action, driver Jody Jamieson took Windsong Napoleon straight to the lead and never looked back in registering an easy 6-1/4 length triumph over Twin B Cowboy (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 1:57.2 while the heavily-favored Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) avoided disaster down the backstretch and was able to track down the pace-setting Americanfirewater (Jamieson) in 1:57.3.   The winners were short of the track records of He's Watching (1:55.4) set for the colts in 2013 and Roadside Delight (1:56.3) established in 2010 for the geldings.   In the most shocking result of the night, What's Goin On led from the start and put up respectable splits of 29.4, 59.4 and 1:29.1. The Mark Harder-trainee had plenty left in the tank for the last quarter mile as he paced home in 27.3 to hold off any late threats. This Is My Song (Jamieson) finished in second while Offdahook Bluechip (Kakaley) finished in third.   Owned by Rick Phillips, the VIP Internet Stable, Deanna Frost and Mark Harder, it was the first victory for What's Goin On (Roll With Joe-Shipps Xclamation).   In the first leg, Windsong Napoleon was able to set fractions of 29.4, 59.3 and 1:29.1 and used a final panel of 28.1 in going gate-to-wire in disposing of Twin B Cowboy and third place finisher America's Fleet (Mark MacDonald).   Owned by trainer Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Douglas Good, Windsong Napoleon (Art Major-Bunny Dearest) now has two victories in four career tries, earning $26,879.   In the other bracket, Miso Fast ($2.30) was fortunate to avoid trouble heading to the three-quarter pole and used a 27.4 last split to collar Americanfirewater in 1:57.3. Willie Joe Hall (Pat Lachance) took the show position.   Going first over down the backstretch, Miso Fast and a heads up Kakaley were able to swing wide and avoid the pocket-sitting Outkast Blue Chip who broke stride and scattered the field.   In the home stretch, Americanfirewater could feel the pressure being applied by Miso Fast in the lane and could do nothing but helplessly watch.   Miso Fast (Roll With Joe-Sakura Hanover) is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable and the J&T Silva Stable. It was his second straight Sire Stakes victory, now a winner of $39,896 in just two lifetime appearances.   Morrill Jr. took a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series events. He guided Funknwaffles ($2.50) to a 1:57.4 victory and Serious Major ($2.70) to a 1:59.1 decision. In the other leg, Percy's Z Tam ($4.60) found the winner's circle with a 2:00.0 score with Lachance in the bike.   Sargeant Reckless was a popular $4.20 winner in the $6.500 Excelsior B Series as Morrill Jr. steered him to a 2:01 victory. Watch Me Fly ($5.00) took the other division in 2:01.3 with Kevin Cummings aboard.   There were two divisions of the Claiming Championship Series contested with Fresh Squeezed ($4.50) posting a 1:56.1 victory for Kakaley in the $14,800 finale for filly and mare pacers ($8,000-$12,500).   In the $10,000 championship event for the distaff pacers ($4,000-$7,000), Mystical Danica ($3.20) cruised to a 1:57.2 victory under the guidance of Cummings.   Princess Katie (Ray Fisher Jr.) toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 1:55.2 to capture the $9,500 Open Pace for the filly and mares. She returned $4.20 for the victory.   The final week of racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 10 races going to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Racing Hill heads to Saturday's $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace as the 9-5 morning line favorite. And while the colt's trip to the Meadowlands Racetrack will consist of a relatively short trailer ride on the New Jersey Turnpike, his owner's journey will be considerably longer. Tom Hill, a 64-year-old lifelong participant in harness racing, will be joining Racing Hill at the Big M from his home in the United Kingdom. It will be Hill's second trip to a Meadowlands Pace; his colt Art Colony participated in the 2009 edition of the event, which was won by Well Said. Racing Hill will start the Meadowlands Pace from post No. 4 with Brett Miller driving for trainer Tony Alagna. "I'm very, very excited," said Hill, who in addition to owning Racing Hill also bred the colt. "It's a race we've really wanted to win. It's a premier race. To me, it's the premier race in the U.S. and I think (Racing Hill) will make a good showing. We're hoping we get a bit of luck. I don't care how good they are, you still need to carry a bit of luck." Racing Hill won the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial on July 2 and finished second to Betting Line in the $780,000 North America Cup on June 18. He received a bye to the Meadowlands Pace final based on his earnings this season, which total $450,340. "He'd raced five weeks in a row so to be able to get a bye was nice for the horse," trainer Alagna said. "He came out of the Hempt good, trained back good (Tuesday) and we were fortunate enough to get nice luck of the draw and hit the four hole. I think we're coming into the race in as good shape as we can be." Alagna won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, who also received a bye to the final following a victory in the Hempt Memorial. "I don't mind following that pattern," Alagna said with a laugh. Racing Hill, a son of 2011 Meadowlands Pace winner Roll With Joe out of the mare Chasing Ideals, has won seven of 16 career races and earned $583,666. Last year, Racing Hill won five of 10 starts, including divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes as well as his elimination for the Breeders Crown. He finished eighth in the Breeders Crown final, but was only 5-3/4 lengths back after a first-over bid around the final turn on a "good" track at Woodbine. "He was tremendous as a 2-year-old," Hill said. "He got real sick in Canada (in early September). When Tony took him back home he cleaned him up and put him on Lasix and the horse came right around. He won in (1):51.2 for fun at The Red Mile, and the track was slow that day because of rain. So we knew he was a top colt." In addition to enjoying success with Racing Hill and Art Colony, the Hill family's highlights in harness racing have included winning the 2010 Jugette and Fan Hanover with Western Silk as well as owning 2015 O'Brien Award-winning female trotter Caprice Hill and world champion Lucky Man. Racing Hill's family includes the mother of Western Silk, Extemporaneous, as well as Dan Patch Award winner Silk Stockings. "It makes it very special that he's a homebred," Hill said. "It's a good maternal line. And I think Roll With Joe, for the time he's been at stud, has achieved a lot. "Hopefully this guy can be a stallion. He looks tremendous and he's got all the attributes that you'd expect a top stallion to have. He's laid back, he's a good racehorse, he's easy to drive, and he looks after himself. If he passes that on, he'd be a good stallion." Hill followed his father, Joe, into harness racing. "I've had horses all my life," said Hill, who made his career operating retirement and holiday trailer home businesses. "My father used to have them and we sent horses over to race at the Meadowlands in the '80s and horses to Canada in the '70s. We've tried to carry on, basically. Thank God we've been reasonably successful." In the lone Meadowlands Pace elimination last Saturday, Control The Moment stormed home with a :26.2 final quarter to win by a length in a lifetime best 1:49.2. Lyons Snyder finished second with JK Will Power third. "He's a really nice horse, no question about it," said winning driver Brian Sears, who was sitting behind Control The Moment for the first time. "He did everything I asked. He was nice and relaxed and I was real pleased with the way he got home. It was a big effort. "The horse looks like he races real good from off the pace and the trip worked out nice and he exploded coming home." Control The Moment, Canada's O'Brien Award winner last year, won eight of nine starts at age 2 and has won two of six races this season. He finished fourth in the Hempt Memorial and third in the North America Cup. "I was never discouraged with him," co-owner Howard Taylor said. "I was discouraged by the finishes, but not with how he raced. I don't think he had a bad race. But (Saturday) was just scary. I was shocked. I had an opinion, and I was quoted, that I thought he was better on the front. After (Saturday) I have to admit I was wrong. That was just too much." The complete field for the Meadowlands Pace is as follows: 1. Another Daily Copy - Trace Tetrick - Nick Devita - 30-1 2. Good Living - Corey Callahan - Tom Cancelliere - 30-1 3. Control The Moment - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell - 5-2 4. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 9-5 5. Lyons Snyder - David Miller - Mark Silva - 9-2 6. Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 6-1 7. Manhattan Beach - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke - 20-1 8. JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 8-1 9. Check Six - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 15-1 10. Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott - 25-1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 11, 2016-It was the second downstate go-round for the state's glamour division Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $166,374 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of consecutive divisions, worth $82,437 and $83,937, respectively, comprised the event. Slight 2-1 favorite Roll Away Joe (Jim Morrill Jr., $6.30) had enough things go right for him in the opening division, which he won in a life-best 1:53. Starting outside his six rivals, he left into a chasmic three-hole as Stolen Glimpse (Matt Kakaley) was stung early by pole-sitting Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter). A :26.2 opening quarter-mile gave way to a more sensible :55.3 intermission. Roll Away Joe was out and moving toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters, ducking inside when "Autotune" phoned it in. Stolen Glimpse held a tenuous, half-length lead into the lane, but was about to get swallowed up. Roll Away Joe slide inside, then whipped a second-over Craftship (Scott Zeron) by a length-and-a-half. Artmagic (George Brennan) was third, while Stolen Glimpse faded to fourth. "The fast early fractions helped, but at the finish he was so good that he wanted to go around again," Morrill said. For "Joe," a Roll With Joe gelding co-owned by Stephen Demeter, Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro and trained by Tracy Brainard, it was his second win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65, with the triple returning $228.50. Odds-on Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $2.10), surprised very few in the second sire stakes grouping, prevailing in 1:53.2. Looped leaving from post No. 4 by Fine Diamond (Kakaley), the people's preference made the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter, Subsequent fractions of 57-seconds flat and 1:25.2 gave Missile J a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. Fine Diamond chased from the pocket, beaten a non-threatening three-quarters of a length. Ideal Son (Morrill Jr.) was a three-hole third. For Missile J, the Art Rooney Pace-winning American Ideal gelding, he's now 8-for-13 this season resume ($312,902). Linda Toscano trains the winner for co-owning stables KJ and Purple Haze. "He rated well and paced home really strong," Tetrick said. Sire stakes continue here Thursday night, with the $163,374 Michael Sorentino Trot (3-year-old colts and geldings). Friday night, it's the $167,974 Art Watson Pace (3-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 24, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night welcomed the Empire's glamour division in the $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $83,937 events comprised this statebred visit. The first division saw pocketed maiden-no-more Roll Away Joe (Matt Kakaley, $10.40), from post position No. 3 (in one notch after a scratch) stalk pace-setting Fine Diamond (George Brennan) through intervals of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.1. "Joe" then ducked inside, whipping Fine Diamond by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4, with Art Rooney Pace winner Missile J (Jim Morrill Jr.) a belated third as the 3-5 favorite, unable to reach from off the pace. For third choice Roll Away Joe, a Roll with Joe gelding co-owned by Steve Demeter, Thomas Lazarro and Howard Taylor and trained by Tracy Brainard, he's now 1-for-9 this season (1-for-14 career). The exacta paid $30.40, with the triple returning $72. "He was really good and the trip worked out perfectly," Kakaley said. Friday's second NYSS grouping had Brennan and pole-sitting Artmagic ($7.60) pop pocket before the half, widen the advantage down the backside and hang on for dear life. Concur (Brent Holland) made the lead before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile, then Artmagic took it away coming to the :58.2 intermission. He had a couple of lengths in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters and enjoyed an open lead into the lane. The hooves were getting heavy late in the game, but Artmagic found the end zone when he needed it. He held off a long-uncovered, just-over-even-money fave Craftship (Scott Zeron) by a neck 1:55.1, with Autotune Hanover (Morrill Jr.) third. The slogging final quarter tightened up the ranks, with the five cashers separated by just a length at the line and the entire octet by just 2½ lengths. For second choice Artmagic, an Art Major gelding trained by Trond Smedshammer for Purple Haze Stables, it was his first win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.20, the triple returned $53 and the superfecta (Bottom Deals [Brian Sears]) paid $682. "It wasn't pretty, but we got the job done," Brennan said. Friday's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a from-last Mach it a Par (Zeron, $23.40) in 1:52.2 (note last week's victress and this week's eight-hole assignee Krispy Apple was scratched-lame). Frank Drucker

Harness Racing Reinsman James Harding is hoping talented two year old pacer Sackheim can qualify for the Group 1 Alabar Breeders Challenge final for two year old colts and geldings on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The gelding broke through for his maiden victory at Tamworth last week and Harding believes it would be very special if Sackheim could qualify for the rich final. Harding spent time in the USA working for trainer Jimmy Takter and while there he lived with Hall Of Fame driver Ron Pierce. When it was time for the 21-year-old to return home Pierce wanted to help the young Australian and spoke to well known owner Carl Sackheim about becoming involved with the Harding stable. "Mr Pierce asked Mr Sackheim if he would like to buy a horse for us in Australia and it all started from there," Harding said. "I decided before I went to the sales I wanted to buy a Roll With Joe yearling because Mr Pierce drove him during his race career and I thought it would be a nice link. I had a look through the catalogue and I had him picked out." When Harding arrived to look at the Roll With Joe yearling he was a little bit worried by his size. "He was a little on the small side but he was very well put together so we purchased him and brought him home. "I sent through his breeding to Mr Pierce and he said he liked what he saw on the page and hoped he would do a job. Initially I wanted to name him after Ron but he told me that he already had a few horses named after him in North America and that I should name him after Mr Sackheim so that's what I did." Carl Sackheim is a prolific breeder and owner in New York who started up a court reporting business in 1980. He bought his first harness horse in the mid 70's and found his first stakes level performer in 1983. Sackheim's current pride and joy is three year old Another Daily Copy. The barrier draw in Saturday night's semi final has been kind with Sackheim set to follow out race favourite Conviction from barrier one. "The draw is perfect for us because we have drawn behind a good beginner that should be prominent. Sackheim has worked well during the week and we are expecting a good performance. "He has only won the one race but in that win he was only 0.1 seconds outside the track record and most of his other races have been in good races like heats of the Bathurst Gold Crown and the Australian Pacing Gold." The son of Roll With Joe had a short let up after the Australian Pacing Gold series and will continue to race on through the season. "We want to keep him in work after the Breeders Challenge, we'll see how he goes but we'd like to see him win a few more before the end of the season." Harding has been selected to compete in the Rising Stars Series at the end of the month and he is looking forward to the challenge. "Everything is going really well at the moment, I drove my first treble at Tamworth and I've got the Rising Star Series coming up and I'm looking forward to that. "At some stage I would love to head back to the USA and I'm sure I will get the opportunity again in the future but at the moment Dad (Geoff) has a good team of horses and I'm happy working them." Greg Hayes

THE first heats of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for this season will be conducted at Bathurst on Wednesday night.  Heats will be conducted at a number of different tracks across the state over the next month as horses attempt to qualify for the semi finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The aim of all owners, trainers, drivers and breeders is for their horses to qualify for ‘Super Sunday’ on June 26 with nine Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge finals to be conducted across three age groups. In Wednesday night’s two heats, thirteen different stallions are represented including Courage Under Fire, Art Major, Mach Three and Roll With Joe.  In the heat for the colts and geldings, the two leading stables in NSW are represented.  Belinda McCarthy has Bullet Stride drawn in barrier one while Steve Turnbull has three runners – Rainbow On Fire, Conviction and Atomic Red. Lightly race Mach Three gelding Machgower will have his first run since March for Bigga trainer Dennis Picker.  Machgower was scratched from a heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown and was immediately aimed towards the Breeders Challenge series. Local trainer Bernie Hewitt has four fillies in the second heat.  Leading Sydney drivers Todd McCarthy and Robbie Morris have been booked to drive for the Hewitt stable while Bathurst reinsman John O’Shea will also get an opportunity to drive in the race. Sydney trainer Rickie Alchin will make the trip to Bathurst with smart filly Decapria on Wednesday after she broke through for an impressive maiden victory at Menangle last start.  Out of metropolitan performed mare Betapic, Decapria recorded a 1:55.5 victory and won by more than twelve metres.  Elle Yeah finished second and will be forced to race the talented filly again this Wednesday night. Other Alabar Breeders Challenge heats will be conducted at Penrith on Thursday night, Young on Friday afternoon and Newcastle on Friday night. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Manager Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au

Third-time harness racing starter Ideal Joey ($3.90) impressed at odds-on in his first-round $7,500 Nichols True Value Late Closing Series division on Sunday (May 15) at Tioga Downs, making all the pace and evading f the first-over Cenovis for a 1:53.3 triumph.   Mike Simons sprinted clear with the 3-year-old Roll With Joe gelding on entry to the first turn, assuming command from Diamond J (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through a :28 initial quarter before backing down the tempo with a circuit to go. Following a :57 half mile, Ideal Joey was nudged along by a steadily-advancing Cenovis through a :28.1 third quarter. Ideal Joey responded instantly to the pressure, edging clear on the far turn and ultimately prevailing by 2-1/2 lengths. Runner-up Cenovis held 2-3/4 lengths clear of the second-over JK Onaroll (John Cummings, Jr.).   John Butenschoen trains Ideal Joey for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable and William Wiswell.   The win for Simons was part of a Sunday afternoon driving grand slam. Justin Huckabone accounted for three wins on the 13-race program.   The other Nichols True Value division went to Le Gambe ($7.60), who pounced in upper stretch and worked clear of the dueling Century Chancellor (Simons) and Rocket J (Jim Marohn, Jr.) for a 1:56.4 victory. Mike Simons drove the 3-year-old Shadyshark Hanover gelding for owner Ronald Michelon and trainer Erv Miller.   In the overnight feature, a $9,000 top-level conditioned pace, Tony Dinges trainee Grande Seelster ($30.40, Scott Coulter) emerged out of traffic in the last 70 yards, wedging wide to overtake Murder He Wrote (Marohn) and Winyard Hanover (Simons) in the final yards of a 1:53.3 mile. Favorite P L Idaho (Clements) only could muster fourth after faltering mid-race despite a ferocious stand-side rally.   Off the track, Tioga Downs mainstay Floyd, a 22-year-old quarter horse, was honored on Sunday afternoon. Floyd, accompanied by longtime Tioga outrider Wendy Ross, will conclude his career at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden later this month at the 2016 Elitloppet.   As no one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, the carryover for Friday (May 20) evening's card mounts to $498.30. First post on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

While favorites K J's Caroline ($4.20) and Its Payday Friday ($3.40) held sway on the lead in their respective $9,000 featured events on Saturday (May 14) evening at Tioga Downs, it was Shesgotthebeat ($32.40) who stole the show, springing a 15-1 upset to sweep her preliminary legs of the Gail's Diner Late Closing Series for the harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies.   The first $7,500 division of the Gail's Diner preliminary saw first-round winners Shesgotthebeat and Heavenly Bet square off, with 1-9 favorite Heavenly Bet (Scott Coulter) doing the heavy lifting through the middle half. After drafting intently, Jim Meittinis angled Shesgotthebeat off the pegs at head-stretch, dueling to a length victory in 1:55.1 over good going. Heavenly Bet was a vanquished favorite in the end, yet still 3-1/2 lengths clear of Ghost Runner (Tom Jackson), who chased in vain for third.   Shesgotthebeat, a 3-year-old daughter of American Ideal, is trained by Edward Hart for the Seafood Delight Stable, Kristie Leigh Farm, Inc., and Joseph Betro.   The other Gail's Diner division saw Stirling Electra ($10.80) duel with Winners Over (Dan Clements) for the entirety of the far turn, gutting out a half-length 1:57.3 victory under Corey Braden. Trainer Jennifer Davis co-owns the Roll With Joe filly with Joyce Nowicki.   In the co-featured $9,000 top-level trot and distaff pace, Its Payday Friday and K J's Caroline proved victorious while favored. Its Payday Friday, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding, held the first-over Prairie Fortune at bay for a 1:55.3 score. Owner Dan Clements handled the driving duties for trainer Ronnie Morales. The top mares pace saw K J's Caroline make all the pace, edging clear of Asset Management for a four-length triumph in 1:55.1. Jim Taggart, Jr. drove the 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare for trainer Gary Messenger.   The 50¢ Pick 5 was not hit, resulting in a $323 carryover to Sunday (May 15) afternoon's card. The first of 13 races is due off at 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Red Hot Roxy saluted in the first Group 1 event for harness racing 2yo pacers this season in WA at Gloucester Park. The Kat Warwick trained Somebeachsomewhere filly is owned by Pacing WA, a syndicate of new owners who are poised to strike more Group 1 gold in the years to come.  The win was one of a quartet for driver Gary Hall Jnr, who took out the $100,000 Colts and Geldings Sales Classic with the colt by Roll With Joe, Allmightyjoelouis. Red Hot Roxy    

With the Australian Pacing Gold Sales over for another year, attention now turns to other harness racing Yearling Sales still to be run and the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale is the next cab off the rank. When looking at the catalogue for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling sale this year one is immediately struck by the number of lots that wouldn't be out of place in any yearling sale in Australasia. Pride of place amongst those blue blood lots in our opinion goes to Lot 98 which is offered on behalf of well known New South Wales breeder and yearling sales vendor Scott Robertson. A filly by Cam's Card Shark son Roll With Joe 1:48.4 ($1,805,102), Lot 98 is the first live foal from the very smart Rocknroll Hanover raceamare in Our Santa Catalina 1:55.6 ($78,160). Our Santa Catalina is a daughter of the imported North American mare San Sophia 1:52.6 ($86,164) who has left seven winners from eight foals including such standouts as: * Private Joke 1:52.2 ($153,265) * Raging Bull 1:56.6 ($115,581) * San Rafaella 1:52.3 ($76,605) Leading West Australian trainer Greg Bond paid $62,500 for a Somebeachsomewhere colt from San Sophia at the Sydney leg of this years Australian Pacing Gold series  Raging Bull, a son of Christian Cullen made $85,000 at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch and looked a star in the making with five wins and five seconds from just ten starts before injury halted his career and he is now being given his chance at stud by New Zealand breeders while a Christian Cullen colt from the half sister San Rafaella made $55,000 at the same sale this year. San Sophia is a full sister to the world champion racemare Galleria 1:49.2 ($1,814,453) who was undefeated at two and three and retired to stud the richest and fastest mare of all time. Galleria has since produced the brilliant Gallie Bythe Beach 1:49 ($581,978) while another full sister to San Sophia and Galleria in National Gallery has produced Traceur Hanover 2, 1:50.6 ($425,333) who won the 2014 Breeders Crown in North America. This has been a great colt and fillies family over a long period of time in North America and is also now firmly established as a highly commercial family in New Zealand. To have a colt by one of the big up and comers on the North American siring scene in Roll With Joe from a very smart daughter of San Sophia is a real coup for the Bathurst Gold Crown sale and barring accidents, Lot 98 should top the sale. To view the Catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

Pepper Tree Farm is excited to be partnering with Alabar for the stud future of these three world class young harness racing sires – Sportswriter, Rock N Roll Heaven and Roll With Joe. “Alabar has been keen to be involved with these exciting stallions and the timing was right for us to move forward together with our plans,” announced Pepper Tree Farm principal Rob Vandyke. “After 20 years of standing sires at Pepper Tree Farm, my wife Julie and I were looking to reduce our physical workload while maintaining our commitment to and financial investment in these great young sires.” “With our long standing and highly successful partnership with Alabar in Art Major, we knew this was the partnership we wanted for these young sires. With their outstanding reputation at the forefront of the Standardbred breeding industry, including their large client base and their farm in New Zealand, Alabar can value add to the careers of these young stallions.” Alabar will stand the stallions and they will be marketed under the Alabar umbrella. Alan Galloway, owner of Alabar, could not be more pleased. “We are always looking to increase the quality of the stallions we can offer to our clients,” stated Alan. “It is not often you get the opportunity to manage three quality young stallions such as Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Roll With Joe. We are extremely thankful to Rob, Julie and the whole team at Pepper Tree Farm for this opportunity and we cannot wait to offer these stallions to our clients.” Pepper Tree Farm, who recently sold one of their properties as part of the planned stud reduction, will continue to operate as a smaller, boutique Standardbred stud farm with permanent resident mares. “We remain committed to the Standardbred breeding industry and to the future of these world class young sires and look forward to their progress and journey in partnership with Alabar,” said Rob. Rock N Roll Heaven p2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:47.6 - $2,748,818 2014/15 Australia’s Leading First Crop Sire and 2nd overall. Sire of 6 Group winners, incl two Group 1 winners, from his debut Australian crop. Sire of 2015 USTA 3yo Filly of the Year Divine Caroline from his debut North American crop. Sportswriter p2, 1:49.4; 3, 1:48.6 - $1,566,460 2015 Leading Ontario Sires Stakes Pacing Stallion. 2014/15 Leading Australian 2yo Sire by winners. 2014/15 Leading NSW Sire. Roll With Joe p2, 1:53.2; 3, 1:48.4 - $1,805,102 USTA 3yo Pacing Colt of the Year. Full brother to Bettor’s Delight. Debut crop of 2yos dominated New York Sires Stakes program – Leading money winning 2yo Pacing Sire in New York in 2015. For further details on these stallions please head to www.alabar.com.au  

Breeders worldwide always pay close attention to what is happening with the first season sires in North America each year as a kind of weather vane on trends in the siring ranks. At the start of the year, a lot was expected of a handful of well credentialed first season sires such as Roll With Joe and Big Jim but as the season wore on they were both upstaged by a stallion barely mentioned before the season started. We are referring to the Ohio based Big Bad John who just kept churning out the winners all season and as of today holds a lead of over $250,000 over Roll With Joe amongst the first season sires. A son of Western Hanover, Big Bad John is from the Artsplace mare Trulyawork Of Art 1:54.1 who apart from Big Bad John has also produced three $200,000 winners when covered with Western Hanover. Trulyawork Of Art is a half sister to Northern Luck 1:49.1 ($907,974), V P Finance 1:51.4 ($685,834), Bear Dance 1:51.1 ($498,802), Town Champion 1:48.2 ($410,354) and Bet The Town 1:50 ($ 359,583) so Big Bad John has a very strong maternal pedigree. On the track Big Bad John had nine starts at two for seven wins and two seconds for $222,750 but came back even better at three when he won his heat and the final of the Little Brown Jug as well as several other classics in a stellar three year old career in which he won $771,809 in stakes. When retired to stud, Big Bad John had won nineteen of his twenty seven starts along with four placings and earned a tad over a million dollars on the track. He had a best time at two of 1:50.4 which he lowered at three to 1:49. Big Bad John stood his first season at stud in Ohio in 2012 and covered a good book of 140 mares which resulted in 108 foals which raced as two year olds this season. To say he made a great start as a sire would be the understatement of the year. Everything was against him really when you compare him to a lot of the other first season sires this year. While Big Bad John had access to some lovely mares and a thriving Sires Stakes program, his competition in general had access to better mares and bigger Sires Stakes competitions. But that didn't stop Big Bad John from claiming the first seasons siring title. As of today, he has had 77 starters of which 41 have won a race. He has four $100,000 winners and twelve runners in 1:55 or better for stakes totaling $1,545,506 which currently places him sixth overall on the North American Two Year Old Sires List. Well known sires that have finished behind him include such standouts as Art Major, Sportswriter, Well Said, Shadow Play and Mach Three. His four $100,000 winners are split evenly between colts and fillies with two each and their seasons records are listed below; * Love Tap Hanover  (C)  1:53.4 -  8 starts  -  6 wins  -  1 second  -  0 thirds  -  Stakes $166,357 * Big Bad Ashley (F)  1:54.2   -  10 starts  -  5 wins  -  1 second  -  2 thirds  -  Stakes $123,082 * Primo Giovanni (C)  1:53.1  -  8 starts  -  6 wins  -  1 second  -  0 third  -  Stakes $115,161 * Queen Ann M (F)  1:55  -  7 starts  -  3 wins  -  2 seconds  -  0 thirds  -  Stakes $101,277 Another filly in John's Sunny Girl 1:53.2 is quickly closing in on the $100,000 mark with $92,530 in the bank todate. The second crop of Big Bad John numbers a healthy 101 foals so he gets a great chance next season to build on what he achieved in his first season as a sire. Harnesslink Media

Do you want to send your mare to Pepper Tree Farm’s Roll With Joe this season? Are you looking for a way to jump the queue with a number of broodmare owners already waiting and hoping to get into him? Well here’s your chance, the Eugowra Harness Racing Club has secured a service to Roll With Joe for this breeding season. President Lex Crosby has announced the service will go to tender with all of the money going back to the Club. “Thanks to Pepper Tree Farm through the sponsorship of the Canola Cup meeting, the Club has a Roll With Joe service to put up for tender,” Crosby said. “The starting price is $4,500 and tenders can be sent via email to me at lexcrosby@bigpond.com .” Crosby confirmed the tender would finish at 5pm on Monday November 30. “We have had some interest already and I would expect the tenders to come through very quickly." “People should remember he is booked out this season and I’m told 100 mares are already booked in for next year so this is a great way to send your mare to Roll With Joe right now.” Greg Hayes

Joe Larry N Curly (Roll With Joe) broke the track record for harness racing two year old pacers on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Mark Harder-trained freshman colt was the public's overwhelming betting favorite in the $73,712 New York Sire Stake race on a beautiful afternoon in the Spa City. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the two year old pacing star and moved him to the lead going to the opening quarter. Only briefly confronted in the mile, Joe Larry N Curly was confidently piloted and well in hand at the wire while a measured one length winner in 1:53.1. The win time bested the previous mark of 1:53.3 for a freshman pacing colt set by Heston Blue Chip on the Night of Champions at Saratoga in 2011. The victory moved Joe Larry N Curly's record to five for eight in the win column for the breakout freshman star of the NY Sire Stakes who will head into next week's Night of Champions as one ofthe favorites. Harder won the other $73,712 division of the NYSS as well as his Autotune Hanover (Art Major) cruised to victory in 1:54.2 with Tyler Buter at the lines. For Autotune Hanover, it was the fourth win in eight tries on the season. Live racing continues on Friday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella    

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