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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  

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 .” 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    

Batavia, NY---A lightning-fast track and 80 degree temperatures greeted the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old pacing fillies at Batavia Downs where two divisions offering a total of $109,000 in purses, along with important points needed to make the NYSS final, were up for grabs on Wednesday night (Sept. 16). Prohibitive 2-5 favorite Dime A Dance didn't dissapoint her backers as she put on a show in her $54,500 division, winning in definitive style and resetting the world's record for a 2-year-old pacing filly over a half-mile track. Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance Hanover) took off the pace fourth and watched as No Clouds Bluechip (Kevin Cummings) and American Ivy (Mark Macdonald) duked it out for the lead in a fast :26.4 quarter. From there, the field remained stagnant until the half when Mother Of Art (John Cummings Jr.) pulled first over from third and Dime A Dance (Matt Kakaley) took cover second-over behind her. The group picked up the pace with a :28.4 third panel but that wasn't fast enough for the eventual winner. Dime A Dance swung three-deep at that station and circled the field to clear and pull away by three-lengths in an impressive and uncontested victory in 1:52.4. The time was a new world's record for 2-year-old pacing fillies, besting that of Isabella Blue Chip's 1:53.1 at Delaware, Ohio in 2006. It was also a new track record for Batavia Downs, smashing the old standard of 1:54.2 set by Sassa Hanover just last year. "She's definitely one of the better fillies this year. She was just awesome tonight; she could have paced faster" said driver Matt Kakaley. It was the third win in eight starts for Dime A Dance ($2.90) and it pushed her earnings to $101,513 for owners Our Horse Cents Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock and J&T Silva Stables. The filly is trained by Ron Burke. In the first $54,500 division, Encore Deo hung on strong down the lane for a close victory over Art Critic. Wishy Washy Girl (Ray Schnittker) took a quick, early lead before yielding to Encore Deo (Matt Kakaley) before the quarter that went in :28. The field remained single-file to the half before the heavily favored Upside Surprise (Mike Micallef) pulled from fifth to start her outside trek. Upside Surprise got to third and hung and couldn't gain anymore as the leader took the field to three quarters in 1:25.4. Positions stayed the same to the top of the stretch and Encore Deo was riding a short lead when Art Critic (Jim Morrill Jr.) swung inside the fading Wishy Washy Girl and came up the pylons. The two battled in deep stretch with Encore Deo just hanging on by a nose in 1:55.1. "I wanted to try her on the lead tonight. At three-quarters I thought I was going to win but it got a little close there at the end" said Matt Kakaley. It was the second win in eight starts for Encore Deo ($13.40) and the winning time was a new lifetime mark for the filly. The winner's share of the purse pushed her earnings to $56,578 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Carr. Ron Burke mentors the filly. There were also two divisions of the $15,000 NYSS excelsior series on Wednesday. The first split was won by Major Millie (Art Major-Gravity) in 1:57. The filly is trained by Erv Miller and was driven to the victory by Matt Kakaley. Major Millie ($9.10) is owned by KDM Stables Corp. The second stanza was won by Milky Way Rae (American Ideal-Aurora Borealus) in a swift 1:55.3. She is trained by Tracy Brainard and was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. Milky Way Rae ($3.90) is owned by Fortunate One LLC. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 18) at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

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

The online auction to raise funds for Jim Webb has concluded and another $13,350 has been raised for Jim and his family after he suffered spinal injuries from a track work fall in June. A big thank you to all of the people and organisations that donated items for the auction. Congratulations to Fiona Kerr after bidding $7,100 for the Roll With Joe service kindly donated by Pepper Tree Farm. There was plenty of late bidding but Fiona came out the winner when the auction officially closed. Brooklyn Lodge bid $3,000 for the HRNSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate worth $3,000. Thanks to the team for their generous support. Joe Conolly bid $2000 for the service to multiple group one winner Caribbean Blaster. The service was donated by Rob Nalder and HRNSW thank him for his continued support. Gerard Moloney was the winner of the Yankee Spider service. Gerard bid $1250 and a big thank you to Brenda Rice for the prize. HRNSW will be in contact will all winners to discuss their respective prizes.                                                             Greg Hayes

Pepper Tree Farm has kindly donated a service to impressive harness racing stallion Roll With Joe to the Jim Webb fundraising effort. Roll With Joe's book for the upcoming breeding season has been closed for a number of months and there is a lengthy waitlist of broodmare owners waiting for an opportunity to send their mare to the Meadowlands Pace winner. Roll With Joe stands for $6,000, was the 2011 USA three-year old of the year and is a full brother to Bettors Delight. Pepper Tree Farm is hoping interested breeders will get involved with all money raised from the auction going directly to Jim Webb and his family. Jim suffered a spinal cord injury after a trackwork fall in June and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. A fundraising night will be held at the Bankstown Club on Thursday to raise further funds. To bid on the Roll With Joe service please send an email through to HRNSW's Media Manager Greg Hayes confirming your bid and details. Greg's email address is The auction will close at 4pm on Friday September 4 2015. A daily auction update will be provided on the HRNSW website and various social media platforms. Please note the service is for mares based in Australia and must be used during the 2015/16 season. Greg Hayes

Fresh off his 1:47 win in the U.S. Pacing Championship, State Treasurer ($3.50) maintained his superiority in the older pacing ranks with a 1:47.2 triumph in the $150,000 Roll With Joe, held Sunday (August 23) afternoon at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.    The 6-year-old Real Desire entire tracked early pacesetters Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill, Jr.) and Doctor Butch (Brian Sears) through the first turn, brushing to the fore just after a :26.3 first quarter.   Assuming control with a circuit to go, State Treasurer rated a :54.3 initial half before David Miller cut him loose on the backstretch.   State Treasurer used a :26 third quarter to evade the first-over challenge of Clear Vision (Brett Miller), in fact drawing clear to a four-length lead on the far turn as pocket rival Dancin Yankee could no longer keep pace.   State Treasurer prevailed by 3-3/4 lengths in the end, well in hand at the winning post with plenty in reserve beyond his 1:47.2 mile clocking.   Clear Vision held second, while Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) stayed on for third off a second-over trip.   Dr. Ian Moore trains State Treasurer for owners Sally and Paul MacDonald.   Mosquito Blue Chip, Rockin in Heaven upset in EBC finals   Earlier in the card, Mosquito Blue Chip ($10.20) mounted a late rally to collar odds-on favorite Divine Caroline in the $269,000 Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies, while Rockin in Heaven ($24.80) sustained a first-over bid before holding off odds-on entrymates Betting Exchange and In the Arsenal--and a few others--in the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   In the distaff division, Mosquito Blue Chip found herself locked in just prior to a :54.4 half mile from Divine Caroline (David Miller), just three lengths off the lead but lacking for racing room until the conclusion of the final turn.   Off the corner, Jim Morrill, Jr. was able to find room with the Bettor's Delight filly, mounting a three-wide rally past pocket rival Band of Angels (Gingras) in the final sixteenth--and ultimately to just nab Divine Caroline at the winning post for a 1:49.3 score.   Trainer Paul Jessop shares in ownership of Mosquito Blue Chip with the Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio.   In the male division, Arque Hanover (George Brennan) made an early push to the lead, taking over from Betting Exchange (Gingras) with a circuit to go and controlling a :54.4 half before bracing for the first-over Rockin in Heaven.   After dueling through a :27.2 third quarter, Rockin in Heaven got the better of Arque Hanover, extending his lead to 1-1/2 lengths at the eighth pole while Arque Hanover faded off the corner.   Upon establishing a clear lead, David Miller had to call upon the son of Rock N Roll Heaven for all he had, just staving off a late charge from Artistic Major (Morrill) by a neck in 1:50. A Bettor Hat (Brett Miller) rallied from deeper back, overcoming a fourth-over trip to just miss by half a length, finishing third.   Trainer Dr. Ian Moore co-owns Rockin in Heaven with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte, and Gordon McComb.   Reynolds Stakes contested   In addition to the Roll With Joe and the Empire Breeders Classic finals, 2-year-old trotters contested a number of Reynolds Stakes divisions on the Sunday program at Tioga.   The most notable victor was Southwind Frank ($2.90), a 2-year-old Muscle Hill colt who earned his fifth career win in 1:54.2 just two weeks after his triumph in the Peter Haughton Memorial.   Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (August 28) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

As the day started, on Tuesday August 11, the harness racing track was listed as fast with sunny skies with a slight head wind in the stretch as the first group of 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies went to post. After a deluge during the 7th race, the judges called for a rain delay, the track was then downgraded to sloppy. Three races later after the sun came out again the track was upgraded to good. In spite of the adverse weather conditions, Brian Sears went on to have a stellar afternoon, winning 6 of the cards 13 races, local trainer Ed Hart also harnessed 3 winners on the afternoon. The Sears win streak started in the first race, as they often do, in the first division of the New York Sires Stakes, going for a purse of $35,866 The initial small field of 6 was whittled down to 5 as Amazon Ideal was scratched. American Ivy was first out from the gate, in the middle of the first turn she made a break but driver mark MacDonald quickly got her back on stride to take the lead past the ¼ in 28:4 and the ½ 58:4. No Clouds Bluechip grabbed the lead down the back side and took her contemporaries to the ¾ in 1:28:3. American Ivy was tiring and Dime A Dance was charging hard, but Sear and No Clouds Blue scored a measured win in 1:56:3, the fastest mile of the afternoon, giving trainer John Berger a special Birthday present. The daughter of American Ideal garnered her 2nd win of her young career. After winning the first 2 races Sears scored with the 1-5 favorite Time On My Hands (PP1) in race 5. Soft Idea had the lead at the quarter, with Time On My Hands parked, she then cleared and stayed there the rest of the mile, tripping the timer at 29.0, 58:1, 1:28:2 to win in 1:57:2 for trainer Chris Ryder. The daughter of American Ideal gave Sears his 3rd win of the card. Soft Ideal (PP6) was a fast closing 2nd for Jim Morrill Jr. the winner returned $3.50 for win for owners Robinson, Mondillo, Cheatham and the BFJ Stable. Prior to the 8th race, the Judges called for a rain delay and the track was downgraded to sloppy. Vino and Formaggio took the lead as the gate sprung, Killing Em Softly also left hard but was rough gaited, Jim Morrill settled her down and she dropped in the 3 hole. Vino and Formaggio was in control and showed the lead with fractions of 29 , 59, at the 5/8 pole Morrill came first over with the now composed Killing Em Softly to range into contention, as the pair sweep past the ¾ in 1:29. Vino and Formaggio was not to be denied as the Art Major colt won his first pari mutual win in 1:57:1 over a sloppy track. Brian garnered his 6th win of the afternoon, winning by 6 lengths, giving Trainer Ed Hart a hat trick. Excelsior A - $15,000 Rolling Going Home (PP3) gave Brain Sears wins in both half of the daily double, the sharp looking Roll With Joe filly took the overland route to score a new lifetime mark of 1:57:4 for owner Ross Bonafield of West Edmeston NY and trainer Ray Van Dreason, returning $6.00. In the 6th race Ed Hart started his own win skein as Family Roll Call scored in a wire to wire win in 1:58:4. The Roll With Joe filly is owned by Winbak Farms, giving Sears win #4. Major Millie tried in vain to catch Family Roll Call, even with her last quarter in 28, she settled for 2nd money. Last division of the "B" class saw Roll of Dream take the lead followed by Angels Rockn Pink, the pair raced in tandem to the 5/8's marker. Scott Zeron came first over with LYRA, Roll of Dream still had the lead taking the field past the ¾ in 1:29. At the top of the lane LYRA who at this point had taken a lot of air, raced tough to score a gritty win in 1:57:2 for trainer Jean Drolet. She was driven by Scot Zeron to take her 3rd win a row in this company. Excelsior B - $6,800 Boniello scored in the first division (Race 4) of the Excelsior B series for trainer Roland Mallar in 1:58. Mike Simmons drove the Roll With Joe offspring for winning owner Anatolia Racing Stable of Hopewell Junction NY, winning by 4 lengths to get the better of the favorite Rocknroll Shamayin. The Sears/Hart combination was successful as Seafood Linda (PP 5) scored her second consecutive win in this company in 1:58:2 ($4.70) After an auspicious start where she made a quick miscue going off stride, the filly quickly regained her composure and minded her manners to eventually overtake Milky Way Rae and Glow Boat. The win was Sears 5th visit to the winners and the 2nd for Ed Hart. The Daughters of Blue Chip Farms Stallion, Roll with Joe won 4 races, American Ideal sired 2 winners for the afternoon, and Art Major and Rock N Roll Heaven each had 1 daughter in the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

As another harness racing season gets underway in New Zealand, we are about to see the first stock of three of the more promising young sires in North America grace our tracks for the first time. By Western Ideal, Big Jim 1:49.2 ($1,541,924) has made a really good start with his first crop in Canada. That crop numbers 72 eligible to race and 16 have already qualified, with six already winners and the two year old season is only really getting into top gear now so his numbers to date are fine. His best performer to date is Magnum J 1:54.3 (H) ($126,798) who recently won the first big stakes race in Canada this season when he took out the final of the $227,500 Battle Of Waterloo. In New Zealand, Big Jim has 55 two year olds to represent him this season and judging by their good start in Canada, he looks sure to make an impact here with his two year olds. The other sire who will have a lot of eyes on him this season in New Zealand is the son of Cam's Card Shark in Roll With Joe 1:48.4 ($1,805,102) A full brother to the champion sire Bettor's Delight, Roll With Joe has made a fantastic start to his siring career in North America. Standing in the ultra competitive state of New York against the likes of Art Major, American Ideal and Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll with Joe has 88 two year olds in North America and currently has his nose in front of those three on the sires premiership. Roll With Joe currently sits third overall on the sires premiership so looks to have a big future with the start he has made. In New Zealand he only has nine two year olds to represent him but you would imagine a couple of those will show up this season judging by how they are running in New York. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Roll With Joe cover a big book in New Zealand this coming season on the back of the performance of his two year olds in North America. Another stallion that will have plenty of people watching him this year is Somebeachsomewhere, who after three crops in New Zealand totalling just nine live foals by frozen semen, will have 56 two year olds to represent him this season from the one season when his fresh semen was available in the Southern Hemisphere. Somebeachsomewhere's two year olds are having a great season in North America and he is comfortably the number one sire in that age group at this point of the season and with 56 two year olds in New Zealand, you would expect him to have a few standouts this season downunder as well. Another sire to have his first crop hit the tracks this season in New Zealand is the well performed son of Western Hanover in Well Said 1:47.7 ($2,569,342) His oldest stock in North America are half way through their four year old season and already have nearly $7,000,000 on their card while his overall earnings are closing in on $11,000,000 with 5 in 1:50 already. Well Said has just 14 two year olds to represent him in New Zealand this season but it wouldn't be a surprise to see a couple make their mark. Harnesslink Media

Batavia Downs hosted two divisions of the $108,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (Aug. 9) and the star of the show was Joe Larry N Curly (Roll With Joe-Lovely Lady) with his overpowering win. With morning line co-favorite Travel Playlist scratched sick, the field was cut down to five pacers. But there was no "stoogery" in Joe Larry N Curly's performance as he was all business, pacing his fastest winning mile ever over a half-mile track. Leading NYSS driver, Jim Morrill Jr., got away third with Joe Larry N Curly as Carlos Danger (Kevin Cummings) cut the quarter in 28.4. But as soon as they passed that station, Morrill pulled the 1-9 favorite and methodically moved to the front by the head of the stretch. The field remained unchanged until Joes On A Roll (John Cummings Jr.) came first over to challenge the leader at the five-eights. But before he could mount any kind of serious threat, Morrill popped the ear-plugs and then held on tight as Joe Larry N Curly switched into overdrive and paced away from everyone. He came home in a brisk 28 flat to stop the timer in 1:56.2 and win by four lengths. After the race, a visibly pleased Jim Morrill Jr. said "I couldn't be happier with the way he raced. I pulled the plugs at the three-quarters and he took off like a rocket. I should have left them in! He won easy; he was simply awesome". It was the third win of the year for Joe Larry N Curly ($2.30) and increased his earnings to $82,794. The colt is trained by Mark Harder, who co-owns him with Joe Jannuzzelli and Dawn Colucci. In the first division, Red Roll (Roll With Joe-Red Carpet Queen) lit up the tote board after the heavily favored Autotune Hanover was unable to overcome an early miscue. Red Roll (Kevin Cummings) shot right to the lead as Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter) had trouble navigating the first turn before making a break. While Cummings piloted the leader to a pedestrian 59.3 half, Buter had settled Autotune Hanover before pulling the colt around gapped horses in an attempt to mount another attack at the front. After looking rough again in the clubhouse turn, Autotune Hanover made quick work of the back stretch and got within a length of the leader. But after tucking to the pylons behind Red Roll in 1:28.4, Cummings started rocking and knocking the leader and got away from the pack by three lengths at the head of the lane before bringing Red Roll home victorious in 1:57.2. "I drove him at Buffalo last month so I knew the horse. I took a shot, went to the front and was able to cut the mile I wanted. He was good the whole race" said Cummings in the winner's circle. Overlooked in the betting, Red Roll returned a healthy $23.00 for the win. It was the first win of the year for Red Roll and thus also his lifetime mark. Despite only one win so far, the horse has not missed a check in NYSS action all year and that has put his earnings at $59,117. Red Roll is trained by Judy Blaun for owner John Sixt. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior "A" series on the card. The first $15,000 division was won by 1-9 favorite, Craftship (Art Major-Capri Hanover) who was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. Craftship ($2.20) is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Crawford Partners, J. Fodera N M Frank Stable, Joe Sbrocco and Craig Henderson. The second $15,000 leg was won by KJ Erich (Roll With Joe-Michelle's Scooter) in 1:59.2. The colt was driven by John Cummings Jr. for trainer Gary Messenger. KJ Erich ($7.20) is owned by Scott Woogen, Brenda Messenger and Phillip Shapiro. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. was as hot as the western New York weather Sunday, winning five of the 12 races on the card. He scored with the aforementioned Craftship ($2.20) and Joe Larry N Curly ($2.30) as well as Lucky Pablo ($7.40), If It rains ($2.90) and Zipnthruthehall ($2.60). Morrill is currently the third leading driver in North America for UDR with a .383. only .002 out of the second place George Napolitano Jr. He is fourteenth in North America in earnings with $3,123,201, but number one in NYSS competition with $920,602.59, more than three times more than his nearest competitor. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 12) at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Four years ago this week Roll With Joe held off two-year-old champ Big Jim and won the Meadowlands Pace in 1:48.2 for Ron Pierce. The Cam’s Card Shark full brother to top sire Bettor’s Delight went on to win his division with more than $1.6 million in sophomore earnings. He stood his first season in 2012 at Blue Chip Farms in New York for $7,000. Joe bred 137 mares, resulting in the 88 registered foals that make up the first crop, which is currently turning heads in the New York Sire Stakes program. His fee was reduced to $6,500 in 2013, and was cut again, to $5,000, for the 2014 season. That’s where it stands now. Roll With Joe’s Brother, Bettor’s Delight, the king of NYSS pacers, was moved to Ontario, then Pennsylvania, and now back to Ontario, to make room for Joe. His freshman eligibility in the NYSS program expired last year. RWJ has big shoes to fill, but seems to be well on his way to doing just that. Joe tops the freshman NYSS stat sheet, about $70,000 in earnings ahead of American Ideal, who has about the same number of starters and starts in the program. The formidable Art Major is in third place. The first sire stakes program for two-year-old pacers, at Monticello on June 29, indicated that Joe was more likely to succeed than falter. His sons took two of the three $36,000 NYSS splits, and a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A divisions. Roll With Fred won a SS split in 1:58.3 for Brett Miller and Joe Holloway. He’s a brother-in-blood to Bettor Be Steppin, who ranks third in her division in earnings and recently won the Lynch, and a half to Major Dancer, who won last year’s Town Pro final. Roll With Fred is staked to the BC as well as next year’s Pace. And Mark Harder’s Joe Larry N Curly won another $36,566 split in a quick 1:56.3 for Jim Morrill Jr. Unfortunately, he followed that up with a break Saturday night as the 1/9 favorite in his Sheppard elimination. KJ Erich and the grey gelding, White Rolls, won the Excelsior splits. On Friday at Saratoga the fillies got their chance. Gotmyreddressontnit beat another RWJ filly, Wishy Washy Girl, a neck in 1:54.4, which is only two ticks off the track record. The former, who is a brother-in-blood to Tony Alagna’s Revenge Shark, who raced in a Pace elimination on Saturday, was sent away as the 3/5 favorite for Wally Hennessey and Janice Connor. She took over at the half and that was that. Gotmyreddressontnit is the fastest and richest of Joe’s fillies. Rolling Going Gone, the first foal out of the American Ideal mare, Long Gone, won an Excelsior A split in 1:58.1 at 21/1 for Bruce Aldrich. Joe Holloway’s Hudsonandbernard, a brother-in-blood to Suplemental Income, beat 2YO NW2 at Pocono Downs in 1:54.2 at 13/1 for Joe Pavia Jr on Friday. Since Joe is covering many of the same mares that were available to Bettor’s Delight, the brother-in-blood designation is common with his get. It’s more prevalent than it is with full brothers Andover, Conway and Angus Hall, who stand in Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. Muscle Mass and Muscle Massive, Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip and Rockin Image and Rockin Amadeus are a few other brother combinations that could trigger this. There are also several active father-son combinations. It’s very early in the game, but matching Joe up with mares that were proven producers for Bettor’s Delight seems to be working out very well. Roll With Joe’s fastest progeny was Casie Coleman’s Tommy’s Delight, who qualified in 1:53.4 at The Meadowlands. Unfortunately, he apparently died with little notice. He was out of a half-sister to L Dees Lioness, Coleman’s SBSW filly, who won splits of the Eternal Camnation and the Champlain in 2012, but was retired prematurely. She has a Well Said yearling. . Eight of Joe’s colts and four of his fillies are staked to the BC, as compared with 14 colts and 17 fillies for his big brother. It’s a long way from his promising start in the NYSS to being the sort of dual—sire stakes and Grand Circuit—threat Bettor’s Delight is, but so far, so good. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.  He writes a weekly blog for  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

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