Horses trained in the vicinity of Ararat had a profitable night at the Ararat trot meeting held on Tuesday September 10, winning three of the eight races on the program. Ararat owner/trainer Daryl Crone’s handy 6-Y-0 Jet Laag/Signing Autographs gelding Wicked Subwoofer returned to the winners list, when successful in the Kathy McGrath Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2165 metres in a mile rate of 2-08.8. Driven by Bendigo based Neil McCallum, Wicked Subwoofer was sent forward from the 20 metre mark avoiding a few gallopers to park outside the pacemaker Family Decision. Proving to be the best stayer, Wicked Subwoofer was too strong at the finish for Family Decision, scoring by 3.1 metres, with Drop Us A Line (one/one) third after angling to the back of the leader on the home turn and using the sprint lane to be a metre away. Great Western’s Peter Manning very rarely misses a winner at Ararat and chalked up a double with Elsu/Hanover Chic gelding Eliseos Falcon taking the Joey Collins 3-Y-0 Pace over 1790 metres and 6-Y-0 Rustler Hanover/Cuddle Me Good gelding valentine Rustler the Barry Davidson Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres. Eliseos Falcon (Kerryn Manning) raced in the open for the first lap from outside the front row, before sliding past the well supported leader In The Trenches which appeared to want to turn off and run out in the back straight. Kicking clear on straightening, Eliseos Falcon making his third race appearance, held an 8.4 metre margin to the judge in defeating Casey Isabella which trailed the weakening leader in a rate of 2-01, Catch Me If You can (one/one) finished third. Valentino Rustler (Matt Craven) was also sent forward from gate four to sit outside his stablemate Garabaldi Union and in a punishing finish, was too strong for the 10-Y-0 Vinnies Jet which raced three wide solo for the final circuit, with Garabaldi Union holding down third. The mile rate 2-02.1. Mt Gambier trainer Barry Finnis and reinsman son Jayson snared the Presidents Pace for C2 class over 1790 metres with 5-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Maybe The One gelding Cheesy Grin which at one stage was touted as being the next big thing to came out of Mt Gambier. Gradually working back into form, Cheesy Grin making his 16th race appearance was able to stride to the lead from gate three shortly after the start and proceeded to lead his rivals a merry dance, winning by 1.8 metres in advance of Make A Fuss (one/one – three wide home turn) and Guvs Boy which trailed the winner, using the sprint lane to no avail. The mile rate 2-00.8. Seven year old Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber formerly trained in the area at Armstrong by Brooke Hansen greeted the judge in the Brad Hunt Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2195 metres in a slick rate of 1-59. Now in the care of Tim Bolitho at Anakie in the Geelong district, Arber bred and raced by Sports Bookmaker Philip Nott was restrained from outside the front row by Gavin Lang to settle at the rear of the seven horse field, with Kerryn Manning’s Lucky Dave leading out from the pole before being restrained to allow stablemate Kickittochris to assume control. Held up for one final dash at the leaders, Arber finished hard out wide on turning to register a 1.2 metre victory over Kickittochris which had every chance even though Voce kept him honest. Peaces Of You ran home late from the rear to finish third. Note: Two winners from Ararat’s programme ARBER (recent track record holder at Geelong) and WICKED SUBWOOFER are from the sisters Any Danger and Signing Autographs out of the grand mare of Linda Suzanne. She being the dam also of good western district race horses, Off the Old $ 184, 000+ and Doyouwantitagain $109, 000.+. This is the family of Cute Van, sire of Vandeport. Videos of all races are attached Len Baker
The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 27, with winners coming from far and wide.
Round two of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eliminations were contested for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the form of three $20,000 divisions.
The mandatory two meeting Thursday took place on May 16, with Shepparton harness racing in the afternoon and Bendigo at night.
Four year old harness racing mare Big Mumma Fitz (Armbro Operative/Hi Ho Fitz) has certainly come of age this season, chalking up four wins from eight outings, the latest at her home track Dalvui Raceway Terang on Tuesday May 14 after a rather slow start to her career.
Christian Cullen three year old filly 'Wonderful Charm' bred in the US won the final race of the harness racing program at Woodbine Thursday night the 2nd of May. It was the second win from just the seven starts lifetime all in 2013. Her time of 1:53.3 was a new mark for the daughter of Rustler Hanover mare Wendy Semalu.
As the sire of the winners in excess of $12-million, Red River Hanover, who is slated to stand the coming season at the Karobeer Lodge, of Karleigh Raymount, Goulburn, is without question one of the most proved harness racing sires available to breeders in New South Wales.
Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday April 24 at two of the most popular venues - Maryborough in the afternoon and Ballarat at night.
Winbak Farm is currently in the prime of the 2013 harness racing breeding season, with 3 months left - breeder's have plenty of time to breed their mares but they should be booked soon.
On April 9th, 2013 Winbak Farm will be selling broodmares and yearlings at the Chicks Harness Horse Sale in Harrington, Delaware. The harness racing sale starts at 11:30 am and buyers are advised to get there early.
Two harness meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday March 27 with Maryborough racing in the afternoon and Geelong at night.
The Ben Stafford trained and Ben Stafford driven team won two of the three $20,000 1st leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) prelims while Rock N Load got up at the wire to win the $16,000 Mares feature in an elongated Dover Downs race program due to a near hour break while the snowed-on racetrack was being resurfaced on Monday, March 25. The biggest surprise of the three-year-old pacing filly division came when Blush With Pride outbrushed 2012 harness racing champion Inittowinafortune in the closing strides of a 1:55.1 over the track labeled 'sloppy.'
Heston Blue Chip continued at the top of his game overwhelming an all-star group of 3-year-olds in track record time of 1:48 to win the final Matron event of the harness racing season, the $163,663 final. three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg colt paces were also on the Dec. 2 card at Dover Downs.
Luscious Leigh won the harness racing version of the friendly 'Family Feud' taking the first of four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals on a 'sloppy' track at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Owned, trained and driven by John Wagner, Luscious Leigh overtook early leader JA Going Alltheway, owned by Wagner's wife Pamela, to score a 2:02 victory.
Friday, November 16 was a sad day at Hanover Shoe Farms. On that day Rich N Elegant, the mare which many consider to be the greatest Standardbred broodmare ever was humanely euthanized due to a severe bout with colic.
It took over a year but the way Gambler's Rustler returned to the harness racing winner's circle last weekend it would suggest there is still a chance he might yet realise his potential. Gambler's Rustler flashed home from well back on the home turn to blouse his rivals in what was one of the most impressive wins on the nine-race card at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night (September 23).