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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was hardly 'beach' weather in Western New York on a frigid Saturday night (Feb. 8) but Santana Beach (David McNeight III) topped the harness racing ticket in a 'tropical trifecta' by scoring the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Santana Beach ($5.90) registered a neck win over Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) in 1:56.3 while Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) was third to complete the seaside sequence.   Andy's Ideal took early command of the race as he notched splits of :28.3, :57.1 and 1:27.0. Santana Beach in the meanwhile started his first over journey just before the half mile marker and took over at the top of the stretch.   It was nervous time late for Santana Beach, however, as Catch The Wave and Beachy Dream made serious bids late but came up just short.   "He hung in there well late," McNeight III said of Santana Beach. "Trainer Richard Roth has his horses sharp right now and this one is really good."   Owned by Jason Newell and trained by Roth, it was the second straight win in as many tries for Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip-Chips Beach). The 8-year-old gelding has now produced $10,500 in earnings in 2020 and $146,573 in his career.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A pacing events, the cold weather didn't stop Hold The Gold ($30.20) posting the fastest mile of the meet as he covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the good track in beating Im So Handsome (McNeight III).   With Southwind Torque (Billy Davis Jr.) setting scorching fractions of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:26.3, those torrid splits were perfect for the closers as Hold The Gold (Denny Bucceri) took full advantage of the situation.   Driving widest of all in the lane, Hold The Gold easily swooped on by the front runners and took the length win over Im So Handsome while Casimir Oops (Mike Baumeister) was third.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the first win in two appearances this year for the 6-year-old gelded Hold The Gold (Allthatgltrsisgold-Village Jay). The victory bumped his season winnings to $5,800 and $93,261 lifetime.   The other Class A division saw Burning Shore (Kevin Cummings) sneak by Southwind Onyx in deep stretch to take the head decision in 1:56.4 Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) took third.   Southwind Onyx set the tempo with panels of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:27.3 but Burning Shore ($8.30) wore down the pace setter and got up in time to secure the win.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 10-year-old gelded Burning Shore (No Pan Intended-Fine Line increased his career bankroll to $249,279 with the victory.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race scheduled. There is a $10,000 guarantee in the Pick-5 starting in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Saturday evening's harness racing card at Saratoga Casino Hotel consisted of three divisions of the second leg of the Holiday Pacing Series. Participants had their final chance to accrue points towards next Saturday's (December 14) Series Final. Bob Uhl's Babinga Wood (Dragon Again) became the only repeat winner in the two legs of the series as the 2-5 betting favorite in his division of the Holiday Pace came from last before circling the field to win a photo in 1:56.3. Mitch Cushing piloted the Uhl trainee and now has three wins and a second place finish while sitting behind the track's Claiming Pacer of the Year from 2017. Babinga Wood will likely head into next Saturday's Final as the one to beat. Blueberry Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) went coast-to-coast in his $7,500 division of the series on Saturday as leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Levine-trained pacer to victory in 1:56.4. Levine claimed Blueberry Heaven last month and finished third with him in the series' first leg before stamping his ticket to next week's Final behind his leg two score. The final division of the night went to Santanna One (Santanna Blue Chip) who lasted on the lead for trainer Jessica Derue and reinsman Chris Long. Santanna One, a fourth-place finisher in leg one, posted the fastest time of the series thus far with his 1:55.1 score which came as his race's 1-2 betting favorite. The $20,000 Final of the fourth annual Holiday Pacing Series is set for next Saturday night. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to kick off at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2019...On a relatively cold South Florida night, Skyful Of Lighters, handled by Dave Ingraham, was red-hot in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open II pacing feature. The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight had been knocking at the door in his two previous starts here but, on Sunday night, he out-gamed his competition in a "bang-bang" finish in 1:53.3. While the margin of victory was an officially a nose, the final clocking was not indicative of the gameness shown by the winner this night as he was outside looking in the entire mile--and, in his case, a mile and 30 yards. Four Socks, with Mike Simons in his sulky, was second after finding a seam late in the journey while Here Come William (Don Dupont) and Panocchio (Corey Braden) finished in a dead-heat for third. War-No Munn picked up the final award in the multi-million dollar field of nine. As the wings folded, Four Socks and Here Comes William both left with alacrity with the latter taking charge at the :27.4 opener with Skyful Of Lighters also on the prowl early from post 6 looking for a cozy spot that never materialized and he was hung out to dry. Meanwhile, the 3 to 10 favorite, Rebellious, away sixth, was following the cover of Skyful Of Lighters halfway through the mile in :56.4. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Rebellious went on a double-bubble binge as the pace seriously accelerated and even stuck his head in front by the third station in 1:24.2 with Here Comes William still fighting and Skyful Of Lighters still lurking in his shadow. As a cavalry charge developed to the wire, Skyful of Lighters kept digging and prevailed in the photo finish. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He beat some very good horses tonight. The time wasn't that much because of the cold but he can take a lot of air on the outside. I don't think there was more than a couple of lengths between us all at the end." (There was three lengths from first to last). Owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, Skyful Of Lighters sent his 2019 scorecard to 5-10-5 in 33 starts, good for $98,444 and $418,389 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Skyful Of Lighters paid $15.20 to win. Ingraham had a driving double on the card as he piloted Thatsjusthowiroll to a narrow win at odds of 38 to 1. Owned and trained by Dan Gassien, this five year-old altered son of Santanna Blue Chip completed the early daily double and was the key ingredient in a Pick-5 carryover for Monday night of $8,532.50. That pool is guaranteed at $30,000. The only other driving double on the card was achieved by "Sky" Walker, who piloted Thisisshe ($10.60) and Jurgen Hanover ($11.60) to wins their respective Florida Amateur Driving Club events. Walker now has 136 career wins. His Kelly Walker Stable owns both winners. Dein Spriggs' Sheer Flex took the other F.A.D.C. event. Besides the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool for the Monday program, there is a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $9,369.44. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

LEBANON, OH. – A harness racing rarity occurred at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Feb. 3) when a pair of older geldings, both sired by Santanna Blue Chip, reached the wire simultaneously to win in 1:53.2. Sanattle Slew (Jason Brewer), out of a Cam Fella mare, and M G Kid (Kayne Kauffman), a son of a Camluck mare, couldn’t be separated by the photo finish camera in the event for $20,000 claimers. Nicole Stewart trains Sanattle Slew, a 7-year-old owned by Jana Cromer, who notched his 21st lifetime win and pushed his career bounty past $200,000 with the score. 8-year-old M G Kid was also conditioned by Kauffman for owner Larrywaderacingofohiollc.  He now sports 20 trips to the winner’s circle and over $250,000 in earnings.  He was claimed, however, for the $20,000 tag and will make his next start from the Perry Smith Stable. Despite the outside post position, Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) rallied from last in the early going to capture the weekly featured $24,000 Open Pace in 1:51.  The 6-year-old by The Panderosa bested Heza Thrill N (Josh Sutton) and Southwind Amazon (Jeremy Smith).  Night Pro (Dale Decker) posted all the early fractions upon returning from a six week layoff.  Following a blistering :25.4 opening split, he lead the field through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:21.3 before losing steam halfway down the stretch and finishing fifth. Kris Hinchcliff trains Angelo J Fra for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.  It was his eighth win in the last year and 21st of his life, with earnings rapidly approaching $300,000. Miami Valley will not be racing on Super Bowl Sunday, but will present 2:05 p.m. matinees on Monday and Tuesday. Gregg Keidel

Harness racing connections of in-form mare Summertime Lizzie are now eyeing off winter carnival riches. The former Sydney mare has thrived since being placed in the care of leading Logan Village training partnership of Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham. During her stint in the Sunshine State, the Santanna Blue Chip six-year-old has built up a fine record of six wins and six minor placings from 16 starts to date. But the recent form surge of 6 victories from her past 8 starts now has connections eyeing the mares feature during the carnival. The $20,500 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes is scheduled for July 8 at Albion Park. “It’s definitely on the radar given her recent form; the conditions of that race look really suitable for her and she’s now proven she can run a very good mile. Given how she performs in her next start will determine what path we choose.” Graham said. Summertime Lizzie returned to the winners circle yesterday (Tuesday) rating 1:54.7 at Albion Park following two defeats. Prior to that, the speedy mare recorded five straight victories at Albion Park including a career best effort of 1:51.9 when successful in the $15,540 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final on May 14 when defeating the highly regarded Mattgregor. “It was a solid effort yesterday but the early burn helped us greatly, when I turned her loose down the back she really felt sharp and in control. I think her best efforts have been at the shorter trips. “Plenty were disappointed when she suffered those recent defeats but when you sit down and study her efforts, they were more than reasonable and her sectionals will back that up. “The Fleur De Lil will be a strong race with the likes of Smooth Showgirl and Rocker Band among others headed that way but with a good draw, I don’t think she’ll be too far away.” Summertime Lizzie is raced by Adam Sofoulis. Last year, classy mare Barynya scored in the Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes in a time of 1:53.9. Barynya is now racing in North America for trainer Chris Oakes. Chris Barsby

A 4-year-old female pacer, Noone To Depend On has won four of six starts and established a harness racing track record at Hollywood Dayton Raceway since joining Kauffman's stable in November. On Friday night, she is the 4-1 morning line favorite from post 10 (in the second tier) in the Fillies & Mares Open at Miami Valley. Noone To Depend On enters the race off an eighth-place finish in the Jan. 20 F&M Open at Miami Valley, when she started from the gate's outermost post - No. 9. That loss snapped a four-race win streak, with two of the victories coming in the F&M Open at Miami Valley and another coming in her track-record 1:51.4 mile at Dayton. Stephen Herrick and Mark Bogen own Noone To Depend On, who was purchased for $25,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale in early November. For her career, the Ontario-born mare has won 12 of 44 races and earned $120,746 in purses. "She's turned out really well so far," said Kauffman, who trains and drives Noone To Depend On. "Hopefully it continues. We thought she would be a useful racehorse down this way, but she's really overachieved and exceeded our expectations, for sure. It's just been headshaking. We didn't expect anything like this." Noone To Depend On is a daughter of stallion Santanna Blue Chip out of the mare Tipsy Taters. Her family includes a number of six-figure money-earners, including past O'Brien Award winner Cupcakesnwhipcream. Last year at age 3, Noone To Depend On was competitive on the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots circuit, winning three times, and had a fourth-place finish in a sire stakes Gold division event won by L A Delight. "She wasn't one of the top fillies, but she showed she could go with them," Kauffman said. "She was one of the five mares we had picked out at the sale. A couple of them went for more than we thought they were worth. We were shocked that we got her for $25,000. I thought she would bring over $30,000, for what they were bringing at the sale. "We thought she would run up and down the conditions and be a nice useful race mare. So far, she's just been super good. She's got a good attitude and she's a pleasure to be around." Noone To Depend On opened eyes with her 1:51.4 victory at Dayton despite cold (26 degrees) and snowy conditions. The time established the track record for 3-year-old filly pacers. "That was the only time we raced her on the front end, and she seemed to like it," Kauffman said. Kauffman will have a difficult time getting to the front early on Friday, starting from the second tier. "I'm not a big fan of the second tier," Kauffman said. "You're at the mercy of the (post) 1 and 2 horses. If the outside horses leave you're liable to get away seventh or eighth as opposed to being halfway close. But we'll play the hand that's dealt to us. We'll just have to see how the trip works out and go from there." The connections have no plans for Noone To Depend On, other than trying to keep her at the top of her game. "I gave her a month off between Dayton and Miami Valley to freshen her up a bit," Kauffman said. "As long as she keeps racing as good as she has, I think we'll keep going forward. She'll let us know when she needs a break. It's a long year, too, and we'd definitely like to race her at Scioto this summer, so we'll just have to play it by ear. Kauffman, who set career highs last year as a driver with 315 wins and $3.37 million in purses, is the leading driver at Miami Valley, with 45 victories. "So far the first month at Miami Valley has been exceptional," Kauffman said. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling." Ken Weingartner

LEBANON, OH. - Noone To Depend On made it four-in-a-row in O-H-I-O on Friday night (Jan. 13) when she captured the $22,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace in 1:52.3 at Miami Valley Raceway. It was the second consecutive harness racing open triumph after a pair of wins in the highest condition/claiming event since entering the Kayne Kauffman Stable. Kauffman's victory was his third on the night as Noone To Depend On topped Cas Art Apparel (Kyle Wilfong) and American Girl (Trace Tetrick). Content to get away mid-pack, despite starting the rail post position, the winning daughter of Santanna Blue Chip was angled three-wide around the final bend before sweeping to victory in the lane. Sent off at 8-5 odds, the winner returned $5.40. She is owned by Stephen Herrick and Mark Bogen, who plucked her from the November Harrisburg sale for $25,000. The first leg of a "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 claimers went to post in four divisions and the claim box was extremely busy. A total of 43 claims were entered, but after duplicates were randomly drawn 16 of the 39 horses actually changed hands. Surprizingly, only one of the four first leg winners will have new connections in the second leg as Splended Party (Jason Brewer) moves into the Jeff Hollis Stable, due to drawing the lucky pill from among seven claiming offers on the 1:52.4 winner, who returned $6.20 as the 2-1 favorite. Including other races, a total of 19 claims were validated on the Friday card for a total of $277,000. Newcomer Simon Allard drove the winners of the other three first leg winners. His triumphs came behind John Jay (1:53.4, $15.60), B R Flying Dali (1:53.4, $10.20) and Bridge Jumper (1:54, $11.20). Other horses with multiple claims entered on them were Woo Shark (13), Summons (6), Smithers (5), Lieutenant Steve (10), Lancaster Park (6), Strother (2) and No Habla (2). In round two, all horses will carry claiming tags 25% higher than in round one. Gregg Keidel

Despite 26 degree temperatures, snowy conditions and an 11-degree windchill, Noone To Depend On established a new track record of 1:51.4 for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night (Dec. 9) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Recently purchased for $25,000 at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale by Stephen Herrick and Mark Bogen, the new track standard-bearer was making her third local start in a non-winners of 10 races with a $30,000 claiming tag (plus allowances, bringing Noone To Depend On's sale price to $51,000). Trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman, who picked the horse out for her new owners at Harrisburg, was impressed with her first two starts for him, including a 1:53.3 score in the same class a week ago. "She showed me enough last week to think we might have something special, so I decided to test her a little more tonight because we're going to have to move up in class now and I wanted to know if she'd be competitive. Despite the snow and cold, the track was in very good condition under the circumstances so I kept her rolling and she responded." Noone To Depend On is a daughter of Ontario sire Santanna Blue Chip. She now has 10 victories in her career and with her latest triumph moved within two thousand dollars of the $100,000 earnings plateau. Halle Shark (Josh Sutton) and Cas Art Apparel (Chris Page) deadheated for the place position with Allthatjazzde Vie (Peter Wrenn) another short nose back in fourth. The Fillies and Mares Open pacers stepped onto the track a race later with Aniston Seelster (Sutton) downing American Girl (Travis Seekman) and Albanian Era (Jeremy Smith) in 1:53. The 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three recently switched from the Ron Burke Stable to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable, making an impressive debut from her new surroundings following a four-week furlough. Kara Witt owns Aniston Seelster, whose bankroll swelled to over $175,000 with the tally. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday, December 10, highlighted by the second annual six-race "Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Driver's Challenge." Leading Indiana drivers Trace Tetrick, Sam Widger, Ricky Macomber, Tyler Smith and Andy Shetler will face Ohio reinsmen Josh Sutton, Kayne Kauffman, Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble and Peter Wrenn for regional bragging rights. In the 2015 inaugural event, it took the Buckeyes until the final race to secure the team title on their home turf. The real winners Saturday night, however, will be underpriviledged Dayton area children and a paramedic who manned the Dayton Raceway ambulance many of the nights during the track's first two seasons, but suffered an unfortunate fall from a ladder earlier this year and is paralyzed from the waist down. The ten drivers in the Buckeyes-Hoosiers contest have voted to donate their entire $2500 prize pool to paramedic Crystal Wilson to help with her mounting rehabilitation costs. Additionally, the drivers are urging fellow horsemen and patrons to bring new toys to the track for distribution before Christmas to need children in the Dayton Firefighters District 16, providers of the trackside ambulance on a nightly basis. The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association has chipped in with a $1000 donation to be split between the firefighters toy drive and Ms. Wilson; and leading Dayton driver Josh Sutton has pledged all of his Saturday night driver commissions to the toy drive. MIAMI VALLEY IS CALLING ALL TOP DRIVERS FOR $25,000 TOURNAMENT The deadline for driver applications to compete in the inaugural $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway is less than two weeks away.  Interested drivers can download application forms at: by clicking on “Racing” and then “Horsemen Info”; or by emailing race secretary/tournament coordinator Gregg Keidel at  The tournament will be conducted over three matinee programs on January 8-10, but the field will be finalized shortly after the December 23 application deadline. Half of North America’s top ten dashwinners have already committed to participate and others are expected to sign on soon.  If more than 30 drivers apply, those with the most career victories (including a minimum of 100 in 2016) will be selected to compete for the title and the $10,000 first place cash prize. If you think you have what it takes to beat the best, review the driver application and join the fun.  Nationally acclaimed reinsmen Brett Miller, Aaron Merriman, Jody Jamieson, Trace Tetrick and Simon Allard have indicated they will be at Miami Valley for the tourney, plus current Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana standouts Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Josh Sutton, Chris Page, Tony Hall, Dan Noble, Mike Wilder, Kayne Kauffman,  Jim Pantaleano,  Randy Tharps, Peter Wrenn, Eric Goodell, Jason Brewer and many more. Leading drivers from throughout the United States and Canada are encouraged to submit tournament applications with a $300 entry fee, which is fully refundable if your career win total doesn’t get you in.  The entry fee includes the chance to be named North America Driving Champion and share in the $25,000 cash prize pool, plus includes up to three nights of nearby hotel accomodations, a banquet in Miami Valley’s acclaimed Cin City Steakhouse, and covers your required 2017 Ohio State Racing Commission licensing fee. Gregg Keidel  

Soho Angel scored a well-deserved harness racing victory in tonight’s $50,575 Renown Silverware Tatlow Stakes at  Tabcorp Park Melton. The win gave Burrumbeet trainer-driver Michael Stanley his second two-year-old fillies’ feature race triumph in a fortnight after Petacular’s Vicbred Super Series success earlier this month. Soho Angel (Bettor's Delight/Soho Champagne) ran third in the Vicbred final but was supreme tonight from gate three in an action-packed race that saw three horses involved in a bad fall and driver Zac Phillips taken to hospital for scans on his arm. Four Be Two (Phillips) and Jiggy Rhythm (Josh Aiken) locked wheels down the side the final time, and as they were trying to unhook from one another Arm A Princess (Jason Lee) took a tumble while travelling ahead of them. The resultant tangle saw the trio of drivers catapulted to the track. Lee and Aiken were cleared by medical staff to fulfil their remaining drives, but Phillips was taken to hospital with a suspected arm injury. All horses got to their feet and were walked off the track but Arm A Princess was transferred to Werribee Equine Hospital for tests. Meanwhile, Soho Angel bolted clear of her rivals at the top of the straight and went on to score by 3.6m over a fast-finishing Miss Dangerfield (Greg Sugars) with Perfect Sense (Mark Pitt) third in a mile rate of 1:58.7. A member of owner-breeder Rob Watson’s Soho team, Soho Angel now boasts four wins from 10 starts for stake money approaching $100,000. New South Wales husband and wife team Shane and Lauren Tritton combined to win the Apco Tatlow Stakes for colts and geldings with their rising star Blue Moon Rising (Santanna Blue Chip/Lady Moonlight). Now a winner of six of seven lifetime starts, Blue Moon Rising led and defied all comers from the pole to score a 7.7m win over fast-finishing Our Little General (Pitt), with Manly Mach (Greg Sugars) third in a 1:56.7 mile rate. “He’s not paid up for anything so it’s good to get a win like this,” Lauren Tritton said post-race. “All the horses who have won the big races at home he’s beaten them.” Tritton said Blue Moon Rising would go to the paddock for a spell before “coming back bigger and better as a three-year-old”. Cody Winnell

Summerside, PE - DBS Rosco won the Victoria Day pace in an exciting stretch battle during opening day harness racing action Monday at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:58.2 Kenny Arsenault engineered the winning drive for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. Arsenault put the pacer on the point and rolled through fractions of 28.1, 57:4 and 1:28. The son of Santanna Blue Chip held off a fast closing Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) down the lane to notch his third win of the year. Motorino was third. It was Arsenault's second winner of the day after guiding Montana Ben to top honours for owner-trainer Mike Ramsay, Summerside, PE. Shady Kowalski, under the command of Terry Gallant, opened up the 2016 campaign at Summerside. The five-year old mare is owned by Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. Gilles Barrieau and Marc Campbell also recorded driving doubles up to press deadline. For complete results go to Tara Myers

The second round of the Princess Series highlighted harness racing action Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.  Following a scratch, a group of 11 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in a pair of $20,000 second leg divisions. Leg one winner American Curves skipped the second round, which opened the door for two new winners. In the first division, Noone To Depend On scored a 16-1 upset victory in a flashy 1:51.4 for Jody and Carl Jamieson. Party In Rome, the 5-2 second choice, cut out fractions of :28 and :56.4 before Lay Lady Lay, the heavy 1-5 favourite, came out from fourth to challenge first up entering the final turn. The top two choices waged war to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, while Noone To Depend On and Jamieson sat patiently in third. In the stretch, Party In Rome put away Lay Lady Lay, but Noone To Depend On clearly had more energy than the roughed up leader and cruised by to score a 3 ¾ lengths victory. Party In Rome held on for second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. A daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, Noone To Depend On was winless in three attempts this season entering Friday's Princess Series leg. All three of her previous starts were in the Blossom Series. Noone To Depend On now has three victories in 21 career starts and $66,980 earned for owners Carl and Brandy Jamieson. The sophomore pacing filly established a new career-mark with her 1:51.4 victory and paid $34.90 to win. Noone To Depend SodwanaBay prevailed in a stretch battle with Divas Image to win the second division in 1:53.4 at odds of 14-1. Driven by Rick Zeron, SodwanaBay left from post two and got away second. Sports Expert and driver Doug McNair found the front and went uncontested through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, SodwanaBay came off the pylons from second and Divas Image followed from third to blow by the leader. The two fillies slugged it out to the wire with Sodwana Bay holding off her rival by a neck for the win. Danish N Coffee finished third. Trained by Eric Adams, SodwanaBay now has two victories in eight starts this season. The sophomore pacing filly is a daughter of the late No Pan Intended, who passed away Friday. SodwanaBay, who was winless in six starts as a rookie, now has a new career-mark and earnings of $30,960 for owners Millar Farms. She paid $31.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. SodwanaBay The $57,400 Princess Series Final will take place next Saturday (May 7). Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

There might have been a smaller crowd, cooler conditions, and mostly "bread and butter" races compared to the recent Gold Crown carnival, but Friday's  harness racing fixture at Group 1 Feeds Bathurst Paceway certainly didn't lack for excitement, with a number of desperately close finishes. This was especially so in the feature Western Districts Oaks, where favourites Pixies Parlour and Rainbow Flash staged a good old-fashioned stoush the length of the home straight, necessitating a long delay before the judges found the narrowest of margins for Rainbow Flash ($2.70, Robbie Morris for Kerryann Turner) The battle continued into the stewards' room, Amanda Turnbull lodging a protest alleging that Rainbow Flash (which had sat outside her from the mile ) had forced Pixies Parlour down inside the marker pegs on the point of the home turn. After a lengthy delay, stewards dismissed the protest, allowing the Santanna Blue Chip daughter to maintain her unbeaten record in three runs at Bathurst.Mile rate for the 2260 metres event was a very pedestrian 2:00.6, after a very slow lead time and first quarter, but things got very urgent soon after, with a sharp 27.6 third quarter and then 29.2 for that stirring final section of the race. Positions were somewhat reversed in the following fast-class event, when Morris attempted to lead throughout on favourite Franco Tiago NZ, chasing four straight wins, and fought off Turnbull's runner Heza Thrill NZ, which had moved to the death mid-race. Mat Rue aboard Kenny Dee Dee ($4.90, for Bernie Hewitt ) took the opportunity for a cart into the race on the back of Heza Thrill, and ranged up in the shadows of the post to just get over the top of the other two. With the final three quarters all dispatched in sub 29s, the mile rate was a quick 1:57.3 for the 2260 metres. It was win number 15 for the Speed King five-year-old, bringing up a total of 56 wins for the progeny of his dam Beat The Clock, which connections purchased cheaply some years ago from Queensland breeder Stan Fyfe. The mare was humanely put down recently, but has been a wonderful producer for her proud owners Bob Boyd and Deirdre Masters. Both Robbie Morris and Amanda Turnbull scored driving doubles at the meeting, as did concession reinsman Chris Geary. Turnbull's earlier winner was Star Writer ($3.10, for father Steve ) which tracked three-wide over the final quick half of a C2-C4 class, for a very gutsy win in 1:58.8, and Morris picked up his second win in the 2YO final event, with Brobenah Boy ($6.20, for Bernie Hewitt ) leading throughout and dashing home in 27.8 for his first win at start number four. Geary's double came in the opening races, both for Belinda McCarthy. Somepartysomewhere ($3.80 ) took advantage of an early scrimmage in the 3YO event to find the front before dashing home in 57.2 seconds for his second win in succession, to remain unbeaten this season. Imnoracinggal NZ ($2.60 ) belied her name with the night's easiest win, by a mere 22.5 metres, in C1 company, Geary making a well-judged move after the bell to wrest the lead from runners feeling the pinch after a lead time of 45.3 seconds, the fastest so far at the track. Overall mile rate was 1:56.6, seldom bettered for the testing 2260 metres run at Bathurst. Geary currently sits in third place in the NSW driving ranks, behind Todd McCarthy and Robbie Morris, with more than 70 winners, but is reluctant to talk about his chances of cracking a century. In his current form, and getting drives from strong stables, he must be a good chance. Castlereagh trainer Anthony Simiana missed his double when Franco Tiago got nabbed in that fast-class race later in the night, but was delighted earlier on when Walkabout Creek ($5.40, Wes Komorowski ) made it a hat-trick of wins since his recent purchase, in a conditioned class heat of the Dubbo Golden Gig. With the speed on throughout, he came three-wide from the half for a tough win, in 1:55.6 for the sprint trip. A beautifully-bred son of Somebeachsomewhere from fine racemare Trudee, he still displays some poor manners but has improved under Simiana's care and by working with other horses. There was no tougher win on Friday than that of the Steve Turnbull-trained and driven Sabrage NZ ($1.70 ), on debut in Oz and posted three-wide for a long way in C0 class, before eventually finding the death seat. Steve Turnbull  didn't think he'd got up in the photo from Summer Money, but his relief was tempered with some anxiety about his youngster having a gut-buster first-up. Everyone at Bathurst is well used to the sight of female drivers weighing in first, but it was refreshing to see a female steward, Annie Carruthers, checking the runners and signalling the all-clear after one of the races on Friday. Her seniors on the stewards panel tell me the young cadet is showing a lot of promise, and is only a couple of months off being ready to take charge of a race meeting. Great to see, and with a surname the same as Australia's first world boxing champ, she's sure to handle whatever comes her way! Terry Neil

Not to be outdone by his brother Clark who trained two winners, Tony Barron also added two wins to his seasons tally in the form of A Damn Good Excuse and Macy Blue Chip.   Yesterday’s win by Macy Blue Chip was the fourth and biggest for stable junior driver Maruia Parker.   The mare is raced by the Gold Chip Syndicate who are primarily based in Oamaru.   Macy Blue Chip started from the outside of the second row in the Kina Craig Stud Southern Belle Speed Series Mobile Pace and Barron wasn’t overly confident about finishing in the money from that draw.   With Picobello, BD Windermere and favourite Motu Moonbeam sprinting hard out of the gate and Sweet As and Backseat Chick breaking shortly after the start the field open up for Parker. She managed to get onto the back of a progressing Leigh Major and with a lap to run was in the one one but some distance off the pace. With Motu Moonbeam starting to feel the pinch at the 400, Parker had Macy Blue Chip off the back of Leigh Major and moved three wide before the straight. Shortly after coming out of the last bend the pair had hit the lead and held on to beat the late charging Annajodi by a head.   Macy Blue Chip’s time of 2-02.8 (1-56.2) was just outside of Raksdeal’s track record for mares of 2-01.4.   The five year old Santanna Blue Chip mare is out of the two win Riverboat King mare Macy Belle. Her son Will I Am finished second in race eleven yesterday.   “Ru (Maruia Parker) drove her a treat. She found a place for the mare and she finished it off nicely,” said Barron.   It was Parker's sixth drive behind the mare and she's recorded three wins, two seconds and a ninth. She's only been at the Barron stable this season and the junior reinswoman has impressed the Makarewa trainer.   “She deserves a real good chance. She’s got a great set of hands on her and they seem to run for her. There are horses like Heretic Franco that will get on the job for Nathan (Williamson) and Dexter (Dunn) but they don’t pull for her.”   Having Macy Blue Chip in the stable at this time of the season has been a bit of a bonus for both trainer and owners.   “She was supposed to be sold but the money didn’t come through and she’s won two races since. She’s owned by a few boys in Oamaru so I’ll probably take her up there for the grass meeting next Thursday. It’s the Oamaru Cup and the mares get a 10 metre concession, so she’ll start off the front.”    Early in the day A Damn Good Excuse impressed with an easy win in the Shane Matheson Crutching/Mark Jones Racing Stables Mobile Pace.   Driver Dexter Dunn took the Live Or Die mare straight to the top and she stayed there to beat Dissolution by four and a half lengths.   A Damn Good Excuse’s winning time was 2-41-3 – a mile rate of 1-57.9 which will add value to the mare's breeding potential.   “She’s actually a pretty nice mare which hasn’t had a lot of luck recently." "We put her in a stand at Roxburgh and she played up that day. After that she went super and Dexter was rapt with her so he was pretty keen to retain the drive. She drew a marble (good barrier) today. Apart from a couple of times, she’s draw seven or worst.”   The front was the right place for the four year old mare to be from yesterday's barrier two.   “She’s a very good mare especially when she can get to the front.” Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness Racing  

Invercargill City Councillor Peter Kett is giving a lot of Southlanders plenty to cheer about with his Tri Code Syndicates.    The 78 strong Tri Syndicate Number Two yelled  Soapbox home at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club’s meeting on Sunday.   After impressing when she qualified, the Santanna Blue Chip filly has been well supported in her first two starts and has slowly improved.   Her last start third at Wyndham was a pointer to a win not being too far away and she was made favourite in the Sweet Lou The ‘Stallion Of The Future’ Mobile Pace.   From a handy draw driver Archie Armour took the three year old filly straight to the front and dictated all the terms winning by one and a half lengths from Annie Fitz.    “She’s always had a bit of speed but was very green." "In her first two starts she was her own worst enemy." "She was a wee bit field shy and we had a Murphy Blind on her." "But we took that off her and put a pole on her just to give her a bit more sight." "She will progress. She’s not big, but big over the back end,” said trainer Murray Brown. The Tri Code Syndicate - the first syndicate formed by Kett won races with greyhounds Thrilling Hunt and Thrilling Shrimp while galloper Tinka Tinka trained by Sally McKay ran an improved third at Cromwell at the weekend. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing   -   Check site here  

TORONTO, November 2 - Ontario sired two-year-old fillies were the main attraction Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the opening leg of the harness racing Autumn Series. A field of eight trotting fillies competed in a single split, while 18 fillies were separated into a pair of divisions on the pacing side. All three divisions competed for a purse of $16,000. In the trotting division, Haileysgonedancing lived up to her 3/5 hype to win in 1:58.4. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, Haileysgonedancing got away second and quickly circled to the lead in the second-quarter. After fractions of :59.1 and 1:29.4, the heavy favourite trotted home in :29 to score the victory by a length and a half over Treasure Gifts K. T C Sno Massive finished third, while Jagersro got through late for fourth. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Haileysgonedancing now sports a record of two wins from six starts in her rookie season for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The trotting filly is owned by O'Sullivan, Kirk McKinnon, Lorne Keller and Rick Zeron Stables. Haileysgonedancing increased her earnings to $17,190 with the win and paid $3.40. Haileysgonedancing In the first pacing division, Lay Lady Lay survived the first over journey to win at 4/5 in 1:54.1. Boozer Bruiser and Trevor Henry sprinted out to the lead and set a solid early tempo of :27.3 and :56.3. Lay Lady Lady and Chris Christoforou got away in fourth and came to the outside to challenge first up in the third-quarter. Boozer Bruiser took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, but would quickly surrendered the lead in the stretch to Lay Lady Lady. The 4/5 favourite paced home comfortably to win by a length and a quarter. The clocking of 1:54.1 established a new mark for Lay Lady Lay. Specialcelebration, who got a two-hole trip, finished second just ahead of Active Lady, while Boozer Bruiser finished fourth. A daughter of Up The Credit, Lay Lady Lay recorded her second win in five starts Monday night for trainer Chris Matthews. She is owned by 1posse2steves3brothersstb of Guelph and now has $18,500 banked. Lay Lady Lay paid $3.60 to win. Lay Lady Lay Noone To Depend On kept the favourites perfect on the evening in the second pacing filly division. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Noone To Depend On was able to get away in third, while post nine starter Lady Marina sprinted to the lead and by the opening-quarter in :26. Lady Marina and Jack Moiseyev were able to slow things down in the middle-half with fractions of :56.3 and 1:26.2. Noone To Depend On stayed in around the final turn, but Jamieson was able to find room at the top of the lane to bring his filly off the rail. The 9/5 favourite charged up on the outside to surge by Lady Marina and win by a length and a half in 1:55.2. Icthelight Hanover finished third, while Barbaras Shadow was fourth. A daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, Noone To Depend On is trained by Carl Jamieson, who co-owns with Brandy Jamieson. The rookie pacing filly now has two wins in 15 starts and earnings of $38,610. Noone To Depend On returned $5.80 to win. Noone To Depend In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2015. The second leg of the Autumn Series for the two-year-old fillies will take place next Monday (November 9). Autumn Series action continues Thursday night with round one action for the two-year-old colts and geldings. Mark McKelvie

Fast times were the order of the night at Bathurst’s Group One Feeds Paceway last Wednesday, but  ironically, the most impressive performance of the harness racing meeting came in one of the slower races.  De Santa Anna was first up for six months, for Hartley trainer Steve Conroy, against a moderate C0 field, and those who took the $1.60 quote on offer had no concerns at all, with the Santanna Blue Chip four-year-old leading easily from outside the front and dictating terms throughout. Driver Robbie Nugent didn’t appear to change his seat, or relax his hold, as he approached the 500m point, but in the twinkling of an eye, the leader put a very big gap on the field, and Nugent just sat quietly on him down the lane to cross the line 27 metres ahead of Flip Wilson and Regal Authority, with the rest of the field coming in at intervals.  On a night where half the races went in 1:56 or better, the 1:58.2 for De Santa Anna was the second slowest, but as a beaming Nugent observed, “It was just an armchair drive!” One of the better western district three-year-olds last term, he has furnished into a magnificent type now, and judging by this win, is definitely headed for bigger and better things. His half-brother Hectorjayjay stepped up at four last season, taking out the Group One Breeders Crown, and even though those lofty heights are certainly premature, his little brother will add something worthwhile to the family history before he’s done. Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris had three strong chances at the meeting, and took the opening event, a C3-C4 sprint, with Bettermore NZ ($4.60), which sat outside leader Cracka Stride for most of the race. “He’s a grinding type, so I wanted to put him into the race, and I had a bit of luck when Ashlee’s horse (Our Leonardo) got held up and I was able to get out and move to the death.” Morris admitted. The winner’s mile rate of 1:55.6 was threatened by a few, but remained the standard for the entire meeting. Morris was later presented with his UDR trophy for last season at Bathurst (the first official duty for new president Wayne Barker), and collected a matching trainer’s one for his partner. With their baby due in just a few weeks, Kerryann opted to stay put in Sydney for the night. Jess Prior recently received her Encouragement Award from Steve Turnbull, and she prevailed  in a very tight finish against the leading driver when Kapow Shannon ($2.20, for Peter Bullock) held on to defeat the fast-finishing Midnight Prowler in a 2260 metres C1 class. The speed was maintained throughout, for a mile rate of 1:58.0, with a sharp 57.5 last half. “I’m not very good at speaking,” claimed the happy youngster after just her fourth winner, and the first one at her home track, but she’s likely to get plenty of practice at the caper in future, judging by her rapid progress in the last few months. Trainer Murray Sullivan scored first-up with recent acquisition Looksmachnificent NZ ($2.70 favourite), which rated 1:56.0 in leading  throughout a C0 sprint, from trailers Scentello and Ideal Gambler, but he gave all the credit to driver Jason Gaffney. “He’s a very free-running horse, and he’s pretty hard to stop – Jason gets on best with him, and I was happy to let him have the drive tonight. As you can see, Jason didn’t have to pull the plugs, and there’s no way the horse will stand quietly for anyone after the race either. “He’s come from the big track at Menangle, and I’m not sure whether he’ll handle a small track like Eugowra, but we’ll probably have a shot at the Canola Cup series next.” Murray’s fears were realized in last Sunday’s heats, but he’ll take some beating when he returns to the wide-open spaces at Bathurst in coming weeks. Other winners for the meeting were: Hard To Hear ($6.20, Daniel Rowell, for Taralga trainer Pat Bourke), in a C1-2 sprint, getting a nice three-wide trail down the back the last time, to come with a big finish right over the top of his rivals; Lamorak ($10.10, Steve Turnbull), in the fast-class sprint, where he came out from the trail before straightening, for a smart win, in 1:55.7, to account for Lochinver and Treuaper, both placegetters closing hard; Tulhurst Sarsha ($11.20, Nathan Hurst), in the second division of the C1-2 sprint, the Flightpath daughter pinging across from the outside gate to lead, and recording a lifetime best of 1:55.8 at her eleventh victory; Merrylands Miss ($2.70, Amy Day), in the C0 sprint which closed the meeting, rewarded for very consistent form in recent starts when she came from off a slow pace mid-race to get up right on the line, making it a double on the night for the Goulburn district visitors. The Denise and John Brien-sponsored Pick Six Competition is proving a difficult challenge for punters at the moment, with the jackpot climbing to $1475 for this week’s meeting. by Terry Neil  

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