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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  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Thursday night harness racing feature is anyone's race to win at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Tempo Seelster is pegged as the morning line favorite in the $2,100 race 11 feature with owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton from post 4. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip has been knocking on the door every week but hasn't hit the winner's circle since May 9. He was a sharp second in his last start in 1:56.3 to Forever Paradise, but with that rival gone to race in New Brunswick this week the way is clear to the Charlottetown winner's circle with a bit of a fight. First Art Down (Ken Murphy) has the rail in the seven-horse contest with Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes) looking for redemption from post 7 after his first finish off the board last week. Race analyst Les MacIsaac looks to post 2 starter Perfect Escape to replicate his 1:55.4 victory from his last start. "He has won three of his last four with his latest matching his seasonal mark from 2014," MacIsaac said of Perfect Escape. "If he's able to set up shop on the front end, and it appears he has a good chance of doing that, it could be all over." Other entries include PC Shockwace (Wade Sorrie), Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald). The card also includes seven mares going head-to-head in race 9 for a $1,800 purse. Howmac Missy is the classifier's choice from post 2 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owners Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire and Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Her main morning line opponents are General Luckypercy (Matheson) and Lucksgottachange (Hughes) from posts 5 and 6, respectively. The field also includes Briannas Angel (Travis Wilkie), A Fiesty Xample (Mark Bradley), Veronicavermillion (Neil Bambrick) and Bettim Jenny (Jeff Lilley). Race secretary Gerard Smith has carded two trot classes on the program with maiden trotters competing for $1,100 in race 1. Windemere Tribe (Darrell Neill) is the favorite from post 2. Race 4 has eight conditioned trotters fighting for the lion's share of the $1,200 pot. JK Blaze is the morning line choice for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford.  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A hard hitting field of eight pacers will don their bridles and go to battle in the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash event. The race 11 feature has Tempo Seelster installed as the morning line choice for owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip does not show a mile slower than 1:57.4 on his race lines and has post 2 to top it off. He won't be unchallenged though, as Cheyenne Ford has the rail for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and owner James O'Halloran of Montague and Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) poses a real danger from post 7 after scoring a 1:57.1 victory in his latest outing. Race analyst Les MacIsaac marks this race up as a likely Tempo Seelster victory. "He's been in a bit of a dry spell as far as winning goes but he's still racing okay," MacIsaac said. "He gets some class relief for this one and when you couple that with a post that might allow him to control his own destiny, we'll give him top billing." Other entries include The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Beckenbauer (Jason Hughes), A Fiesty X Ample (Mark Bradley), Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The back-up class lines up in race 7 with Lyndale Royal getting top call from Race Secretary Gerard Smith. The six-year-old son of Force Of Life gets post 5 with Marc Campbell in the bike for co-owner and trainer Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and co-owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Other top entries include Van Zant (Matheson), Windemere Eric (Gary Chappell) and Sinners In Heaven (Terry Gallant). Two trot classes will go postward on the card in races 3 and 5. Summerside Raceway track record holder Suicide Shift will looks to come back from a break in stride last week in race 3 with Steven Shepherd in the bike from post 6. Race 5 has Dunmore Chance kicking off his four-year-old campaign from post 4 in the eight horse field with Jack Panting at the lines. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2015 – Harness racing driver Denis St Pierre, the 2014 driving champion at Hippodrome 3R, swept all three $6500 second round preliminary divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for 4 and 5-year-old pacers today at the mid-province track – and equaled divisional track records in two of the victories. First to add a line to the record books was My Tallia Ideal, a daughter of Western Ideal who shipped to 3R from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania and promptly won her division of the two for mares, tripping the timer in 1:54.3 to equal the local standard for older pacing mares first set by Sans Frontiere in June 2013. St Pierre hustled the Michel Allard-trained mare, co-owned by breeders Gestion Mario Audet Inc and Yves Sarrazin, out of the gate, taking advantage of drawing inside her main rival Victoria Semalu, a winner last week. With “Victoria” settled in behind “Tallia” before the 27.2 first quarter, St. Pierre was able to rate an easy middle half before sprinted the last panel in 28.1 to beat his main rival by two lengths and tie the track mark. Three races later, the Shanghai Phil gelding Champagne Phil crossed the border east from Ontario and captured today’s only series division for horses and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:53.1. While driver St Pierre slowed the pace after a 27.2 opener with My Tallia Ideal, with Champagne Phil he reached the first marker in that same number, but went on to post fractions of 55.3 and 1:24.4 before going on to win by 2¼ lengths over McKinney. Trained by Francis Picard for owners ICR Racing, Champagne Phil might need to better today’s time next Sunday if he and Atomic Million AM, who won last week and skipped this race, go tête-a-tête tete in the final preliminary. The other of the mares divisions saw Champagne Shower take her second “Q”-series prelim in as many weeks, with St Pierre again taking the shortest way around as the daughter of Santanna Blue Chip won by 2 ½ lengths over Lutetia Semalu, who was second to Victoria Semalu last week, in 1:55.2. Yves Tessier trains the winner, now victorious in three straight starts, for owner-breeder Sotiorios Anastasopoulos. The next two cards of racing at Hippodrome 3R will feature the third preliminary round in the Quebec-Bred Series, with trotters going Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and the pacers back next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The top winners in the preliminary legs will square off in the four series Championships, trot/pace and mare/horse combinations, with $35.000 on the line in each event, on Sunday, June 14. St Pierre would go on to take the tenth and last race for four sulky successes Sunday; no other driver, including 2015 meet leader Stephane Brosseau, had more than one. One of the other six winning drivers was Andre Champagne, and he guided Amazingdream Esa to victory while paying $130.40 for a $2 win bet, double the previous high for the year. Vincent Trudel Quebec Jockey Club        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2015 - The best harness racing pacers eligible to the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for 4- and 5-year-olds meet for their second preliminary round Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R, with two $6500 fields of mares facing the starter in races 1 and 3 and a single $6500 dash for horses and geldings slated for race 6. In the first of the three preliminary rounds leading up to each division's $35,000 Championship, there were also two events for mares, with both events taken by the heavy favorite in a runaway. Each winner is back Sunday, but each faces a challenge if they are to keep up their series record unblemished. The Santanna Blue Chip mare Champagne Shower won by 11 lengths last week in 1:56.4, and she is justly the favorite for round two as she starts from post two in the field of six for driver Denis St. Pierre, 3R's defending driver champion; trainer Yves Tessier; and owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos. Among those in the wake of Champagne Shower last week was Chauleurs Fantasy, who also has the difficulty in starting from the outside post Sunday. But the daughter of Omar Khayyam, conditioned by Carl Duguay and to be driven by Stephane Gendron for Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs, should be better in this, her second start of 2015 - and in her last start of 2014, she won her $65,000 three-year-old Championship, with among the conquered that day being none other than Champagne Shower! In the other mares division, Victoria Semalu led at every call in scoring by over six lengths in 1:56.1, and again will draw her share of the fans' attention. The American Dream mare begins from post four for trainer Dany Fontaine, owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc, and driver Stephane Brosseau, who has "come out of the gate" in hot form this season to be the leading driver at 3R to date. Starting two posts inside Victoria Semalu will be the Western Ideal mare My Tallia Ideal, who will be guided by Denis St. Pierre for trainer Michael Allard and the ownership duo of Gestion Mario Audet Inc and Yves Sarrazin. My Tallia Ideal comes to 3R after having been facing very good mares at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, where she won in 1:51.2 last month, and obviously her best mile makes her a major factor here. The divisional track record of 1:54.3, set by Sans Frontiere in 2013, could be in jeopardy in either division, given ideal conditions. In the lone event for horses and geldings, the field of seven will not miss Atomic Million AM, who takes this week off from the series after winning last week in 1:55.2, pacing his last half in 55.4. Certainly Bali (post seven, driver Marie Claude Auger) and My Lucky Bluejeans (post five, driver Stephane Gendron) will be comforted by the absence of Atomic Million AM after finishing second and third, respectively, to him last week. However, an invader from Ontario, Champagne Phil, should definitely attract a good share of the backing, coming off a 1:49.4 victory at Mohawk last Saturday. The Shanghai Phil gelding, set to be driven by Denis St. Pierre for trainer Francis Richard and owners ICR Racing, has post two on Sunday, and is comfortable winning on or off the pace. The first of ten races will start at 1:30 p.m. at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Quebec Jockey Club          

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Island harness racing is getting revved up with three race cards this week, including Saturday at 6 pm at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the 2015 season opener at Red Shores Summerside on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. The 11-dash Saturday evening card is headlined by six-horses in the race 10 $2,200 feature pace. Tempo Seelster is the classifiers choice from post 4 for owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip was a winner two weeks ago in this class but fell short last week after leaving from post 7. Carnivore has post 6 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington fresh off his 1:56.4 victory in last Saturday's feature. Top Maritime free-for-aller All Turain has post 5 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. All Turain's impressive 2014 season of 12 wins, $28,347 in purses and a mark of 1:54 is enough to inspire race analyst Les MacIsaac to select him to land in the winner's circle. "This guy was nothing less than dominant last year in some of his races and against some high caliber opposition to boot," MacIsaac said. "Yes, it's his first start off the bench but he wouldn't be out here if he wasn't ready to go. Beware." Other entries include Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault), Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) and My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell). The top trotters on the east coast line up in race 3 for a $1,500 purse with last week's winner, Pleasure Girls, the morning line favorite from post 5 with MacPherson in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. Eat Pray Trot has the rail fresh off an impressive qualifier in Charlottetown trotting his own mile in 2:00.3 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown. The field also includes I Aint No Lady (Mike Stevenson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley). By Nicholas Oakes Red Shores Summerside Sunday A 10-dash program will hit the track Sunday afternoon as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway opens up for the 2015 live racing season. A top notch top class will line up in race 9 with Outside The Wire the morning line favorite from post 1 with Summerside's leading dash winning trainer and driver, Jason Hughes, at the lines. The six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear is trained by Craig Avery for owners Andrew Avery of Freetown and John Brodrick of Alberta. New Brunswick invader American Captain has post 4 in the event for Island native trainer-driver Mike Campbell. Campbell has come to the Summerside Raceway from Fredericton, N.B., for the 2015 season. Other entries are Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie), J Rs Hurricane (Gary Chappell), Darth Bader (Gilles Barrieau), and American Terror (Steven Shepherd). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 10 with Motorino favored from post 7 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant, who co-owns with Eric Johnston of Summerside. The four-year-old son of Brian P was purchased by the connections in last January's mixed sale in New Jersey and has been impressive his first few starts on the Island including a 1:58 victory last week in Charlottetown. Other top entries in the eight horse field include Haunto (Barrieau) and D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). Customers will be greeted to a list of new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-10 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Jared's Picks or live broadcast go to or twitter at leedrake01 or red_shores Lee A. Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - Tempo Seelster and harness racing driver Vince Poulton won the evening feature over a fast closing Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mile was charted in 1:57.3 for Tempo Seelster who left from post three and cut fractions of 29.1, 59.3 and 1:28.4. The son of Santanna Blue Chip flashed a closing panel of 28.4. It was Poulton's second winner on the program after another wire to wire score with IDK owned by his sister Gail MacDonald and trained by his brother Gary Poulton of Charlottetown. Corey MacPherson enjoyed a big night at the office with a driving triple. MacPherson won with Alliegetty for owner Kent Livingston, Brodys Leona, who nosed out Motorino in a photo finish to go right to her personal best of 1:58.3 for owners Kerry and Emily Taylor, Stratford and Lisa Richards, Cornwall and veteran Life Savior for trainer Duane MacEachern and owner Darla MacEachern of Kensington. Fightmaster put in an impressive performance winning in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.4 for driver Mike McGuigan and his co-owner Jack Quinn, Charlottetown. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 11, 2015-Saturday night's fourth round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, despite missing some old, familiar faces, played out in a trio of intriguing harness racing events. Pole-sitting Windsong Jack (Brian Sears, $6.20) won the opening, $50,000 division, getting by Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) late and edging way by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was third. It was 9-5 favorite Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) making the lead and setting sail through intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:23.4. Eventually tackled by Mach it So, the leader broke in the final turn. Windsong Jack was able to extricate himself, then go past a stubborn Mach it So. For second choice Windsong Jack, a 5-year-old Santanna Blue Chip gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Little Bapa LLC, it was his second win in eight seasonal starts (1-for-4 in series) The exacta paid $19.80, with no triple wagering offered due to the short field Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $2.90) had few issues in the second division. Quarter-moving from post No. 2, "Terry" stole way a cheap second quarter (:27.1, :56.4), then easily held sway (1:25.2, 1:53.1) by a no-issues three-quarters of a length. A solid, first-up effort from Frankie's Dragon (Sears) found him getting second, with Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 4-for-12 this season (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $23.40, with the triple returning $84. The evening's final series event saw a contested front end involving Clear Vision (Gingras) and Lucan Hanover (Tetrick). The former rebuffed the advances of the latter (:26.3, :54.1), with 7-10 choice Michael's Power (Dan Dube) in behind. The early fractions made this a closer's contest, and after a 1:23 three-quarters, the back of the bus was heard from. A from-last Heez Orl Black N (Sears, $29.20), starting outside his five foes, prevailed in a hands-and-knees (:30.1) final quarter. He whipped another longshot in National Debt (Eric Carlson) by a length in 1:53.1. Lucan Hanover held third despite a brutal trip, while "Michael" wound up last. For fourth choice Heez Orl Black N, a 7-year-old Down Under In The Pocket gelding trained by Anita Vallee for co-owners Shaun Vallee and D P V Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $323, with the triple returning $1,457. It should be noted that P H Supercam and Beach Memories, sitting 1-2 in series points after three rounds, were both given this round off for good behavior, while Foiled Again, looking to regain his near-$7 million form, also was not entered. Series standings, through fourth leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2t-Beach Memories (200), 2t-Michael's Power (200), 2t-Take it Back Terry (200), 5t-Fat Man's Alley (187), 5t-Windsong Jack (187), 7-Polak A (175), 8-Sapphire City (170). Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series are set for Saturday, Apr. 25 (purses for both TBA). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,361.40 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - Go For Sand (Jason Brewer) and Princess Of Rock (Tyler Smith), both owned partially by William Eltzroth and both trained by Jeff Brewer, were first and second to cross the wire in the $15,000 championship leg of the harness racing Herb Cover Jr. Memorial series at Miami Valley on Sunday (March 29) afternoon. The stablemates were just a nose apart at the wire with Second Later (Josh Sutton) third in the photo finish by about that same narrow margin. Runnerup Princess Of Rock had to survive a judge's inquiry after breaking stride about twenty yards from the wire. The judges ruled that Smith did lose ground, did not interfere with any other horse, and was back on the pacing gait in her final few strides and thus made the race official. Seconds Later, a lukewarm favorite over the Brewer entry, did all the work on a very windy day. Sutton was forced from an outside post to sprint to the quarter mile marker in :27.1, then caught a breather to the :57 half. With an outer flow formed the pace quickened dramatically down the wind-aided backstretch with Seconds Later tripping the three-quarters beam in 1:24.4. The stretch drive was a cavalry charge directly into the wind which resulted in the 1:55.4 photo finish with Go For Sand getting the nod. Eltzroth's partners on the winner are wife Tamara as well as David DeFilippo. The four-year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip now has seven career wins. Herb Coven Jr. was a well respected Lebanon horseman before his untimely death in the prime of his career. Miami Valley Raceway is honoring nine such 'Legends' this month with memorial series in their honor. The final of the Omar Hiteman series will highlight the Wednesday night (April 1) program. A $15,950 Open Handicap Trot was also featured on Sunday with Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) topping Mr Web Page (Kayne Kauffman) and Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) in 1:55.2. Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zosel own Can'tcutthatchip, who was the Ohio Sires Stakes three-year-old champion in 2014. Bill Dailey trains the son of Chip Chip Hooray who now has a dozen lifetime wins and over $168,000 in earnings. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...February 23, 2015...With the "Queen Bee"- Just A Bee-out of the lineup this Monday night, J. L. Benson Stables' Senorita Santanna did some stinging of her own in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace for the mares. The five year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for trainer Paul Holzman, led every step of her mile and stopped the tele-timer in a seasonal best 1:51.1, pinning a defeat measuring seven lengths on the late surging De Vins Girl (Jason Dillander) with Southwind Trini (Bruce Ranger) next in the quintet over Always Dee One and Keystone Christa.Carding panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:23 along the way, Senorita Santanna never had an anxious moment as the 1 to 5 choice, opening a 2 ½ length lead at the opening quarter and blitzing away from her foes on the backside, enjoying a six length advantage by the time they reached the final turn. In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "She (Senorita Santanna) is a very rugged mare that can brush for the whole mile. She was nice and relaxed once we got to the front and, when I asked her for a bit more on the backside, she kind of exploded with pace and that was that!" Senorita Santanna now has a 4-2-1 scorecard in eight starts this young season and $29,185 to show for it. The classy mare now has five wins since she was claimed for $10,000 by the aforementioned J L Benson Stables back in mid-December with bounty of $32,685 since the claim. She paid $2.40 to win. The co-featured $10,000 pace for mares went to Mach Me Not with Wally Hennessey handling the lines. This nine year-old daughter of Mach Three came from well off the pace to score in 1:53 over the late surging Glow Stick (Dave Ingraham) with Market Dynamics (Peter Wrenn) third. Art Frenzy finished fourth while Winbak Heavenly, the 4 to 5 favorite, finished fifth after taking a clear lead turning for home. Owned by the S S G Stables and trained by Jim McDonald, Mach Me Not won for the second time this season and pushed her lifetime earnings to $309,302 on the strength of her 29 career wins. She paid $10.80 to her $2 backers. McDonald also drove the winner of the second race, steering the four year-old trotting gelding Looney to a 38 to 1 victory-his maiden win in 17 lifetime starts. Also on the Monday card was the first leg of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closing Event for claiming pacing mares and Taylor B Good, handled by Rick Plano gutted out a courageous first over victory in 1:54.4. This six year-old daughter of Kilowatt, trained by Bernie Wolin for owner Hilda Wolin, was away fifth early as, first, Flying Topless, then, Hot Latte and, then, Newsmaker, traded places for the lead through hot panels of :27.1 and :56.3 with Taylor Be Good grinding first over the entire last lap, reaching the top turning for home and holding off the late charging A and G Covergirl (Ed Hensley) to score by a length. Moon Is On Fire closed from last turning for home to garner show honors while Hot Latte and Newmaker tied for fourth. For Taylor B Good, it was her initial success of 2015 and sent her lifetime bounty over the $80,000 mark. She paid $4.40 to win as the public choice. Finally, the popular Pompano Park Pick-5 went unscathed on Monday night with management guaranteeing a $15,000 pool for Wednesday night's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry  

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