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DOVER, Del.--- Movie Idol stepped up in class to win the $25,000 Delaware Special, his fourth straight harness racing victory, on Thursday, Feb. 26. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan notched four wins. With Nova Artist (Allan Davis), Just A Jolt (Vic Kirby) and Jebswestershake (George Dennis) battling on the front end, Callahan pulled Movie Idol to the outside four-wide and rolled on for a lifetime best 1:50 victory in the week's top pacing event. Owned by Breakaway Racing, the I Am A Fool - Movie Star Legs seven-year-old won for the 12th time in his career banking $271,360. Just A Jolt finished second for the second straight time and fifth time this meet in the top class. Jebswesternshake did not win ending a five-straight winning streak. Sunshine Superman was scratched. Delaware Hanover made it three wins in-a-row as Corey Callahan drove the Dragon Again -Dashaway Hanover gelding to record a 1:51.1 score, his third straight victory and fourth in his last five, for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Doug Lewis. Bandolito (Daryl Bier) was second best. Don't Ya Know (Davis) finished third. Ron Pierce and Mustang Art collaborated on a 1:50.4 success in an $18,000 Open Handicap. Lindwood Player (Allan Davis) was a tough second, leading for a few steps nearing the finish line, but the class Mustang Art came back at the wire for the win. The Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding is owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. It was his second win of 2015, and 36th in his career while earning $569.992 in his career .Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) picked up third money. The sharp Four Staces gave Corey Callahan his fifth win and the four-year-old's fifth win of the meet, with a 1:51.2 triumph equaling his lifetime best. Co-owner Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding for Mike Casalino. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was next in front of Workandplayhard (Eddie Davis Jr.) Sweet Rock carried Allan Davis to his second consecutive winner's circle visit scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Fire In The Belly (Kirby) was runner-up with Jeremes General (Ron Pierce) the third horse. Reg Hazzrd, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing own the Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding who won for the second time in five races. Fire In The Belly (KIrby) and Jeremes General (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively. Jet Blue Miracle was the long shot of the night. Sean Bier drove R.J.Thomas' Jereme's Jet-Blue Spock gelding to a new record of 1:51.4 to win a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. Eddie Davis Jr. got Bill Fisher's Wheelaway home in 1:53.3 to win another $14,000 pace for young male horses. So Much To Say (Dennis) was second best. MG Kid (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Wheelaway is a Village Jove-Winbak Honey gelding now three for five this year. In another $14,000 division Montrell Teague guided Preparty, an altered son of Somebeachsomewhere - Speed Date, to a 1:52.1 victory, his second of the year for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. One Stop Deal (Calllahan) was next with Mister Truth (Tony Morgan) getting third money. Callahan with five win, now has won 213 races this meet. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Less than one week remains to submit nominations for 2015. Is there a horse or person that you think should be added to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015?  Someone who should join such racing icons as Northern Dancer, Somebeachsomewhere, John Campbell, or Sandy Hawley?  You can have your say by submitting a nomination by 5:00 pm March 4th in any of the following categories: Nominations for the following will be considered: MALE HORSE:  Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years. FEMALE HORSE:  Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years. VETERAN HORSE:  Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. PERSON:  Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys BUILDERS:  Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others. COMMUNICATORS:  Includes, but not limited to writers, broadcasters, photographers, announcers. VETERAN PERSON:  Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. Complete eligibility criteria available at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/ Submissions must include as much detail as possible concerning the record and/or merits of candidates nominated.     For further information regarding eligibility, or to submit a nomination, contact:  Standardbred Nominations:  Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P:  (905) 858-3060 ext. 241  F: (905) 858-3089 E:  dkaplan@standardbredcanada.ca Thoroughbred Nominations:  Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 P:  (416) 213-2113 F:  (416) 213-2128 E:  tmc@woodbineentertainment.com All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee and, if approved, presented to the Election Committee on a ballot for a secret vote. NOMINATION DEADLINE:   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 5:00 pm EST. The final list of the 2015 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The 2015 Induction Gala will be held Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.  Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404. Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  

In the 1980s there were a number of memorable race track confrontations on the local harness racing circuit and one that has always stuck out in my mind came in the latter part of 1988 at Sportsman’s Park. It was the $384,000 American National on the first Saturday of November, a 3-year-old pacing stake that was billed nationally as the “Showdown of the Tear. A victory by Matt’s Scooter would clinch 3-year-old of the year honors and put the Direct Scooter colt in strong positon to win Pacer of the Year Honors. However the task wasn’t going to be easy for Matt’s Scooter. All the big guns in the sophomore division came to town and each one wanted to leave with the winning $192,250 check Unfortunately the weatherman didn’t co-operate on November 5, 1988. The evening was very chilly and the track was sloppy from a steady day-long rain but that didn’t put a damper on the race or the enthusiasm of a jam-packed crowd in attendance at the Cicero, Illinois facility. Matt’s Scooter and driver Mike Lachance earlier that year became the fastest harness horse in the sport’s history with a 1:48.2 time trial at Lexington, smashing the old record of 1:49.2 set by the great Niatross 8 years earlier. In The American National showdown Lachance got Matt’s Scooter to the top on the rain-soaked racing strip and put away a bid from Camtastic, one of his chief rivals, at the three-quarter pole. He then held off a spirited rally from another major rival, Albert Albert, finishing 1 and 1/2 lengths ahead in the 1:55.3 mile in the slop. Matt’s Scooter would go on to earn $1,783,588 in his second season winning 11 of 22 starts with 7 seconds and 2 thirds, failing to hit the tote board only once in 1988, earning both Three-Year-Old and Pacer of the Year honors. A season-later as a 4-year-old Matt’s Scooter was named the 1989 Harness Horse of the Year when he captured 23 of 30 starts. often against the very best pacers in the U.S. and Canada for trainer Harry Poulton while adding another $1.14 million to his bankroll for his Canadian owners Illa Rumpel and Charles Juravinski. Matt turned in at that time the fastest mile ever in Canada when he captured the Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:51. He also won the Breeders Crown, William Haughton Memorial, Driscoll Free-For-All, and legs of the U.S. Pacing Championship, George Morton Levy Memorial, and Graduate Series. In a 1989 media interview his trainer Harry Poulton had this to say about Matt’s Scooter: “He never really did anything bad. He didn’t break any carts, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. He was always bucking, kicking or doing something. We shipped him home 12 hours one day, and the next day he was on his hind legs in the yard. I don’t know where he got his energy.” Matt’s Scooter was retired at the end of his 4-year-old campaign and went on to be an splendid stallion. In his 22 years at stud—all but one standing at Perretti's flagship farm in New Jersey—Matt’s Scooter sired the winners of more than $76.3 million, with five millionaires. His greatest legacies as a sire were Mach Three (1:49, $2,376,700), who won the 2002 Meadowlands Pace and produced the great Pacer of the Year and world record holder Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4, $3,221,299), Royal Mattjesty (1:48.4, $1,840,681); the 1996 Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Mystical Maddy (1:50 $1,436,325) and His Mattjesty (1:50 $1,038,861). As a broodmare sire, Matts Scooter's credentials include the million-dollar winning mares Glowing Report, Economy Terror, Yellow Diamond and Drop The Ball. The horse was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the U.S. Living Hall of Fame in 1996. Matt’s Scooter was euthanized on June 30 of 2014 at the age of 29. 1989 Breeders Crown 1998 Meadowlands Pace 1998 Confederation Cup By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

DOVER, Del.--- Odds On Alpha wins the $14,000 Mares feature, her fourth win in five starts on a windy and cold Monday, Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Ron Pierce who drove five winners Sunday, repeated the effort. With Ron Pierce in the bike, Megan Rogers Racing's Odds On Alpha, trained by Nick Surick, had a perfect drive sitting behind raced favorite Velocity Sonja (Allan Davis) until turning for home and the Somebeachsomewhere - Odds On Arttoheart five-year-old rocketed down the lane for a 1:53 lifetime fastest victory. Velocity Sonya, no stranger to the winner's circle herself this meet with five-wins already, finished second for the second straight time. Seawind Ginger (Jonathan Roberts) who won her second straight last Monday, closed strongly for third money. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan piloted check getter Lindysbathinbeauty to victory in 1:55.4 to win another $14,000 distaff pace. Tina Clark and Joe Clark own the winner, also by Somebeachsomewhere from Sunshine Sister, in her second win of 2015 for trainer Bobby Clark. Hidden Land (Roger Plante) continued her fondness with second place. It was the second in a row, fifth time second in six starts and seven times second this meet. Skinnydip Hanover (Daryl Bier) was the show finisher. , Vic Kirby pulled Jeremes Sweetheart, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, to the outside at the top of the stretch and streaked to a 1:53 score in a$13,000 Mares Winners-Over test. Twin B Heartland (Callahan) overtook front-pacing Scootin For Joy (Pierce) for second place. . Winning horses continue to add victories. Green Valley Training's A Wild Money Maker (Kirby) won for the fifth time in her last six outings in a $12,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Foulk Stables' Valerya notched her third win in four for Jonathan Roberts winning an $8,000 Mares pace in 1:52. Al Moor and trainer-driver Eddie Davis Jr.'s Givetheladyabeer won for the third time in four starts and fifth time this meet coring a 1:54.4 triumph in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming/Handicap. Virginia Louthan made the winner's circle twice with mares she bred from her own stallion No Spin Zone and also owns and trains; Spin Vision a 1:54.4 winner of three in-a-row and five times this meet, and Megginspin for a second win in five races. Both Ms. Louthan horses were driven by Ron Pierce. Pierce duplicated his Sunday performance driving five winners. Callahan, Roberts and Kirby had two wins apiece. JUST BETTOR DRAWS OUTSIDE IN TUESDAY $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER Just Bettor is back where he has raced so well, starting from the outside in a $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace. This week he leaves from post 7 in the Tuesday Feb. 24 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. During the span of eight races, the Eric Ell-conditioned gelding owned by Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta, and driven by Vic Kirby, boasts two wins, five second and a third In most starts Just Bettor has been involved in nose, head and neck finishes.  Better And Bold drew the rail for two weeks straight, one of which ended with a victory. Trace Tetrick will drive the young gelding for his brother, Tim Tetrick and CC Racing.  Allan Davis will drive Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s UF Dragons Cruiser, from the rail with Wade Wyatt’s good finishing Swift As A Shadow will be handled by George Dennis. Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing’s. King Royalty and Jim Morand should profit from post 2. The rest of the field is made up by Jim Jacobs’ Button Fly, driven by Jason Lynch and Wayne King’s LA Camcharger with Tony Morgan. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

The all conquering harness racing barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen had horses racing at five tracks in two countries this weekend and at times Mark and Natalie must have wondered where their next representative was lining up. They sent a small team to Wyndham with stable employee Matt Anderson with the focus on the time honoured Kindergarten Stakes. The All Star barn had two runners with the Australian bred Somebeachsomewhere colt  Waikiki Beach the punters elect but not by much from the other All Star runner in Motu Premier.  A son of Bettor's Delight, Motu Premier with Matt Anderson in the bike left quickly from barrier four before handing up to Arden's  Legacy and Ross Payne. Waikiki Beach slotted into the one by one early behind Hanna's Boy and that was still the order as they turned for home. Reinsman Brent Barclay angled Waikiki Beach three wide on the point of the turn and he quickly put the issue beyond doubt, scooting away for an easy victory by 2 1/2 lengths with the last 400 metres in a sizzling 26.7. Motu Premier finished attractively along the passing lane for second to give the All Star barn the quinella while Arden's Legacy fought on well for third. Waikiki Beach paced the mile in the slushy conditions in 1:58.9 with closing sectionals of 57.7 and 26.7 Matt wasn't surprised by the performance of Waikiki Beach. "He's been a natural two year old right from the start." "He's got  real speed but has the ring craft at the same time." "He's is a very sensible type in everything he does" Matt said. Matt wasn't disappointed with the run of Motu Premier.  "Motu Premier didn't really handle the track at all." "I don't think a track like that suits his action." "He was just never pacing well." "He is a horse who can sprint home in 26 but he was never going to beat Waikiki Beach on that track," Matt said. Australians should get ready to see a fair bit of Waikiki Beach as the plans are for him to head across the Tasman to tackle the Australian Pacing Gold series. Harnesslink Media    

Yesterday we did a review of how all the harness racing sires fared at the two day sale at Christchurch this week. Now we turn our attention to Auckland and as expected the Australasian Classic was the success everybody thought it would be with a catalogue as strong as anything ever presented at Auckland. The one huge plus at this years sale was that the champion sire Bettors Delight ended up with with 35% of all horses sold at the sale. Between them Bettor's Delight, Art Major, Mach Three and American Ideal provided nearly two thirds of all the horses sold at Auckland which is such a help when it comes to averages overall. Bettors Delight Number Sold - 40 Overall average - $55,512 Colt average - $62,820 Filly average - $43,330 Just the backbone of the sale and his colt average for 25 sold of $62, 820 is outstanding for any standardbred sale worldwide let alone in New Zealand. Surprisingly for us his fillies averaged nearly $20,000 less than the colts which for a sire who is the best filly sire on the planet is a bit of a mystery to us. Art Major Number sold - 14 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $64,100 Filly average - $39,055 Compared to how he fared in Christchurch, Art Major had a stunning sale in Auckland. He has the highest colt average at $64,100 and his fillies brought money more in line with how they are performing on the track. The issue in New Zealand for Art Major has always been one of numbers in the sale due to him never breeding huge numbers of mares in this country. That changed this season when he served a book of 170 mares in New Zealand and therefore he should have a much bigger presence at the sales in the near future. Mach Three Numbers sold - 6 Overall average - $38,333 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $30,000 Those figures are a good indication of where Mach Three sits in the overall scheme of things.  Right up there with the big boys but commercially just a touch behind the other two sires above. Continues to have fluctuations in his numbers for sale due to foal numbers but does have bigger crops coming through so may have bigger representation in the future. American Ideal Numbers sold - 11 Overall average - $33,863 Colt average - $40,714 Filly average - $19,375 His numbers at Auckland were a lot better than they were at Christchurch but that was due entirely to one lot who made $150,000. We are still at a loss to explain the lack of demand for American Ideal fillies which have been his flag bearers in New Zealand. Hard to pinpoint what the problem is here with buyers overlooking his stock in favour of stock by sires he is matching on the track. It may just be the lag effect between racetrack performance and sale ring success but we will be watching closely next year for the uplift in prices his performance deserves. Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $36,625 Colt average - $42,500 Filly average - $34,333 As in Christchurch the SBSW were great types and were keenly sought after. The only Somebeachsomewhere colt in this sale went to the All Stars barn who have had some success with stock from his very small New Zealand crops to date. His biggest New Zealand crop are now foals on the ground and with the success at this years sales you would anticipate a much bigger representation at next years round of sales. Christian Cullen Number sold - 5 Overall average - $28,900 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $22,500  A bit surprising to see Christian Cullen struggle as much as he did in Auckland. Still in the frame as a commercial stallion as he proved at the two days in Christchurch but apart from one lot he was not wanted at this sale. His fillies in particular were marked down which considering their success over the years was a minor surprise. Rocknroll Hanover Number sold - 7 Overall average - $32,714 Colt average - $36,500 Filly average - $30,000 We didn't include Rocknroll Hanover in our Christchurch review as we took the view that being deceased meant he had a limited future impact on New Zealand sales. But having sold seven at Auckland and having such healthy figures persuaded us that we should include him in the Auckland review. A lot of breeders have used him over their Artsplace mares and horses bred on this cross are highly sought after world wide as this cross has produced six of Rocknroll Hanover's eight millionaires. Muscles Yankee Number sold - 3 Overall average - $42,333 Colt average - $43,500 Filly average - $40,000  Muscles Yankee only had the three lots in the whole sale but they all made over $40,000 so their is a real demand still for his stock. The maternal families of all three lots were top class which may have helped the overall result. Majestic Son Numbers sold - 3 Overall average - $34,500 Colt average - $52.500 Filly average - $25,500 The small number in the sale is due to the fact that Majestic Son only has eight yearlings on the ground in New Zealand Should have a much bigger representation next year as he served 161 mares in 2014 on the back of his earlier small crops performing so well. Overview  This sale is the best promotional tool that harness racing has in New Zealand but it has the potential to be so much better in our opinion By natural attrition of smaller breeders in the North, the sale has few lots by sires who are not in the elite group as the above statistics show. We firmly believe that the Australasian Sale could reach far greater heights if the following changes were implemented. *Limit the sale to 125 lots * Make it a select sale * Have a set number of places set aside for southern breeders. The whole point of the changes is to turn the Australasian Sale into an elite sale that dominates the top end market in Australasia. The thoroughbred breeders do it very successfully with K1 at Karaka and while we will never reach those heights we can close the huge gap a wee bit. Breeders in the north who don't get accepted for the Australasian Classic have a ready made alternative these days with the all age sale in May which has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Last year it hit a five figure average for the first time and the bench of buyers included most of the regulars on the New Zealand sales scene. We have a chance to position our industry in the best possible light with a smaller select sale at Auckland and it is something that we would hope would be considered by PGG Wrightson and The North Island Breeders Association.. Harnesslink Media

Most harness racing enthusiasts in New Zealand headed to the sales this week at both Auckland and Christchurch and a lot took home a yearling or two. With the dust just settling on the two days at the Premier Sale in Christchurch, we thought it a good time to assess the performance of our leading sires at that sale along with a few of the other sires who aspire to reach that level. All the numbers used are correct at the present time but may vary slightly as more of the passed in horses are sold post sale The elephant in the room in any review such as this is of course Bettor's Delight. He just completely dominated both days at Christchurch both in numbers sold and the average over the two days. Bettor's Delight  Number sold - 49 Overall average - $51,091 Colt average - $56,645 Filly average - $34,291 The surprising thing from those statistics is the big gap between his colts and his fillies. Bettor's Delight is renowned for leaving great fillies so to us the gap was surprising. Apart from that what can you say. A great sire who continues to dominate the sales and nothing happened in the two days at Christchurch to suggest that any change to the status quo is coming anytime soon. The next most successful sire with big numbers was the stallion that Bettor's Delight dethroned from the top spot in the yearling sales averages in Christian Cullen. His numbers held up well considering all the challengers he is facing on the siring front. Christian Cullen Numbers sold - 18 Overall average - $37,611 Colt average - $40,133 Filly average - $25,000 Considering where his service fee presently sits, Christian Cullen represents great value on yesterdays results and that is not something we were able to say just a few years ago. Every year the pundits predict his demise as a sire of significance but every year the buyers continue to put their hand up for the Christian Cullens and for big money to boot. Another elite sire who had a good sale was Mach Three. Mach Three Numbers sold - 20 Overall average - $30,700 Colt average - $32,062 Filly average - $29,791 This was one sire who had little difference in the average between his fillies and his colts. The top price of $71,000 was the same for both his best filly and colt and most of the leading trainers brought one or two by him. Has been doing a great job over the last few years but is probably overdue another high class colt in the next twelve months or else the so called experts will be suggesting his best days are behind him. American Ideal Numbers sold - 22 Overall average - $15,681 Colt average - $19,166 Filly average - $11,500  Considering the great last twelve months that his stock have had on the racetracks of Australasia, it was a real surprise to us and no doubt to vendors as well that he struggled as much as he did. Even more confusing was the lack of interest in his fillies when they have been his flag bearers in New Zealand over the last twelve months. Sometimes there is a lag in racetrack performance being converted into sales success and to us that is the most logical explanation here. Courage Under Fire Numbers sold - 8 Overall average - $32,375 Colt average - $34,857 Filly average - $16,000 Just continues to fly under the radar of most of the breeders in New Zealand but not the buyers thats for sure. Only sold one filly so that average is misleading but his colts were highly sought after throughout the two days. Has shown repeatedly that he can compete with any sire in the sales ring but his number of mares served in New Zealand continue to decline. He only served nineteen mares in 2014 so some vendors who have a foal by him may be in for a good return at next years sales. Art Major Numbers sold - 14 Overall average - $29,600 Colt average - $28,833 Filly average - $30,187  Considering the run that Art Major is having on both sides of the Tasman, the lack of big money for most of his yearlings took us by surprise. He did have one six figure filly but his second best yearling price wise only made $45,000. Didn't appear to us to be anything amiss with the yearlings in question and the only answer we could come up with was they weren't Bettor's Delights. Amazing result really when you look at the super season his three year olds are having in New Zealand Somebeachsomewhere Numbers sold - 5 Overall average - $48,000 Colt average - $55,000 Filly average - $20,000 First crop of any size in New Zealand and these yearlings were conceived via fresh semen. Without exception they were good looking types and were keenly sought after. Going by the type of yearling produced by Somebeachsomewhere at this years sales,  we could be about to see why the North Americans hold the son of Mach Three in such high esteem. Rock N Roll Heaven Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $30,250 Colt average - $40,000 Filly average - $20,500 They all were nice types but what surprised us was his only filly made just $20,500. The fillies have been the ones flying the flag for Rock N Roll Heaven in North America and in Australasia so the emphasis on the colts was a surprise. Look very much like clones of their grand sire Rock N Roll Hanover which is a good thing in our book though attitude did seem an issue at times with a couple of them. Sportswriter Numbers sold - 5 Overall average - $26,300 Colt average - $27,625 Filly average - $21,000 The whole five of them were lovely types and we thought they under sold when you looked at the pedigrees and the individuals at the sale. All of them made at least $20,000 but only one kicked on from that to make $46,000. There are question marks over whether he can leave that elite level colt or filly but you couldn't fault the yearlings in Christchurch and we were a touch disappointed with the prices they made. Changeover Numbers sold - 10 Overall average - $11,550 Colt average - $12,333 Filly average - $10,375 Not the kind of sale he would have been looking for. He had his moments but his lack of classic winning horses from his first crop is starting to hurt him. All he needs is one or two top liners to appear and his stock will double in value over night. His overall numbers are great and everything else is on track but he does need those couple of stars and sooner rather than later. Love You Numbers sold - 4 Overall average - $28,875 Colt average - $28,875 A great result for a trotting sire to have four average over $28,000. They were keenly sought after when ever a Love You entered the ring. The only issue now is he only served 13 mares in 2014 and was unavailable this season so there will few of them at the sales in the next year or two. Muscle Mass Numbers sold - 13 Overall average - $16,923 Colt average - $16,625 Filly average - $17,400 A great return to New Zealand for the son of Muscles Yankee and he had a big sale considering his numbers and the fact some of the maternal families were ok but not sensational. A sire who is really on the up in North America but the only downside is this is his only crop in New Zealand to go through the sales and at this stage it will be his last as he hasn't shuttled for the last two years. Overview All the sires we have reviewed would in the main be satisfied with what they achieved at this years Premier sale in Christchurch. Some probably hoped to do a bit better and some probably did a bit better than they thought they would but the numbers for the sires we have covered are commendable. Some sires at this years Christchurch sales that we haven't reviewed here didn't help the overall sale on any level and you would have to question the value of continuing to present stock by them at what is meant to be a "Premier" sale. Harnesslink Media

The first day of this years harness racing sales in Christchurch were held today and the contrast with yesterday in Auckland was quite marked. The top end looked after it self as it did in Auckland with four $100,000 sales on day one. The difference from Auckland was the middle market was no where near as strong as it was yesterday. Once again the top price was $200,000 and yet again it was for a Bettors Delight Colt. Named Bollinger he was consigned by Glenbrook Park Standardbreds of Mosgiel and is from the smart In The Pocket mare Asabella. The successful bidders were Emilio and Mary Rosarti who also took the highest priced filly home from Auckland. Bollinger Lot 174 Bollinger was the standout colt early in the day  but three other lots after him also hit six figures. The first of those was a real carbon copy of Christian Cullen in Lot 198. Named Circles, the Christian Cullen colt was from the smart Presidential Ball mare in Blackbird Fly and  was consigned by Norwegian Breeding Ltd and was sold to Terry Taylor of Pleasant Point for $100,000. Circles - Lot 198 The next $100,000 sale was not for a couple of hours after that when Lot 263 went through the ring. The upstanding son of Somebeachsomewhere from the In The Pocket mare Free As A Bird was keenly sought after by several buyers before Robert Dunn won the bidding duel when the price reached $100,000 The dam of Lot 198 Blackbird Fly and Lot 263 Free As A Bird are half sisters. Chicargo Styx - Lot 263 The last of todays lots to hit six figures was Lot 313 who was consigned by Ken and Anne Spicer. Named Wrangler, the son of Bettor's Delight is from a half sister to Venus Serena and was purchased by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame. The bidding stalled for quite a while but then really took off and finished at $170,000. Wrangler - Lot 313 The sale overall had a healthy average of just over $27,000 for the lots sold on the day but the middle was held up by the Bettors Delights. The stallion averages were interesting as the figures below show: * Bettors Delight - 23 sold at an average of $56,108 * Christian Cullen - 12 sold at an average of $36,833 * Mach Three - 6 sold at an average of $32,666 * Art Major - 8 sold at an average of $24,937 The top priced trotting bred yearling on the day was Lot 204 and was consigned by Kevin Chapman of Amberley. Named Izmok, the colt by Muscles Yankee from Belle Galleon was keenly sought after by several buyers. The half brother to Stent and Arya was finally knocked down to the Charlie and Kaye Templeton of Invercargill for $90,000. The sale concludes with another 180 lots tomorrow. Full day results Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   142 Windsor B C Monarchy Valley Of The Moon Mr. I. L. & Mrs. C. J. Lochhead Weedons Not sold, Res $18,000     143 Bay Richter B C Ohoka Arizona Vance Marie Messrs. J. M. H. Booth Leeston & H. L. Waretini Christchurch HOOF IT RACING STABLES LTD AUCKLAND $11,000 144 Arizona Highway B C Ohoka Arizona Van Ished Tregynon Farm Ohoka WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $10,000 145 American Rockstar BR C American Ideal Va Va Voom Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR RK & MRS RG MCCUTCHEON TEMUKA $21,000 146 Kat Supreme B F Rocknroll Hanover Village Dreamer Scherger Court Standardbreds Loburn Not sold, Res $30,000     147 Fiscal Madness C C Revenue Violette Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR B NORMAN OWAKA $7,500 148 Devil Gate Drive B F Santanna Blue Chip Voodoo Doll Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks HUTTVIEW FARM LTD RAKAIA $2,000 149 Myidealson BR C American Ideal Warp Speed Toomebridge Stables Blenheim PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $15,000 150 Western Sapphire B F Art Major Western Legend Legends Bloodstock Ltd Templeton PGW as agent CHCH $14,000 151 Tuakana B C Bettor's Delight Whenua Toliman Lodge Ltd West Melton Withdrawn     152 Zahven Banner BR C Bettor's Delight When You're Hot Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton JOHN MCCARTHY AUSTRALIA $30,000 153 Dave The Rave B C Live Or Die Winding Down Mrs. L. M. Jones Mrs. K. E. Hudson Christchurch Mr. D. W. Neal Riwaka & Mr. W. G. Barber Geraldine Withdrawn     154 Night Moves B C Changeover Wonderful Tonight La Grange Farm West Melton GREG O'CONNOR CHCH $20,000 155 Trusty Waihemo B C Bettor's Delight Waihemo Rainship Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch D GALE HELENSVILLE $35,000 156 Sportzstar B C Sportswriter Zenara Bon-Accord Farm Westport Not sold, Res $30,000     157 Balfast B F Rock N Roll Heaven Zenardle Mr. L. C. Driver Amberley Not sold, Res $20,000     158 Kitura B F Mach Three Zitura Mr. M. L. Law Wellington Not sold, Res $17,000     159 Huey Maguire B C Courage Under Fire Zoe Maguire Jubilee Park Cambridge INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $16,000 160 Punter's Dream B C Bettor's Delight Zagami Mrs. C. M. Dalgety West Melton Mr. A. Zame Gisborne Lang Breeding Ltd & Mr. D. Zame Wellington PGW as agent CHCH $37,500 161 Miracle Rising B C Muscle Mass Whosinthenest Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR GAVIN SMITH KAIAPOI $19,000 162 Arden's Angel BL F Rock N Roll Heaven Achieve A Dream Arden Lodge Tapanui Withdrawn     163 Hare Razing B C Artsplace Achy Breaky Shufle Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland B BORCOSKIE RANGIORA $20,000 164 Kiwi Bloke B C Courage Under Fire A Good Kiwi Chick Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch M SHINN CHCH $42,500 165 Dolly Patron B F American Ideal Alice Patron Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $4,500 166 Gibbston Shard B C Santanna Blue Chip All Time Glory Shard Farm Standardbreds Ltd Invercargill MR D M MCKENDRY ASHBURTON $3,000 167 Angel Bromac B F Mach Three Amaretto Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton ROBERT J WATSON AUSTRALIA $20,000 168 Ranes B C Love You Xena Hest Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW MATTHEW CRAVEN AUSTRALIA $33,000 169 Corporate Intent B C Christian Cullen Annika Sorenstam Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $25,000 170 Waimac Attack B C Mach Three Another Sheila Mr. G. J. & Mrs. C. A. Bailey Cust & Mr. J. F. & Mrs. S. L. Wilson Rangiora Not sold, Res $40,000     171 Phoenix Arizona B C Badlands Hanover Arma Phoenix Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks Not sold, Res $12,000     172 Artistic Jewel B F Christian Cullen Art Lover Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $25,000     173 Mista Delight B C Bettor's Delight Art Of Perfection Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $21,000 174 Bollinger BR C Bettor's Delight Asabella Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $200,000 175 Phoebe Muscle B C Muscle Mass Ashley Sunset Phoebe Partnership Christchurch ROBBIE CLOSE RANGIORA $12,000 176 Rock N Roll Patron BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Anita Patron Mr. J. P. Henderson Christchurch S REID PUKEKOHE $30,000 177 Regal Aspirant B F Monarchy Aspiring Gal Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton Not sold, Res $30,000     178 Enghien B C Love You Another Starlet Millburn Farm Ltd Methven MR GP & MRS NM HOPE as agent KAIAPOI $20,000 179 Agincourt B C Sam Bourbon Zlata Dream With Me Stables NZ Ltd Christchurch RJ BUTT KAIAPOI $8,500 180 Lady Muscles B F Muscles Yankee Anreca Hest Thompson Bloodstock Limited Dunedin ALAN CLARK TIMARU $5,000 181 Onedin Gambler B C Bettor's Delight Ashanna Mr. W. E. & Mrs. P. M. Bain Roxburgh MR BARRY CLARK CHCH $12,000 182 Pretty Pins B F American Ideal Andress Blue Chip Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland TERRY MCPHERSON GORE $18,000 183 Highview Emjay B F Art Official Baptism Of Fire Baptism Breeding Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $30,000     184 Lucas James B C Big Jim Aziza Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks COLIN HARRIS AUCKLAND $12,500 185 Lady Madonna B F Art Major Back In The USSR Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston B PURDON CLEVEDON $16,000 186 Baileys Knight BR C Christian Cullen Baileys Delight Mr. A. J. Grant Springston INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $12,500 187 Arden's Beach Boy B C Somebeachsomewhere Ardensplace Arden Lodge Tapanui MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $35,000 188 Blues City Babe B F Gotta Go Cullect Beale Street Babe Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley ANDREW ARMOUR INVERCARGILL $3,500 189 Beaudiene Angel BL F Changeover Beaudiene Bianca Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR DA & MRS MJ HORTON INVERCARGILL $13,000 190 Ultimate Turbo B C Bettor's Delight Bee Jays Money Ultimate Breeding Westport PGW AS AGENT CHCH $60,000 191 Bella Figlia B F Art Major Bella Arden Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch S L MCCAFFREY CAMBRIDGE $12,500   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   192 One Bid Buys B F Muscle Mass Biddy Bid Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi JB & JR DAVIES HAMILTON $17,000 193 The Best Christian B C Christian Cullen Anvils Delight Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     194 Ideal Blaze B C American Ideal Blaze Of Colour Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton MR T HARKNESS TIMARU $4,000 195 unnamed B C The Pres Blazing Pat Mr. B. G. Woodhouse Omakau Not sold     196 Millie Grey G F Monkey Bones Bonspiel Grace Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua PGW AS AGENT CHCH $11,000 197 Trouble Pres BL C The Pres Boyzenberry Trouble Lodge Methven Withdrawn     198 Circles B C Christian Cullen Blackbird Fly Norwegian Wood Breeding Ltd Leeston TD & AV TAYLOR PLEASANT PT $100,000 199 Baileys Rock BL C Bettor's Delight Baileys Pearl Mr. A. J. Grant Springston CRAN DALGETY CHCH $60,000 200 Mortician C C Monarchy Bred A Monster Ms. M. A. Caig Winton Not sold, Res $10,000     201 That's The Story B C Monarchy Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford Not sold, Res $25,000     202 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Black Minx Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     203 Bringitonhome BR C Courage Under Fire Bubba Ho Tep Mr. P. A. & Mrs. Y. A. Hogan West Melton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $22,000 204 Izmok B C Muscles Yankee Belle Galleon Seavale Racing Amberley CT & KL TEMPLETON INVERCARGILL $90,000 205 Absolutely Unreal B F Gotta Go Cullen Brilliant Franco Beaudiene Breeding Otautau MR PAUL WALTON CHCH $9,000 206 Rock N Christian B F Rock N Roll Heaven Cantina Bon-Accord Farm Westport PGW as agent CHCH $11,000 207 Baby Bangles B F Art Major Boom Time Baby Regal Farm Victoria WESTMERE FARMING CO LTD ASHBURTON $20,000 208 My Blue Heaven BR F Rock N Roll Heaven Carnival Banner Mr. P. S. Fry Upper Moutere Not sold, Res $30,000     209 Jewels And Gems BR F Mach Three Cartier Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel DOMENICO MARTELLO AUSTRALIA $71,000 210 The Artristocrat B C Art Major Catherine Zeta Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $30,000 211 Robbie Royale B C Raffaello Ambrosio Castle Royale Mrs. S. M. Falconer Oturehua MR B NORMAN OWAKA $10,000 212 Bettor Be Bad BR C Bettor's Delight Beaudiene Bad Babe Taffy Ltd Winton S REID PUKEKOHE $90,000 213 Chilli Franco B F Vintage Master Cherish A Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell PGW as agent CHCH $7,000 214 Been A Long Time B C Rocknroll Hanover Child In Time La Grange Farm West Melton MR GH BENNETT RANGIORA $25,000 215 All Money B F Mach Three Cee Ash Rankin Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch JOHN HOWE CHCH $5,000 216 Eye For Fun B F Courage Under Fire Chloe Bromac Mr. G. W. Deakins Christchurch Not sold, Res $10,000     217 Millwood Tiffany B F Christian Cullen Chloe Hanover Ms. K. Carville Ohoka MJ & SJ LITTLE P/SHIP CROMWELL $16,000 218 Falcons Dazza B C Gotta Go Cullen Citybabe Mr. S. R. Baucke Invercargill MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $3,000 219 Over The Love C C Love You Cochy Bondhu Marrion Bloodstock Christchurch MR RJ PATERSON EQUINE LTD RANGIORA $25,000 220 Caleb Jones B C Sportswriter Classy Line NZ Bred Ltd Weedons INNER MONGOLIA RIDER HORSE IND CHINA $20,000 221 Johnny Podres B C Christian Cullen Brooklyn Dream Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch B PURDON CLEVEDON $75,000 222 Cavalier Bromac B C Mach Three Congo Breeze Mr. T. A. Beaton Aylesbury & Bromac Lodge Ltd Christchurch JF CURTIN CHCH $32,000 223 Changearound BL C Changeover Cracker Kate Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora Withdrawn     224 Champagne Bromac B F Courage Under Fire Cozette Bromac Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR TF ASHBY CHRISTCHURCH $16,000 225 unnamed B C Justa Tiger Congo Smoke Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold     226 Ideal Dash B C Western Ideal Coughton Court Messrs. D. M. Shammall South Australia & P. J. O'Rourke Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $25,000 227 Bettor Cruise B F Bettor's Delight Courage Aplenty Messrs. C. N. Radford Kaiapoi W. E. Radford Rangiora & Mrs. D. E. Richardson Rangiora JEFF WHEELER SPRINGSTON $18,000 228 Stompem B C Christian Cullen Crushem Mr. R. K. & Mrs. G. Wah Halswell KIRWEE SYNDICATE CHCH $42,500 229 Immer Besser BR C Bettor's Delight Cullen's Creation Tavistock Breeding Ltd West Melton PGW as agent CHCH $65,000 230 Ultimate Angel B F Bettor's Delight Cullens Katching Ultimate Breeding Westport MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $4,500 231 Christmas Toyboy B C Christian Cullen Diana May Mr. P. F. & Mrs. C. L. Smith Weedons MR D A & MRS P A CHAPMAN ASHBURTON $25,000 232 The Dominator B C The Pres Domination Mr. S. G. Bell Timaru Not sold, Res $10,000     233 Classie Margaret B F Gotta Go Cullect Classie Emma Classiebawn Stud Prebbleton MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $7,000 234 Charming Major B C Art Major Charm Thee Regal Farm Victoria IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $22,000 235 Valet B C Bettor's Delight Corbell Birchbrook Breeding Ltd & Mr. S. J. Hooper Woodend Withdrawn     236 Pangani B F Mach Three Christian Watch Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch Withdrawn     237 Run Boy Run B C American Ideal Dakota Grace Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Auckland P KERR KAIAPOI $16,000 238 President Roydon B C The Pres Dear Diedre Roydon Lodge Stud Ltd Templeton BUTTERWORTH RACING SYNDICATE AUSTRALIA $10,000 239 He's Official B C Art Official Delightful Lover Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford MR B MANGOS PUKEKOHE $14,000 240 Youneedabitofmuscle B C Muscle Mass Del's Hoof N It Mr. G. W. & Mrs. S. A. Hunt Leeston Withdrawn     241 Ideal Rule B F American Ideal Cullens Rule Paritai Farm Rakaia JASON LETHABY CHCH $6,000 Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   242 Caviar Bromac BL C Vintage Master Crown Defender Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton MR MARK JONES CHCH $27,000 243 Sportage Denario B F Sportswriter Dreamo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $12,000     244 Tisadream B C Bettor's Delight Dreamy Atom Mr. V. L. & Mrs. D. L. Devery Invercargill DAMIAN KEATING AUSTRALIA $45,000 245 Styx Vixen B F Bettor's Delight Foxy Styx Styx Stables Christchurch BRAEVIEW LTD GORE $60,000 246 Cullinan B C Courage Under Fire Diamond Fleet Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch MENTALLY STABLE CHCH $15,000 247 Donegal Tweed B C Love You Donegal Flat Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW EMILIO & MARY ROSATI AUSTRALIA $37,500 248 Eastwood Shadow BL C McArdle Eastwood Blue Jeans Messrs. L. R. Melhopt Prebbleton & T. C. Behrns Lincoln DAWE BLOODSTOCK RANGIORA $8,000 249 Editorial B C Art Official Edernay Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR PD BAGRIE KAIAPOI $12,000 250 Paddy Finn B C Christian Cullen Eilish Finn Mrs. H. M. Finlayson Templeton N MCGRATH CHCH $21,000 251 I Can Dream BL F If I Can Dream Ella Sue Netherwood Lodge Trust Blenheim MR JC HAY ASHBURTON $10,000 252 Elisa Mae Jones B F Four Starzzz Shark Emmy Jones NZ Bred Ltd Weedons MR TF ASHBY CHCH $6,000 253 Rock Stock N Barrel B F Rock N Roll Heaven Dudinka's Angel Mr. G. Chin Mosgiel Not sold, Res $17,000     254 Patanjali B F American Ideal Enchanter Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch JAMES MCDONALD CHCH $5,000 255 Garry's Legacy B C Christian Cullen Essential Guest Hunterfield Balcairn CRAIG KENNEDY CUST $21,000 256 Righteous Brother B C Rock N Roll Heaven Falcon's Guest Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch CLEMENCE DRILLING KAIAPOI $20,000 257 Pembrook Blue B C Santanna Blue Chip Dudinka's Star Pembrook Park Limited Ohoka MR R H NEGUS CHCH $4,000 258 Bettor Be Noisy B C Bettor's Delight Fire Dancer Ms. E. K. Fox Christchurch & Mr. L. N. Conner Stewart Island NEIL DARLINGTON AUSTRALIA $22,000 259 Mach's Back B C Mach Three Dream Angel Mr. M. J. Little Invercargill Not sold, Res $20,000     260 Convert Denario B C Changeover Ergo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill Not sold, Res $8,500     261 Flying Mister D B C Bettor's Delight Flying Mrs Williams One Over Lodge Waimate WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON MOSGIEL $41,000 262 Wine Tutor B C Vintage Master For The Don For The Boys Partnership Christchurch MR STEVE DOLAN CHCH $20,000 263 Chicago Styx B C Somebeachsomewhere Free As A Bird Styx Stables Christchurch MR RJ DUNN CHCH $100,000 264 Frisky Bromac B C Bettor's Delight Fresco Denario Bromac Lodge Ltd Prebbleton Not sold, Res $30,000     265 Front Row B F Gotta Go Cullect Front Cover Lover Equine Investments Ltd Christchurch PGW as agent CHCH $16,000 266 Harpers Bazaar B F Santanna Blue Chip Front Page Girl Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks MR NJ & MRS MG GREEN ASHBURTON $2,000 267 On The Rantan B C Bettor's Delight Funontherun Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford CRAN DALGETY CHCH $85,000 268 Standing Bear B C The Pres Flashman Go Harness Racing Ltd Christchurch RJ & DM KING RAKAIA $15,000 269 October Affair B F Christian Cullen Exotic Maid Twisted Stick Lodge McQueens Valley Not sold, Res $7,500     270 Galleons Victory B C Muscle Mass Galleons Assault Mr. G. S. Allen Wellington BARRON BLOODSTOCK INVERCARGILL $15,000 271 Prime Galleon B C Bettor's Delight Galleons Respect Fanny Allen Family Trust Wellington PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $70,000 272 Geena's Girl BR F Crazed Geena's Star DZ Partnership Dunedin TAVISTOCK BREEDING LTD WEST MELTON $7,500 273 Bettor Deal B F Bettor's Delight Gem Power P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch N MCGRATH CHCH $40,000 274 Captain Thunderbolt B C Panspacificflight Genuine Art Macca Lodge Ltd Gore Not sold, Res $20,000     275 Takemetothebeach B F Somebeachsomewhere Give Or Take Messrs. R. J. Paterson Rangiora & G. D. Scott Kaiapoi Not sold, Res $40,000     276 Ohoka Johnny BR C Ohoka Arizona Glentara Ms. K. Carville & Ms. T. Nicholas Ohoka CB & SJ MCPHERSON GORE $8,000 277 Bravo Denario B C Mach Three Goodtogo Denario Denario Breeding Invercargill AS & DE MCVICAR GORE $20,000 278 Livinginthefastlane B C Live Or Die Hanover Fair Mr. R. C. & Mrs. M. M. Beale Oamaru Withdrawn     279 Supreme Banner B C Christian Cullen Gretna's Best Banner Bloodstock Ltd Templeton P KERR KAIAPOI $26,000 280 Extra Blast B C Bettor's Delight Ginnie Moon Duncraigen Farm Ltd Wyndham AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB 2016 TAKANINI, AUCKLAND $25,000 281 Kahmon BL F Monarchy Kahmotion Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham MR DAVID C THOMAS ASHBURTON $20,000 282 Fancy Schmancy B F Well Said Hallie Parker Jordash Breeding Trust Christchurch Not sold, Res $15,000     283 Serengeti Styx B C Art Major Gotta Go Hype Styx Stables Christchurch PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $60,000 284 Squeeze B F American Ideal Harmony Franco PRB Bloodstock Ltd Christchurch A CONTE AUSTRALIA $5,000 285 Muscles Galore B C Muscle Mass Harriet Hughes Messrs. I. W. McNicholl & Mr. J. P. Baker Wellington Not sold, Res $45,000     286 Master Of Disguise B C Vintage Master Hidden Jewel Mrs. J. L. Smolenski Weedons MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $21,000 287 unnamed B C Well Said Highview Chartom Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $35,000     288 Cometti B C Bettor's Delight Heavenly Franco P. I. & P. M. Renwick Farm Christchurch MR A G HERLIHY PAPAKURA $67,500 289 Roman Rebel B C Bettor's Delight Highview Chasue Mrs. H. Van Opzeeland West Melton M BROWN INVERCARGILL $40,000 290 Hilarious Magic B C Rocknroll Hanover Hilarious Leigh Mr. J. E. Fokerd Wellington Not sold, Res $30,000     291 Miss Fandango BR F Mach Three Hi Life Franco Mrs. M. E. McCarthy Oamaru K M BARRON CHCH $22,000     Lot Name Colour Sex Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Location Price   292 Better Than Most BL C Bettor's Delight Hi Speed Mr. M. J. & Mrs. V. H. Gaylor Ashburton MR GREG PAYNE CHCH $33,000 293 Save The Day B C Bettor's Delight Holmes Town Girl Glenbrook Park Standardbreds Mosgiel WARREN TAYLOR CHCH $22,000 294 Franco Hampton B C Christian Cullen Hunter Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell MR JH & MRS NJ GAMESON CHCH $75,000 295 Art Collector B C Art Official Hurricane Dancer Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford KELK PARTNERSHIP RD 6 $15,000 296 Ohoka Sammy B C Art Major I Izz Sassy Ms. K. Carville Ohoka PGW as agent CHCH $25,000 297 Keepitinthefamily B C Monarchy In De Fence Mrs. W. I. Blakie Oturehua ARNA DONNELLY CAMBRIDGE $10,000 298 Ultimate JJ B F Somebeachsomewhere Inter Shape Ultimate Breeding Westport Not sold, Res $20,000     299 My Wee Man BL C Changeover Jenna Franco Mr. G. J. Crabbe Broadfield PETER BOAG GRETA VALLEY $18,000 300 Funky Monkey G F Monkey Bones Jani Franco NZ Bred Ltd Weedons Withdrawn     301 Love Insist BR C Love You Insist Enterprise Breeding Ltd Christchurch Withdrawn     302 Machinro B C Mach Three Inspiring Dash Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks CRAN DALGETY CHCH $45,000 303 Brylin Trouble BR C Brylin Boyz Ippica Ado Trouble Lodge Methven Not sold, Res $4,000     304 Real Obsession B F Real Desire Isabella Anvil Saratoga Farm Loburn MR GJ BURGESS CHCH $4,000 305 unnamed B C Well Said Ivy Rose Highview Standardbred Ltd Riverton Not sold, Res $25,000     306 Bakari B C Gotta Go Cullect Jacaranda Mr. G. A. Iggo Christchurch MR KK & MRS BG CHAPMAN AMBERLEY $24,000 307 Macador B C Mach Three J'Adore Bromac Mr. E. L. Basham NSW Not sold, Res $25,000     308 Franco June B C Vintage Master Jazz Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Halswell R & E WILSON PARTNERSHIP BALFOUR $7,000 309 Speedy Mach BR C Mach Three Initforfun Mr. M. J. Prendergast West Melton PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK CHCH $21,000 310 Credit Master B C Muscle Mass Jessicas Credit Arcadia Harness Racing Group Victoria MR AP & MRS LM NEAL CAMBRIDGE $12,000 311 Perchaya B F Vintage Master Jessica Vhea Asmara Farm Partnership Rakaia MR DA NEWTON ASHBURTON $3,000 312 Bettor Rock Again B C Bettor's Delight Jingle Belle Rock Yesberg Bloodstock Ltd Kaiapoi Withdrawn     313 Wrangler B C Bettor's Delight Jen Marie Rosedale Farm Ladbrooks ID DOBSON CHCH $170,000 314 Artful Annie B F Art Major Jubilee Franco Tregynon Farm Ohoka Withdrawn     315 Queen Boudicea BR F Well Said Julia R Messrs. G. Banks & M. Hanover, USA N MCGRATH CHCH $22,000 316 Just Deal It B F American Ideal Justalert Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Coes Ford IAN GURNEY AUSTRALIA $32,500 317 Roger F B C Muscle Hill Justine H Yabby Dam Farms Ltd NSW Withdrawn     318 Brave Warrior B C Badlands Hanover Just Jayne Ultimate Breeding Westport D GALE HELENSVILLE $6,000 319 Muscle Moment B C Muscle Mass Juverna Gower Terraces Farm Partnership Cheviot J DAVIES & N ALEXANDER AUSTRALIA $17,000 320 Matua Tana B C Love You Kahola Mr. B. J. & Mrs. L. A. Smith Burnham Not sold, Res $55,000   Harnesslink Media

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

The beautiful five year old Somebeachsomewhere broodmare prospect, Antigua Hanover, topped the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale held in Delaware, Ohio, February 9-10. Consigned by Buter Racing Inc., the $230,353 winner with a record of p,3,1:50.4f was purchased by Merlie A Schwartz of Indiana. Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a powerful consignment that contained another exceptionally nice Somebeachsomewhere, Chaxiraxi Hanover.  The maiden half-sister to Little Brown Jug winner P-Forty-Seven was purchased by Bill Rice of Michigan for 23,000.  Mark Ford signed the tickets on a couple of solid condition horses from that consignment, Tex p,4,1:52.4f for $31,000 and Dream Rocker 3,1:56.2f for $26,000. Other featured entries from Burke Racing Stable LLC were Mayela Hanover, a NW 2 Dragon Again filly purchased by Frank Chick for $26,000 and Megawatt Blue Chip, a three-year-old Art Major half-sister to One More Laugh p,3,1:47.4 $2,633,318, purchased by Kenneth Slabach of Indiana for $18,000. Owner and trainer Tim Lancaster of New Jersey added Passionate Kisser to his stable on a $30,000 bid.  The lightly raced son of Real Desire was consigned by Spring Haven Farm, agent. Josh Green was pleased to sign the ticket on the Ontario Sires Stakes winning trotter Tyrone Haji for $25,000 for owner Keith Pippi of Pennsylvania. “It was the strongest winter sale we’ve had in ten years,” said Blooded Horse Sale President Jerry Haws. “The number of mares bred fell dramatically during the last decade and now, better purses are driving demand for both breeding and racing stock.” The highly popular Spring Blooded Horse Sale is May 11 where competitive racehorses and racing prospects are sure to bring a premium.  Entries close in mid-April.  Visit bloodedhorse.com for more information. Dot Morgan Executive Director                                                       

DOVER, Del.--- Odds On Alpha beats the harness racing odds-on-favorite McArma to win her third straight in $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace, Monday, Feb. 9 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby left quickly from post 8 with Odds On Alpha. After taking the lead the Somebeachsomewhere - Odds On Arttoheart five-year-old set all the fractions on the way to her third consecutive triumph. Ross Wolfenden pulled race-favorite McArma out of fourth and began his challenge as the field turned for home. McArma moved up as close as half-a-length but Odds On Alpha was not to be beaten. Megan Rogers Racing owns the winner, trained by Nick Surick, who is now three-for-four in 2015 with a third. McArma was second with Romanascape (Jim Morand) getting up for third. Seawind Ginger led off the card with a 1:54.2 triumph in another $14,000 pace for young mares. Brit Evans and Foulk Stables own the four-year-old daughter of Mach Three - Seawind Gabriella. Annabeth (George Dennis) and Rachelle's Beat (Ron Pierce) finished second and third respectively. Velocity Sonja also recorded her third consecutive win and sixth in her last seven outings, turning in a 1:53.2 score in a $13,000 34&5-Year-Old Mares pace. Megan Deering owns the Art's Chip - Trelise Hanover four-year-old trained by Dylan Davis. Fashion Showdown (Callahan) was second best. Hidden Land (Roger Plante) finished third. The win was the second for driver Allan Davis. John McGill's Star Keeper and Alexachase put a head-to-head stretch battle in an $11,500 female pace with Corey Callahan and Star Keeper, also conditioned by Surick, holding on for a 1:55 victory. Alexachase (Ron Pierce) was a close second with Taylor Rei (Montrell Teague) getting third money. Callahan added four more wins to his meet leading total. Pierce, Kirby, George Dennis and trainer Surick had two wins each. JUST BETTOR LEADS NINE IN DOVER $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER For the first time, after four straight starts from post 8 in 2015, Just Bettor drew post 6 in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace, Tuesday Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta own Just Bettor, trained by Eric Ell. Last week, the five-year-old, driven by Vic Kirby, led until the final steps of a 1:52.4 mile but had to settle for a third-place finish missing by a neck. In the blanket finish. Wade Wyatt’s Swift As A Shadow, was second by a nose; Jonathan Roberts will drive, and Bettor And Bold, owned by Tim Tetrick and CR Racing was a neck back in fourth. The rest of the field includes Allan Davis driving Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s UF Dragons Cruiser, Harvey Eisman’s Touchdown Mindale, with Corey Callahan, Middle Aged Crazy, racing for O’Tool, McCaffrey and the Somones, handled by Ross Wolfenden. Jim Jacobs’ Button Fly is in the hands of Jason Lynch,  Wayne King’s LA Camcharger piloted by Tony Morgan and LA Express Stables’ Brees Creek and George Dennis. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

One of the most difficult things for any harness racing breeder to do is to remain objective when comparing stallions available these days. Breeders expect instant success and are quick to knock any sires that don't dominate from day one. One of the problems for new sires attempting to get established in the southern hemisphere is we have access to the very best stallions on the planet. Art Major and Bettors Delight presently dominate the sire scene down under as they have done in the recent past in North America and it is against that background that new sires attempt to get established down under. Southern hemisphere breeders keep a very close eye on stallion performance in North America and the elite performers up there tend to get well patronized when available down under. Of course success in North America is no guarantee of success down under and many stallions fail to fire to the same degree in both hemispheres. One example that has intrigued us for quite a while is that of Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8 ($3,221,299). Widely recognized as the best racehorse of the last twenty years, his performance since going to stud in North America has been amazing. Right from the time the first of his offspring hit the track, Somebeachsomewhere didn't just challenge the existing elite sires like Bettor's Delight and Art Major, he blew them out of the water. The statistics from his first crop who have just turned five in North America and have plenty of racing left in front of them are nothing short of amazing. Foals - 124 Winners - 100 $100,000 Winners - 47 Sub 1:50 - 13 Average per starter - $155,631 Total stakes to date - $17,275,041 His second crop who have just turned four in North America backed up that first crop with another dominant display, winning last years three year old siring premiership  by $2,300,000 over Art Major, Bettor's Delight and American Ideal. Foals - 118 Winners - 97 $100,000 Winners - 24 Sub 1:50 - 13 Average per starter - $87,882 Total stakes to date - $9, 491,206  By the time this crop has finished racing it's numbers will be little inferior to crop one. Then as breeders do they sat back in year three and waited to see how they broke in and as a result  Somebeachsomewhere only had 67 foals in his third crop. As soon as his first crop hit the tracks those numbers bounced right back up again and foal crops of 112 and 122 followed. The stud fee hit $30,000 and he was full before the season started which is a good guide to how he is viewed in North America. Meanwhile his frozen semen had been available to southern hemisphere breeders right from the start . Australian Stud Record His first crop via frozen semen numbered just 19 foals and produced one standout in the outstanding filly Whereibylong 1:56.8 ($340,457) The knockers started almost immediately and Somebeachsomewhere took the full brunt. I have lost track of the number of Australian breeders and trainers who have slammed his performance to me in the last couple of years and deemed him a flop. But any objective look at the stats shows that his first crop has done a passable job. Foals - 19 Starters - 13 Winners - 8  Sub 2:00 Winners - 7 Total Stakes won - $478,926 Now that crop are only half way through their four year old season and those numbers will continue to improve. The second crop bred in Australia numbered 49 foals and of course includes this seasons outstanding three year old gelding Menin Gate 1:54.3 ($192,293) who won the Victorian Derby on the weekend. The overall numbers are really encouraging as well. Foals - 49 Starters - 30 Winners - 18 Sub 2:00 Winners - 7 Total stakes won - $398,606 Again this crop is only half way through their three year old season and those numbers are healthy already. Somebeachsomewhere has another small crop of two year olds this season which numbers just 23 and includes Waikiki Beach who has been burning up the trial tracks for Mark Purdon in New Zealand. And then comes the current crop of yearlings. This crop is the only crop that was produced via fresh semen when Somebeachsomewhere shuttled to Australia and numbers a large 113 foals. Now the results stallions achieve with frozen semen verses fresh semen can vary from no difference to a lot depending on the stallion. We have always been firmly of the view that fresh is best and for that reason are really looking forward to the current yearling crop hitting the tracks next season. We think Somebeachsomewhere is going to lift the bar with this crop. New Zealand Stud Career His first crop in New Zealand numbered just four foals of which three have raced including Someardensomewhere 1:55.9 ($60,083) and Lost In Bangkok 1:57.4 ($20,461) His second crop also numbered just four and three have qualified to date with the lightly raced Maritime Arden 1:58 the only winner. He has one two year old born in New Zealand but his yearlings from the season he shuttled to New Zealand number a healthy 56 foals. Overview This is the most dominant stallion in North America today. He is head and shoulders above Art Major, Bettor's Delight and American Ideal in the northern hemisphere. His initial crops in the southern hemisphere have produced a champion filly from crop one and a outstanding gelding from his second crop from small foal numbers. His present yearling crops in both Australia and New Zealand are his only ones conceived by fresh semen to date down under and are much larger than his initial crops. We are confident that next years two year olds will produce results more in line with what Somebeachsomewhere has produced in North America due to those factors. One other thing we have noticed recently. With the emergence of Menin Gate this season the knockers have definitely gone a bit quiet recently. We think next year you won't hear them at all. Harnesslink Media

Seven years ago harness racing trainer Larry Eastman thought he’d missed his chance at Group One glory. Eastman’s close call came when his filly Dreams Of Heaven finished second in the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown Finals. Fast forward to Tabcorp Park Melton last night and Dreams Of Heaven provided the popular horseman with a belated top-shelf victory via her son, Menin Gate. One of the nation’s most exciting youngsters, Menin Gate completed an impressive triumph in the Victoria Derby. “After his mum ran two Group One seconds I thought I’d missed my chance and didn’t think I’d get another,” Eastman said. “But now she has delivered thanks to her son. “He is an absolute superstar, the best I have ever been associated with. He’s still got so much improvement to come. “He’s only had nine starts and will get better as he goes along.” Driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford, Menin Gate began quickly to lead from barrier six as the hot favourite, Follow The Stars, worked at his wheel. Proving too slick along the home straight, the gelding scored by two-and-a-half metres from a gallant Follow The Stars, with Spare Me Days five-and-a-half metres away third. “Once he led I knew it would take something special to beat him,” Eastman said. “He just does it so easily and a perfect racehorse. “To win a race like the Victoria Derby is just amazing and I think it will be a public holiday back home in Birchip on Monday.” Covering the last half in a brilliant 55 seconds, the son of Somebeachsomewhere rated 1:56.2 for the 2240 metres, taking his record to an imposing seven wins and two seconds from nine starts for earnings of $192,495. Originally planning to give the three-year-old a short break, Eastman will decide an on interstate campaign to tackle the New South Wales Derby this week. The Blue Riband is scheduled to be run at Menangle on March 1 – TAB.com.au Inter Dominion day. “I had planned to just keep him fresh for the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown, but now I will have to think about the New South Wales Derby,” Eastman said. “I will sleep on it for a few days before making up my mind.” PAUL COURTS

Birchip will be the place to be tonight after Menin Gate’s stunning harness racing VHRSC Victoria Derby success. The Larry Eastman trained son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Dreams Of Heaven won the early speed duel to find the lead in the 2240-metre race, driver Chris Alford spearing him to the pegs from gate six after pocket rocket Justbritell initially led. Race favourite Follow The Stars with Mark Purdon in the cart followed Alford across and settled second, with Artistic Flite one-one and Justbritell happy to grab the leader’s back. They stayed in that formation for the bulk of the race before Art Union commenced a run down the back straight. But Art Union’s forward move was short lived when that horse and Artistic Flite locked wheels, which cost both runners any winning hope and also inconvenienced plenty of others. Turning for home it was Menin Gate with a strong kick and Follow The Stars in hot pursuit. The pair battled tooth and nail in the stretch but Alford was able to lift a bit more out of a gutsy Menin Gate, the Birchip crew absolutely ecstatic and roaring with excitement as they won by 2.7m. Follow The Stars was gutsy but no match for the winner, while Spare Me Days finished third and Justbritell was consistent as usual in fourth. Menin Gate's mile rate was 1:56.2. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

The first of this years harness racing yearling sales were held in Melbourne yesterday with  the Victorian section of the  Australian Pacing Gold being staged As has become common in recent years, there was quite a few Kiwis on hand and they were active again throughout the day. The first Kiwi in action was Neil Pilcher who continued his long standing habit of buying a son of Courage Under Fire at most sales. On this occasion Neil brought lot 7 which was a colt from the former 1:58.7 two year old Artificial for $25,000. Artificial has already left Im For Real 1:55.6 while the grand dam is the talented racemare Counterfeit Girl 1:58.1 ($118,769) Neil has had a great run with his Couage Under Fire purchasers in the last few years and this one has all the credentials to keep up his strike rate. Second cab off the rank for the Kiwis were the prominent husband and wife team of Philip and Glenys Kennard. Their first purchase was lot 102 which is a Bettor's Delight colt from the unraced Mach Three mare Miss Montoya. Her claim to fame is she is a half sister to the dam of A Bit Of A Legend 1:54.7 ($760,747) and London Legend ($456,124) so the $26,000 purchase price looked good value to us. Well known trotting owner Trevor Casey was next up but as this was a pacer only sale, thats what he brought. Trevor brought lot 105 which is a son of Art Major from the imported American mare Magic Z Tam 1:57.1 ($83,942) The first foal from the dam, the colt is related to a string of top performers in North America and even though he cost Trevor $72,000, he didn't appear an expensive colt once you had read his pedigree page. High flying New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety was the next Kiwi into the fray forking out $60,000 for a colt by American super sire Somebeachsomewhere from the imported daughter of Bettor's Delight in Molly's Lucky Star 1:54.2 ($96,700) The grand dam Pacific Destiny is a half sister to the brilliant Pacific Fella 1:48.2 ($1,064,631) so he has all the credentials to make it on the track. The Kennards were next into the fray again when they went to $42,000 to secure lot 131 who was an Art Major colt from the race winning Albert Albert mare in Nosotros who has already produced Red Vee Hanover 1:58.8 ($89,094). The dam Nosotros is a half sister to the former brilliant grand circuit performer in Hexus 1:55 ($555,114) and with Nosotros being a 3/4 sister to the smart Winforus 1:55 ($139,915) this colt ticks plenty of boxes. Mark Purdon waited to lot 167 before he brought his one and only purchase for the day. Mark purchased a Modern Art colt from a Badlands Hanover half sister to the champion juvenile Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.2 ($1,127,567) for $34,000 The grand dam is a half sister to Mark's former champion pacer Il Vicolo 1:56.7 ($1,580,945) and to the dam of Stunnin Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,359,094) Mark has a history of plucking horses out of sales for not a lot of money and turning them into stars and this colt has a maternal pedigree to die for. The last purchase by Kiwis for the day was when the Kennards went back to the well for the third time and spent $30,000 to buy lot 173 who is an Art Major colt from the former race winning two year old Sophies Girl. She was from a half sister to Seinfield 1:55.1 ($126,082) and belongs to the New Zealand family made famous by the great Manaroa 1:58.1 ($218,159) back in the 1970s. The top priced colt for the sale was lot 63 who was a Western Ideal half brother to the brilliant Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($829,5910). The top price in the fillies division of $51,000 was shared by Lot 159 who was a Rocknroll Hanover filly from a mare tracing to the great New Zealand broodmare Armiss and Lot 187 who was a Bettor's Delight filly who had the outstanding Lordship broodmare Black Debate as her third dam. Overall the sale would have to considered a big success with the average up nearly $3,000 ($26,046)  and the clearance rate on a par with last year at just under 80%. Harnesslink Media

The VHRSC Victoria Derby Final is shaping as a harness racing classic after the three heats on Saturday night. Follow The Stars is not unbeatable. Who would have thought? He was $1.10 to win his heat on Saturday night but had to settle for second to Art Union (beaten 1.8m). Art Union (by Art Major out of The Sparks A Flyin) rated 1:58.4 (last half 55.2) in winning the third heat, driver Dexter Dunn taking the colt to the lead in the run and staving off all comers late. Follow The Stars tried valiantly but couldn't catch the winner. Spare Me Days was third and Mister Brazil fourth. Aztec Bromac (by American Ideal out of Agnes Patron) won the first Derby heat for the night in a rate of 1:57.2 (last half 56.7), narrowly holding off fast-finishing Ideal For Real. Kerry Ann Turner trained and drove the winner, while the runner-up was from the in-form Emma Stewart camp with Gavin Lang in the cart. One Hell Of A Ride finished well for third, while Mach Doro was fourth but was an eye-catching run after working three-wide in the run. The winner of Derby heat two, Menin Gate, has to be a serious player in the final after an impressive run on Saturday night. The Larry Eastman trained gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere / Dreams Of Heaven rated 1:57.7 (last half 55.8) and motored to the line in the straight. Chris Alford drove the winner. Consistent Justbritell was second, Rule Of Thumb third and Artistic Flite fourth. 1st heat 2nd heat 3rd heat by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria  

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