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A common comment in the last twelve months amongst harness racing breeders down under was the disappointment with the performance of Somebeachsomewhere since he arrived on the scene. Now within the space of two months the leading North American sire is starting to really fire down under with first Menin Gate winning the Victorian Derby and now Waikiki Beach is creating an enormous impression in the two year old ranks in New Zealand. Brought out of the APG sale last year, Waikiki Beach lined up tonight at Addington Raceway, Christchurch in the $40,000 Group 2 New Zealand Welcome Stakes and the public sent him out a warm favourite. Motu Premier flew the gate early frrom barrier seven and grabbed an early lead from Waikiki Beach who settled into the trail. After 400 metres Chase The Dream started to work forward to the death but before he got there, Mark Purdon hooked Waikiki Beach out of the trail and took him to the lead. Chase The Dream sat on his wheel but applied little pressure and when Mark pressed the go button on the corner, Waikiki Beach shot clear for an easy victory. Motu Premier went his usual honest race for second while Chase The Dream fought on well for third. The unlucky runner was Arden's Choice who looked sure to run second until she had a gallop at the 150 metres mark. Waikiki Beach paced the 1950 metres in 2:25.7, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals of 57.6 and 27.1. Mark Purdon was pretty confident once he found the front. " I was really impressed with him last week at the trials when I tried him in front." " Once I got there tonight he relaxed really well and I was pretty confident once I wasn't taken on." " He is off to the APG series in Australia and will be very competitive," Mark said. Tim Williams was happy with the run of Motu Premier. " I had to use him early but he got a really good run after that. " The tempo didn't suit him at all as he would prefer the speed on all the way," Tim said. Natalie Rasmussen thought Chase The Dream hadn't helped himself. " He went a bit rough on the last bend which cost him a lot of momentum." " But for that I think he would have run second." " Overall I'm happy with run," Natalie said. Matt Anderson was at a loss to explain why Arden's Choice broke with 150 metres to go. " She broke out of the gate the other night at Alexandra Park and tonight near the finish." " It was really disappointing as she was going to run second," Matt said.  Somebeachsomewhere is really stepping up to the plate now and the knockers are pretty quiet these days. Harnesslink Media  

The $2.4 million winner Put On A Show will be part of the show during the fall harness racing and sale scene in Lexington when her first foal, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, will be sold at the Lexington Selected Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. Bob Boni's Northwood Bloodstock Agency will offer the filly, named Beach Showoff, in its consignment. Northwood Bloodstock is returning to Lexington after a one-year absence. "I'm thrilled to return to Lexington with this filly as a featured attraction," said Boni. "Arrangements have been made for the yearling filly to be prepped at Diamond Creek Farm in nearby Paris, Ky., so yearling shoppers visiting the farms in the Bluegrass will have the opportunity to see her before the sale." Richard Young, Joanne Young and Craig Henderson campaigned Put On A Show and still own the mare as well as Beach Showoff. "This maternal family is so strong; the great ones are all fillies," said Young of Put On A Show's dam, the Artsplace mare Stienam's Place, a winner of $1.4 million and a granddaughter of $1.3 million winner Stienam. "From a filly pacer standpoint, you can't beat the breeding." Beach Showoff was foaled at Hanover Shoe Farms and has continued to reside there, as does her dam. Young said he plans to ship Beach Showoff to Diamond Creek in June so she will have plenty of time to be ready to show off for yearling buyers. Last fall Young sold his top pacing filly I Luv The Nitelife to Diamond Creek. Northwood Bloodstock Agency    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trotting males and pacing females were featured in first leg harness racing action of their divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two $15,000 sections for each group contested. In the first trotting cut Two Hip Dip set the pace, then blasted home in 1:55.4 - 56.2 - 27.1 for driver David Miller and trainer/owner Nick Salenetri. The son of Glidemaster was the slight favorite in a race where two horses were sent off at 4-5 - his co-"odds-on" rival Bourbon Bay was outfooted late for second by Raise The Curtain. The other diamondgaited division also went to driver David Miller, again on the engine, this time with Walk The Walk. Walk The Walk trotted the trot about five lengths better than anyone else in the field until the shadow of the wire, where he ran the run, but was not in violation of the breaking rules. The son of Muscle Hill, owned by trainer Chris Ryder in partnership with Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo, and Max Wernick, posted a new personal speed badge of 1:55.1 despite the bobble, with back timings of 56.3 - 28. Miller and Ryder again teamed in a division of the female Weiss action, using "pocket rocket" tactics into a 28 kicker with the Rocknroll Hanover filly Crescent City to get a nose up in a new mark of 1:54 for Diamond Creek Racing. This event also featured an unusual betting pattern, with three horses at less than 2-1 - the winner was 7-5, place horse Hollyrocker was 9-5, and first-over Caviart Shelly (fourth) was 3-2. The other distaff division also saw a nose separate the top two, as a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Life Is A Beach, maintained an early brush to command to the wire over The Beach Nextdoor in a personal best 1:53.1, with twin 28.1s the last half. Matt Kakaley had sulky duty for trainer Ron Burke and the omnipresent Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi partnership. David Miller and Kakaley had three wins on the card; doubles were recorded by George Napolitano Jr. and, on his birthday, Mike Simons, with the latter win for "The Trot Man" the appropriately-gaited Magnum Kosmos. As opposed to opening night this past Saturday, where the average win mutuel was over $21, 7 of 13 chalks clicked this evening. Jerry Connors for PHHA/Pocono             Spam Not spam Forget previous vote

Freehold, NJ --- Caviart Luca is not a horse who wins many races, but he also rarely embarrasses himself. The 4-year-old pacer, who on Saturday competes in the $59,000 final of the Clyde Hirt Series at the Meadowlands, has three harness racing victories in 30 lifetime races, but has earned a check in 20 of his most recent 21 starts, a span that dates back to October 2013. So far this year, Caviart Luca has one win and two second-place finishes. Both runner-up performances came in the preliminary rounds of the Hirt Series, where he was second to Rockeyed Optimist in each round. Caviart Luca and driver Andrew McCarthy will start the Hirt final from post four in a six-horse field. “I’m real happy with him,” said trainer Noel Daley, who shares ownership of Caviart Luca with Buck and Judy Chaffee’s Caviart Farms. “I think he’s a pretty decent horse. He does some goofy things, but he’s a big good-going horse. There’s a lot of speed there. He’s always had a heap of speed.” Caviart Luca is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Caviart Sierra. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Caviart Sydney. Last year, Caviart Luca finished third behind Always B Miki and Capital Account in a division of the Tattersalls Pace and was fifth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. The only time he failed to earn money in his most recent 21 races was when he finished sixth in his elimination for the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. The gelding has earned $119,722 during his career. “I’ve had a lot of offers to buy him, but I’ve always had the feeling he’s a pretty decent horse if he gets it together,” Daley said. “He’s not the smartest horse racing. I wouldn’t put him in front at this stage of the game. He’d race them if they got to him, but if he got left alone he’s just as likely to pull up. You’ve got to watch what you do with him. “But I’ve always thought he was quick and has ability, and he does.” Rockeyed Optimist won last week’s Hirt preliminary by 3-1/2 lengths over Caviart Luca in a national-season's-best 1:48.3 and he captured the opening round by four lengths in 1:49.3. Rockeyed Optimist will start the final from post one with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Steve Elliott. “That horse is going as good as any around at the moment,” Daley said, adding with a laugh, “We can’t keep coming first over to him every week. That’s not going to beat him. “I don’t know if we can get in a position to beat him. It just doesn’t look a good spot there with a short field.” Following the Hirt Series, Caviart Luca is eligible to the Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. The Weiss Series concludes with a $30,000 final on April 18. The Graduate Series ends with a $250,000 final on July 3. “I put him in the Graduate Series and I think he’ll get pieces there,” Daley said. “He got me a piece against Always B Miki (in the Tattersalls Pace) and I think he’ll be a better horse this year. I don’t know how many races he’s going to win, but he’ll get pieces of them. I think he can whack away and make good money. “Touch wood, he’s sound. I don’t think he’s a champion, but he’s got the makings of a very decent horse. I’ll try to get him through this year and see what happens.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

The time honoured harness racing classic for two year olds, the Welcome Stakes is up for grabs on Friday night and we thought an in depth preview was in order. New Zealand Welcome Stakes 1) Arden's Choice - Starts: 3    Wins: 0    Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $9,550 Lovely filly who followed up two big runs leading into the Young Guns Fillies final at Alexandra Park by throwing her toys out in the big race with an early gallop. Ability not in question and while two or three of the colts may have her measure, she is more than capable of holding her own against most here. Trifecta and first four chance from the draw. 2) Classie Brigade - First Tote Start Beautifully bred son of Bettor's Delight from the former top racemare Trigirl Brigade 1:52.3 (pld) $143,711) who was a $60,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic sale at Karaka. Has been prominent at trials and workouts in Canterbury but yet to win one yet from four attempts. His last trial was his best effort though with a 4 1/2 length second to Waikiki Beach at Rangiora. A work in progress for us and not in this field at this stage. 3) Sophisticated Lady - Starts: 2    Wins: 0    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $4,668 Very good run on debut in Leonard Memorial when a smart second to Northern Velocity. Disappointing in the Caduceus Club Classic last Saturday at Invercargill but in her defence the track was very wet and she didn't look comfortable in it at anytime during the race. Still learning what the racing game is all about and at this stage we would prefer her in a fillies race rather than up against the colts here. 4) Waikiki Beach - Starts: 1    Wins: 1  Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $16,300  Outstanding debut at Invercargill in the $25,000 Kindergarten Stakes where he zipped the last 400 metres on a slushy track in 26.7  This big impressive looking son of Somebeachsomewhere was super impressive at last Wednesdays workouts at Rangiora and showed real speed off the gate which is a big plus here. The draw makes him the one to beat in our book but it won't be easy with Chase The Dream in here as well. Include in everything. 5) Vanquished - Starts: 1    Wins: 0  Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $1,150 Another well bred son of Bettors Delight who cost $26,000 at last years Premier sale at Christchurch. Has won a couple of workouts but not against the horses he faces here. His first up fourth in a field of five from barrier one was just ok and too many here  have the wood on him for us to see him as a major player. Not for us. 6) Ice Crusher - First Tote Start This smart looking son of Chistian Cullen cost $68,000 at last years Premier sale at Christchurch. Was looking sharp at trials and workouts in January after which he had a brief let up and he has come back in late March with a couple of tidy runs including a quiet third today at Rangiora. Has run time and looks a progressive type to us and appeals as a roughie to spike up those trifectas and first fours.  7) Motu Premier - Starts: 3    Wins: 0   Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $9,091 Lovely Bettors Delight colt who has gone three smart races in his career to date. Unlucky third in the Sapling Stakes after jumping a shadow on the corner which was followed by a run at Invercargill for second on a slushy track which he didn't seem to handle all that well. Last start third third to Chase The Dream was full of merit as he drew the widest in the small field and worked mid race as well. A must have for all combination takers. 8) Chase The Dream - Starts: 4    Wins: 4    Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $99,414 ($99,414) Unbeaten in four starts as a juvenile but that record is under threat here from his stablemate Waikiki Beach. Has great ringcraft which all the smart two year olds have and has an all round game being both quick and tough. You can't do anymore than win and being a Bettors Delight he won't give up his unbeaten streak without a real fight. But for the draw would have been first pick. Include in everything 9) MacKenzie - First Tote Start This daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343) was an $82,000 purchase at last years Australian Pacing Gold sale at Sydney. Has been very prominent at trials around Canterbury and is being aimed at the APG sales race series in Australia. Big strong filly who has shown the ability to work in her trials and workouts. Quiet trial win at Rangiora today but home in 27.1 and not out of her depth here but draw makes it hard. Include in first fours SELECTIONS  This really is an All Star barn benefit. The draw makes us lean towards Waikiki Beach who has looked special at trials and his one raceday start. The obvious danger is Chase The Dream and these two look the obvious quinella. Motu Premier is a clear third choice for us in front of Arden's Choice, Ice Crusher and MacKenzie who should fight out that fourth placing. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 21, 2015-The annual rite of spring known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series began Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting five, $50,000 divisions for the best Free-For-Allers in training. The featured foray did not disappoint, as last season's champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), picking off the season-debuting, 11-year-old Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) in the third grouping. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers-3-2 favorite "Supercam" and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson)--making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Big N Bad (Dan Dube) moved from fifth, with Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller) in behind. Meanwhile, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and snapped harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin' Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., he returned $5 for his third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $22.60, with the triple returning $90.50. "A lot of things went right for him tonight," Bartlett said. "Obviously, the draw and the fact (Foiled Again) wasn't going much up front. The best thing about me horse is he can sprint, but Foiled Again is a great horse and tough to get by. I thought we were going right by, especially since (Foiled Again) was making his first start of the season, but it's always special to beat a horse that's so good." Millionaire Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald, $7.30). was left alone on the lead (:28, :57) and made 'em pay (1:24.2, 1:52.1) in the fourth Levy division. From post No. 2, he whipped a closing 50-1 Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson) by three-quarters of a length. Clear Vision (Gingras) was third, while 11-10 choice Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) was a tiring pocket sixth. For Warrawee Needy, a 6-year-old son of E Dee's Cam co-owned by (trainer) Mark Ford, David Shea and Carl Jamieson, he's now 4-for-7 this season. The exacta paid $131.50, with the triple returning $433.50. Saturday night's other Levy events were won by... --Beach Memories,g,5 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners Strollin Stable,AWS Stables,King McNamara,Country Club Acres/trainer Ron Burke/driver Gingras; 1:52.2/$5.30; --Polak A,7 (by Pacific Fella); co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons,Frank J Bellino,Joseph Bellino/trainer Tony O'Sullivan/driver Gingras; (U-S parimutuel debut) 1:52/$5.30; --Michael's Power,g,6 (by Camluck); breeder-owner Jeff Snyder/trainer Mark Silva/driver Dube; 1:52.1/$21. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Not Afraid (Dube, $3.20), overcoming an assigned eight-hole (1:56.1) for a fourth consecutive victory. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Palm and Easter Sundays, March 29 & April 5). Frank Drucker

Harness racing driver Greg Sugars scored a winning treble at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. Victoria’s leading reinsman guided home short-priced favourites Goodtime Sammy in the Geoff and Lorraine Barnes Youthful Stakes and Illawong Helios in the Carbine Chemicals Vicbred Trot, and also scored aboard a $15.90 shot in Classy Guy in the Swift Signs Pace. Goodtime Sammy (Somebeachsomewhere/Graces Beach) made it two wins to start his career with a 7.9-metre win in the 1720m Youthful Stakes from gate six, rating 1:56.7. Rocknroll Gold (Nathan Jack, $18) and Soho Lexington (Michael Stanley, $7.20) filled the placings. Five-year-old gelding Classy Guy (Union Guy/Classy Dream) found the front in Race 5 from the 1720m start despite a gate seven draw and held off all challengers late for a 2.1m win over Saint Flash (Chris Alford, $6.90) and Lombo Flashlight (Jodi Quinlan, $18.60). The Angela McDonough-trained pacer rated 1:54.4. Four-year-old mare Illawong Helios made it seven wins from 15 starts with a 9.3-metre win in the last race on the card, the Ross Sugars-trained daughter of Majestic Son/Shining Sun beating home Guiltless (Nathan Jack, $5) with Maybelina (Gavin Lang, $13.10) 33m off the winner in third place. The winner started $1.30 and rated 1:59.1. High-class four-year-old mare Bettor Downunder (Bettors Delight/Trebla Trebla) made it two enormous wins straight for trainer Steven Loftus and reinsman Michael Stanley. She won by 29.7m despite an outside-back-row draw over the 2240m. Bettor Downunder has now won her past two starts by an aggregate margin of 74.8m. Punters cashed in, the winner starting $1.40, with Mister McKinnon (Courtney Slater, $20.20) second and Flying McPocket (Anthony Butt, $8.20) third. The winner posted a 1:57.4 mile rate. >> VIDEO: Watch Bettor Downunder cruise to the easiest of wins The Boss Man (five-year-old gelding by Bacardi Lindy out of Oh Yes Indeed) bounced back after some frustrating performances with a 1.5m win as a $1.70 favourite over Death Defying in the Benstud Standardbreds Trot over 2240m. Scott Dyer drove the David Aiken-trained squaregaiter, who rated 2:00.7. Death Defying (Nathan Jack, $11.40) is racing well and did a good job to run second from gate six, while Steal A Sixpence was third for Gavin Lang at $4.80. Wonderful mare Steam Washed (Washington VC/Laura Lace) returned to the winners’ list in the Harness Breeders Vic Jodies Babe over 1720m. Sent out at odds of $5.70, Steam Washed was taken straight to the lead for reinsman Chris Shinn early from gate five and held off Emma Stewart-trained pair Goodtime Marjie (Greg Sugars, $7.50) and Beauty Secret (Gavin Lang, $1.40fav), the winner rating 1:53.5. Andy Gath’s talented three-year-old Bettors Delight/Kelly Maguire gelding Burnaholeinmypocket was ultra-impressive taking out the VHRSC 3YO Cup with Kate Gath in the sulky. The $3.50 second-favourite found the lead early from barrier two before coming right away at the finish for a 17.2m success over runner-up Virgil Hilts (Lisa Miles, $32.50) with Goodtime Alltime (Courtney Slater, $75.80) third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:57.3. Alan Tubbs-trained Lierre Noir saluted the judge first in the feature event of the night, the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace Final over 1720m. The five-year-old mare by Bettors Delight out of Saabette was driven by Kerryn Manning and paid $9.70 for the win. Odds-on shot Quick Draft (Chris Alford, $1.80) ran second, beaten a neck, with Echeveria (Kate Gath, $25.90) third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:54.4. Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang combined to win the University Food Group Pace over 2240m with five-year-old McArdle/Tactile Franco gelding Tiago Bromac. The $2.10 favourite outgunned runner-up The Noble Steed (Kerryn Manning, $4.90) and Heading North (Nathan Weightman, $25.30) in third in a rate of 1:57.1. >> KEY NOTES FROM TABCORP PARK MELTON - Greg Sugars notches a winning treble - Bettor Downunder at her brilliant best again - Steam Washed takes out Jodies Babe - Burnaholeinmypocket ultra-impressive winning VHRSC 3YO Cup - Lierre Noir takes out the G3 Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace - Quaddie: $1853 on Nos 7-2-2-3. Early Quaddie: $25.80 on Nos 13-5-6-5. - Good Form Game Plan ( Outlay: $415. Return: $145.40. >> Check out all the results and watch the replay videos from Tabcorp Park Melton by Cody Winnell

WASHINGTON, PA, March 20, 2015 --Somewhere Fameous overwhelmed the 1-5 favorite, Fashion Rocker, with a first-over burst and went on to defeat her by 2-3/4 lengths in the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Dream Ball took the other $15,000 split in Friday's third leg of the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. It was the second series victory each for Somewhere Fameous and Dream Ball who, along with Fashion Rocker, figure to be the favorites in the final. The championship legs of the Donna Dunn and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 27, first post 6:55 PM. Somewhere Fameous was sitting third down the backside when Tony Hall asked her for pace. She roared through the slop and triumphed in 1:58, giving her three wins and a third in her last four outings on wet tracks. Nice Rocks rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Feathery Fame for Rose Love Stable. In the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Tipitina was stellar in her first start out of the claiming ranks, as she moved uncovered to the lead and scored in 1:53.3. A trapped in Do Me Honor was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Macharoundtheclock third. Eric Goodell drove the 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly for trainer Mark Goldberg and owner Rags To Riches of PA. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness racing driver Kyle Wilfong is off to an excellent start at both tracks on the local circuit. The 25-year-old Illinois native currently sits atop the Balmoral Park standings and is third at Maywood Park, only a few wins from the top spot. Wilfong has some live drives on tonight’s program but this will be the last Friday he’ll be competing on the circuit’s half-miler, perhaps for a long time. “I’m leaving to drive at Hoosier Park starting with the opener next Friday,’ revealed Kyle. “The way things are going in Illinois, it just seemed to be the right time to make the move. “I love driving here and I hope to be back on Sundays at Balmoral as long as I can get some lives on that day. I also plan to be back for the stakes.” Kyle is behind a trio of his father Brett’s horses on this Friday night’s card: Imagine This in the third, Some Heart Throb in the tenth and Innocent Victim in the co-featured ninth race. Innocent Victim is back from Woodbine where he had a second and a third before he was done-in from the Canadian track’s 10-hole on March 5. The 5-year-old homebred will open at 3-1 odds from the 4-slot behind Desperado Alibi (5-2, Brian Carpenter). “That’s a good post for Innocent Victim,” said Kyle. “He can race on or off the pace and he likes Maywood. The horse has a quick move and you can use it at the start if you want to race him that way. He’s very handy.” Innocent Victim is 3-for-3 thus far this season at Maywood. Imagine This also returns from Canada. The 4-year-old homebred comes off a front-end win at Flamboro Downs. He left Illinois after an eye-brow raising victory at Maywood on February 5 when he won by a dominating 19 and 1/2 lengths in 1:57.2 on the front-end. “That was the horse’s very first start on a half-mile track but he did train on a half-mile track at my parent’s farm in Donovan (IL). Imagine This always came up a little short at the end of a mile on a big track so we decided to give him a try at Maywood. He got the front that night and he sure knew what to do with it.” Imagine This opens at 7-2 behind Vague Traces (2-1, Lavern Hostetler) and Fox Valley Cupid (5-2, Bobby Smolin) in race three while his stable-mate Some Heart Throb is programmed as the 3-1 top choice in race 10. “He’s a nice horse with a mark of 1:50.4. He can do everything fine expect he doesn’t leave well. We’ve tired just about everything to change that. If the horse does get the front, he’s tough, really tough. “It looks like we’ll have a take our shot racing either first or second over with him Friday.” Some Heart Throng drew the second tier 9-hole but he starts behind Silver Devil who can get away from the starting gate in a hurry and has been best on a half-mile track. The 5-year-old Some Heart Throb is son of world champion Somebeachsomewhere out of the former Illinois multi-stakes winner Oneinamilliongirl. “Dad bought him at a sale at the end of his 2-year-old season,” added Kyle. By Mike Paradise

The Tom Simmons Stable will unveil their highly regarded pacer Somestarsomewhere to Chicago circuit harness racing players Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The now 4-year-old was bought by Clinard Properties at January’s Meadowlands Sale for $90,000 and has the potential to get that tidy sum back and a whole lot more. Somestarsomewhere’s first test in Illinois comes in a medium level conditioned pace where the former world record holder is listed as the 5-1 third choice from the 2-slot with driver Dale Hiteman. Six days ago Hiteman steered Somstarsomewhere to an impressive 1:54.4 winning qualifier at Balmoral. The son of world champion Somebeachsomewhere was under wraps when he finished more than a half dozen lengths ahead in the 10-horse field. “I thought he handled is qualifier pretty good,” said Simmons. “Before it he only had been in two-minutes for me a couple of times. He got parked to the half, so to go 54 and change at this time was pretty snappy for him. “The horse feels like he has some ‘go’ to him,” continued the veteran Springfield, Illinois based horseman. “I trained him prior to his qualifier in 2:00, the last half in 57 on a half mile track and it was a morning with the temperature at zero and a minus zero wind chill factor. That’s pretty ‘sporty’ down here.” Somestarsomewhere (pictured in USTA Photo) was originally a $110,000 yearling buy for the Ron Burke stable at the 2011 Harrisburg Sale. He went on to become first two-year-old colt pacer to go a sub 1:50 mile when he won his Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs in 1:49.4. The youngster finished third in that $500,000 Final, beaten about one-length. Two weeks previously in early October that year Somestarsomewhere captured a division of the International Stallion Track at The Red Mile in a track record time of 1:49.2. “Dave (Clinard) wanted another good horse and hopefully he’ll have it in Somestarsomewhere,” said Simmons. “The horse could be a little short Saturday after the time off but I’m pretty excited about him. He’s a big good-looking horse. He’s a little bigger than Time To Roll.” At the same 2013 sale Clinard took a $105,000 gamble on the pacer Time To Roll that has paid off handsomely under Simmon’s care. The pacer has already won 21 races for his Mount Sterling owner and most importantly has earned over $222,000. When can we expect to see Time To Roll in action? “I’m training him back and he should be ready to go in about 30 days,” replied Simmons. A one-two punch of Time To Roll and Somestarsomewhere should ensure a fun summer of racing for the Simmons stable. First Class Feature: Balmoral’s feature race is the eighth where Dandy Farm’s Firstclassallthway aims for his third consecutive victory in the “Winner’s Over” ranks. The 8-year-old gelding is the early 4-1 third choice with the outside 8-post for driver John De Long. Firstclassallthway last two Saturday triumphs for trainer Jim Ellison have come with 1:50.1 and 1:51.3 miles. Another win Saturday night would be the Indiana bred pacer’s 40th of his career. Iam Bonasera (p.p. 6, Travis Seekman) and Best Man Hanover (p.p.2, Todd Warren) are the early 5-2 and 3-1 favorites. Fort Silky (p.p. 5, Casey Leonard) returns after two weeks off and is listed at 9-2. Looking to pull off an upset are It’s Rock N Roll (15-1, Kyle Wilfong), If I Lose (12-1, Bobby Smolin), Lennox Blue Chip (8-1, Ridge Warren) and Feel N Funk E (10-1, Tim Curtin). Sweet Repeat: It was back-to-back double-digit Mike’s Price Shots coming through when Ready (John De Long) popped at $13.40 in Friday’s 11th race at Maywood Park. On Thursday night Cee Cee’s Delight delivered at $14.60.  By Mike Paradise

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season continued Tuesday afternoon, with the opening round of the annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, aka the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The series, for 3- and 4-year-old males who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered five, $12,500 events, with odds-on form holding in every race. The well-bet winners were... --Fort Knox,4 (by American Ideal); owner Little Bapa LLC/trainer Jennifer Sabot/driver George Brennan; 1:52.3/$3.70; --Roger Mach 'Em,g,4 (by American Ideal); owner Little Bapa LLC/trainer Sabot/driver Brian Sears; 1:54.4/$3.20; --JK Patriot,g,4 (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners Matthew Bencic,Sam Schillaci/trainer Linda Toscano/driver Tim Tetrick; 1:55.2/$2.60; --Major Uptrend,g,4 (by Somebeachsomewhere); owner Howard Taylor/trainer Ron Burke/driver Brennan; 1:53/$2.90; --Vance Bayama,4 (by Four Starzzz Shark); co-owners Michel Allard,Gerrie Tucker,Majs NY Inc,Kapildeo Singh/trainer Rene Allard/driver Dan Dube; 1:54.3/$3.30. After the Sagamore Hill events, the baton was passed to the "French" trots, with five oversized, added-distance races completing the card. Brennan swept the final two of those races, completing a four-win afternoon. Total handle for the dozen-race card was a season-high $1,014,980 (North American number only, overseas export figures not included). Note that since no one took down Tuesday's Pick 5, Thursday's gimmick offers a carryover of $3,178.11 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (first post 7:10 PM), then an Ides of March "French" Sunday matinee (first post 1:10 PM). It's the final Sunday live program until early November. Frank Drucker

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: 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: 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: 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 or 416-417-9404. Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

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    

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