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WILKES-BARRE PA - Dreams Beachboy uncorked a strong third-quarter move in the harness racing feature race Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, cleared to the lead and then opened up a huge margin around the final turn, crossing the wire a safe 2¼ lengths clear in 1:50.2.   After a strength-sapping 25.4 duel among foes in opening quarter and nearing the 55 half, driver George Napolitano Jr. sent the victorious altered son of Somebeachsomewhere streaking down the backside, pacing his own third quarter in 27, gaining the lead before the 1:22.4 3/4s and winning over the two horses who followed but couldn't quite keep up with his backside brush - second-over Mister Bling A photoed out third-over Clear Vision for second money.   Crawford Farms Racing owns Dreams Beachboy, who was sent off by Pocono punters as the 7 to 5 favorite and rewarded their confidence with his seventh win in 19 starts this season (37%) and his 11th career visit to Victory Lane in 37 starts (30%).   The victory was the third on the card for "George Nap," and his second successful collaboration with trainer Chris Oakes. Those two horsemen are on top of the local standings - Napolitano's win total of 272 is more than double that of his nearest rival, his brother Anthony (for whom it must be mentioned in fairness that he missed almost two months of racing after a May 31 racing mishap at The Downs), while Oakes has harnessed 76 winners at the current meet to have a slight advantage over Ron Burke (72) and Rene Allard (71) in what should be a three-way battle going all the way to the end of the Pocono meet on November 26.   PHHA/Pocono  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 24, 2016 - With eight race days left to the harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R, the weekly battle continues this Sunday to see who will be the winningest horse of the season. Four horses are competing in two of the feature races at 3R Sunday who are all vying for the title. In the ten race pace the three favorites in the race are all contenders. SOS Mach Xtreme leads the field on the strength of nine wins this year, five of them at 3R. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard and comes into the race on a four-race winning streak. The six-year-old gelding by Mach Three was super last week at 3R for Brosseau, leading from start to finish by six open lengths in 1:56.3 and earlier this season scored a lifetime mark of 1:55. Beach Runner A M goes from post eight for driver Sylvain Lacaille and of his seven wins this year, six of them have come at 3R, which ties him with St Kitts, as the leading winning horses this season. Two starts back the nine-year-old gelded son of Beach Of Faith also wired the field at 3R in 1:56.3 and the prior week won in 1:56 for trainer Alain Martin. Bali goes from post six for driver Mario Charron and this five-year-old gelding by Bali sports an impressive ten wins in 21 starts this year, five of them at 3R. Bali has raced the last few weeks on the Quebec Fair Circuit and comes back to 3R on a two-race winning streak for trainer Marie Claude Auger. Now comes the 11th race pace where St Kitts puts her two-race winning streak on the line. She has started nine times this year, all at 3R and has six wins. St Kitts is just a three-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere who did not race at age 2. Trained by Maxime Velaye, St Kitts starts from the rail for driver Stephane Brosseau and when she minds her manners on the racetrack, is very tough to beat. According to Velaye, St Kitts has a bit of an attitude and must be handled with care before the start of the race as she has in the past refused the starting gate. Last week Brosseau, driving St Kitts for the first time, was able to get her not only up to the gate, but led the field from start to finish, winning in a moderate slow time of 1:59.1, but winning none the less and having to race against older competition. Her rival from last week, Sagawi, also a three-year-old gelding, starts alongside in post two for driver Jocelyn Gendron and figures to be in the hunt once again. The race favorite is D G's Ninja from post four for driver Jonathan Lachance. Also only age three, D G's Ninja has been racing against the best sophomore pacers in Quebec this season and has just one win in nine starts for trainer Guylaine Fortin, but he has been race timed in 1:56 in his last start. Also a contender in the race is Magster (post three) and return winners Windsong Louis (post eight) and Clinton Panic (post five). Missing from the driver's colony on Sunday is 3R's leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy and veteran reinsman Gatean Lamy. First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Downbytheseaside (Chris Page) cruised to easy victory in the $69,000 (div.) Standardbred for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:50, breaking the world record by 1 4/5 seconds, highlighting the opening day harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was pushed off the gate and cleared the field of seven at the ¼ mile pole forcing Some Attitude (Peter Wrenn) to sit second and Fear The Dragon (Trace Tetrick) third. Page was allowed to set the fractions of :26 4/5, :54 3/5 and 1:21 4/5 and coasted home with a final quarter of :28 1/5 to establish the new world mark. Fear The Dragon was 4¾ lengths back in second. Some Attitude held on for third. The freshman colt by Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Brian Brown for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Another Brown trainee, Spider Man Hanover owned the previous world record set in last year's Standardbred. The first division was won by a gutsy Bettor's Pick and Kayne Kauffman in a lifetime best 1:53 4/5. When the wings of the starting gate opened Cinnaber Dragon (Peter Wrenn) and Dragnet Alert (Aaron Merriman) both left hard and battled for the early lead. Dragnet Alert cleared the field past the quarter in :27 1/5. Bettor's Pick was the first to challenge as the field when by the half in :56 3/5. Dragnet Alert kept the lead past the ¾ mile in 1:24 4/5, but a game Bettor's Pick would not be denied and scored a ½ length victory over Dragnet Alert. Cinnabar Dragon held on for third. The freshman son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Ben Davis for Brent Hooper, Kyle Gray and James Davis. A new stakes record was established in the first division of the $121,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for freshmen pacing fillies. Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) scored a two length victory over a closing Rosa's Choice (Mike Wilder) and Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:55. The Woodstock lass is conditioned by Delaware's Brian Brown for his wife Jennifer Brown, Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Steve Mullet. The win was Bye Bye Felicia's fourth in eight seasonal starts. Jaye's A Lady (Tyler Smith) scored a big upset in the second $60,900 division at 64-1. Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Type A Grey (Chris Page) traded the lead in the first three-quarters of a mile. Berazzled (Peter Wrenn) grabbed the lead in mid-stretch but a fast closing Jaye's A Lady edged Berazzled by a ¾ length at the wire. The daughter of McArdle broke her maiden with the 1:55 3/5 win. Jaye's A Lady is owned by Caviart Farms and trained by Nancy Johansson. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA's Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Anthony Somone representing the Mid-Western Amateur Driving Club went gate-to-wire with A J Corbelli to win the Standardbred Driving Championship in 1:56 2/5. The event features drivers from ten driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and A Crown For Lindy (Joseph Lee). The win was Troyer's record sixth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 18, 2016 - St Kitts was able to hold off a late charge by 22-1 long shot Sagawi in capturing the sixth race feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and became the winningest horse at the meet this season with six wins. All eyes and most of the wagering dollars were on Whitemountain Nemo, the overwhelming 1/5 wagering favorite, who was going for his fourth straight win, but the seven-year-old was caught in traffic and never got into the race, finishing seventh. St Kitts, one of only three three-year-olds going against older rivals, went right to the front for driver Stephane Brosseau with Sagawi and driver Jocelyn Gendron sitting right on their back. Shanghai Ben and driver Sylvain Lacaille tried coming first-over early at the opening quarter mile but could not collar the race leader. Power N Politics (Jonathan Lachance) made a bold three-wide move in the backstretch, but also could not catch up to St Kitts. As they started down the stretch, St Kitts began to bear out and Gendron came on strong with Sagawi along the rail but could not catch St Kitts, who held on to win by a half-length in 1:59.1. Sheldonthepsychic (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, St Kitts leads all horses at 3R this meet with her six wins in just nine starts for trainer Maxime Velaye and the Determination Stable of Montreal. She paid $8.90 to win. St Kitts had been tied with Jimbelina, each with five wins this meet going into Sunday's race. Both Stephane Brosseau and driver Francis Picard had driving doubles on the card. Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3... Idyllic Beach proved that the apple didn't fall from the tree when she captured the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk, which is part of the Canadian Pacing Derby undercard. The Jimmy Takter trained Idyllic Beach is the daughter of the great Somebeachsomewhere and Idyllic, who captured the Shes A Great Lady in 2010. Idyllic Beach and driver Yannick Gingras got away third but never settled in along the rail as World Apart led the field past the opening panel in :27. In the first turn, Gingras then marched Idyllic Beach to the front and held command past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Agent Q, who launched a first-up attack from fourth at the half, added pressure to the tempo-setter in the final turn and into the stretch, but Idyllic Beach fought her off to score the lion's share of the purse by half a length in a career best clocking of 1:50.3. Agent Q finished second and Candlelight Dinner stayed for third. "I really didn't know going to the gate what I was going to do," offered Gingras from the winner's circle. "The inside three left pretty hard so that made my job pretty easy. That way they took the outside speed out of the race. At the eighth pole, I knew I would be cutting the mile." The freshman pacing miss scored her fifth victory in six outings, which includes wins in her Shes A Great Lady elimination and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions. With the win, she also lifts her bankroll to $316,262 for her owners. "Jimmy knew she was a good filly all the way down," said Marvin Katz, who shares ownership with Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Brixton Medical Inc. "Every time I would speak to him in the winter time he said she was a top filly. He was confident in her abilities. Just when she started to qualify, he just had to get her settled a little bit and she got a little anxious early on, but he was very confident about her abilities most of the way down." Idyllic Beach returned $2.80 to win. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 29, 2016 - The two winningest horses at the Hippodrome 3R this season, Jimbelina and St Kitts, will face each other for the first time in their history Tuesday evening. This is the last Tuesday evening live race program at 3R this season. Both horses are actually three-year-old pacing fillies and they will battle it out in the fourth race against seven rivals, some of whom are colts and horses. Jimbelina is the morning line favorite and starts from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. The daughter of Big Jim is trained by Jean Tourigny and owned by Roland Trudel of Becancour, QC. Winless at age two, Jimbelina is making up for lost time this season as she sports five wins, two seconds and one third place finish in her eight starts, all at 3R this year. She has a race record of 1:57 taken last month when she was on a five-race winning streak. During the month of August, she has been second and third in her last three starts. St Kitts starts alongside Jimbelina from post three for driver Mario Charron. This daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Maxime Velaye, 3R's leading trainer for the second straight season, and is owned by the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC. Unraced at age two, St Kitts has been on a tear as of late, winning five of her last six starts and her lone loss was by only a neck. In her last start she took her lifetime mark with a 1:58.2 triumph and races nearly exclusively on the front end. It may not be a cakewalk for either filly as they face some stiff competition in the field. Heather's Shadow, a four-year-old mare, starts from post six for driver Sylvain Fontaine and she romped in her last start by 12 ½ lengths in 1:57.1 in defeating Jimbelina and EY Cowboy (post four) was second in 1:57.3 in last start. Tuesday's eighth race feature pace marks the return of track record holder and Quebec-Bred Series multiple champion, Atomic Million AM. He starts from post six and rarely ever loses at the Hippodrome 3R. His last two starts at 3R were a 1:56.3 triumph on July 24 and back on June 26 he captured the $30,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series with an impressive 1:53.3 triumph. Atomic Million AM takes on three return winners in Rainbow Palace (post one), Sea Donkey (post three) and Bali (post seven). Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and to watch the live racing via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Idealbeach Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) prevailed in the local harness racing Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the first time on Saturday night as the Rene Allard-trained pacer toughed out a first over journey. Hall of Fame reinsman Wally Hennessey piloted the five year old in the $15,000 Open Pace and after leaving for position moved Idealbeach Hanover first over on longshot leader Spinarama (Austin Siegelman). Idealbeach Hanover wore that one down but the backfield was in motion late as the race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) and longshot Mc Rusty (Mark Beckwith) came charging at him in the final strides. Idealbeach Hanover held on to win in 1:52.4 while Givenupdreaming came up second best and Mc Rusty earned the show spot. Idealbeach Hanover, whose victory was his seventh of the season, paid $8.20 to win in the Saturday feature. The exacta returned $19 while the triple came back $132.50. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - Harness racing's newest stars battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Grand Circuit action. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes put two-year-old pacers in the spotlight. Each event carried a total purse of $211,000 and saw two divisions contested. Many of the rookies battling in Saturday's stakes were preparing for next week's Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The Nassagaweya Stakes started off with a bang, as 60-1 longshot Rock This Way pulled off a stunning upset over eight other colts and geldings in the $106,250 first division. Bettors Dream was made the 1/5 heavy favourite, as the Scott McEneny trainee carried a perfect three for three record into the event. Driven by Doug McNair, the son of Bettor's Delight left hard and cleared to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.3. There was no breather for Bettors Dream in the second-quarter, as 30-1 shot Classic Pro was parked out and pressing the leader to the half in :53.4. McNair kept Classic Pro to the outside, as Bettors Dream continued to power along around the far turn and took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3. The big fractions set up well for those near the back to make a stretch bid, including Rock This Way and Mario Baillargeon. The 60-1 longshot got away last and was into the outer-flow around the final turn, but continued to sit ninth. In the stretch, Bettors Dream dug in to try and finish the job, but Rock This Way unleashed a :27.3 final-quarter to sweep by his rivals for the 1:51.3 victory. Bettors Dream was a game second, finishing 2½ lengths behind the winner. Classic Pro also showed grit and hung in to finish third. Trained by Ben Baillargeon, Rock This Way is owned and bred by Santo and Nunzio Vena. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was winless in four prior starts to Saturday, but Mario Baillargeon had plenty of confidence in the rookie after his start a week ago. "Last week he came his last three-quarters in 1:21.4," said Baillargeon. "He's been battling sickness, but he was our best colt all winter." Baillargeon noted many similarities between Rock This Way and another horse he had plenty of success with back in 2002. "I always told Ben (Baillargeon) that he reminds me of Totally Western. Totally Western was a great two-year-old and he acts exactly like him." Rock This Way, who is eligible to next week's Metro Pace eliminations, entered the Nassagaweya Stakes with just $700 earned, but exits with a bankroll of $53,825. He returned $140 to win. Rock This Way The second division of the Nassagaweya didn't feature a major upset, but saw a great three-horse finish. A field of eight clashed in the $104,750 second split. Macs Jackpot went off as the even-money favourite for new trainer Tony O'Sullivan, who also sent out Calvin K. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Macs Jackpot got away fourth, while Windsong Napoleon cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Calvin K quickly leapfrogged from second to first entering the backstretch and led the field by the half in :55.3. Filion was able to pick up cover around the final turn, as Macs Jackpot sat second-over. Meanwhile, Calvin K continued to motor along on the lead and had more than three-lengths on the field at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Calvin K had almost five-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go, but Macs Jackpot and Darlings Dragon, who was third-over on the final turn, both hit their best strides late to make it a wild finish. Macs Jackpot reached up in the final strides to score the 1:52 victory. Darlings Dragon finished second by a head, while Calvin K was beat a neck in third. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Macs Jackpot had been racing south of the border for trainer Jim Campbell and was sent up to O'Sullivan by owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder for the Nassagaweya and other stakes events. "We literally just got him this week," said O'Sullivan following the race. "I trained him a trip and he felt like he's a big powerful gelding and Jim had said that he was kind of going in the right direction, so all the credit goes to Jim Campbell." Macs Jackpot is the third foal out of Michelles Power, a winner of $1.3 million. He now has three wins in six starts and $79,569 earned. Macs Jackpot paid $4.10 to win. Macs Jackpot Over on the pacing filly side, the first $105,550 Eternal Camnation division saw Candlelight Dinner improve to four for four to start her career with a 1:52.2 score. The Casie Coleman trainee was unhurried off the wings of the gate by driver Jonathan Drury and patiently made her way towards the front. Parked by the opening-quarter in :27.4, Candlelight Dinner quickly grabbed command entering the backstretch and it was lights out from there. The daughter of American Ideal posted middle-half panels of :56.4 and 1:25, before firing home in :27.2 to win at odds of 1-9. Happy Hannah finished a length and a half behind Candlelight Dinner in second, while Everyones Watching was third. Following the Eternal Camnation victory, Drury talked about the development of Candlelight Dinner. "She qualified like a real nice filly, did everything you asked of her and did it all on her own," said Drury, who noted he wanted to make things easy for the rookie Saturday. "I didn't want to push her to the front, I wanted to try and get there as easy as I could," Candlelight Dinner sold for $110,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $86,675 earned through four starts for owners Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Howard Taylor. With victories in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final and now the Eternal Camnation, Candlelight Dinner is expected to headline next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. Candlelight Dinner In the $105,550 second division, Bettors Up made a statement of her own with a 1:52.1 victory. The McEneny trained filly was returning to Mohawk after three starts in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where she posted two victories and a runner-up finish. Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Up and driver James MacDonald got away sixth before making a second-quarter brush to the lead. Once on top, the daughter of Bettors Delight posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Bettors Up fired home in :27.2 for a convincing 1:52.1 score. Fade, who got a two-hole trip, was second, while Manhattan Play was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny, Bettors Up now has five wins from six starts and earnings of $140,730. Following the race, Scott McEneny noted that his filly is not eligible to the Shes A Great Lady and next up will be a return to Pennsylvania. "She's got one more start at The Meadows and then she's got the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final." Bettors Up paid $3 to win. Bettors Up Many of these two-year-olds will return for their respective stakes eliminations next Saturday. The Grand Circuit continues at Mohawk on Friday evening (August 26), as three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in the Casual Breeze Stakes. Mark McKelvie

He came, he saw, he conquered – and Sunday it’s going to take one heck of a run to prevent him doing it all over again in the harness racing Group 1 $185,000 Breeders Crown final. Mark Purdon’s super Somebeachsomewhere gelding Our Waikiki Beach run down talented front runner Iceenothink, from Larry Eastman’s camp, to win his IRT Breeders Crown semi-final at Bendigo. VIDEO: OWNER TREVOR CASEY DELIGHTED WITH HIS STAR'S WIN And the Victorian bred, New Zealand trained winner of 22 of his 23 starts looks to have a stranglehold on the competition after a favourable barrier draw placed him in gate two for Sunday's Tabcorp Park Melton final, outside only emergency Carter Bromac. Leading rivals, who also qualified in last night’s semi-finals at Bendigo, Spiritwriter (barrier 5), Kingofthestars (barrier 6) and Iceenothink (barrier 7) have drawn outside the Kiwi on the front row, while Rock Of America (barrier 8) will likely be on his tail. Highly rated Kiwi Franco Cristiano, who ran fifth in his heat, will start from the back row, as will semi-final winner Soho Tribecca. The latter had a shining moment at Bendigo, where he controlled the race after driver Chris Alford found the front from barrier six on the Jayne Davies trained American Ideal colt. “He’s been running in all the good races this year and just been falling short,” Alford said. “Tonight for him to win a semi of the Breeders Crown is terrific and onwards to the final now.” VIDEO: CHRIS ALFORD CHATS AFTER SOHO TRIBECCA TAKES HONOURS Soho Tribecca was brilliant out of the gates to cross Keep On Rocking from gate one, while $1.40 favourite Franco Cristiano had a much more modest start and was swamped from gate four, which left driver John Dunn three-wide until he crept to the breeze mid-race. Soho Tribecca by contrast was able to do his own thing and when they came knocking at the final bend it was only Geoff Webster’s Keep On Rocking, from the box seat, who threatened. “(Soho Tribecca) found the front pretty comfortably and the main thing was that he relaxed pretty well the first lap and got it pretty easy,” Alford said. “When the pressure come on and they wanted to get rolling along, if you fight him he doesn’t seem to finish off so I was happy to let him stride and thankfully he held on.” Soho Tribecca won by a neck in a 1:55.7 mile rate for owner-breeder Rob Watson. “He’s had a lot of horses over the years Rob and he does put a lot of money in and so he deserves every winner he gets,” Alford said. The mile rate was 0.5 quicker than semi-final two, which ran as expected with Iceenothink leading and Our Waikiki Beach taking his back from barrier eight. It was then a waiting game until the sprint lane opened for Purdon, who gave Our Waikiki Beach a gentle urging and he found the front to win by 2.9m in a 27.9 final quarter, delighting part-owner Trevor Casey. “We had to drive him that way and hope for luck,” Mr Casey said. “We got it and that was our main mission (tonight).” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Talented Tasmanian pacer Scooterwillrev will head to Melbourne this week at the top of his game and ready to take on some of the best harness racing juveniles in Australasia. The Craig Hayes-trained two-year-old will tackle a semi-final of the rich Group 1 Breeders Crown series at Bendigo on Saturday night and he goes into the race undefeated from six Tasmanian starts with is latest effort producing a resounding win in Launceston on Sunday night. In a 2C0-2C1 event over 2200 metres, the well-bred youngster worked to the lead midrace and when driver Rohan Hadley asked for an effort turning for home the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere burst clear of the undefeated Hafter and went on to defeat that gelding by 15 metres. Scooterwillrev (Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime) clocked a mile rate of 1.58.75 and sizzled home his last half (800m) in 58.68 but with something in reserve. It was a state 2YO record with the previous best by a two-year-old of 1.59.4 produced by Cody Maverick in Hobart (2090m) June 2008 and obliterated the Launceston 2YO record of 2.00.6 set by Quastor Centurion in July 2010. It was the second time Hadley had driven the gelding and he was impressed with this latest performance. "This is a serious horse. He felt enormous throughout the race and when I gave him just a bit of rein turning for home he just slipped clear and there was quite a bit left at the finish," Hadley said. It was exactly what Hayes was hoping for given his stable star is about to go up against the best juveniles in Australasia. "When you've got a horse as god as this you are always worried whether you are doing all the right things so that's why I had Rohan (Hadley) drive him in this race," Hayes said. "I have driven him in all but one of his wins (Burnie) so it was quite nerve wracking sitting in the stands watching the race. "The horse has been open to every challenge I've put in front of him and tonight he really delivered but he had to if he is going to be competitive when he tackles the Breeders Crown semi. "I'm happy that he produced his best mile rate and that he did it with a bit in reserve." Scooterwillrev is a half-brother to former star juvenile filly-mare Jadah Rose (x Totally Ruthless) that won the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series in her gender category at two and three as multiple Group placings. She also won the 2007 Mother of Pearl for four-year-old mares at Devonport before finishing third in the Group 1 George Johnson behind No More Trouble and star Tasmanian mare Deanna Troy. "When we went to the Melbourne yearling sale we were keen to get this horse and we had a budget of $40,000 but when we saw him we were committed and we had to go to $42,000 but reckon he was worth it," Hayes said. Scooterwillrev will most likely be driven on Saturday night by top Victorian driver Kerryn Manning. Peter Staples

DUBLIN, Ireland - Two track records, one major upset and a grand time for the thousands of people in attendance headlined the final day of the 5th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend at Portmarnock Raceway Sunday. By the end of the weekend if they had had a key to the racetrack at Portmarnock they would have given it to the World Driving Champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, as he stole the show over the two-day meet. Dunn, who wowed the crowds last year in his debut at the VDM, showed the fans his universal driving abilities, scoring four winners during the meeting, capping it off with a stunning upset in the very last race of the day Sunday. It was the final of the inaugural VDM Final for two-year-old filly pacers, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm and the Adam Bowden Family of Kentucky. Dunn, who had qualified two horses for the final on Saturday, made the right choice in selecting IB Coyote to drive in the final. The 13th race saw the overwhelming favorite, Rhyds Mystique and driver Vicky Gill, who has won two of the last three VDM finals, find early clearance starting from the second tier in post eight, and work their way to the lead before the opening quarter in :29.3. Rhyds Mystique, who had rattled off five straight wins, including a 2:02.1 triumph Saturday in her elimination race, had Jennifer Camden (Aaron Merriman) right on their backs and then was faced with Dexter Dunn coming first-over with IB Coyote. They went to the half mile marker in :59.6 and then Gill backed off the pace to the three-quarters in 1:31.5, preparing for a sprint home to the finish. But that was not in the cards for them today. With Dunn's IB Coyote looking to begin to fade on the final turn, driver Mick Lord sent Greenhill Debatable three-wide to nearly loop the race leaders and that move seemed to wake IB Coyote up as Dunn kept her alive despite being parked out for most of the one-mile race. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, IB Coyote dug down deep and Dunn kept her going through the finish to win by a half-length in 2:02.8 over Greenhill Debatable with Jennifer Camden a close third. Rhyds Mystique faded to sixth place. "I wanted to give chase early," Dunn explained, "and get her up close to the action but it didn't work out that way and we ended up getting parked. But boy was she handy today. By the final turn I did not think she would make do, but she came back super strong to win it." Sent off at odds of 5-1, it was the second straight win, a lifetime mark and the third victory on the season for IB Coyote. The daughter of Share The Delight is trained by Tadhg Murphy and co-owned by Bill Donocan and the IB Stables. In the VDM Final for the colts, it was the American-bred son of Somebeachsomewhere, Tyrion Hanover, who went off as the wagering favorite and did not disappoint the fans but gave them a bit of a scare in winning the 11th race. Dragons Den (John Richardson) started off the show and then gave way to Rhyds Rival (Billy Roche) to the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Benny Camden (Alan Richardson) was first-over and pressured the leader to a half mile in a quick :57.6 with Tyrion Hanover and driver Richard Haythornthwaite coming up into second-over position. With momentum at their advantage, Haythornthwaite allowed Tyroin Hanover to keep going and sent him three-wide by the three-quarters in 1:29.5 and despite being parked out, Tyroin Hanover kept eating up ground and once they started down the stretch he not only collared the leaders but passed them by to win with ease by one and one-half lengths in 2:01.5. Dragons Den was able to come back for second place with Harrison Camden (Martin Loughran) closing for third place. "I didn't want to rush him too much," Haythornthwaite said, "but I had to make sure I kept him on the move. He was making up ground with that big move on the final turn and he still had a little left for the finish." "He's pretty good to train and easy tempered to work with," said trainer Samboy Howard of Tyroin Hanover. "I guess we're partying tonight for sure." A $14,000 yearling purchase last year at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by John James Howard, Sr. (Samboy's father), it was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for Tyroin Hanover. The track records at Portmarnock began to fall starting in the eighth race as driver Alan Wallace and Coalford Tetrick were able to wire the field in the 1.5 mile Paul Murtagh, Sr. 4YO Derby Pace in 2:58.5, winning with ease by three lengths. The pocket-sitting JMS Hallstar (Gavin Murdoch) was second with Evenwood Sonofagun (William Laidler) third. Sired by Rouge Hall, Coalford Tetrick is owned and trained by Stephan Jones. Then in the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby Pace, the sensation son of Arts Conquest, Miraculous, winner of the 2015 VMD, set the track record for colts at 1.5 miles, also wiring the field by two lengths for driver Patrick Kane, Jr. in 2:59.7. Rival Newtown Rock (Dexter Dunn) was second with Arts Pace Hill (Andrew Cairns) third. It was the sixth straight win for Miraculous, who is trained by Sally Teeboon for owner S. Arnie Flower. The sixth race, the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American Cup FFA Pace, sponsored by the Bellino Racing Stable with Joe Bellino and his family, eight in all, coming over for the big race weekend saw Porterstown Road and driver Aaron Merriman first on the lead. They could have stopped the race right then as Merriman and Porterstown Road never looked back, strolling to the wire to win by four open lengths in 1:57 over Bath Lane (John Richardson) with Deans Alibi (Dexter Dunn) third. "What a super weekend this has been," said Derek Delaney, head of the VDM Committee that organizes the entire weekend. "Each year this race weekend gets bigger and bigger with racing fans, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers from around the world coming here to Ireland. It is just fantastic." Derek and his brother, James Delaney, developed the race weekend in 2012 in memory of their young brother Vincent, who tragically died in 2011. It has become the biggest and richest race weekend in all of Ireland and the UK. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend      

WILKES-BARRE PA - Kiss Me Onthebeach, who had never been better than third in a harness racing stakes race during her first 17 career starts, changed her luck in a huge way Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, coming home strongly after wild front-end numbers to win her division of the fourth and final preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in 1:48.3, a world record for three-year-old pacing fillies on a 5/8-mile track. Another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Darlinonthebeach, took her second Sires prelim win with a 1:48.4 victory.   The new world champion Kiss Me Onthebeach, to be fair, had been "there or thereabouts" against top fillies throughout her career before Saturday at Pocono, getting checks in 12 of 14 starts in stakes competition and winning her only three starts in overnights for trainer Chris Ryder and Bella Racing LTD. And she used every bit of Hall of Famer John Campbell's sulky magic to make her breakthrough in a big way while defeating Newborn Sassy by a neck.   2-5 favorite I Said Diamonds left strongly from midpack in the field of five, but she met resistance from East Side Hanover, with the polesitter using racetrack geometry to force her flying rival to tuck well before an astonishing 25.2 quarter. East Side Hanover had her earplugs out coming into the stretch the front time, and soon so did I Said Diamonds, who rushed out for command 5/16 and was stretched by "East Side" before making to the top into the second turn, just before the "52.3" clocking flashed and had the crowd buzzing.   Shezarealdeal was the first to move around the tiring East Side Hanover and tucked in the pocket, with Campbell and Kiss Me Onthebeach going on from behind her to challenge the leader to the 1:20.3 3/4s. When "Kiss Me" took the advantage late on the turn, Newport Sassy, who hadn't been far back, tipped outside, and that filly ate into the two-length advantage the leader still had at midstretch, but came up short in the photo, with I Said Diamonds settling for third, a total of four lengths behind.   The 1:48.3 mile lowered by a tick the world divisional standard set by I Luv The Nitelife at Pocono just under three years ago (August 17, 2013). The winner lowered her record by three full seconds, and with her first stakes victory raised her bankroll to $131,075 while returning $53.40 to win to her scattered backers.   Had Darlinonthebeach raced 17 minutes earlier, her 1:48.4 clocking would have put her name alongside that of I Luv The Nightlife, however temporarily; in any case, "Darlin" returned to the track where he had had a problem and had to be pulled up in the Lynch Final on July 2, putting to rest any "bad vibes" or whatnot with her authoritative triumph. Driver Matt Kakaley settled the winner of $488,272 in fourth early as Call Me Queen Be worked to get around Lispatty in a 25.4 quarter, then got to the front past the finish line the first time and hung up middle splits of 54 and 1:21.4.   Call Me Queen Be had stayed tight in the pocket, and after a first-over move from Lispatty was shaken off, the "Queen" mounted a strong charge in the famed Pocono Pike, but Kalaley's filly still had a 27 last quarter in her and kept her adversary at bay by 1¼ lengths, with longshot Skinny Dipper third after an inside journey. Darlinonthebeach, who was sent off at 7-5 from the outside post six against Call Me Queen Be's 4-5 favoritism, is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner/breeder White Birch Farm, and lowered her mark by 2/5 of a second.   With Pure Country off at Northfield again taking on the boys in the Milstein Pace (she was second to Betting Line after finishing fourth in the Cane Pace on Hambletonian Day), Newborn Sassy saw her 25 points earned in finishing second Saturday bring her unofficially to 100 points in the Sires preliminaries (35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1) to lead her group with a 4-1-2-1 record.   With stakes conditions limiting the $350,000 Championship, which will be held at The Meadows on Saturday, September 10, to eight, the following horses also get automatic qualification for the Championship, listed in points order: Darlinonthebeach (95), Call Me Queen Be (90), I Said Diamonds and Pure Country (tied at 85), Kiss Me Onthebeach (65), Shesasmokinlady (58), and Lispatty (35). Skinny Dipper (31) and Shezarealdeal (30) will be programmed as AEs and can draw into the race until 6 p.m. the day before. The next nine highest pointearners not in the Championship will have a $50,000 Consolation on the condition sheet for them.   Tomorrow night at Pocono, these fillies' Stallion Series counterparts will race four divisions of their final preliminary leg, going in slots 3, 4, 7, and 8. The two double winners in the three prelims so far will headline the first two divisions: Dismissal has post three in race three, while Terror At Night has post five in race four. The top nine pointwinners after tomorrow's Stallion Series racing will become eligible for their $40,000 Championship, to be held right here at Pocono on Sunday, September 11.   And while the top eight pointearners didn't change because of the results of tonight's Sire Stakes racing, we can assure you of no such certainty tomorrow: after the top five horses, who look pretty safe, there are fewer than 20 points between the horse currently sitting sixth and the two horses tied for twentieth, with sixteen of the top 21 entered for Sunday.   PHHA / Pocono

East Rutherford, NJ --- With the focus on harness racing’s “Big Three,” Shamballa proved to be the one in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship for older pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Shamballa, sent off at odds of 8-1, upset Wiggle It Jiggleit by one length in a career-best 1:47.1, with Dealt A Winner third and favorite Always B Miki fourth. Scott Zeron drove Shamballa for trainer Rick Zeron, his father, and owners Rick Zeron Stables, TAO Racing, Howard Taylor, and Cool Cat Racing. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, went to the front from post six and hit the opening quarter in :27.2. Always B Miki challenged Wiggle It Jiggleit and the two engaged in a brief duel before Always B Miki wrestled the lead at the half, reached in :53.3. Freaky Feet Pete -- who with fellow world champions Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki has made up the “Big Three” this season -- launched a first-over bid and the group hit three-quarters in 1:20.3. Freaky Feet Pete looked to grab the lead in the stretch, but Shamballa and Zeron were rolling on the outside. Shamballa reached the front and then held off a late bid from Wiggle It Jiggleit, who split horses to get up for second. “A second-over trip made all the difference,” Zeron said. “My dad always told me if you can keep him covered up, he’ll move his little legs as fast as he can all the way down the stretch, and he did just that. “At the three-quarter pole I was thinking, ‘I couldn’t possibly be in a better spot, I just hope this horse isn’t sick today.’” Shamballa, a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere - Bolero Takara, has won 23 of 53 career races and earned $683,133. The gelding has won three of nine races this season. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Darlinonthebeach took care of business in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $94,675 Shady Daisy for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Darlinonthebeach defeated fast-closing Call Me Queen Be by a head in a stakes-record 1:49.1. Blue Moon Stride was third. Darlinonthebeach, a Nancy Johansson trainee and Somebeachsomewhere - Darlin's Delight filly, got away third off the gate, but took command after a strong brush past the half, which was rated in :53.3. Darlinonthebeach continued to lead into the stretch and fought off Blue Moon Stride before holding off Call Me Queen Be at the wire. Driver David Miller drove the filly to a new lifetime mark in addition to the stakes-record. “I had to go pretty hard to get around (Blue Moon Stride) but I got a breather, the third quarter was only :28, and she swelled up and did the rest finishing,” said Miller. “I was a little surprised that (Call Me Queen Be) had as much pop as she did. But my mare fought game and kept her head in front.” Darlinonthebeach paid $4.80 to win as she went off the 7-5 second choice on the board behind the 3-5 favorite, Blue Moon Stride. The filly is owned by breeder White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J. She has won six times this year with earnings of $232,941. by Hunter Holton, for the Clyde Hirt Workshop  Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Pure Country continued her relentless march to a second straight harness racing divisional title, capturing her fifth consecutive victory in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake action at The Meadows, part of the Adios eliminations card. Shesasmokinlady took the other division in the $159,350 event for 3-year-old filly pacers known as the Romola Hanover. Pure Country won all 10 starts at 2 en route to her Dan Patch Award. While she's lost three of nine outings this year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana appears to have elevated her game to a new level, with victories in the finals of the Fan Hanover and the Lynch and two straight PASS splits. "I've never driven a filly like her," winning driver Brett Miller said. "I don't know if I've ever driven a colt like her. She might be the best horse I've ever driven. To race at the top level like this every week and be that good -- it's amazing. She's one of the smartest fillies I've ever sat behind, and she has the heart of a champion. The couple times I got beat with her, it was probably my fault." In the Romola Hanover, Pure Country grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move, easily thwarted the first-over challenge of I Said Diamonds and defeated the pocket-sitting Darlinonthebeach by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50. Shezarealdeal earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, who now boasts $1,276,610 in career earnings, for Diamond Creek Racing. Shesasmokinlady also made the front past the quarter for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz and had just enough in the tank to hold off Newborn Sassy by a nose in 1:50.4. Call Me Queen Be completed the ticket. "I figured if I got away third today, I wasn't sitting," said Paver of Shesasmokinlady, who now has $144,795 in her bankroll. "She usually doesn't get tired, but she looks for a horse to race. A horse never really got to her until late." Although she may reach the PASS final or consolation leg, Paver said a stakes payments snafu has left Shesasmokinlady with only one definite stake engagement -- the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Saturday's program also featured five divisions of this event; as with the other stakes on the card, this one became "Miller Time." Miller won two splits, giving him four stakes victories on the day, while trainer Michael Hall enjoyed a stake double. The highlight for Miller and Hall was the 1:51.1 win by Dismissal, which lowered the stake record of 1:51.3 previously held by Icommandmyspirt and matched earlier in the day by A List Hanover. Hall owns Dismissal, a daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty. The other three splits went to Terror at Night, Kryptos and Square Dancer. A List Hanover saw her stake record fall, but she turned in a huge performance, challenging first over for longer that winning driver Dan Rawlings intended. "The more I grabbed her, the more her gait became less than perfect," Rawlings said. "So I let her go as fast and as far as she could." Gingertreescarlett finished second, 3 lengths back, with Nip's Beach Girl third. Hall trains and leases A List Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Nadia. Terror At Night also converted a first-over trip to victory, edging by early leader Hug A Dragoness by 1/2 length in 1:51.4, a lifetime mark. Donna's Beach completed the ticket. "She's one of the laziest fillies I've ever driven," Miller said. "You have to make her do her work. When she made the front, she thought the race was over. If you're on the front, it's not as bad, but if you're passing somebody, she pulls up as soon as she gets by." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DUBLIN, Ireland - The ante-post betting for both the Ladbrokes sponsored colts and Diamond Creek sponsored fillies events for the 5th annual Labrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial carnival of harness racing. took another twist last weekend following two more juvenile prep races held at Tir Prince in Wales on Saturday night. First up were the fillies and eight regally bred females lined up behind the starter with the Vicky Gill driven Rhyds Mystique going to post the Evens favourite on the bookies boards. Taking maximum advantage from a three draw near the rails Mistique (by Hasty Hall) hit the front and never seen another rival as she cruised to a 2:03.5 victory. The win seen her overtake She Be Rockin and Coalford Honey in the betting for the eliminations and grand final to be held at Portmarnock on August 13th and 14th. Runner up Rhyds Voodoo was shortened further in the betting to 5/1 with Greenhilldebatable drifting in the betting out to 8/1. Mystique, stable named Ruby, is now 3 from 3 and improving with every run. Her overjoyed owners Marc and Viccy Elvin have been stalwart supporters of harness racing in the UK for many years who were forced to retire stable star Ayr Mission through injury earlier on in the week so this win was especially bittersweet for the family. The Elvins now face the unenviable dilemma of giving Mistique one more race or heading to the Vincent Delaney Memorial a fresh horse. The fact that this race is the Breeders Crown fillies final at Tir Prince the owners local track will make this decision all the more difficult to call! Rhyds Decoy (by Hasty Hall) was the subject of a late gamble in the colts division and the early break in stride by odds on favourite Tyrion Hanover made his job a whole lot easier as he delivered in spades for trainer-driver Andrew Cairns in 2:05.8, a full 2.3 seconds slower than the fillies. But as the old saying goes "time only matters when your doing it" and Rhyds Decoy only had to do enough to land the spoils and still looks a top class prospect for owners Brett Lloyd, Kevin Myles and Brent Thompson. Share A Smile rallied late to claim second ahead of Ladyford Express and while oddsmaker Dan Carlin shortened up the winner to 9/4 second favourite, Tyrion Hanover, the Somebeachsomewhere colt, still heads the market at 4/5 favourite to hit paydirt in the final August 14th. Tyrion will need to get it right on the day however as he cannot afford to fluff his lines at Portmarnock and trainer Samboy Howard will be working overtime to eliminate the greenness that plagued his Tir Prince performance. For breeding afficianados it was interesting that the dam of Rhyds Decoy is out of CPR whilst the dam of Rhyds Mistique is out of CPs Village Jigsaw, a daughter of CPR. What a triumph it is for breeders Greta and John Wright of the Rhyds Stud in Wales to have that dynasty still producing after more than a decade and of course both horses are sired by their prolific stallion Hasty Hall, whom has also been at the top of his profession for over a decade. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

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