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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

Charlie Iannazzo is optimistic about the future of his 2-year-old male pacer Huntsville, but knows that success at the harness racing division's top level won't come easily. "So far, this guy looks like a monster," said Iannazzo, who bred Huntsville with trainer Ray Schnittker and owns the colt with Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, and Steve Arnold. "He just looks like the real deal. "But there are a lot of good horses with a lot of good trainers out there. It's a very tough division. He's going to be in a tough race every race. That's why we're taking it one race at a time." Huntsville's next race is Wednesday in a $47,468 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. And it looks like a tough race. Five of the six horses in the field already have won a race and as a group the six horses have combined to finish first or second in nine of 11 starts. Tim Tetrick will drive Huntsville for Schnittker. Huntsville, who debuted with a second-place finish by a length to Filibuster Hanover in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars and then won by a neck over Downbytheseaside in 1:51.4 in a sire stakes split at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Jimmy Takter-trained Blood Line, this season's fastest 2-year-old with a mark of 1:51.3, is the 3-1 second choice followed by Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside at 7-2 and Ron Burke's Filibuster Hanover at 4-1. Huntsville is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. He is a full brother to stakes-winners Cowboy Terrier and Stevensville. The family also includes stakes-winner Northern Luck. "He's big and strong," Iannazzo said of Hunstville, whose training regimen, like other Schnittker horses, includes swimming. "In his last start, Timmy took him off the gate and then with a big brush circled the field (on his way to a :27 third quarter). He looked like a freight train because of his size. "He's just a tremendously well-built and conformed colt. He's racing like he looks the part. I'm very encouraged." Huntsville's stakes schedule includes the Bluegrass, Breeders Crown, Governor's Cup, International Stallion, and Keystone Classic. He was eligible to last weekend's Sheppard Pace at Yonkers, but Iannazzo said the colt was not entered to focus on his upcoming sire stakes slate. As it turned out, another horse from the Schnittker Stable, Summer Side, won the Sheppard. Wednesday's four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions also feature early-season speedsters The Wall (mark of 1:51.4), Fear The Dragon (1:52.2), and Beach House (1:52.4). The Wall, another Takter trainee, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the fourth division, where Rich Gillock's Beach House is the 7-2 second choice. Brown's Fear The Dragon is the 2-1 pick in the second division while Christopher Choate's Western Joe is the 5-2 favorite in the opening division. "With the talent of the 2-year-old pacing colts in Pennsylvania, it's going to take an exceptional horse to outperform them," Iannazzo said. "Right now, we're very positive. I'm looking forward to Wednesday. The next few races will tell us a lot. But we're looking forward to something special." For a look at Wednesday's complete card at The Meadows, which begins at 1 p.m., click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2016 -- Donttellmeagain zipped to the lead and rolled home in 1:52.1 -- fastest mile this year by a freshman harness racing pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track -- in Tuesday's $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over seven divisions, with Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon, Mac's Jackpot, Ponderingjacksfame, Bettor's Western, and Jo Pa's Somebeach also taking $20,000 splits. Tim Tetrick won three divisions, including a pair (Mac's Jackpot, Jo Pa's Somebeach) for trainer Jim Campbell. Marcus Miller piloted five winners on the 14-race card, including two stake splits (Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon) for his dad, trainer Erv Miller, and one (Ponderingjacksfame) for trainer Les Givens. There was little question that Donttellmeagain was best in his division, as he crushed Bettor's Outlaw by 9-1/2 lengths, with Dances Cruiser third. Jim King, Jr., whose wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, trains the son of Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo for Paton Racing Stables, said he wasn't shocked by the youngster's speed. "It doesn't come as a real big surprise," King said. "I thought he could win, but I didn't know he would be quite that impressive. He's awfully small, but he has real high speed." Beach Boogie made little impression in his last outing, a PA Sires Stake division, but he was easily the best in his stallion series split, quarter-poling to the front and scoring in 1:52.2. No Talking was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Armed Robbery earned show. "I'm very pleased -- not surprised but pleased," Marcus Miller said. "He has a big motor. He's a pretty big horse, so he's figuring out where his legs are. If he figures it all out, he probably can go into sires stakes later in the year." Ronald Michelon, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means campaign Beach Boogie, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Dance Until Dawn. Bettor's Western was hammered down to 1-9 and performed like a heavy, confident favorite, prevailing on the front end in 1:53.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owner Synerco Ventures. Southwind Yukon was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, with On Cruise Control third. "I thought if I kept him out of trouble, he was much the best," Palone said. "I think he'll make a sires stakes colt -- just needs a little education. He's real smart." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl worked hard to find the pocket, then converted her journey to victory in 1:54.3, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Princess Pablano finished third. Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $284,556 in career earnings. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Albatross, a $190,272 PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There were two divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races on Thursday afternoon (July 14) at Harrah's Philadelphia for 3-year-old filly pacers, each going for a purse of approximately $80,000. The first division saw 2015 Breeder's Crown champion filly Pure Country (Brett Miller) go off as the heavy favorite (1/9) on the tote board. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was undefeated as a 2-year-old, going 10 for 10, winning close to $700,000. After a bit of a slow beginning due to sickness in 2016, she has found her form, with wins in the Fan Hanover and the Lynch in two of her last three starts. She had little difficulty on Thursday, winning under-wraps in a time of 1:51.1. It was her fifth win of the season in eight starts, with career earnings now above $1.2 million. She is owned by Diamond Creek Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter. In the second division, it was Cc Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) getting the job done. The daughter of Western Ideal was used twice from post 7, brushing to the top after being parked the first quarter. She then yielded the lead to favorite Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron). Newborn Sassy hit the passing line in the stretch, to win by 1/2 length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. It was her tenth career win, and her second win of the season. She paid $11.40. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

It was a much needed victory. And it was met with relief too. That’s the way leading Sydney horseman Paul Fitzpatrick summed up the winning effort of his talented harness racing three-year-old Match In Heaven last Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Somebeachsomewhere colt was responsible for a mystifying performance in the Gr.1 Breeders Challenge Final when a lacklustre 9th behind Charlaval on June 26, it was too bad to be true and almost ended his season right there and then. But Fitzpatrick was determined to find answers. “We had a number of tests, scans and scopes carried out on him but we couldn’t actually pinpoint any problem. There was no actual issue diagnosed and we just had to put it down to a bad run, he hasn’t missed a beat since and the win last week confirmed that he was back on track and we’re heading north.” Fitzpatrick said. The respected horseman is yet to taste success in the sunshine state feature, even former champion juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch came up short when beaten by local pacer Arkamigo back in 2007. While Match In Heaven is yet to race outside of his home state, Fitzpatrick believes his colt is ready to take up the challenge. “He’s a horse we’ve liked from the very beginning and we’ve deliberately looked after him, he hasn’t been over raced and the Queensland Derby has been on his radar for some time now. Given the way he bounced back last week, that confirmed he was ready to take on this task. “It’s a very even field, a very good field but no standout like we’ve seen in recent times and I think that sets up a very exciting race. Many of these three-year-olds are yet to race at this distance so it’s unknown territory for many, mine included. “I think the draw is quite ok for my colt, he will have time to settle early and given that so many of the favoured runners are also drawn the second-line, I’m hopeful we can get good cover before letting go with his sprint.” Match In Heaven is no stranger to success this season having claimed the Young Derby back in March where he defeated Charlaval while he is Gr.1 placed after chasing home Our Waikiki Beach last season in the Breeders Challenge Final. A decision on whether Match In Heaven heads to Melbourne next month for the Australasian Breeders Crown will be made following the Queensland Derby. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 16 July 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 16 July 2016

There was a seismic shift in the ante-post betting for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Colts Classic on Friday night when leading oddsmaker Dan Carlin slashed the price of John Howard's Tyrion Hanover down to 4/5 making him the outright favourite following a scintillating victory at Scottish track Corbiewood where the first of the UK prep races was held. Tyrion Hanover went to post a 1/2 red hot favourite for this engagement following an impressive debut against older competition last week when running green but still finished a close second in an impressive time. Settled at the back this time around behind early leader Mikayla Camden the bright bay colt was gradually steered into contention by regular reinsman Richard Haythornthwaite before cruising into a commanding lead to win by an unextended 12 lengths in 2:05.9, a stellar time considering the track is 2.5 times around for the mile trip. Share A Smile ran on well to be second ahead of Frankie Camden that collared third from Hawthorns Melinda. By Somebeachsomewhere out of Tiz To Dream (Grinfromeartoear) he was a $14,000 purchase at Harrisburg by Morecambe's John Howard and a shrewd buy considering the dam paced 1:50.2 and racked up over $600,000 on the track. Event promoter Derek Delaney and Bernie Kelly flew in from Dublin and were on hand for the prize giving and thanked the Scottish for the incredible hospitality shown to them by the SHRC. Two other races for juvenile pacers were also held last weekend at Welsh track Aberystwyth which was celebrating its 20th year anniversary as a two day festival of harness racing and the top purses on offer drew the cream of the division out to make their mark. First up where the fillies and 10 went to post in this £1300 event sponsored by Porterstown Haulage with Marc Elvins Rhyds Mystique emerging a cosy ¾ length winner from Greenhilldebatable with Fools Delight another length back in third spot in a respectable 2:14.8 for the turf mile. Rhyds Mystique by Hasty Hall out of CP's Village Jigsaw now remains unbeaten in two starts and is incidentally a half-sister to 2015 ITHRF Winter Horse Of The Year Rhyds Ponder (who was also owned Marc Elvin). Next to strut their stuff were the colts and Rhyds Ideal, a £48,000 yearling at Builth Wells sale last October was outright favourite for this £1300 contest sponsored by Dragonheart Services. Chief market rival Rhyds Decoy however vanquished the Scottish hot-pot with consummate ease under reinsman Andrew Cairns who barely moved a muscle throughout the mile. Carrying a lofty reputation into the race by the colt by Hasty Hall out of CPR delivered in spades comfortably defeating Share A Smile and Carlo Camden in 2:14.1 seven tenths of a second quicker than the fillies ran 30 minutes earlier. Both winners odds were trimmed by Dan Carlin after their performances at Aberystwyth, but as its stands its Tyrion Hanover that is causing Irelands leading bookmaker sleepless nights with betting liabilities now into the tens of thousands. All eyes will be now on another Welsh track, Tir Prince, next Saturday night 16th July when the 2 year olds colts and filles are all set to lock horns again in another round of prep races. The dream remains wells and truly alive for some, like the owners of Tyrion Hanover Rhyds Decoy and Rhyds Mystique but for others the road to the Vincent Delaney Finals weekend at Portmarnock on 13th/14th August is just starting........exciting times ahead for all concerned! by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

Did Hanress Racing owner Neil Pilcher have a wee inkling or was it yet another smart business move by Trevor Casey? A few days prior to Our Waikiki Beach’s first defeat in 20 starts at Menangle yesterday (Tuesday) Casey bought out Pilcher’s third share in the gifted 3-year-old. Casey now owns two thirds of Our Waikiki Beach with the remaining third owned by Cheryl Rasmussen of Australia. “Neil doesn’t want to travel around as much as he used to and I’m the opposite when I work allows. He’s had a lot of success in racing and I made an offer to him. “I wanted to keep the major shareholding in New Zealand,” Casey told Harness Racing New Zealand a few hours before Our Waikiki Beach’s shock 1.4 metre second behind outsider Ideal Situation in the $9,000 C91.3 FM Mobile for the C5-plus pacers. The $1.10 hot favourite and Luke McCarthy led into the straight but was overhauled 50m out. The winning time for the mile was 1:52.8 with 28.3, 28.9, 27.9, and 27.7 sectionals. It was also the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained bay’s first defeat in 13 starts on the track. He has recorded a 1:50.6 mile at Menangle. But Casey who travelled to Sydney to watch his pride and joy run, rated the Somebeachsomewhere gelding right up there with Lazarus and Stent as the best horses he has owned. “Mark and Natalie have always had a high opinion of this horse and he has reinforced that on the racetrack. He could be anything. People have told me he could easily go a sub 1:50 mile. There’s not much between him and Lazarus but just now I’d probably rate him second just behind Lazarus,” Casey said. “It’s amazing to think that I part-own two of the best 3-year-olds going around in Australasia,” he added. Casey and his co-owners paid $70,000 for Our Waikiki Beach at the Melbourne Sales, simply because they wanted to buy a well-bred Somebeachsomewhere gelding. The 55-year-old Christchurch businessman said the horse nicknamed ‘Barney’ would line up in a Breeder’s Crown heat in Sydney next week before heading to Melton for the Finals next month. Thereafter Casey said Our Waikiki Beach would spell for six weeks and then come back and tackle the big 4-year-old races in both Australia and at Alexandra Park. “The Chariots Of Fire, the Taylor Mile and the Messenger are races I’d like to see him start in but as always Mark and Natalie will make the final call. “They are very astute trainers and I back them in all they do. I’m guided by them,” said Casey. He said Our Waikiki Beach would not start in this year’s New Zealand Cup but fellow 3-year-old Lazarus would. “No we will be concentrating on the 4-year-old races with him next season. He will line up in a Cup one day but not next year. That is Lazarus’s target and at this stage of their respective careers he’s more the Cup horse,” said Casey. As for records Casey said enjoy them while you can. “They all get broken eventually. I just love seeing my horses win and if they happen to break records or run quick times, then that’s a bonus,” he said. Our Waikiki Beach has won four Group 1 races. As a 2-year-old he won the Australian Pacing Gold, the New South Wales Breeders Challenge and the Australasian Breeders Crown. This season he took out the rich New South Wales Derby. The gelding has won $674,221 in his career and there has never been a faster three year old in the Southern Hemisphere. Our Waikiki Beach equalled the time set by Border Control of 1:50.6 when he won a race at Menangle in February. Only six standardbreds have won more than 19 consecutive races in Australasia. San Simeon holds the record with a winning streak of 29. Lucky Creed, Maori’s Idol and Courage Under Fire won 24 races in a row while Aachen and Lyell Creek won 20. With his second placing on Tuesday Our Waikiki Beach joined Satinover, Hyperstat, Village Kid and Lombo Pocket Watch with 19 consecutive wins. Auckland Reactor won his first 17 races in a row. Duane Ranger

A Newcastle harness racing breeder ventured to Tabcorp Park Melton and produced the thrill of his trots life. Owner-breeder David Carpenter’s two-year-old colt, Tingira Beach, was a long-time in the making but the effort paid off when Harrington Park husband-and-wife team Shane (trainer) and Lauren (driver) Tritton delivered him the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final win. “I’m overwhelmed at the moment,” Carpenter said. “I’ve been racing horses over 25 years and this is my first Group 1 race winner tonight. “I bought the mare (Western Tingira) in America as a yearling, brought her out here and have been able to breed a really nice colt (by Somebeachsomewhere). To see him come out and win a Group 1 race is beyond my wildest dreams. “It’s pretty exciting to be able to produce a horse like this that can win on a night like this.” Lauren Tritton, from barrier four, gently eased Tingira Beach forward, taking the breeze and then the lead with Geoff Webster’s Wrappers Delight taking the box seat. There they settled, with Tingira Beach’s primary threat, Emma Stewart-trained Our Little General driven by Chris Alford, placed three back the pegs. There they remained to the final bend, with Tingira Beach creating a gap in the field with his 28.3 third quarter, which enabled Alford to sweep Our Little General wide and set up a final straight showdown. Tingira Beach held on by a head, winning in a 1:56.4 mile rate, with Wrappers Delight a further 7.8m back in third. “This horse is really tough,” Lauren Tritton said. “He still looks around a bit and I don’t think we will see the best of him until he grows out of that, but tonight I can’t take any credit away from him, he has done the job well. “Full credit to the second horse (Our Little General), he’s gone massive tonight. This fella, he’s got the job done and I couldn’t be happier for the owners, they put a lot of time and money into this sport and they deserve it more than anybody.” Trainer Shane Tritton said it might be only the beginning for his talented colt. “He is very green and up until now, his last two starts, he has only just started to switch on,” he said. “We are very proud of him and Lauren, who handled the pressure well and drove him a treat. He’s probably a better horse when he’s not in front because he is very green, but he is starting to switch on, which is helping. Once (Tingira Beach) learns to race we will see a better horse, but we are very proud of him and happy to be here.” Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria

Michael Stanley’s pet project has brought great joy to his Burrumbeet stable when the harneess racing trainer-driver’s stellar two-year-old, Petacular, lived up to her top billing. The Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series victory in the two-year-old fillies final at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight rewarded Stanley’s resilience, having invested in a training facility, overcome an untimely horrific injury and come out the other side a Group 1 winner. “It’s a great thrill, that’s my first Vicbred winner, probably my first proper Group 1 as a trainer,” Stanley said. “She’s a tough filly and had to do it the tough way, but she just showed her versatility and was the best one on the night.” Petacular, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Ideal Priority, lobbed one-out three-back at the start, on the back of his main threat Perfect Sense, who Gavin Lang improved to the lead. Stanley moved Petacular into the breeze at the bell and from there it was a match-race. Leading into the final bend Emma Stewart-trained Perfect Sense kicked away, with Stanley taking leader’s back. “The other horse (Perfect Sense) gave me something to chase that’s for sure,” Stanley said. “It had us off the bit at the top of the straight, (Petacular) just showed how gutsy she is.” With 50m to go Petacular regained the lead and took the honours by 2.4m, with Stanley’s other runner Soho Angel running into an outstanding 2.3m third. “When it came to the crunch, when I came off the back again, she really wanted to dig deep and find the line,” Stanley said. “I can’t say enough about her. From the first time that we got her and fast worked her she has done everything right from day one.” The victory brought up a rare double for Ballarat breeder Bruce Edward, who produced both the victor but also bred and owns second-placed Perfect Sense. Certainly one group who believes it owns Edward a great debt is the PETstock Racing Syndicate, according to part-owner David Young. “Bruce Edward from Ballarat is a really good customer (of PETstock) and a great supporter of the Ballarat club,” Young said. “We went out to his property, he had a few to choose from and he pointed us in the right direction and said this (Petacular) is probably the best bred. “The syndicate’s all made up of work colleagues from PETstock, obviously that’s where the name Petacular comes from. It’s awesome, we are all good friends and it has been a great joy the syndicate. Mike’s done an excellent job with the horse in such a short period of time, so it is nice to get one who has the ability to win a race like this.”  On the eve of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series finals, Michael Stanley invites trots fans behind the scenes at his Burrumbeet farm. Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria

Menangle trainer Shane Tritton is confident Tingira Beach is capable of repeating his semi final performance in Saturday night's Group 1 Vicbred final at Melton. The son of Somebeachsomewhere led throughout to record a thirteen metre win last Friday night and after drawing the same barrier Tritton is hoping history repeats itself. "This horse has a lot of ability but he is so green and has so much to learn, it is scary to think what he will do when the penny drops," Tritton said. "He has always had a great deal of talent and he has only had the two runs back since Lauren and I returned back from Hawaii so he is still on the up. I'm hoping the trip away from home helps him with his development but I still think he is going to be a better horse next season." Prior to the barrier draw Tritton was hoping to draw three, four or five and when it was announced Tingira Beach had drawn gate four he knew he had a realistic chance. "To be honest the only gate I didn't want was one because I don't want Lauren to have to rev him up to hold the front. He's got plenty of natural speed but as he showed at his second start he can do things wrong so from there he can work forward in the early stages without being bustled. "I think at some stage Lauren is going to find herself up outside the horse drawn in barrier one (Wrappers Delight) it will be up to Geoff Webster whether he wants to sit on our back knowing that we are going to take him to the top of the straight or have us sit outside him throughout." In more good news for the stable another talented two-year-old is ready to trial. Blue Moon Rising is set to compete at the Menangle trials on Tuesday. "He's feeling very strong and I'm very happy with Blue Moon Rising and another horse that showed plenty of ability at two, Salty Robyn is not too far away either. "While Lauren and I were away having a break and we didn't have very many starters, the stable was still ticking over and these horses have all been working up to another campaign." Another of Tritton's horses that is back in full work is Miracle Mile placegetter Arms Of An Angel. The four-year-old mare was invited to represent Australia in the Harness Jewels in New Zealand but was withdrawn after a setback. "The good news with Arms Of An Angel is that she is back fast working again and there are no signs of the problems we had before the Jewels. I've got no plans with her this campaign to be honest, I just want to get her back to the races and give her more experience. "I won't be throwing her into the deep end this preparation, I've got no plans to go to Perth for the Inter Dominion. I don't want to tax her until the Miracle Mile or Ladyship Mile next year." Suave Stuey Lombo is also back in work in Victoria and is set to rejoin the Tritton stable in Sydney once he has a solid grounding. "The reports with Stuey are good, he is doing some jogging and getting plenty of work into him before he returns to Sydney. "Mach Beauty and Yayas Hot Spot both raced Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark on Sunday. They need to step up to be competitive in that grade but to be fair I think Mach needs constant racing to show his best. Yayas Hot Spot has always struggled to produce his best at Menangle but he has graduated to the level where most of his racing will be on the big track." Greg Hayes

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing fillies as its feature on Tuesday night, with the races conducted over a "sloppy" track.   If you want to win a division of this race in future years, we figured out the "recipe":   --The primary ingredient has to be a Somebeachsomewhere filly who sold for six figures as a yearling, or a Well Said miss that sold as a yearling for exactly $27,000. If you were a $100,000 purchase, your dam had to have won over $1M on the racetrack; if a Well Said, somebody in the immediate family had to top $750,000 in racing earnings.   --Your horse had to be making her purse debut, with a winning qualifier already under her girth.   --Your driver's name had to be either "Gingras" or "Miller."   --Your filly had to be the favorite in the race.   --She had to be on the lead at the half, preferably (3 out of 4) by making a move in the second quarter (the other winner led at every pole).   --She had to take a new lifetime mark.   That seems a very simple formula to follow, doesn't it? Here's how it played out over the four divisions:   Yannick Gingras won two of the All-Stars sections, the first with the Somebeachsomewhere- Idyllic filly Idyllic Beach, who won by ¾ of a length over hard-charging rival Tardy For The Party in 1:55.4 - 57.2 - 28.2 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz.   Gingras later posted career victory #6005 with Sapphire Breeze, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Well Said whose half-brother Fat Mans Alley just went over the $750,000 plateau with a win here Saturday on Sun Stakes elimination night. Sapphire Breeze, who was clocked in 1:55.2 - 57.1 - 28, won by 2¾ lengths over late-closing Pittstop Danika (another Burke trainee) for the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The other winning daughter of Well Said was Watch What You Say, whose second dam was a half-sister to the $1.2M-winning world champion Hana Hanover.   This Mike Hall-trained miss defied the "cookbook" in two ways: she was the only wire-to-wire winner, being 3¾ lengths clear at the wire in the fastest time of 1:54.4, last half 56.1, for driver Brett Miller; and she was the only visitor to Victory Lane who had part of her ownership team purchase her yesterday - after a 1:55.1 qualifying win at Harrah's, Watch What You Say attracted enough attention that the CTC Stable saw its partner, and the filly's breeder, Fred Hertrich III, sell his share to Brad Grant and Howard Taylor, with the deal registered the previous calendar day.   The other daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Someomensomewhere, is out of the seven-figure racemare Omen Hanover, and she added further spice to the recipe by throwing two "Millers" into the pot - driver Marcus and trainer Erv. Someomensomewhere stopped the timer in 1:57.3, with a 28.2 last quarter sufficient to keep Dangerous Woman, who came from last at the ¾, at bay by 1½ lengths for the Nick Surick Stable LLC and the KDM Stables Corp. (they're registered as "Corp." with the USTA).   Now that we've discovered the recipe for a PA All-Stars winner, we have to start on a formula that produces a Wiggle It Jiggleit, an Always B Miki, or a Freaky Feet Pete (yes, Hoosiers, we've figured out the first part). Because these three are matched up for the first time, vying with the likes of Mel Mara, State Treasurer, and five other hardknocking FFAers, in the $500,000 Franklin Pace Championship this Saturday night at Pocono, the highlight of the $2M Sun Stakes Saturday.   If you have any doubt how much this race is being anticipated, go to the next best thing to the horse's mouth, the driver's mouth. Read in the trade press about the excitement being shown by names like Miller, Gingras, and Tetrick - veterans of the racetrack wars who will all be in the race - and be reminded that the eyes of the entire harness racing world will be on the 11th race at the mountain oval Saturday night.   1:47? 1:46.4? Faster?   From the PHHA Media Department

In this week’s edition of Ontario Racing’s ongoing feature The Horse That Changed My Life, learn what Ontario Sired horse was a game-changer for harness racing driver Paul MacDonell long before the great Somebeachsomewhere came into his life............. Paul MacDonell knows you’re expecting him to say Somebeachsomewhere is the horse that changed his life. MacDonell was, after all, the only man to ever drive the world champion pacer and Hall of Famer in a pari-mutuel start. There’s no question that Somebeachsomewhere was the best horse MacDonell has ever driven. But if it wasn’t for Cavans Jovial, MacDonell isn’t sure whether he would have had the kind of career that led to Beach in the first place. MacDonell was just 21 and racing at Kawartha Downs near Peterborough, ON in the spring of 1984 when Cavans Jovial came into his life. “I just happened to drive her at Kawartha Downs in an overnight race,” MacDonell said. “I liked the way she went. The owner was there and I just happened to ask him, ‘Would you be willing to sell her?’ Sure enough, he came with a price.” MacDonell remembers the price was $12,000 and he, his father, Blaise, and Bob Hayes jumped at the chance to buy Cavans Jovial, who was in the early stages of her sophomore season. “She went on and made $100,000 in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) that year,” MacDonell said. “She was a horse that launched me into driving in the OSS. She sprung me to a different level. I can remember she raced against Annie Ivy. She raced against her and Ted Jacobs had a really nice mare. There were three or four really nice ones and she raced right with them. We were riding on Cloud 9 to be able to compete against those horses.” Lifetime, the daughter of Kawartha Skipper out of Jovial Georgia earned $142,611 with a record of 17-10-6 in 50 starts and a mark of 1:57.3 taken at the Meadowlands in her five-year-old season. MacDonell went on to win more than 5,300 races and post earnings exceeding $116 million. In all likelihood, he will always be associated with Somebeachsomewhere “What amazes me today is how people still come along and want me to sign stuff that has Beach on it, or a program, or something as simple as a card — anything that has Beach’s picture. I just find that amazing eight years later,” MacDonell said. “People ask about him. They ask, ‘Have you seen him lately?’ They’re truly interested in the horse. I think that’s kind of neat.” by Dave Briggs For Ontario Racing

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first stake of the year on the local scene for harness racing two-year-olds, a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for baby pacing colts, was raced in four $30,000 divisions Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with favored horses, sire Somebeachsomewhere, and driver Yannick Gingras taking three of the four contests, and trainer Ron Burke notching a double.   The intersection of Gingras, Somebeachsomewhere, Burke, and the only non-chalk winner produced the fastest winning time, as Filibuster Hanover rallied out of the pocket into back fractions of 55.4 - 27 to go by pacesetter Huntsville by a length in 1:53.2. The son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Fashion Ecstasy (a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, both out of the great race mare Galleria) won for Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph Di Scala Jr., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC in his first purse start, which was the common element uniting all four winners.   The other winner of the Burke Brigade, also handled by Gingras, was another son of Somebeachsomwhere (this one out of the million-dollar winning mare Symphony In Motion), Normandy Beach. The triumphant colt stormed to the lead first time in the homestretch, then came home in 55.4 to fend off the pocketrallier Boogie Shuffle by a neck in 1:54.4 for owner William Donovan.   The third stakes triumph of the night for Yannick Gingras came with the one horse who technically did not take a new personal best, the Western Ideal colt Western Joe, who also moved early and then came home in 55.3 - 27.2 to tally in 1:55, which equaled the time he posted in a qualifier eight days earlier, two lengths ahead of Fear The Dragon. Chris Choate handles the conditioning of the fast baby for owner/breeder Anthony Ruggeri.   The "Kings of Delaware OH," driver David Miller and trainer Brian Brown, had the third Somebeachsomewhere colt to return to the winners circle, Downbytheseaside. The winning freshman got away fifth from post eight, made the frequent Pocono winning move of a second quarter brush, then hung a giant closing quarter of 26.4 on the board to complete the mile in 1:55.1, 1¾ lengths ahead of earlier leader Mac's Jackpot, for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo.   Five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies are gathered for a PA All-Stars event that will headline the Monday card at The Downs.   PHHA / Pocono  

Harness Racing aficionados will be licking their lips at the thought of next Saturday night’s four-year-old entires and geldings’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final after tonight’s semis and barrier draw. Heat winners Ideal For Real and Tee Cee Bee Macray have drawn five and 13 respectively, while reigning Vicbred champ and horse of the year Menin Gate, a fierce warrior when in front, has drawn well in barrier three. Murranji Track in gate two has good gate speed and can run along also, so he will surely create headaches for speed mappers. Tee Cee Bee Macray was ultra-impressive in winning his heat tonight, and while barrier 13 is never ideal, he does his best work when winding up with a big finish. Trained by Alan Tubbs, Tee Cee Bee Macray (Ponder/Way Mya Macray) sprinted powerfully through the final 400m to overhaul pacemaker Solarsonic in the run to the line. Driven by Greg Sugars, Tee Cee Bee Macray rated 1:56.9. “There’s a lot of depth in the (four-year-old) field … but he’s very fast,” Sugars said. “He’s a very good horse.” The win clearly meant plenty for the Tubbs team, who received plenty of congratulations trackside. Ideal For Real (American Ideal/Tamara Hall) was also super-impressive, the Emma Stewart-trained star winning its 10th race from 18 starts with a 1:56.2 run to score by 14.2m over runner-up Sevens Hope with Mister Wickham third. Despite the ease of the win and the high expectations being placed on Ideal For Real, Lang said the entire still had a bit to learn. “He’s got to learn to go straight or he’ll have to cover more ground than the others … he’ll get beat doing that,” he said. “He’s got a good record but it won’t be an easy race next week.” The continued dominance of the Emma Stewart stable was on full display in the four-year-old mares’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals tonight. The Smythes Creek trainer qualified five mares for next Saturday night’s final, giving her almost half the field. Stewart-trained Starburst Girl (barrier two for the final), Brighty Valentine (three), Lovelist (seven), Delight Me (nine) and Stay And Play (11) will all line up in the big dance. Delight Me (Bettor's Delight/Cornsilk) impressively won her semi-final with Gavin Lang in the sulky, defeating stablemates Lovelist and Starburst Girl in the first semi-final, working wide in the run before finding the line strongly. Stay And Play (Live Or Die/Play Ball) posted a mile rate of 1:56.2 in her 8.3m win over Snip Of Grand in the second semi-final, with third placegetter Brighty Valentine also hailing from the Stewart stable.   Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Mares Final barrier draw 1: Diamond Castle 2: Starburst Girl 3: Brighty Valentine 4: Soho Tokyo 5: Boadiceas Fury 6: Snip Of Grand 7: Lovelist 8: Glory Daze 9: Delight Me 10: Morton Plains 11: Stay And Play 12: Keayang Mercedes (em) 13: Miss Dreaming Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires & Geldings Final barrier draw 1: Repeat After Me 2: Murranji Track 3: Menin Gate 4: Sevens Hope 5: Ideal For Real 6: Lucky Lombo 7: Mister Wickham 8: Solarsonic 9: Stagger Lee 10: Soynwasabi 11: Rule Of Thumb (em) 12: Blacknbrown 13: Tee Cee Bee Macray ............................................................................................................................................................................... Tingira Beach has emerged a frontrunner in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series' two-year-old colts and geldings for New South Wales team Shane and Lauren Tritton, dominating his semi-final and drawing well. Things only got better for the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Western Tingira after he won his class's second semi-final by 12.9m, having then drawn barrier four in the final. Conversely, fellow semi-final winner Jilliby Kung Fu will start from barrier 12 and will have to do things the hard way in the final on Saturday, July 2. Lauren Tritton, driver of Tingira Beach, warned there was more improvement to come from her colt, who found the front and comfortably beat highly-fancied Victorians Our Little General and Wrappers Delight into second and third place. “(Tingira Beach) is still really green, he still had a look around, but tonight he raced a lot better," Tritton said post-win. "He still had a good look around in the race and was on and off the bit. Next week he might run a bit better and could get the best of them." Tritton said Tingira Beach's favourable draw, albeit with Geoff Webster's Wrappers Delight inside her, would not be a huge factor. “He’s very versatile and the barrier doesn’t really mean much too him," Tritton said. "He hasn’t got that much gate speed in him, it’s always good to draw a good barrier but that’s not much of a worry.” It could be a worry for Jilliby Kung Fu, though the talented Terang colt is only too happy to run them down from behind. In his semi-final, Jilliby Kung Fu found the front and, though he “gets a bit lonely out there on his own”, according to driver Jason Lee, he had enough of a buffer to win by 2.5m from Geoff Webster’s fast-finishing Misterfreeze. The two-year-old colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Slip Slop Slap, trained at Terang by Marg Lee, produced a fifth win in 10 starts when from barrier 10 he looped the field to find the front. “I think he’s a better chaser and I probably got a bit of itchy feet and thought I should jump around to the front, but he didn’t really want to go on with the job,” Jason Lee said. “He had a little bit left in the tank.” Misterfreeze kept him close company at Tabcorp Park Melton in the semi-finals and Somebeachshadow, trained by Craig Demmler and driven by Jodi Quinlan, surprised with a third placing having started a $59 shot.   Barrier draws: Two-year-old colts and geldings pacers 1: Wrappers Delight 2: Ruthless Armbro 3: Misterfreeze 4: Tingira Beach 5: Form Analyst (emg) 6: Island Specialmajor 7: Canada Bay 8: Our Little General 9: Bundy Playboy 10: Albarock 11: Somebeachshadow 12: Jilliby Kung Fu 13: Classic Maker (ODM) Cody Winnell & Michael Howard

Burrumbeet harness racing trainer-driver Michael Stanley looks a leading light in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series two-year-old fillies, winning one heat and placing in the other. Petacular, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Ideal Priority, was outstanding in coming from last to first to win the first semi-final, while stablemate Soho Angel ran second in the second semi-final. And Soho Angel is well-placed for a significant crack at next Saturday night’s final, drawing barrier two with Petacular to start on her back from barrier nine. It capped a great night for Stanley, whose six runners all qualified for the July 2 super series’ finals. Petacular had to work hard for her win, taken back from barrier 13 the front runners were able to lead with comfort, requiring a super effort by Stanley to run down Emma Stewart’s pair Our Celebrity and Perfect Sense. “The race probably didn’t pan out ideally, easy lead time and easy first quarter, but (Petacular) has got a bit of toughness and class about her and did the job nicely,” Stanley said. And, he said, she was improving all the time. “You only have to look at her to know she hasn’t filled out and has a lot of growing to do,” he said. “I’m sure whatever she does this year she can go with it next year.” He was starved of training a fillies double by Flying Moth, who won the second semi-final with driver Damian Wilson for Moama trainer Tony Peacock. By Art Major out of Moody Moth, Flying Moth had the leader’s (Keayang Secret) back and when Jason Lee’s frontrunner tired Wilson dove down the sprint lane to get a sniff of a win amid a tight finish. Soho Angel made a big run outside and Valbarann loomed up on the pegs, but Flying Moth nudged clear to win by a head and a neck for her thrilled connections. “She lacks a little bit of high speed but she does give her best when she’s right,” Wilson said. “The other heat looked like the stronger heat, but she is in there with a fighting chance and with a good draw we will see what happens.”   Barrier draws: Two-year-old fillies pacers 1: Keayang Secret 2: Soho Angel 3: Emoji 4: Perfect Sense 5: Valbarann 6: Artara 7: Flying Moth 8: Wongalea Jatz 9: Petacular 10: Six Elements 11: Chic Boutique 12: Atusa (emg) 13: Our Celebrity   Michael Howard

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