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The unbeaten pacer Our Waikiki Beach will be out to extend his winning streak to 19 races at Penrith on Thursday night when he competes in a heat of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge.  Trained by leading New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon, the Australian bred son of Somebeachsomewhere has only started twice across the Tasman with the gelding having won a dozen of his races at Australia’s premier harness racing track, Tabcorp Park Menangle. Luke McCarthy will drive Our Waikiki Beach on Thursday night, it is the fourth time he has had the honour of driving the star.  Purdon has sat behind him on nine occasions, Natalie Rasmussen four times and John McCarthy and Brent Barclay have had one drive each. Our Waikiki Beach has won four Group 1 races.  As a two year old he won the Australian Pacing Gold, the NSW Breeders Challenge and the Australasian Breeders Crown.  This season he took out the rich New South Wales Derby.  The gelding has won $665,221 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 a victory on Thursday night Our Waikiki Beach will join Satinover, Hyperstat, Village Kid and Lombo Pocket Watch with 19. When asked to describe Our Waikiki Beach, trainer Mark Purdon is quick to look towards the gelding’s future. “He has all the qualities that suggest he is going to take the next step to compete against the very best horses,” Purdon said. “I wouldn’t say he was a standout as a young horse but we always thought he had plenty of ability. While he is a son of Somebeachsomewhere there is a lot of Bettors Delight in him from his mother and he has a very laid back and relaxed attitude.” Purdon expects to be in Sydney to drive Our Waikiki Beach in a semi final of the Breeders Challenge and will also take the reins in the final. “That’s the plan at this stage.  We’ll see how he gets through the Breeders Challenge, but we are planning on taking him to the Breeders Crown later in the season. “I don’t know whether he should be classed as an Australian or New Zealander because he has only had two starts in New Zealand, maybe the Aussies should claim him because he was born and bred there.” We’ll take him Mark!    Greg Hayes

The beaten favorite in the recent Miss Pennsylvania Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Darlinonthebeach, got some measure of revenge by winning one of three $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars divisions for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies at The Downs Monday, not letting an unusually-patterned race keep her from a 1:51.3 victory. The other two divisions saw their victresses, I Said Diamonds and Shesasmokinlady, both take new lifetime marks of 1:50.4 in capturing their sections.   Princess Fabulosa outgunned everybody out of the gate in the first division, with 4-5 favorite Darlinonthebeach second but having an early problem, as Newborn Sassy, the 11-10 second choice, and Sail To The Beach were biding their time two-wide just to "Darlin"'s right until the early fireworks settled. Newborn Sassy made the lead at the 27.3 quarter, and here's where the sulky wheels were joined by the drivers' wheels starting to turn.   Sail To The Beach and John Campbell proceeded up towards the lead, but Darlinonthebeach and driver David Miller pulled out right behind them. Tim Tetrick, behind Newport Sassy, quickly did the math that "1+1+1=3=first-over," and since he didn't want to be in that position, he urged his filly on to keep the lead, leaving Sail To The Beach stuck two-wide and Darlinonthebeach temporarily three-wide as Miller did not want to lose momentum, thinking Sail To The Beach would go to the top.   Newborn Sassy retained the top at the half in 55 (27.2 second quarter, faster than the first and against the wind) after that mental sulky chess match, with Princess Fabulosa in the pocket and Darlinonthebeach backing off to second-over, and they went down the backstretch that way to a 1:22.4 3/4s. When left-out-first-over Sail To The Beach gave way on the far turn, Miller again had to go three-wide, while Princess Fabulosa (Jim Marohn Jr.) attacking in the stretch to the left of Newport Sassy. Darlinonthebeach showed grittiness, striding on to outfoot Newport Sassy by a neck, while 20-1 Princess Fabulosa another neck back in third.   The winner is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Nancy Johansson for owner White Birch Farm.   The matter was much more tactically simple for second division winner I Said Diamonds. Driver Matt Kakaley fired her up early from the outermost post eight and grabbed the top after the 26.4 opener, posting middle splits of 55.3 and 1:23, then drawing clear on the turn to win by 3¼ lengths over another daughter of Well Said, I Said Please. The winner has never been off the board in nine career starts, and her 2016 record is now 3-2-1-0, the second in finishing behind Pure Country in the Miss Pennsylvania Final, for trainer Matias Ruiz and the ownership of Little Bapa LLC.   Like I Said Diamonds, Shesasmokinlady has now been 1-2-3 in nine career outings, running her record to 2-for-2 this season in taking the third division for trainer/driver Ray Paver (still thought of as "Tommy" or "Junior" to the older among us). The victorious smoke-colored daughter of McArdle was out well past the 26.3 first quarter, made the lead in front of the stands and then yielded to a brushing Eloquent Grace before the 54.2 half. 7-5 chalk Yankee Moonshine attacked first-over to the 1:22.2 3/4s, but when that foe backed off, 8-5 second choice Shesasmokinlady could come to the outside, go past the pacesetter, then hold off the late Pocono Pike thrust of 14-1 early leader Some Fancy Filly by a head. Iris Horowitz owns the late-developing and powerful-looking filly.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action for three-year-olds concludes tomorrow at Pocono, with three $30,000 divisions for trotting fillies the headliners.   PHHA / Pocono

The Catamount Kid and Another Daily Copy tied for speed honors in capturing their respective $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both tripping the timer in 1:51.2, while in the third division Voltaire scored a 14-1 upset and like the other two victors took a personal mark with his 1:52.2 clocking.   The Catamount Kid was second in his elimination for the Pennsylvania Classic and then fourth in the Classic Final the last two weeks at Pocono, finishing behind only Ron Burke trainees, but Sunday nothing got in the way of the Well Said colt en route to the winners circle. The Catamount Kid sat a pocket trip until the ¾, moved out to challenge and grab the lead into the stretch, then held off Bully Pulpit from off his back for a neck decision. Simon Allard handled sulky duties for the winner, whom trainer Carl Jamieson co-owns with Thomas Kyron, George Harrison, and Brian Paquet.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr., who held the hot hand at Pocono on Sunday, posted his fourth victory of the night when he guided Another Daily Copy home first. Morrill rated a 29.2 second quarter, getting to the half in 56, then sprinted off to a big lead on the far turn, with the final 1¼ length margin of victory over pocketsitting Fernando Hanover a bit deceptive. Nicholas Devita trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who doubled his lifetime victory total with the All-Stars triumph, for owner Carl Sackheim.   It's usually not a benefit to gap two-wide cover, but driver Tim Tetrick made it work for him and Voltaire in the other division. The Western Terror gelding was originally second-over but couldn't stay with his cover, letting More Dragon out - whom Voltaire and Tetrick prompted followed three-wide on the far turn, then swung wider in the stretch. Settlemoir was closing in the Pocono Pike, pacesetter JJ Flynn was trying to maintain his advantage, and More Dragon continued his wide gain - but in the last 50 yards Voltaire found his best strides and was along to win by a head over Settlemoir, who was a neck ahead of More Dragon, with JJ Flynn settling for fourth. Brian Malone conditions the winner for owners Peter Paul Venturini and Peter Venturini III.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action continues in the second half of the Pocono race week, Monday and Tuesday, with three $30,000 divisions for distaffs each night: the pacers in the spotlight Monday, and then the trotters headlining on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Big Surf opened his 2016 season on a winning note taking the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell guided the son of the Somebeachsomewhere to victory taking command of the race from gate charger Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau) on route to the opening quarter and posted fractions of 29, 59.1, 1:28.4 to claim top honors in 1:59.3 by five and half lengths over Forever Paradise and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The track was rated sloppy with a four second variant. Big Surf is trained by Trevor Hicken for owners Burkie By The Bay Stables, Ten Mile House, PE and Perry Burke, Grosse Ile, QC. Terry Gallant recorded a driving-training triple on the program with stable mates Southfield Sassy, owned by Southfield Farms Inc, Summerside, PE, Claire L Colquhoun, Toronto, Ontario, Silverhill Cupid for Silverhill Farms, Tignish, PE and Motorino for his co-owner Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. Brian Andrew recorded a training double with a driving score aboard Hurrah while his other trainee Blazing By took top honours for catch-driver Kenny Arsenault in race 13 which was marred by an accident. Leader PL Faststrike, driven by Gilles Barrieau, made a break and went down as the field raced around the final turn unseating his driver. Balanchine, under the command of Ron Matheson, clipped the race bike of the fallen horse throwing Matheson to the track. Matheson was transported to hospital after complaining of a sore hip. Barrieau walked away from the spill. Balanchine and PL Faststrike were attended by the track veterinarian for some minor injuries. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

Big Surf gets the top call in the preferred pace Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The son of Somebeachsomewhere turned a lot of heads with his qualifying mile of 1:57.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and driver Marc Campbell. That assignment also included a closing panel of 27.1 seconds. Post time for the 13 dash harness racing program is 6pm. Big Surf, owned by Burkie By The Bay stables, PE and Perry Burke, QC has drawn post six against last week's feature winner Forever Paradise who gets the services of Gilles Barrieau after moving back to PEI from his winter base in Pompano, Florida. Silverhill Shadow and driver Terry Gallant leaves from post 2 which will most likely set-up an opening speed duel after laying down all the fractions in his last contest only to out gunned in the stretch. Carnivore will make his first start since May 23, 2015 for trainer Marvyn Webster and Valleygrove Farms, Kensington, PE. Walter Cheverie will handle the driving duties on the lifetime winner of $609,260. The line-up also includes First Art Down off the rail for Ken Murphy, Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), DBS Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) and Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton). Ramblinglily ships into Charlottetown from the Allan Jones stable to take on Best Risque (Corey MacPherson) in the open mares contest in race 10 scheduled for post at 8:34pm. Ramblinglily posted qualifiers at Exhibition Park in Saint John, NB and Truro Raceway in NS for the Jones-Norman Leger ownership team. The mare had 14 wins from 22 starts in 2015 and gets Cheverie back in the bike. The $2,350 class also has Bettim Jenny, Pictonian Zena, Sam and Ideal Space. Here's a name that may stay with you. John Wick is a three-year colt by Art Colony who makes his career debut in the evening's first race after an impressive qualifier. Clifford Murphy does the training for the Lenny and Squiggy stable, Stratford, PE. For top picks, race programs or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

When Victorian reject Bisping arrived at Rohan Hillier's Beauty Point harness racing stables in the north of the state last year the expectations weren't great, after all the horse had been tried by his former owners who tired of his antics in races. But since arriving in Tasmania the gelding has been consistent and in Launceston last Sunday night he delivered a career best effort to win the Harry Holgate Memorial final over 2200 metres. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding did it tough facing the breeze but in the end he made light of the task and forged clear over the concluding stages to win comfortably from Olivers Mate and Sir Dasher Dee with race leader One Mans Pass hanging on for fourth. In Victoria, while in the care of top trainer Emma Stewart, Bisping had been breaking gait in his races and it looked as if he might be dispatched to a life of roaming the paddocks but in stepped prominent Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang. Bisping's part-owner Brett Collins said the back story to how they came by Bisping was interesting, to say the least. "Gavin (Lang) called Rohan about a year ago to suggest we try the horse because he had been driving him and said he wasn't hopeless." "We'd been looking to buy a horse from New Zealand but when he failed a vet test the sale fell through so we were looking for a replacement. Collins and Hiller took Lang's advice and the gelding has proven to be a very good money spinner. Bisping, who is also part-owned by the trainer's wife Katrina Hillier, has had 14 starts in Tasmania for four wins and eight minor placings and has finished no further back that fifth for stake earnings of about $28,000. "Rohan (Hillier) changed the length of his hopples when he first started racing here (Tasmania) and the horse hasn't looked back since," Collins said. Peter Staples

Our Waikiki Beach remains unbeaten after 16 runs and a large majority of harness racing followers expect the three year old to make it 17 on Saturday night at Newcastle when he resumes from a short break. The son of Somebeachsomewhere last raced in the New South Wales Derby and after winning that narrowly was taken home to New Zealand to prepare for another raid on the Australian racing riches. Should Our Waikiki Beach win on Saturday night he will join Glenerrol, Lombo La Fe Fe and Auckland Reactor with 17 successive victories and will only be one behind Radiant Venture, Garry's Advice, Take A Moment and I Can Doosit. Courage Under Fire won 24 in a row before he tasted defeat while San Simeon holds the record with 29 straight wins. Owner Trevor Casey will make the trip from New Zealand to Newcastle this Saturday but is not feeling any nerves in the lead up to Our Waikiki Beach's resumption. "I don't get nervous that he is going to lose because all horses get beaten. It is going to happen one night so instead of dreading that moment I'm going to enjoy having him," Casey said. "He is back in New South Wales to target the Alabar Breeders Challenge and then Mark (Purdon) is keen to take him down to Victoria so he can have a crack at the Breeders Crown." Our Waikiki Beach has had two trials in New Zealand and was beaten in both of them however the defeats are of little concern to Casey. "He ran third behind Locharburn in his first trial at Addington and then he went to Rangiora and he went head and head with (My) MacKenzie all the way down the straight and she just pipped him." "Mark is happy with where the horse is at so that gives me confidence and I'm just hoping I can find my way to the track on Saturday night because I have never been there before." Casey would have liked to see Our Waikiki Beach compete in the Jewels but understands why the gelding wasn't invited. "I think the horse would have been a drawcard for the day itself but I understand why he wasn't invited. He hasn't won the prizemoney at home to earn a start, there has been a bit of a fuss made of it here in New Zealand but I accept the final decision. "It wouldn't have been ideal for the horse anyway because he would have had to fly back and forth between New Zealand and Australia which is something he can probably do without." Our Waikiki Beach will compete in race six at Newcastle on Saturday night. Greg Hayes

Darlinonthebeach handed Pure Country the first loss of her career in last weekend's eliminations for Saturday night's $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Stakes, but harness racing trainer Nancy Johansson knows her filly faces another challenging task ahead. Johansson trains Darlinonthebeach for breeder/owner White Birch Farm. Darlinonthebeach, who is 2-for-2 this year after hitting the board in nine of 10 races last season, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Miss Pennsylvania, which is restricted to Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old female pacers. Darlinonthebeach will start the final from post four with David Miller in the sulky. Pure Country, who was unbeaten in 10 starts in 2015 and received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female pacer, will leave from post six with driver Brett Miller and is the 3-1 second choice. She made her seasonal debut in the first of three Miss Pennsylvania eliminations and finished third after getting to the front following a :26.3 opening quarter-mile and leading into the stretch. Newborn Sassy, who finished second to Darlinonthebeach's 1:50.4 mile in that elim, is 5-1 on the morning line and will start from post two with driver Tim Tetrick. Newborn Sassy won eight of 10 races last year, including the Matron Stakes, for training tandem of Jim King Jr. and Jo Ann Looney-King. Call Me Queen Be and I Said Diamonds, the remaining two elimination winners, will leave from posts five and nine, respectively. Call Me Queen Be, with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Ross Croghan, is 4-1 on the morning line and I Said Diamonds, with Matt Kakaley in the bike for Matias Ruiz, is 10-1. "I think Pure Country is a great filly," said Johansson, who is the daughter of Pure Country's trainer, Jimmy Takter. "She needed that race. Newborn Sassy needed that race too; it was the first start of the year for them. I'm sure Pure Country and Newborn Sassy are going to be much better this week. They're going to be tighter. It's going to be a good race." Darlinonthebeach is a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Darlin's Delight. White Birch Farm also bred, raced and owns Darlin's Delight, who earned $2.90 million in her career and received the 2006 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old filly pacer. Last year, Darlinonthebeach won two of 10 races, including a division of the International Stallion Stakes, and finished second on five occasions, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes. "It seems like she's matured a little bit from last year," Johansson said about Darlinonthebeach. "She grew up quite a bit; filled out quite a bit from last year. I think that helps. When they get stronger they can carry their speed a little longer. Mentally I think she's a bit more focused than she was last year. It all just needs to come together, which so far it has." Darlinonthebeach's only off-the-board finish came in last October's Breeders Crown final, where she finished sixth after going off stride at the halfway point. But Darlinonthebeach made up ground with a :26.4 last quarter-mile that was nearly one-second quicker than any other horse in the race. "It was unfortunate in the Breeders Crown that she ran into the horse in front of her because I think she would have been right there on the wire with Pure Country in that start," Johansson said. "She made up an enormous amount of ground; she was really sharp that day. But that is what it is; you can't change that now." Because she won only twice last year, Johansson was able to qualify Darlinonthebeach once and then put the filly into a conditioned race for Pennsylvania-preferred female pacers ages 4 and under. Getting a start prior to the Miss Pennsylvania eliminations was an advantage, she said. "Qualifying and racing is a big difference," Johansson said. "But you don't want to race these 3-year-old fillies against open (level) mares. For her, she had the advantage where she was still in non-winners of three and Pennsylvania-bred, so I had an option to race her somewhere. "I think she raced really well (last weekend)," the trainer added. "She went (1:)50.4 under no urging whatsoever. When I watched the replay I realized David didn't even encourage her to go coming down the stretch. He just pulled the earplugs and she was off. So I was happy with it. So far so good." Pocono will conduct two race cards Saturday sandwiching the Kentucky Derby. The first card, with first-race post time of 11 a.m., features three divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for 3-year-old male trotters. The evening card, in addition to the Miss Pennsylvania, includes the $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old male pacers. Ken Weingartner

JK Will Power (1:51.1) and Check Six (1:50.4) both posted new lifetime marks in winning the two $25,000 elimination races for next Saturday's inaugural $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for harness racing PA-sired three-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The winning duo also contributed to give trainer Ron Burke a familiar position of domination, as he sent out both winners, a second-place finisher, and a third-place finisher from four starters. The Classic Championship is to be held during the evening portion of the Kentucky Derby Day doubleheader next Saturday at the mountain oval.   The Burke Stable had the two favorites in the first Classic elim in JK Will Power (1 to 2) and Manhattan Beach (9 to 5), and they finished 1-3 respectively, split by Canadian invader The Catamount Kid. JK Will Power, off a strong 2016 bow at Philly, went by his stablemate early, briefly gave up the lead to the parked The Catamount Kid at the 26.4 quarter, but was quickly in the move to reclaim the front. Explained driver Yannick Gingras, "I wasn't sure, with my driving the favorite, that Jody (Jamieson) and his horse were the ones to sit behind from the program, but as it turned out I could have gone either way."   JK Will Power got a real rest during panel and hit the half in 56.2, continued on with a tailwind to put up a 1:23.3 ¾, then sprinted home in 27.3 - and needed all of that dash through the lane as The Catamount Kid tried hard to emulate the three "pocket rocket" winners of the Miss Pennsylvania elims. His Pocono Pike late effort, at 11-1, came up a neck shy, with Manhattan Beach holding his third spot ahead of Western Dynasty. Trainer Burke conditions the victorious Somebeachsomewhere colt for the 3 Brothers Stable.   In the other elim, Check Six and Big Top Hanover were coupled in the betting as the 3-5 favorite, and they finished a nose apart on the money, just ahead of Lyons Snyder. These three had been in the thick of the action throughout - Lyons Snyder claimed the front, yielded to Easy Lover Hanover before the 26.3 opener, then was quarter-mover #1 to the lead in front of the stands, yielding to quarter-mover #2 Big Top Hanover, who took the field to the half in 55.   Check Six and driver Yannick Gingras, completing the Classic elim sweep along with Burke, came up first-over and made a bold backstretch brush to clear his stablemate by the 1:22.1 3/4s, then stayed game late as Big Top Hanover came outside from the pocket for the drive and lost by the smallest possible amount, with Lyons Shadow only a half-length off the win; Duke Of Delray was fourth, and from this division JJ Flynn had the faster clocking of the two fifth-place finishers and thus was the last horse advancing to the Championship.   Somebeachsomewhere picked up his fourth sire credit in the five stakes elims, two at each sex, with the victory of Check Six, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.   Gingras said that he would await the results of Monday's open draw before finalizing a selection of whom he'll guide in the Championship. Matt Kakaley guided the other two Burke-ites. Trainer Chris Ryder will have three in the final, Western Dynasty, Duke Of Delray, and JJ Flynn; owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound is in the interesting position of having two horses in the final with different trainers: Manhattan Beach (Burke) and Lyons Snyder (Mark Silva).   Cooperstown (11-1) and Doctor Butch (14-1) both came steaming down the extreme outside and finished on equal terms in the $25,000 winners-over pace, stopping the timer in 1:50.2. The winners came into the race on different win wavelengths - the Four Starzzz Shark stallion Cooperstown having won four of his last five, while the Art Major stallion Doctor Butch had been winless (though with 8 board finishes) in 11 seasonal starts - but both laid off a backstretch battle between favorites Lettucerockthem and JK Endofanera, then rallied strongly for the top-end dead heat.   Tim Tetrick guided Doctor Butch for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Kenneth Jacobs, while Anthony Napolitano, who had seven winners here last Saturday, posted his fifth win of the night in this tenth race co-feature (the sixth non-stake race of the night at this point) with Cooperstown, trained by Daniel Renaud for owners Brian and Ina Ross Wallach.   Pocono / PHHA

Three $20,000 eliminations for next Saturday evening's inaugural $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Pace for PA-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies were held Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the pocket the racing position to be in, as all three winners rallied from the two-hole - one outside, the other two inside up the famed "Pocono Pike."   In the first elimination, Pure Country, undefeated in 10 starts at two and national divisional champion, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as in a 54.3 sprint home she couldn't go enough in her seasonal bow and had to settle for third, and a position in the Miss Pennsylvania, behind the victorious Darlinonthebeach, a 1:50.4 winner, and Pocono Pike-shooting second-place finisher Newborn Sassy.   Driver David Miller sent the Somebeachsomewhere filly Darlinonthebeach directly to the front, ceding the lead at the 26.3 quarter to the 50-cent favorite Pure Country, with Newport Sassy sitting third. Pure Country got a breather into the second quarter headwind and hit the half in 56.1, picking up the tempo to reach the ¾ pole in 1:23.3.   Turning for home Miller pulled Darlinonthebeach (second choice at 2-1) outside and sailed right on by, with Miller sitting chilly in the bike. Newport Sassy came up the Pike to grab second, a length behind the winner and a neck ahead of Pure Country. Nancy Johansson had the winning filly ready for a 1:51.3 seasonal bow victory here, and now the fast miss is 2 for 2 in 2016 and possessor of a new speed badge for owner/breeder White Birch Farm.   "She was really strong all through the mile," Miller noted after the race; when reminded that a win in the Miss Pennsylvania would put Miller in the $200 Million Club in driving earnings, joining John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Miller gave the thumbs up and said, "Something to aim for!"   The two-hole was again the place to be in the second Miss Pennsylvania elimination, as the Well Said filly I Said Diamonds, parked to the 26.1 quarter for the top then yielding to sit behind Sail To The Beach through 54.2 and 1:22.3 middle splits, used the inside route to get the decision in a personal best of 1:51. I Said Please, uncovered from late backstretch, stayed game for second, a length back and completing the "I Said" Exacta, with Sail To The Beach hanging in for third, another half-length behind the victorious 3-5 favorite.   Matt Kakaley handled the sulky duties for Little Bapa LLC and trainer Matias Ruiz, who got the filly to train in the offseason and enjoyed victory with her at first asking. "She is by far the best horse I have ever trained," noted Ruiz after the race with a smile. "She was good last year, and she's a little bigger, a little stronger this year."   Driver Scott Zeron watched the first two elims and settled on a winning strategy in the third elim, sailing up the Pocono Pike to an easy 2 ¼-length triumph in 1:51.3 with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Call Me Queen Be, an even-money choice in her first start of the year. Zeron and the "Queen" parked main rival Ivy League to a 26.1 opener, and even when the pacesetter got a breather to the 56 half, Zeron was not worried: "This filly has great speed, and can do anything on the racetrack," he said after the race.   And sure enough, after a 1:23.3 ¾, Call Me Queen Be waited for the inside lane to open, then darted through with lightning quickness to go by with ease; Save The Treasure was along from third-inside position to get second, 1½ lengths ahead of Ivy League, who held for third. Ross Croghan trains the winner, who also took a new mark, for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham.   These top three fillies for each division will return for the Miss Pennsylvania Championship during the evening card of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader next Saturday at The Downs. David Miller has the only driving decision to make, as he guided Darlinonthebeach and Ivy League; Ivy League's trainer Jimmy Takter, who also handles Pure Country, was the only conditioner to land two in the rich event.   Pocono / PHHA  

Red Hot Roxy saluted in the first Group 1 event for harness racing 2yo pacers this season in WA at Gloucester Park. The Kat Warwick trained Somebeachsomewhere filly is owned by Pacing WA, a syndicate of new owners who are poised to strike more Group 1 gold in the years to come.  The win was one of a quartet for driver Gary Hall Jnr, who took out the $100,000 Colts and Geldings Sales Classic with the colt by Roll With Joe, Allmightyjoelouis. Red Hot Roxy    

Mother Nature was sensational again this Sunday, with temperatures soaring to 70 degrees, with little wind and plenty of sunshine at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Also sensational was Driver Yannick Gingras, who had six wins on the card, which included four for trainer Ron Burke. Included in those four wins, were two pacing colts making their 3-year-old debuts. Check Six (Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna) drew post 8 in race two, facing NW of 5 races or $50,000 company. He went right to the front, and was able to sprint the last half home in :55.1 after rating a :57.1 front. The final time was 1:52.2, and he paid $4.80 to win. Check Six is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and James Martin. The other debuting colt was JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-What's New Pussycat). He settled in the three-hole before brushing to the front just past the quarter. He was also able to rate the front half (:57.1), before cruising home under wraps in 1:53. He paid $2.40. JK Will Power is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. Chalk up another win for the Burke-Gingras connection, this time in the featured event, a non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts on the pace. The 4-year-old horse Rock N Roll World (Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty) was able to storm to the front, and never look back, carving fractions of :28, :56.2, and 1:23.2. He won by one length in 1:51.1. He is now a perfect two-for-two this season, and has made over $375,000 in His career. He paid $5.60. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, April 18, 2016 -- Wasaga Beach, who didn't win either of her preliminary divisions, moved powerfully first over and rolled to victory in Monday's $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Wasaga Beach entered the series as the filly to beat, having vanquished 3- and 4-year-olds in the final of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace. But she was beaten 26-3/4 lengths in the Do Me Honor opening leg and faded to third in the second leg after cutting the fractions. Tony Hall, her driver in both series, thinks he knows why. "She got sick directly after the final of the first series," Hall said. "There wasn't time between the two series to do anything with her. We just kind of had to tough it out. So she was dull for a couple starts, but it really wasn't her fault. "I feel like I over-raced her last week. I take the blame for that. This week, we decided to race her from behind. She'd been good like that before. She seemed to be back to herself today." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Adela Hanover showed no signs of illness when Hall sent her after the leader, Sweet You, down the backside. She gobbled up Sweet You, who broke stride in frustration, making Wasaga Beach's job easier. She scored in 1:53, knocking 1.3 seconds from her lifetime mark. Marty Party Two was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Hooves On First third. Hall is confident Wasaga Beach is ready for even tougher competition. "I'm sure they'll shoot for the PA Sires Stakes," he said. "I'm thinking she'll have maybe another start or two before that." Randy Bendis conditions Wasaga Beach and owns with Reed Broadway, Tom Pollack and John Campbell. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, a hard-used Medusa got up late to down Show Runner by a neck in 1:50.3 -- a career best and just a tick off the track record for older mares. Coffee Addict rallied for show. Bendis trains the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical, who now boasts $266,867 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Pollack. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 15-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Seventy six lots will be on offer at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale on Sunday April 24th and there promises to be a horse for every budget. Wrappers Delight has stamped himself as one of Australia’s best two year olds with two victories in as many starts to date including his last start win in a heat of the APG 2yo C&G Series. You will be able to purchase his mother, Charlotte Church, in foal to leading sire Mach Three at the sale. Another of the highlights will be Golden Showgirl 1:55.9 in foal to Art Major. The resultant foal will be a full sibling to the Group One winner Smooth Showgirl 1:52.3 - $210,149. Bruce Edward will be selling six lots including mares by Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover Art Major, Holmes Hanover and Badlands Hanover. Three of his mares will be sold with foals at foot. Jim Connolly will be selling three mares by the leading sires Pine Chip and Skyvalley. Included among these is a half sister to Australian Two and Three Year Old Trotter of the Year Kyvalley Road. Jack Munnerly has one entry and she is a half sister to the Group One winner Secret Desire and in foal to new season sire Heston Blue Chip. There will also be 20 weanlings on offer and these are by such stallions as Art Major, Mach Three, Shadow Play, ,Auckland Reactor Betterthancheddar as well as the first crop stallions Alta Christiano and Caribbean Blaster. This is a sale not to be missed. The sale will be held at Alabar Farm and begins at 1pm. The catalogue can be viewed online (http://bit.ly/1VhBLvg) or please contact us for a hard copy – (03) 5859 2201 or brett@alabar.com.au.  

There might have been a smaller crowd, cooler conditions, and mostly "bread and butter" races compared to the recent Gold Crown carnival, but Friday's  harness racing fixture at Group 1 Feeds Bathurst Paceway certainly didn't lack for excitement, with a number of desperately close finishes. This was especially so in the feature Western Districts Oaks, where favourites Pixies Parlour and Rainbow Flash staged a good old-fashioned stoush the length of the home straight, necessitating a long delay before the judges found the narrowest of margins for Rainbow Flash ($2.70, Robbie Morris for Kerryann Turner) The battle continued into the stewards' room, Amanda Turnbull lodging a protest alleging that Rainbow Flash (which had sat outside her from the mile ) had forced Pixies Parlour down inside the marker pegs on the point of the home turn. After a lengthy delay, stewards dismissed the protest, allowing the Santanna Blue Chip daughter to maintain her unbeaten record in three runs at Bathurst.Mile rate for the 2260 metres event was a very pedestrian 2:00.6, after a very slow lead time and first quarter, but things got very urgent soon after, with a sharp 27.6 third quarter and then 29.2 for that stirring final section of the race. Positions were somewhat reversed in the following fast-class event, when Morris attempted to lead throughout on favourite Franco Tiago NZ, chasing four straight wins, and fought off Turnbull's runner Heza Thrill NZ, which had moved to the death mid-race. Mat Rue aboard Kenny Dee Dee ($4.90, for Bernie Hewitt ) took the opportunity for a cart into the race on the back of Heza Thrill, and ranged up in the shadows of the post to just get over the top of the other two. With the final three quarters all dispatched in sub 29s, the mile rate was a quick 1:57.3 for the 2260 metres. It was win number 15 for the Speed King five-year-old, bringing up a total of 56 wins for the progeny of his dam Beat The Clock, which connections purchased cheaply some years ago from Queensland breeder Stan Fyfe. The mare was humanely put down recently, but has been a wonderful producer for her proud owners Bob Boyd and Deirdre Masters. Both Robbie Morris and Amanda Turnbull scored driving doubles at the meeting, as did concession reinsman Chris Geary. Turnbull's earlier winner was Star Writer ($3.10, for father Steve ) which tracked three-wide over the final quick half of a C2-C4 class, for a very gutsy win in 1:58.8, and Morris picked up his second win in the 2YO final event, with Brobenah Boy ($6.20, for Bernie Hewitt ) leading throughout and dashing home in 27.8 for his first win at start number four. Geary's double came in the opening races, both for Belinda McCarthy. Somepartysomewhere ($3.80 ) took advantage of an early scrimmage in the 3YO event to find the front before dashing home in 57.2 seconds for his second win in succession, to remain unbeaten this season. Imnoracinggal NZ ($2.60 ) belied her name with the night's easiest win, by a mere 22.5 metres, in C1 company, Geary making a well-judged move after the bell to wrest the lead from runners feeling the pinch after a lead time of 45.3 seconds, the fastest so far at the track. Overall mile rate was 1:56.6, seldom bettered for the testing 2260 metres run at Bathurst. Geary currently sits in third place in the NSW driving ranks, behind Todd McCarthy and Robbie Morris, with more than 70 winners, but is reluctant to talk about his chances of cracking a century. In his current form, and getting drives from strong stables, he must be a good chance. Castlereagh trainer Anthony Simiana missed his double when Franco Tiago got nabbed in that fast-class race later in the night, but was delighted earlier on when Walkabout Creek ($5.40, Wes Komorowski ) made it a hat-trick of wins since his recent purchase, in a conditioned class heat of the Dubbo Golden Gig. With the speed on throughout, he came three-wide from the half for a tough win, in 1:55.6 for the sprint trip. A beautifully-bred son of Somebeachsomewhere from fine racemare Trudee, he still displays some poor manners but has improved under Simiana's care and by working with other horses. There was no tougher win on Friday than that of the Steve Turnbull-trained and driven Sabrage NZ ($1.70 ), on debut in Oz and posted three-wide for a long way in C0 class, before eventually finding the death seat. Steve Turnbull  didn't think he'd got up in the photo from Summer Money, but his relief was tempered with some anxiety about his youngster having a gut-buster first-up. Everyone at Bathurst is well used to the sight of female drivers weighing in first, but it was refreshing to see a female steward, Annie Carruthers, checking the runners and signalling the all-clear after one of the races on Friday. Her seniors on the stewards panel tell me the young cadet is showing a lot of promise, and is only a couple of months off being ready to take charge of a race meeting. Great to see, and with a surname the same as Australia's first world boxing champ, she's sure to handle whatever comes her way! Terry Neil

Burrumbeet’s Michael Stanley produced an Australian Pacing Gold winning double at yesterday's harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Stanley produced Soho Angel and Petacular to win their respective APG heats, both fillies progressing to the $30,000 semi-finals on April 23 ahead of a tilt at the rich $322,000 final on April 30 at Menangle. “There’s good money up for grabs in these races throughout the series,” Stanley said. Exciting Somebeachsomewhere/Ideal Priority filly Petacular ran a 1:55.8 mile today, working forward to find the lead from gate four heading into the first turn. She got home in 56.2secs. “She’s always shown above average ability. She got a cold after her last run at Kilmore and was underdone heading into today but she still got the job done,” Stanley said. WATCH PETACULAR WIN TODAY AT MENANGLE Soho Angel (Bettors Delight/Soho Champagne) ran 1:56.8 to defeat odds-on favourite Jovial Rock by a short half-head today. “She’s really thrived up here at Menangle,” Stanley said. “She trialled nicely last week and then raced the way she’d been working.” Cody Winnell 

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