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One of the early super stars of harness racing was the pacer Good Time, a horse small in stature but large in heart. He was the dominate pacer some 65 years ago and he made his presence felt in Illinois from competing from the bottom of our state to near the top of it. Trained and driven by Frank Ervin. Good Time was the first to be named Harness Horse of the Year, taking the title in 1949 as a 3-year-old in 1952 as a 6-year-old. Nicknamed “The Little Giant” he won major races on the Chicago circuit at Maywood Park, Sportsman’s Park, in southern Illinois at Fairmont Park and Du Quoin and in the middle of our state at Springfield. A bay son of Hal Dale and the Volomite mare, On Time, he stood barely fourteen hands high. When Good Time retired from racing in 1952, he was the richest Standardbred ever up to that time, with earnings of $318,793 As a sire his fastest offspring were Columbia George, 1:56 and Best of All, 1:56.2. He was the sire of eighty-three 2:00-minute performers at the time of his death at Castleton Farms in 1977. In a 1953 article in Hoofbeats, written by Jim Harrison, Frank Ervin had this to say about Good Time: “I have had many great horses and other trainers will have other great ones in days to come. There will be horses that will win more money, both in their lifetime and in a single year. And there will be horses that will go faster. "But there was only one Good Time and there can only be one. When I asked for more, he always had it. Where the short-legged little guy got it, I'll never know. But it was always there and as far as I'm concerned there'll never he another like him." In a 3-year-old start at Springfield in 1949, Ervin drove N. D. Hal and had Ken Cartnal pilot Good Time who had drawn 16th post. When the field straightened away for the stretch drive Good Time was four deep and way back but the little horse flew home to win in 2.04. At Du Quoin that year in the McMahon Memorial, Good Time started in the back tier and got in a jam leaving. Nevertheless, he came on from 13th and last to post a 2:03.3 victory. His driver (Ervin) timed him in 2.01. At  Fairmount Park he breezed in its Matron Stake. Also in 1949 Good Time came to Maywood Park for its $10,000 Maywood Pacing Derby on September 27 when the temperature a record low of 36 degrees. The chilly weather didn’t bother Good Time as he won handily. At Sportsman’s Park a huge crowd turned out to see Good Time take on the best 3-year-old pacers in the country in the $12,425 Trotting Club take, a prelude to the American National, and watched “The Little Giant” prove best when the Cicero, Illinois track was a half-miler. In 1952 at the age of six, Good Time made two more starts at Maywood Park that June. He was the odds-on favorite in both and didn’t disappoint his supports with convincing victories. Good Time Career Record Year  Sts   1ST    2ND   3RD   Earnings 1948  17   12   3    2    $46,433   1949  18    15   2    1     $58,766   1950  20    14   1    3     $52,705   1951  22    14   5    2     $50,589   1952  33    23   4    2     $110,299             110  78  15   10 $318,792 Mike Paradise

The cheers from the Harness racing fraternity in Southwestern Ontario will be loud and long this Saturday when Madefromlucky heads postward in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.   The talented three-year-old thoroughbred colt trained by noted conditioner, Todd Pletcher for Erin, Ontario horseman, Mac Nichol, and Everett Dobson, one of the owners of the Oklahoma Thunder of the NBA, will be trying for his third consecutive victory in the 1- 1/16 mile test, which is a stepping stone on the road to the famed Kentucky Derby on May 2nd. So, why all of the cheers from the harness community for this handsome bay thoroughbred speedster? Well, Madefromlucky, is a member, and the only thoroughbred member of 'the Stable That God Loves', and, one per cent of his purse earnings in 2015 will go to Chaplain Ken Carter's homeless Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada that is dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical, spiritual and human needs of the horse racing work force in southwestern Ontario. To date a total of 26 horses are committed to this innovative program, which is designed to raise much needed operating funds for the tireless work of the Chaplaincy, and also to put a good face on horse racing. The program hit mainstream media last week (March 5th) with an excellent two-page spread in the Toronto Sun, penned by Steve Buffery. Mac Nichol is the first owner from the "thoroughbred" community to support the Stable That God Loves, which so far includes many prominent standardbred owners, including John Fielding, John Craig, Harry Rutherford, Mark Hyatt, Dustin Jones, Norm Clements, Dr. Roly Armitage, Doug Millard and Tom Rankin, to name a few" " I figured I'll mix it up a bit on this thoroughbred and maybe it will open some more doors for support (for the chaplaincy)" said Mac. Mac Nichol is the owner of Ideal Training Centre, a 50-acre showplace with accommodation for 123 horses and excellent 5/8 mile training track in Erin. He has won plenty of major races in harness racing, either as a majority owner or partner, including the Little Brown Jug and the North America Cup in 2007 with Tell All, the 2011 Breeders Crown three-year-old filly Pace with Monkey On My Wheel and the Confederation Cup with American Ideal, among others. He has an interest in about 25 standardbreds and his trainers include Casie Coleman, Colin Johnson, Jeff Gillis and Tony Alagna. Madefromlucky was a $150,000 purchase as a two-year-old in training last year. His sire, Lookin At Lucky, won the 2010 edition of the Rebel. Madefromlucky will face six formidable opponents in this 55th running of the Rebel. He will break from post 2 with jockey John Velasquez aboard. Post time for the Rebel Stakes is 6:06 pm Central time. G O  -  M A D E F R O M L U C K Y For additional information: Bill Galvin billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca . . 647-280-7640  

Brittany Farms has added world champion Shebestingin, whose 1:47 victory in a $122,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial division in 2013 at The Red Mile is the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, to its broodmare band. Brittany has purchased the interest in the mare owned by L & L DeVisser and Ted Gewertz. Val d'Or Farms retains its ownership position in the mare. Shebestingin is by Bettor's Delight and is out of the Abercrombie mare Armbro Tussle. She will be bred to Captaintreacherous this spring. "This gives Brittany the fastest 3-year-old filly of all time and the former fastest 2-year-old filly of all time in American Jewel," said Brittany manager Art Zubrod in making the announcement. "Lee DeVisser told me he was thrilled that Shebestingin is going to Brittany because she will be given the best opportunity as a broodmare. Also, we've been partners with Val d'Or Farms for more than 20 years, so this is a great partnership." It was announced earlier in the week that Shebestingin had been retired from racing. Trained by Joe Holloway, the 5-year-old mare had finished second in an overnight on Friday, March 6, at the Meadowlands. She completes her racing career with 18 wins in 36 starts and $759,522 in earnings. Steven Wolf Director of North American and European Operations      

The Harness Racing Museum thanks all donors and bidders for a successful auction. If you have not already booked your mares the following breedings are still available and interested parties are urged to contact the Museum as soon as possible at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com. The complete list by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Stormin Normand, Valley Victor Pacers: Charley Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Woodstock, Yankee Cruiser   PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Donato Hanover, Winning Mister Pacers: Pass The Deck   NEW YORK Trotters: Conway Court, Deweycheatumnhowe, Manningly, Muscles Yankee Pacers: Heston Blue Chip, Lislea   ONTARIO Trotters: Angus Hall, Glidemaster, Holiday Road   MARYLAND Trotters: Charlie DeVie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall, Holy Guacamolie Pacers: The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie   INDIANA Pacers: Proper Respect   DELAWARE Trotters: CR Commando Pacer: Dream Away   NEW JERSEY Pacer: If I Can Dream   MICHIGAN Trotters: Colie's Pacer: Manhardt   ILLINOIS Pacers: Corner Blitz, Yankee Skyscaper For additional information on the available breedings or to donate breedings please contact Joanne Young at (845) 294-6330, development@harnessmuseum.com. All bids are confidential. Some breedings have minimum bids that must be honored and may require approval of mares. Please contact Joanne for details.

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxblnQaKpoM On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

A $34,889 Jackpot 6 carryover awaits Friday night Cal Expo harness racing players, with that bet being one of four wagers on the program that come with a reduced 16% takeout rate. The other wagers with the lower takeout are the Hi-5, which like the Jackpot 6 is a 10-cent minimum bet; the 50-cent Pick 5; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed pool. The Jackpot 6 finds 70% of the net pool paying out to tickets with the most winners and with 30% of the net pool designated for the carryover. If there is one unique ticket selecting six winners, the entire net pool and the carryover is paid to the holder of the ticket. If that should happen Friday night, they would receive the entire net pool and a cool $34,889 as a bonus. By the way, the 50-cent Pick 5 on last Sunday’s program returned a healthy $6,975 for a 50-cent investment. The reduced takeout resulted in each ticket being worth $748 more than the $6,227 it would have paid with the regular takeout rate. If you’re looking to turn a small investment into a nice payday, be sure to check out these reduced takeout wagers that are sprinkled throughout the program. El Azteca gets top billing in featured Trot El Azteca, who has been having some great battles with Its Not Over at the head of the class this season, gets away from that rival Friday and looms strictly the one to beat in the $5,000 Open II Handicap Trot. A 10-race card is on tap Friday night with a first post of 6:40 p.m. The headliner will go as the third race on the program with a companion $5,000 Open II Handicap Pace occupying the fourth-race slot on the evening. In an attempt to level out the playing field for the Trot, racing secretary Robin Schadt has assigned El Azteca the No. 10 post position, while breaking from the inside four slots are Winsom Kelly, Flight of the Kiwi, A Crown for Lindy and Silence Son. El Azteca is a 6-year-old son of Panama Hanover out of the Jonathan Lobell mare Jonathan’s Girl who is owned, trained and was bred by Marco Rios with James Kennedy in his usual spot in the sulky. He comes into this assignment with $140,000 in his bank account and a 1:54 3/5 mark that was set last year at Hoosier Park. He captured half of his 18 trips to the post last season and is perfect in four appearances this year. Leaving from the assigned No. 10 post position for the second straight time in his most recent outing, El Azteca settled last of the six for the opening half-mile. He was out and moving on the final bend, ignited when the question was asked with a :27 2/5 final quarter and showed the way home by a half-length over his arch-rival Its Not Over. Looking ahead to Saturday’s program, there will be a $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing colts headed by Hi Ho’s Little Rev and Uringoodhands and an Open I Pace that has lured Windsong Jack, A real Miracle, China King, J C Onthebeach and St Lads Lotto.  By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Last time New South Wales’ leading harness racing trainer Shane Tritton trekked south to Victoria in search of Group One glory he found it via Marty Monkhouser. Driven by partner Lauren Panella, the Tritton-trained Marty Monkhouser completed a stylish win in the Breeders Crown Final. The Tritton/Panella combo has dominated the local scene this season, with Panella the leading with 86 wins from 232 drives and Tritton on top of the trainers’ ladder with 93 wins from 352. The pair also leads the metropolitan premiership tables – Panella with 18 winners from 90 starts and Tritton with 18 triumphs from 133 starts. On Saturday night the power pair return to Tabcorp Park Melton in search of more top-level success when Easy On The Eye contests the A G Hunter Cup and Artistic Flite takes his place in the Victoria Derby. Easy On The Eye is fresh from his Goulburn Cup success in 1:57.2, covering the last half 56.9. The son of Christian Cullen hasn’t been in top form since joining Team Tritton, securing a berth in last year’s Miracle Mile after running third in the Group 1 Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint behind Beautide and Guaranteed. “We’re really happy with him,” Tritton said. “He was running at Grand Circuit level and performing quite well in New Zealand and is building up a nice reputation in Australia. We’re pretty optimistic.” Easy On The Eye is a long-shot with the TAB $41 after drawing wide in eight. Artistic Flite burst into Derby calculations with an astonishing mid-week 63.4-metre Newcastle win two starts back. Although the son of Artistic Fella could only run fourth in his Derby heat last weekend, Tritton stated the colt is “worth another chance”. “He was probably asked to do a bit too much that night,” Tritton said. “It was a windy night and not a lot of horses in the chair went real well. “The plan will be to come out quick and get to the pegs first. That gives you a chance.” Artistic Flite has drawn better in gate four as opposed to his inside the back row position last week. Tritton and Panella will also combine with Yayas Hotspot in the Four-Year-Old Bonanza and Chance, which is emergency for the Harness Breeders Victoria Ladyship Cup. HRV Media

Bargains are not limited to the Boxing Day Sales, with Australian harness racing breeders able to bag a bargain between now and 31 January 2015. The bargain hunting is thanks to stallion owners and studs offering heavily discounted service fees and special offers on 24 stallions. This is the second year the incentive has been offered, and although the foal figures from the 2013 Festive Season Programme are not yet finalised, the feedback has been very encouraging. Statistics reveal a continued decline in the number of live foals born in 2013/14 (4148) - some 320 less live foals than the previous season - so, as an initiative to encourage mares to be bred until the end of January, discounted service fees on selected stallions in the post-Christmas period is another strategy designed to address the progressive decline in the number of standardbred foals bred in Australia. An interesting statistical review of foal dates shows no evidence an early foal has an advantage over late foals (defined as born between December and February).  The comparative statistics for early versus late foals make interesting reading, particularly when acknowledging most foals are bred for personal use and not commercial sale: 2013/14 season: 2yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 5.08 2yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 5.53 3yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter =  9.13 3yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 8.74   2yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 33.79% 2yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 28.14% 3yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 47.01% 3yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 45.61% 2012/13 season: 2yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 5.17 2yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 5.00 3yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 9.13 3yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter =  8.72   2yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 31.34% 2yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 32.93% 3yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 46.53% 3yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 44.58% The full list of stallions being offered via the 'Festive Season Stallion Service Specials' promotion and participating Studs contact details are available here. HRA Media

19 December. This is a totally new concept for the harness racing industry. Harness 5000 is a race limited to the progeny of sire’s who stood at an advertised fee of $5,000 or less (see guideline list below of eligible Pacing Sires). Eligibility is for those 3YO pacers who were nominated for the NZ Sires’ Stakes #31 as foals or the NZ Yearling Sales Series #23. Where any horse was not nominated, if their sire was nominated for Sires’ Stakes a late entry fee of $1,000 plus GST may be payable. If the sire wasn’t nominated either the late entry fee is $2,000 plus GST. Artificial insemination and transport of chilled semen allow our leading Sires to serve large books of mares. While this is great for them commercially it makes it harder for others to break into that domain. This race is about an opportunity for the progeny of those other stallions. We are greatly indebted to The Met, HRNZ and the NZ Sires’ Stakes Board for seeing the need and jointly funding this new initiative. Stallions (Sires’ Stakes eligible) Artiscape                           Major In Art Attorney General             Ohoka Arizona Auckland Reactor           Pacific Fella Badlands Hanover          Panpacificflight Changeover                     P Forty Seven Charles Bronson             Pay Me Christian Christian Fire                    Red River Hanover Elsu                                    Righteous Hanover Extreme Three                  Riverboat King Flashing Red                    Royal Mattjesty Four Starzzz Shark          Safari Gotta Go Cullect               Sands A Flyin Gotta Go Cullen               Santanna Blue Chip Holmes Hanover             Shadow Play Julius Caesar                   Stonebridge Regal Justa Tiger Klondike Kid Washington VC Live Or Die Bruce Barlass                              Ged Mooar PGG Wrightson                            Addington

Not only did Maven beat her nine harness racing male rivals in winning the $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for older horses. Not only did she do it having to start from the far outside in post ten. Not only did she make her second start for a new trainer a winning effort. But she also did it having to close from sixth place around the final turn. Quick Deal (Corey Callahan) was first to show with Wheeling N Dealin (Rick Zeron) sitting the pocket trip and Sevruga (Andy Miller) stuck first-over to the quarter in :27.2 with Arch Madness (Brian Sears) second over. Maven and Yannick Gingras was just getting into gear third over following Archangle (Brian Sears) on the outside. Then after the half mile in :56, Quick Deal went off-stride and Callahan sharply took him inside as to not hinder the field. Sevruga was able to take the lead, Arch Madness then came first-over and they went to the three-quarters in 1:24.2. Turning for home Sevruga began to fade as Arch Madness came on but then there was Maven and Gingras pouring it on to take the lead and following them with a ton of speed was Your So Vain and Ake Svantedt. Your So Vain kept gaining ground but it was too late as Maven held on to win by a half-length in 1:52.2. “She really showed me in the post parade she was going to be good,” said Yannick Gingras. “She was parked out with cover the whole, it was an OK trip, not the worst.  It was about as good as it was going to get. She is such a great horse. She didn’t have the best of weeks from the sale and being able to race on the outside the whole mile and still dug in she showed what a great horse she is.” Your So Vain was second with Flanagan Memory (Brett Miller) third. Also making it to the final next week were Archangle in fifth and Arch Madness in sixth. Maven paid $6.60 to win. A five-year-old mare by Glidemaster, she is now trained by Jimmy Takter as she was purchased at the Harrisburg sale for $750,000 earlier this month by Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The breeders involved in harness racing in Australasia have access in 2014 to the leading sires in the world but just three North American sires continue to dominate our breeding scene at the moment and they are Art Major, Bettor's Delight and Mach Three. Australia Art Major stands in Australia and is completely dominant on the stakes money charts in that country due in no small part to the large numerical advantage he holds over his two main opponents. The charts below show quite clearly the advantage he has.  Art Major   4 year olds - 167                   3 year olds - 129                   2 year olds - 153  Bettors Delight                    4 year olds - 56                    3 year olds - 84                    2 year olds - 74 Mach Three                    4 year olds - 53                    3 year olds - 33                    2 year olds - 49 As you can see Art Major has a huge advantage and thats what you see every time you go to the track. You see Art Majors everywhere and that reinforces the message that he is on top. But the big numbers are only important if the stallion can deliver elite level racehorses and Art Major can do that in spades as he has shown over many years. New Zealand Skip across the Tasman to the home of both Bettors Delight and Mach Three and you get a completely different picture, again entirely due to foal numbers. Bettors Delight is completely dominant there on the stake money won list due in the main to huge books which have given him huge foal numbers most years. He is extremely fertile and has the added bonus of being a great filly sire as well The charts below show that huge advantage Bettors Delight has numbers wise over Art Major and Mach Three. Bettors Delight                   4 year olds - 117                   3 year olds - 234                   2 year olds - 220 Art Major                   4 years old - 98                   3 year olds - 87                   2 year olds - 49 Mach Three                   4 year olds - 160                   3 year olds - 77                   2 year olds - 94 Last years three year old season in New Zealand was different from normal in so much as Mach Three had more foals than either Bettors Delight or Art Major for the first time in living memory. The result was that Mach Three won the 3 year olds stake money list  quite comfortably from Bettors Delight and Art Major which proves once again that foal numbers do matter when it comes to winning sire premierships Now plenty of sires are trying to break the dominance of the big three and the latest is Sportswriter. He met the first requirement for all new stallions trying to dislodge the top three in that he had the largest crop of 2 year olds with 155 of any sire in Australia last season and he did leave 33 winners from his first crop. But when it came to the big money races, the Art Majors and Bettors Delights scooped up most of the money. So a good start for Sportswriter but not up with the big boys yet. Another stallion who has been given a big chance to join the big boys in Australia is Shadow Play who served a huge book of 295 mares last season in Australia and a further 80 in New Zealand on the back of a great first season in North America. His first crop of two year olds in Australasia were good last season without being brilliant so the jury is still out as to weather he can challenge the big three. Rock N Roll Heaven served a book of 215 mares in his first year at stud in Australia and a further 52 in New Zealand so his first crop which are two year olds in the current season will be watched with great interest. His North American results in the super tough New York Sires Stakes have been very good so the signs so far are positive. Auckland Reactor is another stallion who has been handed an opportunity to join the big three serving 212 mares in New Zealand and 182 in Australia in his first season at stud. With that number of mares, Auckland Reactor needs to make a big slash right from the start or else he will be discarded quickly. As it stands the big three continue to dominate but one thing is very clear. To compete with the Art Majors, Bettors Delights and Mach Threes is never going to be easy as they are world class sires who perform in both hemispheres. For any new sire to challenge the dominance of the three established top sires, he needs a book of mares of a comparable size and quality to what they regularly serve or he is really going to struggle. Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion) returned to the Vernon Downs Winner's Circle after the $6,500 feature harness racing event on Saturday night. He had won two straight before finishing third last Saturday night.   Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) sat in mid-pack throughout the early stages while You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) set the pace through a quarter of 27.3 seconds and a half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Oh My Joepa was able to catch some live cover from Western Tsunami (Roman Lopez) as the field moved on to the final turn. In fact, Western Tsunami took the lead as they paced past three-quarters in 1:25.   That lead lasted into the stretch, but then Oh My Joepa rallied past on the outside and strode away to win handily in 1:53.1. Martial Bliss (Joe Nassimos), who had been sent aggressively at the start before settling into a pocket trip behind You Bet Your Glass, closed smartly to finish second. Melvyn (Truman Gale) trailed early on, but was another sharp closer at the end and finished third.   The complete order of finish was: Oh My Joepa, Martial Bliss, Melvyn, Western Tsunami, The Green Knight, Dragon Fever, Cabbie's Delight, and You Bet Your Glass.   Oh My Joepa is owned and trained by Michael Deters of Coconut Creek, Florida.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 12-race program. First post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Jerry Riordan trained Sheava Vik won today's Gr. I International Lindhals Fillies Final at Romme Sweden. Reined by Johan Untersteiner, the Italy-bred three-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Nashville OM-Uronometro scored in 1.12.2kr over 1640 meters autostart for co-owners Allevamento Folli SRL and Loris Vicario. The winner earned 800,000SEK first money and raised her career earnings to 1,072,062SEK with her fourth victory in 15 outings. Next behind the winner were Gabriella Sisu (3f Muscle Mass-Armbro Begood-Conway Hall) with Erik Adielsson up and Souchong (3f Going Kronos-Dimbula-Victory Dream) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Wallmann. The co-featured Lindhals Final for colts, a Gr. I International event with 800,000SEK to the winner, went to Al Dente in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This winner scored easily to record his 13th victory in 18 appearances for earnings of 2,895,000SEK. The three year-old son of Scarlet Knight-Mollies Photo-SJ's Photo is an impressive 2014 performer with 12 wins and a second in 13 starts. Origo Tilly (3g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) was second for Torbjorn Jansson ahead of Thewayiam As (3m Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) with Johnny Takter aboard. The top aged event on the Romme card was the Super Light Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter autostart test. Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estelle Jet-Supergill) took the win in 1.10.9kr for Erik Adielsson over Bon Freccia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Bjorn Goop up, in a photo. Third went to System Performance (5f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) and Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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