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Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (May 30) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Paul Holzman, Ken Weingartner, Buck Chaffee, and Blake MacIntosh. Holzman, the trainer of pacing superstar Southwind Amazon joins the duo to discuss his top notch open pacer. Southwind Amazon heads to The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday (May 31) to participate in the C$157,000 Camluck Classic. Holzman will talk about how he has been training up to the race, and what it has been like to have such a consistent pacer. Weingartner, the Media Relations Manager at the USTA, will join to talk about the first Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll of the season. He will give insight into how the poll is created and how the list is created each week. Chaffee, from Caviart Farms, will discuss their top two horses in Caviart Ally and Captain Crunch. Caviart Ally is fresh off a game second place effort where she was tough as nails against Shartin N. Captain Crunch is 2 for 2 in 2019 following a dominating 2018 where she concluded the year with a Breeders Crown victory and then a win in the Governor's Cup. The duo will discuss with Chaffee what it has been like to have two horses like them in the barn and find out where their schedules may lead them this season. MacIntosh, will discuss his top pacer Courtly Choice who closed from off the pace to win the Commodore Barry at Harrah's Philadelphia. The pair will discuss with MacIntosh how he matured from three to four and what he has to look forward to in 2019. Mike and Mike would like to remind listeners they will be live on Friday night from the 2019 Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District beginning at 8:30 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association | 6130 S. Sunbury Rd. | Westerville, OH 43081-3909  

Eelis (5g Enjoy Lavec-Mazurka Lavec-Viking Kronos) closed strongly for harness racing reinsman Olli Koivunen to easily defeat then leading Handsome Brad (6m Bred de Veluwe) handled by Carl Johan Jepson to win the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Harper Hanovers (900,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters distance handicap, 15 startes).   Timo Nurmos trains the winner that now has three wins in six 2019 starts.   His career earnings advanced to 1,580,300SEK. Handsome Brad nearly overcame his 40 meter handicap. Third was Jet Voice (8m Jetstile) with Lars Anvar Kolle at the lines.   Eelis Wins Harper Hanovers      -ATG photo   Earlier on the undercard, the V75 Bronze (250,000SEK to winner,2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.11.6kr timed Bucks Tom Burn (6g Ready Cash-Staro Yours Truly-Supergill) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden.   Vincero’Gar and Ural trailed the winner.   The V75 Silver (300,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) score in 1.11.8kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Global Trust and Mr. Golden Quick were next home.   The Klass I and II Finals were on the card as well, both raced over 2140 meters autostart and both with 12 starters.   The Klass I event went to the flashy chestnut Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer aboard, timed in 1.11.1kr.   The Klass II race saw the winning Viking Brodde (4g Muscle Hill-Vasterbo My Melody-Super Arnie) come from fourth to first in the late stages for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Timo Nurmos. He was clocked in 1.11.4kr.     Thomas H. Hicks

HE'S regarded as one of Victoria's leading young reinsmen. And Victorian Zac Phillips showed Menangle racegoers why he deserved that rating with a clever drive to win the first heat of the NSW Oaks with outsider Tangoingwithsierra ($18) at Menangle tonight. Phillips had the daughter of Sportswriter perfectly poised behind the leader Two Times Bettor with a lap to go before getting himself into the action and surging to the front in the straight the final time for an impressive one and three-quarter metre win over Enchanted Stride with Lady Rocknrolla a further one and half metres back in third place. The winner ran her final mile in 1:57.7 with splits of 29s-29.4-28.5 and 27.8 as she showed a touch of class to fight off the fast-finishing placegetters with plenty of heart. Just half an hour later leading Victorian trainer Emma Stewart struck again when outstanding filly Kualoa made a one-act affair of heat two of the Oaks. Crossed by Tom Butt's classy filly Cheesy Fingers at the start of the 2400m mobile, Chris Alford refused to panic with Kualoa and settled just behind the speed. Then, as the field went up the back straight the final time, Alford decided he couldn't wait any longer and released the brakes on Kualoa and began serving it up to Cheesy Fingers. Kualoa hit the front about 850m from home and proceeded to put his rivals to the sword, surging to the line an 11.5m winner over the fast-finishing Our Road To Mecca (Mat Rue for Ahmed Taiba), who nabbed Cheesy Fingers (Anthony Butt) right on the line to take second spot. With a mile rate of 1:56.7, barring a terrible draw, Kualoa looks certain to start favourite for next week's NSW Oaks final. The final Oaks heat saw a patient drive by star reinswoman Nat Rasmussen, settling near last with another of the All Stars' team's up and comers in Our Princess Tiffany, before launching in the straight the final time with a devastating sprint. Despite giving the leaders a healthy start turning for home she rounded them up in a twinkling and sprinted to a one-metre win over Arabella Star (Zac Phillips) with early leader Miss Streisand (Chris Geary for Roy Roots jr) third in a 1:56.9 mile rate. Fourth placegetter Swimsuit Edition (Luke McCarthy) earned the final spot in the Oaks field with the fastest fourth of the three heats. The Oaks finalists are: Our Princess Tiffany, Arabella Star, Miss Streisand, Swimsuit Edition, Tangoingwithsierra, Enchanted Stride, Lady Rocknrolla, Kualoa, Our Road To Mecca, Cheesy Fingers. (1em) Miss Halfpenny.   FOR MORE INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON 0438-398-251.   Mandy Madern

Next week the harness racing shuttle stallions that are standing in New Zealand and Australia are about to leave for their cold North America stallion farms to begin the North American breeding season that starts on February the 15th. Stallions on this flight are Bettor's Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, He's Watching, Sportswriter, Always B Miki, Sunshine Beach, A Rocknroll Dance, What The Hill, Shadow Play, Betterthancheddar, Roll With Joe, Creatine, Betting Line, Well Said, Huntsville, Pet Rock. It is unbelievable how the stud business has changed over the last 10 years and to think that the biggest percentage of mares bred in New Zealand and Australia are now in foal to these shuttle stallions. In the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, 75 of the 145 yearlings on offer 75 are by these shuttle stallions on this flight. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes 109 of the 145 yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this sale, Muscle Hill, Muscle Mass, Love You, Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous, Quaker Jet, the total is 132 of the 145 yearlings on offer. Down to the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Christchurch and the situation is similar. There are a total of 256 yearlings on offer at this sale. 125 of those yearlings are by shuttle stallions on the flight next week. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes that number increases to 175 of those yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this sale, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Captaintreacherous, Father Patrick, Love You, Master Glide, Muscle Hill, Muscle Mass, Orlando Vici, Quaker Jet, Sebastian K, Somebeachsomewhere, Trixton and Windsong Espoir, the total is 243 of the 256 yearlings on offer. Therefore 375 yearlings in this year's New Zealand Sale from the 401 entered are by shuttle stallions on this next week, previous shuttle stallions no longer shuttling and frozen semen imported into New Zealand. Now at the APG Sales in Australia the shuttle stallions are represented by 199 yearlings on offer from the shuttle stallions on the flight next week. You have to add in Art Major (that was a shuttle stallion), Mach Three (a shuttle stallion recently deceased) and Rock N Roll Heaven (was a shuttle stallion at that time) the total becomes 323 of the 691 yearlings on offer. Then if you add in the frozen semen stallions that are represented in this APG sale that number becomes 462 of the 691 yearlings on offer. Shuttle stallions and now frozen semen stallions progeny almost completely dominate the yearling sales this year. Bettor's Delight has the most numbers for sale in the yearling sales this year. He also has become the most fertile horse in the history of harness racing with having bred just over 8,000 mares to date throughout the world. Now at the age of 21 years Bettor's Delight has bred 2,610 mares in North America over the past 17 seasons that has resulted in 1,889 foals born to date. In New Zealand Bettor's Delight has bred 3,362 mares prior to this current season for 2,364 live foals to date. In Australia Bettor's Delight has bred 1,790 mares prior to this current season for 1,062 live foals to date. In the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, Breckon Farms have five outstanding Bettor's Delight colts on offer. Lot 23 - High Flying Harry Video Lot 23 - High Flying Harry This is the third foal from the Black Type Mach Three mare HIGH SOCIETY GAL (p.3, 1.57.7, 4 wins, $18,737), who is a sister to Group 3 placed (MY) CHACHINGCHACHING (p.2, 1.56.6, 1.51.6, 15 wins, $175,474), RING THE TILL(1.57.4, 6 wins, $31,085) and Group 1 placed Smart Fortune (1 win in as a 2yo in the first Young Guns Ht, $24,593). 2nd Dam is the race winner and Group 1 placed Affairs Of State, who is a half-sister to 5 winners and has produced 5 winners from 6 starters thus far and is the granddam of (HEZA) HEAD HONCHO (p.2, 1.55.8f, 1.53.7f, 5 wins, $58,371). 3rd Dam is Champion mare UNDER COVER LOVER, a Million Dollar earning international Group 1 winner, who is the dam of 6 winners incl Group 1 placed and Listed winner (MY) EXOTIC LOVER (1.59.5, 2 wins, $110,336), who in turn is the dam of Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed MATCH IN HEAVEN (p.2, 1.53.7, 1.50.9, 19 wins, $289,579).  This is the family of Million Dollar earner, Harness Jewels winner and 5-time Group 1 winner BETTOR COVER LOVER (1.53.8; 17 wins, $917,703), the Group 3 winner THE ODD LOVER (p.2, 1.56.1, 12 wins, $117,681), etc. Lot 58 - Pace N Pride Video Lot 58 - Pace N Pride This colt is a full-brother to NEVER SAY NEVER (1.50m, 18 wins, $236,728) and RUBY ROSE (p.3, 1.59.8, 1 win, $26,536) and a half-brother to THE THUG (1.59.7f, 4 wins, $34,343). From the Group 2 placed Christian Cullen mare MAID IN SPLENDOUR (p.3, 1.56.1, 4 wins, $61,825), who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed DIAMONDS N FUR (p.3, 1.59.8f, 1:54.5, 22 wins, $231,399), (KEAYANG) GLITZY GAL (p.3, 1.58.2, 1.57.5, 5 wins, $35,164), Sign In Gold (2.01.4, 12 wins, $61,352), Golden Delight (2.00.5, 7 wins, $45,210) and DIAMONDS N CASH (p.3, 1.59.6, 1.57.8f, 9 wins, $81,099). 2nd dam is the Holmes Hanover mare DIAMONDS N GOLD (1.56.5, 5 wins, $37,883) who is the dam of 10 to race for 10 winners and this is the family of 5-time Group 1 winner and Millionaire pacer DESPERATE COMMENT (1.55.7, 28 wins, $1,033,065), Group 1 placed SMARTEST REMARK (1.58.3, 10 wins, $93,197), CHANCE (1.52.5m, 17 wins, $154,858) and Group 1 winner BETTORS ICON (p.2, 2.00.3, 1 win at 2, $63,540). Lot 75 - Meetmeinsorrento Video Lot 75 - Meetmeinsorrento Lot 112 - Maybe Video Lot 112 - Maybe From a qualified Artsplace mare who is already the dam of a Black Type winner CRYSTAL SPARKLES (p.3, 1.58.4f, 1.56.9, 14 wins, $68,889) and Mathew James (p.3, 2.01, 1 start 1 win, $5,775) and who is a half-sister to 6 winners incl 3-time Group 1 & Group 2 winner and 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year who set a NZ Record LAURAELLA (p.2, 1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946), 3-time Group 1 placed THE MUSKEG EXPRESS (p.2, 1.59.4, 2 wins, $111,331), THE PACMAN (1.54, 21 wins, $157,058), ESTILO (p.3, 1.58.6, 1.54.1, 13 wins, $84,611) and SMILING STUNNER (p.3, 1.59.4, 1.53.6, 4 wins, $21,420). 2nd Dam BLACK MAIRE (p.3, 1.59.8, 4 wins, $39,981) is a Falcon Seelster mare who is the dam of 7 winners and is a half-sister to 6 winners, out of CORBIE (p.3, 1.57.2, 2 wins, $16,535) who is the dam of AGIOS NIKOLAOS(1.52.2m, 8 NZ wins, $192,178) and the dam of (IM) METICULOUS (p.2, 1.55.6, 10 wins, $109,067). Closely related to 2-time Group 1 placed EXPRESS STRIDE (1.49m, 14 wins $262,831) and Listed Classic winner ARMAZEM (1.54.7m, 11 wins, $84,640).  A strong Jewels performing family descending from BLACK WATCH. Lot 132 - Bettor Call Me Video Lot 132 - Bettor Call Me This is the first foal from a qualified Artsplace mare who is from the Group 1 placed DALE ELINOR (p.3, 1.59.8, TT 1.57.2, 4 wins, $60,985), who is a half-sister to PENTHOUSE PETE (1.54.2, 17 wins, $134,030). The 2nd dam DALE ELINOR is the graddam of Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed SHANDALE (p.3, 1.55.3, 1.53.7h, 14 wins, $305,028), (SO) BOBS YOUR UNCLE (1.59h, 4 wins, $22,885) and SHANDANCE (p.3, 1.56.5m, 6 wins, $39,086). 3rd dam is Group 1, 2-time Group 2 & Group 3 winner and 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year MEGAERA (p.2, 1.58.5, 1.56.8, 8 wins, $250,646), who is a half-sister to IL GUSTO (1.55, 3 NZ wins, $19,555), 2-time Group 2 winner and 2-time Group 1 placed REBA LORD (1.56, 17 wins, $367,385), Group 2 & Group 3 placed REBA NERO (2.00.4, 5 wins, $29,161), etc and is the granddam of Group 1 & 2 winner, Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final winner and Australian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year KATY PERRY (p.2, 1.57.8f, p.3, 1.53.6, 1.51.1, 23 wins, $517,733) and Group 3 & Listed winner CASH N FLOW (p.2, 1.58.1, 1.56.3, 12 wins, $175,541). Harnesslink Media

Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to announce that superstar harness racing trotting sire, Father Patrick is booked full and closed for 2019.   Father Patrick is currently the leading first year sire in average earnings per foal, ranking in the top three among all sires.  His impressive, yet limited, first crop included horses such as NJ and KY Sire Stakes Champion, Whispering Oaks, and the Champlain Stake winner, Hudson River, among many other stake winners.    His success continued to the yearling sales, where his first full crop of yearlings were well received.  In Harrisburg, his highly anticipated yearlings averaged for $119,000, bringing up to $300,000, making him just one of 2 stallions to average over $100,000.  In Lexington they averaged over $87,000, where on day 1 alone, he sold 9 yearlings over $100,000.    Final selections for Father Patrick's book will be made this week.   Whispering Oaks - Kentucky Sire Stakes Final     Whispering Oaks - International Stallion Stakes    

CHESTER, PA - The up-and-coming horses in the "non-winners of five races lifetime" classification were featured at Harrah's Philadelphia this afternoon (and into the twilight, complementing the first day of the Breeders Cup), with a pair of $16,000 contests. The first was for distaff pacers, and it fell to the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Zutopia in 1:53.3. George Napolitano Jr. sent the sophomore to the top in a 27.2 quarter, then yielded to the favorite Sarpa Hanover as she brushed to command early, hitting the middle splits in 56.3 and 1:24.4, at the latter station being joined by first-over Danikova. Through the stretch Napolitano used the inside space to rally Zutopia, with her biggest stretch challenge coming from Painted Lady, who also shot the inside then had to alter outside and finished swiftly between horses to come up a length shy. Danikova was third, a half-length behind Painted Lady and a half-length ahead of Sarpa Hanover. Zutopia, now a 5-time winner this year, is trained by Tom Cancelliere for his brother John. The track lightning had been turned on by the time the second feature, which was for trotters, went gateward, and Exarch justified the fans' 2-5 favoritism of him with a win in 1:56.2, but he had to be good late to answer a challenge for pocketsitting Armageddon Seelster. The latter was actually on top early before yielding to the chalk in 28.4, and the favorite then put up middle clockings of 59 and 1:27.4. With the relative easy fractions under the guidance of Tony Morgan, it looked like Exarch might be all but home, but Armageddon Seelster gave him a good argument through the lane before finishing second, a neck back. Ron Burke conditions the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In a $14,500 conditioned pacers for more seasoned pacing females, Gold Orchid N remained undefeated in four U.S. starts, lowering her Stateside mark to 1:51.2. The daughter of Bettor's Delight got away second and left a huge hole most of the way as pacesetter Diamondtoothgertie set fractions of 27.4, 56, and 1:23.4, but driver Dexter Dunn had the four-year-old Kiwi mare in high gear at the last-named station, quickly overhauled the pacesetter on the turn, and drew off to a 4½ length victory over Brazuca, who raced inside and had a head on the wire over Nike Franco N, who had gapped throughout the race but was flying late. Gold Orchid N now has six wins in but 21 career starts, with more successes likely in the near future. She is owned by BAMQ Inc., which consists of Barry Freeman, Andrew Steiger, and trainer Mark Harder (the Q is a question mark). Not only did Milady Denver A provide the biggest price of the afternoon when she took the twelfth contest at a $56.60 mutuel for driver Pat Berry, she also provided Guatemala native Fredi Herrera his first-ever training victory. With only six starts since he got his license, all with the winner, Herrera now sports a 372% profit ratio for his backers. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

A monster week of celebration and racing awaits at Yarra Valley racecourse where the trots will again be in the thick of the Spring Racing Carnival action. The picturesque Yarra Glen course will again be a magnet to race goers with Tuesday's trots racing amid Melbourne Cup day followed by Thursday's Yarra Valley pacing and trotting cups. Club chief executive Brett Shambrook joined hosts Michael Howard and Nims Azoor on Trots Talk ahead of their Trots Country Cups Championship leg. "It's what we work towards all year round - it's our grand final basically," Mr Shambrook said. "To kick off with Melbourne Cup Day, which is traditionally a massive event for the club, and then following on Thursday - Oaks Day - it's sort of a new event for us. It's our fifth Cup that we've conducted on that day and it's really growing into something for the club." Of course it's about much more than just racing, being also a feast of fashion, food and famiy fun. "We're very fortunate we are smack in the middle of a tourism destination," Mr Shambrook said. "The Yarra Valley's pretty iconic for great food, great wine and we are right in the middle of it. Beautiful country scenery, we are only 65km from the CBD and (visitors can) experience country racing at its best. "We have all the amenities you would probably get at a metropolitan club, but in a much more relaxed environment, very family friendly." And, in Thursday's cup day, some great trots racing. "I'm really looking forward to Thursday, it could be a mini Inter Dominion heat with the calibre of horses that we are expecting. "We've been getting great fields in recent years, Lennytheshark won the cup last year which really put the stamp on the event as a great country cup. "Fingers crossed some of those horses heading to the Inter Dominion that the Yarra Valley Cup works into their program and they come here Thursday. It's a great opportunity for people to see really good quality horses, and with Flemington races all on the big screen." More details via www.country.racing.com/yarra-valley   Trots Media

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will host one of the biggest cards of their 2018 season this Sunday, August 12 and those races were drawn today.   The headliner will be the $141,000 Joie de Vie mare trot (race 8) where the long anticipated match up between 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 sophomore filly title holder Ariana G will finally come to pass. Hannelore has drawn the rail while Ariana G will begin from post 4. Only one of them can be driven by Yannick Gingras who must make a difficult choice between the mares.   All of the top mares currently racing are in the field, including the winner of last Saturday's Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands, Dream Together along with Broadway Donna and Caprice Hill who followed her in.   The Crawford Farms Open trot (race 9) will be a full field of 10 racing for a purse of $186,000. Will Take Charge is the horse to beat here with Marion Marauder not among the entrants.   Also on Sunday are the elimination races for the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic with those rich finals set for next Sunday. Both colts and fillies has 13 enter for the stake.   Courtly Choice and American History lead the colt brigade while Youaremycandygirl comes into the filly race hot off her dazzling 1:48.2 Meadowlands track record in the Shady Daisy.   You may see the entire fields on the web. Post time is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 15, 2017 -  Harness racing driver Jordan Stratton actually beat Jordan Stratton Saturday night (July 15th). Stratton and Kwik Talkin' ($5.60) held off odds-on Springsteen (Jason Bartlett) in a glorified match race, winning Yonkers Raceway's $110,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The mile tickled the teletimer in 1:53.4, two-fifths of a second faster than the previous stakes record of Hail the Taxi (2012)...also driven by Stratton. At the outset, Kwik Talkin'-from post position No. 7-was thrown in the fray, along with pole-sitting Springsteen, Real Rayenbow (Chuck Connor Jr.) and Hora Star (Greg Merton). 'Rayenbow' was the first leader, before the 3-4 choice Springsteen played leapfrog. Hora Star was seated as Kwik Talkin' drove on, making the lead just after a spiffy :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a 56-second intermission and moving toward a 1:25.2 three-quarters, the 48-1 Hora Star made a second move, but never came near the leaders. The pair of people's preferences, who finished 1-2 in last week's fastest of three (1:54.4) elims, were about to have the final to themselves. It was Kwik Talkin', as the second choice, opening a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn before defeating Springsteen by a length-and-a-quarter. It was seven lengths back to Trump Nation (Eric Goodell), who photoed Phat Blue Chip (Brent Holland) for third. Persist Blue Chip (George Brennan) earned the final pay envelope, while Real Rayenbow, Hora Star and Damion Diesel Hahn (Ray Schnittker) completed the order. Trump Nation and Persist Blue Chip was last week's other elimination winners. For Kwik Talkin', an $18,000 (Harrisburg) a perfect (4-for-4) son of Well Said trained by Rob Harmon for Ontario co-owners Robert Robinson, Jacqueline Dinelle and Scott & Lisa Henry, the mile was a life-best effort. The exacta paid $9.20, with the triple returning $22.60. "He doesn't race as a 2-year-old," Stratton said. "He doesn't act as a 2-year-old," Harmon said of the winner, indoctrinated at Ottawa's Rideau Carleton Raceway. "I knew I've have to use him early, but once I made the lead, he rated the way an older horse would," Stratton said. Kwik Talkin Saturday night's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by a pole-sitting, pocket-protecting Bakersfield (Holland, $21.80) in 1:51.3, the highlight of his chauffeur's five-win night. Bakersfield Frank Drucker  

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, May 21, 2017... Arsenal, given perfect rating by Dave Ingraham, fired bullets start to finish at Pompano Park on Sunday night (May 21), easily handling a quartet of harness racing rivals in a 1:53.4 victory. The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape, leaving from the coveted post five, won a brief early tussle with Stirling Cadillac (Bryce Fenn), post four, and went on to card panels of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before a :28 finale was more than sufficient to hold off the late surging Stirling Cadillac to score by three-parts-of-a-length. Surge Seelster (Kyle Bolon driving), finished third, 2½ lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Goldstar Raider picked up the nickel after a brief bid on the backside. In a post-race interview, driver Dave Ingraham said, "This is one tough bugger. Everyone knows it because he's gone back and forth between owners over the past several starts and he loves to race on the front end. "Once we got to the lead, he was well relaxed and I was quite confident in his chances once we got to the half in :57.1, which is soft for a horse of his caliber." Owned and trained by Kelly Case, Arsenal now has a scorecard reading 6-7-1 in 18 starts, good for $38,439. Lifetime, Arsenal has 35 wins in a career measuring 207 starts with earnings of $458,180 to go along with his Pocono Downs mark of 1:50.3. Off at 1 to 2, Arsenal paid $3.00 to win. Also, the brilliant Florida bred champion, Gold Star Briana, undefeated at ages two and three with 16 straight victories, made her four year-old debut and promptly put a new lifetime mark on her card--1:56--in scoring a handy win for Wally Hennessey. The daughter of Basil, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner Kevin Kelly, was away "gingerly" before taking command after the opening quarter and then easily held off Thundercrest (Dave Ingraham) for win number 17. PC's Alleyway (Tony Kerwood) was third while Deli-Craze and All Star Fame picked up the two final awards in the sextet of four year-old trotters. Hennessey was thrilled with Gold Star Briana saying, "She qualified nicely last week and, with the outside post tonight, I wanted to take good care of her leaving. She can grind a long way and, once she made the top, she seemed strong and willing the rest of the way. "I was very happy with her performance." Off at 1 to 5, Gold Star Briana paid $2.40 to win and sent her lifetime earnings to $125,913 in the process. In other Sunday night action, the 11 year-old warrior A Crown For Lindy, driven by Tom Eichas, stormed from eighth turning for home and used a :29.2 closing kick to score his second straight win in the Florida Amateur Driving Club trot. With the situation looking hopeless for the 3 to 2 favorite during the first three-quarters of the mile, A Crown For Lindy unleashed a late burst, coming from 7¼ lengths off the leader at the stretch call to win by a neck in 1:59. Revrac Harbour (Troy Basista), was second after taking command just past the opening :28.4 quarter and then proceeded to carve out panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2. The early leader, New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) finished third, 1¼ away, while Saint Patty's Doll held off Thekeptman for the fourth spot on the board. Trained by Allen Saul for owner Dein Spriggs, A Crown For Lindy won for the eighth time this season and 58th time career-wise, sending his career bounty to $426,798--$23,939 this year. The victory meant another $1,125 going into the coffers of Equine-Assisted Therapies, the hand-picked charity by owner Spriggs to benefit from half of the gelding's earnings through the end of the Pompano Park meet. Executive Director Molly Murphy was on hand for the win and "got chills" as the 11 year-old thundered down the lane for the narrow win. "This is unbelievable," she said, "and I absolutely got chills watching 'Lindy' tonight. It means so much for our organization to be able to continue our work helping those in needs with therapeutic programs. "Dein (Spriggs) is a saint for helping us and we appreciate him so much!" The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated over $185,000 to charitable causes since its inception. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Layer Cake looking for a repeat win in the Open Handicap Pace for Mares and My Revenuer and Commentary hooking up in the Open Trot. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Breedings to Donato Hanover, Art Major, Well Said, Creatine, Pet Rock, McArdle, Guccio, GooGoo GaaGaa, Triumphant Caviar, Sunshine Beach and Artspeak are among the 75+ seasons donated to New Vocations 19th Annual Stallion. Harness Racing Breedings are still being sought and can be added until the auction begins. The auction runs Tues Feb 7th through 2:00 pm Friday Feb 10th at www.ongait.com. The auction is conducted in an Open Ended format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2:00 p.m. deadline if less than five minutes have elapsed since the last bid on a particular breeding. Participants are asked to be considerate and not bid for mares over 20 years old, ones that have been barren two or more consecutive years, any that are due after May 15, and those that are already booked. View a list of breedings here New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in North America accepting over 400 retired racehorses each year. Proceeds from this stallion auction go toward the rehabilitation, retraining, and placement of retired Standardbreds. "We would like to thank all the stallion donors for their generous support," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "They enable us to provide rehabilitative care for these horses and equip them with crucial skills prior to placing them in qualified homes. Every horse we adopt becomes an ambassador for the breed." FMI contact dot@horseadoption.com or call (937) 947-4020. Dot Morgan  

Betterthancheddar has started his siring career in the best way possible – by siring the very first Australasian two-year-old winner of the harness racing season! Our Marscapony had impressed in her trials in New South Wales, so much so that she was sent out an odds on favourite in the two-year-old event at Kilmore last night. Beginning swiftly off the mobile arm, Our Marscapony found the front and from there she ran her rivals a merry dance. Sprinting home her final two quarters in 29.8 and 29.9, the Betterthancheddar daughter won comfortably over Jagged Shadow (Shadow Play) with an even bigger distance back to the third placegetter Imprincessgemma (Village Jolt). Bred by Alabar, Our Marscapony is the second foal of the unraced Grinfromeartoear mare Fiftycalgal. Purchased for just $3,500 by Gary Armstrong at the Shepparton Harness Racing Sale, she has proven a welcome distraction for the Armstrong family as Gary battles cancer. Betterthancheddar retired as the richest and fastest son of Bettors Delight at stud and he has wasted no time getting on the board as a sire. Rated extremely highly by leading Canadian trainer Casie Coleman, Betterthancheddar is currently serving his fourth season at stud in the Southern Hemisphere and bookings are still available. Betterthancheddar 1:48 - $1,636,086. Bay Horse foaled 2008. 15.3 Hands Betterthancheddar is not only the fastest and richest entire son of Bettor's Delight, he is also a dual World Record Holder. After missing his two-year-old season, Betterthancheddar became a superstar as a three-year-old, winning the $500,000 Breeders Crown, the $225,000 American National Stake, the $342,000 Cane Pace and the $175,000 Windy City Pace. In total as a four-year-old he had 11 starts for 9 wins and two World Records. The first of his two World Records came on a five-eighths track in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final at Pocono Downs. His leading trainer, Casie Coleman had this to say about Betterthancheddar: “I really swore this was the fastest, most talented horse I have ever had in my care.” Bettor’s Delight’s Fastest and Richest son at stud. A champion 3yo he won the Cane Pace and the Breeders Crown Final. As a 4yo, set World Record’s on both half mile and five eighths tracks and won 9 from 11 against the battle hardened warhorses in the free-for-all ranks. His dam, Lady Ashlee Ann was voted into the US Broodmare Hall of Fame in 2013.  

Sean Grayling even had an ‘Australia going away party’ at his boss Barry Purdon’s home, but talks with his employer has resulted in last-minute change of mind. Grayling who has been working for Barry Purdon at Clevedon for the last five years, was scheduled to start work with New South Wales trainer Paul Fitzpatrick at his Camden Stables on Monday October 10. But the 20-year-old is going nowhere. After hosting his farewell party on October 1, Purdon sat down with Grayling and asked him about his timing. “Sean had another good think about it. He’s the leading junior driver at the moment and he’s getting a few drives. “I personally think that going right now wouldn’t be the smartest move, so Sean is going to leave it until next July and go then,” Purdon said. The Hall-of-Fame horsemen said it will do Grayling ‘the world of good’ to go somewhere else and see how other people did things, but believed going now was not the right time. “It’s best to wait another eight or nine months and get more established first. His junior claim would could run out here and I think it would start up again in Australia going into next season,” Purdon said. Grayling agreed with his boss saying he wanted to give the Junior Premiership and New Zealand and Australasia driving titles a real nudge in what is likely to be his last or second last season as a junior reinsman. Grayling has driven 20 winners from 194 starts since 2013. He’s also placed 44 times for $187,629. His UDR strike rate currently sits at 0.1982. Grayling’s has saluted the judge five times this season and is three wins clear of the second-placed North Island juniors, Robert Argue and Andrew Drake. Mosgiel horseman Rory McIlwrick is currently the leading junior driver in New Zealand with nine wins. Duane Ranger

Strength and versatility are the hallmarks of stout-hearted harness racing New Zealand-bred pacer Our Jericho, who will need to be at the top of his game to complete a winning hat-trick at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Eight-time West Australian leading trainer Ross Olivieri has set the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old the daunting task of switching from staying standing-start events to a 1730m sprint, the Milne Horse Muesli Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And to made Our Jericho’s task even more difficult, he will start from the outside in the field of eight because of his superior classification (M4). Our Jericho has finished powerfully to win at his past two outings --- beating Naughty Maravu and Our Sky Major in the 3309m Marathon Handicap on August 12 and then proving too strong for Naughty Maravu and Sky Art over 2503m last Friday night. Our Jericho, a winner at four of his 27 starts in New Zealand, has thrived under Olivieri’s care in Western Australia where he has had 176 starts for eight wins and three seconds. He failed at his only appearance over 1730m, when sixth behind the pacemaker Ricimer on July 1. He started from barrier seven and raced three wide for the first 500m before racing without cover for a while and then gaining the one-out, one-back trail. The Tomahawk gelding has impressed Olivieri so much that he will nominate the gelding for the TABtouch interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. “He is a pretty versatile horse who is racing well,” Olivieri said. “We’ll roll the dice and see how he goes over 1730m from the outside. However, I’m mindful that barrier draws in mile events have an influence on the result. “He’s a good competitor. Both his past two wins came after a 21-day break and that has given me a bit of a clue as to what he likes. But he won’t be able to have this (21-day breaks) at the Inters. However, you can’t question what he has done up to this stage.” Greg and Skye Bond, last season’s leading Statewide trainers in WA, hold a powerful hand in Friday night’s event with speedsters and last-start winners Risk (barrier five) and Ima Connoisseur (seven). Five-year-old Risk, a winner at nine of his 30 starts in New Zealand, has been most impressive in winning at his first three starts in WA. Risk was restrained from barrier five and he raced in sixth position, one-out and two-back, before starting a three-wide move with 750m to travel and going on to win by a length from the 7/4 on favourite and pacemaker American Boy at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m last Friday week. He dashed over the final quarters in 27.6sec. and 28.7sec. On the same program Ima Connoisseur began brilliantly from barrier seven and gave a bold frontrunning display to win at a 1.56.5 rate from Our Ideal Act and Jambiani over 2130m. Michael Grantham will drive the polemarker Smokey The Bandit for the first time and the grey who has a fine record of 18 wins, 34 placings and stakes of $250,783 from 87 starts will have many admirers from his favourable draw. Grantham will replace Ash Markham, who has driven Smokey The Bandit 81 times for 17 wins and 32 placings. Markham was suspended for 21 days for causing interference in a race at Bunbury last Saturday night. Chris Lewis has opted to drive Our Jericho in preference to nine-year-old Kiss Chasey, who reappeared after an absence of almost 23 months when he led from barrier one and won easily from Frostyflyer, rating 1.58 over 2130m on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

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

Crack reinsman Chris Voak has high hopes of bringing up his century of winners for the season by guiding Miss Twiggy Whitby to victory in the $25,000 R. H. Trotter and Co. Pace for Westsired two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Twiggy Whitby is trained at Meelon by her breeder and part-owner Ed Dewar and Voak would dearly love to land the Rich And Spoilt filly a winner this week. He made a difficult choice a week ago when he opted to drive Im Rockaraia for trainer Michael Brennan in the group 1 $100,000 Pearl Classic in preference to Dewar’s smart colt Our Zak Whitby. Im Rockaria won the classic, with Our Zack Whitby an unlucky, fast-finishing fourth after he was badly inconvenienced by a tiring runner in the back straight in the final circuit. Voak has had 817 drives this season for 99 wins, 116 seconds and 83 thirds and is in fourth place on the reinsmen’s premiership table, behind Chris Lewis (131 wins), Gary Hall jun. (120) and Nathan Turvey (113). Miss Twiggy Whitby will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of six runners and has excellent prospects. She is one of only two winners in the field, the other being the Kevin Keys-trained Sarah Goody, who will be driven by Matt White from the No. 2 barrier. Miss Twiggy Whitby’s only win from nine starts was when she led from barrier four and defeated Tell Me More over 1730m at Gloucester Park in January. At her most recent appearance she was first out from the No. 1 barrier before Voak decided to take the sit behind brilliant filly Angel Bromac. Angel Bromac sped over the final 800m in 57.3sec. and won by three lengths from Miss Twiggy Whitby. Friday night’s event appears quite an open affair, with the Justin Prentice-trained Allamerican Queen sure to be prominent after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Allamerican Queen was a 112/1 outsider in the WA Oaks last Friday week when she finished solidly from tenth at the bell to be sixth, five and a half lengths behind the winner, her stablemate Lady Luca. Sarah Goody was a winner at Bunbury four starts ago when she led from barrier one and beat Rich Maiden by a neck, rating 1.58.8 over 1609m. She was a fighting second to Maczaffair at Bunbury two starts ago. The Royal Lady, trained at Harvey by Kevin Egerton-Green, will start from barrier five and will be driven by Kim Young. She will have admirers. She trailed the pacemaker Red Hot Roxy and finished third behind her in the group 1 Sales Classic three starts ago. Before that she finished a sound second to Betshes Precious, with Miss Twiggy Whitby in third place. Sweet Gina, a filly by Legacy of Power and trained at Oldbury by Kim Prentice will start from the outside in her race debut. She will be driven by Gary Hall jun. She warmed up for her first assignment in fine style, winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning by three lengths from Flying Phoebe. That followed an easy trial win over 1750m the previous Sunday. Ken Casellas

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