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Hannelore Hanover and Solar Sister notched Grand Circuit victories on closing day of the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet on Sunday (May 8).   The pair of $100,000 races were highlights of the 88th and final program of Miami Valley's third season, its most successful to date with huge increases above 20% in both average handle and total purses.   Hannelore Hanover kept her 2016 season perfect in her fifth start by wiring a classy field of North America's best older trotting mares in 1:52.3, a new track record for 4-year-old female squaregaiters. Despite facing a full field with lifetime earnings north of $4 million in the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff, the winning daughter of Indiana sire Swan For All was dispatched as a prohibitive favorite, and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. guided her accordingly. Speeding off the wings of the starting gate, Hannelore Hanover and Macomber stopped the first-quarter beam in :27.1 and never looked back through subsequent fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.3. At the head of the lane, it looked briefly as if the taxing fractions might doom the Ron Burke trainees fate, but when Macomber asked for a bit more Hannelore Hanover responded with a :29 flat final panel to seal a 1-3/4 length victory.   Charmed Life (Jody Jamieso) gave futile chase to finish second, while Daylon Miracle (Daniel Dube) raced gamely to finish just a quarter-length further back in third.   Hannelore Hanover increased her career bankroll to $405,324 with her 14th win in 26 lifetime starts. She is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino.   Solar Sister had to survive a lengthy judge's inquiry before being named the official upset winner of the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for the continent's top pacing mares. Although it appeared that Solar Sister and driver Doug McNair may have forced at least one other horse wider when they vacated the pylons down the backstretch, the judges ultimately decided that the confusion was caused by a tiring frontrunner (Lady Shadow) who was simultaneously drifting into the outer flow.   The winner left with alacrity to drop in behind Lady Shadow (Aaron Merriman) before the :26.2 quarter, then enjoyed a pocket ride through a :55.2 half before pulling going to the three quarter station. Solar Sister was first-over in second when the field sped past that 1:22.3 marker, then emerged victorious following a thrilling stretch drive that resulted in a three-horse photo finish in 1:51.2. Favorite Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube), who won the inaugural Noble Memorial in 2014 and still holds the distaff track record, was parked much of the mile and finished just a head behind, with Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) third across the wire, just another head behind in her first seasonal start.   Gregg McNair trains the winning 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three for David Willmot and Clay Homer. She now sports 11 career triumphs and $681,387 in earnings.   A pair of $20,000 Opens were also contested on the getaway matinee card.   Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) topped Penn (Josh Sutton) and Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) in the trotting feature, clocked in 1:55.. It was the sixth win in a dozen 2016 starts for the 7-year-old son of Kadabra, who is owned by CC Racing LLC and trained by Tyler George.   Addys Way (Dan Noble) emerged from a stride-for-stride stretch duel with Igottafeelinfran (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the top local pacing mares event in 1:52.1. OK Hallelujah (Jason Brewer) collected the show dough. Perkins Racing Stable LLC owns Addys Way, an 8-year-old Cambest mare, also trained by Noble. She now has an impressive 47 victories from 189 starts and is nearing $400,000 in bank deposits.   Gregg Keidel    

Celebrity Bugatti put himself into the driver's seat of Bobby Weiss Series action for harness racing trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, running his record to 3-for-3 in the series while posting the fastest clocking among the $15,000 third leg prelims, 1:54.3.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. had the Muscle Massive stallion in front at every call and felt no pressure at all, with a 27.3 opener and a 57.4 back half that left him 3¼ lengths clear at the finish. Chris Oakes has taken over local care of the speedy trotter for owners Herman Hagerman, Johnny Yoder, and Dan Rawlings.   Two other horses besides Celebrity Bugatti had won in each of the first two legs, but Steed did not enter the third leg, and Dominus Hanover, 1-10* in the betting, finished worse than second for the first time in 11 seasonal starts when he came up third in Taxed To The Max's 1:56.2 victory. Dominus had a soft 59.1 lead to the half, but he didn't have the necessary 57.1 sprint home, as the Yankee Glide four-year-old gelding Taxed To The Max slid up the Pocono Pike from the pocket, grabbed command, then held off Explosive Leggs late for trainer Neal Ehrhart and owners Keystone Trotters LLC while lowering his mark by 2 2/5 seconds.   "Max"'s driver was Anthony Napolitano, who fashioned seven winners (to brother George's six) on Saturday here, yet still often gets away at high prices - despite a Weiss second last week, "Max" paid $18.20 to win, joining other recent "A Nap" winners who paid $20.80 in another race tonight, $26.20 and $20.80 in his two wins last night, and $69.80 among his seven Saturday winners, only one of which was favored! (Not to mention his $197.00 tally a week ago Sunday!)   The other Weiss winner Monday, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy, lowered his speed badge by an even greater margin - 4 1/5 seconds - as he parlayed a pocket trip to a neck victory over Apostles Creed in 1:55.2. Driver Jim Marshall III, trainer Donna Marshall, and owner George Beck saw their developing three-year-old put himself in a good position to make May 9's Weiss Championship for this group, as he now has two seconds and a win in series competition.   Something will have to give in the fifth race division of the fourth and final preliminary leg of Weiss action for female trotters Tuesday night. South Side Hanover (post one, trainer/driver Todd Schadel) and Stirling Debutant (Anthony Napolitano driving for trainer Christie Collins from post six) are both 3-for-3 so far in the series, and whoever takes the Tuesday contest will stamp herself as the one to beat in the $30,000 Championship a week from Tuesday. Races 3 and 4 Tuesday are also part of the distaff Weiss action.   PHHA / Pocono  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway re-opened its doors after a six-month hiatus Friday night (Jan. 15) and Lutetium showed he hasn't lost his knack in finding his way around the harness racing track during that time.   A 10-time winner in 2015, Lutetium started off the new campaign in fine style, easily disposing of his seven rivals in the $9,000 featured trot in 2:02.1.   Assigned the outside eight post on the sloppy track, Buffalo Raceway's two-time defending driving champion Kevin Cummings immediately took off with Lutetium from the starting gate, grabbing control of the lead by the time they reached the backstretch..   The pair then enjoyed the front-running tour over the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg and used splits of 30.0, 1:00.2, 1:31.1 in posting a 2:02.1 time. Lutetium ($3.60) won by a comfortable 1-3/4 lengths over Strong Hope (Jack Flanigen), who won the scrum for runner-up honors, while Northern Bullet (Ray Fisher Jr.) finished third.   Lutetium bankrolled $80,621 in 2015 and was in the money 25 times in 32 races last season. It was his first appearance of the year and with the $4,500 winner's share of the purse, moved Lutetium's career earnings to $361,117. The 9-year-old gelding (Credit Winner-Luby) is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw.   Cummings finished with a driving triple while Drew Monti, Truman Gale and Mike Baumeister all scored twice.   Courtney Ohol was the lone trainer with a double as she conditioned Garys Party ($21.40) and Mr. Casual ($19.20) to upset victories.   Buffalo Raceway Director of Operations Jon Cramer said, "It was a great opening night in the clubhouse, on track and off track. Our handle was over $238,000. Overall, things went very well."   Racing resumes on Saturday evening with a 12-race card scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including race replays, entries, results, the latest news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Its been a tough 2015 for the seven-year-old One and Only, but its finishing it up nicely and Cal Expo co-owner Richard Morita is looking forward to the next harness racing  season with the popular pacer. Morita owns One And Only with David Yamada while Lino Pacheco calls the shots with the son of Bettor's Delight, who is currently just shy of the $200,000 earnings plateau while sporting a 1:51 2/5 mark that was set last year. One and Only has made all his starts under the Morita/Yamada banner and Richard relates, We love watching him go around the track with his tail flying. After just clicking in one of his first 17 starts this season, One And Only has posted back-to-back victories here with James Kennedy handling the lines. The most recent came last week in coast-to-coast fashion while competing at the Open III level. It's good to have One and Only back home. He had a nice year at Yonkers in 2014, but when he went back this year, he got very sick. Luckily they treated him aggressively and Jen Sabot did a great job getting him back to the track. He missed a lot of the year, and by the time he started racing, he couldn't get raced on a regular basis. When he did, we got a lot of outside draws, and that is horrible at Yonkers. As for his current campaign, Morita explains that patience has been a virtue. Lino took his time getting him ready, and after a few weeks, he said he could tell that One was happy and knew he was back home. Lino told me he was really coming around and his last race shows hes getting back on his game. El Azteca, Flameon headline Open Trot El Azteca, who had his win streak snapped at three last week; and Flameon, who hung that half-length decision on him, square off again in Sunday nights $6,000 Open I Trot. There are 12 races on tap with a first post of 4:55 p.m. The feature will go as the third on the evening with a field of six to face starter Ken Fowler. After leaving from the assigned No. 10 post position in his four starts at this meet, El Azteca gets some relief as he does his work from the No. 6 slot with Luke Plano once again handling the lines. A 6-year-old son of Panama Hanover, El Azteca is owned, trained and was bred by Marco Rios. He has over $190,000 in his bank account and established his 1:54 3/5 career standard last season at Hoosier Park. The hard-hitting sidewheeler started the fall session here with three straight trips to the winners circle, overcoming that demanding 10 post on each occasion. He couldnt quite get it done last week from that marooned slot, narrowly missing to Flameon in a game mile. The latter is a 5-year-old Angus Hall offspring who races for Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and will have Pat Galbraith once again at the controls. After having to settle for second money in three straight outings, he returned to his winning ways last week with a nice :27 flat final quarter while lowering his mark to 1:55 3/5 in the process. Completing the field are Northern Stormont for Steve Wiseman; Jessesjo with Chip Lackey; Its Not Over, who has the services of Mooney Svendsen; and Windsun Galaxie, who leaves from the cozy rail with James Kennedy in the sulky. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity Cal Expo Harness

It is very hard to break into the harness racing stallion market in New Zealand these days with our access to the very best stallions in the world meaning it is a very big ask for our colonial bred stallions to get a foothold in the market. Therefore when one of the "local" stallions starts to produce horses that are competitive with the elite level sires from the northern hemisphere, it is a big achievement. Changeover, is chalking up the quality winners on a regular basis these days and starting to build a solid reputation in the siring barn. His first crop in New Zealand have just turned four and number 160 foals. Todate he has had 96 qualifiers of which 43 have won with several smart performers amongst them. Risk 1:56.9 ($65,687) is the flagbearer for Changeover in New Zealand and his recent win over Ohoka Punter, Sky Major, Lancewood Lizzie and Besotted in the Holmes DG at Alexander Park was just the boost the son of In The Pocket needed. Others such as Prince Of Pops 1:56.9 ($65,241), Change The Rulz 1:57.1 ($42,682) and Webb Ellis 1:56.5 ($25,896) have done a good job through the winter and early spring in keeping Changeover's name to the fore. However the major problem Changeover has faced in New Zealand is the number of his promising horses that have been sold to Australia. Smart fillies such as Nuala 1:55.8 ($94,319), Glenferrie Bronte 1:56.6 ($57,950), Sudden Change 1:55.8 ($56,486) and Whitershadeofpale 1:53.9 ($35,714) have been flying while the colts are lead by the very smart Lennox ($75,701) who has won ten of his twenty starts with his run for a great fourth in the Breeders Crown Final behind Menin Gate also a highlight. Other colts to show up in Australia include the well performed Oneover 1:54.6 ($66,943), Controversial 1:55 ($46,945) Beaudiene Barret 1:54.1 ($41,365) and Big Spending Telf 1:54.2 ($28,430) All in all a very tidy record and one that seems to be getting stronger all the time. The second crop of Changeover numbers 100 foals and they raced as two year olds last season. He already has 23 qualifiers and eight winners which considering they only had 76 races for two year olds in New Zealand last season is another good start. Changeover has  been producing the winners where it counts on the track and his continuing large books of mares would suggest the breeders agree. Harnesslink Media

A rare Monday card (Sept. 28) from Harrah's Philly featured two divisions of The Liberty Bell for 3-year-old filly pacers and a pair of upper-conditioned level events on the pace as well. Linda Toscano trainee Better Said (S. Zeron) took the first division of The Liberty Bell. The daughter of Well Said was leading the compact field of five when top contender Well Hello There (Gingras) broke at the quarter pole. Better Said led every step of the way in 1:53.1. It was her fifth victory of the year, her first since a mid July overnight win here at Harrah's Philly. She is owned by Brittany Farms. Steve Elliott charge Bodacious (S. Allard) continued her winning ways in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took off the early pace, settling in fifth from post one. She was able to grind into striking position, holding off the upset minded Deli Beach (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) to win by a head in 1:52.2. She is owned by Conrad Zurich and Hauser Bros. Racing. In other news, aged pacer Sky Is The Limit (S. Allard) was game in victory in a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal drafted behind cover until three-quarters, edging wide to defeat pace-setter Bettors Glass in 1:51.3. It was career win 16 for the Shaun Vallee trainee, starting for the ninetieth time. Owned by Darius Oshidar, he paid $7.00 to win. Richard and Dale Julich's Badix Hanover won his third straight on Monday. The 3-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal led at every quarter, completing the mile in a lifetime's best 1:50.3. The race was for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 or non-winners of 7 races or $70,000 lifetime. The Kevin Mc Dermott trainee was heavily favored in the event. Michael Bozich

Conon Bridge defeated Cyclone Chief by a metre to claim Group 1 glory in the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown 2YO Colts and Geldings Trotters Final at Melton’s Super Sunday program. The Paul Nairn-trained son of Raffaello Ambrosio/Diedre’s Girl survived a protest from the second horse, with the winner veering inwards in the home straight. However, stewards couldn’t be satisfied that the interference cost Cyclone Chief the race and the first horse over the line held his position, much to the relief of the favourite punters. Bob Butt drove the winner and Todd MacFarlane was aboard the second horse. Conon Bridge started $1.40 and led throughout from the pole, his winning mile rate 2:03.9. Cruisin Around ran a mighty race for trainer Michael Hughes and driver Greg Sugars to finish third, while Sundons Courage was fourth from three back along the pegs, running on well after a slow early pace up front. Reina Danzante goes all the way in fillies' final Reina Danzante won her second Group 1 for trainer Nicole Molander and driver Chris Alford with an all-the-way triumph in today’s IMV Technologies Breeders Cown Final for 3YO trotting fillies. The daughter of Armbro Invasion out of champion mare La Coocaracha led from barrier four to score by a neck in a mile rate of 2:00.9, Glenferrie Burn running on for second and My Arya finishing third. “Nicole and Dean (Molander) have done a super job,” Alford said. “Two Group 1s has been great and she should only get better too.” Once in front Reina Danzante posted a 31.4secs first quarter before a 29.4 second split. Reina Danzante got home in 58.7secs. Reina Danzante won the Vicbred Super Series earlier this season. by Cody Winnell

August 26, 2015 - Today’s featured Gr. II Orix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to the Eric Raffin driven Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) easily by four lengths timed in 1.13.1kr. Sebastien Guarato trains this Philippe Dauphin owned mare that was off as the 4/5 favorite. 21/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for reinsman Mathieu Abrivard with third to 16/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) driven by Gabriel Gelormini. Also on the afternoon card was the Prix des Cyclamens (€33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 36/1 Dame du Campdos (2f Uaukir-La Conseillante) was third in the contest clocked in 1.18.1kr. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Carmensite-Florestan. Carmensita, from 12 foals, has produced three winners of $100,000 or more including Marlene 1:58.5 ($296,318) by Goetmals Wood, Tensita Love 1:58.1 ($114,664) by Love You and Amensito 2:00.3 ($104,702) also by Love You. Thomas H. Hicks  

Charlottetown, PE - Thunderaway, with harness racing driver Jason Hughes in the bike, established a new track record for aged trotters stopping the timer in 1:57.3 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mare, owned by Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE, lowered the track record for aged mares from the 1:58.1 mark set by Real Housewife in the final of Erwin Andrew Memorial back on Gold Cup night in 2013. Pleasure Girls (Ron Gass) were charted six and half lengths back for second with Howmacs Pride (Kenny Arsenault) third. The Hughes, Foxyhall Racing partnership also went on to win the Red Shores feature when Si Semalu rolled from gate to wire in 1:56.3. It was the second win in a row for the son of Modern Art. Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault) came flying late to grab second with Artners In Crime completing the triactor. Eagle Jolt and Marc Campbell joined family members trackside when they won the Maurice Murphy 75th birthday pace while guests with Riviere & Smith wedding pace draped the winning cooler over Starcastic for driver Ron Matheson, Trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Gaudet, Charlottetown and Billy MacKenzie, Stratford. Team Matheson also celebrated with Balanchine when the pacer notched his 60th lifetime victory on the program. In other action, Ramblinglily won the mares open by a neck over General Luckypercy in 1:56.2. Walter Cheverie guided the mare to her fifth victory of the year for trainer Allan Jones and his co-owner Norman Leger, Shediac, NB. Newcomer Weskey, under the command of Harold Shepherd, won their open trot challenge in 1:59.3. Matheson, Hughes and Gary Chappell recorded driving doubles on the 13 dash program. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted its first harness racing New York Stakes crowd of the season, the $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,125, $55,125 and $54,125, respectively, comprised the event, which honored the memory of the long-time popular horse owner (with family in attendance for winner's circle presentations). There's no way to sugar coat this...chalk players were accorded the chalk outline, as all three odds-on entities failed to deliver on their puny parimutuel promises. The opening event saw last season's frosh statebred champion, Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras)-at 1-20-jump it off in the second turn after making the lead. When the stone dust settled, it was 26-1 Royal Deceptor (Mickey McGivern, $55.50), pocketed from post position No. 3, nipping Mythology Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a nose in a life-best 1:58 (:29.1, :59.2, 1:28.3). Insomniac (Mark MacDonald) cut the mile and faded to third, beaten a neck. Crazy Wow finished fourth. For third choice Royal Deceptor, a son of RC Royalty trained by Cheryl McGivern for co-owners Charles Foster, Michael James and Michael Sentiwany Jr., it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $150, with the triple returned $614. "He was very good early last season, but they sort of caught up to him," Mickey McGivern said. "He's just a lunch pail sort of horse, keeps trying and keeps working." The second sire stakes grouping found 3-5 choice Habitat (Gingras), with a NYSS and Dexter Cup win already on his resume, also do the dance of the damned. His malfeasance occurred entering the first turn. That left Military Blue (Mike Simons) leading the gang (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.3) before his night was over. Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) took over from first-over, only to get snapped on the money by 31-1 proposition Workout Wonder (Dan Dube, $65.50). Leaving from post No. 4, the margin-another nose-was in 1:56.3, far and away a career-best effort. Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) was third, with Apostle's Creed (Brett Miller) fourth. Habitat was last among the seven. For fifth choice Workout Wonder, a Conway Hall colt co-owned by All Laid Out Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt, it was his first win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $234.50, the triple returned $743 and the superfecta paid $4,789. The evening's final NYSS event found 3-10 Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) carrying the water for the rank and file. He disposed of Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) after the one's early lead (:29.2, :58.2), then widened after a 1:28.2 three-quarters. "Maestro" had three lengths in and out of the final turn, only to get that run-down feeling from The Physician (George Brennan, $15.20). The latter, from post No. 5, whipped the former by a neck in a life-best 1:58.1, with Royal Lad (Simons) third. For The Physician, a Credit Winner gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $33.80, with the triple returning $107. With longshots ruling the night in the sire stakes-comprising 60 percent of the Pick 5 races, no one took down the pool. Thus, Friday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,675.35 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday nights (post times 7:10 PM), with Saturday offering a pair of $40,000 eliminations of the Art Rooney Pace. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, finals of both Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series division), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs (no live racing/evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive). Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including June 6 Belmont Stakes Frank Drucker

Daylesford's It Is Billy looks bound for bigger fish after Friday night's Pegasus Melton Pacing Cup win. Trained and driven by husband and wife Michael Barby and Anne-Maree Conroy, the win was It Is Billy's fourth harness racing triumph from six runs this time in. It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) worked around to the breeze before the mile mark in tonight's 2760m stand-start race and would sit parked for the remainder of the event, as leader Comply Or Die paced opening quarters of 31 and 31.6 before they upped the ante down the back with a 29.3 third split. When Comply Or Die was put under pressure at the corner It Is Billy was clearly travelling within himself and upon straightening in-the-run players must have had him unbackable favourite. It Is Billy’s fourth quarter was 27.4 for a 2:01.8 mile rate. Bettor Rock On showed his true colours tonight, closing gamely down the outside to finish second. > Re-live It Is Billy's Melton Pacing Cup win Champion reinsman Greg Sugars took driving honours tonight with a winning double via punter’s friend Illawong Helios, who just keeps winning for trainer Ross Sugars, and improved trotting mare Heavenly Sister for horseman Ross Graham. Heavenly Sister, a daughter of Majestic Son out of US bred mare Heavens Above, took 11 goes to break her maiden status but tonight’s victory in the Garrards Trot over 1720m made it two on the trot. The Majestic was bold in second, he and Heavenly Sister engaged in a two-horse war throughout the bulk of the final lap, the winner finishing with a 2.3m winning margin in a mile rate of 1:59.4. Illawong Helios, by Majestic Son out of Shining Sun, has now won nine of her last 10 starts and 12 out of 20 all up after taking out the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot over 2240m. From the pole Greg Sugars held the front and the four-year-old mare travelled well throughout to score by 5.5m over Desert Spur in a mile rate of 2:02.0. Skippy Rascal kicked off proceedings for the night with victory in the DNR Logistics Pace over 2240m, the Julie Douglas-trained, Glenn Douglas-driven five-year-old gelding by Live Or Die out of Royal Rascal following leader Ideal Majority in the run before using the sprint lane to win by 1.6m, Ideal Majority holding on for second from Washmepockets and Lark Rise. An upset in the Renown Silverware Trot Final certainly added value to the early quaddie, Katelin Brooke taking it out for Grenville’s Gregory Moss and reinswoman Debra Wicks-Moss. Katelin Brooke finished powerfully at odds of $32 to beat Savannah Jay Jay, whose run was enormous coming from last, with Lazy Sunday hitting the line nicely for third. Katelin Brooke is an eight-year-old daughter of Earl out of Kanuka Lass. New South Wales trainer Blake Fitzpatrick was victorious in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Trot. Five-year-old Earl/Pinevale Ellason mare Duchess Ella led easily from gate two before holding off Bellmac Kody and Star Gun for a neck win in a rate of 2:00.8 over 22400m. The first three horses over the line came right away from the others. The hot run of form being enjoyed by Terang’s Marg Lee continued with four-year-old Art Major/Deltas Dream gelding Keayang Active returning to the track with an impressive victory in the TAB.com.au Rising Stars Pace (first heat). Keayang Active came clear late to win by 2.3m over McRita and Upanatom. And finally Hotasel (Elsu/Hotgossip) on debut for trainer/driver John Justice finished too well in the last race, the second heat of the Rising Stars, to win from Hollywood Sign, who led, and Macho Comacho in third just ahead of Fernco Bobby G. Hotasel rated 1:59.5. - HRV Media

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

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