The two-year-old filly pacer Bell Flower remains perfect on the season as the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye cruised to victory in the $66,734 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship in opening day action at the Delaware County Fair. When the wings of the gate folded Chris Page sent Bell Flower to the early lead, forcing Friskie Lil Devil into the second spot. Bell Flower controlled the fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28. As the leading pair headed past the three-quarter pole, Wrenn edged Friskie Lil Devil off the pylons to challenge the leader. Bell Flower responded and pulled away for a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:56.4. Bell Flower, who is seven-for-seven this year, is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby of Powell, Ohio and Dean Davis of Wooster, Ohio. In the second $33,367 division Crosswinds Cupcake survived a late rush by Sectionlinefriskie (Josh Sutton) to score in 1:57.1. As the field of seven was sent on their way Friskie Til Dawn (Aaron Merriman) was the fastest into the first turn. The eventual winner was put on the lead before the quarter in :28.3. Noble and Crosswinds Cupcake controlled the field and fractions of :59 and 1:27.3. In the final turn Sectionlinefriskie came three-wide but the rally came up one length short. Crosswinds Cupcake is owned by Crosswinds Stable of Waynesville, Ohio and Stephen Young of Xenia, Ohio and trained by David Elliott. The daughter of Stand Forever has finished first or second in all six seasonal starts. Sixteen races are on tap for Tuesday at the Delaware County Fair with a post time of 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug
On Saturday, July 19 Northfield Park will host nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 15-race program. These nine races will feature the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore colt pacers and trotters and will support the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie undercard. Freshman colt trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 first division. Crowned With Glory (His Highness-Hey Kelsi-Humorous Harry) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for Findlay, Ohio owners EG Trot, JB Arnold, MH Mallet and JE Paul. Ed Greeno Jr. is the filly's trainer and driver. Crowned With Glory makes her fourth lifetime start. She has two previous wins, at Scioto Downs and Ottawa Fair, and a place at Oak Harbor. Those finishes have yielded $23,705 and a lifetime mark of 2:03 (ScD 5/8). Crowned With Glory will start from post two. Also competing in the first division will be Ohio Chipster, Neely Dunn Super, Frisk The Town, Cooter Dunn and Marvelous Chip. Race 2 will be the $40,000 first division for three year-old colt Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Doug Hinklin will start Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt's Scooter) as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Big Bossman starts from post five and faces five rivals. Big Bossman has won six of 13 races. He has earnings of $93,193 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 (ScD 5/8). Greg Grismore is scheduled to drive for owner Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Feelin Speedy, Friskie AJ, Dibs, UF Fast Feelin and Lawyer Up complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $40,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes for two year-old. I Know My Chip (Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Jim Dailey trains the undefeated colt. He has two wins in as many starts, earning $22,916 and earning a 2:02 (ScD 5/8) mark. Driver Jason Brewer will start the trotter from post-seven in a field that consists of My Friend Jim, Star Shef, Neely's Messenger, Lantern Chip, BK's Magic Man and Chips Starr. Freshman Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $40,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Kick A Lot (Deep Chip-Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac) starts from post-two and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, Ohio. Trainer, Jeff Cox has calls upon Kurt Sugg to drive. This gelding has a win and a second in two lifetime starts. He has earned $21,875 and a 2:01.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. Kick A Lot has a host of rivals consisting of Mischievous Chip, Super Sheff Frosty, Chips A Million, Really Deep Chip, Guns For Fun and Birthday Chip. Race six will host the $40,000 second division OSS for three year-old colt pacers. Friskie Adam (Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever-Falcon Almahurst) is the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite for owner Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable of Dublin, Ohio. Dan Ater trains the colt and uses Kyle Ater to drive. This sophomore is undefeated in five starts this year. He has career earnings of $122,971 and mark of 1:52.4 (ScD 5/8). Friskie Adam starts from the rail in a field consisting of Chance I Might, Diamondkeeper, Hawks Cry Hoboken, Feel The Heat, Player's King and Upfront Clays Boy. Race 7 is the $40,000 first division for freshman pacers. Cornerback (Feelin Friskie-Cornerstand-Stand Forever) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Brian Brown is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Chris Page to drive. Cornerback has one start under his belt, a win at Scioto Downs in 1:56.4 in a $40,000 OSS event. Cornerback will start from post three. Also competing in the first division will be Indian Spirit, Latenight Trick, Fire Valley, Knight Stryker, Nobles Finesse, Warrior Spirit, Western Coby and All Aces Osborne. Freshman pacers return in the eighth race for the $40,000 second division OSS. Trainer Ron Burke sends out Gray Camo (Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character) as the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gray Camo starts from post five and faces five eight. He is undefeated in two starts, earning $23,750 and earning a 1:56.1 (ScD 5/8) career mark. Chris Page is scheduled to drive for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, R Suda and J Melillo. Born Villain, RC Friskie, Ranger Returns, Big Bang Cam, Lynyrd, Nashville Bound, Ollie Pop and UF Kellies Awinner complete the eighth race line-up. Buckeye-bred sophomore trotters take to the stage in the evening's ninth race for the $40,000 OSS first division. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owners Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio, RS Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and JE Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio. Scott Cox calls upon Chris Page to pilot this gelding who has six wins in 17 starts, trotting in 1:57.2 (ScD 5/8) and earning $121,787. Soul Train starts from post-8 in a field that consists of Noah Count, Stanley Begonia, Neely's Boy, Mainstreet Willy, Master Mighty, Star Chip and Happy Go Jamie. Race 11, the final OSS event of the evening, is the $40,000 second division for sophomore trotters. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) starts from post-three and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan. Trainer Krista Harmon has listed Mike Micallef to drive. This gelding has nine wins in 11 lifetime starts, earning $201,550 and posting a best 1:55.4 (ScD 5/8). Rompaway Galaxy has a host of rivals consisting of Miko Begonia, Lady's Dude, Ohwhatacount, Can'tcutthatchip, Hooray For Willie, Fridayscomin and Bradymeister. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
Sparkling Yankee crossed the finish line faster than any mare in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open in 1:52 on Thursday (July 10). The clocking is a new track record for five year-old and up pacing mares, breaking the 1:52.1 set by Don't Blame Her (Dan Noble) in 2011. Joseph J. Miller of Dundee, Ohio and Michael Yoder of Fredericksburg, Ohio own Sparkling Yankee. Miller also trains the six year-old and called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. Sparkling Yankee (Yankee Cruiser-Northmedo Tam-Stand Forever) started from post four. She was content in fourth through the initial :26.1 and :54 sizzling initial fractions. Wrenn pulled Sparkling Yankee to the outside and she sustained a successful first-over bid through times of 1:22.4 and 1:52. The clocking placed her two-lengths clear of her closest competitor at the finish. Sparkling Yankee now has nine wins in 22 starts this year. Thursday's victory represents her 21 career score and bolstered her bankroll to $95,101. She returned $5.80 to win. She was one of five winners on the night for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (July 14) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,222.25. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Post position is key in Thursday night's Fillies and Mares Open pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Carded as race 11 on the 12-dash card with a 7 pm start time, last week's winner of the $2,250 feature, JK Special, had rail control the last time out but is shouldered with the dreaded post 8 on a half-mile track this week. Kenny Arsenault will drive the mare this week for owner-trainer Joe Smallwood but she has her work cut out with tough competitors like General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) and Veronicavermillion (Brodie MacPhee) leaving from post 1 and 2, respectively. Veronicavermillion used her rally from behind tactics two weeks ago, but received a minor share finishing fourth last week and will be looking for redemption. "Despite kicking home well last week, the soft early fractions just left the eventual winner too hard to catch," said race analyst Les MacIsaac. "We'll look for a little more pace tonight which suits her rallying style." The race will also see the return of Dirt Track Momma, one of the top mares of the 2013 season, with Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer Jonah Moase, who will send three mares behind the gate in that race. Other entries include Silky Britches (Corey MacPherson), Andro Madi (Dale Spence), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes) and Cool One (Mike Stevenson). The evening trot class lines up in race 3 for a $1,150 purse with more position trouble for owner-trainer Smallwood, who has post 8 with favorite JK Queen (Corey MacPherson). She will face seven rivals including Centrifical Force (Mike McGuigan) and Dunmore Alpha (Ted Smallwood). A gritty group of conditioned pacers will put their noses on the gate in race 7 for a $1,600 purse with IDK favored from post 7 for co-owner and driver Vincent Poulton, co-owner and trainer Gary Poulton and co-owner Gail MacDonald, all of Charlottetown. The Stand Forever six-year-old will have to fight off challenges from Le Fugueur (Campbell) and Every Day (Brian Andrew). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Veronicavermillion will aim for a repeat of last week's victory in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Brodie MacPhee will drive Veronicavermillion for owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River and trainer Neil Bambrick. The mare has drawn post 4 in the $2,250 fillies and mares open pace, carded as race 11 on the program, against a field of six rivals. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is placing his faith in Veronicavermillion this week. "Made a big three wide move to win last week and that was in her first start of the season," MacIsaac says of Veronicavermillion. "You would have to think she can only be better off that so we won't rule out a repeat." She faces a tough group of aged mares, including the Jonah Moase duo of Silky Britches (Marc Campbell) and post 7 starter Andro Madi (Dale Spence), who finished second and third in last week's edition of the fillies and mares open. Also in the field is JK Special (Walter Cheverie), General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson), Stayoutofmyaffair (Jason Hughes), and Cool One (Mike Stevenson). The back-up pace lines up in race 9 for a $1,600 purse with IDK favored for driver Vincent Poulton, who also co-owns with trainer Gary Poulton and Gail MacDonald, all of Charlottetown. The six-year-old son of Stand Forever has an improved post from the seven-hole last week, but has to face two rivals that defeated him in that 1:56.3 mile in Eagle Jolt (Campbell) and Panacotta (Mark Bradley). There are two trot classes on the card, with Buckling Banbury favored in the $1,350 race 5 class over Howmacs Pride (Campbell) and Lyrical Lindy (Hughes). Corey MacPherson will drive Buckling Banbury for trainer Ron Gass and owners William Andrew of Calgary, Blake Andrew of Montreal and Brian Andrew of Milton. The race 3 trot class has Glencove Umay picked off the rail for driver Kenny Arsenault and owner-trainer Carl Bagnall. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal, Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Western Terror and the trotting stallion Sundon. With the North American breeding season well underway we will continue on with some of the stallions making an impact on the breeding scene. Today we have produced an in depth review for the outstanding racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere. All stats shown are as 17th March 2014. Enjoy the read. BREEDING By the champion son of Matts Scooter in Mach Three who has been in the elite handful of sires worldwide for several years. His dam is the Beach Towel mare Where’s The Beach who was unraced. She has produced ten foals and apart from Somebeachsomewhere has left six winners with Stars On The Water $141,294 (1:52f), Sun N Sand $124,050 (1:52.3s) and last season’s smart two year old in Some Major Beach $138,326 (1:53.1f) being the best of them. The grand dam is the Cam Fella mare in Where’s Sarah $19,576 (1:57f) who left seven foals for seven winners. These include Night Mystery $309,433 (1:50.4) Ifyoucouldcwhati C $348,560 (1:50.2s) and Canvas Master $137,527 (1:53.1z). An unraced daughter by Stand Forever in Ohio Annie has left the smart I Found My Beach $524,079 (1:50.2f). The third dam is the very good Steady Star mare The Booger Lady $34,629 (T 1:57). She has left 11 winners including the very good Cam Terrific $592,594 (1:49.3) now sire of 169 winners of just on $9 million in stakes as well as Flight Of Fire who only won $262,111 but has left a great legacy as a sire in Quebec, Canada. Flight Of Fire has sired over 560 winners with over $27 million in earnings to date. Somebeachsomewhere made $40,000 at auction which about sums up his pedigree, very handy but not exceptional. RACE RECORD Somebeachsomewhere faced the starter six times (all in Canada) at two for six wins amassing $812,592 in stakes. His best win was in the $1 million Metro Pace taking a world record for a two-year-old at that time of 1:49.3s. This was no ordinary group. This field was possibly one of the best group of two-year-olds ever and included Santanna Blue Chip ($1,641,643), Shadow Play ($1,599,822), Dali ($1,436,363), Deuce Seelster ($1,149,825), and Moon Beam ($785,986). This Metro Pace field have now combined earnings of over $11 million in stakes between them. Somebeachsomewhere's other notable wins as a two-year-old was in the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo, the $145,300 Nasagaweya stakes and the $115,884 Champlain Stakes. His great unbeaten season at two only really served as an entree for what was an unbelievable three year old season. Facing the starter 15 times, Somebeachsomewhere won on 14 occasions with a sensational second in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace at his only other start. Many astute judges in North America maintain his second in the Meadowlands Pace as the best performance of his stellar career. This writer was on track for this outstanding and unbelievable race that is now regarded as "the race of the decade." In what is perhaps the greatest race in Meadowlands history, Art Official edges Somebeachsomewhere in a world record mile. To think that a horse could be attacking the leader three wide at the half in a world record 51.3 and lead at the three-quarters in 1:19.1 and still fight to the wire against a courageous and great Art Official in that world record 1:47 mile was something unreal and unbelievable to see but true. You have to see it to believe it! To be only beaten a neck! Somebeachsomewhere's biggest stake win was in the $1.5 million Pepsi North American Cup in 1:49. He won such time honoured classics as the $650,000 Messenger Stakes, the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:48.3 and the $493,000 final of the Confederation Cup (half mile track) in another world record 1:49.2. He ended his racing career with a record of 21 starts for 20 wins and 1 second for $3,328,755 in stakes. His lifetime marks are p2, 1:49.3s; p3, 1:46.4m, 1:49.2h. He took his lifetime mark of 1:46.4 in the $134,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington to become the fastest three-year-old in history. In his fifteen starts at three he went under 1:50 on ten occasions. The season wasn't without its hiccups though with Somebeachsomewhere being scratched late twice due to lameness issues. But like the truly great horses do he overcame adversity to stake his claim as one of the greatest, possibly the greatest three year old harness racing has ever seen. NORTH AMERICAN STUD CAREER As you would expect for a stallion with such a great race record, Somebeachsomewhere has served large but not huge books since retiring to stud at Hanover Shoe Farm. His first crop numbered 124 foals of which 96 went through the sales ring as yearlings averaging a hefty $62,661. And they repaid the faith of those buyers by dominating North American two year old racing in 2012. Somebeachsomewhere topped the two year olds sires list in 2012 and that crop repeated the dose as three year olds in 2013 By the end of 2013 that first crop of Somebeachsomewhere had rewritten the harness racing record books. The numbers are truly amazing. Of his 124 foals, 111 have faced the starter with 96 being race winners. Twenty eight have won $100,000 while nine have gone under 1:50, and a huge 57 have gone under 1:53. Stakes won to date are a staggering $13,681,117 with an average per starter of $123,253 which is going to reach even greater record levels as most continue racing as older horses. The best performer from this crop to date is the brilliant colt, Captaintreacherous p3, 1:47.1m who in 26 starts at two and three, won 21 and was placed four times for $2 976,810 in stakes to have a record not too much inferior to his sire. Others to excel include Sunshine Beach 1:47.4f ($950,108), Somewhereovrerainbow 1:49.1m ($892,790) and Apprentice Hanover 1:49.4 ($597,474). Somebeachsomewhere won the three-year-old sire’s premiership in 2013 by over $2,800.000 The second crop of Somebeachsomewhere were also well received by the buyers at the yearling sales with 83 being sold averaging an enormous $83,681 They carried on from the first crop by topping the two year old sires list in 2013. Of the 114 two year olds sired by Somebeachsomewhere that season, 97 raced with 58 being winners. Of the four two year olds that went under 1:50 in 2013 throughout North America Somebeachsomewhere sired three of them. He had 21 under 1:53 and a staggering 42 under 1:55 His best performer was the filly Gallie Bythe Beach 1:50.3f ($344,076) while another filly Beach Body 1:53.1f ($290,769) was his second best performer. Others showing up are Limelight Beach 1:49.4 ($210,192), Beach Gal 1:50.3f ($142,361), Somestarsomewhere 1:49.2m and So Surreal 1:49.4m are all looking well above average. Somebeachsomewhere two-year-olds stakes total was nearly $500,000 ahead of his competition on the sires list in 2013. AUSTRALIAN SIRES RECORD Only available via frozen semen initially and served small books as a result. His oldest crop is three in the 2013/2014 season and numbers just 19 horses. Six of them have won to date with the best of them being the two-year-old Breeders Crown winner from 2013 in Whereibylong 1:56.8 ($224,228). A Breeder's Crown winner from your first crop of just 19 foals is a great achievement. The knockers are already out in Australia as with such great expectations for any horse by Somebeachsomewhere the breeders expect all his foals to be champions! Even though he only has 19 horses in that crop one could say that the results so far have been a bit short of what Somebeachsomewhere has achieved in North America which has raised the issue of the worth of "Frozen Semen" once again. His second crop in Australia numbers 49 and that should enable Somebeachsomewhere to be a major player in two-year-old racing in the 2013/2014 season. His third crop in Australia will only total 23 foals. His fourth crop is his first fresh semen crop with the horse standing in Australia at Empire Stallions. He bred 166 mares in Australia for 106 registered foals to date with 10 returns still to be filed, and 75 in New Zealand via fresh semen as well. That makes a total of 241 mares bred in his fourth season at stud down under. These resultant foals will give us all a much better assessment of just how great a stallion Somebeachsomewhere will be in Australia and New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD Has a minute crop of three-year-olds which numbers just four. Two of those have won including the very smart Someardensomewhere 1:58.2 ($28,472) who has been racing at the elite three year old level in New Zealand. Only has eight two year olds this season for two qualifiers to date so impossible to draw any conclusions with such small numbers. Did serve 75 mares in his fourth season via fresh semen so we may have to wait for that crop to race to reach any valid conclusions about his record in New Zealand. POSITIVES The numbers say it all. This is that once in a generation stallion who has raised the bar on performance in harness racing. From every angle his numbers are better than what was thought to be achievable. He has not just made an incremental step forward for standardbreds but a giant leap. In my view without doubt the most influential sire since Albatross and his rewriting of the record books has only just started. NEGATIVES Probably the only one for most breeders is the service fee but when you are book full and closed three months before the breeding season at a fee of $30,000 then that is obviously not too expensive. It seems with his success in the Northern Hemisphere and his value having sky rocketed, the owners do not want him to shuttle again so he will more than likely not shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere and will only be available via frozen semen, which does work for some stallions and not for others. Results from his first crop in Australia suggests Somebeachsomewhere may fall into the second category. OVERVIEW Somebeachsomewhere is that once in a generation sire who lifts the whole standardbred breed to the next level. Book full and closed at $30,000 in North America says it all. The best sire in North America by a large margin but yet to have any impact in Australia due in part to small numbers. Does have 49 two year olds in Australia in 2013/2014 so that should be ample for Somebeachsomewhere to produce the outstanding juveniles he is renowned for in North America. If he doesn't then the focus on frozen semen will only grow. OVERALL RATING: 10 out 10 JC The Story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 1 The Story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 2 The story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 3 News maker of the year - Somebeachsomewhere Somebeachsomewhere - The Bluegrass Stakes - World Record 1:46.4 Somebeachsomewhere - Confederation Cup Somebeachsomewhere winning The Breeders Crown Somebeachsomewhere - North American Cup Final Somebeachsomewhere - 2007 Metro Pace Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them. (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia) A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire A Stallion review - Mach Three A Stallion review - Sundon A Stallion review - Western Terror And here is "The forgotten sire’s series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of the "forgotten” sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Western Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled
Hickory Lane Farm is sad to announce that Stand Forever (Dragons Lair-Niajet) passed away on March 15, 2014, due to natural causes at age 22. A fixture at Hickory Lane since 1997, Stand Forever was a productive sire in Ohio for more than 17 years. From 446 starters, he sired 264 in 2:00, 93 in 1:55 and 1 in 1:50, with his offspring earning more than $18 million. His top performers included Dream Proof p,1:48.4 ($590,976), Perfect M Forever p,4,1:51.3f ($581,436), Talk Forever p,1:52.1 ($551,969) and the 2013 Ohio Sire Stake champion and two-year-old colt pacer of the year, Chance I Might. He was laid to rest at Hickory Lane Farm.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania. By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*. Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest. New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*. Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper. Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans! For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, email@example.com or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*) Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum
The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007). By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro and Northern Kid. The pacing gait is represented by Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser. Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge, with pacers Cam's Card Shark, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest. New York is represented by the trotting sire Lucky Chucky and the pacing sires are Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove. Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight. Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper. Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans! For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 15 , 2014. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Submitted by the Harness Racing Museum
North America's winningest horse is among three 14 year-olds racing their last race this Saturday at Northfield Park. As the calendar will soon be turning to 2014 Armbros Revenge A, Anvil Raider N and How Forever Feels will be forced into retirement per the rules of the United States Trotting Association. Armbros Revenge A (Armbro Operative-Family Revenge-JJ's Pennant) drew the rail in the sixth race on Saturday's 14-race program. He will be making the 279 start of his career. He enters Saturday's race with 50 wins to his credit and a career bankroll of $247,439. His richest and fastest win was for a purse of $8,100 when he topped a $10,000 claiming event at The Meadows in 1:53.2 at age 11. Armbros Revenge A is owned by Gerald Lee Jr. of Coal Center, Pennsylvania. His trainer, Rachel Kaneoka has plans to, "Get him a good home as a riding horse. He is already broke to ride and loved doing it." She stated that she will be very selective in Armbros Revenge A's future home and until an acceptable place is found, "He will hang out on a farm." Anvil Raider N (In The Pocket-Motu Sweet Lady-Great Mann) makes his career finale from post eight in the evening's tenth race and looks for his 23 win this year. His 2013 win tally ranks him as the winningest horse in North America this year. He has 94 career victories in 280 starts and has amassed a bankroll of $339,412. His richest and 1:51 lifetime mark was in 2007 at Mohawk Raceway for a purse of $15,040. Will Johnson of Monroe, Michigan owns and trains Anvil Raider N and looks to turn him out at his farm after Saturday's race for a life of leisure. How Forever Feels (Stand Forever-Highland Tranquil-Nobleland Sam) drew the second tier in race 12 for the 353 and final start of his career. He has won 50 times and has earned $368,972. His richest win came in 2005, winning a $15,000 Open at Freehold Raceway in 2005. His 1:52.2 lifetime mark was paced at age 11 at Vernon Downs. How Forever Feels is trained by Misty Carey for New York owners Speed to Burn Racing and Michael Kessler. "How Forever Feels is my boy, my kids and I love him," said Carey. "He will retire to my farm. He has been broke to ride and we will continue to work on that, but so far he doesn't seem to like it much. He may just end up being a lawn ornament." Ayers Ratliff
Hard-luck Carol’s Comet won the last $20,000 Open Pace at Scioto Downs Racino in 2013 by a nose, in 1:50.2. The hard luck gelding finished second the last three starts at the track but this week driver Aaron Merriman had a different strategy to make the outcome different, and make his way to the winner’s circle. “I thought I was in the position last week to get the trip and they told me he really didn’t like the passing lane,” said Merriman. “I opted to go to the outside so I think I cost myself the race with the drive. Today, up in the passing lane the horse really appreciated it, the shorter trip around the track.” Sitting the pocket Merriman waited patiently during the first three quarters that went in 26.3, 55.2 and 1:22. “He’s very nice, a Cadillac to race,” Merriman continued. “He really wants to go so that really makes it nice. He’s very good gated and good behind the gate.” Audrey’s Dream (Tony Hall) got up for second while Special Forces (Chris Page) held on for third after cutting the mile. Previous to the evening’s races, Carol’s Comet had made 16 starts and had three wins with eight seconds and one third making $77,275 just this year racing exclusively at Scioto for Delaware, Ohio based trainer Ron Potter. The striking 4-year-old gelding son of Yankee Cruiser out of the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare Modern Medicine is owned by Martin Presser, Bill Moore, Matthew Moore and Whiskey Tango Stable (Dawn Hornsby, Dawn Potter and Kimberly Rowe). The evening’s race card also held two divisions of the “Best of the Rest” which was open to horses paid into the Sire Stakes but were not eligible for the $150,000 last week. Majesty Dream (Chip Chip Hooray-Donna L’s Hope) and Kayne Kauffman took the 2-year-old trotting filly division in 2:00.4. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners Up Front Racing LLC (Ed Mullinax) and Thomas York Jr. She is now set to race in the Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 17. The 3-year-old colt pace was the only other division to fill and was won by Dusto and Kauffman in 1:55.1. The time was a new lifetime mark for the Stand Forever-Doctor Cindy colt who now has $82,540 in career earnings for owner/trainer William Hartman and co-owner Saundra Andre’. Even though the live racing season is over at Scioto, the racetrack will still be open for simulcasting from noon-midnight. Racing will resume in May 2014, dependent on approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission. Scioto Downs Racino
Eight $150,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championships were held at Scioto Downs Racino Saturday evening. Feelin Lika Winner lived up to his name when he won the coveted 3-year-old colt pacing championship in 1:52.2. The Scott Mogan trainee sat in the pocket most of the way behind race favorite, That Friske Feelin and Tony Hall, after parking the latter to an opening quarter of 26.3. "We wanted to follow Burke’s horse (That Friske Feelin), as close as we could get to him,” said driver Kayne Kauffman. “We got out of the gate good and I kind of pushed him through the first turn and tried to sting him a little bit.” That opening quarter didn’t take much out of the eventual winner as he powered home in 28.3 to win by four and three-quarter lengths. “That was a very tough call (to pull going around the last turn instead of waiting for the passing lane) but my horse felt strong,” continued Kauffman. “Tony’s plugs were out down the backside so we went ahead and made the move and it worked out.” Feelin Lika Winner is owned by Mogan, Diamond Chip Stables (Judy Weber), AWS Stables (Allen & Carol Marie Schmidthorst) and Charlie Guiler. The gelding by Feelin Friskie out of the Live Love Laugh mare Naughty Sunflower now has $212,235 in lifetime earnings and took a mark earlier this year of 1:51.4 here at Scioto. Other OSS winners on the evening included: 2yo Filly Trot - In the Grippers (Steven One - Over Baked) in 1:58 for driver Chris Page, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and owner Herres Stables LLC (Natilie Herres). 2yo Colt Trot - Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally - Rompaway Wynona) in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Micallef, trainer Krista Williams and owner Rompaway Farms LLC (Thomas Smith) 2yo Filly Pace - Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie - Shakeurcancancress) in 1:56.1 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Mark Winters, Sr and owners Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano. 2yo Colt Pace - Chance I MIght (Stand Forever - Nature’s Course) in 1:55.3 for driver Brad Hanners, trainer Jim Dailey and owner Rebecca Dwyer. 3yo Filly Trot - Contessa Leigh (Full Count - Howl) in 1:57.1 for driver Sam “Chip” Noble, trainer Marty Wollam and owners G And B Racing (Bradley & George Berlin) and Marty Wollam. 3yo Colt Trot - Final Breath (Victory Sam - First Breath) in 1:56.1 for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty and owner Duane Lowe. 3yo Filly Pace - Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie - Fran Anna) in 1:53.3 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. Racing will continue for one more week, Wednesday thru Saturday, with a post of 6:30 p.m. each day. Saturday (September 14) is closing night at Scioto for the 2013 racing season. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
Tom Brinkerhoff only has four horses in his barn on the backside of Scioto Downs Racino but two of them qualified for the Ohio Sire Stakes Final for 3-year-old colt pacers that will be held this Saturday (Sept 7). The horse he entered, Outdoor Fever, has had a rough go of late but his early season success warranted him a shot at the winner’s share of $150,000. Leaving from post two, the pair is set at 8-1 morning line odds, not the favorite, but definitely in contention. “He’s a nice horse, but he’s just about a second and a half away from being a good horse,” said Brinkerhoff. “He’s good and sound, a nice horse to drive and good mannered. We just gotta have some luck before we can get any money.” Mike Wilder will be the seventh driver of the season to sit behind the colt who was second placed first in his seasonal debut, the first leg of the OSS at Lebanon. He paced in 1:57 that day (May 4) and three weeks later in the second leg at Scioto he was third, pacing in 1:54.4. He skipped the third leg, but went to the fourth at Raceway Park on August 25 and finished seventh. “Well that was at Toledo and they got down to the half real slow, and he was sitting back ninth,” explained Brinkerhoff. “He paced his last half in 55.1 but he was just back too far and couldn’t reach. He raced good, it was just the circumstances.” The ages of the human connections of Outdoor Fever are the opposite end of the age spectrum from their equine counterpart. Brinkerhoff will turn 76 just five days after Super Night, while his groom, Lenny Slygh, is 61 and breeder/owner Leonard Buckner is 80. The Brinkerhoff/Slygh pair have been working together for six years now and have the relationship of two long time friends that are enjoying their “retirement years” with some frisky young colts. But Brinkerhoff’s relationship with Buckner has really stood the test of time “I’ve been training horses for him for 31 years,” said Brinkerhoff who first started training horses with his dad when he was nine years old. “And we’ve had about one argument in all those years. He doesn’t come to the races (because of health reasons) but he watches all the races at home.” Outdoor Fever is by Stand Forever out of the Ruffstuff Baker mare Bang The Door. Coincidentally, Brinkerhoff trained Ruffstuff Baker for Buckner and said he was one of the best horses he has ever trained in his 67 year training career. The other horse that was eligible to the OSS Finals this year, My Myster E, is also owned in part by Buckner and was in the dance for the finals as a 2-year old. Finishing third in that $100,000 final to Feelin Lika Winner, Brinkerhoff had high hopes for him this year but “he’s been the biggest disappointment for me in 10 years. “They (Outdoor Fever and My Myster E) were raised together and have been beside each other for two years now in training. They’ve always been together.” When you have a pair of nice colts, one can always make up for the shortcomings of the other. But both of them will now have faced Feelin Lika Winner in their shot in the finals. Feelin Lika Winner is trained by Scott Mogan and installed as the 5-2 second favorite (behind 6-5 favorite That Friske Feelin). "I trained with him (Feelin Lika Winner) the other day, and I couldn’t get by him,” said Brinkerhoff. “It will all depend on how the race goes, you gotta have some luck. I’m hoping they will drag race down to the three-quarters and then maybe we’ll be able to pick up some pieces on the end.” When one-quarter of your stable is going for the rich $150,000 finals and you take care of the quality horses in your barn, sometimes age and experience will overcome the odds. For one 75-year-old, he’s hoping he has this great chance to be in the winner’s circle. Scioto Downs Publicity Department
Dan Noble and Virgil Morgan, Jr. teamed up to win the Open Pace Saturday night at Scioto Downs Racino - and the win put Morgan just 19 wins short of the coveted 5,000 win mark for trainers. With the assigned seven post position, the pair headed straight for the front and never looked back. Keeping at least a length between him and pocket sitter Carol’s Comet (Aaron Merriman) during every point of call, I Found My Beach won by a length in 1:51.3. Herres Stables LLC owns the 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three out of the Stand Forever mare Ohio Annie. I Found My Beach is the first foal from the mare and has a 2-year-old full brother, Whistle Jimmy K, who sold for $97,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Sale in Harrisburg. Morgan, a long-time Scioto based trainer, has nearly $41.5-million in lifetime purses won. He is now just 19 wins away from 5,000 lifetime wins (since the USTA started keeping track in 1992). He has never had less than a .311 UTRS while maintaining at least 752 starts (he had up to 1,743 starts in 2000) per year since 1997. Through racing on Saturday, Morgan sits third in the standings of 2013 top trainers by wins with 236 and seventh in earnings with $2.47-million. His current year UTRS of .375 has him sitting second, for trainers with 500+ starts, to Daniel Gill who has a .412. Racing will continue at Scioto Wednesday (Aug 28) with a first post of 6:30 p.m. and continues Thursday and Saturday. The track will be dark on Friday due to the on-track Gretchen Wilson concert. Just one week later, Scioto will play host to Ohio’s Super Night on September 7, with eight Sire Stakes Finals, going for $150,000 each,. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
On Sunday, August 25 Raceway Park will feature two divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes racing action on their 10-race program. This will be the fourth leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore colts. Trotters begin Sunday’s stake action in the evening’s eighth race. The field of eight vies for a purse of $35,000. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold your Breath) has been made the 8-5 heavy morning-line favorite. He races for Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe. Hugh Beatty is the gelding’s trainer and driver. Final Breath has won seven of 10 races this year and is 13 of 19 lifetime. He starts from post five and enters this event on a three-race win streak. Final Breath has a career bankroll of $126,697 and has a 1:55.3 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs in his most recent race on August 9. Also competing in the fourth leg will be last year’s OSS champion Trottin On Over, Masterdream Chaser, Heza Rube, Sammy Sammy Sammy, Chet N Spanky, Annie’s Rocketman and Buzzin Troubador. Race 9 will host the $35,000 fourth leg Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colt pacers. The 1 and 1A entry of That Friske Feelin and Phantom Flasher is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) is owned by the partnership of Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo. Ron Burke, North America’s winningest trainer in 2013, trains the gelding and uses Tony Hall to drive. This sophomore has 16 starts, winning eight races and finishing second five times. He set a 1:52.2 mark at Northfield Park on July 20 and has earned $114,883. That Friske Feelin starts from post six. The other half of the entry, Phantom Flasher (Memphis Flash-Trendy Tradition-Stand Forever), is also owned by Howard Taylor and Richard Lombardo. Becky Zubkoff is this gelding’s conditioner and has enlisted the driving services of Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Phantom Flasher and won two of 14 starts this year and has garnered $43,668 with a mark of 1:55 paced at The Meadows. He starts from post nine in a talented field consisting of Firetowers Stand, River Valley Pearl, Forever Kissed, Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, Outdoor Fever, Hanky L and Chief Friskie. Sunday’s first race post time at Raceway Park is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff
Four races of harness racing 2-year-old colts hit the track for the second leg of $30,000 Ohio Sire Stakes at Scioto Downs Racino on Saturday. Three of the winners kept their Sire Stakes win record in tact, winning both legs so far, and all four set new lifetime marks.