Rock N Joe (Kilowatt) became a repeat harness racing winner in the Spa Spring Claiming Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The four year old pacer swooped the group in career best fashion to prevail in the series' second leg. After getting claimed in leg one, Rock N Joe (Bruce Aldrich Jr) scored for his new connections by outclosing his rivals in the stretch following a three wide journey. It was the third consecutive victory for Rock N Joe who will head into next week's final as the only pacer capable of a series sweep following his 1:55.4 lifetime best score on Thursday. The other division of the series saw another pacer prevail for his new connections following a leg one claim. Regalwood (Stonebridge Regal) moved out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment before drawing away to a convincing victory in 1:55.3. The five year old pacer, who was piloted by Austin Siegelman, punched his ticket to next week's final for new trainer Don Sherman who co-owns with Jessica Roegner. Both leg two winners' victories came by the exact same margin of one and ¾ lengths. The series final for the pacers will take place on Saturday June 27th and goes for a purse of $16,300. Leg two of the Spa Spring Claiming Series for trotters takes place on Friday night. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella
There are only five TAB Carnival Of Cups meetings remaining this season however a number of horses still remain in contention to be crowned the series' leading pacer. With $5,000 on offer to the horse's owners, some trainers will look to compete at the remaining harness racing meetings in a bid to secure vital points. Every winner at a Carnival of Cups meeting receives three points, the runner up gets two points while third picks up one. Hollywood Sign set up a healthy lead after winning races at four meetings and placing third at another for trainer Trevor White but has since been sold and now is prepared by Victorian horseman Brent Lilley. The son of Life Sign has a three point lead over five pacers including Eugowra's Canola Cup winner Holm Three. Snoop Stride will compete at Cootamundra on Sunday afternoon and should the son of Stonebridge Regal win the final event he will join Hollywood Sign on thirteen points. The Turnbull family dominate the trainers and drivers points tables with Steve more than 100 points clear of his nearest rival in the training division while Amanda has a 42 point lead over her father in the leading driver tally. LEADING HORSE HOLLYWOOD SIGN 13 HOLM THREE 10 MOUSE IN THE HOUSE 10 READ ABOUT LEXY 10 RISEANDRISEAGAIN 10 SNOOP STRIDE 10* DENISES LEGACY 9* MITHRYS MAGIC 9 STRATHLACHLAN ANDY 9* LEXUS ON THE BEACH 8 PEPPERALL 8 SOKYS BIGBULLET 8* STENING 8* *racing at Cootamundra this Sunday LEADING TRAINER A S TURNBULL 145 S J SNUDDEN 41 S P TRITTON 36 B J HEWITT 33 D M HEWITT 22 LEADING DRIVER A J TURNBULL 85 A S TURNBULL 43 C R BELL 35 D N MORAN 32 B J HEWITT 27 Greg Hayes
Racing expands to three nights a week with the trotters and pacers now competing under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. A $5,500 Open Pace heads the Friday action. St Lads Lotto, who has rattled off five straight victories while steadily working his way up the class ladder here, looks to keep the momentum going in that main event. A 12-race card is set with a first post of 6:10 and the Open Pace goes as the third event on the program. A 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Stonebridge Regal, St Lads Lotto races for Ferne and Jack Frydman with Mark Winacott the conditioner and Steve Wiseman at the controls. He leaves from the assigned outside post in the field of six. The dark-hued performer began his winning streak while racing in a conditioned event on November 9 and has been unbeatable since that night. While he raced up close and personal in one of those tallies, he has used a powerful late kick to get the job done in the other decisions, the last four having coming with Wiseman in the sulky. St Lads Lotto established a new career standard when he accounted for the November 6 Open by an impressive four lengths and stopped the timer in 1:52 3/5. Sent off the 4-5 chalk in his most recent outing, he came from far back to be up by a half-length, coming his final quarter in :26 3/5 and stopping the clock in 1:52 4/5 that evening. China King was his most immediate victim in that affair while going off at 22-1 and will be making his third start since coming in from Pocono Downs, where he was a 1:51 2/5 victor last month. Gene Vallandingham conditions the son of American Ideal for Gary and Jennifer Sabot and Chip Lackey will again do the honors. Completing the field from the rail out are J C Onthebeach with Dave Siegel; Mar Dream, Mooney Svendsen; Cenalta Power for Ryan Grundy; and A Real Miracle, who will have Luke Plano giving directions. Brewski is doing her mother proud After capturing the first Sire Stakes of the meeting for the sophomore pacing fillies two weeks ago, Brewski came right back and proved a punctual odds-on favorite in a conditioned affair last weekend for owner/breeders Billie Schwartz and Junior Wilkinson and pilot Luke Plano. Wilkinson conditions the daughter of Little Steven and she is out of the Tulane mare Wooski, who was also a stakes winner for the Schwartz/Wilkinson combination and is enjoying some pretty good success with her first to the races. “This is the second generation for Billie and I,” Wilkinson noted. “We bred Wooski and now we have Brewski. We’ve also got a 2-year-old out of her named Couldbe Dancing who is getting ready to qualify. “Wooski was a real talented mare,” Junior related. “Unfortunately, she kicked a wall when she was 3 and missed a lot of stakes opportunities. She did come back and race at 4 with a 1:54 mark, but she really wasn’t the same.” As for Brewski, she only raced once last year and has posed for pictures following five of her 20 trips to the post this season. She lived up to her heavy back in that December 7 Sire Stakes assignment, then came right back with a solid decision at most recent asking while lowering her career standard to 1:57 1/5 in the process. “She’s getting better with each start,” her mentor said. “There are three more stakes races for her early next year and then we’ll go from there.” In the meantime, Brewski will suit up in Friday’s first race as she continues to stay on her toes for the next stakes assignment the chance to add even more trophies to her mantle. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness
The first Sire Stakes of the meeting saw King Of The Crop picking up right where he left off during the spring, posing for pictures as he added another harness racing trophy to the mantle for his owner/breeder Frank Nevarez. The 3-year-old pacing son of Little Steven, who is now conditioned by Gordie Graham, was driven for the first time in evening action by Bruce Clarke and got the job done in game, first-over fashion despite making his initial start since late June at Balmoral Park. I got King Of The Crop at the end of August, Graham informed. Hes a nice, quiet and laid back horse with a touch of class. I was able to get two qualifiers into him and then he was going to make a start before the stakes, but he had a little mucus and we had to scratch. Despite missing a start that could have had him nice and tight for the stakes engagement, King Of The Crop did not disappoint his many backers while prevailing by a length over Tony Cheesecake in last weeks stakes clash. I was actually surprised so many horses fired out of there at the start, but the quarter was only :29, Gordie said. Bruce said he didnt want to go to the front, so he was pretty patient with him in the early going. It all worked out. Graham, who currently has 10 performers for Nevarez, is looking ahead with this pacer and likes what he sees. There are three more Sire Stakes races, but theyre somewhat spread out so well be racing him sparingly. I think he could turn out to be a very nice horse down the road. In the meantime, there are three more big-money races for this division to be contested, and theres no question the one they have to beat. Open Pace brings out St Lads Lotto St Lads Lotto, who has rattled off three straight victories while steadily working his way up the class ladder, puts that streak on the line in Saturday nights $6,000 Open Pace at Cal Expo. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:10. A reminder that the trotters and pacers are now in action on Saturday and Sunday nights, with Friday racing being added to the schedule beginning on December 26. St Lad Lotto is a 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Stonebridge Regal who carries the banner of Ferne and Jack Frydman, is conditioned by Mark Winnacott and will have Steve Wiseman at the controls while doing his work from the No. 6 slot in a field of 10. A 1:52 winner last season at Mohawk, the dark-hued performer had to settle for minor awards in his first two starts at this meet, but has had his picture taken three times in a row since. The most recent came two weeks ago when he rallied from last to get the job done over a sloppy track with Wiseman giving directions. Set to line up against the razor-sharp Winnacott trainee are Paydaze on the Way; Stable Eyes; China King; Mar Dream; P H Jackpot; No Gin; Rusty Skip; Cenalta Power; and A Real Miracle. Cenelta Power captured the November 15 Open Pace in an 11-1 upset in his local debut. The Alberta invader is owned, trained and driven by Ryan Grundy. He sat a tracking trip in last months score and ignited when it counted to be up by a half-length that evening for his fifth score on the season. There are now four wagers here each night that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6: the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness
After racing four straight weeks in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series, what does the three-year-old pacing filly do during her off week from the stakes races? How about heading on over to Grand River Raceway and beating up on some older mares in their $8,500 Preferred Handicap Wednesday night! That's exactly when Medoland Lindeylou did. She was aided by Canada's leaving driver, Trevor Henry and leading trainer Richard Moreau. She raced to the lead from post three and held off a first-over challenge by Windsun Kenda past three-quarters en route to the 1:55.1 triumph. The favorite paid $4.60 to win. Insincerity finished two and three-quarter lengths behind in second place, edging out the pocket-sitter Shellace.. Last week's winner, another sophomore filly Private Performanc, rallied wide from the backfield to finish fourth. The bay filly by Stonebridge Regal is a four-time career winner with $86,746 earned. She is owned owned by Ohio breeder Tamara Hoovler and partners Dr. Robert Hutchison and Dr. Randall Hutchison.
Regal Babe earned the top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots point standings for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts with his victory in the first of four $18,000 divisions tonight at Mohawk Racetrack. Chattanooga Jim was the early leader in the first division, hitting the first marker in :26.2. Littlebitaclass took over the lead just past that point and was at the half in :56. Moving up to challenge was favourite Regal Babe who was neck and neck with the leader at the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Regal Babe, a son of Stonebridge Regal, took over through the lane for Doug McNair and held on to win in 1:52.3 over Shadowbriand and Recharge. An ultra consistent performer, Regal Babe has three wins and nine seconds in 13 starts this year for trainer Gregg McNair and owner/breeder Robert Chapple of Chatham, Ontario. With leading point earner Regal Son, another Stonebridge Regal son, not competing tonight after three Grassroots victories, Regal Babe earns the top spot for point earnings in this group. Titus Seelster was first to the top in the second split, hitting the quarter in :26.1 for Sylvain Filion, the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. He had several lengths on his rivals heading down the stretch and could not be caught, hitting the wire first in 1:51. Atomic Million AM closed well to take second while Waterside Light earned show. It was the second straight Grassroots victory for Titus Seelster, a son of Artistic Fella owned by Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms of Quebec and trained by Stephane Larocque. The Optimist led the way to the :26.2 first quarter in the third division for Paul MacDonell. Some Major Beach was alongside at the :54.2 half and that pair raced as a team towards the third panel but were passed by a three wide Shadow Place who hit the three-quarters in 1:23 and opened up down the lane to win comfortably in 1:51.1 for catch driver Jonathan Drury. Waco Bruiser got up for second while The Optimist held for third. Shadow Place, a son of Shadow Play, was recording his third win in eight starts this year for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Henri Hebert Jr., Les Ecuries Bruce and a numbered company all from Quebec. The fourth and final test had Hope For Hopelands leading the group through a :26.1 opener but Cluster Hanover quickly took over and he was then passed by VIP Bayama before the :54.4 half. VIP Bayama hit the three-quarters in 1:23.1 but was hauled down in the late going by Hall Bro and Luc Ouellette who hit the wire first in 1:52.1. In the blanket finish it was OK Galahad second and Andreios Kardia third. Owned by breeder Ferme Brodeur of Terrebonne, Quebec, Hall Bro was notching his sixth win in 13 trips behind the starting gate this year. This group will meet up again at Rideau Carleton Raceway on September 7. To view the complete results from tonight’s card at Mohawk, please click Mohawk Results - August 19. Ontario Sire Stakes
Well bred harness racing three-year-old pacer Karalta Dazzler showed why he is Kent Rattray's stable star when he outgunned a handy field in a C2 or better handicap over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night. It was the gelding's fourth win in succession but clearly his most impressive this season. Driver John Walters was content to allow Karalta Dazzler to race outside of the leader Paddys Ace but when he called on his charge for the big effort in the home straight he forged to the front and easily staved of challenges from runner-up Melolyn and Red Buster that gained a rails run to edge out Lickyalips for the minor prize. "I am really pleased with how this horse has come on this time in," Rattray said. "A bit was expected of him when he first went to the races but he had a few issues and that held him back." "He curbed a hock early this year and had to be spelled again but since he's been back he has kept on improving," he said. Karalta Dazzler (Stonebridge Regal-Karalta Crown) was bred by the trainer's parents Wayne and Gaye Rattray. The dam Karalta Crown was placed third in a Breeders Crown final as a two-year-old as well as winning an Evicus Stakes on home soil. She ended her racing career two seasons later with 12 wins and 18 minor placings from 35 starts for $120,000 in stakes. "The mare was very competitive on the racetrack and it looks like she is going to pass that on to her progeny because this horse (Karalta Dazzzler) is starting to deliver what he promised as a young horse," Wayne Rattray said. The trainer said Karalta Dazzler would continue to race while he is in good form. "If the fruit's ripe - pick it," Kent Rattray said. "So we will continue to target suitable races for the horse and he'll let us know when he's had enough," he said. Peter Staples
Well bred three-year-old pacer Karalta Dazzler is starting to live up to his name with his latest harness racing win in Launceston tonight, the gelding's third in succession. With regular driver John Walters in the sulky, Karalta Dazzler stepped well from the standing start and gradually worked his way to the lead down the back straight clear of Prettyboytroy that was eased out of the speed battle. Walters ensured a solid tempo and when he asked the gelding for the big effort at the top of the home straight he quickly established an unbeatable led and went on to comfortably score from Margin Girl with Helen Wheels working home well for third ahead of On The Deuce. Karalta Dazzler is trained by Kent Rattray who prepares the gelding for his parents Wayne and Gaye who bred him from their broodmare Karalta Crown that produced the gelding from an AI mating with Stonebridge Regal. It was the second leg of an early double for Walters who also guided the Ian Abraham-trained Vincent Can Go to victory in the opening race on the 11-event card. Listen to what driver John Walters had to say about Karalta Dazzler's latest win. Peter Staples
TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing reinsman John Walters secured a race-to-race double in Launceston on Sunday night. Walters guided Juffs Crossing to a game win before giving Karalta Dazzler a gun run to score impressively in the Furniture City Pace over 2200 metres. He had Karalta Dazzler settled in the one-out-two-back position before easing the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old three-wide heading down the back straight the last time with only the well tried Jabber Jawzzz behind him. Karalta Dazzler (Stonebridge Regal-Karalta Crown) ran home resolutely to score by two metres from Jabber Jawzzz with My Koda Kasper a close-up third. Karalta Dazzler was bred by his owners Wayne and Gaye Rattray who purchased the dam Karalta Crown from Fred and Pauline Barker at a Tasmanian Yearling Sale. Karalta Dazzler has won three and been placed seven times from his 17 starts this season and while he didn't win as a two-year-old he placed six times from 10 starts. By Peter Staples
Georgian Downs rolled out the red carpet on Saturday night for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series with five $18,000 dashes going behind the gate. When the dust had cleared, it was Shadios who shined brightest, turning in a career-best 1:50.3 clocking in the fourth Grassroots flight. With Billy Davis Jr. in the bike, Shadios sat in second while Warrawee Phoenix (Scott Coulter) rattled off fast fractions of :26.4, :53.4, and 1:22.2. Davis Jr. already had his charge out of the pocket at three-quarters and he took control entering the far turn. From there, Shadios set sail for the wire, which he reached five lengths to the good over runner-up Regal Babe (Mike Saftic). Twin B Spy (Robert Shepherd) finished in third. Tony Alagna trains Shadios, a Shadow Play gelding, for Great Britain-based owner Tom Hill. Shadios has won three times from six starts this year and he has four career victories. He has earned $26,860 in 2014 and $41,150 in his life. Davis Jr. also won the Grassroots opener with Some Major Beach, the Major In Art half-brother to the great Somebeachsomewhere. Making his first start for trainer Dave Menary, Some Major Beach worked out a second-over trip and then converted it into a 1:52.4 victory. He defeated Major Homer (Travis Henry) by two and three-quarters lengths with Allstar Seelster (Mike Saftic) back in third. Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, Pennsylvania, Robert Watson of Ashfield, Australia and Martinez Equine of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania own Some Major Beach. This was his second career win from 17 tries and he has banked $154,226. The other three divisions were all won by driver Scott Coulter. He guided Andreios Kardia to a 1:53.1 decision in the second split; Regal Son to a 1:54.1 tally in the third division; and Lucky King to a 1:53.1 triumph in the Grassroots nightcap. Andreios Kardia, a gelding by Badlands Hanover, is trained by Jeff Madill for owner/breeder Ina Madill of Innisfil, Ont. Unraced as a freshman, Andreios Kardia is four-for-16 this year with $55,350 in the bank. Regal Son, a Stonebridge Regal colt, is trained by Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont, who also bred Regal Son with long-time partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. Gordon Wright of Charlotte, Michigan is also part of the ownership contingent. Regal Son is a four-time winner in his racing career and he has earned over $55,550. Andrew McCabe sent out Camluck colt Lucky King for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. This was the first Ontario Sires Stakes win this year for Lucky King, who won last year’s Grassroots Championship for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. He has six career victories and he has stashed away $91,053 for his connections. The next event for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series is slated for August 3 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Royal Reception (Stonebridge Regal) prevailed in Thursday evening's $6,955 conditional pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse-trained three-year-old has been consistent in his freshman season and came into Thursday's race hitting the board in twelve of seventeen lifetime tries. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Royal Reception and moved the morning line favorite out early and positioned him in the pocket. Pulling out at the top of the stretch, Royal Reception had to withstand a stretch challenge from rival Meetyouatmidnight (Wally Hennessey). Hanging on to win by a head, Royal Reception recorded his third lifetime victory and Thursday win came in a career best 1:55.1. The freshman pacer returned $8.10 to win. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time switching to 7:05pm for the remainder of the summer. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway
Medoland Lindeylou and Stolen Goods were highly thought of by the betting public Tuesday evening at Georgian Downs, and both passed their Preferred tests with flying colours. Sent off at odds of 4-5, Medoland Lindeylou wired up the foes she faced in the $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 in a time of 1:54.4. Trevor Henry rolled the three-year-old daughter of Stonebridge Regal-Jodie Lynne Tup to the lead from Post 3 and she successfully sliced out splits of :27, :57.4 and 1:25.4 before using a :29-second kicker to defeat Gracie Montana and Firstclassflight. Richard Moreau trains the youngster for Ohioans Tamara Hoovler, Dr. Robert Hutchison and Dr. Randy Hutchison. It was the homebred’s first win of the season from six trips postward, and the lion’s share of the loot lifted her overall earnings to $72,776. To read the rest of the story click here.
Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) completed a training double for Heidi Rohr on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The conditional trotter was dropping down from the $15,000 claimers when he finally moved to a good post with driver Shawn Gray in the sulky. The morning line favorite, Brussel Sprout followed the cover of the race's public choice before tipping three wide around the final turn. The five-year-old trotter had plenty left in the tank to cruise by his rivals before securing a 2:01 victory. Brussel Sprout went off at odds of 7-2 and completed a double for Saratoga's defending Trainer of the Year Heidi Rohr, who also teamed up with Gray for a victory with pacer Chrome Seelster (Stonebridge Regal). by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Now that he is healthy, harness racing pacer Getitoffyourchest is trying to get it going. Or, maybe more appropriately after winning his first two starts of the year, keep it going. The 4-year-old male pacer is 2-for-2 this season after capturing his opening round division of the Bobby Weiss Series last weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He starts from post No. 1 in the second of three $15,000 second-round divisions Saturday. Getitoffyourchest, owned by Delaware's David Banks and trained by Richard "Dickie" Lewis, last year won two of five races before being sidelined by a hairline ankle fracture. For his career, the son of stallion Tell All has won five of 10 starts and earned $23,265. Driven by Mike Simons, Getitoffyourchest won by a head over Dinner At The Met in a lifetime-best 1:52.1 last week. The Lunch Pail, the favorite, was third. "He can pace with them if he races like he has been," Lewis said. "He's off to a good start. I think he'll be even a little sharper this week. We'll just do the best we can do." Getitoffyourchest was purchased for $3,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. His dam, Jolie Hanover, is a half-sister to Jimmie Hanover, who was runner-up in the 2010 New York Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers. His family also includes stakes-winners Lady Joanna and Stonebridge Regal. "He was a nice looking colt and had a lot of sense," Lewis said. "He had a lot of speed. As a 2-year-old, his knees got to bothering him, so we quit with him. Last year, he had the hairline fracture and we brought him back real slow. He's just a nice colt. He's easy going and good to be around. You'd never know he's a stud." The 66-year-old Lewis and Banks have known each other for decades, but Lewis only started training for Banks about three years ago. Lewis, who conditioned free-for-all trotter Calvert in the late 1970s, has worked for a number of trainers over the years, including his son Doug. "I've known Mr. Banks for a long time," Lewis said. "We drove together in our younger days. He needed a trainer and we've lucked out and come up with a few decent horses. Hopefully we'll get a few more." In addition to Getitoffmychest, Lewis and Banks send out All Gold in the third division of Saturday's Weiss. All Gold, who has won five of 18 career starts and earned $41,155, was scratched last week because of illness and a hoof abscess. Geititoffmychest's division features two other first-round winners: Stratos Hanover, who won by 3-3/4 lengths over Kostas Wine in 1:52.2, and UF Rockin Dragon, who won by 1-1/2 lengths over A Stitch In Time in 1:51.3. Shark Fantasy, who also was a first-round winner last week, competes in All Gold's division. The five-week series concludes with a $30,000 final April 19. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
The Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd and Tasracing at 6pm next Friday at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale comprises 39 lots by 17 different sires including Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major and the champion North American sire Rocknroll Hanover. Other well known stallions include Courage Under Fire, Shadow Play, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Julius Caesar, Mister Big, Major In Art, Tiz A Masterpiece, Stonebridge Regal and JR Mint. The offering includes the first foal of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak and a colt closely related to the Miracle Mile winner and nominal Inter Dominion favourite Beautide. Besides Shez Ryleymak, the progeny of Group and classic winners Cam River, Mon Poppy Mary, Laconic, Cullens Angel (1:54.8), Thabela Brioso, El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon and Whata Dragon are listed to go under the hammer. There’s half-brothers and sisters to top performers such as Abbreviated (Vic. Youthful), Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner, Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle, Cruisin Fella and Melolyn. All yearlings presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. They will also be eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. Furthermore, the youngsters are eligible for a one-off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K.Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com . by Peter Wharton