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Harness racing trainer Ross Sugars has a high opinion of his in-form four-year-old Bettor Rock On. And why shouldn’t he? Since arriving Down Under from New Zealand, the son of Bettors Delight is three from three after two wins at Ballarat and one at Warragul. Bettor Rock On will contest the first of two heats of the Tabcorp Park Melton Winter Championship over 1720m on Friday night. At his most recent outing Bettor Rock On sat in the breeze to win at Ballarat over 2200m in a mile rate of 1:58.9, arguably never leaving second gear in defeating Arr En Special by 3.9m. “Under their handicapping system in New Zealand he was running into the very best too soon,” Sugars said. “We’re friends with the owners so they sent him over to us and I couldn’t be happier with having him.” In New Zealand Bettor Rock On was forced to take on the likes of top-class free-for-all gun Franco Nelson. And he wasn’t getting beaten far in those sorts of races. Bettor Rock On led and won at Warragul two starts back, beating Baccarat by 6.2m. Baccarat has since gone on to win at Kilmore, franking the form. “He’s such a lovely and relaxed racehorse and he’s very adaptable to circumstances and the tempo of any particular race,” Sugars said. “He’s also got a very good burst of speed, so there’s no real set running pattern for him, which makes the driver’s life a hell of a lot easier.” Sugars predicted Bettor Rock On would make a strong country cups horse next season. “The plan is for him to go right through the grades,” he said. The Hopetoun Park trainer has La Machane in the Harness Breeders Vic Jane Ellen on Friday night, but he admits defeating New South Welsh star Frith will be a tough task for the mare. “Last start was a shockingly slowly run race. She went 55.1 for the last half,” he said. “She’s going really well. “The bad draw makes it difficult on Friday night. Frith probably leads and history says she’ll be left alone.” The Sugars stable will also be represented by Illawong Magic in the first race, Mulgrave in the third and Quite A Moment in the seventh. Daylight Dan is an emergency in Race 8. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The former banker who has just resigned as head of the Racing Board has proposed the Government introduce laws to help stem ‘‘leakage’’ to Australian  bookmakers.   New Zealand does not officially have a competitive bookmaking market with the TAB, owned by the NZRB, a statutory monopoly. But plenty of Kiwi punters place bets online with overseas bookies. How much is unknown but it’s estimated as high as $300 million to $400m a year.  NZRB chief executive Chris Bayliss resigned last week after two years in the job but prior to his resignation Bayliss said the TAB had been working with the Government on amending legislation so that overseas bookmakers using New Zealand product, racing or sport, would have to be licensed here. Part of the licensing requirement would be to pay GST and also the levies that the TAB has to pay. The TAB’s overseas rivals can offer better odds because they don’t incur these costs. The State of Origin rugby league game on May 28 highlighted the differences.   The TAB odds offered on Queensland to win were 2.70 (ie $2.70 back for every $1 bet), compared to 3.00 at Sportsbet, and 3.15 at Centrebet, both Australian betting websites. That’s unfair competition said  Bayliss, especially as the TAB has a large retail store base to operate,  versus  online-only overseas bookmakers.  Bayliss said around 80 per cent of the money is flowing into betting companies like Sportsbet and Centrebet, domiciled in Australia’s Northern Territories. He believed their chief executives would comply with new laws. ‘‘All we can do is have the legislation, and make the large corporates aware that it exists. I think the large corporates will embrace it.’’ Previously some had suggested following the Australian example of a 1.5 per cent ‘‘product fee’’ on bets taken on New Zealand sports by overseas bookmakers, assuming they could be forced to pay. But for an organisation that makes a profit of $140m, 1.5 per cent of $300m is a ‘‘rounding error’’.   Bayliss wanted to level the playing field so Kiwis won’t get better odds overseas. ‘‘If Kiwis no longer want to bet with overseas bookmakers because the odds aren’t better.. . ’’ Bayliss mused. ‘‘My net profit is 10 per cent. $30m is a game-changer.’’ The racing industry misguidedly believed that Government should build a digital wall around New Zealand, and start blocking overseas web-betting services, as well as following the likes of Hong Kong, making it illegal for banks and credit card companies to process payments to overseas bookmakers. Not all of the leakage is to do with the better odds. TAB has been slow to adapt. It has only just started streaming events online, and finally launched a functioning smartphone betting app to cash in on the football World Cup.   ‘‘Licensed bookmakers’ betting patterns could be more easily scrutinised if they were licensed’’, Bayliss said.   Bayliss said he had ‘‘ongoing dialogue’’ with Racing Minister Nathan Guy and he expected progress on the issue in the next 12 to 18 months. But the minister wouldn’t be drawn on whether Baylis’s proposal will get the nod. ‘‘Leakage is an important issue for the local racing industry and I’ve been discussing it with industry leaders,’’ Guy said. ‘‘It’s a complicated issue and will take some time to work up some options.’’   By Rob Stock   Reprinted with permission of The Sunday Star Times

Smart pacer Five Card Draw has raced himself into the Brisbane winter carnival. The former New Zealand two-year-old Pacer of the Year has proved to be an astute mid-season purchase for big spending owner Dean Shannon and his trainer/driver Darrel Graham. Arriving in Australia back in February, the highly decorated pacer has now managed to win six races at Albion Park while running eight minor placing’s and banking close to $70,000 in prizemoney. His latest victory on Saturday night was quite easily his best winning performance since crossing the Tasman. Starting a heavily backed favourite in the $16,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final, Five Card Draw was chased off the gate at the start but galloped soon afterwards. Losing valuable ground, Five Card Draw managed to reset fairly quickly with Graham saving as much ground as possible by racing against the pegs. With Victorian three-year-old Diamond Ace setting cracking sectionals in front, Five Card Draw continued to make ground along the inside before forcing clear approaching the home turn and race away from Ida Tiger and Floyd Mayweather over the concluding stages. The winning mile rate of 1;54.1 is a new ‘PB’ for the Bettors Delight gelding. “That was a great victory and clearly his best winning performance since joining my stable earlier this year. After making that crucial error early, he had no right to finish off the way he did – that was a fantastic effort.” Graham said. So taken by the winning effort, Graham is now looking at the Queensland winter carnival features starting with the Gr.3 $45,000 4 & 5yo Championship at Albion Park on July 12. “His recent form surge proves he deserves his opportunity in some of these better events during the next month, at this stage I will tackle the 4 & 5yo Championship followed by the 4yo Championship and then I’ll take a look at the Redcliffe Cup. “He proved he can handle the standing start conditions when he contested the Premiers Cup series recently, his effort in the final behind Major Moment was his best run for me because he was so brave after doing all the work in track record time while the winner came via the sprintlane. “He’s low flying currently and I’m prepared to give him his chance in these upcoming features; he’s fit and healthy and he should relish a genuine tempo while being driven cold and saved for one run at them. We’ll give it a good crack anyway.” The Fernvale based mentor will have Sign To Inverell tackling the open class features in the next month starting with Saturday night’s Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park where he will meet champion pacer Im Themightyquinn, current track record holder Suave Stuey Lombo and the flying Avonnova among others. Comeback pacer Lanercost will skip this week’s sprint feature after missing last week’s open class event because a small niggling injury. By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

The triple Trio isn’t New Zealand’s favourite bet type. In fact, it isn’t even close. Some punters find it too complicated and others just think it is too damn hard. Even the punters that do enjoy the occasional flutter on the Triple Trio wonder what ever happened to the proposed $1 million dollar pools.  But, tonight I advise you to have a go at the Triple Trio. Why you may ask? Because I think it is gettable, very gettable. In the first leg of tonight’s Triple Trio, race two at Alexandra Park, I think you can play it slim, with two horses as bankers. Those two horses are Ideal Flybye and Christy Breanna, who I think stand head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Consistent trotter Ballyronan also looks a banker in the third leg. To learn more about the Triple Trio click here. To have a bet on tonight's Triple Trio click here $100,000 Triple Trio selections races 2-4 Leg 1: Bankers: 5, 7 Others:  1, 2, 8, 9 Leg 2: Boxed: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 Leg 3: Banker: 5 Others: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 By Mitchell Robertson  

Harness Breeders NSW are pleased to announce the launch of a new improved and user friendly website at www.harnessbreedersnsw.com.au. The new site is easy to navigate whilst still offering loads of useful information like links to “the Breeding Barn, the “1.58 club, results and up coming races for horses bred by our members together with a copy of our newsletters and foal photos, amongst other things. The new design also offers renewing members and new members a simple, no fuss tab for becoming a member or renewing your membership.  Another very useful section listed under Industry Insights offers useful information for people new to the industry including facts about breeding & owning a horse, racing a horse, reading a freezebrand and animal welfare organisations involved in the rehoming of horses once their racing career is complete.  We also offer a comprehensive links section to other areas within the industry including a link to all the major studs who support HBNSW, race clubs, Australian breeding rules and regulations together with websites that offer standardbred horses for sale.  So why not go and have a look today at www.harnessbreedersnsw.com.au HRNSW

Last week the ring-around produced five winners including Kowhai Sunrise (Mark Jones), who romped in at odds of $6.10. Let’s see what racings leading lads have got for us this week. Forbury Park – Thursday Gavin Smith & David Butt:  Have both opted for Eagles Nest, who is a lot better than his form suggests. However, he does run into a couple of smart types in Media Queen and Smokin Bird – race three. Stephen McNally: Has opted for Bonora Boy who will also attempt to break maidens in the third event. Nathan Williamson: Thinks the consistent Nickelson will get some money again tonight – race four. Matthew Williamson: Has a good book of drives, but rates Al Razza as the best of them – race nine. Tim Williams: Thinks Memorable can get a slice of the pie in the last race of the card. Alexandra Park – Friday Ken Barron: Has opted for last start winner Real Intentions as his bet of the week. She also competes in the first event. Scott Phelan: Thinks Prince Of Pops, who was an impressive last start winner, can double the dose on Friday. – race one. Josh Dickie: Has opted for debutant Connoisseur, who has been impressive at the trials.  He competes in the third race on the card. Blenheim– Friday Jonny Cox: Thinks capable trotter Free Dreams can win his stable debut – race five. Craig Thornley: Rates the chances of Al’s Courage, who was very good on both days of the Nelson circuit. Ricky May: Rates Franco Salisbury as his best drive of the week – race eight. Terry Chmiel: Thinks Swarovski will prove very hard to beat in the eighth race on the card. Anthony Butt: Is very bullish about the chances of Motu Prince Of Peru – race eleven. Blenheim - Sunday Blair Orange: Has opted for Vice Consul, who will come into the meeting fresh on the second day. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Vice Consul  

Addington is delighted to announce that the Christchurch Casino will continue to support New Zealand’s greatest race, the New Zealand Trotting Cup, for the next three years. The ongoing commitment continues the Casino’s relationship with Addington and harness racing’s iconic race. First sponsored in 2005, this year will see a decade of involvement, support and sponsorship from the Christchurch Casino. New Zealand Metropolitan Chairman Barry Dent commented “we are delighted that Christchurch Casino will be continuing as our business partner on one of the greatest days of harness racing in New Zealand. We really value the relationship and the huge support the Casino provides to our club not only on Cup Day but throughout the year. It is absolutely marvellous.” Barry Thomas, Chairman of Christchurch Casinos Limited said that the Casino is pleased to be able to continue its support. “Times are tough in our City at the moment but Cup Day at Addington is Canterbury at its best, and we feel happy to be a part of it, a time when all Cantabrians can celebrate and present a positive message to the rest of the country.” The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup will be run on Tuesday 11 November and this year’s running could well see history made. Champion Canterbury pacer Terror To Love is aiming to make it four Christchurch Casino Trotting Cups in succession, a feat yet to be achieved. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington

The 2 Titans Racing Stable and the Fowlerville Horsemen are hosting qualifying and gate training on Sunday, June 22. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. All horses must enter on Thursday, June 19, by calling the fair office (517-223-8186) or Claudia's Cary-Davidson's cell (517-294-0003) between 9-11 a.m. (EDT). Qualifying horses will go first and gate training to follow. Five horses on the gate. Stalls are available on a first-come basis (NO STRAW PLEASE). Gate training colts will be classified by age, speed, and gait for schooling. The Fowlerville Horsemen committee will offer hotdogs and brats for a picnic. Please bring a dish to pass if you can. Everyone will be welcome for lunch. Please note the following rules: 1) Only licensed drivers and trainers on the track; 2) Race bikes only for schooling horses; 3) Drivers must be in colors; 4) Eligibility papers and Coggins required for qualifying horses. Special thanks to 2 Titans Racing Stable for sponsoring this event. Their generous donation has paid for the race officials required to conduct this year's event. For updates and further details, visit Fowlerville Harness Horsemen on Facebook or our website (Rock-N-Horsestandardbreds.com). From the Fowlerville Harness Horsemen    

Last week the ring-around produced four winners, all at relatively good value. This week we have a smaller ring-around than usual due to some technical problems, however I am sure it is still chock-a-block with winners. Forbury – Thursday  Nathan Williamson: Thinks Nickelson can give Father Christmas a run for his money in the fifth event tonight. John Dunn: Expects Alta Jerome to be hard to bowl from his handy barrier draw in race number six on the card. Tim Williams: Rates the chances of Queen Of The Crop in race eight. Matthew Williamson: Is very bullish about the chances of Lionel’s Meddle in the claimers’ event – race eleven. Alexandra Park – Friday Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Te Amo Bromac – race one. Josh Dickie: Rates the chances of Stellar Kamwood in the fourth event. Todd Mitchell: Rates the chances of Cyclone Prince, who finished sixth in the 3YO Emerald. He looks the one to beat in race number six. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for Norvic Nightowl, who finished a creditable fourth in the 4YO Emerald. – race eight. Ashburton@Addington – Friday Ken Barron: Expects Mighty Major to prove very hard to beat in race one on the card. Blair Orange: Thinks he can bring up his 100th winner for the season aboard Someardensomewhere – race four. Cambridge – Sunday Scott Phelan: Thinks Megs First is a strong each-way chance in race eight. Simon Lawson: Rates the chances of Ton Tine in the same event. Ashburton – Sunday Ricky May:  Has opted for The Emperor Robyn, who looks well placed in the first event on Sunday. Mark Jones: who found some good place value in Eastburn Mara, has opted for Kowhai Whiz in the fourth event.              

Trainer Lance Justice hopes Im Barney Rubble can notch back to back wins when he contests Friday night’s Vermont Panels Enduro at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. With Brian Gath in the sulky, the six-year-old gelding found the lead last Friday in the Il Gambero Pace over 2240m at Melton and defied all comers in scoring a 1.8m win in a mile rate of 1:58.9. Gath again takes the reins this Friday night, Justice saying he was a firm believer in the “winning form is good form adage”. Justice will climb into the cart behind Machin Out, which ran seventh in the same race as his stable-mate last week, making an early three-wide move before working in the breeze. “He’s going well he just needs a little bit of luck,” said Justice of Machin Out. Friday night’s $20,505 Enduro is a stand-start race and neither of Justice’s entrants has won from the tapes. But that doesn't worry the champion trainer. “They’re both ODS but they both get away pretty good from the stand,” Justice said. The Justice stable could be set for a big night with several serious winning chances on Friday, but potentially none are more exciting than Garibaldi, which will contest the $10,000 Guaranteed First 4 Pools Pace over 2240m. Starting from pole, the four-year-old Sands A Flyin gelding is sure to take some running down after back to back successes. “He’s worked really good during the week and he’s a really nice horse,” Justice said. In the second heat of the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Justice will start Invasive, which has drawn seven for the 2240m journey. “I was really disappointed with his effort last week,” Justice declared. “Jason (Hackett) said he went OK but I thought he should have gone better. “I’m hoping he can bounce back.” Invasive finished fourth, 4.5m from Blitzthemcalder last Friday night. In Race 5, the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace over 1720m, Justice will line up two runners – Discrimination and Toulouse Lautrec. Brian Gath will pilot Discrimination after winning aboard it last week, while Justice will steer Toulouse Lautrec from gate seven. “I can see him being really hard to beat,” Justice said of Discrimination. On Toulouse Lautrec Justice said, “Barrier seven usually sorts him out”. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Harness Jewels 2YO Emerald winner Beaudiene Boaz is the latest classy two-year-old that has been purchased into the stable of leading Perth trainer, Gary Hall Snr. The Badlands Hanover colt, who was trained by Ray Green, is the third pricey two-year-old that has been bought by Hall in the last month. The other two are smart fillies Nuala and Giuliana Rancic, who were both snapped up by Hall Snr after making impressive winning debuts. Nuala, who is a daughter of Changeover and smart mare Forever Blue, was purchased out of the stable of Greg and Nina Hope for a six figure sum, while American Ideal filly Giuliana Rancic also fetched good money for her co-trainer-owner, Josh Dickie. Other two-year-olds that have been snapped up by the huge Perth market this season include Ardee, who is set to debut in WA tonight, and Assassinator, who finished a narrow second in his Australian debut at Pinjarra yesterday behind another ex-Kiwi two-year-old in Arturus. Meanwhile, classy two-year-old Smoke N Santanna, who has been the subject of a couple of big offers this season, was humanely put down last week after breaking a leg in a paddock accident while spelling. “It’s a real shame as he was a very nice horse who was going to come back even better at three,” said Ricky May, who drove the son of Santanna Blue Chip and Smoke N Mirrors to win his last at Addington. “Mark (Jones-trainer) had a big opinion of the horse and was keen to keep racing him in order to try and pick up some more penalty-free wins, but the owners wanted to look after him and spell him and then something unfortunate like this has gone and happened.” “It’s just goes to show that sometimes you are better to take the opportunities while they are there as racing can be a really cruel game at time but you never expect something like this to happen. “It only ever happens to the good ones,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson

Abbey Holdaway says she owes her first training victory to her boss and partner, Todd Mitchell. The 26-year-old Waikato horseman had her green, white, and black colours in the winner’s circle for the first time when Celeris won the Cambridge Primary Mobile Trot at Cambridge Raceway on Tuesday. “It was a huge thrill," she said. "Actually I was excited just getting my trainer’s licence, but now after six starts this happens....I’m still buzzing.” After stints with Geoff Small and Dale Cameron, Holdaway was actually looking for employment in the administration sector when Mitchell offered her part-time work. “I used to manage the Royal Oak Tab for a couple of years but always loved working with horses. "I didn’t think I could earn an income in the harness racing industry again until Todd offered me work." And then when Gene Robb left Mitchell’s early this year, Holdaway was offered full-time employment working alongside the four-time New Zealand Cup winning reinsman. She helps Mitchell work his team of about 13 in Tauwhare, as well as her only horse in training – Celeris. “I paid $2,000 for him off Adrienne Matthews in March last year. "Chris Gillies then trained him for me before I got my licence. "I had my first start with him in March. His previous best finish for me was sixth,” Holdaway said. Celeris drew 10 of 10 at Cambridge on Tuesday and was characteristically slow away. Mitchell had the Pegasus Spur gelding in sixth place (three-back on the outer) at the bell and then took lead at the 400m. They hung on to win by three quarters of a length, trotting the 2200m mobile in 2:48.8 (mile rate: 2:03.4) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.5 and 30.5. He was rank outsider and paid a whopping $83.40 to win. “He’s such a slow starter especially from stands, and I thought he might have gone a bit better from the mobile - and he did. "He was slow away again but it was a nice confident drive by Todd. “I won’t forget this win in a very long time,” Holdaway said. Holdaway was born in Auckland and educated at Pukekohe High School. “I wasn’t born into a harness racing family but soon learnt all about it when I was working for Geoff and then Dale. “Todd has also taught me heaps and I'm grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to train. "I am really enjoying it, I have no desire to drive – I’ll leave that to the professionals. “I would like to sell Celeris now and then perhaps lease another one. “I’m totally hooked,” she said. Holdaway shares in the ownership of Celeris with Neill and Aaron Bowrey. The 6-year-old was bred by Matthews, Johnnie Butcher and Philippa. Butcher. He is the 12th of 13 foals out of Game Pride mare, Game Robinson. Trained and driven by the late Max Robinson, Game Robinson won five races between 1989 and 1992. Her last foal – The Fat Controller (by Britewell) – was her most successful in New Zealand, winning 11 races and just over $150,000. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

A North Island campaign now beckons for the highly capable Brian Hill trained trotting mare Sunchita, who was victorious on both days of the Nelson Winter Meeting. “There is a $15,000 race for her at Alexandra Park on the 27th of June so we will look at kicking of her campaign there,” said Sunchita’s co-owner, Kristie Hill. “She always works the Alexandra Park way round and handles it very well so going right-handed won’t be a problem,” she added. Sunchita has always possessed immense ability, but has been a heart-break on many occasions, throwing away multiple races with late gallops and poor manners. However, the six-year-old daughter of Sundon has really clicked of late, and finished second behind smart types Doctor Bones and Kincaslough, before notching up her Nelson double. “We watched all her replays and noticed that she always chucked her head in the air before she galloped so we have put an under-check on her and that really seems to have helped,” advised Hill. “We have also played around with her shoeing a bit,” she added. Hill said it was a big thrill for her and her father to win on both days at their local meeting. “I’m thrilled for dad (Brian) as she really has caused us a few headaches and heartbreaks,” she added. Sunchita, who is a daughter 3-win pacing bred mare Carmenchita, has now won six of her 50 starts and looks set to add to that record in the near-future. Hill said she is planning on stabling Sunchita at Michelle Wallis’s Waiuku Stable during her northern sojourn. “I think staying and Michelle and Bernie’s would be a great option as she enjoys beach work,” concluded Hill. By Mitchell Robertson  

On Friday the progeny of Carmenchita won two races on the Nelson card and today it was Putting On The Glitz’s turn. The first of the Walton Hanover mares’ winners was two-year-old Expresso Martini, who was a game winner for driver Blair Orange after being taken on in front on several occasions. Expresso Martini, who is a son of Bettor’s Delight, is trained by Mark Jones and is owned by the Met Eight Syndicate. He has now won one of his five starts and placed on a further three occasions. Putting On The Glitz’s second winner for the day was Secret Lotion, who notched up back-to-back wins at the Nelson meeting when winning in the hands of Samantha Ottley. She has won two of three starts since joining the Woodend stable of Robert Dunn and placed second on the other occasion Secret Lotion is a Courage Under Fire full-sister to Group One winning mare Secret Potion. Other well performed progeny of Putting On The Glitz, who is a half-sister to the well performed American mare Silver Lined Pocket, include four-win pacer How Do Mate. By Mitchell Robertson  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 31, 2014-Odds-on favorite All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, $2.60) was both anxious and effective Saturday night, winning the $300,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. In play from post position No. 4 as the 3-10 favorite, All Bets Off made the first lead in the 24th Rooney. He then handed the baton to second choice Stevensville (Tim Tetrick) right around a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The song remained the same at the 55.1 intermission and early in the backstretch the second time. That's when Maxi Bon (Dan Dube) moved from fourth, and he was in a hurry. He disposed of a no-fight Stevensville just after a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Good thing for All Bets Off that nothing was moving behind "Maxi," as he was able to extricate himself. All Bets off collared the new leader early in the lane, then held off a rallying Some Playa (George Brennan) by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.2. Maxi Bon held third, with Unlocked (Brent Holland) closing from last to grab fourth. Bondi Hanover (Jason Bartlett) earned the final pay envelope, with Gold Rocks (Eric Goodell), a tiring Stevensville and Ideal Fashion (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the order. For All Bets Off, a statebred son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stables and Rosemary Shelswell, he's now 3-for-4 this season (earnings of $180,250). The exacta paid $15.80, with no triple returning $44.20. "Oh, yeah, I was worried," Kakaley said. "I thought giving up the lead (to Stevensville) was the right thing to do."Then I saw Danny's (Dube, with Max Bon) coming fast and I knew I was in trouble. I was lucky to get out. If I don't, I'm shuffled out, and probably last "He's (All Bets Off) handy enough for the half-mile , but I think he can carry his speed to bigger tracks, too," Kakaley said. "Every start, (All Bets Off) has been on his toes. Give Ronnie (Burke) and his crew an A-plus. I'm just fortunate to have the drive." In the $124,744 Lismore Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, Tyra showed her heels to the field for driver Tim Tetrick, grinding the lead away from Southwind Silence (George Brennan) by the three-quarters and then pulling away from the field to win by seven open lengths in 1:52.1. Southwind Silence was second with Also Encouraging (Matt Kakaley) third. It was the second win in four starts this year for Tyra. the daughter of McArdle is trained by Joann Looney-King and is owned by the CC Racing, Inc. of Mokena, ILL. She paid 43.50 to win as the betting favorite. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Even before the two year old filly Jewels race is run Jim and Ann Gibbs can feel good about the favour they have done Lyn Tucker. Though some Tuckers might have wondered Jim and Ann of course are well known for their successful transition to harness facing after years of fame in thoroughbred racing. But the Tucker family was once even more famous. Ivan Tucker, Lyn's father in law, was one of the most famous of trainers preparing the great Rising Fast. winner of the Melbourne Cup. Lyn's late husband, also Ivan, was also a successful trainer. The Gibbs's were friends of both and when Jim and Ann took shares in Fight For Glory, Jim decided to present his share to Lyn. "Lyn had lost a husband and had a bit of bad luck and I thought she would get more out of it. I was doing all right and I wanted her to share in it" "It wasn't a lot of money ($5000) and she is getting a thrill out of it" With luck at Cambridge on Saturday it might be a lot bigger and that will be mixed news for Jim. The withdrawal of his other horse Hug The Wind leaves only Ann with a runner on Saturday. But perhaps a good deed will still bring the right result. For frequent updates on all of the All Stars team as we near harness racing's glamour day visit the Harness Jewels 14 sections of the All Stars Website. By David McCarthy (Courtesy of ALL STARS STABLES)  

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