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Caviart Caterina (Tell All) has been a winning machine in 2017. The Robert Marston trainee came to Saratoga Casino Hotel last week for the first time as an owner of fifteen harness racing victories this season. The five year old mare finished fifth in her debut in the $19,500 Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa last week but on Friday night, Caviart Caterina returned to her winning ways. Shawn Gray piloted the 15-1 longshot who wound up in the pocket spot in the Friday feature. The race's 1-9 betting favorite Sally Fletcher A (Jim Devaux) tested her luck from off the pace in the Open and wound up getting a first over journey in which she would grind it out on the outside for about 5/8 of a mile. Sally Fletcher A wound up wearing down the leader after pacing the third quarter in 27.3. Sally Fletcher A struck the lead in mid-stretch before Caviart Caterina surged up the inside to get by and stop the timer in 1:53.2. Caviart Caterina paid $33.20 to win and led an exacta with Sally Fletcher A second that returned $46. Shutthefrontdoor (Phil Fluet) finished third and rounded out a triple that came back $175.50. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

WILKES-BARRE PA - If you ever look up the term "horses for courses" in the dictionary, it's 1-20 odds that you find a picture of Luck Be Withyou harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as the illustration.   The six-year-old son of Western Ideal was 1-20* in Saturday's $20,000 pacing feature, and he yet again justified the fans' faith by going wire-to-wire in 1:49.3, equaling his season's mark taken last week - in fact, Luck Be Withyou has recorded his seasonal best here in each of his five years of racing. He has won 15 of 22 times racing at the mountain oval, and his lifetime bankroll over the brick-red surface went over $700,000 with Saturday's victory, boosted substantially by wins in the Breeders Crown at two and the Franklin Final at four.   Luck Be Withyou was sent straight to the top as usual by George Napolitano Jr., and after making the lead before the withering 25.4 opener, "Luck" had better luck with the fractions, posting middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.4. A last quarter in 27.4 and patented Napolitano rocking were enough to keep the winner clear of an onrushing Anwar Hanover by a length as he triumphed once more for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig.   Luck Be Withyou     In an $18,000 claiming handicap pacing co-feature, the Tell All gelding Tell Us More went wire-to-wire to win in 1:50.3, equaling his lifetime best, and giving him 11 victories in the 2017 season, that total tying him at the top of all North American racehorses for the season with two others. Both of his co-leaders have a chance to reclaim some part of the lead tomorrow: Private Interview will look to extend his own winning streak to ten at Rideau Carleton, while Cousin Mary will attempt to make it nine straight, but in a very difficult circumstance - starting from post eight against Lady Shadow and the fastest females in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Top trot on the Saturday card was a $16,500 contest taken by the four-year-old mare Celebrity Eventsy, a starter in the Breeders Crown Final against Broadway Donna last year, rallying to catch pacesetting Skates N Plates in 1:54.2. The daughter of Manofmanymissions is now 2-for-4 on the season for driver Christian Lind, trainer/father Staffan Lind, and owners Celebrity Farms.   Celebrity Eventsy     Simon Allard had three sulky wins on the Saturday card, allowing him to regain second in the local drivers derby ahead of Matt Kakaley, and moving his lifetime total to 2996 victories. Simon had a fourth driving win at Pocono Saturday, so he is now at 2997 -- three away from the milestone 3000th win.   PHHA / Pocono

Ast Rutherford, N.J. - Fox Hollow Farm's Bullet Bob ($21.40) dug deep to withstand a barrage of late pressure and prevail over a powerful odds-on entry of Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal in Saturday (December 3) night's harness racing featured $17,500 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the red-hot 7-year-old Tell All gelding, sprinting to the fore just upon entering the first turn. The pair controlled solid early sectionals of :27.4 and :54.4 before facing a first-over challenge from Dream Out Loud N (David Miller) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Bullet Bob dug in at once, not only working to stave off Dream Out Loud N for the length of the home straight, but also a late bid from the second-over In the Arsenal (Brett Miller), who fanned off cover upon cornering for home. Ultimately, Bullet Bob prevailed by half a length in 1:51 for his second win of the meeting and the 33rd of his career. Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal took second and third respectively, while the late-emerging Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) made a belated stand-side push to claim fourth. Mark Harder trains Bullet Bob, whose 1:51 mile earned him a new seasonal mark. Full fields and healthy dividends spurred a strong total handle for Saturday night's 13-race card, as players combined to wager $2,924,959. Noteworthy dividends included the $20,020.22 takedown of the 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five in the night's fifth race, and a $9,539.35 Pick 5 payoff over a sequence which saw four of five favorites vanquished to begin the program. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (December 9) evening; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Vernon, N.Y. -- All Stienam ($5.90) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip in Saturday's (June 25) $8,000 Miracle Mile/Open Pace a Vernon Downs, sprinting clear of 1-2 harness racing favorite Pantheon Hanover for a 1:49 score on a warm summer evening.   Trainer-driver John MacDonald yielded the lead to outside rival Pantheon Hanover (Chris Lems) in the early stages, coasting along with a clear pocket trip just off stout fractions of :25.4, :53.3, and 1:21.1. Just above the eighth pole, MacDonald tipped All Stienam off the pegs, and the 7-year-old Tell All gelding sprinted off at once, working clear of Pantheon Hanover by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:49. Modern Gesture (Truman Gale) made mild gains off a wide bid to take third from a beleaguered Abreathofreshart (Dan Daley).   The J P Stables of Winchester, Ontario own All Stienam, now a 24-time winner.   The featured win kicked off a driving hat trick for MacDonald on the 11-race card. "The Prime Minister" later partnered with Fox Valley Cadet ($4.70, 1:50.4) and Steuben Rudy ($21.20, 1:53.1).   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5 on Saturday night, resulting in a $221.91 carryover to Friday (July 1) evening's card. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) reset the track record for harness racing aged pacing stallions Monday at Harrington Raceway, with his third straight win in 1:50.2 in a $16,000 Open Pace. The 6-year-old Tell All stallion broke the record he shared with Dancin Yankee (1:50.3). The Richard Lewis-trainee set all the fractions from his outside post seven and held off a late charge from Dancin Yankee for the win. Clear Vision was third. There were three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) pacing events for colts and geldings as they completed their second leg and prelude to a $100,000 final on July 28. Owner Russell Mackinnon's JW Renegade ($3.40, John Mackinnon) won the first DSBF division in 1:55.1 over Hail To The Master and Door Prize. The Pacific Renegade colt followed pacesetter Hail To The Master throughout before finding clearance in the stretch and catapulting by in willing fashion for a well-timed score. JW Renegade was trained by his driver John Mackinnon. Next Success ($2.20, Jim Morand) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54 win for owners Henry Faragalli, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing Stable. Trained by Les Givens, the Veeza gelding notched his seventh win of the season. Spinstigator was second while Power To Perform completed the trifecta. The fastest of the three divisions went to John's Dream ($2.60, Wolfenden), who prevailed in 1:53.3 for owner/trainer Chuck Perry Jr., over Rusty Carter and Casino Bags Anso. The Dream Away ridgling notched his 8th lifetime win. Wolfenden had four wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest with harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden in the sulky overcame post eight Monday at Harrington Raceway for a dazzling 1:50.4 win in the $17,500 Open Pace. The Richard Lewis-trainee followed a parked out Just A Jolt before surging three-wide at three-quarters and blitzing by pacesetter Soto for a three and a half length score. Soto held on for the runner-up position. Framed Art finished third. A 6-year-old Tell All stallion, Getitoffyourchest notched his fourth win in his last five starts and 15th in his career. In the final race on the program, Allan Pullman and Barry Glickstein's Doctor McSwing did something he had not done in his previous 78 starts. In his 79th career start, Doctor McSwing ($44.60) notched his first career win, in 1:55.1 at odds of 21-to-1. The 5-year-old Mcardle gelding has finished second or third in 32 previous starts. Wolfenden, Kirby and Anthony Morgan each had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getifoffyourchest ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) was a dominant winner in achieving his third straight harness racing victory in 1:51.1 Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open. Getitoffyourchest left the gate from post three and set fractions 27.1, 56.1 and 1:24.1 with little opposition and cruised to a two length score in 1:51.1 over Coaster and Sentencing Memo. Trained by Richard Lewis, it was the 14th career win for Getitoffyourchest, a 6-year-old Tell All stallion. The combination of Lewis and Wolfenden teamed up again in the eighth race as Options Are A Dream ($4.60) prevailed for his 10th win in 13 career starts in 1:53.3. Wolfenden had three wins on the program. Earlier on the card, Next Success ($5.40, Art Stafford Jr.) notched his fifth straight win for trainer Les Givens with a 1:54.1 score. Matthew Sparacino  

A split second decision to change driving tactics aboard promising three-year-old harness racing pacer Kwiatkowski paid big dividends at UBET Park Hobart Tasmania on Sunday night. Trainer-driver Christian Salter had notified stewards that he planned to ease Kwiatkowski ($8.30) back at the start from his outside front gate (7) in a 3C1-C0 event over 2090 metres. But when the horses he expected to begin quickly from inside front-row barriers showed no urgency he urged his charge forward and the gelding easily found the front. Once in the lead Salter allowed the gelded son of Tell All to bole along without any pressure being applied and that enabled him to sneak a couple of easy quarters which proved to be a telling factor over the concluding stages of the race. Kwiatkowski went on to score by almost seven metres from Ductape ($3.30) with Streetside Classic just over a metre away third and well clear of the favourite and stablemate of the winner Iden Amrak ($2.80). "I planned to go back from the wide draw but after we'd gone about 50 metres the two on the inside that I expected to vie for the lead were showing no real speed so I decided to have a crack myself and we crossed without spending too much energy," Salter said. "He is very well bred being out of a sister (Cheatin Heart) to a really good producing mare of Mum and Dad's in Alsorosie. "That was only his third win but I have said all along that he is going to be even better at four and five because he can stay and that's going to be a big asset further down the track." Peter Staples

Well bred two-year-old pacer Williamtell delivered a workmanlike harness racing performance to win the Elderslie Horse Care colts and geldings division of the 2YO Sweepstakes at UBET Park Hobart today. Williamtell had to pull out all stops to stave off a determined Usain Jolt to defeat that gelding by a neck with outsider Really Frank a distant third. The Paul Ashwood-trained Tell All gelding was taken straight to the front from gate two by Gareth Rattray and when he kicked clear turning for home he looked set to win easily. But the lightly raced Tony Petersen-trained Usain Jolt (James Austin) unleashed a powerful sprint over the final 100 metres to almost nab the leader on the line. Ashwood said Williamtell had been set for the race and he wasn't fussed by the narrow winning margin. "It was tough going out there today. He led and did all the tough work in front while the other horse (Usain Jolt) has come off his back and had cover for almost all of the race," Ashwood said. The conditions were made tough by the near gale-force winds that swept across the track during the race. "I couldn't have asked any more of this horse and he will now head to the Dandy Patch (2YO Sires Stakes series) and then have a spell," Ashwood said. Williamtell will now head to the Dandy Patch (sires stakes) series after which Ashwood said the gelding would be spelled. Peter Staples  

When well-bred two-year-old pacer Williamtell won the Golden Slipper in Launceston in late March it came as a surprise to most harness racing punters who invested heavily on his stablemate Offthetopofmyhead that was sent out the $1.15 favourite. But at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday Williamtell is likely to start favourite to win the colts and geldings division of the $20,000 Elderslie Horse Care 2YO Sweepstakes over 1609 metres. Williamtell won the Golden Slipper convincingly at only his second race start and he has since gone on to finish third to Swap Me at his first start on the Hobart track in a Sweepstakes Prelude before winning an open two-year-old event in Launceston last Sunday night. The Paul Ashwood-trained Tell All gelding has drawn barrier two and will be driven by Gareth Rattray who has been in the sulky for all four of the gelding's starts. "I am pleased with my horse's draw and while he hasn't had to be used up early at his four starts so far he has good natural gate speed and I would expect that to be called on for this race," Ashwood said. "I don't know that he can lead but he is the sort of horse that could face the breeze if he had to and still win. "He needed the run in Launceston last Sunday night to top him off for this race." The Rohan Hillier-trained Solid as a Rock has been placed second at all of his four starts but he still looms as Williamtell's main danger on the strength of his gallant second to Swap Me in the Sweepstakes Prelude in Hobart two weeks ago. Solid as a Rock has drawn gate five on the front row while Swap Me has drawn the outside of the back row (10) from where he will need to be driven for luck by Hall of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan. The Tony Petersen-trained Usain Jolt has drawn the coveted pole position and should he show enough early speed to take advantage of the draw he could surprise at odds. The fillies division of the Sweepstakes boasts only five starters but all are capable of winning. All are winners with the exception of the Shelley Barnes-trained Volkova Leis that has had two starts for a debut third and a last-start fourth behind Resurgent Dream in the Sweepstakes Prelude two weeks ago. Playing Arkabella from the Paul Hill stable was second in the Sweepstakes Prelude (1609m), beaten almost five metres, while Harshali was third but about 12 metres astern and two metres ahead of Volkova Leis. Resurgent Dream, a full sister to former star juvenile Resurgent Spirit (American Ideal-Resurgent Star), is trained by Marc Butler but is owned by her breeder Roger Whitmore who still trains Resurgent Spirit that goes around in the Ascot Gold Cup on Sunday's 10-even program. Peter Staples

When well-bred harness racing two-year-old pacer Williamtell powered home to win the $10,000 Golden Slipper in class record time in Launceston last Sunday night you could have heard a pin drop in the viewing area in the main grandstand. The winner's stablemate Offthetopofmyhead was sent around a $1.15 favourite while Williamtell had little support drifting from $8 to start at $12 with the bulk of the support for the gelded son of Tell All likely to have come from those who liked the sound of his name. After all, Williamtell was second to Offthetopofmyhead at his only other start and he was beaten almost 10 metres in a race in which the winner set a new class record mile rate of 1.58.3. But most likely what brought about the demise of the favourite was the incredibly hot tempo he endured for the first 600 metres of the race and was then not eased to a more reasonable tempo by his driver and trainer Paul Ashwood once he had acquired the lead with over 1000 metres remaining. Ashwood was called to the stewards' room to explain his driving tactics and the following is an extract from the official stewards' report. "When queried he told stewards that the colt had hung out rounding the first turn and then travelled well within itself to race up outside Solid As A Rock with 1100 metres to go and when that geldings driver Rohan Hillier then restrained he was able to take the lead. "He added that when in front he did not commence to ask the colt for an effort until after the 400 metres and that the colt had then shifted out whilst tiring close to the finish. "Whilst Stewards had concerns over Ashwood's drive, in particular his not taking the opportunity to ease the pace after taking the lead after a fast first half, they did not believe his drive was blameworthy to the extent that a charge could be sustained against him." Gareth Rattray, the driver of Williamtell, said: "That (the way the race was run) was probably the only way this horse could have won." In winning, Williamtell clocked a mile rate of 1.56.85 which was over a second off the previous best (1.58.3) that was set by Offthetopofmyhead a week earlier and the new time was only 1.85 seconds of the track record set by Queens Advocate (1.55) last month. Peter Staples

Ron Burke trainees Sayitall BB and Its Huw You Know swept Friday (March 25) evening's co-featured harness racing $15,000 events at The Meadowlands, and the 50¢ Pick 5 went without a five-of-five winner, prompting a carryover in excess of $31,000 to Saturday's card. The featured top-level distaff pace, carded as the sixth event, saw Sayitall BB ($3.80) make good at odds-on, dueling clear and edging away late for a 1:52.4 score. The 5-year-old Tell All mare scored her 20th career win in front-end fashion, turning in a virtual carbon copy to her victory two weeks prior. Joe Bongiorno put Sayitall BB in play from the outset, dueling clear of Clear View Hanover (David Miller) through a :27.2 initial quarter. While Sayitall BB saw no pressure through a :57 middle half, Do Your Job (Jim Marohn, Jr.) sustained a first-over push on the far turn to claim second from a laboring Clear View Hanover. Meanwhile, Sayitall BB was driven clear to a three-length advantage off the corner, kept to task the length of the stretch to hold sway by 1-3/4 lengths. Purity (Vinny Ginsburg), sent off at 16-1, emerged from traffic to just nab the staying Do Your Job for second. Just 20 minutes later, Its Huw You Know ($6.40) emerged late to capture the $15,000 seventh-race trot. David Miller sent the 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding to a clear lead, but yielded to Saratoga invader Newcastle (Brett Miller) after a :28 first quarter. Its Huw You Know would enjoy a cozy pocket ride behind Newcastle, who faced pressure from the first-over B Yoyo (Bongiorno) through middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.4. Its Huw You Know found a clear lane up the pegs at the eighth pole when Newcastle broke, accelerating to the fore the instant room availed. The 9-time winner held sway by a long half length, staving off a resurgent Scorcher Hall (Marcus Miller)--who gapped the third-quarter duel before finding more--and a late-rallying You're Majestic (Scott Zeron) in 1:54. The Burke Racing Stable, Mark Weaver, and Mike Bruscemi share ownership of Sayitall BB and Its Huw You Know. Brett Miller and Andy McCarthy led all drivers on the night with two wins each. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,871,616, marking an increase of $262,507 over the corresponding Friday in March of 2015. Saturday (March 26) evening's first of 12 races is due off at 7:15 p.m. EDT. The 50¢ Pick 5 spanning the first five races boasts a $31,206 carryover and a guaranteed pool elevated to $75,000. Both 20¢ Jackpot High 5 wagers carry over as well, with the fifth race bolstered by $11,033 in added money and the finale by $154,428 should either pool be captured by a lone winning ticket. PICK 5 CARRYOVER INTO SATURDAY’S CARD AT THE MEADOWLANDS                                                                                   After a series of longshots to kick off the Friday night card, there were no winning tickets in the Pick Five, creating a carryover of $31,206 heading into Saturday night’s card. The Pick Five pool will be guaranteed at $75,000 providing horse players with even more incentive to take a swing at the wager. The Pick Five begins on Race 1 with a post time of 7:15 p.m. The wager offers a 50-cent base wager. Free program pages will be available on the Meadowlands website courtesy of TrackMaster. The last time the Meadowlands had a Pick Five carryover was on Friday, February 5. A carryover of $18,653 was the catalyst for more than $140,000 in new money wagered. One lucky horse player cashed that night for $109,966. The Meadowlands routinely offers the largest wagering pools in harness racing and will offer a total of $150,000 in guaranteed pools on Saturday. In addition to the $75,000 in the Pick Five, the Early Pick Four (Races 3-6) is guaranteed at $25,000 and the Late Pick Four (Races 7-10) pool is guaranteed at $50,000. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations  

The Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Sayitall BB ($5.80) made all the pace in Friday (March 11) evening's featured $13,000 distaff pace at The Meadowlands, earning her first win of 2016 in 1:51.2 over fast going in the night's 11th event. Also, for the 11th time in 12 programs, harness racing punters wagered over $3 million on races contested at the Big M.   Joe Bongiorno sent the 5-year-old Tell All mare to a clear lead, setting uncontested fractions of :27.1, :55.4, and 1:24 with Clear View Hanover (Tim Tetrick) drafting throughout. As the first-over Not Before Eight (Anthony Napolitano) worked into a joint second a quarter from home, Sayitall BB began to edge clear of her rivals, opening up on first asking from Bongiorno. The Ron Burke trainee held clear up to the post, kept to task through all but the last 40 yards for her 19th career win. Clear View Hanover was driven out to hold second from the pocket, while Cherry Bliss (John Campbell) found room up the pegs in mid-stretch to rally for third.   In co-featured $12,500 trotting events, Magenta Man ($6.80) and Mr Lover ($2.60) prevailed, employing different tactics en route to the winner's enclosure.   Magenta Man, now a winner in four of his last six races, made two early moves in the evening's fourth event to protect the lead through a :56.1 initial half, holding off pressure from Detroit Rapper on the far turn before ultimately staving off a late charge from the third-over World Cup in 1:53.4, his fastest career victory. Andy Miller drove the 4-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding for trainer Julie Miller.   In the seventh event, Mr Lover lost early position due to an early break, but made amends off second-over spotting to just collar T Js Mr Lavec. Tim Tetrick angled the 5-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding second-over behind Jackie Goldstein after a soft :57.3 half, pouncing three-wide at the top of the stretch as pacesetter T Js Mr Lavec worked to fend off Jackie Goldstein. Still, the pressure was enough to soften T Js Mr Lavec, as Mr Lover managed to just prevail in 1:55.2 for trainer Jenny Melander.   In the season's first GSY Amateur event, 2015 Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller prevailed with Jacks to Open ($13.20) in 1:58, sustaining a first-over push to a mid-stretch lead before holding off the late-charging Tropical Storm Bi (Tony Ciuffetelli).   Total handle for the 13-race card was $3,030,537, marking a $424,087 increase over the corresponding Friday program in 2015 and the 11th instance in 12 programs where total betting turnover on Meadowlands races topped $3 million.   Tomorrow evening's 13-race program features $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools, and the closing-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 will boast a carryover of $128,881. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Yearlings by many of the world’s greatest sires will go up for auction at the Shepparton Mixed Sale, to be held at the Shepparton Racing Complex on Sunday September 6.   The 18-strong yearling contingent features yearlings by 14 different sires headed up by champion sire Mach Three and leading trotting sire Majestic Son, as well as Modern Art, Shadow Play (3 lots), Artistic Fella, Jet Laag, Village Jolt (3 lots), Major In Art, Tell All and Mister Big.   Several exciting, young sires will be represented by their first crop and they include  USA 2YO of the Year Big Jim, the $1.6million winner Betterthancheddar, dual NZ Horse of the Year Auckland Reactor and NZ 2YO of the Year Smiling Shard.   The catalogue comprises youngsters out of 2:00 winning mares and 2:00 winner producers.   There’s colts out of the former 3YO Filly of the Year Yeronga Songbird, Melbourne winners Room With A View (1:56) and Our Favourite Girl, Got The Gold (6 wins) and Closetomyheart (Tr 2:04.2) and fillies from the USA Stakes winner Out Of Sight  1:52.4 ($200,142), the NSW Oaks placegetter Lahaini (1:57.5) and the Melton winner Kiss And Fly (1:58.4).   The sale also highlights half-sisters to   *The Youthful Stakes winner Vista Bella 1:57.9 ($110,021)   *The smart racemares Twirling ($105,707) and Golden Grinder 1:55.6 ($90,340)   * Half-brothers to the Moonee Valley winner Stormwarning, Boston Yankee (1:56.6) and The Lombo heat winner Rosemay.   For a catalogue or further information contact Shepparton Harness Racing Club manager Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email shepparton@hrv.org.au    Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au   Click on the News link. Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page.   Peter Wharton

Thursday night promises to be a lively card of  harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program that will serve as the lead in to Old Home Week 2015. The feature of the night is the first leg of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series. Mortal Combat appears to be the heavyweight of the three $1,750 horse and gelding divisions as Marc Campbell drives the five-year-old son of Tell All from post 6 in race 6 of the evening. Rene Allard trains Mortal Combat as the pacer ships in from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. The first horse and gelding claiming series division is in race 2 with PL Faststrike the classifier's choice from post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Adam Merner and owners Blenise Young of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary. The morning line choice in race 10 is Cam Cool in another horse and gelding split with Campbell in the bike for trainer Jim Copley and owner Ann Copley of Inverness, N.S. Two divisions of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series for fillies and mares is also slated on the card with the queen of the Charlottetown claiming mares leading the way in the first division in race 4. CL La Rousse has rail control in the $1,750 event with Jason Hughes in the bike for trainer and co-owner Reg Ferguson and co-owner Paula MacPhee, both of Charlottetown. The other fillies and mares split is in race 8 with Cape Breton invader Dontcallmeprincess the morning line choice for trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, both of Inverness, N.S. The post 6 starter has Barrieau listed to drive. A 12-dash program is scheduled for Friday evening with a 7 pm start time. That card will serve as the official opener of Old Home Week 2015. For up-to-date news on the action at the Capital oval during the next 10 days, check in with the newsrooms at www.Theguardian.pe.ca and www.Standardbredcanada.ca. Lee Drake

Fresh from his 500th winner as a driver, Jarrod Alchin is hoping Flowers can take advantage of a good barrier draw in harness racings Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final for two year old fillies on Sunday. The daughter of Tell All has only had two runs and has done enough to suggest she will be in the finish this weekend. Alchin is confident the filly is over a virus she contracted recently and is ready to perform at her best. "She finished fourth in her Breeders Challenge semi final, but I had to scratch her from the final because she had a high temperature and wasn't herself, she is well and truly over that now so I'm expecting a good performance this Sunday," Alchin said. "The only little concern I do have is that I would have liked to have given her one trial and just ran out of time to do that after I was forced to give her a week off, but she is still forward enough I think." Flowers steamed home for second on debut behind Milias Ideal to be beaten a neck and while many assumed she would be a sit and sprint type, Alchin believes she will be very tough as she continues to develop. "I think down the track she is going to become more stronger than quick, she is green and still learning but when she is working at home she just gives me the feel of being really tough. "This Sunday Merrywood Ruby is the one to beat, her run last start was very good, from my draw I'll be looking to hold my position and not get too far back." Flowers is raced by Frank and Sue O'Sullivan and is not the first horse they have sent to Alchin. "I have known Frank and Sue for a very long time, they are very good friends with Ray Walker and I met them when I was working for Ray in Temora. "They have been great supporters of mine, I've had Mantoman, Marooned and Francisco De Gore for them in the past." There is a chance Flowers will head to the Breeders Crown should she perform well this weekend. "There are two options with her, if she races well then she will head to a Victorian trainer for the Breeders Crown but if she looks like she has had enough she will come home with me and have a spell. Flowers will compete in race two on Sunday at Bathurst. The race is scheduled to begin at 1:15pm. Greg Hayes

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