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YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 23, 2015 - "She's just a big, strong (mare) who carries her speed a long way and hums around Yonkers with no problem." Such was the Tim Tetrick Monday night post-mortem after Witch Dali ($2.10) authored a third consecutive public workout, sweeping the Raceway's three preliminary legs in the harness racing Petticoat Pacing Series. Leaving from post position No. 3 in the first of two $12,500 events for 3- and 4-year-old lasses, the 1-20 fave never had an anxious moment (:28.2, :58.2, 1:26.1; 1:54.1). The final margin was wrapped-up six lengths over Always Sunday (Jason Bartlett), with Cheyenne Robin (George Brennan) third. For Witch Dali, a 4-year-old daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.80, with the triple returning $39.20. It was Witch Dali's second consecutive six-length romp in the preps, firmly stamping her as the lass to beat in next Monday's (March 30) $54,800 finale of the Petticoat. Monday night's other series event went to Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter, $7.80). Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with a pair $12,500 divisions in the third round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Friday, the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (two, $40,000 divisions), while Saturday offers the second round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (to be drawn Tuesday). Frank Drucker

There have not been many horses, if any, better than Rockeyed Optimist this year. After the second round of the Clyde Hirt series on Saturday at The Meadowlands, there now has not been any horse faster than Rockeyed Optimist this year, as he won this round of the Clyde Hirt in a spectacular 1:48.3. Doctor Butch had paced the fastest mile of 2015 prior to Saturday, with a time of 1:48.4 in a Meadowlands Free For All. Rockeyed Optimist, a 1/9 favorite would not lead this field throughout, instead resorting to stalking tactics. The early lead belonged to a keyed up Rock Out, who sailed through strong fractions of 26.2 and 54.4 before receiving a challenge from the previously pocket sitting Caviart Luca, who pulled pocket around the far turn and pulled alongside Rock Out through three-quarters of 1:22.2. While the duel intensified nearing the top of the stretch, Rockeyed Optimist continued to stalk the leaders from third. In mid-stretch, Tim Tetrick guided Rockeyed Optimist to the crown of the racetrack where he flew past the dueling leaders to win emphatically for the sixth time in seven tries this season. The final time of 1:48.3 was a lifetime mark for the winner. Caviart Luca went a good mile to be second with Lord Of Misrule rallying a bit for third. Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A And B Stable and Joseph Battaglia and is trained by Steve Elliot. The Clyde Hirt Final will be contested on Saturday, March 28th. Andy Miller scored a driving triple, while John Campbell and Corey Callahan each won a pair of races. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, the carryover into the Friday, March 27th program is $58,578.20. The last race will also carryover, with $7,270.06 already in the pool for Friday. Darin Zoccali

DOVER, Del. --- Sweet Rock returned from the Meadowlands last month and has been invincible since rolling off four consecutive wins capped by a 1:51.1 photo finish score in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap Thursday, March 19 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick won six races to give him 11 in two days. In a driving finish three horses, Sweet Rock had his nose up first for Allan Davis with Mojo Terror and Tim Tetrick second just a head in front of a fast-finishing Just A Jolt and Vic Kirby. Wayne Givens trains the Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding who now has a 2015 record of four wins in seven races earning $37,150 and $251,981 lifetime. Reggie Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing own the four-year-old. Howard Taylor's Handsome Henry K responded after a tough parked-out trip last week to score a 1:51.1 victory in the $20,000 Open/Handicap pace. With meet leading driver Corey Callahan at the controls, the Western Ideal-Color Me Beachy gelding, a $324,455 lifetime winner, won for the second time this year. Papa Ray (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up with Lindwood Player (Tetrick) getting up for third. Tetrick used the quickest way home driving race-favorite Contraband Hanover to notch a career fastest 1:51 clocking in the $16,500 Open pace. The win was the second straight and fifth of the year in eight starts for the altered son of Somebeachsomewhere-Castaway. For owner Tom Lazzaro, it was one of two wins during the card. Meet leading trainer haltered four winners. Bandito (Daryl Bier) cut out the fast fractions but had to settle for second-place. Scalped (Montrell Teague) took third money. Tetrick also drove the winner of another $16,500 Open/Handicap, Maddysonofagun, for His folks Mary Alice and Tom Tetrick. Jim King is trainer of the 1:52 winner. A grey gelding by Modern Art-Maddy Girl, the five-year-old bested a tough Four Staces (Corey Callahan) and Ballinrobe (Allan Davis), second and third respectively. In one of two $15,500 4&5-In a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Ziggy Sky was another winner for Allan Davis. The Stonebridge Regal-Bubeleh gelding was at his fastest with a lifetime record of 1:51.3. Bobbies Power Play (Tony Morgan) was a close second in front of Goldin Parachute (Ross Wolfenden). A 49-1 shot, Cabbie's Delight, a Bettor's Delight-Get A Cab four-year-old, pulled a big surprise for owners Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson posting a 1:52.3 upset paying $100.20 for a $2 wager. Favorite Star Messenger (Tetrick) was second with A Quick Buck (Morgan) third. Tim Tetrick had six winners, Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis had four wins each. Owner-trainer Arty Foster Jr. and owners Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro had two wins each. There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Live racing returns Monday through Thursday with starting time at 4:30 p.m. Now on Thursdays, only, there is a two-for-one entre special the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Each race day, reservations are suggested for those choosing to dine while watching live racing. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Deacons Valley made it two-in-a-row winning the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot giving harness racing meet leading driver Corey Callahan his fourth win on Wednesday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick did Callahan one better steering five winners. Tony Morgan had two for 14,992. Consistent Deacons Valley won for the second time this year, along with three seconds and a third in his last seven starts, in the feature race. John Cabot, who has had an excellent meet with trotters trained for owner Bill Cantrell, conditions the five-year-old son of Valley Victor-Deaconess Hanover. He now has won $27,630 this campaign and $98,376 lifetime. Derby (Allan Davis) closed strongly to finish second with Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) holding on for third. Callahan also drove the first of three sub-feature $12,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trots, Power Wheel, a 1:58 success for trainer Nick Callahan and owners. John and Sarah Swart. The victory was the first this year for the Muscle Yankee-Sprocket Hanover gelding to go with three seconds. Warrawee Onyx (George Dennis) and Jesse's Dakota (Tony Morgan) were second and third respectively. Tim Tetrick notched a 1:58.2 decision with owner-trainer Chris Allen's Red Dress Baby, a four-year-old daughter of Hard Rock N Roll-Really Elegant, one of two mares in the $12,000 event. Dionysus Lindy (Dennis) came on for second. Schoolhouse Rock (Corey Braden) was the show horse. The fastest of the sub-features was another Callahan driven starter, Brit Evans and Foulk Stables' Prayer Session, a 1:55.2 winner of the $12,500 trot. The Like A Prayer-ENS Tag Session gelding won for the second straight time and fourth this year. The Trish Foulk trainee posted his 21st career victory and upped earnings to $600,261 lifetime. I Like My Boss (Bob Shahan) came on in the lane to finish second in front of Spunky Jack (Roger Plante). Tim Tetrick had five wins, Corey Callahan, four, and Tony Morgan won the last two races to bring his career record to within eight wins of 15,000. Just A Jolt Sweet Rock and Full Of Sand head a $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap on a power-packed Thursday card. Monday through Thursday starting time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Now on Thursdays, only, there is a two-for-one entre special the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Each race day, reservations are suggested for those choosing to dine while watching live racing. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 16, 2015--Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season continued Monday night, with a pair of second-round divisions in the Petticoat Pacing Series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old ladies. Foolin' no one Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick, $2.40) handily repeated in the opening, $12,500 event, this time wiring from post position No. 4 (:29.2, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:53.4). The final margin was an as-she-pleased six lengths over Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter), with Life is a Beach (George Brennan) third. For Witch Dali, a 4-year-old daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.90, with the triple returning $14.40. Series-debuting Donttellruss (George Brennan, $3) earned it in the second Petticoat posse. Badly impeded by another leaver who jumped it off, "Russ" settled fourth behind Always Sunday (Tetrick) and early intervals of :28.4 of :57.4. Right around the intermission, Donttellruss made front, then took over from there (1:26.2, 1:55.3). She held Always Sunday at bay, winning by a length. My Caroline (Matt Kakaley) was third. For "Russ," a 4-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino, she--same as "Dali"--is 4-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $5, with the triple returning $12.40 Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with four, $12,500 divisions in the second round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (three, $40,000 divisions), while Saturday offers the opening round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (to be drawn Tuesday). Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - (Saturday, March 14, 2015) There have not been many better horses in the sport of harness racing this winter than Rockeyed Optimist and his win Saturday night at The Meadowlands in the first round of the Clyde Hirt series may have been his most impressive victory yet. Fresh off his win in the $59,000 Sonsam Final, a lifetime best 1:50 performance, Rockeyed Optimist was a 1/5 favorite to win the $20,000 first round of the Clyde Hirt series and he did not disappoint. Reunited with Tim Tetrick, who returned from the World Drivers Championship in Australia, Rockeyed Optimist sat third early in the mile and was relaxed through a quarter of 26.4 before making his move for the lead. He would spring past Rock Out before the half-mile in 55-seconds and that essentially closed the book on the race. From the moment he seized command, the lead would only expand through the final three-eighths of a mile, sprinting a 27.4 third panel before setting sail for home. At the top of the stretch Tetrick asked his star for speed and the response was devastating as Rockeyed Optimist sprinted to the wire in 26.4 to win by open lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.3. Caviart Luca was the runner-up with Rock Out third. Rockeyed Optimist has now won five times from six starts this season for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Anthony Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia. The $25,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers featured a competitive field and a thrilling finish. Speed Again and Yannick Gingras made an easy lead off the gate, with Doctor Butch, the 7/5 favorite securing the pocket spot into the first turn. Speed Again rolled through fractions of 27.2, 56.2 and 1:24.2, and Doctor Butch remained right behind the leader throughout the first three-quarters of a mile. Ontario Success moved first over and challenged for the lead around the far turn, effectively keeping Tim Tetrick and Doctor Butch locked in the pocket. That scenario played out in the stretch with Tetrick look for racing room as Ontario Success hit the front in the final eighth of a mile. Blatanly Best was gathering momentum from the back of the pack and began to close in as Tetrick tried to thread the needle between horses nearing the wire. There was just enough room for Doctor Butch as he slipped through and just got his nose on the wire first in 1:51.2. Blatantly Best finished second with Ontario Success not far behind in third. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano for Kenneth Jacobs. The win was the 20th in the five year olds career.   Darin Zoccali

DOVER, Del. ---- Powerful Charger, piloted by Tim Tetrick, pulled a 10-1 upset in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday feature at Dover Downs on March 11. Tetrick finished with four wins. Wagering favorites, Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) and newcomer Sevruga (Andy Miller) finished off the board after Powerful Charger roared down the lane for his third win of the year in his last four starts. Tim Tetrick and Jim King own the seven-year-old altered son of Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry who set a lifetime best clocking of 1:53.4 winning for the 25th time upping his career earnings to $05,840. Baximum, in now usual style, closed well to take second-place honors with Allan Davis driving. Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby, after pushing the early fractions on the lead, held on for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan took the classy four-year-old mare Classic Belisima into the lead and never was headed in a 1:55.3 triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. John Cabot conditions the daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee who won for sixth time this meet for owner Bill Cantrell. Derby (Allan Davis) raced well finishing second in front of Striking Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Prayer Session dropped down from the Open Class and overpowered six foes in a 1:54.1 score in an $11,500 Conditioned trot. Corey Callahan was at the controls for the Like A Prayer - ENS Tag Session geldings third win of 2015 and 20th lifetime good for $594,011 in purses. Enrico AS (A. Davis) led early and held on for second for the third consecutive time. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. Carlo Poliseno steered 10-1 shot Oh Sweet Penelope, a four-year-old CR Excalibur - Oh Sweet Pea mare he owns and trains to a 1:57 win in an $11,000 4&5-Year-Old trot. It was her first win of the year. Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for second with Red Dress Baby (Vince Copeland) third. Tim Tetrick drove four winners, Corey Callahan, three, Trace Tetrick had two as did Tony Morgan and trainers Jim King and john Cabot and owner Bill Cantrell. Thursday at Dover Downs Mustang Art and Movie Idol, winners of the last two Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the nine starters this week going for a $26,000 purse on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art won last week's pacing feature while Movie Idol, after chalking up a 1:50 lifetime best two weeks ago. The sharp Just A Jolt has finished second in three of the last four Del. Specials. Vic Kirby will drive for owner Janet Hudson. The surprise horse of the top class this meet, Jebswesternshake, after stepping up from the claiming ranks won five races including two Specials for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Another local favorite, Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. The rest of the field is led Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror who made his first local start last week and has the services of Corey Callahan. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, is alongside. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray, an early meet standout, is reined by Eddie Davis Jr. An $18,000 and three $16.000 Opens head a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. This Sunday, March 15 is the last Sunday card of the season with post time at 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 9, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway's 2015 harness racing stakes season began Monday night, with a pair of divisions in the Petticoat Pacing Series. The series, for 3- and 4-year-old ladies who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered those two, $12,500 events. Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick) became the first local 1-20 ($2.10) proposition of the season, handily winning the first division. She negated her outside post position right away, whipping around her six rivals and going the distance (:28, :57.2, 1:25.4, 1:54.1). The final margin was a wrapped-up length-and-a-half over Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter), with Always Sunday (George Brennan) third. "She was perfectly-gaited and handled the track very well," Tetrick said, without a hint of an Australian accent. For Witch Dali, a 4-year-daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her third win (first two were series finals of Niagara and Worldly Beauty) in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $7.40, with the triple returning $17.40. Pole-sitting Hay Stacked (Eric Carlson, $7.50) slipped out in the final turn, picking off 7-5 favorite Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) and winning the second Petticoat division in 1:54.4. The margin was a neck, with pace-setting (:28.1, :57.3; 1:26.3) Royal Mama (Matt Kakaley) third. For third choice Hay Stacked, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and Stephen & Brian Gordon, it was her first win in four '15 tries. The exacta paid $17.20, with the triple returning $34,80. She's a small (mare), but she tries real hard and she's rounding into form at the right time," Carlson said. Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with five, $12,500 divisions in the opening round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Frank Drucker

The World Driving Championship has been completed after the final heat was run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Inter Dominion day.  The afternoon consisted of ten races with seven of them being Gr. 1 events.  The remaining three were run at Gr. 2 level including the final heat of the WDC. France’s Tony Le Beller drove the favourite Our Hi Jinx and was expected to be involved in the battle for the early lead but with a lot of speed coming from horses drawn wider on the track he got shuffled back early.  Heza Thrill driven by Spain’s Guillermo Adrover worked from the widest draw to find the front and led turning for home but after a strong tempo it was a horse racing just off the pace that proved too strong. New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn brought Global View with a well timed run to win the race and it was no surprise considering the success that Dunn has had during the Championship.  Global View broke the track record for 2400 metres recording a mile rate of 1:53.4.  Second was Heza Thrill and Guillermo Adrover, El Rama finished third with Norway’s Vidar Hop while Im Blue Double Dee was fourth with Pierre Vercruysse in the sulky. It was a remarkable performance by Dexter Dunn.  After five heats he was in ninth position but a strong performance at Wagga Wagga on Tuesday night saw him climb the leaderboard. Here is the 2015 World Driving Championship completed point score Name WDC Dexter Dunn 200 Tony Le Beller 146 Tim Tetrick 142 Mika Forss 139 Jody Jamieson 132 Knud Monster 122 Chris Alford 119 Pierre Vercryusse 119 Guillermo Adrover  101 Vidar Hop 100 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 USA representative Tim Tetrick picked up a drive in the Gr. 1 Ladyship Mile and drove Laterron into third placing behind the Mark Purdon trained Adore Me.  Adore Me set a new Australasian mile record when she stopped the clock in 1:47.7 for the mile. Tetrick finished second in the final event on the program as well. Thank you to all of the drivers that competed in the World Driving Championship.    Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Seven heats of the harness racing World Driving Championship were run in the city of Wagga Wagga, situated 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city and is an important agricultural, military and transport hub of Australia.  The Wagga Wagga harness racing track is 823 metres in circumference. Tonight the track was the venue of the Dexter Dunn show, as the leading New Zealand reinsman roared back into Championship contention with a dominant display winning the first three heats. Dexter Dunn’s patience was rewarded in heat six as he sat midfield and watched his rivals tire in the late stages.  Dexter Dunn made his move on Miss Ponder a 50/1 chance in the final lap and she was able to hold off a late challenge from France’s Pierre Vercruysse driving Rob The Bank and  Knud Monster behind G K Galleon.  Mika Forss continued his point accumulation with a fourth driving Chloes Venture. The seventh heat saw Dexter Dunn victorious driving The Baggy Green, in what many New Zealanders would see as an ironic win.  New Zealand and Australia are fierce enemies on the cricket field and ‘The Baggy Green’ is the name given to the hat worn by Australian cricketers.  Frenchman Pierre Vercruysse secured another second placing when he brought Holy Camp Girl with a late run.  Knud Monster completed the same driver trifecta as the first heat when Itsallaboutex ran third.  Norway’s Vidar Hop finished fourth on Sokys Bigbullet. It was three in a row when Dexter Dunn shot Shes A Jackson straight to the front from barrier one in the eighth heat of the Championship.  USA driver Tim Tetrick attempted to put some midrace pressure on the leader but it was to no avail as Dexter Dunn raced away for another win.  The good night continued for France with Tony Le Beller finishing second on Hezbuyindiamonds.  Australia’s Chris Alford saved plenty of ground on Ruato Bay and grabbed third while Denmark’s Knud Monster was fourth. The ninth heat was somewhat of an upset with Canadian Jody Jamieson lifting 20/1 Justasdangerous over the line after being clearly headed on the turn.  Jody Jamieson took up the early lead but was passed in the back straight by Chris Alford and Billy Branach with more than 400 metres to go.  To his credit Jody Jamieson refused to panic and urged his horse late to hold off Classiemahon driven by Finland’s Mika Forss.  Tony Le Beller finished third behind Samuel Thomas while Chris Alford and Billy Branach held onto fourth. The tenth heat saw ‘The Bionic Man’ Tim Tetrick at his best with the American driving Weliveinhope straight to the front.  Tim Tetrick dictated the speed through the middle stages and was able to kick away turning for home and won as he liked.  Dexter Dunn brought Mcqueen Regal with a well timed run for second boosting him further up the leaderboard while Mika Forss finished third on Claire Elizabeth after racing behind the leader.  Fourth in the race was Vidar Hop driving Lettucesomewhere. Tim Tetrick made it two in a row when he brought Glenburn Addy with a well timed run to win the eleventh heat.  Dexter Dunn continued to bank points when he finished second on Expensive Greeting.  It was a patient drive and he only got clear late but was never a winning threat.  Knud Monster finished third behind Holy Camp Wendy with Tony Le Beller fourth, driving Itsallaboutlu. Tony Le Beller brought up his second win of the Championship in the final heat of the night.  Tony Le Beller took Harlequin Bromac straight to the front and despite being challenged late by Dexter Dunn and Fake Art, he was able to hold on.  Dexter Dunn’s effort to finish second saw the New Zealander move to the top of the Championship after starting the evening in ninth position.  Vidar Hop finished third driving Lettuceplayginger while Pierre Vercryusse ensured the French finished on a good note running fourth with Annies Desire.   Name Point Score After 12 Heats Dexter Dunn 111 Tim Tetrick 97 Tony Le Beller 91 Mika Forss 89 Chris Alford 85 Knud Monster 69 Jody Jamieson 64 Vidar Hop 64 Pierre Vercryusse 63 Guillermo Adrover 59 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 Tim Tetrick and travelling reserve Peter McMullen both picked up catch drives in the non Championship races finished third. The drivers will spend tonight in Wagga Wagga before travelling to Bathurst tomorrow for another four heats.  Bathurst is 200 kilometres west of Sydney. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Sunday 22nd February 2015 - Three more heats in the 2015 World Driving Championship were run this evening at Newcastle, a large city 160 kilometres north of Sydney.  Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world but tonight all of the attention focused on the ten international harness racing drivers competing at the Newcastle Paceway.  The track itself is 940 metres in circumference. Australia’s Chris Alford started the night in second position after a strong showing in heats one and two, and after a victory in the third heat he assumed top spot on the Championship leaderboard.  Driving Better Than Max, Alford won narrowly, arriving just in time to grab USA star Tim Tetrick and Kardashiancrusader.  Denmark’s Knud Monster finished third on Shez Juslika while Finland’s Mika Forss picked up some important Championship points when he finished fourth on Son Of A Star. Better Than Max Day 3 heat 3 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Heat four was won by Frenchman Tony Le Beller driving The Merchant Banker.  Starting from barrier one, Le Beller pushed The Merchant Banker out early and held the lead despite being pressured by Red Raphael driven by Tim Tetrick.  Le Beller kicked away turning and won comfortably, second was Gee Tee Wage driven by Chris Alford while Norway’s Vidar Hop finished third driving The Puritan.  Spain’s Guillermo Adrover saved plenty of ground and finished fourth with Strawberry Courage. The Merchant Banker Day 3 heat 4 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. The fifth heat saw an aggressive drive from Finland’s Mika Forss as he pushed his horse Satu to the lead early despite drawing wide on the track.  After finding the front Forss rated Satu perfectly and was able to sneak away turning for home and held a margin to the finish line with Vidar Hop second on Heza Panamach.  Tim Tetrick finished third with Hangover Joe while Tony Le Beller was fourth on Rollon Baby Belle. Satu Day 3 heat 5 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo.   Name Point Score After 5 Heats Chris Alford 52 Tim Tetrick 47 Mika Forss 43 Tony Le Beller 33 Guillermo Adrover 32 Vidar Hop 30 Jody Jamieson 29 Knud Monster 28 Dexter Dunn 19 Pierre Vercryusse 17 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 Day 2 WDC 2015 from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Canada’s Jody Jamieson won the first race at Newcastle tonight.  The race was not part of the World Driving Championship however he produced a great drive to score on Saint Stormy. The Championship will have a rest day on Monday and will then head to Wagga Wagga on Tuesday for another seven heats.  Wagga Wagga is 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Two sensational heats of The World Driving Championship have been conducted tonight at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  In heat one is was a battle of the harness racing drivers more attuned to driving pacers with Tim Tetrick getting the maximum points from Chris Alford and Jody Jamieson. In heat two the Europeans came to the fore with Finn Mika Forss taking the full points with a well judged drive from Spaniard Guillermo Adrover with Australia's Chris Alford finishing in fourth place for a consistent start to the series. Points after the first two heats are: Tim Tetrick 21 Chris Alford 19 Mika Forss 18 Guillermo Adrover 17 Jody Jamieson 16 Dexter Dunn 12 Knud Monster 10 Vidar Hop 8 Tony Le Beller 7 Pierre Vercryusse 4 Harness Racing Australia

DOVER, Del.--- After dominating the Tuesday harness racing card with seven wins, Corey Callahan did one better on Wednesday, Feb. 18 , making it 15 wins in two nights at Dover Downs. Callahan steered Classic Belisima, who won four in-a-row on the front end before a third last start, took a 2-hole seat and sped down the passing lane for a 1:55.3 victory, It was Callahan's fifth of eight wins during the chilly night. It came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over feature trot. After sweeping the first three races, Callahan piloted Bill Cantrell's hard-hitting four-year-old daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee, trained by John Cabot to victory. It was her ninth career win in 25 starts with seven seconds and three thirds banking $63,315 in purses. Everyone's Talkin (Trace Tetrick) led for most of the mile and was a close second at the finish breaking a two-win streak. Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) closed well to be in the photo finish but had to settle for third. In the $11,5000 sub-feature trot, while Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver Championship, his brother Trace took the lead with Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, and then fought off a strong assault in the stretch, for a 1:54.1 victory, the first of the year for the Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry gelding. Picard (Callahan) rallied to finish second in front of I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts). Calllahan's eight-bagger is one fewer than the track record of nine, set Feb. 27, 2011 by Tim Tetrick. The track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, Callahan has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. He has won 199 races this meet, almost double runner-up Allan Davis, who drove two wins, for a meet total of 101 wins. A five-race win streak ended for Joyeux Dream the second-place finisher in the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap. Can Do closed well for Vic Kirby, who co-owns the gelding with Chris Giaccio, to win the trot in 1:54.2. Trainer Dylan Davis moved into a tie for first among trainers. Davis and Doug Lewis have haltered 41 winners, third-place Wayne Givens has conditioned 39 wins. Tony Morgan won one race to up his career total to 14,968 winning drives. Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, meets Bandolito, Nova Artist and Believe This Bob, among nine starters in the $26,000 Delaware Special headliner on Thursday, Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad      

Tim Tetrick has long been one of North America's top harness racing drivers. Now he is ready to take on the world. A native of Illinois who now lives in southern New Jersey, Tetrick will represent the U.S. in the World Driving Championship in Australia. The competition, which brings together 10 drivers from around the world for a 20-race series at six different tracks, begins Saturday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in New South Wales. The 33-year-old Tetrick, a four-time U.S. Driver of the Year who has led North America in purses seven of the last eight years, is making his first appearance in the World Driving Championship. "It's a great honor to be able to represent the United States and hopefully I can win it and make America proud," Tetrick said. "I love competing at a very high level and this is on the international scene. I'm just going to go into it and try to have a good time and enjoy myself and do what I love to do, which is race horses." The World Driving Championship, introduced in 1970, is now conducted every two years. France's Pierre Vercruysse won the 2013 edition, held in his home country, and will defend his title in Australia. Also part of this year's field is Canada's Jody Jamieson, a two-time WDC champion. Past U.S. champs are Joe Marsh Jr. (1974), Ron Pierce (1989) and Dave Magee (1995). "Timmy, good luck over there," Pierce said in a video message to Tetrick. "I hope you get on the right horses and put it on them boys. You know you're better than them. "You're driving for all of us, so we're all rooting for you." Drivers already have received their post positions for the World Driving Championship's 20 races and will drive whichever horse randomly draws the matching starting spot. Tetrick will drive the post No. 10 horse in the opening heat. All drivers will start twice from each of the 10 posts. "Hopefully they give me the best horses," Tetrick said with a laugh. "I'm going to study it the best I can, work with what horses they give me to drive, and hopefully I don't embarrass myself too badly. There are a lot of different (driving) styles. We're all kind of in the same boat, but hopefully I get some good luck with the draws." Learning to compete against various driving styles will be among Tetrick's most difficult challenges. "It was a completely different style of racing than what I was used to," said David Miller, who represented the U.S. in 1999 and finished fifth. "It took me a while (to adjust). We raced at five or six different racetracks and they were action packed. "I think (Tim) could probably watch tapes of races, maybe study the horses. I would just tell him to have fun. Go over there, go all out, and try to win the whole thing. He's a great driver, but you've got to get the horses and you've got to have luck." Andy Miller, who represented the U.S. in 2005 and 2007, with a best finish of fourth, said having a good time is important. "The camaraderie and meeting new people are great memories," Miller said. "I would tell him to have a great time and meet everybody you can and take everything in that you can. It's something you don't get to do very often, so enjoy it. If you're having fun, the wins will come and you'll do better." Tetrick, who in his career has won more than 8,500 races - including the Hambletonian Stakes and 14 Breeders Crowns, is one of five drivers making his first trip to the World Driving Championship. The others are Spain's Guillermo Adrover, Denmark's Knud Monster, France's Tony LeBeller, and Norway's Vidar Hop. Rounding out the field are Australia's Chris Alford, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, and Finland's Mika Forss. "I definitely want to win," Tetrick said. "But I'm looking forward to visiting the country and seeing what it's like. I'm familiar with a few of (the other drivers). I'm looking forward to hanging out with them and getting to know them, and hopefully coming out with more friends." Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications

North America's leading harness racing driver Tim Tetrick conducted the first of two public meetings in New Zealand at Alexandra Park last night and for those lucky enough to be present it was a night to remember. Tim covered a lot of topics and gave the audience an insight to how he got to where he is today. Tim started driving at a very early age. "I drove my first horse when I was just three or four." " My dad was a trainer and we helped out from an early age." " I can remember coming home from school in the fifth grade and doing boxes and work round the stable and then I  would still be jogging horses two hours after it was dark ,"Tim said. Driving his first winner at fourteen, Tim was unable to drive in Parimutual races until he was eighteen even though he drove over 200 winners at fairs when he was sixteen and seventeen. Punters in North America are never afraid to tell you when they think you haven't perfrormed. "I remember one time at Maywood where I drove six winners on a fourteen race card." " When I went to the carpark at the end of the night, they had put my car up on blocks and taken the wheels."  "Someone had written on the windscreen to drive better," Tim told the crowd last night. As Tim explained last night there are no driving fees in North America and drivers are only paid five per cent of all stakes won. The year Tim won 1189 races was full on from start to finish. " I had Xmas day and Super Bowl Sunday off but drove every other day of the year so you earn your money." "The rules vary from state to state which can make it tricky at times," Tim said. Tim was very clear on the most important factor in his continuing success. "I wouldn't be where I am or had the success I've had without Ashley's support.' " We are are a team and that's what lets me do what I do." "She understands what I'm doing which makes things so much easier," Tim said. One of the highlights of the night was the interaction between Tim and Hall Of Fame Thoroughbred trainer Jim Gibbs. Jim was effusive in his praise of the presentation given by Tim and thought a recording of it would make a great instruction tool for young galloping apprentices in New Zealand. With that in mind it is now planned to record Tuesday nights presentation in Christchurch. Special thanks must go to Noel Kennard who has organised both the public meetings and has taken a week off to be a tour guide for Tim and Ashley during their time in New Zealand. Tim conducts his second public meeting tomorrow night at the Spectators Bar at Addington Raceway and we highly recommend that if you can get there, you do. Its well worth it. For those wanting to keep up with Tim you can do so at www.timtetrick.com Harnesslink Media

One of the real international stars of harness racing in Tim Tetrick hit New Zealand yesterday and created a level of interest from the general media that this industry rarely sees. Everybody wanted a piece of the action and being the consummate professional that he is, Tim handled all the attention with a big smile and good humour. The highlight of his first day down under was his one drive at the Auckland Trotting Clubs meeting at Alexandra Park last night. Tim took the drive behind The Fascinator from leading trainer Tony Herlihy's barn and gave New Zealand harness racing enthusiasts a glimpse of why he is so highly regarded in North America. Away well from barrier six in the 2200 metres event, Tim sent The Fascinator forward and had a serious look for the lead through the first 600 metres but Simon Lawson on Strike The Gold wouldn't hand up so Tim restrained her and settled her three back on the inner. Passing the 700 metres, the back runners started their move and Tim eased the mare out into the running line and once again sat up on the wheel of Strike The Gold with The Faithful and Zac Butcher hard on Tim's back. Turning for home Tim and The Fascinator grabbed a narrow lead over Strike The Gold and held it for most of the straight before being caught in the shadows of the finishing post by The Faithful and Zac Butcher. Tim loved the experience of driving in New Zealand. "It was a bit different going right handed to be honest but I really enjoyed it." " The Stewards gave me a lot of do's and don'ts' before I went onto the track but once I got out there the drivers were great in showing me the ropes," Tim told Harnesslink today. Tim didn't think there was that much difference in the driving styles between the two countries. " A lot of people think you drive a lot tighter down under but we drive tight up there as well believe me." "Because the carts are not as wide in New Zealand, the horses are closer to you but its no tighter than what I am use to at home." "People mentioned to me to be aware of drivers pushing out but we do plenty of pushing and shoving at times at home so I was pretty relaxed about it all," Tim said.  Harness racing in New Zealand struggles most of the time to get a lot of mainstrem media attention but Tim Tetrick's visit has put harness racing front and centre and for all that media coverage the industry should give Tim a huge thank you. Harnesslink Media  

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