The Eash Racing Stable and harness racing driver LeWayne Miller teamed up for a night to remember on Saturday (March 12) at Miami Valley Raceway. Not only did Astreo's Love capture the $20,000 Open Pace for trainer Don Eash and Miller, but E R Rudy copped the $20,000 championship leg of a top conditioned late closing series, stable mate Undertaker triumphed in the $10,000 first leg of the George Williams Memorial late-closer for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 life, and E R Oliver capped off the 'Grand Slam' by winning a $10,000 conditioned race. Astreo's Love took full advantage of his first inside post position in six weeks and the scratch of his most serious threat (Mykindachip) to score in 1:50.4 over Nitro (Chris Page) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Kayne Kauffman). It was the fourth win of the year for the six-year-old son of Make My Day, but the first since early February. As the 3-5 favorite, Astreo's Love returned $3.20 to his backers. The winner has now banked $46,680 in seven seasonal starts, all at Miami Valley. Although he didn't win a preliminary leg of the late-closer, E R Rudy was sent postward as the third choice in the betting and Miller gave his supporters a picture-perfect drive to pull the minor upset in 1:51.4. The five-year-old Art's Chip gelding sat chilly in the pocket throughout as second choice Major Blue Chip (Josh Sutton) cut the fractions and favorite Stonebridge Adam (Chris Page) pressured first-up on the outside. When a seam opened between the two preliminary leg winners, E R Rudy shot through for the impressive 7-2 score. Undertaker gave the Eash-Miller combo their third triumph when he bested Gunny Wilson (Tyler Smith) and Goodtime Matt (Trace Tetrick) in 1:53.1 to stamp himself as the early favorite in the George Williams Memorial series. The four-year-old Rockin Image gelding now has 22 victories, all but four at Indiana county fairs. Startin Something (John DeLong) was an upset winner in the other William division, paying $25.00 following his 1:54 tally. Brent Tartar owns the Johnson Hill Jr.-trainee, who topped Artistic Blue (Ken Holliday) and American Paradise (Chris Page). The icing on the Eash-Miller cake was E R Oliver's victory in a $10,000 conditioned race in 1:53. The five-year-old son of Total Truth surpassed the $100,000 career earnings plateau with the winner's share. With the four wins, Don Eash climbed from a tie for tenth in the trainer's standings to a tie for fifth place. Miller, who has had much success in his first foray into Ohio, is now tied for ninth in the driver's dash standings with 30 wins and over $300,000 in purse winnings. Gregg Keidel
Dublin, Ireland – Newtown Stud was proud to recently welcome their newest addition to their farm, the top pacer Total Truth, who will be standing stallion for the 2016 season. Total Truth has become the richest Standardbred stallion to stand in the UK and Ireland. He is a career winner of $2,022,433 and had a race record of 1:48.3. The royally bred son of Jenna’s Beach Boy’s accomplishments include at 2, winner of the Smullin Memorial, Niatross, and an elimination of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at Lexington. At 3, he was the winner of the North America Cup, Hoosier Cup, Progress Pace, Cane Pace, Burlington Pace and a Matron Stake elimination. Total Truth was named the 3-year-old Pacing Colt of the Year and Pacer of the Year in 2006. In 2008, Total Truth was sold at Tattersalls for $900,000, a record for a male pacer. He has settled in well at Newtown Stud and the farm is looking forward to a super breeding season with him. Newtown Stud was established in 1978 and is run by the Wallace family, who are into the harness racing business since the 1960’s. They have had numerous top class horses over the years that have raced both locally and internationally. Currently they have in training 7 French trotters, three 2yos, one 4yo and three 3yo pacers. They have 12 top bred broodmares, six yearlings, and two world champion stallions now available for stud. Total Truth will stand the 2016 season for a fee of €1000. Their other stallion is Allamerican Captor, who stands for a fee of €700. Newtown Stud has an all-weather half mile training track and is located in the North side of Dublin, just a few minutes’ drive from the International Dublin Airport. Their contact number is +353 87 634 8862 and they are on facebook at https://m.facebook.com/NewtownStud/. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink
Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG
ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2014 - On an action-packed stakes night, Peter Wrenn was the driving star of the night, winning a total of seven of the 14 races contested, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 31. Driving in each and every race, the veteran reinsman found the winner's circle in three of the first four races and two of the four divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Wrenn teamed up with trainer Joe Cirasuola to capture the early double with JD's Caleb Man who rallied from off the pace in 1:52.1 and then used the same off-the-pace tactics in the next race with It's A Go to score in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Charlie Stewart's Bazinga benefitted from a second over trip to score his sixth win of the season and third win of the night for Wrenn in 1:52. Unhurried off the gate, Bazinga settled along the rail in fourth before being asked to move down the backside. Using a :28.0 final panel, Bazinga cruised home to finish two lengths in front of the front-stepping Radar Warning and Mike Micallef. It wasn't until the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts that Peter Wrenn found the winner's circle once more as Next Thing Smoke'n used a sharp, front running effort to score in 1:51.4. It was the first win of the season for the son of Sand Shooter-Are Those Real and a lifetime best effort. Trained, owned and bred by Roger Cullipher, Next Thing Smoke'n will be aimed at the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park. Win number five for Wrenn came in the $18,000 Four-Year-Old Open Pace with the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Night Pro. Opting for a trip off the pace in the field of seven, Night Pro was uninvolved in the early stages before unleashing a :26.1 final panel to score in 1:51. It was the fifth win from seven seasonal outings for the son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel who is trained and owned by Dale Decker. In the fourth and final division of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action, it was Mister Truth in a 1:52.3 gate-to-wire effort to give Wrenn his sixth of the evening. It was the third consecutive win and first stakes victory for the son of Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda who is trained by Ernie Gaskin. Wrenn capped his seventh win of the night with the heavily favored, Lucky Jet. Using a well-timed rally late in the lane, Lucky Jet was able to wear down Audreys Dream to stop the clock in 1:51.1. "It was a great night," Wrenn noted after his final victory of the evening. "I had some really live horses and the trips worked out in my favor. It's always nice to have nights like this every once in a while." As Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's three-time leading driver, Wrenn is closing in on 10,000 career wins and more than $65 million in purse earnings in the bike. Along with the driving titles from all over the country, he has also posted four consecutive seasons with his purse earnings surpassing the $3 million mark. Wrenn is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino while Tyler Smith leads all drivers with 85 victories. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 3 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
Fox Den Farm has announced a successful start to their 2014 breeding season. As a result of the revitalized breeding program in Maryland, their stallions already have more mares booked this year than any other year in the past decade. Quality mares are booked from both in and out of state including: a dozen mares with over $75k earned: Get Over Lil $326,084, Sweet Dreams Baby $262,358, JA's Commando $173,485, Native Canadian $145,956, Fox Valley Mojo $132,513 and Bliss $127,316. "We are thrilled with the interest in our freshman trotter Charlie De Vie and our pacer Total Truth," said Tim Winebrenner for Fox Den Farm. "Total Truth’s oldest foals (3-year-olds) are coming on strong with 25 finishing in the top three, with ten wins out of 44 starts in the last month." For more information on the Maryland Breeding program visit: www.foxdenfarm.com/stallions. Submitted by Fox Den Farm
DOVER. Del.--- An on-line auction of 2014-season stallion breedings is being held this week to benefit the "Janet Davis Fundraiser." Eight quality stallion breedings - five of which are for stallions standing in Delaware - one in Maryland, one in Indiana and one in Ontario, will be available to bid on beginning this Tuesday, March 25 at 12 Noon and continue until 12 Noon on Friday, March 28. The Delaware stallions are, in alphabetical order and (donor):pacer, Badlands Nitro (George Teague); pacer, Dream Away (Winbak Farm of Delaware); trotter, Keystone Activator ( Leigh and Tyler Raymer);and pacer, Roddy's Bags Again (Norma Messick and Tim Torbert). Now standing in Maryland are pacing stallions; Rusty's All In (Fox Den Farm) and Total Truth (by Only Money Inc.), standing in Indiana is pacer, Proper Respect (Carlo Poliseno) and standing in Ontario is Badlands Hanover (Joe Holloway). For those bidding, contact: www.ongait.com website. DSBF opening round at Dover on Monday The 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg $20,000 preliminaries gets underway for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, March 24 while in the $20,000 Mares Open pace, Alexachase takes on five foes in the overnight feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first $20,000 DSBF prelim, seven time freshman winner Seboomook Fool Yah, bred and owned by Garnet O’Marrow, seeks to continue his efforts following a $100,000 winning final last November. Allan Davis will be in the bike for trainer Wayne Givens. Winbak Farm’s Fashion Guru has been racing this year and is a winner of three with two seconds in six starts with Ben Stafford Jr. in the bike. Vic Kirby will drive Jeff Bartels’ Crushed Again, a winner of three with four seconds in seven races in 2013. The Wiz Kids Stable’s Jonigold (Bart Dalious), second in the two-year-old $100,000 final, leads the second DSBF division. Virginia Louthan bred, owned and trained Megginspin (Ron Pierce) has shown great improvement in her recent starts prepping for this event. Santa Baby (Montrell Teague), owned by Paul and trainer Lorie Davos. Burris and Chaney is well qualified. I’m Won Rum Wiser, a five-time winner at two, leads the third $20,000 prelim for The Wiz Kids Stable and Tina and driver George Dennis. Ed Walls’ Mommom’s Little C (Jonathan Roberts) and Henry Faragalli III, T.P. Johnson and Joe Thomson’s Treasure Valley (Jim Morand) head the challengers. On the regular card, Bret Brittingham, who is enjoyed one of his best winning seasons, drives Alexachase for owners Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite. Not to be overlooked is Spend It All, driven by Jim Morand for owners Steve Head and Brooke Givens, i0n only her second start of her four-year-old season. The one to catch in the select field is Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Jeremes Sweetheart, with Ron Pierce. Owner-trainer Bob Winkelman’s Paradise Lost is racing at the top of his game for Ross Wolfenden. Ash LaRue, and George Dennis, drew post 1 while Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.’s Gottaseeaboutagirl, handled by Vic Kirby, closed strongly in last week’s feature test. Colt beats older rivals at Dover Sunday Thetruthaboutdavid, the only sophomore in the field, recorded his third win of the year and reduced his lifetime record to 1:54.4 winning the $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace on Sunday, to start the third from last week of the Dover Downs 2013-2014 meet began on March 23. A George Teague homebred, Thetruthaboutdavid closed strongly for driver Montrell Teague in only his eighth career race. The Total Truth-Start The Game gelding has been either first or second in seven starts. Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) too second money with White Sportscoat (Ross Wolfenden) the third-place finisher. Tony Morgan, the all-time fifth leading driver in the sport, chalked up a four-bagger, with two for trainer Tim Crissman. Jim Morand, Montrell Teague and trainer George Teague had doubles. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Former New Zealander Unico Crown was again the victor in Heat Two of the prestigious Tontine Series for Trotters T0 or better class over 2590 metres at Stawell on Monday February 3. A winner of the first round heat at Geelong on January 27, Unico Crown was again eligible to compete due to a paucity of numbers accepting for the race and scored in almost identical fashion. Trained at Lara by Dean Braun and driven by Chris Alford, Unico Crown as he did at Geelong began swiftly from the 10-metre mark to lead and was never headed, defeating Craig Demmler’s smart gelding Glenferrie Typhoon which raced outside him for the majority of the trip when first up since August, going down by 3.6 metres in a rate of 2-08.9, with Will Atone (20 metres) 44.1 metres away in third place after making a mistake hitting the back straight on the final occasion. Unico Crown four year old gelded son of Monarchy and Sunny Gem will now head to the $7,000 Semi-Finals to be conducted at Terang this Sunday, with the $30,000 Final to take place at Ballarat on February 14. Last season’s very smart Yankee Spider/Rockolina gelding Miracle resumed in the Grampians Estate 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2175 metres and as expected was untroubled to score. Trained and driven by Bolinda’s Chris Alford for owner Dolores Murphy, Miracle an almost faultless trotter, led throughout from the pole, winning with something in hand over Bacardi Breeze which trailed, moving to the outside on turning to fail by 1.5 metres in a rate of 2-10.8. No Trumps No Glory (three back along the markers last lap was a further 16.5 metres away in third spot. Miracle hadn’t been seen since finishing fourth in The Redwood at Maryborough on July 14. Mingbool (Mount Gambier) trainer/driver David Drury has a terrific strike rate when he crosses the border and landed the Renown Silverware Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres with four year old Blissful Hall/Art For Art Sake gelding Big Gorilla. Driven with aggression from gate two, Big Gorilla led throughout to record a 4.8 metre victory in 1-59.4 over Evil Trickster which raced outside him, with Jerry Marshall (one/one) dropping down to use the sprint lane on straightening to finish third 1.8 metres away. Heywood co-trainers Kevin Brough and Bec East have their team firing on all fours at present and snared the Brian Gunnell Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 1780 metres with ever reliable Total Truth/Mama Tembu gelding Always Wantano in a rate of 2-00.8. Starting from the extreme draw, driver Matt Craven sent Always Wantano forward from near last racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker My Mach Scooter for the final circuit. Gaining the upper hand on straightening, Always Wantano scored by 3.4 metres in advance of Bungalally Boy which trailed the leader easing wide on turning, with My Mach Scooter weakening to finish third a head away. The Kaye Matthews Tribute a C1 class race over 2175 metres named in honour of the late Kaye Matthews an administrator with the club for a number of years, went the way of Long Forest trainer Andy Gath’s most consistent Mach Three/Fingers Crossed four year old mare Lems Cameo. Driven by wife Kate, Lems Cameo (gate four) made an unsuccessful bid for the front running as the mobile gate pulled away, but couldn’t head off Sorority Sister (gate two). Gaining cover shortly after when Cullen Time moved to race in the open, Lems Cameo enjoyed a perfect passage. Easing three wide in the last lap, Lems Cameo sprinted sharply to lead on the home turn, before racing away to record a 12.8 metre victory from Franco Seelster from last off a three wide trail in the final circuit, with Additallup flying home late for third after being shuffled back from three back the markers when Beau Ciel ahead of him was held up for a clear passage. The mile rate 2-02.7. Childers Cove duo Ange and Clare McDowell made a long awaited return to the winners list, when four year old Blissful Hall/Childers Elite gelding Masterofthurles (unplaced in six starts prior) greeted the judge in the Mussett Upholstery Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Despite racing without cover from gate three for the entire trip, Masterofthurles outstayed his rivals in defeating Glenway Hustler which led and Rose Devine (one/one) in a rate of 2-01. Great Western’s Michelle Wight was victorious with Armbro Operative/If Iseeyouinheaven five year old mare Shanira in the Pyrenees Smallgoods Pace for C1 class over 1780 metres. Given every opportunity one/one from gate five, Shanira when eased three wide at the straight entrance, finished best to score by a half neck over a death-seating Khaleesi and Tipperary Seelster which led in a rate of 2-01. By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)
Maryland Standardbred Race Fund registered 35 stallions for 2014. Moving to Maryland from other states are Total Truth, Sand Vic, Nuclear Breeze, Great George Two, and Groton Hall also Up Front Charlie and Western Hero are returning to Maryland after an extended absence. First time stallions standing in Maryland will be trotters Charlie De Vie, GooGoo GaaGaa (book full) and pacers Dr. Dreamy, P H Bestman, Rusty's All In, Rusty's For Real and Wynnfield Scamp (breeding restricted/racing). All 21 stallions from last year will also be returning. The complete list with contact info, stud fees and full pedigrees is available on the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website at http://www.msrfonline.com/. This website contains all stallion and staking information, including forms, payment dates, eligible lists, racing info when available and regulations. Please contact the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund if you have any questions at 410-775-0152 or 240-285-0326, our e-mail address email@example.com by Cheri Stambaugh for MSRF
DOVER, Del. --- The 18th renewal of the $400,000 (est) Progress Pace at Dover Downs is the highlight of the first full month of the track's 45th season. The Progress Pace is the signature event of the 2013 Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Racing." The Progress Pace features the sport's leading three-year-olds in training in a two-week event. First, a $35,000 elimination division on Nov. 10 with the top eight finishers return for a $284,160 final on Nov. 17. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, scored a 1:48.3 victory in this year's Matron Final. The gelding was favorite for the Progress Pace elim., but did not come out of the Matron, "100 percent," thus was scratched. Twilight Bonfire, a 20-1 longshot from post 8 with Tim Tetrick driving, pulled a major surprise in the $35,000 elim by nipping Sunshine Beach by half a neck. The Progress Pace Final on Dec. 1 is the richest race in Delaware harness racing this year. Progress Pace history The Progress Pace was created by Dover Downs' CEO Denis McGlynn in the fashion of a former state of Delaware sports' tradition - The Battle of the Brandywine - formerly the showcase event of ill-fated Brandywine Raceway. Over the years, Most of the sports leading drivers, owners and stables have participated in the Progress Pace. Hall of Fame drivers include three-time winners John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Mike Lachance, Cat Manzi, Dave Palone and David Miller. Luc Ouellette also drove three winners while Bret Pelling trained three Progress Pace champions. Sampson Street Stable has shared in three Progress Pace champions, Newman Racing is the only other with more than one winner. The first Progress Pace was carded in 1996 with a $100,000 final. The winner was Armbro Operative, owned by Tom Walsh, Jr. and Dave McDuffy, driven by Mike Lachance. It was the first of three Progress Pace winners conditioned by Brett Pelling. Pelling also trained the winners of the next two winners of the event, when Dream Away, owned by Canadian horsemen Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Al Libfeld won the 1997 edition and Crown Jewel Stable's Browning Blue Chip took 1998 laurels. Both winners were driven by John Campbell. Luc Ouellette drove Jeff Snyder's Royalflush Hanover to his first Progress Pace titles. The gelding overtook Grinfromeartoear on the backstretch and pulled off to win the 1999 title. The following season, Ouellette came back to drive 2000 winner Powerful Toy, owned by Newman Racing Stable, Sampson Street and Dodge A Bullet stables. Ron Pierce made the winner's circle in the 2001 event driving Peruvian Hanover for owners Sidney Korn and Alvin Jacobson. Art Major beat stablemate McArdle to win the 2002 edition. Owned by Deena Frost, Jerry Silva, Sampson Street and TLP stables, Art Major was the third Progress Pace champion driven by John Campbell, In 2003, for the second straight year and third time in Progress Pace history, Radar Sign, a colt owned in part by Sampson Street Stable and Newman Racing Stable, driven by Ouellette, won the final. The 2004 winner was longshot Holborn Hanover, with George Brennan driving for trainer Mark Harder and owners John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp. Holborn Hanover became the first sub-150 Progress Pace winner posting a come-from-behind 1:49.3f victory. In 2005, Gryffindor, became the first Delaware-owned and trained winner. After being purchased by Three Point Acres in time to win the Messenger Stake at Harrington Raceway, the sophomore won the 10th Progress Pace wire-to-wire in 1:50 with David Miller in the sulky. The purse was the event's all-time highest, $394,120. Another Delaware owned and conditioned colt, Total Truth, was the 2006 Progress Pace champion. The colt owned by Only Money and Teague Inc., the first of two straight for Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. Pierce returned to take 2007 Progress Pace in upset fashion. Trained by Robby Siegelman for The Cheyenne Gang, Ghee House rolled down the lane for a 1:50.4 upset victory to take the 12th edition. In November 2008, overlooked at 32-1, Cat Manzi drove Bettor Sweet to a surprise 1:52.1f victory, the second richest Progress Pace boasting a $390,000 purse. Two locally owned horses Rudy Rednose and Badlands Nitro, both trained by George Teague, finished second and third respectively. Vertical Horizon and Jim Morrill Jr. were the winning 1:50.4 team, for the 2009 edition. In 2010, Yannick Gingras guided Rockin Image to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. The 2011 winner was Westwardho Hanover, a 1:49.1 performance piloted by Dave Palone. Heston Blue Chip completed an outstanding Fall campaign to win the 2012 Progress Pace with Tim Tetrick in the bike, in event winning time of 1:49. Progress Pace Champions Year Purse Winner (Driver) Win Time 1996 $100,000 Armbro Operative (Mike Lachance) 1:53f 1997 $100,000 Dream Away (John Campbell) 1:54f 1998 $225,000 Browning Blue Chip (John Campbell)1:51.2f 1999 $225,000 Royalflush Hanover (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.2f 2000 $228,000 Powerful Toy (Luc Ouellette) 1:52.1f 2001 $337,100 Peruvian Hanover (Ron Pierce) 1:52.3f 2002 $335,000 Art Major (John Campbell) 1:51f 2003 $350,060 Radar Sign (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.4f 2004 $345,900 Holborn Hanover (George Brennan) 1:49.3f 2005 $394,120 Gryffindor (David Miller) 1:50f 2006 $348,900 Total Truth (Ron Pierce) 1:52.2f 2007 $350,900 Ghee House (Ron Pierce) 1:50.4f 2008 $390,000 Bettor Sweet (Cat Manzi) 1:51.2f 2009 $350,000 Vertical Horizon (Jim Morrill Jr.) 1:50.4f 2010 $320,000 Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.3f 2011 $330,000 Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) 1:49.1f 2012 $270,000 Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 1:49f - event record by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
Delaware, OH --- All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana-breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sire stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. The next three days contained 198 2-year-olds, 297 3-year-olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares. The top priced yearling and ultimate sale topper was an Always A Virgin sister to Indiana champion Color’s A Virgin. Brown Color was purchased from the Emerald Highlands consignment by Dan Shetler for $43,000. Next in line was an Ohio-bred Feelin Friskie colt from the Midland Acres consignment purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000. Spring Haven Farm sold a Total Truth brother to top Indiana colt Totally Kissed for $37,000 and Walnut Hall Ltd sold an Ontario bred Deweycheatumnhowe filly for $32,000. Broodmares were led by the young Andover Hall prospect, Ladyfinger 3,1:59.2f, that was purchased by Black Creek Farm in Indiana for $28,000 from Marty Wollam. Hoosier Standardbred Farm stepped up at $15,000 for Sexpot Hall in foal to Deweycheatunmhowe from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment. That farm also provided the top weanlings, a Conway Hall filly from the family of two $1 million earners and a Groton Hall half-brother to two 1:54 trotters, that each brought $20,000. Competitive racehorses are always in demand and five of them shared the spotlight at $20,000 each. Nidaros, a Muscle Yankee non-winners of two consigned by Kjell Magne Andersen, was purchased by Jeff Clark of Maryland. Indiana Sires competitor, Fancy Colt, left Emerald Highlands Farm on a bid from Red Shaw in Ohio. Competitive $20,000 claimer Darth Quaider was purchased by Steve Richard of Massachusetts. The rugged raceway mare Athleticlyinclined, with $278,575 lifetime earnings, was picked up by John Mungillo of New York from Burke Racing Stable LLC. And Dan Kennedy added the Open pacer Lost Jewels to his racehorses in preparation for the December opening of Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park. Complete sale results are available at www.bloodedhorse.com. The Blooded Horse Sale Company holds quarterly mixed sales at the home of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio The next sale is February 10-11, 2014. Entries close around January 10. by Dot Morgan for Blooded Horse Sale
Melton trainer/driver Lance Justice’s 7-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Flying Flo gelding Alchemy showed vast improvement to land the Graeme Lang Free For All for C7 or better class over 2240 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday November 21. One of four runners from the Justice stable – the others being Dominus Vobiscum, The Smiler and Because I Can, Alchemy which had been racing in much weaker grade over the past few weeks was sent forward to cross the pole marker Giveusagrim shortly after the start. With a number of more fancied runners making forward moves including Jaccka Clive, Youranut, Mustang Mach and Broadways Best prior to the bell with Youranut first up since July occupying the breeze for the final circuit, leaving Mustang Mach on a limb three wide with Broadways Best on his back and Jaccka Clive one/one after surprisingly handing over the death-seat. Tackled strongly by Youranut on straightening, Alchemy ($16.80) fought back like a caged tiger to gain the day by a head after being momentarily headed in a rate of 1-57 (last half 56.2 – quarter 27.2), with Broadways Best third after peeling wide halfway up the running. Brother John Justice was also a winner on the program, snaring the Reg Cooper Claiming Pace over 2240 metres with $56.80 chance Whodareswins, a 7-Y-0 daughter of Presidential Ball and Mumtaz Mahal who registered her first success since July 2012 when successful at Spreyton (Tasmania). Given a sweet passage from the pole trailing the pacemaker Astral Flight after leading out, Whodareswins in a punishing finish prevailed by half head in 1-58.8 after using the sprint lane to defeat Astral Flight trained by sister Joanne Justice with Brian Gath in the sulky, with Run Forrest close up in third place after racing in the open from the bell. Bendigo’s Matt Gath was in the winners stall when promising Yankee Spider/Kingsford Ado 4-Y-0 mare Ifu Seek Flight greeted the judge in the Gus Underwood Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 1720 metres in a rate of 2-03.2. Enjoying an easy trip from the pole following the pacemaker Marios Dream, Gath angled Ifu Seek Flight away from the inside on straightening and she finished best to score by 2 metres in advance of Mallee Trapper which raced wide from the bell. Drop Us A Line ran her usual honest race to finish third after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane. Raced by Michael Taranto of Seelite Windows & Doors fame, Ifu Seek Flight has raced 12 times for 4 wins. Rochester trainer Mark Thompson has an impeccable record when taking a horse to the races and landed the Rob Merola 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres with Total Truth/Karamea Toastime filly Lies. With stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey in the sulky, Lies raced by Mark and wife Sue having her first outing since July, led throughout from the pole, defeating Geoff Webster’s Tuscan Breeze which shadowed her and Phoebe Jack (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-01.5. Parwan part-owner/trainer Jaime Madruga combined with Gavin Lang to snare the Gunbower Cup Sunday Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2240 metres with 5-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Jaja gelding Amazing Kano who can put a run in every so often. Despite racing in the open from gate five outside Discrimination, Amazing Kano surged clear on turning to win by 6.4 metres in 2-00 even over Nimble Jack off a three wide trail last lap on the back of the third placegetter Jasmine Sheffield. Gisborne’s Brendan Said provided a shock winner in 6-Y-0 Jaguar Cam/Meadow Glory mare Dainty Cloud who took out the Lisa Miles Pace for C2 class over 1720 metres in a rate of 1-57.4. Taking advantage of a mares concession, Dainty Cloud was given every opportunity one/one from gate two, with Lance Justice’s Medonc crossing This Is Your Life shortly after the start leaving Our Miss Vivienne in the breeze. Taken into the clear halfway up the running, Dainty Cloud ($42.80) finished too well for a game Our Miss Vivienne, scoring by 1.1 metres, with Medonc third. Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan combined to land the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 class over 1720 metres with ultra consistent 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Big Time Babe mare Bit Of A Babe, leading all of the way from gate four in accounting for Union Belle (one/two) and Lady Suffragette which raced in the open from the bell. The mile rate 1-57.5. By Len Baker
The last yearling sale of the season drew a record crowd for the first day of the 66th Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Monday featured 346 yearlings including nearly 25% of the Ohio crop and 120 Indiana breds. There were also large numbers of Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York breds along with a handful of very scarce Kentucky breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sires stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. An Always A Virgin filly, Brown Color, topped the day at $43,000. Consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm the full sister to 2013 Indiana Champion Color’s A Virgin was purchased by Dan Shetler. Midland Acres brought a large consignment of Ohio breds by the leading sires Feelin Friskie and Chip Chip Hooray. Among those, Over Friskie, was purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000, Ed Telle signed the ticket on Feelin Shady for 34,000, and Lantern’s Chip went to Rich Lombardo for $32,000. The Spring Haven Farm consignment was led by a Total Truth brother to the top Indiana colt Totally Kissed at $37,000 and the Feelin Friskie filly Friskie Buckeye at $36,000, purchased by Kirk Nichols and Bruce Soulsby, respectively. Charisma Hall, a gorgeous Deweycheatumnhowe filly, was purchased by Michael Andrew of Maine from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment for $32,000. The Walnut Hall Ltd reduction also features a large, attractive group of weanlings and in foal mares on Wednesday. The Blooded Horse Sale continues Tuesday through Thursday with over 1100 horses, including 198 two year olds, 297 three year olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares. The catalogue and sale results are available online at www.bloodedhorse.com. by Jerry Haws for Blooded Horse Sale
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 26, 2013-Just one week after hosting the $1 million Hoosier Champions night, Hoosier Park continued the stakes action with an exciting 14-race card on Saturday, October 26. In its' 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park hosted divisions of the Madison County and Circle City Stakes for two and three-year-olds for the first time ever. E L Titan and Riina Rekila kicked off the stakes action with a 1:57.1 score in the opening division of the $44,950 Madison County stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Using a sharp, front running effort, the son of Muscle Hill was able to hold off a late charge from Justice Jet and Ed Hensley to score his third win of the season. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, E L Titan is trained by Riina Rekila and has now amassed $93,139 during his freshman season. The recently crowned Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Rose Run Parker followed suit in the second split of the $45,250 Madison County stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a 1:58.2 victory. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rose Run Parker was able to track down horses late in the lane to win by two lengths. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker extended his win streak to five as he notched his ninth win of the season. Sweetnsinful and Sam Widger scored in the only division of the $83,600 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. Widger sent the American Ideal filly to the front from the start and never looked back. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Sweetnsinful scored her fourth win in nine starts this season and sent her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. The freshman trotting fillies were up next and Kween Mightus broke her maiden in a big kind of way taking her $42,550 split of the Madison County Stakes. Driven by Hoosier Park's leading driver, Tyler Smith, Kween Mightus was sent to the front and reached the wire in 1:57.3 to finish two lengths in front of the field. Trained by Krista Williams, the two-year-old daughter of Earl of Stormont notched her first win in 11 seasonal outings. Luck is All Ineed and Trace Tetrick took the second split of the stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 1:58 victory. Trained by Tom Harmer, the Muscle Mass filly benefitted from a pocket trip to score her third win of the season from eight starts. Luck is All Ineed sent her bankroll over $131,178 for her connections, Greg McNair and Tom Harmer. Three splits of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts were contested and it was King Mufasa who reigned supreme with a 1:56.3 romp. With Hall of Famer Dave Palone in the sulky, King Mufasa extended his win streak to five in his Hoosier Park debut. Sired by Powerful Emotion, King Mufasa is trained by Mike Brink and owned by Mystical Marker Farms and H.W. Wright. Punxsutawney and Pete Wrenn turned a sharp, front running effort into a 1:54.4 score in the second split of the Circle City stakes action. Sired by Glidemaster, Punxsutawney scored his fourth win of the season from 14 outings. Owned by Jerry Graham, Punxsutawney is trained by John Butenschoen and now sports a seasonal bankroll of $156,988. Pine Credit and Marcus Miller took the final split of the stakes action for three-year-old colt trotters with a 1:55.4 victory. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Credit Winner was able to find late racing room in the stretch to score his third win of the season. That'll Be The Rei and Mike Micallef extended their win streak to four with a 1:51.3 score in the opening division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The Michigan champion is trained by Mike Micallef and has won 15 of 22 seasonal starts. Owned by Daniel Courtemanche, That'll Be The Rei has earned $185,242 through two seasons of racing. Silver Devil and Jason Dillander scored a 21-1 upset in the second division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Rallying from well off the pace in the stretch, Silver Devil used a :26.0 final panel to score his ninth win of the season in 1:53.1. Trained by Nick Giberson, the sophomore son of Duneside Perch sent his career bankroll over $50,000 with the victory. Totally Kissed and Sam Widger followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the first split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:52.1 score. The freshman son of Total Truth got up in the final strides to score his third win of the season in a lifetime best effort. Kingofthejungle continued the upset trend and scored a 14-1 upset in his split of the $49,300 Madison County stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Pete Wrenn, Kingofthejungle rallied from well off the pace to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:52.3. Trained by Dirk Simpson, the two-year-old gelding is sired by Well Said has now won 4 of 12 lifetime outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 6, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a quartet of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Tuesday, August 6 as the 2013 crop of freshman pacing colts and fillies opened their Indiana Gold Sire Stakes series in impressive fashion. The fastest mile of the night was produced in the opening round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts as Always B Miki stormed home a winner in 1:53.1, a lifetime best performance. With Pete Wrenn at the lines, Always B Miki was able to overcome a miscue at the start to win by five and a half lengths in front of Next Thing Smoke’n and Tyler Smith. The 1:53.1 score was just one second shy of the Hoosier Park’s track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched his second win from three seasonal outings while sending his bankroll over the $20,000 mark for his connections. Doctor Carter followed suit in the second split of the Indiana Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts and was piloted by Trace Tetrick to a 1:53.4 lifetime best score. Sired by Total Truth, Doctor Carter was able to take advantage of a pocket trip and hold off a late charge from Keiths Studio Art to notch his third victory of the season. As the public’s second choice, Doctor Carter returned $11.60 to his backers at the window. Trained by Steve Carter, Doctor Carter has now won three of four lifetime outings while earning $25,000 lifetime. Indiana’s two-year-old pacing fillies were also out in full force and made a good showing through two $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions. Always Dee One and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied from well off the pace to score in the opening division in 1:54.3. Dismissed at 10-1, Always Dee One found her best strides late in the lane to win by two lengths over Victoria Ivy and Jason Dillander. Trained by Ron Burke, the rookie filly notched her maiden breaking win from three seasonal outings. Sired by Always A Virgin, Always Dee One has now earned over $19,000 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. Color’s A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp, front running score to pull the upset in the final division of the sire stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies. Trained by Brian Brown, the daughter of Always A Virgin cruised around Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 1:54.4 to score her maiden breaking victory. Using a: 27.3 final panel, Color’s A Virgin held of a late charge from Tough Rose and Sam Widger to finish a length in front of her rivals. The rookie filly has now earned over $18,000 from two starts for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies will continue on Tuesday, August 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The second division for the two-year-old pacing colts will be the featured attraction on Wednesday, August 21. Both of the four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 7 with a 14-race card highlighted by one division of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. by Emily Gaskin
Rochester's Mark Thompson has enjoyed a great run with his pacers, especially over the past decade or so and snared a stable double at his local track Echuca on Tuesday July 2, with Lies and Drunken Desire winning their respective races, both handled to perfection by stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey.
Even after all the numerous awards and big stakes races he's won in America, master harness racing trainer George Teague Jr still puts a lot of his success down to luck. The Delaware horseman is also one of the sport's most humble horsemen and is quick to deflect praise.