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HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables' Mel Mara (Corey Callahan, $2.20) had an auspicious Harrington Raceway debut in his prep for next week's (September 19) $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial with a 1:50.1 win, while breaking a track record in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Monday. The 7-year-old Lis Mara stallion never had an anxious moment in his front end score from post position five for trainer Dylan Davis. Mel Mara has banked more than $171,000 this year and nearly $630,000 in his career. He has campaigned against many of the sport's top pacers this season and took a career best of 1:47 earlier in the year at the Meadowlands. The 1:50.1 time established a new track record for aged pacing stallions, which was formerly held by Getitoffyourchest, who set the mark earlier this year on June 20. Little Ben and Handsome Henry K rounded out the trifecta. For the second straight start, Carrie Malone and Amanda Malone's Nuclear Dragon ($5.40, Jon Roberts) recorded a new lifetime mark with a sparkling 1:52 score in a $9,000 conditioned pace for trainer Brian Malone. George Dennis recorded a driving triple. Montrell Teague had two wins. The draw for 10th annual Bobby Quillen Memorial is Tuesday September 13. Matthew Sparacino  

HAMBURG, N.Y. ---Smalltownthrowdown threw down the gauntlet early and held on late to win his $61,300 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year-old trotting colt and geldings in a track record 1:56.2 at steamy Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 26).   The previous record for 3-year-old trotting colts was 1:56.4 established in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other division, The Royal Harry led every step of the mile and beat Crazycat by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:59.4 over the fast track.   Smalltownthrowdown opened up a commanding six length lead to the quarter pole and was cruising, maintaining a two length cushion turning for home the final time.   But after putting up splits of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.0, Smalltownthrowdown ended up beckoning for the finish line and held on for a diminishing half length victory over the never-say-die Drazzmatazz (Francisco Del Cid). Do The Deal (Ake Svanstedt) managed to take third.   "He's good on a half-mile track," driver Dan Daley said of Smalltownthrowdown. "The main thing was getting around the turns here and getting to the lead. That was key."   The relieved Daley smiled when asked about the close finish saying, "He flattened out a little bit in the end but he got the job done."   It was the third victory in eight starts this season for Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Me Out-Ann's Promise) and moved the Daley-trainee's earnings to $73,108 in 2016 and $195,073 lifetime.   The Royal Harry also went to the winner's circle in coast-to-coast fashion in the first division with a relatively comfortable decision over Crazycat (Drew Monti).   Setting fractions of 28.4, 59.2 and 1:30.0, The Royal Harry seemed worry-free in the stretch run but driver Svanstedt said there was an anxious moment. "I thought he was going to break stride in the lane but he got himself back before he did."   Crazycat made a brief rally in passing lane and settled for second while A Jersey Contract (Jim Morrill Jr.) took third.   Co-owned by Michael and William Pozefsky and trained by Svanstedt, The Royal Harry (RC Royalty-Wilsonator) now has two victories in four attempts in 2016. The win sent his seasonal earnings to $65,624 and $79,254 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Reasinforpleasin ($6.60) turned in the fastest time with 2:01.2 with Kevin Cummings in the sulky while Morrill Jr. guided Boxall ($4.60) to a 2:01.3 victory.   Chargin Cadet (Ray Schnittker) took a $6,500 division of the Excelsior B Series with a 2:03.1 time and Thanks For Playin (Chris Lems) got the job done in 2:03.3 in the other leg.   Robert Davis took both divisions of the C.K.G Billings Amateur Driving Series as he steered Christina Victory ($3.50) and Goddess's Justin ($5.30) to wins.   Morrill Jr. finished with a double as well while Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin had two victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 12 race card set. The New York Sire Stakes returns once again with the 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighting the program.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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  

Stu and Hayden Corps are living the harness racing dream with their handy 3yo filly Ultimate Desire. Based in Christchurch, the father and son duo are landscapers by day, major horse owners by night. “We have shares in plenty of horses, but Bailey (Ultimate Desire) is definitely the stable star at the moment” said Hayden Corps. “I reckon we have 5 race horses, a couple of yearlings and a few broodmare’s in foal” Brought from the Alabar Weanling Sales and originally prepared by co owner Brent Weaver, who shares in the ownership with his wife and the Corps, Ultimate Desire was the centre of a number of large offers as a 2yo. “She won at Forbury as a 2yo back in May last year (2015) and a few decent offers came in for her, and a few times since we’ve have had some more offers. But we have always said that it’s not about the money, we just want to enjoy the thrill of a handy horse” said Corps. And the thrills keep coming with the 3yo Real Desire filly who recorded her 3rd win from just the 18 starts at Ashburton Raceway last Saturday afternoon. Dragged back from a wide draw, driver John Dunn soon found himself 3 wide around the first bend before slotting in fourth last in the running line. Sent 3 wide again at the 1200m, Ultimate Desire had cover till the 800m mark; from then on it was up to the pint sized filly to display her toughness. Dunn let his charge slide around the bend and was able to put a number of lengths on the field which appeared to be the winning of the race as they were able to hold on for victory by a nose over He Can Fly (Tim Williams), with ¾ lengths back to Christopher Banner (Ricky May) in 3rd. Ultimate Desire set a new track record in 2-54.6, which is 1.6 seconds outside the NZ Record set by Nek Time back in March. With a mile rate of 1-57.0, 800m 56.8, 400m 27.7, it certainly appears like this won’t be the last time the Corps visit the winners bar thanks to their super filly, nor will it be the last time Corps thanks the Tab for offering up odds of $15 and $3.20. “I couldn’t believe the price she was paying, she went super last start and we were pretty confident” “We have one eye on a jewels start, so we will be lining up this week and then hopefully in the Oaks to try and sneak a spot. She might not level up to the All Stars fillies but just having a jewels runner would be a victory for us” “The credit has to go to Brent (Weaver) for developing her early and now Brad Mowbray for looking after her so well” said Hayden Corps. WATCH BELOW: Ultimate Desire sets a new track record and records her 3rd victory: Saturday’s victory also brought up a milestone for driver John Dunn who recorded his 800th career driving success. Dunn currently sits 3rd in the drivers Premiership on 88 wins, 5 behind Blair Orange in 2nd, while Brother Dexter Dunn is untouchable in the lead on 167 wins for the season. Andrew Fitzgerald

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) matched the track record for harness racing aged pacing mares in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old mare moved out to the early lead in the 'Winners Over' for distaff pacers and withstood a first half that went in a sizzling 54.4. Driver Mark Beckwith asked Bye Bye Michelle for her best heading towards three quarters and she paced away from her rivals before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a time that matches the track record for an aged pacing mare. Pocket sitter Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) finished a distant second while Campanile (Austin Siegelman) closed for third. Bye Bye Michelle's victory, which gave her a new lifetime mark, was her second in as many weeks while going for a purse of $13,000. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Royal Heart (Royal Art) not only won the Open Pace for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night but he did it in record fashion. The Jose Godinez-trained four year old made his debut in the local Open and was dismissed at odds of 6-1 with leading harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The pace was set by the race's favorite JK Panache (Jim Devaux) who sizzled through lap one fractions of 26.3 and 54.2 and didn't have the weapons to dismiss the challenge from Royal Heart. That one surged past the leader approaching the three quarter pole before drawing away to win in 1:50. Not only was the win time a track record for a four year old pacer but it served as the fastest mile of the year at Saratoga and third fastest in track history. Burkentine Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) hit the board for the fifth straight time in the local feature as the runner up to Royal Heart on Saturday night while JK Panache had to settle for third. Royal Heart paid $15.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $78 and $277.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with first post time set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 18, 2015-Odds-on fave Krispy Apple with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett at the wheel couldn't possibly have had it any easier Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. An assigned eight-hole isn't quite as difficult when none of the other seven inside of you leave. So, the millionairess made 'em pay, making a simple lead before coming out of the first turn and strolling through subsections of :27.4, :55.4, 1:23.3 and 1:51. The margin, punctuated by a :27.2 kicker, was 3½ lengths turning for home before ballooning to five lengths at the wire. The mile set a new track record for aged mares. Sudoku (Jordan Stratton), chasing from a looser pocket, saved second, with Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald), Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) and Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) rounding out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trainer by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her ninth win in 20 seasonal starts (career earnings at $1,509,576). The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $153. Frank Drucker

Scarborough, Maine (July 18, 2015) - Sterling speed was the order of the day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7-18) as Warrawee Nonsuch traveled the lightning fast oval timed in 1:53.1, equaling the second fastest mile ever recorded in the 65 year history of the seaside oval. Handled expertly by driver David Ingraham for trainer Joseph Nelson, the 6-year-old son of Jereme's Jet also equaled the track record for older geldings, joining a former member of the Nelson roster, Wholly Louy (Gary Mosher) as co-standard bearer; a record which has stood since 2012. Shady Sabrina (Kevin Switzer), Scarborough's reining distaff pacing queen, was the first to stop the clock at 1:53.1 way back in 2010, while Hotrod Falcon (Walter Case, Jr) continues to boast the ancient overall track standard of 1:52.4 set during the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes' first leg were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) equaled the track record for sophomore pacing fillies with a 1:52.1 romp over Nella's Bus and Gigi Deo. Trained by Ross Croghan, Totally Rusty recorded her 13th win in 16 lifetime starts. A daughter of Rusty's For Real, she was a 13-length winner in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover Downs on April 8. The track record is now co-held with Seboomook Fool Yah, who achieved the feat in 2014. Henry Faragalli III's Fancy Sound ($2.80, Jim Morand) took the first division in 1:54.1 over Cedar Hall Heiress and Fountain Pen. Fancy Sound, a Les Givens trainee sired by Veeza, set the pace throughout in her victory. Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the final division with a front end win in 1:53 over Love Forbidden and Littlesandyloam. Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her 11th win in 14 career starts. It was one of four winners on the program for Kirby. Richard Lombardo and David Kryway's Also Encouraging ($5.20, Allan Davis) won the overnight feature, the $16,000 Mares Open in 1:52.4 for trainer Josh Green. It was the fifth win in eight seasonal starts for the daughter of No Pan Intended. Matthew Sparacino

Every day here at Harnesslink we have a look at the harness racing results from the previous day in Australia, and one relatively unheralded stallion's name has cropped up quite a bit in the last twelve months. We are referring to the son of Christian Cullen in Quick Approval who for a stallion with few progeny on the ground has done a more than a passable job. Brought back by his breeder Matthew Harris when he didn't make his $20,000 reserve at the yearling sales, Quick Approval spent most of his career in the Riverina district Good enough to win a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold at two, Quick Approval went on to be a handy performer in New South Wales with his best performance coming when he won the $30,000 Group 3 four and five year old Carnival Of Cups Classic at Dubbo where he broke the track record held by Smooth Satin. Retired with a record of 23 wins from 58 starts for stakes of $108,559 and a best time of 1:57.1, he was understandably not rushed when offered as a sire. " When he was racing I had a lot of people approach me to ask if I was thinking of standing him at stud when his racing days were over." He is such a great looking individual and performed so well on the country circuit in New South Wales that I thought he deserved his chance at stud." "However as you would expect he has never been rushed with mares," Matthew told Harnesslink this week. With his oldest crop just four years of age, Quick Approval has never had either numbers or quality in the mares he has served. His oldest crop of four year olds numbers just nine but it has already produced four winners which taking everything into account is a great result. Matthew has been a bit hamstrung in his ability to support his own stallion. "I am breeding from quite a few mares from Quick Approval's immediate family including his half sister Clever Tune 1:59.5 ($112,958) who is already the dam of the smart Reneging 1:55.1 ($117,617)." "So I can't breed any of those mares to Quick Approval which hasn't helped him at all," Matthew said. Probably the most impressive of Quick Approval's recent winners has been the two year old With Authority who blitzed a two year old field at Young on Tuesday night. It was With Authority's second win at just his fourth lifetime start.  In the previous race at Young on Tuesday night was another winner by Quick Approval the three-year-old Geronimo Beau. Everybody knows how hard it is to get established as a colonial sire these days but Quick Approval is putting some handy stats together in New South Wales which should see him serve a bigger book of mares in the coming breeding season. Harnesslink Media 

Making her much-anticipated return to the races off her 2014 Horse of the Year campaign, the 3 Brothers Stables' JK She'salady ($2.10) sustained a first-over bid to beat seven New York Sire Stakes ($110,000 added total purse) foes as part of an all-stakes harness racing card on Monday (May 25) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   The 3-year-old daughter of Art Major and Presidential Lady was in no hurry through an initial :55.2 half mile, stalking from fourth as Single Me (Brett Miller) took command from Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) with a circuit to go. On the backstretch, Tim Tetrick moved the undefeated JK She'salady first-over, steadily closing in on Single Me through three-quarters in 1:22.3, working up to the lead at the top of the stretch. Off the corner, JK She'salady kicked clear by two lengths, kept to task in a 1:51.2 victory over Single Me and a stalking Divine Caroline (David Miller).   Nancy Johansson trains JK She'salady, who improved her career record to 13 wins in as many starts. JK She'salady The three other New York Sire Stakes winners on the afternoon were Bettorhaveanother ($2.50, Jim Morrill, Jr., 1:51), Bettor Be Steppin ($2.30, Corey Callahan, 1:51.2), and Rock Me Gently ($11.20, Scott Zeron, 1:52).   The Memorial Day program also featured the first leg of the new Graduate series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, with two $37,500 divisions carded on each gait. Both pacing divisions resulted in track records, as Doo Wop Hanover ($2.20) powered clear of his six rivals on the backstretch en route to a 1:47.4 score. The 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire drew off by 7-1/2 lengths after sustaining his middle move, keeping clear of Rock Out (Scott Zeron) and Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald), both of whom passed early pacesetter Lyonssomewhere (Andy Miller) after the latter tired from dictating a :53.4 half mile.   Hall-of-Fame driver John Campbell was in the bike for Doo Wop Hanover's mile, which knocked two fifths of a second over the previous all-age pacing record at Tioga. Steve Elliott trains Doo Wop Haover for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks.   Not even 40 minutes later, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.90) broke the track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings, turning aside Three of Clubs (Brian Sears) in a 1:48.1 Graduate win. Tim Tetrick drove the 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, pushing clear with a circuit to go before prevailing in an extended battle through the far turn. Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) stayed on well from the pocket to maintain third after pushing the pace early.   Another Elliott trainee, Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, the A and B Stable, and Joseph Battaglia.   Four-year-old trotters contested their Graduate divisions earlier in the afternoon, with distaffer Shake It Cerry ($2.90) beating the boys in the five-horse first division. After getting away at the back of the pack, the Donato Hanover mare steadily advanced to the front through a :55.2 half mile, opening up at will for a 1:52.4 score over Sumatra (David Miller) and Datsyuk (Charlie Norris). Trainer Jimmy Takter handled the driving duties aboard Shake It Cerry, who is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Likewise, Opulent Yankee ($6.20) drew clear of his rivals at head-stretch in the other Graduate division, edging clear of the late-rallying Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) and Resolve (Ã…ke Svanstedt) in a 1:52.3 triumph. Andy Miller drove the Muscles Yankee gelding for trainer Julie Miller and owners Little E, LLC, Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir, and David Stolz.   Tim Tetrick led all drivers on the card, registering a grand slam on the 13-race program.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (May 29) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. Horsemen are advised that this week's draw schedule provides for Friday's races to be drawn on Tuesday (May 26) morning, while the Sunday (May 31) and Monday (June 1) programs will be drawn on Wednesday (May 27) morning. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

Pompano Beach, Fl...March 27, 2015...With Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 $70,000 carryover into Saturday's harness racing program gaining significant momentum, the track has added additional "fuel to the fire" by carding the $15,400 Open Handicap Pace as the event host for Saturday's Hi-5. A stellar field of 10 will face the Hummer Starting Gate, including newcomers Doo Wop Hanover (5/2) and Panocchio (9/2), both expected to attract significant interest at the mutual windows. Doo Wop Hanover, a $257,000 winner with a 1:49 mark in his 2014 three year-old campaign and a very fast closing fourth to McWicked in the Breeders Crown in his final start last season, makes his four year-old debut for trainer Peter Blood, who co-owns along with Rick Berks. Mickey McNichol, who handled "Doo Wop" in his 1:50.4 qualifying win last week, will be in the bike and begins from post eight. This son of Rocknroll Hanover is sandwiched between Panocchio, a 1:49.3 winner in his last start at Pompano to close out last year's campaign, and Duc Dorleans, bringing a four race winning streak in Open competition to the table. About Doo Wop Hanover, trainer Peter Blood said, "I'm not too crazy about having drawn the eight post in a bulky field like this, but Doo Wop showed he was tight with that qualifier last week and he can really do some rattling in the lane, so we hope for the best in this, his first start back." Panocchio will have the services of Bruce Ranger in the bike while Duc Dorleans, sporting a mark of 1:49 at Pompano Park, will have regular driver Donald Dupont handling the five year-old's lines. Ranger thinks the event will be an all out war...especially early. "If the weather cooperates, I think we'll see some very fast fractions--some real barnburners--especially early," he said. "Last week, the opener was :25.4, so I wouldn't be surprised if the half was :53 and change and I don't think it would be prudent to mix it up too much with the leader at that point. That could set up for a track record threatening mile." Pompano Park's track record is 1:48.4. While these aforementioned stars have lightning gate speed, their main competition may come from yet another blossoming star, Remissionofsins (7/2), a side-wheeler that can bolt out of the gate with the best of them, as evidenced by his :25.4 opener last week in the Open, only to be nailed in the final stride or two of a 1:50.2 mile. Kevin Wallis will be in the bike back of Remissionofsins for the "Saturday night special." Wallis said, "This is the first time that I will have driven this horse but I understand he does have some 'hellish' (keeping with the 'sins' theme) early. Off his recent performances, he should be competitive in the field." The field also boasts Cruizin K C (post one, 15/1), Freeneasy Hanover (20/1), Northern Companion (15/1), E Z Noah (10/1), P L Hellcat (8/1) and Raji's Blue Line (15/1), starting from the second tier 10 post. Raji's Blue Line will have the driving services of Mike Micallef who said, "I realize that there are a few horses in there that might be a step or two better than mine but, the last time I checked, 'Raji' couldn't read the tele-time on the infield board, so I am hoping to catch some live cover off of a lively half." Post time for Pompano's Saturday night program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park  

Maori Time produced a harness racing scintillating track-record run to end Keystone Del’s winning streak and take the $32,275  Aldebaran Park Maori Mile at Bendigo tonight Saturday the 17th of January. Trained and driven by masterful educator of squaregaiters Chris Lang, Maori Time, a five-year-old mare by Pegasus Spur out of Sundonna, took off at the 800m employing catch-me-if-you-can tactics – and her rivals couldn’t. She had led from the pole draw but when she hit top gear mid-race, no one was going to nab her. A 28secs third quarter saw Maori Time skip clear as Keystone Del began to paddle as he pursued the frontrunner. Elegant Image (Kate Gath for trainer Andy Gath) tracked the winner and finished on well for second, Keystone Del (Blake Fitzpatrick for trainer Nicole Molander) battling away in third place. The winner’s mile rate of 1:55.6 set a new track record over the 1650m trip at Bendigo. Stoned I Am ran well for fourth and Realmein was a nice fifth after not having much luck in the last lap. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

While there are plenty of stars at Addington on Cup day, the All Stars Racing Stables must surely be at the head of the queue on harness racings big day. The Junior FFA drew a great field today with the All Stars having two runners both drawn awkwardly in Messini and Fly Like An Eagle. Flt Like An Eagle raced like a horse who didn't want to be there as a stallion can do at times but Messini with the help of a peach of a drive from Natalie Rasmussen proved too tough for the star studded field. Settled back early from the second row, Messini joined the three wide line with a lap to go and then landed the one by one when Gold Ace ended up in the death seat after following Messini forward. Off the back when the leader Venus Serena started to tire, Natalie switched Messini down to the inside to save ground and grabbed the lead half way up the straight and held on for a comfortable win from smart finishers in  Fifth Edition and Mighty Flying Mac.  Messini paced the 2600 metres from the mobile in a new New Zealand record of 3:07.2, a mile rate of 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 29.1 It was the 13th win from just 28 starts for the son of Art Major and reaffirmed that good looks ain't everything as Messini is quite plain in appearance. Messini does stand out from the crowd when racing with his low head carriage due to not wearing an overcheck and Natalie thinks it helps with some horses. We don't work a lot of them at home with overchecks so we take that through to race day with some of them and it definitely suits him. "Messini was jogging at the 400 metres today and most of the others had done plenty of work so I was pretty confident turning in" she said. While not a standout to look at Messini is all horse according to Natalie. "There is not that much to him but what there is, is all class," she said.  The All Stars team always shine on the big occasion and today is just another example of the professionalism they bring to the industry.  Harnesslink Media  

Creatine captured the $166,300 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:51.3 with harness racing driver Dan Noble at the lines. The previous time of 1:51.4 was set by Sand Vic in 2006. "Late in the stretch I went up in the inside and was able to get through," said Noble. "I was in the two-hole for nearly all of the mile and was in trouble late, I was lucky to get through."   Archangel (Yannick Gingras) took the lead quickly from post one, with Creatine taking advantage of post two and following closely on his heels to the :27 first quarter. Uncle Peter (David Miller) and Market Share (Tim Tetrick) were in close pursuit with positions unchanged though the :55.1 half. Market Share was the first to pull, making his way slowly up to challenge the leaders to the 1:23 three-quarter marker. In the lane, Creatine finally shook loose behind Archangel and charged through the inside. Wishing Stone (Matt Kakaley) came flying late on the outside to get up for second, while Archangel held on for third   When the numbers were posted, however, Creatine's began flashing and it was nearly a ten-minute wait before judged determined that the son of Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee had only touched, but not gone inside the pylons.   "I saw the number flashing there and was worried, but still thought the horse raced great," said trainer Bob Stewart. "It was a similar trip as the one we got behind Spider Blue Chip last year when we finished second. It worked out better this year."   The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA and now has $322,571 in seasonal earnings from three wins, three seconds and one third in 13 starts. Lifetime, he's amassed 14 wins, nine seconds and three thirds in 37 trips postward, with $1,189,730.   Creatine is the second foal out of his dam and has half-siblings in Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4h ($158,011) and Strawbery Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56f ($101,285). By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Two-year-old pacers took center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 12) evening, contesting their divisions of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake on the penultimate program of the 2014 harness racing season.   And while Hall of Terror (Marcus Miller, $3.50) turned in a mightily impressive :54.4 final half mile in his victory, top honors went to Dealt a Winner ($3.90), who set a new track record for two-year-old pacing geldings.   The son of Cam's Card Shark was well off the pace early in the tenth race, moving second-over behind Shooby Said (Jim Marohn, Jr.) after Gallic Beach (Tim Tetrick) brushed from midpack to the fore in a sensible :56.4 half mile. On the backstretch, David Miller angled Dealt a Winner three-wide, pushing past Shooby Said into a joint lead with Gallic Beach on the far turn. The two dueled through the stretch, with Dealt a Winner taking over outright in the final sixteenth and drawing clear for a one-length win. Sicily (Corey Callahan) tracked live three-wide cover on the backstretch, staying on for third.   Dealt a Winner's 1:52.3 victory took a second off the prior track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. Ed Hart handles the training duties for owner Jeffrey Snyder.   McArdles Lightning (Scott Zeron, 1:53.3) and Dragon Eddy (Mike Simons, 1:53.3) were the other two winners in the Reynolds divisions for two-year-old colts and geldings.   Corey Callahan teamed up with two freshman fillies for Reynolds wins as part of a Friday driving hat trick, holding sway with Divine Caroline (1:53.1) and kicking clear with Bettor B Steppin (1:53.3) in their stakes splits. Deli Beach (John Campbell, 1:55) was the other triumphant filly in the evening's stakes races.   The closing night (Saturday, September 13) program at Tioga features an 11-race card, with post time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite

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