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Two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year, "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, blew away her competition in the Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (June 1) when she guided Hidden Identity to an oh-so-easy gate to wire harness racing victory over six others in a 2:00.2 clocking Unfazed by starting on the far outside from post seven, Miller hustled her charge to the front as the wings of the mobile starting gate folded and they had command even before the first turn. "He's a real nice horse to drive and I didn't have to do much other than just give him his head and we were on top almost immediately" Hannah said After a :29.2 first stanza Hidden Identity seemed to be on cruise control as the 10 year old altered son of Angus Hall had the field lined-up behind him and none of the trailing horses were game enough to take a shot at the leader in a 1:00.3 first half. As the field headed up the backside for the second time Billings president Tony "the Capo" Verruso had Sam's Honeybee tight on Hannah's back and they raced one-two by the third stanza in 1:30.4. But after that it was Katie bar the door as Hidden Identity began to open daylight on the field. At the top of the lane Hannah had two lengths on the rest of the field which her trotter effortlessly opened to five at the wire.in a 2:00.2 clocked mile "Even though he was so strong throughout the mile when we headed for home I still pulled the (ear) plugs but I really didn't have to. We were easily home free" Ms. Miller said. Sam's Honeybee held on for second money while Wygant Prince , driven by "Coach Paul" Minore kept Woody and "Yankee Joe" Lee at bay for the show dough. Hidden Identity is owned and trained by Tom Milici , Sent off as the odds-on favorite he paid $2.80 for win. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Ten members of the Western Region of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series convened at Northfield Park on Wednesday evening, May 24, for a trotting contest and when it was declared official, "Tiny Tim" Miller walked off with the harness racing trophy after he reined Song in My Heart to a solid 3-1/4 length victory over Heza Rube and driver Bob "Lumberman" Troyer in a 2:01.3 clocking. Miller made short work of his triumph when he gunned the 6-year-old Cantab Hall for the lead from the four hole and took command on the first turn and in doing so they circled co-favorite Star Chip driven by Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel. As the field headed to the half way point Keep The Cash and Pat " the Write Stuff" Miller were hung on the limb from the start and looking for a spot down along the pylons. But no one wouldn't allow her any space so she was relegated to a fresh-air trip. As the field headed to the third station Song In My Heart couldn't shake off the parked-out Keep The Cash and they raced one-two as the timer flashed 1:31.1. However from there it was all Song In My Heart as the veteran trotter began to shrug off Keep The Cash and then open daylight on the field. At the wire Miller's charge was a 3-1/4-length winner over Bob Troyer's Heza Rube in a 2:01.1 clocking. And even after being parked the entire mile Keep the Cash finished third just four lengths behind the winner. Song In My Heart is owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd. He returned a $4.60 win mutuel. For "Tiny Tim" it was his fourth seasonal driving victory and the 40th of his amateur driving career. Billings action continues tomorrow (May 25) with an Eastern region trot at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Tony "the Capo" Verruso took charge in the Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (May 18) and went right on down the road with Flirting Duezy and made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:58.1 harness racing triumph. "We had the pole and I wanted her to be on the muscle so I scored her down hard," the Billings president said in the paddock after his driving victory. "But I didn't expect her to be on the bit as strong as she was and when we got behind the (mobile starting) gate I had all I could do to hold her." Flirting Duezy zipped to the lead and took the field by the first stanza in :28.3. "I tried backing her off but she had a mind of her own at that point. So I left her cruise right along and we passed the half in :58.3 and got by the three quarters in 1:27 and 2," Verruso added. At that point Flirting Duezy was two lengths in front of Avivas Winner, who was being driven by "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli. But Avivas Winner could get no closer and he chased the eventual winner to the wire still two lengths in the rears as the photo finish camera snapped. Third place went to the betting favorite, AJ's Destiny, who was handled by "Buffalo Bob" Davis. Flirting Duezy, is owned by Carl Gillespie and Betsy Phillips and trained by Gillespie. It was the third seasonal victory for the 8-year-old daughter of Victory Sam and the first victory of the year for Verruso who has driven 66 winners in his amateur driving career. However, the day was not over for the Billings president. After the Monticello race he headed to Yonkers Raceway where he's slated to drive his own Sam's Honeybee in the $15,000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Associations Spring trotting series. John Manzi

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved on to Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (April 22) where a seven-horse field went to post and when the judges hung the official sign Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin emerged victorious with his own Permanent Joy in a 2:01:1 clocking. In a race marred by breaking horses on the first turn "Hurricane Hannah" Miller cleared the confusion with Winwood Scout from the seven- hole but had to sizzle to a :28.4 first quarter which arguably took its toll later in the race. She did get her trotter a breather but "Buffalo Bob" Davis kept the pressure on with Mr. Butterworth. However, the eventual winner, Permanent Joy wasn't quite as lucky in clearing the breaking horses . "Permanent Joy is handy little horse so I was able to avoid the confusion On the first turn but by then I was 10 lengths back of two leaders," Krivelin related via email. As the field headed up the backside the final time around Winwood Scout was joined by Permanent Joy and from there a battle ensued. "Once I caught the field I felt I had a shot (to win). Coming around the final turn I thought I would go right by Hannah (with Winwood Scout) but she did a great job keeping her horse alive and we battled till the (finish) line. Fortunately I came out on top." The margin of victory had to be determined by the photo-finish camera and when the judges developed the print Permanent Joy won by a head. Third place went to Windsong Illusion driven by "Slate Hill Allen" Sisco. The crowd sent the winner off at odds of over 7-1 and Permanent Joy returned $16.80 to those who backed him. Krivelin owns and trains the veteran 9-year-old Permanent Vocation gelding who years ago was the State of Maine's 3 year old trotting champion. For Permanent Joy it was the trotter's second seasonal victory and for Krivelin, a three-time National Amateur Driving Champion, it was his fifth win in just nine seasonal starts. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

Known by his Billings nickname of "Buffalo Bob" Robert Davis scored a brilliant upset victory in the granddaddy of all amateur harness racing series when he guided Savage Cinderella to a 1:56.3 victory over "Hurricane Hannah" Miller's Panana Republic last night (April 14) at the Meadowlands. "It was such a great stretch duel with my trotter and Hannah's each putting their heads in front at various stages right up to the wire where my mare was a head better in the tight photo," Davis related with great enthusiasm. "We went back and forth all the way from the three -quarter pole; first my mare was in front then Hannah's was the leader. Such a great battle that to me was reminiscent of the Alydar- Affirmed stretch duel of thoroughbred racing lore." After moving down a starting position (to post two) due to a late scratch Davis hustled Savage Cinderella to the lead and was somewhat taken aback when the first quarter timer flashed :27.4. "We Ieft the gate in a hurry and when the field settled I realized I needed to give my mare a breather so I tapped the breaks and we got by the half in 57 and a piece," Davis explained. It was at that point that Hannah Miller sent the races betting favorite, Panana Republic, toward the front and therein the battle ensued. The two leaders opened daylight between themselves and the rest of the field and the racing fans were the recipients of a great horse race right to the finish line. Third place went to BL Class Act driven by "Slate Hill Allen" Sisco. Owner Robert Rigobello of nearby Brooklyn was happy that his Savage Cinderella got a chance to race at the Meadowlands and happier still that she won the race. He was joined by trainer Diane Peterson fort the winners circle ceremonies. It was the third seasonal victory for the Saratoga Raceway-based 9-year-old daughter of Keystone Savage and 44th of her career. Dismissed by the betting public and sent off at odds of nearly 30-1 Savage Cinderella paqid $61.20 for win. For "Buffalo Bob" Davis it was his second seasonal driving victory and the 30th of his amateur career. John Manzi

When the 36th season of racing in the C.K.G Billings Series kicked off at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, March 30 two precedents were set. It was the first time in a Billings Series opener that a horse got placed first because of a racing infraction; and it was also the first time in her career that "Hurricane Hannah" Miller won a race by default. "I guess a win is a win no matter how it happens," said the talented miss, who is no stranger to the winners circle. "My horse (Winwood Scout) had a second-over cover trip but when David Glasser's horse (Celebrity Stimulus) was cited for a change of direction the stretch and despite being the first under the wire the judges disqualified him and placed him fourth." It was the second consecutive victory for Miller and Winwood Scout having won a NAADA trot at Yonkers last week when they teamed-up for a 2:00.1 victory. However, Celebrity Stimulus' driver, David "Poppa" Glasser, was philosophical about the whole ordeal. "I learned a good lesson tonight, and a rather costly one at that. It was a $2200 pain in my wallet," he said with a laugh. "I was on the front-end from the start but in the deep stretch I was so concerned about beating the outside horse (Wygant Prince) that I let my trotter drift down into the passing lane which was a violation. I'll be careful to never let that happen again." The 6-horse field went to post prior to the first race on the betting card. When the starting judge said 'go' Glasser sent Celebrity Stimulus to the lead from the pole position. They cut fractions of :28.4; :58.3 and they were still fairly comfortable as they passed the third stanza in 1:29.1 But in the lane they had company. At the wire Winwood Scout was a neck behind the winner and was placed first. Third under the wire was "Coach Paul" Minore's Wygant Prince who ended-up it the place money and The Franchise and driver Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff ,was placed third. The race winner, Winwood Scout notched his third consecutive victory. He is trained by Chris Marino for Howard Jacobs. And for "Hurricane Hannah" Mille, two time National Amateur Driver of the Year, it was her third seasonal victory. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series

Nigel McGrath is prepared to take a bit of the blame for the first up performance of Classie Brigade during Cup Week.   The promising four-year-old was a, at first glance, disappointing fifth behind Chase The Dream, but his Weedon’s trainer was keen to sweep it under the rug and move on.   “I’ll take a bit of the blame for that, he was probably a little under done,” McGrath said.   “We went there with only one trial and they ran a super quick time and he was just left short a bit.   “But he has trained on super since, and that run has really tidied him up.”   That bodes well for Saturday when McGrath chucks the entire on the truck and treks south to Geraldine for the $18,500 Geraldine Cup on the grass track at Orari.   One of only a few horses last season who was capable of getting close to a rampant Lazarus, the now four-year-old has been earmarked for big things this season but does face a strong line up today.   “His form from last season looks pretty good now,” McGrath said.   “He will get better with racing under his belt too, and you would think if we can get back to where we were six months ago that he should be in for a good summer.   “What he does next will depend a lot on what he does this weekend, the Green Mile and the Ashburton Cup are both on the radar but there is a chance of going to Auckland, I’m going to wait until he’s raced before we make the decision.”   The son of Bettor’s Delight and great mare Trigirl Brigade has previous form on grass tracks having won at Methven early on in his career so the green top of the Orari course should provide no problems.   Jimmy Curtin will step up to take the drive on the stallion with regular driver, Ricky May electing to stick with the Greg and Nina Hope trained, Mossdale Conner. Curtin has the task of getting Classie Brigade to step away from behind the barrier strand for the first time in his career.   “He’s had a bit of practice at home but nothing at workouts or trials.   “I think he will be ok though, he’s a pretty sensible horse, so I wouldn’t think it will worry him too much.”   McGrath also has Maverick in the race but concedes it will be hard for him off the back mark.   “He’s crying out for some relief from the handicapper, we are on the same mark as Mossdale Conner.   “At the moment he is really well, but we just need a bit of a let up to make us really competitive.”   The Geraldine Cup has drawn a cracking field with Brilliant Strike, Mossdale Conner and Quick As A Trick all coming out of Cup Week Group One features.   One who might slip under the guard is noted grass track performer, Johnny Eyre.   Fourth in the Methven Cup behind Smolda, the Mike Brown trained pacer looks tailormade for an assignment like this.   Super Selector - Matt Markham Race 1: Trouble Giero, Chevron Express, Prince George, Time For Diamonds Race 2: Beach Skipper, Franco Tmick, Dream To Reality, Bettor To Be Tricky Race 3: Augusta, Handsome Hero, Run Boy Run, Likely Jereme Race 4: Franco Texas, Buster Brady, Superfecta, Torrid Bromac Race 5: Young Stranger, Everybody Knows, All Star Angus, Gershwin Race 6: Myidealson, Magical Mitch, Rozzano, Honour The Bet Race 7: Ready To Fire, Alta Teresa, Le Vado, My Blue Heaven Race 8: Ruakapuka Ruler, Christopher Banner, Ariadne Lavra, Crackabella Race 9: Johnny Eyre, Mossdale Conner, Classie Brigade, Quick As A Trick Race 10: Amaretto Sun, Harrysul, Valmagne, Belle’s Son Race 11: Rocknroll Legend, Real Torque, Mrs Browns Boys. Mysistersastar   Best Bet: Augusta (Race 3) Value: Johnny Eyre (Race 9)

The Mr Cantab gelding Homicide Hunter smashed the world record for harness racing four-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:50.1 victory in the $50,000 Sebastian K Invitational Trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In fact, the only divisional world standard for 5/8-mile track that’s faster is the 1:49 all-time record, set in the older stallion division – by Sebastian K.   The most potent teaming at Pocono – driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes – were the sponsorship behind Homicide Hunter, who spotted third as Wings Of Royalty took the field to the lead in 26.3, then brushed to the top and reached the half after a slight breather in 55.3. After that, it was the rest of the field that was left gasping, as Homicide Hunter went to the ¾ in 1:22.4 and stayed strong to the finish, winning by four lengths while lowering the former divisional standard, co-held by 2015 divisional champ JL Cruze and Wind Of The North, both here at Pocono. Il Sogno Dream rallied for second up the inside to hit the wire a neck ahead of strong-closing Rose Run Parker behind Homicide Hunter, who also posted the fastest trotting mile of 2016 on all sizes of tracks, 1/5 faster than Resolve posted in a Meadowlands victory.   Homicide Hunter, who dominated the Indiana landscape in 2015 while winning 16 of 18 races and over $475,000, was purchased on July 1 by Crawford Farms Racing, and that purchase looks very astute right now, as Homicide Hunter boosted his bankroll to $655,999, with the prospects of more to come. (Hmmmm … Indiana … Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete … Homicide Hunter?)   PHHA / Pocono

When Omaha Set Hut (Credit Winner) came to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete last week, the harness racing three year old battled top New York Sire Stakes colts. The Tyler Freese-trained trotter was overmatched in the $88,350 stake as he ran into a track record performance by Dayson who trotted in 1:54.2. On Tuesday night, Omaha Set Hut returned to the Spa to compete in the $9,950 feature for New York Sired trotters and had Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. Bet down to be the race's 3-5 favorite, Omaha Set Hut cruised out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment as he coasted to an open length victory in the race for winners of two but not more than four races lifetime. The win came in 1:56.4 which served as a new career best for the sophomore trotter. Aldrich went on to sweep the early pick three en route to a driver's hat trick. Driver Jimmy Devaux also piloted three winners on the Tuesday card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - All The Time went first over for the final seven-sixteenths of a mile and had little trouble prevailing by 1½ lengths over Dog Gone Lucky in a matchup of top harness racing 3-year-olds in the $17,500 featured conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. All The Time, a sophomore filly trained by Jimmy Takter, won despite being away from the races for four weeks. When last seen, she was being upset as the 1-5 public choice in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final. Dog Gone Lucky, a Hambletonian-eligible colt conditioned by Mike Stoltzfus, rallied well for the place spot in his 2016 debut. Possessed Fashion was third. As the 4-5 favorite, All The Time returned $3.60 to win for driver Yannick Gingras and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and trotted the mile in a lifetime-best 1:52.3. WHAT A MUDDER: Of the six New Jersey Sire Stakes events on the program, none of the winners were more dominant than Ariana G, a 2-year-old trotting filly by Muscle Hill trained by Takter and driven by Gingras. Coming back after bad weather caused a delay, Ariana G romped in the slop by 4¼ lengths and completed the mile in 1:58.2. ALMOST 30 GRAND: The 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next program to $29,364.87. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday with a special early post time of 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the card, there will be a fabulous fireworks show. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

One of the greats of New Zealand harness racing doesn’t get to see his newest Alexandra Park winner very often. But you can rest assured, John Butcher is watching when Sunset Peak is winning. The former Canterbury trotting mare made it two wins from four starts in the north at Alexandra Park on Friday night, leading throughout as she did two starts ago. She is trained by John and his son David, although truth be known John doesn’t get down to the stables much anymore. The 80-year-old patriarch of one of New Zealand’s great racing families is suffering from lung problems which restrict how much physical activity he can undertake. But it doesn’t stop him watching races on television or keeping up with the industry going-ons via the computer. “He knows everything that goes on in the game, he is the one who tells me,” says David. “But with the lung problem he has got he doesn’t leave the house much. He is a lot better if he doesn’t over exert himself.”
 The father and son have been training in partnership for years but rarely have they had a trotter able to win twice so quickly at Alexandra Park. It helped that Sunset Peak came north well educated by owner Paul McDonald, a Canterbury builder who was training her himself. “I think Paul thought with winter coming and all the work he had on she was better off up here,” explains David. “So Craig Thornley, who had been driving her, put him on to us and she is a lovely horse to get hold of. “To win two so quickly at The Park doesn’t happen very often and you would think she will get down to being a 3:30 trotter (for 2700m stand). “And that is probably good enough to get her at least five wins because when they trot 3:30 off the front they are hard to catch. “The other night she trotted her last three quarters (1200ms) in about even time so the ability is there.”
 The Butchers have never been huge trainers of trotters but have two recent winners in that gait, the other being Larch, among the 9-10 horses they are training. “Soon half the horses at Alexandra Park will be trotters,” jokes Butcher about the new-found depth of the gait in the north. “And they are ideal for up here, races every week and for good money. “So to have a nice one right now is a real bonus.”
 Sunset Peak’s win capped a good night for the family as earlier David’s son Zac drove Atomic Betty to break her maiden and he can probably claim an unofficial training success with Hug The Wind in the $20,000 Smith And Partners Winter Cup. Zac has been in charge of the Barry Purdon stable while the boss has taken a small holiday and had Hug The Wind well enough for driver Brent Mangos to launch him as only Mangos does in the main pace. Aided by a brilliant beginning which gave him field position, Hug The Wind worked forward to get the lead and was way too good in a race where new stablemate New Years Jay also caught the eye when third, promoted from fourth. The favourite Shandale was given a good trip by trainer-driver Maurice McKendry but disappointed, suggesting his season may soon be over. Earlier in the night McKendry partnered the McCaffrey-Paynter trained Ideal Flipflop to a good win in a tough c1 race, the three-year-old pacing 2:40.3 for the 2200m on a chilly night, indicating there is plenty more in store for him. Michael Guerin

HRV Stewards have issued several charges against licensed Victorian trainer Andrew Vozlic under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 259 (1) (a) which provides: A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following – associate with persons connected to the harness racing industry for purposes relating to that industry. These and other charges for Mr Vozlic will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. HRV Stewards have been conducting an investigation into Mr Vozlic in relation to him allegedly carrying out farrier duties for approximately eight months whilst a disqualified licensed person to licensed harness trainers in the Mildura and Ouyen regions. As part of this investigation, HRV Integrity Department have interviewed many licensed trainers in the Mildura and Ouyen area in relation to their association with Mr Vozlic who has allegedly been performing farrier duties for them. This investigation in relation to those licensed trainers is still on-going with other licensed Victorian trainers still to be interviewed as further examination of mobile phones is currently being conducted.     HRV Integrity Department are expecting to complete those inquiries in the very near future. Anyone with any queries or seeking to provide further information on this matter can contact HRV Integrity Department hotline on (03) 9214 0651 or HRV Investigation and Compliance Manager Brent Fisher on 0402 063 410. ..................................................................................................................................................................................... HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed Victorian trainer Malcolm Retallick  under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 230 which reads as follows; Except with the consent of the Controlling Body a person shall not associate for purposes relating to the harness racing industry with a disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. .............................................................................................................................................................................................. HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed Victorian trainer Murray Jardine under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 230 which reads as follows; Except with the consent of the Controlling Body a person shall not associate for purposes relating to the harness racing industry with a disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. HRV Media Harness Racing Victoria   

Twelve months after his extraordinary domination of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series, picking up a Group 1 three-peat, Shelbourne harness racing trainer Larry Eastman says he could only dream of achieving similar this time around. "It brings back a bit of deja vu but up until this time last year of course we'd only won the one Group 1 race, so we're under no illusions. To be honest I was just happy we were a part of it last year," Eastman said. The horseman takes three horses into tomorrow night’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals at Tabcorp Park Melton, in-form gelding Iceenothink and reigning Vicbred champs Morton Plains and Menin Gate. Speaking firstly about last season’s star three-year-old and Victorian Horse of the Year, Menin Gate, Eastman is pleased with the recent progress of the classy son of Somebeachsomewhere/Dreams Of Heaven. “All the signs are good. Everything’s gone to plan so far,” he said. “I liken it to this time last year. He was a shade off his top, then into the semi, then at his top for the final.” Menin Gate is $3 second-favourite with TAB.com.au for Race 7 at Melton tomorrow night, with Alan Tubbs-trained Tee Cee Bee Macray ($2.20 favourite) and Emma Stewart-trained Solarsonic ($3.50) also among the market’s top contenders. Menin Gate, who at three won the Breeders Crown and Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series finals, the Queensland and Gold Coast derbies and the Victoria Derby, is usually an on-pace runner and he takes a power of beating when he finds the front. Tomorrow night he’s drawn gate 10. Quizzed for his view on tactics Eastman replied: “It’s all tempo-related, but I obviously just leave it up to Chris Alford.” At both his runs this time in Menin Gate has finished second, behind Solarsonic and then Ideal For Real last start. CHECK OUT ALL THE FIXED ODDS FOR VICBRED SEMI-FINAL NIGHT Eastman’s talented son of Art Major/Decethree Lombo, Iceenothink, will fly the stable flag in the male three-year-old division this year, drawing gate four for tomorrow night’s second semi-final (Race 5). “He’s been a bit of an unassuming horse, just gradually progressing along. He’s a nice three-year-old and he’s shown the signs that he can go on to another level, too,” said Eastman. “He’ll just keep on getting better and I think he’ll make a very handy four-year-old.” Eastman’s other runner, Morton Plains (Bettors Delight/Dont Answer That), goes into her four-year-old mares’ first semi-final with just one run this time in under her belt. She finished third in her Super Series heat at Shepparton on June 17, 3.3m behind Vapar Grin. “I was rapt with her run at Shepparton. She raced a bit fresh but was really strong to the line. It’s a big ask going into this with just the one run but she had trialled up before the first-up run and she’s on the way up.” Cody Winnell

Hanover Raceway played host to Pepsi Night and two harness racing divisions of the Alliance Filly Claiming Series Saturday night. A good crowd came out for their chance to win up to $2,000 dollars in prizes including a Patio Set, BBQ and Lawnmower.   In the Pepsi Pace, it was 12 year old Chasin Jiffy, owned by Kim Mahon of Owen Sound that held on for the victory over a fast closing Twin B JJ in 2:00.3. Chasin Jiffy used his rail advantage to control the pace past the quarter in 29.3 and the half in 1:00.2.   The son of Village Jiffy who has 26 lifetime wins continued to lead past the ¾’s in 1:30.3, and just made it home as Twin B JJ was flying to make the finish a close one. In the Allance Filly Claiming Series.  Anamazingdream esa had 2 claims on her and came into the elimination with 4 top 3 finishes in a row.   Natasha Day got away 2nd behind Zinfandart and Robert Doyle and the 2 horse stayed that was past the quarter in 29.3 and the half in 1:01.3.   Day took the lead by a head at the ¾’s in 1:31.4 and held on for the victory by a nose in 2:01.1. It was Day’s first victory of the season as a driver in 32 starts for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Stephen Morton of Windsor.   It was also the 4th win of her Career. In Division 2,  favorite Total Knockout and driver Tyler Moore were quickest off the gate and grabbed the early lead past the quarter in 29 seconds flat.   Moore then settled the pace down leading past the half in 1:00.3 and the ¾’s in 1:30.3 holding off all coming in the final quarter to win in 2:00.1.     The 10 Fillies will be back next week to battle again with the top finishers advancing to the Alliance Final at Grand River Raceway later this month. Next Saturday is Molson Mens Night in honour of Fathers Day.  Dad’s in attendance can enter to win over $1,000 in prizes including a Corona Deck Chair,  Coors Light Coolers, Beach Umbrella’s, and an outdoor Fire Pit.   Post time next Saturday June 18th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan    

Greg Hope paid tribute to an often unheard of factor in the success of many of New Zealand’s best horses after the win of Enghien today. Kerry Estreich isn’t a name that many people would instantly recognise, but the Mid Canterbury horseman is an integral part of many stables around the Canterbury region. Estreich is the farrier for the Greg and Nina Hope stable, and also does the shoeing work for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen as well as a number of others and plenty of trainers speak highly of his talents. “Kerry does a fantastic job, and he’s constantly looking at ways to improve horses through shoeing. “The work he’s done with Enghien has been a massive part of the reason he’s been going so well, his gait wasn’t perfect but Kerry’s worked on him and got him trotting great at the moment. “He still reckons he can get more speed out of him too, but we won’t be changing the way he’s been shod at the moment.” The son of Love You announced himself as the best trotter in the land with his victory in the Lone Star Riccarton Sires’ Stakes 2YO Trot. He overcame a tricky inside of the second line barrier draw which left him spotting rival, and race favourite, Habibi Inta up to 15 lengths at the one mile, but Ricky May never panicked and cautiously moved forward to find parked heading into the back straight the last time. “He trotted a lot better once I got him out and rolling,” May said. “It’s pretty tough going out there with the wind so it was a good effort to get around them and still win like he did.” After drawing level with Habibi Inta at the 400 metre mark, Enghien cleared out at the top of the straight and waltzed his way to victory by three and a half lengths. “His staying ability is quite impressive,” Hope said. “He just loves to keep on rolling, Ricky summed him up perfectly.” In winning, the Hope and Richard Dellaca, who own the gelding, not only picked up the $29,000 winning prize but also claimed the right to wear the Harness Jewels colours at Cambridge on June 4 – giving the stable their second Jewels leader with Monbet also donning the canary yellow. Custodian, who will join the stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen after being sold, was the best of the beaten brigade in second while Heavyweight Hero continued his turnaround in form with a strong third. Habibi Inta faded late to finish in fourth position. Enghien Matt Markham

Harness racing trainer Colin Holloway tapped into his three-year-old’s formidable potential to claim Tuesday night’s coveted Terang Guineas and in doing so cracked a track record. Co-owned by his wife, Heather, and son Brett, who drove the winning three-year-old, King Of Rocknroll is Holloway’s only horse in work and he brought the Sebastopol trainer joy in the age race classic. Of the $14,000 spent to purchase the colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Fast And Flighty at the 2014 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sales, $11,200 has already been reclaimed in stakes. Holloway said he and Ross Sugars “looked at about 16 horses” at the sales and for various reasons, including being outbid, were drawn to this colt, a “nice type who came within my price range”. It wasn’t smooth sailing though, with Holloway discovering a “cricket ball lump at the back of his chest”, which proved to be varicose veins that required surgery. The vet recommended the horse be held back from racing until he was a three-year-old. Holloway tested him at two trials in May 2015, when King Of Rocknroll won at Maryborough after running second at Ballarat to Heavens Trend, but a minor injury meant a spell before he returned for a further two trials on October 24 and November 2. King Of Rocknroll debuted at Terang on November 17 and ran second. Three starts later his $7000 Vicbred bonus was secured when he won by 1.2m at Maryborough on Christmas Eve. A tilt at the VHRSC Victoria Derby was unsuccessful, but Holloway said the gelding “was tired” and so the “throw at the stumps” for a Group 1 “didn’t work out”. After a spell of six weeks King Of Rocknroll won his seven-horse Maryborough trial by 50m, and started Tuesday night’s competitive Terang Guineas a $2.70 favourite. In the running, Brett Holloway worked around Im Wrongly Accused in the early stages and held off a fast finishing Senor Macray in the straight to win the bulk of the $7575 stakes. “Once he got to the front I thought he’d take some crossing,” he said. “That other horse did come at him, but they ran a 1:57.5 age record. In retrospect, he did a reasonably good job and should be improved for the run. “I might give him a run at Maryborough next week, if he does well then we will look to run him at Ballarat in the race called the Colin and Heather Holloway Classic. It would be nice to win our own race, but whether he runs will depend on his next start.” And the good times could roll on for the former Ballarat Trotting Club chief executive, who bought King Of Rocknroll’s half-sister, a filly by Bettors Delight out of Fast And Flighty, for $22,000 at this year’s APG Melbourne sales. Michael Howard Race programme for Maryborough, Thursday 12 May 2016

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