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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

The ten –event harness racing program at Gloucester Park on Friday night is set to explode into action with an exciting confrontation between rising four-year-old stars Better Scoot and American Boy in the www.gannons.com.au Pace over 2130m.  This promises to be a classic showdown between the State’s most powerful training establishments, with Greg and Skye Bond preparing Better Scoot and Gary Hall snr the trainer of American Boy. Better Scoot has been untroubled to win easily at his first three Australian starts, one at Northam and two at Pinjarra, and from the favourable barrier at No. 2 on the front line he will have a host of admirers. American Boy faces a sterner test from out wide at barrier seven. But he has revealed his class with easy victories at his past four starts - at Gloucester Park, Pinjarra, Bunbury and Narrogin. Ryan Warwick has driven Better Scoot at his first three starts in WA and he will be anxious to get past the polemarker and noted frontrunner Baptism of Fire and set a solid pace to make the task of American Boy difficult. Better Scoot has sped over the final quarter in his three WA starts in 27.9sec., 27.4sec. and 28.6sec. American Boy, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr, won at his only start in New Zealand and his nine WA starts have produced seven wins, a second and a fifth. Hall jnr has driven the gelding five times for five wins. Adding further interest to the race will be the first appearance in WA of five-year-old Jambiani, a recent arrival from Victoria where he had 27 starts for seven wins and 12 placings. Now trained by Ross Olivieri, Jambiani has not contested any trials in this State. He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the back line. Olivieri will also be represented by Deluxe Edition, who has returned to her best form in recent weeks. Two starts ago she set the pace and won from Lady Willoughby and Sovereign Faith over 2130m at Gloucester Park. The Bond V Hall rivalry comes up in several other races on the card - Swimbetweentheflags, Pay Me Cullen and Offtocullect will represent the Bond camp in Race 3, with Lettuceriprita the only runner from team Hall.  Tuapeka Kahu will start from barrier 2 in Race 5, the Hall snr trained Mohegan Sun will be right outside him from the get go in barrier 3. The Hall camp outnumber the Bond runners in the WA Oaks, with Dior Mia More and Madame Croupier coming up against the mighty Dodolicious. Heez About To Rock will start from barrier 2 in the final event on the program, right behind him will be the handy pacer Mach Time for Hall snr and jnr. Who will win! Think you know which team will take away more wins on the program? Head to the Gloucester Park Facebook page and vote for Team Bond or Team Hall! Ken Casellas | Scott Hamilton    Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 06 May 2016

Freehold, NJ --- There might be some debate about the origin of his name, but there is no arguing that Viewlander enjoys the brisk days of winter. An 8-year-old male trotter --- who didn’t make his harness racing career debut until November of his 4-year-old season --- Viewlander is 3-for-3 this year at Ohio’s Northfield Park and approaching $100,000 in lifetime purses. Bred and owned by Michael Patalan and trained by Patalan’s son, Eric, the gelded Viewlander has won 21 of 90 career races, but enjoyed much of his success during the months of December, January, and February. Going back to December 2014, Viewlander has raced 15 times during those months and produced 10 victories. Viewlander’s most recent win came on Jan. 18 by two lengths in the Open Handicap at Northfield’s half-mile oval. His next start is Monday in the Open Handicap at Northfield, where he will leave from post eight with driver Aaron Merriman and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind S J Better Days, at 7-2. “If you look at his races, almost everybody is on Lasix but him,” Michael Patalan said. “That to me is a real special horse. You would think in the wintertime he wouldn’t be breathing as good, but he seems to thrive in the winter months. Last year he got hot about this time. We gave him the summer months off and he just enjoyed the sun and the grass and then we brought him back and he seems to be getting better with every start. “And I think he kind of likes the fact he can push horses around on the small tracks (like Northfield). I told my son after last week that Viewlander probably thinks he’s the best horse in the world right now.” Viewlander was unraced at ages 2 and 3, but Patalan liked the trotter from the beginning. “Eric doesn’t push them as 2-year-olds,” Patalan said. “If he can get them racing and sell them as 3- and 4-year-olds, we’re sort of happy to do that. But Viewlander was spectacular from birth. He’s just a nice horse. He eats well, loads well, ships well, and doesn’t need a veterinarian. What more could you ask for. “He gets turned out all the time. He’s got a couple of girlfriends in the field that he loves to yell at, even though he’s a gelding. We’re having a good time with him. When he retires, we’ll keep him as a fun horse in the field for the grandkids to play with. When you make this kind of money with a horse, we’re not a big stable or big breeders, that’s a lot of money for a breeder like us to make and it keeps the farm going for a while. So when he’s finished we’ll let the kids enjoy him.” Patalan got his start in harness racing in 1969 while living in the suburbs of Cleveland. He was an engineer for Ford and would go to the races with co-workers, but ventured into ownership after becoming friends with Burton “Bud” Jenne, who had a farm nearby. “I drove by his farm for like five months and all of a sudden one day my car turned in the driveway,” Patalan said with a laugh. “Six months later, we had a yearling.” Patalan now lives in Michigan, where he and his wife Christine have a farm and have bred more than 100 horses over the years. Patalan also has driven and trained horses during his career in harness racing. Viewlander, by the stallion Coventry, is the only offspring of Patalan’s Tagliabue mare Tagliaview --- at least for now. The 73-year-old Patalan has bred fewer horses in recent years as opportunities in Michigan diminished. But Viewlander’s success led Patalan to breed Tagliaview in 2015 to stallion Cash Hall, who is the fastest trotter in harness racing on a half-mile racetrack, with a time-trial mark of 1:51.1. “I thought that was really kind of cool,” Patalan said. “Viewlander has got a great conformation. He’s a big horse who gets around a half-mile track extremely well. With Cash Hall’s record, I just thought this was really something special. “Everybody always asks where Viewlander’s brothers and sisters are, and now I tell them one is coming.” As for the trotter’s name, Patalan recalls it being a combination of Tagliaview and Verlander --- the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Others disagree, saying it was a combination of Tagliaview and the movie Zoolander. The Patalans have often named horses with references to movies or characters from movies. “We probably had a bottle of wine when we named him, one of those things,” Patalan said, laughing. “I don’t think we’re ever going to resolve it.” Patalan said Eric, who is assisted by his wife Cathy in running the training stable, has received calls inquiring whether Viewlander is for sale. Patalan said no. “We couldn’t get enough money for him to replace the fun we’re having with him,” Patalan said. “As good a care that Eric takes of horses, I think he’s got a career that’ll go a long time.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

In the last 3 months Harness Racing Victoria has tested a number of harness racing participants (trainers and drivers) where unfortunately three participants have tested positive to amphetamine. One of those matters has been dealt with and the other two are pending future RAD Board Hearings. Harness Racing Victoria would like to work with all harness racing participants to seek appropriate support and treatment for them to engage with relevant agencies if they have issues in relation to the use of amphetamines or other drugs of abuse. Harness Racing Victoria will increase the number of human samples to be taken of harness racing participants in 2016 than the previous year to ensure greater compliance of drivers and trainers and to ensure that the sport of harness racing is as safe as possible on the race track. It is in the best interests for the sport of harness racing, that all harness racing drivers are not alcohol or drug affected whilst engaged in a race or trial. Harness Racing Victoria would encourage any harness racing participant whom may have an issue with alcohol or drugs to seek appropriate treatment and guidance and Harness Racing Victoria can be contacted on 03 8378 0287 in relation to this and all matters are treated confidentially.    Harness Racing Victoria   General Amphetamine Street Names Knowing the common street names for the different amphetamines drugs is important. Because there are so many different types of these drugs, many individuals take substances they do not know as a result. Being able to recognize the slang terms can help protect you from dangerous drug abuse and other issues. It could also allow you to help someone in need by knowing what they have taken. Be aware of the street names listed below as they are some of the most common. According to CESAR, “Medications containing amphetamines are prescribed for narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” However, when someone takes one of these pills without a valid prescription or abuses them just to get high, it is a very dangerous practice that can lead to severe mood swings, insomnia, tremors, and when taken in very high doses even heart attack and stroke. When sold on the street, these drugs are often referred to as: Uppers Speed Pep pills Lid poppers Eye-openers Wake-ups If any of these street names are being used to describe a drug in question, it is most certainly an amphetamine of some type. Dextroamphetamine Medications that contain only dextroamphetamine have specific street names which you may hear but not initially recognize. Many of the general terms for amphetamines are clear about the stimulant effects, but dextroamphetamine which causes many of these same issues may be referred to as White crosses Dexedrine, a brand version of dextroamphetamine, is named for the white lines that appear on the pill in order to make it easier to split into quarters Dexies Another name for Dexedrine Methamphetamine Methamphetamine can be a prescription drug, but more often, it is abused in its pure form which is similar to a crystal-like rock. In many cases, if an individual uses one of the names above, they are likely referring to its the prescription pill form. However, if a person calls the drug: Glass Ice Crystal Chalk Meth it is probably this more potent version. According to the NLM, “Meth use can quickly lead to addiction.” Because illicit methamphetamine is smoked, it will reach the brain much more quickly and cause the individual to feel a stronger desire to abuse more of the drug. Understanding the difference is key to avoiding even more dangerous drug abuse. Combination Street Names There are some slang terms which refer to the combination of amphetamines and different drugs. These can be incredibly dangerous because of the joint effects of the two drugs. For example, goofballs are amphetamines and barbiturates that have been mixed together. According to a study from the NCBI, “The mixture produced a pattern of effects which was different from that produced by either drug separately.” Another similar-sounding combination called speedballs contains heroin and methamphetamine, both extremely potent, addictive, and harmful drugs. It is very important to understand the difference between the two combinations as one may be much more dangerous than the other. Knowing the different street names for amphetamines can help you stay aware of what drugs you are dealing with. You can also more readily help someone else in an overdose situation if you know what they have taken.  

Harness racing trainer/driver Richard Westerink showcased lightly raced Cocomoko (3m, Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) today at Le Cepiere and it produced a comfortable win clocked in 1.17.3kr in the Prix Aerocons Tellation (€22,000 purse, seven starters) as the 9/10 favorite. 2.8/1 Cristal des Baux was second ahead of 11.7/1 Carl des Penguen. The winner is worth tracking for the future. At Vincennes the Prix Regulus (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to As Dore (5m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’On) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Franck Leblanc. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr the 10.1/1 odds winner handled Arpont d’Ostal (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine) and J-Ph Mary ahead of third finishing Valmayor (5g Le Retour-Kornnaya du Bac) for Joseph Verbeeck at 4.7/1. The card also featured the Prix Leo (€55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) resulted in a 1.11.6kr victory for 9.1/1 odds Toopie du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixla de Perthos) and Eric Raffin. Favorite at 1.3/1 odds Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) ended second for Mathieu Mottier with Ucapata third at 14/1. Thomas H. Hicks

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

EDMONTON, AB - The 2014/2015 Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino harness racing season came to close this afternoon with a 10-race card at the Edmonton oval. "Northlands Park is alive with action 363 days a year and the harness racing season captures some of the most exciting three months in the racing calendar," said Tim Reid, President and CEO, Northlands. "The 2014 and 2015 harness racing season was no exception, as some of the best Standardbreds, trainers and drivers in the nation came to the track to give our guests a great experience." The season's two biggest races at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino were the Western Canada Pacing Derby on December 6, 2014 and the Northlands Filly Pace on December 13, 2014. Rummys Command trained and driven by Keith Clark won the $70,000 Northlands Filly Pace while Outlaw Gunpowder, driven by Philip Giesbrecht and trained by Kelly Hoerdt, took the $95,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby. The 2014/2015 harness season showcased the continued dominance of the 2013 O'Brien Award winner for Rising Star, Travis Cullen. He was the runaway winner in both the trainer and driver categories, never being challenged from the outset. A few career milestones were also set at the meet. Driver Brandon Campbell recorded his 1,000th victory in the sulky, and trainer Doug Shaw recorded his 1,000th win conditioning horses. Driver and trainer Jamie Gray recorded his 1,500th training victory while closing in on his 2,300th driving win. To round out the 2014/2015 harness racing season, Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino is proud to celebrate Alberta's champions for 2014 at the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association Awards Night on Sunday, February 1 in the Paddock Theatre. Harness racing in Alberta will resume after a short break on March 28 at the all new Century Downs racing facility near Calgary. Horse racing returns to Northlands Park when the 77-day thoroughbred meet kicks off on Friday, May 1 with a 6:30 p.m. post time. Chris Roberts

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