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MANALAPAN, NJ - April 30, 2014 - Western Vintage, who swept last year's New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old colt pacers, is among the 22 eligibles for the $250,000 estimated Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic while 29 fillies were nominated to the $125,000 estimated Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. Both stakes, which will be contested on August 2, 2014, Hambletonian Day at the Meadowland, are restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Perry Soderberg of Hightstown, NJ, who owns Western Vintage in partnership with Marvin Katz of Toronto, is pointing his son of Western Ideal toward a return to the races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which begin on May 17 at the Meadowlands. "Western Vintage qualified last Saturday [April 26] and was awesome," said Soderberg, a bloodstock agent. "Yannick [Gingras] just sat with him and then let him roll a bit down the stretch. He won in 1:52.4 with a 26.1 at the end, in to a pretty strong head wind. His heart rate was low afterwards and Yannick was very happy with him. "The plan is to skip a week, then qualify again, then do the New Jersey Sire Stakes [May 17, 24 and 31] at the Meadowlands," Soderberg explained. "After that, we take it as it comes and let the horse tell us the schedule. He has been strong, happy and loves to race, so we are aiming for the big ones. The New Jersey Classic is on his stakes schedule, but we make more plans after the New Jersey Sire Stakes and see what suits us the best." Swedish-born Soderberg, who has been evaluating horses since 1986, usually picks out yearlings for others, primarily trainer Jimmy Takter and his owners. But when no one wanted Western Vintage, he purchased the colt for himself for $7,000. Katz bought an interest last October. Western Vintage completed his two-year-old campaign with five wins and one second [in the Metro] from eight starts for earnings of $316,838. "The horse jogged 1:49.4 at two [winning a stakes at Lexington's Red Mile] and feels a lot stronger this year, so we are optimistic," Soderberg noted. "We, as all others, need some racing luck and the three-year-old pacers this year are good and many of them could show up. So we have to wait and see how it plays out." This year's New Jersey Classic eligibles represent 15 sons of Rocknroll Hanover, three by Cam's Card Shark and two each by Tell All and Western Ideal. The Miss New Jersey includes 19 by Rocknroll Hanover, seven by Western Ideal, two by Tell All and one by Cam's Card Shark. 2014 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic Eligibles Account Rollover, Beat The Drum, Bushwacker, Card Shock, Dancin Hill, Doo Wop Hanover, Earthshaker, Gold Rocks, In The Clear, Papa Fra, Rediscovery, Rock Fame, Rock Out, Rockeyed Optimist, Rocknroll Reality, Rockstar Stride, Say Uncle, Spanishtown, Sweet Rock, This Is Bill Byrne, Western Vintage, Whisky N Pie. 2014 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Eligibles Act Now, Atsallrite Hanover, Beautiful Lady, Blixtra, Color Palette K, Cut A Deal, Fiyonce, Gettingreadytoroll, Highland Rockstar, I Need Hotstuff, Ideal Helen, Kate Can't Wait, Magnifique, Mako Wish, Mona Mona, My Lady Day, My Sweet Clara, Nikites, Poppies Pride, Rock N Roll Meg, Rockin Smile, Rockingcam Park, Rocknroll Queen, Rosie De Vie, She's Dangerous, Surfside Sexy, Val Di Noto, Wishfor Rocknroll, Zip Zip Boom. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - Itzaziam and haness racing driver Pat Berry closed relentlessly to pick of odds-on Bambino Glide (Dan Dube) Tuesday night, winning the $73,500 final of the Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Uninvolved early from post position No. 3, Itzaziam saw Wisenheimer (Yannick Gingras) and 93-1 Swishnflick (Larry Stalbaum) both be put in the game early. Meanwhile, 1-4 fave Bambino Glide found himself parked two turns, finally getting the lead between a 28-second opening quarter-mile and a 57-flat intermission. He continued his advantage in and out of the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Itzaziam a seemingly-uninvolved sixth from third-over. However, early troubles getting the lead would bit the favorite late. Itzaziam made up nearly five lengths through the rainy lane, getting to Bambino Glide by a half-length in 1:57. Swishnflick nipped Wisenheimer for third, with Rock of Cashel (Jeff Gregory) grabbing the final pay envelope. For Itzaziam, a 6-year-old Harry's Star Ranger gelding co-owned by his driver & James Craparotta and trained by Frank Scamporino Jr., he returned $32.80 (fifth choice) for his sixth win (third consecutive) in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, the triple returned $1,466 and the superfecta paid $3,676. "I was planning on leaving with him, but everyone else seemed to be leaving," Berry said. "You can't be too aggressive with him early, because he gets hot. "Early on, I thought we had a shot," Berry said. "At the three-quarters, I thought I'd be lucky to get third because there was a lot of traffic, but he just kept going." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Monroe County (George Brennan, $3.50) in 1:57.2. Frank Drucker

Trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joe Smith did pretty well for themselves when they bought then-2-year-old trotter Possessed Fashion at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale and hope the same game plan produces winning results this year with Sumatra. Sumatra was purchased at the 2013 mixed sale in Harrisburg for $100,000 out of the stable of trainer Julie Miller. Last season, he won five of 11 starts - including the Standardbred Stakes and divisions of the Historic-Harriman Cup and Arden Downs - and earned $108,334. On Saturday, the colt trotter makes his debut for the Fanning Stable when he races in the $38,460 elimination for the Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway. The $115,370 Dexter Cup final, the first major stakes test on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, is May 3. The top eight finishers from Saturday's nine-horse elimination advance to the Dexter Cup final. Sumatra, with Brian Sears listed to drive, will start the elim from post No. 3 and is 7-2 on the morning line. Well Built, from the stable of trainer Chris Ryder, is the 5-2 choice from post two with driver John Campbell. "We were looking for another trotter and we felt he was the best one," Fanning said about buying Sumatra. "I saw him every day here at Gaitway (Farm training center); I had watched him and watched him race and saw him a lot in the mornings. We put a price on him and we got him for what we expected." Possessed Fashion, who was purchased for $82,000 in 2012, has won four of 23 races and $243,030 since joining Fanning's stable. He has earned a check 21 times, including last year in the Matron Stakes, Beal Memorial and his elimination of the Hambletonian. "We had Possessed Fashion the year before; a similar situation, (age) 2 turning 3, and he worked out well," Fanning said. "We've had some luck buying 2-year-olds out of that sale." Sumatra prepped for the Dexter elim by winning two qualifiers at the Meadowlands, the most recent in 1:55 on April 12. "He didn't really impress me until his last qualifier," Fanning said. "He's not a particularly smooth-going horse; he's not a particularly good trainer. He gets a little hot and can be kind of a pain in the neck to be around. But in the race, he trots and he's focused. "His last qualifier he really showed some good speed. He really looked like he was going in the right direction." Andy Miller, who co-owned Sumatra prior to his sale, drove the colt in his qualifiers but was injured April 15 in an accident at Yonkers Raceway and is expected to be sidelined for six months. "That was kind of deflating because I really thought we were a good team; Andy, myself and the horse," Fanning said. "We look forward to seeing Andy back." Sumatra, a son of stallion Muscles Yankee out of the mare Lola Seelster, will have a full stakes schedule ahead of him. Following the Dexter, his slate is expected to include the Simpson Stakes at the Meadowlands, New Jersey Sire Stakes, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, and Hambletonian. He also is eligible to the Breeders Crown and Matron. "I think he's going to be a big-track horse, so I'm looking forward to the Meadowlands races," Fanning said. "The (available purse) money is good. I think if you're smart where you place your horse and manage him right, take a couple of shots, I think we can make some good money with this horse." Following is the field in post position order for the Dexter Cup elimination, with listed drivers, trainers, and odds: 1. King City, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson, 6-1; 2. Well Built, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 5-2; 3. Sumatra, Brian Sears, Tom Fanning, 7-2; 4. Consumer Rate, Daniel Dube, Rob Harmon, 10-1; 5. Sheer Action, Jeff Gregory, Ray Schnittker, 5-1; 6. Dave Briggs, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 9-2; 7. Sarcastic Man, Ron Pierce, Gail Wrubel, 8-1; 8. Derby, Jordan Stratton, Ray Schnittker, 5-1; 9. Donato's Wish, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker, 5-1. *Sheer Action, Derby, and Donato's Wish are a three-horse entry. ** Donato's Wish will start from the second tier. Hambletonian eligible: King City, Well Built, Sumatra, Dave Briggs, Sarcastic Man. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

'Night racing returns to Sydney's Bankstown Paceway with the running of the Feehely Memorial on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has told Harnesslink. 'Originally founded, in 2006, as a tribute to beloved Bankstown Paceway life member and standardbred owner, trainer and reinsman Ned Feehely - immediately recognizable by his distinctive pink and purple silks - the race was renamed the Ned and Jean Feehely Memorial in 2012, following the passing of Ned's wife, Bankstown Paceway life member Jean Feehely, who was also a tireless volunteer and supporter of harness racing here at Bankstown,' Ms Lavender said. 'In October 2012, Mrs Feehely was also posthumously honored as the Harness Racing New South Wales Volunteer of the Year for her lifetime of dedication and commitment to Bankstown Paceway,' Ms Lavender added. Ned and Jean's son, Bankstown Paceway life member and Brisbane businessman Laurie Feehely, said his late parents' association with Bankstown Paceway dated back to the 1950s, when unofficial races, known as gymkhanas, were held at the Condell Park show ground track on the first and third Sunday of each month. 'Mum [Jean Feehely] would take nominations from home and collate the fields on the kitchen table,' recalled Mr Feehely, who owns and operates the race sponsor, Airport and Regional Corporate Cars. 'After Bankstown Paceway acquired its official racing license [in March 1965], Mum [Jean Feehely] would continue to take the nominations for Bankstown and Lithgow racing fields, and she would take them over to Harold Park for the handicapper,' Mr Feehely said. 'Mum [Jean Feehely] always worked for Bankstown for the love of the harness racing sport itself and the people associated with it. She derived great enjoyment in helping in any way to promote the industry and, of course, to watch Dad [Ned Feehely] race in the pink and purple - her favourite colours,' he said. 'Dad and Mum [Ned and Jean Feehely] were involved in the early mobile barrier design for handicapping. It was called the "brown barrier" - not having much knowledge of design, it eventually failed. But it was used at the Bankstown track for handicapping from scratch back to 48 yards. 'It was a walk up mobile with tapes that went over the top of the horses on release. Dad [Ned Feehely] was a plasterer and a builder by trade - and, so, the Bankstown Paceway stables were built with him leading a working bee. 'The materials were all donated by Bankstown Paceway members, by Harry Westwood, by Ray Fitzpatrick, by Wally Thompson, by Jacky Binskin, by Roy Treasure, by Max Truer [Senior], and by Dad [Ned Feehely], to name a few. 'I have no memory of Mr Eldridge being involved in [the actual construction of] the stables - only that he was an original [Bankstown Paceway] committeeman, who was stricken with cancer and died around the time that they were built. However, the stables were named after him because of the original concept that he had in mind. 'Mum [Jean Feehely] was heavily involved in the very early establishment and licencing of Bankstown Paceway as a harness racing club. She also helped establish the Bankstown Trotting Recreation Club - doing all of the paperwork, all of the correspondence, and she later worked on the office side of this until her retirement. 'She was well into her late sixties when she finally retired, and a surprise dinner was organised for her at the Trotting Club. Mum and Dad [Jean and Ned Feehely], even during their later years, had stabled horses at Condell Park. Dad [Ned Feehely] was also the time keeper at Bankstown Paceway. 'Whenever Mum and Dad [Jean and Ned Feehely] visited my family and me in Queensland, they could only ever stay for a short time - during the intermission between race meetings at Bankstown. That is because the pull to return to their beloved race club, Bankstown Paceway, was so strong,' Mr Feehely added. Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, will see the 9th running of the Airport and Regional Corporate Cars Ned and Jean Feehely Memorial. Past winners of the race include: Silent Judge (2006), House Master NZ (2007), Just Radish (2008), Jemas Glory (2009), Valiant King NZ (2010), Blaze of Art (2011), Chips McFadden (2012) and Four Jokers (2013). The Legends of Bankstown Gala Race Night will be held at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - with Race 1 set to start at 5.25 pm. Entry is free and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or they can purchase club priced food and drinks from the racecourse kiosk. Bookings for the $40 per head three course race night buffet dinner can also be made on 02 9708 4111. Megan J. Lavender  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds horsemen that auctions for breedings to the Pennsylvania stallions Crazed and Tom Ridge, end tomorrow.   The breedings were donated by Hanover Shoe Farms and Ted Tomson, respectively. Money raised by the auctions goes directly to the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   The auctions are being conducted by the website, and additional information is available there. The auctions end at 12Noon eastern on Tuesday, April 15.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

Two divisions of the fourth leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association trotting series went to post at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon, April 5 and when the events were declared official Bobby Kriivelin and Tony Verruso each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Krivelin won with Gimme The Loot and Verruso hustled Northmedo Wine Guy home first in their event. When it comes to amateur racing the name Bobby Krivelin needs no introductions. A three-time national Amateur Driver of the Year Krivelin is always a force to be reckoned with whenever he takes time off from his food sales business to jump on a seat behind a spirited steed and race for the sport of it. And for yet another time Krivelin out-foxed his competition and scored his 155th career driving victory when he guided Gimme The Loot to a convincing 2:01.3 triumph in their division. Perhaps out-foxed is not the right term, but whatever it could be labeled, Krivelin took advantage of it and worked himself a good trip behind the leaders in the early going and then rallied to victory in the deep stretch. When Bob Hechkoff gunned Get Packin to the lead as the wings of the starting gate folded, Krivelin jumped in the three-hole on the first turn and sat patiently until the backside the second time around. Although Get Packin still had command, Hechkoff's trotter braced for the challenge from Gimme The Loot and the two raced side by side past the three quarters and around the final turn. When the straightened for paydirt Krivelin mildly urged his trotter and Gimme The Loot responded and trotted away to a 1-1/2 length victory over Get Packin. Paul Minore challenged the leaders with a three-deep move as the field passed the third stanza but his trotter Wygant Prince flattened-out in the lane and finished third. It was the second victory in the NAADA Series for Krivelin and Gimme The Loot after having won a division on March 21. Owned by Alessandro and Marcello Spano, Gimme The Loot paid $4.20 fro win Verruso is another well-known name in the amateur circles especially as president of the CKG Billings Driving Series and he too, needs no road map when he sits behind a standardbred. He copped the second NAADA division with Northmedo Wine Guy in a 2:04 clocking over the race track now rated sloppy as the rain continued to fall in Freehold. However, Verruso's triumph was different than Krivelin's in that he made Northmedo Wine Guy did his trotting on the front- end. After starting from the two-hole Verruso rushed his charge to the lead and they had to endure challenges along the way; first and long, from favored Rose Run Nash (Bob Davis) and later from Nowerland Nathan (Dave Yarock). But Northmedo Wine Guy rebuffed all comers and the veteran trotter even drew off to a two length victory over Rose Run Nash who trotted the last three- eighths on the limb. Some Kinda Spunky took home the show dough for Alan Charles. Owned by G B Racing Stables, Northmedo Wine Guy paid $5.00 to win and for Verruso, it marked his 49th amateur driving victory. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

The "Help Janet Davis Fund" is ongoing. Mrs. Davis, one of the most 'giving' people in harness racing, has championed numerous charity causes over the years and recently has run into some bad luck. Her stable had three major setbacks after her truck overturned. She lost a horse belonging to her father, another seriously injured as well as the truck, seriously damaged. This has caused a devastating financial setback. Donations can be sent to: Horseman's Welfare Trust Fund - DSOA - 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19904. The Fund is also aided by 2014 breedings to eight prominent stallions being offered on . -------------------------------------------------------- The Harness Track of America (HTA) College Scholarship Fund offers three $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in harness racing or to children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased) including licensed drivers, trainer, caretakers or management officials. For applications e-mail: or call HTA at 520-529-2525. ----------------------------------------------------- Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a Summer Programs Intern for this season. The paid position starting mid-June until August 15.The successful applicant must love Horses, hard work and travel. Lodging and meals (per diem) are included. For an application: go to ------------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan is back after spending a week in Australia where he competed in an international event - 'The Great Southern Star" at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, Australia. Callahan, presetly the sports leading win-driver in 2014, finished second in the 2011 World Driving Championship. He was one of three persons, including trainer Jonas Czernyson and female jockey Chantal Sutherland, invited to visit Australia for this event. In addition to racing, they were treated to a range of activities. ---------------------------------------- Callahan currently leads all drivers in the sport with 2014 winning drives. He already has wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship. Callahan has 205 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ron Pierce has moved into second-place with 119 wins. Ross Wolfenden is next, 117 wins. Allan Davis is fourth with 113 winners. Vic Kirby is fifth, with 96 wins. ------------------------------------ Callahan is on top for wins and money earned for horses he has driven, but Ron Pierce has the best UDRS, equivalent to a batting average, this meet at .351.Callahan is second with a .333 average and Tim Tetrick, third, .311. In the meney won category, Pierce is second, Ross Wolfenden, third, Allan Davis, fourth and Vic Kirby is fifth. --------------------------------------------------- After being close in recent meets won by Josh Green, Dylan Davis has all but clinched Dover Downs Leading Trainer title. Davis has haltered with 66 wins. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second place with 50 wins. Wayne Givens and Trish Foulk are tied for third with 46 each while defending champion, Josh Green, is fifth with 43 wins. ----------------------------------- Even though Dylan Davis has unseated Josh Green for leading trainer this meet, Green has the top win percentage (465).Davis leads trainers this meet in money won by horses he has trained (512,495). Wayne Givens is second in money won, Eric Ell, third, Green is fourth and Foulk, fifth' Following Green in win percentages are Trish Foulk, Davis, Joe Hundertpfund and Eric Ell completing the top five. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Dave Yarock and Bob Davis each were victorious in their respective $6000 divisions in the third leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's spring trotting series at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday (March 27) night. It was the first win for each driver in the six week series. In his event, Yarock, and his own Nowerland Nathan left softly from the two home and he was content to let Georgie Newell and Swift Kid take command and Bob Heckhoff and Tremendous Hit fall into the two hole in front of him. Yarock sat cool in third position until the backside where he moved his 8-year-old gelding out to challenge and by the time they circled the final turn they had command. In the lane Nowerland Nathan trotted off to a one length victory in a time of 2:01.1 as Currant Crisis and Bobby Krivelin rallied to be second. Monica Banca and Hardrockinjessica took home the show dough while Tremendous Hit and Swift Kid faded and finished fifth and sixth respectively. In the other split Davis' trotter, Rose Run Nash, won more convincingly. After a slow start where the pole horse ,Rose Run Nash, was four lengths off the gate when the starter said "go", Davis and his charge ended-up sixth at the quarter in :29.1. "Trainer Danny Gill told me if I put him (Rose Run Nash) on the gate he might get hot on me so I decided to lay back a bit so he would be calmer," Davis explained about his trotter's slow start. As the field moved toward the halfway point Davis angled his trotter to the outside behind cover supplied by Alan Schwartz, with Bertos Angel and Joe Faraldo, with Rodeo Red. Faraldo moved three deep up the backside and gained the lead at the third stanza in 1:31.2 and although they held their position until the top of the stretch Rodeo Red ran out of gas and faded. David Glasser with Carbon Footprint were on the lead throughout and he was the one who kept the field stacked. But in the lane they trotted by Rodeo Red and earned second money while Faraldo and Rodeo Red finished third in the 2:02.3 clocked mile. "Once we got away he (Rose Run Nash) was a pleasure to drive and he finished real strong," a smiling Bob Davis said after his victory. With a victory in his first start in the event David Glasser now has command of the leaderboard while Davis who made his first start is now one-for-one in the series. For, Yarock, a financial planner from Tenafly, NJ, it was his 44th amateur driving victory while Davis, a self- employed businessman from Saratoga Springs, NY, notched his 13th. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

A special "Help Janet Davis Fund" is now underway. Mrs. Davis, one of the most giving people in harness racing, has championed numerous charity causes in recent years and recently has run into some bad luck. A week ago, the Davis' van transporting two of their horses back from training at Dover Downs crashed when the van driver blacked out at the wheel, but not seriously hurt. One of the horses died and the other was seriously hurt. The truck and trailer were seriously damaged, creating a devastating financial setback for the Davises. The horse that survived, pacer Devil's Embrace N, shattered his jaw and was treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, with the bills adding up to around $6,000. In addition, Janet and husband, Eddie Davis Jr., must now buy a new truck. Last month, Janet Davis received the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) Service to Youth Award. Mrs.Davis founded an annual Christmas Holiday Fundraiser for kids who would not have a holiday, otherwise. A fund has been set up to help her. Donations can be sent to: Horseman's Welfare Trust Fund - DSOA - 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19904. -------------------------------------------------------- A race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th race, Thursday (3/20) when Ideal American, a winner of five races in a row, met heralded three-year-old Fire In The Belly. In the homestretch, Fire In The Belly, driven by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept finishing in second-place. In the fast 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns the unbeaten horse in five 2014 races, Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King. -------------------------------------------- Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a Summer Programs Intern for this season. It is a paid position starting around June 15-August 15.The successful applicant must love Horses, hard work and travel. Lodging and meals (per diem) are included. For an application: go to ------------------------------------------------------- The Harness Track of America College Scholarship Fund offers three $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in harness racing or to children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased) including licensed drivers, trainer, caretakers or management officials. For applications e-mail: or call HTA at 520-529-2525. ----------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan is spending this week in Australia where he will compete in an international event - 'The Great Southern Star" at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, Australia. Callahan, the sports leading win-driver in 2014, who finished second in the 2011 World Driving Championship, was one of three persons invited to visit Australia for this event. The others are trainer Jonas Czernyson and female jockey, Chantal Suthrland. In addition to racing, they were treated to a range of activities. ---------------------------------------- Callahan currently leads all drivers in the sport with 2014 winning drives. He already has wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship. Callahan has 203 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ross Wolfenden is next, 112 wins. Ron Pierce has moved ahead on Allan Davis in the battle for third place, 110-193 winners. Vic Kirby is fifth, with 96 wins. ------------------------------------ After being close in recent meets won by Josh Green, Dylan Davis has all but clinched Dover Downs Leading Trainer title. Davis has haltered with 64 wins. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second place with 49 wins. Wayne Givens is third with 44 winners, one more than Trish Foulk and defending champion, Josh Green, tied for fourth, with 43 wins. Marv Bachrad

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has announced its 2014 summer program schedule which includes a return to Ocean Downs for the first time since 2000; a full five-day program at Harrington Raceway after an absence of several years; and a leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Track. Complete 2014 schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation's Youth Camps, and one- and two-day introductory events, is available at HHYF's popular overnight youth camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 21-35 at Harrington, in Delaware; July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and July 21-25 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 2. A leadership camp for high school age students with previous HHYF experience is set for Goshen Historic Track for July 7-11. All of these camps feature hands-on experience, including driving, using the organization's stable of Trottingbred horses. Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 27; Gaitway Farm in New Jersey on July 30-31; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 5. Check the website for possible added programs. HHYF will also conduct special programs for equine oriented groups throughout the summer. The Foundation, which is dedicated to creating the next generation of harness racing fans, will also have a presence at the Pinehurst Matinee, the Little Brown Jug, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, the Open Space at Freehold Raceway, and at The Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity day. "We anticipate another busy summer with lots of potential new young fans ready to learn about harness racing," said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "HHYF truly appreciates the support of our sponsors each year so that we can continue our educational efforts which are so important to the industry's future." The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to  

The passing years are not diminishing the brilliance of Chris Lewis, who was at his best at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drove Sensational Gabby to a stylish victory in the $50,000 Community Newspaper Group Empress Stakes. This gave the 58-year-old maestro a record seventh success in the group 2 feature event for mares, after wins with Candy Macray (1988), Armbro Lucy (1992), Meggie Dear (2001), Classical Mover (2002), Shes Royalty (2007) and Ima Spicey Lombo (2011). It was Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri's third win in an Empress Stakes, after succeeding with Elysees Crest (Morgan Woodley) in 2010 and Ima Spicey Lombo. While Lewis deserves praise for his drive behind Sensational Gabby, Olivieri must be congratulated for curing the West Australian-bred five-year-old's annoying and disruptive habit of overracing badly. "She's just a great mare and Ross has done a great job in settling her down," Lewis said after Sensational Gabby, favourite at 6/4 on, had defeated Famous Alchemist and Kristen Louise. "We needed to get her back a bit (and prevent her from pulling so hard) and Ross has been able to get her to do that in her past few runs. And this has made my job much easier. "She is now on the right road and she's got that sort of speed to be quite competitive in races other than those restricted to mares." Sensational Gabby, bred by her owners Susan Beven, Danny Roberts, Brian Anderson, Barry Sutton and Norm Champion (along with Jay Farrell), was an all-conquering juvenile who won at 21 of her first 23 starts. She failed badly at four starts at Menangle in an Eastern States campaign early last year and when she returned to WA she went into Olivieri's stables. But she pulled hard at her first five starts for her new trainer, in November and December, before he experimented with her gear and eventually cured the problem. Sensational Gabby now boasts a marvellous record of 45 starts for 26 wins, five placings and stakes of $509,505. She is by Yankee Sensation and is the first foal out of the New Zealand-bred mare Lite Jewel. Sensational Gabby started from barrier two on the back line and Lewis was content to let her relax in eighth position in the one-wide line, following Talk About Mach, while polemarker Courage On Fire set the pace and covered the first two quarters of the final mile in 303sec. and 30.6sec. Gary Hall jun. settled 5/2 second fancy Famous Alchemist behind the pacemaker until he eased her off the pegs after 4500m and dashed her forward, three wide, to assume the position outside the leader. Kyle Harper started a three-wide move with Talk About Mach approaching the bell and Lewis followed that run before switching Sensational Gabby four wide passing the 600m mark. Famous Alchemist got to the front with 550m to travel before Sensational Gabby, sprinting fast, surged to the lead 300m from home. Famous Alchemist refused to surrender and fought back determinedly before finish a length behind the winner. Kristen Louise, who trailed the pacemaker for most of the way, finished strongly into third place. The third 400m section of the final mile whizzed by in 27.9sec. and the last quarter was run in 29.3sec., with the winner rating 1.59 over the 2536m. PACIFIC WARRIOR ON AN INEVITABLE JOURNEY TO THE TOP "He will go a long way," declared Kade Howson after driving 5/2 favourite Pacific Warrior to an impressive win in the $25,000 final of the Fremantle Gazette Lewis final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was yet another superb performance by the New Zealand-bred six-year-old on his inevitable climb to the top. Pacific Warrior began well from the No. 5 barrier on the front line, but was no match for 50/1 outsider Real Hammer, who began with dazzling speed from the outside (No. 7) barrier and sped to the front after 200m. However, Howson was unruffled and was content to progress forward, three wide for the first 500m, before Pacific Warrior moved into the breeze. After a third 400m section of the final mile in 28.8sec., Pacific Warrior burst to the front on the home turn and beat the fast-finishing 5/1 third favourite Marooned by 2m. Marooned, who raced behind the leader, finished a head in front of 13/2 chance Our Arlington, who was shuffled back on the pegs to ninth at the bell and was badly hampered for room in the home straight before flashing home with an eye-catching burst. Pacific Warrior is trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams and had 27 starts in New Zealand for four wins and seven placings from 27 starts before arriving in Western Australia where his 29 starts have produced 15 wins and eight placings. He now has earned $166,244. He is owned by Oz West Pacing, the Northam Alliance Pacing Syndicate, Bruce Greenwood, Greg Richens, Joseph Lawrence, Reegan Buswell and Ian Gillespie. "Things didn't go our way; we got crossed at the start, but the horse was far too good," Howson said. "Real Hammer is one of the fastest horses in WA and once he crossed us there wasn't much we could do. So we just parked up there and I let him do the rest. "In the moving line he's pretty good and he gets around this track a lot better than he used to. He'll go a long way." PRINCE EDDIE SMASHES WA SPRINT RECORD FOR TROTTERS Clint Hall identified Prince Eddie as a square-gaiter capable of proving a star in Western Australia when the New Zealand-bred gelding won four races in succession at Menangle last winter and a band of West Australians are extremely happy that they decided to buy him. Max Grynberg, Karen Hall, Bill Paterson, Ruth and Tony Thompson, Dave Kahl, Danny Roberts, Susan Beven and Jay Farrell were celebrating their perspicacity at Gloucester Park on Friday night after Prince Eddie had romped to victory in the $30,000 Happy Birthday Alison Ward Discreet Romeo Sprint. The five-year-old Prince Eddie, favourite at 10/9, was driven with supreme confidence by Gary Hall jun. and was not extended in beating 3/1 second fancy Ushaka Bromac by three and a half lengths, rating 1.58.9 which smashed the State 1730m record for trotters, the 1.59.8 recorded by Conquer All last October. Prince Eddie, trained by Gary Hall sen., has improved in leaps and bounds and his first 12 WA starts have produced five wins and four placings to take his career record to 27 starts for ten wins, four placings and $77,260 in stakes. He won only once from eight starts in New Zealand (and was unplaced at the other seven starts) before racing seven times in New South Wales for four wins last June and July. Gary Hall jun. got Prince Eddie away like a flash from the No. 2 barrier and the gelding set a solid pace, followed by polemarker Ushaka Bromac, with Hot Holiday in the breeze and Heez Speedy Gonzalez in the one-out, one-back position. Prince Eddie gave his rivals no chance by sprinting over the final two 400m sections in 29.2sec. and 29.3sec. The Beau Brummell raced three back on the pegs and he finished fast on the inside to be a half-head behind Ushaka Bromac in third place. Prince Eddie is by American stallion Monarchy and is out of Hands And heels, a mare who was retired after only one start, when tenth in a race at Addington in May 2002. However, Hands And Heels has proved a wonderful broodmare, producing talented trotters King Charlie and Shezoneoftheboyz. King Charlie earned $239,256 from 15 wins and 14 placings from 69 starts, while Shezoneoftheboyz won easily at her first five starts as a three-year-old in the 2009-10 season. Her wins included a group 3 feature over 1609m at Ashburton and the $80,000 New Zealand Trotting derby. She then was unplaced at her next four starts before being retired with a record of five wins from nine starts for stakes of $76,624. DAVID HERCULES ENHANCES HIS REPUTATION West Australian-bred seven-year-old David Hercules enhanced his reputation when he sizzled over the final 800m in 55.6sec., after racing without cover, and scored an easy victory in the 2130m Stirling Times Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was his 29th win from 86 starts and boosted his earnings for owners David Botha and Jeneen Johnson to $802,664. David Hercules, favourite at 5/1 on, started from the outside barrier (No. 7) on the front line and Morgan Woodley did not bustle him and was content to race in the breeze while polemarker Truckers Ruffnut, second fancy at 5/1, set a brisk pace. Woodley began to apply more pressure on the leader at the bell and David Hercules surged to the front 450m from home and went on to win by 5m from Red Salute (11/1), with Passion Stride (50/1) running home gamely to be third, four and a half lengths behind Red Salute. Red Salute enjoyed the perfect passage in the one-out and one-back position (following David Hercules), but did not seriously threaten him in the run down the home straight. David Hercules rated 1.55 which was well outside his track record of 1.53.6 over the 2130m journey. His trainer David Thompson was in Sydney on Friday night before going to Menangle two days later to watch the interdominion championship final, a race in which he dearly wanted David Hercules to contest. Woodley was full of praise for David Hercules, saying: "He's a horse who really loves the fight. He is a tremendous performer. He likes to get up there and get involved and if you get him travelling on the bit he just loves it. He really thrives on that sort of racing. "He has a high cruising speed and tonight we got up there (in the breeze) and tried to make it hard for those around him. Having a good horse liken Red Salute on our back was a concern. I was really pleased when we got past the leader at the 400m mark and expose Red Salute from that point onwards. I think that if Red Salute was able to hold up right on our back until the top of the straight and get one kick, it might have been a different story. "So when I was able to get past the leader and really make Red Salute work from the 400m outside of us I was pretty confident." LORD LOMBO, DOWN IN CLASS, CAUSES AN UPSET Lord Lombo made the most of a recent drop down from an M4 classification to be eligible to contest the M3-only Wanneroo Times Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven patiently by Chris Voak, the seven-year-old caused an upset when he started at 15/1 and charged home to snatch victory from Uppy Son (17/4) and the 2/1 favourite Midnight Dylan. This broke a losing sequence of 13 and ended a run of eight unplaced efforts for Pinjarra trainer Chris King. With polemarker Midnight Dylan setting the pace and Uppy Son in the breeze, Voak was happy to position Lord Lombo in the one-out, one-back position before the gelding unwound a scorching late sprint, coming from sixth (three wide) on the home turn to beat Uppy Son by a neck. Uppy Son had looked the winner when Dean Miller got him to the lead in the final stages. The final 800m was covered in 56.8sec., with the last 400m taking 28sec. Lord Lombo rated 1.56 over the 1730m. This was Lord Lombo's seventh win in WA for his Victorian owners Greg Stubbs and Tony Peacock. He had won eight times in Victoria, twice in South Australia and once in New South Wales before arriving in WA. His record stands at 98 starts for 18 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $160,782. "He was pretty much down in grade tonight and Chris (King) does a good job training his horses over the mile," Voak said. "It was a big effort by Lord Lombo to come from where he was to win." ROWCHESTER CARRIES TOO MANY GUNS IN A TIGHT FINISH New Zealand-bred horse Rowchester warmed up for the $25,000 Manea Classic at Bunbury next Saturday night when he gave a tough staying performance to win the 2130m Happy Birthday Alison Ward Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting favourite at 10/9, Rowchester got away smartly from barrier two on the back line and raced without cover for most of the way before winning narrowly from the fast-finishing 4/1 second fancy Robbery, with veteran Rojen Cruz, third favourite at 13/2, flashing home from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be a close third. The heavily-supported Robbery lacked early pace from the No. 1 barrier and settled down three back on the pegs in fifth place while Cool Johnny set the pace from Im Terrific (pegs), Rowchester (breeze) and The Oyster Bar (one-out, one-back). Gary Hall jun. sent Rowchester to the front 250m from home and the horse dug deep to hold out the fast-finishing Robbery by a half-head, rating 1.57.9 after closing sectionals of 28.3sec. and 28.9sec. "There's definitely more than one of him," said Hall. "He can come out here on occasions and sort of nod off a bit and not really concentrate. It's important to get him up there on the speed and get him interested in the game. "We were confident tonight that the breeze would be there when we wanted it, and everything worked out good. He toughed it out really well. He's not the sort of horse you want to go kicking away with He is better racing outside something of having something racing pretty close to him. "They were coming and we had to get going. I thought he was going to hold on easily, but it got quite nerve wracking late." Rowchester, trained by Gary Hall sen., has had 21 starts in WA for six wins and seven placings. He raced five times in New Zealand, winning at his final three starts, as a three-year-old in November-December 2012. He is the fifth foal out of Falcon Seelster mare Satire Franco, who failed to be placed at her 16 starts. HALL SEIZES THE INITIATIVE WITH THE PACING PRIEST Injury-plagued pacer The Pacing Priest gave a sample of his ability at his third appearance after a spell when he scored a narrow win in the 2503m Melville Times Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win gave Gary Hall jun. the first leg of a driving treble and West Swan trainer Ken Kirke considerable satisfaction. Punters groaned at the start of the stand when 5/2 favourite Bobby Teal and 3/1 second fancy Bet Your Life galloped, leaving 7/1 chance Pembrook Henry in front with The Pacing Priest in the breeze. Hall was happy to take the one-out, one-back trail when Justin Prentice dashed forward with Mister Sarkozy in the first lap to move into the breeze. But after a lap had been completed the pace slackened noticeably and Hall seized the initiative by vacating his ideal position and taking up the position outside the leader. Chris Voak (Pembrook Henry) slowed the field almost to a jog with a first quarter of the final mile in 33.5sec. before the next section went by in an ambling 31.1sec. Then the tempo increased with a third quarter in 28.7sec. and a final 400m in a sparkling 27.7sec. The Pacing Priest took a narrow lead in the final stages and won by a nose from Pembrook Henry, with Pacific Black running on soundly to be third after trailing the leader all the way. The winner rated a pedestrian 2.4.1. The Pacing Priest raced seven times in New Zealand (all in stands) for two wins and one placing. He then won at his Australian debut, at Wedderburn in March 2009, before being sent to Perth and entering the stables of Gary Hall sen. His first eight starts for Hall produced three wins and five seconds before he went amiss after finishing eighth behind Bonavista Bay in the Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park in November 2009. Leg problems then prevented The Pacing Priest from racing for 41 months. The gelding resumed with Kirke as his trainer last April and in 15 starts for Kirke he has won three times and been placed on another three occasions. The Pacing Priest, by Pacific Rocket, is the first foal out of unraced Road Machine mare High Road. Now an eight-year-old, he has earned $93,186 from nine wins and ten placings from just 34 starts. "We had The Pacing Priest a long time ago and one thing he wasn't short of was ability," said Hall jun. "Tonight I took off when the speed was so slow and I knew that the breeze was there. I thought we could drive him from the breeze sit-kick style and he was fortunate that we were able to get away with those sectionals. He was good enough to get over the leader." CLIFFORD PROVES TOO STRONG FOR BARKERS HALL New Zealand-bred five-year-old Clifford is proving a wonderfully consistent performer and a great moneyspinner for Bunbury trainer John Graham and he caused a minor upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he proved too strong for 5/2 on favourite Barkers Hall in the 2130m Southern Gazette Pace. Starting second fancy at 11/2, Clifford was driven with great confidence by Graham's stable foreman Tom Buchanan. Barkers Hall had no trouble in setting the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier, but Buchanan drove positively, taking Clifford three wide for the first 150m before settling in the breeze. After a third quarter of the final mile in 28.8sec. Barkers Hall looked all set for victory, particularly when Clifford dropped back one and a half lengths behind the pacemaker at the 400m mark. However, Clifford finished strongly to hit the front 100m from the post before beating Barkers Hall by just over a lengths at a 1.58 rate. Buchanan said he was confident that Clifford could beat Barkers Hall, pointing out that Clifford had finished a close second to Barkers Hall's better-credentialled stablemate Rowchester two starts earlier. "I don't think that Barkers Hall is anywhere near the horse that Rowchester is," said Buchanan. "So I knew that if I could get outside the leader and get some nice easy sectionals Clifford would be hard to beat, and he was. Going down the back straight (in the last lap) I thought that Junior (Gary Hall jun., the driver of Barkers Hall) was still travelling pretty well. "It wasn't as though my bloke was struggling; I just gave him a bit of a breather and Barkers Hall went from going all right to struggling round the bend. And Clifford was too good. I think Clifford can go on and get to an M3 mark." Clifford did not race in New Zealand and his 63 starts have produced 16 wins, 15 placings and stakes of $110,675. He is the tenth foal out of Soky's Atom mare Sceptic, who was retired after finishing ninth as a three-year-old at her only start, in Wellington in April 1995. CHANGE OF SHOES HELP ONEHEART TWOFISTS The value of the No. 1 barrier in mobiles at Gloucester Park was further illustrated on Friday night when Oneheart Twofists was heavily supported and started favourite at 10/9 on. At his two previous starts earlier in the month he was sent out at liberal odds --- at 90/1 (when sixth from the back line at Harvey) and at 21/1 (when he led and finished third from barrier two at Pinjarra). Driven by Callan Suvaljko, Oneheart Twofists gave his supporters no cause for concern as he dictated the terms in front and romped to a three-length victory over Senator Whitby in the 1730m Eastern Reporter Westbred Pathway Pace. The easy victory broke a losing sequence of 19, stretching back to March 2012. Millendon trainer and part-owner Graham Bond attributed the seven-year-old gelding's victory to a change of shoeing. "He has been a knee knocker and has had a tendon problem," he said. "But now everything is going well for him. I've been able to get him off his knee by putting steel shoes on, instead of aluminiums. They're galloping plates, no heels, no nothing, just plain level shoes. "He was a knee knocker when he was in the stables of Gary Hall sen. and I was able to buy him as an unraced three-year-old for $5000 from Mark Congerton." Oneheart Twofists, by Courage Under Fire, has earned $34,516 from six wins and six placings from 44 starts. RAZA SHARP LOMBO BREAKS THROUGH AFTER 23-MONTH DROUGHT Eight-year-old Raza Sharp Lombo celebrated his 132nd start by giving a bold frontrunning display to win the Bill Delaney Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This ended a losing sequence of 31, stretching back to a win at Globe Derby Park in April 2012. Raza Sharp Lombo had 116 starts in South Australia for 20 wins and 41 placings before being sent to WA early last year to be prepared by Gary Hall sen. He did not show up for the Hall camp and Brigadoon trainer Wendy Boyd took over his preparation a few months ago. Then after Raza Sharp Lombo had run on from sixth and last at the bell to finish second to Smooth Caesar at Pinjarra on February 3 he left Boyd's establishment to be prepared by Dylan Quadrio. Quadrio drove Raza Sharp Lombo for a sixth at Northam and then an encouraging third (after racing in the breeze) behind Preordained at Gloucester Park last Friday week. On Friday night, in moderate company, Raza Sharp Lombo, now raced by Quadrio's father Shane, was second favourite at 5/2. The Mach Three gelding dashed straight to the front from barrier three, set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 400m in 28.1sec. to win by a half-length from the polemarker and 9/2 chance Wotavugot, who finished strongly after trailing the leader all the way. Tis A Charmer, a 33/1 chance and a nine-year-old mare trained by Boyd and having her 170th start, ran on from eighth and last at the bell to be a distant third. by Ken Casellas  

East Rutherford, NJ - Golden Receiver is a gift that keeps on giving, and the pacer's charitable contributions now include the Hairy Angel Foundation. "The Golden One" has brought life-changing fortune to his breeder and co-owner Nina Simmonds, and she continues to give back and pass on the good karma she's been blessed with through her charity work. Golden Receiver is a nine-year-old pacer by Village Jove, who is one of those rare birds that has simply gotten better later in life, and has risen to be a star and fan favorite at the top level of harness racing for the past few years. In 2013, he made it back-to-back Presidential Series sweeps at the Meadowlands, won the Allerage Farms Final at The Red Mile and finished second by a nose in the TVG FFA Final at the Big M. With Corey Callahan driving for trainer Mark Harder, Golden Receiver won his 2014 debut at the New Meadowlands on February 22, his 26th tally in 62 starts at the Big M. He now has 59 wins in 147 career starts and has earned $2,107,636 for Simmonds of Binghamton, NY, and Our Horse Cents Stable of Clifton Park, NY. Golden Receiver will go for career win number 60 from post six [program number five] in Saturday's $30,000 feature, carded as race two on a 13-race program. Simmonds' Cinderella story began back in the early eighties when she decided to quit her job and pursued her dream of working with horses. Simmonds and her late husband purchased Windy Hill Farms, a 60-acre property in Binghampton, NY. After 25 years, Simmonds' operation fell on hard times, and she was ready to sell the farm, as well as Golden Receiver for a few thousand dollars. Fortunately, Golden Receiver got good, real good. Simmonds sold a share of the horse, sent him to trainer Mark Harder, and the rest, as they say, is history. Not only did Golden Receiver pay off the bills and save the ranch, the pacer has also afforded Simmonds the opportunity to use his earnings to fund several charitable organizations. To top it off, it was eventually discovered the farm was sitting on the Marcella Shale natural gas source. Simmonds continues to support Equitarian Initiative, a group that unites veterinarians, blacksmiths and animal caregivers who go on missions in Costa Rica and Mexico. Simmonds has also assisted New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which retrains racehorses and gives them a new life. Her latest venture is getting involved with the Hairy Angel Foundation, a charity based in Sedona, Arizona and Dallas, Texas that provides Service Golden Retrievers to special needs children. The dog raising and training is done by volunteers and professionals before they provide an assistance to and a magical bond with the autistic and challenged. Their website is "This year I was looking for some sort of little guy charity, and I've known the director, Fran Elliott since the early eighties," said Simmonds. "We met in New Jersey and she's been my best friend. She fell in love with my dog, a Golden Retriever, and saw the potential. The breed loves children. Fran moved out to Sedona and started breeding and raising them for autistic children. She's been in business for 18 years and placed over 100 dogs all over the country. We're trying to fill the backlog of requests. "They'll take the puppies when they're eight weeks old, and train them to become service dogs in public places," she continued. "It's just a miracle when you see these kids who have never smiled or spoken get one of these dogs. Then, they're suddenly smiling and chattering. It changes their lives. Their parents can't believe the transformation made by this animal that is totally devoted to them. I went along when we placed a dog last week, and it was such a moving experience. We introduced the puppy to this boy, and his mother has called everyday in tears thanking us." Simmonds admits to being a nervous wreck whenever Golden Receiver is in training. "All his races are the same to me," she noted. "It doesn't matter what the purse is. I want him to look good, and of course, I want him to win. I'm just so proud he's still out there plugging away at his age. "Last season, he actually wasn't as good as he could've been because he had a serious hoof abscess or infection. That plagued him through the whole middle of the year. They packed it and tried every kind of shoe. Those things just don't heal overnight. But it's done and it's gone. I'm just hoping for another good year. "He's always had a big knee and he can't go on a half mile track. I'm glad the Meadowlands has a bank on the turns so he can clear that knee. He does wear these big felt boots and the tough guy just keeps on going. He has zip in vet bills. He's so happy because he's with the same trainer, Mark Harder and groom, Billy Mandrell. He knows exactly what's expected of him. "We keep forgetting he's not just a nine-year-old that's racing. He's facing the best horses in the world. He's just a dream. Nobody expected this from some backyard bred by some girl who raced cheap claimers. "I bred both of Golden Receiver's sisters to Rocknroll Heaven last year, and they've got two gorgeous foals I'm going to sell at Harrisburg next Fall. "One day I was jogging a horse on my farm track, looked around and saw my Golden Retriever. I thought his name had to be Golden something because the dam is Royal Gold, so I came up with Golden Receiver. It's just amazing he turned out to be the best one she had." by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands    

In an exciting announcement for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star, it has been revealed that star US reinsman Corey Callahan will be in Australia for the International extravaganza on March 22. In just its second year, the $400,000 Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star trotting series held across one sensational night at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted some massive names and it continues with Callahan adding his name to the list of visitors for the richest squaregaiting event in the southern hemisphere. Having only started his career at the age of 27, eight years later he has quickly become one of the leading drivers in North America. Growing up under the tutelage of his father Nick, Corey decided to turn his hand to college ambitions before returning to harness racing where he has driven thousands of winners. In fact since 2010 he has never driven less than 500 winners in a season, an extraordinary statistic that proves just how prolific the talented driver has been. He is also currently leads the United States Trotting Association Drivers' Premiership, 29 ahead of Ron Pierce . And it's not just his consistency that has him on top, he has also mixed it at the top level, taking out the $500,000 Hoosier Cup with Mr Wiggles in 2009 and competed in the World Driving Championship, representing the US. But it was 2013 which was the year that put the 35-year-old on the world stage as he raked in over $9.7 million in stakes earnings, placing him in the upper-Echelon in North America. He drove standout winners like Golden Receiver, D'Orsay and Drop The Ball. But, Australian trots fans will know him for his association with Ma Chere Hall, owned by Australian interests, however his win with Allstar Partner in the $260,000 PA Sires Stakes Championship was the highlight of his season. Callahan has been a fixture of some of the best tracks in America, racking up over 100 wins at The Meadowlands last season. Callahan will be involved during the week of the Great Southern Star and will compete in the Drivers Invitational on the all-squaregaiting night. Callahan arrives in Australia on March 18 and is available for drives. Interested trainers should call the Racing Office on (03) 8378 0200. For media enquiries contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250. BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER [Harness Racing Victoria]

At the recently completed national meetings of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Monticello Raceway's Shawn Wiles was elected vice president of the organization. President Steve Wolf ended his two year term at those meetings which then opened the position of second VP as other officers moved up the chairs. Wiles will now serve in his newly elected capacity for two years. Presently the general manager of the Monticello Raceway, Wiles has been a longtime member of the Monticello -Goshen Chapter USHWA and currently is the chapter's vice president. "I am excited to work with the present youthful USHWA Board," Wiles said. They are an extremely capable bunch of young men, who I can learn from." Wiles is referring to his newly elected president, Chris Tully and vice president, Tim Bojarski, both of whom moved up the chairs to their current two year positions. Wiles has long been a director of United States Trotting Association from District 8 where he now serves as the chairman of that district. His career in harness racing started in the backstretch of Monticello Raceway during the 1970s where he worked as a groom for Richard Sturgis, Robert Camper and Jim Grundy. He then went on in search of a Grand Circuit stable to work for and found success with the famed trotting specialists of Continental Farms under the guidance of Hakan Wallner, Hall of Famer Berndt Lindstedt, and Jan Johnson. Wiles was the first American second- trainer to work for the famed Scandinavian trotting experts from 1980-1986. During his tenure as a groom he rubbed many top performers, most notably the crack stakes filly Dominant, and then worked for Castleton Farms from 1986-1988. Wiles joined Monticello Raceway in 1996, working under John Manzi in publicity and Bill Sullivan in operations. Wiles was initially promoted to assistant GM of Monticello Casino and Raceway, and lately promoted to General Manager of the entire facility. He was recently lauded by the local scribes on his tough stance on racing integrity. Wiles is actively involved in many civic and community oriented endeavors. He is a past president, now trustee, of the Fallsburg Central School District Board of Education, past president of the Woodridge Housing Association, and a longtime AYSO soccer coach as well as vice president of the Monticello-Goshen Harness Writers Association, The proud parents of Brody , 19, and Samantha, 16, Wiles and his wife, Lisa, Superintendent of the Ellenville School District, reside in Woodridge, N.Y. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway  

On Friday night, February 28, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will host a special event to benefit the Washington Area Humane Society. The last time the groups worked together, it was the beginning of a journey that has taken a horse and a young girl to places no one could have imagined.   The MSOA will donate its commission from all money wagered on the designated race on Friday. The Meadows Racing will also donate its commission, doubling the benefit for the WAHS.   Racing fans are encouraged to join in by not only wagering on the race, but also by bringing an item from the WAHS "Wish List", which includes dry cat food, clay cat litter, Purina One dry and canned dog food, dog treats and more. Fans donating an item from the "Wish List" will receive a $2 betting voucher, courtesy of the MSOA and The Meadows.   For the full list, visit the MSOA's website,   The MSOA and Meadows horsemen are quite familiar with the work of the Washington Area Humane Society. Five years ago, the groups got together when nearly two dozen horses were found in extremely poor health on a nearby farm.   Several local trainers stepped up and worked together with the Meadows race office and the WAHS to donate whatever items they could. Leslie Zendt, a trainer/driver, was one of several that took the extra step to help.   "Word got around the backstretch at The Meadows, and so I got in touch with the Humane Society," said Zendt. "The horses were having trouble getting to fresh water, so the first thing I did was buy some water troughs. The next day, more people got involved and a bunch of us went over to see firsthand. In my lifetime I never thought I would see anything like that." What Zendt saw were more than 20 horses, mostly Quarterhorses, all emaciated and very ill.   Zendt stepped up and began the process immediately to adopt a young horse that she thought was a gelding, but turned out to simply be an underdeveloped two-year-old colt. "We loaded him up and brought him back to my farm," says Zendt. "   After consulting with veterinarians Barry Betts and Larry Smith, Zendt started, giving the horse, which she discovered was a registered Quarterhorse, small amounts of feed and brushing him, trying to get him comfortable.   He eventually began to gain strength, but remained small in Stature due to his early malnutrition. After Dr. Betts gelded the colt free of charge, Zendt began looking for a home for the horse, now named "Junior."   "I'm busy enough with my racehorses, and didn't have use for another riding horse. Dave Palone and I threw the saddle on him one day and started breaking him. I talked to (husband) Bill's son Brian. He and his wife Dawn were looking for a riding horse that could eventually be used for their daughter, Lexi.   Dawn Zendt then picks up the story. "The horse was so young. We kept trying to work with him, but he was just so immature. Physically and mentally it took him a while to catch up. Dawn rode the horse during the summer of 2012, when Junior was five years old, but he just wasn't aggressive enough for barrel racing at her level. "He was just so laid back, and I realized he would be a great horse for our daughter, Lexi."   Lexi Zendt, at age 10 last summer, was coming back to barrel racing after an incident with her pony left her with a broken arm the previous year. "She needed to get her confidence back," said Dawn. "We started her with Junior this past September, and she quickly realized that the horse will take care of her. He has helped her to gain so much confidence. He is just so trustworthy and eager to please. He will only go as fast as Lexi wants him to go."   Together, Lexi Zendt and Junior are learning together, and succeeding. "They are already top-five in the youth class in the West Virginia region of the International Barrel Racing Association," said Dawn. "Lexi is in love with him."   The entire Zendt family had a hand in bringing Junior from a very difficult beginning to where he is today. Their story shows how horsemen at The Meadows have made a difference while working with the Washington Area Humane Society, and they are happy to see that the partnership will continue with this Friday's event. "I think that a lot of people are quick to think that horses like that are too much trouble," said Dawn Zendt. "But that's not the case. They can turn out to be the most caring, forgiving animals. I was happy that The Meadows' horsemen stepped up last time. None of the horses were Standardbreds, yet our community did what we could to help. Lexi's story is just one of many from what took place five years ago. We're happy to see the two groups work together again."   Post time for the Friday, February 28 card is 6:55PM, as The Meadows races in the evening on the final Friday of every month, through April.   by Jeff Zidek, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

This weekends three series finales at Cal Expo honor the memory and contributions of Alan Kirschenbaum, Richard Staley and Marvin Shapiro. The Alan Kirschenbaum Series is named for the longtime owner and breeder and past president of the California Harness Horsemens Association, who died in October 2012. Kirschenbaum was a major factor in California as an owner, breeder and amateur driver for many years. With his stallions Little Steven and British Sterling standing at Cherry Tree Farm in Wilton, he helped support the industry in California. In the past, he had even waived his stallion fees to help the California horsemen breed their mares to help the horse population survive in the Golden State. He was also a huge supporter of the California Sire Stakes and amateur races. Richard Staley, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 66, was one of the top owners to ever campaign trotters and pacers in California. He was involved in the sport for more than 25 years and during that entire period had only one trainer, Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman. Over the years Staley and Ackerman would regularly go to the major sales to select and purchase the regally-bred years that became the bulwark of the Staley Stable and provided California harness racing with many of his classiest performers. Marvin Shapiro was the son of L.K. Shapiro, who owned the Hall of Fame thoroughbred and California-bred champion Native Diver. He was the president of Western Harness Racing Inc. in the 1960s and spearheaded legislation that sanctioned night racing in California. He died in 2003 at the age of 83. Marvin Shapiro Finale, Open Pace in spotlight A contentious $7,350 finale of the Marvin Shapiro Pacing Series and an Open Pace headed by One And Only are the main events on Saturday nights Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo. Itsabouttonight and Plum Crazy Baby captured the two divisions of the first leg of the Shapiro, while last week saw one division and it was Majestic Lass who come rolling late to post a $47 upset. An 8-year-old daughter of Art Major, Majestic Lass is owned by Kimberly Andres, is conditioned by Salvador Wenceslao and will have Mooney Svendsen in the sulky. No threat in the first leg of the Shapiro, she came back last week to be up by a head over another longshot in Pips Jenny G., with the $1 exacta returning a cool $515 in that affair. Itsabouttonight will represent owner/trainer Gretchen Smith with Tim Maier at the helm. The Illinois-bred mare dominated her division of the opening leg over a sloppy track, then was a close third last weekend after opening up a large lead at the head of the stretch that evening. Plum Crazy Baby is a 6-year-old Relentless Yankee mare who carries the banner of Derick Takahashi with Dario Solares training and Dave Siegel doing the honors. She was a very convincing victress in the first leg, then was first over in her most recent appearance and had to settle for the fourth as the 8-5 favorite behind Majestic Lass. Completing the field are Red Star Gilda with Williams Hernandez; No Mo Parking for Mike Jarvis; Curvacious with Luke Plano in the sulky; Pips Jeeny G, Patrick Galbraith; and Little Schoolgirl, who leaves from the outside slot with James Kennedy at the helm. One And Only gets top billing in the Open Pace for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and driver Luke Plano. The son of Bettors Delight rattled off five straight wins between December 21 and February 1 before having the streak broken at most recent asking after doing his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness    

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