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Columbus, OH - Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions of freshman pacing colts provided plenty of fireworks on a swelteringly hot and humid, July 4 afternoon at Scioto Downs. Tops in the OSS quintet was the Kimberly Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses, a striking, chestnut son of Western Vintage, who paced to a winning 1:52.2--equaling the Scioto Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts--in the fourth and fastest of all OSS divisions. Danny Noble was in the sulky for Dailey, who co-owns the Rose Run Farm-bred gelding along with Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio. Rose Run Ulysses, sent off at 7-2, was given a perfect steer by Noble, who utilized a :27.3 final brush to prevail over 1-1 rival Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by three-quarters of a length. Cameron McCown piloted 5-2 Dislocator to a third-place effort. Rose Run Ulysses is the sixth foal out of Alcyon Semalu p, 3, 1:56.2 ($37,802) and is a half-brother to Style Semalu (by Million Dollar Cam) p, 5, 1:51s ($436,003) and to Sports Authority (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:51.2f ($60,302). Gold Digger King captured the first OSS division handily in 1:52.4 with Kayne Kauffman at the lines for trainer Scott Mogan and owner Linda Van Camp of Circleville, Ohio. The homebred Pet Rock gelding was the public's 5-2 choice in the field of nine 2-year-olds, pacing solidly to hold off 5-2 rival Valparaiso Hanover (Tyler Smith) by 1¾ lengths at the wire. Easeondowntheroad, a 21-1 longshot, finished third for Danny Noble. Gold Digger King is the first foal out of the Panspacificflight mare Hope For Pot Gold p, 3, 1:54S ($67,056). High On Paydaze and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., came flying up the stretch in the final yards to best the leading 4-1 Black Smile (Chris Page) by a whisker in a dramatic 1:53.1 finish in the second OSS division. Trained by Brian Brown for Ohio breeder Scott Hagemeyer and partners R. A. Mondillo & D. E. Robinson, the Nob Hill High colt was sent off at odds of 8-1 in his pari-mutuel debut. Tyler Smith guided 2-1 Tanner J to third-place honors. Nob Hill High is the fourth foal out of The Panderosa mare Myell p,4, 1:56.1h ($34,688), making him a half-brother to Myell's Rockstar (by World of Rocknroll) p,4, 1:52.1f ($129,326) and to Pacin To Paydaze p,2, 1:54.4h ($41,617). Driver Anthony MacDonald steered See You In Tuscany to a near-perfect, 1:53 winning clocking in the third OSS test. Trained by Jason McGinnis, this freshman son by We Will See finished 3¼ lengths ahead of 8-5 Bombay Hanover (Danny Noble) at odds of 2-1 at the wire, with 5-2 Odds On Columbus (Peter Wrenn) notching third-place money in a photo finish. See You In Tuscany--who races clean-legged except for a pair of knee boots--was bred by Mark Marroletti and is owned by Thestable Tuscany Group of Guelph, Ontario. A $10,000 yearling purchase at the Buckeye Classic Sale last fall, See You In Tuscany is out of the McArdle mare Mcdance Desire p, 2, 1:55 ($22,457) and has a half-brother in Dancin Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:54 f ($15,902). In the final OSS division, it was the Dustin Arledge-trained Authentic Hanover and driver Tyler Smith taking home first prize among ten combatants. The Western Vintage colt's pedigree prevailed as he stormed to a 1:53.3 clocking easily at odds of 2-1. Tony Too Tall, a 10-1 shot, was second for Chris Page, while 9-2 Seattle Hanover was third with Mike Wilder in the sulky. Hutchison Hms and M. J. Thompson own Authentic Hanover, the tenth foal out of the world champion Artsplace mare Armbro Amoretto p, 3, 1:50.1m ($1,285,744), making him a half-brother to: Bet You (by Bettor's Delight) p, 4, 1:50.3f ($391,452); Adams Hanover (by Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:50.4f ($202,374); Air Guitar Hanover (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 6, 1:52.2f ($182,470); and Aldine Hanover (by A Rocknroll Dance) p, 2, 1:52.1s ($121,806). An $18,000 yearling purchase, Authentic Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 14 - Sporting The Look is one​ of the top local two-year-old pacers and this Saturday at Mohawk he will meet the sport's top freshman pacer, Artspeak, in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. Sporting The Look has won three of six starts and made over $133,000 in his young career, but had a couple races gone a little different, he may have been the richest freshman pacer in the sport heading into this Saturday's $91,425 Nassagaweya Stakes. "He should probably have another $100,000 on his card," admits driver Jody Jamieson. "He made a break there in the second (Ontario Sires Stakes) Gold and was going to win for fun and probably with a different trip would've won the ($217,140) Battle of Waterloo." A son of Sportswriter - Lyons Mandi, Sporting The Look didn't wait long to rebound from the second place finish in the Battle of Waterloo and won a Sires Stakes event last Sunday at Georgian in 1:54.2. "Those races were over with and we pressed forward to Sunday at Georgian and he was the easiest of winners," said Jamieson. Now Sporting The Look, who is trained and co-owned by Jody's father Carl Jamieson, will face his toughest task to date as he jumps into a Grand Circuit event. The competition will be stiff as Sporting The Look will meet the undefeated Artspeak, who won his most recent start in a season's best 1:50.4, but Jody is excited to see what his colt is made of. "I'm really looking forward to racing Artspeak just to see how he shapes up with the best of the best, he's a Sportswriter, so obviously sky is the limit, they have been awesome so far." Sporting The Look was a $70,000 yearling purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale and is owned by Carl Jamieson, 30 Plus Stable and Thomas Kyron. "He was the only Canadian sired pacer that my dad paid into the Grand Circuit and American races," noted Jody. "So it's obviously fun to be in them, especially right here at home, he's a nice horse, We Will See how nice he is coming up on Saturday." The Jamieson's will also team up in a $76,245 division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies with Shakai Hanover. A daughter of Well Said - Shes A Fan, Shakai Hanover has made her last two starts on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes circuit and found some success. "She won her second lifetime start in :53 and then got interfered with last week at Pocono and probably would've been closer, although she only got beat a length in 1:51.4," said Jody. "I expect big things from her, she has been a nice filly so far." Along with driving another freshman filly, Yes You Can, for his father in the second of three Eternal Camnation divisions, Jody will also have the chance to drive a pair of freshman pacers for trainer Ake Svandstedt. "I'm driving a couple for Ake Svandstedt that I'm excited about getting to race for him and to see how good those horses are." Jody hopes Saturday will be a successful night to kick off a long stretch of major stakes action at Mohawk. "I'm excited about the weekend, that's one more step towards the Metro and the She's A Great Lady, so it's an exciting time." by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

Harness racing fans could witness the first sub-1:50 trotting race on a mile track Saturday at the Meadowlands, but if not then, it is probably just a matter of time. Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters features a speedy group of 10 horses, including newly minted world champion Sebastian K. The former Swedish star won his Cutler elimination last week, which was his North American debut, in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1. But the field also includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, who captured his Cutler elimination in 1:50.3, and Arch Madness, who holds the world record of 1:50.2 for an older gelding trotter on a mile oval. All totaled, the Cutler Memorial features six trotters to win in 1:51 or less at some point in their careers. Sevruga has a lifetime-best mark of 1:50.3, which he accomplished on a five-eighths-mile track while setting a world record. Intimidate and Modern Family each has a career-best time of 1:51. "It's going to be a good race," said Tim Tetrick, who drives Market Share for trainer Linda Toscano. "If it sets up right, someone could set the world record. There's got to be some speed up front; I don't think one horse can do it by himself. It will be a chess match in the middle of the race, but people will be putting horses in play. "These horses are fresh and happy and sprinting home good. There are five or six that can trot a quarter in 26 (seconds) on the end of it. Who knows how fast we can go." Elimination winners Sebastian K, who was Sweden's Horse of the Year in 2012, and Market Share have attracted much of the pre-race attention and were essentially made co-favorites for the Cutler. Market Share is 8-5 on the morning line; Sebastian K is 9-5. But any number of horses is capable of winning the Cutler. Sevruga won last year's race and Arch Madness, a 10-year-old who has earned $4.15 million in his career, captured the 2010 edition. Intimidate has a Breeders Crown triumph to his credit, Archangel won the 2012 Yonkers Trot, and Modern Family won last year's Meadowlands Maturity. "Everybody makes it seem like it's a two-horse race, but I think it's far from a two-horse race," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Archangel for trainer Ron Burke. "You have a lot of depth in this field. Sebastian K is definitely very fast, but the trip did set up for him (in his elimination). We Will See what he can do this week. "They have to go fast, but (Sebastian K and Market Share) might hook up, too. There are 10 horses in the race and I think they can do 1:51 or better. A lot of these horses are super sharp and my horse is only going to keep improving. We need a little luck at this point, but I don't think it's impossible." The top five finishers in Sebastian K's Cutler elim all trotted 1:51 or less, marking the second time in history that five trotters went that fast in the same race. The other occurrence came in Arch Madness' 1:50.2 win at Lexington's Red Mile in September. "If the fractions are right (they could go faster than 1:50)," said Bernie Noren, the assistant to Sebastian K's trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "Of course it's a harder competition; you've got 10 good horses. It's all about the fractions; somebody has to put up the fractions to the half. "With this group (of older trotters) I'm a hundred percent sure we're going to see not one, but maybe a couple, under (1):50 this year." John Campbell, who drives Possessed Fashion for trainer Tom Fanning, was not surprised by the 8-year-old Sebastian K's performance in his debut. "I knew going in to the race that he was an excellent horse," said Campbell, who won the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden with Mack Lobell in 1988. "When you have a horse that races at that top level over in Europe like he has for the last couple years, they're excellent horses. I wasn't that surprised that he won or was that impressive because I have so much respect for what those top free-for-allers do over in Europe and how grueling it is over there. "(Sebastian K) is definitely the horse to beat, but he's going to have to be at his best or somebody will beat him. At this level, if you're not at your very best, you're not going to win. "I think we're going to see someone trot under 1:50 in the very near future, whether it's Saturday or shortly after that. I think it will happen this year, and I think there's a good chance it will happen more than once." Following is the field in post order for the Cutler Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-5; 2. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-5; 3. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 8-1; 4. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 15-1; 5. Intimidate, Vincent Ginsburg, Luc Blais, 10-1; 6. Undercover Strike, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 30-1; 7. Arch Madness, George Brennan, Trond Smedshammer, 8-1; 8. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning, 50-1; 9. Modern Family, David Miller, Daryl Bier, 6-1; 10. DW's NY Yank, Mike Lachance, Ron Burke, 30-1. by Ken Weingardner, for Harness Racing Communications

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. Below is our second spring training prospects review. We will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) within a week. Here we go for Dreams #2 with a few from the Sylvester, Kelley, Grant and Czernyson barns: #36 Air Lindy (2ft Lucky Chucky-M-Benedicta Jet-Donerail) - Charles Sylvester. Half- sister to Citation Lindy (3, 1:54.4f, $326,584) and Westside Lindy (5, 1:54.2f, $165,416). Light on her feet! #22 A List Lindy (2ft Lucky Chucky-Lindy's Leading Lady-Credit Winner) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of unraced dam; first foal Mr. Lindy (2, q1:59.4 in 2013) #142 Ruby Knight (2ct Lucky Chucky-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) - Charles Sylvester. This one a half-brother to Hambletonian winner and important European sire Scarlet Knight 3,1:53.4 ($1,951,740) and Mohammed Mali 5, 1:53.4 ($316,981). The dam is a daughter of Crown Thy Good by Speedy Crown. #107 Image Of Luck (2ct Lucky Chucky-Imageofasweetgirl-Striking Sahbra) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she with record of 3.1:58.2h ($123,280) and producer of two winners at age two. #142 Ruby Knight (inside), #107 Image Of Luck (middle), #22 A List Lindy (outside) #175 Wheels A Smokin (2ft Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) - Charles Sylvester. Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (2, 1:55s, $811,226), Sugar Wheeler (3,1:55.3s, $356,163) and Wheels (5,1:54.3, $133,274). #44 Captain Crown (2ct Lucky Chucky-Sharon Crown-Speedy Crown) - Charles Sylvester. Eighth foal of George Miller's broodmare Sharon Crown 5q,1:56.4 ($224,571) she the dam of Caviar Crown 3,1:53.1f ($268,035), Lady Crown 4,1:55.3s ($146,701), and Crown Rules 5,1:57.3f ($135,575) plus two other sub 1:59 performers from six live foals of racing age. #43 Amare Deo (2ft Lucky Chucky-Cherished Victory-Valley Victory) - Charles Sylvester. Half-sister to Stand Guard (5, 1:53.1f, $590,499). Carmenooch (2ft Credit Winner-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) - Paul Kelley. Sixth foal of dam she with record of 3,1:57.3s ($201,230) and dam of with in 1:55 of better including Corky 3,1:52.4f ($895,865), Go Go Red Marty 4,1:53.3S ($256,378) and Duded Up 3,1:55s ($78,069), Good looker! Bistrobistro Taj (2ft Pilgrims Taj-Freda Hall-Angus Hall) -Fred Grant. Second foal of Freda Hall, an unraced daughter of Lexus Bel by Balanced Image Afterimage (2ft Andover Hall-Angelique Hanover-Pine Chip) - Fred Grant. Ninth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Almost An Angel by Crowning Point. Angelique has produced four winners, three with records of 1:59 or better including Spiro de Vie 3,1:54.2f ($67,180) and Markz Moose 3,1:55.1f ($48,695) #6 About To Bee (2ft Explosive Matter-Beehive-Balanced Image) - Lindy Farms. Half-sister to Hambletonian Oaks and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes winner Bee A Magician (3, 1:51, $2,313,956).Third foal of the dam. Nice filly! #7 Back To Back Lindy (2ft Cantab Hall-Back To Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Lindy Farms. Third foal of the dam. #36 Malala (2ft Yankee Glide-No Pictures Please-SJ's Photo) - Jonas Czernyson. First foal of dam, she with record of 2,q2:04.3f ($6,991). Second dam Miss Garland 5,2:00f ($91,356) is the dam of Vivid Photo 4,1:50.2z ($3,273,387), Goodlookngirl 4,q1:59.4 ($154,088), Celebrity Shark 6,1:56.4f ($139,528) and three other sub-1:58 record performers from 11 foals, 10 of racing age. by Thomas H. Hicks from Sunshine Meadows  

Bathurst’s Gold Crown Carnival has achieved a unique place in the life of the Central West.  This year will see the 28th running of this epic Harness Racing contest for two-year-old potential pacing superstars, and it may see history repeat itself – with a slightly different, and really appealing, twist. When the 1990 Gold Crown was run, and won, in record time by a stunning young horse from New Zealand named “Master Musician”, people wondered about the future that lay ahead for this rising talent.  And superstar Master Musician proved to be:  he went on to win 34 races, approx $1.9m in prizemoney, and the enduring admiration of race fans on both sides of the Tasman. Fast forward to this year’s Gold Crown Carnival, and there is every prospect that we will see an exciting step in the emergence of another “Master of Music” – a rising star with a future that could provide people of all generations with first-class entertainment for years to come.  His name is Jai Waetford, a 14-year-old young Aussie who captured TV audiences in 2013 with a series of spectacular performances in Network Seven’s “The X-Factor Australia” Series, and whose star is clearly destined to lift to new heights. This Saturday evening at the Bathurst Showground Paceway, Jai will give a live performance that promises to take the Gold Crown’s entertainment factor to a new level.  And it is most appropriate that this will be the evening when Australia’s emerging crop of young pacers will also be competing in heats of the 2014 Gold Crown Series, and looking to secure their places in the Final scheduled for 29 March. The Jai Waetford story is compelling – a youngster who was raised by his Mother, Alana, in Sydney’s South-West (his Father resides in Switzerland), and who graduated from an average childhood playing football, tennis and racing motor bikes to a blossoming career in the entertainment world.  His interest in music was triggered by his education at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, when his talent on the guitar and his extraordinary vocal ability culminated in the decision for Jai to participate, as a schoolboy, in the nationally acclaimed X-Factor Series.  Given the opportunity, Jai really made his mark – he was placed in the top three performers in the Series, was promptly contracted to Sony Music Entertainment Australia, he achieved national success with his debut single “Your Eyes”, and is now preparing for an Australia-wide entertainment tour during April.  It is an astonishing achievement for any 14-year-old; but Jai Waetford isn’t the norm – he is a young Australian blessed with the talent to really entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.  And he is coming to Bathurst.  As local Harness Racing Club Chief, Danny Dwyer, explained “We are always looking for opportunities to lift the Gold Crown entertainment factor, and to send people home with the feeling that their night at the Showground Paceway was really worthwhile”.  “We think Jai will be a massive addition to this year’s Carnival, and we are confident that the blend of his music, his talent and his personality will provide an enormous boost to overall enjoyment on this very special night’s racing.”  From all of us, Jai, welcome to Bathurst; good luck for the future and we hope that you and your Mother will leave with very special recollections of your visit to the Central West.  And for all the young (and not so young) fans, Jai says it is OK to take photo snaps of his performance. Harness Racing New South Wales

Last week was pretty poor with just one favorite winning and a minor box exacta. Springtime is just around the corner (we hope) and with that a few new series are getting underway starting this weekend. We have lots of action from Yonkers Friday and Saturday, plus the start of the Gilmour Series at the Meadowlands and Prairie Jaguar going for his 8th straight win at Pompano. Good Luck! $33,000 F&M Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 6th race – FRIDAY – One of the top mares in the country, Economy Terror, gets handicapped with post 8 once again but it did not bother her last week in beating this class with a game effort. Career winner of $1.6 million should be able to make it three straight wins. Use Ramalama and Lorrie Please in exotics. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 8th race – FRIDAY – As the only million dollar career winner in the field, Calchips Brute is overdue for his first trip to the winner’s circle this season. Class of the field will be decent odds and with good cover he may be able to upset this field. I think it will be a dogfight upfront and he can pick up the pieces at the end. Use Zooming and Backstreet Hanover in exotics. $17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands  1st race – SATURDAY – New series for three-year-olds looks very interesting. Capital Account looks to be the early favorite in the series. Has two sharp wins and a decent second in three starts this year. Has poor outside but two starts back at the Meadowlands he was able to get in the flow and win with ease. Use Pierce and Superficial in exotics. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 2nd race – SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of the great pacer, Golden Receiver. Career winner of over $2 million always races his heart out and has true grit. It may be his first start back but he has every reason to fire out of the gate and beat this field. Use Easy Again and Road Untraveled in exotics. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 3rd race – SATURDAY – Don’t understand why they keep allowing this horse to race. He is way too good. We’re talking about Prairie Jaguar and he is going for his eighth straight win at Pompano Park. Only allowed to race every other week but he still crushes everyone he faces. Sorry bridgejumpers, they took out place and show wagering on the race. Use Lyons Johnny and Freeneasy Hanover in exotics. .$17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 6th race – SATURDAY – There has been talk and stories that say that National Debt is the real deal and could be a pacing sensation. Still very green with just four lifetime starts but shows very good speed and is unbeaten. We will see tonight how he has adjusted from Alberta, Canada to the Meadowlands. Use Dinner At The Met and Recharge in exotics. $33,000 Open Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race – SATURDAY – Classic match-up of some tough pacers at Yonkers. Can make a case for most anyone winning in here. I am going with Pan From Nantucket. After brief rest he won in this class last out and now draws the rail. Field looks like there will be some fast early fractions which should set him up with another great trip to score from. Use Domethatagain and American Rage in exotics. $24,000 Winners Over $25,000 Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race – SATURDAY – After having rough go in the top pace last week, Atta Boy Dan is dropping back down where he belongs. In this class he had been first or second in his last five starts. Should be able to go right out for the lead and never look back. Use A J Corbelli and Nob Hill High in exotics.

Hunter Valley trainer Shane Tritton is hoping Hawthornden can continue on his winning way this campaign after proving too strong in Friday night's Newcastle Cup. The son of Grinfromeartoear was having his first run since May and after trialling well in the lead-up to his return the stable was expecting a strong effort. "I've always had an opinion of him, I thought enough of the horse to give him a chance to qualify for the Chariots Of Fire by running him in the Hondo Grattan but I just lost him towards the end of his last preparation," Tritton said. "He went 1:56 at the trials at Newcastle and I was really happy with how he went, I've always wanted to give him a go from the standing start and I think he is capable of racing in a higher grade especially under those conditions." Tritton will now concentrate on Metropolitan racing with Hawthornden and expects him to handle the class rise. "He wasn't too far away last campaign at Menangle and I think he will be better this campaign, our dream would be to get him into a Hunter Cup, that might be shooting a bit high but We Will See how he handles everything in the next month or so." Meanwhile Tritton is working on travel arrangements for Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo after deciding on heading to Western Australia for the summer carnival. "I've spoken with Michael Radley from Gloucester Park, ideally we would like to arrive just before the Fremantle Cup and stay for the Western Australian Pacing Cup too, I'm really happy with how they are coming along." "Mach Beauty has had an easy time of it since the Miracle Mile but trialled on Wednesday, Lauren (Panella driver) returns from suspension soon too so everything is looking good for the stable." Former kiwi pacer Ardghal will be set for the Maitland Inter City Pace but is yet to race for Tritton on this side of the Tasman. The son of McArdle raced under Tritton's care in New Zealand after he was purchased by clients of the stable earlier in the year. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

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