Search Results
1 to 16 of 856
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

TROIS-RIVIVERE, Quebec – The $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with divisions for both horses and mares. The series will feature four weeks of preliminary action with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, June 26 for their respective $30,000 finals. The horses are in the limelight first in the sixth race when two-time series champion and track record holder, Atomic Million AM, takes on six rivals. Last week the five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam took the goose-egg off his five-race losing streak in his return to 3R, scoring a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:58.2. Add a track labeled good with a  two-second allowance and Atomic Million AM looks to be back in winning form at his home oval. Atomic Million AM will start from post seven for driver Sylvain Lacaille and owner/trainer Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC and rightly is the morning line wagering favorite. It may not be a “walk in the park” for Atomic Million AM, as he faces some strong competition from Rideau Carlton invader, Killer Thriller (post 3) for driver Stephane Brosseau. In his last start, Killer Thriller was able to wire the field in 1:55.2 for trainer Karen Kroeger. Half A Billion ships in from Flamboro Downs where he has three wins already and was second last week in 1:56.1. He starts from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Other contenders include C L Art Magic (post 1), Bali (post 2) and Mach On The Beach (post 5). The mares do battle in race nine with a full field of ten starters headlined by the return of the top performer, Wanda Bayama. Bred and owned by Bayama Farms and trained and driven by harness racing’s newest Hall of Famer, Yves Filion, Wanda Bayama starts from post seven and after a two-month layoff, recently won a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in 1:59. That is not as impressive as before the four-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was rested as she was on a two-race win streak at Woodbine Race Course where she won the $54,400 final of theHPIBET.com series in a lifetime best clocking of 1:51.4, which she first set the prior week in an elimination division. If Wanda Bayama races back to that form during the series, the track and stakes record of 1:54.1 set last year by My Tallia Ideal, could well pass by the wayside. Other contenders in the race include Kinnder Elegance (post 5), Big Bertha (post 2) and Chaleurs Fantasy (post 4). Post time for Sunday’s program is 1:30 pm. Live night racing at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2016 season begins this Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm and to kick-off the night program will be the start of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Featured will be the return of two-time series champion, Viva Bayama, also from the Yves FIlion Stable for the mares and a classic match-up between three-time series champion Maximuscle against track record holder last year, Seeyou Men. For free race programs, live video feed and more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Art History displayed his considerable back class powering clear of seven overmatched harness racing foes to take the Meadowlands Saturday night featured $13,000 conditioned pace. The Steve Elliott trainee was handled aggressively from the start by driver John Campbell and battled for the early lead around the first turn with longshot Totally Dreamy, who had the front at the quarter in a quick :26.1. Campbell quickly moved the 5-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal to the top before the three-eighths as the field was in a straight line at the half in :55. Jacksrluckytoo raced uncovered to challenge the leader at three-quarters in 1:23, but from there Art History accelerated clear of the field through the stretch, stopping the teletimer in 1:49.4. It was two lengths back to Jacksrluckytoo, who held on for second. Ideal Shadow was third. As the 1-2 favorite, Art History paid $3 to win for owners Kenneth Klein and the Old Block Stables and now has four wins in 12 seasonal starts. CARRYOVER CARRIES ON: Once again, the 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five went unhit, swelling the carryover for the next program to $209,002.94. ... Joe Bongiorno had a big night, driving four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,980,296, an increase of $342,008 over the corresponding card from a year ago. ... The Big M is back on short rest with a special Sunday Mother's Day program that gets underway at 12:40 p.m. The featured first race is the $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

Luck Be Withyou, a five-year-old son of Western Ideal who LOVES The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, came out of the pocket behind a blistering pace set by JK Endofanera to win the harness racing $50,000 Rose invitational by a neck. "Luck" left strongly to get the garden spot behind JK Endofanera, who whistled to the quarter in 25.4, rated the half against the wind to a fairly-moderate 54.3, then tacked on a 26.2 third quarter (52.3 in the odd-numbered quarters) to open a clear lead at and past the 1:21 ¾.   But George Napolitano Jr., the Downs' all-time leading driver, got "Luck" narrowing the gap into the stretch, with P H Supercam, the only other horse connected to the front, swinging three-wide as the winner vacated the pocket. Luck Be Withyou drove down the center of the track and picked up JK Endofanera late to win by a neck, with P H Supercam just another neck back in third. Rockeyed Optimist, the favorite from post six, was away sixth and had nonflowing cover, and only able to rally for fourth; Levy hero Bit Of A Legend N, stuck with the outside post nine, was also thwarted by the speedburners inside him, took back, raced fourth-over, and could do no better than sixth.   "The two of us get together on this track pretty well," understated Napolitano, who also noted, "And this was only second start after a long layoff" (before his 2016 debut last week, he had last raced at Balmoral on November 7). Chris Oakes is the horse's regular conditioner when he is racing in the area, and John Craig saw his veteran raise his lifetime bankroll to $1,138,781 with the fastest mile of the year at Pocono, taken with the mercury in the low 50's and with a decent stretch headwind. Pocono resume of Luck Be Withyou: 2013 - Breeders Crown winner at two at the mountain oval. 2014 - Took his lifetime mark of 1:48 here. 2015 - Franklin Final winner despite post nine and Pocono Pacer of the Year. 2016 - Van Rose Invitational winner in 1:48.4 in only his second start of the year.   ***********   Three $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-bred three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were featured on the afternoon portion of the Pocono doubleheader, with some sophomores who had been flying "just under the radar" at two taking advantages of breaks by the divisional favorites and getting their 2016 stakes seasons off to a fast start.   In the opening cut, Tyson picked a good time to break his maiden, in control of the situation for the last half in a 1:55.4 mile, last quarter 28.3 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Trond Smedshammer, and the ownership combine of the Purple Haze Stables LLC, American Viking Racing Stable, Anderson Farms, and Marc Goldberg. The altered son of Donato Hanover stayed steady throughout the mile while his main rivals kept knocking themselves out of competition - first 2-5 chalk Love Matters, then quick-leaving Pilgrims Tide (6-1), and finally pocketsitting Hollywood Highway (7-1), who had yielded command to 9-2 second choice Tyson and his move in front of the stands the first time. Tyson went on to an easy 2¼ length win over Edinburgh, with Will Self rallying for a distant third.   Mikkeli Hanover, named after the Finnish countryside oval where Varenne once set the world standard for 5/8-mile tracks, might have a little ways to go to come close to the talent level of that one, but according to driver Yannick Gingras, he's still a little green, and yet he was able to lower his mark three seconds by winning his division by a length in 1:56.3. The Andover Hall colt, the 7-1 third choice, made a second move to go to the lead past the 5/8, then benefited when favorite Massive Clout, who had followed him down the back and had retucked in the pocket behind him, made a break on the far turn, leaving Mikkeli with a 4 to 5 length lead late on the turn. Second choice Granite State and Marion Gondolier came on with late bids, but they had to settle for minor honors behind Mikkeli Hanover, who is trained by Ron Burke for his Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms LLC, and Panhellenic Stable Corporation.   The third division was also the fastest, and it produced a second All-Stars winner for driver "Captain" Corey Callahan in 14-1 shot Hititoutofthepark, who worked to the lead at the ¼, shook off the first-over challenge of favored Make Or Miss (that colt eventually broke), and then staved off potential rocket rocket Lagerfeld by a head in 1:55, lowering his lifetime best by a tick, with Cloud Nine Hanover third. The Yankee Glide ridgling, a five-time winner at two, is conditioned by John Butenschoen for owners Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   PHHA / POCONO    

The phrases 'Jason Bartlett' and '80-1' aren't usually uttered together, but those harness racing folks who successfully connected the dots were handsomely rewarded Monday evening. Yonkers Raceway's leading driver and Hearts Wild blew up the tote board (figuratively, since it didn't actually go anywhere), rallying from sixth entering the lane for a $163 upset in the $14,000, second-race pace. From post position No. 4, she defeated Mother of Art (George Brennan) by a nose, with 60-1 Lilmisstalksalot (Dan Dube) third. Hearts Wild, a 3-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by William & Barbara Ethier and trained by Scott Blackler, had make an early break in last week's local debut. Her second win in a dozen seasonal/career starts matched her previous life-best effort. She led a $514 exacta and $2,845 triple, enhanced when 1-5 favorite Soulmate Hanover (Scott Zeron) caved and wound up sixth. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 15, 2016-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night, with a pair $40,000 divisions comprising the fifth and final preliminary round. The evening began with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $7), eschewing an early pocket, then lasting on the lead. From post position No. 2, she was immediately seated early by Cinamony (Yannick Gingras), but wanted nothing to do with that. She then took over before completed her rounds (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.2) for a second consecutive series Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), as the 3-2 favorite, had left into a three-hole. She elected not to move first-up, then found herself wedged behind a tiring Cinamony. Sell a Bit N did get the passing lane, but not nearly in time to track down Krispy Apple, who-as the second choice-prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Carolsideal (Dan Dube), a uncovered winner a week ago, was an uncovered third here. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old Western Ideal ma'am co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., she's now 2-for-6 this season (2-for-5 in series) after her 42st career victory. The exacta paid $20.80, with the triple returning $62.50. The second event saw a repeating Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $5.20) pick off a badly-drifting Mach it a Par (George Brennan). The latter, victimized by a horrid shuffle-out last week, had no one to blame but herself in this one. From post No. 2, the 13-10 fave worked around "Yagonnakissme" and set tepid intervals (:28.1, :58, 1:26). Mach it a Par opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, but her desire to meet the crowd was about to cost her. Yagonnakissmeornot, as the second choice, stayed on the straight and narrow to win by a length in 1:53.2. Skippin' By (Gingras) was a three-hole third. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazain and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 3-for-6 this season (3-for-5 in series) The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $57.50. Note that series points leader (entering this round) Al Raza N was AWOL for the last leg. Saturday night's card brings the fifth (final) round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Three, $50,000 divisions (races 5 through 7) comprise this last incarnation. Both series finals (and their respective consolations) are set for next Saturday night, Apr. 23. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Let go at a juicy 25-1, Stirling Euphoria moved powerfully first over to score the upset in Monday's opening leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. Lenore Karidian took the other $17,500 opening-leg division in the event for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. The series is named for Do Me Honor, a fast-class pacer who has banked more than $682,000 and is currently racing for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. A lightly raced filly making only her fifth career start, Stirling Euphoria responded like a seasoned veteran when Dave Palone sent her first over -- in the slop -- after the leader, Wasaga Beach. She spurted clear and scored in a career-best 1:56, surviving an inquiry for a possible pylon violation. Terror Grin rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Hooves On First third. Ben Davis trains the daughter of Western Ideal-Chattanooga for Brent Hopper, S&S Racing Stable and Kenneth York. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester moved second over to victory for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of American ideal-Rodeo Spree, who now boasts $431,271 in career earnings, triumphed in 1:53.3, 1/2 length better than Show Runner. Set Me Up was third. The day's honoree, Do Me Honor, competed in the event and finished fifth. Jim Pantaleano piloted six winners -- including a pair for his wife, trainer Christen Pantaleano -- while Palone fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

It looked like In The Clear was all but beat at the three-quarter marker in Buffalo Raceway's $8,600 featured pace on Saturday night (April 2). That wasn't the case however as the 5-year harness racing gelding came from absolutely nowhere and nipped Western Alumni by a nose in 1:56.4 over the good track.   Sitting sixth and trailing by 4-1/4 lengths with a final panel to go, In The Clear (Ron Beback Jr.) fanned out five-wide in the stretch and roared past the shocked Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) in the photo. Beach Hero (Shawn McDonough) was third as the top five finishers were less than a length apart at the wire.   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, In The Clear (Western Ideal-Orchid Island) has found the winner's circle three times in 10 starts this season. The victory moved his 2016 earnings to $14,352 and $149,707 lifetime.   Todd Cummings scored a four-bagger in the sulky while Drew Monti tripled. Sarama led the conditioners with a pair of victories.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program. The Pick-5, which starts in the fifth race, has a carryover of $2,795.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Art History ($3.60) has been on a tear of late, reeling off three straight wins over increasingly difficult competition. His most recent triumph came on Saturday (March 19) evening's featured $20,000 top-level pace at The Meadowlands, giving harness racing driver Scott Zeron one of his four wins on the 12-race program.   Art History controlled most of the terms in the featured sixth event and held sway from a hard-closing K-Lees Shakenbake, employing a :26.1 last quarter to prevail over top-level company in 1:51.2 over fast going. Scott Zeron used the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding to seize the lead after a :27.4 first quarter, working clear of Sweet Rock (Corey Callahan) upon reaching the backstretch.   Following a well-rated :57.2 middle half, Art History accelerated clear of his eight foes in mid-stretch--but remained under pursuit from the first-over Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) and K-Lees Shakenbake (Brett Miller), who vaulted off cover to chase via a :25.3 closing split. Art History had just enough to prevail, a neck better than K-Lees Shakenbake in the end. Ashley's Husband stayed on for third, while Sweet Rock tired a bit amid his chase, finishing fourth.   Steve Elliott trains 13-time winner Art History for Kenneth Klein and the Old Block Stables.   For Zeron, the win with Art History began a natural hat trick, and was one of his four on the night. The 26-year-old driver also teamed up with Mel Mara ($7.40, 1:49.1) in race 7, McArdles Lightning ($3.40, 1:50.4) in race 8, and Hope for Badlands ($3.80, 1:52.4) in race 11.   Total handle for the 12-race program was $2,926,995, marking an increase of $324,605 over the corresponding Saturday night program in 2015.   Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday, March 25, with first post at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Over a quarter million dollars will await punters in the form of carryovers and guaranteed pools, as carryovers of $9210 and $148,441 await 20¢ Jackpot High 5 players in the fifth and final races respectively, and the evening's Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers offer $105,000 in combined guaranteed pools.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

My Buddy Ninkster, a winner in his first start at Miami Valley Raceway four weeks ago, returned to the spotlight on Saturday (March 19) by winning the $20,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. With the victory the four-year-old altered son of Dali becomes the third repeat winner of the weekly feature race during the current winter meet. Astreo's Love, who finished third this week, has won the Open I on four of the eleven occasions the $20,000 Open I has been presented since opening night on January 9. Mykindachip has also captured a pair of harness racing victories; while the other winners have been Talk Strategy, Fancy Creek Elusiv and Ice Scraper. Driver Kayne Kauffman gave My Buddy Ninkster a textbook drive in his most recent success, sitting chilly behind notorious frontrunner Turbo Mach through fractions of :27.4, :55.4 and 1:23.3 before angling out at the head of the stretch to pass the leader and then hold off Nitro (Chris Page) and Astreo's Love (LeWayne Miller). John and Mary Krasnican own the winner, who now has $133,825 in career bounty ($36,000 of it already this season). It was the 16th win of the current meet for trainer Chris Short. A $15,000 Open II pace was captured by Sports Sinner (John DeLong) in 1:51.2, a tick faster than the Open I. Steve Perkins owns and trains the five-year-old son of Western Ideal, who now has three wins in 2016 but this the first against open competition. King Otra (Randy Tharps) was a lapped-on second place finisher with E R Rudy (LeWayne Miller), who cut the quick early fractions in this mile, fading to third in the lane. Sports Sinner now sports 18 lifetime wins and bounty of $123,366. Favorites prevailed in a pair of divisions of the George Williams Memorial late-closing series for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime. Startin Something (John DeLong) topped Joel's Legacy (Josh Sutton) and Artistic Blue (Ken Holliday) in the first split, clocked in 1:52.4. Prohibitive favorite Undertaker (LeWayne Miller) dominated American Paradise (Chris Page) and Goodtime Matt (Trace Tetrick) in the second section, returning a meet-low $2.10 payoff for win. The top nine money-winners in the series will line up for a $20,000 championship race next Saturday (March 26). Kayne Kauffman had a handful of wins on the program, two days after returning from several days of rest and relaxation on a New Orleans vacation. His triumphs, in addition to the open with My Buddy Ninkster, came behind Kiasma in a $10,000 claimer, Tyber Tyke in a high condition pace, Cosmicpedia in a $20,000 claimer and Fancy Creek Elusiv in the top condition pace. In addition to Startin Something and Sports Sinner, John DeLong also guided Franzo and Electric Lad to the winner's circle, giving the 27-year-old reinsman a grand slam. Gregg Keidel  

Odds-on choice Rockeyed Optimist rolled to the front and never looked back en route to his third consecutive win in Saturday (March 12) night's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and handle exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 harness racing cards at the North Jersey harness track.   In the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.60) sprinted off from his five rivals after using the first three-eighths of the mile to work clear, earning his third consecutive win and second at the Open level. Tim Tetrick spotted the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding second-over on the first turn, tracking Bettor's Edge (Joe Bongiorno) through a :27.1 quarter before losing cover and subsequently working clear on the backstretch. Once assuming the lead, Rockeyed Optimist faced no pressure, edging clear off the far turn and powering home in 1:49, using a :26 last quarter burst to evade his foes. Rockeyed Optimist ultimately prevailed by two lengths over Bettor's Edge, while Sunfire Blue Chip (John Campbell) stayed on for third from his stalking trip.   Steve Elliott trains the 18-time winner for the partnership of Perretti, Berkner, the A & B Stable, and Battaglia. For Elliott, it was a sweep of the evening's featured events, as another trainee of his--Art History ($8.20)--captured the night's sub-featured $16,000 upper-level conditioned pace earlier in the program. The 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding sustained a first-over push through the far turn, overtaking 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach in mid-stretch and subsequently staving off a late rally from K-Lees Shakenbake. Scott Zeron drove 12-time winner Art History to his 1:50 triumph.   Anthony Napolitano led all drivers with a grand slam, teaming up with Honey I'm Home ($2.80, 1:51.4), Hoboken Hanover ($7.40, 1:52.2), Last Dragon ($18.00, 1:50.2), and Major War ($4.60, 1:50.3). Tetrick and Bongiorno drove three winners apiece on the 13-race card.   Total betting turnover exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 cards at The Meadowlands, with punters wagering $3,088,696 on the Saturday program--$423,919 more than the corresponding Saturday card in 2015.   Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (March 18) evening, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT, $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools, and a last-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 carryover of $135,800.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Wanda Bayama turned in a career best effort to the win the $20,000 second leg of the HPIBET.com Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A big field of 11 harness racing four-year-old pacing mares squared off Friday, but the clear horse to beat was Rick Zeron trainee Our Hot Majorette. The Zeron trainee captured one of two first leg divisions and with Much Adoo, the other first leg winner, skipping leg two, Friday's second leg looked like Our Hot Majorette's for the taking. Aniston Seelster flashed early speed to grab command, but Zeron pushed the 3/5 favourite off the wings to get away second. After an opening-quarter of :27, Zeron circled around Aniston Seelster to put Our Hot Majorette on top. The public's choice put up solid middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion sent Wanda Bayama first up from fifth around the final turn and pulled to within a couple lengths of the leader turning for home. In the stretch, Our Hot Majorette was all out trying to hold off her rival, but Wanda Bayama showed plenty of grit and surged by to win in 1:51.4. Yes You Can, who paced along third the for the majority of the mile, finished up strong to take second away from the favourite, while Aniston Seelster finished fourth. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Bayama Farms Inc. The four-year-old old finished second in a round one division last week. Friday's victory gives Wanda Bayama her first win in two starts this year and eight career victories overall. The Larocque trainee increased her earnings to over $87,000 with the win. A $2 win ticket on Wanda Bayama returned $6.50. In order to be eligible to the HPIBET.com, the four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The $54,400 final of the HPIBET.com will take place next Saturday, March 19. Mark McKelvie

There are quite a few new stallions with their first crops gracing the harness racing two year old ranks in New Zealand this season and one of those is the son of Western Ideal in Big Jim 1:49.2 ($1,541,924). Several of the Big Jims having been showing up at trials lately with Jimmie 1:56.3 and Terracotta 1:59.1 both looking very promising types who won't be long winning races and at todays trials at Rangiora another son of Big Jim really took the eye with an impressive qualifying performance that stamped him as a well above average juvenile. Named Gotta Go Ya Hu, the two year old gelding is trained at Yaldhurst by Steve Dolan and was only having his second run away from home today when he comprehensively beat a couple of the All Stars barn runners who have both been performing well at workouts and trials. Away well from barrier two for Dexter Dunn, Gotta Go Ya Hu settled into the trail after 200 metres behind El Gran Senor and Ross Houghton who kept the tempo fairly solid in front. When the All Star runner Vincent with Mark Purdon in the bike moved up at the 400 metres mark, Dexter quickly had Gotta Go Ya Hu out and running and he proved too strong in the run home, comfortably holding his more experienced rival at bay. Gotta Go Ya Hu cut out the 2000 metres in 2:30.4, a mile rate of 2:00.9 with closing sectionals of 57.2 and 28.4 and the manner in which he did it suggested there was plenty left in the tank. Gotta Go Ya Hu is a lovely type in the flesh and comes from a strong maternal family that has produced plenty of age group winners in the past. His dam Hu Hu is a Christian Cullen daughter of the smart racemare Perfect Paua ($122,944) who left six winners including the talented Min Min Lights 1:56 ($177,380) Hu Hu's first two foals are both winners with the smart Jeremes Jet filly Hu R U 1:57.1 having won seven from ten to date in Australia and New Zealand the better of the pair. Steve Dolan is no stranger to having a top class youngster in his barn so all the ingredients seem to be there for Gotta Go Ya Hu to make a big impact when he lines up at the races in the not to distant future. Harnesslink Media

Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred pace on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29, on the Leap Year edition of Dover Downs harness racing. Unlike last week when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a 2-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan took over guiding Lucan Hanover, a six-year-old Western Ideal-Lauren Order gelding, the rest of the way in front and then pulling away with a: 27.1 final panel to a decisive 1:49 conquest over some of the sport's top-class pacers now racing. Tony Morgan and Doctor Butch closed along the passing lane to nip Mustang Art for second. The win was the 20th of his career for the $825,626 lifetime winner. Blazing Bobby Sox, owned by Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr., won for the fourth time this year notching a career fastest 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Male pace. Sectionline Rock (Tim Tetrick) closed well to pick up second money. Apollo Seelster (Yannick Gingras) was the show finisher. It was the 12 lifetime win for Blazing Bobby Sox, a The Panderosa-Liamatters five-year-old gelding. Robert Cooper Stables' Go Collect N was an impressive 1:51.2 winner in another pace for young horses winning the $13,500 event for his third win in five races since arriving from New Zealand. Corey Callahan steered the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. Since arriving in North America, the Gotta Go Collect-No Parking N gelding has in addition to three wins, three seconds in his seven starts. Swappertunity (Jim Morand) finished second for the second straight time. Rednickyachtclub (Allan Davis) was third. In another $13,500 division Yannick Gingras drove JT to a 1:52.2 score for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Brucsemi and Burke Racing Stable. An altered son of Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach, it was his second straight win in five races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) closed swiftly along the passing lane for second. Roll Big (Callahan) was the third finisher. Local favorite Just A Jolt made it to the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 in his seventh start as Tim Tetrick got the Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding away quickly and never looked back for a 1:50.3 victory to win a $12,500 Mile pace. Four Staces (Callahan) finished second with Papa Ray (Allan Davis) going a tough trip for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis had three wins each, Tim Tetrick, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. FASHION SHOWDOWN VERSUS SEVEN IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Fashion Showdown, an impressive 1:51.1 winner in last week’s $20,000 Mares Open Handicap faces seven rivals on Tuesday, March 1 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Corey Callahan will drive Chris White’s Fashion Showdown, a winner of three Opens already in 2016. Among her opponents, Jeff Clark’s Springforth, with George Dennis driving, has been right there in recent starts with a win, three seconds and a third in her last six starts. Another competitor in top form is Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s Matinee Dragon handled by Jonathan Roberts. Not to be overlooked are Sage N, a two-time winner in her last three races, and Tim Tetrick piloting from the outside for C.V Iannazzo, JFE Enterprises and Triple D Stables, Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella with Tony Morgan, John McGill’s hard-hitting No Respect, and from the rail, B Stern and Vic Kirby stepping up in class for owners Steve Moss, Hal and Helene Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. A $15,500, a $15,000, a $14,000 and $12,000 distaff paces for 4&5-year-olds, top a strong undercard. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

He is the 12th foal out of a 100 percent producer, but his harness racing owner and conditioner feel that Armbro Nectarine might very well have saved her best genetic contribution for last when it comes to 2015 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Ideal Jimmy. “Every foal she had was a winner,” said D R Van Witzenburg, the 3-year-old gelding’s owner/breeder. “They all could pace and this one is an absolute runt. He’s the smallest foal from her, but he has the heart. You can’t breed or train that into them. He is all desire and he just wants to win.” The son of Western Ideal is a full sibling to Enhance The Night ($561,117), Ideal Nectarine ($607,445), Ideal Danny ($424,998), Ideal Ike ($129,143), Ideal Ginny ($135,809) and Ideal Helen ($194,060). He is also a half-brother to Tommy’s Luck (Camluck, $200,125). Conditioned by Erv Miller, who also trained his older sisters Ideal Nectarine, Ideal Ginny and Ideal Helen, Ideal Jimmy demonstrated he was just as talented as the rest of the family by capturing his debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3. In his next two events, which were in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company, the gelding came home fourth, before the hitting the winner’s circle in a $23,990 division of the Arden Downs on Aug. 1 at The Meadows and in a $28,942 division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs on Aug. 9. Ideal Jimmy was second at Harrah’s Philadelphia in PASS company on Aug. 20 and had his picture taken in a $71,114 Sire Stake at The Meadows on Sept. 1. That race proved to be the perfect prep for the $350,000 final which the gelding annexed very impressively on Sept. 11. After a trip where regular pilot Marcus Miller encountered all kinds of traffic, Ideal Jimmy looked to have no chance at the top of the lane, but with a very powerful turn of foot he reeled in world champion Spider Man Hanover with the greatest of ease. “He’s so little that when he won that $71,000 Sire Stake at the Meadows I thought he had broke,” Van Witzenburg said. “We took the hood on and off him throughout the season and there were times we did that and that was the result. I thought since I couldn’t see him coming around the last turn he was far back, but then all of a sudden I saw him spurt out to the lead and he just kept going. I thought to myself, ‘That little horse just went and won himself a nice race.’” Miller had his doubts about how Ideal Jimmy would perform while he was training down. “He really does not have much size to him at all,” he said. “He just looked so different from the rest of them, as this mare always had foals with some scope and range. When we got him down to about 2:01 though we knew we had one on our hands with ability. He’s tiny but he has a long, gliding, beautiful stride to him and he has so much heart. He’s so willing and you can do anything with him. He is a very good racehorse.” Ideal Jimmy finished his freshman campaign with a second in a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sept. 24 and a third in a $36,400 division of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows on Oct. 2. He is currently back in training and is being aimed toward another season in Pennsylvania. “We did not really know what to think of him at the beginning of the year, so we really did not stake him to hardly anything,” Miller said. “That’s why we just stopped on him for the rest of the year and gave him some time to grow. He’s training great right now and although he has not grown taller, he has gotten stouter. We are looking forward to racing him this year and seeing how well he does.” Witzenburg has been in the business for five decades and considers himself very fortunate with the horses he has owned. “The first horse I bought in on, Real Speed, won more than $400,000 and we got to travel all over the country with him,” he said. “The next horse I got was Cumberland and he wasn’t a stakes horse, but I felt like a champion just watching him win at the fairs. After those two I was hooked. “I was so lucky to get this mare (Armbro Nectarine). In fact, when I went to pick her up at Hanover Shoe Farm I couldn’t take her because she started foaling right when we were getting ready to load her in the truck. They allowed me to just board her there. “Jimmy has already won (nearly) $300,000 and we think he has more to show us. There’s not a lot of people that have been as lucky as I have.” Despite the goal being to defend his Sire Stakes crown, Miller does not rule out other stakes appearances for Ideal Jimmy. “Pennsylvania is definitely our focus,” he said. “But I would not rule out supplementing him to a race like the Breeders Crown if the horse is doing well and does all season. He will have to earn it, but I think he’s capable of doing that. He is better than his older sisters, not that they were not talented, but he has such a terrific attitude and always has. That is what sets him apart from the rest of the family. He may be small, but that heart makes up for his lack of size.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Charlottetown, PE - He is the man on the move. Corey MacPherson has been winning multiple races since his return to the track in November and takes over the top spot in the driver standings at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13 victories. The legendary harness racing oval has 13 races on Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. "I'm feeling really good right now and my confidence is up because I'm driving better horses too," said MacPherson. "It really comes down to the horses but I'm driving with a bit more patience and I try to put each horse in a position to win." One of those horses is Idealic Life. The 12 year-old son of Western Ideal is trained by Trevor Hicken and goes for his seventh straight score Saturday in race 12. MacPherson said he's a pleasure to drive. "You can hold him with two fingers in the post parade but once you turn him behind the gate he's like a race car. He likes the front but he can come off a helmet and once I move him he delivers such a burst of speed. He's a nice horse." Best Risque goes after her fifth in a row on the open mares handicapped for MacPherson and trainer Brian Ladner. "I got into a little trouble with her last week and had to go three high to the opening quarter but she proved how tough she is. That was a big win." The roster also includes A Fiesty X Ample off the rail for driver Stephen Quinn and conditioner Nickolas Oakes. Quinn is third in the standings with 4 winners in the first month of 2016 three behind Marc Campbell who sits in second with seven. Campbell only needs one more trip to victory lane to notch 1,500 in his career. A familiar name returns to Charlottetown. Smokin Bear, who appeared in the 2013 Gold Cup & Saucer, is entered to compete in race 10 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Kenneth Wilkie and owner Jamie Whelan. Customers still have a chance to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package in the Classy Lane fundraiser. Tickets are $10 dollars and are available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown and Summerside. The last chance to buy tickets will be January 30th. The harness racing fan choice awards ballot will be in the race program on Saturday. Fans will have an opportunity to select their favorites and be entered for a chance to win a Red Shores prize package. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

One of the oldest lines used by harness racing breeding students worldwide up till the last few years was never write off a stallion's chances even if it is dead. It was not uncommon prior to the widespread use of frozen semen for a young stallions progeny to fire up on the track as soon the stallion died in the early stages of their siring career. These days breeders have the luxury of having access to the frozen semen of a number of the stallions that die prematurely and the biggest example in the last few years has been Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.6 ($2,754,038) The son of Western Ideal was a star on the track and took that straight to the siring barn where he was an instant success. Just when he was establishing himself as an elite sire, he ruptured his stomach at age eleven and had to be euthanized in March 2013, his premature death sending a shock through the breeding business worldwide. Fortunately, he had plenty of his frozen semen stored and he has continued to produce foals in the years after his death. The success of Rocknroll Hanover's crop of two year olds in Australia last season where he was a close third behind Bettor's Delight on the sires list was a timely reminder of his quality in the siring barn. This year Rocknroll Hanover has seventeen yearlings in the two major sales in New Zealand with his ten offerings at Karaka all having plenty to recommend them on the pedigree page Lot 113 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale on February 22nd at Karaka is typical of the quality that is being offered. A colt named King Of Swing, he is the first foal of the former top Artsplace three year old filly in Twist And Twirl 1:56.8 ($283,258) who won both the Great Northern Oaks and the New Zealand Sires Stakes Three Year Old final as well as running second in both the New Zealand Oaks and the Australasian Breeders Crown Three Year Old Fillies Final. The second dam Giveitawhirlgirl 2:00.4 has been doing a great job at stud having already produced Feels Like Magic 1:52.2 ($217,783) and Bettor Give It 1:57.4 ($138,061) as well as Twist And Twirl while the third dam is the former top class filly Impish 1:54.9 (6 wins) who is now the dam of The Fascinator 1:53.9 ($155,162) and the grand-dam of smart West Australian mare Opulent 1:54.9 ($249,085) The fourth dam is the former star New Zealand mare in Smarty Pants (10 wins) so the maternal family has strength going back generations while still churning out star performers today. King Of Swing looks to have all the bases covered for those looking for a Rocknroll Hanover yearling. To view the catalogue for the Australasian Classic Yearling sale click here. Harnesslink Media

1 to 16 of 856
1 2 3 4 5 Next »