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WILKES-BARRE PA - The Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Victory At Last became the first two-time winner in his section of the Bobby Weiss Series for late-developing pacing males, winning one of the three $15,000 second round Weiss events Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Last week Victory At Last led at every call and lasted over the late charge of a Rene Allard-trained horse, YS Lotus, by a head; this week the winner sat the pocket behind another Allard trainee, Vance Bayama, and rallied in the Pocono Pike to win in 1:54.2, last quarter 27.3, with the victory margin a head this week as well. Matt Kakaley again handled Victory At Last for trainer Ron Burke and the powerful combine of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Rene Allard, the leading trainer at Pocono last year, sent out the fastest winner in the two rounds of competition when YS Lotus, mentioned above, made a sweeping move around tired foes to the 3/4s and won by five lengths in a personal best 1:52 (on a 26 degree night). Rene's brother Simon was in the sulky behind the altered son of If I Can Dream, an "iron horse" racing for the fourth time in 11 days, for owner Yves Sarrazin. Both Victory At Last and YS Lotus were the crowd choices; such was not the case in the third Weiss event, as 13-1 shot Weapons Dealer angled wide in the stretch and caught Shadow Margeaux, a $77 win bomber last week, by a neck, taking a new speed badge of 1:54.1. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties behind the Western Ideal gelding for trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Robert Di Mozzi. Jerry Connors for PHHA / Pocono  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 27, 2015--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker. A baker's-dozen worth of of Free-For-All pacing mares went it in two, $40,000 divisions. The opening Matchmaker event was an early series two-fer for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.80). Outdrawing her rivals for the second consecutive start, "Carol" gave it up to a parked-early Sayitall BB (George Brennan) passing a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The people's choice then retook in Turn 2, finding a 57-second intermission before Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) took her shot from fourth. Carolsideal held that one at bay in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters, as "BB" dropped anchor. "Carol" owned a measured half-length lead into the lane, then widened to close the sale, winning by a couple of lengths in a season's-best 1:53. Monkey on My Wheel held second, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a rallying third for the second week in a row. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her seventh win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.10, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $18.20. The second sojourn was won by a first-up Camille (George Brennan, $5.60), snapping pace-setting, 11-10 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube) on the money in 1:53.1, also a season's-best effort. Winning the draw, Camille saw longshot Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) grab the first lead before Yagonnakissmeornot worked around that one. The advantage belonged to "Yagonnakissme" through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.1. Camille slipped out from third, just in front of For the Ladies N (Sears). It was Camille prompting a :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4), with Yagonnakissmeornot taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Camille wasn't ready to throw in the camisole. She engaged the leader in earnest in the late going before sticking her tongue out just in time. The final margin was a head, with For the Ladies N holding third. For second choice Camille, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, she's 2-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $12.40, with the triple returning $59. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the second round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 20, 2015--In theory, spring sprung Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the snowy opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three compact, $40,000 fields of the some of the best Free-For-All harness racing mares went it at. Friday's first Matchmaker melange went to a grinding Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $6.10), who picked off pace-setting (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2) Charisma Hanover (George Brennan) in 1:55.1. Sitting fourth early from post position No. 3, slight wagering choice "Venus" wore down the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length. Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third. For season-debuting Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her 18th win in 44 career starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $83. The second Matchmaker event couldn't have been much easier for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.90). She sauntered through the snow (:29.3, :59.1, 1:28, 1:55.4), whipping a pocketed Camille (Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a very good, two-move third in her first start of the season. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $4.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $13.20. The final division, pared down to a barber shop (beauty shop?) quartet after defending series champ Somwherovrarainbow came up ill, saw Krispy Apple (Tetrick, $5) pass the rest of the field--all three of 'em--to win going away. Backing away early from post No. 2, Krispy Apple saw 7-5 fave Medusa (Brennan) work around Monkey on My Wheel (Bartlett), then put up intervals of :28.2, :58 of 1:26.4. It was Krispy Apple making her move around a tiring Strings (Dube) and steadily advancing toward the lead. With "Monkey" wandering out of the pocket, Krispy Apple went inside, defeating Medusa by a couple of lengths in 1:55.2. For second choice/season-debuting Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal trained by Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino, she's now 28-for-93 lifetime. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

DOVER, Del. --- Tony Morgan picked up three-wins and now needs only 10 more winning drives to reach 15,000 in his career, on Monday, March 16 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan won four races. Morgan drove 9-1 shot, Yanklet Hanover, to victory in the first of two $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mare Winners-Over paces. He moved Yanklet Hanover three wide to get the lead heading to the final turn and led the way down the lane for a 1:52.3 triumph, her second in her last three starts. Dave McCaffrey trains the Western Ideal-Yankee Scramble four-year-old for Z Tam Stables .It was her third win this year in eight starts and 12th lifetime for the $59,952 career winner. Fashion Showdown (Corey Callahan) roared down the lane to finish second with Hit By Lightning (Vic Kirby) third. Early leader Spin Vision finished off the board ending a five-race wins streak. In a second $15,500 4&5-Year-Old co-feature, George Dennis made it to the winner's circle for a third time driving owner-trainer Jeff Clark's second winner, Annabeth, sitting second and capturing the passing lane for a 1:54.1 success, A daughter of Shadow Play-Get Out Ammanda, the win was her first of 2015 and eighth lifetime winning $ 59,340. Morgan's 14,990th win came guiding. Bob Bailey's Maby Bonkey to victory in 1:55 in one of two 3,4&5-Year-Old female paces. Morgan found room along the inside to send the Voracious Hanover-Elegant Artist mare, trained by Ryan Bailey, to her second win this year in eight races. A Wild Money Maker (Kirby) was next with Trindle Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) third. Springforth took the shortest route to the finish line giving George Dennis his second of three wins, all via the passing lane, a 1:53 decision in a $14,000 female pace. Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) led until the final strides and finished second. Embassy Seelster (Callahan) was the show horse. Brees Creek puts a two-race win streak on the line in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no Friday, Saturday and Sunday racing. Parking and admission to Dover Downs is free. A 'Two-for-One Entre' is feature on Thursdays until closing day, April 9, in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing is located in the Dover Downs Race & Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Delray Beach, FL – Trainer Erv Miller has sent five horses into the Sunshine Meadows/OnGait.com online mixed harness horse sale set for Tuesday, April 7. The sale starts with a live broadcast beginning at 2:00 pm with some of the horses sold live on the internet with an auctioneer. Erv Miller entered one three-year-old and four two-year-olds in training. The three-year-old pacing filly is Party Rocks, a late blooming daughter of Rockin Image who was third in 1:58 in her first qualifier last month at Pompano Park. Starting bid will be $12,000. Graceful Vision is the possible sales topper with a starting bid of $45,000. The pacing filly by PA sire Yankee Cruiser and according to Erv Miller “is a VERY NICE filly and does it right. She has been a mile in 2:18 and does it right. We purchased at a reasonable price and are looking to turn a profit.” You can view yearling sale video of Graceful Vision at www.yearlingvideos.com/horses/797-graceful-vision Wisecrack is a pacing filly by PA Sire Western Ideal with an opening tag of $12,000. Miller said she should make a nice racehorse and possible Stallion Series filly. Wealthy Master is a big trotting colt by Lucky Chucky who is NY eligible and needs time to grow into himself. Currently turned out at Chris Coyle’s farm in NC. His starting bid is $7,500. Here is video of him as a yearling www.winbakfarm.com/player/index.asp?id=470&sale=HAR  The fifth horse entered is Indiana bred trotting filly, Lisa On Top. She is sired by Swan For All. The stable has four other IN bred fillies that show more promise and she needs time to grow. She is listed to start at $6,500. For more information and race lines you can go to www.ongait.com/stallionbreedingsandsharessale.asp  You can also contact the Erv Miller Stable at 407-230-6046 to set up a time to come to the farm and see them in action. There is still plenty of time to enter the online sale. Cost is just $100 to register and a 3% commission if the horse brings the opening bid price. For information go to www.ongait.com or call Maurice Chodash at 800-240-7223.Top of Form From Sunshine Meadows/OnGait.com Mixed Sale

HAMBURG, N.Y.--- Mach Stockn Barrel made it two straight convincing victories and King Otra regained his throne to take the spotlight in the co-featured $8,800 conditioned paces at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 14).   In the opener, Mach Stockn Barrel (John Cummings Jr.) watched patiently from the back of the pack as Jokerman posted wicked fractions of 27.3, 58.2 and 1:28 over the sloppy track.   Jokerman (Kevin Cummings) put away the first-over challenge of Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) at the top of the stretch but Mach Stockn Barrel, four-length winner on March 7th, was just getting into high gear.   The hot splits started to take its toll on Jokerman and Mach Stockn Barrel ($8.50) took advantage, blasting by to register the length decision in 1:57.0 Jokerman held on for second while Terlingua (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the fifth win in eight starts this season for Mach Stockn Barrel (Mach Three-Timeless Classic). The 4-year-old gelding has now won $20,776 in 2015 and $45,357 lifetime.   Youwillwishyouhad (Cummings Jr.) did all the dirty work on the front end but it was King Otra (Monti) who cleaned up in the end to post the win in 1:58.0.   Setting the tempo with times of 28.2, 59.1 and 1:28.4, Youwillwishyouhad had the pocket-sitting King Otra ($8.50) breathing down his neck until mid stretch. Monti then tipped King Otra to the outside and paced away from Youwillwishyouhad by 1-3/4 lengths. Southwind Whiski (David McNeight III) finished in third.   With the victory, King Otra (Western Ideal-Queen Otra) has been victorious three times in eight appearances this year and has won $19,464 and $223,062 lifetime. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Barbara Russo and trained by Neal Russo.   The tote board worked overtime in the second race as Lee Dahn drove Thisoneandonemore to a $73.00 victory. American Bull (Cummings Jr.) finished in second at 40-1 while 13-1 shot OK Braveheart (McNeight) took a show dough to complete the $2,159.00 trifecta for a buck.   In the seventh race, Put It In Gear (Cummings Jr.) went gate-to-wire from the eight post and paid a healthy $90.00 to his backers.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with the 12-race program getting underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

The Stable of Horses That God Loves is rapidly growing in size and in stature. The latest  headliner to join  John Fielding’s  2014 Dan Patch winner, Shake It Cerry  and 21 others, is  2014 Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, owned by Toronto horseman John Craig. The speedy 4-year-old son of Western Ideal from the Bill Cass stable,  who  has amassed $696.291 in his career,  will  be looking to push his lifetime earnings over the million dollar mark  this season competing in  major stakes events in the U.S. and Canada, including the Canadian Pacing Derby,  Confederation Cup and the Prix d’ete. Like all others in the Stable That God Loves, one per cent of  Luck Be Withyou’s 2015 purse  earnings will be returned to  Chaplain Ken Carter’s homeless  Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada, dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical , spiritual, and human needs of the horse racing work  force in southwestern Ontario. “It’s gratifying to see so much support coming from industry participants from all over, and it is extra exciting  to know the list of participants in the program  includes  Grand Circuit stars like Shake It Cerry and Luck Be Withyou”  said WEG race announcer and Chaplaincy director Ken Middleton.  “ Having these horses on board  will create  huge exposure for the program and for the sport in general.  It is heart-warming  to  see  so many  people recognize  and support the work that the Chaplaincy is doing for the sport’s participants”. Stables large and small have named  their stable stars to the Stable That God Loves, and some horsemen have given their entire stable,  a gesture that speaks volumes for their huge  support of the program. “All owners should support the less fortunate in our industry.    Every horse that Canamerica Corp and Hyatt Holdings, Inc.,  races  in 2015 will be participants in the program.” said Milton, Ontario  horseman Mark Hyatt, whose late father, Doug, was a tireless worker for the  homeless Chaplaincy.  For additional information:   Bill Galvin      billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca   Ken Middleton:  k.middleton@rogers.com

DOVER, Del.---  Ultra-consistent Cash Cab scored a 1:56.2 victory in the $15,000 Male Claiming pace feature over a ‘sloppy’ track at Dover Downs on scratch-filled Sunday, March 1. Harness racing driver Ron Pierce had a four-bagger. Cash Cab notched his second win to go with four seconds in his last seven starts for owner-trainer Jason Skinner. Allan Davis was in the sulky for the 1:56.2 triumph, a race in which Cash Cab was claimed by trainer Doug Lewis. The Western Ideal-Tricky Tooshie 10-year-old registered his 41st lifetime win raising earnings to $559,994. Sir Globalop Z Tam closed strongly for Eddie Davis Jr. to secure second. Wilbur Z Tam (Trace Tetrick) took third. Bossa Nova Baby was scratched. In a $10,700 4&5-Year-Old Male pace, Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win of the day steering Dawn Webb and trainer Buddy Bright’s Keystone Ryder to victory.    There were only three starters in the 15th race with nine horses being scratched early in the program. Eddie Davis Jr. took 6-5 Ed and Mike Reepucci’s Western Hanover-Sun N Moon gelding, trained by Anastasius Papadolpoulos, right to the front and cut all the fractions in a 1:57 victory. Lyons Meandragon (Roger Plante) and Tom And Stan (Montrell Teague) were second and third. Mike Rossi guided the longshot on the card, winner-trainer Pamela Polk’s Wynnfield Noelle to a 31-1 wire-to-wire victory in 2:01.3. The Life Sizzles-Ladyshooter filly was chased home by Koko Chanel (Art Stafford Jr.) and Sugar Pin (Ron Pierce). Pierce drove four wins, Eddie Davis Jr. had three and Allan Davis had two winners. FOUR MARES SEEK TO EXTEND WINS IN MONDAY DISTAFF Valerya, Taylor Rei, Springford and Jeremes Sweetheart, all winners last start, meet head on in $13,000 Mares Winners-Over pace on Monday, March 2 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Valerya was the fastest winner last week as Jonathan Roberts guided the Foulk Stable's seven-year-old to a 1:52 wire-to-wire triumph with a three-seconds allowance. The win was the fourth in her last five outings. MoCoo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Taylor Rei boasts an impressive record of four wins, three seconds, and a third in eight races on the program. George Dennis drives Springford for owner-trainer Jeff Clark. It was her second win of the campaign. Jeremes Sweetheart and Vic Kirby is another with strong performances all meet. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the five-year-old, who won in her last start to go with four seconds, two thirds and a fourth in her last outings. A couple of the opponents were strong second-place performers last time. Bay Pond Stable's Hearts N Flowers, with Allan Davis driving, has been second twice and a winner in her previous two races while Harvey Eisman, Bert Hochsprung and Erv Miller Stable's Twin B Heartland has posted three wins this meet with a strong second last Monday. Corey Callahan will be in the bike. Erika Paradee's Lady's Delight will start from the rail with George Dennis driving. In a pair of $14,500 Mares 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over divisions, breeder, owner-trainer Virginia Louthan's Spin Vision (Ron Pierce) brings a three-race win streak into one section. Mary Harvey's Elizabeth Blue Chip (Sean Bier) has won two in-a-row, Mason Shaw's La Fiesta (Tony Morgan) and Lindysbathinbeauty (Callahan), owned by Tina and Joe Clark, is another winner last week, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. Ms. Louthan's homebred Megginspin (Pierce) is the sole winner in her last start in the other $14,500 section for young females. Jenny Bier's Skinnydip Hanover (Daryl Bier), Fred Hertrich and Bob Tribbett's Rachelle's Beat (Callahan) and Tim Mumford's Romanascape (Jim Morand) lead the opposition. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Each week, there is no racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. 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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 27, 2015-Freakishly-formful favorite Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $5.80) continued her roll Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her seven rivals, "Carol" tried to leave, but other inside of her had the same idea. It was Handsoffmycookie (Matt Kakaley) working around Coffee Addict (Eric Goodell) and laying down the law through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.4. Carolsideal, meanwhile, had been taken to the back of the bus. It was Marathon Day (Eric Carlson) moving from fifth, going after the leader in and out of the 1:26.2 three-quarters. Camille (George Brennan) was gapped a bit from second-over, while "Carol" was behind that one. "Cookie" owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. A determined Marathon Day went by, but she powerless to stave off "Carol." The people's preference powered by from sixth off the final turn, whipping Marathon Day by a half-length in 1:55. Camille, Handsoffmycookie and Coffee Addict rounded out the payees. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fifth win in as many seasonal starts (and purchase/barn change). The exacta paid $48.60, with the triple returning $355.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM) and Sunday, March 8 (post time TBA) Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 20, 2015 - Icommandmyspirit and harness racing driver Brian Sears,  rallied from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 6, Icommandmyspirit saw UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) worked around polester Palm Patrol (Dan Dube). After a :28.2 opening quarter-mile and 58-second intermission, Camille (George Brennan), as the 7-5 choice, moved from fourth. That was all the incentive Icommandmyspirit needed, as she tagged that's one rear going to the 1:27 three-quarters. UF Dragon's Queen owned a tenuous lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. Palm Patrol ducked inside, but "Icommand" was both wider and faster. The latter whipped the former (a bridesmaid in five of her six races this season) by a neck in a brisk 1:56.1. Camille held the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For third choice Icommandmyspirit, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Western Ideal trained by Chris Ryder for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $47.40, with the triple returning $160. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and Sunday (post time 12:10PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Western Ideal, to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   Western Ideal, a winner of more than $1.4 million in his career, stands for a fee of $7,500. Bidding, which is currently underway at OnGait.com, starts at $3,000.   "We are pleased to have support from Hanover Shoe Farm on board to assist with our scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Over the years we have had many great partners that have helped our scholarship program to benefit many deserving young people."   The OnGait.com auction for the Western Ideal breeding ends on March 2 at 2PM Eastern.   Jeff Zidek

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 13, 2015-Favored Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $6.90) continued her form spree Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from post position No. 7, "Carol's" four-hole became a three-hole after invading Medusa (George Brennan) broke while going for the lead. That left pole-positioned Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) in charge, albeit briefly. Carolsideal then moved to take over, doing so after a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. A pair of cheapo 29-second next intervals (:57.2, 1:26.2) gave the leader a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane. She then held sway, whipping a passing lane-diving Palm Patrol by a head in a season's-best 1:54.4. Handsoffmycookie (Matt Kakaley), Momma Rock (Jason Bartlett) and last week's victress, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears). rounded out the payees. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners him (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in as many seasonal starts (and purchase/barn change). The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $158. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22 (post time 12:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Those searching for the right mix of bloodlines, looks and potential at the upcoming Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney better pay particular attention to Lot 429. Part of the stellar Yirribee Pacing Stud collection, the youngster will enter the ring on February 28. The striking colt is by proven American sire Western Ideal, which was 2014’s leading Two-Year-Old Pacing Sire by average earnings per foal with $35,241. Western Ideal ranked fifth among 2014 Freshman Pacing Sires by money earnings with $1,762,027 and is the sire of the world champion Rocknroll Hanover, Vintage Master, Big Jim, and Always a Virgin. On his maternal side, Lot 429 is from a family littered with top performers. His dam – Precious Delight – was a star youngster, with 20 wins and earnings of $1.35million during her two and three-year-old campaigns. Precious Delight was unbeaten from 11 starts during her debut season, which saw her crowned Canadian Two-Year-Old Of The Year. At three the daughter of Precious Bunny won nine of her 18 starts and was again awarded Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Of The Year. Precious Delight boasts a perfect record from five starters, with four in 1:54…her progeny include Priceless Edition ($522,000) and Rock On Precious ($157,999). Along with being in the rich Australian Pacing Gold series, the promising colt is eligible for Australasian Breeders’ Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge. PAUL COURTS

The first of this years harness racing yearling sales were held in Melbourne yesterday with  the Victorian section of the  Australian Pacing Gold being staged As has become common in recent years, there was quite a few Kiwis on hand and they were active again throughout the day. The first Kiwi in action was Neil Pilcher who continued his long standing habit of buying a son of Courage Under Fire at most sales. On this occasion Neil brought lot 7 which was a colt from the former 1:58.7 two year old Artificial for $25,000. Artificial has already left Im For Real 1:55.6 while the grand dam is the talented racemare Counterfeit Girl 1:58.1 ($118,769) Neil has had a great run with his Couage Under Fire purchasers in the last few years and this one has all the credentials to keep up his strike rate. Second cab off the rank for the Kiwis were the prominent husband and wife team of Philip and Glenys Kennard. Their first purchase was lot 102 which is a Bettor's Delight colt from the unraced Mach Three mare Miss Montoya. Her claim to fame is she is a half sister to the dam of A Bit Of A Legend 1:54.7 ($760,747) and London Legend ($456,124) so the $26,000 purchase price looked good value to us. Well known trotting owner Trevor Casey was next up but as this was a pacer only sale, thats what he brought. Trevor brought lot 105 which is a son of Art Major from the imported American mare Magic Z Tam 1:57.1 ($83,942) The first foal from the dam, the colt is related to a string of top performers in North America and even though he cost Trevor $72,000, he didn't appear an expensive colt once you had read his pedigree page. High flying New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety was the next Kiwi into the fray forking out $60,000 for a colt by American super sire Somebeachsomewhere from the imported daughter of Bettor's Delight in Molly's Lucky Star 1:54.2 ($96,700) The grand dam Pacific Destiny is a half sister to the brilliant Pacific Fella 1:48.2 ($1,064,631) so he has all the credentials to make it on the track. The Kennards were next into the fray again when they went to $42,000 to secure lot 131 who was an Art Major colt from the race winning Albert Albert mare in Nosotros who has already produced Red Vee Hanover 1:58.8 ($89,094). The dam Nosotros is a half sister to the former brilliant grand circuit performer in Hexus 1:55 ($555,114) and with Nosotros being a 3/4 sister to the smart Winforus 1:55 ($139,915) this colt ticks plenty of boxes. Mark Purdon waited to lot 167 before he brought his one and only purchase for the day. Mark purchased a Modern Art colt from a Badlands Hanover half sister to the champion juvenile Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.2 ($1,127,567) for $34,000 The grand dam is a half sister to Mark's former champion pacer Il Vicolo 1:56.7 ($1,580,945) and to the dam of Stunnin Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,359,094) Mark has a history of plucking horses out of sales for not a lot of money and turning them into stars and this colt has a maternal pedigree to die for. The last purchase by Kiwis for the day was when the Kennards went back to the well for the third time and spent $30,000 to buy lot 173 who is an Art Major colt from the former race winning two year old Sophies Girl. She was from a half sister to Seinfield 1:55.1 ($126,082) and belongs to the New Zealand family made famous by the great Manaroa 1:58.1 ($218,159) back in the 1970s. The top priced colt for the sale was lot 63 who was a Western Ideal half brother to the brilliant Guaranteed 1:50.4 ($829,5910). The top price in the fillies division of $51,000 was shared by Lot 159 who was a Rocknroll Hanover filly from a mare tracing to the great New Zealand broodmare Armiss and Lot 187 who was a Bettor's Delight filly who had the outstanding Lordship broodmare Black Debate as her third dam. Overall the sale would have to considered a big success with the average up nearly $3,000 ($26,046)  and the clearance rate on a par with last year at just under 80%. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 23, 2015 - Favored Carolsideal and harness racing driver Dan Dube, offered up some first-over fisticuffs Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly (literally and figuratively early from post position No. 5, "Carol" saw Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) stepped over Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. After a wind-compromised :59.1 intermission, Carolsideal moved from fourth...and did so with purpose. She busted the race wide open before the 1:26.3 three-quarters, opening up 6½ lengths entering the lane. The final margin was sixth lengths in 1:55.2. Palm Patrol, stuck behind a tiring leader, won the "other" race for second, with last week's victress, Set Me Up (George Brennan), Spirit of Desire (Jason Bartlett) and Robin Cruiser earned the smaller pay envelopes. Note that scheduled outside assignee Voelz Hanover was a judges' scratch for a second time this month as the millionairess has not made her 2015 parimutuel debut. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Shawn Christner for co-owners Allard Racing, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win (each in same time) in as many seasonal starts (and purchase/barn change). The exacta paid $24, with the triple returning $128.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22 (post time TBA). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

TORONTO, January 8 - It may have been a very frosty evening, but that didn't get in the way of some impressive fillies and mares in round one of the Blizzard Series Thursday night at Woodbine. A total of 24 three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares were split into three $16,000 divisions in the first leg of the three-week series for non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. The windchill throughout Thursday night's card made the conditions feel below -20 Celsius, while the Ontario Racing Commission judges allowed a two-second variant. In the opening division, Artistic Fusion lived up to her 1/9 billing, cruising to a 1:56.1 victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Artistic Fusion sprinted out quickly to grab the early lead, but would have to take back to second in the first turn, as a pesky Spiritina drove on to overtake the lead through an opening quarter of :27.2. However, Filion wasted no time removing Artistic Fusion and quickly took back the front with the four-year-old mare. After posting fractions of :58 and 1:27, Artistic Fusion put her rivals in the rearview mirror and opening up a massive advantage in the stretch and jogged to a 7 ¾ lengths victory in 1:56.1. Deuces For Charity, who was first up in the third-quarter, finished second, while Docs Hollywood finished third. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino and has been on a roll over the last few months. The daughter of Artistic Fella won the Autumn Series final back on November 28 and finished second in the Niagara Series final on Boxing Day. She is now one for one to start 2015 after scoring five victories from 19 starts last year for owner Mike Foote. Artistic Fusion's career earnings now exceed $78,000. She paid $2.30 to win. The second division was a battle from start to finish between the two favourites with A Fearless Affair coming out on top. Badlands Love and Sylvain Filion, the slight even-money favourite, grabbed the early lead, while A Fearless Affair and Simon Allard, the second choice at 6/5, got in the two-hole right behind the leader. Badlands Love set fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:27, but as she reached the three-quarter pole Allard popped the pocket with A Fearless Affair to take their best shot at the leader. In the stretch, A Fearless Affair took a slight advantage early in the lane, but put Badlands Love to bed in the final-eighth of the mile to score a 3 ¼ lengths victory in 1:55.4. Badlands Love held on for second, while Onyourmarknatava got up to take the show spot. A Fearless Affair is trained by Shawn Robinson for owner Robert Hamather and is coming off a three for 15 season last year. The four-year-old daughter of Western Ideal is now one for one this year and now has four career victories and earnings of over $50,000. She returned $4.50 to win. In the third and final division, Mappos Moenhay went to the front and never looked back winning in 1:57.3. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Mappos Moenhay cleared to the front as the field hit the opening quarter in :28.3. The four-year-old daughter of Real Desire would go on to hang up fractions of :59.2 and 1:28.3, before pacing a final-quarter of :29 to hold off her rivals. All The Ladies turned in a strong final-quarter to finish second over P L Hurricane in third. Mappos Moenhay is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for owners Carol and Hailee Campbell and is coming off a six victory season last year from 26 starts. The leg one victory is her eighth career victory and pushes her bankroll to over $42,000. The clocking of 1:57.3 equaled her lifetime mark. Mappos Moenhay returned $5.10 to win. Winter series action continues Friday night at Woodbine with the first leg of the Snowshoe Series for three and four-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications

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