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 6Â½ 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 Â¾ 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 Â¼ 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
Fans that backed rookie pacer Weapons Dealer in Race 2 during the Monday evening program at Woodbine Racetrack likely needed a hand - or a wheelbarrow - to help tote home their winnings. The overlooked son of Western Ideal-Scootin Belle turned a two-hole trip into a pari-mutuel explosion for the tandem of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Isaac Waxman. Weapons Dealer got away in the two-hole behind the 1-5 favourite, Sports Warning, and those two held their positions through panels of :28, :58.2 and 1:26.4. Sports Warning rolled into a break coming out of the final turn, however, and that changed the whole complexion of the race. Weapons Dealer inherited the lead in the lane, and he wound up winning by a pair of lengths over His Boy Elroy in 1:54.3. Sports Warning regained his composure and re-rallied to finish third. To view the rest of this story click here. Raceway Preferreds to "Gustav" & "Winzel" A set of Preferred 3 events went postward Monday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, with Kendal Gustav and Winzel winning their respective assignments. Kendal Gustav shot to the front from Post 2 and rolled to an easy victory in his $7,400 affair for driver Lorne House. The public’s top choice, who closed at odds of 6-5, carved out splits of :27, :58 and 1:26.4 before sealing the deal with a :29.2 closing panel. He was 2-1/2 lengths better than Pacific Oak in 1:56.1. Lawmen Reign rounded out the top three finishers. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst of London and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, Ontario. The partnership has watched the gelding go 10-for-37 this season and 27-for-112 in his career. The lion’s share of Monday’s purse lifted his overall cash stash to $177,749. To view the rest of this story click here.
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Trixton, who trotted the fastest mile in New Jersey Sire Stakes history, has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2014 while Strut My Stuff was named the Green Acres' Horse of the Year. The awards, which are voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other major stakes for NJ-sired horses. Trixton established the Sire Stakes record of 1:52.1 in winning the NJSS Premier Division Championship Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in May at the Meadowlands. He was undefeated in NJSS competition, also winning a preliminary leg of the Premier Division. Jim Takter, who was the colt's trainer, drove in both victories. After his NJSS campaign, Trixton went on to win the Good Times and Simcoe at Mohawk in addition to the Reynolds and the $1,006.125 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. The son of Muscle Hill won eight of 11 starts overall as a three-year-old, earning $893,370 overall this year for his owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Ab. The colt was bred by Steve Stewart, Marti Ala-seppala and John Bootsman. Strut My Stuff was undefeated in three NJSS Green Acres series starts at Freehold, including the $25,000 championship final for two-year-old pacing fillies in that series where she established a new Green Acres record for her division. Additionally, the daughter of Western Ideal was victorious in the $59,000 filly division of the Lou Babic. Trained by Ross Croghan for co-owners Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures of New York, Strut My Stuff finished the year with career earnings of $52,620. by Christopher Castens, for the New Jersey Sire Stakes
WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2014 -- Winless since late July, Certified Ideal regained her top form Tuesday at The Meadows when she moved first over to capture the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Although Certified Ideal rolled up nine victories early in the year, five consecutive winless starts earned her a break of more than nine weeks. In Monday's contest, her second off the layoff, she moved from third for Tony Hall and needed the rest of the race to wear down the leader, Rescue Team, and defeat her by a head. Do Me Honor finished third. The winning time was 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last who extended her career bankroll to $269,467, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Eric Ledford three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
TRACEUR HANOVER TAKES COLT DIVISION
The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice. Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms
A field of eight open pacers lined up behind the starter for the featured event from Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday. The wagering public put their support behind Bamond Racing's Mach It So, who was victorious against similar last time out. At the start, it was Texican N (Ron Pierce) leaving aggressively from the pole position, with Ron Burke trainee Speed Again (Yannick Gingras) showing speed from the outside. After a contested quarter in :27.1, millionaire pacer Dial Or Nodial (David Miller) pounced on the pacesetters. He cleared the lead and was first to the half (:55.3). Long shot Abelard Hanover (Brett Miller) mounted a first-over challenge, with Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) looming ominously behind cover at three-quarters (1:23.2). In the straight however, Dial Or Nodial had plenty left in the tank, holding off Mach It So in a final time of 1:51 (:27.3). Speed Again finished third. It was Dial Or Nodial's 32nd career win, as he notched his seasonal earnings above $40,000 in just his eleventh start of 2014. He is leased by Marita Berglund. The winner paid $7.40. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
TORONTO, October 25 - The finest two-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Consisting of the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport. A costly miscue and a giant upset got the action underway in the $464,000 Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mission Brief, the 3/5 heavy favourite, made a break leaving the gate throwing the fate of the rich final up into the air. Capitalizing on the public's choice break was 70-1 longshot Smexi and driver Corey Callahan. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Smexi got a two-hole trip behind Stubborn Belle and driver Paul Macdonell and was able to come off the leaders back in the stretch and trot on to a length and a half victory. Stubborn Belle held on for second, while Juanitas Fury finished third. "Leaving out of there I looked over and saw that she (Mission Brief) had made a break," said Callahan following the race. "We got really lucky Paul and I, we just kind of got things on our own up there, nobody really moved and it worked perfect for me." Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, Smexi had only one victory in eleven starts heading into the Goldsmith Maid. Takter, who drove Smexi in her elimination last week, handed the lines over to Callahan and told the driver his filly was ready and to put her in the race. "Tonight before the race he (Takter) pulled me aside and told me listen she was a little rough on me last week," said Callahan. "But I warmed her up tonight and she was really sharp and on her toes." The Goldsmith Maid victory pushes Smexi's career bankroll to over $364,000. Smexi paid $159.30 to win, while a $2 exactor paid just under $1,200. Smexi Fall Four night quickly became the Takter show in the $521,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Takter trainees finished first, second, fourth and fifth to almost take the entire purse home in the rich final Pinkman and driver Sylvain Filion were able to convert off a second over trip to narrowly defeat stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in 1:55.4. The heavy 3/5 favourite, Habitat, finished third wedge between Takter starters, as The Bank and Walter White finished fourth and fifth respectively. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman was making only his sixth career start in the Valley Victory final, but has now won four of those starts for earnings of over $330,000. Following the race, Takter explained why Pinkman was a little late getting to the races. "We castrated him after his baby races, he kind of didn't pay attention where he was suppose to," said Takter. "He had a very complicated castration, so it took a little bit of a long time for him to get where he (is), but he has surprised me a lot." Takter also said the son of Explosive Matter wasn't on his radar as a superstar training down. "Average, he did everything right, but I had quite a few horses that I thought were a lot better, but these horses that have the good willing to want to do it, especially at this time of year, can get it all." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. He returned $16.60 to win. Pinkman Artspeak, this year's Metro Pace winner, bounced back in impressive fashion to win the $565,000 Governors Cup for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Leaving from post position six, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron got away sixth and were able to get into the outer flow on the backstretch, as Lost For Words hung up a big half of :54.3. As the field rounded the final turn, Pierce Hanover cleared to the front leaving Artspeak second over on the back of Lyons Again, as the field ripped by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Artspeak came off his cover and powered by his rivals to take the lead and score a solid length and a half victory in 1:50.4. Go Daddy Go got up to finish second, while Pierce Hanover held on for third. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The GYM Partners. Heading into the Governors Cup final, Artspeak had made a break in two consecutive starts for the first two losses of his career. Following the race, Alagna spoke about the recent miscues from the two-year-old and getting him ready for the final. "I came up Tuesday, trained him up Wednesday and he trained fantastic at the farm, so I thought we had the kinks worked out," said Alagna. "Most people know that if I didn't have confidence the horse was ok, with the connections that own the horse he would've never been here to race, so I was very happy that he showed us the redemption that everybody thought he should." After training Artspeak earlier in the week, Alagna said he told the connections at dinner that he had full confidence in the horse. "I told them that night at dinner, he's back on his game, we've got our horse back." By adding the Governors Cup to his resume that already includes the Metro Pace, Artspeak has now won the two richest events of the season for two-year-old pacers. His record now stands at eight wins from ten starts for career earnings of just over $805,000. Artspeak paid $3.50 to win. Jk Shesalady improved to a perfect ten for ten with another victory in the $424,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Woodbine. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Jk Shesalady and Yannick Gingras got away fifth and sat along the rail until the midway point of the race. Around the final turn, Gingras sent Jk Shealady first up to challenge the leader, The Show Returns, as the fillies were on even terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. Jk Shesalady came off the turn and quickly created separation with the field and cruised home to an impressive looking length and a half victory in 1:52.1. Solar Sister took the place spot, while Ideal Nuggets finished third. The Three Diamonds victory was the tenth win in a row for the undefeated Jk Shealady. Following the race, Gingras talked about racing her first up once again Saturday night. "It seems to be working for her, so no sense in changing anything," said Gingras. "She likes to relax in the first half and she's got a huge brush for the second half." A daughter of Art Major, Jk Shesalady is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stable. Jk Shesalady has now banked over $669,000 in her rookie season and has earned herself consideration in Horse of the Year talk. She returned $2.50 to win. Mark McKelvie
FREEHOLD, NJ - October 25, 2014 - Western Pioneer, making his first start for new owners, overcame a judges' inquiry to post his first career victory in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Western Pioneer, a son of Western Ideal bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, paced the mile in 1:55.1, getting up in the final strides to catch Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] for a three-quarters of a length victory, his first in 12 career starts. Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover], the Green Acres champion, was third by four and a half lengths. Dealt A Winner, the pre-race favorite, was scratched sick, leaving seven starters. Western Pioneer, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Nancy Johansson, was purchased as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for $15,000 by Perry Soderberg of Highstown, NJ. Ownership was transferred to 3 Brothers Stables of New York City and Johansson on October 17, 2014. Sent off as the slight 2-1 favorite over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover], one of two fillies in the field, Western Pioneer [$6.20] made his move to the outside at the three-quarters as Edward Teach took the lead, prompting the judges' review. Western Pioneer has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts for earnings of $72,274. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Western Pioneer By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ