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The game of musical chairs involving stallions moving from one state or country to another for the 2015 season is just about over. And the same goes for stud fee adjustments. Here’s a rundown of what has transpired thus far. It was just announced that fourteen-year-old Western Terror, a grandson of Delinquent Account and full brother to BC and Messenger winner If I Can Dream, will relocate within Pennsylvania at a reduced rate. He moves to Nandi Farms and will command a $5,500 stud fee, $2,000 less than last year. More Western Terror offspring were sold in Lexington than from any other stallion, but more isn’t always better. The 41 yearling consignment brought an average a shade over $15,000. Lots of red ink there. Tomy Terror (sic), Hall Of Terror and Do Your Job were his best young offspring in 2014. Up The Credit, the richest son of gyno-centric Western Terror, will take another shot at the stallion game in 2015. The seven-year-old NA Cup winner, who mined the low to middle NW class at Mohawk until mid-summer, first stood at Seelster Farms in Ontario for $5,000 in 2012. It wasn’t long before he was back racing. He’ll now be offered for $3,000 at Casimir Farm in Ontario. Six-year-old Heston Blue Chip, 2012 Dan Patch winner, and five-year-old Sunfire Blue Chip will be the first high profile sons of American Ideal to embark on stallion careers. Neither one of them lived up to their colt promise in the aged ranks; Heston won four races and earned $216,000 in 2014, while Sunfire won five and banked $168,000. Heston will stand for $4,500 at Winbak, New York and Sunfire will get $4,000 (Cdn.) at Tara Hills. Twenty-year-old Dragon Again, who now resides in Ohio, has a penchant for producing hard hitting pacers that last a long time, but he has no record as a sire of sires. His son Aracache, who ground out $1.7 million in six years of racing, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm in Indiana for $2,500. Seventeen-year-old Real Desire, the sire of Tell All and State Treasurer, will also stand at Ivy Lane in 2015. He moves from Midland Acres, where he sported a $5,000 fee. He now stands for $3,500. Lots of fee reductions for lower end stallions this year. The Well Said four-year-old Tellitlikeitis, who didn’t earn enough to be covered by Gural’s stallion rule, will also stand in Indiana, at Victory Hill Farm for $3,000. So, Indiana, which hit the lottery with Always A Virgin and Rockin Image, doesn’t get a whole lot in the way of reinforcements. The latter two stallions remained at $4,000 and $3,500, respectively. Ohio, which was already bursting at the seams, found room for a few more. The casinos in the Buckeye state are the best job plan in NA for Standardbreds. Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall, will be the most expensive trotting stallion in the state at $6,000. Fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall, still one more expatriate from Pennsylvania, will stand at Midland Acres for $5,000. That’s a third less than he was getting last year. And 2015 BC winner Rockin Amadeus will stand at Cool Winds Farm in Ohio for $3,500. Western Vintage, who only won once at three after showing much promise during his freshman campaign, will stand at Abby Stables in Ohio for $3,500. Mister Big, who failed to impress in Ontario, will also be at Abby. He stood for $4.500 at Tara Hills in Ontario last year, but will only get $2,500 in 2015. Jurgen Hanover, the Credit Winner five-year-old who looked like a budding star early in his sophomore season, also goes to Abby, for $2,500. What’s their motto, “Give us your wretched castoffs”?  Along the same lines, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who was retired to Fashion Farms at a $5,000 fee in 2012 and drew little interest, is back for another try. The nine-year-old son of Art Major will stand in Indiana for $2,500.  Wishing Stone leaves Deo Volente in New Jersey, where he stood for $5,000, for Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he’ll get $4,500. Trixton will take his place in New Jersey for a $12,000 fee. And of course Father Patrick will serve a one year residency at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, at a hefty $30,000 per. Archangel, who stood in New York for $4,000 in 2013, but drew so little interest that he returned to the track this past year, makes another run as a stallion at Winbak Canada for $4,500 (Cdn.). Betterthancheddar also relocates to Winbak Canada from New York. As is the case with just about all of the repositioned stallions, his fee takes a 22% hit, dropping from $4,500 to $3,500. Sportswriter made a splash in the Ontario Sire Stakes and saw his fee jump 38% to $6,500 (Cdn.) Kadabra’s fee has been cut 20% to $12,000 (US). E L Titan will stand for $8,000 and race as well. Ten-year-old Crazed returns to New York from Pennsylvania. He stood for $6,000 at Hanover in 2013, $4,000 in 2014 and is back up to $5,000 at Blue Chip in 2015. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow were very good in the NYSS last year and Tirade Hanover is racing very well right now. Lucky Chucky, who didn’t overwhelm us with his first crop, had his fee reduced 20% to $6,000 for 2015. Chapter Seven, whose first crop sells this year, had his fee dropped a thousand dollars to $7,500 for 2015. Twenty-year-old Artiscape drops 20% to $4,000. The high priced stuff goes to Pennsylvania, where Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou both have full books--$15,000 for The Captain and half that much for Lou. One bright spot in Pennsylvania is Muscle Massive jumping 20% to $7,500 off first crop performances by Gatka Hanover and Speak To Me. Twenty-one-year-old Yankee Glide, who has struggled of late, had his fee dropped from $12,500 to $10,000. Still, $15,000 is lower than folks expected The Captain to slot in at prior to his unsuccessful four-year-old campaign. Modest increases for Sportswriter, Muscle Massive and Crazed don’t a positive trend make. Father Patrick will get $30,000, but that’s for an abbreviated book and many of those bookings are for syndicate members. Somebeachsomewhere had his fee dropped $5,000 to $25,000 and his book is still open. Muscle Hill’s fee is unpublished. Maybe he went up. Overall, the trend is not positive. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They used two different routes but post time favorites Bazooka Terror and Second Hand News each found their way to the harness racing winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (January 21) in the co-featured events.   Bazooka Terror went from last to first to take the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace while Second Hand News showed plenty of heart in going gate-to-wire in the $10,500 Open Trot.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings had a lot of patience with Bazooka Terror in the opener. After sitting sixth and last past the half-mile pole, the pair went first over down the backstretch and easily cruised past Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) in the stretch to score the 1-1/4 length win in 1:56.3. The winner turned in a 28.0 final panel.   Bazooka Terror (Western Terror-Lucky Liz) is a 6-year-old mare owned by Leonard Segall and is trained by James Clouser Jr. In the money 29 of 41 races in 2014, Bazooka Terror has now earned $157,987 lifetime with the victory.   In the Open Trot, Second Hand News and Milby set the fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29 and had the the usually front-running Lutetium breathing down their neck until the top of the stretch.   Second Hand News was first attacked by Lutetium on the outside down the stretch with no luck. Then midway down the lane, Cummings dropped Lutetium into the passing lane but again to no avail as Second Hand News ($4.40) and Milby opened up a 2-1/4 length edge at the wire. They went the mile in 1:57.3. City Kid (Billy Dobson) finished in third.   The 13-year-old Second Hand News (Pathway To Victory-Mohawk Super Night) is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and Kent Conshafter. Ron Van Wagoner trained Second Hand News, now a perfect 2-for-2 on the young season.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race program set to begin at 6:35 p.m.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway is wasting no time in getting the 2015 live racing season off to a great start as the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is scheduled as the first race on the solid 12-race opening night card Wednesday. Post time is 5 p.m. Bazooka Terror has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opener despite being assigned the eight post. Defending Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs leading driver Kevin Cummings is slated to be in the sulky. In her last appearance on December 6th at Batavia Downs, Bazooka Teror rolled to an impressive 3-1/2 length victory in 1:57.2. Trained by newcomer Jim Clousser Jr., Bazooka Terror posted 11 victories last season and earned $85,621 for owner Leonard Seagall. The 6-year-old was named 2014 'Mare of the Meet' at Batavia Downs. Mondatta could be the main threat with David McNeight III in the bike. Starting from the rail, she has a pair of seconds and two third place finishes in her last four appearances. Mondatta is the 4-1 second choice. The remainder of the field includes Ugly Betty (John Cummings Jr.), S A Lowe (Billy Dobson), Memumsnotnice (Frank Milby), You're To Funny (Jack Flanigen), Ashlee's Cool Gal (Shawn Gray) and Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.). As the Buffalo Raceway season kicks off, a pair of drivers will looking to reach some lofty milestones. Kevin Cummings is just 30 wins away from 3,000 career victories while Frank Milby is just 20 away from the 2,000 plateau. "I'd like to finish like where I left off in 2014," Cummings said. He had 334 victories last season and over $1.5 million in purse earnings. When asked about nearing the 3,000-win mark, Cummings said, "I don't really think about it. I just want to stay on the roll I was on last year. It will come when it comes." Wednesday night, the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence starts in the fifth race. There will also be free racing programs, free magnetic racing schedules along with $3 food and beverage specials in the clubhouse. Racing will then resume on Friday and Saturday night with a 6:35 p.m. start time. For more information including entries, results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones could head south for the Group Three $40,000 Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup (3200m) on January 24 with harness racings latest Nelson Cup winner Johnny Fox. “He’s going great. We may look at the Invercargill Cup or something like that.” “Its just a bit harder to place him as a six-win horse now,” he said. Mark Jones will attempt to extend a winning habit as a trainer in the Invercargill Cup, should Johnny Fox return south. Mark has won two of the last three Invercargill Cups, with Ohoka Texas (2012) and Saveapatrol. The latter upstaged triple NZ Cup winner Terror To Love, last year, after 13 days earlier taking out the Marlborough Cup. Johnny Fox caused concerns after a breathing problem came to a head on New Zealand Cup in November, but an overcheck and an anti-choking device (under his chin) have him racing better than ever. The Western Terror gelding ran an improver’s second to Mossdale Conner first-up at Rangiora on December 31, then went from strength-to-strength at Nelson. He sprinted a fast final 800m in 54.9s to run down Stradowan in the Cup Prelude on Friday, but was even more impressive pacing the same sectional over the longer 3000m trip to win on Sunday. Johnny Fox, second last at the 800m, swept up sharply four wide on the home turn for Blair Orange, and had a good kick when he asked him to go at the 200m. The Butterworth Racing Syndicate-owned pacer ran clear by three-quarters of a length from Stradowan, who had to settle for the bridesmaid tag again, after leading early, trailing King Cyril, and having every chance. He paced the full 3000m in 3:49.8 (2:03.2 mile rate), and outside the the Nelson track and race mark of 3:47.4, set by Jason Rulz when beating Jackaroo Bromac in the 2013 Nelson Cup. Johnny Fox, bred by the Wilson family of Winton, won his first five when racing for trainer Ian Wilson and briefly in Canterbury for Steve McRae, before being purchased by the Butterworth Syndicate. He won second-up for the Mark Jones team and Michelle Neilson in a junior drivers pace at Addington in March last year, and despite having breathing issues, had shown high speed in his races. Although the competition for him will get harder up the grades, he’s looking more relaxed and has a chance of realising his full potential. Melbourne owners, Merv and Meg Butterworth, had another good day on both sides of the Tasman with Arden Rooney, formerly in the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen barn, running third first-up for Kerryn Manning in the $A60,505 Horsham Cup. Arden Rooney enjoyed a good run through from the inside of the back row to trail on the outer. He fought solidly behind winner Philadelphia Man, who was too good after racing in the open outside a pulling favourite For a Reason. Philadelphia Man was too strong, coming clear in a track record 1:58.1 rate (2700m) from stablemate Restrepo, who maintained a good three wide run from the rear over the final 900m. Courtesy Of Jeff Scott - Mark Jones Harness Racing Stables,   

Pacer Topcornerterror and trotter Spartan Victory were both wire-to-wire winners in a pair of $7,000 Preferred 3 events co-featured on Sunday night's harness racing card at Flamboro Downs. Topcornerterror ($4.40) romped to a 10 length victory in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace for horses and geldings, stopping the clock in 1:56.1 over the "good" track. Jonathan Drury drove the nine-year-old Western Terror gelding for trainer Des Tackoor and his partners Don Lee and Tony Valentini. Justa Camilion (J.R. Plante) and Get Around Town (Bob McClure) rounded out the top three finishers. To view the rest of this story click here. Sterling Cooper romps at Fraser Downs Sterling Cooper made his first start from the Bill Davis barn a winning one as he drew away from the competition by four lengths over a sloppy track in Sunday afternoon's $10,500 Open Pace at Fraser Downs. Sterling Cooper made a quarter-pole move sweeping up from fourth to take the lead after the :26.3 opening panel. The 1-2 favourite began to separate himself from the rest of the field through middle panels of :57.3 and 1:26.1 and cruised home for the 1:57.1 triumph with Gable Blue Chip (J.F. Gagne) and Lizard King (David Hudon) following in second and third, respectively. To view the rest of this story click here.

DOVER, Del. --- For the fourth time this meet, Handsoffmycookie notched a victory in the top distaff pace of the week as Trace Tetrick came from last to overtake leader Tim Tetrick and favorite For The Ladies N for a 1:52.3 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Open pace on Monday, Dec. 29 at Dover Downs. For The Ladies N left from outside post 7 to take the early lead and led until just past the turn down the homestretch when a quartet of rivals stormed to challenge. Trace Tetrick was last to be seen until the final strides when Handsoffmycookie rush past her foes for victory #8 of the year moving seasonal earnings to six figures, $108,670 for JFE Enterprise. The Art Major-Observe Me five-year-old former New York Sire Stakes standout trained by Scott DiDomenico has now registered her 30th career win good for $1347,242 lifetime earnings. Mach A Wish closed strongly for Corey Callahan for second while Fill My Pockets and Eddie Davis Jr. took third money. Keith J. Pippi's Lounge Act got star billing in one of two $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Mare paces. Vic Kirby guided the three-year-old daughter of Cam's Card Shark-Hay Macarena to her 11th win of 2014. She has won $79,357 this season and $90,755 in two years of racing. Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) finished second and Dream N Ezy (Trace Tetrick) was third. Hit By Lightning, a sophomore daughter of Western Terror-Account Re, made it three wins in-a-row scoring a 1:55.2 conquest in the other $14,000 distaff event. Allan Davis piloted the Wayne Givens trained Legacy Racing owned winner of nine races and $58,557 this campaign. Get Real Rusty (EddieDavis Jr.) was runner-up. Pacific Wine (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Driver Corey Callahan and trainer Doug Lewis combined for their second wins on the card when Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimer came on for a 1:53.4 victory in a $13,000 Winners-Over distaff pace. Jeremes Sweetheart (Vic Kirby) took the field to late in the stretch and held on for second. We Adore Three (Ross Wolfenden) finished third. Since the meets opening week, Star Recruit has five wins and a second and is the one to beat on Tuesday, Dec. 30 in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace feature. Post time is 4:30 p.m. This week, Star Recruit and meet leading driver Corey Callahan is owned by trainer Arty Foster, who claimed the pacer after a near-wire-to-wire 1:52.3 victory. Troy and Todd Tribbett dropped sophomore gelding Ziggy Sky in a claiming race and finished second with Ross Wolfenden holding the reins. Beaver Creek Farm's Blueridge Dancer and Tony Morgan took third. Bettor And Bold, owned by Tim Tetrick and CC Racing and driven by Trace Tetrick should benefit with an inside post this week. Ken Wood and Minisink Farms' Just Bettor has upset credentials. The rest of the field is made up by Jane Ann Bell's Winbak Carl teamed with Tony Morgan, Russ Foster's Alexis Style, with George Dennis, drew post 1. Ron Lloyd's Newcomer Keystone Real Deal with Allan Davis and Brenda Ellingsworth's Pacific Western handled by Bret Brittingham. Wednesday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve is a day off for Dover Downs. Racing will resume on Thursday, New Year's Day,Jan. 1 and return to the regular daily schedule: Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Leading harness racing trainer Amanda Grieve is hoping for a pair of early Christmas presents at Hobart on Sunday. Grieve has made the trip across Bass Strait for two of the Apple Isle’s premier events – Tasmania Cup and The George Johnson. Talented pacer Im Corzin Terror will contest the Cup, with handy mare Tandias Bromac in the latter feature. “It would be nice if Christmas could come early,” Grieve said. “They are suitable targets and both runners will prove hard to beat. “With a bit of luck we Santa will smile upon us a few days in advance.” Despite his second row draw, Im Corzin Terror is the one to beat in the former Grand Circuit race. Fresh from his success in last weekend’s dismal Ballarat Cup, the son of Western Terror will thrive on the drop in class according to Grieve. “It is down on class on what he has been racing against,” Grieve said. “He’s good enough to overcome the draw and I expect him to be hard to beat. “He also likes the longer trip, so the 2579 metres will really suit him. “He’s come through Ballarat just fine as you would expect on the run he had.” Tandias Bromac will also begin from the second row, with Grieve stating the five-year-old’s run at Ballarat should be overlooked. On that occasion, the daughter of Art Major was unplaced in open company. “She just never got into it at Ballarat, so you may as well forget she went around,” Grieve said. “Before that she did well in Sydney despite the fact she didn’t travel as well as I would have liked. “She has settled in better in Tasmania and will be ready for this. “It’s also a drop in class for her and she will be right in the finish.” While a busy schedule has been mapped out for Im Corzin Terror, Tandias Bromac will enjoy a Christmas holiday. “Im Corzin Terror will race pretty much every week in January,” Grieve said. “He has his Bendigo Cup defence, the Shepparton, Victoria and Hunter Cups. “If we bypass any, it will be Shepparton. “At this stage, I will give Tandias Bromac a wee break and get her ready for the Ladyship Mile in Sydney in March on Inter Dominion day.” PAUL COURTS

Ballarat Cup winner Im Corzin Terror will head to Tasmania to contest Sunday’s $40,000 Tasmania Harness Racing Cup. Trainer Amanda Grieve said the seven-year-old’s Bray Raceway victory last Saturday night was “a surprise”, but added the geldings had been “going well”. “He had no luck at Cranbourne when he was making ground along inside,” Grieve said. “He was up to his right trip and he went really well on Saturday night.” With the Group One decimated by scratchings, Im Corzin Terror – driven by Chris Alford –worked to the lead early in the four-horse field. Given an easy time during the middle stages, the son of Western Terror sprinted home in a breathtaking 53.9 seconds, rating 1:59.7 for the 2710-metre trip. "It was a great drive," Greive declared. “We’ll go Tasmania at the weekend. Then he’ll defend his Bendigo Cup title before the Shepparton and Victoria Cups.” Thanks to his latest triumph, Im Corzin Terror is exempt from ballot in the Victoria Cup, which carries Grand Circuit status. “It just helps us plan his campaign out a bit and not worry about getting a start in the race,” Grieve said. HRV Media

Pompano Beach, FL --- E Z Noah, coming into Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace with the highest seasonal earnings of the sextet, took top honors by wiring a talented field on Saturday (Dec. 6) night in 1:51.2. Strategically and superbly handled by Aaron Byron, this 5-year-old son of Western Terrorled at every marker in scoring a half-length triumph over stablemate Lyons Johnny, with Joe Pavia, Jr. in the bike. The 1-2 favorite, Duc Dorleans, fresh off his lifetime best winning performance of 1:49, finished third for Donald Dupont while Dont Tell Rusty finished fourth. Red Scooter picked up the nickel. E Z Noah blasted out of the Hummer Starting Gate from post five and stuffed Duc Dorleans, beginning from post six, in the pocket with Lyons Johnny settling in third through an opening panel of :26.2. That's when Byron's strategic handling played the key role in the win. Strolling over to the half in a "soft" :55.4, E Z Noah began his journey up the backside with a 1-1/2 length lead over Duc Orleans with Lyons Johnny now out and driving--the two stablemates literally noses apart at the third station in 1:23.4. Turning for home, the "mates" continued their battle with E Z Noah edging a few steps further to the good in the late stages on the strength of a :27.3 finale. In a postrace interview, driver Aaron Byron said, "I think the key was that second quarter. "Noah" has a mark of :49 and a piece over a 5/8ths mile track (1:49.3 at Pocono) so I knew he had some steam left after that softer second quarter. It was fun seeing Joe (Pavia) come alongside with the stablemate (Lyons Johnny) and I thought it would be a foot race between us to the wire." Trained by Peter Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA, E Z Noah pushed his lifetime bounty to just a shade under $400,000 lifetime--$397,752. He's banked $113,367 this year with an 8-7-3 scorecard in a busy season of 38 starts. Though E Z Noah's win was billed as the top event of the superb Saturday night card, there were three other performances timed faster than the Open. Dan Clements piloted his own P L Hellcat to a new life mark of 1:50.3 in the opening event, Cadillac Phil, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr. for owner trainer Luca Derrico, scored in 1:50.2 in the Open 2 pace and Wrenn Racing's Always In The Money stopped the clock in a lifetime best 1:51.1 for Peter Wrenn. Also, there were some fireworks on the tote-board in the last race as Mach It Paiden, off at 62-1, scored for Dave Ingraham in a lifetime best 1:52.2--his previous mark being 1:57. That set the stage for a superfecta refund, as well as a healthy carry-over for Pompano Park's new Super Hi-5, which now moves into a new high carry-over for Monday night's racing program. Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Batavia, NY---As the 2014 racing season winds to a close at Batavia Downs, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association would like to recognize the top equine athletes who competed there this year. BZ Glide was named Trotter of the Meet, Fireyourguns was the Pacer of the Meet and Bazooka Terror was named the Outstanding Distaff Performer of either gait. BZ Glide (1:56.4H $116,957) was dominant in the Open trot class this year, winning seven times at the top level. In his 14 starts at the meet he earned $40,582 and tied his lifetime mark of 1:56.4. BZ Glide likes to come from behind and he plied his trademark move in every victory this year, providing local fans with many exciting finishes. The 5-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer is owned by Mike Caprio who also drove him in every start. Caprio's wife Alana trains BZ Glide. Fireyourguns (1:48.0S $220,121)garnered the most Open pace victories and sported a gaudy win percentage in the process. In only eight Batavia starts, Fireyourguns won five times (.625) with a best win time of 1:53.1 in those starts. Mike Caprio also drove Fireyourguns in each one of his local efforts for trainer Terrence McClory, who owns the 5-year-old son of American Ideal-Villa Hanover with Jennifer and Robert Lowe. Fireyourguns was also named Pacer of the Meet at Batavia Downs in 2013. Bazooka Terror (1:52.1F $147,007)lived up to her name this year, terrorizing the local pacing mares on the track since she arrived. She hit the board 13 times out of 16 starts with five wins, six seconds and two thirds, amassing $40,582 in purses all in the Open mare's class. She had a best local clocking of 1:53.4 and was teamed each week by her regular driver, the Downs leader Kevin Cummings, for owner Leonard Segall. During the meet, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Lucky Liz was trained by both Leonard Segall and James Clouser Jr. The connections of all three horses will receive their awards in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 6) during the UNY-USHWA Night of Distinction. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY-USHWA

Superman has Kryptonite…harness racing star Terror To Love has Menangle! Just like the green fragments are capable of bringing the last son of Kyrpton to his knees, Menangle has the ability to neutralise New Zealand’s favourite son’s powers. Terror To Love has failed to flatter at the world class venue, with two seconds his best results from seven starts. The son of Western Terror has also been a beaten favourite in numerous occasions. And as though Lex Luthor was behind connection’s torment, Terror To Love’s run of horror draws has continued. Terror To Love’s latest “visitors’ draw” will see him begin from the outside of the front row in Saturday night’s Miracle Mile. Frustrated with the starting position, co-trainer Paul Court remains quietly confident the multi-millionaire can emerge triumphant. Court prepares Terror to Love with his father, Graham. “We just can’t get a decent barrier there,” Court declared. “Perhaps this time it could be a blessing in disguise. “There is a lot of speed drawn inside him and from out wide he won’t be getting involved in an early battles.” Aware Terror To Love’s critics will be out in force once again if the seven-year-old competes below his best, Court admitted he feels as though his stable star has something to prove in Australia. “For one reason or another, he just hasn’t had any luck in Australia, which has people doubting him,” Court said. “That in itself is strange as he has run second in a Miracle Mile and Group One Cordina Sprint. “The draw hasn’t been good to us again, but hopefully this time things can go his way a little. “It would mean more to win the Miracle Mile over there than it would a record fourth New Zealand Cup.” PAUL COURTS

New Zealand pacer Terror To Love has been granted another opportunity to produce his best in Australia after being invited to harness racing’s premier sprint – the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. Despite his homeland heroics, Terror To Love has failed to flatter on the opposite side of the Tasman, with two seconds his best results from seven starts. The son of Western Terror has also been a beaten favourite in numerous occasions. Terror To Love’s passage into the time-honoured feature will mark his fourth Miracle Mile appearance, with connections hoping to go better than his tail of the field performance in last year’s edition. Terror To Love also failed to beat a runner home in 2011. Co-trainer Paul Court is looking forward to taking the seven-year-old back to Menangle for the November 28 showdown. “We are very excited to receive the invite,” Court said. “I have heard a lot of good things about the improvements at Menangle Park with the track and the facilities including the retention barn and day yards. “Terror To Love didn’t get knocked around in the Free-For-All and has come out of the run really well.” Terror To Love joins defending champion Beautide, Avonnova, Christen Me and For A Reason as acceptors into the Grand Circuit gem. Club Directors offered New Zealand Cup winner, Adore Me, a position in the elite field, with connections deciding to bypass the prestigious event. PAUL COURTS

For his first 10 starts, 2-year-old male pacer Tomy Terror was a model of harness racing consistency, posting four wins and six second-place finishes. Trainer John Butenschoen would rather forget race No. 11. Tomy Terror finished eighth in last week’s Matron Stakes, which was won by In The Arsenal over a “good” track at Dover Downs. Tomy Terror was at the front of the outer flow at the half and second on the outside to In The Arsenal at the three-quarters mark before dropping back in the stretch. Butenschoen is looking for the gelding to bounce back Saturday when he competes in the second of two eliminations of the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands. Tomy Terror drew post seven and is 9-2 on the morning line. In The Arsenal, who got post 10, is the 8-5 favorite. “The Matron was very disappointing,” Butenschoen said. “We’re just going to throw out that race. It was a bad night weather-wise. I’m not so sure he didn’t displace and get his air shut off. Anything that was first up didn’t seem to play well on that track that night. “But he came out of it great. The next day he was bucking and playing out in the field. We brought him in and jogged him a little bit and his blood work was normal. I trained him (Monday) before the (entry) box closed and decided to put him in. Hopefully he’ll go back to the form he showed us all year long.” Tomy Terror is a son of Western Terror-Mib Hanover owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, Eugene Schick and VIP Internet Stable. His wins include divisions of the Pennsylvania All Stars, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Simpson Stakes, the latter in a track-record 1:50.2 at Vernon Downs. He finished second by a nose to Yankee Bounty in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. “Yankee Bounty was no slouch,” Butenschoen said. “Just going off the competition that we faced in Pennsylvania and what they’ve done when they stepped out of the state, I think we’ve got a good shot. As long as he comes back to where he was, I think we’ll be OK.” Multiple-stakes-winner Lost For Words is the 5-2 favorite in the first Breeders Crown elimination. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22. Elim winners will draw for posts one through five for the final. Butenschoen also sends Suit And Tie into the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands. Suit And Tie, who has one win in 15 starts for owners Wiswell and M And L Of Delaware Inc., is 20-1 on the morning line. He is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Kindergarten Classic Series championship, beaten only 2-1/2 lengths, and was third in his two previous starts. “The Kindergarten final was what got us to put him in,” Butenschoen said. “He finished fifth, but he was just loaded with trot. Every week we raced him (recently) he just got better and better, so we decided to give him a try. The owners are game for it. They enjoy the business and the horse is ready. We’ll give it a go.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2014 -- Last into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic roared through the stretch to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although trailing late, Doubelieveinmagic was following the live cover of Macharoundtheclock, who had won four straight in characteristic "Silky Sullivan" style. Indeed, Macharoundtheclock fired again, but the wider Doubelieveinmagic edged her by a head in 1:53.1 for Tony Hall. Rescue Team shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Doubelieveinmagic, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady who extended her career bankroll to $121,819, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Eric Goodell, Mike Wilder, Hall and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 15-race card. With his two victories, Dave Palone pushed his career total to 15,745, leaving him eight short of the world record held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Classy harness racing performer Im Corzin Terror will be given a light week before continuing to follow the country cups circuit. Trainer Amanda Grieve revealed her plans following Im Corzin Terror’s tough victory in yesterday’s Maryborough Cup. That effort followed last week’s strong second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in the Kilmore Cup. Im Corzin Terror’s win also saw the son of Western Terror successfully defend his Maryborough Cup crown. “He’s had two pretty hard runs in the space of seven days, so I will likely give him a few days off now,” Grieve declared. “I will play it by ear when I see how he pulls up tomorrow. “At this stage he won’t go around in the Smoken Up Sprint next week.” As for the plans ahead, Grieve has marked the Cranbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo Cups on Im Corzin Terror’s agenda. Im Corzin Terror annexed last season’s Bendigo feature in stylish fashion. “The Cranbourne and Ballarat Cups in the first two weeks of December are the main aim with him now,” Grieve said. “After that he has the Bendigo Cup and maybe the Victoria and Hunter Cups as well. “In between I will find what I can and we’ll see how he goes.” Driven by Chris Alford during his latest triumph, Im Corzin Terror was checked slightly soon after the start from his 20-metre back mark, which saw him caught three-wide as Highview Conall, Cut For An Ace and Hilltop Hustler led. Sent to the ‘death seat’, Im Corzin Terror received cover during the middle stages before being angled there-wide again at the bell. Quickly ranging up to the front runner, Im Corzin Terror sustained a strong sprint to complete a six-metre win from Hilltop Hustler, with Jaccka Clive a head away third. “That was a super run,” Grieve declared. “He went huge. “I was a little worried down the back as he had done so much work, but he just kept finding and did it easy in the end.” Covering the last half in 56.2 seconds, the seven-year-old rated 2:01 for the 2690-metre stand, with his time just four-tenths of a second outside Reba Rajah’s track record established in 2006. PAUL COURTS

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2014 -- Although he was pressed in the stretch, Yankee Bounty extended his harness racing career unbeaten streak to eight by capturing a division of Friday's $91,998 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Mike Simons and trainer John Butenschoen teamed to take the other two splits, with Dragon Eddy and Tomy Terror, in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Yankee Bounty quarter-poled to the lead for Eric Ledford, who stepped up when transportation problems prevented regular driver Yannick Gingras from reaching The Meadows. The pocket-sitting Chaching Hanover, who had only a maiden victory to his credit, kept close to his undefeated rival until Yankee Bounty drew off late under mild urging to triumph by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Wild Again was third. Yankee Bounty won his two most recent starts, including the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, by a nose and a neck, narrow escapes that may lead some to consider him vulnerable. Don't count Ledford among them. "He was on the right line just a touch, but there was never any doubt," Ledford said. "They haven't beaten him yet, and I don't foresee them beating him in the near future. You'll be reading a lot about him next year as a 3-year-old." Ron Burke trains the Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. Yankee Bounty will dominate the headlines, as well he should, but Dragon Eddy emerged from the Keystone Classic with one laurel Yankee Bounty didn't get -- the stake record. He earned it with a front-end score in 1:51.1. UF Larry Alltheway was second, 3 lengths back, while Parklane Eagle rallied for show. "He's a real quick, real handy horse," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen. "He comes off the car really well. He's been able to get in spots where he could put himself in the race. When he's got to the front, he's been able to control it. He's quick enough that he can accelerate away from them on the end." William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, Eugene Schick and Edward Bardowski campaign Dragon Eddy, a Dragon Again-Jaska Hanover gelding who now has banked $139,512. Tomy Terror hadn't been worse than second in eight career outings, a streak that appeared in jeopardy when he was attacked inside and outside while leading through the lane. The Western Terror-Mib Hanover gelding dug in and held off Reggiano by a nose in a career-best 1:52, with McArdles Lightning third. "He's such a good-feeling horse," Tyler Butenschoen said. "He has a great attitude, and he loves his work. He can get a little lost on the lead, but he'll explode off a helmet." Wiswell, Goehlen, Schick and VIP Internet Stable own Tomy Terror, who is eligible for such late-season stakes as the Breeders Crown and the Matron. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Southern Allie made the lead first over and held off the rallying Shock It To 'Em by a head to prevail in 1:51. Camcruiser Hanover completed the ticket. Randy Bendis conditions the 7-year-old Allie's Western-Pershing Angela gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $747,754, and owns with Tom Pollack, Jack Piatt II and R. Lewis Hauber. Dave Palone drove five winners and Simons three on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $90,000 stake for three-year-old filly pacers and a $71,200 test for sophomore filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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