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Harness racing driver Josh Sutton drove another six winners on Thursday (May 15) at Northfield Park. His biggest win of the night was when he captured the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open in race 10 aboard Sweetheart Dance. She is owned by Keith Pippi of Pittsburgh, PA and locally trained by Kent Sherman. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somekindasweetypie-Life Sign) started from post four. She led at every call, posting fractions of :27, :55.1, 1:23.3 and 1:53.2. She was an uncontested 3 ½ lengths in front at the finish. The victory was her second straight success. Completing the race were Riverdancer, Ashtoreth Hanover, Fritzie Chic, Wygant Belle, Blows Me Away, Tame The Dame, Deliciouslynaughty and Cams Van Go. Thursday's win was the third victory this year, and 15 career score for Sweetheart Dance. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $179,241. She was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win. Sutton's other winners on the evening included Serina Request ($7.80) in race three, Ribbons Of Color ($3.00) in race four, Bride In A Box ($6.60) in race five, Sparkling Yankee ($7.00) in race seven and Hello Camie ($4.60) in race 15. Sutton, 32, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,439 career successes and is approaching $13,500,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 198 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, which tops the local driving ranks by 43 wins. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (155), Aaron Merriman (129), Kurt Sugg (61) and David Lake (60) complete the top five. Sutton has spent his nights off driving at Miami Valley and Scioto Downs, where he has also been winning races at an impressive rate. To date, Sutton has garnered a total of 238 wins in 2014. His seasonal win tally ranks him as the third leading driver in North America, completing a Northfield Park Trifecta of drivers. Aaron Merriman (261) and Ronnie Wrenn Jr (244), both Northfield regulars, are the only drivers to post more wins so far this year this year than Josh Sutton.  

It was not a big surprise that Dancin Yankee won the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace at Pocono Downs on Saturday, it was the way he did it. The six-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser overpowered a field featuring many of the best older pacers in the sport and blew they away for driver Brett Miller. The Van Rose started out with Abelard Hanover and driver Jonathan Roberts outgunning Golden Receiver (George Napolitano, Jr.) to the early lead with Golden Receiver making the quarter move to take command at the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Then at the half mile marker in :54, Miller moved Dancin Yankee first-over and they began to grind it out and take the lead away from Golden Receiver before the three-quarters in 1:26.2. Dynamic Youth (Andrew McCarthy) was then first-over but not gaining ground and that was too slow for Ron Piece as he sent Dovuto Hanover three-wide going into the final turn and following their outside cover was Bandolito and driver Daryl Bier. But it was too little too late as Brett Miller had Dancin Yankee in high gear and they held the field at bay down the stretch, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:49. Bandolito closed well to be second with a late charge by Sweet Lou (Matt Kakaley) to be third. Trained by Josh Green and owned by Baron Racing Stable, Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio, it was a lifetime mark for Dancin Yankee and his 7th win in 13 starts this year. Sent off at odds of 3-1, he paid $8.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 19, 2014-Foiled Again lost Saturday night. Not exactly the stuff that breaks into regularly-scheduled programming, but rare enough. Harness racing's richest-ever performance added nothing to his $6.1 million bankroll, winding up a non-factor sixth in the third and final $50,000 division of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Starting outside his six rivals as the fifth and final preliminary round concluded, he and driver Yannick Gingras had Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) leave directly inside of him. "Foiled"-his place in next week's final already secure-took back to last and never reached contention. Meanwhile, stablemate Easy Again (George Brennan), leaving from post position No. 3, saved the souls, and the wallets, of the bridge jumpers. As on third of the 1-20 entry, Easy Again coasting through comfy fractions of :28.1. :57.3, 1:25.1 and 1:52.3 before winning by a couple of lengths. Mach it So, who left into a four-hole, was a solid, first-up second, with Mr. Hasani N (Eric Goodell) third. Foiled Again, racing from third-up behind a gapping entry partner Special Forces (Ron Pierce), beat only that one home. He wound up sixth, 7½ lengths behind Easy Again. For Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again ridgling co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and Panhellenic Stables, he and his parimutuel partners returned the minimum $2.10. He is now 5-for-12 this season (3-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $4, with no triple wagering. "He was able to get away with cheap fractions," Brennan-who turns 47 Easter Sunday-said. "I figured that once Tim (Tetrick) left with Mach it So, Foiled Again might have to take back and it worked out." The evening's other two Levy events were won by P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $21.40) and Dancin' Yankee (Pierce, $5.90). The former, from post No. 6, left for a seat, wound up in a three-hole, then angled wide in and out of the final turn. He picked a dueling Clear Vision (Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson). The final margin was a length over Clear Vision in a life best-matching 1:51.1. For P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his second win in 11 '14 tries (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $32.40, with no triple wagering. "I love him," Bartlett said. "He can get a last eighth as well as anyone. When I made up ground in the last turn, I thought I had a shot." As for Dancin' Yankee, he negated his outside seven-hole at the start, rebuffed a quarter-move from Bettor's Edge (Gingras) and finished it off in 1:51...matching Foiled Again's effort of a week as the fastest mile of the series and locally this season. The margin was a length-and-a-quarter, with Bettor's Edge second and Texican N (Brian Sears) third. For Dancin' Yankee, a 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser co-owned by Baron Racing & Richard Lombardo and trained by Josh Green, he's now 6-for-11 this season (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $7.40. "He gets over the track very well and I left a lot in the tank for the final," Pierce said. ( preliminary leg standings accompany this story, but the eight eligible finalists [and those for the consolation] shall be determined by the race office.) The $567,000 final of the Levy and the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker both go next Saturday night, with open draws taking place Tuesday afternoon. Also Saturday night, 67-1 bomber RU Ready to Rock (Jordan Stratton, $136.50) won a blanket photo in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, providing the largest win mutuel of the season to date. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

We had to take a bone chip out of a hind ankle. Dr. Patty Hogan did the surgery and we pretty much followed the textbook bringing him back." Sevruga made a statement last year that he could compete with harness racing’s best older trotters. Trainer Julie Miller hopes Katie Said can announce herself in similar fashion when she takes on stakes-calibre three-year-old filly pacers later this season. Katie Said, who was limited to two starts last year, and Sevruga were among four winners for Miller at last Friday’s qualifiers at the Meadowlands. The others were six-year-old trotter Bambino Hall and three-year-old pacer The Lunch Pail as Team Miller -- Julie and her husband, driver Andy -- went 4-for-4 on the day. It was the six-year-old Sevruga’s second qualifier of the season, a winning effort in 1:54.2 as he comes back from bone chip surgery that forced him to miss the end of last year. Sevruga won nine of 22 races and earned $484,575 in 2013 for owner KDM Stables.   His wins included the John Cashman Jr. Memorial and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, both at the Meadowlands, and he finished worse than third only once in his first 19 starts. He was off the board in his last three races and missed the final of the TVG Free For All Series after ending the preliminary rounds as the points leader. "He’s had two nice qualifiers. We’re going to qualify him back again because the level he has to race at, with the top horses in the country, I’d like to have one more tightener for him. But so far he’s done everything we’ve asked of him.” Sevruga, who finished fifth in purses among all older trotters in North America last year, is staked to a similar schedule in 2014. “He’s got all the big races,” Miller said. “If you can get a piece of those, you’re doing good. It’s a tough division, but (Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural) putting together those nice races for the older horses to keep them on the track, it’s been great to see that competition.” Katie Said, a daughter of stallion Well Said, is a half-sister to Kikikatie, the 2003 Dan Patch Award winner for best two-year-old filly pacer, and stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. Katie Said’s mother, Katies Lucky Lady, is a full sister to millionaire Camluck. Purchased as a yearling for $67,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, Katie Said is owned by the Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. She won her first start last year in 1:55.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia in early October, but in her second race made a violent break while challenging for the lead and went to her knees. “She grabbed a shoe,” Miller said. “She just had some scrapes and scratches, but instead of going on with her, we turned her out and did the right thing by her. It’s working out.” Katie Said won her qualifier last week in 1:55.2. She is eligible to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit as well as a number of stakes including the Lynch Memorial, Adioo Volo, Shady Daisy, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers. “Andy said she was vicious in her qualifier, just under wraps,” Miller said. “As a two-year-old, she was a late-comer. She had some maturity issues, not physically, but mentally. She’s got a nice three-year-old (stakes) season for this summer. She’s been a pleasant surprise. Hopefully she’ll be a nice racehorse for us this year. We’re really looking forward to her.” The Lunch Pail was another late bloomer, after getting an attitude adjustment. The now gelded son of Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty, won a division of the Historic-Goshen Cup in 1:51.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia and finished second in divisions of the Reynolds and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes after a slow start to his career. “He was a little bit of a project for us,” Miller said. “He grabbed a shoe one time at The Meadows and got jammed up another time and was making some breaks. In the stall, he was a nipper and biter and kind of would buck around and kick. We decided to geld him and keep his mind on his business. “As soon as we did that, he had a dazzling performance in (1):51.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. It’s amazing what they can accomplish when they keep their mind on their business.” The Lunch Pail, who was purchased as a yearling for $44,000 under the name Bud Bay at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale, is a full brother to stakes-winner Marty Party. The Lunch Pail was owned by the Millers, but three days after his 1:52.4 qualifier win was sold to Michael Ouriel, who also owns Marty Party. He is eligible to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes as well as events such as the Hempt Memorial, Adios, Reynolds and Historic. He also could go to the Bobby Weiss Series, which begins Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “He’s a nice bred horse,” Miller said. “He’s got pedigree, he’s got the conformation, and now he’s got a great attitude too.” From the United States Trotting Association

DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive week, Dancin Yankee won the $30,000 Preferred pace and as last week, All Stienam took the $27,500 Delaware Special, both conditioned by Josh Green, at Dover Downs on Thursday, Feb. 13. Ron Pierce made a strong move from fourth to first on the backstretch and then romped to his fifth straight win of the 2014 season, a 1:50 mile on a sloppy track, for owners Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing. The Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest six-year-old has been a convincing winner in each race during the streak. For the Third Straight time Texican N (Ross Wolfenden) had to settle for second-place honors. Adventure Bound (Vic Kirby) finished third in the field reduced to five starters after Special Forces was scratched. As last Thursday, All Stienam came from off-the-pace to win the $27,500 Delaware Special, this time in 1:52.4 with Ross Wolfenden driving the Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding for JJ&M Stable and Green Racing. Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch), the leader, and Fool Like A Fool (George Dennis), alongside, cut out the fraction until turning down the land. All Stienam, as he did a week ago, flashed down the lane for his fourth win with a second this season. Feel Like A Fool finished a game second while Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) edging Sunshine Superman for third. Program favorite Mustang Art was scratched. Lindwood Player and Corey Callahan came on strong to win the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open in 1:52. The five-year-old The Panderosa-Direct Player is owned by Mike Casilino and trainer Dylan Davis. Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) was second in front of Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick). A Sweet Ride and Rage N Ryan did not start. A Cool Card closed strongly to score a 1:51.2 victory in a $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace. It marked Callahan's second win on the card. Nick Surick trains the Cole Muffler-Annie You're A Card gelding for Duffy, Paymag and Shim Racing and Mystical Marker Farms. Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick) and Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was second and third respectively. Dirty Devil was scratched. In $15,000 races, Jim Whalen's 8-1 Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) in 1:53.4 and Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) in 1:52.4 were winners. Ross Wolfenden and Ron Pierce drove three wins; Trace Tetrick, Corey Callahan, trainers Josh Green and Les Givens and owner Nanticoke Racing had doubles Horsemen acclaimed Track Superintendent Jerry Clifton for his preparation of the track for racing following a six-inch snowfall. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern.   This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, or More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*)   Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit From the Harness Racing Museum    

DOVER, Del.---- Dancin Yankee wins his second consecutive $30,000 Preferred/Handicap Pace; and All Stienam, the $27,500 Delaware Special, both driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green and part of a four-win output for the trainer and driver, dominated the top races of the Dover Downs week on Thursday, Feb. 6. Page sent Baron Racing's Dancin Yankee three wide on the last turn to blitz home a 1:50.2 winner in the $30,000 feature to overtake front-pacing Texican N and Ross Wolfenden with Rock On Moe, steered by George Dennis, It was the fourth straight for the Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest six-year-old, now undefeated in 2014, and a career winner of 28 races and $629,822. The Page-Green tandem struck again in the $27,500 Del. Special when All Stienam overtook Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) in deep stretch for a 1:50.4 success for J,J&M Stable and Green Racing. People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) escaped being locked in to rally for third-place honors. The victory was the third in four starts with a second for All Stienam, a Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding. Corey Callahan, who drove three winners, guided Lindwood Player home in 1:51 in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open marking the first of two wins for meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis, who co-owns The Panderosa-Direct Player five-year-old with Mike Casalino. Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick) went a valiant front-pacing trip to finish second by a head. Handsome Henry K (Frank Milby) was the show finisher. There were three $15,000 paces: Baron Racing's first of two winners was Summer Camp, trained by Green with Page driving, a 1:52.3 winner of a $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace; Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt and Tony Morgan in 1:53.1 to win the first of two $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces with Bobby Glassmeyer's Bettor's Arena with Jonathan Roberts turning in an impressive 1:52.4 win in the other. In addition to Page and Green, Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce, all had four wins; owners Howard Taylor and Baron Racing had doubles. The big four-win driving show by Chris Page was his final assignment at Dover Downs. He now heads back to his native Ohio to race at the new Miami Valley meet. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- After consecutive fast wins, 8-1 Dancin Yankee moved into the $30,000 Preferred to another win; Full Of Sand won a photo in the $28,500 Delaware Special and Ice Scraper took the $18,000 Open to highlight a strong Thursday, Jan. 30 card at Dover Downs. Overlooked in the betting despite two straight impressive victories, Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page, blew past the leaders in the stretch to record a 1:51.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred, the top purse race of the week. The six-year-old son of The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gave trainer Josh Green his second win on the program. Owned by Bob Briley, Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing, it was his 27th lifetime win and brought his career earnings to $614,822.Second-place Texican N led in the stretch for Ross Wolfenden with Special Forces, third, reined by Corey Callahan. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) led early and tired in the stretch. Callahan and Full Of Sand enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip following All Stienam (Chris Page) until mid-stretch before rolling up to score a 1:51.2 decision in the $28,500 Del. Special. Trish Foulk conditions the Full Of Fun-Soft Towel gelding for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables. A 40-1 shot, People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) came on for third. Ice Scraper, a recent arrival from top-class events at Balmoral Park, notched an impressive 1:51.1 win in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. Owned by Jim Behrendt and trained by Phyllis Copeland of the Roger Plante Stable, the winner is an altered son of Yankee Skyscraper-Chill Breezes. Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second in front of Don't Ya Know (Vic Kirby). Summer Camp came from off the pace to score a 1:51 victory in a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable own the Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art veteran gelding. Driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green. GD Airliner (Callahan) was next with Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Trainer Peter Tritton has unveiled another Down Under import to reckon with. Ross Wolfenden steered Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N, a Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche gelding, to his second win in a row with a stunning 1:51.3 success. Panfully Cool (Ron Pierce) and Wahine (Jim Morand) were second and third respectively. Meet leader Callahan led all drivers with four wins. Ross Wolfenden and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins, Chris Page, Ron Pierce and trainer Josh Green and owner Baron Racing had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007).   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro and Northern Kid. The pacing gait is represented by Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge, with pacers Cam's Card Shark, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by the trotting sire Lucky Chucky and the pacing sires are Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark.   Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, or visit, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 15 , 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit   Submitted by the Harness Racing Museum    

As part of their normal reduction policy at this time of year, Hanover Shoe Farms will be offering a group of broodmares and yearlings of 2014 for private sale online. The offering includes 13 broodmares all of which, other than one, are in foal to Pennsylvania eligible stallions. The stallions to which the mares are in foal to are Cams Card Shark, Dragon Again, Explosive Matter, Western Ideal and Yankee Cruiser. The 21 yearlings of 2014 are by Badlands Hanover, Dragon Again SJs Caviar, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. A listing of the horses together with their prices and other information may be found on the Hanover Shoe Farms website or at For further information please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at or at 717-637-8931. Submitted by Hanover Shoe Farms  

Breeding is such an inexact business that nothing can ever be taken for granted. One sire who this applies more than most is the great Artiscape.  In North America he was an absolute champion as a two and three year old on the track taking a mark of 1:49:3z on his way to winning $1,469,461. A measure of his quality was he ran 1 -2-3 in twenty five of his twenty six starts. And he took that kind of performance into the breeding barn when he went to stud. Right from the start he sired quality colts and fillies that were competitive with the best in North America. His stud statistics are outstanding. Stakes earned $89,648,000           Winners 834      Sub 1:55 - 404     Sub 1:50 - 30 He has eight millionaires (One Horse Of The Year, Rainbow Blue $1,600,000) including such standouts as Maltese Artist $2,340,000 Escape The Wind $2,129,000 Yankee Cruiser $1,457,000 and Rose Jewel $ 1,396,000. He also has sons showing up as sires with Yankee Cruiser already having progeny with stakes of $25,000,000 on the card including the brilliant Sweet Lou 1:47:4s $2,117,000 and Feelin Friskie who is 15th on the two year old sires list in 2013 and sixth on average earnings with just 35 foals.   In the 2001/2002 breeding season, Artiscape was made available to NZ breeders via frozen semen at Nevele R stud. Serving just 13 mares in his first year at a high service fee of $8,500. The next two seasons he bred 84 and 77 at the same fee.   For both the 2005 and the 2006 seasons he was shuttled to New Zealand and stood at Nevele R Stud. The number of mares he served in those two years was 56 and 43 which was in no small way a reflection of the performance of his first crops to hit the track in NZ. To say that his NZ stock under performed compared to their North American counterparts would be a massive understatement. From 218 foals in NZ he has left 90 winners but only two passed the $100,000 mark, Fight Fire With Fire ($151,657) and Steve McQueen ($179,835). So what is the reason for  the massive difference in results. The first three crops were all conceived in NZ via frozen semen could be the major contributing factor to his lack of success in NZ.. Some stallions such as Dream Vacation and Western Ideal seem to have no issue with frozen semen but some including Artiscape obviously don't have the same impact with frozen semen. Several sires have been available to NZ breeders via frozen semen whose results have been less than satisfactory but when available to breeders via fresh semen have produced a much better quality of stock. This leads one to the conclusion that frozen semen has to be evaluated on a sire by sire basis as it obviously doesn't work for some stallions. And Artiscape is definitely one of those. What all this has meant for NZ breeders is that Artiscape is poorly regarded in the marketplace which I feel has more to do with frozen semen in his case than his siring ability. It has meant that none of the commercial studs in NZ have stood sons or grandsons of Artiscape which is a real shame as they obviously have plenty to offer breeders going by the results in North America.  JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow

Contesta Hanover pulled off a 29-1 upset in the $75,000 Northlands Filly Pace, defeating Crackers Hot Shot in a two-horse breakaway down the stretch on a snowy Friday night at Northlands Park. Gerry Hudon worked out the winning trip for trainer Keith Clark, whose last Northlands Filly Pace winner, Dewinton Destroyer, was also an upset winner at odds of 11-1 in 2011. The De Winton, Alta. conditioner shares ownership of Contesta Hanover with partner Robert Jones of Slave Lake, Alta. When the gate closed, Emotions Run Wild (Kelly Hoerdt) worked her way to the lead over inside starter Keep The Dream, Clark's favoured filly, with outsider G Ts Selene (Travis Cullen) left parked out through a :27.2 opening quarter. Keep The Dream made a quarter pole move edging off the rail ahead of G Ts Selene and pursued the early leader past the :56.4 half-mile mark. As the 1-9 favourite began to edge by into the top spot, second choice Crackers Hot Shot (Bill Tainsh Jr.) rallied three-wide from mid-pack and quickly rolled by with Contesta Hanover following that move nearing the three-quarters in 1:26. Crackers Hot Shot and Contesta Hanover took off from the rest of the field into the final turn and locked in a stretch duel with the latter persevering in deep stretch for the 1:56.3 victory over the frozen track. "I had a good trip," commented Hudon in the winner's circle. "I saw it mapping out early; they were going lots of speed [up front] and I knew if I could keep it tight I would get it all in the end." Despite winning her elimination two weeks ago, Contesta Hanover was overlooked by the betting public and paid $61.40 to win by one length over Crackers Hot Shot. The longest shot on the board at odds of 61-1, Cenalta Fireworks (Scott Knight) came from last to show, finishing nearly nine lengths behind, over Keep The Dream. "I thought the other horse [Keep The Dream] was going to win, but Gerry did a great job and we have to thank Keith too, he got her ready," noted Jones. "We're very, very happy." The Yankee Cruiser filly, who went winless in three starts as a freshman, now boasts a career record reading 7-7-6 in 38 starts with earnings soaring to $47,151. In overnight racing action, 2012 Northlands Filly Pace competitor Credit Card Junkie ($5.40) and Clark overcame a post eight start one race earlier to the win the weekly $9,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace. The 8-5 favourite tucked into third early on and then swept to command down the backstretch en route to her 10th win of the year from 21 starts, clocked in 1:58.3. Phoenician Girl (Travis Cullen) came on for second, finishing two lengths behind the winner, while pacesetter Gts Jerilyn (Brandon Campbell) finished third. Clark bred and owns the four-year-old Camystic filly with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary's Verne Rea. The $75,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby for three-year-old colts and geldings will headline Saturday's harness racing card at Northlands Park, which gets underway at 6 p.m. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Northlands Park. Reprinted with permission by 

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 7, 2013--Double-millionaire Sweet Lou (George Brennan) made a successful local debut Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Ordered outside his seven rivals (though inside one notch after a defection), 3-5 choice "Lou" worked around Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), making the before a quick :26.3 opening quarter. It was a rated 30-second quarter (:56.3) with Ardyne Ace (Larry Stalbaum) moving from fifth. That one offered minimal grief in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with Sweet Lou taking a couple of lengths into the lane, The people's preference then held the gang at bay, whipping Sapphire City by a length in 1:52...snappy :27.2 final quarter. Third went to a three-hole Lumberjack Willie (catch-driver Jordan Stratton), with Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) and Ardyne Ace rounded out the payees. For Sweet Lou, a 4-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Philip Collura, he returned $3.30 for his fourth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.60, with the triple returning $49. It should be noted that Sweet Lou's only half-mile experience prior to Saturday was the 2012 Little Brown Jug, when he won his heat before finishing second in the final. It is surmised he's going to join the Burke contingent in next season's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon Frank Drucker

Sugar Valley Farm and the Yankee Cruiser syndicate are pleased to announce that Yankee Cruiser will stand at the Delaware, Ohio nursery for the 2014 breeding season. The son of Artiscape out of the Jate Lobell mare A Yankee Classic has sired four sub 1:50 performers and winners of $24.6 million, including Sweet Lou (1:47.4s - $2,054,001) and the 2012 Jugette champion, Darena Hanover (1:50.1f - $650,607). On the racetrack, Yankee Cruiser was a very consistent performer finishing on the board in 26 of 35 career starts, winning $1,150,123. He established his lifetime mark of 1:49.3s in winning the $1 million North American Cup. Yankee Cruiser returns to Ohio after standing the last six seasons at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania. "We are pleased to have Yankee Cruiser back in the Buckeye State," noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. "He was a dominate sire in Ohio in the late 2000s and we expect the same in the future." Yankee Cruiser will stand for a $4,500 fee in 2014. by Jay Wolf for Sugar Valley Farm  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2013 — Carol’s Comet stalked wicked fractions from the pocket, then zipped by in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Foreclosure N took the field through a speedy three-quarters in 1:22.4 but could not shake Carol’s Comet. When Aaron Merriman pointed Carol’s Comet to the Lightning Lane, the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Modern Medicine gelding poured through and downed Foreclosure N by 3/4 lengths in 1:50.2, matching his career best. Perrito Caliente earned show. Ron Potter trains Carol’s Comet, who now boasts $215,114 in lifetime earnings, for Whiskey Tango Stable, Martin Presser, Bill Moore and Matthew Moore. Dave Palone drove four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 27, 2013 — Amped Up Hanover rushed to the early lead and never faced a serious challenge en route to a facile victory in Friday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Monte Cristo Spur fashioned a similarly easy win in the other division of the $101,000 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Amped Up Hanover endured several narrow losses in tough recent stakes, but he was very much the boss Friday, putting away the field in 1:56.3. Upfront Billy Boy was 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Explosive Cash third. “He pushed the gate away like an older horse,” said winning driver Mike Wilder. “He has great manners. I never pulled out his earplugs. He really acts like he’s a classy colt.” John Butenschoen trains the Explosive Matter-Armbro Amadeus gelding, whose win pushed his bankroll north of $100,000, for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Robert Bove, VIP Internet Stable and Tangie Massey. Monte Cristo Spur pulled the pocket for trainer/driver Dick Stillings at the three-quarters and jogged to victory in a career-best 1:57.1, 4-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Master Bedroom. Uriel closed well for show. “I thought my horse was probably the best,” Stillings said. “He got a little warm his last race, so I had to make a couple changes. I went to a different bit and put his earplugs back in. That’s it for him this year. He isn’t very big, so we decided not to stake him very much. We kept him in some big races next year.” Richard Davis owns the son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella, who completed his freshman campaign by vaulting over $100,000 in earnings. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Darena Hanover stalked from the pocket for Wilder, then poured through the Lightning Lane to erase a 3-1/2-length deficit and triumph in a sharp 1:51.4. The first-over Do Me Honor was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while early leader Betterluvnexttime saved show. Ron Burke trains Darena Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Dashaway Hanover who now boasts $643,947 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable. Stillings and Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a pair of Keystone Classics — a $90,000 event for 3-year-old filly trotters and an $81,600 stake for sophomore filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

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