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The Yirribee Pacing Stud bred and owned Million Dollar Gem has been sold to continue her racetrack career at Yonkers Raceway, New York.    A daughter of Million Dollar Cam, the six-year-old won 17 races including the NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final, $110,290 in stakes and took a mile mark of 1:53.2.   The deal was clinched by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent John Curtin, of JC International.   Mad Robber, another bred by Yirribee, posted his 13th win at Glooucester Park last Friday and sent his stake tally over the $100,000 mark.   Lombo Pocket Watch's son Folsom Prison picked up his third win at Gloucester Park on August 27, rating 1:58.8 over 2130 metres.   Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the powerful Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster for the 2019/20 season. The roster also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon, Warrawee Needy and Caribbean Blaster. By Peter Wharton

Harness racing's champion race horse Lazarus has featured on Channel Nine News in Australia. An icon of harness racing both "Down Under" and in North America, Lazarus won over $4 million dollars in stakes when racing but now the international super star is embarking on a stud career at Yirribee Pacing Stud in Wagga. Club Menangle own the rights to the outstanding stallion in the Southern Hemisphere, with 170 mares already booked in, including Tara Gold, dam of the legendary pacer Tiger Tara.  Other high profile mares booked to Lazarus in Australia are the 2002 2YO of the Year Lombo La Fe Fe, the NSW Ladyship Mile winner Vansumic, Miss Trickin Lombo (Vic. Silver Chalice), Ocean Diva (1:51.1), Gilt Bromac NZ (Vic. Gold Chalice), Rarifield Air USA (sister to Rocknroll Hanover), National Gallery (dam of Rocknroll Icon), Texan Cowgirl (dam of Aussie Reactor 1:50.6, $616,425), Magic Maddy Lombo (dam of three $100,000 winners), Eyes Of Courage (dam of Ameretto $565,419), Very Chic (Shakamaker Classic) and The Blue Lotus NZ (1:56.6).   Harnesslink Media

Yirribee Pacing Stud sire Tintin In America's bonny daughter Shartin N cemented her position as the No 1 harness racing mare in North America when she led throughout in the $US137,000 Artiscape in 1:49.1 at Tioga Downs, New York. It was her 13th win from 14 starts this year which includes her eighth Stakes success. She has banked $US857,052 in 2019. Former Canadian 2YO of the Year Warrawee Needy is leaving some smart youngsters in Canada this year. They include the filly Capistrano (1:53.8) and the gelding Noch Ten (1:55). Million Dollar Cam, the Little Brown Jug champion, left two fast winners in NSW in the three-year-old Kyle Shannon (1:59.5, Bathurst) and Chubbs (1:57.2, Wagga). Caribbean Blaster sired a 'new' three-year-old winner In Caribbean Rocket and has now left 16 individual three-year-old winners to date this season, while Lombo Pocket Watch's son Mighty Moke Lombo won in a career-best 1:55.7 at Young. A pair of Yirribee Pacing Stud bred winners for the week were the three-year-old Hudsen, who notched his sixth win from 11 starts at Ballarat, and the Tamworth winner For Me. Tintin In America, Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the powerful Yirribee Stud sire roster which also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark and Fear The Dragon. By Peter Wharton          

The results of harness racing along the eastern seaboard this week further cemented Yirribee Pacing Stud's reputation as one of the leading standardbred nurseries in the country. The Wagga based stud bred no less than six winners for the week - three in NSW, two in Victoria and one in Queensland. The haul included a winning double at Wagga with Million Dollar Gem (1:58.7, by Million Dollar Cam) and the three-year-old Nobbys Clock (1:57.6, by Lombo Pocket Watch). Weona Luke (1:54, Menangle), Offthetopofmyhead (1:56.2, Albion Park), the three-year-old Hudsen (Cranbourne) and Racene (Mildura) were other winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud. Besides Nobbys Clock, Lombo Pocket Watchalso sired the 1:56.5 Bathurst winner Watchoutnexttime and a 'new' winner Ifbutzandmaybes (Hobart). Tintin In America left important winners on both sides of the Tasman in Gods Spirit NZ, an impressive end-to-end winner in 1:52.5 at Menangle, and Ella Jaccka, who notched her fourth win at Gore, New Zealand. To complete another busy week, the talented Caribbean Blaster three-year-old Blaster Ranger posted win No. 7 at Wagga last Friday (August 9). Tintin In America, Million Dollar Cam, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of an imposing Yirribee Pacing Stud roster for the 2019/20 season which also includes champion Ausralasian pacers Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the top flight American performers Fear The Dragon and Warrawee Needy.   By Peter Wharton

Tintin In America's brilliant daughter Shartin hoisted a fresh world record for a female pacer on a mile track of 1:46.8 when she captured the $US183,500 Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands on Saturday (August 3). Sent to the top from the outset, the five-year-old carved out fractions of 26, 27.8, 27.2 and 25.8 in her historic mile. She won by three lengths. Shartin has won 12 of her 12 starts this year for $US742,927 in stakes. Her lifetime tally stands at $US1,872,280. Tintin In America was also represented by the Echuca winner on Thursday night (August 1) in Castafiore. The YIrribee Pacing Stud bred youngster Chasing The Wind, the winner of the Group 2 NSW Breeders Challenge True Final at its first start, made it two for two at Bathurst on Wednesday (July 31), rating 1:57.9 over 1730 metres. Yirribee landed a double at Leeton on Tuesday (July 29) with the Million Dollar Cam three-year-old Kyalla Playboy and the homebred four-year-old King Fisher. The latter won again at Wagga on Sunday (August 4) in a career-best 1:56.6. Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam are part of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster which also includes Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon, Caribbean Blaster and Warrawee Needy.   By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud landed a winning treble at its home track, the Riverina Paceway, Wagga last Friday. The stud's resident sire Lombo Pocket Watch produced winners in consecutive races in Nobbys Clock (1:54.9), bred and raced by Yirribee's Dianne Sutherland, and Mighty Moke Lombo (1:55.7), a gelding owned by Yirribee and trained by Rod Woodhouse. Jennas Romance, a daughter of Million Dollar Cam, became the stud's third winner on the day when she sprint-laned to her seventh success. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the 2:00 Pinjarra (WA) winner Our Mista Kalle, while Lombo Pocket Watch's bonny daughter Call Her Julie won for the 21st time in Hobart on Friday night. Tintin In America took the siring honours at Rangiora, New Zealand on Sunday with a winning double via Only In America (2 wins from 3 starts) and His Royal Harness. Caribbean Blaster, whose first crop of three-year-olds are firing on all cylinders, left his 15th individual winner from his first crop when Cuzin Pat outstayed his rivals at Parkes on Sunday afternoon. Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster, Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of the Yirribee sire roster which also includes the Inter Dominion champions Lazarus and Lennytheshark, the North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon and the superfast Warrawee Needy.   By Peter Wharton

Shartin, a New Zealand bred harness racing daughter of Tintin In America, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, became the highest stake earner in America this year when she captured the $179,550 Golden Girls at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 13). The win advanced her stake tally in 2019 to $605,765, the result of 10 wins from 11 starts. She has now won nine races on end and has 36 wins from 48 lifetime starts. One week earlier Shartin won the $30,000 Great Northeast Series in 1:49 under a hold at Harrah's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tintin In America was also represented by a 'new' winner, Only In America, who won at his second start at Ashburton, New Zealand. Chasing The Wind, a two-year-old gelding bred and raised at Yirribee Pacing Stud, made a triumphant debut at Menangle on Saturday (July 13), winning the Group 2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Final. After enjoying a sweet trip, the gelding finished full of running to win in 1:53.5. Another 'new' winner bred by Yirribee was the four-year-old King Fisher who won for the first time at Cobram in 1:59.1. Million Dollar Cam landed at winning double at Dubbo on Sunday (July 14) with the three-year-olds Romero (1:59.6) and Getaloadathisgirl, and a 'new' winner at Pinjarra in Our Mista Kalle, a 1:55.9 winner at his second outing. Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam will be standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud this season alongside Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Fear The Dragon, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch.   Peter Wharton

Former champion pacer Lennytheshark is to do stud duty at one of New South Wales’ leading studs – the Yirribee Pacing Stud - where Lazarus, Warrawee Needy and Fear The Dragon head a select sire list.   Lennytheshark, who took a mile record of 1:49.2, earned stakes in excess of $3-million, of which he won $2.45-million in his last three seasons. He won a remarkable 23 Group races including seven at Group 1 level.   Lennytheshark was a champion juvenile pacer in his own right. At 2 he won a heat of the Vicbred Super Series (3 rd in Final) and a semi-final of the Breeders Crown, while at 3 his major successes were the $200,000 NSW Derby, a heat of the Victoria Derby and semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series.   As a four-year-old ‘Lenny’ was undefeated in six starts including a clean sweep of the Vicbred Series and the Victorian 4YO and 5YO Championship.   However, Lennytheshark really stamped himself as the leading pacer in the country as an aged horse.   His list of major race victories included the 2016 $1.3-million Inter Dominion Grand Final, the 2016 and 2017 Victoria Cups, the 2017 Kilmore Cup and the 2017 Miracle Mile in which he took his lifetime mark of 1:49.2, defeating Lazarus, Smolda and Our Waikiki Beach.   A versatile performer, ‘Lenny’ won from the front end, sitting parked or coming from behind and won on all-sized tracks from 1600 to 3200 metres.   In all, ‘Lenny’, a true champion of champions, recorded 39 wins and 33 placings from 82 starts for $3,007,585 – an average of $36,600 per start!   On the score of blood Lennytheshark lacks nothing. His sire Four Starzzz Shark (1:47.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $2,758,648 and has been one of Australia’s top sires for some time.   He figures as the sire of two of Australia’s greatest pacers in Lennytheshark and Frith ($1.1-million).   Botswana, the dam of Lennytheshark, was the winner of the Broodmare of the Year award in 2016. She is the dam of five individual winners, four of whom took records of better than 1:58, including Led Suitcase ($261,395), a Breeders Crown champion, and Blissfull Boy ($241,970).   Botswana (2:00.7) was by Albert Albert from the noted producer Lourenco Marques, by Thor Hanover from Mozambique (dam of 6 winners) and tracing to Miss Tommy, who founded one of the greatest sources of speed of any Australian Stud Book family.   Classic Garry, a Garry Rowan horse who became a leading sire and broodmare sire, is a member of this family.   A commanding individual standing 15.3 hands with outstanding conformation and an excellent temperament, Lennytheshark is certain to add interest to the NSW breeding scene.   His service fee is $2,750 including GST with discounts for multiple mares.     Peter Wharton

Former Grand Circuit winner Caribbean Blaster increased his tally of harness racing winners from his initial crop to 14 with the three-year-olds Caruba (1:59, Pinjarra) and Tropical Storm (Leeton). Caribbean Blaster has left 18 individual winners to date. Companion sire Million Dollar Cam was represented by the fastest winner of the day at Parkes on Sunday in Tulhurst Cash, who hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:56.4. Caribbean Blaster and Million Dollar Cam will be joined by the mighty Lazarus, Tintin In America and frozen sire Fear The Dragon at Yirribee Pacing Stud in the upcoming season. Yirribee Stud bred four winners for the week including the three-year-old Hes An Artist, a 1:57.9 winner at Cranbourne, The Summercat (Horsham), Hooded Angel (1:55.7, Newcastle) and Conrod Kenze (1:59.9, Leeton).   By Peter Wharton  

Yankee Rockstar, a harness racing Group or Listed winner from two to five years and the richest Australian-bred son of deceased champion sire Rocknroll Hanover, is to do stud duty at one of New South Wales’ leading studs - Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga - where Warrawee Needy (1:46.8) heads a select sire list. He was a champion juvenile pacer in his own right. He won his first six starts as a two and three-year-old including the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Premiere Stakes, while at four he won seven out of nine highlighted by the Victoria 4YO Bonanza, defeating Hectorjayjay, Yayas Hot Spot and Major Crocker. Yankee Rockstar put an exclamation mark on his career during the summer of 2015/16. In the space of three months he captured three of the jewels of the Victorian country cups circuit – the Kilmore, Cranbourne and Stawell Pacing Cups. Among the horses he defeated were dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide, Ohoka Punter, Nike Franco, Messini and Im Corzin Terror. Possessed of speed and stamina, Yankee Rockstar won over all distances from 1609 to 2690 metres and he took his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 over 1720 metres at Melton, ripping home in 26.3 – one of the fastest closing sectionals ever recorded at Melbourne headquarters. In all, Yankee Rockstar had 35 starts for 22 wins and seven placings and was only three times further back than sixth. He amassed $329,048 in stakemoney. Yankee Rockstar is a quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood – that of Rocknroll Hanover his sire and Artsplace his maternal sire. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.6, Rocknroll Hanover was a world champion at 2 years, was the first pacer to win three $1 million races and he ran up a record tally of $2,754,038 to the end of his two and three-year-old racing. Rocknroll Hanover has matched his greatness as a racehorse in the siring field, and now his sons are achieving distinctions of the same order. Aston Villa (1:58.1), the American-bred dam of Yankee Rockstar, is one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Artsplace (1:49.4), being out of the Storm Damage mare Villa Storm, a half-sister to the Canadian Mare of the year Art’s Secret (1:51.4), the Stakes winner Cam’s Secretary (1:52.6) and to the dam of millionaire Secret’s Nephew (1:48.8). Aston Villa is the dam of four winners from four foals of racing age, three of whom took records of 1:55 or better including last season’s outstanding two-year-old Poster Boy 1:54.1, a dual Group winner. Yankee Rockstar has everything in his favour to distinguish himself as a sire – an impeccable background of blood, a brilliant race record and he looks the part. His introductory fee is $2,200 including GST and his progeny are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, Colonial Bred Bonus, Bathurst Gold Crown and Breeders Crown. Yankee Rockstar - 2016 Kilmore Cup Yankee Rockstar wins the 2016 Cranbourne Cup Peter Wharton  

In a major coup for harness racing NSW Breeders, Yirribee Stud is excited to announce that after extensive negotiations with Rob Watson, Gary Lyons and other owners of this Syndicate, we have been able to purchase outright, the multiple Derby & Grand Circuit winning legendary stallion “Courage Under Fire”. We feel this will be a huge shot in the arm for NSW Broodmare owners as it has been a long time since NSW has had such a high profile proven Sire standing at Stud. Courage is currently sitting between 3 & 4th on the top of the  All Age Sires list. He will stand for the same Service Fee as the previous season and will make NSW Breeders eligible for the additional $3000 Blue Bonus. In addition, he  will also be eligible for the NSW Colonial Stallion rebate. He will join our strong line up of stallions including the new boy on the block Tintin In America, our exciting new Super Sire prospects, Caribbean Blaster & For A Reason, and our other proven gentlemen, Lombo Pocket Watch & Million Dollar Cam. Smolda by Courage Under Fire winning this year's TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final

The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to again announce that a record number of horses have been nominated for the sixth annual VDM weekend of racing. The richest stakes weekend in all of Ireland and the UK, the VDM has developed into a must attend week-long festival in Dublin, Ireland with the races being held August 12 and 13, 2017. "To say we were overwhelmed with the support from the horse owners," said race founder Derek Delaney. "would be an understatement for our festival of harness racing. While we are slightly down on numbers in the two-year-old divisions, we made up for it on three-year-old's with our new joint sponsorship with Alabar Stud and Oakwood Stud." The premier event of the weekend is the sixth annual Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old's. Perhaps harness racing's most grueling race as it calls for two-year-old's to race in elimination divisions Saturday and then the final on Sunday. A record number of pacing fillies entered the Diamond Creek Farm VDM with 38 nominated over 35 in 2016. The newly sponsored Hanover Shoe Farm VDM for colts saw a decline over prior year with 38 nominated for 2017 vs 45 in 2016. Rhyds Mystique, the BHRC filly of the year in 2016 and IB Coyote, winner of the Diamond Creek Farm VDM Final last year, are both nominated. Another record was set in nominations for the three-year-old Alabar-Oakwood Stud Derby with a total of 45 colts and fillies entered. The colt division has 23 entered and the new filly division has 23 nominated. Heading the list of colts for the Derby is Tyrion Hanover, the BHRC colt of the year last season and the winner of the VDM colt final. In the four-year-old newly sponsored Yirribee Paul Murtagh, SR. Memorial, only seven entered the horse division, mainly because of the presences of the 2016 Harness Horse of the Year in Ireland and the UK, Miraculous, returning for another championship season. He is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest racehorses ever in Ireland and the UK. Unfortunately, due to a lack of entries (only four) in the Yirribee Murtagh Mare Division, the race has been canceled. "We will however," said Delaney, "try our very best to stage a four-year-old and older mare's race on the weekend. "Overall we are really excited that our three major stakes events are up again in total horses." Delaney add, "This year we have 127 entered for the three stakes and last year was at 120. Anytime we can continue to increase total nominations it shows we are growing and that is always good." Complete listings of all the horses nominated will be available soon at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial      

Two of the sports biggest breeding operations in all of harness racing, Hanover Shoe Farms in North America and Alabar Stud in Australia/New Zealand, have both signed on as new sponsors for the 6th annual Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM) in Ireland for 2017. In addition, Diamond Creek Farm and Joe Bellino Racing Stable in the USA, PJI Engineering and Oakwood Stud in Ireland, have all “re-upped” their race sponsorships for the big race weekend. The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend is the creation of Derek and James Delaney of Offlay, Ireland, who is 2012, a year after the tragic death of their younger brother Vincent, decided to have a memorial race in his honor. Little did they know that their weekend honoring their lost brother would develop into the richest harness racing stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. “My brother James and I look back at what we’ve done with our brothers race in just four years,” said Derek Delaney. “And it blows us away. We have a VDM Committee who is the backbone of our big weekend and now we hire some outside agency’s to help us. It’s amazing. We know that Vincent is very proud of what we have done in his memory.” Hanover Shoe Farms is the leading money earning breeding farm in racing and they are now the title sponsor of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Colt Pace for two-year-olds. The icing on the cake for Hanover Shoe Farms management may have been after Tyrion Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, won the VDM colt division on August 14. He was purchased at Hanover’s Harrisburg Sale at a yearling and flown back to the UK. “Murray (Brown) came back with great enthusiasm about the weekend in Ireland.” Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms. “He told me how they are in it for the love of Horse Racing...not the money. The sponsorship was available so we took it. We sponsor races in Lexington, Meadowlands, The Hambletonian, The Little Brown Jug, Chester, The Meadows, Pocono Downs, UK and Germany.  So why not Ireland?” Simpson said that he is already planning on coming to Ireland next year for the VDM Weekend. The Diamond Creek Farm VDM filly division is being sponsored for the second straight year by Diamond Creek Farm and the Adam Bowden Family. “It was an easy decision.” Bowden said. “After going to Ireland for the 2016 edition of the VDM Memorial we were blown away by the hospitality of the Irish people as well as the Delaney family. “Joining a grassroots movement is addicting, Bowden explained, “and being part of something great is what we are all about. Diamond Creek Farm wants to be involved in events that showcase the greatness of Standardbred racing both at home in the US as well as abroad. Derek Delaney, single-handedly has energized the sport in that region and we could not be more excited about the what the future will bring. “How could you not be entirely blown away over there?” Bowden said. “You can see the event in pictures or follow Heather Vitale's live Facebook posts, but being there in person is an out of this world experience. My wife and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity and the generosity shown by everyone we came in contact with. “I grew up going to the races in Maine (especially the Cumberland Fair in my hometown),” Bowden added, “and being at Portmarnock Raceway was like being transported back in time to 1985 when I was a little kid and reliving my first harness racing experiences where everything was novel and new. It was grassroots racing at its finest.” The VDM is the world’s most rugged race for two-year-olds, requiring the young horses to race Saturday in elimination divisions and then return Sunday for their respective finals in the one-mile race. “We even have sponsors now for the VDM elimination races,” Derek Delaney added. “Clive and Anne Dalton from Australia have signed on and are guaranteeing that each elimination division for both the colts and fillies will race for €2,000 each.”    Alabar Stud, the largest breeding operation down under with 28 stallions in Australia and New Zealand, is now co-sponsoring the Alabar-Oakwood Derby for three-year-old pacers. This race calls for the same format as the VDM, eliminations Saturday (if necessary) and the finals on Sunday. The race is also at a one-mile distance.   And, with the Alabar sponsorship, there will also be a filly division for the 3YO Derby in 2017. Alan Galloway, owner and director of Alabar Stud, was in Ireland for the VDM Weekend this past August and was infatuated with everything he saw. “It was my first time in Ireland for the VDM,” said Galloway, “And what a show they put on. Just a fantastic race weekend. So much excitement. So much passion for the sport that I knew Alabar had to get involved again. “We actually were sponsors when the first Breeders Crown UK & Ireland came about over ten years ago.” Galloway said. “We were invited to come over and help them and the Ireland improve racing. I met and worked with its president, David Wilson, when he first developed the Breeders Crown series. We bred over 100 mares back then,” Galloway said. “We sent over Village Jasper, Armbro Operative and Safely Kept. It was very difficult getting all the approvals from the government but we got it done. Many of the horses racing there now are from their offspring’s. “I was really taken back this year,” Galloway said. “The Irish are such lovely people. Everything that Derek Delaney and his brother have done to promote this weekend is fantastic. Their story is very moving, so emotional, it’s what we at Alabar want to be part of.” Another major sponsor, smitten by coming to the VDM this year, was Joe Bellino and his family, all eight of them. The Bellino Racing Stable in the USA had agreed to sponsor the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace this year and was so enthralled with the entire Ireland experience, Joe re-upped for 2017 even before he came home. “It was the way the people in racing there embraced my family,” Joe Bellino said. “And their deep love for the sport that convinced me to want to sponsor the race again. The way they celebrated a win with cheering and excitement. It’s just the same way I am whether racing for $100 purse or $500,000. It was also great to see and feel it firsthand. “In some way in North America we have lost our way with that sort of enthusiasm.” Bellino explained. “It’s almost like the people who win are used to winning and have come to expect it. That’s why I really appreciated the Hambo this year as it was great to see and feel the passion for our sport just as they do in Ireland.” PJI Engineering of England, one of the largest metal fabricators in all of the UK and Ireland, has come back on board as the sponsor of the Junior FFA Pace. “I first met Derek and James in 2015,” explained Paul Johnson, owner of PJI Engineering in England, “and he was telling me the story on Vincent and the passion the two of them have for the sport is unbelievable. “These two are trying there utmost to take this sport to the next level,” Johnson said, “and the VDM has done so. This is an event that everyone looks forward to every year now, and it gets better every year. Let's not forget the charity's they give to as well. We look forward to be a part of the VDM for many years to come!” With new and renewed sponsorship support coming from around the world, Derek and James Delaney are putting the money right back into their big race weekend. “Because of the great growth of sponsors for the VDM Weekend,” Derek Delaney said, “we will be able in 2017 to also expand the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds to both a horse and mare divisions with Yirribee Stud in Australia taking on as sponsor of the mare division and there will be an increase in purse for the Elvin-Delaney Invitation Le Trot race. This is all so grand! “We now have many of the world’s leading harness racing breeders, owners, trainer, drivers, announcers and journalists coming to Ireland for the VDM.” Delaney added, “It’s hard to imagine that just five years ago we raced for €20,000 ($25,000US) in total purses that first year and now in 2017 the weekend will feature more than €100,000 ($127,000US) in purses. “The VDM has become a major success story to have the biggest breeding farms in the world sponsoring our brothers memorial weekend” Delaney added, “and it's also a major step in the right direction for our breeders, owners, trainers and drivers that they can now breed and sell, train or own horses that has real earning potential in juvenile racing and more! “When you have Alan Galloway and Alabar Farms, Joe Bellino and his Bellino Racing Stables, Jim Simpson & Murray Brown of Hanover shoe Farms, Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farms, Rod Woodhouse of Yirribee Stud Australia, all willing to advise and sponsor us and help improve the breeding in Ireland and the UK.” Said Delaney. “We all know this can only mean a very strong future for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend and a very bright future for our Oakwood Stud.” Delaney added, “We have been a major factor in the racing and breeding in Ireland and the UK and I believe our Standardbreds will become world class in the future. Ireland has a history for producing the best gallopers in the world, so why can't we in Ireland and UK not be the best producers of Standardbreds in the world or at least one of the best! “We are also working with Sire Stakes Ireland and the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland, bricking and building stronger with devoted people like my brother James Delaney, Bernie Kelly, Dave Wilson, Jackie Mann, Thomas Bennett and others. It's all going to complement our events and others stakes. It’s going to be something special how our racing will be growing in the next two to three years’ time, getting stronger year on year. “Maybe most important about all of this,” Delaney said, “is the great new friends we have made over the years that will last a lifetime.” For more information, visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. The dates for the 2017 Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend are Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend   

The richest and fastest Australian bred son of Art Major, For A Reason, will be standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud this upcoming harness racing breeding season. Having already sired a Group One winner in his first crop of foals, 'Frank The Tank' looks set for a big season ahead. After spending a season at stud, For A Reason returned to the racetrack and went on to win the Victoria Cup, the Queensland Pacing Championship and also finish third-placed in both the Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion. And this same trait of determination has been seen in his foals including last month's Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Final winner, Conviction, according to trainer Steve Turnbull. "He is up there with the best two-year-olds I've ever trained," Steve said. "He is extremely quick out of the gate and has a big heart." Out of For A Reason's first crop, which are now two-year-olds, he had 33 live foals for 10 starters and three winners all in sub 2:00. Former co-trainer and driver Luke McCarthy is looking forward to seeing more of his progeny race. "Dad (John McCarthy) has a gelding by For A Reason called The Democrat and he has already won two races in seven starts rating 1:55 in each," McCarthy said. "Right from when we broke Frank in I said this colt is a motor car. "He was the best looking yearling I'd seen and his great attitude made him the superstar that he was not to mention his great gait - he never wore a knee boot! "He had so many great wins . . . his four Derby wins were very special especially the New South Wales Derby when he sat three wide without cover from the 1000 metre mark and outstayed them. "His Victoria Cup was an amazing win beating horses like Beautide, Christen Me and Smoken Up . . . it was one of the highlights of my career. "People always mention For A Reason's super speed but his staying capabilities where just as good as he showed in the New Zealand Cup where he missed the start, sat three wide to the breeze from the 1400 metres to outstay Terror To Love and it took the champion mare Adore Me to beat him. "He was just a well mannered horse with an amazing attitude - a pleasure to train and drive." Breeding to For A Reason in NSW your foal could be eligible for the $500 Colonial Stallion Bonus, the True Blue Bonus plus the other Breeders Challenge bonuses in place. For more information on For A Reason standing at stud please contact Yirribee Pacing Stud on (02) 6933 1217 or www.yirribee.com.au. AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing Breeders in New South Wales are set to be the big winners after today’s announcement from Yirribee Pacing Stud that the world’s fastest horse Warrawee Needy will be joining its stallion roster. Warrawee Needy is the fastest two year old in Ontario Sires Stakes history on 800m, 1000m and 1400m tracks and is the equal fastest harness horse of all time having run a 1:46.4, a record he shares with Somebeachsomewhere.  He won 29 races and more than $1.25 million, was freakishly fast at two after recording a 1:49.4, faster still at three when he ran 1:48.4 and fastest in the world at four with his 1:46.4.  Warrawee Needy will stand for $3,850 inclusive of GST. The arrival of Warrawee Needy comes on the back of news announced by the HRNSW Board last month that it would eliminate all HRNSW fees including the $750 registration fee and the $110 paid to the controlling body by stallion owners for all Breeders Challenge eligible foals for NSW resident stallions. This is on top of the announcement made by the New South Wales Harness Racing Club that it will be fully subsidising the breeder’s payment of the $185 foaling fee for the next three years. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny congratulated Yirribee Pacing Stud on the arrival of Warrawee Needy and with tax parity funding strategies soon to be released, confirmed the NSW breeding industry and its future is paramount to the success of harness racing in the premier state. “To have the fastest horse on the planet standing in NSW is a coup for breeding in New South Wales and I applaud Yirribee’s team headed by Rod Woodhouse for the commitment to local breeding,” Mr Dumesny said. “The commitment of the HRNSW Board to support breeding in NSW is evidenced by early resident sire announcements and I look forward to outlining further tax parity funding strategies at the Harnessing Our Future conference later this month.” Greg Hayes

In a major coup for the harness racing breeding industry in New South Wales, Yirribee Pacing Stud have announced today that they are to import the equal fastest horse in history, Warrawee Needy p4, 1:46.4 ($1,255,384) to stand stud duty at Yirribee for the coming 2016/2017 breeding season. He is to stand at a realistic fee of $3,850 (inc GST) Just when it looked like New South Wales would have virtually no stallions standing at stud with the moving of stallions Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Roll With Joe from Pepper Tree Stud to Alabar in Victoria, Yirribee Pacing Stud want to fill that void by importing two new great stallions for the coming season, one still to be announced.. Warrawee Needy is the equal fastest horse in history at 1:46.4. He is the fastest four-year-old and aged horse in history. Three-year-olds Somebeachsomewhere ($3,328,755) and He’s Watching ($1,129,215) are the only other two horses that have paced in 1:46.4. Warrawee Needy has a strong pedigree close up. He is by E Dees Cam 1:48.3 ($869,207) a son of the great Cam Fella ($2,041,367) and is from an Apaches Fame ($1,763,740) mare out of an Armbro Emerson ($1,472,590) mare. This is an outcross pedigree that may prove to be essential in Australia and New Zealand in the years to come. Warrawee Needy is a half-brother to Big Bay Point 1:49s ($526,935) and is from an unraced daughter of Save the Memories  1:52.4 ($304,285) who left Savor The Memory 1:52.1f ($677,246), Major Memory 1:51.2s ($312,697), Memory In Motion 1:53.2f (206,806) and So Many Memories ($85,907). Save the Memories is a full sister to the dam of Rambaran 1:50.2s ($1,163,139), Cambaran ($295,893) and Idylwood Legend ($200,864) the dam of the champion two-year-old Lady Craceful ($1,113,376), Devils Ivy ($489,287), Princess Callie ($303,977) and several other good performers. Rambaran 1:50.2s ($1,163,139) is now a very good sire in Canada leaving the winners of over $30,000,000 to date from just 660 foals born over 14 years. He is the sire of 7 in better than 1:50 and has produced 90 winners of over $100,000 to date including Ramegade Bruiser 1:49.4 ($1,196,776). Warrawee Needy has a great race record becoming the fastest horse in the world at the Meadowlands rating 1:46.4 (as the hot favourite) in the $50,000 elimination of The William Haughton Memorial, beating Golden Receiver 1:48m ($2,211,643), the richest horse in history Foiled Again 1:48f ($7,416,382), Razzle Dazzle 1:49f ($1,017,899), Hugadragon 1:49.3f ($934,834), Sapphire City 1:49.4f ($1,160,317), A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2s ($2,441,164), Our Lucky Chip 1:48.2s ($602,889) and Heston Blue Chip 1:48f ($1,779,373) in that order. Heston Blue Chip finished last but still paced his mile in 1:48.3. The combined earnings of all the runners in that field was $18,253,498. That is an average of $2,028,166 for each runner. Warrawee Needy - World record mile Warrawee Needy - Race record; Two-year-old 12 starts for 9 wins 1 second and 1 third for earnings of $535,000 with a fastest time of 1:49.4s Three-year-old record 16 starts for 4 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds for earnings of $294,425 with a fastest time of 1:48.4s Aged record (4, 5 and 6 year-old to date) 54 starts for 16 wins 8 seconds and 2 thirds for earnings of $425,959 with a fastest time of 1:46.4 Warrawee Needy as a two-year-old in The Battle Of Waterloo Warrawee Needy winning as a two-year-old in 1:49.4 Warrawee Needy has beaten the best in the world including all the following horses (that includes several stallions standing in Australia and New Zealand); Foiled Again                   1:48f       ($7,416,382) A Rocknroll Dance        1:47.2s    ($2,441,164) Clear Vision                     1:48.2f    ($2,512,324) Golden Receiver           1:48m      ($2,211,643) Pet Rock                          1:47m     ($1,985,820) State Treasurer              1:47        ($1,969,380) Michaels Power             1:48.1s   ($1,869,685) Heston Blue Chip          1:48f       ($1,779,373) Aracache Hanover          1:48.1f   ($1,742,285) Bigtime Ball                     1:48.2s   ($1,625,073) Up The Credit                1:48.3s    ($1,331,623) Sapphire City                1:49.4f    ($1,160,317) Take It Back Terry         1:50f      ($1,082,737) Sparky Mark                  1:49f      ($1,063,047) Razzle Dazzle                 1:49f       ($1,017,899) Fred And Ginger          1:47.3m   ($1,054,244) Camaes Fellow               1:47.3s       ($994,360) Modern Legend             1:47.2s       ($969,325) Dapper Dude                  1:49f           ($965,686) Hugadragon                   1:49.3f        ($934,834) Anderlecht                      1:48f          ($909,752) Ideal Race                        1:49.3s       ($897,218) Mach Dreamer               1:49.1s        ($889,542) Classic Rock Nroll            1:50.1s      ($820,080) Cinderella Guy                 1:49.1f        ($814,720) Easy Again                        1:50.1f        ($779,056) Townslight Hanover       1:48.4f        ($771,854) Major Hottie                    1:48.3s       ($761,660) Upfront Hoosierboy        1:49s         ($758,642) Fool Me Once                   1:48.1s       ($756,834) Fat Mans Alley                 1:49.1f        ($734,941) Escape The News             1:48.4m     ($677,591) American Rage                1:50.3h       ($661,901) OK Commander              1:47.4m      ($652,124) Abelard Hanover             1:48f           ($612,157) Machapelo                        1:51.2m      ($609,294) Windsong Jack                  1:49.2f        ($608,206) Thepaninsulahotel          1:50.1s        ($608,200) I Found My Beach           1:50.2f        ($607,044) Dalhousie Dave               1:49.4s        ($597,556) Hurricane Kingcole          1:47.3m      ($580,103) Warrawee Needy ran second to the great Sweet Lou 1:47 ($3,484,251) in the $50,000 North American Cup elimination and was beaten a nose by him again in the $100,000 Maturity Final at the Meadowlands. Great horses that finished behind Warrawee Needy on those occasions that have not been mention above are Bolt The Duer 1:47.4f ($1,829,995), Thinking Out Loud 1:47.2m ($1,947,210) and Bettors Edge 1:48.1s ($1,838,799). Sweet Lou stands in New Zealand at Woodlands Stud for a fee of $6,000. Warrawee Needy is one of the greatest looking individuals you will ever see. He is already the sire of five yearlings from an experimental crop while racing. Warrawee Needy won his last start on the half-mile track at Yonkers in 1:51.3 and the week before he was beaten a head in 1:50.4 a time very rarely ever run at Yonkers. The track record at Yonkers is 1:50.2. Warrawee Needy is a very fast horse and has blistering speed as shown several times throughout his career. On his record he has produced winning last quarters in 25.4, 25.4 and 25.2. He has also left the gate in 25.2 a time that is rarely ever heard off. His very first lifetime start as a two-year-old he paced home officially in a spectacular 25.2. In the $1.5 million North American Cup Final as a three-year-old he paced his first quarter on the front end in 25.1 and got to the half in a sensational 52.4 before fading at the finish after those blistering fractions. Warrawee Needy has paced ten winning miles in 1:49.4 or better. He has paced (his time) 27 miles in 1:49.4 or better to date. He has it all; Fastest horse in the world He has over a million in the bank A great looker Sound as a bell A great record on a half mile track An out cross stallion for all mares in Australia. Warrawee Needy as a yealing in the 2010 Canadian Yearling Sale Harnesslink Media

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