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OK…we had three out of seven last week and no exotic hits for a losing weekend. Now we need to get back into the plus column with some long shots. Weather could be a big factor so make sure to take that into account before wagering. This weekend we have seven races spanning the East with two at Woodbine, two at Yonkers and one each at new Miami Valley Raceway, one at the Meadowlands and one at Pompano Park. Good luck! $28,000  F&M NW/28,000 Pace Woodbine 4th race Saturday – Tough to go against a horse that is on a roll. Barockey has two straight wins and wired the field last week in this same class. Can repeat again either from off or on the pace. Use Eat Me Up and Rus N Tug in exotic plays. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race Saturday – Super competitive field and the repeat winners all have the outside post so I am eliminating them as they never seem to do well from the outside. Going with Lumberjack Willie. Draws good inside post and can either try and wire the field or I think he can work out great live cover to score from. Use Dallenbach Hanover and Fat mans Alley in exotics. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 6th race Saturday  - He may be the youngest horse in the field but I think Emeritus Maximus is also the best. Recently purchased for $240,000, he qualified well for new connections and won first start last week by six open lengths. Will be tested but looks like he will improve with each start. Use East Again and Hypnotic Blue Chip in exotic plays. $28,000 NW/$28,000 Pace Woodbine 7th race Saturday – Alsace Hanover dropped and popped last week against much less. May be jumping back up again but sometimes a win like last week will braven a horse up and with the rail this one is in a great spot to score again. Use Wazzup Wazzup and Top Gear in exotic plays. $20,000  WO/$25,000 Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race Saturday – With three wins in last four starts, Atta Boy Dan may be moving up in class again but will be tough to beat. Has been super strong on the front end and in perfect spot to take another. Use Here We Go Again and Electrofire in exotic plays. $10,000 Open Pace Pompano Park 9th race Saturday – Every once in a while Northern Companion does put a clunker in and I am pretty sure that was week. Pompano favorite draws well and should be in the hunt against this field. Will be winging in late to victory lane. Use Lyons Johnny and Electric Lad in exotics. $10,000 Open Pace Miami Valley Raceway 10th race Saturday – Brand new track in Lebanon, Ohio debuts and it looks like trainer Ron Burke wants to win the tracks first feature pace. Visible Gold is well rested, has started off 2014 season unbeaten in two starts at the Meadows and should be able to handle this field coming from either on or off the pace. Use man he Can Skoot and War Dancer in exotics.

The Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd and Tasracing at 6pm next Friday at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale comprises 39 lots by 17 different sires including Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major and the champion North American sire Rocknroll Hanover. Other well known stallions include Courage Under Fire, Shadow Play, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Julius Caesar, Mister Big, Major In Art, Tiz A Masterpiece, Stonebridge Regal and JR Mint.   The offering includes the first foal of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak and a colt closely related to the Miracle Mile winner and nominal Inter Dominion favourite Beautide. Besides Shez Ryleymak, the progeny of Group and classic winners Cam River, Mon Poppy Mary, Laconic, Cullens Angel (1:54.8), Thabela Brioso, El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon and Whata Dragon are listed to go under the hammer. There’s half-brothers and sisters to top performers such as Abbreviated (Vic. Youthful), Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner, Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle, Cruisin Fella and Melolyn. All yearlings presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. They will also be eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. Furthermore, the youngsters are eligible for a one-off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at . by Peter Wharton

One of Canada’s harness racing greats is coming ‘Down Under’. Rick Zeron left Canada bound for Perth, via Dubai, last night (Tuesday). He and his wife of 34 years, Joyce, will return to Oakville in Ontario on March 4. As at Tuesday (February 4), Zeron had driven 7,711 winners ($103 million) from 46,454 starters and trained a further 2,120 ($27 million) more from 8,916 attempts. “I’m going to visit friends in Perth and then we will be heading to Sydney. There is a good chance we will attend the Inter Dominion grand final. “New Zealand is also a possibility because we know that is a very beautiful country. It would be great to see how both countries operate their racing,” Zeron said. The 57-year-old said he had never been to New Zealand and Australia. “It’s been a life-time goal. My wife and I had planned to head down there in five or six years, but I said to her, ‘what the hell’, let’s do it now. We are really excited about it,” Zeron said. Zeron shifted from Connaught Park to Blue Bonnets in 1982 and soon established himself as one of Quebec’s top driver, winning the Blue Bonnets driving premiership seven times from 1986-1994. For seven consecutive years he was also the leading stakes earner seven times and top UDR strike rate driver on five occasions. In 1995 he moved to the Woodbine and Mohawk circuits and has been one of their top reinsmen ever since. His Little Brown Jug (Michael’s Power, 2012) winning son, Scott, is now one of Canada’s best reinsman, and recently moved to New Jersey to further his name at the surrounding big tracks like the Meadowlands. On March 21 last year he became the youngest driver in history to win 2,000 races. He was just two months shy of his 24th birthday. His father explained why he believed his son was so good in the sulky: “I told him if you ever get a chance to put a good horse in the race, do exactly that, but if you are driving a poor horse I said to him to sit back and run on late and try and get a cheque for the owners. “I also told him if I ever saw him flogging a horse with his stick like a crazed monkey he would never make it in the game.” That epitomises why Zeron senior has made his name in North American harness racing circles. Last year he drove 106 winners ($3 million) and trained 43 ($959,921). Zeron has no driving assignments in Australia or New Zealand. Zeron’s major wins include (with years in brackets): CANADIAN TROT CLASSIC (96) Classic Adam CASUAL BREEZE (04) Sunshinenlollipops CHAMPLAIN STAKE (90) Prudhomme (98) Blissfull Hall (02) Moma’s Millionaire (02) Boulder Creek (03) Character Counts (05) Majestic Son (07) Intimidator (07) If And Only If (08) Hibbler COLONIAL LADY (00) Hornby Jean DYGERT MEMORIAL (95) Tak The Tuk FRANK RYAN MEMORIAL (06) Stiletto GENERAL BROCK FINAL (96) Yentls Iceman (04) Deadmans Curve HARVEST (03) Character Counts MAPLE LEAF TROT (98) Hanko Angus ROBERT STEWART MEM. (95) SOS Ninja SIMCOE STAKE (90) Osgood Hanover (96) Look Whos Cumin (99) Hawaiian Dancer (00) Ladys A President (03) EZ Past (07) Hagi   By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

Successful harness racing trainer/driver Sally Torrens started her thoroughbred training career with a bang when the first runner she saddled up saluted last week. Subtract ridden by Sophie Young won at Tamworth and Torrens was thrilled with the performance and will now look at another race later this month for the former Victorian trained mare. "Training gallopers is something I have always wanted to, ever since I started training the trotters it has been in the back of my mind and when Subtract was on the market for $6,000 I thought it was time to have a try but I didn't think I would have success straight away," Torrens said. "She looks a cheap buy now and I'm considering taking her to Mudgee for a Class 1 race on February 15th but it is very different from what I have done in the past." Torrens is working five pacers currently but only one of them is racing at the moment. "Yeah I have five in work, I have a couple of nice two year olds that I am hoping will make Bathurst but I don't work Subtract anywhere near as hard as I work them, she couldn't cope with that sort of workload." "It can get a bit frustrating with the lack of opportunities in this area for the pacers because there just isn't enough meetings and that is one of the reasons I decided to try something different and I will be definitely getting another galloper soon." Torrens has a strong family connection to both codes. "My grandfather had gallopers but dad is quite tall so he decided to try his hand at training the pacers because he could do everything with them and I have learned a lot off him." "I have to thank Kellie Mackney as well, she has been a great help to me since Subtract arrived just over a month ago and has been giving me plenty of pointers." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |           This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.            

Harness Racing Victoria is pleased to announce that the Victorian representative for the Australasian Young Drivers Championship (AYDC) will be outstanding young talent Joshua Duggan. To be run on the grand stage of Inter Dominion week, the AYDC will pit Duggan against some of the best of his rising contemporaries in a series of races highlighted below. The week will also become a learning experience with stable tours and functions before competing in the final heat on Inter Dominion Final day. Duggan was chosen thanks to his outstanding past two seasons with 43 winners last season and a further 23 already this term. His ability to represent Victoria both on and off the track has culminated to give the 21-year-old a chance of a lifetime on one of the biggest stages in the sport. Originally from Tasmania, Duggan comes from a long line of trotting champions including father Ricky, who continues to be one of the apple isles leading drivers. His potential to become one of the best in the business has been recognised from a young age and this provides the young gun an opportunity to further develop his fledgling skills. Victoria's most recent winner of the AYDC, Ellen Tormey (2012), was last weekend awarded the inaugural Leigh Plunkett scholarship which includes an international educational trip. The 10 heat race series will commence on Tuesday 25 February and conclude on Sunday 2 March at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Blake Redden (Harness Racing Victoria)

Columbus, OH --- The 2013 trainer of the year, Ron Burke, will be the keynote speaker for the USTA Standardbred Driving School, held June 11-15 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Burke’s familiar grey and gold colors have been seen at every major racetrack in North America,” said driving school coordinator Chip Hastings. “We are thrilled he will be speaking to the next generation of harness racing participants and share some of his personal racing experiences.” Ron took over the main training duties for the family business in November 2008. He has horses near his hometown of Canonsburg, Pa. (near the Meadows Racetrack) and at Gaitway Farm in south New Jersey, while his father Mickey oversees the winter training of young horses at the old Reveille Farms in Astor, Fla.; all told there are about 250 horses under his care. Burke became the first trainer in harness racing history to win more than 1,000 races in any given year and also the first to surpass $20 million in earnings in one season. Lifetime, horses he has trained have earned more than $95 million, including the well-known Foiled Again, Won The West, Buck I St Pat, Wishing Stone, Sweet Lou, Rocklamation and so many more. For more information about attending the 16th annual USTA Driving School, visit by Jessica Schroeder for USTA

THEY say you should never look a gift horse in the mouth but in this case that is just the starting point. Over the next few months there will be "gift horses'' all over Brisbane that will have their teeth, tendons, form and pedigree scrutinised to the nth degree by 10 young harness racing drivers searching for their dream horse. Leading owner Kevin Seymour, one of Queensland's wealthiest men and a long-time harness racing benefactor, invited the 10 junior drivers to a special meeting last Friday night and unveiled a plan to enhance and cement their futures. After being promised media training by television personality Jillian Whiting and financial planning assistance, Seymour stunned the youngsters with the dramatic news that he would buy each of them a $15,000 horse. They could choose it, he would buy it and they would own and train it - no strings attached. To read more about Mr Seymours generous offer, view the full story on By Robert Craddock

Dave Briggs, writing for the Guelph Mercury newspaper, and M. Kelly Young, writing for Hoof Beats magazine, were named the winners in the 52nd annual John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Monday. Meadowlands Racetrack photographer Michael Lisa and Dave Witten of Horseman and Fair World magazine were the winners in the 14th annual George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography. Woodbine Entertainment won the 30th edition of the John Hervey Award for excellence in broadcasting for a feature on Sydney Weaver, a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy who is a licensed groom, horse owner, award-winning writer and public speaker. Briggs won the news/commentary category for his story titled “Horse barns at Mohawk ‘silent as a grave,’” which examined the shutting of the backstretch stables at Mohawk, and appeared in the Jan. 9, 2013 edition of the Guelph Mercury newspaper. Briggs has been awarded a record six Hervey honors. Melissa Keith received honorable mention in the news/commentary division for her story, “What Women Want; Can Racing Attract the Female Horseplayer?” It appeared in the April issue of Trot magazine. In the feature category, Young won for her story, “Win One for Ryan; Pacer races for stricken youngster,” which appeared in the November issue of Hoof Beats. The story recounted the chance meeting between Marc Reynolds and Marie Hunt and Reynolds naming a horse, River Run For Ryan, in honor of Hunt’s son, who has a rare genetic disease called Hunter Syndrome. Susan Higgins and Lauren Lee received honorable mention in the feature category. Higgins was recognized for her story, “‘Make Sure Things Go Right;’ Maine Cast fulfills a dying wish with sire stakes championship,” which appeared on the U.S. Trotting Association website on Nov. 21 and in the December issue of Hoof Beats. Lee was recognized for her story, “The Cornerstones,” about Meadowlands media duo Bob Heyden and Sam McKee entering the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, which appeared in June 20 issue of The Canadian Sportsman. The writing categories were judged by a panel consisting of longtime horseracing writer Neil Milbert, Dorf Feature Service newsroom assistant/writer Lou Monaco and Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn. In the photography categories, Lisa won in the race feature division for a photograph of driver David Miller heading onto the track on a snowy night at the Meadowlands. The photo appeared in the March 13 issue of Horseman and Fair World as well as the March 14 issue of The Canadian Sportsman. Witten won in the race action category for a photograph of the first turn of the Hambletonian. The photo appeared in the Aug. 15 issue of Horseman and Fair World. Claus Andersen and Mark Hall received honorable mention in the race action category; Andersen for a photo of Bee A Magician winning the Hambletonian Oaks that appeared on the Oct. 17 cover of The Canadian Sportsman and Hall for a photo of Pet Rock winning the Winbak Pace that appeared on the USTA website on Sept. 19. Dave Landry and Barbara Livingston received honorable mention in the race feature category; Landry for a photo of John Campbell driving with his great nephew Tyler McLinchey that appeared on the Sept. 12 cover of The Canadian Sportsman and Livingston for a photo of retired star Staying Together and Kentucky Horse Park Equine Operations Director Wes Lanter that appeared on the USTA website on Oct. 1. The photography categories were judged by Bill Denver, the track photographer at Monmouth Park and Parx Racing as well as a regular contributor to the New York Daily News and Wall Street Journal, and Phil McAuliffe, a longtime newspaper and magazine photographer who worked as a harness racing groom while a teenager. In the broadcast category, Woodbine’s feature on Sydney Weaver was written, voiced and produced by Paul Salvalaggio. It originally aired on June 26 as part of the one-hour North America Cup presentation on The Score television network. To watch the video, click here. The writing categories were judged by a panel consisting of award-winning longtime horseracing writer Neil Milbert, Daily Racing Form Programming Manager Lou Monaco and Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn. Hervey Award winners will be honored as part of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. For more information about the banquet, visit by Ken Weingartner for USHWA

January 25, 2014 -- The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association banquet on Sunday, January 26, 2013 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Joseph Essig as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness horsemen; elected Eddie Wheeler into the Immortal Hall of Fame; selected Missouri Time into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and will honor David Carr as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades. 2013 was Brian Brown’s best year in terms of earnings ($1.5 million) and training wins (65), establishing a UTRS of .385. The native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio conditioned Limelight Beach (p,2,1:49.4 - $210,192), winner of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes, Color’s A Virgin (p,2,1:53.2s - $2111,700) and Beach Memories (p,3,1:48.3f - $429,739). Joseph Essig is the 21 year-old son of the 1986 Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner, Joe Essig, Jr. The younger Essig recorded 18 wins in 2013 and earned $97,106 in purse earnings, racing mainly at Hoosier Park and Lebanon Raceway. He is expected to be one of the top reinsmen at the new Miami Valley Raceway. Wheeler, a native of Troy, Ohio, was a highly respected by his peers as a horseman and driver. He trained and drove the great trotter Duke Rodney, winner of the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity, two of the Triple Crown legs in 1961. He later served as a second trainer for prominent horsemen such as Stanley Dancer, Tom Haughton and others. Missouri Time was one of the toughest distaffers ever to compete in the state of Ohio. The daughter of Race Time was bred by Billy Colson and campaigned by Dominic Staffery during her seven year career. She finished on the board in 90 of her 138 career starts and competed against the best mares in the country, including Silk Stockings, Handle With Care and Tarport Hap. She retired from racing in 1979 with $328,423 in earnings and a lifetime mark of 1:56.3f. Carr is a 30 plus year employee of the United States Trotting Association is the manager of the Information & Research Department for the USTA. Carr is an unsung hero to the publicists, writers and sales’ companies and was awarded the LeeAnne Pooler Memorial Award by the national U.S.H.W.A. in 2008. by Jay Wolf for Ohio Chapter USHWA

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. returns to the sulky Monday (January 27). The 2013 winningest driver in North America has not driven a race since his wrist surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on January 6. "My right wrist had an old sports injury. I broke it playing football when I was younger and had broke it a few times since," said Wrenn. "All of my wrist's cartilage is gone so they had to remove one of my bones and make some incisions in that tendon." Wrenn has spent his time off relaxing after an extremely busy 2013. He spent time with family in his home state of Michigan, spent time as a spectator at Northfield Park and enjoyed a cruise in the Caribbean. "These past few weeks have been tough because I really like driving horses and it is hard not being able to do what you want to do," explained Wrenn. "I am very excited to get back in the bike an start competing again. Wrenn is scheduled to drive in 13 of the 15 races programmed on Monday at Northfield Park with a post time of 6:00 p.m. $30,000 Pick 4 on Thursday Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Thursday’s (January 23) program.  Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,701.14. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.   by Ayers Ratliff for Northfield Park  

Monticello, NY -- Who Is Donna Marshall?     She is an accomplished horsewoman, wife, mother and friend extraordinaire.  She is also the 2013 recipient of USHWAs January Davies Humanitarian Award.  This annual honor is bestowed upon an individual or a group who has strong connections to harness racing for their works outside the harness racing industry   Donna’s quiet heroism reaches beyond her equine and human family.  Several years ago, a prominent horse trainer named John Bown passed away at a young age.  Months later, his wife Nancy also passed away, leaving behind 2 young girls, Maja and Jess Bown.    In a particularly unselfish act, Donna stepped in and embraced the girls into her home.  To this day, the girls are very much a part of Donna’s life and will always be grateful for the guidance and support she has provided throughout the years.   In another instance, many years ago, Donna had become a friend of a groom who at the time was working for Eddie Cobb.  He went by the name, Doc, and did not have any relatives or friends throughout his life.  Doc has since aged and is currently living in a shelter suffering daily struggles both financially and physically.  Donna continues to visit Doc on a regular basis and provides him with food, clothing, and that beautiful, bright sense of self worth that she offers to everyone.    Just another act of kindness that would go unnoticed by everyone except the recipient.  Regularly, perhaps even too regularly, Marshall donates blood and volunteers at several hospitals.   Donna is also very active with several organizations in which her efforts are endless.  She is a member of the USTA, SPHO (Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org.), SRF, (Standardbred Retirement Foundation), PHHA, SBOA, SOA, just to name a few.  Her rescue efforts throughout the retired race horses are too many to name.  "Sleep Easy" a winner of over $650,000 life has now found a home in Donnas backyard for the remainder of his life.   Submitted by US Harness Writers Association   Marshall is the type of person that does things for the right reason and not necessarily for any recognition.  She hates being the center of attention and rarely will ever ask for help.  Director of racing at Freehold Raceway, Karen Fagliarone states, "Donna is just one of those kind of people that makes everyone around her a better person.  She is the most unselfish person I have ever known, and I am honored to be called her friend."   Working alongside her husband Jim, Donna has been the linchpin of the Marshall stable since 1977.  Not just the owners and operators of their own business, the Marshalls are proud parents of two successful children, Kelly (27) and Jim (28 ).   Donna will receive her award at the Dan Patch Awards Night of Champions on February 23, 2014, at Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware.  For ticket information check the US Harness Writers website:

Many of Australasia’s leading stallions will be represented in the catalogue for the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Art Major, Australia’s premier juvenile sire for the last few years, has four yearlings nominated for the sale, while the deceased Rocknoll Hanover, a champion sire in North America, has a single entry. The Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, the sire of unbeaten Victorian youngster Spot Ona Shadow, will be represented by a filly. The sale has attracted entries by 17 different stallions. The ‘Top Ten’ stallions Courage Under Fire (2 lots) and Elsu are both represented, along with up-and-coming sires Major in Art (3), Mister Big (2), Stonebridge Regal (2), Four Starzzz Shark, Jeremes Jet and Julius Caesar. BG’s Folly, a 1:49 son of Rocknroll Hanover, is the only first crop sire at the sale. He has a half-brother to Cruisin Fella as Lot 28. JR Mint (8 lots) and Tiz A Masterpiece (6) have the biggest drafts in the sale. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at by Peter Wharton 

Harness racing returned to Woodbine Racetrack on a frigid Monday night in Rexdale, Ont. with four-year-old trotting mare Canbec Kadence winning the track's first race of the new year. Judges rated the track five seconds off in the blustery conditions for Woodbine's season opener with temperatures dropping 15 degrees below zero, but feeling much colder with the windchill. A full field of 10 trotters four years old and younger that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime comprised the $17,000 first race. Driver James MacDonald pulled Canbec Kadence from the pocket and sent her to the lead at the half-mile mark en route to a 2:03 triumph. Bop Too The Top (Sylvain Filion) finished one length back in second over George S P (Daniel Potvin) while early leader Ocean Mist Beauty (Chris Christoforou) trailed four lengths behind in fourth.   Canbec Kadence paid $9.90 to win as 4-1 fourth choice. Favourite Muscle On Broadway (Paul MacDonell) made a break in stride taking himself out of contention when trying to challenge the winner just past the midway mark. Woodbine's first winner in 2014 is trained by Gerard Demers for owners Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, Que. and Les Ecuries GLD Inc. of Cambridge, Ont. The homebred Kadabra-Cr Firefly mare earned just her second career win. Demers doubled up during the 12-race card with another trotting mare, Whimzical Britt, scoring a 2:01.2 triumph two races later with Billy Davis Jr. aboard. MacDonald and Davis Jr. also ended the night with two wins each while O'Brien Award nominee Doug McNair and Keith Oliver scored three times to share the early lead in the Woodbine driver standings. Live harness racing returns to Woodbine on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:25 p.m. To view Monday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Monday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by 

Purchasers at next month’s Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale in Launceston will be eligible for a range of rich incentives should their purchase win as a two, three or four-year-old. All horses in the sale are eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. If a horse does not win at two and three a $2,000 bonus will be paid for their first win as a four-year-old or older. Tasbred win bonuses apply only to races conducted in Tasmania. A total of $280,000 is paid out to breeders and owners in the Tasbred Bonus scheme each year. Furthermore, yearlings presented at the sale will be eligible for a one off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. As an added incentive, all horses presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. The 2014 Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale will be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale has attracted 39 entries – all eligible for the Tasbred scheme – including youngsters by Art Major, Rocknroll Hanover, Shadow Play, Courage Under Fire, Mister Big, Elsu and Four Starzzz Shark. An additional entry is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Colony out of the New York Motoring mare Motoring Rivers, a half-sister to the Hobart Cup winner Purple Haze and a close relative of Miracle Mile hero Beautide. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at By Peter Wharton 

South West Slopes Credit Union general manager Steve Elsley presented Young Harness Racing Club president Garry Cummins with a $3300 cheque in December. The money will go toward the much anticipated Carnival of Cups to be held on Saturday, March 15. It’s an event which the bank has sponsored for a number of years. The money will be used for the promotion of the carnival, as well as prize money. The Harness Racing Club said they were extremely grateful for the generous donation. “Thanks very much to the Credit Union for their ongoing support, not only to harness racing but to all asporting bodies in Young,” Garry said. The Credit Union - as always - was more than happy to be giving back to the community. “We just see sponsorship of sporting bodies in the areas we operate in as part of our charta,” general manager Steve Elsley said. “We’re in a position to be able to do it because of the support we, in return, receive from the members of the community. Courtesy of the Young Witness site

Last week we ended the 2013 season on a winning note with four of seven winners and a profit of $10.40  (based on a $2 win bet each race). So now we are starting off 2014 on a clean slate. Weather is going to be a big factor at the Meadowlands as it will be pretty cold with head winds that must be taken into account. This weekend we have six races spanning the East Coast with four at the Meadowlands in the cold and two at Pompano Park in the warm weather. Good luck! $20,000 B1/A2 Handicap Pace Meadowlands 1st race Saturday – While weather may not be ideal for racing on the front end, Cowboy Terrier was decent in his last start and held for a game second place finish. Gets in with a field of closers so he may just be able to hold on to the lead in here.  Three starts back he shows ability to wire the field in adverse weather. $30,000 A1/FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 6th race Saturday – Last week Arockin Hanover scored big for us at 6-1. Goes from Campbell to youngster Joe Bongiorno but I don’t mind the driver switch. Bongiorno can drive and this guy is red hot, having won five of last seven starts and can grind it out if necessary. Campbell moved to Hypnotic Blue Chip but I think Arockin Hanover can win again. $17,500 N/W - $50,000 Claiming Pace Meadowlands 7th race Saturday  - This will be a very hotly contested race with more than half the field showing the ability to win. I am going with Big Game Hunter who despite poor showing last out is dropping in class and should be able to return to winning ways for Miller Stable. $20,000  B1-A2 Handicap Pace Meadowlands 11th race Saturday – Going to take a long shot in this race. Yo Cheyenne Rocky is sort of a yo-yo horse for trainer Robbie Siegelman and this is the week that he should be able to rebound with a strong effort like he did three starts back. Not a super tough field and he gets Ron Pierce back in the sulky who won with him three starts back. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 6th race Saturday  – Very tough to even think of going against Prairie Jaguar. He went undefeated at Pompano in the month of December including a lifetime mark in his last start of 1:49 for Mike Deters Stable. May have to start from the outside in post eight but he has shown the ability to win from that far out before. $10,000 F&M Open Pace Pompano Park 6th  race SUNDAY – Strong group of mares will be battling it out in here. I am going with De Vins Girl from post four for trainer Luca Derrico. Stable is hot and two starts back this mare was able to take a lifetime mark of 1:51.4. Any repeat of that effort for driver Rick Plano will see them back in the winner’s circle again.

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