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Three college students with high marks, high hopes and high ideals have been named winners of Harness Tracks of America’s 2013 college scholarships. Each recipient has harness racing family connections and each receives a $5,000 check toward their college education. Each of the winners has worked with harness horses and in harness racing. The 2013 winners are: CHELSEA FAHY, 22, Washington, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Moira Fahy, harness racing owners, trainers and William is also a driver. A graduate of The University of Findlay, Fahy is now in her first year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Fahy is a third-generation horsewoman who, along with her parents, has a successful stable of horses. She was active in the Harness Racing Youth League at the Meadows and worked as a veterinary assistant for Canon Hill Equine Clinic. She credits her positive experiences growing up at the racetrack to her lifelong dream of becoming an equine veterinarian and owning her own practice. AMY NAROTSKY, 20, Willowbrook, Illinois, daughter of Eliot Narotsky, director of racing/racing secretary for Maywood Park and Balmoral Park, and Jean Narotsky, financial manager for Francenter.- Narotsky is a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying Animal Sciences with plans to attend veterinary school upon graduation. She chose the University of Illinois because of the opportunity to work with Dr. Kevin Kline and the Standardbred breeding program there. Narotksy’s great-grandfather was racing when Maywood Park first opened. After discovering harness racing at Buffalo Raceway while in high school, her father “Doc” went on to become the youngest racing secretary of the time. She has spent her life “hanging around” in the race office with her father and a few years ago was offered the opportunity to work at the Illinois State Fair in the race office and as the ringmaster an experience she likens to a dream come true. She has since moved her way up to being a placing judge and helping in the race office at Maywood and Balmoral. ASHLEY CONGER, 17, Hudson, Ohio, is the daughter of Jeff Conger, a Standardbred owner/trainer, and Linda Conger, a physical therapist. Conger is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, horseman Joe Urban, over 45 years ago. Both her parents received their racing licenses as teenagers and she has followed by acquiring her groom’s license in 2012 at Northfield Park. Conger has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the Standarbred business as well as holding the officer positions within two 4-H clubs; one as presidnt and the other as secretary. With a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8, Conger is studying Pharmacy at The University of Findlay. The winners were selected by HTA’s Scholarship Committee, consisting of 10 HTA directors and racing industry executives from around the country, cochaired by former HTA president Jeffrey Smith and David Snyder of International Sound Corporation. Submitted by Harness Tracks of America

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

Smart youngster Regulus, who already had two Sires Stakes heat placings to his name before yesterday, confirmed he is very worthy of his spot in the $180,000 Final with a dominant victory in the sixth heat of the series at Addington last night. Sent straight to the front by Dexter Dunn, the imposing son of Mach Three was able to dictate terms in front, before kicking too strongly for Return To Sender, who also qualified for the final, finishing second, after receiving the gun run in the trail. Meanwhile, the David Kaa trained Dean Martin is now likely to come down for the Sires’ Stakes Final after winning the first race at Alexandra Park last night. The son of Elsu qualified when finishing second to Cyclone Prince in the first heat. He is likely to be accompanied by Mista Mara, who was also a winner last night, during his Southern assault. In other news from Addington, Charlotte Hunter enjoyed some Birthday success when reining Ireby Betty to an all of the way win at odds of $57.20. However, the win did win did not surprise the connections of the roan coloured mare, who had from all reports ‘been working the house down.’ Hunter, who works in the foal registration department of Harness Racing New Zealand, also finished third on her own horse Private Jones earlier in the night. By Mitchell Robertson  

Ararat has always been a happy hunting ground for nearby Great Western trainer Peter Manning and the Manning family and it certainly was on Wednesday October 23 when Peter chalked up three winners and daughters Michelle and Kerryn one training winner each, while Kerryn drove a winning double. The first of Peter’s treble was former Kiwi bred 7-Y-0 Sundon/Cherourwishes mare Sunnyandcher in the G. Ferguson Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres. Driven by Kerryn, Sunnyandcher starting outside the front row possied three back in the moving line, with The Final Cut leading from gate three. When Safe Leone another Manning runner surged past the leader in the last lap, Sunnyandcher was in hot pursuit making the final bend three wide, with Gavlenn Sunset (one/one) in the centre. Finishing best, Sunnyandcher scored by 6.6 metres from Gavlenn Sunset in a rate of 2-06.1, with Candy Digger (three back the markers) third. It was Sunnyandcher’s 4th victory in 51 outings. Iron 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque having his 7th start for the season and 56 overall, was once again a tough winner when successful in the Spiller Family Sprint Series Final for C1 class over 1790 metres which qualified in the heats held at the same track on October 13. Driven by Terang young gun Jason Lee for Peter, Boys Torque was trapped three wide out of gate three, before parking outside the leader Big Gorilla. Keeping the pressure on throughout, Boyz Torque outstayed Big Gorilla to record a 8.5 metre victory in advance of Big Gorilla who is probably better off with a sit. Peter Manning’s second stringer Additallup (three wide last lap from the rear) finished third. The mile rate 1-59.6. Five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding Garabaldi Union made it three for the stable when victorious in the Benson Catering Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres with Terang’s Matt Craven in the sulky. Bred and raced by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke, Garabaldi Union was sent forward from gate five, working hard to park outside the 10-Y-0 pacemaker Vinnies Jet. Taking over approaching the home turn, Garabaldi Union showed tremendous fighting qualities to come again after being headed by the more fancied stablemate Armbro Speedster halfway up the running to gain the day by 1.6 metres in a rate of 2-01.8, with Graceful Affair 18.8 metres away in third place after always being handy. Kerryn Manning snared the Bill Sutton Claiming Pace over 2195 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Chipover gelding Waterhorse in a rate of 2-00 even. Restrained from outside the front row to settle closer to last than first, Waterhorse ran home strongly wide in the last lap to defeat a game Cowboy Cadillac which moved to face the breeze mid-race by a neck in a punishing finish. Keeper Of The Fire (one/one) finished in third place. Michelle Manning’s smart 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Tarlilia entire Jackabeams made it two from two when successful in the Mark Smith Pace Final for C0 class over 1790 metres. A winner of his heat on debut, Jackabeams driven by Kerryn led virtually throughout from gate three, accounting for a death-seating Modern Chic which went down fighting by 1.5 metres in 2-00.2, with Xbolt (one/one) third. On a night of multiple victories, Matt Craven continued his stellar season by driving a treble and Burrumbeet trainer Ashleigh Herbertson prepared a double. Matt’s other winners were Citysneak in the C. Dunn Vicbred Platinum Country Series F (1st Heat) for C0 class over 2195 metres and BlissfulKisses in the Life Members Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres, both trained by Herbertson. Citysneak a 4-Y-0 Metropolitan/Sneak Peak mare starting from the pole, broke her maiden status at start number eleven after using the sprint lane from three back the markers to blouse Michelle Manning’s Aheadofhistime which led by a head in 2-01.4, with Susie Badland third after following the pacemaker. Six year old Blissful Hall/Ebony And Ice mare Blissful Kisses was given a lovely passage one/one from inside the second row following the favourite The Red Opal, before being switched down to the markers approaching the home turn and using the sprint lane to score by 2.5 metres in 1-59.7 over The Red Opal which battled away gamely. Peter Manning’s Valentino Rustler (one/three) finished third after looking a big chance out wide approaching the final bend. By Len Baker  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- I Luv The Nightlife ($4.00) proved to love the wet life as well Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, rocketing out of the pocket in the stretch to catch pacesetting Shebestingin as the rain started to come down heavily to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old filly pace in 1:50. I Luv The Nitelife, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover bred by MJG Racing Stables and Louis Willinger and owned by Richard and Joanne Young, has been the division dominator, but the crowd only made her second favorite as even money against 4-5 Shebestingin, who paced the fastest mile ever by a mare, 1:47, at Lexington in her last start. I Luv The Nitelife proved nimblest off the gate to make the lead easily for driver Tim Tetrick, who won his second straight Crown after Market Share in the previous race. Meanwhile, Shebestingin left only moderately, and was looped by the winner and three-wide throughout the 25.4 opener. Shebestingin finally made the top in front of the stands, with I Luv The Nitelife content to sit a pocket through a 54.3 half and a 1:21.4 3/4s, with defending champion Somwherovrarainbow battling the leader down the back and around the turn. When "Rainbow" tired, Tetrick tipped "Nitelife" out and the champion filly was full of pace to be without challenge on the money. Authorize and Aunt Caroline made up ground late to round out the board; a tiring Shebestingin and Parlee Beach caught the last checks. The winner had last competed in a race on September 18, winning the Jugette; after the race, trainer Chris Ryder said, "That month seemed like an eternity. But she qualified well (twice winning at Pocono), and tonight she showed her best form. She'll go to Chicago next, and yes, we intend to bring her back to race (in 2014)." FINISHING LINES -- With Shake It Cerry in race 5, Ron Pierce recorded his 27th BC victory, tying him with Mike Lachance for #2 in all-time Breeders Crown driving wins....Like Pierce in the 2FT, Tetrick won the 3FP Crown for the third time in four years....The hard rain caused the judges to shift the track rating from "fast" to "sloppy" for race 8....In the older trot, the changeto sped tactics did not prove effective for the noted closer Intimdate -- he faded to eighth, beaten 15 lengths. Video attached by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Monticello, NY - It seems that nearly every year young talent passes through Monticello Raceway. Of course  many racetracks can make that claim but since its inception the Mighty M has been a stepping stone into the metropolitan New York-area racetracks. In recent years,  Jordan Stratton, dazzled’em in Monticello when he became the youngest  driver ever to win a dash  title and now is among the leaders at the Hilltop oval.  And Jimmy Marohn, Jr. the Mighty M’s leading driver last season, showed his mettle when  beat all the ‘big boys’ in a driving championship  at Vernon and Tioga Downs. And for young Jimmy the move to the ‘big time’ won’t be far away. Furthermore, Bruce Aldrich, Jr., who won more races here in the first decade of the 21st Century than any other reinsman is driving this season at both  Monticello and Saratoga Raceways and  he’s having a banner year; currently with 453 wins which ranks him fifth in North America. Now,  newcomer Jason Ryan  is starting off like gangbusters. On  the Tuesday card of October 8th the 25- year- old  Canadian driver won three races on the card and he has opened the railbird’s eyes with his talent. Since coming here a few weeks ago, after 21 starts Ryan has had nine wins, one second and two thirds  for UDR over .500. He won the second race Tuesday when he guided Anthony Artuso’s, Threestepstoheaven ($3.60), to a 1:56.4 triumph and then won the fourth with Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin’s behind UFDragons Rocket($3.30) also in a  time of 1:56.4. His third driving victory came in the weekly pacing feature  when he got  Anatolia Racing and Allard Racing’s Big Bay Point ($3.50) home first in a 1:54.4 clocking. Last week Ryan claimed Haroun Hanover, the 20-time winner this year  and the pacer  made his first start from a new barn and after cutting the mile he faded and fished second  to M D Bee Bee in 1:56.2, the horse that Zeke Parker won his 11,039thrace with made him  the sixth winningest driver  all time in North America . After his hat trick Ryan was asked what are his current plans?  “ I’m doing good here and I plan on staying  all winter,” he told the publicity department.. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway

World Champion Arch Madness once again showed true grit and superb natural trotting ability in surpassing the $4 million mark in career earnings with a neck triumph over Mister Herbie in winning the $172,200 final of the Allerage Farms Open Trot Sunday at Lexington, KY’s Red Mile. Trained and driven to victory by Trond Smedshammer, it was the second straight win for Arch Madness. The nine-year-old gelded son of Balanced Image once again showed his heels to his younger rivals in scoring his third victory this year, covering the one mile race over a rainy track labled good in 1:51.3. It was Quick Deal and driver Brian Sears who left the quickest from the starting gate with My MVP (Ron Pierce) getting the two-hole trip in second place by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. As the field entered the backstretch and passed the half mile marker in :55, Sevruga and driver Andy Miller came first-over to challenge with Arch Madness seemly lagging behind second-over.  As the field passed the three-quarters in 1:24, Sevruga had collared Quick Deal and My MVP was hopefulessly trapped along the rail, but Smedshammer had Arch Madness in perfect position second-over. Coming down the stretch, Sevruga had put away Quick Deal and looked strong but Arch Madness kept on coming, passed by Sevruga and then held off a late challenge by Mister Herbie (Jody Jamieson) for the victory. Market Share (Tim Tetrick) closed to be third. Bred and co-owned by Marc Goldberg of Woodmere, NY with Willow Pond, LLC of Hewlett, NY, Arch Madness now has career earnings of $4,020,631. He is now the seventh richest harness horse in the history of the sport. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale’s third session youngsters turned in a sterling performance on Thursday (Oct. 3), as their sale results crushed the numbers from the same session in 2012. The average sale price of $34,051 for the 157 sold was a gain of 31 percent, gross sales rose more than 33 percent and the number of $100,000 yearlings jumped from one to six. This remarkably strong showing has helped push the average price of $54,148 for 420 yearlings through three sessions to a 10 percent advantage over the first three days a year ago. The sale topper Thursday at $105,000 was pacing colt Helios Lindy, by American Ideal out of Sunshine Sister. Jeff Gillis signed as agent for Mac Nichol for this colt in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment. Five yearlings sold for an even $100,000. The first of these was the colt Lush Art, by Art Major out of Lush Limbaugh, a $200,000-winning three-quarter sister to Camtastic and the producer of a pair of $200,000-plus winners. This includes the current 3-year-old Word Power, who boasts a 1:49.4 record. Ray Remmen, trainer of Word Power, signed for this Dunroven Stud-bred colt. The next yearling to reach $100,000 was Southwind Wildfire, a colt by Muscle Hill out of Wafs. Bjorn Noren cast the winning bid on behalf of Courant AB for this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Southwind Farms. The very next horse in the ring sold for that same price. This was the Western Ideal colt Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, a member of the same family as Southwind Lynx ($1,763,389) and Ultra Jet ($756,571). John Fodera signed as agent for this youngster from the Brittany Farms consignment. Courant AB of Sweden returned to $100,000 territory, this time in pursuit of a pacer. Nancy Takter Johansson signed the slip for Courant AB in acquiring the Art Major colt Think Again, out of $900,000 winner Remember When, closely related to millionaires Mr Feelgood, Western ideal, and Leah Almahurst. Brittany Farms bred Think Again. The final $100,000 yearling for the night went to Ken Jacobs’ K J Stables LLC, as he selected the Bettor's Delight colt Eagle Feather. Dam Town Feather has produced a pair of full siblings, the filly Ramalama and colt Duke Did It, each with earnings over $200,000, as well as millionaire half brother Razzle Dazzle. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the colt for Freedom Hill Farms. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the third session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the third session: Session 3       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-40-$1,604,000-$40,100-$105,000-$30,000-5 Pacing Fillies-29-$831,000-$28,655-$92,000-$19,000-0 Trotting Colts-40-$1,629,000-$40,725-$100,000-$38,500-1 Trotting Fillies-48-$1,282,000-$26,708-$65,000-$20,000-0 Total-157-$5,346,000-$34,051-$105,000-$30,000-6 Sale through three sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-101-$5,981,000-$59,218-$150,000-$50,000-22 Pacing Fillies-94-$4,571,000-$48,628-$180,000-$40,000-10 Trotting Colts-108-$7,156,000-$66,259-$475,000-$48,500-18 Trotting Fillies-117-$5,034,000-$43,026-$260,000-$35,000-8 Total-420-$22,742,000-$54,148-$475,000-$42,000-58 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Helios Lindy-American Ideal-Sunshine Sister-C-P-$105,000-Jeff Gillis, Agent For Mac Nichol Lush Art-Art Major-Lush Limbaugh-C-P-$100,000-Ray Remmen Southwind Wildfire-Muscle Hill-Wafs-C-T-$100,000-Bjorn Norden, Agent For Courant Ab & M Langli Artspeak-Western Ideal-The Art Museum-C-P-$100,000-John A. Fodera, Agent Think Again-Art Major-Remember When-C-P-$100,000-Nancy Johansson, Agent For Courant Ab Eagle Feather-Bettor's Delight-Town Feather-C-P-$100,000-K J Stables Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. by David Carr for USTA www.ustrotting.com

Louisville, KY --- When freshman trotter Outburst stopped the clock in a world record 1:53.1 on Sept. 27 at The Red Mile, Noel Daley was not shocked that the gelding was on his way to get his picture taken, but he was incredulous with how swiftly the juvenile he co-owns and conditions trotted his mile. “I’m not delusional,” he said. “He is definitely nowhere near as good as his father (Explosive Matter) was at 2, but now he’s the fastest 2-year-old gelding of all time. “He is a nice horse and I never considered him to be of champion quality, so it was a bit of a surprise for us. The third horse (race favorite Southwind Spirit) went out and did all the work for the whole mile so it worked out perfectly for us. “I did actually think he could win the race, I didn’t think he would do it in world record time, but I was confident he could win the race with the right trip and he got it.” A son of first crop sire Explosive Matter and the Supergill mare Exquisite Lady, Outburst is also owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable and Mirva Bogucki. The trio purchased him for $33,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Sale and he is a half-brother to Highly Refined, who was a $70,000 yearling purchase that only made $120 during his brief career, Mr Exquisite, a $35,000 yearling purchase that never made it to the gate, and Sand Lladro, a $10,000 yearling purchase by Cantab Hall that has collected a little more than $7,300 during his time at the races. Although his sire was an outstanding individual, the performance of Outburst's siblings wouldn’t have many people rushing to sign a check, but Daley selected the colt based on the advice of a colleague that believed quality did exist on his dam's side. Who his father was certainly factored into the decision, but was not the primary reason Daley brought him home. “All the foals ended up having issues and didn’t show anything on paper, but he knew there was one in Sweden that had just started racing,” Daley said. “He knew all the other foals would have been pretty sharp without those issues, so when this foal came along, he went and saw him in the paddock and he really liked him. Also, he was an Explosive Matter and we were looking to get a couple of his colts from his first year. He fit in perfectly.” From seven pari-mutuel engagements, Outburst has a record of 4-1-1. He has earned just shy of $90,000 and his first performance after his world record will be on Friday (Oct. 4) in an $87,500 division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile. He will leave from post four in an eight horse field as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Ron Pierce grasping the reins. The race is the fourth on the card. “He’s never really let us down anytime,” Daley said. “I assume he will be good again in there. I’m not watching for him to break his world record or anything, but he is going to be the horse to beat.” Outburst commenced his career on Aug. 7 in a $13,000 non-winners race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. It has been his only off the board finish as he was second coming into the stretch and broke stride to finish seventh, but was placed sixth. He broke his maiden on Aug. 13 over the same oval in a division of the PA Stallion Series and was then second to heavy favorite Don Dorado in an $85,616 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contest at Harrah’s Philadelphia. On Sept. 4 he returned to Scranton-Wilkes Barre for another victory in a $13,000 non-winners race, before finishing third in a $10,000 first leg contest of the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile on Sept. 12. Outburst captured his third triumph in the $10,000 second leg of the Kindergarten Series on Sept. 19 and kind of caught the harness world by surprise with his world record mile on Sept. 27. “We liked him right from the start,” Daley said. “Then he went through a stage in February where he started doing things wrong basically and wasn’t focused, so that is when we decided to geld him. He has always been pretty sound, but it was his attitude and he was just being a colt. “It wasn’t like he was a $200,000 purchase and we were not worried about the breeding side of it, so we tried to geld him and carry on from there. “He should have won his first start. He was actually going good and went to the inside when they went into the straightaway at Pocono because he didn’t know what to do. He had never been in that situation before and like a lot of other young trotters, it bit him off balance a little bit and he made a miscue.” When Outburst completes his race on Friday, he will probably start only one more time this year before his winter vacation. “I paid him up to a lot of things to start with as far as the first payments, but when I had to geld him, I dropped him out of a lot of things,” Daley said. “I put him in a lot of the better races next year, but all he has left this year is the Kindergarten. After that we will bring him back to the barn, check him out and that will probably be it for him. That will be good as long as he shuts down sound. Then we will bring him back next year and if he shows he can go the speeds, we will give a go in all the big things next year.” by Kimberly French USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse YouthFoundation’s Drive for Youth is rapidly approaching. The  program,  expanding from a one-day event at The Red Mileto a week-long program of National scope, kicks off on October 6 at The RedMile and runs through October 12. HHYF representatives will be particularly focused at  the Red Mile on entucky Futurity Day, but horsemen everywhere are encouraged to participate. Corey Callahan, one of the sport’s topdrivers this year, and an HHYF Trustee, explains “We are reaching out toeveryone this year so that all tracks can be involved and be part of this greatevent. Kentucky Futurity Day at the Red Mile is a special experience, but overa dozen tracks are racing that week. Not all kids grow up in harness racingfamilies so HHYF gives kids an opportunity to get involved on the sport that welove. These kids are our sport’s future.” Owners, trainers and drivers can pledgeeither a percentage of their winning during Drive for Youth week, or they canpledge a flat rate to HHYF, as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. “We havereached out to  top horsemen at eachtrack to participate and support our youth outreach programs including oursummer camps and scholarships, but ALL horsemen and horsewomen are invited topledge their support to HHYF. We have heard from quite a number of horsemen sofar, but it’s never too  late to jump in.” To make a pledge to Drive for Youth contact Taylor at 317- 867-5877 or bye-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org. Pledge forms are also available at http://www.hhyf.org/uploads/13pledgeform.pdf The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educationalopportunities with  harness horses, inorder to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation hasbeen making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programsinclude interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals,scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials.For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission,go to www.hhyf.org. For more on this press release, contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or hhyfkeiith@earthlink.net. Submitted by HHYF

Lexington, KY --- The all-time record sale price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was equaled, then smashed, during the auction’s first session on Tuesday night (Oct. 1). Trotting colt Custom Fit claims this honor, going for the price of $475,000. By Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream, this youngster is a full brother to the holy terrors Pastor Stephen, 2-year-old champion in 2010, and Father Patrick, this year’s dominant trotting colt. Jimmy Takter, who trained both of the older brothers, made the winning bid for this Brittany Farms-bred colt. A name change might be ahead, perhaps a Monsignor moment in the making? It was another trotting colt that briefly shared the old record price of $450,000. This was Mr Lucky Luke, from the first crop of Lucky Chucky. Multiple stakes-winning dam Graceful Touch has already produced three winners of more than $200,000, headed by millionaire Muscle Massive. John Cancelliere had the final bid for this colt in the Hunterton consignment and is likely to turn the training responsibilities over to Chuck Sylvester, who so successfully campaigned Lucky Chucky. Horse sales bidding typically starts a bit sluggishly through the first few hip numbers, but it was pedal to the metal time on Tuesday, with the second yearling, the Muscle Hill filly Bright Eyes, fetching a whopping $260,000. This was one of a pair of yearlings that Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom purchased for that amount, signing for six yearlings over the course of the session. That trailed only Takter, who acquired nine in all. Several other European bidders were active, assisting trotters to take the top five high priced positions. Taking honors among pacers at $180,000 was the regally-bred filly Hey There Delilah, by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam’s Place. The Kentuckiana Farms-consigned yearling is a full sister to champion and $2 million-winner Put On A Show. Buyer Richard Young is hoping that the filly can emulate these distinguished relatives, as well as his own Rocknroll Hanover daughter, the nearly untouchable I Luv The Nitelife. Overall, the first session of the sale finished in a virtual dead heat in average price with the comparable session in 2012, declining a mere $131 to $86,324. A total of 105 yearlings sold, six more than last year, pushing the gross sales to $9,064,000. The 36 yearlings to sell for $100,000 or more topped the 33 from a year ago. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, and the leading horses by price, from the first session: Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-28-$2,462,000-$87,929-$150,000-$82,500-13 Pacing Fillies-22-$1,605,000-$72,955-$180,000-$60,000-6 Trotting Colts-31-$3,231,000-$104,226-$475,000-$77,000-11 Trotting Fillies-24-$1,766,000-$73,583-$260,000-$51,500-6 Total-105-$9,064,000-$86,324-$475,000-$75,000-36 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Custom Fit-Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-C-T-$475,000-Jimmy W. Takter Mr Lucky Luke-Lucky Chucky-Graceful Touch-C-T-$450,000-John Cancelliere Bright Eyes-Muscle Hill-Caught My Eye-F-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Madrid-Credit Winner-Starcelona-C-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Hey There Delilah-Rocknroll Hanover-Stienam's Place-F-P-$180,000-Richard Young Marquis Volo-Credit Winner-Margarita Momma-C-T-$180,000-Jeff Gillis Flirting Filly-Broadway Hall-Flirtin My Way-F-T-$170,000-Jimmy W. Takter, Agent Darden-Credit Winner-Yalta Hanover-C-T-$165,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Southwind Sonic-Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice-C-T-$155,000-Lindy Racing Stable Asap Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Coed-C-P-$150,000-John Mehlenbacher Bright Baby Blues-Andover Hall-Bar Slide-F-T-$150,000-Melvin Hartman Mission Brief-Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-F-T-$150,000-Burke Racing Stable Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. For USTA video from the sale click here. By David Carr for USTA (reprinted with permission from USTA)

3YO Trot Filly Shine In Bluegrass Stakes

After two successful years in the USA, the Oscarsson family has decided to return home to Sweden again. Their new home track will be the Åby, outside of Gothenburg. In the fall of 2011, Jim and Susanne Oscarsson sold their racehorses in Sweden and left their training base in Eskilstuna to start a new life with their two children on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with young horses they purchased at American sales. Career-wise, their move was a huge success. The Oscarsson-stable kicked off by winning the Peter Haughton Memorial with Aperfectyankee in 2012, a success which was followed by a fourth place in the Hambletonian earlier this summer. Another highlight this season was Nuncio’s second place in the Peter Haughton Memorial. ”We’ve been here for two years and a lot of has worked well," Jim Oscarsson said. "It’s been good times with very nice horses and many good owners, who I must thank. We had the possibility to increase our stable with many more nice horses at the auctions this fall, but sometimes you need to make a choice. The family has discussed it all and decided to return home." The Oscarsson’s are going to bring back around ten horses from the United States to compete with in Sweden and Åby. ”We will head home with the horses after the Breeders' Crown-finals, October 19th," Oscarsson explained. "We hope to have a few of our own qualified. Aperfectyankee and Nuncio both have many good races in Sweden next year, and there is a lot of money to race for at Åby Racetrack.” Reprinted from AGT Sweden at www02.atg.se

Grand Circuit racing continues on Friday at The Red Mile with three divisions each of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old colt trotters and filly pacers.   Those freshmen will compete for total purses well in excess of a half million dollars and the "top of the crop" for each group are among the entrants.   The colt trotters will compete in the Walnut Hall Limited Cup, carded as races five, seven and ten, each a seven colt field for a purse of $90,100.   Father Patrick has been nothing short of sensational this season. The Cantab Hall colt has won the Peter Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands by ten lengths and more recently the William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk, where he established a new Canadian record for baby trotters of 1:53.4 in a five length romp. A winner of $436,507 this year, the only loss in Father Patrick's eight start career was a photo out in an overnight at The Meadowlands.   Jimmy Takter trains the colt for the Father Patrick Stable and Yannick Gingras will steer him as he has in every start this season.   On the distaff side, the fillies will race for just shy of $260,000 split three ways, race eight, nine and eleven. The "Belle of the Ball" thus far has been Jim Avritt's homebred Art Major filly Precocious Beauty. From his mare Precious Beauty, who produced North America Cup champ Sportswriter, Jim kept the filly he has described as "a perfect specimen" and she has lived up to his vision and then some. A winner of four straight in Ontario including the She's A Great Lady final and Eternal Camnation stakes, Precocious Beauty has amassed just shy of $360,000 on the strength of five wins and a pair of seconds from seven starts. Her 1:50.2 speed badge puts her just a fifth off the current world record for the division.   Top Canadian conditioner Gregg Mc Nair developed the filly and sends her out on Friday with her regular pilot, one of racing's brightest young stars, his son Doug.   Friday post time will be 7pm. The Red Mile is available at a simulcast venue near you or you may view the races by opening an account with their account wagering platform.   by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit

‘In a prelude to our upcoming announcement on harness racing trainers and drivers apprenticeship initiatives in 2014, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway has joined Yamaha Motors Australia, Peter Doyle @ The Quay and Sasy n Savy in expressing our support for the Sydney based Business Supporting Youth Network, which is celebrating its first anniversary next month (October 2013),’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has told Harnesslink. ‘Bankstown Paceway is very pleased to join with our fellow business and industry partners in endorsing this laudable initiative for young Australians in a video presentation which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Av3O5ll_PE ,’ Mr Ho said. ‘Bankstown Paceway was also instrumental in sponsoring the official launch of the Business Supporting Youth Network (BSYN) at Bankstown Golf Club on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012,’ he said. ‘BSYN is a interconnected framework of local like-minded small, medium and large businesses from across Sydney. ‘Bankstown Paceway and our fellow business members in the network are committed to the ongoing development and growth of our community – through the engagement and participation in partnerships and initiatives – that enhance and support the educational and social outcomes for young Australians. ‘The BSYN “whole of community” partnership approach is predicated on the fact that our young people hold the key to ensuring local and national economic growth and sustainability for business and industry stakeholders. ‘Companies and organisations like Bankstown Paceway are engaging with our local community in strategic and sustainable partnerships – partnerships that aim to provide more meaningful and “real” educational experiences for our local youth. ‘These experiences provided by the Paceway and our fellow business and industry partners assist in ensuring that young Australians in Sydney develop the essential life and employability skills that they require to become effective, confident and productive citizens within our society,’ Mr Ho added. Megan J. Lavender

Dave Palone, the winningest driver in North American harness racing history, entered Monday's race card at The Meadows needing just five wins from scoring his 16,000th career win. BACK TRACK $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, older trotters, Sept. 21, Hoosier Park 1. Uncle Peter, 2. Market Share, 3. My MVP. Time: 1:52.3 (track record). Margin: Head. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Jimmy Takter. Winning owners: Christina Takter, Brixton Medical AB, John and Jim Fielding, Goran Falk. Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, two $139,000 divisions, 2-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 21, Hoosier Park 1. Act Now, 2. Uffizi Hanover, 3. Instant Respect. Time: 1:53.3. Margin: 1-1/4. 1. Southwind Silence, 2. Allstar Rating, 3. Magnifique. Time: 1:53.3. Margin: 1-1/2. $275,480 Milton Stakes, older female pacers, Sept. 21, Mohawk Racetrack 1. Rocklamation, 2. Swinging Beauty, 3. Anndrovette. Time: 1:49.4. Margin: 1. Winning driver: Brett Miller. Winning trainer: Ron Burke. Winning owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. $552,551 Little Brown Jug, 3-year-old male pacers, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Vegas Vacation, 2. Urbanite Hanover, 3. Lucan Hanover. Time: 1:50. Margin: 2. Winning driver: Brian Sears. Winning trainer: Casie Coleman. Winning owners: West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton, Phyllis Saunders. $125,000 Miss Versatility Series final, older female trotters, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Maven, 2. Bax Of Life, 3. Daylon Miracle. Time: 1:51.4 (fastest ever on half-mile track). Margin: 7-1/4. Winning driver: Yannick Gingras. Winning trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Winning owner: Bill Donovan. $51,250 Winbak Pace, older male pacers, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Pet Rock, 2. A Rocknroll Dance, 3. Our Lucky Chip. Time: 1:48.1 (fastest ever on half-mile track). Margin: Neck. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Virgil Morgan Jr., Winning owner: Frank Bellino. Old Oaken Bucket, two $65,750 divisions, 3-year-old male trotters, Sept. 19, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Vibe Blue Chip, 2. Bluto, 3. Sailer Eddie. Time: 1:54.3. Margin: 1. 1. High Bridge, 2. Boffin, 3. Theatrical Session. Time: 1:55.1. Margin: 2. $257,750 Jugette, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 18, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. I Luv The Nitelife, 2. Carols Desire, 3. Jerseylicious. Time: 1:51.2. Margin: 3-1/2. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Chris Ryder. Winning owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Buckette, two $52,194 divisions, 3-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 18, Delaware County (OH) Fair 1. Silver Credit, 2. UF Tadys Donato, 3. Andie Sophia. Time: 1:54.4. Margin: 6-1/4. 1. Frau Blucher, 2. Coffeecake Hanover, 3. Bethel Hanover. Time: 1:53.1 (world record). Margin: 5. HORSES BY EARNINGS   Horse Name Age Sex Gait Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 3 H P 9 8 1 0 1,456,273 ROYALTY FOR LIFE 3 H T 11 6 2 0 1,217,160 BEE A MAGICIAN 3 M T 12 12 0 0 999,684 I LUV THE NITELIFE 3 M P 13 12 0 1 968,337 VEGAS VACATION 3 G P 15 9 3 1 806,287 FOILED AGAIN 9 G P 22 6 4 7 734,109 CORKY 3 H T 15 4 5 3 663,263 PET ROCK 4 H P 13 4 3 1 644,070 SPIDER BLUE CHIP 3 G T 13 7 1 1 642,113 SMILIN ELI 3 H T 12 4 3 2 572,379 DRIVERS BY WINS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 2252 496 353 308 1,999,433 David Palone 1821 473 264 185 4,756,396 Corey Callahan 2696 466 340 370 7,079,320 Tim Tetrick 2378 464 337 314 11,925,070 Bruce AldrichJr 2418 431 358 324 2,016,831 Ronald Pierce 2712 424 361 381 8,034,537 Brian Sears 1744 420 300 259 10,766,718 Aaron Merriman 2491 419 398 360 3,152,057 Michael Oosting 1768 414 295 236 2,878,842 George Napolitano Jr. 2210 395 326 277 4,463,136 DRIVERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Tim Tetrick 2378 464 337 314 11,925,070 Brian Sears 1744 420 300 259 10,766,718 Yannick Gingras 1752 386 284 240 9,668,250 David Miller 2150 305 326 299 8,444,473 Ronald Pierce 2712 424 361 381 8,034,537 Corey Callahan 2696 466 340 370 7,079,320 George Brennan 1876 323 328 221 6,877,856 Andy Miller 2094 305 304 271 5,891,993 Matthew Kakaley 2188 341 341 317 5,808,136 James Morrill Jr. 1296 323 255 160 5,543,391 by Ken Weingartner for HRC

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