Day At The Track

November 27, 2020 - Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) converted a three wide surge to a narrow harness racing victory in tonight’s Solvalla Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, four year olds) clocked in 1.11.6kr. Magnus A. Djuse teamed the 10/1 odds winner for trainer Jerry Riordan and owners Team Snyder and Aetos Dios AB. He won for the 11th time in 26 career appearances now for 7,222,374SEK earned. He has five victories in 10 starts this year. The 1.9/1 favorite Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) held second after a long death seat journey with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Frode Hamre. This one is now 14 for 17 lifetime. 6.2/1 odds Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) set the face and yielded back to third in the lane with trainer Robert Bergh aboard. Aetos Kronos mid-stretch final bend Replay ATG, Solvalla files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

Catrina Stephens will be keen to build on her early season success when harness racing resumes at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre tonight, starting from 6pm. “I’m going in with a positive and open mind for a good night of racing and to have fun,” she said. The 27-year-old has been virtually unstoppable competing with a trio of ponies owned by the Burrows family. Stephens achieved a personal milestone during the previous race day held on the Remembrance Day holiday after chalking up a remarkable fourteenth consecutive win. “I never thought I would win like that,” she said. “I was just going out to have fun. “I thought I might win one or two, but it was OK if I didn’t. “This is definitely a personal best, to win 14 back-to-back.” Stephens has made a spectacular comeback from an eight-year hiatus from the sport. “I never really had any expectations,” she added. “It’s my first season racing these ponies, so the first couple of race days were to get a feel of the ponies and see how they race without being pushed. They all have surprised me so much already.” Stephens has enjoyed success at the helm of the Burrows family’s mares Shady Maple and Reign of Terror and gelding Whatyatalkinbout. “I believe that if your ponies are happy, they will enjoy what they are doing,” she explained. “I would like to think that they are all very happy and a consistent routine will get you far.” Stephens and Canadian-bred pony Whatyatalkinbout continued to turn heads during the previous race day as they swept both heats in the 1:08/1-1:11/3 division to move up two time bars. The three-year-old has undergone an amazing transformation this term having made a poor start during its debut campaign last season. “That’s incredible for him because he was the underdog,” Stephens said. “We started out in the slowest time bar [1:11/4 and slower] and already we have jumped two time bars within three race days.” By Colin Thompson Reprinted with permission of The Royal Gazette

YONKERS, N.Y. – Since arriving in the United States this March, the harness racing training duo of Lauren and Shane Tritton have quickly made a name for themselves in their new home. Their stable has swelled from the 12 horses the Trittons flew over from their native Australia as American owners have flocked to their barn. Since their pari-mutuel debut June 12, the Trittons have amassed 55 wins from 194 starts with another 52 seconds and thirds.  Forty of those victories have come at Yonkers Raceway, placing the Trittons seventh in the trainer’s standings. Saturday night (Nov. 28) at the Hilltop, the Trittons will make their American stakes debut as they send out Lady Dela Renta in the $100,000 distaff invitational pace for Blue Chip Matchmaker Series eligibles and San Domino in the $125,000 invitational pace for Borgata Pacing Series eligibles. “We’re excited that we’ve been able to get a couple horses in for our owners. We were hoping to be successful coming to America, but you just never know how it’s going to go,” Shane Tritton said. “We’re very relieved that things have worked out OK, we’ve made the right moves. Having these two horses in these races is a big culmination of these six months and hopefully they can do well. They’re both very tough races and we understand they are the best horses going around in this area right now. We hope that we can do well.” Australia-bred Lady Dela Renta appeared to be an open-type pacer last fall when she captured a $42,000 filly and mare open handicap pace at Yonkers Oct. 4, 2019 in just her sixth Stateside start in the barn of Jose Godinez. However, she went winless in her first five races this spring at Yonkers and Scioto between March 6 and July 10. When racing resumed on the East Coast, owner Bukers Stable shipped Lady Dela Renta to the Trittons’ stable in Pine Bush, N.Y. Since the move, Lady Dela Renta has been a standout in the pacing mare ranks at Yonkers. She qualified a winner in 1:52.2 with Lauren Tritton in the bike July 31. Lady Dela Renta won her pari-mutuel debut for the Trittons with Jordan Stratton driving by 3 3/4 lengths in a $15,500 overnight Aug. 13. Since then, Lady Dela Renta has won another five races from seven starts, including three at the preferred or open level. “She was a horse that my wife actually chased after a little bit. The owners seemed interested in sending her to us and my wife definitely wanted her. She had faith that we could turn her around,” Tritton said. “We knew a little bit about her in Australia and she was a pretty high-class mare there. After she came to us, Lauren has done most of the work. She just really got along good with her. She’s certainly a mare we had a lot of respect for before we started training her and I think having that belief in them is enough to try to get them back the way they should be.” Tritton counts Lady Dela Renta’s most recent victory in the $25,000 filly and mare preferred on Nov. 12 as her most impressive performance to date. After starting from the outside post in a field of five, Lady Dela Renta dropped back to race in fourth early as Snobbytown and Lispatty dueled for the lead through a :27.1 quarter over the sloppy going. Sensing the pace slowing, Jordan Stratton angled Lady Dela Renta to the outside first-over with five-eights of a mile to pace. Lady Dela Renta pressured Snobbytown through a :57.2 half mile. Racing up the backstretch, Lady Dela Renta fought to put a neck in front of Snobbytown as the pace accelerated through three-quarters in 1:24.4. Lady Dela Renta held the lead over Snobbytown around the final turn. With Stratton motionless in the stretch, Lady Dela Renta extended the margin to 3/4 lengths to stop the clock in 1:53.3. The victory came two weeks after Lady Dela Renta made a break in stride as the 8-5 favorite and finished last Oct. 29. “I think her last win was very good. She got muddled up in a wet track, she broke the start before and we were really just trying to screw her back down and make sure we had her right for this race,” Tritton said. “She was parked out virtually the whole race and you could see she had the race won from a long way out. It gave us a lot of faith that she can do a lot of work in her races and still be there at the end. We needed to get a good win on the board to make sure we were right for this race, so her last win was definitely the most satisfying.” Lady Dela Renta drew post position eight and is 8-1 on the morning line with Jordan Stratton named to drive in the $100,000 distaff invitational, which will go as race six on Saturday night’s 10-race program.  “We expect that she’s going to keep getting better. We’re still scratching the surface. I think next year, she’ll progress a bit more and we really couldn’t be disappointed in her,” Tritton said. “The only couple of times she’s been beaten, it hasn’t been her fault. We expect her to race really well. We’re obviously disappointed with the barrier draw, but someone has to come from there. That’s how the cookie crumbles and maybe next time in one of these big races we might get the luck, so you just have to take it as you get it.” Lady Dela Renta’s rivals include Shartin, the $2.5 million earner who was voted 2019 Horse of the Year. Shartin is 8-for-11 at Yonkers Raceway and is a two-time Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final winner, having taken the 2018 and 2019 editions. Saturday night will mark Shartin’s first start at Yonkers since the 7-year-old Jim King, Jr. trainee overcame post eight in a $33,000 filly and mare open handicap June 30.  Shartin enters this distaff invitational on the longest winless streak of her career since she began racing in the U.S., having lost five straight races from Oct. 3 through Nov. 21, including four losses to Kissin In The Sand in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby, the elimination and final of the Breeders Crown, and the $150,000 TVG Mares Final.  Shartin drew post seven in the distaff invitational and is the 2-1 morning line favorite with co-owner Tim Tetrick set to drive. The field also includes Caviart Ally, who drew the rail for Andy McCarthy and Brett Pelling and enters off a fourth-place finish in the TVG Mares Final at the Meadowlands Nov. 21. Caviart Ally is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Major Occasion also exits the TVG Mares Final, having finished sixth for trainer Nifty Norman. Major Occasion drew post four in the distaff invitational and is 4-1 on the morning line with Pat Lachance set to drive. Local threats in this race include the Ron Burke-trained mare Snobbytown, who has finished first, second, or third in each of her last 10 starts, all of which came in either the local filly and mare open or preferred ranks. Snobbytown will start from post two with George Brennan in the sulky. The pair are 6-1 on the morning line.  Robyn Camden, Imprincessgemma, and Seaswift Joy complete the lineup. The Trittons will start San Domino in the $125,000 invitational pace two races after Lady Dela Renta. Another pacer bred in Australia, San Domino had been racing in the U.S. for Andrew Harris since August 2019, earning 9 wins and $179,067 from 29 starts, primarily in the open and conditioned ranks at East Coast tracks. However, owners Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing sent San Domino to the Trittons this fall, hoping to reach success at the stakes level. “It’s funny, the owners approached us. They had a pretty good horse called None Bettor and San Domino is kind of like him. I probably had more respect for San Domino than None Bettor from what they had done in Australia,” Tritton said. “I thought San Domino was probably underachieving a little bit, so we concentrated on trying to get him back to the way we thought he should be.” San Domino debuted for the Trittons in a $15,000 Yonkers overnight Oct. 2, scoring a wire-to-wire win by 2 1/2 lengths with Brent Holland in the bike. San Domino doubled up Oct. 10, taking a $17,500 overnight by 4 lengths in 1:51.2 with Jordan Stratton driving. San Domino then moved to the open ranks, finishing third behind Mac’s Jackpot and Ostro Hanover off a pocket trip Oct. 17 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky and second behind The Real One on Halloween with Austin Siegelman at the lines.  In his latest start in the $25,000 pacing feature Nov. 7, Jordan Stratton sent the 7-year-old straight to the lead and never looked back, holding off Leonidas and Micky Gee by 3/4 lengths to score a blistering 1:50.3 win. “San Domino has been stepping out of his stablemate’s shadow and showing what he can do, too. He’s probably gotten better with every run we’ve given him,” Tritton said. “We’re pretty excited with him. He’s a pretty tough horse, he’s always been a good horse in Australia. We just hope that the race can go his way. He can be a real tough bugger and I think he showed that in his last win. He’s had a good couple of weeks to get ready for this race. We think he’s as good as he can be.” The Trittons elected not to race San Domino after his last start and instead trained him up to Saturday night’s invitational. San Domino and Lady Dela Renta shipped to Yonkers last Friday (Nov. 20) to go a training trip. With Shane Tritton driving San Domino and Stratton driving Lady Dela Renta, the pair trained in company in 1:53.1. “We had the choice of running him back to back after that big win last time. Both of them went to Yonkers last Friday and ran a mile in 1:53.1. They’re both basically coming off a pretty good run last week even though they didn’t race,” Tritton said. “We’re confident that their fitness is where it needs to be. Obviously, these are tough races and they need to be 100 percent. We’re pretty confident that they are both there. It’s whether they can get the luck in the running.” San Domino will start from post position four, the same post he left from in his recent down-the-road open win. He and Stratton are 5-2 on the morning line and could be poised to set the tempo again. “I think San Domino showed last time that he likes to be on the front end, he likes to run a really hard race,” Tritton said. “If he can get on the front end and make every post a winner, I think that’s his best chance. I think his last mile showed that and I’m sure that will be the game plan. It’s a nice draw for him, we’re happy with it, and I’m sure Jordan is going out there with the idea that he has a good chance.” Ron Burke will send out the race’s 2-1 morning line favorite in This Is The Plan, who’s three wins this year include the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Sept. 25. This Is The Plan also finished second in the $150,000 Allerage Open Pace at the Red Mile Oct. 11 and third in the $340,000 TVG FFA Pace last out Nov. 21. George Brennan will drive the 5-year-old gelding from post eight. The field also includes Raukapuka Ruler, who enters off back-to-back wins in local overnights in 1:51.4 and 1:52.4 Nov. 14 and 21, respectively. The Pete Tritton-trained 7-year-old is 4-1 on the morning line with Tim Tetrick programmed to drive.  Ostro Hanover won two local $17,500 overnights in his last four starts and most recently came from 12 3/4 lengths behind to finish third beaten 1 1/4 lengths in the $30,000 open pace Nov. 21. The Daniel Renaud trainee will employ the services of Tyler Buter and is 5-1 on the morning line after drawing the inside post. Micky Gee ran up the score this summer at Yonkers, scoring five local wins in the conditioned and open ranks, most of which came with sweeping three- or four-wide moves in last-to-first style. However, the Lance Hudson trainee is winless in his last five starts dating to Oct. 17 and is 12-1 on the morning line with Jason Bartlett set to drive. Bechers Brook, Mac’s Jackpot, and Tookadiveoffdipper complete the field. If one or both of Lady Dela Renta and San Domino were to win their respective stakes races Saturday night? “It would obviously be great,” Tritton answered. “We’ve had a lot of experience with these big races in Australia. We know that you can have big nights and you can have terrible nights. I’m sure there are seven other horses in these races that are thinking that they deserve to be there and have a chance of winning, too. We don’t get too disappointed if we don’t win. We just like to go in there and do our best and if we can show that we’re competitive at this level, I’m sure one of these races will go our way. Hopefully this weekend. If not, it will be next chance we get. “We’re very humbled to be invited to these races. Hopefully we can put on a good show.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Heading into the Friday night harness racing featured $25,000 high-end conditioned trot at The Meadowlands, Deltasun A had won two of his last four starts, and while he was facing better foes than he had in recent outings, he was dismissed at odds of 16-1, and that created a big payday for his fans. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Andrew Harris, Deltasun A was racing in sixth as the field of eight straightened away down the backstretch. Napolitano moved the 7-year-old gelded son of Tenotrump-Deltasu to the outside and made his way toward leader Warrior One, who had cut out front-end fractions of :27.2 and :55.3, and continued to race on the point past three-quarters in 1:24.4. Just before the three-quarter mark, 8-5 favorite JL Cruze popped out of the pocket to take his shot at the leader, which provided a live tow for Deltasun A around the far turn. Deltasun A tipped off his cover at the eighth pole, and with some energetic handling from Napolitano, gunned down JL Cruze at the wire by a neck in 1:53.1, just a fifth of a second slower than his lifetime best. Warrior One held third. Owned by Douglas Overhiser, A Harris Racing and Michael Goldberg Racing, Deltasun A returned $34.60 to his appreciative backers. He now has 22 victories from just 58 lifetime starts and earnings of $209,134. Deltasun A A LITTLE MORE: Three drivers stood above the rest on the Friday night card. Andy Miller guided three to the winner's circle while Dave Miller had a driving double. Also registering a double was Scott Zeron, whose winners were sent to the gate at odds of 80-1 and 12-1. Both of Zeron's victories played a major role in giant 50-cent Pick-4 payoffs. The wager that ended in race nine returned $5,960.65, and in the 13th, the payoff was $5,486.55. ... The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit as both of Zeron's bombs scored during the sequence, setting up a guaranteed pool of $15,000 for Saturday night. Free past performances for the Pick-6, as well as the 20-cent Pick-5, are available at ... All-source wagering totaled $2,488,170. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

At around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, we’ll know the name of the final winning horse in the 90-year history of Scarborough Downs. With that in mind, we thought we’d look back to 1969 and some of the harness racing firsts at the seaside oval.   Scarborough Downs was built in 1950 as a one mile oval and hosted thoroughbred racing until 1972. In 1969, the Downs was sold to the Odgen Corp, which also owned Gorham Raceway. The new owners closed Gorham Raceway and brought harness racing to Scarborough Downs.   Opening day for harness racing was scheduled for Monday night, May 12, 1969. Many familiar Maine names ran the new racing operation. Arthur McGee was director of racing. Joining him were Tom Kiley (race secretary), Faye Nichols (clerk of the course), Zillah Witman (program director), Jim Flanagan (starter), and Dick Michelsen (announcer).   Drivers on the Downs’ first scheduled program included Dennis May, Don Richards, Frank Woodbury, Arthur Nason, Russ Smith, Russ Wing Jr., Willis Whittemore, Roy Gartley, J.D. Salley, George Fitch, Bobby Truitt, Irving Foster, Dominic Watson, and Al Langile Jr.   The track was dubbed the “all-new” Scarborough Downs by the Biddeford-Saco Journal, pointing to a $1.5 million renovation that included newly glassed-in grandstand and clubhouse, new “bank style” parimutuel windows, upgraded dining facilities, closed-circuit television, and air conditioning. “It’ll be like a posh nightclub,” said the track’s PR man, who noted that the new owners planned to add an “ultra-modern” hotel and golf course to the track’s 12,000 acres.   Four thousand fans came to the track to witness the first night, only to be disappointed when, 50 minutes before the scheduled 8 p.m. post time, the horsemen voted not to race due to the condition of the sloppy and deep track from major rains that, according to the Biddeford paper, had prevented the track from putting down stone dust.   The track’s statement was bitter: “Scarborough Downs management tonight felt our track was in condition to race. Horsemen who used the track today made no complaint to management until after the public had arrived.”   The Bangor Daily News sports editor, Owen Osborne, took the horsemen to task for the late cancellation, which didn’t sit well with Gerald MacKenzie Sr. of Plymouth, who wrote to the paper: “If Scarborough Downs was in such good shape, why was stone dust added to it? It looks as if more time was spent on the grandstand and grounds than on the most essential thing, the race track.”   It took four days to improve the track for racing and opening night was moved to Friday, May 16, 1969.   Five thousand fans attended opening night and wagered $150,169, a record for a 10-dash program in Maine. The first harness race in the track’s history was won by SCOTCH ROCKATE, in 2:13.4, with Ken Gagne driving and paying $23.60.   SCARBOROUGH DOWNS (MILE TRACK) 5/16/1969 $600 CLAIMING PRICE $1,500 PACE 1 MILE SLOW TRACK   32.4 1:06.2 (33.3) 1:39.4 (33.2) 2:13.4 (34.0) Horse Name PP 1/4 1/2 3/4 Str Finish Actual Odds Driver Trainer SCOTCH ROCKATE 5 6 6 6 4 /1H 1 /H 2:13.4 10.80 Kenneth Gagne Kenneth Gagne WATER FRONT 6 7 7 7 6 /2 2 /H 2:13.4 *2.50 Dennis May Dennis May JET DEMON 8 8 8 8 5 /1T 3 /1 2:14.0 3.50 Jovis Gerry Perl Gerry IRISH PETE 2 5 5 5 2 /1 4 /3 2:14.2 7.10 Walter Ross Walter Ross JEFFREY DEAN 4 1 1 1 1 /1 5 /3Q 2:14.2 9.80 Frank A. Smith Frank A. Smith CORN BREAD 1 2 2 2 3 /1H 6 /4 2:14.3 4.10 Burt Bramble Burt Bramble P. G. CONNIE 3 3 3 3 7 /3 7 /7 2:15.1 11.40 Lewis Udell Lewis Udell HAL MERRY 7 4 4 4 8 /4 8 /9 2:15.3 5.20 George Maroun George Maroun Win Place Show 23.60 9.40 4.40   7.00 4.40     3.60 SCOTCH ROCKATE 9, M, ROCCO HANOVER - KATE DICKENSON - SCOTCH SPIRITS Dorothy E. Gagne, Londonderry, NH WATER FRONT 14, G, FEDOR - PRONTO ELLEN - MCELLEN Dennis R. May, Kennebunkport, ME JET DEMON 13, G, DEMON HANOVER - DAMA DEE - GRATTAN MCKINNEY Perl K. Gerry, Gorham, ME   Track conditions plagued Scarborough during the first few weeks of the meet. The fastest mile on opening night was 2:08.1 on the mile oval, and it took three weeks to hit 2:05.0, recorded by BRILLIANT ROSE with Al Langille, Jr. driving.   The final two weeks of the meet saw the race times getting faster. On the next-to-last race night, TIGER HAL paced the fastest race of the meet in 2:00.3 with George Maroun driving. Horsemen and fans were hopeful of a sub 2:00 mile on closing night, June 14.   Those hopes were fueled by the Faro brothers, Angelo and Joseph. Their horse, NIPPY DUE, had won two of the last three preferred handicaps at Scarborough, and with the better track conditions, they were confident in the win, bragging to anyone on the grandstand apron who would listen.   The Faro brothers' hopes were dashed as the Canadian import, AMORTIZER DIRECT, driven by Rufin Barrieau upset the favorite in a classic stretch drive, hitting the wire in 1:59.4, the first sub-two minute mile since the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach in 1942. . The Bangor paper reported that the large crowd gave the winner a standing ovation.   SCARBOROUGH DOWNS (MILE TRACK) 6/14/1969 $1,600 PREFERRED HANDICAP PACE 1 MILE FAST TRACK   28.4 58.2 (29.3) 1:28.0 (29.3) 1:59.4 (31.4) Horse Name PP 1/4 1/2 3/4 Str Finish Actual Odds Driver Trainer AMORTIZER DIRECT 5 4° 1° 2 2 /1 1 /H 1:59.4 4.70 Rufin Barrieau Rufin Barrieau NIPPY DUE 6 6 3° 1° 1 /1 2 /H 1:59.4 *0.60 George Maroun George Maroun LANCER MORAKA 1 3 5 5 5 /4 3 /2 2:00.1 7.60 Freeman Parker Willis Pease BORDERVIEW EARL 2 5 6 6 6 /5 4 /2H 2:00.1 23.90 Ralph D'Amelio Ralph D'Amelio MISS BERTIE LOU 4 1 2 4° 3 /2 5 /8 2:01.2 9.40 Joseph Hanson Loring Norton MARKET'S SHADOW 3 2 4 3 4 /3 6 /25 2:04.4 3.20 Robert Tisbert Robert Tisbert Win Place Show 11.40 3.60 2.60   2.80 2.40     3.40 AMORTIZER DIRECT 5, H, AMORTIZER - MISS WILLY DIRECT - WILL DIRECT Eric & Harry Whebby, Dartmouth, NS, CA NIPPY DUE 4, H, PAINTER - BID ADIEU - ADIOS Angelo J. & Joseph P. Faro, Winthrop & Saugus, MA LANCER MORAKA 5, H, QUEEN'S KNIGHT - DEBBY MORAKA - THE ABBOT Moraka Stock Farm, Rochester, NH   At the height of Scarborough’s success in the 1970s and 1980s, the track saw record attendance and mutual handles. Hall of Fame horses and drivers along with celebrities visited the track. Scarborough was the fastest half-mile track in New England for many years. Invitational races like the President's Pace and the Legislator Trot brought huge crowds to the track as some of the best horses in North America came to Scarborough Downs.   The track has struggled since 1993 with attendance and mutual declines. Hopes for a rebound were dashed when the track could not persuade politicians and voters to allow a racino at the track. The grandstand fell into disrepair, the track's lights came down and the stable area closed. The recent sale of the property to a developer signaled that racing at the seaside oval would eventually come to an end, which was announced publicly on Nov. 19.   The future of Maine harness racing is up in the air. There are rumors of a new modern facility in Southern Maine, but nothing official has been announced as of now.  The Scarborough foggy nights, when the backside couldn't been seen from the grandstand, may be a fitting backdrop for the future of harness racing  in Maine.   Jay Burns and Bill MacDonald contributed to this report. Additional material sourced from the Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald and Biddeford-Saco Journal.

DAYTON, OH. - Racing a twilight harness racing card (4 p.m. post) for the first time in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's seven-year history, due to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's recently implemented 10 p.m. statewide curfew, Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) swept to her sixth consecutive triumph in the featured $17,250 Mares Open.   More surprising was a 30% increase in handle over the average 2020 Friday night programs, despite the fact a Covid-19 scare had shuttered the track since November 12.   The handle exceeded the day after Thanksgiving's business numbers from 2019 by over $100,000.   Splitting her six race win streak evenly between Hollywood Dayton and Harrah's Hoosier Park, Miss You N was on a mission from the get-go in this outing.   Despite an outside post position assignment, the 6-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar pressed onward until well past the :27.4 opening quarter, where eventual runnerup So Awesome (Brett Miller) was on top. After clearing to the lead before the :55.4 halfway point, Miss You N never had an anxious moment. The Virgil Morgan Jr.-trainee cruised past the third timing beam in 1:23.2 before tacking on a :28.1 final panel to score by a length while in hand. Gone Girl (Trevor Smith) rallied strongly along the pylons to finish third.     The partnership of Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC own the winner, whose lifetime bounty swelled to $296,185.   Remarkably, at least for North American horses, the New Zealand bred mare banked just $22,770 before turning the age of four. She has captured 21 of her 24 wins in her four and five year old seasons.   Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Nov. 28) with the new 4:00 p.m. weekend post time.   Gregg Keidel  

The career of a rising harness racing trainer has come to a sudden halt amid allegations of serious misconduct. Mitchell Kerr – who already has 87 wins to his credit and has won nearly $900,000 in stake money in his three-year training career – handed in his training licence to Harness Racing New Zealand last Saturday. At the same time, the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) has received a raft of allegations about the 28-year-old's conduct as a trainer. Stuff understands the RIU is investigating and has also passed information to police. The police and the RIU declined to comment this week when asked about the case. A source described the allegations as serious. Kerr’s father Paul, a veteran licensed trainer based in Ohoka, North Canterbury, said the RIU had not put any of the allegations to his son, and he had not heard from police either. “I don’t have any respect for the Racing Integrity Unit whatsoever,” he said. “They have been hounding people for the last three years.” Paul Kerr said his son had “one or two personal issues going on” unconnected to the accusations. Mitchell was aware of the allegations, he said. “Until they are substantiated they are just rumour mongering. Things are only just coming out of the woodwork and there is nothing to say they are true.” Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) confirmed Mitchell Kerr had relinquished his licence and said it was not aware of any investigation by the RIU. “If there is a breach of the rules of racing then HRNZ will act appropriately.” Horses stabled at the Mitchell Kerr Racing Stables in Rangiora have been removed to his father’s property in Ohoka. Paul Kerr said not a single owner had removed their horse from his son’s supervision and none had complained about his son. Mitchell Kerr’s last win was at the KaikĊura races earlier this month when William Wallace, which is part owned by All Black Anton Lienert-Brown, won the PGG Sales Series Classic. The allegations are the last thing the harness racing industry needs in its rebuilding phase after a police investigation into race fixing followed by charges against various industry figures in 2018. Canterbury trainer Nigel McGrath was disqualified for eight years in July for attempted doping and not co-operating with racecourse inspectors. An industry figure, who asked not to be named, said Kerr’s troubles were a major talking point in an industry known for its rumour mill. “[About] 99.9 per cent of us are working our guts out for little reward and a few people put the sport in a bad light.” Kerr has worked for his father, and for trainers Robert Dunn, at Woodend Beach, and Gareth Dixon in Auckland. He went out on his own in 2017 after securing 10 boxes and a barn at Rangiora Raceway and developed the outside yards and paddocks. By Martin Van Beynen Reprinted with permission of Stuff

Plainville, MA --- A pair of District 9 events named "The Glenn" for resident harness racing pacers of Plainridge Park were held on closing day Friday (Nov. 27) with big performances put in by both winners. In the $25,000 main event, Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) turned a second-over trip into a five length victory at the wire. Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) out-left Avatartist (Nick Graffam) and skated to the quarter in :26 flat. Just past the three-eighths Paternity Suit A (Drew Monti) pulled first over, followed by Rock Diamonds N as they hit the half. Paternity Suit A Drew alongside Quick Shot up the backstretch and crossed over for the lead by three-quarters in 1:21.4. But Rock Diamonds N was next to be heard from and he took the lead at the head of the stretch. From there he opened up a five length advantage as he paced to the wire wrapped-up in 1:50.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Rock Diamonds N ($10.60) and it pushed his seasonal bankroll to $73,425 for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. Rock Diamonds N Then in the $20,000 undercard, Cherokee Hiflyzane (Mitchell Cushing) mounted a late rush to claim victory in the shadow of the wire. Cherokee Hiflyzane got away third while Rockin Cougar (Nick Graffam) took the field to the quarter in :26.3 and the half in :55.1. Just past that station, Waves (Drew Monti) came first up with Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) right on his back. Positions remained the same until Mach Doro A tipped three deep and drew alongside Rockin Cougar at the three quarters in 1:23 and it looked like a two horse race. But at the 7/8th's pole, Cherokee Hiflyzane found room to get off the pylons from fifth and started to pace furiously. He made up the 3-1/2 lengths he was behind at the top of the lane and caught Rockin Cougar at the line by a ¼ length in 1:51.3. It was the fourth win of the year for Cherokee Hiflyzane ($7.00) who is owned and trained by Roger Farrar. Cherokee Hiflyzane Plainridge Park had a $47,420 carry over for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race on Friday with a guaranteed $75,000 pool through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program along with a mandatory payout. There was $99,571 new money wagered for a total pool of $146,991 which was the largest ever bet at Plainridge Park. The combination of 9-3-8-5-4 returned $244.98 for a 20-cent bet. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

ANDERSON, Ind.--November 27, 2020--The 2020 live harness racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, November 21, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizeable gains in all-sources handle during the shortened 111-day harness racing season. At a time when tracks are struggling with the status quo of maintaining handle from year to year, Harrah's Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of over 35% during the 2020 live harness racing season from the previous year's numbers. Total handle for all of 2020 was $70,967,441, up 35.5% as compared with the same 105 like-days plus the first six days of the 2019 meet. 2020 average daily handle was $639,346 (111 days) as compared to 2019 average daily handle of $497,460 (160 days) and up 28.5%. In a continued effort to provide the most attractive racing product to bettors everywhere, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino placed a focus on all encompassing marketing efforts and an increase in overall quality of racing. Race cards featured fuller fields over the previous year's numbers, averaging 8.8 betting interests per race this season compared to 8.47 in 2019. In addition, Hoosier Park averaged 13.9 races per day compared to 12.5 races per day in the previous year. "The 2020 live racing season proved to be an unequivocal success as witnessed by the record-breaking average daily handle," Harrah's Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "This achievement would not have been possible without the good judgment and foresight of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and the Indiana Standardbred Association which cooperatively and proactively assisted Harrah's Hoosier Park and making it possible for the 111-day season to be conducted in a safe and healthy manner all the while producing a record-breaking season on many fronts." "I would also like to thank our Indiana horsemen for their unwavering cooperation in putting together a most competitive product on the track each and every night. And, a special thank you to all Harrah's Hoosier Park team members for executing a flawless Breeders Crown weekend!" One of the most anticipated weekends on the 2020 live racing calendar was in October as Harrah's Hoosier Park welcomed the 37th edition of the $6 million Breeders Crown events back to the Anderson oval. The Breeders Crown saw notable success while placing the national spotlight on Harrah's Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. The 2020 Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park pulled in its largest handle in the 27-year history with a total of $2,639,903 wagered on the 15-race card Saturday, Oct. 31. The previous track record for handle on a single program was set during the 2017 Breeders Crown at $2,063,985. The 2020 edition was also a two-night record for the track with a total of $4,297,864 wagered on Breeders Crown Championships compared to a two-night total of $3,837,869 wagered in 2017. Additionally, the first dead heat in the history of the Breeders Crown was recorded in the Breeders Crown final for two-year-old pacing colts and the $409.80 win mutuel yielded by Sandbetweenmytoes in the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts was the highest ever in the 37-year history of the Breeders Crown. In addition to the Breeders Crown events, Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit racing action six different times this season and welcomed the top-rated horses in North America to compete in races like the $160,000 Monument Circle, the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $100,000 Nadia Lobell. As with the Breeders Crown, the bettors came out in full force throughout the entire season as a total of five race days produced over $1 million in handle--the most in any one season in the history of Harrah's Hoosier Park. Harrah's Hoosier Park also witnessed one of its' fastest season to date as 13 track records were equaled or re-established this season. Pacing sensations Little Rocket Man and Cattlewash equaled the overall track record of 1:47.2, which is now co-held by five horses. Trace Tetrick led all forces on the track and took home the 2020 leading driver title with 277 victories and accumulated over $3.1 million in purse earnings throughout the season. Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his ninth leading driver title at Harrah's Hoosier Park in 2020. Trainer Tyler George earned his first leading trainer title at Harrah's Hoosier Park after his stable recorded 73 wins on the season. Live racing dates for the 2021 season at Harrah's Hoosier Park have been submitted and will be reviewed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission at their December meeting. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit About Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Harrah's Hoosier Park, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Harrah's Hoosier Park, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features the newest slots, live table games, sports wagering, and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. For more information, please visit Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos and sports books. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC. Emily Gaskin  

On Thursday, Jessica Buckley, Senior Vice-President of Standardbred & Thoroughbred Racing, issued the following message to the harness racing horsepeople of Woodbine Mohawk Park. The message to the harness racing industry was issued shortly before the official announcement came from Woodbine that the 2020 Thoroughbred meet would be cancelled. Subject: Important Message about Operating Safely Woodbine Mohawk Park Horsepeople, As you may have seen in the news, the Thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine Racetrack may abruptly end as a result of the Government of Ontario’s announcement last Friday that Toronto has entered the province’s Grey Level (Lockdown) phase of coronavirus-related restrictions. These new ‘Lockdown’ measures do not permit live horse racing in Toronto. Woodbine Entertainment is continuing efforts to get permission from the Government to complete the season and a final decision will be made later today. Currently, Halton, the region where Woodbine Mohawk Park is located, is in the Red Level (Control) of the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework which allows for live horse racing without spectators. However, we can all appreciate how quickly this can change. To that end, we have been in discussions with the Government to explain the significant impact their decision to shut down Thoroughbred horse racing will have on our business, horsepeople and the industry in Ontario. Our hope is that with a better understanding of the industry and our operations, as well as an appreciation of our safety record at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Government will further consider these impacts moving forward and especially if they begin considering moving Halton into the Grey Level (Lockdown). You may also be aware of a jockey testing positive for COVID-19 at Woodbine Racetrack last week. While this is currently being managed well by our COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee and the protocols that we implemented for this very purpose, it also serves as a very important reminder that we all have to do our part to protect each other and our live racing. We cannot stress enough the importance of operating safely by adhering to our strict COVID-19 Prevention Protocols. If a COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Woodbine Mohawk Park and we were forced to suspend racing, it would have very significant impacts to Woodbine Entertainment’s business and the industry. As a reminder, here are the COVID-19 Prevention Protocols that must be followed at all times: Anyone attending Woodbine Mohawk Park must complete the Daily Screening form prior to their arrival which can be found here; While on the property, it is mandatory to wear a face mask or face covering; Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and avoid touching your face; Stay six feet or two metres from others at all times; If you are not feeling well, or are showing any symptoms, be honest and do not access Woodbine Mohawk Park; Limit exposure to others while outside of the racetrack. In addition to following these protocols at Woodbine Mohawk Park, we request that trainers who operate training centres please implement, follow and enforce similar protocols at their facilities. Anyone found not to be adhering to these requirements at Woodbine Mohawk Park may face disciplinary action. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and recognition of its importance. Stay safe everyone, Jessica Buckley Senior Vice President, Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racing Woodbine Entertainment

Things have been more than a little unorthodox but Rickie Alchin’s trotters continue to pack a punch and the stable's harness racing superstar, Tough Monarch, hopes to give it a full flex in tonight's Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Trotting Championship. The $50,000 long distance haul from the standing start headlines the Tabcorp Park Melton program and marks Alchin’s return to the home of Australian trotting, with border restrictions previously limiting the New South Wales trainer's movements. “It’s been a bit hard with the borders closed for everybody, not just myself,” he told Trots Talk, having watched on as Tough Monarch battled valiantly during a Kiwi campaign and then last Saturday as his gelding Watts Up Majestic won a Breeders Crown for Chris Svanosio. With elements of life as usual returning, so too does Alchin and with him Tough Monarch, seasoned from three New Zealand starts in which he finished fourth at Kakoura, eighth in the NZ Trotting Free For All and third in the $286,200 Dominion, which more than compensated for the trip. “It was very hard with the covid restrictions not being able to be in New Zealand with the horse,” Alchin said. “The first couple of runs things just weren’t going right – the Kakoura run he didn’t quite handle the track. Then in the New Zealand Trotters Free For All he made a break at the start, ended up last in a very fast run race. I actually still thought his run was very good that day because he was wide on the track. “And then in the Dominion handicap, the main one, he couldn’t have gone any better. They trotted four minutes for the two miles and broke the New Zealand track record. He was the only horse hitting the line from out wide.” It’s form that holds him in good stead for tomorrow’s stamina testing battle over 2760 metres, with Tough Monarch to start off 10 metres along with McLovin, Savannah Jay Jay and Red Hot Tooth. “He hasn’t drawn the best but they will know he’s there. The distance will suit my horse, being a stand and the 2700,” Alchin said. “It’s definitely going to be tough from the barrier draw. A horse I once trained and sold to Andy Gath, Majestuoso, I think he’s clearly the horse to beat. He’s an up and coming star. “(But) anything can happen in these standing start races. One thing is that my horse has been there and done all that, the moment doesn’t worry him, he’s as safe as off the tapes, where as some of those up and comers you just never know. Sometimes they can be a bit vulnerable off the stand. “We will just have to wait and see how it pans out, but he will be running home strongly.” The stable’s full of confidence after Watts Up Majestic’s impressive win in last Saturday’s Skyvalley @ Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. For owner-breeder Bradley Watts, Alchin's Majestic Son gelding was impressive while in Svanosio’s hands. “Chris did a fantastic job to get him absolutely spot on on the night,” Alchin said. “It was great, I was up her in Sydney with the owner. We were at a barbecue at his place and it all worked out perfectly. “The longer he had been down there he just really came along in leaps and bounds. He was spot on on the night thanks to Chris and his team.” The Schweppes Australasian Trotting Championship streams at 9.40pm on Trots Vision, with Dan Mielicki and Rob Auber on course to guide viewers from the VHRC Parade Ring to the Winners Circle. Other highlights include the TAB Blacks A Fake Free For All which follows at 10.12pm, with Out To Play favourite in a field that also includes well-drawn pair Bettor Be The Bomb and Mister Wickham, last start winner Bulletproof Boy, king of Mildura Bernie Winkle, Inter Dominion finalist Sicario and Arden Voyager. The night also features the Group 3 Alabar Vicbred Platinum Pace and the $24,000 HERO Claiming Masters, including the likes of Somewhere Secret, Ample Power, Star of Memphis and The Crimson Prince, who all have the maximum $50,000 claiming price. HRV - Michael Howard TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Join Cody Winnell and Tim O'Connor from 6pm on SENTrack, which airs on 1593AM in Melbourne, 1539AM in Sydney, 657AM in Perth, 801AM in Gosford, 96.9FM in Ingham, 99.1FM in Atherton and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.

YONKERS, N.Y. – After taking Thursday (Nov. 26) off for the Thanksgiving holiday, live harness racing resumes at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Nov. 27) with a 7:12 p.m. first post time. The 10-race card features the $30,000 open trot and leads a big weekend at the Hilltop that culminates with a pair of six-figure invitational paces on Saturday night. Carded as race seven on the Friday program, the trotting feature is lead by Stormy Kromer, the all-age trotting track record holder who won last week’s open handicap by 2 lengths. Stormy Kromer went on a tear this summer, going 6-for-7 between July 16 and Sept. 9, including a 4-length romp in 1:52.3 to reset the track record and three preferred handicap wins.  Stormy Kromer scored his first victory in the Yonkers open trot Oct. 2, beating Melady’s Monet by a nose. Stormy Kromer then went through a five-race winless streak between Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 as he dealt with assigned outside posts and difficult trips. However, after drawing post two last out Nov. 20, Stormy Kromer controlled the pace and drew away late to win in 1:53.2. Stormy Kromer is now 8-for-19 this season with $109,390 earned and 30-for-112 lifetime with $444,484 in the bank. Stormy Kromer drew post three Friday night. He and regular reinsman Dan Dube are the 3-1 favorites on the morning line. Paul Stafford trains Stormy Kromer for Tom Ceraso, Jr.  In addition to last week’s winner in Stormy Kromer, last week’s runner up Nows The Moment also returns in Friday’s open trot. A 5-yer-old credit winner gelding owned by Sonya MacDonald and trained by Alex MacDonald, Nows The Moment is 6-for-22 this season with $94,200 earned. His victories include a 4-1 mild upset in the local $22,000 preferred handicap Sept. 25.  Nows The Moment has also factored in this open due to his early speed. He set the tempo after leaving from post seven and finished second to Melady’s Monet Oct. 9 despite 64-1 odds. Nows The Moment left for the lead last out Nov. 20 before Stormy Kromer made the front. Nows The Moment rode the pocket to a second-place finish at 12-1. Jason Bartlett, who drove Nows The Moment last week, will get the call again tonight. The pair are 4-1 on the morning line. Broadway Athena pulled off a 12-1 upset in the local open handicap Oct. 23, but has drawn in difficult spots since; the 6-year-old mare finished third from post six Oct. 30, and got away 12 lengths behind from post eight Nov. 6, but still rallied to finish fourth at 112-1. Broadway Athena was scratched sick from post eight Nov. 13 and makes her return Friday night. The Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trainee will start from post five with Austin Siegelman in the sulky. They are 12-1 on the morning line. Although 11 years old, Melady’s Money has continued to be a force in the Yonkers open ranks this season. The Hermann Heitmann trainee finished second in a pair of local open handicaps before the COVID-19 shutdown. Since then, the $1.7-million earner captured the open handicap Oct. 9 and took the open Nov. 6. He also finished second in the trotting feature Oct. 2 and 30. On the season, Melady’s Monet is 6-for-18 with $128,780 earned. Although this week’s open is not a handicap, Melady’s Monet drew post eight, the same position he was handicapped by Nov. 20. Melady’s Monet got away 12 1/2 lengths behind Stormy Kromer last out and finishes seventh beaten 8 3/4 lengths. He and driver Jordan Stratton are 12-1 on the morning line in a similar spot Friday night. The field also includes Rich And Miserable, who finally draws inside after getting away seventh from post six in each of his last two outings, Lean Hanover, who enters off a win in a local $17,500 overnight Nov. 20, Lord Cromwell, who finished fifth in each of his last two outings in this feature Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, and Mission Accepted, who finished fifth in the $320,000 TVG Open Trot at the Meadowlands last out Nov. 21. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

Swedish-born horsewoman Sofia Arvidsson has lost count of the hours she's spent working on her "special project", harness racing square gaiter Gus An Maori - but recently, there was no doubt it was worth every minute. The rejuvenated trotter had one hoof on the road to retirement when Arvidsson took him on at the Ecklin South stable of her partner Mattie Craven, and by Arvidsson's admission, they've "come a long way together". "I used to ride him - a lot! And all I used to think of when I was riding him was that 'one day he's gonna win a metro race, this horse, and it will all be worth it'," she said. Last Friday night the pair finally achieved Arvidsson's dream of metro success - and a first group victory for both in the Schweppes Breeders Crown Graduate Trotters Free For All (Gr 2). To watch the video replay of this race click here. "He is my number one, and has been for a long time. He is just a lovable horse. A bit of a show pony, but just a lovely boy and I'm just so proud of him," an elated Arvidsson said. "We always thought if we could just win one or two more with him - and now this!" she laughed. On the face of it, the pair made an unlikely combination. Arvidsson admits she knew nothing about harness racing before joining the Craven team and eight-year-old Gus An Maori (Angus Hall - Sumthingaboutmaori (Pine Chip) had been dogged by long periods on the sidelines, largely the result of bad feet. Sofia Arvidsson and Gus are planning a tilt at some country cups after their Group Two success Gus An Maori was more than three years without a win before his comeback victory at Horsham. Almost 12 months later to the day he recorded his first Group Two success - and, in between, another seven victories. Arvidsson said undoubtedly the key to turning him around was a dramatic change in training approach. "Mattie came back with me to Sweden and he spent some time there with trainers who use straight tracks. Also, the European style of training is not to work them so much, but when they do, they work them quite hard," she said. "It was something we wanted to try, and Gus was the guinea pig on the straight track. It doesn't work for every horse, of course, but for him it's really been the key to him." Arvidsson said Gus An Maori's training regime was based a lot on "feel". "Before, he used to jog every day and fast work every second day on the round track. Then I started with riding him and working him the more European way - fast work, a couple of days off, then fast work," she said. "So, before he won this time, he ran on the previous Saturday night. He had nothing the next day, I might have swum him once, then I gave him a fast work on the Wednesday, and he raced and won on the Friday. "Before, he would chicken out or have a gallop, but he has a lot of confidence this season. He isn't sore and he's stronger, and he knows he can do it. "I'm so excited for the owners, as well, who are massive supporters of Mattie and breed some lovely horses. Gus had been battling for a long time and now they're just so thrilled to enjoy watching him race again." Winning team: Sofia and partner Mattie Craven Teaming with Gus An Maori has also undoubtedly built the confidence of the novice driver, who became licenced only in October last year. Arvidsson recorded 20 wins from 110 drives in the 2019-20 season, and so far in the extended season she's been flying, with 14 wins from 49 starts. Although she was accomplished in dressage and jumping before she arrived at the Craven stable, Arvidsson had no experience at all in the harness racing game. "I was backpacking, travelling and living in New Zealand for a bit, then spent time in Melbourne. I had to do some farm work to get my visa extension in Australia, so I went to Alice Springs. Then to finish it off Kima Frenning (another expat Swede having success in the sport in Australia) suggested I come down here," Arvidsson said. "I'd always had riding horses but had never driven a horse before. But as soon as I started fast working I thought: why haven't I been doing this all my life? "I am very fortunate that Mattie gives me a good go, but I am absolutely loving it. It's such hard work, but the highs are just such highs and it's easy to keep going when you are having success." Arvidsson said Gus An Maori's success now has them looking to target more feature races in the months ahead. "I'm so happy to be able to put look at some country cups - we've climbed the ladder together and to take that step together would be very exciting." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

When she won the $300,000 Breeders Crown at Melton last Saturday, Ladies In Red scored her seventh success from seven starts, and she is entitled to be rated as the season’s top two-year-old filly. Earlier in the season, she won the Tatlow Stakes and the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at Melton. Ladies In Red’s two-year-old earnings totalled $227,490. Ladies In Red ranks as a sister to the Derby winner and dual Breeders Crown champion Our Little General 1:49.8 ($712,852) and a half-sister to the good Melton winner Kasbah Kid 1:53.1 ($185,520), being a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from the American-bred mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,098), by Western Terror from Mib Hanover (1:55.6), by Tyler B. Mib Hanover was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of the Dan Patch winner Cammibest 1:50 ($1 million), a successful sire in Queensland, It’s That Time (1:49.4), Tomy Terror (1:50.4), Only The Best (1:50.8) and Marietta Hall (1:51.2), all Stakes winners in America. Ladies In Red was bred and is raced by Melbourne breeders Bill and Anne Anderson. The Pantheist is tops The Pantheist, who won the $200,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old fillies at Melton, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she finished second to Jemstone in the Vicbred semi-final. She has maintained her form in her three-year-old racing with six wins and three seconds in 10 starts. She is a filly by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Bettor’s Delight, from the smart racemare Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508), who left others in Holi Starzzz (1:56.1), a finalist in the 2YO Breeders Crown, and Ballterra. Paintball ranks as a sister to a grand pacer and Vicbred champion in Out To Play, being by Art Major from Play Ball, by Presidential Ball from Secret Life, by Safely Kept. This is the family which produced such winners as Ride High (1:49), the A. G. Hunter Cup winner Safe And Sound, the Breeders Crown champions Rocknroll Magic, Lovelist and Beauty Secret, Major Secret (NSW Derby) and The Good Times. The Pantheist Major Moth leading Victorian two-year-old When he won the $300,000 Breeders Crown last Saturday Major Moth proved himself the top Victorian two-year-old colt of the current season. It was his third success on end, and he outsprinted the best youngsters in the country after enjoying a saloon passage. In six starts Major Moth has now won four and been once placed for $175,565 in stakes for Maryborough breeders Len and Irene Parker, who also race the colt. By the Artsplace horse Art Major, he is out of a capable racemare in Macy Lila (1:58.6) and the second of her produce to race. Macy Lila, who won seven races and was a Vicbred finalist at 3, is a Presidential Ball mare from Majestic Moth (2:01.9), by Riverlea Jack (Group winning son of Bravado Hanover) from Mystic Moth, by Jerry Adios from the Kudos mare Moon Moth, who established a great winning line for the Parker family. Moon Moth, a Melbourne Showgrounds winner, left three winners including Mighty Moth (10 wins) and the unraced Mystic Moth, the third dam of Major Moth. Mystic Moth figured as the dam of Majestic Moth (11 wins) and the grand-dam of the high class juveniles Lively Moth 1:53.1 ($232,585) and Flying Moth 1:53.1 ($123,355). Major Moth was one of two Breeders Crown champions that can trace their origins back to the famed Adelaide Hill stud, Huntly, near Bendigo of Robert Matchett and Bob Crowe. Moon Moth was a granddaughter of the Great Derby mare Raywood Derby, who was from a Tennessee Direct mare from Victoria, by All Style, who were all owned by the Matchett’s. The Father Patrick filly Sangreal, winner of the two-year-old trotting fillies’ Breeders Crown, traces back to Lady Venture, a mare by the imported Directway, who also stood at Adelaide Hill stud. Major Moth Breeders Crown winner by Majestic Son Watts Up Majestic, a brilliant young trotter by Majestic Son from Rainbow Maori (a member of the same maternal line as the Inter Dominion champion Bay Johnny), notched his most important success when he won the $100,000 Breeders Crown at Melton. Watts Up Majestic is trained by Chris Svanosio and owned by Sydneysider Bradley Watts, who bred him.  By Majestic Son, who sired the Breeders Crown three-year-old winner Cover Of Darkness on the same night, Watts Up Majestic is out of the Maori’s Idol mare Rainbow Maori, who left other trotting winners in Rainbow Jay Jay (1:59.2, 14 wins) and Watts Up Maori (1:58.6). Rainbow Maori was out of the Harold Park winner Diamond Ski, who ranked as a half-sister to a NSW Carousel winner in Apre Ski. Rainbow Maori was 21 when she left Watts Up Majestic. Wolf Stride is Cups material Wolf Stride, who won the $60,000 Breeders Crown Graduate Free-for-all and is regarded as Grand Circuit material of the highest order, is a four-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lilac Stride, a Breeders Crown winner who took a record of 1:54.4. He is a member of an old time family, which was represented by a winner at Gloucester Park in To Fast To Serious on the same night as Wolf Stride won.  Lilac Stride was an Art Major mare from Labretta Franco (1:58.5), by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, by Nero’s B B from Living Doll, by Lordship. Labretta Franco was the dam of a useful pacer in Gypsy Stride (1:54.9), who won five races and also of Always A Stride (1:55.1), a brother to Lilac Stride who won three. Miss Labretta, an Artiscape mare from Labretta Franco, left the NSW winners Four Starz Stride (1:54.4) and Yaya’s Hot Heart (1:54.8). Wolf Stride ranks as a three-quarter brother to the Group 3 winner Cherry Stride 1:51.2 ($129,830). Wolf Stride Star trotter by Imperial Count A four-year-old mare to take high ranking in Victoria is Keayang Livana, one of the first commercial crop sired by Imperial Count, who is now at the stud in New Zealand. Keayang Livana has won seven four-year-old races and been four times placed for $58,830, a worthwhile return for the $8,500 paid for her as a yearling. She won the Group 2 Breeders Crown Championship in the smart time of 2:00, and appears every bit as good as the Victorians rate her.  She is out of Poignant, by Sundon from a useful racemare in Be Positive, by Game Pride (son of Hickory Pride) and tracing back to the NZ mare Mavis Wood. Poignant was a half-sister to the cups winning trotters Posimistic 2:01 ($136,043), Exuberant (15 wins and $108,205) and Got It Show It. Keayang Livana was bred by former leading Goulburn Valley studmaster Kevin Newbound. Leonidas in 1:48 The Mach Three four-year-old Leonidas became the second Australian bred pacer to hoist a 1:48 record when he won the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway, Maryland recently. Leonidas, who won his way back to a NR111 mark in Australia – his last success was at Bendigo in June when awaiting shipment – and in America he has run up an outstanding score. From nine starts he has won five and been three times placed for $US103,310 in stakes. Raced in Australia by the Roger Bazley Syndicate, who also bred him, he is a four-year-old gelding by Mach Three from Roger’s Joy (1:58.1), a daughter of Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), dam of Group 1 winners in Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($284,087) and others in Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301) and Bella Shine (1:55.5). Bella Shine, a Bettor’s Delight mare, won eight races in NSW and became the dam of Shineonucrazy Diamond, who took a mile mark of 1:50 in America, and the recent Albion Park winner Major Mucha (1:54.7). Bella Joy was out of Intrude, a noted producer by Fake Left from Avonali, by Toliver Hanover from Stormy Helen, by Stormyway and tracing to the taproot Buckland’s Mare (by Vancleve). Intrude produced a champion racemare in Make Mine Cullen (1:53, winner of 40 races and $874,178) and others in Roger’s Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446), Billy Badlands 1:55.7 ($122,805) and Intrusive (1:56.5). But the second generation of Intrude’s family has bred on with the same distinction as she did. She figures as the grand-dam of the SA Pacing Cup winner Sicario 1:53.8 ($435,825),     College Chapel (Bathurst Gold Crown), the NSW Breeders Challenge winner Obahma Joy 1:53.2 ($180,618), Make Mine Heaven (Young Cup) and Kingofthestars 1:53.5 ($134,414). Raider Stakes winner The Group 2 $50,000 Raider Stakes, one of Tasmania’s major four-year-old classics of the season, was won by Pardoe Plugga, a gelding by Western Edition from Hotline. Pardoe Plugga, who was making only his third appearance at Devonport, belongs to one of Australasia’s most successful classic winning families, that founded by the American bred mare Trix Pointer (2:09.4), by Demonio. Pardoe Plugga’s dam, Hotline, was by a crack Riverina youngster in River Khan (2:00.8, who traces back to the American bred mare Her Ladyship, by Abbedale), from Scepticism, by Safely Kept from the Young Dancer mare Queen Of The Fairies, dam of a useful trotter in Figment (2:06.1), who, in turn, left the Australasian Trotting Championship and Vicbred winner Fabrication 1:58.2 ($205,580). Queen Of The Fairies was a half-sister to the Derby winner Doubter, the top filly Precise and the unraced Hot Foot, who established one of the leading families in Australia today. Well related three-year-old Cant Top This, who won at Ballarat recently, leading throughout and scoring by the staggering margin of 50 metres, has now won three races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a three-year-old half-brother by Rock N Roll Heaven to a brilliant but unsound pacer in Ideal For Real 1:54.4 ($324,600). Ideal For Real, an American Ideal horse, won 13 races including the NSW Derby and Vicbred Super Series, and had he been 100 percent sound there is no saying the form he may have produced.  Their dam, the American-bred Tamara Hall, a Real Desire mare from the Canadian 2YO Filly of the Year Tabloid (1:53.6), by No Nukes from the Albatross mare Next Chapter, has proved a most successful broodmare. Besides Ideal For Real and Cant Top This, others of her progeny have been The Deal 1:59.2 (8 wins), Cowgirlsnlace and recent two-year-old winner Dream The Dream (1:56.5). Unraced, Tamara Hall was a half-sister to The Globe 1:50.6 ($772,462), who stood stud in Queensland, the US Pacing Championship winner BJ’s Whirlwind (1:49.2) and True Blue Hall (1:49.2). Eighth winner from broodmare When the Captaintreacherous two-year-old Captain Wilson won in runaway fashion at Warragul last weekend, he credited his dam Saabette with her eighth individual winner. Captain Wilson, one of the first crop by Captaintreacherous, had finished on the heels of the placegetters at his previous four attempts. Others from Saabette to win have been Lierre Noir (1:54.4), a Group 3 winner at Melton, the dual Tamworth Cup winner Gottashopearly (1:53.1), Bettor’s Ace 1:56 (WA Champagne Classic), Plan Ce (1:53.6), Gozo Beach (1:55.2), Aces Running (1:58.9), Alashell and now Captain Wilson. Saabette, who is now in her 20th year, has since produced a yearling colt by Betting Line. Saabette (1:56.2) is a Classic Garry mare from the noted producer Soky’s Number (by Soky’s Atom), the dam of the WA Pacing Cup and Derby winner Saab, former 2YO of the Year Talladega, Saabella (Vicbred 4YO) and so on.  Peter Wharton

Im Ready Jet, a three-year-old harness racing filly by the Haras Des Trotteurs stallion Quaker Jet, and one of his first Australian crop, captured her second Breeders Crown title when she won the $80,000 Group 1 at Melton on Saturday night (November 21). Starting from inside the back row, Im Ready Jet slotted into the one, one trail in the early part before exploding to the front with 1300 metres to go. Despite being pressured in the last lap, the filly pulled out plenty in the home straight to land the thick end of the prize. The mile rate for the 2240 metres was a brilliant 1:57.2 with the final three sectionals in 28.7, 29.2 and 29.1. To watch the video replay click here Im Ready Jet ($153,870) is the richest of the 10 winners from Quaker Jet’s initial crop of 24 foals, 15 of which have raced. Cracker Jet, also sired by Quaker Jet, finished third in the Breeders Crown for three-year-olds colts and geldings. Orlando Vici, whose first Australian crop has made a huge impact, was represented by the Breeders Crown Final placegetters in Red White An Bloom (2nd – 3YO C&G) and Brandlo Prince (3rd – 4YO E&G). Dont Care, a two-year-old gelding by Used To Me, finished a brave second in his $100,000 Final. Used To Me was also represented by the two-year-old My Used To Me, who scored back-to-back successes at Globe Derby Park recently. Meanwhile, Love You, the sire of Quaker Jet, also led in a ‘new’ winner in Thank You, who scored at Manawatu Raceway, New Zealand. Brillantissime, a multiple Group winning son of the great Ready Cash, and who has been fully booked in his first season at Haras Des Trotteurs, was represented by the French-bred three-year-old filly Hopeful Beauty, a runaway winner at Charlton. Quaker Jet, Used To Me, Love You, Orlando Vici and Brillantissime are all members of the Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster for the 2020/21 season. Peter Wharton

Plunge Blue Chip, who began her career as a two-year-old, was a harness racing champion of her era. Now retired to the breeding shed she was the first three-year-old trotter to go inside 1:50 and the fastest ever trotter on a half-mile track (1:51.3). One of only six female trotters in history to win a race in faster than 1:50, Plunge Blue Chip (1:49.4), along with her great adversary, Manchego, are the only two trotting mares to achieve the feat more than once. She also clocked 1:49.1 when a close second in The Allerage. It can rightly be claimed of Plunge Blue Chip that she is one of the best bred and best performed trotting mares in the last decade. As a two-year-old she won nine of her 10 outings and $404,690 in stakes including the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands and the $173,000 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. She took her record of 1:49.4 at three years, winning a $128,500 division of the Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands, in which she defeated Manchego ($2,857,315). The time equalled the fastest trotting mile ever put up at the Big M and tied the season’s record. The Delvin Miller Memorial Plunge Blue Chip equalled her world record 1:49.4 performance in winning a Kentucky Futurity elimination at The Red Mile, defeating Atlanta and Manchego. Among her other successes at three were the $129,000 Hudson Filly Trot in 1:53.1 – the fastest trotting mile in Yonkers history when set – and the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final, while she recorded notable placings in the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks and Zweig Memorial. Plunge Blue Chip won the Miss Versatility Series, run at Delaware’s half-mile track, in 1:52.1 at four and in a world record 1:51.3 at five, in which she matched her world record-breaking effort in the $133,000 Joie De Vie at Tioga Downs a month earlier. Plunge Blue Chip winning the Miss Versatility Series Plunge Blue Chip nabbed her richest win of the year at her final start in the $140,000 TVG Free-for-all in a stake record-equalling 1:51.4 at The Meadowlands, brushing home in 27.1 to score by 1-1/2 lengths. In all, Plunge Blue Chip recorded 23 wins and 19 placings in 48 starts and finished up with a stake tally of $1,596,841 – an average of $33,268 per start.  Among the top trotters she met and defeated were Hannelore Hanover ($3,069,857), Atlanta ($2,859,610), Manchego ($2,857,315) and Emoticon Hanover ($2,044,663). “She can do everything. She can leave fast, she never breaks, and she is strong. She is always fighting to the wire,” trainer and part-owner Ake Svanstedt said. On the score of blood Plunge Blue Chip lacks nothing. Her sire Muscle Mass (1:53.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $229,000 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest trotters in Six Pack 1:49.1 ($1,973,661) and Plunge Blue Chip 1:49.4 ($1,596,841) and, in all, he sired 90 in the 1:55 list, 137 $100,000 earners and the winners of more than $43 million. Plunge Blue Chip belongs to a noted female line, her dam Dunk The Donato being by Donato Hanover (1:50.1), Hambletonian winner and champion sire and broodmare sire from Irene’s Lucky Lady (1:54.3), by Winky’s Pine (1:55.2 son of Pine Chip) from Meadowbranch Irene, by Meadow Road (1:54.2), Swedish Horse of the Year and Elitlopp winner. Dunk The Donato, the dam of Plunge Blue Chip, is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Splash Blue Chip (1:58.3), who was placed in this year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Naco Blue Chip (1:57.3). Her grand-dam, Irene’s Lucky Lady, a winner of $138,117, ranked as a half-sister to the USA Trotter of the Year and dual Breeders Crown champion Mr Muscleman 1:51.1 ($4,032,206), the winner of a world record 30 races in 1:55 or faster. Lady Chaos (1:53.1), the winner of the recent Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Trot and Kentucky Sire Stakes and $560,803 in stakes, is a member of the same family as Plunge Blue Chip. Plunge Blue Chip can boast two strains of Valley Victory, the sire of the great Muscles Yankee, on the top side of her pedigree, while champion sires such as Andover Hall, Pine Chip, Donerail and Nevele Pride appear on the distaff side. Peter Wharton