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Those were the words of race caller Fred Hastings after Anntonia had displayed brilliant speed in annihilating her rivals in the harness racing Group One Bathurst Gold Bracelet on 27th March. To watch this race click here Anntonia is now one of the most exciting 3 year old fillies to have graced racetracks in NSW over the past ten years at least. The winning mile rate for the 1,730 metre trip of 1.52.1 was not only a new Track Record for 3 year old fillies but a Track Record for a horse of any age or sex. The daughter of Bettors Delight shares a birth date [19th November] with another flying filly - in this case a two legged one by the name of Gail Devers. The American flyer with the flashy fingernails won Gold Medals for the 100 metres at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. So maybe that birth date of 19th November will be an omen for buying any Fillies at future Sales. Anntonia was a $90,000 purchase at the 2019 APG Sydney Yearling Sale. Although the price was pretty steep at the time it is now looking like a bargain as she has banked over $230,000 in just twelve lifetime starts. Those twelve starts have resulted in 7 wins and 5 second placings. She is bred on that highly successful cross of Bettors Delight over a Christian Cullen mare - the cross that has produced the likes of Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Highview Tommy, Amazing Dream and many more Group winners. “My owners Charlie and Ann Sammut really like the Bettors Delight progeny and so we picked out Lot 396 at the Sydney Sale that year. We did go and look at some other fillies but kept coming back to Lot 396 and although a bit on the small side we knew we just had to buy her. “ said Anntonia’s trainer David Thorn recently. Anntonia is actually the full name of Charlie Sammut’s wife and despite being involved as an owner in Harness Racing for many years this Filly is their first Group One winner. Maybe Charlie, you should have named a horse after your wife many years ago. Bred at Goulburn by Matt Day Anntonia was bred and sold by Goulburn, NSW breeder Matt Day and is the third foal and third filly produced by the Christian Cullen mare Perfect Penny. Perfect Penny certainly didn’t light up the racetrack - her eight starts produced just one win and two placings and the bankroll of $7,073 didn’t indicate what lay ahead in her new career as a Broodmare. Even her first foal by Art Major didn’t leave a clue as to Perfect Penny’s future stardom. Canberra owner and trainer Michael Hawke moved the filly, named Riccarton Lass, on after five unplaced starts. Queensland based breeder Adam Cahill is now the benefactor of that move with her first foal selling for $30,000 at the recent APG Melbourne Sale. But then along came an American Ideal filly in 2015 which Cawdor, NSW trainer Paul Fitzpatrick took a liking to at the 2017 Sydney APG Sale. Now named Miss Halfpenny she has put a big smile on the face of her owners as well as some $235,400 into their Bank account, plus now another tidy sum after being sold recently as a Broodmare. Anntonia is the third foal whilst the first colt from Perfect Penny was sold to Paul Fitzpatrick at the 2020 Sydney Sales for $31,000. Named Rocknpenny, the son of A Rocknroll Dance has made a perfect start to his race career having won on debut at Menangle on 23rd March. A full brother to Miss Halfpenny was knocked down for $70,000 at this years Sydney APG Sale, whilst a full sister is being aimed at the 2022 Sales. Perfect Penny has provided Matt Day with a perfect return on the original investment of the mare with an Art Major filly at foot that he acquired from the late Brian Hardy. Being just 12 years old there is likely to be plenty more “ pennies “ pour into the Matt Day bank account. John Coffey Bloodstock Consultant

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Precision Bluechip won Sunday evening at Rosecroft Raceway. Again. The 6-year-old pacer, by the aptly named Bettor's Delight, has won three of four starts this year after last year winning four open handicaps, 11 races and being named top pacer of Rosecroft's 2020 fall meet. Since July, Precision Bluechip has won 14 races. This has all been quite pleasing for owner and trainer Courtney Brooks, who has a two-horse stable and is a mom with two children virtual learning in the age of COVID. "I think it's crazy," said Brooks of Precision Bluechip's winning record. "Every single time he races he just keeps coming and coming, pulling [races] out of the hat. He's a special horse." While she only has a two-horse stable, Brooks has been around harness racing her entire life. "I guess you can call me a legacy," she says. Brooks comes from a family of standardbred owners and trainers. Her grandfather is Eddie Gannon, her uncle is Jay Gannon and her father Wayne Young. The story of how she acquired Precision Bluechip begins in 2018 when she purchased Redwood Again, a now 6-year-old pacer who has a win and two seconds in five starts this year. It just so happened the stall next to Redwood Again at Windswept Farm where Brooks trains was occupied by Precision Bluechip. "I'd seen Chip, and knew his history," Brooks said. When Precision Bluechip's owner died, Brooks approached the estate and asked the family if she could purchase Chip. Brooks and Chip have made a remarkable pair. "I liked Chip," Brooks said. "I wanted to purchase him because he was a horse who takes cares of himself. I knew I could train him by myself. I knew I could jog him by myself. I knew I could train him, and it was something I could do without any help." Precision Bluechip's success hasn't gone unnoticed by fans and horsemen, and that is what has made the journey such fun for Brooks. "What's nice is I haven't met anyone who isn't happy for Chip," Brooks said. "If I'm walking in the paddock or on the track people are giving us a thumbs up or 'way to go.' Everyone has been super nice." As for future plans, Brooks said she simply wants to enjoy the ride. "I'm happy where I am," she said. "If it happens, that's great, too. But I'm not out asking for other people's horses. I'm just taking it day-to-day, week-to-week. I'm just enjoying everything." by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

Champion harness racing's stallion Bettor's Delight is now 23 years old and top sire Art Major is just one year younger at 22. These two stallions dominate the Australasian sires lists and once gone new stallions have to emerge or should emerge. Some highly promising young stallions are out there but to date breeders are still looking for the next hot commercial stallion to arrive in the flesh. Bettor's Delight needs no introduction and to date has completely dominated money winning sires lists throughout the world. In North America to date he has produced the winners of over $270 million!  That is right $270 million to date with an average of $129,521 per foal. He has 31 winners with over $1,000,000 in earnings and that is just in North America. In Australia Bettor's Delight has produced the winners of over $47 million with an average earnings per starter of $63,000. And in New Zealand Bettor's Delight has produced the winners of over $61 million to date including the mighty Lazarus with $4m to his credit.. Total earnings world-wide from Bettor's Delight progeny to date is a staggering $378 million the most of any stallion thoroughbred or standardbred in history. There is no comparison, no stallion even comes close and they are the facts. By the way, if you have forgot about who the sire of the dam of Bettor's Delight is, it is Armbro Emerson, yes Armbro Emerson, by Abercrombie from an Albatross mare. It such a laugh when you listen to some breeders and hear that they would not breed to such and such stallion because the stallion is out of a mare by a sire not well known. Or by a sire that is not well known!  Bettor's Delight winning the 2001 North America Cup XVIII Next to talk about is top sire Art Major who is now 22 years old. Once again Art Major needs no introduction as he is a top commercial stallion Down Under. Art Major has produced to date over $144 million in progeny earnings in North America. He has an average earnings per foal, old enough to race of $97,612 and has sired nine millionaires. In Australia he has done an exceptional job with progeny earnings of over $68 million with an average earnings per starter of just under $50,000. In New Zealand Art Major has sired the winners of over $17 million. Art Major has progeny earnings of $229 million worldwide. By the way Art Major is out of a Nihilator mare who in turn is out of a Big Towner mare. Art Major winning the 2003 Canadian Pacing Derby Final There are 25 yearlings by Bettor's Delight in the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on Sunday and 31 in the Sale in Christchurch next week. There are 19 yearlings by Art Major in the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka and 41 in the Sale at Christchurch next week. In the Breckon Farms draft there are two colts an a filly by Bettor's Delight that we have not covered to date. Lot 2 Ok Boomer Ok Boomer pedigree combines both the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major. Ok Boomer's dam a half-sister to mother of top Australian Grand Circuit pacer King Of Swing. Ok Boomer is a colt by the incomparable Bettor’s Delight out of the Art Major mare Reachforthetill, an unraced half-sister to the NZ Sires’ Stakes 3YO champion and Great Northern Oaks winner Twist And Twirl, the dam of the Miracle Mile and A. G. Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final winner Bettor Twist. His dam is also a half-sister to the multiple NSW Group winner Feels Like Magic and to the $130,000 winning mare Bettor Give It, whose the dam of the NSW Sapling Stakes and SA Derby winner Mach Dan. Lot 101 Greater Good Greater Good is a sister to champion racemare Elle Mac. She is a bay filly bred on the identical cross as Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Thefixer. She’s by the world’s leading stakewinning sire Bettor’s Delight from the Christian Cullen mare Goodlookinggirl, the dam of five foals to race for four winners headed up by the 2YO Filly of the Year and 4YO Mare of the Year and NZ record holder Elle Mac, the winner of 12 races and $607,000 including the Sires’ Stakes 2YO and 3YO Finals, Northern Oaks and Harness Jewels. She’s a half-sister to the Sires’ Stakes 2YO Final, Young Guns and Queensland Oaks placegetter Miss Streisand. Her dam is a half-sister to nine winners including the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, Mark Dennis, the winner of $340,000, the Listed winner Fight Fire With Fire and to the dam of the dual South Australian Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion Final placegetter Flaming Flutter (1:49.2) and the Alabar 3YO Classic winner Two Times Bettor. Lot 105 Bettor High Bettor High is a half-sister to 1:56.5 NSW winner Bita Banta. A filly by the incomparable Bettor’s Delight with a 3x4 cross to Cam Fella and a 4x4 cross to Abercrombie. She’s a half-sister to the NSW winner Bita Banta (1:56.5). Her dam the 1:57 winning Mach Three mare High Society Gal is a sister to the Yearling Sales 2YO North Island Graduate and Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat winner and Newcastle Mile placegetter Chachingchaching and a half-sister to the Menangle winner Giddy Heights (1:53.9, the Young Guns placegetter Smart Fortune and to the dam of the Perth winner Head Honcho (1:53.7). The grand-dam is a Group 1 placegetter who’s a half-sister to the Yearling Sales 2YO Final winner Exotic Lover and to the dam of the outstanding WA pacer Vampiro In the Breckon Farms draft in the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on Sunday they have five Art Major colts that we have not covered to date. Lot 42 Wild Willow Wild Willow is a colt from a NZ Sires Stakes Championship winner. A colt by the outstanding racehorse and sire Art Major. He’s the second foal of the Sires’ Stakes 3YO Championship winner, NSW Ladyship Mile placegetter and NZ record holder Willow, a half-sister to two sub 2:00 winners and to the dam of the prolific Albion Park winner Phantom Rockstar. The colt’s grand-dam Listen To The Rhythm won 15 races and $130,000 and was placed in the Breeders Crown 3YO Final. He’s closely related to the Australian Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit champion Atitagain, the Messenger winner Rain Again, Tricky Styx, who won the WA Diamond and Champagne Classics, and the WA Pearl Classic winner Go West U Terror. Lot 94 Capital Gains Capital Gains is an Art Major colt out of a sister to Elle Mac. A colt by the sire of the Miracle Mile winner Field Marshal, the Victoria Cup winner For A Reason and the champion racemare Princess Tiffany. His dam, Fellamongsttabeauty, is a Bettor’s Delight sister to the six-time Group 1 winner Elle Mac, the winner of $607,000, and a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Miss Streisand. The grand-dam is a half-sister to four $100,000 earners including Mark Dennis, the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, Fight Fire With Fire and to the dam of the dual South Australian Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion Final placegetter Flaming Flutter (1:49.2), the winner of $820,000. Lot 109 Major Hulabaloo This colt is from the family of the great Rocknroll Hanover. He is a bay colt who carries a 2X3 cross to super sire Artsplace. A son of the great Art Major, the sire of the winners of more than $100 million, he’s from a powerful all-American family. He’s the second foal of Bettor’s Delight mare whose dam ranks as a half-sister to eight winners including the multiple NSW Group winner Blazin N Cullen. The colt’s third dam is a sister to top American racehorses and sires Red River Hanover, Richess Hanover, Rustler Hanover and Righteous Hanover and a half-sister to the Hall of Fame Immortal Rocknroll Hanover. Lot 130 Lydia's Art This colt is from a sister to the Jewels, Breeders Crown and Oaks winner Partyon and the dual Derby winner Line Up. He is a bay colt by the seven-time champion Australian two-year-old sire Art Major, the sire of the winners of more than $100 million and 16 in the 1:50 list. He’s the first colt form the Bettor’s Delight mare Lydia’s Delight, a full sister the 2YO Jewels, 2YO Breeders Crown, NSW and Northern Oaks and Queen Of Hearts winner Partyon, the NSW and Victoria Derby winner Line Up, the 1:53 Menangle winner Typhoon Stride and the Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat winner Ubettabelieveit. The colt is from the immediate family of the Group 3 winner Glenferrie Blade (1:52.8 and the Melton and Menangle winner High Rolling (1:51.8) Lot 133 Wolf Of Wall Street Wolf On Wall Street is a grandson of the NZ Oaks placegetter Angela’s Dream. Boasting a 2x4 cross to the incomparable Artsplace, this brown colt is by the champion racehorse, sire and broodmare sire Art Major. He’s the second foal of the 1:59 Bettor’s Delight mare Moving Money, a daughter of the Nevele R Fillies heat winner and NZ Oaks runner-up Angela’s Dream who’s a half-sister to seven sub 2:00 winners and three $100,000 earners including the NZ Sapling Stakes winner Jackson Street, the Gloucester Park winners Fifth Edition and Meet Me In Seattle and the Albion Park winner Brass Lantern. Harnesslink Media

There is very little one can say about the harness racing champion stallion Bettor's Delight these days but to refresh your minds on how this stallion is still firing on all fours we need to take a look at what some of his progeny did this last season around the world. Latest statistics from North America on Bettor's Delight show that his average earnings per starter has reached US$160,600, per eligible horse and $129,421 and per foal eligible to race. An amazing statistic for any stallion and one impossible to match. Let us just look at a couple of mares by Bettor's Delight that performed in the elite end of racing throughout the world over the last several months.. The third richest daughter of super sire Bettor's Delight in North America is the sensational Caviart Ally 1:48 ($2,113,506) conqueror of world champion mare Shartin N at her last start in November at Yonkers in the $100,000 Matchmaker Final. In Australia an imported daughter of Bettor's Delight from New Zealand, Bettor Enforce, has dominated the mares events over the last few months with 13 wins and $259,000 in the bank with a record of 1:48.9. In New Zealand what can we say watching the Woodlands Stud $200,000 Group 1 Auckland Cup when the only mare in the race, the Bettor's Delight mare Amazing Dream downs the Miracle Mile winner Spankem (1:47.7) and in doing so took her record to 17 wins with $849,915 in the bank. Amazing Dream Here is your chance to buy into another daughter of Bettor's Delight at the New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on the 14th of February. Lot 112 Mamacita is one of only three fillies by Bettor's Delight in the Breckon Farms draft this year. Lot 112 - Mamacita Mamacita is a full sister to the Group 1 winner Burnaholeinmypocket whose bred on a golden cross. A brown filly by the world’s leading sire Bettor’s Delight from the Christian Cullen mare Kelly Maguire, she carries a 4x4 cross to the mighty Albatross. She’s a sister to the Group 1 Queensland 3YO and Melton Free-for-all winner Burnaholeinmypocket, the winner of $260,000, and the Melton, Menangle and USA winner Positano (1:50.4) and a half-sister to the Melton winner Fleshing. Her second dam, the 4YO Mare of the Year Flash Atom, won 28 races in USA and NZ and $216,000 including the Group 3 North Island Breeders Stakes. Lot 112 - Mamacita   Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2020 -- Hammered down to 1-5, Summer Charm justified the support with a front-end victory -- her third straight -- in Tuesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of six wins for harness racing driver Tony Hall -- including three for trainer Scott Betts -- on the 13-race card. Summer Charm scored in 1:52, holding off a serious late challenge from Diamondtequilashot that fell 1/2 length short. Newsday was a ground-saving third.   Betts trains Summer Charm, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art who now boasts career earnings of $369,100, for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. Tuesday's much-anticipated Super Hi-5, with its six-figure carryover and mandatory payout, generated a pool exceeding $470,000. When Entranced won at 18-1 and 70-1 bomb Wingnut Dinger finished fourth, a rich payoff was assured. Indeed, multiple winners each collected $30,692.02. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                        

East Rutherford, NJ -- Bettor's Wish closed out his racing career in style with a powerful performance in Saturday's (Nov. 21) $340,000 TVG Series Open Pace championship, defeating Backstreet Shadow by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:48.1 at The Meadowlands. This Is The Plan finished third. Bettor's Wish led to the first turn before yielding to Southwind Ozzi in a :27.1 opening quarter. Southwind Ozzi's time on top was short-lived as driver Dexter Dunn directed Bettor's Wish back to the lead and took the field to the half in :54.2 and three-quarters in 1:22. He was never threatened in the stretch.   Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Bettor's Wish paid $3.00 to win. "I barely asked him tonight, to be honest," Dunn said. "It was all him. It's been him his whole career. He's a true racehorse. "It was a special feeling crossing the line with him tonight. He's been an amazing horse to me." Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion by Bettor's Delight out of Lifetime Star, won 24 of 44 career starts and $2.60 million. He failed to finish among the top three only three times in his career. He received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male pacer in 2019 and was second to Shartin N in voting for both Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Other victories this year for Bettor's Wish included the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Allerage Farms Open Pace. Bettor's Wish is owned by trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, and Bettors Wish Partners. He was bred by Brittany Farms. "I'm very sad to retire the horse tonight, but it's the right time, it's the right thing to do for his stud career," Ryder said. "I'm really, really going to miss him. He's raced so good for us so many times, it's like I've got to pinch myself when I look back on those races. There are so many good memories. "I'd really like to thank my ownership group. They stood behind me 100 percent and let me race him wherever and whenever and that's made it a whole lot easier. The whole trip has just been very exciting and something I'll never forget." Bettor's Wish bred 58 mares in New Jersey this year before beginning his 4-year-old campaign. He will stand at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania in 2021. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

With the implementation of the 10 p.m. California curfew beginning Saturday, the adjusted harness racing post time at Cal Expo Harness is now 4:35 p.m.   Players will have something immediate to shoot at when Cal Expo kicks off their meeting Saturday, with a $9,819 carryover in the Hi Five and a $61,678 carryover in the Single 6. Cal Expo Harness has also added a third low-takeout wager to their menu from last season. In addition to the reduced 16 percent takeout rates on the 20-cent Pick 4 and early 20-cent Pick 5, the 20-cent Late Pick 5 will now also feature that value 16 percent takeout rate. The Pick 4 also comes with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool. James Kennedy will be back to defend his driving title from the previous stand, where he edged out Mooney Svendsen with 101 trips to the charmed enclosure, giving him a half-dozen more than veteran Svendsen. Luke Plano has several driving titles to his credit and also figures to make his share of winner circle appearances this season. In the training ranks, the Kathie Plested barn ran away with the crown at the last meet with Gordie Graham, Bob Johnson and Leon Smith also getting plenty of snapshots. Curtain goes up on Cal Expo harness meet   The trotters and pacers return to Cal Expo Saturday night under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with a 12-race card that finds a pair of $5,000 Open III contests commanding the spotlight. Racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the 44-day session and with the implementation of the 10 p.m. California curfew beginning Saturday, first post will now be 4:35 p.m.  The Open III event for pacing fillies and mares looks like a good spot for the hard-knocking disaffer Delightfully Wild, who has gone a number of big races over this course in her career. Delightfully Wild is a 7-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight who carries the banner of Richard Morita and David Yamada and sports a 1:51 1/5 career standard that was established two years ago at Pocono Downs.She has plenty of back class in her corner. The Jessie Pacheco trainee comes out of the fastest of eight qualifiers that were held here last Sunday afternoon, finishing third behind Pecorino in a solid 1:55 3/5 mile with Luke Plano in the sulky. Taking her on, from the rail to the outside, are Getter Queen Flush, Relentless Dancer, Nightgirl, Brooklyn Moonshine, La Diva De Rosa, Royal Mistress and Bertha Vanation. Looking at the co-featured Open III Trot, Silverhill Volo is among the solid players in that affair and will be challenged by Teachmehowtotry, Glenferries Dreamer, Bringthegold, Major Al-Mar, Md Magic and Twilight Tinker. The Trot will go as the second race on the night, while the Distaff event will occupy the fifth race spot on the program. by Mark Ratsky, for Cal Expo Harness

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - For harness racing trainer Chris Ryder, the next few weeks are going to be bittersweet. Bettor's Wish, a moderately priced pacing colt Ryder picked up as a yearling for $20,000, will end his racing career. After more than 20 wins and $2.4 million in earnings, Bettor's Wish will head off to stud at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania in 2021. Sunday's Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft will be one of the 4-year-olds last starts. "Oh, it's going to be tough," said trainer and co-owner Ryder. "He's part of the family. He's a beautiful horse to have around the barn. He's never any trouble, always does everything right. He's been a real gift. "What do you say? He shows up every week. He's a horse of a lifetime." "He's like an old mate," said driver Dexter Dunn. Along with victories this year in the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby and the Allerage Open Pace, where he set a track record, Bettor's Wish finished second Oct. 31 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open. Recipient of the 2019 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male pacer, Bettor's Wish has rewarded Ryder and his connections with some special memories. Last year Bettor's Wish won the Art Rooney Pace, the Matron Stakes, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. His second-place finishes came in the North American Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Messenger Stakes and TVG Series Open Pace. Not bad for a $20,000 yearling. "I guess he slipped through the cracks," Ryder said. "He's such a gutsy horse," said Dunn before the Breeders Crown in October. "His attitude is amazing and makes my job easy because he's so versatile. It's not an easy move [from ages 3 to 4], but you know he's going to go out there and give you 100 percent. "I'll miss him, that's for sure." Considered the top older pacer this year, Bettor's Wish enters the Potomac Pace after finishing behind Century Farroh in the Breeders Crown as the betting favorite. Bettor's Wish, who drew post 9 in the Breeders Crown, will leave from Post 5 Sunday evening while Century Farroh leaves from Post 4. Backstretch Shadow (third in the Breeders Crown) and This Is The Plan (fourth in the Breeders Crown), both trained by Ron Burke, will also leave inside Bettor's Wish. Despite the loss in the Breeders Crown, Ryder is optimistic heading into the Potomac Pace. "He's doing fine and came out of the Breeders Crown fine," Ryder said. "The post killed us [in the Breeders Crown]. The horse who beat us is a good horse and had a good trip. We're looking forward to the race at Rosecroft. Hopefully, we'll get a good trip." by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2020 -- Summer Charm knifed through the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Sent off the 7-5 second choice, Summer Charm zipped to the early lead for Tony Hall but released Sansovina Hanover at the quarter in favor of the pocket. That decision paid off late as Summer Charm had pace aplenty to defeat the first-over Diamondtequilashot by a length in 1:51.4. Sansovina Hanover saved show.   Scott Betts trains Summer Charm, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art who now boasts career earnings of $360,150, for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. Hall collected four wins and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special Thursday card, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras has won numerous Grand Circuit stakes, including 23 Breeders Crown finals, in his career. That can only be done with some great horses. Thus, it's an impressive declaration when Gingras says of Tall Dark Stranger, "He's the most complete horse I've ever driven." "For pure blazing speed, maybe I've driven horses that are a bit quicker than him; not a lot, but a bit quicker," he added. "But for a horse that can absolutely do it all, I don't really think I've driven one like that and I don't think many other people have, either." Gingras will have perhaps his final chance to drive harness racing's No. 1-ranked horse Saturday in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old male pacers at Harrah's Hoosier Park. In September, Hanover Shoe Farms announced that Tall Dark Stranger will join its stallion roster for the 2021 breeding season. Tall Dark Stranger will start the Breeders Crown final from post one and is the 3-5 favorite on the morning line. A Breeders Crown winner at age 2, Tall Dark Stranger is looking to become the first male pacer to add a trophy at 3 since Artiscape in 1997-98. "I don't mind the pressure," Gingras said. "If I did, I'd be in the wrong business and maybe being a driver wouldn't be the right thing to do in my life. This week, he's the horse to beat and everybody knows that. "I think that's what makes it fun. I'd rather have the pressure of having the best horse than not having any pressure." Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, and Howard Taylor, Tall Dark Stranger is trained by Nancy Takter and has been driven by Gingras in every lifetime start but one. He enters the race with 11 wins in 12 starts and $1.19 million in earnings this year; and 19 wins and one second in 21 career starts with $1.90 million in earnings. Sired by Bettor's Delight out of Precocious Beauty, Tall Dark Stranger is the only horse to ever win the Metro Pace and Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old and the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup as a 3-year-old. He was the Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year in the U.S. and earned the same honor in Canada. "He's the total package," Gingras said. "It would be hard to pick just one thing I liked. He's big, he's strong, he's fast, he's got heart. He can do it all, there's really no flaws in his armor." Those qualities were not completely apparent as a baby, but Takter and Gingras have cultivated all the potential over two years. "I really loved him from the start but to say he was the most complete horse, I'd be lying if I was saying that at the beginning," Gingras said. "I think he's developed to be that. When I baby raced him I absolutely loved him. He showed then he had tremendous speed and he had a great gait to him. "But until you really test them once or twice you don't know what the heart is. You could have an idea whether they're going to be game or not. Two-year-olds, they're a little dumb in a way. They do things sometimes that they physically can't, but their brains are not telling them not to do it. That's why you have to be careful not to ask a 2-year-old to do too much really early. "We took it easy a little bit on him in the beginning, but when it was time to put the money on the line we raced him and he showed up every single time. He's proved to be a tremendous, tremendous horse." Coming off his Dan Patch-winning year, expectations were obviously high for Tall Dark Stranger. But not so great that he couldn't go even higher. "It would be hard to say he didn't surpass expectations," Gingras said. "Of course I was super confident in the horse, I thought he could win it all and he hasn't lost a race of any major importance. Every big race Nancy put him in the box, he's won them all. It would be hard to say he could do anything more than he's done so far. Now the Breeders Crown is the last little check mark." Gingras feels the colt's breakout race was last year's Metro Pace, when he got out in front and held off a late challenge from Papi Rob Hanover. "He just exploded," Gingras said. "Up until that point we really hadn't raced him too hard. We didn't have to dig until then, and that's when I actually raced him pretty hard. That's when I knew he was better than just a very good horse, he was a great horse, and he hasn't disappointed me since." As for Tall Dark Stranger's best race, Gingras opted for the Meadowlands Pace, when the horse overcame an off day. "He wasn't maybe at his best, there were other races where he's been a little sharper than that," the driver said. "That day he really had to dig deep. Papi Rob took it to him. That day he just showed all the grit I knew he had, and he showed the world how tough of a horse he was." In fact, it is emblematic of how Tall Dark Stranger likes to race. He can get out in front or come from behind, but seems content to always make it a battle. "He likes to fight," Gingras said. "He's not a horse that's going to come home at :25 flat like some of the others. He likes to race, he likes the fractions to be fair. I don't think he's quite the sprinter that many others can be. "Other than that, this week if they mix it up fast the first three-eighths, I could definitely come first up, second over or I could be in the front, and have no worries. I'm not looking to be too far back, so he's going to be put in play one way or the other." In looking at the field, Gingras feels that Cattlewash, Warrawee Vital and Captain Barbossa are among the horses that can give Tall Dark Stranger a challenge. Cattlewash, trained by Ron Burke, won the other Breeders Crown elimination in a track-record 1:47.2 and has a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 mile to his credit. "It's definitely not a one- or two-horse race," he said. "It's a complete field of horses and it goes to show how great of a horse he is because he's beaten them every time." And he will look for one more victory to cap a memorable career. "It actually got into my head about two starts ago, once I got to Lexington. I thought, you know what, there's not much left," he said. "Realistically this weekend could be his last lifetime start. There's a chance he goes to TVG, but it's not official, it depends on how this weekend goes and how he comes out of the race. "I've enjoyed the run, but I think he would be a tremendous aged horse. He's the kind of horse that keeps getting better and tougher. If he came back at 4 and 5, I think he would dominate. Selfishly, I'd love to have him for a couple more years and I think the fans would love to have him. But I understand the breeding part of the business. I totally get it. I know the horse is worth a fortune as a sire." He has already been worth fortune in memories. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Tall Dark Stranger-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-3/5 2-Manticore-Jordan Stratton-Bruce Saunders-20/1 3-Cattlewash-David Miller-Ron Burke-5/2 4-Warrawee Vital-Tim Tetrick-Robert Fellows-6/1 5-Save Me A Dance-Andrew McCarthy-Andrew Harris-20/1 6-No Lou Zing-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-8/1 7-Captain Barbossa-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-20/1 8-Sandbetweenmytoes-Scott Zeron-Jim Campbell-30/1 9-The Greek Freak-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-30/1 10-Elver Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-30/1 Elver Hanover starts from the second tier. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA    

HARRINGTON, DE - Rich Lombardo, David Kryway, Eric Good and Josh Green's Jack's Legend N ($2.80, Pat Berry) notched his 4th straight harness racing win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52 triumph in the $18,000 Open Pace. Trained by co-owner Green, the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding has been the scourge of the upper level conditioned ranks of late and had no troubles Monday after setting all the fractions in his one length win over Goldberg and Calvin K.   Tony Morgan and Berry each had 3 wins on the card. Montrell Teague had a driving double. Live racing at Harrington continues through Wednesday October 21. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace with a field of seven talented distaffers lining up behind the gate.  The wagering favorites in the contest were the three New Zealand imports - My Kiwi Lady N was hammered down to 1-5 late and the Jose Cervantes owner entry of Motu Moonbeam N and Quite A Delight N were sent off as the clear second choice at 5-2.    My Kiwi Lady N (Chris Scicluna) worked hard from the outside post to get to the front before the timer flashed up :28 seconds for the opening quarter. Quite A Delight N (Dean Magee) surged past to take over the lead before the :57.2 half mile and fended off pressure from Alwaysalittlemore (Mooney Svendsen) all the way down the backside and around the far turn.    As they straightened for home the other two New Zealand imports were bearing down from both sides on the leader and the kiwi trio hit the line together in a thrilling photo finish.    When the dust cleared it was Motu Moonbeam N (Braxten Boyd, $7.80) who had rallied from last to first to get up right on the money. The top three were all separated by just a neck in 1:54.3.        The winner is an 8 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight, trained by Edward Hernandez. Today's feature win was the sixth tally of the season and twenty-fifth career score for the winner of $460,115.    Driver Rick Magee led the Tuesday program with three winners and Owner/Trainer Mark Anderson had two winners on the card.    The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot carryover now stands at $17,908.84.    Live Racing continues at Running Aces through October 4. Post Time is 1:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.    By Darin Gagné, for Running Aces

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Bettor's Delight gelding Bellows Binge made a successful harness racing bow for trainer Clay Faurot Jr. and owner Chelsey Faurot, rallying from the pocket to overhaul favored Daamericansky while taking the $16,000 claiming handicap pacing feature Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Matt Kakaley and Bellows Binge pushed Daamericansky much of a :26 opening quarter before yielding for the two-hole, then sat behind middle splits of :55.2 and 1:22.4. With no first-over horse lurking nearby, Kakaley had plenty of time to move the winner of $249,623 to the outside, and he went his own last quarter in :27.1 while taking a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 with the three quarter length victory.   A pair of $14,000 events were the headliners for the fast-class veteran set. On the pace, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Prince Of Tides, winner of an Adios elimination and second to Southwind Ozzi in the final just 14 months ago (though it seems longer), came over from The Meadows and made a strong move in the last quarter for driver George Napolitano Jr. to take a half length decision over Rockapelo in 1:50. Randy Bendis trains the winner of $303,160 for Let It Ride Stables Inc., Mr. Dana Parham, and Howard Taylor. On the trot, trainer Ãke Svanstedt sent the tough Muscle M Up to town, and despite being three-wide most of the way to the 3/8 in pursuit of the lead, the son of Muscle Hill was an easy winner in 1:53.2. Matt Kakaley, deputizing in the sulky for Svanstedt, was as still as a statue in the stretch as Muscle M Up came home in :28.1 for Knutsson Trotting Inc. Fastest mile of the day was turned in by Stone Hanover, a son of Art Major, who sat behind a hotly-contested pace then rallied for Anthony Napolitano to lower his lifetime mark to 1:49.2. Joe Pavia Jr. trains the winner, and his Joe Pavia Jr. Stable Inc. co-owns him with Steven Held, John Whitig, and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. For the second time in three days, George Napolitano Jr. had a six-winner card, following up on a sextet at Philly on Thursday with a six-bagger at Pocono Saturday. George, who had risen to fourth-place in the North American standards as of this writing, has posted a total of 61 victories during the month of September, and he'll have many opportunities to expand that total: at The Meadowlands Saturday night, at Philly then Pocono Sunday, still at Pocono on Monday and Tuesday, and then back to Philly on Wednesday, the 30th. The Rainbow Pick 5 carryover will be at $222,561 when Pocono hosts a twilight card Sunday starting at 5 p.m. From the PHHA / The Downs

Hanover, PA - It is with great excitement and pride that Hanover Shoe Farm’s announces the addition of three -year -old pacing colt phenom Tall Dark Stranger to its stallion roster for the 2021 harness racing breeding season. With a record of 1:49.1 at 2 and a current record of 1:47.1 at 3 and $1,741,645 earned thus far, Tall Dark Stranger has a remarkable slate of 16 wins and 1 second from 18 career starts.  Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin  and Lynn Katz, Caviart Farms, Marlene Taylor and Howard Taylor, trained by Nancy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Tall Dark Stranger is the only horse in history to win the Metro Pace and Breeders Crown as a two year old and return to racing as a three year old and win both the Meadowlands Pace and North American Cup. Tall Dark Stranger also won the International Stallion Stakes at 2 in route to being voted 2 -Year -Old Colt Pacer of the Year in both the United States and Canada. This year at three, in addition to the Meadowlands Pace and North American Cup he has also captured The Cane Pace and The Kentucky Sire Stakes Final. Tall Dark Stranger is scheduled to start next at The Red Mile and then go on to the Breeders’ Crown at Hoosier Park.  Seemingly destined for greatness from his birth, Tall Dark Stranger was a $330,000 purchase from the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale. He was considered by many to be the premier pacing colt offered at that venue that year. A stunning individual by the legendary stallion Bettors Delight ,Tall Dark Stranger hails from one of harness racing’s most prolific families. He is out of World Champion and Dan Patch and O’Brien Award Winning 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Precocious Beauty p,2,1:50.1 ($838,004), she a sister to successful pacing stallion Sportswriter and out of a sister to Swinging Beauty P,1:49.4 ($893,268) and the grandam of Downbytheseaside P,2,1:49, 3.1:48.3f ($2,179,558) whose eagerly awaited first crop of yearlings sell this fall. “Russell and I are thrilled and honored to have been given the chance to add such an illustrious pacing stallion to our roster, we believe he is the most accomplished pacer to enter the stallion ranks since Captaintreacherous. This will be the our first partnership with Crawford Farms, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor ,which is exciting ,and  the third stallion we stand that Marvin Katz  owns part of, Captiantreacherous and Bar Hopping being the two others. It is a pleasure to work with Marvin ,he has vast knowledge of the breeding business and a  terrific band of broodmares to support his stallions”,  says Hanover Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky.  Trainer Nancy Takter calls Tall Dark Stranger “One of the best pacers we have seen. A champion at two and three, he’s done things that no horse has ever done. He’s a pleasure to train and knows that his job is to win”. Driver Yannick Gingras says that Tall Dark Stranger is the best pacing colt he has ever driven. “He has all the tools needed for greatness. Speed, gait, and looks but above all his desire to win races is truly unbelievable to me. He’s a champion in every sense of the word”. Tall Dark Stranger will stand in Pennsylvania His service fee and details concerning the Syndication will be forthcoming. From Hanover Shoe Farms      

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Bell I No had won five straight races in the $16,000 top claiming handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, all with George Napolitano Jr. driving (all after being claimed out of the previous race), but on Saturday the track's leading harness racing driver selected off the streaking pacer in favor of Daamericansky, with whom he had won in 1:50.2 at Philly last time out and who was sent off as favorite. For 5200+ feet of this week's featured claimer, it looked like GNap and the crowd had made a winning selection as Daamericansky led from the go, but suddenly the Bettor's Delight gelding Lachie Maguire N and driver Jim Marohn Jr. came flying late and caught the chalk in the last step in 1:51. Bell I No, who had to go first-over, settled for third here, and he will again be changing barns for the $30,000 claiming price. Lachie Maguire N, a ten-year-old who took his mark of 1:50.2 here earlier this year, now has a lifetime bankroll of $462,357. Justin Sodano trains the consistent veteran for owner Anthony Ventriglio. A foursome of $11,200 conditioned features, two on the trot and two on the pace, served as co-featured events; drivers Tyler Buter and Jordan Stratton both captured one of each. One of the trots went to the 2019 Pocono Trotter of the Year, the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable, who was an easy winner in 1:53.2 for Tyler Buter, trainer Todd Buter, and the partnership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. In the other trotting section, the Great Success gelding Need Luck N came uncovered from sixth, going his own last half in :56.4, to win in a lifetime best 1:55 for Stratton, trainer Jason Johnson, and owner David Neilson (who, interestingly, was the owner claiming Bell I No today). In the first of the two co-headline paces, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Kerford Road A took full advantage of the rail, not letting anyone go, including early-moving favorite Dealt A Winner. And after all that, he still had enough to withstand closing Peace Out Posse while recording a lifetime best of 1:50.1 for Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and the ownership of Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Winners Circle Racing LLC, and John Campagnuolo. Jordan Stratton repeated his uncovered tactics in the co-featured trot to secure the victory in the other top pace, just rallying the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Itsrocknroll A past stubborn pacesetter Lying In Cash in a 1:51.4 lifetime mile best for trainer Dylan Davis, the latter co-owner with Michael Casalino Jr. Buter, Stratton, and Anthony Napolitano each guided three horses back past the winners circle on the Saturday afternoon program. Racing resumes at Pocono tomorrow at 5 p.m., with a $204,904.38 carryover in the Rainbow Pick 5 pool (have a unique ticket with winners of the last five races). From the PHHA / The Downs

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Delishka N made a pace-controlling move in front of the stands the first time, then held off a wall of harness racing challengers the second time around to win the $14,400 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:51. Dexter Dunn sent Delishka N out to early command, yielded to Bettor Joy N, then went onward again when favorite Machnhope made a move just past the :26.1 quarter. Delishka N went back to the lead around Bettor Joy N, with Machnhope, seeing a likely battle for pace control developing, got in a vacant three-hole before the :54.3 half. The winner did not receive a strong challenge past the 1:22.2 three-quarters, but as they neared headstretch, there seemed to be "live" horses everywhere. Delishka N was most "live" of all, holding off inside rallier Machnhope by a half-length, with first-over Shezallapples A showing good determination late to gain third, a photo away from second. Bettors Joy N was beaten less than two lengths and still did not get a check from finishing sixth.   Richard Johnson trains the winner of $387,864 for D'Elegance Stable IX. Still among the older females, the Well Said mare Caviart Cherie made it 3-for-3 since teaming with trainer Darren Taneyhill and the Wildcard Stables Inc., during that time going from the second-lowest condition at Pocono to the second-highest for mares here today, a $11,200 contest in which she posted a 13-1 upset in a new mark of 1:50.4. Joe Bongiorno rallied the winner of $399,947 from the pocket to overhaul pacesetting favorite Anytime N by a length. The $12,800 co-featured fillies and mares pace for the classclimbing crowd saw New Year, who was 7-5 in a Pennsylvania Sire Stake against JK First Lady at Philly recently, enjoy the drop in company here en route to a 1:51.4 triumph as a heavy favorite. George Napolitano Jr. drove the sophomore Somebeachsomewhere filly, who has now amassed $197,415, for trainer Chris Ryder and the partnership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC. Tim Tetrick won four races on the day, including with Iaquinta, who broke a 51-race losing streak dating back to June 29, 2018. She came from an unusual spot for winners at Philly, too - fourth-over, with Tetrick keeping her off an overheated pace and then rallying her for the 12-1 victory.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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