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By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk    Even after bagging five winners at Blenheim yesterday there was no big celebration for Tim Williams. Instead he jumped in a car and headed four hours south to Christchurch. “Saturday’s always a big day for fast work …. And we fast worked four this morning.” After completing his commitments for trainer Hayden Cullen, now that he’s taken over the All Stars operation from Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, it was back on the road this afternoon for Williams for the second day of the Marlborough Harness Racing Club’s meeting tomorrow. As for yesterday, he says he knew he had a good book of drives – “I thought I could get a couple of wins, but some had tricky draws and you never know on the grass track, but I was lucky enough to get five and it was a dream day at the office.” The day started perfectly alright with two wins for trainer Paul Kerr (Greenbank Betty and Duffy Hollow) and then Ashes To Ashes won race 6, Peraki Seelster race 7 and I Dream Of Jeannie took out the last, at 18-to-one, despite galloping over the line. “That was an unusual win but the rules are there, it was a bit different to win like that but we got the chocolates so that was good.” One of the country’s premier drivers, Williams has had 542 winners since his first in 2008, though yesterday’s “fifer” is not his best result. At Winton on October 19 2014 he won six races, with Margarita, Fly Like An Eagle, Rockahula Arden, Ode To Success, Oneover and Dark Dana. That day there were only nine races held, with the three other winners all going to Nathan Williamson. There have been a slew of big race successes as well, with Williams a critical part of the All Stars operation and associated with the very best horses – the likes of Have Faith In Me, Dream About Me, Lazarus and Piccadilly Princess. He’s unsure how Purdon and Rasmussen’s decision to take a year’s break from full-time training will impact on him. “It’s a bit of the unknown, but if I get the chance to drive the very good ones, the Self Assureds I’d be keen.” Williams was third in the 2020 New Zealand Cup with Ashley Locaz, completing an All Stars trifecta with Self Assured and Spankem. It was his second third placing in the big race, with Dream About Me third in the 2018 edition won by stablemate Thefixer. Just how things pan out under Hayden Cullen’s tenure remains to be seen, with Williams’ immediate focus on seven drives at Blenheim tomorrow, including three first-day winners who will back up (Greenback Betty, Duffy Hollow and Peraki Seelster). “I just hope I haven’t used up all my good luck.”

Allmyx’sliventexas, unbeaten in his four trips to the harness racing post at this stand, eyes another snapshot in Sunday evening’s featured $6,200 Open Pace. A 12-race Watch and Wager LLC card is on tap with first post set for 4:55 p.m. and the headliner occupying the eighth race slot. An 8-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel’s out of the Distinguisedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun, Allmyx’sliventexas races for Wayne and Rod Knittel with Bob Johnson the conditioner and Jake Cutting at the controls. For his exploits, Allmyx’sliventexas has been assigned the No. 10 position in the field of seven. He comes into this assignment with 43 wins from his 137 appearances, $248,000 in his bank account and a 1:50 mark that was established at Hoosier Park three years ago. In his first three scores at this meet, Allmyx’sliventexas was handled by Nick Roland, including his victory in the Dave Goldschmidt Pace, while his most recent score saw Jacob Cutting at the controls. Allmyx’sliventexas has been putting his class and versatility on display here, capturing the Goldschmidt on the front end and coming from well back to get the job done by nearly four lengths from well off the pace in his most recent tally. Taking him on this weekend are stablemate Proof, who will be guided by Nick Roland; Hoo Nien for Gerry Longo; Royale Big Guy with Mooney Svendsen; Ponda’s Prospect for Luke Plano; Buddy’s Hope and Intrigued Again, who leaves from the rail with Anthony Kerwood.   Mandeville, Longo join forces for success Mandeville put his class on display last weekend when he got away from arch-rival Silverhill Volo and proved a punctual 4-5 favorite in a conditioned event. The 9-year-old trotter by Majestic Son is owned, trained and was driven by Gerry Longo, who is still going strong at 75 years young, and they make a great team. “I bought the horse in the fall of 2019 when I saw him racing in Kentucky,” Longo related. “What impressed me was that he could be tough on the front end or from behind and he was coming home in :27 and change.” Mandeville recorded eight victories from his 21 starts last season for Longo, including a l:54 lifetime mark over the five-eighths Running Aces oval during the summer. His win her last week was No. 31 from 142 starts and he currently has $270,000 in his bank account. “I’ve loved this horse ever since I got him,” his mentor said. “He was still a little short when he first raced at this meet, but I’ve been training him harder lately and that last start showed what can do.” Gerry was asked if the veteran sidewheeler has a preference when it comes to the size of the track, having raced over so many in his career. “He doesn’t care if it’s a half-mile, five-eighths or a mile like Cal Expo, he’s versatile enough to adjust to the track and any way the race comes up.”   By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Grove City, Ohio - Pass The Vape hit the board in half of his starts, winning eight times, as he is named the 2020 Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year. Pass The Vape, son of Dejarmbro out of Vapor Rises, started 24 races for harness rascing trainer Derek Watiker and his father, the owner, Lionel Watiker. Pass The Vape earned $109,642 in 2020. Pass The Vape scored his biggest win of the year in the $85,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Trotting Championship at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. "It's nice having a homebred perform so well," said Derek Watiker. "He shows up every week and I'll take a full barn of racehorses that show up every week." Pass The Vape will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. For more information:   Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

When a yearling is sold for $350,000 anywhere in the Harness Racing World , you can be sure it will tick all the boxes in relation to Conformation and Pedigree. Well at Harrisburg in late 2018 a colt named Capt Midnight found himself in a bidding duel and when the hammer dropped he was off to join the powerful Tony Alagna barn in New Jersey. Tony of course had trained his sire Captaintreacherous to a $3.148 million career, whilst the Dam of this powerful and stunning colt, It Was Fascination, compiled a record of 1.51.2 and $317,222 in prizemoney. The fact that the first foal of the Dam, Captain Trevor was showing some extreme juvenile speed also helped the Breeder to his big payday. Captain Trevor in fact won six of his nine starts as a 2 year old and joined that elite group of freshman pacers to take a sub 1.50 record - 1.49.2. Capt Midnight was a readymade two year old evidenced by the fact he powered home his last quarter in 25.2 in his debut race at The Meadowlands in July 2019. He certainly was the dominant 2 year old in North America for the first half of the 2019 season with victories in the Dream Maker Series Final [in 1.49.4] , the Champlain Stakes, the Nassagaweya Stakes and an Elimination of the rich Metro Stakes - all at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. 2019 Dream Maker Stakes Final: Woodbine, Mohawk Park, August 12, 2019 - Race 3 His reinsman Andrew McCarthy was most impressed with his ability after his win the Elimination of the Metro Stakes. Metro Elimination "I rank him probably on top of all the 2 year old's I've ever driven. Once you ask him to go he gives you goose bumps." The racecaller that night described that easy win - "He's a beast, He's a weapon" will Andy McCarthy ever cut him loose." Capt Midnight is now being retired to Stud duty with a two season resume of - 25 starts, 8 wins, 7 placings and prizemoney of Can$662,286 or US$551,567. Highlights of that career included ; ## Wins at two in the Nassagaweya Stks , Champlain Stks , Dream Maker Series , International Stallion Stks [Red Mile] and an Elimination of the Metro Stks. ## The leading Stakes winning 2 year old son of Captaintreacherous in 2019. ## Paced in sub 1.48 on three occasions as a 3 year old. ## Paced 14 of his 15 starts as a 3 year old in 1.49.4 or faster. His other start was in a Heat of the Little Brown Jug when he was timed in 1.50.1 on the half mile track. Bred on a Golden Cross. Capt Midnight is from the second crop of sensational sire Captaintreacherous and is the second foal of the Stakes winning American Ideal mare It Was Fascination 1.51.2 $317,222. Captaintreacherous has been a revelation since retiring to Stud in 2015. From his 330 foals of racing age he has sired 217 winners [to 23rd Dec 2020] including an unbelievable 30 in 1.50 and 170 in 1.55. His 270 starters have averaged in excess of $100,000 per starter. It Was Fascination counted a victory in a New York Sires Stakes Final [3 year old Fillies] amongst her 6 wins and $317,222 in prizemoney. She now has a unique record of being the only Broodmare in History to produce two sub 1.50 Two Year Olds [from her first two foals] in Captain Trevor 1.49.2 and Capt Midnight 1.49.4. The cross of Captaintreacherous over the Western Hanover line mares has been a proven recipe for producing " Elite " two and three year old Pacers including; ## Lyons Sentinel 1.49.2 ($1.228 million). ## Tall Drink Hanover 1.48 ($893,532). ## Rocknificent 1.49.1 ($585,040) ## Blue Diamond Eyes 1.51 $546,527 [2yo Filly in 2020] ## Notorious Pink 1.51.2 $276,081 [2yo Filly in 2020]. Capt Midnight is a descendant of the grand Broodmare Romola as is his own sire Captaintreacherous and the sire of his Dam American Ideal. This Family has arguably been the most productive of Families in the Pacing Stud Book for both Stallions and Millionaire racetrack performers. Art Major, Sportswriter, Western Ideal, Life Sign, Whats Next [Leading Australian Sire in the 1990's] and Romeo Hanover and Silent Majority in days of old are further examples, whilst two new exciting Stallions to enter the Breeding Shed in 2021 in Tall Dark Stranger and Bettors Wish are further representatives. In todays World of Harness Racing there is no substitute for extreme speed and Capt Midnight has it bred into him. His sire Captaintreacherous was a 1.47 performer [1.47.1], the sire of his Dam American Ideal was a 1.47 performer [1.47.4] way back in 2005 whilst he also has a double cross [4 X 4] to one of the fastest Pacers in History, Matts Scooter. Capt Midnight on his arrival in Kentucky for fertility testing. Capt Midnight has recently been test bred in Kentucky with outstanding results. He will commence his Breeding career in 2021 based at Premier Acres in Indiana for an introductry fee of $4,000. Contact Dennis Bontrager on (250) 585 4927 Or email premieracres@gmail.com  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Stellenbosch withstood bitter pressure in a dazzling harness racing effort on a rainy Friday night at The Meadowlands, taking the $18,000 featured high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares in wire-to-wire fashion. Driver Scott Zeron, who raced Stellenbosch from off the pace after drawing outside posts in her previous two outings, fired away from post four in the nine-horse field, grabbing the lead on the first turn before hitting the quarter in :26.4. There was no spot for Callmequeenbee A, who left from post eight, and that one had to rough it uncovered on the rim. She engaged Stellenbosch in a cut-throat battle to the half over the track rated 'good' in an eye-popping :53.4. Enter 6-5 favorite Ivana Flybye N, a Woodbine at Mohawk Park shipper that hadn't raced in 26 days, who circled up three-wide around the far turn under a full head of steam on the way to an apparent score as Callmequeenbee A predictably faltered. But Stellenbosch wasn't having it. Zeron and the 2-1 second choice kept to their task as Ivana Flybye N flattened out and went on to a 2½-length win. The pocket-sitting She's Nun Bettor N out-finished Ivana Flybye N in the race for place. "Because I had driven her aggressively in the past," said Zeron. "I knew I could leave with her. We took back with her two weeks in a row and were waiting for the right spot. I definitely didn't think she would be that good for the final half-mile but if she was ever going to be at her best, it was going to be tonight. Everything led up to her putting forth a good effort." Despite the soggy conditions, Stellenbosch, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Catch A Wish who paid $6.00 to win, lowered her previous lifetime best by one-and-three-fifth seconds, hitting the wire in 1:50.2. The Scott Blackler trainee, who is owned by Millar Farms, now has 14 wins from 102 lifetime starts and earnings of $184,474. A LITTLE MORE: The off-going didn't alter the form as seven favorites scored on the 14-race card. Overall, winner's odds were 3-1 or less for 12 of the races. ... Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras led the driver's colony as both won three races on the program. ... Jeff Cullipher and Ron Burke had training doubles. ... All-source handle totaled $2,878,592. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. ... Check out the Dan Patch Awards show on the live Meadowlands feed. It gets underway at 5 p.m. after which Dave Brower will interview a special guest in another edition of "In the Sulky".   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Knockawarwon, a younger full brother to the 2019 USA harness racing 'Horse of the Year' and New Zealand's fastest pacer ever Shartin 1:46.8 ($2.5 million), was a very impressive winner at his first public appearance at the Menangle trials on Wednesday (January 13). A member of Tim Butt's Camden South team, the four-year-old gelding, with Jack Trainor at the helm, pinged straight to the front and reeled off sectionals of 29.1, 29.3, 28.1 and 27.8. He covered the 1609 metres in 1:54.9 - the second fastest time of the day. To watch the trial click here. Bred by Cantabrian breeder Grant Crabbe, Knockawarwon is a son of the Breeders Crown champion Tintin In America 1:53.2 ($906,422), who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud in NSW, out of the Live Or Die mare Bagdarin (1:57.7). By Peter Wharton  

Harness racing fans, harnesslink community, we have some important and exciting news to share with you. The current iteration of our website is now over ten years old and while it has done it's job incredibly well, the time has come for an upgrade.  Due to a number of technological changes, our current website has started to experience several problems behind the scenes which need to be solved. This has also fortunately given us the chance to review our current design as website design has changed a lot over the last ten years.  Our new website will be coming sometime in the next few weeks and should bring with it a faster, cleaner, more modern design. We know that change is hard but we also hope that you will keep an open mind and enjoy our new look when it is launched. Here's to the next chapter! John and the Harnesslink team Here is a picture of our original Website dated 2002

LEBANON, OH. – Pace Baby Pace, named to mimic Miami Valley handicapper Pacey Mindlin’s signature sign-off slogan, won her first open company race in southwest Ohio on Friday night (Jan. 15).  Driver Chris Page was content to race midpack in the early going, then moved into the outer flow following The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) as the field approached the halfway point of the $22,500 Mares Open.  Swinging three wide for the stretch drive, Pace Baby Pace edged past The Bethinator and then collared frontrunner Miss You N (Jeremy Smith).  The 1:52.4 score was the 13th of the winner’s harness racing career and pushed the 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou’s earnings over the $200,000 plateau, much of it coming from wins versus top company at The Meadows. Pace Baby Pace is a homebred owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.  Finalists were also determined during Friday action for the first two of nine Claim To Fame series currently underway at Miami Valley. Five divisions were necessary in the final preliminary leg for $12,500 claiming male pacers.  Quickest winner was Sprinter N, who won his second straight in the series, this time in 1:52.  Brett Miller drove the winner who paid $7.40.  Other winners were Franzo (Sam Widger, 1:52.3, $3.60), Commentariat (Miller, 1:54.1, $5.40), The Great Buzz N (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.2, $7.80) and Ohio Larry (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54, $32). The nine top money winners in the preliminary legs, who will compete for a $25,000 championship purse next Friday, are (in order of earnings): Sprinter N, Commentariat, Franzo, Ohio Larry, The Great Buzz N, Armabluechipboy N, J M Jet Set, Persistent Threat A and Panoramic View. Two splits for $20,000 claiming mares also went postward with repeat winners in both divisions.  American Cheer (Josh Sutton, 1:52.3, $3.40) and M E Radar Girl (Tetrick, 1:53.2, $10) established themselves as the favorites for the $30,000 final. The championship field will include: American Cheer, M E Radar Girl, Duck Duck Dragon, Malnificent, Part Time Hanover, Juslikeaqueen, American Empress N, D Gs Elsa and I Choose You.   Gregg Keidel

Winbak Farm is proud to announce the arrival of its first 2021 harness racing foal. The colt is sired by The Bank and out of the mare, Clover Market. This is the first known foal of The Bank born in North America. He arrived at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15th. He was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland in Chesapeake City, Maryland. "The colt is doing great and is very handsome," said Garrett Bell, General Manager. "We have been highly anticipating the arrival of foals from The Bank." This is the second foal from Clover Market. She is a daughter Victors Vicky, 1:55f ($712,342). The Bank, 2, 1:53.4; 3, 1:50.4 ($1,214,895), stood in Sweden before moving to Ontario in 2020. He was ranked 6th in 2020 for 3-year-old trotters in Sweden against tough trotting competition like Bold Eagle and Muscle Hill. "We look forward to seeing the rest of The Bank's first North American crop," said Bell. "With his pedigree of international champions, we have high expectations for the racing careers of his offspring." The Bank stands at Winbak Farm of Ontario for $5,000 CAD. For more information on The Bank, please visit www.winbakfarm.com or email Pat Woods at pat.woods@winbakfarm.com. Breeding questions can also be answered by calling 905.838.2145. Winbak Farm encourages foal fans to follow the farm on Facebook. Most of the foals born will be posted on the Winbak Farm Facebook Page and fans will be able to submit name ideas. Winbak Farm has previously used many names submitted by Facebook followers with the belief that it encourages interest in the sport when people can follow horses that they named. Elizabeth Cheesman

January 15, 2020 - Galius (5m Love You-Star de Villenueve) held gamely on the front to secure the Prix de Mauriac (purse 53,000€), 2850 meters for European harness racing five year olds timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was the pilot for owner/trainer Severine Raimond as Galius won for the 13 time in his career, now for 172,550€ earned. Galius has a career slate of 13-0-1 in 14 appearances. Second today was 7.9/1 Alcide Roc (5m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 8.7/1 Gondole Jenilou (5f Goetmals Wood) took third with Eric Raffin the pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Fourth home was 7/1 Gloria du Gers (5f Ready Cash) for trainer Jean Michel Bazire with fifth to 14/1 Gimy du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. Galius (13) Sunday at Vincennes is the sixth Prix d’Amerique qualifier, The Gr. II Prix de Belgique has 13 top flight trotters contesting the three tickets to the Amerique and several horses in the field are already qualified. See below for the lineup. Prix de BelgiqueC4 - PRIX AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF QUALIF #6  purse 110 000€ Groupe II - Attelé 2 850 meters - Grande piste Groupe II Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 15, 2021 — Showing no ill effects from a layoff of nearly nine weeks. Rainbowinthewest powered to the lead from the rail and won as she pleased in Friday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Although Rainbowinthewest could have released a pair of early challengers, trainer/driver Brian Zendt would have none of it. He kept the pedal to the metal and the 6-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded, scoring in a sharp 1:54.3. Matterlei finished second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Impulse Buy third. Brocious Racing  Stable and Lone Wolf Stable campaign the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $168,120. In Friday’s other co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Dark Force encountered a surface downgraded to sloppy. But the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Skinny Dip quarter-poled confidently to the lead and held on late to prevail in 1:53.4 for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who co-owns with Pollack Racng LLC. Dave Palone collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features an $8,068.54 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Freehold, NJ --- Melady's Monet began his 12-year-old harness racing season on a winning note Friday afternoon, taking the Preferred Handicap trot at Freehold Raceway.   Making his first start since December 11, he was sent off as the 3/1 second choice in the field of eight. In the early stages, he grabbed cover from favored The Veteran, who left to his direct inside. As soon as The Veteran cleared to the front, just before the opening quarter, Eric Abbatiello took the lead with Melady's Monet.   As they rounded the final turn, Melady's Monet continued to hold sway, but The Veteran loomed menacingly from the pocket. Entering the stretch, Dan Dube ripped The Veteran off the pylons and took his crack at the leader. However, he couldn't get by Melady's Monet, who reported home a half-length in front. The final time was 1:57.3.   This was the 68th win in the long and successful career of Melady's Monet, who pushed his earnings to $1,714,278 with this win. Although he's won top races up and down the east coast, this was his first win at Freehold since 2012. He's owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Hermann Heitmann.   Friday's card also featured the second leg of the Vinny Fusco Jr Memorial Pacing Series. Duck N Roll won the lone split of the first division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 68.00 and 71.50. She rallied wide in the stretch to get up for the 8/1 win, for owner John Foti, trainer Izzy Estrada, and driver Luke Hanners.   The second division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 71.50 and 75.00, was split into two races. Western Showgirl surged from behind to win the first race, for owner Michelle White, trainer Robert Ginsburg Jr, and driver Dan Dube.   Tall Poppy N won the second race, in dominant style. She swept both of the first two legs, and will look for a final win next week. George Brennan had the winning drive, for owner Curtin Anz Stable and trainer Kelvin Harrison.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a 13-race card starting at about 12:30 PM. The card is headlined by the second leg of the Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

January 14, 2021 - Cagnes sur Mer hosted the harness racing Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse 130,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, International 5-11 year olds) this day with 16 solid starters. The 8/1 odds Golden Bridge (5m Ready Cash-Usenza) rallied mid-stretch to victory timed in 1.13.6kr, with David Thomain the pilot. Philippe Allaire trains the now seven time career winner for 292,850€ earned. Michel Tessier owns the winner. The 1.4/1 favorite Valzer di Poggio (7m Love You-Glory di Poggio) had surged to the front in the lane and gamely held second with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 25 meter handicapped and 35/1 outsider Bulle de Laumont (10f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) was a good third for trainer/driver Stephane Cingland. Alcoy (7m Ready Cash-Divann) was fourth for Christophe Martens, this one off at 14/1 and handicapped 25 meters. 38/1 Dona Viva (8f Love You) and 9/1 Fashion Queen (6f Ready Cash) were fifth and sixth. Golden Bridge (5) The beauty of Cagnes sur Mer is shown below. On Saturday at Paris-Vincennes there are three groupe contests, with entries for the Prix Gelinotte and Prix de Croix shown below. Aetos Kronos will be at the start in the Prix de Croix with J-M Bazire at the lines as he will battle Power, Green Grass and Gu d’Heripre. Jan 16 - 15:50 C4 - PRIX GELINOTTE 100 000€  Groupe II - Attelé - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour pouliches de 3 ans (I), ayant gagné au moins 3.000. Jan 16 C5 - PRIX DE CROIX 100 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 850m - Grande piste Course Internationale+Pour 5 ans (G), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 38.000.   Thomas H. Hicks  

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Ohoka trainer Paul Kerr took two runners to Waterlea Raceway on Friday and he went home with the perfect result. Greenback Betty started the day off well when winning the opening race of the card, the Kiwiseed Trot (2400m). She had an early gallop going over the crossing but quickly settled. At the top of the backstraight driver Tim Williams pushed his charge forward to take the lead and they did not relinquish their advantage, running away to a three-length victory over Shiffty, with a further nine lengths back to Tyene in third. “It was good to see the trotter practically do everything right,” Kerr said. “She went away really well, she just broke going over the crossing and Tim said she just went out in sympathy when the one on the outside galloped. It was only for a few strides and she went straight back into it (trotting gait) and never put a foot wrong from there.” Kerr was just as pleased with Duffy Hollow’s fresh-up victory in the following race, the Coles & JT Best Contracting Mobile Pace (1850m). The three-year-old gelding was stuck out three-wide early on before gaining cover behind Best Trio. He then found the trail after Best Trio broke and he was able dash up the passing lane to record a 1-3/4 length victory over Alta Redeemer, with Perfect Cut a further two lengths back in third. “Duffy Hollow really deserved his win because he just had no luck prior to Christmas racing, so we gave him a break for three weeks and he has just come back terrific,” Kerr said. “Today just worked out perfectly for him and he showed he has a lot of speed and he finished it off beautifully.” Kerr said getting the early double was made even sweeter by the fact he was able to relax for the rest of the meeting and take in the atmosphere at the summer meeting. “It was a good way to tick it off, especially in the first two races, you can get it over and done with nice and early,” he said. “I love coming up to Blenheim. It is a terrific club and they always look after everybody. “The weather has been great and they have had a good crowd, which is good for a Friday afternoon.” Kerr is now hoping both of his runners can replicate their results on the second day of the meeting on Sunday. “They will back-up on the second day and see what happens, they both rise in class,” he said. “It is never easy but Duffy Hollows comes in on the fresh side and he won it really nice today with a bit in hand, so I expect another really good run from him on Sunday.”

2021 Stallion Breeding Auction to Benefit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. The complete list of the 2021 stallions, along with conditions and bidding form has been posted at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraising tab. To date the list of stallions includes Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Art Director, Artiscape, Artspeak, Betting Line, Boston Red Rocks, Captain Ahab, Credit Winner, Domethatagain, Don't Let'Em, Fool Me Once, Glidemaster, Helpisontheway, Heston Blue Chip, JK Endofanera, Let's Drink On It, Lost In Time, Manningly, Mister Big, My MVP, New Jersey Viking, Possess The Will, Racing Hill, Royal Mattjesty, Somestarsomewhere, So Surreal, Sportswriter, Stevensville, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar, Well Said, Western Vintage, We Will See and World of Rocknroll. We want to thank those of you who have donated breedings. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne as soon as possible. This list will be updated as additional breedings are donated - please check the Museum website under the Fundraising tab. Bids must be called in (Joanne at 845-294-6330), emailed (development@harnessmuseum.com) or postmarked (Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main St., Goshen NY 10924) by Saturday, February 13, 2021. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date.   Janet Terhune

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Perennial leading harness racing driver Marc Campbell returns to action Saturday afternoon and will look to be a big part of the first Super High-5 race at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The afternoon program kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with Eagle Jolt and Campbell the morning line favourite in the race 14 finale featuring the first ever Super High-5 wager at Red Shores. The Super Hi-5 will involve picking the first five finishers in race 14, with Red Shores guaranteeing a minimum $1000.00 pool. In the absence of a correct winning ticket on Saturday, the closest combination will pay out a percentage of the pool and the remaining money will roll over to next week with a mandatory payout on the entire pool on the season ending Feb. 6 program. Eagle Jolt is now in his retirement year, having turned 14 on the regulatory Jan. 1 birthday for all standardbreds. Owned by Marie MacDonald of Stratford and Natasha Campbell of Winsloe, Eagle Jolt finds himself dropping down in class on Saturday to hit post 2 in the $1,900 event. Three Truths pulled off a shocking victory in his latest outing and gets post 7 in the class with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for trainer Paul Doyle. Shadow Of A Daut is third choice in the program for the combination of driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Earl Watts from post 3. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Eagle Jolt on top of his Super High-5 wager. "Hard to believe when the calendar flipped to 2021 Eagle Jolt turned 14," MacPhee said. "He's been on the fringes in his last few but has a ton of back class and with Marc returning they could reach up and win today." Also in that event are Silverhilllightnin (To be driven by Lenny Myers), Theycallmedude (Ken Murphy), Desired Treasure (Gordie Hennessey), Selkirk Echo (Gilles Barrieau), and Zack The Men (David Dowling). Woodmere Skyroller will look to repeat in the race 9 Open Mares pace leaving from post 5 in the $2,900 event. Barrieau is in the bike for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Other top entries are Woodmere Chella (Corey MacPherson) and Filly Forty Seven (Campbell). Race 8 has Doc Darryl the top choice with a three-race win streak on the line for driver Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Morgan Sheppard of Brackley Beach. The four-year-old son of Sunshine Beach has been undefeated since coming to P.E.I. as a maiden in Decemeber but has to deal with post 7 on Saturday. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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