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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Super Bowl champion linebacker Devin White has an unlikely connection to Illinois since he recently purchased three Standardbred horses with plans to race them in the Prairie State. The Buccaneers star linebacker made headlines last week when he took a Standardbred horse for a victory lap around Raymond James Stadium while holding the Lombardi Trophy. White co-owns his three Illinois-bred harness racing horses with his friend Adam Hawthorne.   To watch video, click here. "Devin is really excited to get into the business," said Hawthorne. "This is his first time getting involved in horse racing and we plan to buy more Illinois-bred horses next year. Illinois is my favorite state to race in, bar none." The names of the horses White and Hawthorne purchased are First and Goal, Timber Creek Molly, and Creations Dream MV. The owners plan to keep them stabled in Louisiana during the winter where trainer Herman Wheeler will work with them. This spring, Wheeler will move the horses to compete in Illinois. "Illinois harness racing is on the verge of an incredible comeback," said Illinois Harness Horseman's Association President Clark Fairley. "Buying an Illinois-bred horse is a great investment right now. We can now say that anyone who gets into the business has an opportunity to be successful." If all goes well, White's horses will compete on the Illinois' county fair circuit in early summer as they prepare for bigger purses at Hawthorne Racecourse near Chicago later in the year. There are a variety of incentives for owners to buy and race Illinois-bred horses in the Land of Lincoln. Because of the recently passed "racino" bill, Illinois-bred horses will be racing for larger purses and better racing opportunities in the years to come. Ed Teefey runs the Illini Classic Sales at the Springfield State Fairgrounds where White and Hawthorne purchased their horses. Teefey is optimistic about the future of harness racing. "You have to be optimistic in this business," said Teefey. "Illinois-bred horses are a great value right now. Illinois isn't flooded with horses the way some other states are and there are lots of good racing opportunities. Combined with the new revenue from casino gaming, it's a good time to buy a racehorse here." Teefey said that the number of foals born in 2020 was 354, up from 144 born in 2018. And while that's a far cry from the peak of 2,535 horses born in 1984, it's solid growth that can be built on.   Illinois was once the premier harness racing state in the nation hosting the prestigious Hambletonian at the DuQuoin racetrack. Years of disinvestment by the state led to the near collapse of an industry that at its peak employed nearly 40,000 people. That all changed when racetracks in Illinois were allowed to compete with land-based casinos by adding table games and slot machines to racetracks in 2019. Once those racinos are up and running, the money that they generate will be invested into purse winnings. Horse breeding is labor intensive and it has taken decades to establish a program in Illinois. Illinois horse breeding farms create many agricultural jobs, and the economic ripples are felt throughout the state from grain and hay farmers, to blacksmiths, grooms, and equipment dealers. "We're looking forward to growing the sport again in Illinois," said Fairley. "A new racetrack is expected to be built within the next few years which will allow us to race more days and purses should continue to increase as well. I'm hopeful." From Mack Communications

Pompano Beach, FL...February 16...Rebellious returned to the harness racing wars after being given a couple of weeks off to "freshen up" and proved that the vacation was well worth it by scoring a 1:49.4 win in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open I-II Handicap Pace on Monday night (February 15). Handle for the night was $1,608,440, an all-time record since the track opened in 1964 and the 14th million dollar handle night this season, far eclipsing the number of million dollar handle during the previous 56 seasons. For Rebellious, a seven year-old gelded son of Mach Three, trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, had Wally Hennessey in the sulky and took charge from his post five around the initial turn and carded fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22.1 along the way before holding off the bid of the pocket-sitting Alluneedisfaith N (Mike Simons) to score by a half-length. Ideal Feeling (Rick Plano) was third, three lengths away, while Kinnder Jackson finished fourth. Real Peace picked up the nickel after a modest bid heading into the final turn. Rebellious, who got into a :26, :53.3 and 1:21.2 war in his last start on January 25 before exhaustion set in, was smartly given time extra time off to "clear his head" and came back and rewarded his faithful with his best performance since his return to South Florida in early December.   Said trainer Mike Deters, "He had an extremely tough trip in his last start so I decided to give him an extra week and turn him out to clear his head. He always seems to race very well off of a little freshen up time and he was really exceptional tonight. It was a superior effort and the fact that he dug in when it counted was really impressive in my eyes." Driver Hennessey merely echoed Deters' comments by simply saying, "He's just a very special horse!" The win was the 43rd in 116 career starts for Rebellious and sent his lifetime bounty to $334,706. Despite the three week respite, Rebellious was the 8 to 5 choice and paid $5.20 to win. In the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, Born To Thrive, the gutsy eight year-old altered son of Swan For All, overcame his assigned outside post and won his third straight Open Handicap Trot, stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:52.4--his previous 1:52.4 win over the larger Hoosier Park oval three seasons back. Born To Thrive used, virtually, the same tactics as in his previous two wins--away near the back of the pack and beginning his grind forward once the opening panel was completed. The 1 to 2 favorite, In Secret (David Miller), was second, a neck back of the winner, with Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) just another nose back in third in the "bang-bang" finish. Sooo Handsome, a stablemate of Born To Thrive, was fourth while The Lionking AS picked up the minor award, At the outset, an early battle developed as Muscles For Life left alertly to take charge only to yield to In Secret at the opener in :27.1. The latter then took the field to a :56 half as Born To Thrive reached fourth and kept grinding away through a picked up :28.1 third quarter to reach second around the final bend. Once they straightened away, the determined Born To Thrive kept gnawing away and just did get up a stride or two from the wire. After the event, Plano lamented, "He (Born To Thrive) is really good now. As you can see, the gets very determined once they straighten away for the wire. He doesn't mind the 'open air' at all and can stay outside all day long! "You know, he almost died last summer with kidney failure and was sidelined in the hospital for three or four weeks. The prognosis wasn't good at all but he came through that is as good as ever. "He's just a wonderful horse that's great to be around and a good reason to get up in the morning and go to work!" Plano trains Born To Thrive for Maryann Plano and John Campagnuolo and won for the 43rd time during a career where he has banked $435,122. Despite his two race win streak coming in, Born To Thrive was only third choice in the wagering at 9 to 2 and paid $11.80. Racing continues on Tuesday with free programs available on the isle casino racing website and yet another guaranteed pool--$20,000 --on the nightly Pick-4. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2021...Pompano Park's annual pro-am team challenge for charity featuring harness racing greats Tim Tetrick and David Miller went down to the wire on Sunday night (February 14) with Team Tetrick ekeing out a "photo finish" win.. The four race competition featured Tetrick and Miller as captains of their respective teams with many of the finest amateur drivers in the sport benefitting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The final tally was 85-83 with Joe Pennacchio's win with his trotting mare leaving the Miller team just two points short as the Tetrick team managed to finish 2-3 in the final event to barely protect their precarious lead going into the final leg. The four race event kicked off with MIller and Tetrick finishing one-two with Verdi D Em and General Jackson, respectively, Forbidden Song (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) finished third as the first round ended in a 21-21 tie.   Verdi D Em, a 12 year-old gelded son of Neon Jiel, covered the mile in a season's best 1:56.3 for owner-trainer John Hallett to vault his career earnings to $349.336. The winner paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting and completed a David Miller Daily Double returning $26.60. In the second leg, Tim Tetrick sent Prince Of Minto ($11.20) zipping off the wings from the outside 8 post into the lead and that eight year-old son of Angus Hall never relinquished and scored in 1:57.3 for his initial win of the year for Leon Cable, who trains for owner David Jarvis. Cashahallic (Ron Cusimano-Team Tetrick)) was moved up to second on a disqualification while Fleet Cessna (Billy Muggleston-Team Miller) also improved a spot to be placed third. The Tetrick victory sent his team into a 49-35 lead after round two with that win putting Tim to within one win of 12,000 lifetime. In the third leg, Dein Spriggs, (Team Miller) with 479 career wins coming in, scored the triumph with his own Uva Hanover, ($11.60) a 10 year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, stopping the timer in 1:55. Glide In The Wind (David Miller) was left in his wake, six lengths back, with Santini (Steve Oldford-Team Tetrick) third. The classy Uva Hanover, trained by Allen Saul for Spriggs, vaulted his career bounty to $557,853. After round three. the score tightened with Team Tetrick holding an eight point lead--67-59. The final leg went to the bay mare named Grey ($7.00) for Joe Pennacchio (Team Miller) in a well-rated 1:56.1, a seasonal best. She blasted off the wings to take charge, opened with a :28.3 panel, got a breather to the :58.2 half, was confronted on the final bend (1:27.3) and used a :28.3 finale to hold off Big Boy Rosco (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) by a neck. Tymal Tullo (Tim Tetrick) finished third with the final outcome resulting in that aforementioned 85-83 Team Tetrick win. Representatives for New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation were in the winner's circle as each charity received a $5,000 donation from the Florida Amateur Drivers Club, in cooperation with the U.S.T.A. The U.S.T.A. was also represented during the festivities with Mike Tanner and Wendy Ross, among others, in attendance with Tanner, in a winner's circle interview, remarking, "It's events and nights like this that make harness racing the grand sport that it still is. To be able to help great organizations like New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation through harness racing is absolutely outstanding and we are glad to be a small part of it. The Florida Amateur Driving Club deserves kudos for making this an annual tradition and it shows what gentlemen like David Miller and Tim Tetrick are--not only great horsemen but great individuals." Wagering for the program was, once again, over $1 million with the final total being $1,126,910 for the nine race program--the 13th time this season that handle has eclipsed $1 million with several near misses, as well. Racing continues on Monday with a 13 race bonanza featuring twin $30,000 guarantees on the two Pick-4 events encompassing races 6 through 9 and races 10 through 13. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $8,236.47. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

A blowout win in Friday night’s Ararat Pacing Cup by underrated pacer Zadaka gave former South Australian harness racing trainer Greg Norman one of his sweetest victories since moving his training base to Victoria. Despite a consistent formline (including two Melton wins since November) Zadaka (Mach Three – Copper Beach (Beach Towel) got under the radar of punters in the Renown Silverware G3 Cup, and was sent around at the luxury odds of $54. Norman was one of the few not surprised when the pacer steamed to victory for driver Jodi Quinlan. “He’s a lovely horse – and before he came out here to Australia he did make a final of the New Zealand Cup, so he’s not without ability,” Norman said. “Certainly, he was outclassed in the NZ Cup, but even to make it into the field for that race is not that easy,” he said. “He’s been racing really consistently but most judges thought he was a bit out of his depth at Ararat.  I felt he was over the odds, though and just needed things to go his way.  Thankfully they did!” Zadaka is raced by one of the most passionate harness racing ownerships in the sport – Terry Cormack and his sons Adam and Ben. The South Australian businessmen have properties in South Australia, and about 40 horses in their ownership, placed with stables in Victoria, NSW, WA and in New Zealand. From barrier six, Quinlan elected to go back and put Zadaka to sleep at the rear.  She didn’t spend a penny more than she had to, and scored a head victory over Majestic Cruiser and Im Anothermasterpiece clocking 1:57.9 (29.7 29.8 28.0 30.0) Watch the race replay click here! “It was a terrific drive by Jodi.  If he’s driven cold, he will always get to the line hard if they run along, and that was the way it panned out,” Norman said. “Kerryn (Manning) is the Cormacks’ driver, but Jodi’s won some nice races for us, and she ran fourth for us in the Hunter Cup a few years back with Adam Cartwright so we’ve had a pretty good affiliation with her over the years.” After spending plenty of time campaigning with success in Victoria, the former South Australian decided 18 months ago that the time was right to border hop and try his luck.  He is based at the Charlton harness racing training complex, located on 12 hectares on the edge of town and is one of the Cormacks’ private trainers, currently with eight horses in work. “They’re fantastic owners, just passionate about the sport. Harness racing could do with a few more like them!” Norman said. Zadaka was purchased by the Cormacks from New Zealand in 2019 as a last-start winner for Robert Dunn.  “They bought him for the South Australian Cup, but the day he arrived out here it was about 50 degrees – it knocked him about a bit.  He had a couple of runs for us, then went for a spell, and they sent him up to Tim Butt a few months later,” Norman said. Zadaka won two races in his NSW campaign, and was then returned to Norman, who was by then based in Victoria.  He’s since won three races, two at Melton and the Ararat Cup, from nine starts. “He’s one of those old geldings who lays his ears back at you, but doesn’t mean it.  He’s a good horse to have around and he’s in great form at the moment,” Norman said. “The only difficulty is now finding races to suit.  I don’t think he will handle it if I back him up for a fourth run in four weeks in the coming Terang Cup, but in the couple of weeks beyond that there really isn’t much around for him. “He’s now a 100 NR class – the Melton races are up to 99, the cups programmed over the next little while are for horses only up to 95, and there’s a fast-class at Mildura, but the conditions require him to have had five starts up there. So it’s a case of freshening him a bit and finding something suitable.”   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Today’s Gr. I International Prix de France (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Masters Trot Series 2021) saw 13/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) rally late to capture the Speed Race in 1.09.8kr off quick fractions (1.06.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.07.3kr at the 1000; 1.08.6kr with 500 meters remaining) set mostly by second finishing 2/10 odds favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up for Scuderia Bivans Srl and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Eric Raffin teamed the winner, for breeder/owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger, as she won for the 14th time in her career now for 1,311,220€ earned. She was positioned seventh at the 1000-meter mark before moving forward. She rolled past a tired FTB to win by a half-length. The 31/1 odds Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) followed the winner after being eighth at the 1000. He rallied strongly in the lane for pilot Franck Nivard, trainer Jerry Riordan and Team Snyder AB. Bahia Quesnot gamely lasted for fourth at 45/1 odds for Junior Guelpa after forcing the pace early against FTB but could not secure the lead, yielding to the pocket as Billie de Montfort faded. 50/1 Feliciano (6m Ready Cash) was fifth ahead of 110/1 Frisbee d’Am and a distant 97/1 Billie de Montfort. Delia du Pommereux     mid-stretch J-P Barjon (left) presents the Prix de France trophy to the connections of the winning daughter of Niky, a horse he raced and sire of monte champion Bilibili. To watch the race replay, click here.   For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

With the recent government announcement and COVID-19 Alert Levels in Auckland resulting in restricted travel, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the announcement to delay the Christchurch session of the 2021 National Yearling Sale exactly one week. Selling will now take place from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 February, with the yearlings selling in the same order and time as catalogued.  The later time will also give Northern buyers, trainers and agents the opportunity to physically attend the sale. Arrangements are being made to house the yearlings in Christchurch for an additional week before selling can commence. For more information and updates keep an eye on nzbstandardbred.co.nz or call NZB Operations Manager and Director James Jennings on +64 27 223 3333.   NZB Standardbred

After an incredible start to NZB Standardbred’s Auckland session at the 2021 National Yearling Sale, all key critical indicators have increased dramatically on last year’s figures.  Day One of trading kicked off with a strong benchmark after the Sale broke NZB Standardbred records selling 107 lots for a total turnover of $5,370,500, increasing more than 20% on last year’s aggregate. The average rose to $50,192, with the median increasing to $40,000, while the clearance rate settled at a standout 82%. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings was ecstatic after a solid day of trading in Auckland. “We have had a phenomenal start to our yearling sale, with significant rises in all key metrics.” “Our aggregate has increased by 23 percent, while our average and clearance rate increased 10 percent on last year’s figures at the end of Day One. “We would like to congratulate our consignors whose extra efforts and transparency came to fruition in the sale ring. “The depth of the domestic buying bench was extremely pleasing, which was continuous throughout the day. “We are looking forward to carrying the momentum through to Christchurch over the next three days of selling,” Jennings said. The highlight of the session came towards the end of the day, after Stonewall Stud’s Steve Telfer purchased Lot 122 for a substantial $300,000. The Bettor’s Delight colt out of Major Reality (NZ) (Art Major) was secured from Hollis & Robertson Equine Services draft, who landed as leading consignor by average. Telfer was pleased he managed to knock down the top lot of the session. “The numbers got up very high very quickly but we really liked the filly so we decided to have a good go.” “She comes from the family of two of the biggest names in harness racing over the last few years in Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete. “She will have a long career and is likely to go to stud after that," he said. The second highest priced yearling was Lot 102, purchased by Ray Green on behalf of Lincoln Farms Bloodstock for $200,000. The Bettor’s Delight colt out of Jessies Cullen (NZ) (Christian Cullen) from Woodlands Stud’s draft.  Leading sire by average was Champion stallion Bettor’s Delight, with 24 lots selling for an average of $87,792, totalling $2,107,000. Peter Lagan purchased the third top lot of the day early on in the session on behalf of Emilio and Mary Rosati for $190,000. Lot 14, a colt by first season trotting sire What The Hill out of Regal Volo (Malabar Man) who Lagan judged as his “pick of the Sale when it comes to trotting colts.” The buying bench at Auckland was topped by Stonewall Stud, purchasing five lots for an aggregate of $554,000. The leading consignor by aggregate was Breckon Farms, selling 32 of their 36 lots for a total turnover of $1,806,000. Principal Ken Breckon was wrapped with how NZB Standardbred’s 2021 Auckland session concluded at Karaka. NZB Auctioneer Cam Bray. “New Zealand Bloodstock have helped turn this industry around and I’m forever thankful for them.” “I think the industry is in great feel which was evident today and our local market was very strong. “Despite everything that has happened with COVID, I think it is a fantastic result,” he said. The Christchurch Sale of Trotters commences on Monday 15 February, with Lot 135 to 183 selling from 3PM (NZT). The Parade of Trotters will begin tomorrow at 1PM (NZT). Selling at the Christchurch session will be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at nzbstandradbred.co.nz and on NZB Standardbred’s facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will bring key sale highlights and interviews throughout the day and will host a Preview Show prior to the Sale of Trotters beginning tomorrow at 2:30PM (NZT). All horses purchased at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1 million in prizemoney on offer for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email cam.bray@nzb.co.nz. View the Auckland Sale day highlights and replays here. 2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Auckland Sale   2021 Auckland Combined 2020 Auckland Combined 2019 Auckland Combined Aggregate $5,370,500 $4,348,000 $4,675,000 Average $50,192 $46,255 $46,750 Median $40,000 $36,250 $34,000 Clearance 82% 73% 73% Catalogued 134 131 145 Sold 107 94 100 Top Price $300,000 Lot 122 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Major Reality $250,000 Lot 122 (B.C) Captaintreacherous - Hi Ho Silver Lining $190,000 Lot 18 (B.C) Art Major - Goodlookinggirl   2021 Top Lots – Auckland Sale Lot Type Breeding Consignor Purchaser Price 122 B.F Bettor's Delight / Major Reality Hollis & Robertson Equine Services Stonewall Stud, Auckland $300,000 102 B.C Bettor's Delight / Jessies Cullen Woodlands Stud    Lincoln Farms Bloodstock, Auckland $200,000 14 B.C What The Hill / Regal Volo Breckon Farms  Peter Lagan Standardbreds, New South Wales $190,000 101 B.F Bettor's Delight / Goodlookinggirl Breckon Farms  Rogerson Bloodstock, Waikato $140,000 2 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Onlyforyou Breckon Farms  PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock, Canterbury $130,000 62 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Aquileia Old Ridge Services No. 4  Mr W Outtrim, Auckland $120,000 95 B.C Bettor's Delight / Ideal Belle Woodlands Stud    Lincoln Farms Bloodstock, Auckland $120,000 116 BR.F Bettor's Delight / Lauraella Hollis & Robertson Equine Services Kentuckiana Lodge, Canterbury $120,000 118 B.F Art Major / Linda Lovegrace Breckon Farms  PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock, Canterbury  $110,000 10 B.F What The Hill / Regal Love Breckon Farms  Mr AG Herlihy, Auckland $90,000 11 B.C American Ideal / Readallaboutit Woodlands Stud    Lincoln Farms Bloodstock, Auckland $90,000 23 B.C Sweet Lou / Spirit Of Delight Woodlands Stud    Mr GJ Anderson, Otago $90,000 33 B.C Bettor's Delight / Sossusvlei Hollis & Robertson Equine Services McKerrow Bloodstock, Auckland $90,000 39 BR.C A Rocknroll Dance / Twist And Twirl Breckon Farms  Mr J Dickie, Victoria $90,000 127 B.F What The Hill / Luby Ann Breckon Farms  PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock, Canterbury  $90,000   2021 Leading Purchaser by Aggregate – Auckland Sale Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Stonewall Stud 5 $554,000 $110,800 $300,000 122 Lincoln Farms Bloodstock 3 $410,000 $136,667 $200,000 102 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock 4 $390,000 $97,500 $130,000 2 Diamond Racing 7 $372,000 $53,143 $80,000 24 Rogerson Bloodstock 5 $319,000 $63,800 $140,000 101 Mr AG Herlihy 4 $255,000 $63,750 $90,000 10 Peter Lagan Standardbreds 2 $240,000 $120,000 $190,000 14 Kentuckiana Lodge 3 $200,000 $66,667 $120,000 116 Mr KJ Marshall 4 $190,000 $47,500 $60,000 46 Mr W Outtrim 2 $155,000 $77,500 $120,000 62   2021 Leading Consignor by Aggregate – Auckland Sale Consignor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Breckon Farms 36 32 $1,806,000 $56,438 $190,000 14 Woodlands Stud (NZ) 39 34 $1,575,500 $46,338 $200,000 102 Hollis & Robertson Equine Services 15 12 $1,003,000 $83,583 $300,000 122 Alabar (NZ) 5 5 $209,000 $41,800 $55,000 54 Tardina Stud 9 5 $202,000 $40,400 $80,000 48 Old Ridge Services No. 4 3 2 $155,000 $77,500 $120,000 62 Leanach Lodge 7 5 $125,000 $25,000 $60,000 119 J. W. Dickie 2 2 $90,000 $45,000 $60,000 104 Highfields Bloodstock 4 3 $88,000 $29,333 $55,000 30 McGowan Partnership 4 2 $50,000 $25,000 $25,000 29   2021 Leading Consignor by Average (three or more sold) – Auckland Sale Consignor Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Hollis & Robertson Equine Services 15 12 $83,583 $1,003,000 $300,000 122 Breckon Farms Ltd 36 32 $56,438 $1,806,000 $190,000 14 Woodlands Stud (NZ) 39 34 $46,338 $1,575,500 $200,000 102 Alabar (NZ) 5 5 $41,800 $209,000 $55,000 54 Tardina Stud 9 5 $40,400 $202,000 $80,000 48   2021 Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold) – Auckland Sale Sire Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Bettor's Delight 25 24 $87,792 $2,107,000 $300,000 122 A Rocknroll Dance 4 3 $50,333 $151,000 $90,000 39 What The Hill* (T) 16 15 $48,867 $733,000 $190,000 14 Art Major 19 14 $46,071 $645,000 $110,000 118 Downbytheseaside* 3 3 $41,667 $125,000 $65,000 131 Always B Miki 8 8 $41,125 $329,000 $80,000 44 Father Patrick (T) 6 6 $35,500 $213,000 $60,000 104 Sweet Lou 30 24 $27,479 $659,500 $90,000 23 Majestic Son (T) 5 3 $25,000 $75,000 $60,000 46 *First Season Sire (T) Trotting Sire

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Wagering on harness racing at The Meadowlands continued to bustle Saturday night, as betting blasted past the $4-million barrier for a third time in 2021, the same number of times that was accomplished during all of 2020. Action was huge from the get-go on the 15-race card as a total of $367,134 was pushed through the windows on the opener, $86,011 of which was bet on the 20-cent Pick-5. Action was at least $330,000 on races six, seven and nine before the 10th race took in the most play of the night, with $370,062. The sixth race 50-cent Pick-4 saw $105,648 pushed through the windows and resulted in the wager’s biggest payout of the meeting. Twenty-to-one long shots won the opening and payoff legs of the bet, resulting in a payoff of $17,959. In sharp contrast, the 10th race Pick-4, which saw a total pool of $94,171, saw two even-money shots, a 5-2 and a 3-1 combine for a payout of $78.55. The all-source total wagered on the card was $4,082,528, an average per race of $272,168. Betting has exceeded $7 million for the last three weekends at The Big M. That plateau was reached three times during all of 2020. THAT’S A HALF-DOZEN COUSIN: Driver Dexter Dunn continued his brilliance in the bike at the current Big M meeting by winning six times on the program. The 31-year-old native of New Zealand, the two-time defending United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year, won a total of eight races over the weekend, upping his Big M driver-colony leading win total to 39. ‘JOE’ BEATEN, ‘JL’ CRUISES: A pair of fan favorites sat atop the marquee in the co-featured $22,500 winners-over $11,500 events, one on the pace and the other on the trot. Tulhurstsantanna A worked out an ideal trip in pulling off a 21-1 upset in the pace. The driver of the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Ballroom Belle had designs on leaving the gate, but Andy McCarthy thought better of it. “I put his nose on the gate and thought about stepping out,” said McCarthy. “But I aborted that mission when I saw everybody else had the same idea and managed to work out a sweet second-over trip.” Western Joe, the 4-5 favorite who was seeking his second straight score in the weekly feature, brushed to the lead while parked past the half in :54.2, but was pressured by long shot Points North shortly thereafter, which set it up for a closer. McCarthy tipped Tulhurstsantanna A off the cover provided by Points North as they straightened up in the stretch but still had one major player to worry about. “I knew [3-1 second choice] Springsteen was on my back,” said McCarthy. “He’s very fast, that horse, but my horse, he keeps horses at bay. He knows what to do.” In winning a third straight at The Big M, Tulhurstsantanna A returned $44.20 to his backers after completing the mile in a lifetime-best equaling 1:49.4 on a night with a feel-like temperature of 19 degrees. Springsteen finished a half-length back in second, with Italian Delight N third and Western Joe fourth in the eight-horse field. Trained by Andrew Harris and owned by Douglas Overhiser, Tulhurstsantanna A raised his lifetime stats to 24 wins from 144 starts, good for earnings of $191,454. In the marquee trot, JL Cruze chalked up his third win in his last four Meadowlands outings, scoring by a half-length over Scirocco Rob in 1:52.4. Rich And Miserable was third. “He’s a classy old horse,” said winning driver Dunn of the 10-year-old gelding by Crazed-Topcat Hall. “And it’s a pleasure to sit behind him every week.” JL Cruze left alertly from post eight in the eight-horse field and opted to race in the five-hole early on. “I got him out of there and we took a seat,” said Dunn. “It’s not usually the way he races, but I was pretty confident we would run them down.” The even-money favorite followed the live tow of 7-1 third choice Scirocco Rob down the backstretch, and once leader Winnerup was done, it was down to those two. Under confident handling from Dunn, JL Cruze reported home an easy winner after tipping off cover, scoring for the 43rd time from 127 career starts for trainer Eric Ell and owners W. Kenneth Wood, J. Dittmar Jr. and S.J. Iaquinta. His lifetime bank account now stands at a gaudy $1,572,392. A LITTLE MORE: Scott Zeron and Corey Callahan both recorded driving doubles while the red-hot Jeff Cullipher trained a pair of winners. … Shrewd 20-cent Pick-6 players made a big score, as with only one long shot (22-1) winning during the sequence, those with winning tickets walked away with $12,891. Of the other five winning horses, two were favored, while the other three went off at 5-1, 5-2 and 3-1. … Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is underway at Karaka and will showcase the very best harness racing yearlings New Zealand has to offer over some action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling. From Saturday 13 February through until the conclusion of selling on Wednesday 17th February, the sale will be broadcast live to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, streamed on nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on NZB Standardbred’s facebook page.  High priced yearlings updates here from 1pm Please refresh your browser to check for latest additions to the live feed updates  Early fireworks at Auckland on Day One of the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale with Lot 2 the Colt by Bettor's Delight – Onlyforyou selling for $130,000 Lot 2 (Bettor's Delight – Onlyforyou) this colt begins the early fireworks and sells for $130.000 Lot 14 (What The Hill – Regal Volo) continuing the the strong global support for the sire What The Hill this colt going for $190,000 Lot 62 (Bettor's Delight – Aquileia)  Another good price for a Bettor's Delight colt selling for $120,000 Lot 95  (Bettor's Delight – Ideal Belle) Lincoln Farms pays $120,000 for this good looking Bettor's Delight colt Lot 101 (Bettor's Delight – Goodlookinggirl) Rogerson Bloodstock goes to $140,000 to puchase this Bettor's Delight filly Lot 102 (Bettor's Delight – Jessies Cullen)  Lincoln Farms Bloodstock goes again to get this colt for $200,000 Lot 116 (Bettor's Delight – Lauraella) Kentuckiana Lodge pays $120,000 to secure this well bred Bettor's Delight filly Lot 118 (Art Major – Linda Lovegrace)  this lovely looking filly purchased for $110,000 Lot 122 (Bettor's Delight – Major Reality) a bidding war sees this Bettors Delight filly sold for $300,000   Harnesslink Media

The continual success of the New Zealand standardbred has brought many key updates to the 2021 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale catalogue.  Buyers across Australasia have been carefully studying the pedigrees of 430 yearlings that will be offered at Auckland on 14 February and in Christchurch from 15 to 17 February. Since December, New Zealand-breds have continued their brilliant success in Australian and New Zealand feature races, which has made the credentials of several yearlings look even more outstanding. The recent crowning of King Of Swing (NZ) (Rocknroll Hanover) as Australian Harness Horse Of The Year and his victory in the Group One Blacks A Fake, as well as Bettor Twist (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) winning the Group One Caduceus Club Classic and claiming a second placing in the Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final have boosted a series of valuable pedigrees now found in NZB Standardbred’s 2021 yearling sale catalogue. The standout pair have close relations going through the sale ring through the Breckon Farms drafts. Lots 7, 28, 32, 39 and 83 are all relatives of the outstanding duo. Lot 39, an A Rocknroll Dance colt out of Twist And Twirl (NZ) (Artsplace) is set to capture plenty of attention being a half-brother to both King Of Swing and Bettor Twist. Lot 83 is a close relation to King Of Swing and Bettor Twist, the A Rocknroll Dance colt is from Double Twist (NZ) (Artsplace), a full sister to the dam of the two Group One stars, Twist And Twirl. Lot 7 a Bettor’s Delight (ex Reachforthetill) colt, Lot 28 an Always B Miki (ex Spandu Ballet) filly and Lot 32 an Art Major (ex Spin To Win) filly are each from half-sisters to Twist And Twirl. Another close relation to the five Breckon Farms lots in Mach Dan (NZ) (Mach Three), recently won the Group One Australasian Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old colts and geldings. The pacer is also from a half-sister to Twist And Twirl in Bettor Give It (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight). Other recent feature race champions include Aladdin (NZ) (Sweet Lou) the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Three-Year-Old Colts And Geldings Pace winner. Lot 8 is a full brother to the leading three-year-old and will be offered by Woodlands Stud at Karaka. A half-brother to recent Group Three Australasian Breeders Crown Graduate Trot winner Kyvalley Chief (NZ) (Muscle Hill) and Group Two Tatlow Stakes winner Kyvalley Hotspur (NZ) (Muscle Hill) will also be offered at Karaka. Lot 121 a What The Hill colt out of Love Ya Doosie (NZ) (Love You) and will be offered by Breckon Farms. Relatives of yearlings entered in the Christchurch section of the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale have also been racking up feature wins recently. Beyond Words (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) has gone on a winning spree since her half-brother by Sweet Lou, Lot 197, was catalogued by Studholme Bloodstock. The leading mare won the recent Group One Queen Of Hearts and the Listed NZ Sires Stakes Southern Mares Classic. Beyond Words also ran second in the Group Three Northern Breeders Stakes. Lot 217, Broadfield Lodge’s Bettor’s Delight colt out of Safedra (NZ) (Mach Three) is a full brother to racetrack stars Dr Susan (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and La Rosa (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight). Dr Susan was recently crowned the Australian Harness Racing Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year, while La Rosa ran a brave second in the Group One Caduceus Club Classic and third in the NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship. Lot 315, Price Bloodstock’s Bettor’s Delight colt out of Chicago Blues is a full brother to Chicago Bull (NZ) who has recently won twice at Group Level, once at Group Three Level, once at Listed level as well as winning the Group One Freemantle Cup and run second in the WA Pacing Cup. Lot 335, Broadfield Lodge’s Bettor’s Delight (ex Fortune Lover) filly is a half-brother to West Australian star Vampiro (NZ) (Rocknroll Hanover) who has recently won twice at Listed level. Galactic Star (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) has added the Listed Better Your Club With Tabtouch Pace and his second in the Group One Freemantle Cup to the pedigree of Lot 193. The Sweet Lou-Petra’s Star filly, to be offered by Tuapeka Lodge, is also a half-sister to recent winner Bettastar (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight). Earlier this month Boots Electric (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere) stormed to victory in the Group One Four-Year-Old Bonanza at Melton. Lot 353, Macca Lodge’s Sweet Lou (ex Glenburn Joy) colt is from a half-sister to the star Victorian pacer. Lot 361, Price Bloodstock’s Bettor’s Delight out of Hartofdixie (NZ) (American Ideal) filly is a close relation to rising West Australian star Magnificent Storm (NZ) (American Ideal). Magnificent Storm recently won the Group One Four-Year-Old Classic and the Group Two Four-Year-Old and ran second in the Group One Four-Year-Old Nugget. Lot 322, an Art Major filly out of Crushem (NZ) (Holmes Hanover) from Broadfield Lodge’s draft is a half-sister to star New Zealand pacer Spankem (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight). Spankem has recently won the Group One New Zealand Free-For-All, the Group Two Franklin Cup and has run second in the Group One New Zealand Cup and Group One Auckland Cup and third in the Group Three Ashburton Flying Stakes. Off N Gone (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere) showed her talent by winning the recent Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Three-Year-Old Fillies pace. Lot 382, Dunvegan Lodge’s Art Major-Kabet half-sister to the pacer, will be offered at Christchurch. Selling at NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale in Auckland commences today at 12PM (NZT). Should you require any assistance with NZB Standardbred’s online bidding platform, contact support@nzb.co.nz or call +64 9 298 0055. Phone bidding is another welcomed option for buyers, for enquiries contact Bloodstock Representative Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email Cam.Bray@nzb.co.nz. For those wishing to catch all the sale day action, the Auckland selling session will be broadcast live on Freeview channel 200, as well as live streamed on nzbstandardbred.co.nz and NZB Standardbred’s facebook page. Presenter Michael Guerin bring key highlights and interviews throughout the day, as well as a Preview Show which commences today at 11:30AM (NZT).   NZB Standardbred

By Jonny Turner    Kentuckiana Lodge is taking the approach that there are no owners that can’t be accommodated and shares from 1 percent to 100 will be available in their yearlings from the 2021 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales.   Excitement is building at the Canterbury stable as trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety prepare to land their next crop of race track stars, starting at Karaka on Sunday.  Fractional ownership and syndication will again play a vital part in the 2021 sales experience for the Kentuckiana Lodge couple.   Each year the high-energy nature of the auction ring brings plenty of hype, drama, big-money deals and even a little mystique. With all of that comes a myth Cran would love to dispel heading into the 2021 sales. And that is that yearling ownership is exclusive.  “People see the prices we pay for some of these horses and all of the hype that goes with them and they can be a little bit intimidated to ask about taking a small percentage.” “With all of the drama and the fanfare at the sales you can understand why.” “But the reality is a lot different to what people’s perceptions out there might be.” “We negotiate all kinds of shares in our yearlings.” “And people might be surprised to hear that it is actually some of the more expensive ones that are made up of smaller percentages.” Though syndication and fractional ownership are becoming increasingly popular in harness racing, the message has not filtered down to the yearling sales quite as well. “That is certainly what we have struck, there are owners out there that don’t think that it is possible to take a 2% or 3% share in a horse that might have cost $100,000.” “We work on the theory that it is no less exciting winning a group one race whether you own half of the horse or two hairs in its tail.” The beautiful part about fractional ownership for Cran is the pathway it creates for owners to get to the top level of racing. “Obviously we are at the sales to buy yearlings to target the best races in Australasia.” “Taking a smaller share in a yearling gives owners a reasonably affordable chance of racing in those big races.” “And we get a real kick out of that, it’s pretty special when an owner has their first runner in a group one race.” “And it is a hell of a party when they get their first winner.”  Cran and Chrissie will be making shares available in all of their yearling sales purchases as soon as the hammer falls. They encourage anyone interested in taking any kind of share in one of their yearlings to contact them to discuss how they can join the excitement of racing a horse with Kentuckiana Lodge. Cran: 027-436-0667 Chrissie: 027-278-9466 Email: c.dalgety@xtra.co.nz

Pompano Beach, FL...February 13...In what has become a valued annual tradition at Pompano Park, harness racing Hall of Fame drivers Tim Tetrick and David Miller will, once again, team up with many of the best amateur drivers in the sport in the 2021 edition of the Tetrick-Miller Challenge, benefiting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The four race competition covers races two through five and adds a special flavor to the track's popular Pick-5 event, which features a $125,000 guaranteed pool beginning with the first race/ Miller and Tetrick have won a combined 25,205 races during their grand careers with owners benefiting to the tune of close to $500,000 million. The last leg of the competition--the fifth race--will also be a milestone for Miller as it will be 77,777th career drive. Reflecting on the importance of the competition, Miller related, "I have been most fortunate to be able to compete successfully in an industry I love so much. There are those children that have not been as fortunate as I and it's a great feeling to participate for the Make-A-Wish organization that does so much for the kids. It truly is an honor." Tetrick reflected, "New Vocations is a place that takes care of many of our great equine athletes after their racing days are over. These horses give us everything they have every time they go behind the (starting) gate and New Vocations gives everything they have to make sure they (horses) have the retirement they deserve." The event was created by the Florida Amateur Driving Club, that has donated well over $200,000 to worthwhile charitable charities since their inception as all drivers donate their earnings from purses to charity. The $125,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 comes after a pair of long-shots, William Star at 54 to 1 and Just Don't Wait at 26 to 1, won back-to-back races on Thursday night's program capped by a photo finish in the finale preventing one bettor from a payoff of over $30,000. Sunday's program also features a carryover in the Pick-6 of $11,211.81 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,918.23. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – In what was a frantic finish to a fabulous Friday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, Get Legs went another powerhouse mile in scoring from off the pace in the $19,000 marquee dash for non-winners of nine races lifetime on the trot, upping his lifetime stats to six wins in seven starts, all taking place at The Big M. “You can’t map out the trip,” said winning trainer Julie Miller. “But you hope it works out in the end. We were very fortunate.” Maybe so, but Get Legs was also very good. Get Legs was away quickly from post seven, as was 7-5 favorite Some Chapter from post eight in the eight-horse field. The problem was, virtually all the horses to their inside also left the gate, leaving Get Legs and Some Chapter, who was seeking his fifth win in six starts, extremely wide around the first turn. With the two favorites resigned to having to come from the back of the pack, HL Revadon had the lead at the quarter while parked out by Cool Clifford, but soon thereafter, Gotwuteverittakes made a bold move to the top only to be pressed by 29-10 third choice Swan In Motion. The quick action down the backstretch assured a closer would get the money, and at three-quarters, Magical Winner K tipped off his cover and was first-up leading a three-wide flow as 27-10 second choice Get Legs followed that live tow with Some Chapter tracking from third-over as three-quarters was timed in 1:25.3. Andy Miller steered Get Legs to the outside for the stretch drive, and after trotting a final quarter in :27.2, grabbed the victory by a half-length over Magical Winner K, who raced well beyond his 44-1 odds. Some Chapter was a valiant third. “I just have so much confidence in my horse and driver,” said Julie, the better half of team ‘Orange Crush’. “My horse was supposed to race last week at Pocono but the card got canceled, so I was afraid we might be a little short. He rose to the occasion.” Get Legs, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Legzy, returned $7.40 to his backers after completing the mile in 1:53.4. He now has earnings of $46,610, and if all goes as hoped, there will be a lot more to come. “We’ve staked him to the 4-year-old races this year,” said Julie. “I would love to take on the big dogs, but he’s kind of behind the eight ball with his limited experience. I think my slow play game will benefit him. When we have to race the better horses, we hope to be prepared.” The game plan is to be ready for the Graduate Series in May. “I’m not going to feed him to the wolves unless he’s ready. If we think he is, we’ll be there,” said Julie. View the Meadowlands results click here A LITTLE MORE: Julie and Andy have another potential good one on their hands. Earlier on the card, their Hipster K, another 4-year-old trotter, made it three wins in as many lifetime starts in a non-winners of two. The son of Sebastian K S-Riley’s Dream became the first 1-9 winner of the meeting, returning $2.20 for a $2 wager after finishing his mile in 1:55.4. … Despite four favorites winning during the sequence, the 20-cent Pick-6 returned $825.40 thanks to Waterway, who scored from off the pace with Corey Callahan driving in the 12th race at odds of 23-1. … Andy McCarthy led the driver’s colony with three victories on the card. … All-source wagering totaled $3,131,740, the second consecutive Friday where wagering exceeded the $3-million mark. … Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Breckon Farms, the model Ohaupo-based harness racing breeding establishment founded by Ken and Karen Breckon in 2007, is offering its largest and best quality draft ever at the NZB Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 13 and 14. The consignment comprises 21 colts and 15 fillies by nine different stallions including champion sires Art Major (6 colts, 6 fillies), Bettor’s Delight (2 colts, 3 fillies) and Majestic Son (1 colt). There’s also stock by the emerging sires A Rocknroll Dance (3 colts), Father Patrick (1 colt, 2 fillies), Sweet Lou (2 colts), Betting Line (1 colt) and Always B Miki (1 filly) and five colts and three fillies from the first crop of the brilliant, young trotting sire What The Hill. Paul Campbell is joined today by Breckon Farms Nigel J Fahy to showcase their 2021 draft being offered up at this years NZB Standardbred sale. Nigel and Paul discuss some of thier draft that its littered with Group 1 descendants. Breckon Farms have one colt by A Rocknroll Dance in this sale. A Rocknroll Dance is the sire of multiple Group 1 winners from his debut crop in the Southern Hemisphere. He was the leading first season sire in North America, leading first season sire in New Zealand and leading first season sire in Australia! A Rocknroll Dance is a multiple Group 1 sire in Australia. Lot 59 Maybe Rocknroll Maybe Rocknroll is a half-brother to Sires Stakes 2yo heat placegetter Bettor Call Me. He is a bay colt bred on the golden cross of Rocknroll Hanover over Artsplace. He’s a son of the Meadowlands Pace winner and emerging young sire A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Australia’s fastest ever two-year-old Bar Room Banta. The colt is a half-brother to the Sires’ Stakes 2YO heat placegetter Bettor Call Me. His dam is a half-sister to the dam of the NZ Derby placegetter Shandale and the Menangle winner Shandance, while his grand-dam is a daughter of the 2yo Pacing Filly of the Year Megaera. He’s very closely related to the current top Australian sprinter Cash N Flow and the Breeders Crown champion Katy Perry. Breckon Farms have one colt by Betting Line in this sale. In 2020 Betting Line ranked 4th among two-year-old Pacing Money Winning Sires with $1,403,573 earned and an amazing 93 starters form 119 foals. Betting Line's freshman performers was led by Abukabett Hanover p, 2, 1:50.3S $162,335 (12 starts-4-1-2) Winner of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Metro Elimination, Nassagweya Stakes and Champlain Stakes. It was a red letter day for Betting Line with his first two starters at the races this week in Australia - and both returning to scale winners! The outstanding son of Bettor's Delight couldn't have commenced his Australian siring career in a better way, with recent trial winner Comet Cruusader (Betting Line - Shimmering Star - Badlands Hanover) taking on the HRNSW 2YO Guaranteed Pace at Newcastle, and winning in strong style over the favourite in 1:56.6.  Lot 97 Havapunt Havapunt is a colt from a half-sister to 2yo Filly of the Year Elle Mac. A brown colt from the second crop of the Little Brown Jug winner, world champion and USA 3yo colt of the Year Betting Line. He’s out of the successful Mach Three mare Goodlookingbabe, a half-sister to the crack racemare Elle Mac, whose successes includes the Sires’ Stakes 2yo and 3yo Finals, Northern Oaks and Harness Jewels, and to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Miss Streisand. His grand-dam is a half-sister to the $340,000 earner Mark Dennis, the dual Winter Cup winner Waitfornoone, the Listed winner Fight Fire With Fire and to the dam of the dual South Breckon Farms have eight yearlings by What The Hill in this sale. What The Hill's first crop of yearlings have impressed harness racing breeders across the world, they are strong, great types and easy to handle. The first crop to the yearling sales in New Zealand are all the talk amoung breeders and trainers and potential buyers throughout the Country. On the race track, What The Hill was a star. As one of the fastest sons of Muscle Hill he took a career equaling record of 1.51.4 at his last start and accumulated $1,345,999 in stakes. Lot 67 Keep It Klassy Keep It Klassy is a sister-in-blood to Tailored Elegance. She is a filly from the first crop of the US 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year and Breeders Crown champion What The Hill. She’s a sister-in-blood to the NZ Sires’ Stakes 2yo Championship winner and 2yo Trotting Filly of the Year Tailored Elegance and the $150,000 earner Sertorious. Her dam Classic Armbro is a half-sister to the NSW Trotting Championship winner Sunny Elegant, the dam of the Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Pegasus Elegance. The filly’s grand-dam the outstanding racemare Merinai won the Rowe Cup and Dominion Handicap and was named NZ Horse of the Year and Trotter of the Year in 1997. The Sires’ Stakes winner Rosscoe and the Bill Collins Mile placegetter Pretty Sunday are other close relatives Lot 87 Bet N Win Bet N Win is a brother-in-blood to Yearling Sales 2yo Final placegetter Cheeky Babe. He is a colt from the first crop of the exciting, young Muscle Hill horse, the USA 3yo Trotter of the Year, What The Hill. His dam Factor The Odds is a half-sister to the Group winners and $100,000 earners Stress Factor, the 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year whose successes included the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown 3yo Final, and the NZ three-year-old mile race record holder Prince Fearless, who won the Hambletonian Classic and Yearling Sales 2yo Trot. The grand-dam Fear Factor won the Sires Stakes 2yo Championship and NZ 2yo Trotting Stakes and was 2yo Filly Trotter of the Year. Lot 91 Ferdinand Ferdinand is a half-brother to the Group winning trotters Stress Factor and Prince Fearless. He is a bay colt from the first crop of the USA 3yo Trotter of the Year and millionaire What The Hill. He’s out of the Sires Stakes 2yo champion and 2yo Filly Trotter of the Year Fear Factor, the dam of five to race and four winners including the $100,000 earners Stress Factor, the 3yo Trotting Colt of the Year and winner of the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown 3yo Final, Prince Fearless, who won the Hambletonian Classic and Yearling Sales 2yo Trot and set a NZ record as a 3yo, and the Sires Stakes 2yo Prelude winner Not About The Money. Lot 124 Hugh Hoofna Hugh Hoofna is a colt from a half-sister to Rock Tonight. He is a brown colt who is one of the initial crop of the US 3yo Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill. He’s the first foal of the winning Love You mare Loveonthelawn, a half-sister to six winners including the Melton and Gloucester Park winner of $130,000 Rock Tonight and the Group placegetters Lifeoftheparty and You Rock. His grand-dam Rock’n Rhonda won the North Island Breeders Stakes and Green Lane Cup and was a half-sister to the 2yo Trotter of the Year Go Right and to the dams of Take Gold (1:58.4) and Tart N Tights (2:00) Lot 127 Luby Lill Luby Lill is a half-sister to Tickle Me Pink and Luby Lou. She is boasting a 4x4 cross to Valley Victory, the filly is from the first crop of the Muscle Hill horse What The Hill, the winner of $1.2 million and the US 3yo Trotter of the Year. She’s a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Tickle Me Pink, the 2018 3yo Trotting Filly of the Year and whose successes included the 3yo Jewels and Sires’ Stakes 3yo Championship, and the NZ Derby and Oaks winner Luby Lou, the 2017 3yo Trotting Filly of the Year. Their dam the Andover Hall mare Luby Ann won four races and left two winners from two foals, the grand-dam left six foals for four winners and the third dam had nine foals for five winners. Harnesslink Media  

By Jonny Turner    Watch Me Now delivered the ultimate goodbye and the greatest moment of Kirstin Barclay’s harness racing career by winning the NZ Standardbred Breeders’ Stakes at Addington on Friday night. Watch Me dug deep along the Addington passing lane to reel in star mare Amazing Dream to seal maiden Group One wins for both Barclay and her training partner Tank Ellis in the 2600m feature. In her more than 23 years in harness racing Barclay had only dreamed of winning a Group One race. But thanks to the incredible talent of her lightly raced mare it was a dream no more. “I never thought I’d get the chance to drive a Group One winner, it is just so special.” “Especially doing it with her in her last start for us.” Barclay will now say goodbye to Watch Me Now with the mare being sold in a big-money deal to North American interests by agent John Curtin. “The owners are definitely delighted to get her,” Curtin said. “We didn’t think she could beat Amazing Dream from the 8-hole, but she was just incredible.” Barclay went into her last race with Watch Me Now wanting to give it everything they had. And she did that by blasting off the gate in a move that was clearly the winning of the race. “Tank and I spoke during the week and every time I looked at the field I thought our one chance was if we could cross out of the gate and get handy,” Barclay said.  “Otherwise we were either going to have to sit parked or pull back and try and get around them.” “You can’t do that when they are running those times.” “That was the plan and luckily it worked out.” After crossing to the lead shortly after the start, Amazing Dream and Mark Purdon came back around Watch Me Now and Barclay to hand them a perfect trip in the trail. Though it looked like the leader had enjoyed steady sectionals in the middle stages, the pace can’t have been too slow. Watch Me Now broke the national mares’ record for 2600m The Orange Agent set in the same race in 2017 with her 3-07.2 time. Watch Me Now and Kirstin Barclay            --Race Images Photo Barclay praised Ellis for his careful planning that had Watch Me Now ready to peak for her Group One tilt. “He has been really patient and he is really good at mapping out a path for them.” “And he really did that to perfection.” “And we have really got to thank Benny Hill, who has looked after her for the last two weeks.” “You couldn’t have a horse in a better place, no stone goes unturned.” Watch Me Now delivered the ultimate going away present for her Southland owners Steve and Claire Sloan, who race the outstanding mare with son Brad and his wife Jess, and daughter Halie Gibb and her husband, Alan. The daughter of Mach Three mare, Mach N Elle, will head to North America on the next available flight pending the outcome of a vet inspection. It will not be the last Barclay has seen of her favourite mare, she vowed to visit Watch Me Now once COVID allows her to get there. 

Off N Gone (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere) lived up to her name in emphatic fashion to win the $150,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace (1980m) at Addington on Friday night.  The Robert Dunn-trained pacer made light work of the power of mid-race that a wide barrier draw forced her to do before she was off and gone from her rivals to take out the lucrative feature by four and a half lengths. Off N Gone was caught wide in the early stages of the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Final before driver John Dunn worked her forward to the parked position. Racing without cover for the entire 1980m event took no toll on the classy filly as she burst to the lead on the home turn and scorched to victory with fast closing sectional times. Off N Gone came into the NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace in outstanding form. The three-year-old ran to two impressive victories at last month’s two-day meeting at Nelson before she charged into third after being held up in her latest run at Addington. Now a Harness Million winner, Off N Gone has earned a shot at Group One glory in the Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park. “It was a great win, she drew wide and did plenty of work and she ran a great time,” Robert Dunn said. “She has always been a lovely filly, we have always liked her. “I thought her two runs at Nelson were terrific and she has just come on from there. “She will head to Auckland now for the Cadeceus Club Stakes and then go on to the Northern Oaks.” Off N Gone stopped the clock in the NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace in the scintillating time of 2-23.9, producing a 1-56.9 mile rate. Off N Gone was followed across the line by With Grace (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) in a Robert Dunn stable quinella. The Woodend Beach trainer qualified four runners for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace with Shankia (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) finishing fifth and Passion And Power (NZ) (Art Major) finishing eigth. Avana (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) ran third behind the Dunn trained quinella makers to complete her second placing in an NZB Standardbred Harness Million Final. Breeder-owners Brent and Suzanne Williams and Gary Woodham offered Off N Gone at the 2019 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales where she was knocked down for $37,000. The filly’s dam Kabet (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) had already proved to be a broodmare gem, becoming a stakes-winning producer after Off N Gone’s victory in Friday night’s race. Off N Gone’s half-brothers Take A Bet (NZ) (Mach Three) and Above N Beyond (NZ) (Art Major) have both been multiple race winners. A half-sister to Off N Gone and full sister to Above N Beyond will be offered at the 2021 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale. The filly will go through the ring as Lot 382 at the Christchurch session on Wednesday February 17. 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale Calendar Auckland Parade at Karaka: Saturday 13 February 2021, 1PM (NZT) Auckland Sale of Pacers & Trotters: Sunday 14 February 2021, 12PM (NZT) Christchurch Parade & Sale of Trotters: Monday 15 February 2021, 1PM (NZT) Christchurch Sale of Pacers: Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 February 2021, 1PM (NZT)   NZB Standardbred

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