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Former Kiwi five-year-old Red Reactor tasted harness racing Group success at his second start on Australian soil in the Group 3 $30,600 Pace at Menangle on Saturday night (September 12). Given a perfect trip, the chestnut gelding rallied strongly with a 27.5 closing quarter to prevail in a five-way photo. The time for the flying mile was 1:50.9 – a new lifetime mark. The Auckland Reactor gelding has now won eight win and $99,313 in stakes. Watch the replay click here. One night earlier the Auckland Reactor mare Delightfulreaction overcame a 10 metre handicap to complete back-to-back wins at Gloucester Park. Locked in a zip-fastener pocket most of the way, the four-year-old sprinted sharply once gaining racing room to gain the verdict. It was her 12th success and lifted her stake tally to $169,164. Delightfulreaction had been twice placed at Group level earlier in the season. Auckland Reactor was also represented by the three-year-old Mac Stubborn, who notched his fourth win at Tamworth in a career-best 1:59.5. Auckland Reactor, a former champion racehorse, is now standing at the St Fort stud, of Tony Peacock, Moama, on the NSW-Victorian border.   Peter Wharton  

Yonkers, NY --- The $1.8 million New York Sire Stake finals convened at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 12) with 60 of the best state-bred harness racing Standardbreds clashing to determine year-end honors in eight $225,000 divisions. Although there were a couple of upsets during the evening, several favorites performed as expected and some put on impressive efforts. The Allerage Farm 3-year-old filly trot went to Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S) in a runaway performance that produced a new stake record. A short field of seven got even shorter when the gate released the field when Love A Good Story and Seventimesalady both made breaks as Hypnotic Am (Brian Sears) opened up a five length lead at the quarter in :27.2. From there the filly was on cruise control. With no one getting close enough to challenge, Sears went an easy :30 second quarter and :29 up the backside. Hypnotic Am rounded the last turn all by herself and hit the line the same way; on top by five in 1:55, which was a new stake record.   "She was looking around a little bit at the quarter because she hasn't been on a half in a while, but she kept her mind on her business and really performed," said Sears. "She was really good tonight; she's a real sweetheart. I wish they hadn't canceled the Yonkers Trot because I think she would have been really good in there." Hypnotic Am ($2.50) is now a two-time NYSS Champion and this win has boosted her earnings to $916,260 for breeder/owner Courant Inc. Marcus Melander trains the filly. Then in the Cameo Hills Farm 3-year-old filly pace, Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day) won in a strong gate to wire performance to extend her winning streak. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) was first for the front but Hen Party (Tim Tetrick) soon overtook and when she did, it was for good. Hen Party got to the half in a moderate :56 as So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) made her move at the five-eighths and pushed the third panel to a :27.4 clip. But that was as far as she got as Hen Party opened up heading down the lane and held off a late rush by Moaning Lisa (Jim Marohn Jr.) and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1. It was the fourth straight win and seventh out of the last nine starts for Hen Party ($2.80) who now boasts over a half-million in lifetime earnings with $541,621 in the bank. The Tony Alagna trained Hen Party was purchased by Crawford Farms Racing for $100,000 at the 2018 Harrisburg Sale, bred by Frederick Hertrich III. The NYSS 3-year-old colt and gelding trot was won by Hobbs (Credit Winner-Cruella De Ville) after a dominating performance. Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) left like a bullet and seated Chaptiama (Brian Sears) who had a notion to take the lead himself. Under a tight rein, Hobbs scooted through very even fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.1, but still had Chaptiama right behind him. Coming off the turn, Sears pulled Chaptiama to take their best shot at the leader but that shot wasn't nearly enough. Hobbs kicked away in deep stretch and won by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. "Hobbs is a very handy trotter and you can drive him like a pacer," said Bartlett. "He's honest, he has gate speed and he's always there for you no matter how the mile goes and that's the best thing about him." One of the few owners who attended live was Scott Farber of Runthetable Stable, who also bred Hobbs. He was elated after the race when the horse named after one his father raced became a NYSS champion. "This is a very difficult business and it's hard to get one here and even harder to breed one that gets here," said Farber. "I give a lot of credit to (trainer) Jim Campbell because last year he said this horse was going to come back great, and he couldn't have been more right." Hobbs ($4.60) won his fifth race in his last six starts and pushed his earnings to $282,965 this year for Runthetable Stable and trainer Jim Campbell. The Blue Chip Farm 3-year-old colt and gelding pace was won by Blank Stare (Bolt The Duer-Hypnotize) who upset Splash Brother at the wire. After Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) made a break in the first turn trying for the lead, Splash Brother (Tyler Buter) took the front ahead of Genius Man (Marcus Miller) and Blank Stare (Corey Callahan). As they approached the half, Major Betts had settled himself and was once again moving up the rim towards the leader. But that threat only lasted past the five eighths and that's when Blank Stare made his move on the outside. Blank Stare caught Splash Brother heading into the last turn and the two matched strides into the stretch. Both drivers rocked all the way to the wire but Blank Stare won the battle under the light by 3/4's of a length in 1:52.2. The third win of the year for Blank Stare ($22.40) made him a NYSS Champion and pushed his earnings to $199,699 in 2020. The John Butenschoen trainee is owned by the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, James Crawford IV and In Over My Head Stable. Blank Stare was bred by Winbak Farm and was a $22,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in 2018. The Winbak Farm 2-year-old pacing fillies division was won by Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie) in a powerful front-end performance. Heart Of Mine (Jason Bartlett) and DC Batgirl (Billy Dobson) argued early for the lead but it was Test Of Faith (Jim Marohn Jr.) who ultimately took control. Pacing smartly on the lead, Test Of Faith controlled to front comfortably going to the half in :57 before Party Queen (Tim Tetrick) rolled along outside. That challenge picked up the pace but the leader was holding a strong 1-1/2 length margin. Marohn urged the filly through the last turn and she sped away in the stretch, opening up two at the beam in 1:54.1, tying the stake record. Test Of Faith ($2.40), who was the top point-getter in her division, has now won five out of six lifetime starts and has bankrolled $257,750 this year, all in NYSS events. Owned by Melvin Segal, the Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran, Test Of Faith is trained by Brett Pelling. Test Of Faith was a $92,000 yearling purchase at the 2019 Harrisburg Sale and was bred by Frederick Hertrich III. The Crawford Farms 2-year-old filly trot went to Iteration (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) who miraculously recovered from a slow start. Iteration (Brian Sears) had her nose on the gate in the turn and made a break as the car turned into the stretch. Sears got her back trotting but spotted the field eight lengths when the wings folded. That allowed Splash Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) to take the front and cut the fractions. With two more breaks by Ifnotmewho and Credit Income, the field was quite spread out and Iteration was trotting fifth, about 10 lengths behind. Splash Blue Chip continued to lead by three past the half until Aela Jamieson (Andy Miller) drew alongside and had Iteration on her back. Aela Jamieson matched strides with Splash Blue Chip around the final bend and down the lane while Iteration tipped three deep and motored by everyone to win by a nose in 1:59. "I had her on the gate because she's been getting a little aggressive lately and she got a little aggressive again," said Sears. "But she came back ok and got the job done." Following in the footsteps of her full brother Gimpanzee and stablemate Hypnotic Am, Iteration ($4.20) is now a NYSS Champion on the strength of her third win of the year. Courant Inc. owns and Marcus Melander is the trainer. Iteration was purchased for $250,000 at the 2019 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, bred by the Order By Stable. The NYSS 2-year-old colt and gelding trot went to Steel (Chapter Seven-Pink Power) who upset the field at 19-1 in his first lifetime victory. Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) was the master of fractions while Steel (Andy Miller) sat the garden spot the entire mile. With the field single file to the half in a slow 1:00.2, Ambassador Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) pulled first up from third and put some pressure on the leader by the time they got to the three-quarters. At the head of the lane Incommunicado had rebuffed the challenge from Ambassador Hanover but Steel popped the deuce and out-brushed the leader to the wire and won by a head in 1:59, which was a new lifetime mark. Steel ($40.20) is owned by the Pinske Stable and Crawford Farms Racing, who also bred the winner. Julie Miller is the trainer. The $65,000 yearling purchase from the Lexington Selected Sale, Steel was bred by Crawford Farms Racing. The NYSS 2-year-old colt and gelding pace was won by King James Express (Art Major-More Diamonds) who made a strong backside brush to take command of the race. Undefeated American Courage (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead off the gate in front of Town Gossip (Joe Bongiorno) and Major Makeover (Mark MacDonald) and they paced that way to the half and around the clubhouse turn. There, King James Express (Jason Bartlett) pulled first over just as American Courage experienced some difficulty on the backside and slowed to a walk, locking Town Gossip in behind him. The new order as they headed around the last turn was King James Express on the point followed by Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller) and Town Gossip, who had extricated himself from his predicament. Heading to the wire, King James Express was just too strong and held off all challenges to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56. "I saw that American Courage didn't look right in the turn, he got a little bumpy. But I was waiting for Mark (MacDonald, Major Makeover) to pull first because my horse is better with cover. But I had to go first and when I cleared he was ok on the point and got game when he heard the horses coming behind him. He's been a nice horse all year, it didn't surprise me when he won the race." King James Express ($11.80) is owned by Mark Harder, Deena Rachel Frost and Wayne Carleton and is trained by Mark Harder. Gregory Dey bred the winner who sold for $20,000 at the 2019 Harrisburg Sale. By Tim Bojarski, for the New York Sire Stakes

The Groupe I Prix de L;Etoile (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, eight starters three through five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes today went to the 2/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) timed in 1.09.4kr over 2200 meters (mile rate 1:51.66) as he was handicapped 50 meters as were the other five year olds in the harness racing field. He was driven by Bjorn Goop as usual. This Sebastian Guarato trainee now has 24 victories in 28 starts for 1,926,900€ in career earnings. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the winner that was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Face Time Bourbon scored easily with the plugs in. The 60/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik-Miska Rondes) was best of the rest for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 98/1 Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash) handled by Francois Lecanu. 27/1 Hirondelle Sibey and 6.6/1 Feliciano completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon       Trainer Guarato   to watch the race replay, click here.    LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Groupe I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse 170,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes saw 6.9/1 Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) rally to victory timed in 1.12.7kr. Antoine Wiels handled the now 10 time winner in 27 career starts for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Ecurie Saint Martin owns the now winner of 251,320€. The 1.7/1 second choice Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandel-Uzane Josselyn) was a game second after setting the pace for jockey Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The 1.6/1 odds favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a distant third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 143/1 Forever Speed and 127/1 Flore de Janeiro completed the top five finishers. Flamme du Goutier 200 meters out   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The very first foal sired by the 1.47 harness racing stallion Mel Mara greeted the world in Northern Victoria earlier this week. The Colt is the first foal from the Art Major mare Shes Offlimits who is a half sister to the champion mare Tell Me Tales 1.49.3  $360,870 . The foal is pictured here with its breeder Helen Head and Jacasta Walsh from Waratah Farm. Helen, who is now into her nineties is one of Australia’s most respected breeders and bred and raced Tell Me Tales. The foal, apart from being the first sired by the former World Champion Mel Mara, has a piece of history to commence its resume as its birthplace Waratah Farm is part of a property once owned by a former Prime Minister of Australia in John McEwen. Mel Mara has a pedigree laden with speed. There is no doubt that high speed was going to be a weapon in the repertoire of Mel Mara. It became evident in just his third career start as a two year old when he blazed home his last quarter in 25 seconds. So when you take a close look at his pedigree you will see he is surrounded and smothered by horses with extreme speed. Lets recap some of the highlights of the race career of Mel Mara. • He won 26 races and prizemoney of $1,028,350 • He won in 1.52 as a 2 year old, 1.49.2 as a 3 year old and 1.47 as an aged horse. • Amongst those 26 wins were victories over Always B Miki 1.46, McWicked 1.46.4, Sweet Lou 1.47, Foiled Again 1.48 and Warrawee Needy 1.46.8. • On six occasions paced his last quarter in better than 26 seconds. His Personality Combining with his high speed, his impressive pedigree, Mel Mara has a gorgeous temperament and a personality you just admire in a horse. His USA Trainer, the highly respected Tony Alagna had this to say about him in March 2016. The staff at Northern Rivers Equine in Kyabram can echo the thoughts and words of Tony Alagna. He has a personality that is unique. The Cam Fella sireline in the Southern Hemisphere has been so dominant for many years. As a representative of that Sireline Mel Mara adds a dimension with his high speed and his athleticism. He is a perfect match for mares of the Artsplace / Abercrombie line, the Western Hanover / Western Ideal line and the Direct Scooter line. Not only is he the consummate professional and completely well mannered on and off the track, he has an excellent personality. He is a really fun horse and is one of those you look forward to seeing every day. Harnesslink Media

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. Again this week we include the list of average earnings of the top 20 stallions that show an interesting comparison. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. A number of big two-year-old races were held this last week in Ohio and Pennsylvania with the Well Said daughter Summer Touch (Real Touch - Real Desire) winning the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final taking her record to 6 starts for 5 wins and a second with $255,000 in the Bank and the Always B Miki  gelding Southwind Gendry (Gamblers Passion - Cams Card Shark) winning the $253,000 PASS Championship Final taking his record to 6 starts for 4 wins with $217,500 in the bank. Both of these horses are the top earners for their sire to date. This coming week we see the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night go for $225,000 each and that will no doubt boost the sires American Ideal (4), Roll With Joe (4), So Sureal (2) and Art Major (6) who are resident stallions in that State. For the full card for these finals click here. In Canada this week we have two divisions of the $86,664 Champlain Stakes for fillies and one division of the $93,759 Champlain Stakes for the colts and geldings. The statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 11th September 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 65 110 31 $1,464,487 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 80 116 39 $1,330,979 BETTORS DELIGHT 47 121 16 $886,837 AMERICAN IDEAL 60 113 27 $869,331 SHADOW PLAY 39 91 17 $860,175 ALWAYS B MIKI 49 112 15 $837,905 WELL SAID 47 71 21 $836,934 BETTING LINE 75 119 29 $814,479 SUNSHINE BEACH 49 143 17 $625,411 ART MAJOR 40 69 12 $622,378 SWEET LOU 42 84 15 $613,835 SPORTSWRITER 67 137 24 $603,706 MCARDLE 30 48 10 $579,477 RACING HILL 53 93 23 $566,867 JK ENDOFANERA 52 88 22 $522,929 ROLL WITH JOE 47 71 19 $483,933 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 58 102 31 $469,243 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 46 102 10 $408,698 PET ROCK 51 83 26 $376,419 ROCKIN IMAGE 61 96 23 $297,864 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Leading Sires by Average Earnings - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) 11th September 2018 Starters Average Sire Foals in 2020 Money per Starter ==== ===== ======== ===== =========== CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 110 65 $1,464,487 $22,530 BRING ON THE BEACH 15 8 $176,514 $22,064 SHADOW PLAY 91 39 $860,175 $22,055 MCARDLE 48 30 $579,477 $19,315 BETTORS DELIGHT 121 47 $886,837 $18,868 WELL SAID 71 47 $836,394 $17,795 ALWAYS B MIKI 112 49 $837,905 $17,100 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 116 80 $1,330,979 $16,637 BIG JIM 47 11 $172,940 $15,721 ART MAJOR 69 40 $622,378 $15,559 SWEET LOU 84 42 $613,835 $14,615 AMERICAN IDEAL 113 60 $869,331 $14,488 SUNSHINE BEACH 144 49 $625,411 $12,763 MR APPLES 19 13 $165,638 $12,741 ROCKIN AMADEUS 37 20 $248,121 $12,406 CONTROL THE MOMENT 44 22 $269,612 $12,255 PANTHER HANOVER 23 7 $77,166 $11,023 BETTING LINE 119 75 $814,479 $10,859 RACING HILL 93 53 $566,867 $10,695 WESTERN VINTAGE 17 9 $94,741 $10,526

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2020 - Harness racing Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill made a successful return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night. Sophomore trotters took their turn in the Simcoe Stakes spotlight Friday with three divisions, two for fillies and one for the boys. Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill turned in an easy-looking victory in her $88,894 Simcoe division for driver Andrew McCarthy. The daughter of Muscle Hill got away third and calmly moved to the lead in the second-quarter, posting fractions of :57, 1:25.1 before a :28.1 final-quarter. Ramona Hill stopped the clock in 1:53.2, defeating her nearest rival by 5 ½ lengths. Susies Lady rallied for second, while Trina and Modern Mass completed the top-four. To see the race replay, click here. "She felt very strong," said McCarthy. "It worked out where I got to sit her in there for a second and then move to the front and she did that as easy as she likes and was very strong finishing." Ramona Hill's last visit to Woodbine Mohawk Park saw her win the Breeders Crown from post-ten. This season has been nearly perfect with five wins in six starts to bring her career record to 11 for 13. Her latest victory brings her seasonal earnings to $775,982 and career earnings to nearly $1.3 million for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The GYM Partners. Ramona Hill, who is eligible to next Saturday's (September 16) Elegantimage, had $54,398 wagered on her to win from a pool of $62,884. Owner Grant made it a sweep of Friday's Simcoe Filly Trot, as Warrawee Vicky came through in the $88,895 first division. Driven by Doug McNair, Warrawee Vicky received a two-hole trip behind Whose Blues and just reached up in the final strides to win a four-across finish in 1:54. She Rocks Kemp finished second by a head, while Whose Blues was third by a neck and a rallying Princesspartypants crossed the line fourth by half a length. To see race replay, click here. A daughter of Royalty For Life, Warrawee Vicky is now three for six on the campaign with nearly $150,000 earned for owner Grant. The OSS Gold winner is trained by Scott McEneny and now sports career numbers of eight wins and over $300,000 in earnings. She is eligible to the upcoming Elegantimage Stakes. Warrawee Vicky paid $16.70 to win. Jula Trix Treasure came first up to win the $167,511 Simcoe for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Yannick Gingras guided the Ake Svanstedt trainee to the 1:53.4 score. Capricornus made the front in the second-quarter, posting a :56 half. Jula Trix Treasure got underway from fifth nearing the half and would march up and around the leader to hit three-quarter in 1:25.2. The stretch drive saw Jula Trix Treasure close out the victory with a :28.2 final-quarter to defeat Threefiftytwo by half a length. Horse Trader rallied for third, while Beyond Kronos was fourth. To see race replay, click here. A son of Trixton, Jula Trix Treasure is now three for 10 on the season with $166,335 earned for owners Jula Racing Inc. The sophomore trotter increases his career numbers to five wins and over $180,000 banked. Jula Trix Treasure is eligible to the upcoming Canadian Trotting Classic. He paid $8.20 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a $1.6 million stakes-filled card. The $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial is the headliner. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

The progeny of exciting harness racing first season sires Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, Vincent and trotter What The Hill will be showcased at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale to be conducted at Oaklands Junction on April 10 and 11, 2021. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon, Control The Moment, Centurion ATM, En Solitaire and Uniclove will also have their first progeny go up to auction. In all, there are nine pacing and trotting sires to be represented by their first crop at the sale. Huntsville 3, 1:47.8 ($1,802,162), a son of the great Somebeachsomewhere and the 2017 USA Broodmare of the Year Wild West Show, won 15 of his 25 starts including the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace, equalled the world two-year-old record of 1:49 and was named the USA 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Huntsville has the largest representation among the ‘new’ sires with 11 lots - five colts and six fillies. They include colts from Sheeznot Perfect (dam of The Archduchess), LampedUSA (sister to Maestro Bellini), Four Zoe (half-sister to Mohegan Sun) and J K Luckbealady USA and fillies out of Hectic NZ (half-sister to Bling It On and Baby Bling), Magical Molly NZ (half-sister to Mysta Magical Mach) and the APG 2YO Consolation winner War Dan Bad Girl. Downbytheseaside 1:48.6 ($2,283,068), a world champion son of Somebeachsomewhere, was the top three-year-old in North America of his year, numbering among his 14 successes at that age the Messenger, Progress Pace and Carl Milstein Memorial. The brilliant, young stallion, who stands at Woodlands Stud, has five colts from his initial crop in the sale. The draft includes progeny of Eily Lou Lou (half-sister to Gotta Go Cullen), Soho Moody Blue (half-sister to Sirletic) and the race-winning mares Soho New York, Bella Sainz and Illawong Joyful. Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803), a son of Art Major and the Group 1 winner Kept For Pleasure, was a four-time Group 1 winner, 3YO of the Year and Australia’s fastest ever three-year-old. In a career cut short by injury, Vincent won 16 of his 19 starts including the NSW and New Zealand Derbies, NSW Breeders Challenge and the Auckland Cup. The young Alabar Bloodstock stallion has seven yearlings nominated for the sale. The offering includes a half-brother to Make Mine Cullen, a filly out of the Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Pembrook Caesar and colts from the race-winning mares Our Santa Catalina NZ, Shakeilah NZ and Mamselle Telf NZ. What The Hill Tr 3, 1:51.8 ($1,263,864), a son of supersire Muscle Hill from the family of Majestic Son, was the best three-year-old trotter of his year in North America, winning nine races and earning $948,178 including the Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic. A member of the Woodlands Stud roster, What The Hill has five entries headed up by a colt from the NZ Trotters Derby victor Shezoneoftheboyz, a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Vincennes, a filly from the Group placed Ballyronan NZ and a filly out of a half-sister to Kyvalley Clichy and Needabacardi. The frozen semen stallions Fear The Dragon and Control The Moment both have single representation. Fear The Dragon 1:48.8 ($1,578,547), the 2017 North America Cup and Adios Stake winner, has a half-brother to the Boort Pacing Cup winner Pay Rise, while Control The Moment 1:48.4 ($1,227,832), the Metro Pace and Meadowlands Pace winner and Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year, will be represented by a filly from Heavenly Scent, a half-sister to seven winners including the top Queensland filly Miss Moneybags. The French stallion En Solitaire, a son of the mighty Ready Cash, has two fillies – both out of Sundon mares - entered in the sale, one a half-sister to the dual Oaks winner and 3YO Filly Trotter of the Year Royal Charlotte, and the other a half-sister to the very promising Brandlo Prince. Centurion ATM Tr 1:53.4 ($731,374), a multiple Stakes-winning son of SJ’s Caviar, will be represented by a half-sister to former Australian trotting queen Claudy’s Princess, while Uniclove (Tr 1:54.1), a grandson of Coktail Jet and a multiple Group winner in France, has a filly from the French-bred mare Beautiful River, a $193,000 winning daughter of Quaker Jet. Peter Wharton  

Resorts World Catskills reopened 30 of its 150 table games on Wednesday evening, and it expects to resume regular poker in a few weeks. The harness racing horsemen at Monticello Raceway reached an agreement in principle on Wednesday to amend the contract, which will likely be signed by the end of next week. Tioga Downs Casino Resort reopened with 350 active slots machines. Affter reopening with a 25-percent capacity limit and other restrictions on Wednesday, Resorts World Catskills reopened 30 of its 150 table games, after initially being closed while the casino’s operators sought the New York Gaming Commission’s approval for a table games safety plan. A casino spokesman told Times Herald-Record that the state Gaming Commission has closed roulette and craps games, and there is not yet a reopening date. Regular poker also remains closed, though the spokesman said it will likely begin in a few weeks, and the casino will keep patrons updated so they know an exact date. Casino visitors can now play blackjack, baccarat, three-card poker, Let it Ride, Caribbean Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em, Casino War, Pai Gow with tiles, Pai Gow poker, Crazy 4 poker and Mississippi Stud. To staff the table games and the 700 (of 1,600) slot machines now back online, the casino is bringing back 700 of its 1,400 employees. Workers who test positive for the coronavirus will be required to immediately notify state and local health departments, cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notifying potential contacts. They'll also have to provide proof to the casino that they sought and received a quarantine order from their local health department. Moreover, the casino’s sister property Monticello Raceway will reopen for harness racing as soon as Monday, said Joe Faraldo, an attorney for the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association, as reported by Times Herald-Record. He contends Empire Resorts, the casino’s parent, has kept Monticello’s track closed, despite all of New York’s other harness and horse racing tracks being allowed to open since June, as leverage while casino leaders tried to renegotiate the horsemen’s contract. The contract has four years left on it, Faraldo said. Plus, Resorts World Catskills agreed to fund the horse track, split earnings with the horsemen and preserve racing, as a major condition for receiving a state operating license before opening in 2018. But Faraldo said that the horsemen reached an agreement in principle on Wednesday to amend the contract because of how hard the casino has been hit by the pandemic. He said the contract will likely be signed by the end of next week, and then he can disclose its new terms. All of the lost racing days will be made up gradually in the coming years, he indicated. With files from the Times-Herald Record

Standardbred Canada is reporting that Andy McCarthy has been cleared to drive in Canada and will make his 2020 debut north of the border at Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend. McCarthy will be the second U.S.-based driver to head to Canada for the Grand Circuit stakes at Mohawk. Yannick Gingras made the trek north in late August and is staying in Ontario for the time being. McCarthy is planning to drive in Canada this weekend and next, but returning stateside for the Kentucky Sires Stakes finals on Sept. 20. To read the full story on the Standardbred Canada website, click here. From Standardbred Canada

Looking to show support for grassroots Canadian harness racing? Pledge to wager on the season's final day of live racing at Miami Fair, Manitoba!   Local fans have been able to attend the races safely during summer 2020 at Miami, where all of the provincial fair dates were moved during the COVID_19-impacted season. They have been able to bet on track, while people outside the region are able to place their bets on Horseplayer Interactive (HPI) in most markets across Canada.   Handicappers/bettors in the USHWA Canada chapter had been helping Miami gain some added publicity this summer, writing articles and doing public handicapping. Track announcer Trey Colbeck was an enthusiastic and helpful collaborator with Canadian members of the sport's oldest organization for media professionals, so USHWA Canadians Garnet Barnsdale (Chapter President) and Melissa Keith (past Chapter President) each pledged to dedicate $100 to wagering on Miami's 8-race closing day card this Saturday, September 12.   Colbeck says the top 2020 handle at Miami is $12,715 to date, and he is promoting #MiamiMadness as a day when friends and fans can help send the handle over the top. He's pledged to wager himself, and has attracted betting commitments from university friends who might not ordinarily wager on the horses at all.   And the racecaller/lifetime harness racing fan makes another pledge: "#MiamiMadness is the quest to break our current season handle record of $1275, but I know the harness racing community is better then that! So I'm going to raise the stakes. If Miami Fair's handle hits $15000, I'll get a horseshoe tattoo! AND if we can really blow it up and hit $25000, I personally will get #MiamiMadness tattooed on me. I really think we can do this! LETS GO!"   #MiamiMadness isn't a fundraiser, a charity, or a handicapping contest--although Trey invites bettors to tweet their picks using the hashtag today and tomorrow. It's a grassroots gesture to grow the pools, ideally breaking that handle and driving the local tradition forward for many years to come.   Programs and live video stream are available on HPI. Race 1 post time is 1:30 pm CST (2:30 pm EST). Help yourself to an enjoyable afternoon of online racing and wagering...and maybe help a track announcer to a memorable tattoo.   by Melissa Keith for USHWA Canada and Miami Fair 

YONKERS, NY – When trainer John Butenschoen purchased Destined To Dance at the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he thought the filly would be perfect for the New York Sire Stakes program. Nearly a year later, Destined To Dance enters the $225,000 NYSS Final for 2-year-old trotting fillies with a 5-for-5 harness racing record in the statebred stakes program and has a chance to sweep the series with a win on the Night of Champions card Sept. 12. By Chapter Seven out of the multiple stakes winning mare Go Go Dancer, Destined To Dance was bred by Crawford Farms. Butenschoen bid $100,000 to take the filly home for owners Heritage Standardbreds and Richard Preziotti. The group also offered a piece back to Crawford Farms, who obliged. “She’s not very big, but she’s put together very correctly. Conformation wise, she had the right type of physical appearance that I like to see,” Butenschoen said. “I was up there at the farm and saw her turned out. Then her video showed exactly what I saw when she was turned out, just very light on her feet, quick, just acted very athletic. I thought she would be a really good fit for the New York Sire Stakes program. She’s not too big and with the athleticism she showed me, I thought she would handle things and do real well.” Destined To Dance trained down well throughout the winter and spring and showed professionalism on the racetrack. Although Butenschoen does not like to get too high on babies before they qualify, Destined To Dance looked the part. “She’s not a mean filly or anything. She’s a little standoffish, but she’s been a pleasure to work around. She’s pretty good on the racetrack, she’s pretty simply rigged, we don’t have to do much to her,” Butenschoen said. “She just goes out and she’s very professional about her work, even training down. Any time you ask her to go, she’ll go. If you want to go slow with her, she’ll go slow. She’s been a real treat that way.” Destined To Dance qualified at Windgate Farm June 15, winning by a neck in 2:02 with Corey Callahan in the bike. She then made her first start in a $10,400 overnight at Harrah’s Philadelphia June 26, finishing third beaten a neck while trotting the mile in 1:57.3. Then her NYSS streak began. Destined To Dance went straight to the lead in the series first leg at Saratoga July 8. She cruised through the first three-quarters and when driver Tyler Buter asked her at the top of the stretch, Destined To Dance put up 2 lengths on the field in an instant. With whip tucked away. Destined To Dance powered away with a :29.1 final quarter to post a 1:59.4 win.  “I’ve been more pleased than surprised,” Butenschoen said. “More often than not you’re fooled by the ones you think are good. You never know until you race them. You always hope they have that amount of ability. It was fun to see her race well her first start at Chester. Then we went to Saratoga and she won. We were thinking we had a filly who’s competitive.” Destined To Dance came to Yonkers Raceway for the series second leg July 21. Floating out from the inside post, she rode the cones in third until Buter pulled on the right line hitting the backstretch the final time. Trotting past the three-quarter pole, Destined To Dance took flight. She zipped past leader Me Three and barreled around the final turn 3 lengths clear of the field. Destined To Dance was strong through the stretch, scoring a 4 1/4-length victory in 1:58.3. “Tyler said when he pulled her, she was great. The only nervous moment he had at Yonkers was when he pulled her up the backstretch, she was trotting into that last turn too fast. He said when he pulled her, she just took off,” Butenschoen recalled. Destined To Dance overcame post eight in her next start at Batavia Aug. 2 before putting up back-to-back 1:54.4 miles in wins at Vernon Aug. 15 and Tioga Aug. 23. Destined To Dance has earned $103,456 in her six starts to date. “She’s just getting a little better each time,” Butenschoen said. “We don’t know where the bottom is or what’s going to happen, but we’ll keep marching forward with her. Every time we’ve raced her or any time we’ve asked her to do something, she’s stepped up to the plate and done it.” Destined To Dance and Buter drew post three and are the 6-5 morning line favorites in their NYSS Final, the third race on the Saturday night card at Yonkers. The field also includes Aela Jamieson, who drew post one and enters the final with two straight wins for Julie and Andy Miller. Broad Strokes, Iteration, Insured AM, and Splash Blue Chip each won a single division of NYSS this season and made the final. NY Excelsior division winner Credit Income and maiden Ifnomewho complete the lineup. While Ifnotmewho and Credit Income made pari-mutuel starts between the last NYSS leg Aug. 23 and the Sept. 12 Final, Destined To Dance trained at the farm Aug. 28 before shipping to Pocono Downs for another training mile last week. She trained at the farm again Tuesday (Sept. 8) to prepare for her championship bid. “She seems good, she’s had a good week, she trained good. Now we just hope for the racing gods to look out for us so we can get a decent trip out of there,” Butenschoen said. “You hope nothing happens. That’s all you can hope for everybody, a big night of racing to showcase your New York Sire Stakes horses, you want to see everybody get a fair shot, nobody make a break. You like to see everybody get a shot and let the horses figure out what’s going on, on the racetrack. Hopefully things will work out.” First post time for the $1.8 million Night of Champions card is 7:12 p.m. Free full card past performances are available here. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Harness racing trainer Robert Dunn has had a great night at the office winning both feature races on the card at Addington tonight. After a close second two weeks ago in the Maurice Holmes Vase, underated pacer Classie Brigade has gone one better and deservedly claimed the Group 3 Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup tonight in the hands of top driver Blair Orange. Orange shot Classie Brigade (Bettor's Delight - Trigirl Brigade) straight to the lead from the standing start 2600m and proceeded to run a 1-58 mile rate off the front with a blistering last half of 54.8 seconds, effectively ending the chances of the horses behind him. Di Caprio and John morrison got closest from the trail, running the winner to a half head at the line.  The race had a sensation at the start when hot favourite Self Assured broke and would not settle, eventually finishing a long and lonely last for driver Mark Purdon. The trotting feature of the night also went to a Robert Dunn trained runner. Sundees Son was back at his brilliant best thrashing a good field of trotters to win the Group 3 Alabar Ordeal Trotting Cup, a race he also won last year in similar fashion. After a good beginning from barrier one, Sundees Son (Majestic Son - Stardon) had a nice run three back on the fence before driver John Dunn moved to the parked position at the 900m mark and from there he ran his opposition into the ground sprinting his last 800m in better than 56 seconds to win by five and a half lengths at the line. John Dunn said after the race the smart trotter was back to near 100%, "He trialled up really good at Rangiora and if he feels 100% then he is a scary horse to drive. "He wanted to go and I let him run down the back. He has got a big motor and wouldn't stop," he said. Sundees Son trotted the 2600m stand in 3-16.0 with a closing 800m in a scintillating 55.63 seconds and a closing 400m in 28 seconds.   Harnesslink Media

According to an announcement by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, there will not be an upcoming shutdown of racing at Yonkers Raceway, which had previously stated that racing would be taking a break after Saturday, September 12. Standardbred Owners Association of New York President Joe Faraldo has announced that, as a result of the SOA of NY covering purses for a number of weeks and an agreement reached with MGM Resorts Yonkers, there will not be a shutdown of racing at the track. Faraldo has stated that racing at Yonkers will continue next week on the same four-day schedule and that, thereafter, Yonkers racing will return to a five-day-per-week schedule through December 22. Faraldo also went on to announce that purses will remain at current levels until a build up in the purse account is seen. From the SOA of NY

MILTON, SEPT. 10, 2020 – Mikey Mass found the Grassroots winner’s circle for the second time this season on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and trainer Nick Gallucci is hoping the three-year-old trotting gelding is shaping up for a big finish to the harness racing season. “He’s really coming around, he’s really starting to mature now and come into his own,” said Gallucci. “He’s relaxing before the race and during the race. He’s really starting to turn into a racehorse.” Starting from Post 2, Mikey Mass and driver Jonathan Drury got away third and watched Remember Titans lead the field to a :28 quarter, :58 half and 1:26.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Drury was able to squeeze the fan favourite up the inside and Mikey Mass pulled away to a one and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Remember Titans settled for second and pocket-sitter Ongoing Royalty was third. “I wasn’t expecting that mile today at all, it really surprised me. I was really happy with that,” said Gallucci. “Hopefully we can keep things rolling for the last three sires stakes races.” The Stouffville resident shares ownership of Mikey Mass with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. With two wins and one second in his three Grassroots appearances, the Muscle Mass son sits third in the division standings with 125 points heading into the last regular season event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 22. The top 20 point earners at the end of the regular season advance to the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final earn a berth in the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 10. Kenogami Coco got a much needed win in the second $22,800 Grassroots division. The Wheeling N Dealin son got away fifth from Post 3, followed Beyond The Lens up the outer lane and then powered down the stretch to a one length victory in a personal best 1:56.3. Pacesetter Oxford Hall finished second and fan favourite Charmbo Prince was third. “He’s a trotter that can be a little wild and he went a couple of tough trips at Hippodrome 3R in his last two starts, so I was happy that he could relax on a helmet today,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy. “And happy to see him trot home good.” Guelph resident Roy engineered the win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The victory boosted Kenogami Coco from twenty-first to tenth in the standings with 70 points earned through one win, one third and one fourth in a trio of Grassroots starts. True Brew made the biggest leap up the standings with his 1:57.1 victory in the third division, moving from twenty-ninth into a tie for eleventh. The fan favourite and driver James MacDonald delivered a front-end effort to score the one length victory over Archies Star and Tuckers Out. “He has been struggling with breaking issues,” said trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George, ON, who shares ownership of the Kadabra gelding with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. “He has always had the speed, he’s just not the smartest sometimes, but he seems to have figured it out. Hopefully that gives him enough points to make the Semi-Final.” True Brew’s victory boosted his point total to 62, 30 points higher than the current cut off for the Grassroots Semi-Finals. Blue Cupertino made the shift from the Gold Series to the Grassroots in the fourth $23,150 division and the move landed the Kadabra colt in the winner’s circle for the first time this season. In rein to Doug McNair, Blue Cupertino set the tempo from Post 5 and turned away a third-quarter challenge from fan favourite Lovedbythemasses to score a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.3. Life Is A Feast finished second and Lovedbythemasses held on for third, in spite of a late break in stride. “He was one of the top colts last year,” said McNair, who piloted Blue Cupertino to earnings of $205,450 as a two-year-old. “He raced well a few times early this year, then he had some health trouble. He won the toughest division tonight.” The driver’s father Gregg McNair of Guelph trains Blue Cupertino for McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, ON and Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. The owners will now have to decide whether the colt will remain in the Grassroots for the last leg — horses need a minimum of two starts to compete in the Semi-Finals — or return to the Gold Series where he currently sits fifth in the standings. The last Grassroots division went to No Time To Play, who posted a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.3. Perpetuate finished second and Lexus Markus was third. Sylvain Filion guided No Time To Play to his second Grassroots win for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, Jean Dessureault of Candiac and Claude Hamel of Ayer’s Cliff, QC. With 130 points the Kadabra gelding sits second in the standings, seven points behind leader Remember Titans. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing www.ontarioracing.com

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound   Close relatives win  The talented three-year-old Yianni and Myzarmi, who won consecutive races at Bendigo recently, both belong to the same family. Yianni, who has won five of his seven starts this season and looks a genuine classics candidate, is a Changeover gelding out of the Jereme’s Jet mare Jodila (1:57.7), a daughter of Trudee (1:58), the Albert Albert dam of Myzarmi. Besides Jodila, Trudee, who won 21 races and $167,757, is also the dam of the Melton winner Jodan 1:52.9 ($147,129), Walkabout Creek (1:52.7), a winner at Menangle and Gloucester Park, and recent Redcliffe winner Gojoe (1:57.1). Trudee was out of the prolific broodmare Avonali, by Toliver Hanover from the NSW Golden Easter Egg winner Stormy Helen, by Stormyway from Helen’s Wish, by Blue Gamble. This is one of the fastest moving families in Australia today and recent winners from it include Goodtime Heaven 1:52 (247,487), Make Mine Heaven 1:53.2 ($130,690), Leonidas 1:51.1 ($156,485) and the Victoria Premiere Stakes winner Soho Lanikai (1:54), now standing at Goodtime Lodge, near Colac. Yianni ranks as a half-brother to the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Bathurst Gold Crown heat winner Ideal Dan (1:55.1).   Brother and sister Two smart performers at present, and both winners last weekend who promise to make further progress through the grades, are Justasec and Britney Jane. Justasec, a four-year-old gelding by Big Jim, posted his 10th win from only 15 starts at Gloucester Park, while Britney Jane (by Betterthancheddar) made it five wins from her past seven attempts at Newcastle. Both bred by Ross Simpson are out of Triple Sec, an unraced mare who left other winners in Our Triple Play 1:51 ($227,494), a winner of 15 races including the Queensland 4YO Championship, and Trijet (1:55). Triple Sec was by the Matt’s Scooter horse Mach Three from the Falcon Seelster mare Sagrantino, a half-sister to the former NZ 2YO of the Year and Auckland Cup winner Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.3 ($1.1 million) and the exported McGuigan 1:52.2 ($131,342) Their dam, Sparkling Burgundy (by Butler BG), who was also unraced, was a half-sister to the dual NZ Cup and triple Derby winner Il Vicolo 1:56.7 ($1.5 million) and a close relative of the top pacers Stunin Cullen ($1.3 million), Coburg (NZ 4YO Mare of the Year), Code Bailey (Bendigo Cup), Veste (NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic) and so on.   Alice Kay in top form Alice Kay is proving herself a three-year-old of some worth in Victoria and over the regionalised racing period has won twice and been twice placed at Melton. She showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she won the Youthful Stakes. Alice Kay                               --Stuart McCormick photo Bred, owned and trained by Adam Kelly, she is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Major from Sandy Kay (1:56.2), by Courage Under Fire from My Prerogative (2:02.5), a classics placegetter by Soky’s Atom from the top racemare Mindpower TT1:58.9 ($137,410). Sandy Kay, the dam of Alice Kay, won seven races and was placed in the Vicbred 2YO Final and Tasmanian Oaks and was a talented filly in own right. She ranked as a half-sister to the Group 2 APG Consolation winner Soho Lexington (1:56.4), the dual Menangle winner Jerseylicious (1:56) and recent Victorian winner Gotonebettor. My Prerogative was a half-sister to the Listed winner Mindaman (1:57.6) and the Albion Park winner Mindseye (1:58.5), who, in turn, left Neverhaveiever (1:58.3) and Captainturbulence (1:58.8), both Brisbane winners.   Lost 100 metres – and won! The highlight of the Stawell meeting last weekend was turned on by the trotter Fremarkspoetry, who broke in the score-up and again in the first lap and gave the leaders 100 metres start. With 1200 metres to run she was still 50 metres from the leaders, and her chance could have been written off. But Fremarkspoetry joined the field at the 1000 metre mark, reached the front on the home turn and finally held off all comers. Watch the replay click here. Freemarkpoetry’s performance was an amazing one in every respect. She is a daughter of the Angus Hall horse Majestic Son, a top trotter himself and who has been the leading sire in both NZ and Australia for the past five years. A Poem Kept, the dam of Fremarkspoetry, was a Safely Kept mare from the noted producer Easy Find, by Speed Supreme from Boorcan, by Killarney Scott from the Good Report mare Daw Den Dor. A Poem Kept was a half-sister to the cup class trotters Con’s Poem, Poet’s Corner and Poetic Device and to the dams of Savannah Way and Downunder Barkers, both Melton winners.   Brother to Tiger Tara Stingray Tara, a most impressive winner at the Bendigo midweek meeting, when making his first appearance on Australian soil, has now won four races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old brother by Bettor’s Delight to the former champion pacer Tiger Tara (1:49.8), now standing his first public season at Medowie Lodge, near Newcastle. Stingray Tara winning a race at Gore in NZ                 --Bruce Stewart photo   Tiger Tara, who won 21 Group races and $2.3 million in stakes, had previously stood two light seasons at stud during a break from competition and his oldest stock are rising two-year-olds. Their dam, Tara Gold, a Dream Away mare from Atomic Gold, by Soky’s Atom from Vita Gold, has proved a most successful broodmare. She is also the dam of the good NZ winners Tara Tutaia (1:58.3), Turbo Tara, Rock Of Tara, Yankee Tara, and in all, has left six winners from six live foals. Tara Gold did not race but she was a half-sister to the high class pacers Power Of Tara 1:50.6 ($846,608), winner of 31 races including the Fremantle Cup, and A G’s White Socks 1:52.7 ($519,941), whose 12 successes include the Ballarat Cup, NZ Easter Cup and two heats of the Inter Dominion. This has been one of the most successful branches of the Dolly (by Young Irvington) family, Atomic Gold being a half-sister to the NZ Easter Cup and Victoria Italian Cup winner Matthew Lee ($218,850) and the top South Australian pacer Home For Gold ($158,643) and to Mystic Gold (1:59.3), a capable racemare who has produced an outstanding family of winners in NZ including the Bendigo Cup winner Sammy Maguire (1:57), Lachie Maguire 1:50.4 ($443,957), Mikey Maguire 1:56 (Rangiora Winter Cup) and JB Maguire (1:54.5).   Addington winner bred in Victoria The four-year-old Jawbreaker, who broke maiden ranks at Addington last Friday, was bred in Victoria by Glenn Taylor and is a member of one of Australia’s most successful families. Jawbreaker was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2018 at Melbourne, and is a colt by the Artsplace horse Art Major out of the Presidential Ball mare Eye Like Candy (1:55.8), whose dam was a smart pacer in Arivee (1:59.3, the winner of 13 races), was a Safely Kept mare who left four winners including the Vicbred finalist Im Very Willing (1:59). Arivee was out of the prolific producer Willing Greek, who ranked as a half-sister to the Hondo Grattan Sprint winner Zaneden 1:56.6 ($123,500), the NSW Princess Mile winner Sanctum (1:58.7) and the multiple Group placegetter Heezgotattitude 1:56.8 ($157,987). This was the family founded by McPaul’s Huon B mare in NSW in the early 1900’s. From the Willing Greek branch of it and to which Jawbreaker belongs, others in Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 (Victoria Cup and Chariots of Fire winner), Grand Stride 1:52.4 (NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Final), Copper Coast (Paleface Adios Classic), Katasopos (Tatlow Memorial),   Protikori ($212,109) and other fine pacers belong.   Sonny Weaver shows promise A top colt in Victoria this season – he has won four and been six times placed in 14 starts – is Sonny Weaver, a close relative of the former top Kiwi juvenile Kotare Mach. Bred in NZ by Kevin James, Sonny Weaver is a three-year-old colt by Sunshine Beach from the Falcon Seelster mare Kotare Yedo, dam of an earlier winner in Kotare Cullen (1:55), whose six successes included the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Graduette. Kotare Yedo, who was unraced, is a half-sister to the exported Kotare Yarra 1:51 ($186,327) and the Melton and Albion Park winner Kotare York 1:54.6 ($130,534), being out of Kotare Yoyo, by Presidential Ball from Extra B G, by Butler B G from Tanisa Vance, a Vance Hanover mare who traces back to Desilu, the dam of the NZ glamour mare of the 1980’s, Delightful Lady. Kotare Yoyo, the second dam of Sonny Weaver, was a half-sister to the Welcome Stakes winner Kotare Mach 1:53 ($268,138) and Kotare Yael, a winner of seven in NZ and who later took a mark of 1:50.2 in America, and to the Camtastic mare Kotare Yalta, who became the dam of the Victorian cups winner Kotare Roland 1:54.7 ($239,935).   First Aussie winner The Somebeachsomewhere horse, Net Ten EOM, a 1:49 winner in America and now at the stud in New Zealand, was represented by his first winner in Australia when the three-year-old The Big Yin was successful recently at Kilmore. The Big Yin had been placed in his only two starts since being imported from NZ’s deep south Bred by Macca Lodge, who stand Net Ten EOM at their stud, The Big Yin is out of the Falcon Seelster mare, C J Galleon, whose dam, Nice Touch was by OK Bye from the El Patron mare No Regrets, who left several useful winners including a top class pacer in No Equal, a Victoria Cup Consolation winner.   Up-and-coming trotter One of the most promising trotters racing in Victoria is Rules Dont Apply, trained by Bendigo horseman Anthony Crossland. A three-year-old, Rules Dont Apply is in his second season of racing, but from 10 starts he has won four – including his last three on end - and been once placed. Rules Dont Apply has a background of trotting blood second to none. His sire, Muscle Hill, has left the great Australian trotting mare Dance Craze and top trotters in America in Marion Marauder, Resolve, Ariana G, Manchego, Mission Brief and Southwind Frank. His dam, Abandoned Annie, is by Continentalman, a leading sire of trotters in NZ.   Rules Dont Apply ranks as a half-brother to a promising trotter in Bro Creed, who has won four races this season. Abandoned Annie, who won the Redwood Consolation, is a half-sister to the Vicbred champion and Lyn McPherson Memorial winner I Am Pegasus Tr 1:55.8 ($125,160). Their dam, Ginger Gem, was by Keystone Salute from the R C’s Dee Jay mare Styx, the dam of a champion trotting filly in Zesta (Tr 2:01.6), who won 13 races and at one stage won 12 on end including the Victoria Derby and Oaks, and other good square-gaiters in River Red, who won 28 races, Nica Macdonon (1:58.9) and the Oaks winner Adhesive, and the unraced Zooma, a useful sire of trotters.     by Peter Wharton

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