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With his first metropolitan winner under his belt, young NSW harness racing driver Justin Reynolds now wants to "tick another box" tonight. Reynolds, 20, of Oberon, on the edge of the famous Blue Mountains, has been booked for five drives at nearby Bathurst and only needs one more winner to go to a career milestone of 50. "I'm on some long shots, but if I can give them an easy time, they could surprise. One of them has winning form and a few of the others have been recent placegetters," he said. Reynolds, who has been driving for a little over three years, broke his metropolitan maiden status with four-year-old gelding Kanena Provlima (A Rocknroll Dance-Mes Ti Tsepi (In The Pocket) at the Menangle meeting last Saturday week. "It was pretty exciting because the pacer is trained at The Lagoon, near Bathurst, by Ben Settree. We just held on by a narrow margin after leading all the way," Reynolds said. "Although I won on the horse at its previous start at Dubbo, I was so lucky to get the drive. I only picked it up because Anthony Frisby, who normally drives him at city meetings, is away in Queensland," he said. "He paid $15 for the win which I thought was a 'bit overs'! His form read okay, and we travelled down thinking that he certainly had some claims. "I have had one other Menangle victory-but it was a country Tuesday meeting. I landed Jerulas Grin for hobby trainer Wayne White, who lives in the same town as us." Reynolds last year competed around the State in the NSW Rising Stars driving competition, finishing third, and is showing he's certainly a young man to keep an eye on in the future. Justin Reynolds on the track at Parkes earlier this year      --Clarinda Park Photography He is the third generation of the Reynolds family to be involved in harness racing, following his father David and grandfather Russell into the sport. "When I was probably about 12 years old, I would give my grandfather a hand. He would get me to clean out the boxes. Then a bit later, he let me to do some of the fast work," he said. "Now I work in with dad and between us we do six to eight horses. It can be busy at times because dad also works for the State Forests, and I have a part-time laborer's job at Spark Electricals. "They are very good and give me time off to drive at trots meetings, but I am hoping to get an electrician apprenticeship with them one day."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - With each having recorded a sharp score in their respective divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Back Of The Neck and Ready For Moni have been installed as the morning-line favorites in their respective Hambletonian eliminations, which take place Saturday (August 1) night at The Meadowlands. The Hambo Final is August 8. In the first of two $50,000 elims, Back Of The Neck is listed at 2-1 from post one for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Ake Svanstedt. After missing a nose in his seasonal debut on June 27 to Sorella - one of The Hambletonian Oaks favorites - the son of Ready Cash-Big Barb has reeled off two straight wins from off the pace in impressive fashion, scoring in the July 11 Reynolds in a lifetime-best 1:52 before his Dancer win on July 18, also in 1:52. "No, he is not one dimensional," said Zeron after being asked if his horses' best game is coming from behind. "His best effort was on the front end in his first start. To have come home in :26.1 and get picked off at the last second, that was a great effort. "I avoided the front end going forward because I wanted to teach him to do other things. [Having drawn post 1] Gives me options. I definitely don't have one trip in mind. I avoided the front in his last two on purpose, but we will play it by ear. I'm happy with the post position." Ready For Moni will start at 5-2 on the big board from post 8 in the second elim as Nancy Takter and Yannick Gingras look to become the first trainer-driver team to sweep The Meadowlands Pace and The Hambletonian in the same year. The son of Ready Cash-Nothing But Moni went a perfect cover trip in his only outing of 2020 when he won his Dancer split in a lifetime-best 1:51.4 after kicking home in :27.1. So, what about the outside post position? "I'm a little indifferent about it," said Takter. "On paper, it looks like we are in the easier of the two eliminations. I think we are in good shape. I think the eight is a good spot." Takter is not concerned about Ready For Moni having only had one outing this season. "It's just the way his schedule played out," said Takter. "I would have preferred one or two more starts but all of our horses have a good foundation. I think it's a myth that these horses need a lot of races. They go so fast. I think [having too few starts] is better than having too many." For the complete post-position draw of both Hambletonian eliminations, go to http://ustrottingnews.com/hambletonian-eliminations-set/ HAMBLETONIAN – 1st ELIMINATION (Purse $50,000): 1. Back Of The Neck (Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt), 2-1 2. Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 8-1 3. Amigo Volo (Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman), 7-2 4. Big Oil (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 10-1 5. Maesteraemon (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 12-1 6. Hollywood Story (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 10-1 7. Ramona Hill (Andy McCarthy, Tony Alagna), 5-1 8. Beads (Jimmy Takter, Per Engblom), 9-2 HAMBLETONIAN – 2nd ELIMINATION (Purse $50,000): 1. Capricornus (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 15-1 2. Sister Sledge (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 3-1 3. Jula Trix Treasure (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 6-1 4. Rome Pays Off (Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander), 9-2 5. Threefiftytwo (Scott Zeron, Luc Blais), 8-1 6. Chestnut Hill (David Miller, Nifty Norman), 6-1 7. Sky Castles (Corey Callahan, Andrew Harris), 20-1 8. Ready For Moni (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter), 5-2 9. Moon Bridge (Andy Miller, Ake Svanstedt), 20-1 FABULOUS FILLIES: Attempting to become the next filly to win the Hambletonian (Atlanta was the last in 2018) are Ramona Hill (5-1 in the first elim) and Sister Sledge (3-1 in elim two). OAKS A SINGULAR EVENT: The $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks saw 12 horses enter, meaning that event for 3-year-old fillies on the trot will not need eliminations and will be one dash for the cash on Saturday, August 8. To view the complete list of horses entered, go to http://ustrottingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ENTERED-2020-Hambo.pdf POST DRAWS LIVE: The post-position draws for both The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks will take place during Saturday night's program at The Meadowlands and will be broadcast on the track's in-house simulcast feed live. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Double Exposure (7f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) easily won today’s 2020 Hugo Abergs Memorial in Sweden (first prize 1,609,000SEK, distance 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters before one scratching) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. She reached the lead quickly from post four and it was over. This was her fourth 2020 win in five outings and she now has a 23-5-3 sale in 46 starts for 7,773,834SEK earned. Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was second for trainer/driver Wim Paal, his first start in the Paal stable. Tae Kwon Deo (5m Muscle Hill-Brigham Dream-Kaisy Dream) made a big challenging run and held on for third with trainer Adrian Kolgjini up. The previously unbeaten Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Seen-Muscle Yankee) was fourth and until very late never was in the hunt from second tier post 10. Vitruvio made a miscue in the final turn with Ecurie D behind him and post nine second tier Ble du Gers made a break before the start. Campo Bahia was scratched. In any event, Double Exposure this day was much the best. She was bred in the US by J&T Silva Stables LLC and she is from an outstanding Lady Suffolk winner KD Girl, she from True Love by Pine Chip. KD Girl won US$297,080 much of it in her three year old campaign in America. Double Exposure   After the big race was the marathon Malmo Stads Pris 2020 (first prize 250,000SEK< distance 3140 meters distance handicap) and Who’s Who (6m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) swept past rivals in the late lanew to score in 1.13.4kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Pasi Aikio and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB (public company). He overcame a 40 meter handicap to take his first 2020 win in two starts and 16th in a 29 race career. His life earnings are now 7,229,759SEK. He was off at 5.1/1 and bested favorate Unoicsdue Gnafa (7m Goetmals Wood-Minuit-Daguet Rapide) and Etenclin (6m Jag de Bellouet-Volpaia-Ganymede). Well-regarded Vikens High Yield made a miscue early, circled the field to gain second and then faded late. Whos Who ATG, Maharajah, Jagersro files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2020--When Papi Rob Hanover blazed to a world-record 1:47.1 in last week's eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, the harness racing world eagerly anticipated what he might do for an encore in the $375,000 Adios final on June 1. Alas, it won't happen, as Papi Rob Hanover has been withdrawn from the final with what his owner, David McDuffee, describes as a stress fracture of his left front coffin bone.   With Papi Rob out, attention turned to Catch The Fire and The Greek Freak, the other elimination winners, who got to select their post positions.The connections of Catch The Fire, after winning the draw for selection order, choose post 3, while The Greek Freak's camp opted for post 4. Papi Rob Hanover's withdrawal opened a spot for Captain Barbossa, who drew in as the fourth place finisher with the highest career earnings.   The Adios, which goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, anchors a powerhouse card that also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. The card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM.   McDuffee said Papi Rob Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover nearing $1 million in earnings after only 16 career starts, including a second-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace, won't race again this year.   "I don't think his injury happened at The Meadows," he said. "I believe it occurred in the Meadowlands Pace when he hopped for a moment and David (Miller) had to take hold of him. If he'd shown any signs of injury, we wouldn't have raced him at The Meadows. You saw how easily he won his elimination."   He said he won't make a hurried decision on the horse's future.   "It's not a life-threatening injury; it will heal in time," he said. "There could be a lot of records he could set at 4. Stallion-wise, he's also generating a lot of interest. He's a very special, smart horse. Papi Rob will be heard from again."   Trainers Tony Alagna and Ron Burke each will be represented by three horses in the Adios. Here's the field with post positions, trainers and drivers:   $375,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids   1. Later Dudes Brian Brown David Miller 2. Capt Midnight Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 3. Catch The Fire John Ackley Mike Wilder 4. The Greek Freak Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 5. No Lou Zing Nancy Takter Josert Fonseca 6. Sweet Truth Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 7. Chief Mate Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 8. Captain Barbossa Tony Alagna Brian Sears 9. Elver Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page   By Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

A total of 17 three-year-old trotters have entered the harness racing $1M Hambletonian on August 8. There are 15 colts along with two fillies, Ramona Hill (Tony Alagna) & Sister Sledge (Ron Burke) have opted to try the open competition. There will be two $70,000 eliminations carded for this Sat., Aug. 1 and posts will be drawn on Meadowlands Facebook at 1:30 p.m today. There are a total of 12 filly trotters entered for the 50th edition of the Hambletonian Oaks. All 12 will go directly to the $500,000 final slated for Saturday, August 8. Post positions for the Oakes will be drawn during the race card Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Meadowlands. Habletonian Oaks by Ken Weingarter, for the USTA  

Columbus, OH — Papi Rob Hanover has suffered a broken coffin bone and his owner David McDuffee indicated that he is done racing for the rest of the year and is probably headed to stud according to a story posted on the Harness Racing Update Facebook page. On Saturday (July 25), Papi Rob Hanover and regular driver David Miller recorded a 1:47.1 world record for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track when he won his Adios elimination at The Meadows by 10-1/2 lengths. “There’s no question there is a fracture there that will prevent him from racing this year, anyway,” McDuffee said of the career winner of $927,979 trained by Brett Pelling. “It’s, obviously, a very tough thing to even think about for him because I think everybody started to realize what a great horse he is and that his best days were, obviously, ahead of him.” McDuffee said while it is possible Papi Rob Hanover could race next year and beyond, his preference is to find a good stallion home for the son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Panera Hanover. To read the complete story on Harness Racing Update’s Facebook page, click here.

MILTON, July 27, 2020 – Rookie pacing colts and geldings were on display Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the first harness racing leg of the Dream Maker Series.  The Dream Maker Series has annually been a launching pad to stardom for some of the sport’s top pacing colts and geldings. Last year’s series was an early season stop for several of this year’s top three-year-old pacers, including series-winner Capt Midnight and preliminary leg winners Allywag Hanover and Tall Dark Stranger (did not race in the final).  Betting Line colt Dean B Hanover took Monday’s first division impressively in 1:52.1. The Casie Coleman-Herlihy trainee and driver Travis Cullen shot out to the early-lead and let stablemate Beachhead overtake the top spot racing to the half, before powering by in the lane with a :26.3 final-quarter for a 2 ¾ length win.  Beachhead just held on for second over Ucanttouchthis, while Somewhereinverona was fourth.  Dean B Hanover is now two for two in his young career and does have plenty of expectations to live up to after being purchased for $340,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. He is owned by Mac Nichol, John Liviakis and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc.  A $2 win ticket on Dean B Hanover returned $5.70.  Island Beach Boy capitalized on a miscue by 1/5 favourite Linedrive Hanover to win the second division in 1:52.1.  Island Beach Boy                                      --New Image Media photo The early portion of the race saw Perfectboy Hanover cut an opening-quarter of :28. Keystone Catalyst looped to the top from second, but his lead was brief as Linedrive Hanover rushed third to first through a half of :56.  Linedrive Hanover paced a strong third-quarter of :27.3 to lead into the lane, but early in the stretch started to put in some awkward steps and made a break.  Island Beach Boy sat back fourth throughout and unleashed a good :27.3 final-quarter for driver Sylvain Filion to sweep by rivals and capture win by 2 ½ lengths. Keystone Catalyst finished second, while Perfectboy Hanover was third. Linedrive Hanover reset from the break to finish fourth.  Trained by Marcel Barrieau, Island Beach Boy was making the second start of his career on Monday. The son of Somebeachsomewhere finished second in his career debut to Dean B Hanover on July 13.  Island Beach Boy is owned by Ian Smith and Arnold Hagen. He paid $14.50 to win.  The second and final preliminary leg of the Dream Maker Series will take place next Monday (August 3). The $88,500 final will be contested on August 10.  Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series headlines the action. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment,

Nifty Norman and Dexter Dunn got home the quality harness racing square gaiter in Amigo Volo on Sunday at Pocono. The win was in the $95,367 second division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3yo Colts and Geldings. The 3yo son of Father Patrick clocked a winning time of 1:52 winning easily. This win adds to the large success this down under duo have had with this horse. Together Norman, Dunn and Amigo Volo previously won the $790,000 2yo Trotting Colts and Geldings Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Canada. Also they won the $181,000 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in Delaware. On the same day Dexter Dunn was also a part of a new World Record that was set on Sunday at Plainridge Park. Dunn steered home the freakish trotting mare of Manchego to win the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Free for all Trot. Trained by Nancy Takter. The pair clocked a winning time of 1:49.3 around the five-eighths Mile track, which is 1000m. Setting a new world record for aged trotting mares for the distance of the track. This extremely impressive new world record time allowed Manchego to beat her own record which she set in 2019 of 1:50.1. Dunn sent the daughter of Muscle Hill to the lead off the gait, reaching the quarter (400m) in 25.2 and then the half (800m) in a blistering 53.3 seconds. From there they never looked back, extending in the stretch and not allowing competitive rival Atlanta get close who sat on her back throughout. Manchego, Dunn and Takter hold the record for the fastest trotting mare of all time when they won in a time of 1:49 in 2019. On the same card at Plainridge Park, champion Down Under Mare Shartin N returned to winning form. Shartin N (Tintin In America) won comfortably in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Fillies and Mares Free For All Pace. Driven by Tim Tetrick, the mare clocked a winning time of 1:48.1, making it a new Track Record at Plainridge Park. Coming in second place was another Down Under Mare in Soho Burning Love A (Auckland Reactor) , who was driven by Jordan Stratton. The two mares are both trained by Jim King Jr.   Monday 20th July Northfield Park OH Lincs Tiger N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $3,200 Supreme Mach N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $3,800   Plainridge Park MA Tisadream A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $9,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Ready To Rumble N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $14,000   Tuesday 21st July Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Five Card Draw N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $8,000   Saratoga Harness NY Kiwi Tintin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $2,675 Naughty Maravu N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $4,800 Bontz N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $8,500 Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $4,800 Eden Paige N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $4,800   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Vergeofgreatness N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $10,400   The Meadows PA The Spinster N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $8,400   Yonkers Raceway NY Machiatto A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $17,250 Down Under First 5 – 2nd War Dan Delight N, 3rd Speed Man N, 4th Zach Maguire N, Anthem N   Wednesday 22nd July Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Threeofthebest A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $10,000   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Shezallapples A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $10,000 Shes Pukka N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,400 Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $11,600 Shes Nun Bettor N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $11,200   Scioto Downs OH Cyclone Kiwi N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $5,500   Thursday 23rd July Ocean Downs MD Our Jerry Lee N – Time: 1:57.3 Stake: $2,600   Plainridge Park MA Paternity Suit A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Rockin The Boys A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $17,250   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Tuapeka Jessie N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $16,000     Friday 24th July Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Saloon Passage N – Time: 1:49.2, Stake: $12,500   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Highrthananeagle A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $10,000 Laredo Torpedo N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $5,600   Meadowlands NJ Dixie Star N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $7,500   Plainridge Park MA Jewel Lehigh A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $6,000   Tioga Downs NY Princess Holly N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $4,000 Coveredndiamonds N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $4,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Bettor Reason N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $9,375 Abraxas Blues A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $14,250   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Ivana Flybye N – Time: 1:49.4, Stake: $20,000 Seaswift Joy N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $24,000   Saturday 25th July Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Eyespywithmylileye N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $11,000 Prince Mcardle N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $8,000   Meadowlands NJ Texican N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $6,000 Galactic Galleon N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,750   Northfield Park OH He Can Fly N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $8,000   Scioto Downs OH Havefaithinme N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $18,000 Black Chevron N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $12,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Amrcanbootscoota A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $8,800 Walkinshaw N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $11,200 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Tullow N, 3rd Alotbettor N The Meadows PA San Domino – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $17,900   Tioga Downs NY Catcha Lefty A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $5,200     Sunday 26th July Harrahs Philadelphia PA Persimmon N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,000 Imarocnrollegend N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $11,600   Plainridge Park MA Shartin N – Time: 1:48.1, Stake: $100,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Golden Quest N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $12,000   Click here for previous weeks articles   Carter Dalgety

Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) overcame a bit of a tough start to win the harness racing Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the second time in three weeks. The Kyle Spagnola trainee was his race's even money favorite starting from post three in the seven-horse feature and driver Phil Fluet asked the twelve year old for some early speed. He and rival Mister Muscle (Shawn Gray), last week's Open winner, squared off in a battle to the quarter which yielded a sizzling panel of 26.4. Mister Muscle made it to the top and got a half in 56.2 but wound up tiring a bit in the stretch as Waiting On A Woman closed up the inside. Longshot Mugshots Bro (Jay Randall) charged off his cover to become a stretch threat before ultimately coming up second-best to Waiting On A Woman who came on to score in 1:56.1. The veteran trotter went five years between Open wins before setting a track record for twelve year old trotters two weeks ago when he prevailed in 1:55.1 in the $8,500 Open. Mugshots Bro was the runner-up while Mister Muscle earned the show spot on Monday afternoon. The even-money favorite led an exacta and triple that returned $48.20 and $245, respectively. Waiting On A Woman, whose victory was the incredible 77th of his career, is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon.   Mike Sardella    

Veteran Queensland harness racing trainer Bob Foster is deservedly proud that he's still a hands-on participant - doing it all except for race driving. Seventy-nine-year-old Bob takes care of breaking-in his horses along with the back breaking chore of shoeing. There's also deciding on the best feeding regime as well as all of the usual training and conditioning aspects. And while Bob has had some highlights in his long involvement in the sport - he's sure to long remember the day he raced his square-gaiter Makin Good (Mr Feelgood-Makin Life Easy (Life Sign) on a winter's day in July 2020 at Albion Park. The four-year-old bay gelding, bred to be a pacer, took out the $6810 Pryde's Easifeed Trotters Discretionary Handicap last Friday afternoon. The rank outsider paid a whopping $202.40 for a win on SuperTAB. Course commentator Chris Barsby commented after the event that Makin Good had "blown up the tote boards in a major upset". Makin Good is raced by Bob's daughter Judy in partnership with well-known and successful Queensland owner-breeder Doug Lyon - hence Makin Good's stable nickname, "Dougie". "When Doug sold his property, he had to get rid of his horses. He had one mare left in Makin Life Easy. We did a deal to race any of her foals as partners-and our part was to look after and care for her," Judy said. "She was in foal and Makin Good was born at our property. Dad broke him in-as a pacer. "Later on when Dad got a bit sick, a friend in Dayl March took him on. He rang us one day to say he was training the horse as a trotter! We raced him a few times late last year, but he was never on his best behavior. "Stephen Cini then had a go and won a race. He then lost form through bad barrier manners." Four months later Bob produced Makin Good back at the track. And although his numerical form in his next five outings didn't look that flash on paper, he often wasn't getting beaten by huge margins. After starting off the 30-metre handicap last Friday, young reinswoman Taleah McMullen, a rising star in the Sunshine State, got through the field in a big rush to land four back the pegs. The leading quartet had a gap on the other runners for the majority of the race. Going into the final corner, McMullen pulled wide to challenge First Offence, No Love About It and Soh Twisted. She quickly got to them and sailed on by to win by nearly four metres. "I forgot to have a bet on the horse because I was busy organizing a rally car event for the weekend. All my kids are into that and with the coronavirus, there's a lot of planning goes into it," Judy said. "But I'm thinking dad might have had a few dollars on him, fortunately," she said. Judy said her family had been involved in trots for as long as she could remember, and the horses are now prepared and raced from her property at Kalbar, 70 kilometres south-west of Brisbane. "When I was really young, I recall being dragged along to the meetings in my pyjamas and we've been in it ever since! Dad told me he thinks his previous winner was Jet Spot, probably eight years ago at the old Parklands track on the Gold Coast," she said. "I used to help dad with everything involving the horses. It was fun. But then three years ago I had a kidney transplant, so I don't do much at all now. I can't risk being hurt or I'd be in trouble. "Nowadays Dad only mucks around with one or two each year, usually ones we breed ourselves, and he jogs around a little track we have on our small acreage and fast works once a week at a friend's track nearby." Makin Good is the first and only foal produced by Makin Life Easy, a daughter of brilliant pacer Easy Duzit (by Fake Left). Raced by the Lyon family in the 2000s, Easy Duzit won 23 races with 33 placings for $122,000. "We've been told that Makin Good may be the only trotter produced by the pacing stallion Mr Feelgood," Judy said. "In the early days we actually paid up for the Q-Bred bonus for 'Dougie' as a pacer-but it turned out okay after we explained that he was later switched to being a trotter," Judy said. "I'm not sure where Dad plans to start Makin Good again. He was thinking of going to Marburg." And it would be fair to say that wherever the horse goes in the future, he probably won't ever start at triple-figure odds again.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Cash Lover's perfect preparation stretched to a fifth successive victory on Saturday night as she again stamped herself as one of the state's most promising trotters. Myrniong trainer Jess Tubbs has the daughter of Ready Cash airborne this time in and a dominant front-running success at Shepparton took her record to six wins from 12 career starts. Tubbs' husband Greg Sugars was at the controls and took the mare straight to the front where she was able to dictate terms over key rival C K Spur, who was forced to race on her outside for the 2190m trip. Cash Lover slipped clear of the field rounding the home turn and cruised in for an easy four-and-a-half metre triumph. "This prep she has sort of taken all before her and just got better with every run," Sugars said. "We tried to look after her for her first few runs as she was slowly stepping up in grade and (Saturday night) we had our main danger drawn to our outside, so we thought we better be a bit more positive and see if we could control things out in front. "We got good sectionals out in front, but she did it quite comfortably so I'm very pleased." Watch the video here. Sugars said there were no imminent major plans with the horse given the current regional racing structure, but hoped the Vicbred Super Series would be able to get up and going late in 2020. "We will just keep picking out races like this that are suitable and work our way through the grade," he said. "She is Vicbred, so if it eventuates that we can get that series up off the ground again, that's obviously where she will be aimed at later in the year." Bred by Yabby Dam Farms, Cash Lover is owned by Wayne Stewart, who bought the horse as a broodmare prospect and only decided to race her after she showed some ability in early training. The daughter of Lucky Love won one race during her first preparation and after galloping at her final start before a break in February, has gone on to score impressive wins in all five races this campaign. She has won at Melton, Ballarat (twice), Bendigo and now Shepparton to take her career prizemoney to over $30,000. It proved a good night at the office for Sugars, who backed up a race later with a superb winning drive aboard Kerryn Manning-trained Rupert Of Lincoln, who soared home from three-back the pegs to claim the Barastock Pace. Winning doubles also went the way of trainers Manning and David Miles and drivers Chris Alford and Jayden Barker. The brilliant return of David Moran's superstar Lochinvar Art stole the show on Saturday night, while Wobelee led and got the better of McLovin, and the long-odds win of Denis McIntyre-trained and Michael Bellman-driven Dot The Eye shocked many punters when he returned in excess of $90 in the last race of the evening.   HRV - Tim O'Connor

The highly successful young sire He’s Watching has bounded to the forefront of this year’s rich Ontario Sires Stakes program. The American Ideal horse is in fourth position on the stakemoney list with $280,636, due mainly to the deeds of his brilliant three-year-old son Tattoo Artist, who captured his second $104,800 OSS Gold series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:49.2 last Saturday, and his outstanding daughter Rose Run Victoria, an OSS Gold champion. Tattoo Artist, the winner of his last four straight and a genuine candidate for the $1 million North America Cup in August, is on top of OSS leaderboards for both prizemoney and points, while Rose Run Victoria is second in her division. Tattoo Artist                                   --New Image Media Meanwhile, Watch My Beverage, a two-year-old gelding by He’s Watching, won a heat of the OSS Grassroots series in 1:54 at Woodbine Mohawk. Other North American three-year-old winners by He’s Watching last week included Ozzie Young (1:54), Retour Au Jeu (1:56), Lil Screamer (1:56.2), Kendall’s Cousin (1:56.4), Watch Me Boogie (1:57.8) and Up To Spec. Overall, He’s Watching’s first crop of three-year-olds have earned $358,709 this year from a foal crop of 77. He’s Watching is standing this season at Tipperary Equine stud, Young, of leading NSW studmaster Luke Primmer and has already attracted plenty of interest from broodmare owners.     Peter Wharton

Plainville, MA --- Manchego put on a display of devastating speed in a gate to wire victory in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) and set a new world record for aged trotting mares over a 5/8th's mile track when she tripped the timer in 1:49.3. Manchego broke her own world record of 1:50.1 set at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 2019. The time also smashed the all-age track trotting record at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the 2017 Spirit Trot. Dexter Dunn had Manchego revved up off the gate and shot right for the lead with Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) dropping in the pocket from post seven as the race passed the quarter in a blistering :25.2. The field remained in single file as Manchego marched to the half in :53.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21 with Atalanta in deliberate pursuit. As the pair trotted away from the field around the last turn, Gingras pulled Atlanta off the pylons to take her best shot at the leader. But as soon as she pulled, Manchego accelerated, opened up two lengths and proceeded to the wire under no urging at all to win wrapped-up by 2-1/2 lengths. Atlanta held on for second and Run Director (David Miller) closed fast to finish third.   It was the 31st career win for Manchego ($3.00) and it pushed her lifetime earnings to over $2,342,705. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic is owned by Black Horse Racing and is trained by Nancy Takter. One race earlier in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, Shartin N made herself right at home again at Plainridge as she broke the all-age track record that she set here just last year. Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point immediately as Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras) left from post four and followed closely with the two-hole trip. After the quick :26.2 quarter and with no pressure at all, Tetrick backed down the second panel to :28.1 and the race seemed well in control for him at that point. By the five-eighths, Gingras pulled Kissin In The Sand and tried to draw alongside Shartin N, but never got closer than a length around the far turn. Tetrick eased the lines a bit and gave Shartin N her head and the mare swelled up down the lane, opening up 2-1/4 lengths in a :27 flat last panel and won in 1:48.1. Stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) rallied late to finish second and 38-1 shot Philly Hanover (Dexter Dunn) completed the board.   The time was a new all-age track record at Plainridge Park which was set last year in this same stake by Shartin N when she cruised home in 1:49.1, and it was only one-fifth of a second off the world record of 1:48 for an aged pacing mare over a five-eighths mile track that is co-held by her and Somwherovrarainbow. This was the 44th career victory for Shartin N ($2.60) who has now earned $2,244,946 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick. The 7-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin is trained by Jim King Jr. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Rebecca East has undoubtedly experienced all the highs and lows of harness racing - and seemingly all in the past two months. The popular Western District trainer suffered serious injuries in an innocuous training incident in May - only days after she had landed her first-ever Victorian treble at Stawell. And last Wednesday she made her comeback to racing in the best possible way, with a win at her local Terang meeting with pacer Julius Shadow (Julius Caesar-Elsu Shadow (Elsu), driven by Michael Bellman (who has now driven 81 for the season, and on his way to another century). "The accident happened at home and I had just finished working a young one. When I turned him around to go back to the barn, he took fright and spun around quickly, tipping me out," Bec said. "I landed awkwardly on my left arm, and it turned out I cracked a rib and lacerated my spleen," she said. "At the time, I didn't think much of it and finished the rest of the work! It was such a minor accident but I well and truly come off second best." Bec said on a trip into town later in the day with her partner Kevin Brough she wasn't "feeling too flash" so she stayed in the car. "Later on way home we had lunch and I told Kevin I still wasn't feeling all that good, so we went to Portland for an X-ray - and I was put in a helicopter and flown to Melbourne." Bec would need to stay in Melbourne for four days but suffered another setback when she returned home. "A few days later I was up doing a little bit of walking and the spleen started bleeding again. So we went Portland and another helicopter ride to Melbourne where I stayed about nine days this time and contracted pneumonia when I was there." After another bout of recovery at home, more medical challenges were still to come. "I had some different pains and went in an ambulance back to Portland with a flare up of my spleen, as well as fluid on my chest. Then I was transferred to Warrnambool hospital and they drained three litres of fluid from my chest and spent five days there," she said. "But I think I'm definitely on the road to recovery now - tomorrow I've been home three weeks." Bec and Kevin have 14 horses in work and Brough and stable staff have been holding the fort for the past two months. "But it was great to finally be back to the races at Terang last Wednesday. It was my first meeting back and it was so good to get a winner and two thirds!" she said. "We were quite confident with Julius Shadow because he was a bit unlucky at Stawell at his previous start," she said. Julius Shadow with stablehand John Suters            (Terang HRC photo) "He has brilliant gate speed but hit the mobile and then was back in the field and got caught up in traffic. Leading up to that race he'd trialled very well about a week before." Bec said while she was happy to be improving, she would be taking things slowly. "I've still got to be careful and I'm not to do anything strenuous for at least three months. So all I'm virtually doing is mixing up feeds and other very light duties," she said. "I've definitely had plenty of worse falls - but this time it was just that I landed so awkwardly. It was the worst pain I've experienced in my life, and I've got a reasonably strong pain tolerance! "I definitely wouldn't want to go through all that ever again."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura www.newsalertpr.com.au

MILTON, JULY 25, 2020 - Tattoo Artist collected his second Gold Series and fourth straight victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, July 25 as the harness racing three-year-old pacing colts met for the second time in their Ontario Sires Stakes season. Lining up at Post 1 with Bob McClure in the race bike, Tattoo Artist took a brief spin in the pocket as Aneto led the field of six to a :26.4 opening quarter, but was soon heading for the front where he rang up a :54.2 half and 1:21.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch the fan favourite had to contend with a hard closing Beach Blanket Book, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:49.1. Indictable Hanover finished two lengths back in third. "I think that three weeks hurt him a bit," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, noting that Tattoo Artist had not raced since the Gold Series season opener on July 4. "I think that good horses have got to be trained or raced pretty well right to where they're going to go, or else if you don't and they have too big a gap there, they may struggle a little bit. And he certainly got a little tired on the end there tonight, which is uncharacteristic of him." Tattoo Artist and his peers face the same three week gap before the next Gold Series event, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Aug. 16, and the North America Cup eliminations are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. The North America Cup has been circled in red on Tattoo Artist's calendar for months, so Moore is a bit undecided about how the coming weeks will play out for the Hes Watching son. His preference would be to race the colt at Woodbine Mohawk Park in preparation for the North America Cup, but he also does not fancy putting the sophomore in against more experienced competition, which may see him make the trip to Rideau Carleton and head into the elimination on short rest. "I'll have to start looking somewhere and see what we come up with. I'm not taking him across the border anywhere, so we'll see if we can find something here for him," said the Cambridge, ON resident, who conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. "They don't want to train this time of year, they want to race now. Earlier on they're gung ho to train, and then once the racing starts they look forward to that, any competitive horse does, and he's a good competitive horse and he looks forward to it, so it's difficult. You want to keep their mind fresh and their body in good shape and ready to roll when it's time." Tattoo Artist The second $104,800 Gold division saw heavy favourite Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson land in fourth from Post 2 as Rhythm In Motion rolled out to a :26.3 quarter. Jamieson sent Beaumond Hanover to the front heading by the :54.2 half and the colt cruised through a 1:22.4 three-quarters and one to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:49.2. Rhythm In Motion stayed game for second and Springbridge Jim sprinted into third. "He caught the softer division, so I thought if everything goes right he should win it," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "It all worked out good. He (Jamieson) was just kind of sitting there chilly through the lane." The win was also Beaumond Hanover's second Gold Series win and fourth of the season. The Sportswriter son prepped for Saturday's test with a 1:49.4 win in a July 18 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but, like Moore, Darling is also considering his options heading toward the North America Cup. "It's just turned out, because of the situation this year, that the schedule isn't good, because you've got, like for my horse I've got a Gold at Rideau, which you hate to miss that, and then you've got the NA Cup, the elims and the final, then the week after is the Somebeachsomewhere, the week after that is the Simcoe, both good races, and then the week after that is another Gold, so it's just going to be tough to map out," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "If you're going to skip the NA Cup, then the schedule is just fine, but it's hard to skip the million dollar race." While Darling considers his options, Beaumond Hanover will maintain his usual routine, which Darling says has not varied much even as the racing season heats up. Beaumond Hanover "I try to train him light, but he's such a good trainer he seems to have to go a certain speed, or it's like he's done nothing," Darling explained. "I train him faster than I would another horse, but it's actually easier on him, he just needs to roll along. He just always feels good, always trains great. He's just a real pleasure to have around." Beaumond Hanover Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Tattoo Artist; Race 8 - Beaumond Hanover OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Sister Sledge threw her hat into the ring as a big-time contender in the August 8 Hambletonian Oaks with a dominant harness racing performance in one of three Tompkins Geers divisions at The Meadowlands Saturday night. In the second of two splits for 3-year-old filly trotters, driver Yannick Gingras was patient early with Sister Sledge, vacating the three-hole after the quarter and clearing the top at the half in :55.4. The daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors sailed home as much the best from there, hitting the wire in 1:51.2, lowering her previous lifetime best by one-and-four-fifth seconds. It was 4¾ lengths back to Ms Savannah Belle. Dubai Princess was third. The Ron Burke trainee, who paid $2.80 to win as the 2-5 public choice, upped her lifetime stats to 11 wins in 16 starts, good for earnings of $622,058. Sister Sledge Caviart Eva pulled off a big upset at odds of 30-1 in the first filly division, gunning down 2-5 favorite Next Level Stuff by a nose in 1:52.1, a lifetime best for the Trixton-Caviart Elle product, who was driven by Andy McCarthy for trainer Nancy Takter. Caviart Eva In the lone dash for colts and geldings, 10-1 chance Rome Pays Off (Muscle Hill-Order By Wish), driven by Mattias Melander for his brother Marcus, scored in a lifetime-best 1:52.3, possibly punching his ticket to take a shot in The Hambletonian. Play Trix On Me, the 3-2 favorite, was 2¾ lengths behind at the wire to finish second. Rome Pays Off BIG CARRYOVERS FRIDAY No winning tickets were sold in two of the track's popular multi-leg wagers, setting up a pair of carryovers sure to titillate players when racing resumes Friday night. Despite 4-5 favorite Caviart Rockland winning the final leg, no one held a winning ticket on the 20-cent Pick-5, which led to a carryover of $52,665. Big M management announced that a guaranteed pool of $150,000 will be offered next week for the wager with the low 15 percent takeout. The odds of the winners for the first four legs were 8-1, 10-1, 5-1 and 30-1. The pool total was $82,618, and those who had four out of five cashed in for $103.72. The 30-1 shot - Caviart Eva in the fourth race - was the key to both carryovers, as she began a 20-cent Pick-6 sequence that saw the following five winners score at odds of 4-5, 2-5, 10-1, 12-1 and 4-5. The Pick-6 pool, which totaled $21,226, will have a carryover of $13,524, with much more expected to be pumped through the windows next week. Those who went five for six got back $126.10. A LITTLE MORE Gingras led the driver's colony with four winners on the night. He and Dexter Dunn finished the weekend with five victories apiece and are tied for the top spot in the driver standings with 77 winners each. ... For a third straight time, wagering in the Late 50-cent Pick-4 exceeded the $100,000 mark, as $103,746 was put in play. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,767,603. ... Check out The Meadowlands Facebook page on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. as Jessica Otten will host the live post-position draw for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks eliminations, which take place Saturday night. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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