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MILTON, ON - September 10, 2020 - An opportunity never seen before is set to be presented when the harness racing winner of this Saturday's $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial has their picture taken. The Mohawk Million on September 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to become harness racing's newest million-dollar race, joining the Pepsi North America Cup and Hambletonian as this season's only million-dollar events. The 'Cup' and Hambletonian each have their own legacy and while the Mohawk Million's story is just being written, the race has already become a one-of-a-kind for the sport of harness racing. The winner of this Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters will not only take home the winner's share of the $535,000 purse but will also receive a slot in the $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million for free. No nomination fee. No sustaining payment. No starting fee. Win the Wellwood Memorial and you're guaranteed a spot in a million-dollar race. The other nine slots in the Mohawk Million were sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The nine slot owners are not required to declare a two-year-old trotter for the race until entry time on September 22. Each slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. This Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial will not only determine the owner of the tenth slot but will also signal the start of crunch time for the nine slot purchasers to determine what they will do with their own. Only two of the nine slot owners will be represented in the Wellwood Memorial. Serge Godin's Determination sends out the undefeated Macho Martini and elimination runner-up On A Streak. John Fielding is the co-owner of rail starter Locatelli. Should Determination or Fielding win the Wellwood Memorial, they will have two slots in the Mohawk Million, with Saturday's winner required to use one of them. The Wellwood Memorial is being billed as the showdown of undefeated colts, as Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion will meet for the first time. The Ake Svanstedt trained Southwind Tyrion is four for four, while Luc Blais trained Macho Martini is seven for seven. Macho Martini's owner Serge Godin is loaded with high-end two-year-old talent and would have no problem filling a second spot in the Mohawk Million should Macho Martini win. Just like the Wellwood, Determination has a one-two punch in Saturday's $335,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies with the undefeated Donna Soprano and elimination winner Dicentra. The past several weeks at Mohawk Park have seen Macho Martini dominate, posting victories in multiple OSS Gold races, the Millard Farms Series and Champlain. "He's just so handy, so nice, so good gaited and so smart," driver Bob McClure said of Macho Martini after last week's elimination win. "I'm just repeating myself at this point, but he's very special. "I'm very fortunate that Determination has a very exceptional group of two-year-old trotters. It's nice to see for the Determination Stable, Serge Godin, because he deserves it and it's great for Luc (Blais). He works hard." If Southwind Tyrion can hand Macho Martini his first loss, that would in all likelihood set up a rematch in the Mohawk Million. Originally owned by Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, Southwind Tyrion's ownership group has grown to include Knutsson Trotting and Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing early in his sensational rookie season. The connections of 'Tyrion' have admitted to having their eyes on the Mohawk Million slot. Agren told the USTA earlier this week he "absolutely" hopes to win the final slot in the Million. "We'll see what happens," Svanstedt told USTA's Ken Weingartner. "We need luck. But I think Southwind Tyrion is as good as he can be." The undefeated colts will draw most of the attention, but the other eight trotters have all at one point or another shown flashes of high-end potential. To some, an upset victory would be fitting to fulfill the fantasy that many owners and trainers had in February when nominating to the Wellwood Memorial. This year's William Wellwood Memorial drew 196 nominations, a significant increase from past years that can be linked to the increased stakes of the race. The original announcement of the Mohawk Million and slot-deciding Wellwood Memorial was made on September 26, 2019, which will be exactly one-year to the date when the inaugural Mohawk Million is contested. In a society that loves to speculate, the William Wellwood Memorial will undoubtably be the kick-off to an intriguing period that fans and racing participants will enjoy. There will be nine full days from the completion of the Wellwood Memorial to Mohawk Million entry time for slot owners to make a decision. Sell your slot? Name a horse? Enter a filly? Partner up? Many possibilities for the Mohawk Million slot owners, but only one thing will be certain following Saturday night, one horse is going to a million-dollar race for free. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 9 (10:20 p.m.) on Saturday's $1.6 million stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the 13-race card is 7 p.m. The field for the William Wellwood Memorial is listed below: 1 Locatelli (Andrew McCarthy/Nancy Takter) 2 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) 3 Southwind Tyrion (Yannick Gingras/Ake Svanstedt) 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) 5 Logan Park (Louis-Philippe Roy/Rob Fellows) 6 Macho Martini (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) 7 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) 8 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) 9 Muscle Dynasty (Paul MacDonell/Mike Keeling) 10 Magical Muscle Man (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) AE Jula Muscle Pack (Louis-Philippe Roy/Per Engblom) The Mohawk Million slot owners are listed below: Brad Grant Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) Determination (Serge Godin) Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) Jeffrey Snyder John Fielding by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Ake Svanstedt liked everything about Southwind Tyrion when he saw the yearling prior to last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. After purchasing the harness racing trotting colt for $145,000 and getting him home, he was less enthused. At least temporarily. "He was terrible," Svanstedt said with a laugh. "Until around May, he was pacey and his front step was just up and down. I think he had growing pains. When he was done with the growing, he started stretching out and was good. "Then the first time he trained at The Meadowlands he was a different horse. And when he qualified, he was amazing." Southwind Tyrion won his only qualifier in 1:55.2 and has kept on winning through the first four races of his career. On Saturday, the colt competes in the C$535,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park. He is one of two undefeated colts in the Wellwood, along with Luc Blais-trained Macho Martini. Southwind Tyrion won his Wellwood elimination last week by a nose over On A Streak in 1:54.4 while Macho Martini triumphed by 1-3/4 lengths over Warrawee Whisper in 1:56 for his seventh victory of the campaign. The winner of the Wellwood receives a spot in the inaugural Mohawk Million, which will be held Sept. 26. Southwind Tyrion, this season's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is a son of Muscle Hill out of Taylor Jean. His third dam is Dan Patch Award winner Me Maggie and his extended family includes millionaires Lifetime Pursuit and Whiskey Tax, 2012 Goodtimes Stakes winner Beer Summit, and 2019 Ontario Sire Stakes champ Moon Bridge, who also was trained by Svanstedt. "He's a real racehorse," Svanstedt said about Southwind Tyrion. "He has been more serious since he started racing, at the racetrack and at home. He's not like a kid anymore. He was like a baby before, but now he is like an old horse. He likes racing. He really likes it. "Everything is good with him. He is a nice horse to handle. He can leave fast and he has never made a break. He can do everything." Svanstedt originally owned Southwind Tyrion with Lennart Agren's S R F Stable. The ownership group has since grown to include Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Brittany Farms & Riverview. Agren and Svanstedt teamed to win the 2017 Hambletonian with Perfect Spirit. Agren is enjoying the ride now with Southwind Tyrion. "He is a very talented and intelligent horse and he has tremendous speed," Agren said. "He is strong, powerful, and knows how to finish." Agren said he is "absolutely" hoping for a victory Saturday so Southwind Tyrion can grab the final spot in the 10-horse Mohawk Million. Nine starting slots were purchased earlier this year for C$110,000 and those slots can be sold, traded, or leased by their owners. Slot owners do not have to declare a horse for the Mohawk Million until Sept. 22. Determination, which owns Macho Martini and On A Streak, already possesses a Mohawk Million starting slot. One other slot owner, John Fielding, is among the owners of a Wellwood finalist. He co-owns Nancy Takter-trained Locatelli. "We'll see what happens," Svanstedt said. "We need luck. But I think Southwind Tyrion is as good as he can be." Saturday's Mohawk card also includes the C$335,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters as well as divisions of the Simcoe, Champlain, and Somebeachsomewhere stakes. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Columbus, OH - The newly introduced Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA) is, like its predecessors, a Thoroughbred bill written by elite Thoroughbred interests in an attempt to address elite Thoroughbred problems. Indeed, Senate Majority Leader McConnell's bill did not include Standardbreds or other breeds, and the press release that announced the bill repeatedly cited only Thoroughbred racing and its interests. The bill has since been bastardized by an array of outside interests, and harness racing again has been pulled into the mix. A review of the revised language reveals that the bill now is a virtual clone of H.R. 1754 (Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019), and will harm, not help, Standardbred horses and the harness racing industry. While the United States Trotting Association (USTA) strongly supports state-regulated, breed-specific, uniform medication rules for horse racing, the USTA strongly opposes the HISA for a number of reasons and sees several areas of significant concern to the Standardbred racing industry. Lasix (Furosemide) The legislation seeks to ban the race-day use of Lasix, a universally-accepted therapeutic medication. Veterinarians endorse Lasix as the only known treatment for Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), a condition that causes varying amounts of bleeding in the lungs of racehorses as well as horses in the wild. Both the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians support the use of Lasix and oppose this legislation. Proponents of the ban on the use of Lasix have purposely disseminated misleading information on the percentage of horses that suffer EIPH when they say that only five percent of horses "bleed" during racing. That statistic is the percentage of horses that suffer epistaxis, the most severe form of EIPH involving patent hemorrhaging from the nose. In fact, about 90 percent of horses bleed into their lungs during racing, with each bout of EIPH causing irreparable damage to lung tissue. Lasix is not performance enhancing and, due to the very sensitive capabilities of testing, it cannot be used to mask illegal medications. Unspecified Funding Mechanism with Extremely Inequitable Costs to Harness Racing Various proponents of this legislation have indicated that a newly created, private Horse Racing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority would be funded by a surcharge to the owners and trainers of every horse in every race. Standardbreds are a different breed with a significantly different racing performance model than Thoroughbreds. Since the average Standardbred races 19 times per year while the average Thoroughbred only six, that fee structure would result in three times the cost to Standardbreds compared to Thoroughbreds. This newly created regulatory body will have to impose additional fees and costs on the industry with no oversight mechanism in place. Harness racing horsemen will be hit particularly hard because most of them are working-class people. It will drive many of them out of the business. Testing and Oversight The bill mandates a drug-testing authority that has no background in animal testing. The testing authority will be done by a private business - USADA - which tests certain human athletes. Nowhere in the bill is there mandated ANY consultation requirement with the National Veterinary Service Labs for drug testing or the USDA Veterinary Services. The bill snatches legitimate authority away from the states, forcing them to cooperate, and illegally delegates Congressional authority to a private company that is accountable to no elected official. The USTA promotes and insists upon the humane and ethical treatment of its horses. Despite its inaccurate title indicating that it will make horses safer, this bill does the opposite. Whether it is right for Thoroughbred racing - its intended target - is not our concern. It most certainly is wrong for harness racing, will harm our industry, and put our horses and participants at risk. From the USTA Communications Department    

Rock Hill, NY - With yearling season upon the harness racing industry, and many states still implementing COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, many horse owners and trainers will look to the world wide web for solutions to quarantine issues and alternatives to "being there." The sales companies and auctions have been forced to take the lead in this electronic leap of faith, placing their annual offerings on an online platform so that buyers can feel safe and secure while still participating and bidding on the horse sale. This has been no simple task, as many horsemen and women still want to inspect horses in person. To aid in this process, many top consignors and agents have added inspection videos with walking and conformation shots to their paddock action videos. However, the key to online bidding success may not rest solely with the end user's browser and speed of web connection, but also the platform in which the sale in presented. The Ohio Selected Jug Sale has aligned itself with one of the pioneers in online bidding management, CCI.live, which is owned and operated by longtime auction expert Christy Collins. Christy Collins was born and raised near Frederick, Oklahoma on a family farming and cattle business that has been in operation since 1903. "I grew up watching my mother put together sale catalogs at the kitchen table, and I remember having to sit at the side of the picture pen, when I was little, watching them take the sale photos for the annual production sales. My job on sale day was to be on my horse and wave to the people when they came up the drive." Today, Christy continues to represent and market livestock all over the United States, primarily through her bidding platform, which successfully partners with dozens of auctions each month. "We are not originally computer people. We understand the auction business as well as breeding stock because we are also the owners and operators of a cattle farm," Collins noted. "This platform was born out of the necessity of phone bidding and the exponential growth of our industry. We just could not hire enough people to work the phone lines during the auction, so we built this platform to meet the increased demand." Having invested considerable time and resources into the project, in September 2017, CCI.live was launched as a "first of its kind" live bidding and sale day management service that allows registered users to view, bid and buy livestock during traditional live auction formats, with an auctioneer. "This platform was not developed because of COVID concerns. We have been successfully enhancing auction sales for years." This system provides a secure and reliable bidding experience. The platform is user friendly for the buyer and simplifies sale registration. An auction is viewable on any mobile device, tablet or desktop. "We have created a system that is state of the art with the fastest capabilities, backed by the knowledge that I have accrued over the past 20 years in the business," stated owner and developer, Christy Collins. "I created this system, primarily to be of benefit, not only for the buyer, but also for the sale managers and the sellers. This new application will simplify auction day sale management by a large degree. It will help sale companies, buyers and breeders alike. It has taken several years, but we have finally created the perfect auction day management tool!" This is not a 'flash'-based app, but a website driven platform that works seamlessly on any device. In fact, over 80 percent of users are utilizing mobile phones. "Bidding and driving is not recommended," Collins adds. "Not only is that dangerous, but the necessity of a strong, consistent internet connection is key." And, the process is simple. Register, watch the auction and press the bid button. That's it. "The audio and video of the auction is as close to real time as you can get, operating at a latency speed in the milliseconds on the asking price. There is less than a 3 second delay in most instances." But, along with a sound and robust bidding platform, the user must also have their technological affairs in order. "First time online buyers may assume this is like an EBay sale...they may not realize that it is live. It is no different than sitting on the bleachers at the sale. They must act quickly." Collins stated. "Be sure to register early, and remember your user name and password." "And don't let children hold the phone while the auction is in progress." Savvy bidders will want to check their devices and connectivity early to ensure that they are comfortable with how bids are entered and ultimately accepted. But that is only half the battle, as your web browser could have a dramatic effect upon your connectivity. "The browser battle has been raging almost as long as the internet has existed," according to Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine's lead analyst for software and web applications. Chrome dominates this landscape hands down, and claims nearly 70 percent of the browser market. Safari is the "go-to" browser within iOS (Apple) products, and can handle these online platforms seamlessly. Mozilla Firefox is quite capable, and had led the pack within the open source browser market. Microsoft Edge has practically replaced Internet Explorer, which is already antiquated with the sun setting on legacy support shortly. In all these instances it is imperative to ensure that whatever browser you are comfortable with, that the software is up-to-date with the latest version available. Simply put, this is a "phone bidding" application through the internet. CCI.live does not collect any money. All the successful bidders must settle with the sales office. To register for the Ohio Selected Jug Sale, click here:  by Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

It is not uncommon to see an athlete wearing a cap during a postgame press conference. It is uncommon for the hat to feature a harness racing logo. But perhaps not for long. Max Siegelman, a social media entrepreneur who is the son of trainer Robbie Siegelman, has created a line of sportswear centered around the family's Siegelman Stable design. The line features crewnecks, caps, and a tote and a portion of proceeds goes to support equine therapy programs for military veterans, nurses, and doctors with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tim Hardaway Jr. sported a Siegelman Stable cap during his press conference following the Dallas Mavericks Game 4 playoff win over the Los Angeles Clippers last month. Siegelman has cultivated a network of athletes, musicians, and celebrities through his work as a social media collaborator and marketer. "This kind of just happened, not randomly, but I had some more free time because I wasn't traveling for work as much the last five or six months," Siegelman said. "My dad has had his own stable since the '80s and any time I wore one of the original Siegelman Stable pieces that I have, which he designed before I was born, I got asked where someone could buy it or if they would ever be released again. Finally, I just kind of ran with it." Siegelman wanted to not only design his own line of sportswear but honor the family's tradition of helping those in need. His father has received numerous awards for his philanthropic efforts, beginning with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and continuing with his "Hands On" equine program for underprivileged inner-city teenagers, his "Horses with Hearts" project for children undergoing cancer treatment, and his work with equine therapy programs. "Career wise I do a lot of social media and marketing, kind of like experiential marketing, for different celebrities, music artists and athletes," Siegelman said. "What I do varies, whether it's trying to sell their merch or trying to get their music out in fun and creative ways. "Taking something with your own name on it, a family brand, is definitely a lot more fun and I wanted to keep to the brand values. My dad has been successful in harness racing as a trainer but has always prioritized giving back to the community. So as much as we want to create great pieces that the public wants to wear every day, we also want to make sure that people know the story and that there is a cause, there is a purpose, and that a portion of the proceeds goes toward these types of programs and organizations. "Our first program to support nurses and doctors that was paid for by Siegelman Stable sales was in partnership with HorseAbility for Northwell Health in Huntington, Long Island. Being the first event we organized, it was a very special milestone for me." Siegelman started his own social media company after college and soon thereafter met rapper LL Cool J through a trainer at the gym where they both worked out. LL Cool J became a partner in the business, which was invaluable to Siegelman. "Working with LL for about three or four years, I met a ton of people, networked and continued to build those relationships. It's been great to see the outpouring of support for this venture from the network of people I've worked with in the past and present. "At the end of the day we want to create a line of pieces that many will love and at the same time let our customers know that they are contributing to a good cause in the process." For more on the Siegelman Stable, visit its website here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Classic action this weekend was at Vermo Arena in Finland. Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee) took the Finlandia AJO (190,000€ purse, 1620 meters autostart) on September 4th clocked in 1.09.9kr over a rain-soaked racetrack. Santtu Raitala teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee for owner Francesco Gragnaniello. He won for the second time in 10 starts in 2020 and he his now 10 for 41 for the career that has yielded life earnings of 534,589€. The race record is 1.09.8kr set by DDs Hitman. Readly Express won this event in 2019. The winner tracked second finishing Double Exposure (7g Donato Hanover-KD Girl), handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team, and just inched by nearing the line. Le Gros Bill (6f Pilgrims Taj) was third fir Antti Teivainen. Previous race winner since 1999 include many great performers. Replay and post race videos with the race chart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJPXQYTVW80 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKSruRt0Gug Track replay https://veikkausmedia.fi/?video=/20200904_11_110 Varenne Fas (outside) On September 5th the Finland Trotting Derby (purse 150,000€, 2620 meters autostart,12 starters) saw favorite Mascate Match (4f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Cantab Hall-Flirtin Miss) score in 1.13.4kr for Pekka Korpi, her 24th career win in 28 starts now for 618,162€ earned. Always Ready (4f Ready Cash-Minnesota-Spotlite Lobell) was second after sitting fourth during the race, with Kari Rosimo aboard. Third home was Sahara Peyote (4f Make It Happen-Unikko-Love You) for Ari Meilanen. Chart and replay link follow. Mascate Match Replay  https://veikkausmedia.fi/?video=/20200905_11_111 Superb trotting action will occur on the upcoming weekend at Paris-Vincennes. On Friday September 11 is the Prix Alfred Lefevre (monte, purse 67,000€, 2850 meters, European eligibles). On Saturday there are three groupe level races including the Prix Cenari Forcimal (Gr. II, monte, purse 85,000€, 2175 meters); the Prix de Normandie (Gr. I, monte, 3000 meters, 170,000€ purse); and the Prix de l’Etoile (Gr. I, 2175 meters distance handicap, 170,000€ purse, for three-five year olds). The latter features the likely favorite Face Time Bourbon against seven rivals such as Feliciano and Frisbee d’Am. LeTrot, Vermo Arena, Fintoto files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Harness Racing Australia has gone ahead and put Rules in place just weeks before the breeding season and failed to consult properly with stakeholders. More mares are bred in Victoria than any other state yet the Harness Racing Breeders Association of Victoria executive were waiting for answers when Harness Racing Australia announced the limits. How many stallions does this affect? Based on the 2019 figures five stallions served over 150 mares; Art Major, American Ideal, Always B Miki, Sweet Lou and the deceased Alta Christiano.   After contacting the Harness Racing Breeders Association of each state it is clear they do not accept that a proper consultative process has taken place. Based on the number of outraged breeders contacting Alabar Australia and Woodlands Stud it appears the majority of commercial broodmare owners are against the HRA proposal as it is written.  There is no one that is against limiting books but it needs to be properly worked out with consideration of free returns and other economic considerations. Below is the outline of the letter written to Andrew Kelly. A reply from the HRA board is expected this week. 1. Phase limits in:   There should be no limit for 2020 season, 180 plus returns for 2021 season,150 plus returns for 2022 and beyond:   Reasons why?    a) Implementing changes at this late stage of the season simply makes it all too hard to implement without creating upheaval and ill feeling between HRA and both broodmare owners and Studs.   b) there will be cases when travel and delivery of semen due to  Covid -19 will not reach a mare when needed and having flexibility has never been more important than this 2020 season.   c)  the follow-on economic effects of Covid-19 means 2021 will have its challenges. By 2022 we hope to see some sense of normality.   d) HRA should follow the example of other countries. The implementation of stallion limits would  normally be done over several years seasons as what happened with USTA. The overseas experience of limiting books has always provided a lead-in time to allow corrections to the worth of stallions being purchased or syndicated. The latest example was the Jockey Club (USA) where limits were introduced this year.   The conditions were that a limit of 140 but starts for those stallions born in the 2020 foal crop. All stallions born 2019 and before  are not affected as they were valued for syndication differently . There is no mention of free returns in the Jockey Club Rules because there are no live foal guarantees to consider as it is “pay on live foal” (POLF). Attached Jockey Club rule below.   2. Remove the limit of 20 on free returns:  There should be no limit or other conditions imposed on a genuine free return: a) There have been instances in NZ and Australia over the years where through no fault of the stud or stallion more than 20 free returns have occurred in any one season. These can be the accumulation of returns over previous seasons or unexpected losses from climatic changes or infection. For instance an abortion outbreak can cause significant unforeseen losses well in excess of 20 per stallion, as happened in 2001 with Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in the U.S. state of Kentucky when some farms had between 20% to 30% of pregnant mares aborting.How can a stud be expected to carry the uncertainty of such a loss of income with no recourse of providing free returns to all losses if required? b) the broodmare owner should be able to transfer a free return and use another mare. The first mare may no longer be a viable breeding proposition,or a substitute maybe a more fertile option, or the mare died and needs replacing are examples why this makes sense.  c) I see a big difference on how free returns are adopted in future by studs if there is a limit imposed. In the T’Bred a standard free return is only provided for the first 24 hours of the foal’s life and thereafter it is the mare owner who takes the risk or insures the foal. In S’Bred's studs more often than not they provide free returns for foals that die much later than 24 hours, in some cases months later. That eases the burden of the broodmare owner carrying insurance from 24 hours. Under the current proposed HRA 20 free return criteria stallion owners could not allow this leniency to continue towards the breeder. d) Free returns are easy enough to police with the studbook registrations checking each free return is valid, and the registered stallion owner would have to justify the free return number yearly with HRA. I declare my conflict of interest as co owner in Woodlands Stud and the stallions Sweet Lou and American Ideal. Andrew Grierson Woodlands Stud .................................................................................................................................................. Thursday, May 07, 2020 The Jockey Club Adopts Rule Regarding Thoroughbred Stallion Breedings The Jockey Club board of stewards today announced that it has adopted a final rule limiting the annual breeding of individual stallions. The rule reflects The Jockey Club’s goal to preserve the health of the Thoroughbred breed for the long term and will apply prospectively to stallions born in 2020 or later. Effective today, The Jockey Club’s Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Studbook are amended by adding the following italicized language to the text of Rule 14C: C. Based on the information on a completed Report of Mares Bred form, The Jockey Club will forward to the stallion owner, lessee or authorized agent a preprinted Service Certificate for each broodmare bred, including the name of the stallion, the name of the broodmare, the name of the dam of the broodmare, and the date of the last cover. The total number of broodmares bred per individual stallion whose year of birth is 2020 or thereafter shall not exceed 140 per calendar year in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Jockey Club shall limit the number of Stallion Service Certificates for such stallions to a maximum of 140 per calendar year. When the stallion owner, lessee or authorized agent receives the preprinted Service Certificate, it should be examined for accuracy, signed by the stallion owner, lessee or authorized agent and forwarded to the breeder of the foal or submitted to The Jockey Club through Interactive Registration™ at www.registry.jockeyclub.com. The Service Certificate is required to register a foal. Service Certificates will not be issued unless a completed Report of Mares Bred form is on file at The Jockey Club and until genetic or re-DNA typing of the stallion has been completed (see Rule 5). In an effort to illustrate the operation of the new rule, The Jockey Club offers the following examples of how it will be applied: (1) For stallions born in 2019 and earlier, there will be no limit to the number of mares reported bred in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Jockey Club will issue stallion certificates for all mares bred by such stallions within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico during a calendar year. (2) For stallions born in 2020 and later, the maximum number of mares covered within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico in a calendar year will be 140. It would be a violation of Rule 14C for such a stallion to cover more than 140 mares within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico during a calendar year. The aforementioned limit will apply to all mares bred during a calendar year regardless of when The Jockey Club receives a Report of Mares bred (or any amendments or supplements thereto). The Jockey Club will modify its Report of Mares Bred form and other related forms in recognition of the amendment to Rule 14. Stallion Service Certificates will be issued on the basis of first cover date in the order of mares listed on the Report of Mares Bred. The Jockey Club is grateful for the many thoughtful comments in response to its September rule proposal. The stewards carefully considered those comments in formulating a rule that will promote diversity of the Thoroughbred gene pool and protect the long-term health of the breed. The Jockey Club will continue to maintain the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Studbook in keeping with its mission to ensure the health of the Thoroughbred breed. The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.  

MILTON, SEPT. 8, 2020 - Two-year-old pacing colts took their turn in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 8, competing for a total of $117,500 in five Grassroots divisions. Stonebridge Rex and driver Doug McNair captured the first $23,500 division with a bold move at the five-eighths marker that saw them sail to the front and power away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:52.3. Big Bang Bang was second and Last Bet was two more lengths back in third. "He's a nice horse. He steers funny sometimes, but other than that he's handy," said McNair of the Control The Moment gelding who started from Post 5. "He tied up in Sarnia (Aug. 22), but he bounced back tonight." The win was Stonebridge Rex's second in Grassroots action. He was also victorious in the July 20 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, breeder Angie Stiller of Arva and their co-owner Gary Colter of Mississauga, ON. With two wins, a sixth in the season opener and a seventh-place result at Sarnia's Hiawatha Horse Park on Aug. 22, Stonebridge Rex has 105 points and sits second in the division standings with one regular season event remaining. The next three divisions saw Finkle Is Einhorn, No Plan Intended and Proline get their first Grassroots win and make significant jumps up the point standings. Fan favourite Finkle Is Einhorn left smartly from Post 5, let two rivals circle to the front and then delivered a late sprint to the wire to claim a head victory in 1:55.1. Pacesetter Mustang Beach settled for second and Kyoquot was five lengths behind the leaders in third. "He's a nice horse. He was a little too aggressive last time (Aug. 31), but the trainer added ear plugs and he was more relaxed tonight," said driver Sylvain Filion. "He just flew home when we had room." Milton resident Filion piloted Finkle Is Einhorn to the win for trainer Duncan Brewer of Waterdown and his co-owner Randell Urquhart of Hamilton, ON. With one win and one third in Grassroots action, the Sunshine Beach gelding has a total of 62 points and jumped from fortieth into a three-way tie for eleventh in the standings. The top 20 point earners at the end of the regular season advance to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 10. In the third division driver Jody Jamieson eased No Plan Intended away from Post 1, settling in fifth as Big Teddy rang up a :26.4 quarter and fan favourite Cadillac Bayama led the field to a :55.4 half. As they swept by the half-mile marker Jamieson tipped No Plan Intended to the outside and started to advance on the pacesetter. Cadillac Bayama held the challenger at bay through the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but No Plan Intended had a bigger kick in the stretch and pulled away to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.2. Big Teddy snuck up the inside to be second and Cadillac Bayama settled for third. "He's a homebred colt that trained down well and just ran into some health issues and lost some time,' said driver Jody Jamieson of the gelding, who missed the July 20 Grassroots leg due to sickness. "But he has since come back with two seconds and now a fast win." Stephanie Jamieson trains No Plan Intended for Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON and Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC, who also bred the son of Up The Credit. With one win, one second and one sixth in Grassroots action No Plan Intended has 78 points and moved from twenty-fifth to fifth in the standings. Proline was able to advance up the outside behind cover in the fourth division before unleashing a :26.4 final quarter to post a two and one-quarter length win in 1:53.3. Watch My Beverage also closed hard to be second, leaving pacesetter Brilliant Corners to settle for third. "That was a great bounce back," said driver Bob McClure, who piloted Proline to a disappointing sixth in the Aug. 22 Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park. "Hopefully he keeps trending in that direction." Rockwood resident McClure steers Proline for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Tuesday's win launched the Sportswriter son from sixty-fifth to seventeenth in the standings with 53 points. Second Bruiser made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the last division, and driver James MacDonald would not be surprised to see him make his second provincial start against the Gold Series colts. Starting from the outside Post 9, Second Bruiser sprinted off the gate to a :27.1 quarter, yielded to fan favourite Saratoga Blue Chip, who took the field to a :56.1 half and 1:25 three-quarters, and then tipped out in the stretch and rocketed home to a four and one-half length win in 1:51.4. Saratoga Blue Chip settled for second and Shazam Blue Chip rounded out the top three. "He's awesome. I think Vern will likely try the next Gold with him. Some of them are starting to get tired and he is razor sharp right now, so I expect good things from him," said MacDonald. "He's a Cadillac, steers good, paces good. The one issue he had qualifying (Aug. 25), he got jammed up, that's young horse stuff, that's nothing to worry about. He was very strong tonight." Guelph resident MacDonald engineered the win for trainer Vernon Cochrane of Fergus and breeder Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON who share ownership of the son of Believeinbruiser. Tuesday was just the gelding's second lifetime start after sickness took him out of action for most of August. The two-year-old pacing colts will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 17, while the Gold Series colts go postward Oct. 4 at Flamboro Downs, meaning Cochrane and Piekos will have to choose which level to compete at before the Sept. 14 draw for the last Grassroots leg. Horses need two Grassroots starts to be eligible for the Grassroots postseason, while one win can make them eligible for the $250,000 Gold Series Super Final. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found 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

A longshot idea pitched by a small country Victorian harness racing club has hit paydirt. When speculation was rife about a much-anticipated clash of Victorian superstar pacers Ride High (Clayton Tonkin) and Lochinvar Art (David Moran), the go-ahead Terang Harness Racing Club in the Western District chanced its arm on a bid to bring the clash to fruition. The typically, close-knit and friendly rural township of about 2000 people, set the stage for the harness heavyweight contest, upping the ante at their first-ever Metropolitan class meeting by adding some home-grown sweeteners to the kitty. Local support and donations pushed up the stakes on offer from $20,000 to $30,000, but while both superstars were nominated for the Christians Bus Gammalite Pace at Terang on Saturday night, when fields were released yesterday, only Ride High was among the eight runners. But far from being disappointed, Terang Vice President Clare Payne is ecstatic at having the superstar at Terang. "We are very happy and quite content with the outcome. It's awesome that the feature event is going on--so it's full steam ahead," Payne said. "It would have been ideal if both the horses had contested, but the appearance of Ride High is a huge attraction on its own," she said. Speculation is already mounting. Will Ride High be set loose to eclipse the 1680m track record of 1.53-6 (held jointly by Tam Major and Im Sir Blake) or will connections just look conservatively toward posting an 11th consecutive win with the speed machine? He's drawn awkwardly as the only horse on the back row - but that only adds to the intrigue surrounding the race tactics Team Tonkin will adopt on the champ. And who will dash the superstar pacer around, with no driver yet confirmed. If the track record is broken, the winning owners will receive a free service to Jilliby Kung Fu, thanks to Marg Lee and Goodtime Lodge. "The same applies in the fast class square gaiters with Yabby Dam Farms in Cardigan, putting up a free service to European G1 winning stallion Volstead. This is worth $5000 and has been donated by Pat Driscoll," Payne said. Victree Hill holds the Trotters track record at Terang for the 2180m race journey of 2.01-4 - but I don't think he will for much longer, with a superb field assembled for the Haras de Trotteurs. The naming of the feature race The Gammalite, recognises the region's most famed harness racing horse. Gammalite Leo O'Connor, who owned and trained the striking chestnut stallion Gammalite often told the story of how the champion horse was the real provider for his wife Maureen and their eight children. Leo O’Connor – owner-trainer of Gammalite "The horse paid for the education of our children and enabled the whole family to tour Australia, New Zealand and further afield. I paid $450 for his dam High Valley, which was a lot of money for a bloke who didn't have any," he would say. "But in the end, that decision turned an old battler into a comfortable old farmer." Gammalite (by Thor Hanover) had 179 starts for 94 wins and 53 placings for $1,386,480. His regular driver Bruce Clarke partnered the champ to 65 of those wins . High Valley (Intangible-High Pilade) had 13 foals-12 were winners with nine on them winning at three years of age. She was voted the Australian Broodmare of the Year in 1982 and 1983. And while the crowds will be missing from the big Terang meeting, the progressive club has found a way to keep fans close to the action, with a "Virtual Ticket" initiative. The free Virtual Tickets provide a "trackside" experience - so bust out the drinks and nibbles, download your free ticket and enjoy the show! https://www.teranghr.com.au/gallery#virtual_ticket   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Columbus, MN - Harness racing owner Keith Carey had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday (September 8) after his 4 year old pacing mare Nat A Cam scored a career best win at Running Aces in 1:57.    At 99 years young, Carey is the patriarch of an Iowa family that is deeply rooted in the sulky sport. Keith has been involved in Harness Racing for as long as anyone can remember, and he got started some 70 or 80 years ago with his brother Red Carey.    Affectionately called "Dudley" by family and friends, Keith Carey adores his mare and holds her dear because she was the last horse that he and his late wife of 66 years, Katherine had together. Katherine passed away in 2017 at the age of 93.    Carey has had more than one offer to sell his mare, but will not part with her. She has had lots of success at the county fair tracks in Iowa and also won this summer at Kahoka, Missouri. The win at Running Aces was her thirteenth triumph from 35 career starts. She is by Millionaire Cam and out of the Blissfull Hall mare Nat-a-tat-tat, whom the Carey's had as a broodmare.    Carey's grandson Curtis shared with me that his grandpa loves to take care of the mare when she is at home at the farm and noted "he does her stall himself every morning, and he loves to be there to feed her at dinnertime too."    Keith Carey's Columbus Junction farm is the base of operations. He has had the "farm for at least 70 years" according to Curtis, who was thrilled when his grandpa came up with the idea to send the mare up to Running Aces to take her shot at the "big-time" at the Pari-mutuel track. The Carey's have a good relationship with trainer Justin Anfinson who was more than willing to bring the mare up to Minnesota for the tryout.    Dudley wanted his great-nephew and Running Aces all time leading driver Nick Roland to drive his mare, and always  prefers that Nick's brother - Will Roland drives his mare in Iowa. As it turned out, Nick had a filly of his own in the same race and they decided to call on veteran reinsman Darrell Wright for the drive.   Nat A Cam turned in a stellar performance in her "tryout" - making two moves in the mile and drawing away from the field late by 3-1/2 lengths and lowering her career mark by 3-3/5 seconds.        Dudley was watching on RTN from his daughter's home in Iowa. He was filled with excitement and was vigorously rooting "come on sweety ..." and was overcome with joy and pride after the big win.    Five generations of Carey's were all celebrating Dudley's big win with him. He may have even enjoyed a cold beer during the celebrations too, as Curtis notes he often will do after the races at the fair.    Part of the fifth generation, Kolton Hauser got the opportunity to go his first training mile with this mare earlier this year, extending the joy she has brought to Keith out to the new Carey generations too. Curtis Carey reinforced the idea that, no matter what, this mare is not going anywhere. "Grandpa can keep her going as long as wants or is able to, and then we will breed her later on and keep the legacy going".   Rumor has it that Dudley may want to let her stay at Running Aces for at least one more start. After her performance today, it's likely she won't be a longshot on her next go-round, and she'll have plenty of people rooting for her to win one more for "Dudley". He'll be proud of her no matter how she does. And he'll be ready to welcome her back to the farm so he can take care of her. As daughter Nancy Carey noted "she keeps him young and keeps him happy".    The featured event on the Tuesday afternoon harness racing program at Running Aces was the $9,000 Open Handicap Pace for Fillies and Mares, with a talented field of seven lining up behind the gate.   Pull The Shade (Nick Roland) was the talk of the tote-board at 4-5 and left the gate fastest of all to take the early lead from post seven before yielding to Motu Moonbeam N (Mooney Svendsen) just past the :27 second quarter mile checkpoint.   Alwaysalittlemore (Jacob Cutting) came first-up to challenge and pressure the leader down the backside and into the far turn, with Another Beac)h Day (Braxten Boyd) picking up the live cover through the middle stages (:56.4 and 1:25.3).   Motu Moonbeam N turned back the initial challenger, but when Boyd tipped of cover with Another Beach Day there was little the leader could do in response and Another Beach Day ($23.60) surged past to score a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.1 for her second win of the season.       It was just her third local start, and third start for her new owner Brandy Boyd - who picked up her very first win as an owner in the featured race of the day with her twenty year old son Braxten in the bike for the win. Gene Miller is the winning trainer.   Motu Moonbeam N held second, and Windmeupnwatchmego (Dean Magee) rallied for third.   The $8,625 Minnesota-Sired freshman "A" pace went to heavy-favorite May Day Maggie (Mooney Svendsen, $2.40) for her third win of the season. She dominated the affair from gate-to-wire in 1:59.1 over Brooklyn Wind Up (Brady Jenson) and She's A Showstopper (Jacob Cutting). The winning filly is owned by Rick Huffman and Larry Matter and is trained by Justin Anfinson.   The $5,750 Minnesota-Sired freshman "B" pace went to heavy-favorite Dontcallmefrieda (Nick Roland, $2.80) in 2:03 for her first lifetime win. The winner is a filly by Wind Me Up, owned by Connie and Judith Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson.   So So De Vie (Mooney Svendsen) scored his fourth straight win in a $4,800 conditioned pace for owner Jose Cervantes and trainer Edward Hernandez. The sharp three year-old gelding is a son of American Ideal and he was a 1-1/2 length winner in 1:54.3.   Driver Mooney Svendsen led the Tuesday card with a Hat-Trick of three wins, and Dean Magee registered a double. Trainer Justin Anfinson also recorded a double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Wednesday (September 9) with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $6,614.30.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces                                                          

Harness racing trainer Travis Alexander is not letting a recent setback stop American Courage from vying for the title of top 2-year-old pacing colt on the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 12. The trainer calls an equine virus that ran through his barn in mid-August a blessing in disguise as it may give his colt an edge in his $225,000 Final. The virus caused Alexander to scratch American Courage from the fifth preliminary leg for freshman pacing colts at Vernon Downs on Aug. 28. "We could have raced and pressed for points as he was clean on race day but we weren't taking any chances," said Alexander. "We let him tell us how he was feeling, and we decided to scratch." Still, American Courage remains unbeaten in his career with a perfect seven-for-seven and with $180,000 in total earnings accumulated already this year. This includes starts in the New York Sire Stakes and the Springfield (formerly the Sheppard) at Yonkers. "You never know how they are going to be, he's been a surprise," said Alexander. "I always knew he had a large amount of ability, but things just have to go your way. All of these horses are fast and bred so well; they're getting more Thoroughbred-like." Despite easing up on the colt's training as he recovered, the Alexander is still confident pointing the colt into the largest purse start of his young career. He will leave from Post 5 in the fifth race on Saturday with driver Matt Kakaley. "I haven't even trained him a mile in August," said Alexander. "I haven't even tightened the screws. I just started him back up yesterday (Sept. 2), but he'll be ready to go." Alexander isn't just referring to the Night of Champions, but to three major stakes races ahead, including the Metro Stakes in Canada on Sept. 26. The scheduling proximity between the NYSS Finals and the Metro poses a challenge to trainers and any connections looking to cross the border. As of right now, any person coming from the United States must quarantine for two weeks in accordance with COVID-19 regulations. Back-to-back races across the border means Alaina, Alexander's wife, is already in Canada for the Metro Stakes while Travis focuses on the Night of Champions. "Alaina is somewhat upset about not being here for the finals in person. She takes care of him and runs his barn. She's basically the boss," said Alexander. "She knows every wrinkle of American Courage so, being here alone, it puts a lot of pressure on me for sure." A lot of pressure, but also a belief that he has the right team in place to realize the pacer's brimming potential. "Matt (Kakaley) has done an amazing job. It makes my job easier," said Alexander. "I have full confidence in American Courage." The New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions takes place September 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Post time is 7:12 p.m. By Leah Rostohar, for New York Sire Stakes  

The first foal of the American-bred Swedish Group 1 winner Volstead has been born at Haras des Trotteurs harness racing stud, Cardigan, near Ballarat in Victoria. It is a lovely filly out of the NSW Country Trotters Oaks winner and multiple Group placegetter Duchess Ella Tr 1:57.2 ($126,934), a daughter of the Balance Image horse Earl. Volstead (Tr 1;51.5), a $716,000 winning son of the great Cantab Hall, is standing his second season at Haras des Trotteurs this year. Haras des Trotteurs had the privilege of launching his stud career on Australia soil last season. He left 56 mares in foal in Australia and 27 in New Zealand in his first season. We are delighted to see his first foals – his first anywhere in the world - from that crop now on the ground says Haras des Trotteurs Owner Pat Driscol Volstead filly out of Orne Volstead returns as a shuttle stallion after his first stint at stud in the United States. Being on the ground in Australia means Volstead is the only son of Cantab Hall with chilled semen available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand. Volstead was a top class performer on the track in Europe, with a career-best 1:51.5 in a racing career of 23 wins, and having him in Victoria provides breeders with a rare opportunity to add the influence of Cantab Hall to their bloodlines. The United States-bred Cantab Hall (1:54, $US1.44m) was a star on the track from the outset, being voted the USTA trotter of the year as a 2yo. He was then an immediate success at stud, being the leading sire of 2yo trotters with his first crop in the US. Cantab Hall has gone on since to at one stage being the leading money-winning trotting sire for three consecutive years (2012-13-14), and again in 2016 and 2017. As well as producing numerous outstanding performers, the Hall of Famer has also developed into a sire of sires. Father Patrick is his richest earning foal, having tallied up $US2.56m in stakes in an illustrious career, and is now a leading sire in the US.   Volstead stood his first northern hemisphere season at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio this year. Peter Wharton

MILTON, SEPT. 7, 2020 – With less than one month remaining in the regular harness racing season, the three-year-old pacing colts were on their toes in Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 7. The talented sophomore kicked things off with a thrilling performance in the first race, which saw the top three finishers hit the wire together, separated by a short nose. The finish-line photo revealed Poseidon Seelster as the winner by a whisker, with Gonnahaveonemore second and Better Take It third. All three colts were clocked in 1:51.1, which was a personal best for Poseidon Seelster. “We’re really excited about the win. Bob gave him a perfect drive, even if he didn’t win it was an awesome drive,” said Matt Dupuis, who trains the Sunshine Beach colt for Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. “He needed the win to get more points for the Semi-Finals.” Rockwood resident Bob McClure engineered the victory, which saw Poseidon Seelster get away mid-pack from Post 4 and hug the rail until he powered out in the stretch for the battle to the wire. The win was the gelding’s second straight and his first of the season in Grassroots action, launching him from thirty-first to tenth in the division standings with 61 points. “I was really looking forward to him coming back at three, but he didn’t come back to be what I thought he would,” said McClure, who drove the pacer through his $25,500 freshman campaign, but was making just his third appearance in the gelding’s race bike Monday. “He’s amazing gaited, big, strong and very fast, but just never seemed to put all the tools together, but I’d say Matt has him peaking at a perfect time.” The second $22,800 division saw fan favourite Bettorbuckleup get away fourth from Post 7, take command heading by the half and cruise home to a three and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50.3. Bettor At Hightide finished second and Solid Man was third. “I was a little surprised he was on the lead, just because he’s never really done that well on the lead on the big track, but he’s so brave right now it seems like that was probably the only spot he could be today,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the trip worked out by driver James MacDonald. “I was really happy with how everything worked out. “James said after the race, ‘He almost feels like a Gold horse now’,” Gallucci continued. “His last couple races he seems to have really turned the corner.” The win was Bettorbuckleup’s second in Grassroots action and his third of the season. The Bettors Delight son tested his skills against the Gold Series colts in the Aug. 16 leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway, finishing third, but Gallucci and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON felt he was better positioned for success in the Grassroots program where he now sits second in the standings with 125 points. Fan favourite The Wild Card romped to his fourth straight Grassroots victory in the third division, cruising under the wire two lengths ahead of Menlo Park and Captivate Hanover in a personal best 1:51.2. Doug McNair engineered the front-stepping win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. “He’s one of the best feeling horses that I’ve ever had, every day he seems to be full of himself. I jogged him yesterday, because I trained him a little bit Saturday and if they’re racing Monday I do jog them on Sunday, and even after training Saturday he goes out on the track in a big hurry, like a fast walk all the time,” said Dr. Moore of the Bettors Delight son. “And then when he gets to the track he’s leaping up in the air like ‘Heigh-ho Silver, away!’ sort of thing and takes off 100 miles an hour. He does that every time he steps on the racetrack, and then after one lap around the sand track he slows down. He’s always feeling good like that. He does it every day, like it doesn’t seem to be wearing on him, the season, at all.” With a flawless record of four wins in four Grassroots starts, The Wild Card leads the sophomore pacing colts into the Sept. 20 leg at Flamboro Downs with 200 points. The top 20 point earners from the five regular season events will advance to the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final will move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 10. Guelph resident Doug McNair was back in the winner’s circle after the last division, guiding National Sport to a 1:50.3 personal best off a front-end effort. The lightly regarded son of Sportswriter bested Delightful Terror by half a length after giving ground to the fan favourite at the top of the stretch. Sundown Kid was two lengths back in third. “I thought he was going to be tenth, but he was tough,” said McNair of the second wind National Sport found late in the stretch. “He showed last year that he had some talent, and that’s the first time this year he’s shown a real good mile again.” A Grassroots winner at two, National Sport posted a fourth and a seventh in his first two sophomore Grassroots starts had not found the winner’s circle before Monday’s effort. Jared Bako trains the gelding, who jumped from thirty-second to eleventh in the standings, for 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Complete results for Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found 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

I have no axe to grind with Woodlands, Nevele R, Alabar, nor for that matter their main supplier US harness racing studs in Blue Chip Farms and Diamond Creek. I love the stallion choices Woodlands have made in recent years, the majestic set up of Nevele R and the rich history of Alabar and its true two country operation. I thank Blue Chip Farms for agisting World Class Hanover on their farm and providing us with a magnificent Credit Winner Colt from her and I thank Diamond Creek for allowing their champion trotting stallion Father Patrick to be available down under. We, Australia, belong to an international trotting community that has adopted limited stallion books the world over. Examples are the US 140 stallion book limit (no free returns), France 100 limit (and that’s for the best stallions its less for many others) and Sweden 150 limit etc. Limited stallion books have helped improve numerous areas of their industry. I hear no talk of dispensing with limited stallion books internationally. Why, because it works. I commend HRA for its courageous decision to limit stallion books in Australia. I am disappointed that our (Australasia’s) three biggest and in many areas, best studs have chosen to fight this decision. I am also disappointed that these two beautiful studs in the US are happy to adhere to limited stallion books in the US, but do not appear to be encouraging their Southern counterparts to do the same. Let’s get back on stride, let’s get back in step and join the international harness community in limiting stallion books down under. Pat Driscoll  Haras Des Trotteurs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2020 -- When Dune Hill won her $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship Monday at The Meadows, it was historic on several counts. Not only did it complete the 3-year-old filly trotter's sweep of the four preliminary legs and the final, but it also gave trainer Ron Burke career win 11,000. The Meadows hosted all eight $40,000 stallion series finals Monday, and there was action aplenty, as four championship records fell. But Dune Hill and Burke clearly took center stage. Dune Hill got away fifth for Matt Kakaley and moved with cover before attacking the leader, Alittlebitofsugar. Kakaley said he had no doubt the daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible would get by. "She felt really good in the last turn; I wasn't too worried," Kakaley said. "As long as you keep her out of trouble and she has her manners right, she's better than these." She downed Aittlebitofsugar by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:54.4, lowering the previous stake mark of 1:55.1 set by Dressed To Impress in 2017. The first-over Hannah earned show. Dune Hill now has banked $151,886 for owner Joseph DiScala, Jr.   Burke, harness racing's perennial leading trainer, just keeps rolling. Since 2009, he's won at least 762 races every year; during that period, his UTR hasn't been below .321 in any season. Overall, Burke trainees have earned just shy of $244 million. Jim Pantaleano and Tim Tetrick each collected a pair of titles. Highlights of the other championships: 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Love Muffin When he learned that Love Muffin had drawn post 8, trainer David Wiest indicated he wasn't concerned. "I know she'll leave and get a good spot," he said. "I wasn't worried at all." Love Muffin justified Wiest's confidence, zipping to the point for Pantaleano and scoring in 1:55.4, which shattered Day Lily's previous record of 1:57.2 set in 2014. The first-over Rebel Girl raced well for second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Trend third.   Wiest said owners Edward Kimmel and Don Wiest have consigned the daughter of Andover Hall-Pine Yankee to the Harrisburg sale; she'll contest several Pennsylvan1a stakes before then. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Odds On Whitney She was forced six wide in the lane, but the full sister to World Champion Papi Rob Hanover showed her determination, overcoming Darby Hanover by a head to prevail in 1:52.2 Skyy completed the ticket. It was the second consecutive stallion series record for Odds on Whitney; this one eliminated the old mark of 1:53.3 set by Sidewalk Dancer in 2017. "I put a lot of trust in her," said winning driver Tetrick. "We got away in a bad spot, but she overcame it. It's hard to come that wide through the turn. She has a lot of power and pedigree, so who knows what she can be next year." Tony Alagna conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover for Odds On Racing. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Overserved The son of Explosive Matter-Afterimage moved first over for Tetrick to win his fourth straight for owners William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, setting a stake record 1:54.2 in the process. Frost Free Hanover established the previous record of 1:55.2 in 2014. Early leader Town Victor was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Stickler Hanover earned show. "The biggest thing about him -- he's matured," said winning trainer George Ducharme. "Like last week when he went on the lead, he would never have done that a year ago, or even earlier this spring." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Going Gone Hanover Yankeeland Partners' daughter of Captaintreacherous-Go On BB was the day's most decisive winner, drawing off late for Andrew McCarthy to beat Wayside by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Keystone Eureka completed the ticket. "It looked like a pretty good spot for this mare -- she's been good all year," McCarthy said. "I think she was a little sick her last start, but she got the job done." Winning trainer Brett Bittle said his filly is eligible to several of the rich stakes at the Red Mile. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Somewhereinverona Somewhereinverona shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:53.1 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns with Petitpas Stables, Ozzie Mackay, and Gilles Landry. "I didn't really have a choice but the Lightning Lane after getting away third," Merriman said. "The horse really responded when he saw air, so it was really easy." Captain Fancy was second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Rifleman third. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Seriously Hanover Seriously Hanover went wide through the lane to collect a hard-fought win for Andy Miller in 1:51.3, 1/2 length ahead of Ruthless Hanover. Mankat earned show. "It's hard to make up ground when you're that wide, but thankfully, he stuck his nose up," said Ron Coyne, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip for Michael Cimaglio, Stephen Demeter and Stephen Giagni. "He'll go to Lexington, where he'll have a couple options. We'll see what makes the most sense." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Lepanto Lepanto made it look easy for the second straight week, notching a front-end win in 1:56 for Pantaleano. Sunny Crockett and Lindys Goin Crazy completed the ticket. "He was a pleasure to drive; he did everything right, especially for a baby," Pantaleano said. "He's probably a notch below the Grand Circuit horses. I think he'll make most of his money because of his quick speed, and you can put him in good spots." Ake Svanstedt conditions the son of Bar Hopping-Woman of Character for Esa Lahtinen, Jussi Hietalahti and Arvo Risto. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                    

Expat Aussie Team Tritton has had plenty to smile about in the first six-months of their USA move, but they are looking forward to the next few weeks with a great deal of excitement. Former Sydneysiders Shane and Lauren Tritton are based at Pine Bush, one-and-a-half hours from New York City, and are set to unleash some "fresh faces" in the form of a handful of ex-Australian horses. "We are really upbeat about it because there are some quality animals among them," Tritton said. "There are some who've only recently come out to here, while a couple of others have joined our barn from other US stables," he said. The husband-and-wife team recently chalked up their 20th winner since making the USA their home earlier this year. "We've learnt heaps in our first season over here and hopefully we can keep getting better as we go along," Tritton said. "We've found out the horses just don't need all the work that we used to give them back home, so we've made that adjustment and the horses are getting up in grade, but they're now racing with consistent form. "When we first of all arrived, we set a goal-and that was to try and make a living out of the sport in the first six months. We're doing okay and we're excited that there are plans now for the Casinos to open back up (from COVID-19 shutdowns) and hopefully the purses will start to improve. "So we hope that the next step can be now to keep things ticking over and to set ourselves up for the future." Tritton said the family had settled in well to new ways - both the racing aspects and the practicalities of life in the Northern Hemisphere. "On average, we're racing three and four times a week at three tracks that are all about one-and-a-half hours from Pine Bush," he said. "We've got the hang of life here. Things like driving the US way (left-hand drive) on the 'wrong' side of the road, we don't even really think about now. It might probably sound a bit funny, but we kind of feel like we've been here forever." The stable has been ticking over nicely with old-timer Flaming Flutter posting another victory at Yonkers recently, and the former West Australian-trained mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said-Flylika Byrd Lombo (Jet Laag) in brilliant form. "She has won her last three starts for us and we really expect that she will step up and be among the better mares here down the track. We're so lucky to have her because she's a real nice horse," Tritton said. Lady De La Renta won 14 races and was placed 12 times from 41 starts in Australia. Her biggest victory was in the 2018 3YO Diamond Classic of $50,000, run at Perth's Gloucester Park. She was driven by gun freelance reinsman Chris Voak. Jordan Stratton and Lady De La Renta made it three in a row recently There are also some exciting prospects among the ex-Aussies to recently join the stable, and due to step out in coming weeks. "We have sent a few home in recent weeks, so it's good to have some new horses coming in. We qualified Sweet n Fast (a winner of 12 races in Australia) at Yonkers a few days ago and Pat Stanley will be next," Tritton said. Talented gelding Pat Stanley (Western Ideal-Jaz Tanner (Artiscape) is a winner of 14 races and $147,000 in earnings. He had two trials in NZ before being transferred to Australia under the care of Blake Fitzpatrick and got the money at his race debut at Newcastle. He continued to race at NSW tracks before being sent to Great Western world champion reinswoman Kerryn Manning for eight starts, ahead of shipping to the US. One of his biggest scalps was in February of this year when Manning piloted him to victory in the $60,000 G2 South Australian Pacing Cup. The pair also later won the Markovina FFA at Melton. Another to come under the care of the Trittons is Maczaffair (Mach Three-Presidential Affair (Presidential Ball). The mare won 21 races and $500,000 when racing in West Australia, capturing the 2017 $150,000 WA Oaks and then the following year taking out the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes Pace. Others about to start racing in the Team Tritton colors will include Muscle Mach (15 wins), War Dan (11 wins) and Islandspecialmajor (21 wins). "We keep an eye on what's happening back in Australia though, in particular at the stables of Roy Roots who is our brother-in-law. Prior to leaving we bought some shares in six two-year-olds Roy is training, and three of them have already won so that's been nice too!" Tritton said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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