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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bertha Vanation, fresh from a 25-1 upset at the head of the class over a gutty Brighten Your Life; and Velocity McSweets, who had to settle for third that evening in a blanket finish as the prohibitive favorite, get a rematch in Saturday night’s $6,200 Filly and Mare Open Pace. There will be 13 races presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 4:55 p.m. with the main harness racing event scheduled as the second event on the evening. Bertha Vanation is a 6-year-old daughter of Voracious Hanover who races for Cathy Dessert and is reined and trained by Nick Roland. She was able to leave into a perfect pocket trip in that last score and prevailed by a nose over Brighten Your Life, who carved out all the fractions. The latter is a Shark Gesture mare who led every step but the last and will be looking for some revenge this weekend. Tyler Gunderson and Jenna Cornelison own, Cornelison trains and will once again be handled by Tony Succarotte. Velocity McSweets will be looking for some revenge after getting the worst of things while beaten only a neck for the whole thing last time. Jennifer Sabot owns and trains and Cordarius Stewart handles the lines. Leaving from the outside slot in that last assignment, Velocity McSweets sat behind slow fractions, put in a big move around the final bend but could not quite reach the leaders that evening. Completing the cast are Delightfully Wild, who will be seeking her third straight victory for owners Richard Morita and David Yamata and trainer Jessie Pacheco; and Robert Staats winner Paloma Ruiz for Melinda Smith and driver/trainer Jake Cutting. The co-featured conditioned trot carries a $5,500 purse and brings out a solid cast consisting of Major A-Mar, MD Magic, Teachmehowtotry, Mshindi and Flameon.   Big Guy, Lassena give Svendsen pleasure drives Mooney Svendsen had a couple of nice winners in the sulky last week, guiding Royale Big Guy to a convincing victory in the Open II Pace and sitting behind the mare River Lassena when she waltzed home by 14 lengths in a conditioned affair. Royale Big Guy is a 7-year-old son of Ashlee’s Big Guy who carries the banner of Scott Ehrlich and takes his lessons from Kathie Plested. After suffering some traffic behind the streaking Allmyx’sliventexas in the January 3 Open, he appreciated the class relief last time around and responded with a length score in 1:53 flat. “This horse has never gone a bad mile for me,” Svendsen noted. “I was pretty confident going into that last race, so I just let him settle and then came first over with him on the backside. He was awfully strong to the wire.” Svendsen had some idea what he had when he climbed behind the 4-year-old distaffer River Lassena for Mark Anderson and Gordie Graham, but wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming mile the daughter of Riverboat King was going to give him. After sitting the pocket early, he was out and moving with her to final bend, took complete control of things from that point and romped to the line with 14 lengths back to the nearest rival. “I’d never driven her before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect,” Mooney noted. “All I did was hit the wheel disk once and she absolutely took off. I said to myself that Andersen has another good one. “As far as the margin goes, I did drive one once that won by 18 lengths, but this was certainly close and quite a ride.” No kidding.   By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

An editorial in this newspaper at the weekend (Racing's reputation on the line, Adv., Jan. 9) raised a number of issues that require a response on behalf of the industry. The opinion piece posed questions about the community's support for racing going forward, and support for the Tasmanian government's annual financial contribution to its operations. At the outset it is important to note that the North-West Coast community has a long association with the Tasmanian racing industry across all three codes. This importance was specifically underlined at the recent Ladbrokes Devonport Cup at Spreyton when an almost capacity crowd (though impacted by COVID-19 restrictions) turned out to watch our state's best thoroughbred performers. Racing is an industry that touches virtually every region of the state and delivers economic flow-on across a very wide range of sectors. In nearby Devonport there are 14 harness meetings and 52 greyhound meetings (plus trials) held at the Devonport Showgrounds every year. This racing activity at the showgrounds invests nearly $3 million into the North-West Coast economy. Beyond Devonport, there are four harness meetings at Burnie and seven meetings on King Island for thoroughbred and harness racing. They are also great social and community events that bring their respective communities together. The Ladbrokes Devonport Cup (the 100th Devonport Cup was run in 2018) is not only a significant day on the Tasmanian Summer racing calendar, but is an important social occasion on the North-West Coast. Sadly, a horse trained by Spreyton-based Adam Trinder died of a suspected heart attack during the meeting. The death was immediately labelled an animal welfare issue by some well-known industry critics.  Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson   Both Tasracing and the broader racing industry understand it is critical that animal welfare measures meet community expectations and are in line with community values. Tasracing employs an animal welfare manager whose title is self-explanatory. Every year significant amounts of money are invested across the industry to ensure the welfare of animals is protected. In addition to programs for horses and greyhounds after their racing life, Tasracing is upgrading and improving racing facilities to improve the welfare of the animal during their racing career. These include track renovations, upgraded surfaces in parade and mounting yard areas and stalls, upgrades to kennels, changes to racing equipment, improvements in maintenance and track management practices and improved welfare policies and procedures. The welfare of all racing animals in Tasmania is a core priority for Tasracing. And Tasracing stands by its approach, which is as good as any racing jurisdiction in Australia. And we want to appropriately debate the issue in the community. While racing animals are high-performance athletes and their care, exercising and maintenance is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week task, all industry participants are passionate about their sport and the animals in their care. No one could have predicted the unfortunate death of the horse. As Adam Trinder wrote on his website after the Devonport Cup meeting: "It was a sombre day for the stable with one of our much-loved team members, Douglas, not making it back home to his box tonight." While via Tasracing, racing in Tasmania costs nearly $50 million a year to run ($31 million of which is funded by the government via a funding deed), it is worth more than $100 million a year to the economy through activities including but not limited to animal breeding, veterinary services, food and beverage, retail and tourism. The industry employs more than 2000 people directly with 5000 people employed or participating (particularly in rural and regional areas which are often impacted by higher unemployment levels). Racing is an industry that touches virtually every region of the state and delivers economic flow-on across a very wide range of sectors. The Tasmanian government is a strong supporter of the racing industry, and has recently committed to contributing $8 million over the next two years to underpin the development of new harness and greyhound racing facilities in the North-West. Tasracing intends to build new race tracks for both the harness and greyhound codes. The move away from the Devonport Showgrounds will allow for a proposed $75 million residential development to occur at the site providing a major economic boost to the city and the region more broadly. Tasracing has started work on potential locations for new facilities, including looking at a tri-code facility at Spreyton. Paul Eriksson is the chief executive officer of Tasracing Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Alexa Skye came to Yonkers Raceway with four straight harness racing victories and left having made it five in-a-row, taking Thursday night's featured $30,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace in impressive fashion. The 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere stopped the teletimer in 1:52 flat.   Driven by Todd McCarthy, Alexa Skye left quickly from post three and cleared Feelin Red Hot (George Brennan) for the lead prior to the 27 4/5 opening quarter. Alexa Skye, who was the 8-5 second choice, was well-rated to the half, posting that fraction in 56 3/5, and then picked up the tempo to 1:24 2/5 at three-quarters as New Zealand imports Seaswift Joy (Andrew McCarthy) and Bettors Heart (Jason Bartlett) began to advance first-up and second-over, respectively.   On the far turn Seaswift Joy was able to drop into the pocket as Feelin Red Hot retreated, leaving Bettors Heart to try and close in two-wide through the stretch drive. Alexa Skye would have none of that, though, as she finished strongly through the lane, widening late to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths. Bettors Heart, who was the 3-2 choice, was the runner-up, and Seaswift Joy held third over a rallying Siesta Beach (Scott Zeron).   Brett Pelling trains Alexa Skye for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and John Lengacher. Prior to tonight, Alexa Skye won two overnight races at the Meadowlands in December, then slid over to Freehold Raceway where she went from last at the half to first at the wire in two editions of their Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap on December 26 and January 1. Alexa Skye, who returned $5.50 to win, now has a record of 11-4-1 from 31 career tries, and she has earned $131,140. The Alexa Skye-Bettors Heart exacta paid $12.40 and the 3-5-4 trifecta kicked back $21.20.   In other wagering developments during the card, the $1 Pick 6 paid $1,572.20 for the combination of 8/2/3/5/3/3 and the 50-cent Pick 5 of 3/5/3/3/3 returned $324.25. Those two wagers, along with the Pick 4, feature a reduced takeout rate of 20 percent for 2021.   Live racing at Yonkers Raceway resumes Friday night at 7:15, and the schedule continues on a Monday-Friday basis throughout the year.   Yonkers Raceway

Boots Electric’s Group success Boots Electric, who won the Group 3 Metropolitan Pace Final at Melton, after carving out the last 800 metres in 55.3 seconds, has now won seven races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as a four-year-old brother by Somebeachsomewhere to The Honey Badger (1:57.9) and a half-brother to Glenburn Joy (1:58.8) and Smokin Annie (2:00). Their dam, Glenburn Jewel (1:59.3), a Live Or Die mare from Glenburn Rose, by Stand Together from Bretella, was a capable racemare who won five races and $51,981 in stakes. She was a half-sister to the Listed winner Chesterton 1:56.1 ($136,984), the Melton and Albion Park winner Novena Rose (1:55) and Debnita Rose (1:57.4), winner of four races in NZ. Boots Electric                         --Stuart McCormick photo   This has been one of the most successful branches of the Dolly (by Young Irvington) family, Glenburn Rose being a half-sister to the metropolitan winners Glenburn Prince and Glenburn Flame and to the Admiral Halsey mare Glenburn Lass, dam of the exported Glenburn Comet (1:54).   Cups double for half-brothers  Two of Victoria’s star trotters at present, and both winners last weekend who promise to be a force in the land in the trotters’ section of the Grand Circuit, are McLovin and Havehorsewilltravel. McLovin, an eight-year-old by Monarchy, won the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Maori Mile in 1:54.2 at Bendigo, while Havehorsewilltravel took out the Trotters Cup at the Cobram Cup meeting. McLovin                     --Stuart McCormick photo Both trained by Andy Gath are out of Winfield Invasion, a trotter herself, and who has left another straightout trotting winner in Say Your Pres. Winfield Invasion was by the Speedy Crown horse Armbro Invasion from Egnal, by Noodlum from the Armbro Del mare Winfield Del, a sister to the Dominion Handicap winner and successful sire Alias Armbro.   By Roll With Joe A bright future is being predicted for the Roll With Joe six-year-old The Croupier, whose success in the Group 3 feature at Menangle last Saturday was his second winning run from five starts on Australian soil. On the score of blood The Croupier lacks nothing. Apart from being by Roll With Joe, and one of his second crop, The Croupier is out of the Beach Towel mare Sam’s Beach Babe, the dam also of the high class NSW pacer Freyberg 1:51 ($422,590) and Vanhalem (1:58.4), a winner of 12 races in NZ and $102,548 in stakes. Sam’s Beach Babe (2:01.5), who won twice, ranks as a half-sister to the Globe Derby Park winner Im The Last Samurai (2:01.4) and to the In The Pocket mare Knot A Patch (2:01.1), the grand-dam of the prolific Gloucester Park winner Jimmy Mack 1:56.5 ($143,635) and Kinky Boots (1:59.9), who won eight.  Sam’s Beach Babe was out of Most Happy Patch, by Smooth Fella from Moody Patch, a good producer by Light Mood from First Despatch (by Dillon Hall) and tracing to the Harold Rothschild mare First Water, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. From the First Despatch branch of it and to which The Croupier belongs, others in Karter Brown 1:54.3 (QBred Triad 4YO), Hy Commissioner 1:55 ($190,894), the NZ Sapling Stakes and Southern Supremacy winner Malaz, Model Hardcraft (Timaru Nursery) and other fine pacers belong.     Village Kid Sprint winner from good broodmare Bletchley Park, an American Ideal five-year-old and the winner of the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4, is out of Alldatglittersisgold, an unraced Caprock mare who is proving a champion broodmare. Bletchley Park                                --Paceway Photography Alldatglittersisgold is also the dam of Bling It On 1:50.2 ($1.8 million), winner of six Group 1’s including the A. G. Hunter Cup and Victoria Cup, and his half-sister Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($854,490), the Miracle Mile winner. Others from Alldatglittersisgold are Blingittothemax (1:55.3), Hectic (1:56.7), Show Me The Bling (1:53.1) and The Code Breaker (1:57.9). A full brother to Bling It On and Bletchley Park will be offered as Lot 205 at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Sale at Oaklands Junction in April. Alldatglittersisold is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Our Graedy 1:52.8 ($307,713) and Sparks Will Fly 1:54.8 ($225,186), who is being bred from successfully in America, and to the Vance Hanover mare Fleet Vance (1:55.2), the dam of the NSW Golden Mile winner Place Of Glory 1:56.6 ($200,412) and Passion N Glory 1:55.9 ($150,501) and the grand-dam of the Caduceus Club Classic and Breeders Crown winner Flying Pocketlands 1:52.6 ($442,423), Mighty Flying Thomas 1:54.6 ($354,622), Mighty Flying Mac 1:55.7 ($265,837) and so on.   Krafty Bart’s Championship Krafty Bart, who won the time-honoured Central Victorian Pacing Championship at Boort, is a four-year-old expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. A member of Emma Stewart’s Ballarat team, he has a good deal more in his favour on the score of blood than most. By Betterthancheddar, who sired Group winning performers in Caviar Star, My Sweetchilliphilly and Jenden Strike, Krafty Bart is out of the Badlands Hanover mare Incendio (1:56.7), whose dam Dawn Bromac (by Ok Bye), was a very successful broodmare. Besides Incendio, a thrice winner at Gloucester Park, she was also the dam of the Abion Park winner Dixie Bromac (1:57), Dougie Bromac (1:58.4) and the Victorian winner Bromac Del Mara (1:56.5). Dawn Bromac was out of Desero, a Nero’s B B mare from Desette, by Adover Rainbow from Desitudor, a half-sister by Tudor Hanover to the NZ Messenger winner Josias and the cup winners Elias and Matthias. Other members of this family, which was founded in New Zealand by the Bellman mare Rita Bell, were the Inter Dominion heat winner Buck The Odds, Stabilizer (1:51.2), Northern Assassin (1:51.8), Eden Paige (1:52.6), Abdias (NZ 4YO of the Year), Drew Bromac and the J. D. Watts Memorial winner Machtavish (1:52.9).   Well related three-year-old Bondi Lockdown, who hoisted a fresh track record of 1:55 at Charlton, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he finished second to Jacks Hawk in the Vicbred Silver Pace. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Bondi Lockdown has not been the most reliable, but has proved himself a young pacer of great ability. By Somebeachsomewhere, and one of the second last commercial crop of the American horse to race in Australia, Bondi Lockdown is out of the Art Major mare Without Guile, a daughter of the former glamour racemare Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421,875), by Safely Kept from the grand Lordship mare Cerebrano, the dam of eleven winners and grand-dam of the Victorian ‘Cups King’ Restrepo 1:52.4 ($527,118), also by Art Major. A half-brother to Bondi Lockdown in Joey’s Hangover (by Well Said) won at Cranbourne recently, while Cordero (Western Terror-Innocent Eyes) won in 1:56.9 at Pinjarra on the same day as Bondi Lockdown won.    Siblings win at Albion Park It was no mean feat for the siblings Just Joshin and Jiggle And Jive to win on the same night at Albion Park recently. Both are by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight (Australasia’s leading sire). Versace Woman, the dam of Just Joshin and Jiggle And Jive, was out of a capable racemare in Caesar’s Woman (1:59.5), who won the NZ Yearling Sales Series as a two-year-old. Besides Versace Woman (2:01.4), she was also the dam of Roman Ruler 1:55.5 ($114,020), who won 14 races including three at Albion Park. Caesar’s Woman was out of the Holmes Hanover mare Fine Cut, who proved a very successful broodmare. She was the dam of the Gloucester Park winner Seelster Cut, Rennie (1:59.2) and the dual Moonee Valley winner Universal First (TT1:58.8), who, in turn, became the grand-dam of the prolific Perth winner Braeview Bondi 1:55.1 ($198,793), Flaming Courage (1:55.2) and Manly Mach (1:58.2). A half-sister to Fine Cut in Michele Bromac 1:57.8 ($155,500), was a top flight racemare who numbered the Kaikoura Cup and NZ Junior Free-for-all among her eleven successes. She became the dam of the Canberra Cup winner High Finance (1:59.2) and the NZ Queen of Hearts victor Holly Golightly (1:58.9).   Bettor’s Delight tops USA sires’ list Bettor’s Delight has headed the North American sires’ list for the fifth time. His stock in 2020 earned $17.1 million, almost $350,000 more than the second placed Somebeachsomewhere ($16.8), the leading sire of two-year-olds. Captaintreacherous, who topped the three-year-old list for the second time, finished third on the all aged list with $10.6 million, followed by American Ideal ($9.1 million), Mach Three ($8.2 million), Art Major ($7.9 million) and Sweet Lou ($5.9 million). Always B Miki was the leading first crop sire with $2.3 million, followed by Betting Line ($1.4 million) and JK Endofanera ($1 million). Muscle Hill again topped every category of the trotters’ section. During 2020 his progeny earned $9.7 million, of which his two and three-year-olds won $7.3 million. Bar Hopping ($1.4 million) and Southwind Frank ($1.1 million), both sons of Muscle Hill, were the two leading first season trotting sires.   Broodmare double The Armbro Operative mare Tori Miss left winners in consecutive races at Mount Gambier recently with Smart Play (by Shadow Play) and Auckland Miss (by Auckland Reactor). Both bred, raced and trained by Glencoe horseman Graeme Howard are the first two foals of their dam. Tori Miss, a race-winning mare, is out of To Ri Ray, by To Ri Daon (son of Nero) from Raydonist, by Hedonist, a son of Gallant Knight who won 14 races at Wayville including the SA Labour Day Cup and Gawler Cup. This family has strong breeding links to south-east South Australia, Raydonist being the dam of nine winners including Border Prospect 2:00 (14 wins).   by Peter Wharton

Well-known Bathurst harness racing trainer-driver Mat Rue took the sport to a new level this week with a live commentary—from his race sulky seat. Rue provided a comprehensive pre-race analysis of the Reliance Bank Pace, which was race two on the program of the local meeting. He then gave an insight with his thoughts on how the race might pan out and his tactics with his own pacer Goodtime Hero. And when the mobile barrier left, it all went to plan as Rue took an early lead before handing up to the race favorite The Grogfather. Rue continues his commentary throughout the race, but found himself in a world of pain as The Grogfather started struggling a bit earlier than he thought. However he found daylight up the home straight and Goodtime Hero went to the line with a handy break. It was the first of four winners for the night for Rue—a feat he’s performed numerous times, including twice at Saturday night meetings at Menangle. His best effort has been five winners on a card. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was going to be difficult to match the excitement and bettor enthusiasm of Saturday, Jan. 2 at The Meadowlands when a harness racing $46,731 carryover and $150,000 guarantee led to a total 20-cent Pick-5 pool of $360,948. Last Saturday (Jan. 9), there was no carryover off which the Pick-5 pool could build, so track management and The Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey got together to 'seed' the pool with $25,000 and give it a $100,000 promise. What resulted was a total pool of nearly $200,000 that for a second consecutive Saturday served as the catalyst for what was a huge night of betting at The Big M. "What a start to the year," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Last week's 20-cent Pick-5 was seeded with an extra $25,000. The 'new money' of $170,758 brought the total pool to $195,758, and the winning payout was $25,057 for each 20-cent winning ticket. "The $25,000 seeding was our way to thank the horseplayers for their enormous support of The Meadowlands. Their wagering has made The Big M the most popular nighttime signal of any breed in horse racing, with our Saturday Winter Meet handle averaging over $4 million. The Meadowlands remains an industry leader in lowering takeout and offers six player-friendly wagers with an extremely low 15 percent takeout every night. We are abundantly grateful to horseplayers around the world for their business." Speaking of business, the last three Saturdays have seen plenty, with big increases over the corresponding cards from the year before. The total handle on Dec. 26, 2020 was $3,718,250, which was $800,000 more than the Saturday after Christmas 2019. Jan. 2 of this year saw a gigantic $4,562,477 of action, an increase of $1.8 million, while $3,646,603 was put in play on Jan. 9, an increase of almost $1.1 million. As usual, Pick-4 play was vigorous, as last Saturday saw the two pools combine for just over $180,000, an average of $90,000 per wager. "It's been an enormous month for Strategic Wagering and the United States Trotting Association," said Settlemoir. "This is the 11th year for the Strategic Wagering arm of the USTA. It offers low takeout wagers, free program pages, carryover Information and guaranteed pools. Strategic Wagering has increased interest in harness racing and has been a big part of the wagering resurgence you see on a nightly basis, and The Meadowlands is proud to be a part of this initiative." TODD'S GREAT, WON EIGHT: Todd McCarthy, the 27-year-old recent Australian arrival who has been tearing things up since his September debut at The Big M, won four races both last Friday (Jan. 8) and Saturday (Jan. 9). The leader of the "Todd Squad" has now recorded four wins on three occasions. Dave Miller also did well last weekend, winning twice on Friday and four times on Saturday. He is now in Florida for the winter and has already been seen in the sulky at Pompano Park. CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network ( In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network ( or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). FREE FOR ALL: Thanks to an agreement between The Meadowlands and TrackMaster, past performances for every race of every Big M program are now available at no cost. To access the free PPs, go to CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to to see track oddsmaker and analyst Dave Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Ken Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. MEAN TWEETS: Demsky has compiled some entertaining segments during his short tenure at the track and has put together an especially fun one featuring many Meadowlands personalities. You can find Demsky's "Mean Tweets" on the track's Facebook page and on the Big M's YouTube Channel. PRE-GAME SHOW CHANGE: This Friday, the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live pre-game show begins at the usual 5:27 p.m. On Saturday, the United States Harness Writers Association will host a special Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show that gets underway at 5 p.m. Among the awards to be doled out will be the 12 divisional winners in the racehorse categories, along with Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. The show runs approximately 30 minutes, after which The Big M's TV team will take over with its usual pre-game presentation. Post time for the first race on Friday and Saturday is 6 p.m. THE FIELD IS DOWN TO EIGHT: The National Football League playoffs are now in the conference semifinal stage, and you can get all your pigskin action at The Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers (-6½) at 4:35 p.m., then at 8:15 p.m., the Buffalo Bills (-2½) host the Baltimore Ravens in the weekend's most competitive game, according to the oddsmakers. The Sunday actions kicks off at 3:05 p.m. when the Cleveland Browns visit the Chiefs (-10) in Kansas City, then at 6:40 p.m., the battle of the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks takes place when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (-3) host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meadowlands Media Relations  

Port Perry, OH — David Heffering of Tara Hills Stud has announced that Kadabra has been retired from stallion duty. “It is with great sadness that we announce Kadabra’s retirement from stud duty,” said Heffering. “Kadabra leaves a great legacy and influence on the Standardbred breed, not only in Ontario, but industry wide. “Over the course of a 17-year stallion career, Kadabra has cemented his place as one of the all-time great trotting stallions with progeny earnings of over C$101 million. “Champion fillies and colts included Bee A Magician, Emoticon Hanover, Daylon Magician, Flanagan Memory, Caprice Hill, Forbidden Trade, Poof She’s Gone, Will Take Charge, and many more. “It has been a great honor for us to have cared for and managed Kadabra throughout his stallion career. Thank you for your support over the years.” Canadian Trotting Classic Final 2002 -Kadabra Tara Hills Stud

Hightstown, NJ — The Meadowlands Racetrack will host its fourth edition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Race on Saturday (Jan. 16). The 10-horse $15,000 pace, which features African American drivers, is race No. 2 on the harness racing card with a 6:22 p.m. post time. Among this year’s drivers are Montrell Teague, who won the event in 2018 and 2020, and 2019 winner Jim King Solomon. The race honors the memory of slain civil rights leader King, who was born Jan. 15, 1929. “This means a lot to me,” said Solomon, who has worked with Meadowlands race secretaries Peter Koch and Scott Warren over the years to help organize the event. “To be part of a race like this, to have them put it together, I’m very honored. This is for everyone, for all people. “Dr. King was a great man who stood for equal rights, not only for Black Americans but for all races where there was injustice. It’s an honor to even be a part of keeping his memory alive.” Teague will start the race from post 10 with Rufo. Teague, who turned 30 earlier this month, was harness racing’s 2015 Rising Star Award winner. He was the driver of 2015 Horse of the Year and fan favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit and has won 1,602 races in his career. Solomon, who recently returned to action after ankle surgery, starts Saturday from post two with Duckies Dynasty. Solomon also won an edition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace at Monticello Raceway in 2009. He remembers the details. “It was very cold,” Solomon said about the snowy 12-degree day in upstate New York. “I put my horse on the front, backed him down a little bit, and then came on home with him. It was a great thrill.” The remaining eight drivers participating in Saturday’s King Remembrance Race are Randy Crisler, Eric Tharps Jr., Orlando Greene, Deshawn Sample, Mark Sheridan, Jamaal Denson, Devon Tharps, and Chad Washington. Washington finished second in the past two editions of the race. Sheridan finished third in the previous two. “We’ve got good drivers, good horses,” Solomon said. “This is going to be a very good race.” For complete entries for Saturday’s 15-race Meadowlands card, which will be preceded by a one-hour show announcing the 2020 Dan Patch Awards, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

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