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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Beachy Dream ($5.30) remained sharp as a tack on Saturday night (March 7) as he registered his third win in four tries with an exciting head decision over Tullow N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace in 1:57.2 over the good track.   Sitting in the pocket behind the pace-setting and eventual third place finisher Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.), driver Kevin Cummings pulled Beachy Dream out just past the half which proved to be important as the race went on.   In the lane, Beachy Dream battled Iluvetomakemoney to the wire and were joined late as Tullow N (Shawn McDonough) came from the clouds to create the three-way photo. The picture showed Beachy Dream up by a head while Tullow N was second and Iluvtomakemoeny third.   Cummings said of the first over move. "Ray Fisher's horse (Iluvtomakemoney) is hit or miss on the front so I just wanted to play it safe." When asked if he saw Tullow N charging at the end, Cummings said, "I sure did see him coming but knew I had it at the wire."   Owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama, it was the third victory in six appearances this year for the 9-year-old gelded Beachy Dream (If I Can Dream-Beachy Girl. The win moved his bankroll to $21,450 and $260,030 in his career.   Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) rode 'the wave' to the winner's circle in taking a surprising head victory over Jim's Great in the $10,000 Class A pace.   Surfing the outer flow, Catch The Wave ($16.00) took command at the three-quarter marker and turned back the challenges of Jim's Great (Cummings) and Daylight Rush (David McNeight III) in 1:57.3.   Jim McNeight trained Catch The Wave (Jenna's Bech Boy-Hruby's N Emeralds) for owner Mike Ventura. The 8-year-old gelding has produced $15,120 in earnings this season and $178,504 lifetime.   There was no mistaking Casimir Oops in the $10,000 Class A-B Handicap Pace as he collected a 1-3/4 length score over Drunkonaplane in 1:56.3.   Sitting fourth and getting the first over trip down the backstretch the final time, Casimir Oops (Mike Baumeister) powered past the favored Percy's Z Tam, coasting to the win. Drunkonaplane (Billy Davis Jr.) rallied late and took the place position with Percy's Z Tam (Ray Fisher Jr.) hanging on for third.   Owned by Sandra Lee Cory and trained by Gregory Johnson, it was the first victory of the season for the 8-year-old Casimir Oops (Astronomical-Casimir Hugs). The win pushed his 2020 earnings to $10,124 and $48,868 in his career.   Davis Jr. had a four-bagger in the bike with Baumeister and Denny Bucceri getting two each. Maria Rice had a triple while Steve Andzel III and Ron Beback Jr. conditioned two winners apiece.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Trainer/Driver Rick Magee had plenty of confidence in his five-year-old mare by Jenna’s Beach Boy, as he sent her right out of the gate from post 7 to take control of the featured race on the Tuesday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces. Magee was aggressive early with Best of Jenna ($10.20) and immediately served notice to the field of 9 talented pacing distaffers that he, and Jenna, meant business. The duo fired off a quarter in 26.0, half in 55.2, then re-fired the accelerators past the ¾ post in 1:23.2 before kicking home in 28.3 to post a career mile of 1:52.0 by 1 length for owners Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker. Kayla Grace (Joe Casagranda) picked up second, while race favorite Stable Eyes (Luke Plano) checked in third. PV Miracle Mary ($6.40) with trainer/driver Joe Casagranda posted a big gate to wire score on the program as well, never in doubt in a 3 ¾ length romp while just missing her lifetime mark by 1 tick and stopping the timer at 1:53.1, in her 8th lifetime score. The talented 4 year old pacing mare is by Dragon Again and is owned by Casagranda and David Kuzara, she is one to watch this summer here at Running Aces. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 3rd at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $3,524.53, a carryover in the late .50 cent pick 4 of $1,633.88 and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager of $2,496.25. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

The Tuesday night May 23 Running Aces harness racing card featured the $10,000 Mares Open Pace, with a talented field of 7 distaffers squaring off. The talk of the tote board was Best of Jenna, and with good reason, the 5 year old by Jenna’s Beach Boy did not disappoint her backers as she posted a one length score from post 5 in her 2017 debut. Driver Rick Magee floated her quickly from the middle of the gate to the pocket early, then brushed to the lead past the 28.1 quarter, and it was smooth sailing through the remaining fractions of 57.0 and 1:25.4. Best of Jenna had plenty left in the tank and kicked home in 28.1 to stop the timer in 1:54 for her 9th lifetime win. She is owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker. Mikeleh, an 8 year old pacing mare by Western Ideal posted a dazzling gate-to-wire romp (1:54.1) in a $6,000 conditioned event with driver Luke Plano aboard for trainer George Reider and Owners Little Bapa LLC. Tonight’s 7 ½ length tally was the 20th lifetime win for Mikeleh, who has now bankrolled more than $328,000 lifetime. Steve Wiseman remained white-hot on the Tuesday night card, adding another driving triple to his Grand Slam on Sunday and his natural hat-trick on opening night. Wiseman has jumped out to a nice early lead in the drivers race with just 3 nights completed. Tonight he scored in the opener with Listentoherheart ($8.20) then picked up a mid-card win with One Chief ($8.00) and nabbed the finale with the favorite Gravelsinmytravel ($3.40) Live Racing returns to Running Aces this coming Saturday, May 27 with a first post of 6:00 pm CDT with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot pick 5 of $1,177.11 By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

As it turns out, Asgoodasioncewas made his final start when he finished third here on March 25, and is now ready to move on to the next phase of his life. An 11-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Jenna's Beach Boy out of the Abercrombie mare Adjust My Halo, he most recently went about his business for owner Scott Ehrlich and driver/trainer Steve Wiseman. When all was said and done on the racetrack, Asgoodasioncewas had $115,000 in his bank account and a 1:55 lifetime standard that was established back in 2009. "After just missing second, Asgoodasioncewas came up sore two days later," Ehrlich explained. "We had our vet David Valcheck check/x-ray him the following day and he showed some physical issues. After discussing these issues with Steve, his wife Kathie and David, and considering his age and what the future of racing held for him, we decided that the old guy would call it a career. "With roughly 30-60 days rest, he'll be good to go as a trail riding horse. He is a very sweet horse, who loves donuts by the way, and I'd be more than happy to give him to someone who will provide him with a loving home for what is hopefully a long life." ****** Congratulations to James Kennedy, who recorded the 1,000th win of his career when he guided Lincoln to victory in last Saturday night's fifth race. Trotting Sire Stakes lures My Little Susie My Little Susie, who already has three stakes trophies this season, gets the marquee treatment in Sunday evening's featured $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters. A field of six will face starter Ken Fowler, with the contest going as the third contest on the 10-race program. First post is set for 5:05 p.m. My Little Susie is a daughter of Claudius Augustus out of the SJ's Photo mare Sue's Photo who carries the banner of A Piece Of The Action LLC with Gene Vallandingham training and Chip Lackey once again doing the honors. The bay miss was a clear-cut winner of the first two stakes races for this group at the meet, then caught a sloppy track in the next gathering and had to settle for second behind Kissed The Boys in that affair. My Little Susie returned to her winning ways in the most recent stakes clash two weeks ago when back on a fast track, as Lackey sat a stalking trip to the lane and then motored by in the stretch for a three and a half-length decision. Kissed The Boys is the other stakes victress in the field and she is another daughter of Claudius Augustus who is owned and was bred by Desomer Stables with Vickie Desomer training and husband Steve in the sulky. She has captured three of her eight starts, with each of those victories coming on off tracks. Her March 13 Sire Stakes score saw her brushing to command past the quarter and going on to a handy score. Completing the field are Delta Breezeoflodi, CW Raisinette, Sixstringsandapick and Lodi Bank Robber. By Mark Ratzky, for  Cal Expo Harness  

Local harness racing owners Robert and Sharyn Symon are enjoying watching their Gotta Go Cullect filly Nek Time perform not only on the big stage at Addington but also on their home turf in Southland.   Trained by Terry and Glenys Chmiel at Leeston, the three year old has been at the top of her game. From nine starts this season she's won three races and has run second and third twice.   In today's Hydroflow Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace Nek Time drew wide at barrier eight but Chmiel pushed the go button and after 500 metres she was in front. From that point she pricked her ears and enjoyed the front running role.   "I sort of had to go forward because I thought Dexter Dunn (driving Talkerup) would be hard to beat." "He had the second line so I wanted to get in front of him." "She jogged it today. It was pretty windy down the back but she did it pretty easy," said Terry Chmiel.      She's been one of the big improvers in the three year old pacing fillies ranks in the south and that hasn't gone unnoticed by her co-trainer.    "Since we won the other night she's come on leaps and bounds." "She's just getting better and better." "In the last month or so she's also grown a hand."   Nek Time is out of the one win Jenna's Beach Boy mare Braithwaite and was bought as an unraced two year old off Stephen Boyd. Her pedigree goes back on the dam side to open class mare Classiebawn.   "The first time I trialled her I knew she was a nice horse" Terry said.   The Symons were on-course today to celebrate the win.     "They don't spend a lot of money." We've been through the good times and the bad." "They do put their hand up and have been very loyal owners," said Terry.   The longterm goal for Nek Time is the Nevele R/Macca Lodge Southland Oaks Final on Diamonds Day at Ascot Park on Sunday 17th April.   "She's coming back in a fortnights time (Northern Southland meeting) and if she doesn't run in the money she'll have to run the following week and stay on for the Southland Oaks." So how does Chmiel rate this filly?  "She's the best filly I've trained." There's a couple of nice fillies out there but who's to say we haven't got better too," Terry said.   But Chmiel admits that Nex Time is very much a ladies horse.  "She's a bit of an old madam." "She's got speed but she's tough too." "In the paddock if she doesn't like you she won't go near you and she'll chase you out of the paddock." "Glenys does most of the work with her at home." " All the credit goes to Glenys really." "Glenys just spoils her and she loves it,"  Terry said. Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness Racing - Check site here

Pompano Beach, FL…December 27, 2015…Pompano Park hosted the $17,700 final of the Powerline Late Closing event for $15,000 claiming pacers on Sunday night and Long Term eked out a photo finish decision in 1:52 for harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. over Trevor Win For Us (Kevin Wallis) with J M Jet Set (Wally Hennessey) third. Oh My Joepa finished fourth while Aloneinspades picked up the minor award in the field of eight. As the wings folded, Trevor Win For Us was on the engine along with Four Starzzz Z with J M Jet Set away in good order third but on the move early and hustling up to take the lead right at the opening station in a hot :26.4. Trevor Win For Us, though, was not content in the pocket and reclaimed the lead three-eighths into the mile, knifing his way to a half in :55. It was at this juncture that Long Term tilted out looking for cover and he found it as Four Starzzz Z left the pocket in third and began to trudge forward. When Four Starzzz Z stalled, Long Term was forced to go on a double bubble move as the leader hit the third station in 1:23.4. In the lane, the war to the wire developed between Trevor Win For Us and Long Term with the latter eking to the front just a couple of strides from the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. related, “this wasn’t the easiest of trips. I thought I had worked out a nice second over trip but when Jason’s (Dillander) horse (Four Starzzz Z) quit going forward, I had to go wide around him and that didn’t help. “My horse can rev it up pretty good when it counts and he must’ve come home under :28 (officially :27.3) to get there. Long Term is trained by Jamie Macomber who added, “I wanted this horse for so long and when Racing Secretary Greg DeFrank wrote those Late Closing events, I ‘really’ wanted him, so I have to thank Greg for putting these events together so these horses can make some very good money!” Jamie trains Long Term, a five year-old altered son of Jenna’s Beach Boy, for James Stonecipher, who co-owns with driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. The victory was the third in the past four starts for Long Term and fifth success of the year in 34 starts with the winner’s share of this Late Closer--$8,850.00—being the biggest payday in Long Term’s racing career measuring 82 starts. He’s banked $38,225 this year and $82,483 lifetime. As second choice in the betting, Long Term paid $5.40 to win. In the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, Danger Hi Joltage, opening many eyes last week in a mid-class ($10,000) claiming event with a wire-to-wire performance in a lifetime best 1:50.2, proved that mile was no fluke as he made the successful jump to $20,000 claiming ranks with a near gate-to-wire win in 1:51.4 for Wally Hennessey. The six year-old altered son of Village Jolt won a brief tussle with Hurricane Howard (Aaron Byron) and Abominable Snowman (Kevin Wallis) around the opening turn and went on to post panels of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.3 before using a :28.1 finale to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Abominable Snowman with Glammit (Joe Pavia, Jr.) rallying for show honors, 4 ¾ lengths away. Arts On Fire finished fourth while Hurricane Howard managed to hold on for the nickel. Trained by Rob Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable, Danger Hi Joltage won for the seventh time this semester, sending his 2015 bounty to $43,963. As second choice in the betting, Danger Hi Joltage paid $4.80 to win. Also on the Sunday card, Boli, the well-bred three year-old son of Kadabra, used a lethal closing kick to score a photo finish victory in a lifetime best 1:54.4 in a conditioned trot. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Boli looked to be in a precarious spot several lengths away turning for home but turned on the afterburners in the lane to score by a neck over Striking Ivy, handled by Kevin Wallis. Janet finished third for Aaron Byron while Miss B’ville J and Stemilt Touch garnered the final two awards in the field of nine. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O’Neil, Boli earned his fifth win of the season in 17 starts to send his 2015 bankroll to $40,386. Off at 2 to 5 on the tote-board, Boli paid $2.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday with trotting fillies and mares in the spotlight in the Open Trot. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry for Pompano Park

One Maywood Park pacing record that hasn’t been bettered in the last 20 years belongs to She’s A Great Lady. Her mark of 1:51.2 back in June of 1995 with harness racing trainer / driver Joe Anderson in the bike was a world record at that time for a 3-year-old filly pacer on a half-mile track. Through the years that mile has been lowered a number of times at a number of places but not at Maywood Park. Interesting She’s A Great Lady paced her record mile in what may be the biggest romp by a racehorse in in an open stake on the local circuit’s half-miler. Certainly no other Cinderella, a stakes fixture at Maywood since 1985 has ever seen a filly dominate that race the way She’s A Great Lady did. Her winning margin was a whopping 16 lengths over runner-up Keystone Mia. The third place horse Blue Mesa finished 24 lengths behind the Joe Holloway trained winning filly owned by L & L Devisser of Holland, Michigan. However, one week later She’s A Great Lady and “Little Joe” didn’t get the job done when she was bet down to 3-5 odds in the $100,000 American National Filly Pace at Sportsman’s Park. She’s A Great Lady went off stride before the start on that June 24 night and by the first quarter mile pole was over 16 lengths behind. The filly still trailed by almost a dozen behind at the half before rallying for fourth, beaten four-plus lengths by Teen Talk and Tony Morgan, who paid $37.60. She’s A Great Lady would bounce back in a big way by winning 8 of her final 12 starts that year including the $496,000 Mistletoe Shalee at The Meadowlands and put $610,930 on her 3-year-old card. The daughter of Dexter Nukes racing career ended after only two starts in 1997 as a 5-year-old but with a gaudy career winning clip of 50 per cent, taking 26 of 52 lifetime starts and earning $973,383. She’s A Great Lady, currently owned by Diamond Creek Farm of Wellsville, PA has been a mama 11 times since her retirement from racing. Her first foal was Lady Macbeach, a son of Jenna’s Beach Boy who made over $800,000. By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

Fredericton Raceway will host its final live card of the 2104 racing season on Saturday, September 20th at 2:00 P.M.   Nine dashes will be carded on the afternoon that features a full field of eight starters in the afternoon's featured event.   Going as race nine, the race will feature last week's top-class winner at Exhibition Park Raceway, locally owned Joseph Michael. He captured his 43rd lifetime win and now has over $ 128,000 in earnings. He is owned by Andrea Dolan, Lower Cambridge-Valerie Phelan, Geary, NB.   Todd Trites will drive the seven-year-old son of Jennas Beach Boy. He took a new lifetime record this season in Windsor, Maine of 1:53.3. Eric Wilson trains the pacer who has drawn post two.   Wave That Banner, also hailing from the high producing Eric Wilson stable has drawn the rail position in the $ 1500 event and he too is coming off a win last week.   Four-year-old pacing mare Ramblinglily also comes off a strong outing as she won a leg of the aged pacing marries series at Red Shores last Saturday in 1:56 which was a new record for the mare. In that race she unleashed a last quarter of :27.1 to take the new speed badge.   Other starters in the Saturday top-class include Dance Hanover, Man In Pink, Magical Alex, American Captain and Kass Hall. Post time is scheduled for 2:00 P.M at the picturesque half-mile oval.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

There was one winning ticket in last Saturday nights Pick 5, returning $9.968 for what proved to be an excellent 50-cent investment. The Pick 5 is one of three wagers offered here nightly with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. The others are the 20-cent Pick 4 with a $20,000-guaranteed pool on Friday and a $25,000 guaranteed pool on Saturday; and the Hi-Five on the finale. Had last Saturdays winning ticket been paid out under the regular takeout rate, it would have returned just over $9,000, a difference of some $920 to the winner. "We have had these low takeout bets in place since we took over the meeting in the fall of 2012," said General Manager Chris Schick. "We are very pleased with the response to these wagers." Last Saturdays Pick 5 sequence got off to a pretty formful start as 2-1 second choice Orlandos Express got the job done for James Kennedy, followed by co-favorite Diva Las Vegas clicking at $6.60 with Tim Maier and 2-1 second choice Alpine Hawk posing for pictures with Rich Wojcio. It got a bit tougher when Hi Ho Disguise prevailed at $11.20 in the penultimate leg with Dave Siegel at the controls, then kicked into overdrive after Majestic Lass upset the second leg of the Marvin Shapiro Series at 22-1 with Mooney Svendsen giving directions. There is another chance to pick up a nice piece of change for a minor investment here Friday night with the reduced takeouts of the 50-cent Pick 5; the 20-cent Pick 4 with a $20,000-guaranteed pool; and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the final contest. Kirschenbaum, Staley Series Finales headline program The $7,200 finale of the Alan Kirschenbaum Series headed by Nutmegs Davey and Larry Horse; the $6,600 Richard Staley Series finale featuring Melboy and Big Guy To Win; an Open Trot and and Open Distaff Pace are on tapFriday night program at Cal Expo. Nutmegs Davey has captured the opening two legs of the Kirschenbaum in convincing style and looms the favorite in Fridays finale for owner Osman Carrera, trainer Dario Solares and pilot Luke Plano. The 5-year-old son of Jennas Beach Boy went coast-to-coast in his division of the first leg with Dave Siegel in the sulky while competing over a sloppy track, then held safe by a neck in last weeks penultimate leg over Larry Horse as the even-money favorite with Plano at the controls. Larry Horse is a popular 12-year-old who goes about his business for Jessie Pacheco and Kristin Swab with Lino Pacheco the conditioner and Gerry Longo handling the lines. The son of Sportsmaster comes into this assignment with $230,000 in his account and a 1:52 2/5 mark. With Plano in the bike in his division of the first leg, Larry Horse proved a punctual 6-5 choice in the slop, then was handicapped by the No. 9 post last weekend with Longo at the helm and fell just short of catching Larry Horse that evening. Melboy and Big Guy To Win accounted for their respective divisions of the first leg of the Staley Series, then finished one-two in last weeks clash. Melboy is an 8-year-old son of Western Hanover who is owned by Lili Tremblay, trained by Nathalie Tremblay and driven by Tim Maier; while Big Guy To Win is a 9-year-old from the George Reider barn who carries the Kimberley Hines banner and has Mooney Svendsen giving directions. The Open Trot finds El Azteca looking for another win at the head of the class for owner/trainer/breeder Marco Rios and driver Luke Plano while leaving from the assigned No.10 post position. Haggin Oaks heads the Open Distaff Pace with trainer James Kennedy in the sulky. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

A Pick 5 Carryover of $8,619 with a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool; a pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes headed by Placer and De Valeria; and the second leg of the Alan Kirschenbaum and Richard Staley Pacing series are in the spotlight Friday evening at Cal Expo. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent wager that begins on the third race and in addition to the $25,000 guaranteed pool there is a reduced 16 percent takeout. That 16 percent take also applies to the 20-cent Pick 4 and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the finale. The second leg of the Alan Kirschenbaum Series matches first leg winners Larry Horse and Nutmegs Davey; and the second leg of the Richard Staley Series is headed by opening leg victor Big Guy To Win. Larry Horse is one of the most popular performers on the grounds and proved a punctual 6-5 favorite in his division of the first leg of the Kirschenbaum last weekend. The 12-year-old son of Sportsmaster races for Jesse Pacheco and Kristin Schwab, is conditioned by Lino Pacheco and will once again have Luke Plano guiding. Larry Horse was winning for the third time in his last four starts and pushed his earnings to $229,000 with a 1:52 4/5 mark. His last two tallies have been accomplished in similar fashion, tracking early for Plano and then attacking first-over to get the job done, with last weeks margin being a comfortable two and a quarter lengths. Nutmegs Daisy accounted for the other Kirschenbaum division last week for owner Osmin Carrera, trainer Dario Solares and pilot Dave Siegel. The son of Jennas Beach Boy made every pole a winning one at 5-1 in that affair, showing the way home by two and a quarter lengths over 4-5 favorite Yiannoulas Boy. Meanwhile, Kimberley Hines Big Guy To Win captured the opening leg of the Staley in a coast-to-coast performance with Mooney Svendsen in the sulky. George Reider trains the 9-year-old son of Towners Big Guy. In the Sire Stakes, Placer and De Valeria are both looking for repeat big-money tallies in their respective divisions. Big Guy To Win casts a large shadow Big Guy To Win left little doubt in last weeks opening leg of the Richard Staley Pacing series for owner Kimberley Hines, trainer George Reider and driver Mooney Svendsen, making every pole a winning one while never appearing to be in danger. They named this pacer right, his conditioner remarked. Hes probably the biggest horse on the grounds at over 17 hands, and hes not exactly the easiest horse to trainer because he has a mind of his own. You can see in the post parade that needs the outrider, and that really helps. He doesnt have what you would call the biggest motor, but he has a big set of lungs and a big heart and that kind of compensates for the small engine. The 9-year-old Ohio-bred son of Towners Big Guy has earned his $82,000 bank account the old-fashioned way, with his 1:55 lifetime standard being established two years ago. He was winning for the first time in six starts this season with his Staley snapshot that featured Reider and a beaming owner/assistant trainer Hines. Kimberley has owned him for five years now and hes the closest thing we have in the barn to a family horse. They always take rides down the American River, and if she could, Im sure Kim would build a room for him at her house. Big Guy To Win is back in action in the second leg of the Staley and hell do his work from the outside post in the field of seven. Hopefully we can keep him sharp through the series, Reider added. The race goes as the ninth on a 14-race card with first post set for 5:25 p.m. The second leg of the Alan Kirschenbaum is the seventh race; the Sire Stakes for trotters is set as the second event, while the Sire Stakes for the pacing fillies occupies the 10th-race slot on the evening. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

Quick thinking by Kyle Harper enabled him to narrowly avoid a dramatic situation as the mobile barrier released the field for the $50,000 Nepean Conveyors Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Harper was driving 13/8 second favourite Bettors Fire when the five-year-old, starting from the prized No. 1 barrier, ducked his head and attempted to dive underneath the mobile barrier arm. The big gelding then veered sharply towards the inside of the track and Harper had to reef him back to get him behind the arm. Harper had Bettors Fire keen on the bit to ensure that he would take full advantage of the inside draw by jumping straight to the front. But Bettors Fire was so anxious to outpace his rivals at the start that he made an attempt to get under the mobile arm. The 23-year-old Harper remained cool in the crisis and was able to avert what could have been a catastrophic situation. For a fleeting moment there appeared the possibility that the horse could have become wedged under the arm of the mobile barrier, and this could have resulted in him crashing to the track and causing chaos to the runners on the back line in the field of 12. Bettors Fire burst straight into the lead and gave a superb frontrunning display to win the feature event by two and a half lengths from the 10/9 on favourite Im Victorious, with a length to 40/1 chance Dredlock Rockstar, who was most impressive in charging home from last at the bell. Bettors Fire sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. and his rate of 1.53.8 was the second fastest recorded in the 58-year history of the Mount Eden Sprint, formerly known as the State Sprint Championship. The race record of 1.53.6 was set by Im Themightyquinn over 1700m in 2011. All honours were with the brilliant Bettors Fire, who is owned by Frank Ranaldi and appears set for stardom. But Im Victorious was extremely unlucky, after starting from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and being hopelessly hemmed in between runners for most of the event. Im Victorious was tenth with 350m to travel before, finally, Justin Prentice was able to get the five-year-old into the clear about 300m from home. Im Victorious sprouted wings and flew down the home straight. Harper was simply following a family tradition. His father Lindsay drove Havago to victory in the Mount Eden Sprint in 2002 and was successful with Lively Medley in 2004. Kyle Harper’s elder brother Donald won the race with Hayton Brain in 2007. Kyle Harper now has ambitious plans for Bettors Fire, including contesting the $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup and $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup in January. “He is a very good horse,” he declared. “I’ve tried to play him down and keep him a bit quiet. But he is a very serious horse and everything has fallen into place for him. The barrier draws have been perfect.” Bettors Fire set the pace from Dasher VC, with Banana Dana on the pegs and Adda Paternal Suit in the one-out, one-back position. Shardons Rocket went forward from the No. 5 barrier and was trapped out on a limb, three wide, in fourth place for the entire race. Wrongly Accused, trained by Tony Svilicich and a stablemate of Shardons Rocket, followed his three-wide run and kept Im Victorious in a watertight pocket in the one-wide line until the race was virtually all over. “I thought that when Tony’s horses were three wide it was going to make it difficult for Im Victorious to get out,” Harper said. “Had you switched the draws it probably would be a different story. But with the No. 1 draw I was pretty confident going into a race like this with an M1 horse against Im Victorious, Dasher VC and Better Cover Lover. “When I saw that Im Victorious was hemmed in I backed off and tried to get a bit of a breather (with a 29.1sec. for the second 400m section of the final mile). I thought that I wouldn’t have to get going until the bell and unleash him at the 600m. Unfortunately for Im Victorious the race wasn’t run to suit him.. “Bettors Fire had only one month off after arriving from New Zealand, but providing if he keeps going forward we’ll be aiming for the big carnival races.” Bettors Fire has won at seven of his eight starts in Western Australia and now has earned $158,407 from 18 wins and eight placings from only 38 starts. Dasher VC, who was making his first appearance since last February, fought on well to be fourth, while champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover was a 17/1 chance from the outside of back line and finished in seventh place after5 settling down in 11th position and sustaining a three-wide burst from tenth at the bell. ARTORIUS COMPLETES A BONANZA FOR THE BONDS AND BROWN Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond have never lost faith in their Victorian-bred pacer Artorius, who charged home from the rear to snatch a last-stride victory in the 2536m TABtouch Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to give them and ace reinsman Colin Brown five winners on the ten-event program. Artorius was a $6.60 chance on the tote and their other winners were At Princeton ($10.60), Bettor Still ($13.80), Johnny be ($1.70) and Our Major Mark ($5.50). The stable also had two quinella results, with Lord Jowers ($17.20) finishing a head second to Bettor Still and Talk It Up ($10.30) finishing a half-head second to Artorius. Artorius ended a losing sequence of 25, but the Bonds have no regrets that the heeded the advice of a Victorian contact and outlaid just $15,000 to purchase Artorius early in 2010. Now an eight-year-old, Artorius, a son of former champion pacer Our Sir Vancelot, has had 69 starts for them for 11 wins, 20 placings and stakes of $128,361. Artorius, who has been noted throughout his career for his sparkling late finishing bursts, has an overall record of 113 starts for 22 wins, 33 placings and $169,261 in prizemoney. He started from the outside of the front line on Friday night and Brown was happy to drop him back to the rear in the small field of seven. He was sixth at the bell and Brown waited until passing the 400m mark before sending him forward with a four-wide burst. Arnoux, the 6/4 favourite, set the pace from 33/1 outsider Tsunami Lombo, with Shifting Sand on the pegs and Talk It Up in the one-out, one-back position. Ryan Warwick started a three-wide move with Talk It Up with 320m to travel and the nine-year-old got to the front 90m from the post before being grabbed by Artorius in the final stride. Arnoux was a wilting third. The quintet of winners for Greg and Skye Bond completed a tremendous week for them. The had four runners at Kellerberrin , and all four of them --- Lunar Tide, Carters Rocket, Jungle Genie and Galactic Galleon --- were driven to victory by Ryan Warwick. Then the Bonds were successful with Condrieu (Brown) at Gloucester Park on Monday. There was one claim lodged in Friday night’s event, with Vance and Wayne Stampalia outlaying $10,000 for Shifting Sand, who finished fifth at his first outing since mid-July. Shifting Sand, a seven-year-old by Jennas Beach Boy, has had 51 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $55,190. AWKWARD OUR MAJOR MARK KEEPS BROWN GUESSING New Zealand-bred six-year-old Our Major Mark thundered home with a sizzling late charge to score an easy victory in the 2536m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to take his earnings to $622,965 from 21 wins and 17 placings from 62 starts. But he continues to cause his driver Colin Brown plenty of headaches. “He is an awkward horse to drive and basically he goes just when he wants to go,” Brown said. “When his head is right he is a very good horse, but he certainly gives you some anxious moments. When I hooked him out he started to make ground and about half-way round the bend I actually thought he could win. “But he puts that little bit of doubt every time you sit behind him, and he keeps you guessing. But maybe he just knows where the finishing line is and is telling me not to worry.” Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, settled down behind the early pacemaker Heavens Delight before being shuffled back to last in the field of six. The polemarker Hez The Bart Man, favourite at 7/4 on, galloped badly in the score-up and lost about eight lengths. Gary Hall jun. sent 5/2 second fancy Askmenow to the front after 450m and was joined 500m later by Hez The Bart Man, giving Smirking the one-out, one-back trail. Hez The Bart Man put in a tremendous effort to get to the front 250m from home, but he was swamped by Our Major Mark, who was still last with 360m to travel. Our Major Mark surged to the front 90m from the post and won by two lengths from Hez The Bart Man, with a fading Askmenow a further 8m back in third place. Our Major Mark sprinted both the final two quarters in 28.4sec. and recorded a mile rate of 1.58.1. TOUGHER GDAY MATE IS NO LONGER JUST A SIT-SPRINTER New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Gday Mate has turned the corner and the renowned sit-sprinter is surprising Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice with his newly-found strength. Gday Mate, a 5/1 chance off the 10m mark in the Chaff City Handicap, settled in ninth place before Prentice sent him forward, three wide, after 700m. The gelding then raced in the breeze outside then pacemaker Ya Dreamin for 550m before 20m backmarker and 6/4 favourite The Ragpickers Dream dashed forward from the rear to race without cover. The Ragpickers Dream eventually worked his way to the front 150m from home, but was no match for Gday Mate, who produced a sizzling late burst to race away and win by two and a half lengths at a 2.1 rate in the 2503m stand. Ya Dreamin held on to be third. “Now Gday Mate makes it much easier, being able to be used earlier to get into a forward position,” Prentice said. He said that circumstances had forced him to take off, three wide, with Gday Mate much earlier than usual at his previous start when the gelding was beaten by a nose in the final stride by This Time Dylan. “I didn’t want to do that, but it was a good test for him and he showed that he could do it,” Prentice said. “Things worked out perfectly tonight. He did a bit of work early (to get to the breeze) and then The Ragpickers Dream gave me cover, and then we were always going to be hard to hold out.” SWITCH TO STANDS SUITS THIS TIME DYLAN “He’s got a few more wins in store for him,” declared leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. after driving This Time Dylan to a convincing victory in the 2503m European Prestige Auto Service Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I think the switch to stands has been the key for him. He always got too fired up in mobiles and never settled or paced that well.” This Time Dylan, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old trained by Gary Hall sen., was favourite at 11/4 and he impressed in running on from eighth in the middle stages to hit the front 140m from the post and race away to win by almost three lengths from Lord Coburn (10/1), with a head to Red Salute (10/1) in third place. Hall jun. gave the gelding time to settle from the 10m mark while Ideas Man set the pace. Chris Voak made a fast move 1050m from home with Red Salute to move to the breeze, leaving This Time Dylan three wide without a trail in the final circuit. This Time Dylan fought on grandly to hit the front soon after rounding the home turn. The final two quarters whizzed by in 28.4sec. and 28.6sec. and This Time Dylan rated 2.0.9 in improving his record to ten wins and six placings from 31 starts for stakes of $80,405. He has had 23 starts in WA for seven wins and three placings. He raced eight times in New Zealand, all in mobiles, for three wins and his first 16 starts in WA were in mobiles and produced three wins in modest company. Hall sen. switched him to stands less than two months ago and his first seven starts in stands have produced four wins. “He is racing super and he did something tonight that I didn’t think he was capable of,” said Hall jun. “We followed Red Salute into it and when he got the breeze we lost our cover. So I thought we would struggle from then on. He took charge of me a little bit when we lost the cover and he travelled very well down the back. “He’s a funny sort of horse. You can’t fight him too much, so I just let him slide and was very surprised on the home bend when I pulled the plugs and he had that much to offer. He’s really turned the corner.” KISS CHASEY UPSETS BIT OF A LEGEND AT HIS WA DEBUT West Australian-bred six-year-old Kiss Chasey made the most of the massive advantage of starting from the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when he set a solid pace and caused a major upset in holding on to defeat star New Zealand pacer Bit Of A Legend in the 1730m Lancaster Park Pace on Friday night. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri produced Kiss Chasey in fine fettle and Chris Lewis rated the gelding expertly with quarters of 29.6sec., 30.1sec. and 29sec. before a blistering final 400m in 27.9sec. Bit Of A Legend, a winner at 16 of his 32 starts for stakes of $621,918, was making his first appearance in Western Australia and was having his first start since mid-August. He was considered a certainty in the M0-class event and was favourite at 5/1 on. Brent Mangos gave Bit Of A legend time to settle down from the wide barrier at No. 6 on the front line before he started a three-wide move after 450m to move to the breeze at the 1000m mark. He finished determinedly, but failed by a neck to beat Kiss Chasey, who rated 1.55.8. Bit Of A Legend is in Perth to contest the three rich events for four-year-olds over the next five weeks. He is sure to be vastly improved by his first-up performance. “Starting from barrier one over the short distance suited Kiss Chasey,” Lewis said. “The other horse (Bit Of A Legend) had to do a bit of work to get around, and it’s early in his preparation. He obviously needed the run and that I was hoping would be the case.” Kiss Chasey has started from the No. 1 barrier seven times for four wins, a second, a third and a fifth. He is owned by the reinsman’s wife Debra and has earned $74,179 from nine wins and nine placings from 31 starts. He is by Yankee Sensation and his dam Hello Boys (by Crouch) raced 55 times for 12 wins, 17 placings and $89,541. Hello Boys is a half-sister to former talented mares Party Date (111 starts for 25 wins, 27 placings and $256,003) and Red Hot Date (44 starts for 12 wins, nine placings and $99,730). BROWN TIPS MANY MORE WINS FOR SPEEDY JOHNNY BE Colin Brown was effusive in his praise of Johnny Be and declared the New Zealand-bred six-year-old had the ability to become a top-class performer after driving him to a stylish all-the-way victory in the 2536m Make Smoking History Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Johnny Be, a heavily-supported 7/4 on favourite, burst straight to the front from the No. 3 barrier and set a solid pace before giving his rivals little chance by sprinting the final 400m in 28.4sec. He won by a length from 35/1 outsider Franco Torres, who came from the rear with a fast move at the 1500m mark to work hard in the breeze. Chloe Vargarita (4/1) trailed the pacemaker and finished third. “The horse’s head is in a good space at the moment,” Brown said. “He went through a period of about 12 months once where he would knock off in the run and wasn’t quite genuine. But his head has been in the right place for his past half dozen runs. “The horse has always had the ability and we think he is an open-class horse, providing his head is right. He’s certainly got the motor and the speed. And he can stick on as well. So as long as Skye (Bond) can keep his head right, we’re looking okay. Johnny Be was able to contest the M1-class event on Friday night because he had received a downgrading from M2 to M1 last May when he posted a losing sequence of ten. He has earned $118,605 from 14 wins and 31 placings from 82 starts. He is raced by Greg Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster and Craig Hampson, who also were successful on Friday night with At Princeton and Our Major Mark. Brad Collett also is a part-owner of Our Major Mark. KOROBEIT ANGEL BOOSTS HER CLAIMS FOR A RUN IN RICH EVENT Korobeit Angel, a Victorian-bred four-year-old, enhanced her prospects of gaining a start in the $100,000 group 1 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on November 29 with a smart victory in the 2130m West Australian Mares Pace on Friday night. Favourite at 3/1 on, she started from the No. 5 barrier on the front line and raced three wide for the first 500m before getting to the breeze outside Hoylakes Firstlady. She began to overrace and Robbie Williams relinquished the lead to her with 1100m to travel. She went on to win by 4m at a 1.58.7 rate from Hoylakes Firstlady, with Terra Into The West running on from ninth (and last) at the bell to be third. “She’s probably going to be outclassed in the $100,000 race, but you’ve got to be in it to win it,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. She’s just a crazy, crazy redhead, but she is a nice mare if we can get her to settle. “Obviously Robbie (Williams) wanted to hold the lead with Hoylakes Firstlady and I was happy to leave him in front. But Korobeit Angel just takes charge and you can’t do much about it. It was good that Robbie elected to sit and he’s earned second place by doing so.” Korobeit Angel, trained by Gary Hall sen., has won at six of her 12 WA starts and has an overall record of 25 starts for 11 wins, six placings and $71,420 in stakes. BETTOR STILL BREAKS A LOSING SEQENCE OF 21 Bettor Still made the most of the benefit of two concessions under the drop-down regulations when he scored a narrow victory over stablemate Lord Jowers in the 2536m McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, had his classification reduced from M3 class to M1 class after two successive losing sequences of ten during this year and his victory broke a losing sequence of 21. He started at 13/1 on the tote and from out wide at barrier five on the front line and Colin Brown was content to drop him back to the rear in the small field of eight while 5/2 favourite The Feather Foot set the pace from barrier two. Brown started a three-wide move with 950m to travel and Bettor Still got to the front 140m from the post before he held on to win by a head from 16/1 chance Lord Jowers, who finished powerfully from the rear. “When he got out there three deep he was travelling very strongly and when the horse is right and you turn for home he drops into another gear, which he did tonight,” said Brown. “Fortunately, we had enough left on the line (to hold out Lord Jowers). “Skye was confident that he would run a race tonight. The company was less than impressive and it was a small field. His run when fifth at Kellerberrin last Sunday was quite good. He had to go four deep and didn’t get into the race.” Bettor Still is the second foal out of Holmes Hanover mare Dancinonmoonlight, who amassed $402,832 from 19 wins and 34 placings from 100 starts. She won four times in New Zealand, ten times in Australia and twice in America and three times in Canada. Bettor Still now has earned $110,670 from 16 wins and 13 placings from 69 starts. AT PRINCETON SURPRISES HIS DRIVER New Zealand-bred six-year-old At Princeton surprised Colin Brown when he began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and burst to the front after 100m before setting the pace and scoring a runaway victory in the 2130m Gannon’s Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Unplaced at five previous starts, At Princeton was a 10/1 chance, with most punters pinning their faith with Soho Highroller and Rakatup from the stables of leading trainer Gary Hall sen. However, At Princeton relished his frontrunning role and after speeding over the final 400m in 28.7sec. he beat the fast-finishing Ardens Southee by just over three lengths at a 1.57.7 rate. Soho Highroller (5/4) and Rakatup (13/4) did not enjoy the best of luck in running and finished seventh and tenth, respectively. “Before the race I didn’t think I could lead,” Brown explained. “Last week I went wide (three wide early, the breeze after 300m and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing fifth behind Mohegan Sun) which I thought was the right move. “But we got dragged back and I thought it was a good run and a pointer that he was ready to win. But we thought that he had to draw to lead to win, and it just goes to show you that you’re not always right.” At Princeton raced 24 times in New Zealand for four wins and seven placings and his 20 WA starts for trainers Greg and Skye Bond have produced four wins and two placings. He has earned $47,546. He is a half-brother to San Fran lady, who has won seven times in New South Wales and seven times in Queensland in the past three years and has earned $127,012. by Ken Casellas

With six Breeders Crown titles trainer Joe Holloway knows what it takes to make a champion. His Jennas Beach Boy captured Crowns in three consecutive years between 1994 and 1996.   On Saturday, despite having the fastest pacing filly or mare of all time in Shebestingin, Holloway will be trying for win number seven as somewhat of an outsider looking in.   “I Luv The Nitelife has been a lot like Captaintreacherous,” said Holloway. “Horses get close but they don’t go by.”   Earlier this season Holloway was extremely high on his Bettors Delight-sired filly and expected her to be among the elite in the division. Entering the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly final on Saturday Shebestingin has yet to defeat division leader I Luv The Nitelife.   “You really can’t make excuses,” said Holloway, “She just hasn’t gotten it done yet.” But if there is ever going to be a time for Shebestingin to step up it would be now, off the most explosive mile in the sport’s illustrious history.   The last time the slick filly raced competitively she shattered the world mark for three-year-old pacing fillies winning the Glen Garnsey Memorial by open lengths in an astonishing 1:47. The victory came a week removed from a 1:49 victory in the first week of Grand Circuit action at Lexington’s Red Mile.   “I thought the first week she’d have a chance to break the world record but she was three deep in the turn and off the turn and that doesn’t help over that track,” said Holloway.   “To be honest I thought she could beat it the second week but I never thought she would pace a mile in 1:47,” Holloway said. “I mean David (driver Miller) was hollering at her down the stretch but she was very strong to the wire.”   Since Lexington Shebestingin returned and trained a mile last Saturday at Pocono to keep sharp and will mostly jog miles heading into Saturday’s key confrontation.   On paper there’s really not that much separating the two fillies. Shebestingin has won nine of 15 starts this season and has gone some seriously fast miles winning races against every other filly in the division with the exception of I Luv The Nitelife.   With post five inside I Luv The Nitelife on Saturday one might think that Shebestingin has an advantage. That may not be the case. I Luv The Nitelife started outside Shebestingin in the Lynch Memorial in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono.   In that mile I Luv The Nitelife actually got to the front before Shebestingin did and parked her rival to the half before she made the front.   The two fillies have contrasting styles with I Luv The Nitelife far more comfortable on the lead or in the pocket. Shebestingin has managed to beat the top fillies in the division on the front end when I Luv The Nitelife was not in the race, but at other times she’s been a tiger stalking and exploding off cover.   What does Holloway hope happens on Saturday?   “I’d like to see both horses get a good trip and for us to win,” he said.   The last time the two fillies met was in the Valley Forge at Pocono in August, a race that Shebestingin never was involved in. The filly acted up behind the gate and broke stride leaving the decision to her rival without a fight. At The Red Mile the same thing almost cost her a chance at a world record. She caused a recall before getting her act together the second time around and becoming the fastest female pacer of all time.   Earlier in the season Holloway was concerned that his filly would ease up in the stretch once on the lead. He cautioned driver Miller to keep her mind on business and not to let her lose focus. It was evident in her record mile that the filly had learned from her mistakes with a startling :27 final quarter. On Saturday Shebestingin will not be racing against a teletimer and Holloway seems to know that. Ideally he’d love to see I Luv The Nitelife get used a little while his filly gets to relax.   “I think Authorize is coming into the race in great shape,” said Holloway perhaps alluding to a potential early speed horse that could at least make the pace more honest.   Of course the field also includes last year’s Breeders Crown winner Somwherovrarainbow. “She’s got a lot of talent and could decide to leave,” said Holloway of the defending champion.   With $438,664 banked this year it’s hard for Holloway to consider the season less than successful. At the same time adding another Breeders Crown victory to the five he’s already won for owners Lee and Linda DeVisser would be special. Long time patrons Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz also share ownership in the world champion filly.   “You’ve got to show up and race well even when you’re not at the top of your game,” said Holloway generalizing what it takes to be considered a champion racehorse.   He does however expect Shebestingin to be at the top of her game on Saturday.   By Jay Bergman for the Breeders Crown  

We are talking today with Joe Holloway.  Joe is one harness racing's top trainers.  He has trained many of harness racing's best pacers, including Jennas Beach Boy who's 1:47.3 race record stood for nearly 20 years.  He has also trained two champion fillies,  She's A Great Lady in 1995 and Lady Macbeach in 2000,  They both went onto win divisional honors for pacing fillies.    He recently astonished the harness industry when Shebestingin paced a mile in a world record time of 147, shattering the record for her division by more than one full second.  The mile put the three-year-old filly in historic company as not only the fastest filly, but also within one-fifth of a second of joining Somebeachsomewhere, Holborn Hanover, and Warawee Needy as the fastest Standardbred ever in a race.  This has set up one of the great match-ups in harness racing with Shebestingin and I Luv The Nitelife going head and head in the Breeders Crown final this Saturday.  The harness world is anxiously awaiting this showdown between two of the biggest stars in our sport. This one-on-one interview was done by Harnesslink's Brian McEvoy.   HLINK:  Congratulations on your world record performance by Shebestingin in 1:47 at the Red Mile.  How did she come out of the race, and what have you done to prepare her for the showdown with I Luv The Nitelife in the Breeders Crown final?   JH:  She came out of the race just fine.  We just got to see how things pan out on Saturday.   HLINK:  Let's go back to last year. Shebestingin raced only 3 times last year.  She was shutdown after scratching in the Sweethear Pacet.  She came down with a stress fracture.  Tell us about the injury and her 2-year-old campaign.  Did you know you had something special?   JH:  David Miller drove her in her first few starts and thought very highly of her.  She did really good at Tioga.  We traveled with her to the Sweetheart and we scratched her.  It was the first time I had that injury.  She just needed stall rest to heal the injury.   HLINK:  You brought Shebestingin out early as a 3-year-old.  Was that because she was so inexperienced?   JH:  Yes  I raced her in the Weiss Series at Pocono, and that is why.  It's tough to bring them out later when other horses have more seasoning and horses go so fast now.  That was my intension.   HLINK:  Tell us about her 3-year-old campaign, the ups and downs?   JH: Well she does have that problem with the gate, which caused her to break in the Valley Forge.  I thought she was ready to race super that night, but she didn't go.  In the Empire Breeders she races very well, pacing in 1:49 at Tioga.  She raced really well in Lexington.  It's like any thing else.  When they race great all things are very good and when they don't thinks are not so good.   HLINK:  You have lost three times to I Luv The Nitelife this year, the Lynch, Valley Forge, and Mistletoe Shalee.  You had a classic stretch battle in the Lynch and she broke at the Valley Forge.  Give us some insights into those races.   JH:  In the Lynch, as it turned out, I Luv The Litelife had a bad post.  On the first turn Ms Cailia J Fra made a break.  We ended up getting away decently and had to race first over.   We got beat.  We raced well, but she did beat us their.  In the Mistletoe Shalee she raced a little flat that day.  You can't have any excuses.  The races are what they are.  She's beaten us two times and hopefully we can turn the tables this week-end.   HLINK:  She scratched of of the Jugette.  What happened and were you disappointed?   JH:  I wasn't  disappointed.  They had 10 horses in one race and i had the seven hole with two trailers.  It was a riduculous race to put her into, so I just didn't go.   HLINK:  Shebestingin has never been sharper in her last two races.  This  has been capped off by the amazing world record performance at the Red Mile.  Did you ever think she could pace in 1:47, and when you looked up at the time were you amazed?   JH:  Surprised, yes because of the 1:47.  I expected her to pace in 1:48.  I really thought she had a shot to pace in 1:48.  I was surprised she went in 1:47.  I know she is very high speed horse.  That she was able to get a world record was not a surprise to me.  The 1:47 was a surprise to me.   HLINK:  What happened when she broke at the start and they had a recall?   JH:  She does have that bad habit.  When she paces fast she is very good gaited.  When she going slow she prefers to canter.  She was just coming or she shied away from something.  They were just turned around and they started again.   HLINK:  This has happened now two times.  Is this a problem with the starting gate or what is the problem?   JH:  It just when they are going slow.  She would prefer to take off.  When they are pacing she is just fine.  She does not run when she's going.   HLINK:  You have trained some amazing horses.  You have had two divisional filly champions in She's A Great Lady and Lady Macbeach.   Is Shebestingin your best filly ever?   JH: It's like picking among your kids.  They are all special for different reasons.  She is a great filly.  It is so tough to compare her to She's A Great Lady because she was so dominate.  We haven't been dominate.  We haven't beat Nitelife.  We have had a great year, but she has beaten us those times.  Tough to say if she is the best horse.  She is a very fast filly and maybe she develops even more next year.  I may change my mind next year.   HLINK:  You have the inside post with Shebestingin drawing the 5 post and I Luv The Nitelife drawing the 7 post.  Pocono Downs is a speed favoring track.  Will you look to be on or near the front?  What is going to be your strategy?    JH:  That is David Miller's job!!  I don't have to figure that out for him.  He has to do something to earn his money.  He will figure that out.   HLINK:  You have had both Brian Sears and David Miller drive Shebestingin.  What are your thoughts about having David drive in the Breeders Crown?   JH:  David drove her in the baby races.  He has always liked and believed in the filly.  I was just a little angry after the Valley Forge race.  That was my fault.  Brian did a good job driving the horse.  He has always been a friend of mine.  I know David believes in the filly, and that goes a long way.   HLINK:  What are your plans for Shebestingin for the rest of the year, next year, and in the future?   JH: Hopefully we will go in the Matron and the Nadia Lobell.  We will shut her down and bring her back next year    by Brian McEvoy for  

Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning                   Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.  

The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.

It is surely the beginning of the harness racing stakes season in North America as many of the return champions from 2012 are back at the track. And it was a 'superstar' day at the Meadowlands Saturday morning qualifying races.

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