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Harness racing co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond were delighted with Phoenix Warrior’s fast-finishing effort when fourth behind Bettors Fire in the August Cup last Friday night and they plan to nominate him for the $1.8 million TABtouch inter dominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. The Bonds, who also own Phoenix Warrior, are experiencing a purple patch and have finished the 2015-16 season as the leaders in the Statewide trainers’ premiership. At Gloucester Park last Friday night they prepared five winners --- Assassinator, Pay Me Cullen, Ima Connoisseur, Risk and Messi --- and they landed a treble with Shes Artful, Mister Daytona and Ohoka Assassin at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Phoenix Warrior raced in tenth position before he flooded home, out six and seven wide, to finish fourth in the 2536m August Cup. A fortnight earlier the Jereme's Jet gelding started from 30m and raced without cover for almost three laps when a fighting fourth behind Our Jericho in the 3309m Marathon Handicap. The versatile New Zealand-bred gelding will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line in the $23,000 Sully’s Painting New Season Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and will be driven by Ryan Warwick, resuming after serving a term of suspension. He has the ability to overcome this disadvantage and beat the out-of-form Thats Rite, who looks likely to set the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier for Clint Hall, and the Ross Olivieri-trained pair Im A Peregrine and Our Blackbird. Thats Rite is an M1-class performer and the lowest-assessed runner in the field of 12. He has been unplaced at his past seven starts, including five runs in his current preparation. But he is a noted frontrunner, who has started from the No. 1 barrier three times in Western Australia for three all-the-way wins over 2130m at Gloucester Park, rating 1.56.8, 1.54.1 and 1.56.1. He started from the No. 1 barrier twice over 2190m at Mildura in February 2014 for two all-the-way wins. The Bond stable will also be represented in Friday night’s race by Change Stride, who will be driven by Ryan Bell, fresh from a treble at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and a treble last Friday night. Change Stride has been unplaced at his three starts since resuming from a spell and is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven. He won 12 times from 29 starts last season and cannot be underestimated. Im A Peregrine, drawn at barrier six and to be handled by Chris Voak, has a losing sequence of 14. But his recent efforts have been encouraging --- a fast-finishing third behind Billies A Star and a strong-finishing head second to Ideal Justice. Ken Casellas

The featured event on the Tuesday night (Aug. 30) program of harness racing at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, and in the end it would come down to the two most accomplished mares in the field, separated by just a half-length at the wire in 1:54. Hare To Eternity (Nick Roland) stormed out of the gate from the outside 7 post and set the fractions of 27.1, 56.4 and 1:24.4 before pocket sitter Part Time Lady (Dean Magee) and closer Windsun T Bird (Jim Marino) began their attacks in the stretch drive, and when the dust cleared it would be Part Time Lady checking in first at the wire, over a hard-charging Windsun T Bird, with Hare To Eternity forced to settle for third in the exciting finish. The winner, a daughter of Jereme’s Jet and a Mooney Svendsen trainee now sports 7 wins in 24 starts on the season, and has bankrolled $39,575 this year for Owners Ron and Tammy Wells. The Angels Share ($4.80), a 3 year old filly by Four Starzz Shark paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:55.0 in just her 5th lifetime start, shaving nearly 3 full seconds off of her previous best (1:57.4) taken last time out. Driver Jim Marino eased her away fifth from post 5 before sending her in motion just before the quarter pole, and she cleared easily just past the 3/8 marker, and was never in doubt from there, charging home confidently in 28.3 to secure a 3¾ length tally in the $5,500 conditioned event for Trainer Sean Lancaster and owner Dr. James Findlay. Look Again Eda ($4.60) posted another ultra-impressive win this night with a new lifetime mark in a thrilling stretch battle with Dakota Jack (Mooney Svendsen), she held off that rival with a neck in front at the wire in 1:54.4 with Rick Magee in the bike for Trainer David Flinn and Owner Ira Bontreger. Tonight’s win, in a $5,500 conditioned pace, was the 6th win in 10 lifetime starts for the 3 year old filly who was un-raced at two. Majestic Lady Jo (Jim Marino) did not disappoint as the even-money favorite ($4.00) in a $3,600 conditioned trotting event tonight, with a dominating gate-to-wire romp by 4¼ lengths in 1:58.3 for Owner Amy Grunwald and Trainer Rick Bertrand. It was the 7th win of the season for the 5 year old mare by Abra, who set a new track record here back in July (1:56.0) and has bankrolled $27,210 this season. Driver Luke Plano picked up a Hat-Trick on the card, with Rick Magee and Gerald Longo both scoring doubles. The .50 cent Hi-5 wager in race 10, (which had gone unsolved in Sunday’s final race, and again in tonight’s 9th race produced a new record payout of $11,184.45 on the 8-4-5-3-2 combination, with the longest shot (16-1) on top. The next card of Live Harness Racing at running Aces goes to post at 7:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, August 31. The Night of Champions (and closing night) is this coming Saturday, September 3rd. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Outstanding Jereme's Jet mare Tricky Styx warmed up for her return to harness racing at Gloucester Park with a brilliant trial at Byford on Sunday morning when she rated 1.55.9 over 2150m and won by four lengths from smart pacer The Revolution. Tricky Styx, aimed by Northam trainer Jesse Moore at the Interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park late this year, was handled by her race driver Aiden de Campo in the trial in which she sped over the final quarters in 28.9sec. and 26.8sec. She will be having her first start since finishing fourth behind Run Oneover in the 2536m Winter Cup on July 1 when she contests the $23,000 Westralian Mares Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A week before her Winter Cup run Tricky Styx was a fast-finishing winner over Ideal Alice over 2130m. Tricky Styx will be a short-priced favourite and should not be extended in overcoming the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the $23,000 Westralian Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She is an M5-class mare who looks classes above her rivals, seven M0-classified mares and Lady Willoughby, who graduated to an M2 mark after finishing strongly from eighth at the bell to win by a head from the fast-finishing Jaxon Fella over 2130m last Friday night. Lady Willoughby, to be driven by Chris Voak for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, will start out wide at barrier eight. She will be fancied to finish second. Auctioneers Elsu, a veteran of 119 starts, has place prospects from barrier two. She caught the eye when she came from the rear with a spirited burst to finish fourth behind Tajies Girl over 1780m at Northam on Tuesday night. Ken Casellas

WILKES-BARRE PA - Elliesjet N took a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4 despite "sloppy" going Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning by a half-length over Envious Hanover in the $15,500 mares harness racing feature.   The imported daughter of Jereme's Jet (he of the famous timer controversy at DuQuoin in 2006 - you should look that story up) was sent to the lead early in the 27.1 first quarter, played give-and-go with favored Ideal Nuggets in front of the stands, then withstood the Pocono Pike charge over Envious Hanover, who was narrowing in but not really threatening, with Ideal Nuggets getting the show dough. Elliesjet N, a winner of $109,318, lowered her previous mark, taken at Philly earlier this year, by a tick for trainer Joshua Parker, also co-owner with Nanticoke Racing Inc., Barry Spedden, and Kevin Evans.   Tuesday's racing reminded one of school achievement in that if you had an "A," you went to the top of the class, as Andrew McCarthy had five winners and Anthony Napolitano three through the first 12 races. Even Ãke Svanstedt had a winner to get in on the trend. McCarthy's night also included a 2/nk finish at 33-1 and a 3/T finish at 46-1 - he wins with some longshots, and gets many others close.   PHHA / Pocono  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Aided by live three-wide cover from prohibitive favorite JK Panache, Jet Airway ($29.00) and 24-year-old harness racing driver Atlee Bender teamed up to spring a 13-1 upset in Saturday (August 13) evening's $10,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs.   The 5-year-old Jereme's Jet entire dropped to the back of the quintet early on as Jacksrluckytoo (Greg Merton) sprinted off to establish a blistering pace. After a :25.4 first quarter, Jacksrluckytoo faced pressure in the form of 37-1 outsider Modern Gesture (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through middle splits of :53.3 and 1:21.4. As Jacksrluckytoo worked in an attempt to stave off his first-over challenger, 1-10 favorite JK Panache (Truman Gale) mounted a three-wide bid with Jet Airway looming right behind. Ultimately, Jet Airway circled four-wide off the turn and struck the front at the eighth pole while the pace imploded. Jet Airway ultimately bested JK Panache by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.2 over sloppy going, while third-place finisher Modern Gesture checked in a farther 5-3/4 lengths in arrears.   Trainer Erv Miller co-owns Jet Airway with Tangie Massey, Paul Sunderhaus, and Larry Agle. For Bender, both of his career driving victories in but five starts to date came with Jet Airway, now a 14-time winner.   The card began with a $5,000 C.K.G. Billings series event for amateur drivers, and Vernon Downs mainstay Celebrity Sitmulus ($9.30) dug in to hold off a late charge from the pocket-sitting Star Studded Cast in 1:57. Owner David Glasser drove the Homer Hochstetler trainee, a 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding.   Two-year-old trotters take center stage in a Kindergarten Classic preliminary leg when live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 18) evening. The first of 13 races is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Breaking out on your own after a successful harness racing partnership that has lasted many years is supposed to be hard yakka, but Paul Court can be forgiven though for thinking it’s all a little too easy. The West Melton horseman, who was alongside his father Graham in training partnership for close to a decade, is making a pretty good fist of the solo training caper and yesterday, on the first day of the Marlborough Harness Racing Club’s Winter meeting, he picked up his first training hatrick. “It’s been a pretty dream start really, better than I could have ever expected anyway,” Court said. Yesterday’s three wins came less than 24 hours after Stunin Dude won at Forbury Park on Thursday night in the hands of Blair Orange and it was the Postman who was in the sulky for two thirds of his Friday success. Orange drove both Hypervelocity and Expressive Victor to victory while Ricky May was on board Courage To Live who won the last race of the day. “I thought that they were all good chances, but for all three to win was great. “You got to the race expecting to have a good day and often it’s the opposite.” Expressive Victor’s win in the Winter Cup Prelude was impressive. The 4-year-old mare, who was second behind Rocker Band in the 4YO Ruby at the Harness Jewels three weeks ago, overcame an early bobble to sit off the speed before unwinding brilliantly down centre track to secure victory. “The gallop was a bit of a worry, she’s usually such a good beginner. “Blair said she got a bit of a fright when the tapes went, I don’t think one on the 10 metre line was a good draw for her.” The imposing mare will start a warm order favourite on Sunday to go back-to-back on what is fast becoming her favourite track. From five starts on the Waterlea Raceway surface she’s won twice and placed on as many occasions with her only failure coming when she choked down and crashed to the deck at the Summer meeting earlier this year. Both Hypervelocity and Courage To Live will both also be in action on Sunday.   The former will have to deal with the impressive Franco Cristiano who made light work of his race track return earlier in yesterday’s programme for Robert and John Dunn. Courage To Live also has a tough ask from a wider draw, but his free going racing style means he will be on the speed at some stage in the race and that’s here he seems to race best. “He probably lacks that really high speed, but he will just keep going. “I was pretty impressed with the way he won, he looked like he could have kept going at that speed too. “He’s just got better and better each time I’ve taken him to the races.” Closely related to Terror To Love, the Jereme’s Jet colt was one of two winners for Terry McDonald who also shares owns Hypervelocity. McDonald went had the perfect day on Friday with Letspendanitetogetha, who he owns with good friend Reg Storer, finishing second to Courage To Live. While Court’s three wins was impressive, Orange’s driving talents were on full display. He won three races to go with the three he picked up on Thursday night, taking him to 117 winners for the season and 16 wins clear in second position on the national premiership which is being led by Dexter Dunn. Dunn endured a winless day at the office and will have to wait until next week to get New Zealand win No. 200 as he’s on a plane to drive Christen Me in Queensland on Saturday night and isn’t returning to Blenheim for Sunday’s meeting. Matt Markham

Harness Racing Driver Luke Plano caught fire on Tuesday Night, starting in Race 3, where he guided his own trainee Winsom Kelly to a sharp Win from first-over, trotting away from her rivals in the stretch to win by 1 ½ lengths in 1:57.2 for owner Nikki Hudson, of California.  In Race 4 he sent his pacing charge Buddy's Hope out quickly from post 5 to establish a strong lead that went unchallenged to the wire, posting a 3-length tally in 1:54.4 for Trainer Sean Lancaster and Owner Jerome Bouvier, of British Columbia, Canada. In the 5th race he was back at it, this time with his trainee Secret Alibi, a pacer who broke behind the gate in her local debut last time out, but was perfect tonight in another gate-to-wire performance in 1:55.4, for her owner Heather Mathews, of California. The Tuesday night feature was the $9,000 Fillies & Mares upper-level conditioned pace, and it was Part Time Lady with Trainer/Driver Steve Wiseman aboard, who charged home fastest in the stretch to just beat Flick a Fly's (Rick Magee) inside rally, with the sharp mare Windsun T Bird (Tim Maier) a close third, in the 1:55.3 mile. Part Time Lady is a 7 year old mare by Jereme's Jet, and is owned by Ron and Tammy Wells, of California. Tonight's victory was her 4th win in 16 starts this year, and boosted her seasons bankroll to $19,540. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, June 4th at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager of $2,100.20, and a carryover in the .50 cent Hi-5 wager of $1,471.92 Darin Gagne, Running Aces

The oddly-named Twoandahalf Tigers will have a legion of harness racing supporters when he makes his Gloucester Park debut in the second heat of the X Factor Pure Steel Pace on Friday night. Trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., the New Zealand-bred four-year-old has made a big impression on West Australian country tracks on which he has had ten starts at Bunbury and Pinjarra for seven wins, two seconds and a third. The Jeremes Jet gelding, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr, is awkwardly drawn at the No. 6 barrier over 2130m. He is the only M0-class pacer in the field of ten other M1-class performers. Seven of his rivals, including smart performers VC Manoeuvre, Naught Maravu, Soho Monza, Offtocullect and Ohoka Cooper, are recent winners with sound prospects. “The draw is a bit tricky, but he should perform well,” said Hall sen. Twoandahalf Tigers has been driven by Micheal Ferguson in all of his ten WA starts and he has impressed with his natural pace and versatility. He has been a revelation in this State after his 20 starts in New Zealand produced just one win (by a nose) and five placings. However, he is bred to be a top-class pacer. He is closely related to several outstanding performers, including All Tiger (148 starts for 29 wins, 31 placings and $496,107), Tigerish (79 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $491,957) and Justa Tiger (37 starts for nine wins, 11 placings and $161,589). Among the Hall stable’s 17 acceptors for the ten-event meeting are Runoneover, Slick Chapel, Norvic Nightowl and Mohegan Sun, who will clash in the $23,000 Channel Seven Pace over 1730m. Runoneover and Norvic Nightowl will be resuming after a spell and will have many admirers. Gary Hall Jnr will drive Norvic Nightowl and Clint Hall will be in the sulky behind Runoneover. Norvic Nightowl, a winner at 17 of his 59 starts, warmed up for his return to racing after a five-month absence with a seven-length win in a 2550m standing-start trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he dashed over the final three quarters in 28.5sec., 28.2sec. and 28.1sec. Hall sen. said he expected Norvic Nightowl and Runoneover (who will be having his first start for four months) to be prominent. Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 13 May 2016 Ken Casellas

Star four-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score a narrow but game win in the $30,000 Raider Stakes final at Devonport on Sunday night. After slotting into the coveted one-out-one-back position after travelling 400 metres, the gelding's trainer-driver Rohan Hillier sent him three-wide to challenge in the back straight and he had the leader and stablemate Four Ex Dan covered turning for home. The leader rallied so Hillier had to get busy on the $1.80 favourite and just when that stoush had ended along came outsider One mans pass to issue a challenge that fell short by a metre. It was the four-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding's 15th win from 19 starts and his owner-breeder Charlie Beadman was pleased with the result. "He's not at his best on this tight Devonport track and it took a very good drive from Rohan (Hillier) to win it, " Beadman said. The race was delayed for about 15 minutes after Four Ex Dan threw himself down on the track near the starting point and his sulky became entangled in the outside fence. The gelding had to return to the stables to undergo a vet's examination before being allowed to start and a replacement sulky was required. Four Ex Dan led, as expected, from the pole position with Blackjackhanover on his outside, Fioki on the leader's back and Jerrys Jet on his outside. Beadman said that Jerrys Jet would press on with his current campaign but he didn't have any specific targets and dispelled rumours that the horse was heading interstate. "I'll have a talk with Rohan but we're not planning to send him to the mainland at this stage,'' Beadman said. Peter Staples

Pompano Beach, FL...April 18, 2016...Kevin Wallis reached a plateau shared by only 10 other drivers in harness racing history when he won his 10,000th career race with Strong Profile in Pompano Park's 11th race on Monday night, April 18. The Ontario born Wallis, who bought part ownership in his first horse, Claybrook Copper, at the age of 12, has been driving winners since the late-1970's with his peak years, in terms of wins, coming during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, when he won 652 and 629 races, respectively, in those years. During his grand career, Wallis, while competing generally in overnight events, has driven some exceptionally talented horses, including Breeders Crown winner Burning Point, the game pacer Robitaille, Illiana, a winner of 27 races during the 1996 season, Royal Flush Hanover and the one he considers his "first good one," Merrywood Tyrone. Owners have benefitted to the tune of over $47,000,000 with the horses he has driven. Upon achieving this lofty plateau, the soft spoken and articulate Wallis said, "to be in the same category with greats like Campbell, Lachance, David Miller, Manzi, Filion and Palone, just to name a few, is very humbling. "I am blessed and thankful that I was able to achieve this milestone and that I have been able to stay healthy enough to compete at this level for this many years and at this stage of my career. "There are a lot of young, talented drivers out there today along with us veterans and we are all thankful to be able to competitive in a safe manner. Strong Profile, a four year-old gelded son of Jereme's Jet owned by Stuart Lawrence along with trainer Bryan Lawrence scored in 1:53.1, a new lifetime mark, as the 4 to 5 choice in the Pompano Park finale, a claiming event for pacers. Wallis, needing two wins on the Monday night program to reach the coveted plateau, set up his historic win by earning win number 9,999 with his own Sailer Eddie in the featured Open Trot, leading at every pole in scoring a 1:55.3 victory over Cashahallic (Mike Micallef) with Jesse's Promise (Mark O'Mara) next. Genius At Work and Bambino Hall picked up the minors in that event. Sailer Eddie, a six year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, won for the second time this semester in 15 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $25,846 and $313,091 lifetime. As the 7 to 5 choice, Sailer Eddie paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues at Pompano Park on Tuesday night with first post set at 7:30 p.m and a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $13,108.33. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice has high hopes for filly Hu Hu R U despite bookmakers offering huge odds in early fixed price markets for Saturday night’s Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final. opened the Melton-trained filly $41 to win the $150,000 Group 1 three-year-old fillies’ classic despite the daughter of Jereme's Jet breaking 55 seconds and recording the fastest last half-mile behind Mark Purdon’s highly acclaimed A Piccadilly Princess in Oaks heat three last Friday night. Hu Hu R U has been ultra-impressive since arriving in Australia, the former Kiwi pacer's overall record an impressive 11 starts for seven wins and three minor placings. In last Friday night's heat, Hu Hu R U was taken off the arm from gate seven before storming home to run second, her last half recorded at 54.89secs and her last quarter at 27.45secs. “She’s got a really good turn of foot as you saw last week. She actually ran one of the quickest last halves of the night … she’s very, very quick,” Justice told RSN’s Gait Speed this morning. “She’s a very good horse. If she takes the next step she could potentially be the best,” he added. Hu Hu R U has drawn barrier 10 for the Oaks Final, giving Justice plenty to think about. Does he sit back and allow Hu Hu R U to close hard at the end, or will the one-one be up for grabs if he makes an early move? The one thing that is clear is Justice says the filly has pulled up a treat from her super first-up hit-out. “She’s pulled up really well and should improve a little bit more for Saturday night," he said. “Brian Gath  to his credit did a great job looking after her last week. He didn’t over-punish her.  Basically he chased her just on her own urgings.” The early money for the Oaks Final has been for Emma Stewart-trained Heavens Trend, who drew gate three. She opened $2.20 with and is into a $1.80 favourite, while opening favourite A Piccadilly Princess has eased from $1.80 out to $2.20. Both impressively won their heats. That pair stifles the betting with $11 chances Im Wrongly Accused from the Matthew Craven stable, also a heat winner, and Gary Hoban-trained Dancingwithsierra, who ran second in her heat behind Heavens Trend, on the next line. The Oaks is Race 7 (9.02pm) on Saturday night's 10-event program at Tabcorp Park Melton and carries a $20,000 First 4 jackpot with Cody Winnell 

Fooling no one, Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night. Three compacted, $40,000 legions of harness racing lasses comprised a 'sloppy' third of five preliminary rounds...and if you're name isn't Jordan Stratton, there's really no reason to continue reading. The first event saw 1-2 favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) caught wide early, paying a pretty (:26.4, :55.4) price for the lead. Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick) then moved from fourth, disposing of the leader after the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Regil Elektra owned a three-quarter-length lead into the lane and hung in there gamely, but was mowed down late by a from-last For the Ladies N (Stratton, $40.40) in 1:53.1. The longest shot on the board-from post position No. 5-won by a neck, with Jungle Genie N (Matt Kakaley) third, while Krispy Apple faded to lead among the half-dozen. For the Ladies N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Jereme's Jet owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, is now 1-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $140.50, with the triple returning $884. Friday's second Matchmaker event had owner, trainer and driver double-up with Sell a Bit N ($7.10), who herself made it a series two-fer. Negating her outside six-hole, the second choice worked around Skippin' By (Yannick Gingras), then laid down the law (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25.2, 1:53). Venus Delight (Bartlett), as the 3-5 choice, moved to challenge from third, but never came close. Sell a Bit N won by a length-and-a-quarter, with Venus Delight second and Skippin' By third. Sell a Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar, is now 2-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $12.20, with the triple returning $55. The evening's final series soiree saw Stratton and just-over-even-money Al Raza N ($4.10) complete an evening/series hat trick, respectively. Watching early from post No, 4, series points leader Al Raza N was content to have Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) retake from Request for Parole (Gingras), with early intervals of :27.4 and :57. Anndrovette moved from third down the backside, towing Al Raza N along for the ride in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters. Entering the lane, Yagonnakissmeornot was about to give up the ghost. Al Raza N moved widest and defeated the lass on her back, Mach it a Par (George Brennan), by a half-length in 1:53. Anndrovette held well for third. Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her fourth win in four five starts. The exacta paid $9, with the triple returned $41.60. “(For the Ladies N) was definitely helped by fast fractions and a short field, while the other two (Sell a Bit N and Al Raza N) always race well,” Stratton—now an honorary Kiwi—said. “I’ve been fortunate they haven’t drawn in against one another.” Yet. Friday night's Pick 5 wager, beginning with a carryover of $8,041.75, attracted $24,967 of new investments. After takeout, $26,767 was divvied up to those who had the correct sequence. The "phrase that pays" was 4/7/2/6/4, returning $545.25 for each winning half-a-buck wager. Saturday night's card brings the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four, $50,000 divisions (races 6 through 9) comprise this go-round, with reining Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit debuting in the third event. Frank Drucker

Ed Hensley's Pertty Music, deftly handled by Kevin Wallis, held off arch rival Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef, in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night (March 22). Trained by Rod Lorenzo in Hensley's absence, the six year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, led at every juncture of the mile, clocking hot panels of :26.1, :54 and 1:22.4 in route to a 1:50.4 win measuring a length on the line with All Charged Up, teamed with John MacDonald, third, 3 1/4 lengths away. Jets Are On and Southwind Trini shared the final two checks as finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the talented septet of ladies. This was a classic Wallis drive as he sent Pertty Music launching from the get-go from post five battling, briefly, with All Charged Up around the opening turn to take command. Just A Bee, also on the engine from her outside post, was able to wend her way into third early. Zipping along at a very lively pace, Wallis thwarted any serious challenges with Pertty Music until she marched into the final turn when Just A Bee left the coziness of her pocket and began her attack with 2 1/2 lengths to make up. That was just not to "bee" this night. Closing her mile with a :28 finale, Pertty Music hit the wire a length in front as Just A Bee's :27.4 rally fell short by that aforementioned margin. In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis, now just 15 wins away from 10,000, related, "To tell you the truth, the outcome of this race may have been decided at the draw a few days earlier when Mike's (Micallef) mare was assigned the outside post and we drew the six and eventually drew one post in from that with the scratch of Joe's (Pavis) mare, (Arodasi). "Pertty Music had been racing very well lately and I figured that if I could get a jump on her, I might have the upper hand this week. That's why I kept going with her all the way--to thwart any threats during the race. "When two mares that are, pretty much, equal in ability, getting a jump of a length or two is very important so I had no choice but try and get that length or two at the start because I knew Mike's mare would be leaving in there as well." For Pertty Music, officially off at 11 to 10 odds compared to Just A Bee's 9 to 10, it was her second win of the season and 22nd lifetime, sending her career bankroll just short of $300,000--$299,874 to be precise. She paid $4.20 to win. On the Hennessey watch to 9,000 North American wins, Wally won five races on Tuesday night and is now only 11 wins away from that plateau--not including his handful of wins overseas. Hennessey won with Sue's Your Daddy ($6.80), Mad Cow Lisa in the Over The Hill Gang Trot ($7.40), Big Package ($5.20), Sinspirational ($4.60) and Woman Of Terror ($7.60), in the Super Hi-5 finale. Incidentally, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 had multiple winner's again on Tuesday night with the carryover piercing $100,000--now standing at $100,736.35 going into the Saturday program. Two other carryovers will highlight the Saturday card as well as the Pentafecta Fourth and Pick-5 were both unsolved on Tuesday night. The Pentafecta Fourth will have a carryover of $6,194 going in with the Pick-5 sporting a carryover of $5,568. Post time for the Saturday night program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

Making just his second harness racing start in the United States, Vapour N edged Real Tough (Roger Plante) in the $12,000 Open Handicap Tuesday night (March 15) at Rosecroft Raceway. Pat Berry sent Vapour N (Jereme's Jet) first over at the five-eighths pole and wore down pacesetter Contraband Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) in 1:51.4. It was one of three wins on the card for Berry who has eight wins over the first three nights of racing. Donald Dancer had a driving and training triple on the card, winning with Keystone Cocoa, Elusive Point and Ziegler Hanover from his barn. Roberts and Russell Foster had driving doubles. Rosecroft continues live racing Sunday at 4:40 p.m.   by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Second leg harness racing action of the Ontario Girls and The Count B Series took place under frigid conditions Friday at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a single division was necessary for each series with their finals scheduled for next Friday (February 19). Ainsleynoelle pulled off a mini upset against seven rivals in the $18,000 Ontario Girls second leg. Driven by Randy Waples, Ainsleynoelle got a pocket trip and was able to convert in the lane for a 1:55.2 score at 7/1. Mach Magic cut the mile, but gave way late to finish second by a length. Pinky Tuscadero finished third. Amazing Control, who won a first leg division, finished fourth, while the favourite Double Olives was sixth. A four-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, Ainsleynoelle is trained by Colin Johnson for owners Debbie Element, David Heffering and Ecurie JGV Enrg. Friday's victory was her first win in six starts this season and eighth victory overall. Ainsleynoelle, who finished fifth in a first leg division last week, now has over $89,000 in career earnings. She paid $17.40 to win. Ainsleynoelle In order to be eligible to the Ontario Girls, the Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Despite a first-quarter break, War N Munn scored another impressive victory in the $17,000 second leg of The Count B Series. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn got away fourth, but made a quick break heading towards the first turn and was brought to the outside. Once off the pylons and back pacing, Drury sent his charge to the lead in the second-quarter. War N Munn was mistake-free in the final three-quarters and cruised to a three-length victory in 1:55. Gotti finished second, while The Loan Ranger was third. Three Truths, who won a first leg division, finished fourth. A three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is now two for two in The Count B Series and 2016. He is trained by Carmen Auciello for owner George Munniksma. War N Munn now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $60,000. He paid $3.10 to win. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three-races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. War N Munn Live racing has been cancelled for Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack due to the projected extreme cold temperatures. Live racing resumes Monday night (February 15). Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Talented reinsman Adrian Duggan was born into a harness racing family domiciled in the country township of New Norfolk and as a child he often dreamt of one day driving the winner of a New Norfolk Cup. At Kensington Park Paceway today the 40-year-old achieved his life long dream when he partnered the Maurice Jarman-trained gelding Neonjet to an all-the-way win in the Norske Skog New Norfolk Cup over 2900 metres. Neonjet stepped cleanly from front row of the standing start and once in front Duggan rated the gelding to perfection. While the five-year-old was almost friendless in the betting starting at $31 as one of the rank outsiders in the field of 11 Duggan was confident the gelded son of Jereme's Jet would be competitive if he stepped cleanly from the standing start. "All he had to do was go away well to be a real good each-way chance and that's how it panned out," Duggan said. "He is a tough horse and he's a natural stayer so when we found the front and we got away with a couple of cheap quarters I thought he'd be right in it at the finish," he said. It also was a big win for the North-West Coast based trainer who only has a few horses in work. Peter Staples

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