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The $60,000 Southern Cross Finals for harness racing three year olds were held at Port Pirie last night and both the Colts/geldings and fillies divisions fell to warm favourites. Three year old colts/geldings Final Hez The One was a dominant favourite here even though he was poorly drawn at one on the second line. The well supported Blurred Lines with Mark Billinger in the bike grabbed the early lead from barrier five from another well supported runner in Officianado who settled into the trail. Danni Hill had Hez The One off the inside not long after the start but the son of Jeremes Jet settled a fair way back in the running line. Billinger was able to get away with a couple of cheap quarters in front which forced Danni to bring Hez The One forward three wide with just over a lap to go. The speed really went on from the 800 metres with the quarter down the back in 27.2 and Blurred Lines was the first to surrender passing the 500 metres mark. Danni shot Hez The One clear and he comfortably held them off for an impressive win. Officianado just as comfortably held second with Hit Maka battling on well for third. Hez The One paced the 2050 metres in 2:35.2, a mile rate of 2:01.9 with closing sectionals of 57.6 and 30.4. It was the 14th win from just 23 starts for the Rebecca East trained colt and took his earnings over the $120,000 mark Three year old fillies final On paper this looked a bit like an Emma Stewart benefit and that is exactly how it turned out. Even though she drew one second line, Lovelist was a pronounced favourite while Starburst Girl the stablemate was the second favourite. The one filly that could have possibly upset the Emma Stewart pair in Whats Emma Got, blew any winning chance she had when she galloped early when being rushed off the gate. Mark Billinger worked Lovelist off the inside early in the race and grabbed the lead after 500 metres. Starburst Girl in the hands of Anthony Butt worked hard for the first 600 metres from her wide second line draw before finding the death seat outside Lovelist.  Mark Billinger was in no real hurry in front, before upping the tempo passing the 800 metres mark. At that point Danni Hill sent Whats Emma Got forward but she was posted three wide when the speed went on and was having trouble hanging on to the Stewart pair passing the 400 metres. Lovelist opened up a handy break turning in and although Starburst Girl kept coming she never looked a serious winning threat. Whats Emma Got showed real tenacity to keep going and hold third after such a hard run.  Lovelist paced the 2050 metres in 2:33.1, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with smart closing sectionals of 56.5 and 28. It was the 13th win from just 24 starts for the daughter of Always A Virgin and took her earnings over the $130,000 mark. It was a night to remember for Mark Billinger who drove the winners of three of the four $60,000 finals on offer. Harnesslink Media  

JULY 31, 2015 - Driver Randy Waples captured a pair of three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with horses trained by one of his harness racing heroes. "Growing up in this business, he's the guy that everybody always wants to drive for, so when you find yourself lucky enough to be driving for him it's a rush every time," said Waples of Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "I have my heroes in the business too, and being able to drive horses for a guy like that, it's a rush." Waples kicked off the Grassroots program with a win, steering Regal Sight to a 1:52.3 score from Post 6. The pair took control heading for the half and was never headed, sailing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Ace Of Clubs. The Fire Within was three lengths back in third. "He raced really well," said Waples. "He got a little hot behind the gate last week and made a break, but he was back to himself tonight." The win was the first this season for Regal Sight, who had posted one second and two thirds in the first three Grassroots events. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON bred and own the son of Stonebridge Regal and You See L A, who currently sits seventh in the division point race with 99. Regal Sight Waples and McIntosh recorded their second victory in the fourth Grassroots division, with the Milton, ON resident giving Artful Way a come-from-behind steer. Starting from Post 9, Waples eased Artful Way onto the rail in fifth and waited until the three-quarter marker to shift into the outer lane behind fan favourite Southwind Indy. Turning for home two and one-half lengths behind leader Feeling Cam Lucky, Waples shifted Artful Way into high gear and the gelding powered down the stretch to get a head in front of Feeling Cam Lucky and Southwind Indy in 1:51.3. "He's been drawing horrible lately. He's had a 10 and two nines his last three starts down here, so he hasn't really been able to get into the race. Tonight he had his nose right on the gate and when I looked over there looked like there was going to be a couple spots available, so it just really worked out good for him," said Waples of the Artistic Fella son. "Usually if you can get him in the middle somewhere he doesn't mind first over. He can grind away first over pretty good. He's win two or three times like that. "He can take a lot of air, he just seems not to get tired," added Waples. "He's got a big motor; a big motor and a big set of lungs." McIntosh bred and owns Artful Way, who was also a winner in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 2. In the other two Grassroots legs the gelding finished fifth and third, giving him a total of 117 points and sole ownership of fourth in the division standings with two regular season events remaining. Artful Way Bob Ben And John gave his connections a nice parting gift in the second Grassroots division. The Sportswriter gelding, who is entered in the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Aug. 1, scored his first win of 2015 with a 1:53.3 front-end triumph over Windsong Lord and Halton Hurricane. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton. Following the race Sorella took to Twitter to say farewell to the gelding: "Thanks for the memories Bob. Best of luck in your new home." Friday's win boosted Bob Ben And John into eighth in the point race, making him a more attractive acquisition for a new owner hoping to participate in the Grassroots post season. Bob Ben And John Sporting The Look also jumped up the standings with his victory in the third division. Another son of Sportswriter, Sporting The Look powered out of the pocket and past pacesetter Twin B Scandal to claim his second straight Grassroots win in a personal best 1:51.2. Mach Code rounded out the top three. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the victory for his father Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON and his partners 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Two wins and one eighth in Grassroots competition give Sporting The Look 101 points, putting him in sixth. Sporting The Look The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to the connections of His Boy Elroy, who also used come-from-behind tactics to secure the victory. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic urged His Boy Elroy down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over Sugarsam and Make Some Luck in a personal best 1:51.4. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. Through three Grassroots starts the colt now has one win, one second and one eighth-place result for a total of 76 points. His Boy Elroy The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack for the fifth Grassroots event of their season on August 21. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Tuesday, August 4 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Vernon, N.Y. -- After taking charge off the clubhouse turn, Express Jet ($7.90) controlled the terms and held off a late charge from Love You Bye to take Friday (July 31) evening's $7000 harness racing upper-level conditioned distaff pace at Vernon Downs.   Trainer-driver John MacDonald secured the pocket with Express Jet in the early stages of the race, tightening in behind Aritzia Hanover (Truman Gale) through a :27 first quarter. Soon after, the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet mare took charge, pulling the tempo back through a :59.4 middle half. At the top of the stretch, Express Jet accelerated clear, leaving Aritzia Hanover well in her wake. Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) found room in upper stretch to make a late push forward, but Express Jet held sway by 1-1/2 lengths to prevail in 1:54.3. Love You Bye was a strongly-closing second, while Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) kicked stalled cover and rallied stoutly to take third.   The J P Stables and Crawford Partners, LLC own Express Jet.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 1) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Star three-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet ended his season on a high with win in a C4-C6 event over 2200 metres at the harness racing meeting in Launceston on Sunday night to stretch his winning sequence to seven from as many starts for Beauty Point-based trainer Rohan Hillier. Jerrys Jet was one of last season's best two-year-olds winning every feature except the Dandy Patch final in which he was a close-up second to Boasson Hagen when in the care of trainer Paul Hill. The gelding had only one more start for Hill before being transferred to Hillier in February. Jerrys Jet won the $10,000 3YO Sires Produce at his first start for Hillier in May and along the way he won the $30,000 Group 3 Globe Derby Stakes. At his past two starts he has emerged triumphant in high grade races against older and more experienced opposition. Despite winning on Sunday night the Charlie and Connie Beadman-owned gelding was not at the top of his game according to Hillier. "I thought that his work in the week leading up to this latest start was a bit below par and he took that into his race on Sunday night," Hillier said. "He won but it confirmed he needs a spell and Charlie (Beadman) is putting him straight in the paddock and he'll probably be out for a decent spell of about three months," he said. Jerrys Jet has always shown ability but Hillier is confident the gelded son of Jeremes Jet will go to another level next preparation. "I am quite excited about his prospects next season because there's no doubt he will head interstate to try and win an M0 and I am sure he will continue to get better with age." "But Charlie (Beadman) will decide when and if he leaves the state," he said. Peter Staples

There have been hundreds of New Zealand bred mares exported to North America over the years but only a small percentage are ever bred from in the Northern Hemisphere. A few make their way back to New Zealand but a lot are given away as hacks One well performed New Zealand bred mare that is being bred from in North America is the Caprock mare Smooth Latin. Trained in New Zealand in the first instance by John Hay and then Ray Norton, Smooth Latin won four races here and just $25,000 before being exported to North America in early 2000. Smooth Latin did a big job on the track in North America, taking a mark of 1:52.1 and in the process took her overall stake earnings to $217,884. However it is in the broodmare barn that she has really excelled. Smooth Latin's first foal was by McArdle and named McApulco and he took a mark of 1:51.2 on his way to earning $365,942. Next up was Morguns Romeo 1:53 ($44,875) by Artiscape and the third foal was another McArdle colt in McAracas 1:51.4 ($170,579) The fourth foal from Smooth Latin was by Red River Hanover and is her only filly to date in Redy La Mar 1:56.1 ($44,192) while her fifth by Royal Mattjesty in Mattista was her only non winner to date. The sixth foal from Smooth Latin was the very smart Shadow Play colt in Shadios 1:49.4 ($82,860) who has issues from half way through his three year old campaign and never really fulfilled his potential. The seventh foal from Smooth Latin is the Jeremes Jet three year old Robert Hill 1:51. ($158,190) who last week took out a $105,000 division of the Ontario Sires Stakes and looks potentially the best of Smooth Latin's progeny to date. Smooth Latin was lucky enough to be bred from in North America but a lot of well bred, well performed New Zealand mares are being left on the shelf after they finish racing. The cost of the transport back to New Zealand is very expensive but maybe New Zealand breeders should be looking to bring home some of our better performed mares that are being wasted in North America. Harnesslink Media

JULY 25, 2015 – Even before his three-year-old pacing geldings Robert Hill and J Js Delivery swept the Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, harness racing trainer Dave Menary was having a pretty amazing weekend. ‘I’m pretty pumped. I wasn’t at the races tonight myself. I was watching them at home on TV, because yesterday morning I had a daughter born,” explained the rural Cambridge, ON resident. “Julie and I, my fiancé, we had a beautiful baby girl born yesterday morning. We just come home from the hospital tonight.” As if in celebration of daughter Mikayla’s birth, the Menary Stable had an extraordinary evening at Mohawk. In addition to sweeping the Gold divisions, the trainer captured an overnight event and posted three seconds and one third. “I had seven in to go, including three colts in the Sires Stakes, and it couldn’t have gone any better,” said the trainer. “Everything we raced tonight has been unbelievable.” Adding another touch of the extraordinary to the evening was the fact that James MacDonald was in the race bike behind both of Menary’s Gold Series winners, just one night after being involved in an accident at Mohawk that sent him to the hospital for stitches in his arm. In the first $105,000 Gold test MacDonald and Robert Hill started from Post 6 and were sitting seventh when Shoe Shine reached the opening quarter in :26.4. At the :54.1 half and 1:22.1 three-quarters clocked by fan favourite Drachan Hanover, Robert Hill was still at the back of the pack, although MacDonald had moved him into the outer lane. At the top of the stretch Drachan Hanover still had a short lead and another Menary other starter, Sportsmanship, looked poised for victory, but when MacDonald gave Robert Hill a clear look at the wire the gelding powered down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. Sportsmanship finished second, giving Menary a one-two sweep, and Thinkofagameplan rounded out the top three. “Last week I think Sportsmanship went the mile of his life, and tonight when they come up to the head of the stretch I was cheering for him, but then all of sudden, when he was getting conquered it was by my other horse, so I had to change cheering,” said Menary. “I had to jump off one bandwagon and get on the other bandwagon.” Menary conditions Jereme's Jet son Robert Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB and Sportswriter son Sportsmanship for Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON, Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, ON. Robert Hill In the second Gold division MacDonald and J Js Delivery also lined up at Post 6, but the Guelph, ON resident hustled the Jeremes Jet son away from the starting gate, reaching the opening quarter in :26.1. The duo yielded to Go Daddy Go through the :53.2 half, but were back out and powering toward the front at the 1:21.1 three-quarters. J Js Delivery turned for home with a narrow lead and had to battle all the way down the stretch to secure the victory, keeping a neck in front of Go Daddy Go and Star Cover. The 1:49.4 clocking was a personal best for J Js Delivery, who had posted one second and one third in the first two Gold Legs. Bob Hamather of Exeter, ON owns J Js Delivery, who is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Secrets Nephew. J Js Delivery “It’s been a non-sleep week. I’m lucky I have a good staff around me,” said Menary. “Everything has just fallen into place, partly because of luck, partly because of the people, but mostly because of the horses.” Joining J Js Delivery in the winner’s circle was lucky “Be A Winner” contestant Nick Toltl, who had his photo taken with the gelding and driver MacDonald. In addition, Toltl will be back at Mohawk for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships enjoying dinner for four and a $100 wagering voucher. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 25. Next on Mohawk Racetrack’s active Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday, July 28. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 on Tuesday’s program, which kids off at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Vernon, N.Y. -- John MacDonald was the star of the Friday (July 24) night show at Vernon Downs, winning four races on the evening's 11-race harness racing card. In addition to victories aboard Elettrizzante ($12.00, 1:57.3), Martinique ($3.10, 1:53.3), and Table Games ($3.30, 1:54.1), the 33-year-old reinsman teamed up with Express Jet ($9.90) in the evening's featured $7,000 conditioned distaff pace.   Away the best in a field of six, Express Jet ceded the lead to Southwind Serenity (Truman Gale) after a :27.4 initial quarter, drafting comfortably from the pocket with no shortage of racing room through the race's middle stages. As Southwind Serenity accelerated off the far turn through three-quarters in 1:25, Express Jet worked to stay in close pursuit. In mid-stretch, the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet mare took the lead from the longtime pacesetter, edging clear and subsequently holding off the late-charging Aritzia Hanover (Claude Huckabone, III) by three-quarters of a length for a 1:53.1 triumph.   MacDonald, who recorded a training double in addition to his driving grand slam, trains Express Jet for the J P Stables and Crawford Partners, LLC.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 25) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Scarborough, Maine (July 18, 2015) - Sterling speed was the order of the day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7-18) as Warrawee Nonsuch traveled the lightning fast oval timed in 1:53.1, equaling the second fastest mile ever recorded in the 65 year history of the seaside oval. Handled expertly by driver David Ingraham for trainer Joseph Nelson, the 6-year-old son of Jereme's Jet also equaled the track record for older geldings, joining a former member of the Nelson roster, Wholly Louy (Gary Mosher) as co-standard bearer; a record which has stood since 2012. Shady Sabrina (Kevin Switzer), Scarborough's reining distaff pacing queen, was the first to stop the clock at 1:53.1 way back in 2010, while Hotrod Falcon (Walter Case, Jr) continues to boast the ancient overall track standard of 1:52.4 set during the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Star Tasmanian harness racing three-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet continued on his winning way at UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night where he toyed with his rivals to win the McKillop Insurance Pace over 2200 metres. It was a relatively strong C4-C6 line-up with Palmisano showing his customary early speed to lead while Jerrys Jet's trainer-driver Rohan Hillier allowed the three-year-old to face the breeze but well away from the leader so as to not get his charge fired up. The ploy worked perfectly as nothing came around to disrupt Hillier's plan and when he called on Jerrys Jet to extend in the home straight the gelded son of Jeremes Jet claimed the leader and went on to score by over six metres from Palmisano with Aninchofhislife an eye-catching third 1.5 metres away. Hillier said there was never a moment when he had to get really busy on his stable star. "The plan was to lead but when Palmisano led and cleared out I thought we could just sit off him and ensure by horses didn't get too fired up," Hillier said. "I was on a $1.20 chance so I had to give him the easiest run possible and in the end it was probably his best since he's been with me." "To go out and do what he did against older and much more experienced horses is a real credit to him." "When he gets to open class next season that's when we'll see the best of this horse," he said. Jerrys Jet has won seven of his eight starts this season and has taken his career win tally to 12 from 14 lifetime starts for just over $90,000 in stakes. Hillier was hoping to run Jerrys Jet in the $10,000 3YO Championship in Launceston on Sunday week but with that race likely to fall over due to a lack of acceptances due to Jerrys Jet being amongst the likely candidates, Hillier may have no alternative but to send him for a spell. The managing owner of Jerrys Jet, Charlie Beadman, has been coy about sending the gelding interstate to race this preparation but next season he could be having to consider tackling races like the Chariots of Fire and the likes if he progresses as well as Hillier predicts. Jerrys Jet has the potential to reach the heights of Tasmania's dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide but we won't know until he is tested against the best interstate. But the horse might never race outside of Tasmania and sadly that is a distinct possibility. Peter Staples

In the game of cricket, batsmen discuss reaching the 'nervous nineties' and being weighed down with pressure to reach their century. The period a batsman can spend only a few runs short of that milestone can feel like hours and when dismissed just short, the disappointment for the sportsman can be quite apparent. The same can be said for harness trainers and chasing 100 winners in a season. Riverina trainer Shaun Snudden has been close in the past two seasons but has fallen agonisingly short. On both occasions Snudden reached 97 winners Australia wide but when he trained his 100th winner for the season at Albury on Friday afternoon, the relief was evident. "Finally I did it, I had been that close the past two years and to get 100 winners in a season is quite an achievement considering a lot of my horses come from other stables," Snudden said. "I have 27 horses in work at the moment so it is a big operation, most stables normally get smaller during the winter months but mine tends to get bigger because I pick up horses from trainers that don't want to work them during the colder months." Classiemahon's victory in the ninth race at Albury on Friday was Snudden's 100th winner for the season and he was happy the son of Jeremes Jet got him to the milestone. "Classiemahon has been a great horse for the stable, the win on Friday was his tenth since joining the team and his results have given me great pleasure. "I have had a lot of good moments during the current season but there are a few that I won't forget including having my first Gr. 1 runner when Somelovesomewhere qualified for the Breeders Challenge final at Menangle and when Tim Tetrick drove a winner for me during the World Driving Championships." Snudden is one of the few leading trainers in NSW to have no family link to the sport of harness racing prior to his involvement. "I am basically self taught, I had an embroidery business that I ended up doing out of my house so I could spend more time with the horses but after about six or seven years I decided to go full-time with the horses and I am happy I did. "I do train my horses differently and I have had to refine my techniques because I do all of my work on the sand but I do what suits my horses and the results have been good." After being so close in the past Snudden admitted he thought 100 winners may never be a realistic target. "At the start of the season I didn't think I would be able to get there but about halfway through the year I realised I was right on target and to get there with more than a month to go in the season is great." Snudden is currently fourth on the NSW Trainers Premiership with 95 behind Shane Tritton, Steve Turnbull and Kerryann Turner and has now set his sights on training 100 NSW winners this season. Greg Hayes

Jody Jamieson had the winning touch at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, piloting four sophomore pacing colts to Grassroots victory. Jamieson kicked off his successful evening in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, guiding Dialamara to a three and one-quarter length triumph over Feeling Cam Lucky and Naturescape. The 1:51.1 clocking was the quickest of the seven Grassroots divisions and was a new personal best for Dialamara. "Dialamara was really good," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "He stepped around the leader there in two strides and was strong right to the wire." The Lisa Mara son started his Ontario Sires Stakes season with a third-place result in the Gold Series opener, but trainer Patrick Fletcher of Hagersville, ON moved him down to the Grassroots for the June 21 event at Clinton Raceway and Dialamara finished fifth. Saturday's victory was Dialamara's first on the provincial stakes circuit, although he was the winner of the WEGZ Final at Woodbine Racetrack on March 21, and the runner-up in both the Count B and Youthful Finals at the Toronto oval this spring. John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON owns the winner of $129,032. Jamieson made his second trip to the winner's circle with his own gelding, Make Some Luck, in the third Grassroots division. The pair circled out three-wide at the three-quarters and powered down the stretch to a half-length victory over favourite His Boy Elroy and Legion Of Boom. The 1:52.3 clocking was a personal best for the Camluck gelding. "I have yet to give him a decent drive, but he has overcome it almost every time," said Jamieson, who was forced to regroup at the start when Make Some Luck went off-stride briefly after making contact with the gate. "We couldn't be happier with his effort." Jamieson's father Carl conditions Make Some Luck, who now boasts two wins and one third in Grassroots action and is currently tied for second spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings with 112 points . Three regular season events remain on the three-year-old pacing colt and gelding calendar. The reinsman's third win came in the fifth division with Antar Phil, who cruised home a five and one-half length victor in 1:53.2. Windsong Lord and fan favourite Artful Way settled for second and third. "He started from a tough spot in the nine-hole but the trip worked out perfect, there was lots of movement," noted Jamieson. "We ended up being second over up the backside and I swung him over and he just sprinted home from there. He was really good." The win was Antar Phil's second straight, but his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Sportswriter son is trained by Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Jamieson completed his driving quartet in the final Grassroots division with his father's horse Sporting The Look. The fan favourites tipped out of the outer lane and sprinted home to a 1:52.1 victory, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of The Fire Within and Bob Ben And John. The fifth-ranked horse in the province last season, Sporting The Look had failed to find the winner's circle in his first four starts this season, so Jamieson was pleased to see the Sportswriter son's luck change. "He's been run into, or I've run into somebody else, in every start this year with him. He's hooked wheels twice, got run into once, that's three starts, so he was due," Jamieson said. "He got a perfect trip too and paced hard to the wire, so it was real good." Rockwood, ON resident Carl Jamieson shares ownership of Sporting The Look with 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In addition to his wins, Jamieson's other two Grassroots mounts, Sports Lightning and Win One Soon, finished second and third. "I had some horses that were favoured and it worked out," reflected the driver. "Lots of times it doesn't work out, and tonight it did." The other three divisions went to Mach Code, Western Bayama and Deetzy. Mach Code and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON were one length winners over Sports Lightning and Regal Sight, stopping the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:52.4. Jeff and Lori Thomson bred, own and train the Mach Three gelding, who sits tied for second in the division standings with Make Some Luck. Western Bayama battled to a head victory over Sports Bettor and Lancaster Park in the fourth division. The Lis Mara son hit the wire in a personal best 1:53.4 for driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, ON, trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeders Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. Deetzy also won a nail-biter, getting a neck in front of Southwind Indy and Win One Soon at the 1:53.2 finish. Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron engineered the Jeremes Jet son's first lifetime victory for trainer Ken Sucee of Bowmanville, ON and Shelby Novick of Delray Beach, FL. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 31. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 7 with the Grassroots debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies. Five divisions of novice trotters will be featured, going postward as Races 1, 2, 5, 6, and 8 on the 7:15 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

The two $100,000 Westbred finals for two year olds at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night both fell to favoured runners. 2 year old fillies With the late scratching of Sheer Rocknroll, this race always looked like it was Dodolicious's to lose and that is exactly as it turned out. Allowed to settle three back in the running line early by driver Ryan Warwick, Dodolicious was set alight by Ryan passing the 1400 metres mark and swept to the lead with 1100 metres to run. From there it was always a matter of what she would win by and when Ryan gave her her head passing the 500 metres Dodolicious shot away for an emphatic victory. Jasmin Amal from the David Thompson camp and in the hands of Morgan Woodley made ground from well back and wide to run second ,16 metres from the winner in front of another big finisher in Malua Volio in the hands of trainer driver Justin Prentice. Dodolicious paced the 2130 metres in a smart 2:36.1, a mile rate of 1:58 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28.4.. Bred, raced and trained by high profile Perth trainer Greg Bond, Dodolicious is a daughter of champion sire Bettors Delight. Friday nights win was her fourth from just six starts and took her stake earnings to $83,843 View race replay here 2 year old colts/geldings This looked a hard race to call as the first three favourites all had similar records and as it turned out the draw was the determining factor in the end. The well supported Ross Ashby trained Johnny Disco with Chris Lewis in the bike lead easily from barrier one and kept up a very solid tempo throughout. The other two public elects in Rich Yankee and Lightning Jolt worked around to get handy with 1000 metres to go with Rich Yankee finding the breeze and Lightning Jolt the one by one. However when Chris Lewis pushed the go button at the 400 metres mark, Johnny Disco shot away and didn't have to driven out to record a comfortable victory. 120-1 chance Americanbootscoota in the the hands of Tom Buchanan had trailed Johnny Disco the whole way and poked up on the inner for second in front of Lightning Jolt and Rich Yankee. Johnny Disco paced the 2130 metres in 2:35.7, a mile rate of 1:57.6 with closing sectionals of 57.9 and 28.1. The son of Jeremes Jets has been a model of consistency in his debut season with three wins and four placings from his nine starts and stake earnings of $86,048 View race replay here Harnesslink Media  

Talented Victorian harness racing three year old Hez The One came home a strong winner of heat one of the Trotsguide.Com.Au Southern Cross for three-year-old colts and geldings over 2230m.   Trainer Rebecca East, from Heywood, said Hez The One had tended to over race but was starting to learn to race more tractably.   East paid credit to driver Danielle Hill who had the gelding pacing truly at the rear of the field in the heat before bringing him with a well time run to win.   It was Hill’s 100th win for the season.   A well backed $4.20 chance, Hez The One scored by two and a half metres from the pacemaker Officianado ($3.40) with The Dapper Don ($15.50) was 11 metres away third.   The three-year-old was bred and is part-owned at Portland in Victoria by Graham Cole who shares ownership with Graham McDonald from Port MacDonnell in South Australia.   “He has always been a bit head strong,” East said. “While he has been a very good horse for us, he has not always helped himself by being too keen in his races.   “That was a bit of an issue last time at Mildura but tonight he was a lot better for Danni.”   It proved to be an interesting heat with Officianado leading and the $2.10 favourite Hit Maka on his back.   Just after midway through the race driver Ryan Hryhorec had the option to come off the fence and take the one-one position but history would show it was an error as the master reinsman found himself in a pocket until 200 metres from home when the race was over for him as a winning chance.   Jayson Finniss, on Officianado, aware of Hryhorec’s predicament, dashed for home, but Hez The One was winding up out wide and finished best to score.   It was a good night for East with Hez The One qualifying for the Southern Cross semi-finals while at Melton in Victoria, East’s partner Kevin Brough had two-year-old filly Just Wantano qualify for the final of the Empires Stallions Vicbred final by finishing second to Whirily School.   With his victory Hez The One built his career record to 12 wins from just 20 starts with five placings.   East said the gelding would return home before contesting the $9505 Horsham Guineas (2200m) on Wednesday, July 8.   Graham Fischer

Boom Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet added another feature race win to his growing list of harness racing credits when he made a one-act affair of the $30,000 Globe Derby 3YO sires stakes final over 2200 metres at UBET Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. The talented gelding had no trouble to lead and when trainer-driver Rohan Hillier gave him more rein at the top of the home straight he powered well clear of a top quality field to score by almost eight metres from Four Ex Dan with Fioki coming from near last to run third about three metres astern. Jerrys Jet is owned by Charlie and Connie Beadman in partnership with prominent harness trainer Paul Hill who prepared the gelding until he turned three. In Hill's care the son of Jereme's Jet won multiple feature races including the rich 2YO Sweepstakes final that was regarded by many pundits as one of the best win by a juvenile ever seen on the Hobart circuit. But after the gelding was placed second to No Spring Secrets in a race in Hobart in February he was sent to Hillier for whom the gelding has won four times from as many starts since returning to racing in early May. Jerrys Jet's career record stands at 10 wins and two seconds from 12 starts for over $66,000 in stakes. His best mile rate is 1.57.9 which he set in winning a C1-C2 in Launceston as a lead-up to this latest outing. Because he is not paid up for the Breeders Crown series in Victoria and he also is not Vicbred there are no feature races left for him in Tasmania. The Beadmans have owned and bred some top class performers over the years including Group 1 Tasmanian Pacing Championship winner Thomas Magnum but Jerrys Jet is rapidly gaining status and could soon be regarded as the best they have raced. Beadman was non-committal in regard to where Jerrys Jet goes from here but given he is not Breeders Crown qualified he might be sent to the paddock for a spell.   Peter Staples  

Gunning horseman Dean Cernovskis will unveil his harness racing ‘stablestar’ this weekend. Cernovskis is currently based on the border at Tweed Heads preparing a team of twelve during his Brisbane winter carnival campaign and early results have been fruitful. But with the bigger prizemoney races just around the corner, the astute horseman will roll out his best pacer this weekend in the Gr.3 $30,000 UBET Gold Coast Oaks at Albion Park. Former New Zealand filly BB’s Inspiration makes her Queensland debut in the feature and Cernovskis is confident of a forward showing. “This filly has Oaks quality and she’ll get her chance this weekend followed by the Queensland Oaks on July 11. We had a setback during our Melbourne trip earlier in the year and worked hard to rectify that problem and I’m confident she’ll perform well this weekend, she enjoys racing on the fresh side.” Cernovskis said. BB’s Inspiration has not started since finishing a below par fifth in a heat of the Victoria Oaks at TABCORP Park, Melton on April 10 behind Sudden Change. The Jeremes Jet – Toast Of The Ball filly was sent straight to the paddock for rest before heading north to chase Queensland riches. “We had her checked out and we worked on the issues while she spelled but we were keen to get her to Queensland for this carnival and things have worked out well to date. I toyed with the idea of giving her a trial but I know she goes well fresh and Brendon (Hill – previous trainer) confirmed this to me when we purchased her. “Her work on Monday was great and that confirmed to me that she is ready to go for this weekend, she worked with some my older metro type horses and worked very strongly and recorded solid time. It’s given me plenty of confidence; she’s not a big gross filly so she doesn’t take a lot of work. “I think the draw gives us quite a few options early so I’m happy with the gate, obviously Fight For Glory is the filly to beat and she’s drawn very well off the front-line but I think my filly will thereabouts. Whatever she does this weekend, she’ll be better for the Queensland Oaks.” BB’s Inspiration has drawn gate three but likely to start from two with the emergency Champagne Dreams drawing the inside gate. In six Australian starts to date, BB’s Inspiration has recorded two victories including a triumph at TABCORP Park, Menangle defeating fellow Gold Coast Oaks contender Whitershadeofpale in 1;54.1. The Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Oaks is scheduled for July 11 at Albion Park. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 20 June 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 20 June 2015

As Classiemahon crossed the finish line for his seventh win for his current harness racing owners at Wagga on Saturday night, their thoughts were with the late Garry Burns.  It was Burns who selected Classiemahon (Jereme's Jet) for the syndicate late last year, but unfortunately he didn't get to see the latest win after passing away on Friday. Burns niche was finding a horse he thought had potential to improve and forming syndicates to race it.  The former bookmaker did it numerous times and mostly with success.  Proof of this were the results of horses he acquired, or owned, last week. Amanda Von (Ifihadyourluck), raced by the same syndicate, won at Penrith on Thursday night while his own mare, Shesa A Runa (Jereme's Jet), won the $30,000 VicBred final at Melton on Friday night. Syndicate manager Terry McMillan said it was Burns knowledge and keen eye that led to many members enjoying unequalled success in harness racing. "Garry selected all of the horses he thought could improve and these last two have won a fair few races," he said. "Amanda Von has been really good for us and Classiemahon has won seven from 18 since we bought him." Trainer Shaun Snudden has got the best from Classiemahon who has also been placed six times from his 18 starts with the stable.  Reinsman Corey Bell found the lead on the short priced favourite who sprinted fast from the 400 metres and held on for a comfortable win. It was a big night for the leading combination with a treble as East Emperor (Modern Art) and Somelovesomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) were also successful.  East Emperor has won three races for owners Jody Ward and Mel Young, while Somelovesomewhere has claimed four victories and been a model of consistency for the Pellow family.  Snudden is closing in on 100 wins in the season for the first time after finishing in the 90s in recent years. Meanwhile, trainer-driver Mark Hewitt landed a double with track specialist Kenny Trickem (Stonebridge Regal) and two-year-old Jumping Jack Jimmy (Modern Art).  Kenny Trickem's past three wins have been at Wagga, while Jumping Jack Jimmy will push on to this week's Breeders Challenge semi-finals. "He wanted to switch off a bit at the end. It's good to see him win a race before the semis," Hewitt said. "Kenny Trickem loves racing here and his three wins have all been similar coming off the speed with a strong finish." by Graeme White

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