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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been quite a streak for Justgottogetthere in 2015 at Buffalo Raceway and the amazing harness racing journey continued on a crisp Wednesday night (May 20).   For the seventh time in 12 starts, Justgottogetthere landed in the winner's circle after hanging on for a nose victory over the fast-closing BZ Glide in the $9,500 conditioned trot. Besides the seven wins, Justgottogetthere has finished in second place four times as well this season.   After being assigned the seven post, driver Jim McNeight and Justgottogetthere had to battle with Talladega Hanover to get to the top. Posting splits of 28.4, 59.4 and 1:29.4, there were several in perfect position ready to pick off Justgottogetthere in the stretch.   Northern Bullet was first over heading into the stretch with BZ Glide following his live cover in hopes of catching the front-stepping Justgottogetthere. Northern Bullet was the initial threat but tailed off to finish third for Jack Flanigen.   Next up was BZ Glide. In his first pari-mutel start of the season, BZ Glide went three-wide in the lane and had plenty of trot. But unfortunately, he ran out of real estate, finishing a nostril behind the big-hearted Justgottogethere ($5.30).   Owned by Antonietta Landi and the North Creek Racing Stable LLC, Justgottogetthere (Valley Victor-Mara's Theme) tripped the timer in 1:59.1 over the fast track in registering the win. The decision upped the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $40,437 in 2015 and $178,919 lifetime. Jerry Nugent Jr. handled the training duties.   In the co-featured $9,500 conditioned/optional claimer for the fillies and mares, Eyemajet was on engine in the stretch to take a narrow head win over It's De Lovely in 1:58.0.   The favored A Cameo In Life cut the fractions with times of 29.4, 59.4 and 1:29.2 but Eyemajet, trained and driven by Shawn Gray, stalked the pace the final half mile. In the stretch, A Cameo In Life threw in the towel while Eyemajet ($12.60) roared by the pace-setter.   The triumph didn't come easy as Eyemajet had to hold off the late charge by It's De Lovely (David McNeight III). She's A Maniac (Jim McNeight) took the show spot.   The 6-year-old mare Eyemajet (Jereme's Jet-Aahptometrist) has now three victories in 16 tries in 2015, earning $23,326 and upping her career bankroll to $213,603.   In the seventh race, Surfers Paradise pulled a shocker with a $222.50 win for driver Mike Caprio.   Racing will resume on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

THE name Yaya's Hot Spot will live in local harness racing folklore for many years to come, after the four-year-old smashed the clock in winning the TAB Karloo Mick Gratuity (1720m) on Sunday's Carnival of Cups meeting at Dubbo Paceway. Prepared by leading trainer Shane Tritton and driven by Lauren Panella, the Jereme's Jet (USA) x Star Of Heaven (NZ) gelding started a prohibitive $1.10 favourite and gave nothing else a chance as he beat My Dusky Sound ($19.60, Amanda Turnbull) by more than 25 metres, with Mister Chow ($7.60, Ashlee Siejka) a further four metres away in third place. But as impressive as the winning margin was, it was nothing compared to the times shown on the semaphore board. Yaya's Hot Spot ran an even lead time of 8.0s to find the lead and strolled through the first quarter of the last mile in a leisurely 30.1s.  Panella asked the gelding to gradually pick up the pace from that point, with the middle splits run in 29.6s and 28.7s respectively.  It was at this stage when race caller Craig Easey sensed something special was on the cards and all focus turned to the clock. With the race result beyond doubt as Yaya's Hot Spot put a gap in his rivals, the biggest interest was in the time, and despite not being fully tested by Panella down the straight the gelding still recorded a split of 27.1s for his final 400m. It all added up to an overall time of 2:03.5, which equated to a mile rate of 1:55.5, slashing almost two seconds off Slick Bromac's previous mark of 1:57.4 recorded in December 2011.  It was fitting that the time was registered in a race named after Karloo Mick, arguably the greatest racing animal Dubbo has ever produced. "That felt pretty good," Panella said after the race. "I knew we were running pretty good time out there. We didn't go that hard early but he's such a fast horse that once we started rolling I knew he was going to run some pretty slick sectionals. "He loves these smaller 800m tracks too. He seems to really slingshot off the corners so he really got conditions to suit today. "In the truck on the way here we thought we might be able to give the track record a shake but to beat it by that much shows just how good this horse is going at the moment." For Tritton, the win was exactly what he wanted to see as he plots a course to this year's Inter Dominion series in Perth, where the 800m Gloucester Park circuit is expected to suit the four-year-old.  But first he will make the trek to Melbourne this week for the $50,000 University Foods 4/5yo Championship (2240m) at Melton. "We've been waiting to get him over a mile on one of these smaller tracks," Tritton said. "A couple of runs back it took a champion like Smolda to beat him in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith and now he has come out and run that sort of time here it just fills me with confidence that we can take him to Perth and he will acquit himself well. "I've had him since he was a two-year-old and he's always been a really nice horse but I probably lost him a bit late in his three-year-old season. "But we've got him back to the level we know he is capable of. He's probably the most exciting horse in my stable and today the people of Dubbo saw why." by Ben Walker courtesy of Dubbo's Daily Liberal

Star Tasmanian pacer Jerrys Jet delivered another brilliant performance at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night to further tempt his harness racing owner into sending the three-year-old interstate. Jerrys Jet has won both of his starts this time in with this latest outing enough to encourage his owner Charlie Beadman to admit a trip to Sydney could be on the cards. His trainer Rohan Hillier is confident Jerrys Jet would be up to tackling three-year-old races at Menangle in NSW where he believes the Jeremes Jet gelding could run scintillating times. "We are happy with what the horse is doing but we won't be pushing him too hard at this stage," Beadman said. "I don't like to rush anything, especially my horses." "There are a few options to look at but right now we are happy to stay at home and tackle races here in Tasmania and we'll let the future look after itself," he said. Jerrys Jet is being aimed at the $30,000 Globe Derby (3YO sires stakes) next month but he will line up in a race in Launceston before tackling a Globe Derby heat on June 5. Peter Staples

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jettison was sent off as the heavy 1-9 harness racing favorite in the $25,000 Niatross Invitational Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 9) and the 6-year-gelding didn't disappoint on that promise in delivering a 1-1/2 length decision in 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Using a big closing kick to take the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series title back on April 25th, Jettison ($2.30) powered his way past Goddess's Justin (Shawn Gray) and Secluded Island (Jack Flanigen) in the stretch to take the Invitational title.   "He was loaded and I was confident coming off the (final) turn that no one was going to catch him," winning driver Kevin Cummings said of Jettison. "I wasn't worried at all about (second place finisher) Goddess's Justin on the inside."   Secluded Island set the tempo with splits of 29.0, 58.0 and 1:27.2 but felt the pressure on the outside at the three-quarter pole. Jettison was on rim, going eyeball to eyeball with the pace-setter and then easily pulled away, leaving eventual runner up Goddess's Justin and Secluded Island in his wake.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jereme's Jet-Piazzacato) has notched six victories in 15 starts in 2015, earning $40,560. Darren Taneyhill handled the training duties.   Youwillwishyouhad continues to add to his impressive resume after going gate-to-wire in the co-featured $9,500 conditioned pace in 1:54.4, tying his seasonal mark. It was his second straight front-running win.   With the victory, Youwillwishyouhad ($6.30) has now won seven times in 11 appearances this season. Since the beginning of 2014, the 4-year-old gelding has had 39 starts, winning 18 times and finishing out of the money just seven times.   Assigned the seven post, Cummings was intent on getting to the lead with Youwillwishyouhad and got there with mild resistance from Jokerman (Jim McNeight).   Setting the fractions of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:26.3, Youwillwishyouhad registered a blistering 28.1 final panel which kept the remaining six competitors a safe distance behind at the wire. Bahama Bay (David McNeight III) finished in second a non-threatening 1-1/2 lengths behind while Jokerman took the show spot.   Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by James Clouser Jr., Youwillwishyouhad (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has earned $35,690 this year and $104,857 in his career.   Racing will continue at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 9 - J Js Delivery brought his 'A' game Saturday night to Mohawk Racetrack to win a harness racing action-packed final of The Diplomat. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed Saturday evening for the $60,000 final of The Diplomat series. Fresh off a victory in leg two, The Wayfaring Man was sent off as the 4/5 favourite, while leg one winner J Js Delivery was the second choice at 5/2. J Js Delivery and James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and sprinted to the opening-quarter in a speedy :26.2. The Wayfaring Man and Jack Moiseyev wasted no time moving from fifth in the second-quarter to challenge the leader. The pace was hot down the backstretch and The Wayfaring Man did not clear by J Js Delivery until reaching the half in :54.3. The public's choice kept the speed going by pacing a :27.4 third-quarter to get the field down to that station in 1:22.2. In the stretch, J Js Delivery came off the rail for MacDonald to tango with The Wayfaring Man. The two favourites went toe-to-toe down the lane, but J Js Delivery had just a bit more fight and was able to edge by The Wayfaring Man to win in a career-best 1:50.1. The Wayfaring Man finished a game second and was beat by a length and a quarter. American Rock finished third, while Good Friday Three was fourth. J Js Delivery is trained Dave Menary for Robert Hamather and was the only horse in that final that did not race in the second leg. Following the race, MacDonald said he wanted to be near the front. "He's got a lot of speed and I just wanted to get him up close," said MacDonald. "I thought if I could cut it he would be good or if I could find a good hole." A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery now has four wins from six starts this season. Saturday's victory was the sixth of his career and pushes his career earnings to $98,686. J Js Delivery paid $7.90 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Cast No Shadow comes up big in Princess final Cast No Shadow turned in a stakes record performance to win the $59,600 Princess Series final Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of six three-year-old pacing fillies lined up to contest the Princess final and on paper it appeared to be a three-horse race between leg one winner Moonlit Dance, leg two winner Maplelea and Cast No Shadow. The top three fillies on paper were the top three fillies Saturday night. Moonlit Dance made a move from second to overtake the lead in the second-quarter, but was quickly confronted by Cast No Shadow and Chris Christoforou from third. Cast No Shadow cleared to the front just after the midway point of :55.2. Around the final turn, Maplelea came first up from fifth to situate the top three fillies in the top three spots at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Cast No Shadow was able to put away the pressure from her rivals and paced on to a 1 ¾ length victory in a stakes record clocking of 1:50.4. Moonlit Dance was able to battle by Maplelea on the inside to finish second. "I wanted to be in control coming around the last turn because I wanted to get away from Rick's (Zeron) filly, Maplelea," said Christoforou following the race. "She can sprint so fast, so when I heard them come he was about two or three lengths behind on the turn and I just pulled the trigger and hoped I could hold on." A daughter of Shadow Play, Cast No Shadow is trained by Nick Gallucci for owner Millard Adams and now has a 2015 record of six wins from eight starts. The Princess Series final victory pushes her bankroll over $80,000. Cast No Shadow returned $5.90 to win. Cast No Shadow In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

It is ladies’ night at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, with the 47th running of the West Australian Oaks heading the program. For most of the season Oaks discussions have centred on the Gary Hall-trained Nuala, but due to a paddock accident, the filly will not contest the Group One. Despite Nuala’s absence, the Blue Riband has attracted a strong line-up and it will be no surprise to see many of these fillies ‘train on’ to future feature race success. Outstanding youngster Tricky Styx heads betting markets following her brilliant campaign through the recent Derby series. After running a solid third in the $50,000 Western Gateway Classic, the strapping daughter of Jeremes Jet was ‘best of the rest’ behind the irresistible Boadine Boaz in the Western Australia Derby. Aiden De Campo always had her travelling smoothly from a horror draw, and she more than held her own storming from midfield in a 54-second last half to run an excellent second behind this season’s premier colt. De Campo will be looking to join his father as a winning driver in the fillies’ classic, with Andrew having driven crowd favourite Norms Daughter to a ‘Herculean’ win against the My Cherie in 1994. Andrew will be represented by classy filly Delightful Jade, a winner at 14 of her 24 starts. She recently ran third in the Country Derby, but her chances have been sullied by a poor draw in gate seven. Victorian horseman Dean Braun is no stranger to WA success, having campaigned many of his stable stars such as Mustang Mach, Chancellor Cullen and Chilli Palmer to capture local features during the past few years. Braun has brought Victorian Oaks heat winner Sudden Change across the Nullarbor, with the daughter of Changeover has drawn handily in barrier five. Fifth in the $205,000 Victorian Oaks Final, Sudden Change rounded off her preparation for a trip west with a solid third in the Prendergast Oaks at Ballarat, with Braun booking Morgan Woodley to partner his charge. JASON LINCOLN

After Jerrys Jet stormed home to score an unbelievable win in the 2014 2YO Sweepstakes final on the Elwick track in Hobart his owners were excited about what the future might hold for the talented pacer. His Sweepstakes win was one of the most impressive performances seen by a juvenile pacer in a feature race final as he came from last on the home turn to win in a three-way photo finish. He was in the care of Paul Hill who at that stage had prepared the gelding to win four from as many starts. Jerrys Jet went on to win a Dandy Patch Prelude before being beaten by Boasson Hagen in the Dandy Patch final. He was sent for a spell and resumed with a win in January followed by a second to No Spring Secrets in Launceston. Jerrys Jet was subsequently sent to Rohan Hillier's stable by his owner Charlie Beadman. Hillier had open class horses with which Jerry Jet could work with and that was expected to help the owner determine whether or not Jerrys Jet would be up to tackling an interstate campaign. The son of Jeremes Jet had his first start for Hillier in the Sires Produce Stakes at Ubet Park Hobart last Sunday night and it was clear he is going to be up to the challenge when he leaves the state. With Hillier in the sulky, Jerrys Jet scorched to the front from a wide gate and after a modest first half (800m) he quickened the tempo and when asked for an effort by Hillier he reeled off a sizzling last quarter (400m) in 26.7 seconds. He defeated the highly promising filly Followthewind that went into the race on the back of a brilliant win in the Premier's Blue Bonnet Stakes clocking a mile rate of 1.59.5. Hillier was ecstatic after the win. "They wanted to find out if this horse was good enough to go interstate and in my opinion he will match whatever he goes up against when he gets there," Hillier said. "It's a shame he's not paid up for the Breeders Crown because he would have given that a shake but we'll stay here for the Tasmanian Guineas in a fortnight and then go to the Globe Derby ($30,000 sires stakes race)." "The owners will probably look at sending him interstate after the Globe Derby because he is still only a C0 rated horse." "If he can reel off a 26.7 last quarter on the Hobart track he can run a quarter at least two seconds better on the Menangle track and that would make him very competitive," he said. Peter Staples

One quick conversation with astute harness racing trainer Heath Redwood and it’s easy to understand why exciting freshman Iconic Valor “is not for sale”. A flashy son of Jeremes Jet, Iconic Valor has been impressive winning his two starts, including Kilmore last night. Rapt with the two-year-old’s progress, Redwood rated Iconic Valor as the “best young horse I have ever been associated with.” That comment alone explains why Redwood has knocked back several high six-figure offers for the colt. “This bloke is the real deal,” Redwood declared. “He is the best young horse I have ever sat behind and that includes those I have broken in for other trainers. “He has it all…speed, strength, manners and an aptitude for racing. “I’ve had a few good six-figure offers for him, but he is not for sale.” Driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford, Iconic Valor was eased away from barrier seven to settle at the tail of the field as Combined Interest led from five. Angled three-wide during the middle stages, Iconic Valor quickly dashed around the field to take over the pacemaker’s role. Striding clear of the pack turning for home, Iconic Valor was never fully extended as he cruised to an effortless 16-and-a-half metre win from Combined Interest, with Esspee Rockstar five metres away third. “He just covers the ground so easily,” Redwood said. “Chris never had to move on him and he spaced them without leaving second gear. “He hasn’t been pushed yet, but I’ve got no doubt there is plenty there when needed.” Set to enjoy an easy weekend, Iconic Valor will contest next month’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum series before heading into the Vicbred Super Series and Australasian Breeders’ Crown. “I’ll let him enjoy a few easy days, then get him ready for the Platinum heats at Ballarat,” Redwood said. “Hopefully he will progress into the Final on May 15. “After that he has the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown, which will see out his season.” PAUL COURTS

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 25 - The conditions might have been a bit chilly, but Etruscan Hanover was sizzling Saturday night to a Don Mills harness racing stakes record at Mohawk Raceway. A field of eight four- and five-year-old trotters took to the track Saturday evening for the $44,400 final of the Don Mills Trotting Series. The series finale appeared to be a competitive contest on paper, but Etruscan Hanover would turn the final into his own personal showcase. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Etruscan Hanover sprinted off the gate to the front and posted a speedy opening-quarter of :26.4. The fast first-quarter would be a sign of things to come, as Etruscan Hanover carved out fractions of :55.1 and 1:24 to bring the field into the stretch. Bourbon Bay, the 4/5 favourite, appeared to be getting a nice two-hole trip in behind the leader, but would be not match for Etruscan Hanover in the lane. Etruscan Hanover and Baillargeon trotted home in :28.2 to score a 3 ¼ length victory over Bourbon Bay and established a new Don Mills stakes record of 1:52.2. Exemplar finished third, while Wild And Crazy Guy was fourth. A five-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Etruscan Hanover is trained by Ben Baillargeon, who shares ownership with Santo & Nunzio Vena and Claude Hamel. The gelding trotter has had breaking issues throughout his career, but continually posts successful results when he minds his manners. Etruscan Hanover now has a record of three wins from nine starts this season. The Don Mills final triumph is the tenth career victory for the Baillargeon trainee and increases his bankroll to over $87,000. The stakes record clocking of 1:52.2 knocks more than three-seconds off Etruscan Hanover's previous career-mark. A $2 win ticket on Etruscan Hanover returned $6.80. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills series, the four- and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2014. Etruscan Hanover J Js Delivery on time in Diplomat opener J Js Delivery shot up the rail late to pull off a 23/1 upset in the first leg of The Diplomat Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lined up Saturday for the first round of The Diplomat series. J Js Delivery and driver James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and posted a solid opening-quarter of :26.1. American Rock, the Youthful series winner and 9/5 second-choice, was parked around the first turn and would overtake the lead as the field rolled into the backstretch. The Wayfaring Man, the 3/2 favourite, came charging first up from fourth around the final turn to tango with the leader down to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Good Friday Three came off the cover of The Wayfaring Man to pace by the leaders and appeared to be on his way to victory. However, MacDonald would find room up the rail in deep stretch to allow J Js Delivery to charge through and score a  length victory over Good Friday Three in 1:52.2. Star Cover come on late to finish third, while The Wayfaring Man and American Rock had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery was making his second start for new trainer Dave Menary Saturday night. The three-year-old gelding is now two-for-two out of the Menary barn and has a record of three wins from five starts in 2015. J Js Delivery, who is owned by Robert Hamather, now has five career victories and earnings of $66,686. The clocking of 1:52.2 drops more than a full-second off of the gelding's previous career-mark. J Js Delivery paid $49.50 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the sophomore pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. The second leg of The Diplomat will take place next Saturday (May 2). Mark McKelvie

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Jettison may have lost the battles but he ended up winning the war. After losing narrowly to Dedalos twice in the past three weeks, Jettison turned the tables when it counted the most and captured the $24,500 harness racing final of the Niatross Knockout Claiming 'B' Series at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 25).   It was the big closing kick that sent Jettison to the victory. After drawing the seven post, Jettison sat contently seventh to the half mile marker as Secluded Island set scorching fractions of 27.4 and 56.4 to the midway point.   Following live cover to the three-quarter pole, driver John Cummings Jr. tipped Jettison ($6.00) three-wide and fanned four out at the top of the stretch. Using a 28.4 final panel,Jettison roared past Dedalos (Shawn Gray) to register the length victory in a seasonal best time of 1:56.0 while K C Colt (Jim McNeight) scooted up the passing lane for third.   "We were in good position down the backstretch the second time," Cummings Jr. said about the final half mile of action. "We had a ton of momentum on the outside. I was worried about the horse in the passing lane (K C Colt)," he added.   It won't be the last time Jettison and Dedalos, the Niatross Claiming Series 'A' Series winner, square off. The pair are both qualified for the $25,000 Invitational on Saturday May 9th. Also moving on from the 'B' Series will be K C Colt and Secluded Island. A wild card will also be selected since Dedalos earned two spots in the Invitational.   Owned by Curtis Edholm and the Ultra Racing Stable, Jettison (Jereme's Jet-Pizzacato), a 6-year-old gelding, was trained by Darren Taneyhill. It was the fifth victory in 14 starts in 2015 for Jettison and moved his earnings to $28,310 and $155,339 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Niatross consolation event, trainer Alex Giuliani watched his tandem of Looks R Deceiving and Carson City Road finish first and second respectively. Looks R Deceiving (Jack Flanigen) nipped stablemate Carson City Road by a neck in 1:57.0 while Wynsum Magic (McNeight) took the show position.   In the $9,500 conditioned pace, Jokerman ($7.90) got the lead and held on from there for a half-length triumph over the heavily favored Cobble Beach in 1:55.0.   Shawn Gray had a driving triple on the program while Kevin Cummings, Cummings Jr., Drew Monti and Shawn McDonough all doubled.   The racing action continues on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 12-race set to go to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

With the new harness racing season well and truly under way now, we thought it was an appropriate time to have a look at any trends on the pacing siring charts in North America. Up to this point of the season it is clear from how he is preforming on both the overall sires list and the three year old list that the premature death of Rocknroll Hanover was a huge blow to the industry. His sons and daughters have started 2015 in great fashion with Rocknroll Hanover being a close second to Bettor's Delight on the overall list and currently running first on the three year old list. Mach Three is another sire to have made a good start to 2015 running a close third at present with a $850,000 gap back to Western Terror in fourth and Art Major rounding out the top five a further $240,000 back. Mach Three's son Somebeachsomewhere is currently a close sixth on the list and with his bigger crops coming on stream from this year on it would appear only a matter of time before he tops the overall sires chart. Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Pace (2015) - Top 5 Sires                             Sire                                                  Starters                                                 Money ====                                                ========                                             ===== BETTORS DELIGHT                          317                                                 $3,012,646   ROCKNROLL HANOVER                   268                                                 $2,964,641   MACH THREE                                   259                                                 $2,798,345   WESTERN TERROR                          231                                                 $1,951,740   ART MAJOR                                     196                                                 $1,712,369   The three year old list is headed by Rocknroll Hanover with Western Terror again in a prominent position on this chart in second place this time.   Jeremes Jet lies in third place just in front of Bettors Delight and last seasons leading two year old sire Sportswriter who have both been making rapid progress up the chart just lately.   The interesting sire close up to the established stars on the three year old list is the son of Art Major in Riggins 1:48.4 ($931,587) who currently sits seventh.   A son of the former outstanding racemare Towners Image 1:51.2 ($714,300), Riggins has just 22 three year old so there is real merit in his performance to date.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Pace (2015) - Top 5 Sires                                                                                       Sire                                                        Starters                                           Money ====                                                     ========                                        ===== ROCKNROLL HANOVER                        41                                            $321,882   WESTERN TERROR                               34                                            $273,165   JEREMES JET                                       33                                            $230,074   BETTORS DELIGHT                               39                                            $223,990   SPORTSWRITER                                   32                                            $196,389   Harnesslink Media

Most harness racing pundits ( Us included) thought the Southern Supremacy final at Ascot Park Raceway, Invercargill was a battle between four horses with Tas Man Bromac, Statham, Pulp Fiction and Costa Del Magnifico looking to have a class edge on the rest. No one told I'm Full Of Excuses and the three year old son of Jereme's Jet got his nose in front right on the post to cause a huge upset in the biggest race for three year old colts and geldings in Southland. As expected Statham and Brent Barclay led early but before long Dexter Dunn and Pulp Fiction circled the field and attacked him and grabbed the front with two rounds to go. I'm Full Of Excuses had been in the one by one early before being left parked with a mile to go when Smithy went to the front but he again found the one by one when Tas Man Bromac moved to the death with a lap to go. Tas Man Bromac eyeballed Smithy off the back and grabbed the lead as they turned for home and half way up the straight looked home but bit by bit I'm Full Of Excuses reeled him in and stuck his nose out right on the line to claim a memorable win. Pulp Fiction fought on well for third 1 ¼ lengths away with Smithy the best of the rest 7 ½ lengths away. I'm Full Of Excuses paced the 2700 metres in a very quick 3:22.4 in the windy conditions with closing sectionals of 59.2 and 28.6. Trainer/ driver Clark Barron had an odd doubt or two pre race weather I'm Full Of Excuses was up to some of his opposition. “ I thought a couple may have a class edge on him but I knew the distance would suit him.” “ He won his first couple of starts and that was a handicap in a way as he didn't know a thing about racing yet was up a grade. “ The more ring craft he has got with racing the better he has gone and he won his last start really easily in smart time so I knew he would go good today.” “With the speed on the whole way that really suited him but it took the whole straight to get there,” Clark said. Clark has had I'm Full Of Excuses all the way through. “Ollie (Owner) brought the dam out of the trotting calendar from Dave Clark down here so he has been here from day one.” “He is a real nice looker and I have always had a bit of time for him,” Clark said. Clark had already reached the 1000 wins as a driver earlier in the meeting and capped off a great day with the trainer/driver double in the Southern Supremacy. Harnesslink Media

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, April 11, 2015) - JJs Jet rocketed back into the Scarborough Downs consciousness on Saturday (4/11), as the Drew Campbell driven/trained entry finally tasted victory while making his third upper-class appearance of the 2015 season. Owned by Bruce Maxwell of St. John, N.B., Canada, the 6 year-old gelded son of Jereme's Jet launched a determined first over campaign to engage last week's top class winner, Ellie's Best Dream (Ron Cushing) before putting the mare away in deep stretch. JJs Jet then stopped the tele-timer in a sterling 1:57.2, the fastest clocking yet of the young Scarborough Downs season. Ellie's Best Dream, the lone mare in the field raced strong from the 8-hole today, holding for the place. Fear Itself (Nick Graffam), making his very first start of the season completed the top three. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday with post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT) For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Wednesday 8th April 2015 - New South Wales will have multiple representatives in each of the Victoria Oaks heats on Friday night at Melton. Harness racing  trainer Dean Cernovskis is hoping Bbs Inspiration can qualify for the Gr. 1 final after failing to get a run in the NSW Oaks last month. "It was a race against the clock to get her ready for the NSW Oaks and we threw her in the deep end a bit by putting her into the heats first up from New Zealand but she did a good job to run third behind Makes Every Scents," Cernovskis said. "As a result of that run she was the second emergency for the NSW Oaks but failed to get a start so hopefully she can make the field this time around." Cernovskis purchased the filly out of Brendon Hill's stable in New Zealand. "I went over there, sat behind her and really liked the way she felt but when she first arrived in Australia I was a little nervous because I took her to Goulburn and she worked poorly." "I got the vet to look over her and the vet thought she had trouble acclimatising to the Australian conditions and was overheating but she has settled in a lot better since and has really put it together." Bbs Inspiration proved too strong for Whitershadeofpale last start at Tabcorp Park Menangle and the two fillies will clash again this Friday night. "I've actually drawn to follow out Whitershadeofpale in the heat, I don't want to get too far back but if she gets a nice run she has already shown that she can finish her races off." "I had always planned to take Bbs Inspiration to Queensland as part of a team for the winter carnival and had it in the back of my mind to take her to Victoria as well if her form warranted it, so when she won last start I thought she deserved a chance at Melton." The daughter of Jeremes Jet is yet to miss a place in Australia and Cernovskis will travel to Victoria will fellow trainer Dennis Picker. "The plan is to go down on Friday, I don't want to give her the chance to sook because she is away from home and going with Dennis will mean there is a travelling companion for her." Bbs Inspiration will still go to Queensland later in the season with Cernovskis confirming he is planning on taking eight horses north. "Valastro is Qbred so he will go up, Scotlynn Jiggs will be set for a $50,000 race then horses like Alta Capone and Harlequin Bromac can race in the Q races and come back to NSW and still be classed M0." "I've done it before with horses like Far Too Rusty and Heres Rommel and it has worked out nicely, plus it is a bit warmer in Queensland than Gunning in the middle of winter." Greg Hayes

LEBANON, OH. - Ice Scraper paced the fastest mile in the two-year history of harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 4) capturing the $18,150 Open Pace in 1:50.1.   Driver Ken Holliday, who returned to the sulky in January after a prolonged absence, set sail early and lead the talented field through a brisk opening quarter in :26. Despite no impending pressure Holliday continued a brisk pace the second quarter, reached in :54.1. With a second tier headed by Ardyne Ace (Randy Tharps) forming down the backstretch Ice Scraper found another gear to maintain the lead at the 1:21.3 third quarter station. When the contenders fanned out four wide for the stretch duel Ice Scraper dug down deep and just held off fast-closing A Sweet Ride (Kayne Kauffman) in a very tight photo. J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) garnered the show dough with Ardyne Ace and Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page) picking up the final two checks. James Behrendt owns Ice Scraper, a six-year-old gelded son of Yankee Skyscraper who surpassed the $300,000 career earnings plateau with the victory. It was the 25th win in his career and gave the winner three wins and three place finishes in eight 2015 starts. Sent off at 5-2 odds Ice Scraper paid $7.40 to win, with the exacta kicking back a handsome $85.80. A pair of final preliminary heats were contested in the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for non-winners of six races or $50,000 lifetime male pacers. First Of Itskind (Jeff Nisonger) captured the first $10,000 division in 1:52, topping Lord Of Misrule (Chris Page) and PQ Three (Jeremy Smith). It was the second consecutive win for the Western Terror four-year-old, owned by A Piece Of The Action Stable, and stamped him as the probable favorite for the $20,000 final next Saturday night. Hotunderthecollar (Chris Page) was the upset winner in the second split, beating Crusoe Hanover (Jeff Nisonger) and OK Ferrari (Greg Grismore) in 1:52.3. Trainer Herman Hagerman co-owns the five-year-old son of Jereme's Jet with Pine Stone Farm. It was the first seasonal win in 11 tries for Hotunderthecollar and the eighth triumph of his life. Miami Valley will present an 11-race card on Easter Sunday with a 3 p.m. post time. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will circle the lightning fast five-eighths mile oval several times between 1 and 3 p.m. prior to the races. Gregg Keidel

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 3, 2015 - Pertty Music and Ed Hensley found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp effort to capture the harness racing featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 3. Using her customary late charging tactics, the five-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage and bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 over a track rated good. Leaving from the outside post seven, Pertty Music was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while the rest of the field battled for position. Wings and Tim Curtain were the first to get a call through the opening panel in a brisk :26.3 but Sam Widger had the heavy betting favorite, American Girl out and firing down the backside. American Girl was able to slow the tempo and reached the front at the half mile mark in :57. Igottafeelinfran was given the green light from driver Jack Dailey and reached the leader's wheel approaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:27. American Girl was able to put away a menacing Igottafeelinfran but would have her work cut out for her as Pertty Music was just beginning her rally. Just as American Girl began to tire on the front, Pertty Music found another gear and exploded past her rivals halfway down the stretch. American Girl held was able to hold on gamely for second place honors while Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn rallied for third. As the public's second choice, Pertty Music returned $7.40 to her backers at the window. The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet-My Metallica notched her fifth win from just nine seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $46,235. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 4 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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