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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Talk about no respect. Machnhope, last seen winning the $232,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers Raceway on April 19, kept on rolling Friday night at The Meadowlands, taking the $30,000 harness racing featured Winners Over/Preferred Handicap for fillies and mares on the pace in wire-to-wire fashion despite going off as the fifth choice in the betting in the six-horse field. "I wasn't sure how to play it," said winning driver Andy McCarthy after being asked what was his thought process given how the extremely windy conditions favored speed all night long. "I didn't have a plan. I saw some of the horses to my inside weren't leaving, so I decided to step her off the gate." A Noel Daley trainee, Machnhope, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Hope For Life, was on the point out of the first turn and cut out fractions of :27.4, :55.4 and 1:23.1 on a night that saw eight winners lead from start to finish. A challenge came down the backside from Gia's Surreal, who won at The Big M on April 17, but Machnhope turned that one away off the far turn before sprinting clear of the field through the stretch on the way to a 2¾-length victory in 1:51.2. Sweet Lucy Lou rallied for second, with Major Occasion A, the 2-1 favorite, grabbing the show dough. MACHNHOPE REPLAY   "On a windy night like this," said McCarthy. "You have to follow the car out of posts five and six (Machnhope had the six) and let it break the wind for you. The Blue Chip was a tough series over there, but she's been terrific. She felt sharp tonight warming up. I figured she'd be good." Machnhope, in winning for the fifth time in her last seven starts, now has 31 victories from 105 career starts. Her bankroll stands at a gaudy $536,394 for owners Deo Volente Farms, T. Pontone, A Express Stables and Daley. She paid $12.20 to win after going to the gate at odds of 5-1. LONG LAYOFF, NO PROBLEM: With the COVID-19 shutdown continuing in Ontario, several drivers have moved their tacks temporarily to The Big M. One pilot, making his first appearance at the mile oval since 2016, was James MacDonald, who scored wire-to-wire in the first race with 3-5 favorite Majestic Virgin. Last weekend, two other Woodbine Mohawk Park regulars, Bob McClure and Doug McNair, recorded their first Meadowlands victories of the meeting. McNair added to his total by guiding a pair to victory lane Friday. FABULOUS FRIDAY: All-source wagering totaled $3,516,276, the biggest night of business at The Big M this year on a Friday. It marked the ninth consecutive card to see betting break the $3-million barrier. ... Favorites continue to score at a high rate, as over the last six race cards, 41 post-time choices have won the 78 races (53 percent). ... With a carryover of just under $10,000, the total pool in the 20-cent Pick-6 was $56,611. Those with winning tickets cashed in for $1,467.06 after odds-on choices took the first, second and sixth legs of the bet. ... Gates open at 9 a.m. at The Big M for Kentucky Derby Day. The first race at Churchill Downs goes at 10:30 a.m. The Derby, race 12 on the 14-race card, is slated for 6:57 p.m. ... Live harness racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

The betting was focused on two harness racing mares in Monday's $232,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final at Yonkers Raceway, but in the end it would be 6-1 shot Machnhope that would get the job done in game fashion, overtaking Blue Ivy near the wire to score in 1:52.2 for driver Andrew McCarthy. The action was hot and heavy at the outset as four horses left the gate, including favored Alexa Skye from post six, but the even-money choice would have to be content with a tuck in the four- hole as George Brennan, behind Snobbytown, circled Blue Ivy on the first turn and drove past Machnhope to take charge. Tyler Buter, driving 3-2 second choice Blue Ivy, may have been outsprinted early, but the two quickly seized control well before the 27.1 opening quarter. From there, Buter and Blue Ivy kept the pace somewhat lively, hitting the half in 55.3 before feeling any heat. Todd McCarthy and Alexa Skye got off the pylons at the half and quickly flushed Machnhope's cover. What looked like a perfect trip for the favorite at that juncture didn't turn out that way, though, as while Machnhope moved towards the pace-setter, Alexa Skye stalled and couldn't stay on her cover. With Blue Ivy still in control at three-quarters in 1:23.4, the second choice looked in position to win, but Machnhope, under steady urging by Andrew McCarthy, kept grinding her way towards the leader. The field got a bit crowded in deep stretch as Snobbytown searched for room but was unable to find any. Machnhope showed her tenacity near the wire, securing the victory for trainer Noel Daley, who shares ownership in the 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three with Deo Volente Farms LLC., Tom Pontone, and L A Express Stable LLC. Snobbytown settled for third behind Blue Ivy, with Alexa Skye holding fourth on the line. MACHNHOPE REPLAY   "Everything went right out there," said Daley. "She was sound, with no issues, and Andy really knows how to drive her. She just got there on her own." It was the fourth win in 11 tries this year for Machnhope and her 30th career victory. She also pushed her 2021 earnings to $184,115 and her lifetime bankroll to $521,394. Machnhope returned an even $14 to win, with the exacta returning $53.50 and the triple $223.50. Soho Burning Love A, half of the Jim King Jr.-trained entry that was sent off at odds of 1-5, was a dominant force in the $60,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker consolation, distancing herself from the field on the final turn and scoring powerfully in 1:51.4 for driver Tim Tetrick. Soho Burning Love A took control on the first turn and set a sensible early pace, hitting the quarter in 27.4 and half in 56.2, with entrymate Keep Rockin A (Andrew McCarthy) in pocket position. Tetrick allowed Soho Burning Love A to turn on the afterburners on the third turn, and the 7-year-old blew out a 27.2 third quarter, losing the majority of the field in the process. In the homestretch Soho Burning Love A sealed the win with a 28 second final quarter, as Bettors Heart N (Dexter Dunn) rallied late to be a distant second ahead of Parisian Blue Chip (Dan Dube). Owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, Soho Burning Love A returned $2.50 as the prohibitive choice, keying a $8.90 exacta and $23.20 triple. For full race results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway  

After watching Machnhope win her first two starts in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for older female harness racing pacers, trainer Noel Daley held the mare out of last week's action. As she prepares to return for Friday's fourth round, Daley is happy with the decision. Machnhope is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the second of two $35,000 divisions of the Matchmaker at Yonkers Raceway. Ten mares were entered this week, with three of the top-seven in points including unbeaten Alexa Skye sitting out. Blue Ivy, who has a win and two seconds in the series, is the 9-5 favorite in the first division. "I figured some of the good ones might take this week off, so I took last week off," Daley said. "I think it worked out as the right thing to do. We ended up with two five-horse fields and no Alexa Skye. I'm happy enough with that decision. "It doesn't work out all the time, but we can look smart occasionally," he added with a laugh. Machnhope, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three out of Hope For Life, has won three of eight races this year and hit the board on three other occasions, earning $54,765 for owners Daley, Deo Volente Farms, Tom Pontone, and L.A. Express Stable. Daley's group purchased the mare last July after she spent five months with the trainer following her arrival from Canada, where she had raced most recently for owner-trainer Gary Lance. Machnhope was an Ontario Grassroots Series champion at age 3. For her career, she has won 29 of 101 starts and $392,044. "She's a big, strong, good-looking mare," Daley said. "She can be a bit of a cantankerous old thing, but I'm real happy with her. She's done well for the guys that bought into her. They've gotten their money back, so that's good." Machnhope has raced consistently since the sport returned from last spring's COVID-19 related shutdown. She has started at least twice in every month since then and hit the board in all but four of her past 23 races. She brings a three-race win streak to Friday's Matchmaker start. "We don't do much with her during the week," Daley said. "She has a bit of a canter and seems to keep herself fresh enough. She looks great and is acting great. She's pretty much the same mare every week. She's just always there. "Everything will depend on the draw the next several weeks, but this girl has handled the racing pretty well. She should be fine for the next three weeks in a row." The six-week Blue Chip Matchmaker Series concludes April 19. Following are the top 10 mares in points through three rounds of the series. The top eight will qualify for the final. 1. Alexa Skye 225, 2. Blue Ivy 175, 3. Snobbytown 158, 4. Machnhope 150, 5. Caviart Cherie 135, 6. Seaswift Joy N 125, 7. My Ruebe Star N 113, 8. Siesta Beach 109, 9. Monica Gallagher 95, 10. Maczaffair N 93. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) on Friday at Yonkers. For complete entries, click here by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Machnhope had not been seen at The Meadowlands for almost four months heading into Friday night's harness racing featured high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares, but she displayed no ill effects of having not raced at the mile oval since Nov. 13 when she was second to Caviart Ally, dominating her foes on a clear but chilly evening in 1:52. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, driver Andy McCarthy had Machnhope on the go early from post three in the seven-horse field. She followed 5-2 second choice Wingding Hanover around the first turn and finally cleared to the lead just before the three-eighths and clicked off a soft :57 half, leaving plenty of gas in the tank. Twenty-two to one long shot Sheikh Yabooty N rushed up to go after the leader at three-quarters as the cadence quickened during a third fraction that was timed in :27.3 as Wingding Hanover stayed patient in the pocket. Then, Machnhope turned it on. After opening a 2-length edge at the head of the stretch, Machnhope sprinted the final quarter in :27.2, and despite the late rally of second-place finisher Golden Quest N, she hit the wire a never-in-doubt three-quarter-length winner. Stellenbosch was third as Wingding Hanover weakened to fourth. "She got around the mile track good," said McCarthy of his horse, who had been racing steadily of late in the open ranks at Dover Downs. "I was actually thinking I'd like to trip her out. She finished the mile up strong. She's a little bit of a funny mare. Some nights she's better gaited than others. She was giving me a little bit of a hard time tonight. She's tricky but she definitely has plenty of go." Machnhope, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Hope For Life who is trained by Noel Daley, returned $3.40 to her backers. After winning for the first time in six tries this year, she now has 27 victories from 99 lifetime starts and earnings of $357,044 for owners Deo Volente Farms, Thomas Pontone, L.A. Express Stable and Noel Daley. A LITTLE MORE: Scott Zeron led the driver colony with three winners on the card. Mark MacDonald, Dexter Dunn and McCarthy all had two wins apiece. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,765,650. ... No one had a winning ticket in the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover of $6,225. Those with five correct collected $296.48. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Hightstown, NJ — Anoka Hanover might not have been the hardest working horse in harness racing last season, but as far as Dan Patch Award winning 2-year-old trotters over a span of almost 25 years, she was nearly at the top. The Noel Daley-trained Anoka Hanover won 10 of 14 starts in 2020 and captured the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. Going back to 1997 only one 2-year-old Dan Patch Award winning trotter — female or male — exceeded 13 races, the filly Check Me Out, who won 14 of 16 in 2011. The most recent 2-year-old male trotter to surpass 13 starts was Malabar Man, who won 13 of 15 races in 1996. “Fourteen starts are a lot to give a 2-year-old, but she was as good or better at the end than she was early,” Daley said. “She was never the prettiest gaited horse. But she had a good attitude, a good head on her. I was very happy with the way her year progressed.” The Noel Daley-trained Anoka Hanover won 10 of 14 starts in 2020 and captured the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. Lisa photo. Anoka Hanover won the final seven races of her campaign, capping it with a triumph in the Goldsmith Maid on Nov. 21 at The Meadowlands. Other victories during that span included the Kindergarten Classic Series championship and divisions of the Bluegrass, International Stallion, and Simpson stakes. Anoka Hanover winning the Goldsmith Maid She was the richest 2-year-old filly trotter, with $587,758 in purses, and the fastest, with a mark of 1:52.3 set in November’s Kindergarten final at The Meadowlands. “I think she rose to the top at the end of it, but there was plenty of depth in that division,” Daley said. “I think she stepped it up and, which they often do, a few of the others had sort of had enough. She just seemed to have the physical attributes and mental attributes to. She always showed plenty of talent. She’s a strong filly. She’s not overly big, she’s medium sized but well built. “They all change from (age) 2 to 3. Sometimes, they only have one good season in them. But she ended her year good and, to me, that’s always a healthy sign. I expect her to come back and have a good year.” Todd McCarthy, a 27-year-old Australia native who was in his first season of racing in North America, picked up the drive behind Anoka Hanover for her last seven starts. McCarthy’s brother, Andy, had been driving the filly but had other commitments. “I was a little worried about putting Todd on,” Daley said. “Obviously, I knew he’s a very good driver, but he really didn’t have any experience with young trotters. He aced it with her. He was really patient with her. In his first start, she put in a step and he didn’t panic and steadied her up. He did a great job with her.” Daley purchased Anoka Hanover, a daughter of Donato Hanover out of Aunt Mel, for $35,000 at the 2019 Standardbred Horse Sale. During the racing season, he owned the filly with L.A. Express Stable and Caviart Farms. At the completion of the campaign, Crawford Farms Racing joined the ownership group. As part of her offseason, Anoka Hanover had chips removed from both hind ankles. “They might have been there all year, I don’t know,” Daley said. “Hopefully, she comes back even better.” Anoka Hanover was not eligible to the Breeders Crown at age 2 but is eligible this year. “People ask me if I was upset not being in the Breeders Crown, but I couldn’t be in everything,” Daley said. “I would have had to miss something else somewhere. Basically, she made more than $300,000 in her last two starts. It worked out OK.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Passionate Sydney harness racing owner Emilio Rosati has never been afraid to think outside the box - and now he's doing that with success, with three former American horses. While there's a veritable procession of Australian and New Zealand standardbreds being sent to the Northern Hemisphere, it's a relatively rare thing for American race-horses to be brought "Down Under". But that's what Rosati has done and, prepared by his private trainer former North American champion mentor Noel "Oz" Daley, two of his US imports scored impressively at Menangle last Saturday night. Rosati has been in the sport over 45 years and has used the suffix "stride" in the names of many of his horses, after one of the first horses raced with his wife in the 1970s, named Stride High who won nine races. Seven-year-old mare Blue Moon Stride USA (Rocknroll Hanover USA-Classic Star) took out the $22,440 Mares Pace for James Rattray, while five-year-old square gaiter Lily Stride USA (Muscle Hill USA-Sterling Volo) was victorious in the $14,280 Trotters Mobile with Anthony Butt aboard. "It was certainly very pleasing as they were off the scene for quite a while - one of them unraced for nine months - so it's taken a bit to get them up and going again," Daley said. "Lily Stride has really hit her straps with four wins now from her six outings for us. But she does have some class on her side because back in the States she scored an upset win in the 3yo Breeders Crown Filly Trot, worth a purse of $500,000, last October," he said. "Blue Moon Stride is a gorgeous mare who has now earnt over $1.2 million. Emilio and his wife Mary bought her as a weanling. She's beautifully bred, out of a sister to (former star racehorse and now leading sire) Bettors Delight. "Over in the US she came up against ex-Aussie mare Shartin, who recently won at The Meadowlands in world record time of 1.46-4. (Before being sent to the Northern Hemisphere, Shartin was considered to be one of Australia's best juveniles, taking the Tasmania and Queensland Oaks while under the care of Victorian trainer Dean Braun.) "Both Lily Stride and Blue Moon Stride were prepared by former Kiwi trainer Mark Harder, who has probably been USA-based for over 30 years. Mark did a great job with them and he also had Mooshka Stride, a trotter that's joined our barn as well." Mooshka Stride USA (Credit Winner-Check Me Out) has had one start for the Rosati-Daley team, for a Menangle success on July 2 in 1.58-5. This took her career tally to five wins and seven placings from 21 starts for over $85,000 in earnings. "She got kicked by another horse and is just back in training again," Daley said. The USA trio flew out in November. They arrived in Australia after enjoying a short time in New Zealand. "They all had a good few months off which was ideal," Daley said. The Daley stable has 18 horses in training - a far cry from the huge numbers the skilled horseman had under his care while overseas. "The most we got up to was probably about 125. However, over the past few years in the States when I was scaling down after deciding to make Australia home again, it was a much smaller," he said. "At the beginning of my last season there was 25 horses, and at the end about 10 to 12." Over three decades based in the United States, largely at New Jersey, Daley stamped himself as one of the all-time greats. He prepared 2570 winners for more than $61.1 million, which ranks sixth among all trainers in harness racing history. by Terry Gange  

Teenage young gun harness racing driver Leonard Cain admits he loves nothing better than being busy and tackling a new challenge head-on. "I'm just so much happier when there's a lot going on, preferably getting more race drives from trainers and ultimately more winners!" Cain said. The 19-year-old started his Sydney career off in a blaze of glory, combining with his boss Noel Daley, to post wins with their first four starters. "We couldn't have got off to a much better start than that. It was unbelievable," Cain said. "You just dream of things like that, but you don't expect them to happen." Former superstar North American horseman Daley, with enough USA achievements to his credit to choke a bull, is private trainer for leviathan owner Emilio Rosati and his wife Mary. Daley recruited former Queenslander Cain to be the stable number one driver a few months ago. "I was having a good run back home, but the offer to join the Rosati-Daley team was such a huge opportunity," Cain said. "I've learnt such much from Noel - it's invaluable. He's so easy to adapt to and probably the perfect boss," he said. "He's happy for me to travel, and I'm now starting to pick up outside drives from well-known trainers like Ian Wilson, Darren Binskin, Team Tritton, Mark Lefoe and others." In recent times, Cain has been seen competing at Wagga, Newcastle, Goulburn, Bathurst, Penrith and Menangle. "The travel is just part of being in the industry and I haven't got a problem with it - you have to do it if you want to succeed," Cain said. The enthusiastic youngster landed the longest-priced winner of his short, but exciting, career last Saturday night - and he didn't have to travel far to do it! Cain took out the $20,400 M1 event at NSW headquarters, Menangle, with Uncle Jay for Mark Lefoe. Uncle Jay - Ashlea Brennan Photo Uncle Jay (Art Major USA-Kays My Gem (Presidential Ball USA) shot most punters out of the water with starting odds of $126. Uncle Jay "It was the first time I'd driven the horse, but he felt terrific during the run and got to the line strongly," an elated Cain said. "I enjoy driving at Menangle. However, it surprised me being so flat. It's only my opinion, but I think there'd be sensational times recorded if it was banked more." Cain, born and raised in Queensland, drove 55 winners in his first season in 2017. The following season he was successful on 48 occasions and is now enjoying his best season ever, with a tally of 66. "I've settled in well and quite enjoy Sydney. My girlfriend Bethany Manga is with me and she now helps around the stables as well as doing nursing studies at TAFE," he said. "We met when we were both doing the mini trotters." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Master harness racing trainer Noel Daley, who stamped himself as one of the all-time greats in North America over nearly three decades, has kicked off his Australian career in the best possible way.   Daley, private trainer for leviathan owners Emilio and Mary Rosati, of Sydney, landed a Menangle winner yesterday in three-year-old gelding Typhoon Stride (Bettors Delight-Beach Parade (Beach Towel).   “It was so good to get the monkey off my back,” an elated Daley said.   “The horse won a trial recently and his work since has been first class, so I guess we were hopeful of a good showing,” he said.   After being shot to an early lead, Typhoon Stride was well rated by stable reinsman, former Queenslander Leonard Cain.   Posting a slick first split of 26.1, Cain eased his foot off the accelerator for comfortable 30.6 and 29.7 sections, before cranking it up again with a final quarter of 27.4. He got home by a neck in a mile rate of a 1.53.8.     Daley said he was thrilled by the performance of the youngster who would improve greatly from the first-up race start.   “Typhoon Stride hadn’t started for over 12 months after kicking his career off with two runs in Victoria, and Leonard (driver) told me that he dragged a punctured wheel for the final 600 metres,” he said.   “So, taking all of that into consideration, the pacer went very well.”   While Typhoon Stride did his best, Daley was disappointed with his other starter Paramount Stride, who finished near the tailenders for James Rattray.   “When we worked the two the other day, not much separated them. Probably all I can say is one went very well on race day…and the other not so well,” Daley said.   “It was bad luck for James. I wanted Paramount Stride to go okay for him because we have been good mates for quite some time.   “He spent maybe two years with us in America and drove winners for our stable.”   Daley is renting stables at the Menangle Training Centre, while a state-of-the-art training establishment is being organised by Rosati.   “Emilio has planned every aspect of it, but sometimes these projects take longer to complete than expected,” Daley said.   “But I can say that I can’t wait for it to be finally up and ready to go – it’s going to be a great setup.”   Daley said his numbers at the training centre had increased to 17 horses when he was permitted to have more stables.   “There’s a big bunch of maiden class horses in the team and at least three or four others will be racing soon,” he said.   “A lightly raced four-year-old in Arctic Stride will compete at Penrith this Thursday and then we may have another runner at Menangle next week.   “Arctic Stride has one win and a placing from four starts, but he went nicely in a recent trial.”   Daley said that he had settled into the Sydney environment without a problem. “I’m loving it, and more importantly, so is my six-year-old son Max,” he said.   Daley prepared a remarkable 2570 USA winners, which ranks 20 th among all trainers in harness racing history and his total purse of more than $61 million ranks sixth.   Others to have won more money are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Robert McIntosh, Erv Miller and Mark Ford.   Being based mainly in Bordentown, New Jersey, a little over an hour from New York, Daley prepared such greats as Mr Muscleman (his favorite and his springboard to success), along with Broad Bahn, Cedar Dove, Caviart Alley, My Little Dragon, Explosive Matter and others.     Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Enjoy the driving talents of Leonard Cain while you can. The 19-year-old concession driver will leave his native Queensland in March to further his career in Western Sydney. The south-east Queensland horseman is one of the state’s leading concession drivers.  He is currently employed by his father, Errol, at Logan Village. As of today (Feb 21) Cain had reined home 48 winners and 114 place-getters ($361,712) from 482 drives this season. “It’s still to be confirmed but it is likely to happen within the next month. Noel Daley is returning home from the United States. He was one of their best up there and he’s going to set up a stable not too far from Menangle," Cain said. “It will be a great opportunity to work with someone who has so much harness racing knowledge both here and abroad. I’ve loved it here but I want to further my career in a bigger city working for a world renown trainer. “I really enjoy driving. I started in September 2016 and I’m not sure how many winners I’ve driven. I’d say it would be around the 150 mark,” Trinity College (Beenleigh) educated Cain said. Last Friday he drove the Kerry Smith trained Annika Magic to win race nine, and then three days later at the same venue he won behind the Wayne Graham trained Boulder City, in race six. Cain has seven drives this Saturday night at Albion Park, including Annika Magic in the first event for C4 or better pacers. "She won well from barrier three here last week and even though she's drawn three on the second row this time, she only needs a decent run to be right in it again," Cain said. However he thought the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree was a better winning chance in the feature event - the Kevin & Kay Seymour $21,160 Open Pace (race seven). "He's a nice horse who has copped a tough race. He hasn't raced for a month and will be much better for the run. He's won 23 races and has drawn well enough (4) to get a good trip," Cain said. "I think Bodhi Tree will put in a strong effort. He would be my best winning chance on Saturday." The gifted teenager has a strong book of drives on Saturday. He will line up in seven of the 10 races carded. “I don’t usually have this many. I’m grateful people are starting to recognise my driving. I love it and just want to keep getting better. I’m looking forward to a busy Saturday night,” Cain said. Cain will drive in the first five races. He also liked the prospects of the Ryan Veivers trained Ima Top Tycoon in the fifth event for C2 or better pacers, despite the second line draw. "One on the second row will actually suit him because if he can get handy on the fence he has a lethal last 100m sprint in him." Cain also thought the Brian McCall trained Rocknroll Music could test them from a nice draw in the eighth event, which is also for the C2 and faster pacers. "He's drawn three and is better than his last two runs suggest. He's tough and has a bit of speed. He's also a genuine type who should be right in this," Cain said. Footnote: Cain brought up his half century at Redcliffe yesterday (Thursday) when he won the first two races on the nine-strong card. He saluted behind the Errol Cain trained Modern Thought, and the Ben Aldons trained Night Ninja respectively. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland  

Noel Daley, who left Australian shores nearly three decades ago and became one of North America’s most decorated harness racing trainers, is back home to stay.   And although his plans have been on the drawing board for some time, it took a short telephone chat to clear the way for him to come home to do what he does best – train winners.   “I’ve been saying I was coming back for probably the last five or six years; and now I’m pinching myself that it’s actually happened. I couldn’t be happier,” Daley said.   Daley said the path was cleared after talking with prominent owner and passionate industry participant Emilio Rosati and his wife Mary, of Sydney.   “I will be their private trainer and prepare a team at their new state-of-the-art facility at Luddenham – we decided that it would work well for all of us,” Daley said.   “I must be honest and say that at one stage I was thinking perhaps I might have to be an Uber driver when I got back to Australia. I wanted to return but didn’t quite know how I was going to do it.”   “It’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get into it. I’ve had a bit of a break now and I’m as keen as ever, and ready for next challenge.   “I have my six-year-old son Max with me, and he’s settled into things really well, so it couldn’t have worked out any better.”   During his time in the US, Daley was mostly based at “Magical Acres Farm” at Bordentown, a city in Burlington County, New Jersey, a little over an hour from New York.   He prepared a remarkable 2570 winners with earnings of more than $61 million. Only a handful of others, headed by Ron Burke, have won more money.   Not bad for a former Airlines baggage handler at Brisbane Airport, who, in fairness, did however have a love for horses.   “On all my days off from work and spare time, I’d been mucking around with horses with anyone who would let me help them,” Daley sad.   “I was about 18 or 19 years old and had the ‘bug’ so in hindsight I was always going to end up in the harness racing industry.”   Daley spent time working with Queensland horseman and friend Ian McMahon, before making the decision to head to the USA.   “I had intended to stay six months in California and that was going to be it, but I got a huge lucky break in landing a job with New Zealand trainer, Brett Pelling,” he said.   “Brett’s a legend of the sport over there and with prolific success has set the bar so high with earnings, race records and a bunch of other leading statistics.   “When I started out with him in 1990, he was just on the rise and about to make a huge impact. I was a groom and then became stable foreman.”   It was a heady era. Pelling went on to dominate Meadowlands, winning the training title six times and in 1998 performing one of the most remarkable feats the sport had ever seen, winning not only the world-renowned Little Brown Jug and Jugette finals at Delaware, Ohio, but all the eliminations, too.   That same season, Daley branched out on his own, starting off with two pacers. But his career went ahead in leaps and bounds after meeting businessman Adam Victor, who wanted to become involved in the sport, but was unsure of the process.   “I think we may have had six or seven ticking along by then, but in probably two years the stable numbers increased dramatically to 125 with 100 of these belonging to Adam and his son, Adam Jnr,” Daley said.   “They were my most loyal supporters all the way along,” he said.   When Adam Victor senior bought a trotter named Mr Muscleman, it was Daley’s springboard to success.   “They took a shot with the horse because he’d only faced the starter on one occasion and got beat in a maiden at a low standard country meeting,” Daley said.   “We obviously thought Mr Muscleman had real improvement in him because he was being trained around a little track on a farm,” he said.   Their $165,000 outlay culminated in the horse winning over $3.5 million, collecting three prestigious Dan Patch awards and the 2005 Trotter of the Year title.   “And that certainly led to so much more,” Daley said.   “I owe Mr Muscleman for really putting us on the map.”   Other Daley success stories include My Little Dragon, Broad Bahn, Cedar Dove, All Laid Out, Caviart Ally, Explosive Matter, All Speed Hanover, and Impressive Kemp, but Mr Muscleman was undoubtedly his best, retiring to become a big attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.   Daley said competing in an Elitlopp in Sweden with Mr Muscleman and then in Milan in Italy with Explosive Matter were great trips.   “We tasted some success with both of them – it was a lot of fun,” he said.   The Daley-Rosati team will initially include a number of unraced two-year-olds, along with three performers from the US and a recently-acquired Kiwi pacer.   “It’s certainly going to be different competing at Menangle with the varying race distances and a few other things, but we’ll just play it by ear and hopefully it will all fall into place,” Daley said.   “I know I’m going to have to work hard as there’s a lot of good trainers up around here and even they are finding it tough at times,” he said.   “The Rosatis own nearly 30 broodmares so there’s going to be a constant stream of well-bred youngsters to work with.”   Emilio Rosati, who has been in harness racing for more than 40 years, said he was excited to have an experienced horseman in Daley preparing his team.   “I’ve loved the sport, right back from the early days when I lived probably 200 metres from the old Harold Park track,” he said.   “I remember going over to watch brilliant pacers such as Hondo Grattan, Welcome Advice, Paleface Adios, Mount Eden, Manoroa, to name just a few.”   Rosati said his very first horse, named Stride High, won 11 or 12 races for him.   “He was as game as they come. He had one very bad leg and between races his training regime was strictly swimming.   “A guy by the name of Neil Freeman was training him out of Joe Ilsley’s place and he did a fantastic job.”   Rosati’s horses carry the “Stride” prefix, in recognition of his first horse.   Emilio Rosati   The new property, on 130 acres, will feature a 1000-metre fastwork track, designed on the same turns and camber as Menangle, as well as a sand track. Other first-class facilities include a barn that allows horses access to their own turnout yard; a water walker and 40 fully fenced paddocks.   “Emilio has been doing all the planning and everything is coming together nicely. It’ll be great and hopefully I can get some results,” Daley said.   “We recently got three horses back from the States who have a bit going for them. Blue Moon Stride is a mare out of a half-sister to Bettors Delight; Mouska Stride looks a nice type, while Lily Stride is a 4yo trotter with a Breeders Crown win and stakes of $750,000 to her name,” he said.   Daley who, unbelievably, has never trained on his own in Australia, is raring to go.   “America was very good to me and I never thought for a moment I would have been there so long and able to have such success,” he said.   “Now it’s time for the next chapter and with a great setup and some well-bred horses, bring it on!”     Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (November 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by trainer, Noel Daley; handicapper, Chuck Grubbs; and FSBOA President, Joe Pennacchio Daley joins the program this week to discuss his career in America and what he is looking forward to as he heads back to Australia to continue his career later this month. Daley will talk about what went into the decision of moving back and what fans can expect from his new stable. Grubbs, who won the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, will join this week to discuss some of his handicapping tips and how he applies those to harness racing. Grubbs is a prominent horse gambler in the sport and will provide some insight into what angles he uses to help handicap the races. Pennacchio, joins the program to talk about the state of horse racing in Florida and to talk some about his amateur driving career. Post Time with Mike and Mike award nominations are still being accepted until November 21! For more information visit http://www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com/post-time-with-mike-and-mike-awards.html Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

At the end of this season, Noel Daley will return to his native Australia to begin a new chapter in his career as the trainer for prominent owners Maria and Emilio Rosati at the couple's new facility near Sydney. On Saturday night, Daley-trained Caviart Ally will try to deliver an appropriate going-away gift - a Breeders Crown trophy. Daley, who started his own stable in the U.S. in 1998, has already won eight Breeders Crown finals in his career, including three with pacer My Little Dragon and two with trotter Mr Muscleman. Caviart Ally will start from post nine in the $270,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Caviart Farms-owned 4-year-old is 8-1 on the morning line with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. She finished third in her Breeders Crown elimination last weekend, won by Shartin N, but has hit the board in seven consecutive starts, including a win in the Milton Stakes, and earned $1.06 million lifetime. "We didn't get the best post in the world, but she's still capable of winning it," Daley said. "It just depends whether she's having a good day. She wasn't very good (in her elimination), I don't know if it was the track or whatever, but she came out of it all right. "Andy always says he knows when he's scoring down whether he's going to be all right or not. She's in it up to her ears if she has a good night; she just needs to have a good night." Caviart Ally is Daley's only Breeders Crown finalist, but not the only finalist to which he has a connection. In the 2-year-old filly trot, favorites Woodside Charm and When Dovescry both are out of mares that were trained by Daley. When Dovescry is the first foal out of Cedar Dove, who won a Breeders Crown for Daley in 2011, and Woodside Charm is out of Fireworks Hanover and a half-sister to Daley's millionaire Explosive Matter. Plunge Blue Chip, one of the contenders in the 3-year-old filly trot, is from the family of Mr Muscleman. "It's fun to see," Daley said. In his career, Daley's horses have earned $61.1 million in purses, which ranks sixth among all trainers in harness racing history, and his 2,564 wins rank 20th. Daley worked eight years for trainer Brett Pelling before launching his own stable and credits the relationship he forged with owner Adam Victor and his son Adam Jr. in the late 1990s as a springboard to success. "He wanted to get into the game and never had a horse at that stage," Daley said. "We had a bit of luck with (pacer) Perfect Son and then we bought Mr Muscleman (in 2002) and that just set things on a roll. I went from having five or six horses and he went to having none to within a couple of years I had 125 horses and 100 were his." Four of Daley's five Breeders Crown-winning horses - My Little Dragon, Mr Muscleman, Cedar Dove, and All Speed Hanover - were owned in whole or part by the Victors. In addition to his success in the Breeders Crown, Daley enjoyed winning the Hambletonian with Broad Bahn in 2011. Still, nothing equaled the feeling of racing Mr Muscleman, who was a three-time Dan Patch Award winner, including Trotter of the Year in 2005, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. Since 2009, the gelding has resided in the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions. "Muscleman is still the best horse I ever had," Daley said. "He was my highlight. Obviously winning the Hambo with Broad Bahn was special, but Broad Bahn was a long way from being the best horse. He was the right horse at the right time. Everything went right for him that year. That's what you need to win one of those races. "(Mr Muscleman) was such a tough horse. He had a lot of issues, but was just a good horse. You don't realize what a good horse he was until you look back on it. It's fun to go see him at the Horse Park. They love him there too. Even there he is sort of a favorite. He's such a nice little horse." How good was he? It goes beyond his two Breeders Crown titles, two Maple Leaf Trot triumphs, and wins in the Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic, Titan Cup, and Cutler Memorial, to mention a few. "He was the second trotter I ever had; I had a cheap claimer before him," Daley said, laughing. "We did everything wrong with him. He was a great horse in spite of us, not because of us. He overcame our inexperience, put it that way." Now a much more experienced Daley is ready for a new adventure and challenge. He has talked for years about returning to Australia, but now the time seems right. "All my family is there and I've been looking to do it for a while," Daley said. "America has been good to me. I have no regrets. I never imagined I would be here this long and I always wanted to go home, it was just a matter of finding a way of going home where I could still make a living. "I met with Emilio and we came to the decision that it was going to work for both of us. It's a different racing game over there and I'll have to get used to the way things are done there. But I'm going to have a great setup to work with and well-bred horses to do it. I'm really looking forward to it." He then added, again with a laugh, "I've been telling my staff for years that I was going home. I had to make sure they knew this year that this one is for real." And regardless of the outcome of Saturday's Breeders Crown, he will leave satisfied. "We've had a lot of fun," Daley said. "It was a great run. It's time for the next chapter." by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Cavairt Ally delivered another dominating performance to win the $255,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four-year-old pacing mare and driver Andrew McCarthy made a backstretch move to the lead from fourth and pulled away in the stretch for a three-length victory in 1:51.2. "I really had to leave hard to get away third and then I worked her pretty hard down the backside get the front," said McCarthy. "I chased her on the last turn a little bit to get the engines revving and she did respond, she perked right up and responded." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally entered the Milton final off a stunning career-best 1:48.3 victory in her elimination and made no mistakes Saturday to best a deep field of older pacing mares. Twinkle charged from the rail to grab the first-lead, posting a sharp :26 opening-quarter. Caviart Ally came to the outside before three-eighths and didn't clear to the top until strides before the half, which was reached in :54.3. Caviart Ally faced no pressure in the third-quarter, as first-up challenger Tequila Monday only advanced a single spot after angling out from fourth. The three-quarter pole was reached in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Caviart Ally said goodbye to her rivals and cruised home in :28.3 for the victory. Bettors Up finished second in a tight place-photo with Pure Country. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally's sixth win of the season and 15th overall pushed her over $1 million in career earnings for owners Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. "We are so super proud, she's just a great mare," said Clarence Chaffee, who owns Caviart Farms with his wife, Judy. "She was really good last fall winning the Jugette and then this spring she got sick and it took a while to get her going and back on track, but boy she has really come on now." A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $2.90. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Delightful Dragon raised her lifetime bankroll over the $800,000 plateau with a 1:52 victory in the $14,500 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Driver Eric Carlson pulled behind cover from fourth nearing the half, then started a three-wide sweep when that cover started to falter nearing the ¾. Crossing back over to two-wide midturn, she had powered up to leader Nerida Franco N, who had set fractions of 26.1, 55.1, and 1:23.1, by headstretch, and through the lane she paced away as much the best, taking her earnings to $802,866 for trainer/owner Noel Daley. Only four drivers gained admittance to the Harrah's winners circle on the Friday card. Both Andrew McCarthy and George Napolitano Jr. brought home five winners; Eric Carlson won the feature as mentioned above and took the very next race as well; and Pat Berry bookended the card for his driving double. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Some very nice babies were on display during a morning session at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday. The barns of Noel Daley and Jim Campbell were especially hot, sending out four and three, respectively, winning freshmen. Among the highlights: The Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station, named for bluegrass musician Alison Krauss's band, made sweet music while stopping the timer in 1:54.4, tying him with Captain Malicious as the fastest two-year-old to date on a 5/8-mile track (all season's records as of Monday night). David Miller was in the sulky for trainer Joe Holloway. The standard for baby pacing fillies was lowered to 1:56.3 by the Captaintreacherous miss Sea Princess, who came home in 56.1 to win for driver George Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo. Staying on the pacing side, the Somebeachsomewhere colt V O Joe did not set a season's mark with a 1:58.4 triumph, but coming his own last back fractions in 55.3 - 26.4 after an uncovered journey marks him as one to watch for driver Brett Miller and trainer Sam DePinto. On the trotting side, the Possess The Will colt Windchill Fashion blew home in 2:00.2, making him the fastest colt in his division so far and tying filly Measuredperfection for fastest mile over an "f"-sized track by a two-year-old. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Jim Campbell. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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