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Astute Henley Brook horseman Mike Reed, the leading harness racing trainer in the 42-year history of the WASBA Breeders Stakes, is hoping to continue his formula for success when he produces New Zealand-bred four-year-old mare Tiffany Rose first-up in the $50,000 feature at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Reed has won this Group 2 event with New Zealand-bred four-year-olds Libertybelle Midfrew (2015), Maczaffair (2018) and Arma Indie (2020). Libertybelle Midfrew started from barrier six and sustained a powerful burst from the rear to win by three lengths from The Parade, while Maczaffair and Arma Indie each recorded impressive all-the-way victories. Tiffany Rose, a winner at ten of her 29 starts, will be driven by Reed’s son Mark from the prized No. 1 barrier and is sure to be set the task of leading and then holding her rivals at bay. Tiffany Rose warmed up for this week’s race in fine style when she finished strongly to win a six-horse 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning, beating Kiwi Jewel by a neck at a 2.1.7 rate after dashing over the final 400m in 28.2sec. Mark Reed restrained Tiffany Rose from the outside barrier and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere settled down in last position. She was fifth at the 500m before starting a fast three-wide move with 400m to travel. Tiffany Rose, who will be having her first start this week after a 15-week absence, is a smart frontrunner who led and won twice over 2130m at Gloucester Park late last year. Mike Reed also will be looking for a strong effort from Arma Indie, who will start from the No. 6 barrier with Michael Grantham in the sulky. Arma Indie, a winner at 10 of her 35 starts, will be having her first start since finishing ninth behind Balcatherine in the Group 1 Mares Classic on November 27. Ravenswood trainer Nathan Turvey, who drove the Andrew de Campo-trained Copper Beach Girl to a head victory over Little Angel in the 2011 Breeders Stakes, has four-year-old Savvy Bromac in top form. The Mach Three mare is poorly drawn out wide at barrier eight, but reinsman Gary Hall jnr is far from despairing, saying: “She is a chance from any draw because she’s so fast, late. However, she needs the pace to be on.” Savvy Bromac started from 20m and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be second to Star Of Diamonds in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night. At her previous appearance, a fortnight earlier, Savvy Bromac was fifth on the pegs at the bell before surging home strongly to win the group 3 Johnson Pace at a 1.56.4 rate over 2130m. Turvey also has a leading contender in five-year-old Heavens Showgirl, who has resumed after a spell in dazzling form with four wins from five starts. She thundered home from seventh at the 550m to win easily from Blissfullabbey over 2130m last Friday week. She will be driven by Emily Suvaljko from barrier two on the back line and should enjoy a good run in the one-wide line. Star Of Diamonds, trained by Barry Howlett, is in marvellous form with her eight starts in her current preparation producing four wins, three seconds and a third. She will start from barrier four and star reinsman Chris Voak said that with luck in running the mare would sprint home really well. “She is very quick off the gate and I think we will be rolling forward trying to get a forward position,” Voak said. Star Of Diamonds led when she won the Race For Roses last Friday night, beating Savvy Bromac by just over a length, with the final three quarters of the event being covered in 28.8sec., 28.2sec. and 28.8sec. However, it is problematic whether Star Of Diamonds will be able to wrest the early lead from Tiffany Rose. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who trained and drove Miss Bo Scott to victory in the Breeders Stakes in 1992, and prepared Sheer Rocknroll for her win in 2017, will be pinning his hopes on six-year-old Queen Shenandoah, who will be handled by Chris Lewis from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Queen Shenandoah, a winner of 14 races, will be making her first appearance for 14 weeks since she led and finished second to Divinia Bellezza on January 29. She showed that she was well forward in condition with a neck second to Will I Rocknroll in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning.   Ken Casellas

Trainer Craig Hayes has won many of the states feature races, but one that meant a lot to him was Mister Gently’s win in Sunday’s 7BU Burnie Cup at the Wivenhoe Showgrounds. Backed in from $3.50 into the $2.30 favourite on the Tasracing Official Price, Mister Gently pinged away to find the lead in the 2789-metre event. There was some pressure in parts of the marathon trip, but went on to score by 3.5 metres over Karalta Dazzler with Bettabrown Tiger a further 1.6 metres away third. The race was one that Hayes has had in mind for many months, and his plan came off. “I was keeping him for this race as I know he is a good little standing start horse and it looked an ideal race for him, plus I have always wanted to win my hometown cup, and it has all panned out well,” said Hayes. “We always intended to give him a run in the (Group 2) Raider Stakes and then come here, and he is one of those horses that seems to find a little niggle somewhere, so the break in between is probably just what he needed,” added the winning trainer. Mister Gently initially drew outside of the front row in barrier five but with two scratchings off the front-row, only three horses started off the front mark. “It was always good to see a couple inside you scratched as it gives you a lot more room to manoeuvre as if they were all there it would have been very tight drawn the outside,” said Hayes. Hayes indicated that another country cup mission is on the cards. “All being well we will head to the Carrick Cup, he will be off 10-metres there as long as he pulls up well that’s where we will go,” said Hayes about the race that will be staged on 13 February. The win was the second for driver Gareth Rattray who won the race in 2003 with Karalta Gem. It was a big day for Rattray who drove four of the six winners including the Ben Yole trained pacers; Shes Worth It, Liberal Arden and Lake Eyre. Yole did end the day with four winners, preparing the last race winner Jo Dina who was driven by Troy McDonald while Rohan Hillier and Conor Crook continued their good association with Gone And Forgotten who scored a 26-metre win in a rating 60 or better standing start race.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Michelle Wallis celebrated her birthday on Tuesday with a victory at Cambridge Raceway with Sunny Petite, but she is hoping for a belated present on New Year’s Eve when Temporale makes his northern return. The Group One-winning trotter’s southern campaign was cut short in October after becoming ill following the Group Three Ashburton Flying Mile (1609m), but he has recuperated well in the lead-up to the Group One Sims Pacific Metals 2020 National Trot (2700m) at Alexandra Park on Thursday. “He didn’t trot any good at Ashburton and then he got a bit crook, he got a bit colic and then he just didn’t come right after it,” said Wallis, who trains in partnership with Bernie Hackett. “We abandoned the trip and brought him home and just concentrated on getting him ready for this week.” While pleased with his progress, Wallis said Temporale will have his work cut out against his race fit rivals on Thursday. "Unfortunately, there were no trials last week to get a trial into him, so we have just had to work him at home,” she said. “He is as forward as we can get him, but he is not race hardened like those other ones. “If he was dead right and had had a bit of racing he would be right up towards them, but we will be going into it a little bit short. “We will be hoping for a little bit of luck to go our way. If one of them had bad luck he shouldn’t be far away.” TAB bookmakers have installed the eight-year-old gelding as a $41 fourth-favourite behind Sundees Son ($1.85), Bolt For Brilliance ($2.60), and Majestic Man ($5). All going to plan, Temporale will head to Cambridge Raceway on January 8 to contest the Group Three Cambridge Flying Stakes (1700m). “If he goes through tomorrow’s run well, we will go to Cambridge on the 8th and we will assess things from there,” Wallis said. Wallis is also looking forward to the undercard on the premier night at Auckland on Thursday. The evening will kick-off with Emma Frost, Special Way, and Mufasa Metro in the John Muirhead – Going Fishing Trot (2700m). "Emma Frost is a lovely trotter who generally trots all the way and puts herself in the race,” Wallis said.  “Special Way is a little bit inexperienced, the same with Mufasa Metro. But Mufasa Metro is probably the best of the three of them. He has had one start for one win, and he is a lovely horse in the making. “But on Thursday, Emma Frost is probably the best chance.” Wallis will also line-up Rain Mist and Muscle, and Kings Landing in the Jacobsen Headstones Handicap Trot (2700m).  “Rain Mist And Muscle has just grown another leg lately,” Wallis said. “She has stepped up and has been trotting really well. Todd (Mitchell, driver) had the choice and he opted to stick with her. She has got to be a chance in that race.  “King’s Landing is not quite up to those guys in the National and he is handicapped out of it again on 35m.  “We put Mark (Purdon) on him. He knows him and has trained him, so hopefully he can work some magic with him.” The anomaly in the predominantly trotting Hackett-Wallis barn, pacer Blitzembye, will also head to Alexandra Park to take his place in the Lincoln Farms Mobile Pace (2200m).  “He has got a good draw (4), so hopefully he can use it,” Wallis said. “He has got a bit of gate speed and he loves being handy on the pace.”

A changing of the guard at Hanover Raceway, for 2020, will see Steve Fitzsimmons looking after the General Manager duties - while Tony Elliott will assume the harness racing Assistant to the General Manager role. “It’s pretty much the role I was looking for,” says Elliott. “This puts me in line for what I’m aiming for in my career… I’m looking forward to getting some experience in both the marketing and managing sides of the horse racing business.” Elliott was a familiar face around The Raceway, in London, this past race meet. Known for his social media skills and pregame show appearances - he’ll look to continue on with much of the same and more at Hanover this season. “It’s been great getting to know the racing team in London,” he says. “I enjoyed helping out on the pregame shows and Greg Gangle was a great mentor as well… I like what London does with racing - it’s a great model for other tracks to follow.” A new time slot for Hanover, this season, will see them switch to a Saturday afternoon 2 PM post time. “We wanted to have a more ‘family friendly’ post time… And this way we’re not going up against Georgian Downs and Woodbine Mohawk Park in the evening.” Elliott will also host a pregame show and look after some in-between-race commentary during the race day broadcasts. “I got in some practice this past weekend during our qualifiers,” he says. “A little bit of test run, all around, as we get set for our opening day card this Saturday… Is was great to see that the mood on the backstretch was really good… Horse people were following all the new rules and it was clear to see that they were just happy to be back racing.” Along with a new online Survivor Challenge for each race program - race fans will enjoy the new High Definition (HD) live stream on the YouTube and Facebook Live platforms. “We’re really excited about the new HD experience,” says Elliott. “It’s a super upgrade for our racing product and it will be most welcomed by our viewers I’m sure.” I was able to watch a few qualifiers from Hanover on the weekend and a horse to watch for, in the weeks ahead, will be Presto Score. Owned by Darryl and Gerald Holmes, of Meaford, this lightly-raced 5YO son of Sportswriter just jogged in his prep race - pacing a back half in 59-flat, for a 2:02.1 score, with a motionless Tom Smith aboard. Mohawk regular Mach Code was out for an easy qualifying win, as well, for owners Jeff and Lori Thomson. “He was the standout,” notes Elliot. “Scott Young was here to drive him and he just toyed with his foes - winning by open lengths in 1:58.4. We may not see him back this Saturday, but most of the others, that qualified, will likely be with us.” For all the latest happenings at Hanover Raceway visit and be sure to follow Tony Elliott on Twitter @elliottracing99 - he’ll keep you up to speed on all things racing this summer. Camluck Classic Highlights COSA TV Though the Camluck Classic would have been contested this weekend, the signature race was nonetheless front and centre on the Sunday (May 31) edition of COSA TV Live. Host Greg Blanchard, joined by colleagues from The Raceway Greg Gangle and Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle - as well as Michael Carter from the USTA, revisited and discussed many memorable moments from the history of the Camluck Classic, formally known as the Molson Pace until 2018 and prior to that - known as the Labatt Pace. Catch the highlights & the full TV show here… Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District

Seventy percent of the mares represented in the 2020 Redcliffe Yearling Sale catalogue are harness racing winners and 47 percent are winner-producing mares. They have left 72 winners of 445 races between them including seven individual Group and Listed winners and 11 Group/Listed placegetters. Among the race-winning dams are the Group/Listed winners Bangkok Dancer (Qld Paleface Adios Classic) and Montana Tess (Redcliffe Oaks), Macy Supreme (NSW Country Series) and placegetters Three Jewels, Il Cavalino, Jenzajet and Lindrell. Other well performed mares include Shootforthestarzzz (Bathurst Gold Tiara heat), the Australian Pacing Gold heat winners Young Desiree and All Starzzz Shark, Rapt In Red (Qld Breeders Classic semi), Candyliscious (1:53.1), Miss Art Ranger (1:55), Soeur De Lyse (1:55.9) and Rowan Franco (1:56.2). The dams listed in the catalogue have left Group/Listed winners such as the dual Queensland Triad and Redcliffe Sales Classic champion Leos Best, Wicked Style (Queensland Triad and Seymour Nursery), the Queensland Breeders Classic victors Amaya Becomes,  Capitalize and Third Strike and the Redcliffe Sales Classic winners Celtic Cruza and Designer Style. Other ‘black type’ performers include the NSW Derby placegetter R Eleven, In Massachusetts 1:52.4 ($191,002), North Royal ($108,791), Hedges Avenue (1:51.2), Covert Beauty (2nd Queensland Breeders Classic), Gotta Good Reason (NSW Breeders Challenge heat), Pale Bear Boo (Albion Park Gold heat), Gangnam Dancer (2nd NSW Sapling), Drifting Away (2nd Triad) and the Redcliffe Sales Classic placegetters Izzy Ours and Ruhtrebo. The sale will be conducted by Darren Ebert and Company at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, April 5, starting at 12 noon. Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a stake of $35,000 in 2022. They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred. To request a catalogue, phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or email or phone Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on (07) 3284 4550. The online catalogue can be viewed at Peter Wharton

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 12, 2019 - The SBOANJ has announced that there will be a significant purse increase to both the Garden State Trot #1 and the Garden State Trot #2 based on the addition of the state sired appropriation funding. The Garden State Trot #1 for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters scheduled to race at Freehold Raceway, fillies Friday October 25 and colts Saturday 26 , was previously advertised with an estimated purse of $50,000. The new minimum purse has been increased to $80,000 for both fillies and colts. The Meadowlands will host the Garden State Trot #2 for 2-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters, which was advertised as a $60,000 purse will be increased to a minimum purse of $90,000 for both fillies and colts to be raced on November 9th. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Former Auckland horseman Jacob Wallace is enjoying life right now. Now based in the Sunshine State and working for leading Fernvale based trainer Darrel Graham, Wallace possesses an excellent strike rate as a trainer himself. Recently obtaining his first racehorse, the winners keep coming. Spring Campaign, purchased by Dene Biddlecombe from the Pukekohe stables of Ray Green, the Courage Under Fire won his fourth race from five Brisbane starts when triumphant in the Mr Feelgood @ Egmont Park Stud Pace at Albion Park on Tuesday afternoon. He rated 1:58.5 for the 2138m event before finishing off in 56.8 seconds after racing without cover. Spring Campaign ($1.75 fav) defeated Dapper ($41) and Pacific Drums ($2.40). His sole defeat came a week earlier when outsprinted by in-form pacer Lilac Flash in a time of 1:56.4 for the 1660m. “I was confident he could get the job done and he was really good again so I’m thrilled with the way he is performing right now. There is a heat/final series in the coming weeks and then I will give him an ease-up during the summer period and then focus on the winter carnival next year.” Wallace said. Working a team of two pacers currently, Wallace will unveil his latest acquisition tomorrow (Friday) at Albion Park when he starts another former New Zealand pacer Royal Lincoln. The Well Said – Black And Royal gelding in Heat 3 of the Kevin & Kay Seymour series where he will start from gate 10, the outside of the second-line in the 1660m event. And just like Spring Campaign, Royal Lincoln was previously prepared by Ray Green. “He’s been here a fortnight and he’s settled into the routine pretty well and this series fits in nicely, ideally I would’ve like another week or two with him but he will race well. “Whatever he does, there will be good improvement going forward with him. His work is good and he’s pretty much acclimatized so everything looks pretty good at this stage. “The draw isn’t the best on paper but his form in Auckland was pretty good so I’m hoping we can have some luck and feature.” Wallace, who has had stints with both Barry Purdon and Tony Herlihy, has landed three winners to date this season while he has driven 23 Australian winners overall. ​Chris Barsby

Wesley Vale trainer John Castles arrived at the Devonport Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday hopeful of a snaring a victory, he left with a winning double and a quinella. John prepared the first and second favourites in the opening race on the card the Mitavite Pace over 1930 metres with the popular pick Keep Playing ($1.70) coming out on top over Flashy Ruler ($5.30) “We don’t think there’s much between them, Keep Playing (pictured) has the better manners of the two but Flashy Ruler has his fair share of ability as well,” said John. ‘They had the race between them a long way out so as the trainer you can relax a little and enjoy the last 400 metres a little more.” Keep Playing, a Shadow Play-Keep Grinning gelding, raced home to his second three-year-old win of the season having won the Jos Ray Memorial at Devonport on May 18. Stablemate Chirac ($14.70), driven by John’s nephew Charlie Castles, came from second last into the back straight to nose out the $3.00 equal favourite Gotta Go Henry in the very last stride. “Charlie timed his run to perfection with Chirac, he was back last when the moves started and he was quick to latch onto the three-wide train and then made the race winning move into the back at the 500 metre mark when he knew he had to get moving so he was off four-wide,” said the delighted trainer and part owner. “Turning for home Chirac had got to second but the leader Gotta Go Henry looked like he had pinched it before Chirac made a late surge and nailed him on the peg.” Charlie is in his first season of driving and his success on Chirac was his third career win but the first for his uncle and father Michael. “They told me to try and stay near the fence, I thought I had followed their instructions to the letter, perhaps I need to check with them which fence they are talking about in future,” laughed Charlie. Shane Yates

Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs will implement an innovative new concept of classifying the overnight harness racing horses beginning with next week's draw.   David Siegel, President of Trackmaster known for their horse racing past performance products and handicapping aids, has developed a process where all horses racing on the continent are assigned a figure akin to the speed figures used by horseplayers to handicap races.   The assigned figure is based on a number of factors compiled by software that is dedicated to the process. The races are then comprised of those horses with comparable figures, theoretically creating races based on each horse's ability rather than the amount of money made in the last few starts.   Hoosier Park's Scott Peine has been using the assigned ratings for nearly two months and Ocean Downs implemented the ratings to classify their races when their meet began in early June. Both report positive results with even fields and odds boards for the races.   Hambletonian President John Campbell presented the idea at last December's Racing Secretary meetings and had this to say regarding the possibilities of the initiative;   "I believe the Trackmaster rating system of classifying horses has the potential to be far superior in matching fields of horses together and will offer our horse players more value across the tote board. The initial results at Hoosier Park and Ocean Downs from a wagering standpoint have been very positive."   Vernon Racing Secretary Scott Warren has spent the past few weeks observing and comparing the conventional money classification system with the assigned figure formula to get an idea if it worked for his horse population. He was impressed enough to put it to use.   "One of the more positive results from this manner of classifying will allow for horses to return to a class where they can be competitive more quickly after moving up to a level beyond their ability after a win while the money conditions could keep them over classified for a month or more. As a result the races should be more even and horses should be overmatched and at long odds far less often," was Warren's observation.   Classes will be listed on the condition sheet as AA, A, B, C & D. The ratings figure for horses that have been racing at Vernon will be available in the race office and on the Vernon Downs website.   Trackmaster automatically produces a figure for every horse racing in North America. This change will begin with the weekend of July 13 & 14. Please call the Racing Office at (315) 829-6825 with questions.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing's pot of gold has been building for some time now, and the next player to cash in will walk away with more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars. The carryover for the Meadowlands' Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $258,907, and the next time bettors can take a swing will be in Friday night's ninth and final race. To rake the pot, one must be the only holder of a ticket bearing the winning combination of the official top five finishers. The jackpot has not been hit in quite some time. The last time the pool was paid out was on July 29, 2017, when there was a mandatory payout. The current pot has been building since September 8th of last year. But that will not be the only mega-carryover up for grabs at the Big M. While the Big M's JSH5 carryover is the harness game's biggest, the carryover for Gulfstream Park's Rainbow Pick-6 is now $637,676, while another thoroughbred track, Belmont Park, had a Pick-6 pot that stood at $235,671 entering Wednesday's races before failing to get hit. There are a pair of harness tracks who also have noteworthy carryovers to shoot for: Pocono Downs' Rainbow Pick-5 ($107,831) and Hawthorne Racecourse's Jackpot High-Five ($81,573). All of the action from Gulfstream, Belmont, Pocono and Hawthorne will be simulcast to the Big M, as well as many other tracks that are up "on the bird". Of course, the Big M's popular 50-Cent Pick-4, which usually has a pool in the $80,000 range, will be available, with its low 15 percent takeout. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website ( and on the handicapping section at SPECTACULAR SATURDAY SIMULCAST: In addition to a live 11-race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m., the Big M will have Pocono Downs as the featured simulcast harness track on Saturday evening (post time, 7 p.m.). The Pocono program is a true gem as eliminations for stakes events that line the 14-race card will serve as a prelude to some huge Meadowlands races that take place on July 14. The Max Hempt for 3-year-old pacers will serve as the final prep before the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace while the Ben Franklin for free-for-all pacers is a prelude to the William Haughton. The James Lynch for 3-year-old pacing fillies tees up the Big M's Mistletoe Shalee while the Earl Beal for 3-year-old trotters preps horses who are entering the Stanley Dancer, and, of course, the Hambletonian a little further down the road. DON'T WHINE, COME TO THE BIG M: The Meadowlands' Summer Wine Festival takes place Saturday with local wineries from New York and New Jersey participating. They'll be more than 25 total producers - wineries. For complete information, go to Still to come.... JUNE 30: College students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Validus Deo let Sgt Molly Pitcher do the heavy lifting in Buffalo Raceway's harness racing featured $8,400 pace on Wednesday night (May 9) but when it counted the most, Validus Deo proved to be the strongest in the end.   Following the pace-setting Sgt Molly Pitcher, Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) popped the pocket in the lane and took a 3/4-length decision in 1:55.0 over the fast track to pull off the $16.00 surprise.   Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jim Morrill Jr.) had things her own way through fractions of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:27.0. Validus Deo, the lone male in the race, was anxious to make a move around the final turn and couldn't wait any longer.   Tipping to the outside, Validus Deo slowly but surely was able to wear down Sgt Molly Pitcher in the lane to score his fourth win in 13 tries in 2018. Rock My World (John Cummings Jr.) used a pylon-skimming trip to take third.   Co-owned by Cummings, Matthew Rosiek and Robert Johnson, the 8-year-old gelding (Lis Mara-Madam Countess) has now put $17,748 in the bank this season and $523,169 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr. completed the evening with a driving triple while Billy Davis Jr. and Cummings doubled.   Racing will return on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Its been a very exciting week for harness racing driver Travis Seekman, to say the least. His wife Desiree presented the 27-year-old reinsman with their first child, a healthy 8 pound 1 ounce baby girl they've named Raegyn, on Thursday morning; and Saturday night (Nov. 18) he won the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace with Let's Drink On It at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Despite persistent night-long rainfall and strong gusting winds, the 6-year-old son of Art Official, trained by "Grandpa" Joe Seekman and taken care of by "Grandma" Tina Seekman, overcame the dreaded 9-hole and swept to a convincing 2-1/4 length 1:54.1 score over the sloppy surface. Go Daddy Go (Randy Tharps) and Dreamfair Mesa (Josh Sutton) battled through the first quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3 before Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) ranged up to challenge the leaders at the 1:25.2 three-quarters with Let's Drink On It in tow in the outer flow. It was at that point that "Daddy" Seekman swung his charge three-wide and got the response he hoped for. "That wind was brutal on the last turn and I was out three wide, but Let's Drink On It raced big tonight and went a big mile," beamed Travis. "I'll have enough for my first load of diapers now," he laughed. Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman) and Dont Say Goodby (Trace Tetrick) were also near the back of the pack in the early going, but also responded well throughout the second half to garner runnerup and show finishes, respectively. Let's Drink On It has now scored 33 triumphs and pushed his lifetime earnings past $850,000 with the win. Gregg Keidel

Friday night featured the first harness racing installment of the New York Sire Stakes of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The fourteen race card was comprised of solely lady pacers including four divisions of the $44,000+ Sire Stakes for sophomore fillies. Tequila Monday (American Ideal-Margarita Monday-Ponder) began her title defense as the Chris Oakes-trained filly was the two year old Sire Stakes champion last year. With earnings of just shy of $190,000 as a freshman, Tequila Monday came into Friday's stakes try off a career-best victory at Yonkers in which she stopped the timer in 1:52.2. Brian Sears piloted the sensational sophomore on Friday who after moving out to the early lead never looked back before scoring in 1:52.4, the fastest time of the night for all the Sire Stakes races. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) who was the runner-up to Tequila Monday on the Night of Champions in 2016 came up second best to her once again on Friday despite a strong showing of her own. Daughters of Roll With Joe, Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) and Playing Favorites (Billy Dobson) each recorded stakes scores on Friday as did Artrageous (Art Major- In Deep Thought-Ponder) who went wire-to-wire with Brett Miller in the sulky. The next installment of the New York Sire Stakes at Saratoga won't take place until July 20th when three year old trotting fillies are featured. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

TORONTO, January 2 – The Mohawk Race Office would like to offer horsepeople an update on training and live racing at Woodbine Racetrack. The racing surface and paddock at Woodbine will not be available for training this Tuesday (January 3), but instead will be open on Wednesday (January 4) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Live racing resumes at Woodbine this Saturday (January 7).  The Mohawk Race Office will reopen on Tuesday morning and the draw for Saturday will be held on Wednesday. Entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

The two semi-finals of the Sky Racing Southern Cross for harness racing two-year-old colts & geldings (1800m) has set the stage for a rematch between two exciting pacers Globe Derby Park. Emain Macha (Safari), with his semi-final win, became Australia’s most winning two-year-old taking his number of victories this season to seven, one ahead of a group on six. However, he has tasted defeat once, at the hooves of Deeceeten, which was a brilliant winner of the other semi-final meaning the barrier draw will be of big significance on Tuesday. Backed from $2 into $1.60 favourite, Deeceeten showed in his semi-final that he is not a once dimensional pacer. Nykea Courage ($2.20 to $3.50), a stablemate of Emain Macha, drove through from gate two to hold out the David Jack trained-and-driven Deeceeten which began well from barrier six. At his debut run, Deeceeten had led and run along, but on Saturday night, Jack opted to drop in behind Nykea Courage and take a trail and the big horse settled well. The Jill Neilson-trained Opinionated made a lightning move around the outside to sit outside the leader and driver Dani Hill put the pressure on and went clear coming off the back allowing Jack to bring Deeceeten off the inside and come wide. Glenrae Hanover, trained and driven by Dale Afford, sprinted very quickly past the 300m mark and looked likely to swoop to the lead but Opinionated responded, then Deeceeten wound up and dashed through. On the line, Deeceeten had six metres to spare from Opinionated ($17.40) with Glenrae Hanover ($8.90) four metres away third. Jack was delighted with the further improvement by Deeceeten and very happy the colt had shown he could settle back in a field. Emain Macha was an unbackable $1 money back favourite in the second semi-final of the Sky Racing Southern Cross but didn’t have everything his own way with the Ray Holberton-trained Stars Of Courage proving again he is a racehorse with plenty of ability. Stars Of Courage has shown ability but is still learning about racing and can get fired up which doesn’t help his winning prospects. Emain Macha, trained by Greg Scholefield at Naracoorte and driven by Jock Dunlop, led from gate two but Dani Hill had Stars Of Courage ($13.80) away quickly from barrier four and had a dip for the lead but the favourite was keen to stay in control. Stars Of Courage again raced quite keenly but the pair raced side by side for the rest of the race. With quarters of 30.9 and 31.7 early the race was set for a sprint home and so it proved with 29.3 and 28.0 final quarters and Emain Macha prevailed by 1-1/2 metres but the third horse Aquaflight ($11.80) was 18 metres away third. While Emain Macha will be further improved by the run and will go into the final at peak fitness, Deeceeten and Stars Of Courage showed enough that the final should provide an exciting contest. by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colts tackled the oval at Truro Raceway on Thursday evening, as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action. Colin N Down (Articulator) and Gilles Barrieau captured the first of four $6100 'A' division events in a time of 2:00 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. The second 'A' division event went to Mighty Cowboy and driver Darren Crowe in 2:00.1. The Bandon's Cowboy colt is owned by David MacDonald of Halifax, NS. Rinaldo 'Neldie' MacDonald and his two-year-old colt Jigtime Jones (Western Paradise) crossed the finish in 2:00 in their division. MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, shares ownership on the colt with Ian Tate of St. Andrews, NS. The final 'A' division event on the card went to Tobinator (Coastocoast Yankee) and driver Ryan Ellis. The duo came home in an impressive 1:58 for owners Robin Burke, Luke Burke, Perry Burke and Kent Livingstone. Two $2500 'B' division events rounded out the card going to IC A Free Spirit and Matts Tuition. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action resumes on Saturday evening at Truro Raceway when the three-year-old pacing colts roll into town. First race post time on Saturday is 7 pm. Lynne MacLennan

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