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Less than a month out from the Summer of Glory harness racing carnival Daylesford star It Is Billy is the talk of the town. Trainer Michael Barby’s seven-year-old scored his biggest win yet last night at Geelong, pocketing the lion’s share of the prize money and the silverware in the Group 3 Corio Waste Management Geelong Pacing Cup. Driven a treat by Barby’s wife Anne-Maree Conroy, It Is Billy signalled his arrival on the grand stage by out-sprinting race favourite Hectorjayjay at the end of the 2570-metre feature. In the run you wanted to be on either race favourite Hectorjayjay ($2.40), who pinged off the arm from gate one to lead easily, or It Is Billy ($5.5), who trailed the leader from eight. At the quarter pole the leader looked to have plenty in hand after 29.3, 29.8 and 29.1 opening splits of the final mile. But once the sprint lane opened up Conroy and It Is Billy blasted into top gear to overhaul the leader in a final split of 27.7secs for a 1:56.6 mile rate. Underrated stayer Im Corzin Terror (Greg Sugars) ran third but his was the run of the race outside the winner, covering ground three-wide from the half-mile and beaten only half a length at the finish. The night’s other cup feature, the Flying Brick Cider Company McNamara Memorial Trotters Cup was taken by Dead Cat Bounce (Revenue/Wee Annie) for trainer Nicole Molander and reinsman Chris Alford. The six-year-old mare stepped like a professional from the tapes and was never overtaken on her way to a 2:04.3 win – her second country cup success since crossing the Tasman. There will be plenty of horses to follow from the Geelong meeting with winners Macterra Lad, Emmanuel, Cruz Bromac and Ellas Puppeteer all rising stars. by Cody Winnell

It has now become an annual event on the New Zealand harness racing scene that as soon as December rolls around so does the influx of South Island horses to Alexandra Park. The number of big money races for both age group and older horses attracts the very best available and is usually supplemented by plenty of other horses from the south looking to take advantage of the higher stakes available in the north. One trainer looking to do that this year is young North Canterbury trainer Bob Butt who has brought two quality three year olds north this year mainly for the experience but also to take advantage of the bigger stakes on offer. The two horses that Bob brought north both have plenty to recommend them to northern punters over the next month. The three year old trotter Matatoki has one win to date from one start when he beat the older horses at Addington in July when still a two year old. The son of Revenue S showed he was forward for the trip when he won at the Ashburton trials last week. The second of the two horses Bob has brought north is the exciting three year old pacer in Hall Of Fame. Like his stablemate, Hall Of Fame has had one start for one win when he bolted in by eight lengths at his debut run at Addington in a 2:00 mile rate for the 2000 metres stand. The son of Rocknroll Hanover also won a trial at Ashburton last week, finishing off with a very sharp 25.6 last 400 metres Bob is lining up both his horses tomorrow night and is happy with their condition leading up to their northern debut. " They both travelled up north really well and I have had no problems with either of them." " They have settled in well at John+ Josh Dickie's place and everything is on track at this point." " Their work this week has been good but I would expect both to improve a touch with a run under their belt," Bob said. Bob has brought both his three year olds north to race in grade racing only with no thought being given to attacking some of the age group classics coming up over the next month. " Both are pretty short on race experience and ring craft and that was the main reason for giving them a trip away from home, to help them grow up a bit." "I think they are really smart horses and this trip away will make them." " If they keep improving like I think they will, then we can maybe look at some bigger targets later in the season," Bob said. As for tomorrow night Bob is leaning towards Matatoki as the better chance of his two runners. " Hall Of Fame has drawn one on the second line and could end up three or four deep on the inner so I think Matatoki might be the better chance tomorrow night," Bob said. Whatever transpires tomorrow night, it would pay to follow these two horses over the next month as they are both capable of winning more than once on this trip. Harnesslink Media

November 25, 2015 - Lutfi Kolgjini’s trainee Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.3 million) Prix de la Camarque (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) timed in 1.13.7kr for teamster Mathieu Abrivard. The 3.7/1 odds winner held along the pegs to defeat fast closing 10/1 Vasco de Viette (6g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) reined by Eric Raffin with third to 17/1 Victor de Levres (6f Lontzac-Eva Lina) and driver Anthony Barrier. Tell Me No Lies and Va Et Vient finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Maffioso Face SWE M. Abrivard Folk&Fä HB Lutfi Kolgjini 2ème 5 Vasco de Viette E. Raffin Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 3ème 7 Victoire de Lèvres A. Barrier Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 4ème 12 Tell Me No Lies SWE F. Nivard KLV Holding AB F. Souloy 5ème 14 Va et Vient D. Thomain J. Coupez C. Nicole  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.300.000 € - Numéro plus : 0557     Ordre :       6.830,00€     Désordre :       136,60€     Bonus 4 :       24,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       12,00€     Bonus 3 :       8,00€                     Two year-olds contested two divisions of the Prix des Gnemones each for a purse of €35,000 over 2200 meters. The A division had 13 starters with 6.7/1 Diva du Mouchel (2f The Best Madrik-Perle  du Mouchel) emerging victorious for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin clocked in 1.17.5kr. 24/1 Diana du Chatelet (2f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was a close second ahead of 5/2 favorite Delmonica Vet (2f So Lovely Girl-Harmonie Chery) handled by trainer Bertrand Le Beller The B division saw 12 entrants at the start and the 1.19kr winner was 2.2/1 odds Daylight Jet (2f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. 3.6/1 Dream Filly (2f Tucson-Nectarine) was second in the win photo for Eric Raffin ahead of 5.1/1 Dochine de Hovelle (2f Gazouillis-Olita de Kefrauso) with Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Dam of the winner, Ocarina Jet, is a 2002 daughter of Coktail Jet-Hermine Jet-Buvetier d’Aunou. She also has produced Norman Jet 1:57.1 (US$227,919) and two other winners of in excess of US$63,000. It’s also the maternal family of Abercrombie 1:56.3 (US$488,279), Camino 1:56.2 (US$1,168,559) and Gobernador 1:54.1 (US$996,594). Prior day (Tuesday) at Paris-Vincennes was the €58,000 purse Prix Lachesis (2200 meters, 15 starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took victory in 1.15.6kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. 7.3/1 Action Partage (5f Opium-Loumana Flor) was second for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Daniele Gozlan. 33/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessces Mesloise took the third spot. A solid card at Vincennes awaits fans on Thursday featuring the €90,000 monte Prix  de L’Ile de Re over 2850 meters with 20 contestants. Thomas H. Hicks  

The harness racing Molander stable has bolstered its stock with the inclusion of a former Kiwi named Dead Cat Bounce, who will make her Australian debut in the St Arnaud Sporting Club Trotters Cup on Sunday. Trainer Nicole Molander is hopeful the well-named daughter of Revenue/Wee Annie can defy her “lazy track work” since arriving at Riddells Creek.  “We were warned beforehand and I’m glad we were because she’s the laziest thing I’ve ever seen at home,” Molander said. “She arrived last Sunday and I think she’ll be the type who’ll hopefully put it all together on race day.” Dead Cat Bounce won two of her last five starts at Addington before crossing the ditch and has a 41:7-4-8 record overall. “The owner of Cillas Boy, John Green, had been looking to sell that one for a while but wanted to replace him with another horse for the stable. Dean (Molander) had been watching Dead Cat Bounce for a while … and John said go for it,” Molander said. Dead Cat Bounce has barrier three for Sunday’s 2520-metre stand-start cup but with the scratching of Maorisfavouritesun she’ll only have one horse – Tiroroa Tom – drawn to her inside. The Trotters Cup will be run at 3.43pm. Molander will saddle up two runners for the Weirs Supa IGA St Arnaud Pacing Cup in Cillas Boy and Im Meticulous. “He thought he was king pin when he won three in a row and last start he didn’t get much chance,” she said of Cillas Boy. “A lot will depend on whether he steps away on Sunday.” On Im Meticulous Molander was more confident, nominating it her best winning shot for the afternoon. “He came back making a horrible noise last start after a disappointing run. We had him scoped and he’s fine now. He flipped his palate, so we’ve popped the Cornell Collar on to remedy that.” by Cody Winnell

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2015 -- Dismissed at a juicy 16-1, Unefoisdansmavie followed live cover into the final turn, then zipped through the sloppy stretch to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie trailed her stablemate, Barn Girl, by 2-1/2 lengths at the top of the lane, but the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Eric Goodell's urging and nailed Barn Girl by a head in 1:56. The first-over Mistress Valentine raced well for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $539,687, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall notched three winners on the 15-race card.    by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA -- In the $24,000 co-featured events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, both winners used "pocket rocket" tactics to emerge with victories -- Extracurricular on the trot and Arthur Blue Chip on the pace.   Extracurricular, a veteran Revenue S gelding owned by Darren Mahoney, had a tougher time making his rally effective -- as befits a 10-1 shot trying to catch a 1-5 pacesetting favorite, Somebody As. But Extracurricular dug in for the stretch battle with gameness and edged his frontstepping rival while taking a new mark of 1:52 at age nine for the brother team of driver Simon and trainer Rene Allard.   Arthur Blue Chip was the 11-10 favorite in his event and collared pacesetting Somethinginthewind with a bit more ease, but then the son of Shadow Play had to stay in high gear to withstand the persistent first-over Ontario Success, whose bid for victory came up a half-length shy. Dr. Ian Moore conditions the winner, who was third in his Breeders Crown elimination last month, for the Shadow One Stable.   George Napolitano Jr., the winningest driver in North American harness racing this season, visited Victory Lane five times on the Saturday card at Pocono to raise his margin over second-place Aaron Merriman to 22, with the score now Napolitano 743, Merriman 721.   "George Nap" will get a chance to add to his margin Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but then Merriman will compete on four cards -- Northfield Sunday night, The Meadows Monday afternoon and Northfield Monday night, and The Meadows Tuesday afternoon -- before Napolitano resumes sulky action here Tuesday night, concurrent with Merriman racing at Northfield.   There are two more weeks of racing in the 2015 season here at The Downs, with the trotters and pacers going on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings this week and next, with the final night November 21.   From the PHHA and Pocono Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 31, 2015 - A week ago, we wrote...George Brennan won half of Yonkers Raceway's harness racing program Saturday night, his happy half-dozen including the tandem of $40,000 Open Handicaps. Now, we write...Jason Bartlett won half of Yonkers Raceway's program Saturday night, his happy half-dozen including the tandem of $40,000 Open Handicaps. Bartlett and Ideal Cowboy ($36.20) upset in the week's featured pace (1:50.4), while Bartlett and 6-5 favorite Melady's Monet ($4.40) won the week's marquee trot (1:55.1) from an impossible locale. Ideal Cowboy, leaving from a seat from post position No. 7, went up and over Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) after that one's two-move, early intervals of :27.1 and :55.4. Ideal Cowboy moved from third, grabbing the lead at a 1:23 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Take it Back Terry (George Brennan), at just over even-money, was right behind, but couldn't match strides with the "Cowboy" as that one opened 3¼ lengths into the lane. "Terry" closed the final margin late, but missed by a half-length. Lucan Hanover, Soho Jackman A (Tyler Buter) and Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) came away with the remainder. For sixth choice Ideal Cowboy, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables, it was his seventh win in 21 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $66, with the triple returning $601. Now, to Melady's Monet, remanded to an eight-hole despite three weeks off. He tried to leave, but several others inside of him were reading from the same script. He was forced to go to the back of the bus as DW's NY Yank (Brennan) gave his backers some brief hope (:27.3; :56.2, 1:25.4). Crazy About Pat (Buter), sitting an antsy pocket, pulled early, with Fort Valley AS (Carlson) slipping out behind that one. As for "Melady," he was last along the cones, then slipped out to race third-over, with nothing moving forward in front of him. Last, 6¾ lengths away turning for home, he had no right winning this race...except he didn't get the memo. Melady's Monet powered by on the far outside, whipping "Fort Valley" by a neck with an individual :27.4 final quarter. Third went to "DW," with "Pat" and Can Do (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. For Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Kevin McDermott for owner Melady Enterprises, it was his 12th win in 25 '15 tries. The exacta paid $21.20, with the triple returning $94. Frank Drucker

Young harness racing trainer Jack Harrington lined up Hey Yo in the maiden trot at Addington Raceway this evening confident she wouldn't disgrace herself and just wanting for her to do everything right in her racetrack debut. In the hands of leading driver Blair Orange, Hey Yo landed the parked out position soon after the start and was left there for the rest of the race Turning for home you could have excused Hey Yo for shortening stride but instead she dug in and ground out a memorable victory. Jack Harrington was all smiles when talking to Harnesslink post race. " I expected her to go a good race as she had been working really well but I didn't think she could sit parked the whole way and still win." " She has really improved the last little bit but that was really impressive," Jack said. Jack works a small team of just five and Hey Yo is only his third runner to the races. " I start at six in the morning working my team before going to my day job at Andrew Stuarts about 8:30." " In the afternoon I do a lot of work around home knocking it into shape for the horses," Jack said. Jack was surprised as anyone when Hey Yo was dropped off at the stable.  " Dad brought her without telling me so it was a bit of a surprise when the transporter dropped her off." " She has had a few issues with her tendons so I have taken a lot of time with her, a lot more than I normally would."  " When I was working for Tim Butt, one of the things he really stressed was how you conditioned your horse, especially his trotters." " I have tried to follow what he taught me and things are going good at this stage," Jack said. The daughter of Revenue from the former top class trotter Too Much Too Soon 1:59.2 ($153,021), Hey Yo has no firm plans at this stage. " We will see what Blair has to say first before we make any plans with her." " There are a couple of C1 trots during Cup Week but it is a big step up and we may yet miss Cup Week," Jack said. Jack has created a good impression in his short time as a trainer and looks to have a big future in front of him. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 3, 2015--One horse who figured (Melady's Monet [Jason Bartlett, $5]) and on who didn't (Big N Bad [Eric Carlson, $116.50]) hogged the harness racing headlines Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 co-features. A from-last "Melady" won the Open Handicap Trot, prevailing in a three-horse photo over Zooming (Tyler Buter) and pace-setting, 13-10 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan). That one was out a long way before making the lead from Not Afraid (Dan Dube). Quick early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3 softened Luminosity up, so even a :29.1 third quarter (1:25.3) and a two-length lead into the lane weren't enough. Melady's Monet, sent outside his six rivals, closed from third-over. He picked off Zooming by a head in 1:55.3, with Luminosity fading to third, beaten a half-length. World Cup (Brent Holland) and Sevruga (Pat Lachance) were best-of-the-rest, minor moolah entities. For second choice Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Kevin McDermott for owner Melady Enterprises, it was her 11th win in 23 seasonal starts (season earnings over $300,000, career in excess of $700,000). The exacta paid $43.60, with the triple returning $174. The weekly pacing feature, a blind draw this time around, did no favors for Big N Bad. No problem. Leaving hard from the eight-hole, he was forced even wide when Crombie A (Holland) pulled pocket early. Undaunted, Big N Bad found the lead and kept going (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.4, 1:51.4) . After racing his eyeballs out a week ago only to get nailed late, Big N Bad closed the sale here, defeating a cone-skimming The Real One (Lachance) by neck. Third went to Crombie A, with Dynamic Youth (Brennan) and Sapphire City (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. Great Vintage (Dube), as the 6-5 favorite, couldn't get out of his own way at the outset and finished last. For seventh choice Big N Bad, a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Vincent Laurenzo, it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal '15 tries. The exacta paid $1,314, with the triple returning $12,955. With a Pick 5 sequence that featured win prices of $19, $116.50 and $53, shockingly the gimmick wasn't hit. So Monday night, which already offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $6,537.25 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at Frank Drucker

Allowed a leisurely 58.2 first half, Tall Cotton poured it on during the back half for Dave Palone and scored in 1:54.2 — his second straight victory — in Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Tall Cotton was parked by Mike The Trader the first quarter, but that panel went in 29, leaving Tall Cotton plenty in the tank to repel the protracted first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid, who finished a length back in second. Sixteen Mikes rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, a 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding who extended his career bankroll to $681,471, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Palone piloted seven winners — three for Burke — on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak        

Taking advantage of a pocket trip and room on the far turn left by a fading Bourbon Bay, Skates N Plates ($29.60) pounced late to just collar Six Bax in Saturday (August 1) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   Aaron Byron secured the pocket with the 4-year-old Revenue entire, drafting behind Grey Ice (Corey Braden) through a :27.2 first quarter.   As soon as Byron vacated the pocket and brushed Skates N Plates to the lead, though, Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) circled three-deep out of third, clearing just upon passing the winning post on the first occasion.   After taking charge through a :55.2 half mile, Six Bax faced mild pressure on the backstretch from the first-over Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.), maintaining his 1-1/2-length lead through three-quarters in 1:24.3.   As Bourbon Bay faded on the far turn, Six Bax found room to vacate the pegs, driven to a narrow 1:53.4 victory in the final yards.   Six Bax held second, while Tirade Hanover (Tyler Raymer) kicked cover off the far turn to take third.   Paul Kelley trains Skates N Plates for owner-breeder Robert Key.   Byron scored a hat trick on the 12-race card, as did Jim Taggart, Jr.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 2) afternoon, with the first of 11 races due to begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

A field of seven upper-conditioned level trotters headlined the Thursday afternoon harness racing (July 16) card from Harrah's Philadelphia, going for a purse of $18,000.   The race time favorite Wisenheimer (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was looking for his twentieth career win.   The 6-year-old son of Revenue S was getting major post relief from his most recent outing at Pocono, which resulted in a third place finish against similar competition.   He was forwardly placed right from the get-go, setting fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:26.2.   A challenge emerged just beyond the half, as Westside Lindy (Andrew McCarthy) drove up first-over.   His bid was short lived however, as he started to fade mid-way around the final turn.   That's when Ron Burke trainee House Of Cash (Yannick Gingras) bailed off of cover.   The 7-year-old son of Cash Hall was able to close well enough to overtake the collapsing pace, scoring the victory by a neck in 1:56 at odds of 7-1.   Winbak Charles M (Victor Kirby) closed gamely up the inside to finish a heartbreaking second, while pocket sitter Chinese Cuisine (Corey Callahan) finished third.   It was the 17th career win for House Of Cash, who returned $16.60, keying an exacta that paid $100.40.   House Of Cash is owned by Weaver Bruscemi and the Burke Racing Stables.   Michael Bozich

Tall Cotton walked the field through a leisurely first half, then turned on the jets to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Tall Cotton had to outduel Major Athens for the early lead, but Dave Palone then slammed on the brakes, giving Tall Cotton a comfortable 58 first half. From there, the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding won the sprint home, prevailing in 1:54. Major Athens was second by a head in the Lightning Lane while the first-over Classicality finished third Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who now boasts $672,471 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. Eric Goodell, Mike Wilder, Brian Zendt and Palone each piloted a pair of winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak      

Texican N (Eric Carlson $19.20) and Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) each went from pocket to paydirt on Saturday night, winning at the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Texican N, from post position No. 3 in the weekly featured pace, found himself sequestered in the two-hole behind Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton). That one led through intervals of :27.1, 57.1 and 1:25.1, with P H Supercam (Bartlett) making a second move. It was "Moe" taking a short lead into the lane, with he and P H Supercam slugging it out. That left Texican N waiting his turn, and he dove inside to win a three-way scrum. The margin, over win-the-battle-lose-the-war P H Supercam, was a head in a season's-best 1:52.4, with Rock on Moe third, beaten a half-length. The small change went to McErlean (Tyler Buter) The Real One (Pat Lachance). For fifth choice Texican N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his third win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $104, with the triple returning $409.50. As for odds-on "Melady," he just shows up here for holidays. Last seen in Westchester Halloween Night, he was a solid winner here in the week's marquee trot. Leaving from post No. 6 (in one notch after an inside scratch), the 3-5 choice made the lead before yielding to Luminosity (George Brennan). Subsections of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26 (weak, first-over company in the form of Tweet Me [Tyler Buter]) gave Luminosity a length lead in and out of the final turn. However, he couldn't stave off a pylon-diving Melady's Money, who edged away by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55. Take My Picture (Mark MacDonald), E R Ellie (Stratton) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his seventh win in 15 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices paid $7.10, the triple returned $32.40 and the superfecta paid $174. Note that since no one took down Saturday's Pick 5, Monday night's gimmick--already with a $10,000 guaranteed pool--begins with a carryover of $2,881.61 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

It is not often you will find a budding star in a maiden trot in the middle of winter at a harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway. Tonight however was the exception with the beautifully bred Matatoki showing he was a horse with a big future when the two year son of Revenue S got up to win his first start after making a mistake early in the 1950 metres event. Trained and driven by Bob Butt, Matatoki had only been off the place three times prior to tonight and his lack of experience looked like it might cost him early when he had a gallop after 100 metres but he settled quickly and tacked on to the back of the bunch after 300 metres. Given a nice trip up to the leaders, Matatoki grabbed the lead half way up the straight and just managed to see off the well supported Cuddly Jess. Matatoki trotted the 1950 metres in the cold winterly conditions in 2:29.9, a mile rate of 2:03.6 with closing sectionals of 62.5 and 29.1. Bob Butt was suitably impressed with the first up run. " He doesn't know much yet but he wants to be there and that makes such a difference." " He went away good but got a bit rattled when a couple came through underneath him really quickly." "To his credit he came down trotting pretty quick and to get up and win was a great effort," Bob said. Matatoki is bred to be above average being from a Chiola Hanover half sister to the dam of Lyell Creek 1:52.4 ($2,961,137) and the latest Australian sensation, Arboe 1:55.5 who looks very special. Revenue S has been very sparingly used in New Zealand with just 14 foals two year old or older with five winners to date headed by Dead Cat Bounce 1:59.8 ($48,615) However his stint in America showed what he is capable of with earnings there of $19,401,627 headed by the champion trotter Market Share 1:50.2 ($3,684,417) who has a Hambletonian win on his card. Revenue's S average per starter in America of $115,486 is up there with the very best trotting sires in America. Matatoki would seem to inherited all the positive attributes of his maternal family and would appear to have a big future in front of him. Harnesslink Media  

Prior to going out for the post parade in the NAADA Trot at Monticello Raceway harness racing driver Joe Pennacchio was queried about his chances with his veteran trotter Sir Winston who was to start from the five-hole. Without much hesitation he said: "If he doesn't bleed he'll win." Well, Sir Winston, a career winner of over $390,000, didn't bleed in the race and was victorious just like Pennacchio predicted. When the starter said go Pennacchio gunned the veteran 9 year old Revenue S gelding to the lead and they had some racing luck when Alan Schwartz's trotter Typical Newyorker, who was pressuring him for the lead, made a break directly in front of the 1-2 betting favorite Casanova Lindy (Hannah Miller) who was hot on Schwartz's tail. Unfortunately Typical Newyorker's misstep made a tough journey for Miller who had hoped for a covered trip behind Schwartz. When that inkling didn't work out Miller found herself hung out and with little chance of gaining the front-end from Pennacchio. "Her horse wasn't coming that strongly so I didn't want to grab into my horse since he might have bled if I did," Pennacchio admitted. So Casanova Lindy went the long mile never seeing the pylons and it wasn't until the deep stretch that he tired and finished just two lengths behind Sir Winston in third place. Nautilus De Vie, who was traveling along in the catbird's seat with Dave Yarock at the controls, used the passing lane to finish second. Pennacchio's Joe P Racing Stable owns the winner who's trained by Dan Altman. Sir Winston paid $26.20 while winning his second seasonal contest. For Pennacchio, a retired business CEO, it was his sixth seasonal driving victory and the 149th of his amateur career. After the race, Pennacchio and Miller headed for Yonkers Raceway where they were scheduled to drive that night in the Billings Series. John Manzi

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