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CHESTER PA - Skippin By drew clear of a tough field for the second straight week, winning the $14,500 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon in 1:51.2. Brett Miller, a winner in four of the card's first eight races, made the early lead with the daughter of Shadow Play, then yielded to Juslikeaqueen and was content to draft in behind through fractions of 26.3, 55.4, and 1:23.1. Turning for home driver Miller tugged on the left line, and Skippin By went to the passing lane and powered by easily for a two length tally over the pacesetter. Nick Surick conditions the winner of $813,784 for Cornerstock Stock Farm. A horse named after a phrase in the famous soliloquy of Shakespeare's Hamlet (III, i, 3) made more than a few Philly bettors melancholy as Outrageous Fortune, with only one third in 15 previous career starts, came up the inside for Eric Carlson to generate a $102.80 win payoff in the fourth race. Among the beaten field was Quantum Kemp, the full brother to Hambletonian winner Trixton who got going belatedly and finished fourth though beaten only a half-length. Philly has now had seven horses pay $50 or more at the meet - but four of that seven have rung up the mutuels to the tune of $100 or more. Brett Miller ended the day with five winners to Corey Callahan's four triumphs. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will have a special live card on Belmont Saturday at 12:40, and while much of the racing world awaits whether Justify can stretch out over that race's demanding 1½ miles, the emphasis at Philly will go in the other direction - there is a 5/8 mile dash for trotters carded, with an eye towards the 1:09 world record for the short distance set at Pompano. From the PHHA/Chester's Philadelphia

Wallkill, NY January 31 – Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the book for Shadow Play is full and closed for 2018. “Shadow Play continues to impress harness racing breeders, trainers and owners who know he can produce a World-Class performer out of almost any kind of mare” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms.    Other World-Class Blue Chip Pacers are still available, including Roll With Joe, American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight (closing soon).   Blue Chip Sired progeny continue to be top performers and earners. In 2017, eight of the top ten NY Sire Stakes Breeders Awards payouts for 2YO Pacers were earned by Blue Chip Sired progeny.   Shadow Play - Little Brown Jug Final     Blue Chip also boasts a star-studded trotting line up. Credit Winner, Devious Man and E L Titan provide strong cross options for the sport’s major maternal trotting lines. Moreover, 44% of the total Breeder’s Awards paid out to Trotters in New York in 2017 went to performers sired by Blue Chip stallions. The farm’s most recent additions, Devious Man (by Credit Winner) and E L Titan (by Muscle Hill) both have the racing and pedigree credentials that herald a bright future in New York and beyond.    For booking inquiries, please contact Jean Brown-Clearwater, or Ed Amezcua,          

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 19, 2018—A well-out-of-it Annabeth (Brent Holland, $57) was fastest through the lane Friday night (Jan. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s high-condition harness racing $25,000 pacing feature for the ladies. Sitting chilly early from post position No. 7, Annabeth saw Best of Jenna (Dan Dube) make the first lead before yielding to just-over-even-money fave All About Madi (Jason Bartlett) ‘Madi’ led through intervals of :27.4 and :57.1 before Truth and Liberty (Greg Merton) was out and moving. The one towed 40-1 proposition Pretty Image (Eric Goodell) second-over and Annabeth (Brent Holland) third-over. All About Madi was a determined leader in and out of a 1:25.4 three-quarters, opening to a length entering the lane. However, she couldn’t stall the fresher femmes. Pretty Image went wider, Annabeth wider and a buried-to-fourth-over Motu Moonbeam N (Matt Kakaley) widest. Annabeth prevailed, whipping Pretty Image by three-quarters of a length in a season’s-best 1:55. Motu Moonbeam N was third, with All About Madi and Truth and Liberty settling for the remainder. Holland won three of the evening’s dozen races. For sixth choice Annabeth, a 7-year-old daughter of Shadow Play owned by Joseph Pisarski and trained by William Adamczyk, she’s won both of her seasonal starts. The exacta paid $909, the triple returned $2,280 and the superfecta paid $20,354 (base $2 payout). Frank Drucker

A short time after taking the South Australian Derby with the unbeaten Yankee Roller, the harness racing duo Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang struck again with the impressive Shadow Sax in the Ubet Group One $100,000 South Australian Cup. Shadow Sax had to sit parked out on the half-mile Globe Derby Park Oval for the entire trip over the extreme distance of 2,645 metres to take the victory over a game Messini who were both well clear of third placed Bettor Party. It was Shadow Sax seventh straight win for the current season and 17th lifetime from just 25 starts. Career earnings are now $372,483. Shadow Sax             6 9:25pm 2018 UBET SA PACING CUP (GROUP 1) 2645M $100,000 M0 Or Better. PBD/M. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SHADOW SAX      Fr4 5 Emma Stewart Gavin Lang   $ 1.50 fav  PRBT GS 2 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 5 by SHADOW PLAY USA out of MISS SAXONY (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): P J Hockham, R G Hockham  Breeder(s): R G Hockham, M B Hockham, P J Hockham, S W Hockham 2 MESSINI      Sr4 11 Brent Lilley Ryan Hryhorec 3.00 $ 7.00   PRBT 3WL W1 SWAB 3 BETTOR PARTY      Sr2 9 Les Harding Danielle Hill 19.60 $ 38.10   PRBT 6 3WLT 4 OUR JERICHO NZ      Sr3 10 Les Harding Ken Rogers 25.90 $ 35.70   PRBT 8 5 LOOKOFALEGEND NZ      Fr1 1 Luke O'Neill Wayne Hill 29.10 $ 45.10   PRBT GS 3 6 WHENMECHIEF      Sr1 8 Darren Billinger Matthew Smith 30.30 $ 90.30   PRBT 5 7 TEE CEE BEE MACRAY      Fr5 6 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 31.10 $ 8.20   PRBT 3WE RES 7 8 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr5 12 Justin Brewin Michael Bellman 34.10 $ 24.00   PRBT 3WLT W2 9 SAMS THE MASTER      Fr3 3 Jess Tubbs Matthew Craven 52.20 $ 10.40   PRBT GS L 10 FUTURIST      Fr2 2 Darren Billinger Darren Billinger 69.20 $ 47.60   PRS 4 B 11 LETS ELOPE NZ      Fr6 7 Brent Lilley Josh Duggan 84.00 $ 53.80   PRBT RAS 10 Scratchings   DUKE OF ALBANY NZ 4 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:14:2 Mile Rate: 1:58:2 Lead Time: 77.8 First Quarter: 29.6 Second Quarter: 29.1 Third Quarter: 28.7 Fourth Quarter: 29    

Natural Disaster resumes from a let-up this friday night at Gloucester Park and the harness racing stable has big plans for the son of Shadow Play.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2017 -- Tessa Seelster quarter-poled to the top and cruised home from there, capturing Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace in a sharp 1:51.3. Tessa Seelster was away second for Dave Palone but sat only briefly behind Spreester before powering to the top. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Titania Seelster drew off late, downing Spreester by 3 lengths, while Southwind Roulette shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jonathan Newman. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Flowers N Songs took the $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trotting Handicap with an eye-popping charge through the Lightning Lane that carried her from seventh to first in 1:55.2. Dan Charlino piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $539,503, for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Glass Shadow, who has been winless in his last 14 starts, pulled off a stunning upset at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, wiring the field in the Invitational Pace for driver Gaetan Lamy at odds of 23-1, paying $49.70 to win. Leaving from post five, veteran driver Gaetan Lamy sent Glass Shadow right to the lead with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) grabbing the two-hole spot and the 8/5 favorite, Ufdragons Rocket and driver Stephane Gendron, parked out first-over from the start. Gendron tried to urge Ufdragons Rocket to the front, but Lamy and Glass Shadow said no as they sped to the opening quarter in :57.1. Gendron tried again with Ufdragons Rocket as they went to the half, but again Glass Shadow said no. They went to the half mile in :55.3. They raced the same, only now Crombie A and driver Stephane Brosseau had joined the hunt in second over position, UFdragons Rocket was still game being parked out from the start as they sped to the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Lamy opened up a little daylight with Glass Shadow as they started down the stretch, but started to bear out as Ufdragons Rocket began to fade as Rainbow Palace came up the passing lane and Crombie A found room to mount a challenge. But Lamy and Glass Shadow were the best today, holding off Crombie A to win by a half-length in 1:55.2. Rainbow Palace was third. The last time Glass Shadow had won a race, was back on April 30 at H3R. Trained and owned by Marc Andre Cormier of Princeville, it was the fifth win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play. Track Notes: With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, H3R's half mile oval was razor sharp as five horses (half of the race card) registered lifetime marks. The fastest mile on the program came in the seventh race pace, as Solid Performance and driver Pascal Berube pulled away from the field in the backstretch, winning by eleven and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.2, making it a trainer/owner double for Marc Andre Cormier Live racing will resume at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - The Sunday feature at Hippodrome Trois Riveries / 3R was the Lucien Bombardier Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies. Mr. Bombardier, who is a member of the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame, had a career of over 50 years in the standardbred sport, during which he progressed through the ranks from horseman to administrator/executive to one of the great organizers and "builders" of the sport, especially in his native Quebec. The 1:58.4 winner of the $38,500 event was Azure Seelster, a filly whose breeding Mr. Bombardier, also a stock farm executive, would admire: a daughter of Shadow Play out of Winbak Alice, whose dam Lady Camella was bred to Shadow Play and produced no less than the $1.9M-winning world champion Lady Shadow. While Azure Seelster may have a bit more to accomplish to get in the Lady Shadow category, she already has four victories, including two Ontario Roots victories and the Bombardier. At 3R driver Louis Philippe Roy bided his time early as Lit De Rose, the recent winner of the Prix de l'Avenir 2PF Championship, went to the early lead, then brushed up to take command nearing the 27.4 quarter. The rest was anticlimax, with Roy posting middle splits of 58 and 1:28.4, then drew away from Lit De Rose (driven by his brother Pierre Luc Roy) for a six length victory. The winner, trained by Jacques Dupont, was part of a three-way coupled entry with interlocking ownership; the full ownership of the winner of $50,537 is Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc., 9099 3833 Quebec Inc, 2745 5815 Quebec Inc., and Paul Lehoux. There were enough fast-class trotters to have two divisions of the Invitational, the "Or" (gold) and the "Argent" (silver). In the top class, which went for $8000, the Broadway Hall gelding Unabating had to live up to his name, as he was parked most of the mile, yet still managed to hang on to the wire, stopping the timer in 2:00.1 to run his 2016-17 record to 21 wins in 48 starts. Guy Gagnon, the leading driver in North America in the 300-499 drives category, is the driver and trainer of Unabating for owner Catheline Pelletier. In the $5000 second-level trot, the Kadabra gelding Tuscans Memory had to go the tough first-over route, but she proved game and turned back a closely-packed group at the wire to tally in 2:00.3. Jocelyn Gendron had sulky duty behind the six-time seasonal winner for trainer Pierre Ouellette Jr. and the ownership of 9172-3161 Quebec Inc. Contrasting the trotting situation, the Invitational pace did not fill this week, so the Royal Mattjesty mare Rainbow Palace, who defeated "the boys" in the August 27 Invite, was able to get into the top fast-class pace of the day, worth $3800, via an AE condition, and Rainbow Palace took full advantage of the opportunity, as the Dominique Picard-trained distaff was quarter-moved by owner/driver Francis Picard and increased her margin in the last stanza, finishing by herself in 1:55.4. FINISHING LINES - Mister Big Top set a track record of 2:58 for 1½ miles on the pace Saturday at the Bedford regional oval on Saturday while winning the $5000 Serie de L'Estrie Finale, defeating Maximus Decimus and thereby reversing a decision occurring over a mile the previous Monday at the Brome regional track. Mister Big Shot knocked 2/5 of a second off the Bedford mark for the extended distance, set by Bali a year minus a day earlier ... Bedford, located near the Quebec-New York-Vermont border (and not far from where Lucien Bombardier grew up), is generally considered the fastest of the Quebec regional circuit tracks, and six miles in 2:00 or less Saturday supported this belief, with the quickest a 1:56 victory for Chaleurs Magic and driver Dany Mainguy. Quebec Jockey Club  

Batavia, NY--- Focus Power moved up to the harness racing top class on the grounds after winning in the Open II last week, but the ascension was no impediment as he won the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 9). Focus Power (Drew Monti) left from post four and was in front and on the pylons before they race even hit the turn. With the short field settling, Believe This Bob (Shawn McDonough) wanted the front and came before the eighth pole and cleared before the quarter in :28.1. Positions remained unchanged until Southwind Torque (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled mid-way up the backside in what would be a short-lived bid. As the outside challenge faded in the turn, Believe This Bob was looking solid in front as they headed for home. However as soon as the passing lane was accessible, Monti directed Focus Power into it and shot right by Believe This Bob and paced away to a two-length win in 1:53.1. Focus Power ($7.80) now has $73,845 on his card on the strength of seven wins this year and the win time of 1:53.1 was only one-fifth of a second off the lifetime mark he just set last week. James Caradori owns the 5-year-old altered son of Shadow Play that gets his conditioning from Darrin Monti. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II, Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) got away last and methodically worked his way up the rail while chasing fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.3 and before getting loose around the far turn to tip three-deep and simply pace away from everyone to win by two open lengths in 1:53.1. It was the second win in a row and 11th of the year for Itsonlyrocknroll A ($16.40) who now has earned $61,695 in purses for Stalbaum who also owns him. Kim Asher is the trainer. Larry Stalbaum visited the winner's circle five times on Saturday with Itsonlyrocknroll A, Teo Enteo A (1:56, $7.90), Mister Livan N (1:53.2, $4.60), Anderlecht (1:54.4, $3.20) and Saint William A (1:56.3, $7.10). Not wanting to be outdone, Drew Monti and Kevin Cummings each had two winners apiece as well. Trainer Kim Asher also sent four of her horses to the winner's enclosure for pictures. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 11) with post time set at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 - Kendall Seelster added an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold trophy to her harness racing collection at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday with a commanding victory in the $125,800 two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series contest. The win was the Shadow Play daughter's second straight at the Campbellville oval - she was also victorious in the $169,381 Champlain Stakes on Sept. 2 - and Mohawk fans sent her off as the heavy favourite in Race 5. Starting from the trailing Post 11, driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON settled Kendall Seelster in sixth on the rail, behind two-time Gold Series winner Big Thong, as Play The Bell and Lady Grande battled to a :27.3 opening quarter. As Cardiff took control heading for the :55.3 half, driver James MacDonald tipped Big Thong into the outer lane and Waples sent Kendall Seelster out in her wake. Cardiff led the field of 10 past the 1:25.1 three-quarters, but Waples swung Kendall Seelster out from behind Big Thong coming off the corner and the fan favourite cruised by her peers to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.4. Lady Grande closed hard to be second, as did Kendall Seelster's stablemate Just Her Luck to claim the third-place finisher's spoils. "Randy had mentioned it before that he didn't have to gun her out of there, that she would come from off the pace, and she proved it tonight," said trainer Paul Reid of Kendall Seelster's victory. "It's always good to see when you're not one dimensional; it just makes it so tough if you are." Reid, whose Ontario operation is based at First Line Training Centre in rural Milton, conditions both Kendall Seelster and Just Her Luck for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and has been impressed with both youngsters since their arrival in his barn. "I picked them up the first of May and they'd been in like 2:25, 2:20 I guess, and we finished them off and started to race them. She (Kendall Seelster) felt like a nice filly right from the start, obviously I didn't think she was going to be this good," admitted the horseman. "She did feel like she had the ability, but she's a smaller filly you know, I was a little concerned. "When we first started going fast with her, training fast miles, it was just like flipping a switch, two different horses, because she's kind of short, even in the post parade she's kind of short and trappy going, and then as soon as she hits a nice gear boy it just smooths out and it's just great," the trainer added. In addition to Monday's win and her Champlain victory, where she dealt Ontario Sires Stakes rival Percy Bluechip her first loss, Kendall Seelster has an overnight win in an August 1 event at Mohawk and four runner-up efforts, three of them behind Percy Bluechip, to her credit. A $47,000 purchase at the 2016 Forest City Yearling Sale, the filly has amassed $262,085 through eight lifetime starts. Friday's victory boosted Kendall Seelster's Gold Series point total to 108, putting her in a tie for second behind Percy Bluechip, who skipped Friday's event. Kendall Seelster Stablemate Just Her Luck has accumulated 31 points and currently sits seventh in the standings. The homebred daughter of Sportswriter and Just Luck has made just five starts to date, recording one second and two thirds for earnings of $34,888, but Reid is hopeful that Friday's result means things are moving in the right direction for the youngster. "(Just Her Luck)'s very, very nice, better gait, more fluid right from the word go," recalled Reid. "Honestly, when I started with them I thought she might have been the better of the two. It didn't take long to figure out that the other one was, but she's a very nice filly. "She's been fighting sickness and hasn't been 100 per cent and we give her a little time, and she's coming back around now. I think she's a fast filly, like she's already paced 1:52.3, so I mean she's no slouch," Reid continued. "I think this start will help get her a little tighter and hopefully we can keep her healthy. I think she's competitive, maybe not with the top two, but she's only a step behind." Kendall Seelster will put her two-race win streak on the line against North America's top fillies in the Shes A Great Lady Eliminations at Mohawk on Saturday, Sept. 16, and Reid hopes she continues to channel her growing feistiness into winning races. "Last week after she win, on the way home she kicked the back window out of my horse trailer. She doesn't get very tired either," said Reid with a rueful chuckle. "A lot of them, as they get racier they get a little more feisty, so hopefully she just keeps putting that feistiness toward the race like she has been." Following the break for the Shes A Great Lady, Ontario's talented two-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk on Oct. 5, with the top 10 point earners advancing to the $225,000 Super Final at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 14. Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts will battle in their fourth Gold Series event on Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday evening program, competing in Races 8 and 10 on a card that also features eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes and the Simcoe Stakes divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Saturday's program gets under way at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

Trois-Rivieres, QC --- This Sunday (Sept. 10) eight 2-year-old pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of C$38,5200. And this year, the field is highlighted by four return winners in the eighth race feature. One of the pioneers of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS). The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry as the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s, he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, QC, one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at the Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. This year's stakes event features Azure Seelster, starting from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. This daughter of Shadow Play has already won three of her six starts for trainer Jacques Dupont. In just her last start she won a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in 1:54.3 by three and one-half lengths. Earlier this season at Grand River Raceway's half mile oval, Azure Seelster took her lifetime mark with a 1:54.3 score. Azure Seelster is part of a three-horse entry with Miss Rockadali (post five) and Katniss S BG (post seven) who are both trained by Yves Filion. Miss Rockadali is the weakest of the entry, but Katniss S BG was second last week in the C$55,000 Future Stars Series and prior had won two preliminary rounds of the series. Lit De Rose is the second choice in the race and rightly so. This daughter of Leader Bayama, trained by Maxime Velaye and owned and bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, is on a three-race winning streak. Last week was the biggest win of her early career, three wins in just five starts, as she led from start to finish over a sloppy track at H3R to capture the C$55,000 Future Stars Final. She did it in 2:02, but the following start showed she can also win in 1:59.1. Lit De Rose will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy. A newcomer to H3R, Cold Creek Lacey, goes from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. In her last start, the Shanghai Phil filly wired the field at Kawartha Downs in 1:58. She is trained by Craig Barssi. Kiss My Shadow is the fourth return winner and is saddled with starting from post eight for driver Guy Gagnon and trainer and co-owner Chantal Mitchell. Last week at Flamboro Downs, Kiss My Shadow took a lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Completing the field are D Gs Shadowbell (post one), who has won three of her last four starts for driver Jonathan Lachance and Liisawithtwoeyes, who starts from post three for driver Stephen Gendron and trainer Francis Richard. Post time is 12:30 pm and for a free race program or information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Campbelville, September 2 - Kendal Seelster, the distant 9-1 second choice, used a perfect pocket trip to upset the previously undefeated Percy Bluechip in Saturday night's $169,831 Champlain Stakes for harness racing rookie filly pacers, at Mohawk. Trained by Paul Reid and piloted by Randy Waples, Kendall Seelster arrived at the Champlain from a runner-up effort to Percy Bluechip in the Eternal Camnation but the filly turned the tables on her heavily-backed rival (1-5). Kendall Seelster showed speed off the gate but it was Percy Bluechip (Trevor Henry) who would demand the lead through an opening-quarter of :26.2 with Waples content to sit the trip with Pueblo Blue Chip and Kissin In The Sand following their early foot. Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster separated from the field down the back straight marking the half in :55.3 as Big Thong made a first-over attempt but flattened as the field straightened for home. Percy Bluechip maintained a precarious lead at the top of the lane but there was no denying Kendall Seelster who angled out and powered to a four-length score in a Champlain record time of 1:51.1. Percy Bluechip finished second, while Pueblo Blue Chip was third. Waples was pleased with the determined effort from his filly to finally take down Percy Bluechip in her fifth attempt. "I seem to draw her every week (Percy Bluechip) and I always seem to get away close to her or on her back," said Waples. "I can never beat her and sometimes I don't get out to get the chance. The first couple times I raced against her, even if I got out there was no beating her." Waples believes the previously frustrated trips may have been to their advantage on this night. "My filly is really fresh right now because she hasn't been getting out," said Waples. "Tonight things worked out and she got out and raced really well. Take nothing away from that other mare, she's about as good a two-year-old filly as I've seen in a long time." The bay daughter of Shadow Play-Kiddie Cocktail is now a two-time winner for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. from seven starts and Waples is looking forward to a bright future. "It will be interesting to see how much better she can get," said Waples. "She doesn't necessarily have to leave out of there, she does have great gate speed, but she races quite well the other way too. It will be interesting to see when she gets the right kind of trip just who she can beat." Bred in Ontario by Seelster Farms Inc., Kendall Seelster was purchased for $47,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale. She paid $21.80 to win. Kendall Seelster Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications  

CINTRA, Argentina - The  older mares have in the second week of August the most important race of the year, this was the GREAT NATIONAL PRIZE OF YEGUAS organized by the ARGENTINE THE TROTE FEDERATION (FAT), which is the governing body of the races of Standardbred horses in the Argentine Republic that has been operating since 1984. Every year the FAT, through a drawing, selects the federated racecourse organizer of this event, in 2017 the chosen institution was the Municipal Commission of the Hippodrome of Cintra, located in the same city, belonging to the province of Cordoba, which is about 130 miles from Cordoba Capital and about 356 miles from Buenos Aires, the capital of the country.   The National Grand Prix has a free score for any mare who has won at least one official race and is age 4 or older, then is divided through another draw from the different qualifiers and the best then pass to the National Final. This Year Cintra counted on 28 mares eligible and therefore four series were eliminated, of which the first two official finishers head to the heat Final. The series eliminations were culminated on Saturday, August 19 and the final the next day, Sunday 20 of August.   On Saturday, the four qualifiers were won by Gora Look Valencia (1:58.'6), Elvimima Look Bianca (1"59.1), Gora Look Sorpresiva (2:02) and by Chucaro Alma Blue Chip, a daughter of Shadow Play, with Arts Risk in a time of 2:02.28.   The four mares who entered the second position also took the final, they were Chucaro Art's Vail­a, Chucaro Art's Azteca, Gora Art's Camila and Albion Look Dayla.   In the final race on Sunday, GORA LOOK SORPRESIVA took a remarkable victory with the driving of the driver RENATO OILLATAGUERRE, leading from start to finish to dominate the test with fast quarters to stop the clock in 1:57.22, second was Chucaro Alma Blue Chip with the international driver Leonardo Agusti, third went to Gora Look Valencia with driver Maximiliano Davi­n, with fourth and fifth place for Gora Art's Camila and Chucaro Art's Vail­a.   The end as seen in the photo was very exciting with the four mares coming to the finish very close to each other.   Gora Look Sorpresiva is a daughter of Lookout Hanover (United States) with Chucaro Viking Sonata (Viking Terror) of 4 years of age and raised in Haras San Ramon, represents Stud Santo Domingo owned by Ignacio Rosa and is trained by Carlos Oillataguerre, The same coach he had in Argentina for ALBION KING INFINITO, winner of the 3-year Breeder Cup and currently racing in Pennsylvania.   Emiliano, Renato's brother, was the drivert in the Final of the National Grand Prix of Elvimima Look Bianca, winner of a Qualifying Series and finishing sixth in the final.   The National Grand Prize awarded the winner a prize of $38,000.00 pesos (US $2,200.00), was the sixth consecutive win for the current Argentine Champion, who has competed for her career a total of 20 races, winning half of them. In 2016 she had just two wins in only six outings on the track but in 2017 she had more action since she ran 14 races winning 8, her lifetime earnings are $67,380.00 (US $3,850.00)   This grand prix had its inauguration in 1995 and was won by Albion Royal Somolly, a daughter of Royal Renegade, then went back to running in 2011 and from that date until now it was developed in an uninterrupted way.   The winningest mare has been without doubt the best mare in the history of the Argentine trot, CHUCARO ART SONAR, Art's Tribute and Chucaro Hot Sonada (by HOT WALKER) with 4 wins, who is also the owner of the best record for this competition, going 1:55.63 for the mile, average for the 1'11''8 kilometer. This Prix always raced on the mile except in 2011 when Navarro's racetrack ran over 1,650 meters and there Gora Viking Sevillana won, a daughter of Viking Terror with Gora Hot September (by HOT WALKER), on a record of 2:01 average for the kilometer of 1'13''3.   by German Barilari    

Natural Disaster is one of the State’s most promising pacers, but so far winning a feature harness racing event has eluded the son of American stallion Shadow Play. However, his recent outstanding form is a strong indication that he will break through at Gloucester Park on Friday night for a well-deserved victory in the $25,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred final, a listed classic for four and five-year-olds. Natural Disaster, a four-year-old bred and owned by Rob Tomlinson’s Oz-West Pacing and trained and driven by Justin Prentice, warmed up for this week’s assignment in splendid fashion with his fast-finishing third behind Motu Premier and Mach Time in the Chandon final, a listed classic, last Friday night. That followed wins at his three previous outings, at Bunbury and Gloucester Park in May and at Gloucester Park early last month. He is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line on Friday night and Prentice should have the gelding in a commanding position throughout. Natural Disaster, a winner at nine of his 27 starts, finished second to Johnny Disco in the group 3 Country Derby at Pinjarra in March 2016, third behind New World Order in the group 1 $100,000 Westbred Classic in July 2016, third behind Chicago Bull in the McInerney Ford Classic in November 2016 and fourth behind Soho Tribeca in the Golden Nugget two weeks later. He is closely related to former smart pacer Hy Falutin, whose 18 wins from 43 starts included the Christmas Gift in 1999 and the Celebrity Mile in December 2001. Natural Disaster’s most serious rival looms large as five-year-old Military Master, who will start from the No. 4 barrier. Trainer Ross Olivieri is confident of a bold showing from Military Master, a winner of ten races from 30 starts. The stallion was a disappointing in finishing sixth behind Thereugo last Friday week. But Olivieri explained that there were excuses for that run, saying: “He was a bit below par and then I found that he was affected by a greasy heel. I’ve fixed that and, hopefully, he goes better this week. I’m very pleased with him and his form has been top-class. “Three starts ago Military Master ran the fastest quarter (26.4sec.) that I can remember at Gloucester Park for any quarter of any race.” In that event, Military Master set the pace and had to withstand a spirited challenge for the lead in the first lap, during which he sped over the first 400m section of the final mile in 26.4sec. He wilted only over the final stages and finished fourth behind Zach Maguire. Argyle Red, Fanci A Dance, Tommy Be Good and Abraxas Blues will have plenty of admirers in Friday night’s 2130m event.   Argyle Red, trained at Pinjarra by Rob MacDonald, will be making his first appearance for four months. He is the only runner off the back line and will be handled by Morgan Woodley. He impressed in winning a 2185m Pinjarra trial at a 1.57.7 rate last Sunday when he dashed over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.3sec. Fanci A Dance, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, has won at six of his past ten starts and is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier seven. Tommy Be Good and Abraxas Blues warmed up with excellent efforts at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Ken Casellas

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - There was no world record set in the special two-mile race at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but there was plenty of racing action in the four-lap event. Sea Donkey and driver Pascal Berube took the early lead away from Northern Juno (Denis Audet) after the opening quarter in :28.2. Then Audet came right back to the front with Northern Juno and led the field to the half mile in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:32. Then Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over with Ninoscredit before the mile in 2:03.2, but was unable to take command away from Northern Juno as they went 2:35.4 to the 1 ¼ mile. At the 1 ½ mile mark in 3:07, the action heated up as Stephane Brosseau took CF Sting Rei three-wide in front of the grandstand. They were followed by Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) and Tiguan Seelster (Stephane Lareau). In the backstretch the final time, it was the three Stephane's in command with CF Sting Rei (Brosseau) clearing to the lead, leaving Mister Big Top first over at the 1 ¾ mile mark at 3:36.3 and Tiguan Seelster trying to follow his cover. Then Gendron urged Mister Big Top and they blew right by CF Sing Rei and pulled away from the field to win by six and three-quarter lengths. CF Sting Rei was second with Tiguan Seelster third. The time of the race was 4:06.1, well off the world record set last year by Strokin in 4:02.4. For Mister Big Top, it was the fourth win this year for the five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big. He is trained by Yves Tessier and is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, paying $4.80 to win. There were six divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. Each sex had three divisions. The fastest mile of all the freshman pacers took place in the 12th race, the last race of the program. Power Fog and driver Jocelyn Gendron was able to grind out the early lead over Challenge Magic (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then had things their own way until Lucky Match (Yves Filion) came first-over after the half mile in 1:00, then as the pace picked up, dropped in behind Power Fog, getting a breather to the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then the action heated up as Filion pulled out of the pocket and came after Power Fog, but Gendron's colt was able to dig in after a torrid stretch drive to win by a half-length in 2:00. Big Mach (Mario Charron) was third. Sired by Power Park, it was the second win in four starts for Power Fog, who is trained by Dominic Gladu for owner/breeder Gilbert Sauve, paying $5.10 to win. In the fifth race, Louis-Philippe Roy and Phil Dorleans, the full brother to $800,000 winner Duc Dorleans, was able to lead from start to finish and hold off a bold three-wide move by G A Speed Sammy (Alain Garrier) in the backstretch, to win in 2:01.3. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was third. A son of Shanghai Phil, it was the maiden win for Phil Dorleans, who is trained by Jacques Dupont for owner/breeders Dorleans Stable and Gestion Levesque. He paid $2.40 to win. The seventh race division saw Louis-Philippe Roy return to the winner's circle with a colt that his co-owns with trainer Kevin Maguire named El Muchacho. Following pacesetter Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) in second until the backstretch, Roy then moved first-over with El Muchacho, clearing to the lead and winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:02. Kinnder Jackson was second with last week's winner, Chloes Master, the heavy favorite, finishing third. It was the second win in four starts for the colt by Goliath Bayama, who went off at odds of 9-1 and paid $20.50 to win. The fastest of the fillies was D Gs Shadowbell, who notched her second straight win for driver Jonathan Lachance and trainer Mario Lachance in the third race. The heavy favorite, Hammering Haley (Louis-Philippe Roy), cut the mile early on but Lachance came first-over with D Gs Shadowbell and took command for good before the half mile marker and went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Hammering Haley was second with Liisawithtwoeyes (Stephane Gendron) third. The daughter of Shadow Play is owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant and paid $9.20 to win. Next came a real nail-bitter to the in the fourth race as return winner Le Balafre and driver Stephane Brosseau went right to the lead from post seven. Following their cover was the 4/5 favorite Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion. Filion was content to sit the pocket trip until the three-quarters, when they came first-over to challenge. Those two battled neck and neck around the final turn along with the fast closing Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy). As they came to the wire, Katniss S BG just got up by a neck over La Balafre with Katniss S BG third by a half-length in 2:01.1. It was a lifetime mark for the Mach Three filly, who was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneauz and Gaston Bibeau, paying $3.60 to win. Katniss S BG, is named after the Katniss Everdeen character in the very popular Hunger Games. The last filly division was the eighth race where Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) led early in the mile, then gave way to a determined Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) until the backstretch, when Butterfly GB (Stephane Gendron) came first-over and cleared to the lead. Then Brosseau found clearance with Road To Lea and moved three-wide and was able to not only collar race favorite, Butterfuly GB, but pass them by and went on to win by four lengths in 2:01.2. Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Butterfly BG third. Sired by Holiday Road, it was the maiden victory for Road To Lea. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono Stable and paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron has the hot hands for the afternoon, scoring three winners on the card. All six of the Future Star Series saw lifetime marks for the winners. This was the last Sunday race card as the Hippodrome 3R takes a two-week break while the Grand Prix auto races take place in Trois-Rivieres. Live racing resumes on Wednesday, August 16 when H3R hosts the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with a special first race post time of 7:15 pm. Then on Sunday, August 20 is the fourth revival of the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete with a special first race post time of 2:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Classic Pro might be the easiest horse to identify in Saturday's $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers, but not because of any markings or equipment --- or even a number --- on the colt. It is because what Classic Pro will be missing: hobbles. Classic Pro, trained by Dr. Ian Moore, has raced free legged this year and enjoyed a fair amount of success along the way. The son of former Moore standout Shadow Play has won three of seven races and earned $101,975 this season for owners Moore, R G McGroup Ltd., and hockey legend Serge Savard. In fact, excluding one race in which Classic Pro went off stride prior to the start, the only 3-year-olds to finish ahead of the colt this season are Fear The Dragon, Huntsville, and Downbytheseaside. Those three horses are ranked Nos. 1, 6 and 7, respectively, in the sport's Top 10 poll. Last year, Classic Pro was winless in 11 races but finished third on six occasions and earned $93,272. "He was a nice colt last year," Moore said. "He raced against some of the best ones last year. He just drew bad or just the way things went in the race. He never had a win but he still made a nice bit of money for us. "He's filled out more and got bigger and stronger. I trained him down free legged and he seemed good so we thought we'd try it. He seemed so much happier and had a big longer gait to him, especially behind. So we just left him alone and that's the way he's been." Moore can recall racing two other horses free legged during his training career. The first was in the mid-1970s. The second, Astronomical, was a decade ago. In 2007, Astronomical became the fastest free-legged pacer in history when he won in 1:50 at Georgian Downs. Classic Pro has a mark of 1:52.1 this year, which came in a conditioned race at Mohawk. Moore accepted a bye for Classic Pro to advance directly to the Meadowlands Pace final rather than race in last weekend's elimination for the event. The bye was based on seasonal earnings. The connections of Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast also accepted byes. Huntsville won the Meadowlands Pace elimination by 2-1/4 lengths over Blood Line in 1:48.4. Ray Schnittker, who trains and co-owns Huntsville, turned down a bye. "At first I thought we would go and race," Moore said. "Then I got thinking about it. He's free legged and you never know if something might happen and he might not make the final. And I figured Huntsville was going to race because he hadn't raced in two weeks, so I decided to take the bye. I trained him on Saturday and he should be ready to roll." Moore's decision to race Classic Pro without hobbles is not without trepidation since the colt went off stride in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 3 at Mohawk. Moore drove the horse in a qualifier three days later and the horse made a break behind the gate again, this time wearing hobbles. "The little bump we did have, he started to get pretty hot behind the gate," Moore said. "After he got a few wins this year, it seemed to change his temperament a little bit. He's getting a bit more aggressive now. "He started getting geared up behind the gate. He hit the stirrups of the bike (sulky) and it was driving him crazy. We got a big bike for him now and have got ear plugs in him. He seems much better. But it's still kind of an adventure at that level with that speed." Classic Pro will start the Meadowlands Pace from post nine with Trevor Henry in the sulky. The horse is Moore's second Meadowlands Pace finalist and Henry's first. Moore finished seventh with State Treasurer in 2012. "That's the way it goes," Moore said about drawing post nine in the 10-horse field. "It would have been nice to draw better. There are at least three good ones there in Huntsville, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast. After that it's kind of open a bit. We'll just hope to get a little bit of racing there." Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Somebeachsomewhere-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-Somebeachsomewhere-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Well Said-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Somebeachsomewhere-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Roll With Joe-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Somebeacsomewhere-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Bettor' Delight-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Shadow Play-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-American Ideal-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 Scheduled post time: 9:34 p.m. Ken Weingartner

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