Day At The Track
Colin Mello, harness racing

Bermuda pulls plug on race season

The Royal Gazette has reported that the Driving Horse and Pony Club in Bermuda has pulled the plug on the remainder of the 2020-21 harness racing meet. The season was suspended last December after a spike in the number of positive Covid-19 cases on the island led to a Government shutdown of sporting activities. The DHPC executive had hoped that Government’s four-stage plan for sporting activities to resume would have run its course to allow racing to return to Vesey Street by Spring. However, after much consideration on a number of key factors, the association has decided best to end the season early. “Unfortunately, given the current restrictions in place and not knowing when group sizes would increase enough to support racing, or when spectators would be allowed to return to sports, the DHPC committee had to make the decision that it was not viable to resume our 2020-2021 race season as we had hoped on March 14, 2021,” said Colin Mello, the DHPC president. In phase four – “Return to Play” – fans will be permitted at sporting events, although the maximum number is still to be determined by the health department. “Since December our members and owners have put in considerable effort keeping the ponies in race ready condition so we are all disappointed to not be going back to racing,” Mello added. “But given the circumstances we are all living in, it is the best decision for now. The ponies can now enjoy some time off in hopes that we can have a more normal race season for 2021-22.” Government’s “Return to Play” guidance initiative for sport moved to phase three last week, with saliva Covid testing also commencing. As part of the stage, there is a requirement of participants and officials needing a negative Covid-19 test no later than three days before training and repeated every 28 to 30 days. As a result, saliva screening has commenced with all athletes engaged in close-contact sport aged 11 and over wishing to participate in stage three training having been urged by the Government to register for saliva Covid testing.

One place – two top lots relaxing, Harness racing

Exceptional result for Price’s Bloodstock

Katrina Price was confident she had two high quality colts that were prepped and ready to sell at the National Standardbred Yearling Sales in Christchurch today, but to end up with the top two lots was an exceptional result. “It was pretty amazing. One out of the box,” she said. Both yearlings attracted lots of pre-sale interest and Katrina and husband John had high hopes of doing well. They were hoping they’d get into six figures. “They were two beautiful colts and I said a few times that you don’t get two colts like this every year.” Collectively the pair sold for a staggering $630,000 which must be a record for a vendor with just two yearlings in a sale. “When you get into those figures everything becomes a bit of a blur.” The stunning looking Chicago Bear was the first of their consignment to come into the ring and he was bought by Cran Dalgety for $310,000. “Anything after that was just going to be a bonus.” Forty six lots later Mandinka was sold to a phone bid for $320,000. “They both had beautiful pedigrees that were up to date. They were just great colts in the flesh and in temperament.” Mandinka is beautifully bred, being out of Hartofdixie an American Ideal mare. The family had left big winners including Maxim and Christian Me. Hartofdixie is a relatively recent purchase for the Prices, being bought during lockdown. They later bought her foal Mandinka. “We bought her colt as a speculative buy. We took the risk and have been well and truly rewarded. We’re thrilled to have the mare and she’s in foal to Bettor’s Delight and we’re hoping that she’ll have a filly.” The buyers were certainly chasing the better bred colts today, particularly those by leading sire Bettor’s Delight. Whereas yesterday a high number of yearlings were passed in. “Yesterday was a bit of a battle but today it’s heated up. If you brought along a good article with a good page by Bettor’s Delight you were certainly well rewarded.” In addition to taking out the top two lots Katrina and John prepared the highest selling trotter on the first day of the Sale. Concise, consigned by Dave Kennedy sold for $120,000. The Prices also prepared Tuapeka Dan for Tuapeka Lodge and he achieved the fourth highest pacer sold, going for $240,000. A stunning few days at the Sales for Price’s Bloodstock.   by Bruce Stewart

Sale-topper Lot 361 (Bettor's Delight x Hartofdixie), Harness racing

Solid trading concludes National Yearling Sale

Over four days of trading and an unexpected postponement due to COVID-19, NZB Standardbred has broken three records at the conclusion of their 2021 National Yearling Sale.  The Sale Series ended with a combined aggregate of $13,333,500, up 10% on 2020’s overall aggregate of $12,109,250. NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook commented on the outstanding results. “Yesterday was a bit flat and it has been a sale of two halves, but we are really pleased with how the sale carried through today.” “It finished incredibly strong with two $300,000 lots and multiple records broken. “To be up over one million in aggregate over the whole series is a good result and we have got to be happy. “I’d like to thank all the vendors for the efforts they have put in during what has been a great four days of trading,” Seabrook said. The highlights of the session resulted in a round of applause at Canterbury Agricultural Park, with two lots selling for over the $300,000 threshold and breaking NZB Standardbred yearling sale records, both purchased from Katrina and John Price’s draft. Sale-topping Bettor’s Delight colt Lot 361 was purchased by prominent owners Emilio and Mary Rosati across the Tasman for $320,000. He is out of Hartofdixie (NZ) (American Ideal), making him a three-quarter sibling to Group One horses Our Maxim (NZ) and Our Splendour (NZ). Agent Peter Lagan was bidding on behalf of the Rosati’s at the Auckland and Christchurch Sales. “Emilio bought the lovely colt today which I thought was the pick of all the yearlings in both sessions and he sold accordingly. “He presented well and had a beautiful pedigree,” Lagan said. Lot 315 was purchased by heavyweight trainer Cran Dalgety for $310,000 under his Kentuckiana Lodge banner. The Bettor’s Delight colt out of Chicago Blues (NZ) (Christian Cullen) is a full sibling to track stars Chicago Bull (NZ) and Perfect Stride (NZ). John Price commented on the prolific results, who’s Price Bloodstock banner also claimed the leading consignor by aggregate title at the end of today’s pacing session.   “We had two magnificent colts for sale and the results are absolutely unbelievable. “It’s been a great day and is beyond our wildest dreams,” he said. “They are going to stables where every opportunity is provided for them which is all you can hope for,” added Katrina Price. Victorian-based owner Jean Feiss was active again buying two quality lots today (335 and 422) and securing the leading buyer by aggregate title for the Christchurch session, totalling in six yearlings purchased for a turnover of $686,000. The undisputed king of New Zealand’s breeding ranks, Bettor’s Delight, topped the sires tables by aggregate and average once again after 26 yearlings sold for an aggregate of $3,003,000, averaging $115,500. All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email cam.bray@nzb.co.nz. View the highlights and lot-by-lot footage here. Next up on the calendar is the 2021 National Standardbred Weanling Sale held on Monday 3 May at the Karaka Sales Centre. Entries via the NZB portal will be open soon. 2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Pacing Session   2021 Christchurch Pacers Sale 2020 Christchurch Pacers Sale 2019 Christchurch Pacers Sale Aggregate $7,143,000 $6,479,500 $6,471,500 Average $43,030 $43,487 $40,959 Median $27,500 $30,000 $30,500 Clearance 71% 78% 85% Catalogued 247 209 206 Sold 166 149 158 Top Price $320,000 Lot 361 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Hartofdixie $280,000 Lot 243 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard $170,000 Lot 267 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard; $170,000 Lot 369 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Beaudiene Maja Babe   2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Combined Overall Statistics   2021 Combined AKL & CHC Sale 2020 Combined AKL & CHC Sale 2019 Combined AKL & CHC Sale Aggregate $13,333,500 $12,109,250 $12,350,000 Average $45,198 $43,247 $41,443 Median $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 Clearance 72% 76% 74% Catalogued 430 388 401 Sold 295 280 298 Top Price $320,000 Lot 361 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Hartofdixie $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny;   $280,000 Lot 243 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard $190,000 Lot 18 (B.C) Art Major - Goodlookinggirl   2021 Top Lots – Christchurch Pacing Session Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 361 B.C Bettor's Delight / Hartofdixie Price Bloodstock Peter Lagan Standardbreds (New South Wales) $320,000 315 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Chicago Blues Price Bloodstock Kentuckiana Lodge (Canterbury) $310,000 232 B.C Bettor’s Delight / Start Dreaming Studholme Bloodstock All Star Racing Stables (Canterbury) $250,000 289 B.C Bettor's Delight / Bonnie Joan Tuapeka Lodge Peter Lagan Standardbreds (New South Wales) $240,000 237 B.C Vincent / Suzys Delight Spreydon Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $215,000 422 B.C Bettor's Delight / My Style Studholme Bloodstock Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $200,000 349 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Galleons Cheer Beaudiene Breeding Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) $190,000 225 B.C Bettor's Delight / Some Legend Rosedale Farm Eynon Farms Ltd (Bay of Plenty) $160,000 224 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Simply Devine Studholme Bloodstock Mr NB Cleaver (Southland) $140,000 335 B.F Bettor's Delight / Fortune Lover Broadfield Lodge Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) $140,000 316 B.C Bettor's Delight / Cullen Who Barron Bloodstock Diamond Racing (Auckland) $130,000 410 BR.C Bettor's Delight / Lucky Pocket Kufra Farm Barry Purdon Racing Stables (Auckland) $130,000   2021 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Combined Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Mrs JL Feiss 6 $686,000 $114,333 $215,000 237 Peter Lagan Standardbreds 2 $560,000 $280,000 $320,000 361 Kentuckiana Lodge 5 $521,500 $104,300 $310,000 315 Diamond Racing 8 $520,500 $65,063 $130,000 316 Lincoln Farms Bloodstock 7 $482,500 $68,929 $190,000 349 All Stars Racing Stables 5 $419,500 $83,900 $250,000 232 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock 5 $304,500 $60,900 $80,000 381 Montana Park P/L 2 $178,000 $89,000 $120,000 372 Mr AG Herlihy 5 $178,000 $35,600 $52,000 362 Mr MP Jones 4 $170,000 $42,500 $70,000 201   2021 Leading Consignors by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Combined Consignor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 21 20 $1,254,500 $62,725 $250,000 232 Broadfield Lodge 26 21 $922,000 $43,905 $140,000 335 Price Bloodstock 2 2 $630,000 $315,000 $320,000 361 Rosedale Farm 15 12 $545,000 $45,417 $160,000 225 Beaudiene Breeding 7 6 $477,500 $79,583 $190,000 349 Spreydon Lodge 9 7 $456,500 $65,214 $215,000 237 Dancingonmoonlight 11 9 $393,000 $43,667 $80,000 139 Shard Farm 12 9 $330,500 $36,722 $67,500 277 Arden Lodge 12 8 $326,500 $40,813 $82,500 249 L. Smith 12 9 $304,000 $33,778 $55,000 190   2021 Leading Consignors by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Sale Combined Consignor Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Beaudiene Breeding 7 6 $79,583 $477,500 $190,000 349 Spreydon Lodge 9 7 $65,214 $456,500 $215,000 237 Studholme Bloodstock 21 20 $62,725 $1,254,500 $250,000 232 White Stables 6 4 $48,250 $193,000 $110,000 135 Barron Bloodstock 5 4 $47,750 $191,000 $130,000 316 Rosedale Farm 15 12 $45,417 $545,000 $160,000 225 Broadfield Lodge 26 21 $43,905 $922,000 $140,000 335 Dancingonmoonlight 11 9 $43,667 $393,000 $80,000 139 Arden Lodge 12 8 $40,813 $326,500 $82,500 249 Shard Farm 12 9   $330,500 $67,500 277   2021 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Pacing Session Sire Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Bettor's Delight 31 26 $115,500 $3,003,000 $320,000 361 Captaintreacherous 26 15 $43,233 $648,500 $75,000 276 Vincent* 20 14 $43,071 $603,000 $215,000 237 Art Major 54 36 $36,708 $1,321,500 $120,000 372 Always B Miki 16 13 $26,615 $346,000 $67,500 277 Rock N Roll Heaven 19 13 $26,231 $341,000 $60,000 427 American Ideal 7 6 $26,000 $156,000 $52,500 268 Downbytheseaside* 7 6 $20,667 $124,000 $30,000 328 Sweet Lou 42 24 $16,438 $394,500 $48,000 293 He's Watching 8 7 $13,143 $92,000 $23,000 425 *First Season Sire   NZB Standardbred

Carter Dalgety,Harness racing

Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety

New Zealand Derby Winner debuts in winning style in north America. Monday night harness racing action at Yonkers raceway was a pleasing night out for Down Under trainer Peter Tritton when former top Down Under pacer Sheriff N won his first race in North America from just his second start. Sheriff N was driven hard out of the starting gate by driver Daniel Dude and found the front early which allowed the pair to dictated terms and then pull away for an easy victory and clocking 1:53.2 around the half mile (800m) track in cold conditions. The result of the $17,500 pace was also a Down Under trifecta with Keen On Rocking A finishing in 2nd and Kerford Road A in third. Sheriff N a son of Bettor's Delight raced a very successful down under career by winning 7 races from just the 18 starts and banking over $200,000 in prize money. He currently holds a New Zealand record for scoring the fastest winning time over the distance of 2600m when clocking 3.05.4, making that a 1.54.7. Absolutley blistering for the long distance. This time was clocked in his biggest career victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby for 3yos in April 2018.   Monday 15th February Dover Downs DE Waikiki Beach A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $6,000   Pompano Park FL Rub Of The Green N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $8,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Sheriff N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $17,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Keep On Rocking A, 3rd Kerford Road A Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $17,500 Some Waratah A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $30,000   Tuesday 16th February Pompano Park FL Shes Sporty A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $6,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Kept Under Wraps A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $9,500 Im A Gigolo N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $14,000 Raptors Flight N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $11,000   Wednesday 17th February Dover Downs DE Shes Pukka N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $20,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Infinite Symbol A, 3rd Soho Burning Love A Anytime N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $16,000   Miami Valley Raceway OH Montana Pablo A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $7,500 Mary Catherine A – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $15,000 Hez A Dude A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $9,900   Rosecroft Raceway MD Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,500   The Meadows PA Hereslooknatyou N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $9,400   Thursday 18th February The Meadows PA Salty Robyn N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $9,400   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Premier Joy A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $12,000   Friday 19th February Freehold Raceway NJ Classy Chapel N – Time: 1:58.4, Stake: $6,300 Msamrcasweethart A – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $10,500   Meadowlands NJ Its Mesmerise N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $17,500 Sheikh Yabooty N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $12,500 Down Under Trifeca – 2nd Darkrshadeofpale N, 3rd Sly Eleanor N Team Kiwi N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Fizzing N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $9,500 Yankee Roller A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $11,000   Saturday 20th February Freehold Raceway NJ Vergeofgreatness N – Time: 1:58.0, Stake: $4,200 Tisadream N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $6,300 Vasari N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $10,500 Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $9,000 Mister Spot A – Time: 1:57.1, Stake: $10,500   Meadowlands NJ Galante A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $10,000 Gods Spirit N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $15,500 Colossal Stride A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $17,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Bechers Brook A, 3rd Duplicated N   Northfield Park OH American Empress N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $9,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Polak A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $15,000 Tullow N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $25,000 Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $25,000 Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $25,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Better Be Donna N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $24,000   Sunday 21st February Northfield Park OH Elrama N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $8,000   Pompano Park FL Brilliant Strike N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $4,500   Rosecroft Raceway MD Ideal One A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $4,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Myidealson N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $10,000   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety  

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Coral Springs, FL – On Sunday afternoon there was a meeting held with the Pompano Park horse people and track management that does not bode well for harness racing’s future at the track. Joe Morris, Vice President of Racing for Eldorado, which owns Pompano Park, met with the horsemen and women in the race paddock to discuss the future of harness racing at the facility. Morris said the Florida Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) have been notified that Eldorado would allow harness racing next year, but that could be the end of racing at the historic track. “We are in deep negotiations with Eldorado,” explained Joe Pennacchio, president of the FSBOA. “We are trying to find a path forward to continue harness racing in Florida. Joe Morris has been great to deal with, very transparent, upfront. Lawyers on both sides have been in discussions on this statute and that statute and what ifs.” The FSBOA has had a lawsuit since April 2020 against Eldorado concerning their efforts to obtain a full Jai Alai permit that would then do away with harness racing. Eldorado would like to see that lawsuit go away. On Friday, Feb. 28 is when Eldorado must submit their race dates for the 2021 state fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.  “We are trying to iron out everything we can before then.” Pennacchio said. “But there is no gun to our heads. We will be racing here until June 30 and continue to negotiate. “We have some major hurdles to overcome,” Pennacchio added. “At the meeting the horsemen asked Joe Morris if there will be a race meet next year and he answered them. They also asked why they cannot race long term and the answer was because of the value of the property.” It has been said that the 226 acres that Pompano Park sits on is worth an estimated $2 million an acre for development. The FSBOA Directors said they will be discussing the offer in great detail and are optimistic that an arrangement can be made that will be beneficial to both organizations. “I am cautiously optimistic that we have two parties that are trying to work to a conclusion that benefits everybody and maybe we can put that together.” Attempts were made to contact Joe Morris at Pompano Park to no avail. Pompano Park has been a winter haven for harness racing since the 1950’s. It was nicknamed the Winter Capital of Harness Racing and at one point housed nearly 2,000 horses and had hundreds of caretakers, trainers and drivers living and working at the track seven days a week. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

The promising Tintin In America gelding Knockawarwon NZ, a younger brother of champion racemare Shartin, was a very impressive winner at his second start at Menangle on Tuesday (February 23). The four-year-old pinged straight to the front and was never seriously challenged thereafter, scoring untouched in 1:53.6. Watch the race click here! Tintin In America was also represented by The Meadowlands, New Jersey winner God’s Spirit (1:51.8). Yirribee Pacing Stud’s newest addition, Renaissance Man, left a pair of Gloucester Park winners recently. Ourboybart notched his seventh success in runaway fashion in a 1:58.2 rate, while Apologize won for the fourth time. Million Dollar Cam, who has enjoyed a solid start to the year, left winners in three States in Christian Shannon (Tamworth and Newcastle), Camroller (Redcliffe) and Levi Jimmy (Devonport), while world champion Warrawee Needy’s daughter Deprived won again at Northfield Park, Ohio in 1:58.2. Tintin In America, Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam and Warrawee Needy are members of the star-studded Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

Former Victorian pony trots competitor Anna Timpano is this week taking the first step to fulfilling a childhood dream to be a vet - and she's convinced her experience in harness racing has her better prepared than most. Anna headed off on Monday to begin studies in Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy College - the first part of a veterinary science degree - leaving behind her pony trots and a role as strapper for her Mildura-based step-grandfather Colin Rogers. But with six years or more of hard work ahead, Anna's thrilled to be getting started and says her harness racing experience will stand her in good stead. "I always loved animals and knew I wanted to be a vet, but until we moved to Colin's I had barely even touched a horse," Anna said. "But that soon changed. My sister Emma and I did three or four years of pony trots and just loved it, and I've also helped Colin out with the horses every night after school and at the weekends. First just doing waters and feeds and yards, but then working them as well," she said. "Now all I want to do is work with horses when I've finished my degree." Anna Timpano has given up her strapping duties for the time Anna has landed in the right place. The UA veterinary science program focuses on rural and large-animal practice, where Australia's veterinary shortage is most acute, and offers hands-on experience in clinical and industry settings such as farms, intensive agriculture and equine practice. Federal Government figures show there's an ongoing shortage of vets, especially in rural areas, despite a record high number of graduates (around 500 a year). Increasing pet ownership and a reluctance among graduates to work in regional Australia are among the factors contributing to the shortfall. Rogers said he was never in doubt about where Anna was heading, career-wise. "She was always animal crazy - cats, dogs, birds, everything. She'd never done horse work when she came here, but she just took to them like a duck to water, and she'd be up at six every morning," he said. "It wasn't too long and if a horse had an injury or we were working with a problem, we'd sit down and she'd tell me about what we could be doing. "Then when we had to take one of our horses Murranji Moonlight over to Roseworthy for stem cell treatment, the vets let Anna sit in and watch the operation - I think that was the sealer!" It wasn't an easy road for Anna and her Year 12 cohort, spending most of 2020 in lockdown and studying remotely for their VCE and all-important ATAR ranking for university admission. "For a start it was nice to be doing something new - but I did do a lot of science subjects and it was tough in that way," Anna said. "It was also disappointing that we missed out on doing a lot of the practical work you would usually get to do, but everyone was in the same boat, so we just did our best," Anna said. Rogers admits having close-at-hand access to veterinary advice will be a handy perk, if a somewhat "long-term" plan, but he's missing the assistance around the stables. "And on race nights, I really didn't have to do anything - I'd just drive the horses to the track and Anna would do the rest, harness up everything so I'm definitely going to miss her!"   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Under pressure for a while, Southland owner Neville Cleaver has agreed to sell his very promising colt Ragazzo Mach. Cleaver said the Mach Three youngster will remain in Nathan Williamson’s stable until the New Zealand Derby, before heading to Perth where he’ll be fitted for some big West Australian races by Greg and Sky Bond. “They were quite happy for Nathan to carry on training him and for me to collect the trophy if he wins. Nathan’s really rapt to be hanging onto him,” Cleaver said. The sale process has been drawn out with more than six buyers looking at purchasing Ragazzo Mach. “He was vetted this morning and it’s all done as far as that’s concerned. Peter Lagan has got my bank account number so that’s the next stage.” The buyers began phoning Cleaver before Ragazzo Mach started racing. “It started at $150,000 which I turned down. He won impressively at Invercargill, then the offer went up to $200,000. I turned down $330,000 for him and ended up getting well north of that. After his last run at Addington Peter said the run was super and you couldn’t expect a horse to go better than that. I had a few sleepless nights. They kept putting the vetting off on me three times and they (early buyers) didn’t come up with the money, that crew. That all happened over a week so I took him off the market.” Not one to slow down, Cleaver was active on the buyers bench at today’s National Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch, paying $140,000 for Flash Black – a Bettor’s Delight colt out of In The Pocket mare Simply Devine. “He’s a powerful colt and he’s got two year old written all over him. I wanted to buy a Bettor’s Delight colt. I had quite a few marked down to buy on pedigree.” Once Cleaver had the pedigree page sorted he inspected all of his choices. “I like to see the hind leg overstepping the front leg which tells you a horse in going to have a good stride on it and he fitted the bill there.” The colt attracted spirited bidding. “I thought I might get him for under $100,000. I just kept chipping away but they kept putting my weights up.” Today’s outlay was the biggest Cleaver has spent on one horse at a sale. “It’s been creeping up each time I go back. I’ve loosened the purse strings.” He paid $60,000 for Ragazzo Mach, $52,500 for Franco Santino, $50,000 for Hopes And Dreams and $20,000 for Onedin Mach. “I’ve got a Bettor’s Delight out of Hopes And Dreams that will be going to the workouts and trials, hoping to qualify.” Meanwhile, for the second day in a row a Southern Bred Southern Reared yearling topped the Sale. Tuapeka Dan, a Bettor’s Delight colt out of 10 win race mare Bonnie Joan was sold to Australian buyers for $240,000. The colt was prepared for the Cummings family by Katrina Price at Winton. And yesterday at the Trotters Sale, Southland breeder Dave Kennedy sold a Father Patrick colt out of Rae Galleon for $120,000 – the top price paid. The Sale continues tomorrow with some high quality lots which include Chicago Bear, a full brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Bull.   by Bruce Stewart

In a mixed day of selling, first season sire Vincent produced a NZB Standardbred record after Lot 237 (ex Suzys Delight) was sold for $215,000, the highest-ever price received for a yearling by a freshman sire.  Prolific owner Jean Feiss was active amongst the international buying bench, leading the buyer by aggregate title for the first pacing session, purchasing four lots for $346,000. Feiss commented on her top purchase stating, “He’s a lovely colt, I had to pick him out off the website but I thought he was an outstanding type with a great pedigree.” “I knew he was going to be expensive, although I didn’t think he was going to be that expensive but I had made my mind up and decided I was going to buy him,” she said. Feiss, who is the previous owner of Vincent, saw some similarities between the colt and his brilliant sire. “I have to say he was slightly more mature than Vincent at this stage but he has certainly got the body of his father and is a lovely all round horse,” she said. Helen Conaghan, owner of Lot 237 was on the reversing end of the record price for the colt out of Suzys Delight (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight), which was consigned by Spreydon Lodge.   The highlight of the day came later, being a Bettor’s Delight colt out of star mare Bonnie Joan who was purchased by agent Peter Lagan on behalf of prominent buyers Emilio and Mary Rosati for a session-topping $240,000. Lagan was pleased he managed to secure the colt on behalf of the Rosati’s. “Emilio asked me to look at the best colts in the sale and I thought this lot was one of the best.” “Emilio and Mary love coming to New Zealand and are great supporters of our domestic racing,” Lagan said. The stunning colt out of star mare Bonnie Joan was bought out of the Tuapeka Lodge draft and is owned by the estate of the late Father Dan Cummings, his sister Julie Davie and brother Peter Cummings. Julie commented on the Lot’s success, which remarkably was presented on Father Dan’s birthday and was named Tuapeka Dan. “This was a very special sale, the colt was clearly sought after and stated himself from the time he was born.” “Katrina Price prepared him and she did a beautiful job for us. It really is a family affair because Peter’s son did the work with him as a weanling when Dan couldn’t. “We have been coming to the Christchurch Sale for around 45 years and it is a lovely result,” she said. The third highest priced yearling of the day was bought by Grant Eynon, a Bettor’s Delight colt out of Some Legend (Lot 225) for $160,000. Purchased from Ken Spicer’s Rosedale Farm, Eynon plans to send the colt to trainer Robert Dunn. NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray commented on the days selling. “Competition was strong for quality lots, with the buyers being somewhat selective.” “We are looking forward to the final pacing session tomorrow and expect some solid results for the standout yearlings catalogued,” he said. The second pacing session at Christchurch commences tomorrow on Wednesday 24 February, with Lot 306 to 430 going under the hammer from 1PM (NZT). The Parade of Pacers will begin tomorrow at 10AM (NZT). The Sale will continue to be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on the NZB Standardbred facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will host a Preview Show commencing at 12:30PM (NZT). All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email cam.bray@nzb.co.nz. 2021 Christchurch Sale of Pacers Day One Results   2021 Christchurch Pacers Sale - Day 1 2020 Christchurch Pacers Sale Total 2019 Christchurch Pacers Sale Total Aggregate $3,016,500 $6,479,500 $6,471,500 Average $44,360 $43,487 $40,959 Median $31,000 $30,000 $30,500 Clearance 62% 78% 85% Catalogued 122 209 206 Sold 71 149 158 Top Price $240,000 Lot 289 (B.C) Bettor's Delight - Bonnie Joan $280,000 Lot 243 (B.F) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard $170,000 Lot 267 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Pemberton Shard; $170,000 Lot 369 (Bl.C) Bettor's Delight - Beaudiene Maja Babe   NZB Standardbred

An old harness racing warhorse has given South Australian champion reinsman Mark Billinger back-to-back wins - albeit nearly five years apart! Fourteen-year-old bay gelding Lovable Larrikin (Western Terror-Eden Chanal (Albert Albert) led all the way at Adelaide's Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. "I've landed a lot of what I would call memorable sires wins and some other big races, but to get Lovable Larrikin over the line for Frank and Gaita Pullicino just meant so much," Billinger said. "It was a huge thrill because Gaita just loves the horse, he's her favorite. And the old fellow actually felt super so there's no reason why he can't continue on for a good while yet." Lovable Larrikin has now raced 201 times for 35 wins and 42 placings for stakemoney of over $241,000. Having competed in three States over the years, "Larry" (his stable name) has been driven to wins by 14 drivers - but his association with Billinger is unique. Prior to Saturday night's victory, records reveal that the last time the pair teamed up, they won the Natras Remote Services Pace at Port Pirie on April 22, 2016. "Lovable Larrikin got the money in a fast class race up there and that was a bit under five years in between drives on the horse for me. I don't think many others would have done that," Billinger said. "I've known Gaita for a long time. She's now permanently based over here, but I think back then they may have been campaigning a team of horses and I was their number one driver," he said. "I asked Gaita what she wanted me to do last Saturday and she just told me to get to the front and let him bowl." Lovable Larrikin bounded out of the tapes in the standing start race to land 20 metres in front, then did the job nicely from there. Billinger rated the old-timer to perfection with splits of 30.2, 30.8, 28.8 and 29.2 to score a comfortable win in 2.01-8 for the 2230m trip. The Pullicino stable has raced Lovable Larrikin since claiming him in a race at Cranbourne in January, 2013. "Our son Tony came home one day when we were living in Kilmore and said he wanted to claim a horse. So he went off and ended up with Lovable Larrikin," Gaita said. "The horse was with Wayne Potter, who had done a good job with him, and I think Tony paid $12,000. Wayne won 15 races with him and we've got 20 out of him now," she said. "There's no doubt that he's got special qualities because he won three or four at Melton and was coming from up the back of the field all the time. "He's part of the family that's for sure. He hasn't got any issues, touch wood, and he's light on his feet, so I think he'll keep going for ages." Mark Billinger and Lovable Larrikin get the money at Globe Derby Park      (Walter Bulgya photography) The Pullicino stable is training 15 horses currently from their Mallala base. "It's hard for Frank and I to do those numbers these days so we have some great helpers in Samantha Pascoe, Joe Cufone and Tim Ward," Gaita said. "Over the years we've bred a few as well. We have three yearlings and while we like all of them a lot, we've pretty much decided that we won't be doing it anymore."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

In The Money (3m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash), off at 9/1 odds, took the Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year-olds) at Vincennes timed in 1.13.4kr. The winner sustained a steady stretch rally for breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. This was his fifth career win now for 189,500€ earned. Duvaldestin raced the winner’s sire to earnings of 523,330€, he a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money). Second was the 1.2/1 odds Italiano Vero (3m Ready Cash-Baraka d’Henlou) with David Thomain up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 6.4/1 odds Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash-Urawa Turgot) was third for driver David Bekaert and trainer Ludovic Peltier. Fourth was Its Now Or Never (3f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) with Francois Lagadeuc up for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. The well regarded Inoubliable did not finish. In The Money LeTrot files/photo For full results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

This past week has been an explosive one for harness racing Empire Stallions Somebeachsomewhere and his sensational son Captaintreacherous.. A Group 2 victory at Menangle, a heat of The Young Gun Series at Alexandra Park, a track record at Terang, all three heats for the NSW Oaks and the GR1 $150,000 NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace at Addington were all won by progeny of the Empire Stallions . What is interesting to note is that all these race winners were conceived with frozen semen. Tabcorp Park Menangle featured an exceptional race card on Saturday and was the setting for an Empire-sired winning sweep of the three NSW Oaks heats which were all contested over 2400m. In the first heat, TOUGH TILLY showed that she is aptly named with a terrific front-end performance winning with a final quarter of :26.8. The Captaintreacherous 3YO filly was driven by Kath Gath, is trained by Emma Stewart, was bred by Benstud Standardbreds and is raced by Benstud Standardbreds & CURE EB. Rogue Wave by Somebeachsomewhere raced strongly to finish a close third. In the second heat for the NSW Oaks, Joanna by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem (by Dream Away) took the early lead and never looked back to win in a MR 1:55.2 with a last quarter of :27 seconds. This win pushed the 3YO filly over the $100,000 mark in earnings for trainer Emma Stewart and driver Amanda Turnbull. Joanna was bred by Mark Carey and is owned by D & J Zavitsanos and WR Viney. Beach Music by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Musical Delight was brilliant winning the third heat of the NSW Oaks. In an exciting stretch battle with the favourite, Beach Music went on to win in MR1:55.4 with a last quarter of :26.4 for driver David Moran and trainer Emma Stewart. Also securing a spot in the Final was Arma Renegade by Captaintreacherous who finished third to also make the Final. The next race at Tabcorp Park Menangle produced yet another Somebeachsomewhere winner. It was a sensational victory for the 4YO mare Maajida in the (GR2) Robin Dundee Stakes winning in a MR1:50.3 for driver Kate Gath and trainer Emma Stewart. This talented filly out of Arterial Way (Art Major) was Victoria’s 2 & 3-Year-Old Filly of the Year and was bred and is owned by the Johnson Family. Also on Saturday night, Honolua Bay set a new track record of 1:52.6 at Terang in Victoria with his sizzling win in the Neville & Patsy Clarke Memorial. The 4YO son of Somebeachsomewhere x National Gallery (Artsplace) posted his last quarter in :27.5 for driver Josh Aiken and trainer David Aiken. He was bred and is owned by Lauriston Bloodstock. And over in New Zealand on Friday night, Montana D J was impressive with his win in a heat of The Young Guns Series in Auckland. By Captaintreacherous and out of the Dream Away mare One Dream, this 2YO colt was bred by Jill Smolenski and purchased by Montana Park last year for $175,000 at the NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch. There are 26 Captain yearlings scheduled to go through the ring in Christchurch on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Captaintreacherous colt Montana D J winning impressively at Alexandra park Also, in New Zealand only one week ago, the $150,000 (GR1) Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace was won by Off N Gone. After being caught wide in the early stages and racing without cover for the entire 1980m, this classy daughter of Somebeachsomewhere burst to the lead on the final turn to win by open lengths. Off N Gone, out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Kabet, is trained by Robert Dunn and was driven by John R Dunn. She was bred by Mrs, JM Davie and PT & DJ Cummins and is owned by BD & SM Williams and CA & KJ Woodham.   Harnesslink Media

A total of 35 trotteurs have declared for next Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris, the marathon test that is the finale of the French Triple Crown. The race will be held at Paris-Vincennes. The declarations include Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont, Delia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot. The distance is 4150 meters, nearly 2.5 miles, and the purse is 400,000€ ($486,000US). Last week’s Face Time Bourbon driver controversy is apparently over with Eric Raffin named as his driver by trainer Sebastien Guarato. C4 - PX D'AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF PX DE PARIS 400 000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2021 Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les chevaux ayant obtenu une priorité de participation dans le Prix d'Amérique sont maintenus en priorité. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (H), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans LeTrot files by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink      

After a week of anticipation heading into the postponed Christchurch session of NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale, Day One of selling at Canterbury Agricultural Park kicked off positively.  At the close of selling, the average and median were both up on last year’s figures, with the median increasing by an impressive 30%. NZB Standardbred Bloodstock Sales Representative and Auctioneer Cam Bray commented on today’s action. “The trotting breeding market has wide access to sensational stallions from across the world, which was evident in the top purchases made today,” he said. “To have a 30% increase in the median from last year’s trotting session is a very encouraging sign.” “We are pleased where we are sitting at the moment but we’re aware there will be a number of lots sold overnight, which should bump up the clearance rate. “We are looking forward to the next two days of selling which will present a strong line up of pacers set to go under the hammer,” he said. The biggest purchase of the day was made early in the session after Robert Dunn secured Lot 140 for $120,000. Buying under his Diamond Racing banner, the colt by leading trotting sire Father Patrick out of Rae Galleon (NZ) (Sundon) was bought from Dave and Dawn Kennedy’s Beaudiene Breeding. Dunn, who was the leading purchaser by aggregate at the close of selling, is excited to have the new addition to his stable. “He is from a great family and he was a stunning individual.” “We missed out in Auckland with a colt who I thought was a real stunner, so I wasn’t going to miss out here.” “You’ve got to pay for quality and he was a standout horse,” he said. Lot 135 was the second highest purchase secured by McLean Racing via the online bidding platform from the draft of White Stables. The Majestic Son colt has a pedigree page stacked with black-type, out of multiple Group One-winning mare One Over Kenny (NZ) (Sundon), making him a half-brother to track star Ultimate Stride (NZ) (Love You). The leading consignor by aggregate title was picked up by Brian West’s Studholme Bloodstock, selling four lots for a total turnover of $180,500. International stallion Father Patrick topped the leading sires by average table, with eight lots selling for an average of $53,500. The Sale of Pacers at Christchurch commences tomorrow on Tuesday 23 February, with Lot 184 to 305 going under the hammer from 1PM (NZT). The Parade of Pacers will begin tomorrow at 10AM (NZT). The Sale will continue to be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at nzbstandardbred.co.nz and on the NZB Standardbred facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will host a Preview Show commencing at 12:30PM (NZT). All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email cam.bray@nzb.co.nz. 2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Trotting Session   2021 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2020 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2019 Christchurch Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,106,000 $1,281,750 $1,203,500 Average $35,867 $34,642 $30,088 Median $31,250 $24,000 $21,500 Clearance 69% 79% 83% Catalogued 48 48 50 Sold 31 37 40 Top Price $120,000 Lot 140 (B.C) Father Patrick - Rae Galleon $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny $105,000 Lot 192 (B.C) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   2021 Top Lots – Christchurch Trotting Session Lot Type Breeding Consignor Purchaser Price 140 B.C Father Patrick / Rae Galleon Beaudiene Breeding Diamond Racing (Auckland) $120,000 135 B.C Majestic Son / One Over Kenny White Stables McLean Racing (Victoria) $110,000 139 BR.C Father Patrick / Quite A Moment Dancingonmoonlight Ltd Mr G Hope (Canterbury) $80,000 136 B.C Father Patrick / Paramount Queen Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Mr J Curtin (Auckland) $50,000 141 B.F Muscle Mass / Roydon's Jewel R. & J. Aubrey Mr AN & Mrs JE Rich (Canterbury) $50,000 148 B.F Father Patrick / Superbowlcheerleader Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd  (Victoria) $50,000 174 B.F Love You / Ethereal L. Smith Darren Keast Ltd (Canterbury) $50,000 168 B.C Love You / Diedre's Jewel Mansfield Farm Mr J Dickie (Auckland) $45,000 159 B.C Father Patrick / Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd IG & LF Thomson (Southland) $42,500 144 Ch.C Love You / Shell Seeker L. Smith Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) $40,000   2021 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate – Christchurch Trotting Session Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Diamond Racing 3 $172,500 $57,500 $120,000 140 McLean Racing 1 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 135 Mr G Hope 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 139 Mr AG Herlihy 2 $78,000 $39,000 $40,000 144 Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 148 Darren Keast/A Fitzgerald Standardbreds 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 174 Mr AN & Mrs JE Rich 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 141 Mr J Curtin 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 136 Mr J Dickie 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 168 IG & LF Thomson 1 $42,500 $42,500 $42,500 159   2021 Leading Consignors by Aggregate – Christchurch Trotting Session Consignor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 4 4 $180,500 $45,125 $50,000 136 Beaudiene Breeding 2 2 $157,500 $78,750 $120,000 140 L. Smith 6 4 $156,000 $39,000 $50,000 174 White Stables 2 1 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 135 R. & J. Aubrey 4 3 $92,500 $30,833 $50,000 141 Dancingonmoonlight 1 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 139 Rosedale Farm 3 2 $47,500 $23,750 $30,000 177 Mansfield Farm 1 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 168 G. M. Murray 5 2 $42,500 $21,250 $32,500 142 Arden Lodge 1 1 $22,500 $22,500 $22,500 149   2021 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Trotting Session Sire Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Father Patrick 11 8 $53,500 $428,000 $120,000 140 Love You 5 4 $43,500 $174,000 $50,000 174 Majestic Son 7 4 $39,250 $157,000 $110,000 135 Muscle Mass 4 3 $36,500 $109,500 $50,000 141 Creatine 7 4 $23,250 $93,000 $37,500 153   NZB Standardbred

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Monticello, NY - Due to warming temperatures, thawing track conditions and safety concerns for all racing participants, Monticello Raceway was forced to cancel racing for Wednesday February 24. HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After discussions with the horsemen's representatives, racing at Buffalo Raceway for Wednesday (Feb. 24) has been cancelled due to thawing track conditions.   Buffalo Raceway's Chief Operations Officer Jim Mango said of the cancellation, "Who would have thought we'd have 55 degrees and sunshine after the past two weeks of weather we've had?"    Racing is scheduled to return on Saturday at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com        
Pompano Beach, FL...February 24...Lucky Artist A, superbly handled by harness racing driver Mike Simons, painted her way to a repeat win in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (February 23), stopping the timer in 1:51.4. The eight year-old Aussie bred daughter of Artistic Fella, took charge around the opening turn from her outside post and sawed through panels of :27.3 and :56 before a :55.4 half-mile sprint home to touch the wire 1 1/4 lengths the best over Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) with Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) next in a field reduced to six with a pair scratches. Image Of A Dream and Roll With Angel picked up the final two awards. As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal used her blazing hooves off the wings to zip into an early lead with Lucky Artist A, eaving two slots further out, now on the prowl to take charge mid-way around that opening turn. From there, no threats developed as Prairie Westerngal drafted along in the garden spot. Turning for home, the anticipated war between the two never materialized as Lucky Artist A was unscathed through that :27.4 finale.   In a post-race interview, driver Mike Simons said, "last week she was so strong when I chirped to her on the backside and she had to have paced that quarter in :26 and change (:26.4). So, I had confidence with her coming in off of her best mile ever and thought, since she's so good now, to take her to the front. She sure didn't let me down. She raced awesome." Trained by Jared Cooper for the Robert Cooper Stables, Lucky Artist A earned her 21st career win in her milestone 100th start to send her lifetime bankroll to $146,186. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Lucky Artist A paid $5.40 to win. Also of note, Wally Hennessey, who had a grand slam on Monday night, bested that by one on Tuesday night as the Hall Of Famer scored with Dads Filly ($3.60), Play To The Crowd ($4.20), Jaded Dream ($5.40), Glenferrie Blade A ($2.80) and Cenaltafirecracker )$16.60)--the latter keying a Super Hi-5 payoff of $5,881.20 for the 20 cent ticket. Racing continues on Wednesday with a guaranteed pool in the popular Pick-4 covering races five through eight. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  
Columbus, OH — James R. Gluhm, 77, a lifelong harness horse trainer, died recently after a lingering illness. He was a native of Hamilton, Ohio, but lived in Trenton, Fla., for many years. “The best horse I ever trained was JEFs Spice,” Mr. Gluhm said recently. The daughter of Super Bowl won $951,469 in 1985-86, winning 19 of her 33 starts with seven second-place finishes. She took her mark of 1:55.2 at The Red Mile and was later exported to Europe. JEFs Spice won the Breeders Crown in 1986. Mr. Gluhm and his stepdaughter Kim Miller were the first father-daughter to win Breeders Crowns. Miller trained the 2006 Breeders Crown winner Charley Barley by Western Hanover. “I learned so much from him,” Kim says. “He wasn’t consciously teaching me. You had to watch what he did. I learned from that.” Mr. Gluhm was a trainer who didn’t seek the limelight and his horsemanship was best appreciated by his peers in the training profession. For many years, he helped to develop youngers for the Sunbird Stable operated by Jack Landis of Florida. Mr. Gluhm would develop the youngsters and get them gaited, mannered, and trained down, then often send them north to be raced by other trainers. Some of their most notable performers were the back-to-back 1983-84 Peter Haughton Memorial winners Why Not 4,1:56.4 ($823,108) and Another Miracle 3,1:57.1 ($906,314). He was also involved in the purchase and preparation of Kentucky Futurity winner Jazz Cosmos 3,1:55 ($701,568) and the top star Nearly Perfect 4,1:54 ($630,327). “Jim picked them out and got good value at the yearling sales,” says Miller. “He was willing to buy from the scratch-and-dent section of a yearling sale if he saw something he liked.” Mr. Gluhm was also closely involved with the success of three horses in the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Anythings Possible, American Patriot and Basil. Mr. Gluhm’s father was a veterinarian in Butler County in southwest Ohio and he worked on many Standardbreds in that area, including those raced by Howard Beissinger and his father. Stepdaughter Kim says that Mr. Gluhm considered John Patterson, Eldon Harner, Bruce Nickells, and Ohioan Charlie King to be his mentors. “He learned patience from them,” she says. “He believed in allowing a horse to find itself.” “Just keep going with one,” Mr. Gluhm often told his stepdaughter. “But when you have to start making excuses for a horse, then you’re in trouble.” Miller says that Mr. Gluhm didn’t put much faith in luck in racing. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” was one of her stepfather’s favorite sayings, said Miller. “He said you simply had to watch and see what the horse was doing. He also didn’t believe a horse had to dance every dance; a trainer had to pick the right spots to race. He was always in full command of his barn.” Mr. Gluhm felt that owners trusted him to provide the best care for their horses and Kim Miller said he was not happy when an owner once told him that he “wasn’t progressive enough about using veterinarians.” The family asked that any donations in Mr. Gluhm’s memory be made to a local chapter of the America Legion. by Dean A Hoffman, for the USTA
FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Kentucky’s governor has signed legislation aimed at securing the legality of betting on historical racing machines. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that the measure protects the state’s thoroughbred  and standardbred industry. But he says more work remains to enact “a more fair and equitable tax structure.” His comments reflect calls by some lawmakers for a higher tax rate on historical racing operations. The slots-style historical racing machines allow people to bet on randomly generated, past horse races. The Red Mile has already resumed with historical racing machines going after the Senate passed the legislation. From the Associated Press
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