Mrs Belinda McCarthy

Stewards inquiry Mrs Belinda McCarthy

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, commenced an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in a post race urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE subsequent to that horse winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Melbourne. The inquiry also considered a further report from the ARFL that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in an out of competition urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE at the registered training establishment of Mrs B McCarthy on 15 July 2016. Mrs McCarthy appeared and was represented by Solicitor Mr Matthew Hammond. Mrs McCarthy was issued with the following charges: Pursuant to AHRR 190 (1),(2) & (4), which reads; (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. That as the registered she did present VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016 with prohibited substances in its system. Pursuant to AHRR 190A (1) (a); 1)  When a sample taken at any time from a horse being trained or cared for by a licensed person has detected in it any prohibited substance specified in sub-rule (2):- (a)  The trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at the relevant time shall be guilty of an offence.    That as the registered trainer at the relevant time on 15 July 2016, she did have VINNY CHASE in her care, when a urine sample upon anaylsis revealed it to contain prohibited substances in contravention of Rule 190A (2)(r). Mr Hammond on behalf of his client, Mrs McCarthy sought an adjournment to consider the charges and to provide further expert evidence.  Stewards adjourned the inquiry until 11am on Wednesday, 26 October 2016. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.   Reid Sanders - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER p: (02) 9722 6600 • e: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au www.harnessmediacentre.com.au   Vinny Chase at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016

Henry The Dragon and Montrell Teague

Montrell Teague wins his 1,000th

HARRINGTON, Del. - Montrell Teague notched his 1,000th career driving win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway aboard Henry The Dragon ($2.20) in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In the second of four DSBF splits, Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, was a wire-to-winner for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague was joined by friends and family in the winner's circle for the milestone won. Kdk Standardbreds' Almost Cut My Hair ($2.20, Kevin Switzer Jr.) improved to 6-for-6 lifetime with a 1:55.2 win in his DSBF division for trainer Kevin Switzer. The Barber Pole gelding figures to be the early favorite in next Wednesday's (October 5) $100,000 final. The third division went to Bags To Riches ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) in 1:55.1 for owners Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner. Trained by Skinner, the Roddy's Bags Again colt see the pace as the heavy favorite and never had an anxious moment. Skinner had two training wins on the program. The final division went to George Teague's Daylen ($6.20, Switzer Jr.) who sat a pocket trip before claiming the lead in deep stretch for a 1:56.3 victory. Daylen, sired by Mr. Apples, picked up his second career win for trainer Clyde Francis. Owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Francis had three wins each on the program. In the $16,500 Mares Open, Kirby earned a driving double by guiding Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80) to a 1:52.3 victory. Trained by her owner, it was the 23rd lifetime win in 37 career starts for the 4-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare. Tony Morgan had three wins. Matthew Sparacino  

Chezatter, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer

Bluegrass features freshmen trotting fillies

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen trotting fillies will race in the spotlight on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile, with five divisions of the $298,000 Bluegrass Stakes scheduled for the nine-race harness racing program. The first division draws six fillies. Chezatter, by Explosive Matter from the Malabar Man mare Chez Lucie, will start from post three for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Making her eighth start this season, she has already compiled $134,325 in earnings, including three wins, two seconds and one third. Her lone off-the-board finish was in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, where she broke at the start.   Chezatter's competition includes Princess Aurora, a Jimmy Takter-trainee exiting a 1:54.4 win in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Consolation, and Evelyn, entering off wins in a $29,190 Reynolds division and a conditioned race at Pocono Downs. They race from posts four and five respectively.   Division two attracts Grandma's Moni, by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare All Our Moni. Racing for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci, she will try to rebound off of breaks in a $23,100 Peaceful Way elimination and in her most recent qualifier. She'll start from post five.   French Press, also in division two, will make her tenth start of the season. Winless, she enters off a second-place finish in a $27,747 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. She has earned $27,274 this year for owner Black Horse Racing and trainer Nancy Johnansson. She'll race from post two.   Meeting up in the third division are That's All Moni, Can't I, and Hillarmbro. That's All Moni, a Jimmy Takter-trainee by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, recently finished second at Mohawk Racetrack in the $275,880 Peaceful Way Stakes. She has won three times in seven outings, earning $173,523 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. She'll start from post two.   Can't I, a Bob Stewart-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Buck I St Pat, has won four times in six starts and finished second twice. Amassing $205,752 in earnings for owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and Ron Fuller, she enters off a second-place finish at Hoosier Park in the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stakes. She races from post four.   Hillarmbro, a Trond Smedshammer-trainee by Muscle Hill out of the Dream Vacation mare Armbro Emma, ships from the Meadowlands, where she won three-races straight, including two preliminaries of the Kindergarten Classic. With three wins out of five starts, she has earned $17,050 for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She'll race from post six.   The fourth division lines seven trotting fillies behind the gate. Both Broadway Idole, starting from post two, and Heels On Wheels, racing from post four, exit Sires Stakes finals. Broadway Idole, by Broadway Hall from the Promising Catch mare Idole Normand, enters from a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, while Heels On Wheels ships in from a third-place effort in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final.   Broadway Idole races for owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell, and has earned $97,279 in eight starts this season. Heels On Wheels, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke, has earned $98,250 in nine starts.   Rounding out the program is the fifth division. Racing from post four is Fine Tuned Lady, by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Poster Princess. Owned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, the John Butenschoen-trainee has not finished worse than second in eight starts this year. She has earned $326,340 and enters the Bluegrass off wins in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and Kentuckiana Stakes.   First race post for the Friday, September 30 program is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile            

Equine Guelph barn fire safety logo

New barn fire prevention tool

Guelph, ON, Sept. 27, 2016 - Equine Guelph has launched the new Barn Fire Prevention online tool as a resource for horse owners.  Responding to the high incidence of barn fires in Ontario last winter, Equine Guelph has developed a tool that is easy to use and provides horse owners with interactive assessments for their individual facilities.   "If you have a farm, you have combustibles that need to be stored properly, electrical wiring that requires proper installation and maintenance and a host of appliances that may or may not be safe for use," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.  "The key to reducing the risk of fire is education focusing on prevention.   We are pleased to partner with Heartland Farm Mutual to offer a healthcare tool which creates two handy checklists for fire safety both inside and outside the barn."   Developed in collaboration with fire protection professionals; the tool asks 20 important questions that will help maintain a safe facility as well as provide insight for anyone looking to build or renovate their barn.  A key recommendation is to bring a local fire prevention officer or insurance loss prevention specialist to your property for a walk through.  They will look for risks and provide suggestions for a prevention plan.  For example, what a barn owner sees as a neatly stacked supply of hay in the barn, the fire marshal will instantly recognize as a fuel source that is best stored in a separate building.  In addition to finding sources of combustion many of us would not even have considered, they will also look for accessibility and available water sources.      Another professional to consult is a qualified electrician experienced in agricultural applications.  They will ensure proper installation of wires in non-corrosive conduit and make sure electrical outlets are GFCI protected and circuits have arc fault breakers.  Properly installed permanent wiring is an important safety consideration for every farm.  Too often, fires are started through improper use of extension cords, power bars and household appliances (especially space heaters and fans).   "Equine Guelph's Barn Fire Prevention Tool is a practical way to promote education and awareness of farm safety," says Jim Zyta, Vice President Loss Prevention/ Risk Assessment Specialist at Heartland Mutual.  "In the farm insurance industry, we have seen first-hand the many causes of barn fires and their devastating effects. Losses from such events are not only physical and financial, but can be very emotional for the horse owner. In many cases, the tragedy is realizing that the fire could have easily been prevented. We encourage all farm owners to use this simple checklist to identify the potential hazards in their own barn and help keep it a safe environment."   Please, take 5 minutes to answer the questions on each activity and receive a personalized list of recommended improvements for your facility.   Link to Equine Guelph's Fire Prevention Tool:http://www.equineguelph.ca/Tools/fireprevention.php   Story by:  Equine Guelph     

Trenton, NJ --- The fact that harness racing driver Chris Presley got his first driving win last month is not nearly as impressive as the fact that he lived through college long enough to gain such an accomplishment. Growing up in Michigan, the 21-year-old Presley was raised in what he termed “A Michigan family,” meaning they all root for the university that plays football in Ann Arbor. Chris, however, spent two years at Michigan State -- where they eat Wolverines for breakfast. “I had Michigan stuff and they hated it,” he said. “I always walked the streets in caution. I never wore yellow on campus, but I really wanted to.” After participating in Michigan State’s animal science program, Presley earned a certificate in equine studies last year. He quickly got his driver and trainer licenses and headed for Bowling Green, Ohio, where he started working with Billy Farmer. Since Ohio State is Michigan’s most hated rival, Chris once again found himself in enemy territory. “I can’t stand Ohio State,” he sighed. “Everybody around here loves it. I’m always in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He was in the right place on Aug. 12, when he drove 3-year-old pacing filly Angela Nichole to victory at the Hartford Independent Fair in Croton, Ohio. “It was a rough first go, the first few times I drove,” Presley said. “It’s kind of a funny story, because the first three drives I had, I was parked the whole mile for the first three drives. “I finally said, ‘Well you know what, we’re in cheap, it looks like we have the best horse in the race so we’ll sit back.’ We just sat pretty through the three-quarter pole and she opened up by 14 in the stretch.” He did so with a Gene Humphrey-trained horse that had not been too popular among the other drivers. “They had her racing as a 2-year-old last year, nobody got along with her,” Presley said. “I was lucky enough to be up at Delaware at the fairgrounds one day and they were qualifying her. They needed somebody, I had my colors and there I was. I got to drive her the rest of the year. “I’ve been driving her at every fair. She’s a hard-working little filly.” And she gave him a night to remember after pulling Chris into the winner’s circle for the first time in his professional career. “That felt great,” he said. “I’d been waiting for that since I was 3 or 4 years old. I just got started late. I didn’t really have the opportunity in Michigan where I was.” Presley, who now has two wins, 13 top-three finishes “and a whole lot of fourths,” grew up in Michigan Center. Neither of his parents had horses but his grandmother, Marie Konieczki, trained a few and Chris was fascinated by them. “I could never get away from it,” he said. “My parents didn’t really want me to do it, they didn’t really want me to get hooked on it. I got to be around it when I was really little, and then I went out with my grandma to Indiana in the summers and took care of the horses.” Konieczki works for Jamie Macomber, who oversees all training responsibilities for the division of the Ron Burke Stable racing at Hoosier Park. She got into the business through her association with Danny Davidson. By the time Presley turned 13, he had thrown himself into playing sports. He played football, basketball and baseball at Michigan Center High School, and was recruited for hoops by some small colleges. He could not get horses out of his blood, though, and every morning on his way to school he would see trainer Al Tomlinson out jogging horses. “I stopped in one day and asked him for a job,” Chris said. “The first time I ever jogged a horse I was probably 18.” He then went to Michigan State and his career was soon underway. After moving to Ohio, Presley was given the opportunity to train six or seven horses on his own. “That was a good experience, it helped me out a lot,” he said. “You learn more doing it kind of on your own, than you do just helping out.” Presley eventually hooked up as a second trainer for Peter Wrenn, who ran into Konieczki in Florida and decided to give her grandson a call. Chris is now slowly building up a resume. His main focus is now on driving and he is not afraid to pay his dues. “I’ve probably been to 30 fairs this year, one or two drives at each one, but that’s where you’ve got to start,” he said. “I travel three hours sometimes just for one drive. But I haven’t been doing bad. For the horses I’ve been driving I’ve been doing pretty good. I’m getting started, trainers are noticing, and other drivers think I’ve excelled pretty far along for how long I’ve been doing it. I haven’t really been involved that long. “I’m just kind of building up clientele, showing people I have the potential to do it. That’s why I have to go to all these fairs. You hear people say they’re busy, they can’t make it, but I really like to move everything out of the way so I can go to the fairs and drive a couple of these horses.” Looking down the road, Presley feels he and his girlfriend may look into making some purchases. “I’d like to get a few horses of my own, so I don’t have to travel around working for other people,” he said. “But, I like what I’m doing now because I get enough free time where I can go to the fairs, go to the track if I need to race. But I’d like to have four or five of my own one day.” Don’t bet against him. If Presley could survive being a Wolverine in the land of the Spartans, he’s probably a pretty capable guy. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Freehold, NJ --- Five-year-old female pacer Lady Shadow was the week’s biggest mover in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, climbing from ninth to sixth in the harness racing rankings following her win in the Milton Stakes last weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was idle, remains No. 1. The next four spots also are unchanged, with Hannelore Hanover, Always B Miki, Betting Line, and Marion Marauder rounding out the top five. Hannelore Hanover won last week’s Centaur Trotting Classic while Always B Miki captured the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and Betting Line won the Little Brown Jug. Marion Marauder did not race. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 19 – 9/27/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (22) 4pg 21-13-6-2 $1,424,337 324 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (1) 4tm 17-15-2-0 $896,111 281 2 3 Always B Miki (4) 5ph 13-8-4-0 $961,792 274 3 4 Betting Line (8) 3pc 14-13-1-0 $1,372,386 272 4 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 12-9-2-0 $1,257,782 208 5 6 Lady Shadow 5pm 16-9-2-1 $618,481 106 9 7 Racing Hill 3pc 12-5-5-2 $1,225,550 94 6 8 Resolve 5th 8-4-1-1 $538,740 81 8 9 Southwind Frank 3tc 11-6-4-0 $941,218 74 7 10 Ariana G 2tf 8-7-0-0 $407,092 43 10   Also: Pure Country (42); Bar Hopping (29); L A Delight (27); Control The Moment (13); Western Fame (10); Freaky Feet Pete (9); Caprice Hill, Darlinonthebeach (8); Homicide Hunter (5); Beyond Delight, Shamballa (4); All The Time, Blenheim, Downbytheseaside, Idyllic Beach (2); Arsenic (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway is looking to augment its million-dollar Yonkers International Trot (Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15th) with a pair of $250,000 harness racing Invitationals, one each for trotters and pacers. The distance(s) of the Invitationals race(s) is/are one mile, though either/or may be changed. Any interested parties are requested, resumes in hand, to contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Horsemen and fans are reminded that first post for the rare Saturday afternoon card is 1:10 PM, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

The Halters For Hope program, which sells halters used by harness racing stars to benefit adoption programs for their fellow Standardbred has some power-packed new additions. Halters worn by Continentalvictory, Father Patrick, Somebeachsomewhere and Bettor's Delight can be purchased for a $400 tax deductible donation. Halters For Hope designates donations to a rotating assortment of programs that serve Standardbreds. The halters were generously donated by the connections of the horses who wore them. For a $250 donation, the halters of a star-studded group that includes Mr. Muscleman, Forrest Skipper, Camtastic, See You At Peelers, Bunny Lake and broodmares D Train, Rich N Elegant and Hattie are available. A full list can be found on the Halters For Hope Facebook page. There is no additional charge for shipping and 100% of all donations go directly to the adoption programs benefitting Standardbreds. Ordering information is on the Facebook page. Ellen Harvey

‘Adventurous, mischievous, naughty, boisterous’ - the words used to describe harness racing driver Michael Grantham by his family members growing up as a kid. There wasn’t a lot that Michael wouldn’t do as a young kid, from reversing his dad’s trucks down the narrow Epsom Ave driveway at their home in Ascot, to galloping around the Ascot backtrack on his pony ‘Chilly’, or tearing his pee wee 50 around his nana’s backyard, not to mention the training wheels that had been taken off of his bike as a toddler. It was obvious from a young age that Michael, better known as ‘Micky G’, would have some sort of involvement in the racing industry with his dad Mark being a former jockey and owner of Grantham’s Horse Transport and his mum Kellie a well known then Ascot trainer.   After learning to ride on his chestnut Shetland Chilly, Grantham started riding track work for his mum at the age of 14. With his education still being a priority, Grantham was still studying at the time he signed up for his apprenticeship as a jockey and in 2010 he had his first ride finishing 6th at Northam Race Club aboard the Adam Durrant trained, Secret Bullion.    In 2007 twin brothers Tommy and Nathan Berry made the move to Perth where Nathan joined the Kellie Grantham stables as an apprentice.   Grantham formed a close friendship with the brothers and in 2011 landed a 3 month stint in Sydney with Chris Waller.   Grantham lived with Tommy during his time there and had the pleasure of riding track work for Gai Waterhouse and Gerald Ryan.   He describes Tommy and Nathan as one of the biggest influences in his career as a jockey and experienced great sadness with the passing of Nathan in 2014. Another major influence within his riding career was his multi-tasked mum.   Starting to face a battle with his weight, Kellie went to extreme measures to assist Grantham and played a major role in his career as his manager and master as well.  Although his career as a jockey was short lived due to weight issues, Grantham walked away with 97 winners from just short of 1,000 rides. An inspiration to his current harness career is his Aunty Lara, who has her fair share of knowledge within the racing industry being Lou Luciaini’s foreman for a number of years, and Uncle, well-known Group One winning harness trainer and Olympic Gold medalist Michael Brennan.    Brennan assisted Grantham with his health and well being as a jockey, travelling into the Ascot stables several times a week to train with him and keep his nutrition balanced.    Now combining as a strong trainer/driver partnership in the Harness Racing game, Grantham and Brennan are enjoying successes with class horses such as Billies A Star and the part family owned The Bucket List. At the time, Brennan was stable foreman for Gary Hall Snr.  Grantham started driving track work for Brennan and Hall Snr a year after hanging up the silks and decided that he would make the switch from saddle to sulky not long after.   It was only months after he started driving track work that Grantham had his first trial for Brennan on Bledisloe.    In March 2014 Grantham drove his first winner for trainer and father of long-term girlfriend Maddison, Colin Brown on Deflector.   Other than steering around the horses, Grantham received his truck licence at just 17 years of age and now also works full-time transporting horses for his father at Grantham’s Horse Transport.   With several trips to Broome under his belt this year already and staring recently on the show ‘Outback Truckers’, Grantham travels approximately 300kms a day, juggling shifts between harness meetings. With no future intentions to train, the now 21 year old is enjoying life the way it is and looking forward to potentially having his first drive in the prestigious harness race, the Inter Dominion, later this year. Favourite holiday destination: Broome Favourite childhood memory: Being so close with my sister Claire Best looking person in Harness Racing: Stephanie Smith because I can’t split it between Aiden De Campo and Dylan Edgerton-Green Favourite food: Nana’s food By Ashlea Brennan

There are not that many mystery novels on the bookshelves (or internet) that center around harness racing, but recently author Tina Sugarman penned Horse Flesh, a novel that for many will be an enticing read. This fiction novel enters the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, and is an exhilarating debut from an insider.  While many in the industry may take offense to the outright knocks on the industry, one must remember this is fiction and the author’s right to “jazz it up” to make it a riveting read to outsiders, should be taken into consideration. Then again, with all the recent controversy surrounding the Little Brown Jug last week, the events in this novel may seem to be spot on. The story features a brilliant harness racing driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, and a veterinarian caught between two worlds. These are just some of the players in Horse Flesh, where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred.  I found the book to be fascinating, very fast paced and with shocking twists and turns. At first I was turned off as the book did not “grab me” right off the bat and I was not happy with some of the demeaning references to the industry as an insider. As I read on and understood the characters that made up the novel, I had trouble at times to put the book down. It drew me into the read to see where the story was going, what was going to happen to some of the stars and how was author Tina Sugarman going to tie this all together in the end. She did a superb job with some great insights that people in the industry should consider. She got the job done and her HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh read.  Tina’s blending of the life events of four yearlings into becoming racehorses was very well done and woven nicely into the novel. The paperback version is very thick, over 700 pages of small type, so some might want to get the Kindle or Nook version. And don’t expect to read this one overnight! Tina Sugarman writes from her personal experiences and gives a compelling insight into the world of harness racing. She has been involved with Standardbred horse racing in Ontario for nearly two decades, spending summers on a horse farm nearby Mohawk Raceway, the premier harness racing track in Canada. This novel is available through all major booksellers. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

One of the most amazing harness racing stallions ever with 7,000 mares bred to date, 29 millionaires produced and $234 million in progeny earnings world-wide, Bettor's Delight has nothing left to prove. Click on the link below to see what this stallion has achieved throughout the world because I do not believe any other stallion has even got close. Bettor's Delight is the current leading money winning sire in four countries, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Not just for this year but for the last four years running. Thats unreal and incredible. No other stallion in history has achieved that feat. Enjoy the read on Stallion Sphere here.  

One of Tasmania's most successful trainer-drivers Wayne Rattray has been inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Rattray was inducted at a gala awards night at the Country Club Resort in Launceston last Saturday night. The veteran trainer-driver-breeder began the dynasty of the Rattray name in harness racing and his personal achievements sit comfortably alongside the very best the state has produced. He was leading trainer six times from 1984 to 1990 and as a reinsman from 1975 to 1999 he notched 284 winners and along the way collected multiple feature race wins. Some of his feature wins include the 1985 Group 1 Tasmanian Pacing Championship with Napoleon Stone that he partnered to victory and they also won the Tasmanian Oaks, Globe Derby Stakes in the same year. His other Tasmanian Championship winner was Karalta Bay in 1989. One of the best horse's he trained was Cody Maverick that was the state's best 2YO in 2007-08 season winning every feature juvenile event he contested as well as a Breeders Crown semi-final in Victoria. Listen to what Wayne Rattray had to say after being inducted into the Tasmanian harness racing Hall of fame. Peter Staples

One of Tasmania's best horsemen David Mace was rewarded for his service to the harness racing industry by being awarded the Edgar Tatlow Medal for 2016. Mace, 78, has been involved in harness racing for most of his life having held a trainer's licence for over 60 years and he was a driver up until 1985. As a trainer-driver he won many races with some of his most memorable being with San Eltryn, Royal Zamach, Sarah Lewis (6 wins) and Our Last Knight (6 wins). For the past 42 years he also has been the clerk of the course at all harness and some thoroughbred meetings held at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston as well as working country harness meetings including Scottsdale, Carrick and Burnie on the North-West Coast. His skills as a horseman have been recognised not only in Tasmania but interstate. He remains actively involved in the industry working with his son-in-law and daughter Michael and Toni Laugher and their son Jack Laugher who has developed into one of the state's most promising young reinsmen. Mace was quite humbled by his Edgar Tatlow award and described it was one of the major highlights of his career in harness racing. Listen to what David Mace had to say about being awarded the 2016 Edgar Tatlow Medal. Peter Staples

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was the second career win in four starts for the Jim King Jr. trainee. Kirby dominated the DSBF events, winning three of the four, two for owner King and trainer King Jr.. Joel and Dianne Halpern's Westwind Roddylee ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:57.2 for trainer Jason Skinner. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her third win in five career starts. Jo Ann Looney-King's Logan's Girl ($3.40, Kirby) was a 1:56.2 winner to complete a sweep of her eliminations for trainer Jim King Jr. A winner of 3-of-4 starts lifetime, she is sired by Roddy's Bags Again. Virginia Louthan's Spinpressive ($3.40, Corey Callahan) broke her maiden with a 1:57.1 victory in the third division. Trained by her owner, Spinpressive is a daughter of No Spin Zone. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 5, part of a Delaware showcase night which also features three other $100,000 DSBF final events, as well as $20,000 consolations. In the $19,200 overnight feature, the Open Pace, Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing's Dancin Yankee ($6, Russell Foster) scored a 1:51.4 victory for trainer Josh Green. Kirby had four wins on the program, while Corey Callahan had a hat trick. Jon Roberts and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Trainer Mike Hall also won two races. Matthew Sparacino

LEXINGTON, KY-- The annual Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile commences on Thursday, September 29 with six divisions of the $334,500 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Race four gathers six trotters for the first division. Long Tom, a Muscle Hill colt from the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia, starts from post one for owner Amg Stable Oy and trainer Marcus Melander. He enters off a lifetime-best 1:56.1 effort in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands.   Stormy Kromer also enters off a lifetime-best performance, drawing post six after a 1:58.4 win from first over as the favorite in the $37,547 Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fair. He's owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Wrenn Racing LLC, and Kales Co. LLC.   Division two features another field of six. Signal Hill, who finished seventh in the $266,000 William Wellwood final after a runner up finish in his elimination, competes against Moonshiner Hanover, who finished second in both the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $32,050 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair.   Moonshiner Hanover will start from post two for owner-trainer Christopher Beaver along with partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. Signal Hill races from post five for owners Brittany Farms, David Mc Duffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella.   International Moni headlines the third division, attempting to obtain the first win of his career. He ships in off a third-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial along with Mountain Of Love, who finished eighth following a break at the start. Winless in six starts, International Moni, by Love You out of Moni Maker, has amassed $43,165 in earnings for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci.   The fourth division collects seven trotters. Julie Miller sends Fly On from, by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher, from post four for his tenth start this season. Winning five of his nine starts and finishing third in his other four starts, he has earned $60,622 this season for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stables and Gaitway Stable.   Opposing Fly On is Lars Perry for trainer Jimmy Takter, entering off a break as the 8-5 favorite in a $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair. He'll race from post seven in pursuit of his first win of the season. He races for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Mellby Gard, and Hatfield Stables.   Division five features Peter Haughton champion What The Hill. Sent off the 9-5 favorite in the William Wellwood Memorial, he broke into the last turn, finishing sixth. Winning three of eight starts this season, he has compiled $236,378 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms.   What The Hill races from post six against New Jersey Viking, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee who has won three of six starts this year including a $55,780 division of the Reynolds at Tioga Downs and the $29,000 Harold Dancer Memorial, as well as Muscles Jared, a George Ducharme-trained son of Muscle Massive who has won four of seven starts this year and exits the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship off a fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite. New Jersey Viking and Muscles Jared start from posts four and two respectively.   Capping the card and Bluegrass splits is a field of seven highlighted by the Jimmy Takter-trainee King On The Hill. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Viking Kronos mare Lantern Kronos enters from a fourth-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial. Earning $86,963 over nine starts this year and two wins, coming in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and a preliminary for the Kindergarten, King On The Hill will start from post one for owners Christina Takter, Goran Falk, Goran Andberg, and Hatfield Stables.   Thursday's program is the first of four Grand Circuit cards this week. Friday's card, September 30, will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. The program on Saturday, October 1 will include divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, and Sunday's card will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for three-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits.   First race post for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday's cards is 7:00pm. Sunday's card begins the matinee post time of 1:00pm, which will carry through the remainder of the meeting.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

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HARRINGTON, Del. - Montrell Teague notched his 1,000th career driving win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway aboard Henry The Dragon ($2.20) in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In the second of four DSBF splits, Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, was a wire-to-winner for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague was joined by friends and family in the winner's circle for the milestone won. Kdk Standardbreds' Almost Cut My Hair ($2.20, Kevin Switzer Jr.) improved to 6-for-6 lifetime with a 1:55.2 win in his DSBF division for trainer Kevin Switzer. The Barber Pole gelding figures to be the early favorite in next Wednesday's (October 5) $100,000 final. The third division went to Bags To Riches ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) in 1:55.1 for owners Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner. Trained by Skinner, the Roddy's Bags Again colt see the pace as the heavy favorite and never had an anxious moment. Skinner had two training wins on the program. The final division went to George Teague's Daylen ($6.20, Switzer Jr.) who sat a pocket trip before claiming the lead in deep stretch for a 1:56.3 victory. Daylen, sired by Mr. Apples, picked up his second career win for trainer Clyde Francis. Owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Francis had three wins each on the program. In the $16,500 Mares Open, Kirby earned a driving double by guiding Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80) to a 1:52.3 victory. Trained by her owner, it was the 23rd lifetime win in 37 career starts for the 4-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare. Tony Morgan had three wins. Matthew Sparacino  
WILKES-BARRE PA - A pair of nicely-pedigreed harness racing distaffs paced back to their distinguished bloodlines in taking the co-featured pacing events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday. Encore Deo, a sophomore daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven whose second dam is the $3.7 million-winning Eternal Camnation, rallied from the pocket to catch I Said Please by a half-length in taking the $16,000 "F/M nw 5 races" pace in 1:52.3, lowering her mark by 2 3/5 seconds. Despite showing a 1:51.4 time at Vernon in a NYSS consolation last time, the rail, and the talented backing of driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke, Encore Deo was dismissed at 10-1 - the 20-race losing streak, dating back 53 weeks, may have had something to do with the odds - but she was able to rally for the tally for the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Mellilo, and Lawrence Karr. Gweneeee J, a full sister to millionaires Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip, made evereeee pole a winning one in taking a $14,000 conditioned mares co-feature in 1:51.3. The daughter of American Ideal won by a length over pocketsitting Mystical Nectar while scoring for driver Jim Marohn Jr., trainer Linda Toscano, and the KJ Stables LLC, who saw their mare raise her career earnings to $155,817. PHHA / Pocono
After a couple weeks of abbreviated schedules, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono returned to our regular slate of four nights of harness racing this past week. The full schedule featured a bunch of great finishes, several outstanding performances, and some stunning upsets. In other words, it was just another week at one of the top tracks in the world. Here are some of the highlights as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: DREAMS BEACHBOY This four-year-old gelding from the Chris Oakes barn came into 2016 with somewhat modest earnings, even though he showed flashes of brilliance as a four-year-old. Dreams Beachboy has turned that promise into results this season. He's been especially fine at Pocono; in just the last two months, he beat the non-winners of nine, won a condition in a career-mark of 1:49:1, and, in his last race coming into Saturday night, handled a $15,500 condition class. On Saturday night, he stepped up into the $20,000 feature class, but even with the move up, bettors still installed him as the favorite. In the early going, Dreams Beachboy didn't show much, sitting in the middle of the pack in fifth as others did the work up front. On the back stretch driver George Napolitano Jr. guided the gelding to the outside. In a flash, he wheeled from fifth to first, taking over the lead shy of the three-quarter pole. From there no one was able to even remotely threaten his lead. Dreams Beachboy coasted home a winner in 1:50:2 with a 2¼ quarter-length advantage over second-place Mister Bling A. Now with seven victories in 19 races this year and earnings in 2016 which are about double his bankroll from the first two years of his career, Dreams Beachboy keeps getting better and seems like he has a way to go before he reaches his peak. Other top pacers this week include: Goldin Parachute (Dave Palone, Rodney Baker), who moved up in class to win a claiming handicap on Saturday night in 1:52:2, giving him two straight victories; The Rock (Anthony Napolitano, Andrew Harris), who scored a condition win on Sunday night in 1:50:2, which was a new career-best and matched Dreams Beachboy for fastest time of the week at Pocono; and Gweneeee J (Jim Marohn Jr., Linda Toscano), who arrived from The Meadowlands to capture Tuesday night's featured condition pace for mares in 1:51:3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SPLITSVILLE Who knows why horses sometimes take well to a track? When it happens, the results can be eye-opening. Splitsiville, a seven-year-old gelding, didn't even hit the board in his first five races of the year before finally winning at Northfield in Ohio in a race for a purse of just $3,300. As soon as he arrived at Pocono and joined the barn of trainer Kris Rickert, his fortunes drastically changed. He immediately won two of three, climbing up the ladder to beat condition fields with purses of $8,500 and $11,000, with the latter win coming in a career-best 1:54:4. After a fifth-place finish at Chester, the gelding returned to Pocono to face his toughest test yet on Saturday night in a $15,500 condition trot. The move up in class scared away the bettors, as Splitsville went off at 23-1. He sat fourth early on while the favorite Summers Windsong set the pace. Driver Eric Carlson set Splitsville in motion on the back stretch and quickly the gelding was looking the favored mare eye-to-eye. The two continued their battle around the final turn, but, surprisingly, it was Summers Windsong who eventually relented. Or maybe it's not so surprising considering Splitsville's love of the Pocono oval. He trotted away and hid in the final strides, winning the race by a comfortable 3½ lengths and matching his career-best of 1:54 in the process. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Ashlake (Anthony Napolitano, Rene Allard), a mare whose victory in a claiming handicap on Monday night came in 1:53:3, a new career-best and the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono; Somebody As (George Napolitano Jr., Anette Lorentzon), who shipped in from Yonkers to capture Sunday night's $20,000 featured trot in 1:54:1; and Star Photo (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who scored his second straight claiming handicap victory on Monday night, this one coming in 1:56:2. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: REGGIANO Despite a #9 post position and a move up in class, this pacer driven by Eric Carlson stunned a condition group on Saturday night at 50-1, paying off $103 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ERIC CARLSON He picked up just two wins on Saturday night but was awful lucrative for his backers, as his wins came aboard 23-1 Splitsville and 50-1 Reggiano. TRAINER OF THE YEAR: STEVE SALERNO Few trainers have frequented the Pocono training leaderboard for as many years as Salerno, and nights like Monday night, when he scored a training double, will probably get him there this year as well. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia
LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen trotting fillies will race in the spotlight on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile, with five divisions of the $298,000 Bluegrass Stakes scheduled for the nine-race harness racing program. The first division draws six fillies. Chezatter, by Explosive Matter from the Malabar Man mare Chez Lucie, will start from post three for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Making her eighth start this season, she has already compiled $134,325 in earnings, including three wins, two seconds and one third. Her lone off-the-board finish was in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, where she broke at the start.   Chezatter's competition includes Princess Aurora, a Jimmy Takter-trainee exiting a 1:54.4 win in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Consolation, and Evelyn, entering off wins in a $29,190 Reynolds division and a conditioned race at Pocono Downs. They race from posts four and five respectively.   Division two attracts Grandma's Moni, by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare All Our Moni. Racing for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci, she will try to rebound off of breaks in a $23,100 Peaceful Way elimination and in her most recent qualifier. She'll start from post five.   French Press, also in division two, will make her tenth start of the season. Winless, she enters off a second-place finish in a $27,747 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. She has earned $27,274 this year for owner Black Horse Racing and trainer Nancy Johnansson. She'll race from post two.   Meeting up in the third division are That's All Moni, Can't I, and Hillarmbro. That's All Moni, a Jimmy Takter-trainee by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, recently finished second at Mohawk Racetrack in the $275,880 Peaceful Way Stakes. She has won three times in seven outings, earning $173,523 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. She'll start from post two.   Can't I, a Bob Stewart-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Buck I St Pat, has won four times in six starts and finished second twice. Amassing $205,752 in earnings for owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and Ron Fuller, she enters off a second-place finish at Hoosier Park in the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stakes. She races from post four.   Hillarmbro, a Trond Smedshammer-trainee by Muscle Hill out of the Dream Vacation mare Armbro Emma, ships from the Meadowlands, where she won three-races straight, including two preliminaries of the Kindergarten Classic. With three wins out of five starts, she has earned $17,050 for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She'll race from post six.   The fourth division lines seven trotting fillies behind the gate. Both Broadway Idole, starting from post two, and Heels On Wheels, racing from post four, exit Sires Stakes finals. Broadway Idole, by Broadway Hall from the Promising Catch mare Idole Normand, enters from a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, while Heels On Wheels ships in from a third-place effort in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final.   Broadway Idole races for owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell, and has earned $97,279 in eight starts this season. Heels On Wheels, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke, has earned $98,250 in nine starts.   Rounding out the program is the fifth division. Racing from post four is Fine Tuned Lady, by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Poster Princess. Owned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, the John Butenschoen-trainee has not finished worse than second in eight starts this year. She has earned $326,340 and enters the Bluegrass off wins in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and Kentuckiana Stakes.   First race post for the Friday, September 30 program is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile            
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