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Pastor Stephen, harness racing

Taylor Made Stallions buys Pastor Stephen

A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen will be standing at Premier Acres in Indiana for a fee of $7,500. Dennis Bontrager of Premier Acres says he is really excited about Pastor Stephen standing in Indiana. For the first time he says, Indiana breeders have a chance to breed to the best ever and most high profile stallion to stand in Indiana. For enquiries phone Dennis Bontrager (260) 585 4927 by Steve Wolf

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Watch the live debate on Integrity Act

The Hambletonian Society supports the proposed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), the latest version of which is S.R. 4547, introduced on September 9, 2020. The Society believes that the current system of oversight and regulation of horse racing needs and demands changes in structure and execution and that the proposed legislation has the potential to bring new found confidence and trust to horseplayers, owners and all other participants. While some of the provisions of the original bill caused legitimate concerns for the Standardbred industry, since, among other concerns, it provided for "one size fits all" rules for all breeds, the amended bill now recognizes the uniqueness of other breeds, including Standardbreds. To be represented effectively, the Standardbred industry and its leaders must be united in their approach to the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority to be established under HISA, so as to ensure that therapeutic medication protocols, funding mechanisms and representation, are appropriate and practical for the harness racing industry. Universal thresholds and withdrawal times, as well as standardized testing procedures for permitted therapeutic medications, will allow honest and ethical breeders, trainers and veterinarians to care for race horses in a more consistent manner. This proposed legislation also greatly increases the chances of detecting and apprehending unscrupulous and unethical people who currently operate within industry-regulated boundaries. The Society urges all participants and organizations in the Standardbred Industry to familiarize themselves with the contents of the amended bill, (Amended HISA Bill SR4547) and support this groundbreaking legislation. There is an opening to be part of a solution that will allow harness racing to be treated fairly and be the best that it can be as we move forward. Sincerely, John Campbell President & Chief Executive Officer Jim Simpson Chairman of the Executive Committee   The Hambletonian Society Executive Committee Frank Antonacci Thomas A. Charters E.T. Gerry Jr. Ted Gewertz Fred W. Hertrich III Charles E. Keller III Michael G. Kimelman Seth Rosenfeld George I. Segal   The full board of the Hambletonian Society, Inc. can be found here: Hambletonian Society Board Below is the link to the House floor if you would like to watch the debate on the HR 1754, the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act.  It should begin around 1pm.  There is 40 minutes of debate, divided between Reps and Dems.   Votes will be stacked beginning at 6:30, and you can watch the live vote at the same link. live.house.gov/

Trevor Henry,Harness racing

More gold for Pemberton

MILTON, SEPT. 28, 2020 – A rain-soaked harness racing surface did not prevent Pemberton from employing his trademark finishing kick to capture the sole $158,000 three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 28. Starting from Post 10, Pemberton and regular reinsman Trevor Henry got away sixth, tucked in behind fan favourite HP Royal Theo, as Hot Wheelz led the way to a :27.4 quarter. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy tipped HP Royal Theo into the outer lane heading for the :57.2 half and Henry kept Pemberton on his heels through the 1:26 three-quarters as the pair advanced on the pacesetter. In the stretch Henry asked Pemberton for a bigger gear and the gelding kicked home for a one and one-half length victory in 1:54.2, over a surface rated one second slower than normal. HP Royal Theo finished second and pocket-sitter Threefiftytwo was another length back in third. “It went great. I got a really good trip, second over behind Louis’ horse. It couldn’t have worked out better actually,” said Henry. “It’s tough from the 10-hole. You don’t want to get trapped on the rail so you’ve got to let somebody in, hopefully it’s a good horse, and it was tonight. He’s a nice colt too that HP Royal Theo, I was happy to follow him.” Henry drives Pemberton for trainer Paul Walker and owner/breeders Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Monday’s victory was the gelding’s second in Gold Series action and his sixth in eight lifetime starts. Unraced at two, the son of Wheeling N Dealin made his debut at Georgian Downs on June 6, finishing fourth, and then reeled off four straight wins, including his first Gold victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 21. Pemberton finished third in the Aug. 19 Gold leg at Grand River Raceway and then kicked off what is now a two race win streak with a victory in overnight action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 7. “I don’t know whether he’s changed a whole lot,” said Henry of the trotter’s development over the past four months. “I don’t know how fast he can go, but he’s by far the nicest horse I’ve ever drove, such a professional, well-mannered, he beats them a lot of times just on his manners and his late kick for home. He’s such a nice horse to drive, he does nothing wrong.” Monday’s win boosted Pemberton’s earnings to $186,284 and put him third in the three-year-old trotting colt standings with 112 points. The colts will wrap up their Gold Series regular season on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and then the top 10 point earners will compete over the Milton oval in the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 17. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Carter Dalgety,Harness racing

Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety

Down Under trainer and driver have unforgettable day at Delaware Ohio on Wednesday. Driver Dexter Dunn drove 6 winners on the harness racing program, with the major highlights being Party Girl Hill’s world record performance and her win in the Jugette Final. Down Under Trainer Chris Ryder was successful in 3 races, highlighted by training the quinella in the Jugette Final. The Down Under trainer / driver combination teamed up and won both of the two Jugette divisions worth $47,545 each. The first one was with New Year a 3yo daughter of Somebeachsomewhere who won in 1:52.0. The next win was with unbeaten filly Party Girl Hill who put up a freakish performance to win in a world record time of 1:49.3. This winning time was the fastest every time recorded for a female pacer around a half mile (800m) racetrack.  Following the two wins. The mares backed up in the Jugette Final approximately an hour forty minutes later where they crossed the line in quinella. Party Girl Hill and Dexter Dunn coming in 1st place in a time of 1:50.3 and New Year finishing 2nd to her with Joe Bongiorno picking up the catch drive, making it a Chris Ryder trained Quinella in the $142,635 Final.   Party Girl Hill a daughter of Captaintreacherous kept her race record unbeaten and stamped her mark in the history with her world record performance. It was only her 11th career start and 11th win and has $577,270 in the bank to date. Following Dexter Dunns successful day of driving 6 winners and 3 for Chris Ryder he said, “This is a special moment for my lifetime because the Ryders have been family friends with the Dunns for 50-odd years. Chris and (his wife) Nicola have done so much to get me over here and support me. It’s a day I’ll never forget.”.  Dunn also teamed up with Down Under trainer Nifty Norman on the day to win with Spoiled Princess, a 3yo daughter of Trixton who won the 2nd division of the Buckette in 1:55.2 trotting.    Monday 21st September Harrington Raceway DE Jacks Legend N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $15,000 Mako Banner N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $5,500 Extreme Machine N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,500   Monticello Raceway NY Kamwood Laughter N – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $6,600   Plainridge Park MA Naughty Maravu N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $10,500 Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $9,000 Tisadream N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $7,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Highview Conall N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $8,500 Majestic Kiwi N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $8,500 Yayas Hot Spot N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,500   Tuesday 22nd September   Harrington Raceway DE Shes Pukka N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $13,500 Betterthanamisus N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $10,000 Jossie James A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $7,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Claytons Bettor N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,400   The Meadows PA Rollin Withholly A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $8,400 Amelias Courage A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $8,100   Wednesday 23rd September Harrahs Philadelphia PA English Rose N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $7,600 Kotare Yarra N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $6,800   Harrington Raceway DE Shared Interest A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $7,500   Northfield Park OH Copper Coast A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $4,200   The Meadows PA Hedges Avenue A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,800   Thursday 24th September   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Sevens Hope A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,800 Kotare Yarra N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $6,800   Friday 25th September Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Bechers Brook A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $23,750   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Miss You N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $14,000   Meadowlands NJ Team Kiwi N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Mickey Gee N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $25,000 Hundie N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Wardan Express A, 3rd Zach Maguire N   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA The Bandit Queen N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $17,000 Tuapeka Jessie N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $20,000   Saturday 26th September Batavia Downs NY Harry Hoo N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $7,500   Freehold Raceway NJ Campora N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $4,800   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Blazen River N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $15,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Armabluechipboy N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,600 Stars Align A – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $15,500   Meadowlands NJ Whittaker N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $8,000   Northville Downs MI Stening A – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $6,500   Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Firenglow A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $3,700   Scarborough Downs ME Midnight Dylan N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $4,200   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Our Corelli N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $8,800 Our Zak Whitby A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $8,800 Alluneedisfaith A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $11,200   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Persimmon A – Time: 1:49.4, Stake: $24,000   Sunday 27th September   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Jacks Legend N – Time: 1:49.3, Stake: $14,400 Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $11,600   Dover OH Mackeral A – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $1,200   Flamboro Downs CA Marty Monkhouser A – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $5,000   Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Darcee N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $6,000   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

Plainville, MA --- A fourth Massachusetts Sire Stake record was broken during only the second day of competition when the 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders hit the harness racing track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), getting the series off to its fastest start ever. And all five division winners on Monday also took new lifetime marks. In the $28,500 division for freshman male pacers, Dancing Lew (Rocknroll Dance-Love Rocks) hit the sticks fifth tracking the heavily favored Mullinax (Scott Zeron) who flashed to the front. Bruce Ranger pulled Dancing Lew in front of the stands and motored up towards the leader around the second turn. From there he got within a length of Mullinax but couldn't advance further as they hit the top of the stretch. But when they straightened out in the lane, Dancing Lew swelled up and paced right by Mullinax and won by 1/2 length in 1:54. The time was a new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer. It was the second straight win for Dancing Lew ($16.20) who is owned by Anthony Sivik Jr., Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standarbreds, who also bred the winner. Kevin Switzer is the trainer. The trotting colts and geldings went for $29,000 and New York Sire Stake finalist Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) grabbed the winner's share. For the bulk of the race it was a two-horse competition. Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) took the lead and Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) tucked in second. Positions remained unchanged until the 7/8th's pole when Incommunicado moved into the two-path and took direct aim at Beantown Madness. The two trotters battled all the way to the wire where Incommunicado got the advantage and won by 1/2 length in 1:56.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Incommunicado Incommunicado ($3.40) grabbed his second win of the year for owners Knuttson Trotting, Little E, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner who was bred by the Moni Maker Stable. The freshmen filly pacers put on quite a show in their $29,000 division with another NYSS finalist, Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah), getting the job done. Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) grabbed the lead by the quarter and then controlled the pace with Rightfully Mine (Scott Zeron) and Purameri (Drew Monti) sitting second and third. After getting to the half in :57.2, Purameri hit the gas and motored up the outside to pace alongside Suzie Blue Chip around the last turn. At the top of the stretch Purameri lost her momentum and Suzie Blue Chip drifted off the pylons allowing Rightfully Mine room to shoot the gap and win by a neck in 1:54.1, which was a career best time for the winner. Rightfully Mine Rightfully Mine ($4.00) scored her second win of the year for owners Anthony Scussel and Monique Cohen, who also bred the winner. Sheena Mcelhiney is the trainer. The trotting fillies went in two $13,750 divisions of five horses each. In the first split, Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) sat second behind the heavy 1-9 favorite Moni For Lindy (Scott Zeron) until the top of the lane where driver Shawn Gray tipped and brushed her down the stretch and right past Moni For Lindy at the wire in 1:58.1. It was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Royal Envy Royal Envy ($26.00) is owned and was bred by Alfred Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. The second division saw Matty Athearn send Me Too Baby (Muscle Hill-Baby Shaq) off the gate to the front where he opened up a four-length lead at the quarter. They maintained a gapped advantage at every station before cruising home a winner in a career best tying 1:58.2. Me Too Baby Me Too Baby ($2.80) has now won two races in a row for owner/breeder Thomas Dillon and trainer Gretchen Athearn. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 4) with the second leg of the 3-year-olds and on Monday (Oct. 5) when the 2-year-olds reconvene. Post time for both days is 2 p.m. Regular racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 1) with post time also at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Father-and-son harness racing combo Guy and Mitch Chapple are in steaming hot form and a few cold celebratory beers were the perfect reward. Mitch, who combines working as a radiator repairer and training a small team at Maitland in the Lower Hunter Valley, landed a winning double at nearby Newcastle on Friday night. And the victories were made even sweeter with Mitch’s father Guy, an accomplished reinsman, driving the pair to success. Brown colt Roclea Ruler (Heston Blue Chip-Irresistible Girl (Safely Kept) led all the way to take out the Medowie Lodge NSWBC 2yo colts and geldings heat, with stablemate La Cabeza Gem (Captaintreacherous-Gemmia (Western Terror) also an easy front-running winner in the Lochend Stud fillies division. “Both the horses raced well. It was really good and we did have a few beers and dinner down at the pub the next night,” Mitch said. “While I’m listed as the official trainer, dad and I work as a team. I’ve been licensed since December 2018 and that was my third double so everything is going along nicely.” They train a team of five horses out of a property opposite the Maitland Showgrounds which was previously owned by Mitch’s pop Charlie Lee, who passed away six or seven years ago. “It’s perfect because apart from the main race track, there’s a jog track nearby. We’ve got eight stables at the back of the house so we’re pretty lucky,” Mitch said. “If we had to float them somewhere else to a track, I really don’t think we’d be in the sport. It would be too hard because I work full-time and dad has a part-time job.” Mitch said he was always going to be part of harness racing as his family was heavily involved. “I’ve got Uncle Dean (Chapple) who is right into it. Dad was also stable driver for Shane and Lauren Tritton (now in the USA) for three years. My interest goes back to when I was just a teenager and every school holidays I’d be down at Robbie Morris’ stables,” he said. “If I was off for two weeks I’d be there for all that time, and during the six-week break, I’d spend four of those with Robbie. He has been so good to me.” The old team will join forces in the two-year-old $20,000 NSW Breeders’ Challenge semi-finals at Menangle on Saturday week with Morris booked to handle both Roclea Ruler and La Cabeza Gem. Mitch said the two youngsters were the best of their team at the moment, but were not without their challenges. “Gem can tie-up badly at times. She was really bad two or three days before her win and we pretty much just walked her around leading up to the race. She is probably 60 to 70 percent right, but we are slowly getting on top of it,” he said. “Roclea Ruler has a big future, but he’s been so green. I think the racing and travelling he’s done over the past month has played a part in improving him.” La Cabeza Gem, who made the Gold Tiara final at Bathurst back in March after winning a qualifying heat, has three wins and three placings from seven starts. Two-year-old filly La Cabeza Gem powers to the line to score an easy win Roclea Ruler hasn’t been out of the money in his six starts—having two wins and four placings. “I’ve raced a few times at Menangle in the past. We had no joy, but hopefully we can turn that around when we’re there for the semis,” Mitch said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Columbus, OH - The North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV), a group whose mission is to ensure the health and well-being of the racehorse through protecting and improving the veterinary care and welfare of the equine athlete, opposes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, believing that its enactment would do just the opposite. Last week, the group wrote to the Congressional Budget Office to provide details regarding some of the devastating economic effects to the horse racing industry that the legislation would create. The U. S. Trotting Association, which, like the NAARV, the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, and myriad other industry groups, opposes the HISA, urges all horsemen to read the CBO letter. To read the NAARV letter to the Congressional Budget Office, click here. From the USTA Communications Department    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 28, 2020 -- When As Seely Promised races Tuesday at The Meadows, she'll be vying for more than the $5,400 purse. She'll also be carrying the hopes of her 6-year-old owner, Lucy Langley, who inherited the 12-year-old mare in the most tragic way. As Seely Promised leaves from post 2, race 1, with regular driver Chris Shaw aboard. First post is 12:45 PM. Although not well known to the general public, Barry Langley was a popular figure within the harness racing community, which was shocked by his death in 2019 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Langley lived in Ohio, yet a race to honor his memory was held in California, testament to his standing in the harness fraternity. But Langley was in his 30s and hadn't made provisions for As Seely Promised, his only horse. After a number of councils, the family determined that the horse would be transferred to Lucy. That meant Lucy's mom, Jessica Delval, a groom for trainer Doug Snyder, would take care of As Seely Promised. The daughter of As Promised-Seeley Bert has been serviceable and durable, with earnings of $230,699 in 250 career starts and a mark of 1:52.4. But she also has significant physical issues, as Delval notes: "If you look at her, you say, this is your horse? This is it? Her conformation's poor, her feet are terrible. Since I've had her, she's probably blown 10 abscesses. She has a knee that's bigger than my head. The thing is, her heart's bigger than that. She has a heart as big as a 50-gallon drum. Week after week, she shows up for us. She gave us a distraction while we were grieving Barry; we had that to look forward to." Snyder, the mare's trainer, says it's never certain that 'Seely' will be sound enough to compete. "It's week to week whether she can even make it back to the races," he says, " but Jessica works incredibly hard on her." All that hard work has paid off, as 'Seely' this year has earned nearly $24,000, a boon to Delval, who is a single mom with a 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Delval, in addition to young Lucy. It's not only 'Seely's' physical woes that worry Delval. With each race comes the prospect that the mare will be claimed from the $8,000 ranks where she competes. Delval would like to protect her by moving her to conditioned races or higher level claimers, but 'Seely" has shown that she can't earn enough money there, and Delval can't afford a thousand-pound pet who isn't paying her way. "I am nervous about that," Delval says. "I feel like enough people know the story -- Barry was almost like a celebrity in the harness racing world -- that they wouldn't claim her. But there's always somebody that's out of the mix and doesn't know, and there's the potential someone could claim her. If that happens, I'll be a train wreck. The kids would not totally get it, but I understand what that horse has done for Lucy and for us as a family, both monetarily and emotionally. So I would take it hardest of anyone." For all that, Delval is certain that her family is getting the kind of help not available at your local tack shop. "I believe that Barry, in spirit form, is providing some magic," she says. "No one in the world could convince me otherwise. Between the love that we put into her and Barry's helping on the other side, I think we'll be okay. "I have the paperwork ready to file for my trainer's license. Before it's all said and done, I want to race her as her trainer at least one time. I feel compelled to finish Barry's work." by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

DUNDAS, SEPT. 27, 2020 – Trainer Scott McEneny had Sunday’s three-year-old trotting filly Gold Leg at Flamboro Downs circled on his calendar as soon as the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule was published. His filly, Warrawee Vicky, is a handy, good gaited filly who can tour a half-mile track as fast as she can a larger oval and the fourth Gold Leg looked like a good spot to pad her point total. Starting from Post 5, and with the rail horse scratched, Warrawee Vicky fired off the starting gate to a :29 quarter. Through a :59.1 half and a 1:28.4 three-quarters the fan favourite and driver Doug McNair never saw a challenger. The pair cruised home one and three-quarter length winners in 1:57. Susies Lady finished second and She Rocks Kemp was six lengths back in third. “She is very handy on a half. I was kind of glad they had one here, because she won two of them last year, Grand River and here. I wish they had the Super Finals on the half,” said trainer Scott McEneny with a laugh. “She is very handy” The win was the Royalty For Life daughter’s third in Gold Series action this season, she was also victorious in the July 2 season opener and the July 26 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In addition to her Gold Series engagements, Warrawee Vicky has also battled North America’s best in open stake action at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, finishing fifth in her Aug. 28 Casual Breeze division, winning her Sept. 11 Simcoe Stakes division in a personal best 1:54 and finishing well out of the money in the Sept. 19 Elegantimage Stake. “She won two weeks ago in the Simcoe and then last week she was in with Ramona Hill and that, it was way too tough and she got roughed up the first half, got a little tired,” said Puslinch, ON resident McEneny. “So we just kind of worked on her all week, looking forward to this race, and she did it pretty handy.” Brad Grant of Milton, ON owns Warrawee Vicky, who boosted her lifetime earnings to $375,048 with Sunday’s win and moved well out in front of her peers in the three-year-old trotting filly standings with 175 points. The top 10 point earners advance to the Oct. 17 Super Finals, which will actually take place at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the second $105,600 division, Massive Flirt and driver Jody Jamieson were sent off as the fan favourites from Post 2. The duo got away second behind Trina, watched GP Dreamin and Wine Rack Hanover go off-stride in the outer lane and then snuck up the inside to take the lead when Trina veered out wide coming out of the first turn. From there Massive Flirt put up a :28.4 quarter, :58.1 half, 1:27.3 three-quarters and powered home to a three and one-half length victory in a track record 1:55.4. Magic Cape finished second and Modern Mass completed the top three in the mile, which also equalled the Ontario Sires Stakes record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track. “Pretty cool to have a track record and the filly was simply the best tonight,” said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. “She’s been a hard hitter this year but, fingers crossed, she’s got it down pat now.” Trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON bred and own Massive Flirt, who was also a winner in the July 26 Gold leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway. With two wins, one fourth and one fifth the Muscle Mass daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 113 points. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Chester, PA -- Jack's Legend N ($12.40) lifted off second-over cover and used a vicious :26.4 closing sectional to overpower 3-5 favorite Rodeo Rock for a 1:49.3 score -- his second straight harness racing victory -- in Sunday's (Sept. 27) $14,400 pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. After recording a pillar-to-post win at Harrington on Monday (Sept. 21), Pat Berry changed tactics with the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding and settled into fifth behind a :26.4 first-quarter duel between Pyro (Simon Allard) and Proper One (Todd McCarthy). After rating a :55.2 half, Pyro faced intensifying first-over pressure up the far side from Rodeo Rock (David Miller), and Jack's Legend N was perched second-over off a :26.4 third-quarter duel. Rodeo Rock kept the heat on through the far turn and was able to reel Pyro in, but Jack's Legend N pounced with fresh legs in upper stretch -- drawing off to defeat the dueling pair by 1-1/4 lengths. Rodeo Rock narrowly nabbed Pyro for the runner-up spot.   Trainer Josh Green co-owns 15-time winner Jack's Legend N with Richard Lombardo, David Kryway and Eric Good. Green led all trainers with a double on the program, while drivers David Miller, George Napolitano Jr. and Tim Tetrick notched two wins apiece as well. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover is on the rise again, now standing at $2,346.64 for the return of live racing to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 30). Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Well-known Victorian harness racing trainer Simone Walker is thoroughly enjoying her dabble into the thoroughbred ranks. Despite years of experience with the standardbreds, Simone admits she's still learning at the gallops game, but she's also enjoying her fair share of success along the way. "It's been heaps of fun and so far, and doing the both codes of racing is working fine," Simone said. "My first love is probably harness racing because that's what our family's always been involved in, and you also get to be more hands on. I still get a buzz out of driving, but I think it was my partner Andrew who got me started on thinking about gallopers," she said. "We weren't making a lot in harness racing and the prize money in the thoroughbreds is unreal, so we decided to give it a go." Based at the family farm at Pearcedale, near Cranbourne, where she's been for 30 years, Simone and Andrew have seven standardbreds in work along with four thoroughbreds. "Combining the two is working out well, but we're determined not to go too high in numbers because then you start cutting corners," Simone said. "I do some of the jog work with the gallopers at home and we also take them into Cranbourne when they need a solid hit out. We have trackwork riders we use, and we've got stables that are allocated to us for three hours in the morning. "The trainers in the next-door stables to us are awesome. We are really lucky because they give us advice and they're always willing to offer a hand." It would be a fair bet that Walker will never forget her first thoroughbred winner. Ultimate Shock lived up to his name at Moe on November 21 of last year. "I think he started at 40/1, but his work at home had been good," she said. "We got him on an online auction, and he had a few fetlock problems-but most of the horses you purchase that way have issues. We are getting more experienced and always learning as we go." Ultimate Shock, now a 10-year-old, has three wins from 20 starts. Walker's latest gallops success was at Pakenham recently, when well-supported gelding Thunder Pace scored impressively over Valentina Star, prepared by the renowned Maher-Eustace team. Thunder Pace strides to the finish line to win at Pakenham for dual-coded trainer Simone Walker "He was another one we got through an online auction, and we paid about $1800 for him," she said. "He was once in the Gai Waterhouse stable in Sydney. Gai and her owners set the bar pretty high though, and they'd won one or two with him but he had leg issues. They moved him on, so we thought he was worth a go," Walker said. "We've now won two with him because he also got the money back in June on the synthetic at Pakenham." Walker has strong family ties with harness racing, working with her late father, highly-respected and popular horseman Bill Walker for many years. Bill passed away in February last year-just a few days after Simone saddled up her very first gallops runner at Sale. Simone was the stable driver in the father-daughter combination, and a successful partnership it was. They had Lombo Skyrider (2001 Australian 2YO Pacer of the Year) as well as talented trotters Stoned At Midnight and Stoned I Am. In addition, they had multiple G1 winner and InterDominion runner-up Hectorjayjay who started his career with Bill Walker before being sold. "Stoned At Midnight was a ripper. She was just gorgeous and has gone on to be a good broodmare," Simone said "Dad used to do all the breaking-in, but now that's Andrew's job and he's very good. He works as a builder, but he loves the horses," she said. Simone and Andrew have some bright prospects in the harness racing ranks, headed by three-year-old Dennis William, a winner of five of his eight lifetime outings. "He is exceptional and should develop into a really nice horse," Simone said. "We've also got a good old boy and a favorite of mine in Reclusive. He's got some joint issues but has been in the placings at some recent Melton meetings." Reclusive is a winner of seven races for stakes of over $57,000. Talented, but unpredictable trotter Fend Off recently trialled impressively and Simone has her fingers crossed for an exciting campaign for the owners, the Cranbourne Club 21 syndicate. "He's got speed to burn, but really is a nut case. We got him quite tractable a while ago, but then he broke another bone in his leg and had to be tipped out," she said. "But he has come back in good order, so here's hoping!"   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two track records fell by the wayside as the Hippodrome 3R played host to their Super Sunday featuring eight harness racing series championship finals with purses on the card totaling more than $508,000. It was the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec and Mother Nature cooperated with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Here is a brief description of all eight finals. $55,000 2YO Filly Trot Final - No surprises in this non-wagering division as track record holder Mag N Lady once again distanced the field (the other three in the race all broke stride). Trained, driven and co-owned by Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario with Julie Malenfant, Richard Legris and Pascale Maguire, Mag N Lady covered the one-mile trot in 2:02. New Road (Steeven Genois) was second with XOXO (Jerome Lombart) third. Sired by Royalty For Life, it was the fourth straight win for Mag N Lady, a clean sweep of all three preliminary rounds and the final. She was bred by Jeffrey Gillis and Gerald Stay. $55,000 2YO Colt Trot Final - Undefeated Kinnder Dangerzone made it four for four in his young career as he grinded out an impressive 2:01 triumph. Parked out first-over against pacesetter Eyes For Justice (Steeven Genois), Kinnder Dangerzone and driver Pierre-Luc Roy sat first-over from the opening quarter mile until the backstretch and once on the lead he pulled away from the field to win by four and one-quarter lengths. Hall Win (Louis-Philippe Roy) was second with Eyes Of Justice was third. Sired by Northern Escort, it was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Dangerzone, who was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $3.00 to win. $55,000 2YO Filly Pace Final - Driver Sylvain Filion did not come back to Quebec just for the poutine. He was back at H3R for Super Sunday to drive his dad's horses and he did not disappoint. Leaving with Celia Bayama, they had it easy through a :28.1 quarter and :58.4 half mile before CL Sportsextreme and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them and the two drew away from the field in the backstretch, battling head and head to the three-quarters in 1:26.2. Then Ceila Bayama pulled away and set the track record with a 1:55.3 clocking. CL Sportsextreme was second with Platine Alpha (Pascal Berube) third. The previous record for two-year-old pacing fillies was 1:56.2 set by Behaven Myself (Pascal Berube) in 2018. Trained by Yves Filion, owned and bred by his Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Agenteuil, it was the second straight win and four of the year for the daughter of Bettor's Delight. She paid $2.40 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Pace Final - Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain Filion), the 1/5 betting favorite, got roughed up early by pacesetter YS Do It Right ($4.90) and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, and had nothing left in the tank in the stretch as YS Do It Right won by one length in a lifetime best mile of 1:55.2. Roy parked out Filion to a :27.2 opening quarter, forcing Filion into the two-hole. Then after a half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:27, Cadillac Bayama could not catch YS Do It Right, who won by one and one-quarter lengths. The Light Speed (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the second win this year for YS Do It Right. The colt by Bettor's Delight is trained by Francis Richard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. $65,000 3YO Filly Trot Final - Kinnder High Class ($2.20) was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and raced like it as she set a track record. The daughter of Royalty For Life went right to the lead for driver Pierre-Luc Roy, held the field at bay through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.4 and as the field came at her at the three-quarters, she pulled away and scored a three and one-half length triumph in 1:58.1. HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Judy's Program (Sylvain Filion) third. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting fillies was 1:59.2 set by Viva Bayama (Yves Filion) in 2014. It was the third straight win, a lifetime mark and the seventh victory in ten starts this year for Kinnder High Class. It made for an exciting championship double for owner, trainer and breeder Denitza Petrova. Kinnder High Class is from the mare, Majestic Joy, and is a half-sister to Kinnder Dangerzone. $65,000 3YO Colt Trot Final - Babidibou was the reigning champion from last year but was denied a second title as Kenogami Coco ($5.50) was at his best. The gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin was parked out first-over against Frido PV through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:27.3, all the while giving Babidibou (Stephane Gendron) great second-over cover. All three trotters were in contention coming down the stretch and Kenogami Coco was much the best, winning by one length in 1:57.3. Babidibou was second with Frido PV third. It was the third straight win for Kenogami Coco, who is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Jean-Francis & Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. $65,000 3YO Filly Pace Final - The build-up of Acaena De Chakrika vs Streakazana lived up to its hype, but all the glory went to Godiva Lovely Lady ($9.30), who snuck up the inside to win it all in 1:56.4. Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) was parked out to the lead in a :27 first quarter by Godiva Lovely Lady and driver-trainer Guy Gagnon. She then took command and led to the half mile in :57 as co-favorite Streakazana and Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over and pressed the pace to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. Then coming for home as those two began to tire, Gagnon came up the inside for the win by one length over Acaena De Chakrika with Streakazana third. It was the third win this year for Godiva Lovely Lady and a lifetime mark. Sired by Badlands Hanover, she is owned and bred by Raymond Larose of St-Henri-De-Levis. $65,000 3YO Colt Pace Final - It was a Calvary charge from the start as four horses all left hard for the early lead, going three deep around the first turn. It was not until the opening quarter in a speedy :26 that Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron), the 2019 Champion, cleared to the lead from HP I Got To Play (Louis-Philippe Roy). Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) came first-over and pressed the field to the half mile in :54.2. In the backstretch, Brutus Bayama (Guy Gagnon) popped three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:24 to press the pace. As they came down the stretch, Roy was able to collar Eclat De Rire and go on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.3. Brutus Bayama was third. It was a lifetime mark for the colt by Shadow Play. HP I Got To Play is trained by Francis Richard for co-owners/breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer S Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. The winner paid $18.50 in scoring the upset victory. Track Notes: Driver Pierre-Luc Roy had a big day with a driving triple, two of them in championship races. Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Filion, Louis-Philippe Roy and Guy Gagnon each had driving doubles. Denitza Petrova and Francis Richard each had training double, both in the championship races. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, September 26, 2020 – Venerate and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy powered off cover at the head of the stretch to win the $1,320,000 Mohawk Million on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A full field of ten rookie trotters, including three fillies, met in the inaugural Mohawk Million, a “buy-in” race with nine slots available for the purchase of $110,000 each and a final slot awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Racing in the slot of Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and partners, Venerate overcame a second-tier start with a perfect steer from McCarthy to win in 1:53.2. The Julie Miller trainee got away eighth and was able to follow the favourite Donna Soprano, eventually muscling by the previously undefeated filly to win by three-quarters of a lengh.  “I was hoping I’d get out of there a little closer, but after scoring him down I knew I couldn’t make him accelerate too fast, so I just wanted to get out of there upright,” said McCarthy. “He’s a very strong horse, I’ve seen that, I didn’t really care how far back I got, just figured I’d have to get through that first turn and then worry about where I’m going from there.  “The speed was pretty tough early, so it worked out where I could end up getting a pretty good trip, but when I looked up at the eighth-pole I was a long away back.”  The opening stages of the race saw several horses leaving hard, causing a four-wide push into the first-turn. Altar cut a :27 opening-quarter before handing the lead over to Wellwood winner On A Streak, who was four-wide entering the turn. Race-favourite Donna Soprano got away sixth, while Venerate was eighth.  On A Streak led to the half in 56.1 just as Insta Glam came with a powerful rush to claim the top spot going into the final-turn. Donna Soprano got her cue to go just before the half, as did Venerate and McCarthy seeing an opportunity to follow the favourite.  Insta Glam trotted a strong third-quarter to get the field to that station in 1:24 with a few lengths of separation.  In the stretch, Donna Soprano and Venerate trotted by Insta Glam to set up a battle of their own. The filly Donna Soprano tried to hold on, but the colt Venerate was too much to handle, powering by to victory.  “I’m so thankful for Andy and Julie and Pinske Stable,” said McCarthy. “And to Brad (Grant) for deciding to use me on this horse, I’m so thankful.”  On A Streak finished third, while Insta Glam was fourth.  A son of French stallion Love You, Venerate is owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. The connections negotiated a private deal with slot owner Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and partners to take a shot at the Mohawk Million.  “It makes me look pretty smart I guess,” laughed Grant. “We really believed in this race when we bought our slot. What Woodbine has done is something new and I think it’s great, it had a buzz to it all year long.”  Venerate is now four for seven and adds the winner’s share of the $1,320,000 purse to his previously earned $188,766.   The victory for driver McCarthy gives him a sweep of harness racing’s two richest races in 2020. McCarthy won the $1 million Hambletonian on August 8 at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.   “It feels amazing just to be involved in a race like this,” said McCarthy. “It’s important to hold races like this, it draws a lot of attention and hopefully it hangs around for next year.” The inaugural Mohawk Million was the richest standardbred race contested in Canada since the 2012 Pepsi North America Cup. The inaugural race headlined a $2.8 million card, which included the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton.  A $2 win ticket on Venerate returned $6.80.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, September 26, 2020 – Exploit and harness racing driver Doug McNair stole the spotlight from Tony Alagna stablemate Abuckabett Hanover to win the $720,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  McNair mapped out a perfect second-over trip for Exploit on the back of 1/5 favourite Abuckabett Hanover to surge by powerfully in the lane for a 1:50.4 win at odds of 35-1.  “He was feeling real good and we were following the best horse in the race I thought,” said McNair. “He swelled right up in the last turn and kind of surprised me a little bit when he blew them all and he raced great.”  Lawless Shadow rocketed out to the front, posting a :26 opener. Bayfield Beach looped to the top from second and led the field to the half in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:22.1.  Abuckabett Hanover got away sixth and started the first-up bid in the second-quarter. The Alagna grinded to within a length of the lead at three-quarters, while Exploit followed his every move.  In the stretch, Exploit shot off cover to surge by his stablemate and eventually by a game Bayfield Beach to win by half a length in 1:50.4. Lawless Shadow crossed the line third, while Abuckabett Hanover was fourth.  A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Exploit was two for seven coming into the Metro final and had finished fourth in his elimination. The Alagna trainee was a $165,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and adds $360,000 in earnings to a previously earned $26,457 for owners LeBlanc and Kribbs, Joe Sbrocco, In The GYM Partners and Joe Barbera.  Exploit’s triumph gives driver McNair his first Metro title and trainer Alagna his third to go with wins in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  “They do a great job,” said McNair of the Alagna barn. “It’s great to get to drive for them and their horse showed up tonight.”  A $2 win ticket on Exploit returned $73.90.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, September 26, 2020 - Caviart Audrey went from second to first following a long inquiry in Saturday's $455,000 Shes A Great Lady at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Scarlett Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy found a seam late at the pylons after screaming for room throughout the stretch. It appeared instantly that Scarlett Hanover had grabbed the victory, however, the Judges lit the inquiry sign and found Scarlett Hanover caused interference to a pair of horses when searching for room, causing a disqualification to ninth. The incident was a bump to Lady Arthur, causing a chain-reaction bump into Twin B Sunkissed who went off stride. Nancy Takter trainee Caviart Audrey and driver Yannick Gingras inherited the victory after a very game effort in a race filled with action from start to finish. Scarlett Hanover blasted to the lead, posting a :26 opening-quarter. Notorious Pink rushed to the top in the second-quarter from fourth and posted blistering fractions of :53.4 and 1:21.4. Caviart Audrey moved from mid-pack at the half and pressed first-up around the final-turn. The lead fillies were clearly fatigued from the hot fractions, but gamely dug in. Notorious Pink kept the rail shut, as Scarlett Hanover and McCarthy were crying for room. As expected, the backfield came to life in the lane to set up a wild finish. A five-across finish saw Scarlett Hanover sneak up the rail to hit the wire first in 1:52.2. Caviart Audrey was second by a head, but was placed first following the inquiry. Notorious Pink was third placed second, while Paulas Bet Hanover was placed third and Best Head West placed fourth. A daughter of superstars Somebeachsomewhere and Darlins Delight, Caviart Audrey was a $280,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The victory gives her five wins in six starts and $354,237 in earnings for owners Caviart Farms. A $2 win ticket on Caviart Audrey returned $3.70.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

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A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen will be standing at Premier Acres in Indiana for a fee of $7,500. Dennis Bontrager of Premier Acres says he is really excited about Pastor Stephen standing in Indiana. For the first time he says, Indiana breeders have a chance to breed to the best ever and most high profile stallion to stand in Indiana. For enquiries phone Dennis Bontrager (260) 585 4927 by Steve Wolf
The Hambletonian Society supports the proposed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), the latest version of which is S.R. 4547, introduced on September 9, 2020. The Society believes that the current system of oversight and regulation of horse racing needs and demands changes in structure and execution and that the proposed legislation has the potential to bring new found confidence and trust to horseplayers, owners and all other participants. While some of the provisions of the original bill caused legitimate concerns for the Standardbred industry, since, among other concerns, it provided for "one size fits all" rules for all breeds, the amended bill now recognizes the uniqueness of other breeds, including Standardbreds. To be represented effectively, the Standardbred industry and its leaders must be united in their approach to the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority to be established under HISA, so as to ensure that therapeutic medication protocols, funding mechanisms and representation, are appropriate and practical for the harness racing industry. Universal thresholds and withdrawal times, as well as standardized testing procedures for permitted therapeutic medications, will allow honest and ethical breeders, trainers and veterinarians to care for race horses in a more consistent manner. This proposed legislation also greatly increases the chances of detecting and apprehending unscrupulous and unethical people who currently operate within industry-regulated boundaries. The Society urges all participants and organizations in the Standardbred Industry to familiarize themselves with the contents of the amended bill, (Amended HISA Bill SR4547) and support this groundbreaking legislation. There is an opening to be part of a solution that will allow harness racing to be treated fairly and be the best that it can be as we move forward. Sincerely, John Campbell President & Chief Executive Officer Jim Simpson Chairman of the Executive Committee   The Hambletonian Society Executive Committee Frank Antonacci Thomas A. Charters E.T. Gerry Jr. Ted Gewertz Fred W. Hertrich III Charles E. Keller III Michael G. Kimelman Seth Rosenfeld George I. Segal   The full board of the Hambletonian Society, Inc. can be found here: Hambletonian Society Board Below is the link to the House floor if you would like to watch the debate on the HR 1754, the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act.  It should begin around 1pm.  There is 40 minutes of debate, divided between Reps and Dems.   Votes will be stacked beginning at 6:30, and you can watch the live vote at the same link. live.house.gov/
WILKES-BARRE PA – George Napolitano Jr. and his brother Anthony, the two winningest harness racing drivers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, captured nine of the fourteen races on the Monday afternoon card – and still they had to share the spotlight with a trainer who boosted her career win total to 32. Brianne Good, a 36-year-old trainer from Sayre PA and a former participant in the Racing Under Saddle series, is campaigning her stock at Pocono now that Tioga Downs, near her home, has closed for the season, and Good sent out three winners on the Monday card, using a different driver aboard each winner. Tyler Buter drove Big Mach to a $49.80 victory in race five; George Napolitano was behind favored $4.80 winner BJ Lorado in the very next race; and then Anthony Napolitano brought home $51.00 bomber Ev’s Girl in the thirteenth contest. Tyler Buter driving Big Mach to a $49.80 victory   Good, who has had her license for less than three years and who has never started more than 112 horses in a season, had once before had a multiple win card – and it was ironically the night she got her first and second career training victories, at The Meadowlands on February 9, 2018. As far as the $51 victory of Ev’s Girl, it was Anthony Napolitano’s third victory in the first four races of today’s Rainbow Pick 5 bet – George had the other – and the $51.00 payoff reduced to 22 the number of “live” tickets vying to be the unique winning ducat and to collect the $238,000 pool. But the last race saw Anthony win again with 2-1 shot Mighty Mr Sharkey over 3-5 favorite Rock Lights in the stretch battle, resulting in multiple winners and a carryover of over $232,000 for Tuesday’s Rainbow Pick 5 pool. Anthony’s four wins in the Rainbow bet were his “only” winners of the day, while George reported home first five times, giving him fourteen wins in the three racing days so far this week. But doubtless it will be Brianne Good who will remember the day for a long time thereafter.   PHHA / Pocono
HARRINGTON, Del. - Leonard Hubbard's Z's Dream ($2.80, Art Stafford Jr.) and Mst Racing Inc. and George Teague's Subban ($3.60, Montrell Teague) each won their respective $20,000 harness racing divisions in the second leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point earners from all divisions will return to compete in the $100,000 final events on October 7. Z's Dream led in wire-to-wire fashion from the rail for trainer Andrew Stafford as the Dream Away gelding completed a sweep of his eliminations. Squeak On By was second with Marvelous Winner third.  Subban ($2.80, Montrell Teague), a Clyde Francis-trainee and son of Southwind Lynx, sat in the pocket for red hot driver Teague behind pacesetter Syndergaard - who was bidding for an elimination sweep - throughout before surging by when given clearance in the stretch. Syndergaard held second with Can't Get Right, also trained by Francis, third. Teague had 5 wins on the card, 3 for Francis. Teague, was back in the winner's circle in the next race with Legacy Racing and Reginald Hazzard II's Inforce ($5.20), who was a 1:53.3 winner in the overnight feature, a $14,000 claiming handicap for $25,000 to $30,000 claimers for trainer Wayne Givens. Teague also owns Goldberg ($4.40), whom he piloted in the sub-featured $13,500 conditioned pace to a 1:53.1 win over Calvin K and Keep On Rocking A.  Stafford Jr.  and Russell Foster had a driving double.   by Matthew Sparacino
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