Day At The Track

Australian Group One winning trotter, Dance Craze, has accepted an invitation to the 2018 Harness Jewels. Following the withdrawal of Custodian from the 4YO Ruby yesterday, interest was high from the harness racing connections of the former Breeders Crown winner to take part in the race.   A four-year-old mare by Muscle Hill out of the great mare, La Coocaracha, Dance Craze has an impressive career record of 11 starts, 8 wins, and 2 seconds.  Included in that haul, along with her Group One Breeders Crown win, is a Group Two victory in the Trot NSW Three-Year-Old Final. She also placed second in the Group One Victoria Trotting Derby, and second in the Group One Need for Speed Princess Final last season.  Dance Craze resumed just yesterday (17 May) with a win as a four-year-old when successful at Ballarat. She is prepared by Anton Golino of Cardigan in Victoria, who trains exclusively for the owners (Yabby Dam Farms). Golino’s rise to success has been a remarkable one. After being involved in a motorbike accident when a farrier, he was forced into a wheelchair for a year. It was after that he decided to head to the United States to expand his skills.  His experience with Noel Daley there then led him to work in Sweden and France, and upon returning to Australia to train he was then approached by Pat Driscoll to work for Yabby Dam Farms.  The partnership has gone from strength to strength.  Dance Craze is regularly driven in Australia by Nathan Jack, who was set to bring Custodian to the Jewels prior to the horse being withdrawn.  Her dam La Coocaracha was an outstanding trotter. She was a three time Group One winner and amassed 23 victories during her career.  One of her Group One wins came on New Zealand soil when successful in the 2002 Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park.  Dance Craze will now try and emulate her dam by taking success at the highest level in New Zealand.  Harness Racing New Zealand

Plainville, MA---Walpole, Massachusetts native George Ducharme left his Vernon Downs base of operations to return home with two of his state-bred trotters and came away with two wins, two lifetime marks and a tie for a harness racing track record for his students after their day of work at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 17). Last year's Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) 2-year-old champion Hashtagmadeyalook bounced back from a disappointing start in a $40,600 New York Sire Stake at Vernon Downs last week to defeat nine rivals in the $12,500 Highland Light Series for 3 and 4-year-old trotters at Plainridge today. Leaving from post three, Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) took a quarter to get the lead, but when he did it was for good. After cutting fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26.3, Gray kept his trotter on task and held off a rush from a late-closing Now's The Moment (Mike Stevenson) to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Hashtagmadeyalook ($3.20), who is a 2018 Hambletonian eligible, is owned by his breeder Ray Campbell Jr. Ducharme's other entry was 2016 2-year-old MASS champion Muscles Jared who made heads turn in the $12,000 conditioned overnight trotting feature. In a similar manner to his stablemate, Muscles Jared (Shawn Gray) left and cleared past the quarter and dictated every station after that. After settling the field in with a tepid :57 half, Gray tapped the gas pedal and went back to back :28.1 and :28.4 quarters to win by five, stopping the clock in 1:54 flat. The time equaled both his lifetime mark and the track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings. Muscles Jared ($3.20) is owned by Al Ross. In the second division of the $12,500 Highland Light Series, J-S Miss Carolyn (Steeven Genois) scored an impressive gate to wire victory in 1:57.4. Owned by Adam Friedland and trained by Jim Nickerson, J-S Miss Carolyn ($8.80) scored her first win of the year, and at Plainridge, in her first ever trip here. There was also two divisions of the $10,000 Ralph Waldo Emerson trotting series on Thursday. Saratoga invader The Lindy Treaty (Shawn Gray) took early cover before pulling first-up at the three-quarters to trot by the front-running Manssive (Ron Cushing) down the lane and win by three lengths in 1:54.3, which was a new lifetime mark for the 7-year-old. The Lindy Treaty ($13.80) is owned by Barry Wishard and is trained by Brett Derue. The second division saw Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) follow cover second-over past the half to eventually out-muscle Candy Lane (Matt Athearn) by a nose at the wire in 1:55.1, which was yet another lifetime mark. Jericho ($14.20) is owned by Linda Kenney, Robert Kenney and the Di Stefano and Son Stable and is trained by John Di Stefano. Shawn Gray led all drivers with three wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (May 18) at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

MAY 17, 2018 - For the second straight year the Ontario Sires Stakes program will kick off its harness racing season during Flamboro Downs' $425,000 Confederation Cup program, this Sunday, May 20. Both the three-year-old trotting colts and pacing colts will open their provincial campaigns at the Dundas oval on Sunday, with the trotters battling for Grassroots glory in Races 1 and 3, and the pacers making their highly anticipated return to Gold Series action in Races 5, 8 and 11. Headlining the pacing colt division is reigning Super Final champion Western Passage, who will start from Post 4 in the eighth race for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, John and McKinlay Fielding of Toronto, and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, Ontario. "Western Passage trained back well," said Coleman on Thursday. "I was disappointed in him his first start (May 12), I thought he should have won, so I made some changes and I expect him to be better Sunday, hopefully." A son of Coleman's former champion Sportswriter, Western Passage heads into Sunday's test off a pair of qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a runner-up finish in a May 12 prep race at the Campbellville track. Doug McNair, who drove the gelding to both victories in his $206,980 freshman season, including a win over The Raceway at Western Fair District's half-mile oval, will be in his usual place in Western Passage's race bike on Sunday. The outstanding program of harness racing will wrap up with the $182,500 Confederation Cup Final for four-year-old pacers in Race 12. McNair will steer elimination winner Western Joe from Post 7. In between races Flamboro Down fans of all ages will enjoy a wide array of entertainment. Fans will have an opportunity to meet and reminisce with Somebeachsomewhere's driver Paul MacDonell, who will sign a limited number of portrait cards of the late Ontario Sired superstar. Five lucky fans will also leave the Dundas oval as co-owners of a racehorse, courtesy of Flamboro Downs and TheStable.ca. Olympic medal winning hockey players Renata Fast, Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino will be on hand to show off their gold and silver medals and sign autographs, while a sports memorabilia auction will benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Stilt walkers, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator and "Flamboro's Famous Minis" are just some of the other between race entertainment options. The Grassroots three-year-old trotting colts will raise the curtain on the evening's festivities at 6 pm. For all the Confederation Cup night details visit http://www.flamborodowns.com/confederation_cup.html. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Flamboro Downs  

Harness racing trainer Gavin Smith has been fined $750.00 for striking his own horse. Nothing wrong with that you say! Except the horse he hit with his whip was racing next to him and being driven by another driver. At the North Canterbury trials on the 9th May Gavin Smith was driving Bronx Village (a horse he trains) who was leading as the field turned for home with Reverse Phsychology, Smith’s other runner in the race who was being driven by Siv Diamant, in the trail. Reverse Phsychology improved to Smith’s outside and shortly afterwards he drew his whip and struck that horse on one occasion. Smith admitted he had acted in moment of stupidity and said that he had told Siv that she would have to be tough on the horse, as he was a bludger. He said that he could see he was going well when he raced up beside him but straight away “knocked off”. Siv was only giving the horse little flicks, he said, and he had yelled to her to “get up him”. Smith said Siv continued on with the little flicks and without thinking he reached around and struck the horse. He did not even think about it being a trials day and that it was a spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. The JCA submitted that a $500 fine and a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty, but after taking all factors into account determined that a $750.00 fine was a more appropriate penalty in this case.   Full details below:   BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Information No. A10183 BETWEEN SHANE RENAULT Stipendiary Steward for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND GAVIN SMITH of Kaiapoi, Licensed Open Horseman Respondent Date of Hearing: 13 May 2018 Venue: Phar Lap Racecourse, Timaru Judicial Committee: S Ching (Chair) D Anderson (Committee Member) Present: S Renault, the Informant G Smith, the Respondent Date of Decision: 13 May 2018 PENALTY DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No.A10183 alleges that: G Smith as the driver of BRONX VILLAGE used his whip to strike another runner namely REVERSE PSYCHLOGY, near the 200 metres. The Rules [2] Rule 869(2) reads as follows; 869 (2) No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board. Use of the Whip Regulation (g) reads as follows; (g) No horseman shall use their whip in such a way that it baulks, inconveniences, impedes or strikes another horse or horseman. The Plea [3] Mr Smith had signed the Information that the breach was admitted. Mr Smith confirmed this at the hearing. He also confirmed he understood the rule he was being charged with. Summary of Facts [4] On 9 May 2018 at the North Canterbury TOA trials meeting at Rangiora Racecourse, Open Horseman, Mr G Smith was the trainer and driver of BRONX VILLAGE in Race 12, a Non-winners Pace trial and was placed 3rd in the event. Mr Smith was also the trainer of REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, who was driven by Ms S Diamant, and was placed 2nd in the same event. [5] During the running and near the 200m, Mr Smith was observed to strike another runner, being REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY. [6] This incident was observed by the officiating Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Renault and recorded by the oncourse cameras. [7] Mr Renault made application pursuant to Rule 1103(4)(c) from the General Manager of the RIU, Mr M Godber, to lodge an information against Mr Smith for a breach of Rule 869(2)(g). This application was granted on 11 May 2018 and a letter was produced for the Judicial Committee. [8] Mr Smith was subsequently charged with a breach of Rule 869(2) in that he used his whip to strike another runner near the 200m. Informant’s Submissions [9] Mr Renault showed side on video footage of the incident to the Committee which showed Mr Smith driving BRONX VILLAGE leading as the field turned for home with REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, Mr Smith’s other runner in the race and driven by Ms S Diamant, in the trail. He said that REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY improved to Mr Smith’s outside and shortly afterwards Mr Smith drew his whip and struck REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY on one occasion. [10] Mr Renault stated that this was a deliberate action by Mr Smith who looked to his outside, saw his other horse there, drew the whip and struck the horse. Mr Smith, on the day, stated to Mr Renault, that he didn’t think his driver was hitting the horse or urging it on enough over the concluding stages. Mr Renault submitted that this was a safety issue as Mr Smith could not know what reaction the horse would take after being struck on the inside. He also stated that the Stewards take a dim view of Mr Smith’s actions and believe they are totally unacceptable. Mr Renault in answer to a question from the Committee, stated that Ms Diamant had informed him that the whip had struck the horse on the backside. Mr Renault said that even though it was only one strike, the perception to the betting public, was poor. Submissions of Respondent [11] Mr Smith stated that it was a “moment of stupidity”. He said that he owned REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY, that he was a “bludger” and hadn’t been anywhere in the past year. Mr Smith said that as he owns REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY and as he had a paying clients horse in the race, he had decided to drive BRONX VILLAGE. [12] Mr Smith said that he had told Ms Diamant that she would have to be tough on the horse, as he was a bludger. He said that he could see he was going well when he raced up beside him but straight away “knocked off”. Ms Diamant was only giving the horse little flicks, he said, and he had yelled to her to “get up him”. Mr Smith said Ms Diamant continued on with the little flicks and without thinking he reached around and struck the horse. He did not even think about it being a trials day and that it was a spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. He also said that as soon as he had done it, could not believe how stupid he had been. He also said it was a bad look, a dumb thing to do, and still doesn’t know why he let it happen. Submissions of Informant on Penalty [13] Mr Renault for the RIU stated that Mr Smith had a clear record in relation to this part of the rule. He said that a breach of this particular rule where another horse is struck, was very uncommon and as such here were no precedents to assist with penalty. Mr Renault stated that the JCA Penalty Guide does not provide a starting point and only refers to penalty being “case by case on merits”. [14] Mr Renault submitted that an appropriate penalty in this case is a combined suspension and fine. He stated that this was a deliberate act which should not be accepted, and an appropriate penalty should be one that will send a clear message to all industry participants that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. Mr Renault submitted that a fine of $500 as well as a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty. Respondent’s Submissions [15] Mr Smith stated that a suspension as well as a fine was incredibly harsh for one strike at a trials meeting. He said that he was already suspended, for careless driving, from after the Addington meeting on Friday 18 May up to and including 27 May 2018. He said a suspension would be excessive especially as the first day of suspension would be the Harness Jewels day on 2 June. Reasons for Penalty [16] In determining penalty, we carefully considered all factors in regard to this breach. In mitigation, Mr Smith’s frank admission of the breach, his genuine remorse and his clear record in relation to this part of the rule, are factors to be taken into account. [17] Mr Smith admitted to an act of stupidity and also conceded that it was not a good look for the industry. We agree with both points and determined that these were aggravating factors. We also agreed with Mr Renault who stated that there is a need to send a clear message to all industry participants that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. [18] Mr Renault submitted that a $500 fine and a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty in this case. The JCA Penalty Guide does not provide a starting point for a breach of this rule but states that any penalty be on a “case by case on merits”. Charges under this section of the Whip Regulations with similar circumstances are so uncommon there are no historical precedents of penalty to assist us. After careful consideration this Committee determined that a combined penalty of a fine of $500 and a 3-day suspension would be disproportionate to the level of offending, especially in Mr Smith’s case where the first day of any suspension imposed would be the country’s premier meeting of the year, being the Harness Jewels meeting at Cambridge. [19] Taking all factors into account we determined that a fine was an appropriate penalty in this case. The level of this fine we set at $750. [20] Mr Smith is fined the sum of $750. S Ching CHAIR http://www.jca.org.nz/non-race-day-hearings/non-raceday-inquiry-riu-v-g-smith-decision-dated-13-may-2018-chair-mr-s-ching   Harnesslink Media

Harness racing trainer Don Burrows has been fined $9,000 for producing a horse to race when not free of a prohibited substance (Kavain). The horse in question was Lightworkofit who won at Addington on the 2nd and 23rd of February 2018 but has since been disqualified from both races. Burrows accepted that he has committed a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule and that it was a serious matter. He was shocked when informed that Lightworkofit had tested positive to Kavain (Kava). He had not heard of it and it was not a substance he would feed to his horses. Kavain is the main kavalactone found mostly in the roots of the kava plant. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative, anesthetic, euphoriant, and entheogenic properties. The Committee was satisfied that a fine of $9,000 is an appropriate penalty in this case. They believed that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter the offender and others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing. Full details below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY HELD AT CHRISTCHURCH IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of  Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Informations Nos. A7222 & A7223 BETWEEN K R WILLIAMS, Racing Investigator for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND DONALD GORDON BURROWS of Balcairn, Public Trainer Respondent Judicial Committee: R G McKenzie (Chair) D M Jackson (Committee Member) Venue: Addington Raceway, Christchurch Present: Mrs K R Williams, the Informant Mr D G Burrows, the Respondent Mrs P M A Burrows, Lay Advocate for the Respondent Mr S P Renault, Stipendiary Steward (Registrar) Date of Hearing: 4 May 2018 Date of Decision: 15 May 2018 RESERVED PENALTY DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charges [1] Information No. A7222 alleges that “on the 2nd day of February 2018, the Respondent being the registered trainer of the Standardbred LIGHTWORKOFIT, presented the horse to race in Race 8, the Macca Lodge- Tuapeka Lodge-Denario Breeding Mobile Trot, at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Kavain (Kava) in its system in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004 (1A), (3) and (4)”. [2] Information No. A7223 alleges that “on the 23rd day of February 2018, the Respondent being the registered trainer of the Standardbred LIGHTWORKOFIT, presented the horse to race in Race 10, the IRT Mobile Trot, at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Kavain (Kava) in its system in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004 (1A), (3) and (4)”. The Rules [3] Rule 1004 of the Rules of Harness Racing provides as follows: (1A) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances (3) When a horse is presented to race in contravention of sub-rule (1A) or (2) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules. (4) A breach of sub-rule (1A), (2) or (3A) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the . . . prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. [4] The penalty Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides as follows: (1) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence, for any specific period not exceeding five years. [5] Mrs Williams presented a letter dated 13 April 2018 signed by Mr M R Godber, General Manager of the Racing Integrity Unit, pursuant to Rule 1108 (2) authorising the filing of the information. The Plea [6] Mr Burrows had signed the Statement by the Respondent on each of the information forms indicating that he admitted the breaches. He was present at the hearing of the information. The charges and relevant Rules were read to him, after which he confirmed that he admitted the breaches. [7] The charges were found proved. Summary of Facts [8] Mrs Williams presented the following written submissions to the hearing: 1. LIGHTWORKOFIT is a 12-year-old bay gelding and is trained by Mr Donald Gordon BURROWS. LIGHTWORKOFIT is owned by Mrs P M Burrows, D G Burrows, S C Bavin and M N Bavin. LIGHTWORKOFIT has raced 45 times for 5 wins and lifetime stakes of $34,721 as at 23 April 2018. 2. LIGHTWORKOFIT was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Donald Burrows at the NZMTC meeting on 2 February 2018. LIGHTWORKOFIT was driven in Race 8, the MACCA LODGE-TUAPEKA LODGE-DENARIO BREEDING MOBILE TROT, by Mr D J Dunn, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. This stake has not been paid out. 3. Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that LIGHTWORKOFIT be post-race swabbed. LIGHTWORKOFIT entered the swab box at 9.20pm and Swabbing Steward, Mr M P McCann, obtained a urine sample from the gelding at 9.25pm. The race was programmed to start at 8.56pm. The urine sample was taken in the presence of the Mr Burrows. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 139961. Mr Burrows does not contest the taking of the sample. 4. LIGHTWORKOFIT was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Donald Burrows at the NZMTC meeting on 23 February 2018. LIGHTWORKOFIT was driven in Race 10, the IRT MOBILE TROT, by Mr G D Smith, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. This stake has not been paid out. 5. Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that LIGHTWORKOFIT be post-race swabbed. LIGHTWORKOFIT entered the swab box at 9.46pm and Swabbing Steward Mr G Johnston obtained a urine sample from the gelding at 9.50pm. The race was programmed to start at 9.30pm. The urine sample was taken in the presence of Mr Burrows. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 81616. Mr Burrows does not contest the taking of the sample. 6. On the 21st March 2018 the New Zealand Racing Laboratory reported Karvain (Kava) was detected in Sample Numbers 139961 and 81636. The Control Samples were clear. 7. On the 22nd March 2018, RIU members Mrs Kylie Williams and Mr Nick Ydgren went to the training establishment of Mr Burrows, 91 Smiths Road, Amberley, and advised him of the positive swabs returned by LIGHTWORKOFIT. 8. Mr Burrows was given copies of the Certificates of Analysis, the Swab Cards, RIU Swabbing Record Book and Race Results. 9. Mr Burrows could not offer an explanation for the presence of Kavain (Kava) in the urine samples taken from LIGHTWORKOFIT at the two race meetings. 10. Mr Burrows confirmed that he was not aware that Kava is a prohibited substance under the rules and does not check with a Veterinarian when using new supplements/products. 11. There are at least two products that are readily available in New Zealand that contain Kava. Mr Burrows had heard of one of the products as his daughter had used it on one of her horses in the past. Both products on their website advise that they contain Kava and that Kava is swabbable under FEI (Federation Equestrian International) rules. Mr Burrows advised that he has not used either product on his horse and none were found on his property. 12. Mr Burrows confirmed that LIGHTWORKOFIT was stood down from racing after breaking at the start in each of the four raceday starts from 17 December 2017 to 7 January 2018. After this Mr Burrows went to a local Rural Supply Company seeking a product to calm his horse. Mr Burrows purchased a product and this was one of the samples tested by the Laboratory and did not contain Kava. 13. The horse then finished 4th, 1st, 10th and 1st in its next four starts. The two wins are the subject of these positive swabs. 14. Mr Burrows does not keep a diary of treatments and keeps the horse feeds and additives in a locked shed. 15. Samples of several products were taken and forwarded to the NZ Racing Laboratory for testing with the Laboratory advising on 10 April 2018 that none of the products contained Kava. 16. Mr Burrows has been training since 1978/79. Mr Burrows has trained 38 winners. 17. Mr Burrows has not previously been charged with a breach of the prohibited substance rule. [9] Mrs Burrows confirmed to the Committee that the Summary of Facts was accepted by Mr Burrows. Informant’s Penalty Submissions [10] Mrs Williams presented the following written penalty submissions: 1. Mr Burrows has pleaded guilty to two breaches of Rule 1004(1A), (3) & (4) after presenting LIGHTWORKOFIT at the races with a prohibited substance in its system, namely Kavain (Kava), at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meetings on the 2nd February and 23rd February 2018. 2. The penalty provisions that apply in this case are outlined in Rule 1104(7). 1004(7) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. 3. The rules also require the mandatory disqualification of the horse: Rule 1004(8) states: 1004(8) Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2), or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years. 1004D Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested by it any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from that race. 4. Sentencing Principles - The four principles of sentencing can be summarised briefly ● Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his / her wrongdoing. They are not retributive in the sense that the punishment is disproportionate to the offence but the offender must be met with a punishment. ● In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing like offences. ● A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the J.C.A for the type of behaviour in question. ● The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. The first three principles are particularly important here. Relevant Precedents – In addition to the sentencing principles the Judicial Committee should have regard to relevant precedents. There are no previous positive swabs for Kava however the following have points of relevance as to the need to impose a penalty. R.I.U. v J M Whittaker – 17 August 2015 Subject: Caffeine positive with a horse – fined $1,000, costs $1,800. Extract from Whittaker decision: “RIU v L J Justice (2011) where that Committee stated ….. penalties will be imposed for breaches of the rule which will recognise, reinforce and give effect to the pivotal significance of the rule in maintaining the integrity of racing, whether or not culpable conduct is involved. Naturally where culpable conduct is involved, penalties imposed will normally be greater than in cases where such conduct is absent but we think it is wrong and contrary to the intent and purpose of the rule to assume the absence of culpable conduct should attract no, or only a token penalty.” R.I.U. v P M Williamson – 10 December 2012 Subject: Procaine positive with a horse – fined $3,500, costs $350 to JCA. The source of the positive swab was not identified. “Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring Mr Williamson and others from offending in a similar manner in the future.” 5. Aggravating Features – Mr Burrows cannot advise how the Kava came to be in the horse’s system on the two racedays but specifically sought out a product to give a calming effect on the horse without seeking Veterinary advice. The horse then went on to win twice and be placed fourth in its next four starts. The two wins are subject to these positive swabs. Kava is inherently used to produce a drink with sedative, anaesthetic, euphoriant and entheogenic properties. Kava is used for its sedating effects. We are dealing with two positives swabs. The first positive swab was not declared when the second positive swab occurred. 6. Mitigating Factors – Mr Burrows admits full liability as the trainer and admitted the breach at the first opportunity and has cooperated fully throughout the investigation. Mr Burrows has a clear record not having breached this rule. Mr Burrows has been training for over 40 years and has trained 38 winners. Conclusion – The Racing Integrity Unit seeks a monetary penalty of a fine of $10,000. The reason for this figure is that the JCA guidelines, 1st May 2015, have a starting point of $8,000 for a first offence of presenting a horse with a drug in its system. In setting penalty for two breaches this committee can take reference from RIU v A L J Lynch, 16 October 2015. Extract: “In RIU v B Towers (15 May 2015), which related to 2 charges where the Defendant Towers failed to present his horse free of the prohibited substance namely Clenbuterol, the Committee in its written decision considered options for determining penalty for multiple charges. The Committee in Towers referred to RIU v McInerney noting that it was submitted to support the submission that when setting a quantum, the Committee could look to set the financial penalty for the second breach at a level which was half that of the original breach. An approach in line with that adopted in McInerney supports the view that to impose a quantum for each breach, albeit resulting from the same on-going action. As with the Beck decision the circumstances of Towers are slightly different to the present case, albeit the discussion on rationale for decision making offers something for this Committee to consider in determining penalty quantum for all 3 charges.” Mr Burrows has to be given credit for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this inquiry and admitting the breach at the first opportunity. However, the onus is on trainers at all times to ensure that a horse in their care and control is completely drug free when presented at the races. We also seek the disqualification of LIGHTWORKOFIT under Rule 1004(8). 7. The R.I.U. are not seeking to recover any costs in this matter. Respondent’s Submissions [11] Mrs Burrows presented a lengthy written Submission on behalf of the Respondent which is now summarised: 1. Mr Burrows was granted a professional horseman’s licence in 1976. He holds a Public Trainer and a Graduation Driver licences. He has trained a small team of horses for the past 42 years. He is a fully-qualified Farrier, specialising in corrective shoeing. 2. He turned 65 in 2016 and is now semi-retired. He and his wife own a small farm of 15 acres in North Canterbury where he trains horses that they have bred. He is well-respected in harness racing circles and is described by those who know him well as a quiet, reliable professional person who always acts with integrity. He has never come to the attention of the Racing Integrity Unit nor has he ever had a positive swab before. 3. Mr Burrows accepts that he has committed a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule and that it is a serious matter. He was shocked when informed that LIGHTWORKOFIT had tested positive to Kavain. He had not heard of it. It is not a substance he would feed to his horses. 4. None of the samples of feed and supplements collected from the property registered the presence of Kavain and Mr Burrows has no knowledge of how LIGHTWORKOFIT tested positive to that substance and he certainly did not administer any banned substance. 5. He does not cover his training costs with the small number of horses that he trains. He trains, not for financial gain but for the love of the sport. Neither does he bet on his or any other horses. 6. It was impossible for any notification of the first positive to occur prior to LIGHTWORKOFIT racing again on 23 February, on which date the horse won again, otherwise the horse would not have raced. 7. Mr Burrows pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, was cooperative and assisted willingly in the investigation. He is deeply regretful and he and his wife have suffered much stress. He has no money to pay a fine and a fine will effectively end his 42-year career. 8. Mrs Burrows presented a “Personal Statement” which we do not reproduce here but which we have taken into account in arriving at penalty. 9. Character references were available from a number of named “Harness Racing Stakeholders”. [12] Mrs Burrows then made further oral submissions to the hearing. [13] It would be “catastrophic”, she said for Mr Burrows to have to pay a fine of the amount submitted by Mrs Williams ($10,000). She urged the Committee to take into account the mitigating circumstances that had been put forward. Herself and Mr Burrows had no income at present and the training operation had not made a profit in a decade because of the “depressed” state of the industry. It was accepted that Mr Burrows would have to pay a fine. [14] LIGHTWORKOFIT was a relatively old horse when he began racing and has been a hard horse to manage. He has always been drug-free. Mr Burrows has not had a positive swab in over 40 years in the industry. The Committee needs to signal to the industry that there can be “clemency”. [15] A public apology has been made on social media because she and Mr Burrows were so upset at what had happened. [16] Mrs Burrows stressed that there would not have been a “second penalty” because the horse would not have been racing had they been aware of the first positive. The horse has since won again at Addington on 26 April. [17] Mrs Burrows submitted that a fine of between $3,000 and $5,000 would be an appropriate penalty in the circumstances. Reasons for Penalty [18] The relevant penalty Rule for a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides: Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. [19] The starting point for penalty for a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule is provided in the Penalty Guide for Judicial Committees (effective 1 May 2015). For a first presentation offence, the Penalty Guide starting point is a fine of $8,000. The Penalty Guide provides that “the starting point is just that: movement both above and below may (and usually will) occur”. The Committee believes that the starting point of $8,000 for the first breach is the appropriate starting point in this case. [20] The Committee must, of course, have regard to the fact that Mr Burrows has been charged with two breaches of the Prohibited Substance Rule. Of course, the starting point in the Penalty Guide relates to a single breach. The Judicial Committee in the case of RIU v C D & A D Edmonds (2016), a case which involved one horse and two charges arising from positive swabs two weeks apart, adopted the view that a totality approach was appropriate and took a starting point of $12,000 on the basis of $8,000 for the first breach and $4,000 for the second breach. A similar approach has been taken in other cases involving multiple breaches and, in adopting that totality approach, the Committee is satisfied that $12,000 should be the starting point in this case. [21] The Committee, having established that starting point, is required to take into account aggravating and mitigating factors in the particular case. [22] In the present case, as is the case in many or most other cases of presentation, the source of the prohibited substance, in this case Kavain (Kava), cannot be determined. Mr Burrows denied treating LIGHTWORKOFIT with any product containing that substance and no such product was found on his property. Neither the Informant nor Mr Burrows has been able to point to a likely source of the prohibited substance. The Committee has to deal with penalty on that basis. [23] We cannot find any particular aggravating factors in this case. Mrs Williams in her penalty submissions highlighted an aggravating factor in that Mr Burrows had “specifically sought out a product to give a calming effect on the horse without seeking veterinary advice”. This statement was not challenged by Mrs Burrows, which we take as an acknowledgement that Mr Burrows had treated the horse with a product intended to calm it. However, with no product containing Kavain having been found on the property and in the absence of any other proof, we are reluctant to draw the conclusion that such treatment was the source of the Kavain in the horse’s system. [24] Mitigating factors to which we have had regard are Mr Burrows’ frank admission of the breach, his cooperation with the Racing Integrity Unit during the inquiry and his previous unblemished record over 40-plus years in the harness racing industry. These are significant. [25] We have noted Mrs Burrows’ submissions on behalf of her husband concerning their present financial position and the effect that a fine would have on them. The ability of a Respondent to pay a fine is one factor to which a Judicial Committee would normally have regard in fixing a fine in a particular case. [26] The Committee notes that Mr Burrows accepts that a fine will be payable. However, he is concerned about the quantum of that fine and his ability to meet it. While impecuniosity may be a mitigating factor personal to a respondent, the Committee does not believe that to be the case here. Mr & Mrs Burrows admitted to ownership of a 15-acre farm in North Canterbury and, further, stated that they would accept a fine of $5,000. Those factors suggest that they are not impecunious to the extent that a fine would have a crushing effect on them. For those reasons, and because we have had no detailed financial statement presented in support of those submissions, we choose not to give any weight to financial position in this case [27] From the starting point reached as above [paragraph 19], it is appropriate that Mr Burrows should receive a discount for the mitigating factors referred to in paragraph [23]. Mrs Burrows told us that character references were available. However, she saw fit not to actually produce any to the Committee so, unfortunately, in their absence, we can give no weight to these. [28] After consideration, the Committee fixes the appropriate discount at 25 per cent. [29] In arriving at a penalty of a fine of $9,000, the Committee received considerable guidance from the Edmonds case referred to in paragraph [24] above. A fine of $9,000 is consistent with the fine in that case, in which the facts were very similar. [30] The Committee is satisfied that a fine of $9,000 will suffice to satisfy the general purposes of sentencing which are well-established – to hold the offender accountable for his actions, to promote in the offender a sense of responsibility, to denounce the conduct of the offender and to deter the offender or other persons from committing the same or a similar offence. The Committee has also had regard, as always, to the important consideration of the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in Harness Racing. Disqualification of Horse [31] It is ordered that, effective from 7 May 2018, LIGHTWORKOFIT is disqualified from Race 8, Macca Lodge-Tuapeka Lodge-Denario Breeding Mobile Trot held at the meeting of New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway on 2 February 2018. Consequent upon the disqualification, the amended result for the race is as follows: 1st Speedy Command 2nd The Bloss 3rd Tijuana Taxi 4th Star Pride 5th Castleton Tui [35] It is further ordered that, effective from 7 May 2018, LIGHTWORKOFIT is disqualified from Race 10, IRT Mobile Trot held at the meeting of New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway on 23 February 2018. Consequent upon the disqualification, the amended result for the race is as follows: 1st Mystical Star 2nd Westar Maggie 3rd Rachmaninov 4th Tijuana Taxi 5th Chivasion [33] In the case of each of the above races, the Committee orders that stakes be paid in accordance with the amended result. Costs [34] Mrs Williams did not seek any costs in favour of the Racing Integrity Unit and, accordingly, no order is made. [35] The hearing took place on a raceday and, in the circumstances, no order for costs is made in favour of the Judicial Control Authority. R G McKenzie CHAIR http://www.jca.org.nz/non-race-day-hearings/non-raceday-inquiry-riu-v-d-g-burrows-reserved-penalty-decision-dated-15-may-2018-chair-mr-r-g-mckenzie     Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2018 -- When Fashionwoodchopper won last year's Pennsylvania championship for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at 38-1 -- from post 8, no less -- he surprised everyone but his trainer, Jim Campbell. "We liked him all along, but it took him a little while to get himself set," Campbell says. "I'm really happy with the way he's come back." Fashionwoodchopper leads a trio of talented Campbell-trained 3-year-olds into Saturday's $174,888 PA Sires Stakes opener, known as the Super Bowl, at The Meadows. He'll go in race 9 from post 6, with David Miller up. His stablemates, Crystal Fashion (race 10, post 8) and Patent Leather (race 8, post 1) will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms owns all three hopefuls. First post is 1:05 PM Fashionwoodchopper added victories in the International Stallion Series and Bluegrass to his impressive resume, earning $258,449 for the year. He opened his sophomore campaign with a strong show finish in a tough overnight at the Meadowlands, timed in 1:52.2. "He's a really nice horse to be around, a real pleasure to train," Campbell says of the son of Donato Hanover-Woodshopper. "It's early in the season, so my main concern is that he doesn't get roughed up. I want to get a good race into him without too tough a trip." Fourth in last year's PASS final, Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, banked $161,292 at 2 and launched his sophomore season with an impressive victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. "Where Fashionwoodchopper can race either way, Crystal Fashion likes to come from behind," Campbell says. "He's really good if he can sit on the outside and grind horses down. He really seems to thrive on that." Although he's the least heralded of the three, Patent Leather earned $77,992 last year while racing through injuries. "He's a real gutsy horse, "Campbell said. "He forgot all about those injuries when he raced last year. He has quick speed, and he's gritty." The son of Broadway Hall-Designable enters the Super Bowl after a win in a Harrah's Philadelphia overnight. Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 10-15). Fan-centered activities include: A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA); "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers. To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The best horse trained in New Zealand most punters have never heard of faces a daunting Kiwi debut at Addington tonight. Dual Oaks winner Shez All Rock not only has to overcome a second line draw in the $150,000 New Zealand Oaks but her new, red hot stablemate Elle Mac. Shez All Rock might ring a few bells with the keener New Zealand harness racing fans but to many she will be a new name. But there is no doubting her class. She has won seven of her eight starts including the NSW and Victoria Oaks, the two strongest pacing fillies classics in Australia when trained there, so she arrives here already established as the real deal. Shez All Rock is here for a two-race campaign, tonight and the Jewels at Cambridge on June 2, and has joined the All Stars stable after being purchased by clients of former Kiwi trainer Chris Ryder. But she has come a long way to find a horse right next door in the stabling block as her main danger and trainer Mark Purdon admits the cards are in Elle Mac's favour tonight. "Shez All Rock is a very good filly, no doubt about that, so we are stoked to get her, even if she isn't here for that long," said Purdon. "But she is still settling in and she is very much used to the Australian style of racing, where often they go hard the whole way, and because of that she really likes to run. "Whereas our fillies are more used to distance racing and the more relaxed style over here so, with them both drawn the second line this week, you have to think Elle Mac has the advantage. "She is on her home track, has won the Northern Oaks over 2700m and has obviously been with us from day one. "So I am not saying she is the better filly, I guess we will find that out over the next month, but Elle Mac has a lot more in her favour this week." Elle Mac smashed most of her rivals tonight in last week's 1950m Nevele R Final and looks even better suited to 2600m so it is hard to make a case to bet against her, no matter how good Shez All Rock is. Although she will be short odds a Purdon-Rasmussen win in tonight's richest race looks all but a certainty. They have the four favourites in the $170,000 Sires' Stakes Final and Another Masterpiece deserves favouritism for an array of reasons. He has been a constant improver at the highest level, has gate speed and the draw to use it and will only need to perform to the level he did in the Sales Series Pace two weeks ago to go close to winning again. Stablemate Jessie Duke should be fitter for his second in that race while War Dan Delight is something of the forgotten horse in the stable's juvenile bunch. He suffered a virus last month and is still on the way back up but Purdon says on raw ability he rates alongside the two favourites. "They are all very similar but Another Masterpiece is the one who has the form on the board at the moment and the draw. "But if War Dan Delight sits on his back he might run him close." Later in the night, northern trotter Paramount King looks perfectly placed in the $70,000 Sales Series Trot with many of the stars of that grade missing. By Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald

Hightstown, NJ --- Chuck Connor Jr. stood in the race paddock at the Meadowlands Racetrack one recent morning and looked around at the 2-year-old trotters and pacers on hand for a training session at the North Jersey harness racing oval. “Right now, everyone has got hope,” Connor said. “This is where the dream starts.” Connor would like to be living the dream in several months when the 2-year-olds are in the midst of their rookie seasons. Connor and his wife Janice, along with their son Brian, train a small stable of horses in Goshen, N.Y., based at Historic Track adjacent to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. The Connors have a stable of 17 horses at the moment, with nine 2-year-olds. Six of the 2-year-olds made the trip last week to the Meadowlands for their first training session away from home. “You have some that look like an A, some that look like a B, some that look like a C,” Connor said with a laugh. “But right now I’m hopeful that we’ve got a couple of As. It’s looking OK. It’s their first time here and things are a little exciting. It’s a little different for them, but at least they’re learning.” The Connors’ 2-year-olds on the trip, all trotters, included colts Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover-Lapponia) and The Chutzpah Kid (Conway Hall-Ms Fushsia) and fillies Muscle N Beauty (Muscles Yankee-Cabaret Hall) and Taja Mahala (Trixton-Kindling). Muscle N Beauty’s dam Cabaret Hall is a half-sister to stakes-winner Cash Hall and full sister to stakes-winners Cartier Hall and Capetown Hall. Taja Mahala’s dam Kindling is a half-sister to Personal Banner, who upset Moni Maker in the 1996 Breeders Crown. “You hope for soundness, number one,” Connor said about evaluating his 2-year-olds. “Then that they show you a little speed and each week they increase that speed a little bit. That’s what you’re hoping they show up with. And manners are key. “They accomplished everything I was looking for here. I was looking for around 2:09, 2:10 and everybody went there. They were all comfortable and did it well. That’s what you hope for.” In recent years, the Connors’ top horse was Rules Of The Road, who finished second to Wild Honey in the 2015 Hambletonian Oaks. Last year, trotter Whats The Word had success on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit, but went off stride as the 9-5 favorite in the series championship. The stable also had a stakes winner in pacer Real Rayenbow. “You could always have a better year, no matter how good it is,” Connor said, laughing. “You never win enough races and you never make enough money. You just hope you don’t have disappointments along the way, and last year we had a few disappointments. But we still had pretty good horses. “You stay positive and hope everything works good and comes together. That’s why we’re here.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

For Andrew Harris, the inaugural Trotting 4 Charity event speaks to his two biggest loves -- harness racing and his wife Amanda. The New Jersey-based trainer is thrilled with the promotion organized by TrotCast's Ryan Macedonio, which will be held May 18-20 at racetracks throughout North America. Participating drivers and trainers will wear a custom-made replica jersey of their own colors, with their selected charity logo displayed on the jersey. During the weekend, drivers will race in their jersey, while trainers like Harris will have jerseys made for them. After the event, auctions will be held for fans to bid on the jerseys and all proceeds from winning bids will be donated to the corresponding charities. Andrew will be donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, for a very good reason. "My wife was diagnosed three years ago with breast cancer," he said. "She went a year-and-a-half battling it. It looked like she got by it, they told her she was in remission, and a year ago we were notified it had metathesized to her lung and her thigh. So that charity is near and dear to me." Harris said Amanda is currently doing all right. "She's on chemo, fighting the fight," he said. "No bad news yet other than she's got to keep fighting it." Not only is Amanda battling the disease, she is raising a 4-year-old and 7-year-old, which her husband feels is more of a blessing than an obstacle. "It keeps her mind off the negative thoughts," Harris said. "If you're focusing on them you're not focusing on your own problems." And for the first time in his career, Harris is focusing on his future as the whole experience has been eye-opening. "It's completely changed our lives," he said. "It just even changed my outlook on life. I put a lot of family first and I take my business way more serious than I used to. Before I was training horses and working with (Casie Coleman) and stuff, and it wasn't about setting myself up for the future. Now I'm trying to set myself up for the future and making sure my kids are taken care of because you just don't know anymore." Participating in Trotting 4 Charity is merely an extension of Harris' life. Ever since Amanda was stricken he has donated as much as possible to breast cancer research. "When I saw this charity event come on I saw this was a no-brainer to pick this one," he said. "Hopefully it will shine a light on it and hopefully have some others donate to it so 20 years from now another young family doesn't have to go through this again." Like most everyone involved in the event, Harris has nothing but superlatives to say about it and would love to see it return each year. "I think it's amazing," he said. "It's really neat to see who everybody picked for a charity and shine a light on some. I thought it was great Matt Kakaley picked a local one at Pocono (Marley's Mission). It's something I never heard of and I looked just to see what it was about after I saw he picked it." Harris' brother, J Bradley, and Travis Henry are also driving for breast cancer research. "It does get people's attention within the industry," Harris said. "If we can do it every year, even if we just get decent money, I'm sure over time this will take off and hopefully we can all contribute enough that it helps in the long run." Canadian driver Doug McNair certainly wouldn't argue with that. McNair is donating to Autism Speaks, mainly because the 2-year-old son of his sister Amy has autism. "It's definitely something I want to raise money for and hopefully help this cause," McNair said. Doug said his nephew is doing well and that Amy and her husband, driver Billy Davis Jr., "have done a good job with him. You just have to teach him a little bit differently, that's all. He wouldn't even know he had autism." Robert Shepherd has also made Autism Speaks his charity, and McNair is happy to see what this event means to drivers. "I can't say enough about it," he said. "There are a lot of guys involved. There's nothing wrong with raising money for charities. Whatever happens (in the races), you're winning for sure." One of the more popular organizations chosen is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as Andy McCarthy, Declan Donoway, Montrell Teague, Pat Berry and Tyler Smith have all made it their charity of choice. Teague, based in Delaware, has no personal connection to St. Jude but admires the work it does. "I'm just a fan of parents bringing children in there, they don't have to worry about bills, they just worry about getting their child back," he said. "You have kids in there that should be on playgrounds instead of in a hospital bed. They're going through radiation and treatment. It just kills me. That's the worst thing. Cancer doesn't discriminate who it goes to, but usually when you think of cancer you think of somebody older, instead of a child." And since St. Jude's main source of financing comes from donations, Teague is delighted to see the harness racing community doing its part. "I think it's a great idea," he said. "We don't really promote too much, this would be a good promotion for other charities to get involved. They see we're trying to help out. The public will be seeing that we'll be wearing jerseys and we support different organizations other than ourselves. We're not even worried about winning any race, it's just having a jersey on and hoping people will try to bid on my jersey and help out a good cause and get a jersey." Also supporting an organization that helps kids are Brady Galliers and Roger Plante, who will donate to Ronald McDonald House. "That's just the kind of charity I've always been most interested in," said Ohio's Galliers. "They take them in, take care of them and do different things, like arts and crafts and games. All those kids that have a disease, they don't get to do the everyday normal thing, so every little thing for them counts. Just having people going and hanging out with them, doing fun stuff like that, I'm sure it means the world to them." Just as Trotting 4 Charities means the world to Galliers. "It's a really good thing that Ryan and those guys are doing," he said. "It's good for everybody. I don't think this has ever been done and to reach out and do something for the business along with it being a charity event is phenomenal." Following is a list of drivers and trainers participating in Trotting 4 Charity, with their corresponding charities. Allan Davis - Nemours Children's Hospital Andrew Harris - The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Andy McCarthy - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Science and Medicine Andy Miller - Pacing For The Cure Bob McClure - Children's Wish Foundation of Canada Brady Galliers - Ronald McDonald House Charities Brian Burton - Potomac Valley Boxing Association Chris Page - Jimmy V Foundation Colin Kelly - Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Corey Callahan - Harness Horse Youth Foundation Declan Donoway - St. Jude Children's Hospital Dolores Basilone Case - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Doug McNair - Autism Speaks Emily Hay - Leukemia Research Foundation Frank Milby - Talbot Special Riders, Inc. J Bradley Harris - Breast Cancer Research Foundation James MacDonald - Canadian Cancer Society Jim Morrill - Wounded Warrior Project Julie Miller - Pacing For The Cure Louis-Philippe Roy - Fondation Rêves d'enfants, Québec - Children's Wish Foundation, Quebec Marc Campbell - IWK Foundation Marcus Miller - Dogs For Better Lives Matt Kakaley - Marley's Mission Montrell Teague - St. Jude Children's Hospital Pat Berry - St. Jude Children's Hospital Robert Shepherd - Autism Speaks Roger Plante - Ronald McDonald House Russell Foster - Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Ryan Macedonio - Big Brothers Big Sisters Scott Young - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Scott Zeron - Standardbred Retirement Foundation - Adoptahorse.org Sean Bier - Cardiac Kids Simon Allard - Wigs For Kids Timmy Offutt - Maryland International Harvest Foundation Tom Jackson - Lung Cancer Research Foundation Travis Henry - Breast Cancer Research Foundation Trevor Henry - The War Amps Tyler Buter - Wounded Warriors Tyler Smith - St. Jude Children's Hospital Yannick Gingras - National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Pictures of each jersey will be available at trotting4charity.com or trotcast.com by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

“He’s working in terrific style at home and should be ready to rumble on Friday night and so it’s onwards and upwards,” declared harness racing trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper when assessing the prospects of veteran pacer Bettors Fire in the Alltools Online Store Pace at Gloucester Park. However, Harper declined to declare Bettors Fire a “good thing” in the seven-horse field in the 2130m event. Bettors Fire, an M20-class pacer with a record of 96 starts for 36 wins and 21 placings for earnings of $737,619, will start from the outside barrier, with M4-class mares Sheer Rocknroll (barrier one) and Maczaffair (two) gaining preferential treatment as the only mares in the race.  “It’s a tricky race,” Harper said. “Obviously, Bettors Fire is the class runner, but that doesn’t mean anything from a bad draw. I’ll leave all options open. Seven is a draw from which to fly the gate. But we probably don’t need to. We’ll weigh up our options and see what the early speed is like. “I’m happy with the horse who seems to thrive this time of the year. You could probably go two ways fire him off the arm and he’d be hard to beat. Or you could sit him up and if there’s any pace in the race he should prove hard to beat. “Sheer Rocknroll is a very good frontrunner and so, too, is Maczaffair. Vultan Tin probably won’t be able to cross Maczaffair, while Shandale has had a couple of starts back and should be pretty close to his best form. He’s hard to run down when he gets the advantage on you. “And The Bucket List is a very classy horse. All seven runners should be close enough to fight out the finish.” Whatever the outcome of Friday night’s race, Bettors Fire is certain to have a tougher time than he did last Friday week when he ambled to the front from barrier two and dawdled over the first two quarters of the final mile in 31.1sec. and 29.9sec. before sprinting over the final sections in 28.1sec. and 27.4sec. He held on to defeat Our Jimmy Johnstone by just over a half-length, with Shandale finishing solidly into third place.  Leading reinsman Shannon Suvaljko declared that Maczaffair would go out hard in a bid to lead. “She loves to lead and we plan to roll along,” he said. Maczaffair won the Group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes over 2130m last Friday night when she started from the No. 3 barrier and got to the front after 300m. The lead time was a fast 35.7sec. before Maczaffair relaxed and ran the opening two quarters of the final mile in 30sec. and 30.6sec. She increased the tempo with final quarters in 28.9sec. and 27.8sec. when she fought on grimly to beat Eden Franco by a half-head. Shandale and The Bucket List warmed up in style for this week’s event when they finished with powerful bursts to dead-heat for second behind Our Jimmy Johnstone over 2130m. Shandale surged home from fifth at the bell and The Bucket List rattled home from eighth with a lap to travel. Ken Casellas

HAMILTON, May 16, 2018 - The stage is set for a memorable 40th edition of the harness racing Confederation Cup this Sunday (May 20) at Flamboro Downs. The $182,500 event for four-year-old pacers is the highlight of a 12-race card with over $475,000 in purses up for grabs. The Confederation Cup undercard features a trio of $65,000-plus Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and a pair of $18,000 OSS Grassroots divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Elimination winners Filibuster Hanover and Western Joe are the horses to beat in Sunday's Confederation Cup. Filibuster Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post-three in the rich final after capturing their elimination in 1:51.4. The Ron Burke trainee is the richest horse in the field with $894,068 in career-earnings. 'Filibuster's' biggest victory came in last year's Little Brown Jug. Trainer Burke captured the Confederation Cup in 2016 with Rockin Ron. He will also send out Eddard Hanover (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy) and Maroma Beach (PP8, Trevor Henry) in Sunday's final. Western Joe did not have the luck of the draw on his side after posting a speedy 1:51.3 elimination score. The Christopher Choate trainee will start from post-seven with driver Doug McNair. A career-earner of $262,173, Western Joe has the most-wins in the field with 16 in a little more than two-seasons on the track. Driver McNair won the 2010 edition with Aracache Hanover. The Confederation Cup is carded as Race 12. Flamboro Downs has put together an activity-filled evening for their signature event with activities and entertainment for everyone. A special dedication to the late-Somebeachsomewhere, 2008 Confederation Cup champion, will take place with his driver Paul MacDonell on hand to sign portrait cards (while supplies last) and discuss "The Beach". Fans on track could go home with more than they expected. Flamboro has teamed up with TheStable.ca to give away 10 shares in a racehorse with the track paying all the fees for the rest of the year. Drawings for five of the shares will take place Sunday, while the other five will be given away this week on Fresh 95.3. Sports fans have plenty to look forward to on Confederation Cup night. Flamboro is pleased to welcome Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey team members Renata Fast, Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino with a mix of Gold and Silver medals. There will also be a sports memorabilia auction with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Entertainment on Cup night also includes a pair of races from "Flamboro's Famous Minis", a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, stilt walker, sulky rides from Wanna Drive, T-Shirt tosses, sampling stations and more. Industry booths from Racing Under Saddle (RUS) and mobile app 'Off And Pacing' will also be set up. All the fun takes place Sunday evening with the first-race going to post at 6 p.m. For more information about the 40th Confederation Cup and all the event details, visit www.FlamboroDowns.com. Here is the full field for the $182,500 Confederation Cup: 1. Daiymir (Jonathan Drury/Clyde Francis) 2. Bags To Riches (Jody Jamieson/Jason Skinner) 3. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. Eddard Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 5. Boogie Shuffle (Randy Waples/Murray Brethour) 6. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 7. Western Joe (Doug McNair/Christopher Choate) 8. Maroma Beach (Trevor Henry/Ron Burke) 9. Odds On Delray (TBA/Tony Alagna) AE: Rock N Tony (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) Mark McKelvie

May 16, 2018 - Today’s top trotting program, at Caen began with the featured Q+ Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 16 starters). The 3/2 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-d’Arrive du Gers) prevailed for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. He was clocked in a sharp 1.11.7kr over the one and one-half plus miles distance off the turning start. This champion recorded his 32nd career victory in 56 starts now for €1,589,372n earned. The pair defeated numerous million euro plus winners. 22/1 Ave Avis (8m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Urano) rallied late for second with Matthieu Abrivard up. Bazire also trains this one that Mme. Ottavia Rolfi-Urano owns. 23/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nastalgique Sach) took third with Gabriele Gelormini up and fourth was 20/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici) with Yann Lorin up on this winner of over €1,860,000. 1.9/1 Traders (6m Ready Cash) and 22/1 Up And Quick were next to the line ahead of Uniflosa Bella and Akim du Cap Vert. Valko Jenilat and On Track Piraten were miscue dq’s in this fine field of campaigners. Monte action began this day with the Prix du Calvados (purse €60,000, 2450 meters, 15 European starters). 2.3/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) scored timed in 1.12.7kr with Arthur Rebeche in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this one for owner Johann Schembri of Malta. 6.4/1 Cathy du Vivier (6f Hand du Vivier) and Mathieu Mottier was third for trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 5.2/1 Chablis d’Herfraie (6m Giant Cat) for David Thomain. The monte Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (Gr. I, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 18 starters) produced victory by 1.4/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin. Julien LeMer trains this winner now 5 for 6 lifetime for €210,100 earned. 36/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) was second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Mlle. Marie Bacsich. Third was 2.6/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Race time was 1.14.9kr. The monte Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere (purse €120,000, 2450 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 25/1 El Diablo d’Aut (4m Saxo de Vandel-Nuit des Dimes). Anthony Barrier was in the irons for trainer Vincent Raimbault. 35/1 Eternal Star Jiel (4f Qualypso Jiel) was a distant second for jockey Guillaume Martin and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Stablemate 10/1 Ezreal Jiel (4m Redeo Josselyn) took third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Dersoir Elitloppet entrants (12) are now listed below. Propulsion raced Tuesday evening at Solvalla and was victorious timed in 1.09.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. The race was the Meadow Road worth 200,000SEK to the winner and he defeated Dupree, Not Afraid, Caid Griff, Sliding Hone and sixth finishing French Laundry Elitloppet: Amiral Sacha, Orlando Jet, Takethem, Dreammoko, Volstead, Nadal Broline. Pastore Bob. Ringostarr Treb, Maori Time, Propulsion, Bold Eagle, Uza Josselyn Thomas H. Hicks

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club that manages the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track in the province has debuted a new logo for the racetrack. "This is all part of our desire to rebrand racing at the Hippodrome 3R," Said Murielle Thomassin, General Manager of the track. "The Quebec Jockey Club is working hard to drive more interest towards harness racing in the province and via simulcasting throughout North America. "The credit must go to Oliver Lemieux, who is our marketing director at the Quebec Jockey Club," Thomassin said. "He is the one who has overseen the design of the new logo. We are working on more changes everyone will see shortly, including the installing of the HDTV camera and fiber-optic cabling for much better viewing of our race programs." "The new brand look is one of the first steps in order to better market the Hippodrome to new customers," said Oliver Lemieux. "The new brand will maximize marketing and advertising initiatives to get a bigger piece of the Québec province's Touristic and Sports industries. The Hippodrome's team, under Murielle Thomassin's leadership, is dedicated to find ways to better explain the sport to newcomers." For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, May 15, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is set to debut a new Facebook Live harness racing series titled 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. The five-episode series will feature past champions of the Pepsi North America Cup reflecting on their victories, close calls and other memorable moments from Canada's richest harness race. 'Capturing The Cup' will air each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the Woodbine Mohawk Park Facebook Page from May 17 until the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup on June 16. Mark McKelvie of Woodbine's Communications Team will host the series and sit down with some of the sport's biggest names for a one-on-one interview in a casual setting. The Woodbine Broadcast Department will produce the series, while Woodbine's Social Media Team will interact with fans and viewers through the comment section to field questions for the guests. Jody Jamieson, a two-time Pepsi North America Cup champion with Tell All (2007) and Up The Credit (2011), will be the first guest on 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. Fans can head to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Facebook Page to start submitting questions for Jamieson. To live stream 'Capturing The Cup', visit Woodbine Mohawk Park on Facebook each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. For those unable to catch the show live, each episode will be archived and available on Facebook. Mark McKelvie

Dan Patch Award-winner Lost In Time makes his seasonal debut Saturday (May 19) in the third of three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and there is no shortage of familiar faces joining the colt in the field. Also making their seasonal debuts in the same race are Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry and stakes-winners Hayden Hanover, who was the fastest 2-year-old male pacer of 2017, and Nutcracker Sweet. In addition, stakes-winner Wes Delight is part of the eight-horse field. Stay Hungry, who starts from post No. 3 for driver Doug McNair and trainer Tony Alagna, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Lost In Time, who leaves from post six with Scott Zeron at the lines for Jimmy Takter, is the 3-1 second choice while Hayden Hanover is 4-1 from post one with Andy Miller driving for Julie Miller. "It's a who's who of horses; it's heavy hitters," Zeron said. "It's about as interesting as it gets. There are amazing horses in that race." Last year, Lost In Time won five of nine races including the Metro Pace, Governor's Cup, and a division of the International Stallion Stakes. He earned $608,112, which led all 2-year-old male pacers. The A Rocknroll Dance colt was trained by Jim Mulinix for most of the season before Mulinix turned the horse over to Takter for his final two races of the year. Lost In Time enters Saturday's race off two qualifiers. He finished fourth in the first, timed in 1:53.1 with a :25.4 last quarter-mile. He won the second, timed in 1:51 with a :26.3 final quarter. "Those qualifiers, to me, were exactly what I was looking for," Zeron said. "It's nice to see the way he's started this season. He's come back great. There are a lot of similarities to last year, which is what you kind of want; the same horse with a little progression. That's the way it's felt. "Mentally he's gotten a little sharper. He's always been nice to handle and he's nice on himself. It's like Jimmy has said, he's a horse that likes to win. I don't think he's flashy on a day-to-day basis, but he enjoys racing. He's easy to drive, so that makes it easy for me." Lost In Time is owned by Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables, William Rufenacht, and Scott Robinson's Team S Racing Stable. At February's Dan Patch Award banquet, Robinson's guests included professional wrestling legend Ric Flair, who was celebrating his 69th birthday. While accepting Lost In Time's Dan Patch trophy, Robinson announced he was giving Flair an ownership percentage in the horse as a birthday present. "I really hope this horse can deliver and be a real champion because (Flair) was very excited about being brought in on this horse," Zeron said. "And it's exciting to know that somebody that's lived the life he's lived is excited about a horse. It's nice for everybody connected with it." In Saturday's first Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division, Takter's Grand Teton, a half-brother to three-time Dan Patch Award-winning mare Pure Country, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Kindergarten Series champion Points North is the 3-1 second choice. The second division finds Chris Ryder's stakes-winning This Is The Plan, who is 2-for-2 this year, as the 5-2 favorite followed by Dorsoduro Hanover at 3-1. The field also includes defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Pedro Hanover, who is 9-2 on the morning line. "Right now, everyone talks about Stay Hungry and Lost In Time, but there are other horses out there that were good last year," Zeron said. "It's the way every year starts out, you see at the beginning who comes to play. Maybe that will stamp your mark on the year. "This Pocono race might be one that puts one ahead of the others, but in my eyes it really won't. It's just a step toward the North America Cup for me." The following Pennsylvania Sire Stakes starters Saturday are eligible to the North America Cup: Captain Deo, Closing Statement, Dorsoduro Hanover, Grand Teton, Hayden Hanover, Lost In Time, Nutcracker Sweet, Pedro Hanover, Points North, Pro Beach, Sometimesawinner, Stay Hungry, Wes Delight, and Whos Better. Saturday's card at Pocono also includes two divisions of the Great Northeast Open Series for older male pacers. In the first, Rockeyed Optimist is the 5-2 morning-line favorite over 3-1 Rockin Ron. In the second, Dr J Hanover is the 5-2 choice over 3-1 Mach It So. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Yonkers, NY -- A pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 28th edition of the Art Rooney Pace are slated for this Saturday night, May 19th, at Yonkers Raceway sets the stage for next Saturday's (May 26th) $300,000 Rooney Final. Ten three-year-old harness racing colts and geldings will go to the post.   The Rooney pays homage to iconic Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers owner and patriarch of the Rooney family.   The Rooney elims are each a five-to-eliminate-one affair, races six and eight on the 10-race program, with the first four in each returning for next Saturday night's (May 26th) finale.   These are the six colts and four geldings entered:   Rooney 1st elimination (6th race):   1 - Jimtastic by Art Major   2 - Major Authority  by Art Major   3 - Decoy by Somebeachsomewhere   4 - Matinee Fashion by Roll With Joe   5 - Minnie Vinnie by Millionaire Cam   Rooney 2nd elimination (8th race):   1 - Trump Nation by Betterthancheddar   2 - Kwik Talkin' by Well Said   3 - Springsteen by Rock N Roll Heaven   4- Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere   5 - Handsoffmychips by Roll With Joe   (Handsoffmychips, Major Authority, Matinee Fashion and Minnie Vinnie are the geldings).   The filly companion event to the Rooney, the Lismore Pace, offers nine three-year-old young ladies. That number necessitated a larger game of 'musical chairs,' with all the fillies in one tidy $20,000 elimination. That elim is the fifth race, with the first octet going after $111,444 in the Saturday, May 26th final.   The single elim drew out as such...   1 - Python Blue Chip by Roll With Joe   2 - Krushed Apple by Western Terror   3 - Solitary by American Ideal   4 - Jewels Forreal by So Surreal   5 - Pass Line Bluechip by Bettor's Delight   6 - Believe in Me by Roll With Joe   7 - Reign on Me by Well Said   8 - Alexa's Power by Somebeachsomewhere   9 - Checkered Past by American Ideal   Note that Python Blue Chip, Jewels Forreal and Reign on Me are coupled (intersecting owner/trainer), as are Krushed Apple and Believe in Me are also partnered (common ownership).   First post Saturday is the usual 6:50 PM.   John Cirillo