Day At The Track

Not even drawing the despised outside barrier at No. 9 has dented the confidence of the remarkable, high-achieving and record-breaking harness racing duo of champion trainer Gary Hall Snr and his son, superstar reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who are pinning their faith in star five-year-old Chicago Bull in the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’m still pretty confident, despite the draw,” said Hall Jnr who won the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup with Chicago Bull 12 months ago to give him his seventh success in the State’s premier pacing event. Hall Snr, aiming for an unprecedented eighth consecutive victory in the Pacing Cup and his 12th in the past 16 years, conceded that Chicago Bull faced an acid test from the outside barrier. However, he declared that Chicago Bull was at his peak and should prove very hard to beat. He said that the barrier draw had thrown the big race, to be run over the marathon trip of 2936m, into the melting pot. “All the favoured horses will have to do some work,” he said. “But I still think that Chicago Bull will be the one to beat. He has pulled up in fantastic shape after his third in last week’s Fremantle Cup.” Hall Snr also has an outstanding second string in Friday night’s Cup in the evergreen eight-year-old My Hard Copy, who thundered home to snatch victory from Lazarus and Chicago Bull in last week’s 2536m Fremantle Cup. My Hard Copy was driven by Hall’s son Clint, who was also in the sulky when My Hard Copy flew home to win successive Pacing Cups in 2015 and 2016. Clint Hall also drove Hokonui Ben to victory in the 2014 Cup. Another win by My Hard Copy following last week’s Fremantle Cup victory would help to heal the disappointment of owners Steve Chapman, his wife Tina and their daughter Danielle, who were dismayed last year when their outstanding young pacers El Barcelona (15 starts, five wins, seven placings and stakes of $66,300) and The Pima Indian (nine starts for six wins, one placing and $28,359) died.   The Chapmans also were resigned 18 months ago that My Hard Copy’s career had ended after he was unplaced in the Miracle Mile at Menangle in February that year and subsequently suffered a serious concussion injury to a foreleg. This required intricate surgery and kept him out of action for 13 months. He has made a full recovery and is racing in the best form of his career of 80 starts for 24 wins, 22 placings and earnings of $1,203,550. My Hard Copy, a noted sit-sprinter, will start from the inside of the back line and Clint Hall is sure to give the stallion a reasonably soft run before aiming to get him off the pegs and into a position to unwind a characteristic sizzling finishing burst. Hall Jnr said that drawing the outside barrier with Chicago Bull was a cruel blow. “But with the scratching of Ultimate Machete and Lazarus we’re in with a big chance,” he said. “That’s tragic for the race, but good for everyone else, I suppose.” “Chicago Bull was mighty last week in the Fremantle Cup and I consider it was his career-best run. He did something (racing in the breeze) that he’s not really accustomed to and finished a half-length from the winner. He’s flying at the moment and is a better and more mature horse than he was 12 months ago when he won the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups.” Hall said that it was extremely difficult to predict how the race would be run and which horse would lead and who would be in the breeze. “If there is plenty of speed on early it will help Chicago Bull,” he said. Kim Prentice, who will drive Soho Tribeca, conceded that drawing out wide at barrier eight had not enhanced the five-year-old’s prospects. But he said that the stallion had worked in fine style on Tuesday morning and was primed to run a big race on Friday night. “There is a fair bit of speed on the front line and they’re all likely to come out in a bid to find a spot,” he said. “We’ll definitely be having a look out of the gate (echoing the sentiments of owner Rob Watson, who said that going back at the start would be suicidal). “I think that trying to zap them would be silly, but I wouldn’t mind the front if it is available, or the breeze if that is available. It is an advantage drawing inside Chicago Bull. The horse who gets the most luck and with the best run will win.” “If we had My Hard Copy’s run in the Fremantle Cup last week and were able to pull out when we wanted to, Soho Tribeca would have finished better than fifth. I tried to go outside of Clint (My Hard Copy), but when he came out my horse threw his head in the air and lost a couple of lengths.” “Soho Tribeca was doing his best work on the line and was still taking ground off the leaders. Hopefully, we won’t be off the track over the final 400m.” Soho Tribeca relishes long-distance events and he was most impressive in the Pacing Cup 12 months ago when he started from the outside of the back line and was tenth in the middle stages before sustaining powerful three-wide burst over the final 1050m to finish third, a half-length behind the winner Chicago Bull. In last year’s Cup Chicago Bull started out wide at barrier eight and was last after a lap before Hall Jnr dashed him forward and into the breeze (outside the pacemaker Beaudiene Boaz). Chicago Bull sped over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.3sec. and hit the front 250m from the finish. Chris Lewis, who has made more appearances (35) in a Pacing Cup than any other driver, has won the big race five times with Village Kid (1986, 1988 and 198), Hilarion Star (1994) and Saab (1999) and he is confident that the Ross Olivieri trained Motu Premier is capable of finishing in the first three from his favourable No. 2 barrier. “Motu Premier is not impossible and is definitely in the mix,” Lewis said. “He can definitely run 1-2-3, given the right run. He doesn’t have exceptional gate speed and the aim is to stay in contact with the leaders, as close as we can.” Motu Premier was a 100/1 chance when he started from the outside of the back line in last week’s Fremantle Cup. He raced on the pegs at the rear and was hampered for room in the last lap when tenth behind My Hard Copy.  He impressed the previous week when he started from barrier eight and was eighth at the bell before finishing with a powerful burst to be second to Lazarus over 2536m. “It was a very good run,” Lewis said. “He can sprint home extremely good and I think you saw that in a 2130m heat of the Inters when he came from eighth at the bell to finish fourth behind Lennytheshark, with the final quarters off the front in 27.3sec. and 26.8sec. ”Forget about his run last week when he was held up. He had a bit there to give.”  Trainer Michael Brennan and driver Michael Grantham are delighted that The Bucket List will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier. “He’s got good gate speed and will come out in a bid for the lead,” Grantham said. “And from there I will just assess our options.” The Skye Bond trained Galactic Star is favourably drawn at barrier three and should be prominent. He possesses sparkling gate speed, but Ryan Warwick may opt to take a sit with the five-year-old, with part-owner Rob Gartrell saying at the barrier draw that “three back on the fence will be good for him and he is certainly a place chance. Champion New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon had to withdraw star pacers Lazarus and Ultimate Machete, but he has hopes with his millionaire performer, six-year-old Have Faith In Me, who will start from the No. 4 barrier. Have Faith In me has been unplaced at four of his five starts in his current campaign in Perth, but he impressed greatly three starts ago when he covered extra ground and finished with great determination to be a half-length second to stablemate Lazarus in a 2536m heat of the Inter Dominion championship. Have Faith In Me won the Great Northern Derby at Alexandra Park and the New Zealand Derby at Addington in March 2015 before he gave further proof of his great ability and staying prowess when he won the 3200m Group 1 Auckland Cup as a four-year-old, beating Hughie Green and Smolda, with a last 800m in 55.7sec. and a final 400m in 26.6sec. Purdon could well make an attempt to set the pace with Have Faith In Me. Failing that, Purdon could be well satisfied to sit in the breeze and dictate the tempo of the Cup. Ken Casellas

DOVER, Del. --- Sweet Bobbie nosed out Valuable Art in 1:52 to win the $25,000 Mares Open pace Wednesday, Jan 17 at Dover Downs. Cocktail Time takes $18,000 sub-feature. Though it was her first win since two-in-a-row last November, Sweet Robbie added to her impressive record this meet which includes a second and four third-place finishes in her last nine starts. Her third win of the meet came via a scant nose decision edging Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) in the $25,000 Mares pen pace. Art Stafford Jr., her regular driver, guided the six-year-old daughter of Art Major-Odds On Gobye for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. The win was the 26th lifetime good for $260,128 earnings. Empress Deo (Montrell Teague) was third. Cocktail Time and Tony Morgan notched a 1:53.3 triumph in an $18,000 Mares Winners sub-feature for owners Barry Spedden and trainer Josh Parker. The Bettor's Delight-Panevolence four-year-old chalked up her first win of 2018, the fourth won this meet. She has now won $111,647 in her career. Rockin BB (Eddie Davis Jr.) was next with OK Jasmine(Callahan) third. Corey Callahan had three winners, RT Stafford Jr. and Tony Morgan visited the winner's circle twice each. HYPOTHEDICAL AND SOMETIMES SAID HEAD THURSDAY CO-FEATURES Hypothetical, a 1:51 winner last week, is one of three starters looking for a second straight victory, in one of the Thursday co-feature paces while Sometimes Said puts a four-race win streak on the line in the other, on Jan. 18 at Dover Downs. Along with Bamond Racing’s Moonlightonthebeach with Vic Kirby driving, and Josh Parker’s Sawbuck Hanover and Corey Callahan, Hypothedical, handled by Tony Morgan, is owned by trainer Brian Malone and his wife Carrie. Two other contestants R.J. Thomas’   El Bloombito and Sean Bier and Gary Ewing’s consistent Star Messenger piloted by Russell Foster, finished close-up seconds in their most recent outings. Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable’s Arque Hanover was a strong third last week with Corey Callahan at the controls. Gerries Sport drew the rail with Allan Davis in the bike for owners Rich Lombardo, Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker. Completing the sharp field is Bill and John Emmonds’ One To Draw To Jonathan Roberts driving. Something Said (Tetrick) leaves from post 9 in the second tier of the $14,000  Winners-Over pace. Claimed in December  by Bobby Glassmeyer, the gelding has stepped up in class winning last Thursday in 1:50.2  in near wire-to-wire fashion.  People Are Crazy (Russell Foster) is also on a winning tear making the winner’s circle in his last two outings for owners Robin and Jay Breasure. Silver Fox J (Vic Kirby), a winner of two of his last four, has post 1 for George & Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids stables, with Gary Ewing’s Rangers Sureshot (Morgan) alongside. Allwillworkout (Callahan), owned by Mike Horn and Alexander Rice; Autonmatic Dragon (Vic Kirby) racing for Tina and Joe Clark; Paul Ministrelli’ s Down On Mainstreet (Art Stafford Jr.); Kathleen Brewer’s Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) and Howard Taylor’s homebred Mentira (Ross Wolfenden) are the other starters. Two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps head the strong undercard. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Racing is set each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2018 -- Shark Gal was first over forever, but she still had enough in the tank to draw off in the lane en route to victory in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder had Shark Gal moving from sixth before the half. The 6-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Daybreak Gal steadily gobbled up horses and cleared into the final turn. She scored in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface, 4-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Gurl Band K, with Upfrontwhosurlady third. Lester Wright campaigns Shark Gal, who extended her career bankroll to $142,362. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness racing explosive pacer Cruz Bromac is nearing a racetrack return. Sidelined since contesting the 2017 Gr.1 $400,000 Victoria Cup (January edition) at Tabcorp Park Melton, the stylish looking Falcon Seelster gelding sparkled in a public trial yesterday (Tuesday). The Dean Braun prepared pacer ventured to Kilmore and easily scored in his 2180m workout defeating reigning Miracle Mile champion Lennytheshark and Stunning Grin. The mile rate was 1:58.5 with the final mile covered in 1:57.7 while covering his final half in 56.6 seconds and 28.2 seconds. Lennytheshark starts in Saturday nights Gr.1 $100,000 Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup at Bray Raceway. Winning driver Nathan Jack was suitably impressed. “He felt as good as he looked, he absolutely cruised and felt really strong through the line. Happy to stay aboard, he’s got a good campaign coming up.” Jack said. Boasting 12 victories from 22 starts to date, connections have plenty of options over the coming weeks and months, firstly in his home state and then in Sydney. While a nomination was submitted for the Gr.1 $500,000 Hunter Cup on February 3, it appears unlikely that he’ll head that way. “He’s likely to go to Melton next week (Great Southern Star race night) and there’s a nice option for him on that program and then we’ll reassess after that performance before making our next move,” Co-owner Pauline McColgan explained. “Time may have beaten us for the Hunter Cup but in saying that, time has been the best thing for him because he’s really furnished into a lovely horse. He’s a complete horse now, big and strong. “A Sydney campaign that coincides with the Miracle Mile carnival will be considered, they have some great races up there in the coming weeks and he’s been there before and performed at a high level. Nothing confirmed but plenty of options at this point, Dean will map the best fit for him.” A trip to Queensland for the winter carnival later this year for the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 18 is another attractive option. Last season, Cruz Bromac won 6 of his 9 starts while his only unplaced effort came at his most recent start, finishing 8th behind New Zealand wonder horse Lazarus in a time of 1:52.5. Feature race triumphs last term included the Casey Classic plus the Cobram and Hamilton Cups. Cruz Bromac Trial Chris Barsby

Hightstown, NJ --- Not often does a trainer work with two horses in the same division that both earn a million dollars, but such was the case last year for Brian Brown. In fact, Brown became the first harness racing trainer in 13 years to accomplish the feat with two 3-year-old male pacers, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Those two stars are gone this year, off to perform stallion duties, but Brown is optimistic about his stable’s chances of enjoying another strong campaign in 2018. Brown set career highs in wins with 151 and purses with $5.79 million last year and was named Trainer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. His earnings were fourth best in North America despite having fewer starts than any trainer in the top 16. Now, the 53-year-old Ohio resident turns his attention to 2018. “The scary part is replacing Seaside and Dragon,” Brown said. “I’ve got Blazin Britches coming back and I’ve got some 3-year-olds that I think have promise. I don’t expect them to be Seaside or Dragon, but I think they could be nice horses that could go out and earn $300,000 or $400,000 possibly. “My 2-year-olds, I’ve got so many that I can’t tell you that a particular horse stands out, but I’ve got a bunch that I really like right now. So we have a lot of optimism for this year. I just don’t have those two horses that I know are coming back that should make it a great year.” Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon led the sport in earnings last year, with $1.60 million and $1.35 million, respectively. They were the first 3-year-old male pacing stablemates to finish the year with $1 million apiece since Timesareachanging and Western Terror for trainer Brett Pelling in 2004. Downbytheseaside won the Dan Patch Award as the sport’s best 3-year-old male pacer and was joined as a Dan Patch Award winner by the Brown-trained Blazin Britches, who captured 11 of 15 races and was named the top 3-year-old female pacer. Brown was the first trainer to cash that double since 1995 when Joe Holloway did it with Jenna’s Beach Boy and She’s A Great Lady. As for this season, Brown hopes 3-year-old male pacer Done Well can do well to help fill the void left by Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Last year, Done Well was 4-for-4 on the Pennsylvania-restricted stakes circuit before being sidelined by a cannon bone fracture. “I think he is the caliber of those horses,” Brown said, referring to Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.. “The problem is that he didn’t go a whole year to be able to prove he’s that good. “But I think he’s a good horse. He has to stay sound, the same as everybody else. Where his crack was, in the cannon bone, once it heals up we should be in great shape. It’s not in a joint so I don’t have to worry about calcium buildup or wear and tear on that joint.” Brown will spend the winter in Florida getting his stable ready for this year’s campaign. He has 113 horses there, with 75 being 2-year-olds. “They’ll show us pretty soon whether they even have a chance to be those kinds of horses,” Brown said. “Those horses are just hard to come by, so it’s hard to replace them. But when I’m starting with 70-some yearlings every year, I think I have a shot to do that. It just doesn’t happen every year because horses can still come up with problems.” Brown, in addition to his career highs in wins and purses last year, had a career-best .402 trainer’s rating and has posted 10 consecutive years better than .300. “What I’m most proud of my whole career is my percentage,” Brown said. “It stays above .300 most of the time. I think if you’re batting .300 you’re doing pretty good. To me, that means we’re still winning races where we have to race. To me, that’s the biggest barometer of how well you’re doing. “Of course, this is a business and the money is the most important thing,” he continued, adding with a laugh, “If I had a .200 average and made $10 million instead of $5.7 million, well, I’m sure I’m going to be just as happy.” Brown hopes to enjoy another season winning races on the Grand Circuit, but is grateful for trips to the winner’s circle regardless of the venue. “Sure it’s more fun to win a Breeders Crown, the Jug, the North America Cup, but winning races is winning races,” Brown said. “It’s still a hell of a good feeling. For a lot of owners, there is an entertainment factor that plays into this. There’s something to be said for the entertainment value of winning races even though you’re not making several hundred thousand. It’s that same feeling we all get, otherwise we wouldn’t do this.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Millstone Township, NJ - Jan. 18, 2018 - Killean Cut Kid, now a 13 year old gelding, the son of Mach Three who earned $315,239 in his harness racing career, is ready for a home nearly six months after he was found in a Louisiana kill pen.    It was noted on Facebook, by the owner that he was deceased. Kid was helped by a volunteer group on Facebook, Save Our Standardbreds From Slaughter (SOSS), and Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF).   Kid was in very poor condition and was sent to a quarantine facility where he received medical care.   As a result of Decubitis ulcers on all four legs, believed to be the result of having bandages on for an extended period of time, he required a great deal of care.  Kid was fortunate to have kind donors, and SRF help with his care and transportation to NJ.   Today, he is ready for a loving home. Kid is in Cream Ridge, NJ with Dr. Hogan where he has been for a couple of months receiving wonderful care; she notes that he is a very sweet horse.   Kid certainly deserves a soft place to land, and with his very kind and patient temperament, this handsome guy can even take the saddle for the occasional ride.   Kid needs one more lucky charm, a home to call his own. To offer this big winner a home contact SRF at 732-446-4422, or email SRFAdoption@gmail.com.    www.AdoptaHorse.org  SRF is Different: * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S.  * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused.   * Is feeding and caring for more than 300 trotters and pacers.    * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 150 retirees and provides     lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.         Before photos:            Standardbred Retirement Foundation | AdoptaHorse.org | Judith Bokman  

DOVER, Del. --- Filled Donut overcame leaving from outside post 8 to win his second straight delivering a 1:54.1 success in the $16,000 feature trot in the Tueday, Jan 16 harness racing headliner at Dover Downs. Jack Parker Jr. drove NF Happenstance to her third consecutive victory to win the $13,000 Winner's Over trot. Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell teamed up completing an undefeated 2018 for the Andover Hall-Miss Gertrude four-year-old gelding. It was his third win in his last four outings. Miami (Vic Kirby) was second with Amber Ella (Tony Morgan) third. The victory moved Filled Donut into six-figure earnings. He has now won $103,880 with six lifetime wins for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls. In the $13,000 Winners-Over trot, NF Happenstance continues a successful return to the races after dropping a Sebastian K filly last Spring for owner Jim Moore IlI. The daughter of SJ's Caviar-Moira Hall remained unbeaten in 2018 when Jack Parker Jr. pulled the eight-year-old out of second heading around the final turn and withstood a late challenge from I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) in deep stretch to record her 23rd career victory and raise her earnings to $319,756 lifetime. Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) was third. Awsome Valley was scratched. William Moffett Inc.'s, Gillie The Kid, in a $12,000 Winners-Over trot, scored a 1:55.2 victory. An altered son of Northern Kid-Campaign Wife, Gillie The Kid notched his first win of the New Year. It was the second win for Ross Wolfenden. Veteran All Shoes On Deck (Jonathan Roberts) closed to take second while Moose Madness (Vic Kirby) was the show horse. In the $13,000 Mares Pace, lightly raced Stormtracker won her second in-a-row posting a 1:53.3 victory with Vic Kirby in the bike. It was only the sixth career start for the four-year-old by Big Jim-Stonebridge Breeze, who now has won four with a second and a third for owners Mehlenbacher, Enviro and Bay's stables. Odysseus (Callahan) was runner-up in front of The Lion Sleeps (Russell Foster), third. Corey Callahan, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor won the daily double. Ross Wolfenden, Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis also had two winners. ENHANCE YOUR MIND RETURNS IN $25,000 MARES OPEN/HANDICAP Last week owner-trainer Bryan Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind was scratch but returns this week in the top female pace of the week, the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Dover Downs, Wednesday, Jan. 17. An $18,000 Mares pace tops a strong undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last season’s Horse of the Meet, Enhance Your Mind with driver Vic Kirby has won this feature twice with two-times second and is handicapped starting from the outside in a seven female feature. One of the most consistent distaffs in the field, Gary Ewing owned and trained Sweet Bobbie, driven by Art Stafford Jr., also has two feature wins to go with a second and four thirds since opening day. Corey Callahan will drive Breakaway Stable’s homebred Valuable Art, a winner of three consecutive races in December. Claim To Fame’s Hold It Hanover handled by Ross Wolfenden, steps up in class after a win last week and a glowing season-long record. Russell Foster will drive Legacy Racing’s steady Empress Deo. Mike Casalino’s Nat A Virgin,  after three straight outside posts drew the rail with Jonathan Roberts in the bike. Ken Jacob’s Plant Rock and Tim Tetrick bring a record of two wins in her last three races into the fray. An $18,000 Mare Winners pace top the undercard. Two starters won last time out; Magicinthemoonlite (Wolfenden) owned by Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman, and Tim Mumford’s Rolllatown (Foster). The competitive field of nine includes Roselily (Stafford Jr.) owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, OK Jasmine (Callahan) for owner Rich Lombardo. Other contenders are Frank Chick’s sharp Rocking BB (Eddie Davis Jr.), Barry Spedden and Josh Parker’s Cocktail Time (Tony Morgan) a winner of three of his last fice with a second and a third, Jeff Clark’s steady She’s A Billionair (Frank Milby) and Reg Hazzard’s Dreaming Silly (Allan Davis) who drew the outside post. . Thursday features another powerful 13-race program headed by a wide-open $25,000 Open pace.   Live racing is featured four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2018 -- After unsuccessfully challenging Phoenix Warrior N down the backside, Arthur Pendragon tried him again late, inching by in the lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon and Mike Wilder pulled the pocket past the half, only to find Phoenix Warrior N unwilling to yield. Wilder was able to guide Arthur Pendragon back to the two hole, where he launched the winning move. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding downed Phoenix Warrior N by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface, with Dapper Dude third. Ron Burke trains Arthur Pendragon, who lifted his career bankroll to $175,210, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phillip Collura and Jack Piatt II. Wilder piloted five winners and Jim Pantaleano four on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRISBURG PA -- Anne Doolin, whose compassion for animals and people in peril has moved her to rescue and foster thousands of pets and provide meals and services for so many in need, has been named the 2017 January Davies Humanitarian Award winner presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The award was created in 2008 by USHWA member Callie Davies-Gooch in memory of her daughter to recognize contributions beyond harness racing. Doolin, whose work in harness racing began as publicist at the Meadowlands in 1988, has always been a staunch advocate for animals, from racehorses to stray dogs and feral cats. In the last 10 years she has transitioned into an important cog in a large network of dog and cat fosters, rescues and shelters. A resident of Lexington, Ky., Doolin, who after leaving the Meadowlands later worked in publicity and marketing positions at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, and The Red Mile in Lexington, seemingly works 24 hours, seven days a week, making sure the homeless have food and shelter, and that dogs and cats can be placed in caring homes. Doolin was also a sought after member of the Breeders Crown and Hambletonian Special Event teams, and still works for the Breeders Cup, writing entrant bios. "With all the volunteer work with the homeless and animals that Anne does I believe January would very much approve of the award," said Davies-Gooch. "January would be very proud of what Anne has done over the years in ensuring people don't go hungry and animals are cared for. Anne's compassion is truly admirable and remarkable." Doolin said she felt overwhelmed when she learned from Davies-Gooch of the award. "This is amazing and I am floored," said Doolin. "I thought a lot of January and to win this award makes it even more special." Doolin has been a foster parent to more than 1,000 dogs and cats over the years. She also helps coordinate transfers of the animals from shelters to forever homes. Despite working tirelessly in that capacity, she still finds time to check on the elderly and the homeless in the Lexington area. To help in that capacity, Doolin is currently president of Downtown People Inc. "We are a group that feeds the homeless and under-served a home-cooked meal ever Sunday in downtown Lexington," said Doolin. "We average between 150-200 people a week, and we do this year-round. I also do some rescue work as I am transport coordinator for an average of 25 people a week out of shelters. "The animals are also year-round. Besides the fostering, I help coordinate the transfers of mainly dogs and some cats from shelters to homes." Doolin will be honored at the Night of Champions, the Dan Patch Awards banquet, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. While most of the award winners have already been announced, the names of the 2017 Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be revealed at the banquet. Information about the banquet and the entire week, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found at www.ushwa.net, including links for making hotel reservations at special rates; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake souvenir journal. Jerry Connors

Oakwood Stud in County Offaly, Ireland has reported that semen from their top harness racing pacing stallion, Foreclosure N, will be made available in Australia and New Zealand shortly. Kody Charles of KTC Bloodstock in Perth, Australia has been friends via Facebook with Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud for years and they finally met face-to-face in 2015. "When we first got Foreclosure N in Ireland," Derek Delaney explained, "Kody contacted me to say he has his dam in Australia and he had a keen interest in him and had followed his success as a sire in the USA. He asked about shipping his frozen semen to use for some of his mares and we stuck a deal to also make it available for outside mares too." This will be the first time that KTC Bloodstock, which is run by Kody with his mom and dad and Brittany, have been involved with shipping semen overseas and they are very excited to see his foals on the ground next year in Australia and New Zealand. "This is a new venture for KTC Bloodstock," said Kody Charles. "We are very pleased to be selected as Agent for the frozen semen of Foreclosure in Australia and New Zealand. "It has been a dream of ours for some time to get involved in a stallion, Kody explained. "and I can't think of no better stallion to get involved in at our first attempt. He is already competing with the best in the states and already has the points on the board from his first small crop. I think he will a big plus for local breeders. He will be supported by our own mares and frozen semen will be available in Australia and New Zealand for a fee of $2,500 including GST." Foreclosure N, (Rocknroll Hanover - Pleasing Package A - Fake Left) was bred in USA and foaled in NZ, then shipped back to USA as yearling, raced in the USA and Canada, then bred one crop with 21 foals in the USA. His oldest foals are now age 4 and have earned over $1 million through their three-year-old season. He finished 6th on the top 20 sires for average earnings for three-year-old pacers in 2017 and sired the Ohio Sire Stakes Championship winner, Drunk On Your Love p,3 1:51.1f. He was also recently honored as the top Ohio-bred 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the year in 2017 and earned $328,286 to date. Foreclosure N's richest daughter is Rosemary Rose p,3 1:51.4h $255,692, and holds the track record for 3-year-old fillies at Northfield Park with her record mile of 1:51.4 and won multiple legs of the OHSS and won the Grand Circuit event, the Courageous Lady. World renowned driver Tim Tetrick had this to say about Foreclosure N: "I think this stallion has a very good opportunity at stud," Tetrick said. "He is already having fantastic results from a small crop in the USA. I really liked him as a racehorse. He was a real professional on the track that tried hard every inch of the mile. He had a great gait with a great attitude and really wanted to do his work and was one super-fast horse." Foreclosure N was sold to Oakwood Stud in 2015 and bred mares in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England and now is going to be breeding foals in Australia and New Zealand, so it's fair to say he's well-travelled once again in his career. "Our first crop here in Ireland from Foreclosure N are now 2," Derek Delaney said. "and in training they look superb and the feedback from trainers is phenomenal at this early stage." For more information about getting semen down under for Foreclosure N, please contact either Oakwood Stud at www.oakwoodstud.ie or KTC Bloodstock at www.ktcbloodstock.com.au. By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud      

Hightstown, NJ --- Hall of Fame harness racing broodmare Country Kay Sue, the dam of 1995 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie, died Monday (Jan. 15) in Ocala, Fla., owner Rod Allen said today. She was 32. Country Kay Sue was limited to nine lifetime races because of injuries, but made her name as a broodmare. In addition to being the dam of CR Kay Suzie, she produced CR Renegade, who counted the 1999 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters among his stakes wins. Both were homebreds by Royal Troubador, the Allen family’s Dan Patch Award-winning colt and later stallion. Last August, on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, Country Kay Sue was found in the maternal line of four horses competing on the card --- Allen’s filly Dream Baby Dream in the Hambletonian Oaks and Dover Dan in the Hambletonian plus Cufflink Hanover and Italian-born Tuonoblu Rex in the Open. “If there can be such a thing as good timing in a situation like this, she might have had it,” Allen said. “She had more of her offspring racing at the Grand Circuit level last year, so it was kind of fitting. “We stuck it out with that family for a long time. I was criticized at times for it, with people saying it was more for sentimental reasons, but it really worked out.” Country Kay Sue, a daughter of Speedy Somolli out of Pams Key, was purchased for $25,000 under the name Molli Pam by Allen and his father, Carl. She was renamed after Rod’s daughter, Kaylie Suzanne. She actually was the second horse named in Kaylie’s honor; the first, Country Kaylie, was sold. “She was upset because we sold her horse,” Allen said. “My dad said we were going to buy another horse and we would never sell her. And she never left the farm.” Country Kay Sue was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2001. To read more about Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie from the book Standardbred Old Friends, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Pompano Beach, FL...January 16, 2018...All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, used an electrifying charge from the pocket turning for home and scored a 1:54.1 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Monday night (January 15). The rugged seven year-old daughter of Ponder now has 10 wins in 20 starts since returning from injury several months ago. This time, All Charged Up charged past the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Wild Wanda, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., to score by a length. Islay, driven by Joe Sanzeri, was third, 2 3/4 lengths away while Sue's Night Out and Machin Marley completed the classy quintet. As the Silver Bullet starting gate left the station, All Charged Up, leaving from post four, showed her usual surge leaving before yielding around the initial turn to Wild Wanda, starting from post five. The latter took the field through an opening panel of :28 and, with no threats initially looming, lolly-gagged over to the half in :58. Speed-wise, things began to heat up on the backside as Wild Wanda sped her third panel in :28.1 but still unable to shake away from All Charged Up, second and on the helmet around that final bend. Turning for home, All Charged Up left the coziness of her pocket and used that electrifying charge and surged to the front once they straightened away. In a post race interview, driver John MacDonald, who also trains the "gallant" mare for J P Stables, remarked, "She's just a gallant mare and she has come back better than ever since her injury, which kept her out of action for many months. "Tonight, she got a great trip. I was a bit concerned seeing that Ricky's (Macomber) got to the half rather cheaply, but my mare seemed to be ready anytime I asked her." The victory--the 33rd in All Charged Up's career measuring 121 starts, sent her lifetime bankroll to $283,332 to go along with her 1:51.2 mark at Vernon Downs a couple of seasons back. Second choice on the board, All Charged Up paid $7.40 to win. In other Pompano action on Monday night, Galarina, an $8,000 claim just weeks ago, took the $7,500 condition/optional $20,000 claiming event for Andy Santeramo in 1:54.3, dodging raindrops all the way. This seven year-old daughter of Dali took command from the get-go, yielded--briefly--regained control three-eighths into the mile, was headed at mid-stretch, and came back in the final few yards to score a narrow over another daughter of Dali, Northern Dail, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. Major Master Piece, driven by John MacDonald, was third with Embassy Seelster next. River Rising, last throughout much of the mile, closed fastest of all on the sloppy track to pick up the nickel in the field of six. Galarina, an 11 race winner last semester, kept her record for 2018 perfect at 2-for-2 and now has career bounty of $131,101. Trained by Santeramo for owners Ron Ruggles and Thomas Santeramo, Galarina was off as third choice in the betting at 5 to 1 and paid $12.00 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the Italian-American Friendship Challenge on tap in a weekend competition featuring visiting Italian drivers Roberto Giannoni, Daniele Orsini, Giorgio Sandi and Gian Luca De Venta. The Super Hi-5 carryover for Saturday is at a season high and over $83,000. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

The Group 1 harness racing $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup was drawn a short time ago and the markets should be up in about 60 minutes.

More questions have been established than answered at today's staging of the PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup draw.  Broadcast live on Harness Racing Victoria's Facebook page, the draw delivered a mixed bag for the favourites of the $100,000 Group 1, with Mark Purdon's pair Heaven Rocks and Vincent drawing gates one and six respectively and fan favourite Lennytheshark drawing inside the back row. Good Form analyst Blake Redden, who joined host Jason Bonnington for the barrier draw, said his confidence around Heaven Rocks had been battered by his pole draw, given the potential of the notoriously modest starter to be buried early. "It's a concern, I would have thought, given Shadow Sax (is in gate two) and ... if (Bernie Winkle in gate three) does want to find the pegs his best chance might be to race the gate early and try and get in behind Shadow Sax," Redden said. "It's certainly a concern for Heaven Rocks." RELIVE THE LIVE BROADCAST ON HRV'S FACEBOOK PAGE Redden said Emma Stewart's Shadow Sax, fresh from conquering the Stawell, Geelong and South Australian pacing cups, looked the likely early leader. "Certainly Shadow Sax ... you would have thought will be the early leader and Vincent will come and apply the pressure at some stage," Redden said. "I wouldn't be surprised if there was a real lack of gate speed. I'm not sure that anything outside of Shadow Sax is going to burn knowing they can't find the front." In their early post-draw analysis both Redden and Bonnington tipped Vincent on top, with Redden predicting victory was probably out of the picture for Victorian favourite Lennytheshark after drawing inside the back row. "He probably can't win the race, he's going to have good horses a long way in front of him," he said. "I think it's probably a good barrier draw for him given that he can have a quiet enough run, see exactly where he is at coming off that Inter Dominion preparation and perhaps target the Hunter Cup still. We will learn a lot more on Saturday night." Trots Media - Michael Howard

DOVER, Del. --- Mister Virgin added another to his victory string which reaches five-in-a-row after a1:51.1 harness racing victory in the $17,500 Claiming pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Jan.15 . Great Kate won the $12,000 feature trot. Ron Davis' Mister Virgin took control of race getting the lead in front of the grandstand and never shook off a bid by Cashendash Hanover (Corey Callahan) on the backstretch into deep stretch to score his fifth straight victory giving red-hot driver Tony Morgan his second win of the day. Letsmakeawish (Russell Foster) flew down the lane to overtake Cashendash Hanover by a neck at the wire to finish second. /After the race, Mister Virgin wound up in a new barn as he was claimed by Arty Foster for $17,500. Myell's Rockstar who finished fourth was also claimed. In the $12,000 trot, Jonathan Roberts pulled Great Kate to the outside after the half and raced outside the rest of the way to overtake leader and favorite Pure Kemp (Ross Wolfenden) in mid-stretch for a triumph. Bill Cantrell owns the Muscle Massive-PJ's Photo four -year-old mare who won her second consecutive victory. Pure Kemp held on for second with Magic Maddy (Morgan) third. Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts had driving triples while Montrell Teague and trainers Clyde Francis and Brooks Gray had doubles. MIAMI, SODA PUMP, FILLED DONUT HEAD DOVER $16,000 TROT Miami, Soda Pump and Filled Donut, all winners last week, match strides in the Tuesday, Jan. 11 top trot at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Vic Kirby drove John Canzone’s Miami to a near wire-t-wire 1:54.4 victory in last week’s  $16,000 Winners trot. On the same card, Filled Donut and Art Stafford Jr. was even faster, registering a 1:54.3 triumph for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls. Soda Pump was also a front-end winner for driver Tim Tetrick who owns the gelding with Triple D Stables. Among the challengers, the sharp Camelot Stable’s Amber Ella with Tony Morgan has a win three seconds and two thirds in her last seven outings, Tiny Clark’s Splashed with Eddie Davis Jr. with three wins, three seconds and a third in his previous seven outings. Also to reckon with are John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie, piloted  by Jonathan Roberts; Euro Gap, driven by Corey Callahan for owners Howard and Josh Kauffman, leaving from the rail and Judy Lunsford’s Torkil reined by Montrell Teague.                                   . A pair of $13,000 trots top a strong undercard. In a Winners-Over trot, Jim Moore’s NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) seeks her fourth straight victory while Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) is fresh from a wire-to-wire conquest in his last race in a nine horse field. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Eddie Davis Jr.), YoYo Mass (Ross Wolfenden) racing for Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo; along with Kanthaka (Tony Morgan) owned by Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures provide the opposition. The other $13,000 Mares trot is led by Mehlenbacker, Enviro and Bay’s stable’s Stormtracker (Kirby); and Hutt Racing’s Snappy Dresser (Wolfenden) plus two winners last time, Lloyd Hickman’s Keystone Izzy (Davis Jr.) and Howard Birney’s Mibzar (Tyler Davis).     Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ed Telle arrived at Monday’s (Jan. 15) Tattersalls January Select Mixed Harness Racing Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack with the intentions of buying one horse, Miso Fast. Several hours later, Telle accomplished his goal. Telle purchased the 4-year-old pacing stallion for $250,000, which was the day’s top price. Formerly trained by Ron Burke, Miso Fast has won seven of 36 career races and earned $647,938. Miso Fast’s victories include five divisions of the New York Sire Stakes and an elimination of the Max C. Hempt Memorial. He was second in the 2016 New York Sire Stakes championship as well as the 2017 Empire Breeders Classic. He also was second in a division of the Tattersalls Pace last year. “He’s a gorgeous horse and he’s going to make a nice racehorse for the next four or five years,” Telle said. “I came here to buy him. I’m going to send him to Florida for a couple of months to get him ready and then bring him back up. He’ll go to Ohio and Pennsylvania and then he’ll come out east. “He’s just so consistent. Maybe as a 4-year-old he’ll get a little stronger and be a little better.” Telle, who lives in Ohio and bought Miso Fast for his Winchester Baye Acres, enjoyed success last year with female pacer Safe From Terror. The mare, purchased for $210,000 during the mixed sale portion of the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, won 22 of 36 races last season and earned $239,630. Her 22 victories tied for the most in North America. Other successes for Telle included campaigning 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John, who earned $1 million in his career. “If you’re going to be in this industry, why not buy the best if you can afford it,” Telle said. “Luckily for me, I’ve had a few good years. “I think if you buy good quality horses, I give them to good trainers, and we do well.” Miso Fast was among six racehorses to sell for at least $130,000 on Monday. Next on the list was Kentucky Futurity champion Snowstorm Hanover at $180,000, followed by female pacer Inverse Hanover at $155,000 and male pacer Art Scene at $150,000. Male trotter New Jersey Viking, at $140,000, and male pacer Ocean Colony, at $130,000, completed the group of six-figure sellers. Snowstorm Hanover, another horse formerly trained by Burke, was purchased by trainer Marcus Melander as agent for overseas buyers. The 4-year-old stallion has won eight of 36 career races and earned $658,761. “He’s a nice horse,” Melander said. “He won the Kentucky Futurity and he was good as a 2-year-old, as well. We’ll see what we can do with him. “We’ll bring him home and see what’s happening. They have a good program (in Europe) for 4-year-olds, so it’s not impossible he would go to Sweden. When he won the Kentucky Futurity, he showed a lot. Hopefully we can do good with him.” Inverse Hanover was purchased by Tom Pollack. She has won five of 20 career races and earned $136,560. Her wins include a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and she finished 2017 by beating a field that included older horses at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old mare, formerly trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman, will be sent to Indiana with trainer Jeff Cullipher. “I’ve always done pretty well racing mares,” Pollack said. “I just liked she’s got a big motor and a high turn of speed. She went a big trip against older horses, which I like to see that. “She looks like a big-track horse. She will race a lot at Hoosier Park with Jeff Cullipher. I thought she would be a good fit out there. We’ll stake her where she may fit.” In 2016, Pollack purchased female pacer Medusa for $65,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale. She has won nearly $450,000 since then. “We’re willing to spend,” Pollack said. “You have to sometimes to get good horses. Hopefully this will fall into that category.” Below are the top sellers from Monday’s sale. Horse--Sire-Dam--Buyer--Consignor—Price Miso Fast (4hp)—Roll With Joe—Sakura Hanover—Ed Telle—Preferred Equine, agent—$250,000 Snowstorm Hanover (4ht)—Muscle Massive—Snow Angel Hanover—Marcus Melander, agent—Preferred Equine, agent—$180,000 Inverse Hanover (4mp)—Somebeachsomewhere—Ideal Newton—Thomas Pollack—Preferred Equine, agent—$155,000 Art Scene (4hp)—American Ideal—Lover Of Art—Bob Hamather, Ty Pena—Preferred Equine, agent—$150,000 New Jersey Viking (4ht)—Muscle Hill—Hall Of Wishes—Eugene Kurzrok—Preferred Equine, agent—$140,000 Ocean Colony (4hp)—Somebeachsomewhere—Amora Hanover—Richard Banca—Northwood Bloodstock Agency—$130,000 Signal Hill (4gt)—Muscle Hill—Special Appeal—Lucas Wallin, agent—Preferred Equine, agent—$95,000 World Apart (4mp)—Art Major—Polar Opposition—Richard Alan Arnold—Preferred Equine, agent—$90,000 Cresurrey (4ht)—Credit Winner—Surrey With Fringe—Jeff Gillis, agent—Northwood Bloodstock Agency—$87,000 Myimpossibledream (Broodmare)—Chocolatier—Spellbound Hanover—William Loyens—Preferred Equine, agent--$82,000 For complete sale results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager