Day At The Track

When harness racing trainer-driver David Murphy and his wife Erin took a young trotter to the sales and it was passed in, they weren’t the slightest disappointed in returning home with it. Murphy, a highly respected trainer-driver based at Ballarat, put a $10,000 reserve on the Yankee Spider-sired filly, but the top bid fell way short, at $6,500. Now the couple are smiling all the way to the bank as Fox Force Five (Yankee Spider-Motu Vee (Yankee Paco) shapes up as a bright prospect for the stable.  Murphy bounced the three-year-old filly to the lead at Ballarat on Tuesday night in the Eureka Lending Group Trot and it was virtually a case of “it’s all over, red rover” from that point. Fox Force Five trotted faultlessly in 33, 32.4, 29 and 28.9 for 2.03-6 (2200m) and won nicely – well, like a warm $1.40 favorite should! Click here for a video replay “I probably didn’t have much to worry about as she felt great and she did it comfortably,” Murphy said. “That was her third win from 17 starts and she is a terrific little earner. I think the worst she has ever finished in her races is fifth spot,” he said. “We are aiming her later on for all the group races. There will be some smart ones in those features, but we won’t be disgraced.” Murphy said he trained Motu Vee, the dam of Yankee Spider, who didn’t make it to the races. “We got her to the trials a few times, but she kept having trouble on the bends.,” he said. “I persevered for a long time because her dam, Motu Avrill was a nine times winner. She won six in New Zealand and then two at Cranbourne and one at Moonee Valley for over $78,000. “When I finally did give up, the owner said he didn’t want her back, so we decided to get her in foal. Yankee Spider was leaving some winners at the time, so that was where she headed.” Murphy was most keen on Fox Force Five when she was being broken in. “I certainly had a bit of an opinion of her, and as a two-year-old, her trials were very good,” he said. “But at the races she would make mistakes which was annoying. But she did show enough ability to keep with them and be up with the best. “Some of those early race starts were at Melton and she was never beaten by huge margins. “After four placings she broke through for a win at Kilmore last August, so we tipped her out. She then got the money when we brought her back to the track at Melton in January and a handful of nice runs led up to the win at Ballarat.” Murphy said he now he is facing a small dilemma regarding the square gaiter. “She is at that awkward growing stage, so we’ll have to sit down and work out if we press on or not,” he said. The Murphy stable has a team of 20 in work at present. Other recent winners include Me Pat Malone (Ballarat) and Ima Showgirl (two wins at Geelong), while some youngsters are bringing smiles of anticipation. “There’s a two-year-old by Village Jolt that goes along okay as well as a couple of others, so things are picking up again,” he said. “We dropped off the pace with a bit of lull there for a while, but the past 18 months have been better, so things are looking up again.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Dracarys has reinforced her standing as the filly to beat in next month's WA Oaks, following an effortless win in the Oaks Prelude (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was another impressive display from the Justin Prentice-trained filly, who scored by 5.8m to Soho Interceptor. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr slowly made his way to the front on the Bettors Delight filly from barrier 12 and was then too strong over the closing stages, where she ran home in 56.6. Fake News, who won the Oaks Prelude last week, finished third. Balcatherine, the second favourite in tonight's event, was unplaced after having to go back from the wide draw. Hall Jnr said it was a professional performance by Dracarys. "She's got good speed," he told RWWA Harness. "I always planned to put her into it tonight when the pace allowed us to. "She's got a motor to go with it too." Hall Jnr said he expected the filly to improve further for the Oaks and was full of praise for Prentice's training performance. "Justin has always been good at getting them to peak at the right time," he said. "This has always been the plan for her and her main aim this prep. "He's pretty good at what he does, so I just leave that up to him." Prentice then teamed up with reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green in the later in the night with fellow three-year-old Back In Twenty to take out the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). A smart field of three-year-old colts and geldings assembled for the event, but a smart Egerton-Green drive was enough for the colt to score a comfortable win to Sangue Reale. Elsewhere on the Gloucester Park meeting, Mighty Conqueror took out a thrilling edition of the Group 2 Easter Cup (2902m). Mighty Conqueror eventually worked to the front after starting off a 20m Handicap, but had to hold off a fast-finishing As Happy As Larry. Reinsman Ryan Warwick declared post-race the four-year-old had the potential to be a key in feature races over the summer carnival. In the Free-For-All event of the evening, Vultan Tin showed his trademark toughness to score a narrow win over Always Arjay. Vultan Tin settled in the breeze for reinsman Chris Voak, as Always Arjay led from the inside barrier. The tough gelding loomed on the home turn and looked poised to score an easy win, but Always Arjay fought back on the inside to make it a tight finish. It was the second leg of a driving double for Voak, who scored on Back To The Beach earlier in the evening.   Tim Walker

Paul Lewis admits it was a bit of an impulse buy when he and his two brothers snapped up a tiny Well Said filly at the 2017 Australian Pacing Gold sales in Sydney. But the $16,000 price tag has already proven a bargain for connections, who have enjoyed a great early ride with the Matthew Craven-trained pacer. Wellsaidlucy has won five of her six career starts - including a feature victory in the South Australian Oaks last month - for a tick over $28,000 in prizemoney. Now the daughter of Virtual Hanover is being aimed at the Lazarus Victoria Oaks (2240m) heats this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. "We had a bit of a day on the cans so we bought this horse," Lewis recalled. From there, Wellsaidlucy was given some time to grow and mature before beginning her racing career with a big win at Ararat in October last year. "She just does everything we ask her to," Lewis, who is based in Hamilton, said. "We think she is going to lack that little bit of top-end speed, but who knows? "She's done more than expected ... I must admit we have placed her well." This Saturday night's heat will be a major step-up for Wellsaidlucy and Lewis isn't getting too carried away about the horse's chances in the $24,000 event. "She'll be outclassed on Saturday, but at least she's there and she's having a crack," Lewis said. "She actually got a little bit of a cold last week and we nearly didn't go, but Matty (Craven) said she's pulled up a treat and we're going to race her." Lewis is hoping Wellsaidlucy can run inside the top four to earn a place in the $150,000 Group 1 Lazarus Victoria Oaks Final on April 27. "That'd be awesome - I'd be rapt," he said. "If we ran fourth, you'd probably see me jumping around a bit. "If you had have asked me a month ago if she would be even in the heat, I'd have said no. So she's actually surpassed what we expected from her, that's for sure." Wellsaidlucy has drawn barrier six in her heat and will face tough opposition from the likes of Emma Stewart-trained Kualoa, Adam Kelly's Arabella Star and Gary Hoban's Tangoingwithsierra. Craven said his horse would need to improve once again to be competitive in what looks a "very solid" heat. "So far she has been winning well when getting the ideal trip in slow times, so this week is a whole new ball game and unknown," Craven said. "If she can make it into the final we would be rapt." Two other qualifiers will be run on Saturday night, with Barry Purdon-trained Belle Of Montana a red-hot favourite in heat one and Kylie Rasmussen's Smart As Camm Be well fancied in heat two.   Tim O'Connor for HRV Trots Media

There are three organizations that set “international standards” concerning equine races: the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) Recent press releases and political advocacy campaigns in the US have made reference to the need to adopt “international standards”.   The implied standards referenced are those of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities, embodied in 87 pages of an International Agreement. No racing regulatory authority empowered to make or enforce rules anywhere in North America is allowed to vote on adoption of those standards, although individual members of the European Union may.     By contrast, the ARCI standards are the result of cooperative discussions between all aspects of the racing industry and are adopted upon the votes of the actual racing regulatory authorities who have been given the statutory ability to adopt and enforce such policies.    The ARCI does not limit those regulatory authorities allowed to vote. The standards of all three organizations are substantially similar, although the ARCI Model Rules are more exhaustive with regard to many matters.   One major difference deals with whether to permit the controlled and disclosed administration of furosemide on race day, an equine welfare program adopted decades ago designed to mitigate or prevent EIPH, exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage.   The ARCI has been setting international standards for 85 years.  Those standards are embodied in the ARCI Model Rules of Racing of which all but 53 of its 468 pages apply to equine races and associated wagering. Rebecca Shoemaker

Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce that all available shares in Lazarus N,  “The Wonder From Down Under” have been sold celebrating a successful syndication and would like to thank every member for their support. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight – Bethany – Christian Cullen) New Zealand earnings $2,016,841 Australian earnings      $1,671,597 USA earnings               $  294,050 Canadian earnings       $  158,500 …………………………………........ Total earnings             $4,140,988 ………………………………….......... Lazarus, the richest son of super sire Bettor's Delight was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Lazarus was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3yr, 4yr, and 5yr old Pacer of the Year as well as Australian Pacer Of The Year and Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years. Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and only 2 unplaced races lifetime. Lazarus N has attracted some outstanding high profile breeders to his court this season including; Hanover Shoe Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Deo Volente Farms, Tara Hills Stud, Concord Stud, Walnridge Farm, Spring Haven Standardbreds, Fox Valley Starndardbreds, Caviat Farm, Heritage Hill Farm, Preferred Equine, Let It Ride, Steve Stewart, Mark Ford, Twinbrook Farm, Anthony Perretti Farm and bloodstock, Taylor Made Stallions, Nick Surick, Chris Ryder, Thomas Pontone, Stonegate Standardbred etc etc Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some outstanding high profile mares to his 2019 book including; Worldly Beauty p1:49.3 ($2,146,076) Rocklamation p1:48.3 ($2,281,795) Odds On Stephanie, a race winning sister to Captaintreacherous p1:47.1 ($3,153,541) Artstopper, dam of Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) West Side Glory, the race winning dam of See You at Peelers p1:49.2f ($1,566,900). Realuhcamnation, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Teenage Paige, the dam of Agent Q 1:48.3 ($1,292,415) Ab Fab, a half to millionaires Betterthancheddar ($1,636,086) and Ashlees Big Guy ($1,009,523) Dashboard Dancer, a race winning half-sister to Maltese Artist 1:48.3 ($2,340,872). Docdor Cameo, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Double Jeopardy, a half to Western Terror 1:48.3 ($1,289,422) & If I Can Dream ($2,038,153) Dreamingofwichita, a half to A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2 ($2,441,164) Olivette Hanover, from super race mare Ohyouprettything ($1,135,873) and a race winning full-sister to Jeremes Jet 1:47 ($1,659.413) Mach A Wish 1:50 ($601,975) Cinamony, 1:49.3 ($532,404) Etc, etc, etc The Lazarus N Syndicate is also pleased to announce a contract to breed from the owners of top race mare, Shartin N p, 5, 1:48.2M ($1,192,553) in 2020.  Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud for a fee of $10,000. For more information call Linda at 908-782-4848. Deo Volente Farms

Harness racing driver Daniel Dube is hoping for business as usual when Western Fame competes in Saturday's (April 20) $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship at Yonkers Raceway, where the 6-year-old stallion has won four of five starts in the event and led nearly every step of the way. He knows it might not be that easy. "I'd like to think I'm going to go around the track like I usually do but for big money somebody is going to take a shot," Dube said. Dube and Western Fame will start the Levy championship from post five. Western Fame has seven wins and two second-places finishes in his past 11 races at Yonkers. He finished seventh in last year's Levy final. For his career, Western Fame has won 20 of 73 starts and earned $1.15 million. He was trained by Jimmy Takter before heading to the stable of Rene Allard at the end of last year. Dube and Allard have teamed to win three of the past four Levy championships. "(Post) five is really good, it's a perfect spot for my horse. I'm happy with that," Dube said, adding about Western Fame's work in the series, "He's been doing it nice and easy. "He's got a lot of good qualities; he's quick off the gate and he's quick turning for home. He's just a nice horse. He's strong. I hope he keeps going that way. If he doesn't get sick or something he should be good." Western Fame finished the Levy's five preliminary rounds with a series-best 350 points. Ideal Jimmy was second with 325 points thanks to three wins and two seconds. But the 6-year-old gelding did not fare well in the draw and will start Saturday from post eight, which has produced only 14 winners in 508 tries (2.8 percent). Last week, Ideal Jimmy and driver Brent Holland started from post six in their preliminary division and led from start to finish. "He's razor sharp, but from (post) eight you've got to have a lot of luck," said Ideal Jimmy's trainer, Erv Miller. "It's pretty hard to get out of there on the lead from the eight hole, but you never know. We'll see what happens. "He's a very handy horse, which he showed the last start. He can do what he needs to do. He's been real good racing from behind too. We'll just have to see how it works out. He's really come into his own. He's really good now. He's real sharp for the final, but the eight hole makes it tough." Of the eight Levy finalists, all but two competed in all five of the prelims. JJ Flynn skipped last week's round and Rodeo Rock sat out April 6. Rodeo Rock, who starts Saturday from post six, returned last week with a second-place finish behind Western Fame. "I would have liked to draw a little bit closer (inside) but it's not a horrible position," said Andy McCarthy, who drives Rodeo Rock. "Hopefully things get mixed up pretty good the first half. I think that's a possibility. I don't know what (Holland) will do with Ideal Jimmy. He leaves the gate so fast, he might take a chance. "It could be a bit of a rush into that first turn. A lot of horses can leave fast and I think they're all going to try to push for a good position there early. I just hope they don't line up. I've got to hope they mix it up pretty good the first three-eighths of a mile and see what happens after that." Rodeo Rock won his first two rounds in the series before a third-place finish on March 30. "He was very good the first two weeks," McCarthy said. "I probably drove him bad that third week. I should have pushed off harder and tried to trip him out a little more, but I came first over. He got just a little tired at the end of the mile. "I thought he raced terrific last week. I had to come first up out of the third turn into a very fast back half and he didn't lose ground. He kept pacing." Racing at Yonkers begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Levy championship is race 11 on the card. The card also includes the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for older female pacers (race nine). For complete Saturday night entries, click here. Following is the field for the $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing championship. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Anythingforlove A        Joe Bongiorno - Jennifer Bongiorno 2-More The Better N       Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 3-JJ Flynn                       Tim Tetrick - Josh Green 4-The Downtown Bus -   Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 5-Western Fame             Dan Dube - Rene Allard 6-Rodeo Rock                 Andrew McCarthy-Robert Cleary 7-The Wall                      Andy Miller - Nick Surick 8-Ideal Jimmy                 Brent Holland - Erv Miller Ken Weingartner

Guelph, ON April 18, 2019 - Researchers at the University of Guelph are leading the way in equine research again, this time with studies looking at tools that may help predict disease spread in horse populations.   The studies were published in early January. In the first study, researchers looked at using small, non-invasive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, placed under vet wrap on each horse's halter, to collect data on which horses came into contact with one another on horse farms. In the second study, researchers used data collected with the RFID tags to help create and compare contact networks (see explanation below) at horse facilities in Ontario.   Scientists use contact networks to help understand how a disease might spread in a population. To understand what a contact network is, picture a big map with different dots. Each dot represents a person. When one person comes into contact with another person, a line is drawn to connect them. So, if Kathy met Laura for coffee, there would be a line between Kathy and Laura's dots. There would also be lines connecting Kathy's dot and Laura's dot with the people they interacted with while they went for coffee, like the cashier at the coffee place. It's like a scientific "connect the dots", where the lines you draw are based on who comes into contact with who. Now try picturing this for your horse. What lines would you draw between your horse and others at your facility?   Rachael Milwid, a former OVC PhD student and the lead author of the studies, comments on several important findings from the work, "Groups of horses that are turned out together had the most contact with one another which was to be expected, however the data also suggests that even horses that are not turned out together or that are not neighbours in the barn actually have significant contact with one another over the course of each day. These results imply that in the case of a disease outbreak, extra care should be taken to keep the horses separate to prevent the disease from spreading throughout the entire farm."   To learn more about how the researchers used the RFID tags and other results from the studies, read the articles Validation of modified radio-frequency identification tag firmware and Comparison of the dynamic networks of four equine boarding and training facilities.   The authors of the studies are Rachael M. Milwid, Terri L. O'Sullivan, Zvonimir Poljak, Marek Laskowski, and Amy L. Greer. The work was supported by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Canada Research Chairs Program, and the Ontario Veterinary College.   Find out what you can do to prevent disease spread at your facility with Equine Guelph's online Biosecurity course (https://thehorseportal.ca/course/sickness-prevention-in-horses-f19/).   by: Nicole Weidner

YONKERS, N.Y. – Harness racing trainer Rene Allard knows how it feels to win the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Final. The trainer captured Yonkers Raceway’s richest pacing event in each of the last two years with Keystone Velocity and took the 2015 edition with Domethatagain. Allard will take aim at his third straight Levy victory and fourth overall when he sends out Western Fame in Saturday night’s $662,800 series final. The lead up to this year’s final has a distinct feel for Allard, however. His past winners were outsiders, or even longshots. Despite drawing post one, Domethatagain was 6-1 in the final after winning one preliminary leg and finishing second in another. Keystone Velocity pulled off an 11-1 surprise in winning his first Levy title and was a tepid 5-2 favorite last year after scoring just one victory in the preliminaries. Western Fame however, is expected to be a heavy favorite Saturday night. “I think it’s a lot of pressure, more pressure than usual because we’re going to have the favorite,” Allard said. “Having the favorite is always a little extra pressure, but I would rather be the favorite than the longest shot on the board. That means we have a good shot.” A fixture in the barn of Jimmy Takter since the beginning of his career, Western Fame won a division of the Bluegrass and eliminations of the Little Brown Jug and Breeders’ Crown and finished second in the Jug Final, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final, Tattersalls Pace, and Matron Stakes at 3. At 4, Western Fame captured the Prix d’Été and Confederation Cup and was third in the Graduate Final. After racing at the FFA level throughout 2018, Allard eyed the Western Ideal son for his stable. “I was looking, trying to find a horse to replace Keystone Velocity. He was going to stud to breed and retire and I was looking for one in that age group,” Allard explained. “I obviously didn’t think McWicked and a couple of those other ones would be for sale, but I thought this one might come up for sale because I knew Jimmy was retiring. I contacted them and said, ‘if this horse ever comes up for sale, let me know.’ ” About a month later, Allard’s phone rang. Western Fame was for sale. Allard agreed on a price, and the deal was complete. “Everything happened pretty fast,” Allard added. Western Fame made a favorable impression from the moment he arrived in the barn. His intelligence and professionalism impressed his new trainer, who owns the stallion in partnership with Go Fast Stable, Stephen Klunowski, B And I Stable, and Gilbert Short. “Classy horses like him are definitely pleasant to be around. He’s a good horse to be around, very smart horse, obviously Takter did a great job with him throughout his career,” Allard said. “Everything he does, he does it right. Working around fast horses, those are the ones I like to work around the best. I don’t mind if they have issues, but if they have speed, that’s half the battle.” Western Fame made his first start for Allard December 2, 2018 when he captured the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. After a winter break, Western Fame qualified back at Yonkers February 2 before making his seasonal debut March 9 in the Open Handicap at Saratoga. Although he finished third in that start, he was rough around the final turn as he made a bid to circle the field. “The first start this year, he was struggling a little bit in the turns,” Allard said. “We changed his shoeing and did a couple adjustments to his equipment and he’s been super ever since. We changed his shoes, we have spreaders on him, and he’s been really good since.” Western Fame put his Levy rivals on notice with a first-leg blowout win March 17. He scored in wire-to-wire fashion by 5 ¾ lengths in 1:51.1, pacing a final quarter in :27. After a runner-up finish in week two, Western Fame returned to his dominant ways, taking legs three, four, and five by 2, 5 ½, and 1 ¾ lengths, respectively. Western Fame kicked home in :27 in his last two starts and his fourth-leg victory came in 1:50.4, equaling the season’s mark at Yonkers. “We knew he was a good horse. He’s won a lot of races at the highest level, so we thought he’d be a nice horse to have for the aged pacing stakes, but he’s really gone beyond our expectations. He’s been really good,” Allard said. Western Fame drew post position five in the rich Levy Series Final and is expected to be a heavy favorite off his dominance in the preliminaries. However, fellow leavers The Downtown Bus, JJ Flynn, and Anythingforlove all drew inside the series leader. Allard will leave the race tactics to regular driver Dan Dube, who piloted both Keystone Velocity and Domethatagain to their Levy wins. “I think the horse can be driven any way. Throughout his career, he’s done it from every spot, so I don’t think he’s only one way,” Allard said. “But I believe Dube is probably going to be pretty aggressive being the favorite in there. “Western Fame has been super since we purchased him. He’s ultra-consistent and I expect him to be right there on Saturday again,” Allard continued. “He looks good, feels good. Any time you go for that kind of money on a half-mile track, it’s never easy. It’s not going to be easy, so hopefully everything goes well, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.” For Allard, winning the Levy carries meaning beyond the purse money. He considers Yonkers his home track; he was leading trainer in 2015, 2016, and 2018 and currently tops the trainer standings. Last year, Allard made nearly half of his 1,717 starts at the Hilltop. “Yonkers is the racetrack that I race at the most and this is the biggest race of the year for us there. I haven’t had a chance to have a trotter in the International yet, maybe one day, but the Levy is a race that anyone who races at Yonkers wants to win,” Allard said. “It makes it extra special; that’s our track that we race at, we’re there every night. It means a lot to win that race, it would mean a lot to get it done. “Last time we won, I think I had Dube on top of my shoulders,” Allard continued. “Every time we win, the party gets a little crazier and crazier. We celebrate; that’s one thing that we do with Team Allard is we try to have fun. You live only once, so we try to live right.” The field for the Levy Series Final is listed below: Post Position   Horse   Driver  Trainer  1       Anythingforlove A         Joe Bongiorno             Jenn Bongiorno 2       More The Better N       Scott Zeron                  Ross Croghan 3       JJ Flynn                       Tim Tetrick*                  Josh Green 4       The Downtown Bus     Tim Tetrick*                 Jeff Gillis 5       Western Fame             Dan Dube                    Rene Allard 6       Rodeo Rock                 Andrew McCarthy       Robert Cleary 7       The Wall                       Andy Miller                  Nick Surick 8       Ideal Jimmy                  Brent Holland               Erv Miller Driver choice to be announced. Saturday night’s card also features the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final, the $100,000 Levy Series Consolation, the $75,000 Matchmaker Series Consolation, and a $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

LONDON... Harness racing veteran pilot Scott Coulter enjoyed a special milestone when he notched his 5,000th career win on Wednesday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Brantford, Ontario resident has been a mainstay in the Ontario circuit for more than 25 years and was crowned the leading dash winning driver during the 2018 season at The Raceway. It was a fitting ending to the road to 5,000 for Coulter as he guided 2018 Horse of The Year Spicey Victor to victory in Race 9. Coulter has been primary driver behind the aged gelding for trainer Len Lalonde and his wife Kristina. Scott Coulter and Spicey Victor Greg Gangle

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the two broodmares that will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on July 7, 2019 in Goshen, New York. The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee recently voted for broodmares using the criteria implemented in 2018. Eligible mares for consideration are producers of two Dan Patch winners, two millionaires or one Dan Patch and one millionaire, or those nominated by a committee member. The committee members voted to elect GRACEFUL TOUCH and SOUTHWIND SERENA. LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEE GRACEFUL TOUCH Nominated as Broodmare Bay Mare, 2000 2,1:56.1 ($161,893) Pine Chip - Act Of Grace - Valley Victory Bred by Peter Eriksson of Soraker, Sweden, broodmare Graceful Touch was foaled on February 23, 2000. During her racing career she was owned by Perretti Farms. She is currently owned by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Maumee River Stables. Graceful Touch has eleven registered foals with six starters and $1,939,470 in total earnings. Her most successful offspring are 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive 3,1:51 ($1,239,138) and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname 2,1:55 ($340,730). Son Muscle Mass 2,1:53.4 ($229,000) is the sire of the sub-1:50 2018 2-year-old world champions Six Pack 3,1:49.1 ($1,358,290) and Plunge Blue Chip 3,1:49.4 ($1,003,559). Janet Terhune LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEE SOUTHWIND SERENA Nominated as Broodmare Brown Mare, 2004 3,1:55.2 ($385,088) Varenne - Spice On Ice - Pine Chip Bred by Southwind Farm in Pennington, New Jersey, 2007 Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena was foaled on April 18, 2004. During her racing career she was owned by Andrea Lea Racing Stables. She is currently owned by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables. Southwind Serena has six registered foals with four starters and $3,083,735 in total earnings. Her most successful offspring are 2014 Two-Year Old Trotting Filly of the Year and Breeders Crown winner, 2015 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, world champion Mission Brief 3,1:50.2f ($1,599,587) and 2018 Breeders Crown winner Tactical Landing 3,1:50.2 ($812,300). Please check www.harnessmuseum.com for information about the Hall of Fame ceremony on July 7, 2019. The 2019 Inductees include Immortals: Dr. Leroy Coggins, Charlie Hinkle, Allen & Connie Skolnick and Delinquent Account; Living Horse Hall of Fame: Art Major, Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, Graceful Touch and Southwind Serena; the Amateur Driving Champion: Steve Oldford; Living Hall of Fame: Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano and Ted Wing; and Communicators' Hall of Fame: Mark Hall and Dave Little. For information on all Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com, email info@harnessmuseum.com or call 845-294-6330. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York and is currently open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 to Labor Day, September 2, 2019, the Museum is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — The harness racing community has spoken and there is no doubt where the voice of P.E.I. harness racing ranks. Vance Cameron, who brings fans to the edge of their seats at both Red Shores Summerside and Charlottetown, was recently announced as the winner of Standardbred Canada’s Best Race Call. “Standardbred Canada had put 48 races together in a format styled after the March Madness basketball tournament,” explained Cameron, a Summerside native. Cameron had four calls entered in the competition and the final came down to two of his calls – the 2008 Gold Cup and Saucer in Charlottetown against the 2003 Gold Cup and Saucer. The 2008 race, won by Pownal Bay Matt and driver Earl Smith, was the winner and votes were casted from around the world. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” said Cameron. “Earl Smith, a very accomplished horseman, had never won the Gold Cup and Saucer and he was like 19 or 20 to 1 on the board.” Cameron has fond memories of the race. “What I do is when they are going to the gate in Charlottetown for the Cup and Saucer is I’ll say, ‘It’s time to get it onnnn!,’” said Cameron. “That gets the crowd up. “I got the ‘Boom, just like that’ call and on the final turn I said, ‘It’s the greatest Gold Cup and Saucer of all time.’ “That was because there were three tiers of three deep horses and all nine of them were only separated by three or four lengths with an eighth of a mile to go.” However, Cameron actually liked his call of Serious Damage’s win in the 2011 Governor’s Plate in Summerside better than the two finalists. “Obviously, the people thought the ’03 and ’08 were the ones,” added Cameron. “With the 2011 call, when Kenny Arsenault won with Serious Damage, I was able to get the ‘Brouhaha’ into that one, the ‘Boom, just like that’ and I have another call when a horse is way outside I go, ‘Way, way, way outside,’ and that was in it, too. “It was Kenny Arsenault winning the Plate for the first time. Both Earl Smith and Kenny Arsenault are accomplished horse people and great guys.” Click here for story on Prince County Horsemen's Club awards dinner: Surprise Cameron was caught off guard when a special presentation was made to him during the recent Prince County Horsemen’s Club awards dinner in Summerside. Cameron was the master of ceremonies for the well-attended event at Credit Union Place. “Vance, you are the best,” Summerside Mayor and harness racing supporter Basil Stewart commented. “I have a nephew who is from Charlottetown but lives in Halifax, and he comes over to Summerside for harness racing just to hear Vance call the races.” 42nd season Cameron is in his 42nd season of calling races. He called his very first race in Summerside on Oct. 28, 1977. “I have some old tapes from when I first went to Ontario in ’82, and there is a big difference,” said Cameron, who noted his style has changed over the years. Cameron, who has called races in every Canadian province except British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, has a number of signature calls, including one he picked up from Stompin’ Tom Connors. “I’ve been able to throw in that old Stompin’ Tom tune, ‘To it and at it and at it and to it’ and the people have really liked that one,” said Cameron. “I said to myself, ‘You know what, when a couple of horses are battling it out they are to it and at it and at it and to it.’” One more milestone The 59-year-old Cameron admits there is still one more milestone he would like to achieve. We still haven’t done that 1:49.4 thing,” he said. “Time is running out for me. “It’s not the end of the world, but it’s probably the only thing I haven’t done since I’ve gotten into a booth.” By Jason Simmonds Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

Harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and their All Stars Stables have a very good representation in the Hydroflow "Easter Buny" Pace for Rating 90 and faster pacers at Addington on Saturday. The stable have four of the seven runners in the $17,000 race with Ashley Locaz (Mark Purdon), Elle Mac (Olivia Thornley), Funatthebeach (Tim Williams) and Eamon Maguire (Natalie Rasmussen) all having a start. Of the four, Mark Purdon thought that Eamon Maguire would be the best of the All Stars runners when assessing the stable chances during the week.  "I think Natalie’s drive Eamon Maguire will be the hardest of ours in the open handicap. "These four are all smart horses as we know if one level below the likes of Spankem and Turn It Up and they can all do it in this class on their day. "Eamon Maguire seems well and I think you will see an improved horse on Saturday compared to his last run when the field was tougher." Eamon Maguire an Art Major 5yo has been out of form for his last five starts, but struck form about this time last year running a couple of terrific races at Addington before heading North and running an eyecatching second to A G's Whitesocks in the Gr1 Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park. He then went on to win the Gr1 NZ Messenger Championship on the same track before winning the 4yo Emerald at the Cambridge Harness Jewels in 1-51.9 a few weeks later. Saturday's assignment looks well within his grasp with Natalie Rasmussen taking over the reigns this time from Jonny Cox who has driven him in his first three starts this year. Earlier in the program Mark Purdon looks a moral to take out the third heat of the Garrards Sires Stakes Series for 2yo colts and geldings with classy pacer Smooth Deal. "He is forward for a big race Saturday."  Heat 7 of the Nevele R Fillies Series is Race 3 on the day and features the Purdon/Rasmussen trained Princess Tiffany up against a handy field of 3yo fillies including the speedy Kendra and improving Wainui Creek. "Princess Tiffany is well and ready to go so she should be hard to beat," Mark said. Trotter Winterfell gets into a winnable race with Purdon thinking he would be a top chance to run in the money. "I am hoping Winterfell is at least in the first three," he said.  "He is training up fine but I would like to see him transfer that to raceday and get a confidence boost. I think that will help him a lot. The only Group race on the day is the (Gr3) Majestic Son NZ 2yo Trotting Stakes for $30,000. It is hard to see the unbeaten Greg and Nina Hope trained Muscle Mountain being rolled in this race after being so dominant in his first three races. He is likely to start a short priced favourite with Ultimate Stride from a bad draw and the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained trotting filly Tallored Elegance his main dangers.   Harnesslink Media

CHESTER PA - Harness racing driver Corey Callahan got career driving win number 6000 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, breaking the maiden of the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Don't Judge A Book with a 1:56.1 victory and then surviving the very late drama of an inquiry, which determined that his horse made a break just after the wire, allowing the milestone victory to stand. The 40-year-old Callahan has won over 350 races and in excess of $5 million every year since 2009, with his best season coming in 2015, when he was fifth in North America in victories (636) and money ($9,812,464). Career-wise, the trotters and pacers he has guided have bankrolled $86.7 million. 1-5 pacesetting favorite Mach It So was unable to hold off the late bid of pocket rocket Cruise Patrol by a head in 1:51.1 in the $14,500 fast-class pacing feature. Mach It So, a winner of $2,768,167 going into the contest, took the early lead then yielded it to Cruise Patrol before the 27.1, only to regain midway in quarter two, which saw the timer lock on 56. Mach It So kept the lead through the 1:23.1 3/4s, but on the far turn driver George Napolitano Jr. started edging out Cruise Patrol, a son of Bettor's Delight who had already won in 1:50.4 (on the engine) at the meet, and in the lane the pacesetter was gallant but the pocketsitter was fresher, taking a head decision for trainer Mike and owner Colleen Dowdall. The Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old gelding Closing Statement, third in his Breeders Crown at age two but suffering a lost season in 2018, won for the first time in 572 days, and posting a snappy clocking of 1:51.3 in circling his field late for driver Dexter Dunn. Closing Statement had qualified back well for this, his 2019 debut, and maybe the form evident at two but dormant at three will emerge this year for trainer Mark Harder and owner Glenn Goller. Tim Tetrick won five times on the card to take over the early meet lead in sulky victories, having 25 to George Napolitano's 23. Of course, it's hardly surprising to see these two fighting for driving honors at Philly - after Cat Manzi won the initial Harrah's dash crown in 2006, it's been either Napolitano or Tetrick visiting Victory Lane the most in every season at Philly, with George holding a 7-5 advantage in that category. It is a bit surprising to realize that between them, Tetrick and Napolitano have won 41% of the races held at Philly so far this year (48 of 117 contests). PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - When harness racing driver Dexter Dunn left New Zealand to try his driving luck stateside, he didn't necessarily think he'd be seeing an old flame. Such is the romance of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker...where even the two- and four-legged can become an item. In the case of Dunn, his 'old flame' is Bettor Joy N, who did a pretty fair job racing in the long shadow cast by her stablemate, defending series champion Shartin N. Bettor Joy N, who landed post position No. 5 in Saturday night's $401,600 final for Free-For-All ladies, enters off three consecutive preliminary-round wins. For the season, the 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight has won four of her six races ($85,030) for co-owners Jo Ann Looney-King, Richard Poillucci & Tim Tetrick (aka Shartin N's date) and trainer Jim King Jr. Shartin N is directly outside in post No. 6, looking to become the first mare to win this series twice. "I drove her as a 3- and 4-year-old and she did a good job," Dunn said of Bettor Joy N. "She made about $200,000 racing against some good mares (fillies). "She had the speed and the attitude, and obviously, was very good in the heats here (Yonkers). Dunn laughed the laugh of someone asked a rhetorically-inane question of how long it took him to accept this catch-drive from the trainer. "Not very. "I've seen her races and spoken with Tim (Tetrick) about her, and he's been pleased. This is going to be her toughest test, since she hasn't had to race Shartin (N). Tetrick drove Bettor Joy N through the prelims. As for starting directly inside of Shartin N in the final, "I haven't really thought about it and probably won't until later in the week. "You try and have a plan, but once the gates opens, it doesn't always go that way," Dunn said. "I'm just happy to have a shot at it." The 11th Matchmakers goes as race No. 9 during Yonkers' dozen-race card Along with the $662,800 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (11th race), they are by far 2019's richest North American harness races to date. Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. The Matchmaker draw... 1-Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), 2-Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan), 3-Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), 4-Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett), 5-Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn), 6-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 7-Ideal Lifestyle A (Driver TBA), 8-Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.). All the ladies race uncoupled. Saturday's card shall be finalized Thursday afternoon (Apr. 18th). Frank Drucker

A meticulous plan by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond to acclimatise Mighty Conqueror to standing-start racing has excellent prospects of bearing fruit when the lightly-raced and highly talented four-year-old contests the $50,000 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park on Thursday night. With the Group 2 Easter Cup the target, the New Zealand-bred Mighty Conqueror has had a thorough education in stands, having contested stands at his past six starts, leading into this week's big race over the marathon trip of 2902m. He has not been faultless, but has shown a growing aptitude to this style of racing after his first ten starts were in mobiles --- which included a victory in the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship, third in the $125,000 Four-Year-Old Classic and a nose second to stablemate Ana Malak in the $200,000 Golden Nugget Championship late last year --- before beginning his well thought-out campaign in stands. These stands produced a desperately unlucky fourth in the Northam Cup (after hanging in and breaking 500m from home and going six wide on the home turn), four wins at Pinjarra (three over 2631m and one over 2116m) and a half-head second to Rocknroll Beachboy over 2631m at Pinjarra after breaking and working hard in the breeze. At his most recent appearance Mighty Conqueror started off the 20m mark and enjoyed an ideal trail in the one-out and one-back position before racing away to win by 14m from Bettor Be Lively, dashing over the final three quarters in 29.4sec., 28.7sec. and 27.9sec. and setting a track record for the distance of 1.56 last Monday week. Mighty Conqueror, the least experienced runner in Friday night's Cup, with 11 wins, two seconds and a third from just 16 starts, will start from the outside of the 20m line, which is virtually only a 10m handicap because there are no runners off the front line. He will again be driven by the State's leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, who guided the Steve Burton-trained Phar From A Fake to victory in the 2004 Easter Cup. The Bonds are following their successful plan of two years ago when they gave Assassinator three starts in stands leading into the Easter Cup. Assassinator, a 15/1 chance driven by Ryan Bell, led for the first lap before taking the sit behind the stablemate Galactic Star and then finishing fast to snatch a head victory from the 5/4 fancy. In an even field this year, several runners have winning prospects, with Mighty Conqueror's chief rivals likely to be Caviar Star, As Happy As Larry, Sarah Goody and Miss Sangrial. Caviar Star, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Stuart McDonald, and As Happy As Larry, trained by Robbie Williams and to be driven by Chris Lewis, are in peak form and are the lone runners off the back mark of 30m. Caviar Star, an up-and-coming four-year-old, has won at 11 of his past 20 starts and was gallant in defeat last Friday night when he raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing a close second to the pacemaker Kiwi Legend, who rated 1.54 over 1730m, with final quarters in 27.4sec. and 28.1sec. Two weeks earlier, Caviar Star was most impressive when he started off 30m and sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the 1050m to get to the front 550m from home and then race away to win by three lengths from Tuas Delight, rating 1.58.2 over 2503m. As Happy As Larry warmed up for the Cup in fine style last Friday week when he finished powerfully to win from Lady De La Renta over 2130m. Lewis is the most successful reinsman in the Easter Cup which was first run in 1912 when Golddust won at a 2.44 rate. Lewis has won the Cup with Pallaton (1980), Gold Rowan (1984), Village Kid (1987), Abmidas (1997), OK Windermere (who dead-heated with Patches in 2006) and Lovers Delight (2015). Gary Hall Jnr has won the Cup five times --- with The Falcon Strike (off the back mark of 20m) in 2003, Patches (off the back mark of 30m) in 2006, Uppy Son (10m) in 2012, Rebel Scooter (10m) in 2013, and Znana (off the front) in 2016. This year he will handle the Kevin Keys-trained mare Sarah Goody, who will start off 20m. Sarah Goody has won at 15 of her 40 starts and is in fine form, with two wins from three starts since resuming from a spell. She handled the stand well six starts ago when she finished boldly to be second to Eden Franco in the 2503m Race For Roses early in May last year. Twelve months before that Sarah Goody surged home from last at the bell to finish second to Maczaffair in the WA Oaks. Five-year-old Sarah Goody and four-year-old Miss Sangrial are the only mares in the field of 12. Party Date, trained and driven by Aiden Warwick, was the most recent Cup winner by a mare, when she beat Heez Ruthless and Faking It in 2005. Among the classy martes to have won the Easter Cup are Kola Girl (1920), Derby Fayette (1938), Portree (1959), Color Glo (1967), Miss Dundee (1971), Wee Cent (1974) and Via Valencia (1991). Miss Sangrial, to be driven by Michael Grantham for his uncle, trainer Michael Brennan, should be prominent throughout and is capable of causing a minor upset. The Colin Joss-trained Bettor Be Lively is racing keenly, particularly in stands, and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko is optimistic that the gelding will perform strongly.   Ken Casellas

If fans are looking for a horse in top form entering Saturday's (April 20) $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for harness racing older female pacers, they need to only look at...well, just about everyone. Six of the eight mares are heading to the Matchmaker championship at Yonkers Raceway off a win (thanks to four horses skipping last week's fifth-and-final preliminary round of the series). Furthermore, a look at each of the finalist's past three starts show only three finishes worse than second in the 24 total tries, and two of those occurred from post eight, which is the least favorable post position at the track. "It's been a very good series," said Jason Bartlett, who drives Andrew Harris-trained Dont Think Twice A. "There have been a lot of different winners every week. It's basically the same times too, right around (1):52. "Shartin is Shartin, but otherwise it's a very competitive group. It's going to come down to who gets the better trip." Shartin is defending Matchmaker champion Shartin N, the New Zealand-bred mare who was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer. She won three of her four preliminary rounds in the series and was fourth from post eight in her remaining start. She will start Saturday from post six, one spot outside of stablemate Bettor Joy N, who was a nose from being undefeated in four races in the series. "They're both pretty powerful girls," said Jim King Jr., who trains both mares. "Hopefully everybody behaves in the first turn and no one causes any bad luck for somebody else. From there, let the best horse win. At least let them all have a chance. If they all behave around the first turn and everyone gets where they're going, I think I've got a little better chance than most. I've got two good horses and they're in respectable spots." Shartin N was a known quantity entering the series, but Bettor Joy N has made a name for herself as well. She has won once by leading from start to finish and twice by rallying from fourth at the top of the stretch. "We had a little adjustment to make (after she lost in the first round) and fortunately it all went well," King said. "We opened her up and got her more quiet, got her to pay a little more attention to the driver rather than be so anxious. She's very versatile. I don't think we've seen her best work yet." Dont Think Twice A, who starts Saturday from post four, has two wins and two seconds in the series. She is one of four mares to finish no worse than second in all her Matchmaker prelims, along with Apple Bottom Jeans, Feelin Red Hot, and Bettor Joy N. "I think I drew a good spot," Bartlett said. "There is speed inside and Shartin got the six so (driver Tim Tetrick) has to make a decision what he wants to do. I have a good mare, coming off a win, so I think she's got as good a shot as anybody. She's handy. She can do just about anything you ask her to do and she's got a great attitude. I've loved her since day one." Apple Bottom Jeans, who was a neck from being unbeaten in four Matchmaker starts, will start from post two. She has gone gate-to-wire in all three of her victories in the series and was caught by Feelin Red Hot just prior to the finish in the other. "She should be a perfect 4-for-4," driver Corey Callahan said. "That week (she lost) was my fault. Everybody was kind of walking to the half, so I went ahead and did that too. I shouldn't have done that. I should have let her keep moving along. She's got a big, long gait. I took full responsibility for that. "She's been winning on the front because that's how the races have set up and she's been such a heavy favorite. I've been able to cut it or get away quiet to the lead. But she is a better horse tracking horses down. She might be in that spot (this week), or she might be in a spot where she can cut it. I don't really think she will be, but you never know when they say go." Apple Bottom Jeans did not race during the fourth week of the series but returned with a win in the fifth round. Dont Think Twice A, Bettor Joy N, Shartin N, and Ideal Lifestyle A all took off last week. Kaitlyn N, Feelin Red Hot, and Seaswift Joy N each competed in all five preliminary rounds. "We'll see which one of us went the right way," Callahan said with a laugh. "Until somebody beats her, Shartin is the one to beat," he added. "There are a lot of other nice mares in there. It's not like she's going to be able to get away quiet and brush to the lead and have things her way. I don't think anybody is going to be able to do that." Racing begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Matchmaker is race nine on the card, which also includes the $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship (race 11). Following is the field for the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Kaitlyn N-Matt Kakaley-Richard Banca 2-Apple Bottom Jeans-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 3-Feelin Red Hot-George Brennan-Ron Burke 4-Dont Think Twice A-Jason Bartlett-Andrew Harris 5-Bettor Joy N-Dexter Dunn-Jim King Jr. 6-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 7-Ideal Lifestyle A-TBA-Tahnee Camilleri 8-Seaswift Joy N-Jim Marohn Jr.-Tony Alagna Ken Weingartner