Day At The Track

With close to 2800 winners and 47 Group One wins as a harness racing trainer Gary Hall has seen it all and it takes something pretty special for him to get emotional on the track. On Friday night at Gloucester Park Gary Hall was emotional as he took in the fact the his three-year-old filly Slick Artist had won the $50,000 Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic. Having just her ninth start, Slick Artist has now won three races and set a new race record when she rated 1:56.4 for the 2130 metres and took her earnings to more than $43,000 as she led home Infinite Symbol and short-priced favourite Cott Beach. Slick Artist is by Art Major from the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird and she is raced by Beth Richardson, Gary’s wife Karen Hall, Gary Ralston and WA Turf Club Chairman Neil Pinner. The quartet bred Slick Artist along with the Falsify Syndicate. Slick Bird won ten races in WA including a prelude of the 2011 WA Oaks and finished third to Artemis Belle and If I Have A Dream in the final. “Slick Artist is the first horse I have been involved with breeding,” a visibly excited Hall said after the race. “I have had her since she was born and it is special to see her come so far”. “I have a two-year-old half-brother to Slick Artist by Alta Christiano and he looks like being even better,” he said. Alta Christiano won the 2013 WA Derby for Hall in a career severely restricted by injury and his first crop have just begun to appear in this season’s 2yo races. The Daintys Daughter Classic was first run in 2000 and was the brainchild of the WA Standardbred Breeders Association who wished to honour arguably the greatest race-mare to have raced in this State. Daintys Daughter, who was the first mare inducted into The West Australian Racing Industry Hall of Fame in 2010, won 36 races against all-comers including a WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup and set World Records over one mile and two miles for her owner/breeder Jock Coleman and trainer/driver Bernie Cushing. Bernie Cushing's daughter Dot presented the 2018 Daintys Daughter Classic trophy to Gary Hall on Friday night. The first winner of the race was Black And Blue which coincidentally is from the same maternal family as Daintys Daughter. A grand-daughter of Black And Blue in Cott Beach started a favourite in Friday night’s race to add more to the coincidence. Alan Parker

A new action group is fighting plans to build 300 homes at Globe Derby Park. Resident Des Nolan, who owns a business selling horse supplies in Globe Derby Park, has rallied more than 100 supporters and racing club members in a bid to prevent a large section of harness racing land being used for housing. In December, the South Australian Harness Racing Club voted to sell off 70 per cent of Globe Derby Park to investment company GIC. Club president Richard Miller said this would secure the long-term future of harness racing. But Mr Nolan and his action group disagree. “I have mass concerns with the sale,” he said last week. “If we lose this, it will be the end of horse-keeping in Globe Derby Park and where will all these people go to keep their horses? “The community was behind the South Australian Harness Racing Club developing along Port Wakefield Rd ... but now what they want to do is develop all the way along Globe Derby Drive, down Trotters Drive and into Alabar Crescent and put in 300 homes.” Mr Nolan has launched an online petition that last week had attracted close to 400 signatures – and is now trying to collect another 100 by doorknocking the neighbourhood. The petition will be presented to Salisbury Council and the State Government in an attempt to prevent rezoning. A GIC spokeswoman could not confirm whether there was a plan to build 300 new homes at the site, saying it was early days for the project and “there are still a number of processes, procedures and community consultation that will need to be overseen and managed”. “The vision for the final product will encapsulate a happy, thriving, and open community for families and existing residents in the area,” the spokeswoman said. Mr Miller said the harness racing club would ensure local trainers to the west of Globe Derby Park would continue to have safe access to the track and facilities. “We will be giving the local community the opportunity to hear more about our plans in the near future,” he said. Ashleigh Pisani, Northern Weekly Messenger Reprinted withg permission of The Advertiser

A South Jersey horse trainer indicted in 2015 on animal cruelty charges for her alleged poor treatment of horses in her care has been admitted to the state's pre-trial intervention program. Monica Thors, 57, Mullica Hill, was charged with third-degree animal cruelty in the deaths of four horses that had to be euthanized, according to a 2015 report. All four were overweight and suffered from chronic laminitis, an inflammatory condition of the connective tissue inside the hoof that causes lameness. She also faced five counts of fourth-degree animal cruelty for allegedly "causing serious bodily injury, also by failure to provide care" for an additional four horses and a goat, according to prosecutors. All of these animals were described as overweight and suffering from hoof problems. The indictment came after officers from the NJSPCA seized several horses and the goat from a South Harrison Township farm where Thors was planning to shoot a documentary about the care of harness racing horses. Over the objections of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson last Monday granted Thors admission to PTI for a period of one year. PTI is a diversionary program for non-violent offenders. If she meets conditions of the program for a year, her charges will be dismissed. Under the program, she must report to a supervisor, avoid new offenses and, if she wishes to take care of horses, must do so under the supervision of a professional, according to the prosecutor's office. If she fails to comply with the terms of the program, her case will be returned to criminal court for prosecution. By Matt Gray Reprinted with permission of the NJ.com site

LEBANON, OH. - Sandy's Victory, who was named the harness racing 2017 Aged Trotter of the Year in Ohio, shows no signs of letting up at age 7. The Dan Ater owned and trained daughter of Victory Same won for the 17th time from 51 starts over the last 13 months by capturing the $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11. Ater's son Kyle put the favorite on the engine early and led four classy geldings through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sealing the deal by open lengths in 1:56.2 over the rain-soaked five-eighths mile oval. Walter White (John DeLong) rallied for second with MJB Got Faith (Kayne Kauffman) grabbing the show dough. On Saturday night, trainer Jimmy Byers notched his 100th training win when he sent out Herlin (Josh Sutton) and won a $6500 claimer in 1:55.4. DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MIAMI VALLEY 'LEGENDS' LATE CLOSERS The nomination deadline is rapidly approaching for the first three out of nine total annual “Lebanon Legends” late closers to be raced at Miami Valley Raceway, primarily in March and early April.  Entry forms must be submitted to the race office or postmarked by Saturday, February 17.  All three series are for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime as of the entry deadline date.  The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial will feature pacing fillies and mares; the George Williams Memorial will showcase male pacers; and the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial is for trotters that meet the conditions criteria. “Due to the unfortunate current quarantine of almost 500 horses at the Warren Co. Fairgrounds and a nearby training center, we expect lower nomination numbers than usual for these popular series,” said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel.  “We still hope to get the required 18 available nominees to begin each series, however.  Additionally, owners of horses currently in quarantine are welcome to nominate and their checks will not be cashed if they are not released from quarantine in time to enter the first leg.” Deadline for entries into the other six “Legends” series, for either non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime; or non-winners of 6 pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime is March 3. Nomination forms can be found at www.miamivalleygaming.com, by using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs, or can be picked up in the Miami Valley Race Office. Gregg Keidel        

February 11, 2018 - The co-featured harness racing Prix des Centaures (Gr. I monte, purse €240,000, 2200 meters) this day at Paris-Vincennes was contested in heavy rain, but 2/5 favorite Draft Life (5f Unbriaco-Maflymede) still prevailed for Eric Raffin, and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The victory for Draft Life was her 10th in 26 starts, now for €881,570 earned. She raced on the pegs third and fourth throughout before surging between rivals at top stretch to score easily albeit moving wide to the fans as the line approached. Race time was 1.11.5kr (fractions 1.10.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.3kr at the 1000; 1.11.7kr with 500 to go). 6/1 Cyprien des Bordes (6m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. Third was 8.3/1 Dragon du Fresne (5m Saphir Castelets) and Alexandre Abrivard finished ahead of Elladora de For at 15/1 for jockey Franck Nivard. Today’s action began with the Prix Michel Potiez (purse €46,000, 2700 meters , ten starters – lightly raced three year olds) with victory to strong rallying 4.8/1 French Man (3m Voyage de Reve-Oh Butterfly) timed in 1.16.2kr over the still slow (early afternoon) Vincennes course for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. 1.4/1 favorite Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravanella) held second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 18/1 For You Madrik (3m Up And Quick-Quella Madrik) took third with David Thomain up for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Stunning Chariots Of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu is pushing on to the Miracle Mile. While some might be intimidated by the thought of taking on the rampaging Lazarus, Jilliby Kung Fu’s trainer Marg Lee sees it differently. “It’s a great opportunity, one we may never get again,” she said. “He’s the best horse we’ve had, Jason (Lee, driver) said that a few weeks back, and we might never get another good enough to run in a Miracle Mile. “Providing he comes through that (Chariots) win well over the next few days, we’ll take him back to Menangle for the Miracle Mile. “He’s really blossomed as a horse this campaign. He’s so big and strong now. He’s ready for it.” The clock says Jilliby Kung Fu is up to the challenge as well. He posted a 1min48.8sec mile leading throughout to win last night’s Chariots Of Fire, capped by closing splits of 53.2 and 26.6sec. That 1min48.8sec matched the race record set by Have Faith In Me in 2016. He then backed-up to win the Miracle Mile. Lazarus went 1min49sec winning last year’s Chariots and finished third to Lennytheshark in the Miracle Mile. Jilliby Kung Fu put the writing on the wall for his Chariots win when he sat parked and so brutally won the Group 1 4YO Bonanza at Melton two weeks ago. “When he did that, we knew he’d be hard to beat in the Chariots. Horses don’t do what he did in the Bonanza,” Lee said. “He’s just kept getting better and stronger each season. “I think back to late in his two-year-old season. We still had the Breeders Crown to come, but Noel Alexander told me he thought the horse looked a bit special and if it was his, he’d miss the Crown. “We thought about what he said and did that. We gave him a longer break instead and I think it’s helped him develop into the horse he is now.” Jilliby Kung Fu blasted off the gate from barrier seven to lead in the blink of an eye, but copped constant pressure from classy young stayer Atomic Red through a 55.6sec first half.                      All the while, Tim Butt’s classy speedster Let it Ride was getting the gun sit behind the leader. When Let It Ride saw daylight at the top of the straight, he came at Jilliby Kung Fu quickly, but the Victorian found plenty to win by 1.3m with Atomic Red another 7.3m away in third spot. Adam Hamilton

Auckland Reactor is currently third on the harness racing three-year-old sires list in New Zealand with $341,698 in progeny earnings to date with 24 starters, nine winners and 48 qualifiers from 141 registered foals.  This Thursday, Auckland Reactor star three-year-old boom pacer Chase Auckland returns to the track in preparation for the upcoming Great Northern Derby in Auckland in three weeks time. With a unbeaten record of seven starts for seven wins ($255,179) and with a 1:52.2 mile rate over 1950 metres registered against his name, much is anticipated of this son of Auckland Reactor on his return to the track. It has been six weeks since he last raced. Chase Auckland is the first Group 1 winner produced by Auckland Reactor in New Zealand. Two other colts by Auckland Reactor, both nominated for the New Zealand Derby, to impress are recent first start winner Jazzy Star (1:55.8 mile rate) and Ardtoo winning his last two starts. In Australia Auckland Reactor was the leading first season sire for 2016/2017 season. He had 115 foals for 10 winners including a Group 1 winner Gold Reactor from his first crop. Gold Reactor won a $100,000 Queensland Final. Another filly to impress recently winning by large margins and winning her last three starts is Soho Burning Love 1:52.6. ​Auckland Reactor has already left a two-year-old filly winner in Australia from his second crop (Cap In Hand, 1:59.7 - one start) from four starters to date.  In summary Auckland Reactor (Mach Three) has bred two Group 1 winners from his first crop current three-year-olds, has progeny earnings of $624,936, has bred 24 individual winners to date and 83 qualifiers or starters to date and remember that the three-year-old season is just getting underway.  Chase Auckland Jazzy Star Ardtoo Gold Reactor Soho Burning Love Cap In Hand There are only 12 yearlings by Auckland Reactor at the New Zealand Sales this week, four colts and a filly in the main sales and two colts and five fillies in the supplementary sale and they should be much sort after by the discerning buyer. At the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, in Auckland this Monday February the 12th, Auckland Reactor only has the one colt for sale, Lot 99 and what a stunner he is. Out of the very good race mare Impish this colt is called Crackator and he is a half-brother to seven winners including the very good mare The Fascinator 10 wins ($155,162). This colt is closely related to the promising three-year-old King Of Swing ($236,244). Lot 99 - Crackator (Bay colt Auckland Reactor - Impish - Falcon Seelster) Lot 99 - Crackator (Bay colt Auckland Reactor - Impish - Falcon Seelster) At the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch on Tuesday and Wednesday( the 13th and 14th of February), Auckland Reactor is represented by three colts and one filly. The first colt is Lot 238, One Of Them, and he is an outstanding individual (you be the judge) and a chestnut colt to boot from the Studholme Park draft and just look at him he just oozes with class. He is a half-brother to nine individual winners and is closely related to recent Inter Dominion starter Code Black 1:50.8 ($213,535). Lot 238 - One Of Them (Chestnut colt)  Auckland Reactor - Rafiki - New York Motoring The second colt is Lot 244, Roscoe Bromac from the Bromac Lodge draft and he is from the Falcon Seelster mare Romancing Bromac. Roscoe Bromac is her third foal and is a half-brother to the promising Victorian pacer Romeo Bromac (4 wins to date). This colt is closely related to Code Black ($1,026,623), Naughty But Nice ($1,062,107) and a host of other top winners in North America. Lot 244 - Roscoe Bromac (Bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Romancing Bromac - Falcon Seelster This next yearling a filly by Auckland Reactor is probably one of the best bred Auckland Reactors at the sales this year and the only filly by Auckland Reactor at the sales this year in New Zealand. It is Lot 250 Red Envy and she is a half-sister to six winners all good horses. Red Envy is from a half-sister to super mare Sparks A Flyin, 2000/2001 3yr old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year' who in turn has left several winners including the very good Bettor's Fire ($557,430) . Lot 250 - Red Envy (Chestnut filly)  Auckland Reactor - Sparks Under Fire - Fake Left Another super looking colt, this is the last colt for sale by Auckland Reactor, at this years New Zealand Premier Sale and it is Lot 323, Willie Go West and he is from the Studholme Park draft. Willie Go West is the first colt from the Bettor's Delight mare Bettor Go. This modern pedigree gives this colt more than a serious chance to make it as a top young race horse. Lot 323 - Willie Go West (Bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Bettor Go - Bettor's Delight In the Supplementary Sale there are two colts and five fillies for sale.  Lot 437 - Falcon Reactor (brown filly)  Auckland Reactor - Ask Me Falcon - Falcon Seelster This filly is the second foal of its dam a Falcon Seelster mare who is from a sister to the 1982/1983 4yr old 'Pacer Of The Year' Our Mana 20 wins with $331,900 in the bank. (No photos or videos available for this filly). Lot 439 - Chemeia (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Alcheringa - Dream Away This filly is a three-quarter sister to the very good Mach Three mare (Famous) Alchemist ($322,869). Lot 439 - Chemeia (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Alcheringa - Dream Away Lot 447 - Crystal Belle (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Belle Elect - Life Sign This Auckland Reactor filly is a half-sister to two winners and is from Belle Elect a daughter of the brilliant 2000/2001 two-year-old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year' and 'Pacer and Harness Horse Of The Year' Elect To Live. Belle Elect is a half-sister to the top young horses Gotta Go Harmony (two-year-old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year') and Gotta Go Cullect now a decent stallion at stud. Lot 447 - Crystal Belle (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Belle Elect - Life Sign Lot 460 - Milly Mercedes (brown filly)  Auckland Reactor - Ella Sue - Elsu This filly is from a mare by champion race horse Elsu ($2,083,352) called Ella Sue who won over $100,000 and was Group placed. Lot 460 - Milly Mercedes (brown filly)  Auckland Reactor - Ella Sue - Elsu Lot 461 - Crusada (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Curve - Courage Under Fire Crusada is the second foal and first colt from the race winning Courage Under Fire mare Curve and this colt looks like he will go early. From the family of multiple Group 1 winners including Sly Flyin ($817,956), Smiling Shard ($757,492), Pemberton Shard ($225,212) and last year's good two-year-old Mach Shard. Lot 461 - Crusada (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Curve - Courage Under Fire Lot 463 - Mighty Reactor (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Elite Lass - Live Or Die Mighty Reactor is the last colt for sale at these New Zealand yearling sales. He is from a race winning Live Or Die mare Elite Lass who in turn is a half-sister to 7 winners. Lot 463 - Mighty Reactor (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Elite Lass - Live Or Die Lot 463 - Mighty Reactor (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Elite Lass - Live Or Die Lot 470 - Mandisa (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Jacaranda - Falcon Seelster And here is your last chance to buy an Auckland Reactor filly at these New Zealand Sales. Her name is Mandisa and she is from the famed Norice Family stacked full of great horses. This filly is an outstanding looker and should command the attention of serious buyers. Lot 470 - Mandisa (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Jacaranda - Falcon Seelster If you want to buy a winner then the odds are in your favour, big time, when you buy a yearling from the Breckon Farms draft at the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. There is no doubt that this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is the best Catalogue of yearlings ever produced in New Zealand. Be there. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. Harnesslink Media  

VINCENNES, FR - The great mare Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Joselyn), off at 5.2/1, with trainer J-M Bazire up, won the Grand Prix de France today, the second leg of the 2018 France Triple Crown, with a powerful stretch drive to nip the game pacesetter Bold Eagle on the line. Timed in 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.06.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.08.9kr at the 1000; 1.10.3kr with 500 remaining), a new race record having lowered the 1.10.3kr of Ready Cash in 2011. Belina rallied late and five wide after being shuffled back from post three to record her 18th career win in 46 starts now for €1,442,230 earned for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Timone EK led early and then 1.2/1 favorite Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) moved three wide to the lead for Franck Nivard on a quick front 600 meters.  The Eagle continued on the lead with 46/1 Wild Honey, Timone EK and then 2.1/1 Propulsion in pursuit, with 54/1 Ringostarr Treb working closer from post 15.  Belina then got loose for Bazire and mounted her relentless wide charge in the lane for the narrow score over Bold Eagle. Between these two horses going to the wire was Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) for the Orjan Kihlstom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet team to grab third place by just a half length. The 31/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Guy Barou. Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral) flattened to be fifth for Gabriele Gelormini, Jerry Riordan and EVAM Racing. The 39/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) and 46./1 Wild Honey (6f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) completed the top seven. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Brandon Maxwell was never much into the horses. When Brandon was young, his father was an accomplished harness-racing trainer. The Maxwells, though, lived in Ontario, and running horses outside didn’t agree with the harsh Canadian winters. They needed an escape route. The Maxwells found one in Orlando at a renowned facility on Lee Road that has faded into history. Ben White Raceway was a big deal. It is the reason why Brandon Maxwell’s birth certificate was signed in Winter Park and why the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team has a tie to this area. “All he wanted to do was play hockey,’’ said Maxwell’s father, Brad. “Go to school and play hockey. That was his whole life.’’ Maxwell is a goalie with Team USA, which will play its first match Wednesday against Slovenia in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “Being a part of the Olympic team for me is the ultimate honor and privilege you can have in sports,’’ Maxwell said by email. “It’s something you dream about from a young age.’’ The American squad is comprised of international players, collegians and players in the American Hockey League, a rung below the NHL. Maxwell, 26, is in his fifth season of playing overseas, mainly in the Czech Republic. “Embrace it. Enjoy it. It’s an opportunity that you may never get again,’’ said Mike Eruzione, captain of Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice’’ gold-medal-winning squad in 1980. “Just go out there and have fun. You can’t play any differently because it’s the Olympic Games than you do any time you play. Don’t make the stage bigger than it should be. “It’s still a hockey game, and you’ve got to go out and stop pucks and play the way you’ve played your whole life.’’ Maxwell started playing hockey in Canada when he was 6 or 7, several years after his father discovered Ben White Raceway. Ben White won four Hambletonian Stakes — the sport’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby — as a driver and a record-tying five as a trainer. White first arrived in Orlando in 1920, but he was a self-made man before then. “He was known as the dean of colt trainers,’’ said Ben White III of Altamonte Springs, who trained horses for 53 years before retiring. “My grandfather came from Canada [to near Buffalo, N.Y.] when he was 15 years old, walked on a racetrack and got a job. He knew nothing about horses. He went from the bottom to the top.’’ In 1946, area business leaders, led by L.B. McLeod, bought the land near Lake Fairview for an equestrian site. It was dedicated in White’s honor two years later. In the facility’s heyday, White’s grandson said about 550 horses trained there from around the world, mostly from Canada. White died in 1958. “There was no Disney,’’ Ben White III said. “There was no nothing. There was nothing else. I can remember that part of Lee Road was dirt, from Edgewater to [U.S. Highway] 17-92. From [U.S.] 441 to 17-92 … nothing but dairy farms.’’ Some dirt turns into fertile ground. “It was unbelievably run,’’ Brad said. “It was so great to go there. Everybody knew about it. It was tough getting into the place because it was always full. All the great horses trained there.’’ Being a part of the Olympic team for me is the ultimate honor and privilege you can have in sports.— Brandon Maxwell, Team USA goalie The raceway is known not only for the myriad championship standardbares that kicked up its dirt. It was the site where World War II hero Michael McCoy died when his B-47 aircraft crashed in 1957. The Air Force base that bore McCoy’s name is now the site of Orlando International Airport. Ben White Raceway also left behind an Olympic hockey player who spent part of his formative years there. How improbable is that connection? “Never would have dreamed in a hundred years, and I grew up in Minnesota,’’ said Bill Becker, a former City of Orlando administrator who helped oversee the raceway. Brandon Maxwell went to high school in Ann Arbor, Mich., and was a sixth-round draft pick by the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche in 2009. He instead played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before heading to the University of Guelph, about 1½ hours west of Toronto, for one year. “He demanded so much of himself, and through his effort, he just demanded that [teammates] work like he did,’’ Guelph coach Shawn Camp said. “He did that in a really positive way. We knew he was going to go pro at some point, and when he did, we knew he would be very successful.’’ Maxwell, 26, landed with a club in Sweden for the 2013-14 season, and with the exception of one game for the Utah Grizzlies the following season, he has remained in Europe. The Grizzlies play in the ECHL, the same league that includes the Orlando Solar Bears. In 36 games with Mladá Boleslav BK, a Czech team, Maxwell is 14-22-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .920 saves percentage this season. “I’m knowledgeable in Czech, Swedish, Russian and French, but Google Translate has been a highly used app,’’ Maxwell wrote. Maxwell likely will learn a few Korean words before the Olympics end Feb. 25. “When I see stories like Brandon, it’s fun,’’ said Marco Marciano, a goalie coach who has worked with Maxwell. “At the end of the day, it’s the biggest pay, you know. You spend so much time and tell them, ‘Don’t quit. Keep going,’ and push them, and after that, they call you and say they made it. That’s huge.’’ Besides training horses, Brad coached youth hockey and in the OHL, a top junior league. “You try to develop [players] slowly and bring them along and keep them happy, so they love the game,’’ he said. “The same as the horses. The odd ones are Michael Jordan, but most of them aren’t.’’ Brad and his wife, Christina, are hopeful that Brandon plays at the Olympics, which is no certainty. Team USA is assured of games against Slovenia and the other two teams in its group, Slovakia and Russia. Regardless of whether Brandon plays, the Maxwells are thrilled to experience such an uncommon occurrence. It is special really, not unlike a harness-racing facility that brought his family to Central Florida in the first place. Reprinted with permission of The Orlando Sentinel

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 10, 2018—Lone lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., $7.20) and a repeating Killer Martini (Jason Bartlett, $13.20) were the big cheeses Saturday night (Feb. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s moist, harness racing co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. NF Happenstance exacted a measure of revenge upon Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) in the weekly featured trot. In play from post position No. 6, NF Happenstance waited her turn as Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell) made the first lead The lady took over before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then was immediately flanked by 7-5 choice Rubber Duck. There would be no reverse chivalry here, as NF Happenstance hung Rubber Duck. After a 56.3 intermission and 1:25.2 three-quarters, Rubber Duck had enough while NF Happenstance was just getting started. She opened four lengths in and out of the final turn, finishing her rounds in 1:55.1…fastest local trot mile of the season. Dog Gone Lucky (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for second, beaten 3½ lengths, while Le Reveur N (Dan Dube) and Cash Me Out wound up in a heater for third. Lily’s Swan Pond (George Brennan) picked off the final pay envelope.   For second choice NF Happenstance, an 8-year-old daughter of S J’s Caviar owned by James Moore and trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, it was her fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta $39.20, with the triples returning $71 (Le Reveur N third) and $81.50 (Cash Me Out third). The week’s pacing feature saw an early scrum with a handful of leavers, all of whom found seats except for 2-1 favorite Orillia Joe (Brent Holland). Wide early, he engaged Dream Out Loud N, who gave him the back of his hoof. Early intervals of :26.3 and  :55.4 were going to set it up for someone, and that someone was Killer Martini. Patient from post No. 5, he went wide around a fading Orillia Joe and a stalled bid of All Down the Line  (Goodell). Dream Out Loud N maintained the lead through a 1:23.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half into the lane. While that one fought the good fight, he was about to get rolled over. It was Killer Martini sustaining his attempt, edging away to win by a length-and-a-quarter in a season’s-best 1:53. Thisjetsabookin’ (Stratton) rallied for second after leaving for a seat and angling out. Dream Out Loud N los the place photo, with Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Don’tcallmefrancis (Greg Merton) settling for the minors.   For Killer Martini, a 6-year-old Camluck gelding Alberta owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was—as the fifth choice--his second win in five ’18 tries. The exacta paid $147.50, with the triple returning $733. As for Foiled Again (Brennan), his 307th career start—and third attempt at a 100th victory—was not the stuff of legend. Stuck behind the eight-ball in the $20,000, ninth-race pace, harness racing’s richest-ever equine never entering contention, trailing his seven rivals throughout the soggy sojourn. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On a night that saw steady rain and heavy fog for most of the 13-race harness racing program, Western Joe emerged from the mist to explode by the field in the Meadowlands Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Pace. Starznheaven, fresh off an upset win in this event one week ago at 22-1, made his way to the lead after the quarter and was still on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.2 while being pressed by 36-1 longshot Ponyta Boy. Then the pace fell down. Awesomeness, the even-money favorite, tipped off his live cover and was raging through the lane, on the way to what appeared to be an easy win. But Western Joe had other ideas. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal, who won this race on January 20 as the even-money choice, was forgotten in the wagering this time around, sent to the gate at 14-1, the sixth choice in the seven-horse field. Driver Pat Berry handled Western Joe patiently, sitting a three hole from the outset. He swerved off the rail in mid-stretch and exploded past the field using a final quarter of :27 to catch Awesomeness by a neck. Bettor's Edge finished third. Western Joe won for the third time in four starts this year and completed the mile in 1:50.4 for trainer Chris Choate and owner Anthony Ruggeri. He returned $30.20 to his backers. A LITTLE MORE: The Early Jackpot Super High Five resulted in a single-ticket winner. Even though 6-5 favorite Big Top Hanover won the ninth race, that one bettor walked away with a payout of $15,071.64. ... There were two players who lasted six legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10, with each cashing in for $7,964.88. ... The Pick-4 saw a total pool of $78,199 and despite the middle two legs being won by favorites, the payout was $1,099.80 for a 50-cent bet. ... All-source wagering was $2,463,011. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $101,270.81. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday night at 6:35 p.m. SUPER HIGH FIVE RETURNS $15K AT BIG M  Giant payoffs are not expected when 6-5 favorites win races, but Saturday night at the Meadowlands, that trend was bucked in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five. One shrewd player wagering into the Oregon Express hub was the only ticket holder of the winning combination of 2-7-10-9-8 in race nine when post-time choice Big Top Hanover hit the wire first, and as a result, cashed in for $15,071.64. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

An Australasian equal record run of 1:48.8 threw Jilliby Kung Fu right into the mix for the harness racing Ainsworth Miracle Mile in a fortnight following a fabulous win in tonight’s $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire. It could be said the race was over in a flash at Tabcorp Park Menangle when this sensational Victorian pacer made light of his wide No 7 barrier and fired off the arm in stunning fashion to burn to the front with the polemarker, second favourite Let It Ride, having no choice but to surrender the front to the barnstorming Jilliby Kung Fu. Yet this was a race that had to be earned and there was no way Amanda Turnbull and Atomic Red were going to hand the race to ‘Jilliby’ on a platter as they were quick to whip up outside the leader and make it a serious staying test. With a first half of 55.6s (quarters of 27.4 and 28.2s) it was certainly no place for the faint-hearted. Yet a third quarter of 26.6 did little to shake off his rivals and it was only in the closing stages that Let It Ride extricated himself from behind the leader and made a three-wide attack on the leader with Atomic Red wilting only slightly into third place after his hard run. But the final split of 26.6 for a closing half of 53.2s told the story as Jilly Kung Fu equalled the track record of 1:48.8 set by Have Faith In Me in the 2016 Miracle Mile, defeating Let It Ride by 1.3m with Atomic Red 7.3m further back in third spot, just ahead of outsider Whittaker . With a run like that there is little doubt Jilliby Kung Fu and his young reinsman Jason Lee have earned their berth against Australasia’s best pacers in the $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile to be run on Saturday night, February 24. That decision, according to Jason, is entirely up to ‘mum’, trainer Marg Lee. “Opportunities like this may only come along once in a lifetime and if it is up to me and the horse pulls up OK, we’d be taking that invitation for sure,” he said. “The son of Four Starzzz Shark has matured so much as a four-year-old from the young horse that just refused to run past other horses. Now he’s the full package.” Jilliby Kung Fu 8 9:44pm CORDINA CHICKEN FARMS CHARIOTS OF FIRE (GROUP 1) 1609M $200,000 4YO. RBD. Mobile Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 JILLIBY KUNG FU  $120,000   Fr7 9 Margaret Lee Jason Lee   $ 2.10 fav  GS L SWAB   BAY HORSE 4 by FOUR STARZZZ SHARK CA out of SLIP SLOP SLAP (PERFECT ART USA)  Owner(s): Levarg Racing Group  Breeder(s): D J Poole, S B Poole 2 LET IT RIDE NZ  $ 30,000   Fr1 1 Tim Butt Anthony Butt 1.30 $ 3.50   GS D/F$400 UW SWAB 3 ATOMIC RED  $ 20,000   Fr8 10 Steve Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 8.60 $ 5.60   WF FT SWAB 4 WHITTAKER NZ  $ 10,000   Fr3 4 Mark Jones Ashlee Grives 11.20 $ 21.40     5 PAY ME SAM  $ 5,000   Fr5 7 Paul Fitzpatrick Gavin Fitzpatrick 11.80 $ 21.90     6 GOTTA GO YA HU NZ  $ 3,000   Fr10 12 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 13.40 $ 29.10   COTFB RAS 7 ANGEL IN WHITE NZ  $ 3,000   Fr9 11 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Andy McCarthy 17.10 $ 45.50   COTFB RAS 8 CONVICTION  $ 3,000   Fr6 8 Steve Turnbull Mitch Turnbull 18.00 $ 57.60   RAS 9 JOES STAR OF MIA  $ 3,000   Fr2 3 Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull 19.50 $ 58.60     10 OUR UNCLE SAM  $ 3,000   Fr4 6 Chris Frisby Anthony Frisby 23.40 $ 17.50   (L) Scratchings   COWBOYS N ALIENS NZ 2 OUR TRIPLE PLAY NZ 5 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:48:8 Mile Rate: 1:48:8 First Quarter: 27.4 Second Quarter: 28.2 Third Quarter: 26.6 Fourth Quarter: 26.6 Margins: 1.3m x 7.3m   Michael Court

Star Kiwi mare Delishka led the charge at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight as the three of Australasia's best harness racing mares earned spots in one of Club Menangle's biggest features races. Delishka ($5.80) scored an exciting 1.5m win over fellow New Zealand mare A Piccadilly Princess (Luke McCarthy) with outsider Miss Riviera Belle (Chris Geary) third in a 1:51.1 mile rate. Trainer Brad Mowbray offered the drive to Blake Fitzpatrick in the Group 3 Cordina Family Sibelia Stakes and must have been thrilled with the leading Sydney horseman's effort. Fitzpatrick timed his run to perfection and Mowbray may now find it difficult to hand the drive to anyone else in the $200,000 Ladyship Mile to be run at Menangle on Miracle Mile night, February 24. Club Menangle Racing Manager David Wonson was quick to announce that all three placegetters would now be invited into the Ladyship Mile, joining two other qualifiers from previous feature races run in New Zealand and Victoria. Partyon, which led and compounded to finish last in the Sibelia Stakes tonight had already earned her spot in the Ladyship thanks to an earlier win at Alexandra Park in Auckland while Our Golden Goddess also guaranteed her invitation with an impressive win over Partyon in the Group 1 Alabar Ladyship Club at Melton last month. That gave Club Menangle five certain starters with at least three more to be decided next week when the club hosts the $40,800 Group 3 Garrards Robin Dundee Stakes. The end result will make it one of the most exciting features of Miracle Mile night with all the top mares likely to be there for what is bound to be a stunning clash of some mighty mares. Delishka 5 8:20pm CORDINA FAMILY SIBELIA STAKES (GROUP 3) 1609M $40,800 Mares. RBD. Mobile Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 DELISHKA NZ  $ 24,000   Fr1 1 Brad Mowbray Blake Fitzpatrick   $ 5.80   DFTR GM SWAB   BAY MARE 4 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of BALISHKA (NZ) (BADLANDS HANOVER USA)  Owner(s): J G Knight, M J Mowbray, B K Mowbray  Breeder(s): E W Knight, B K Mowbray 2 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ  $ 6,000   Fr3 3 Mark Purdon Luke McCarthy 1.50 $ 2.50 fav  PRBT 3 MISS RIVIERA BELLE NZ  $ 4,000   Fr5 5 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Chris Geary 2.70 $ 41.90     4 MY RONA GOLD NZ  $ 2,000   Fr4 4 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 4.80 $ 4.80   GS 5 IMA MYSTERY GIRL  $ 800   Fr7 8 Jarrod Alchin Jarrod Alchin 5.00 $ 72.50   PRBT COTFB RAS 6 EYE SEE DIAMONDS  $ 800   Fr6 7 Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 5.40 $ 23.30   RRSU RES HU QDT 7 MY LUCKY BELLE NZ  $ 800   Fr9 10 Ashlee Grives Ashlee Grives 5.90 $ 117.20   RAS 8 CULINARY DELIGHT NZ  $ 800   Fr8 9 Mark Callaghan Todd McCarthy 9.80 $ 58.60   RES 9 ROCKER BAND NZ  $ 800   Fr10 11 Mark Jones Anthony Butt 10.00 $ 85.40   HOSU HOAS WI RAS 10 PARTYON NZ  $ 800   Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Andy McCarthy 11.20 $ 3.50   GS L QUER VXAR NAR (L) Scratchings   BETTORTHANSPECIAL 6 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:51:1 Mile Rate: 1:51:1 First Quarter: 26.6 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 27.8 Fourth Quarter: 27.4 Margins: 1.5m x 1.2m   Mandy Madern  

Based in the heart of Waikato at Ohaupo, near Te Awamutu, Breckon Farms is the home to the finest in Australasian harness racing including broodmares, weanlings, yearlings and race horses. Breckon Farms offer state-of-the-art facilities and the property is magnificently contoured to provide the perfect nursery for young horses to gain the best possible start to their lives on grass and feed of the highest calibre all year round. With the Australasian Classic Yearling Sales now so close, it is pertinent to reinforce some of Breckon Farms historical achievements as a major yearling sales preparer at the North Island Sales. In the 24 sales from 1993 through to 2016 (current 3YO’s) they have produced 400 winners from 680 yearlings offered for sale, which is over 58% winners to yearlings offered. They have produced the winners of 42 Group 1 races, including wins in such races as an Interdominion Grand Final, New Zealand Cups (3), Hunter Cup, Harness Jewels, Breeders Crown Finals, Caduceus Club Fillies Classic, New Zealand Sires Stakes 2 & 3yo Fillies Finals. Through the PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series races Breckon Farms have produced the winners of 7 Open Finals, 10 Fillies Finals, 1 Northern Hemisphere Time Final and 3 Aged Handicap Paces. There have been 4 millionaire pacers that have come from their drafts, plus who could forget the Superstar of Harness Racing in the trotting ranks, I Can Doosit, who would have been the 5th millionaire if he hadn’t had to be withdrawn from the sales. Over the last two months Harnesslink has continued to promote the Breckon Farms draft for the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, in Auckland on Monday February the 12th.  We have five remaining yearlings to cover and they are all colts by stallion extrordinaire Bettor's Delight. What more can we say about Bettor's Delight? A champion sire in every respect. He led the All-Aged Sires list in North America in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He led the Australian All-Aged Sires list from 2011/2012 to the present day, that is the last six years and he has led the New Zealand All-Aged Sires list since 2011. Yes, he has bred a staggering 7,500 mares world-wide as every owner wants one because they are tough, fast, durable, money makers and all trainers love them regatdless of size, looks, temperament etc. Bettor's Delight has it all. If you saw Bettor's Delight in the flesh you would know that he is a nothing burger to look at! A plain little horse, yes small,  so when you are at these yearling sales and you want a pretty looker take into consideration looks are not everything in harness racing. Heart counts for more and Bettor's Delight progeny has that in abundance. This Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is your chance to buy a top racing prospect and a future stallion possibility with the purchase of a Bettor's Delight colt. You have a better than average chance of buying a future millionaire as the odds are in your favour with a Bettor's Delight colt from the Breckon Farms draft..  The first of these colts to look at is Lot 9 Sossutor a first foal from a lightly raced Art Major mare. Sossutor is from the famed Black Watch family choked full of top end racehorses. This colt is from a half-sister to the dam of super race mare Lauraella ($649,946) 2008/2009 3yr old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year'.  Lot 9 – Sossutor (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Sossusvlei - Art Major) Lot 9 – Sossutor (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Sossusvlei - Art Major) This next colt by Bettor's Delight is Lot 76 called Jack Irish and he is one of this writer's best bred colt at the Sales. Not only is he a half-brother to super race mare Lauraella ($649,946) but he is also half-brother to the ill-fated The Muskeg Express ($111,331), The Pacman ($115,001) and Estillo ($71,077). Jack Irish is bred on the Bettor's Delight x Falcon Seelster cross. That cross has left a number of good winners including rising star Jack's Legend 1:51.8 (316,231), Lancewood Lizzie 1:52.7 ($258,447), Joanne's A Delight ($145,043) and The Fascinator ($155,162). Lot 76 – Jack Irish (brown colt Bettor’s Delight - Black Maire - Falcon Seelster) Lot 76 – Jack Irish (brown colt Bettor’s Delight - Black Maire - Falcon Seelster) Lot 85, One Change is bred on that same Bettor's Delight x Falcon Seelster cross as the previous lot above. He is the first colt that Changedown has produced to date and he is a half-brother to the very good filly Renske B ($58,778) as well as the Well Said half-sister La Vitesse who was an impressive winner in her public debut at the workouts on the 3rd February. This colt One Change is from a sister or half-sister to 11 winners including the champion Changeover, 29 wins with $2,426,765 in the bank and now a decent proven stallion at stud. Changeover winning the 2008 New Zealand Cup Chaangerr is the mother and she was 1994 / 1995 4yr old 'Pacing Mare Of The Year' and what a great mother she has turned out to be as she has produced 12 to race for 11 winners of 115 races for $3,131,909 in progeny earnings. A tremendous family, a tremendous pedigree, this colt is destined for a big future. Lot 85 – One Change (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Changedown - Falcon Seelster) Lot 85 – One Change (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Changedown - Falcon Seelster) It will be a Better Way Of Life if you decide to buy this next colt as he is the best bred colt for sale in this Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in this writer's opinion. He is Lot 140 and he is out of the well known Artsplace mare Gentle Audrey. She was a US$300,000 import from North America. Gentle Audrey is out of one of North America's greatest young race mares. Her name is Caressable ($1,006,380) by the great Niatross and Caressable has left a great legacy on the harness racing world. 1985 Breeders Crown 2yo Filly Pace Caressable Lot 140 – Better Way Of Life (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Gentle Audrey - Artsplace) Lot 140 – Better Way Of Life (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Gentle Audrey - Artsplace) The last Bettor's Delight colt in this sale is Lot 174 called Dina Bolt and he is out of the super race mare Pullover Brown ($332,265) including the New Zealand Oaks, Group 1, Victorian Oaks, Group 1, the Australian Oaks, Group 1, the Australasian Breeders Crown Final, Group 1 and she was the  2002 / 2003 3yo 'Pacing Filly of the Year', setting a New Zealand record in the process. This colt is a half-brother to three winners including the promising (In) Runaway Bay $136,357. Pullover Brown winning The New Zealand Oaks Lot 174 – Dina Bolt (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Pullover Brown - Armbro Operative) Lot 174 – Dina Bolt (bay colt Bettor’s Delight - Pullover Brown - Armbro Operative) If you want to buy a winner then the odds are in your favour, big time, when you buy a yearling from the Breckon Farms draft at the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. There is no doubt that this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is the best Catalogue of yearlings ever produced in New Zealand. Be there. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Art Major hits $170,000,000 in earnings Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Generational speed 1:47.4 ---- 1:46.4 The Australasian Classic Yearling Sale You need a Somebeachsomewhere filly How to buy a millionairess! This stallion has 14 colts in 1:48.4 or faster 1,846 winners for Art Major Golden cross, Bettor's Delight x Christian Cullen Art Major fillies stand out at Karaka sale Harnesslink Media        

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Anthony Napolitano has been doing good things at the Meadowlands for the last three winters, and Friday night at the Big M, he was without question the big man on campus, winning five times on the 13-race harness racing card. Napolitano had help. With Yannick Gingras absent, 'ANap' drove trainer Ron Burke's stock, and the duo teamed up to win four times on the card. Their winners were Noble Prize ($5.20 to win as the favorite, 1:56.3 for the mile) in the fourth race conditioned trot, Jaded Dream ($7.20, 1:53) in the fifth race conditioned pace for fillies and mares, Stormont Wizard ($5.40 as the public choice, 1:53.4) in the ninth race conditioned trot and Misslarose ($3.60 as the chalk, 1:55) in the 12th race conditioned trot. Napolitano capped his big night in style, scoring in the 13th race fillies and mares conditioned pace with 12-1 chance Heavenly Bet ($26.80, 1:53) for trainer Brianne Good, who recorded a training double on the card. A LITTLE MORE: Marcus Miller also had a big night, guiding three winners on the card. ... The Pick 4 was popular as usual, as the second biggest pool of the year, $88,456, was wagered. The return for a 50-cent bet was $209.15 with favorites winning the last three legs. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,524,710. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five once again failed to result in a single-ticket winner, and as a result, the carryover crept ever closer to the $100,000 mark, just a little over $3,000 short at $96,484. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 9, 2018—A repeating Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) finished what she started—barely—Friday night (Feb. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. The first turn was not for the squeamish, with all three inside assignees—Juxta Cowgirl (Dan Dube), Jag Out (Joe Bongiorno) and Betabcool N (Jason Bartlett)—making breaks to one degree or another.   Sell a Bit N, remanded to outside post position No. 7,  left the gate. She was forced wider around Jag Out’s misdeeds, eventually making the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. A recovering Betabcool N was away second, with Motu Moonbeam N (George Brennan) third. After a :58.2 intermission, Motu Moonbeam N moved to challenge, hooking Sell a Bit N in an out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters. Annabeth (Brent Holland), as the 19-10 favorite, lined it up from second over. Sell a Bit N and Motu Moonbeam N remained well within the statistical margin of error off the final turn, while their closest foes could not reach. The former, who looked beaten, would not let the latter by, Sell a Bit N stuck her tongue out at the wire in a season’s-best 1:54.2. A no-excuse Annabeth, Betabcool N and Cousin Mary (Matt Kakaley) settled for the minors. For fourth choice Sell a Bit N, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $89, with the triple returning $240. Frank Drucker