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Art Major is quite simply one of the greatest harness racing sires in the world today. He continually sires both high class fillies and colts. He is the sire of the fastest ever two-year-old in both Australia and New Zealand. Without any doubt Art Major is one of the world’s most commercial sires today. He has been Australian leading juvenile sire six times. In North America, Art Major is the sire of 835 race winners, 8 millionaires, 19 with $750,000 plus, 41 with $500,000 plus, 111 with $250,000 plus and 314 with $100,000 plus in earnings to date. Art Major has 49 horses that have paced in 1:50 or faster and 512 in 1:55 or faster. His average earnings per eligible foal born is $86,737 and his average earnings per starter is $111,893. In Australia, Art Major is the sire of 757 race winners, 2 millionaires, 10 with $500,000 plus, 28 with $250,000 plus and 101 with $100,000 plus. His average earnings per starter is $44,197.  In New Zealand, Art Major has progeny earnings of $11,826,240 from 508 foals three-year-olds and older. At the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, in Auckland on February the 12th (Monday), there are four outstanding Art Major fillies for sale as detailled below in the Breckon Farms draft. Here is your chance to buy a top racing prospect and a future broodmare with a sensational pedigree. Lot 98 Summertime is a super bred filly that is a first foal from a Bettor's Delight half-sister to the champion race mare and 6 time Group 1 winning mare De Lovely ($656,113) now a successful broodmare having already left the Sapling Stakes winner Cole Porter. Summertime is closely related to the champion race horse Elsu ($2,083,352). How can we not mention the dam of De Lovely and Czanyi (dam of Summertime) that was top race mare Copper Beach ($185,991) who won the  New Zealand Oaks and the Victorian Oaks. Copper Beach was the 2003-2004 3yo 'Pacing Filly of the Year'. Both Copper Beach and her daughter De Lovely won the Group 1 New Zealands Oaks. De Lovely winning The New Zealand Oaks Copper Beach winning The New Zealand Oaks Lot 98 – Summertime (bay filly Art Major - Czanyi - Bettor's Delight) Lot 98 – Summertime (bay filly Art Major - Czanyi - Bettor's Delight) This next filly in this sale at Karaka is Lot 119 called Atarah. She is a full-sister to Isaiah 13 wins ($537,545) and a half-sister to four other winners. Atarah is bred on the Art Major x In The Pocket cross. Besides Isaiah, in New Zealand only, this cross has produced Sky Major ($502,201), All U Need Is Faith ($107,594), Alta Maestro ($126,147), Max Phactor ($119,607), Mighty Flying Major ($139,425), Pacing Major ($178,113) and Say My Name ($118,388). Isaiah winning the Flying Stakes Lot 119 – Atarah (bay filly Art Major - E J Becks - In The Pocket) Lot 119 – Atarah (bay filly Art Major - E J Becks - In The Pocket) Billion Dollar Baby is the next filly by Art Major to face the buyers. She is Lot 149 and is from a race winning Mach Three mare called High Society Gal. Billion Dollar Baby is her second foal. The first foal Bita Banta (2-year-old by Well Said) won by 4 1/2 lengths at the Rangiora Workouts this week in his first time off the property, running home in 57.6 and looks to be sold to race in the Bathurst Series next month. Trainer Mark Jones says, "He's a pretty nice colt and goes good." This filly is a direct descedent of the international champion racemare Under Cover Lover who is now the dam and grand-dam of many many winners. Under Cover Lover and her story Lot 149 – Billion Dollar Baby (bay filly Art Major - High Society Gal - Mach Three) Lot 149 – Billion Dollar Baby (bay filly Art Major - High Society Gal - Mach Three) The last of the four fillies by Art Major in the Breckon Farms draft is Lot 169 Miss Shuga. She is a half-sister to the promising Never Say Never that this writer sold to North American interests last year. Never Say Never won today at Dover Downs and took his record to 26 starts for 9 wins and $141,280 with a fastest time of 1:51.4f. Miss Shuga is from a good race winning Christian Cullen mare Maid In Splendour and is closely related to the outstanding Open Class race horse Desperate Comment 28 wins with over a million in the bank. Lot 169 – Miss Shuga (bay filly Art Major - Maid In Splendour - Christian Cullen) Lot 169 – Miss Shuga (bay filly Art Major - Maid In Splendour - Christian Cullen) 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 Harnesslink Media

Experiments with gear have enabled smart harness racing filly Miss Sangrial to recapture her sparkling gate speed, leaving her trainer Michael Brennan confident that she will be a major player in the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “We consider that Miss Sangrial is one of the best fillies in the State, and from barrier six the daughter of Art Major is going to have to show that she is as good as we think she is,” said Brennan. Miss Sangrial, to be driven by Michael Grantham, has had a somewhat unusual lead-up to the Group 2 classic for three-year-old fillies, contesting a heat and final of a C0-C4-class event for fillies and mares in Albany late last month. She began speedily from barrier three, set the pace and won both a heat and the final to improve her record to ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $103,406 from 21 starts. “At this early stage, I’d imagine we’ll go forward at the start,” Brennan said. “How hard we’ll go forward will depend on what happens underneath her and also from the outside. The good thing with my filly is that she seems to have found her gate speed again. At her latest two runs in Albany she was really good off the arm. We tried a few things and they seemed to have worked.” “While it would be nice to be able to lead on Friday night, she doesn’t need to lead to win. She’s got a great sit-sprint capacity. However, she’s up against some very good fillies, including Lady De La Renta and Cott Beach.” Lady De La Renta and Cott Beach warmed up for this week’s assignment with strong last-start victories. Lady De La Renta, trained by Annie Belton, raced without cover before winning from colts Bechers Brook and Speed Man at Gloucester Park last Friday night and Cott Beach, trained by Kristy Elson, overcame a bad start to dash to an early lead and win effortlessly at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Cott Beach was placed outside the draw after galloping at the start of a race the 2185m event at Pinjarra. “Hopefully (galloping) was just a one-off thing,” said reinsman Nathan Turvey. “I’d say that there is every chance that she’ll be coming out (in a bid for the lead) on Friday,” Cott Beach won by just under five lengths on Monday when she impressed in speeding over the final quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.6sec. She has already amassed $180,932 in prizemoney from her ten wins and five placings from 17 starts. Turvey has high hopes that she will win the Daintys Daughter Classic to make amends for his runner Chevrons Champion’s second placing, beaten a head by Dodolicious in the classic two years ago. Chris Voak is upbeat about the prospects of Lady De La Renta (barrier five) after driving her for the first time when she was successful last Friday night after racing in the breeze. “It wasn’t the plan to sit in the breeze, but with the pedestrian early speed, we just landed there,” Voak said. “However, it didn’t seem to worry her and her final three quarters were solid. Obviously, we had a bit of luck when the favourite Speed Man galloped. But I wouldn’t have missed the first three. If we had drawn to lead this week, I think Lady De La Renta would be nearly unbeatable.” Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice is hoping for a change of luck after having trained the runner-up three times in the Daintys Daughter Classic. His seconds have been with Racketeers Girl (2011), The Parade (2014) and Quite A Delight (2015). Prentice will be represented by Beaudiene Beach Babe (Tom Buchanan) and Our Major Mama (Chris Lewis). Beaudiene Beach Babe will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line, with Our Major Mama out wide at No. 8. “They’re both working super and Beaudiene Beach Babe is the better prospect because of the better barrier,” Prentice said before leaving for New Zealand on Wednesday to attend yearling sales in Auckland next Monday and Christchurch two days later. “We’re going to do everything we can to try to punch through (and take the lead) with Beaudiene Beach Babe. If Our Major Mama had got a (favourable) draw, she would have been a big chance as well. But I’m not saying that she can’t win. She’ll need luck from that barrier, but she is working well enough to be a definite place chance and even a winning chance.” Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr, who has won the classic with Majorly Foxy Styx (2014) and Nuala (2015), considers his runner Slick Artist as just a rough place chance. Slick Artist, who will start from barrier two on the back line, set the pace and held on to win by a half-head from Lady De La Renta at Gloucester Park last Saturday week. That followed Slick Artist’s close second to Infinite Symbol at Northam four nights earlier. Infinite Symbol, to be handled by Wayne Reid for Wanneroo trainer Julie O’Neill, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. She is a speedy beginner and strong frontrunner and Reid is expected to make a bold bid to set the pace. Ken Casellas

Art Major has now left 1,846 individual winners world-wide and that places him in the elite catagory of harness racing stallions throughout the world. He has now left the winners of over $170,000,000 world-wide and growing every day. For every winner he has left they average just over $92,000 per winning foal produced. Art Major has enjoyed tremendous success in North America, Australia and New Zealand with both sexes but particuarly with colts having left two double millionaires and nine millionaires all-up. Here is that list; Seven in North America JK Endofanera 1:48.2 ($2,140,101) from a Presidential Ball mare Art Official 1:47 ($2,085,185) from a Falcon Seelster mare Hypnotic Blue Chip 1:47.2 ($1,794,793)  from a Magical Mike mare Santanna Blue Chip 1:51s ($1,684,738) from a Matts Scooter mare Doctor Butch 1:48.1 ($1,302,492) from a Jennas Beach Boy mare Feel Like A Fool 1:49.3f ($1,227,975) from a Jennas Beach Boy mare Fool Me Once 1:48.1s ($1,048,148) from a Jennas Beach Boy mare Two in Australia For A Reason 1:49.4 ($1,111,470) from a Fake Left mare Sushi Sushi 1:54.1 ($1,103,327) from a No Nukes mare In North America, Art Major is the sire of 835 race winners, 8 millionaires, 19 with $750,000 plus, 41 with $500,000 plus, 111 with $250,000 plus and 314 with $100,000 plus in earnings to date. Art Major has 49 horses that have paced in 1:50 or faster and 512 in 1:55 or faster. His average earnings per eligible foal born is $86,737 and his average earnings per starter is $111,893. In Australia, Art Major is the sire of 757 race winners, 2 millionaires, 10 with $500,000 plus, 28 with $250,000 plus and 101 with $100,000 plus. His average earnings per starter is $44,197. Besides the two millionaires mentioned above he has left top end horses like Avonnova ($958,024), Lettucerockthem ($774,143), Follow The Stars ($707,237), Messini (680,461), Major Crocker ($674,363) and rising super star Vincent 19 starts 16 wins ($598,803) etc etc. In New Zealand, Art Major has progeny earnings of $11,826,240 from 508 foals three-year-olds and older. He has produced horses and geldings like; Isaiah ($537,543) from a In The Pocket mare Major Mark ($523,150) from a Live Or Die mare Sky Major ($502,201) from a In The Pocket mare Titan Benner ($340,853) from a Sokys Atom mare Field Marshall ($279,161) from a Washington VC mare Art Major seen here winning the 2002 Breeders Crown Final Watch Art Major’s sire Artsplace in a world record performance in 1992 For A Reason wins the Victoria Cup Sushi Sushi winning The Kaikoura Cup in 2012 In this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, in Auckland on February the 12th, there are three outstanding Art Major colts in the Breckon Farms draft. They are; Lot 38 – Artmosphere (bay colt Art Major - Veste - Christian Cullen) This colt is from the Group 1 winning Christian Cullen mare Veste who in turn is out of the Group 1 winning Falcon Seelster mare Coburg. Coburg is a half-sister to Stunin Cullen ($1,493,716). This colt is closely related to three millionaires, Stunin Cullen ($1,493,716), Il Vicola ($1,580,948) and Gotta Go Cullen ($1,173,343). You cannot buy a better credentialed colt. Lot 38 – Artmosphere (bay colt Art Major - Veste - Christian Cullen) Lot 72 – Louis Litt (bay colt Art Major - Big Lucy - Badlands Hanover) This colt is the first foal of the good race winning mare Big Lucy who's grand-dam is a half-sister to one of New Zealands great stallions, Holmes Hanover, who sired over $25 million in progeny earnings in New Zealand alone. Lot 72 – Louis Litt (bay colt Art Major - Big Lucy - Badlands Hanover) Lot 89 – Scottish Poacher (bay colt Art Major - Classic Nymph - In The Pocket) Scottish Poacher is a full-brother to My Kiwi Lady (3 wins to date) and a half-brother to the multiple Group 1 placed and Group 2 & 3 winning My Kiwi Mate ($286,017). This colt is bred on the same cross as Isaiah ($537,543) and Sky Major ($502,201) that is by Art Major from a In The Pocket mare. Lot 89 – Scottish Poacher (bay colt Art Major - Classic Nymph - In The Pocket) 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 Harnesslink Media.

Alabar is thrilled to announce that they’ve completed an agreement with Blue Chip Farms and the Art Major Syndicate that will allow Art Major to permanently stay in Australia. He will no longer shuttle back to North America. Alabar believe this is in the best interests of Art Major and will hopefully, not only prolong his career at stud, but will also give him the best chance of a well-deserved, long and enjoyable retirement. Art Major is now nineteen years old and, while be is hale and hearty, the decision to alleviate him of the need to shuttle for back-to-back stud seasons is a pre-emptive one made with his welfare at heart. As many will know, Art Major did have a health issue this season - but this was not age-related and is now completely resolved. Art Major staying in Australia will also allow a window of time to freeze semen from him. Starting his Southern Hemisphere career with Pepper Tree Farm in 2005 before shifting to Alabar in 2008, Art Major has enhanced the breed and the lives of so many people. Breeders, yearling sales preparers, vendors and purchasers, owners, trainers, drivers and racegoers have all benefited from one of the most commercial and successful sires of all-time. The sire of the winners of over $170 million to date, Art Major continues to raise the bar. His current star, Vincent may well be the greatest downunder horse he’s sired in his illustrious career so far. With Art Major now staying in Australia, we look forward to many more great moments with a horse that means so much to us and to so many of our clients and friends. Harnesslink Media  

Australian Pacing Gold graduate Messini will be given another shot at Group One glory. Following Messini’s Group Two $60,000 Bendigo Pacing Cup success last night, harness racing trainer Brent Lilley revealed his plans of heading interstate with the son of Art Major. Lilley has earmarked the South Australian Cup as the seven-year-old’s next target, with the time honoured event headling a super card at Globe Derby on Saturday night. Messini is no stranger to top-shelf success, with the stallion triumphant in two Vicbred Super Series Finals.  “We’ll be going over to South Australia next for the Cup,” Lilley said. “It’s an ideal target for him. “He didn’t have much in the race last year, but still finished a strong fourth behind Smolda in track record time. “He’s in terrific form, and with a bit of luck this time, will be very hard to beat.” Driven by Chris Alford during his latest triumph, Messini enjoyed the run of the race in the coveted one-one before sprinting to a five-and-a-half metre win from Mister Wickham, with Bad Billy seven metres away third. “After getting a run like that he was always going to finish strongly,” Lilley said. “He’s just a genuine, consistent racehorse, which gives his all each time he races. It would be nice to have a stable full of horses just like him.” Messini now has earnings of over $656,000 lifetime. APG Media

Art Major is quite simply one of the greatest harness racing sires in the world today. He continually sires both high class fillies and colts. Today's statistics show that he has produced world-wide progeny earnings of just over $170,000,000. He is the sire of the fastest ever two-year-old in both Australia and New Zealand. Without any doubt Art Major is one of the world’s most commercial sires today. He has been Australian leading juvenile sire six times. There are only four yearling fillies in this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale by Art Major that are out of mares by the freakish champion sire Bettor's Delight. The best performed mare in this group is the Group 1 placed and Group 3 winning mare Rozelski 1:57.3 ($179,798). Rozelski was unfortunate to have been born the same year as champion mare Adore Me 1:47.7 ($1,677,032) who dominated her class. Rozelski is the dam of Lot 5, Dragon Tattoo the second filly of it's dam, both by Art Major. The first foal, has been retained to race by a Breckon Farms Syndicate and is showing promise and likely to race as a 2-year-old. Dragon Tattoo's second dam is Highview Hazel (1.57.5, 2 wins, $15,705) who is the dam of two winners and a full-sister to Highview Fella (1.51.8, 34 wins, $365,701) and a half-sister to Highview Mystery (1.59.7, 2 wins, $12,525). This is the family of Trikala (1.52.5, 23 wins, $166,115), Michael Thomas (1.59.9, 12 wins, $102,184, incl Vic Maryborough Trotters Cup), Four Jesters (1.58, 3 wins, $23,620), Highview Ana (1.56.7, 17 wins, $153,062), Highview Sign (1.57.9, $47,764), etc. Rozelski winning a Heat of the Sire Stakes Rozelski running second to champion mare Adore Me in a Heat of the Sire Stakes Breckon Farms have a second yearling by Art Major out of a Bettor's Delight mare but this one is a colt and is one of only two colts in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale by Art Major out of a Bettor's Delight mare. This yearling is Lot 115, Harvey Specter by Art Major out of Delightful Dale. This colt is a full brother to the very smart Shandale ($286,505) who made the Final of the recent $1.1 million Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. Harvey Specter's third dam is the brilliant 1995-96 2yo Pacing Filly of the Year and Group 1 winner Megaera. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Harnesslink Media.  

Whether harness racing at Vernon Downs or at Saratoga Casino Hotel, JK Panache (Art Major) has been a force in the Open Pace for the last several years. On Saturday night, the Dave Dewhurst-trained eight year old toughed out a first-over journey to record his eighth victory of the season. The classy pacer took a couple months off this summer and returned in August at Vernon where he rattled off two wins and a second in his three comeback tries. In his return to the Spa on Saturday, JK Panache was the 3-2 betting favorite in the $18,000 feature and was driven by Shawn Gray. After the first quarter went in a quick 27 seconds, the half was paced in 56 seconds and at that point, JK Panache made his move. He served as live cover for Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson) and they, in tandem, cleared the leader and turned for home separated by just a half length. They took their battle right to the wire where JK Panache proved to be too tough in a mile paced in 1:52.4. Givenupdreaming was the runner-up while longshot Respectable Dream (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The Saturday win for JK Panache was just his second in the local Open this year and his first since back in early May. Live racing continues at the Spa on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Up and coming five-year-old Shandale is unbeaten at his two outings over 1730m and harness racing reinsman Shannon Suvaljko is confident the New Zealand-bred gelding can maintain his grand form in sprints by winning the $22,000 Book Your Harness Racing Travel World Interdominion Package Now Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Shandale, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed, chalked up his 12th win from 39 starts when he worked hard, three wide early and then in the breeze, before beating the pacemaker Mach Time over 2130m last Friday night. He steps up in class when he begins from barrier four on the front line on Friday night, but Suvaljko declared that the Art Major gelding, who is being set for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series in November and December, will maintain a steady rate of improvement. “He’ll be hard and fit for 1730m; he’s a gross horse and he will continue to improve,” he said. “He’s on the way up and is definitely an Inters contender. “At his first-up run two starts ago, he drew wide in a good field over 2536m. So, we drove him back (in the field) and nothing hit the line better than him (in coming from 12th at the bell and finishing seventh behind Jambiani). “Then, last week, in an easier field, we put him in the race and he showed his class (racing three wide early and then without cover) before winning from Mach Time. I think he’s definitely the one to beat this week. “Before he went out for a spell early in May he rated 1.53.8 when he raced in the breeze and won from Eyre Crusher over 1730m. I reckon he wasn’t going as good then as he is now. On Friday night, I’ll be happy to sit outside Ideal Tyson if he holds the lead from the inside barrier. We won’t be handing up to anything. “I’m not sure whether Ideal Tyson will be able to hold the lead. I think that Courage Tells (barrier two) or Dredlock Rockstar (No. 3) are capable of crossing to the front.” Aiden De Campo will again drive Ideal Tyson for trainer Gary Elson and he said that he would be keen to win the start and then set the pace with the powerful five-year-old. “The barrier certainly helps him in this class and, hopefully, he’s got enough speed to hold up,” De Campo said. “And if he leads, he’ll give a good show. His latest run, when three back on the fence before running on to be third to Shandale last week, was probably his best run in this prep. “Ideal Tyson is a big, tough rolling horse and nothing will out-tough him if he’s in front. I consider that the only way he can be beaten is if something crosses him early.” Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has a strong hand in Friday night’s race in which he will be represented by American Boy, Norvic Nightowl and Ideal Alice. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will drive Ideal Alice from the outside barrier (No. 9), Lauren Jones will handle American Boy and Stuart McDonald will drive Norvic Nightowl. Hall Snr is keen on the prospects of Ideal Alice, the only mare in the race, and declares her an good each-way prospect. American Boy and Norvic Nightowl are each resuming after a spell, but are capable of a bold first-up showing. “American Boy is going well and will be a chance,” said Hall Snr. “Norvic Nightowl has not raced for 15 months. He has recovered from a bowed tendon and probably will need the run.” Ideal Alice certainly looms as a major player. Her recent form is outstanding. She ran on strongly from last at the bell in a field of six to finish an excellent third behind Run Oneover and Our Jimmy Johnstone over 2130m last Friday night. That followed a win and two placings from her three previous outings. Ken Casellas

Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) and Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) each captured a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore pacing fillies at Tioga Downs Monday afternoon (September 4). Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) would win the first division of the NYSS ($60,200). Tequilla Monday (Brett Miller) would control all the early fractions :27.1, :55.0, 1:22.1. Obvious Blue Chip ($4.40), who won the Empire Breeders Classic two weeks ago, came out of the pocket at the top of the stretch and blew by to win in 1:50.2. Tequilla Monday (American Ideal) would hang on for second, Artrageous (Mark MacDonald) finished third. Obvious Blue Chip, who is owned by NFG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, would win for the fifth time this year. Roaring To Go (Art Major) would take the second division of the NYSS ($61,300). Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) laid down all the early fractions :27.3, :56.3, 1:24.1. Roaring To Go ($6.80) would follow in the pocket the whole way. Planet Rock (Jason Bartlett) would come up first over to battle for the lead at the top of the stretch. Roaring To Go, who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, would come out of the pocket and go three wide charging to the front to win for the ninth time in her career, getting the mile in 1:51.4. Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) would finish second. Clear Idea (American Ideal) had to settle for third. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (September 8) at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

New season, new hope. That’s the approach harness racing connections will adopt for former New Zealand pacer Watch Pulp Fiction following his dominant victory in the UBET Pace at Albion Park on Saturday night. The Art Major entire recorded a mile rate of 1:55.2 for the 2138m event. But it was only his third victory from 19 starts on Australian soil following his purchase last season for a hefty price. It was his second victory at Albion Park while he scored at Tabcorp Park Menangle back in February earlier this year. There have been glimpses along the way but the frustration continues to build. “Obviously he hasn’t been easy to sort out and we haven’t seen the best of him since he’s been in our care but we keep working with him and trying different things. He felt great the other night and was suited by a genuine speed; he was really strong through the line.” Trainer/driver Chantal Turpin said. Upon his arrival in November last year, expectations were there to match his price tag and his campaign started well following his eye-catching effort in the Gr.2 $50,000 Gold Coast Cup when fourth behind Avonnova in a time of 1:53.3 for 2138m. An easy victory at his next start at Albion Park indicated he would be a great companion for his stablemate Mattgregor who was being readied for a Chariots of Fire campaign in Sydney. It was anything but. Watch Pulp Fiction managed one victory from six starts before returning to Brisbane where his inconsistent form continued leading into and during the winter carnival. “We couldn’t get two good runs out of him and it proved very frustrating, the efforts weren’t bad but we expected more from him. His work at home was good and he looked in terrific order but he just couldn’t get any consistency going. “Before his start on Saturday, Pete (McMullen – husband) and I went back to square one and changed things around with him and that appears to have worked because he was very genuine, probably the best he’s felt. “We’ll just keep ticking him over in the coming weeks and then we might look at a Victorian campaign in November when Mattgregor heads south. That’s the plan at this stage but that will depend on his form and performances.” Meanwhile, Mattgregor is back in work and building towards his next campaign which will take in the Gr.2 $75,000 4 & 5yo Championship at TABCORP Park, Melton on November 11. by Chris Barsby

JK Panache and harness racing driver Chris Lems go gate to wire to win the $7,500 feature at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 26). JK Panache (Art Major) would charge out of the gate and control all the times, :27.1, :56.0, 1:23.2, 1:51.0. The 7 year-old who is owned by Phiilip Hale and Trainer David Dewhurst, would be tough in the stretch holding off the late charge of Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald). Oh My Joepa would finish second with Calvin B (Truman Gale) finishing third. JK Panache ($3.10) would win for the seventh time this season. He would notch his 53rd win. Truman Gale and Jimmy Whittemore would each win a couple on the night. Gale would first win with The Time To Win ($2.90). Winning easily by six lengths in 1:54.4. His second win was with Stonebridge Bonus ($11.60) in 1:54.0. Whittemore went to the winners circle with Skip Jive ($12.20), who won in 1:52.4. His second win was with Arsenal ($5.80) in 1:52.3 Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

JK Panache with harness racing driver Chris Lems at the controls, wins the Saturday night (August 19) featured pace at Vernon Downs. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) would lead them to the first quarter in :26.3. Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald) would then takeover hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. JK Panache (Art Major), who is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, would make a late bid to fly right by to win in 1:52.2. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would hang on for second best. Energy Shakes (Jimmy Whittemore) would finish third. JK Panache ($5.10) won for the sixth time this year. The 8 year-old gelding now has 52 lifetime wins. The best race of the night featured the top two drivers. John MacDonald and Dragon Fever (Dragon Again) battled Chris Lems (Somebeachsomewhere) all the way down the stretch. In the end Dragon Fever ($9.80) would win by a nose. Chris Lems would win two other races on the night. He would win with Golden Brit (American Ideal), going gate-to-wire, holding off a late charge by McDan (Josh Kinney). Golden Brit paid $15.80 for the win. His third win of the night came with Pramatic Life ($17.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 24) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs        

Quick Draft A (Art Major) came from off the pace to record a victory in the Friday night harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Al Annunziata-trained mare has dabbled in the local Open for fillies and mares this year even prevailing in one back in February but the Australian-bred has done most of her winning when in a class similar to the one she competed in on Friday. Quick Draft A went off at odds of 4-1 in the $10,500 feature for distaffers and got a second over journey in a race that saw fast first half fractions of 27 and 55.1. The race's favorite Gracie's Parade (Jordan Derue) got shuffled back before shaking loose late and by that time, Quick Draft A had hit the line first. The win time of 1:53 matched the lifetime mark of the seven year old mare who was piloted to the victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr. Gracie's Parade finished second in her local debut while Robin J (Brian Cross) came on for third. Quick Draft A paid $10.20 in what was her third win of the season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Star harness racing filly Nostra Villa remained unbeaten last night at Shepparton and will take an imposing seven-from-seven career record into TAB Breeders Crown semi-final night at Bendigo on August 19. Driven by Chris Alford, Emma Stewart-trained Nostra Villa (Art Major-Crystal Journey) had no trouble running to the lead after 500m when initial leader Amelias Courage took the trail. Once in control the $1.40 starting price for Nostra Villa appeared overs, especially after a 33.9secs first quarter and 31.2secs second split (65.1 first half). Nostra Villa only had to marginally increase the tempo down the back (29.9 third quarter) before sprinting up at the finish (27.2) and holding Amelias Courage at bay by 3.2m at the wire. Her winning mile rate of 2:01.8 was Nostra Villa’s slowest career triumph so far. Amelias Courage has finished second to Nostra Villa now on three occasions and will be hoping to turn the tables in coming weeks as the Race to Royalty riches increase through the Semis at Bendigo on August 19 and the Super Sunday finals on Sunday August 27 at Tabcorp Park Melton. Dougs Kitty finished third but was beaten 18.5m from three-the-pegs, while Gwendalion ran fourth and was the first horse off the pegs over the line. Bill Trembath trained and driven Hows The Memory (Mach Three-Distant Memory) captured tonight’s second Breeders Crown heat, upsetting the $1.10 favourite Nostra Beach by a half-neck in 2:01.1. After trailing the favourite throughout, the Leeton-trained filly extended in style up the home straight and made it three straight odds-on defeats for Nostra Beach. Loveyoubabe finished third, with Angel Of Arts fourth. And Kiwi raider Our Bettor Joy (Bettors Delight-Joyfulbelle) won the final heat tonight for trainer Cran Dalgety and reinsman Anthony Butt. Race favourite Molly Kelly led with Our Bettor Joy stalking on the fence. The leader carved out comfortable fractions of 32.6secs, 31secs and 30.8secs before the fillies flew up the straight in 27.5secs. Our Bettor Joy rated 2:02.3. Passions Delight finished third after racing three-pegs throughout, while Art Series boxed on from the chair for fourth. Don’t miss securing your Super Sunday Breeders Crown dining space, book today Breeders Crown Heats this Week August 9 Kilmore (Victoria) 2YO pacing colts and geldings Thursday August 10 Ballarat (Victoria) 3YO pacing fillies Friday August 11 Bendigo (Victoria) 3YO pacing colts and geldings   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Courtly Choice (Art Major) matched the track record for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as he prevailed impressively in New York Sire Stakes competition. Canadian trainer Blake Macintosh brought Courtly Choice south to compete in New York for the first time and the freshman had the daunting task of overcoming post position eight in his debut in stakes competition. Mark Macdonald piloted the two year old and wound up pulling him first over after finding a spot midpack in the early going. Courtly Choice overpowered the race's favorite before kicking away late to win in 1:53.1, a time that matched the track record set for freshmen in NY Sire Stakes competition in 2015 by Joe Larry Curly. Courtly Choice was dismissed at odds of 17-1 and returned a hearty $37.40 to win in his division of the $42,025 NYSS on Wednesday. Locally-based gelding Jersey Jim (Artiscape) was another who soared to a first-over victory in Sire Stakes competition on Wednesday as the Perry Simser-trained freshman scored in 1:54.1 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. First over was the trip de jour on Wednesday as Jimtastic (Art Major) was yet another Sire Stakes winner to score via the first over journey as the Andrew Harris-trained two year old cruised to an open length victory in 1:54.1 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. In fact, of the four winners of the $42,025 races on Wednesday, only Paprike Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) prevailed with a journey other than first over. The John Butenschoen trainee parlayed the pocket trip to his first career Sire Stakes score, stopping the timer in 1:55 with Jim Morrill Jr sitting behind. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 28, 2017--Yonkers Raceway Friday night (July 28th) offered up the $167,499 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-old fillies. A trio of equally-parsed ($55,833) six-horse fields comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the former publicity director of both Yonkers Raceway and NBC Sports. Any number of Cohen family and friends joined in for the winner's circle presentations, with just one public choice returning for the meet-and-greet. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller, $3.40) won the evening's final event in a night's-fastest 1:52.4. From the pole, she retook from Planet Rock (Dan Dube), then had few issues (:27.4, :57, 1:24.4). She owned a 2¼-length lead into the lane and a comfy length-and-a-quarter at the wire. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was a second-up second, with Artrageous (Jordan Stratton) a first-up third. For Roaring to Go, a daughter of Art Major owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.50, with the triple returning $33. One of the faster frosh a year ago (she crossed the line first in last season's final of the New York Sire Stakes, but was set down for a pylon violation), Roaring to Go has won eight of her 21 career starts. "She was sick in the (last season's) Breeders Crown, and she never really recovered," Miller said. "Before that, I thought she was as talented as anyone in her division.. "Tonight, she was very good...not quite the way she was last season, but close." Friday's opening NYSS event saw Clear Idea (Brennan, $13.80) stalk 1-10 fave Tequila Monday (Brian Sears), then pick her off in the passing lane by a desperate nose. Candlelight Dinner (Miller) was a charging third, beaten just three-quarters of a length. From post No. 2, Clear Idea saw Tequila Monday set unpressured intervals of :27, 56.1 and 1:25.1. She had a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, only to get snapped on the money in 1:53.1. For second choice Clear Idea, an American Ideal miss co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh and Hutt Racing, it was her seventh win (five consecutive, fourth in NYSS) in 13 '17 tries. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $121. The second statebred grouping saw the longest shots on the boards, 26-1 Gurl Band K (Dan Dube) and 15-1 Winsun Brooklyn (Pat Lachance), roll home first and second, respectively, in 1:56.1. The latter won the battle, dueling 3-5 pace-setter World Apart (Jason Bartlett) into submission after that one couldn't hold sway (:27.4, 57.4, 1:26.4) despite pokey fraction. A reserved--from post No. 3--Gurl Band K, a seasonal 0-fer entering the evening, was fifth in the stretch before winning by 2½ widening lengths. Marquesa Seelster (Stratton) was third as World Apart tired to fifth. For sixth choice Gurl Band K, a Rock N Roll Heaven homebred ma'am owned by Robert Key and trained by Andrew Harris, it was that first win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $402, with the triple returning $1,885. Friday night's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Betabcool (Bartlett, $9.80) in 1:52.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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