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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 26, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (June 26th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $158,000 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three consecutive divisions-worth $53,000, $52,000 and $53,000, respectively-comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller. Tuesday was the first sire stakes event for the frosh, the majority of whom were making their purse debuts. The opening division proved quite formful, as the two choices 'ran' 1-2.. Odds-on World on Edge (Matt Kakaley, $3.80), from post position No. 2, took over passing a :28.4 opening quarter-mile, then finished it off from there (:58.2, 1:28.3, 1:57.1). He defeated KJ Leo (George Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with 36-1 outsider Hurrikane Kingklee (Dan Dube), Covered Bridge (Brian Sears) and Starship Trooper (Tim Tetrick) grabbing the minors. For World on Edge, a son of Roll with Joe co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Joe DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Adriano Sorella, it was his parimutuel debut. The exacta paid $7.60, the triple retuned $68 and the superfecta paid $297. The evening's second grouping was an unfair fight as Melodie's Major (Tyler Buter, $7.60) tickled the teletimer in a event's-fastest 1:55.3. From post No. 5, he two-moved around Bean (Jason Bartlett) before a flat 30-second quarter, then gave nothing else a chance (:59.2, 1:27.3 in between). Melodie's Major widened to four lengths in and out of the final turn, lost Bean-who eventually broke in the lane-then defeated slight 2-1 favorite Bicorne Hanover (Kakaley) by eight lengths. Third went to Jojo's Place (Corey Callahan), recovering from a nasty break at the start, with slow-starting Jet Rock (Brian Sears) and Hestons Blue Chip (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For third choice Melodie's Major, an Art Major colt owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he was another making his career purse bow. The exacta paid $19.20, the triple retuned $63 and the superfecta paid $297 (no a typo, same payout as previous race). "I didn't even ask him," Buter said. "I drove him twice in (Pocono) qualifiers and he impressed me. "I think I'm going to stay with him." The evening's final get-together saw Major Blake (Tim Tetrick, $5.90), from post No. 3, complete his appointed rounds (:29, :58.4, 1:27.4, 1:56). The final margin was 2½ lengths. Jack Nation (Mark MacDonald) rallied for second, with Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) third. Shanghai Bobby (Bartlett), pocketed as the 3-5 choice, but apparently wasn't crazy about it. He vacated passing three-quarters to challenge, was rebuffed and backpedaled to fourth. Blissful Road (Buter) was fifth. For second choice Major Blake, a son Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Sam Schillaci, Matthew Bencic and Howard Berke, he, too, was another first starter. The exacta paid $50.50, the triple retuned $369.50 and the superfecta paid $454. The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Tuesday's (July 3rd) Hugh Grant Trot (2-year-old fillies, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WILKES-BARRE PA - Tyson followed cover two- and three-wide down the backstretch, dropped down to two-wide raw on the far turn, and caught favored Such An Angel to win the $21,500 featured trot Sunday in 1:54.2 over sloppy going at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Corey Callahan, who tied with Matt Kakaley for driving honors on the card with each getting a trio of winners, kept moving up with cover as Such An Angel carved up the pace, then found himself raw on the turn as the two horses who had been two-wide in front of him found rail spots on the curve after the pocket horse faded. The Donato Hanover gelding plowed through the muck late to get the decision, 1¾ lengths clear of Such An Angel late while boosting his earnings to $162,350. Trainer Ed Gannon Jr. is also a co-owner of Tyson with Yannick Gingras and Frank Canzone. The Art Major gelding Major Trick has climbed to the top of the Pocono claiming ladder by winning his sixth race in his last seven starts, taking the $20,000 pacing handicap feature in 1:53. Major Trick had pocket position much of the way for Jim Marohn Jr., but he suffered a momentum disadvantage coming into the stretch as Legion Of Boom, who had been three-wide from the 11/16, swept the field entering the lane and looked tough to overhaul. But Major Trick found a lightning-quick gear once free in the Pocono Pike and ran down "Boom" for a half-length win. The winner of $349,096 was trained by Mike Watson for owner Clifford Grundy - and we say "was" because Major Trick was claimed for a $30,000 tag for the fifth time in his last eight starts (Legion of Boom also changed hands for $30,000). In addition to the stormy weather, there was pari-mutuel thunder at two points throughout the night: Pat Berry took advantage of a good inside trip to win the second with Major Buddy A at $79.20, and then in race nine Bilbo Hanover withstood being outside at every call for Jim Pantaleano to get home first at the tune of $104.40. (Ironically, they also had two $50+ winners down the Turnpike today at Harrah's Philadelphia - in consecutive races.) Total $2 win payoffs added to $258.40 at Pocono on Sunday - as opposed to the combined $60.40 returned during the Sun Stakes Saturday elims at the mountain oval the night previous. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They have to start somewhere and it will be Wednesday night (June 20) when the 2-year-old filly pacers begin their racing careers in earnest with a date in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. It will be a great launching pad for their careers as the two divisions will carry a purse of $52,500 each.   Both legs will feature five filly freshmen pacers. None of the gals have started in a pari mutual race and most have just one or two qualifiers under their belt.   And the sires to these ladies are spread out evenly as well with Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal each having three entrants while Roll With Joe having one.   The Sire Stakes will be held as the first two races on the 11-race program which gets underway at 5 p.m.   With inexperience reigning supreme, the morning line odds are relatively close.   The first division has Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) was tabbed as the 2-to-1 choice from the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Brooklyn Lilacs went gate-to-wire in her qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 13, winning by 1-1/4 lengths.   The main threat could come from Who Can You Trust (Art Major-Neverhaveneverwill). A $45,000 purchase in 2017 at the Lexington Sale, she is listed at 5-to-2 on the morning line with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive. Who Can You Trust had a 1:58.4 qualifier at Delaware on June 14 and looks to take advantage of the inside.   The rest of the field includes Sewonandsewforth (Kevin Cummings), Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson).   In the second leg, three of the five participants won their last prep races.   Love Americanstyle (American Ideal-Kiss Me Once Again) drew the rail and gets the services of Morrill Jr. Sitting as the lukewarm 2-to-1 choice, Love Americanstyle won here qualifiers in 1:57.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia by 2-1/2 lengths on June 12.   Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) cruised in her qualifier with a solid 1:58.2 at Pocono Downs on June 13. She'll be driven by Bartlett and score from the three spot.   Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe-Fool That I Am) made up nearly 13 lengths to take her qualifier at Woodbine/Mohawk on June 9 in 1:59.2. She has the five hole with James MacDonald to steer her.   The others involved in the second division include Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) and She's Da Boom (Jamieson).   With three track records shattered on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway in Sire Stakes competition, the ladies will be looking to top the current standard of 1:56.3 set in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   There will be a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A series races on the card and one $6,700 Excelsior B event.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Mike SImons) took the Tioga Downs Open Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (June 17). Along with the 13 harness races, the Fathers Day crowd was entertained by the always fun Camel and Ostrich races. Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) put up a first quarter of 27.4 and preceded to battle Doo Wop Hanover (Jim Meitnnis) all the way through three-quarters. Doo Wop Hanover led them to the half in :55.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.0. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($4.70) sat patiently in the pocket watching the duel before going three-wide just before three-quarters. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, he flew by in the stretch to win in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1. Major Leaguer (John MacDonald) finished second with Caviart Reagon getting third. SIr Ziggy's Z Tam is a 10-year-old gelding by Art Major. He won for the sixth straight time this season in seven starts. It was his career victory number 33. Roland and Perrin teamed up for two more wins on the afternoon. They also won with Foriegn Officer ($26.60) and Thebestofjoel ($2.60). Trainer Mike Deters and driver Jim Meittinis also teamed up for three wins on the day. Their wins were with Brinks Job ($4.50), Ideal Feeling ($2.70), and Prairie Panther ($3.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 22) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three of the fastest pacers this year at the Hippodrome 3R, Washington Hanover, Rainbow Palace and Hooter Shooter, met head to head in the feature pace, but none of them could keep up with Jann And Dean Sunday afternoon. The seventh race feature started off with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) dueling early and getting the lead away from Washington Hanover (Pascal Berube) as they raced past the opening quarter mile in :28. Jann And Dean with driver Stephane Brosseau was sitting in third place on the second turn and then decided to come first-over and started grinding their way up to the leaders. By the half mile marker in :58.1, Jann And Dean not only collared Rainbow Palace, but took the lead away on the third turn. From that point on, Brosseau held the field at bay with Jann And Dean through the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then down the stretch Rainbow Palace tried once more but it too little too late as Jann And Dean went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, was second with Washington Hanover third. A five-year-old gelded son of Art Major, Jann And Dean is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Jann And Dean's fourth win this year and he paid $3.90 to win as the second choice in the race. Brosseau and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Sunday. Brosseau is not only the defending driving champion, but also has a commanding lead so far this season with 20 wins to 12 for Stephane Gendron in second place. The fastest mile on the card came in the fourth race pace as Fortune Fella ($12.50) went wire-to-wire from post seven for driver Pascal Berube and won in 1:55.3. TRACK NOTES: Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, there will be no live racing this Tuesday, June 19. The make-up day will be Sunday, November 25. Coming up next Sunday will be inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring the Champion, Sylvain Filion, taking on the Challenger, Louis-Philippe Roy. These two world-class drivers will face-off in eight races where each driver will take turns selecting the horse they will drive. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Despite getting away sixth at the start of Sunday afternoon top class at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway, Cartoon Daddy demolished his opposition. With Corey MacPherson at the lines, the six-year-old son of Art Major stopped the clock in 1:56.3 after using a hard brush to earn the front end before the three-quarters and draw clear to win by one-and-a-half lengths. Second in the $2,350 event went to Salmonier Storm and trainer-driver Ambyr Campbell while Heart And Soul (Driven by Walter Cheverie) was third to complete a healthy $336.90 triactor. Rachel Andrew trains Cartoon Daddy for owners Brian Andrew of Milton and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. The duo of Summerside driver Norris Rogers and New Brunswick trainer Sifroi Melanson clicked twice on the Sunday afternoon program. Rogers guided Ultimateflyingnum to a 17-1 upset in the race 4 for a 2:00.1 trip from the Melanson stable while Instant Shadow captured the $1,800 back-up pace in 1:56.3 for Rogers and Melanson. The Blaine McKenna stable also had two wins on the afternoon scoring with Inspector Murdoch (Jason Hughes) in 1:59.3 and Hunger Pangs (MacPherson) in 2:01. Marc Campbell had one visit to the winner's circle on the 12-dash card to bring his career win total to 1,999 with his historic milestone still eluding him. The 33-year-old Winsloe driver will be the youngest driver to ever hit 2,000 career victories while racing in Atlantic Canada. Campbell won on the Sunday card with Four Brass Starz in 2:00.4 for owner-trainer Nick MacGillivray of Stratford. Live racing continues on P.E.I. with cards Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday, June 17, at Red Shores Summerside. The $100,000 Dash for Cash with a brand new prize structure gets underway Saturday and Sunday. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($12.40) got a perfect pocket trip then ended up with Buffalo Raceway's all-time track record on Saturday night (June 9) by winning the featured $11,500 Open Pace in 1:51.2 over the fast track, eclipsing the old mark of 1:52.0 set by Fireyourguns in 2015.   "The horse gave me goose bumps," driver Billy Davis Jr. said after the record breaking mile with Sir Ziggy's Z Tam. "I knew I had the race won when I popped the pocket at the top of the stretch. The horse has a lot of heart and kept digging to the finish line."   It was a two horse breakaway from the start as Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) put up fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.0 while Sir Ziggy's Z Tam followed along in second.   Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, facing Open company for the first time this season, nailed the pace-setter in mid stretch and scored the head decision over the tough luck loser Upfront Countryboy. Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) finished in third.   It was the fifth straight victory for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Art Major-So Far Away). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was the fifth win in six tries in 2018 for Sir Ziggy's Z Tam, now a winner of $24,575 this season and $892,191 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set. The New York Sire Stakes highlights the program with the 3-year-old filly pacers in the spotlight. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series as well.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Eamon Maquire has capitalized on a great trip in the running to win the harness racing Gr1 $150,000 4yo Emerald today at Cambridge Raceway. Driven superbly by driver Natalie Rasmussen, the Art Major four year old had a great run in the one by one behind A G's White Socks who sat parked while Tiger Thompson ran them along in front. In the straight A G's White Socks hit the lead but could not withstand the finish from Eamon Maquire and Star Galleria, with Eamon Maquire coming out on top by half a length from Star Galleria with a further length back to A G's White Socks in third. Part owner Graeme Anderson  who trained Eamon Maquire for the early part of his career was jubilant after the race saying it was a no-brainer giving the horse to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen to train. "We have a small team and can not travel so giving the horse to Mark and Natalie was a no brainer to me. "I am grateful to them for the job they do. They are quite good at it you know,'" he joked. "The horse has always had a lot of high speed and we just had to wait for him to develop, but he will be a better horse in twelve months time," he said. Natalie Rasmussen gave a lot of the credit to Graeme Anderson after the race for the way the horse had been developed. "We got this horse in such good condition and we did not have to do much with him. " I have joked to Graeme he is not getting him back," she said. Eamon Maquire paced the mile in1-51.9 with a final 800m in 56.1 and the 400m in 27.4 seconds. Interview with Graeme Anderson Eamon Maguire   ALLIED SECURITY 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m   For 4-year-old pacing geldings & entires. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 10 Eamon Maguire 10 fr 75,000.00 1/1 1-51.9   N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 11 Star Galleria 11 fr 22,500.00 2/3 1-52.0 0.50 Z E Butcher S J Reid 3 2 A G's White Socks 2 fr 15,000.00 3/2 1-52.2 1.50 R T May G P & Mrs N M Hope 4 9 Black Chevron 9 fr 6,375.00 9/8 1-52.6 3.30 J H Abernethy D B Gale 5 1 Northview Hustler 1 fr 4,735.00 6/5 1-52.7 3.90 A P T Poutama R W Green 6 12 Billy Badger 12 fr 3,770.00 7/7 1-52.7 4.00 J R Dunn R J Dunn 7 5 Tiger Thompson 5 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-52.8 4.10 M J Williamson B K Mowbray 8 6 Italian Delight 6 fr 3,770.00 8/11 1-52.9 4.60 T A Cameron (J) A G Herlihy MNZM 9 8 Check In 8 fr 3,770.00 12/10 1-53.2 6.50 D J Butcher S G Telfer 10 7 Royal Bengal 7 fr 3,770.00 11/12 1-54.0 10.50 B G Barclay K & T Barron 11 4 Classie American 4 fr 3,770.00 10/9 1-54.3 11.60 T W Mitchell R D Richardson 12 3 Run Boy Run 3 fr 3,770.00 5/6 1-55.2 16.10 D J Dunn M P Kerr $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 13 Somewhereinbrooklyn 13                     Divs: $2.40. $1.30. $1.40. $1.40. Quinella $3.30. Trifecta $12.90. TAB Double[races-6,7]:(5,10) $6.70. TAB Conc.:(5,11) $4.00. First4 $163.80. Margins: 1/2 length, 1 length, 1 3/4 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-51.9 Last 800m: 56.1 Last 400m: 27.4 Placed Horses:       Eamon Maguire 2013 4 B g Art Major - Kim Maguire   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: B D Sceats, G J Anderson, R Chalklin, S R Pulley, A D Gow, Mrs P P Gillan    Breeder: R L Kennedy,Mrs D C Kennedy    Star Galleria 2013 4 B g Art Major - Starlitnight   (by Tuapeka Knight)    Trainer: S J Reid, Pukekohe    Owner: R N Caldow, S J Reid, J A Screen, Mrs T C Screen    Breeder: R N Caldow    A G's White Socks 2013 4 B g Rock N Roll Heaven - Atomic Gold   (by Soky's Atom)    Trainer: G P & Mrs N M Hope, Woodend Beach    Owner: G P Hope, P G Laboyrie, P I Baken, Mrs V M Robertson, W R Stewart, Mrs C L Stewart, A R Pullar, Mrs B E Pullar    Breeder: P G Laboyrie

DOVER, Del. --- After three straight seconds, four in his last five and five of his last seven starts, Sicily broke out of secondites with a 1:49 victory in the big pace of the week, the $30,000 harness racing Preferred on a wet and windy Thursday (3/1) at Dover Downs. Little /Ben won the $25,000 Open for his fifth win in his last seven outings. Montrell Teague was in the bike behind Sicily who cut out the opening panel of :26.2 before Major Uptrend took over with Tony Morgan driving, and sat second until the final turn. Sicily came out as the fast field of seven entered the stretch with Sicily getting up for his third sub-150 win of the meet. Wayne Givens conditions the Art Major-Capri Hanover gelding for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing Of Delaware. He now has won $39,750 this season and $396,917 with 19 lifetime wins. Major Uptrend finished second with Soto (Art Stafford Jr.) the show finisher. JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben enjoyed a front-end journey with Tim Tetrick piloting to win the $25,000 Open pace with a 1:53.2 for his fifth triumph in his last seven races. Little Ben returned to the winner's circle after a second and fifth in his previous two efforts. Something Said (Jonathan Roberts) was second in front of Silver Fox J (Mike Cole). Air Strike made it three wins in-a-row chalking up victory in an $18,000 Winners pace with Vic Kirby guiding the winner for Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms. Joe Holloway trains the Always A Virgin-My Best Girl gelding. Forrest Bartlett's Art Of Fire, a Barber Pole-Dee's Art Girl gelding, got up for Jonathan Robert sand trainer Kevin Lare. It was the third win of 2018. Bro Hanover (Sean Bier) turned in a strong showing to finish second with Ideal Son, third.. I'm Supersonic A racing for Joan Hamstead and trainer Crissy Bier, won one of two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces in . Jet Airway (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Reggiano (Tetrick) came from last to finish third. It was the second win in his last three for the veteran Mach Three-Dream A Rainbow gelding driven by Sean Bier. Hi Sir, owned, trained and driven by Russell Foster took the other high-priced claimer in 1:51.1 for his second win of the year. Dialamara (Tetrick) and Coach Cal (Ross Wolfenden) were second and third respectively. The victory was the 46th of his career for the Sir Luck-Hikari 10-year-old gelding who now has banked $440,235 lifetime. For the first time this meet no driver or trainer had a double or more on a program. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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

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