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Harness Racing Anxiously Awaits International Stars' North American Debut ANDERSON, Ind.--August 7, 2018 -- A field of nine will be sent postward in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 10. In what will rank as one of the most highly anticipated editions of the Dan Patch Stakes, the 25th installment of Hoosier Park's premier event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Boasting an increased purse for the third consecutive year of $325,000, The Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race and is reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers. With combined career purse earnings over $15 million, the talented field of nine includes three Breeders Crown champions, two World Champions, and one international icon. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to score his third Dan Patch victory and be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995. Lazarus N, who is hailed as one of the greatest racehorses to ever emerge from New Zealand, will be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch Stakes and has been enlisted as the 6-5 morning line choice. The six-year-old Champion pacer was supplemented to the event for a fee of $25,000 and will start from post nine with Yannick Gingras in the bike for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. A winner of 35 of his 45 lifetime starts at a variety of distances raced in Australia and New Zealand, Lazarus N is the richest Down Under bred Standardbred stallion of all time with earnings of NZ$3,821,066 (US$2,683,343). The New Zealand bred was named Pacer of the Year at ages 3 and 4 and was victorious in two editions of the prestigious New Zealand Cup and 15 Group One events overall. Lazarus N has only finished off the board once in his career. Also included in the celebrated field of nine is World Champion McWicked who will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn post six for trainer Casie Coleman. With over $2.9 million in lifetime purse earnings, McWicked finished fourth in the 2017 edition of the Dan Patch Stakes and has been tabbed 2-1 on the morning line. The 2018 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes has been slated the 11th race on the program with an estimated post time of 9:50 EDT and will be supported by an all-star undercard of racing action. The 2018 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: 1. Dealt A Winner Tr: Mark Silva Dr: Brett Miller M/L: 8-1 2. Beckhams Z Tam Tr: Jamie Macomber Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. M/L: 20-1 3. Split The House Tr: Chris Oakes Dr: Trace Tetrick M/L: 20-1 4. Rockin Ron Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Trace Tetrick M/L: 10-1 5. Bit Of A Legend N Tr: Peter Tritton Dr: Jordan Stratton M/L: 12-1 6. McWicked Tr: Casie Coleman Dr: Brian Sears M/L: 2-1 7. All Bets Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley M/L: 10-1 8. New Talent Tr: Jeff Cullipher Dr: Sam Widger M/L: 20-1 9. Lazarus N Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: Yannick Gingras M/L: 6-5 Michael Guerin chats to Lazarus driver Yannick Gingras before his first race in the US. Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta pool will be available on the Dan Patch Stakes along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. In addition to the special wagers, a $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on-track with a top prize of $5,000. Registration for the handicapping contest is free but limited to the first 300 guests. The Dan Patch festivities will also include a driver autograph session, family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner's circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday's music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday's music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year's Kammy's Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information about the upcoming Dan Patch Stakes Festival weekend and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist Hoosier Park Racing & Casino    

Perth trainer-driver Mark Yole may will play a prominent role at tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Yole has a drive in every race on the compact six-event card including four for his brother Ben, the leader in the State Trainer’s Premiership. “Ben has trained 110 winners for the season and would love to break the record of 124 victories he set last year,” said Mark. “I’m planning on doing my bit for the stable with drives on Heza Rummage, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and Selfrighteousbouy.” “Heza Rummage has raced himself into top form with two wins and four placings in nine runs since mid-June, he galloped out at Devonport and then sat out three-wide before racing clear to win 10 or 15 metres (14.9 metres) and then finished a strong second here on Friday night behind Goggo Gee Gee.” said Yole “No Apachemee has won six races this season but we have our work cut out with Im Compliant flying at the moment but I’m sure we are clear second pick, Rocknrollhighlight has an awkward inside second line draw to contend with but seven of her 15 career victories have come this season so I’m confident she will perform well tonight and Selfrighteousbouy has been placed at two of his last three runs.” Mark will also partner Rowley in the first Elders Insurance Launceston Pace for Ken Rattray. “Rowley is only a two-year-old taking on the older horses but he’s won three of his eight outings and is coming off a smart win over Adele Said in Hobart last time out,” Yole said. “We will get a good trail through from the second line and if we can get on the back of Flying Wingard he will be a strong chance to finish over the top of them and Like It Is for Max Jacobson is dropping a lot in class and if we can have some pace on early I’d say he is a good chance for punters at juicy odds.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting, commencing at 17.14, may be viewed via the Live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

Mildura Harness Racing Club last week began an education program aimed at school children aged of 10 to 12. The program is part of the club’s strategy put in place in May 2017 to develop the future careers of people who will be industry participants in years to come. A club review recognised its industry participants, who include committee members and members, trainers, owners and drivers, were getting older and there was concern about who would run the trots in 10 years time. The strategy began with changing the constitution to have a members class for juniors to get them involved early and the club now boasts almost 70 junior members. The second stage of that strategy was to develop a program for juniors that could be run through a school to allow younger people to learn all about the careers and the sport that we operate. This strategy came to fruition on Monday when Ranfurly Primary School and teacher Mrs Chelsea Spratt began an eight-week education program as part of their curriculum titled 'Hot to Trot'. The program was developed by Mildura club committeeman Ian Campbell and covered nearly all of the careers involved in the sport such as race callers, stewards, trainers, drivers, vets and equine dentists, media personnel, farriers and produce store owners. The program’s main focus though is about the horses and their health and the children will get visits from vets and equine dentists. They will explore the physiology of the horse and learn correct horse terminology. They will visit the track to view firsthand what a farrier does and equine dentists will show them how important horse teeth care is to the overall health of the horse. They will also have an excursion to a trots meeting, where they will see first-hand the roles people undertake. On the day they will be present in the race callers box during a live race. They will see what the race judge does, sit in a stewards’ room during an inquiry and will visit the vet in the swabbing box to name a few activities planned. Back in the classroom they will have access to the harness that a horse wears and participate in an untangling exercise in teams. Another of the students activities will be to design their own silk colours that an owner would normally undertake. They will also be involved in media work by writing an article on some part of the industry, which will be published in the Sunraysia Daily, and several students will help host the weekly Trots Talk radio program on HOT FM on Saturday mornings. Class visits from trainers and owners will also take place as well as a junior pony trots driver. The program, once perfected, will be offered to other schools in the area. Mildura Harness Racing Club and its members are extremely grateful to Ranfurly School principal Dennis Mitchell and vice-principal Mark Rogerson for their support of the program, as well as teacher Mrs Chelsea Spratt and our committeeman Ian Campbell for their tireless work in putting the program together. The Trots

The legendary Dan Patch (pictured) will be honoured at Hoosier Park with a $325,000 feature race this Saturday, and Sky Racing’s Greg Hayes will be on-course for the Indiana classic. Named in honour of the renowned standardbred of the early 1900s, the Dan Patch attracts the best in the sport and this year features Australasian champion Lazarus. Now trained by superstar Swedish horseman Jimmy Takter, Lazarus will be cheered on by Australian racing fans via Sky Racing 1. In partnership with the host club, Hoosier Park, TAB and Sky Racing will have Hayes trackside from the States on Saturday morning (11.50am AEST) delivering viewers all the action. The recent Maori Time Elitloppet coverage, Shartin’s US dominance which saw her deliver a supersonic performance to take out the Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, Kerryn Manning’s invite to Solvalla for the Ahsell Legends Invitational Drivers race, and Sparkling Success’s Yonkers International Trot invitation has ensured Australian harness racing is front and centre on the world stage right now.   Cody Winnell

Breeders Crown champion Nostra Villa won’t be back to defend her title later this month. Trainer Emma Stewart said last season’s juvenile pacing filly final winner was feeling the effects of a hard season so has gone for a spell. "She has done a lot of hard racing and it was time for her to have a break,” said Stewart. That still leaves Stewart with four fillies in the three-year-old series as she charges toward the culminaton of her record-breaking season, with the Victorian heats for the three-year-old fillies at Shepparton on Thursday night. Even without Nostra Villa the stable has the warm favourite for the series in Speak No Evil, who is rated the stable’s best chance of the whole Breeders Crown, even after drawing the outside of the front line in her heat on Thursday. “She has gone from strength to strength,” says Stewart. “She trialed really well last week and has come on from the Vicbred win so she is clearly the best of our chances in her division and probably in the overall two and three-year-old series.” The Victorian fillies heats kick off with the juveniles at Ballarat tonight and Stewart has Vicbred quinellamates Kualoa and Two Times Bettor in the same heat. “They seem to be doing that a lot these days, putting the two good stablemates in the same heat and I think they should be split. “But they are both ready to go good races. Kualoa is the one to beat this week and, and this stage, the best of our chances in the final.” The glamour boys of the freshman division have their turn at Kilmore on Wednesday night with Vicbred winner Centanario up against his runner-up on that occasion in Nostra Ideal and Bathurst Gold Crown winner College Chapel. An interesting Victorian debutant is Whereyabinboppin, who has joined the in-form Tim Butt stable after being unbeaten in three starts. Stewart dominates the other heat with Hurricane Harley and Hardhitter going head to head. Michael Guerin

It was paint by numbers simple for the three Kiwi trio using yesterday's low-key Menangle meeting as a lead-in to the Breeders Crown. All three - Show Gait, Princess Tiffany and Another Masterpiece - led and won their their Australian debuts easily before they head to Victoria next week for the rich Breeders Crown finals on August 25. Both Princess Tiffany and Another Masterpiece are Harness Jewels winners so it was no surprise they were able to win without being extended but trainer-driver Mark Purdon was thrilled with how they came through their first proper races in two months. "They were both really good without being asked for their best, which is ideal for this stage of the preparation," said Purdon. "Before we loaded Another Masterpiece on the float to come home he was really full of himself so I think he is in a good place," said Purdon. Both juvenile pacers will have to contest semifinals of the Breeders Crown at Bendigo on Saturday week, where finishing in the top half of the field will get them into the final. Show Gait won't have to contest a semi for her three-year-old trotters division at the Crown, with heat winners straight into the final. She took on the older horses yesterday and also worked to the front easily, with Purdon doing the driving for young Canterbury trainer Regan Todd, who is travelling with the Purdon-Rasmussen runners. Purdon had to shake Show Gait up inside the last 50m to keep her mind on the job.   Michael Guerin

The first four races at Menangle on a quiet Tuesday afternoon usually slip by without a lot of interest on this side of the Tasman. But then again, they rarely contain two Harness Jewels winners and a Sales Series Trot star. So today's mid-afternoon Sydney harness should not only be worth a watch but also prove a valuable guide to the rich Breeders Crown in Victoria on August 25. The meeting is headlined by unbeaten juvenile pacing filly Princess Tiffany (race three) and fellow Jewels winner Another Masterpiece (four). Princess Tiffany meets some handy two-year-old rivals but is so brilliant, anything but a victory would be disappointing, especially as trainer Mark Purdon has been thrilled with her preparation. Rivals like Regulus have shown themselves to be good 1m 55s mile juveniles but Princess Tiffany came from last to win her Jewels untouched in 1m 54.2s, suggesting she will remain unbeaten. To split his pair, Purdon has put Another Masterpiece in a maiden race, but oddly, he ends up against former talented stablemate Gentle Giant, who was an Ashburton feature raceday winner for the All Stars last October and could have been expected to go further in life than he has. So while he might have to pace 1m 55s for his mobile mile, Another Masterpiece has gone two seconds faster than that and should also jog home. The programme kicks off with Show Gait, who has been travelling with the Purdon-Rasmussen team, making her Australian debut in a lower grade standing start 2300m trot. The Sales Series winner has shown high speed for a three-year-old trotting filly but trainer Regan Todd says she is still peaking. "My aim is to have her spot on for the Breeders Final so she has to be a little bit underdone but she has definitely improved since she got here," Todd said. "It is a lot warmer here than at home [Canterbury] and it has really brought her on. And her race being 2300m and a stand suits better than some of the mad miles over here." To add to the strong Kiwi flavour at the meeting, former northern pacer Bettor Step Aside makes his Australian debut in race five after being sold out of the Derek Balle stable and looks ideally placed. Michael Guerin

SUPERSTAR Tasmanian pacer Ignatius continued on his winning way in Sydney last Saturday night with another effortless victory, this time in an M0 pace over 1609 metres against quality opposition. The James Rattray-trained three-year-old remains unbeaten from 11 starts this season as he heads towards the Breeders Crown series in Victoria. If the gelded son of Roll with Joe can emerge from that series with his unbeaten record intact, few would argue that he will own the Australian three-year-old of the year title. In this latest assignment, Ignatius showed good early speed to lead from gate seven and once in front Rattray ensured a modest first half before allowing his stable star to sprint home the last 800 metres in a slick 54.8 to score untouched by 10 metres from The Golden Cross with The Major Rocket almost three metres astern. The Tasmanian connections of Ignatius pocketed the prize money three starts back when he blitzed his rivals in the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge final at Menangle on July 1 and he followed up with another easy win in a Breeders Crown heat at the same venue just over two weeks later. Rattray will take the gelding to Melbourne next week to prepare for his Breeders Crown semi-final and if successful he will line up in the $200,000 Group 1 final at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday fortnight. Ignatius’ career record stands at 16 wins and a second from 17 starts for $269,934 in stakes.   Peter Staples

Lazarus has a rival for the biggest Down Under name to tackle some of the world’s best over the next week. Record-breaking Aussie driver Kerryn Manning (pictured) celebrates the 21stanniversary of arguably her most amazing achievement when she heads back to Scandinavia this weekend. It was 1997 when Manning teamed with star Aussie trotter Knight Pistol to win the Harley Davidson Trot in Norway, becoming just the second female to drive a Group 1 winner in Europe. Manning made such an impact with the a win and during an extended stint driving Knight Pistol in Europe, she got a call “out of the blue” from Swedish officials with an all-expenses paid trip across to drive in the Ahsell Legends Invitational Drivers’ race at Solvalla in Stockholm on August 14. “It’s half a lifetime ago, literally, for me. I can’t believe they still remember,” Manning said. “Obviously they do. Fred Crews has just been across there for the Elitlopp with Maori Time and told me there were lots of people asking after me. It’s amazing really. “It was only three or four weeks ago I had a missed call from a Swedish number and I thought it might have been one of scam calls. I listened back to the message and it was the invite to come across for this race. “It’s a busy time with the Breeders Crown just around the corner here, but Grant (Campbell, Manning’s husband) talked me into it. He can’t come, so Mum (Barb Manning) is coming with me instead. “We leave Friday, have Saturday at the big race meeting in Gothenburg then the race I’m in is back in Stockholm (Solvalla) next Tuesday.” Manning was told the race has become an annual highlight for the Swedes since being launched in 2013. “Stig Johansson is the legend over there. He retired from driving to focus on training a few years back, but he makes a one-off comeback every year to drive in this race only,” she said. “My experience over there with Knight Pistol was incredible it will be great to get back over there, even if it’s just for a few days.” Closer to home, Manning said her pair of glamour mares – Ameretto and Our Golden Goddess – could both be Inter Dominion-bound. “Ameretto has proven herself at Grand Circuit level and she’ll definitely go to the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion,” she said. “Ability-wise Our Golden Goddess is right there with Ameretto and she looks to have come back better than ever. The next few runs will shape what we do with her. She’s got the Breeders Crown mares’ free-for-all and then the Breeders Crown Open free-for-all as well. Ameretto won both last year.” Our Golden Goddess has looked fantastic winning both runs this campaign.   Adam Hamilton

Do the best Standardbred harness racing pacers hail from down under? Well, we may have the answer to that question by the end of the week. Given the heroics of Shartin following her purchase last year from the Victorian stables of Dean Braun, the Tintin In America mare has firmly established herself as the best and most dominant pacing mare in the world right now. And if you require further proof, check out her replay from Saturday’s $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, part of Hambletonian day. Her deeds in North America this season are sensational; she has won 13 of 17 races this year and 20 of 30 lifetime for earnings of $764,857. Feature race victories include $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers, $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester, $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, Ohio and the $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk in Canada. Shartin is prepared by Jim King Jr and handled by ace reinsman Tim Tetrick, she is owned by Richard Poilluci and Jo Ann Looney-King. But while the efforts have been sublime in her new conditions, her former trainer is the least bit surprised with what she’s been able to achieve on the other side of the globe. Braun purchased the filly as an unraced commodity from the Prebbleton (near Christchurch) stables of Grant Crabbe. Under his tutelage, Shartin displayed enormous ability which resulted in victories in both the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks while also finishing as the runner-up in the Queensland Derby behind the Mark Purdon prepared The More The Better. But her finest moment came when she sat parked outside subsequent Chariots of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu and beat him in a time of 1:52.5 at TABCORP Park, Melton. And that victory came in the middle of winter. “I knew how good she was and I happily told those close to me but the money at the time was too good to ignore, this is the business we’re in,” Braun said. “I’ve been in contact with the connections since she’s been up there and I’m thrilled with her success, it’s awesome to see her doing so well. “I sold Nike Franco before this filly and I told them this filly would do a better job and Nike has been super during her time up there also, it’s good for everyone involved.” As it stands, Shartin is the leading money earner this season for pacers in North America. Only Hambletonian winner Atlanta has earned more. So, there’s no question Shartin is the leading female pacer in the world. But who holds the title for male pacers? That title could easily be given to Lazarus, the wonder from down under, as he prepares to make his official North American debut this coming week. The Bettors Delight entire was sold from the stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen earlier this year for massive money on the basis of a racing/breeding proposition. Now owned by Taylor Made Stallions, Lazarus has been placed in the care of legendary horseman Jimmy Takter. Following a sharp schooling recently at the Meadowlands, the $3.68 million earner looked as good as ever when he defeated recent North American Cup winner Lather Up in an official Meadowlands trial in 1:48.3 the following week. And that form has a chance to be franked with Lather Up headlining the nominations for the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night. Lazarus will head to the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana later this week. Depending on how he performs in the Dan Patch, Lazarus's next major target has been confirmed as the Canadian Pacing Derby, which has eliminations on August 25 and the final on September 1 while the Breeders Crown at Pocono is another key target. By seasons end, the best male and female pacers could both hail from down under. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands Open Series at Pocono 1:48.4 $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley (Towards the second part of video) $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk

Harness racing's brilliant pacer Jilliby Kung Fu won’t race again this year. The Gr.1 Chariots of Fire winner was scheduled to trial last Tuesday at TABCORP Park, Melton but was a scratching owing to some concern with some swelling in his leg. And a trip to the Ballarat Veterinary Equine Clinic has confirmed the worst possible news. “He has a small hole in his tendon.” A devastated trainer Marg Lee said. Jilliby Kung Fu hasn’t raced since finishing second behind Wrappers Delight in the Gr.1 $125,000 VICBRED Super Series 4yo Final on July 7. Connections passed on a trip to Cambridge for the Jewels back in June and also chose to bypass the recent Queensland winter carnival opting to give him plenty of time for several features later this year. “It’s terribly disappointing; you devote so much time and energy into these horses hoping that everything is right. “He’ll go for a break now and we’ll start again in time to come.” The upcoming Breeders Crown series is obviously out while the big targets later this year, the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion are also off the table. The Inter Dominion is being staged back on the east coast of Australia after being held in Perth at Gloucester Park for the past three years. The Grand Final is scheduled for December 15 at Melton. Jilliby Kung Fu has won 16 of his 33 starts while banking more than $500,000 in stakes. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News

AN INTERSTATE trip is on the cards for quality mare Rocknroll Baby. Overcoming large handicaps during her two recent starts – including a 50-metre back mark at Globe Derby last night - the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven will be taken to Victoria by trainer Greg Norman. Norman has set his sights on the Four-Year-Old Trotting Mares’ Breeders’ Crown Championship in Melton on August 24. “I will head to Victoria now to give her a couple of starts,” Norman said. “I’ll look at a TM0 with her and the Breeders’ Crown Championship. “There is a trot for four-year-olds next week, which is the same night as the TM0, so I will nominate her for both and see which one she gets a run in. “After her Victorian stint she will go to the paddock for a good break.” Driven by Jock Dunlop during her latest triumph, Rocknroll Baby settled at the tail of the field early as Elementofdoubt led. Angled four-wide turning for home, Rocknroll Baby dug deep along the home straight to score by a head from Riegle Deception, with Variable Miss four metres away third. Rating 2:04.1 over 2230 metres, the squaregaiter stretched her record to 19 wins and 13 placings from 61 starts for earnings of $102,223. “I thought she could win, but they drove to beat her,” Norman said. “I timed her first half at 58.1 seconds, which was just to get into the race from her handicap. “It’s hard to win of 50 metres in any field, so it was a big effort.”   Harness Racing SA

The All Stars barn unleashes a couple of its key Breeders Crown players when Harness Jewels winners Our Princess Tiffany and Im Anothermasterpiece step-out at Menangle on Tuesday. Under the quirk of the different racing seasons, Our Princess Tiffany is of course still a juvenile in Australia and will tackle boys and girls of her own age in the third race. Although sure to be a hot favourite, it’s not a “gimme” race with talented Christian Cullen gelding Regulus, a winner of five of his 10 starts, drawn to lead from gate six. Our Princess Tiffany has gate seven. In a differing quick, although still a two-year-old in Australia, Im Anothermasterpiece, tackles open-aged rivals in the fourth race. The Aussie TAB has Our Princess Tiffany $1.80 favourite in the Breeders Crown final prepost market from Kualoa at $3.20. Im Anothermasterpiece is $4.50 third favourite in the two-year-old colts and geldings final behind Emma Stewart’s star pair Hurricane Harley ($2.40) and Centenario ($3.40). Still on the All Stars’ barn and their emerging open-class pacer Cash N Flow turned heads even in defeat at his first Menangle run last Saturday night. Team Tritton’s speedy My Alpha Rock controlled the tempo from outside the lead and zipped away with a huge lead before Cash N Flow stormed home from near out and out very wide to finish just a head away in second spot. Cash N Flow was clocked to run 54.7sec last half. _______________________________________________________________________ THE countdown to the Breeders Crown continues with Victoria’s two heats for juvenile fillies at Ballarat Tuesday night and two colts and geldings heats at Kilmore on Wednesday night. At Ballarat, most focus will be on Emma Stewart’s powerhouse Vicbred final winner Kualoa, who is considered the main threat to the All Stars’ brilliant filly Princess Tiffany. Kualoa will have a fascinating battle in her heat with gifted stablemate Two Times Bettor, who ran second to Kualoa in the Vicbred final, drawn the pole. Kualoa has gate four. At Kilmore, numbers are surprisingly thin, but the quality is great with Stewart having six of the 15 runners across the two heats. The first heat has Australian Gold and Vicbred winner Centenario drawn the pole and the one to beat, but Tim Butt’s buzz new stable addition Whereyabinboppin (gate five), Nostra Ideal (two), Fourbigmen (six) and College Chapel (eight) also command respect. Stewart certainly holds the key to the second heat with the brilliant Hurricane Harley (seven) and her NSW Breeders Challenge winner Hardhitter (six). _______________________________________________________________________ THE hype just keeps growing around Ignatius and its easy to see why. The former Tasmanian three-year-old, now in Jimmy Rattray’s care, made it 16 wins from 17 starts when he toyed with older rivals at Menangle on Saturday night. The son of Roll With Joe led, dictated through a 58.5sec first half then Rattray allowed him a little rein for a 54.8sec closing half to win with plenty in reserve in a 1min53.3sec mile. It will be fantastic to see him step-up against the best of his age in the upcoming Breeders Crown semi and final. Also at Menangle, Amanda Turnbull’s emerging four-year-old Ellmers Image caused a big upset when stalked hot favourite Gotta Go Ya Hu and simply beat him for zip in the Group 3 Mount Eden 4YO Stakes in a 1min51.4sec mile. Gotta Go Ya Hu led easily with Ellmers Image on his back and they dawdled through a 58sec first half before ripping home in splits of 26.5 and 26.9sec. _______________________________________________________________________ TEAM Tritton looks to have another feature race at their mercy with exciting juvenile Muscle Factory. The Roll With Joe colt won his Brisbane Australian Gold Graduates heat at Albion Park by half the straight last Friday night and should be far too classy in next Saturday night’s final at the same track. Muscle Factory worked forward to lead for Lauren Tritton and cleared out to win by 36.4m in a flying 1min54.1sec mile rate for 1660m. By comparison, talented Art Major filly For All We Know dominated the first heat to win by 8.6m, but went a much slower 1min58.5sec mile rate. _______________________________________________________________________ IT has taken The Storm Inside almost three seasons to build his unbeaten streak of 11 wins, but he looks primed to make up for lost time. Emma Stewart’s rising five-year-old scored with ease again at Melton on Saturday night – in a sharp 1min56.4sec mile rate for 2240m – as he prepares to step into much better races.   Adam Hamilton

A pair of former Kiwis combined with Australia’s greatest to win the $75,000 Group 1 Victoria Trotters’ Derby at Maryborough. Brent Lilley, who has trained more than 700 winners since calling Australia home, and his recent Kiwi import Stress Factor joined forces with champion driver Chris Alford. It was a huge and immediate reward for the syndicate who just recently bought Stress Factor from the All Stars’ barn to move to Lilley’s barn in Victoria. The syndicate includes Fred Crews of Maori Time fame along with John Wilkinson, Bruce and Denise Morrison, Gary Dowling and Robert Owen. Just as he did winning his first Aussie start eight days earlier, Stress Factor showed good gate speed and found the lead, but this time he was hard for Alford to rate in front. “I’d like to have gone slower, but he was keen and wanted to keep rolling,” Alford told Trots Vision after the win. “They don’t get the chance to race much over 2600m if ever – just today – it’s hard to know if they’re going to finish it off and all of those ones back in the field are in the same boat. “I thought we were holding on pretty good until about the last 50 (metres). Kyvalley Finn did rush though really quickly, but I did thing we hung on on the line.” Only a few weeks back Alford was in the box seat to win the Derby with his own stable star Wobelee before injury hit. “Luckily this horse came along and I was able to continue my good record with Lil (Lilley),” Alford said. Next stop for Stress Factor is the Breeders Crown. Alford/Lilley also combined for an easy win with rejuvenated veteran Kyvalley Blur in the free-for-all. As usual, Alford summed the race up superbly on the rising 11-year-old when he blast around the field midrace to take the lead and went on to easily beat the very classy Sparkling Eyes by 10.2m in a 1min59.5sec mile rate for 2190m. Kyvalley Blur, a US-bred who started his career with Chris Lang Sr, has now won 26 races and more than $475,000 from his 110 starts. Lilley finished Australia’s biggest all-trotting meeting with four wins after El Paco won the opening event and On Fast Forward won race five. _______________________________________________________________________ TOP Aussie trotter Sparkling Success didn’t win first-up at Maryborough, but he left the track a winner. This season’s Great Southern Star winner has officially been invited and accepted the challenge to tackle the $US1 million Yonkers International Trot in the US on October 13. Victorian farmer and hobby trainer John Meade and his wife Mary gleefully accepted the invite. “We’ve got everything in place. We’re doing this,” Mary said. “We’ll head across in mid-September.” _______________________________________________________________________ WHEN Emilio and Mary Rosati bred Emerald Stride they had every reason to be optimistic the filly would win a seriously big race. After all, Emerald Stride is by Bettors Delight out of Emilios Stride, who is a half-sister to Well Said, a former US Pacer of the Year. But although Emerald Stride did qualify as a pacer he wasn’t quick slick enough according to trainer-driver David Miles and, after a nudge driver Rod Petroff after driving her in a trial, Miles opted to switch her to trotting. Just a few months later she snared Australia’s most prized juvenile trotting race, the Group 1 Redwood Classic. “I always thought she was a trotter, but she was paid-up for the APG and it’s a lot of money to pay up for those series, so we tried to get her to that series,” Miles told Trots Vision. “She trialled as a pacer at Bendigo one morning and Rod Petroff drove her and said ‘I think she’s a trotter.’ “A week later she went to Melton and ran a mile in five, they don’t that after only having the trotting shoes on for a week.” The win was a huge buzz for Rosati. “Winning any big race is great, but Mary loves the trotters so winning this race is extra special,” he said. _______________________________________________________________________ TIM and Anthony Butt were left wondering what might have been after their emerging three-year-old trotter Majestic Courtney completed a hattrick of wins and strolled home in the fourth race at Maryborough. Majestic Courtney hadn’t quite done in his only three starts to make the Victoria Trotters’ Derby field and was first emergency, but didn’t gain a start. Instead he tackled a virtual “consolation” and won as he liked by 11.9m in a 2min1sec mile rate for 2190m. In windy conditions, Majestic Courtney’s mile rate stacked-up well against the 2min3.3sec Stress Factor went over the longer 2690m of the Derby.   Adam Hamilton

An extraordinarily well-bred pacer has scooped one of the most prized trotting titles on the calendar with Emerald Stride claiming the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic. A delighted trainer-driver David Miles swept past leader Always Ready via the sprint lane to salute in the Redwood Day feature at Maryborough today. “Unbelievable,” Miles told Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race. “I was having a look on Friday at the honour roll for this race and some great trainers and drivers have won it. To be amongst them now is really special.” Miles said prolific owner Emilio Rosati would be “stoked” with the Group 1 triumph by his two-year-old filly, who’s not only sired by pacing great Bettors Delight but is out of Emilios Stride, a half-sister to US Pacer of the Year Well Said. “We did qualify her as a pacer, she just wasn’t quite fast enough,” Miles said. “The day we switched her over we knew she was something special. “I always thought she was a trotter, but she was paid up for the APG and it’s a lot of money to pay up for those series, so we tried to get her to that series. She trialled as a pacer at Bendigo one morning and Rod Petroff drove her and said, ‘I think she’s a trotter’. “A week later she went to Melton and run a mile in five, they don’t do that after only have the trotting shoes on a week.” That trotting destiny was fulfilled with victory in today’s $50,000 Classic, when Emerald Stride ripped off the second row to challenge favourite Always Ready for the lead before settling on leader’s back and pouncing late. “To land where she did off the second row was amazing,” Miles said. “When the barrier draw come out I was really shattered because I thought if she drew the front line she was going to be super hard to beat and to win off the back row here is very hard to do. “(Behind) leader was the perfect spot in this sort of race. It was very windy. The leader did a great job, that wind down the back straight really hurt the horses out in the open and I just had the perfect trip.” Michael Howard

The stress factor hit fever pitch in the final strides but Brent Lilley’s recent addition held off fast-finishing Kyvalley Finn to claim the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby. Stress Factor delivered Lilley his fourth victory of the day, following earlier Redwood Day success with El Paco, On Fast Forward and Kyvalley Blur, with the Derby winner holding on by a half-head for driver Chris Alford and new owners John Wilkinson, Fred Crews, Bruce Morrison, Denise Morrison, Gary Dowling and Robert Owen. The syndicate purchased the Majestic Son gelding in June and he went three-from-three with today’s Group 1 triumph at Maryborough. “Victorian Derbys are always something you aspire to win and to pull it off was great,” Lilley told Trots Vision post-race. “He looked like he was holding them off fairly comfortably but (Kyvalley Finn) come late. We were all pleased the line come up when it did.” Alford worked to the lead from gate three, with Andy Gath’s polemarker Reils taking leader’s back and his stablemate Scallywag Sam sitting in the breeze, punching a back-straight head wind that had challenged front runners throughout the day. Despite little pressure on the leader throughout the 2690m long-distance Derby the pace remained honest. “Probably could have gone a bit slower, but he just wanted to keep rolling along pretty strong,” Alford said. “They don’t get a chance to race much over 2600m if ever – just today – it’s hard to know if they’re going to finish it off and all of the ones back in the field are in the same boat. “I thought we were holding on pretty good until about the last 50. (Kyvalley Finn) did rush through really quick but I did think we hung on on the line.” For Alford the result will ease some of the pain of having his usual drive for this class, Wobelee, sidelined by injury, and Stress Factor appears well poised to deliver more success for connections. “He was really brave,” Alford said. “He really fought it out well. He did a good job and hopefully he can keep going for the Breeders Crown.” Michael Howard for Trots Media

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