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Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (July 3) card of Harness Racing at Running Aces was loaded with exciting and competitive races, and the $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was no exception.   A talented field of 6 went to battle for weekly top honors. The talk of the tote-board was Whatitdo BabyBoo (Steve Wiseman), who was sent of as 3/2 favorite, after an impressive season debut 3rd last week at this top level. Second choice at 2/1 was Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland), who has already recorded two wins at the current meet, and also heavily backed was Delightfully Wild (Lemoyne Svendsen) at 5/2.   Nick Roland fired up Kiss On The Lips to be fast off the gate and charging hard from her outside six post, but Delightfully Wild was also pacing strong in the opening stages, and Kiss On The Lips would have to settle for the pocket. Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) floated out in fourth position on the outside but could not find a seat at the pylons, and was forced to press the pace and try to clear the leader, that resulted in a very fast 26.4 opening fraction.   The battle at the top continued for more than half a mile, (55.4 and 1:24.2) and eventually took its toll on the first-over challenger. The leader, however, appeared to get stronger as the race got longer, and widened her lead around the final bend. Whatitdo Babyboo had rallied three-wide into the final turn to take over second and Kiss On The Lips was third along the pylons.   Delightfully Wild ($7.20) paced strong in the lane to keep everyone at bay and record a solid two length tally in 1:52. She is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Jessie Pacheco. tonight's victory was the 9th win in 19 starts for the 5 year old daughter of Bettor's Delight.   The $12,500 Top-Level Claiming Handicap pace ($12,500 - $15,000 tags) went to Hard Cold Cash (Dean Magee) once again for three wins in a row, the last two both in 1:52.2, and both in gate-to-wire fashion. Hard Cold Cash ($3.20) is a talented 6 year old stallion by Dali, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   Drivers Nick Roland and Lemoyne (Mooney) Svendsen both picked up driving doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot has a carryover of $2,380.42 for Saturday night (July 7). Coming up on Sunday (July 8) we will host the eliminations for the $95,000 (total) Dan Patch Free-For-All Pacing series sponsored by Watch and Wager. The top 5 finishers in each elimination will advance to the Dan Patch Preview Pace (July 15) and the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final (July 22).   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 30, 2018-Barimah A (Brent Holland, $25) did it first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 2 in the field of a half-dozen, Barimah A then gave it up to the outside numbers. Even-money favorite Always at My Place (George Brennan) strung out second choice Bit of a Legend N (Dan Dube), the second choice parked into the second turn past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to take over. Bit of a Legend N did rate a 30-second next interval (:56.4 intermission) before Barimah A was out from third. Capozzo (Jason Bartlett) chased that one, with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) working from third-over. Bit of a Legend N led though a 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Barimah A was about to wear him down. The pursuer went by early in the lane, then held off Capozzo by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Bit of a Legend N held third, with Great Vintage and Always at My Place reduced to the minors. Theartofconfusion A (Mike Simons) received lovely parting gifts. For fifth choice Barimah A, an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Boss Racing USA and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his sixth win in in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $129, the triple returned $476.50 and the superfecta paid $2,027. Reminder the First of July's Sunday 'French' matinee goes at 12:40 PM, with the first four races going as the added-distance, overflow-field trots. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Chester, PA - Guardian Angel As turned in a track-record performance in his $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series trotting event on Sunday (June 24) at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Caviart Ally sprung a 35-1 upset after stalking a pressured pace in the pacing mares division.   In the Open Trot, ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson's Guardian Angel As ($3.40) rode the pocket to a track-record 1:52 victory over Broadway Donna. Tim Tetrick used inside position to protect the pocket with the 4-year-old son of Archangel, yielding to Broadway Donna (David Miller) in a :26.4 first quarter before stalking middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.2. Locked in on the far turn, Guardian Angel As took aim in the open stretch and accelerated to collar Broadway Donna by half a length in deep stretch.   Sutton (Andy Miller) held third after his first-over bid weakened in the stretch, while Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) finished a non-threatening sixth.   Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel As, whose 1:52 mile was the fastest ever by a 4-year-old trotting entire at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the Mares Pace, Caviart Ally ($72.60) stormed up the pegs to upset a softened twos-on favorite Blue Moon Stride (Corey Callahan), runner-up to Shartin N in the Roses Are Red. Andy McCarthy pressed the pace up the pegs with the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight before yielding to Blue Moon Stride in a :26.4 first quarter.   After rating a :55.4 half, Blue Moon Stride felt intensifying pressure from the first-over Agent Q (George Napolitano Jr.) up the far side. After being headed by Agent Q, Blue Moon Stride battled back for a slim lead in upper stretch, but a fresh Caviart Ally emerged up the inside to win going away by 1-1/4 lengths. Skippin By (Brett Miller) emerged off cover to narrowly claim second over Blue Moon Stride.   Noel Daley trains 12-time winner Caviart Ally for Caviart Farms.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

NLG Racing Stable's Nocturnal Blue Chip (George Napolitano Jr) went gate-to-wire in Sunday's featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday (June 17th), a pace for non-winners of $22,500 in their last 5 starts going for a purse of $18,000. Starting from post one, the 5-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight made an uncontested lead, setting fractions of :27.1, :55.3, and 1:23.1, The Gareth Dowse trainee had to withstand a first over push from Christen Me N (Tim Tetrick), but was able to turn back the challenge en-route to a one length win in a time of 1:50.4. Christen Me N was second, while Makasi (Pat Lachance) rallied for third. It was the 12th career win for Nocturnal Blue Chip, his 5th of the season. He's won 3 of his last 4. The gelding triggered a Jackpot Hi-5 payoff of $250.86, which now has a carryover of $501.75 headed into Wednesday's program. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2018 -- Stranded outside without cover past the half, Ilana Z Tam bowed her head, brushed past the leader and pulled off a 22-1 shocker in Tuesday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Seen At Rio Deo, Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover taking the other splits. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a stake double behind Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover among his four wins on the 13-race card. Ilana Z Tam followed the cover of Dark Force and Eric Goodell, but when they cleared, the daughter of Bettor's Delight-She's Rockin was in the rare air, an unenviable spot for a filly who had finished out of the money in her four previous starts this year. "She raced good last week; she had a lot of go for the first time," said trainer/driver Pat Lachance, who owns Ilana Z Tam with Z Tam Stables. "But I didn't think Eric would clear; I thought I'd be second over. I thought I was in trouble, but she showed up. She raced big." She bulled past Dark Force and scored in a career-best 1:53.4, a neck better than 3-5 favorite Dreams On Me, who was charging through the Lightning Lane. Dark Force saved show. The victory by Seen At Rio Deo also was unconventional and, at 17-1, about as unexpected. She was last at the half and sneaked up the cones rather than join the outside flow, a risky move that can yield a lack of late racing room. "The outer tier looked a little shaky when I gave it a look going down the backside," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "The horse who was first over wasn't responding, so I just took my chances. Obviously, we got lucky going up the inside. But she looked impressive last week, and they expected another big race from her." When the outside challengers retreated, as Pantaleano thought they might, he angled Seen At Rio Deo off the cones. She roared through the stretch and downed Real Fine by 3/4 lengths in 1:53, a life mark. Butchie Beach completed the ticket. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-See And Be Seen, for Alagna Racing LLC and Deo Volente Farms. Miss Hill's win was more by the book, as she quarter-poled to the top and defeated Come Get The Cash by a length in 1:52.2 -- yet another life mark -- with Pretty Proud third. "She paced home really easy and was well within herself," Wrenn said. "I don't know what stakes she has coming up, but she's a nice filly. I'm sure she can compete in anything they want to put her in." Bruce Clarke conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Ram Rocker and owns with Patricia Waldeck and John Coffey. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's hard to say who had the better night at the Meadowlands Saturday. Was it driver Jim Marohn Jr., who drove six winners on the program? Or was it All Bets Off, whom Marohn guided to a North American season's record of 1:48 in taking the featured Preferred Handicap for pacers? Tough call. All Bets Off, who upped his lifetime earnings to $2.97 million, scorched the Big M's mile oval after leaving alertly, then yielding to a headstrong Mel Mara, who hit the quarter in :26.1. Sicily, who earlier this year won at Dover Downs in what was then a season's-best 1:49.2, made a bold move to the top at the three-eighths before reaching the half in :53.1. Enter All Bets Off, who vacated the three hole at the five-eighths and made a ferocious move to pass Sicily and secure the top just after three-quarters. The 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight then sprinted home in :26.3 to stop the clock one-fifth of a second faster than Highalator (last week at the Big M) and Easy Lover Hanover (May 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park) did earlier in the year. Western Fame was 2¾ lengths back in second with Emeritus Maximus grabbing the show dough. All Bets Off returned $3.40 to win for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, F. Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable. Marohn's six-pack came with Rockinwiththebest ($6.80 to win, 1:51.3 for the mile) in the second race, The Fire Within ($3.00, 1:51.4) in the third, Feel The Need A ($5.40, 1:50.3) in the fourth, Wheels On Fire ($2.40, 1:51) in the sixth, All Bets Off in the seventh and Southern Pursuit N ($3.80, 1:51.1) in the 10th. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down once again, the result of a light entry box. On the comparable card last year, a total of 92 betting interests competed on an 11-race card (8.4 per race) that saw a total wager of $2,349,707. On Saturday, it was again an 11-race program, but only 80 horses raced (7.3 per race, a decrease of 13 percent) with betting that totaled $2,102,020 (down 10.5 percent). ... Brandon Mongiello, Burke and Scott DiDomenico all had training doubles. All were driven by Marohn. ... Victor Kirby drove a pair to victory lane. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $252,765. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety won the Gr 1 $150,000 3yo Emerald this afternoon with Pat's Delight at Cambridge Raceway.  Driven by Dexter Dunn, Pat's Delight blasted to the front early before handing up to Blair Orange and Sheriff with a lap to go.   In the straight Pat's Delight was too strong and easily beat Sheriff by a length to give Dexter a great going away present for his upcoming trip to North America. Solid Gold ran home well from three deep on the fence for third and Alta Maestro had to settle for fourth after sitting parked for the majority of the race. Dexter was euphoric after the race and gave credit to the horse. "He had a great season and although he got beaten a few times he always put up a good run.  "He deserved to get a Group One.  "Coming around that last bend I was travelling that good I was almost galloping but he was spot on  today. "Cran had him perfect," he said. Bettor's Delight managed a trifecta in the last with the first three placings all sired by the Woodlands Stud stallion. Pat's Delight paced the mile in a slick 1-52.7 with the last 800m in 55.6 and closing 400m in 27.4 seconds Harnesslink Media Interview with Chrissie Dalgety Pat's Delight DUNSTAN FEEDS 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 2 Pat's Delight 2 fr 75,000.00 2/1 1-52.7   D J Dunn C T Dalgety 2 3 Sheriff 3 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.9 1.00 B N Orange N R McGrath 3 1 Solid Gold 1 fr 15,000.00 7/6 1-53.0 1.30 J P Stormont F D Cooney & T R Hopkins 4 5 Alta Maestro 5 fr 6,375.00 5/5 1-53.7 4.90 J R Dunn R J Dunn 5 12 Sicario 12 fr 4,735.00 1/2 1-53.7 5.00 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 10 Triple Eight 10 fr 3,770.00 9/8 1-54.1 6.70 D J Butcher S G Telfer 7 11 Bettor Step Aside 11 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-54.1 6.80 D M Balle D M Balle 8 7 Hail Christian 7 fr 3,770.00 8/9 1-54.4 8.40 R T May P T Court 9 6 Funatthebeach 6 fr 3,770.00 6/7 1-54.4 8.50 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 13 Ohanzee 13 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-54.4 8.60 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 11 9 Culpeka 9 fr 3,770.00 11/10 1-54.5 8.70 B M Mangos B M Mangos 12 8 Henry Hubert 8 fr 3,770.00 10/11 1-56.5 19.10 G D Smith R J Dunn $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 4 Hundie 4                     Divs: $3.30. $1.30. $1.60. $4.60. Quinella $4.60. Trifecta $117.20. TAB Double[races-8,9]:(1,2) $4.00. TAB Conc.:(1,3) $1.80. TAB Treble[races-7,8,9]:(10,1,2) $13.50. First4 $809.10. Quaddie[races-6,7,8,9]:(5,10,1,2) $50.30. Pick6[races-4,5,6,7,8,9]:(13,1,5,10,1,2) $200.60. Margins: 1 length, neck, 3 1/2 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-52.7 Last 800m: 55.6 Last 400m: 27.4 Placed Horses:       Pat's Delight 2014 3 B c Bettor's Delight - Righteous Franco   (by Falcon Seelster)    Trainer: C T Dalgety, West Melton    Owner: Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd(P Kubala)    Breeder: Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd(P Kubala)    Sheriff 2014 3 B c Bettor's Delight - Jen Marie   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: N R McGrath, Weedons    Owner: G W Deakins, Mrs P P Gillan, R V Masefield, Small Car World Ltd    Breeder: K N Spicer,Mrs A M Spicer    Solid Gold 2014 3 B g Bettor's Delight - Aquileia   (by Falcon Seelster)    Trainer: F D Cooney & T R Hopkins, Taupaki    Owner: Mrs A F Cooney, W H Outtrim, P J Haslam    Breeder: Old Ridge Services No 4 Ltd

All Stars Stables have notched up their fourth Jewels of the day after Another Masterpiece has defeated his rivals in the harness racing Gr1 $150,000 2yo Emerald today at Cambridge Raceway. Another Masterpiece (Bettor's Delight-Elegant Art) was well driven by driver Tim Williams when he worked very hard early to take the lead from the Australian invite Petes Big Jim. Tim Williams kept the pace on and his main rival and TAB favourite Jesse Duke meanwhile had to work hard to find the parked out position after David Butcher kicked up through the middle with outsider Beaudiene Western. After a titanic battle in the straight Another Masterpiece came out on top winning narrowly by a neck from Petes Big Jim who fought on strongly for second with Jesse Duke only a nose away in third. Driver Tim Williams said after the race the horse was very honest and had great ring-craft. "He has been honest all season and today we were lucky enough to come up with a good barrier draw and the horse did the rest. "His ring-craft is great and once we found the fence he dropped the bit and relaxed beautifully. "I can not thank Mark and Natalie enough for what they have done for me. I am lucky I have been on this horse from day one and I am glad the horse is repaying the faith," he said. Another Masterpiece paced the mile in 1-53.4 with a closing 800m in 57.5 and 400m in 28.5 seconds. Harnesslink Media The owners interview Another Masterpiece   McMILLAN EQUINE 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    (Qualifying Time: 2-06.4)   For 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 5 Another Masterpiece 5 fr 77,356.25 2/2 1-53.4   T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 1 Petes Big Jim 1 fr 23,254.00 3/3 1-53.5 0.30 L R Tritton S P & Mrs L R Tritton 3 6 Jesse Duke 6 fr 15,377.00 1/1 1-53.5 0.40 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 2 Make Way 2 fr 6,563.50 10/11 1-53.6 0.80 A P T Poutama R W Green 5 8 War Dan Delight 8 fr 4,829.25 4/5 1-54.2 3.80 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 3 Major Express 3 fr 3,770.00 11/10 1-54.3 4.20 B M Mangos B M Mangos 7 12 Supreme Dominator 12 fr 3,770.00 8/7 1-54.3 4.50 R T May B Purdon 8 11 Heisenberg 11 fr 3,770.00 9/9 1-54.5 5.20 J R Dunn R J Dunn 9 7 A Bettor Act 7 fr 3,770.00 5/4 1-54.6 5.70 B N Orange M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 4 Beaudiene Western 4 fr 3,770.00 7/8 1-57.4 19.80 D J Butcher R W Green 11 9 Trojan Banner 9 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-57.4 19.90 Z E Butcher R W Green $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 10 Extreme Stride 10                     Divs: $3.30. $1.40. $2.00. $1.20. Quinella $19.50. Trifecta $54.20. TAB Treble[races-4,5,6]:(13,1,5) $38.80. First4 $1227.80. Margins: neck, nose, neck Times: Mile Rate: 1-53.4 Last 800m: 57.5 Last 400m: 28.5 Placed Horses:       Another Masterpiece 2015 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Elegant Art   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J A Gibbs MNZM, Mrs A Gibbs, G A Woodham, Mrs K J Woodham    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd    Petes Big Jim 2015 2 B g Big Jim(USA) - Foxi   (by Presidential Ball)    Trainer: S P & Mrs L R Tritton, New South Wales    Owner: P Kohlsdorf    Breeder: P T Salathiel    Jesse Duke 2015 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss, W R Feiss    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd

Bettor's Delight mare Utmost Delight has won a brutal Jewels race, finally claiming a narrow victory in stirring home stretch battle with harness racing rival Delishka. Utmost Delight had to be the best horse to win after sitting three wide and parked for most of the race while Mark Purdon took the bull by the horns and launched to the front early on All Stars runner Partyon. In the straight Utmost Delight dug deepest and beat Deliska by a half a length with a further length back to Seaswift Joy in third. Driver Ricky May gave credit to trainer Steven Reid after the race. "I have only driven her five times and she has never been out of the first two for me, so Steven always has her pretty spot on,"he said. Steven Reid said it was a great week for him. "All I can say is it has been a great week. "I had my doubts today that she could win but the way she worked during the week I thought she only needs an ounce of luck and she had no luck but still won. "I am just rapt. I am really rapt for the owners and everyone involved in the horse," he said. Utmost Delight paced the mile in 1-52.7  Harnesslink Media   Listen to owner Charlie Roberts son in law Paul Kenny Utmost Delight WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m   For 4-year-old pacing mares. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 13 Utmost Delight 13 fr 75,000.00 1/2 1-52.7   R T May S J Reid 2 5 Delishka 5 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.8 0.50 M J Williamson B K Mowbray 3 2 Seaswift Joy 2 fr 15,000.00 2/1 1-53.2 2.40 J P Stormont J P Stormont 4 11 Opoutama 11 fr 6,375.00 8/8 1-53.3 2.80 Z E Butcher B Purdon 5 12 Partyon 12 fr 4,735.00 5/4 1-53.3 3.00 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 7 Step Up 7 fr 3,770.00 9/9 1-53.9 5.60 D J Butcher S G Telfer 7 3 Juice Brogden 3 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-53.9 6.00 N A Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott 8 10 Bonnie Joan 10 fr 3,770.00 4/5 1-54.0 6.10 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 9 1 Christanna 1 fr 3,770.00 10/10 1-54.5 8.90 P A Butcher M G Berger 10 8 American Empress 8 fr 3,770.00 11/12 1-54.7 9.90 S W Abernethy J M Young 11 6 Bettor's Heart 6 fr 3,770.00 7/7 1-56.0 16.10 J R Dunn P D Bagrie 12 4 Lynbar Rose 4 fr 3,770.00 12/11 1-56.7 19.60 M W McKendry MNZM J M Young $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 9 Carlas Pixel 9                     Divs: $4.20. $1.70. $2.10. $1.60. Quinella $9.30. Trifecta $72.70. First4 $508.20. Margins: 1/2 length, 2 lengths, 1/2 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-52.7 Last 800m: 56.0 Last 400m: 28.2 Placed Horses:       Utmost Delight 2013 4 B m Bettor's Delight - Victor Supreme   (by Placid Victor)    Trainer: S J Reid, Pukekohe    Owner: C J Roberts    Breeder: C J Roberts    Delishka 2013 4 Br m Bettor's Delight - Balishka   (by Badlands Hanover)    Trainer: B K Mowbray, Russley    Owner: Nanticoke Racing Inc    Breeder: E W Knight,B K Mowbray    Seaswift Joy 2013 4 B m Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: J P Stormont, Pukekohe    Owner: M I Shinn, Mrs P G Redmond, J R Redmond, G S Redmond, D C Redmond, A G Redmond    Breeder: M J Prendergast,Mrs P G Redmond,M I Shinn

WILKES-BARRE PA - All three winners in their $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts were impressive in their own way, so we'll just follow the chronology of the evening in reporting their victories. First to the track, and to the winners circle, was the Well Said colt Done Well, who was undefeated in four starts when his freshman campaign ended after August 7. After almost ten months away, Done Well reflected the classics promise he had shown in his brief stint at the track at two, equaling his lifetime mark of 1:51.2. Tim Tetrick was content to let favored I'm A Big Deal take command in front of the stands, sitting in the pocket and then having his colt full of pace when shown the Pocono Pike, gaining into a speedy 54.2 back half to win comfortably by 1½ lengths over the chalk. It may be a while before anyone again collects $6.20 to win on Done Well, trained by Brian Brown for James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. The Bettor's Delight colt Wes Delight won the "featured" division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes here last week over seasonal debutants Lost In Time and Stay Hungry, and on Monday he added a third straight win to his record, also using the "pocket to Pocono Pike to paydirt" path with a length win in a personal best of 1:50.2. Wes Delight, now a winner of $297,573 in his short career, ranks among the top in any consideration of this division at this point, with Corey Callahan handling the driver for hot trainer Mark Harder, also co-owner with Rick Phillips and Deena Rachel Frost. The leader pro tem in the glamour division, based on quality of accomplishment, is probably the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dorsoduro Hanover, who on Monday overcame the outside post nine in posting a 1:50.3 triumph. Hustled in front of the stands by driver Matt Kakaley to get command of the point over early leader Hayden Hanover, "Dorsoduro" was able to come home in 55 to hold off the challenger from the pocket by half a length. Undefeated in three 2018 outings and with a lifetime bankroll of $160,168, Dorsoduro Hanover is trained by Ron Burke for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and the Wingfield Five LLC - three of whom, Charles, Robert, and Thomas, are also part-owners of Done Well. That trio may have the most fun of all this summer! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Could the Jimmy Takter trained and driven colt who won Saturday night's Escort Series Final at the Meadowlands be a player in the Meadowlands Pace? Who could blame his connections if they think big and dream big. Making only the second start of his career, Thinkbig Dreambig took the $47,000 series finale for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, breaking his maiden in spectacular fashion, stopping the teletimer in 1:49.2. "He's a lovely horse, a very good colt," said Takter. "I thought he was very professional." It sure looked that way. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Thinkbig Dreambig, a son of Bettor's Delight-Extreme Dream, picked up a live tow at the quarter. Takter was in no particular hurry with the inexperienced colt, racing a tad gapped off his cover passing the half and three-quarters. As Legal Power, the longshot who challenged leader Life Happened down the backstretch, weakened around the far turn, Takter hit the gas pedal on his colt as the pair surged three wide coming toward the top of the stretch. It appeared Thinkbig Dreambig would go on to an easy win from there, but with less than an eighth of a mile to go, driver Eric Abbatiello found a seam with Thor De Vie and briefly took the lead away from the favorite. Takter then got after his colt, giving him a few right-handers, and he responded by going on to a half-length win over Thor De Vie. Better Watch Out finished third. "He really doesn't know what racing is yet," said Takter. "He learned quite a bit tonight. For a very green horse, he's a professional." Thinkbig Dreambig, who returned $3.00 to his backers and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg and G. Falk, did not compete during his 2-year-old season due to breathing issues that required surgery. The rehab took time. Hence, the late start. And much catching up to do. Takter also has Lost In Time, one of the early Meadowlands Pace favorites, in his barn. Can Thinkbig Dreambig compete with horses like him? "I made Thinkbig Dreambig eligible (to the Meadowlands Pace) because I know how good a horse he is," said Takter. "I know he can go with those horses. It's just a matter of getting him ready." Takter knows it's a longshot given his horse's inexperience, but when it comes to The Pace and Thinkbig Dreambig, who knows? "It's possible he could be there," said Takter. A LITTLE MORE: K J's Justine ($6.00) won the $42,500 Rainbow Blue Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies for driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Linda Toscano in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. ... Santiago Style ($4.20) took the $35,200 Hot Lead Final for pacers of any age in 1:49.4 for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Robert Bongiorno. ... One lucky player at the Meadowlands walked away with $13,964 after being the only bettor to survive seven legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 wager. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $240,774. ... All-source wagering on the 10-race program totaled $1,949,217. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

CHESTER PA - Bettorhaveanother worked her way to the top fairly easily for driver Marcus Miller, rated the half, then sprinted home in 54.2 to equal her mark of 1:50.3 - taken in almost identical fashion two weeks before -- in winning the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs during a Friday night card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, Princess Fabulosa was favored over Bettorhaveanother, but the winning daughter of Bettor's Delight got to the half in 56.1 and then zipped home in 54.2 to withstand the grind of her foe. This week Princess Fabulosa again was the crowd's choice, but again her first-up challenge was repelled by Bettorhaveanother - who had the exact same first half (56.1) and second half (54.2) clockings in both events! Ron Burke conditions Bettorhaveanother, who now has seven wins in 15 seasonal starts and a career accumulation of $349,377, for the familiar pairing of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Driver George Napolitano Jr. was hot at both ends of the action at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday evening, winning three of the first five races and then sweeping the Late Double for a total of five wins on the card. FINISHING LINES - The next action at Harrah's Philly will be this Sunday at 12:40, when the track will host its "SUPER SUNDAY" of first-rate racing. The $150,000 Maxie Lee Trot (Marion Marauder is the early favorite), the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace (with the early nod to Shartin N), and the $150,000 Commodore Barry Pace (with Filibuster Hanover the chalk off his Confederation Cup win) will be joined by two divisions of a Pennsylvania Sire Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies, a division for each Invitational class in the Great Northeast Open Series (and these races are tough - Hannelore Hanover is in the trot), and an attempt (weather permitting) on the 1:08 world record for pacing 5/8 of a mile on a 5/8 mile track, ensuring an outstanding day of competition for the pleasure of live or simulcast fans. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

LONDON...May 22 - When the field of eight line up for the inaugural Camluck Classic this Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, trainer Peter Tritton is hoping a new tradition kicks off right where it ended. His star studded pacer Bit Of A Legend captured the final edition of the Molson Pace last season before the signature event being renamed the Camluck Classic. Tritton, who resides in Pine Bush NY, will once again make the trip north of the border with the classy nine-year-old. "He's coming into the race really well. We'll keep the same routine as we did last year, because it worked out so well. Canada has been good to use and we're happy to return. The plan is to stay for the week then head to Northfield for the Battle Of Lake Erie." The son of Bettors Delight is no stranger to half-mile track racing. In fact, from 65 starts on North American soil, the nine-year-old has raced six times outside a half-mile oval. The winner of over $2.1 million has been a regular fixture at Yonkers Raceway over the past few seasons. Last year alone, Bit Of A Legend captured signature half-mile track events such as the Molson Pace, Gerrity and Bobby Quillen with $547,070 in seasonal earnings. "I would say pound-for-pound he's the best half-mile track horse in North America. I think we have the best horse in the race and Jordan (Stratton) thinks he's better right now than last year, which is quite amazing, really." Tritton admits post position plays a major role in the outcome of the race on the half and is satisfied with beginning from the trailing tier. "I'm happy with the draw. Obviously you don't want the outside on a half and I'm content starting from the second tier. I could be an interesting start into the first turn with a lot of speed so I'm happy to be inside. "He's a special horse, that's for sure," Tritton continued. "He paces the turns so well and doesn't lose any ground. Jordan (Stratton) has done a great job looking after him and we've been rewarded." Driver Jordan Stratton will once again make the trip to Canada. The young reinsman has driven the superstar pacer in all but one pari-mutual start on North American soil. "Jordan is his regular pilot and drives all of my horses," Tritton said. "We have a great relationship and he looks after my horses very well. You have to pick your spots at the top level especially at Yonkers and he's done a great job of doing that. We're very fortunate." Below is the complete field in post position order: 1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry 2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll 3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter 4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy 5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair 6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno 7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald 8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night. For more information visit CamluckClassic.com by Greg Gangle, for Western Fair  

Former star juvenile pacer Eagle Rox will continue her comeback to harness racing when she contests the $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night with a long-term goal of competing in the rich feature events for mares next summer. Now an eight-year-old, Eagle Rox is awkwardly drawn at the No. 7 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event and breeder-owner-trainer Debra Lewis said that if she got the “right run” she was capable of winning. “However, this is only her second run after an absence of 30 months and we’re not expecting anything of her,” she said. “If she had drawn barrier one, she probably would’ve given it a shake. “She’ll only get better after her first-up win and long-term, hopefully, she’ll be able to contest the major races for mares in the summer.” The Bettor's Delight mare made a triumphant return to racing after two and a half years when she scored an impressive victory in a C2/C6-class event over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. She started out wide from barrier eight and sprinted strongly, three wide, from eighth at the bell to hit the front 300m from home and go on and defeat Auctioneers Elsu and Bettor Boa at a 1.57.5 rate. From barrier seven on Friday night, champion reinsman Chris Lewis is likely to be anxious to position Eagle Rox in the one-wide line and rely on her strong finishing sprint. Lewis holds the record of five wins in the WASBA Breeders Stakes, having scored with Tareena Bright (1985), Armbro Lucy (1993), Twinkle Paige (1997), Meggie Dear (2001) and Sheer Rocknroll (2017). Eagle Rox, trained by Kim Prentice as a juvenile, won three races as a two-year-old in 2012, including the Group 1 $100,000 Diamond Classic. She was also placed in the Gold Bracelet and Golden Slipper Stakes. A tendon injury has restricted Eagle Rox to just 22 starts for 12 wins, five seconds and two thirds for earnings of $168,028. She is a half-sister to another former outstanding mare Artemis Belle, who was retired with stakes of $359,559 from 19 wins and nine placings from 31 starts. As a two-year-old Artemis Belle won the Group 1 Sales Classic and the Group 3 Gold Bracelet before winning the Group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic and the Group 1 WA Oaks the following season. A couple of years ago Debra Lewis decided that Eagle Rox’s future was as a broodmare. “So, we put her in foal and she had a beautiful filly foal (by American Ideal) last November,” she said. “But a few months later the filly was bitten by a snake and died. It was then that we decided to put Eagle Rox back into work.” Many of the front-line mares in Friday night’s race possess good gate speed and there is a strong possibility that the sparks will fly early. Mike Reed, trainer of Maczaffair, is supremely confident that the talented New Zealand-bred five-year-old has the necessary speed to cross from barrier No. 3 to the front and to set the pace and go on and win. Maczaffair has rarely been defeated after setting the pace. She will again be handled by Shannon Suvaljko, who finished second behind the Reed-trained Foxy Dame in last year’s WASBA Breeders Stakes. Reed prepared Libertybelle Midfrew for her victory in the Breeders Stakes in 2015. Gary Hall Jnr, who won this event with Ideal Alice in 2015, has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Major Reality for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice ahead of the Kevin Keys-trained Sarah Goody. Major Reality, the highest-assessed mare in the field, with an M8 classification, is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and Prentice is hopeful that she will begin swiftly and set the pace. Major Reality, who has won at 21 of her 41 starts, rated 1.54.6 when she started from the back line and ran on from three back on the pegs to win the $30,000 Golden Girls Mile over 1684m at Pinjarra two starts ago. Then she started from the No. 7 barrier and raced at the rear throughout when seventh behind Vultan Tin over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week. Hall has handled Sarah Goody at her three outings since resuming from a spell and the mare has impressed with strong victories at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra before working hard early and then enjoying the one-out, one-back trail and finishing determinedly to be second to Eden Franco in the 2503m Race For Roses last Friday night. Michael Grantham has recovered from a fractured right hand and is delighted to have gained the drive behind Sarah Goody, a winner at 13 of her 35 starts. Keys, who celebrates his 70th birthday on Thursday this week, has Sarah Goody at the peak of her powers. Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown has a high opinion of Eden Franco, who will start from barrier two on the back line. The mare has wonderful potential and looks set to fight out the finish. Brown has won the Breeders Stakes with Sand Pebbles (2004), Montel (2008) and Little Big Sister (2010). Brown has driven the speedy Ray Williams-trained Millview Sienna at her past three starts for two wins. Aldo Cortopassi has been engaged to drive Millview Sienna this week.       Ken Casellas

Bettor's Delight is harness racing's relentless juggernaut in the breeding shed. No stallion has cast a bigger shadow over the breeding scene like Bettor's Delight. Age has not diminished his influence on the race track and in the breeding barn as his progeny continue to break records and he is now impacting as a broodmare sire. Woodlands Stud, the southern hemisphere home of 'Bettor's Delight' has consigned 21 weanlings to sell at the PGG Wrightson weanling sale on June 1st at Karaka. We have catalogued 13 fillies and 8 colts from some of New Zealand's most sought-after families. The weanlings have all been meticulously prepared by stud master Tony Grayling and his team. No stone is left un turned in preparing our weanlings for the annual Karaka sale. As April 2018 ended, Bettor's Delights 2yo progeny where breaking records in Australia and New Zealand, both his sons and daughters smashing track and national records! Amongst our draft there may just be another record breaking performer by 'The King'! Some very good judges have pin hooked weanlings from our draft and have gone on to have very good pay days at the yearling sales and on the race track. Information regarding the sale is available on our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 02159542 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707. Harnesslink Media

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

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