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What Cheer, IA -- The 2020 harness racing season opened on Sunday (May 24) at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in What Cheer, Iowa. Eighty-four horses competed in 16 overnight races. The grandstand was closed to spectators following Iowa's COVID-19 guidelines and participants on the backside practiced social distancing. The 2-year-olds in the first six races were all first time starters. The Dan and Jeri Roland stable dominated the 2-year-old trots taking all three races. Mneumonic captured the first win in 2:11.3 with Mike Morales in bike. A daughter of Dontyouforgetit and the Muscle Hill mare Southwind Celine, Mneumonic is owned by Dan and Jeri Roland. Rush to the Bank, a colt by Banker Volo, won the second 2-year-old trot in 2:11.2 for owners Jeri Roland and Vickie Rush. It's So Fluffy, a Banker Volo filly owned, trained and driven by Dan Roland, took the final division in 2:17.1. The fastest 2-year-old pace of the day went to Welltheraceison in 2:08.1. Driven by Eric Delong, the Well Said filly made strong debut for trainer Curtis Carey and owners Rick & CD Huffman, Jeff Carey and Jay Delong. The next division of 2-year-old pacers went to Zipper Flipper, a Roll With Joe colt trained by Rick Huffman and owned by Huffman and Larry Mather. Chad Svendson piloted Zipper Flipper in his 2:12 mile. Another Curtis Carey trainee, Messin With Melesa, took the final 2-year-old pace in 2:09. Driven by Nick Roland, the Time To Roll filly is owned by Rick Huffman. Three-year-old veterans and first time starters came out on the top of their divisions in both the pace and the trot. Minnesota bred filly Go Margeaux started her 3-year-old season strong with a win for the Justin Anfinson stable. Driven by Nick Roland, the Braggart filly clocked a 2:05.4 mile for owners Jeanne Marquis and Jay Delong. After a rocky 2-year-old season of never seeing the winner's circle, Lucky Banker cashed in a win with a 2:04.3 mile with Mark Mintun in the bike. The 3-year-old son of Banker Volo is owned by Mintun and Stephanie Gould. The final 3-year-old trot went to first time starter Lucky La Boot. An American Native gelding out of the Lucky Chucky mare Lucky Combination, Lucky La Boot is owned, trained and driven by Gary Liles. Three-year-old pacer Slippin The Clutch came back in top form after finishing last season with a 1:50.4 mile at Lexington. Trained by Curtis Carey, Will Roland drove the Millionaire Cam gelding to victory in 2:02. Slippin The Clutch is owned by Jay Delong, Rick & CD Huffman and Jeff Carey. The Duane Roland Stable took the next two divisions of the 3-year-old pace. Bizy's Beatle, a Sportsmaster gelding, paced a 2:05.2 mile for his second lifetime win. First time starter Somewherebeautiful, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, took the final division of the 3-year-old pace in 2:06 for owners Duane and Roger Roland. The meet concluded with one FFA Trot and three divisions of FFA pacers. Bordogna dominated in the FFA trot. After some early shuffling, driver Adam Hauser took the 4-year-old son of Trixton to the top where he separated from the field cruising home in 2:03. Bordogna is trained by Justin Anfinson and owned by Cathy Dessert and Ken Stauffer. After starting his racing career as a 2-year-old in Iowa with driver Will Roland five years ago, 7-year-old gelding Buzz Light reunited with Roland to best the top division of FFA pacers in 2:00.2. Buzz Light is trained by Nick Roland and owned by Cathy Dessert. Owned, trained and driven by Rob Anderson, Harry Fredrick took the second FFA pace in 2:02.1. The final race of the day clocked in at 2:03 for Officer Jim, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding driven by Brady Jenson, trained by Brandon Jenson and owned by Stephanie O'Connell. Iowa harness racing action resumes Saturday, May 30 at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30. From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

NZB Standardbred’s highly anticipated 2020 All Age Sale saw New Zealand’s largest breeding stock go under the digital hammer on New Zealand Bloodstock’s online subsidiary platform gavelhouse.com. Despite initial COVID-19 uncertainty, the first-ever sale of its kind saw 138 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,042,310. The average reached $7,553 and the median settled at $4,550.  The confidence in the market over the past week of bidding has been reflected in the strong clearance rate, which topped the 97% threshold at the close of selling. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings was delighted with the outcome of the Sale. “I think it’s a great result in light of recent and unprecedented circumstances. “The support and commitment we received from vendors was echoed by the remarkable clearance rate and their enthusiasm to meet the market. “There was a strong, international buying bench present and we are thankful for their participation in the Sale,” said Jennings. The top-priced Lot of the session was an Art Major weanling colt out of Alta Camilla (Lot 75). The colt was secured for $52,500 by Stonewall Stud’s Jill Stockman from the draft of Alabar Farms. “He is from a great family and is a very nice looking colt, we are happy to have secured him,” said Stockman. Stockman had completed her research prior to the Sale taking place. “The online bidding experience has been really good overall, it was certainly a different experience but Steve Telfer had gone to look at the horses first, so we knew exactly what we were bidding on.” First season sires were in hot-demand this evening, highlighted by Stonewall Stud’s purchase of Lot 35, a Downbytheseseaside filly out of Revere Me for $50,000 from the draft of Woodlands Stud. “She is a lovely filly and I think given her pedigree she would have made six figures had she gone through the ring next February. “She definitely ticked all the boxes for us,” said Stockman. Over the Tasman, prominent buyer Jean Feiss locked in Lot 26, another Woodlands Stud colt by Downbytheseaside out of Panforte for $26,000. Feiss was pleased with her purchase, “normally I don’t go for first season sires but I just liked the type of weanling he was, that’s what attracted me to him. “He could have been anything, I truly thought he was an outstanding weanling.” The previous owner of Vincent herself, Feiss also secured two of his offspring, Lot 44 (ex Sheza Monkee) filly and Lot 103 (ex Delightful Lover) filly for $19,000 and $26,000 respectively. “I really liked these two fillies, their breeding stood out to me as well as their exceptional type. “Overall Vincent has produced some outstanding types and I hope they are going to represent his results on the track. Feiss was pleased with the outcome of the digital format but is looking forward to getting back into the physical auction ring. “I think given the circumstances it went very well, it has been great to see vendors rewarded and buyers being able to secure good stock but I think we are all looking forward to when things can go back to normal,” said Feiss. Alabar Farms (NZ) General Manager Graeme Henley was elated with the result of his resident first season sire Vincent. “We thought the Sale went great overall, the biggest thing we were thrilled about was how Vincent’s progeny sold. “It was a great outcome for us and it was nice to see them receive the prices they deserve. “It’s been a lot of work and a bit of a roller coaster leading up to the Sale but the results we achieved today has made it all worthwhile,” commented Henley. First-time digital buyer Shane Sanderson was pleased with the simple online process on the gavelhouse.com Standardbred platform. “It was easy for me to get verified as a buyer and a good experience. I ended up purchasing Lot 59, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from a good producing family for $20,000. I actually trained one of the half-sisters so I was pretty happy,” said Sanderson. All weanlings offered at the 2020 All Age Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1million in prizemoney on offer.  If you wish to notify and enter your horse into the Series, please contact Rachel Deegan (Rachel.Deegan@nzb.co.nz or +64 3 381 0141).  To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. To view the full 2020 All Age Sale results on gavelhouse.com Standardbred click here. 2020 All Age Sale Statistics Aggregate  $ 1,042,310 Average  $ 7,553 Median  $ 4,550 Sold 138 Offered 142 Clearance 97%  

In response to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on health and economic activity in Australia and New Zealand, Club Menangle previously announced a revised Covid-19 fee structure for Lazarus in 2020 harness racing breeding season.. Club Menangle announced the reduction in his 2020 service fee to $8,000. An added incentive, for those who booked last year, his 2020 service fee will be $6,000. Club Menangle’s Chairman, Robert Marshall has announced a further initiative aimed at assisting breeders in Australia and New Zealand, given the serious impact Covid-19 is having on economic activity and confidence. Mr Marshall has indicated Club Menangle will offer a two-stage payment arrangement for the stallion’s service fee for the forthcoming breeding season. “The Club recognises breeders will be challenged by the current economic circumstances”, Mr Marshall said. Mr Marshall added “Club Menangle is a true not for profit and while our principal responsibility is to Club members, we recognise the part we play in the industry”. The new announcement is aimed at structuring the payment fee for Lazarus for the 2020 breeding season in a manner which smooths out the payment arrangements over two financial years. “I am pleased to announce that my Board has agreed to the payment terms being $2,000 on 40-day positive test and the remainder at 1 September in 2021” Mr Marshall said. This will apply whether the fee is at $8,000 or the $6,000 fee for 2020. It appears the difficulties confronting Lazarus during his 2019 season down-under are resolving and Cub Menangle and Yirribee Stud are looking forward to his return in spring. This year Lazarus will be able to shuttle to Australia direct and will not be required to quarantine in New Zealand. Lazarus after winning the Interdominion Final (Ashlea Brennan Photo) Club Menangle Chief Executive, Mr Bruce Christison has been working closely with Mr Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions, the North American owners on the initiatives for the forthcoming breeding season.  “The Club appreciates the excellent working relationship we have with the team at Taylor Made Stallions”, Mr Christison said. Our two entities are focussed on providing Lazarus every opportunity to prove he is one of the greatest standardbred stallions of our generation. We look forward to welcoming Lazarus home to Yirribee Stud. Club Menangle

“I really never saw myself broadcasting,” says Michigan native Jessica Otten. “When I was younger I always wanted to be a teacher… Why? I have no idea…” Now 23 and living in Hightstown, New Jersey, this third-generation horse person has gone from living on a farm to living in a town - which she says has been a big adjustment, but she does live close to quite a few training centers which helps. “I’ve always loved the horses,” she says. “They’ve been such a huge part of my life ever since I was a baby. When I got my driver’s license I was more excited to be shipping horses to the track, by myself, than I was going to pick up my friends… I honestly spent more time with the horses - than I did hanging out with my friends… I guess I just enjoyed being in the barn or going with my dad (Peter Otten) to the races more than anything else.” “In high school I backed away a little bit, with the horses, when my dad moved to Canada to race - so we didn’t have any horses on our farm. I became more involved with school functions and was on the Student Council. I know a lot of people who didn’t care much for high school, but I’d go back in heartbeat. There was nothing better than a home football game, at Roundhouse Stadium, with my friends and a bonfire to follow on a Friday night… I come from a small town so everybody knew everybody and we just always had fun. This year marks me being out of high school for five years now and if you would have told be back then - that I’d be working at The Meadowlands - I’d have laughed in your face and said ‘Yeah right!’” “Racing has always been a huge passion of mine… Bringing my friends and teachers to the track and showing them how cool my dad’s job was - that was my favourite thing to do,” says Otten. “I always enjoyed helping out at the tracks, in Michigan, if there were large groups of people for paddock tours, starting car rides, winner’s circle pictures and stuff like that. A lot of people in my life - outside of the horse business - never fully understood what my family did… When I’d say we had horses - they always assumed we had riding horses. Or if I said I take care of horses, they assumed I just brushed horses.” Social media has come a long way in recent years… The Facebook and Twitter platforms have become a great tool for marketing the sport. “When Facebook introduced the ‘Facebook Live’ feature - I did a series on Facebook of my entire night at the track,” explains Otten. “It was like taking my Facebook friends along with me while I paddocked a horse from start to finish and so many people were intrigued. And many didn’t even know what harness racing was and that honestly shocked me. From there I went on to interviewing people, at the track, to highlight the different roles people had in the business. And then I teamed up with Northville Downs and did some ‘Facebook Live’ segments on their page and even started posting on their Twitter account as well. I’d reach out to horsemen and get their thoughts on their horses racing that night and that all went over really well.” It’d be December 1, 2015, when Jessica would debut on The Raceway’s pregame show - talking horses and making selections - possibly a stepping stone for what may have been waiting in the wings… “I was at the Little Brown Jug, in 2016, and Mike Carter (Post Time with Mike & Mike) would call me to ask if I’d like to join them for the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands… I remember it like yesterday and I remember agreeing to go - even before I knew the details,” she said laughing. “It was a bit nerve racking, but I really enjoyed doing all the winner’s circle and paddock interviews that weekend - interacting with the big names in the business - I had a blast! And when I got back to school, the following Monday, I ended up changing my major to marketing and the rest is history…” she says. “After that broadcast, with Post Time with Mike & Mike, I travelled with them full-time, for the next two years, covering events like the Molson Pace/Camluck Classic, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and other major racing events. I am so appreciative of everything Mike and Mike have taught me and have done for me.” Things can happen quickly in this business and sometimes it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time… “In 2018 I was in Lexington, taking care of horses, when Jason Settlemoir contacted me about doing TV at The Meadowlands - I remember reading the message and I was like ‘Is this real life?’… And before I knew it I was working at The Meadowlands, on the weekend, doing paddock interviews. I don’t know why, but being on camera made me so nervous,” she says. “I got to work with experienced and knowledgeable guys like Dave Brower, Dave Little and Ken Warkentin - who were so welcoming when I first started - they helped so much…” Jessica’s newest job title, within The Meadowlands, is Marketing Coordinator… ”So in addition, to doing TV, I work alongside Rachel Ryan and help out with the big events. We run the social media platforms together - posting about our events, our dining, menus, promos and the races. I spend a lot of time on the computer and my phone - scheduling posts, seeing what horses are racing, noting milestones - anything that’s of interest, about our sport, goes on social media, because let’s face it - that’s where people spend a lot of their time now and not everybody can make it out to the track. I think it’s even more important now, than ever, with tracks having to race without crowds. Whether it’s a video of a horse warming up, a picture of them in the paddock, a fun fact, anything really - the more people see - the better - in my opinion…” So what may the future hold for this young broadcaster? “I don’t have a degree in marketing or broadcasting yet, but I am a big hockey fan and yes I’ll admit I’m a Red Wings fan too… I guess if I absolutely could not do something in harness racing - then maybe I’d try to do something with hockey. I do enjoy football too, but my dad and sister both played hockey - so I grew up watching a lot of it… But it’s the horses I love - so I’d rather just stay within harness racing if I could.” With some harness tracks opening up and many more to do so in early June - The Meadowlands may not be too far behind. “Right now I’m home, in Michigan, spending time with my family and helping out in the barn - so I’m keeping busy,” says Otten. “But once we get the OK to race, I’ll head back to New Jersey and hope to pick up where I left off.”  Shannon Doyle

As a third-generation harness racing trainer Rebecca East is the first to admit she never considered not pursuing the family passion for the sport. But while her family enjoyed its share of success over the years, Rebecca's training treble at Stawell last week is no doubt one of her personal milestones in the sport. "It's not my first treble, because I had one at Mount Gambier not too long ago, but they're hard to get and you always enjoy them, whenever they come along," Bec said. "This was my first one in Victoria, and it was a pretty good day!" East's Stawell success began with consistent three year old She Will Wantano (Roll With Joe - Mama Tembu (Albert Albert) who scored a much-overdue second career win - the filly has failed to weigh in only twice in 20 career starts. To watch the video replay click here The stable followed up that success two races later with blowout ($30) winner Girls In Charge (Lincoln Royal - Proud Trick (Falcon Seelster) and rounded off proceedings with the second win within a week for handy stable acquisition Juddy Douglas (Auckland Reactor - Markeaton Navi (Falcon Seelster). To watch the video replay of Girls In Charge click here To watch the video replay of Juddy Douglas click here "We thought they all had a bit of a chance, but you never get ahead of yourself and you always need a bit of luck," East said. "Fortunately, we did get a bit with Girls in Charge when another horse galloped, and she was able to pop in behind the leader. "Then the third one was Juddy Douglas and we were a bit lucky there, too, because he had won previously at Terang, but was still eligible for the race at Stawell - and because the barrier draws had already been done it was nice for us that he was still able to come out of barrier one." Rebecca said her love of harness racing was inherited from her parents, the late Judy and Robert East (who were hobby trainers at Condor, before moving to Heywood) and Robert's father Les East. "They all had some nice horses. Mum and Dad raced Irish Liner, which won the Horsham Oaks and a Mount Gambier Cup, and they also had another handy one in Silent Talk, so it's always been in my blood," she said. "I first got my licence after dad had a heart attack in 2001 and I kind of had to step up to keep on with the family interest. I've always loved the horses and now I can't ever imagine not doing them." East works part time as an aged care worker, and she and her partner, veteran former trainer Kevin Brough, put the polish on a team of around 15 horses at their Heywood property. "It's a lot of work, and the only disadvantage of being down here are the distances we have to travel to race. But we have a couple of part-time staff who come out each day in John Sutters and Kaylea Towers and they're a terrific help," she said. "We breed a few each year and we do enjoy the babies. You do the hard yards of handling them, getting them broken in and trying little things that you hope might be the difference. Like everyone, you're hoping for that Group One horse, and that keeps you just popping away!" At this time of year, though, with the chilly south west Victorian weather and short winter days, Rebecca said thoughts usually turn to September, which is the couple's annual month off to recharge the batteries. "But this year, I'm not so sure," she said. "With regional racing, we've been competing at Stawell and Terang, but both the Marg Lee and Matty Craven stables are in this region, so it's been pretty strong," she said. "This week we're opening up to take in Melton and Ballarat - but that brings in another couple of strong teams such as Emma Stewart and Andy and Kate Gath. "Hopefully it will be around September that the post COVID-19 racing might be starting to return to normal, and we can look to place our horses in the most suitable races again, so we'll wait and see how things pan out," she said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    West Melton trainer Ken Ford is excited about the return of harness racing this week, but it’s the return of the sport to his living room that he is looking forward to the most. “It will be good to get back to the races, but what I have missed is sitting down and watching the races on TV. I love that,” Ford said. “In my stage in life, I am finding that more exciting than actually going to the races.” Ford said he wasn’t too affected by the COVID-19 enforced lockdown period as he was able to keep the majority of his team ticking over at his property. “It was good as gold,” he said. “We have got our own track, so we just kept jogging a few. We just brought them up quietly again. “We don’t work many. We usually work 10 and dropped it back to six and we have got them ready to race now.” Ford will have three stable representatives at Addington’s two meetings this week. Mordecai will kick off the stable’s season resumption in the Dunstan Remembering Lazarus Mobile Pace (1980m) on Thursday night. “He’s just a battler. He is Kerryn’s (Tomlinson, junior driver), my granddaughter, horse. He is a lovely old horse to have about the place and we use him as a pacemaker.” Ford has higher hopes on Friday when Justan’s Sister lines-up in the Dunstan Multi-Ultra Trot (2600m) and Zsa Zoe contests the Dunstan Feed Up handicap Trot (2600m). “Justan’s Sister was going along really well before lockdown,” Ford said. “She was coming along nicely for that Met Multiplier. She was the biggest disappointment over the lockup because we have lost that now. “She is going well. We gave her a good hit-out on Sunday at Kypros Kotzikas’ place. We took all the ones ready to race down there. She went really well. “She should hold her head up and look alright. She won’t disgrace herself.” Zsa Zoe will have her first start since December and is another whose preparation was cut short as a result of COVID-19. “She kicked out and hit a rail (in December) and she got a bit of swelling,” Ford said. “We got a little bit worried about that, so that’s why she had the break. “She was coming along really nice and then the lockdown came. “She went as good as any (on Sunday). I am really pleased with her. She has got Cracker Hill in that race so that’s going to be really tough. But she is going really well.” Meanwhile, Ford has welcomed the return of Group One-winning trotter Marcoola to his barn. “The last couple of weeks we have been putting him on the jogger and he looks a million dollars,” Ford said. “But there is nothing for him, so we will bring him up nice and quietly and see how we go.” A stud career beckons the seven-year-old entire, however, Ford said he and son Clint are having too much fun racing him. “I have got people ringing me wanting to put mares to him,” Ford said. “He is a lovely horse and is so easy to do things with. “I don’t want to be a stud farmer. I am absolutely loving going to the races and racing my horses, and he has given us some great thrills. “He is looking the best he has ever looked and If he can win us another race I would be happy.” Ford is also looking forward to the return of a couple of exciting rising three-year-olds. “A two-year-old by Love You out of Amaretto Son’s full-sister, he is a really nice horse,” Ford said. “He makes me get out of bed in the morning. “We would have raced him as a two-year-old but he was one that we dropped off because of the lockdown. “We have also got a two-year-old full-sister to Marcoola who we backed off when things closed down and we are about due to start with her again. She is a nice little horse.” 

26 May 2020 - The Elitloppet at Solvalla racecourse - the largest event on the Swedish harness racing calendar - is set to attract betting interest from a record 18 countries, former racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has said. In addition to Sweden, bets will be taken from Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece, the UK, Malta, South Africa, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Bets from eleven of these countries will go towards the Swedish pari-mutuel pool, while the remaining countries’ bets will be part of their own racing pools. However, ATG did not say exactly which countries would be commingling, and which would be operating their own pools. “It is truly inspiring that the Elitloppet is attracting so much international interest,” Ylva Svensson, head of international at ATG, said. With sports and racing in many other countries suspended, ATG noted an increased level of international interest in Swedish harness racing, which has continued through the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “We have taken our mission, to maintain interest in racing in Europe and the rest of the world during this crisis, as seriously as possible,” Svensson added. “The Elitloppet is one of the few sporting events that can be carried out this spring and so it’s receiving extra focus from many international gaming companies.” The race will take place on Sunday 31 May. Yesterday, Sweden’s Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi put forward an amended set of temporary restrictions on gambling in which he aims to make horse and sports betting exempt from an SEK5,000 (£401/€459/$495) weekly deposit limit. The exemption had previously been recommended by ATG in a consultation held on the original controls.

Ronald Henry (Ronnie) Bencal passed peacefully on Monday, May 25 at 77 years of age after a long battle with respiratory illness. Born in New York City to Henry and Pauline Bencal, Ronnie began his career in harness racing when he went to work for noted horseman Jim Grundy after he was discharged form the Army in 1965. He then moved to the WR Haughton barn where he transitioned from caretaker to assistant trainer. In 1972 he joined his brother Bob as an assistant trainer at Roosevelt Raceway where they would enjoy many successful years racing there and Yonkers, The Meadowlands and eventually the Grand Circuit. During the 1980's Ronnie tried the civilian life for a few years, operating a Baskin Robbins franchise in Florida, but Bob eventually convinced him to return to the stable where he would remain until his retirement in 2012. Bob and Ronnie had a bond beyond their fraternal one, they were also great friends and equal partners in the training of the stable. They trusted each others judgment when it came to evaluating a horse and would bounce ideas off one another regarding how each horse in the stable could be brought to reach their potential. Ronnie was especially good with a horse that required patience. The Bencal brothers had a long relationship with Jeff and Paula Gural, training horses for them since the early 1970's led by 1990 Jugette winner Lady Genius. Ronnie thought the world of them and considered Paula to be a kindred spirit. Ronnie was an engaging and gregarious man. In his Florida retirement he'd spend his evenings at Bill Popfinger's Rattlesnake Jakes restaurant with a group of his friends, listening to the Grateful Dead and rooting for his beloved NY Yankees. He is survived by brother Bob and Bob's wife Monica, younger brother Ken and sisters Barbara and Susan, daughter Jennifer (Cosgrove), granddaughters Stella and Mareena Cosgrove and stepson William Fleming.   No arrangement details are available at this time. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation may be made in his memory.   Nick Salvi

New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred bosses are seeing the last-day flurry they expected as New Zealand’s largest ever online sale comes into the home straight.  NZB Standardbred’s All Age Sale finishes tomorrow on gavelhouse.com, the first time a major catalogue of standardbred horses has been sold on that platform in New Zealand. Will gavelhouse.com has been active in in the standardbred market for over a year, the migrating of the entire All Age Sale catalogue with it’s very strong weanling component came about because of COVID-19 and has enormously boosted the registrations to the site, with 205 new potential buyers registered in the last week. And there has been plenty of clicking in the last 24 hours as the Sale draws to it’s conclusion starting at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday). “The Sale starts the countdown to closing off at 1pm on Wednesday,” says NZB Director James Jennings. “At 1pm the first lot starts its one-minute countdown to being sold but if anybody bids in the last 30 seconds that lot will auto extend for 30 more seconds. “That is to stop somebody waiting until the last second to bid and other potential buyers not having the chance to counter bid. “So once that lot is sold the next lot starts to countdown for its last minute and so on until the sale is complete.” Jennings and his team have been thrilled with the response to the Sale, with 52 horses already having met their reserve. “That is not only great for their vendors but also for the buyers because it shows that reserves have been realistic.” Jennings says the Sale has been typical of Trade Me-style auctions when buyers know they have a week to bid. “We saw a flurry of activity over the weekend when people have had more time to study the catalogue and bid. “And we have been helping some of the newly registered buyers through that process. “So the next 24 hours should be really exciting. But already we are thrilled the Sale has gone so well.” One of the key attractions of the Sale is any weanling purchased will be eligible for the Harness Million series. Pinhookers will also have the opportunity to re-enter their purchases for next February’s National Yearling Sale, at an unmoved entry fee of $950 plus GST for the Auckland Sale or $925 plus GST for the Christchurch Sale. Entries for those sales open in June and will be made through the new NZB Standardbred portal which enables online entry, so no more paper forms. View the catalogue on gavelhouse.com here.  The first Lot closes at 1PM (NZT) on Wednesday 27 May with all weanlings purchased eligible for the Harness Million Series.   Michael Guerin

Lather Up, the equal fastest harness racing horse of all-time and a member of the dominant Cam Fella sire line from a maternal family bereft of the blood of Western Hanover, Abercrombie and co, provides broodmare owners with a number of options for their matrons. The brilliant, young stallion – he was foaled in 2015 - is bred on the Bettor’s Delight over Christian Cullen / In The Pocket cross, one of the golden crosses of Australasian racing today. No fewer than five million dollar earners have emanated from this cross, as depicted in Table A. As an extension to this theory, Lather Up, though twice removed from Bettor’s Delight, should nick particularly well with the daughters of the numerous Direct Scooter line stallions in the southern hemisphere.  They include In The Pocket, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere, Extreme Three, Royal Mattjesty, Changeover, Tinted Cloud, Rob Roy Mattgregor and others. However, as Table B shows, Bettor’s Delight is nicking even more successfully with mares from a wide variety of other sire lines. Bettor’s Delight has produced million dollar winners from daughters of Artsplace, Albatross, Cam Fella, Jate Lobell, Beach Towel and Most Happy Fella sons, grandsons and great grandsons. As Table B exemplifies, Lather Up should prove a suitable match for all mares by Artsplace, Western Hanover, Albatross, Cam Fella sire line stallions and others. These include daughters of Art Major, Perfect Art, Albert Albert, Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Artiscape, Dream Away, Modern Art, Astreos, Badlands Hanover, Western Terror, American Ideal, Ponder, Jereme’s Jet, Holmes Hanover, Torado Hanover, Tompkins Hanover, Fake Left, Armbro Operative, Presidential Ball and Pacific Fella. Lather Up Table C is for your interest and shows the progeny of Bettor's Delight dam sires of the million dollar plus earners in North America.   TABLE A Leading Stakes winners by Bettor’s Delight from Direct Scooter line mares Horse                                      Stakes             Damsire                      Dam Grandsire Lazarus                                    $4,125,988      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Chicago Bull                            $1,776,980      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket The Gold Ace                           $1,180,401      In The Pocket            Direct Scooter Ohoka Punter                          $1,177,323      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Texican                                    $1,035,016      In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Dream Out Loud                     $998,243         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Highview Tommy                    $990,015         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Thefixer                                   $978,500         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Flaming Flutter                        $815,235         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Bettor’s Strike                         $789,864         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Spanish Armada                      $787,470         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket The More The Bettor               $745,729         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Mossdale Conner                    $589,134         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Let’s Chase The Dream           $587,701         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Belle Of Montana                     $574,305         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Galactic Star                            $529,722         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Katy Perry                                $517,733         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Maxim                                     $494,436         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Jesse Duke                            $451,356         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter None Bettor                            $445,233         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Im Anothermasterpiece          $444,980         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Pa’s Ultimate Delight              $424,185         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Lachie Maguire                       $420,767         In The Pocket            Direct Scooter Hurricane Harley                    $419,340         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Wrapper’s Delight                  $414,224         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Motu Premier                         $391,078         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Ohoka’s Bundy                      $388,148         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Better B Chevron                   $387,171         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Self Assured                          $362,241         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Bettorthanspecial                   $353,586         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket My Kiwi Mate                         $349,632         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Dancing Diamonds                $343,276         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Stormont Czar                        $333,840         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Gina Grace                            $318,951         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Our Bettor Spirits                    $310,633         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Willow                                     $304,416         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Ana Malak                              $300,611         Tinted Cloud                In The Pocket God Send                               $293,077         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Ashley Locaz                          $275,934         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Express Stride                        $273,605         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Zach Maguire                         $266,255         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Burnaholeinmypocket             $262,188         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Roman Stride                          $261,513         Direct Scooter           Sampson Direct Linda Lovegrace                     $257,618         In The Pocket             Direct Scooter Musical Delight                       $248,940         In The Pocket             Direct Scooter Dr Susan                                 $246,883         Mach Three               Matt’s Scooter Bettor's Delight TABLE B Leading Stakes winners by Bettor’s Delight from non-Direct Scooter line mares Horse                                      Stakes             Damsire                      Dam Grandsire Bit Of A Legend                       $2,667,957      Soky’s Atom                 Albatross Tiger Tara                                 $2,375,065      Dream Away               Artsplace Beautide                                  $2,183,132      Ticket To Heaven        No Nukes Have Faith In Me                    $1,693,187      B G’s Bunny                 Albatross Adore Me                                $1,667,029      B G’s Bunny                 Albatross Dream About Me                    $1,375,085      Dream Away                Artsplace Caribbean Blaster                   $1,113,677      Safely Kept                  Jate Lobell Spankem                                 $1,077,582      Holmes Hanover         Albatross Arden Rooney                         $1,070,230      Walton Hanover          Big Towner Bettor’s Fire                            $1,038,177      Sands A Flyin              Beach Towel Bettor Cover Lover                 $1,026,427      What’s Next                Most Happy Fella Ultimate Machete                      $823,896         Armbro Operative      Cam Fella Border Control                          $767,692         Artsplace                     Abercrombie Piccadilly Princess                    $733,842         Holmes Hanover         Albatross Carabella                                  $693,615         Artsplace                     Abercrombie Alberto Contador                      $674,458         Albert Albert               Abercrombie Five Card Draw                        $654,090         Butler B G                   Albatross Partyon                                    $638,261         Beach Towel               French Chef Suave Stuey Lombo               $587,032         Classic Garry               Garry Rowan Aussie Made Lombo               $578,456         Troublemaker              Most Happy Fella Bettor Joy                                $567,680         Road Machine            On The Road Again Malak Oswaad                         $566,058         The Big Dog                Dexter Nukes Betabcool                                $556,999         Sands A Flyin               Beach Towel Lover’s Delight                        $555,473         Butler B G                   Albatross Hug The Wind                         $548,660         Dream Away               Artsplace Northview Punter                    $535,466         On The Road Again     Happy Motoring Bettor Rock On                       $521,856         Caprock                       Jate Lobell Be Jack’s Legend                   $508,464         Falcon Seelster            Warm Breeze Delightful Memphis                $507,811         Badlands Hanover       Western Hanover Dodolicious                             $501,041         Troublemaker             Most Happy Fella Kept Under Wraps                  $493,070         Safely Kept                  Jate Lobell Devendra                                $483,544         Walton Hanover          Big Towner She’s Just A Delight               $467,358         Holmes Hanover         Albatross Im Gorgeous - The sire of Lather Up I'm Gorgeous taking his two-year-old record of 1:50.4 Multiple stakes-winning son of North America's leading stallion Bettors Delight. At two, Im Gorgeous won four of eight starts, including victories in the Tompkins Geers, New York Sire Stakes, and an elimination of the Woodrow Wilson, where he established a freshman record of 1:50.4. At three, victories included a $200,000 division of the Battle of Brandywine, as well as eliminations in two legs of Pacing's Triple Crown. In the 2010 Jug final he was race-timed in 1:49.4 when he finished second to Rock N Roll Heaven in a World Record clocking. Table C is for your interest and shows the progeny of Bettor's Delight dam sires of the million dollar plus earners in North America. All Bets Off                            $3,186,658           Dexter Nukes               Horton Hanover Darlins Delight                      $3,103,100           Big Towner                   Bret Hanover Bettor Sweet                         $2,816,687           Falcons Future             Nero Southwind Tempo                 $2,445,541           Artsplace                      Big Towner Betting Line                           $2,238,518          Western Hanover         Camtastic Bettors Edge                         $2,204,531           Life Sign                      Jate Lobell           Bettors Wish                         $2,095,808           Western Ideal               Artiscape Caviart Ally                           $1,971,238           No Nukes                     Nihilator L A Delight                            $1,782,999          Western Hanover        Camluck Betterthancheddar                 $1,636,086          Camstastic                 Adios Vic Kenneth J                              $1,592,755           Artsplace                    Nihilator See You At Peelers               $1,566,900           Western Ideal            Dragons Lair   Forensic Z Tam                     $1,352,406          Falcon Seelster          Governor Skipper Dynamic Youth                      $1,227,793         Western Hanover        Artsplace Venus Delight                        $1,203,590         Run The Table             On The Road Again Vegas Vacation                      $1,176,368        Grinfromeartoear         Jate Lobell Domethatagain                      $1,167,275         Life Sign                      No NUkes      Hulas Z Tam                          $1,076,610          Artsplace                    Big Towner Fashion Delight                     $1,074,448          Artsplace                     Big Towner   Symphony In Motion              $1,065,949         Albert Albert                Direct Scooter Bettors Up                              $1,028,481        Western Hanover         Abercrombie Up Front Kellie Jo                   $1,016,944        Life Sign                      Race Time   Peter Wharton                

RWWA Stewards have today concluded an inquiry into an allegation that prior to Race 3 at Gloucester Park on 24 January 2020, Trainer/Driver Mr Clinton Hall made an improper statement/s to Trainer/Driver Mr C. Saligari, who had a runner engaged in the race, with regard to the tactics and handling of that runner. As a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, the inquiry was conducted via teleconference. At a hearing conducted on 21 April 2020, Mr C. Hall had pleaded guilty to the following two charges under Harness racing Rule 238 and 187 (2), which state; 238. Failure to comply with orders A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. The particulars of the charge being that on 31 January 2020, Mr Clinton Hall, being a registered person with RWWA, failed to comply with the direction of Steward, Mr Borovica, the RWWA General Manager of Racing Integrity, by not surrendering his mobile telephone, as directed in writing in a letter from Mr Borovica dated 28 January 2020. And; 187.2 Offences – inquiries A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of the charge being that during the course of an inquiry conducted on 4 March 2020, Mr Clinton Hall, being a registered person with RWWA, refused to answer questions in relation to the subject matter of the inquiry. At the same hearing, Mr C. Hall had pleaded not guilty to a charge under harness Racing Rule 227; 227. Offering money or other inducements A person shall not give or offer any money or other inducement improperly to anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry. The particulars of the charge being that on 23 January 2020, Mr Clinton Hall, being a registered person with RWWA, during a telephone call, did improperly offer licensed trainer Mr Craig Saligari $2000.00 as an inducement to hand up the lead on CROCODILE KID engaged in Race 3 at Gloucester Park on 24 January 2020. After hearing submissions in respect to a defence to the above charge from Mr C. Hall, Stewards adjourned and after deliberation concluded that he had breached Rule 227. The inquiry resumed on 12 May 2020 in order to hear submissions on the question of penalty to all three charges where further evidence was advanced by Mr C. Hall. RWWA Stewards have now completed their deliberations and the following penalties have been imposed: Charge 1 – Harness racing Rule 238 – Failure to comply – penalty – 2 years disqualification. Charge 2 – Harness racing Rule 187 (2) – Failing to answer questions – penalty – 1 year disqualification. Charge 3 – Harness racing Rule 224 – Inducement – penalty – 5 years disqualification. Having regard to the principle of totality and whether or not the periods of disqualification imposed should be partially or wholly concurrent in accordance with Rule 257, Stewards determined that all 3 penalties of disqualification, in the circumstances, should be served cumulatively. In addition, Stewards have also directed that the total disqualification of 8 years will be backdated to when Mr C. Hall was first stood down on 31 January 2020. Therefore the total of 8 years disqualification will expire at midnight on 30 January 2028. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the following: The seriousness of each individual offence. The circumstances surrounding the commission of all offences. Mr Hall’s guilty pleas to two charges. The strong need for both specific and general deterrence to deter similar conduct. The potential damage to the Harness Industry of WA due to Mr Hall’s deliberate actions. Mr Hall’s personal circumstances at the time. Previous similar penalties issued Australia wide. In relation to the same inquiry and as previously advised that once Mr C. Hall’s inquiry was concluded, Trainer/Driver Mr C. Saligari would be required to appear before the Stewards in order to continue with his involvement. A notice in connection with this matter will be issued in the near future.   RWWA

The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) today (Tuesday, 26 May) confirmed changes it was taking in response to the impact of COVID-19, including a reduction of 230 roles, including 150 permanent staff, across all areas of the TAB. The decision follows consultation with staff on a range of proposed changes aimed at ensuring the business was sustainable for the future and best placed to meet the needs of New Zealand racing and sport. The changes, which impact 30 percent of all roles, are expected to deliver savings of more than $11million per annum in addition to further operational cost savings throughout the business.  RITA Executive Chair, Dean McKenzie said the decision was very difficult but the organisation was left with no alternative with TAB monthly revenue almost 50 percent below forecast and customer numbers down more than 35 percent. “There are incredibly talented, experienced and committed people at the TAB who have delivered so much to our customers and the wider racing industry over many years. We will be very sorry to see them go. “We have had to make some tough decisions as we focus on the essential parts of our business that generate the funding required to keep the racing industry and many National Sporting Organisations running.” Services impacted by the changes include: not resuming Trackside Radio programming following its suspension after the cancellation of all domestic racing in March no longer offering the Phonebet betting service (Touchtone remains) moving away from providing manual, oncourse, betting facilities and increasing the number of Self Service Terminals from the current level of 55% of all race meetings and increasing customer education of TAB’s online platforms changes to Trackside production and presentation with a reduced number of cameras and presenters continuing to operate from the studio and not be on course, with the exception of supporting marquee events  Trackside television programmes will feature fewer presenters and with no dedicated racing shows, with the exception of a no-frills betting show, previewing the weekend’s racing closure of four retail branches  An independent review of the structure of the Executive Leadership team is underway with consultation on any proposed changes expected to start next week. “The implication of COVID-19 has extended beyond the immediate impact to the TAB, with racing and sport continuing to look unpredictable over the next year. The reality is these changes will help the TAB to be a leaner, more efficient business and focused on driving our core wagering and gaming offering to our customers,” said Dean McKenzie.

MILTON, May 25, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced new dates for several harness racing stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The stakes rescheduling only impacts events that were originally slated for May or June. All other races remain the same on the 2020 stakes calendar. As previously announced, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 29. The Fan Hanover (3-Year-Old Filly Pace), Roses Are Red (Mare Pace) and Armbro Flight (Mare Trot) have all been rescheduled to join the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, August 29. Eliminations (if necessary) for all four events will take place on Saturday, August 22. The Goodtimes for three-year-old trotting colts has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 5. Eliminations (if necessary) will be held on Friday, August 28. The Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12. The final event to be rescheduled is the SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. The SBOA will now take place on Saturday, November 14 with eliminations (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday, November 7. Woodbine Mohawk Park will no longer play host to a leg of The Meadowlands administrated Miss Versatility Series (originally scheduled May 29) or Graduate Series (originally scheduled June 6) in 2020. The Meadowlands has confirmed with Woodbine their intentions to reschedule the Mohawk Park leg of the Miss Versatility for later this season at the New Jersey track, while the Graduate Series leg has been cancelled due to scheduling constraints. Live Racing, without spectators, is scheduled to resume on Friday, June 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The revised 2020 stakes schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Stake Previous Date New Date SBOA 3FT Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FP Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FT Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 SBOA 3FP Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 North America Cup Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Armbro Flight Elims Friday, June 12 Saturday, August 22 Fan Hanover Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Roses Are Red Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 North America Cup Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Armbro Flight Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Fan Hanover Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Roses Are Red Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Goodtimes Elims Friday, June 12 Friday, August 28 Goodtimes Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, September 5 Somebeachsomewhere Saturday, June 6 Saturday, September 12 Mark McKelvie        

David Branch knew this week was going to be exciting, just not like this. The young Chief Executive of the Waikato-Bay Of Plenty Harness Club is looking forward to the return of harness racing, make that any form of horse racing, in the north at his Cambridge track on Sunday. But he can’t help but think of what might have been. Because in a cruel irony this was supposed to be the weekend the Cambridge track hosted the Jewels, their biggest moment of every second year and Branch admits it hurts to see the meeting canned, quite rightly, because of Covid-19. “We realise he couldn’t have gone ahead for so many reasons but it is still hard knowing it would have been this weekend,” says Branch. “Especially because there were so many things we were really happy about. We had more hospitality sales than two years ago and we learned so much ourselves back then which would have really helped this year. “The place is looking really good and we were obviously all excited about hosting it. “So that is a bitter pill to swallow but now we are just looking to racing coming back at all this weekend.” A minor meeting on a Sunday afternoon is definitely not the Jewels but Branch realises the significance of bringing the industry back to life in the north. “The most important thing is to get up and going and the numbers were looking good last night (Monday),” said Branch. “We had 45 noms already without all the ones that will come in on Tuesday morning so we are pretty confident we can get eight races, but the more the merrier.” Branch says while many local Waikato trainers had their main training tracks at Cambridge shut down he still expected a good representation on Sunday. “We had good numbers from local trainers and even a few from the Central Districts. “So it is looking really good.” A meeting with HRNZ and other club chief executives on Tuesday will confirm whether Cambridge can have their popular Clubhouse Cafe And Bar open to industry participants on Sunday. “We had the greyhounds here last week and it was able to be opened for them so I hope we can. “With the Government loosening up the numbers a bit by Friday we are even going to ask if there is any way the meeting could be open to owners, with the possibility that number could be below 100 and they could use the Clubhouse and be segregated from the horsepeople. “But that might be more difficult than it sounds so whether it can happen this week or not I don’t know.” The club have taken back the licence to run the Clubhouse establishment and Branch says it has been spruced up for the return to racing. “The whole place has been. We did plenty of work around the track in anticipation of holding the Jewels and at least now the place looks good.” Once through Sunday and their winter programme, Branch says the extra dates Cambridge has picked up for next season should be a blessing for local trainers. “It means most of our trainers here next season won’t need to travel if they don’t want to,” says Branch. “I know plenty will still want to go at Alexandra Park but horses that used to be trained here but raced a lot in the CD will be able to stay here all year around if their trainers want, and that cuts down on costs for the owners.”   Michael Guerin

Teenage Junee harness racing driver Miranda McLaughlin is making every post a winner before next weekend, when she will navigate a new path with the Royal Australian Navy. McLaughlin, 19, who says she has always wanted to do a gap year in the armed forces, will be away for at least 12 months. "I just made up my mind that if I don't do it now, I probably won't ever get around to it," she said. "It was a hard decision because I love the horses-but I get to travel around Australia while I'm looking at all the Naval bases. It's one good way to see the country." McLaughlin was seen at her best at the Wagga Cup meeting on Sunday with a winning double-the third time she's achieved the feat. "They are trained by my boss Trevor White and they looked well placed. We gave both of them good chances," she said. Three-year-old gelding Western Style (Western Terror-Takemybreathaway (Life Sign) scored in the opening event, the Maiden Pace. To watch the video replay of this race click here. Two races later, the White/McLaughlin combination struck with the veteran Norms Courage (Courage Under Fire-Rosie Rose (Peace Of Art) in the ITP Pace. To watch the video replay of this race click here. McLaughlin will be keen for further success when she drives at her final two meetings before taking on a new career. "I've got a book of five drives at Wagga on Tuesday and then I'll be back in action again on Friday. Then that's it for at least 12 months," she said. "I'm pretty sure I'll eventually be coming back home to the horses, but I suppose there's a chance I could thoroughly enjoy life in the Navy. I'll be keeping an eye on all the trots results that's for certain." McLaughlin completed her schooling and graduated Year 12, before taking up a full-time job at the stables of astute horseman Trevor White. "I got to know Trevor when we moved into the same street as him. I had a riding horse and used to go in the barrel races at gymkhanas," she said. "I was probably about 14 or 15 and went up to Trevor's place to see if I could get a part-time job. He put me on, and I mainly used to clean out stables and stuff like that. "Then one day he asked me had I ever thought about driving? So, with his encouragement I took it on and have now been driving for two years. He has been such an outstanding mentor and is definitely a person I look up too. "He's already told me there will be a job waiting if I want to come back." White has been a huge influence on many youngsters, who after their early days working with him, have gone on to bigger things. Talented Sydney brother and sister drivers- Cameron and Ashley Hart were taught the ropes by White, while others include Chris Judd and David White, the latter being based in New Zealand. And the latest addition to the stable is youngster Grace Fahy, who is the new inductee to the role of stablehand. Meanwhile McLaughlin is hoping that 3yo Western Style can make it back to back wins at Wagga tonight. "He's the first pacer that I've raced. I own a share in him, and it would be great if we could get the money again," she said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

May 23, 2020 - Trotting action returned on May 23 (Saturday) at Kincsem Park with a competitive 12 race harness racing program. The featured Lajos Matucza Memorial (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to the 1.1/1 odds favorite Zeal di Girifalco (5m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) clocked in 1.17.2kr for his pilot amd trainer Veljko Mazsity. This was his 17th career win in 20 starts and his first in 2020 following an eight for 10 slate last year. He overcame a 20-meter handicap as he rallied to victory over another 20 meter handicapped performer, Milady Amok (7f Scarlet Knight) with Csaba Lakatos up. Third to the line was Unika Vik (7f Cantab Hall) for Goran Zolnaji. Zeal di Girifalco Earlier in the program were two events for three-year olds each raced over 1800 meters autostart and each for a 400,000Huf purse. The first went to 3/2 favorite Bolide Lakamy (3m Conway Hall-Nina di Jesolo-Supergill) with trainer Veljko Mazsity at the lines, his first 2020 victory in two outings. Race time was 1.19.9kr with the Berill Lady (3f Maximus Lindy) and Bombay (3m Vanito) next home. The second division saw 5.9/1 Borutica (3f Illetmeny-Night Lady-Tony Oaks) score for Hico and trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal clocked in 1.20.9kr. This was her first career victory and results from a fine pedigree. Bonaparte Boss (3g Napoleon) and Beautiful Yankee BD (3f Yankee Mustang) trailed the winner. The schedule has been released for major races in June and July. June 13 will be the date for the Janos Brody Memorial and Laszlo Ferge Memorial, both usually high class races. Thomas H. Hicks    

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