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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 18, 2017) - Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race harness racing card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination. Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week's $381,200 final. "Kissin raced great and was well in hand," said Johansson. "The ear plugs were never pulled. We're happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they're both on their game." Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc. Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week's final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter. Also on the card tonight, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before next Saturday's finals. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3. "When Darlin is on her "A" game I don't think many can go with her," said Johansson. "It's just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn't get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she'll get over the million-dollar mark next week." The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88. Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. The card features the Fall Final Four and four TVG Free For All Finals with total purses in excess of $2 million. Justin Horowitz

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - Si Semalu became the harness racing newest member of the quarter-million-dollar club when he won the $20,500 featured pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono, plowing through "sloppy +2" conditions to post a 1:52.3 triumph. Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the Modern Art gelding to command in front of the stands and held sway the rest of the mile, although needing every bit of a 56.1 last mile to hold off a stubborn first-over challenger in Andrieos Kardia, who finally came up a neck short. Bruce Clarke trains the winner of $253,926 for owner John Coffey The Mach Three gelding Archangel Three sat a great pocket trip, came clear along the inside, went to the lead, and then held off good closing bursts from Ginger Tree Crash and Phil Your Boots to take down a $17,000 co-featured pace. Matt Kakaley, who had four sulky victories at press time, got the winner of $118,504 home in 1:53 in the messy conditions for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stables LLC. Archangel Blue Chip was second choice in his event to the great local favorite Luck Be Withyou, who set all the pace but couldn't make his lead stand up in the drive in his 89th and final career start. The son of Western Ideal, usually handled by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Chris Oakes and owners John Craig and Northfork Racing Stable, will now begin a new career as a stud at Maple Lane Farm, Grabil IN, after being the living definition of the term "Horse for the course," as this graphic shows: LIFETIME 89-28-15-5  $1,454,166 POCONO 31-17-7-1  $760,230 --won his Breeders Crown elim and final at age 2 here --won his Franklin elim and final at age 4 here --took his lifetime mark of 1:47.4 in winning his Franklin Consolation here at 5 --won in 1:50 or better each of his five racing years here   Balmoral, Batavia, Dayton, Dover, Flamboro, Harrington, 58-11-8-4-$693,936 Hoosier, Meadowlands, Mohawk, Northfield, Philly, Pompano, Saratoga, Scioto, Tioga, Yonkers PHHA / Pocono

DAYTON, OH. - Its been a very exciting week for harness racing driver Travis Seekman, to say the least. His wife Desiree presented the 27-year-old reinsman with their first child, a healthy 8 pound 1 ounce baby girl they've named Raegyn, on Thursday morning; and Saturday night (Nov. 18) he won the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace with Let's Drink On It at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Despite persistent night-long rainfall and strong gusting winds, the 6-year-old son of Art Official, trained by "Grandpa" Joe Seekman and taken care of by "Grandma" Tina Seekman, overcame the dreaded 9-hole and swept to a convincing 2-1/4 length 1:54.1 score over the sloppy surface. Go Daddy Go (Randy Tharps) and Dreamfair Mesa (Josh Sutton) battled through the first quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3 before Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) ranged up to challenge the leaders at the 1:25.2 three-quarters with Let's Drink On It in tow in the outer flow. It was at that point that "Daddy" Seekman swung his charge three-wide and got the response he hoped for. "That wind was brutal on the last turn and I was out three wide, but Let's Drink On It raced big tonight and went a big mile," beamed Travis. "I'll have enough for my first load of diapers now," he laughed. Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman) and Dont Say Goodby (Trace Tetrick) were also near the back of the pack in the early going, but also responded well throughout the second half to garner runnerup and show finishes, respectively. Let's Drink On It has now scored 33 triumphs and pushed his lifetime earnings past $850,000 with the win. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 18, 2017— Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.60) won the scrum for the lead and eventually the ‘moist’ race Saturday night (Nov. 18th), annexing Yonkers Raceway’s harness racing $40,000 Open Pace. With half the field leaving the gate, it was Bit of a Legend N—from post position No. 4--making the lead around Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) left outside Bit of a Legend N and settled for a three-hole, while Dr. J Hanover (Dan Dube) left outside of everyone and broke. Bit of a Legend N found a :57.2 intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:24.4) to fend off the second move of Scott Rocks. The people’s preference had a couple of lengths into the lane, then disposed of ‘Joe’ by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1. Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett), Scott Rocks and a flat-from-second-over The Real One (Pat Lachance) rounded out the payees. For Bit of Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.60, with the triple returning $263.50. Reminder that first post for Sunday’s (Nov. 19th)  matinee goes at 11:45 AM. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2017 -- Dapper Dude attacked the leader, Stride Of Pride, first over, passed him in deep stretch and captured Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after Stride Of Pride. Despite a sloppy racing surface, the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest gained steadily and downed Stride Of Pride by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting A Real Miracle finished third. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts $1,168,280 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins, including a pair for trainer Kyle Bolon, on the 12-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features a pair of carryovers -- a $2,146.60 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $713.21 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- in addition to a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) that is a feature of each live card. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

November 17, 2017 - Friday’s Paris-Vincennes’ featured  Q+ Prix du Salon du Chaval (purse €52,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Global Response (6g Credit Winner-Com Mimm) with Christophe Martens up.  Vincent Martens trains this property of J.A.C. Vanduffel. 31.5/1 Siebella Park (6f Varenne-Grandera Park) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 26.8/1 Bariane James (6f Goetmals Wood-Ma Sissi James) landed third for J-M Bazire, who won three on the card. 13.8/1 Emmett Brown (6g Muscle Hill) and 18.5/1 Bomina (6f Quick Wood) were fourth and fifth.  Thursday Paris-Vincennes featured Prix de l’Ile d’Oleron (Gr. III, purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 19 monte starters) went to 1.14kr timed and 3.3/1 odds Caduceus des Baux (5g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) with jockey Damien Bonne in the irons. Jack Dowie is the owner/breeder. 2.1/1 Cassate (5f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was second for Adrien Lamy and 7.2/1 Valoe du Banney (8g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) Also on Thursday was the Prix de Belfort (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) and Cash Maker (5g Quaker Jet-Salt Lake City) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault. Global Response Thomas H. Hicks

ON Wednesday 15 November 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry in relation to complaints reported to HRNSW Stewards at the Newcastle meeting on Saturday 5 August 2017. Licensed trainer Mr Robin Hosking (Snr), licensed stablehands Mrs Christine Hosking and Mr Rex Spencer attended and presented evidence to the inquiry. Additional evidence was also presented by the following persons: Ms Laura Spencer (licensed trainer/driver) Mr Peter Allen (licensed trainer) Mrs Pamela James (licensed stablehand) Mrs Sandra Smith                            After considering the evidence HRNSW Stewards issued two (2) charges against Mr Rex Spencer pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 231(1)(d): AHRR 231(1)(d) A person shall not (d)          abuse… anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry or otherwise having a connection with it The details of the charges related to Mr Spencer abusing Mr Hosking (Snr) and Mrs Hosking at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club on Saturday 5 August 2017. Mr Spencer was found guilty of both offences and was disqualified for a period of three months to commence immediately. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The nature of these offences; Mr Spencer’s not guilty plea; Previous offences of this nature; Mr Spencer’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Spencer has appealed these decisions.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 • GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •

Anderson, Ind.-November 17, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2017 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Friday, November 17. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fourth consecutive and sixth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2017 leading driver with 366 victories while amassing over $4.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 331 victories with John DeLong in third with 223 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $44 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick also captured two Breeders Crown titles at Hoosier Park earlier in October. "This year was incredibly special for me, especially with the two Breeders Crown wins," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I want to thank the owners and trainers for believing in me and giving me the opportunity, without them, I wouldn't be here." "I've had a lot of momentum all year," he continued. "That certainly helps. The support of my family and friends has been great. I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." For the first time since 2005, the battle for winning trainer resulted in a tie. Jamie Macomber and Jeff Cullipher each ended the season with 92 wins to earn the honors as the season's top trainers at Hoosier Park. Don Cromer and Dan Perdue tied for leading trainer honors in 2005 with 31 wins. It was the first leading trainer title for both Macomber and Cullipher. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just one win separated the top pair. Macomber's Ramblingamblinman found the winner's circle with Peter Wrenn in the bike. Just a few races later, Cullipher evened the score after back to back wins with Coal Hanover and Ideal Rocky, respectively. After 10 years managing Ron Burke's Indiana stable, 2017 was Macomber's first season operating a public stable with her husband, Ricky, Macomber. The daughter of Ohio-based trainer Tim Rucker and his wife, Debbie, now finds herself with a leading trainer title and a Breeders Crown champion to her credit. Macomber trained Beckhams Z Tam who was victorious in the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers earlier this month at Hoosier Park in 1:51.1. In addition to the Breeders Crown victory, horses from the Macomber stable earned over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day meet at Hoosier Park. "What an unbelievable year, I just have to keep pinching myself," Macomber noted. "With a win in the Breeders Crown and now standing here for leading trainer alongside Jeff, it's been truly unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough that has supported me this year, my owners, my team, everyone." Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 46-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After finishing fourth in the trainer standings last year, his stable earned over $1 million throughout the 2017 season to find him atop the standings. "It's been a great year," Cullipher said. "This is one of the toughest places to race in the country so if you can make it here, I think you are doing alright. I have to thank my owners and my team who have helped me get here, it really is a team effort." The Friday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2017 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2017 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season." For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 17, 2017—Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell, $8.20) retook the lead early and grudgingly held it late Friday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s blindly-drawn (by modern technology) $40,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Pace. Away second from post potion No. 2, ‘Queen Be’ at first was pocketed to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) then retook before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission when Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) offered a fruitless, first-up bid from fifth. Meanwhile, Call Me Queen Be maintained her social status in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. She would need just about all of it. Slight 5-2 favorite All About Madi (Brian Sears), who won the draw but sat a loose three-hole, stormed home inside. ‘Madi’s’ memo arrived a tad late as she missed a scant nose in 1:53.3. Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) left the cones to snatch third, beaten a half-length. HP Sissy and She’sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) settled for the pre-turkey leftovers. For tepid second choice Call Me Queen Be, a 4-year-old millionairess daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Let it Ride Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan, it was her fourth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.40, with the triple returning $63.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Nov. 18th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,867.20. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker  

Another day another harness racing record on the lightening fast Addington surface.  This time it was Ultimate Machete who won this years Woodlands NZ Free For All by blazing around the Addington track in a 1-51.9 mile rate. In doing so Ultimate Machete reclaimed a record he also once held this time last year.  The 4yo by Bettor's Delight trimmed 0.4 of a second off the old 1950m mobile record set only a few days earlier by stable mate Chase Auckland in the NRM Sires Stakes Final. Ultimate Machete had to be the best to win the race, after sitting parked for the whole way and then wearing down the leader Tiger Tara in the shadows of the post. Driver Natalie Rasmussen wasn't worried about sitting parked saying after the race "I was happy to be there. He is so tough and is best rolling along so it suits him. I could see Jacks legend was just starting to battle and I was still traveling. A great effort" Tiger Tara was game in defeat after leading for most of the way for driver Todd McCarthy. He pinged to the lead from the start and kept up a steady tempo but was beaten by a tougher horse on the day.  Jacks Legend was only a nose back in third after trailing all the way. Ultimate Machete zipped over his last 800m in 54.6 with a final quarter in 26.9 seconds. Close finish, but Ultimate Machete (far left) to strong      -   All Stars Stable photo Amazingly the last seven times a New Zealand record has been broken over the 1950m mobile distance, they have all been broken by a horse trained by the Purdon/Rasmussen All Stars Stable. 1950m New Zealand Record history. Ultimate Machete 17/11/2017 Addington Raceway 2-15.7 Chase Auckland 14/11/2017 Addington Raceway 2-16.1 The Devils Own 12/05/2017 Addington Raceway 2-16.3 Lazarus 11/11/2016 Addington Raceway 2-16.3 Ultimate Machete 08/11/2016 Addington Raceway 2-16.5 Have Faith In Me 11/11/2014 Addington Raceway 2-17.3 Auckland Reactor 10/11/2009 Addington Raceway 2-17.8   Ultimate Machete winning this years FFA   Harnesslink Media

In Christchurch.--- It has all the ingredients of a racing fairytale --- a young girl and the horse she loves triumphing against all odds on the biggest stage. And the joy 19-year-old Sheree Tomlinson felt as she won her family’s version of the New Zealand Cup, the $300,000 Dominion at Addington, yesterday was impossible to not to love. Tomlinson never went around a horse on 90-1 chance Amaretto Son, trained by her grandfather Ken Ford, sneaking up the passing lane to become the first female to win our greatest trot race. And all this on a horse who first brought Tomlinson to the attention of the punting public but a horse who needed an operation this time last year to keep racing. But there is only one problem with this girl loves life-changing horse storyline. “He is actually a bugger,” laughs Tomlinson. “He tries to kick me out of the cart every time I drive him. Not just race day, every time. “That is just him. So we have had our moments along the way. He is not easy.” So while he may not be the textbook equine hero, Amaretto Son gave the Tomlinson and Ford family their proudest moment in racing. They are trotting people through and through, breeding horse of that that gait as opposed to pacers and therefore they don’t dream of New Zealand Cups, they dream of the Dominion. “That is why I am so emotional, I can’t believe we, not me but the whole family, have won the race we want the most,” says Sheree. “Especially with this fella because he had those bone chip issues last season and he hasn’t been an easy horse for us.”Tomlinson may be a teenager with an infectious smile but she is no newcomer to the sulky, having been brought up through harness racing’s hugely successful Kidz Kartz programme. “That was a great way to get into racing and get out there on the track before I was allowed to drive properly but I can’t believe something like this has come so early in my career. “I am absolutely buzzing. It is all a bit of a blur.” Amaretto Son will now travel north for the plethora of major trots over the summer at a time when the open class ranks, shorn of Monbet, have a very open feel to them. That wasn’t supposed to be how yesterday’s Dominion turned out as Great Things Happen was a $1.50 favourite and when he jogged to the front in the early stages he should have been too good. But he was beaten at the 300m, leaving trainer-driver Gavin Smith wondering whether his stable star had suffered from a tying up problem as he took an age to recover after the race. While Amaretto Son was a crushing blow for punters in yesterday’s great trot, Ultimate Machete was simply crushing in the A$260,000 Woodlands Pacing Free-For-All. The four-year-old showed the benefit of coming in fresh after missing Cup day to sit parked outside Tiger Tara and Jack’s Legend, smashing the national all comers 1950m mobile record in the process. He will head off to Perth this week to join stablemate Lazarus at the Perth Inter Dominion series but Ultimate Machete will be aimed at the four-year-old support races worth a total of A$375,000 over the next three Fridays. By Michael Guerin

It was an upset of gigantic proportions. But it was also history in the making. Talented trotter Amaretto Sun and harness racing teenage driver Sheree Tomlinson proved victorious in today’s (Friday) Gr.1 $300,000 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap at Addington in Christchurch. Prepared by respected horseman Ken Ford, Amaretto Sun was friendless in the betting and saluted at odds of $91.20 while defeating The Foot Tapper and Monty Python in the 3200m stand-start classic, the biggest trotting event staged in New Zealand and first staged in 1911. Tomlinson, 19, becomes the first female driver to win the time-honoured trotting feature and showed patience beyond her youthful years when guiding the Sundon gelding to victory. The pre-race hype focused on Tuesday’s Trotting Free-For-All winner Great Things Happen with many expecting the giant trotter to repeat his crushing victory while the flashy Bordeaux was tipped to be his biggest challenger. When the strands released, Amaretto Sun pounced on the early lead before releasing The Foot Tapper while Great Things Happen quickly moved forward and tackled for the lead role. With Great Things Happen controlling the speed, there were little or no moves within the first mile of the event which had punters on good terms with themselves. The lead time was covered in 2:06.8. The first move in the race came via Bordeaux who moved three-wide with 1300m to run while Daryl Boko and Dark Horse joined the developing cover. But Great Things Happen continued to cruise in the leading role and posted sectionals of 29.1 and 29.5 seconds for the first half of the final mile. Approaching the home turn, Great Things Happen found little when challenged quickly by Bordeaux while The Foot Tapper and Amaretto Sun went to the passing lane with Monty Python and Harriet Of Mot both starting to charge deeper off the track. At the 100m mark, it was Amaretto Sun who struck the lead while The Foot Tapper, Bordeaux and Monty Python battled hard. Harriet Of Mot, who almost fell soon after the start, made a break in the final stages and cost itself a certain placing. At the finish, it was Amaretto Sun who sprinted best to score by over a length from The Foot Tapper with another half-length back to Monty Python in third while Bordeaux finished a close-up fourth. The final half was covered in splits of 29.4 and 29.7 seconds. The gross time was 4:04.7 – the mile rate was 2:03.0. It was well outside of the race record set twelve months earlier when Monbet trotted 4:00.7. Race favourite Great Things Happen weakened to finish 11th. "He felt good in the running and has so much speed. It felt amazing," Tomlinson said. “It’s very special for the family.” She added. Tomlinson is the granddaughter of Ford and the family has enjoyed tremendous success in recent times with outstanding trotter Marcoola. The shock result provided Tomlinson with her maiden Group One triumph and it’s a victory she will never forget. Amaretto Sun's sire Sundon won the Dominion in 1990. The next leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters takes place at TABCORP Park, Melton on January 27 with the running of the $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star. Chris Barsby

GUELPH, ON — There’s a fierce rivalry brewing between the 110 harness racing horses and their 362 owners at The Stable in Guelph. But it’s not about which horses can trot or pace the quickest race. It’s about which horses will feed the most people. During The Stable’s annual Christmas Open House on November 26, each horse will be represented by an empty 25 kg feed bag — all displayed with bows and the horses’ nametags, adorning the front lawn at Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON). The goal is to fill all 110 bags (three tons — the weight equivalent of three racehorses) with much-needed items for the Guelph Food Bank, which services between 85 – 110 people every day. The Open House is free to attend and all ages are welcome. An RSVP is requested. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be available. The Stable urges guests to bring items listed on the Guelph Food Bank’s most wanted list. For those unable to attend the Open House, but wishing to participate in the effort, a GoFundMe page has been established. Funds will be used for the purchase of food items and any remaining monies will be donated directly to the Guelph Food Bank. The event runs 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features 57 of The Stable’s horses training in 12 sets on the racetrack. The races will be captured by drone camera and streamed on The Stable’s website. The broadcast will include interviews, feature stories about the horses, and commentary from show hosts and drivers on the racetrack. Throughout the day, guests can meet the horses, plus clients and staff of The Stable. Shares are available for 12 of the horses, and purchases can be made on-site. Clients can purchase as little as one share, which currently run as low as $95 (plus tax). A fixed monthly fee of $23.85 (plus tax) covers the horse’s daily care and training. There are currently 110 horses and 362 active racehorse owners from 10 countries in The Stable. Trainers Anthony and Amy MacDonald launched the venture in 2015 as a fractional ownership stable — a model which welcomes newcomers to Standardbred racehorse ownership with a very modest and low-risk investment, and completely accessible and transparent operations. A catalogue will be available on The website on November 24, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. For more information, contact Anthony at or (519) 400-4263. EVENT SNAPSHOT • The Stable’s Annual Christmas Open House • Sunday, November 26, 2017 • Drop-in any time between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Tomiko Training Centre 210 Campbellville Rd, Campbellville • Free admission but RSVP appreciated. Children welcome. • Bring at least one of these items for the Guelph Food Bank • Supervised access to the horses available all day • Complimentary hot drinks and snacks • Questions? Anthony or (519) 400-4263 • Website • Facebook  

Led by a powerful harness racing consignment from Walnut Hall Ltd, the 70th Annual Blooded Horse Sale held Nov 13-16 in Delaware, OH, was the strongest in its history. The sale opened with black type yearlings on Monday followed by racing and breeding stock the other three days. Yearlings, racehorses and breeding stock proved to be in high demand across the board. Walnut Hall Ltd brought an 8-horse consignment led by the sale topping mares Debbie Hall and Danica Hall at $120,000 and $115,000 respectively. Danica Hall, a fast stakes winning daughter of Danica Hall in foal to Cantab Hall, was purchased by Andrew Wengerd of Middlefield OH, and Grand Circuit winning Debbie Hall, already the dam of an Ontario champion and in foal to Muscle Hill, was purchased by Dunroven Stud. Walnut Hall also consigned the two $65,000 sale topping weanlings with the Donato Hanover son of Grand Circuit winning Ma Chere Hall going to James Kunkel of MA and the Kadabra son of Danica Hall secured by Dan Kuhns and Bob Farmwald of Kentucky. The yearlings were led by a McArdle first colt from stakes winning Chica Hanover for $45,000. Consigned by Abby Stables, the strikingly handsome individual was purchased by Kelley O'Donnell of Ohio. Sam Beegle got the nod at $31,000 for the popular Captaintreacherous son out of Good News Lady consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm. Dragon Again was well represented by the colt Forum's Diamond from Spring Haven Farm that was purchased by Scott Cox for $30,000 and a colt out of the fast Mississippi River for $25,000 by Mark Evers from Emerald Highlands Farm. Indiana breds dominated the top end of the racehorses. That group was led by the Indiana Sires Stakes winning Rockin Serena from the Eash Racing consignment. The 3-year-old daughter of Rockin Image was purchased by Emerald Highlands Farm to breed to Fear The Dragon. Eash Racing also consigned the upper level conditioned pacer Undertaker and ultra-consistent trotter ER Ben that were both purchased by Rene Allard for $45,000 and $42,000 respectively. A pair of Indiana breds from Eleven Star Stables created spirited bidding, as well. Sires stakes winner Bluebird Pacific brought $45,000 from Jeff Cullipher and winning $40,000 claiming pacer Freedomformysoul was purchased by Herman Hagerman for $43,000. "We sure appreciated Walnut Hall Ltd bringing such a nice consignment," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "However, we had a lot of good consignments, and even without the Walnut Hall horses, it was the best Blooded Horse Sale in our 70 year history." View complete sale results at The next sale is February 12-13. Entries close in early January and can be made online. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Artspeak, the outstanding son of the sire of sires Western Ideal, will stand at Winbak Farms in Ontario for the 2018 harness racing breeding season. Artspeak's oldest foals will be yearlings in 2018. "From the ones we can see here at Hanover, and from what we hear from other breeders, Artspeak's foals are exceptionally good-looking," said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Artspeak's syndicate manager. "We intend to continue breeding to him and expect that he will prove to be one of North America's leading sires." Artspeak's service fee will be $4,000 Canadian. Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Muscle Massive, winner of the 2010 Hambletonian, will stand at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana for the 2018 breeding season. From only four crops of racing age, Muscle Massive has already sired numerous stake winners, including 2016 Valley Victory and 2017 Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, and the European sensation Cruzado de la Noche. “The Indiana program is one of the very best in harness racing,” said Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms CEO and Muscle Massive syndicate manager, citing the results of the Indiana sale and the fact that three Indiana-sired horses won Breeders Crown finals this year. “We want to be part of this lucrative and growing program. Swan For All is proving to be an important sire, and we think that the blood of Muscle Massive will complement his through his daughters. We intend to continue breeding to him in Indiana.” Muscle Massive will stand at Victory Hill Farm at a service fee of $4,000.      James W. Simpson Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.    

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