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Back in 2005, Chris Frisby realised one of his major harness racing dreams. His talented son of Fake Left, Dinki Di, a family-bred gelding, won the Shirley Turnbull Memorial at Bathurst. “For 18 years I have been trying to win this race,” Frisby said at the time. “I knew Shirley a long time before that and she was just a lovely, lovely lady.” Thirteen years later and Frisby still recalls fondly that victory, but says a TAB Inter Dominion start is challenging that day as a personal harness highlight. His five-year-old gelding Our Uncle Sam last night jumped into the ID18 pacing final courtesy of a slashing second behind Tiger Tara in the third-round heat at Cranbourne. “I’m so rapt. I have to slap myself in the face to tell if it’s real,” he said. “You always dream of an Inter Dominion runner. “I’ve always said Inter Dominion, Hunter Cup, Derbies, Oaks and the Shirley Turnbull Memorial are the races I want to win. “The last one some may not have heard of, but I won it with Dinki Di and that was probably my biggest thrill. We smashed the track record and it was a race I always wanted to win.” Our Uncle Sam qualified for the TAB ID18 final by running fourth on opening night at Melton, seven at Ballarat when covering ground throughout and a fast-finishing second on night three. Frisby's son Anthony drives the horse. And another stride and he probably would have pipped Tiger Tara at the weekend. “I might have took my head off and put a pumpkin on, but I’ve always thought that we’d be a chance in the Inter Dominion with the right run,” Frisby said. “He’s going good enough and I don’t think I’ve ever had him any better than he is now. He’s made the jump, but you always need luck in running.” Check out the full list of ID18 standings Trots Media - Cody Winnell

The morning after three of his horses secured berths in TAB Inter Dominion grand finals, passionate trots owner Dom Martello is both dreaming of an ID18 trophy and studying pedigrees for future sales. “I bought all these horses as yearlings,” he says proudly, pointing at the fact that last night and this morning he’s been delving into the breeding and studying the type of horses like Spankem as he plans for future members of his equine Hammer team. Martello will attend tomorrow morning’s TAB ID18 barrier draws at Zinc, Federation Square, where he’ll be hoping to draw successful gates for his two pacers, Wrappers Delight and Mach Doro, and his trotting star Big Jack Hammer for Saturday night’s grand finals at Tabcorp Park Melton. Martello said Wrappers Delight had especially been taking him on the ride of his life in recent times, the David Aiken-trained pacer securing feature wins such as the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final, the Hygain Breeders Crown Championship, TAB Smoken Up Sprint and Cogs Services 4YO & 5YO Championship. “Wrappers in particular has been going through the dream list and ticking them off one by one, but this race (the Inter Dominion) is different,” Martello said. “I feel like if you win a race like the Inter Dominion then you go down in history. This is one race that you actually dare to dream.” Martello reserved special praise for young driver Kima Frenning (pictured above with Wrappers Delight by Ashlea Brennan), who has piloted both Wrappers Delight and Big Jack Hammer throughout their ID18 heats and helped secure both grand final berths. “One thing I especially like about Kima Frenning is she doesn’t have an ego. She’s hard working, positive and has talent. People like that just need a chance,” he said. Mach Doro is trained by Craig Cross and driven by star Sydney based reinsman Luke McCarthy. Tomorrow’s barrier draw will be live on Sky Racing 1, RSN and Sky Sports Radio from 9am, hosted by Greg Hayes and Adam Hamilton. From 6am until 10am RSN will broadcast live from Federation Square for the ID18 event, with roving panels and guests, including a half-hour Super Panel from 9.30am of Michael Felgate, Dan Mielicki, Jason Bonnington, Andy Gath and Adam Hamilton deep-diving into the form for the deciders. Head to the banks of the Yarra near Zinc to check out the show live, which will also feature HRV HERO ambassadors.  Check out the final TAB ID18 Standings   Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Gore trainer Syd Breen admits that Santanna Blue Chip gelding Santanna’s Rocket struggled last season. Going into last season expectations were high after he recorded some good results against a good crop of three year olds. But at the end of his four year old season he’d only won once from fourteen starts. “After he ran second on the grass at Oamaru we just couldn’t get him right. He’s had bad feet and we’re pretty sure it was a deep seated corn and we just couldn’t get it to come out. In the end we just had to bite the bullet and butcher his feet back and  we just waited for them to grow. It’s taken six months for his feet to come right and he’s still got a bit of a hole there. Shoeing wise we’ve just got aluminiums (shoes) all round and just elevated them two degrees behind. Aluminiums give him more surface areas to stand on. Franksie (farrier Brendon Franks) has done a great job,” he said. This season Santanna’s Rocket started off with a twelfth placing at the Riverton Meeting before he won easily at Forbury Park two weeks ago. And after his work during the week Breen was confident of a top showing yesterday in the Regent Car Court Mobile Pace. “I thought he was the best thing I’d ever taken to the races. He’s just gone from a nice enough horse to one that I think will go a long way. Brad said today that he still wasn’t concentrating properly. He said he feels like he could run 36 (2-36 for 2200 metres) if he concentrated. We’ve got the galloping hood on him and it just sharpens him up a bit.” In yesterday’s race Santanna’s Rocket was taken straight to the top by driver Brad Williamson and ran the field along at a solid clip. He went down to the line winning easily winning by two and three quarters of a length. The showy style of Santanna's Rocket winning easily for Brad Williamson - Photo Bruce Stewart. Next up will be the Gore Cup on the 27th of this month. “After he worked the other day I said 'he’ll win today and then we’ll go to the Gore Cup.' It’s a 60 front (R60) and he’ll be off the front.”   Yesterday’s win was Breen’s 30th from 298 starters. “I wanted to win 30 races by the time I had 300 starters so that was done today.” Santanna’s Rocket is owned by Paul Matheson, Ross Cleland and Barry Harvey. “They had a good old bet up in Christchurch so they’ll be pretty happy. They did multis with Mucho Macho Man (which won at Forbury Park on Thursday).” Breen is having a good trot at the moment having won eight races in four weeks. His winners have been Lorretta Franco (2), The Night Hawk (2), Santanna’s Rocket (2) and Mucho Macho Man (2). “Ross bought me a one armed spreader and it’s just helped him (Mucho Macho Man) and The Night Hawk out no end. You just put it on one side. It’s not tight and it just keeps them off the knee. It works like the old type of guiders used to work. Brett Gray put me onto them. He’s had a bit of success with them. Now he’s probably wishing he hadn’t told me.” Breen also credits regular drivers Brad Williamson and Mark Hurrell for the run of successes. “Mark gives them the trip, gives you good feedback and the Williamson boys you just can’t get better.”   Bruce Stewart

An array of excellent groupe contests were on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program, but, before those events began was the monte Prix de Seiches-sur-Le- Loir (purse 80,000€, 215 meters). The quick timed 1.12.2krwinner was the 9/10 favorite Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet in the irons for trainer Stephane Meunier. She scored for the seventh time in a 41 start career, now for 269,210€ earned.  The 57/1 outsider Caporal de Bry (6g Singalo-One Class) was second for jockey Julien Balu, and third was 14/1 Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash) for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir. The Gr. II Prix Albert Rayon (purse 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds, nine starters) started the groupe events and it was narrowly won by the 1.1/1 favorite Fubria (3f Password-Sanawa) timed in 1.14.2kr with a powerful last 500 for Yoann Lebourgeois. Fubria now has five career wins in nine starts for 100,500€ earned. The 21/1 Frostie Love (3f Sam Bourbon-Ustie Love) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Third went to 8.5/1 Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union Quality) with Jean Philippe Dubois the breeder/driver. Next up was the Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (monte, purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds). The 3/5 favorite Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was victorious timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebougeois was up for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire.  This colt recorded hius sixth career win in 19 outings, now for 416,450€ earned. 3/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 22/1 Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point) was third for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. 6.2/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood) ended fourth. The feautured event this day was the Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard (purse 120,000€, 200 meters, four yer olds). The 1.13.9kr timed winner was the 2/5 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up. Ecurie d’Oliverie owns this Franck Leblanc trainee that now has 13 career wins in 26 starts for 940,990€ in earnings. The 13/1 Estola (4f Nectar-Nika) was second for Bjorn Goop, driving for trainer Emmanuel Ruault. and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 21/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) was third with David Thomain up. Vincennes also hosted the day’s Q+ event in the Prix d’Hautefort (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). The 1.9/1 odds Valokaja Hindu (7m Great Challenger-Hindu Enghave) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire timed in 1.12.3kr. The Norwegian invader now has four wins in FR from six starts and career earnings reached 206,754€.  The 12/1 Blue Ciel (7g Milord Drill) was second for David Thomain, and third was 52/1 Pave The Way (10g Pearsall Hanover-Hot Pants) for Alexandre Abrivard. 28/1 Aqi des Crerves and 12/1 Vixel completed the exact order top five. Winning 2€ ticketholders received 20,328€. The Gr. III Prix Narquois (purse 95,000€, 2700 meters) completed the day’s groupe races and this one showcased another impressive victory by the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The winner is owned in Germany by Stall Oberkracher and now has posted five wins in nine starts in FR for career earnings of 206,754€. Dreambreaker raced much of the way in the second tier before powering to the front in the lane. 19/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second with J.Ph. Monclin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 19/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) took third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 18/1 Handsome Brad (5m Brad de Veluve-Ulrica M) was third for driover C.J. Jepson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Goshen, NY – Celebrity Farms Sam Stathis has announced that his stakes winning harness racing trotter, Celebrity Maserati, will be standing stud for the 2019 season at Leatherstocking Equine Group in New York. His stud fee will be $2,500. Sired by Andover Hall from the SJ’s Caviar mare, Arlanda Hanover, Celebrity Maserati was a $198,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:53 as a three-year-old at Pocono Downs. At age three he was the winner of the Dexter Cup Trot Final at Freehold Raceway and was first and second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In the Dexter Cup, it was only the second start of the season for Celebrity Maserati, who defeated Jimmy Takter’s world record holder Dontyouforgetit in 1:58.3, an early lifetime best clocking, making him a season’s leader for most of the year.  From seven foals out of Arlanda Hanover, six made the races and Celebrity Maserati was the fastest and top money earner. He has a full brother, Orlando, who was a $175,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:54.4f and his Celebrity Maserati was favored that year to win his division of the prestigious Hambletonian Trot, but fractured his ankle on the first turn and still was able to come home faster that any other horse in the race. Celebrity Maserati was also one of the horses rescued from the devasting fire at the Olympia Training Center (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) on March 16, 2016 that took the lives of 12 Standardbred race horses. Between his injuries in the Hambletonian and then the fire, Stathis decided it was time to stand his big beautiful black stallion at stud. “He is such a magnificent looking horse,” said Stathis, “That I felt it was time to put him to stud publicly. I know he will do very well in NY as he was a major stakes winner (Dexter Cup) on a half mile track and has taken fast records on all size tracks.” All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: or call 607-847-9996. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms

A positive barrier draw on Monday morning could shift the TAB Inter Dominion market momentum back the way of New South Wales harness racing superstar Tiger Tara. One month after a heartbreaker in the New Zealand Trotting Cup, when Tiger Tara basically deserved to win but didn’t, the stable that pipped the Kevin Pizzuto trained eight-year-old just may stand between him and top-level success again. Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen put the polish on exciting four-year-old Spankem, whose maturity belies his age, and Cruz Bromac, unbeaten in this year’s ID18 series to date. But if Tiger Tara’s connections pull the best marble, he could be the favourite with by Monday lunchtime. “It’s going to come down to the draw, but I just have to say a few prayers and hope for a good alley,” Tiger Tara’s driver Todd McCarthy said. Rasmussen has an envious decision to make. It’s a tough call, but you’d prefer to have the choice than not. She can pick either Spankem or Cruz Bromac (pictured by Stuart McCormick) for next Saturday night’s $500,000 Group 1. “I don’t even know,” she said when quizzed which rein she would pull. “I will put them in a hat and draw one out. They are both just beautiful horses, neither of them would be a bad drive. They are both genuine winning chances, they’ve got everything. They’ve both got speed, they’ve both got strength. You couldn’t split them.” McCarthy believes the 2760m of the grand final will suit Tiger Tara. “He’s very tough. The distance is going to play into his hands. One thing’s for sure he’s going to do his best for us,” he said. Cruz Bromac produced the fastest mile rate tonight with a 1:56.5 run to defeat Im Pats Delight by 4.4m Post-race Gavin Lang told Sky’s Adam Hamilton if you reversed the runs of the winner and the second horse, the result would change, too. Im Pats Delight is certainly getting better all the time. Monday's barrier draws will occur at Zinc, Federation Square, from 9am, and will be broadcast live on Sky Racing 1, Sky Sports Radio and RSN.  To watch the video replays click on this link. Trots Media - Michael Howard       6 8:33pm TAB INTER DOMINION PACING CHAMPIONSHIP (3RD ROUND QUALIFYING HEAT 1) (GROUP 3) 2555M $30,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SPANKEM NZ      Sr2 9 M Purdon, N C Rasmussen Natalie Rasmussen   $ 1.50 fav  PRS 3WE L 1 SWAB   BAY GELDING 4 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of CRUSHEM (NZ) (HOLMES HANOVER USA)  Owner(s): G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J A Gibbs, A Gibbs, G A Woodham, K J Woodham  Breeder(s): R K Wah, G Wah 2 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Sr3 10 G F J Bond, S A Bond Todd McCarthy 7.70 $ 8.50   T/F$ 3WM 2 SWAB 3 JOES STAR OF MIA      Fr1 1 Steve Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 8.00 $ 7.00   PRS PH 5 4 MAXIMAN NZ      Fr5 5 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 8.50 $ 17.90   PRS PRU GS WC L SLM 3 5 WRAPPERS DELIGHT      Sr1 8 David Aiken Kima Frenning 11.00 $ 5.70   PRS PH 7 6 MISTER WICKHAM      Fr6 6 Lee Evison Gavin Lang 16.20 $ 77.20   INC 6 7 MAGICAL MARN NZ      Fr4 4 Adam Kelly Zac Phillips 20.80 $ 112.00   RAS 8 8 TEE CEE BEE MACRAY      Fr3 3 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 26.30 $ 82.30   PRS RAS 11 9 JOHN OF ARC NZ      Fr2 2 Clive Dalton Neil McCallum 39.40 $ 138.00   9 10 FREYBERG NZ      Fr7 7 Kevin Pizzuto Jason Grimson 44.80 $ 144.00   GS UCL RR D/CEP 4 D/CBOCS QDT   7 9:03pm TAB INTER DOMINION PACING CHAMPIONSHIP (3RD ROUND QUALIFYING HEAT 2) (GROUP 3) 2555M $30,000 M0 Or Better. 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Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 TIGER TARA NZ      Fr4 4 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy   $ 1.20 fav  PRS PRU 3WE L 1 SWAB   BAY HORSE 8 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TARA GOLD (NZ) (DREAM AWAY USA)  Owner(s): M Hawli, C L Pizzuto, K J Pizzuto, T N Pizzuto  Breeder(s): R P (Raymond) Anicich 2 OUR UNCLE SAM      Sr1 8 Chris Frisby Anthony Frisby 1.10 $ 28.00   PRS 5 HUE USL SWAB 3 SAN CARLO      Sr4 11 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley 3.80 $ 8.20   4WE 3WE OLM 2 4 CANT REFUSE NZ      Fr1 1 Matthew Craven Matthew Craven 6.40 $ 11.60   GS WC L SLE 3 HI CMP 5 CONVICTION      Fr3 3 Steve Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 8.00 $ 55.90   7 6 MY ALPHA ROCK NZ      Fr7 7 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 11.30 $ 68.10   4WE 3WE 4 7 MACH DORO      Sr2 9 Craig Cross Luke McCarthy 12.90 $ 38.10   8 8 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ      Sr3 10 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Jody Jamieson 14.80 $ 131.00   PRS 3WET RES PH 9 HUE 9 BAD BILLY      Fr6 6 Gary Lawlor Jason Lee 15.70 $ 109.00   RAS 10 10 MOTU METEOR NZ      Fr5 5 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning 17.80 $ 66.30   3WE RES 11 11 AUDI HARE NZ      Fr2 2 David Aiken David Moran 18.70 $ 41.80   PRS GS UCL 6 QUER VXAR Scratchings All started Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:06:0 Mile Rate: 1:57:1 Lead Time: 69.2 First Quarter: 30.5 Second Quarter: 31.5 Third Quarter: 26.6 Fourth Quarter: 28.2 Margins: 1.1m x 2.7m        Play 8 9:33pm TAB INTER DOMINION PACING CHAMPIONSHIP (3RD ROUND QUALIFYING HEAT 3) (GROUP 3) 2555M $30,000 M0 Or Better. 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Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 CRUZ BROMAC NZ      Fr3 4 M Purdon, N C Rasmussen Natalie Rasmussen   $ 1.10 fav  T/CG PRS 3WM L 1 SWAB   BAY GELDING 7 by FALCON SEELSTER USA out of CROWN DEFENDER NZ (LIFE SIGN USA)  Owner(s): D Zavitsanos, P M O'Shea, Z D O'Shea, J Zavitsanos, W R Viney  Breeder(s): Bromac Lodge Ltd 2 IM PATS DELIGHT NZ      Sr1 8 Cran Dalgety Gavin Lang 4.40 $ 8.10   PRU INCSU RRSU OPS NAT 4 SWAB 3 VILLAGE WITCH      Fr6 7 Jason Grimson Jason Grimson 7.90 $ 89.10   PRS RAS 8 SWAB 4 ELLMERS IMAGE NZ      Fr5 6 Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 12.50 $ 76.10   RAS 9 5 CASH N FLOW NZ      Fr4 5 Craig Cross Luke McCarthy 13.90 $ 44.40   PRS 3WE 6 6 IM THE BOSS      Sr2 9 David Aiken Kima Frenning 14.50 $ 12.40   PRS 3WE INC L SLM 3 7 HICKSTEAD NZ      Fr1 1 John Justice John Justice 21.30 $ 43.50   GS L HO SLE 5 8 IDEAL SUCCESS NZ      Sr3 10 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning 23.40 $ 115.00   7 9 MATTGREGOR NZ      Fr2 2 Chantal Turpin Pete McMullen 47.60 $ 32.40   PRS GS C 2 HI GG VXAR Scratchings   FRANCO NELSON NZ 3 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:05:0 Mile Rate: 1:56:5 Lead Time: 68.8 First Quarter: 29.5 Second Quarter: 31.7 Third Quarter: 26.5 Fourth Quarter: 28.5 Margins: 4.4m x 3.5m  

For the first time something went wrong in Tornado Valley’s campaign and even it couldn’t stop the talented harness racing trotter completing a clean sweep of its TAB Inter Dominion trotting heats. Despite a loose bandage flailing in the straight Andy and Kate Gath’s Long Forrest trotter produced a 16th win in 18 starts, then Speeding Spur reaffirmed his status by controlling the second heat. And with that the final 12 booked their places in next Saturday’s trotting Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, with that select dozen unchanged by tonight’s proceedings. The final qualifiers were Tornado Valley (48 points), Speeding Spur (43), Save Our Pennys (39), Big Jack Hammer (35), Kyvalley Blur (30), Tough Monarch (29), Red Hot Tooth (26), Monty Python (24), Sky Petite (23), Kingdom Come (22), Rompers Monarchy (21) and Wilmas Mate (20), with Illawong Armstrong (18) the first emergency. But while there is a big 12, looming even larger is the big two and, perhaps, in Tornado Valley the big one. “He didn’t miss a beat,” reinswoman Kate Gath said. “He’s always had a great gait. He does get on the bit a little bit, particularly over the longer trip, but it doesn’t seem to affect him. In the straight he just goes. “He seems to have come through the runs very well and so far so good. Obviously we would like a front row draw in the final, but whatever happens happens and I’m glad I’ve got him. “If he draws poorly it will make things a hell of a lot harder, but he is versatile so it’s not the end of the world.” The 6.3-metre win was established with a 27.8 third quarter after a hearty breather in the second quarter (32.2) that helped ensure the win was never in doubt, with Save Our Pennys advancing from three pegs to run second and Red Hot Tooth ensuring her finals place with third after a bold early lead. The horse most likely to prevent the trotting championship being Tornado Valley’s plaything remains Speeding Spur, with Josh and John Dickie’s near-million-dollar trotter registering a second heat win tonight after finding the front and getting home in 58.8 seconds. “It’s been a good round of heats for him,” reinsman Josh Dickie said. “When he ran third the other night it was still a great run, so heading into the final next Saturday we couldn’t be happier. “He’s such a great horse to drive, he’s just always underneath you and he will run when you want him too. “I thought all three heats he’s been really good, he probably doesn’t look as impressive at time but he gets the job done. The 2700 (metres) at Melton next week is going to be right up his alley, especially if they are going hard.” Big Jack Hammer ran a bold second to Speeding Spur from three pegs with Illawong Armstrong’s third placing from leader’s back drawing him within two points of a finals berth and earning him first emergency status for trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan. To watch the video replays click on this link. Trots Media - Michael Howard 4 7:31pm TAB INTER DOMINION TROTTING CHAMPIONSHIP (3RD ROUND QUALIFYING HEAT 1) (GROUP 3) 2555M $20,000 TM0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 TORNADO VALLEY NZ      Fr3 4 Andy Gath Kate Gath   $ 1.10 fav  PRU GS L SLE L PH 1 SWAB T/F$   BAY GELDING 7 by SKYVALLEY NZ out of BEGIN (NZ) ()  Owner(s): N R (Norm) Jenkin  Breeder(s): P L Gaugler, T M McMillan 2 SAVE OUR PENNYS      Fr1 1 Graeme Lang Gavin Lang 6.30 $ 6.00   PRS GS 5 SWAB 3 RED HOT TOOTH      Fr4 6 Kari Males Zac Phillips 9.30 $ 34.70   GS L SLE 3 4 TOUGH MONARCH      Sr2 9 Rickie Alchin Rickie Alchin 10.60 $ 19.60   PRS 4 D/F$ 5 ALDERBECK NZ      Sr1 8 Phil Williamson Anthony Butt 13.60 $ 42.10   6 6 FATHER CHRISTMAS NZ      Fr2 2 Brent Lilley Greg Sugars 14.00 $ 40.60   PH 7 HU INC 7 WILMAS MATE NZ      Sr3 10 Tim Butt John Caldow 26.20 $ 71.00   B 8 INC SCT 8 SKY PETITE      Sr4 11 Michael Stanley Ryan Duffy 63.60 $ 65.00   PRS 9 INC CTS B NAT 9 KOWHAI MONARCH NZ      Fr5 7 J A Rando, M J Rando Todd McCarthy 80.00 $ 109.00   PRS 3WE 2 BUP Scratchings   MAORI LAW 3 OUR TWENTYTEN NZ 5   Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:12:8 Mile Rate: 2:01:5 Lead Time: 73.4 First Quarter: 30.1 Second Quarter: 32.2 Third Quarter: 27.8 Fourth Quarter: 29.3 Margins: 6.3m x 3.0m     5 8:00pm TAB INTER DOMINION TROTTING CHAMPIONSHIP (3RD ROUND QUALIFYING HEAT 2) (GROUP 3) 2555M $20,000 TM0 Or Better. 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Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SPEEDING SPUR NZ      Fr2 2 J W Dickie, J I Dickie Josh Dickie   $ 1.20 fav  PRS GS L 1 SWAB   BAY HORSE 7 by PEGASUS SPUR CA out of DELLA'S SPEED (NZ) (CHIOLA HANOVER USA)  Owner(s): Woodlands Partnership Syndicate, K J Read, A M Ellis, R J Tayler, D Hewett  Breeder(s): Woodlands Stud Ltd 2 BIG JACK HAMMER      Sr1 8 David Aiken Kima Frenning 1.60 $ 13.50   PRS 5 HUE USL SWAB 3 ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG      Fr1 1 Jodi Quinlan Jodi Quinlan 4.10 $ 25.90   PH 3 USL 4 KYVALLEY BLUR USA      Fr5 5 Brent Lilley Chris Alford 4.80 $ 6.80   PRS PRU 3WE 3WET 3WM 4 5 MONTY PYTHON NZ      Sr4 11 Phil Williamson Anthony Butt 6.70 $ 78.60   3WMT 3WL W1 6 KHEIRON      Fr6 6 Peter Lane Chris Lang 10.20 $ 117.00   RAS 7 7 KINGDOM COME NZ      Fr7 7 Andy Gath Kate Gath 12.40 $ 48.80   PRS GS 8 8 FABRICATION      Sr2 9 David Abrahams Gavin Lang 13.00 $ 71.90   3WM 2 9 ENROLLED      Fr3 3 Brent Lilley Josh Duggan 13.30 $ 66.90   3WE 3WM 6 QDT 10 ROMPERS MONARCHY NZ      Fr4 4 J A Rando, M J Rando David Morris 20.10 $ 157.00   PH 10 11 KING DENNY NZ      Sr3 10 Michael Gadsden Denbeigh Wade 148.10 $ 201.00   PRS 12 HO B Scratchings All started Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:12:6 Mile Rate: 2:01:3 Lead Time: 73.1 First Quarter: 30.7 Second Quarter: 30 Third Quarter: 29 Fourth Quarter: 29.8 Margins: 1.6m x 2.5m    

The interest generated by the recent article Horse Of The Year - Shartin N or McWicked is astounding with over 130,000 people reached, 4268 engagements, 295 likes and 51 shares to date shows that the interest in this harness racing contest is way above normal. If you want to have your say please join in the conversation on our Facebook Page here.  When looking at the two horses involved there is no doubt that they both have a case to win, the season that Shartin N and McWicked had were extra ordinary to say the least. As a result of the interest shown we have taken a deeper look into the two horses to try to sway thoughts one way or the other. If you look at just the Stake Races (not eliminations) that each horse raced in, here is the result; McWicked 1 - $150,000 The Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrahs Philadelphia -1st Filibuster Hanover - McWicked 4th 2 - $100,000 The Mohawk Gold Cup at Mohawk Raceway - 1st Sintra - McWicked 2nd 3 - $500,000 The Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs - 1st McWicked 4 - $471,000 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands - 1st McWicked 5 - $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial TVG at The Meadowlands - 1st Western Joe - McWicked 2nd 6 - $325,000 The Dan Patch at Hoosier Park - 1st Lazarus - McWicked 3rd 7 - $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Raceway - 1st McWicked 8 - $250,000 The Jim Ewart Memorial - 1st Split The House - McWicked 4th 9 - $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby - 1st Lazarus - MicWicked 2nd 10 - $150,000 The Dayton Pacing Derby - 1st Donttellmeagain - McWicked 3rd 11 - $179,000 The Allerage at Lexington - 1st McWicked 12 - $250,000 The Dan Rooney at Yonkers Raceway - 1st McWicked 13 - $430,000 The Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs - 1st McWicked 14 - $350,000 TVG Final at The Meadowlands - 1st McWicked McWicked started in 14 stake races (Eliminations not included) for 7 wins. For the season McWicked had 19 starts for 12 wins 3 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths with $1,662,094 in earnings. McWicked raced from the 19th of May through to the 24th of November. Shartin N 1 - $373,000 Bluechip Matchmaker Final at Yonkers Raceway - 1st Shartin N 2 - $102,200 Sam "Chip" Noble Memorial at Miami Valley - 1st  Shartin N 3 - $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrahs Philadelphia - 1st Shartin N 4 - $370,000 Roses Are Red Final at Mohawk Raceway - 1st Shartin N 5 - $189,750 The Golden Girls at The Meadowlands - 1st Divas Image - 4th Shartin N 6 - $197,400 The Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands - 1st Shartin N 7 - $161,000 The Artiscape aat Tioga Downs - 1st Shartin N 8 - $100,000 The Great North Eastern Open Series at Pocono Downs - 1st Bettorhaveanother - Shartin N 8th 9 - $98,500 The Allerage at Lexington Raceway - 1st Shartin N 10 - $270,000 The Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs - 1st Shartin N 11 - $175,000 TVG Final at The Meadowlands - 1st Shartin N Shartin N started in 11 stake races (Eliminations not included)  for 9 wins. Shartin N had 24 starts for 19 wins and 1 fourth with $1,098,038 in earnings. Shartin raced from the 10th of January through to the 24th of November. You be the judge by voicing your opinion on our Facebook Page by clicking on this link.  

Laura Crossland-trained three-year-old Lochinvar Art made a stunning return to the racetrack tonight in the Caduceus Club 3YO Cup at Cranbourne. The son of Modern Art covered ground early before making ground from the back, racing home to a 3.9m win in a mile rate of 1:55.9, upstaging $1.40 favourite Demon Delight. As a result slashed his Victoria Derby price from $31 into $10. “I’m not really a big one for getting too confident and he was first-up tonight … he’s pretty forward, but whatever he does tonight he’ll take lot out of it,” Moran said. “He’s probably one of the best horses I’ve driven. I thought he was really, really good tonight.” Lochinvar Art, a son of Modern Art, won six of nine races as a two-year-old, including feature wins in the Benstud Youthful Stakes, the Alabar Tatlow and an Alabar Breeders Challenge Semi-Final. He was desperately unlucky in the Group 1 Breeders Challenge Final when held up behind Hardhitter. “In the early days he had a lot of high speed. He was so fast it wasn’t funny,” Moran said. “His will to win is unbelievable.” Quizzed about why the team decided not to make a late payment for the Breeders Crown at two, Moran explained they wanted to ensure the horse’s future was protected. “He was up for a long time and I think you can go to the well too many times,” he said. “A lot of people probably worry about money. But if you want a good horse in the long run, you probably have to put that aside a little bit.”   Cody Winnell Trots Media

MILTON, December 7, 2018 - Kendall Seelster powered by Darlinonthebeach late to win a harness racing star-studded $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A talented field of six with combined earnings of $4.7 million battled in Friday's feature contest. Sandbetweenurtoes left hard from the rail looking for the lead, while sophomore filly Double A Mint also fired towards the top and led on the outside by a length a :27 opener. Exhilarated overtook the top spot in the second-quarter after being parked and hit the half in :55.4. Double A Mint popped the two-hole heading into the far-turn to reclaim the lead. Darlinonthebeach, who was searching for a repeat in the Preferred, got underway from fifth and came first-up in the third-quarter to draw within a length of the lead turning for home. Kendall Seelster and driver Sylvain Filion followed Darlinonthebeach and sat in a perfect second-over spot. Double A Mint led into the lane off a three-quarter clocking of 1:24. In the stretch, Double A Mint battled tough before surrendering the lead in the final-eighth. Darlinonthebeach muscled to the lead but couldn't hold off a charging Kendall Seelster. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play hit the line first in 1:50.4, prevailing by three-quarters of a length. Double A Mint held third, while Bettors Up finished fourth. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster entered Friday's contest winless in her last three starts after capturing back-to-back editions of the Preferred in early-November. Her sophomore numbers now jump to eight wins and $268,465 earned in 22 starts. Kendall Seelster late-season success over older rivals adds to her impressive career accomplishments. She now has 12 wins and $722,450 in career earnings for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $9.50. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M's trotting feature, the harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride off the rail just after the half to go after leader Misslarose. Trolley drew alongside Misslarose at the three-quarter mark and edged away from that foe with an eighth of a mile to go, before powerfully striding clear to an easy win, his third of the year in only four starts. Thisguyisonfire and Dynamic Edge had good late trot to claim second and third, respectively. Misslarose weakened to fourth. The winner, who is owned by Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger, now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts and a bankroll of $290,059 after trotting the mile in 1:52.2. He returned $2.60 to win. FAVES RULE IN PICK-5: The 50-Cent Pick-5 took huge action, as $106,397 in "new" money was added to the $18,376 carryover from Thursday night to create a total pool of $124,773. There was no big score to be had, however, as post-time favorites won each leg of the wager, resulting in a payoff of $60.15. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy continued his winning ways, as the Big M's leading driver upped his meet-leading win total to 27 after scoring three times on the night. ... It was all about form on the nine-race card, as six favorites and three second choices hit the winner's circle. ... All-source handle totaled $1,526,865. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

DAYTON, OH. - A pair of impressive harness racing mares prevailed in the co-featured $18,000 Mares Open Pace and the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 7). American Girl (Aaron Merriman) worked hard from an assigned outside post to gain command through the :26.2 opening panel, then coasted to a comfortable 5-3/4 length victory in the distaff pace. The final 1:50.3 time equaled the 9-year-old daughter of Art's Chip's lifetime best and pushed her closer to the $1 earnings plateau for owners Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. With the $9000 winners share, American Girl has now banked $977,110. She has won three straight weekly features at Dayton following a pair of runnerup finishes since returning to the races in mid-October following a three-month layoff. Tyler George is her trainer. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), who was ever so slightly favored, was runnerup while A Little Starstruk (Trevor Smith) was the best of the rest. Most 4-year-olds who have banked $125,000 made the majority of their bounty in their juvenile seasons at two and three. That's not the case for Party At The Banks, however, as she crushed a field of male Open trotters in 1:53 for her tenth win in 22 starts in 2018. She has now banked over $106,000 of her $125,000 in lifetime earnings since turning age four. The talented daughter of Break The Bank K now possesses a string of six wins and two place finishes in her last eight starts. She is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The odds-on favorite, driven by Chris Page, bested Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) by a length and a half with Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) another two lengths in arrears. Although driver Dan Noble didn't get to visit the winner's circle following the co-featured races, he did pose for a picture after five other races on the card. He scored with Gold Record in 1:56.2 and subsequently triumphed with Rolling Thunder (1:54.3), J M Jet Set (1:51.2), Velocity Mattis (1:52.2) and Allbeastnobeauty (1:52.2). Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 7, 2018 - Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night (Dec. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel's Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed as Angel's Pride laid down early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 57 seconds. It was a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.4) to dispose of Keystone Wanda's uncovered bid from fourth, but 'Monica' was ready. She vacated the cones early, about to polish off much a better trip than the self-inflicted, horrid sojourn of a week ago. Monica Gallagher rolled by, widening to 2¾ lengths over Angel's Pride in 1:53.3. Pole-assigned Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) was a three-hole third, with Delightfulmemphisn (Dan Dube) and Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton) picking off the remainder. For Monica Gallagher, a 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned and D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her 10th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $147.50 and the superfecta paid $794. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,700 CARRYOVER, 15G GUARANTEE  A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Dec. 8h) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,735.44 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Saturday night. 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. Saturday’s Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. Frank Drucker

Scarborough, Maine - December 7, 2018 ... With just two days remaining in the 2018 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs, Year End Award recipients were announced on Friday (12/7) as the staff at the seaside oval continued with the tradition of honoring achievement, while recognizing the excellence of the many performers who made the meet one of the most successful in recent years. Drew Campbell once again walked away with Scarborough's Leading Driver title as the perennial powerhouse's tally of 148 wins easily outdistanced the 80 scores amassed by runner-up Mitchell Cushing, who in his breakthrough season, is generally recognized as one of the industry's rising stars. Campbell's dominance extended through all driving categories. From 487 starts, he topped out with; the most wins (148), highest purse earnings ($487,489), the gaudiest Universal Driver Rating (.473) and the leading win percentage after visiting the winners circle with 31.7% of his drives. Top Trainer honors went to Bo Sowers, who served notice from the earliest portions of the meet that his roster would be a force to reckon with. His unprecedented blitz of five wins on the opening day card elevated him to the top of the Leader's Board, a position that he would never relinquish throughout the entirety of the meet. From 192 starts, Sowers scored 42 wins while boasting a hefty .351 Universal Trainer Rating. His horses' earnings totaled $126,460 on the year. The Freeman Parker Award which recognizes the Up-And-Coming Driver of the Year goes to McGwire Sowers in 2018. The 18-year-old sensation wasted little time in making an impact at the Downs, piloting five winners down Victory Lane on Opening Day, catapulting himself to an early lead in the driver's standings, a position that he held for much of the first month of the meet. Sowers closed out his Scarborough season with 44 wins from 255 starts, finishing 5th on the year end Leader's Board. The Loring Norton Award which recognizes the Up-And-Coming Trainer of the Year belongs to Christopher Petrelli. The 19-year-old conditioner won the very first race of the 2018 meet with Fox Valley Bailey (one of two wins from his roster on the Opening Day program) and closed out the season in 7th place on the Leader's Board with 19 top tallies. JJs Jet was named Pacer of the Year for 2018, on the strength of his track record performance in Scarborough's $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic. During a year when the big invitational horses seldom graced the seaside oval, the 9-year-old son of Jereme's Jet-Northern Desire made the biggest splash, touring the raceway in a new track record of 1:52.3 with Drew Campbell at the helm, eclipsing the previous benchmark of 1:52.4 established 25 years ago by Hotrod Falcon and Walter Case, Jr., way back in 1993. JJs Jet, a winner of 3 races from 4 seasonal starts at the Downs, is trained by James Dunn for owner Bruce Maxwell. Nathaniel capped of a strong 2018 meeting at the Downs by securing Trotter of the Year honors. The 5-year-old son of Lear Jetta-Ponytail Express secured five top-level wins from 10 local appearances, including a 1:57.4 score in the $16,200 renewal of the Joseph Ricci Memorial. The handsome chestnut trotter is trained by James Dunn for owner Linwood Higgins. The leading lady of the meet was a mid-level pacer named Rockintheniteaway. A nine-time local winner, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Best Of Ball was a gimmicks player's dream come true throughout the entire season in 2018, factoring in the Scarborough pari-mutuels at an astounding 23 for 29 clip. The Distaff Pacer of the Year is owned and trained by Gordon Du Bois Sr. A battle tested veteran was named Claimer of the Year as Kid Courageous A continued to defy age all season long. The 14-year-old war horse scored an eye-popping 1:56.1 open-length victory on Opening Day at the Downs (a speed standard that was not eclipsed until well into the second month of the meet) and with one local start remaining on Saturday (12/8) amassed a record of 6-1-3 from 14 appearances. The son of Bettor's Delight-Talilia is owned and trained and driven by Dan Deslandes. Live harness racing will be featured this coming Saturday and Sunday during closing weekend at Scarborough Downs with the 12th annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony taking center stage on Saturday (12/8). Post time for both performances will be at 12:15 pm (EST). The Downs will remain open for simulcast wagering on a seven day a week schedule throughout the winter months with opening day of the 2019 live harness racing meet set for March 30th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

December 6, 2018 - The Thursday Quinte+ race was the Prix de Blois (purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) at Paris-Vincennes. Victory went to the 3/2 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) reined by harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire to his 16th career victory in 47 starts. Bred by Comte de Bellaigue, Bel Avis is now owned by New Blue 1 LLC (USA) and has earned 582,390€ for his career. 8.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) was second, with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard for Stall Invexbo AB. 5.5/1 odds Clif du Pommereux (6m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) earned the third spot with Damien Bonne driving for owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger. The 36/1 outsider Bolide Jenilou (g Kesaco Phedo) and 20/1 Attacus (8g Hand du Vivier) completed the top five with the exact order 2€ ticket paying 19,651.80€. Sharon Gar and Ranch Kelly earned the sixth and seventh place checks. The Prix de Murat (purse 54,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) saw 6.8/1 Nancy America (7f Revenue-Camargue) score timed in 1.13.6kr with Franck Nivard up for Stall Leumas and trainer Philippe Billard. This winning mare, the legendary Revenue, now has career earnings of 211,108€, as she defeated the 1.7/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (6f Prince Gede) handled by David Thomain and 9/1 Bahamas Quick (7f Pim Quick) that Yoann Lebourgeois reined for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Franck Leblanc. Four year olds contested the Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters) that saw 2.2/1 Eclipse Danika (4f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) rally from the near the back to win timed in 1.14kr. Bryan Coppens reined the winner that now has earned 220,960€ for the career. Comte P de Senneville owns and Pierre Vercruysse trains the winner. The 7.6/1 odds Ethien du Vivier (4m Sancho Turgot-Nomiva du Vivier) was second, handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. 18/1 Eliseo (4g Timoko) was third for trainer Adrien Lamy and breeder/trainer Frederic Prat.9 Sunday is the Gr.II Prix de Bourbonnais that is now down to 12 starters led by Bold Eagle and a host of FR challengers including Belina Josselyn, Bird Parker and Traders. Trainers Philippe Allaire and Sebastien Guarato are each sending three trainees into battle. Thomas H. Hicks

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