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Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, delighted at King of Swing’s effortless victory on Tuesday night, will be looking for strong efforts from American Brave and Speed Man when they clash in the first event, the Seven News Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This trio of exciting three-year-olds are being aimed at the rich Golden Nugget Championship for four-year-olds in the coming summer. A winner at six of his 13 starts, American Brave made a stylish Australian debut for Hall when he scored a runaway victory against moderate company over 2130m at Gloucester Park on July 14, despite being on one rein for much of the journey. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. and won by seven and a half lengths. American Brave will be driven by ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr from the outside (No. 3) on the back line. He stamped himself as a future star when he trailed the pacemaker Solid Gold and sprinted home powerfully along the sprint lane to win by a neck from King of Swing in a heat of the Sires Stakes at Alexandra Park last October. King of Swing had taken the lead 150m from the post after working hard in the breeze. The final 800m was covered in 56.5sec., with the last 400m taking 27.5sec. American Brave rated 1.53.8 over 1700m and his was a notable victory over King of Swing, who gave further proof of his class by winning the Group 1 WA Derby in April. American Brave has inherited much of the ability of his dam Shez Spicey, a mare by Christian Cullen who earned $183,183 from nine wins, seven seconds and one third from just 31 starts. American Brave is a work in progress and looks set to improve massively on his modest record of 13 starts for six wins and one third for stakes of $55,610. Speed Man, who will be handled on Friday night by Stuart McDonald, has earned $61,206 from six wins and five placings from 15 starts. He is unbeaten at his two starts in his current campaign and he is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) and should take a power of beating. King of Swing made a wonderful return to racing on Tuesday night when he began from the No. 1 barrier in a lowly C0-class event over 2130m. He was untroubled to set the pace and romped home by a margin of 67.2m, rating 1.56.9. It was his first appearance since he won the WA Derby by a head from Bechers Brook on April 6. American Brave and Speed Man are two of eight last-start winners in a classy field of 12. The powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable will be represented by Fizzing, a promising Mach Three colt who notched his fifth victory when he worked hard in the breeze before racing away to win by more than four lengths over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.  He should enjoy a comfortable trip after starting from the inside of the back line.    Ken Casellas  

Ross Olivieri, the leading trainer in Western Australia eight times, and champion reinsman Chris Lewis have combined to win the Channel 7 Marathon Handicap a record four times and they are confident that they can notch a fifth victory in the 3309m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They are pinning their faith in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Motu Premier, who at his 50th start in a race, will be attempting to become the first horse in the 25-year history of the Marathon Handicap to win the race twice. Motu Premier is a proven stayer owned by Merv Butterworth, who raced Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho, who won the Marathon for the Olivieri-Lewis team in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Before that, Olivieri and Lewis were successful with the Neville Dewhurst-owned Nickelmeldon in 2009. Motu Premier was the 5-4 favourite in last year’s race when he started off the 30m mark. Lewis stole a march on his rivals when he set Motu Premier alight soon after the start and the gelding burst to the lead after a lap. Then, after sections of 29.6sec., 31.2sec. and 29.3sec., Motu Premier sprinted over the final 400m in 28.9sec. to win by just over a length from The Bucket List, who started from 40m and sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth in the middle stages. This year Motu Premier will share the 40m mark with Runrunjimmydunn and Devendra and Lewis is likely to adopt the same aggression as he used so successfully 12 months ago. In a field of nine and with only one horse (Cracka Star) off the front and two (Always Arjay and Swimbetweentheflags) off 10m, drivers off the back marks are expected to make strong attacking moves in the early stages. Cracka Star relishes the role of pacemaker, but he rises a great deal in class and it is difficult to suggest he can succeed against several far-better credentialled rivals. He will be handled by Luke Edwards for trainer Debbie Padberg, who prepared Rocket Reign for his Marathon victory in 2014 when he started off 40m and surged home from eighth at the bell to beat This Time Dylan. Always Arjay is a standing-start specialist with a record of 23 starts in stands for seven wins, four seconds, two thirds and five fourths. Confident part-owner and trainer Matt Scott said that he expected Always Arjay to run a super race. “Stands are his forte and if he can lead he is capable of beating the backmarkers,” he predicted. Always Arjay is in splendid form. Although he has a losing sequence of 16, he has finished second at each of his past four starts. He raced three wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to Courage Tells in a 2130m mobile last Friday night. Two starts before that Always Arjay finished with great determination to be second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup, a 2503m stand. Motu Premier, at his second outing after a spell, finished third. Last Friday night Motu Premier warmed up for the Marathon in fine style with a close-up third behind Ideal Tyson and Vampiro in a 2130m mobile after working hard in the middle stages. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has sound prospects of winning the Marathon for the third time after successes with Im Themightyquinn off 80m in 2010 and Code Red, the sole frontmarker in 2012. He will be represented by Runrunjimmydunn (40m) and Lets Chase The Dream (20m). “The distance will suit Runrunjimmydunn and he’s a good each-way chance,” Hall said. ”He got home really well when a close third to Chicago Bull and Devendra last week and the distance won’t worry Lets Chase The Dream, who had a hard run before getting to the front and then finishing fourth behind Ideal Tyson last week.” Four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn’s only appearance in a stand from 26 starts in WA was when he began from 30m and finished a close third to Importer Exporter and Bettors Fire in the 2902m Easter Cup in March this year. Nathan Turvey, who set the pace with Baleybofey in 2013 and won the Marathon for trainer Ray Williams, said that Devendra’s frontrunning head second to Chicago Bull last Friday night was a good pointer to his prospects this week. “Devendra flies out from the stand and he must be considered,” said Turvey. The eight-year-old Devendra is an excellent stayer, who won five stands in Tasmania, including the 3020m Devenport Cup in March 2014. In the summer of 2015-16 he won two heats of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park before finishing second to My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be looking for a strong performance from Vampiro, an up-and-coming four-year-old who has had 29 starts for 12 wins and nine placings. Ryan Warwick will handle Vampiro, the sole runner off the 30m mark. Vampiro was hampered for room in the home straight before flashing home on the inside to finish a half-head second to Ideal Tyson last Friday night.       Ken Casellas

The man who will take the reins behind Kiwi pacing hero Lazarus in his United States debut on Saturday (NZ time) is warning his fans to temper their expectations. Although leading reinsman Yannick Gingras says Lazarus can become the best aged pacer in North America that doesn't mean he will win the US$325,000 Dan Patch in Indiana this weekend. Lazarus has drawn the outside of the gate at barrier nine in the mile against some of the best free-for-allers in the US and while early markets have him as favourite the reality is he faces a massive task. Not only will he have to give proven 1:48 milers a start but he is taking the locals on at their own game — flat out mile racing. "Everybody in racing over here is excited to see him and I am excited to drive him in his first US race," says Gingras, who won the Hambletonian Oaks for the fifth-straight time last Saturday. "But I think it might be good for people to dampen down their expectations because this is only his first race over here and he has only had one qualifying run. "I think later in his campaign he can become the best free-for-all up here because while they are all good horses there is no superstar in this crop like an Always B Miki. "And in three or so starts I might be able to drive him how I like and win, whereas this week it might not be like that." Lazarus set tongues wagging with his 1:48.6 qualifying effort at The Meadowlands two weeks ago and Gingras, who finished third driving another horse in the major free-for-all on Hambletonian Day last Saturday, says had Lazarus been in that race he could have won. "I have no doubts had he raced last Saturday he could have gone 1:47.5 and I think he will be able to get down to 1:47 [for a mile] here this summer. Speed won't be a problem for this horse, he is plenty fast enough but he still has to get used to the racing up here." Lazarus oddly finds himself in the same position on Saturday as his last start in Australasia, drawn the outside gate over a mile. That was the Miracle Mile at Menangle in February and, affected by a virus, he never looked comfortable recording the worst performance of his career. He was sold to his US-based owners for a record price soon after and while new trainer Jimmy Takter has clearly honed Lazarus for mile racing he has always been at his best when racing on the speed to utilise his stamina, not asked to come from the back. While Hoosier Park has a long straight with outstanding and race fit free-for-allers like McWicked drawn inside him, Lazarus may need to be clearly better than him to beat win, an extraordinarily big ask in his first US start. So while Kiwi punters may want to support Lazarus in the race to be shown live on Trackside around 1.30pm on Saturday, it might make more sense to do so with the heart rather than the wallet this weekend considering he could start odds-on. Michael Guerin chats to Lazarus driver Yannick Gingras before his first race in the US. Michael Guerin

Long before New Zealand-bred Lazarus arrived in the U.S. and was pointed toward Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for his North American debut, another Down Under import found his way to the central Indiana harness racing oval to start his stateside career. Peter Tritton. Tritton, a native of Australia, began his U.S. training career at Hoosier Park in May 2002. He remained there through the summer before heading to Delaware, where he became a regular on the Mid-Atlantic circuit. On Friday, Tritton, who now resides in upstate New York, will return to Hoosier Park for the first time since those early days in the States. He will bring with him New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and in the process get a firsthand look at Lazarus in his anticipated debut for trainer Jimmy Takter. Lazarus, known as the Wonder from Down Under, has won 35 of 45 career races, missed the board only once, and earned the equivalent of $2.66 million. "I'm sort of looking forward to seeing him," Tritton said, adding with a laugh, "I just didn't want to be racing him." The Dan Patch Stakes features a nine-horse field of older male pacers. The race, the 11th on the 14-race card, is scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m. (EDT). First post is 6:30 p.m. In addition to Lazarus and Bit Of A Legend, the field includes former Dan Patch Award winner and division leader McWicked, two Breeders Crown champions in Beckhams Z Tam and Split The House, a $3-million-earner in All Bets Off, two multiple-stakes-winners in Rockin Ron and Dealt A Winner, and Hoosier Park-based New Talent from the stable of the track's leading trainer, Jeff Cullipher. Bit Of A Legend has enjoyed a successful career in the U.S., with 25 wins in 69 races and $1.67 million since arriving in 2016. Overall, the 9-year-old stallion has 45 victories in 132 starts and $2.33 million. This season, Bit Of A Legend's wins include the Battle of Lake Erie, in a career-best 1:49.4 around Northfield Park's half-mile oval, and two preliminary divisions of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers. He finished second in the Levy final and also was second in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial at Saratoga. Bit Of A Legend enters the Dan Patch with regular driver Jordan Stratton off a 1:51.4 win in the open handicap at Yonkers on July 28. "He's as good as he's ever been," said Tritton, who trains Bit Of A Legend for the Vonknoblauch Stable. "As long as you keep him happy he'll just go out and try for you. You've got to let him be the boss a little bit. He's likes to think he's getting away with stuff. We treat him like that and it makes him feel good. "I've had horses with more ability than him, but he just keeps turning it up. He's got a good heart to win. He's just the complete little horse. He wears an open bridle, no steering gear; he goes straight wherever you put him. He doesn't wear any boots. He's just easy on himself. He enjoys being out there and he always shows up. Jordan really suits him because he knows him like a book and looks after him. He's just a lovely horse." Bit Of A Legend has raced only once on a track larger than five-eighths of a mile, finishing second in an open at the Meadowlands in 2016. He lost by a head in 1:48.3 after setting fractions of :27.1, :54.4 and 1:21.4. "He did all the work in that race and he just got beat," Tritton said. "The big tracks don't bother him. He's definitely strong enough and he's brave. I'm not worried." Tritton is looking forward to returning to Hoosier Park. "The main reason I dropped in, because I don't like to go far from home, but the last few years (Bit Of A Legend) seemed to have success against the horses that were going in," Tritton said. "I've always been looking to go back to Hoosier Park because that's the first place I went when I came to America in 2002. It will be good to go back." McWicked, who won this year's William R. Haughton Memorial and Ben Franklin Pace, finished second in last week's Sam McKee Memorial, raced at 1-1/8 miles, at the Meadowlands. All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, and Rockin Ron also were in the McKee. "That's why I gave my horse last week off; I'm sure my horse will be fresher," Tritton said. "I don't know if they'll beat them, but he'll be fresher." Bit Of A Legend will start the Dan Patch Stakes from post five. Lazarus will leave from post nine with driver Yannick Gingras in his U.S. debut. Lazarus arrived at Takter's farm in late May following his purchase by Taylor Made Stallions. During his career Down Under, Lazarus won two editions of the prestigious New Zealand Cup and 15 Group One events overall. He earned NZ$3.8 million. "He's probably the best horse to come out of New Zealand," said Tritton, who has trained a number of Down Under horses in the U.S. during his career. "He's very strong, very gutsy, so that big track will suit him. It's his first run and he's probably not completely acclimated, so he's got a few things against him. It will be interesting to see the transition, but I know he's a great horse." Following is the field for the Dan Patch Stakes. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Dealt A Winner-Brett Miller-Mark Silva-8/1 2-Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-20/1 3-Split The House-Trace Tetrick-Chris Oakes-20/1 4-Rockin Ron-Trace Tetrick-Ron Burke-10/1 5-Bit Of A Legend N-Jordan Stratton-Peter Tritton-12/1 6-McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-2/1 7-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 8-New Talent-Sam Widger-Jeff Cullipher-20/1 9-Lazarus N-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-6/5 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will host one of the biggest cards of their 2018 season this Sunday, August 12 and those races were drawn today.   The headliner will be the $141,000 Joie de Vie mare trot (race 8) where the long anticipated match up between 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 sophomore filly title holder Ariana G will finally come to pass. Hannelore has drawn the rail while Ariana G will begin from post 4. Only one of them can be driven by Yannick Gingras who must make a difficult choice between the mares.   All of the top mares currently racing are in the field, including the winner of last Saturday's Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands, Dream Together along with Broadway Donna and Caprice Hill who followed her in.   The Crawford Farms Open trot (race 9) will be a full field of 10 racing for a purse of $186,000. Will Take Charge is the horse to beat here with Marion Marauder not among the entrants.   Also on Sunday are the elimination races for the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic with those rich finals set for next Sunday. Both colts and fillies has 13 enter for the stake.   Courtly Choice and American History lead the colt brigade while Youaremycandygirl comes into the filly race hot off her dazzling 1:48.2 Meadowlands track record in the Shady Daisy.   You may see the entire fields on the web. Post time is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs  

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

AUGUST 7, 2018 - Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies hit the midway point in their Grassroots season on Tuesday evening and, once again, three new faces graced the Woodbine Mohawk Park harness racing winner's circle. Rebellious Lady kicked off the Grassroots action in the second race and received a confident steer from Guelph's Scott Young. Starting from Post 2 the pair sat briefly in third as Galaxy Seelster led the field to a :30.1 opening quarter, but Young soon had the fan favourite driving toward the front. Rebellious Lady maintained a comfortable lead through the 1:01 half and 1:31 three-quarters and held off a late charge from pocket-sitter Galaxy Seelster to secure her first-ever victory in 2:00.1. Galaxy Seelster was one-half length back in second and Pyrrha was three more lengths back in third. "She's a very intelligent filly," said Young, who has driven the Angus Hall daughter in all three of her career starts. "She trots really well. I've been happy with her every time she's gone behind the gate." In her previous outings, Rebellious Lady finished fourth in the July 24 Grassroots contest and was third in a July 30 overnight event, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The driver's father, Bob Young, conditions Rebellious Lady for owner Hugh Fitzpatrick of Guelph. The filly, whose mother Radical Missy is a half-sister to former Ontario Sires Stakes standout and $1.9 million winner Majestic Son, was a $20,000 purchase from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Rebellious Lady The second division saw lightly rated Blue Magic reel in pacesetter and favourite Order Mattie in the stretch to claim her first-ever victory. With the outside Post 9 driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. eased Blue Magic away from the gate and did not find a spot on the rail before the :28.3 quarter. The Campbellville resident bided his time in sixth until driver Wayne Henry tipped Kashe out in front of Blue Magic and followed that filly's lead through a :59.4 half and 1:29.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Christoforou shifted Blue Magic out from behind Kashe and the filly powered home to a one length victory in 2:00. Order Mattie settled for second and pocket-sitter At Will was third. Trainer Susanne Kerwood and owner Tommy Andersson of Rockwood, Ontario started Blue Magic at the Gold Series level, but she made a break in the July 15 season opener at Georgian Downs and finished sixth. In the Grassroots for her second outing the Kadabra daughter delivered a solid effort to finish fifth, but was still not quite as sharp as she had been in her first qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 9. "Her first baby race (June 9) was very good, she come home good, she was actually very strong and everything, and then the second time (June 22) she was a little flat finishing. We drew blood on her and it showed that she had muscle soreness, like tie-up issues," said trainer Susanne Kerwood. "Tommy Andersson, he had her in Florida, and she was in great shape when she came up, but I think maybe with the heat and everything she tied-up. It was a hard time getting her back, but it looks like she's on the right track now." Kerwood believes Blue Magic, who was a $40,000 acquisition from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, has the potential to be a Gold-level horse, but may opt to keep her in the Grassroots for this season. "I still think she's a Gold calibre filly, but we'll see how she comes out of it. I'll talk to the owner and we'll make the decision after," said the trainer. "Maybe I'm a little too soft with them, but they're still just babies, right." Blue Magic Like Blue Magic, Kenogami Darling started her season at the Gold level, finishing sixth in both the July 15 and 27 events. The move to the Grassroots also proved beneficial for the Justice Hall lass, as she swept around stalled cover and powered down the stretch to a six length victory in 1:59.2. Fan favourite Splurge On Me finished second and Tymal Royalty was third. "She's probably right on the edge of being a Gold filly," said Bob McClure, who piloted Kenogami Darling for the first time Tuesday. ""She's a nice gaited filly who really wants to go forward." Dany Fontaine trains Kenogami Darling for breeder Jean Francois Reid of Anjou and his partner Claude Reid of Jonquiere, Quebec. Kenogami Darling The fourth Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies is September 1 at Hanover Raceway. The focus remains on two-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park this week as the Campbellville oval hosts the third Gold leg for the colts on Thursday, August 9 and for the fillies on August 10. The colts will compete in Races 2, 5, and 8 Thursday, while the fillies battle in the fifth and ninth on Friday. Post time for both programs is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

North America Cup champion Lather Up headlines a deep and diverse field in Northfield Park's premier event, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial on Saturday night, August 11. The race, a three year-old Open by invitation only, has attracted a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. Ohio-sired Lather Up has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Jimmy Freight drew the rail and is the 3-1 second choice. He ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. Jimmy Freight is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Dorsoduro Hanover drew post-5 and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh). Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. The 2018 $400,000 Milstein Memorial field: POST HORSE DRIVER TRAINER M/L 1 Jimmy Freight Louis Roy Andrew Harris 3-1 2 Lather Up Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 2-1 3 Thinkbig Dreambig Jordan Stratton Jimmy Takter 12-1 4 Springteen Rene Allard David Miller 6-1 5 Dorsoduro Hanover Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 4-1 6 Minnie Vinnie Aaron Merriman Curtis Carey 15-1 7 Slick Tony Russell Foster George Leager 20-1 8 Always A Prince Trace Tetrick Tyler George 10-1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock, took over as Chairman of Northfield Park upon his father's passing until earlier this year when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980's. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January, 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard "The Carl Milstein Memorial is our richest and most prestigious race of the year," stated Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, "but the rest of the card is loaded with exceptional racing as well." This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $700,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for four year-old-and-up Ohio Sired Pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers, and three $19,000 Open events. Superfecta wagering will be available on Saturday's featured 11th race event with a $20,000 guaranteed pool. It is also the fourth leg of the Pick-4, which has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330-467-4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron to sample some award winning fare. Making their return appearance to the Northfield Apron is Cleveland's award winning Barrio's food truck. Cleveland's Scene Magazine readers voted Barrio as the best food truck in northeast Ohio. Joining Barrio is the Addicted Coffee truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. Live music by Unknown Reason also will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. Attendees can also enter drawings that will take place throughout the evening. The drawings are FREE to enter and we will be giving away betting vouchers, gift cards, 55" SmartTV, amusement park tickets, and the Grand Prize of up to $2,000 in our Cases of Cash game. Plus, try your luck at our Putting Challenge, where you can win more cash and prizes from 7 - 8 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Lazarus N, the world champion harness racing pacer from New Zealand was given a tough welcome to the United States as he drew the far outside post 9 for his debut race in North America in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Friday. The career winner of more than $2.6 million (US), Lazarus N, a son of Bettor’s Delight, was supplemented to the Dan Patch for a fee of $25,000 that went directly to the purse. Lazarus N was purchased earlier this season for a reported 3.9 million by Taylor Made Stallions of Kentucky and is being trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Just ten days ago, Lazarus N, driven by Yannick Gingras, won a qualifying race at the Meadowlands in 1:48.3 in an impressive performance. It is off that mile that Lazarus N has been made the 6/5 morning line favorite in the Dan Patch despite drawing the outside post. Second choice in the race is perhaps the top pacer in North America, McWicked, who drew post six. He is at odds of 2-1 and third choice in the field is Dealt A Winner, post one, at odds of 8-1. Lazarus N will also be facing fellow country-mate, Bit Of Legend N, who drew post five. Bit Of Legend N has been in the USA for some time now and is a career winner of $2.3 million. These two have faced each other before in New Zealand. This is the 25th annual Dan Patch Invitational, which started out with a purse of just $40,000. The Friday night feature will go off as race 11 as the main event of the richest weekend of racing at Hoosier Park in 2018. Here are the Dan Patch Post Positions: $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational Race 11 Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark (8-1) Beckham’s Z Tam  by Always A Virgin (20-1) Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover (20-1) Rockin Ron by Real Desire (10-1) Bit Of A Legend N by Bettor's Delight (12-1) McWicked by McArdle  (2-1) All Bets Off by Bettor's Delight (10-1) New Talent by Mach Three (20-1) Lazarus by Bettor's Delight (6/5) By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park unveiled new events, promotions and of course the horses competing in the 59th running of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer. Here are the horses and positions for the trials: Trial 1 - Saturday August 11th 1 - Paparazzi Hanover 2 - Fool Me Once 3 - Somewhere Fancy 4 - Rockin In Heaven 5 - Father of the Year 6 - Rose Run Quest 7 - Jackson K Down Trial 2 - Monday August 13th 1 - Always N the Money 2 - Bet On Brett 3 - LincolnJames 4 - ASAP Hanover 5 - Newbie 6 - In Spades 7 - Czar Seelster The action gets underway on Thursday August 9th with 9 days of racing and 13 race programs leading up to the greatest show in harness racing on August 18th. The 2018 edition of Old Home Week will feature several new events to celebrate the past and highlight the future in regional harness racing. Sobeys will sponsor two new special Old Home Week races, kicking off on Saturday August 11th with the Sobeys Invitational, and culminating on August 18th with the Atlantic Canada Invitational presented by Sobeys. Anthony and Amy MacDonald - co founders of The Stable, a fractional ownership company, will be doing a special promotion with their Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer starter Lincoln James. The will offer 15 shares on this Gold Cup starter. Investors can go to and click on the Lincoln James promotion banner to be entered to win their chance to purchase a share. Each share can be purchased for $901 dollars (CDN). The 15 investors will be drawn by Tuesday and must purchase their share prior to the official draw of the race Tuesday August 14th. Go to for details. On Wednesday, August 15th Red Shores will celebrate the race and breeding career of the sensational Somebeachsomewhere. At that evenings race card trophies, photos and other Beach memorabilia will be on display for all race fans to enjoy courtesy of co-owner Reg Pettipas and his wife Louise. In addition, select race videos from Somebeachsomewhere's record breaking performances will be broadcast. Post time is 7 p.m. In 2018 PEI Harness Racing will recognize the history and horse people associated with Moncton, New Brunswick. On Thursday, August 16th, from 4 to 6 pm a Moncton reunion will be held in the EastLink trade center just off the Red Shores main lobby, followed that evening by a very special event "The Monctonian Pace" sponsored by the horse owners of the Moncton area, City of Moncton, David Lund and family, Dr. M.L. Patriquin and Moncton Standardbred Racing Association. Throughout its nearly six decades of activity, and name changes from Moncton Raceway to Brunswick Downs and then Champlain Raceway, the Moncton track was known for record setting performances and the highest special event purses in the region. All those associated with the Moncton track over the years are invited to attend the reunion, bring along any materials they may wish to share, and celebrate memories. In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the Gold Cup and Saucer by the late Mike MacDonald, for 2018 the winning driver in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer will be presented with the first Micheal MacDonald Memorial Trophy. A five time winner of the Gold Cup, Mike MacDonald was an annual competitor and major ambassador in the event. In addition to these presentations and events, this year drivers will be competing for the Francis McIsaac Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the leading driver throughout the Old Home Week programs. 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It was paint by numbers simple for the three Kiwi trio using yesterday's low-key Menangle meeting as a lead-in to the Breeders Crown. All three - Show Gait, Princess Tiffany and Another Masterpiece - led and won their their Australian debuts easily before they head to Victoria next week for the rich Breeders Crown finals on August 25. Both Princess Tiffany and Another Masterpiece are Harness Jewels winners so it was no surprise they were able to win without being extended but trainer-driver Mark Purdon was thrilled with how they came through their first proper races in two months. "They were both really good without being asked for their best, which is ideal for this stage of the preparation," said Purdon. "Before we loaded Another Masterpiece on the float to come home he was really full of himself so I think he is in a good place," said Purdon. Both juvenile pacers will have to contest semifinals of the Breeders Crown at Bendigo on Saturday week, where finishing in the top half of the field will get them into the final. Show Gait won't have to contest a semi for her three-year-old trotters division at the Crown, with heat winners straight into the final. She took on the older horses yesterday and also worked to the front easily, with Purdon doing the driving for young Canterbury trainer Regan Todd, who is travelling with the Purdon-Rasmussen runners. Purdon had to shake Show Gait up inside the last 50m to keep her mind on the job.   Michael Guerin

Hightstown, NJ --- Ron Burke, who is on his way to leading all harness racing trainers in both wins and purses for the 10th consecutive year, added to his list of record-setting accomplishments Saturday (Aug. 4) when he surpassed $200 million in career purses.Burke became the first trainer and fourth person to reach $200 million when Filibuster Hanover finished third in Saturday’s Sam McKee Memorial on the Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands. Prior to Burke reaching the milestone, the only people to surpass $200 million were drivers. John Campbell leads the list with $300 million, followed by David Miller at $226 million and Ron Pierce at $215 million. Driver Tim Tetrick is on the verge of joining that group, entering Monday needing $4.5 million to hit $200 million. Tetrick leads all drivers in purses this year with $6.73 million as he looks to extend his record for consecutive $10-million seasons to 12. Burke’s stable has topped $20 million each of the past five years, including a record $28.4 million in 2014, and his previous nine years atop the annual standings rank as the nine richest seasons in history. He leads all trainers in earnings this year with $9.37 million, which is $5.61 million more than any other trainer. He also holds the records for most wins in a season with 1,093 in 2014 and career with 8,967. He has 515 victories this year, good for a 280-win cushion over his competition. Jimmy Takter is No. 2 on the career money list for trainers with more than $124 million. Virgil Morgan Jr. is No. 2 on the career wins list for trainers with 6,178. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Two new harness racing track records were established Monday night, August 6 in Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies at Northfield Park. Wittyville and driver Chris Page trotted confidently to score a new track record clocking of 1:56.2 for 2-year-old colts in the fourth $40,000 OSS division, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:56.3 set by Buckeye Boss and driver Aaron Merriman in a 2016 OSS event. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, the Manofmanymissions colt had previously finished sixth and third in the first two OSS legs. Wittyville left the gate at odds of 4-1, besting 5-2 Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by three lengths, with 9-2 Cravin For Cash (Greg Grismore) notching third-place honors. Bred by Knox Services, he now has $28,510 in career earnings. Burke also harnessed Dylan The Great to a 1:58 victory in the second OSS colt division, as the 3-5 favorite. The Break The Bank K youngster was given a perfect steer by Chris Page to prevail by 2¾ lengths over 6-1 Yes (Anthony MacDonald), with 5-1 Here Comes Moony (Tyler Smith) third. Owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Dylan The Great had finished fourth in leg two and second in leg of OSS competition, and now sports career earnings of $56,400. He was bred by Midland Acres. Cumberland Gap captured the first OSS colt division in a speedy 1:57.4 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Conditioned and co-owned by Renee Bauslaugh and breeder and co-owner Chuck Stillings, the Wishing Stone colt was on the front end nearly every step of the way, holding on to win by half a length over 3-1 Shake N Back (Greg Grismore), with 3-2 favorite Oh So Pine (Anthony MacDonald) third. Cumberland Gap now has a first, second and eighth-place finish in the first three OSS legs, with $53,570 in his coffers. Peter Trottintail notched his first OSS and career victory in the third OSS test, timed in 1:59.4 for driver Aaron Merriman. The Uncle Peter colt is conditioned by co-owner Miles Wollam for partner Rhett Roll and left the gate as the 7-1 choice, chasing the front-stepping, 9-1 Bosley (Ryan Stahl), before brushing past in the stretch to nail down his first career win. Pattis Main Man, a 30-1 longshot steered by Kyle Ater, picked up show money. Bred by the Steiner Stock Farm, Peter Trottintail now has $32,000 in career earnings. Only Take Cash established a new track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Northfield Park by capturing the second OSS filly division in 1:56.4. The previous mark was set by Letsgetitstarted and driver Josh Sutton in 2016 in an OSS leg. Only Take Cash is a Cash Hall filly trained by Robert McIntosh for the Canadian ownership trio of McIntosh Stables; Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Aaron Merriman was the lines behind 1-5 Only Take Cash, who scored her fourth career victory in wire-to-wire fashion, besting 13-1 Stone In Love (Chris Page) by nearly five lengths, with 12-1 See Me Sparkle (Tyler Smith) getting up for third. This speedy filly, who was bred by McIntosh Stables and CSX Stables, has had two wins and one second in OSS competition thus far, and sports a bankroll of $77,370. Back Splash and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., also used front-stepping tactics to win their OSS division, clocked in 1:57.3 as the 5-1 choice. This Chris Beaver trainee is a daughter of Triumphant Caviar with a fourth and third-place finish in her previous OSS legs. Bred by Atlantic Trot and Steve Stewart, Back Splash is owned by Beaver, D. Robinson, Steven Zeehandelar and RBH Ventures and has $33,292 in earnings to date. Pure Chance was second at 5-2, half a length behind the winner, for Aaron Merriman, while 1-2 Feel Invincible As was third for Chris Page. Princessofpink was the queen of her division for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Marty Wollam, who owns the daughter of Full Count in partnership with Toni Dean and Lori Manke. Leaving hard from post five, Princessofpink took command and never relinquished the lead, trotting to a 1:58 mark in her first lifetime victory in her fourth try. She finished three-quarters of a length ahead of 4-5 Vivi D (Kyle Ater), with 6-1 Bella's Rose Power (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Steiner Stock Farm and Acadia Farms, Inc., Princessofpink now has $35,825 in career earnings and was sixth and third in her previous two OSS outings. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Cream Ridge, NJ --- Thirty-eight Standardbreds are waiting with hope to be spared. They are tagged and weighed ready to ship to slaughter in Canada and Mexico. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is asking for help for them to prevent this. Some are just a day away from loading, a few have until Wednesday. In North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, and New York, all but a few are emaciated, aged, and injured. One is already 30 years old, he has an injury to his eye and his age shows everywhere on his body; he is the son of Amity Chef. Most had days on the track followed by years of pulling heavy farm equipment and/or served as transportation. In addition to the cost to release them from these "kill pens," where they are held before shipping, each horse needs a safe place to go, a home.  This is a large undertaking for SRF which already has 393 Standardbreds in need of homes, but SRF will do all they can to help if kind and generous people will change the destiny for these horses. What is needed are tax deductible gifts to pay for each, ship them to safety and for quarantine, rehabilitation, boarding and a home. To make a gift to help or to offer a home, contact Tammy at 609.738.3255, The deadlines for a few are tonight, others have until Tuesday or Wednesday. A list of only 29 are included, the others are now being inventoried on the manifest which will be available tomorrow.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation                                                                  

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

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

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