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MILTON, April 16, 2018 - A messy Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park saw harness racing six-year-old trotter Big Rich complete a Preferred-triple. The aftermath of a brutal weekend ice storm left the track crew working non-stop until post time Monday, but once the first-race went behind the gate, it was back to business as usual. A field of seven older trotter clashed over the "sloppy" track in the $34,000 Preferred. Richard Moreau trainee Big Rich won the final two editions of the Preferred at Woodbine Racetrack and he carried that momentum over to Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Big Rich went to the front and never looked back to pick his third consecutive win and fourth of the season. The six-year-old gelding posted fractions of :29.3, :58.2 and 1:27.2 before trotting home in :30.1 and fighting off Free Willy Hanover, who pressed the leader going to three-quarters. Big Rich's margin of victory was a length. Luc Blais trainee Warrawee Roo rallied to finish third in his five-year-old debut. Owned by 9099 3833 Quebec Inc and Frank Spagnolo, Big Rich has now banked $90,700 in 10 starts this season. The Moreau trainee picked up his 22nd career victory with his triumph over the "sloppy" track Monday. A $2 win ticket on Big Rich paid $3.40. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Maori Time is the fifth entrant into Sweden’s famed Elitloppet as Australia bursts back on to harness racing’s European stage. The much-anticipated invitation was received overnight, which will see Maori Time leave Australia’s shores on May 9 to contest the May 27 Elitloppet at Stockholm’s famed Solvalla race track. Harness Racing Australia CEO Andrew Kelly said the invitation was a great result for connections and the Victorian trotting gait. “It is a terrific feather in the cap for all to have a horse considered good enough to make that trip,” Mr Kelly said. “This is not a small adventure to be undertaken by connections and by Maori Time herself.” Owner and breeder Fred Crews and trainer Brent Lilley have both long awaited the invitation, which was pursued soon after Maori Time produced an Australian record smashing 1:51.5 mile rate when saluting at Menangle on February 24. She will be the first Australian-trained horse to make the trip since Sundons Gift ran sixth in his heat in the 2009 Elitloppet. “It’s a very short and elite list,” Mr Kelly said of Australia’s Elitloppet entrants. “It’s the most famous race in Scandinavia if not Europe. “Fans from all over attend the day, they paint their faces and dress in their traditional grab to make the most of the day. The horses are very well known in that part of the world and have their own fan clubs.” Maori Time is only the fifth horse to have been invited for the May 27 race day, which features two heats into a final. The eight-year-old by Pegasus Spur out of Sundonna joins other invitees Readly Express (Sweden), Uza Josselyn (Switzerland), Bold Eagle (France) and Propulsion (Sweden). Her exposure on the world stage further reinforces Australia’s trotting wealth and strengthens European bonds. “It’s important not only to be sharing our racing product to Europe but that people realise the bloodstock talent that exists in Australia and that Europeans may want to invest in Australia as well,” Mr Kelly said. “It is a great opportunity to showcase some of our bloodlines. The wagering on our racing is bubbling along really well in Europe and those in Sweden are really interested in our product.” Trots Media - Michael Howard READ: ELITLOPPET A TRIP OF A LIFETIME, FRED CREWS TOLD THETROTS.COM.AU

WILKES-BARRE PA - Sharen Hanover and Kimberlee both recorded their second victories in the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacing females on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where earlier in the dank evening Eric Carlson recorded his 3000th driving victory. The Well Said mare Sharen Hanover is now perfect in two starts for the brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, as she quarter-moved to command and went on to win her $15,000 division of the series' third preliminary leg. Three lengths clear at the end of a 1:55.3 mile in "sloppy +2" conditions, the mare appears to be peaking at just the right time for owner Geoffrey Mounds. In the other section, the Rock N Roll Hanover filly Kimberlee, who won in the first round and then sat out last week, raced just off a contested pace, then caught the series' only double winner in the first two prelims, Miss Hill, by a half-length in 1:55.4. Marcus Miller was in the sulky behind the winner, now undefeated in three seasonal starts, for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the ownership of Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Asa Sjoberg. Eric Carlson, starting the night with 2999 career sulky successes, got the wait for his milestone over quickly, guiding Call Me Richard to a safe victory in the night's opener. The 42-year-old Carlson, a Detroit leader before "coming East" some years ago and establishing himself as a talented catch-driver, then wasted no time setting out on the road to 4000, making a big sweeping move with Western Bayama to take the night's eighth event. PHHA / Pocono

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 16, 2018 - Post positions have been drawn for North America's two richest races of the harness racing season to date, Yonkers Raceway's $532,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $373,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. The finales, set for Saturday night (Apr. 21st), wrap up their respective six-week sojourns and highlight a 12-race card worth just over $1.3 million. First post is the usual 6:50 PM. The events, for the sport's leading older pacers of both gender, go 'ladies first,' with the Matchmaker as the ninth race and the levy as race No. 10. The field for the 10th Matchmaker is...1-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 2-Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), 3-Medusa (Yannick Gingras), 4-Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett), 5-Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland), 6-Dude'salady (Scott Zeron), 7-Twinkle (Eric Goodell), 8-Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan). The 31st Levy rolled off the autodraw showroom as such...1-Western Fame (Mark MacDonald), 2-Dr. J Hanover (Brett Miller), 3-Keystone Velocity (defending series champ, Dan Dube), 4-Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno), 5-Somewhere in L A (Bartlett), 6-Mach it So (Dave Miller), 7-Bit of a Legend N (2016 series champ, Stratton), 8-Rockin' Ron (Gingras). At first glance, the intriguing storyline for the Matchmaker is Shartin N. After easily winning her first three Matchmaker starts-and getting a subsequent week off-she returned as the 3-10 favorite last Friday night (Apr. 13th), unable to get out of own way, breaking right before the start and again at the half. At least the bridge jumpers stayed dry, since the Raceway eliminated show wagering. "We couldn't find anything wrong with her," trainer Jim King Jr. said this past weekend. "Regroup and try again." The final of the Levy is flush with inside speed, with the first half of the gate probably just as comfortable with someone on their backs as someone in back of them. A pair of consolations, worth $100,000 (Levy) and $75,000 (Matchmaker), are also included in the Saturday card. This story shall be updated. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Eric Carlson wasted no time in recording his 3000th career victory Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the first race of the night with Call Me Richard for the milestone victory. Call Me Richard pressed forward to control the pace over Monday's sloppy racetrack at Pocono, and he opened up a large lead towards the ¾. In the stretch Holy Halibut, second choice to the winning favorite, made up some late ground, but Carlson kept after his charge and crossed the wire with a safe 1¼-length margin at the end of the 1:57.3 mile. The 42-year-old Carlson was half that age when he won his first race, an FFA pace worth $930, at the Fowlerville MI fair with Calamity Clyde. Eric grabbed industry attention in 2010, when he won 603 races, sixth-highest in North America, while dominating the Detroit circuit. He soon afterwards decided to take his driving skills eastward, with his earnings benefiting from the transplantation: his best money year was 2014, when his horses brought in $5.3 million of his career $27.3 million tally. PHHA / Pocono

LEBANON, OH. - Red Storm, dispatched as the betting favorite based on an impressive elimination win last week and an inside post draw, prevailed in the first-ever $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for Ohio-sired harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies held at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (April 16). Although the Hackett Memorial is one of the longest continuous events in Ohio harness racing, pre-dating even the Ohio Sires Stakes when it started in 1971, it has always featured pacers only until this year. Most of the best sophomore trotting colts in the Buckeye state will assemble Tuesday (April 17) afternoon for their $40,000 final. Red Storm withstood not only the challenge of a talented field of finalists-the top four finishers all got the identical time with a scant neck separating each one at the wire-but also the elements as a sudden snow squall accompanied by high winds descended on the track minutes before post time. Impinktoo , last year's 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes champion, was first away from the gate for driver Peter Wrenn, reaching the quarter mile station in :28.3. After she got a relative breather to the :57.4 halfway point, Red Storm (Aaron Merriman) made a bold brush to the front before the three-quarters was reached in 1:26.2. As the field fanned out coming off the final bend, a thrilling cavalry charge ensued to the finish line. Longshot Spunky Bottom Girl (Tyler Smith) got up for second followed by Non Smoker (Dan Noble) and California Love (Trace Tetrick). All four fillies were timed in 1:57.4. Sandra Burnett bred and is still the owner of Red Storm, who banked $109,975 in 2017 on the basis of a 3-2-1 scorecard in just seven starts. The chestnut daughter of Stormin Normand has learned all her early lessons from highly regarded trotting trainer Chris Beaver. The top three finishers in each Hackett final, as well as the defending Ohio Sires Stakes freshman champion (if qualified), receive automatic bids to one of the four $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals that Miami Valley will present on Friday, April 27 (fillies) and Saturday, April 28 (colts). Other owners and trainers with good Ohio-breds worthy of consideration should contact Race Secretary Gregg Keidel or enter online in hopes of receiving an invitation to take one of the remaining spots on the Scarlet & Gray starting gate. Gregg Keidel

Harness racing trainer Gareth Dixon has been fined $6500 for producing a horse to race when not free of a prohibited substance. The horse in question was Gimmegold who won a race at Alexandra Park on the 16th December 2017. During the night he won, Gimmegold underwent a random Post Race urine swab and on the 9th January 2018 the Official Racing Analyst reported in writing that the samples from “Gimmegold” had tested positive to Cobalt. The horse returned a Cobalt level of 293 ug/L (micrograms per litre). Cobalt at a concentration above 100 micrograms per litre in urine is a Prohibited Substance within the meaning of the Rules and its presence in a race day sample is, prima facie, a breach of the Rules. The horse Gimmegold has since been disqualified from winning the race on 16th December 2017. Full details below:   BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY UNDER THE RACING ACT 2003 IN THE MATTER of the Rules of Harness Racing BETWEEN THE RACING INTEGRITY UNIT (RIU) Informant AND Mr GR Dixon Licenced Public Harness Trainer Respondent Information No: A8465 Date of hearing: 8 April 2018 Venue: Counties Racecourse Appearing: Mr O Westerlund- Investigator, Racing Integrity Unit Mr G Dixon – Licenced Harness Trainer Mr R Lawson – Lay Advocate representing Mr Dixon Judicial Committee: Mr A Dooley, Chairman - Mr A Smith, Committee Member Charge The Informant Mr O Westerlund, Racing Investigator alleged that on Saturday the 16th December 2017, Gareth Ryan DIXON was the licenced Trainer of the Standardbred Harness Racehorse “Gimmegold” which was presented for and raced in Race 8, the New Year’s Eve Auckland Cup Twilight Races Mobile Pace 2200m, at a race meeting conducted by the Auckland Trotting Club at Auckland, when the said Standardbred was found to be presented to race with a Prohibited Substance in its system, namely Cobalt, being an offence under the provisions of Rules 1004(1A) and 1004(3) and punishable pursuant to Rule 1004(7) and (8) of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. The relevant Rules are as follows: Rule 1004(1A) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. Rule 1004(3) When a horse is presented to race in contravention of sub rule (1A) or (2) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules Rule 1008 In the absence of any express provision to the contrary in any proceeding for a breach of these Rules: (a) it shall not be necessary for the informant to prove that the defendant or any person intended to commit that or any breach of the Rule; and (b) any breach of a Rule shall be considered as an offence of strict liability. Penalty Provisions Rule 1004(7) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding 5 years. Rule 1004(8) Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2) or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years Mr Dixon acknowledged that he understood the Rules and he confirmed that he admitted the breach. Mr R Lawson, Lay Advocate, represented Mr Dixon at the hearing. Mr Dixon acknowledged that all the relevant documents from the RIU had been disclosed to him. Mr Dixon confirmed that the Summary of Facts were not disputed. Mr Westerlund produced a letter from Mr M Godber, General Manager for the Racing Integrity Unit, authorising the filing of the Information pursuant to Rule 1108(2). Agreed Summary of Facts by the Informant The respondent Gareth Ryan DIXON is a licensed Public Trainer and Trials Driver under the Rules of New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. On Saturday the 16th December 2017 “Gimmegold” was correctly entered and presented to race by Mr DIXON in Race 8: 9.15pm – New Year’s Eve Auckland Cup Twilight Races Mobile Pace 2200m at the Auckland Trotting Club meeting at Alexandra Park, Auckland. “Gimmegold” is a 6 year-old bay gelding (Changeover – Charbella Gold) owned by Mr AM Roberts and Mrs CD Roberts and is trained by the Respondent, Mr DIXON. “Gimmegold” finished first of the nine horse field and won a stake of $7758. “Gimmegold” underwent a random Post Race urine swab. Mr DIXON does not contest the swabbing process. All swab samples from the meeting were couriered to the New Zealand Racing Laboratory and were analysed for the presence of substances prohibited under the Rules of New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. On the 9th January 2018 the Official Racing Analyst reported in writing that the samples from “Gimmegold” had tested positive to Cobalt. The horse returned a Cobalt level of 293 ug/L (micrograms per litre). Cobalt at a concentration above 100 micrograms per litre in urine is a Prohibited Substance within the meaning of the Rules and its presence in a race day sample is, prima facie, a breach of the Rules. Cobalt is an essential trace element required for life through the actions of Vitamin B12 of which Cobalt makes up about 5% of its weight. Cobalt is absorbed from the gut either as elemental or incorporated in Vitamin B12. Mr Dixon was spoken to on Monday the 15th January 2018 at his Stable in Pukekohe. He could offer no explanation for the positive test result on the horse. In the Stable Block several items were located which contain Cobalt. Located ‘Blud-Boost-Equine Athlete’ a 1kg packet that was already opened - a supplement containing B12. When the ‘Blud-Boost’ was tested it was found to contain Cobalt at the level of 1.4 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram). Also located ‘Ironcyclen’ 1 litre container. The label indicates that this product is an iron supplement with copper and cobalt for horses and dogs. Mr Dixon admitted giving the horse 10-15mls the day before it raced. When the ‘Ironcyclen was tested it was found to contain Cobalt at the level of 5.2 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram). Also located was a 100 ml bottle of ‘Hemoplex’. The label indicates a supplement source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for horses, cattle, dogs and cats, for use during periods of stress and convalescence. Mr Dixon admitted giving the horse 10mls two days before the horse raced. When the ‘Hemoplex was tested’ it was found to contain Cobalt at the level of 81 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram). A Certificate of analysis provided by the Assure Quality laboratory confirmed there were no anomalies in any of the products tested. Mr DIXON has been involved in the Harness Racing Industry for 35 years. He holds a Public Trainer and Trials Driver Licence and trains eight race horses. He has been training for 15 years. He is aged 45 years and has not previously appeared. An order is sought for the horse “Gimmegold” to be disqualified from the race and the stakes money to be repaid. In response to a question from the Committee, Mr Westerlund said that the RIU analysis of TAB betting records revealed that there was nothing out of the ordinary associated with the betting patterns on GIMMEGOLD. Submissions by the Respondent Mr Lawson made the following points: 1) The Positive Test result of the swab was notified to the RIU on the 9th Of January 2018. 2) Gimmegold (the horse concerned) raced again on January 13th (4 days later) 3) Mr Dixon was not notified until January 15th. 4) Gimmegold was swabbed on January 13th after finishing in sixth position. Mr Dixon felt this extremely unusual at the time. (although obviously on the following Monday he found out why) 5) Gimmegold was tested for Cobalt and returned a reading of 11 for the January 13th run. 6) Gimmegold was given the exact same proprietary items as his race winning (and positive swab for December 16th.) 7) Mr Dixon is at a complete and utter loss as to explain why the horse tested high on December 16th. 8) Cobalt is a natural substance and horses will have natural levels and each may also excrete excess Cobalt differently. 9) Many Horse feeds including hay have Cobalt in them and so do water supplies. 10) Trainers are not in a position to test their own horses for Cobalt levels so at any time are totally unaware of the levels in their horses. 11) Despite the proprietary items having low levels of Cobalt in them – on one occasion the horse tests high and then on the next occasion it tests low. 12) Cobalt in racehorses is a very inexact science. 13) There is no definitive scientific evidence that proves it is detrimental to a horse’s welfare and there is also no scientific evidence to prove that it improves equine performance. 14) However it is conceded that – it does not have to have either of the above to be determined that it is at a certain level – a prohibited substance. 15) The point we are making here is that despite a large amount of publicity surrounding Cobalt there is very little if any definitive evidence of how and why a horse can test high for it. 16) Mr Dixon has been and is extremely concerned and upset that he has received this positive result. He prides himself on his integrity and this is an unfortunate chapter in his training career. 17) Mr Dixon has compensated the owner of this horse for loss in winning stakes due to this positive test. 18) In an effort to keep costs to an absolute minimum the “B” sample was not requested to be tested. 19) It is accepted that the horse will be disqualified from the race in question. 20) Mr Dixon now takes extreme care and is fastidious in trying to ensure his horses are not exposed to potential Cobalt that could cause a high reading. Mr Dixon provided the Committee with two written character references and advised that he was also a commercial breeder and seller. He said that his reputation is everything and he wouldn’t knowingly put himself in this position. He added that his Trainers percentage for winning the race was $700. Decision As Mr Dixon admitted the breach the Committee found the charged proved. Submissions on Penalty by Informant 1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 The respondent Gareth Ryan DIXON is a licensed Public Trainer and Trials Driver under the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. 1.2 He has been involved in the racing industry for 35 years and a trainer for 15 years. 1.3 Mr DIXON is 45 years of age. 1.4 It is submitted that a fine of $8000 is sought. 2. OFFENDING: 2.1 Mr DIXON has admitted the breach of the Rules in relation to the standard bred race horse “Gimmegold”. 2.2 “Gimmegold” raced at the Auckland Trotting Club meeting held at Alexandra Park on Saturday the 16th December 2017. 2.3 The details of Mr DIXON’s offending are contained in the Summary of Facts which is agreed. 2.4 The prohibited substance concerned is Cobalt. Noted: That the level for Cobalt under New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing was reduced on the 1st August 2017 from 200 ug/L to 100 ug/L (micrograms per litre). 3. PENALTY PROVISIONS: 3.1 The penalties which may be imposed are fully detailed in the Charge Rule Penalty Provisions document. 4. SENTENCING PRINCIPLES: 4.1 The four principles of sentencing can be summarised briefly: - Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his/her wrong doing. They are not meant to be retributive in the sense the punishment is disproportionate to the offence but the offender must be met with a punishment. - In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing similar offences. - A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the JCA for the type of offending in question. - The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. 4.2 The first three principals have relevance in this case. 5. PRECEDENTS: 5.1 In support of this penalty I will refer to four previous decisions by the J.C.A which may be of some assistance. 5.1.1 RIU v BROSNAN (13.02.18) – 3 x Cobalt positives. Total fine imposed of $19,200. 5.1.2 RIU v DALGETY (16.05.2017) – 5x Cobalt positives. Total fine imposed of $32,000. 5.1.3 R.I.U v BAMBRY (4.12.17) - 1 x Cobalt positive. A fine imposed of $11,000. 5.1.4 RIU v O’SULLIVAN & SCOTT (22.03.2016) – 3x Cobalt positives. Total fine imposed of $50,000. 6. MITIGATING FACTORS: 6.1 That he has admitted the breach at the first opportunity. 6.2 That he has been fully co-operative throughout the process. 6.3 That he has had no previous charges before the Committee. 7. AGGRAVATING FEATURES: 7.1 No aggravating features. 8. CONCLUSION: 8.1 The RIU believe that the breach can be dealt with by way of a monetary penalty. To that end the RIU seek a fine of $8000. 8.2 Under Rule 1004(8) 8.2.1 “Gimmegold” is required to be disqualified from the respective race on the 16th December 2017 8.2.2 Any stake money paid out is required to be repaid. 8.3 The RIU are seeking no costs. Submissions of Penalty by Respondent Mr Lawson made the following points: 1. The JCA Penalty Guide shows a Starting Point as an $8000 fine for a Breach of The Prohibited Substance Rules. This is for a first offence and a single positive. 2. We are dealing with a first offence and a single positive in this case. 3. From the Starting Point we must add or detract based on the aggravating or mitigating circumstances of the case. 4. In this case we agree that there are no aggravating features. 5. There are a number of mitigating circumstances – they are as follows:- - The Guilty Plea and admission at first opportunity - Mr Dixon has been fully co-operative throughout the enquiry - Mr Dixon has no previous charges before the committee and in fact has an exemplary record. - The References as to the excellent character of Mr Dixon - His dismay at this charge and the effect on his reputation. 6. Mr Dixon is a family man with a new baby and two other young dependents. 7. He is able to pay a fine although would appreciate a modest one. In Summary given all of the above we submit that a fine based on the starting point of $8000 with a 20-25% discount for the mitigating factors would be appropriate. This would be in line with principles on previous cases (in particular the R Brosnan case) The RIU are generously not seeking any costs – that is appreciated and as the case is being heard on a raceday it would also be appreciated if there were no JCA costs – in line with a number of other similar cases heard on raceday. Reasons for Penalty The Committee have carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented. The JCA Penalty Guidelines have a starting point of $8,000 fine for a first offence of presenting a horse to race with a prohibited substance in its system. That figure was adopted in this case. The Committee was conversant with the four precedent decisions referred to by the RIU. The Committee notes that the level of Cobalt detected (293 ug/L) in GIMMEGOLD’s system was in the mid-range compared to other cases involving this Prohibited Substance. There has been much publicity and discussion about Cobalt in both the Harness Racing Code and the Thoroughbred Code in New Zealand in recent years. This should have put all Licenced Holders on notice. The purpose of Rule 1004 is to maintain the integrity of Harness Racing and to impose an obligation on all Trainers to ensure horses are presented to race free of Prohibited Substances. It is a long established principle of racing that there is a high obligation on the part of Licence Holders who transport a horse to a race meeting to ensure compliance with the Rules. It is therefore paramount that racing is conducted on a level playing field. There were no aggravating factors that warranted an uplift in penalty. The mitigating factors for which we afforded Mr Dixon a reduction in penalty were: • Mr Dixon’s admission of the breach. • Mr Dixon was fully cooperative with the RIU during their investigations. • Mr Dixon has an unblemished record under this Rule after 15 years of training approximately 2,200 Standardbred horses. We had regard for the two written character references where both referees had known Mr Dixon for many years and both emphasised his honesty and integrity. After having regard for the particular circumstances of this case we consider that a fair and reasonable reduction from the starting point was $1,500. After taking into account all of the above factors the Committee considered that an appropriate penalty was a $6,500 fine. Penalty Accordingly, Mr Dixon was fined the sum of $6,500. Disqualification of the Horse Pursuant to Rule 1004(8) the Committee orders the disqualification of GIMMEGOLD from, the New Year’s Eve Auckland Cup Twilight Races Mobile Pace 2200 metres. Disqualification effective from Monday, 16 April 2018. The amended placings are: 1st No.1 IDEAL LASS 2nd No. 3 WILL TAKE CHARGE 3rd No. 9 LYNTON CREEK 4th No. 2 STAND SURE The Committee was informed that the stake money for this race has not been paid out. Therefore the Committee authorised the payment of stakes in accordance with the amended placings. Costs The RIU has sought no costs. As this charge was heard on a raceday, there was no order for JCA costs. Dated this 10th day of April 2018 Adrian Dooley Chair   Harnesslink media

AT last there is some great news in pacing’s open-class ranks. It’s a tough few months with horses like Vincent retiring, stars like Heaven Rocks and Have Faith In Me leaving our shores and questions marks on Lazarus’s racing future. But one of the sport’s absolute stars, the brilliant Hectorjayjay, is just weeks away from a comeback. The millionaire pacer hasn’t raced since sustaining a suspensory ligament injury after the biggest and best win of his career in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 15. Managing-owner Matt McLellan hopes Hectorjayjay could be back to defend that title. “It’s been a long road, but we are getting to the business end now,” he said. “He’s had PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatment, a full body scan and several extra targeted scans, four different vets go over him and eight months of rehab. “The past few months he’s been with Peter Clarke on the water-walker. “He’s been back in work for three weeks, will have another month with Peter and then head to the stables to decide when he can race again. “I’d love to think he’ll be back for a few lead-up runs in Victoria and then head to Queensland, but that’s the aim more than anything definite.” Champion driver Gavin Lang will be Hectorjayjay’s new trainer, mainly because he is Melton-based and much closer to McLellan’s home. “This horse is special to me and I want to see him regularly. I’ve had a long association with Gavin, he knows this horse so well and he’s 45mins from my place rather than two hours or so to David (Aiken’s) stables,” McClellan said. “David has done such a fantastic job with the horse, but this is last roll of the dice with Hectorjayjay and there are no guarantees he will make it back. The signs are good, but I want to be close to him to see him often as I can and stay right across his progress. “I also want to give special mention to the huge input Josh Aiken and Kima Frenning had when the horse was at the Aiken stable.” Lang has driven Hectorjayjay 12 times for eight wins – including the 2016 Group 1 Len Smith Mile and Group 2 Sunshine Sprint – three seconds and a luckless fifth. Hectorjayjay’s record sits at 79 starts for 42 wins, 21 placings and $1,143,907 in stakemoney.   Adam Hamilton

MILTON, April 16, 2018 - The $6 million Breeders Crown, harness racing's richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, is set to return in October 2019 to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. "Woodbine has hosted many Breeders Crown events, however, we are thrilled to welcome the championship series back 35 years later to the new Woodbine Mohawk Park," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We look forward to having our fans and community experience this world class event with all the top horses in North America." Woodbine Entertainment has played host to more Breeders Crown events than any other racetrack, with the events contested in the past at Woodbine, Mohawk and Greenwood. Woodbine has held all 12 Breeders Crown events three times in the past seven years, most recently in in 2015, setting a Canadian harness racing handle record of $5.7 million. Mohawk Racetrack was in the initial rotation of host tracks in 1984, and was granted the $539,825 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot won by the late Hall of Famer George Sholty driving Castleton, Dawson and Simon's Conifer. The seven-eighths mile oval last staged the four Open divisions in 2008, capped by an epic rematch between open pacers Mr Big and Artistic Fella, with Mr Big emerging the winner. In 2017, Woodbine Entertainment announced a $10 million renovation and rebranding of Mohawk Racetrack to Woodbine Mohawk Park, to create a year-round showcase for Standardbred racing. Woodbine's continued support of championship events resulted in a commitment to host the Breeders Crown as soon as there was an opening. "Woodbine Entertainment has been an exemplary partner of the Breeders Crown series since our inaugural year in 1984," said John Campbell, president & CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the races. "We look forward to bringing the Crown back to a familiar but also brand new setting of Woodbine Mohawk Park." The Breeders Crown series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors. A Breeders Crown title is one of the most coveted honors in harness racing. Woodbine stakes payments due today Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind owners and trainers of today’s stakes payment deadline for events in 2018. A round of sustaining payments for all 2018 Woodbine’s major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, are due today (April 16). The following major stakes require a sustaining fee payment: Armbro Flight (Fillies & Mares Trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (Open Pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old Trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old Filly Trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old Filly Trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old Filly Pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old Filly Pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old Trot) Maple Leaf Trot (Open Trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old Pace) Milton (Fillies & Mares Pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old Pace) North America Cup (3-year-old Pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old Filly Trot) Roses Are Red (Fillies & Mares Pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old Filly Pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old Pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old Trot) The SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies also requires a sustaining payment today for this year’s event (foals of 2015) and next year’s event (foals of 2016). Woodbine continues to handle stakes administration duties for tracks throughout Ontario. A sustaining payment is due today for Grand River Raceway’s Battle of Waterloo, Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old Pace) and Flamboro Downs’ Confederation Cup (4-year-old Pace). For full details regarding stakes payments, including sustaining fee amounts, click here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 16, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2018...Rock On Moe, deftly handled byharness racing trainer / driver Dan Daley, conquered six worthy opponents and the elements to score a 1:52.3 win in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 15). The 10 year-old Rocknroll Hanover warrior, despite the adverse weather conditions of heavy rain and wind, stopped the timer in 1:52.3 in holding off the late surging Panocchio and Wally Hennessey by a neck. Dee's Rocketman, driven by Andy Santeramo, finished third while Doo Wop Hanover, actually closing fastest of all in the late stages, finished fourth while Drachan Hanover picked up the nickel. At the outset, there were several leavers both inside and outside of Rock On Moe (post 5) with driver Dan Daley sending his charge out looking and finding a spot mid-pack as Hollywood Sign A (post 7) surged through the sloppy going and out-sprinting Panocchio (post 4) through an opening panel in a sizzler--:26.1--with Doo Wop Hanover (post 3), in somewhat of a surprise, showing some gate speed and winding up in third in front of Rock On Moe. With a half in :56.2, things began to heat up again on the backside as Daley sent Rock On Moe first up, denting an official third panel of :27.2 and reaching the saddle-pad of the leader past the third station in 1:23.4 with Panocchio in a bind with no where to go. Once they straightened away, Rock On Moe took command with authority and opened up a two length lead before Panocchio found a seam and began closing in--the latter's rally falling a neck short on the wire. In a post race interview, trainer-driver Daley related, "He's just a classy, good 'ol horse that tries every time he goes behind the gate. The sloppy conditions didn't bother him--nothing does. He's won several times on off tracks so I wasn't concerned about that at all. He's not afraid to go first up, either. As I said, he's just a rugged racehorse and, after he raced so good last week, I was looking forward to tonight. He performed right up to expectations!" Owned by Jirl LLc, Rock On Moe won for the 39th time during his career stretching 185 starts, good for $641,870--$11,250 this semester in his first three starts of 2018. Off as fourth choice at 5 to 1, Rock On Moe paid $12.80 to win. In the "better for the bettor" department, the Rock On Moe win enabled one fortunate player to cash a 50 cent Pick-6 ticket to the tune of $18,263,80. Also, the track's Super Hi-5 finale was hit when one unique ticket was sold on the 9-7-6-10-5 combination--that 20 cent ticket worth $9,650.38. Racing continues of Monday night with first post scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

April 15, 2018 - Sunday’s top harness racing action was at Torino, Italy on their 1004 meter oval. The PR Costa Azzurra (purse €154,000, 1600 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Tamure Roc (6f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.14.1kr and reined by Santo Mollo. This one gained the advantage mid-stretch when leading Dijon went off stride and was taken off course by driver Romain Derieux.  Tamure Roc now has 16 wins in 59 starts in Italy good for €311,726 earned. Timone EK (6m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) gained the second spot for Roberto Andreghetti. Third was Turno di Azzurra (6m Love You-Foga di Azzurra-Lemon Dra) with Fed Esposito at the lines. All three top finishing dams were sired by the exceptional Lemon Dra (1986 male by Sharif di Iesolo-Danea-Acero-Babele-Winter Park) that produced registered foals from 1993-2007 (kidnapped) and from 1997-2006 those foals numbered from 111-150 each year.  The other top Torino event was the PR Citta’ di Torino (purse €88,000, 2060 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.6kr timed score earned by Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro, who also campaigned the dam. This one now has eight wins in 23 starts in Italy for €332,377 earned. Second was Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Ed. Loccisano up, ahead of Vaprio (4m Adrian Chip-Namibia-Cantab Hall). Jean Pierre Dubois’ Classic Connection was eighth after being parked three wide past the quarter mile mark and then parked in the death seat until tiring. Thomas H. Hicks

WILKES-BARRE PA - Archibald has stamped himself as the trotter to beat in the Bobby Weiss Series section for diamondgaited males, taking a new mark of 1:55.1 in his $15,000 third preliminary round harness racing action Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The four-year-old altered son of Archangel has had to go first-over in all three of his Weiss starts - the first week he made a break while challenging, while during the second he proved his superiority by reducing his mark to 1:55.3. That number was again lowered on a very cool night Sunday, with trainer/driver Fern Paquet Jr. sitting outside of pacesetting Law Of Attraction, then overpowering that one the last half of the stretch to win by a length for breeder/owner Michael Sherman Jr. Chas Hanover, one of two double winners in previous Weiss contests, could not go with the cover of the winner the last 3/8 and wound up fourth. Perfect Chapter AS, who like Archibald made a break while motoring uncovered in his first series start, atoned for last week's error with a big sweep from the back of the field, winning by four lengths for driver Marcus Miller while reducing his speed standard to 1:56.3. The Chapter Seven four-year-old gelding is trained by Anette Lorentzon for ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johannson. The other double Weiss winner in this group, Meadowbranch Ricky, had been able to hold off the late surge of Stormont Manpower last week; on Sunday, Stormont Manpower was a bit closer at headstretch, and he was able to catch the pacesetting "Ricky" by three-quarters of a length while reducing his record to 1:57. Second in his first two series starts, the winning altered son of Kadabra made the third time a charm for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Robert Bresnahan Jr., and owner Robert Bresnahan. McCarthy, who had four winners on the card, also led the longshot brigade on Sunday, bringing home City Hall first in the twelfth race while returning $79.80 as a pocket rocket. Two races earlier, Jim Morrill Jr. had used similar tactics with Drinkin Again, getting the nod to the mutuel tune of $51.40. PHHA / Pocono

April 14, 2018 - 2.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) took Saturday’s Jagersro featured L.C. Peterson Broddas 2018 V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) reined by harness racing driver Johan Untersteiner and clocked in 1.11.7kr. The winner now has three 2018 wins in as many starts and 14 career victories in 37 outings. 2.3/1 Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rose-Abo Volo) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and 14.3/1 Mindyourvalue WF was home third for Robert Bergh. The winner earned a spot in the Olympiatravet at Aby, a Gr. I event, along with previously named or earned spots to On Track Piraten, Ringostarr Treb, Zenit Brick, Lionel and Takethem. On the undercard at Jagersro was the V75 Silver (purse 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 3.7/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, timed in1.12kr. 3.9/1 Mister Crowe (8m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell) was second for Johnny Takter with third to 13.7/1 Springover driven by Peter Untersteiner. The winner scored in this his first 2018 appearances and he now has 11 career wins in 28 outings. The Breeders Course (three year olds, first final, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) for Lutfi Kolgjini. 7.4/1 Paladin (3m Lavec Kronos-Damaniscotta-Andover Hall) was second for Roger Malmqvist. Earlier on the card the Olympiamonten (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 1.3/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons for trainer Lutfi Kolgini. Scuderia Louisiana SRL bred this winner that scored in 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Recent import from Finland, 19.7/1 Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine), rallied late to win the prestigious Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) on Saturday at Kincsem Park timed in 1.16.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Second finishing 5/1 Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas raced in the second tier and took the lead mid-stretch before the final rush by the winner. 2.7/1 Victory Knick (6g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) ended third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. This one has recorded four wins and a second in his last five HU starts. On the superb undercard the Platter Chatter DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 3/2 odds Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) teamed by trainer Vlejko Mazsity. 3.4/1 Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) with Sandor Varga up and 13.7/1 Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonna Lady-Titan Way) were home second and third. The Ipse Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) started off the day’s racing and the 1.17kr timed win went to 4.6/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) for trainer/driver Balszs Juhacz, his second straight score. 5.9/1 Rosamundi (10f Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Jozef Karai and trainer Csaba Lakatos. Third was 3.7/1 Rocket Boy (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) handled by Andrea Nagyvary for trainer Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 6TYO Free For All is the feature of tonight’s exciting eight event Launceston Pacing Club harness racing card. Stagger Lee has performed in sensational fashion at its two Tasmanian runs at the track, a first-up second to Isaac in its heat of the Maxfield Drilling Easter Cup after doing all the work and kicking clear at the top of the stretch. In the Cup Final the Maree Caldow-trained Major In Art–Let’s Go Cullen six-year-old gelding ran a gallant third behind the brilliant Harjet and although beaten by 24.3-metres was still putting in strongly on the line. John Caldow has the advantage of drawing four on the front line tonight with Stagger Lee and will no doubt be looking for a softer run than its punishing Easter Cup Series assignments. Isaac (pictured), which ran down Stagger Lee on heat night, has drawn in six and will have the services of Rodney Ashwood. The Juanita McKenzie-trained American Ideal–Twice as Sly eight-year-old gelding put up an unbelievable Heat performance but was disappointing on face-value in the Cup final running eleventh but is more than capable of bouncing back tonight. The Steve Lukac-trained No Spring Secrets is in search of a winning hat-trick but faces a rise in class and a tricky outside front-line draw. The Tell All–Spring Ball six-year-old gelding has claimed some massive scalps of late, defeating Scooterwillrev and 2016 Easter Cup winner Riverboat Jasper with paralysing finishing sprints. The ever consistent Black Centurian, trained by Steven Davis, chased Harjeet home in its Cup Heat before finishing fourth in the Final after being involved in a titanic battle for the placings. Gareth Rattray will have every chance to position the Jr Mint-Mon Poppy Mary eight-year-old gelding precisely where he wants him after the scratching of Scooterwillrev brings him into gate two behind the Tasracing mobile over the 2200-metre journey. Michael Smith's All Style Sammy has drawn the pole and will be handled by Rohan Hillier but takes on the silk department while the grand old campaigner Destreos has his sights set on notching up the magical 1ooth career win for Ken Rattray. Destreos will start from outside the second line from behind the mobile but is rated as one of the outsiders in the field of nine at around $33.00 in early markets. Tonights Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.38 and can be viewed on live stream service at Watch Harjeet demoralise the top hopes in tonight's 6TYO Free-For-All in the Maxfield Drilling Easter Cup. Shane Yates

The headline going into Sunday's harness racing featured 'Winners Over' event at Harrah's Philadelphia centered around 2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. The now 6-year-old gelding by Dragon Again came into the race with career earnings well over $1.4 million and a mark of 1:47.3 set last year at The Meadowlands. The day however would belong to Matias Ruiz trainee Statesman N (George Napolitano Jr). Starting from post 5, the 11-year-old New Zealand bred gelding was able to work out a perfect second-over trip, sweeping by for the win in 1:52.4 for owner Joe P Racing of Delray Beach, Florida. Race favorite Awesomeness (Jim Marohn Jr) was second, while Super Imposed N (Corey Callahan) finished third. Wakizashi Hanover got away last and had little impact. Statesman N ($19.40) picked up his 40th career win in start 199, while surpassing $700,000 in career earnings. The upset produced a $72.40 exacta, while the trifecta returned $195.40. The upset also played a role in the pick 4 payoff, which returned $6,069.00. The trainer/driver combination of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras had 5 wins on the program. Live racing returns Wednesday with a post time of 12:25 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich

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