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DESTREOS NZ INQUIRY –07 JUNE 2018 – KEN RATTRAY On Thursday 7 June 2018 stewards inquired into the results of analysis of samples taken from DESTREOS NZ prior to its competing in Race 3 at the Carrick Park Pacing Club on 31st December 2017. Evidence was heard from representatives of Racing Analytical Services Limited and the Racing Science Centre. Evidence was tendered by Mr Rattray in relation to his feeding regime and husbandry practices. Mr Rattray was issued with a charge in writing on 27th March 2018 pursuant to AHRR 190(1),(2) and (4) for failing to present DESTREOS NZ free of the prohibited substance Cobalt. Mr Rattray reserved his plea to the charge and after giving due consideration to the evidence tendered throughout the Inquiry Stewards sustained the charge. In determining penalty Stewards took into consideration Mr Rattrays reserved plea, his licence history, including that he had five prior disqualifications for prohibited substance matters, his personal subjective circumstances and the need that any penalty reflect the serious nature of prohibited substance offences and provide both a specific and general deterrent. Mr Rattray was disqualified for five years, commencing immediately and expiring at midnight on 6 June 2023. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195 Stewards ordered that DESTREOS NZ be disqualified from the subject race and the placings will be amended accordingly. Mr Rattray has appealed against the conviction and penalty. Adrian Crowther CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS – Harness (03) 6777 1900   Harnesslink Media

Nichols, NY - The eyes of the harness racing world shift to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon when that New York venue hosts the third and last preliminary leg of the $1 million Graduate series for 4-year-olds and the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt pacers.   The Graduate drew a strong response at the entry box, resulting in three $50,000 divisions of pacers and a pair of trotting races.   Trotters are up first, races 3 and five both sporting user friendly six horse fields.   Yes Mickey has been tabbed as the favorite in the third. The Muscle Hill gelding was third in leg #1, suffered traffic woes in the bulky 12 horse field at Mohawk in the second leg and gets Andy McCarthy to drive for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owner Melby Gard at Tioga.   Top Flight Angel, winner of the Yonkers Trot last season, is a slight morning line choice in division two. He was a good third in last week's leg and has drawn the advantageous rail position for Team Miller, driver Andy and trainer Julie who look after the son of Archangel for Legendary Standardbred Farm.   Ron Burke holds a very strong hand in the Graduate pacing events with a total of five going post ward over the three division of seven horses each.   The current scourge of the open ranks, Filibuster Hanover kicks it off for the "Burke Brigade in race 7. He's won all four of his 2018 starts including the 1st Graduate leg at The Meadowlands. He will begin from post six with Yannick Gingras driving for Ron Burke and partners Joe DiScala, J&T Silva Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.   The second division, race 9 includes a pair of contenders from the Burke barn but the favorite's role interestingly goes to a former Burke horse, Miso Fast, who now races out of the Virgil Morgan, Jr barn. Despite a remarkably poor run at the post position draw thus far in 2018, Miso Fast has weathered that storm and captured his division of leg two in Canada. Tim Tetrick has the assignment from post 5 on Sunday as the 9-5 choice from Winchester Baye Acres of Ohio.   The tenth race, Graduate pace number three, is a very contentious one. Maroma Beach (Gingras) won a Graduate division last week for Burke, Highalator (David Miller) equaled the fastest mile in all of racing with a 1:48.1 score in a Meadowlands overnight for trainer / owner Jenny Bier and her partner Charlie Dombeck and Donttellmeagain (Tetrick) looks for his second score in the series for trainer Jimmy King and Paton Racing Stable.   The NYSS split into four very contentious $40,000 divisions as races 4, 6 & 8.   The beautiful new Tioga Downs hotel offers a resort feel that was not previously available as well as packages for a spa, stay, golf trifecta that has been designed especially for horsemen. Call (607) 699-3900 to make your reservation for a few days of bliss.   Post time for the big Sunday card is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

JUNE 7, 2018 - A trio of fresh faces graced the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening in the first harness racing  Grassroots event of the three-year-old trotting filly season. Making just her second lifetime start, Magical Glider captured the first division off a confident steer from Campbellville, Ontario resident Chris Christoforou, Jr. Starting from Post 3 Christoforou eased Magical Glider into sixth as Princess Stephanie stepped out to a :28.4 opening quarter. The fan favourites continued to sit sixth through the :59.3 half clocked by Sheza Chunkymonkey, but Christoforou soon tipped Magical Glider to the outside and the filly started to advance on the leaders. One and one-half lengths back at the 1:30.2 three-quarters, Magical Glider pulled away from her peers in the stretch, reaching the wire three lengths ahead in 1:59.3. Princess Stephanie finished second and Kant Afford It was third. "She's a nice filly," noted Christoforou. "She floated up an easy first over on a slow third quarter and drew off in the stretch to a comfortable win." Christoforou crafted the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario and owner-breeders Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, Quebec. Heading into Thursday's Grassroots start the daughter of Glidemaster and Serenas Genie had logged just two qualifiers and a runner-up finish in a May 31 overnight at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Magical Glider The quickest of the three divisions was clocked by Stormont Chef, who overcame the outside Post 10 to record a 1:57.2 victory in the third $19,850 contest. Getting away tenth, Stormont Chef watched favourite Ezee Tiguan ring up fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27.2 from the back of the line in the outer lane. Eighth, and eight and one-half lengths behind the leader, at the three-quarters, Stormont Chef found a whole new gear in the stretch, sprinting home to a head victory over Ezee Tiguan and Uvie Hanover. "She raced great, because the flow wasn't all that great from where I was," said driver Phil Hudon. "She dug deep to get the job done. She's an honest filly and she trots nice." The Guelph resident drives Stormont Chef for trainer Kevin Benn of Napanee and owner-breeders Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario. A Gold Series competitor at two, Thursday's outing was the Angus Hall daughter's first at the Grassroots level. The 1:57.2 clocking was a personal best for Stormont Chef, who was also a winner at Woodbine Mohawk Park in an April 30 overnight. Stormont Chef The other division went to Stpattysday who, like Magical Glider, had just one start on her resume prior to lining up behind Post 6 in Thursday's fifth race. Like Stormont Chef, Stpattysday was tenth at the :28.3 quarter, and she was last heading to the :58 half. Still eleventh as pacesetter Zorgwijk Sophia reached the 1:28 three-quarters, driver Mario Baillargeon shifted the Majestic Son daughter out wide coming off the final turn and Stpattysday powered down the stretch to snatch a neck victory away from Zorgwijk Sophie. Galary Girl was three-quarters of a length back in third. Acton resident Baillargeon picked up the drive aboard Stpattysday on her arrival at Woodbine Mohawk Park from Hippodrome Trois Rivieres, where she made her first lifetime start on May 29. Sylvain Cote of Joliette trains the filly for his partners Les Ecuries St-Thomas Inc. of St-Thomas De Joliette and Laurent Daviault of Saint-Lambert, Quebec. Stpattysday The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on July 8. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, June 22 with the second Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Racing

Harness Racing New South Wales wish to advise of the young drivers that will be taking part in this year's Nicholas Dewar Memorial NSW Rising Stars series. Reinsmen and women from across the state will take part in heats run in various regions. The first round for the 10 drivers will take place at Young, the hometown of the late Nicholas Dewar. Heats will then move through to Bathurst, Bankstown and Newcastle before the last heat takes place at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday July 1.   The competing drivers for the 2018 series:   Ellen Rixon Defending Champion Cameron Hart Metropolitan Madi Young Metropolitan Will Rixon Metropolitan Mitch Chapple North East Justin Reynolds Western Districts Tom Pay Western Districts Todd Day South West & Riverina Chris Judd South West & Riverina Blake Micallef South West & Riverina   The NSW Rising Stars selection criteria can be read in full by clicking here.   HRNSW CEO John Dumesny congratulated all of the selected drivers. "These young people are the future of our sport and I am certain they recognise the privilege it is to be selected to compete in the Series," Dumesny said. "The week of activities outside of the race diving will be educational and entertaining for the divers. "A significant component however is the opportunity for these Rising Stars to bond in the Series in a sport in which they have a demonstrated passion. "Also this is a truly special year as the harness racing fraternity respects and pays tribute to Nick Dewar, a young man tragically gone who had an absolute passion for our sport perhaps unequalled. "On behalf of the Chairman Rod Smith, the Board Members and the Management of HRNSW I thank the Dewar Family, mother Wendy, father Steve and siblings Brad, Amy and Brooke for allowing harness racing to remember Nick in this way. "Finally I extend the best wishes of HRNSW to each of the drivers in the Series and may the best take out the 2018 title."   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER  

MILTON, ON - June 8, 2018 - Trainer Dave Menary sends out several stakes prospects in elimination action this Saturday (June 9) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including two from his own barn and one that he owns in the Pepsi North America Cup. Menary's pair of 'Cup' trainees, Topville Olympian and Dragon Time, race in the first and second elimination respectively. St Lads Neptune, who Menary bought into earlier this season, goes in the third elimination. Starting from post 8, Topville Olympian, driven by Jody Jamieson, makes his third start of the year after finishing sixth in a $60,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere, losing to Burning Midnight who catapulted off a collapsing pace to a 28-1 upset. "Topville Olympian is just a super little horse; like the little engine that could," Menary said. "He's the kind of horse you'd want to marry--he never has a bad day. He's got a great attitude, always eating, always healthy; super sound. He's the kind of horse that doesn't give you gray hairs." Owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Jo and Anthony Timmons and Crawford Farms Racing, the gelded son of American Ideal lacked racing room off a pocket trip through the stretch in the Somebeachsomewhere, finishing two lengths off the winner. The start prior, his first of the season, he faltered from a similar setup to be fifth by nine lengths. "Instead of racing him like a long shot, we raced him like a contender last week [in the Somebeachsomewhere] and he got caught behind a wall of horses," Menary said. "I think if he got a seam somewhere, he could've possibly been the fast division and they'd be looking at him in a different light. "His first start of the year--I think he just needed that start. In qualifiers he flashed up some really fancy last quarters. He's going to need a little bit of luck but I know he's going to put forth a good effort." Dragon Time also makes his third start of the year in his Cup elimination, starting from post 10 with Jamieson in the sulky. The Bettors Delight gelding ended his freshman campaign in late September with a sixth-place finish in the Metro consolation. He returned to the track after a winter of maturing to win a qualifier on May 18 in 1:56.3. "Dragon Time may have been my top colt all winter," Menary said. "He's always been a little bit green and a little bit immature--kind of a big, fat, clumsy colt. But he's really put things together; he was legit enough last year. He won a leg of the Nassagaweya last year coming home in :26-and-a-fifth and paced in [1]:51. He's a nice colt, but he's right on the fringe and we'd like to get out of the green." Dragon Time also drew outside in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere and kicked home in :26.2 to finish sixth to Lather Up by eight-and-a-half lengths. In his first start of the year, he finished fourth against conditioned pacers from the rail in 1:51.1. "He trained super this week--I think it's the best he's ever trained in his life--he went by Sintra training this week," Menary said. "But from the 10-hole, he's going to need a little bit of luck and a miracle. But his best thing might be the consolation." Stephanie Jamieson trains St Lads Neptune for Carl and Jody Jamieson and Menary Racing. Knowing the horse and saying he knew "how much Jody and Carl thought of him,", Menary acquired a share prior to his first qualifier--a 1:51.1 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. "I take a lot of pride in the horses that are in [my] barn," Menary said. "The ones that I'm training have an uphill battle, but Steph[anie Jamieson]'s doing a really nice job with St Lads Neptune and I'm excited to see some good results." St Lads Neptune has two seconds from two starts this season, one in an Ontario Sires Stake split at Flamboro and the other in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere, where he rallied from several lengths off the lead to finish a close-second to Lather Up in a 1:50.3 mile. "Neptune was just awesome last week," Menary said. "Jody drove him pretty conservatively and ran him up into the back of Lather Up and then he moved right over him at the wire." Jody Jamieson will pilot the Mach Three gelding from post 7. Pepsi North America Cup night has the possibility to be a big evening for Menary, as his stable could be represented in a pair of under card stakes. Menary will also send out Pueblo Blue Chip in the Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday. Starting from post-four in the second of the two eliminations, Pueblo Blue Chip finds herself against the ranks of world-champion Youaremycandygirl, local freshmen stars Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster and Ubettergo Go, who enters off a national season's best of 1:50 at Tioga. "I think there's a big difference between those two divisions--she's definitely in the tough division so hopefully she brings her 'A'-game," Menary said. Pueblo Blue Chip won her lone start of the season, a 1:54.3 wire-to-wire performance in a division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Saratoga. Menary opted to skip the NYSS split at Tioga on Sunday, June 3, instead "trying to aim her for the Fan Hanover so she wouldn't have to go four weeks in a row then come back and race in six days," he said. "She came out of the [NYSS] a lot better than she came into it," Menary said. "She had never been to Saratoga. She raced well and came out of the race very well and trained very well this week. She got run at the whole way and still drew away from them, so it was a good first start of the year. "I think she's a nice filly, but it's up to her whether she wants to step up and advance with these kind of fillies." The sophomores may get most of the attention on Saturday, but Menary will also be sending out his stable star Sintra in the $34,000 Preferred. The Canadian Pacing Derby champion will be preparing for the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup and is making his second start of the season. "Sintra's come back super," Menary said. "It's a privilege to train a horse like him--he's the kind of horse that makes you get up and go out to the barn in the morning. I've had nice horses in the past and every time you have a good one you pray it's not your last because you can only have so many once in a lifetime horses. He's another one and hopefully there's more to follow. But he wintered very, very well. He's just such a doer and makes my job real easy." Sintra returned to the track on May 18, qualifying in 1:53.4 with a :25.2 final quarter. The five-year-old made his season debut a week later and came from off the pace to finish second. "He was excellent in his qualifier; he probably could've come home in :24--Jody started pulling him up at the top of the stretch. Then in his first start of the year he had an outside post and we raced him from the back, but he was pacing really hard to the wire. He just got beat by math." Menary has his eyes on many big events for Sintra, with his first stakes engagement being the always-star studded Mohawk Gold Cup on Cup night. This Saturday's 13-race program at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red (pacing mares). A free program for Saturday's card can be downloaded by clicking here. by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Communications    

Ron Burke believes Crazy Wow feels at home in the Midwest. Chris Page is not going to argue. "I don't know what it is, but I know I've had good luck with him out here," said Page, who will drive Crazy Wow for trainer Burke in Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Page teamed with Crazy Wow to win last year's edition of the race with a track-record 1:52 mile. "He was very good last year. What I like about him is you can do it anyway you want; you can be on the front, two hole, off the pace. There's not really a bad trip for the horse on the track. It's an honor to drive him. We'll see if we can keep the crown from last year. It's just a pleasure in itself to get the opportunity." Page drove Crazy Wow three times overall last year, adding a win in the Cleveland Trotting Classic and a second in the Dayton Trotting Derby. "I wouldn't say I fit the horse any better than anybody else, I think I just got to drive him when he was sharp," Page said. "He's been very sharp each time I've driven him." For his career, the 6-year-old Crazy Wow has raced 12 times in either Ohio or Indiana and posted six victories, three seconds and a third. "This is a good spot; he likes those tracks," Burke said. "He did good last year in the Midwest and hopefully that will continue this year." Crazy Wow, who has won 21 of 63 lifetime races and earned $2.27 million, will start the Charlie Hill Memorial from post No. 3 and is 7-2 on the morning line. Will Take Charge, who won the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia in world-record-equaling 1:50.3 on May 27, is the 3-1 favorite from post six. The field was also expected to include two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder, but the stallion was scratched because of sickness. "It looks like Will Take Charge is the one to beat," Page said. "I drew inside so I hope to get a good trip in there. If I can work out a trip and get some fractions, that's going to help." Page, an Ohio native, is second in the driver standings at Scioto Downs, behind Dan Noble. For his career, Page has won 4,241 races. "I'm very fortunate to drive for Ron Burke," Page said. "That's the best account to have. He's got overnight horses for me to drive, he's got stakes horses for me to drive, and I even get a little Grand Circuit work. He's given me the opportunity to drive horses that growing up as a little kid in this business you just dream about watching. It's definitely an honor, to say the least." Among the remaining horses in the Hill Memorial is In Secret, also part of the Burke Brigade. In Secret heads to the event off a win in a division of the Great Northeast Open Series on June 3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. For the season, In Secret has won three of 11 starts while racing primarily at Yonkers. Burke hopes a change in scenery will benefit In Secret, who will start from post one in the Hill Memorial. "Last week he was real good," Burke said. "I think he will be especially good from off the rail in there. I'm excited to see him race. "I think he was a little bit bored with Yonkers every week. Yonkers is tough. It can be mentally taxing on horses, I think. For him to get away from there a little bit I think will be good and maybe breathe a little life into that horse." The Charlie Hill Memorial honors Hall of Famer Charles Hill, who was the founder and former president and chairman of the board of Scioto Downs. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Scioto Downs. Following is the field for the Charlie Hill Memorial with drivers, trainers, and morning line. The Hill is race No. 7 on the card, with an 8:30 p.m. approximate post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-In Secret-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Ron Burke-8/1 2-I Know My Chip-Sam Widger-Walter Haynes Jr.-6/1 3-Crazy Wow-Chris Page-Ron Burke-7/2 4-Homicide Hunter-Aaron Merriman-Chris Oakes-8/1 5-Another Breath-Dan Noble-Jeff Johnson Jr.-15/1 6-Will Take Charge-Jim Morrill Jr.-Jeff Gillis-3/1 7-Charmed Life-Tyler Smith-Rene Allard-10/1 8-Smalltownthrowdown-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-8/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Betfair US announced today that it has reached long-term agreements for retail and online/mobile sports betting with Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and Tioga Downs in New York.   Under the agreements, Betfair US will provide a full suite of cutting edge sports betting products to customers in New Jersey and New York pending legislative and regulatory authorization. Betfair US is a subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair plc, one of the largest publicly traded sports betting companies in the world with leading brands Paddy Power and Betfair in the United Kingdom and Europe, Sportsbet in Australia and TVG in the US. Across its four major brands, Paddy Power Betfair has five million active customers and processed over $15 billion in sports wagers in 2017. The company recently announced that, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, it is combining its US operations with leading daily fantasy sports company FanDuel. This transaction is expected to complete in Q3 2018. "We could not be more excited to partner with Jeff Gural and his partners for sports betting in New Jersey and New York," said Kip Levin, CEO of Betfair US. "Meadowlands Racetrack has the potential to be among the best, if not the best, sports betting venues in the US. Combining these premier facilities with the global sports betting prowess of Paddy Power Betfair is a great match and will enable us to bring an unparalleled sports betting experience to customers in the northeast." Meadowlands Racetrack is on the grounds of the renowned Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is located less than 10 miles from Times Square in the heart of Manhattan and in one of the most densely populated areas of the US. Rebuilt by Chairman Jeff Gural and his partners in 2013, the facility is state-of-the-art with modern and luxurious amenities for racing and sports betting customers. Tioga Downs, located in Nichols, NY, recently opened one of New York's four commercial casino facilities featuring a hotel, entertainment center and modern casino floor featuring slots, table games and horse racing. "Sports betting is a great opportunity for Meadowlands and Tioga Downs," said Jeff Gural, Chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC and Tioga Downs LLC. "We went through a diligent process and reviewed several options to provide customers with the best sports betting experience possible. In the end, Betfair's world leading products and experience proved the best choice. We are eager to get started with our partners, with whom we have had a long relationship for racing with TVG, on this exciting venture."  

Out of town conditioner George Ducharme often brings some of his young horses to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete, most times early in the year before the start of Sire Stakes season. On Thursday afternoon, Ducharme brought his The Veteran (Muscle Mass) to town to compete in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters. The Veteran finished third in last year's New York Sire Stakes Final on the Night on Champions in October and prevailed in his most recent start heading into Thursday's tilt as he set a lifetime mark winning in 1:51.2 at Vernon Downs in the Empire Breeders Classic Consolation. Frank Coppola Jr. catch-drove the three year old trotter on Thursday and sat back patiently with the public's 1-9 betting favorite before making a late move around the final turn. The Veteran made it look easy and cruised to victory in 1:57.2 to move his trainer's record to four wins and a second in just six local starts at the Spa in 2018. The Veteran is poised to make another run at the New York Sire Stakes and will begin that campaign in the coming weeks. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

MILTON, ON - June 7, 2018 - There was a time trainer Brian Brown stopped and stared at the Pepsi North America Cup trophy and wondered what it would feel like to hold it aloft. Now that he's done that, he's hoping this time will be twice as nice. It was just over 20 years ago when Brown walked through the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand and eyed the ornate trophy associated with one of standardbred racing's highest profile events. "It's a race you dream of winning," said the Ohio native, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug's hometown. "But it takes a lot of things to make it happen and it takes a total team effort. It's a great feeling to say that you've won it." In 2017, a pair of Brown's sensational sophomore pacing stars, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, each enjoyed stellar campaigns. It was the former who delivered the trainer his coveted North America Cup crown. A son of Dragon Again, Fear the Dragon rallied stoutly down the lane to win the $1 million race by three-quarters of a length in 1:48.2. Downbytheseaside, who led by a head at the stretch call, held for third to give Brown the top and bottom ends of the Trifecta. At season's end, the duo earned $2.95 million (US) between them, playing a big part in Brown earning Trainer of the Year Award honours in the United States, as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He was also voted USHWA's Good Guy Award winner for 'consistent, intelligent cooperation with the sport's media.' Now, he's hoping good guys can finish first in the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. Brown has three horses - Done Well, Whos Better and Venom - set to contest this Saturday evening's Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park, all seeking a shot at a spot in the six-figure final to be contested at the Milton oval on June 16. His best chance for a return trip to the winner's circle could be the aptly named Done Well, an undefeated son of Well Said, only the second horse in history to win pacing's Big 3 - The Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. The bay colt, to be driven by Tim Tetrick in the second of three Cup eliminations this Saturday night, heads into the race off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts. The sharp victory came after almost 10 months away from racing action. "He's coming into the race well," said Brown, of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. "I would have liked to have had one more race in him, but that just didn't happen. He's a very nice horse. Unfortunately, he had to deal with an injury that occurred in Florida last August and it set him back. He was just getting rolling, so it was disappointing. But he's doing everything right and so easy. Timmy (Tetrick) isn't worried about him." Whos Better, a one-time winner from 13 starts, also has one second and six thirds for Brown. The gelded son of Bettors Delight, a sire of 22 millionaires, Living Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee and Canadian Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee, has tackled some top competition over his career. Last October, Whos Better finished eighth in a Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. The bay heads into his elimination off a runner-up effort in a Pennsylvania All-Stars division on May 28. David Miller will drive again for owners Country Club Inc., Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan. "He's come back this year, had some solid starts and put up pretty good times," said Brown. "He had throat surgery, but he's come back well. He's a pretty-laid back horse now. He wasn't that way before he had him gelded. He was a tough horse to be around and a tough horse on himself." Venom, a son of the legendary Rock N Roll Heaven, a world champion at both two and three, voted Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-old of the Year, will look to get over the sting of an eighth-place finish as the mutuel favourite at Vernon Downs on May 28. Prior to that result, the bay colt, owned by Frank Bellino and Sons LLC, had won three straight after finishing second in his career bow on April 22 at Miami Valley. Miller gets the call in the third and final elim. "We're not sure what happened after that race at Vernon," offered Brown. "He was very distressed after the race, so we did everything we could think of to find out what it was. Everything checked out okay and he was fine. He trained so well yesterday. We trained all three of them together and they were all within a quarter of a length of each other." With three chances to make it to the big dance and a second Cup trophy opportunity, Brown is looking forward to returning to familiar ground this Saturday. No need to ask if he'd like a repeat of last year's result. "That would be nice for sure," said Brown. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications          

Peter Wrenn expects Shnitzledosomethin to do something he always does when it comes time to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday in his Pepsi North America Cup elimination -- be right in the mix. Over the course of his 15-race career, Shnitzledosomethin has posted seven wins and hit the board a total of 14 times. The only time the colt finished outside the top three came last October when he was pulled up because of broken equipment. Three of his five runner-up finishes came by a neck or less, including his setback to Stay Hungry in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. "He's not scared of speed and he's got good manners, so those are probably two things in his favor," Wrenn said. "He doesn't get too wound up and he's a big enough horse where fractions don't hurt him too bad. He's not going to walk away from nobody, but they're going to know he's in the race some. He's a very nice horse. "He was a player last year, and he's a player this year." A total of 29 horses entered the 35th North America Cup, one of the sport's premier events for 3-year-old male pacers, and the group was divided into three eliminations. The top three finishers from each division plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$1 million final, which is June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Shnitzledosomethin is in the third elimination, which also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Lost In Time and two horses that are unbeaten this year, Courtly Choice and Lather Up. Lost In Time won last year's Metro Pace at Mohawk while Courtly Choice (2-for-2 in 2018) and Lather Up (4-for-4) are two of the three fastest 3-year-old pacers this season. Lather Up is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Shnitzledosomethin, who has a win and a second in two starts this year on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit, is 8-1. The first elimination features Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Stay Hungry, stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, and undefeated Done Well. Hayden Hanover was last season's fastest 2-year-old male pacer, with a mark of 1:50. Done Well, who was sidelined by a cannon bone fracture last year, is 5-for-5 lifetime. Stay Hungry is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. The second elimination includes Somebeachsomewhere division winner Burning Midnight as well as two more of the season's hottest 3-year-olds, Dorsoduro Hanover and Wes Delight. Dorsoduro Hanover is undefeated in three races this year while Wes Delight has won four of five in 2018, with his lone setback a second-place finish to Dorsoduro Hanover. Dorsoduro Hanover is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations have been carded as races four, five and eight on Saturday's program. The elimination winners will earn the right to select their post position for the final. The post-position draw will take place Tuesday during a special luncheon and media conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "There are a lot of horses in these divisions that could step up and get the job done," Wrenn said. "There are no horses that lay five lengths over the field. It's an evenly matched group." Wrenn, who last appeared in a North America Cup final in 1999, finishing fourth with Sioux Dawn, has driven Shnitzledosomethin every start of his career. All but one of those races came in Indiana, a third-place finish in the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in Delaware. Shnitzledosomethin, a son of Fred And Ginger out of Summer N Sand, is trained by Dylan Davis. He is owned by BFJ Stable, Thomas Lazzaro, Ed Gold, and Abraham Basen. "He's a bigger, stronger horse, which a lot of them get that way," Wrenn said about the 2018 version of Shnitzledosomethin. "He had a lot of natural talent last year, which has carried over to this year for sure." Wrenn is looking forward to driving at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although he does not drive regularly in Canada, he enjoyed one of his biggest wins north of the border, capturing a Breeders Crown with Yankee Cashmere in 1994 at Woodbine. "I've had a little luck up there in the past," Wrenn said. "Maybe not always coming home with a big W, but some nice paychecks. Maybe it will work out. I hope I make the final. They put on a nice show. It's always got a good feeling about being there. The fan base really enjoys racing and they put it all forward. They love it. They're very enthusiastic." Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. An early program for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card is available by clicking here. The card also includes eliminations for the Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover stakes. Here are the full elimination fields, with drivers, trainers, and morning line. Elimination 1 (Race 4) 1. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-5/1 2. Summer Travel-David Miller-Casie Coleman-6/1 3. Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-9/5 4. Major Authority-Yannick Gingras-Andrew Harris-20/1 5. Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-2/1 6. Sports Legend-Bob McClure-Richard Moreau-20/1 7. Rootin Tootin-Mark MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh-15/1 8. Topville Olympian-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-15/1 9. Grand Teton-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-10/1 10. Captain Deo-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-8/1 Elimination 2 (Race 5) 1. Whos Better-David Miller-Brian Brown-8/1 2. Sometimesawinner-Louis-Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-10/1 3. Beachin Lindy-Mark MacDonald-Steve Charlton-20/1 4. Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-7/2 5. Burning Midnight-Trevor Henry-Corey Giles-6/1 6. When You Dance-Jonathan Drury-Ben Wallace-12/1 7. American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-3/1 8. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 9. Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-10/1 10. Dragon Time-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-20/1 Elimination 3 (Race 8) 1. Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 3. Venom-Yannick Gingras-Brian Brown-12/1 4. Babes Dig Me-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-15/1 5. Shnitzledosomethin-Peter Wrenn-Dylan Davis-8/1 6. Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-6/1 7. St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-5/1 8. Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-7/2 9. Levis Day-Tim Tetrick-Victor Puddy-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Just as Delaware Governor John Carney on Tuesday made the first legal single game sports wager in the country outside of Nevada, the US Postal Service was bringing harness racing horsemen and women in the First State letters that has created quite a stir. The Delaware Harness Racing Commission has sent registered letters to owners and trainers asking for very specific horse records to be sent to them. Horse people who reside outside of Delaware have also received the letter if they raced a horse in the state. The letter starts off “The Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) is conducting an in-depth review of the ownership and management of horses raced at Delaware tracks over the past few years. What they are asking for includes showing the purchasing and selling prices on all horse; record of payments from racetracks; documentation of payments to all owners; training bill to all owners, bank statement, tax returns, 1099’s and W-2’s and the list goes on and on, more than 20 items are being asked for. Harnesslink talked with noted attorney and prominent harness racing owner, Howard Taylor, who also received a letter today. “I got one,” Taylor started off saying. “What they are asking for is worse than an IRS audit. “I am going to comply to the best of my ability within reason,” Taylor explained. “They say in the letter that they are looking for is hidden ownership. I am not going to give them a lot of items including my tax returns. I don’t keep 1099’s and I don’t know what my accountant does with them. “They ask for, which is unbelievable,” Taylor added. “Is for mine and my spouse’s financial incomes. They want access to my personal business records. I don’t think so.” Taylor said his has talked to numerous horse people Wednesday. “My phone has been exploding all day,” Taylor exaggerated. “One client I talked to said he has already talked with his accountant and was told it could cost up to $10,000 to comply. I also had another call from an owner who said he might just get out of the business. “I talked with another attorney,” Taylor said. “and he said if everyone were to comply the files would fill a warehouse. This could take nine agents up to a year to go through everything. “I also got a letter with the names of my horses that they want full records on,” Taylor said. “And one of the horses on the list I don’t ever remember owning. I had five horses on my list. Another owner I talked with said he has 80 horses on his list.” What is next for the horsemen and women to do? “I really don’t have a lot of answers right now,” Taylor said. “I have yet to even talk with the horsemen’s association in Delaware. Taylor said legal proceedings are being developed. If people do not comply with what the Delaware Harness Racing Commission is requesting, the letter states that…”failure to supply the requested information may result in horses being placed on the Steward’s list. In addition, other penalties may apply including fines and suspension or revocation of your license.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Kiwi filly Sociable is drawn to strike early. The Andrew Stuart trained three-year-old has drawn ideally in tomorrow night’s (Friday) $20,450 Redcliffe Oaks while main dangers face awkward second-line draws. Sociable will start from gate three (with emergency coming out) and will be handled by ace Victorian reinsman John Caldow in her Queensland debut. Connections are targeting the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on July 14. The Buy Kiwi Made filly went unbeaten in her first two starts in her homeland before crossing the Tasman earlier this year with connections tackling the Victoria Oaks at TABCORP Park, Melton in April. Sociable finished fifth behind the freakish filly Shez All Rock. “We think she’s a pretty good filly and we came to Melbourne hoping to avoid the All Stars and we end up running into a filly that’s even better than what they have so it didn’t quite go to plan but we were more than happy with her efforts.” The Rangiora based Stuart said. In six Victorian starts, Sociable scored an easy victory at Shepparton on April 6 while missing the place only twice, in the Victoria Oaks Final and in her most recent start, the Argent Classic on May 11. Despite being fresh, Stuart is confident his filly is ready to showcase her talent. “We’ve had the filly up in Sydney with Luke McCarthy for the past couple of weeks and her recent fast work has been really pleasing, she’s close to the mark. “Drawing well was always going to be really important on this track and I was thrilled with the front-line draw, even more thrilled when the Dixon fillies landed the second-line. I raced against Aqua Miss in the Victoria Oaks and she looks a pretty handy type but I believe my filly can beat her. “I was happy when John (Caldow) said he would come up and drive her, I think that is a nice confidence booster. He knows the filly well now and I think an all the way victory is our best shot of winning this race.” And punters have reacted; UBET offered as much as $5 when markets opened on Wednesday. Sociable is now the $2.20 favourite. And Stuart has celebrations plans in place. “I enjoy a day at the races and I’ll be heading along to the Stradbroke Day festivities at Doomben the following day, hopefully having some celebratory drinks.” The Redcliffe Oaks is race 3, start time is 7.54pm. Chris Barsby

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer-driver Anthony Adams under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. It is alleged that Mr Adams presented ‘Lifeplusten’ to race at Mildura on 28 December 2017 when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced at a concentration above the allowable threshold. HRV Stewards also issued a further charge under AHRR 119C in relation to the stabling location of ‘Lifeplusten’ and ‘Mister Magic Man’ during the relevant time. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Harness Racing Victoria

 “Maczaffair has good gate speed and if she leads she will be very hard to beat,” declared trainer Mike Reed when assessing the four-year-old’s prospects in the $25,000 RSM Australia Rotary Club Fremantle Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maczaffair will start from the No. 2 barrier on the front line and Shannon Suvaljko will be hellbent on beating out polemarker Dodolicious. “She loves the 2536m and the further they go, the better she likes it,” said Reed, who will also be represented by Shandale, who will be driven by Chris Lewis from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Maczaffair, who has amassed $379,787 from 18 wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 38 starts, gave further proof of her ability as a frontrunner two starts ago when she began from barrier three, took the lead after 300m and won the group 2 $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes at a 1.55.6 rate over 2130m. Then, last Friday night she started off the 30m mark in a 2503m stand and raced in eighth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move 700m from home. She fought on determinedly to be fifth behind the pacemaker Better Scoot, who dashed over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. “I clocked her to run the final half-mile, out three deep, in 55.5sec.,” said Reed.  Dodolicious, the only other mare in Friday night’s race, will start from the No. 1 barrier and Ryan Warwick is likely to use the five-year-old’s good gate speed in a bid to withstand Maczaffair’s early bid for the lead. It is problematic whether Dodolicious will be able to hold out Maczaffair. Dodolicious will be driven by Colin Brown, with Greg and Skye Bond’s other runner, Our Jimmy Johnstone, to be handled by the stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick. Our Jimmy Johnstone, who will start from barrier five, is in top form, with his past eight starts producing two wins and five placings. He started from barrier six in a 2130m event last Friday night when he raced three wide before charging to the front after 550m. He then gave a bold frontrunning display to win by a length from stablemate Galactic Star at a 1.55.4 rate. Maczaffair, Our Jimmy Johnstone and Bettors Fire look set to fight out the finish. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said that he was confident that the nine-year-old Bettors Fire would run a bold race. “Barrier draws are not so important in races over 2536m,” he said. “We’ll play our cards according to the way things unfold at the start. If the race is run to suit Bettors Fire will be a very big chance of winning. Maczaffair and Our Jimmy Johnstone look to be the horses to beat.”   Ken Casellas

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2018 -- Moosonee and Crystal Fashion, a pair of harness racing 3-year-old trotters with lofty aspirations, took a step in the right direction Wednesday at The Meadows when they captured divisions of the $110,260 Currier & Ives. Moosonee was in the pocket stalking the leader, Patent Leather, when Donatover moved on the outside into the final turn and appeared poised to pass them both. But Donatover broke stride, giving Moosonee the racing room he needed. He moved wide for Aaron Merriman and downed Patent Leather by a length in 1:53.4, a career best and just two ticks off the stake record. Rich And Miserable rallied for show. "He's come back good this year, he's matured," said Chris Beaver, who trains the homebred Explosive Matter-Lady Andover gelding for Winterbeary Farm. "I was able to take the hopples off this year, but I don't think it made any difference. We send all our horses to Florida, and they work on sand all winter. He's a big, growthy horse, and I think that helped him. He put on weight and muscle." Beaver said Moosonee, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $128,443, would be pointed to the Pennsylvania All Stars and Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono. "He's staked well, and I'm aiming him for big races, if he keeps showing us that's what he is," Beaver added. Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick found themselves sitting third after a sluggish 59.3 half cut out by I Know My Rights. But his trainer, Jim Campbell, said the Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding had the field right where he wanted it. "He doesn't mind first over," Campbell said. "He's a big, good-gaited colt, and he's gone some of his best races first over." Crystal Fashion wore down I Know My Rights and held off the closing Scirocco Rob by 1/2 length in 1:56.2, with Meadowbranch Ricky third. Fashion Farms campaigns the winner, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Campbell indicated Crystal Fashion also would be pointed to the PA All Stars and the Earl Beal but that he has another date in mind. "Like a whole bunch of other people, we're thinking about the first Saturday in August," he said. "He has speed, he's good gaited -- so far, so good." Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever now in his final year of racing, tries for career win 100. First post for the special Belmont Day card is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CHESTER PA - On May 1 and 2, trainer Joshua Parker qualified four New Zealand imports in preparation for their Stateside harness racing careers. On June 6 at 4 p.m., their U.S. record is a combined 14-11-2-0, and they have won $69,650. The latest contributor to the incredible Parker skein is Kaitlyn N, who ran her U.S. record to 5-4-1-0-$26,000 by taking a new mark of 1:52 while winning the $17,000 featured pace for fillies and mares Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver Art Stafford Jr. took control just after the quarter pole with the American Ideal mare, and she finished out in 55.1 to be 2¼ lengths ahead at the finish. Trainer Parker is co-owner of the promising distaff with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. FINISHING LINES Harrah's Philadelphia will add an extra live card of racing this Saturday, Belmont Day. As Justify tries for the Thoroughbred Triple Crown by going the longest distance he has ever attempted, a field of trotters at Harrah's will go the shortest distance they have ever attempted locally - 5/8 of a mile, once around the oval. Since a 5/8-mile pace on the recent Super Sunday card lowered that world record after Toastmygoats covered the sprint distance in 1:07.1, there's every reason to believe that the 1:09 world record for the short course on the trot may be going by the wayside as well - especially with the presence in the race of Hemi Seelster, a noted speedster. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

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