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DOVER,Del.---- Four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds headline a top 13-race harness racing program at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 16. On the excellent undercard is a $30,000 Preferred pace, a $25,000 Open, a $19,000 and $16,000 Winner divisions along with a $35,000 and a $25,000 Claiming pace are on the strong card. First Post is 4:30 p.m. As in the past, often divisional titles are on the line with results affecting seasonal end of the year awards. The $210,000 Matron Colt Stake is led by $1.9-million winner Downbytheseaside driven by former Dover regular Chris Page. He has been the favorite in most of his races since late Summer. He missed by three-quarters , finishing second in the Breeders Crown racing for trainer Brian Brown and owners Rich Lombardo, Jay Sbrocco, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. Little Brown Jug winner Yannick Gingras and Filibuster Hanover drew the rail for Burke Racing, Weaver Brucemi, J&T Silva Stables and Joe DiScala. New York Sire Stakes king Funknwaffles and Corey Callahan, second in the Jug, gets post 2. What The Hill, who was taken down after finishing first in the Hambletonian, swept the Breeders Crown title, but must overcome outside post 8 in the $201,900 Matron Colt championship. Hall of Famer David Miller will handle the reins for Burke Racing, Deo Volente Farms, J&T Silva and Our Hrs Cents stables. Devious Man and Andy Miller, who has been 1,2,3 in 14 of 16 starts winning almost $1-million this season races for Story Inc. and Andy Miller Stable.' M&L of Delaware and Bill Wiswell own Bill's Man with Tim Tetrick in the bike. In the $186,600 Matron Filly Trot, Ice Attraction, second in the Breeders Crown and a winner last week in the Crossroads at Hoosier Park, trained and driven by Ake Swanstedt who owns the wekk-bred trotter with Mal and Janet Burrows, Little E and Georgetown, Del.'s Don Sipple. Has won nearly $400,000 this year with six wins and 12 times in the money in 19 races. Determination of Montreal finished third in the Breeders Crown and is driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Luc Blais and drew post 1. Jimmy Takter starts That's All Moni with Yannick Gingras piloting for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Brittany Farms. Another Delaware-owned candidate is Fine Tuned Lady with Corey Callahan driving for M&L of Delaware and William Wiswell. Early season standout Idyllic Beach and Yannick Gingras drew the rail in the $182,700 Matron soph filly final. The $1.1-million lifetime winner is owned by Christine Takter, John Fielding, Marvin Katz and Brixton Medical Inc. Starting from the outside is Jugette winner and second-place in the Breeders Crown Caviart Ally owned by Caviart Farms. Another $1-million winner Agent Q gets David Miller in the bike. The highly rated Rich Pollucci-owned Christen Me N (Tetrick) and Mach It So (David Miller) lead the $30,000 Preferred pace while the Stafford's Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Safford Jr.), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sicily (Montrell Teague), Delaware-champion Bags To Riches (Andy Miller) racing for only Money Inc., and trainer Jason Skinner, and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) owned by Ken Wood Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, head the $25,000 Open, Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the second race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. When watch live racing, enjoy fine dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Top North American harness and thoroughbred racing is featured at the Dover Downs Sports & Race Book open daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking or admission. Marv Bachrad  

Freehold, NJ --- It is unlikely Barbara Matthews will recapture the breeding magic she conjured up in the mid-2000s when she saw the births of Foiled Again, a pacer who became harness racing’s richest horse, and Floored, a Morgan who became a multiple-world-champion in the show world. But she is willing to dream. Matthews, after a decade away from breeding horses for harness racing, last week sold a yearling trotter named Prospect Hill for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt, by stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Louise Kemp, was Matthews’ first since breeding pacer Tres Noel, who was born in 2007. Her goal now is to produce a top trotter. “I don’t know if it will ever come true, but my one desire is to get a really nice trotter,” said Matthews, who recently returned to New Jersey after living in South Carolina. “Everyone has to have a goal. I guess you could call it the Impossible Dream.” Matthews is best known in the harness racing world as the breeder of Foiled Again, who was born in 2004 and recently got career win No. 97. The 13-year-old gelding, by Dragon Again out of In A Safe Place, has earned $7.55 million in purses and with three more wins would become the 16th pacer in the last 40 years to reach 100 victories. Only two horses in that group are millionaires, Rambling Willie and Pilgrim’s Fiery. “He’s just been truly amazing,” Matthews said. “He’s certainly got a very large fan club, and deservedly so.” Matthews’ champion Morgan, Floored, was born in 2005 and named after a pacer that raced for Tony Abbatiello. “I grew up in Colts Neck across the street from his farm,” Matthews said about Abbatiello, who passed away last month at the age of 89. “He always looked out for me as a kid and I would ride my pony on his track. He was one of the greatest people to me growing up.” In addition to Louise Kemp, Matthews bought 3-year-old trotting filly Cool Cates in September and 4-year-old trotting mare Spicedbourbongirl earlier this month. Both will be bred when they finish their racing careers. Cool Cates, the Buckette winner and runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, will complete her career Thursday in the $186,600 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. For Thursday’s complete entries, click here. Matthews said she is thankful to Noel Daley, Richard Meirs, Rob Pennington and Kelvin Harrison for their assistance. “I’ve got to go into this and hit them hard, or what’s the point of trying,” Matthews said, adding with a laugh, “We’re not getting any younger. I’m not getting any younger that’s for sure. “I missed the foals. I love these horses. I can’t imagine not having them in my life. We’ll see what happens; right, wrong or indifferent. I’m having fun.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Dream About Me's Inter Dominion campaign mirrors her New Zealand Cup - over before it began. The glamour pacing mare was knocked out of Tuesday's $800,000 New Zealand Cup before she had taken a stride, Seal The Deal swinging around at the start and stopping her in her tracks. Now her connections have decided against putting her on a plane to Perth today to contest the Interdoms, which start tomorrow week. Cup winner Lazarus will go along with Have Faith In Me while their stablemate Piccadilly Princess will contest the mares races at the Perth carnival.   "I was happy for her to go or not go but her owners said they were just as happy for her to stay here," said trainer Mark Purdon. "She can occasionally have hoof problems and the three runs in a week for the heats may not have been the best thing for her. So she will go to the Free-For-All on Friday [tomorrow] then the mares races at Auckland next month and the Auckland Cup again." Dream About Me won the Auckland Cup in race record time last season and could be joined in the race by stablemates Heaven Rocks and Vincent. By not going to Perth she is the surprise entry for tomorrow's $260,000 sprint, while Heaven Rocks is an equally surprise omission. He disappointed Purdon with his manners in the Cup, the big occasion clearly getting to him. Dream About Me would have been favourite for the Free-For-All but has drawn the outside of the front line while New Zealand Cup placegetters Jack's Legend (3) and Tiger Tara (5) are drawn to control the race. Tiger Tara, who was a gigantic third in the Cup after galloping down the back straight when he jumped a mark on the track, was originally set to miss tomorrow's race as he too is heading to Perth. But he is instead flying over the weekend, going from Christchurch to Sydney, Melbourne and then Perth all in one day. The New Zealand TAB has Lazarus $2.40 to win the Inter Dominions, while Australian bookmakers have him as long as $3.20. Another big name hugely disadvantaged by a group one draw tomorrow is Bordeaux in the $300,000 Dominion, with the free-going trotter to start off the second line while brilliant Tuesday's Trotting Free-For-All winner Great Things Happen will start off the front. Michael Guerin

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is racing live on Saturday night with a thirteen race harness racing program featuring $20,000 eliminations for the Freshman Fall Final Four stakes and a $25,000 TVG Open prep for the pacing mares.   Racing Secretary Pete Koch found upon opening the box that each of the 2 year-old stakes would require only a single elimination to reduce each field to ten after byes had been offered to and accepted by the top money winners for each division.   Pacing fillies come first (Race 3) as they prepare for next week's $381,200 Three Diamonds final. The byes were accepted by division leaders Youaremycandygirl, Rainbow Room and Majorsspecial Lady leaving ten to vie for the seven remaining berths. Kindergarten final winner Kissin In The Sand (post #2 Tim Tetrick) is the logical favorite off of her imposing 1:50.3 win in that race, missing the track record for her division by a scant fifth of a second. Nancy Johansson conditions the filly for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield Stables.   The Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters (Race 5) drew eleven declarations and Kindergarten final winner Hey Blondie accepted the bye into next week's $420,750 final. With division leader Manchego passing on the event, it's a pretty even field of ten left to fight over nine spots next week with Seviyorum (PP #7)the likely choice off her runner-up finish in the Breeders Crown. She races out of the Andy and Julie Miller barn for their interests and those of Story, Inc.   The $464,650 Valley Victory final will unite Samo Different Day, who took the pass here, with nine of the ten colt trotters who will race in the elimination (Race 8). The presence of top colts such as NYSS star Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears), KYSS final winner Hat Trick Habit (Tetrick), PASS final winner Fashionwoodchopper (Dave Miller), Matron winner Wolfgang (Yannick Gingras) and Breeders Crown runner-up Met's Hall (Andy Miller) will make this a very contentious race.   The colt pacers are also a distinguished group that will see Breeders Crown champ Stay Hungry wait in the barn for the $411,700 final while Metro winner Lost In Time (Scott Zeron), Red Mile Grand Circuit star Nutcracker Sweet (Tetrick), Matron winner Springsteen (Simon Allard) and new sensation American History (Gingras) set to throw down for the nine available positions next week.   The TVG Mare Open was the only one of the four races offered to that group to fill. Seven really talented females will face the gate in the seventh race as the prep for the final for their division among the estimated $1.2 million in TVG Finals next Saturday.   Saturday's entries may be found on The Meadowlands website along with details on enjoying the evening's racing from the track tiered dining room, Pink.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi          

A total of 28 horses will contest the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion Series, after Racing and Wagering Western Australia announced the final harness racing acceptances today. Seven horses were withdrawn from the series before acceptances were taken, including the fourth ranked Our Dream About Me. The seven withdrawals meant Egodan, Cut For An Ace, Lets Chase The Dream and Tanaka Eagle, who were all outside of the top 30 following the release of the fourth rankings, have now secured a start in the series. Major Reality, Jilliby Jagger, Condrieu, Im Full Of Excuses and Bettor Reward held spots inside the top 30 after the fourth rankings were released, but have now been withdrawn. RWWA Harness Racing Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart said he was pleased with the final field. “While it is disappointing not to have the full complement of 30 runners, the talent in the final acceptances is sure to make for an outstanding series,” said Wishart. Lazarus confirmed his status as the one to beat for the series, with a dominant display in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Tuesday. Trainer Mark Purdon said on TABradio’s The Sports Daily Lazarus and Have Faith In Me had started the journey to Perth, but indicated stablemate Our Dream About Me would not make the trip.   “The owners of Our Dream About Me want to keep the horse here, and go on to two nice mares races in Auckland,” said Purdon. Lazarus and Have Faith In Me will join 18 other horses set for the Inter Dominion carnival on a flight from Melbourne on Sunday bound for Perth. Tiger Tara will start in a Free For All this Friday night in New Zealand, before starting his journey to Perth on Saturday. The barrier draw for the opening heats of 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion will take place at Gloucester Park on Monday November 20 at 2pm (WA time) and will be live streamed on the Gloucester Park Facebook page, ahead of the series commencement on Friday November 24. The series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8. Warren Wishart                                                                            RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper                                 P: 08 9445 5283                                                                          warren.wishart@rwwa.com.au                                                      HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking LAZARUS NZ by Bettor's Delight      Mark Purdon 1 1 1 1 LENNYTHESHARK by Four Starzzz Shark   David Aiken 2 2 2 2 CHICAGO BULL NZ by Bettor's Delight Gary Hall Snr 3 3 3 3 HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ by Bettor's Delight Mark Purdon 9 5 5 5 TIGER TARA NZ by Bettor's Delight Kevin Pizzuto 5 6 6 6 SOHO TRIBECA by American Ideal Kim Prentice 8 9 7 7 SHANDALE NZ by Art Major Mike Reed 29 30 9 8 OHOKA PUNTER NZ by Bettor's Delight Gary Hall Snr 7 8 8 9 MAJOR CROCKER by Art Major Vince Vallelonga 12 10 11 10 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ by Jeremes Jet S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20 12 11 DEVENDRA by Bettor's Delight Todd Rattray 13 13 13 12 THE BUCKET LIST NZ by Christian Cullen Michael Brennan 17 17 16 13 RUN ONEOVER NZ by Changeover Gary Hall Snr 10 12 14 14 MOTU PREMIER NZ by Bettor's Delight Ross Olivieri 22 21 20 15 SAN CARLO by Mach Three Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41 30 16 OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ by P Forty Seven  Skye Bond 18 18 17 17 JAMBIANI by Safari Ross Olivieri 23 22 18 18 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ by Elsu Skye Bond 27 23 19 19 GALACTIC STAR NZ by Bettor's Delight Skye Bond 30 29 21 20 AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA by Allamerican Ingot   Debra Lewis 33 31 24 23 MR MOJITO NZ by Real Desire Kerryn Manning 35 33 27 24 CODE BLACK NZ by Bettor's Delight Kevin Pizzuto 48 43 28 27 VULTAN TIN by Dawn Ofa New Day Phil Costello 39 37 31 28 MAJORDAN by Art Major Amanda Turnbull 59 44 32 29 EGODAN by Sportswriter Kevin Pizzuto 71 49 34 31 CUT FOR AN ACE by Aces N Sevens Michael Brennan 63 60 35 32 LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ by Bettor's Delight  Gary Hall Snr 34 38 36 33 TANAKA EAGLE by Elsu Reg Phillips 83 81 41 34

Harness Racing This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del.; and Fall Four eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 16) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $210,000, the 3-year-old colt trotters will race for $201,900, the purse for the 3-year-old filly trot is $186,600 and the 3-year-old filly pacers will race for $182,700. On Saturday night (Nov. 18) Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations in each of the Fall Four events for pacers and trotters. There will be single $20,000 eliminations in the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, and the Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Springsteen is not only a big hit on Broadway but also in the Matron Stakes after winning the $211,300 colt and gelding pace at Dover Downs on Thursday (Nov. 9). His victory placed him in the Delaware facility's winner's circle with the likes of the sensational Youaremycandygirl, Wolfgang and Plunge Blue Chip, as these four horses captured their respective contests for 2-year-olds. Teamed with driver Simon Allard, Springsteen shot past race favorite Shnitzledosomethin just past the three-quarters and rolled on to a 1:51.1 triumph. The win was only the second this year from 12 starts and is a new lifetime mark. Rene Allard recently became trainer of the Rock N Roll Heaven-American Charm youngster who now has banked $178,756 this season. Bruce Soulsby, Kapildeo Singh, Alan Weisenberg and Allard Racing own the winner. Closing Statement and Brian Sears were second in front of Shnitzledosomethin (Peter Wrenn). Yannick Gingras guided Youaremycandygirl to an easy 1:52.1 score in the $174,700 Matron filly pace. W.J. Donovan owns the American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane lass, who is trained by Ron Burke. The filly collected her sixth consecutive stakes victory and her eighth of the year from 10 races. She has now won $714,545 in purses. Strong Opinion (David Miller) was the runner-up with Aims Whisper (Wrenn) third. The outside post eight was no burden for Plunge Blue Chip in the $173,000 Matron filly trot. Ake Svanstedt, who owns the Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato miss with Blue Chip Bloodstock, hustled away from the starting gate and won for fun in 1:55.4. It was her seventh win from eight races and improved her earnings to $194,833. Perfect Summer K (Andrew McCarthy) had a perfect two-hole trip and was second, with S M S Princess (Tim Tetrick) third at the wire. Wolfgang played winning music for Gingras in a 1:55.3 decision in the $203,900 Matron colt trot. Jimmy Takter conditions the My MVP-Summer Savory freshman for owners Goran Falk, Fair Island Farm, Brixton Medical and Hatfield Stables. The win was his third of the season from eight races. Wolfgang caught Samo Different Day (Takter) in the last steps to bring his earnings to $204,920. I Know My Rights (Tyler Buter) was the show horse. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Nov. 9. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,589.5; 2. David Miller - 1,308; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,048; 4. Scott Zeron - 707; 5. Corey Callahan - 510. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,434.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,244.5; 3. Brian Brown - 492; 4. John Butenschoen - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 438. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 326.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 282.5; 3. Determination - 271; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 250; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 212.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place next week at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host the Fall Four finals for 2-year-olds -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid -- and the four TVG finals for older male and female pacers and trotters. Dover Downs will host eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

The Homestretch was packed at Fraser Downs racetrack on Saturday, Nov. 11, for the annual Breeders Classic Day. The excitement was high – the event is what Standardbred Canada calls the “richest day of harness racing in British Columbia,” with four $100,000 finals races in one action-packed afternoon. “It was really exciting,” said BC Harness Racing executive director Carla Robin. “It’s the showcase of the year for our young horses, two to three years old, and the Homestretch was absolutely packed.” Robin said it was a great day of racing, despite the less than favourable weather conditions. At one point, track operators had to halt the races and do track maintenance for 45 minutes, in order to ensure safe and fair racing. But the pause didn’t detract from the excitement, said Robin, and the last race of the night was just as nail-biting as the first three. Rick Mowles’ J J J Stables won three of the four $100,000 finals, starting with the $100,000 Robert Millbank Memorial Breeders Take for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driver Jim Marino steered Ron Bakardi to victory with a two-length score of 1:57 in the first final of the day. Canadian Pharaoh was close behind in second, with Machitoutofthepark for third. Scardy Cat took off during the $100,000 Betty Millbank Memorial Breeders Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies, coming in with 1:58.4 after two favoured horses made breaks early on in the race. FOR MORE: Cloverdale’s Fraser Downs still racing strong RELATED: Fraser Downs harness racing industry back on track The third race of the day featured Yoga Pants – the young one to watch. “Our champions were just amazing young horses,” said Robin. “Yoga Pants was probably the best, she’s won 11 of her 12 season starts.” Yoga Pants’ near-perfect lifetime record of 15 for 17 has already brought her a $327,409 bankroll. Her race on Saturday afternoon, the $100,000 Mary Murphy Memorial Breeders Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies, was, as Robin recounts, “right down to the wire,” and hard fought. Yoga Pants, and driver Jim Marino, made the lead before the turn and kept ahead. Keys Please, who had been tucked into Yoga Pants’ pocket, made an attempt at the final turn, managing to pull close. Meanwhile, Tahuya Gameday, who had been pacing in third place, pulled forward and found room on Yoga Pants’ inside. When the timer tripped, Yoga Pants came first, Tahuya Gameday in second, with Keys Please third. The last race of the day, the $100,000 Robert Murphy Memorial Breeders Stake for three-year-old colts and geldings, was delayed by the weather, but well worth the wait. Driver Serge Masse and Millbanks Bart had a three-length lead going into the final turn, but it was cut down when Ima Dude took his shot, surging forward from the pocket to close in on the pace-setting horse. But Millbanks Bart kept forward and finished a length before Ima Dude, with Bakardi Gold coming third. The final race finished off a day of fine competition, said Robin. “The horsemen — I have to commend them— they were excited not only for their own successes, but for the success of their fellow horsemen as well.” By Samantha Anderson Reprinted with permission of The Peace Arch News

Potential superstar Chase Auckland has won this years NRM Sires Stakes Final in record time and emulated the deeds of his father Auckland Reactor by winning the race at his fifth start to remain unbeaten on the racetrack. In what was arguably the best Sires Stakes field to date, Chase Auckland capitalised on a perfect run behind the pace maker King Of Swing, before darting up the passing lane in the straight and winning as he liked for driver Natalie Rasmussen. The time was an unbelievable 2-16.1 for the 1950m mobile which took 0.2 of a second off the old New Zealand record previously held jointly by stablemates The Devils Own and Lazarus.  His sire Auckland Reactor also won the sires stakes final on his fifth start and in 2009 he also once held the New Zealand record for the 1950m distance, which back then was 2-17.8 Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars website, "What I really respect about him is how he has taken each step up so well. Because they have been big steps"  "He was thrown in the deep end. He had to race against experienced horses who had done a lot of things at two and he hadn't but every question I have asked of him he has answered"  It was just five weeks ago that Chase Auckland's future was uncertain, as he had to be scratched from the third Sires Stakes Heat after getting cast in his box at home the day before the race.  History now shows that the speedy gelding went on to qualify for the final after winning the fourth qualifying heat and then yesterday he produced a magical result for the large group of owners in the Alabar Racing syndicate, many of whom were on track to witness the record breaking win. 14th of November - Chase Auckland 3rd of November - Chase Auckland 20th of October - Chase Auckland 29th of September - Chase Auckland 16th of September - Chase Auckland Harnesslink Media          

With his second successive New Zealand Cup win on Tuesday the raging Inter Dominion favourite Lazarus cruised past Winx notching his 25th harness racing Group and Listed Race win. In fact his record overall is also better than the champion thoroughbred mare. Career Record Lazarus             36 starts           31 wins             2 seconds         3 thirds             0 unplaced Winx                 32 starts           26 wins             3 seconds         0 thirds             3 unplaced Group and Listed Race record Lazarus             28 starts           25 wins             1 second          2 thirds             0 unplaced Winx                 30 starts           24 wins             3 seconds         0 thirds             3 unplaced One of Lazarus’s third placings in a Group One race was his third in the Group One New Zealand Sires Stakes final for 2yo colts and geldings on 15th May 2015. The first four home in that race were Lets Chase The Dream, Motu Premier, Lazarus and Shandale and all four will line up in Perth in the 2017 Inter Dominion Championship next week. Western Australia’s leading fancy for the Inter Dominion in Chicago Bull could only manage ninth place in that elite field while a couple of other current WA horses in Gaz Wannabet and Harry Hoo finished 12th and 13th respectively. Lazarus arrives in Perth on Sunday for his 2017 Inter Dominion campaign. Winx is unlikely to ever arrive in Perth Alan Parker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 14, 2017—For someone who’s running away with yet another local driving title, harness racing reinsman Jason Bartlett had his share of Yonkers Raceway non-believers Tuesday night (Nov. 14th). Those disciples who did keep the faith were handsomely rewarded, with Bartlett winning five of the dozen races, including some at very un-Bartlett-esque prices. It started innocently enough, with favorites Marvalous Jet ($5.10) in the $7,500 third-race pace (1:57) and American Island ($3.20) in the $11,500, fifth-race pace (1:54.3). Then, the double-digit parade took over. A pocketed I Dance U Prance ($11.40) was up at the wire in the $15,000, 10th-race pace (1:55.4). After the dancing and prancing, Day Trade Hanover ($57) prevailed from a three-hole in the $15,000, 11th-race pace (1:56), then Perfect Bet ($30) left sharply, ripping out of the pocket to win the $15,000, 12th-race pace (1:54.4). The Bartlett 7-8 late double returned a holiday-bill-paying $608. Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del. --- Gracefullyforgiven and Go Sandy Go won Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 two-year-old filly paces while harness racing driver Corey Callahan notched five wins on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Unbeaten Gracefullyforgiven remained undefeated in DSBF events scoring a 1:54.2 victory wire-to-wire to up her record to five-for-five with Art Stafford Jr. driving for owner-trainer Jeff Clark and David Clark. The Roddy's Bags Again-Bluebird Wanda black filly was winner of the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. She was followed by fast-finishing Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick),second and Ibetyoucanwiggle (Montrell Teague), third. Go Sandy Go made her first pari-mutuel start an impressive one fashioning a 1:54.2 triumph in the other $20,000 DSBF prelim. Jason Green was in the bike for owners Brent Outten and Green Racing trained by Josh Green. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick, she took the lead going to the half mile and then sailed to an easy victory. Bunker Hill (Callahan) was second in front of Gateway Lady (Tim Tetrick). Following Corey Callahan's five winning drives, Art Stafford Jr., trainers Bobby Reeser and Nick Callahan made the winner's circle twice. Wednesday features two $20,000 DSBF filly trots and one $20,000 male trot completing the 1st of two weeks of prelims. On the non-stakes program, a $25,000 Mares Open pace is the top event. Next week, the DSBF Two-Year-Old preliminaries reach the second and final legs. The top eight DSBF point getters in both trotting and pacing divisions make the $100,000 finals for colt and filly trotters and pacers on Nov. 30, the same day of the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-olds. This Thursday another outstanding program headed by four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds, a $30,000 Preferred and $25,000 Open pace. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. THREE DSBF $20,000 TROT 1st LEG PRELIMS AT DOVER WEDNESDAY Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg preliminaries, two featuring fillies and one for colts, plus a $25,000 Filly and Mares Open pace top the Wednesday, Nov. 15 program at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In an all-DSBF filly daily double lineup, Serendipity Stable’s Star Sapphire, driven by Russ Foster, surprise winner of the Harrington $100,000 final, and that race favorite Déjà vu Blue and Ross Wolfenden, owned by Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, renew their rivalry in the 1st race while Vandalous and Corey Callahan racing for BCJM, Fuquay-Varina, Cinbrew Ent. And Chambers Racing, takes on Alpine Chic, owned by driver Allan Davis, Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing and Callam, and LeBlanc racings’ Uptown Spunk, reined by Roger Plante. A field of eight vie in the $20,000 DSBF Colts and Gelding Trot. Boston Cruiser, winner of last month’s Harrington $100,000 final, puts a four-race win streak on the line. The Bobby Glassmeyer bred, owned and trained gelding leaves from post 8 with Jonathan Roberts in the bike. Bobby Myers’ Brother Kenny (Tim Tetrick) and Sky Marshal owned by trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno and Jane Dunavant, who were second and third, are among race contenders.  The top eight point-getters after two prelim legs of their events make the $100,000 DSBF Final on Nov. 30. The four lucrative Delaware events will be part of the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace all-star card  The $25,000 Mares Open pace includes Brian Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby), winner of last season’s Horse of the Meet award presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association’ s Delaware Valley chapter. In her seasonal debut last week, she closed from last to finish third beaten only a half-length. That race was won by Brian Malone’s Hostess Lisa (Tony Morgan). Terror At Night (Allan Davis), racing for Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing finished second in the photo. JoAnn Looney King’s Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick), a former Delaware champion,  Mike Casalino’s Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) and  Meanwhile the Mike Hall leased St. Kitts (Jonathan Roberts), complete the fast field.  The Thursday card features all four sophomore Matron Stakes events and a $30,000 Preferred Pace head a top card. Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2017 — Bessie regained her status among the harness racing distaff trotting elite at The Meadows when she rallied to capture Tuesday’s $17,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap. A top performer at The Meadows for several years, Bessie had to drop into lower-end conditioned races to get her most recent victory. But the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine was sharp up in class, surging late for Jim Pantaleano to edge the first-over Homepage by a nose in 1:56 at 9-1.  Classical Annie finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who pushed her career bankroll to $356,957, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card while trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed his second consecutive triple.   The Meadows pick 4 guarantee to $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, Nov. 15 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Tuesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,634.52. In addition, Wednesday's card features a pair of carryovers: a $2,260.69 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $1,173.23 carryover in the Pick 5. Minimum wager for superfecta wheels and boxes, the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and the Pick 5 (races 8-12) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Money talks. And it talks all languages. Champion pacer Lazarus is no exception to this theory as he became the latest harness racing dual winner of the Gr.1 $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Addington today (Tuesday). Starting as the shortest priced favourite in the races history, punters couldn't get enough of the handsome five-year-old stallion in lead-up to the biggest event on the New Zealand racing calendar. Even today, on race day, punters queued to back the hottest pacing talent in this part of the world and like most with that compelling pulling power, most if not all, were their today to witness a champion in action. By jump time, Lazarus started at odds of $1.40 – almost unthinkable! But there was no cause for concern, a clean getaway had the Mark Purdon trained and driven superstar in front within 400m before turning the 3200m stand start feature into a procession. As it stood, Lazarus had never been beaten once he led and that record remained intact after racing clear in the home straight to score by 5 3/4 lengths from Jacks Legend while the Australian trained Tiger Tara filled third despite breaking with 800m remaining. His winning time was 3:55.0 – a mile rate of 1:58.1. "The start was important and he made a great go of it today,” Purdon said. “He's a pleasure to train. There's no fuss about him, nothing smart about him, he's just one of the boys in the barn and just a lovely horse.” He added. It was Purdon's fifth Cup success - Il Vicolo (1995/96), Adore Me (2014) while Lazarus has now recorded back to back victories. And just like Il Vicolo, Lazarus recorded a slower time in winning his second Cup compared to his maiden triumph. Lazarus now joins Monkey King, Flashing Red, Just An Excuse, Il Vicolo, Lordship, Highland Fling, Haughty, Lucky Jack, Harold Logan, Peter Bingen, Ahuriri, Reta Peter and Wildwood Junior as dual Cup winners. And given his current invincibility, he looms as a fantastic chance of joining triple winners Terror To Love, False Step and Indianapolis next year. With 31 wins from 36 starts and over $2.6 million in the bank, there's reason to believe the best is still to come from this pacing phenomenon and his record breaking mentor. While the Purdon name is synonymous, Mark has easily become the most celebrated in the Cup while father Roy and brother Barry have four victories. Today, a rare feat was achieved between Mark and Barry; a one/two result with Lazarus defeating Jacks Legend. Back in 1996, the brothers finished first and third with Il Vicolo (Mark) winning while Surprise Package (Barry) filled a minor placing. With Ricky May (7) and Cec Devine (6) the most decorated reinsmen in Cup history, Purdon has both gentlemen firmly in his sights with his tally of five. While the efforts of Lazarus and Purdon should be lauded, the deeds of super sire Bettors Delight shouldn’t go unnoticed either. It was a one-two-three finish for the Cams Card Shark stallion while it was his 4th straight Cup winner. The next leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit now heads west, the $1.8 million TABTOUCH Inter Dominion series in Perth starting on November 24. And with two legs of the 2017/18 series locked and loaded, the two pacers equal at the top of the leaderboard with 100 points each are Lennytheshark and Lazarus and now they’re set to square off once again at Gloucester Park. The last time they met, Lennytheshark proved victorious when successful in the Miracle Mile back in February. It also coincides as the last time that Lazarus tasted defeat……nine starts ago! But who will do the talking this time around? Maybe the money will do the talking again? Chris Barsby

Downbytheseaside will try to continue a late-season surge when he faces seven foes in Thursday's $210,000 Matron Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt, who is harness racing's richest horse of the year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite starting from post seven. The race is one of four Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and trotters Thursday at Dover Downs. Idyllic Beach is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the event for female pacers while Devious Man is the 3-1 choice in the Matron for male trotters and Ice Attraction gets the 3-1 nod for female trotters. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. Downbytheseaside enters the Matron Stakes off a career-best 1:48.3 win Nov. 4 in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. His time was one-fifth of a second off Freaky Feet Pete's track record for 3-year-old male pacers. For the year, Downbytheseaside has won 11 of 19 races and earned $1.32 million for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. He faces on Thursday a field that includes Little Brown Jug champion and Monument Circle runner-up Filibuster Hanover, who is the 3-1 second choice from post one with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Burke also sends Rock N Tony, Eddard Hanover, and Miso Fast into the event. Chris Page will drive Downbytheseaside for trainer Brian Brown, leaving from post seven, which has produced only four winners in 111 races during the current meet at Dover Downs. "He seems as good now as he's been all year," Brown said. "He trained sharp (on Saturday) and checked out OK, so I think we're ready to go." Downbytheseaside, who has battled issues with his feet throughout the season, won his first four races this year, including the Art Rooney Pace, before a third-place finish in the North America Cup. He was second in the Meadowlands Pace and third in the Cane Pace before winning the Messenger Stakes as part of another four-race win streak. He then finished fifth in both his Little Brown Jug elimination and final and third in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He won his elimination for the Breeders Crown and was second in the final before capturing the Monument Circle. "The horse has actually gotten better," Brown said. "He's put on some weight in the last month and his feet the last month are better. "He had some tough spots where things weren't going his way and we could have easily lost him, but he recovered. I think it speaks to his guts and his durability. I just wish he would have been this good a couple months ago." Brown also trains 3-year-old male pacer Fear The Dragon, who has won 12 of 16 races this season and is No. 2 in purses with $1.26 million for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. The colt was not eligible to the Matron, but his connections discussed supplementing the horse to the race. However, after battling health issues in recent weeks and qualifying on Nov. 9 in 1:53.4 at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, the decision was made to sit out. "Dragon qualified decent, but he didn't qualify great," Brown said. "And for him to have to go against these horses, I think he has to be great. I don't want to cheapen the horse at all. We're still not a hundred percent sure he won't race again, but he's not racing this week." The Matron for 3-year-old male pacers is Race 10 on Thursday's 13-race card. Estimated post time for the race is 7:30 p.m. EST. There is no lack of talent in the remaining Matron Stakes. The field for the 3-year-old filly pace includes six of the division's seven richest horses: Caviart Ally, Agent Q, Idyllic Beach, Bettor's Up, Tequila Monday, and Obvious Blue Chip. Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic champion What The Hill, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover are among the horses joining Devious Man in the Matron for male trotters. Ice Attraction, the Kentucky Filly Futurity winner, meets a group that includes stakes-winners Thats All Moni, Cool Cates, On A Sunny Day and Dream Together in the filly trot. For Thursday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Lazarus has won the the harness racing $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup in emphatic style once again at Addington Raceway in Christchurch. Lazarus, who won the cup by 10 lengths last year, won easily again, this time by 5-3/4 lengths with enough in the tank for trainer-driver Mark Purdon to give a salute to the crowd before the finish line. "He's a champion," said Purdon, minutes after the win over Jack's Legend and Tiger Tara. Maxim was fourth. Lazarus paid just $1.40 for the win and it was a money back $1 for the place. READ MORE: * Live: NZ Trotting Cup day 2017 * Great clean-up begins after drunken debauchery at Melbourne Cup * Flashback: Kiwi flies to legendary Melbourne Cup win in 1983 * Expensive buy Embellish proves his value with 2000 Guineas win * Gingernuts a 50-50 chance to race again * NZ Cup Day 2017: All set for one of Canterbury's biggest parties ​Purdon, who trains with partner Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, controlled the race from soon after the start, though there was chaos there with Ricky May tipped from the cart of Seel The Deal and Lazarus' stablemate Dream About Me had her chances wrecked in the same collision.   GEORGE HEARD/STUFF Lazarus leads the field home once again in the New Zealand Trotting Cup.   Lazarus had the lead after 200m and was never seriously challenged. Purdon urged him to go 400m out and he put a gap on his rivals. It was all too easy. Purdon's brother Barry trained the game runner-up Jack's Legend, while Tiger Tara, now trained in Australia, did extremely well after breaking with about 800m to go, recovering to finish third. Mark Purdon said the key to the race was the start and Lazarus performed brilliantly after some practice at home since his last start.  GEORGE HEARD/FAIRFAX NZ Mark Purdon has combined with Lazarus to win the New Zealand Trotting Cup for the second year running.   Purdon said he had a look around with 400m to go, and said "let's go", pulling Lazarus' earplugs out and the horse responded. "He's a pleasure to train. There's no fuss about him, nothing smart about him, he's just one of the boys in the barn and just a lovely horse," Purdon told Trackside. Lazarus has now triumphed in his last eight starts and his race record stands at 31 wins from 36 starts, for prizemoney of around $2.6 million. Lazarus' next assignment is the Interdominion series in Perth, where he will tackle his Australian nemesis, Lennytheshark. It starts later this month with the final on December 8. Lazarus The Purdon-Rasmussen combination also had double-up success in the Group I Sires Stakes Final, with Chase Auckland keeping his unbeaten record as he marked himself as the horse of the future with a sizzling fast time. The son of Auckland Reactor paced the 1950m in 2:16.1, slicing 0.4sec of Ultimate Machete's national record last year. He followed out pacemaker King of Swing and Natalie Rasmussen just had to wait until the straight when the run presented itself and Chase Auckland sped home to win from a game King Of Swing by 2-3/4 lengths. "He had every opportunity to do it, it turned out perfectly," Rasmussen said. Chase Auckland The promising trotter Great Things Happen won the Group I Free-For-All for trainer-driver Gavin Smith. Mat Kermeen

Teenage harness racing tyro Jayden Brewin brought up his 100th career win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin landed a double on the Shane Young-trained pair of Ona Rocky Beach and Maywyns Zephyr to reach the milestone. It certainly wasn’t a case of the ‘nervous 90s’ for Brewin as he drove six winners in 24 hours to reach the magical 100. Brewin, 17, must surely been one of, if not, the quickest drivers to reach the mark. He only began driving in July last year and landed his first winner, The Octagon, on July 18. A football injury sidelined him until October, so, in reality, he has driven 99 winners in about 13 months, an amazing strike rate for such a young driver. Brewin’s development in the sport takes another turn this week with the teenager spending time with the top Victorian stable of Emma Stewart. On Saturday, it was trainer Shane Young who enabled him to come away with a double. Ona Rocky Beach ($2.15 into $1.80 fav), led throughout from gate two in the DPR Insurance Brokers Claiming Pace (1800m). Brewin went for home with 300 metres to travel and Ona Rocky Beach dashed away to win by 3-1/2 metres from Power Of Attorney ($4.40) with Zedaguy ($8.40), 31 metres away third. The nine-year-old veteran rated a brilliant 1:55.8. “Wow,” said Shane Young, “I didn’t expect that. “I was sure I had him going well but never expected him to go so quick. “There is no doubt he has the ability. I think they paid about $80,000 when he was purchased from New Zealand, but he has had two heart issues, so we have to face reality he probably is only one race from retirement. “If I thought he wasn’t right, he would be retired but, at the moment, he seems to be pretty good.” Maywyns Zephyr made it a double landing some good bets firming from $1.80 into $1.40 favourite, in the Hygain Micrspeed Claiming Pace (1800m). Coming from gate six, Brewin went back early before letting him dash up coming off the back and Maywyns Zephyr sprinted clear to win by 13-1/2 metres from Anvil Gav ($14.40), with Glenlochar ($33.10), 7-1/2 metres away third. “He’s been racing really well in tougher fields, so I thought he was well placed tonight,” Young said. “Jayden drove him like he was the best horse and the result was an easy win.” Graham Fischer

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