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One of New Zealand’s best pacers Turn It Up is heading to Queensland to try and resurrect his career. The former Auckland Cup winner and three-time Group 1 victor headlines one of three horses the huge All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are sending to Queensland next week. The others are outstanding three-year-old One Change and the emerging Dina Bolt. “There’s three going this week, but we’re considering sending another couple as well,” Purdon said. Turn It Up and One Change, last season’s NZ 2YO of the Year, will join Vicki Rasmussen’s stable. Dina Bolt, a three-year-old with three wins from just nine starts, will continue his career with Darren Weeks and his partner, Kylie Rasmussen. One Change, who boasts eight wins from just 14 starts and $519,542 in earnings, will return a spell and add plenty of class to next Saturday night’s South-East Derby at Albion Park. “He’s a lovely horse, but would’ve had to race the best open-class horses if he stayed here, so Queensland is a great option for him,” Natalie Rasmussen said. One Change’s nine runs this have netted three wins, including the Group 1 NZ Sires Stake final, and six placings. He hasn’t raced since a third in the Group 2 Flying Stakes in Christchurch on March 20. Turn It Up was NZ’s most exciting pacer last season, but persistent feet issues have sidelined him since winning the Group 1 Harness Jewels final in Christchurch on June 1, last year. “It’s a real shame with him, but hopefully Vicki can get him back,” Purdon said. “There’s no guarantee, but she wants to have a go with him and swim him in the hope she can get him back to what he was.” Turn It Up, still only a five-year-old, has raced just 15 times for 11 wins and four seconds. Purdon expects Dina Bolt to thrive in Queensland. “He’s lightly-raced and a real up-and-comer. He’s come back well this time and goes across in great order,” he said.   Adam Hamilton | TAB Media

INNISFIL, ON -  JULY 12, 2020 - Mark Etsell's two-year-old trotting fillies opened their Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing careers on a positive note Sunday night at Georgian Downs with Midnight Miracle scoring a win in her $72,267 Gold Series division and Meadowview Lilly finishing third. Midnight Miracle got a picture-perfect second-over trip from driver Bob McClure in the evening's first Gold Series battle. Starting from Post 2 McClure settled the Muscle Mass daughter in fourth and watched Tealicious ring up a :26 quarter and :58.2 half. Heading for the 1:29.1 three-quarters McClure tipped Midnight Miracle out behind Dashing Muscle, who was soon matching strides with the tiring pacesetter. When McClure asked for another gear in the stretch, Midnight Miracle powered by her peers and on to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. "I told Bobby to float her out of there and try to get away, top three I said, but he got four so that's okay. I said, 'Once she sees daylight she can kind of trot, but as soon as she doesn't see them she'll let up on you, so just be aware of that'. You time it kind of right, because she's green and she doesn't know any different. She knows enough to go by and then that's it and then she'll let up," said Rockwood, ON resident Etsell. "First lifetime start so we were pretty happy with her, at least I was anyways, I don't know about anybody else, but I was." Named Midnight Miracle due to a difficult birth, the filly has grown into a good-gaited, sensible filly who might just be a little spoiled by Etsell and his partners Robert Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge, ON. "She loves watermelon; she had a watermelon after she raced tonight and got out of the test barn. She loves watermelon and raspberries for some reason, I don't know why," said Etsell. "Bob Newton, when he comes down he brings her raspberries or something, stops at one of the grocery stores along the way." Two races later Meadowview Lilly delivered a third-place finish behind fan favourite Fox Valley Liza and Blackout Riley, a result that delighted Etsell and Charlie Reid, whose Meadowview Farms Inc. of Orono, ON, bred and owns the Archangel daughter. "She was good early, good gaited and everything, but didn't have no attitude to go, but when we hit around 2:20 she started coming to life and we thought, you know maybe we've got a couple," said Etsell, who also drove Meadowview Lilly on Sunday. "We were happy with both them fillies. Both homebreds, I raced both their mothers." Sent off as the heavy favourite in the second $72,267 division, Fox Valley Liza and driver Sylvain Filion wasted no time assuring bettors they had made the correct choice. Starting from Post 6 the pair carved out all the fractions on their way to a three length victory in 1:59.2. "She's just come to me 10 days ago. She's exactly everything that Erv Miller told me - she's very professional, a very nice filly to be around and she won pretty handy," said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who received the Muscle Mass daughter from US-based trainer Ervin Miller after she finished second in a two-year-old filly event at Pocono Downs on June 30. "She knows her business and Erv said she's been professional from Day 1. She's like a four-year-old horse, like a very nice mare." Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Henshaut Stable of Montgomery, IN and George Golemes of Oak Brook, IL share ownership of Fox Valley Liza, who Baillargeon expects will remain in the province for the duration of the Ontario Sires Stakes season. The last division went to Classy Carol who sprinted from sixth to first in the stretch, sneaking up the inside past pacesetting favourite Warrawee Welcome to claim the 2:01.1 victory. Flanagan Destiny and All R Wishes finished just over one length back in second and third. "She's my daughter Robyn's favourite horse. She's spoiled and she's good natured, good to be around, and turns out she wants to win, so that's even better," said trainer John Bax. "She wants to go ahead, and you can't teach that, they've either got it or they don't, so it's nice." The Bax Stable of Campbellville, Robert Van Camp of Port Perry, ON, Dave Hudson of Dallas, TX and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI share ownership of Classy Carol, who was a $40,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Bax trained both the Royalty For Life daughter's dam Very Classy and her grand-dam Ruling Class. Like Etsell, Bax had multiple fillies competing on Sunday and was pleased with the results of all three. IN addition to Classy Carol's win, Kadabra daughter Up And Ready finished third to Midnight Miracle and Royalty For Life miss Lifeintheslammer was fifth behind Fox Valley Liza. "We were pretty happy with them," said the Campbellville, ON resident. "They all did it right. Some have got to do it a little faster, but they all took positive steps ahead, that's for sure." The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 31. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at Georgian Downs Results. Next up on Georgian Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the second Gold Series Leg for two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday, July 19. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

AN up-and-coming young trainer-driver combination hasn't wasted any time in getting into the winner's circle after a recent re-location. Trainer Michael Gadsden and his partner, driver Denbeigh Wade have been based at the purpose-built Charlton Training Centre for a few weeks and are almost certain to continue making their presence felt in future. A quick trip down the Calder Highway to Bendigo on Saturday night was rewarding with recent addition to the stable in Markleigh Jill (Shadow Play-Markleigh Princess (Safely Kept) scoring in the Schweppes Pace (1650m) at 10/1. The pair previously prepared their team at Ararat but decided on a move after outgrowing their property. Gadsden said a visit to the Charlton complex was a deal clincher when they looked at the facilities on offer. There's an all-weather 820 metre track, a 2000m straight track, lock-up harness and feed area, and stables and day yards. "We sat down and worked out that there's 11 tracks within a few hours-that's of course when we get back to our normal racing," he said. The pair have six in work with a similar number to resume including an exciting former Kiwi pacer. Former South Australian trainer Greg Norman has been based at the Charlton complex for over 12 months and has produced many winners in that time. *Hoofnote: A competition conducted by the innovative Charlton Club to find the best punter going around at the moment, was taken out by Jayson Frankum, who was cool under pressure over the four weeks of tipping. Greg Norman exploded from the barrier in the first round and although he was eventually pegged back, he held on gallantly to second place. Others of note were Jason McNaulty, Dixie Horig and Marisa Byrne. ________________________________________________________________________________________ THE long-awaited debut of leading reinswoman Lauren Tritton to show her renowned driving skills in the US arrived on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Pennsylvania. Tritton had two drives for her husband Shane-sporting impressive new colors (which had been on order for some time) featuring the pink trident already familiar to Australian fans. The brilliant reinswoman finished eighth on Salty Robyn before taking the reins five races later on one of her all-time favorites in Flaming Flutter. And the old-timer didn't let her down with a nice third placing in 1.51-1. Lauren will team up with My Rona Gold, back at the Pocono circuit, in race 13, due to start at 10am (AEST) today. Asked later if it felt weird leaning so far back to drive in the US-style, Lauren said the new style would take some getting used to, as "the rocks hit you in the face". Meanwhile, Shane has rocketed into the top-25 trainers' table at Meadowlands, and topping the "Who's Hot?" trainers' list at the venue since racing resumed. Shane has a 45 percent winning strike rate as a trainer at Meadowlands. From his 11 starters, he has recorded five winners. Pictured: Lauren Tritton made her driving debut for Team Tritton at the weekend ________________________________________________________________________________________ THERE'S never big numbers of unhoppled pacers getting around, but those who dare to shift from the conventional rule of thumb, just sometimes hit the jackpot. Legendary horseman Jim O'Sullivan, based at Heathcote, near Bendigo, is one having success with bay gelding Neanger Guy (Live or Die-Art Bubble (Art Major). The pacer won his first race while free legged at Ballarat on January 18 and then returned to the same venue last Thursday to repeat the dose. And the victory was a milestone for O'Sullivan's daughter Shannon, 21, one of our young bright lights in the driving ranks. The win was the 50th in her promising career. "To get a win on a horse prepared by dad was special, but to reach 50 made it even more memorable," she said. And it was somewhat of a family affair as Jim's wife Terresa races the pacer, who now has three wins and nine placings from 32 race starts. Pictured: Shannon O'Sullivan after her success with Neanger Guy at Ballarat ________________________________________________________________________________________ KEEN north-west Victorian harness racing competitor Luke Watson had every reason to be wearing a bigger smile than normal after last Friday afternoon's Mildura meeting. Watson landed his first-ever treble as a trainer-and a thoroughly deserved one as he and his wife Kathy put in many hours at their Merbein South property, on the outskirts of Mildura. South Australian-owned four-year-old gelding Timmy Limousine (Sportswriter-Cunning Kate (Armbro Operative) started the ball rolling with a tough effort in the Park Douglas Printing Pace. After doing it hard, the pacer, raced by popular SA vet Toby Ryan, packed too many guns to notch his second win from his past three starts. Bold front-runner Passionate Pursuit (Courage Under Fire-Passionate Embrace (Art Major) always had things under control in the Vale Les Caldwell Pace. The mare was perfectly rated by Watson at the head of affairs. Bargain basement gelding, Stonebridge Star (Stonebridge Regal-Be All Dillinger (D M Dilinger), a $500 purchase by Kathy, who was the winning driver, made it a treble for Luke when the horse posted his fifth lifetime win. But Luke is the first to admit that his wife plays a major role in any success that may come his way. "Kathy just loves getting out on the training track all day with them. After being a late starter in the sport, she now enjoys every minute." Pictured: Luke and Kathy Watson   Terry Gange Consultant   Web: Twitter:

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2020 -- Exploiting a pocket trip, Rocknificent spoiled the sophomore debut of Dan Patch Award winner Lyons Sentinel by outkicking her to the wire in Saturday's $210,932 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Drama Act and Party Girl Hill Taking the other splits. The action-packed harness racing card featured 16 races -- all stakes splits for 2- and 3-year-old filly pacers -- featured a number of budding stars. But the most intriguing story line was Lyons Sentinel's season kickoff, which was delayed by COVID-19 disruptions. She looked sharp in three qualifiers, but on Saturday's sloppy-but-drying surface, she couldn't hold off Rocknificent, who prevailed by a length in 1:50.4. Shouldabeenatd completed the ticket.   The win by Rocknificent, a Captaintreacherous daughter of Dan Patch awardee Rocklamation who banked $285.006 at 2, wasn't much of an upset. In fact, players expected it, sending her off at 3-5 versus 3-2 odds for Lyon's Sentinel. "It was always going to come down to a sprint," said winning driver Scott Zeron. "I was happy my horse was able to win and not have to do any work. She's an extremely intelligent horse who puts herself in great positions all the time. She has a really quick turn of speed. So even chasing a great horse like that, it becomes a foot race at the end. I'm always confident that she has the quicker foot." Linda Toscano trains Rocknificent for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. Jim, King, Jr., who conditions Lyons Sentinel, was far from disappointed with her performance. "It was her first time out, and trip beat her," King said. "You can't be upset with that. I don't think there's any shame in her game." Drama Act took to the track when it was at its sloppiest, and she relished the off going, powering to a front-end victory in 1:50.4 with a back half in 54.3. Alexis's Beach finished second, beaten 2-1/2 lengths, with Blazin Grace third.   "She paced the back half in 52.3 last week at Hoosier, so we know she's got it in her," said Krista Harmon, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act for The Ok Corral. "As long we stay healthy and sound, I think we'll be there at the end of the year. You look at her and you don't see a 1:50 mile coming out of this little butterball, but it's in there." $190,283 PASS -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Saturday's program also featured the Sand Tart, a PASS for freshman filly pacers, with the splits going to Grace Hill, Continualou and Let 'Er Buck. Grace Hill got to perform after the track's upgrade to fast, and the daughter of Always B Miki-Western Silk took full advantage, roaring to the point with a quarter-pole move for Dexter Dunn and winning her second straight PASS split, this one in 1:52.4. Dancethenightaway was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Marsala Hanover earned show. "She has a long stride and does her work pretty easy," Dunn said. "She went in 1:52 today and felt like she was doing it pretty easy. She has a good future." Nifty Norman conditions Grace Hill for Tom Hill. Continualou was sitting second near the three-quarters when Chris Page confidently pulled the pocket with her. The daughter of Sweet Lou-Continual Velocity cruised by, breaking her maiden in 1:54.2. When Uptown Hanover and Ocean's Apart rounded out the ticket, it gave trainer Ron Burke a 1-2-3 sweep of this split. "I realize how old I'm getting when I'm starting to drive the moms of these things, "Page said. "I drove her mom -- had like three lungs -- and I think she passed that on to her baby. She felt pretty good and I thought, well, we'll give her a shot. The sky's the limit for her." $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers The Bethinator notched the fastest victory, winning in 1:51.3 for Dave Palone and trainer Brett Pelling, while Enduring Hope provided the tote board fireworks, upsetting at 26-1 for Tim Tetrick and conditioner Tom Fanning. Also victorious were Ashtini, Girl On The Beach and Alexa Skye. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Lady Newton and Fighting Evil each scored in 1:54 to share stake honors. Blonde Onthe Beach, Darby Hanover and Podium Girl took the other divisions. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the 15-race card features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3) and a $2,713.47 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Love a Good Story (Andy Miller) writes another chapter in her book with a win in the $114,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) race for sophomore trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 11). It was Munster (Tyler Buter) with the early lead. Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) took over and led to a first quarter of :26.3. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) then took control as they headed for the backstretch. Destiny Blue Chip (John MacDonald) came first over and put the pressure on. No Mas Drama maintained a short lead hitting the half in :56.0. The two kept side by side going around the final turn. No Mas Drama hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. Love A Good Story ($3.30) moved second over third as they went around the final turn. As they made the turn for home, she went three-wide and looked like she was shot out of a cannon as she rushed to the front. Reba Blue Chip was blocked in as they headed to the final turn. Once she got an opening it was too late and she had to settle for second as Love A Good Story won in a lifetime best of 152.1 Munster finished third.   Love a Good Story is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. It was her second win this season and ninth career victory. She is trained by Julie Miller for owners Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. Howard Parker drove five winners on the card. He combined with trainer George Ducharme to get wins with Ltmeatcake Hanover ($3.10), Greyscale ($8.30), and Charlotte Chaplin ($3.80). His other wins came with Golden Brit ($4.10), and The Dough Man $11.60). Driver Leon Bailey and trainer Misty Carey combined for three wins as well. They were in the winner’s circle for Mister Livan N ($8.70), Tempster Hanover ($6.90), and Hit The Road Joe ($5.30). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 12-race card on Thursday (July 16) with a post time of 4:00 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

East Rutherford, NJ --- Hurrikane Emperor provided an upset in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers while 1-5 favorite Gimpanzee took care of business in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Hurrikane Emperor, sent off as the fifth choice at odds of 7-1, was second over in fourth at three-quarters before coming three wide off the last turn and storming through the stretch to reign by 1-1/2 lengths over Workin Ona Mystery in 1:47, the fastest mile of the season. Dancin Lou finished third. Favorite Bettor's Wish was eighth. Mark MacDonald drove Hurrikane Emperor to victory for trainer John McDermott and owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, and William Garofalo. "I really thought he was going to be awesome tonight and Mark gave him the most beautiful drive in the world," McDermott said. "It worked out beautifully." Hurrikane Emperor is a homebred son of former McDermott standout Hurrikane Kingcole, who died last October at the age of 10. Hurrikane Emperor won seven of nine races as a 2-year-old and opened his 3-year-old campaign with three consecutive wins, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, before seeing his season derailed by sickness. "We don't know what it was, but everything just kept falling apart," McDermott said. "I shut him down. My boys were so great about it, they told me to give him all the time he needed. We did and it's paid off." Hurrikane Emperor won a conditioned race in March before the sport was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When racing resumed, he returned in the Graduate Series, where he won an opening-round division at Tioga Downs. He finished third in his second-round division last week at The Meadowlands. "This is beyond words," McDermott said. "Through this pandemic it's been such torture, all I did was go deeper in the hole. Thank God for my great partners that have supported me through it because it has not been easy. To come out here, I knew he was awesome this year. Last week we were all slightly disappointed, but the way he got sick last year, I'm trying to not overuse him. "This is just really a blessing. He is so special to us. Owning his daddy, losing his daddy last year, he's family. He's the greatest creature in the world to me. It's funny, as a 2- and 3-year-old he didn't remind me of his father because he was really nondescript and didn't have much of a personality. In the last year, he's grown into such a clown that he's so much like his dad off the track. On the track, he's nice and manageable."   Hurrikane Emperor, out of the mare Hurrikane Schmumma, has won 13 of 22 career races and $534,476. In the Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters, Gimpanzee saw Reign Of Honor lead the field around the first turn but moved to the front at the quarter on his way to a 1:50.4 triumph for driver Brian Sears and trainer Marcus Melander. Reign Of Honor, also trained by Melander, was second and Chin Chin Hall finished third. The winning margin was one length.   Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, is 3-for-3 this year and has won 20 of 26 career races. A Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, the stallion has banked $1.89 million for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. "Reign Of Honor finishing second from a bad post (10) was a little bit shocking that he was so fast behind the gate," Melander said. "Gimpanzee was supposed to win, but finishing first and second, I'm very pleased. "(Gimpanzee) is doing what he's supposed to do. He's going to go back next week for the Hambletonian Maturity, so it was nice to get a nice race on the lead. I was very happy with what I saw. The horse is getting more in form. Even though he's been racing great, I can feel him getting sharper and sharper. It will be very exciting to continue racing with him." The target for next week’s $631,650 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds is clearly on Tall Dark Stranger’s back. And his trainer, Nancy Takter, seems to be just fine with that. Tall Dark Stranger took over the lead just after the quarter and rolled down the road from there in the lone Meadowlands Pace Elimination at The Meadowlands Saturday night, establishing himself as the clear-cut one-to-beat in the track’s signature event next week (July 18). “He’s a great colt,” said Takter. “He’s been great since Day One. He performs every time I put him out on the track.” Hard to dispute given his lifetime record of 10 wins from 11 starts. Major Betts left the gate quickly from post one, as did Tall Dark Stranger from the three. Major Betts went the quarter in :26.1 before TDS took over and hit the half in :54.4. Capt Midnight – who finished ninth and failed to qualify for the final – came calling first-over to apply token pressure at three-quarters in 1:22.1. Then Tall Dark Stranger got serious. Off the far turn, driver Yannick Gingras asked the son of Bettor’s Delight-Precocious Beauty for more speed, and he provided just that, extending his advantage to two lengths at the head of the lane. In deep stretch, 23-1 shot Captain Kirk was closing well after going an inside trip to get second while 4-1 second choice Papi Rob Hanover, who again had to come from well off the pace after drawing poorly (post 10), grabbed third. Tall Dark Stranger won it by a half-length after stopping the clock in 1:48.1. After earning half of the $50,000 purse, his lifetime bank account stood at $751,889 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. He returned $2.80 to his backers as the 2-5 favorite. By winning the elim, TDS earned the right to draw a post position from one through six. He got the five for the big-money final in the draw conducted shortly after the race. “Post five is a great place,” said Takter. “It gives Yannick a lot of options. That’s his job. I was super happy with my horse tonight.” The top eight in official order of finish made the final, with two horses – Allywag Hanover and Chief Mate – earning byes based on seasonal earnings. Mocha On The Rocks finished 10th and last in the elim. MEADOWLANDS PACE FIELD The field for the $631,650 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old open pacers, which takes place at The Meadowlands on July 18 and has a post time of 10:05 p.m., with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Roll With JR (Corey Callahan, Jeff Cullipher), 20-1 2. Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder, John Ackley), 10-1 3. Captain Barbossa (Brian Sears, Tony Alagna), 10-1 4. Allywag Hanover (Tim Tetrick, Brett Pelling), 5-1 5. Tall Dark Stranger (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter), 7-5 6. Manticore (Jordan Stratton, Bruce Saunders), 15-1 7. Chief Mate (Andy McCarthy, Tony Alagna), 20-1 8. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn, Mark Harder), 10-1 9. Papi Rob Hanover (David Miller, Brett Pelling), 4-1 10. Captain Kirk (Joe Bongiorno, Tony Alagna), 15-1 HUGE HANDLE: With two of the races on the card serving as the catalyst with over $350,000 in action, total wagering was $3,440,248, a 2020 Meadowlands best for a 13-race program. When total handle reached $4,100,386 on June 20, the per race average for the 18-race program was $227,799. On Saturday, the average per race was a season-high $264,634. The night got off to a fast start, as $368,907 in bets were taken on the first race, $98,457 of which was bet in the 20-cent Pick-5 pool, another Big M best. A LITTLE MORE: Gingras led the driver’s colony with four winners on the card. … The 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five carryovers continued to swell. This Friday, when racing resumes at 7:15 p.m., JSH5 players will shoot for big green, as the fifth race carryover stands at $65,089, and the 13th race will start out with $80,368 in the hat. … On Saturday, July 18, Meadowlands Pace Night, post time will be 6:30 p.m. The W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old male trotters were won by Jula Trix Treasure and Back Of The Neck, both from the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt. Jula Trix Treasure, driven by Gingras, won in 1:51.2, with Beads second and EL Ideal third. Back Of The Neck, with Scott Zeron in the sulky, won in 1:52 with Play Trix On Me second and Maesteraemon third. The only Reynolds event for 3-year-old female trotters was won by Takter-trained and Gingras-driven Sorella in 1:50.2, the fastest mile of the season by a 3-year-old trotter. Panem was second followed by returning Dan Patch Award winner Ramona Hill in her 2020 debut. by Ken Weingartner and Dave Little  

The 18/1 outsider Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro-Vezia) held on to win the Gr. III Prix du Louvre at Enghien-Soisy in France  (purse 70,000€, 2875 meters, 4 and 5 year olds), with owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier at the lines. He recorded victory number 10 his career now for 284,650€ earned. Race time was 1.13.8k. The 5.5/1 Fashion Queen (5f Ready Cash-Usenza) was a rallying second reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Allaire. 16/1 Fighter Smart (5m Uniclove-Vicky Cash) took third for pilot Mathieu Mottier. Fun Quick and For You Madrik finished fourth and fifth. Foxtrot Sea Yesterday at Langon-Libourne the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 26,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap) produced an impressive 1.14.4kr victory for the 25-meter handicapped and 13/1 odds Crazy Charm (8g Prodigious-Know How). Trainer Pierre Vercruysse was the winning pilot for Ecurie Augustin-Normand, as Crazy Charm won for the 16th time in his career now for 265,380€ earned. Eno de Nurmont (6g Sereno-Rue Royale) was second also at 13/1 odds and reined by trainer Denis Brossard for Ecurie de Nurmont. The 25-meter penalized and 14/1 odds Baron Daidou (9g Saxo de Vandel) finished third for Cyril Chenu. Crazy Charm On July 8 at Visby the Gotlandslopingen by Benders(purse to the winner 175,000 kroner, 2120 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the fast closing 2.8/1 Romanesque (10m Love You-Guantanamera-Viking Kronos) clocked in 1.12.1kr with Bjorn Goop at the lines. The winner scored his second 2020 victory in five appearances and his 17th lifetime win in 111 starts, now for 5,065,175 kroner earned. 27/1 Usain Henna (10m Super Light) was second for Petter Karlsson and 7.4/1 Charrua Forlan (10g Up Front Larry) was third for Hans Owe Sundberg. Inti Boko and Order To Fly followed the top three. LeTrot, PMU. Visby Trav files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Gusting winds and drenching rains from Tropical Storm Fay could not extinguish the harness racing fire that is super mare Atlanta at The Meadowlands Friday night. Facing an easier task than in her first two starts of the season not having to face arch-rival Manchego, the Ron Burke-trained Atlanta had an easy time of it in the $40,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility for open mare trotters over a sloppy track. Driver Yannick Gingras kept Atlanta off the early action, sitting fifth past the quarter and half. He then got the 5-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip in gear after leader Kenziesky Hanover. With Atlanta gaining quickly, Plunge Blue Chip swerved out of the three-hole, which provided a live tow for the eventual winner. Plunge Blue Chip was just off the leader's flank at three-quarters, and out of the turn, Gingras swung Atlanta three-wide for the drive and easily coasted by Plunge Blue Chip to record a 3¼-length score in 1:51.2. Plunge Blue Chip, the 5-1 second choice, completed the $5.20 exacta. Felicityshagwell S was third. "I wasn't concerned about the sloppy track because I knew Yannick would adjust to the conditions," said Burke. "The truth is, she prefers to get the kind of trip she got tonight. I wanted to follow Plunge Blue Chip, and as long as we could outkick her, we'd be alright. I am going to give Atlanta next week off. I don't want to over-race her. She's more thoroughbred than standardbred. She'll go next in two weeks in the Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge." Atlanta has now won 22 of 42 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $2,026,089 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. NJSS ROUNDUP: The New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds kicked off Friday with its opening leg, and in the filly pace, the John Urbanski-trained and driven Anna Jeans, a product of Great Vintage-Early Go Hanover, won in a "walkover" (a one-horse race) in 2:15.2 over the sloppy surface in a race conducted before the betting card. In another early non-bettor, Fika Time took the colt and gelding pace for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Chase Vandervort. The gelded son of Sunfire Blue Chip-Raiders Favorite stopped the clock in 2:01.1. In the first of three colt and gelding trots on the betting card, Southwind Tyrion, a son of Muscle Hill-Taylor Jean, came from off the pace to score as the 4-5 favorite for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt in 1:56.1. The Dexter Dunn-driven, Per Engblom-trained Mon Amour, a colt by Muscle Hill-Mind Meld, went wire-to-wire in 1:56.4 as the 3-1 second choice in division two before Beyond The Hill took advantage of a late break by leader Sonofamistery to score in the final division in 1:59.1. Driven by Dave Miller and trained by Jim Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill-Beyond Blue paid off at odds of 10-1. The filly trotters had two divisions, and taking the first was Hot As Hill, who won from off the pace for driver Joe Bongiorno and Burke. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Smarty Pants went off at odds of 17-1 and went the mile in 1:58.3. The second division gave Svanstedt a trainer-driver NJSS double as another longshot, 39-1 chance Presto, upset the apple cart in 1:57 from off the pace. The winner is a daughter of Trixton-Susie's Magic. A LITTLE MORE: Melissa Arbia, who guided Take It Back Terry to victory in the first race GSY Series pace for amateur drivers, combined with Bongiorno to complete a rare husband-wife driving double on the card. The last to do it were Ake and Sarah Svanstedt. ... Despite the bad weather and multiple 2-year-old races, wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,373,660. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The Meadowlands Pace Elimination and a pair of $250,000 Graduate Finals highlight the program.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

MILTON, JULY 10, 2020 - Rain caused a brief delay in Friday night's harness racing program at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but it did nothing to dampen the efforts put forward by the two-year-old pacing fillies in their Grassroots debut. Five $22,000 divisions went postward Friday and Sportsfire delivered the quickest result in the first split. The daughter of Sportswriter and driver Bob McClure left smartly from Post 2 and reached the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :56. Fan favourite Ourlittlemiracle revved up at the half, looking to take command, but Sportsfire battled back and the fillies matched strides through the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch Sportsfire had a little more in the tank than her rival, hanging on for a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Ourlittlemiracle was second and pocket-sitter Turning The Table was third. "She got stretched in the quarter and pushed in the third-quarter," said Guelph, ON resident McClure. "But she's a quick little filly, very honest. She'll give you a solid effort." Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON bred and owns Sportsfire and Daniel Lagace trains the filly, who now has a win and a fourth on her resume through two lifetime starts. McClure also piloted the winner of the fourth division, Cyclone Sister. Starting from Post 4 the pair sat mid-pack through much of the race, tipping out past the half behind Siri Blue Chip and advancing to third by the top of the stretch. A big :26.4 final quarter saw the Shadow Play daughter sprint by the leaders and on to a one length victory in 1:55.4. Fan favourite Celia Bayama snuck up the inside to be second and Siri Blue Chip was third.   "She's very fast, but very flighty," said McClure, who drives Cyclone Sister for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner-breeder Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "She's scared of her own shadow, and drivers' colours and loud noises, but she has a lot of ability and should only improve." The rain started to fall as the second division got underway and fan favourite Drinks All Round led the field to a :28.1 quarter. Drinks All Round and A La Mode Seelster traded places twice on the way to the :56.1 half, leaving many of their peers well behind, including CL Sportsextreme who was 11 lengths back in sixth. The gap closed heading for the 1:26.2 three-quarters and as the fillies turned for home the leaders were tiring and CL Sportsextreme was rolling out three-wide and taking aim on the wire. The lightly regarded CL Sportsextreme powered home to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. A La Mode Hanover stayed game for second and Watching Cassie was third. "She's a very willing filly that qualified nicely," said driver Chris Christoforou of CL Sportsextreme. "She got towed into a slowing pace after an unusually quick second quarter. She took full advantage of that and finished strong." Christoforou crafted the Sportswriter daughter's come-from-behind victory for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecuries C. LeBlanc Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC. The Campbellville resident also scored a second Grassroots victory, piloting Chiefs Dream Girl to a front end score in 1:55.4. Annies Legacy finished two and one-quarter lengths behind the favourite and just a nose ahead of Wasaga to wrap up the Grassroots program. "She's a big, strong filly. She raced great her last start (July 3), Jack has been patient with her and it's paid off," said Christoforou. "She made a nice move in the second quarter and was very strong the rest of the mile." Jack Moiseyev trains the homebred daughter of Sunshine Beach for High Stakes Inc. of Moffat, ON and LSC Stables of North Brunswick, NJ. The third division saw Jackieofalltrades sprint away from Post 5 to a :28.2 quarter, then yield to Twin B Sunkissed heading for the :58.3 half. Twin B Sunkissed went unchallenged to the 1:27.1 three-quarters, but Jackieofalltrades and driver Sylvain Filion stepped out of the pocket in the stretch and out-duelled the fan favourite for a one-half length win in 1:55. "All winter she's been a nice little filly. She was not really one of the stars or anything, but she just seemed to do everything right and every time we trained her, she'd show us a little more," said trainer Tony Beaton. "She just seemed to keep going forward and improving every training, and she showed it tonight." Waterdown resident Beaton shares ownership of Jackieofalltrades with David Lumsden of Ancaster, ON and David Mercer of Sydney, NS. The partners offered up $20,000 for the Betterthancheddar daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Jackieofalltrades earned back half of her purchase price on Friday and will have an opportunity to add to her lifetime total when the fillies head to Grand River Raceway next Friday, July 17 for their second Grassroots leg. Complete results for Friday night's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action resumes at the Milton oval on Monday, July 13 with the Grassroots season opener for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will debut their skills in Races 2, 3, 6, and 8 on the 7 pm program.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing

Guinevere Hall established a new world and track record of 1:53 in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies on Friday night, July 10 at Northfield Park. With a front-stepping performance for driver Peter Wrenn, Guinevere Hall erased the former world record for a 3-year-old filly on a half-mile track with a three length triumph, the last quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. The former world record was co-held by Frau Blucher (2013 Delaware County Fair) and Plunge Blue Chip (2018 Yonkers Raceway) at 1:53.1. The former track record of 1:54 was set in 2018 in an Ohio Sires Stakes by Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall).   Guinevere Hall, a daughter of Cash Hall is owned by the M T Pockets Stable and Dave McDuffey and has $199,181 in career earnings and $65,000 in seasonal earnings. She was bred by Alan j. Leavitt.Guinevere Hall, who left the gate as the 2-5 favorite, won her previous OSS legs and is the leader in this division for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Tootie, the 7-2 choice, was second for Brett Miller, while 35-1 longshot Delovely Hall got up late for driver Aaron Merriman. A Fancy Face stormed to the lead at the 1:26 three-quarters for driver Chris Page, capturing the second OSS division easily in 1:54.3. Trained by Ronnie Burke, the 9-1 sophomore duaghter by My MVP notched her first career victory in just her fourth lifetime start. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, A Fancy Face is owend by Burke Racing, Hatfield Stables, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Dream Change, a 50-1 longshot, was second for Greg Grismore, while 2-1 Kikimora was third for Aaron Merriman.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

MILTON, ON - July 10, 2020 - A Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout highlights a competitive 11-race harness racing card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Frozen since the completion of last Saturday's program, the carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout is $250,903.30. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering will be offered on Race 11 and features many of Mohawk Park's notable weekly warrior lining up in an overflow field of 11. The purse for the Non-Winners of $11,000 last five starts or $22,000 last 10 starts pacing contest has been bumped to $30,000. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout was held on June 6 and saw $594,669 in new money wagered. The carryover on that occasion was $236,338.67. A $1 winning ticket scored $6,562.75 ($0.20 ticket $1,312.55). This Saturday's carryover of $250,903.30 is the highest carryover entering a mandatory payout since March 30, 2019. Each of the last four mandatory payouts has seen the new money total come in at more than double the amount of the carryover. Horseplayers can start studying for the Jackpot Hi-5 (Race 11) by downloading a free program. Woodbine offers free programs for each card of live racing at Saturday evening's card is intriguing from start to finish with many of the regular overnight pacers competing, plus several Pepsi North America Cup eligible and a two-year-old pace event. The list of Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses racing Saturday is available below: Race 8: #1 Aneto (Chris Christoforou/Rod Boyd) #2 Indictable Hanover (Bob McClure/Casie Coleman-Herlihy) #7 Velocity Rukkus (Paul MacDonell/Paul MacDonell) Race 10: #1 Mayhem Hanover (Doug McNair/Gregg McNair) #3 Denali Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Dr. Ian Moore) #4 Ys Mathis (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) Post time for Saturday evening's card is 7:10 p.m. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout (Race 11) is scheduled for approximately 11:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2020 -- There are action-packed harness racing cards, and then there's Saturday's blockbuster program at The Meadows -- 16 stake splits featuring 113 top filly pacers vying for more than $600,000 in purses. Among those outstanding fillies is Lyons Sentinel, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner making her sophomore debut. While the program wasn't planned to be so stakes rich, COVID 19-related rescheduling helped create Saturday's extravaganza. Now, the program includes four stakes spanning 16 divisions: the Adios Betty, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-olds; the Sand Tart, a PASS for freshmen, and PA Stallion Series events in both those divisions. The card also features a $1,912.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. As you might expect, the program shines brightly with equine luminaries, but keep your eye on these fillies: Lyons Sentinel (race 6, post 6, Tim Tetrick). Although the divisional and PA champ has looked good in three qualifiers, trainer Jim King, Jr. would have preferred an earlier start for the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover owned by Threelyonsracing. "I didn't want her in an Open with older horses, so there was nowhere else to race her," King said. "I'm satisfied with her qualifiers, but she's not an exciting horse while training; if you saw her, you'd say 'Who's that?' When it comes to show time, look out." Among King's eight starters Saturday, he cites Lyons Softassilk (race 7, post 4, Tetrick) and Sniper Hanover (race 4, post 1, Tetrick) as promising 2-year-olds. Rocknificent (race 6, post 5, Scott Zeron), Baby Your The Best (race 10, post 5, David Miller). Rocknificent is a Captaintreacherous daughter out of Rocklamation, who won a Dan Patch Award as an older mare. She earned $285,006 last year for owners Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. Baby Your the Best was no slouch, with $258,717 in winnings for Richard Young and Joanne Young. Linda Toscano, trainer of both, indicated the cancellation of the Lynch Memorial at Pocono, typically a premier showcase for 3-year-old filly pacers, forced her to modify the schedules for her pair. "Losing the Lynch was hard; we had prep races we'd planned to lead to the Lynch," she said. "The stakes now are a bit more concentrated then I would like, but we're all in the same boat." Toscano said Rocknificent has come back especially well. "Last year we had to protect her a little, make sure she was following horses," she said. "She may be able to take a bit more air this year. She's a stronger version of herself." Let 'Er Buck (race 7, post 2, Mark MacDonald), Rodeo Beach (race 15, post 3, MacDonald). In 2017, Wild West Show was named Dan Patch Pacing Broodmare Of The Year for such outstanding offspring as Huntsville, the divisional champ at 2 who retired with more than $1.7 million in the bank. On Saturday, Wild West Show will be represented by these half-sisters. Let 'Er Buck is of particular interest, since she's from the first crop of Betting Line and captured her stakes debut in a PASS at Harrah's Philadelphia. "She's been a nice horse to be around," says breeder/owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. "I really don't know what her top end is, but she always digs in at the wire." Extending his tradition, Schnittker, a rodeo devotee, named the filly for the Let 'Er Buck Room, a popular watering hole for fans at Oregon's annual Pendleton Roundup. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

MILTON, JULY 9, 2020 - It was debut night for the two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and the 25 harness racing youngsters put on an impressive show for Woodbine Mohawk Park fans in a trio of $73,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions. Tokyo Seelster went off as the heavy favourite in the first division and the Kadabra son delivered a commanding front end performance that saw him trot under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:58.1. Rookie Season shadowed the fan favourite to claim runner-up honours and C My Kicks Hanover closed hard to be third. "We broke him and then he went on to Robbie Robinson and we just got him back last week," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, tipping his hat to Robinson for teaching the colt his early lessons. "He's a beautiful colt, mature for his age." Moreau selected Tokyo Seelster from the London Yearling Sale last fall, offering up $52,000 for the colt on behalf of owners Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY. Ottawa-based Robinson gave the young trotter two qualifiers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in June and then brought him to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a June 30 race, which he won by a neck in 1:58. "He's big and strong and mature for his age and his size. Usually those big kind of trotters are kind of clumsy and stuff, but he's all business and he knows what to do. I give credit to Robbie Robinson, he did a great job with the horse to have him the way he is now, he just did a great job with him," said driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, echoing Moreau's praise. "I could have raced him any way I wanted, but once I cleared the front, I knew I was in control of the race and that was it, he was an easy winner." The second division saw Woodbine Mohawk Park fans put their money behind Walkonthemoon, but Macho Martini caught the pacesetting favourite in the stretch to claim the 1:57.2 victory by three-quarters of a length. Walkonthemoon settled for second and Greg finished seven lengths back in third. The win may have come as a surprise to fans, but driver Bob McClure has been convinced of Macho Martini's star potential for several weeks. "The first time he came to Mohawk was probably a month ago. I had heard about him from Luc (Blais) and the first time I went with him I said, 'Either this one is really, really good or the rest are really, really bad', because he was just waves ahead of the other ones and such a natural," said McClure. "And then the first time I ever stretched him out was his last qualifier (July 3), and I had no idea I was coming :27 flat, all I knew was that he just kept getting faster and faster and faster. Even tonight, down by the wire is where he was trotting his fastest, so he's had me excited for about a month now." McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC are no strangers to success in the trotting colt ranks. Macho Martini's stablemate Forbidden Trade was an Ontario Sires Stakes star at two and three and captured the Hambletonian Final last summer. McClure points out that young horses can change a great deal over the season, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, but for now he is allowing himself to imagine unlimited potential for Macho Martini. "At this point you don't know what they're going to be, the sky's the limit," said the Guelph resident. "Especially when they go out and the open their career that way, you know. You start thinking down the road and it's pretty exciting." The Muscle Mass son was a $37,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and provided a quick return on investment Thursday, banking $36,933 with the win. Not to be outdone by his peers, in the final division favourite Royal Tyrone halted the teletimer at 1:57.1, overcoming a couple of awkward moments in the stretch to keep a head in front of Mystic and Logan Park. "When I tried to get him into gear in the lane he was trying to trot fast, but he was getting a little mixed up. He can go a lot faster if I can iron him out," said driver Robert Shepherd with a rueful chuckle. "He's a really manageable colt, but when one comes he wants to race, he wants to go fast, he wants to win, right, and then he just gets a little mixed up late." Shepherd and his partner Isabelle Darveau condition Royal Tyrone for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and they will spend the next three weeks trying to help the Royalty For Life gelding maximize his speed in preparation for the second Gold Leg on July 30 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I'm going to maybe change some things, see if I can maybe just mess around with some gear and stuff I think," said Flamborough resident Shepherd of the gelding, who was a $13,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. "I can't fault the colt, he always tries, he always wants to go forward." Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 10 with five Grassroots divisions for the pacing fillies. The fillies will make their provincial debut in Races 2, 4, 6, 9 and 10 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 2 - Tokyo Seelster; Race 6 - Macho Martini; Race 8 - Royal Tyrone OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

In what is great news for New Zealand Harness Racing, the Friday 10th July 2020.  The Harness Trading Ring (HTR) NZ is the only free website available to buy and sell all things harness racing including racehorses, broodmares, gear, floats, properties, kidz kartz, memorabilia and even rehoming and retired horses.  Following the success of the Harness Trading Ring Australia (which receives on average 7,500 page views per day and is growing rapidly) the Harness Trading Ring New Zealand has been developed to provide the same, free classifieds service to NZ harness racing participants. The HTR website was the brain child of Joanne Andersen (also a co-founder of Bred In The Blue with John Coffey), when the Australian Trading Ring decided to close their free classified service, that was at the time, used by the majority of Harness Racing participants in Australia. Joanne established a partnership with website designer, Karen Kemp who developed the site which was launched on 1 November 2020  The HTR AUS website is receiving great feedback from sellers, with many listings selling within hours of being posted.  Participants find the site easy to use and have the ability to upload up to three images per advertisement, which is a fabulous selling point. All advertisements are approved by the Site Administrators to ensure they comply with guidelines and contain the necessary information/contact details.  The HTR NZ website will operate the same basis as the Australian site – users simply go to :  1. Register 2. Upload your advertisement (with or without images) 3. Submit – it’s that easy. Administrators approve listings twice daily (am & pm) so your advertisement will go live within hours of posting. Once your item is sold, you have the ability to login and remove the ad from the website so you don’t receive further calls/emails.  All negotiations are done between the buyer & seller – we take no commissions!!!  In order to keep the service free for participants, businesses are able to buy banner advertisements which appear on every page of the website. We are currently offering discounted introductory advertising rates to businesses (contact us today for further information If any studs, trainers, feed merchants etc are interested in advertising, contact us and we will be happy to discuss.  Let’s hope becomes as popular as the Australian website - which will benefit all in the industry. If you have any enquires or require further information, contact Joanne Andersen on (AUS) 0011 61 414 936663  

A member of Victoria's legendary Gath family is on the cusp of making a return to harness racing ranks. Accomplished former reinsman Glenn, 47, is a son of champion trainer Neville and grandson of one of the Australian great, the (late) wily George, has had a comeback on his mind for quite a while. "Up until a few months ago, I was working at Lloyd Williams' racehorse-training complex, Macedon Lodge. I was in charge of the feed room, but I'd also get called on to tack on shoes and other day-to-day stuff that came up," Glenn said. "I absolutely loved it. I was there for 10 years and had a ball. If Lloyd and his son Nick didn't decide to 'put the cue in the rack' and put the property on the market, I'd probably still be there," he said. But Glenn wouldn't be a Gath if the lure of harness racing didn't linger. "I honestly did still think about harness racing a fair bit while I was at work," he said. "I think I missed the competitiveness of it. If you're in a big race, or even a little race, it's a pleasure to be there and of course there's the adrenaline rush. I really did enjoy driving." Gath said when the Williams father-and-son team decided to shut down the stable last December, most of the staff were made redundant. "That certainly made the decision for me to return to harness racing. I'd had itchy fingers to make a comeback- now I'm ready to go and looking forward to it," he said. "I'm paid up and just need to pass a medical, which is hard to do at the moment because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully in the next month or so l'll get something sorted out." Gath is the youngest in a family line that oozes just so much talent in the harness racing industry. Glenn Gath His brothers Phillip and David were both success stories in training and driving, while Peter showed he had an eye for a nice horse, owning a number of smart ones. And, of course, Andy is one of the current leading Australian trainers, forming a lethal combination with his wife Kate, an extraordinary driver. Both Neville Gath and his brother Brian are Hall of Famers, along with their father George; and Brian's son Matthew, a trainer and driver, completes the remarkable family story. Glenn said while his last winner was back in May of 2012, he'd had only occasional drives since then with two or three "steers" in 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. "I always put Macedon Lodge and Lloyd first. I got along well with him. My job required a 5am start and it was seven days a week with a few afternoons off when it worked out," he said. "I'm sure Lloyd wouldn't mind me telling the story of when I first started there, and I was learning the ropes. I mentioned to him that I was driving a pacer at Melton that night for my brother Andy. He told me he would remind his butler to put the race on and watch it. "Well it didn't turn out all that great and we ran sixth or seventh. The following day I was told that the feed room was my area of work and Lloyd had given me a $20,000 rise. I don't know to this day if he felt sorry for me, but it was a generous gesture! "And from then, each year I got a small rise. But I think Lloyd knew not to get involved with pacers!" Lloyd Williams won four Melbourne Cups with Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012), Almandin (2016) and Rekindling (2017) and Glenn said being at Macedon Lodge for a number of the wins was a highlight. "Just to see the huge amount of work that went into it and to be associated with a couple of cup winners was something I won't ever forget," he said. The 120-hectare Macedon Lodge ranks as one of the best training establishments in the Southern Hemisphere. It can accommodate up to 100 horses, boasts more than 15 kms of tracks for training as well as a 75 metre horse pool. There's also 75 boxes, 25 grass day yards and 20 spelling paddocks. Gath and his partner Virginia Brosnan, a well-known and respected veterninary surgeon employed by Garrard's Horse and Hound, have been dabbling in the horse breeding side in recent years. "I may try my hand at training one or two, but I'll keep breaking-in the babies which is something I really enjoy," he said. Official statistics show that Gath has driven 297 winners, while as a trainer, he's prepared 79 winners and 159 placegetters for stakes of $395,000. "It will be interesting to see if I've still got it-hopefully I have," he laughed.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura Web: Twitter:

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Since the day his harness racing homebred trotter was foaled, owner/breeder Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, knew that this foal was special. And Gagnon gave him a special name, Caroluzzo. The two-time former Quebec champion trotter is now age 11 and you cannot tell that from the way he has been beating his younger rivals at the Hippodrome 3R. On Friday, Caroluzzo headlines the seventh race Preferred-Handicapped Trot and the beautiful chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodinair is seeking his third straight win. Winning is nothing new for Caroluzzo. He's been doing it since he first started the races at age 2. Now let's go back to when Caroluzzo was foaled and how he got his name. "Caroluzzo is the last foal of a mare that I bought in Ontario, named Sardula," explained Gagnon. "But above all, he is the only Quebec offspring of the Musclextrodinair (Muscle Yankee) stallion that I had discovered and purchased in Delaware. The racing industry in Quebec had collapsed in the months before he was born and I no longer knew what I would do with all these mares full of my Quebec stallion. "My mother, Elaine Cote, insisted that we keep her during the winter of 2009," Gagnon said. "Destiny was going to be special for this horse. On March 28, 2009, my grandfather, whom I considered my own father, died suddenly of a heart attack. Our family was obviously in shock. As we were planning the funeral, on April 1st we received a call that Sardula was preparing to have her foal, two weeks ahead of the schedule, the same day my grandfather was cremated. Gagnon owns a farm in Jupiter, Florida and that is where Caroluzzo was foaled. "What a surprise to discover this blond foal with 4 white legs," Gagnon explained. "when you know that the mother was completely black! Of course, we saw a sign into this and we named it after my grandfather, who was named Carolus. "The colt was trained by Jean Beaulieu at 18 months old in Florida," Gagnon said. "but he did not show any particular aptitude according to him. Many laughed "he's very beautiful, it will make a beautiful riding horse!" "At 3 years old," Gagnon added. "we brought him back to Florida because my mother didn't want him to stay alone in Quebec. But Donald Dupont found him so beautiful and well-formed that he insisted on trying him for a few weeks, which I accepted without much hope. "We know the rest, Gagnon smiled. "He is a horse that my mother has carefully raised, it is very calm for a stallion and especially for a trotter. I never thought he would win not one, but two Trotter of the Year championships at Trois-Rivières, in 2015 and 2016. Daniel Martin and Dominique Michel, have been training since his first qualification at Mohawk in 2012. "They take jealous care of him, Gagnon said. "Although he won on different sized tracks in Ontario and Quebec, he loves the half mile track. He is not the fastest one (1:57.2 lifetime mark), but he is a war horse, enduring and that often makes the difference. When you think he had no stakes at 2 and 3, his earnings are close to $200,000 lifetime, which is very respectable with soon 40 career wins." Caroluzzo starts from post six on Friday and is the 3-1 second choice in the race. Last week Caroluzzo was able to lead from start to finish at H3R in 2:00.2, winning in a romp by four open lengths and paid a generous $20.20 to win. "I'm very grateful for the work Stéphane Gendron has made with him over the years," Gagnon said. "He has been his perfect match driver in his success. Richard Simard also makes a good pair with Caroluzzo as evidenced by his latest victory last week. Although he did not have a good season last year, he bounced back this year and we are still as proud as he is not only popular on the track, but in the race paddock too! "It is not uncommon for people to ask to be posed with him," Gagnon said. "it always gives us great pleasure because yes, he is a horse of beauty. We hope being able to race him the rest of his career if possible as he will always represent something special for us, reminding us the love of our late father Carolus Côté. Hoping to put an end to Caroluzzo's winning ways will be the race favorite, Eau Naturelle, who starts from post five for driver Steeven Genois. Last week Eau Naturelle was a game second in her race, timed in 1:59.2. She already has three wins this season. Other competitors include Upvote Hanover (post 7), Stpattysday (post 2) and Precieuse CC (post 1). As a special remembrance this year for Mother's Day, Michael Cote Gagnon took a photo of Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron and had it blown up and wrapped on the sides of his big horse trailer. "I used that picture on my trailer for my mother on Mother's Day," Gagnon said. "It made her cry when she saw that photo as she entered the driveway at my farm in Florida." First race post time Friday afternoon is 4:00 pm. This weekend the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit so there will be live racing both Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:00 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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