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The big news this week for New Zealand and Australian harness racing fans is that Dexter Dunn is on fire as a driver in North America. Ths week he ventured to Woodbine Mohawk Raceway in Canada for the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals worth $225,000 each. Dexter Dunn started in seven of the eight $225,000 Super Finals winning three of them and placing a third and a fourth also.. He also started in the Preferred but was unplaced in that race. New Zealand born now American based trainer Nifty Norman and Dexter Dunn were successful with Haveoneforme in the first of the $225,000 Super Finals. The 3yo trotting daughter of Kadabra gapped rivals to win in a time of 1:55.4. Haveoneforme and Dexter Dunn In the two-year-old trotting fillies Super Final Dexter Dunn drove She Rocks Kemp a daughter of Kadabra to a fast finishing third from post 10. Then it was onto the two-year-old pacing colts when Dexter Dunn drove the smart He's Watching colt Tattoo Artist to an easy victory in 1:52. Tattoo Artist and Dexter Dunn Dexter Dunn's third winner in the Super Finals was perhaps his most impressive drive. He drove the Ake Svanstedt trained two-year-old E L Titan colt Moon Bridge parked out from the half to pass the leader by a head in a sterling finish. Moon Bridge and Dexter Dunn These wins take Dunns 2019 total to 324 victories with over $9.1 million in Stake Earnings. Trainer Nifty Norman has won 99 races so far in 2019 and earned over $3 million in prize money. Down Under mare Shecandance N impressive in North American career so far. Shecandance won her third North American race on Monday at Yonkers Raceway. She paced the winning mile in a time of 1:55.1 around the half mile track for trainer Jose Godinez and driver Jason Bartlett. Her impressive North American form line sits at three wins and three seconds for six starts. While starting her racing career in New Zealand the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance placed on ten occasions winning two of them. Saying Grace N scores back to back victory’s in sizzling times. Down Under bred and formerly raced gelding Saying Grace wins at Harrahs Hoosier Park for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Sam Widger in the $20,000 Open Pace in a time of 1:49.2. It was back to back victory’s for the son of American Ideal who won the week prior in an impressive mile time of 1:48.4. Scoring back to back sub 1:50 mile rates, a great effort from the 6yo. While racing in New Zealand and Australia, Saying Grace was the winner of 13 races and just short of $160,000 in prize money. New Zealand’s fastest ever miler still on winning ways in North America. Former Down Under pacer Border Control wins at Pocono on Sunday. The 10yo gelding was sul in a time of 1:52.3 for trainer and driver Tom Jackson. The son of Bettors Delight still holds New Zealand's record for the fastest ever mile paced. The record mile of 1:50.6 was paced in the 3yo Colts and Geldings Harness Jewels Emerald at Ashburton Raceway in 2013. Border Control was the winner of 18 races and earned over $550,000 in prize money while racing Down Under. Some of his biggest wins including the New Zealand Derby and the Harness Jewels. His North American record is 103 strats for 15 wins, 16 seconds and 16 thirds for $247,237 to date. Monday 7th October   Harrington Raceway DE Sporty Spook A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $8,500 Gotta Minute N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,000 Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,500   Monticello Raceway NY Ginger Spice N – Time: 1:58.0, Stake: $3,300   Northfield Park OH He Can Fly N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Shecandance N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $16,000 Pacing Major N – Time: 2:01.2, (1 1/16 Miles)  Stake: $20,000 What’s In The Sky A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $16,000   Tuesday 8tt October   Harrington Raceway DE Sprinter N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $6,000   Monticello Raceway NY Feel The Need A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,300   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA The Charging Moa N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Americanbootscoota A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $13,500 Soho Leviathan A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $12,500 Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 2:02.1 (1 1/16 Miles) , Stake: $14,500   Wednesday 9th October   Batavia Downs NY Media Queen N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $11,000   Rosecroft Raceway MD Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,000   Thursday 10th October   Monticello Raceway NY Mercurio N – Time: 2:00.0, Stake: $2,500   Plainridge Park MA Massive Attack A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $4,500   Saratoga Harness NY Coveredndiamonds N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $6,000 Mccovey Cove N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $4,500 Sea Change N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,400   Yonkers Raceway NY Northern Assassin A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $12,500   Friday 11th October   Batavia Downs NY Our Els Dream N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $3,300   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Gold Orchid N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $14,500   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Threeofthebest A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,000 Shards Halo N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $16,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Better Be Donna N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $22,000   Saturday 12th October   Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,500   Freehold Raceway NJ Sir Ritchie N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $5,000 Bobjacks Angle A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $4,200   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Eliza Dushku N – Time: 1:52:0, Stake: $10,000 Saying Grace N – Time: 1:49:2, Stake: $20,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Return To Sender N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $6,500   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $18,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Texas Terror N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $11,000 Motown N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $12,500 Louis Alberto N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $17,500 Somewhereinbrooklyn N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $22,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Christen Me N, 3rd Black Chevron N Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $27,000     Sunday 13th October Harrah’s Philadelphia PA American Boy N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $18,000 Wick N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,500 Myidealson N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $7,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Border Control A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,500   Carter Dalgety

HIGHLY respected Melbourne breeder-owner Dr Martin Hartnett could be excused for having a big smile after the latest Bendigo harness racing meeting. Apart from his young team of Greg Sugars and Jess Tubbs providing him with a winning double, the “Doc” also landed a special race trifecta during the night. The winner and both placegetters in the $7000 Race Services Pace were all bred by Hartnett – Illawong Class (Modern Art-Classy Shiela); Daddywho (Illawong Precocity-Kaysu); and Poppys Princess (Elsu-Illawong Shirley). While Illawong Class (a half-brother to the brilliant Barimah) is raced by Hartnett and his wife Kay, Daddywho is now owned by Greg and Steve Leight, J Mitchell and E Scobie while Poppys Princess is in the ownership of Wayne, B.W and A.D Gretgrix. The other Hartnett winner at Bendigo was Illawong Mustang (Mach Three-Light In Every Day). The gelding is showing he is a more than handy three year old and his win brought up a training treble for Tubbs (she also won with the Domenic Martello-owned I Choose (Bacardi Lindy-Joyces Choice). Sugars also chipped in on a good night’s work, with three wins in the sulky. The Larajay Farms couple have started the new season in fine form.  Tubbs has “all guns ablazin’” and a neat strike rate, with 16 wins and 12 placings from just 38 starts. The ever-reliable Sugars is again in fine touch with 29 wins and 46 placings, putting him just off the pace from, needless-to-say, the marvel Chris Alford (33wins and 48 placings). _______________________________________________________________________________________________ IT didn’t take long for Anthony Butt and his partner Sonya Smith to hit the scoreboard in Sydney after taking up a new role. The couple are now private trainers at Menangle for the powerful Emilio and Mary Rosati stable, who operate under the ownership of E & M Stride. Four-year-old gelding Always A Stride (Art Major-Labretta Falcon (Falcon Seelster) scored a nice win recently at his home track at 10/1. Reined by Anthony, the duo took out the $9000 Woodstock Bourbon Pace In 1.55. Butt bobbed up at Melton on Saturday night with former USA mare Lily Stride (Muscle Hill-Sterling Volvo) in the Group One $50,000 Bill Collins Trotters Sprint. The pacer, sent out a 12/1 chance, worked home strongly over the concluding stages to grab third spot, only metres from the winner McLovin. Meanwhile, the champion trainer Noel Daley (who relinquished the number one post with the Rosati couple two weeks ago to return to the States) has made his presence known at the Lexington Selected Yearling sales in Kentucky. He was the successful bidder on a number of well-bred youngsters. Anthony Butt ​_______________________________________________________________________________________________ WHILE he was described as being “like one of the family” by connections, the loss of potential star stallion Hurrikane KingCole is sure to leave a gaping hole in the breeding industry as well. His first season at stud in Australia produced winners such as Youaremy Sunshine, Frost En Ice, Sugar Cane, and the list goes on. In the breeding barn before he left the United States, the Son of Cams Card Shark sired impressive talent in the form of Hurrikane Express (1.52 $219,902) and Hurrikane Emperor (1.49-3 $369,476). Hurrikane KingCole, who was standing at Queensland’s Egmont Park Stud, the farm of Kevin and Kay Seymour, was found dead in his paddock recently. He had been well patronized in Australia with breeding buffs having very high expectations for his progeny. Kevin Seymour described it as one of the most disappointing losses in 50 years of breeding in harness racing. The late Hurrikane KingCole (Courtesy Egmont Park) Seymour had envisaged the horse as a great replacement for the ill-fated Fake Left and would be amongst the top leading sires in our country. Hurrikane KingCole was owned by a syndicate in America, who are understandably shattered by the news.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

TAKE a look at San Carlo’s mighty Victoria Cup run if you’re pondering a punt on the New Zealand Cup. The results shows he ran fourth, but it was the run of the race and showed the late-maturing veteran was in career-best form headed towards the NZ Cup and Auckland Inter Dominion. San Carlo, just second-up from a spell, sat parked, poured the pressure on leader Cash N Flow in record-smashing times and still fought-on for fourth – just 8.3m from winner Bling It On. He was the ONLY horse to finish in the top seven, who raced away from the marker pegs. And that’s after doing more work than anything else in a 1min51.5sec mile rate for 2240m, which took a full second of Lazarus’ record in the 2017 Victoria Cup. Watch the video click here! “It was always going to be hard from the draw and it turned out how we pretty much expected, but he ran so well. He did us proud,” co-trainer Steve O’Donoghue said. “We think he’s better than ever and his two runs this time in point to that as well. “He sort of surprised us doing all that work and still digging in to win first-up in the Kilmore Cup, then he was so brave the other night. The shorter 2240m and drawing wide was always going to be a really big ask.” San Carlo might be a nine-year-old, but he was such a slow-maturer he didn’t have his first start until a late four-year-old. O’Donoghue now firmly has his sights set on the second Tuesday in November at Addington, then heading on to Auckland. “The Inter Dominion was always a target, but when he came back so well, and he stepped away well at home when we tried him from stand-starts, we decided to give the NZ Cup a go as well,” O’Donoghue said. “By the time we decided, the noms had closed, but we were happy to pay a late fee to be part of it. “If he steps well the 3200m will really suit him as will the big track.” San Carlo is booked to fly across November 5. “He’ll then head to Auckland when all the horses go up from Christchurch after Cup Week,” O’Donoghue said. “Being part of one Inter Dominion is amazing, but to take this horse to three consecutive Inter Dominions is special. And we think this is the best we’ve had him.” The buzz goes to another level for O’Donoghue to share the experience close friend and training partner Bec Bartley. “This horse has helped make Bec and they get along so well. He’s given her some great opportunities and she’s made the most of them,” he said.   Adam Hamilton

Cranbury, NJ --- The wide-open sophomore pacing colt landscape and a sparkling performance in the Ontario Sire Stake 3-year-old filly pace Super Final triggered three supplements to those respective divisions. Trotting mare Custom Cantab will also start in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot via the supplemental entry route. Today at noon was also the deadline for world champion Bold Eagle, the lone foreign classic invitee to declare, and his connections have entered him in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot for Saturday, Oct. 26. The connections of Century Farroh and Southwind Ozzi each anted up $62,500 to enter the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, as did the owners of filly pacer Boadicea. Southwind Ozzi has staked a claim to divisional leadership with a seasonal bankroll of $804,435 and recent wins in the Little Brown Jug and Adios. The son of Crown champion Somebeachsomewhere was recently beaten a head Lexington by Dancin Lou in 1:49.4, but a qualifier at Freehold in 1:56.2 satisfied trainer Bill MacKenzie that a supplement was justified. “He was just fine,” stated MacKenzie, who trains for owners Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice, when he dropped off the check after the qualifier at Freehold Raceway. “Basically a training mile.” Century Farroh, who has raced primarily in Ontario, and like Southwind Ozzi did not race in the Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old, has also racked up an impressive record for trainer Ian Moore and owners the Ratchford Stable NS. Though he was third beaten a length in his last start, the Ontario Sire Stake Super Final, which saw a mad dash to the wire and an upset win by B Stoney, Century Farroh has picked up $573,570 this year and certainly earned a start in his divisional Crown event.   Boadicea, a sophomore daughter of Crown champion Big Jim, crushed foes with a 1:49.2 mile in her Ontario final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday. Her record of 11 wins in 18 starts and her sharp recent form for trainer Bill Budd and an exuberant group of Lawrence Stable owners saw her supplemented for $62,500 to the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. She will face defending divisional and Crown champion Warrawee Ubeaut among others. Custom Cantab, a 4-year old daughter of Mr Cantab, surged past the million-dollar earnings mark for trainer Chris Beaver with a second-place finish in the $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot to male trotter Mission Accepted. Her ownership of Beaver, Robinson and RBH Ventures will pay $31,250 to start in the $300,000 Mare Trot. Last, but the farthest from least, is foreign invitee Bold Eagle. The 8-year-old son of Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet has won 45 times against the toughest of European competition and banked more than $5 million. He has been invited three times to the Breeders Crown, and his racing schedule and the travel conditions finally aligned for Bold Eagle to ship to Canada for the Crown. He is the first foreign classic winner to accept an invitation since Commander Crowe came triumphantly to the Meadowlands in 2014. Foreign invitees must make up the same schedule of payments as eligible horses and pay the starting fee, but advance directly to the final if there are eliminations, and are placed in the open post position draw. With current driver Bjorn Goop unavailable due to a racing conflict, Hall of Famer Brian Sears has been tapped to drive the European champion.                     Regular entries for all eligible Breeders Crown trotters and pacers are due by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday nights at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for all 2-year-old events will be raced on Friday (post time 7:50 p.m.) and eliminations for all 3-year-old and up events will be Saturday (post time 7:10 p.m.). Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. The $6 million Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Friday, Oct. 25 (all 2-year-olds) and Saturday, Oct. 26, (3-year-olds and up) with an early post time of 7 p.m. [EDT] both nights. For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown/.  From the Breeders Crown Media Department            

YONKERS, N.Y. – In the early morning hours on Wednesday, October 2, Talvikki Niiniketo prepared to travel across the Atlantic Ocean with Zacon Gio ahead of the trotter’s start in the Yonkers International Trot Oct. 12. Joining Zacon Gio in his equine transport container, the pair were hoisted into the bay of a cargo 747 jumbo jet and waited for their departure to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport from eastern Belgium’s Liège Airport. For seating, Niiniketo made do with an overturned bucket. For safety, she held on tight. “It was actually really exciting. It was the first time to go on a really big airplane and when it leaves, sitting there in a big container on a water bucket,” Niiniketo recalled. “First, I was thinking, ‘how am I going to hold on.’ In the end, it was really easy. And also for the landing, I was sitting there on a water bucket with him. It wasn’t so bad. I think it’s worse where the people sit, you feel it more.” Traveling to the United States to compete in harness racing’s World Cup was beyond Niiniketo’s dreams even one year ago. As a self-described city girl, the idea would have seemed impossible to Niiniketo growing up in Helsinki, Finland. “I’m the only one from the family who likes horses,” said Niiniketo, who tried to recall her first equine encounter. “I don’t know, I just saw them and I loved them. I don’t remember, maybe it was some carnival or something where I saw this pony. Then I started riding school to ride the ponies. I actually had a riding horse, that was my first own horse, a riding horse. I did dressage. It’s a Finnish horse, a cold-blooded horse named Syntipukki.” Niiniketo’s passion for horses led her to the sport of harness racing. A desire to see the world took Niiniketo to Italy in the mid-2000s and she worked as a groom and caretaker in trainer Erik Bondo’s stable. Niiniketo returned home to Finland in 2008 to complete her schooling and with that accomplished, in 2011 she moved back to Italy where she’s lived ever since. After six years working for Bondo, Niiniketo sought new surroundings, eager to see how training varied from stable to stable. She came to work for Holger Ehlert in March 2018. Zacon Gio arrived in Ehlert’s barn a few months later and Niiniketo was assigned his caretaker. A son of Rudy Griff out of the Yankee Glide mare May Glade Font Sm, Zacon Gio was then a 3-year-old with nine wins in 16 starts, but had failed to factor in stakes company, finishing third of five in the Group 3 Gran Premio G. Stabile, eighth in the Group 1 Gran Premio Citta' di Napoli, and seventh in the Group 3 Gran Premio Regione Puglia. Thinking highly of the trotter and desiring to unlock his potential, owner Giuseppe Franco transferred the horse to Ehlert. Intent on getting Zacon Gio to the Italian Trotting Derby in late September 2018, Ehlert started the horse September 1 in a Cesena invitational. However, after getting a second-over trip and angling three wide into the stretch, Zacon Gio finished a flat fourth. His connections thought better of their Derby dreams. “We tried to make (the Derby), it was really short time,” Niiniketo said. “We raced him once almost immediately so that we could see how he was. He wasn’t good in that race. He wasn’t ready for the Derby. Thank god, the owners, even though it was really big money, they agreed to skip the Derby so we had time to try to make him better. We tried to make him better because no one knew what he would become.” In her time working with Zacon Gio, Niiniketo has learned to work with the trotter’s big personality. “He has a lot of character and he’s really playful,” Niiniketo explained. “Sometimes he does some things that are a little bit silly, but that’s only because he just wants to entertain himself. Maybe it’s boring to just go around the track, so he has to make something fun. “He eats all the blankets, he eats everything,” she continued. “When we had the bottled water (in quarantine) and I go to put the water in the bucket, he takes the bottles from me and throws them around. Blankets, he eats right away. If he feels it’s a little bit too warm, he takes them off right away and then it’s in little pieces in the box. He is the boss.” Zacon Gio reemerged for Ehlert October 25, 2018 when he cruised in a Bologna overnight. After that, the wins piled up. Over the following 11 months, Zacon Gio won his next 10 starts, including Group 2 successes in the Premio Citta' Di Torino and the Gran Premio Regione Campania and Group 1 wins in the Premio Unione Europea and Gran Premio Tino Triossi. “He’s been only getting better every race,” Niiniketo said. “He’s only 4. He’s growing mentally and he’s growing physically. From when he came last year, he’s really gained much muscle. He’s double that of when he came.” Zacon Gio’s exploits in Italy improved his record to 20-for-29 with $496,834 earned. Zacon Gio also garnered the interest of the Yonkers racing office, which awarded him an invitation to the New York track’s signature race, the Yonkers International Trot. Zacon Gio’s connections accepted and in late September, Niiniketo and Zacon Gio began their trek to America. They endured a long ride from Ehlert’s stable to Grosbois Training Center southeast of Paris, France. There, Zacon Gio went his final training trip before flying overseas, completing 2,000 meters over the Grosbois track October 1. Then, it was on to Belgium to board the plane before finally landing in New York. However, with a mandatory 48-hour quarantine, Zacon Gio couldn’t ship to Yonkers Raceway until October 4. “We were really worried about the 48 hours when we couldn’t see them, but in the end, it was quite fun because then we were free to go anywhere. After that, you’re stuck going to feed him three or four times a day and can’t really go so much,” Niiniketo said. “I’ve never been in America before. This is the first time. We went to the Empire State Building and we walked around. It was quite fun. We were in the city both days, just shopping.” Niiniketo and Ehlert worked with Zacon Gio at Yonkers in the week leading up to the Yonkers International Trot. Unlike at home, Zacon Gio spent nearly all of him time in his stall. Whenever the caretaker fretted over the upcoming race, she looked to the horse to settle her nerves. “He can’t go to the paddock. He’s used to spending a lot of time out, I just leave him in the paddock and I just take him in just before I have to train him. He gets ready and I go,” Niiniketo said. “Here, he has to be in the box, so he’s like a little bomb when you walk here. “The only thing that was worrying me was how would he take the trip. He’s been drinking and eating, but you never know because they can’t tell you if something’s wrong, so you never can be sure,” Niiniketo said. “All the team has been really nervous and they come and see, is he tired, is he OK, and I have to just keep in my head that I know him, I (work with) him every day, and I think he’s like always.” Zacon Gio confirmed Niiniketo’s intuition Saturday afternoon, October 12, when he crushed his competition in the $1 million stakes while running his streak to 12. Although driver Roberto Vecchione typically puts Zacon Gio on the point at home, the pair came from off the pace in the trotter’s first start outside Italy. Racing in fourth early, Zacon Gio hugged the pylons around the first of five turns in the 1 1/4-mile Yonkers International as Atlanta set a dawdling tempo and Uza Josselyn prompted to her outside. Entering the second turn, Vecchione angled Zacon Gio to the outside to follow the Swiss mare’s cover. Zacon Gio remained on hold for Vecchione until they reached the midway point of the backstretch the final time. Forced three deep by Guardian Angel As, Vecchione put the whip on Zacon Gio’s tail and the trotter took off like a Manhattan taxi getting a green light. Entering the final turn, Vecchione yanked out the ear plugs and by the midway point of the bend, Zacon Gio left Atlanta in his wake. With Vecchione calling out to his mount, Zacon Gio put up a 3 1/2-length lead in the stretch. In the final sixteenth, the driver took the lines in his left hand and letting Zacon Gio trot through the finish on a loose line, pumped his right hand to the sky in celebration. Slide So Easy of Denmark, who rode a pocket trip behind Atlanta, angled out behind the tiring pacesetter and finished second 3 1/4 lengths behind Zacon Gio. Marion Marauder of Canada was third. Niiniketo met Zacon Gio on the track and hooking a lead to his bridle, walked him to the winner’s circle. She held onto Zacon Gio as dozens of people – owner, trainer, driver, blacksmith, family, friends, and more swarmed around the trotter. Zacon Gio stood quietly as Italian flags fluttered around his head and his connections were hoisted into the air in celebration. Someone even tucked a flag into Zacon Gio’s browband in the chaos. “I’m always scared about the winner’s circle. When he won the first Gran Premio, that was in Florence, and there he also went really fast and should have been tired,” Niiniketo remembered. “Roberto gave the horse to me to take him. I drive around to go in because he’s supposed to be really nice after the race because he’s supposed to be tired. I went by some horses and he just put the tail up and was ready to go again.’ ” With pictures taken, Niiniketo walked Zacon Gio back to the paddock. When the trotter returned to his stall with his new white and blue Yonkers International Trot blanket draped over his back, the trotter stood tall, cotton-stuffed ears forward, eyes wide and bright, nostrils barely flaring as he breathed gently. His vanquished foes were blowing hard and restless after their 10-furlong journey around the hilltop oval. “He’s not ever tired. I’ve never seen him tired,” Niiniketo commented. “He’s just getting better and now this was again another step. He had to race against the older horses who are strong. We don’t know what the limit is.” Niiniketo walked Zacon Gio across the paddock to the washstand and waiting for their turn, the pair circled around with Zacon Gio on a loose lead as Niiniketo accepted a congratulatory phone call. After being hosed off, Zacon Gio took a few gulps of water from a bucket and completed the post-race testing procedures at his own pace before Niiniketo led him back to the barn down the hill from the paddock. Taking the horse path back to the barn, Niiniketo and Zacon Gio encountered three of the adoring connections and were greeted with chants of, “Zacon! Zacon! Zacon!” Niiniketo’s face lit up in a smile and one of the roisterers thrust a beer into Niiniketo’s hand. Zacon Gio stopped and waited quietly for his caretaker to take a few sips before she passed the drink back and the pair continued on their trek. After crossing the road feeding from the Yonkers Ave entrance, the horse path bent to the right, hugging the southeast side of the parking lot and winding downhill. At the bottom, it swung to the left again back toward the barn. On the half-mile hike, Niiniketo looked forward to giving her trotter a well-earned break after getting home. Zacon Gio will be reunited with his paddock, a luxury he was deprived of while staying at Yonkers. “The trainer makes the decisions and talks with the owner now, but I think he’s going to now have a little vacation and take it easy and then start to train for the Gran Premio Lotteria in May,” she said. “That’s our next big thing. I’m going to just forget about him for a week in the paddock so he can just do what he wants to do. Eat grass and be by himself. He likes it.” As Niiniketo approached the barn with Zacon Gio, she reflected on her time in New York. Only an hour removed from the race which more than doubled the trotter’s earnings to $996,834 and opened doors for more adventures to come, she tried to grasp the magnitude of the victory. “It’s been amazing and everything has been so nice,” Niiniketo said. “It’s so well-organized. You never have to worry. If there’s something (wrong), in five minutes, they fix it. That’s really nice. In Italy, it’s never like that. Here, in five minutes everything is fixed. “It’s a dream come true, of course. Doesn’t happen to every girl,” Niiniketo said. “It’s unbelievable. I can’t even get hold of it yet, what he just did, what we just won. It’s unbelievable. I couldn’t even imagine it a year ago. And I’ve been doing quite good with normal horses, but no one like him because there is no one like him, there’s no one like him.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

The resurrection of Lazarus, now as a sire, continues unabated. Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud have confirmed that Lazarus foals born in New Zealand will have an entry entitlement into the prestigious NSW Breeders Challenge. Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) has been of tremendous support in developing a process whereby NZ breeders will be able to nominate their Lazarus foals to HRNSW for the rich NSW Breeders Challenge. This will provide Lazarus foals with an additional entry point into a futurity scheme. The only requirement will be the payment of the entry and sustaining fees, as per Australian breeders. Any dual registered Lazarus foal will have access to any NZ futurity schemes as well as the lucrative NSW Breeders Challenge Series - provided entry and sustaining fees are paid. The NSW Challenge provides an enticing suite of races for qualified horses. Starting with two-year old horses right through to their five-year old season. The NSW Challenge includes: A Group 1 two-year old series (fillies/colts & geldings) - $125,000 each division A Group 1 three-year old series (fillies/colts & geldings) - $150,000 each division A Group 1 four-year-old series (mares/colts & geldings) - $100,000 each division A Group 1 five-year old series (mares/colts & geldings) - $100,000 each division New Zealand breeders will need to give a lot of thought to choosing Lazarus as a potential sire for their mares. Breeders selling Lazarus yearlings will make their foals even more attractive to Australian breeders. Buyers at Yearling Sales will also know that their purchase has a residual value if sold into the Australian market at a later date. Obviously, a similar potential result for horses retained by their breeders and offered later into the Australian market. Yirribee Stud Principal, Rod Woodhouse said “Lazarus is a true gentleman and we are delighted to stand him in the Southern Hemisphere in partnership with Club Menangle”. Alex Smith Club Menangle Here is a video of Lazarus in his first North American start (Qualifing) in 1:48.3 beating Lather Up, the equal fastest horse in the World at 1:46. Here below is a video of Lazarus beating the best in North America in his first official start in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. Lazarus started from the extreme outside post 9 and took 600 meters to get the front making the first quarter in 26.2. The 2018 North American "Horse of the Year" McWicked (Now with over $5 million in earnings from 108 starts) had an easy trip third over and got up for third.  

Tom Downey is a country boy at heart, but he's loving the harness racing life in the glitzy harborside city of Sydney. Downey works for astute Menangle Park horseman Rickie Alchin and he's on top of the world after landing his first ever winner as a driver, at a recent Eugowra meeting. The former panelbeater from West Wyalong, in the NSW Central West, last year jumped at the opportunity for a change in direction and couldn't be happier with how things are working out. "I was down visiting Rickie's brother Jarrod and I got talking to Rickie and he told me he could have a job available if I wanted it," Downey said. "I jumped at the offer and shifted down. It's been one of the best things I could have done because I'm just loving it." While Downey spent six years in the panel beating trade at home, horses were never far away. "Local trainer Michael Souden does a good job and he used to let me help him out," he said. "I actually did all my required trial drives to get my driver's licence when I was living in West Wyalong, but then never went on with it. "I'm not sure if I lost a bit of confidence or what it was. Anyway, I never had any race drives and didn't really worry about it." But that's all in the past, with the enthusiastic young junior chalking up a career highlight with the 11-year-old gelding Art I Special (Artsplace US-Vicario NZ (Sokys Atom USA), owned in partnership with his father, Mark. Art I Special was a narrow winner in the Canowindra Produce Pace at Eugowra at odds of 30/1 recently. "That was his ninth start for us after we decided to purchase him. My dad was there for the win, along with my mum Lisa and brother Caleb," he said. "It was very special that they were all there to watch, particularly because it was my first winner. I had one celebration beer with dad and then we had to get on the road for the five-hour trip back to Menangle." Downey got the lead early with Art I Special before deciding to ease for a trail. They got out at the top of the home straight to score by a head over the Chris Frisby-trained Arcachen. The win took the racing career of Art I Special to 13 wins and 38 placings from 156 starts for over $100,000. "I was training a two-year-old beforehand. He was one of the last ones owned by my grandfather Max Palmer who trained at Cootamundra. When he wasn't shaping up, we decided on Art I Special," Downey said. "He actually won first-up for us at Bankstown, but I didn't drive him because I'd gone back home for a week. Rickie got the win and that was sort of bitter-sweet, but at least now I've got a win on him as well." After making the move to Menangle, Downey had to do another six trial drives before being licenced. "I've probably now driven in about 15 or 16 races and before the win I'd finished third on two occasions on Art I Special early on." Alchin is formerly from Temora, just half an hour south of West Wyalong, and has more than 30 horses in work. He is full of praise for Downey, and apart from saying "he has the biggest smile in the sport", added that he was polite and willing to learn. "I like the way Tom drives and he will develop into a fine reinsman. I'm happy that he came on board with us, that's for sure," Alchin said. "It felt a little funny when I won on his horse. It was great but I felt a bit sad for him missing the drive." In the meantime, Downey, who turns 25 next month, is enjoying the change he's made with the move east to "try something different". "While I do miss West Wyalong, I made the right decision and I just love what I'm doing - and that's even with those early 5.30am starts!"   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

By Jonny Turner All Stars pacer Chase Auckland showed off his staying prowess and got his New Zealand Cup preparation back on track with a tough win in the Methven Cup on Sunday. Sitting parked on a rain affected track proved no obstacle for the 5yr-old, who wore down his stablemate Ashley Locaz to win the 3000m feature for driver Tim Williams. Chase Auckland’s winning time showed off just how testing the Methven track was and what a big staying motor he possesses. The Auckland Reactor gelding produced the slowest winning Methven Cup time in the past decade when he stopped the clock at 4:01.8. That time is more than 10sec slower than Cruz Bromac’s 3:51.3 effort, last year. The most impressive part of Chase Auckland’s staying effort for Williams came when the horse reeled off a 28.7sec last 400m and felt strong to the line on the slow rated track. “I think it showed today that he has got a bit of toughness about him when he is in the zone,” he said.  “To run home in good time for the last 400m on that track, after sitting parked, was a pretty big effort.” Chase Auckland looked a seasoned open class pacer with his nearly perfect Methven Cup display, after looking like a freshman floundering in the deep end in his last two starts. The former star 3yr-old’s New Zealand Cup hopes took a dive after he botched the start and then dropped out of the Canterbury Classic, after producing an eye-catching effort marred by another poor start in the Hannon Memorial. Stepping cleanly and pacing fluently during his win meant Chase Auckland not only boosted his stocks with harness racings fans, he bought some relief to the All Stars camp.  “He needed to do that – I think it has been a mental thing for him at the start,” Williams said. “So hopefully, he takes a real good bit of confidence from it so when he has to do it again he can get it right again.” “I think being off the 20m and not having to stand there was a different kettle of fish compared to what he had had the last couple of starts.” “It was good that he could do it today, because if he couldn’t do it off 20m it would be back to the drawing board.” Several of the beaten runners produced excellent efforts after giving away a race fitness edge to Chase Auckland, who went in to the Methven Cup with more spring starts than any of his rivals. Ashley Locaz showed he was a genuine New Zealand Cup hope by producing a fighting second in his second spring start. Smokin By produced a big effort in his first run of the season to nail Gran Chico on the line for third. Thefixer showed his New Zealand Cup defence was on target when he finished less than two lengths from Chase Auckland in fifth place.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

NEW Zealanders will get to see Australia’s new buzz trotter McLovin, but just not for as long as first expected. Trainer Andy Gath confirmed an NZ raid was on the cards after McLovin returned from a spell and overcame a torrid run to win the $50,000 Group 1 Bill Collins Trotters’ Mile at Melton last night (Saturday). But, the change is the decision not to stay there for the Auckland Inter Dominion. “No, he’ll come back home after Addington,” Gath said. “We’ve decided not to go on to Auckland because when we worked him the reverse way to prepare for the Rowe Cup earlier this year, he didn’t enjoy it.” McLovin showed huge potential in his first Aussie campaign for Gath, but it’s clear he’s come back a better horse. “He’s come up really well. We thought it was a big ask from the wide draw over the sprint trip tonight, but he’s been so well it didn’t totally surprise us,” driver Kate Gath said. “He’s so versatile. He’s won a good sprint race for us before even though we think he might be an even better stayer.” McLovin drifted back from a wide draw, but Kate Gath launched a three-wide run from the 1100m. “They went so slowly early, I just had to get into the race,” she said. “He was so strong, he just kept coming and coming.” McLovin hit the front and held-off three-time Group 1 winner Big Jack Hammer, who sprint-laned, to win by a head in a 1min56.5sec mile rate for 1720m. Former North American mare Lily Stride, now trained and driven by Anthony Butt, ran on well for third. Hot favourite Tough Monarch sat outside the leader (Red Hot Tooth), but was battling before the final bend and tired for sixth in a run well below his previous two fantastic Melton wins. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ THE Luke McCarthy and Craig Cross Melton splurge spread beyond winning the Victoria Cup. Their Victorian pacer Cruz won the Preux Chevalier free-for-all, which was effectively the Victoria Cup consolation. “He ran a terrific race at Kilmore and we didn’t think he’d have been out of place in the Victoria Cup if he’d got a run,” McCarthy said. “He’s going really well.” Cruz held-off David Aiken’s pair Audi Hare and Shelby Bromac to win. Former Kiwi pacer Sicario was favourite. He led, then took a trail midrace and ran home just fairly for sixth at his first run from a spell. The eye-catching run came from Queensland visitor Tennyson Bromac, who was checked early and stormed home late without seeing much daylight to finish fifth. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ IT’S been a tough few months for top WA trainer Gary Hall Sr. First he had to shelve feature race plans and contemplate retirement with his pint-sized superstar Chicago Bull. Then, despite winning the free-for-all at Gloucester Park with the improving Speed Man last Friday night, Hall Sr delivered some more awful news for the stable. Star four-year-old Major Trojan, one of the most exciting horses in the state, has been sent to the spelling paddock for six months with a “slight bow to a tendon.” So that’s the end of the Golden Nugget and potentially a crack at the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups. “It happened (last) Wednesday, he’s gone amiss and is going for a six month spell. He’s being gelded Tuesday and going out. I wouldn’t say it’s serious, but any bowed tendon is a bad thing,” he told RWWA’s Tim Walker. “It’s now up to Eloquent Mach and Wildwest to fly the flag for me in the Nugget.” Hall Sr was pleased Speed Man, himself a former classy young pacer, stepped-up to use gate one, lead throughout and win the free-for-all last Friday. “I thought he’d have the pace to lead and he’s good enough to beat those horses he raced if he leads,” he said. “He’s improving all the time and looks like our best chance for the big races in January.” ___________________________________________________________________________________________ THE talented Joes Star Of Mia enjoyed a few of NSW’s big guns spending the weekend in Melbourne. Steve Turnbull’s gelding worked to the front and clocked slick times winning the 2300m free-for-all in a 1min55sec mile rate, beating the in-form Loorim Creek. It was also great to see the promising and speedy Gods Spirit lead throughout in a 1min52.1sec mile to open the night. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ EMMA Stewart makes no secret of the fact she thinks injury-plagued pacer The Storm Inside is a bit special. And we got a glimpse why when the six-year-old thrashed a handy field at Melton last night. The Storm Inside opened-up to win by 11.5m and posted a scorching 1min54.3sec mile rate for 2240m. There was an early hope he may have made the Victoria Cup field, but now the sights move to races like the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile later in the season. He’s raced just 14 times for 12 wins and two seconds.   Adam Hamilton

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) had his win streak ended at 56 today at the Hipodrom Torre del Ram as he finished third in the Premi NIT de Llevant (600€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) to the winning Cuore des Pres (7g Allison Hollow-Laica des Pres) that was clocked in 1.15kr, his lifetime speed record. He recorded his 27th career victory in 115 starts. Goliat de Clide (3m Infinitif-Ona de Clide SB) was second and his career record now stands at 12 wins in 18 outings. Trebol had earned 56 consecutive victories before today starting in 2017 when he won eight in a row followed by 28 and 20 in 2018 and 2019. He now shows 88 career wins in 151 starts for 688,006€ earned. His pedigree is shown below and the long winning streak is one for the record book that may not be beaten anytime soon. What a story and what a trotter. TREBOL 30/03/2007 688.006,00 € - Macho Trotador Español 1' 11'' 00 (27/05/2016)     HOT BLUES (FR)01/06/1995 159.048,60 € Trotteur Francais 1' 14'' 40 (31/12/2006)           SALLY CAN WAIT (SE)25/04/1996 31.104,00 € Trotador Extranjero 1' 13'' 70 (19/12/2004)       VARIK D'ILCINO (FR)01/01/1987 113.582,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 17'' 60 (31/12/1987)       QUICHE DE FAVAR (FR)01/01/1982 16.669,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 21'' 80 (31/12/1982)       PRINCE MYSTIC (US)01/01/1986 278.031,00 € 1' 12'' 20 (31/12/1986)       DIANA WINDSWEPT (SE)25/02/1978 13.370,00 € Trotador Extranjero 1' 15'' 40 (31/12/1978) JAMES PILE (FR)15/04/1975 112.324,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 17'' 80 (31/12/1975) OMBRE DU CHENE (FR)01/01/1980 7.401,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 21'' 00 (31/12/1980)     ISSIGEAC MABON (FR)01/01/1950 46.642,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 19'' 00 (31/12/1950) ILLUSION DE FAVAR (FR)01/01/1974 8.796,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 23'' 40 (31/12/1974)     MYSTIC PARK (US)06/04/1979 326.430,00 € 1' 12'' 70 (31/12/1979) PRINCESS CROWN (US)01/01/1979 15.853,00 € 1' 16'' 30 (31/12/1979)     SMOKEY WINDSWEPT (US)01/01/1962 75.270,00 € 1' 15'' 80 (31/12/1962) VACKRA DIANA (SE)01/01/1968 Trotador Extranjero by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

New Macca Lodge trotting stallion En Solitaire will have millionaire trotter One Over Kenny as one of the broodmares on his serving list this spring. One Over Kenny, the winner of thirty two races and $1,098,007.00 is owned by Lex and Heather Williams. “Lex inspected him and liked what he saw,” said Macca Lodge’s Brent McIntyre. One Over Kenny won two Group One Rowe Cups, the National Trot and New Zealand Trotting Championship twice, and she won six races in Australia including the Group One 2007 Australasian Trotters Championship. As a broodmare, all of her six foals of racing age have won races, including One Over Da Moon (22), Ultimate Stride (6), One Over Da Stars (5) and One Over Da Skye (5). En Solitaire is the first of super sire Ready Cash’s male offspring to be available to New Zealand breeders. He’s out of the Love You mare Ushuaia Wood and is bred on the same cross as super star trotters Bold Eagle and Face Time Bourbon. Bold Eagle has won forty five of his sixty six starts and his wins include twenty Group One victories. He’s won 4.6 million euros. Face Time Bourbon is the winner of fifteen of his seventeen starts and has banked 652,150 euros. Bold Eagle will make his North American debut in the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park later this month. En Solitaire will stand on farm for $1,500 + GST. “He’s a real nice type – a beautiful horse” said McIntyre. McIntyre is also excited about having semen available at Macca Lodge for Dragon Again stallion Fear The Dragon. He won five of his eleven starts as a two year old, pacing 1-50.4. He came into his own as a three year old and raced against an outstanding crop including Downbytheseaside. His biggest win at three was in the $1 million North American Cup in which he defeated Downbytheseaside and Huntsville and pacing his life time record of 1-48.8. He ended his career with seventeen wins from twenty seven starts and banked $1.5 million. “When I was over in America I went to see the guy that owns him and saw the horse’s foals. His stock are outstanding.” The young sire has received tremendous support in Ohio, with 140 mares booked in each of his first two seasons. His first Australian foals are due to be born this spring. “He was a very very good horse and he’s got all the credentials to be a good stallion. He’s the best credentialed stallion we’ve ever had here. We’ve got thirty five mares booked and hopefully we’ll get fifty.” Fear The Dragon will stand for $4,500 + GST on a positive test or $6,000 + GST on a live foal.   Bruce Stewart

WILKES-BARRE PA - George Napolitano Jr. became the 18th North American driver to tally 10,000 driving victories on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when he guided Motown N to a hard-earned harness racing victory in the evening's ninth race. Motown N tucked third early, then used one of Napolitano's signature moves, a brush off the first turn, to make his way to the lead, but not until being parked the entire second quarter. Once on top, Motown N and Napolitano were in control, with "George Nap" rocking the horse home to a two length victory over Redbank Blaze A - driven by George's brother Anthony. Motown N did not recognize the milestone achieved by his driver, as he was under full steam right back to the paddock after the mile. But George was brought to the winners circle after "dropping off" the horse to join family, friends, and Pocono management to celebrate the major achievement. George Napolitano Jr. currently ranks 11th among active North American drivers in victories, and he is well on his way to taking his 13th seasonal crown at The Downs, and his eighth straight. George also has ten UDR titles at Pocono, and he was the winningest trainer here in five seasons. The win behind Motown N was his 4,982nd victory at Pocono since his first victory success in 2000. George won the North American dashwinning title in 2010, and this year he currently sits third in the standings. George's brother Anthony guided Luis Alberto N to a 1:50.1 victory in the $17,500 featured pace on the card. Anythingforlove A had laid down very hot fractions of :25.4, :53.2, and 1:21 and still held well in the stretch, but despite a speed-favoring track those giant fractions did take a toll, and Luis Alberto N came on steadily the last 3/8 to post a 1¼ lengths over the game pacesetter while posting a North American mile mark. Jose Godinez trains the Kiwi import for the ownership of Blindswitch Racing Stable and Dolne Farm Services LLC.   PHHA / Pocono

MILTON, OCT. 12, 2019 - If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a harness racing champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday's $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, three-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Final champion. The Kadabra colt defended his Super Final title with a powerful kick home that saw him reel in the leaders and draw away to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Pocket-sitter Manatlas finished second and pacesetter All Wrapped Up was third. "I think that everything worked out. He had to go there, and take his time, and after that we were comfortable," said trainer Luc Blais of the trip that saw the fan favourite get away sixth from Post 9, move into the outer lane as the pace slowed heading for the half and then tip out three-wide coming off the final turn. "I was happy, very happy." Blais trains Forbidden Trade for Determination of Montreal, QC and Rockwood, ON resident Bob McClure steered the colt to his eighth win in 13 sophomore starts. The Hambletonian champ will now return to open stake competition in the Oct. 19 Breeders Crown eliminations and Blais said he and his staff will spend the next seven days keeping the winner of $1.37 million as happy as possible. "Keep him happy, in the paddock and light, very light, light training, just keep him fresh," said the Campbellville resident. "He is good on himself too. He takes care of himself... like a good horse." Once race later, Boadicea showcased her raw power in the three-year-old pacing filly Super Final. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Jonathan Drury, Boadicea took control heading for the :53.4 half and continued to roll through a 1:21.1 three-quarters and on to a 1:49.2 victory. Early pacesetter Sunny Dee finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of a closing Ideation Hanover. "She is the horse of a lifetime. You know I've had some good horses too, but nothing ever like her, and to tell you the truth I knew it when she was born and she's just...every month of her life has been impressive," said owner-breeder Charles Lawrence. "I guess it was her intelligence more than anything else that caught my eye, and she grew into a big powerful animal," Lawrence continued. "And she has that determination to win, and you can't breed that into them, they're born with it, you know, they're born with it." The Blenheim, ON resident and his grandson Gordon Lawrence bred and own Boadicea, who is by Big Jim and out of their mare Rose Seelster, and they were joined in the Super Final winner's circle by a jubilant crowd of family and friends. After the hugs and cheers and photographs were finished the Lawrence's stopped by the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office and paid the $62,500 supplement to make Boadicea eligible to the Breeders Crown. "That's a big step to take, and I know there's a lot of tough horses in there, but we hope we can do well, do the best we can," said the elder Lawrence. "It's a lot of money for us to put up, but we think we owe it to her." Also headed to the Breeders Crown, so long as she remains happy and healthy, is two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn. The division point leader barely broke a sweat on her way to a in 1:52.4 Super Final victory, besting Karma Seelster and Temagami Seelster by three lengths. Like Blais, trainer Chantal Mitchell said the next six days will be spent keeping the Bettors Delight daughter as happy as possible. "I couldn't ask for anything better for her. She didn't really get pushed, she didn't get tested," said Mitchell of the filly's Super Final effort. "She raced in the Eternal Camnation (Aug. 24) and had to come back in six days for a Gold and she won in 1:51 and then came back in 1:50.3 and all we did is jog her in between, just lots of turnout, and go nice and easy on her." Mitchell trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA and Guelph, ON resident Louis-Philippe Roy handles driving duties on the Big Jim daughter. In 11 lifetime starts the duo have recorded seven wins, three seconds, one fourth and earnings of $520,789 and lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record not once, but twice. "She's a dream, she just does everything that you want a horse to do," said Hamilton, ON resident Mitchell, adding that the filly also does a few less than dreamy things when she gets her game face on. "I mean she's got an attitude. She kicked me in the hand today so I've got a new bruise, and then we got here and she bit me in the elbow, I've got some dirt to prove it, so she's feeling pretty sharp right now." New Jersey-based driver Dexter Dunn made his first Super Final appearance on Saturday and guided three horses to victory. In the three-year-old trotting filly showdown, which kicked off the event, Dunn teamed Kadabra filly Haveoneforme to a two length victory in 1:55.4 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ and partners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Defending champion HP Titania Runner finished second and pacesetter Angies Luckeylady was third. Four races later Dunn climbed aboard Tattoo Artist's race bike in the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final and guided the Hes Watching colt to a commanding four and three-quarter length score in 1:52. Examiner Hanover finished second and Sports Obsession was third. Cambridge, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. Dunn finished off the hat trick in the two-year-old trotting colt showdown, steering E L Titan son Moon Bridge to a head victory in 1:55.4 for New Jersey-based trainer Ake Svanstedt, owner-breeders Esa Lahtinen and Janne Korpi of Cambridge, ON and their partner Jussi Hietalahti of Turku, Finland. Port Perry finished second and Blue Cupertino rounded out the top three. Jula Shes Magic battled to a head victory over fan favourite Wine Rack Hanover in the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final, which saw the rivals hit the wire in 1:55.3, just ahead of She Rocks Kemp. Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON trains the Kadabra daughter for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson drove the filly to the win. B Stoney delivered the biggest upset of the evening, squeaking through traffic in the stretch to get a head in front of Stag Party in the three-year-old pacing colt finale. Division point leader and fan favourite Century Farroh finished third in the 1:50.3 mile. "That was unbelievable. That's a good field of horses, and he drove that horse perfect tonight," said owner-breeder Doug Millard of the steer by 2019 Lampman Cup champion Trevor Henry. "I'll tell you, when I saw him go up the inside, I thought, 'This is the best shot he's got,' and I couldn't believe it when he got through to win it. That was great. That was perfect." Woodstock resident Millard shares ownership of B Stoney with trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and Barry McClennan of Cavan, ON. In his five regular season starts B Stoney had not finished better than fourth, but Henry took full advantage of the Sunfire Blue Chip gelding's gifts and the racing luck they were given to deliver the biggest win of the pacer's career. To see the complete results from Saturday's program visit Super Final Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

Showing great closing speed after a three-wide move in the backstretch, Italy’s Zacon Gio pulled away in the stretch to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Roberto Vecchione, Zacon Gio is a world champion four-year-old stallion by Ruty Grif and is undefeated in 2019 after nine starts. The seventh race feature at 1 ¼ mile started off with USA’s Atlanta (Yannick Gingras), out trotting Switzerland’s Uza Josselyn (Erik Adielsson) for control of the early lead going to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Denmark’s Slide So Easy (Ake Svanstedt) was sitting in third place behind Atlanta. Past the half mile marker in a slow :59.1, Atlanta was still firmly in command with Uza Josselyn parked on the outside as Zacon Gio and Vecchione was second over in the flow to the three-quarters in 1:28. It was then that Vecchione asked Zacon Gio to go three-wide and his trotter took off, looped around Uza Josselyn and at the mile marker in 1:55.4, had collared Atlanta. Zacon Gio then cleared to the lead and went on to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:24.1. Slide So Easy was second with Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) third. It was the 11th straight win for Zacon Gio, who is trained by Holger Ehlert and owned by Franco Giuseppe of Napoli, Italy. He paid $4.30 to win. “I saw that Uza Josselyn was not going to get the lead so I stay on the outside,” said winning driver Roberto Vecchione. “Once I cleared to the lead, I knew that we would bring it home. He has won 11 races in a row and some of those races were world record miles. He showed he has the potential to win this race. I credit his trainer for keeping him in good shape all season.” The $250,000 Harry Harvey Memorial Trot took place in the eighth race at 1 ¼ mile and early on it was Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) out dueling Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) for the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28. Rich And Miserable (Tyler Buter) came first-over going to the half mile in :56.2 with Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras) grabbing the second-over cover on the outside. Past the three-quarters in 1:26, Rich And Miserable began to show he was tiring and by the mile in 1:54.4, he began to quit as Mission Accepted moved to first-over and came after Will Take Charge. Down the stretch Mission Accepted was the strong horse, going on to win going away by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:23.4, which was two fifths of a second faster than the International Trot went in. Custom Cantab (David Miller) closed well to be second with Will Take Charge third. It was the fifth win this year for Mission Accepted. The four-year-old stallion by Manofmanymissions is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and D. Wills and Weaver-Bruscemi. He paid $5.90 to win. For full results and entries, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Harneslink

McWicked and harness racing driver Brian Sears were able to grind it out first-over in capturing the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday for the second straight year. The 11th race feature saw Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) and None Bettor A (Jason Bartlett) trade control of the lead with Jimmy Freight winning out by the first quarter in :26.2. Coming around the second turn Jimmy Freight remained in control as Sears started McWicked up first-over past the half mile :55.1 and right through to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 with The Real One (Pat Lachance) hanging in the hunt second-over. McWicked was able to grind by Jimmy Freight by the top of the stretch and then was barely able to hold off a late flying Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) to win by a long nose in 1:51.1. Jimmy Freight was third by a length. “I can’t say enough about the horse and the way he races,” Said Brian Sears of McWicked. “He has been battling hoof issues all summer, but he shows up every week. I was pretty pleased where I got away in the race. I did come first-up a little earlier than I like, but he battled tough and held on to the wire.” It was the second straight win and sixth of the year for McWicked. The eight-year-old stallion by McArdle is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. (Ed James) and paid $6.90 to win. With the $125,000 winners share of the purse, McWicked now sports career earnings of $4,878,342. By Steve Wolf, for Harneslink

 Don’t expect the best version of Thefixer to be on show for his comeback race in the Methven Cup on Sunday. Because while the conditions of the race look perfect for the defending New Zealand Cup champion, the horse himself is still very much on the way up.  Thefixer hasn’t raced since the middle of April and his Cup defence has started later than his key rivals because of annoying hoof issues.  They have improved after spending much of the last two weeks with beach trainer Regan Todd but while he is on the up winning a grass track 3000m race off a 30m handicap in your first start in six months is anything but easy.  “I am not saying he can’t win but he will definitely improve with the run,” says trainer Mark Purdon.  “His hooves seem better now than they have been for a while. After he works at the beach he then cools down in the salt water, which also helped his hooves.  “But these races are still hard to win fresh up so I’d narrowly rate Ashley Locaz as our best chance with Thefixer and Chase Auckland equal next.” Chase Auckland was a dramatic failure at Addington last start but worked well yesterday morning and could be the best bet in the race even though a hard 3000m might be outside his sweet spot. Meanwhile, Purdon is hoping moves by fellow trainers to get an open class race added to Addington next Friday comes off so he can get an extra race into New Zealand Cup favourite Spankem.  The stable’s trotting sensation Oscar Bonavena is also likely to race next Friday but Purdon is non-committal as to whether the four-year-old will contest both the NZ Free-For-All and Dominion during NZ Cup week and rates the Auckland Inter Dominions as 50-50 at this stage, important as Oscar Bonavena is favourite for all three races.   Michael Guerin

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