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Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has confirmed that Lazarus has been scratched sick from the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon. “He started coughing yesterday and continued today,” Takter said. “I was not going to take any chances of hurting him. Now we can make sure he is OK for the Breeders Crown.” Lazarus was to start from post six and rival McWicked drew inside of him (post 2) for their fifth battle. The score now is tied 2-2. The two horses should battle once again in the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 8, 2018--Post positions have been drawn for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) pair of Yonkers Raceway $250,000 Invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace (program pages accompany). The card will also feature the rivalry of McWicked and Lazarus battling again. The Harry Harvey goes as the seventh race (post time 3:10 PM), immediately before the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. Both are 10-horse fields (eight on the gate, two in the second tier) carded at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. Here's the field for the Harvey..1-Warrawee Roo (Dan Dube), 2-Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller), 3-Guardian Angel AS (Matt Kakaley), 4-In Secret (George Brennan), 5-Yes Mickey (Jason Bartlett), 6-Gruden (Tim Tetrick), 7- NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.), 8-Sortie (Trond Smedshammer), 9-DW's NY Yank (Yannick Gingras), 10-Homidice Hunter (Brian Sears). The Rooney, going the penultimate 11th race (post time 5 PM), drew out as such..1-Nuclear Dragon (Tetrick), 2-McWicked (Sears), 3-Endeavor (Tetrick also listed), 4-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton), 5-Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno), 6-Lazarus N (Gingras), 7-Mach it So (Bartlett), 8-Always at My Place (Brennan). Saturday's race schedule... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open Trot (1¼ miles) Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot (1¼ miles) Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 12 - 5:20 PM The 40th International Trot is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9th) at a midtown luncheon. A reminder that races 7 and 8 are part of a special all-stakes Pick 4 with Belmont Park (Pebbles and Floral Park). Races 7 through 10 are simulcast to the French-hubbed audience. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

LEXINGTON, KY--Kiwi harness racing sensation turned North American phenomenon Lazarus N will make his fifth start in the west of the Atlantic when he faces nine challengers in the $179,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds, on Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. A six-year-old stallion by Bettor's Delight, Lazarus N shipped to trainer Jimmy Takter towards the end of May. He paced his first mile on American soil in a qualifier at the Meadowlands on July 28, going in 1:48.3 with a :25.3 final quarter. He has since won the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational and $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and finished second in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and a $26,180 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Taylor Made Stallions, a thoroughbred consignment, purchased Lazarus N in early May from trainer Mark Purdon with the intent of lowering Always B Miki's 1:46 world record, established in the Allerage at The Red Mile in 2016, in the same race as his stablemate. The winner of 37 races in 49 starts and over $3 million in earnings races from post five with Yannick Gingras in the bike. Will Take Charge, off an eighth-place finish in the $150,000 Dayton Trotting Derby after losing stride, leads the field of seven racing in the $145,000 What The Hill Allerage Farms Trot, sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural. A winner of nine races from 20 starts this season and 21 from 70 overall, the Jeff Gillis-trained five-year-old gelding by Kadabra has earned $840,866 for owner Mac Nichol. Tim Tetrick, who steered Will Take Charge to a second-place finish in the $286,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial and a 1:51.2 four-length victory in the $186,000 Crawford Farms Trot, will sit in the bike from post three. Wisdom Tree, entering off a 1:53.2 victory in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, fronts the opening division of the $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farms, from post four with Matt Kakaley in the bike for owner-trainer Jeff Cullipher and co-owner Thomas Pollack. Winning 11 races from 14 starts this year, including a lifetime-best 1:49.4 win in the $142,000 Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park, the three-year-old filly by Betterthancheddar has earned $447,445. The big three sophomore pacing fillies, Youaremycandygirl, Kissin In The Sand and Alexa's Power, congregate in the other split of the Garnsey. In their last meetup, Youaremycandygirl, a millionaire filly by American Ideal trained by Ron Burke for owner William Donovan, won by a nose in the $96,600 Shady Daisy on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Youaremycandygirl will make her first start since breaking in the $230,700 Jugette, won by Alexa's Power, and will start from post four with Yannick Gingras behind. Kissin In The Sand won the lone split of the Bluegrass filly pace as the 1-9 favorite under wraps in the 1:50 mile. The Nancy Johansson-trained filly by Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables, was second to Youaremycandygirl in the Shady Daisy but outfinished her when Shower Play stormed home to take the $114,757 Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 8. Scott Zeron gets the drive from post six behind the winner of 16 races in 27 starts and $904,795 in earnings. Alexa's Power, third by a neck in the Shady Daisy, races from post seven with Tim Tetrick driving for owners Jeff and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The Somebeachsomewhere filly, with nine wins from 16 starts this season and 12 from 29 overall, as amassed $520,545 in earnings and enters off a 1:51.2 win as the favorite in the Jugette. Freshman pacing colts occupy most of the Saturday program with five divisions of the $312,000 Captaintreacherous International Stallion Stakes (ISS), sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on tap. Brian Brown's undefeated Captaintreacherous colt Workin Ona Mystery goes for his fifth-consecutive win when starting from post eight in the opening division. Racing for James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers LLC, Workin Ona Mystery enters off a two-and-a-half length 1:50.3 victory in his division of the Bluegrass, which pushed him towards $70,000 in earnings. Tim Tetrick sits at the reins. Runner-up to Stag Party in the $685,300 Metro Pace, Semi Tough ships to Lexington and starts from post one in the second ISS split. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stable, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, the colt by Somebeachsomewhere has only one win to his credit from eight starts--a 1:51.1 win in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes--and $264,464 in earnings. Matt Kakaley will drive. Formerly-undefeated Captain Ahab, handed his first loss with a last-place finish in the Metro Pace, returns to the track in the third ISS division, starting from post six with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The Tony Alagna-trained colt by Captaintreacherous entered the Metro unbeaten in seven starts, with wins including a $70,938 division of the Nassagaweya, a $53,982 division of the Champlain and his Metro Pace elimination, all good for over $100,000 in earnings. He races for owners Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. Losing as the 1-9 favorite in his Bluegrass division, Proof comes back to Lexington in the fourth ISS division. A winner of five races in eight starts, the Brian Brown-trained A Rocknroll Dance colt has accrued $278,495 in earnings mostly on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes circuit--including from his 1:51 upset in the $253,000 championship. David Miller gets the drive for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Covered Bridge leads the final ISS split after shooting off cover in his Bluegrass division and pacing home in :25.4 to post a lifetime-best 1:52 victory. Competing for owners David Smith and James Giannuzzi, the Jessica Okusko-trained American Ideal gelding has three wins overall from 11 starts and $116,259 in earnings. David Miller will sit in the sulky from post four. Saturday's Grand Circuit program, the penultimate of the fortnight meeting, gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

ANDERSON, IN  - It was billed as Round Three of a budding rivalry between two superstar harness racing pacers in Lazarus N (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked (David Miller) and the contest lived up to every bit of the hype, as on Friday (Sept. 21) Lazarus N defeated a hard-charging McWicked by a neck in a scintillating edition of the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 1:48.4. "He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions Lazarus N for Taylor Made Farm. "We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park." Unlike his last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15 where Gingras drove Lazarus N rather conservatively after his second place finish to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1, the 6-year-old stallion was placed right on the lead prior to the first turn. Leading the field of nine through a first quarter in :26 and the half-mile in :55, Lazarus N looked very strong on the lead he maintained over Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. As Lazarus N hit the three-quarter pole in 1:23, McWicked was pacing comfortably in fifth place and when Western Fame moved first-over, he received a perfect second-over trip to commence his bid for victory. Around the final turn, the separation Lazarus N had placed between himself and the rest of the field began to vanish while McWicked swung to the outside to close with his customary power. As the wire loomed ever closer, McWicked was gaining on Lazarus N with every stride, but Lazarus N was determined and held off McWicked by a diminishing neck. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) used a :24.3 final quarter to finish third. "He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park," Gingras said. "He is definitely back to himself." Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, rewarded his backers with a payout of $4.40. McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Ed James, was the public's second selection at odds of 2-1, provided his supporters with $3.40. Donttellmeagain, (10-1) paid $4 for his third place finish. By Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

MILTON, ON - August 30, 2018 - Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter has done everything and more during his career in harness racing. The 58-year-old has trained and managed some of the sport's greatest champions for more than two decades and every year continues to add names to his list of 'All-Stars'. With $130 million in career earnings and too many award winners to list, it's fair to ask what keeps Jimmy Takter motivated and excited for his work? Enter Lazarus. 'The Wonder from Down Under' is Takter's latest project and exactly the kind of challenge he seeks at this stage in his career. "When you've had as many top horses as I've had over the last 20 years, that's what I crave, that's my excitement," said Takter of training Lazarus. "When they send me a horse they paid big money for, it's a great challenge. "There are a lot of things that can go wrong, it's a million things that can go wrong. You can question am I too tough on him. That's why you've got to have a feeling for it." Takter is a king of his craft and taken horses to the top in every way. His ranking among the greatest trainers of all-time is backed by his ability to get horses to the top, whether they started with him, like Ariana G, or arrived in his barn with more to accomplish, like Always B Miki. "I've been dealing with great horses and I think at my age I've developed into maybe one of the best in the world to manage a great horse," Takter said. "It's one thing to get a great horse there and then another thing to keep it there and keep it going. "I still have my Great Vintage and Sunfire Blue Chip winning races. Great Vintage winning the Open at Yonkers at 10-years-old. That's what I'm good at. They are great horses, but they start getting a little older, so you've got to manage them right, put them in the right races, race them when you know they are ready." Taylor Made Stallions, the leading consignor of Thoroughbreds, purchased Down Under champion Lazarus earlier this year to bring the six-year-old to North America with hopes to conquer the best older pacers in Canada and the U.S. It was no shock to fans and industry participants that Takter was the trainer selected by the Thoroughbred breeding powerhouse to prepare and manage 'The Wonder from Down Under'. "Taylor Made, they are new customers in my operation, they've given me 100 per cent free hands how to manage this horse," Takter said. "They are absolutely first-class owners, they love this." The addition of Taylor Made into the Standardbred game made headlines throughout the sport and has been a breath of fresh air. Duncan Taylor, CEO of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, leads the team that has been bold in promoting their star and working with racetracks. "They're not regular owners," Takter noted. "Taylor Made is the biggest Thoroughbred seller in the business. They've sold yearlings over $2 billion in sales and another additional $1 billion privately. "I wouldn't be surprised if they have someone land with a parachute with Lazarus on it. They are great people. They give away things. They are givers not takers." Lazarus has just one star under his belt in North America, but the son of Bettors Delight has been the talk of the sport in both Canada and the U.S. He arrived in North America with 35 wins and more than $2.6 million earned in 45 starts Down Under. 'The Wonder from Down Under' arrived in Takter's barn with a lengthy list of accomplishments, but with the look of a horse that had just traveled across the world. "He's a good-looking horse, but not 'wow'," Takter said. "He came up and he had about two and a half days of flying, it's like a horror trip to get here." Lazarus adjusted to his new environment and entered Takter's training routine, growing stronger with each week. "He adapted to it very fast and I started feeling this horse is ready." Lazarus took to the track at The Meadowlands on July 28 and more than proved his trainer's judgement, qualifying in 1:48.3. Next step was a race and the six-year-old made an even bigger statement defeating many of the division's best in the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park on August 10. Viewed as an equine Rockstar Down Under, Lazarus has impressed Takter with his attitude. "Every day I see him he gets more personality coming out of him and he talks a lot this horse," Takter said. "It's so funny when you're training him he talks the entire mile. "I've never seen a horse that talks as much as he does." The Hall of Fame trainer is no stranger to media requests, but the following Lazarus receives is unlike anything seen in North America. "Every time he races I have to do something," Takter noted. "When he won in Indiana he made the headline news (in New Zealand) on national tv, not just the sports." The hype surrounding Lazarus continues to grow and the six-year-old is by far the star of the show at Mohawk Park on Saturday evening for the Canadian Pacing Derby. Fans attending Saturday's card will receive a special poster and rally towel to commemorate Lazarus' Canadian debut. Takter believes Lazarus is the boost North American harness racing needs. "We need this in harness racing, we really do need a horse that is special and people want to come out and it's a great horse for racetracks to promote," Takter said. "People will say 'I need to go out and see this horse from New Zealand'." The Canadian Pacing Derby is the next stop for Project: Lazarus. As expected, Takter is confident heading into the $600,000 race and enjoying the journey managing another champion. "I know this horse is very special." by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2018 - The $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will be the co-main events for this Saturday's $1.7 million card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The rich events are joined by the $191,200 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the $169,183 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters to make up the stakes portion of a 13-race card. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will feature the Canadian debut of Lazarus. 'The Wonder from Down Under' has drawn post-two in the 10-horse field and enters off a stunning victory in his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park. Lazarus was driven aggressively by Yannick Gingras from an outside post in his U.S. debut, powering on the front to a 1:48.4 victory. The inside starting spot allows Gingras to have more options and he is considering them all heading into the Canadian Pacing Derby. "I think (Lazarus) loves to chase horses down," said Gingras to Sky Sports Radio earlier this week. "I don't have nothing against maybe somehow work a second-over or even come first-over with him if the fractions are hot at the front, I'm not against that. "This is a new race and there will be a different strategy." Lazarus is trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter for Taylor Made Stallions, who purchased the Down Under champion earlier this year. The son of Bettors Delight has won 36 of 46 starts and accumulated $2.8 million in earnings. The Canadian Pacing Derby did not require eliminations with 10 horses entering, forcing Takter to change his plans and train Lazarus at his farm in New Jersey. "I stretched him out a little bit 1:51.3 mile here at my farm last Wednesday (August 22)," said Takter on Tuesday. "He felt really nice and I was very happy with how he felt and couldn't be happier." Seven-year-old McWicked is pegged as Lazarus' biggest challenger and will start one spot over in post-three for driver David Miller and trainer Casie Coleman. A triple-millionaire, McWicked finished a hard-closing third on August 10 at Hoosier and joins Lazarus as the horses off the longest going into the Pacing Derby. The Coleman trainee has won six of 10 starts this season and is a 28-time winner during his career. The Canadian Pacing Derby field also includes Split The House (PP1, Brett Miller), last year's Breeders Crown champion, Sintra (PP8, Jody Jamieson), last year's Pacing Derby champion, and three starterss from the Ron Burke barn. Rockin Ron (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy), Filibuster Hanover (PP5, Tim Tetrick) and All Bets Off (PP6, Matt Kakaley) make up the three-headed monster for harness racing's leading trainer. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race 8 and is set for a 9:45 p.m. post time. A special half-hour broadcast of the Canadian Pacing Derby will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10 p.m. The $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot features one of the deepest fields in recent history. The 10-horse field for the Maple Leaf Trot consists of five-winners of more than $2 million in career earnings and six-winners of more than $1 million. Defending champion Hannelore Hanover (PP7, Gingras) will be looking to bounce back from a third-place finish in her elimination to try and retain her crowd. The Burke trained six-year-old mare is on a three-race losing streak heading into the final. Ariana G (PP4, David Miller) offers trainer Takter a legit chance at a sweep of Saturday's co-main events, as the four-year-old mare teamed up with driver David Miller for the first-time last weekend to win her elimination in 1:52.4. A World Champion at three, Ariana G has earned $2.3 million during her career and has won seven of eight career starts at Mohawk Park. Marion Marauder (PP3, Scott Zeron), the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, is riding plenty of momentum into the final. The five-year-old won his elimination in 1:53.1 and surpassed $3 million in career earnings with the winner's share of the $40,000 purse. Trained by Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood, Marion Marauder has won five of eight starts this season and will enter Saturday's contest having won four of his last five. ""He's just fun to race and fun to watch," said Keeling following last Saturday's elimination. "He doesn't have particular style...You just kind of watch and go 'how does he get this done' but him and Scott (Zeron) just get along so well. It's been a great ride and I hope we get to keep going." The Maple Leaf Trot has been carded as Race 10 and is set for a 10:35 p.m. post time. Saturday's card also features the $169,183 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters. The Grand Circuit event has attracted a field of 11 and all starters are eligible to the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations on September 8. The Simcoe Stakes is carded as Race 5. The $191,200 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will feature two divisionx Saturday, which have been carded as Races 3 and 9. Post time for Saturday's $1.7 million card is 7:10 p.m. To view the entries and an early-program for Saturday's card, click here. Fans attending Saturday's races will receive a special Lazarus poster to commemorate his visit to Woodbine Mohawk Park. Several of the posters will have a special marking for the lucky poster-holders to have it signed by the connections of 'The Wonder from Down Under'. Lazarus rally towels will also be distributed during the evening. The great entertainment for fans on Saturday will not be limited to the 13-races contested. The Canadian Cowgirls drill team, consisting of 28 women and 28 horses, will perform following the third-race in front of the grandstand. Canadian country recording artist Elyse Saunders will sing the Canadian national anthem prior to the first-race. She will also be performing for fans in between races until 11 p.m. For more information about Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

LAZARUS’ dominant debut US win certainly didn’t surprise former world champion driver James MacDonald. In fact, MacDonald is already strongly tipping a repeat dose in the $600,000 Canadian Derby at Woodbine Mohawk on Sunday morning NZ time. “This race is no harder than last time. I’d expect the same result. He’s drawn better and should be fitter. McWicked would be the danger again if he can get the right trip,” he said. “Lazarus earnt so much respect last start the way he won. If Yannick wants to press for the front or gets headed and wants to re-take, he’s got that respect now.” So where will another win this week sit Lazarus on the scale of North America’s best pacers, which is essentially the world’s best? “These are the best of the best he’s facing this week. There might be a few others here and there, but it won’t get harder than this,” MacDonald said. “If he keeps going the way he is, he will be the best over here. “The sky is the limit for him knowing Yannick (Gingras, driver) told me he should keep getting better as he gets fitter and adapts more to the style of racing.” MacDonald’s opinion of Lazarus was in high demand at home given he had the opportunity to watch the megastar win the Perth Inter Dominion in the flesh while he contested some invitational driver races at Gloucester Park last December. “I told everyone I’d never seen a horse do what he did in that final, sit parked and run past them like he did,” he said. “I think he was a bit under-estimated when he got here, but not anymore. Not after that first win. “My only query was how would acclimatise to the shorter speed racing and how fast he could get off the gate, but he answered both those things in that first win.” Adam Hamilton

Lazarus has a rare chance to complete a historic full set of major race wins after securing a perfect draw for Sunday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The champion Kiwi pacer has drawn barrier two in his second North American start, which is scheduled for 1.50pm (NZ time) on Sunday and after his bullying win in the Dan Patch in Indiana two weeks ago he has opened a $1.45 favourite with the NZ TAB. The Dan Patch was Lazarus' first start for his new United States owners after being sold for $4 million in the hopes he can win some of North America's biggest races and become a dual-hemisphere stallion prospect. The Dan Patch victory, in which Lazarus overcame barrier nine to lead for most of the race, saw the hype around the six-year-old go sky high and with Sunday's field not much stronger, Lazarus will only need to maintain that performance level to probably win again. Although trotting races are held in many parts of the world, the pacing gait is the focal point of the harness racing industry in only four countries - New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada. If Lazarus wins on Sunday, he will have won a group one race or equivalent level race in all four of those countries inside 10 months. So while Kiwi pacing heroes such as Cardigan Bay and Young Quinn have tasted serious success in North America before, Lazarus' effort might be the first clean-sweep in such a short-time frame. Such is the interest in the superstar, Trackside television plan to have 20 minutes of lead-in from the Woodbine track before the race. Closer to home, Dream About Me looks set to start favourite in Friday night's Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington as the countdown to the New Zealand Trotting Cup starts to get serious. Thefixer downed Dream About Me in the first open class race of the season last Thursday but that was under handicap conditions with Dream About Me off 30m. On Friday, they meet under free-for-all conditions and with Dream About Me expected to derive enormous benefit from last Thursday she could well head the market. Both Thefixer and Dream About Me have been touted as possible Victoria Cup raiders in mid-October as that Melton classic is unlikely to have the depth of previous years and could be a lucrative target for the stablemates before they return to Addington for the New Zealand Cup in November. Michael Guerin

MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 - The Canadian debut of Lazarus N will have to wait until Saturday, September 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The entry box for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning with 10 older pacers entered, meaning eliminations will not be necessary this weekend. The star-studded group of 10 advance directly to the $600,000 final on September 1. 'The Wonder from Down Under' Lazarus N headlines the field for this year's Pacing Derby. The New Zealand-bred superstar will be making his second start on North American soil in Canada's oldest harness racing event. A six-year-old, Lazarus N was purchased earlier this year by Taylor Made Stallions and brought to North America to race for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Bettors Delight exited the Down Under racing scene with 35 wins in 45 starts, over $2.6 million in earnings and numerous awards. Lazarus N won his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the Dan Patch. While all eyes will be locked on Lazarus N in the Canadian Pacing Derby, the other nine pacers are well-accomplished and will be looking to spoil the party. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked has been cleaning up in the older pacer division and enters the Pacing Derby with six wins and over $672,000 earned in 10 starts. The seven-year-old champion recently surpassed $3 million in career earnings for owner S S G Stables. McWicked will be competing in his third Canadian Pacing Derby final. His best finish was a third in last year's event. Dave Menary trainee Sintra is back to defend his Pacing Derby title. The five-year-old gelding is just one for eight this season, but his lone victory did come in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Pepsi North America Cup night. Sintra is currently $964 shy of $1 million in career earnings for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. His win in last year's Pacing Derby is currently the richest victory of his career. Always loaded with talent, trainer Ron Burke, harness racing's all-time leading trainer, will send out a trio of starters in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Burke's triple-threat for the $600,000 event consists of All Bets Off (29 wins, $3.1 million), Filibuster Hanover (12 wins, $1.2 million) and Rockin Ron (33 wins, $1.5 million). All Bets Off will be racing in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The seven-year-old has finished fourth in each of the past two editions. Rockin Ron will be seeking redemption in this year's Pacing Derby. The five-year-old won his elimination last year before surrounding the lead in deep stretch and finishing second in the final. This year's Canadian Pacing Derby also includes Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained five-year-old set the Canadian record of 1:46.4 last June at Mohawk Park. Dr J Hanover has enjoyed recent success at the Milton oval, having posted two Preferred victories since July 28. Mohawk Park fan-favourite Nirvana Seelster is entered to race in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The Bill Budd trained seven-year-old finished fourth in last year's final and enters this year's edition just over $6,000 away from millionaire status. Split The House, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be making his Pacing Derby debut. The Chris Oakes trained six-year-old is a 13-time winner with more than $760,000 in career earnings. The field of 10 is completed by Western Fame, the second entrant from the Takter barn. The winner of more than $925,000 lifetime comes into the Pacing Derby off a 1:48.4 upset victory in last Sunday's Roll With Joe Stakes at Tioga Downs. Western Fame may not receive the bright lights like stablemate Lazarus, but the five-year-old has quietly scored five victories and earned nearly $200,000 this season. The field of 10 for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby has combined for 241 wins and $16,277,077 in earnings. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby joins the $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot for a stacked card on Saturday, September 1. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Here is the full field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in alphabetical order. All Bets Off Dr J Hanover Filibuster Hanover Lazarus N McWicked Nirvana Seelster Rockin Ron Sintra Split The House Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2018 - The deadline for supplements to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot was Monday morning and the Woodbine Race Office received payments from the connections of Lazarus N and Dancer Hall. A $40,000 payment was required to supplement to the Canadian Pacing Derby or Maple Leaf Trot. "The Wonder from Down Under" Lazarus N will be making his second start on North American soil in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The six-year-old stallion won his U.S. debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the $325,000 Dan Patch. Earlier this year, Lazarus N was purchased by Taylor Made Stallion and brought to North America with eyes on the top races for older pacers and a potential World Record. The son of Bettors Delight, out of Christian Cullen mare Bethany, dominated the racing scene Down Under, winning 35 of 45 starts and earning $2.6 million prior to being purchased. Lazarus N races for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Dancer Hall has been a breakout star this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and now the four-year-old will get the opportunity to take on the sport's best in the Maple Leaf Trot. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dancer Hall has won seven of his last 10 starts heading into the Maple Leaf Trot. His most recent victory was 4 3/4 lengths score in the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs. The Paul Reid trainee has been starring in the Woodbine Preferred this summer, having posted four wins and three runner-up finishes in seven Preferred starts. Dancer Hall is eight for 13 this season with $173,500 earned for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa. His career numbers currently sit at 16 wins and $273,150 earned. Entries for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot are due Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. If necessary, eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 25) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

The man enjoying the ride behind Kiwi pacing sensation Lazarus says only one horse may be able to stop him becoming the fastest pacer in history. And that would be Lazarus himself. Champion driver Yannick Gingras was still buzzing hours after driving Lazarus to a dominant victory in his first North American start, the pair overcoming the outside barrier to lead for the last half of the US$325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). It was Lazarus’s first start in the United States since being sold for an estimated record price of $4million to Taylor Made Stallions. While he had been the best standardbred in Australasia for two years and qualified in sensational time in the US two weeks ago, any horse traveling to the other side of the world to take on their best comes with question marks. Lazarus turned those into exclamations marks with his 1:48.8 mile. The win has already justified his purchase price because with North American breeders now seeing how powerful Lazarus is in full flight he is guaranteed a commercial start to a dual hemisphere stallion career. That leaves the $3.8million earner with just a couple of major targets that could greatly embellish his reputation — winning at the Breeders Crown in late October and pacing a super fast mile time, close to the world record of 1:46 held by Always B Miki. But while Gingras says that time may be within Lazraus physical capabilities, the horse himself might need some company. “A lot of things need to happen to get down to that speed but I think he can do it,” Gingras said. “I have no doubt with the improvement he has in him he can pace 1:46 and change, maybe even 1:46 flat. “But to do that you need the right track, the right conditions and the right horses to push you. “Tonight he would have gone a lot faster if he had needed to and I think he is a horse who will always find more when another horse gets close to him and pushes him. “So to pace 1:46 he will need all of those things and a horse good enough to push him to that time. Otherwise I don’t think he is a horse who will want to go much faster than he has to to win. “But anything is possible because he had only had that one qualifier here before tonight’s race so he is obviously going to get better and better.” Lazraus’s next starts are likely to be in the heat and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby on August 25 and September 1 and yesterday’s win guarantees him a start in the Hoosier Park Derby on September 21. After that looms the US$500,000 major free-for-all at the rocket fast Red Mile (October 7) in Kentucky, the ideal track to attempt a lightning quick mile. “Tonight was the perfect starting point. He won, we got to show people how good he is but he wasn’t put under any strain.” What was it like driving the Kiwi hero? “It is a real thrill. Driving any great horse is amazing but the novelty around him tonight and the way the race was promoted, and knowing so many people Down Under were watching. It was pretty special.” Michael Guerin

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 10, 2018-- On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true harness racing superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christen Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be and a gift from god." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from his assigned post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine through to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 6-5 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. By Kim French for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

After a speedy opening quarter mile, New Zealand-bred Lazarus was able to take control of the race and lead the rest of the way to capture the harness racing  $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday night. It was the North American debut for down under champion Lazarus, who started from the far outside in post nine for driver Yannick Gingras. The 11th race Dan Patch Stakes started off with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) leaving from post five along with Rockin Ron (Trace Tetrick). Lazarus and Gingras left from post nine and were floating on the outside in fourth place, moving up as Bit Of A Legend cut the mile to the opening quarter in :26.1. Gingras continued to advance on the outside with Lazarus, taking control after the quarter mile. Lazarus cut the mile to the half in :54.2 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4 as Split The House and driver Brett Miller came first-over and continued to gain ground with Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) second-over. As they came down the stretch, Gingras asked Lazarus and they kept Split The House a length off of them all the way to the wire. The mile went in 1:48.4 with McWicked (Brian Sears) closing well to be third. Last quarter mile for Lazarus was :26 second and McWicked's last quarter was :25.2. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus is owned by Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He paid $3.00 to win. It was the third win in six starts (first five were in New Zealand) for Lazarus. The six-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight now has won 36 of his 46 career starts with lifetime earnings of more than $2,788,050. This year his earnings are now $452,113. Lazarus will now be pointed towards the Canadian Pacing Derby in Toronto. Lazarus Interview after the race By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

It's an all-star harness racing field Friday night at Hoosier Park for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The Dan Patch takes place in the 11th race on the program. While it is the USA debut for Lazarus, it may not be a walk-in-the park for one of the top horses ever to come over from New Zealand since Cardigan Bay. Country-mate Bit Of A Legend has raced against Lazarus in the past and comes into the race off a 1:51.4 triumph in the Open at Yonkers Raceway. McWicked goes from post six and he has won four of his last five starts and is rated the top Free-For-All pacer currently in North America. And the hometown hero, Beckhams Z Tam, will look for a big upset as he has returned to winning form and enters the race off a 1:49 triumph. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Anderson, IN --Aug. 9, 2018--Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Arguably one of the most anticipated editions of Indiana's richest harness race, the event will feature a field of nine with combined lifetime purse earnings of more than $15 million. With three Breeders Crown champions, two World Champions, and one international icon, the August 10th Dan Patch Stakes is set for Race 11 with an estimated post time of 9:50 p.m. EDT. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to score his third Dan Patch victory and be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995. Lazarus N, who is hailed as one of the greatest racehorses to ever emerge from New Zealand, will be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch and has been enlisted as the 6-5 morning line choice. The six-year-old Champion pacer was supplemented to the event for a fee of $25,000 and will start from post nine with Yannick Gingras in the bike for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. The race card will offer premier exotic wagering; including a $20,000 guaranteed superfecta and a $15,000 guaranteed Hoosier High Five. A $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on races five through 12 with a top prize of $5,000. Additionally, Indianapolis's WISH TV Channel 8 will broadcast live coverage of the Dan Patch Stakes starting at 9 p.m. Friday's Dan Patch festivities include family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner's circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. Outdoor fair foods, including Dal Forno Pizza, FoxGardin, and Sweet Shack, will be available throughout the weekend. Admission is free for all racing events at Hoosier Park, including the Dan Patch Stakes. The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday's music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday's music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year's Kammy's Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Now in its 15th year, the Fortville-based Kammy's Kause has raised over $370,000 for 4p-, also known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. A high-end silent auction will coincide with the music festival and will include items like a gas boulder fire pit donated by Fire Boulder, a Saffire ceramic grill and smoker donated by Family Leisure, and more. More information on the Dan Patch Stakes and Dan Patch Festival can be found at www.hoosierpark.com. by Kiersten Flint, for Hoosier Park

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 3, 2018 -- He's been immersed in the horse industry nearly his entire life, but Duncan Taylor admitted there is plenty of emotion involved when it applies to Lazarus N's North American and Grand Circuit harness racing debut in the 25th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday (Aug. 10) evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. "When we had the opportunity to become partners on California Chrome and preparing to watch him race for the first time we were truly over the moon," said the CEO of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. "To have a horse like him was a dream come true, but I feel the same way about Lazarus. Like California Chrome he has proven himself, but it is very exciting to see what he will do in the U.S." The world will most certainly be watching when Lazarus N takes on eight extremely competitive rivals in this year's edition at the Anderson oval. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the horse will commence his journey from post position nine with Yannick Gingras holding the lines in the 11th race on the card. Despite the outside post, Lazarus N has been installed as the 6-5 morning line selection. His journey, however, will certainly be impacted by the presence of Dan Patch Award winner and world champion McWicked (post position six, Brian Sears, 2-1), 2017 Levy Memorial victor Bit Of A Legend N (post position five, Jordan Stratton, 12-1) and Breeders Crown winners Beckham's Z Tam (post position five, Ricky Macomber Jr., 20-1) and Split The House (post position two, Trace Tetrick, 20-1). "We realize there are some very nice horses in this field and are not taking this lightly," Taylor, who operates his business in conjunction with his brothers Ben, Frank and Mark and partner Pat Payne, said. "We just hope the horse provides a true account of himself. Jimmy has totally been the decision-maker in all things when it comes to him, but we trust his judgment." Although Lazarus N is not a two-time Horse of the Year like California Chrome, his credentials are just as impressive. Known as the Wonder from Down Under, the 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Bethany earned US$2.66 million while capturing 35 of his 45 career engagements. He has failed to hit the board on only one occasion. Lazarus N is the richest Standardbred of all time from the Southern Hemisphere and the New Zealand-bred established seven track records at various distances while being conditioned by Mark Purdon. The stallion was New Zealand's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is that nation's defending Horse of the Year. The industry received their first glimpse of the stallion in action at The Meadowlands on July 28 when he bested North America Cup winner Lather Up in a stellar 1:48.3 with an effortless :25.3 last quarter panel. "In my experience with Thoroughbreds they usually need about 90 days or more to acclimate after arriving from the Southern Hemisphere," Taylor said. "When Lazarus qualified he had only been here 50-plus days, but Jimmy said he was ready to go and the demonstrated he was. We could not have been more pleased with this qualifier." After Lazarus N appears at Hoosier Park the next engagement penciled in on his 2018 calendar is a trip to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations on Aug. 25. The ultimate goal is the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 20 and 28. "That is the plan (Canadian Pacing Derby) as of now," Taylor said. "In this sport you can make a tentative plan, but it is always about what is the best for the horse. We will just allow the horse to take us where he wants to go and looking forward to seeing what the future brings. "We are also very excited about coming to Hoosier Park. We have never been there before and have only heard great things about the track and the facility." The $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana's richest harness race and reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers, will highlight the 14-race card and is set to be the 11th race on Friday, August 10 with a post time of 9:50 EDT. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information about the upcoming Dan Patch Stakes Festival weekend and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2018 Caesars License Company, LLC. Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino B-roll footage of Lazarus N preparing for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park (19:08).  Video Footage courtesy of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.  Click to follow link:   Lazarus & McWicked Broll 8 9 18.mp4    

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