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The Murray Brown trained Dallas Grimes an unlucky second on debut, got the winners cheque at the Northern Southland meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday when she proved too good in the Kubala Seeds Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace. Initially trained by John Hay she was offered on lease to Brown as a two year old. “He (Hay) was cutting down a bit and had a couple for lease, and I chose her. She’s been to the workouts as a two year old. She’s a nice wee mare and can only get better, we gave her a whole year off from her two year old season. John always said her was a bit light but she’s filled out,” said Brown. After qualifying nicely at Winton the camp was confident of a good first up run on this track two weeks ago but she had to settle for second after clearing a tight pocket and closing late. “He thought she’d win first up after the way she qualified. She’s got a good temperament and can be a bit rough in her gait but she’s getting better.” The four year old mare is raced by Gone Trotting Syndicate, Jonah’s 11 Syndicate and regular Brown clients Scottie Ramsay, Murray Heath, Kevin McCallum, Barry Brown, Reece Rogers and Bevan Brown. Winning connections with Dallas Grimes - Photo Bruce Stewart. Dallas Grimes is named after a secondary antagonist in Beavis and Butt Head. She's by Changeover out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Madison Lee and is closely related to Courage Under Fire. Later in the programme some of the owners of Dallas Grimes tasted success again when the Shannon Armour trained mare Ivana Legacy in the hands of junior driver Charlotte Purvis won the Advance Agriculture Junior Drivers Pace.   Bruce Stewart

Alexandra Park is hosting its popular Tropical Nights on Fridays 12 and 26 October, with a $1,000 travel voucher to be won. To be held in the premier Top of the Park venue, attendees on both nights will be treated to the tastes of tropical paradise and be entered in to win the travel voucher. "Our Tropical Night dining packages start from just $65 per person including a spectacular all-you-can-eat buffet, a night of tropical fun, and the best views in the house," says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. She says given the relatively limited number of tables and tickets available for these two Fridays, all Tropical Night attendees have a good chance of winning the $1,000 travel voucher. The draw will take place during the 26 October evening. "Our executive chef has designed a sumptuous tropical-inspired buffet menu which will completely transport your taste buds. Then there's of course exciting harness racing under lights and atmosphere galore!" To secure tickets phone (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit the website where the full Tropical Night menu, which includes several enticing desserts, is online https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/tropical-nights-2018/ Situated on the fifth floor, Top of the Park boasts floor to ceiling windows overlooking the track. As well as a delicious tropical buffet, all packages include free entry to Alexandra Park, free parking and free race-books. The evenings start from 5.30pm. In November and December, Alexandra Park will host eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings. Bookings are already strong, with the Christmas events set to take place on Fridays 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 15 December. www.alexandrapark.co.nz   Cameron Brewer

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

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's show features Robbie Holmes, Charlotte Purvis, Carl Officer and Harness Bookie Richard Wilson.   Jess Smith

Many of you are probably in the same boat as all of us here at The Park trying to figure out where on earth 2018 has gone! In saying that though, you can't really complain when the sun & daylight has replaced the chill and darkness! Spring racing really kicked into action last Friday night on our Cancer Society Daffodil Raceday - which also coincided with the second of our 'mile night's' which once again provided a very entertaining and competitive night of racing action. A big thanks goes to everyone involved in these nights so far - the support that we have received from both owners and trainers has been fantastic and really has allowed us to create a new level of hype around these nights. A big congratulations goes to the connections of Mortician who was victorious in the mile trot - earning himself and his connections a national record for his efforts. And no we haven't missed (how could you possibly forget) the heroics of the Ray Green trained and Andre Poutama driven Northview Hustler with his all-the-way victory in the Spring Cup. It was a superbly rated drive from Andre and made for one heck of a finish down the straight. It was great to see (and hear) the winning connections showing such emotion as victory edged closer come the final 200m - highlighting the thrill that harness racing ownership has to offer. We wish all the connections of the Northern trained NZ Cup aspirants the very best of luck as they prepare for the second Tuesday of November - we'll be cheering for you all! October has two meetings for the month, on the 12th & 26th respectively and we can assure you that there won't be any shortage of action-packed entertainment on track. Club officials have been in touch with Gary Hall Snr and if all plays out as expected over the next few weeks,  the star of WA Chicago Bull will be gracing us with his presence on the night of October 26th as he makes his way also down to Addington for the NZ Cup. Other features on this night will be Heat 1 of the Alabar Sires Stakes series for 3YO Fillies & Heat 4 of the McMillan Equine Feeds Series for the 3YO C&G as well as the much anticipated Monte Saddle trot tote race. The Monte horses and committee behind getting these races off the ground have been grinding away in preparation for this historical event and we are looking forward to seeing them on track. It must be made mention though that this race will only be run should nominations not hold up for the balance of the 10 race licence on this date. The ATC has made a commitment to programming at least three Monte tote races for $6K throughout October-December and should this not get off the ground on the 26th, another has been programmed for November 23 with the programmes of December 8 & 15 (both Saturday meetings) to include a Monte race too. Other points of note to make for connections is the programming of a 3200m handicap trot for R40 - 60 trotters on the programme of October 12. Again this race will be subject to nominations but it would be great to get the support the mile trot did so we can continue to programme these types of races that offer something a little different from the norm and a great viewing spectacle and something for punters to sink their teeth into. A claimers only race has also been programmed for this night for horses with a claiming price of up to $10K and it would be great to get this off the ground. Racing for a stake of $14,500 against like animals, why not put a claiming price on your horse and see how you go - or even better, should the race get off the ground, round-up a group of your mates and put in a claim - the best part is you can all come back to the track the following meeting and see your new pride and joy already racing under your name! The highlight of October 12 will no doubt be the $20K Kerry Hoggard Memorial - The Holmes DG & after last Friday's running of the Spring Cup, it promises to be another not-to-be-missed event. Looking forward to the coming months and there is plenty to talk about (however we will cover all of this off in November's edition of the ATC O&T newsletter). Below are a few things to note down in your diary for November & early December -  - The first 2YO race for the season has been included for the programme of November 30(however again subject to nominations) - There is a junior drivers 2700m handicap trot programmed for the meeting of November 16 for the up-to-R65 trotters - The junior drivers race (pace) on the programme of November 30 has had the rating band extended to now include the R40-65 rated pacers. As usual, this race will include the standard field selection policy of preference going to those horses who have not previously won a penalty free drivers race & where possible and to mix the balance of the R40-65 open races, this race will be selected from the top rating downwards.  - The programmes of November 16 & 30 both have a R60 & faster handicap pace included in them - so if you have a horse who falls into this category and may not have seen the tapes before, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Regan when nominating for the workouts to express your interest in having a go behind the tapes. - An amateur drivers race will be included in the programme for both Saturday December 8 & 15 for a stake TBC.  The club will measure the success of these races and the support they receive however it is envisaged that throughout the winter months of June-August 2019 an amateur winter series will be programmed here at The Park. Conditions and ratings bands for both the December races and the proposed winter series in 2019 are also still TBC. ​Going forward (and confirmation of this will be communicated to all horsemen/women prior to this coming into force) the ATC have decided that the birdcage procedure of parading in numerical order prior to going on track will once again be re-instated. Countdown clocks will be installed throughout the stables prior to the commencement of this to help allow for the smooth transition of re-instating this protocol. Coinciding with this will be the introduction of new colored saddlecloths (similar to that used at a majority of Metropolitan tracks in Australia). These are due to arrive in the next few weeks and will allow for greater interaction between punters and our racing product. A note for trainers & drivers - if you have any concerns over the condition of the track on racenight please direct these concerns directly to Todd Macfarlane (Chair of the Horsemen's Association). Todd and the ATC track staff communicate regularly on racenight and should there be any concerns over the condition of the track, these will be communicated to the track staff via Todd and rectified in a timely manner. Also a reminder for all drivers on racenight - could please remember to warm-up your horse on the outside of the track - this helps to minimise any deterioration to the inside of the track and the subsequent issues that comes with such effects. Regan Cotter Racing Manager 09 631 1163 027 249 1205 Additional information The SAAC (Stable Area Awareness Course) for children aged 6-14 years will take place 1 hour prior to the start of the first tote race on the first meeting of each month here at The Park. Children who pass this course will be issued with a temporary pass which will admit them to the stables when under the supervision of an adult. They will then be issued with photo ID and a lanyard for easy access on racenight (when again under the supervision of an adult). Children are permitted to turn up on the night to partake in the course but we do ask that parents/guardians let the club know (Racing Manager Regan Cotter) when their child will be attending to assist us through this period. Upcoming S.A.A.C (Stable Area Awareness Course for children aged 6-14) course dates as follows - Friday October 12 If you have any questions relating to any of the new H&S procedures & policies please don't hesitate to contact Regan or ATC H&S Manager Shane Primrose - shane.primrose@alexandrapark.nz / 09 631 1189 Programmes Programmes for October & November (tentative) are now online  @ http://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/programm.htm Upcoming  Race Meetings @ The Park Friday October 12 - (The Holmes DG) Friday August 26 Upcoming Trial & Workout dates For those of you who like to get in early and see the videos ASAP (prior to the official results been entered) please remember the race videos can be viewed on http://m.hrnz.co.nz/ (note these will be available via this link once Magness is able to upload the videos onto the HRNZ website). Saturday 6th October- Trials (RH) & Workouts – Franklin Saturday 13th October- Trials (LH) & Workouts – Franklin Saturday 20th October - Workouts – Franklin Saturday 27th October- Trials (RH) & Workouts – Franklin

Don’t hold your breath hoping for any northern races to be given automatic qualifying status for the New Zealand Trotting Cup.   That’s the clear message of the committee which decided Northview Hustler’s stunning win in the Spring Cup was only good enough to elevate him five spots on the crucial ranking list.   The big team of owners who greeted Northview Hustler after he ran his rivals ragged at Alexandra Park last Friday night not surprisingly started making plans to attend cup week in Christchurch.   With cup second favourite Star Galleria behind him, along with eight ranked Jack’s Legend and 14th ranked No Doctor Needed, hopes were high that he would jump from 23rd place to be inside the 15-horse cut.   But when the new ranking order was finally released today Northview Hustler was only 18th, sparking questions from his connections why the race didn’t carry the same free ticket to the cup as the Maurice Holmes Vase and New Brighton Cup which qualified Thefixer and Letspenddanitetogetha.   The group was also looking for answers on how Northview Hustler, who ran the second fastest 2200 metre stand in history, was still ranked below a clearly out-of-form Classie Brigade (15th).   So who decides the rankings?   Harness Racing New Zealand’s southern based handicapper Andrew Morris heads the four-man committee along with long time Addington secretary Brian Rabbitt and Addington board members Barry Dent and Peter Evans. Northern based handicapper Kevin Smith doesn’t get a say.   When the committee met this week Morris says the main topic of discussion was where to place Northview Hustler and it weighed on the members’ minds so much they delayed a decision until Wednesday morning.   Morris says there was no denying the merit of Northview Hustler’s performance - “he won and he ran time.   “To my mind this race was the next highest of interest behind the Group races run this season.   “He ran the second fastest 2200 metres in history and he beat good horses, even though he had a head start on them.’’   But Morris says the committee had no appetite to elevate the horse ahead of New Zealand Derby winner Sheriff, and because Sheriff was ranked one lower than Classie Brigade it meant Northview Hustler couldn’t go any higher than 18.   Late entry Australian Alleluia also jumped onto the list, coming in at 15, courtesy of his third in the Group I Blacks A Fake at Albion Park in July.   Morris says Northview Hustler only just got the nod to leap frog Forgotten Highway, who ran third equal in the Group III New Brighton Cup.   Sadly the Spring Cup isn’t Group rated and there’s little to no chance it will ever be added to the list of three races gifting free entry to the cup. Friday night’s Canterbury Classic at Addington actually gifts spots to the first three home.   “I lobbied for the Holmes DG (run at Auckland on Friday week) to be a cup qualifying race but the others said no.   “Some might argue the cup is New Zealand’s race but it’s actually NZ Met’s race - they run the race and pay the money.   “They want to keep the optimum races for Addington and get the best lead-ups there that they can.’’   It’s a marketing strategy that the New South Wales Harness Racing Club uses, for example, giving Miracle Mile invites to horses who compete in their lead-up events at Menangle.   “If Northview Hustler runs well in the Holmes DG that would elevate him further,’’ says Morris. “Now that he’s built up capital, he wouldn’t have to do much more to supplant those other two horses (Classie Brigade and Sheriff). I could see second placing being good enough to shift him again.’’   Morris says while Classie Brigade might be racing well below his best, he still had credit for a number of good performances in Group races, including three Group III wins in the Rangiora Classic, Invercargill Cup and Central Otago Cup.   Those Group performances were actually two seasons ago - Classie Brigade raced only three times last term - but under the club's guidelines they still seem to carry more weight than current form.   Northview Hustler’s Group form isn’t too shabby either - he ran fifth to Vincent, Titan Banner, Heaven Rocks and Star Galleria in the Group I Auckland Cup, fourth to Vincent, AG’s White Socks and Titan Banner in the Group II Franklin Cup and fifth behind Eamon Maguire, Star Galleria and AG’s White Socks in the Group I Harness Jewels.   Morris isn’t sure that the committee would favour dropping horses down the order if they perform badly, a logical enough strategy after their initial ranking on last season’s form.   “I’m happy to put it up for review but at the moment we only elevate horses for performing well. The more you bring in, the more complicated it gets and the committee doesn’t want it getting too murky.   “In previous years there was some artistic licence taken but I think we’re getting it pretty right now. It’s a robust process.’’   But you have to ask is it right that a race like the Methven Cup, run on grass on Sunday week, will carry more weight than the Spring Cup, because it is designated a Group III race, and run over 3000 metres, closer to the conditions of the New Zealand Cup. Shouldn’t the strength of the field be a crucial factor too?   On the positive side, Morris believes Northview Hustler has a good shot at making the field just on natural attrition with the likely sale of Classie Brigade and trips to New Zealand hinging on the upcoming performances of Alleluia, Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara.   Barry Lichter    

He’s Watching has begun his stud career in fine fashion by siring the first two-year-old qualifier of the harness racing season in New Zealand! Eagle Watch (He’s Watching – Eagletons Girl) looked mighty impressive when finishing a close second to his three-year-old stablemate About Turn at Cambridge yesterday. The mile rate was a good 2:02.5 (well inside qualifying time), with the last half cut out in a slick 58.6. Trainer Mike Berger has always had a very good opinion of Eagle Watch and the plan now is to press on with him, hopefully towards the Young Guns Series. Eagle Watch comes from He’s Watching’s debut crop and he is displaying the same traits that made his sire a great horse. An undefeated US Two-Year-Old of the Year, He’s Watching showed incredible gait, speed and attitude to not only win all eight of his starts in his debut season but also set multiple world and track records. We continue to hear tremendous reports on the progeny of He’s Watching from trainers across New Zealand and Australia which gives us great confidence that he will make an immediate impact. Eagle Watch is just the beginning. He’s Watching stands at Alabar NZ.

“It was a glorified trial more or less,” commented trainer Darryn Simpson after Pres The Belle won impressively at Ascot Park today. It was the mare's first run of the season and her sixth win from just seventeen starts. Prior to today’s race she’d had just one trial at Forbury Park (last week) in which she won easily by ten lengths. “She won her trial quite nice. Her work's been really good and her heart rate has been super. The way she worked on Thursday I thought she’d be very hard to beat.” It’s expected that Pres The Belle will be improved from the run and Simpson noted she wasn’t blowing at all afterwards. “She’d blow harder after a run at home.” At the end of last season some thought was given to starting Pres The Belle at the Harness Jewels at Cambridge but Simpson says he’s glad he didn’t. “I just didn’t think it was her. If it was in Christchurch we would have gone but I think it may have taken a bit more (weight) off her.” And he says The Pres mare has matured during her break after spending six weeks at one of her owners - Dexter Nind’s Mataura Valley property. “She had a bit of a growth spurt when she was out. She probably should have been racing a month ago but I thought I’d wait on her.”   He says the plan now is to race at the Tuapeka meeting at Forbury at the end of the month. “Cup time is what we’re looking at after that. I think she’ll be competitive up there. She can do a bit of everything and she’s improved from last year.” Finding a driver for Cup Week is also on the to do list for Simpson. “I said to Tim we’ll get through Tuapeka where hopefully he can drive her, and we’ll go from there. I’m sure we’ll find someone up there.” Pres The Belle is out of the Sundon mare Daisy Belle which won eight races for trainer Stu Campbell who has a share in Pres The Belle. Meanwhile Ryal Bush trainer Peter Hunter was in sparkling form at the Northern Southland meeting, winning with Unloaded and My Georgie Boy and also getting a second with Bunter’s Dream. His only other runner Rakabeamer ran eleventh. Brendon McIntyre Hunters brother in-law, shares in the ownership of My Georgie Boy and is in the Gottashearasheep Syndicate which races Unloaded.   Bruce Stewart 

Harness racing mare Dream About Me has secured her start in this years New Zealand Cup by winning the Inkwise Canterbury Classic on a wet old night at Addington Raceway. The Bettor's Delight mare had to be tough to win, having to lead all the way on a track made sticky by persistent rain during the evening.  In a punishing finish driver Tim Williams got the best out of the now millionare pacer and she held on to beat a fast finishing Forgotten Highway by half a head at the winning post. The Robert Dunn trained Alta Orlando also arrived quickly over the last 100m for driver Ross Houghton and he just nosed out stablemate Letspendanitetogetha for third right on the line. The first, second and third placegetters in the race were guaranteed a start in the 2018 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and the fourth placed runner Letspendanitetogetha is another guaranteed starter after winning the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup three weeks ago. Over the last twelve runnings of the race the winning time of 3-20.6 for the 2600m stand was the slowest since the distance was lengthened from 1950m to a 2600m distance in 2007. The last 800m was where the action was as the leaders sprinted home off the front in a slick 55.5 for the last 800m with a closing 400m in 26.9 seconds. Tim Williams gave credit to the mares toughness after the race, "I was a bit worried when Forgotten Highway loomed up to me, but credit to this mare she is so genuine. "When I really asked her for an effort inside that last 50m, she stuck her head out and knew right where the line was," he said. As well as bringing up her 21st win in tonights race, Dream About Me has now clicked over the one million dollar mark in lifetime earnings in a racing career that started with a winning run in a 2yo fillies race at Timaru in 2015. Williams ended up with four wins and two seconds for the night and was an easy winner of the TAB Addington Drivers Challenge after opening a short priced favourite for the drivers option before the races had started.   Harnesslink Media

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Smart harness racing 3yo Major Trojan has claimed back to back victories by winning the first Sires Stakes Heat at Cambridge Raceway last night. Trained by Michael Purdon and driven by Nathan Purdon, the colt got engaged in an early speed battle with Beaudine Western and driver David Butcher for the first 700m of the race, before eventually getting the trail for the last lap.  In the straight the speedy son of Art Major was too good up the passing lane getting the upper hand with 50m to go and in the end winning by half a length. The time was a very quick 2-00.6 for the 1700m mobile, a mile rate of 1-54.1. The last 800m was run in a solid 56.9 seconds and the last 400m in 28 seconds flat.  Major Trojan has recently been purchased by clients of top Aussie trainer Gary Hall Snr who has previously purchased several kiwi horses and turned them into top Gr1 performers back in Australia. Hall intends to set Major Trojan for the rich events in Australia at the end of the season including the WA Derby next May. In the meantime the horse will continue to race in New Zealand with the aim to go on to race in the Gr1 Sires Stakes final at the NZ Cup meeting in November.   Harnesslink Media

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    

The first rankings for Victoria’s TAB Inter Dominion pacing and trotting championships were released today, with a West Australian speed machine and New Zealand Group 1 winner installed on top. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) handicappers named Gary Hall Snr’s six-year-old on top of the TAB Inter Dominion Pacing Championship rankings ahead of a huge first campaign out of Chicago Bull’s home state. He is a winner of 38 of his 58 starts, but all have to date been staged in Western Australia, host of the previous three Inter Dominion editions. Chicago Bull’s first big trip has dates with the October 13 Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup and NZ Trotting Cup before December’s ID18. Let It Ride (NSW), recent winner of Queensland’s Grand Circuit classic the Blacks A Fake, has been installed second, with Tiger Tara (NSW), Our Dream About Me (NZ) and Cruz Bromac (NZ) filling the top five. Shadow Sax is the first of the Victorians at number six, and will fly the flag for the home state and trainer Emma Stewart. In the first TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship rankings, handicappers believe Kiwi Speeding Spur, who ventured to Tabcorp Park Melton in 2016 and captured the $300,000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star, is well placed to bring more joy to New Zealand connections John (trainer) and Josh (driver) Dickie. The Pegasus Spur seven-year-old has been ranked on top ahead of Victorian trainer Andy Gath’s dominant former Kiwi Tornado Valley and New Zealand entrant Temporale, who has placed but not saluted in his five previous Victorian starts, including a second in this year’s Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star. Brent Lilley’s Kyvalley Blur (Vic) and former Victorian now WA trotter Glenferrie Typhoon, the 2017 Great Southern Star winner, complete the fop five. The second lot of rankings will be released on October 17, the third on October 31 before the fourth and final rankings on November 21. The focus then turns to the TAB Inter Dominion heats on December 1 (Tabcorp Park Melton), December 4 (Ballarat) and December 8 (Cranbourne) before the December 15 Grand Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton. Details: www.ID18.com.au CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB ID18 PACING RANKINGS CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB ID18 TROTTING RANKINGS   Michael Howard Trots Media

The Used To Me @ Haras des Trotteurs Dominion saw many movements in the past week. The major ones being Destiny Jones who jumps to 9th on the back of her Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup win, which goes very close to assuring a Dominion start. Jen Jaccka’s third elevated here from 30th to 22nd. There have been three withdrawals in the past week in the Dominion; those being Une Belle Allure and My Tribeca who have both been recently retired and also Lavros Jack. Those defections will leave a very healthy 49 trotters hunting for the 15 spots in the field on Show Day. The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup rankings have had a minor shake up also. Alleluia is now a confirmed nomination and as a result he comes into the rankings at number 15. Northview Hustler’s Spring Cup win earned him a sizeable bump to 18th. Star Galleria and Let’s Elope who filled second and fourth in the Spring Cup both improved a spot.   See the full rankings here!   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc  

Wednesday 8:30pm Harness Awards A breakthrough season for some, a record season for others. Michael Guerin hosts this year's HRNZ Awards celebrating all the achievements from the 2018 harness racing season. Thursday 6am In The Gig - With replays through the week Cambridge (TS1) Friday Addington (TS1) Sunday Timaru (TS1) Saturday Invercargill (TS2)   Waikato Bay of Plenty - Thursday 4 October A ten race card starting at 5.16pm.    Addington Raceway and Events Centre - Friday 5 October Attention all Owners for Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day Please can you ensure your email address and mobile number is up to date with HRNZ, as this year your Cup Day Admission tickets will be sent by email, AND further Cup Information will also be text to you.  Thanks in advance Friday Night Racing - first 5-star race meeting of the season.  It will be exciting to see who will win the Group 2 Inkwise Canterbury Classic.  However, not only the winner of the Inkwise Canterbury Classic, but the second and third place getters also gain qualification into the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. Whereas the winner of the time honoured Lamb & Hayward Canterbury Park Trotting Cup will gain qualification into the “Used To Me” @ Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot on Show Day. Good luck everyone! Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day - Only limited hospitality remains The following four areas are the only places that have limited space for Cup Day.  Make sure if you haven’t booked, to do so. Monkey King Marquee Monte Carlo Marquee Avon City Ford Boot Party Spectators For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972. Safe travels everyone and we look forward to welcoming you to Addington again soon. From the Addington Team    Northern Southland - Saturday 6 October The Northern Southland Trotting Club will host a ten race card starting at 12.20pm at Ascot Park this Saturday. They will also be hosting the Alabar Owners room with complimentary food and drinks. Also owners will go in a draw for a trip for two to the Rowe Cup in Auckland drawn at our Cup day Saturday 9th of March. Race goers can enjoy hospitality at top of the park with a food and beverage package for $40 on the day. There will also be a chance to win $1000 at the club's Cup day if you attend our other two meetings through a picking competition. On behalf of one of the club's major sponsors, the Caduceus Club of southland, the club will be running a fundraising auction on the day. Item's available for purchase include service fees to Alabar stallions,a break in package from Macca Lodge, whitebait, gift and pamper packs and various other items. There will also be a members draw for two $100 betting vouchers. All losing tickets will also go into the draw for a $250 prize.    Timaru Harness Racing Club  - Sunday 7 October The club will host it's October meeting this Sunday at Phar Lap Raceway, Timaru.    Alexandra Park - Tropical Night - Friday 12th and 26th October Aloha! Dreaming of sunshine, pineapples and Pina Coladas? Come along to Alexandra Park’s ever popular Tropical Nights held over two race weeks this October for a delicious night of all things tropical. We will have a spectacular all-you-can-eat buffet, the best views in the house from the Top of the Park. Packages also include free parking and race books. Don’t miss out on this night of tropical fun! Packages starting at $65 Christmas at the Races - November 16th – December 21st Everything you need to know for your night at Christmas at the Races! Christmas at the Races is one of our most popular events of the year. If you’re looking for a fantastic and easy to organise Christmas Party, with delicious food, stunning decor and entertainment, then look no further! Packages starting at $70 ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or give us a call on 09 631 1165   Alexandra Park Ultimate Christmas party dates announced Alexandra Park has officially announced its Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings, with eight dates confirmed for November and December.  2018’s Christmas At The Races will take place on Fridays 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 15 December. “Christmas at the Races is one of our most popular events of the year. If you’re looking for a fantastic and easy to organise Christmas party with delicious food, stunning décor, great entertainment, and an all-round fun night out for everyone then this is it,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. Alexandra Park’s advertising campaign this year reminds people that ‘It’s never too early…’ In fact, tickets are already selling fast, with some rooms on some nights already sold out or close to it!  “These incredibly popular evenings make for the perfect work Christmas party. With just four months until Christmas, we’re encouraging people, businesses and organisations not to sit back but make that booking now,” she says. Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment. “Not only are we providing eight dates to choose from, including two Saturdays, but we’re giving people plenty of options when it comes to location, the type of hospitality package, and cost. However, regardless of the hospitality package people decide, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous Christmas-style buffet. “We’ve got Holly packages available from $70 per person, Mistletoe packages at $115, and Pohutukawa packages in our stunning level five venue, Top of the Park, from $165 per person which includes our premium buffet, a premium drinks package and of course the best view at Alexandra Park,” says Ms Visser. For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz. Alexandra Park’s internationally-themed cuisine race nights continue with Thai Night on Friday 14 September where two return air tickets to Thailand will be won thanks to Thai Airways. Italian Night is on 21 September and Tropical Nights At The Races will take place on 13 and 27 October.   Southern Harness News  A TON OF FEED TO BE WON      Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season. At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds. At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds. The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March. That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs! Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support. QUALIFYING DATES: Sunday 21 October Tuapeka HRC – Forbury Park, Dunedin Sunday 28 October Invercargill HRC – Invercargill Sunday 4 November Riverton TC – Invercargill Sunday 11 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 18 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill  HRNZ Marketing

Before Some Excusesomewhere had even crossed the finish line at Albion Park last Friday, he had a new stablemate. Prepared by husband and wife team of Pete McMullen and Chantal Turpin, the former New Zealand pacer is raced by Craig Whiteoak and the trio has combined again to bolster their stocks. Some Excusesomewhere has looked sharp since arriving in the Sunshine State winning two of his five starts and looks destined to return the winners circle a little more often judging by the ease of his latest victory. Starting from a trick second-line draw over the 1660m, McMullen positioned him nicely in the moving line before easing three-wide entering the back straight and then allowing him to stride freely over the concluding stages. The winning margin was a widening 18.5m while stopping the clock at a respectable 1:54.2. “It was a good performance and he felt really strong in the final half, I had no hesitation in letting him slide down the back and he quickly put them away passing the 400m peg. He certainly looks like he’s going to get through his grades with little fuss.” McMullen said. Purchased from the Canterbury stables of Mark Jones, the Patrick Estate couple has enjoyed good success over the years buying from this stable with the likes of Mattgregor and Croft Bay doing good jobs while handy maiden Morroch Bay looks like being a handy money spinner. Naturally, the latest addition to the stable also hails from the Jones team. Itz Major Look, a last start winner at Oamaru has been purchased by Whiteoak and will join his stablemate in Brisbane. The three-year-old Art Major – Itz Got The Giggles gelding scored his maiden victory at only his second start in impressive fashion when rating 2:04.4 for the 2600m standing start event. Starting favourite, he led throughout and scored comfortable while finishing off in 57.2 seconds. “He looks like a progressive type and should do a nice job; I thought there was plenty of merit in his victory last start because a number of rivals had a look at him mid-race. “We’ve had some luck with some of Mark’s horses and he believes he’s an up and comer.” McMullen scored his maiden Albion Park Metropolitan Drivers Premiership last season and continues to lead the way this term with 6 winners after the first month.   Chris Barsby

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