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Harness racing and the Dickie family have had a long association and that looks set to continue for a long time into the future the way John and his son Josh have been churning out the winners this season. Ever since their move up to Clevedon from their former base in the Waikato, the father and son training partnership have been regularly winning races at Alexandra Park. They started tonight at Alexandra Park in the same vein, winning race one with the three year old trotting filly, Paramount Dream. The daughter of Pegasus Spur was slowly but safely away from barrier two and settled three back on the outer in the running line. Josh didn't make his move until 400 metres from home where he quickly swept up to the leaders three and four wide and ran away for an emphatic four length victory. She trotted the 2200 metres in 2:52.9, a mile rate of 2:06.4 with closing sectionals of 60.2 and 29.6. Josh had double reason to celebrate after tonights success. " Its my birthday today so it is nice to win one for the stable." " She is a lovely filly and has a really good future." "She did it really easily tonight and knocked off a bit in the straight when clear," Josh said. A $50,000 purchase at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch, Paramont Dream is a full sister to a former Dickie trained star in Paramount Geegee 1:57.3 ($561,342) and a half sister to another talented trotter in Paramount Queen 1:59.7 ($121,691).  Tonights victory was the 22nd for the season for the Dickie partnership and they are closing in quickly on lasts season mark of 25 wins which was there first season in partnership. PS: Josh and John made it two for the night when Speeding Spur took out race six Harnesslink Media  

Flying Isa took out the first of the first of the harness racing Group 1s on Hunter Cup night with a professional performance to win the Devondale Australasian Trotters Championship Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Trained by Belinda McCarthy and driven by Luke McCarthy Flying Isa began well to find the front early and was never headed, the six-year-old son of Pegasus Spur / Sun Isa rating 2:03.5 and scoring an 8.5-metre win over Brunelleschi with Spidergirl third. Luke McCarthy dictated the tempo to suit himself aboard the winner, Spidergirl working to the breeze early before Vincennes boldly trotted around to give the favourite one-one cover. At the bell Sheemon was out three-wide on the move with Glenferrie Typhoon getting a nice trail on his back. The leader upped the tempo down the back straight with a 27.9 split and kicked away approaching the turn. Ripping home in 28secs, Flying Isa was never going to get caught. Runner-up Brunelleschi is in career-best form. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing stallions all have spells when their stock seem to be winning everything and the S J's Photo sire Pegasus Spur is going through such a spell at the moment. Pegasus Spur started his career down under with a hiss and a roar with Paramount Geegee 1:57.3 ($520,741) getting him off to a great start and he was followed soon after by Flying Isa 1:53.2 ($376,191) but then the wheels fell off a bit with the untimely demise of Paramount Geegee and Flying Isa having issues and his standing took a bit of a hit. However in the last six months Pegasus Spur has got some real momentum again due to the reemergence of Flying Isa and the growing reputation of this years star three year old Speeding Spur. Flying Isa won again on Saturday night at Melton in a heat of the Australasian Trotting Championships and Speeding Spur heads into this weekends Hambletonian at Ashburton as the winner of his last four races. Throw in Miss Pegasus ($86,241) and Cool Cobber ($98,407) and Pegasus Spur is back where he belongs. Pegasus Spur only has three yearlings entered in this years round of sales and the one that took our eye is Lot 61 at the Australasian Classic Sale at Auckland. Named Megamind, the colt is a son of the former star juvenile trotter Fear Factor ($59,196) who was the 2005/2006 two year old trotting filly of the year in New Zealand. At stud she has already produced last years outstanding juvenile trotter in Prince Fearless ($69,042) who went 1:57.4 when running a game second in last years Harness Jewels. Fear Factor is closely related to the brilliant age group trotter Habibti 1:56.5 ($307,776) and it is a maternal family that has been having a great run in age group trotting races in the last few years. With Pegasus Spur having come full circle and the maternal family being so strong, Megamind will attract a lot of interest at the Australasian Classic Sale. Harnesslink Media  

The old theory in harness racing of horses for courses was once again to the fore at Oamaru yesterday when the six year old Pegasus Spur mare Sarah Palin notched up another win at her favourite racetrack. Whether it is on the grass or on the grit, Sarah Palin is rarely out of the money on the North Otago racetrack having being either first or second in five of her seven starts there. Away well as usual, driver Peter Davis had Sarah Palin in front from the start of the 2000 metre stand before handing up to Martini which in turn handed up to Sunny Ruby near the 1000 metres mark. Snookered as they turned for home, Peter angled her wider on the track and she flew the last bit to win narrowly but well from another good finisher in Evander D Go. It was Sarah Palin's fifth win  and along with twenty placings took her stake earnings over the $50,000 mark. Peter Davis has a bit of a soft spot for the six year old mare. " She has got really great manners so you are always a show with her." 'She has a really nice turn of foot but just lacks that bit of toughness to win them out of turn." "You have to drive her with a sit and you need a bit of luck but she can get over the top of them with the right run," Peter said. Sarah Palin is bred to be good being from Juliana, a Sundon half sister to Ima Gold Digger 1:55 ($376,072)  Dependable 1:59.2 ($154,917) and Jo Anne 1:58.5 ($81,428) Peter Davis wouldn't another one or two from Juliana. "Juliana is doing a super job at stud." "Apart from Sarah Palin she also produced Monty Python who won his third race in a row at Addington on Friday night and Father Christmas who won his fourth race from not many starts at Northern Southland on Thursday," Peter said. Sarah Palin will now head to either Blenheim or Motukarara this weekend and how she handles the rise in grade is uncertain but there is one thing you can bank on. She is going to have a lot of followers when she next heads back to Oamaru. Harnesslink Media  

Maori Time produced a harness racing scintillating track-record run to end Keystone Del’s winning streak and take the $32,275  Aldebaran Park Maori Mile at Bendigo tonight Saturday the 17th of January. Trained and driven by masterful educator of squaregaiters Chris Lang, Maori Time, a five-year-old mare by Pegasus Spur out of Sundonna, took off at the 800m employing catch-me-if-you-can tactics – and her rivals couldn’t. She had led from the pole draw but when she hit top gear mid-race, no one was going to nab her. A 28secs third quarter saw Maori Time skip clear as Keystone Del began to paddle as he pursued the frontrunner. Elegant Image (Kate Gath for trainer Andy Gath) tracked the winner and finished on well for second, Keystone Del (Blake Fitzpatrick for trainer Nicole Molander) battling away in third place. The winner’s mile rate of 1:55.6 set a new track record over the 1650m trip at Bendigo. Stoned I Am ran well for fourth and Realmein was a nice fifth after not having much luck in the last lap. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 19, 2014 -- Kandian Klub worked out the perfect pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Hustled from the gate by Dave Palone, Kandian Klub settled into the pocket behind Whata Donato, who carried her to the stretch. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-KT Dee Dee was the stronger mare late, downing Whata Donato by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Long shot Express Justice rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Kandian Klub, who now boasts $182,751 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of total pool guarantees -- $5,000 for the Pick 4 and $7,500 for the Pick 5. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Former Kiwi trotter Flying Isa capped a marvellous night for the Luke and Belinda McCarthy harness racing stable with a stunning win in tonight’s ‘other’ Group One feature, the $50,000 Franco Australian Trotters Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. After mixing his gait slightly at the start, the six-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding was soon taken to the front by McCarthy and from there was allowed to dictate terms from the head of the field. Some experts had suggested Flying Isa might struggle to get the marathon 3009m journey – but they were left with egg on their faces when Flying Isa went for home with 400m to travel and left his rivals wallowing in his wake. Turning for home Flying Isa had kicked about five lengths clear of his main rival, the favourite Our Overanova and the star trotter proceeded to leave the rest of them in his dust as he cleared out to win by an ever-widening gap of 24 metres in a 2:05.2 mile rate and an overall time of 3:54.2 for the marathon journey. Theresa Park trainer Graeme Hartman received a mighty thrill when his only two trotters Idle Lea (Todd McCarthy) and Alta Rihannah (Glenn McElhinney) filled the placings. Amazingly Sydney’s most powerful stable, the McCarthy team from Cobbitty had just 30 starters for three winners since September until their big guns fronted up for tonight’s dominant performance which saw them prepare four winners, Courage To Rule, Our Hi Jinx, Bling It On with Flying Isa capping off a remarkable night’s harness racing. Indeed their only disappointment was For A Reason’s effort finishing unplaced behind Christen Me in the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. After the race Luke commented that For A Reason didn’t feel on his game tonight and next year instead of taking the horse to Queensland, where he did win the Queensland Pacing Championship, they might look at setting For A Reason solely for the Miracle Mile. “We’ll wait and look at our options,” he said.  

Graeme Rogerson has had a lot of highlights all over the world with his thoroughbreds but today he saw the other side of racing when his outstanding trotter Rare Opportunity won on harness racings premier day at Addington. Now in the stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Rare Opportunity settled second last in the ten horse field and driver Mark Purdon stayed there until 1600 metres from home when he started to work slowly forward. Slightly checked by a breaking Experiment in the straight with a lap to go, Mark worked him forward to the death outside Saratoga with 800 metres to go.  From there Mark pressed the go button and grabbed the lead as they turned for home but had been tracked the whole way by King Of Strathfield and looked a sitting duck. But Rare Opportunity never looked like flinching in the straight and was still a length in front at the finish. He trotted the 2600 metres in 3:20 with closing sectionals of 59.8 and 29.4. Mark Purdon was suitably impressed with the run. "He actually was checked with a lap to go but still found when I asked him. "He has developed a bit more speed lately and has been improving all the time," he said. Rare Opportunity is a 6 year old gelding by Pegasus Spur and todays win was his eight from 38 starts. The All Stars barn is renowned for getting the best out of their charges and Rare Opportunity is another example of their skill at improving older horses. Harnesslink Media     

 Derek Balle won’t let Cool Cobber’s hot form sway him from his plans. Which means the dark horse of the Dominion Handicap will race once and only once during his southern campaign. The former Southland trotter recorded a monster performance to win at Alexandra Park last Friday, making up five lengths in the straight to grab a very brave Miss Pegasus, who probably lost the race when working hard to get the lead mid-race. As good as she was, Cool Cobber was better as he started off a 40m handicap and looked to have no chance at the 400m before coming four wide and storming to a nose victory in a 3:28 amended time for the 2700m standing start. The win showed he is on track for the Dominion and his fourth to Master Lavros in the Rowe Cup last season proved he isn’t outgunned in the big time. But Balle also believes both Cool Cobber and stablemate Boizel after better horses with their races spaced, so they will dodge the Trotting Free-For-All at Addington on Cup day. “I think we should stick to our plan, which has always been to make the Dominion the big aim,” said Balle. “Things could maybe change for Boizel if the free-for-all really fell away but when you look at the depth in the mile at Ashburton on Monday there are going to be plenty of good horses in both races. “And I think both this horses would be better served just racing in the Dominion. “But they are likely to go to the Cup trials first.” Unfortunately for Balle, Cool Cobber would also be better served if the Dominion was at Alexandra Park. “He is definitely better right-handed but for $200,000 you don’t get to pick and choose so really he has to go down.” As good as Cool Cobber is going, Boizel appears to have lost a length or two since his big fresh-up second to Irish Whisper. “I think that night have flattened him a bit,” admits Balle. “I am sure he will bounce back but at the moment Cool Cobber is going better, as we saw tonight,” he said post-race. With the first two being so good, it was easy to overlook the third placing of Ace Moment. Not long ago he was battling for his best form but looks to have found it again and when the better trotters head south he looks a good option for punters in this grade. Beyond The Silence is coming through the grades but even with five or six quality southerners coming north after Cup week, there could be some big races with class four type fronts around over the summer. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand  

Torches Star maintained her position atop the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a comfortable victory in one of five $18,000 divisions tonight at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Kadabrina and Gord Brown grabbed control early in that split and hit the quarter in :28.3. She was passed by Wings Of Ballykeel before the :58.1 half. At that point Steve Condren pulled the right line on Torches Star and she took over confidently and hit the third marker in 1:27.4 and was an easy winner in 1:57.3 over Watch Her Dangle and Northern Secret. Torches Star, who came into the contest with 105 points, was recording her second straight Grassroots victory. The second place filly before tonight’s races was Love Detective who also competed in this race but broke stride and finished last. Ben Wallace trains the daughter of Angus Hall for Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. Condren controlled the tempo in the fifth and final division with Lenny Mac through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:27.3 but was hauled down late by Wonderland Snow who scored in 1:57.2. Right there for place was Lenny Mac with Evolution of Dance third. Bob McClure drove the winner, a daughter of Angus Hall bred and owned by Bob Key of Pennsylvania and trained by Ronald Parsons. It was the filly’s fourth win of the season. In the first and fastest test Thisgirlisonfire cleared the lead by the opening quarter in 28.4 but was covered up by Audrey Pearl well before the half in :58.4. Missys Ga Ga pulled from third before the 1:27.3 third panel and took over control down the lane to win comfortably in 1:56.4. Chelseas Chance finished well for Condren to take second while Capturethememory was third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for the daughter of Kadabra owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc., of Montreal, Quebec and trained by Rene Dion. The second division saw favourite Mystical Wishes take herself out early with a break. K D Bella and Steve Byron were in charge through the early going, hitting the first quarter in :28.3. She turned back Diamonds For Life to reach the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and was first to the wire In 1:58.1. Jayport Princess was second with Muscle Girl edging out Diamonds For Life for third. Dr. Peter Johnston of Cavan, Ontario, trains the homebred he co-owns with fellow breeder Watkins Equine of Newcastle. Unraced last year at two, the daughter of Pegasus Spur, a half-sister to $520,000 winner Watkins, was recording her second win in 17 starts this year. I Jasmin refused to give up the rail spot in the third division, hitting the first marker in :28.2. She continued on top for Denis St Pierre and trotted by the half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:27.1. She managed to get to the wire in front in 1:57.2 with a blanket finish of fillies a half length behind her. Wawona and Dream Act took second and third spots. Ming Siu of Richmond, BC, bred and owns the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Michael Bourgeois. This was her first sophomore win. This group will meet next on September 2 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s races, please click Rideau Results - August 24. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MEADVILLE, PA-- But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 In all of the centuries of exegesis of that famous Biblical passage, though, no one before the horsemen on the Pennsylvania fair circuit this week would have come up with the interpretation "The two-year-olds get to race, but rain could wash out some of the three-year-old contests." Racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville PA this week, the local freshmen got both of their days of racing in - they haven't missed a race yet in 2014. But the three-year-old trotters were washed out on Wednesday - the third time that the sophomores have missed part or the entirety of their action, some 27 races in all so far. The 3YO pacers, though, did get to race on Thursday, so the week "batted" 75%. The sophomores that did get to work, the pacers, made the most of their opportunity, with the fastest Sire Stakes mile of the week, 2:01.1, going to the Well Said gelding Wellsaidanddone, conditioned by Mike Gillock for owner Harry Locke. Wellsaidanddone's driver Brady Brown has come into his own this summer, the 21-year-old already having won 19 races at the fairs, good for fourth place in the current standings. Driver Chris Shaw, the circuit leader, took two of the three divisions of the 3PF event, the fastest being the Four Starzzz Shark miss Allstar Morning, home in 2:02 for trainer Gerald Lee Jr. and owners Kristen and Ethan Spahn. (This division thus had two youthful winning owners in 13YO Ethan and the redoubtable 2YO Mason Shaw, whose La Fiesta also triumphed for Team Shaw.) Both of the Meadville divisional track records this past week came on the trot - remarkable considering there was only one day devoted to trotters, Monday. The freshman Muscle Massive gelding Police Navidad set that division's race record with a 2:06.2 victory in the very first race of the meet for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Kathy and Virginia Schoeffel, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. (A quirk in the Meadville books also lists the 2T male Penn Monie Mosie in this category with a 2:05.1 mile, achieved in a qualifier.) The other track trot mark came on Tuesday in the FFA event, with driver Brady Brown again prominent as he hustled the Pegasus Spur gelding Wild Ride to a 2:03 victory to rewrite the line for older trotting males. Wild Ride beat by 1/5 the former mark of S J Better Days; in the FFA pace, Rockabella posted the fastest overall mile of the week for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, with the 2:00.1 time only a fifth shy of Vesuvio Grande's local mark for the older pacing male set. Tuesday's pacing freshmen contests saw three frequent winners for Team Shaw again in Victory Lane, with the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror now the winningest 2YO in North America by two after her 11th victory, this one in 2:04.4. On the colt side, Marshmallow Pulse (at 2:01.4 the fastest division winner) and Nippy both crossed the wire first for the ninth time, putting them among joint leaders for most triumphs by a baby male in 2014. Next on the PA fair schedule are stops on Tuesday and Wednesday at both Indiana and Wattsburg, with freshmen set for Tuesday and sophomores ready to go Wednesday in both settings. Let's hope that at those two stops Genesis 8:4 is more appropriate: ... and the water receded steadily from the earth. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2014 -- Momas Got A Gun grabbed the lead with a backside burst and found the wire just in time to score in 1:55, fastest division in Wednesday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. The event was contested over six divisions, with Dobre Povedane, Cover Model, Half Past Seven, Hillary's Style and Hot Chica Boomba also taking $20,000 splits. Tony Hall (Half Past Seven, Hillary's Style) and Aaron Merriman (Dobre Povedane, Hot Chica Boomba) each fashioned a stake double. Momas Got A Gun hadn't been on the front in either of her two previous starts, but she moved quickly to the top for Jason Brewer and opened a daylight lead. While that margin diminished rapidly as she tired, she held off Alexa Said, who rallied from last, by a nose. Chaxiraxi Hanover was third. "I was hoping the wire was coming pretty soon," Brewer said. "She was getting tired -- we went a big third quarter. Her last line at Pocono looked pretty good, so I figured to try and give her a chance." Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. Hillary's Style overcame a brutal trip -- parked out the first quarter, first over from fourth -- to down Mayela Hanover by a neck in 1:55.3, with Dew It Again third. Did winning trainer Danny Collins think the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Style could prevail after such a rugged journey? "No. She was all over the racetrack and sideways here and there," Collins said. "She showed a little bit of guts in the lane. I've been babying her a little bit. I considered putting her in the sires stakes but decided we needed to make sure we were in the final of the stallion series." Lisa Ezzo campaigns Hillary's Style, a $35,000 yearling purchase who captured her Third Straight in the stallion series. Although it wasn't necessarily his game plan, Merriman gunned Dobre Povedane to the lead from the rail, where she was good enough to hold off the pocket-sitting Terror Ain't A Fool by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.2. Terracotta Hanover earned show. "No one really left," Merriman said. "The only horse I wanted to follow was Terror Ain't A Fool. If someone else made the front, I would've made a quarter-pole move. She waited on them a little bit, and I was a little concerned because she made a break on the front last week. I got her attention, and she won easily." Casie Coleman conditions the daughter of Well Said-Vysoke Tatry for West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle was dismissed at 8-1 as one of only two mares in the field, but she moved smartly first over for Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury and scored in 1:53.2 over Major Athens and Cowgirl Hall. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel extended her career bankroll to $374,227. Merriman drove five winners on the 16-race card while Mike Wilder and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features the Meadow Cheer, a $223,960 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

On Saturday, July 19 Northfield Park will host nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 15-race program. These nine races will feature the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore colt pacers and trotters and will support the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie undercard. Freshman colt trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 first division. Crowned With Glory (His Highness-Hey Kelsi-Humorous Harry) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for Findlay, Ohio owners EG Trot, JB Arnold, MH Mallet and JE Paul. Ed Greeno Jr. is the filly's trainer and driver. Crowned With Glory makes her fourth lifetime start. She has two previous wins, at Scioto Downs and Ottawa Fair, and a place at Oak Harbor. Those finishes have yielded $23,705 and a lifetime mark of 2:03 (ScD 5/8). Crowned With Glory will start from post two. Also competing in the first division will be Ohio Chipster, Neely Dunn Super, Frisk The Town, Cooter Dunn and Marvelous Chip. Race 2 will be the $40,000 first division for three year-old colt Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Doug Hinklin will start Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt's Scooter) as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Big Bossman starts from post five and faces five rivals. Big Bossman has won six of 13 races. He has earnings of $93,193 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 (ScD 5/8). Greg Grismore is scheduled to drive for owner Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Feelin Speedy, Friskie AJ, Dibs, UF Fast Feelin and Lawyer Up complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $40,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes for two year-old. I Know My Chip (Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Jim Dailey trains the undefeated colt. He has two wins in as many starts, earning $22,916 and earning a 2:02 (ScD 5/8) mark. Driver Jason Brewer will start the trotter from post-seven in a field that consists of My Friend Jim, Star Shef, Neely's Messenger, Lantern Chip, BK's Magic Man and Chips Starr. Freshman Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $40,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Kick A Lot (Deep Chip-Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac) starts from post-two and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, Ohio. Trainer, Jeff Cox has calls upon Kurt Sugg to drive. This gelding has a win and a second in two lifetime starts. He has earned $21,875 and a 2:01.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. Kick A Lot has a host of rivals consisting of Mischievous Chip, Super Sheff Frosty, Chips A Million, Really Deep Chip, Guns For Fun and Birthday Chip. Race six will host the $40,000 second division OSS for three year-old colt pacers. Friskie Adam (Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever-Falcon Almahurst) is the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite for owner Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable of Dublin, Ohio. Dan Ater trains the colt and uses Kyle Ater to drive. This sophomore is undefeated in five starts this year. He has career earnings of $122,971 and mark of 1:52.4 (ScD 5/8). Friskie Adam starts from the rail in a field consisting of Chance I Might, Diamondkeeper, Hawks Cry Hoboken, Feel The Heat, Player's King and Upfront Clays Boy. Race 7 is the $40,000 first division for freshman pacers. Cornerback (Feelin Friskie-Cornerstand-Stand Forever) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Brian Brown is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Chris Page to drive. Cornerback has one start under his belt, a win at Scioto Downs in 1:56.4 in a $40,000 OSS event. Cornerback will start from post three. Also competing in the first division will be Indian Spirit, Latenight Trick, Fire Valley, Knight Stryker, Nobles Finesse, Warrior Spirit, Western Coby and All Aces Osborne. Freshman pacers return in the eighth race for the $40,000 second division OSS. Trainer Ron Burke sends out Gray Camo (Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character) as the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gray Camo starts from post five and faces five eight. He is undefeated in two starts, earning $23,750 and earning a 1:56.1 (ScD 5/8) career mark. Chris Page is scheduled to drive for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, R Suda and J Melillo. Born Villain, RC Friskie, Ranger Returns, Big Bang Cam, Lynyrd, Nashville Bound, Ollie Pop and UF Kellies Awinner complete the eighth race line-up. Buckeye-bred sophomore trotters take to the stage in the evening's ninth race for the $40,000 OSS first division. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owners Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio, RS Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and JE Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio. Scott Cox calls upon Chris Page to pilot this gelding who has six wins in 17 starts, trotting in 1:57.2 (ScD 5/8) and earning $121,787. Soul Train starts from post-8 in a field that consists of Noah Count, Stanley Begonia, Neely's Boy, Mainstreet Willy, Master Mighty, Star Chip and Happy Go Jamie. Race 11, the final OSS event of the evening, is the $40,000 second division for sophomore trotters. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) starts from post-three and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan. Trainer Krista Harmon has listed Mike Micallef to drive. This gelding has nine wins in 11 lifetime starts, earning $201,550 and posting a best 1:55.4 (ScD 5/8). Rompaway Galaxy has a host of rivals consisting of Miko Begonia, Lady's Dude, Ohwhatacount, Can'tcutthatchip, Hooray For Willie, Fridayscomin and Bradymeister. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Millionaire pacer Highview Tommy is set to try his hand at stud. And where better to do so than alongside his famous sire Bettor’s Delight at Woodlands? A natural talent right from day one, Highview Tommy was purchased out of the Ready-To-Run Sale for $200,000 after recording the quickest last half of the day. Just a few months later, under the guidance of Mark Purdon, he won the $100,000 Welcome Stakes and the $200,000 2YO Harness Jewels, which was more than enough to see him crowned New Zealand 2yo of the season in his freshman year. As a 3yo he was the winner of the Southern Supremacy Stakes, was placed second in the 3yo Sales Series Final and was placed third in the 3YO Sires Stakes Final. A resilient type, Highview Tommy remarkably won $100,000 in each racing season from the time he stepped on to the track until the end of his 7YO season. Among his career highlights was the 2012 Group One Ballarat Cup, where he came with a potent finishing burst to down the legendary Australian pacer Smoken Up and the extremely talented Sushi Sushi, who was shooting 17 straight victories. Some of his other major victories included wins in the Superstars Championship, Invercargill Cup, Franklin Cup, Manukau Summer Cup, The Pure Steel, and the Interdominion Consolation. He also placed twice in the New Zealand Cup behind none other than Terror To Love, and set a New Zealand record of 3-08.5 for a 2600 metre mobile when smashing his rivals on Cup Day of 2009. Highview Tommy raced against the best and defeated the best during his career. Included in this list are fellow sires Changeover, Stunin Cullen, and Tintin N America. They say the apple never falls far from the tree and that is definitely the case with Bettor’s Delight and Highview Tommy. Highview Tommy has inherited nearly all of his father’s characteristics including his dark colour and powerful frame. He is without a doubt his father’s son. Highview Tommy, who is out of Christian Cullen mare Baptism Of Fire, is bred on the ‘Golden cross’ which has proved potent right throughout Australasia. Others bred on this cross include Group and Listed winners Bettor’s Strike, Gold Ace, Ohoka Punter, Texican, Dancing Diamonds, Arden’s Darlin, and Pembrook’s Delight. Highview Tommy, who quickly became a ‘crowd favourite’ on the racetrack, is now set to be a ‘Breeders’ favourite’ with a service fee of NZ$3,000 plus GST or A$3,300 for the upcoming breeding season.  Woodlands Stud is also happy to confirm a price freeze for the World’s best stallion Bettor’s Delight for the 2014/15 season. His service fee will be $ 12,500 plus GST. AUD$ 13,750 GST INC.  American Ideal, who is having a big impact down under, especially in Australia, will stand at $8,000 plus GST (AUD$8,800), while Group One winning trotting stallion Pegasus Spur will stand at $3,000 plus GST (AUD$3,300). Frozen semen will again be available from Crazed for $5,000 plus GST (AUD$5,500) payable on live foal. For New Zealand inquires contact Woodlands NZ agent – Hazel van Opzeeland – nzagent@woodlandsstud.co.nz 021 595 492 or 0800 117 883 Australian inquires to Woodlands Australian Agent – Mark Hughes on 0451650707 or email markhughes@woodlandsstud.co.nz By Mitchell Robertson

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top horses in Maritime harness racing will face off in eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's and Cecil Ladner memorial pacing series Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13-dash program is 6 pm. The card features two $3,000 eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's for three-year-old pacing fillies in races 6 and 9. Race 6 will be a showdown between freshly minted Truro track record holder Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) and divisional leader Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley). Race 9 has Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) leaving off the rail in a division that includes Charlottes Style (Kenny Arsenault) and Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson). The top four from each elimination advance to next week's rich final. The three-year-old colt pacers go post ward in races 8 and 11 with the top four in each division making it to next week's Maritime Breeder's colts and gelding finals. The top two colts of the 2014 season will square off in race 8 with Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald). Both colts were victories in divisions of the Bob Dewar two weeks ago at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Race 11 will see 2013 Island Breeders champion Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) fend off a field of seven rivals including Wishes In The Rain (Darren Crowe) and Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum). The Cecil Ladner Memorial pacing series elimination put their noses on the gate in race 10 and 12. The first $2,400 elimination in race 10 has Maine invader Coral Snake (Crowe) from post 2 for owner Island native David MacDonald of Halifax fresh off a 1:55.2 victory over Scarborough Downs. Other entries include PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee), R Sonoflife (Todd Trites), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Ryan Ellis), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Schooner (Barrieau) and Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee). Race 12 has another Maine entry owned by MacDonald in Art Of Illusion from post 8. The pacer has minted his status as one of the top pacers in the State of Maine after a 1:53.2 victory last week in the free-for-all at Scarborough Downs but will have to fend off All Turain from post 7, who is undefeated since teaming up with Brodie MacPhee 10 starts ago, and Astor for trainer-driver Hughes, fresh off a 1:56.4 victory in his P.E.I. debut. Other entries include Blissful Bro (Campbell), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), Perfect Escape (Barrieau), Hail The Taxi (Trites) and Judge Jon (Stevenson). The top foru from each elimination advance to next week's $8,200 final, while the next four will race off in the $3,000 consolation. Summerside Sunday SUMMERSIDE, PE - A $1,900 feature pace highlights the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dashes. The race 12 feature has Ultimate Luck installed as the post time favorite for driver Arsenault, trainer Sifroi Melason and owner Ultimate Stables of New Brunswick. The six-year-old Camluck stallion has a tough field of opponents including Onehotvett (Barrieau), Outside The Wire (Brodie MacPhee), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Campbell), Upfront Ticket (Hughes), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Shipps Xcalibur (Gary Chappell). The card also features the $1,850 Open trot has newcomer Presto Pegasus picked to win off a two-race win streak in Charlottetown. The nine-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding is driven by Mark Bradley for trainer Brian Andrew and owners Rachel Andrew of Milton and William Andrew of Calgary. His main competition will come from Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The field also includes Lyrical Lindy (Hughes) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew). Race analyst Jarred Stretch is leaning on post 1 starter Abundaspin to get the job done in this week of his 14-year-old season. "After going on a lengthy win streak he hasn't been to the circle in three straight, but he's been good enough and he'll be thirsty to get back," Stretch said while pegging Caliban Hanover for second and Presto Pegasus for third. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Abbey Holdaway says she owes her first training victory to her boss and partner, Todd Mitchell. The 26-year-old Waikato horseman had her green, white, and black colours in the winner’s circle for the first time when Celeris won the Cambridge Primary Mobile Trot at Cambridge Raceway on Tuesday. “It was a huge thrill," she said. "Actually I was excited just getting my trainer’s licence, but now after six starts this happens....I’m still buzzing.” After stints with Geoff Small and Dale Cameron, Holdaway was actually looking for employment in the administration sector when Mitchell offered her part-time work. “I used to manage the Royal Oak Tab for a couple of years but always loved working with horses. "I didn’t think I could earn an income in the harness racing industry again until Todd offered me work." And then when Gene Robb left Mitchell’s early this year, Holdaway was offered full-time employment working alongside the four-time New Zealand Cup winning reinsman. She helps Mitchell work his team of about 13 in Tauwhare, as well as her only horse in training – Celeris. “I paid $2,000 for him off Adrienne Matthews in March last year. "Chris Gillies then trained him for me before I got my licence. "I had my first start with him in March. His previous best finish for me was sixth,” Holdaway said. Celeris drew 10 of 10 at Cambridge on Tuesday and was characteristically slow away. Mitchell had the Pegasus Spur gelding in sixth place (three-back on the outer) at the bell and then took lead at the 400m. They hung on to win by three quarters of a length, trotting the 2200m mobile in 2:48.8 (mile rate: 2:03.4) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.5 and 30.5. He was rank outsider and paid a whopping $83.40 to win. “He’s such a slow starter especially from stands, and I thought he might have gone a bit better from the mobile - and he did. "He was slow away again but it was a nice confident drive by Todd. “I won’t forget this win in a very long time,” Holdaway said. Holdaway was born in Auckland and educated at Pukekohe High School. “I wasn’t born into a harness racing family but soon learnt all about it when I was working for Geoff and then Dale. “Todd has also taught me heaps and I'm grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to train. "I am really enjoying it, I have no desire to drive – I’ll leave that to the professionals. “I would like to sell Celeris now and then perhaps lease another one. “I’m totally hooked,” she said. Holdaway shares in the ownership of Celeris with Neill and Aaron Bowrey. The 6-year-old was bred by Matthews, Johnnie Butcher and Philippa. Butcher. He is the 12th of 13 foals out of Game Pride mare, Game Robinson. Trained and driven by the late Max Robinson, Game Robinson won five races between 1989 and 1992. Her last foal – The Fat Controller (by Britewell) – was her most successful in New Zealand, winning 11 races and just over $150,000. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

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