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Coral Springs, FL – On Sunday afternoon there was a meeting held with the Pompano Park horse people and track management that does not bode well for harness racing’s future at the track. Joe Morris, Vice President of Racing for Eldorado, which owns Pompano Park, met with the horsemen and women in the race paddock to discuss the future of harness racing at the facility. Morris said the Florida Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) have been notified that Eldorado would allow harness racing next year, but that could be the end of racing at the historic track. “We are in deep negotiations with Eldorado,” explained Joe Pennacchio, president of the FSBOA. “We are trying to find a path forward to continue harness racing in Florida. Joe Morris has been great to deal with, very transparent, upfront. Lawyers on both sides have been in discussions on this statute and that statute and what ifs.” The FSBOA has had a lawsuit since April 2020 against Eldorado concerning their efforts to obtain a full Jai Alai permit that would then do away with harness racing. Eldorado would like to see that lawsuit go away. On Friday, Feb. 28 is when Eldorado must submit their race dates for the 2021 state fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.  “We are trying to iron out everything we can before then.” Pennacchio said. “But there is no gun to our heads. We will be racing here until June 30 and continue to negotiate. “We have some major hurdles to overcome,” Pennacchio added. “At the meeting the horsemen asked Joe Morris if there will be a race meet next year and he answered them. They also asked why they cannot race long term and the answer was because of the value of the property.” It has been said that the 226 acres that Pompano Park sits on is worth an estimated $2 million an acre for development. The FSBOA Directors said they will be discussing the offer in great detail and are optimistic that an arrangement can be made that will be beneficial to both organizations. “I am cautiously optimistic that we have two parties that are trying to work to a conclusion that benefits everybody and maybe we can put that together.” Attempts were made to contact Joe Morris at Pompano Park to no avail. Pompano Park has been a winter haven for harness racing since the 1950’s. It was nicknamed the Winter Capital of Harness Racing and at one point housed nearly 2,000 horses and had hundreds of caretakers, trainers and drivers living and working at the track seven days a week. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Harnesslink is pleased to announce the signing of our newest reporter/editor, Nicholas Barnsdale, a 20-year-old journalism student from Toronto, Ontario. Barnsdale has covered harness racing for more than two years and has appeared in outlets such as the Daily Racing Form, Down the Stretch Newspaper, harnessracing.com, and Post Time with Mike and Mike. He will join Harnesslink full-time, mainly reporting on Standardbred racing in Canada. Barnsdale is enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism program at Humber College in Toronto, and has been involved in the racing industry since childhood. Barnsdale has frequented racetracks from a young age with his father, Garnet, and has become more involved in the sport with age. In 2018, the junior Barnsdale wrote his first published article for Down the Stretch Newspaper. He has since joined the United States Harness Writers Association's Canadian Chapter as a youth member and attended the Clyde Hirt Journalism Workshop. He also wrote press releases for the Woodbine Entertainment Group and the United States Trotting Association. Barnsdale says he is excited to join Harnesslink while continuing his education. "When Mr. [Steve] Wolf offered me a place at Harnesslink, I was really excited," Barnsdale said. "I think it's a great organization, and I'm proud to be doing my internship with them and staying in the racing industry. It was a no-brainer, honestly. I can't wait to get started and do some great work." Harnesslink has brought Barnsdale aboard to have someone dedicated to Canadian coverage in conjunction with the website's new redesign which will debut shortly. He has years of knowledge of racing in the Great White North. "Nicholas, or as we like his nickname, Ace, will be a great new asset to our staff," said Steve Wolf, Director of North American Operations for Harnesslink. "His youthful and enthusiastic approach to harness racing will make for a special addition to Harnesslink. We also have a number of new projects that Ace will be a big help with." Recently, Barnsdale participated in the Leamington Raceway Youth Handicapping Challenge against fellow USHWA Canada youth member Nathan Bain, doing weekly analyses and race selections. Barnsdale lost the contest by a slim margin. He also participated in the Red Shores New Year's Eve Handicapping contest, finishing second there, too. His first assignment will likely be coverage of The Raceway at Western Fair district. It became the first Ontario harness track to announce a reopening after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in the province. Ace will cover most Canadian circuits as they reopen for racing. From Harnesslink Media  

In the harness racing breeding business, having your book full and closed on the first season of breeding is a great accomplishment. Being overbooked shows how much in demand breeders want a son of Captaintreacherous and such is the case of Capt Midnight, who is standing stud at Premier Acres in Indiana. "We want to thank all the breeders who submitted booking applications for their tremendous response and support of Capt Midnight," said Dean Miller, the owner and corresponding officer for Capt Midnight. "As of today, we have received 190+ applications and they are still coming in strong," Miller added. "Regrettably there will be 50+ applications not accepted this season due to the 140-book limit. "I would urge anyone who still has an application in hand to please return that application to Premier Acres before February 10th," Miller said. "So that we can promptly notify those not getting a booking contract to Capt Midnight this season." Capt Midnight has retired to stud duty with a two season resume of 25 starts, 8 wins, 7 placings and prize money of Can$662,286 or US$551,567. Highlights of his career included; Wins at two in the Nassagaweya Stakes, Champlain Stakes, Dream Maker Series, International Stallion Stakes [Red Mile] and an elimination of the Metro Stakes. The leading Stakes winning 2-year-old son of Captaintreacherous in 2019. Paced in sub 1.48 on three occasions as a 3-year-old. Paced 14 of his 15 starts as a 3-year-old in 1.49.4 or faster. His other start was in a Heat of the Little Brown Jug when he was timed in 1.50.1 on the half mile track. Capt Midnight is from the second crop of sensational sire Captaintreacherous and is the second foal of the Stakes winning American Ideal mare It Was Fascination 1.51.2 $317,222. Captaintreacherous has been a revelation since retiring to Stud in 2015. From his 330 foals of racing age, he has sired 217 winners [to 23rd Dec 2020] including an unbelievable 30 in 1.50 and 170 in 1.55. His 270 starters have averaged in excess of $100,000 per starter. It Was Fascination counted a victory in a New York Sires Stakes Final [3-year-old Fillies] amongst her 6 wins and $317,222 in prizemoney. For more information contact Dennis Bontrager at (260) 585-4927, email premieracres@gmail.com or go to the website www.premieracresindiana.com. Capt Midnight's stud fee is $4,000. By Steve Wolf, for Premier Acres

Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with driver Bjorn Goop made history repeat itself as the duo again captured the prestigious Prix d'Amerique at the Hippodrome Paris Vincennes Sunday in France. With a purse of $1 million euros, there were 18 starters in the 2,700 meter contest. Goop was able to get good position early in the race for Face Time Bourbon as they were second-over once the field settled down after the early calvery charge in the standing start race. Bahia Quesnot (Junior Guelpa) got to the lead and Goop started to charge up with Face Time Bourbon, getting Bahia Quesnot to pick up the tempo and then Goop ducked right into the two-hole trip with Face Time Bourbon. Then with just over 1,000 meters to go in the race, Goop came after Bahia Quesnot with Face Time Bourbon and they cleared to the lead with ease. Holding the field at bay with a two length lead, Goop urged Face Time Bouron on to victory in the stretch with 2.7/1 Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont) that Jean Michel Bazire trains and drives for owner Albert Rayon. Face Time Bourbon covered the 2,700 meter race in a record 1.10.8. He was sent off as the 9/10 favorite in the race. He is trained by Sebastien Guarato for Scuderia Bivans Srl. and recorded his 29th career victory in 34 starts for 2,647,440€ earned.  The 17/1 Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet) was third for Franck Nivard. 9/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky) was foruth with Eric Raffin up and fifth was last week’s Cornulier winner Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa in a very courageous efffort.  Face Time Bourbon is a deserving winner and a great horse. In modern times he joins Bold Eagle, Ready Cash, Offshore Dream and Varenne as back to back winners of this classic and most prestigious race. Face Time Bourbon   Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-31/7500/6 LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks and Steve Wolf for Harnesslink  

It has been announced by the owners of Shartin N, the 2019 USA Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year and the fastest pacing mare in history, has been retired from racing and has been sold. In a glittering harness racing career, the world champion mare won 46 of her 68 lifetime starts and $2,667,563 in purses- an average of $39,228 per start - and took a world record lifetime mark of 1:46.4. She clocked an amazing 20 winning miles in 1:50 or better. Bred in New Zealand, Shartin N did not race at age two and commenced her career in Australia as a three-year-old, winning seven races and $105,718 in purses including the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks. Following her defeating Victorian Horse of the Year, Jilliby Kung Fu 1:48.4 ($529,710), at Melton in 2017, when Shartin N sat parked out the entire trip and won in a class record 1:52.5 mile rate over 1720 meters, Shartin N was bought by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent John Curtin on behalf of USA owner Richard Poillucci of South Easton, MA. Poillucci would then take on partners JoAnn Looney King of Delaware and later down the road, driver Tim Tetrick of Delaware. "In my wildest dreams I never thought I would have a mare like Shartin," said owner Richard Poillucci. "It does not happen very often in our industry or in a lifetime for an owner. "It was a hard decision to be made," Poillucci added. "We talked about it for the past few months and decided it would be in her best interest to become a broodmare. "It has been so surreal having Shartin these past few years. Poillucci said. "If you are into harness racing there is no greater feeling than owning a world champion like her. When she was good no one could beat her and when she was not good, she was still great." "She would not have been possible for her to do all that she did if it wasn't for trainer Jim King, Jr.'s tutelage and driver Tim Tetrick's patience," Poillucci said. "They, along with my co-owner JoAnn King, did such a superb job with her. When she first came into their barn, she was not a well-mannered mare and they made her the world champion she is today. "I can't thank my agent and friend John Curtin enough," Poillucci added. "He did not just find and purchase this mare for us, but he has been one of her biggest fans too, following every start she has made in North America. He does that with every horse I get with him." Shartin N took the North American racing scene by storm in 2018 for trainer Jim King, Jr., winning 19 of her 24 appearances and earning $1,053,236 - the highest total by a pacing mare ever in one season. She was named the Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and was second in the balloting for Harness Horse of the Year. She completed almost a clean sweep of the major races for mares in 2018, including the $373,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Final, $370,000 Roses Are Red, $270,000 Breeders Crown, $197,400 Lady Liberty, $175,000 TVG Free-for-all, $161,000 Artiscape Pace, $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitation, $102,200 Chip Noble Memorial and the $98,500 Allerage Farm Pace in a season's record 1:48.2. Shartin N put an exclamation mark on her 2019 career in August last year when she produced a jaw-dropping world record performance to win the $183,500 Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands, carving out the mile in 1:46.4 - 0.6 faster than the prior world mark. She also became the fastest Standardbred horse ever bred in New Zealand.   A month later Shartin N set another world record for mares on a five-eighths track when she was clocked in 1:48 at Harrah's Philadelphia in a $30,000 Open Pace. She continued her dominance of the distaff pacing ranks throughout the year, winning the $402,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker, $330,000 Roses Are Red, $179,550 Golden Girls, $137,000 Artiscape, $100,000 Clara Barton, $100,000 Betsy Ross and the $100,000 Chip Noble and finishing second in the Breeders Crown. Shartin N won 15 of her 19 outings in 2019 for $982,177 in stakes - a season's high for her gait and sex. As the result of a remarkable season, Shartin N was named 2019 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year and became only the fifth female pacer and the first horse bred outside of North America to pick up the prestigious award. In the voting she defeated the champion three-year-old's Bettor's Wish 1:47.3 ($2,781,240) and Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.3 ($1,948,175), the top Free-For-Aller and world record holder Lather Up 1:46 ($1,917,935) and McWicked 1:46.2 ($5,103,271) and world record holders and leading trotters in Manchego 1:49 ($2,857,315) and Atlanta 1:49.1 ($2,859,610) in the end-of-year balloting. Shartin N returned to the track as a seven-year-old this year, winning an additional five races including the $177,100 Lady Liberty and $129,000 Artiscape for the third time each and notching consecutive wins in the $100,000 Clara Barton. "The barn will not be the same without her for sure," Said trainer Jim King, Jr. "Hard to imagine this barn without her and looking forward to her next race. "It's been the driving force for me these past three years. "We knew this day would come so ...it's tough." On the score of bloodlines, Shartin N has a great deal in her favor. Apart from being sired by the champion NZ pacer Tintin In America, a $906,422 winning son of McArdle, she is out of a mare by the Governor's Cup winner Live Or Die, a leading sire in NZ for many years, while her grand-dam, is a daughter of the Bret Hanover foal, Save Fuel, a brother to the glamour American filly of the 1970's, Guiding Beam. The family has produced a host of 'black type' performers including Italian Delight (1:50.2), Donegal Delight (NZ North Island Breeders Stakes), Im Bella Jay (WA Wesbred 2YO Classic) and Kanturk (NZ Celebrity Stakes). "I can't hardly tell you what it's been like to have owned and raced a world champion like Shartin," said co-owner JoAnn Looney King. "She's the dream horse I longed for since I was a young girl in the horse business. She's the dream horse everyone longs for. Imagine owning a horse that North America knows by name seems unreal but it happened and to me and our team I also want people to know that the experience of meeting so many nice people and well-wishers on the road traveling has been one of the high points of owning a horse like Shartin. "People have been so nice everywhere we travelled," King add. "We met so many nice people that I still stay in touch with and I'm so appreciative of their kindness. "For the past few days now that she has been sold," King explained. "When I walk by her stall and speak to her I have some sadness but I know it's best for her and for the team, but damn it's going to be hard to watch her walk out of that barn the final time. "It will be emotional for me, real emotional. It's really been the best three years imaginable. A dream come true and I thank God every day." Bloodstock agent John Curtin also confirmed the sale of Shartin N for an undisclosed sum to Ola Yoder, owner of Kountry Lane Standardbreds, LLC of Indiana. Ola Yoder stunned the harness racing world with a significant investment in buying five sensational broodmares at the 2019 White Birch Farm dispersal sale held at Harrisburg. Since then, he has purchased the Breeders Crown winner Winndevie 1:53 ($863,257) and now Shartin N. Shartin N is scheduled to be bred to Captaintreacherous in 2021 and then Lazarus N in 2022. Plans for a special retirement ceremony will be announced soon. By Steve Wolf  

Coral Springs, FL - The 2021 harness racing seasonal opening of "On The Deck" will officially take place at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach on Saturday, January 2. That's when editor Jeffrey Bell says the 2021 Roster Book will be ready for distribution and all two and three-year-old's in training will be wearing their saddle pad numbers. The 2021 Roster Book was first done by Bell two years ago and enables viewers watching the horses in training and then being able to look the horses up to see their pedigree, trainer and owners. "You do not have to wait until mid-February for pitchers and catchers to report to get a little excited," Bell said. "Come this Saturday, January 2, it's Opening Day at On The Deck at Sunshine Meadows. Everyone is invited to come and see the finest two and three-year-old pacers and trotters in their winter training for the upcoming 2021 racing season. "You will be able to see and identify any horse jogging/training six days a week by viewing the 2021 edition of champions and future champions in training," Bell added. This is volume number three of the special Sunshine Meadows Stable Roster and it is provided free of charge. On The Deck was developed by the Lindy Farms Stable, Tony Alagna Stable and Myron Bell. Every Saturday the public is invited free of charge to come to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village where the On The Deck is located right on the finish line of the one-mile track and watch the horses train. In addition to the free Stable Roster Book, there is always bagels, cream cheese, coffee and tea offered for free. For more information or directions to Sunshine Meadows, go to https://www.sunshinemeadowsdelray.com/sunshine-meadows or on Facebook at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center. Horses are usually on the track for training between 7:00 am to noon. The deck is furnished with comfortable deck chairs and couches and there is also a small bleacher area and plenty of grassy areas for lawn chairs. By Steve Wolf, for On The Deck    

The live harness racing card at Pompano Park was canceled for Monday night. The cancelation occured because of a power outage that took out the track lighting system. Pompano Park was to open Sunday night for its 57th season of harness racing, but had to cancel due to Tropical Storm Eta. It is hopeful that live harness racing will take place Tuesday evening. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the final free harness racing handicapping contest for the 2020 season on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, October 31, at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Breeders Crown Night. One of the Breeders Crown races will be the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). Harrah's Hoosier Park is sponsoring the three prizes that will be given away. First place will receive a $150 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a gift box with 30 different popular candy bars in it. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest's title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday, October 29. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31) to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. USHWA members Garnet and Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 12:00 noon Sunday, November 1 at www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prize winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook page or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Sorry, but all current USHWA members are not eligible for this contest. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA

Talk about having a billboard event. The Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a real slugfest Saturday night as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N, takes on Highalator in the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. Shartin N is the lone mare in the field going against five male rivals. The seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America drew post five for driver Tim Tetrick. She sports five wins and two second place finishes in seven starts during the abbreviated season. Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N’s last start was a game second place finish in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on October 3. “It’s been rough getting her started since we didn't go to Canada or Kentucky,” Said co-owner JoAnn Looney-King. “So, she needs to get sharp and on her game and she can't do it if she doesn't get raced.” Shartin N is the class of the field with earnings this year in excess of $326,000 and lifetime earnings over $2.4 million. “She's also gained weight even though she looks really good,” Looney-King said. “So, it was either race in what they had at The Meadowlands or qualify, and I'm qualified out. Plus, we had other horses to race Saturday night so it made sense to race her. We said just put her in with the boys so we can get raced and then next week it's time to head to Indiana for Breeders Crown. “If there are no elims for her Breeders Crown group we hope she can race in an overnight,” Looney-King added. “Is she good enough right now to beat the boys? I hope so but there are a couple really sharp boys in the group, Highilator being one of them, but she's a race horse so she's off to race and, of course, the prize is in 2 weeks and we need to get ready for that big night in Indiana.” Her main rival will be Highalator from post four for driver Rick Still. This six-year-old stallion by Somebeachsomewhere has been at his best as of late with three straight wins at the Meadowlands and winning five of his last seven starts. Highalator is trained by Jenny Bier, who co-owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. He sports six wins this season in 13 starts. Another return winner in the field is Harambe Deo from post six for driver Simon Allard. Harambe Deo last week was at his best, coming from off the pace to win in 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns the five-year-old Woodstock gelding with Pollack Racing, LLC. Rounding out the field are Western Joe (post 1), Wes Delight (post 2) and Geez Joe (post 3). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Very often a young girl dreams of getting a pony for her very own. But how about a harness racing stakes winning stallion? Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Quebec had those dreams of getting a horse as a child in Communist Bulgaria. Later her family moved to Quebec where she started riding lessons and eventually turned to harness racing where she had become a blossoming owner, trainer and breeder. Then came the stallion Northern Escort and Denitza fell head over heels for the Ontario Sire Stakes champion. Sired by Kadabra, Northern Escort was a top three-year-old on the Ontario circuit, winning eight times with earnings of more than $200,000 in 2012. Having to overcome injuries the next few years, Northern Escort ended his racing career in 2016 with lifetime earnings of $280,000, 17 wins and a record of 1:55.3 at Yonkers Raceway's half mile oval. To see Northern Escort win the Ontario Sire Stakes Championship Final click on this link, https://youtu.be/DRpKoovvPag Denitza first saw Northern Escort at Yves Filion's Bayama Farms in 2013. "Yves had given him a break," Deniza explained of Northern Escort. "And he had bred a couple of his mares to him. I always followed him racing when he was two and three. I liked him. He never made breaks and raced well. "I had bred my mare Majestic Joy to Justice Hall," Denitza said. "But it did not take. It was mid-July and I wanted to get my mare bred, so Yves son, Justin Filion, who was training the horse, suggested I breed her (Majestic Joy) to Northern Escort. But he was not a commercial stallion, just resting from an injury. "So, I went to see the stallion and fell in love with him," Denitza said. "He was the gentlest stallion you could ever be around. He was charming, perfect looking and I knew I loved this horse. Even without knowing how well his foals would race for me." "The resulting breeding was Kinnder Dangerous and I was so happy with this perfect foal at birth, Denitza added. "So, as I raised him, he was just a perfect example of what we wanted in a trotter. And despite being a late foal, he made the races." Kinnder Dangerous went on to become a Quebec champion, taking a record of 1:58.1h at the Hippodrome 3R and earning more than $75,000 before he tragically passed away. "I liked him (Kinnder Dangerous) so much," Denitza explained. "That I wanted to find Northern Escort and buy him, but he had been sold, but I found him. I wanted him (four years ago) as my stallion. "I ended up getting another breeding to him in Indiana for Majestic Joy," Denitza said. "And that next foal was Kinnder Dangerzone." The two-year-old son of Northern Escort went undefeated in four starts this year, taking a record of 2:01.1h, earning $38,200 and was the Quebec-bred champion for his age group. But wait, more credit needs to go the broodmare Majestic Joy as between Kinnder Dangerous and Kinnder Dangerzone, when Denitza did not know where Northern Escort was, there were two other foals born. The second foal was named Kinderunbelievable, sired by Archangel. She went on to become a Quebec Champion too last year, taking a record of 1:59.3h with earnings of $52,000. Then there is the beautiful chestnut filly that Denitza named Kinnder High Class and she was sired by Royalty For Life. Although winless in seven starts as a two-year-old, Kinnder High Class showed she had promise as she was second in the $55,000 Quebec Championship. She then blossomed into a stakes winner at age three this season, winning seven times, earning more than $68,000, and setting a track record in capturing her Quebec Championship final (one race after her half-brother won his division), with a lifetime mark of 1:58.1h. Majestic Joy is now a 100% producing mare with four Quebec Champion foals and more on the way. Denitza has a yearling filly by Lindy's Tru Grit from Majestic Joy. There is also a foal by her side, a colt, sired by Wheeling N Dealin and she is safe in foal to Muscle Mass and will, of course, be bred back to Northern Escort this winter. "I always had in the back of my mind that I would own him one day," Denitza said of Northern Escort. "And now I am amazed how great his foals are for me. I wanted to get him somehow. "I had told my boyfriend about Northern Escort," Denitza laughed. "Maybe 20 times a day how much passion I had for him. He said "go get him, you love him so much. Follow your heart, go ahead. And I did it. I am so thankful he said this. And all this took place before Kinnder Dangerzone even raced and won the final. "I asked him to be a partner with me on the horse," Denitza said. "And he said yes." Her boyfriend is Franck Innocenti, who happens to be the owner of Apzara, which runs national equestrian shows. "So, I searched and found Northern Escort in New York," Denitza said. "And I made a deal with the owner to purchase him and he was shipped to Toronto. Franck and I drove to Toronto and we picked him up. And then my dream came true when we brought him back to the farm. "You could not imagine how happy I was," Denitza said. "Like a ten-year-old girl getting her first pony. "I have so much confidence in Northern Escort," Denitza explained. "As much as any stallion in breeding commercially. We now want to get a few broodmares to breed to him and we want our foals to be both Ontario and Quebec eligible. I do not know yet if we will just breed our mares or breed outside mares. "When I first had Northern Escort four years ago my friend, Mona Lisa Pagliericci, who was managing her breeding farm in Quebec," Denitza said. "She wanted to see if he could mount a dummy and get his semen tested. When he came off the truck, Mona Lisa saw him and she said he was such a beautiful stallion. "Then the next week," Denitza added. "Mona Lisa said he was just a sweetheart, took right to the dummy and was the gentlest horse and despite never being in the breeding shed before, he was perfect and also that his semen was very strong. Mona Lisa said that aside from her top stallion, Garland Lobell, he was the next best stallion she had ever worked with. I had to sell him and he went to Indiana. That was when I was able to breed him again to Majestic Joy and that foal was Kinnder Dangerzone." So, the stallion of Denitza Petrova's dream is now back in her barn and the next week his son goes undefeated and wins the Quebec Championship Final at the Hippodrome 3R. "I would dream of how great Kinnder Dangerzone could be and now before the Quebec finals," Denitza explained. "I get the stallion and then win two finals. I was just so ecstatic that I cried for happiness. It was all so emotional, and both foals from the same mare. She now has three Quebec champions from two different stallions. "What I also love about Northern Escort is that his foals have the same attitude as he does," Denitza said. "Being gentle and wanting to race with a smart head. I bred one mare, who was very hot on the racetrack, yet her foal is calm, just like her father. "I am just so excited to be able to now breed my mares to him," Denitza said. "And to get another broodmare or two to join the band. It's as if all my dreams have come true these past two weeks." And for those who do not know Denitza Petrova, she names all her foals Kinnder. Why, because as a child Denitza loved the Kinder Candy Eggs that come with a little toy inside. She has an extensive collection of all the toys and still giggles in excitement when she gets a new egg. Just like she does when she talks about getting her dream stallion. by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Sunday, October Sunday, 11, at the Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity Day. One of the Red Mile races will be the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). National USHWA is sponsoring the three prizes that will be given away. First place will receive a $150 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a gift box with 30 different popular candy bars in it. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest's title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Friday, October 9. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Sunday morning (Oct. 11) to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. USHWA members Garnet and Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 8:00 pm Sunday, October 11 at www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prize winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook page or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Sorry, but all current USHWA members are not eligible for this contest. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) with Scott Alberg, have come up with the best free handicapping contest of the 2020 harness racing season and it all revolves around the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Toronto, Canada. The contest is called USHWA Drive Me Some Cash, and contestants must try and select the correct exacta finish (first and second place) in the 6th race this Saturday, August 22. The contest will be open to enter on Thursday, August 20. USHWA current members are not eligible to enter. There will be three grand prize winners chosen from the people that select the correct exacta finish. There will be a first, second and third place finishers selected from a virtual drawing at noon on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Then the contest gets even better for the three winners as the following week the first, second and third place finishers select a driver competing on Pepsi North America Cup Night (Saturday, August 29), and USHWA will play $10 to win (1st prize), $5.00 to win (2nd prize) or $2.00 to win (3rd prize) on every race the driver they select is competing in. The three winning contestants must make their driver selections after scratch time that Thursday. Winning contestants cannot choose a driver that is already selected. 1st place names their driver first, 2nd place names second and 3rd place names their driver third. The chance to win hundreds of dollars in cash is likely with this special contest as some of the top drivers in harness racing could be competing in ten or more races that evening. For the complete rules and regulations for USHWA Drive Me Some Cash is on the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. This Saturday's exacta selections must be entered on Scott Alberg's Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3 by 6:00 pm. Anyone who is not on Facebook and wants to enter the competition can do so by 6:00 pm Saturday by emailing their exacta selection to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, August 8, at the Meadowlands. The $1 million Hambletonian Trot final is the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). USHWA is offering three prizes that will be given away. The prizes for this special contest are CASH Gift Cards! First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a $50 gift card. And, as a special BONUS, if 500 people participate in the contest, www.3PercentDental.com will DOUBLE the cash prizes. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday afternoon, August 6. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Saturday morning to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Horseman and media communicator Rod Allums, Jr. has joined the USHWA/Scott Alberg contest and will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 6:45 pm Saturday at https://www.facebook.com/rod.allums. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prizes winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA    

Harness racing trainers are fuming over recent positive tests at the Meadowlands on their horses for phenylbutazone or Bute medication. They now understand that the new medication ruling calls for no use of Bute 48 hours before a Standardbred can compete in a race. The former rule was 24-hours out. The problems lie in that the trainers, practicing veterinarians and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) claim they were never sent problem notification of the new rule and when it would go into effect by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC). Yet the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen and veterinarians were contacted well in advance. Bute, is probably the most widely used drug in horses of all disciplines. Bute is an inexpensive, highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain that can be injected intravenously or given orally to horses as a powder or paste.  All of these questions erupted at a New Jersey Racing Commission hearing involving three prominent trainers at the Meadowlands racetrack on Friday, July 17. Since then, other high profile trainers have also received positive Bute tests. Present at the hearing were the three trainers, Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ, the judges at the Meadowlands and the new executive director of the NJRC, Judith Nason. The ruling in question is N.J.A.C. 13:71-23.8, which calls for special procedures for the use of phenylbutazone and that it can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The first offense penalties are very strict and call for first offense to receive a $500 fine, loss of purse and a 15-day suspension from racing. NJRC executive director Nason stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ was sent a letter of notification for the practicing veterinarians in NJ, the same as was done with the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated that the SBOANJ was never sent any letter from the NJRC. All three trainers have appealed the rulings and SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ would provide legal services for all three trainers in this case. “Why would all three of us trainers allow our veterinarians to administer Bute only 24 hours out as we always have if we had received proper notification in advance?” said one trainer. “And now more harness racing trainers are coming up with positives. We all can’t be wrong and this includes our vets who administer the Bute. "This is a case of entrapment by the NJ Racing Commission." Calls and emails to both the NJRC and the SBOANJ have gone unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4 at The Meadowlands. One special race will be selected from the Meadowlands Saturday program and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have arranged for the three Swag Bag prizes that will be given away in this week's contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a swag bag prize package. This week's prizes come from the Harness Racing Museum and includes a copy of the USTA's Care & Training of the Trotter and Pacer book, a copy of Bill Heller's novel on Billy Haughton, plus other surprise items. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "Since USHWA came on board with this contest, we are setting records with every event," said Alberg, "Our last contest set the bar now at 287 people entering. We have never had that many people enter before. This contest is all about having fun and we hope even more people will enter this week." To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. As soon as the draw takes place at the Meadowlands this week, the program proof page for the race selected will be posted for race fans to handicap from. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Steeven Genois, a Quebec native, will be back in action full-time at the Hippodrome 3R starting with opening day on Wednesday. The Quebec Jockey Club is conducting a 40-day race meet that will go until early November of 2020, racing primarily on Fridays (4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 pm). The special Wednesday card is also National Quebec Day. The 32-year-old reinsman from Levis, Quebec, Genois had a banner year competing at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York in 2019. He scored 78 wins in the USA with a personal record of more than $600,000 in purse earnings with the horses he drove. Off to a slow start at Saratoga at the beginning of 2020, Genois made a tough decision to return to Quebec after the start of the pandemic in North America. "I was there (Saratoga) at the start of the season," explained Genois. "but because of the Covid19 I came home to Quebec until the boarder reopens. Now I have changed my mind and intend to stay in Quebec for the summer." Genois will be competing in four of the eight races on opening day at H3R. And yes, race fans, it's Steeve, not Steve. He explained that his mom liked the name but wanted it different for her son. "It is nice to be back home," Genois said. "and to be with my friends. Actually, the two driving colonies, H3R and Saratoga are very similar. Excellent competition at both tracks. If I am asked, I will also go and drive at Rideau Carleton Raceway too. Once the H3R season is over I will most likely go back to Saratoga." Genois first started driving in Quebec back in 2007 and made the choice to drive at Saratoga in 2018. It took him a while to get into the swing of things at that track and by 2019 was a sought-after driver by trainers at the track. Ready to compete on opening day at H3R, Genois noted that it will be different without race fans in the stands. "I am just very happy that racing has returned in Quebec," Genois noted. "It will be different going on the track to drive without any race fans. At H3R the fans are usually right on the fence, watching and cheering, and they usually get a lot of fans to the races. Now it will be very quiet until race fans are allowed to attend again." Trainer Francis Richard, who will be trying for his fourth straight training title at H3R, has five starters going to post on opening day. "I think it will be strange," said Richard about having live racing without any fans watching. "Sort of like the qualifying races we have but for purse money. It will be a little weird I think." The leading driver at H3R, Stephane Gendron, who is also going for his fourth straight driving title, is not competing on opening day and is expected to start defending his driving title on Sunday's race program. There is a Preferred Pace headlining the Wednesday program in the seventh race. Featured is Sports Authority (post 2), who was second last week at Rideau Carleton in the Preferred Pace, missing by a half length for driver Tyler Jones, timed in 1:54. Also in the field are standouts G A Speed Sammy (post 6); Bali (post 3) and Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 7). Post time for the opening day program is 4:00 pm Wednesday. Then H3R races Fridays and Sundays for the rest of the season. For more information, including a free race program for Wednesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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