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WEST CORK, IE - The curtain came down on the 2020 West Cork harness racing season in Dunmanway on Saturday afternoon and it was a case of the generation game with drivers in their teens , twenties ,thirties , forties and seventies all driving winners on the day.   It was a case of Deja Vu from last week when "Elder Statesman " John Boyle at 74 years young landing the top-grade pace with Supreme Sunshine .Only four went to post but this was a cracking renewal .Indie Hanover a winner last week led at the start but in a battle Supreme Sunshine hit the front after 2 furlongs of the mile and 300 yards contest.   The order remained the same heading out on the final circuit where Awesome Dude joined the leaders but went off stride and lost his place .On the run to the line Supreme Sunshine was still in front but Indie Hanover closed but failed by a neck to haul back the leader.   As with last week John Boyle got a rapturous reception when the result was called.   "It was a great finish and I wasn't sure whether I had won or not. Derek Jennings the driver of Indie Hanover looked at me and neither of us knew who had won .The lads gave me a great reception in the paddock when the result was called and it means a lot," Boyle was quoted after racing.   "Look, we came to Cork three times this year and have won two and finished second so not too bad, " Derek Jennings said "I wasn't sure of the result but who could begrudge John his win he's a real nice man and the lads were joking that a 74 year old man had beat me .I couldn't believe it he looks no older than fifty."   Oisin Quill only recently turned 18 but this youngster has "an old head on young shoulders " and himself and Hail Spartacus ran riot in the finish of the grade F Pace, Jay Bee and Mahogany Dreamer shared leadership but Quill was "waiting in the wings" and took up the running on the final lap and ran out an 8-length winner.   This was the pairs 4th success of the shortened season who is trained by Michael O Donovan for Hillside Farms and gave him West Cork Pacer of The Year.   Sean Kane made all the running in the Mares Trot with Dinah Washington and Freedom Well came with a storming late challenge but failed by a nose to peg back thew winner with Belkalinja third .Kane based in the Moorside Stud in County Meath comes in his late twenties in the generation game.   IB Paddington jointly owned by Bill Donovan from Florida and the Murphy Bros from Baltimore looks a horse with a real bright future .The three-year son of Foreclosure N was never too far off the pace and hit the front with an eighth of a mile to pace and won by 3 1/2 lengths from Pan Cam Income who would have been closer only for traffic but the winner was never for catching.   "He holds entries in the IHRA Juvenile series in Annaghmore and the Sire Stakes in Portmarnock so we keep him going until the end of the National season," Winning driver Donal Murphy (Late 40s) told the media.   When asked would the home bred be a candidate for export to the USA Muphy smiled.   Brutenor a former winner of The Maven Trot Took the aged handicap.He came from off the pace and a 20-yard handicap to take the honours. Bella Despina and Banderillero Piya shared the lead but Patrick Hill always had matters in hand and won by a length .Hill clocks in the thirty ish age group.   So after the late start to the season there were 10 local meetings in West Cork with a special thanks to the Ballabuidhe Committee owners of the track in Dunmanway where 7 meetings were held .Lyre had two meetings on Ger. Hegartys track and thanks to Derry McCarthy owner of Bishopsland Raceway   Racing continues at Portmarnock and Annaghmore Raceway until November.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   GRADE G & G1 Pace 1 Mile 300 Yards 1,IB PADDINGTON D Murphy 2..PAN CAM INCOME L Kelleher 3.MOORSIDE MYRA J O'Mahony DIST 3 1/2L NK TIME 2.33.7   MARES TROT 1 Mile 600 Yards 1,DINAH WASHINGTON S Kane 2.FREEDOM WELL L Kelleher 3.BELKALINJA D Murphy DIST NS 3/4L TIME 3.28.7   GRADE E D & C PACE 1 mile 300 Yards 1.SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 2.INDIE HANOVER D Jennings 3.AWESOME DUDE S Quill DIST NK 3 1/2L TIME 2.28.6   GRADE F E & D TROT 1 Mile 600 Yards 1.BRUTENOR P Hill 2.BANDERILLERO PIYA D Murphy 3.DESTIN DE LARRE F Quill Jnr DIST 1L 3/4L TIME 3.33.7   GRADE F PACE 1 Mile 300 Yards 1.HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill 2.JAYBEE P McInerney 3.FRANKIE CAMDEN D McCarthy DIST 8L 8 1/2L TIME 2,32,5

  Oakwood Stud is pleased to announce that Foreclosure N will be standing at Talgrwn Stud Services in Wales for the 2019 breeding season. “We have an excellent working relationship with Gwenan and Richard Thomas from Talgrwn Stud Services and we are very excited about this new venture”, said Oakwood Stud’s Derek Delaney, “With the recent advancement they have made at their AI Facility, the timing is perfect for Foreclosure to stand at stud there in the UK.” This move by Foreclosure means that breeders can also take advantage of the many benefits offered by Talgrwn Stud Services. Foreclosure’s chilled semen can be shipped anywhere in the UK from the Stud Services, cutting down travel costs and making it more convenient for the mare owners. Breeder’s local vets will be able to inseminate for a fraction of the costs of frozen semen. In addition, higher conception rates are generally seen by users of fresh semen versus frozen. Foreclosure has had tremendous success in his first season in the UK and Ireland. Among many stakes-winning performers, he sired BHRC 2-year-old Colt of the Year, Oakwood Inittowinit, and IHRA 2-year-old Filly of the Year, Newtown Jody. Foreclosure’s 2019 stud fee will be set at 1250 euros. Frozen semen will still be available in Ireland for 2019. All bookings for chilled or frozen breedings should be made through Oakwood Stud Ireland From Oakwood Stud

DAYTON, OH. - Rosemary Rose took full advantage of a rail post position draw at Northfield Park last week to capture the $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for older pacing mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N seconded the notion that she is the best active older Buckeye-bred distaff pacer by winning the $17,500 Mares Open at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 12)n in convincing fashion. Driver Chris Page elected to ease the winner from the starting gate, getting away sixth in the seven-horse field through an opening quarter in :27.1. Safe From Tirror (Aaron Merriman), riding an impressive local two-race win streak, was parked out three-wide around the first turn before clearing to the lead just strides past the initial timing station. Gone Girl (Jeremy Smith) relinquished the lead to sit in the pocket through middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.1 over the rain-soaked racing strip. Rosemary Rose began her assault on the leaders while passing the grandstand the first time on the five-eighths mile oval. She moved up to fifth on the outside at the half and advanced to fourth in second-over position at the three-quarter mile mark. Swinging three-wide halfway through the final turn, Rosemary Rose and Page dominated in the stretch-pulling away to an open lengths victory over longshot Gone Girl in 1:53.1. Safe From Terror held on to garner the show dough. Ron Burke trains Rosemary Rose and co-owns her with Jason Melillo and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. She has now banked $123,000 this season with eight wins and earned $389,000 lifetime. The feature race win was one of three for Chris Page, who also won with Party At The Banks ($3.20) for trainer Ron Burke and Skyway Willie ($8.00) for conditioner Ray Farmer. Racing resumes at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Oct. 13) with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

Oakwood Stud in County Offaly, Ireland has reported that semen from their top harness racing pacing stallion, Foreclosure N, will be made available in Australia and New Zealand shortly. Kody Charles of KTC Bloodstock in Perth, Australia has been friends via Facebook with Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud for years and they finally met face-to-face in 2015. "When we first got Foreclosure N in Ireland," Derek Delaney explained, "Kody contacted me to say he has his dam in Australia and he had a keen interest in him and had followed his success as a sire in the USA. He asked about shipping his frozen semen to use for some of his mares and we stuck a deal to also make it available for outside mares too." This will be the first time that KTC Bloodstock, which is run by Kody with his mom and dad and Brittany, have been involved with shipping semen overseas and they are very excited to see his foals on the ground next year in Australia and New Zealand. "This is a new venture for KTC Bloodstock," said Kody Charles. "We are very pleased to be selected as Agent for the frozen semen of Foreclosure in Australia and New Zealand. "It has been a dream of ours for some time to get involved in a stallion, Kody explained. "and I can't think of no better stallion to get involved in at our first attempt. He is already competing with the best in the states and already has the points on the board from his first small crop. I think he will a big plus for local breeders. He will be supported by our own mares and frozen semen will be available in Australia and New Zealand for a fee of $2,500 including GST." Foreclosure N, (Rocknroll Hanover - Pleasing Package A - Fake Left) was bred in USA and foaled in NZ, then shipped back to USA as yearling, raced in the USA and Canada, then bred one crop with 21 foals in the USA. His oldest foals are now age 4 and have earned over $1 million through their three-year-old season. He finished 6th on the top 20 sires for average earnings for three-year-old pacers in 2017 and sired the Ohio Sire Stakes Championship winner, Drunk On Your Love p,3 1:51.1f. He was also recently honored as the top Ohio-bred 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the year in 2017 and earned $328,286 to date. Foreclosure N's richest daughter is Rosemary Rose p,3 1:51.4h $255,692, and holds the track record for 3-year-old fillies at Northfield Park with her record mile of 1:51.4 and won multiple legs of the OHSS and won the Grand Circuit event, the Courageous Lady. World renowned driver Tim Tetrick had this to say about Foreclosure N: "I think this stallion has a very good opportunity at stud," Tetrick said. "He is already having fantastic results from a small crop in the USA. I really liked him as a racehorse. He was a real professional on the track that tried hard every inch of the mile. He had a great gait with a great attitude and really wanted to do his work and was one super-fast horse." Foreclosure N was sold to Oakwood Stud in 2015 and bred mares in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England and now is going to be breeding foals in Australia and New Zealand, so it's fair to say he's well-travelled once again in his career. "Our first crop here in Ireland from Foreclosure N are now 2," Derek Delaney said. "and in training they look superb and the feedback from trainers is phenomenal at this early stage." For more information about getting semen down under for Foreclosure N, please contact either Oakwood Stud at or KTC Bloodstock at By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud      

The Burke brigade has finished first and second in harness racing many times, but few of those times have resulted in a $433 Exacta. However, that was the result of Saturday's $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park when Rosemary Rose and Pittstop Danika crossed the line first and second. Rosemary Rose was driven by Mike Wilder and sat sixth through the opening lap with fractions of :26.4 and :55. She pulled third over and found herself three wide the final 3/8 of the mile. She struck the lead approaching the top of the stretch and bested her competition by 1¾-legths in 1:53. "I love this filly," admitted Wilder. "She might have been a longshot on the board, but I always thought she had a big chance." Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Rosemary Rose for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fourth win of this event in the last five years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014 and Sassa Hanover in 2015. "I knew she would be ready, Ronnie (Burke) has them ready for every dance," said Wilder. Completing the field were Pittstop Danika, Bettor's Up, Terrortina, Bourbon And Barley, Ella Christina and Big City Betty. Al-Mar-Got A Fever was scratched sick. Rosemary Rose (Foreclosure N-Pantathion-The Panderosa) now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $231,292. She returned $20.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

LEBANON, OH. – Rosemary Rose kept her harness racing undefeated streak alive Friday night (April 21) at Miami Valley Raceway capturing the 46th edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old Ohio-sired fillies in 1:53.1.  Driver Mike Wilder took no prisoners with the odds-on favorite in the $40,000 championship race, springing from the gate and heading the classy final field through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.3, widening her lead around the final turn, and then holding fast-closing runnerup Full Body Shot (Mike Micallef) at bay by 1-3/4 lengths at the finish.  Won For Gigi (Peter Wrenn) got the show dough by finishing three lengths behind the winner. Ron Burke trains the sophomore daughter of Foreclosure N for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Rosemary Rose is now five-for-five in 2017 after a freshman season when she was two-for-two.  Her half of the $40,000 purse bumped her earnings to $83,050.  With the Hackett championship, Rosemary Rose was automatically issued the first invitation to compete in one of the four new $50,000 Scarlet and Grey Invitationals on Miami Valley’s closing program on Monday, May 8.  She will likely see her next action, however, on Monday, May 1 as a prohibitive favorite in a $40,000 division of the first leg of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes program. Rosemary Rose While the Hackett Filly Championship was won by the public choice, a huge longshot found the winner’s circle following the $22,000 Mares Open Pace on Friday.  A Little Starstruk, with North America’s dash leader Aaron Merriman in the sulky, upset a full field of the best mares in the Midwest at 29-1 odds.  The 6-year-old daughter of Well Said was plucked from a $15,000 claimer just over a month ago by owner-trainer Chris McGuire.  After winning a $20,000 claimer two weeks ago, she was entered in open company but drew an outside post last week and finished sixth, although she paced her mile in 1:52.4.  This week she drew inside, raced in sixth along the pylons as her adversaries did fierce combat through fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:23, and then slid up the inside before finding a seam and angling out to edge fellow longshot Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) in deep stretch.  Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) closed fastest of all to garner show laurels. A Little Starstruk now boasts 22 lifetime wins and $218,537 in earnings. A Little Starstruk Racing resumes Saturday night (April 22) at Miami Valley when the features will be the $40,000 Hackett Memorial championship for pacing colts and a $20,000 Open Pace. Gregg Keidel

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 9, 2016 - For the third straight week, Reposession and driver Stephane Gendron struck gold at the Hippodrome 3R with another impressive victory for the two-year-old son of Foreclosure N. It was another big day for driver Stephane Gendron as once again he led all drivers at 3R with three victories on the afternoon. Racing against older horses for the second straight week and starting again from the rail, Gendron changed tactics with Reposession, racing him from off the pace out of the starting gate. Old Fashion Gal (Sylvain Fontaine) started off the race going to the early lead but Dream Of Mattjesty and driver Pascal Berube also had their sights on controlling the pace and took command after a quick opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then as Berube tried to back off the pace to the half mile marker with Dream Of Mattjesty, Gendron came first-over with Reposession before the half mile marker in :59.2. Those two then raced head and head into the backstretch where Reposession overpowered Dream Of Mattjesty and took the lead by the three-quarters in 1:29.2. From there Gendron and Reposession pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Old Fashioned Gal came on for second with Stiletto Heels (Marion Charron) third. Winless early this season in the Ohio Sire Stakes, Reposession was purchased by Francois Morin of Beauceville, QC and brought up to 3R where the black gelding has blossomed with his three straight wins. He paid $2.70 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 1, 2016 - While it is tough enough for any two-year-old harness racing horse to make it to the races in their first season, how about having to race against older horses too! That will be the scenario at the Hippodrome 3R come this Sunday when Reposession, an aptly named son of Forclosure N, takes on a field of seven older rivals in the second race pace. Sired in Ohio, Reposession started off his career in that state, competing early on in the rich Sire Stakes program. In his first four starts, going for an average purse of $40,000 (US), he did not fare well with just one fourth place finish. The rest of the time he was no better than eighth place. Now coming to Quebec, Reposession has found new life and last week rewarded trainer Yves Tessier and driver Stephane Gendron with his first victory. It was an impressive mile for the youngster, leading from start to finish by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.2 and he was racing against only two-year-olds. Seems that Reposession raced well enough that on Sunday he will face seven older horses and with any improvement off last week's mile, could very well beat them all. Reposession will start from the rail post position, which is only fair being the only two-year-old in the field, and he will be driven again by Stephane Gendron. "I like everything that this foal does," Gendron said. "He seems to do it well like an older horse." "I think he can repeat same win as last week and maybe go a little faster." Gendron added, "He is still a little green but it was very good driving him for the first time. He should be able to improve enough off last week's victory to win again." The race favorite is Dream Of Mattjesty from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. The four-year-old gelding by Royal Mattjesty only has one win in sixteen starts this year for trainer Isabell Bineti, but prior lines show he has the speed to be a winner in here. So will Reposession be run over by his older rivals? We will have to wait until Sunday and see. The battle continues at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday to see who will emerge this season as the winningest horse of the year. This Sunday, the three leaders, each with six wins this season, are St Kitts, Bali and Beach Runner A M, and they are not racing this Sunday, and that opens the door to a few other trotters and pacers to gain ground on the leaders. Matt's Phil could even tie the leaders at six wins each if he can overcome starting from post eight in the fifth race pace. He posted his fifth win of the year last week for driver Francis Picard with an impressive 1:58.4 score, also from post eight. This week he faces return winner Chaleurs Fantasy (post five), who won in 1:58, DJ Power (post four), who had broken equipment last week but the prior week scored at 3R in 1:57.2, and Trys Little Prince (post two), who is always in contention. On the trotting side Sunday, Brise Du Large, who starts from post five and is the favorite in the third race for driver Mario Charron, has four wins at 3R this season. This seven-year-old mare by Justice Hall led from start to finish last week and looked very strong for trainer Noel Ferland and could join the hunt towards being the winningest horse this season if she can score in here. Also entered is Le Millenaire, who just qualified at 3R but prior won three straight races on the Quebec Fair Circuit for trainer Serge Nadeau. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

When harness racing pacer, Pace Car, captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake division Monday night (July 11) at Northfield Park, it gave Joe McLead a reason to smile. Joe, who operates Sugar Valle Farm, had foaled and raised the son of Foreclosure N at his Delaware, Ohio breeding facility. "Pace Car looks a whole lot like his daddy," Joe confirmed. "Foreclosure N was small but mighty and was one of the most muscular horses I've ever seen." When Foreclosure N tore a suspensory ligament, trainer Ronnie Burke sent the stallion to Sugar Valley Farm for a little rest and relaxation. "Rather than keeping him in a stall in New Jersey, Ronnie thought it would do the horse good to come to Ohio where I could stand him and get him healed up," Joe explained. "He also sent along two of their top broodmares for me to breed to the horse." One of those broodmares was Pace Car's dam, the Western Hero mare Breakheart Pass. "I really liked this mare," Joe noted. "The babies from her and the other mare were both born and raised at Sugar Valley until they went to Florida with the Burkes last fall." Pace Car is owned and was bred by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. "Pace Car was smart and easy to handle from the get-go," Joe recalled. "He looks a lot like Foreclosure N." Pace Car finished second to McThriller in Leg I of the OSS series on July 4 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:55.2. He now has $30,000 in career earnings. Foreclosure N now stands stud in Ireland. Ohio Sires Stakes action Monday night saw two sons of Foreclosure N greet the Northfield Park winner's circle, while four McArdle youngsters were winners and one son each from Big Bad John and The Panderosa scored a second leg victory. Eight, $40,000 OSS divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts were contested at the home of the flying turns. In the first division (Race 1) it was a front-stepping Ron's Pro and driver Chris Page who scored in 1:54.4. The Panderosa colt paced easily and unchallenged through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:26.1 before brushing home under the wire a full length in front of Norm At Work (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Gotta Go BB (Josh Sutton), who grabbed show honors. Ron's Pro is trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and breeder Knox Services. The youngster picked up his first career paycheck with this OSS victory, placing $20,000 in his coffers. Dancin Rebel won his OSS division in 1:53.3--just a tick off the track record. Melanie Wrenn trains the son of Big Bad John for Gene Oldford, Wrenn Racing and Kales Co., LLC. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-year-old, who was bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Kentucky. Dancin Rebl, who now has $30,000 in career earnings, had finished second on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.2 to Ohio Larry. McRaven and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., posted a front-stepping 1:54.4 triumph in their OSS division for trainer Brian Brown. This was the second straight OSS wini for the son of McArdle, who pushed his career earnings to $40,000 for Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services. Bred by Parent Racing Stable, McRaven won leg I of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:53.3. Richard Lomabardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green's Drunk On Your Love scored his second OSS victory as well. The won of Foreclosure N romped to a 1:56.2 clocking at Northfield after winning Leg I on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.3. Both efforts came with wire-to-wire performances with Danny Noble at the controls. Bill Dailey conditions Drunk On Your Love, who now has career earnings of $40,000. Barnabas used the rail to his advantage, winning his second OSS test in the process in 1:54.1. The Brian Brown trainee had won his first OSS event on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56. Bred by Kevin Greenfield, the McArdle gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo and William Robinsons. Chris Page was in the sulky. Jin McRhody--given a perfect steer by Skip DeMull, captured his OSS division in a wire-to-wire 1:54.3. This son of McArdle was bred and is owned and traiby ned by Phillip Peaveyhouse, and was a strong second to Scotch McEwan in leg I of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he was clocked in 1:56.2. Tonight, it was Ohio Larry finishing second to Jim McRhody, who now has $30,000 in career earnings. Owner Scott Cox harnessed 14-1 McSpidey to his first OSS victory as the gelded son of McArdle romped to a 1:55.2 win with Greg Grismore in the sulky. This McArdle youngster was third in his previous OSS test at Scioto Downs one week prior and pushed his career earnings to $30,528. Bred by Kathy McCall, McSpidey "drives like a 5-year-old," according to Grismore. by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the OSDF  

Offaly, Ireland - Oakwood Stud management has announced that they have purchased the Standardbred stallion, No Pan Intended, in the United States and will stand him for the 2016 breeding season in Ireland. A selling price was not disclosed. "We were trying buy No Pan Intended in February this past year, said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud, "And Brian Doyle from Brian Doyle Air Cargo, was negotiating in our behalf, but it didn't happen. "We were looking to buy some nice stallions for our farm," Delaney added, "And we purchased Foreclosure N earlier in the year from Mark Weaver and Ron Burke. Brian is our bloodstock agent and he is always looking out for good breeding stock for Oakwood Stud as he flies all our horses and many others to the UK and Ireland from Harrisburg and all the major sales. "Brian was approached again by Marvin Raber, handler of No Pan Intended for owner Bob Glazer from the Peter Pan Stable and he asked if we would still be interested in him. "We got the deal done this time," Delaney explained "And we are delighted to now have two top USA stallions standing at Oakwood stud this coming year." No Pan Intended became only the 10th horse in history to win the pacing Triple Crown back in 2003. As a three-year-old he won 17 of 21 starts with earnings of $1.46 million. His Triple Crown victories came in the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger Pace. That year he also won the Breeders Crown, James B Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and the Art Rooney Pace, ending the season with a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. As a stallion, No Pan Intended has had 550 registered foals with a remarkable 422 of those foals racing and sporting combined earnings of more than $34,000,000. He was voted the 2003 Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association. Sired by Pacific Fella from the Hall of Fame mare, Classic Wish, No Pan Intended is a brother to two other world champion million dollar plus performers, Hall of Fame inductee Bettor's Delight ($2.5m) and Roll With Joe ($1.8m). "My brother James, who runs Oakwood Stud, says he is another top stallion for us to stand," Derek Delaney said. "The quarantine will go fast and we hope to breed at least 40 or more mares this first season in Ireland. We have not yet set a stud fee price. "We are super excited to now have No Pan Intended and Foreclosure N standing at Oakwood Stud," Delaney said. "They will complement each other perfectly. With the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the rebirth of the Ireland Sire Stakes and the Breeders Crown UK/Ireland, there is great growth in racing opportunity and we now have two top stallions for owners to breed their mares to." by Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud  

ABERGELE, UK - Harness Racing fans all over the world love to see a grey pacer in full flow and none more so than the people of Great Britain and Ireland who intend on paying homage to these strikingly beautiful Standardbreds by featuring a novel “greys only” free for all event at Tir Prince Raceway in Wales on July 18th. Sponsored by Oakwood Stud in Ireland, who are currently showcasing their new stallion, Foreclosure N, this eagerly awaited event will be called the Platinum Free For All and some ever popular household names have already thrown their hats into the ring to take part in this contest, the first of its kind ever held in the UK or Ireland. Early ante-post favourite for the race is the locally trained Blue Incredible. Conditioned by Jason Podmore, Blue Incredible is renowned for his toughness and is the winner of 14 races and 23 placed efforts including a five-straight victory streak back in 2013, culminating in a grade final win at Aberystwyth in July of that campaign. Another Aberystwyth grand final winner, Wellfield Ghost, is also being aimed at Platinum Free For All and the 2014 victor is a big improver over the past 12 months with 11 wins and has only been out of the money 3 times in 26 lifetime starts.  Jack Frost is also likely to prove popular with punters, being virtually white in colour at this stage of career but with 8 wins under his belt, including 2 grand finals at Wolsingham and Appleby, he showed he can still be equally as potent on the hard tracks as well as on grass tracks with a 1:59.2 record. Another big improver right thru the 2014 seas was the Andrew Cairns trained Coalford Chief and although only six years old, he has made 12 visits to the winners enclosure so far in and came of age in no uncertain terms last September when he landed the Joe Murdock Memorial Open Final at the Scottish venue Corbie Wood.  The only lady in the line up so far is the aptly named Shades Of Grey and her connections fancy her big time to whip the boys into submission. A US import by Camluck,  Shades Of Grey continues to improve with age and ran out a game winner of the George Bell Memorial grand final in Scotland making it 9 wins in total and almost £9000 in prize money. The Irish raider Oakwood Outlaw could prove to be the fly in the ointment to them all however. A 9 year old by Armbro Operative out of a Laag mare Snow Whitey, was actually bred by the sponsors and is now in the care of top reinsman Alan Wallace. Pacing sub 1:59 miles right through the 2014 season, she topped off a stellar year with a win in the Barney Richardson Memorial at Portmarnock in October. The race remains open for additional entries right up until seven days before the unique contest and hopes are high that some other grey pacers will emerge up through the ranks and line up in this most unusual field of pacers. Tarawood Messi, Coalford Showtime and Krakatoa spring to mind and a full field of 10 greys is a distinct possibility as the starting car pulls away at Tir Prince on July 18th. Speaking to Derek Delaney, a representative of sponsors Oakwood Stud, stated that “It is an honour to sponsor a unique free for all with just grey horses only and I’m sure it will be a very special race. It’s an ideal opportunity to showcase our new stallion, Foreclosure N, as we believe that he is also something out of the ordinary, being the first ever Rocknroll Hanover to stand in the British Isles.” Foreclosure N has a record of 1:48.4 and almost $1 million dollars racked up in prize money. With an infusion of New Zealand blood, he is bound to prove popular with breeders in the UK and Ireland who highly value the ability to stay longer distances and remain sound right throughout a long career on both hard and turf tracks where his offspring are likely to ply their trade. By Thomas Bennett, for

Offaly, Ireland – Oakwood Stud management has announced that they have purchased the racehorse/stallion Foreclosure N in the United States and will stand him for the remainder of the 2015 season in Ireland. A selling price was not disclosed. “While on our recent tour of the USA last week,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud, “I met with Mark Weaver at the Meadows and went out and saw the stallion on the farm and thought he would be perfect for us in Ireland. Within a week we struck a deal.” Forclosure N has just about traveled around the world. The stallion by Rocknroll Hanover is from the Australian-bred Fake Left mare Pleasing Package A, who had a great record at the races of 1:50.2 ($324,710). At two he won five times, including victories in the NJSS Championship - where he paced Freehold's half-mile track in 1:54.3h - and his Breeders Crown elimination where he set his freshman mark of 1:52.1f. At three he finished third in his North America Cup elimination and second in his Meadowlands Pace elimination... in both finals he drew PP #10 yet still managed to finish fourth both times, beaten less than three lengths in each. Foreclosure N was a six-time winner as an older horse and his record mile and biggest win of his career came in the $182,000 American National at Balmoral Park in 2012. There he romped by six and one-half lengths in 1:48.4 in defeating Foiled Again, Golden Receiver, Aracahe Hanover and Razzle Dazzle. In that race he took the field to the three-quarters in 1:19. With a final record of 1:48.4 and career earnings of $807,000, Foreclosure N had a promising career until age 5 when an injury sidelined him to stallion duty for the rest of his career. He was owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stables. Foreclosure N stood his first season in Ohio and now has 19 yearlings from his first crop. “My brother James, who runs Oakwood Stud, says this is a perfect stallion for us to stand,” Derek Delaney said. “The quarantine will go fast and we hope to breed at least 40 or more mares this first season. We have not yet set a stud fee price.” The stuff fee on Foreclosure N will be €700 and interested parties can contact James Delaney at +0851105010 or email  by Steve Wolf, for  

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