john legend

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    woman drivers

    were having discussion on friday night watching addington and alexandra park.(have those cranes been moving?)and I as font of all trot knowledge was asked as to who was the first female driver in NZ. I did not know Obviously there are brilliant lady drivers but 1 st ? I know Michelle Wallis was driving late 80s but can someone tell me ?who,when where . many thanks (no prizes sorry)
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    clubs "bulk funding"

    Sad to see the 1500 dollar maiden bonus disappear this season. The clubs are now required to organise their own stakes from a bulk funding model based on a share of the cake based on turnover from last season.That is fine but some Clubs may struggle towards the end of this season if their lack of other income dries up eg. sponsorship etc.. It puts a lot more responsibility on all Clubs. (hope they do better than some schools when they all went to Bulk funding ! )
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    clubs "bulk funding"

    thanks Ivan good to see monbet down on woodend beach again with Greg and Nina Hope. (although Greg a little disappointed with beach workout. )
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    wierd names of horses and dogs.

    Therehave been many crazy names granted for horses and greyhounds. many a bit lurid and some stupid and even some tongue twisters to catch out commentators .some come to mind Blabs (for a very large trotter) . , Mynanasgotnoteeth,mysistersapoledancer ? and even the dog chitinatin !. A new one heard in Aus recently Shaginthedragin ! The naming approvers should perhaps look a bit closer at times because a horse or dog could race for some years.Any good ones?
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    clubs "bulk funding"

    The only action that saved most USA tracks was to make the facilities a destination in their own right. they built casinos and hotels with entertainment where the guest would have fine dining etc. I know its a pipe dream but if Sky city could put a branch in Epsom, Cambridge and Palmerston north and run 24 hours . The Sports bar concept is good and it has saved many state tracks overseas. surely it would have been better than apartment blocks. Maybe Winston could look at a feasibility study...!!
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    UMC still at it

    Ho hum, another race another pointless victory in 1.53 for u may collect 11111 . the picket fence continues as do the knockers. .maybe more are joining the enthusiasts for a horse from the wrong side of the tracks.He does not appear to be in top gear yet so roll on november .
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    UMC still at it

    UMC "carlos" is on his way back.. Kirstin Barclay is looking to Winton for start of season for him 8.9.19 then the big boys in the Hannon at Oamaru. looking forward to see if he measures up this season as the Cup may become realistic after the Hannon.(for Iraklis....wowee can"t wait)
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    arocknatthepark

    A bit of a mystery. this talented 3year old has not been rockn lately, scratched often when fav. hope he starts addington as his form is 3 2nds last 4. His racing status states" currently stood down" . cant be for performance.any answers ?
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    arocknatthepark

    thanks. horse all clear now and ready to win tonight..
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    woman drivers

    Gee Thanks Counter Punch for a real good history lesson. It was a long slow process.Thanks to those who perservered. So we now have the brilliance of all the current ladies who not only drive as good or better than most men but also add a touch of class with it.
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    Michael House

    I never hIDE like some here Michael. John Penney my name have raced horses for 50 years, wAS SECRETARY wELLINGTON AT hUTT pARK IN THE early 1990s .You came up many times. Still race horses against you a t Manawatu. (hope to beat you in new season !! lol )
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    Michael House

    P4P, what is your aim. bringing up BM from 15 years ago .even our top gun pleaded guilty.If it is to sully Michael House you are prob already there which will annoy a lot of people as MH may decide a normal discussion on the Cafe is not worth the agro. I would welcome his input ,very interesting for a trainer of close to100 winners this season.Please stay in Michael and lets hope the "questions"from p4p are not rhetorical. and do dry up. :
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    How does

    You really need to get off trackside and promo to the general public. I wouldnt sponsor the Blues ! but believe a large fund required to improve public awareness is a starter. One More Lap is correct, us GGHolders are slowly "moving out". In USA they rely on entertainment centres/hotels to sustain the racing in most areas.
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    Word on the streets is

    Well LJ . I can only surmise on a wintry night your horse saddled up goes out to do battle and gets beaten (thrashed) by 26 or 47 or even 50 lengths or disqualified (first night ) that you didnt enjoy it. I concede that Jay and Sailesh were in the few category as of course Susan Branch . but all of my betting friday group inc Trotting people asked hopefully if they having any more and pleading for the answer to be no.Now I could name them but I think the ATC accountant may also be in the "no more please"camp as except for the novelty value there is no point .and no redeeming features.,esp when focus should be elsewhere esp for the ATC.
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    Word on the streets is

    Good to see no' stomach ' for Montes fromATC only 3 good even trot races with normal carts attached. and driving opportunities for many harness drivers (not opp.for jockeys).well done Auckland.The last 3 horse montes pleasing to so few but embarrassing to most.
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    How does

    The promotion of harness racing is a non event in NZ .sure the big days gives everyone a feeling of excitement but mostly only the faithful (dwindling) remain. Now with closure of tracks(to trotting) you also turnoff large number of potential customers . eg. trotting .... Wellington,Otaki,foxton,Whanganui,Hawkes Bay, potentially Hawera/Stratford next.So the trotting flag gets lowered losing sponsors and promotional opportunities. What a farce .
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    How does

    LJ, question, wtf. LOL.
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    latest gem from TAB

    The TAB having closed or relocated most TABs in NZ are now considering introducing virtual racing . To screen all day whenever a gap in real racing. appears like its needed now with 40 odd meetings coming in from usa,aus,hong kong, singapore,,europe etc.The "virtual racewill be fictional with form and betting in normal way. with unknown results just like the real thing. No need for real trainers ,owners ,drivers/riders .clubs. just some smart electronic wizards.Is this a joke ??
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    sire selection

    hhThis site bit lonely but a lot of breeders will be interested in how sires esp. new ones went in 2017 in usa. The bloodlines are becoming closer together NZ/Aus/USA so success with mares in one country can logically roll to the other much more than the past when we had our own bloodlines. The 2 year old sires in USA with only a few days left are top 10 earnings = Somebeachsomewhere American Ideal A rocknroll dance Shadow Play Well Said Sportswriter Bettors Delight Rockn image Rockn roll Heaven Pet Rock. Surprisingly most of top ten are available in one form or another in NZ. The no.1 sire SomeBeach is absolutely dominant and has surpassed even Bettors this year. A rocknroll dance has been great with a much smaller crop and gets to 2nd on earnings per reg. foal (around 23000 dollars) Sires to consider Shadow Play, Sportswriter,Rockn roll heaven.well said. I find now we have access to the world best pacing lines (and fast getting there with trotters) the task of selection is a little easier than in past. rules are; see what crosses are working with certain sire lines,go for outcrosses as much as possible (hybrid vigour) economically get in early to sires that are looking like future stars in nz .I feel horses that have big earnings and great performances on the track still need to prove themselves in the breeding barn. There are 3 or 4 top horse available such as always b mickey,hes watching etc. with staggering stats as performers and should make it but with a range of sire lines as above already proven it reduces the risk somewhat.
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    sire selection

    ,As season now winding down . interesting to see sire tables to see changes. The 3 giants of the pacing world are still dominant (bettors 7.7 mill) (artmajor) and mach3)but intersting to see relative new sires doing well. 2year olds ,,,sweet lou excellent, 3 year olds, A rocknroll dance, better than cheddar from limited opportunities, also showing up are shadow play and sports writer. Now those with 4 year olds doing well include auckland reactor (admit. from big crop)and again better than cheddarproving a v good % sire {foals to winners)It may take 3 or 4 more seasons for the big 3 above and perhaps american Ideal lose their grip on all siring charts but with 100s of mares by them now available the next few years will prove interesting..I would predict those lucky enough to have a nice mare bred on the great cross of BD out of christian cullen mare will be looking forward to the new breeding season .
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    Word on the streets is

    as is often the case TM. you miss the point completely .we do often preach to the converted but sometimes an outsider, daughter whose partner is an x jockey,, it is interesting to hear from someone with no preconceived ideas at all. (in her 30s) Roll on the train wreck coming down the line friday last race. choo choo choo
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    Word on the streets is

    true eljay, but.... Jockeys with inexperience with deafeners, horses on a hard surface and difficulty keeping saddle horses in a trot. and trying to win a race on a track with little or no trial experienced jockeys is simply asking for trouble. The damage done to harness racing is immense even if I am a lone wolf .I cant understand the support for these races to be TAB races. Even my relatives who have never been to a trot course or had a bet could not believe that people could bet on them. And we keep losing real good JDs to Aus due to lack of opportunities. Having raced horses since the late 1960s my last few will def be my last .
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    Word on the streets is

    Tasman Man , you seem a reasonable type. but simple volume does not necessarily win an argument. You go on about all horses paying a dividend first 4s etc. but as all horses outside the first 3 ie. the next 4 were all disqualified a first 4 was not declared ie. the TAb I assume didnot refund punters. Another matter to ponder is all horses this week have deafeners,most removable ! How many hands do the jockeys have ???? and how safe is it. Do we need a crash for ATC, HRNZ, NZRIU. RITA. to ban this type of farce .(Ihope not)
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    Word on the streets is

    Only redeeming feature this week is last race. only 3 trainers and masochists left in the stands at Alex. Can our industry handle another disgrace esp with another 600mtrs for jockeys to A. hold on and B. to maintain gait... why not just have them all galloping , much fairer.Off to bed at 10 pm.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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    Word on the streets is

    Jack you have said it all .A disgrace at many levels. I live in a galloping district and all the grizzlies who jump at any opportunity to rubbish our fine sport have had a field day with the great Monte race !!!! This time (pos only time )I cannot defend the indefensible and can only laugh with them .(i hope Tim Is right and "gawn' the word) what could they be replaced with..... mmm dual sulky races say Butchers v Abernethies , arna and nicky v amanda and samantha. wow betting on them great . what about the kids carts , thats exciting esp with the huge handicaps.!what about senior horses over 9 years with over 150 starts each and for drivers over 60... now I am being stupid but !!!!!!!!!