john legend

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    all trotting probs solved

    With 1 race all the nations malaise disappears. in 1st race in Auckland a Monte trot.
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    Can the Auckland Trotting Club survive?

    When the previous CEO was explaining how well she wasdoing it did not ring true with me knowing a little about failed trotting clubs.!! All of the comments here are valid and many of us sounded warnings many months ago on this forum. TO SELL OFF land with great tenants as you say is short term desperation and can only be detrimental to the Club in the long term. ATC needs assistance as can not be permitted to collapse. HRNZ must seek Govt. help if necessary to keep the club solvent and may need to put in place a crisis management structure acceptable to them and the bank. I believe it is time for head out of sand for the present Board as any further" shocks" could see the Bank put the Club into receivership. I warned of this possibility at another Club and the only real response from many board Members , 'hrnz would never let it happen " I personally was having weekly meetings with the Bank as to cash flow and with Council to seek relief . ATC is Harness Racing in the North and must survive for the future of harness racing.
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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

    thanks Patiti, I do appreciate that he was purchased out of Southland by Audrey Dean and moved north, but did Cardigan Bay start his racing career in Southland ? (and if so would he have been a southlander cup winner?)
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    UMC still at it

    gold advert for harness racing making national news (well done Jess or whoever responsible ,Tom?)I wonder if I heard correctly that UMC aiming to try to win Cup and to be only 2nd horse from soutlland to do it in last 100 years .the other being Lunar Chance in 1975. However the great wonder horse Cardigan Bay was born in Edendale in 1956 winning the nz cup in 1963 (from 54 yards.) Surely no one has forgotten the great Cardigan Bay ?
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    Can the Auckland Trotting Club survive?

    very unconvincing by Rod Croon, acting CEO and board member. Time for honesty and transparency (even if cliche)He said without taking a breath, He thinks G knight always negative in his reporting and they have enough reserves to pay the increased stakes so seemingly all well with the ATC . he has even found other properties worth 20 million they could liquidate and even if the projected income of around 35mill turned into a loss of sim proportion wouldnt be a problem. lets say the rhetoric heard so far is scary at best and if the ATC was to float on the sharemarket it would be a massive effort to find any investor. Lets hope the Board calls fo outside help before its too late.
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    UMC still at it

    the experienced drivers John Dunn and David Butcher held UMC in a pocket so would not have much time to get up speed .but just too much talent ... To beat Classie brigade and triple eight a real big step considering their earnings.245000 and 150000 respectively, and a slow track a 1.56 mr ,outstanding.But lets hope next few wins not as close.whew.!
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    UMC still at it

    the TAB are not taking chances on UMC.... 1.40 ff win this friday
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    UMC still at it

    just like to add for the punters 7 is often lucky and here we have horse no. 7 in the 7 th race going for his 7 th win.at his 7th start. Now that makes sense U will collect... ($700 ew.)
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    UMC still at it

    this friday night Addington will be first big test against Classy Brigade and triple eight. BUT.... same result expected There is no stopping the freaky friday horse .Number 7 coming up (alright I am getting carried away.... but it feels goooood !!)
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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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    wierd names of horses and dogs.

    A mare by live or die out of a live or die mare. sounds weird right. must have been a Clerical error / right again and thats the progeny name. "clerical error" honest !
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    UMC still at it

    yes Westview.it s the manner of his wins which excites most of us. Many horses string 2 or 3 wins togetherand the owners and friends can get naturally optimistic they may have a buuding champion.However having watched 1000s of very promising horses it is rare to see one like UMC HE IS SPECIAL and after 6 from 6 any distance/any comp/stand/mobile He just appears a pacer who while still learning to race has untapped potential.A big plus is the owner will not sell "at any price"Lets hope he can get the general public intersted in harness racing as only champions can do.
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    jewels fields

    it seems this year non winners are going to get into our "national championships" Perhaps there could be a minimum requirement .For example 2year trot horses getting possible start with earnings of 890 dollars and 280 dollars (1x 4th)!!even 2 year fillies no win filly and 3860 earnings . bit farcical with all the hype around the top 3 or 4 earners. Still good luck to them. What is more farcical is Mick Guerin stating that the south Island home for the Jewels must be at Addington because he had a good time at the Silks room. Nice and warm. !!! The box seat also degenerated into a contest as to who of MG or GoC was the bravest most honest and cutting edge journalist . Sycophantic nonsense.
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    UMC still at it

    Agree Iraklis, even a match race between U may Collect and Turn it Up say in Augast )Scoobie could put $100000 winner take all ! (the Race Cafe Challenge )from his advert budget .. Just a thought .
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    jewels fields

    good to see the Aussie raiders arrived this morning .that will be a relief. esp for my pick All Cashed Up who was 50/50 to fly home if any further delays.As mentioned my winning ,lol comp looks like this .. first picks=elle mac,amazing dream,one change,princess tiffany,turn it up second picks=All Cashed Up,cracker hill,gran chico. rougher but hopeful ..kings landing, and kayla marie.(backup for PT)
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    otaki just a memory now

    As per usual , I disagree with closing otaki track for harness racing. Mary Coleman and the team have put in a lot of effort over many years . Its not my level of expertise (nothing is )but galloping people like to blame a few days of harness racing for their track being badly affected for months after. So want to stop racing at many venues . Our experts feel they dont want to pay the rental anyway and prefer it stays at harness tracks eg. palmerston north which is laudible but the downside would be low interest from Kapiti region(growing rapidly)and for Otaki and south sponsors not much return at Palmerston north. Also HRNZ will be reducing meetings at manawatu so the addition of kapiti(otaki) will not be a real increase. (smoke and mirrors) . Lets not destroy the interest in huge parts of New Zealand which in turn does nothing for betting figures. And the Accountants wonder why its happening.?
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    otaki just a memory now

    There was a grand plan back in the 90s to purchase land on the kapiti coast for a new racing centre for all 3 codes. What great vision alas nothing eventuated and costs to build a state of the art complex now prob 3 times as much. offset by sale of Trentham etc. A facility with function rooms ,cafes, TAB poss Gaming room etc. Wow what a great vision but of course without visionaries nothing happened and probably never will.!! Iwonder if Winston could utilise the regional fund for the investigation at least.Around the country we have adapted buildings .many 100 years old for current requirements .
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    jewels fields

    still think all stars will get 6 jewels even with some tough draws. TAB may run again a book on the number.and aussies 1 being All cashed up. 3 year trotters. {want some funds from jewels comp ha }
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    box seat ,debate on blood spinning

    I will look at our close neighbours first.Australia current rules on blood conditioning would fall under the Specified Prohibited substances.... IMHO. and I quote. Oxygen carriers....including "modified haemoglobin products". strictly prohibited. . Now Lee if haemoglobin means blood and separating parts of it means a 'modification" then .game set match. it is banned. Certainly the 2017 case against Mark was for using the serum and having a syringe for its use even before a trial( 48hrs and 24hs) showed the sensitivity back then. I maybe wrong on my assumptions so,feel free to correct me . especially on PRP.,IRAP.and ACS.
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    box seat ,debate on blood spinning

    did miss ya a.Iraklis ! look I agree not a big deal then why not let the Doctor answer a simple question. !?re the benefits iin total. It is done to repair horses quicker than normal and it is natural but is banned in some countries ? why? Just a tip on new TAB site a good clear concise 2 or 3 page informative sheet (save ink)on any race meeting is to get race up then go across top to pdf form and click on easy form. you get drivers/comments/ selections etc.
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    Oscar Bonavena

    Hope the aussie does turn up.def chance if he makes it a 1.59 mr horse over 1980 mtres so is at least equal to the 3 year old ruby.Every year many aussies are booked to come but for variety of reasons cancel.
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    Oscar Bonavena

    agree Blue, but jewels selection only on money won. so at present OB would be 1st ballot(only 1)and need a withdrawallto gain start. If he starts will be big chance.
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    box seat ,debate on blood spinning

    For those watching the boys and girl on the box seat reruns now available to see if legend had finally lost the plot I can assure you that hrnz or those owning the Box seat 15.5.19 have smoothed out the edited question and answer so now is "not there at all" to me it only emphasises their sensitivity as to the possibility of performance enhancing characteristics of the procedure. You cant fool all the people etc.... .
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    Oscar Bonavena

    Oscar is 13th on list at pres. and could start if cheerful pulls out.Has met trouble last 2 starts pos needs spell.Is Dads horse.