01/11/2013 11:08AM

Harness Racing: News Briefs

Derick Giwner
Driver Dan Dube (signing autographs after 2010 Breeders Crown win with Rock N Roll Heaven) will miss six weeks of driving.

Moreau gets win 4,000

Richard Moreau celebrated his 4,000th training triumph on Thursday night at Woodbine after a pair of his pupils found the winner’s circle.

With five starters on the 10-race card, Amazing Quest ($7.50, 1:51 2/5), driven by Scott Zeron, notched the conditioner’s 3,999th win in the seventh race, then Zeron and Windsun T Bird ($4.20, 1:52 4/5) recorded Moreau’s milestone victory in the ninth dash.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said the 48-year-old resident of Puslinch, who is an O’Brien Award finalist as Canada’s top trainer. “It’s a goal that I’ve tried to reach. Now that I have, I’ll just turn the page and hopefully wait for 5,000.”

Last year, Moreau enjoyed a banner campaign, where he led the nation in both wins and earnings. His stable posted 344 wins, while accumulating over $3.6 million in purses.

Also in 2012, the Quebec native captured his second Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) training title with 132 victories and was the leading dash winner at Georgian Downs and Grand River Raceway.

Lifetime, Moreau’s troops have amassed over $31.6 million in purses.

(edited release-WEG)


Super Bowl series gets underway

The popular Super Bowl series for trotters got underway Thursday night at the Meadowlands with four divisions making up the first leg. 

Coming into the series, it appeared that Andy and Julie Miller held a strong hand and the night produced mixed results for “Team Orange Crush.”

One of the Miller trainees, Windsun Galliano, made a break at the start, allowing Joyeaux Dream to go all the way on the lead, winning by three lengths in 1:55 4/5 for Tim Tetrick.  But soon after, Helios would prevail for Andy and Julie Miller, holding off the fast closing No Less than Magic, winning in 1:55 3/5 (the fastest of the four divisions).

The first division of the night went to the very impressive Where To Hanover, who grinded his way into the race, chased down the longshot leaders and drew clear to a convincing victory, winning by four lengths in 1:55 4/5.

The final division was captured by Wisenheimer, prevailing by a nose after a fierce stretch battle with Take It To None.  The win was one of three on the night for driver Dave Miller and was a popular win for trainer Jenny Melander, who won two under saddle races in 2012.

On the wagering front, make it six race dates in the books, with all six race dates showing gains from the previous year.  The Thursday night card brought a total handle of $1,837,170, an increase of 5.4% from the same Thursday night in 2012.

Racing resumes Friday, featuring The Clyde Hirt Series for pacers with post time at 7:15 P.M. 

(edited release-Meadowlands)


Dan Dube on the shelf

According to harnessracingupdate.com, driver Dan Dube is scheduled to go for back surgery Friday morning to fix a problem related to a sciatic nerve.

The Yonkers and Meadowlands regular has 7,437 career wins and is expected to start adding to that total after about six weeks of recovery.