by Frank Carulli
January 16, 2018
Quicksilvercandy A still had plenty of pace left in her legs in 2017. The now 14-year-old mare won 22 times in 47 starts to finish in a dead heat with Safe From Terror as the winningest Standardbred in North America.
Larry Stalbaum guided Quicksilvercandy A to claiming series championships at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs for trainer Kimberly Asher. Quicksilvercandy A won her last start of the year at Monticello to improve to 63-for-274 lifetime with $680,000 in earnings.
Not to be outdone, Winchester Bay Acres' Safe From Terror won 22 of 36 starts, competing mostly in open and preferred company at the The Meadows. The now 6-year-old mare won five consecutive races from October 30-December 18 for trainer Bruce Riegle, all starting from post 5 outward. She earned nearly $240,000 for the year and is nearing $900,000 for her career.
Lous Game n Match was the winningest trotter and finished tied with pacer Tell Us More for third most overall with an identical 18-for-36 record.
Stablemates Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon, both trained by Brian Brown, topped the 2017 earnings list with $1.6 and $1.35 million, respectively. Ariana G, Hannelore Hanover, Devious Man and Hunstville all earned millionaire status, while What The Hill ($948k) made it six 3-year-olds in the top seven earners for the year
TRACE TETRICK WINS DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
Trace Tetrick, the leading driver at Hoosier Park, shifted into overdrive last week to win the North America Driving Championship at Miami Valley in Ohio.
Tetrick won the last three races in the eight-race competition to edge Ohio's Chris Page for the $10,000 top prize. Tetrick scored on Twin B Honour ($10.80), Flyin Orion ($19.80) and Dalianna ($4.20) to finish with 124 points after Page (114) won on Althatjazz De Vie ($11.40) and Livethedream ($6.40) earlier in the eight-race competition. Simon Allard (101) finished third among the 10 drivers who advanced to the finals of the three-day event.
IN THE XPRESSLANE: Harness racing's wonder horse, Foiled Again, will go for his 100th victory in the first race this Saturday at Yonkers. The $7.5 million earner drew outside post 7 in the 6:50 p.m. opener on the card. ... World champion pacer Somebeachsomewhere -- a member of both the U.S. and Canada Hall of Fame -- was euthanized Sunday at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in New Jersey at age 13 after a battle with cancer. Somebeachsomewhere set an all-age world record of 1:46.4 as a 3-year-old at The Red Mile in Lexington during a remarkable two-year run that saw him win 20 of 21 races and more than $3.2 million. He was named Horse of the Year in both countries in 2008. ... Two seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship will be on the line when the Meadowlands hosts a $200 buy-in qualifier this Saturday. Additional qualifying rounds are scheduled February 17, March 10 and April 7.