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NOMINATION ELIGIBLES 2017
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DIAMOND CREEK FARM VDM FILLIES

NOHORSE NAMESIREDAMFILLY / COLT / GELDINGBREEDERTRAINER
1 ANGELES DELIGHT KIKIKOLT ANGELES COSMOS FILLY NEVILLE MARTIN NEVILLE MARTIN
2 ARTATTHEBEACH HASTYHALL ART N SOUL FILLY SUSAN YOUNG KEVIN COREY
3 AYR EMPRESS HASTY HALL AYR QUEEN FILLY AYR STANDARDBREDS RYAN O NEIL
4 AYR MAJORETTE ROLL WITH JOE JK,S MAJORETTE FILLY AYR STANDARDBREDS J.FOODY
5 AYR TREASURE HASTY HALL OUT IN THE OPAN FILLY AYR STANDARDBREDS V GILL
6 BLACKWELL RUBY KIKICOLT BLACKWELL. MONSOON FILLY GAVIN MURDOCK GAVIN MURDOCK
7 BROWN EYED GIRL THE PREACHER PAN WHISPUR FILLY GLEN BROWN SALLY TEEBOON
8 CELEBRITY STAR KIKIKOLT CELEBRITY TANGO FILLY PHILIP DONAGHY WILLIAM FLANAGAN
9 DRUIDS CARLYCROWN CROWN MANHATTAN PIXEL HANOVER FILLY SEAN GALLAGHER CHRISTY FORAN
10 GDS BLIZZARD PRO BONO BEST GDS STORM FILLY DG DUNBAR DG DUNBAR
11 GREEN TREE ROMANCE HASTY HALL BOUNCIE FILLY GREENTREE STUD KEITH DUGGAN
12 GREENHILL HANOVER BETTORS DELIGHT ARTAFFECTION FILLY HANOVER SHOE FARMS S LORD
13 GREENTREE DESIRE DRAWBACK ULTRAMARINE FILLY GREENTREE STANDARDBREDS JOANNE CAIRNS
14 HAWTHORNS DREAM PIERCE SEELSTER JM MEGABITE FILLY HAWTHORNS STUD PAUL MURTAGH
15 ISABELLA CAMDEN ARTS PROFESSOR BELOVEDANGEL FILLY CAMDEN STUD SAM SHEEDY
16 IVY CAMDEN MYPANMAR ROSE CROIX FILLY CAMDEN STUD PAUL CULLEN
17 KIKI DECISION KIKIOLT BALLYHILL DECISION FILLY JIM GRAHAM WALTER STEWART
18 KIKIGIRL KIKIKOLT MEADOWBRANCH NICHE FILLY DAVID O SULLIVAN BILLY ROCHE
19 LADY FORD TOPAZ KIKI COLT LADY FORD DESIRE FILLY J STEWART V GILL
20 MEADOWBRANCH DUCHESS KIKI KOLT CHURCHILL QUEEN FILLY MEADOWBRANCH W FLANAGAN
21 NEWTOWN DAISEY ALLAMERICAN CAPTOR CANNAE FOILAGE FILLY NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
22 NEWTOWN JACQUIE ALL AMERICAN CAPTOR JK HELLO DOLLY FILLY NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
23 NO LIMITS ARTS CONQUEST PANANA CANAL FILLY MS S YOUNG MS V GILL
24 OAKWOOD DELIGHT SHARE THE DELIGHT OAKWOOD ALANAH FILLY OAKWOOD STUD M WADHAMS
25 PANS ROMAN MYPANMAR ROMAN ART FILLY CAMDEN STUD CLIVE KAVANAGH
26 RECLAMATION A ROCKNROLL DANCE ART SALE FILLY KENTUCKIANNA TADHG MURPHY
27 RHDYS REFLECTION HASTY HALL KENTUCKY SUNSHINE FILLY G WRIGHT SHANE LEE
28 RHYDS PRO AFFAIR PRO BONO BEST RHYDS HASTY AFFAIR FILLY RHYDS STUD BILLY ROCHE
29 RHYDS RUMMY HASTY HALL CPS VILLAGE JIGSAW FILLY RHYDS STUD VICKY GILL
30 RHYDS SAPPHIRE HASTY HALL (USA) CPR (USA) FILLY GRETHE WRIGHT DAVID BEVAN
31 RHYS'S SHOOFLY HASTY HALL SANDFLY HANOVER FILLY RHYS STUD WILLIAM FLANAGAN
32 ROBYN CAMDEN ART PROFESSOR KEYSTONE HAVOC FILLY CAMDEN STUD CHRISTY FORAN
33 SCAPPA HANOVER WELL SAID SHE'S A FAN FILLY HANOVER SHOEFARMS ANDREW CAIRNS
34 SHEBESPORTY SPORTSWRITER UTOPIA HANOVER FILLY STEVEN GILVEAR JOHN GILVEAR
35 SHOWTIME ARTIST MEURSAULT HANOVER SHOWTIME WOMAN FILLY JACK REAY V GILL
36 SHOWTIME ROSA MEURSAULT HANOVER MAJESTIC ROSA FILLY JACK REAY V GILL
37 SNOW DELIGHT SHARE THE DELIGHT SNOW PRINCESS FILLY JAMIE KELLY BILLY ROCHE
38 STRIKING MAMBO PRO BONO BEST WESTERN MAMBO FILLY MARC JONES MARC JONES
39 UCANCALLMEQUEENB WESTERN JACKPOT COALFORD CHARACTER FILLY LEE EDWARDS RHUN WILSON

HANOVER SHOE FARMS VDM COLTS

NOHORSE NAMESIREDAMFILLY / COLT / GELDINGBREEDERTRAINER
1 BIG MAC DELIGHT SHARE DELIGHT MCROYAL COLT P DONAGHY BILLY ROCHE
2 BILLYCOAN KOLT KIKIKOLT BLACKWELL FABIENNE COLT JOHN NIXON PATRICK KANE
3 BOBBY CAMDEN ART PROFESSOR RHYS'S KAYLA COLT CAMDEN STUD ALEXIS LAIDLER
4 BRYWINS MILKYWAY SHARE THE DELIGHT BRYWINS MILLY GELDING BRYWINS SAMBOY HOWARD
5 CAMENNA PRO BONO BEST RYHDS JIGSAW COLT RHYDS STUD DAVID BEVAN
6 COALFORD JIGGLE COALFORD LAAG COALFORD SURPRISE COLT COALFORD STUD JOE MAW
7 COALFORD WIGGLE COALFORD LAAG SWEET TAHOMA COLT COALFORD STUD JOE MAW
8 CONNOR MCGREGOR DAYLON ALERT LYONS KELLIE ANN COLT MR FRANK WATSON RHUN WILSON
9 COOL DELIGHT COOL DRAGON BAD GIRL HALL GELDING JOHN BURNS JOHN BURNS
10 FRISCO FIX IT HASTY HALL LIFE IS JUST ADREAM COLT LOUIS BOOTLAND JONAH JOHNSON
11 GEORGIE CAMDEN MYPANMAR YANKEE JIFFY GELDING CAMDEN STUD SALLY TEEBOON
12 GOOD TIME HAL HASTY HALL HERLINGS ANGEL COLT JOHN O,NEIL CAROLINE KENNEDY
13 HONOR CODE WELL SAID WELL READ GELDING TBC SAM SHEEDY
14 HOWARDS IM THE GUY URBAN GUY HOWARDS BUNNY GIRL GELDING JOHN HOWARD SAMBOY HOWARD
15 IB A WARRIOR ARTS CONQUEST JILL AND JONES GELDING IB STABLES TADHG MURPHY
16 KICKUP THE DUST BETTERS DELIGHT ISLANDS ESTATE COLT WINBAK FARMS W FLANAGAN
17 KINGSTON MY PANMAR RHYDS TOPAZ COLT KAREN ADDISS PETER ADDISS
18 LADYFORD JIM KIKIOLT THREE MEN DREAMING COLT JIM STEWART WALTER STEWART
19 LAWLESS THE CAMISSIONER LAKESIDE MJ COLT MAIR JOHN ALEX PATTERSON
20 LOSE MY MIND BETTERTHANCHEDDAR CAREER SUCCESS COLT WINBAK FARMS JOHN GILVEAR
21 MATTICULOUS HASTY HALL ANOTHER MATTIE COLT GARETH PRICE J CAIRNS
22 MONSIEUR BIBEAU BETTERTHANCHEDDEAR DISNEYPAN COLT TARA HILL STUD W FLANAGAN
23 NEWTOWN REVENGE MACH THREE HANNAH M COLT NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
24 NEWTOWN SHADOW SHADOW PLAY ONYX KILLEEN COLT NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
25 OAKWOOD IDEAL WESTERN IDEAL DREAMLANDS HARDIE GELDING OAKWOOD STUD SALLY TEEBOON
26 OAKWOOD PLAYBOY MCARDLE ONLY GOSSIP COLT OAKWOOD STUD ROBERT RICHARDS
27 OAKWOOD SPUR SHARE THE DELIGHT OLYMPIC SIGN COLT OAKWOOD STUD TONY ALLAN
28 OAKWOOD WRITEONTIME SPORTSWRITER ABBEY WON COLT OAKWOOD STUD ALEXIS LAIDLER
29 ONE COOL TOUCH KIKI COLT BETYOURMIFFED GELDING NEVILLE MARTIAN CATHAL DONNELLY
30 RHYDS STAR QUALITY HASTY HALL TONDA STAR COLT GRETHE WRIGHT S LORD
31 RONNIE CAMDEN BETTORS DELIGHT MUSICAL TONE COLT CAMDEN STUD M WADHAMS
32 RYHDS ROCKNROLL ROCKNROLL HEAVEN LETTER PERFECT COLT RYHDS STUD DAVID BEVAN
33 SHOWTIME THE JEKEYL MEURSAULT HANOVER MEADOWBRANCH TITAN GELDING JACK REAY V GILL
34 SOME FANTASY SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE MY FANTASY COLT LINDY FARMS J.FOODY
35 SPRINGHILL CHISUM AYR GLORY SPRINGHILL KATIE GELDING SPRINGHILL STUD JOE SHERIDAN
36 SPRINGHILL TRAVERS AYR GLORY SPRINGHILL EYEFUL COLT SPRINGHILL STUD JOE SHERIDAN
37 STAKES ON THE PAN MY PANMAR HIGH STAKES COLT BOUSFIELD SISTERS P KANE
38 TARAWOOD LOUIS EARNED INCOME CASINO MADNESS GELDING CHARLEY BENNETT ANDREW CAIRNS
39 TRANSPARENCY SHARE THE DELIGHT QUERELLE HANOVER COLT T RICHARDSON C.FORAN
40 WEST END MAGIC MYPANMAR MAGICAL BELL COLT GRAHAM SMITH MR WATSON HARROP SNR.
41 WHERES THE DELIGHT BETTOR'S DELIGHT OUTTATHISWORLD COLT WHITE BIRCH FARM SAMBOY HOWARD
42 ZIPCAR ONE ARTISCAPE LADY KIMBERLY LYNN COLT WINBAK FARMS D BEAVAN

ALABAR/OAKWOOD THREE-YEAR OLD (FILLIES)

NOHORSE NAMESIREDAMFILLY / COLT / GELDINGBREEDERTRAINER
1 ANOTHER AFFAIR MERSAULT HANOVER LYONS LOVE NEST FILLY PETER MATHER SALLY TEEBOON
2 BLUEBERRY HILL KIKIKOLT TAILGATE PRINCESS FILLY D.BEHAN D.BEHAN
3 BOMB FIRE WHITE FIRE MEADOW BRANCH ALI FILLY CLIVE KAVANGH WAYNE DUFFY
4 CHINATOWN KATIE KIKI KOLT MEADOWBRANCH ARUBA FILLY CHINATOWN STUD W FLANAGAN
5 COALFORD HONEY COALFORD LAAG SWEET TAHOMA FILLY COALFORD STUD JOE MAW
6 CROSSHILL ACE CAMS CARD SHARK VAIN IN SPAIN FILLY CROSSHILL STABLES WILLIAM SMART
7 DYNAMO KIKI KIKI COLT MATTRIBUTES FILLY JOSEPH CAFFREY JOSEPH CAFFREY
8 EARNIES CASINO EARNED INCOME CASINO MADNESS FILLY TARAWOOD STUD PAUL KELLY
9 GREENHILL DEBATEABLE WELLSAID WELL READ FILLY VIEUX CARRE FARMS S LORD
10 IB COYOTE SHARE THE DELIGHT JILL AND JONES FILLY IB STABLES TADHG MURPHY
11 IT'S KIKI TIME KIKI KOLT TIME FOR ART FILLY RICHARD CAREY BILLY ROCHE
12 JENNIFER CAMDEN PRO BONO BEST LAVISH JEN FILLY CAMDEN STUD KEITH DUGGAN
13 NEWTOWN AMBER SHADOW PLAY JK HELLO DOLLY FILLY NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
14 OAKWOOD DRAGONESS DRAGON AGAIN ABBEY WON FILLY OAKWOOD STUD GEOFF DUNNE
15 OAKWOOD ETERNITY KIKIKOLT ETERNAL PROPHECY FILLY OAKWOOD STUD E.STAFFORD
16 REAL ART ARTS CONQUEST REAL DEAL FILLY HUW EVANS RHYS EVANS
17 RHYDS HOKEY COKEY HASTY HALL HOOCHIE COOCHIE FILLY RHYDS STUD SHEELAGH LORD
18 RHYDS MYSTIQUE HASTY HALL CPS VILLAGE JIGSAW FILLY RHYDS STUD VICKY GILL
19 RHYDS VOODOO THE ONE NIGHT PAN COALFORD MAGIC FILLY G WRIGHT SAMBOY HOWARD
20 TEATIME PREACHER THE PREACHER PAN TEATIME HALL FILLY S TAFF SALLY TEEBOON
21 THELADIESLOVEJIM BIG JIM THELADYLOVESART FILLY FREDERICK W HERTRICH SEAFORD DELAWARE J.FOODY
22 TRIPLICTY KIKI KOLT TRIPLE PLAY HANOVER FILLY G THOMAS C DUNNE
23 VICTORIA CAMDEN MYPANMAR PENN KINKI TOUCH FILLY CAMDEN STUD PAUL CULLEN

ALABAR/OAKWOOD THREE-YEAR OLD (COLTS)

NOHORSE NAMESIREDAMFILLY / COLT / GELDINGBREEDERTRAINER
1 ALL GOOD HANOVER SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE ALL TUCKER UP COLT HANOVER SHOE FARMS J.FOODY
2 BENNY CAMDEN PROBONO BEST ELECTRICAL ART COLT CAMDEN STUD CHRISTY FORAN
3 COALFORD EARL COALFORD LAAG COALFORD HOPE COLT COALFORD STUD JOE MAW
4 DRAGONS DEN DRAGON AGAIN HERLINGS ANGEL GELDING O'NEILLS SCOTLAND W FLANAGAN
5 FATHER TED ARTS CONQUEST APOPKA DENISE COLT MARC JONES MARC JONES
6 FRANKIE CAMDEN PRO BONO BEST RHYDS KAYLA GELDING CAMDEN STUD ALEXIS LAIDLER
7 HARRISON CAMDEN PRO BONO BEST HOUSE FLIGHT GELDING CAMDEN STUD BILLY ROCHE
8 HES GOT TALENT EARNED INCOME STONERIGGS TALENT GELDING TBA G.DEANS
9 JOHNNY CAMDEN PRO BONO BEST PAN COLLETS COLT CAMDEN STUD ELK TAYLOR
10 MEADOWBRANCH JACK KIKI KOLT CHURCHILL QUEEN GELDING MEADOWBRANCH W FLANAGAN
11 MY BUDDY MAHOGANY IMPORT MY SILV COLT GDA JONES GDA JONES
12 NEWTOWN TERROR WESTERN TERROR CANNAE FOILAGE GELD NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
13 RHYDS COCOA THE ONE NIGHT PAN RHYDS LONESTAR GELDING RHYDS STUD SALLY TEEBOON
14 RHYDS DECOY HASTY HALL CPR GELDING RHYDS STUD J CAIRNS
15 RHYDS RIVAL HASTY HALL BROWN SHOES GELDING RHYDS STUD A.JOYCE
16 RODNEY CAMDEN WELL SAID BELOVEDANGEL COLT CAMDEN STUD J.FOODY
17 SHARE A SMILE PRO BONO BEST RAISE A SMILE GELDING GARETH PRICE HAMISH MUIRHEAD
18 SPER BUGGY DRAGON AGAIN DUNE BUGGY HANOVER GELDING FOX DEN FARM SAMBOY HOWARD
19 SPRINGHILL BILZER AYR GLORY SPRINGHILL TALKER GELDING SPRINGHILL STUD JOE SHERIDAN
20 SPRINGHILL CALIBURN AYR GLORY SPRINGHILL EYEFUL GELDING SPRINGHILL STUD JOE SHERIDAN
21 SPRINGHILL GLORY AYR GLORY SPRINGHILL KATE GELDING JOE SHERIDAN SALLY TEEBOON
22 SPRINGHILL ROB AYR GLORY SPRINGHILL SANDY COLT SPRINGHILL STUD JOE SHERIDAN
23 TALAVARY MOTIVATOR KIKI KOLT TALAVARY PRINCESS GELDING TALAVARY STUD W FLANAGAN
24 TARAWOOD CJ ARTS CONQUEST AZAR HANOVER COLT TARAWOOD STUD GEOFF DUNNE
25 TARAWOOD KINKI KINKI COLT ONE MEG MILE COLT CHARLEY BENNETT ANDREW CAIRNS
26 THE LION KING DOONBEG CAROUSEL GELDING HUW EVANS RHYS EVANS
27 TYRION HANOVER SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE TIZ TO DREAM COLT HANOVER SHOE FARMS SAMBOY HOWARD

YIRRIBEE/PAUL MURTAGH SENIOR FOUR YEAR OLD (HORSE)

NOHORSE NAMESIREDAMFILLY / COLT / GELDINGBREEDERTRAINER
1 FAIRDAYS DIXIE JIMMY LONG BLACKWELL TARA KING GELDING TBA G.DEANS
2 KICK ON YANKEE LARIAT COALFORD VIRTUE GELDING EDWIN FLETCHER BRENDA HUDSON
3 MEADOWBRANCH TITUS KIKI KOLT MEADOWBRANCH GIGLO GELDING MEADOWBRANCH STUD W FLANAGAN
4 MIRACULOUS ARTS CONQUEST ANOTHER MATTIE GELDING G PRICE SALLY TEEBOON
5 NEWTOWN ROCK ROCK N ROLL HANOVER HANNAH M COLT NEWTOWN STUD ALAN WALLACE
6 ROCKIN MAMBO ROCK N ROLL HANOVER WESTERN MAMBO COLT DIAMOND CREEK FARM MARC JONES
7 SARAH'S GIFT KIKI KOLT GEE'N'TEE GELDING MEADOWBRANCH W FLANAGAN

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Hanover and Alabar new sponsors for Ireland’s VDM

Two of the sports biggest breeding operations in all of harness racing, Hanover Shoe Farms in North America and Alabar Stud in Australia/New Zealand, have both signed on as new sponsors for the 6th annual Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM) in Ireland for 2017.

In addition, Diamond Creek Farm and Joe Bellino Racing Stable in the USA, PJI Engineering and Oakwood Stud in Ireland, have all "re-upped" their race sponsorships for the big race weekend.

2017+major+sponsors+VDM.jpg 2017 Major Sponsors VDM Weekend.

The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend is the creation of Derek and James Delaney of Offlay, Ireland, who is 2012, a year after the tragic death of their younger brother Vincent, decided to have a memorial race in his honor.

Little did they know that their weekend honoring their lost brother would develop into the richest harness racing stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK.

"My brother James and I look back at what we've done with our brothers race in just four years," said Derek Delaney. "And it blows us away. We have a VDM Committee who is the backbone of our big weekend and now we hire some outside agency's to help us. It's amazing. We know that Vincent is very proud of what we have done in his memory."

Hanover Shoe Farms is the leading money earning breeding farm in racing and they are now the title sponsor of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Colt Pace for two-year-olds.

The icing on the cake for Hanover Shoe Farms management may have been after Tyrion Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, won the VDM colt division on August 14. He was purchased at Hanover's Harrisburg Sale at a yearling and flown back to the UK.

"Murray (Brown) came back with great enthusiasm about the weekend in Ireland." Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms. "He told me how they are in it for the love of Horse Racing...not the money. The sponsorship was available so we took it. We sponsor races in Lexington, Meadowlands, The Hambletonian, The Little Brown Jug, Chester, The Meadows, Pocono Downs, UK and Germany. So why not Ireland?"

Simpson said that he is already planning on coming to Ireland next year for the VDM Weekend.

The Diamond Creek Farm VDM filly division is being sponsored for the second straight year by Diamond Creek Farm and the Adam Bowden Family.

"It was an easy decision." Bowden said. "After going to Ireland for the 2016 edition of the VDM Memorial we were blown away by the hospitality of the Irish people as well as the Delaney family.

"Joining a grassroots movement is addicting, Bowden explained, "and being part of something great is what we are all about. Diamond Creek Farm wants to be involved in events that showcase the greatness of Standardbred racing both at home in the US as well as abroad. Derek Delaney, single-handedly has energized the sport in that region and we could not be more excited about the what the future will bring.

"How could you not be entirely blown away over there?" Bowden said. "You can see the event in pictures or follow Heather Vitale's live Facebook posts, but being there in person is an out of this world experience. My wife and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity and the generosity shown by everyone we came in contact with.

"I grew up going to the races in Maine (especially the Cumberland Fair in my hometown)," Bowden added, "and being at Portmarnock Raceway was like being transported back in time to 1985 when I was a little kid and reliving my first harness racing experiences where everything was novel and new. It was grassroots racing at its finest."

The VDM is the world's most rugged race for two-year-olds, requiring the young horses to race Saturday in elimination divisions and then return Sunday for their respective finals in the one-mile race.

"We even have sponsors now for the VDM elimination races," Derek Delaney added. "Clive and Anne Dalton from Australia have signed on and are guaranteeing that each elimination division for both the colts and fillies will race for €2,000 each."

Alabar Stud, the largest breeding operation down under with 28 stallions in Australia and New Zealand, is now co-sponsoring the Alabar-Oakwood Derby for three-year-old pacers. This race calls for the same format as the VDM, eliminations Saturday (if necessary) and the finals on Sunday. The race is also at a one-mile distance.

And, with the Alabar sponsorship, there will also be a filly division for the 3YO Derby in 2017.

Alan Galloway, owner and director of Alabar Stud, was in Ireland for the VDM Weekend this past August and was infatuated with everything he saw.

"It was my first time in Ireland for the VDM," said Galloway, "And what a show they put on. Just a fantastic race weekend. So much excitement. So much passion for the sport that I knew Alabar had to get involved again.

"We actually were sponsors when the first Breeders Crown UK & Ireland came about over ten years ago." Galloway said. "We were invited to come over and help them and the Ireland improve racing. I met and worked with its president, David Wilson, when he first developed the Breeders Crown series.

We bred over 100 mares back then," Galloway said. "We sent over Village Jasper, Armbro Operative and Safely Kept. It was very difficult getting all the approvals from the government but we got it done. Many of the horses racing there now are from their offspring's.

"I was really taken back this year," Galloway said. "The Irish are such lovely people. Everything that Derek Delaney and his brother have done to promote this weekend is fantastic. Their story is very moving, so emotional, it's what we at Alabar want to be part of."

Another major sponsor, smitten by coming to the VDM this year, was Joe Bellino and his family, all eight of them. The Bellino Racing Stable in the USA had agreed to sponsor the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace this year and was so enthralled with the entire Ireland experience, Joe re-upped for 2017 even before he came home.

"It was the way the people in racing there embraced my family," Joe Bellino said. "And their deep love for the sport that convinced me to want to sponsor the race again. The way they celebrated a win with cheering and excitement. It's just the same way I am whether racing for $100 purse or $500,000. It was also great to see and feel it firsthand.

"In some way in North America we have lost our way with that sort of enthusiasm." Bellino explained. "It's almost like the people who win are used to winning and have come to expect it. That's why I really appreciated the Hambo this year as it was great to see and feel the passion for our sport just as they do in Ireland."

PJI Engineering of England, one of the largest metal fabricators in all of the UK and Ireland, has come back on board as the sponsor of the Junior FFA Pace.

"I first met Derek and James in 2015," explained Paul Johnson, owner of PJI Engineering in England, "and he was telling me the story on Vincent and the passion the two of them have for the sport is unbelievable.

"These two are trying there utmost to take this sport to the next level," Johnson said, "and the VDM has done so. This is an event that everyone looks forward to every year now, and it gets better every year. Let's not forget the charity's they give to as well. We look forward to be a part of the VDM for many years to come!"

With new and renewed sponsorship support coming from around the world, Derek and James Delaney are putting the money right back into their big race weekend.

"Because of the great growth of sponsors for the VDM Weekend," Derek Delaney said, "we will be able in 2017 to also expand the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds to both a horse and mare divisions with Yirribee Stud in Australia taking on as sponsor of the mare division and there will be an increase in purse for the Elvin-Delaney Invitation Le Trot race. This is all so grand!

"We now have many of the world's leading harness racing breeders, owners, trainer, drivers, announcers and journalists coming to Ireland for the VDM." Delaney added, "It's hard to imagine that just five years ago we raced for €20,000 ($25,000US) in total purses that first year and now in 2017 the weekend will feature more than €100,000 ($127,000US) in purses.

"The VDM has become a major success story to have the biggest breeding farms in the world sponsoring our brothers memorial weekend" Delaney added, "and it's also a major step in the right direction for our breeders, owners, trainers and drivers that they can now breed and sell, train or own horses that has real earning potential in juvenile racing and more!

"When you have Alan Galloway and Alabar Farms, Joe Bellino and his Bellino Racing Stables, Jim Simpson & Murray Brown of Hanover shoe Farms, Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farms, Rod Woodhouse of Yirribee Stud Australia, all willing to advise and sponsor us and help improve the breeding in Ireland and the UK." Said Delaney.

"We all know this can only mean a very strong future for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend and a very bright future for our Oakwood Stud." Delaney added, "We have been a major factor in the racing and breeding in Ireland and the UK and I believe our Standardbreds will become world class in the future. Ireland has a history for producing the best gallopers in the world, so why can't we in Ireland and UK not be the best producers of Standardbreds in the world or at least one of the best!

"We are also working with Sire Stakes Ireland and the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland, bricking and building stronger with devoted people like my brother James Delaney, Bernie Kelly, Dave Wilson, Jackie Mann, Thomas Bennett and others. It's all going to complement our events and others stakes. It's going to be something special how our racing will be growing in the next two to three years' time, getting stronger year on year.

"Maybe most important about all of this," Delaney said, "is the great new friends we have made over the years that will last a lifetime."

The dates for the 2017 Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend are Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13.

By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend

It’s more than just a race

The setting is Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland. The time is 1:00 PM. The scene is fairground-like with people everywhere placing bets and horses warming up around the track. The smells are grass and fresh air. The sounds are bookies yelling deadlines to bet, the starting gate buzzing by, and the crowd roaring with excitement. And the feeling is almost unexplainable. In my five years of attending horse races, I have never experienced so much passion and love for the sport at one small racetrack.

vdm-carriage-ride-300x169.jpg 2016 Vincent Delaney Memorial honorees and attendees riding on horse carriages through Dublin.

This year was the 5th edition of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend and it was the biggest yet. The weekend full of races was started in honor of Vincent Delaney who passed away in 2011 due to a sudden heart attack. He was survived by brothers James and Derek. Growing up, the three brothers bonded over their love for horses, so what better way to honor him than with a horse race.

Over the memorial weekend, the Delaney family hosted the guests to a carriage ride through the streets of Dublin, a day visit to their farm in Offaly, Ireland, and VIP treatment at the racetrack. They brought several countries, drivers, and people together for one reason. That one reason was for the love of harness racing.

Taking a carriage ride throughout Dublin was quite the memory to experience. We were taken around the streets of the Irish city by elders and teenagers as young as 13-years-old who have grown to live and breathe horses. Some popular names in the industry who were also venturing throughout the city were Roger Huston also known as "the voice of harness racing”, Murray Brown from Hanover Shoe Farms, Heather Wilder from the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Adam and Lindsey Bowden from Diamond Creek Farms, and Joe Bellino and family from the Bellino Racing Stables. No matter how involved you were with the industry of harness racing, everyone's breath was taken away from the sights of Dublin from their horse carriage.

IMG_2942-300x225.jpg Memorial for late Vincent Delaney.

The Delaney's breeding farm, Oakwood Stud, was so quaint and beautiful on the countryside of Ireland, just an hour and a half away from the city of Dublin. Derek's brother, James, was there to greet us with hugs and horses to start the tour. The environment of the stables exuded with passion and love for the horses throughout the whole facility. Even the horses were friendly and welcoming, as a bunch of strangers walked around petting and admiring them.

Right outside of their stable was a big field of grass where they placed a memorial for their brother Vincent. The memorial was placed in this field because of the large amount of time their brother spent in that certain area of the farm with their horses. Every year a new plaque is made and placed in the memorial that is inscribed with the representatives that came to support the Vincent Delaney Memorial. This year the plaque included the names of Aaron Merriman, Adam Bowden, Joe Bellino, Heather Wilder, Jo Ann Looney King, and Murray Brown, as well as other trainers from Australia.

IMG_2947-300x225.jpg Mare and foal at the Delaney farm in Offaly, Ireland.

The next area we visited was about a mile away that was the home of broodmares and soon to be home of Derek Delaney and his family. As the broodmares were accompanied with some of their foals, the connection they had with each other was incredible. There was a certain colt who would not leave the mare's side, like a newborn baby could not leave it's mother. The most beautiful part of this moment was the peaceful atmosphere these horses lived in. No other sounds were heard other than the horses eating their lunch or their hooves galloping through the field. Surrounded by countless mares and their foals in the countryside of Ireland is a memory that will always be a part of me.

That night was the Vincent Delaney Charity Gala full of charity auctions and "grand” memories, as the Irish would say. Items from Foiled Again, Dave Palone, Montrell Teague, Aaron Merriman, Ron Burke, and Brian Sears were auctioned off that would benefit Inner City Helping Homeless in the city of Dublin. Not only did the gala honor the late Vincent Delaney and a nearby charity, but it also showed that the passion of harness racing across the pond can bring everyone together.

The next day was the first race day of the weekend that consisted of eliminations for the final races on Sunday. This racetrack was nothing like I have ever experienced. Although it was small and more of a fairground feel, the passion emanating from the atmosphere made me feel right at home. Something extremely new to me was the bookies placing the bets for you. As I watched them, I could see them calculating the bets in their head. I give credit to them since back here in the United States, we have machines to do that for us.

IMG_3109-300x225.jpg Aaron Merriman and son Kristopher join connections of Sepia Sands for photo in winner’s circle at Portmarnock Raceway.

As the day went on, I walked around the grandstand talking with other harness racing "connoisseurs”. From New Zealand, Australia, London, and obviously Ireland, I got quite the broad outlook of the sport from all over. I found out that most drivers from these countries work other jobs because it does not support families enough financially. Coming from the United States, it is the complete opposite since drivers like Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, and Brian Sears revolve everything around harness racing.

Throughout the races, the only drivers I knew were Dexter Dunn and Aaron Merriman. Dexter had two wins and Aaron had one win in the final race, which was quite the tearjerker. Not only did I get to watch one of my close friends in the industry dominate by four lengths down the final stretch, but I also got to see a victory celebrated Irish-style. Every connection possible to the horse, trainer, and driver joined the winner's circle with some people even in tears. And the best thing was, they were not worried one bit about how much money they had just made. The joyous celebration ended with a photo of everyone raising their hands and shouting with happiness for the win in the final race of the day.

vdm-winners-circle-300x169.jpg Winner’s circle for the 2016 Vincent Delaney Memorial Filly Pace Final won by Dexter Dunn.

On Sunday, it was final race day! The post positions were drawn live at 11 AM with the help of Aaron Merriman and Dexter Dunn. Post time was 1 PM and the races were off. The day consisted not only of races, but fashion contests and Irish traditions as well. Dexter Dunn upset the crowd in the Vincent Delaney Memorial Filly Pace Final with IB Coyote. That winner's circle was also quite the celebration with 80 people joining Dexter to end the day of racing and the memorial weekend. Everything combined for a great day to honor Vincent Delaney.

The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend began in 2012 and gets bigger every year with more drivers, horses, and special guests joining the Delaney family. It has now become the biggest and richest race weekend in all of the UK and Ireland.

Inner City Helping Homeless is charity for VDM

James and Derek Delaney, the owners of Oakwood Stud and the founders of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Series, the richest harness horse race in all of Ireland and the UK, announced today that this year's charity for the race weekend, August 12th, 13th and 14th, will be Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) of Dublin, Ireland.

The ICHH was formed in November 2013 to combat the ever growing homeless crisis that was clearly evident across the city of Dublin.

The organization, which is comprised 100% of all volunteers, operates a seven-day outreach service across the city, coinciding with their mobile outreach unit. ICHH’s outreach support service operates nightly providing access to beds, sleeping bags, food or case management referrals. ICHH works a 16-hour mobile outreach service, responding to rough sleeper reports within 15 minutes of getting a call. The service also operates seven days a week.

The website is at http://www.innercityhelpinghomeless.ie/.,

"The homeless situation is a major crisis in Ireland right now," said Derek Delaney, head of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee, "and we thought it be grand to give something to the less fortunate. We take things for granted and when you see the problem on the streets it breaks your heart. It could be any one of us and it's not only down and out drunks that's homeless, it's a real problem as today's housing problems seems to be a real factor in family's ending up on the street.

"We believe there are as many as 10,000 family's waiting to be housed in temporary accommodation, hotels, hostels etc," Delaney added, "My wife Lillian's friend Bernie Kelly is a volunteer for ICHH and she always helps out with shoeboxes full of sanitary and toiletries items, food, clothing and such. So it was an easy charity to our committee to choose this year.
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