Kentuckiana Lodge


Kentuckiana Lodge is a highly-maintained harness training facility, consistently being fine-tuned with regular improvements. Consisting of 100 acres (45 Hectares) of pasture green grass for its equine athletes, it has a professionally groomed 1000m track.

“I have a beaut 3 tonne track conditioner from Bendigo, Victoria, which can go as deep as I want. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought and makes the track like running on a beach,” Cran says.

Racehorse preparations are complemented by the equine swimming pool. Horses undergo intense aerobic conditioning in the pool with virtually no concussive effects by swimming. The pool has played its part in extending the race careers of many horses who have niggles from track training.


Welcome to the Cran Dalgety Racing Stables website.

Cran is excited to set rising 5YO stable star and near $300,000 winner, Pat’s Delight, for November’s New Zealand Cup.

Pat’s Delight showed his class, winning the Harness Jewels 3YO Emerald, while he competed creditably at the Victorian Inter Dominions at four, winning a heat at Ballarat in 1:52.2 (1609m).

He formerly prepared two-time Australasian Grand Circuit champ, Christen Me, to win $2.4 million, while Smiling Shard was a previous million dollar earner for the stable.

After the sales of many of his top performers, including former top filly Bettor Joy, and Northern Derby winner, Raukapuka Ruler, and the retirement of speedy mare, Bonnie Joan, Cran is going through a rebuilding phase.

Cran is also upbeat about the prospects of several quality yearlings and 2YOs in the stable.

Winner of the 2013 NZ trainers premiership in 2013, has won most of the big races on the Australasian Grand Circuit, including five Australasian Breeders Crown Final titles.

Cran has prepared the NZ winners of over 1230 races, for over $14.4 million in stakes, since Laud won first-up in his colours in 1992.

He has won the Victoria Cup four times and other Australasian Grand Circuit events, such as the Miracle Mile, A G Hunter Cup, Queensland Pacing Championship, Auckland Cup and NZ Free-For-All.

This site is designed to keep you informed with latest stable news and other items of national and international harness racing interest.

The “Cran Rates His Runners” link in the news section above is updated weekly, giving his thoughts on his starters for the week.

Please return here regularly for further updates.

Latest News

Dexter now third on USA earnings

Former star NZ driver Dexter Dunn has elevated himself to third among the leading North American drivers in 2019, after another stellar performance in Canada on Saturday. Adding to last week’s total, Dexter reined former smart North Island pacer Bettor Spirits to a hollow 12 and a half lengths win in 1:51.2 at Harrah’s Philadelphia…


Dexter wins Fan Hanover Final

DEXTER LANDS TREACHEROUS REIGN IN $C454,000 FINAL Former top NZ driver Dexter Dunn has added another big Canadian win to his profile by taking out the $C454,000 Fan Hanover Stakes at Woodbine, Mowhawk, on Sunday (NZ time). Dexter gave Treacherous Reign every chance, working to the front just before the half-mile, then easing to trail…


Dexter’s amazing run continues

DEXTER CONTINUES EXTRAORDINARY RUN IN NORTH AMERICA Former top NZ driver Dexter Dunn has achieved another milestone, breaking the $US3 million barrier in North America for the year. Dexter’s drives have now won $US3,065,198 for the year, from 189 wins, 152 seconds and 141 thirds, advancing him to sixth among the top USA winning drivers…


Dexter seventh on USA earnings

DEXTER IMPROVES TO SEVENTH IN USA Former top NZ driver Dexter Dunn has edged into seventh spot on the list of top North American drivers on earnings for the year. Dexter landed individual wins at both Pennsylvania tracks, Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Pocono, on Sunday (Monday NZ time), including a $US55,168 Pennsylvania Sires…


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Big On Personality for USA

Short-term Kentuckiana Lodge resident, Big On Personality, had his last start for the stable at Addington last Friday night. He came to Canterbury for a late play at a Harness Jewels start, but missed the cut for the 3YO Emerald by two spots. The Bettor’s Delight-Personality Plus gelding was purchased in May from the John…


Bettor Joy drawn five in Final

DEXTER DRIVING IN THREE BIG CANADIAN FINALS Former Kentuckiana Lodge filly Bettor Joy has drawn barrier five in the $C330,000 Roses Are Red Final in Canada on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). Dexter Dunn, her long-time driver when formerly in NZ, will again partner the now Jim King jun-trained mare, as top USA driver Tim Tetrick…


Fog disrupts Jewels visitors

FOG CAUSES HEADACHES FOR JEWELS VISITORS By Garrick Knight The relentless overnight fog which plagued Christchurch on Friday night and Saturday morning has affected the visiting contingent for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels. Three of the six Australian invitees landed in Auckland on Saturday night but were unable to continue on to Christchurch as planned. It…


Dual International success

DOUBLE THE FUN FOR NZ BREEDERS It was dual International joy for NZ breeders, the Miracle Lodge Syndicate, last weekend with Bettor Joy (USA) and Majorpride (Australia), winning features. Bettor Joy, a former Australasian winner of $308,486 for the Cran Dalgety stable, lowered her career mile best to 1:50.8 (10ths) in a $30,000 mares pace…

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