Day At The Track
Elitloppet 2019,Harness racing

Elitloppet showcases the best in trotting

The stars come out at Sweden’s Elitloppet weekend, a glittering two-day occasion packed with quality harness racing, featuring the best trotters in the world. It is also the showcase for the world’s best sires with no less than 80 international stallions having runners in the feature races on both days. Super sires Muscle Hill from the US with 14 representatives, and French trio  Love You (10),  Orlando Vici  (9) and  Ready Cash (8), are the big four when it comes to the feature events, highlighted by the international Elitloppet and Sweden Cup, run in same day heats and final over a mile. Muscle Hill, Orlando Vici and Ready Cash all have two representatives in the Elitloppet itself while Love You has one. French sire Orlando Vici is the only stallion to have two horses in both the Elitloppet and the Sweden Cup, the so-called Mini-Elitloppet, which is the highlight of the first day’s racing. Sweden’s home grown stallions Maharajah, (6), Raja Mirchi (5) and veteran From Above (4), who won the 2003 Elitloppet, also feature prominently, with Maharajah having a runner in both main events and both Raja Mirchi and From Above having two runners in the Sweden Cup, while Italian supersire and former Elitloppet champion Varenne  (5) also has two horses in the Sweden Cup. Veteran US-bred former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight (5) who was a heat winner and placed third twice in three Elitloppet attempts, has one horse in the Elitloppet and two in the Sweden Cup. The first day features the five divisions of the Sweden’s elite class trotters and the nation’s top mares division.  International trotters supplement the Lady Snarts race for mares, and Sweden’s biggest staying race, the Harper Hanovers where the trotters often go faster than the pacers do in the equivalent distance NZ Trotting Cup, while headlining day one is the Sweden Cup. Day two features international age groups racing, from three to five years old, an elite monte, and of course the big race itself, the Elitloppet, in two heats and a final over a mile. Stallions with more than a single representative in Elitlopett weekend feature races (origin and total in brackets) include; Muscle Hill (US) (14), Love You  (FRA) (10),  Orlando Vici (FRA)  (9),  Ready Cash (FRA) (8), Maharajah (SWE) (6), Raja Mirchi (SWE) (5) Scarlet Knight (US) (5) Varenne (IT) (5) Andover Hall (US) (4), From Above (SWE) (4), Donato Hanover (US) (4), Pastor Stephen (US) (4), Pine Chip (US)  (4)  Quite Easy (US) (3)  Cantab Hall (US) (3)n Make it Happen (US) (3) Yakee Glide (US) (3) Gift Kronos (IT) (3) Yankee Glide (US) (2) Going Kronos (IT) (2) Googoo Gaagaa (US) (2) Citation Lindy (US) (2) Joke Face (SWE) (2) Lexus Font (IT) (2) Muscles Yankee (US) (2) Prodigious (FRA) (2) Quick Wood (FRA) (2) Scipion du Goutier (FRA) (2) SJ's Caviar (US) (2) Explosive Matter (US) (2).    

Dresden Raceway.

Harness racing returns to Dresden

The horses will be back on the track at Dresden Raceway this weekend. Track announcer Gary Patterson said they’re excited to get things started again Sunday afternoon. “Obviously it’s a welcome back — everybody come on in and enjoy,” said Patterson, adding they will be kicking things off with some special promotions. “The first 100 people who come in will get free Dresden Raceway t-shirts, Mayor Darrin Canniff and MPP [Monte] McNaughton will be there… it’s just a great day of racing.” Patterson said Canniff and McNaughton will both be bringing gifts along that will serve as prizes for a draw at the event. Track officials also have a lot of big plans for the 11 race dates they have booked for the summer including themed races that will honour employees, Unifor members, emergency services personnel, minor hockey players and staff, and Mark Austin — one of Ontario’s most popular and successful trainers. “We’ve got a great way to spend an afternoon, watch the horses,” said Patterson. “A lot of people don’t get a chance to see horses up close, so they get to see them and these horses are so well taken care of.” Post time for the races is 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and there is no charge for parking. By Matt Weverink Reprinted with permission of Blackburnnews    

Sultan D Or, harness racing

Unbeaten Sultan D Or wins again at Hippodrome 3R

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When it comes to training trotters in harness racing, it takes plenty of patience's. No one knows that better than owner/trainer Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Riviere as his trotter, Sultan D Or, won the second race Friday night at the Hippodrome 3R to remain undefeated in 2019 with his third straight win. You see, Sultan D Or is a ten-year-old gelding by Newtown who never won a betting race until age 9 last year. Turcotte has owned Sultan D Or since the horse was a two-year-old. He did not race at age 2, tried briefly at ages 3 to 8 but due to injuries and always breaking stride before finally winning a race last year and now he is undefeated in 2019. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Sultan D Or left from post seven and took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They were immediately challenged on the outside by Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet) who kept the pressure on to the half mile in :59.1 and then to the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Around the final turn Sultan D Or was nearly collared but dug in some more coming down the stretch as Mr Logan Mirox began to fade. Gendron and Sultan D Or held game to the finish, winning by a half length over a late charing Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) with Abundasass (Stephane Brosseau) third. Time of the one-mile race was 2:03.2. Sultan D Or is now the leading race winner at H3R this season. He paid $8.80 to win. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Holiday Party, lead from start to finish for driver Pascal Berube, winning with ease by three lengths in 2:00 over 25-1 Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) and Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme). It was the first win this year in three starts for Holiday Party. The six-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Isabelle Binet for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf. He paid $7.60 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with three wins while Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a ten-race program, first race post time at 1:00 pm. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace is highlighted by the return of last week's winner, Outlaw Turn N Burn, who will start from post six. Last week he got a perfect drive by Francis Picard, scoring from a two-hole trip to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Also, in the field Sunday are Windsun Cheyenne (post 7) and Mister Big Top (post 6). For a free Sunday race program or other information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Rockin Ron,Harness racing

Camluck Classic field finalized, Live draw on Monday

LONDON...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A deeply competitive field will face off Saturday evening in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card gets underway at 6 P.M. with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. Mick Dundee has rail control in the top class for owner-trainer-driver Don MacNeill of New Haven. The homebred son of Aahm Canadian Now has been knocking on the door the past few weeks in the preferred ranks but has yet to find the winner's circle. Last week's winner, Euchred, has post 6 and rides a two-race win streak into Saturday for trainer-driver David Dowling. Revenant has yet to miss the top three this season as the son of If I Can Dream will look for his first preferred victory with Adam Merner supplying the drive. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees a possibility for any one of the six entries to hit the wire first and will defer to Mick Dundee's post position advantage. "This one appears to be wide open so the tote board might be your best friend," MacIsaac said. "There's a possibility of some early mayhem up front so if Mick Dundee can sit and stalk all the way and exploit that good late kick he could get it all." Also in the deep field are Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley), Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell). Sodwana Bay was dominant in 2018 in the Open Mares Pace and showed more of the same last week in her seasonal debut. She will contest the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open in race 7 of the program for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The daughter of No Pan Intended has been assigned the outside post in the field of six. Other top entries include Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Prettyndangerous (Dowling). Trainer Jackie Matheson will be the special guest on Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast Check out www.Redshores.ca for race programs and more.   May 26, 2019 Island Stakes Season Commences Sunday At Red Shores Summerside   SUMMERSIDE, PE - Magical Mistress was nothing short of superb last year and will look to remain perfect in the first Island stakes engagement of the season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sunday's program kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring a trio of divisions of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies as well as three divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes for sophomore pacing colts. Magical Mistress headlines her Chappell division in race 7 with Adam Merner back at the controls for trainer Stephen Gass and new owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing of Quebec. The daughter of Camystic has drawn post 3 in the $8,100 class as she looks to expand on her 12-race undefeated streak put together as a two-year-old in 2018. The program commences with a Chappell division in race 1 with Ma Rebelle selected as the one to beat from post 2. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has already recorded a 1:59.1 victory this season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Arc Light has similar prospects in the other $8,100 Chappell division in race 5 as she leaves from post 2 as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell. The daughter of Camystic was a 1:59.2 victor in her latest start for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Bob Dewar Memorial action starts off in race 3 with a pair of champions colliding. Last season's Maritime Breeder's Futurity champion Red Dirt Boomer leaves from post 1 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Notorious has post 5 in the same split with Campbell in the bike for owners Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S., and Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe. The second Dewar division is later on the card in race 9 with a $8,100 pot at stake. Carlisimo won the first Maritime stakes event of the season in the Dawn Bremner Memorial in New Brunswick. The son of Shadow Play must contend with the far outside at post 7 with Campbell at the helm for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The final Dewar split has A Grand Terror favoured to win the lion's share of the $8,100 purse for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of New Brunswick. The Camystic pacer will leave from post 1 in the field of eight entries. Driver David Dowling will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment will air at 12:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast For more information go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R adds live harness racing on Friday nights beginning this week. First race post time will be 7:00 pm with an eight-race program carded. Something unique takes place on Friday night in the very first race as the ten-year-old pacing mare, Persistent, returns to racing after being a broodmare since 2014. Persistent starts from post one in the first race for driver Stephen Gendron and owner/trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, he is the father of Rene and Simon Allard. Back in the day, Persistent was a good raceway mare with lifetime earnings of more than $226,000 and a race record of 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. She competed regularly at both Harrah's and Yonkers Raceway. Now, as a broodmare, Persistent, sired by Western Ideal, also did well. Her very first foal, a filly by Bettor's Delight named Persistent Bettor, has a record of 1:54 with earnings of $42,853. The next foal was a full sister named Persistent Xample, who won a qualifier in 1:57. There are two other foals, one is a two-year-old, the other just a yearling. According to Michel Allard, "She should be very comfortable on the track at Trois-Rivières and she seems to have rediscovered after all these years off, the pleasure of competing." Upvote Hanover, fresh off his impressive triumph last week, returns to headline the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Trot. The week the five-year-old gelding by Kadabra starts from the far outside in post eight. Last week Upvote Hanover was at his best for regular driver Stephane Brosseau, getting parked out first-over for half the mile and still having enough kick to pull away from the field with a three and one-half length romp. He has now won two of his last three starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. Other contenders in the race include Rocky Boy (post 7), Wildwild Men (post 6) and Holiday Party (post 5). For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

MILTON, May 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the Milton District Hospital Foundation as the official charity partner for the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) raises funds to purchase essential medical equipment and services at Milton District Hospital by building awareness and inspiring giving in the local community. Woodbine Cares and the MDHF will team to run a 50/50 draw during this year's Pepsi North America Cup. Proceeds from the draw will go towards the MDHF. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race. The event began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway in Toronto and moved to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2007. This year's event features live racing, live music, food trucks, a beer garden and more. Admission to the Pepsi North America Cup is $10 and tickets can only be purchased in advance onsite. Full event details can be found by visiting www.Woodbine.com/MohawkPark.   ABOUT THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Transforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment and technology, and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

Trot Insider has learned that longtime Standardbred trainer Mike Weller, who had recently been battling cancer for the second time, has passed away at the age of 60. It was announced in early April that Weller, who had previously battled and defeated stomach cancer in 2016, had been re-diagnosed with the disease, this time in his esophagus. After the April announcement, Weller and his wife, Sue Woodyatt, took a leave of absence from their positions in the industry to explore treatment options outside of Canada. Weller was no stranger to the win column during his extensive career in the harness racing industry, as the successful horseman’s starters won 1,315 races and banked $6.7 million in purse earnings. He campaigned a solid stable south of the border for many years before relocating his stable to Ontario roughly nine years ago. Weller, a resident of Milton, Ont., was a much-loved and respected horseman throughout the industry, and will be missed by his peers and those closest to him. Arrangements and an official obituary for Weller have yet to be announced, but Trot Insider will update this story with the information when it is made available. Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Mike Weller.   Standardbred Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - He will have to overcome the outside post position but adversity does not seem to be a problem for E R Quinn lately as he faces the featured harness racing event Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The eight-dash Thursday evening program gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with the featured event lining up in race 7. E R Quinn leaves from post 6 in the field of as many with $2,400 in purse money on the line for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. The Total Truth pacer was a winner in his latest outing after recovering from an early break in stride. Corey MacPherson gets the catch driving assignment Thursday evening. Jetster is fresh off a win and gets rail control as he takes a hike in class for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while WInter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) gets a second crack at opposition below the preferred ranks. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the way to the winner's circle running through E R Quinn. "E R Quinn made an early break last week then was the victim of interference and still won," MacIsaac said. "How do you go against him after a performance like that? You don't." Also in the field is Harbourlite Jerry (Steven Shepherd), Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) and Confident Fella (Dale Spence). A group of seven three-year-old trotters meet in race 2 of the program for a $1,650 purse. Getti Messi is favoured in the class fresh off an impressive qualifier for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. Other top entries include Dustylane Thunder (Adam Merner) and Hard Case (Mark Bradley). For live video, race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

The search for 22-year-old Standardbred racehorse owner Jordan Hicken has been called off in the late hours Tuesday, May 21. Halifax's Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre has declared Hicken a missing person and handed the case over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. According to multiple reports, Hicken, a resident of Lower Montague who has fished for six or seven years, went overboard early Tuesday morning near Naufrage and was the subject of an intensive search and rescue operation that was underway all day. It has been estimated that roughly 60 vessels – including those of fishermen, firefighters, police and the Canadian Coast Guard – had been searching for Hicken. Halifax’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a transfer call via 911 P.E.I. at roughly 5:26 a.m. which stated that a man had gone overboard in the area of Naufrage. The CBC has reported that Jordan with fishing with his father, Standardbred horseman Trevor Hicken, at the time he went overboard. Multiple media outlets have received confirmation that several of Jordan’s personal items that had blown overboard have been retrieved. Trot Insider will update this story with more information when it is known. Please join Standardbred Canada in wishing for the safe return of Jordan Hicken.   Standardbred Canada

MILTON, May 21, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the final list of eligible horses for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 50 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup following the final sustaining payment on May 15. Canada's richest harness race is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations will take place a week prior on June 8. Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch delivered a major statement to the other 49 eligible horses with a stunning 1:49.1 victory over a sloppy track on Sunday night at Pocono. The Nancy Johansson trainee was making his season debut and is scheduled to compete again this Sunday in another Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division at Harrah's Philadelphia. O'Brien Award winner Stag Party will make his season debut this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division. The Casie Coleman trainee has qualified three-times this season, most recently winning in 1:53 on May 17 at Mohawk Park. Fans can check out full event details for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk. Below is the full list of remaining eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup.   AFLAME HANOVER AIR FORCE HANOVER ARTIES IDEAL BEST IN SHOW BETTORS WISH BLANK CANVAS BLOOD MONEY BRONX SEELSTER BUDDY HILL CAPITANO ITALIANO CAPTAIN AHAB CAPTAIN CRUNCH CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH CHINATOWN BEACH COVERED BRIDGE CRUISE CAPTAIN CRUSHER Q DE LOS CIELOS DEO FABRICE HANOVER FAST N FIRST FIXED IDEA GOLDBERG HURRIKANE EMPEROR LOVE ME SOME LOU LYONS JOHNNYJNR LYONS NIGHT HAWK MAJOR DECEPTION MELODIES MAJOR NO MAS AMOR PERKINS PROOF PYRO QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP SEMI TOUGH SHADOW OF A DAUT SHAKE THAT HOUSE STAG PARTY STIENAMS BEACH SUGAR FACTORY TWIN B JAYS TYGA HANOVER VAN DIESEL VOLLEY BALL BEACH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY WORLD ON EDGE YACHT WEEK   Total Nominations: 82 Sustaining Payment #1: 78 Sustaining Payment #2: 68 Sustaining Payment #3: 50     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 20, 2019 - Emoticon Hanover scored a comfortable 1:54 victory in Monday evening's $52,800 opening leg of the Miss Versatility Series for trotting mares at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-time Breeders Crown champion and driver Daniel Dube got away second in a compact field of five and made a second-quarter circle to the lead from the two-hole. The Luc Blais trainee proceeded to post a :28.4 third-quarter followed by a :27.4 final-quarter to secure a 2 ¼ lengths victory over early-leader The Erm. Emoticon Hanover's stablemate Dream Together finished third. Pat Matters and Sorceress Seelster rounded out the field, with both making breaks early in the mile. A daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover picked up her 24th career victory Monday to bring her season record to two for two. The six-year-old is looking to duplicate or surpass last year's totals of six wins and $397,208 earned in 15 starts. Monday's victory pushes Emoticon Hanover over $1.7 million in career earnings. She paid $2.50 to win.   The next leg of the Miss Versatility will take place on July 13 at The Meadowlands. The series features four preliminary legs followed by the final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug day. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

London, May 20, 2019 -- Less than 24 hours after capturing the 41st edition of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, trainer Ron Burke has confirmed that Done Well will participate in this year's Camluck Classic on closing night, May 31st at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The son of Well Said has now posted back-to-back harness racing wins following a 1:50.2 lifetime best over Flamboro and is sure to be a major threat in this year's $157,000 contest. The gelding has more than $583,000 earned in his career and has started off his four-year-old campaign with a record of 2-1-0 from a trio of starts. The Raceway is also proud to announce that the connections of Trump Nation and The Wall have accepted invitations to the Camluck Classic. Trump Nation, who captured the 2018 edition of the Art Rooney, is fresh off a sizzling 1:49.3 winning effort at The Meadowlands. He will line up in the Camluck Classic for trainer Andrew Harris, himself a native of Ontario who now operates a large stable in New Jersey. The pacer's sire, Betterthancheddar, competed in what was then the Molson Pace at Western Fair in 2013 finishing a strong second behind State Treasurer. Trump Nation has a 10-3-3 record from 22 starts in his career with $322,000 in the bank. The Wall, trained by Nick Surick, is also confirmed for this year's Camluck Classic. The son of Somebeachsomewhere captured two legs of this year's George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway and has nearly $340,000 banked in his young career. The five-year-old boasts a record of 1:51.2 taken earlier this year at Yonkers Raceway and will be handled by his regular pilot Joe Bongiorno on May 31st. The other big news is that harness racing's winningest driver Dave Palone will make the trip to Ontario to drive Southwind Amazon in the Camluck Classic. Palone has put up amazing numbers during his career including more than 18,800 trips to the winner's circle. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is 29 consecutive seasons of at least 400 wins or more. Below are the six confirmed starters at this point in alphabetical order. The other two starters will be confirmed this week. Done Well Ideal Jimmy Sintra Southwind Amazon The Wall Trump Nation   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Western Fair District

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A two-hole ride was all it took for Soccer Hanover to find the winner's circle in the Victoria Day featured harness racing event on opening day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. David Dowling was top driver on the day as the Warren Grove reinsman won three races on the program including the $2,600 top class with Soccer Hanover. Dowling opted for a two-hole ride over a sloppy track with a three-second variant, with the Leith Waite trained Soccer Hanover and drafted behind pacesetter Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson) through fractions of 29.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1. The stretch drive told the tale in the feature as Soccer Hanover edged up for the win over Screen Test in 2:00 while third place went to Red Magician (Adam Merner). Dowling's other wins came with Windemerenightlife in 2:03 for trainer Clair Sweet of O'Leary and with Twice As Bright in a 2:03.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley. Millar was top trainer of the day with two victories including the final dash of the day with Heza Workof Art hitting the line first after a front end steer by driver Mike McGuigan in 2:02.3. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

MAY 19, 2019 - A few raindrops did not put a damper on the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season opener Sunday, as the province's top three-year-old colts impressed harness racing fans gathered at Flamboro Downs for the Dundas oval's signature Confederation Cup program. Both the trotting and pacing colts opened their sophomore season Sunday, with the trotters competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions and the pacers duelling in five Grassroots races. Only For Justice set the tempo for the evening in the first race, cruising along on the front end to a 1:56.3 Gold Series victory. Fan favourite, and last year's division champion, Forbidden Trade was three lengths back in second and Archway was well back in third. "That's a big mile here tonight, a real fast back half," said driver Chris Christoforou. "He's very good gaited and good on the turns, he's a nice horse." Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou piloted Only For Justice to the win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win came in the Justice Hall son's first start of the season and was his second lifetime victory in Gold Series action. The gelding also captured a Gold event on the half-mile track at Grand River Raceway as a two-year-old. "Last year, I'm not sure, but I think he might have had the season record on a half-mile track for a two-year-old gelding," said Christoforou, referring to Only For Justice's 1:57.3 score at Grand River Raceway. "I'd like to see him progress through the year, see what happens. He's got a good gait and he's very easy to manoeuver, he does what you want... so far, so good." The second $72,267 Gold division went to Magical Journey and driver Stephen Byron, who hit the wire one-half length ahead of Northern Cavalier and driver Michiel Vanderkemp, matching Only For Justice's 1:56.3 clocking. Jumpshot and driver Daniel Dube rounded out the top three, all of whom took advantage of an early break by favourite Dream Nation. "He raced great," said Matt Bax, who shares ownership of Magical Journey with his father, trainer John Bax, Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. "We knew that he was really good in the turns, and he's good off the wings, so Steve was going to probably try to get him closer to the front - half-mile racing, if you have that ability you're going to go for it - and Steve gave him a great drive." The win was the second of the season and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Kadabra son Magical Journey, who made three Gold Series starts and three Grassroots starts at two. "At the end of the year he was really starting to figure it out, when we put him away he was strong, so that's translated into this year," said Campbellville resident Bax. "He's a little taller, a little stronger, a little smarter, a little bit of everything." The third Gold division went to Southwind Avenger, who battled to a one length victory over pacesetter Cool Clifford, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. JMR Pinarello was well behind the leaders in third. Trevor Henry crafted the win, from the outside Post 8, for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The E L Titan son also won a division of the season opener at two and never finished worse than third in six Gold Series starts during his freshman campaign. Henry also captured the first $22,800 Grassroots division, guiding sophomore pacing colt Sportsline to his fourth straight victory for trainer Jim Watt of Clinton and Harry Parrott of Goderich, ON. The fan favourites cruised along on the front end to a 1:51.4 victory, four lengths ahead of Moonshine Kisses. Gambling Terror was third. The other Grassroots divisions went to Priceless Beach in 1:54.3, Sugartown in 1:52.2, Missile Seelster in 1:55.4 and Better Than Cash in 1:55.2. The Ontario Sires Stakes colts served as the opening act for the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, featuring nine of the best four-year-old pacers in North America. In the main event, Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn reprised their successful front-end trip from the elimination and claimed the historic Cup with a 1:50.2 clocking for trainer Ron Burke of Fredericktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA, Jandt Silva Purnel and Libb of Delray Beach, FL and Wingfield Brothers LLC of Kenton, OH. Last season's OSS champion Jimmy Freight finished second and the other elimination winner, and Done Well's stablemate, Dorsoduro Hanover was third. The sophomore trotting colts will continue their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold season on June 24 and the pacing colts will compete in their second Grassroots event on June 27, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The provincial program makes two more stops at Flamboro Downs in the fall, with the three-year-old pacing fillies and the two-year-old trotting fillies wrapping up their Gold season on Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, respectively. Complete results for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0519flmdn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing

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The stars come out at Sweden’s Elitloppet weekend, a glittering two-day occasion packed with quality harness racing, featuring the best trotters in the world. It is also the showcase for the world’s best sires with no less than 80 international stallions having runners in the feature races on both days. Super sires Muscle Hill from the US with 14 representatives, and French trio  Love You (10),  Orlando Vici  (9) and  Ready Cash (8), are the big four when it comes to the feature events, highlighted by the international Elitloppet and Sweden Cup, run in same day heats and final over a mile. Muscle Hill, Orlando Vici and Ready Cash all have two representatives in the Elitloppet itself while Love You has one. French sire Orlando Vici is the only stallion to have two horses in both the Elitloppet and the Sweden Cup, the so-called Mini-Elitloppet, which is the highlight of the first day’s racing. Sweden’s home grown stallions Maharajah, (6), Raja Mirchi (5) and veteran From Above (4), who won the 2003 Elitloppet, also feature prominently, with Maharajah having a runner in both main events and both Raja Mirchi and From Above having two runners in the Sweden Cup, while Italian supersire and former Elitloppet champion Varenne  (5) also has two horses in the Sweden Cup. Veteran US-bred former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight (5) who was a heat winner and placed third twice in three Elitloppet attempts, has one horse in the Elitloppet and two in the Sweden Cup. The first day features the five divisions of the Sweden’s elite class trotters and the nation’s top mares division.  International trotters supplement the Lady Snarts race for mares, and Sweden’s biggest staying race, the Harper Hanovers where the trotters often go faster than the pacers do in the equivalent distance NZ Trotting Cup, while headlining day one is the Sweden Cup. Day two features international age groups racing, from three to five years old, an elite monte, and of course the big race itself, the Elitloppet, in two heats and a final over a mile. Stallions with more than a single representative in Elitlopett weekend feature races (origin and total in brackets) include; Muscle Hill (US) (14), Love You  (FRA) (10),  Orlando Vici (FRA)  (9),  Ready Cash (FRA) (8), Maharajah (SWE) (6), Raja Mirchi (SWE) (5) Scarlet Knight (US) (5) Varenne (IT) (5) Andover Hall (US) (4), From Above (SWE) (4), Donato Hanover (US) (4), Pastor Stephen (US) (4), Pine Chip (US)  (4)  Quite Easy (US) (3)  Cantab Hall (US) (3)n Make it Happen (US) (3) Yakee Glide (US) (3) Gift Kronos (IT) (3) Yankee Glide (US) (2) Going Kronos (IT) (2) Googoo Gaagaa (US) (2) Citation Lindy (US) (2) Joke Face (SWE) (2) Lexus Font (IT) (2) Muscles Yankee (US) (2) Prodigious (FRA) (2) Quick Wood (FRA) (2) Scipion du Goutier (FRA) (2) SJ's Caviar (US) (2) Explosive Matter (US) (2).    
The horses will be back on the track at Dresden Raceway this weekend. Track announcer Gary Patterson said they’re excited to get things started again Sunday afternoon. “Obviously it’s a welcome back — everybody come on in and enjoy,” said Patterson, adding they will be kicking things off with some special promotions. “The first 100 people who come in will get free Dresden Raceway t-shirts, Mayor Darrin Canniff and MPP [Monte] McNaughton will be there… it’s just a great day of racing.” Patterson said Canniff and McNaughton will both be bringing gifts along that will serve as prizes for a draw at the event. Track officials also have a lot of big plans for the 11 race dates they have booked for the summer including themed races that will honour employees, Unifor members, emergency services personnel, minor hockey players and staff, and Mark Austin — one of Ontario’s most popular and successful trainers. “We’ve got a great way to spend an afternoon, watch the horses,” said Patterson. “A lot of people don’t get a chance to see horses up close, so they get to see them and these horses are so well taken care of.” Post time for the races is 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and there is no charge for parking. By Matt Weverink Reprinted with permission of Blackburnnews    
Trois-Rivieres, QC - When it comes to training trotters in harness racing, it takes plenty of patience's. No one knows that better than owner/trainer Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Riviere as his trotter, Sultan D Or, won the second race Friday night at the Hippodrome 3R to remain undefeated in 2019 with his third straight win. You see, Sultan D Or is a ten-year-old gelding by Newtown who never won a betting race until age 9 last year. Turcotte has owned Sultan D Or since the horse was a two-year-old. He did not race at age 2, tried briefly at ages 3 to 8 but due to injuries and always breaking stride before finally winning a race last year and now he is undefeated in 2019. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Sultan D Or left from post seven and took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They were immediately challenged on the outside by Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet) who kept the pressure on to the half mile in :59.1 and then to the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Around the final turn Sultan D Or was nearly collared but dug in some more coming down the stretch as Mr Logan Mirox began to fade. Gendron and Sultan D Or held game to the finish, winning by a half length over a late charing Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) with Abundasass (Stephane Brosseau) third. Time of the one-mile race was 2:03.2. Sultan D Or is now the leading race winner at H3R this season. He paid $8.80 to win. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Holiday Party, lead from start to finish for driver Pascal Berube, winning with ease by three lengths in 2:00 over 25-1 Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) and Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme). It was the first win this year in three starts for Holiday Party. The six-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Isabelle Binet for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf. He paid $7.60 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with three wins while Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a ten-race program, first race post time at 1:00 pm. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace is highlighted by the return of last week's winner, Outlaw Turn N Burn, who will start from post six. Last week he got a perfect drive by Francis Picard, scoring from a two-hole trip to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Also, in the field Sunday are Windsun Cheyenne (post 7) and Mister Big Top (post 6). For a free Sunday race program or other information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      
LONDON...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle
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