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Rookie pacers debut on Wednesday

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The two-year-old harness racing crop of 2020 will have their first chance to show what they are made of Wednesday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Red Shores Summerside during Governor's Plate Week racing. The 10-dash Wednesday card has a 6 P.M. first race post time featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The program has a pair of $12,620 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for the rookie fillies in races 6 and 8. Race 6 will see the debut of Woodmere Stella from post 2 after the Earl Smith trained and driven daughter of Steelhead Hanover qualified in 2:00.4 over Red Shores Charlottetown for the ownership group of Next Generation Stable of Stratford. Kck Girlies is second choice for trainer-driver Mike McGuigan from the first crop of Source Of Pride. Little Miss Ava (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) has rail control in the field of seven representing the first crop of stallion Hilarious Halo after the filly was a qualifying winner in 2:03.1. The second $12,620 split lines up in race 8 with The Real McCoy kicking off her campaign from post 4 as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and Nova Scotia owners Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. The Source Of Pride lass was a winner in her qualifier in 2:01.4 in Charlottetown. Also in the field is JJ Talisa from the first crop of Hilarious Halo for driver Redmond Doucet and trainer Robert MacLeod. The filly is the lone horse in the field to already see pari-mutuel action, where she finished second at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia in 2:00.3. Vicky Everyday has post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Paul Conway of Bonshaw. The filly is from the inaugural crop of Cougar Hall. The program will also feature a pair of $2,500 Atlantic Sires B-divisions for rookie fillies in races 2 and 4. Check out the action live at Redshores.ca and bet online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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Governor's Plate post draw held today

SUMMERSIDE, PE - After scorching the oval in his Governor's Plate elimination, Avatar J will have to leave on the grandstand side in the 52nd Governor's Plate final, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, on Saturday night after post positions were drawn Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Danny MacDonald trained pacer drew the outside of the gate in the official post position draw for the $25,000 finale of Governor's Plate Week racing for owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. Gilles Barrieau guided the American Ideal pacer to a 1:53 victory in Sunday afternoon elimination action. Other elimination winner Rose Run Quest will leave from post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Complete Draw Post - Horse - Trainer 1 - Hes Marvalous - Myles Heffernan Jr. 2 - Rose Run Quest - Marc Campbell 3 - Mantario - Alex Sobey 4 - Bugsy Maguire - Wade Sorrie 5 - Screen Test - Ron Gass 6 - Time To Dance - Marc Campbell 7 - Simple Kinda Man - Chris MacKay 8 - Avatar J - Danny MacDonald In control from the word 'go' Treasureonthewater took top prize in the biggest race of the evening Tuesday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate week racing. Brodie MacPhee was in the bike behind the Marc Campbell trained trotter as she took the lead at the start in her $15,380 Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division and cruised through splits of 32.3, 1:05, 1:37 and 2:07.2. Her stablemate Galeowind (Driven by Campbell) was second while Mr Finlay Ridge (Clare MacDonald) recovered from an early break to finish third. Treasureonthewater is owned by Steve MacKenzie of Charlottetown. Countyline Scott scored an upset in his career debut winning an $8,140 three-year-old division of the Atlantic Sires Stakes trot in 2:04.2 for driver David Dowling, trainer Blaine McKenna and owner Susanne MacKeigan of Albert Bridge, N.S. Second went to Dusty Lane Del (Corey MacPherson) with West River Ellie (MacDonald) completing the triactor. Mabou Ridge delivered as the favourite in the other three-year-old trot division winning in 2:00.4 for trainer-driver MacDonald and owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. His arch-rival Tequila Tuesday (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was second ahead of Go With Her (MacPhee). Campbell had a training double on the card as talented Shadow Play filly Plain Jane destroyed the first race of the program in her career debut in 1:57.3 by 25-lengths for owner Leigh Gavin of Tignish. MacPhee had three driving wins on the card as he also scored with Windemeredontuworry in the $2,150 top overnight trot for trainer Norris Rogers of Summerside and in the finale with Much Adoo in 1:58 for trainer Ron Matheson of Charlottetown. Live racing continues Wednesday evening at 6:30 P.M. at Red Shores Summerside. Go to Redshores.ca for more information. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

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H3R to race three-day weekends

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Management at the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) will host four special Saturday race programs beginning this weekend as Quebec Regional Fair events. The four special Saturday's devoted to the Regional Fair races will be July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22. "The fair tracks cannot operate this year at all due to COVID-19," explained Murielle Thomisson, the Director of Racing Operations at H3R. "The Quebec Jockey Club decided to have these four Saturdays at H3R to continue the tradition. These races will also allow non-qualified horses to qualify and race for a purse." The QJC is still working with the Quebec Racing Commission to finalize the changes for the stakes schedule for 2020. The two and three-year-old Quebec-Bred races will have eliminations in August and September and their finals at the end of September. The four-year-old and older Quebec-Bred Series is being re-evaluated and may be held in the fall. For the full racing schedule, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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Grassroots triple for Sylvain Filion

MILTON, ON - JULY 6, 2020 - Two-year-old harness racing pacing colts invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, starring in six $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions and No Better Joy kicked off the provincial campaign in style with an impressive 1:52.1 victory. Starting from the outside Post 9, driver Bob McClure settled No Better Joy in fourth as Flash Cube took the field to a :27.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.2 half McClure put the fan favourite on the front, but Flash Cube stepped up to apply pressure before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. At the top of the stretch it looked as though Flash Cube would prevail, but No Bettor Joy shifted into another gear and came back on for a head victory. Flash Cube settled for second and Cantstoplying closed well to be third. "I've never had a horse, like even when you're training at the farm and when you come to the top of the stretch, even if there's another set 20 or 30 lengths ahead, he always puts it in another gear to chase them, so I think he kind of seen that horse and he picked it up again," said Nicky Comegna, who trains No Better Joy for his father Bruno Comegna of Burlington, ON. "He's always had that attitude, that's why I liked him." Comegna's son Jordan picked No Better Joy out at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $46,000 for the Betterthancheddar son. The youngster impressed his connections all winter, but a few hiccups in qualifying action and his first race made Comegna opt for the Grassroots rather than the July 3 Gold Series event. "If he had gone good last week we were going to put him in on Friday, but I just couldn't justify throwing him in there after that interference break (June 26)," said the Cambridge resident. "So I figured we'd maybe get him in a little easier and see if we do have something that can go a little bit, you know. Believe it or not it gave him an extra two, three days to kind of forget about last week, and it worked out." McClure closed the Grassroots portion of the evening with another victory, guiding Shadow Play son Lawless Shadow to a 1:53 score for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB, Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL. Bulldog Hanover was hot on the heels of the fan favorite in second and Wisk Key K completed the top three. Driver Sylvain Filion captured three Grassroots divisions, kicking off his hat trick in the second $23,150 contest with fan favourite Uncontrollable. The Control The Moment son delivered the largest margin of victory in the Grassroots divisions, reaching the wire six and one-half lengths ahead of Candy Trader and Watch My Beverage in 1:53. "He told me a couple of days ago that he was really high on him. He said he probably made a mistake, he should have probably put him in the Gold, so it made me pretty high on him too, you know," said Filion of the Scott McEneny trainee. "He was actually very, very nice. I left with him, then I pulled again around the last turn and he just cruised home." Like No Better Joy, Uncontrollable will likely make the jump up to the Gold Series for his second Ontario Sires Stakes start. McEneny, who also owns the $6,000 yearling purchase, noted that a strong showing against the top colts on July 18 could see Uncontrollable supplemented to the Battle Of Waterloo Eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 27. "I think I'm going to give him a shot. You know what, he's better off a helmet. You can see he buzzed around them really quick and then he kind of got a little lazy, but I think if you can keep him covered up he can pace with any of them," said Puslinch resident McEneny. "Like I said, first start, with a big drop time-wise, and he did it right, so I'm pretty happy with him." Filion was back in the winner's circle after the third division with Betterthancheddar son Brilliant Corners, who sat fourth before stepping out to mount an attack on pacesetting favourite West Coast Kid. Brilliant Corners sprinted home to a 1:54.2 victory, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of his TheStable.ca stablemate First Glance. Frank Deford was four and one-quarter lengths back in third. "He was a bit of a hot-headed horse early on and I was able to sit him in the hole in the qualifiers, but he was really strong, headstrong you know, and he wouldn't really relax, but tonight he was as good as I've ever seen him. Calm, relaxed and I was able to sit him in the hole as long as I wanted and that's the reason why he was so strong at the end of the mile," said Filion. "He's learning - it's still a learning process with the two-year-olds - but every time I sat behind him he got better and better, so I hope he keeps going." Filion engineered the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Brilliant Corners of Guelph, ON. The Milton resident completed the hat trick in the fifth division with Saratoga Blue Chip, who was as headstrong as Brilliant Corners was relaxed. The He's Watching son gave Filion a workout as he sat in the pocket behind Mr Charisma, but had enough left to get home for a one-half length win over Beach Blogger. Mr Charisma finished third in the 1:53.3 mile. "When he left the gate he was half a runaway. I had a hard time to hold him and I had to re-move him to the front, and then I had to take a huge hold of him again to let James (MacDonald, with Mr Charisma) go by, and then moved him again around the end of the last turn. So it wasn't the greatest drive, but it worked out anyway," said Filion with a rueful chuckle. "He stretched my arms pretty good." Filion piloted Saratoga Blue Chip to the win for trainer Anthony Beaton and owner Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. Avion Seelster took the other division with a 1:53.2 victory over Lil Red Sportsstar and Warrawee Wazzup. Jody Jamieson piloted the Sportswriter colt to the win for owner-trainer Jack Darling. "There's a good group of Grassrooters. Wow, it's amazing how fast they go," said Filion of the freshman colt season opener. "The weather is so warm, and no wind at all and the track is perfect, so it makes for speed." The two-year-old pacing colts will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 20 for their second Grassroots start. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

On Saturday, July 4th, Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario, Canada hosted 11 baby races for 2YO pacers. Six of these impressive harness racing qualifiers were won by sons and daughters of first crop stallion BETTING LINE. All of them were trained by Casie Coleman-Herlihy and all were driven to victory by Jonathan Drury. The quickest colt of the morning was the $75,000 Harrisburg purchase LINEDRIVE HANOVER. LINEDRIVE HANOVER left the gate quickly then settled into third through a :30.2 opening quarter. As the field straightened down the backside, the rookie pacer pulled and made the lead with a three-length advantage at the :59.3 half. LINEDRIVE HANOVER then found another gear for the back half of the mile, hitting the third station in 1:26.4 before sprinting home in :26.3 to trip the timer 18 lengths the best in a sizzling 1:53.2! LINEDRIVE paced his last half-mile in :53.4 and is out of a mare by another Empire Stallion – WELL SAID. The colts AMAZING BET, TWIN B EDGE and DEAN B HANOVER also scored victories in their respective races. AMAZING BET was dominant winning by seven lengths in 1:57.1. The $110,000 Harrisburg purchase TWIN B EDGE, out of a mare by ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN, dashed home with a last quarter of :27.4 to win by four lengths in 1:57.2. DEAN B HANOVER held off his challengers to cross the line first in 1:56.3. DEAN B HANOVER is out of the SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE mare Deli Beach and was purchased for $340,000 at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last November. The talented filly INDRA HANOVER captured her qualifying outing, settling in third position early through the opening quarter of :29.4 then moving to the lead down the backstretch before the half. After middle panels of :59.2 and 1:28, INDRA HANOVER fought hard in the stretch to win by half-length in 1:55.1. Her dam is by WESTERN IDEAL and she is another Harrisburg Alumni bought for $65,000. EXTRILLA HANOVER, out of a ROCKNROLL HANOVER mare, was also quite impressive with her 1:55.4 gate to wire performance winning by over three lengths. Watch the BETTING LINE qualifiers below AMAZING BET (2YO Colt) – 1:57.1 BETTING LINE-Amazing Marker-Cole Muffler Trainer: Casie Coleman-Herlihy Driver:  Jonathan Drury _______________________________________________________________________________________________ LINEDRIVE HANOVER (2YO Colt) – 1:53.2 BETTING LINE – Lillian Hanover – Well Said Trainer: Casie Coleman-Herlihy Driver:  Jonathan Drury _______________________________________________________________________________________________ DEAN B HANOVER (2YO Colt) – 1:56.3 Trainer:  Casie Coleman-Herlihy Driver: Jonathan Drury _______________________________________________________________________________________________ EXTRILLA HANOVER (2YO Filly) – 1:55.4 BETTING LINE – EZ Rock – Rocknroll Hanover Trainer:  Casie Coleman-Herlihy Driver:  Jonathan Drury _______________________________________________________________________________________________ INDRA HANOVER (2YO Filly) – 1:55.1 BETTING LINE – Ideal Newton – Western Ideal Trainer:  Casie Coleman-Herlihy Driver:  Jonathan Drury _______________________________________________________________________________________________ TWIN B EDGE (2YO Colt) – 1:57.2 BETTING LINE – Twin B Exquisite – Rock N Roll Heaven Trainer:  Casie Coleman-Herlihy Driver:  Jonathan Drury

SUMMERSIDE, PE – The Titans of the harness racing three-year-old trotting division will face off Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor’s Plate Week racing continues. The 10-dash Tuesday program kicks off at 6 P.M. featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters. The much-anticipated match up will occur in race 6 for an $8,140 purse as Mabou Ridge again meets his major rival Tequila Tuesday. Mabou Ridge will leave from post 2 in the compact field of five with trainer Clare MacDonald in the bike for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Tequila Tuesday traded blows with that trotter all last season besting him in two of the three championship finals and will look to beat him again from post 4 for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The other sophomore trot division in race 2 is a wide-open affair as Mykindofparty has the respect of morning line favourite in the $8,140 class. Gary Chappell will be at the controls for trainer Paul MacDonald and owner Jonathan MacDonald of North Wiltshire. Other top entries include Countyline Scott (To be driven by David Dowling) and West River Ellie (MacDonald). The rookie trotters will begin their Atlantic Sires Stakes careers in race 8 for a healthy $15,380 pot as Treasureonthewater will be the favourite from post 2. Trainer Marc Campbell just qualified the Steve MacKenzie owned daughter of Tad The Stud in a 2:06 romp as Charlottetown but will elect to drive Galeowind from post 7. That leaves Brodie MacPhee to handle Treasureonthewater while fellow Campbell stablemate A Little Go Go will be driven by Adam Merner from post 5 in the field of seven. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs, live video and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON -  July 6, 2020 – Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Race Office would like to inform horsepeople that sign–up to train this Wednesday (July 8) at Mohawk Park opens later today (July 6) at 3 p.m. Training at Woodbine Mohawk Park will only be available on Wednesday this week from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first-come, first serve-basis. Sign–ups will start at 3:00 p.m. Trainers are limited to no more than 10 horses per day. A limit of 50 horses are permitted in the paddock during a training time slot. Training time slots will be in 2.5 hour increments (6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.). All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the Security check point. The link to sign-up for training is available here: Woodbine Mohawk Park Training Sign-Up. Please contact Dylan Allain with any questions at dallain@woodbine.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Standardbred Canada reports that coming into Sunday (July 5) one win shy of reaching a harness racing milestone, trainer Richard Moreau sent out a 10-1 winner at Georgian Downs to collect his 6,000th training victory. The win came in the evening’s third race, a $6,500 conditioned pacing event. Brett MacDonald drove the three-year-old Sunshine Beach colt Rock And Twist to a 1:55.1 victory, besting 6-5 favourite Zebs Sunshine and returning $23.30 to win. Rock And Twist competes for owners Michel and Frederic Baril along with Gabriel Moreau. Moreau—a seven-time O’Brien Award winner for top trainer—became only the third trainer in the recorded history of harness racing to surpass the 6,000-win plateau. The only other trainers to achieve over 6,000 wins are Virgil Morgan Jr. and Ron Burke—the latter nearing 11,000 victories. Since beginning his career in 1988, the horseman now based in Puslinch, ON leads all trainers in the history of Canadian harness racing in wins. Though Moreau just hit a milestone, the nation’s leading trainer is already nearing another. Collecting well over $59-million in career earnings, Moreau sits just under $150,000 shy of surpassing the $60-million plateau. In earnings, Moreau currently ranks 12th all-time among trainers in North America. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Georgian Downs. From Standardbred Canada

CLINTON, JULY 5, 2020 – Forty-eight sophomore harness racing trotting fillies descended on Clinton Raceway Sunday afternoon and the track record at the half-mile oval fell not once, but twice as the fillies battled in six $22,800 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. As the program got underway the three-year-old trotting filly track record stood at 1:59.3, set by Gotta Pay To Play in a July 2018 Grassroots event. That speed mark was erased in the third division when Moana wore down pacesetter Credits Celebrity and out-sprinted fan favourite Alexa Blue Chip to claim a two length victory in 1:59.2. Alexa Blue Chip settled for second and Credits Celebrity was third. “I knew she’d be pretty good there compared to some of the other ones, because she gets around the turns like a hoop around a barrel, so I knew that would play in her favour overall,” said trainer Shawn Steacy. “And James had been taking her back and racing her conservatively the last couple starts, so I figured he’d be pressing pretty good off the gate and trying to be aggressive with her today.” James MacDonald engineered the Muscle Mass daughter’s first win of 2020 for owners Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Moana was a two-time Grassroots winner at two, including a win in her Grassroots Semi-final, and Steacy hopes the filly is poised to match or better her freshman success this season. “She’s always been a little bit on the aggressive side and I thought we were going to have trouble training her back with her aggression this year, but once we got about 10 or 15 training miles into her she settled right in and she trained back a lot better, a lot easier on herself, than I expected her to be,” Steacy explained. “In the long run of things she’ll be better because she’ll be able to conserve a lot more of her energy that way.” Moana’s name would stay in Clinton’s record book for less than two hours however as Profound Paragon and driver Jean Bernard Renaud laid down a gate-to-wire 1:59 effort in the final division. Another daughter of Muscle Mass, Profound Paragon hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of fan favourite Hickman County and Sheer Energy. The win was Profound Paragon’s second straight and her fourth of the sophomore campaign. A late bloomer, the filly did not make her first start until after the Ontario Sires Stakes season was complete last fall, but she showed enough promise that trainer Julie Walker and her co-owner Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ were confident she would be a player on the Grassroots circuit this summer. “We were going to give her the month of February off so that we didn’t tire her out for the Sires Stakes season and with that month off and COVID on top of that, she really got thick, she grew up a lot. She’s not really tall, but she got strong,” said Walker. “With the little break and everything we were able to take the trotting hopples off her, and like I said she just kept getting stronger and better. “Our plan was always just the Grassroots because I’m not sure if she’s a high speed filly, but like you see today, she can go around any shape and size track and that’s kind of fun to have,” added the Carlisle, ON resident. “And she’s very smart, even going to the races today, it’s hot, and she just sits and falls asleep in the cross-ties, and just likes to do her job.” Dancing Queen kicked off the Grassroots action with a 2:01 score for driver Brett MacDonald, trainer Ron MacDonald and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. St Helens and No Angel Here finished one and one-quarter lengths behind the Royalty For Life daughter, who was making her Ontario Sires Stakes debut. The second split went to Validation and driver Colin Kelly, who controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing under the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of fan favourite Chelseas Magic. Incredible Hally was five lengths back in third. “She trained down so well and then she just kind of got into a couple bad habits where she’d get excited behind the gate. She just needed some time. She’s very big and growthy so she just needed some time to mature I think,” said Kelly, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to her second sophomore win for trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville and his partner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. “She did everything well within hand today, she didn’t seem overly stressed and she seemed to do everything pretty easy and relaxed. Hopefully she just kind of builds on that and she can have a good season going forward.” The Present captured the fourth division with a 2:02.4 effort for Bob McClure, trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and his partner Gestion Mastel of Longueil, QC. Peppas Angel finished three lengths back in second and Queen M was three more behind in third. “She’s a very square-gaited trotter, perfect for a track like Clinton,” said McClure of the Royalty For Life daughter. “It’s tough to beat her on the small tracks.” The fifth Grassroots battle went to a hard-charging Noblesse Duharas, who overcame an early break caused by interference to claim the 2:02 victory. Need An Alibi finished second and fan favourite Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She raced super today. She got interfered with in the first turn and got mixed up, but then raced fantastic to come back and win,” said Scott Young, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to the win for trainer Denis Gueriel and owner Haras De L’Estrie Inc. of Dunham, QC. “I was super happy with her performance today.” The focus shifted to the three-year-old pacing fillies at the end of the program as the $64,700 Kin Pace Final went postward in Race 10. A big closing effort by Watch My Speed and driver Jody Jamieson saw them claim the victor’s spoils as favourites High Roller Duke and Tuggingoncredit hooked wheels in the stretch, interfering with eventual runner-up Century Gianna and taking themselves out of the race. Preeminence recovered from an early break to finish third. While they could not be trackside to cheer on the fillies, Clinton Raceway fans wagered just over $88,000 on the program. Complete results can be found at Clinton Raceway Results. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 26 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top harness racing guns came out to play Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway in Governor’s Plate elimination action and Avatar J stamped himself as the one to beat in next week’s prestigious final. The front end held up in both $5,000 eliminations for next Saturday’s Governor’s Plate Invitational final, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge. Avatar J captured the fastest elimination in 1:53 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Danny MacDonald and owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. The American Ideal pacer waltzed through splits of 27.2, 56 and 1:24 while fighting off Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson) in the final half. Screen Test finishing second, Time To Dance (Marc Campbell) was third and Mantario (Kenny Arsenault) was fourth to earn a spot in the final. Defending champion Rose Run Quest won the second $5,000 elimination in 1:54.2 after cutting out fractions of 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.3 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Simple Kinda Man (Jason Hughes) charged hard late to be second, with Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.) third and Bugsy Maguire (Brodie MacPhee) rounding out the field finishing fourth. The card was opened up with a race rookie driver Taylor Doyle will never forget as he scored in 1:59.4 with the Chris MacKay trained Scotlynn Seelster for the first career win for both the horse and the Kensington driver. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC – The first two-year-old event of the harness racing season in Quebec took place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the second race pace with colts going against filly pacers. The 1/5 overwhelming favorite, Too Soon BG and driver Francis Picard, took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.1. Platine Alpha and driver Carol Voyer sat the pocket trip but was six lengths back of the leader as they raced past the half mile in :58.1. Too Soon BG kept his huge lead on the field until the three-quarters in 1:28.1. That was when Platine Alpha began to close the gap, collaring Too Soon BG and passing him by to win going away by two lengths in 2:00.3. Too Soon BG held for second place with SG Alexia (Sylvain Grenier) third. It was a record mile for Platine Alpha. The daughter of Control The Moment from the Big Jim mare, Ma Terre, is trained by Sylvain Tremblay and was bred and is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. She paid $7.40 to win. Driver Carol Voyer made it a driving double as he was able to send Keepall right to the lead in the third race Preferred Trot and wire the field by two lengths in 1:59.1. Keepall kept the field at bay throughout the race. Race favorite Ice O Late (Francis Picard) came first-over at the half mile marker but could not gain ground on the race leader. EAU Naturelle (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Ice O Late third. Keepall is also trained by Sylvain Tremblay and owned by the Alpha Stable with Gino Curadeau. The six-year-old son of Angus Hall paid $4.80 to win. Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau lived up to their favorite status in the sixth race Mares Preferred Pace, leading from start to finish in 1:59.1. It was her third win this season for trainer Carl Duguay. The six-year-old mare by Yankee Cam was bred and is owned by Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. She paid $4.80 to win. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday afternoon, first race post time at 4:00 pm. Next weekend will feature three days of live harness racing action at H3R as the track will race Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time Saturday and Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, JULY 4, 2020 – A fluke accident cost Beaumond Hanover a shot at Ontario Sires Stakes glory last season, but harness racing trainer Jack Darling was always confident the pacing colt was Gold Series calibre and that faith was rewarded at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday. Starting from Post 7, driver Jody Jamieson had Beaumond Hanover on the move early and the fan favourite took command from Denali Seelster as the colts reached the :26.4 quarter. From there Beaumond Hanover cruised to a :54.4 half, and when Mayhem Hanover mounted a challenge heading for the 1:22.2 three-quarters Jamieson shifted the strapping youngster into a bigger gear. Powering down the stretch Beaumond Hanover opened up a three and three-quarter length margin on his peers and stopped the teletimer in a Canadian season’s best 1:49.1. Examiner Hanover finished second and Denali Seelster was third. “He’s just a really nice horse. It’s kind of an honour to have a horse like that, he just seems perfect in every way,” said owner-trainer Jack Darling. “He was always our best colt. We had high hopes for him. We were pretty sure he was going to be a good Gold colt last year, but he has come back strong this year. You’re always hoping for it, but you never expect them to be this good.” The son of Sportswriter trained down in impressive fashion and had one qualifier under his belt last June when he kicked the fence in the paddock and suffered a bone bruise that would take two months to heal. Beaumond Hanover returned to action in September and won four of five starts, including two legs and the final of the Harvest Series, before Darling opted to wrap up his freshman campaign. This season Beaumond Hanover opened the season with a five length win in 1:49.4 and then finished third and second in his next two starts. As a result, Darling made a couple of small changes to the colt’s equipment for Saturday’s Gold Series test. Beaumond Hanover “I changed his shoes, I put aluminum shoes on him to get a little lighter shoe, and a little more grab, a little more reach. I let his hopples out a little bit. It seemed to help. He’s a big horse so he can go with a big hopple,” said the Cambridge, ON resident. “He’s just a massive horse, tall, but he’s athletic, he’s got that big shoulder and big hind end that you like. He’s a horse that really stands out on the track. When you’re out jogging him or training him he kind of catches everybody’s eye.” In addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes, Beaumond Hanover is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup (eliminations August 22, final August 29), Simcoe Stakes (Sept. 5) and the Somebeachsomewhere (Sept. 12). Darling said the colt is easy to train and, as long as he stays happy and healthy, should not need many overnight starts to remain sharp for his stakes engagements. “You can train him all you want, he’s good that way. Easy on himself, a fairly mild-mannered stud, never really acts up,” said the trainer. “He spends an hour out in the paddock every morning from 6 to 7 am. He just loves that. You turn him out and he just trots down to the end of the paddock and starts eating grass for an hour, doesn’t worry about anything. He’s a classy horse.” Unfortunately, Beaumond Hanover’s Canadian season’s mark would stand for just 90 minutes as the He's Watching colt Tattoo Artist roared around the Milton oval in 1:48.2 in the second $107,200 Gold division. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy sent Tattoo Artist straight to the front from Post 8, ringing up a sizzling :25.3 quarter. Keeping an eye peeled for the advance of fan favourite Indictable Hanover, Roy took his foot off the gas heading for the :54.1 and then let Tattoo Artist start to roll again when he caught sight of his rival heading for the 1:21.3 three-quarters. In spite of the sharp early pace, Tattoo Artist had something in reserve and pulled away to a three length victory in a Canadian season’s record 1:48.2. Indictable Hanover settled for second and pocket-sitter Rhythm In Motion was third. “He certainly stepped up tonight. I knew he was a fast little boy when we trained him down this spring, but that’s pretty good to go that fast this time of year,” said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. “So I guess we’re going to have to try to baby him along and save him for August, the big one I guess. He should do in there anyways.” Like Beaumond Hanover, Tattoo Artist is eligible for the North America Cup in August, and Moore said he will spend the coming days mapping out a schedule that aims to have the Hes Watching colt in peak form for Woodbine Mohawk Park’s marquee event. Saturday’s outing was the colt’s fourth of his sophomore campaign and his third win. Tattoo Artist “I gave him five days off after his last race (June 20), started back jogging him on Friday of last week, and then he had Sunday off as well, and then I trained him on Tuesday a mile and a half and he went the last half in the jog cart faster than I’ve ever been in my life, :56 and a bit,” said the Cambridge resident. “That was the first time he had the ear plugs in. So he seemed very good going into this and hopefully we can keep him that way for a few more months anyway.” Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover will return to Gold Series action on Saturday, July 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results for Saturday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Racing

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Guarding the rail from the start, Painted Desert and driver Corey MacPherson never looked back en route to a historic milestone for the harness racing reinsman Saturday Night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson celebrated win number 1,000 of his driving career aboard his own trainee as the 14-year-old son of Western Ideal was on top at every call in 1:57.3 for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec, to upset at 12-1 odds. The milestone victory was one of three for the 31-year-old Cornwall driver as he also hit the line first with the Melissa Rennie trained Ms Moyse in a lifetime best 1:57.2 score while also closing out the program with Tobinator for trainer Ambyr Campbell in 1:59.1 to bring his lifetime win total to 1,002. Marc Campbell had a pair of winners from his stable including the $2,700 featured pace with Jetster in a new lifetime best of 1:55.3 for owner Jamie Struthers of Nova Scotia. Tempo Seelster (Ken Murphy) rallied for second while Mystery Phil (Driven by Adam Merner) did all the early roadwork to finish third. Campbell's other win came with newcomer Power Of A Cruiser in 1:58.1 for owner Charles Symes of Nova Scotia. The capital oval now goes dark until Thursday July 16. Island racing action will shift to Red Shores Summerside this week for Governor's Plate week racing featuring evening cards Tuesday through Saturday night culminating in the 52nd running of the historic Governor's Plate. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - July 4, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the harness racing Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 at Mohawk Park will be held on Saturday, July 11. Tonight's card (July 4) will be the final opportunity for horseplayers to take down the entire Jackpot Hi-5 prior to next week's mandatory payout, as the wager and carryover will be frozen for the cards scheduled on July 6,7,9 and 10. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $228,730.76. Post time for tonight's card is 7 p.m. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering is available on Race 11 and horseplayer can download a free program by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Free-Programs/. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The aptly named harness racing trotter, Ice O Late, had no issues being quarantined during the pandemic and has emerged as the horse to beat at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Ice O Late headlines the third race Preferred Trot at H3R and comes into the race off an impressive 2:01 triumph last week in his first start of the 2020 season. With Francis Picard in the sulky for trainer and co-owner Luc Chouinard, Ice O Late closed from fifth place last week to win with ease by three and one-quarter lengths. He starts from post three on Sunday. Chouinard co-owns Ice O Late, an eight-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide with Daniel Lamarre. Hoping to pull off an upset will be Rideau Carleton invader, Keepall (post 5), Holiday Party (post 4) and Voodoo Man (post 2). The first two-year-old pari-mutuel race takes place Sunday with the second race pace for colts and fillies. Too Soon BG, a son of Betterthancheddar, has won both of his early "baby" races, the fastest last week in 2:04.2 with Francis Picard in the sulky. Too Soon BG was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and is trained by Eric Milot. Another standout is Platine Alpha from post three. She is sired by Control The Moment, trained by Sylvain Tremblay and will be driven by Carol Voyer. Platine Alpha was bred and is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and was second last week to Too Soon BG. The top mares at H3R go at it again in the Preferred Pace, the sixth race on the program. Last week's return winner, Sieras Rose, is handicapped with post 8 and starts alongside rival Sophies Cam (post 7). Other contenders include Uptown Woman (post 3) and Uno Cincuenta (post 4). Post time for the Sunday afternoon card is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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SUMMERSIDE, PE - The two-year-old harness racing crop of 2020 will have their first chance to show what they are made of Wednesday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Red Shores Summerside during Governor's Plate Week racing. The 10-dash Wednesday card has a 6 P.M. first race post time featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The program has a pair of $12,620 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for the rookie fillies in races 6 and 8. Race 6 will see the debut of Woodmere Stella from post 2 after the Earl Smith trained and driven daughter of Steelhead Hanover qualified in 2:00.4 over Red Shores Charlottetown for the ownership group of Next Generation Stable of Stratford. Kck Girlies is second choice for trainer-driver Mike McGuigan from the first crop of Source Of Pride. Little Miss Ava (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) has rail control in the field of seven representing the first crop of stallion Hilarious Halo after the filly was a qualifying winner in 2:03.1. The second $12,620 split lines up in race 8 with The Real McCoy kicking off her campaign from post 4 as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and Nova Scotia owners Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. The Source Of Pride lass was a winner in her qualifier in 2:01.4 in Charlottetown. Also in the field is JJ Talisa from the first crop of Hilarious Halo for driver Redmond Doucet and trainer Robert MacLeod. The filly is the lone horse in the field to already see pari-mutuel action, where she finished second at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia in 2:00.3. Vicky Everyday has post 6 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Paul Conway of Bonshaw. The filly is from the inaugural crop of Cougar Hall. The program will also feature a pair of $2,500 Atlantic Sires B-divisions for rookie fillies in races 2 and 4. Check out the action live at Redshores.ca and bet online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
SUMMERSIDE, PE - After scorching the oval in his Governor's Plate elimination, Avatar J will have to leave on the grandstand side in the 52nd Governor's Plate final, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, on Saturday night after post positions were drawn Tuesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Danny MacDonald trained pacer drew the outside of the gate in the official post position draw for the $25,000 finale of Governor's Plate Week racing for owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. Gilles Barrieau guided the American Ideal pacer to a 1:53 victory in Sunday afternoon elimination action. Other elimination winner Rose Run Quest will leave from post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Complete Draw Post - Horse - Trainer 1 - Hes Marvalous - Myles Heffernan Jr. 2 - Rose Run Quest - Marc Campbell 3 - Mantario - Alex Sobey 4 - Bugsy Maguire - Wade Sorrie 5 - Screen Test - Ron Gass 6 - Time To Dance - Marc Campbell 7 - Simple Kinda Man - Chris MacKay 8 - Avatar J - Danny MacDonald In control from the word 'go' Treasureonthewater took top prize in the biggest race of the evening Tuesday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate week racing. Brodie MacPhee was in the bike behind the Marc Campbell trained trotter as she took the lead at the start in her $15,380 Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old trot division and cruised through splits of 32.3, 1:05, 1:37 and 2:07.2. Her stablemate Galeowind (Driven by Campbell) was second while Mr Finlay Ridge (Clare MacDonald) recovered from an early break to finish third. Treasureonthewater is owned by Steve MacKenzie of Charlottetown. Countyline Scott scored an upset in his career debut winning an $8,140 three-year-old division of the Atlantic Sires Stakes trot in 2:04.2 for driver David Dowling, trainer Blaine McKenna and owner Susanne MacKeigan of Albert Bridge, N.S. Second went to Dusty Lane Del (Corey MacPherson) with West River Ellie (MacDonald) completing the triactor. Mabou Ridge delivered as the favourite in the other three-year-old trot division winning in 2:00.4 for trainer-driver MacDonald and owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. His arch-rival Tequila Tuesday (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was second ahead of Go With Her (MacPhee). Campbell had a training double on the card as talented Shadow Play filly Plain Jane destroyed the first race of the program in her career debut in 1:57.3 by 25-lengths for owner Leigh Gavin of Tignish. MacPhee had three driving wins on the card as he also scored with Windemeredontuworry in the $2,150 top overnight trot for trainer Norris Rogers of Summerside and in the finale with Much Adoo in 1:58 for trainer Ron Matheson of Charlottetown. Live racing continues Wednesday evening at 6:30 P.M. at Red Shores Summerside. Go to Redshores.ca for more information. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  
Trois-Rivieres, QC - Management at the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) will host four special Saturday race programs beginning this weekend as Quebec Regional Fair events. The four special Saturday's devoted to the Regional Fair races will be July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22. "The fair tracks cannot operate this year at all due to COVID-19," explained Murielle Thomisson, the Director of Racing Operations at H3R. "The Quebec Jockey Club decided to have these four Saturdays at H3R to continue the tradition. These races will also allow non-qualified horses to qualify and race for a purse." The QJC is still working with the Quebec Racing Commission to finalize the changes for the stakes schedule for 2020. The two and three-year-old Quebec-Bred races will have eliminations in August and September and their finals at the end of September. The four-year-old and older Quebec-Bred Series is being re-evaluated and may be held in the fall. For the full racing schedule, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    
MILTON, ON - JULY 6, 2020 - Two-year-old harness racing pacing colts invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, starring in six $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions and No Better Joy kicked off the provincial campaign in style with an impressive 1:52.1 victory. Starting from the outside Post 9, driver Bob McClure settled No Better Joy in fourth as Flash Cube took the field to a :27.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.2 half McClure put the fan favourite on the front, but Flash Cube stepped up to apply pressure before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. At the top of the stretch it looked as though Flash Cube would prevail, but No Bettor Joy shifted into another gear and came back on for a head victory. Flash Cube settled for second and Cantstoplying closed well to be third. "I've never had a horse, like even when you're training at the farm and when you come to the top of the stretch, even if there's another set 20 or 30 lengths ahead, he always puts it in another gear to chase them, so I think he kind of seen that horse and he picked it up again," said Nicky Comegna, who trains No Better Joy for his father Bruno Comegna of Burlington, ON. "He's always had that attitude, that's why I liked him." Comegna's son Jordan picked No Better Joy out at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $46,000 for the Betterthancheddar son. The youngster impressed his connections all winter, but a few hiccups in qualifying action and his first race made Comegna opt for the Grassroots rather than the July 3 Gold Series event. "If he had gone good last week we were going to put him in on Friday, but I just couldn't justify throwing him in there after that interference break (June 26)," said the Cambridge resident. "So I figured we'd maybe get him in a little easier and see if we do have something that can go a little bit, you know. Believe it or not it gave him an extra two, three days to kind of forget about last week, and it worked out." McClure closed the Grassroots portion of the evening with another victory, guiding Shadow Play son Lawless Shadow to a 1:53 score for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB, Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL. Bulldog Hanover was hot on the heels of the fan favorite in second and Wisk Key K completed the top three. Driver Sylvain Filion captured three Grassroots divisions, kicking off his hat trick in the second $23,150 contest with fan favourite Uncontrollable. The Control The Moment son delivered the largest margin of victory in the Grassroots divisions, reaching the wire six and one-half lengths ahead of Candy Trader and Watch My Beverage in 1:53. "He told me a couple of days ago that he was really high on him. He said he probably made a mistake, he should have probably put him in the Gold, so it made me pretty high on him too, you know," said Filion of the Scott McEneny trainee. "He was actually very, very nice. I left with him, then I pulled again around the last turn and he just cruised home." Like No Better Joy, Uncontrollable will likely make the jump up to the Gold Series for his second Ontario Sires Stakes start. McEneny, who also owns the $6,000 yearling purchase, noted that a strong showing against the top colts on July 18 could see Uncontrollable supplemented to the Battle Of Waterloo Eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 27. "I think I'm going to give him a shot. You know what, he's better off a helmet. You can see he buzzed around them really quick and then he kind of got a little lazy, but I think if you can keep him covered up he can pace with any of them," said Puslinch resident McEneny. "Like I said, first start, with a big drop time-wise, and he did it right, so I'm pretty happy with him." Filion was back in the winner's circle after the third division with Betterthancheddar son Brilliant Corners, who sat fourth before stepping out to mount an attack on pacesetting favourite West Coast Kid. Brilliant Corners sprinted home to a 1:54.2 victory, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of his TheStable.ca stablemate First Glance. Frank Deford was four and one-quarter lengths back in third. "He was a bit of a hot-headed horse early on and I was able to sit him in the hole in the qualifiers, but he was really strong, headstrong you know, and he wouldn't really relax, but tonight he was as good as I've ever seen him. Calm, relaxed and I was able to sit him in the hole as long as I wanted and that's the reason why he was so strong at the end of the mile," said Filion. "He's learning - it's still a learning process with the two-year-olds - but every time I sat behind him he got better and better, so I hope he keeps going." Filion engineered the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Brilliant Corners of Guelph, ON. The Milton resident completed the hat trick in the fifth division with Saratoga Blue Chip, who was as headstrong as Brilliant Corners was relaxed. The He's Watching son gave Filion a workout as he sat in the pocket behind Mr Charisma, but had enough left to get home for a one-half length win over Beach Blogger. Mr Charisma finished third in the 1:53.3 mile. "When he left the gate he was half a runaway. I had a hard time to hold him and I had to re-move him to the front, and then I had to take a huge hold of him again to let James (MacDonald, with Mr Charisma) go by, and then moved him again around the end of the last turn. So it wasn't the greatest drive, but it worked out anyway," said Filion with a rueful chuckle. "He stretched my arms pretty good." Filion piloted Saratoga Blue Chip to the win for trainer Anthony Beaton and owner Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. Avion Seelster took the other division with a 1:53.2 victory over Lil Red Sportsstar and Warrawee Wazzup. Jody Jamieson piloted the Sportswriter colt to the win for owner-trainer Jack Darling. "There's a good group of Grassrooters. Wow, it's amazing how fast they go," said Filion of the freshman colt season opener. "The weather is so warm, and no wind at all and the track is perfect, so it makes for speed." The two-year-old pacing colts will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 20 for their second Grassroots start. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
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