Day At The Track
P L Molly, harness racing

Round two of Harvest Series at Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - The Royalty For Life filly P L Molly broke her maiden with a 1:59 victory in Tuesday's second leg of the Harvest Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight rookie harness racing trotting fillies clashed in the $17,000 second-round of the three-week Harvest Series. P L Molly and driver Bob McClure made a strong third-quarter move from fifth to second and after dropping in behind leader Nifty Trick at the top of the lane, proceeded to power by in the final-eighth for a 1:59 score. Nifty Trick, who lost by three-quarters of a length, finished second for the fourth-consecutive start. Order Mattie crossed the line third, while Briarwood Belle was fourth. Eramosa Magic, who went off as the 2-1 favourite, made a break well-before the start. She finished eighth, but with broken equipment. Trained by Matt Dupuis, P L Molly came into the Harvest Series second-leg off a fifth-place finish in the first-leg and was winless in seven starts. She has now earned $21,297 for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres. A $2 win ticket on P L Molly returned $12.70. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. All four Harvest Series finals for two-year-olds will take place on Thursday, October 25. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications      

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Community wide discussion at Equine Symposium

Guelph, ON Oct, 16, 2018 - The University of Guelph's annual Equine Industry Symposium is fast approaching.   On Saturday October 27th, 2018 from 9:30AM to 4:00PM, students in the Bachelor of BioResource Management degree majoring in Equine Management will once again be hosting the Equine Industry Symposium for horse enthusiasts from all backgrounds to come out and engage in a community-wide discussion about prevalent issues within the equine industry.   As horse people, many of us have borne witness to conflicting ideals for equine welfare and horse care practices across different businesses and disciplines.   These issues, along with what sometimes comes across as a lack of professionalism, compromise our abilities as horse owners, business people, hobbyists and professionals to find the best care practices for the most important member of our community – the horse!   To address this, this year's Equine Industry Symposium is focusing on discussing solutions pertaining to professionalism and industry-wide standards for equine welfare. Symposium attendees can look forward to engaging conversations with veterinarians, researchers, fellow riders and professional equine business people, facilitated by former CEO of Equine Canada, Akaash Maharaj.   The goal of this event is to further unite our community and develop practices that benefit the industry and above all, the horse.   Lunch will be provided and admission is free upon registration at www.eventbrite.ca; search Equine Industry Symposium or go directly to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/equine-industry-symposium-registration-49997476799?aff=eac2.   Find us on Facebook at Equine Industry Symposium 2018, participate in pre- and post-symposium discussion at thehorseportal.com and we look forward to seeing a wonderful and diverse group of horse people in the University of Guelph’s Thornborough building room 1200 at 9:30 AM on October 27th 2018.   Contact: EQevents@uoguelph.ca for more information   From Equine Guelph    

Charmbo Brie, harness racing

Charmbo Brie repeats in Harvest Series

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2018 - Charmbo Brie will have a chance at a Harvest Series sweep following a second-leg victory on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Betterthancheddar two-year-old filly and driver Mike Saftic battled through a strong headwind in the lane to win the first of two $17,000 divisions in 1:58.1 for breeder/owner/trainer John Rier. Charmbo Brie converted off a two-hole trip to defeat Princess Layla by a length. Salutation crossed the wire in third. The second-leg victory gives Charmbo Brie back-to-back victories and improves her rookie record to three wins and $34,321 earned in 12 starts. She paid $7.80 to win. Bettors Delight filly Thats Incredible was a convincing winner in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee and driver Trevor Henry circled from second to first before the half and proceeded to pull away in the lane for a 1:57 score. Twin B Tipster finished second, beat 3 ¼ lengths, while Erikas Shadow was third. Thats Incredible finished second in last week's opening leg to Green Point, who finished sixth this week. A homebred for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle, Thats Incredible now has two wins and $25,338 earned in 10 starts. She paid $12.40 to win. Ontario sired two-year-old pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. The Harvest Series final for two-year-old pacing fillies will take place on Thursday, October 25. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second-leg of the Harvest Series for two-year-old trotting fillies will headline a 10-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Harness racing

Encore Panic wins four-horse photo finish

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera to declare the winner, second and third place in the Quebec Plus Series opening round for three, four and five-year-old harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The fifth race feature saw Encore Panic and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to early lead as Flashjack Soleil went off-stride before the start. Courage (Simon Delisle) grabbed the two-hole spot and they raced that way to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. As they came to the half mile in :57.3, Determinant and driver Tyler Jones came first-over with Classic Terror (Pascal Berube) second over. Then at the three-quarters in 1:28, Berube sent Classic Terror three wide and Hercule J M (Pierre Luc Roy) was flowing the flow and came four-wide around the final turn. It was then a race to the finish with Encore Panic and Gendron holding on to win by a long nose in 2:00.1. Determinant was a game second, holding off Hercule J M by a nose for third place. It was the fourth win this season for Encore Panic ($14.20) and the four-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella posted a lifetime mark for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Brian Paquet of Quebec City. For the driver Jocelyn "The Showman" Gendron, it was one of his three winners on the afternoon card. In the 11th race second division of the Quebec Plus Series the race belonged to Lune Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy as they led from start to finish with a lifetime mark of 1:58.3. Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) tried as he could, but could not catch Lune Blue and had to settle for second place with Somebeachbythesea (Richard Veilleux) third. It was the fifth win on the year for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She paid $4.40 to win. The Preferred Trot saw R Rkadabra and driver Francis Picard shoot right out to a four-length lead on the field in the third race co-feature. Past the opening quarter mile in :28, R Rkadabra spread out the field with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) second past the half mile marker in :57.4. Then the action heated up in the backstretch as Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over but right before the three-quarters in 1:28.2, Pascal Berube left the two-hold, came first-over and forced Brosseau and Seeyou Men to go three-wide around the final turn. Once starting down the stretch, Seeyou Men showed he was the strong horse, pulling away with a two-length triumph in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was second with R Rkadabra third. A six-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass, Seeyou Men is a former track record holder and Quebec-Bred Champion. It was his sixth win this year for trainer Daniel Martin. He is co-owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and breeder Chantel Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover. He paid $4.20 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday at H3R with the continuation of the Quebec Plus Series. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Patience proved key in the feature event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Pictonian Storm stalked from fourth and nailed all rivals at the wire. Austin Sorrie trains and drives Pictonian Storm for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook, P.E.I. Fast N Victorious was sent to the early lead in the $2,200 featured event by driver Corey MacPherson and proceeded to carve out fractions of 27.2 and 56.2 while Pictonian Storm laid fourth on the rail. The three-quarters were reached in 1:27 with Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Stephen Trites) sent first-over to engage Fast N Victorious. Pictonian Storm emerged from the crowd in the stretch drive to defeat his rivals in 1:58.3. Second went to Mando Fun(Ken Murphy) while Fast N Victorious hung on for third. Driver David Dowling continued his grip on the Red Shores Summerside driving standings with three wins on the program. The Warren Grove driver started the program off with a narrow score with Inspector Murdoch in 2:01 for trainer Blaine McKenna of Summerside, then followed it up with a 1:57.4 romp aboard Flash In The Pang for Pat Murphy of Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. WC Kenzie Cookie supplied Dowling with another trip to the winner’s circle in the Cecil Stewart Memorial after a 2:00.3 win for trainer Devon Wallace of Alberton, P.E.I. Dale Spence also had three wins on the card including a 2:01.1 score with Blu Meadow Willie for Brenda and Morgan MacInnis of Summerside, a 2:02 win with Kant Katch Kaiden from his own stable and 1:59.1 win with Coasttocoastshark for Jeff Wallace of Alberton, P.E.I. Salmonier Storm and trainer-driver Ambyr Campbell hit the winner’s circle in the $1,800 Leon Stewart Memorial pace in a 1:59.4 score for owner Brian MacPhee of Clyde River, P.E.I. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Louis-Philippe Roy won his first Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday and then won two more to lay emphatic claim to the Lampman Cup title as the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. A joyful group met the 28-year-old in the winner's circle after his first victory, as he guided two-year-old trotting filly HP Titania Runner to a narrow 1:57.4 score over Champagne Jane and favourite Presto Change O. "Those owners are maybe not the first ones, but among the first people that got me stake drives in Quebec," said Roy of owner-breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, Quebec. "So the fact that they put confidence in me and now they are kind of rewarded with that win, I am happy for them." Woodbine-Mohawk Park fans sent the division point leader off as the second choice from Post 5 and HP Titania Runner charged from seventh to first in the last quarter to secure the championship. The E L Titan daughter wrapped up her freshman season with a record of four wins in eight starts and earnings of $248,650. While his first victory paid tribute to the past, Roy's second Super Final win had him looking toward the future. The reinsman teamed up with Keystone Concrete to deliver a giant-slaying upset in the two-year-old pacing colt and gelding division, laying down a :26.3 final quarter to collar Bettors Wish and Metro Pace winner Stag Party in 1:52. All three colts are by sire Bettors Delight. "For a while I was saying to myself, 'I will be third' and I would have been happy with a third, but then I seen Stag Party get a little tired so I said, 'I will probably get there for second', but that horse -sometimes horses they'll fight until the last one to pass, they'll just get to their head and kind of hang on a little bit, but this one he just kept going and he even went by the last horse," said Roy. "He's a really nice horse. I can't wait, if I have the opportunity, to drive him again at three." Roy drove Keystone Concrete to his fifth win in seven starts for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, his wife Yolanda Fellows, and her co-owners Arpad Szabo of Bradford, Ontario and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta. The win boosted the colt's earnings to $214,850 and Szabo was already looking forward to spending his share. "Maybe I can buy some more yearlings now because I am going to the sale tomorrow to spend the money I made. It's not going to stay in my pocket very long," said Szabo with a laugh, adding that Keystone Concrete had been something of a Cinderella story for his owners. "I never thought he was going to make it this far. He started in the Grassroots and he wound up in the Gold, and win the Gold, and beat a horse like Stag Party." Roy's third Super Final victory was the perfect end to his 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season, coming with three-year-old pacing colt Jimmy Freight, who took him to open stake races across North America this summer. On Saturday night the pair battled harder than they had all season in the provincial program, using a late kick to nab stablemate and pacesetter Backstreet Shadow in the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:50.2. St Lads Neptune was awarded third-place when The Downtown Bus was placed back to fifth for causing interference. "I knew I was going to float, I didn't want to rush him to go in the lead," said Roy of his strategy from Post 9. "Last start he raced really good, and the start before he got, I think, a little bit tired of racing on the front, and I really wanted not to end the season that way, like end it on a good note. He's been so much dominant in the Ontario Sires Stakes this year that I think he deserved that win." The soon-to-be Guelph resident drives Jimmy Freight for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario. The Sportswriter son went undefeated through the Gold Series this season, winning four legs and the Super Final. His sophomore record stands at nine wins, four seconds and three thirds in 17 starts for earnings of $691,239. Three-year-old trotting colt point leader Run Director also wrapped up his season with a Super Final victory and owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, Ontario were delighted to be joined in the winner's circle by the colt's namesake, Rankin Cancer Run director Mary Ann Edwards. "He emailed me one day and said, 'Would you mind if I named a male horse after you?'" recalled Edwards. "So it was an honour to be here tonight for this and this man is unbelievable, it's unbelievable what he does in our community." "She keeps saying karma, you know you'll get repaid back, so I named the horse after her and he's done nothing but win," said Tom Rankin, who was certain the colt was going to finish second at the head of the stretch. After a breather behind pacesetter Stormont Ventnor around the final turn, Run Director and driver Sylvain Filion powered down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:54.2 Stormont Ventnor settled for second and Jula Downton was well back in third. Guelph resident Ben Baillargeon conditions the Kadabra colt for the Rankins. Three-year-old pacing filly Percy Bluechip repeated as Super Final champion, going gate-to-wire in 1:52 for driver Yannick Gingras. Kendall Seelster and Quints Dream finished one length back in second and third. "I wanted to race her on the front, I really did," said Gingras of the Shadow Play daughter. "That was the game plan." The New Jersey-based reinsman drove Percy Bluechip to the win for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA, Purnel And Libby LLC of Delray Beach, FL and Donald Emond of Taunton, MA. Gingras picked up a second Super Final victory with two-year-old pacing filly Summer Charm, who scored a 1:52.3 upset over division point leader Better Single and Quebec Blue Chip. Dave Menary trains the Bettors Delight daughter for Thomas Dillon of Anson, ME. Kadabra daughter Smoke And Mirrors kicked off the $1.8 million night with 1:55.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly division, hitting the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Superlative and Illusioneesta. Trevor Henry crafted the win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Forbidden Trade claimed the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding crown with a 1:56.2 triumph over Southwind Avenger and Only For Justice. Bob McClure drove the Kadabra colt to the win for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec. "When you got a season like that you want to win the final," said Blais, who trained the colt to a division leading four regular season victories. "That's a lot of pressure believe me, but it is an amazing feeling." From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There is no denying Three Truths is hot and he showed it as he defeated the $2,650 preferred harness racing class Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Kenny Arsenault was in the bike for the winning score of 1:56.3 off a two-hole ride for his eighth straight top three finish. Second went to pacesetter Keep Coming (Driven by David Dowling) while Euchred (Adam Merner) was third. Paul Doyle trains Three Truths for owners Jason Rice of Kensington and Darren Doyle of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Maritime Champion Bettim Jackie captured the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Jeff Lilley stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Barrieau hit the winner's circle earlier on the program winning a $3,000 elimination of the Maritime Breeder's stake for two-year-old trotters with Mile Hill Willie from his own stable. Time of the mile was 2:03.3 as Oceanview Hal (Henry Smallwood) was second, Dusty Lane Titan (Marc Campbell) recovered from a break to finish third and Jareds Courage (Mark Bradley) was fourth to advance to the final. Getti Messi won the other $3,000 split for rookie trotters in a mile time of 2:04.4 for driver Corey MacPherson and owner-trainer Blayne White of Belle River, P.E.I. Race favourite Little Miss Winnie (Arsenault) cut the fractions to finish second with Windemerebarrister (Walter Cheverie) finishing third and Dusty Lane Mavis finishing fourth to make the Maritime Breeder's final. Driver Jason Hughes had three wins on the program winning with Beach Cloud in 2:03.1 and Jeb in a 31-1 upset in 1:57.1, both from his own stable as well as a front end score with Winter Blast in 1:57.1 for trainer Jennifer Doyle of Earnescliffe, P.E.I. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The opening round of the new Quebec Plus Series takes center stage at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for 3,4, and 5-year-old pacers. The Quebec Plus Series is for horses that were eligible to Quebec-Bred Series earlier this season and were non-winners of $7,500 as of early September. There will be two weeks of preliminary rounds followed by $10,000 finals. The fifth race has a field of nine horses going to post in the first round for the pacers. The morning line favorite is Hercule J M from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy. The only five-year-old in the field, this gelded son of Goliath Bayama has two wins this year. Three starts back he took his lifetime mark with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R. Westernize from post four for driver Francis Picard won two starts back in 2:00 should be heard from in this race along with Art Of The Master (post six) and Classic Terror (post seven). The pacing fillies and mares in the Quebec Plus Series is highlighted by Flash Panic, who drew the rail in the non-wagering division that will be held after the first race Sunday. Sired by Sportswriter, Flash Panic will be driven by Stephane Gendron for trainer Francis Richard. She sports four wins this year and two starts back wired the field in a lifetime best 1:57. The prior week she also won in 1:58.2. Her main contenders are Lune Bleu (post two), also a four-time winner this year, Feu D Artifice (post three) and Y C Easy (post four). The top trotters at H3R will compete in the third race Preferred Class with three return winners in the field. Three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Capteur De Reve, heads the field from the rail for regular pilot Pierre Luc Roy. He won this class in his last start in 2:00 and has now won four of his last six starts for trainer Maxime Velaye. Seeyou Men has returned to his winning way for trainer Daniel Martin and goes from post four. In his last start at Rideau Carleton, Seeyou Men had a great trip and parlayed it into a 1:57.4 triumph, his fifth of the year. Also entered are return winner Broadway Malija (post six) who scored at H3R last week in 2:00; Holiday Party (post three), a 1:58.2 winner two starts back, R Rkadabra (post two) and Jamigo (post five). First race post time is 12:50 pm and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top aged pacers on Canada's Eastern Seaboard will again lock bridles in the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval switches to 12:30 P.M. Saturday post times for the remainder of the season with 13-dashes scheduled this week. The $2,650 preferred pace lines up in race 12 with Rose Run Quest leaving from the outside in the field of six fresh off his 1:54.3 victory in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Invitational in his latest start. Marc Campbell is back in the bike for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Czar Seelster leaves from post 4 this week with Mike McGuigan picking up the catch drive for trainer Todd Weatherbee. Euchred has been solid all season and has Adam Merner returning to the driver's seat from post 5. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits the race is a toss-up between those three talented pacers but selects Czar Seelster for the top spot Saturday afternoon. "This is a powerful threesome that's been dominating this class since OHW and it's just a matter of who's turn is it this week," MacIsaac said. "We'll go with Czar Seelster since drawing inside his two main rivals could be the difference maker." Also in the field is Three Truths (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Keep Coming (David Dowling) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). The Saturday card also features a pair of $3,000 Maritime Breeder's Eliminations for two-year-old trotters. The first elimination hits the track in race 2 with Windemerebarrister the top pick from post 4 fresh off a second place finish in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finale. Walter Cheverie is in the bike for trainer Al McNeil and Nova Scotia owners Gregory Francis, Jennifer Baxter and Saulsbrook Stables. Maritime champion Mile Hill Willie is favoured in the second split in race 4 leaving from post 3 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Paul Morrison of Cardigan, P.E.I. The top four from each elimination will advance to next week's final. The Maritime Breeder's three-year-old trot eliminations were scheduled to be contested on the program but just seven horses entered the event. Those seven will advance directly to next week's sophomore trot final. Fast N Victorious Defending Top Spot SUMMERSIDE, PE - After wiring the top class last week Fast N Victorious will look to fend off any challengers in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash program kicks off at 1 P.M. Sunday afternoon with the top class heading behind the gate in race 11. Fast N Victorious leaves from post 2 in the $2,200 event with Corey MacPherson picking up the catch drive for trainer Stephen Gass and owners Kent and Owen Livingston of Cornwall, P.E.I. The five-year-old son of Art Major was on top at every call in his latest start with a 1:57.1 victory by over two lengths. Mando Fun was in that same race and was a non-factor after leaving from the outside but he gets rail control on Sunday with Ken Murphy in the bike as the second choice on the morning line odds. Race analyst Bo Ford elects to go a different direction and will side with post 3 starter Pictonian Storm after selecting him to win last week in the race won by Fast N Victorious. "We went with Pictonian Storm last week and the trip didn't materialize the way we had hoped," Ford said. "We're going to back him up again today and look for a little value." Also in the field is White Fish Flash (Driven by Norris Rogers) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Stephen Trites). The Cecil Stewart Memorial pace lines up in race 7 for a $1,000 purse with Shes A Lover and owner-trainer-driver Rob Chappell of Summerside, P.E.I., selected to win from post 1. Race 9 is the Leon Stewart Memorial pace for a $1,800 pot. Soccer Hanover gets top billing from post 5 with Murphy in the bike for trainer Leith Waite. Other top entries include Slide Guitar (David Dowling) and Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell). Catch the action live at the track or go to www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - October 11, 2018 - Round one of the Harvest Series came to a close Thursday with Ontario sired two-year-old colts and geldings in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 21 pacers were split into three divisions, while 17 trotters were separated into two divisions. Each of Thursday's round one divisions went for $17,000. Sportswriter gelding Mantario and driver Sylvain Filion were able find room in the lane to split rivals for a half-length score in 1:54.1. The Scott McEneny trainee received a two-hole trip and despite being stuck behind a tiring leader at three-quarters, slid off the rail and shot through for his third win of the season. Shadow Tail was second, while Better Than Some was third. Mantario has now earned $22,128 in 10 starts this season for owners M And L Of Delaware LLC. The $60,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase matched his career-best of 1:54.1. He paid $7.90 to win. Sunshine Beach colt Millenium Seelster and driver Chris Christoforou captured the second division in gate to wire fashion. The Charalambos Christoforou trainee stopped the clock in 1:55.2 to break his maiden. Lifetime Delight was second, beat two-lengths, while Better Than Cash was third. Millenium Seelster's maiden-breaking score came in his fifth start and pushes his earnings to $10,418 for owners Charalambos Christoforou and Banjo Farms. The $42,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase paid $15.10 to win. Sunshine Beach colt Carlisimo rallied from third-over to win the third pacing division in 1:55.2. The James 'Friday' Dean trainee left well to get away second, but got shuffled back in the middle-half before sliding off the rail into a third-over spot. Joe Mcdude crossed the wire second, beat half a length, while Rousseau was a close third. Carlisimo now has four wins in 10 starts and has earned $42,148 for owner Reginald MacPherson. The $13,000 Atlantic Classic sale purchase paid $5.30 to win. Archangel gelding All Wrapped Up picked up his second consecutive coast-to-coast victory to take the first split for rookie trotters. The Rob Fellows trainee and driver Trevor Henry won by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:58. Cool Clifford finished second, while Cousin Peter was third. All Wrapped Up is now two for six with $15,250 earned for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo, Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister. The $11,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase paid $4.20 to win. Angus Hall gelding Sinful muscled his way to a career-best 1:58.2 victory in the second trotting split. The Jack Moiseyev trainee and driver Chris Christoforou popped out from second nearing three-quarters, taking the lead at the top of the lane and trotting off to a length and a half score. Scarlett Raider finished second, while Jmr Pinarello was third. Sinful's tally improves his rookie numbers to two wins and $20,780 earned in eight starts. The $17,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase is owned by Friends Forever Racing, Emma Christoforou, All You Gotta Know Stable and Pamela Schmidt. The Moiseyev trainee Sinful paid $17.50 to win. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. The next leg for colts and geldings goes next Thursday (October 18). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was nothing standing in the way of Woodmere Finesse over a sloppy track in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the winning trip in the $1,700 featured pace as she took control at the half-mile marker and widened her advantage at every station en route to a 1:57.1 romp by 10-lengths. One Hot Camshaft (Driven by Ken Murphy) was second followed by Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Jeff Lilley trains Woodmere Finesse for owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S. Sports Highlights scored her third win in-a-row with a 2:04.3 victory on the off-track for driver Barrieau and trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown. The program featured a pair of $2,500 classes for two-year-old pacers. Westward Whim captured the $2,500 event for O'Brien eligible two-year-old pacing colts for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer John Clarey and owner Michael Clarey of Montague, P.E.I. The Devils Cut and driver David Dowling overpowered the field of $2,500 Lady Slipper eligible two-year-old pacing fillies with a 2:04.1 win. The daughter of Malicious is owned and trained by Chris MacKay of French River, P.E.I. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Two years ago Louis-Philippe Roy watched the harness racing Super Finals on television, having made just four starts in the 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes program. On Saturday, Oct. 13, when the very best in the province once again gather at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the $1.8 million season finale, the reinsman has a starter in all eight races and will be looking to secure his first Lampman Cup title as the program's leading driver. "What I find special is that I got a drive in all eight races and all eight horses are from different trainers," said Roy. "I think it kind of proves how much support I had from all the trainers here in Ontario through the year." After a breakout season in 2016 that saw him top the driving ranks at both Rideau Carleton Raceway and Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres and garner the Future Star title at the O'Brien Awards, Roy made the move to the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit. The move not only served as a rocket-launcher for the Mont-Joli, Quebec native's career - he would finish 2017 as one of the top three drivers in all of Canada - it gave him the opportunity to drive a wide variety of young horses for the first time since he climbed into a race bike as an 18-year-old on the Quebec Fair Circuit. "Last year I got a lot of experience because, especially the two-year-olds, when you start driving them early in the season it's quite different than the older horse," explained the now 28-year-old. "So I think last year I got a lot of experience and this year I kind of proved that I adjust my driving style to whatever horses, and whatever are the needs for the horses, especially for their development." Last season Roy finished in the top 10 among Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) drivers, appearing in 120 races and driving 21 winners, 11 second-place finishers and 13 third-place finishers to earnings of $777,308. With that experience under his belt, Roy made a serious commitment to the program in 2018, even giving up his spot in the National Driving Championship to steer three-year-old pacing filly Shower Play in a Sept. 25 Gold Series event, and that dedication has paid off. Heading into Saturday's season finale the reinsman has made 150 OSS starts and produced 33 wins, 20 seconds, 15 thirds and earnings of $1,313,507. He sits atop the Lampman Cup race with 372 points, 21 points ahead of two-time winner Trevor Henry and 23 ahead of five-time winner and reigning champion Sylvain Filion. Among Roy's Super Final mounts are three division point leaders, freshman pacing filly Better Single, two-year-old trotting filly HP Titania Runner and three-year-old pacing colt Jimmy Freight, and six of the eight head into Saturday night's test off wins in their most recent Gold Series start. "I will be disappointed if I don't win one Super Final this weekend because I think I've got a lot of good chances, maybe not big favourites, but a lot of horses that can do it," said Roy, who recently purchased a townhouse in Guelph, Ontario. "So I sure hope to get my first Super Final win on Saturday." Jimmy Freight was the heavy favourite in all four of his Gold Series starts this season and that is unlikely to change in spite of the colt's outside post. Roy will steer the Sportswriter son from Post 9 for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario and is hoping the division leader can maintain his flawless record in OSS action. "I would have liked for sure to be inside of Backstreet Shadow because Yannick (Gingras) raced him on the front I think the four times he drove him," said Roy of Jimmy Freight's stablemate, who will start from Post 5. "Jimmy can do it from wherever, he doesn't really mind, but it sure is a little more work going from the Post 9 and trying to figure a trip." In addition to Backstreet Shadow and Gingras, Roy expects The Downtown Bus and driver Tim Tetrick to be tough from Post 4. The driver also anticipates that the $225,000 contest, slated as Race 10 on Saturday's program, will serve as an impressive closing act for the 2018 OSS season. "Jimmy Freight, like a few months ago, was, I would say, the king of the division and you couldn't expect almost anybody to beat him," said Roy. "But the way The Downtown Bus and Backstreet Shadow have been racing lately I think is going to give us a good show for the last race." Roy also expects the two-year-old pacing colts and trotting colts to serve up an exciting show for fans. With the favourites in both divisions drawing advantageously, the talented youngsters will be free to show off the full range of their skills. "Stag Party (Post 1), Bronx Seelster (Post 5), Bettors Wish (Post 6), they all drew good positions," said Roy of the freshman pacing colt contest, where he will steer Bettors Delight son Keystone Concrete from Post 3 for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, his wife Yolanda Fellows and her co-owners Arpad Szabo of Bradford, Ontario and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta. "Dream Nation, the whole year, has been very good and especially lately, the last two starts. He keeps improving a little bit, but I also know it's a good class of two-year-old trotters this year that they have in Ontario," said the driver of his two-year-old trotting colt mount, who will start from Post 4. "And the two other ones that I think are two of the best, Forbidden Trade (Post 2) and Okeanos (Post 5), they both drew good too. All of us three drew good, so I think it's going to be a good race." Roy steers Archangel gelding Dream Nation for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005inc of St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, Quebec. Dupont and the owners of two-year-old trotting filly HP Titania Runner (Post 5, Race 6), Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, Quebec, are people that gave Roy opportunities to drive stakes horses when he was still developing his skills on the Quebec Fair Circuit, so a Super Final win with either of those horses would be especially meaningful for the driver. "They've been with me for a longer part; I've been racing for them in Quebec in stakes races," said the reinsman. "All the times you win with, like I would say smaller connections, it makes it a little more, not more exciting, but more rewarding." Roy's other shots at Super Final glory will come with three-year-old trotting filly Collateral Beauty from Post 7 in Race 2, three-year-old trotting gelding Barney Mac from Post 7 in the seventh race, and three-year-old pacing filly Big Thong from Post 2 in Race 9. Roy had expected to drive Fan Hanover and Simcoe Stake champion Shower Play in the sophomore pacing filly final, but her connections chose not to enter when she did not train as well as expected earlier this week. "Rene (Dion) called me on Tuesday morning when it was time to put her in and said he wasn't going to put her in because she wasn't exactly how he expected her to be," explained Roy. "He didn't want to take any chances. He wanted to make sure she was 100 per cent before they race her again." In spite of the filly's absence from his roster of mounts, Roy is hopeful that he will be able to strike 'Driving a Super Final Champion' off his bucket list on Saturday. Woodbine Mohawk Park's Saturday, Oct. 13 program gets under way at 7:10 pm and the eight $225,000 Super Finals will go postward in Races 2, 3 and 5 through 10. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON, ON - October 11, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of an upcoming change to the qualifying schedule. Qualifiers at Mohawk Park will move to Thursday afternoons effective October 25. Post time for Thursday afternoon qualifiers will be 4 p.m. The entry box for Thursday qualifiers will close on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Below is the qualifying schedule for the next month at Mohawk Park. Qualifiers: Tuesday, October 16 - Post time 10 a.m. Qualifiers: Thursday, October 25 - Post time 4 p.m. Qualifiers: Thursday, November 1 - Post time 4 p.m. Qualifiers: Thursday, November 8 - Post time 4 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - An evenly rated trip led to the winner's circle in Drivingthedragon N's latest outing and she will look for a replication in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program starts off at 6:30 P.M. with the top class of the evening featuring seven female pacers vying for a $1,700 purse. Drivingthedragon N has the outside post to contend with for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I. The nine-year-old daughter of Sutter Hanover was a 1:57.3 victor last week against similar company but will again have to contend with speedy four-year-old Woodmere Finesse (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) from post 5. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking another direction and will look to post 6 starter Julep Hanover and trainer-driver Wade Myers to prevail. "Julep Hanover can kick home with the best of them so she'll need some early pace to make that late rally work," MacIsaac said. "With the way the field is set up there's a good possibility of that so we'll give her top billing." Also in the Thursday night feature field is Diduseethat (Marc Campbell), One Hot Camshaft (Ken Murphy), Swingirl (Corey MacPherson) and Cougar Gal (Mike McGuigan). The top trot of the evening lines up in race 6 for a $1,800 purse. Majian Tango is the morning line choice from post 3 for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. Other top contenders include Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Dusty Lane Jacob (MacPherson). The program will also feature a pair of classes for two-year-old pacers in races 3 and 5 for non-winners of $3,000 lifetime. Race 3 contains a field of five two-year-old pacing fillies that are eligible to the Lady Slipper stake vying for a $2,500 purse with Elm Grove Nanci (Murphy) favoured off the rail. Race 5 has a field of five two-year-old Joe O'Brien Memorial eligible pacing colts going for a $2,500 purse. Oceanview Helios (Walter Cheverie) is the top selection in that event. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

It's hard to believe but today harness racing's www.harnesslink.com celebrates its 16th birthday.  Harnesslink is the brainchild of international horse agent, John Curtin (J.C. International), who 16 years ago saw a need for a world-wide harness racing website that put online the latest harness racing news from around the globe. John says, "Our policy is to keep improving every single day - 365 days of the year. We have staff working every day of the year to bring you all the latest harness racing news from every corner of the world. When Harnesslink launched in 2002 there were only four harness racing websites on the internet, so we've been in a unique position to have watched the harness racing community embrace the technological world during this time. It has been our pleasure to keep harness racing fans around the world informed of what is happening within our sport. We are projected to have over 3 million unique IP users in 2018, which will make Harnesslink the world’s most read harness racing site. We are still looking for ways to improve and provide you, our customers, with better coverage throughout the world, we continously strive to do this! If any of our readers have a worthy news item, please feel free to send it to news@harnesslink.com and we will do our best, as always, to print your article. We'd like to thank all of you for coming back regularly to read Harnesslink, if you're reading this you're obviously one of our faithful followers and we thank you. Harnesslink Media

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MILTON, ON - The Royalty For Life filly P L Molly broke her maiden with a 1:59 victory in Tuesday's second leg of the Harvest Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight rookie harness racing trotting fillies clashed in the $17,000 second-round of the three-week Harvest Series. P L Molly and driver Bob McClure made a strong third-quarter move from fifth to second and after dropping in behind leader Nifty Trick at the top of the lane, proceeded to power by in the final-eighth for a 1:59 score. Nifty Trick, who lost by three-quarters of a length, finished second for the fourth-consecutive start. Order Mattie crossed the line third, while Briarwood Belle was fourth. Eramosa Magic, who went off as the 2-1 favourite, made a break well-before the start. She finished eighth, but with broken equipment. Trained by Matt Dupuis, P L Molly came into the Harvest Series second-leg off a fifth-place finish in the first-leg and was winless in seven starts. She has now earned $21,297 for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres. A $2 win ticket on P L Molly returned $12.70. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. All four Harvest Series finals for two-year-olds will take place on Thursday, October 25. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications      
Guelph, ON Oct, 16, 2018 - The University of Guelph's annual Equine Industry Symposium is fast approaching.   On Saturday October 27th, 2018 from 9:30AM to 4:00PM, students in the Bachelor of BioResource Management degree majoring in Equine Management will once again be hosting the Equine Industry Symposium for horse enthusiasts from all backgrounds to come out and engage in a community-wide discussion about prevalent issues within the equine industry.   As horse people, many of us have borne witness to conflicting ideals for equine welfare and horse care practices across different businesses and disciplines.   These issues, along with what sometimes comes across as a lack of professionalism, compromise our abilities as horse owners, business people, hobbyists and professionals to find the best care practices for the most important member of our community – the horse!   To address this, this year's Equine Industry Symposium is focusing on discussing solutions pertaining to professionalism and industry-wide standards for equine welfare. Symposium attendees can look forward to engaging conversations with veterinarians, researchers, fellow riders and professional equine business people, facilitated by former CEO of Equine Canada, Akaash Maharaj.   The goal of this event is to further unite our community and develop practices that benefit the industry and above all, the horse.   Lunch will be provided and admission is free upon registration at www.eventbrite.ca; search Equine Industry Symposium or go directly to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/equine-industry-symposium-registration-49997476799?aff=eac2.   Find us on Facebook at Equine Industry Symposium 2018, participate in pre- and post-symposium discussion at thehorseportal.com and we look forward to seeing a wonderful and diverse group of horse people in the University of Guelph’s Thornborough building room 1200 at 9:30 AM on October 27th 2018.   Contact: EQevents@uoguelph.ca for more information   From Equine Guelph    
MILTON, ON - October 15, 2018 - Charmbo Brie will have a chance at a Harvest Series sweep following a second-leg victory on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Betterthancheddar two-year-old filly and driver Mike Saftic battled through a strong headwind in the lane to win the first of two $17,000 divisions in 1:58.1 for breeder/owner/trainer John Rier. Charmbo Brie converted off a two-hole trip to defeat Princess Layla by a length. Salutation crossed the wire in third. The second-leg victory gives Charmbo Brie back-to-back victories and improves her rookie record to three wins and $34,321 earned in 12 starts. She paid $7.80 to win. Bettors Delight filly Thats Incredible was a convincing winner in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee and driver Trevor Henry circled from second to first before the half and proceeded to pull away in the lane for a 1:57 score. Twin B Tipster finished second, beat 3 ¼ lengths, while Erikas Shadow was third. Thats Incredible finished second in last week's opening leg to Green Point, who finished sixth this week. A homebred for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle, Thats Incredible now has two wins and $25,338 earned in 10 starts. She paid $12.40 to win. Ontario sired two-year-old pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. The Harvest Series final for two-year-old pacing fillies will take place on Thursday, October 25. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second-leg of the Harvest Series for two-year-old trotting fillies will headline a 10-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications
Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera to declare the winner, second and third place in the Quebec Plus Series opening round for three, four and five-year-old harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The fifth race feature saw Encore Panic and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to early lead as Flashjack Soleil went off-stride before the start. Courage (Simon Delisle) grabbed the two-hole spot and they raced that way to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. As they came to the half mile in :57.3, Determinant and driver Tyler Jones came first-over with Classic Terror (Pascal Berube) second over. Then at the three-quarters in 1:28, Berube sent Classic Terror three wide and Hercule J M (Pierre Luc Roy) was flowing the flow and came four-wide around the final turn. It was then a race to the finish with Encore Panic and Gendron holding on to win by a long nose in 2:00.1. Determinant was a game second, holding off Hercule J M by a nose for third place. It was the fourth win this season for Encore Panic ($14.20) and the four-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella posted a lifetime mark for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Brian Paquet of Quebec City. For the driver Jocelyn "The Showman" Gendron, it was one of his three winners on the afternoon card. In the 11th race second division of the Quebec Plus Series the race belonged to Lune Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy as they led from start to finish with a lifetime mark of 1:58.3. Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) tried as he could, but could not catch Lune Blue and had to settle for second place with Somebeachbythesea (Richard Veilleux) third. It was the fifth win on the year for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She paid $4.40 to win. The Preferred Trot saw R Rkadabra and driver Francis Picard shoot right out to a four-length lead on the field in the third race co-feature. Past the opening quarter mile in :28, R Rkadabra spread out the field with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) second past the half mile marker in :57.4. Then the action heated up in the backstretch as Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over but right before the three-quarters in 1:28.2, Pascal Berube left the two-hold, came first-over and forced Brosseau and Seeyou Men to go three-wide around the final turn. Once starting down the stretch, Seeyou Men showed he was the strong horse, pulling away with a two-length triumph in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was second with R Rkadabra third. A six-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass, Seeyou Men is a former track record holder and Quebec-Bred Champion. It was his sixth win this year for trainer Daniel Martin. He is co-owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and breeder Chantel Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover. He paid $4.20 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday at H3R with the continuation of the Quebec Plus Series. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  
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