Emoticon Hanover was a gate to wire winner

Kadabra fillies sweep Casual Breeze

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 26 - Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill made their sire Kadabra proud with impressive harness racing victories in the Casual Breeze Stakes Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $97,000 divisions. Emoticon Hanover was a gate to wire winner in the first division for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. The daughter of Kadabra left alertly from post two to grab the lead and it was lights out from there. Emoticon Hanover posted fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before firing home in :28 for the victory. Double Exposure left hard from post eight, landed the two-hole and ultimately finished a length and a quarter back in second. Jangone finished third, while Worldclass Hanover was fourth. Following the race, Filion was very pleased with the Emoticon Hanover's effort in the Casual Breeze and her progression as a three-year-old. "I wanted to get to the front and control the pace, which we did, and she did it pretty handy," said Filion following the race. "Last year she was a little tough to drive, but this year she is way handier, so that makes her much better." Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, Emoticon Hanover scored her fourth victory of the season Friday in her eighth outing. She now has eight career victories and a bankroll of $436,658. The Blais trainee paid $2.80 to win. Emoticon Hanover Caprice Hill continued her fantastic season by overcoming the ten-hole to win the second division in 1:53.3. The Tony Alagna trained filly was unhurried at the start by driver Randy Waples and eventually found a spot along the rail in sixth just after the opening-quarter. Side Bet Hanover led the field to the half in :57.3, but was quickly confronted entering the far turn by a charging Caprice Hill, who took the lead before five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26, Caprice Hill trotted home strongly in :27.3 to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Side Bet Hanover held on to second over a charging Flowers N Songs. Also a daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill now has five wins in 2016 and has yet to finish outside the top two in eight starts this season. Following the race, Alagna passed along much of the credit for Caprice Hill's excellent season to his mother, Donna Lee. "Everybody who knows the filly knows that this is my Mom's pride and joy and she's done a great job with her," he said. "(Caprice Hill) is just very easy on herself, rests, does all the right things, good eater and that's why she looks as great now as she has all year." Owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, Ontario, Caprice Hill is nearing millionaire status with $980,377 in lifetime earnings following the Casual Breeze victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Caprice Hill Up next for the three-year-old trotting fillies is the Simcoe Stakes next Friday (September 2) followed by the Elegantimage eliminations. Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill are both eligible to those upcoming events. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the eliminations of the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady headlining the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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Trainers battle in Red Shores feature

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Starcastic will face off against a hard hitting Hughes trained duo in the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 p.m. for the 10-dash card with Starcastic drawing the outside post in a five-horse-field for a $2,250 purse with Gordie Hennessey picking up the catch driving assignment due to regular pilot Gilles Barrieau being in Nova Scotia for stakes action. Starcastic rides a three-race win streak into the race 9 feature for Charlottetown's leading trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Gaudet of Charlottetown and Billy MacKenzie of Stratford. His main competition comes from the barn of the capital oval's number two trainer, Jason Hughes, with the Governor's Plate finalist duo of post 3 starter Jeb with Gary Chappell in the bike and post 4 starter Ok Galahad with Hughes doing the driving. Rash B Havior has rail control with a two-race win streak on the line and Ken Murphy subbing in for regular pilot Marc Campbell, who is also in Nova Scotia. Post two has Nogreatmischief with Walter Cheverie in the bike. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will rest his bets on post 3 starter Jeb. "This is a nice group but look at what he's been going up against the past couple of months and how he's been acquitting himself," MacIsaac said. "The road to the winners circle goes through him." Shadow's Mystery and Ramblinglily will hook up again this week in the race 7 $2,250 Open Mares Pace with a field of six. Shadow's Mystery has post 5 with Hennessey in the bike while Ramblinglily leaves from the post 6 for Cheverie. Rail control belongs to Charlottetown newcomer Drivingthedragon N for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The seven-year-old Sutter Hanover mare won her last two pari-mutuel outings in 1:53.2 and 1:54.2 at Yonkers Raceway in April for trainer Rene Allard. Other entries include Someone Like You (Chappell), Woodmere Articblue (Ryan Desroche) and Brodys Leona (Ken Murphy). Stakes Dollars On The Line Sunday In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top two-year-old pacers in Atlantic Canada will descend on the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon for the Joe O'Brien and Lady Slipper stakes. The Prince County Oval offers a 14-dash card Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Joe O'Brien stakes for two-year-old pacing colts will see one very competitive $16,000 Gold division with seven entries in race 13, along with $6,350 Grassroots divisions in races 9 and 11. The rich single Gold division has Carters Caper favoured from post 5 with only one blemish in his career of three wins and one second from four lifetime starts. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the colt for Nova Scotia owners Phonsie MacEachern of Port Hood and Morah Kerr of Greenfield. His runner-up effort was in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Truro Raceway to Tobinator, who draws the rail in this week's match-up for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Kent Livingston of Cornwall, Robin Burke of Ten Mile House, Luke Burke of Pleasant Grove and Perry Burke of Quebec. The two-year-old pacing fillies compete in the Lady Slipper stakes with two $11,000 Gold splits in races 4 and 6 with five entrants in each race, along with $4,750 Grassroots action in races 1, 3, 8 and 10. The first Gold division in race 4 has Woodmere Finesse the morning line choice from post 4 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Jack Arsenault and owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S. The Doug and Jamie Hill owned Woodmere Dreams is the classifier's choice in race 6 for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Kenneth Wilkie. The top overnight pace on the program has a $1,700 purse with Inspired Art (Marc Campbell) picked over Miss Oromocto (Mark Haig) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes). For entries, backstretch beat and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Winter Harbor

Waples and Alagna team up for triple

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The combination of harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna has been red hot at Mohawk Racetrack and Thursday night the hot streak continued. Alagna sent out three horses on Thursday's 10-race card and all three scored victories with Waples in the sulky. The successful evening for the duo began in the opening race, as rookie trotting colt Signal Hill broke his maiden with a 1:58.3 score. The son of Muscle Hill, who sold for $250,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, was making his third career start and trotted home in :27.4 for the victory. Signal Hill is owned by Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill Vintage Babe gave Waples and Alagna their second victory with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third-race. The sophomore pacing filly was competing at the non-winners of two or $25,000 lifetime level and shot home in :27.3 for her third career score. The daughter of Vintage Master is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Jodi Siamis. Vintage Babe The third victory of the night for Waples and Alagna came in the eighth-race, as Winter Harbor picked up his second consecutive victory. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill grinded away first up throughout the middle-half and pulled ahead in the lane for a 1:56.1 score. A $240,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Winter Harbor didn't make his three-year-old debut until August 5th and now has two wins from three starts to improve his career record to three wins in six starts. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Little E LLC and Winter Harbor Partners. Winter Harbor The combination of Waples and Alagna is winning at almost 50 per cent this season at Mohawk. They will team up twice on Friday's card with a pair of impressive ladies. Ontario Sires Stakes star Caprice Hill will be looking for her fifth win of the season in the Casual Breeze Stakes, while four-year-old pacing mare Bedroomconfessions has won four of her last five starts and goes for another victory in the Mares Preferred. Waples was not the only driver to win three races Thursday, as James MacDonald scored a Hat Trick on a day he won't forget. Earlier on Thursday, MacDonald and his wife welcomed their first child into the world and that evening the new Dad put in a strong night at the office. He won two of the first four races and completed the Hat Trick in the ninth-race with 29-1 longshot Amoureuse Hanover. MacDonald now has 80 wins this season at Mohawk and sits fourth in the Driver Standings. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with two $97,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze highlighting action. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Marc Campbell

Campbell swings for the fences

The Ferris wheel lights may not have been in the background at Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday night but harness racing driver Marc Campbell had no problem lighting it up. Campbell, a two-time Gold Cup and Saucer winner went swinging for the fences, hitting a grand slam on the 12-dash card. He capped his four victories off in the Open Trot when his own trainee Freddie. Campbell has a perfect pocket ride behind the newly deemed track record holder Osprey Impact before she spoiled her chances with a break around the final turn. The four-year- old gelded son of Majestic Son returned to winning form scoring in 1:58.3 for his tenth victory of the season for the Three Wisemen Stable. The Winsloe native also scored with Vintage Winner, Yankee No More and Cardigan Jack who was part of a training double for trainer Paul Morrison. Zanzibar scored in a lifetime best 1:58 to complete the double. Doing Some Damage priced up the Thursday evening top class, entered as a $12,000 claimer driver Corey MacPherson blasted his charge off of the gate and set up for a pocket ride heading towards the half. The Trevor Hicken trainee slipped up the passing lane for his 40th lifetime victory in 1:55.2. Kent Livingston is the owner. The 6-2-1 triactor was the selection of track announcer Vance Cameron. Trainer Jackie Matheson picked up his 39th and 40th Red Shores Charlottetown victories on the card courtesy of Artners In Crime and Alittleeasternagic. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. By Bo Ford

A stakes-filled harness racing card will take place at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon, as a total of six Atlantic Sires Stakes divisions will be hosted by the North Sydney oval. The Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts will go in two $10,380 'A' division events and one $2500 'B' event. Meanwhile the three-year-old pacing fillies will have their chance to shine in two $10,520 'A' division events and one 'B' event. Points earned in each 'A' division pace event and all trot events go towards earning a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This in the 50th Anniversary year of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program. The program was formed back in 1966 with the purpose of promoting the Standardbred horse industry in Atlantic Canada. Today the program showcases the best young horses in the region. First race post time on Saturday at Northside Downs is 12:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan

Machinthesand in line to Norris Rogers used a first over journey to overpower fraction setter Motorino, to take the Wednesday harness racing feature at Red Shores Summerside. The seven-year-old son of Mach Three positioned himself in the three-hole from post six before making his move just past the half and stopping the clock in 1:55.3. It was Machinthesand's six win of the season for the Noonan Holdings Ltd., Russell and Karen Noonan. Hughie Murphy handles the training duties. Motorino laid down fractions of :28,:58 and 1:26.3 and held tough to be second, Painted Desert picked up the show prize. Veteran free-legged pacer Blu Meadow Willie added his name to an elusive category when he crossed the finish line first in Race 6. The 12-year-old son of Drop Off picked up his 60th lifetime victory in his 282nd lifetime start for co-owners Bob and Brenda MacInnis. Walter Cheverie engineered the winning trip getting up by a neck to win in 2:01.4. Cheverie picked up the driving double scoring in Race 7 with the Alex Sobey trainee Sendmeasign. Corey MacPherson also scored a driving double, winning first with Minor Wisdom for Kristina McCourt and closing out the card with his own trainee Useful Hanover. Racing returns to Red Shores Summerside on Sunday with a 1 p.m.start. The card will feature the 2-year-old colts and fillies in the Joe O'Brien and Lady Slipper Stakes. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. By Bo Ford

After a busy week of Old Home Week racing on Prince Edward Island, harness racing makes its triumphant return to Saint John's Exhibition Park on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 P.M.   Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a five dash card that will include the $1350 featured event of the day to be carded as race five.   Haunto, owned by Jeff DeFazio and Gordon White will look for post-one to give them the edge in the field with driver Mark Haig,. They will be asked to take on one of the hottest stables from the region. Dr. Mitchell Downey and his father Mike will send out two starters, Stare Down and City Of The Year.   Magical Alex and Cecils Express will round out the top-class of the afternoon.   Horse Racing New Brunswick and it's partners will host the prestigious Maritimer stake as part of the Exhibition Week of racing at the Saint John half-mile track.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A former great in Eastern Ontario harness racing will try his luck against Thursday night's finest at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post is 6:30 p.m. for the 12-dash card with Montreal Phil favoured in the race 11 feature for a $2,000 purse. The 12-year-old veteran, Montreal Phil was a former preferred pacer at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa, but after Alpine Claiming Series action during Old Home Week he now finds himself trained by Stratford's Patrick Shepherd and owned by Stephen Morton of Nova Scotia. The pacer pushed himself over $700,000 in career earnings during his latest outing, which was a 1:57.4 score for Brad Forward, and now finds himself with post 2 and Walter Cheverie in the bike. Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau) looms a danger off the rail while riding a two-race win streak and Doing Some Damage (Corey MacPherson) exits preferred company to draw post 6. Ryan Desroche will make his top class debut on the program, as the 18-year-old Prince Country native drives Eagle Jolt from post 5 for trainer Marc Campbell. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes post 2 and Montreal Phil to land in the winner's circle. "He beat some pretty good ones last week over the off track for his second straight win since relocating here," MacIsaac said of Montreal Phil. "A three-peat looks like a very strong possibility." Other entries include Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Waterside Light (Campbell), Athletic Putnam (Brian MacPhee), and Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton). A group of seven Open trotters will contest race 8 on the card, with newly minted Charlottetown track record holder Osprey Impact drawing post 3 with Cheverie in the bike for owner-trainer Paul Larabee of Belle River. The five-year-old daughter of Federal Flex scored a 1:57.2 victory on Gold Cup and Saucer night to erase Thunderaway's track record. Freddie (Campbell) will seek redemption off the rail with other top entries like Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) from post 4 and Holy Molie Maggie (MacPherson) with post 5. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

AUGUST 23, 2016 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson made the trip to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to drive a quartet of three-year-old pacing colts in their second last regular season Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots start and scored two wins, one second and one third. Jamieson posted his first win with Piranha, guiding the Badlands Hanover son to a front-end victory in a sharp 1:50.4. The gelding hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Arsenic, who pursued the fan favourite from the pocket. Tango Star finished third in the $18,000 Grassroots division. "That was the first time I've driven Piranha and he was ultra-impressive," said Jamieson. "That was a huge mile at Georgian." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Raymond Farmer of Erie, MI and owner John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. It was Piranha's second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle this season; the gelding was also victorious in the season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16. With 100 points earned through those two Grassroots victories, Piranha is assured of a berth in the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack and Jamieson expects him to earn a shot at the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. "He'll be tough to beat come the Semi-finals and Final of this series," said the Moffat, ON resident. Jamieson's second victory came with Continual Hanover in the last Grassroots division. After an early skirmish that took them by the quarter in :26.4, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover in behind fan favourite Blaise Mm Hanover and stalked the pace through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Jamieson pointed Continual Hanover at the wire and the colt sprinted by the pacesetter to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. "Continual was back to his harder-trying self," noted Jamieson. "He's been hit and miss this year, with a bit more miss than hit lately. Tonight he beat a well-meant favourite in Blaise Mm Hanover, so I'm hoping he stays with this form until, at least, I'm driving a different horse, most likely his stablemate St Lads Moonwalk or maybe even Piranha." Jamieson pilots Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. The Bettors Delight colt was victorious in the Grassroots season opener and in the July 1 event at Mohawk, but finished third on July 30 at Hanover Raceway and fourth on Aug. 13 at Kawartha Downs. In spite of his mid-season misses, Continual Hanover sits second in the three-year-old pacing colt division with 170 points, five points behind stablemate St Lads Moonwalk. Sent off the favourite in the first division on Tuesday, Jamieson and St Lads Moonwalk had to settle for the runner-up spot as Red Dog Saloon sprinted up from the backfield to grab a head victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Sports Authority finished three-quarters of a length back in third. Erin, ON resident Steven Hudon owns, trains and drives Red Dog Saloon, who jumped into third spot in the division standings with his second Grassroots win of the season. The Mister Big gelding was also victorious in the July 1 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The other Grassroots trophy went home with first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winner Big Place, who watched a speed duel between Wichita Lineman and Day Trade Hanover from the middle of the pack and then powered by the tiring leaders to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:53. Bettor Memories also closed well to take the runner-up spot away from Jamieson and Wichita Lineman, who settled for third. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station piloted Big Place to his first Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. In his first four provincial starts the Big Jim colt had posted one second, two fourths and one sixth, giving him a point tally of 94 and a shot at the Grassroots post season. The three-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 1, and then the top 20 point earners will begin preparations for the Sept. 16 Semi-finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will secure a berth in the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs this Saturday, Aug. 27 as the Innisfil oval celebrates Customer Appreciation Night with Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the Honourable Earl Rowe Trot. Saturday's action-packed program gets under way at 7:15 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The Mark Steacy barn has been on a roll this season at Mohawk Racetrack and Tuesday evening they celebrated a special harness racing milestone. Three-year-old pacing filly Stylish Beachwhere got back to her winning ways with a 1:52.3 front-end score for Steacy. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was winless in her last two starts heading into Tuesday's contest after winning three in a row to begin her career. Tuesday's victory was the first for Steacy on the WEG Circuit since surpassing $20 million in career earnings last Saturday night at Pocono Downs with Nocturnal Bluechip in a Consolation of the Battle of Brandywine. Steacy was presented with a sign recognizing his accomplishment in the winner's circle following Stylish Beachwhere's victory. Steacy has enjoyed plenty of success over the course of his career, most notably with superstars Majestic Son ($1.9 million - 1:52.2) and Hana Hanover ($1.2 million - 1:48.4). His trainees have visited the winner's circle 1,472 times during his career. This season, Steacy sits second in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 33 victories. Overall, his barn has 49 wins this season with the most recent victory from Stylish Beachwhere pushing the stable over $1 million in seasonal earnings. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Unable to finish better than 5th place in three prior tries, Bastiano put it all together Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, winning the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. It was perfect timing for the victory as it comes with a spot for Bastiano in the $55,000 final on Sunday, September 4 at 3R for the Future Stars Final. His victory came in the colt division for two-year-olds. Leaving from post two for driver Rheo Filion, Bastiano went right to the early lead. But a stubborn Sometimes When and driver Guy Gagnon came right after Bastiano and Filion and those two raced side by side for rest of the one mile. As they continued to race head and head down the stretch, it was not until the final strides that Bastiano sealed the victory by a quarter length in 2:03.1. Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was third. It was the maiden victory for Bastiano in just his fifth lifetime start. The gelded son of Angus Hall is trained by Eric Gnocchini, and co-owned by Gnocchini with Paul Lavigne and Gestion Marc Lemay, Inc. of Quebec. In the filly division, Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube won in a romp by the length of the stretch for her third win in just four lifetime starts. But it was not that good at the start of the race as Joyce Lavec broke at the start and spotted the field more than 10 lengths by the opening quarter mile. Once Berube had his filly back on stride, she tore after the race leaders, caught them by the second turn and then pulled away from the field to win by 21 and one-half lengths in a slow 2:09.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with KFB Filante (Jonathan Lachance) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine, Joyce Lavec is a daughter of Mr Lavec, bred and owned by Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. Both of the races Tuesday were non-wagering events. Track Notes: Driver Louis-Philippe Roy increased his lead as the top dash winning driver at the Hippodrome 3R this season scoring four winners on the night. Live racing resumes at 3R on Sunday with the final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Coming up Sunday, September 4 will be the finals of both the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-olds and the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. Eight championship finals with total purses of $480,000. It will be the richest day of racing at 3R this season. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The harness racing pacing stars of today and tomorrow are set to clash at Mohawk Racetrack over the next two weekends for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. The entry box for all three major events closed Tuesday morning with no eliminations required for the Canadian Pacing Derby, as 10 of the sport's finest older pacers were entered and will go directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. The Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will need eliminations this Saturday (August 28) to determine the finalists for September 3. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Metro for three $40,000 eliminations, while 15 rookie pacing fillies were dropped in the box for the Shes A Great Lady for two $35,000 eliminations. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest stakes race and the 2016 edition has attracted a field of superstars. State Treasurer, the reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, is back to defend his 'Pacing Derby' crown against several of harness racing's titans. Always B Miki, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be returning to Mohawk for the first time since his 1:47.1 Track Record performance in the Mohawk Gold Cup. The Jimmy Takter trained five-year-old has won six of 10 starts this season, including the Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial. The World Champion is approaching double millionaire status and holds a mark of 1:47. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year, will look to become the third four-year-old to win the Canadian Pacing Derby in the last 10 years. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, the son of Mr Wiggles has earned over $1 million this season to bring his career bankroll to over $3.3 million. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 34 of 45 career starts and holds a mark of 1:47.2. Shamballa will look to defend his home track for trainer Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the U.S. Pacing Championship earlier this month at The Meadowlands in a career-best 1:47.1. A local fan-favourite for his outstanding closing speed, Shamballa is a three-time winner this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 starts. The Zeron trainee finished second in last year's 'Pacing Derby'. State Treasurer has recently found his best stride of the season after dealing with an injury. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee was scratched from an August 6th start after he stepped on a nail, but has since returned and won two consecutive outings, including a 1:48.3 effort last Saturday at Mohawk. A winner of over $2 million, State Treasurer will be competing in his third consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The 2016 'Pacing Derby' field also includes double millionaire All Bets Off, last year's Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner, Molson Pace winner Evenin Of Pleasure, WEG Preferred standouts Nickle Bag and Nirvana Seelster and 2015 Empire Breeders champion Rockin In Heaven. The post position draw for the Canadian Pacing Derby will take place Saturday evening. The Metro Pace appears wide open heading into this Saturday's three eliminations. The top three-finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $661,000 final. The first division features Ben Baillargeon trainee Rock This Way (PP4, Mario Baillargeon), who pulled off a 65-1 upset in a division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday. The son of 2005 Metro Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in a national season's best 1:51.3. Calvin K (PP5, Jody Jamieson) has the highest earnings of the 25 rookies in this year's Metro Pace, with $114,220 earned through seven career starts. The Ontario Sires Stakes standout was second in his Nassagaweya division for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The second elimination features Macs Jackpot (PP7, Sylvain Filion), who won the other Nassagaweya division last Saturday. The son of Somebeachsomewhere recently joined the O'Sullivan barn after racing south of the border for Jim Campbell. The third foal out of $1.3 million winner Michelles Power, Macs Jackpot has won three of six starts for just under $80,000 in earnings. The final elimination has several intriguing competitors; including Southwind General (PP7, Jody Jamieson), who is jumping from the OSS Grassroots to Grand Circuit competition in just his second start. The Jack Darling trained son of Sportswriter was a $110,000 yearling purchase and won his debut by more than eight-lengths. Bettors Dream (PP8, Tim Tetrick) will also compete in the final elimination. The son of Bettors Delight won the Dream Maker Series final in convincing fashion, but suffered his first loss last Saturday in the Nassagaweya. The Scott McEneny trainee finished second after a front-end battle through an opening-half of :53.4. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 3,4,8. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes will have two eliminations with the top-five finishers from each split advancing to the $427,000 final. Candlelight Dinner (PP6, David Miller) has been the talk of the town in recent weeks and the undefeated pacing filly will star in the first elimination. The Casie Coleman trained daughter of American Ideal has won four in a row to begin her career, including victories in the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar. Candlelight Dinner was a $110,000 yearling purchase. The second elimination will see the Mohawk debut of Somebeachsomewhere filly Idyllic Beach (PP8, Yannick Gingras). The first foal out of $1.3 million winner Idyllic, Idyllic Beach has won three of four starts to begin her career. The Takter trainee has made each of her four starts in Pennsylvania. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 2 and 6. The post positions for the $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady finals will be drawn following the eliminations on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Metro Pace Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Bettors Western - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Rob Fellows 2. Odds On Delray - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 3. The Wall - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Rock This Way - Rocknroll Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 5. Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson - Tony O'Sullivan 6. Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Pointomygranson - American Ideal - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 8. Classic Pro - Shadow Play - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore   Metro Pace Elimination #2 (Race 4) 1. Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Manceiver - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr. 4. Darlings Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont - Marie Dupont 5. Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Abbeydorney - Rock N Roll Heaven - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 7. Macs Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 8. All It Takes - Mach Three - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 9. Beach House - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Rich Gillock   Metro Pace Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Deadly Action - Art Major - Randy Waples - Colin Johnson 2. Tuxedo Bay - Somebeachsomewhere - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 3. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 5. R J P - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Erv Miller 6. Some Attitude - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Bob McIntosh 7. Southwind General - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling 8. Bettors Dream - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Scott McEneny   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 2. World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano 3. Thats The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 4. Manhattan Play - Shadow Play - Mike Saftic - Nicky Comegna 5. Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 7. Vintage Book - Vintage Master - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy 3. Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 4. Fade - Shadow Play - David Miller - Casie Coleman 5. Bid Writer - Sportswriter - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 6. Out Of Sight - Mach Three - Jody Jamieson - Bob McIntosh 7. Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna 8. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter   Canadian Pacing Derby (Field listed in alphabetical order) All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit   Mark McKelvie

As part of the Hanover Hospital Foundation Fundraising Day and the Balanced Image Trot final, Define the World will be on hand for a meet and greet the harness racing fans with a picture opportunity Saturday. Mathew Bax says the 11 year old son of Duke of York and grandson of Balanced image earned over 1.7 million dollars in his career, went to Sweden twice, competed in the Elitlopp and still holds the world record of 1:54.2 on a half mile track at Flamboro Downs. Define the World was a homebred by Al Libfeld of Toronto. As a 3 year old the Gelding won the Canadian Breeders Championship, Simcoe and Multiple OSS Gold races ending up being named the 3 year old Obrien award winner that season. He was retired shortly after it was determined that he had torn knee ligaments after winning a race at Woodbine. Bax says that shows how tough he is, that he can win with that type of injury. He adds the gelding's greatest quality is something you can't teach. He says "The difference between a good horse and a great one is just that desire, that will to win. You can't train that. Define the World will be available for pictures from approximately 8:00 to 9:00pm in the Grandstand Horse Stall. GM Gord Dougan says we feel lucky and proud to have such a champion come and visit us on our Balanced Image final night. Hanover's Saturday program will include the $61,400 dollar Balanced Image final, a Corn Roast, live band, Human Sulky races between races 5 and 6, and Blanket presentations on 6 races with the sponsorship money going to the Hospital Foundation. Post time Saturday is 7:15pm Gord Dougan

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 23, 2016 - After the big Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, live racing continues tonight with more stakes action. The fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly trotters takes place. After Tuesday's two divisions, the top eight point earners for each gender will return for the Super Sunday Finals on September 4. That day there will be four $55,000 finals for the two-year-olds and four $65,000 finals for the three-year-olds. Kinnder Dangerous is the horse to beat in the colt division. With Real Lucky Day not in the box, Kinnder Dangerous headlines the field with one win and two second place finishes. The gelded son of Northern Escort starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and trainer Denitza Petrova and should have it easy against only three rivals in the non-wagering race that will take place at 6:45 pm before the first race. The fillies do battle between the 5th and 6th races. Joyce Lavec looms the strong horse, having won two of her three starts this season, both in the Future Stars series. She starts from post five for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and goes against rivals Taurus P V (post 2) and Muscle Do (post one). PRIX D'ETE NOTES: Sunday's Prix D'Ete, despite the rain later in the day, was a big success according to 3R General Manager, Vincent Trudel. "Whenever we can get 5,000 people to come out to the track," Trudel said, "it is a great day. Having Hall of Famer Benoit Cote as our special Grand Marshal of the Prix D'Ete was so good. So many fans greeted him and wanted to shake his hand. And even with the rain, what a excellent Prix D'Ete race it was. Rockin Ron and Wiggle It Jiggleit gave the fans a super race. I am so pleased that the Teague Stable brought their world champion to Quebec for all the race fans to see." For driver Yannick Gingras, the home coming brought him his second Prix D'Ete win with Rockin Ron. He also won the Prix D'Ete in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. There is no doubt that if it did not rain that the all-age track record of 1:50.3 would have been broken. The race time of 1:52 by Rockin Ron over the sloppy track was still a track record for four-year-old geldings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's trainer, Clyde Frances, gave 3R management a pair of the world champions horse shoes that will be given away in a special drawing on Super Sunday, September 4. Despite his loss in the Prix D'Ete, Wiggle It Jiggleit still remains #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll. Track management at 3R went game on the wagering for the Prix D'Ete despite the five-horse field with win wagering only, exacta and trifecta betting. Rockin Ron paying $30.40 to win was higher than the trifecta payoff of $30.20 while the exacta paid a generous $16.30. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The entry box for the Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning and 10 of the harness racing sport's finest older pacers were entered in Mohawk Racetrack's signature event of the summer. No eliminations are required for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and all 10 older pacers entered advance directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. State Treasurer, the winner of last year's 'Pacing Derby', is back to defend his title against a deep field, including Always B Miki, Shamballa and Wiggle It Jiggleit. 2015 Canadian Pacing Derby Here is the full list of entrants (in alphabetical older) for the Canadian Pacing Derby. All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit The entry box also closed Tuesday for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been entered in the Metro Pace, while 15 rookie pacing fillies have been entered in the Shes A Great Lady. The eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 27). A full preview of the Canadian Pacing Derby and Saturday's eliminations for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady will be available later today. Mark McKelvie

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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 26 - Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill made their sire Kadabra proud with impressive harness racing victories in the Casual Breeze Stakes Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $97,000 divisions. Emoticon Hanover was a gate to wire winner in the first division for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. The daughter of Kadabra left alertly from post two to grab the lead and it was lights out from there. Emoticon Hanover posted fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before firing home in :28 for the victory. Double Exposure left hard from post eight, landed the two-hole and ultimately finished a length and a quarter back in second. Jangone finished third, while Worldclass Hanover was fourth. Following the race, Filion was very pleased with the Emoticon Hanover's effort in the Casual Breeze and her progression as a three-year-old. "I wanted to get to the front and control the pace, which we did, and she did it pretty handy," said Filion following the race. "Last year she was a little tough to drive, but this year she is way handier, so that makes her much better." Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, Emoticon Hanover scored her fourth victory of the season Friday in her eighth outing. She now has eight career victories and a bankroll of $436,658. The Blais trainee paid $2.80 to win. Emoticon Hanover Caprice Hill continued her fantastic season by overcoming the ten-hole to win the second division in 1:53.3. The Tony Alagna trained filly was unhurried at the start by driver Randy Waples and eventually found a spot along the rail in sixth just after the opening-quarter. Side Bet Hanover led the field to the half in :57.3, but was quickly confronted entering the far turn by a charging Caprice Hill, who took the lead before five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26, Caprice Hill trotted home strongly in :27.3 to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Side Bet Hanover held on to second over a charging Flowers N Songs. Also a daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill now has five wins in 2016 and has yet to finish outside the top two in eight starts this season. Following the race, Alagna passed along much of the credit for Caprice Hill's excellent season to his mother, Donna Lee. "Everybody who knows the filly knows that this is my Mom's pride and joy and she's done a great job with her," he said. "(Caprice Hill) is just very easy on herself, rests, does all the right things, good eater and that's why she looks as great now as she has all year." Owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, Ontario, Caprice Hill is nearing millionaire status with $980,377 in lifetime earnings following the Casual Breeze victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Caprice Hill Up next for the three-year-old trotting fillies is the Simcoe Stakes next Friday (September 2) followed by the Elegantimage eliminations. Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill are both eligible to those upcoming events. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the eliminations of the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady headlining the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Starcastic will face off against a hard hitting Hughes trained duo in the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 p.m. for the 10-dash card with Starcastic drawing the outside post in a five-horse-field for a $2,250 purse with Gordie Hennessey picking up the catch driving assignment due to regular pilot Gilles Barrieau being in Nova Scotia for stakes action. Starcastic rides a three-race win streak into the race 9 feature for Charlottetown's leading trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Gaudet of Charlottetown and Billy MacKenzie of Stratford. His main competition comes from the barn of the capital oval's number two trainer, Jason Hughes, with the Governor's Plate finalist duo of post 3 starter Jeb with Gary Chappell in the bike and post 4 starter Ok Galahad with Hughes doing the driving. Rash B Havior has rail control with a two-race win streak on the line and Ken Murphy subbing in for regular pilot Marc Campbell, who is also in Nova Scotia. Post two has Nogreatmischief with Walter Cheverie in the bike. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will rest his bets on post 3 starter Jeb. "This is a nice group but look at what he's been going up against the past couple of months and how he's been acquitting himself," MacIsaac said. "The road to the winners circle goes through him." Shadow's Mystery and Ramblinglily will hook up again this week in the race 7 $2,250 Open Mares Pace with a field of six. Shadow's Mystery has post 5 with Hennessey in the bike while Ramblinglily leaves from the post 6 for Cheverie. Rail control belongs to Charlottetown newcomer Drivingthedragon N for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. The seven-year-old Sutter Hanover mare won her last two pari-mutuel outings in 1:53.2 and 1:54.2 at Yonkers Raceway in April for trainer Rene Allard. Other entries include Someone Like You (Chappell), Woodmere Articblue (Ryan Desroche) and Brodys Leona (Ken Murphy). Stakes Dollars On The Line Sunday In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top two-year-old pacers in Atlantic Canada will descend on the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon for the Joe O'Brien and Lady Slipper stakes. The Prince County Oval offers a 14-dash card Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Joe O'Brien stakes for two-year-old pacing colts will see one very competitive $16,000 Gold division with seven entries in race 13, along with $6,350 Grassroots divisions in races 9 and 11. The rich single Gold division has Carters Caper favoured from post 5 with only one blemish in his career of three wins and one second from four lifetime starts. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the colt for Nova Scotia owners Phonsie MacEachern of Port Hood and Morah Kerr of Greenfield. His runner-up effort was in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Truro Raceway to Tobinator, who draws the rail in this week's match-up for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Kent Livingston of Cornwall, Robin Burke of Ten Mile House, Luke Burke of Pleasant Grove and Perry Burke of Quebec. The two-year-old pacing fillies compete in the Lady Slipper stakes with two $11,000 Gold splits in races 4 and 6 with five entrants in each race, along with $4,750 Grassroots action in races 1, 3, 8 and 10. The first Gold division in race 4 has Woodmere Finesse the morning line choice from post 4 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Jack Arsenault and owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S. The Doug and Jamie Hill owned Woodmere Dreams is the classifier's choice in race 6 for driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Kenneth Wilkie. The top overnight pace on the program has a $1,700 purse with Inspired Art (Marc Campbell) picked over Miss Oromocto (Mark Haig) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes). For entries, backstretch beat and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores
CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The combination of harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna has been red hot at Mohawk Racetrack and Thursday night the hot streak continued. Alagna sent out three horses on Thursday's 10-race card and all three scored victories with Waples in the sulky. The successful evening for the duo began in the opening race, as rookie trotting colt Signal Hill broke his maiden with a 1:58.3 score. The son of Muscle Hill, who sold for $250,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, was making his third career start and trotted home in :27.4 for the victory. Signal Hill is owned by Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill Vintage Babe gave Waples and Alagna their second victory with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third-race. The sophomore pacing filly was competing at the non-winners of two or $25,000 lifetime level and shot home in :27.3 for her third career score. The daughter of Vintage Master is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Jodi Siamis. Vintage Babe The third victory of the night for Waples and Alagna came in the eighth-race, as Winter Harbor picked up his second consecutive victory. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill grinded away first up throughout the middle-half and pulled ahead in the lane for a 1:56.1 score. A $240,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Winter Harbor didn't make his three-year-old debut until August 5th and now has two wins from three starts to improve his career record to three wins in six starts. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Little E LLC and Winter Harbor Partners. Winter Harbor The combination of Waples and Alagna is winning at almost 50 per cent this season at Mohawk. They will team up twice on Friday's card with a pair of impressive ladies. Ontario Sires Stakes star Caprice Hill will be looking for her fifth win of the season in the Casual Breeze Stakes, while four-year-old pacing mare Bedroomconfessions has won four of her last five starts and goes for another victory in the Mares Preferred. Waples was not the only driver to win three races Thursday, as James MacDonald scored a Hat Trick on a day he won't forget. Earlier on Thursday, MacDonald and his wife welcomed their first child into the world and that evening the new Dad put in a strong night at the office. He won two of the first four races and completed the Hat Trick in the ninth-race with 29-1 longshot Amoureuse Hanover. MacDonald now has 80 wins this season at Mohawk and sits fourth in the Driver Standings. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with two $97,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze highlighting action. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
The Ferris wheel lights may not have been in the background at Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday night but harness racing driver Marc Campbell had no problem lighting it up. Campbell, a two-time Gold Cup and Saucer winner went swinging for the fences, hitting a grand slam on the 12-dash card. He capped his four victories off in the Open Trot when his own trainee Freddie. Campbell has a perfect pocket ride behind the newly deemed track record holder Osprey Impact before she spoiled her chances with a break around the final turn. The four-year- old gelded son of Majestic Son returned to winning form scoring in 1:58.3 for his tenth victory of the season for the Three Wisemen Stable. The Winsloe native also scored with Vintage Winner, Yankee No More and Cardigan Jack who was part of a training double for trainer Paul Morrison. Zanzibar scored in a lifetime best 1:58 to complete the double. Doing Some Damage priced up the Thursday evening top class, entered as a $12,000 claimer driver Corey MacPherson blasted his charge off of the gate and set up for a pocket ride heading towards the half. The Trevor Hicken trainee slipped up the passing lane for his 40th lifetime victory in 1:55.2. Kent Livingston is the owner. The 6-2-1 triactor was the selection of track announcer Vance Cameron. Trainer Jackie Matheson picked up his 39th and 40th Red Shores Charlottetown victories on the card courtesy of Artners In Crime and Alittleeasternagic. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca. By Bo Ford
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