Mark Haig, harness racing

Local fillies shine in Williamson Stake

New Brunswick owned two-year-old harness racing filly Miss Oromocto won a division of the lucrative Williamson Stake at Fredericton Raceway on Monday afternoon.   Owned by Mel Land in partnership with Sharon Burchill, Mark Haig drove the pacer to victory in 2:01.4 in the $ 6000 stake.   In other action Monday, veteran Mike Downey enjoyed a banner day as he scored a trio of winners. City Of The Year, owned by Dr. Mitchell Downey was impressive as the two-year-old sailed to a 2:01 new record.   Downey's other wins came with Override and Night Talker. Dance Hanover took the top class of the afternoon in 1:58.2 while Skippy turned in an impressive 1:58.3 win for Mike Stevenson and owner Harold DeFazio.   Fredericton's afternoon card also saw the best wager of the season in New Brunswick as nearly $ 20,000 was registered. Next card at Fredericton Raceway is Saturday afternoon.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Mark McKelvie, harness racing

McKelvie comes out ahead in HANA Shoot-Out

September 2, 2014 - The week off in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs gave the handicappers the opportunity to think over their handicapping strategy and by doing so, they came out guns a blazing with five instances of handicappers scoring net profits of over $1,000 on any given day. When the dust settled, Mark McKelvie was the big winner for the week showing a net profit of $2,586, leapfrogging from 8th to 3rd place. While McKelvie won the week, Bob Zanakis regained the lead over Brandon Valvo with a swing a $2,919.25 thanks to his weekly net profit of $2,094.75. Gordon Waterstone's weekly net profit of $2,103 moved him from 12th place to 6th. On Thursday, August 28, Bob Zanakis started the hit parade, playing a $6 price part wheel trifecta ($144 total) in the first division of the Champlain and it paid off handsomely as he received a dividend of $2,408.40. Other key hits on Thursday were Sally Hinckley's $10 trifecta key ($120l) in the third division of the Champlain which paid $301, Dennis O'Hara's $50 cold exacta in the same race which returned $260, and Ann Stepien's $2 four-horse trifecta box ($48) earned $143.60. On a typical day, Gordon Waterstone's $20 trifecta key ($120) in the third division would normally have been the talk of the town with its $602 return but alas, Zanakis' play overshadowed this accomplishment. On Friday, August 2, the handicappers gathered their collective breaths with no particular breakouts. While the day's action was sedate, there were some individual bets worth noting. Derick Giwner's $150 exacta in the Zweig Memorial returned $405 while in the same race, Hinckley's $25 trifecta key ($150) paid $307.50. Saturday saw three players with big nights. Mark McKelvie led the trio with a net profit of $3,226 thanks to a $20 trifecta part-wheel ($60) in the She's A Great Lady. Waterstone earned $1,403 as a result of a $10 trifecta part wheel ($200) in the same race and O'Hara's $1,097 evening was attributable to a $30 trifecta key ($360) in the Metro which grossed $1,497. Other solid plays were Ray Garnett's $14 trifecta key ($280) in the Metro paid a $698.60 dividend as was Hinckley's $10 trifecta key play, returning $499. In the first division of the Simcoe, Josi Verlingieri had two winning tickets, a $25 exacta box ($150) paid $317.50 and a $125 win, place wager which returned $943.75. With a one day break, the handicappers returned for a Labor Day stanza which belonged to Garnet Barnsdale with his hit in the Shady Daisy. While Barnsdale had listed a $1 superfecta part wheel ($42), his ticket was reduced to a $.30 ticket ($12.60) which paid $2,561.90, reflecting the size of the superfecta pool. Waterstone was the only other player who won on Sunday as his $30 exacta box ($180) paid $438. The current standings after the completion of four legs are: As of September 1, 2014 - Leg 27 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis $2,094.75 $4,303.45   2nd Brandon Valvo ($824.50) $2,780.00 $1,523.45 3rd Mark McKelvie $2,586.00 $1,962.00 $2,341.45 4th Josi Verlingieri $937.40 $1,551.55 $2,751.90 5th Earl Paulson ($504.00) $240.90 $4,062.55 6th Gordon Waterstone $2,103.00 $202.70 $4,100.75 7th Brian McEvoy $67.50 ($110.00) $4,413.45 8th Derick Giwner ($715.00) ($759.23) $5,062.68 9th Garnet Barnsdale $1,331.30 ($894.70) $5,198.15 10th Ray Garnett ($480.40) ($1,102.55) $5,406.00 11th Sally Hinckley ($122.00) ($1,793.90) $6,097.35 12th Ann Stepien ($406.95) ($2,156.06) $6,459.51 13th Rusty Nash ($745.65) ($2,369.76) $6,673.21 14th Dennis O'Hara $467.00 ($2,579.70) $6,883.15 15th Ray Cotolo ($1,150.00) ($5,698.40) $10,001.85 This week, one leg of the contest will be held on Saturday, September 6 at Mohawk Racetrack with a trio of races scheduled, the Simcoe for 3yo open pacers and the Champlain for 2yo open pacers and 2yo filly pacers will be contested. As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott for HANA

Harness Racing at Mohawk Racetrack

Final three races cancelled at Mohawk

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Due to unsafe track conditions harness racing was cancelled Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack following the evening's ninth race. A heavy downpour of rain midway through the 12-race card caused the track surface, which started the night listed as 'Fast', to be downgraded to 'Sloppy'. Following the ninth race, the Ontario Racing Commission judges and officials from the Woodbine Entertainment Group ruled the track to be unsafe to continue racing action and cancelled the remaining three races. The final Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, which was carded as Race 10, will take place tomorrow evening (Tuesday, September 2) at 7 p.m. and will be contested as a non-wagering race. Following the non-wagering event, an 11-race card will take place with a regular post time of 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Louis-Philippe Roy, harness racing

Louis-Philippe Roy released from hospital after accident

Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy has been released from a local hospital in Trois-Rivières after suffering a concussion and abrasions in a harness racing accident at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. Two drivers were involved in the accident in the 8th race yesterday. The accident occurred before the first quarter mile when the horse Wine After Five (#2), driven by Andre Champagne, fell to the track and was run over by Iron Phil (#3), driven by Louis-Philippe Roy, who was propelled several feet from the impact. Louis-Philippe Roy was rushed to the hospital and suffered a concussion but has no other serious injuries. He was release from hospital and on his Facebook account he thanked everyone for their encouragement. Born in Mont-Joli in Quebec, Louis-Philippe is 24 years old and began in 2008 competing as a driver on the regional circuit before joining the professional ranks. The other driver involved in the accident, Andre Champagne, was experiencing hip pain but no major injuries. All of the horses involved in the accident escaped with only minor bruising. Chaleurs AD goes for his fourth straight win Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R yet the two-year-old harness racing pacing colt is still seeking his first pari-mutuel (betting) win. Racing only in the Quebec Fair Circuit, Chaleurs AD has been awesome and now gets put to the test in an actual betting race. Trained by Charles Gaudreault and with 3R’s leading driver Denis St Pierre doing the driving, Chaleurs AD starts from post four in the third race pace. The son of Riggins has been doing his racing at two little know Quebec province fair tracks named Nouvelle and Pabos. But they know Chaleurs AD there as he has yet to lose a race in the past month. Going into Tuesday’s first betting race, Chaleurs AD has been made 4/1 in the morning line. His main competition will come from Sandinista (post 3), Rainbow Palace (post 1) and Classic Breeze (post 5). From the Quebec Jockey Club

Summerside, PE - Carrera Angel, under the command of owner-driver Rocky Schurman converted a pocket ride into a winning score when they claimed the Labor Day pace in a dazzling 1:57.2 Monday at Red Shores Summerside. Leaving from post 5, Schurman placed the nine-year-old gelding behind Capitalism (Jason Hughes) and stalked the leader through splits of 28.3, 59.1, 1:27.4 before over-powering the favorite in the stretch for the victory. Keystone Nobility (Corey MacPherson) was third. The 5-4-2 triactor paid $396.80. Jason Hughes had a big day at the office with four winners on the 13 dash program. The Stratford native opened the afternoon with three-year-old filly Woodmere Trulyblue from the Blaine Mckenna stable and then paraded Brianna Angel and Casimir Lucuano to victory lane. Hughes completed the grand-slam with Beckenbauer in 1:58.2. Song Dream captured the trot feature defeating Scarlet Patti by a neck in 2:04. Brian MacPhee did the driving for owner Mark Ramsey, Greenwood, N.S. and trainer Vaughn Doyle, Charlottetown. The fastest mile of the day went to Just a Professor in line to Ken Murphy in 1:56.4. Murphy, who had a driving double, was booked to drive by owners Creston Gillis, Bell River and Michael and John Clarey of Montague. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

August 31, 2014 - Harness racing driver Donnie Ranking Jr. made four trips to the winner’s circle today at Dresden Raceway. Rankin’s first winner of the day was MUST BE PAIGE in the fifth race.  The three year-old BADLANDS HANOVER filly is owned by trainer Joe Santarossa and his wife Bev. MUST BE PAIGE won her third in a row in 2:01.2. Rankin struck again in the seventh race with RAMMATTIC in 2:00. The six-year-old RAMBARAN mare is owned by Tom Jacobs and Dom DeSantis while Greg Price does training. The man in the blue and yellow checkerboard made his way to the winner’s circle in the eighth race while at the controls of PCS WILCARD. The five-year-old SAND CHASER gelding trotted the mile in 2:02 and is co-owned by trainer Pat Sweeney and his partner Jeff Lemmer. Rankin rounded out the day by guiding SAMILLION DOLLARS to victory in 1:58.2 for owner Amber Robinet and trainer Price. The handle for the Kid’s Day card of racing was $14,475. Monday will feature the revival of the Shelly Goodreau Memorial Pace. Goodreau grew up near Dresden and was one of North America’s premier harness drivers but was killed in a racing accident at Hollywood Park in California in 1982. The morning line favourite is LEAFS AND WINGS while the race is expected to be hotly contested by KENDAL GUSTAV and CALGARY SEELSTER. There will also be lots of draws and giveaways on Labour Day. Post time is 1p.m. and admission is free. by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway

The 2014 racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (August 31), and six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program. The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split. With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third. The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a two-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on September 21, 2003. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to $36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two-hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4. Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of $30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Joe Hudon, who resides in Acton, Ontario, also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue (McArdle), with partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked $28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought $32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover ($311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to $23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Also winning in Grassroots competition today were: --Star Cover (Jody Jamieson, 1:57.3). This son of Royal Mattjesty is owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario. Star Cover has won twice from seven trips behind the gate, and he has put away $14,060. He was bred by Winbak Farm and fetched $4,500 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale. Star Cover’s dam is the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Rosebud ($721,057), an Ontario Sires Stakes superstar who won 11 times from 14 attempts during her OSS career. --Charlottes Colony (Trevor Henry, 1:58). An Art Colony colt, Charlottes Colony broke his maiden in his fifth try and boosted his output to $16,800. Charlottes Colony is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Thomas McGuffog of Hanwell and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas, New Brunswick. Charlottes Colony, whose dam is the Mohican Pride mare OGs Starlett ($536,647), was bred by Dan Belliveau and was hammered down for $4,200 at last year’s Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on September 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes and Clinton Raceway

Schooner took the $2,500 first leg of the Inverness Invitational on Sunday afternoon with a track record equalling performance at Inverness Raceway in rein to Alex MacQuarrie. Trained and owned by Anthony Beaton, the six-year-old son of American Ideal matched the 1:56 record for aged pacing stallions, which was originally set by Mitchs Ceilidh in 2002. (The all-age record of 1:54.1 still stands and is held by gelding Formal Affair.) Bonnys Mac fought off Salute through fractions of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:28 before Schooner kicked home to steal the spotlight. He won by four lengths with favourite Junebugs Baby rallying from the backfield for second. Bonnys Mac finished third ahead of Salute. Schooner has now earned back-to-back wins at Inverness and sports a seasonal record reading 7-7-2 in 21 starts. Oakmont is best at Turo Raceway After sharing the spotlight in a dead-heat win last weekend at Truro Raceway, Oakmont was determined to be the only one at the finish line in Sunday's top class. Oakmont pulled the pocket and confronted the popular pacesetter, Prosecco Brut, at the three-quarters quarter mark in the featured $1,275 Winners Over before drawing off down the lane for a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.1. Prosecco Brut stayed for second while Likely To Win rounded out the top three finishers. Danny Romo trains and drives the seven-year-old I Am A Fool gelding, who now has five wins in 14 starts this season, for Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. From www.standardbredcanada.ca 

Who Doesnt continued to dominate Alberta Downs's Open pacers as he romped to his eighth straight victory in the $8,400 feature on Sunday afternoon. Alberta Downs's leading trainer and driver Travis Cullen shares ownership of the five-year-old Mach Three gelding with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen, all of Glenboro, M.B. Leaving from his assigned outside post, Alberta's hottest pacer Who Doesnt crossed over in front of his five rivals into a :28.1 opening quarter before taking a second quarter breather to the half in :58.3. He began to pick up the pace and open up on the lead as he raced to three-quarters in 1:26.1 and took off down the stretch to win by six and a quarter lengths in 1:54 flat. To view the rest of this story click here.

The 2014 harness racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (August 31), and six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program. The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split. With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third. The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a two-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on September 21, 2003. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to $36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two-hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4. Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of $30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Joe Hudon, who resides in Acton, Ontario, also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue (McArdle), with partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked $28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought $32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover ($311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to $23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Also winning in Grassroots competition today were: --Star Cover (Jody Jamieson, 1:57.3). This son of Royal Mattjesty is owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario. Star Cover has won twice from seven trips behind the gate, and he has put away $14,060. He was bred by Winbak Farm and fetched $4,500 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale. Star Cover’s dam is the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Rosebud ($721,057), an Ontario Sires Stakes superstar who won 11 times from 14 attempts during her OSS career. --Charlottes Colony (Trevor Henry, 1:58). An Art Colony colt, Charlottes Colony broke his maiden in his fifth try and boosted his output to $16,800. Charlottes Colony is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Thomas McGuffog of Hanwell and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas, New Brunswick. Charlottes Colony, whose dam is the Mohican Pride mare OGs Starlett ($536,647), was bred by Dan Belliveau and was hammered down for $4,200 at last year’s Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on September 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts click here. Ontario Sire Stakes  

One could say that Meganou, being a female, was jealous that she had to share the track record she set last week at the Hippodrome 3R with National Trace. So what does she do? How about wiring the field once again at 3R on Sunday, and rewriting the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 2:02 lifetime mark for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Meganou romped against the field, winning by six and one-quarter lengths. The mile took place in the third race, one of four preliminary rounds of the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers. This was the final preliminary rounds and now the top eight point earners after three weeks of elimination competition, will return next Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 grand finales.  For Meganou, a daughter of Kadabra, it was her second straight victory and third triumph this year for trainer Daniel Martin and owner Jean Picard of Orford, QC. Last week both Meganou and National Trace won their respective divisions in 2:03.2, erasing a 21-year-old track record. Intouchable (Guy Corbel), one of two colts in the field, was second with Sunrise Linda (Yves Filion) third. Meganou paid $3.90 to win. It took nearly 25 years to rewrite the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies last week as Kinnder Elegance set the new standard with a 1:57.4 victory. Now it took just one week to tie that track record and it was done by a filly who was making her debut at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. My Fleet Three came to 3R for the first time to compete in the series and with Denis St Pierre driving her for the first time, wired the field in 1:57.4 and romping with ease by six and one-half lengths. Once she left the starting gate no horse was within three lengths of her the entire one mile race. It was her maiden victory in four lifetime starts for trainer Richard Moreau. Sired by Mach Three, My Fleet Three was bred and is owned by Gestion Mario Audet, Inc. of Yves Sarrazin, QC. She paid $5.20 to win. Anna Santanna (Marie Auger) was second with VoodooCharm (Yves Filion) third. In the first race, first division for two-year-old trotters, Double Chance took full advantage of a costly break by race leader Mini Torpedo (Yves Filion) at the three-quarter pole and came on to win by a half length in 2:06.3 for driver Sylvain Lacaille. The colt, Notrouble Dechafra (Stephane Brosseau) was second with C L Magic Road (Marie Auger) third. It was a big upset for Double Chance as the daughter of Majestic Son went off at odds of 18-1 and paid $39.40 to win. She is trained by Serge Nadeau for owner/breeder Marcel Brouillard. It was her maiden victory after four career starts. In the second race division for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, it was Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre repeating after their track record performance last week. Grand Galop Semalu and trainer/driver Yves Filion going right out to the lead from the rail with Half A Billion (trainer/driver Marcel Barreau) sitting the two-hole trip through the opening quarter mile in :28.4 and the half mile in :59.3. It was in the backstretch that Denis St Pierre sent Sugarsam after the leaders and they raced on the outside gaining ground with every stride past the three-quarters in 1:28.3. Then once straighten out in the stretch, Sugarsam kicked in a :28.3 last quarter mile to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:58.2 over Western Bayama (Rheo Filion) with Grand Galop Semalu third. It was the second straight win and third victory this year for Sugarsam. The gelded son of Sportswriter is trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos,Sainte-Therese, QC. He paid $6.20 to win. Life racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening with frst race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Saulsbrook Alana and driver Marc Campbell were victorious in the 20th edition of The Maritimer for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway. The stakes event is co-sponsored by the New Brunswick Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association and Saint John Exhibition Association. The streaking Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley) and Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) went wire-to-wire to win the $9,762 elimination heats earlier in the day in matching 2:00.3 miles while Saulsbrook Alana finished second to the latter filly. To view the rest of this story click here.

Three-year-old pacers Lyons Likethewind and filly Kyles Secret took new lifetime marks with a pair of victories in their respective Innisfil Summer Claiming Series finals on Saturday night at Georgian Downs. With Tyler Moore catch-driving for trainer Richard Moreau, 13-1 longshot Lyons Likethewind advanced first over from the third to take over the lead approaching the third quarter mark and held off the rallying Lucky Shot (Scott Coulter) to win the $22,400 final for horses and geldings in 1:56.1 by three-quarters of a length. Roan Bruiser (Bob McClure) finished four lengths behind in third. The Camluck-Windwatch gelding is owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Brantford, Ont. He earned just his second win in 10 starts this season and fourth lifetime, boosting his bankroll to $28,350. Lyons Likethewind returned $29.60 to his backers at the betting windows. To view the rest of this story click here.

Trainer Keith Cullen enjoyed a perfect night at the the track on Saturday with his starters going three-for-three during Hiawatha Horse Park's 10-race card. Cullen's trainees won three straight races mid-card using the same racing strategy. Royal Sir ($9.60) kicked off the stable streak winning the fourth race for $3,000 claiming colts and geldings in 1:56 with Jeff Mayhew working out the winning pocket trip. In the next race, Marvelous Mario ($4.20) and Tyler Borth prevailed in 1:54 off a pocket trip of their own, although the pacer was claimed from Cullen for $6,000 in the race. Coffee Black ($6) also converted off a two-hole trip to win the following $4,000 claiming trot in 2:00.2 with Alfie Carroll aboard. To view the rest of this story click here.

With race favorites winning most of the stakes races at Mohawk Raceway Saturday night, Modern Legend was the shocker of the evening as he won the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 66-1 Saturday and paid $135.70 to win. The 1/5 betting favorite, Sweet Lou, saw his ten-race winning streak come to an abrupt halt in the race as he was on the lead coming down the stretch but faded to sixth place at the finish. The race began with Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) beating out Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) to the early lead but once they reached the opening quarter mile in :26, Gingras came right out with Foiled Again and took command. Then by the half mile in :53, Ron Pierce came charging up first-over with Sweet Lou and cleared with ease to control the pace. And just as Sweet Lou was on the lead, up came Clear Vision (Brett Miller) to challenge first-over and following their cover was the long shot Modern Legend and driver David Miller. Past the three-quarters in a blazing 1:20.1, Clear Vision was about to collar Sweet Lou as they started down the stretch and Foiled Again and Gingras were already trying to squeeze by on the inside as everyone sensed that Sweet Lou had had enough. But it was David Miller and Modern Legend who proved to be much the best as they tipped three-wide on the final turn and mowed everybody by, pulling away for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:47.2. Foiled Again was second with Clear Vision third. The time of the race tied the track, stakes and Canadian record with A Rocknroll Dance in 2013. It was a lifetime mark and the fourth win this year for Modern Legend. The six-year-old gelding by Modern Art was bred and is owned and trained by Dave Drew of Catharines, Ontario. “This is the only horse I have right now,” said Dave Drew, “I had as many as five this year but now down to just this one. This is a horse of a lifetime for me and this was a race of a lifetime. He has been racing for me on the Grand Circuit the last couple of years and always coming close and never really putting it all together. But tonight David Miller gave him a perfect drive and he was on his game. Just a super night for him. “He has always raced well but has had some outside posts earlier this season,” Drew said. “Had some tough trips, was interfered with but he has been racing well and it was just a matter of putting it all together at the right time and in the right race and he did that tonight. It was just a superb night for me and my family.” “It worked out great tonight,” said winning driver David Miller, “I know the horse Clear Vision and I figured if I can get on his back and follow him and he would take us to where we needed to be in the race. I was real surprised around the last turn as I still had a lot of horse coming to the stretch so I fanned him out and he did the rest. He raced tremendous. He beat some great horses tonight. Hats off to the horse. He’s been racing against them the past couple of years and it was great to see him get the job done.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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New Brunswick owned two-year-old harness racing filly Miss Oromocto won a division of the lucrative Williamson Stake at Fredericton Raceway on Monday afternoon.   Owned by Mel Land in partnership with Sharon Burchill, Mark Haig drove the pacer to victory in 2:01.4 in the $ 6000 stake.   In other action Monday, veteran Mike Downey enjoyed a banner day as he scored a trio of winners. City Of The Year, owned by Dr. Mitchell Downey was impressive as the two-year-old sailed to a 2:01 new record.   Downey's other wins came with Override and Night Talker. Dance Hanover took the top class of the afternoon in 1:58.2 while Skippy turned in an impressive 1:58.3 win for Mike Stevenson and owner Harold DeFazio.   Fredericton's afternoon card also saw the best wager of the season in New Brunswick as nearly $ 20,000 was registered. Next card at Fredericton Raceway is Saturday afternoon.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    
September 2, 2014 - The week off in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs gave the handicappers the opportunity to think over their handicapping strategy and by doing so, they came out guns a blazing with five instances of handicappers scoring net profits of over $1,000 on any given day. When the dust settled, Mark McKelvie was the big winner for the week showing a net profit of $2,586, leapfrogging from 8th to 3rd place. While McKelvie won the week, Bob Zanakis regained the lead over Brandon Valvo with a swing a $2,919.25 thanks to his weekly net profit of $2,094.75. Gordon Waterstone's weekly net profit of $2,103 moved him from 12th place to 6th. On Thursday, August 28, Bob Zanakis started the hit parade, playing a $6 price part wheel trifecta ($144 total) in the first division of the Champlain and it paid off handsomely as he received a dividend of $2,408.40. Other key hits on Thursday were Sally Hinckley's $10 trifecta key ($120l) in the third division of the Champlain which paid $301, Dennis O'Hara's $50 cold exacta in the same race which returned $260, and Ann Stepien's $2 four-horse trifecta box ($48) earned $143.60. On a typical day, Gordon Waterstone's $20 trifecta key ($120) in the third division would normally have been the talk of the town with its $602 return but alas, Zanakis' play overshadowed this accomplishment. On Friday, August 2, the handicappers gathered their collective breaths with no particular breakouts. While the day's action was sedate, there were some individual bets worth noting. Derick Giwner's $150 exacta in the Zweig Memorial returned $405 while in the same race, Hinckley's $25 trifecta key ($150) paid $307.50. Saturday saw three players with big nights. Mark McKelvie led the trio with a net profit of $3,226 thanks to a $20 trifecta part-wheel ($60) in the She's A Great Lady. Waterstone earned $1,403 as a result of a $10 trifecta part wheel ($200) in the same race and O'Hara's $1,097 evening was attributable to a $30 trifecta key ($360) in the Metro which grossed $1,497. Other solid plays were Ray Garnett's $14 trifecta key ($280) in the Metro paid a $698.60 dividend as was Hinckley's $10 trifecta key play, returning $499. In the first division of the Simcoe, Josi Verlingieri had two winning tickets, a $25 exacta box ($150) paid $317.50 and a $125 win, place wager which returned $943.75. With a one day break, the handicappers returned for a Labor Day stanza which belonged to Garnet Barnsdale with his hit in the Shady Daisy. While Barnsdale had listed a $1 superfecta part wheel ($42), his ticket was reduced to a $.30 ticket ($12.60) which paid $2,561.90, reflecting the size of the superfecta pool. Waterstone was the only other player who won on Sunday as his $30 exacta box ($180) paid $438. The current standings after the completion of four legs are: As of September 1, 2014 - Leg 27 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis $2,094.75 $4,303.45   2nd Brandon Valvo ($824.50) $2,780.00 $1,523.45 3rd Mark McKelvie $2,586.00 $1,962.00 $2,341.45 4th Josi Verlingieri $937.40 $1,551.55 $2,751.90 5th Earl Paulson ($504.00) $240.90 $4,062.55 6th Gordon Waterstone $2,103.00 $202.70 $4,100.75 7th Brian McEvoy $67.50 ($110.00) $4,413.45 8th Derick Giwner ($715.00) ($759.23) $5,062.68 9th Garnet Barnsdale $1,331.30 ($894.70) $5,198.15 10th Ray Garnett ($480.40) ($1,102.55) $5,406.00 11th Sally Hinckley ($122.00) ($1,793.90) $6,097.35 12th Ann Stepien ($406.95) ($2,156.06) $6,459.51 13th Rusty Nash ($745.65) ($2,369.76) $6,673.21 14th Dennis O'Hara $467.00 ($2,579.70) $6,883.15 15th Ray Cotolo ($1,150.00) ($5,698.40) $10,001.85 This week, one leg of the contest will be held on Saturday, September 6 at Mohawk Racetrack with a trio of races scheduled, the Simcoe for 3yo open pacers and the Champlain for 2yo open pacers and 2yo filly pacers will be contested. As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott for HANA
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Due to unsafe track conditions harness racing was cancelled Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack following the evening's ninth race. A heavy downpour of rain midway through the 12-race card caused the track surface, which started the night listed as 'Fast', to be downgraded to 'Sloppy'. Following the ninth race, the Ontario Racing Commission judges and officials from the Woodbine Entertainment Group ruled the track to be unsafe to continue racing action and cancelled the remaining three races. The final Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, which was carded as Race 10, will take place tomorrow evening (Tuesday, September 2) at 7 p.m. and will be contested as a non-wagering race. Following the non-wagering event, an 11-race card will take place with a regular post time of 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie
Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy has been released from a local hospital in Trois-Rivières after suffering a concussion and abrasions in a harness racing accident at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. Two drivers were involved in the accident in the 8th race yesterday. The accident occurred before the first quarter mile when the horse Wine After Five (#2), driven by Andre Champagne, fell to the track and was run over by Iron Phil (#3), driven by Louis-Philippe Roy, who was propelled several feet from the impact. Louis-Philippe Roy was rushed to the hospital and suffered a concussion but has no other serious injuries. He was release from hospital and on his Facebook account he thanked everyone for their encouragement. Born in Mont-Joli in Quebec, Louis-Philippe is 24 years old and began in 2008 competing as a driver on the regional circuit before joining the professional ranks. The other driver involved in the accident, Andre Champagne, was experiencing hip pain but no major injuries. All of the horses involved in the accident escaped with only minor bruising. Chaleurs AD goes for his fourth straight win Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R yet the two-year-old harness racing pacing colt is still seeking his first pari-mutuel (betting) win. Racing only in the Quebec Fair Circuit, Chaleurs AD has been awesome and now gets put to the test in an actual betting race. Trained by Charles Gaudreault and with 3R’s leading driver Denis St Pierre doing the driving, Chaleurs AD starts from post four in the third race pace. The son of Riggins has been doing his racing at two little know Quebec province fair tracks named Nouvelle and Pabos. But they know Chaleurs AD there as he has yet to lose a race in the past month. Going into Tuesday’s first betting race, Chaleurs AD has been made 4/1 in the morning line. His main competition will come from Sandinista (post 3), Rainbow Palace (post 1) and Classic Breeze (post 5). From the Quebec Jockey Club
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