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Kadabra Queen

Tiny Kadabra Queen goes to top of class

JULY 25, 2017 - Local harness racing filly Kadabra Queen went to the top of the two-year-old trotting filly class with her second straight Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. Starting from Post 2 in the second $98,000 Gold division, driver Scott Coulter of Brantford, ON settled Kadabra Queen in behind fan favourite Sorceress Seelster and watched as that filly trotted to fractions of :28.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30. Once the fillies had squared up in the stretch Coulter tipped Kadabra Queen to the outside and the pair powered home to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:58.2. Sorceress Seelster settled for second and Zorgwijk Sophia closed well to be third. "Very happy with her," said trainer Chad Milner of Campbellville, ON. "Scotty's just done a great job with her, and the staff we have has done a great job with her, all the way back, so quite happy." Milner conditions Kadabra Queen for breeder Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville and Frank Monte of Markham, ON. Tuesday's victory was the Kadabra daughter's second in Gold Series action; she was also victorious in the July 6 season opener at Mohawk. With one second and one third in two other starts under her belt, the filly has already amassed $101,820 in her career, which will see her only stakes appearances come in the provincial program. "She was so small and I said to the owner, look if we're good enough to be in the Gold and we make $100,000 this year, which we've done, we're going to be happy right, and he said yup," said Milner, explaining their decision to skip the open stake events at Mohawk. "We kept pretty much everything we own this year just Ontario Sires Stakes, because it's such a good program." The diminutive filly - Milner said she may just hit 15 hands high with her shoes on - will have an opportunity to pick up her third Gold trophy when the fillies return to Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 18. "Even when they put the winner blanket on her tonight they said, Oh, she's tiny," said Milner with a laugh. "She doesn't know it though." Kadabra Queen Like Kadabra Queen, the winner of the first Gold division is not long of leg, but Smoke And Mirrors proved to be long of nose as she squeaked out a 1:57 victory over Apprentice M. The fillies finished so close together that even trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman initially believed Smoke And Mirrors had lost. "I was actually a little surprised, I actually thought she lost. So I was a little disappointed at first," said Norman. "But then I switched back to the channel, I was on a different channel, and I switched back and they were putting her up as the winner, so I was very happy." Smoke And Mirrors had made the turn for home three lengths on top after ringing up fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.4, but Apprentice M did her best to reel in the fan favourite in the stretch, getting close enough that a photo was required to determine the winner. The fillies finished three and one-half lengths ahead of third-place finisher Northern Lightning. "I was pretty sure, we kind of touched wheels at the wire and I was pretty sure my filly just got there," said driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON from the winner's circle. "I didn't really want to be on the front, but found myself there and she did it well." Norman conditions Smoke And Mirrors for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY and the New Jersey resident admitted he was a little surprised to see the filly on the front end. "She's kind of green anyway, and she never really was very good in front. Even at home training we never ever trained her in front, she was always a lot better off a helmet, so I was a little surprised when Trevor put her there, but I could see she was kind of up on the muscle there up behind the gate and no one else really wanted to leave," said Norman. "But it all worked out. I was really happy with her the first start and then, you know, she hasn't raced since the first Gold and I thought maybe she'd be a little short, but no she raced good." Smoke And Mirrors, also a daughter of Kadabra, finished fourth in the July 6 season opener and has paid back $56,376 of her $85,000 purchase price at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Unlike Kadabra Queen, she will have ample opportunity to pad her earnings against the continent's best if she continues to progress through the summer. "She was one of the nicer ones all winter, we've been very happy with her. She's very good gaited. She's not very big, but she's got good speed and good heart," said Norman. "She's in the Peaceful Way and the Champlain, those type of things I think. So we'll just see how they go, if she handles the Golds here then maybe she'll get a chance to try the other ones." Smoke And Mirrors Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with the second Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. Post time for Tuesday's program is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Precieuse CC, harness racing

Nobodynosjustice rebounds in Future Stars Series

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - After making a costly break at the start of his last race and finishing up the track, Nobodynosjustice and driver Stephane Brosseau made amends to race fans Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing in the second round of the C$220,00 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies, Nobodynosjustice was sent off as the overwhelming favorite in the fifth race division for colts, but it was a tough mile until the stretch drive. It was last week's return winner, Y A Muscle Mass and trainer/driver Rosaire Renaud who shot right out to the early lead with Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) following right behind them in second place and Nobodynosjustic in third place. By the opening quarter mile, Brosseau then sent Nobodynosjustic to the outside, but they could not pass by Y A Muscle Mass, who parked the race favorite around the second turn, and kept them parked out past the half mile and around the third turn. But Brosseau was patience with his colt and once in the backstretch was able to not only collar Y A Muscle Mass, but pass him to take the lead after the three-quarter mile marker. From there they were able to pull away towards the finish, winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:05.3. Y A Muscle Mass was second with Yankee Photo third. Sire by Justice Hall, Nobodynosjustic is trained by Dany Fontaine and was bred and is owned by Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, paying $3.30 to win. There were two non-wagering filly divisions held with the fastest of the two winners going to the undefeated Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil, who led from start to finish, holding off a late charge by the pocket-sitting Magic Lady (Yves Filion), to win by a neck in 2:04.1. Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) was third. Now 2 for 2 in her brief career, Precieuse CC is a daughter of Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. The other filly division saw Lucky's Dream (Jerome Lombart) cut the mile with Papillon Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting right on his back until the backstretch when Roy pulled the pocket and took the lead away before the final turn as Stand For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over to challenge. Then in the stretch drive, Papillon Bleu was able to hold the challengers at bay, winning by one length in 2:06.1. Stand For Justice was second with Lucky's Dream third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was the maiden victory for Papillon Beau, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the filly. The ninth race Invitational Trot saw a classic finish as even money favorite Unabating and driver Guy Gagnon were parked out three-wide at the three-quarters as Four Starz Speed (Kevin Maguire) led the field with Ghiradelli Lindy (Richard Simard) hanging game first-over. Around the final turn and starting down the stretch, Gagnon and Unabating ($4.00) were able to wear down Four Starz Speed to win by a neck in 1:59. Dance Hall George (Mario Charron) had broken stride at the start, was in the last place, and rebounded to not only catch the field, but finish third. Track Notes: This was the last Tuesday night card until August 22. There will be a special Wednesday night live program on August 16 when H3R will host the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship. Live racing resumes this Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 12:30 pm featuring the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Percy Bluechip

Impressive fillies remain undefeated

JULY 24, 2017 - Round two of the freshman pacing filly Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series division was identical to round one as Percy Bluechip and Big Thong captured their second straight harness racing victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. Off her Canadian and Ontario Sires Stakes record mile in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, Percy Bluechip was sent off as the heavy favourite in the first $96,400 division. Starting from Post 2 Percy Bluechip and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON floated off the starting gate and settled briefly in third as Mrs Bailey reached the opening quarter in :26.3, but heading down the backstretch the favourites took aim on the lead. On top by almost two lengths at the :55.2 half and just over two at the 1:23.4 three-quarters, Percy Bluechip left the field behind in the stretch, pulling away to a five length victory in 1:51.4. Lady Grande and Play The Bell finished second and third. "I just finished talking to Trevor (Henry) and he said that she won very easy," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "When he moved her she wanted to go 100 miles an hour there, and she put in a few little steps, not really steps, just trying to get going 100 I guess is what she was doing, but then she relaxed and he just spoke to her around the final turn, that's all he did, never touched her or anything, so she did that on her own." The Puslinch, ON resident shares ownership of Percy Bluechip with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. The partners purchased the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest for $110,000 at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale and through two starts she has returned $96,400. "I think she's a very special filly and I'm going to manage her as best I can," said Dr. Moore. "It's very important with young horses to take care of them - you take care of them, they'll take care of you." Percy Bluechip is eligible to a number of open stake races and Dr. Moore and his partners are hoping that she can compete against the best two-year-old pacing fillies in North America in races like the Eternal Camnation, Champlain Stakes and Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. "Hopefully she's going to be good enough to go with them. I mean, as you know, every year, in any particular OSS class, there's only one or two out of each division that will ever do with the American-breds, so I am being realistic about that," noted Dr. Moore. "I guess time will tell, but that's what we're striving for anyway, at this point in time." Percy Bluechip Unlike Percy Bluechip, Big Thong has just one open stake race on her agenda this summer, the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 2. "I had three or four other fillies that I paid up in the Shes A Great Lady and Breeders Crown and stuff, because they were looking better than her. She was just kind of plain ordinary and I didn't pay her up in anything," said trainer Scott McEneny. "I just paid her in the Sires Stakes, and then when she started stepping up I figured I'd pay the Champlain, so she only has the Sires Stakes and the Champlain. I wish I had her in the other stuff, but in hind sight it might be all right, she's only going to have about eight, nine starts into her. She's going to be a nice big mare next year, it'll be better." Big Thong scored her second straight Gold Series victory from Post 3 in the second division and the Big Jim daughter also ran into some difficulty reaching the front. Sitting fourth at the :27 quarter posted by Just Her Luck, Big Thong was making a move up the outside as the fillies rolled into the backstretch when she was nudged out wide by Oxford Comma, who shifted into the outer lane from third. As soon as Oxford Comma reached the front, posting a :55.1 half, Big Thong was rolling on by and had taken a one and three-quarter length lead by the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Sudden Passing took a run at the leader in the stretch, but Big Thong refused to yield, hitting the wire one and one-quarter lengths the best in a personal best 1:52.1. Sudden Passing settled for second with Just Her Luck third. "She actually got used pretty hard there tonight. It would've been easier if he (driver Robert Shepherd with Oxford Comma) didn't pull out in front of us there, we would've got to the front a lot easier," noted McEneny. "It would have been a lot easier race; anyways we got the job done." James MacDonald of Guelph, ON crafted the win for the trainer, his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown, Teresa Davidson of Milton, Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga and Cora Marshall of Jarvis, ON. The partners purchased Big Thong from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $20,000 US and she has earned $99,500 in her first three lifetime starts. Big Thong The next opportunity for Percy Bluechip and Big Thong to add to their Ontario Sires Stakes trophy collection comes August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. More provincial trophies will be awarded at Mohawk on Tuesday evening as the two-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event. Post time for Tuesday's event is 7:30 pm and the fillies will compete in Races 3 and 6. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Summer Travel

Summer Travel by a hair in Dream Maker

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The harness racing 'Photo Finish Camera' was put to good use to determine the winner of Monday night's Dream Maker Series opening leg at Mohawk Racetrack. Summer Travel held off inside rival Trump That by the smallest of margins to win the seven-horse $14,000 first leg. Coming in off an impressive 1:51.4 victory in his career debut, Summer Travel and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away fourth in the early-going, while Trump That went to the front for driver Jody Jamieson. Trump That posted soft opening-fractions of :28.3 and :58.4, which forced Roy to come first up just before the half with the heavy-favourite. Summer Travel cleared to command entering the far turn and ramped up the tempo by taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:26.3. In the stretch, Summer Travel was in full flight trying to stay ahead of his rival, but Trump That wasn't going away quietly and came charging with a late bid up the rail. The rookies hit the line together in 1:53.4. It took roughly five-minutes for Summer Travel to be declared the winner in a tight photo-finish. A son of Western Ideal, Summer Travel is trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stables, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. The $35,000 Harrisburg purchase is now two for two with $14,000 earned to start his career. Trump That, who is trained by Dave Menary, was one for one coming into Monday's Dream Maker leg. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was an $80,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase for owners Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. Dragon Time, who is also trained by Menary, finished third, while Courtly Choice finished fourth for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Summer Travel paid $2.40 to win. Summer Travel The second leg of the Dream Maker Series is scheduled for next Monday (July 31). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg for two-year-old filly trotters and a $34,000 Preferred Trot highlight the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It has been said in harness racing that a young trotter is better off building up stamina, strength and be sure of foot, and that the speed will soon follow. That analogy will again be put to the test at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening with the second round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. In the opening round of the series last week, the old proverb came true for 76-year-old owner and driver Rosaire Renaud as his newest star of the stable, Y A Muscle Mass, beat eight rivals and will try it again on Tuesday. Last week Y A Muscle Mass and Renaud went right to the lead and never looked back, winning by three-quarters of a length in a slow time of 2:09.4 over a fast track. But there is no prize money for speed, only for those that stays on gait and cross the finish line first. That's what Y A Muscle Mass did last week. The son of Muscle Mass goes from the rail on Tuesday for trainer Manon Renaud and provided his minds his manners and stays on-stride, can win again. His rivals have good speed but were unable to stay on-stride last week and are back to try again. Nobodynosjustice (Stephane Brosseau) was the favorite last week and won already this season in 2:02.2. But he failed to stay trotting at the start last week and was up the track. Nobodynosjustice goes from post six. Yankee Photo starts from post five and last week he did stay on gait, but was sent first-over by driver Pascal Berube against Y A Muscle Mass and could not get to him and was third. SG Goliath King goes from post three and last week was a game second to Y A Muscle Mass. The fillies drew ten entries and according to the rules of the Quebec Racing Commission, must split into two fields of five that will be held as non-wagering races during the Tuesday program. The first division takes place after the third race and is headed by Luckys Dream (post four) and Stand For Justice (post one). The second division goes after the fifth race and features last week's return winner, Precieuse CC, who starts from post five. Last week this daughter of Angus Hall was able to lead from post eight for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil, take a tuck in third place and then brush to the lead in the backstretch, going on to win by two open lengths in 2:06, the last quarter in a very impressive :29.4. Also in the race is Yves Filion's Magic Lady, who starts from post two. She was the betting favorite last week, followed Precieuse CC in the backstretch, but could not catch her, finishing second. There is another competitive field set for the Invitational Trot Tuesday in the ninth race. Four Starz Speed (post 4) returns off his wire-to-wire victory for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. Also back is Unabating, who was the race favorite last week, but suffered broken equipment and was never in the hunt. Caroluzzo returns after a week's rest, but drew post eight for driver Stephane Gendron. Rideau Carlton invader, Ghirardelli Lindy, brings his two-race win streak to H3R, as does Dance Hall George (post one), who is moving up the ranks to the top trot. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

When harness racing trainer Anthony MacDonald got to the boarder Sunday morning and was asked how long his stay in the US was? He paused; the answer was 6 days but it felt like many more. In a span of five days he raced at six different tracks in two countries.   His pace only to be out done by the performance of thestable.ca class of 2017. Winning races in four states and amassing just over $170,000 US dollars in earnings thus far.   When asked in an interview how he plans to keep this pace up? MacDonald answered quickly, "truthfully we have a lot of great clients, and I mean alot", said MacDonald with a smile. Its a great feeling having 278 people rooting for you, and it really puts a charge in your engine.  But without my wife Amy none of this possible, running our Ontario operation and taking care of two kids while I'm gone? Now that's a real work horse."   "There is no shares of her for sale for sure" he laughs.    When asked about thestable.ca in the US MacDonald was clear,  "there is no way to explain it, other than luck. Sure we work incredibly hard, but lots of other trainers do as well though. We bought these horses because we believed they were being undersold and they fit our program of affordible ownership.    People are seeing now there is quite a difference between undersold and cheap and value can be found in many yearlings for many different reasons. With a good eye and some good old fashion racing luck you will always have a shot to win."    One of those winners is lawmaker ($49,788.00). A $20,000 Lexington purchase last year who is undefeated in the sire stakes in Pennsylvania. A perfect 2 for 2 taking a lifetime mark of 1:56 at the Meadows on July 15th.    "We have had some offers, and we are looking at a couple right now,  but these are very fluid situations and very dynamic groups. You almost have to be a politician sometimes." smirks MacDonald.    "We certainly didn't think we would ship into one of the toughest jurisdictions on earth and stay mowing down $350,000 yearlings, but that's part of the allure of horse racing,  you really just never know.    Having Andrew Harris with us is also a real feather in our cap,  he plays a huge role and has done an incredible job for us. We are certainly lucky to have him affiliated with thestable.ca"   "We row a pretty big boat right now, with 278 clients along for the ride of their lives. By the looks of the horizon we are going to need a bigger boat." said MacDonald.    (thestable.ca)

Kenny Arsenault registered his 3,000th career driving victory in standardbred racing during a 12-dash harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. “I never thought I was going to get there,” joked Arsenault, who has recorded every single one of his wins in the Maritimes. “The last four weeks I have had about 20 seconds and one win. . . “It was a monkey off my back. The guys in the paddock were torturing me pretty good, but they all congratulated afterwards. It was a nice feeling.” Arsenault registered No. 3,000 with Private Di, a two-year-old filly he trains for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Time of the mile was 2:01.3. “I was so happy it was one of my own horses,” said Arsenault in an interview with the Journal Pioneer during Sunday afternoon’s harness racing program at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway. “If it would have been a horse of Robbie or Wendell Shaw, Jackie Arsenault or people I have been driving for the past 30 years, I would have been tickled to death too,” said the 57-year-old Arsenault, who has been driving for 33 years. I never thought I was going to get there. The last four weeks I have had about 20 seconds and one win. . . It was a monkey off my back. The guys in the paddock were torturing me pretty good, but they all congratulated afterwards. It was a nice feeling. Kenny Arsenault First race Arsenault, who drives regularly at both P.E.I. tracks, recalled his very first career win was for his uncle Joey Arsenault. “I had four drives the first day I drove, I won on my last drive,” he recalled. “It wasn’t pretty.” Arsenault, who admitted he has seen lots of changes in his career, especially in safety equipment, said that while the competition is intense on the track, there is a great camaraderie amongst drivers. “They are great guys to drive against,” said Arsenault. “Walter Cheverie and Gary Chappell have been driving as long as I have been. Gordie Hennessey and Earl Smith are other longtime drivers, and now you have these young drivers who are good, safe drivers. It’s a lot of fun to be out there.” When asked what it means to reach the milestone, Arsenault commented: “When I started driving I wanted to get to a 1,000 (wins). When I got to 1,000, I wanted to go to 2,000. When I got to 2,000, I wanted to get to 3,000. “I was kind of thinking about it the last year, especially when I got to 2,900. The last six weeks I never thought I was going to get there!” Going forward, Arsenault said his next goal is to remain healthy and continue driving and training horses. “I really like what I do,” emphasized Arsenault. “To me it’s not work. I have a passion for it, it’s a seven-day a week job and it’s something I look forward to doing when I get up every morning.” By Jason Simmonds Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise landed on the scene late but that is all it took to land in the harness racing winner's circle in Saturday evening's $2,400 preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Mike McGuigan was reunited with the seven-year-old son of Western Paradise for the 1:57.3 victory for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Adkins Hanover and driver Ambyr Campbell set the tempo with fractions of 28.2, 58.1 and 1:28.1 before Forever Paradise emerged from mid-pack with the fastest closing quarter of the race to secure the victory as part of a McGuigan driving double. Adkins Hanover was second with Jeb (Kenny Arsenault) finishing third. Forever Paradise rewarded his backers with a $19.60 win ticket while the 4-3-7 triactor paid a healthy $629.40. Julep Hanover has knocked on the door all season without a win but she decided to change her narrative in style Saturday night in the $2,250 Open Mares Pace. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was a 1:57.3 winner in the Open event as the longest shot on the board at 10-1. Wade Myers of Charlottetown trains, drives and owns the pacing mare as she converted a pocket ride behind Best Risque (Ken Murphy) into a narrow victory. Best Risque was second with Brodys Leona (McGuigan) completing the $558.90 triactor. Kenny Arsenault hit a career milestone on the program winning his 3,000th career race with Private Di in 2:01.3. Arsenault, of Charlottetown, trains the two-year-old daughter of Mach Three for Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Arsenault scored later in the program with Pownal Bay Saul in 1:59.4 for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. Oh To Be Me rang in another birthday for trainer-driver-owner Gary Chappell of Charlottetown on the program. The now 57-year-old driver scored a 10-length victory in race 10 for a $1,400 purse in 1:57.1. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday evening with a 6:30 P.M. post time and Saturday at 6 P.M. Ryan Desroche Day Sunday In Summerside Sunday afternoonwas a good day to have Ryan Desroche in the sulky as he tripled up at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 19-year-old reinsman had four drives on the 12-dash afternoon program with him scoring three wins. Desroche had been winless so far this season as a driver but showed with the right horsepower he can deliver. The party started for the driver in race 5 as Onehotvett scored a first over victory in 2:01 for trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Painted Desert was the second part of the Desroche driving triple and the first half a training double for Kristina McCourt of Kensington, who trains Painted Desert for Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. The time of the mile was 1:57.4 in the $1,600 dash. Desroche and McCourt reunited in the afternoon finale as Capitalism was on top at every call to win the $1,400 race in 1:59.1. The only Desroche mount not to hit the circle was Ultimate Faith, who still mustered a second place finish for trainer Philip Desroche, the driver's father. Pictonian Storm captured the afternoon featured event for driver Gary Chappell and trainer Austin Sorrie, for his second training win on the day. The 1:56.4 victory saw Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) finish second with Minor Wisdom (Wade Sorrie) finishing third. Chappell had two wins on the program as he also won with Mia Lotta in 2:02.3. Live racing continues at Red Shores Summerside next Sunday afternoonfeaturing the Callbeck Memorial stake for two-year-old pacers and trotters and the Maple Leaf trot for three-year-old trotters. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The opening round of the $220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday provided for plenty of excitement for racing fans. In the 3rd race first division of the Future Stars Series for colts, the 6/5 race favorite, Undefeated Lucky Match (Yves Filion) made a break at the start and was never a factor in the race. It was Chloes Master and driver Steeven Genois shooting right to the lead from post five, then stuffing Power Fog (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Genois was then able to back down the pace to the half mile. Then in the backstretch, Gendron came out to challenge again to no avail as after the three-quarters, Genois was able to open up on the field with Chloes Master and win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.1. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was second with Power Fog third. It was the maiden victory for Chloes Master, a gelded son of Vintage Master, who is a half-brother to Quebec Champion two-year-old, Queen Elsa, a $50,000 winner last year. He is being trained by Michel Allard for owner and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, one of the top harness racing drivers in the sport. Dube and Guy Boulianne also bred Chloes Master, who paid $6.30 to win. Then in the fifth race, second colt division of the series, it was all Stock and driver Stephane Brosseau, easily leading from start to finish. After the half mile marker, the colt by Sportswriter, opened up on the field, leading by six lengths at the three-quarters and then coasting to the wire by 10 and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. G A Speed Sammy (Alain Carrier) was second with Phil Dorleans (Louis-Philippe Roy) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos, who co-owns Stock with Gaetan Bono Stable, it was the second straight win to remain unbeaten. He paid $2.90 to win. The fillies provided big excitement in the sixth race, first division as Sharks Summshandy (Sylvain Lacaille) went to the early lead with Keesha challenging and then Liisawithtwoeyes (Louis-Philippe Roy) going three-wide to take command. Then after the half mile, the 3/5 race favorite, Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion, who had broken stride at the start, came first-over with 15-1 La Balafre (Stephane Brosseau) following second over, but the pace was not fast enough for Brosseau as he took La Balafre three-wide to take the lead and then pull away in the stretch to win by two lengths in 2:01.2. Katniss S BG was second with Sharksummrshandy third. It was a lifetime mark and the maiden victory for La Balafre. The daughter of L H Stryker is trained by Jean Tourigny for owner Michel Damphousse and paid $33.30 to win. The seventh race second division for fillies was just as exciting as the first. The 3/5 race favorite, Butterfly BG and driver Stephane Gendron went to the early lead with Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) grabbing the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in a quick :28.4. They raced that way to the half mile marker when 22-1 D Gs Shadowbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came first-over to challenge with Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) second over. As they raced down the backstretch to the three-quarters, Brosseau tried the same move that won the prior race with La Balafre, sending Road To Lea three-wide and the filly nearly cleared to the lead on the field turn, setting up three horses across as they came down the stretch. D Gs Shadowbell, who most would think would be tired after racing first-over since the half mile, but the filly dug in for Lachance and came on to win by one and one-half lengths with Butterfly GB second and Road To Lea third in 2:01.3. Trained by Mario Lachance, D Gs Shadowbell is by Shadow Play and was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant and paid $46.00 to win. Track Notes: It took until the eighth race Invitational race for top driver Louis-Philipe Roy to bring one home. After being stung by Arazi (Mario Charron) to the opening quarter mile in :27, Sports Authority and driver Pierre-Luc Roy cleared to the lead before the half mile in :55. But there was little rest for the weary as young brother Louis-Philipe Roy was on the move first-over with race favorite Half A Billion. Those two then went head-to-head by the three-quarters in 1:24 before Half A Billion cleared to the lead and won by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.2. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) nipped Sports Authority for second place. It was the seventh straight win this year for Half A Billion, who paid $3.10 to win. At St-Joseph-De-Lepage racetack in Quebec yesterday, Abundasass broke the 55-year-old track record on the trot when he won for 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in 2:03.1. The former track record was set by Anne Gallon in 1962. The 10-year-old Abundance gelding, trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and co-owned by him and Francis Guillemette, is a familiar name to 3R fans. On July 1, he won at St-Hughes; the next day he won in at 3R. A winner at St-Hughes again on July 8, he made his previous start at 3R on July 18, finishing fifth after being elevated to the Invitational-Silver class. Live racing resumes this Tuesday at H3R, post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

It was a historic night at Kawartha Downs when harness racing legendary race announcer Frank Salive called his 150,000th race in front of a packed house Saturday night in Fraserville. A strong crowd was on hand and watched as Jetset Charmer won the fourth race for Justin Turcotte who joined his fellow horse people in the winner’s circle to congratulate Salive on his remarkable accomplishment. Following the presentation Kawartha’s Gord Brown interviewed Salive who was touched by the ceremony attached to the milestone. “I want to thank everyone here at Kawartha Downs for this privilege. I hope I have thousands more races left. “This is so special for me to be here as one of my first broadcasting assignments was right here at Kawartha Downs. These milestones put things in perspective, but none of it would be possible without the breeders, owners, pari-mutuel tellers, wait staff, horse people, everyone who makes it all come together. “I thank God for this career and all of you for your support and encouragement for so many years,” said Salive, a former Peterborough Petes' goalie. Racing returns to Kawartha next Saturday with the annual family fun night with bouncy castle, balloon animals, face painting and draws throughout the night for the youngsters and young at heart. Post time is 7 p.m. Reprinted with permission of The Peterborough Examiner    

JULY 22, 2017 - Ontario's elite three-year-old trotters and pacers were showcased at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday and Milton resident Sylvain Filion guided three of his eight mounts to victory in their respective harness racing Gold Series divisions. Filion, currently the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) and a four-time winner of the year-end Lampman Cup award, got things rolling in the first race guiding three-year-old trotting filly On A Sunny Day to her second straight Gold Series victory. The fan favourite trotted under the wire in a personal best 1:53.3, four and one-half lengths ahead of pacesetter Royal Witch. Gisele Treelane was well back in third. "She raced good, we got a nice two-hole trip and as soon as I moved her out of the two-hole halfway around the last turn I knew she was the winner," said Filion. "She felt good, she trotted home strong, I never pulled the plugs on her, she was just very good tonight." On A Sunny Day Filion drives On A Sunny Day for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. A four-time Gold Series winner at two, the Muscle Mass daughter sports a lifetime record of seven wins, two seconds and earnings of $298,680 in 11 starts. The driver then completed a sweep of the three-year-old trotting colt divisions with a pair of Kadabra sons, notching a 1:56.1 victory with Magic Night and a 1:55 triumph with R First Class. Clarion Hall and Scene A Magician finished behind fan favourite Magic Night, while R First Class held off favourite Try Try Again and LMC Mass Gem. Magic Night "That first one of Susie Kerwood's (Magic Night), that was the first time I drove him and he's a nice big trotter," said Filion. "Once he got to the front he was pretty lazy, I had to chase him the whole way, but at the top of the stretch he found another gear. In the post parade he was pretty grabby, like he was almost hot, and then during the race he was lazy, almost caught me off guard there." Filion has now driven R First Class four times, steering the gelding to three wins and one second, and the reinsman is impressed with how the youngster is developing. The son of former Gold winner World Class Image ($300,756) has made just seven starts lifetime. "He got a little tired late, but he hung on for the win, he raced tough," said the reinsman. "He's still learning. He's a nice, big strong trotter and I'm pretty sure he's much better covered up, so hopefully next time out we'll be able to race him covered up." R First Class It was the second straight Gold Series win for Kadabra gelding Magic Night, who is trained by Susanne Kerwood for Tommy Andersson, both of Rockwood, and the first-ever OSS win for R First Class, who is trained by Guelph resident Benoit Baillargeon and owned by breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, ON. Top three-year-old pacing colt Classic Pro returned to Gold Series action Saturday after finishing third in the Meadowlands Pace in New Jersey on July 15. With regular reinsman Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON in the race bike the Shadow Play son cruised to a 1:51 victory over Calvin K and Red John. Dr. Ian Moore of Puslinch, ON conditions Classic Pro for his partners R G McGroup Ltd of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and the horseman was very satisfied with his star pupil's second Gold Series win. "He's good, real good. He came home the Sunday (July 16) and I gave him Monday, Tuesday off, and then I jogged him Wednesday, Thursday, and then actually I did what I used to do with his father, I trained him yesterday, the day before, because the last time he raced in the Gold he was just so-so, if you remember," said Moore, who also trained Shadow Play. "That's after he had a rough week the week before where he raced really good in the North America Cup (finishing fourth), and then I went real easy on him and he was no good when I was easy on him, so he likes a bit of work." Classic Pro The second pacing colt division went to Sports Column, who picked up his first win of the season for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, ON and his partners Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, QC. In rein to Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Jr. the son of Sportswriter hit the wire in a personal best 1:50.3, two lengths ahead of Dreamfair B J and two more up on Bills Fella. "It's very satisfying," said MacIntosh of the colt's victory. "We've been fighting with him all year trying to get him right. He's raced okay, but he just hasn't been himself. "We schooled him there a couple weeks ago and he schooled great, and then we qualified him and he qualified great, and then he raced great tonight," the trainer added. Sports Column Nascar Seelster captured the other pacing colt split in a personal best 1:51.4 for driver Randy Waples and trainer Bob McIntosh. Favourites Filion and Tymal Peacemaker were second and Streakavana was third. Windsor resident McIntosh shares ownership of the Mach Three son with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, Mardon Stables of Loretto and James Walker of Port Perry, ON. Nascar Seelster Milton, ON resident Waples also captured the second trotting filly division with Tymal Reign, besting Janderson and Majestic Kat in 1:55.4. Waples crafted the Kadabra daughter's first OSS win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owners Steve Organ of Aurora and Asa Farm of Norwood, ON. Tymal Reign Guelph, ON residents Doug and Gregg McNair swept the three-year-old pacing filly divisions with The Joy Luck Club and Action Majesty, who clocked identical 1:51.1 miles. Fan favourite The Joy Luck Club romped to a three length victory over Soiree Seelster and Blameitonthenight, while Stonebridge Sundae and favourite Aint Three Ok finished in a dead-heat behind Action Majesty. "The Joy Luck Club raced real good. I was going to race her from off (the pace), because she hasn't been finishing on the big track, but there wasn't much speed and once the half flashed up in :56.2 I figured she'd be tough to beat," said driver Doug McNair. "Action Majesty raced good as well, especially for being off three weeks. I was happy the way she fought in the stretch; that was another big mile." Joy Luck Club Gregg McNair conditions The Joy Luck Club for his partners R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington and Mark Horner of St. Marys, ON. Saturday's win was the Camluck daughter's eleventh of the season, but her first in OSS action. Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH bred and owns Royal Mattjesty daughter Action Majesty, who now has two sophomore Gold trophies to her credit. Action Majesty Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, July 24 with two Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is 7:30 pm and the fillies will compete in Races 2 and 3. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Canadian's leading money winning driver this season, Louis-Philippe Roy, is returning to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday for the start of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. But there is more at stake than just driving and winning races for LPR. "Aside from the racing," Roy said. "I like seeing my family, my friends, the racing fans and hopefully have a little bit of success on the track!" Success has come big time this year for Roy, who in addition to being Canada's leading money winning driver, he is also second in Canada in races won this year. But there is more to Roy just coming to drive in the stakes races this Sunday at H3R. He is also part owner of El Muchacho, who starts from the rail in the third race, the first colt division of the Future Stars Series. The son of Goliath Bayama from the Run The Table mare, Maple Lady, is co-owned by Roy with trainer Kevin Maguire. "I'm good friends with Kevin for a few years now," Roy explained. "We're not exactly from the same place in life, but we met in harness racing and developed a good friendship. "The last two years we went on vacations together in Dominican Republic and Cuba," Roy added. "And we often talked about buying a horse together. We bought this horse as a yearling through a private sale. I taught him his first lessons with Stephane Brosseau for a few months, and then Kevin had him at his farm since then. "The name, El Muchacho," Roy explained. "comes from one of these trips we went on, because Kevin's father-in-law was with us on that trip and used to call every guy down there Muchacho and it was funny. So that is where his name came from." El Muchacho won his first start on the Quebec fair circuit in 2:09.1. He has not faired that well in his next two starts and is listed at 6-1 for Sunday's race. He will face some formidable foes including Chloes Master (post five), who was bred and is owned by Daniel Dube. This gelding by Vintage Master has been raced timed his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway and Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2. Also in the race is the undefeated Lucky Match (post 6) for trainer/driver Yves Filion and recent H3R winner, Power Fog (post 7) for driver Jocelyn Gendron. "Driving babies is double duty," Roy said. "You want to teach them to race and also want to get the best result with them, especially in stakes races. Sometimes it's hard to combine both, but it's just more challenging. I like to try to develop them, especially when trainers give you a 100% confidence, because I understand that's it's a long process to get them to the races and that they have put a lot of time and work in them." The second colt division is the fourth race and it is highlighted by the Sportswriter colt, Stock, who starts from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Trained by Dany Fontaine, Stock has already showed his winning ability as he just won a C$19,150 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series at Mohawk Raceway in 1:55, the last quarter in a speedy :27.43. Also in the race is Phil Dorleans (post 5), who is a full-brother to pacing great, Duc Dorleans, p,5, 1:48.4 ($631,720), was second in the ONSS Grassroots in 1:56.2 and won a qualifying race at Mohawk Raceway in 1:57.4. This son of Shanghai Phil from the Shipps Purser mare, Legende Dorleans, will be driven by Roy for trainer Jacques Dupont. Another winner in the field is Kinnder Jackson (post nine) for driver Justin Filion. This colt by Allamerican Native is from the 100% producing mare, Lotsa Moxie, for owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova. The fillies get underway in the 6th race where the Mach Three daughter, Katniss S BG starts from post seven for trainer/driver Yves Filion. She was second in her last start at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1, but paced her last quarter mile in :27.2. Two return winners in the field are Super Spring (post one) and Liisawithtwoeyes (post eight). The seventh race features the undefeated Butterfly BG (post six), who is already going for her third straight win for trainer Daniel Martin. This daughter of Sportswriter recently won at H3R in 2:02.4 and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. Other hopefuls include Road To Lea (post three), who was timed in 1:57.1 at Georgia Downs in the ONSS Grassroots and Pacotille (post seven), who has two wins already on the Quebec Fair Circuit. After three weeks of preliminary rounds in the Future Stars Series, the top eight point earners will return for their respective C$55,000 finals on Sunday, September 3. Sunday's eight race Invitational Pace features the return of Half A Billion, who starts from post eight for driver LPR and is going for his seventh straight win. He has not raced for trainer Francis Richard since July 2 when he won in 1:53.4 and is taking on rival Sports Authority (post five), who won his last start at H3R in 1:54.4. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

JULY 21, 2017 - Pacing fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with three Grassroots divisions for the sophomore lasses and five for their novice counterparts. Trainer Jack Darling harnessed two starters, both two-year-old pacing fillies, and the Cambridge, ON resident made two visits to the Mohawk winner's circle. Darling trainee Write Me A Song captured the second freshman skirmish, sailing home three and three-quarter lengths ahead of her peers in 1:55. Breezy finished second and So Bananas was third. The victory, engineered by Milton, ON resident Randy Waples, boosted Write Me A Song to the top of the two-year-old pacing filly standings, giving her a total of 75 points from one win and one second in the first two Grassroots events. "She raced good. She was a nice filly training down, always showed lots of talent," said Darling, who acquired Write Me A Song from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale for $47,000. "She's coming along well." Write Me A Song The horseman's other winner was homebred Neon Moon, a Sportswriter daughter out of his former race mare Beach Of A Time. Like her stablemate, Neon Moon took command before the halfway marker and was never challenged, cruising under the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Ashlees Sport and Voulez Hanover in 1:54.1. Friday's test was Neon Moon's first; she missed the July 11 Grassroots opener after breaks in her first two qualifiers required a third attempt. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson was in the race bike for all three qualifiers and Friday's victory. "The first week (June 26) she jumped a shadow, and then the next week (June 30) it was just kind of an equipment problem, but she seems nice and solid now," said Darling of the filly's qualifying difficulties. "You just don't know until you see them race." Darling said the fillies trained together all winter - sharing both training miles and a tendency toward grabbing hold of the bit - with Write Me A Song having a slight edge on Neon Moon. "Write Me A Song was, she's just been more talented, she's bigger and taller, and a bigger gait, so she was one you would maybe get a little higher on," said the owner-trainer. "But this filly (Neon Moon), she's just like a machine out there, very efficient over the ground." Neon Moon Darling's fillies will continue to advance their education in the third freshman pacing filly Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway on August 14. The other two-year-old Grassroots divisions were captured by first-time Ontario Sires Stakes starters Lady Bubbles, Duchess Dolly and Dry Silk Flowers, who all used late sprints to claim their victories. In the first $19,150 division Lady Bubbles was victorious in 1:56 for driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON, trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, who also bred the daughter of Sportswriter. Favourite Shower Play was second and Hey Sweetie was third.. Lady Bubbles Shadow Play daughter Duchess Dolly captured the third division in 1:56.3 over Iveseenthefuture and favourite Campassion. Jonathan Drury of Guelph crafted the victory for trainer Jim Wellwood of Ancaster and owner Jeff Wellwood of Toronto, ON. Duchess Dolly Dry Silk Flowers sprinted home to a 1:55 victory over favourite Love Kills and Rendezvous Hanover. After finishing third in the first three freshman Grassroots divisions, Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON piloted the chestnut daughter of Vintage Master to the win for trainer Paul Reid and owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. Dry Silk Flowers In the three-year-old pacing filly divisions, Manhattan Play took sole control of top spot in the point standings with her third straight Grassroots victory. The Shadow Play daughter and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON controlled the tempo for the bulk of the mile and had another gear left for the stretch, pacing home to a one length victory in 1:53. Favourite Bid Writer was second and Snappy Dresser finished third. "She was first up the first two (Grassroots), and I thought that was going to happen tonight too, but I'm glad Jody (Jamieson with Bid Writer) let us go because that's a long stretch," said Cambridge resident Nicky Comegna, who conditions the filly for his father Bruno Comegna of Burlington, ON. "She's been real good." Manhattan Play made two starts at the Gold Series level during her 10-race two-year-old campaign, but the Comegna's opted to focus on the Grassroots this season when the filly developed allergies earlier in the year. Through 12 sophomore starts Manhattan Play now boasts a record of three wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $39,860. Manhattan Play The other two $18,800 Grassroots divisions went to Shewearsthepants and Diamondtoothgertie. Favourite Shewearsthepants and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON cruised home three and one-quarter length winners in 1:53, besting Rose Run Samantha and Fading Shadow. The driver's father, Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, conditions the Big Jim daughter for owner-breeder Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. Shewearsthepants First time Ontario Sires Stakes starter Diamondtoothgertie roared home in the last sophomore division to claim a three length victory over Style Snapshot and P L Kahluaa. The 1:52.4 clocking was a personal best for the Sportswriter daughter, who was driven to the win by Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion and is owned by trainer Sylvain Grenier of Saint-Rene, QC. Diamondtoothgertie The three-year-old pacing fillies return to Grassroots action on August 5 at Hanover Raceway. On Saturday evening Mohawk Racetrack will showcase the top three-year-old pacers and trotters in nine Gold Series divisions worth a total of $779,200. The first race goes postward at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - The finest Ontario sired harness racing three-year-olds will be on display for nine Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold divisions on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An action-packed 13-race card will offer fans and horseplayers the opportunity to see the best Ontario sired sophomores in each division strut their stuff. The three-year-old pacing colt division generally grabs the headlines and Saturday it'll lead the way with 25 colts and geldings split into three $66,400 divisions. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Classic Pro is the headliner in the division and returns to Mohawk fresh off a third-place finish in last week's Meadowlands Pace. The son of Shadow Play captured a Gold division back on Canada Day, which was his first start since finishing fourth in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A winner of $222,045 this season, Classic Pro and driver Trevor Henry will leave from post six in the opening division (Race 2). The other two divisions are carded as Races 5 and 9. A group of 19 sophomore trotting colts and geldings have been split into a pair of divisions going for purses of $98,000 and $97,200. Try Try Again is undefeated in OSS action and five for six in his young career heading into Saturday's second division for trainer Dustin Jones. The son of Kadabra started his career this season with five consecutive victories, including scores in a Grassroot and Gold, before finishing second in his most recent outing (a Non-Winners of Four event). Try Try Again's pedigree supports his results this season, as his second dam is Spellbound Hanover, the dam of Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder. Chris Christoforou will steer the Jones' trainee from post-seven in Race 8. The first division is carded as Race 6. The sophomore pacing fillies will be on display later in the evening, as 15 of them have been split into two divisions ($96,400 and $95,600) carded as Races 11 and 12. Tony O'Sullivan trainee Soiree Seelster currently leads the OSS Standings with $71,900 banked over two previous Gold legs. The daughter of Big Jim captured a division on June 1 at Mohawk and most recently finished second in a leg at Grand River on June 26. Soiree Seelster has banked $213,782 in nine career starts (four wins). She'll start from post-five in the first division with Sylvain Filion in the sulky. The three-year-old filly trot division will feature 16 fillies split into a pair of $96,400 divisions carded as Race 1 and 3. With the top two horses (Magic Presto and Paradise Image) in the OSS Standings not competing Saturday, and the next two in line competing in the same division, the door is wide open for a filly to breakthrough. Sweet Of My Heart and On A Sunny Day are the only two fillies with Gold victories this season racing in Saturday's leg and both will compete in the first split. A daughter of Angus Hall, Sweet Of My Heart has won two of six starts this season after winning two of five and never missing the board as a rookie. The Paul Reid trainee most recently saw a two-race win streak snapped when she made a break in her last outing. Louis Philippe Roy will team up with Sweet Of My Heart to start from post-two. On A Sunny Day carries an impressive six for 10 record into Saturday's contest for trainer Luc Blais. The Muscle Mass filly has two wins and a second in four starts this season and most recently captured a Gold leg at Georgian on July 2. Sylvain Filion will steer the Blais trainee from post-six. The OSS action won't be the only fun going on Saturday evening. Fans on-track can sign up for "Drive With Us" for a chance to take part in sulky rides between races. The sign-up for "Drive With Us" is available at the Customer Service/Program desk and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Spots do fill up quickly, so fans are encouraged to inquire immediately upon arrival. There will also be a drawing Saturday evening for a Pepsi North America Cup poster autographed by all 10 drivers from this year's race. Ballots will be available at the Program desk and the drawing will take place after Race 6. Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with the Terrace Dining Room and Trackside Bar opening at 6:30 p.m. Live racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's racing program can be downloaded by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Saturday evening feature promises to be a lively one at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as it is jam packed with top pacers who just met in Governor's Plate elimination action two weeks ago in Summerside. The Saturday evening 12-dash Charlottetown card gets underway at 6 P.M. with the featured pace capping off the card in the finale sponsored by McWade Racing. Invictus Hanover gets respect as the morning line favourite from post 6 with Jason Hughes training and driving for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was a fifth place finisher in the recent $22,000 Governor's Plate final pacing in 1:55.3, a time that puts him in full contention with his Saturday rivals. Fellow Hughes trainee Jeb is fresh off a 1:55.1 victory and gets the services of Kenny Arsenault in the bike this week while Smiley Bayama has post 2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass. Not a single horse can be discounted in the field as Give Em Heck has previously defeated this group and gets the services of Brian MacPhee from post 1. MacPhee's daughter, Ambyr Campbell, gets the catch driving call on Trevor Hicken trainee Adkins Hanover with post 3, Forever Paradise is reunited with Mike McGuigan from post 4 while Perfect Escape has post 5 for Gordie Hennessey. Eagle Jolt has been ultra consistent this year with Ryan Desroche picking up the drive as trainer Marc Campbell in racing in stakes action in Truro, N.S. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Invictus Hanover to defeat Saturday's talented group. "While this is a nice group they're not quite up to the level of his usual opposition," MacIsaac said of Invictus Hanover. "The post might curb your enthusiasm and while we'd prefer to see him on front, he's got the versatility to handle any style so he gets top billing." The race 11 $2,250 Open Mares pace will see the return of Dixie Lullaby who has been racing in Ontario the past two season after being one of the most talented two-year-old fillies the Maritimes has seen in recent years. The now four-year-old daughter of If I Can Dream was raised by Meridian Farms in Milton and was a recent winner in 1:53.4 over the half-mile oval at Grand River Raceway in Ontario, putting her into potential Charlottetown track record territory. Gary Chappell will drive Dixie Lullaby from post 8 for trainer Kyle Fellows of Ontario, who co-owns with Carl Stafford of Newfoundland And Labrador. Good Lucky Kathy has been installed as the favourite in the race with post 6 for driver Hughes and conditioner Jennifer Trainor. The program also features the Clan MacPhail Reunion 2017 Pace in race 6. Check out Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash promotion being offered again this weekend. Tight Knit Group Contests Summerside Top Class A compact group of five will contest the Sunday afternoonfeatured pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and the opening quarter is sure to be lively. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 12-dash card and Machinthesand has rail control and the nod from classifier Gerard Smith as the morning line choice in the $2,250 race 11 top class. Ken Murphy drives the pacer for trainer Hughie Murphy and Summerside owners Noon Holdings Ltd and Russell and Karen Noonan. The eight-year-old son of Mach Three was victorious in this class the last time he had rail control by setting up shop on the front end but this week he has to contend with the front-running Minor Wisdom from post 2 with Wade Sorrie in the bike for Kristina McCourt of Kensingto. The seven-year-old American Ideal mare was a winner in her latest outing in the $2,250 Mares Open. Instant Shadow (Jason Hughes) gets post 5 shipping in from New Brunswick and riding a two-race win streak over Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John for trainer Sifroi Melanson, while Pictonian Storm was a sharp 1:55.2 winner in his latest and gets Gary Chappell this week from post 4. Mando Fun leaves from post 3 with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Paul Biggar. Ultimateflyingnun will put her undefeated season to the test from post 1 in race 10 on the card for trainer Melanson and driver Spence. The five-year-old daughter of Driven To Win has three wins from as many starts so far in 2017. Old Buck is the favourite in that $1,800 event for driver Hughes and owner-trainer Alan MacDonald of Summerside. Race 8 has a newcomer to Island racing with Come On Eileen leaving from post 5 in the $1,600 dash with Ambyr Campbell in the bike for new trainer Trevor Hicken. The four-year-old daughter of Sportswriter has seven lifetime wins, $28,724 in earnings and a mark of 1:57 over the five-eighths Rideau Carleton oval outside Ottawa, Ont. The mare will have stiff company in her Island debut including Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie), Rash B Havior (Murphy) and Ultimatelyhandsome (Dale Spence). Check out Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and promotional information including the $100,000 Dash For Cash promotion being offered again this weekend. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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JULY 25, 2017 - Local harness racing filly Kadabra Queen went to the top of the two-year-old trotting filly class with her second straight Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. Starting from Post 2 in the second $98,000 Gold division, driver Scott Coulter of Brantford, ON settled Kadabra Queen in behind fan favourite Sorceress Seelster and watched as that filly trotted to fractions of :28.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30. Once the fillies had squared up in the stretch Coulter tipped Kadabra Queen to the outside and the pair powered home to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:58.2. Sorceress Seelster settled for second and Zorgwijk Sophia closed well to be third. "Very happy with her," said trainer Chad Milner of Campbellville, ON. "Scotty's just done a great job with her, and the staff we have has done a great job with her, all the way back, so quite happy." Milner conditions Kadabra Queen for breeder Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville and Frank Monte of Markham, ON. Tuesday's victory was the Kadabra daughter's second in Gold Series action; she was also victorious in the July 6 season opener at Mohawk. With one second and one third in two other starts under her belt, the filly has already amassed $101,820 in her career, which will see her only stakes appearances come in the provincial program. "She was so small and I said to the owner, look if we're good enough to be in the Gold and we make $100,000 this year, which we've done, we're going to be happy right, and he said yup," said Milner, explaining their decision to skip the open stake events at Mohawk. "We kept pretty much everything we own this year just Ontario Sires Stakes, because it's such a good program." The diminutive filly - Milner said she may just hit 15 hands high with her shoes on - will have an opportunity to pick up her third Gold trophy when the fillies return to Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 18. "Even when they put the winner blanket on her tonight they said, Oh, she's tiny," said Milner with a laugh. "She doesn't know it though." Kadabra Queen Like Kadabra Queen, the winner of the first Gold division is not long of leg, but Smoke And Mirrors proved to be long of nose as she squeaked out a 1:57 victory over Apprentice M. The fillies finished so close together that even trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman initially believed Smoke And Mirrors had lost. "I was actually a little surprised, I actually thought she lost. So I was a little disappointed at first," said Norman. "But then I switched back to the channel, I was on a different channel, and I switched back and they were putting her up as the winner, so I was very happy." Smoke And Mirrors had made the turn for home three lengths on top after ringing up fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.4, but Apprentice M did her best to reel in the fan favourite in the stretch, getting close enough that a photo was required to determine the winner. The fillies finished three and one-half lengths ahead of third-place finisher Northern Lightning. "I was pretty sure, we kind of touched wheels at the wire and I was pretty sure my filly just got there," said driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON from the winner's circle. "I didn't really want to be on the front, but found myself there and she did it well." Norman conditions Smoke And Mirrors for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY and the New Jersey resident admitted he was a little surprised to see the filly on the front end. "She's kind of green anyway, and she never really was very good in front. Even at home training we never ever trained her in front, she was always a lot better off a helmet, so I was a little surprised when Trevor put her there, but I could see she was kind of up on the muscle there up behind the gate and no one else really wanted to leave," said Norman. "But it all worked out. I was really happy with her the first start and then, you know, she hasn't raced since the first Gold and I thought maybe she'd be a little short, but no she raced good." Smoke And Mirrors, also a daughter of Kadabra, finished fourth in the July 6 season opener and has paid back $56,376 of her $85,000 purchase price at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Unlike Kadabra Queen, she will have ample opportunity to pad her earnings against the continent's best if she continues to progress through the summer. "She was one of the nicer ones all winter, we've been very happy with her. She's very good gaited. She's not very big, but she's got good speed and good heart," said Norman. "She's in the Peaceful Way and the Champlain, those type of things I think. So we'll just see how they go, if she handles the Golds here then maybe she'll get a chance to try the other ones." Smoke And Mirrors Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with the second Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. Post time for Tuesday's program is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - After making a costly break at the start of his last race and finishing up the track, Nobodynosjustice and driver Stephane Brosseau made amends to race fans Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing in the second round of the C$220,00 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies, Nobodynosjustice was sent off as the overwhelming favorite in the fifth race division for colts, but it was a tough mile until the stretch drive. It was last week's return winner, Y A Muscle Mass and trainer/driver Rosaire Renaud who shot right out to the early lead with Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) following right behind them in second place and Nobodynosjustic in third place. By the opening quarter mile, Brosseau then sent Nobodynosjustic to the outside, but they could not pass by Y A Muscle Mass, who parked the race favorite around the second turn, and kept them parked out past the half mile and around the third turn. But Brosseau was patience with his colt and once in the backstretch was able to not only collar Y A Muscle Mass, but pass him to take the lead after the three-quarter mile marker. From there they were able to pull away towards the finish, winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:05.3. Y A Muscle Mass was second with Yankee Photo third. Sire by Justice Hall, Nobodynosjustic is trained by Dany Fontaine and was bred and is owned by Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, paying $3.30 to win. There were two non-wagering filly divisions held with the fastest of the two winners going to the undefeated Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil, who led from start to finish, holding off a late charge by the pocket-sitting Magic Lady (Yves Filion), to win by a neck in 2:04.1. Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) was third. Now 2 for 2 in her brief career, Precieuse CC is a daughter of Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. The other filly division saw Lucky's Dream (Jerome Lombart) cut the mile with Papillon Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting right on his back until the backstretch when Roy pulled the pocket and took the lead away before the final turn as Stand For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over to challenge. Then in the stretch drive, Papillon Bleu was able to hold the challengers at bay, winning by one length in 2:06.1. Stand For Justice was second with Lucky's Dream third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was the maiden victory for Papillon Beau, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the filly. The ninth race Invitational Trot saw a classic finish as even money favorite Unabating and driver Guy Gagnon were parked out three-wide at the three-quarters as Four Starz Speed (Kevin Maguire) led the field with Ghiradelli Lindy (Richard Simard) hanging game first-over. Around the final turn and starting down the stretch, Gagnon and Unabating ($4.00) were able to wear down Four Starz Speed to win by a neck in 1:59. Dance Hall George (Mario Charron) had broken stride at the start, was in the last place, and rebounded to not only catch the field, but finish third. Track Notes: This was the last Tuesday night card until August 22. There will be a special Wednesday night live program on August 16 when H3R will host the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship. Live racing resumes this Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 12:30 pm featuring the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    
JULY 24, 2017 - Round two of the freshman pacing filly Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series division was identical to round one as Percy Bluechip and Big Thong captured their second straight harness racing victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. Off her Canadian and Ontario Sires Stakes record mile in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, Percy Bluechip was sent off as the heavy favourite in the first $96,400 division. Starting from Post 2 Percy Bluechip and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON floated off the starting gate and settled briefly in third as Mrs Bailey reached the opening quarter in :26.3, but heading down the backstretch the favourites took aim on the lead. On top by almost two lengths at the :55.2 half and just over two at the 1:23.4 three-quarters, Percy Bluechip left the field behind in the stretch, pulling away to a five length victory in 1:51.4. Lady Grande and Play The Bell finished second and third. "I just finished talking to Trevor (Henry) and he said that she won very easy," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "When he moved her she wanted to go 100 miles an hour there, and she put in a few little steps, not really steps, just trying to get going 100 I guess is what she was doing, but then she relaxed and he just spoke to her around the final turn, that's all he did, never touched her or anything, so she did that on her own." The Puslinch, ON resident shares ownership of Percy Bluechip with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. The partners purchased the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest for $110,000 at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale and through two starts she has returned $96,400. "I think she's a very special filly and I'm going to manage her as best I can," said Dr. Moore. "It's very important with young horses to take care of them - you take care of them, they'll take care of you." Percy Bluechip is eligible to a number of open stake races and Dr. Moore and his partners are hoping that she can compete against the best two-year-old pacing fillies in North America in races like the Eternal Camnation, Champlain Stakes and Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. "Hopefully she's going to be good enough to go with them. I mean, as you know, every year, in any particular OSS class, there's only one or two out of each division that will ever do with the American-breds, so I am being realistic about that," noted Dr. Moore. "I guess time will tell, but that's what we're striving for anyway, at this point in time." Percy Bluechip Unlike Percy Bluechip, Big Thong has just one open stake race on her agenda this summer, the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 2. "I had three or four other fillies that I paid up in the Shes A Great Lady and Breeders Crown and stuff, because they were looking better than her. She was just kind of plain ordinary and I didn't pay her up in anything," said trainer Scott McEneny. "I just paid her in the Sires Stakes, and then when she started stepping up I figured I'd pay the Champlain, so she only has the Sires Stakes and the Champlain. I wish I had her in the other stuff, but in hind sight it might be all right, she's only going to have about eight, nine starts into her. She's going to be a nice big mare next year, it'll be better." Big Thong scored her second straight Gold Series victory from Post 3 in the second division and the Big Jim daughter also ran into some difficulty reaching the front. Sitting fourth at the :27 quarter posted by Just Her Luck, Big Thong was making a move up the outside as the fillies rolled into the backstretch when she was nudged out wide by Oxford Comma, who shifted into the outer lane from third. As soon as Oxford Comma reached the front, posting a :55.1 half, Big Thong was rolling on by and had taken a one and three-quarter length lead by the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Sudden Passing took a run at the leader in the stretch, but Big Thong refused to yield, hitting the wire one and one-quarter lengths the best in a personal best 1:52.1. Sudden Passing settled for second with Just Her Luck third. "She actually got used pretty hard there tonight. It would've been easier if he (driver Robert Shepherd with Oxford Comma) didn't pull out in front of us there, we would've got to the front a lot easier," noted McEneny. "It would have been a lot easier race; anyways we got the job done." James MacDonald of Guelph, ON crafted the win for the trainer, his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown, Teresa Davidson of Milton, Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga and Cora Marshall of Jarvis, ON. The partners purchased Big Thong from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $20,000 US and she has earned $99,500 in her first three lifetime starts. Big Thong The next opportunity for Percy Bluechip and Big Thong to add to their Ontario Sires Stakes trophy collection comes August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. More provincial trophies will be awarded at Mohawk on Tuesday evening as the two-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event. Post time for Tuesday's event is 7:30 pm and the fillies will compete in Races 3 and 6. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The harness racing 'Photo Finish Camera' was put to good use to determine the winner of Monday night's Dream Maker Series opening leg at Mohawk Racetrack. Summer Travel held off inside rival Trump That by the smallest of margins to win the seven-horse $14,000 first leg. Coming in off an impressive 1:51.4 victory in his career debut, Summer Travel and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away fourth in the early-going, while Trump That went to the front for driver Jody Jamieson. Trump That posted soft opening-fractions of :28.3 and :58.4, which forced Roy to come first up just before the half with the heavy-favourite. Summer Travel cleared to command entering the far turn and ramped up the tempo by taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:26.3. In the stretch, Summer Travel was in full flight trying to stay ahead of his rival, but Trump That wasn't going away quietly and came charging with a late bid up the rail. The rookies hit the line together in 1:53.4. It took roughly five-minutes for Summer Travel to be declared the winner in a tight photo-finish. A son of Western Ideal, Summer Travel is trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stables, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. The $35,000 Harrisburg purchase is now two for two with $14,000 earned to start his career. Trump That, who is trained by Dave Menary, was one for one coming into Monday's Dream Maker leg. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was an $80,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase for owners Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. Dragon Time, who is also trained by Menary, finished third, while Courtly Choice finished fourth for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Summer Travel paid $2.40 to win. Summer Travel The second leg of the Dream Maker Series is scheduled for next Monday (July 31). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg for two-year-old filly trotters and a $34,000 Preferred Trot highlight the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
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