Day At The Track
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Centre Wellington Derby Nights starts June 29

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is situated in Centre Wellington, widely considered one of the most beautiful and serene municipalities in the nation. The township is comprised of addresses beginning with one of two postal codes: N0B and N1M. This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby Nights. The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code. The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize. Each event also features BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop), 30 opportunities for people of all ages to drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program, and free kids' activities and a barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood. There will be 10 races starting at 6:30 p.m., including Racing Under Saddle. Admission and parking are always free. Centre Wellington residents must be 18+ to participate in the draw, and present proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on event days. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by an addressed letter showing postal code. Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society. Questions? info@grandriverraceway.com or (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Harness racing

Grand River awards Community Mini Grants

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has announced the recipients of this year's Community Mini Grant program supporting projects related to agriculture and the environment. Eleven grants totaling $5,000 were awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. The grants were awarded on June 12 at Grand River Raceway. The recipients and projects are summarized below: 1. Fergus Medieval Faire: $500 towards the costs of birds of prey/falconer show at the free community Medieval Faire. 2. Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph: $1,000 towards development of a community garden for the CityView Village build. 3. Youth Outdoors Day: $1,000 towards the purchase of new event tents. 4. Western Ontario 4-H Beef Invitational: $500 to supply the exhibitor breakfast and division prizes. 5. The Elora Swan Program: $1,000 for repairs and upgrades to the swan compound, and to stain the main building and hut. 6. Brisbane Public School, Erin: $1,000 to assist with labour and equipment expenses for the installation of natural elements in the primary play area. 7. The Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games: $1,000 towards program costs of the Highland Cattle & Sheep and Sheep Shearing educational heritage programs at the Scottish Festival. 8. Township of Centre Wellington (in collaboration with Fergus Scottish Festival, Elora Festival, Riverfest Elora, and Fergus Fall Fair): $1,000 to purchase a graphically designed tent to house the water cart for increased visibility and protection from the elements. 9. G2G Rail Trail Inc.: $1,000 for the purchase and installation of agricultural interpretive signage along the trail. 10. Waterloo 4-H Beef Club: $1,000 to purchase show equipment. 11. St. Joseph Catholic School, Fergus: $1,000 to purchase a rain barrel, mature plants, seeds, and child sized gardening tools for their Allison Brunt Memorial Butterfly Garden. The GRAS operates Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Majestic Mystic, harness racing

Fred Bourgault takes Billings at Grand River

MONTICELLO, NY- The CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series is truly an international competition aided by the fact that on Monday, June 18 some of the Canadian members convened in Ontario, Canada at Grand River Raceway to compete in a trotting contest on the betting card and despite finishing with broken equipment Majestic Mystic was hustled home a five-length winner for "Fabulous Freddie" Bourgault. For the Quebec native it was his first winning drive in Ontario. Sent off as second choice in the eight-horse field Bourgault was content to find a spot in fourth position along the pylons when the wings of the gate folded. But when the pace of the race slowed as the field headed to the halfway point Bougault was out and going and when they passed the third stanza Majestic Mystic had command, albeit by just a head, over the pacesetter Happy Holidays, driven by "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth). When the field straightened for paydirt Majestic Mystic began to ease away from his competition and finish some five lengths in front of Overcomebyvictory,("Sir Issac" Waxman) in a time of 2:00.4. Third under the wire was Extrapolate in rein to Shane "The Freelton Flash" Arsenault. The winner, a 9-year-old Majestic Son gelding, is owned by Mary Ketros and trained by George Ketros. Sent off at odds of over 3-1 Majestic Mystic paid $9.10 for win. by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driving Series  

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No live racing Tuesday at Hippodrome 3R

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, management at the Hippodrome 3R has cancelled the live harness racing card for Tuesday, June 19. The race program will be made up on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Coming up this Sunday, June 24, is the inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring two of Quebec's top drivers in head to head competition. The Champion is none other than two-time O'Brian Award winner Sylvain Filion. The Challenger is Canada's leading dash and money winning driver this year, Louis-Phillipe Roy. After Wednesday's draw, each driver will take turns selecting a horse to drive in the eight-race competition. There will also be a special meet and greet with both world-class drivers in the Grandstand at the Hippodrome 3R beginning at 11:30 am. Post time on Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The top aged pacing mares in Atlantic Canada had their first stakes meeting of the 2018 season with Sodwana Bay recording the fastest mile of the day and unseating the undefeated Ramblinglily at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. With Gilles Barrieau in the bike, Sodwana Bay used a first over advance to capture her $3,870 division of the first leg of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series. Drivingthedragon N set the tempo of 28.1, 57.4 and 1:26.3 in line to Jason Hughes with Sodwana Bay grinding away on the outside before kicking clear in the stretch to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:55.3. Sodwana Bay was making her East Coast debut for trainer Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Second went to Prettyndangerous (Driven by Adam Merner) while Ramblinglily (Gary Chappell) had her win streak snapped at three victories to finish third. The other $3,870 division went to West River Ambyr and driver Steven Shepherd in a mile time of 1:57.4 over Brief Interlude (Merner) and Best Risque (Hughes). A five-year-old daughter of Brandons Cowboy, West River Ambyr is trained by Harold Shepherd for owners Haley Shepherd of Stratford and Clare MacDonald of Antigonish, N.S. Mando Fun hit the winner's circle in the $2,200 featured event stopping the clock in 1:56.2 with Barrieau in the bike. The mild up setter is co-owned and trained by Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owned by Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) rallied for second with race favourite Heart And Soul (Walter Cheverie) completing the triactor. Barrieau recorded a driving triple on the card also winning with Moramappo in 2:00.2 for trainer Stephen Mason of New Brunswick. Austin Sorrie recorded the fastest win of his young driving career as part of a training and driving double. Sorrie clicked with JJ Powerball in 1:56.1 and Dustylanesam in 1:58. Live racing continues on Prince Edward Island with live racing Thursday at Red Shores Charlottetown followed by another card Saturday evening featuring the Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational. Red Shores Summerside holds live racing again next Sunday afternoon, June 24, at 1 P.M. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three of the fastest pacers this year at the Hippodrome 3R, Washington Hanover, Rainbow Palace and Hooter Shooter, met head to head in the feature pace, but none of them could keep up with Jann And Dean Sunday afternoon. The seventh race feature started off with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) dueling early and getting the lead away from Washington Hanover (Pascal Berube) as they raced past the opening quarter mile in :28. Jann And Dean with driver Stephane Brosseau was sitting in third place on the second turn and then decided to come first-over and started grinding their way up to the leaders. By the half mile marker in :58.1, Jann And Dean not only collared Rainbow Palace, but took the lead away on the third turn. From that point on, Brosseau held the field at bay with Jann And Dean through the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then down the stretch Rainbow Palace tried once more but it too little too late as Jann And Dean went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, was second with Washington Hanover third. A five-year-old gelded son of Art Major, Jann And Dean is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Jann And Dean's fourth win this year and he paid $3.90 to win as the second choice in the race. Brosseau and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Sunday. Brosseau is not only the defending driving champion, but also has a commanding lead so far this season with 20 wins to 12 for Stephane Gendron in second place. The fastest mile on the card came in the fourth race pace as Fortune Fella ($12.50) went wire-to-wire from post seven for driver Pascal Berube and won in 1:55.3. TRACK NOTES: Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, there will be no live racing this Tuesday, June 19. The make-up day will be Sunday, November 25. Coming up next Sunday will be inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring the Champion, Sylvain Filion, taking on the Challenger, Louis-Philippe Roy. These two world-class drivers will face-off in eight races where each driver will take turns selecting the horse they will drive. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

FAN HANOVER, ROSES ARE RED AND GOOTIMES FINALS

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Sock It Away showed he did not need an inside post position or to see any pylons in the first lap to capture Saturday evening's Maritime Breeders final for three-year-old pacing colts. Marc Campbell was at the lines of Sock It Away as he left from post 8 in the $18,000 Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's final and elected to take the overland route to the front end. Race favourite Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley) laid down the early splits of 27.4 and 56.3 with Sock It Away in the outer flow before clearing to the lead past the half. Three-quarters were reached in 1:26.2 then Sock It Away cruised home to a 1:56.1 victory over Dowahs Boy (Adam Merner) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Jason Hughes). The winning colt is trained by Kevin MacLean for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Royaltywestho landed in the winner's circle in the first three-year-old pacing filly stakes final of the 2018 season as Walter Cheverie guided her to victory in the $22,100 Ken Starratt Maritime Breeder's final. R Es Shabla (Mike McGuigan) set the tempo on the front end with splits of 28.2, 58.2 and 1:28.3 with Royaltywestho stalking in the pocket. Cheverie moved the daughter of Westwardho Hanover down the stretch and she responded with a 28.2 closing panel for a time of 1:57.1. R Es Shabla was second with Woodmere Ceilidh (Clare MacDonald) completing the triactor. The champion filly's ownership papers are held by Gregory Francis and Joseph Baxter of Windsor, N.S., with Baxter also handling the training. Euchred was the winner in the $2,650 Preferred pace for the fastest mile of the 2018 Atlantic Canadian racing season with a winning time of 1:54.4 for driver Merner, trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. A hard closing Czar Seelster (Todd Weatherbee) finished second with the show prize going to Cartoon Daddy (Corey MacPherson). Campbell had two other wins on the card for the driving triple winning with Elm Grove Kaboom in 1:57.3 and Pure Friendship in 1:59.3, both from his own stable. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - June 16, 2018 - Sintra converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Jody Jamieson to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A strong field of nine pacers, featuring eight older heavyweights and three-year-old Jimmy Freight, battled in the annual Invitational. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting early, cutting out fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:21.2. Just after the half, Check Six angled out from third to come first-up and supplied cover for Sintra from fourth. In the stretch, Sintra exploded off cover to rocket by and storm home to a 2¾ lengths victory in 1:48. McWicked, who was fourth-over turning for home, got up for second. Jimmy Freight got an inside trip, racing seventh most of the mile. The son of Sportswriter charged home strong along the rail to finish a very respectable third. A five-year-old gelding, Sintra picked up his first win in three starts with Saturday's sizzling mile. The Dave Menary trainee had finished second in his first two outings this season, which come on the heels of an award-winning season in 2017. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra is now a 18-time winner with $988,425 in career earnings. He paid $18 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 16, 2018 - Hannelore Hanover captured her third consecutive Armbro Flight Stakes on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The reigning Canadian and American Horse of the Year was untouchable in the $250,000 event for trotting mares, as she completed a front-end mission with a :27.2 final-quarter to win by three and three-quarter lengths in 1:52. "Right now she couldn't be any better," said driver Yannick Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's victory. "She's sound, she's happy, I didn't even kick the plugs the last couple of weeks, she's doing it on her own." A six-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover left hard from post-five to secure the lead and proceeded to post fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:24.3. Emoticon Hanover tracked Hannelore Hanover's every move from the two-hole, but couldn't touch the defending champion, who recorded her 40th career victory. Emoticon Hanover held second, while Caprice Hill and Dream Together rounded out the Superfecta. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is now perfect in four starts this season. Her three-peat in the Armbro Flight increases her career earnings to over $2.8 million for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Hannelore Hanover has defeated male rivals on multiple occasions, including last season's Maple Leaf Trot. Gingras noted how important the easy victory was for the big plans her connections have in mind. "The more easy miles we can put on her now, we have some big races later on and maybe even some big plans over the winter." A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $2.20. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the end of the harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R, there is a big party and a celebration honoring the leading horses, horsemen and women from the season. Included in these honors is the winningest horse of the year award and right now the horse with the best shot of claiming that title is Requested, who tries for his fourth victory at H3R this season in the fourth race pace. Owned and trained by Jean Ducharme of Crabtree, Requested was winless last season at age four, but has found new life and speed and the winner's circle in 2018. In just four starts this year, Requested, a stallion by Badlands Hanover, has already notched three wins and one second place finish and now has a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, quite different from his lone qualifying win last year of 2:03.1. Requested goes from post four in the fourth race Sunday and will have driver Francis Picard once again in the sulky. Tabbed as the race favorite, Requested has this year shown that he can race and win from both on and off the pace. His other victories were both in 1:56.2. His main rivals in the race include return winner, Rock Camroller (post 5), who won last week for drier Marie Claude Auger in 1:56.2, Fortune Fella (post 7) and Take The Deal (post 1). The main event takes place in the seventh race pace where three return winners headline the field. Washington Hanover goes from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and last week the ten-year-old gelded son of Real Artist was in prime shape, getting a perfect two-hole trip from Berube and turning it into a 1:55 score. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, who once again is back in peak form at age six, goes from post two for driver Francis Picard and is coming off a 1:55.2 triumph last week and two starts before that won at H3R in 1:55. Matts Phil is the third return winner and goes from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy, who last week drove the eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding to a 1:57.1 triumph. Also, to watch out for in the race is Hooter Shooter from post seven. He had won two straight, the fastest in 1:55 for driver Stephane Gendron until finishing third last week. Other contenders include Jann And Dean (post 3) and Onyx VA (post 4) in the well-matched field. TRACK NOTES: Due to a lack of entries, management at H3R was forced to cancel the live race card for Tuesday, June 19. This program will be made up on Sunday, November 25. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm for the eight race program. A free race program is available by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top two sophomore paces in Atlantic Canada have avoided each other so far in 2018 but their much anticipated match-up will happen Saturday night in Maritime Breeder's final action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card kicks off at 6 P.M. with the Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's Final for three-year-old pacing colts lining up in race 11. Half Cut and Sock It Away are both perfect from three starts this season while drawing into different divisions every week. That ends Saturday as Half Cut will leave from post 6 in the $18,000 final for driver Mark Bradley as the morning line favourite. Tom Weatherbie trains the son of Stonebridge Terror for owners Kyle and Joseph Gardiner, Jerry MacKinnon, and Mike Currie. Sock It Away was unlucky again on draw day with his undefeated streak on the line from post 8 in the Championship final. Marc Campbell drives the Summerside Raceway track record holder for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Other entries in the final include Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes), Dustylanewesty (Clare MacDonald), Tobins Lightning (Kenny Arsenault), The Colonel (Gilles Barrieau), Rockin Party (Danny Romo) and Dowahs Boy (Adam Merner). The Ken Starratt Memorial three-year-old pacing filly Maritime Breeder's Final hits the track in race 9 for a $22,100 purse. Royaltywestho is the presumptive favourite from post 3 fresh off an easy 1:57.4 victory in her elimination for driver Walter Cheverie, co-owner and trainer Joe Baxter and co-owner Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. R Es Shabla had the faster elimination win with a time of 1:56.3 but draws post 7 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Leonard McGuigan and owner Lloyd Parsons of Carmanville, N.L. The field is completed by Saulsbrook Coral (David Dowling), Woodmere Saphire (Corey MacPherson), Woodmere Ceilidh (MacDonald), Kahlua Morning (Jason Hughes), Chocolate Terror (Darren Crowe) and Woodmere Chella (Barrieau). The preferred pace lines up in race 10 for a $2,650 pot as the top pacers in the Maritimes prep for next week's Cecil Ladner Memorial Invitational. Euchred is the morning line choice from the rail with Merner in the seat for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Other top entries include Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) and Rose Run Quest (Campbell). The card also features the kick off of $100,000 Dash For Cash where you spend $10 or more on a single wager and receive a ballot for a chance at the grand prize. Two lucky patrons will be picked each night and asked to select the complete order of finish of a eight horse race late in the program. Patrons have until race 9 to get their ballots. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. Ramblinglily Seeks To Remain Perfect At Red Shores Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - If the first part of the 2018 racing season has shown us anything it's that Ramblinglily just will not quit but will face her biggest test to date Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 13-dash program featuring the first leg of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing series presented by Standardbred Canada. Ramblinglily is shouldered with post 8 in a $3,870 division in race 11 with Gary Chappell back in the bike for co-owner and trainer Allan Jones of Riverview, N.B., and co-owner Norman Leger of Shediac, N.B. The daughter of Articulator has been perfect so far this season but has a fresh face to contend with Sunday afternoon. Sodwana Bay ships in from the Ontario circuit to draw post 2 in her East Coast debut for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The No Pan Intended Mare has a trio of second place finishes in her last three outings and is installed at 7-2 morning line odds Sunday afternoon. Other top entries include Prettyndangerous (Driven by Adam Merner) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). The other $3,870 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares division is in race 9 with Shadows Mystery the morning line choice from post 5 with Gilles Barrieau picking up the catch drive for owner-trainer Gordie Ford. West River Ambyr has been very consistent so far this season with six straight top two finishes and leaves from post 8 this week for driver Steven Shepherd. Woodmere Finesse is installed as third choice fresh off a 1:57.2 victory at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia for trainer-driver Bernard McCallum. The race 12 top class has Heart And Soul favoured with rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) and Confident Fella (Marc Campbell) are top contenders in the $2,200 event. The card also features the kick off of $100,000 Dash For Cash where you spend $10 or more on a single wager and receive a ballot for a chance at the grand prize. Two lucky patrons will be picked each night and asked to select the complete order of finish of a eight horse race late in the program. Patrons have until race 9 to get their ballots. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - June 15, 2018 - Every trainers path to the Pepsi North America Cup is an interesting journey. Long hours, tough decisions, fast horses, slow horses and disappointing races is part of the business. But having a dream is what keeps many barns ticking. For most the dream is finding the horse that'll take them to the highest level. A field of 10 three-year-old pacers will line up this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park seeking to fulfill that dream for their connections in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Each horse in Saturday's million-dollar classic has different traits and a story behind them. Tony Alagna has been to the top of the North America Cup mountain. The Manalapan, New Jersey conditioner won the 2013 edition with Captaintreacherous and nearly captured his second-title with runner-up Racing Hill in 2016. Alagna's barn will send out a pair of starters, Stay Hungry and American History, in Saturday's main event. Stay Hungry (PP2, Doug McNair) was the pick of many during the winter months to win this year's Cup. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had a fantastic two-year-old season that saw him win the $600,000 Breeders Crown and named the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt. Alagna's standout makes a ton of noise on the track, but is a calm, cool and collected character when the bright lights are off. "(Stay Hungry) is a very laid-back horse, he's very easy to get along with," Alagna said. "He's very quiet, just a real pleasure to be around. No quirky habits. Walks out of the paddock hooked to the jog cart or walks out of the barn in the morning and stops every morning and just looks around." Stay Hungry could have an opportunity to stop and look at thousands of fans if all goes well in Saturday's North America Cup. The chill-individual is coming in off a victory in his elimination. American History (PP5, Yannick Gingras) is the second-representative from the Alagna barn and a perfect example that just like in any sport, every team has different characters. "He is always on go and he's just the opposite of Stay Hungry," said Alagna about American History. "Where Stay Hungry is very relaxed, (American History) goes to the track and is ready to work. He's (got a) totally different mindset and mentality than the other horse but nothing out of the ordinary, he likes to work." A son of American Ideal, American History has shown big speed and holds a mark of 1:49.1, tied for the fastest in the field. Brian Brown realized his million-dollar classic dream last year when he won the Cup with Fear The Dragon. The Ohio-based trainer is back looking for a repeat with a talented son of Well Said named Done Well (PP7, Tim Tetrick), who suffered his first loss in six-career starts last week, losing by a head to Stay Hungry. Done Well is a tough individual that battled back from injury last year, but grit doesn't make a horse exempt from having fears. "He used to be really scared of tractors," Brown shared about his rising star. "He's gotten over that mainly, still looks at them but he's pretty good that way." Luckily for Done Well, there will be no tractors on the track when the field lines up at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Like Done Well, Hitman Hill (PP10, Brett Miller) knows a thing about winning streaks. The Chris Oakes trainee started his career by winning six-consecutive starts and dominating the New York Sires Stakes last season. Hitman Hill won his second-lifetime start in 1:50.4, showing incredible speed and superstar potential. However, the American Ideal colt became a little too charged up during his run of victories and big speed as a rookie. "I drove him last year and raced him three starts where I thought he was the best colt in the country," driver Brett Miller said. "But he got really hot where we couldn't control him and it kind of ruined the rest of his year." Settling down Hitman Hill became the focus for the Oakes team. The American Ideal gelding has been raced much differently in three starts this season with Miller admitting he's been hesitant to send him to the front. "So far he's been very calm and I can do anything I want with him. Last year his game was he was best on the front, but I'm afraid to put him there again." Hitman Hill unleashed a :26.2 final-quarter to rally from eighth and finish third in his Cup elimination. Miller is hopeful the relaxed nature continues for the Oakes trainee. "I just hope we can keep him calm because in my opinion, he can go with any horse in here." The field of ten for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is comprised of eight colts and two geldings. All ten are writing different stories, but only one will have a fairytale ending to their current chapter this Saturday The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's program from Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the stakes-filled card is 6:30 p.m. To download a free program for Saturday's card, click here. Here is the full field for Saturday's race. #1 St Lads Neptune - Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson - 8/1 #2 Stay Hungry - Doug McNair/Tony Alagna - 5/2 #3 Wes Delight - Corey Callahan/Mark Harder - 9/2 #4 Lather Up - Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis - 2/1 #5 American History - Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna - 10/1 #6 Lost In Time - Scott Zeron/Jimmy Takter - 8/1 #7 Done Well - Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown - 4/1 #8 Nutcracker Sweet - David Miller/Jimmy Takter - 15/1 #9 Hayden Hanover - Andy Miller/Julie Miller - 20/1 #10 Hitman Hill - Brett Miller/Chris Oakes - 20/1 AE: Burning Midnight - Trevor Henry/Corey Giles - 20/1 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

It's like deja vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday's final from post No. 9. His elimination finish and draw for the final were nearly identical to his trip to Mohawk in September for the Metro Pace, when Hayden Hanover finished third in an elimination won by Stay Hungry and started the final from post No. 10. Despite his unfavorable Metro starting spot, which produced a track-low 4.4 percent winners last year, Hayden Hanover finished second to Lost In Time, so his connections might hope for the deja vu to continue. "Your starting point is only a position," said Miller, who will watch her husband Andy drive Hayden Hanover in Saturday's North America Cup final. "If Andy can maneuver a nice trip I hope we can take advantage of it. It's a deep field, a lot of nice horses, and I think it's going to come down to the trip." Hayden Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire Hana Hanover, has started three times this year and posted a second and a third. For his career, the colt has won two of 14 races and hit the board a total of 11 times to earn $303,992. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Last year, Hayden Hanover had the fastest winning mile of the season for a 2-year-old male pacer thanks to his 1:50 score in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. In addition to finishing second in the Metro, he was runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Hayden Hanover remained in Canada following his North America Cup elimination rather than returning to the Millers' base in New Jersey. He also remained in Canada last year for the Metro. "Last year he had a good experience up there, so I'm OK with leaving him up there for the week," Miller said. "He's good in the fact that he takes care of himself. He's a good eater, he loves the field, and he's an easy horse to jog and train, so I'm not on pins and needles in that respect. I have a lot of confidence in how he is up in Canada." Although post No. 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park has produced only eight wins in 156 pacing races this year (5.1 percent), Miller is happy for the opportunity to experience the North America Cup with Hayden Hanover. "It's an honor just to make the final," Miller said. "It's a magical day up there in Canada. If we can have some success in it, it will even be better. We just need a lot of luck, a lot of racing luck." Andy Miller hopes Hayden Hanover's versatility can be a benefit on Saturday. "He can leave, or like on Saturday, I raced him off of cover and he was good that way," he said. "It's not like he's one dimensional. It will be a great race." Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight won last week's North America Cup eliminations. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year to lead a deep group into the final. Lather Up, who is unbeaten in five races this year, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race, showcasing the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10-11 p.m. The North America Cup undercard features the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies, C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters and the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-8/1 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-9/2 4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-2/1 5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-10/1 6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-8/1 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-4/1 8-Nutcracker Sweet-David Miller-Jimmy Takter-15/1 9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-20/1  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Trainer Nancy Johansson is happy with Fan Hanover favorite Kissin In The Sand and Roses Are Red contender L A Delight as those female pacers prepare for their races Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Kissin In The Sand enters the Fan Hanover, for 3-year-old filly pacers, off a 1-1/4 length win over I'm Trigger Happy and Shower Play in her elimination last week. She is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the field of 10. L A Delight heads to the Roses Are Red, for pacing mares, off a second-place finish to Blazin Britches in her elimination. She is 8-1 in the final. "They're doing good," Johansson said. "It should be all system's go." Kissin In The Sand won seven of 14 races last year and earned $231,175. She won the Kindergarten Classic Series championship and also divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. This year, she finished second in her seasonal debut before getting a second-over trip to win her Fan Hanover elimination in 1:51.1 with driver Scott Zeron. "She had the ideal race last week," Johansson said. "I told Scott before the race that if he got her a second-over trip he would be golden. It was the perfect race for her. I think it sets her up good for the final." Kissin In The Sand, who will start from post No. 3 in the final, is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Kiss Me Kate. She was purchased for $130,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale. She is owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Kikikatie, who finished second in the 2004 Fan Hanover, and O'Brien Award winner Camluck. "If she gets a similar trip to last week, or even if she was in a situation where she had to (set the pace) I think she would be fine," Johansson said. "I think she can do it either way. She's actually gotten a lot more confident in herself. She's quieter than she was last year and I think that helps her a lot too." After last week's win Zeron said, "She can do it all. She can go to the front. She holds speed. It takes her a little bit to get up to that top, top speed, but she holds it well." Sudden Passing, trained by Gregg McNair and driven by Jody Jamieson, won the other Fan Hanover elimination, defeating favorite Alexis Faith by a neck in 1:51.1. Alexis Faith, with Doug McNair driving for Casie Coleman, is the 3-1 second choice in the final while Sudden Passing is 4-1. In the Roses Are Red final, L A Delight will start from post nine, but Johansson is hopeful she can be a factor from the unfavorable spot on the gate. "It's a little harder from an outside post, but I still think she can be close," Johansson said. "These big races at Mohawk, closers seem to do well. The fractions may be a little hot. We'll see what happens." L A Delight, who was based in Canada before being purchased by Diamond Creek Racing in January, finished 3-1/2 lengths behind Dan Patch Award-winner Blazin Britches in their elimination, which saw Blazin Britches reach the midpoint in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. L A Delight was nearly eight lengths behind at the half. "I was really happy with her," Johansson said. "Blazin Britches got away with some cheap fractions. There was a group coming down the stretch behind her and (L A Delight) came out on top out of that group. She was super. I think she's coming into pretty good form. And it's her home track. Of all the money she's made the majority of it has been made at Mohawk. She knows that track pretty well." The three top choices on the Roses Are Red morning line all came out of L A Delight's elimination. Shartin N, who went off stride but rallied to be fourth-placed-fifth and get the last spot from the group to advance to the final, is the 9-5 favorite. Blazin Britches is 7-2 followed by Blue Moon Stride, who was fifth-placed-fourth, at 4-1. Tequila Monday, who won the other elimination in 1:50.1 with Brett Miller driving for Hunter Oakes, is 9-2. The past six editions of the Roses Are Red were won by only two horses, with Androvette claiming three consecutive titles from 2012-14 followed by Lady Shadow's three-year run from 2015-17. Yannick Gingras, who drives L A Delight, is looking for his third consecutive victory in the event. The Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red are part of a stakes-rich card at Woodbine Mohawk Park that also includes the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers. The North America Cup is scheduled for 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live from 10-11 p.m. on TSN2. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. for the 15-race card. The Fan Hanover is race nine and the Roses Are Red is race 11, with the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters sandwiched between. Following are the fields for the Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red. For complete entries for Saturday, click here. Fan Hanover PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Just Her Luck-Chris Christoforou-Paul Reid-10/1 2-Sudden Passing-Jody Jamieson-Gregg McNair-4/1 3-Kissin In The Sand-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson-5/2 4-Shower Play-Louis Roy-Rene Dion-8/1 5-Kendall Seelster-Randy Waples-Paul Reid-6/1 6-Alexis Faith-Doug McNair-Casie Coleman-3/1 7-Reign On Me-Brett Miller-R. Nifty Norman-12/1 8-I'm Trigger Happy-David Miller-Tony O'Sullivan-12/1 9-Ubettergo Go-Tim Tetrick-Blake MacIntosh-10/1 10-Big Thong-James MacDonald-Scott McEneny-20/1 Roses Are Red PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Nike Franco N-Doug McNair-Jim King Jr.-12/1 2-Lyons River Pride-Jody Jamieson-Bruce Goit-20/1 3-Tequila Monday-Brett Miller-Hunter Oakes-9/2 4-Blazin Britches-David Miller-Brian Brown-7/2 5-Blue Moon Stride-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-4/1 6-Artistic Madison-Jonathan Drury-Carmen Auciello-20/1 7-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/5 8-Firebby A-Louis Roy-Ron Adams-6/1 9-L A Delight-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson-8/1 10-The Joy Luck Club-Chris Christoforou-Gregg McNair-15/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is situated in Centre Wellington, widely considered one of the most beautiful and serene municipalities in the nation. The township is comprised of addresses beginning with one of two postal codes: N0B and N1M. This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby Nights. The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code. The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize. Each event also features BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop), 30 opportunities for people of all ages to drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program, and free kids' activities and a barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood. There will be 10 races starting at 6:30 p.m., including Racing Under Saddle. Admission and parking are always free. Centre Wellington residents must be 18+ to participate in the draw, and present proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on event days. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by an addressed letter showing postal code. Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society. Questions? info@grandriverraceway.com or (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  
ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has announced the recipients of this year's Community Mini Grant program supporting projects related to agriculture and the environment. Eleven grants totaling $5,000 were awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. The grants were awarded on June 12 at Grand River Raceway. The recipients and projects are summarized below: 1. Fergus Medieval Faire: $500 towards the costs of birds of prey/falconer show at the free community Medieval Faire. 2. Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph: $1,000 towards development of a community garden for the CityView Village build. 3. Youth Outdoors Day: $1,000 towards the purchase of new event tents. 4. Western Ontario 4-H Beef Invitational: $500 to supply the exhibitor breakfast and division prizes. 5. The Elora Swan Program: $1,000 for repairs and upgrades to the swan compound, and to stain the main building and hut. 6. Brisbane Public School, Erin: $1,000 to assist with labour and equipment expenses for the installation of natural elements in the primary play area. 7. The Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games: $1,000 towards program costs of the Highland Cattle & Sheep and Sheep Shearing educational heritage programs at the Scottish Festival. 8. Township of Centre Wellington (in collaboration with Fergus Scottish Festival, Elora Festival, Riverfest Elora, and Fergus Fall Fair): $1,000 to purchase a graphically designed tent to house the water cart for increased visibility and protection from the elements. 9. G2G Rail Trail Inc.: $1,000 for the purchase and installation of agricultural interpretive signage along the trail. 10. Waterloo 4-H Beef Club: $1,000 to purchase show equipment. 11. St. Joseph Catholic School, Fergus: $1,000 to purchase a rain barrel, mature plants, seeds, and child sized gardening tools for their Allison Brunt Memorial Butterfly Garden. The GRAS operates Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  
MONTICELLO, NY- The CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series is truly an international competition aided by the fact that on Monday, June 18 some of the Canadian members convened in Ontario, Canada at Grand River Raceway to compete in a trotting contest on the betting card and despite finishing with broken equipment Majestic Mystic was hustled home a five-length winner for "Fabulous Freddie" Bourgault. For the Quebec native it was his first winning drive in Ontario. Sent off as second choice in the eight-horse field Bourgault was content to find a spot in fourth position along the pylons when the wings of the gate folded. But when the pace of the race slowed as the field headed to the halfway point Bougault was out and going and when they passed the third stanza Majestic Mystic had command, albeit by just a head, over the pacesetter Happy Holidays, driven by "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth). When the field straightened for paydirt Majestic Mystic began to ease away from his competition and finish some five lengths in front of Overcomebyvictory,("Sir Issac" Waxman) in a time of 2:00.4. Third under the wire was Extrapolate in rein to Shane "The Freelton Flash" Arsenault. The winner, a 9-year-old Majestic Son gelding, is owned by Mary Ketros and trained by George Ketros. Sent off at odds of over 3-1 Majestic Mystic paid $9.10 for win. by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driving Series  
Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, management at the Hippodrome 3R has cancelled the live harness racing card for Tuesday, June 19. The race program will be made up on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Coming up this Sunday, June 24, is the inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring two of Quebec's top drivers in head to head competition. The Champion is none other than two-time O'Brian Award winner Sylvain Filion. The Challenger is Canada's leading dash and money winning driver this year, Louis-Phillipe Roy. After Wednesday's draw, each driver will take turns selecting a horse to drive in the eight-race competition. There will also be a special meet and greet with both world-class drivers in the Grandstand at the Hippodrome 3R beginning at 11:30 am. Post time on Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      
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