Ontario Sires Stakes

Byron sparkles on Canada Day card

JULY 1, 2016 - Driver Steve Byron provided the fireworks on Dresden Raceway's Canada Day harness racing program Friday, winning four of five Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. The Thornton, ON resident opened the afternoon with an effortless score aboard Magical Steph, cruising along on the front end to a 1:58.1 victory, just one-fifth of a second off the all-age track record for trotters. The fan favourites hit the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Devils Advocate and Traviata. "I drove her some last year and she always had lots of go. Today Gary had her good and she win that race pretty handy," said Byron, who piloted the three-year-old trotting filly for trainer Gary Lance and GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry. "She's a very talented mare." Byron piloted Magical Steph to four Grassroots wins last season in a freshman campaign that saw the Kadabra daughter post a record of five wins, two seconds and earnings of $72,400. Friday's victory was the filly's first in three sophomore starts. In the second $18,000 Grassroots division Byron teamed up with P C Cantore for the first time and the duo popped out of the pocket in the stretch to reel in local favourite True Muscle, who had carved out fractions of :29.3, :1:01.2 and 1:33.1. P C Cantore hit the wire in 2:01.4, one-half length ahead of True Muscle, to claim her second straight Grassroots trophy. The Power Of Many completed the top three. "I didn't know what to expect, I'd never driven her before, but she raced great," said Byron of P C Cantore. "We got a good trip and she finished up strong. She's definitely one of the better ones too, I believe." Byron crafted the win for trainer, owner and breeder Peter Clements of Dobbinton, ON. The daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and former Grassroots winner Balladeer now boasts a record of five wins in eight starts and has sole ownership of top spot in the Grassroots point standings. Byron sat out the third Grassroots division and Jody Jamieson guided Myretirementticket to a 1:58.3 score, going gate-to-wire from Post 3. Haileysgonedancing finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and fan favourite Moonlight Cocktail was four more lengths back in third. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson engineered the win for trainer, owner and breeder Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON. It was the first in six sophomore starts for the Cornaro Dasolo daughter, who won three Grassroots events at two, including her Semifinal. Back out on the Dresden half-mile for the fourth division, Byron guided Windsongmusclelady to an 11 and one-half length win over Malia and Its All About Sam in 2:01. The race was marred by an accident that saw driver Per Henriksen unseated, but fortunately resulted in no significant injuries to either Henriksen or his mount Smash Hit. It was the second win of the season for Byron and Windsongmusclelady, who is trained by John Bax of Campbellville, ON for his partners The Brabant Stable of London, ON. "She was real good today and she's just a great mare, she tries all the time," said Byron of the Muscle Mass daughter. Another Bax trainee carried Byron to his fourth win of the afternoon. Starting from Post 4 Byron put Miami Magic on cruise control and the Kadabra filly sailed through fractions of :30, 1:01.4 and 1:32.2 on her way to a 2:02.2 score, five and one-quarter lengths ahead of Onatopp and P L Jade. "I really like her, she's just a handy mare and when the favourite (Magical Valentine) made a break, she win pretty easy after that," said Byron of Miami Magic. "She's as good as any of them as far as I'm concerned." Bax, Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Gaelic Stable of Sharon and Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON share ownership of the filly, who bumped her sophomore record to four wins, two seconds, two thirds and earnings of $41,540 through 14 starts. "They all raced great," summed up Byron. "I liked their chances going in to tell you the truth. I wasn't surprised in any of them winning. "It was just a great day." Byron's next opportunity to sit behind his talented three-year-old trotting filly mounts will come on July 14 when the fillies make their third Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

Shadow Play sires this seasons first two-year-old winner Twomacsoneshadow

First two-year-old winner on P.E.I.

Casimir Luciano returned to his winning way on a harness racing Friday afternoon in the Canada Day Pace at Red Shores Summerside. Marc Campbell put the Ralph Sweet trainee on top for every call for his tenth win of the season, stopping the teletimer in 1:56.4. The win puts the seven-year old gelded son of Sir Luck over $10, 000 in earnings on the season. The first two-year-old winner of the 2016 season came in Race 5 on the afternoon courtney of Twomacsoneshadow.   The two-year-old son of Shadow Play was put on top at every call by driver Gilles Barrieau winning in 1:59.   Trained by Earl Watts the first win lifetime came for owners Wayne Mac Rae and the Howmac Farms LTD.   The win was one of two victories for the Maritime Magic Man on the card. Drivers Terry Gallant, Jason Hughes and Ken Murphy all enjoyed driving doubles on the card.   For complete results go to www.redshores.ca.   By Bo Ford  

Sports Authority, harness racing

$450,000 Breeders Cup Series kicks off at 3R

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 1, 2016 - The richest stakes series of the season at the Hippodrome 3R, $450,000 in combined purses, gets underway Sunday with the opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There are four weeks of preliminary competition for both pacers (Sunday) and trotters (Tuesday), all culminating on Sunday, September 4 with the top eight point earners returning for the $65,000 finals in all four divisional classes. Sunday features two divisions of both colt and filly pacers. The colts go first in the third and sixth races. HP Patriote heads the third race from post six for driver Guy Gagnon. The son of Vintage Master has won four of his five starts already this season, the fastest a 1:55.4 lifetime mark at Rideau Carlton. He takes on recent 3R winners Mister Gordo (post 4) and Chummy Park (post 5) along with the 2YO Quebec-Bred champion last year, Mr Mach Jimmy (post two). Sports Authority puts his three-race winning streak on the line in the sixth race from post three for driver Mario Charron. The son of Sportswriter has been flawless as of late and yet to be tested at 3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Ontario shipper, Dance With Joe, will be a fordable foe in post six as will Shanghai Warrior (post one) and EY Cowboy (post 5). The fillies are in the spotlight starting in race eight with last year's 2YO Champion, Miss Babe Delight, starting from post six. This daughter of Bettor's Delight won $65,000 last year for trainer Dany Fontaine and will be driven by Pascal Berube. She has been competing at Mohawk Raceway but is winless in five starts this year. Wild River Swan was very impressive last week in her maiden victory and starts from post four for driver Louis-Phillip Roy. Another return winner in the field is Clodam Bayama (post 5), who also broke her maiden last week at Rideau Carlton with a 1:56.2 triumph. The 11th race second filly division has a very tough entry of HP Pandora (post 3) and HP Sissy (post 6), who both were bred and are co-owned by Claude Hamel and Ayers Cliff of QC. HP Pandora is sired by Mach Three and is trained by Daniel Martin. She won earlier this season at 3R in 1:58.4 while HP Sissy is trained by Jean Tourigny, is shipping in from Mohawk Raceway and took her lifetime mark there in 1:54.2. Their main rivals will be recent 3R winners Star Speed (post 2) and Heroes Sena (post 7). TRACK NOTES: There are 12 races Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live video feed via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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Happy Canada Day from the staff at Harnesslink!

The staff at Harnesslink wishes all our harness racing Canadian fans and friends a HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Charlottetown, PE - On a Thursday night trot at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park that featured five trot races it was gelding Frill Seeker and mare Osprey Impact taking their respective Open Trot classes. Frill Seeker in rein to Kenny Arsenault dominated the horses and gelding open trot, taking over control off of the gate, after heavy favorite Freddy made a break, Frill Seeker laid down all the numbers just missing the horses and geldings track record, with a 1:58.3 victory for the Ebbsfleet Stables. Walter Cheverie and Osprey Impact used a perfect pocket ride behind fraction setter Paymenowpaymelater to take the Open Mares trot in 1:59.4 for owner and trainer Paul Larrabee. It was her first win in only her second start of the season. The other trot winners were Howmac Gypsy (Jack Panting), I Aint No Lady (Corey MacPherson) and Majian Chester (James Ripley) Bazillion entered at a $10,000 claiming price was able to price up his seven rivals in the Thursday feature. Owned by Kent Livingston and trained by Trevor Hicken the six-year-old son of Village Jolt and pilot Brian Macphee used rail control to lay down all the fraction for a 1:57.1 score. In the evenings fifth race there was an accident just passed the half involving Canadian Rocket (Mark Cullen) and Bumpbsandbruises (Darrell Neill). Both drivers and horses walked away from the accident. Arsenault picked up a driving double on the card. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Bo Ford, for Red Shores

JUNE 30, 2016 - North America Cup champion Betting Line makes his return to the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Saturday evening and if the talented three-year-old pacing colt can extend his four-race win streak one lucky Mohawk Racetrack fan could find themselves in the winner's circle with a champion. Trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON says the colt enjoyed an easy week following his June 18 North American Cup triumph and has been gearing back up for Saturday's test. "I gave him an easy week the week after the NA Cup. He just went about four or five miles a day jogging," said Coleman, who shares ownership of the Bettor's Delight colt with Ross Warriner and Mac Nichol of Burlington, and Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON. "Then I trained him up a couple trips on Tuesday and he's in to go Saturday in the Gold." Betting Line and driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph, ON will start from Post 6 in the eighth race, which is the featured race for the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. Fans can place their "Be A Winner" ballot in the box representing Betting Line or one of his rivals (from the rail out) Carolina Hurricane, War N Munn, Gerries Sport, Nocturnal Bluechip, Cruise Patrol, Sintra and Piranha. One ballot will be selected from each horse's box and those "Be A Winner" finalists will be treated to an OSS t-shirt, ball cap and lanyard badge, and a $15 win-place-show wager on their chosen horse. After cheering their horses home the finalist representing the winning horse will be welcomed into the winner's circle where they will have their picture taken with the horse and his connections and receive a trophy, an OSS jacket and golf shirt, and a $50 wagering voucher. Should Betting Line prevail in his first OSS start of the season the lucky "Be A Winner" contestant could have a memorable souvenir of the colt's sophomore campaign. Just the third Ontario Sired colt to win the North America Cup, Betting Line has stakes engagements on both sides of the border this season after racing exclusively in Ontario as a two-year-old. "He actually has a three week break after Saturday and then he'll go to the Gold again - it's at Mohawk again - and then after that he has two in the States. He's invited to a race at Northfield Park, it's called the Milstein (Memorial) I believe, and then he goes to Pocono Downs the following week for the (Battle of) Brandywine," noted Coleman. "Then he comes home I believe there's another Gold, the Simcoe and then the (Little Brown) Jug. "Going his fifth start of the year in 1:47.4 there the other day, I think he's definitely ranking right up there with my best ones I've had," added Coleman, who also trained 2010 North America Cup winner Sportswriter. "We'll see what he does as the season keeps progressing, but he's pretty talented." Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday evening program begins at 7:30 pm and the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their second Gold Series starts in Races 6 and 8. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 30 - Due to a looming postal service disruption, the Woodbine Entertainment Group and Ontario Standardbred Alliance has issued the following plan for purse cheque distribution. In the event of a postal strike on Monday (July 4), WEG will courier all owners' cheques to the track in which the money was earned. These cheques will be made available for pick up on race days/nights. Monthly driver and trainer cheques will also be sent to the track in which the money was earned and made available for pick up. This practice will continue for the length of the postal disruption. Once the issue is resolved, WEG will return to its regular process of distributing cheques via postal service. For the cheques that are not picked up during the postal disruption, they will be returned to Mohawk Racetrack and sent out via postal service to the appropriate parties. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

A trio of Atlantic Sires Stakes events will be featured on the Sunday afternoon card of racing at Inverness Raceway. The three 'A' divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies will each go for a purse pool of $7740. This is the second meeting of the Atlantic Sires Stakes fillies this season, as points earned in each 'A' division event go towards earning a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's championship weekend will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park October 8th and 9th. First race post time on Sunday at Inverness Raceway is 1:30 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is launching a consultation regarding the future of horse racing regulation in Ontario. This consultation is directed at racetracks, owners, drivers and jockeys, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, agents, breeders, teletheatre locations and any other individual or entity that requires a horse racing licence from the AGCO. It is also directed to equine welfare organizations, horseplayers, industry associations, as well as businesses and government bodies whose mandate relates to Ontario’s horse racing industry. Below this notice, please find the consultation paper entitled ‘Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario.’ The AGCO is encouraging you to provide written submissions no later than August 26 2016, directly to the AGCO in any of the following ways: • Email your written submission to the AGCO at: consultation@agco.ca • Fax your written submission to the AGCO at: 416-326-8054 • Mail your written submission to the attention of Hyla Zeifman, Senior Advisor of Strategic Engagement, at: Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario 90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario M2N 0A4 In the months ahead, the AGCO will also be holding in-person discussions with businesses, agencies and stakeholders to solicit feedback and generate discussion on particular reforms on a more in-depth basis. The AGCO would like to thank everyone for taking the time to participate in this consultation. The AGCO is looking forward to working with Ontario’s horse racing industry as it moves forward with this process.

The 3rd annual Country 93 Survivor Contest is set to go this Saturday at Hanover Raceway. Harness Racing fans can enter the FREE contest starting this Saturday night. GM Gord Dougan says fans will be asked to pick a horse in each of 4 races on their ballot and then hand it in before the start of Race 4. If all 4 of their horses finish in the money, or 1st, 2nd or 3rd, then they qualify for the Survivor finale on Saturday August 6th. First prize is a 50 inch high def TV courtesy of Country 93 and HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Dougan says the contest creates a lot of excitement among the fans, and they are always curious to see how many qualify each week. The qualifying rounds last until July 23rd and fans can qualify more than once for the final. Post time Saturday night is 7:15 pm. From the Media Department Hanover Raceway 

Summerside, PE - The annual Canada Day card at Red Shores Summerside will kick off an action packed weekend at both Red Shores locations this week. The 14-dash card will get underway Friday at 1 p.m. and will feature the always-entertaining Canada Day Pace. The afternoon top class will line up in Race 13, as outside Post 6 starter Machinthesand will look to make it back-to-back victories in the Red Shores Summerside feature. With rail control last time out the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding used a perfect pocket ride to deliver in deep stretch for owners Noonan Holdings LTD., Russell and Karen Noonan. The 1:57.2 score completed with a :28.4 closing quarter is the best win time to date for the Hughie Murphy trainee. Ken Murphy will handle the driving duties. Last week's runner-up finisher Motorino carries a 6 for 8 top three-finish record into the race from Post 4, Terry Gallant trains, drives and co-owns with Eric Johnston. The field is rounded out by Rash B Havior, Spirit of America, Casimir Luciano and Dbs Rosco. The back-up Non-winners of $1,251 will close out the afternoon card in Race 14, Athletic Putnam has been installed as the morning line favorite for owners Paul Biggar and Donald Callbeck, Dale Spence will pick up the driving assignment. The ever-popular Backstretch Beat is not going with morning odds favorite in this class. The "Beat" has listed position 2 starter Bowyer Hanover as the top selection. For race programs, top picks with the Backstretch Beat and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Forever Paradise gets top call in Red Shores Feature Charlottetown, PE - A pair of Cecil Ladner Memorial starters will square off in the Race 7 Preferred 1 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Forever Paradise will pick up the catch driving services of Gilles Barrieau this week from post 5 and has been listed as the morning line favorite. The ownership group of Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, have enjoyed a seven for eight top three finish this season which includes four victories for the Kevin MacLean trainee. The newcomer to the Island racing scene, Doing Some Damage, has drawn into post 4 in the compact field of 5 for owner Kent Livingston. Coming in off of a fifth place finish in the Ladner, the winner of 38 races lifetime will team up with driver Corey MacPherson for trainer Trevor Hicken. The field is rounded out by My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy), Jeb (Jason Hughes) and Fightmaster (Mike McGuigan). Six of the region's best mares will face-off in Race 9 with Ramblinglily drawing the outside post 6 as the morning line favorite while Best Risque has post 5. Last week's Open Mare winner Shadows Mystery is absent from competition this week. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Bo Ford, for Red Shores

On Canada Day, the nation's oldest racetrack will stage one of the most storied races in Canada, the Walter Dale Memorial.   Fredericton Raceway will host a small, but mighty card on Friday with post time scheduled for 1:00 P.M.   Going as race five on the program, the Walter Dale has attracted five competitive starters in the $ 2500 event.   Mike Downey, and son Dr. Mitchell Downey will represent two of the starters. Fall Bliss, in line to Dr. Downey has the coveted rail position. He comes off a top class victory in Saint John last Saturday.   Skippy, a fan favorite and a model of consistency will have young gun Luke Armstrong in the bike from post two. Harold Defazio owns the son of Camluck.   Miss Oromocto, who has been competing against the Maritimes best pacing mares will square off with the boys on this day for Mark Haig.   Owned by Sharon and Richard Burchill and the Lands of Hopewell Cape, the former stakes star will line up from post three.   Threes A Crowd with Todd Trites will score from post four for his Nova Scotia based trainer, Dr. Trevin Shive. Mike Downey and four year old City Of The Year round out the solid field with the outside post.   Free admission, free parking, lots of chances to win some great prizes at Fredericton Raceway on Friday afternoon. Post time for race one is 1:00 P.M as the tradition continues at the historic oval.   by Scott Wadell, for HRNB  

ELORA, ON - Thirty of the toughest wiener dogs in the province will shoot the cute-factor high through the summer sky next Friday night at Grand River Raceway. The second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway is set for Friday, July 8. Dachshund registration opened June 6, and the 30 spots sold-out in five days. The evening offers spectators four dog races and 10 horse races. The Diamonds In The Ruff will also offer an agility course for participating pooches prior to their races. The event is title-sponsored by Ren's Pets Depot, and is also supported by Loyall Premium Pet Food and the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Members from Cheer Sport Sharks Cambridge will join the festivities as the official cheerleaders. The horse races begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 8. The three qualifying heats of wiener dog races will be contested consecutively starting after horse race #5 (approximately 8:00 p.m.) The top three finishers from each dash will advance to the race final, after horse race #7 (approximately 8:45 p.m.) All races are 20 meters in length. Trophy presentations to the top three finishers will take place after horse race #8 (approximately 9:00 p.m.) All participating dogs will receive a swag bag compliments of the event sponsors. All winners of the qualifying heats receive a small gift basket. The runner-up and third-place finisher in the race final receive a $50 gift card for Ren's Pets Depot. The champion wins a custom trophy and more than $300 in prizes compliments of the sponsors. All dogs will be profiled in the evening's race program and on the TV broadcast. The 2015 champion Junebug returns to defend her title for proud owner Shawn McFalls. Popular Grand River Raceway harness racing drivers Billy Davis Jr. and James MacDonald also have returning contenders Alley and Tank (respectively). See the Grand River Raceway website for bios and photos of the 30 competitors. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ontario, June 29 - Fresh off a Canadian record performance in the Armbro Flight, Hannelore Hanover headlines the second leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday's Canada Day card at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 13 older trotting mares have been split into two $30,000 divisions for the second leg of this year's series. The first leg, which was contested on May 23 at Mohawk, saw Jewels In Hock and Rockin With Dewey draw first blood, but this time around the hottest trotter in the division will make an appearance. Ron Burke trainee Hannelore Hanover will start from post five in the six-horse first division Friday. The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All has won seven of eight starts this season, including a Canadian record 1:51 victory in the Armbro Flight Stakes two weeks ago. Hannelore Hanover's six-plus length victory in the Armbro Flight was a loud statement to the older trotting mare division. Racing under the radar in the Indiana Sire Stakes last season, Burke always believed she belonged in the conversation as one of the top trotters in her division. "Ron has been telling me how good she was since last year," said Yannick Gingras after driving 'Hannelore' to victory in the Armbro Flight elimination. "He believed she was the third best trotting filly behind Mission Brief and Wild Honey." With Mission Brief sidelined this season, Hannelore Hanover has stepped into the spotlight and quickly gained elite status. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover will team up with driver Sylvain Filion for the first time in Friday's race. The first division also features leg one winner Rockin With Dewey and Rules Of The Road, who finished third in the Armbro Flight after winning an elimination. Jewels In Hock will aim for another Miss Versatility leg victory in Friday's second division. The Linda Toscano trained four-year-old has won two of four starts this season after winning nine races and over $350,000 last season. The daughter of Credit Winner will start from post five in a field of seven with driver Jack Moiseyev. Local trotters Elegant Serenity, Stormont Kate, Bax Of Life and White Becomes Her will look to protect home turf in the second split. Following Friday's leg, the Miss Versatility will make its next stop at The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 16. The second leg divisions have been carded as Races 2 and 6 on Friday's 12-race program. Post time Friday is 7:30 p.m. Here are the fields for the second leg of the Miss Versatility. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Race 2: Division 1 - Purse: $30,000 1. Missys GaGa (Trevor Henry - Richard Moreau) 2. Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) 3. Harley Momma (Rick Zeron - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) 5. Hannelore Hanover (Sylvain Filion - Ron Burke) 6. Rules Of The Road (Paul MacDonell - Charles Connor Jr.) Race 6: Division 2 - Purse: $30,000 1. Elegant Serenity (Roger Mayotte - Roger Mayotte) 2. Stormont Kate (Bruce Richardson - Bruce Richardson) 3. Sky Hanover (Rick Zeron - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Classical Annie (Sylvain Filion - Ron Burke) 5. Jewels In Hock (Jack Moiseyev - Linda Toscano) 6. Bax Of Life (Chris Christoforou - Jerry Duford) 7. White Becomes Her (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The leaderboard is tied at 38 wins each at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but drivers Marc Campbell and Corey MacPherson will try to break the gridlock Thursday evening. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 12-dash card with Campbell seeking redemption in the race 8 Open Horses and Geldings Trot for a $1,950. Campbell will guide Freddie from post 3 for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall, after the four-year-old had broken equipment at the start in his latest outing, snapping his three race win streak. Wedgewood and Gary Chappell have rail control for trainer Glenn Claybourne, while Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee) loom as real threats with the outside two post-positions. Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy) and Neal (Brian Andrew) complete the field of half-a-dozen. The $2,100 evening pacing feature takes to the track in race 11 with Bazillion receiving the inside post for trainer Trevor Hicken, owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall and reinsman Brian MacPhee. The pacing gelding dominated last week in Charlottetown in 1:58.1 from post seven with Ed Harvey aboard in Atlantic Regional Driving Championship action. He faces another horse who was on top of his game for the championship, as Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) has post 2 fresh off a 1:57 victory. First Art Down is installed as the morning line favourite from post 6 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Clifford Murphy after dropping out of the preferred ranks for this race. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking a different approach for the Thursday evening feature, as he backs Eagle Jolt and trainer-driver Campbell from post 3. "He was a little tardy off the gate last week but then he paced his own back half in better than 57 seconds and just got nipped at the finish," MacIsaac said of Eagle Jolt. "With him likely to get a better start from this improved post we'll treat him as the one to beat." Other entries include Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass), Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton), Starcastic (Ron Matheson) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). Another field of Open trotters line up in race 10 with the top trot mares on the East Coast. Charlottetown and Summerside track record holder Thunderaway has the rail for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. The seven-year-old daughter of Thunder Road won her latest start in Open company in 2:01.4. Pleasure Girls returns from action at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario and draws post 5 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. The veteran mare captured her last start in 1:58.1 over the Ottawa five-eighths oval. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

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JULY 1, 2016 - Driver Steve Byron provided the fireworks on Dresden Raceway's Canada Day harness racing program Friday, winning four of five Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. The Thornton, ON resident opened the afternoon with an effortless score aboard Magical Steph, cruising along on the front end to a 1:58.1 victory, just one-fifth of a second off the all-age track record for trotters. The fan favourites hit the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Devils Advocate and Traviata. "I drove her some last year and she always had lots of go. Today Gary had her good and she win that race pretty handy," said Byron, who piloted the three-year-old trotting filly for trainer Gary Lance and GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry. "She's a very talented mare." Byron piloted Magical Steph to four Grassroots wins last season in a freshman campaign that saw the Kadabra daughter post a record of five wins, two seconds and earnings of $72,400. Friday's victory was the filly's first in three sophomore starts. In the second $18,000 Grassroots division Byron teamed up with P C Cantore for the first time and the duo popped out of the pocket in the stretch to reel in local favourite True Muscle, who had carved out fractions of :29.3, :1:01.2 and 1:33.1. P C Cantore hit the wire in 2:01.4, one-half length ahead of True Muscle, to claim her second straight Grassroots trophy. The Power Of Many completed the top three. "I didn't know what to expect, I'd never driven her before, but she raced great," said Byron of P C Cantore. "We got a good trip and she finished up strong. She's definitely one of the better ones too, I believe." Byron crafted the win for trainer, owner and breeder Peter Clements of Dobbinton, ON. The daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and former Grassroots winner Balladeer now boasts a record of five wins in eight starts and has sole ownership of top spot in the Grassroots point standings. Byron sat out the third Grassroots division and Jody Jamieson guided Myretirementticket to a 1:58.3 score, going gate-to-wire from Post 3. Haileysgonedancing finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and fan favourite Moonlight Cocktail was four more lengths back in third. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson engineered the win for trainer, owner and breeder Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON. It was the first in six sophomore starts for the Cornaro Dasolo daughter, who won three Grassroots events at two, including her Semifinal. Back out on the Dresden half-mile for the fourth division, Byron guided Windsongmusclelady to an 11 and one-half length win over Malia and Its All About Sam in 2:01. The race was marred by an accident that saw driver Per Henriksen unseated, but fortunately resulted in no significant injuries to either Henriksen or his mount Smash Hit. It was the second win of the season for Byron and Windsongmusclelady, who is trained by John Bax of Campbellville, ON for his partners The Brabant Stable of London, ON. "She was real good today and she's just a great mare, she tries all the time," said Byron of the Muscle Mass daughter. Another Bax trainee carried Byron to his fourth win of the afternoon. Starting from Post 4 Byron put Miami Magic on cruise control and the Kadabra filly sailed through fractions of :30, 1:01.4 and 1:32.2 on her way to a 2:02.2 score, five and one-quarter lengths ahead of Onatopp and P L Jade. "I really like her, she's just a handy mare and when the favourite (Magical Valentine) made a break, she win pretty easy after that," said Byron of Miami Magic. "She's as good as any of them as far as I'm concerned." Bax, Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Gaelic Stable of Sharon and Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON share ownership of the filly, who bumped her sophomore record to four wins, two seconds, two thirds and earnings of $41,540 through 14 starts. "They all raced great," summed up Byron. "I liked their chances going in to tell you the truth. I wasn't surprised in any of them winning. "It was just a great day." Byron's next opportunity to sit behind his talented three-year-old trotting filly mounts will come on July 14 when the fillies make their third Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing
Casimir Luciano returned to his winning way on a harness racing Friday afternoon in the Canada Day Pace at Red Shores Summerside. Marc Campbell put the Ralph Sweet trainee on top for every call for his tenth win of the season, stopping the teletimer in 1:56.4. The win puts the seven-year old gelded son of Sir Luck over $10, 000 in earnings on the season. The first two-year-old winner of the 2016 season came in Race 5 on the afternoon courtney of Twomacsoneshadow.   The two-year-old son of Shadow Play was put on top at every call by driver Gilles Barrieau winning in 1:59.   Trained by Earl Watts the first win lifetime came for owners Wayne Mac Rae and the Howmac Farms LTD.   The win was one of two victories for the Maritime Magic Man on the card. Drivers Terry Gallant, Jason Hughes and Ken Murphy all enjoyed driving doubles on the card.   For complete results go to www.redshores.ca.   By Bo Ford  
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 1, 2016 - The richest stakes series of the season at the Hippodrome 3R, $450,000 in combined purses, gets underway Sunday with the opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There are four weeks of preliminary competition for both pacers (Sunday) and trotters (Tuesday), all culminating on Sunday, September 4 with the top eight point earners returning for the $65,000 finals in all four divisional classes. Sunday features two divisions of both colt and filly pacers. The colts go first in the third and sixth races. HP Patriote heads the third race from post six for driver Guy Gagnon. The son of Vintage Master has won four of his five starts already this season, the fastest a 1:55.4 lifetime mark at Rideau Carlton. He takes on recent 3R winners Mister Gordo (post 4) and Chummy Park (post 5) along with the 2YO Quebec-Bred champion last year, Mr Mach Jimmy (post two). Sports Authority puts his three-race winning streak on the line in the sixth race from post three for driver Mario Charron. The son of Sportswriter has been flawless as of late and yet to be tested at 3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Ontario shipper, Dance With Joe, will be a fordable foe in post six as will Shanghai Warrior (post one) and EY Cowboy (post 5). The fillies are in the spotlight starting in race eight with last year's 2YO Champion, Miss Babe Delight, starting from post six. This daughter of Bettor's Delight won $65,000 last year for trainer Dany Fontaine and will be driven by Pascal Berube. She has been competing at Mohawk Raceway but is winless in five starts this year. Wild River Swan was very impressive last week in her maiden victory and starts from post four for driver Louis-Phillip Roy. Another return winner in the field is Clodam Bayama (post 5), who also broke her maiden last week at Rideau Carlton with a 1:56.2 triumph. The 11th race second filly division has a very tough entry of HP Pandora (post 3) and HP Sissy (post 6), who both were bred and are co-owned by Claude Hamel and Ayers Cliff of QC. HP Pandora is sired by Mach Three and is trained by Daniel Martin. She won earlier this season at 3R in 1:58.4 while HP Sissy is trained by Jean Tourigny, is shipping in from Mohawk Raceway and took her lifetime mark there in 1:54.2. Their main rivals will be recent 3R winners Star Speed (post 2) and Heroes Sena (post 7). TRACK NOTES: There are 12 races Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live video feed via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The staff at Harnesslink wishes all our harness racing Canadian fans and friends a HAPPY CANADA DAY!
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