Gilles Barrieau

Perfect Escape takes top place in feature

Charlottetown, PE - Perfect Escape won the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a dazzling 1:54.2. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the victory and put the Jackie Matheson trainee on the point lighting up fractions of 27.4, 57 and 1:26. The winner is owned by Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. Likely To Win was second with Three Truths third. Majian Chester won his trotting division for trainer-driver James Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley, Amherst, NS. The open trotters squared off in race 6 with Summerside track record holder Thunderaway, in line to Jason Hughes, beating Charlottetown trot record holder Osprey Impact in gate to wire fashion in 1:59.4. Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE is the owner. Driver Brian Andrew recorded a driving double on the program with Neal delivering as the favorite in the opener while long-shot Honor Roll upset the field in race 7. The horses are co-owned by Brian and William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta. Fly With Max, owned by Mark Ramsey, Greenwood, NS, posted an impressive mile of 1:55.4 for trainer Mark Bradley and driver Marc Campbell. It was Campbell's second winner of the night. Wager was 29,375 For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Mohawk Racetrack

Autumn Series nominations due

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 29 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind harness racing horsepeople that nominations to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series close this Saturday, October 1st. The Autumn Series is offered in each division for Ontario Sired two and three-year-olds. Ontario sired two-year-olds that are non-winners of $30,000 as of midnight September 30, 2016 are eligible to the Autumn Series. As for Ontario sired three-year-olds, non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2016 as of midnight September 30, 2016 are eligible to the Autumn Series. The nomination fee in each category is $200. To view the nomination form, click here. To pay the $200 nomination fee online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2016 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.   Mark McKelvie

Seelster Farms

Seelster videos now available online

Seelster Farms announced today that their 2016 harness racing yearling videos are now available online.   This year’s consignment features a great group of over 40 individuals that will be selling at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 23 and in Harrisburg, beginning on November 7, Seelster Farms will sell 7 yearlings.    The Forest City Sale consignment consists of 4 by Artistic Fella, 5 by Big Jim, 6 by Camluck, 3 by Holiday Road, 1 by Justice Hall, 1 by Kadabra, 5 by Mach Three, 9 by Shadow Play, 6 by Sportswriter, and 1 by Shanghai Phil.   Our Harrisburg consignment consists of 1 by Andover Hall, 2 by Bettors Delight, 1 by Muscle Mass, 1 by Rock N Roll Heaven, and 2 by Well Said.   Inspections are always welcomed.  Contact the farm today at (519) 227 4294 to schedule a viewing of this year's impressive line-up.   To view the videos, please visit SeelsterFarms.com (www.seelsterfarms.com)    

Mohawk Racetrack

Tuesday harness racing continues at Mohawk

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 29 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind horsepeople that live racing at Mohawk Racetrack will continue to be offered five-nights-a-week for the first three weeks of October. The original 2016 live racing schedule did not include Tuesday night racing during the month of October. Following a schedule amendment earlier this year, three Tuesday cards in October were added to the Mohawk schedule. Live racing will be offered on Tuesday, October 4th, 11th and 18th. Following the October 18th card, Tuesdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will be offered four-nights-a-week. The 2016 Mohawk meet will conclude on Monday, November 7th. The draw for the first Tuesday card of October will take place tomorrow (Friday). The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

ELORA, ON - It was the Tale Of Two Bobs in the Top Performer standings for Grand River Raceway's 2016 live harness racing season which wrapped up September 28. Bob McClure secured his second consecutive driving title at the track, while Bob McIntosh adds the Top Trainer award to his long list of accomplishments. McClure's 2016 season has been a career-best, securing titles at Grand River, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs. The 26-year-old Elora, ON resident finished the Grand River Raceway season with 84 wins, including a driving triple during the season finale. McClure surpassed 1,000 career wins during 2016, and currently sits at 378 season wins and $2 million in purse earnings. On several occasions this year he bagged four or five drives during a 10-race card. McClure began driving in 2009. In 2014, the young reinsman's career picked up major steam, doubling his 2013 figures and landing in the top 10 in the Canadian drivers' standings. He finished the 2015 season sitting third for wins in the national standings. He's currently positioned second for wins, fifth for UDR and 10th for earnings. While veteran Windsor, ON trainer Bob McIntosh has conquered most of harness racing's biggest races and awards, he secured his first Grand River Raceway training title in 2016. The Hall Of Famer made 56 starts in Elora this season and sent 12 starters to the winners circle, including L A Delight. On August 1, she paced to her seventh consecutive OSS Gold victory with a track record-equaling performance of 1:53.1 for filly sophomores during the Industry Day card at Grand River Raceway. Last week, she captured the esteemed Jugette at Ohio's Delaware County Fair, bumping her career bankroll to $1,174,163. McIntosh is a career winner of 4198 races and $96 million in purse earnings. 2016 Grand River Raceway Driving Champion - Bob McClure Kelly Spencer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Thursday night harness racing feature promises to be a wide-open affair at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. The first of 12-dashes gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with the featured pacers battling in race 11 for a $2,000 purse. McJestic was the winner of the this class last week in 1:56.4 and is saddled with post 6 this week with Ken Murphy driving for owner-trainer Troy Murray of Clyde River. Eagle Jolt is listed as the morning line choice from post 7 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while American Captain has a two-race win streak on the line from post 3 with Kenny Arsenault driving. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is going a different direction in the evenly matched field, as he selects post 4 starter Perfect Escape with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Jackie Matheson. "He can kick home as well as any of them in here and with the possibility of some early mayhem up front, things could set up nicely for him," MacIsaac said of Perfect Escape. "He is quite possibly the one to beat." Other entries include Three Truths (Vaughan Doyle), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Female Finesse (Gary Chappell) and Narragansett (Jason Hughes). The top trot lines up in race 6 for a $1,850 pot with Summerside Raceway track record holder Thunderaway favoured from post 3 with trainer-driver Hughes for owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia. The seven-year-old daughter of Thunder Road was second to Freddie in her latest outing, and with that dominant trotter absent from this week's event, it leaves the door open for a new face in the winner's circle. Charlottetown track record holder Osprey Impact is also in the field with Corey MacPherson in the bike from post 6. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores    

Guelph, ON, Sept. 27, 2016 - Equine Guelph has launched the new Barn Fire Prevention online tool as a resource for horse owners.  Responding to the high incidence of barn fires in Ontario last winter, Equine Guelph has developed a tool that is easy to use and provides horse owners with interactive assessments for their individual facilities.   "If you have a farm, you have combustibles that need to be stored properly, electrical wiring that requires proper installation and maintenance and a host of appliances that may or may not be safe for use," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.  "The key to reducing the risk of fire is education focusing on prevention.   We are pleased to partner with Heartland Farm Mutual to offer a healthcare tool which creates two handy checklists for fire safety both inside and outside the barn."   Developed in collaboration with fire protection professionals; the tool asks 20 important questions that will help maintain a safe facility as well as provide insight for anyone looking to build or renovate their barn.  A key recommendation is to bring a local fire prevention officer or insurance loss prevention specialist to your property for a walk through.  They will look for risks and provide suggestions for a prevention plan.  For example, what a barn owner sees as a neatly stacked supply of hay in the barn, the fire marshal will instantly recognize as a fuel source that is best stored in a separate building.  In addition to finding sources of combustion many of us would not even have considered, they will also look for accessibility and available water sources.      Another professional to consult is a qualified electrician experienced in agricultural applications.  They will ensure proper installation of wires in non-corrosive conduit and make sure electrical outlets are GFCI protected and circuits have arc fault breakers.  Properly installed permanent wiring is an important safety consideration for every farm.  Too often, fires are started through improper use of extension cords, power bars and household appliances (especially space heaters and fans).   "Equine Guelph's Barn Fire Prevention Tool is a practical way to promote education and awareness of farm safety," says Jim Zyta, Vice President Loss Prevention/ Risk Assessment Specialist at Heartland Mutual.  "In the farm insurance industry, we have seen first-hand the many causes of barn fires and their devastating effects. Losses from such events are not only physical and financial, but can be very emotional for the horse owner. In many cases, the tragedy is realizing that the fire could have easily been prevented. We encourage all farm owners to use this simple checklist to identify the potential hazards in their own barn and help keep it a safe environment."   Please, take 5 minutes to answer the questions on each activity and receive a personalized list of recommended improvements for your facility.   Link to Equine Guelph's Fire Prevention Tool:http://www.equineguelph.ca/Tools/fireprevention.php   Story by:  Equine Guelph     

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) would like to extend a thank you to members of the horse racing industry who dedicated their time, effort and energy to submit a response to the AGCO's consultation paper, Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario. The Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario consultation paper asked for ideas on steps the AGCO and industry can take to: Ensure fairness, safety and integrity in Ontario's horse racing industry; Reduce the administrative burden and remove unnecessary barriers; Support economic development and industry innovation; and, Modernize the AGCO's regulatory framework. Over a six week period, representatives from the AGCO visited eight different racetracks to answer questions about the initiative and encourage members of the industry to participate in the consultation. The AGCO visited Ajax Downs, Clinton Raceway, Fort Erie Race Track, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway, Mohawk Raceway, Rideau Carleton Raceway and Woodbine Racetrack. The response has been strong and the AGCO received over 60 comprehensive submissions, as well as 20 written comments. Verbal comments from in-person interactions were also recorded. The AGCO is carefully analyzing all of the written consultation feedback and ideas received from across the industry. Next Steps This fall, the AGCO will host a series of targeted in-person stakeholder roundtables, to further discuss proposals for reform and implementation details on a more in-depth basis. If you are interested in participating in a roundtable discussion please respond directly to connect@agco.ca by Monday October 11, 2016. Include your name, e-mail address or phone number, and industry affiliation (e.g. trainer- Standardbred, owner- Quarter Horse, breeder- Thoroughbred, driver, jockey, veterinarian, equine welfare representative, farrier). The AGCO will aim to accommodate all requests for participation at the roundtables and will aspire to ensure a variety of voices are represented. Please note: It was brought to our attention that there were technical difficulties with the AGCO fax line during the submission period. If you attempted to send in a submission via fax that did not go through, please consider resending your submission to the AGCO's main fax line: 416-326-5555. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 27 - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and this Friday (September 30) Mohawk Racetrack (harness racing) will host the inaugural "Drive with Us for Evan's Legacy" fundraiser. Evan Leversage became well known last October after his hometown of St. George, Ontario presented the seven-year-old with an early-Christmas parade. Evan had been batting an inoperable brain tumour for five years and had wishes to see another Christmas. Unfortunately, Evan did not make it to Christmas and passed away in early-December. Evan's mother, Nicole Wellwood, and family launched Evan's Leagacy, a foundation to raise money for research into childhood cancers and brain tumours. All proceeds raised by Evan's Legacy benefit the Pediatric Brain Cancer Impact Grant at Toronto SickKids. In an effort to raise funds for the foundation, Mohawk Racetrack will host "Drive with Us for Evan's Legacy" on Friday evening (September 30). The night will feature sulky rides on the racetrack, a race in memory of Evan and raffle prizes. The raffle prizes include Toronto Raptors tickets, donated by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, a flat screen TV and other great items. Many WEG drivers will be donating a portion of their earnings from Friday's card to Evan's Legacy. The following drivers have confirmed a donation: Trevor Henry Phil Hudon Steve Condren Doug McNair Paul MacDonell Mike Saftic Sylvain Filion Jonathan Drury James MacDonald Rick Zeron Raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the week at the program desk or in the race office. Tickets will be sold on Friday evening at the Evan's Legacy booth inside the Grandstand. For more information or to donate to Evan's Legacy, visit www.braintumour.ca/5528/evans-legacy. Mark McKelvie

There are not that many mystery novels on the bookshelves (or internet) that center around harness racing, but recently author Tina Sugarman penned Horse Flesh, a novel that for many will be an enticing read. This fiction novel enters the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, and is an exhilarating debut from an insider.  While many in the industry may take offense to the outright knocks on the industry, one must remember this is fiction and the author’s right to “jazz it up” to make it a riveting read to outsiders, should be taken into consideration. Then again, with all the recent controversy surrounding the Little Brown Jug last week, the events in this novel may seem to be spot on. The story features a brilliant harness racing driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, and a veterinarian caught between two worlds. These are just some of the players in Horse Flesh, where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred.  I found the book to be fascinating, very fast paced and with shocking twists and turns. At first I was turned off as the book did not “grab me” right off the bat and I was not happy with some of the demeaning references to the industry as an insider. As I read on and understood the characters that made up the novel, I had trouble at times to put the book down. It drew me into the read to see where the story was going, what was going to happen to some of the stars and how was author Tina Sugarman going to tie this all together in the end. She did a superb job with some great insights that people in the industry should consider. She got the job done and her HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh read.  Tina’s blending of the life events of four yearlings into becoming racehorses was very well done and woven nicely into the novel. The paperback version is very thick, over 700 pages of small type, so some might want to get the Kindle or Nook version. And don’t expect to read this one overnight! Tina Sugarman writes from her personal experiences and gives a compelling insight into the world of harness racing. She has been involved with Standardbred horse racing in Ontario for nearly two decades, spending summers on a horse farm nearby Mohawk Raceway, the premier harness racing track in Canada. This novel is available through all major booksellers. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

The Atlantic Breeders Crown Host Committee is pleased to announce the four Atlantic Canadian harness racing families who will be honoured for their successes and longstanding contributions to the industry during the upcoming Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend at Red Shores Charlottetown on October 8-9th. It is only fitting in the 50th year of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program, that the family of Jack and brother Doug Ferguson of Nova Scotia are being recognized. Jack was a longtime proponent of the local harness racing breeding program, operating Precentor Farm and serving as the manager of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program for nearly 30 years. Brother Doug produced some of the best known products of the regional stakes program at his Kilkerran Farms in Bay Head, NS. Kilkerran Ella and Kilkerran Robbie were two of the top stars in the AtSS program in the 1970's. Two-time Atlantic Canadian Horse of the Year, Kilkerran Fury, still holds the record for career earnings by a Maritime-bred in the region. Kilkerran Ingle was the last Maritime-bred to win the Gold Cup and Saucer in 1992, while Kilkerran Scot is the richest-ever Martime -bred performer. The Pineau family from Rustico, PEI has experienced many successes in the Atlantic Sires Stakes over the decades. Brothers Alyre, John and Alphonse all developed and raced numerous stakes performers. Alyre recorded over 1000 driving wins in a long career, setting the CDP track trotting record on three separate occasions and winning numerous AtSS trot events. John was also a successful trainer and driver in later years and was breeder of a number of top Maritime-bred trotters with the Rustico prefix. One of his homebreds, Rustico Pluto was the first locally bred trotter to break the 1:55 barrier. Alphonse was also a driver and trainer who spent some time on the Grand Circuit in the 1970's. The popular blacksmith also developed several top horses for H.B. Willis. Several other Pineau family members have donned the silks over the years including Alyre's sons, David, Tommy and Joey and Alphonse's son Steve. From New Brunswick, the family of the late Sonny MacDonald has been involved with standardbreds for over 50 years. Wife Sylvia was the long-serving Clerk of the Course at Exhibition Park Raceway. Sons Clyde, Ross and Bruce all were involved in the family past-time. Ross was a top driver and trainer at EPR in the late 1980's and Bruce has found success in Ontario training some top horses for the Mardon Stables and partner Dan MacIsaac, including Card Trick Hanover, Armbro Choir and Catch The Dream. From Newfoundland and Labrador, the Dooling family will be recognized for their long involvement in the local industry there. Presentations to each of the four families will take place at the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet at the Top of the Park at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday, October 8th. The four families from each of the Atlantic Provinces will also be saluted with memorabilia on display in the "Memory Lane" room on the second level of the CDP grandstand. By Jerry McCabe

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 25, 2016 - Bali was the "fly in the ointment" towards who will be the winningest harness racing horse at the Hippodrome 3R 2016 race meet as the five-year-old gelding was given a strong drive by Mario Charron in capturing the 10th race co-feature pace Sunday. It was the sixth win at 3R this season and with the losses by both Beach Runner A M and St Kitts, all three horses are now tied with seven Sunday race programs left for the season at 3R. Bali posted his 11th victory of the season in prime fashion as Charron sent the son of Dali right to the front. They then cut fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25.4, held off a strong first-over challenge by Solid Performance (Pascal Berube) and then pulled away in the stretch to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.4. Solid Performance held for second place with the pocket-sitting SOS Mach Xreme (Stephane Brosseau) third. Trained by Marie Claude Auger for breeder/owner Denise Auger of Trois-Rivieres, it was the third straight win for Bali, who paid $9.30 to win. Then in the 11th race co-feature, St Kitts and driver Stephane Brosseau sat a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetter D G's Ninja (Jonathan Lachance) but could not catch them in the passing lane, losing by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Thus the contest continues next Sunday at 3R to see who can become the winningest horse of the year at the track. TRACK NOTES: Driver Stephane Gendron has only a handful of drives at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but he made the most of them, scoring four victories on the program from his seven drives. It was the first time this year that anyone other than Louis-Philippe Roy (3 times) has won four races on the program. Both drivers Stephane Brosseau and Mario Charron had driving doubles. Live racing resumes next Sunday at 3R with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Summerside, PE - Ken Murphy recorded his 500th victory in the bike Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The harness racing milestone came as part of a four win performance on the day. Murphy was only three scores away when he opened the card with a trip to victory lane aboard The Tominator then came back with Sandhill Star for the diving double. He reached the hat-trick and his 500th career win with Myambrose trained by Carl MacDougall, Ellerslie, PE in race 4. Reincarnate gave the pilot a grand-slam. The afternoon feature went to Machinthesand in 1:58 flat for Norris Rogers and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, Middleton, PE. Sent off at 2-1 odds, Machinthesand used his closing brush to catch fraction setter Doing Some Damage (Brian MacPhee) in deep stretch. Jeb (Jason Hughes) was third. The 5-1-4 triactor paid $59.80. It was the third winner of the program for Rogers who also clicked with Momara and Sporty B Skipalong. Terry Gallant had a driving double. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 24 - Lady Shadow continued her outstanding harness racing season with a powerful 1:50 victory in the $311,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A strong group of 10 older pacing mares, with more than $8.3 million in combined career earnings, battled it out for the Milton Stakes crown. Lady Shadow has been at the top of the division all season and to no surprise was wagered down to 2-5 in Saturday's rich final. The five-year-old pacing mare showed early speed to get away near the front for driver James MacDonald. Wrangler Magic sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab command and forced a charged up Frost Damage Blues into the two-hole. After a :26.4 opening-quarter, Wrangler Magic continued to motor along down the backstretch for driver Sylvain Filion. MacDonald gave Lady Shadow her cue to move out from third at three-eighths and the heavy favourite sprinted up to take a slight lead at the half in :54.4. Filion did his best to stretch out the favourite, but Lady Shadow would clear to the front entering the far turn and ripped off a :27 third-panel to reach three-quarters in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Lady Shadow created some separation on her rivals and paced home in :28.1 for a 2¼ lengths victory. "I know with Sylvain (Filion) he wanted to stretch me out a little bit, but it doesn't matter to her" said MacDonald, who also won last year's Milton Stakes with Venus Delight. "I've seen her go some of the craziest trips you could ask a horse to go this year and she got stung pretty hard tonight and she's just such a good mare, she overcame it." Yagonnakissmeornot was able to finish second after getting away fourth and staying inside until three-quarters. Waasmula charged home for third, while Bedroomconfessions closed well from the back for fourth. Wrangler Magic faded back to finish ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow has now won nine of 16 starts and earned over $700,000 this season for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. "She's definitely having a career year," said Adams. "She's just been tough and stayed tough the whole year and she's just getting better I think every start." Lady Shadow became the first mare Saturday since Moving Pictures in 2007 to win both the Milton Stakes and Roses Are Red Stakes in the same season. She now has 25 career wins and career earnings of over $1.5 million. Adams noted in the winner's circle that Lady Shadow will now head to Lexington, Kentucky to race on Sunday, October 9th during the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile. "Hopefully it's a nice day and we can maybe go a big mile." A $2 win ticket on Lady Shadow returned $2.90, while the $2 Exacta with the winner and Yagonnakissmeornot paid $46.80.   Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 24, 2016 - Eight Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots champions were crowned at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening and fan favourites delivered impressive victories in seven of the $50,000 harness racing finals. Heavy favourite Anikadabra opened the festivities with a commanding three and one-quarter length victory over Stritch and Late Shift in the two-year-old trotting filly division. In rein to Rick Zeron of Oakville, the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee stopped the Mohawk teletimer at 1:57.4 to capture her fourth straight victory. "They're the type you love to train, she just does nothing wrong," said trainer Rob Fellows. "All summer as a two-year-old you worry about every little thing, but she's been good. "We've had a lot of luck out of that family," added the Rockwood, ON resident. "Wilsonator to Vimy Ridge to Hillsonator to Legzy, you know they just go on and on." Bred and owned by Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY, Anikadabra's mother has five siblings that earned more than $100,000, including the 2013 sophomore trotting filly Grassroots champion Legzy, and her first foal is the $1.7 million winner Resolve. Anikadabra maintained the family's winning tradition through her freshman season, posting a record of five wins and one third in seven starts for earnings of $71,840. Anikadabra P L Jerico scored the only upset of the Championships in the three-year-old trotting colt division, surviving a first-over trip to reel in fan favourite and defending champion Muscles For Life. P L Jerico hit the wire in 1:55, one-half length ahead of Muscles For Life and three-quarters of a length up on Mass Balance. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic crafted the upset for trainer Matt Dupuis of Rockwood and owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. "I was hoping to be second over behind Per (Henriksen and Windsun Missile), but he wouldn't flush, he just stayed in. We had to pull, if he (Saftic) didn't pull he had no choice, so the horse toughed it out," said Dupuis. "He has bad allergies, the heat's really hard on that horse, and this is the coolest night we've had all summer, so it worked out perfect." Like Anikadabra, P L Jerico hails from a family with a long history in the Ontario Sires Stakes. His mother, Corinas Mission, captured the Gold Series Super Final as a three-year-old in 2002. With Saturday's victory, the Manofmanymissions gelding boosted his record to five wins, four seconds - one of them in last Friday's Semi-final - and two thirds in 16 sophomore starts for earnings of $85,470. P L Jerico Dudesalady scored her third straight victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Championship, holding off Anderson Seelster by a neck. Village Jamie finished two lengths behind the duelling leaders, who hit the wire in 1:54.2. "She's just a nice filly, she looks after herself, she sleeps a lot you know," said trainer Susanne Kerwood, who conditions the filly for M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. "I really think she's going to come back to be a real nice filly, I think next year she might be a Gold. "I had a lot of confidence in her today, maybe too much," added the Rockwood resident with a laugh, "But she got the job done." The win gives Dudesalady, a daughter of Shadow Play and Accountable, a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $61,910. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted the filly to both her Semi-final and Final victories. Dudesalady Magical Steph rewarded the faith of both Mohawk Racetrack fans and trainer Gary Lance in the three-year-old trotting filly Final. The daughter of Kadabra and I Like Stephanie overcame two off-season surgeries to capture the Grassroots title with a 1:55.4 effort. "She's really good right now. She's been all summer getting over those surgeries," said Port Perry resident Lance, who also owns the filly through his GL Racing Inc. "That was a pretty good mile out there tonight; she went as fast as the colts." Magical Steph and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur finished one length in front of a charging Roadmapper and four lengths ahead of Magical Valentine. Henry also piloted the filly to victory in the Semi-final round. Magical Steph Many A Man was the only regular season division point leader to earn a Grassroots title, sailing along on the front end to a 1:57.3 personal best in the two-year-old trotting colt Final. Randy Waples crafted the victory, which saw the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of Santini and Radical Road, for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. "I was actually hoping to race him from off the pace, that's why I didn't really bomb him out of there," said Milton resident Waples. "I think that's his better trip than being in front, because he kind of gets lost sometimes when he's up there, but there wasn't a hole, so go to Plan B. The beauty of him is that you've got a Plan B; if it doesn't work out the first way then you've got another way to go, because he races good both ways. He's just a really, really nice animal." The win was the third straight and the fifth in nine starts for Many A Man, who wraps up his freshman campaign with earnings of $64,940. Many A Man The three-year-old pacing fillies delivered a thrilling finish in the sixth final, with the top five finishers crossing the wire separated by just one and one-quarter lengths. When the dust settled Semi-final winner Forever Liza emerged victorious, with Semi-final winner Free Show and Selling The Dream in a dead-heat for second, just a head behind the winner. Windsun Glory was fourth and Killean Finale rounded out the top five. "It was a little scary, we got a little stalled there with our cover, but just like always she dug in in the stretch," said trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON. "She's just a real trier." Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald engineered the 1:52.2 victory for Steacy and owners Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. In 16 sophomore starts the consistent daughter of Bettors Delight and Forever Cam has seven wins, four seconds and one third for earnings of $106,010. Forever Liza Semi-final winner Arsenic cruised to a one and one-half length victory in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, matching his 1:51.1 personal best. The other Semi-final winner, Continual Hanover, was second and Inspiration View rounded out the top three. "He showed a lot of potential last year, he just didn't come back the way I thought he would and I found out it was just a little bit of stomach problems with him, so we've kind of fixed that and he's gotten pretty good," said trainer Scott McEneny of the Bettors Delight son's late season surge. "I was going Gold at the beginning and he just wasn't right, he just wasn't himself, and we tried everything, everything. I finally found something that works on his stomach, and by then we got into a couple Grassroots." The Waterdown resident conditions Arsenic for his wife Michelle McEneny and Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. Doug McNair of Guelph piloted the colt to his fourth victory in 12 sophomore outings, which boosted his season's earnings to $74,200. Arsenic Tymal Peacemaker wrapped up Grassroots Championship Night the same way that Anikadabra kicked it off, with a commanding front-end victory. The two-year-old pacing colt sailed under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:52.4 without ever facing a challenge. The other Semi-final winner, Bet On Brett, finished second and The Dark Shadow was third. After testing his skills against the Gold colts early in the campaign, Tymal Peacemaker wrapped up his freshman season with a record of four wins in four Grassroots starts, banking $67,000 for owners Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "He didn't have much luck, he was immature, and then when we got into easier competition it seemed he started to get it more and more every start," said Carlisle-based trainer Stephane Larocque of the shift from the Gold to the Grassroots level. "And, you know, he's just shown that he's going to be really good next year." Sylvain Filion of Milton, the leading reinsman in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, piloted the son of Mach Three and Flying Colours to the win. Tymal Peacemaker In addition to the eight Grassroots Championship events, Mohawk Racetrack also hosted the $311,000 Milton Final for aged pacing mares, and former Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Lady Shadow posted her ninth win of the season, sailing home and two and one-quarter length winner in 1:50. Yagonnakissmeornot was second and Waasmula, also a former OSS champion, was third. Doug McNair piloted Lady Shadow, a daughter of Shadow Play and Lady Camella, to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON, Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and BFJ Stable of Philadelphia, PA. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 29 as the two-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Gold Series regular season. Ontario Racing

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Charlottetown, PE - Perfect Escape won the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a dazzling 1:54.2. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the victory and put the Jackie Matheson trainee on the point lighting up fractions of 27.4, 57 and 1:26. The winner is owned by Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. Likely To Win was second with Three Truths third. Majian Chester won his trotting division for trainer-driver James Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley, Amherst, NS. The open trotters squared off in race 6 with Summerside track record holder Thunderaway, in line to Jason Hughes, beating Charlottetown trot record holder Osprey Impact in gate to wire fashion in 1:59.4. Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE is the owner. Driver Brian Andrew recorded a driving double on the program with Neal delivering as the favorite in the opener while long-shot Honor Roll upset the field in race 7. The horses are co-owned by Brian and William Andrew, Calgary, Alberta. Fly With Max, owned by Mark Ramsey, Greenwood, NS, posted an impressive mile of 1:55.4 for trainer Mark Bradley and driver Marc Campbell. It was Campbell's second winner of the night. Wager was 29,375 For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 29 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind harness racing horsepeople that nominations to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series close this Saturday, October 1st. The Autumn Series is offered in each division for Ontario Sired two and three-year-olds. Ontario sired two-year-olds that are non-winners of $30,000 as of midnight September 30, 2016 are eligible to the Autumn Series. As for Ontario sired three-year-olds, non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2016 as of midnight September 30, 2016 are eligible to the Autumn Series. The nomination fee in each category is $200. To view the nomination form, click here. To pay the $200 nomination fee online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2016 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.   Mark McKelvie
Seelster Farms announced today that their 2016 harness racing yearling videos are now available online.   This year’s consignment features a great group of over 40 individuals that will be selling at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 23 and in Harrisburg, beginning on November 7, Seelster Farms will sell 7 yearlings.    The Forest City Sale consignment consists of 4 by Artistic Fella, 5 by Big Jim, 6 by Camluck, 3 by Holiday Road, 1 by Justice Hall, 1 by Kadabra, 5 by Mach Three, 9 by Shadow Play, 6 by Sportswriter, and 1 by Shanghai Phil.   Our Harrisburg consignment consists of 1 by Andover Hall, 2 by Bettors Delight, 1 by Muscle Mass, 1 by Rock N Roll Heaven, and 2 by Well Said.   Inspections are always welcomed.  Contact the farm today at (519) 227 4294 to schedule a viewing of this year's impressive line-up.   To view the videos, please visit SeelsterFarms.com (www.seelsterfarms.com)    
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 29 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind horsepeople that live racing at Mohawk Racetrack will continue to be offered five-nights-a-week for the first three weeks of October. The original 2016 live racing schedule did not include Tuesday night racing during the month of October. Following a schedule amendment earlier this year, three Tuesday cards in October were added to the Mohawk schedule. Live racing will be offered on Tuesday, October 4th, 11th and 18th. Following the October 18th card, Tuesdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will be offered four-nights-a-week. The 2016 Mohawk meet will conclude on Monday, November 7th. The draw for the first Tuesday card of October will take place tomorrow (Friday). The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications
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