Day At The Track

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Nogreatmischief was not content to sit last in a very compact featured harness racing field and made his first-over attack a winning one on a special Monday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Walter Cheverie got away last in a scratched down field of four in the $2,500 featured pace Monday afternoon and watched as Mantario (Driven by Norris Rogers) tripped the first fraction in 29.2 before releasing Mando Fun (Gilles Barrieau) to the lead. The next two splits were in 59 and 1:28.1 while Nogreatmischief made his way first-over and took control for the final quarter to romp by six-lengths in 1:57. Mantario was second while Mando Fun finished third. Cheverie co-owns and trains the eight-year-old son of Bettors Delight for co-owner Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. Barrieau scored a quadruple on the holiday card winning with Souverain in 1:58.1 for Phil Sizer of Kensington, Best To Hurst in 1:58.2 for Earl Watts of Hampshire, Zingers Laugh in 1:59.2 for trainer Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown and with Dilans Mustang in 2:01.4 from the Robert Phillips Stable of Summerside. The duo of driver Jason Hughes and trainer Jansen Sweet teamed up for a pair of victories on the program as newcomer Precision Blue Chip had a front-end score in 2:00.2 and Badlands Giovanna won her second straight in 2:00.4. Live racing continues at the Prince County Oval on Sunday Oct. 20. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The beat goes on for Red Dirt Boomer as the sophomore harness racing pacing colt made it eight-in-a-row during Atlantic Breeder's Crown Championship Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to trainer Gilles Barrieau in the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing colt final, Red Dirt Boomer established himself on the lead and early and scored a three-length route in 1:56.4 over a track listed with a one-second variant. Purple Poet (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) rallied for second with Red Dirt Rocknroll (David Dowling) taking a two-hole ride to finish third. Daniel Ross of Belfast holds the ownership papers of Red Dirt Boomer. Woodmere Oleksiak returned to her winning ways in the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing filly final with Dowling supplying the 1:58 steer for trainer Earl Watts and owners Debbie Denney, Ric McNutt, Hollis Newson and Windemere Farms. Emilys Angel (Arsenault) drew in off the also-eligible list to finish second with Cheeky Cherry (Walter Cheverie) completing the healthy $418 trifecta ticket. The Chris Davies stable dominated the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing colt final with the Cornwall based stable taking the top three spots in the championship race. Windemere Ryan took a pocket ride to win the event in 2:00 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner High Five Racing of Stanhope, while The Big Chase (Corey MacPherson) was second and Mr Kelly (Adam Merner) finished third for the Davies trifecta. A tough first-over journey gave Woodmere Skyroller a place in the record books as she was crowned champion in the $20,00 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing filly final with a 1:58.4 trip for driver MacPherson, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Na Naa Said So (Redmond Doucet) finished a quarter-length back in second while Woodmere Nasha (Arsenault) came from off-the-pace to finish third. Tequila Tuesday prevailed in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old trot final Erwin Andrew Memorial sponsored by Meridian Farms and the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association in a front end score of 2:03.1 for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., trainer Myles Heffernan Jr., and owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The $9,000 final saw Mabou Ridge (Driven by Clare MacDonald) finish second with Go With Her (Kuri White) third. Gettin Messi continued his win streak in the $9,000 three-year-old trot final Louis McIsaac Memorial as Mike McGuigan sailed the son of Armbro Barrister to the front and never looked back en route to a nine-length score in 1:59.1. Gettin Messi is owned by Jamie Whalen of Avondale with Len McGuigan handling the training duties. Thelastonestanding (Brian MacPhee) finished second with Richsnortherndream (Arsenault) rounding out the triactor. In aged competition, driver Marc Campbell scored a triple from his own stable and a quadruple as a driver to sweep all the events. Freddie won the $3,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown Open Trot in 1:59.4 from the Campbell stable while stablemate Rose Run Quest won the $6,000 Invitational Pace in 1:56.2. Jordie Hope hit the line first in the $4,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in a 1:57.3 mile for driver Campbell and trainer Brian Ladner of Charlottetown. Campbell's other win was with Jetster in a 1:57.1 mile in a $2,100 overnight class from his own stable. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The eighth race Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R was anything but dull for the harness racing fans Sunday afternoon as two horses making three-wide moves during the race woke the crowd up. It was Kinnder Jackson and driver Pierre Luc Roy who started off the show, going to the front with Surf Report (Tyler Jones) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :27. Then at the half mile mark in :56.1., Appleby Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) came first-over and race favorite Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) came second-over then three-wide but was unable to clear into first-over position until the three-quarters in 1:25.3 with Kinnder Jackson still on the lead. Taking up the chase with his own three-wide move coming into the final turn was Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Brosseau. They were able to clear on by both Histoire Enchantee and Kinnder Jackson to take command of the race. In the stretch, Hooter Shooter was then challenged late by Surf Report, but held on for the win by a half length in 1:55.4. GA Speed Gaby (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fastest mile of the afternoon race card as Hooter Shooter, a six-year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover, posted his eighth win of the year. He is owned and trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and paid $11.50 to win. In the sixth race featured trot it was all Kinderunbelievable and driver Pierre Luc Roy. The Breeders Cup Champion filly by Archangel was sent to the front by Roy over Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) at the opening quarter mile and then led the field the rest of the one-mile trot. Kinderunbelievable held the field at bay and went on to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:01. Cor Leo was second with a late closing game first-over Chinnys Wings (Stephane Brosseau) finishing third. It was the fourth win in nine starts this year for Kinderunbelievable. She was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. She paid $3.10 to win. Track Notes: Both Stephane Gendron and Pascal Berube had driving doubles Sunday. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, October 20 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For full results, entries and more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

MILTON, OCT. 12, 2019 - If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a harness racing champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday's $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, three-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Final champion. The Kadabra colt defended his Super Final title with a powerful kick home that saw him reel in the leaders and draw away to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Pocket-sitter Manatlas finished second and pacesetter All Wrapped Up was third. "I think that everything worked out. He had to go there, and take his time, and after that we were comfortable," said trainer Luc Blais of the trip that saw the fan favourite get away sixth from Post 9, move into the outer lane as the pace slowed heading for the half and then tip out three-wide coming off the final turn. "I was happy, very happy." Blais trains Forbidden Trade for Determination of Montreal, QC and Rockwood, ON resident Bob McClure steered the colt to his eighth win in 13 sophomore starts. The Hambletonian champ will now return to open stake competition in the Oct. 19 Breeders Crown eliminations and Blais said he and his staff will spend the next seven days keeping the winner of $1.37 million as happy as possible. "Keep him happy, in the paddock and light, very light, light training, just keep him fresh," said the Campbellville resident. "He is good on himself too. He takes care of himself... like a good horse." Once race later, Boadicea showcased her raw power in the three-year-old pacing filly Super Final. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Jonathan Drury, Boadicea took control heading for the :53.4 half and continued to roll through a 1:21.1 three-quarters and on to a 1:49.2 victory. Early pacesetter Sunny Dee finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of a closing Ideation Hanover. "She is the horse of a lifetime. You know I've had some good horses too, but nothing ever like her, and to tell you the truth I knew it when she was born and she's just...every month of her life has been impressive," said owner-breeder Charles Lawrence. "I guess it was her intelligence more than anything else that caught my eye, and she grew into a big powerful animal," Lawrence continued. "And she has that determination to win, and you can't breed that into them, they're born with it, you know, they're born with it." The Blenheim, ON resident and his grandson Gordon Lawrence bred and own Boadicea, who is by Big Jim and out of their mare Rose Seelster, and they were joined in the Super Final winner's circle by a jubilant crowd of family and friends. After the hugs and cheers and photographs were finished the Lawrence's stopped by the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office and paid the $62,500 supplement to make Boadicea eligible to the Breeders Crown. "That's a big step to take, and I know there's a lot of tough horses in there, but we hope we can do well, do the best we can," said the elder Lawrence. "It's a lot of money for us to put up, but we think we owe it to her." Also headed to the Breeders Crown, so long as she remains happy and healthy, is two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn. The division point leader barely broke a sweat on her way to a in 1:52.4 Super Final victory, besting Karma Seelster and Temagami Seelster by three lengths. Like Blais, trainer Chantal Mitchell said the next six days will be spent keeping the Bettors Delight daughter as happy as possible. "I couldn't ask for anything better for her. She didn't really get pushed, she didn't get tested," said Mitchell of the filly's Super Final effort. "She raced in the Eternal Camnation (Aug. 24) and had to come back in six days for a Gold and she won in 1:51 and then came back in 1:50.3 and all we did is jog her in between, just lots of turnout, and go nice and easy on her." Mitchell trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA and Guelph, ON resident Louis-Philippe Roy handles driving duties on the Big Jim daughter. In 11 lifetime starts the duo have recorded seven wins, three seconds, one fourth and earnings of $520,789 and lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record not once, but twice. "She's a dream, she just does everything that you want a horse to do," said Hamilton, ON resident Mitchell, adding that the filly also does a few less than dreamy things when she gets her game face on. "I mean she's got an attitude. She kicked me in the hand today so I've got a new bruise, and then we got here and she bit me in the elbow, I've got some dirt to prove it, so she's feeling pretty sharp right now." New Jersey-based driver Dexter Dunn made his first Super Final appearance on Saturday and guided three horses to victory. In the three-year-old trotting filly showdown, which kicked off the event, Dunn teamed Kadabra filly Haveoneforme to a two length victory in 1:55.4 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ and partners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Defending champion HP Titania Runner finished second and pacesetter Angies Luckeylady was third. Four races later Dunn climbed aboard Tattoo Artist's race bike in the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final and guided the Hes Watching colt to a commanding four and three-quarter length score in 1:52. Examiner Hanover finished second and Sports Obsession was third. Cambridge, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. Dunn finished off the hat trick in the two-year-old trotting colt showdown, steering E L Titan son Moon Bridge to a head victory in 1:55.4 for New Jersey-based trainer Ake Svanstedt, owner-breeders Esa Lahtinen and Janne Korpi of Cambridge, ON and their partner Jussi Hietalahti of Turku, Finland. Port Perry finished second and Blue Cupertino rounded out the top three. Jula Shes Magic battled to a head victory over fan favourite Wine Rack Hanover in the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final, which saw the rivals hit the wire in 1:55.3, just ahead of She Rocks Kemp. Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON trains the Kadabra daughter for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson drove the filly to the win. B Stoney delivered the biggest upset of the evening, squeaking through traffic in the stretch to get a head in front of Stag Party in the three-year-old pacing colt finale. Division point leader and fan favourite Century Farroh finished third in the 1:50.3 mile. "That was unbelievable. That's a good field of horses, and he drove that horse perfect tonight," said owner-breeder Doug Millard of the steer by 2019 Lampman Cup champion Trevor Henry. "I'll tell you, when I saw him go up the inside, I thought, 'This is the best shot he's got,' and I couldn't believe it when he got through to win it. That was great. That was perfect." Woodstock resident Millard shares ownership of B Stoney with trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and Barry McClennan of Cavan, ON. In his five regular season starts B Stoney had not finished better than fourth, but Henry took full advantage of the Sunfire Blue Chip gelding's gifts and the racing luck they were given to deliver the biggest win of the pacer's career. To see the complete results from Saturday's program visit Super Final Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With an Island Breeders Championship win in her rearview mirror, After The Lovin continued the momentum in her Atlantic Sires Stakes consolation Saturday afternoon on the weekend of champions at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  Jason Hughes pointed the daughter of Carnivore to the lead in the $5,000 Atlantic Sires Stakes Breeder’s Crown consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies and never looked back through splits of 30, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4 over sloppy conditions. The final panel was unleashed in 29.3 to win by four-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Emilys Angel (Driven By Kenny Arsenault) was second and Pickpocketprincess (Adam Merner) was placed to third. Earl Watts trains After The Lovin for owners River Valley Management of Saint John, N.B., and Windemere Farms of Hampshire. Tomy Tag guarded the rail in the $5,000 two-year-old pacing colt consolation en route to a 2:02 victory for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside. The next two spots were occupied by Egamer (Arsenault) and Windemere Albert (Hughes). The two-year-old pacing filly consolation saw Elm Grove Ocean use first over tactics to win in 2:02.1 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Angus Gillis and owner Done For The Day Stable of New Waterford, N.S. Second went to Streakazana (Marc Campbell) with Lorne Valley Barb (Myles Heffernan Sr.) hitting the ticket for third after leaving from post 8. The final consolation race of the day had Spack Jarrow win the $5,000 three-year-old pacing colt class in 2:00.2 in line to Corey MacPherson for trainer Raymond White and owner Mike Slana of Belfast. A Grand Terror (Barrieau) was second while the $214.10 triactor was completed by Flowersonthebeach (David Dowling). For race replays and more click here. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieries, QC - Having had to take nearly two years off from the races due to injuries, has not slowed Histoire Enchantee at all as the five-year-old harness racing pacer headlines the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The gelded son of Shanghai Phil at age three was a terror on the racetrack, having won nearly $100,000 in purses with a record of 1:50.1. Histoire Enchantee is still owned by his breeder, Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel and he is trained by Maxime Velaye. "Histoire Enchantee was injured with the results of a severe suspensory," explained Velaye. "To make matters worse, it was not even a race injury. He had to be stopped training and immobilized in his stall for about ten months. This is the kind of injury that heals slowly over time. "After his successful season in 2017 at age 3, we stopped with him as usual," continued Velaye. "then we started again in the winter of 2017-2018 to be ready for the Quebec-Bred Series at age four. It was during this period that he was injured. Since his remarkable comeback this year, Histoire Enchantee sports three wins in six starts with two second place finishes. His currently record mile this season is 1:56.4, but he seems to get a little faster with every start. On Sunday, Histoire Enchantee starts from the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Gendron, who has driven him in all of his starts this year. He is listed as the morning line favorite and rightly so, having won three of his last four starts and was second last week, timed in 1:55.1. Histoire Enchantee shows early gate speed that should help him overcome his outside post position against a stellar field of competition. Rivals in the eighth race feature include Appleby Hanover (post one), who has won three of his last four starts; Kinnder Jackson (post two), Surf Report (post three) and Hooter Shooter (post 7). Post time Sunday at H3R is 1:00 pm. For additional information, a free race program, or to views the races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Crapaud, PE - It was a record setting day on PEI as for the first time in Atlantic Classic Sales history the total sales exceeded $1 million. Woodmere Fenn was the sale topper at $26,000, sold to Pat Morris of Charlottetown. The Rollwithitharry gelding was consigned by Woodmere Farms from their 1.50.3 record broodmare Four Starz Roe. Woodmere Farms also consigned the top selling filly Woodmere Cha Cha which sold for $ 23,750 to Morah Kerr, Phonsie MacEachern and Steve Downey. The top selling trotter was Infinite Force, consigned by Michael Clarey and Edward Blaisdell, and sold to Rick Adams for $10,500. Sale Manager Wayne Pike said "we were able to achieve $1.1 million in gross sales as a result of the tremendous support from our buyers, great quality offerings from our consignors, and increased support from the provincial government into the PEI Harness Racing Industry." Complete sale results can be found by clicking here. by Lee Drake for Atlantic Sale

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Fresh off a championship win last weekend, After The Lovin will search for a consolation crown on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. and newly minted Island Breeder's Final winner After The Lovin has post 3 in the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing filly consolation. Jason Hughes is back at the controls in the race 3 contest for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms and River Valley Management. Other top entries include Back In The Game (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Pickpocketprincess (Adam Merner). Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with After The Lovin for the top spot. "After The Lovin earned a new speed badge two back then followed it up with another one in her latest," MacIsaac said. "With her current form as good as it is a threepeat is certainly possible." Howmac Napoleon is the favourite in the race 7 $5,000 two-year-old pacing colt consolation with Merner in the seat for trainer Chris Davies and owner JTL Risk Stable of Port Morien, N.S. The Articulator rookie has won his last two starts heading into Saturday. Streakazana is the morning line favourite in the race 9 two-year-old pacing filly consolation for a $5,000 purse. Marc Campbell trains and drives the post 4 starter for owner Mcr Streakazana Group of Charlottetown. The final consolation of the day is the race 12 three-year-old pacing colt race with Don't Be A Hero the top choice with rail control in the $5,000 class for driver Hughes, trainer Watts and owners Windemere Farms, Harris Johnston and John Howatt. Honorable Darlene Compton, minister responsible for harness racing, will join Lee Drake on the Inside Track at 12:05pm. The interview segment will air on the Race Day broadcast network at redshores.ca Champions To Be Crowned On Red Shores Sunday CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Divisional dominance has been the name of the game for Red Dirt Boomer and he will look for the cherry on top on Atlantic Breeder's Crown championship Sunday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with Red Dirt Boomer putting his seven-race winning streak to the test in race 12 of the program in the $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts. Trainer Gilles Barrieau handles the driving duties of Red Dirt Boomer from post 4 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Oleksiak will look for redemption in the race 10 Atlantic Breeder's Crown for three-year-old pacing fillies as the daughter of Articulator has post 1 in the $20,000 event after seeing her win streak snapped in her latest. David Dowling is back in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms, Hollis Newsom, Debbie Denney and Ric McNutt. With his breaking issues in the past, Woodmere Rollnpop was a convincing winner last week and will try for more of the same in the race 8 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old colt pace for a $20,000 purse. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the son of Rollwithitharry for owners Morah Kerr and Phonsie MacEachern of Nova Scotia. Na Naa Said So is the favourite in the race 6 $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old pacing filly final from post 5 for the team of driver Redmond Doucet, trainer Robert MacLeod and Nova Scotia owners Hugh and Ali MacEachern. The rivalry resumes between Mabou Ridge (MacDonald) and Tequila Tuesday (Myles Heffernan Sr.) in the $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown two-year-old trot final Erwin Andrew Memorial in race 2 sponsored by Meridian Farms and the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association. Tequila Tuesday got the better of Mabou Ridge last week in the Island Breeder's final and the former has post 4 to work from this week. With six straight wins, Gettin Messi is the favourite in the $9,000 three-year-old trot final Louis McIsaac Memorial in race 4 with Mike McGuigan driving from post 3 for trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The son of Amrbro Barrister has won his last six starts heading into Sunday championship. The memorial final is also presented by Meridian Farms and PEI Harness Racing Industry Association. Also on the program is a $3,000 Open Trot Class in race 7, a $4,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in race 9 and a $6,000 Invitational Pace in race 13. The Race Day TV network, presented by City of Charlottetown and Xplornet, will carry all the action live from the Charlottetown based location. Lee Drake, Peter MacPhee, Vance Cameron and Ken Warkentin will host Championship Sunday. Varadero Hanover Looks For Upset Repeat SUMMERSIDE, PE - After shocking the tote board and betting public in last week's top event, Varadero Hanover has his work cut out for him to repeat that magic on a special Monday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 11-dash Monday card has a 1 P.M. post time with Varadero Hanover leaving from post 5 in the race 10 top event for a $2,500 purse. Ken Murphy supplied the upset last week and will be in the race bike again Monday for trainer Jeff Wallace and owner Bobby Gordon of Elmsdale. Riding a perfect two-hole trip, Varadero Hanover was at 13-1 odds when he hit the wire first in last week's top class. Also in the Monday afternoon feature is post 1 starter Pictonian Storm with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for trainer Wade Sorrie with a win and a second in his last two. Nogreatmischief rallied late for a third place finish in last week's top event and has post 4 this week for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie while Mando Fun cut out all the action in that race to finish second. Mando Fun leaves from post 3 on Monday with Gilles Barrieau back in the driver's seat. Rounding out the field if post 2 starter Mantario for the combo of driver Norris Rogers and trainer Alex Sobey. The backstretch beat in Monday program pegs Nogreatmischief for top spot on the podium. "What a performance from Nogreatmischief weaving through traffic to hit the ticket in his latest," reads the beat. "If he doesn't have so much to try and do late in the mile this week he could mop up the whole field. Top call." The $2,100 back-up pace lines up in race 8 with Best To Hurst the morning line favourite with rail control for driver Barrieau, trainer Earl Watts and owners Neal Moase of Warren Grove, Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Roger Burns of North Rustico. The class dropping son of Cambest has recorded five wins so far this season including a 1:54.3 victory over Red Shores Charlottetown. Other top entrants are Coasttocoastshark (Driven by Murphy) and Heart And Soul (Cheverie). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - OCT. 10, 2019 - On Super Final night, Saturday, Oct. 12 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, each Ontario Sires Stakes Gold harness racing division has been whittled down to the very best. Post position will matter, and racing luck may play a role, but when it comes down to which horse is crowned champion the deciding factor is often something that is not so easily measured. "If you could see it and just buy it, the person with the deepest pockets would always have the best horses, but because of that intangible that we cannot see - whether that horse has that drive, desire, that 'It' that we can't see - sometimes it comes down to the athlete," said trainer Rob Fellows, who will send out three-year-old trotting colt All Wrapped Up in the seventh of the eight Super Final divisions. "You look at some of the horses this year, like obviously the good horse of Nancy Johansson's (Tall Dark Stranger) everybody loved him, everybody saw that 'It' and they paid a lot for him, but the little one that Chantal (Mitchell, Alicorn) has, everybody overlooked her because of her size, but she had that 'It' in her." All Wrapped Up will start from Post 7 in the $225,000 Super Final for Rockwood resident Fellows and his co-owners Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON and Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister of Beaumont, AB where the Archangel son will pit his competitive desire against division point leader and Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade. In 10 Gold Series starts over the last two years Forbidden Trade has only been bested twice. The son of Kadabra was the two-year-old trotting colt Super Final champion and will look to defend his title from Post 9 in the ninth race on Saturday. Trainer Luc Blais will also start a trio of young hopefuls in the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding Super Final for owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Crossfit Mouse will start from Post 1, division point leader Port Perry gets Post 2 and Threefiftytwo will start from the outside Post 10 in the sixth race. "It's a long process to bring a horse to the races you know. It's lots of training, lots of work, and you try to build the best way you think," said Blais, adding that Forbidden Trade started to show his potential as a two-year-old when the training miles started to get serious. "It was easy for him to do that, very easy, we didn't know how good he was going to be, but it was easy. You can feel he's got power, you can feel that, but what he's going to do with that power, you can't feel that." Blais has won at least one Super Final every year since 2016 and says each one of his provincial champions - Forbidden Trade, On A Sunny Day, Warrawee Roo and Emoticon Hanover - had a different quality that made them successful. "They are different. They are all different," said the Campbellville resident. "Every athlete is different, every athlete has got a story and those horses they are very unique. They've got personality and they are very unique, but one thing they've got the same, they are very professional." Dr. Ian Moore will start three horses in two Super Final divisions on Saturday and the Cambridge resident said that a professional, positive attitude might be the biggest early indicator of success. "The go-ahead attitude, the right attitude, will show fairly early, as well as the wrong attitude," said Dr. Moore. "And sometimes, in my experience with young horses, that doesn't change. If they've got kind of a so-so or poor attitude from the get-go it often follows from there." Moore will send division point leader Century Farroh out from Post 3 in the three-year-old pacing colt and gelding Super Final and Denali Seelster and Tattoo Artist from Posts 6 and 7 in the two-year-old pacing colt and gelding test. Denali Seelster and Tattoo Artist will benefit from the absence of undefeated Tall Dark Stranger in the two-year-old pacing colt and gelding showdown. Trainer Nancy Johansson opted to skip the Super Final and focus the Metro Pace winner's preparations toward the Oct. 18 Breeders Crown eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Only five horses have stepped up to face Century Farroh and Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show in the sophomore pacing colt battle. Century Farroh heads into Race 8 on a streak of eight wins in Ontario Sires Stakes action, three of them at the Grassroots level as a two-year-old, where he was the season-ending champion, and five of them in the Gold Series this season. "He was just an average two-year-old, but then at the end of his two-year-old season he started changing in his body structure and his mental ability and the last four starts he got really good," said Dr. Moore, who conditions Mach Three son Century Farroh for Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. "Good horses have a tremendous will and desire and competitive spirit to want to beat everything that's around them. Some horses show that fairly early in training, where other horses may take a little while to mature mentally as well as physically before they'll show you that. It might take a couple races, it might take a whole summer season - as in Century Farroh's case last year - or it could show up very early." In the case of two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn, that will and desire emerged in her first lifetime start when she closed in :26.2 to finish second by a nose. Since then the daughter of Bettors Delight has recorded six wins and two more seconds in 10 starts, including three Gold Series wins, two of them in Ontario Sires Stakes record time. She will make a bid for a seventh win from Post 6 in Saturday's second race. "To me, the thing that kind of sets her apart from another horse is she's just so smart. In a race, for example, you can put her on the front, you can take her back, you can do whatever you want and she's smart," said trainer Chantal Mitchell. "She's got that little bit of character, that little bit of grittiness where she's going to bite, and she's going to kick at you and she's going to push you around, but then when you go to walk her to the paddock or something she walks like a little puppy dog beside you, she's not silly, she doesn't do anything crazy, nothing gets her worked up." Hamilton resident Mitchell trains the division point leader for Windermere Stable of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA and said, like many other exceptional racehorses, there is no nonsense to Alicorn when it comes to the business of racing. "It's like they're born to do it, their brain, their mindset never changes. Any time I've had a good horse, whether it was mine or someone else's, that's usually what it is, they're just automatically professionals and I think that's what sets the good ones apart," said Mitchell. "And I think that's where I put her - she's there to do her business and she doesn't think anything more of it, she does what she has to do and that's it. And when she's racing she wants to win, she wants to do her job and she's happy to do it." The first of eight provincial champions will be crowned in Saturday's first race, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. The other Super Finals will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 on the $1.8 million Woodbine Mohawk Park program. Complete entries for Saturday, Oct. 12 are available at Super Final Entries. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Guelph - ON, Oct, 10, 2019 Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) has partnered with Equine Guelph to offer their license holders online industry training on The Horse Portal. The partnership offers trainers, grooms, owners, jockeys, drivers and other current license holders significant savings on short online courses that aim to give their racehorses a competitive edge.   "Through The Horse Portal, horse caregivers can access common sense, practical training that can be used on a daily basis," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. "Equine Guelph is pleased to partner with Horse Racing Alberta, bringing racehorse owners and caregivers together to learn about optimizing equine health and performance as a community. A healthy horse is a top performer."   Equine Guelph has been a pioneer and global leader in online education for equine professionals since its inception in 2003. The newest initiative, The Horse Portal, was launched in 2017 and became a national success, partnering with ten English-speaking provincial equestrian federations across Canada. It is a partnership platform for the equine community, available to everyone in the equine industry.   The Horse Portal has quickly grown to include youth organizations, international safety associations, and horse racing partners including Ontario Racing and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission in Ontario. Each partner has its own customized webpage on the portal. Horse Racing Alberta licence holders will be able to access their page and 15% course discount at www.TheHorsePortal.ca/HRA   Upcoming online short courses include:   Sickness Prevention in Horses: Oct 21 - Nov 1 Gut Health & Colic Prevention: Nov 11 - 29 Horse Behaviour & Safety: Nov 25 - Dec 6   "HRA is pleased to partner with Equine Guelph to provide an online training program for the horse racing industry in Alberta," says Kent Verlik, CEO of Horse Racing Alberta. "These courses will be invaluable to assist HRA license holders in achieving top performance with their racehorses."   Horse Racing Alberta's mission is to lead and enable a healthy, vibrant and progressive racing industry to function in the province of Alberta with high integrity and self-regulated responsibility.   Horse Racing Alberta and Equine Guelph look forward to working with all three sectors of the Alberta racing community, Quarter horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbreds to further strengthen the unity of the racing community and help licence holders deliver the best possible care for their horses.   Register today at TheHorsePortal.ca/HRA! No prior online learning experience required. Flexible schedule.     From Equine Guelph University  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Every year Gilles Barrieau is amongst the top percentage harness racing drivers in all of Canada and Thursday evening was a shining example of his prowess at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Saint John, N.B., reinsman had five wins on the Thursday evening program coupled with three second-place finishes and a single third place finish from 10 drives. Barrieau kicked the action off winning the race 2 Lady Slipper eligible two-year-old filly pace for a $2,500 pot with Thebossisagirl in 2:00.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown. Finnish Your Way (1:59.4) was a dominate winner in race 4 from the Barrieau stable then newcomer Summit City Nate (1:59.1) delivered as the favourite for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Cougar Gal (1:59.3) provided an upset in race 8 for trainer Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown then Barrieau and Matheson reunited to win the featured pace in the finale with Collective Wisdom in 1:58.1. The five-bagger pushes Barrieau to 83 wins at the capital oval as he trails first-place driver Marc Campbell at 96 victories. Pineapple Express broke his maiden in the $2,500 O'Brien eligible three-year-old colt pace for non-winners of $3,000 lifetime. William MacKay of Breadalbane trains and drives the son of Articulator as he paced in 2:01.3. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

It's hard to believe but today (down under, tomorrow in North America) harness racing's www.harnesslink.com celebrates its 17th birthday.  Harnesslink is the brainchild of international horse agent, John Curtin (J.C. International), who 17 years ago saw a need for a world-wide harness racing website that put online the latest harness racing news from around the globe. John says, "Our policy is to keep improving every single day - 365 days of the year. We have staff working every day of the year to bring you all the latest harness racing news from every corner of the world. When Harnesslink launched in 2002 there were only four harness racing websites on the internet, so we've been in a unique position to have watched the harness racing community embrace the technological world during this time. It has been our pleasure to keep harness racing fans around the world informed of what is happening within our sport. We are projected to have over 3 million unique IP users in 2019, which will make Harnesslink the world’s most read harness racing site. "We will also have some blockbuster improvements to our website shortly," Curtin added.  We are still looking for ways to improve and provide you, our customers, with better coverage throughout the world, we continously strive to do this! We currently have more than 170,000 photos in our library and over 250,000 articles. If any of our readers have a worthy news item, please feel free to send it to news@harnesslink.com and we will do our best, as always, to print your article. We'd like to thank all of you for coming back regularly to read Harnesslink, if you're reading this you're obviously one of our faithful followers and we thank you. From the staff at Harnesslink

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With pylon control, Mrs Dragonfire will look to avenge her narrow loss in her latest start in the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday evening presentation gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with the featured pacing lining up in the evening finale for a $2,000 purse. The race 12 top event has Mrs Dragonfire leaving from post 1 in the field of pacing mares with Dale Spence in the bike for owner-trainer Reg Ferguson of Charlottetown. The four-year-old daughter of Dragon Again recovered from an early break in stride last week to rally late and finish second by a neck in 1:59.4. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for that start but the New Brunswick reinsman has elected to drive post 5 starter Collective Wisdom from the Jackie Matheson stable on Thursday. Post 7 belongs to Rocknrols Image with Jason Hughes at the lines fresh off a 1:58.1 front end victory. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees redemption in Mrs Dragonfire's future. "An early break, a long tough trip and broken equipment should be enough of an indication that last time out it simply wasn't her day but to her credit she still ended up second," MacIsaac said. "Off that performance and with rail control tonight she's quite possibly the one to beat." Also in the field is Elm Grove Misty (Driven by Dave Kelly), Dorabella (Ken Murphy), Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). The Town Of Stratford Pace lines up behind the starting gate in race 4 with Finnish Your Way looking to overcome post 8 in her three-year-old debut after winning his last two starts as a rookie last fall. Barrieau trains and drives the daughter of Bettors Delight for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Bloomingwood Farms Ltd., of Ontario. Other top entries include Naxos (Kenny Arsenault) and Vintage Winner (Murphy). Race 2 on the card is a $2,500 event for Lady Slipper eligible two-year-old fillies with Thebossisagirl favoured from post 5 for driver Barrieau and trainer Jackie Matheson. Race 6 is a class for Joe O'Brien Memorial eligible three-year-old pacing colts for a $2,500 pot and Silverhilllightnin is the top choice with Myles Heffernan Sr., driving for trainer Stacey Lund. Summit City Nate makes his debut in the race 7 trot with Barrieau driving the Earl Watts trainee for owner Eric Johnston of Summerside. The Justice Hall seven-year-old last raced in July at Georgian Downs finishing fifth while individually timed in 1:56.4. The winner of 28 races and $203,033 in career earnings just qualified at Red Shores Summerside in 1:59.4. For live video, race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

A little less than a week remains to the deadline for potential harness racing supplements to the three-year-old and older Crown races and for world champion Bold Eagle, the sole invitee to the Breeders Crown Trot, to declare. Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 14, in the race office of Woodbine Mohawk Park, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. France's Bold Eagle must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 14. All Breeders Crown eligible horses must declare in by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Supplemental declaration amounts are listed below. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: https://www.hambletonian.com/s/How-to-3YO-Open-BC-Supplements.pdf The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. You can access the Woodbine Mohawk Park Condition Sheet here: https://woodbine.com/mohawk/horsepeople/ Eliminations, if needed, will occur for two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 18 with a post time of 7:50 pm. [EDT] Three-year-old and open eliminations, if needed, will race Saturday, Oct. 19, with a post time of 7:10 p.m. [EDT] All eliminations will race for a minimum of $25,000. Eliminations occur when more than eleven (11), but less than fourteen (14) horses enter. There will be a single elimination to "qualify" only enough horses that can be accommodated by the number of positions in the front tier of the starting gate as follows: In the Open Trot, the invited winners of the designated foreign "classic" races that are declared, shall automatically advance to the Final regardless of earnings. If eliminations are required and one or more of the foreign invitees automatically advance to the final, the North American-based horse with the highest seasonal money earnings in that year, as determined below, may likewise automatically advance to the final. From the other declared horses, those with the least total earnings in the period from January 1 of that year up to time of declaration, will be selected to race in a single elimination field with no more starters than can score in a single tier with no trailers. Money earnings for races outside of Canada will be calculated at the exchange rate as determined by Standardbred Canada. If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. All Two-Year-Old races will be held Friday, Oct. 25 with an early post time of 7:00 p.m. [EDT]. Three-Year-Old and Open events will race Saturday, Oct. 26, also with an early post of 7:00 p.m. [EDT] For more information and racing conditions click https://www.hambletonian.com/2019-breeders-crown-information.html, or call 609-371-2211. From Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

MILTON, ON - October 7, 2019 - On October 18, join industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Brent Stone (Director, AGCO Regulatory Compliance Branch), Jessica Buckley (President, Woodbine Mohawk Park) and Jim Lawson (CEO, Woodbine Entertainment) for a panel discussion on topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario. This event is by invitation only and has limited capacity. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat. Attendees must RSVP by Friday, October 11, 2019. The event will take place in the COSA Premium Lounge, a temporary structure on the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron that will be used throughout Breeders Crown week. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The panel discussion begins promptly at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The panel will be answering attendee questions which you can submit in advance by sending your query to InTouch@Woodbine.com before Monday October 14, 2019. Please click here or to go https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stronger-together-wmp-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-tickets-73333060157 to register. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Being the longest shot on the board meant nothing to Varadero Hanover as he upset the Sunday afternoon featured harness racing pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Taking a perfect two-hole ride in the $2,600 top class, Ken Murphy drove by in the stretch to win with Varadero Hanover at 13-1 odds in 1:56.2. Jeff Wallace trains the nine-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Bobby Gordon of Elmsdale. Mando Fun (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) circled up to finish third. Dusty Lane Cortez delivered as the favourite in the race 4 Isabelle and Ivan Cameron Memorial pace with a 1:58.1 mile for driver David Dowling and trainer Devon Wallace of Alberton. The Leon Stewart Memorial saw O Christopher win in 2:01.2 with Norris Rogers in the bike for trainer Lester Stewart of Albany. The race 6 Cecil Stewart Memorial had Myambrose supply a mild upset in 1:59.4 for driver Murphy and trainer Carl MacDougall of Ellerslie while the Lester Chappell Memorial had Badlands Giovanna prevail from post 8 in line to Jason Hughes for owner Stephen Sweet of Springfield West. JJ Powerball was an open-length winner in the Bob MacInnis Memorial pace for the combination of driver Myles Heffernan Sr., and trainer Wade Sorrie. Time of the mile was 1:56.3. Gilles Barrieau had a driving triple on the program winning the opener with Still Owing (2:02.1) for trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown, Souverain in 1:56.2 for trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington and with Disneyman in 1:59.4 from his own stable. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores