Day At The Track

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Appleby Hanover put in a super gusty first-over mile in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The feature race began with three-horses racing three-wide to the opening quarter mile. It was Surf Report (Tyler Jones) who took the lead away from Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), who had taken the lead from D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy). They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. As the field came past the grandstand the second time, it was driver Stephane Gendron coming first-over with Appleby Hanover and they were nearly able to collar Surf Report past the half mile marker in :56.3. With Bali (Stephane Brosseau) racing second-over and race favorite Ufdragons Rocket (Pascal Berube) third-over, it was still Surf Report battling with Appleby Hanover at the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Coming down the stretch was when Appleby Hanover was able to find another gear, wearing down Surf Report and going on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Surf Report held for second place with Ufdragons Rocket third. It was the third straight win this year for Appleby Hanover, a six-year-old stallion bu Well Said, trained and co-owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. His mile was the fastest of the afternoon. Sent off at odds of 7-1, Appleby Hanover paid $16.70 to win. Sultan D Or saw his four-race winning streak come to a close in the 7th race trot. Unbeaten in four starts this year, Sultan D Or started from post nine in the second tier and has problems getting behind the starting gate and was never in the hunt. Massmade and driver Stephane Brosseau upset the field at 8-1, winning in 1:59 and paying $18.20 to win. Sultan D Or is still the winningest horse at H3R this season. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers Sunday with three wins while Marc Andre Simoneau was the leading trainer with two wins from his stable. All nine of the races Sunday were timed in under 2:00. Management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the Hippodrome 3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Finals on Saturday, July 13 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. That weekend there will be live racing at the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Harness racing's "hottest mare in the land" Shartin N was just far too good in the only $35,000 elimination of the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Trained by Jim King Jr. the daughter of Tintin In America with Tim Tetrick aboard drove to the front just after the 26.2 first quarter and jogged easily to a smart 1:48.4 winning her 33rd race from just 45 starts, Shartin N now has earnings of $1,561,155 in the bank. With a 26 second last half off the front Shartin N made it difficult for any other horse to make ground. Caviat Ally ran second and Yourmycandygirl ran third. Two eye catching runs behind Shartin N were Bettor Joy, who stormed home from 14 lengths behind at the first quarter mark to record one of the fastest quarters recorded, a 25 second final burst to get up for a fast closing close fifth and Seaswift Joy who came home strongly in 25.2 to finish fourth. The field for the Final next Saturday is already drawn as below. 4 -- Pace, purse $330,000 (EX, P3, SU, TR, Y4) ROSES ARE RED - FINAL - FILLIES & MARES - 3 YEAR OLDS & OLDER. Post time: 07:30 P.M. Lasix: 03:15 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Tequila Monday(L) M Kakaley H Oakes 2 Caviart Ally(L) A Mccarthy B Pelling 3 Youaremycandygirl(L) Y Gingras R Burke 4 Shartin N(L) Ti Tetrick J King 5 Bettor Joy N Ti Tetrick J King 6 Dont Think Twice A B Sears A Harris 7 Alexis Faith B Mcclure C Coleman 8 Bettors Up(L) M Kakaley N Surick 9 Seaswift Joy N(L) D Mcnair T Alagna 10 Kissin In The Sand S Zeron N Johansson 11 Double A Mint(L) L Roy R Moreau

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred took control early and never relinquished it on his way to victory in the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. David Dowling sent his trainee to the front in the $2,900 preferred pace and laid down splits of 28.1, 57.1 and 1:25.4 with being heeded by a challenger. The time of the mile was closed out in 1:54.2 with Revenant (Driven by Adam Merner) was second and Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) completed the triactor. Euchred is owned by Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Driver Gilles Barrieau scored four wins on the evening card including a win with A Grand Terror in one of two Maritime Breeder's eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts. The son of Camystic stopped the clock in 1:58.2 in his $3,000 elimination for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of Saint John, N.B. Whipple Effect was second in that elimination while Dusty Lane Cortez and Lets Get Pickled also made next Saturday's finals. Barrieau's other wins were with Brads Buddy in 1:57.2, Santanna Sass in 1:56.3 and with Sodwana Bay in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open with a clocking of 1:56.4. Notorious won the other $3,000 Maritime Breeder's three-year-old pacing colt elimination in 1:58.2 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Nova Scotia owner Shirley Symes of Springhill. Mrs Browns Boy got up for second with R Es Daz third and Red Dirt Boomer fourth to make the final. Trainer Joe Baxter of Windsor, N.S., swept the three-year-old pacing filly Maritime Breeder's eliminations as Im A Miracle prevailed by a neck in 1:59.2 for driver Dale Spence and owner Gary Cave of Halifax, N.S. Arc Light was a hard closing second with Therealdeal third and Woodmere Tango fourth. Elm Grove Nellie completed the Baxter double in the other $3,000 elimination with Walter Cheverie supplying the winning drive in 1:59.2 for owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Cheeky Cherry hung on for second with the final spots going to Howmac Sabrina and Woodmere Oleksiak. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

MILTON, June 8, 2019 - The harness racing field is set for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup following a pair of $50,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park Bettors Wish and Workin Ona Mystery captured the elimination contests to earn the right to select their post-position in the $1 million final. The top-five finishers from each split advanced to Canada's richest Standardbred race. The first elimination took an unexpected turn when favourite Captain Crunch made a break entering the first-turn, which opened the door for Bettors Wish and driver Dexter Dunn. Air Force Hanover got around a breaking Captain Crunch to post an opening-quarter of :26.2. Bettors Wish and Dunn circled to the top from second entering the backstretch. Hurrikane Emperor made a backside rush from fourth and led by a neck at the half in :56.2, before clearing as they hit the far turn. Captain Crunch reset after his first-turn break and grinded away on the outside through the middle-half, sitting third at three-quarters. Hurrikane Emperor paced a :26.3 third-quarter to lead into the lane. In the stretch, Bettors Wish shot up the inside on Hurrikane Emperor to win in a career-best 1:49.3. De Los Cielos Deo rallied from eighth with an incredible :25 final-quarter to finish second by a length. Best In Show came from sixth to finish third. Hurrikane Emperor battled to finish fourth, while Captain Crunch made the final by gutting out a fifth-place finish. Trained by Chris Ryder, Bettors Wish came into his Cup elimination undefeated in three starts this season. The son of Bettors Delight had most recently crushed his rivals in the $300,000 Art Rooney. "The good thing about this horse is he is so versatile where he seems to be able to handle whatever is going on around him," said Dunn of Bettors Wish after seeing Captain Crunch make a break. "He's the kind of horse that makes you feel full of confidence when you sit behind him. "Coming into today we had a really good draw, but we were up against a hot field, so you never know, but like I said he's versatile and gives you a lot of confidence." Bettors Wish now sports career numbers of nine wins and $550,488 earned for owners Ryder, Bella Racing Limited, Fair Island Farm Inc. and Kenneth Solomon. A $2 win ticket on the Ontario sired Bettors Wish returned $8.60. Bettors Wish Reinsman Tim Tetrick recorded a milestone victory in the second Cup elimination with Workin Ona Mystery. Trained by Brian Brown, Workin Ona Mystery grabbed the lead in the second-quarter and powered away to a career-best 1:49 victory to give Tetrick his 11,000th career victory. "I want to say this win is for my father, I hope he's doing good and watching back home," said Tetrick following the victory. "I've come a long way from a small town in southern Illinois. I've been very fortunate and hopefully this isn't my last milestone." A son of Captaintreacherous, Workin Ona Mystery improved to three for three this season with the elimination victory. The Brown trainee has only suffered one loss in nine career starts and has amassed $183,817 in earnings for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith and Wingfield Brothers LLC. "He likes to race and every time I put him up close he can just go forever it seems like," said Tetrick. "Brian (Brown) said he was ready and most of his always are ready and he wasn't lying, colt raced super, big mile." A $2 win ticket on Workin Ona Mystery returned $3.70. Workin Ona Mystery Brown trainee Air Force Hanover, who finished sixth in the first elimination, won the draw to be the also eligible in next Saturday's final. The post-position draw for next Saturday's $1 million final will take place Tuesday afternoon during a special luncheon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, June 8, 2019 - Sophomore pacing fillies battled on Saturday evening's harness racing card at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the eliminations of the Fan Hanover. A group of 19 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into a pair of $35,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each advanced to next week's $454,000 final. Treacherous Reign overcame a post-ten start to win the first elimination in a career-best 1:50. The Tony Alagna trainee and driver Dexter Dunn fired from the far outside to get away fourth and made a second-quarter move to the top. Sent off as the public's top-choice, Treacherous Reign posted fractions of :56 and 1:23.2 before sprinting home in :26.3 to win by 2½ lengths. Beautyonthebeach finish second, while Trillions Hanover was third. The top-five was completed by Deb and St Somewhere. "(Dexter Dunn) said she just gets over the ground so easy that you don't even realize what she's doing," said Alagna. "He said she had plenty of go and grabbed up down by the wire, which is how you want any elimination to go." A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Treacherous Reign is now three for three this season. The Pennsylvania Sires Stakes standout has won seven of 15 career starts, earning nearly $290,000 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham. A $2 win ticket on Trecherous Reign returned $3.90. Trecherous Reign Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut captured the second division by also making a second-quarter move to the top and never looking back. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Warrawee Ubeaut grabbed command after being parked fourth at the quarter. The Ron Burke trainee posted fractions of :55.3 and 1:22.4 before sprinting home in :26.2 to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:49.1. "I knew I was going to be maybe first up from fifth or sixth, which was too far to come, so just let her grind her way to the front and she took care of the rest," said Gingras. "I think tonight she was good as she's been. 1:49.1 here, as easy as she did it tonight, it's a scary mile." Tall Drink Hanover finished second, while Stonebridge Soul was third. Beach Bar and Powerful Chris completed the top-five. A daughter of Sweet Lou, Warrawee Ubeaut is now three for three this season. The Ron Burke trainee has won 10 of 15 career starts to earn over $721,115 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb, Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Warrawee Ubeaut paid $3.60. Warrawee Ubeaut The post-position draw for the $454,000 Fan Hanover final took place following the eliminations. 1. Tall Drink Hanover by Captaintreacherous 2. Deb by Sportswriter 3. Treacherous Reign by Captaintreacherous 4. Warrawee Ubeaut by Sweet Lou 5. Trillions Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 6. St Somewhere by American Ideal 7. Powerful Chris by Betterthancheddar 8. Beach Bar by Somebeachsomewhere 9. Stonebridge Soul by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Beautyonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere AE: Sunny Dee by Sunshine Beach Mark McKelvie

The first session of 2019 baby races at Woodbine Mohawk Park is in the books after a 13-dash harness racing qualifying session on Saturday (June 8). Anotherstarisborn opened the session with a strong performance. The daughter of Thinking Out Loud - Tell Me Everything forged to the front from post seven, paced unchallenged through fractions of :31, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3 before sprinting home in :28 to pass her test with flying colours and earn a 1:59.3 speed badge. Toonietina (Randy Waples) stayed with her in the pocket to finish second by two lengths with Beach Boutique (Sylvain Filion) in third. To read the full article click here

MILTON, June 7, 2019 - Records were matched and broken in Friday evening's Armbro Flight harness racing eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 16 star trotting mares clashed in a pair of $35,000 Armbro Flight eliminations with Ron Burke trainees Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover putting on a show. Superstar Atlanta delivered possibly the easiest-looking Canadian record-equaling performance in recent memory with a dazzling 1:51 victory in the first split. The clocking equaled Hannelore Hanover's record set in the 2016 Armbro Flight. Not one to share the spotlight, Hannelore Hanover went out and broke the record in the second elimination by posting a 1:50.3 mile. The clocking was not only a record for trotting mares, but also the fastest trotting mile in Canadian racing history. The previous record of 1:50.4 was set in 2012 by Mister Herbie. Yannick Gingras steered both mares to the record miles on Friday evening. "I'm going to talk to Ronnie," said Gingras when asked which mare he will select for the final. "It's going to be a team decision, I've got to talk to him and see what he thinks and go from there." In the first elimination, Atlanta circled around Dream Together entering the backstretch to grab command. The four-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven reached the half in a modest :56.4 before ramping things up for the back-half. Atlanta                                --New Image Media Appearing to never break a sweat, Atlanta trotted a :27.2 third-quarter followed by a :26.4 final-quarter to win by 7 ¼ lengths in 1:51. "She was unreal tonight," said Gingras following the victory. "Last week I didn't think she was a hundred percent, but tonight she was definitely back in form. I had a lot left." Gingras felt that Atlanta could've broke the record with ease. "There is no doubt she could've gone in (1):50 really easily. I still think there is room for improvement. I wouldn't be surprised if she goes under (1):50 soon, but we will worry about that when we get there." Plunge Blue Chip finished second, while P L Jill was third. The top-five was completed by Highland Top Hill and Royal Witch. Atlanta is now undefeated in three starts this season with $117,000 earned for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. The 2018 Hambletonian champion sports impressive career numbers of 15 wins and nearly $1.3 million earned. Atlanta paid $2.20 to win. Hannelore Hanover came into the Armbro Flight elimination as the three-time defending champion. Gingras hustled Hannelore Hanover out to the top, clearing after a :27.2 opening-quarter. The seven-year-old cruised by the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover trotted home in :26.4, the same final-quarter as Atlanta, to win by 4 ¼ lengths in a historic time of 1:50.3. Top Expectations finished second, while Emoticon Hanover was third. The top-five was completed by Weslynn Dancer and The Erm. "She's back," said Gingras. "She's sound as a dollar right now. She was really sharp in the post-parade, but once she hit the last turn she was trotting real strong and felt like her old self." A winner of over $3 million, Hannelore Hanover has been dominating the aged trotting ranks for several seasons. The daughter of Swan For All came into the elimination off a seventh-place finish in her lone start this season. Her victory Friday gives her 43 for her career. A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $6.50. Sophomore trotters were also in action Friday for the eliminations of the Goodtimes. A group of 18 were split into a pair of $30,000 divisions. Forbidden Trade angled out of the two-hole late for a 1:53.1 victory in the first elimination. Driven by Bob McClure, Forbidden Trade showed early speed to grab the lead and post a :27.2 opening-quarter. Favourite Swandre The Giant moved from third to first in the second-quarter and posted middle-half fractions of :56.2 and 1:26.1. In the stretch, Swandre The Giant put away rivals pressuring on the outside and tried to sprint away. However, McClure angled Forbidden Trade out in the final-eighth and the son of Kadabra responded to clear racetrack by charging up along side and picking off Swandre The Giant to win by a neck. "I didn't have him until the wire," said McClure following the victory. "I figured if I could get to the front he would be coming, and it worked out good. "He grew up a lot, matured a lot and has always been really fast. He got a nice trip and took advantage of it." Smart As Hill, who came first-up in the third-quarter, finished third. The top-five was completed by Super Schissel and Only For Justice. Forbidden Trade was making his second start of the season Friday after finishing second in his season debut. The Blais trainee won seven of 11 starts and earned $300,436 last season to earn an O'Brien Award for owner Determination. A $2 win ticket on Forbidden Trade returned $12.80. Pilot Discretion kept his perfect record alive with a career-best 1:52 mile in the second Goodtimes split. Pilot Discretion                        --New Image Media Driven by Andrew McCarthy, Pilot Discretion was quickly moved out from fourth entering the backstretch but had to spend the next quarter on the outside before finally clearing at a sizzling half of :55.1. The Tony Alagna trained Pilot Discretion wasn't bothered and proceeded to hit three-quarters in 1:24 before trotting home in :28 to secure a 3 ½ lengths score. Southwind Avenger finished second, while Dream Nation was third. Jumpshot and Knight Angel completed the top-five. A son of Muscle Hill, Pilot Discretion is now five for five in his young career. The Alagna trainee was racing for the third time this season and has now earned $41,000 for owners Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson and John Fodera. "He's just been really good this year coming back," said Alagna. "We were so high on the colt last year, but he just wasn't ready to go. We raced him twice at Lexington for experience and had hoped to race him in the Valley Victory and he got sick on us, so we put him away for the year. "He trained back great in Florida this winter. We were high leaving Florida and hoping he would do what he's doing right now. Alagna pegged the Goodtimes as a perfect spot for Pilot Discretion's Grand Circuit debut. "David Anderson owns the colt with Robert LeBlanc and they're from Canada originally and of course in partnership with John Fodera. It's a fun group to have a horse for of this caliber and we thought it would be a great time to try the stakes trail with this horse." A $2 win ticket on Pilot Discretion returned $3.20. The post-position draws for the $256,000 Armbro Flight and $247,000 Goodtimes took place following Friday's eliminations. $256,000 Armbro Flight 1. Royal Witch 2. Weslynn Dancer 3. Hannelore Hanover 4. Atlanta 5. The Erm 6. Top Expectations 7. Highland Top Hill 8. P L Jill 9. Plunge Blue Chip 10. Emoticon Hanover AE: Dream Together   $247,000 Goodtimes 1. Only For Justice 2. Swandre The Giant 3. Pilot Discretion 4. Forbidden Trade 5. Super Schissel 6. Smart As Hill 7. Dream Nation 8. Southwind Avenger 9. Jumpshot 10. Knight Angel AE: Trix And Stone   Replays available at www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Races 3,5,6,8)   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

Trois-Rivieres, QC - One of only two mares in the field against six male rivals, Talbotcreek Suzie and driver Stephane Brosseau showed their heels to the field in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Invitational Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Leaving from post five, Brosseau sent Talbotcreek Suzie right to the front with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) leaving and grabbing the two-hole seat. Then before the opening quarter mile in :28.3, driver Justin Filion came first-over with Kinnder Dangerous, but they were unable to clear to the lead and ended up parked first-over the entire mile. Talbotcreek Suzie was able to maintain control as they passed the half mile marker in :57.3 with Kinnder Dangerous sitting right on her shoulder. They raced down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn, driver Pascal Berube had Holiday Party in high gear as they circled four-wide with plenty of speed. Down the stretch, Kinnder Dangerous began to fade, Holiday Party continued to close well but Talbotcreek Suzie was game to the wire, winning by a head over Holiday Party with Missionoftheheart third. For Talbotcreek Suzie, a seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was her fourth victory of the season for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. She paid $8.50 to win. Harness racing trainer/driver, RichardTalbotcreek "The Black Cat" Simard, made a triumph return to racing Friday, winning the 5th race trot with Orlys Fury ($22.50). It was back on April 20 that Simard fell with a horse at the farm and broke his wrist. This was his first pari-mutuel drive since the accident. Simard also trains Orlys Fury. Pierre Luc Roy led all drivers Friday with two wins. Yves Tessier was tops for the trainers as he also has two winners. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace is Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 8), who has won two of his last three starts, Requested (post 6), the winningest horse at H3R last season and Appleby Hanover (post 2), who is going for his third straight win. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, June 7, 2019 --Making most of their living racing in Pennsylvania on the fair circuit and at its three tracks, Tony and Linda Schadel will now take their first steps onto the world's stage as their glamour-boy colt Aflame Hanover takes aim at a million-dollar prize in this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. "This is the first time I've ever entered a horse in another country," trainer Linda Schadel said. "It's just amazing; like a dream." The Schadel name has over the years rooted itself into Pennsylvania harness racing. Tony's brother Todd co-owned $3.2-million earner Vivid Photo, who thrived on the PA fair circuit prior to winning the 2005 Hambletonian. Tony and Linda, who met racing on the fair circuit, have only within the last few years shifted their operation's focus from racing claiming and older stock to purchasing and developing younger horses. "I'm just trying to get a horse to make money and make a living," Linda said. "I don't need to be off racing in a million other places. I have two kids, I want to raise my family and just do what we're used to and what's good by us. We're pretty happy in Pennsylvania but if these horses can lead us out of here, that's good too." Tony and Linda purchased their "Cup" contender, Aflame Hanover, for $6,500 at the 2017 Goshen Yearling Sale. The colt is by the Somebeachsomewhere sire Russell Hanover, who never raced but comes from a bloodline related to millionaires Royalflush Hanover, Red River Hanover and Rocknroll Hanover. "He just looked good," Linda said of Aflame Hanover as a yearling, "He's got a great looking head, put together nice. He looked like something we might be able to afford and he was put together nice." Aflame Hanover debuted on June 24 last year in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) at the Hughesville Fair, winning in 2:04.2 with Tony driving. He went on to race 14 more times as a two-year-old, winning six races total and earning over $80,000. "When we were training him down, he was a nice colt--just could go as much as you wanted to go and we actually had to quit with him for a little while because he was just going too much and it was too early," Linda said. "Obviously we probably wished we paid [into] more but we didn't know how fast he was going to be for sure; we knew he was nice." Aflame Hanover went the quickest mile of his career in the Fair Final, posting fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:22.4 in progress to a seven-and-a-quarter length victory in 1:51.4. "When he did the mile he did last year [in the Fair Final] we paid him into a few extra things; the things we paid him into this year were things we could still get him into without payments last year." Aflame Hanover resurfaced as a three-year-old in late March to ready for the Bobby Weiss Series at Pocono. While he has not won a race from eight starts this season, he enters the Cup off a runner-up finish to top contedner Captain Crunch in a division of PASS at Harrah's Philadelphia. "From the beginning of this year [the Cup] was the goal because you could pay into it from the beginning of this year," Linda said. "It was never anything we thought about last year, maybe [not] until the end of the year when he won the Fair Final. We just kind of thought if he comes back nice and he has done everything right all along so far so we just kept paying the payments." Aflame Hanover will start from post-seven as the longest shot on the morning line in his elimination. At 15-1, he competes against Brian Brown-trainee and 8-5 favourite Workin Ona Mystery as well as Battle of Waterloo champ Bronx Seelster and Metro Pace winner Stag Party. "He's definitely an underdog," Linda said. "But I think he is compatible to be in there. The trip just has to work out [and] he just has to have luck--and that's half of horse racing to me: you need to have luck. I don't think we've seen the best of him yet." Aflame Hanover's start in the Cup elimination will also be his first without Linda's husband, Tony, in the sulky. Instead Andrew McCarthy, Linda's brother-in-law, picks up the reins. "I'm hoping [Andy] listens to everything me and Tony have to tell him and takes that all into consideration," Linda said. "Tony wanted to leave it maybe more to a professional. Not that he would not be scared to drive him--he's driven him all along--but maybe it's time to hand him over now." A pair of eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup headline Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, carded as Races 3 and 8. Two eliminations for the Fan Hanover and a $35,000 prep for the Roses Are Red also go on the card, with first-race post at 7:10 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine.com

Tom Fanning might not have a shoo-in to reach the Fan Hanover Stakes final, but he likes Trillions Hanover's chances with shoes on. Fanning watched his 3-year-old female pacer qualify last weekend at The Meadowlands in 1:50.2 with a shoe missing, after which he was quick to quip with a grin, "She probably goes 1:49 with four shoes." She can try Saturday (June 8), when she races in the first of two Fan Hanover harness racing eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nineteen 3-year-old filly pacers were entered in the Fan Hanover, including Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut and O'Brien Award winner Tall Drink Hanover. The two will meet in the second of the two C$35,000 eliminations, which also includes Three Diamonds Stakes winner Prescient Beauty and budding Ontario star Sunny Dee, who is 8-for-8 this season. The top five finishers from each division will advance to the final on June 15. Saturday's card also includes two eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers and a prep race for the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Trillions Hanover has won five of nine career races and finished second twice, earning $65,650 in purses. She was last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion for 2-year-old filly pacers. "She didn't train down like she was going to be something special," Fanning said. "She just trained down like a normal horse, a little on the lazy side, but never gave us a problem. She didn't get sick, didn't tie up. When she got into a race, she just got better and better. She's got a good attitude. You don't have to coddle her like a lot of fillies. You train her, you turn her out, you jog her, she eats. She does her work. She's good that way." Trillions Hanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Tutu Hanover. She was purchased under the name Thompson Hanover for $20,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Falcon Racing, J L Benson Stables, and VIP Internet Stable. "She was pretty nasty; I think that turned a lot of people off," Fanning said about the filly at the sale. "But she got over that and is really a sweetheart now. She's got a great attitude. She just wants to beat horses, she really does." Trillions Hanover has raced twice this season, beating 4-year-old Reclamation (handing the mare her only loss in seven starts this year) before going off stride in her second at Harrah's Philadelphia. "She has a little trouble at (Philly) in the turns, but we kind of got that straightened out," Fanning said. "We thought if she qualified well last week at the Meadowlands we would send her up for the Fan Hanover. She qualified really well. She only had three shoes, but we got through the race. "She should benefit from that qualifier. I've been training her, but not a lot fast. So that was a really good tightener for her. I think she will really step up off of that and she's showed legitimate speed. She wasn't completely done in the qualifier either, so that was a good sign. She can go, and she has some class to her as well. We'll see what happens." Trillions Hanover, who will be driven by David Miller, is 8-1 on the morning line. The favorite in the first elimination is 2018 Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Beautyonthebeach, at 3-1, followed by Treacherous Reign at 7-2. She is a Tony Alagna-trained stablemate to Tall Drink Hanover, who is 4-1 in the second elim. Last year, Tall Drink Hanover won the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk, where Treacherous Reign finished in a dead-heat second with Prescient Beauty. Treacherous Reign is 2-for-2 this year while Tall Drink Hanover beat older foes in her only start of the campaign. "She had a great first start," Alagna said about Tall Drink Hanover. "She was very impressive. We felt like she had good fitness, so we didn't want to race her back last week. It's such a long year. The way she raced in her first start off a layoff, I think her fitness is there. We tuned her up a little bit (Monday) morning so she seems like she's going to be firing on all cylinders. "Treacherous Reign started out great last year and just got tired toward the end of the season. I should have put her away earlier than I did, but thankfully she's come back good this year. (Driver Dexter Dunn) was tickled to death with the way she raced the other day. She showed good pace on both ends of the mile. "I feel very good about them." The favorite in the second elimination, at 5-2 on the morning line, is Warrawee Ubeaut. She paced 1:48.3 last year to become the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history and is off to a 2-for-2 start in 2019. "She's been great," trainer Ron Burke said. "She couldn't be any better. If anything, she's been better (than last year) because she's calm; she'll let you do what you want, not what she wants. I'm thrilled with her." Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) at Mohawk. For Saturday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A top notch field of pacers will take to the track in the featured harness racing pace on a stakes laden card Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will hold a 12-dash presentation Saturday starting off at 6 P.M. and Rose Run Quest will look to continue his dominance in the race 11 top event carrying a $2,900 purse. The Marc Campbell trainee has been assigned post 8 after winning this class his last two starts including a 1:54.4 scorcher in his latest. That post disadvantage is enough for race analyst Les MacIsaac to look another way and peg Euchred as the one who will acquire the front end. David Dowling trains and drives Euchred from post 5 after finishing no worse than third in all four of his seasonal outings. "Euchred was not able to exploit that great gate speed last week but it's a different story tonight as the one that set the pace in the latest is stuck out on the fence," MacIsaac said. "If this guy can secure an uncontested lead there could be nothing but open road ahead." Also in the field is Burn Out Hanover (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Revenant (Adam Merner), IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan), Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill), Adkins Hanover (Ambyr Campbell) and Doctor Royal (Gilles Barrieau). The Sophomore Maritime Breeder's Eliminations will go to the gate in four races on the Saturday program. Race 2 and 6 and will feature the eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies as the top four from each class makes next week's final. After pacing razor sharp miles in the Atlantic Sires Stakes last week in Truro, Marc Campbell's two fillies are being treated as the ones to beat in both eliminations. Arc Light is the morning line choice in race 2 leaving from post 4 in the field of five entrants. Ma Rebelle holds the distinction of the fastest sophomore lass on the Eastern Seaboard and has post 2 on the gate in her race 6 elimination with Campbell aboard. The three-year-old pacing colt eliminations hit the track in race 4 and 8. The first colt elimination in race 4 has Saulsbrook Lassie pegged for top spot fresh off his 1:58.1 win in the Bob Dewar Stake for driver Adam Merner and trainer Jean Belliveau. Notorious is favoured in race 8 leaving from post 3 for trainer-driver Campbell. Three Truths is the favourite in the race 7 Drive For Home Series Pace presented by Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Arsenault drives the Paul Doyle trainee off the rail in the $2,400 class. Harness racing owner and business leader Peter Smith will be special guest on Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee. The interview segment airs at 5:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   June 9, 2019 Down On My Luck Makes East Coast Debut Sunday   SUMMERSIDE, PE - The road to the 2019 Governor's Plate is heating up as Down On My Luck makes the move to Eastern Canada to get prepped for the Prince County classic on July 13. Red Shores Summerside will host a 10-dash card Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. first race post time and Down On My Luck has drawn the outside in a close field of 5 in the $2,900 Preferred pace. The top class will line up in race 9 as Jason Hughes picks up the catch drive behind Down On My Luck for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. The five-year-old son of Camluck ships in from Ontario racing but it was a shot across the border that gave his seasonal best as he sports a mark of 1:54.2 over the half-mile oval at Buffalo Raceway in New York. The road to the winner's circle will not be clear sailing though as the red hot Soccer Hanover leaves from post 3 while riding a trio of wins in his last three starts. David Dowling picks up the catch driving call behind the Leith Waite owned and trained son of Dragon Again. Red Magician was an impressive winner in 1:56.1 in his latest and gets rail control Sunday for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Also in the field is Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Dale Spence) and Screen Test (Corey MacPherson). The afternoon finale will see another newcomer to the Island racing scene as Island native and leading Vernon Downs trainer-driver John MacDonald sends Dreas Good Powow back home for his brother Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. The nine-year-old pacing mare was third in her last two starts at Vernon Downs before shipping East and MacDonald will entrust the reins to MacPherson in her $2,000 debut. Other top entries in the field include Ultimatelyhandsome (Hughes) and JK Cowboy (Spence). Harness driver Dale Spence will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment airs at 12:35pm on the Red Shores broadcast. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – David Dowling sent Rockin Indy from the start and never looked back on his way to the winner’s circle in the Thursday evening feature harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Owned and trained by Troy Murray of Clyde River, Rockin Indy left well from post 6 in the $2,400 featured pace and laid down splits of 28.2, 58.3 and 1:29 before closing out in 1:58.2 for a half-length victory. Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner) came up the inside to finish second while pocket-sitter Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.) was third. A newcomer to the trot ranks captured the $2,400 featured Open Trot as Star Photo prevailed in 2:03.1 for driver Jason Hughes and trainer Kevin Gillis. The 10-year-old son of Classic Photo is now owned by Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford along with Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Mike McGuigan scored a driving triple as he had a maiden breaking score of 2:03.3 aboard Howmac Margarita, a win with Gettin Messi in 2:00.1 and a neck decision with What A Babe in 1:59.4. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

London, June 6, 2019 - The Raceway at Western Fair District recently wrapped up its 2018-19 live racing season and with that some personnel changes have been announced. Director of Racing, Greg Blanchard, will be taking on a new role with the Western Fair Association as Director of Marketing and Communications. Greg Gangle now takes on the role of Raceway Manager under new Director of Racing and Grandstand Operations, Rob Lumsden. Gangle has been with The Raceway for three seasons, serving as Assistant Racing Manager during that time. Prior to that, he had spent seven years at the Woodbine Entertainment Group in both the media communications department and as part of the broadcast team. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity. Working with Greg Blanchard and our team over the past few years has helped grow my skill set and develop into this role. I'm thankful to the entire organization for the opportunity and will embrace the challenge ahead," said Gangle. Lumsden has been with the Western Fair Association for 17 years in various roles including Director of Operations, Director of Shows and Events, and Sports Centre Facility Manager. "I am excited to take on this new challenge and am looking forward to working with Greg and the team as well as our local horse people," said Lumsden. "The Raceway has a long tradition and is a very important part of the provincial racing industry and to our association. We're committed to maintaining that." Blanchard will continue to assist the Raceway team in dealing with industry associations and on strategic initiatives. "I am looking forward to the challenge of a new role with the Association," he said. "This provides a great opportunity for Greg and I know that between himself and Rob the Raceway will be in excellent hands from both an operational and facilities standpoint. We are excited about the future of not only The Raceway but the Western Fair District as a whole." A couple of large projects are already underway at The Raceway including a complete upgrade of the broadcast department to HD as well as a major facelift at the Top Of The Fair restaurant. Fans will notice the changes when racing resumes at the London oval on Friday, October 4th.   Greg Blanchard

MILTON, June 6, 2019 - Trainer Brian Brown finished second in last year's Pepsi North America Cup with now four-year-old star Done Well and the Ohio-based conditioner is back to take another stab his second victory in Canada's signature race with Air Force Hanover and Workin Ona Mystery in this Saturday's harness racing eliminations. "I guess you'd say I'm kind of excited about coming up," said Brown, who won the 2017 Pepsi North America Cup with Fear The Dragon. "My post positions weren't great, but I still think we've got a good chance with both getting into the final. I think we're coming in better shape than I came into it last year with Done Well." In the first elimination Brown sends Air Force Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere colt racing for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Donovan. The earner of over $200,000 enters the "Cup" eliminations off two-weeks rest following a third-place finish from post-eight in the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. "Our goal was to get the best trip we could and the most money we could," Brown said. "David [Miller] had intentions of leaving [but] when the two or three from the inside left hard, he decided to take him off. "Last year the horse would get really aggressive and for [David] to start him up and try to leave and be able to take him off, sit last--very relaxed and comfortable--was a plus for him. And then when he did move him, he was three or four wide [in the] last turn and still came home in :27.1--that's a pretty good last quarter at Yonkers. We were thrilled with the way we raced and we knew going into it we were in a bad spot." Brown has no concern about his horse being ready for Saturday's elimination. "He did train a mile in [1]:55 [Monday] pretty handily, so I'm not worried about him going in short. Sure you'd rather race the week before but that's not how it worked out." As a two-year-old, Air Force Hanover won three races from 12 starts and set a mark of 1:51 in a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile. The next week, in a division of International Stallion Stakes, he broke at the start and charged first over before faltering in a 1:49.3 mile. Of his four starts this year, he has two wins--one being a two-move victory in 1:50.1 at Pocono--and no miscues. "He's grown a lot," Brown said. "He was a June foal and has matured so much more--even more than my other two, Workin Ona Mystery and Proof. So far I think he's above what I even expected; how he's matured and handling himself. Air Force Hanover will start from post-six in the first elimination, Race 3, with Yannick Gingras catching the drive since regular-pilot David Miller opted to drive De Los Cielos Deo for trainer Ron Burke. "David made his decision. Sure you're disappointed [for] a driver you named [and] they choose off," Brown said. "That's his decision--we're fine with it--and we pick up Yannick. I mean, how can you be disappointed when we get Yannick. And it's hard to get Yannick--it used to be [with] Takter's barn and Burke's barn, very rarely did you get a chance to get Yannick. "I think he can leave and still put him in somewhere. So it's going to be up to Yannick. He's in charge; he'll figure it out." Brown's other Cup contender, Workin Ona Mystery, has only eight starts on his record entering the elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous did not make his debut until August 29 due to an early injury. "He had hurt a foot," Brown said. "He actually did it in the stall--he stuck his foot through the stall gate and when he pulled it back he ran one of the wire tines into his foot. Of course, it got infected. It took him quite a while to come out of it. His groom never gave up on him--she kept working when other people said the horse would not race last year. She kept working and got the horse pretty good and as soon as he got to the races, he showed he was a really nice horse." Workin Ona Mystery won in his first start, coming from off the pace to break his maiden with a 1:52.4 mile at Scioto. He then only lost one race from his six starts last year when he pulled first over in the Breeders Crown elimination but faded to sixth in the stretch. "That's probably more of what he has going for him is natural ability," Brown said. "Timmy [Tetrick] has been working with us and the horse to try and get him [manageable]. Like you'd be sitting in the hole and you'd have to take a hold of him and his head would want to go up. Well then he would get the brush in his knees and get out of balance, and sometimes Timmy would have to pull him quicker than he should have or maybe a bit quicker than he wanted. We got a tie down and cable head halter on him, and we finally got it set--with Timmy's help--to where I think he's pretty good now; I think he'll handle even better now." Since shutting down in October, Workin Ona Mystery has retained his freshman form and returned to the races with two starts, both victories. "He didn't get a lot bigger and stronger," Brown said. "Maybe he got a little taller. Today I just looked at him and I thought maybe he had gained some weight lately. He's always been a little on the taller, lankier side--not a real powerful horse. But today I thought he had actually gained some weight." Equaling his lifetime best of 1:49.3 in his most recent start, Workin Ona Mystery has not raced since May 19 as he heads to the Cup. However, he did pace a tightening mile on May 29 in a qualifier at Hoosier. "We could have raced him that week at Chester but decided not to ship him out there. That's why he wound up at Hoosier last week to qualify. He went a pretty good qualifier off a quarter in :30; he paced the last three-quarters in [1]:22.3. He trained light yesterday, so I think he's ready to go." Tim Tetrick, who drove Workin Ona Mystery for all his stakes starts, will sit behind. The pair will start from the outermost post in the nine-horse field for the second elimination, Race 8. "You never want the nine hole because you don't know the price you're going to have to pay to get into position out of the gate," Brown said. "But he has the speed that he can use that. Again, I leave that up to Timmy and he'll figure it out. He does race well from behind, too, so it's not like he has to be on the front." Saturday night's 12-race program starts at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) and features eliminations for the Fan Hanover--carded as Races 5 and 6--as well as a $35,000 prep for the Roses Are Red, Race 10.   By Ray Cotolo

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Capteur De Reve begins his 2019 season Friday night at Hippodrome 3R as one of the main attractions in the Preferred-Handicap Trot feature. The five-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass starts from post one in the eighth race feature for trainer Maxime Velaye and the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the champion trotter. Capteur De Reve is seeking to become the first horse ever to win four consecutive Quebec Champions when he begins in the Quebec-Bred series that gets underway at H3R next week on Friday, June 14. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition and then a $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14. The only other horse that could also win four Quebec-Series Champions is the pacer, Wildriverbumblebee. In preparing for the racing season, Capteur De Reve competed in two qualifying races at H3R, winning last week in 2:01.1 with an 18 ¾ length romp. Stephane Gendron, H3R's leading driver, will be in the sulky. "We got a lot of snow this winter, too much snow," said trainer Maxime Velaye. "He (Capteur De Reve) did have a lot of time off from last season and he actually lost a little bit of weight during the winter. He was kind of "overweight" at the end of last season. Maybe that was one of the reasons he did not finish the year that well," Velaye laughed. A career winner of $206,000C, Capteur Du Reve has Velaye smiling this year. "I know this is going to sound a bit cocky," Velaye said. "But I think considering how well he has done the past three years, that Capteur De Reve will have an outstanding season. He has been training very strong this spring and is so easy going at the farm and I know he is in much better shape than last year." That is saying a lot as Capteur De Reve starts off his 2019 season racing against some formidable foes. Rival Kinnder Dangerous from last year, was assigned the eight post on Friday after he nosed out Missionoftheheart last start with a super impressive 1:58.4 triumph in his first start of the season. Kinnder Dangerous is driven by Justin Filion for trainer/owner/breeder Denitza Petrova. Missionoftheheart is also entered (post 6) and last Sunday scored a 2:01 triumph on a sloppy track and the prior start was second by a nose to Kinnder Dangerous. Then there is Holiday Party in post seven and two starts back he won in this class in 2:00. "I really think he can handle this field," Velaye added. "But all the other horses in the race already have a couple of starts and his last real race was back in November 2018. So, I wish for him to get a nice trip and finish his mile strong for Stephane Gendron and maybe we might see him in the winner's circle." Currently, Velaye has 13 horses in his stable and he hopes that we will see all of them racing at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Velaye was the leading trainer three years ago at H3R, but since then he has watched Francis Richard rise to the top and lead all trainers the last two years. "I hope I can come back and win the training title this year," Velaye added, "But I know my friend Francis Richard has got more horses than I do and he has some really nice ones too. So, he is going to be tough to beat again. The only thing I can do is try my best and see how it goes." Post time for the Friday 10-race program begins at 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Ron Burke leads all trainers in starters for Saturday's (June 8) Pepsi North America Cup harness racing eliminations at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park, and although his three 3-year-old pacers are winless this season, the sport's leading conditioner is anticipating improved performances from his group. Burke, the 2018 Trainer of the Year in the U.S., sends out De Los Cielos Deo in the first of two C$50,000 eliminations and Captain Victorious and Semi Tough in the second. Nancy Johansson and Brian Brown are the only other trainers with multiple horses in the North America Cup elims, with two each. The top-five finishers from each nine-horse elimination will advance to the C$1 million final on June 15. The connections of the elimination winners will select their post positions for the final and the remaining eight horses will be put in an open draw. The draw will be Tuesday during a luncheon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. De Los Cielos Deo won his first five races last season before finishing second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and his elimination of the Metro. He was no better than fourth in three remaining starts but was dealing with a foot issue. So far this season, the colt is winless in three races, but he heads to his North America Cup elimination off a 1:48.4 win in a qualifier last weekend at The Meadowlands. "I knew he had that in him," Burke said. "Things have just gone terrible for him the first few races. I knew he was good, so I just told (driver David Miller) to stretch him a little bit in the qualifier to make sure I'm right. I was very happy with him." Semi Tough, who was second to Stag Party in last year's Metro Pace at Mohawk, is winless in four races this year, but has hit the board three times. Captain Victorious was a three-time winner last year on the Pennsylvania circuit for trainer Julie Miller. He was purchased by the Burke-led Captain V Stable in April and finished third in his debut for his new connections but was off the board in two starts since then. "We scoped Captain Victorious and his stomach has ulcers," Burke said. "I think that's led to his last couple bad performances. I'm hoping we'll have him ready to go. Semi Tough, every start he's gotten progressively better. He's heading in the right direction. "I think we're going to be all right." Semi Tough                                             -- Ken Weingartner photo The first elimination features Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch, who is one of Johansson's two entrants, along with Caviart Rockland in the second elim. The second elimination also includes O'Brien Award winner Stag Party in the nine-horse field. Captain Crunch is 2-for-2 this year and is among six horses entering the first elimination off a win (not counting De Los Cielos Deo's qualifier victory). The others include Art Rooney Pace winner Bettor's Wish, New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Hurrikane Emperor, and Somebeachsomewhere Stakes division winner Century Farroh. Bettor's Wish, Hurrikane Emperor, Century Farroh, and Shake That House join Captain Crunch as the field's undefeated horses this season, a combined 15-0. The second elimination has one unbeaten horse this year, Brown's Workin Ona Mystery, who is 2-for-2. Tyga Hanover brings a three-race win streak to the elim, including a victory in a Somebeachsomewhere division. Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes two eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers and a prep race for the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) at Mohawk. For Saturday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com