CAMPBELLVILLE, July 13 - No eliminations were required for this year's $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot as eight horses were entered for the rich classic. Arch Madness, the nine-year-old son of Balanced Image, will compete in the prestigious event for a sixth time in his career.
Trained by Trond Smedshammer for owners Willow Pond and Marc Goldberg, Arch Madness is the richest Canadian-bred trotter of all-time with $3,961,141 in career earnings.
Mister Herbie, last year’s defending champion, will look for back-to-back wins in the rich event for trainer and co-owner Jeff Gillis.
The son ofhas banked $1,312,263 along with 17 career victories.
Market Share, the youngest entry into the race at age four, remains undefeated this season from two starts. The son ofhas $2,062,202 banked in his career and is fresh off a sizzling 1:50.3 qualifying effort – the fastest in the history of the sport by a trotter - on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands.
The draw took place on Saturday evening at Mohawk with the following post positions assigned.
1) Burnin Money
2) Mister Herbie
3) Arch Madness
4) Knows Nothing
5) Uncle Peter
6) Wishing Stone
8) Market Share
The sport’s finest aged pacing mares faced off in a pair of $35,000 Roses Are Red eliminations. The top five finishers advance to the $325,500 final next Saturday, a part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard.
Anndrovette, driven by Scott Zeron, captured the fastest elimination in a sizzling 1:48.4 mile.
Sent off as the 2-1 third choice, the daughter ofsat in the pocket at the opening quarter as Camille (Sylvain Filion) set the pace past the :26.1 opening station.
Anndrovette pulled the pocket well before the half and paid down panels of :54.3 and 1:22.1, before using a :26.3 final quarter to seal the deal. Rocklamation (Rick) Zeron came from off the pace to finish second, ahead of Camille.
Trained by P.J. Fraley for Bamond Racing LLC and Joseph Davino, Anndrovette celebrated her 33rd career score. Her lifetime earnings sit at $2,274,219 with a 5-5-1 record this season from 12 starts. She paid $6.50 to win.
Drop The Ball, driven by Doug McNair, turned in a 1:49.1 winning effort to take the final elimination.
The daughter oftook over command past the opening quarter in :27.2 and laid down panels of :56 and 1:23.1, before using a sizzling :26 final frame to seal the deal. Bettor B Lucky (Sylvain Filion) finished second with Krispy Apple (Billy Davis, Jr.) third.
Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owners Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Drop The Ball increased her bankroll to $1,075,769. The five-year-old miss has crafted a 2-1-1 record from seven starts this season. She paid $3.80 to win.
The field for next week’s $323,500 final will line up as follows:
1) Monkey On My Wheel
2) Bettor B Lucky
3) Drop The Ball
5) Economy Terror
9) Greystone Ladylike
10) Krispy Apple