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December 31, 2015 - Paris-Vincennes celebrated New Year’s Eve with a solid harness racing program led by the Gr. III Prix Chateau Chinon (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and it was won by Italy’s Traders (3m Ready Cash-Graziella) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and Scuderia Colibri SAS. The even-money favorite scored in 1.14kr to defeat 27/1 Tiger di Poggio (3m Andover Hall-Idole di Poggio) for J-M Bazire, trainer Mlle. Stephanie Lepetit and owner J-A Saguin. Third was 5.2/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) with Damien Bonne teaming for the trainer/owner team of Thierry Raffegau and J-Y Roze. Cash Hanover from Germany finished 10th and Clarck Sotho was a disqualification. The Prix de Saint-Qwen-Dis-Toits (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) was the opener and it went to 4.1/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (4f Angus Hall-Bahama-Quito de Talonay) timed in 1.15.3kr for Camille Levesque. Thomas Levesque trains the winner for Pierre Levesque. The favored 0.5/1 odds Belebrine (4f In Love With You-Ebrine) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Yannick A. Briand. Third was 15.5/1 Belle Katie (4f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Katie) for jockey Alexandre Abrivard. Vodka du Wallon (6f Onyx du Goutier-Neige des Hameaux) won the Quinte+ Prix de Salvanhac (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. J-M Bazire teamed this winner for owner/ytrainer J-M Baudouin. 2.6/1 Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Love) was second for Matthieu Mottier with 35/1 Ultra des Landes (7f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d’Or) third for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. The €36,000 Prix de Juvignac over 2700 meters drew 18 starters and produced a victory for 1.15.8kr timed, 4.8/1 odds, Baraka (4f Love You-Polenska) teamed by trainer Franck Nivard. Comte P de Montesson owns Baraka, a narrow surging winner. 2.6/1 Barbie de Janiero (4f Oiseau de Feux-Orie de Janeiro) was second for Eric Raffin and a length back was 4.7/1 Bartavelle du Rib (4f Diamant Gede-Medde) handled by trainer J.Cl. Dersoir for Ecurie Jeloca. Attacus (5g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) took the €52,000 Prix de Charroux for Eric Raffin at 2.6/1 odds. The Sebastien Guarato trainee is owned by J-M Machet and was timed in 1.13.3kr over the 2100 meter autostart course, defeating 17 rivals. 78/1 Attila d’Auvillier (5g Hermes du Buisson-Pepite de Gautiers) was second for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of 32/1 Anissio Bello (5m Orlando Vici-Melissa Bella) for owner/trainer/driver L.Cl. Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks  

"He's getting his mojo. He's a pretty nice horse," were the post race comments from trainer Phil Williamson after the well bred Springbank Eden won the Kina Craig Stud Handicap Trot at Gore yesterday.   The Angus Hall four year old was purchased for  $127,500 at the 2013 Sale of the Stars by Eastern Southland farmers Alistair and Denise Smith. He's out of the four win daughter of Landora's Special which won thirty races including the Dominion Handicap and Rowe Cup.   "He's a good looking horse and that's why Smithy bought him. And he's starting to repay the faith we had in him."   His form early last season was at best patchy so at the end of the season Williamson gave the gelding four starts within twenty one days in a deliberate plan to strengthen him.    "It was just to toughen him up." "Putting those runs into them stands to them as they get more mature." "He's a big horse and heavy boned but every year he's got better." "As he's got better his gait has improved." "As a two year old it wasn't that great because he was like a big kid."   Williamson says Springbank Eden has come back bigger and stronger this season and judging from the way he won yesterday more wins are in store.    "He's definitely got more wins in him and I don't see why he won't win a few more." "If he keeps improving the way he is he might be able to go all the way." I think if we raced him next week he'd be even better." "He jogged that. In saying that some of the favourite horses like Grey Power galloped but manners are important."    Williamson will now look at the upcoming Central Otago racing programme before deciding whether to start the class three trotter at Omakau.   Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing    

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2015 -- Tamarind waited patiently for the harness racing Lightning Lane, then poured through to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind was away second for Aaron Merriman, stalking the leader, Lady's Dude, until mid-stretch. The 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos surged inside and downed the rallying Rompaway Galaxy by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Lady's Dude saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who now boasts $734,424 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

As per normal the first race on Cup Day is the 3200 metres trot and as has become the norm over the last few years, it was a race dominated by the All Stars barn.   Blackguards Corner with Matt Anderson in the bike was a warm favourite and worked to the lead with 2400 metres to go.   He was still there as they turned for home and looked the winner until stablemate Petite One stormed home wide out in the hands of Mark Purdon to grab the win in the last few strides.   Mark was confident a long way out   “ The speed was on the whole way and she was travelling really well off the back the last time”   “ Her work has been super so I expected a big run,Mark said.   Owners Lex and Heather Williams were all smiles in the birdcage post arce.   “ We have a real soft spot for Petite One because her mother died foaling her and we had to raise her by hand.”   “We bred her and it gives you a lot of satisfaction to win a race like this.”   “She is not that big but she has a lot of speed, “Heather said.   The dam of Petite One was a $100,000 + winning daughter of Sundon in Petite Sunset who was a daughter of the the champion trotter Pride Of Petite who won two Inter-Dominions.   “ We went to Angus Hall with a view to getting a filly to carry on with and things turned out it was lucky we got a filly that season.”   We were pretty confident going into today as Mark thought she would go really well,” Heather said.   Petite One trotted in a very smart 4:04 and looks on todays run to have a lot more wins in front of her.     Harnesslink Media 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Even Mother Nature with rains that turned the track sloppy could not put a damper on the final live harness racing card of the season at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. It was a special day for Mirabel resident, Maxime Velayel, as he won his first training title at the Hippodrome 3R. The driving title came down to the very last race on the program and Denis St Pierre, who was not driving on the card, still won the title in a dramatic finish over Mario Charron, 48-47. Charron had a driving triple at 3R Sunday. For Pierre, it is his second straight driving title at the Hippodrome 3R. Velayel came into the final race program of the season leading all trainers with 19 wins. Then with both of Jean Tourigny's (18 wins) horses entered on Sunday late scratches, Velayel won the title before the race program got underway. He closed out the season with 20 wins. "This is my first training title ever," said Velayel. "And how great it is. This is my first season back in Quebec after seven years in Ontario. So great to win this, coming back home and doing what I love. "I had only wished that Mario (Charron) was able to win the last race," Velayel said. "Then he would have been tied for the driving title and we could celebrate our titles together." In the eighth Open Trot feature, Charron and three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Maximuscle, showed their heels to the field. They took the lead away from Beer Mags (Kevin Maguire) after an opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.4. They backed off the pace, held the field at bay and then poured it on down the stretch to win with ease by three and one-half lengths. Beer Mags held for second with Vial Angus (Jocelyn Gendron) third. Time of the race was 2:04.1. It was the ninth win on the year for Maximuscle. The four-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall posted trainer Maxime Velayel's 20th win of the season. Maximuscle is owned and was bred by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and paid $3.30 to win as the wagering favorite. That victory for Charron put him within one win, 47, of tying Denis St Pierre at 48 for the driving title at 3R. With three wins already on the card, Charron needed only to win the 12th and last race on the program to tie for the title. He was driving Cliff Drummond, the 1/5 favorite and led nearly the entire mile race, losing to a first-over and very determined Montezuma Bluechip and driver Stephane Gendron, by a half length. The tenth race Open Pace was the fastest mile on the sloppy track as race favorite, D Gs Woodstock (Pascal Berube) just held off the pocket-sitting The Platinum Guy (Jonathan Lachance), to win by a short head in 2:01. Akoya (Jocelyn Gendron) was third. It was the seventh win on the year for D Gs Woodstock, an eight-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cam who is trained by Guylaine Fertiel for owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin, QC and paid $3.60 to win. The Hippodrome 3R will be open for simulcasting seven days a week featuring the best Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing action in North America. For the simulcast calendar schedule go to By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – With patiences at the start of the race and then getting cover live outside cover, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron returned to their winning ways Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, winning the feature trot. Having made breaks in three of his last four starts when getting behind the starting gate, driver Mario Charron took his time with Maximuscle at the start of the sixth race feature. He kept the champion four-year-old son of Angus Hall off the starting gate by 20 yards and once the gate pulled away from the field, Maximuscle closed the gap and got away in fifth place. The race action was fierce from the start as R Rkadabra (Steeven Genois) went to the lead but would not allow Beer Maggs (Kevin Maguire) get to the front and the two sped in a dogfight to the opening quarter mile in a blistering :27.4 before Maguire took Beer Maggs into the second spot on the rail. There was no rest on the front end for R Rkadabra as Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) came first-over heading to the half mile with Charron following their live cover second-over with Maximuscle. Caroluzzo pushed R Rkadabra to the half mile in :57.3 and once in the backstretch, the pressure was too much as R Rkadabra began to fade and Caroluzzo took command with Maximuscle challenging on the outside. By the three-quarters in 1:27.2, the two horses were neck and neck around the final turn and then in a dramatic stretch drive, Maximuscle was able to wear down Caroluzzo to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.2. Somoli E (Jrome Lombart) closed to be third. It was the eighth win in fourteen starts this year for Maximuscle. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and paid $3.60 to win as the wagering favorite. Just as exciting as the feature trot was the eighth race pace at a distance of one and one-quarter mile with eleven starters in the field. From the start in the backstretch the fight for control of the lead was a war as Fortune Fever (Steeven Genois) has the rail but was pressured immediately by Charlie Drummond (Daniel Mondou) and from the outside eight post was the 6/5 race favorite, OK Diablo (Denis St Pierre). They went to the first quarter in :28.3 as Pierre settled OK Diablo second over, but after the half mile in :59, Pierre came back with OK Diable three-wide again, clearing Charlie Drummond, but unable to get past race leader Fortune Fever to the three-quarters in 1:28.4. Then the action headed up even more as Kesons Reign and driver/trainer Andre Champagne, who had started from post nine in the second tier and had plenty of road traffic, was able to get to the outside and they came three-wide in the backstretch as they pasted the mile marker in 2:00.2. Kesons Reign was able to clear to the lead by the final turn and then in stretch was still the strong horse, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:31.1. O Diablo was second with Shesbadtothebone (Pascal Berube) third. It was the fifth win this year for the seven-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty. He is locally owned by Jean Cote and Paul Lacoursiere of Trois-Rivieres, QC and paid $10.60 to win. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 3, 2015 - The trotters own the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with eight going to post in the sixth race feature. While the "hit or miss" antics of Maximuscle behind the starting gate will be the main focal point of the race, there are others in the race that will be ready to pounce on any mistake he makes. Over the past two month the great Maximuscle has come upon hard times for driver Mario Charron, trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. It seems that the four-year-old son of Angus Hall, who won the Quebec-Bred Series Championship at ages 2, 3 and 4 (this year) and is a career winner of $192,000 with a record of 1:54.2 this year, can't stay on stride before the start of a pari-mutuel race. Yet, he goes perfectly fine in a qualifying race. Both trainer and driver are mystified by their top trotter's strange bad habits and are hopeful Maximuscle will behave on Sunday. Despite his antics as of late, he is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Caroluzzo, the 3-1 second choice in the race from post four for driver Stephane Gendron, will be ready to pick up the slack if Maximuscle miss cues again. The six-year-old chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodier has been on a roll as of late, finishing first, second and third in his last six starts for trainer Daniel Martin. Other contenders include Beer Mags (post five), Meganou (post one) and return winner Somoli E (post six). Drivers Tournament October 11 The fourth annual Hippodrome 3R Drivers Tournament finalists will be determined on Sunday's race card. The tournament takes place next Sunday, October 11 with nine of the best drivers in the contest. Special guest invitees are Simon Allard and Robert Shepherd. They will take on the top seven drivers this season at the Hippodrome 3R. Prior winners of the tournament were Jody Jamieson (2014), Yannick Gingras (2013) and Daniel Dube (2012). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 19, 2015 - This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R features two strong trotting features on their ten-race program, headed by the return of three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion Maximuscle. But will the real Maximuscle show up on Sunday? Plagued by breaks behind the starting gate at the start of three of his last four races, the $191,000 career winner has been giving headaches to his trainer Maxime Velaye and driver Mario Charron. "He (Maximuscle), had this problem when he was younger," said Maxime Velaye. "But these last three breaks, believe it or not, is just bad luck. These things happen, but I am sure he will be alright on Sunday." The four-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall starts from post four in the third race on Sunday. He is listed as the morning line favorite despite making a break at the start of his last race at Rideau Carlton. Maximuscle was able to catch up to the field but finished sixth, race timed in 1:59.4. In his prior start, Maximuscle was able to "mind his manners" at Trois-RIvieres in the Open Trot and wired the field by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.4. That was his seventh win in just eleven starts this year. "Mario (Charron) knows him very well," Velaye added, "He has been driving him nearly his whole career. He (Maximuscle) will be perfect and ready to rock on Sunday!" Maximuscle will have to be at his best Sunday as he faces rival Caroluzzo (post two) with Stephane Gendron in the sulky. The six-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinar was second to Maximuscle the last time they met at 3R. In his last six starts, Caroluzzo has been first or second. Repeat winners in the field include Beer Maggs (post seven), who wired the field in his last start in 1:59.4 for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire and Meganou (post 1), the lone filly in the race, who in her last start won her $65,000 Quebec-Bred Series final at 3R in 1:59.3. The first race feature trot sports a full field of nine starters and is a wide-open affair. Aworthy Bi (post four) is the lone return winner for driver Gaetan Lamy, winning impressively from post eight last week on a muddy track. He takes the always competitive Kim Sorel (post 5), who has been first, second or third in this class in four of her last five starts. Post time Sunday at 3R is 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

September 5, 2015 - Orsia (7f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) won the second heat and final of Saturday’s European Championship (purse €17,600 each heat; final €151,800, each race 1660 meters autostart), at Cesena, driven by Antonio De Nardo. Orsia was timed in 1.13.1kr in heat two and 1.13.5kr in the final when she defeated Olona OK (7f Varenne-Erreuno OK-Supergill) by half-length in an excellent match race in which Olona OK battled early to gain the front and almost held on. In heat two Orsia defeated Probo OP (6m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) and third finishing Rania Lest (5f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way). The first heat went to Olona OK in 1.11.4kr by three lengths over Probo OP and Oneghin del Ronco (7m Love You-Talia del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe). Thomas H. Hicks

Muscle Mass daughter Desis Dream arrived at the harness racing meeting Hanover Raceway on Saturday needing a win to keep her Ontario Sires Stakes season alive and the three-year-old trotting filly got the job done in thrilling fashion. Starting from Post 5, driver Ryan Holliday settled Desis Dream into fourth on the rail as Ill Stay Here rocketed out to a :27.4 opening quarter as Arthur, ON resident Wayne Henry took his foot off Ill Stay Here's accelerator in the second quarter - reaching the half in :57.1 - Holliday and Desis Dream moved up to third. Heading for the 1:27.1 three-quarters Holliday sent Desis Dream up the outside to the lead and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Flexceptional and Tymal Fireitup in 1:58.2. "She's a good, honest little filly who capitalized on a great drive," quipped Mount Forest, ON resident Holliday. "She fought hard right to the wire." Holliday engineered the filly's first Grassroots win of the season for trainer David Byron and owner-breeder Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON. In her five previous Grassroots outings the Muscle Mass daughter had tallied one second, two fourths, one fifth, and one sixth-place finish and she was sitting twenty-eighth in the division standings heading into Saturday's test. With the win, she jumped into the top 20 and will compete in the Sept. 18 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. The other four winners also secured their spots in the post season, including local filly Mass Rail, who kicked off the festivities in the first race. Starting from Post 3, Mass Rail and driver Alfie Carroll got away fifth and moved into the outer lane heading for the half. Turning for home Carroll sent the Muscle Mass daughter after the leaders and Mass Rail got a head in front of Allies Gift for the 1:59 score. Roses In The Rain, who had served as a wind break for Mass Rail, settled for third. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll crafted the 1:59 victory for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON, Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, ON. The win was the Muscle Mass daughter's first of the season, and with the two seconds, one fourth and one sixth she posted in her first four Grassroots starts, gives her 111 points and a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "She is a big filly. She can't leave, but loves to finish," said Trevor Henry, who relinquished his usual spot in the filly's race bike due to driving commitments at Mohawk Racetrack. "With a little luck she will do good in the finals." Giona scored her second straight Grassroots win in the second division, controlling the tempo through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:28.4 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:58.4. Oh My Magic finished second and division point leader Renegade Magic settled for third after pressing the pace for most of the mile. Chelmsford, ON resident Wayne MacLean trains and drives Giona for Jocelyne Menard, also of Chelmsford. The Angus Hall filly scored her first Grassroots win in the Aug. 25 event at Mohawk Racetrack and has also finished second, third, fourth and fifth in her six regular season starts for a total of 150 points and sole ownership of third in the division standings. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted Sheguindah to her first Grassroots win of the season in the third split, tipping out in the stretch and trotting home to a one and one-quarter length victory over GS Grasshopper and Tymal Signature. Sheguindah halted the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:59. "She's a solid Grassroots filly," said McClure, who piloted the Angus Hall daughter to the win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. "The Fairs have done a great job with her and she is going into the end of the season in great shape." Sheguindah wrapped up her regular season with one win, two seconds and one third in four outings for a total of 112 points. The final division saw Alfie Carroll make his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding Cincinnati Miss to a front-end score in 1:58.3. The Kadabra daughter hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Wing Flash and Summers Jewel. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Cincinnati Miss for his brother Doug McIntosh of Wheatley, ON and breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, OH. In five Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, one second, one third and one seventh for a point tally of 139, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. The top 20 fillies will battle in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 18, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

Local filly Hape earned her second Grassroots trophy at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, making up for the aggravation she caused trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev prior to the race. "She's not fun to be around all week and warming up - she kicks and pulls and grabs on - but you get in a race, she's pretty nice to drive in a race," said the Moffat resident. "Once you get her warmed up she forgets about kicking and thinks about racing." Starting from the outside Post 8 in the fifth $18,000 division, Moiseyev eased Hape away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting in the outer lane in sixth when Pointe Of Inquiry reached the :28.2 opening quarter. Fan favourite Renegade Magic took command before the :57.1 half while Moiseyev and Hape continued to watch from sixth, but heading by the 1:26.3 three-quarters Moiseyev sent the filly out three-wide and started to reel in the leaders. At the top of the stretch Hape had advanced to within two lengths of Renegade Magic, but when she straightened out Moiseyev was able to find an even bigger gear and the filly rocketed down the stretch to a two and one-half length win in 1:56.4. Division point leader Renegade Magic had to settle for second, with Pointe Of Inquiry third. "She raced real good last week too. She's very finicky, you've got to let her do what she wants and at the end she knows what to do, she takes off at the end there," said Moiseyev, who conditions the Pilgrims Taj daughter for Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON. "Once she straightens up she kind of takes off." In an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 18, the top three fillies from Tuesday's fifth Grassroots division finished in reverse order, with Pointe Of Inquiry getting the win, Renegade Magic second and Hape third. Through 14 starts this season Hape has tallied five wins, two seconds, one third and $55,750. Tuesday's win bumped the filly's Grassroots point tally to 126, virtually assuring her of a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-final. Hape The top 20 point earners after six regular season events qualify for the Semi-final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to Mohawk to compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. The other four division winners also made considerable leaps up the point standings. Meadow Seelster captured the first division with a gate-to-wire effort that saw her cruise home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mass Rail and Oh My Magic in 1:56.2. Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON engineered the win for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON and owner William Dixon of Caledon, ON. The Holiday Road daughter was also a Grassroots winner at Georgian Downs on July 14 and currently has 112 points in the race toward a Semi-final berth. Giona scored her first Grassroots win in the second division, also controlling the tempo from start to finish. The Angus Hall miss and trainer-driver Wayne MacLean of Chelmsford, ON crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Railee Priti and Roses In The Rain in 1:57.2 Jocelyne Menard of Chelmsford owns Giona, who jumped from 50 to 100 points with the win. In the third division, Allerage Star earned her first win of the season with a front-end effort that saw her sail under the wire three and one-half lengths ahead of Desis Dream and Summers Jewel in 1:56.1. The Angus Hall daughter was driven to the win by Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell. Howard Okukso Jr. of Vernon, NY conditions Allerage Star for Little E LLC of New York, NY, Arthur Geiger of Livingston, NJ, David Stolz of Columbus, OH and Jason Settlemoir of Cream Ridge, NJ. World Class Izzy and Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON claimed the remaining Grassroots trophy with a come-from-behind effort that saw them sweep home to a three length win in 1:56.2 Flexceptional and Hope Rises completed the top three. The win was the first ever for World Class Izzy, who is trained by Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon for owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin. The victory boosted the Muscle Mass daughter's Grassroots point total to 86. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Hanover Raceway on Sept. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday with a pair of $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

As this weekends Australasian Breeders Crown finals loom large, here at Harnesslink we thought we would do a runner by runner preview of each of the finals at Tabcorp Park Melton. First up is the $84,000 two year old trotting fillies final 1) High Gait  (Muscles Yankee)     Starts 8   -   Wins 7   -   Seconds 1   -   Thirds 0     Stakes  $100,631   High Gait has had an outstanding season winning seven from eight and being beaten a nose in her other start. Beat the boys on Redwood day and from this draw with her gait speed it is hard to see her beaten.  Great manners just add to the impression that she is nigh on unbeatable from barrier 1 2) The Cooler  (Majestic Son)   Starts 4   -   Wins 0   -   Seconds 0   -   Thirds 3   -   Stakemoney $8,200 The Cooler is yet to go a bad race in her brief four start career with three thirds and a fourth. Hard to see her troubling two or three here on class but does things right which is a big plus in two year old trots. Throw in for trifectas and first fours 3) Smile Smile Smile  (Angus Hall)   -   Starts 3  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $7493 Promising filly with a good draw but needed to draw inside High Gait to be a chance to beat her. Still on the up and looks a major player her. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 4) A Nip Will Do (Bacardi Lindy)  Starts 14  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 3  -  Stakes $7,178 Thereabouts in a lot of her starts this season but it is hard to see her playing a major part here. Several runners appear to have the wood on her in this race going on past performances. Not for us. 5) Jay Bee Flex (Federal Flex)  Starts 6  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $4363 Last run at Maryborough was her best run this season, finishing a close up third to Smile Smile Smile. However the depth of this field is far stronger and the draw doesn't help either. Not for us. 6) Liava (Bacardi Lindy)  Starts 4  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $1403 Has failed to really impress in her four starts todate. Hard to see on exposed form how she is a player here. Not for us 7) Parisian Chic (Love You)  Starts 6  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $18,658 A real winning chance if she had just drawn well instead of the outside of the front line. Really nice second two starts back to Missandei and has won three of her last four. Major player here but more a trifecta and first four chance due to the draw                                                                                                                         SECOND LINE 8) Missandei (Angus Hall)  Starts 7  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $76,530 The obvious danger to High Gait  having drawn on her back and seems to have improved even further since her Harness Jewels win. Only filly in this field to have beaten High Gait but her fortunes may depend on how much mid race pressure the favourite is put under. Can win this but does need a few things to go her way. Clear second pick. 9) Cobbler Creek (Great Success)  Starts 9  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $6438 Has won a race this season which is more than some here. Just appears to be be a length or two off the good ones in this race Not for us. 10) Sky Majesty (Skyvalley)  Starts 8  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $12,540 Has really come solid in her last four starts and has definitely improved lately. Needed a good front line draw to help her chances so from three second line she faces a real challenge. First four player at best for us from the draw. 11) Fear Not (Skyvalley)  Starts 12  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $2935  ( Emerg 1) The emergency for the race and on disclosed form would appear to be out of her depth. Not for us 12) Social Fireball (Courage Under Fire)  Starts 7  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $18,676 Pacing bred filly that has developed into a lovely trotter. Hard to fault her last five runs with her second in the $60,000 Vicbred Trot in smart time over the distance of 2240 metres a good pointer. Appeals to us as a trifecta and first four player even from the draw. 13) Mizurri (Skyvalley)   Starts 3  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $1,038 Very inexperienced filly and this looks a huge jump in class to us. Throw in the draw and it looks like mission impossible. Not for us. SELECTIONS High Gait from the draw looks very hard to beat. Should lead and should win Missandei is the clear second pick and if High Gait is eyeballed in front during the race, she is a chance to upset the favourite up the passing lane. For trifecta and first four takers, throw in The Cooler, Smile Smile Smile, Parisian Chic and Social Fireball. Harnesslink Media

August 15, 2015 - Today’s top trotting event in Italy was the Gr. I Gran Premio Citta’ di Montecatini (€103,400 purse for final; two eliminations with purse €14,300 each, 1640 meters autostart) and the impressive elimination two and final winner was pacesetter Orsia (7f Angus Hall-Tigre OM) driven by Antonio Di Nardo. The winner was clocked in 1.13.2kr (1:57.78) in her elim victory over Olona OK (7f Varenne-Erreuno OK) in a sharp 1.11.9kr (1:55.69 mile rate) in the final as she pulled away for a two-length win over Napoleon Bar (8m Varenne-Dalmazia) and reinsman Enrico Bellei. Third in the final was Papandreu (6m Abano As-Capucine) and teamster Roberto Vecchione. Napoleon Bar won the first elim timed in 1.12.1kr (1:56.01) defeating Nephena Lux (8f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Orsia now shows career earnings in excess of €600,000. At Aby, on the Aby Stora Pris card, the Euro Classic Trot Next Year (75,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to three-length winner Mister J.P. (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) trained and reined by Bjorn Goop for Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon and Joel Seche. Mister J.P. remained undefeated in seven career outings, now for 1,975,000SEK earned. He scored in 1.14.7kr (mile rate 2:00.19) in his first 2015 start over Rhapsody As (3g Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Roger Walmann. Sogno di Volare (3m Taurus Dream-Moustache-Daguet Rapide) was third for Stefan Soderkvist. The second and third place finishers were US-registered and the top three were sired by Dubois stallions. The winners’ owner, J-P Barjon, enjoyed a North American winner on August 10 at Mohawk when his Pennies From Heaven (2f Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) scored in 2:01.1s, last quarter :28, in the Pure Ivory Series for trainer/driver R. Dustin Jones. On August 14 at Bollnas the US import Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ispara LB-Lemon Dra) won for Stall Zet and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom timed in 1.08.6kr (mile rate 1:50.38), She scored easily over Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) driven by Robert Bergh and Alvena Pele (9m Dream Vacation-Oli Roy-Probe) handled by Per Lennartsson. EL Rocket (5m Credit Winner-Courtney Hall-Garland Lobell) was fourth driven by Kenneth Haugstad. Delicious was developed in the US by Ron Gurfein and now has three wins in her last four starts when driven by Kihlstrom. She has recorded 16 career wins in 41 starts for earnings of 3,916,572SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

Magical Steph scored her third straight win in Grassroots action at the harness racing meeting during Georgian Downs' celebration of the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Saturday evening. The two-year-old trotting filly and driver Steve Byron of Thornton, ON powered away from Post 7 and sat third through fractions of :28 and :59, then moved to take command of the race heading for the 1:28.3 three-quarters. One and three-quarter lengths ahead of the field turning for home, Magical Steph hit the wire three lengths ahead of her peers in 1:58.1. Dayliner and Wonder Wand earned the second and third place shares of the $18,000 Grassroots purse. "Some of the guys in our barn, they joke that she's been push button right from the start," said owner-trainer Gary Lance with a chuckle. "A Kadabra - push button." Magical Steph qualified at Georgian Downs on June 27 and made her racing debut in the first freshman trotting filly Gold Leg at the Innisfil oval on July 12. The daughter of Kadabra and I Like Stephanie finished a closing fourth, but Lance felt a stint at the Grassroots level would serve as a better platform for the filly's long term development. "She was a late foal, she's a May foal, and we lost a little bit of time with her in the spring." "We knew going into the start of the Sires Stakes that she was a little bit behind the other fillies, probably a good month, so that's kind of why we just thought we'd try her in the Gold and see how she was," explained Lance. "She's getting better every week and these races in the Grassroots have really helped her develop." Since moving down to the Grassroots level, Magical Steph has posted a 2:02.1 quarter length victory at Grand River Raceway on July 22, a four and three-quarter length 1:57.1 personal best at Mohawk Racetrack on July 30 and Saturday night's victory at Georgian Downs. Through four starts she has banked $31,200. Once the filly has a had a few days to recover from Saturday's contest, Lance will decide whether her next start will be the fifth Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 16 or the fourth Gold Series event, back at Georgian Downs on August 15. "We'll see how she comes out of this, we haven't decided what we're going to do next week, whether we're going to go to Ottawa," said the Port Perry, ON resident. "It's kind of a long hike up to Ottawa, so we just might stay local around here and try the Gold." A $50,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last fall, Magical Steph is a full-sister to Lance's good trotter Cold Certified, who was a three-time Gold Elimination winner in his 2012 sophomore season. Since then the colt has gone on to earnings of $436,478 and currently competes out of the Jeff Brewer barn at Scioto Downs. "We raced the full brother to her, Cold Certified, I bought him off Robert and Owen Coblentz from Double Spring Farm in Ohio," said Lance "She's kind of like the spitting image of him, looks just like him and travels the same way on the track like him." Lance, who works full-time as a maintenance manager at Ontario Power Generation, currently has one other trotter in his barn in addition Magical Steph and says the support of family and friends have been instrumental to both the filly's and her brother's success. "This is our hobby, and we always have a good contingent of people that come with us and support us." "My buddy Brian Samis and his son Ryan, they come to almost every race," said Lance. "We always have fun when we go to race, we always enjoy it." "I think it's kind of a boys night out for us because we don't race very often, and when we go out we really enjoy it and we enjoy each other's company." "We have a great time when we do race." "And my son helps out quite a bit, Trevor (Lance), he helps around the barn and comes and helps us race and he helps with the daily activities at the barn, he's quite involved as well." Other ownership groups that were celebrating at Georgian Downs on Saturday were those connected to Dewdle All Day, Its All About Sam, Majestic Presence, Smash Hit, Liseberg and Mariana. Dewdle All Day popped out of the pocket to win the first division for trainer-driver Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and his partners 9177 8720 Quebec Inc. of Saint-Sauveur, QC and Greg Judson of Athens, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe daughter hit the wire in a personal best 1:59.3, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite I Want Kandy and Shezastrikin Loral. Its All About Sam picked up her third Grassroots trophy in the second division, cruising home a two and three-quarter length winner in 1:58.3. Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON crafted the win for trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON and owners Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON and Michelle McEneny of Waterdown. Tough Affair and Chapel Hall finished second and third behind the Angus Hall daughter. Majestic Presence went gate-to-wire in 1:58.4 to record her first lifetime victory for trainer-driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, ON and owners Brenda Selwyn Waxman and Isaac Waxman of Dundas, ON, Rene Allard of Milford, PA and Danielle Henri of Saint-Esprit, QC. The Majestic Son daughter bested Trumpets and Jarette AS by four and one-half lengths. Smash Hit also earned her first victory with a 1:59.2 score in the fifth division. The Kadabra filly and trainer-driver Per Henriksen of Norwood, ON hit the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Traviata and Anneli Hanover. Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Asa Farm of Norwood share ownership of Smash Hit. Owner, trainer and driver Dagfin Henriksen of Peterborough, ON guided Liseberg to her first win in Race 6, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Cadillac Sally and Malia. The Johnny William daughter controlled the tempo from start to finish, reaching the wire in 1:58.1. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Mariana, who sprinted down the stretch to a 1:59.3 victory over Malibu Seelster and T C Sno Massive. Riina Rekila of Campbellville, ON trains and drives Manofmanymissions daughter Mariana for Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville. Next Saturday, August 15 Georgian Downs hosts Gold Series action for both the two-year-old pacing fillies and two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

There were two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in the last five starts for trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philly on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 6). They each went for a purse of $18,000. The first division was taken by Jill Roland's Andover The Cash (David Miller). The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall waited patiently behind the speed, making his move from mid-pack after the half. He was able to circle off cover in the stretch to win by 2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Longshot Holiday Spirit (Pat Berry) finished second, while Westside Lindy finished third. It was the 6th career win for Brian Roland trainee, who paid $8.00 to win, keying $424.80 exacta, and a trifecta that paid $13,707.60. L A Express Stable's Pocket Trip (Corey Callahan) was victorious in the second division. The 5-year-old son of Angus Hall moved quickly after the quarter to clear the lead. He was able to maintain the lead until the finish, winning by a length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. Raise The Curtain (Brett Miller ) finished a game second, while Modest Prince (Tim Tetrick) was third. Pocket Trip (trained by Doug Lewis) now has 19 wins out of 55 starts in his career, with 6 of those this season. He returned $6.00. Michael Bozich

Ontario's two-year-old trotting colts kicked off the second half of their Grassroots season at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening with six impressive performances. "There were some good miles out there," said Thornton, ON resident Steve Byron. "They're getting their second or third start and they're starting to figure it out, a lot of them, and they're getting a lot better for sure." Byron piloted Manofmanyimages to a win in the fifth $18,000 Grassroots division, going gate-to-wire from Post 4. The duo rolled through fractions of :30.1, 1:01 and 1:30.4 without facing a challenge, cruising home two length winners in 2:00.4. Dynamic Edge and Cooper finished second and third. "He's a big strong colt, but he doesn't pay attention all the time," noted the reinsman. "He seems to be getting a little better." "He's a fast enough horse I think." Tuesday evening was the second time Byron has piloted the Manofmanymissions son for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, ON and owners Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, PA, T L P Stable of Kearny, NJ and Joseph Lozito Jr. of Wayne, NJ. In their first Ontario Sires Stakes outing, at Mohawk Racetrack on July 28, Manofmanyimages made a late break as Byron sent him up the outside after the lead and the pair had to settle for fourth. "They had some issues just rigging him up properly and they were trying some things on him, but he's (Bax) got him pretty much sorted out now I think," said Byron. "Like I said, if he minds his manners and pays attention to everything he can trot." A $70,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Manofmanyimages moved into Bax's barn in early July after being qualified twice by New York-based trainer Ed Hart. With one fourth and one win in his first two Grassroots starts the colt has accumulated 58 points toward a berth in the post season. In addition to his win with Manofmanyimages, Byron recorded a runner-up finish with Rose Run Rudi, finishing in a dead-heat for second with Grego. Byron steers Rose Run Rudi for his brother David Byron of Thornton, James Cantelon of Thornton, David Cantelon of Bolton, ON and Craig Wallwin of Barrie, ON. The colts hit the wire four and one-half lengths behind Willyorwonthe, who recorded his second straight Grassroots victory for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville and trainer, owner and breeder Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON. The heavy favourites took control heading for the :59.2 half and cruised home unchallenged in 1:58.4. The win was the Angus Hall son's third in five starts. Saftic also scored a win in the first Grassroots division, sprinting down the stretch with Money Mission to claim a one-half length victory over favourite Georgies Pockets in 1:59.2. Cool Creek Victory was two and three-quarter lengths back in third. Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron conditions Money Mission for his partners Cool Cat Racing Inc. of Bryn Mawr, PA and Paul Marion of Marionville, ON. The Manofmanymissions son also has a second and a fifth to his credit through three Grassroots appearances. Thee Desperado picked up his second Grassroots trophy in the second division, squeezing up the inside to a neck victory over JLs Bad Moon Risin. Windsun Missile was one and one-half lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren engineered Thee Desperado's 2:00.2 victory for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Another son of Manofmanymissions, Thee Desperado has a perfect 100 points through two Grassroots starts. Muscle Time added another win to his resume in the third division, leading the field by as many as nine lengths before sailing under the wire two lengths on top in 2:00.1. Fan favourite United BI settled for second, with Defi Normand rounding out the top three. Darryl Laver of Petrolia, ON bred, owns, trains and drives Muscle Time, who is a Muscle Mass son from his former race mare Spare Time Rozie. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening was captured by Wildwild Men, who jumped to the top of the division standings with a 2:00.3 score over Magic Missions and Sass. Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON crafted the gate-to-wire victory for trainer Isabelle Darveau of Cambridge, ON and owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, OC and Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, QC. Through the first four Grassroots events the Muscle Mass son has tallied two wins, one second and one fifth for a point total of 130. Wildwild Men will attempt to hold onto top spot when the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack next Tuesday, August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Saturday, August 8 in the shape of the two-year-old trotting fillies, who will battle in their fourth Grassroots event. Ontario Horse Racing

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