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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 3, 2015--One horse who figured (Melady's Monet [Jason Bartlett, $5]) and on who didn't (Big N Bad [Eric Carlson, $116.50]) hogged the harness racing headlines Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 co-features. A from-last "Melady" won the Open Handicap Trot, prevailing in a three-horse photo over Zooming (Tyler Buter) and pace-setting, 13-10 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan). That one was out a long way before making the lead from Not Afraid (Dan Dube). Quick early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3 softened Luminosity up, so even a :29.1 third quarter (1:25.3) and a two-length lead into the lane weren't enough. Melady's Monet, sent outside his six rivals, closed from third-over. He picked off Zooming by a head in 1:55.3, with Luminosity fading to third, beaten a half-length. World Cup (Brent Holland) and Sevruga (Pat Lachance) were best-of-the-rest, minor moolah entities. For second choice Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Kevin McDermott for owner Melady Enterprises, it was her 11th win in 23 seasonal starts (season earnings over $300,000, career in excess of $700,000). The exacta paid $43.60, with the triple returning $174. The weekly pacing feature, a blind draw this time around, did no favors for Big N Bad. No problem. Leaving hard from the eight-hole, he was forced even wide when Crombie A (Holland) pulled pocket early. Undaunted, Big N Bad found the lead and kept going (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.4, 1:51.4) . After racing his eyeballs out a week ago only to get nailed late, Big N Bad closed the sale here, defeating a cone-skimming The Real One (Lachance) by neck. Third went to Crombie A, with Dynamic Youth (Brennan) and Sapphire City (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. Great Vintage (Dube), as the 6-5 favorite, couldn't get out of his own way at the outset and finished last. For seventh choice Big N Bad, a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Vincent Laurenzo, it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal '15 tries. The exacta paid $1,314, with the triple returning $12,955. With a Pick 5 sequence that featured win prices of $19, $116.50 and $53, shockingly the gimmick wasn't hit. So Monday night, which already offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $6,537.25 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at Frank Drucker

Hidden Land crossed the finish line faster than any harness racing female in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:51.4 on Friday (October 2).  The clocking formally broke the 1:52 four year-old pacing mare record by Lease Ness Monster (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) set earlier this year. The partnership of William Sartin and Mark Salerno owns Hidden Land.  Brad Irvine is her conditioner and Don Irvine, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.       Hidden Land (Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey-Abercrombie) started from post eight.  She led her competition through fractions of :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4 and 1:51.4.  There was never really an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by 2 ½-lengths.       Hidden Land now has four wins in 28 starts this year.  Friday’s victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $89,157.  She returned $18.00 to win.    Ayers Ratliff     

Battle of the Belles champion Free Show returned to the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening and the two-year-old pacing filly earned a Gold Series trophy with her third winning effort over the Elora oval. After leaving smartly from Post 2 in the first $105,000 Gold division, Free Show and driver Jody Jamieson tucked into the pocket behind fan favourite Good Will Hanover, who reached the opening quarter in :26.4. Jamieson and Free Show continued to watch from the pocket as Good Will Hanover took the field to a :55.3 half and a 1:25.3 three-quarters, then the pair fired to the outside coming off the final turn and powered home to a one length victory in a personal best 1:55. Good Will Hanover settled for second and Free Show’s stablemate Heavenly Hill was third. “This filly simply loves Grand River Raceway. The trip was perfect and she responded,” said Jamieson of Moffat, ON. “She is very handy; she’s a nice filly.” Jamieson engineered the win for trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge, ON and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. In her first three Gold Series starts the daughter of Badlands Hanover and Free Admission had posted two seconds and one third. Monday’s win boosts her point total to 112 and moves her into second place in the division standings. In addition to sweeping her Battle of the Belles Elimination and the Final, and capturing Monday’s Gold Leg at Grand River, Free Show also posted a win at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8 in a two-year-old filly contest. Through eight lifetime starts the filly — a $14,000 purchase from last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale — has earned $179,523. In the second division driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON maneuvered Twin B Thong up the inside to grab a one-quarter length victory, the filly’s third in four Gold Series starts. Starting from Post 6, Twin B Thong was sitting last when Heavenly Bet reached the :26.4 opening quarter. Christoforou had moved the filly up the inside into sixth by the :56.2 half and the fan favourites were sixth on the outside when Big White Pearl took command heading by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Fourth turning for home, Christoforou opted for the passing lane, where Twin B Thong was able to reel in the leaders and post the 1:57.1 victory. Dave Menary trainee Maniana finished second and Big White Pearl was third. “At the half I was just hoping for a cheque, it wasn’t looking so good,” said trainer Casie Coleman of Twin B Thong’s tour of the Elora oval. “Then “The Greek” (Christoforou) did some slick steering in and out of traffic and got it done for us.” The Cambridge resident shares ownership of Twin B Thong with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. In seven lifetime starts  Twin B Thong — a daughter of Coleman’s former star Sportswriter and Beach Bound — has posted three wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $168,844. She leads the two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series standings with 175 points. “She’s raced well pretty much every time she’s gone to the gate,” noted Coleman, who offered up $65,000 for the youngster at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. “We’ve been real happy all season, so far, with her.” Twin B Thong, Free Show and their two-year-old pacing filly peers will make their last regular season Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Sept. 28. The top 10 point earners from the five regular season events will then square off in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10. Mondays contest completed Grand River Raceway’s 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which saw the Elora oval host five Grassroots and five Gold Series events. Ontario Horse Racing

SEPT. 9, 2015 - Southwind Shania clocked the quickest mile in a quartet of harness racing Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. In rein to Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, favourite Southwind Shania fired straight to the front from Post 4 and sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 on her way to a 1:56.3 clocking. Dancin Inthe Nude and Northern Prima were three lengths back in second and third. "Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction for her," said trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down like a real good filly, I thought like a Gold and maybe open calibre, and things haven't panned out. She's been disappointing so far." Coleman shares ownership of Southwind Shania with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON, Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Wednesday's victory was the Sportswriter daughter's first in nine starts, with three of them coming in the Grassroots program and two at the Gold Series level. With just one win, one third and one fourth in her Grassroots appearances, Southwind Shania finished short of the cut off for the Grassroots post season. Coleman said the filly will have an opportunity to maintain her forward progress in a few more overnight events before being sold in November. "She is a nice filly, but I don't believe Grand Circuit, so she will be sold in Harrisburg," said the Cambridge resident. Driver Trevor Henry also piloted St Lads Smokin Hot to a win in the final Grassroots division of the evening. Also starting from Post 4, Henry settled St Lads Smokin Hot into third as Noone To Depend On rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.2 half Henry tipped the fan favourite into the outer lane and St Lads Smokin Hot had taken control before the 1:27.3 three-quarters. From there the filly cruised home to a two length victory in 1:57.2, besting Endless Legacy and Buttermilk Hanover. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON. In five Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter posted two wins, two thirds and one sixth for a point total of 127, good enough for fifth spot in the division standings. "She's a big filly that only gives as much as she has to, but she is game and they will know she is there next week," said Henry, who will steer the filly in one of two $20,000 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17. The largest margin of victory on the evening went to Divas Image, who hit the wire 10 and one-half lengths ahead of the third division field in a sharp 1:56.4. Stonebridge Pearl and Tempus Seelster followed the fan favourite down the stretch into second and third. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell crafted the win, the filly's second of the season, for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and his partners Bannon Stables of Napanee, ON and Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Rocknroll Diva. "She is a real sweetheart of a filly that we bred because we really believed in her mother, but she was injured badly at two," explained Steacy. "Although she's small, Diva has a great gait and lots of brains," the trainer continued. "We have raced her from off the pace in most of her races and I think it has allowed her to develop into a very nice filly who should go into the Semi-final very brave." Divas Image finished the regular season with one win, two seconds, two thirds and one fifth in six Grassroots starts, earning 129 points and putting her in fourth spot in the standings. The other $18,000 Grassroots division was captured by Im In Luv who tipped out of the outer lane turning for home and paced under the wire a one length victor in 1:58.1. Pocket-sitter Glorious Delight finished second and the leader of the outer lane parade, Specialcelebration, finished third. "She got a perfect trip and she responded well," said Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, who guided the filly to her second Grassroots victory. "Semi-finals next." Jamieson's father Carl of Rockwood, ON trains Im In Luv and shares ownership of the Badlands Hanover daughter with Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England. In six Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, two fourths and two fifths for a total of 126 points and sixth spot in the standings. Wednesday's event completed the regular season events for all eight Grassroots divisions. The top 20 point earners from each two-year-old division will battle in Semi-final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17 and the three-year-olds on Sept. 18. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will make their way back to Mohawk on Sept. 26 for the Grassroots Championships. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Grand River Raceway, a Gold leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Sept. 21. Ontario Horse Racing

This years mixed age sale at the Shepparton harness racing complex yesterday (Sunday) reinforced the view that it is a tough market out there at the moment. Sixty nine of the cataloged horses went through the ring yesterday but 22 (31.8%) were passed in which must have disappointed both the auctioneers and the vendors. The first horse to stir a bit of emotion from the bidders was lot 12 which was a two year old filly by Courage Under Fire from a Holmes Hanover half sister to nine winners including Allwoods Chief ($465,497) She was knocked down to the bid of Trevor Cottrell for $20,000 which was the equal top price for the whole sale. Shortly after lot 16 had the bidders active again with a three quarter sister to lot 12 attracting a lot of interest. The two year old filly by Courage Under Fire was from a Even Odds half sister to Allwoods Chief ($465,497) but failed to sell, being passed in for $10,000. It took more than another twenty lots before the bidders got fired up again. Lot 37 was the smart Modern Art racemare More Than Alright 1:58.6 ($45,369) who is a daughter of the very smart Imported Cam Fella mare Out Of Sight 1:52 ($200,142) who is a half sister to the champion Volez Hanover 1:49.4 ($1,690,543) Sold as either a racemare or a broodmare, More Than Alright surprisingly only made $10,000 and was knocked down to the bid of Garry Hawthorn The next lot after that was the half sister by Badlands Hanover to More Than Alright in Vista Bella 1:57.9 ($110,291) In foal to the champion sire Art Major, Vista Bella went home with Bruce Dumesny after he bid $20,000 In the yearling section, two youngsters shared the top price of $9,000  Lot 58 was a Majestic Son colt from the racewinning Holdonmyheart mare Closetomyheart from the family of the top New Zealand trotting filly French Accent who was sold to Nathan Jack. The other top priced yearling was lot 72 who was a Mach Three colt from the very speedy Artiscape mare in Room With A View 1:56 ($45,369) who was purchased by the Racerpacer group. This sale has the potential to be a really good clearing sale for breeders and trainers but it is not quite there yet. Check sale results here Harnesslink Media

Batavia, NY---A patient steer from a veteran harness racing driver produced an upset victory in the $9,500 mares Open pace feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 26). It was Badlands Love (Jim McNeight) who sat last and watched the rest of the field argue position before swooping in to claim the spoils. There was a traffic jam off the wings when Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) and All About Boyz (Dave McNeight III) went toe-to-toe through a fast 27.3 quarter. Not wanting to join the front-end fray yet locked out of a hole, heavy 1-9 favorite Ugly Betty (Drew Monti) ended up drafting third on the outside the entire time. These positions held firm past the half and three-quarters; that station in 1:26.2. As the group left the turn at the top of the stretch, Ugly Betty tried a three-wide tip and Dontch Remember (Ray Fisher Jr.) reached four-high. But wily veteran McNeight, who was saving ground the entire race, stuck to his guns and thus, the pylons, before barreling up the inside the pack to end up best of all with a 1:57.2 victory. It was the seventh win in 30 starts this year for Badlands Love ($29.40) and the winner's share pushed her coffers to $52,803 for owners Richard, Randy and Robert Roth. Richard Roth conditions the 4-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. Driver Shawn McDonough score a natural hat trick winning races six, seven and eight. Jim McNeight, Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen all tallied doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 28) with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Rideau Carleton Raceway fans were treated to six outstanding battles by the two-year-old pacing colts at the harness racing meeting on Thursday as the province's best Grassroots and Gold Series competitors brought their "A" game to the Ottawa oval. The Grassroots colts kicked things off in Race 3 and Sporty Mercedes set the tone for the evening, ringing up a :27.4 quarter, :57 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters and then battling favourite Vegas Dream all the way to the wire to score a neck victory in 1:55.1. Shadows Pro was well back in third. The win was Sporty Mercedes' first in three Grassroots appearances. "He raced tough," said Guelph, ON resident McNair of Sporty Mercedes. "They liked him early and he got a little pouty, so they gelded him. He seems to be much better." McNair piloted the Sportswriter son to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, ON and his partners Dan and Kim Sergeant of Straffordville, ON. In six starts Sporty Mercedes now has two wins and one second for earnings of $14,840. The win was one of two for McNair, who also piloted the winner of the first Gold Series division. Starting from Post 5 the reinsman hustled Nvestment Bluechip out to an early lead and then allowed Voracity to take control before the :28 quarter. Inspiration View went to the front before the :57.2 half and the colts continued to sit one, two, three en route to the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Randy Waples elected to tip Voracity to the outside to challenge Inspiration View, so McNair opted for the passing lane and the colts stormed under the wire in a crowd. After careful review Nvestment Bluechip was determined to have a scant nose in front of Voracity, and Matchplay Hanover was three-quarters of a length back in third. "He was still pacing halfway down the lane, but so was Randy's horse." "I didn't think I could catch him," said McNair. "I still didn't think I won after the race." The win was McNair's first appearance in Nvestment Bluechip's race bike and the driver -- last year's leader in the Ontario Sires Stakes program -- was impressed with the Dave Menary trainee. "He dug in tough to win," said the driver. "He's a smart colt, very relaxed." The win was Nvestment Bluechip's second in Gold Series action. The Shadow Play son also captured his division in the July 11 season opener at Mohawk Racetrack for owners Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, ON, Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. The other $105,000 Gold division at Rideau Carleton on Thursday went to Semi Automatic, who also arrived in the winner's circle by way of the passing lane. Starting from Post 2 driver James MacDonald landed the colt on the rail in second behind pacesetter Heavymetal Hanover and followed that colt through fractions of :26.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before bursting through in the stretch and accelerating away to a two length victory in 1:54. Heavymetal Hanover settled for second and Stonebridge Beach was third. "The horse was amazing tonight," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald. "I got a good helmet to follow and the horse did the rest." Puslinch resident Tony O'Sullivan conditions Semi Automatic for his partners Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY. In five starts the Badlands Hanover gelding now has two wins, one second and one third, with his other victory coming in elimination action for the Battle Of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway on July 27. The quickest mile of the four Grassroots divisions was clocked by Blue Zombie, whose 1:54.2 score salvaged an otherwise unprofitable evening for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Casie Coleman. Coleman asked the New Jersey-based Tetrick to make the trip north to steer two Gold Series colts and Blue Zombie, but both Betting Line and A Bettors Risk made breaks in their respective Gold divisions. Blue Zombie however, dominated the fourth Grassroots split, firing straight to the front from Post 2 and laying down fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.3 on his way to a five and one-half length win in 1:54.2. Kokanee Seelster and Azul Pool rounded out the top three. "He gets better every start, so we are really happy with him every week right now," said Coleman, adding that the colt is being prepped for the Metro Pace Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on August 29. The Cambridge, ON resident shares ownership of Blue Zombie with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON. In four starts the Bettors Delight gelding now has two wins and one third, all in Grassroots action. The other Grassroots trophies went home with St Lads Moonwalk and Secrecy. St Lads Moonwalk sprinted down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:56 in the second division, besting fan favourite Print Media and Bingo Ingo. The Mach Three son was piloted to his first lifetime win by Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge. Secrecy and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton took command heading for the three-quarter pole and never glanced back, cruising home one and one-quarter length winners over Continual Hanover and Day Trade Hanover. The Mach Three gelding's first lifetime win was clocked in 1:55.3. Eric Adams conditions Secrecy for Millar Farms of Newmarket, ON. The Gold Series competitors now have a six and one-half week break in their Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, while the Grassroots colts make their fourth start at Georgian Downs on August 23. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Rideau Carleton Raceway this Sunday on OSS Family Fun Night, featuring four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies and a host of fun-filled activities for families. Ontario Horse Racing

Local father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured their third Battle Of Waterloo victory during the 25th anniversary edition of Grand River Raceway's Industry Day celebration on August 3. The Guelph, ON residents won the race in 2008 with Trail Boss and again in 2013 with Three Of Clubs. A winner in his elimination division one week ago, Magnum J went off at odds of 3-1 leaving from post seven in the $227,397 final. Doug McNair, 25, guided the two-year-old pacer straight to the front of the nine-horse field and never looked back, maintaining the lead in the stretch against a fast-closing Stonebridge Beach with driver Stephane Pouliot. Magnum J finished a half-length the best in 1:55.3. Gregg McNair purchased Magnum J for $10,000 from last year's Forest City Yearling Sale for co-owners Tony Lawrence and William Brown. The black gelding's share of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo brings his career bankroll to $126,799. The McNairs also nailed back-to-back wins in races two and three of the 11-race card. Solar Sister was the betting favourite heading into the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Doug McNair dominated gate-to-wire, scoring the sophomore pacing filly's sixth win from nine season starts. The victory pushes her career bankroll to $540,190 for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The 1:53.2 clocking set a new Canadian season's record and was just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Team McNair was back to the winners circle in the next dash for the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Stonebridge Pearl was sixth in last week's elimination division but scored handily in today's $15,000 contest. The Mach Three filly's maiden win clocked in at 1:57.3 for Gregg McNair who co-owns with Terry & Jake Davidson. In the Battle Of Belles final, trainer David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for their second stakes win. The pair won the 2012 edition with Macharoundtheclock. This year's $141,246 final was all Free Show as she scored her second career win after last week's victory in the eliminations. Jamieson finished a length the best in 1:56.3 for Hutt Racing Stable, who paid just $14,000 for the Badlands Hanover filly as a yearling. She has now earned $110,623 in five career starts. The second OSS Gold Series division of the day was won by Ms Mac N Cheese. Driver Sylvain Filion fired the Badlands Hanover filly up the passing lane to win by a length over Sports Chic in 1:55.3. Richard Moreau trains Ms Mac N Cheese for David Ratchford. This is her fifth win in eight season starts. On the lighter side, driver James MacDonald stole the half-time show with an incredible repeat performance in the Industry Day Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. The Guelph, ON reinsman has won the event for the past five consecutive years. Fellow drivers Ryan Holliday, Tyler Moore and Travis Henry put up a good fight, but simply could not stack up against the unstoppable MacDonald. "Everyone's got their thing," said MacDonald in a post-race interview. "Gretzky had hockey and I've got the bounce." The Best In Show competition sponsored by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Sharleen MacDonald, Brandy Jamieson, Marylou Gingras, Nancy O'Hagan, Alexis Hebert, Ethan Gagnon, Laura Ireland, Leanne Murphy, Kellie Browne, J. Richards, Rick Welsh, Kelley McNiven, Gabriella Sasso, Jeff Williams, and Patty Drury. A crowd of approximately 5,000 people wagered $93,110 on-track. The total handle was $312,548.  Battle Of The Belles race video Battle Of Waterloo video  Bouncy Pony Stakes race video Kelly Spencer

Rural Guelph residents Gregg and Doug McNair had another outstanding afternoon during their local oval's annual showcase of harness racing. The father-son duo - the top trainer and driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 2014 - took four horses to Grand River Raceway on Monday for the 25th Industry Day program and went home with three wins and one third. Kicking off Team McNair's impressive afternoon was three-year-old pacing filly Solar Sister, who captured the first $105,000 Gold Series division in 1:53.2, just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Starting from Post 1 the Mach Three filly and driver Doug McNair took command of the race just past the :26.3 opening quarter and carried on to a :54.4 half and a 1:24 three-quarters before hitting the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Wrangler Magic. Stonebridge Quest finished two and one-half lengths back of the favourites in third. "She drew good and took advantage of it," said Gregg McNair, who conditions Solar Sister for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "It was a big mile. We had a lot of rain around here yesterday so the track, it's good now, but it'll likely even get faster by the end of the day." "They done a good job, this morning I was up here and it had a few ruts in it," he added. "They did quite a bit of work." The win was Solar Sister's third in Gold Series action this season, giving her a perfect 150 points and top spot in the division standings. Through nine sophomore starts the filly boasts a record of six wins and one third for earnings of $325,362. In addition to her Gold Series trophies she also captured the SBOA Stake Final at Mohawk Racetrack on May 30 and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk on June 20. Doug and Gregg McNair returned to the Grand River Raceway winner's circle one race later, with two-year-old pacing filly Stonebridge Pearl, who sprinted down the stretch to a 1:57.3 score in the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Doug McNair and the Mach Three daughter, who is a Gold Series regular, bested Miss Babe Delight and favourite Twin B Virtue by a length. Gregg McNair trains Stonebridge Pearl for his partners Terry and Jake Davidson of Walkerton, ON. Five-year-old trotting gelding Buddy Hally, who was a Grassroots Champion at two and a Gold Series Consolation winner at three, was the next horse out of the McNair barn and he posted a third-place result in the Doug Gamsby Memorial Trot, behind 1:58.2 winner Extracurricular and Stormont Kate. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Buddy Hally with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The McNair's capped off their spectacular afternoon by capturing their third Battle Of Waterloo title with Magnum J, who rocketed away from Post 7 and around the half-mile oval to a 1:55.3 victory. Stonebridge Beach closed hard to finish one-half length back in second and Carolina Hurricane rounded out the top three. From the first crop of Ontario stallion Big Jim, Gold Series regular Magnum J is owned by Gregg McNair and Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover, ON. The other Gold Series division went to Ms Mac N Cheese and driver Sylvain Filion. The fan favourites landed in second spot from Post 4 and stalked pacesetter Sports Chic through fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting up the inside in the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph. Sports Chic settled for second, one length behind the winner, and Ride Away Shark completed the top three. "I really thought I could maybe cut it out but I could see that Jody wanted to cut it out," said Filion. "I didn't mind the two-hole, and she just responded great. "She's pretty much a push-button filly," added the Milton, ON resident. "She showed today she was real good." Filion engineered Ms Mac N Cheese's second Gold Series win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner David Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. The Badlands Hanover daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 125 points from two wins and one second in three Gold Series starts. Second by a neck to Solar Sister in the SBOA Stake Final, Ms Mac N Cheese boasts a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $210,805. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 27. Rounding out the stakes action on the 25th anniversary Industry Day program was the Battle Of The Belles, which went home with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary for the second time since its inception in 2009. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Badlands Hanover daughter Free Show to an effortless 1:56.3 score over Betty Hill and Golden Idol for Cambridge, ON resident Menary and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Aug. 14 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. August 14 is Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration night at the Elora oval and fans can dress up in the likeness of one of the freshman trotting colt's names for a shot at $500 in prizes, or receive an OSS t-shirt autographed by some of the province's top sires and racehorses. Ontario Horse Racing

Louisville, KY ---He is not a loaded gun. He is, however, a 2-year-old colt that paced in 1:53.4h in his third lifetime start for a seasonal Canadian record. Therefore, harness racing trainer Tony O’Sullivan is thrilled with the potential that Semi Automatic possesses. Especially since this guy did not stand out training down. “Eric Cherry was responsible for the deal that brought him to us,” said O’Sullivan. “I have trained some horses for him before and he asked if I was willing to take a chance on this one. He was purchased privately because he was a smallish individual and not a horse that was one for the sales. He was sound all winter but had a lot of health problems. He didn’t really come around until February and then he just blossomed the more we trained him.” The son of Badlands Hanover and the D M Dilinger mare Topgun Lady, who is owned by Cherry's Let It Ride Stables, O’Sullivan and J&T Silva Stables, will take aim on his opponents in the C$227,397 Battle of Waterloo final at Grand River Raceway on Monday (Aug. 3) in the 11th and last race on the card. Unfortunately, his triumph in his elimination did not carry enough weight to have his nose on the gate. Semi Automatic will trail the field from post nine with James MacDonald steering him for the mile. “He has only three starts and has improved with each one,” O’Sullivan said. “It was like something changed in him when he qualified. Like he knew what he was supposed to do and enjoyed it.” Although he wasn’t exactly the best looking colt or the most physically gifted, Semi Automatic, with a record of 3-1-1-1 and just under $30,000 in the bank, has the pedigree to be any kind of horse. His dam never made it past a qualifying race, but his granddam, the Albatross mare Keystone Trinidad, earned $181,787 on the racetrack and produced Invitro (by Camluck) p,4,1:50s ($1,983,077) and Bigtime Ball (by Presidential Ball) p,5,1:48.2s ($1,558,519). “He definitely has the pedigree to be a nice horse,” O’Sullivan said. “But he also has such a nice mind. He is so willing. He wears no boots or headpoles and still came home his last quarters in his first two races in :26.2. His second race he even had the nine hole and still raced very well.” Semi Automatic was third and second in his two qualifying races on June 27 and July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. In his career debut on July 11 over the same surface he was again a bridesmaid in a $55,300 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold contest. His second start, in an $80,850 Sires Stakes Gold engagement on July 18, was a third place finish after an outside trip. In his Battle of Waterloo elimination, which was his third trip to the post, the colt showed he had plenty of ammunition in reserve. O’Sullivan was concerned as he watched the race unfold and was fearful of how his horse would finish. “(A time of) 1:53.4 is a serious mile for any horse on a half-(mile track) let alone a 2-year-old,” he said. “I saw those fractions when he went to the front and was very nervous. He had never shown gate speed. I knew he had it because he is an easy horse and doesn’t show everything, we just had not seen it yet, but he had never been on the front before. I was not sure he was that kind of horse to be able to do it cutting out the mile. James (MacDonald) said after the race was over he did it well within himself. He never even realized he was going that fast.” Despite his obvious prowess during the latter stages of his fledging career, Semi Automatic will only compete in Ontario Sires Stakes contests throughout 2015. “Because he was sick so often and small we did not stake him to anything other than those races,” O’Sullivan said. “It was also a significant amount to make him eligible because payments were not made on him when he was a weanling. There is plenty of money to be made in these events and if we decide we want to supplement him to other races we always can. It depends on him. “I did take note of how he looked after his race last week. He’s not a flashy horse, but he is well put together. All his parts are in the right places and it looks like he could be a really nice horse. Anything in this business is a risk and Eric asked me if I was willing to take a chance on him. This is one occasion where the risk was worth the reward.” Below is the field, with drivers, trainers and morning line, for the Battle of Waterloo final. C$227,397 Battle of Waterloo Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Think On It by Ponder - John Campbell-Robert McIntosh-9-2 2. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three - Stephane Pouliot-Stephane Larocque-8-1 3. A Bettors Risk by Bettor's Delight - Jonathan Drury-Casie Coleman-5-1 4. Carolina Hurricane by Sportswriter - Sylvain Filion-Ronald Adams-12-1 5. Continual Hanover by Bettor's Delight - Mike Saftic-Jack Darling-15-1 6. Imsporty by Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson-Carl Jamieson-3-1 7. Magnum J by Big Jim - Doug McNair-Gregg McNair-5-2 8. Chalk Player by Camluck - Bob McClure-Jeffrey Gillis-20-1 9. Semi Automatic by Badlands Hanover - James MacDonald-Tony O’Sullivan-8-5 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 25th annual harness racing Industry Day event (on Monday, August 3) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 27. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) were carded as races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division advance to the $141,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Tempus Seelster took home the first win of the elimination card and secured herself a spot in the $141,246 final of the 7th edition of the Battle of the Belles. The 1:56.1 score in the first division marked the Big Jim filly's maiden win. Trainer/driver Travis Henry piloted the filly for owners Benbar Stables, Glen Wark and Craig Wood. Henry and Tempus Seelster will leave from the trailing position in the final. Doug McNair and Sports Expert followed by a half-length to finish second for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Heavenly Bet was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer Des Tackoor. The second Belles elimination was stolen by Jody Jamieson and Free Show. The David Menary trainee challenged Bold Amoretto for the lead after Noone To Depend On and Radar Trap both broke stride around the first turn. Jamieson cut the entire mile for a length victory in 1:55.4 over Paul Mackenzie and Bold Amoretto. Blake Macintosh will have two hopefuls in the Belles final after McNair and Mattjestic Tempo left early and secured a four-length victory in the third and final Belles elimination. McNair and Mattjestic Tempo stopped the clock at 1:55.2 with James MacDonald and Golden Idol finishing second. Im In Luv and Jody Jamieson were third. Golden Idol will leave from the coveted rail position in the final for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON. O'Sullivan and MacDonald (of Guelph, ON) teamed up last year with Golden Idol's full sister, Win the Gold, and captured the Battle of the Belles final. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. O'Sullivan and MacDonald were back in action for the first of two Battle of Waterloo eliminations which saw a Canadian season's record set by Semi Automatic. The Badlands Hanover colt left from the two-hole and put in some work to reach the top after the rail horse, Think On It, broke stride off the gate. MacDonald took two seconds off the current Canadian season record when he stopped the clock at 1:53.4. Semi Automatic will trail the field (post 9) in the $207,397 Battle of Waterloo final. Think On It managed to come back and finish fifth for trainer/co-owner Robert McIntosh. The good fortune continued when the homebred son of Ponder drew the coveted rail position for the final. Imsporty and Carolina Hurricane were second and third respectively. Doug McNair and Magnum J captured the second and final elimination for the Battle of Waterloo. McNair steered the Gregg McNair conditioned colt around the seven horse, Chalk Player, at the first quarter to take the lead. The pair stayed on top for the remainder of the mile and crossed the finish line two lengths ahead of Chalk Player and Bob McClure. The seventh annual Battle of the Belles and 18th annual Battle of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day's 25th anniversary card at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 3. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 27. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $207,397 BATTLE OF WATERLOO HORSE             DRIVER             TRAINER 1. Think On It   John Campbell   Robert McIntosh   2. Stonebridge Beach   Stephane Pouliot   Stephane Larocque   3. A Bettors Risk   Jonathan Drury   Casie Coleman   4. Carolina Hurricane   Sylvain Filion   Ronald Adams   5. Continual Hanover   Michael Saftic  John Darling   6. Imsporty   Jody Jamieson  Carl Jamieson   7. Magnum J   Doug McNair   Gregg McNair   8. Chalk Player Bob McClure   Jeffrey Gillis   9. Semi Automatic   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan     POST POSITIONS FOR THE $141,246 BATTLE OF THE BELLES   HORSE                  DRIVER                 TRAINER 1. Golden Idol   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan   2. Mattjestic Tempo   Doug McNair   Blake MacIntosh   3. Im In Luv   Jody Jamieson   Carl Jamieson   4. Free Show  Jody Jamieson   David Menary   5. Betty Hill   Jonathan Drury   Carmen Auciello   6. Sports Expert   Doug McNaIr   Blake MacIntosh   7. Heavenly Bet   Jody Jamieson   Des Tackoor   8. Bold Amoretto   Paul Mackenzie   Ian Moore   9. Tempus Seelster   Travis Henry   Travis Henry   Kelly Spencer

On Monday night, 17 colts and 25 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway's marquee event, Industry Day. While the 25th anniversary of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 3, finalists in the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 27, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. Trainer Bob McIntosh and driver John Campbell won the 2014 Battle Of Waterloo with Go Daddy Go, and look to double-up with Think On It in the first division. The homebred son of Ponder won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event at Mohawk in 1:54 on July 10. He was fourth a week later in a Gold Series event at the same locale. This will be his first race on a half-mile track and he'll start from post position one. Sizing him up from post two is the Tony O'Sullivan starter Semi Automatic. While still on the hunt for his maiden-breaking win, the Badlands Hanover son has amassed $30,100 with a runner-up and third-place finish in two OSS Gold Series events. James MacDonald will steer. With $44,870 banked in three starts, Carolina Hurricane is the most accomplished earner of the bunch. He'll start from post six for trainer Ron Adams. The Sportswriter gelding was a speedy runner-up in his last two assignments. In race seven, Cambridge, ON trainer Casie Coleman conditions the 2-1 early favourite, A Bettors Risk. The Bettors Delight son made a costly miscue getting away from the gate in his career debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 17 but made a massive recovery in that mile to finish second. He'll start from the coveted rail position in Monday's second division. To his right, Stonebridge Beach will be on the hunt for his first win in four starts. Stephane Pouliot will drive the pacer for trainer Stephane Larocque. Stonebridge Beach rallied nicely to finish third in an OSS Gold Series event on July 18. The freshman is a Mach Three brother to the late great Art Colony (a winner of $863,000 in 13 races) and commanded a yearling price of $48,000 at the 2014 Forest City Sale. Jimmy Takter hopeful Cruise Patrol will start from post three. The Bettors Delight colt qualified in 1:56.1 over The Meadowlands and finished a close second in his first start at the New Jersey track a few weeks later. He had a rough trip in last week's Canadian debut in the OSS Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack, but finished fifth just three lengths behind the winner. Cruise Patrol was a $60,000 yearling purchase in Lexington, KY. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the $140,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Heavenly Hill is one of five starters in the Belles elims for Cambridge, ON trainer Dave Menary, who won the final in 2012 with Macharoundtheclock. Jody Jamieson will steer Heavenly Hill from the trailing position (post #9) in the first division. The duo finished second in an OSS Grassroots event last week at Georgian Downs, and won the filly's maiden trip in 1:54.2 on July 9 at Mohawk Racetrack. Menary's others hopefuls are: second division starters Free Show - the early favourite and richest of the field with earnings of $35,000 - and OSS Grassroots winner Twin B Virtue starting from outside post #8; third division starters Vermillion Bird (post #3) and outside starter Maniana which was a lapped-on runner-up in last week's OSS Gold Series event. Twenty Three Red is the early favourite from post seven in the first division. The Mach Three miss let a late lead slip away in her most recent OSS Gold Series start and settled for third. Monday will mark her first start in the barn of Cambridge, ON trainer Joe Pereira. Among her competitors, Boozer Bruiser boasts the quickest mile to date with an impressive 1:54.1 clocking in an OSS Grassroots maiden win at Mohawk Racetrack. She was a runner-up last week for trainer Louis Eftimiadis and driver Mike Saftic, who will send her from post #2 on Monday. Bold Amoretto was the winner of last week's OSS Grassroots event in 1:56.1. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, the Big Jim filly was a $52,000 yearling purchase. Her dam, Armbro Amoretto, was Canada's top two-year-old filly in 2002 and winner of $1.6 million during her own illustrious career. Bold Amoretto will start from post four in Monday's second division. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON won the 2014 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with Win The Gold. The pair are vying to replicate that victory with Win The Gold's full sister, Golden Idol. She was a solid runner-up in a sharp clocking two starts ago, but finished fifth by eight lengths in last week's OSS Gold Series event. The Sportswriter filly starts from post #1 in Monday's final division. Keystone Paula has earned $40,600 in just two career starts for trainer Ervin Miller. She's the richest of all 25 fillies after a two-length OSS Gold Series win in 1:54.1 at Mohawk Racetrack on July 6. She was fourth in her follow-up two weeks later. The projected early favourite of race six, she'll start from post position five with driver Sylvain Filion. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race eight on July 27. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 3 features a 12-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

WILKES-BARRE PA -- You'd be hard-pressed to find a sharper pacing mare right now than Request For Parole, who won the $24,000 distaff feature Friday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, tallying in 1:49.2 to reduce her lifetime mark of 1:50, which she had achieved at The Meadowlands just seven days prior.   Driver Anthony Napolitano drew the assignment behind the 5YO daughter of Badlands Hanover from trainer Ron Burke, and she scooted away quickly from the middle of the nine-horse field to reach the quarter in 26.1, only to let Gallie Bythe Beach, parked behind her early, go to the top at the 3/8, before a sapping half-mile clocking of 53.3.   Scandalicious came strongly first-up down the backstretch and had reached the leader just past the 1:20.4 3.4s, before going to the lead late on the turn. For a moment it looked like Request For Parole might be locked in jail behind the tiring pacesetter as the first-over might get away, but the top three had formed a breakaway trio, and "ANap" was able to swing his mare two- and three-wide behind the new leader, picking her up easily at midstretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths.   Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC acquired the fast mare at the end of May, and now they have a pacer who looks like a possible national fast-class performer.   Saturday's card at The Downs is topped by a $30,000 Open pace in race 10. Among the field of six are new millionaire Dynamic Youth; Take It Back Terry, making his first start since a hard-charging second as the favorite in the Levy Final on April 25; and Caution Signs, who was claimed for $12,500 on April 16 and since has fashioned a 9-6-3-0 record while working to the top class and lowering his mark to 1:48.3.   PHHA / Pocono  

JUNE 6, 2015 - Solar Sister and Ms Mac N Cheese established themselves as the early stars of the harness racing three-year-old pacing filly division with impressive outings in their respective $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Legs at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. Ms Mac N Cheese opened the Ontario Sires Stakes action with a commanding front end performance that saw her roll through fractions of :26.3, :56.2, and 1:24 without facing a significant challenge. In rein to Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion, fan favourite Ms Mac N Cheese sailed under the wire one length ahead of Evas Girl and Dublin Rose in a personal best 1:52.1. The win was the third this season for Ms Mac N Cheese, who was also victorious in an overnight event on May 15 and in her elimination for the WEG-SBOA Stake on May 23, both over the Mohawk oval. In her only other sophomore start the Badlands Hanover daughter finished second by a neck to Solar Sister in the WEG-SBOA Final on May 30. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions Ms Mac N Cheese for David Ratchford of North Sydney, NS, who acquired the filly for $10,000 from the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. At two Ms Mac N Cheese was a star on the Grassroots circuit, winning three regular season events and her Grassroots Semifinal before being edged out in the Grassroots Final by Stonebridge Quest. The filly's successful Gold Series debut boosted her lifetime earnings to $181,882. Solar Sister also controlled the tempo in the second Gold Series division, but the Mach Three daughter faced heavier pressure on the way to her one length, 1:51.2 victory. Driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON sent Solar Sister to the front heading for the half way marker, and the fan favourite first turned away a challenge from Tessa Seelster, then held off Wrangler Magic and Delightful Hill to extend her sophomore win streak to four. Gregg McNair conditions the talented youngster, who started her win streak in an overnight event at Mohawk on May 15, then swept her elimination and the final of the WEG-SBOA Stakes before landing her first Ontario Sires Stakes win. The Guelph, ON resident trains Solar Sister for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. The filly is the most successful offspring to date from their $1.4 million winning mare Cabrini Hanover. Although she did not earn an Ontario Sires Stakes trophy last season, Solar Sister did capture an elimination of the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway and a division of the Eternal Camnation Stake at Mohawk, earning $214,828. Saturday's win bumped the filly's lifetime earnings to $378,658. Solar Sister and Ms Mac N Cheese will attempt to maintain their position atop the three-year-old pacing filly leaderboard when the Gold Series returns to Mohawk Racetrack on July 2. Ontario Sires Stakes

Summerside, PE - Outside The Wire, withharness racing driver Jason Hughes in the bike, won the opening day harness racing feature in a sparking 1:55 flat Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The Blue Knight used rail control to his advantage by sending the Grinfromeartoear six-year-old pacer to the point and rolled through fractions 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.1 to win by open lengths. Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) was second with J RS Hurricane (Gary Chappell) third. The victory was a driving hat-trick for Hughes who picks up where he left off last year at the top of the leader board. Whatabadgirl (Badlands Hanover) and driver Mike Stevenson opened the 2015 season with a 2:00.4 performance for trainer-owner Kristina McCourt of Summerside. In other action, the 10yo Life Sign gelding Life Savior notched his 52nd lifetime score to start the new campaign at the Prince County Oval. Corey MacPherson did the driving for owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern of Kensington. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies were out in full force for the harness racing eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals. A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions. In the first elimination, Stubborn Belle, last year's O'Brien Award winner, made her 2015 debut a winning effort in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle made a move from third to first in the second-quarter to take control at the half in :57.1. After posting a third-quarter of :28.2, Stubborn Belle trotted home under minimal urging to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Meadow Seelster, who made a break after the start, made a huge comeback to finish second. Summers Jewel, Battle Mage and Tymal Illbthere rounded out the top-five to secure spots in the final. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Al Libfeld and Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm. The sophomore trotting filly won five of 14 starts last season and compiled earnings of over $524,000. Stubborn Belle returned $2.90 to win. Stubborn Belle The second elimination saw Danielle Hall, last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, sent-off as the heavy favourite in her season debut, but an early break from the star filly tossed the division up in the air. Second Sister and driver Doug McNair showed early speed to grab the lead. Once on the front, McNair got to call all the shots and set fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Second Sister cruised home in :28.1 to win by three-lengths over first-up challenger Kaddy in 1:55. Yanks Ball Girl, Magic Shelley and Sumthintotalkabout picked up the remaining cheques to earn a spot in the final. Following her break, Danielle Hall caught the field and was able to finish sixth. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Second Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The trotting filly finished third last week in her season debut. Last season, Second Sister won three of eight starts and earned $55,760. Her clocking of 1:55 Saturday night established a new career mark. Second Sister paid $26.70 to win. Second Sister On the pacing side, a total of 20 three-year-old fillies were split evenly into two ten-horse eliminations. In the first elimination, Ms Mac N Cheese was able to overcome post-ten to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese, the 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate and was able to make the front from the far outside. The public's choice set fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before being challenged around the final turn. Ms Mac N Cheese reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 with a first-over challenger at her wheel. In the stretch, the favourite turned aside all rivals to create some separation and paced home in :28.3 to win in 1:52.4. Code One Hanover, who got a two-hole trip, was able to close in on the leader in late stretch to finish second and narrow the margin of victory down to a length. Wrangler Magic, Capela and Southwind Ginger finished in the money to earn the final three spots in next week's final. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner David Ratchford. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two this season and nine for 12 in her career with over $84,000 in earnings. Ms Mac N Cheese lowered her career-mark by a fifth of a second with Saturday night's victory. She returned $6.10 to win. Ms Mac N Cheese In the second elimination, Solar Sister, the even-money choice, made it a sweep of the pacing eliminations by post-ten starters with a 1:53 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister sprinted to the front from post-ten and was able to reach the pylons at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The public's was then able to call the shots and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Solar Sister kept her momentum going and held off her rivals with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length. Delightful Hill came charging from the back to finish second. Win The Gold, Much Adoo and Twin B Honour rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Her elimination victory improves her 2015 record to a perfect two for two and was the fourth win of her career. Last season, Solar Sister won two of 12 starts and banked over $214,000. Saturday's clocking of 1:53 established a new career mark for the McNair trainee. A $2 win ticket on Solar Sister paid $4.30. Solar Sister The post position draw for both finals was conducted following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned the right to select their posts. The $129,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for trotting fillies and the $127,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for pacing fillies will take place next Saturday (May 30.) Here is how they will lineup in next week's finals. WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Final 1. Kaddy - Steve Condren 2. Stubborn Belle - Paul MacDonell 3. Second Sister - Doug McNair 4. Summers Jewel - Mario Baillargeon 5. Battle Mage - Jack Moiseyev 6. Meadow Seelster - Jody Jamieson 7. Sumthintotalkabout - Rick Zeron 8. Yanks Ball Girl - Randy Waples 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Magic Shelley - Chris Christoforou AE: Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Final 1. Much Adoo - Paul MacDonell 2. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion 3. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 4. Wrangler Magic - Yves Filion 5. Twin B Honour - Trevor Henry 6. Win The Gold - James MacDonald 7. Code One Hanover - Paul MacDonell 8. Southwind Ginger - Jody Jamieson 9. Delightful Hill - Jody Jamieson 10. Capela - James MacDonald AE: I Wonder Why - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

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