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CAMPBELLVILLE, June 27 - A return to his local track turned into yet another convincing harness racing victory for Musical Rhythm Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee was a four-length winner in Monday's eight-horse $34,000 Preferred Trot. Musical Rhythm is now six for six at Mohawk this season and a perfect 11 for 11 on the WEG Circuit in 2016. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall was making his first start Monday since finishing sixth in a leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs on June 12. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm trotted along in mid-pack until getting his cue to march on first up around the final turn. Fearless Man, who had made a second-quarter move to the lead, led the field around the far turn and held a narrow advantage over the first over challenger at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm powered right on by Fearless Man and pulled away from his rivals with ease. The Baillargeon trainee trotted home in :28.2 for the comfortable victory. Whiskey Tax, who led at the opening-quarter, finished second, while Olympic Son was third. Musical Rhythm now has 11 wins from 13 starts this season for earnings of just under $200,000. He is owned by Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Monday's victory is the 20th career score for Musical Rhythm and pushes his career earnings over $295,000. He paid $3.20 to win. Musical Rhythm Top trotters were the main attraction Monday evening, but it was a pair of overnight performances that caught the attention of many. Five-year-old gelding Domitian Hall won the evening's fifth-race, a $20,000 overnight event, by just over 10 lengths in a stunning 1:51.2. The clocking was a new career-best for the son of Justice Hall and became the nation's fastest trotting mile of the season by an older male trotter. However, the same class was split into two races and four-year-old Rubber Duck would match Domitian Hall's mark with his own 1:51.2 mile later in the evening. The son of Muscle Mass knocked more than three-seconds off his previous career-best with the national season's record-equaling mile. In the fifth race, Domitian Hall and Jonathan Drury got away seventh and marched their way towards the front in the middle-half, ultimately grabbing command at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. The five-year-old finished off his mile with a :26.4 final-quarter for the blow out victory. In the ninth race, Rubber Duck sat in the three-hole until making a move to the front around the final turn for driver Jack Moiseyev. The five-year-old had to deal with Cash For Gold pressing him throughout the lane, but the Julie Walker trainee was game and held him off with a :28 final-quarter. Domitian Hall was making his debut for new trainer Carmen Auciello Monday night. He now has five wins in 21 starts this season and 14 throughout the course of his career. Rubber Duck picked up his second win in six starts this season Monday. His impressive mile gives him six career victories. Musical Rhythm held the previous season's mark for an older male trotter of 1:52, taken on March 7th at Woodbine. The fastest trotting mile overall this season in Canada is 1:51, posted by Hannelore Hanover in the Armbro Flight Final on June 18th at Mohawk. Monday's card also featured three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Bee In Charge took advantage of a stretch break by the leader to win the first division in a career-best 1:54.3. The gelded son of Manofmanymissions is a half-brother to the great Bee A Magician. Chris Christoforou guided the Per Henriksen trainee to his third win of the season. Zagster was able to convert off a second over trip from driver Trevor Henry to win the second split in 1:55.2. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Shannon Henry and now has two wins on the season. The final division featured a trio of horses (Will Take Charge, Dia Monde and Tony Soprano) coming out of the Goodtimes Final. Will Take Charge, who finished second in the Goodtimes, grabbed command in the second-quarter and never looked back en route to a career-best 1:53 score. The gelded son of Kadabra was driven to his third win of the season by Paul MacDonell for trainer John Bax. Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Grand Circuit harness racing trotting mares capped off an eventful May long weekend Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The first leg of the Miss Versatility Series featured two $30,000 divisions. The series for older trotting mares stops at Mohawk twice, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs before wrapping up with the final on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. A scratch in each division left fields of seven to battle in first round splits. Four-year-old Jewels In Hock and driver John Campbell took care of business in the first division with a 1:54.2 victory by 4½ lengths. The Linda Toscano trainee took command of the race on the way to the half with a fourth to first move. After posting fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2, Jewels In Hock kicked clear from her rivals and trotted home comfortably in :28 to win as the public's choice. White Becomes Her, the leader at the opening-quarter, finished second, while MissysGa Ga crossed the wire third. A daughter of Credit Winner, Jewels In Hock won 9 of 17 starts last season and was the New York Sires Stakes champion. She finished her sophomore season with over $353,000 in earnings. The four-year-old trotting mare picked up her first win in her second start of the season Monday. Owned by KJ Stables LLC, Jewels In Hock now has 12 career victories and over $382,000 in career earnings. The Toscano trainee paid $3.80 to win. Jewels In Hock In the second division, Rockin With Dewey just held off a late surge from Charmed Life to win in 1:53.3. The Ben Baillargeon trainee flashed some early speed for driver Mario Baillargeon and got away in the two-hole behind longshot Second Sister. There was little movement throughout the opening-half with Second Sister posting panels of :28.1 and :56.3. Baillargeon angled Rockin With Dewey out of the pocket nearing the three-quarter pole, while Charmed Life was moving up towards the front on the outside. In the stretch, Rockin With Dewey took the lead and was trotting up a storm. Charmed Life was sitting a few lengths back of the leader, but in the final strides closed in to make it a photo finish. At the wire, Rockin With Dewey came out on top by a narrow margin. Charmed Life now has four runner-up finishes in five starts this season. Elegant Serenity finished third. A six-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Rockin With Dewey now has two wins in five starts this season. She is owned by Ben Baillargeon and Diane Ingham. Rockin With Dewey has had success previously in the Miss Versatility. The Baillargeon trainee won two legs of the series last year. The six-year-old trotting mare now has 16 career victories and earnings of over $523,000. Rockin With Dewey paid $5.70 to win. Rockin With Dewey The next leg of the Miss Versatility Series is set for Canada Day (July 1) at Mohawk. Also on Monday, Flanagan Memory was a repeat winner in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Flanagan Memory came first up around the final turn to draw even with the leader Rubber Duck turning for home. The Rene Dion trainee marched by to take the lead in the lane and score a length and a half victory in 1:53.3. Intimidate got up to finish second, while Rubber Duck was third. A six-year-old son of Kadabra, Flanagan Memory now has two wins in three starts this season after winning two of 15 starts last year and banking $299,769. He paid $3.10 to win Monday evening. Flanagan Memory Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The streak and buzz surrounding Musical Rhythm continued to grow after another dominating harness racing victory Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee squared off with eight rivals in the $34,000 Preferred Trot and once again was a no doubt about it winner. Musical Rhythm left from post-four and quickly crossed over to the pylons to get away fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon, while Fearless Man cut a quarter of :27. The tempo slowed down in the second-quarter and that was Baillargeon's cue to fire the heavy-favourite to the front. Musical Rhythm trotted by the half in :56.4 and raised the tempo around the final turn to reach to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm bid farewell to his opponents and quickly opened up a six-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go. Under no urging from Baillargeon, the four-year-old son of Cantab Hall cruised by the wire in 1:53.2 for a 6¾ lengths victory. O Narutac Perfetto finished second, while Windsun Revenge was third. Musical Rhythm extended his current win streak to 11 with Monday's victory. The Baillargeon trainee was making his first start since winning the Don Mills Series final on April 23. The four-year-old standout has now won 13 of 14 starts since being purchased for $33,000 last November by Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Musical Rhythm has been a great investment for his connections, as he has earned them $169,300 in 14 starts. Monday's Preferred victory was the Baillargeon trainee's second win in two cracks at the WEG Circuit top trot. His previous Preferred win was a career-best 1:52 performance on March 7 at Woodbine. Musical Rhythm is expected to make his next start against Grand Circuit four-year-olds in The Graduate Series opening leg on May 21 at The Meadowlands. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm Monday evening returned $2.70. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Trotters were in the spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Tie Silk Series Final headlining the 10-race harness racing card. A field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings clashed in the $32,200 Tie Silk Series Final. The sophomore trotters not only had to deal with each other, but also rainy and windy conditions. Eddie Green trainee Donicus, 6-5 favourite, was aiming for a series sweep from post-five, but right to his inside was Per Henriksen trainee Muscle Hustle, the 8-5 second choice. Henriksen opted to skip the second leg with Muscle Hustle after the son of Muscle Mass won a leg one division. Donicus and Muscle Hustle trotted out quickly at the start with the Green trainee grabbing the lead and posting an opening-quarter of :27.2. Muscle Hustle and driver Randy Waples sat patiently in the two-hole, as the favourite posted fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2. Waples pulled on the right line to set up a stretch duel at the top of the lane. Muscle Hustle found top gear quickly and surged by to record a two-length victory in 1:56.2. Donicus' bid at a series sweep was denied, as he finished second. Greg Peck trainee Merchandiser, who won a leg two division, finished third from post-ten. Muscle Hustle was making just his second start of 2016 and fifth overall Monday. The Henriksen trainee now has three career victories and over $33,000 earned for owners Ecurie Bergh Inc. The clocking of 1:56.2 shaved nearly a second off Muscle Hustle's previous career-best. He paid $5.30 to win. Muscle Hustle Three-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2015, were eligible to the Tie Silk. The weekly $34,000 Preferred Trot saw yet another older trotter find the winner's circle Monday. Charlie Is A Joker benefited from breaks by the two favourties, Fearless Man and Flanagan Memory, to win in 1:55.3 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. The eight-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall grabbed the early lead, before surrendering the front to Zeus Lightning in the second-quarter. Charlie Is A Joker sat in the two-hole until the top of the lane and surged by in the stretch to win by a length at odds of 9-1. Zeus Lightning held on for second, while Hldontghttoyurdrms finished third. Charlie Is A Joker now has back-to-back victories to improve his season's record to four wins in 13 starts. The veteran trotter has banked $71,000 this season for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin. Monday's victory was the 32nd career score for Charlie Is A Joker and pushes his career earnings over $443,000. He paid $20.50 to win. Charlie Is A Joker While the older male trotters battled early in the card, the Late-Double started with a $24,000 Mares Trot. Many familiar older trotters, including Charmed Life, Rockin With Dewey and Bax Of Life, headlined the field, but a daughter of Muscle Mass making her four-year-old debut stole the show. Muscle Baby Doll shot through late for driver Sylvain Filion with great final-quarter speed to win in 1:54.4 at odds of 10-1. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was making her debut against older rivals after winning eight of 15 as a three-year-old and banking over $451,000 in her first two seasons on the track. Charmed Life, who took command in the second-quarter, surrendered the lead late and had to settle for second, while Rockin With Dewey finished third. Muscle Baby Doll trotted along fourth for the majority of the mile and used a :27.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter. The daughter of Muscle Mass is owned by F Bellino And Sons LLC and now has 13 career victories. Muscle Baby Doll returned $23.60 to win. Muscle Baby Doll Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm scored his 10th consecutive victory Saturday night in the harness racing $42,600 Don Mills Trotting Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee crushed his five rivals with a five and a half lengths victory in 1:52.4 to easily sweep the three-week Don Mills Series. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm got away third before brushing to the front in the second-quarter. The 1-9 favourite posted fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before trotting home confidently in :27.1 for his eighth victory of the season. Hillsonator finished second, while Musical Rhythm's stablemate Grana Padanno was third. Musical Rhythm was purchased for $33,000 last November at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale and has since won 11 of 12 starts and earned $152,300 for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm improved his career totals to 17 wins and over $200,000 earned with his Don Mills Series final victory. Following Saturday's race, Ben Baillargeon explained what his initial expectations were for Musical Rhythm. "I liked about him that he fit the non-winners of three or $75,000 and the General Brock Series," said Baillargeon. "I thought he was a nice horse, a fast horse and he showed a quarter in :26.4 as a two-year-old, so that's what I look for at the sale, I like when they have speed. "For some reason this year he has put it together and he has been nothing but good for me. The hopple broke the one time he ran at the gate or else he would be perfect." While Musical Rhythm has exceeded expectations, his connections are enjoying the pleasant surprise and have staked him heavily to top events this season. "We put him in the Graduate Series starting in a month at The Meadowlands, so he will probably race one time before we go there," noted Baillargeon. "But this week he is going to hit the field." Musical Rhythm's victory gives Baillargeon his second consecutive Don Mills Series final win. Last year, Etruscan Hanover won the series finale in a record 1:52.2. Musical Rhythm has quickly made a name for himself in 2016 and Baillargeon noted he isn't sure just how good the four-year-old can be. "I know he's a better horse off a helmet because he wants to go when you pull on the right line, but time will tell." Four and five-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015, were eligible to the Don Mills Trotting Series. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Blossom Series final will highlight the 10-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT - April 16 - The buzz surrounding four-year-old trotter Musical Rhythm got even louder Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee scored his ninth consecutive victory Saturday against six rivals in the $20,000 Don Mills Trotting Series second leg. A son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm trotted out strong at the start for driver Mario Baillargeon and got away second. Olympic Son, who was returning to the local circuit following a stint south of the border, sprinted to the lead and posted a snappy opening-quarter of :26.2. Baillargeon wasted little time circling Musical Rhythm to the lead in the second-quarter and posted a half-mile clocking of :56. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, Musical Rhythm charged home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:52.4. Mystery Bet rallied from sixth to finish second, while Grana Padanno, a stablemate of Musical Rhythm, finished third. A $33,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale, Musical Rhythm has won 10 of 11 starts for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall is seven for seven this season for $91,000 in earnings. Musical Rhythm has earned $131,000 since being purchased in November. A $2 win ticket Saturday on the four-year-old returned $2.20. The Baillargeon trainee will now go for the series sweep in next Saturday's $42,600 final. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the four and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015. Also on Saturday, Nickle Bag picked up his eighth win of the season in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. A field of seven squared off in the weekly feature event and it was a wide open contest, as three different horses (Boomboom Ballykeel, Ellis Park, Nirvana Seelster) had captured the Preferred over the previous three weeks. Nickle Bag entered Saturday winless in his last three starts after a six-race win streak. The Bill Robinson trainee found his way back to the winner's circle thanks to a second-over trip from driver Trevor Henry. Nirvana Seelster cut out fractions of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:23 to lead the field into the lane, while Nickle Bag sat second-over on the back of Ellis Park. In the stretch, Nickle Bag ripped off cover and surged by in deep stretch for the 1:50 victory. Ellis Park edged out Nirvana Seelster to finish second. A six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag now has eight wins in 13 starts this season. Saturday's victory was his 27th career score and pushes his career earnings over $600,000 for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $5.90 to win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Musical Rhythm has been the hottest trotter around over the last few months and Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack he continued his harness racing dominance. The Ben Baillargeon trainee stepped up to tackle Preferred trotters Monday. Musical Rhythm entered the Preferred on a six-race win streak, including a sweep of the General Brock Series. Mild temperatures and a 'Fast' track set the stage for the six-horse $34,000 Preferred. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm, the 3/5 favourtie, used his tremendous gate speed and sprinted to an early lead. After an opening-quarter of :27.1, Fearless Man circled around from second to grab command for Rick Zeron entering the backstretch. Zeus Lightning was parked around the first turn and came charging up looking for the lead heading to the half, but Zeron refused to surrender the front. The two trotters waged war throughout the middle-half and set solid fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2. Meanwhile, Baillargeon and Musical Rhythm waited patiently in behind the lead pair. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm was angled wide and powered by the leaders. The Baillargeon trainee trotted strongly through the wire for a four-length victory in an eye-catching 1:52. Zeus Lightning battled hard to finish second, while Burnin Money got up for third. Musical Rhythm has now won seven in a row and nine of 10 starts since joining the Baillargeon barn. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall was purchased in November by owners Baillargeon, Santo & Nunzio Vena and Claude Hamel. Musical Rhythm's clocking of 1:52 was not only a new career mark, but also North America's fastest trotting mile this season. The Baillargeon trainee has banked $61,000 in five starts this year. Monday's victory was the 14th career score for Musical Rhythm and pushes his career earnings over $167,000. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm returned $3.30. Musical Rhythm Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm continued his win streak with his most impressive harness racing victory to date in Monday's $50,000 General Brock Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten four-year-old trotters met up for the final of the General Brock, but all the focus surrounded Ben Baillargeon trainee Musical Rhythm. The son of Cantab Hall entered the series final on a four-race win streak, while also winning eight of his last nine starts. The public sent the Baillargeon trainee off at odds of 3/5 from post nine. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm sprinted off the wings of the gate searching for the front. Hillsonator, who won a leg one division, also left hard from post two, but the public's choice had the most trot and grabbed the front to post an opening-quarter of :26.4. Musical Rhythm caught a breather in the second-quarter of :30.1, before stepping it up to trot by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. At the top of the stretch, Baillargeon let his charge loose and the son of Cantab Hall responded by quickly leaving his rivals far behind. Musical Rhythm stormed home in :27.2 to score an 8½ length blowout victory in a series record time of 1:53.4. Hillsonator finished second, while Five Below grabbed third. The clocking of 1:53.4 erased the previous series record of 1:54.2 set by E W Fisher in 2011. Owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm's series sweeping victory improves him to four for four in 2016. He has also now won eight of nine starts since joining the Baillargeon barn in November. Musical Rhythm's career record now sits at 13 wins from 27 starts, while his career bankroll has exceeded $150,000. A $2 win ticket on the Baillargeon trainee returned $3.20 In order to be eligible to the General Brock, the three and four-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 15 - After impressive harness racing victories in last week's first leg, Musical Rhythm and Hillsonator met up in a second round division of the General Brock Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 15 three and four-year-old trotters were split into a pair of $18,000 second leg divisions. Last week's first leg winners, Musical Rhythm, a two and a half length winner in 1:56, and Hillsonator, a four-length winner in 1:56.3, crossed paths in the second division. Musical Rhythm blasted out from post three for driver Mario Baillargeon, while Hillsonator left from post seven and got away second for driver Rick Zeron. The public's top choices sat first and second through opening fractions of :27.2 and :57. Musical Rhythm, who was the 1/2 favourite, picked up the tempo around the final turn and posted a three-quarter time of 1:25.3. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm hit top gear and trotted strongly through the lane, while Hillsonator was all out in second. Musical Rhythm stopped the clock in 1:54, 2¼ lengths ahead of Hillsonator. Amityville Lindy finished third, while All B Over was fourth. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm stretched his current win streak to five with Monday's victory. The Ben Baillargeon trainee is three for three in 2016 and will have a chance at a series sweep in next week's final. Musical Rhythm is owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall now has 12 career victories and earnings exceeding $125,000. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm returned $3. Musical Rhythm In the first division, Demand An Answer took full advantage of avoiding the round one winners. The Shane Arsenault trainee went gate-to-wire for driver Sylvain Filion in 1:56.2. A four-year-old son of Angus Hall, Demand An Answer sprinted off the wings of the gate and by the opening-quarter in :26.2. The 4/5 favourite was too much handle for his opponents and cruised to a length and a half victory. Five Below, who trotted along third for the majority of the mile, trotted by Love Hunter in the stretch to finish second. Fleet Bumblebee, who got away eighth, came on late and almost nabbed third away from Love Hunter. Demand An Answer picked up his first win of 2016 with his career-best 1:56.2 mile Monday. The Arsenault trainee now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $62,000. Demand An Answer paid $3.60 to win. Demand An Answer The $50,000 General Brock Final will take place next Monday (February 22). Also on Monday, a field of six older trotters squared off in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. A week after getting beat in the final stride, Fearless Man rebounded strongly for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Elegant Man sprinted to the front and never looked back. Fearless Man posted fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.2 to lead the field into the stretch. Zeus Lightning came out from second to try and take down the leader, but the Zeron trainee held him off and trotted confidently through the wire in 1:53 for a half-length victory. Windsun Revenge finished third, while Etruscan Hanover was fourth. Fearless Man's clocking of 1:53 is the fastest trotting mile this season at Woodbine. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, MurrayGreenfield and Cool Cat Racing Inc., Fearless Man now has two wins from five starts this year, 24 victories overall and career earnings of over $423,000. Fearless Man paid $3.30 to win. Fearless Man Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

OCT. 1, 2015 - Harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon says Tessa Seelster may not be the prettiest filly to watch on the racetrack, but when it comes to grit and heart the three-year-old pacing filly has no equal. "She's a very gutsy mare, because she almost died as a two-year-old," explained Rockwood, ON resident Baillargeon. "She was on the operating table for colic surgery and the small bowel ruptured so they had to sew it by hand, and the chance of her surviving was about slim and none." Not only did Tessa Seelster survive the surgery, she went on to race as two-year-old, posting two victories in seven starts, and on Thursday evening she captured her first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy in Gold Series action at Flamboro Downs. Starting from Post 3 in the first $105,000 division, driver Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON settled Tessa Seelster into fourth as fan favourite Solar Sister fired off the starting gate to a :27.1 opening quarter. The resinman kept Tessa Seelster in fourth through the :56.1 half and then sent the daughter of Shadow Play up the outside, reaching the 1:24.4 three-quarters with a narrow lead. Tessa Seelster stayed game down the stretch, holding off Maplelea for a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Capela was well behind the leaders in third. "The half-mile is not her best asset, and she still made it today, so I am very pleased with the result," said Baillargeon, who conditions the filly for Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. "Very pleased with the result and looking forward to next week." Tessa Seelster and the other nine leading point earners from the five regular season Gold events will make their next start in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10. "She will try her heart out anyway, because she's a very gutsy mare," noted Baillargeon. Among the fillies joining Tessa Seelster on the starting gate at Woodbine will be Thursday's other division winner, Glamour Seelster. With Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair in the race bike Glamour Seelster fired off the starting gate from Post 2 and landed third on the rail as fan favourite Wrangler Magic led the field to a :28.1 opening quarter. The pair continued to sit third as Wrangler Magic paced by the half in :57, then circled around the leaders to take command before the 1:25 three-quarters. From there Glamour Seelster cruised home a one and one-half length winner in 1:53, with Ms Mac N Cheese and Wrangler Magic crossing the finish line in her wake. "She's a high speed filly, she can pace as fast as any horse I've driven for a piece," said McNair. "She's getting better every week." The driver's father, Gregg McNair of Guelph, conditions Glamour Seelster for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The win, her first in Gold Series action, improved the Jeremes Jet daughter's record to seven wins, one second and one third in 11 starts and boosted her earnings to $155,033. In addition to the sophomore pacing fillies' last regular season Gold event, Flamboro Downs also hosted the regular season finale for the two-year-old pacing colts on Thursday. Two-time Grassroots winner Continual Hanover made the move to the Gold Series level look easy, reeling in pacesetter Arsenic in the stretch to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:55.1. Fan favourite Nocturnal Bluechip was hot on Arsenic's heels in third. "He's always been right on the cusp of the Gold, but it was a bit easier to stay with the Grassroots," said driver Jody Jamieson of Continual Hanover. "Tonight he was real good, and dodged (division leaders) Voracity, Betting Line and Nvestment Bluechip, which is always good." Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON owns and trains Continual Hanover, who qualified for the freshman pacing colt Super Final with Thursday's victory. The Bettor's Delight colt will require a new driver for the Oct. 10 test as Jamieson is already committed to division point leader Nvestment Bluechip, but the Moffat, ON resident says the colt is a legitimate player in the season finale. "I think he's got a good chance with the right trip," said Jamieson of Continual Hanover's prospects. "He's peaking at the right time." In the second pacing colt division, Semi Automatic earned his second Gold trophy with an effortless six and one-half length score over New Talent and Cruise Patrol. The fan favourite and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON hit the wire in 1:55. "Semi was great tonight. He has had a great year," said MacDonald of the Badlands Hanover son. "Tonight he was pacing great, drew well (Post 2), so I moved him to the front and he controlled the race and won pretty handy." MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and his partners Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and J and T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY. The win bumped Semi Automatic into second spot in the division standings with 142 points from two wins, one second, one third and one fifth in the five regular season Gold events. The Gold Series regular season wraps up at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday, Oct. 2 with two $105,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and then the Toronto oval will welcome the best horses from each division for the $2 million Super Final Night on Oct. 10. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 18 - Rockin With Dewey trotted to a new career-mark of 1:52 to win the first leg of the Miss Versatility Monday night at Mohawk. A field of seven older trotting mares squared off Monday in round one of the harness racing series, Miss Versatility. The series for trotting mares is contested throughout the season over different track sizes. The final of the series is contested on Little Brown Jug day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Charmed Life was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite in Monday's opening leg. Rockin With Dewey, who defeated Charmed Life a week ago, was parked around the first turn, but cleared to the front as the field entered the backstretch, while Charmed Life was situated in fourth. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Rockin With Dewey posted a half-mile time of :56 before being challenged in the third-quarter by Charmed Life. The two trotting mares slugged it out around the final turn and Rockin With Dewey was forced to trot a :27.3 third-quarter, as she fought off the first up challenge of Charmed Life. In the stretch, Rockin With Dewey continued to powered forward as she put away Charmed Life. Dorsay, who got a two-hole trip, stayed close to the leader in the lane, but ultimately finished second, as Rockin With Dewey held her off to win by three-quarters of a length victory in 1:52. Charmed Life had to settle for third, while Bax Of Life was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Rockin With Dewey is trained by Ben Baillargeon, who also shares ownership in the mare with Diane Ingham. Monday's victory improves the trotting mare's record to two wins from 10 starts this season. Rockin With Dewey now has 12 career victories and career earnings of over $377,000. The clocking of 1:52 knocked a full two-seconds off her previous career-mark. Rockin With Dewey paid $11 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 25 - The conditions might have been a bit chilly, but Etruscan Hanover was sizzling Saturday night to a Don Mills harness racing stakes record at Mohawk Raceway. A field of eight four- and five-year-old trotters took to the track Saturday evening for the $44,400 final of the Don Mills Trotting Series. The series finale appeared to be a competitive contest on paper, but Etruscan Hanover would turn the final into his own personal showcase. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Etruscan Hanover sprinted off the gate to the front and posted a speedy opening-quarter of :26.4. The fast first-quarter would be a sign of things to come, as Etruscan Hanover carved out fractions of :55.1 and 1:24 to bring the field into the stretch. Bourbon Bay, the 4/5 favourite, appeared to be getting a nice two-hole trip in behind the leader, but would be not match for Etruscan Hanover in the lane. Etruscan Hanover and Baillargeon trotted home in :28.2 to score a 3 ¼ length victory over Bourbon Bay and established a new Don Mills stakes record of 1:52.2. Exemplar finished third, while Wild And Crazy Guy was fourth. A five-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Etruscan Hanover is trained by Ben Baillargeon, who shares ownership with Santo & Nunzio Vena and Claude Hamel. The gelding trotter has had breaking issues throughout his career, but continually posts successful results when he minds his manners. Etruscan Hanover now has a record of three wins from nine starts this season. The Don Mills final triumph is the tenth career victory for the Baillargeon trainee and increases his bankroll to over $87,000. The stakes record clocking of 1:52.2 knocks more than three-seconds off Etruscan Hanover's previous career-mark. A $2 win ticket on Etruscan Hanover returned $6.80. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills series, the four- and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2014. Etruscan Hanover J Js Delivery on time in Diplomat opener J Js Delivery shot up the rail late to pull off a 23/1 upset in the first leg of The Diplomat Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lined up Saturday for the first round of The Diplomat series. J Js Delivery and driver James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and posted a solid opening-quarter of :26.1. American Rock, the Youthful series winner and 9/5 second-choice, was parked around the first turn and would overtake the lead as the field rolled into the backstretch. The Wayfaring Man, the 3/2 favourite, came charging first up from fourth around the final turn to tango with the leader down to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Good Friday Three came off the cover of The Wayfaring Man to pace by the leaders and appeared to be on his way to victory. However, MacDonald would find room up the rail in deep stretch to allow J Js Delivery to charge through and score a  length victory over Good Friday Three in 1:52.2. Star Cover come on late to finish third, while The Wayfaring Man and American Rock had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery was making his second start for new trainer Dave Menary Saturday night. The three-year-old gelding is now two-for-two out of the Menary barn and has a record of three wins from five starts in 2015. J Js Delivery, who is owned by Robert Hamather, now has five career victories and earnings of $66,686. The clocking of 1:52.2 drops more than a full-second off of the gelding's previous career-mark. J Js Delivery paid $49.50 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the sophomore pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. The second leg of The Diplomat will take place next Saturday (May 2). Mark McKelvie

Six Bax, who has proved to be one of the most dominant claiming trotters in recent weeks, racked up yet another victory during Monday’s evening’s 10-race card at Woodbine Racetrack. The five-year-old son of Kadabra-Bax Machine had won three of his last four assignments for Team Baillargeon, and he tacked on another triumph thanks to his 1:55.1 score in Monday’s lid lifter. Mario Baillargeon powered to the lead with the Ben Baillargeon-trained gelding, and together they led the group past the quarter pole in :26.4. A charged up Meadowview Arny muscled to the lead in the backstretch, however, and he went on to supply the field with middle panels of :55.1 and 1:24.1. Those big fractions took their toll on the leader, who made a break in the lane and wound up finishing up the track. To view the rest of this story click here.

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 10 - Harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon will send out a quartet of starters in this Saturday's $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals at Mohawk and will be looking for a little bit of luck along the way. The post position gods weren't kind to Baillargeon as his two best chances Saturday evening drew posts nine and ten, while his other two starters drew post position seven. However, bad post positions or not, Baillargeon's starters all appear to have a chance to be a factor on Saturday evening. The first horse Baillargeon will send forward Saturday is the three-year-old colt trotter Muscle Matters, who will start from post position nine. Despite having not recorded a victory in eight starts this season, the son of Muscle Mass has finished second six times and banked over $165,000. "He's very shy of the winner's circle this year," said Baillargeon. "He had bad luck early in the spring and it's been a tough year." Baillargeon is hopeful that Muscle Matters, who won last year's Super Final as a two-year-old, can finally get the job done on Saturday. "A race is a race, like he's been there, but he doesn't win, but hopefully that might change and this Saturday would be the time." In order to defend his title, Muscle Matters will have to defeat the divisional standout Harper Blue Chip, who has yet to lose a Sires Stakes event this season in three starts. Baillargeon's second starter on Saturday evening won't have to deal with a powerhouse like Harper Blue Chip, but instead will meet a very even group of two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Lets Be Honest (PP7), a son of Deweycheatumnhowe, will be looking to break his maiden in style on Saturday evening. In his most recent start on September 30, Lets Be Honest finished fourth after being off since August 5. "Last week was his first start in six or seven weeks and I sent him back to the owners in between," said Baillargeon. "I know he hurt himself and he didn't do too much in between." Baillargeon believes the son of Deweycheatumnhowe will be better in his second start off the shelf. "He should be tighter, he should race well and he trained real well on Wednesday." Baillargeon's final two starters on Saturday evening will lineup in the three-year-old filly trot Super Final. White Becomes Her (PP10), a daughter of Angus Hall, was an early season standout in this division and has banked over $244,000 this year. Meanwhile, Miss Liv, a daughter of Kadabra, has yet to win this year, but has quietly earned over $122,000. Both fillies have put together solid seasons, but Baillargeon knows they will have their hands full with another filly in the race. "They've been two nice mares, but they need luck. Riveting Rosie is razor sharp right now and I got lucky at the beginning of the year she wasn't that great and mine (White Becomes Her) was real good back then, but it's a race." White Becomes Her captured a division of the first two Gold legs of the season, while Riveting Rosie won a division of the final three legs. Ben's brother Mario will handle the driving duties behind Muscle Matters, Lets Be Honest and White Becomes Her, while Steven Condren will drive Miss Liv. The veteran conditioner has his quartet set for Saturday evening and will now just need a little bit of help. "Everybody's healthy and everything looks okay, so we just need luck." Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

The best performers in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots this year, pacers and trotters, colts and fillies, will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack Friday and Saturday night. Two $20,000 Semi-Finals will be raced for each division to determine the starters for next week’s $50,000 Grassroots finals. The horses earned their way into the Semi-Finals through their performances in the Grassroots races in their divisions throughout the course of the OSS season. The top 20 point earners entered into the Semi-Finals are eligible to compete. The two-year-olds are in the spotlight on Friday night with the trotting fillies kicking things off in races one and two. Leading point earner Summers Jewel, who has yet to finish worse than third in her young career, has drawn post two for breeder/owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon of Rockwood, Ontario, whose brother Mario will be in the sulky. The Angus Hall miss has started in all six Grassroots events this year with three wins, a second and two thirds. The rookie pacing colts are next up in the third and fifth races. The top two colts in the division, Thinkofagameplan and Jeb will square off in the third race from posts six and eight respectively. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his cousin Al McIntosh of Leamington, Ontario, bred and own Thinkofagameplan, a son of Ponder who has captured four of six Grassroots events this year. A horse to watch in the fifth race is Moonwards Hanover, who comes into the contest riding a three race winning streak, all in Grassroots events. From the red hot first crop of Sportswriter, Moonwards Hanover is owned and trained by Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario, who also trained her dam, Mouse Hanover. He’s drawn post four with Paul MacDonell aboard. MacDonell will also be up behind Call Me Richard, the leading point earner among the rookie trotting colts, in the next race. Trained by Clare Bradshaw for owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ontario, the Muscle Mass son has won his last two races, both OSS events. The two-year-old pacing fillies are featured in races seven and 10 on Friday’s program with top point earner Ms Mac N Cheese departing from post four in the first split. The Badlands Hanover daughter owned by David Ratchford of Nova Scotia has been on a real roll lately with three straight victories on her scorecard. Sylvain Filion will drive from post four. On Saturday’s card it’s the three-year-old trotting fillies getting the Semi-Finals underway. Torches Star tops the point standings in this group and has post five in race five with regular pilot Steve Condren in the race bike for trainer Ben Wallace and owner Brad Grand of Milton, Ontario. The Angus Hall filly is the second foal from former OSS star Torch, a winner of $357,000 in her career. Their colt counterparts get things rolling in race two and come right back in race three for their two Semi-Finals. Aventure, the leader in this bunch, drew post nine in the third race with Trevor Henry up for trainer Bill Budd. Owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois, Aventure is 4-1-0 in five OSS starts this year. The glamour boy division, the three-year-old pacing colts, are featured in races six and nine on Saturday evening. Top point earner Shadow Place has post three in race six with Henry at the lines for trainer Richard Moreau. Regal Babe, who is less than 10 points behind in second in this division, has post five in race nine. The pacing fillies close out the card in races eight and 10. The latter finds Her Own Land in post five with James MacDonald at the helm for trainer Dave Menary. The leading point getter in this category, the Blissfull Hall filly has three wins and a second in her most recent starts, all Grassroots events. Saturday’s card also features the $286,000 Milton final for pacing mares with three Ontario-sired performers, Monkey On My Wheel, Camille and Voelz Hanover, taking part. To view the entries for Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk, please use these links Mohawk Entries - September 19. Mohawk Entries - September 20. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

If you like trotters then Mohawk Racetrack was the place to be Tuesday evening, as the Campbellville, Ontario oval hosted five OSS Grassroots divisions for three-year-old fillies of the square-gaited variety. Quadrophenia prevailed in the first division, though things didn’t look pretty for the Dave Menary trainee at the head of the lane. James MacDonald treated the even-money favourite to a two-hole trip behind Diamonds For Life who threw down panels of :28, :57.2 and 1:27.1 before coughing up the lead to Suegrabbitnrun. Quadrophenia was double up in the two-hole looking for room, and she was fortune to get it in deep stretch. She then used a :29.4 closing quarter to win by a length over Suegrabbitnrun, with Northern Secret a well-beaten third. Kjell Magne Andersen of Slependen, Norway owns the youngster who improved her 2014 record to 4-2-0 from nine starts with the win. Despite being unraced as a rookie, the filly has stashed away $37,900 to date. Mystical Wishes had a rough trip at Rideau Carleton Raceway in her latest, but she bounced back and won as she pleased in the second division. Doug McNair rallied the 1-5 favourite to the three-length score over Flexible Woman in 1:57.1. Taking home the show dough was Carefulwhatyouwish. Tony Alagna trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Mass for Indiana partners, Mystical Marker Farms LLC of Dyer and Peggy Hood of Valparaiso. The filly was winless in four starts last season, but she’s now 6-for-11 this year. She’s managed to bank over $48,000 to date. Dream Act destroyed the field she faced in the third division. Mario Baillargeon powered to the lead with the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Dream Of Becca, and she successfully whacked out panels of :28, :56.4 and 1:25.2 en route to the eight-length triumph over Aphrodity in 1:55.2. Missys Ga Ga rounded out the top three finishers. Andy Miller Stable Inc, Nick Surick and Hannah Miller share ownership on the Ben Baillargeon trainee who won for the first time in six starts this season. The $9,000 payday lifted her lifetime loot to $34,320. Serendipitious forced a recall in the fourth division when she broke behind the gate and had her overcheck pop off, but she had a flawless start the second go around and went on to post a victory for driver Chris Christoforou. The Daughter of Majestic Son-Royal B G survived a first-over trip en route to posting the 1:58.2 win over Doweypuffandhow and Capturethememory. Guy Polillo of Brantford, Ontario owns the filly who is now 2-for-2 since relocating to the stable of trainer John Mungillo. The three-time winner bumped her lifetime bankroll to $28,772 with the win. Torches Star extended her OSS winning streak to three-in-a-row thanks to a career-best clocking of 1:57.2 in the final division. Steve Condren brushed the Ben Wallace trainee to the lead in the backstretch, and after doling out middle splits of :58 and 1:28 she was able to generate a :29.2 closing quarter which was good enough to earn her the score by three-quarters of a length over Chelseas Chance. Taking home the show dough was K D Bella. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario owns the filly who improved this year’s record to 4-0-2 from 11 starts with the win. She’s banked in excess of $40,000 this year and more than $88,000 to date.   Before the pari-mutuel card got underway at Mohawk tonight, the $18,000 Grassroots final division for 3yo filly trotters that was rained out last night was held as a non-wagering event prior to Tuesday evening’s 12-race card. Jack Litten shot to the top from Post 8 for driver Doug McNair, and after slicing out splits of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.4 he fired home in :29.4 to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Class Me Nice in 1:56.3. Taking home third prize was Massive Pockets. Gregg McNair trains the son of Muscle Mass-PJ Naomi for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan, and together they watched the gelding improve this year’s record to 2-1-3 from 11 starts with the win. The $9,000 payday bumped his overall earnings to $38,962. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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