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Last season’s star Tasmanian harness racing filly Barynya proved why she probably should be contesting next month’s Ladyship Mile by registering a record breaking win in the Charlton Cup last Sunday. With experienced local driver John Caldow in the sulky, Barynya demolished a strong field in a sizzling rate of 1.56.5, which carved 3.3 seconds off the previous 2570-metre mark. The Dick Eaves-trained four-year-old cruised to the front early and was never seriously threatened on her way to a two-and-a-half metre win from another Tasmanian-bred star Villagem, with multiple Charlton Cup winner Uncle Wingnut two-and-a-half metres away third. Barynya was brilliant last season with the Tasmania and Victoria Oaks included in her 10 wins from 15 starts. She also clinched four placings, ending her three-year-old season with a game second in the Breeders’ Crown Final behind Just Cala. Eaves entered Barynya first-up in the Group Three Harness Breeders Ladyship Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton, which was one of the preferred qualifying races for the Ladyship Mile - considered the most prestigious mares’ race in Australia. Unfortunately driver Rohan Hillier was a victim of circumstances in that event and the daughter of Blissfull Hall finished towards the tail of the field. Unfazed by the first real blemish on her race record, connections nominated Barynya for another Ladyship Mile qualifying race at Menangle last weekend, but owner Lloyd Whish-Wilson explained how that turned sour. “We entered her for the qualifying event at Menangle last Saturday, believing that with her high points tally for her outstanding form in last year’s major three-year-old events, and allowance for the interference in the Ladyship Cup at Melton, she would automatically get a start,” Whish-Wilson said. “However HRNSW officials balloted her out, in their words because she did not have form against older horses. “When I contacted them  I was told they did not work on the points for performance formula that Victoria and Tasmania use, and did not consider her faster times and higher prize-money won as sufficient justification to place her in the front of older mares.” The Ladyship Mile field has been finalised and will be run at Menangle on March 1. Barynya was named Australian Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year last season, and while she did miss a place in that Ladyship Mile qualifying event, there is no doubt she would have started one of the favourites had she been given ample opportunity to find a way into the race. The winners of each of the selected qualifying events are guaranteed a start in the Ladyship Mile. However, the conditions of the race then dictate that the balance of the field is selected from mares that competed in qualifying races held in New South Wales, one of which Barynya was denied a start. If Barynya’s lack of form against older horses was the reason for her being balloted from the qualifying race at Menangle then she certainly proved that to be misjudged by thrashing her older rivals in the Charlton Cup. PETER STAPLES

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 13, 2015 -- She was racing off a three-month layoff, and her faltering cover didn't take her where she wanted to go. Nevertheless, Blissfull Romance was the best in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Blissfull Romance was away eighth for Dave Palone and still trailing by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters. When Palone tipped her three wide, she brushed powerfully and scored in 1:54.4, a neck better than Prima Dragon. Early leader R Marie Hanover saved show. Ron Burke trains Blissfull Romance, a 6-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall - Draconian Promise who lifted her career bankroll to $251,925, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows is dark Monday in observation of Presidents' Day. Live racing resumes Tuesday, first post 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Prominent South Australian horseman Darren Billinger is without doubt harness racing’s equivalent of Rocky Graziano. Middleweight boxing champion of the world during the 1940s, Graziano wrote a successful autobiography in 1955, which was converted into a movie, starring Paul Newman, the following year. While Billinger’s skill in the ‘square ring’ is unknown, his connection to Graziano comes from the prizefighter’s book ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’. Given the events of the past four years, it is obvious somebody up there likes Billinger! Billinger’s heavenly help began soon after the tragic death of his daughter, Kelly, in April 2011. One of Kelly’s favourite horses was a youngster named Come On Frank, which had performed well without suggesting he was capable of reaching grand heights. Since that heartbreaking evening, Come On Frank has enjoyed ‘divine intervention’ on numerous occasions en route to feature race glory. Three months after Kelly’s untimely death, Come On Frank captured his first major – the Southern Cross Final at Globe Derby. Billinger naturally dedicated the victory to the 17-year-old, stating Kelly played a role in the victory. “This horse was Kelly’s favourite, so to win such a big race three months to the day after she passed away is a big thing,” Billinger declared at the time. “After he drew badly I knew he needed help from above and that’s exactly what he got. “It all just fell into place for him and I’d like to think Kelly was looking down upon us. “It has been a terrible time for me, my wife and our other daughter, Jodie, and although this is so emotional, it also gives us a chance to celebrate and remember Kelly.” Billinger was again in need of help from above 10 months later when Come On Frank contested the Vicbred Super Series at Tabcorp Park Melton. And sure enough, he got it! Come On Frank enjoyed the run of the race to capture the Group One as Billinger again sighted an ‘angel on his shoulder’. “I swear he gets help from above, especially in a couple of these big races,” Billinger said. “Personally, it has been a horrific 12 months, but he has kept us going. “That’s the quickest he has ever come out of the mobile, so there was something helping him tonight.” Given the events during the past few days, Billinger is positive Come On Frank’s angel is still looking after him. Making the trek to New South Wales for the upcoming Inter Dominion, Billinger was working Come On Frank at Menangle when the gelding took fright, tipping the astute mentor out of the sulky. What happened next is beyond explanation…. “Frank shied at something, tipped me out of the cart, bolted off the track, out the gate, under the railway bridge and onto the main road among the cars with the sulky still attached,” Billinger revealed. “The cars stopped for him, he’s had a romp, then turned around and came back to the track. “Naturally I was worried about injury, but he never had a mark on him, so you can’t say there isn’t angel looking after him.” Despite the ordeal, Come On Frank scored in 1:52.6 the following night. “He went terrific the next night and could have gone quicker if needed,” Billinger said. “Now we just need a bit of luck in the Inter Dominion heat on Saturday night.” The sole South Australian in the time-honoured Championship, Come On Frank will contest the Supplementary heat, in which he has drawn wide in barrier 11, but will slot into nine with the removal of the emergencies. The son of Blissfull Hall will require “plenty of luck” according to Billinger. “The draw is ordinary, but it is out of our control,” Billinger said. “I think the longer distance (2400 metres) will suit him, but it’s not going to be easy. “Hopefully the speed will be on and he can come with one run at the end and qualify for the Final two weeks later. “He will have to run the race of his life to get into the placings.” Given his record for heavenly assistance, it will take a brave person to suggest Come On Frank can’t qualify for the $750,000 TAB.com.au Final. PAUL COURTS

Victorian horseman Scott Stewart believes his stable star Bitobliss can produce his best at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Although unplaced at his past three outings, Bitobliss has been racing better than his form reads according to Stewart. Before his lack lustre efforts, the son of Blissfull Hall captured the Smoken Up and Popular Alm Sprints. “At Cranbourne he was just off, but his other two runs haven’t been that bad,” Stewart said. “In the Cobram Cup he just couldn’t get into the race. “Not only did he come off a 30-metre handicap, they’ve broken the track record up front. “His work has been good and I’m sure he will enjoy racing on the open space at Menangle.” Drawn awkwardly in barrier seven, Bitbobliss will be eased away from the mobile given noted front runner Suave Stuey Lombo shapes as the leader from gate two. “Suave Stuey Lombo is a certainty to lead and obviously the one to beat,” Stewart said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us from the draw, but I know he is ready to run a good race.” Following his trip across the Murray River, Bitobliss will be aimed at the Shepparton Cup in a fortnight followed by the A G Hunter Cup two weeks later. Should all go to plan, the stallion will then contest a heat of the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion. “There are plenty of options around, with a Cup on every week for the next six weeks,” Stewart said. “You can’t go in all of them and at this stage I will stick to the stands.” PAUL COURTS

Cult harness racing hero Come On Frank is about to experience a sample of what to expect next week and possibly beyond. Engaged in tonight’s meeting at Globe Derby, the local idol will clash with the first of the raiders – Maximan. While the promising Victorian is the only visitor for the first of the Summer Carnival programs, a strong contingent of interstate stars is predicted to arrive for next weekend’s South Australia Cup. Confident Come On Frank is ready for the influx, trainer Darren Billinger stated tonight’s clash will provide the perfect guide as to his stable flagship’s form. “He’s won his last four starts here easily, but it is hard to assess the form against those interstate,” Billinger said. “All I know is he is going as good now as he ever has. “I couldn’t be happier with him heading into our main races.” Should the son of Blissfull Hall perform up to expectations, Billinger will become the raider as he targets majors such as the Victoria Cup before continuing to New South Wales. The Victoria Cup is scheduled to be run at Melton on January 31, with the trip across the Murray River to take in the Inter Dominion at Menangle. Heats of the time honoured Championship are due to be conducted around Australasia on February 14, with the Final on March 1. “He is nominated for the Victoria Cup, but he will probably have to run a placing in our Cup to be guaranteed a spot in that,” Billinger said. “After that, I’ll take him to Menangle for the Inter Dominion heat. “If he misses a start in the Victoria Cup I will take him to New South Wales a couple of weeks earlier and give him a start or two up there before the Inter. “Which way I head with him all depends on how he goes during the next fortnight.” PAUL COURTS

Life is about to get a lot tougher for cult harness racing performer Come On Frank. Having dominated locals in recent weeks – winning five of his six starts, including Globe Derby last night – Come On Frank will head the resistance against the pending interstate raiders during the next fortnight. The influx is due to next Saturday night’s Summer Carnival Free-For-All and the following week’s South Australia Cup. Thrilled with Come On Frank’s form, trainer Darren Billinger believes the son of Blissfull Hall is in prime condition for the challenge ahead. “He is going as good now as he ever has,” Billinger declared. “I couldn’t be happier with him heading into our main races. “It’s going to get a lot harder for him, but he is in the best shape for it.” Should Come On Frank perform to expectation, Billinger will head across the border for the Victoria Cup before continuing to New South Wales. The Victoria Cup is scheduled to be run at Melton on January 31, with the trip across the Murray River to take in the Inter Dominion at Menangle. Heats of the time honoured Championship are due to be conducted around Australasia on February 14, with the Final on March 1. “He is nominated for the Victoria Cup, but he will probably have to run a placing in our Cup to be guaranteed a spot in that,” Billinger said. “After that, I’ll take him to Menangle for the Inter Dominion heat. “If he misses a start in the Victoria Cup I will take him to New South Wales a couple of weeks earlier and give him a start or two up there before the Inter. “Which way I head with him all depends on how he goes during the next fortnight.” PAUL COURTS

Well-bred pacer Dont Call Me Cheap will make her long-awaited debut at tonight’s harness racing program at Kilmore. A member of the Julie Mifsud stable, Dont Call Me Cheap is by Blissfull Hall from good producer Botswana. As such, the mare is a half-sister to Group One winner Lennytheshark and a sister to Led Suitcase and Blissfull Boy. A former classy youngster, Led Suitcase also boasts success at Group One level. The clan is littered with top shelf winners, including Newbold Penny, Tandias Courage, Classic Garry, Nolarama, Burling Game, Mother Courage, Provocative and Penny Veejay. While the above mentioned were star youngsters, Dont Call Me Cheap will complete her first trip to the races as a four-year-old, with Mifsud stating expectations are being kept under wraps. “We’re not going to get carried away with her,” Mifsud said. “She’s a nice type, but she’s got a lot to learn about racing. “The ability and speed are there, but the maturity isn’t. On top of that, she’s off the second row and it’s the first time she’ll be under lights. “It’s just a case of see how she handles it all.” Although Dont Call Me Cheap is making a late start to her career, Mifsud explained the delayed debut was “just circumstances.” “There has never been anything major wrong with her,” Mifsud declared. “It’s just been a few little setback and life away from the horses getting in the way. “Her owners have been very patient and hopefully she can make up for some lost time as we go along.” PAUL COURTS

Multiple feature race winner Bitobliss is poised to create a slice of harness racing history at Melton on Friday night. Engaged in the Smoken Up Sprint, Bitobliss is aiming for his third win in the Group Two. The Smoken Up Sprint has been run under several names throughout the years, with Harness Racing Victoria changing it again, this time to honour the recently retired champion. Originally run as the Melbourne Mile on Melbourne Cup eve, the 1609-metre dash was then combined with the Pacing Australia Legends – staged over 1940 metres - to become the Legends Mile, then The Legends before being altered in July. Bitobliss was successful in the 2011 and ‘12 editions of the event, with another victory to make the stallion the first pacer to win the Sprint three times. As it stands, the son of Blissfull Hall is one of only five dual winners, with the ‘famed five’ including Our Sir Vancelot, Shakamaker, Sokyola and Melpark Major. Our Sir Vancelot won over 1940 metres in 1996 before returning to score over a mile two years later. Bitobliss’ prospects of a third triumph were bolstered by the perfect draw – barrier one. Thrilled with the starting position, trainer Scott Stewart is confident his stable star can lead throughout. “The draw is ideal,” Stewart said. “Not only is he coming out of the pole, his main danger Maximan is off the second row. “He has pulled up in terrific shape from his first-up win at Kilmore almost two weeks ago and will be better again this time around. “His work has been terrific and he is in top order for this.” Should Bitobliss perform as expected, Stewart will take him north of the Murray for next week’s Coca-Cola Sprint at Menangle in hope of qualifying for the Miracle Mile at the same venue on November 29. PAUL COURTS

Already a member of an elite harness racing fraternity, Bitobliss will tackle a new challenge at Kilmore’s Cup meeting on Sunday. At is stands, Bitobliss is one of only three pacers to register consecutive wins in the club’s flagship event since its inauguration in 1964 when captured by You Crovottie. Thanks to his victories in 2011 and ’12, the Scott Stewart-trained stallion sits alongside Popular Alm and Game Oro to form the ‘terrific three’. Popular Alm was the first to achieve the feat in 1981 and ’82, followed by Game Oro in 1985 and ’86. Stewart is hoping Bitobliss’ connection to Popular Alm can continue in the Sprint named after the former superstar. Popular Alm was prepared by the late Bob and Vin Knight, who Stewart worked for during the late 1980s and early ‘90s. As for Bitobliss, he has drawn perfectly in barrier one in the 1690-metre feature. “That is a top barrier, but hopefully we haven’t used up all our luck with the draw,” Stewart declared. “From there I’d like to see him hold the lead, but we’ll have to see what happens when the mobile lets them go.” Although first-up for three months, Bitobliss is in “pretty good shape” after three solid trials, with Stewart confident of forward showing. “He’s had three good trials and his work at home has been great,” Stewart said. “He has certainly come up better than he did when he had a few runs last July. “His work has lifted and he is just generally better within himself. “I would have liked to have another crack at the Cup, but it’s just too much first-up from a spell.” Following his provincial engagement, Bitobliss will return to Tabcorp Park Melton for the Smoken Up Sprint on November 7. Should the son of Blissfull Hall race as expected, Stewart will head to Menangle for the Coca-Cola Sprint a week later in a bid to earn a berth in the Miracle Mile. Australasia’s premier speed test, the Miracle Mile is scheduled to be held at Menangle on November 29. “All that depends on how well he is going,” Stewart said. “For now I’m just concentrating on Kilmore then we will go from there.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing three-year-olds of both sexes and gaits set the fields for their $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Finals with eight $20,000 Semifinals Saturday (September 20) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five horses in each Semifinal moved on to next week’s Finals. Pacing Males High Flier (J. Harris) left out fast from his post nine starting spot in the first Semifinal, and he had the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) was in second at that point, but he moved to the outside and took control before the :55.1 half. Regal Son (Randy Waples) then rolled the dice first-over out of fourth, and he would match strides with Shadow Place at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Regal Son forged his way around Shadow Place in the lane, but High Flier got a lane up the inside, and he took advantage, getting up to win by a head in 1:52.1. Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic) turned a second-over trip into the runner-up spot and Regal Son finished third. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) came in fourth, followed by V I P Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Trainer David Taff of Waterdown, Ontario, shares ownership of High Flier, a Shadow Play colt, with Christopher Nicol of West Yorkshire, England. High Flier, who won at the Grassroots level on June 13 at Mohawk, has won five times from 11 attempts in 2014, and he has six career tallies. He has earned $43,436 this year and $47,386 in his life. Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) shot through from the pole position to take the field of ten to the :27.1 first quarter in the second Semifinal, but favoured Titus Seelster (Sylvain Filion) vacated the pocket past that marker, and he became the new front-stepper before the :56.3 half. Titus Seelster still had command at the 1:24.4 three-quarters while he felt some first-over pressure from Regal Babe (Doug McNair). Titus Seelster continued to hold Regal Babe off as they raced through the lane, but a number of horses began to close in on the leaders inside the final sixteenth, and it would be 50-1 shot Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon) charging up on the far outside to win the race in 1:53.4. Atomic Million AM, who lacked room for much of the stretch drive, was the runner-up and Regal Babe checked in third. Titus Seelster faded to fourth and Little Ben (Luc Ouellette) rallied to get fifth. Nirvana Seelster is a Camluck gelding trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy of Brockville, Ont. Nirvana Seelster, who was unraced at two, now has a trio of wins from 19 efforts and has put away $52,296. He was bred by Seelster Farms. Trotting Males Warrawee Promesse (Wayne Henry), who was starting from post ten and gunning for his eighth consecutive victory, took the lead away from 80-1 shot Hetties Commander (Paul MacKenzie) just after the :27.4 first quarter in the Semifinal opener for this bunch. Warrawee Promesse would go on to reach the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27, never facing a serious challenge along the way. At the top of the lane Henry asked Warrawee Promesse to kick away, but inside the final sixteenth he was overhauled by several challengers, including Kremlin (Sylvain Filion), who rallied from next-to-last at three-quarters to the win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.1. Hetties Commander shook loose from the pocket and wound up second with Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) nabbed third. Warrawee Promesse had to settle for fourth and Massive Pockets (Jody Jamieson) survived a tough outside journey to finish fifth. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk, scored his fifth triumph from 15 efforts this season and his seventh career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $45,472 on the campaign and $55,352 lifetime. It looked like Totally Ripped (Steve Byron) was going to the lead in the other Semifinal, but then he went off-stride, leaving Jack Litten (Doug McNair) in first at the :27.3 opening quarter. Justcallmeronald (Jody Jamieson) then popped out of the pocket, and he would take the lead before the 58 second half-mile marker. Justcallmeronald would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:27.4, but McNair angled Jack Litten back out of the two-hole in the lane, and he would out-trot Justcallmeronald late in the mile to prevail by just over a length in 1:57.4. Justcallmeronald, Ramas Last Son (Steve Condren), Crowningcrest (James MacDonald) and Taurus Seelster (Randy Waples) rounded out the top-five finishers. Jack Litten is a Muscle Mass gelding trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Jack Litten, who did not compete as a two-year-old, has three wins from 12 starts in 2014, and he has put away $48,962. Jack Litten, who was bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, also won in Grassroots competition on June 26 and September 2 at Mohawk. Pacing Fillies 70-1 shot Stellllllla (Jody Jamieson) held the lead at the :27.2 first quarter in the Semifinal opener, but Murrayfield (Sylvain Filion) would take over the front prior to the :56.1 half. Murrayfield then came under siege from first-over challenger Regally Ready (Doug McNair), and Murrayfield and Regally Ready were head-and-head at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Regally Ready put away Murrayfield, but then Bet Ya (Paul MacDonell) came from off cover to duel with the new leader. Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite Dana Dearest (Chris Christoforou), who had been fourth-over at three-quarters, began to close in as well. Regally Ready managed to fight off Bet Ya, but Dana Dearest was unrelenting with her brush, and she got up to win by about a neck in 1:53.3. Regally Ready came in second and Bet Ya was third. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic) checked in fourth and Double Joy (Mario Baillargeon) finished fifth. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going eight-for-15. She has season’s earnings of $77,820 and a career bankroll of $82,048. Dana Dearest has only been defeated once in five Grassroots starts in 2014. Her Own Land (James MacDonald), the public’s 4-5 choice, led through fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:24 on her way to a 1:54 decision in the second Semifinal. She beat runner-up Shadows Wonder (Chris Christoforou) by about two lengths with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) back in third. Fourth went to Born To Dream and Royal Mama (Steve Condren) collected fifth. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land now has five wins in Grassroots company and six wins from 14 starts overall this year. Now a seven-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $77,490 in 2014 and $87,050 lifetime. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal for this group it would be Serendipitious (Chris Christoforou) who took the field of ten through fractions of :27.4, :58.3, and 1:28. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) attacked the pace-setter from first-over on the final bend, and that gave a second-over tow to public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair). Serendiptious put away Flexible Woman turning for home, but Mystical Wishes was sent into three-wide territory for McNair, and she would trot past the pace-setter on her way to a 1:56.4 victory. Serendiptious held second, beaten a length by the winner, and Diamonds For Life (Sylvain Filion) took third. Also securing positions in next week’s final were fourth-place finisher Missys Ga Ga (John Campbell) and fifth-place filly Chelseas Chance (Randy Waples). Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC. of Dyer and co-owner Peggy Hood of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mystical Wishes is eight-for-13 in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes has earned $63,990 in 2014 and $67,740 lifetime. This was Mystical Wishes’s fourth OSS win of the year, joining her successes on August 12 at Mohawk, September 2 at Mohawk, and September 11 at Flamboro Downs. Quadrophenia (James MacDonald) blasted out from post ten to take the second Semifinal field to the opening quarter in 28 seconds, but 3-5 favourite and point standings leader Torches Star (Steve Condren) trotted her way to the top before the :57.1 half. Torches Star was still the boss at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but she didn’t have her best game on this night, and she was overtaken by first-over challenger Doweypuffandhow (Steve Byron) with an eighth of a mile to go. A host of closers were coming after the new leader, though, and trotting fastest of all was Lenny Mac (Randy Waples), who surged from third-over at the top of the lane to win in 1:57.3. Wonderland Snow (Trevor Henry) split horses to get second and Quadrophenia was third. Nickange Two (Mike Saftic) got fourth at 60-1 and Northern Secret (Mario Baillargeon) nailed down the last spot in the final. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, also co-owns Lenny Mac, a filly by Kadabra, with partner Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, Ontario. McIntosh also bred Lenny Mac with C S X Stables and Michael Kohler. Lenny Mac has four triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate this year, and this was her seventh career trip to the winner’s circle. She has banked $57,759 this season and $97,099 in her life. This was Lenny Mac’s third Grassroots win of the season, matching her total from her freshman campaign. Mohawk Racetrack will roll out the red carpet again next Saturday night with eight $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals for two- and three-year-olds. For full results of this Saturday night’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0920mohsn.dat. OSS News

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

Her Own Land concluded the regular season Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots season atop the leader board in points with a convincing seven-length victory this afternoon at Grand River Raceway in the first of four $18,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. These races were slated to be raced last Wednesday evening but when the card of racing was cancelled due to poor track conditions they were rescheduled to today. In the first split, James MacDonald sent Her Own Land directly to the top and she never looked back through fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26.2 and widened her margin to more than seven lengths by the time she hit the wire in 1:54.2. Kyles Secret was second followed by Always Sunday. A daughter of Blissfull Hall trained by Dave Menary for owner Hutt Racing Stable, Pa., Her Own Land now has four OSS victories from six tries this year. Born To Dream also went gate to wire in her division for Doug McNair to win by a head over a fast-closing Nefertiti Blue Chip. Medowland Lindeylou was third. Lomangino Standardbreds of New Jersey bred and own the winner, a daughter of Camluck, who was recording her third OSS win of the season. Trevor Henry guided Shadows Wonder to a front-end effort in the third division to win by more than five lengths in 1:56.4 over Double Joy and Can Art. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore co-owns the winner, a daughter of Shadow Play, with R G McGroup Ltd., New Brunswick and Serge Savard of Quebec. The final division also saw the front-end hold up, as Jack Moiseyev drove the Royal Mattjesty filly Royal Mamato a gate-to-wire 1:57 score. Murrayfield battled the winner down the stretch and was a nose short at the wire. Momara was third. Also owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Royal Mama is trained by John Kopas. This was the final regular season Grassroots event for this group of the 2014 season. The top point earners will face off in the Semi-Finals on September 20 at Mohawk. To view the harness racing results for Friday at Grand River, click the following link: Friday Results – Grand River Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The question of who will wear the red and white of Canada at the 2015 World Driving Championship will be answered Tuesday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Eight of the best drivers from their respective regions will gather in Charlottetown to contest the National Driving Championships presented by Standardbred Canada, P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association, P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and Red Shores. Post-time for the special 12-dash card is 7 p.m. The competition to see who can fulfill the dream of representing their country will get underway in Race 3. This year's NDC is a little different than previous, this year Standardbred Canada held a draft to allow the drivers to pick the horses they wanted to drive. Two-time World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson has selected to drive the rail horse C J Bluefin, a favourite heading into the National Driving Championship, Jamieson will have to fend off seven other foes. Sylvain Lacaille took his first round selection in Race 3, selecting the two-entry Caughfoolinaround for owner Maggie Mccarthy and trainer Roy Reynolds. Quebec native Guy Gagnon had the first overall selection and took Umiztagoodthing in Race 10 from Post 5. Todd Walsh trains the five-year-old Modern Art gelding who took a lifetime best in his last race of 1:56.4. The Alberta representative, and son of former Island horseman Sanford Campbell, had the second selection in the draft. Brandon Campbell chose post 2 starter in Race 5 All Out. With two second place finishes in his last two starts, the Clarkie Smith trainee is listed as the morning line favourite. B.C. native and the second representative from the Western Region, Jim Marino had the seventh overall pick he landed the 5-2 favourite Playful Patty in Race 4. Owned by Taylor Mcguigan the newcomer to Charlottetown will look to make her mark on Tuesday night. The third overall selection went to 'The Rocketman' Billy Davis Jr. Making his first trip to P.E.I., the second entrant from Ontario will look to keep the NDC crown in Ontario, the place it has been for the past three events. Davis selected Ton Of Luck for the Ultimate Stables. Leaving from Post 5 in the sixth race, the three-year-old daughter of Camluck finished third in her last start pacing in 1:57.4. The 'Flying Pilot' Ryan Ellis had the fourth overall selection and drafted Mcdaisy Cutter for owners John and Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown. The daughter of McArdle has a no-worst-than second record in her last four starts. The hometown pride, Marc Campbell was saddled with the eighth overall pick, and if that wasn't bad enough, his first pick in the draft also won't line up behind the starting gate. Campbell selected Panacotta from Post 1 in Race 8 but he made a break on Saturday, and after a questionable review it was deemed Panacotta had broken equipment after his break and not before, putting him on the qualifying list. So instead 'King Campbell' will look towards the ninth overall selection in the draft, Rash B Havior. The four-year-old Lis Mara gelding played a contributing factor in gaining Campbell the victory in the Altantic Regional Driving Championship. The pair went right down the highway in the Championship winning in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. The Champion will be decided during eight of the 12 races on the card. The event concludes in Race 10. The special Tuesday card will also feature the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup and the $5,000 Builders Cup. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver Marc Campbell. Only beaten a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the 55th running of The Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer, Wazzup Wazzup is the morning line favourite. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. All Turain, Ultimate Luck, Astor and Mach Wheel round out the power packed field of seven starters. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two local horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. Please note. There is not live racing Thursday at Red Shores Charlottetown. Live racing returns Wednesday to Red Shores Summerside at 7pm and Saturday in Charlottetown at 6pm. For information on race dates go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

It's not very often that entrants in the Gold Cup and Saucer stick around P.E.I. after the race is over, but when the Founders Cup carrying a purse of $25,000 is only 10 days later, why not stick around. That was the mindset of the connections for the runner-up in the 55th running of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup was only beat a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the final and he will be back Tuesday night looking to get the red soil monkey off of his back. The first ever Founders Cup will go in Race 11 Tuesday night as part of a special National Driving Championship card at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver and NDC participant, Marc Campbell. A win would put 'Wazzup' over the $ 100, 000 mark for earnings in the 2014 season. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson, who is in town for the NDC will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. Mach Wheel was a runner up to Up The Credit in the MacGregor memorial for driver Paul Mackenzie, he has since been purchased by Roy Springett, Robert Sitemen, William Shearer and Donald Smith all of Nova Scotia. Darren Crowe now handles the driving and training duties on the son of Mach Three. He has over $ 243,000 made lifetime and a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. He has drawn the outside Post 7 A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. The coveted rail position goes to All Turain as he returns to the free-for-all ranks of a 1:54.2 qualifier at Red Shores' Summerside. Mike Stevenson will handle the driving duties for trainer Wade Sorrie. A winner in 1:52.2 last year at Charlottetown the five-year-old Tell All gelding is owned by Lee Hicken and Perry Burke. Ultimate Luck has drawn post two for the Ultimate Stable, Terry Gallant will drive for trainer Sifroi Melanson. Astor, the third entrant in the field who raced in the MacGregor Memorial has drawn Post 5 for trainer - driver Jason Hughes, he is owned by the powerful Foxyhall Racing group of Wallace, NS. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

With her closest competition, Shadows Wonder, opting to race in the Gold Series, Her Own Land boosted her advantage in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots point standings with a 1:52.3 tally in one of five $18,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs. Driver James MacDonald had Her Own Land up to grab the front at the :27.3 opening quarter in the fourth Grassroots split. Her Own Land then went on to hit the half in :55.2 and the three-quarters in 1:24 on her way to the victory. She defeated runner-up Bet Ya (Jack Moiseyev) by two and a half lengths with Badlyinclined (Chris Christoforou) back in third. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land has three wins in Grassroots company and four wins from 11 starts overall this year. Now a five-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $53,990 in 2014 and $63,550 lifetime. Menary also sent out Stellllllla, the winner of the Grassroots opener in 1:54 with Chris Christoforou in the bike. She took the lead from first-over before the 1:25 three-quarters and then drew away from the competition from there, eventually winning by seven lengths. Exhilarated (Sylvain Filion) finished second and Shes A Hotmama (Scott Coulter) grabbed third. The victorious daughter of Mister Big is a homebred for Daryl Sherman of Elmore, Ohio. She won for the first time from nine efforts this season and she now has four career triumphs. Stellllllla has put away $15,640 on the campaign and $52,486 in her life. Christoforou picked up another victory in the next Grassroots event as Dana Dearest turned a second-over trip into a 1:54.3 tally. Missevil (James MacDonald) came in second and Double Joy (Sylvain Filion), the leader through splits of :27.3, :56.2, and 1:25.1, held third. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ont. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going six-for-12. She has season’s earnings of $53,820 and a career bankroll of $58,048. The remaining two Grassroots flights went to the father/son team of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair. Their first victory came courtesy of Regally Ready (1:53.4) in the third section and then Momara (1:55) took the nightcap. Regally Ready is a Royal Mattjesty filly owned by Hutt Racing Stable. She has four victories from 12 attempts this year and she now has six career wins. The filly has pocketed $41,060 in 2014 and $82,398 in her life. Gregg McNair, who hails from Guelph, Ont., also bred and co-owns Momara, a daughter of Lis Mara, with partners Len Gamble of Etobicoke, Ont., Don MacDonald of Amherstburg, Ont. and David Kryway of Amherstburg, Ont. Momara scored her initial 2014 win in her eighth try and she now has seven career triumphs. She has put $22,639 in the bank for her connections this year and she has earned $94,273 lifetime. The three-year-old pacing fillies of the Grassroots Series will be back in action on August 25 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Teddys Place will try to fend off seven rivals in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 pm. Mike Stevenson will sit behind Teddy Place for owner-trainer Thane Arsenault of Charlottetown from post 4 in the race 12 finale for a $1,750 purse. The nine-year-old son of Blissfull Hall has hit the board in six of his last seven starts, including a 1:57.1 victory on June 29 in Charlottetown. He will face some gritty competition including KG Comet (Wayne Dunn) and CL Eighty (Kenny Arsenault). Race analyst Les MacIsaac is thinking outside the box in putting his faith in post 7 starter Shock The Rock (Corey MacPherson). "Being stuck in the seven hole could complicate matters but he's been holding his own against some high caliber opposition and is the only one in here to show a recent win at this level," MacIsaac said of Shock The Rock. "He's a potential sleeper." Other entries include Talk Back (Brian MacPhee), Deuce Man (Brodie MacPhee), Mr Macleod (Jason Hughes) and Pictonian Walton (Walter Cheverie). The card also features the first leg of the Alpine $3,000 claiming series with separate splits for fillies and mares, and horses and geldings. The first of three fillies and mares divisions lines up in race 4 with Montreal Beauty (Dale Spence) installed as the morning line favorite from post 6 in the compact field. The second $1,500 division goes in race 6 with Whatabadgirl (Garry MacDonald) riding a two-race Ontario win streak from the outside post in the six-horse-field. The third fillies and mares split lines up in race 9 with Machintosh (Steven Shepherd) favored off the rail in the seven-horse-field. The two horses and geldings divisions go in races 8 and 11. Race 8 has 10-year-old veteran Cam Cool (Marc Campbell) as the one to beat off a two-race win streak at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Race 11 will have seven rivals try to knock off Albert Town (Campbell) from post 1. By Nicholas Oakes

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