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JULY 31, 2015 - Driver Randy Waples captured a pair of three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with horses trained by one of his harness racing heroes. "Growing up in this business, he's the guy that everybody always wants to drive for, so when you find yourself lucky enough to be driving for him it's a rush every time," said Waples of Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "I have my heroes in the business too, and being able to drive horses for a guy like that, it's a rush." Waples kicked off the Grassroots program with a win, steering Regal Sight to a 1:52.3 score from Post 6. The pair took control heading for the half and was never headed, sailing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Ace Of Clubs. The Fire Within was three lengths back in third. "He raced really well," said Waples. "He got a little hot behind the gate last week and made a break, but he was back to himself tonight." The win was the first this season for Regal Sight, who had posted one second and two thirds in the first three Grassroots events. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON bred and own the son of Stonebridge Regal and You See L A, who currently sits seventh in the division point race with 99. Regal Sight Waples and McIntosh recorded their second victory in the fourth Grassroots division, with the Milton, ON resident giving Artful Way a come-from-behind steer. Starting from Post 9, Waples eased Artful Way onto the rail in fifth and waited until the three-quarter marker to shift into the outer lane behind fan favourite Southwind Indy. Turning for home two and one-half lengths behind leader Feeling Cam Lucky, Waples shifted Artful Way into high gear and the gelding powered down the stretch to get a head in front of Feeling Cam Lucky and Southwind Indy in 1:51.3. "He's been drawing horrible lately. He's had a 10 and two nines his last three starts down here, so he hasn't really been able to get into the race. Tonight he had his nose right on the gate and when I looked over there looked like there was going to be a couple spots available, so it just really worked out good for him," said Waples of the Artistic Fella son. "Usually if you can get him in the middle somewhere he doesn't mind first over. He can grind away first over pretty good. He's win two or three times like that. "He can take a lot of air, he just seems not to get tired," added Waples. "He's got a big motor; a big motor and a big set of lungs." McIntosh bred and owns Artful Way, who was also a winner in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 2. In the other two Grassroots legs the gelding finished fifth and third, giving him a total of 117 points and sole ownership of fourth in the division standings with two regular season events remaining. Artful Way Bob Ben And John gave his connections a nice parting gift in the second Grassroots division. The Sportswriter gelding, who is entered in the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Aug. 1, scored his first win of 2015 with a 1:53.3 front-end triumph over Windsong Lord and Halton Hurricane. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton. Following the race Sorella took to Twitter to say farewell to the gelding: "Thanks for the memories Bob. Best of luck in your new home." Friday's win boosted Bob Ben And John into eighth in the point race, making him a more attractive acquisition for a new owner hoping to participate in the Grassroots post season. Bob Ben And John Sporting The Look also jumped up the standings with his victory in the third division. Another son of Sportswriter, Sporting The Look powered out of the pocket and past pacesetter Twin B Scandal to claim his second straight Grassroots win in a personal best 1:51.2. Mach Code rounded out the top three. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the victory for his father Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON and his partners 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Two wins and one eighth in Grassroots competition give Sporting The Look 101 points, putting him in sixth. Sporting The Look The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to the connections of His Boy Elroy, who also used come-from-behind tactics to secure the victory. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic urged His Boy Elroy down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over Sugarsam and Make Some Luck in a personal best 1:51.4. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. Through three Grassroots starts the colt now has one win, one second and one eighth-place result for a total of 76 points. His Boy Elroy The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack for the fifth Grassroots event of their season on August 21. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Tuesday, August 4 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner L A Delight scored another impressive victory Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in second leg action of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. A field of seven rookie pacing fillies squared off in the $12,000 second round of the three-week series event. The Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight, who did not compete in round one, was made the heavy 1/5 favourite over leg one winner Shes Lights Out. The round one winner sprinted to the front for driver Paul MacDonell in Thursday's contest, while L A Delight and driver Randy Waples got away just behind in second. Shes Lights Out set fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 with L A Delight waiting patiently in the pocket for the stretch drive. In the stretch, L A Delight powered by Shes Lights Out on the outside and cruised home under a hand drive from Waples to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:54. Shes Lights Out battled to the wire to finish second, while Bad Lightning, who was green behind the gate and got away sixth, finished third. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is the third foal out of the talented pacing filly West Of L A and is a half-sister to the $632,000 winning gelding Somewhere In L A. L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The rookie pacing filly now has three wins from four starts for earnings of $51,680. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight paid $2.40. The final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (August 6). Mark McKelvie

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

Hall of Fame driver John Campbell made his first appearance at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, making the trip up from his New Jersey home to partner two-year-old trotting colt Tony Soprano in Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action. "I got to Grand River last year, and this is my first trip to Georgian Downs," said Campbell, who is considered one of the leading reinsmen of all time. "Very impressed with the plant, it's really a nice paddock and a nice grandstand and everything, just very impressed with that and glad to be here for the first time to see it." Making the trip even more enjoyable was its successful outcome. Lining up at Post 2 in the second $70,000 Gold division, Campbell guided Tony Soprano to a 1:57.3 victory. The pair bested fan favourite Adored By Masses by one-quarter length, with Im A Mate well back in third. Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh trains Tony Soprano for his partners Mardon Stables of Loretto, ON, Paradox Farm Inc. of Caledon East, ON and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON, and it was at his request that Campbell made the trip to Georgian Downs. "He had told me early in the spring that he had a trotting colt that he really liked and that he'd keep me posted on his progress," explained Campbell. "Once he got qualified he asked me to come up last week and we both were happy with the horse, he did all he could in the situation, so I think he's off to a good start." In the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on July 13 Campbell and Tony Soprano tried to squeeze up the rail in the stretch and found themselves short of room before the wire. The colt finished third, one-half length behind the leaders in the 1:57.4 mile. "I didn't get him in a very good spot," Campbell admitted. "I had him in a bad spot, drove him bad, but the colt was good." On Tuesday Campbell and Tony Soprano sat fourth through the early going then started to press pacesetter and fan favourite Adored By Masses going by the three-quarter pole. The colts battled all the way to the wire, with Tony Soprano digging in through the final strides for the win. "He went a really professional race, very happy with him. I got him in a better spot this week," said Campbell with a chuckle. The son of Kadabra and $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano was a $90,000 purchase by Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners at last fall's Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. Tuesday's victory put his earnings, after two races, at $47,600. Campbell also piloted Nofear Blue Chip in the season opener, and was back behind the gelding in the first division on Tuesday for trainer Paul Reid and owner Norah Parks of New Lowell, ON Although he did not guide Nofear Blue Chip to the winner's circle, finishing third behind Deweylovernleaver and Will Take Charge, Campbell was pleased with the progress the youngster had made since July 13. "Paul didn't get to work him as much last week as he would have liked going into the race and he really improved off of that race in Mohawk, because he trotted more here than he did in Mohawk," noted the reinsman.  "So I was very happy, and he was stronger his last quarter than he was last week." Deweylovernleaver circled out from the back field turning for home and sprinted down the stretch to a head victory in 1:57.4 for driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON and Leo Fleming of Camp Bellville, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe son was a $12,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and finished fourth, just behind Tony Soprano, in the season opener. The final division was captured by Unitaliano BI and trainer-driver Dustin Jones, who went gate-to-wire in 1:58.3 Pukka and Mass Balance finished four and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. "It would be nice to be able to race him out of a hole, but that's the way he wants to race, so it's better than fighting with him," said Jones, ruefully. "He actually trained great all winter. I thought he was a top colt all winter, but then as we got closer to race we were having a hard time to control him," the Waterdown, ON resident continued. "He wouldn't sit in a hole, he'd get mad. If you put anything on him to hold him, he'd get mad and he'd fight you. And he's such an intelligent horse in the barn; he's like a little kitten in the barn." Jones shares ownership of the stubborn youngster - who made an early break and finished fifth in the season opener - with Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, ON and William Jones of Lexington, KY. The trio acquired the Manofmanymissions son from the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale for $20,000. The two-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 7, while their Grassroots counterparts journey to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 4. Ontario Horse Racing

Six divisions of two-year-old trotting colts put on an exciting show during Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday at the harness racing meeting at Clinton Raceway. Gonna Fly trotted into the Clinton oval's history books with a 2:02.2 track record in the second $18,000 division, taking command in the backstretch and pulling away to a four and one-quarter length victory over Eyeseenow and Cooper. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry crafted the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. "He trained down no problems whatsoever. I don't think he hardly even made a break the whole time training down," said McIntosh of the homebred Gonna Fly. "He's super gaited and super good on the half-mile track, he can trot the turns faster than he can trot a straightaway. "I wish all the races were on a half," added the trainer with a chuckle. "He's a handy little cat on a half." McIntosh and Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, ON share ownership of the Kadabra colt Gonna Fly, who peeled two-fifths of a second off the former track record, set by Oratorio in 2006. Local colt Warrawee Rob captured the third Grassroots division for trainer Heather Toll of Dungannon, ON and owners Janet and Murray Bradshaw's 574238 Ontario Inc. of Waterford. Starting from Post 2 the Angus Hall son and driver Scott Coulter roared out to a seven-length lead before the :29.4 quarter, reached the half in 1:01.3 and the three-quarters in 1:33.4 and dug in down the stretch to secure the three-quarter length victory in 2:04.2. "He gets a little bit aggressive, I guess you could say. He knows his job and it's his home track, so I figured he'd probably leave a little bit," said Toll. "At the three-quarters he kind of came back to Scott, because that's the way he usually does when we train him, and then when he sees the other one coming he digs back in." Toll and the Bradshaw's were joined in the winner's circle by a number of family and friends who all enjoyed Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday at Clinton, which featured giveaways, the "Guess with Jess" trivia contest and an opportunity to drive a racehorse. "The people from Seelster's all came down today because of Heineken (Seelster), and they came back to the barn, and they were really happy and just loved the environment in Clinton," said Toll, whose other colt, Heineken Seelster, finished fifth behind Gonna Fly. "It's friendly, it's an open atmosphere and everybody gets along. It's fun, the kids can come and swim in the pool because it's free, and it's a nice relaxing day for people to come and enjoy the business, which is great. "Everybody coming out today was a great thing," she continued. The other Grassroots divisions went to Ginger Road, Wildwild Men, The Land Shark and Muscle Time. Ginger Road kicked off the afternoon's festivities with a 2:04.2 victory for driver Lorne House of Ingersoll, ON trainer Fred Jamieson of Putnam, ON and his partners Renato Confortin of London, ON and Karl Empey of Mossley, ON. The Holiday Road gelding bested favourite Holiday Bro and Leroys Dream. Fan favourite Wildwild Men moved into a tie for top spot in the division point race with his 2:06.2 triumph over Terrain Seelster and Kronwall in the fourth division. Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON engineered the 10 and one-half length win for trainer Isabelle Darveau of Cambridge, ON and owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, QC and Chantal Gravel of St.-Cyrille-de-Wendover, QC. Second in the Grassroots season opener, the Muscle Mass son now boasts a point tally of 75. Driver Alfie Carroll of Iona Station, ON piloted The Land Shark to a 2:05.2 win in the fifth division for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and his partner 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC. The Manofmanymissions colt reeled in pacesetter United BI and pocket sitter Bipartisan Hanover in the stretch to earn the quarter length victory, his first. Petrolia, ON resident Darryl Laver steered Muscle Time to a gritty neck victory in the final division, hitting the wire in 2:02.4, a neck in front of JLs Bad Moon Risin and Bow Ties N Bourbon. Laver bred, owns and trains Muscle Time, who is a Muscle Mass son out of his $324,264 winning race mare Spare Time Rozie. The two-year-old trotting colts make their third Grassroots appearance at Mohawk Racetrack on July 28. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 9 with Grassroots action for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 29, 2015 - Dresden Raceway will ring in Canada Day with exciting prize draws, an eight-foot long cake and seven Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for the talented three-year-old trotting fillies. It will be the first Ontario Sires Stakes event at the historic half-mile since September 2013 and Dresden fans are looking forward to seeing the province's best in harness racing action. "The races themselves are kind of a highlight for us," says General Manager Greg Blanchard. "They haven't had OSS races there in quite some time, so I think there's a lot of excitement around there for that." Among the fillies heading to Dresden for the 1:30 pm program is Cincinnati Miss, co-owned by Wheatley resident Doug McIntosh. Cincinnati Miss posted a third-place result in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 22 and McIntosh likes her chances from Post 5 in Wednesday's sixth race. "I was saying, the four or five is perfect at Dresden," McIntosh explains. "But there's a couple in there that can go pretty good too. The Grassroots is not easy racing now, it's pretty solid. It's a good quality of racing, and that's what we're after." McIntosh shares ownership of Cincinnati Miss with breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his brother Bob McIntosh of Windsor trains the filly. Through four starts this season the daughter of Kadabra and Livias Image has tallied one win, two seconds and one third for earnings of $16,160. "We don't know what we've really got," adds McIntosh, who retired from training horses in the spring to focus on his business, McIntosh Pro Line. "I think she'll be a nice filly and I think there's life for her beyond (the OSS), as a four-year-old. I think she'll get better." In addition to the seven Grassroots divisions, racing for a total of $126,000 in provincial purse money, early arriving Dresden Raceway fans will be treated to an OSS t-shirt with their program purchase and OSS ball caps will be tossed to the crowd between divisions. Fans can also enter to win a variety of prizes from local sponsors and enjoy a piece of the eight-foot long Canada Day cake. "There will be lots of prizes and giveaways - and cake to celebrate - throughout the day," says Blanchard. Dresden Raceway's Canada Day program gets under way at 1:30 pm with seven $18,000 Grassroots divisions followed by three overnight events. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 –Harness racing duo John Campbell and Bob McIntosh have proven to be a winning combination over the course of their thirty-year partnership. Their latest protégé promises to be a tough competitor this season. Go Daddy Go will be looking to continue his sophomore campaign in a winning fashion in the $78,767 Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacing colts at Mohawk Racetrack. McIntosh has seen his fair share of talented horses, with $94.3 million in lifetime earnings since his legendary career began in 1984. Having conditioned starters with over 4,000 wins, he is hopeful another will be added to the tally this Saturday night. Go Daddy Go is well positioned to make good on that hope. He posted a mark of 1:51.1 over the Meadowlands as a two-year-old, banking nearly $400,000 in fourteen starts. The son of Ponder returned to the track at the start of May, putting in three qualifiers before winning in an impressive fashion at The Raceway at Western Fair in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. “He spent the winter at Peninsula Farms with Carter Duer,” said McIntosh. “When I picked him up, I was really happy. He grew four or five inches, even grew some length. He really matured. “He trained down without a hitch and sound. We qualified him three times but he was nothing special in those qualifiers.” The chestnut posted times of 1:54.3, 1:52.2 and 1:53.3 over Mohawk, but the Campbell-McIntosh partnership knew he had more to give. “It’s like he could sense the qualifiers didn’t matter and just didn’t care. Under the lights, he’s a totally different horse.” He was certainly ready to go in London, winning easily in 1:53.1 by seven lengths, driving away from the field. Owners Dave Boyle, Diamond Creek Racing and McIntosh were pleased to see his strong performance. “John (Campbell) is the best person to give feedback on a horse and we’ve got a very valuable relationship. He said the colt wasn’t firing home in the qualifiers but at London, he said ‘we’ve got our horse back’. “Those qualifiers are the reason I have a few new grey hairs. He didn’t do anything wrong but he was lackluster. I did a little work on his front feet which seemed to help, but warming him up (at Western Fair), I knew he seemed good.” The three-year-old will have his work cut out for him Saturday at Mohawk, drawing the dreaded ten-hole with real speed to his inside. A challenge for the horses that prefer to be forwardly-placed in the mile, McIntosh believes he has what it takes to overcome it. “I think he’ll be okay (in the ten), it’s not the first or last race of his career. He’ll make a good effort, have to get away and a bit forward but you learn a little more about these horses every time they race. “Once the draw came in, I said to John ‘Buddy, I don’t even buy programs anymore. We’re in there and I’m not driving him so you better figure it out!’ I don’t tell any of my drivers how to drive; you never know what will happen when the wings fold.” Go Daddy Go is among the group of volatile three-year-olds pointed to the North America Cup on June 20, the highlight of Mohawk’s summer meet. “There’s some intimidating three-year-olds out there but after the Governors Cup and the Breeders Crown, I thought to myself that he belongs with the best. I’m not saying he’ll dominate in there but if they mix it up on the front end, hopefully he can be there to pick up the pieces. “After the North America Cup, he’ll give us some answers on where to go next. As of right now, I’m not thinking beyond that race.” The O’Brien Award finalist is paid into events including the Milstein Memorial, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown which will be contested at Woodbine Racetrack this year. Though McIntosh doesn’t have his schedule planned out yet, the stakes calendar is full of options for his talented colt. “Last year, he showed that he’s much better than a Sires Stakes horse, he can go with the Grand Circuit colts. I’m a huge supporter of Ponder and I think he’ll throw some more good ones.” Ponder finished the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes season ninth in the stallion standings, with his offspring racking up $232,750 in 50 starts. Go Daddy Go part-owner Diamond Creek Farm also hold the ownership papers on the stallion. Go Daddy Go finished off last season with a gritty effort in the Breeders Crown and impressed his conditioner. “I was pretty pumped last year after (the Breeders Crown elimination) at the Meadowlands,” said McIntosh. “Unfortunately in the final he had his own bad luck, a horse broke in front of him and he didn’t settle in. “He had to go three wide the whole way home. Most of the time, when a horse tries to pull that off, you’re distanced. He managed to do it and rally for fifth.” As for what racing fans will see trackside on Saturday night, Go Daddy Go will be looking to bring home some new hardware. “He was great coming out of the OSS Gold, he’s on his hind legs, he’s feeling good. He’s ready for the races.” Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

TORONTO, March 6 - A strong list of 72 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been nominated to the 32nd edition of the harness racing Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race in Canadian harness racing, will be contested on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner Artspeak. The Tony Alagna trainee won eight of ten starts last year, including the $667,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk, en route to being named top freshmen pacing colt in Canada and the United States. Artspeak compiled earnings of just over $805,000 last season, while taking a speed-mark of 1:50.2 at Mohawk. Also on the list of nominees is O'Brien Award finalist Go Daddy Go. Trained by Bob McIntosh, Go Daddy Go banked just under $400,000 in his two-year-old campaign and never finished out of the money in 14 appearances. Other notables nominated to this year's 'Cup' include, the undefeated Ontario Sires Stakes champion Reverend Hanover, Matron Stakes winner In The Arsenal and winter series standout Wiggle It Jiggleit. Sustaining payments to this year's Pepsi North America Cup are due on March 16, April 15 and May 15. Eliminations for the 'Cup' are set for Saturday, June 13. The complete list of nominees to the 32nd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup are listed below. ALLBEEF N NOBULL AMERICAN LEGEND AMERICAN ROCK AMERICANPRIMETIME AMORA BEACH ARQUE HANOVER ARTSPEAK ASAP HANOVER AZOREAN ART BERKLEY BETTING EXCHANGE BRING ON THE BEACH CAMTURO ROCK CORSICA HALL DEALT A WINNER DERBY DALE DRACHAN HANOVER DUDES THE MAN EDWARD TEACH ELWELL FIRST CLASS HORSE FREEDOMFORMYSOUL GALLIC BEACH GIOVANNI GO DADDY GO GOOD FRIDAY THREE HARFO HANOVER HURRIKANE ALI IF YOU WANT FIRE IN THE ARSENAL JET BLACK CADILLAC JO PAS WELL SAID JOE HILL LYONS AGAIN LYONS GEOFFJNR LYONS JIMMYDEAN LYONS LEVI LEWIS MAXDADDY BLUE CHIP MIGRATE BLUE CHIP MIKES POWERHOUSE MITT JAGGER MOHEGAN BLUE CHIP MULLET BLUE CHIP ONEISALONELYNUMBER PAPARAZZI HANOVER PENJI HANOVER PHYSICALLYINCLINED PIERCE HANOVER RANDYS PLAN REVENGE SHARK REVEREND HANOVER RICH WISDOM ROCK N ROLL WORLD ROCK THE NITE ROCKIN IN HEAVEN ROCKNTOUCH SICILY SOME POWER SOMWHEREONTHEBEACH SPLIT THE HOUSE SPORTS BETTOR SPORTS IMAGE STOVER THE SPY THE WAYFARING MAN TRACEUR HANOVER TRADING UP WAKIZASHI HANOVER WELL WELL WELL WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT WINDSONG LIGHTNING YANKEE BOUNTY Nominations have also been made for a pair of stakes events set for Pepsi North America Cup night. Horse of the Year Jk Shesalady leads a group of 82 three-year-old pacing fillies nominated to the $455,000 (estimated) Fan Hanover Stakes, while 69 three-year-old trotters have been nominated to the $270,000 (estimated) Goodtimes Stakes The nominees are also in for two prominent trotting events in September. A total of 79 three-year-old trotters have been nominated to the $685,000 (estimated) Canadian Trotting Classic on September 19 at Mohawk. Headlining the list of nominees is O'Brien Award winner Habitat and Dan Patch Award winner Pinkman. Also on 'Trotting Classic' night, the $410,000 (estimated) Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies will take place. A group of 75 sophomore trotting fillies, featuring World Champion Mission Brief, have been made eligible to the Elegantimage. To view the full list of nominees to these stakes events and several others, click here. The first sustaining payment to each stake event is due March 16. Mark McKelvie

SHELLISCAPE UPSETS IN MARES BREEDERS CROWN

Canadians were prominent at the 2014 Breeders Crown championships at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey with two wins, two seconds and three thirds in four Breeders Crown races on Friday.   The good Breeders Crown form held on Saturday night as Canadian-connected horses added five wins, two seconds and two thirds for a championship total of seven wins, four seconds and five thirds.   Also, John Campbell, originally from Ailsa Craig, Ontario, drove Shelliscape to a win in the Mare Pace (Race 8).   Here are the results for the Canadian connected horses from Saturday races:   Race 11 - $500,000 Open Trot   #4 Maven SECOND - Owner: Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #5 Flanagan Memory FOURTH - Trainer: Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). - Owners: Liette Flanagan (Repentigny, QC) and Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC).   #10 Intimidate SIXTH - Driver: Sylvain Filion (Milton, ON) - Trainer: Luc Blais (Lochaber Ouest, QC) - Owners: Determination (Westmount, QC) and Judith Farrow (Hemmingford, QC).   Race 10 - $531,250 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace   #3 Mcwicked WON - Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON).   #9 Luck Be Withyou FIFTH - Owner: John Craig (North York, ON).   Race 9 - $500,000 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot   #5 Il Sogno Dream SEVENTH - Owners: Bill Manes (Rockwood, ON), Dan Manes (Erin, ON), Leonard Christopher (Acton, ON) and Randy Christopher (Rockwood, ON).   #6 Father Patrick WON - Co-Owners: John Fielding (Toronto, ON), Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON), Sam Goldband and Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON).   #9 Harper Blue Chip FOURTH - Owners: Landmark 6 Racing Stable (Kingston, ON), David McDonald (Cornwall, ON), David Reid (Glenburnie, ON) and George Judson (Athens, ON).   #10 E L Titan SECOND - Trainer: Riina Rekila (Campbellville, ON).   Race 8 - $281,250 Mare Pace   #3 Voelz Hanover NINTH - Trainer: Corey Johnson (Guelph, ON). - Owner: Richard Berthiaume (Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC).   #5 Yagonnakissmeornot SIXTH - Co-Owners: Allard Racing Inc (Saint-Esprit, QC) and Yves Sarrazin (La Presentation, QC).   Race 7 - $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace   #2 Traceur Hanover WON - Trainer: Corey Johnson (Rockwood, ON). - Owner: Richard Berthiaume (Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC).   #4 Franzo TENTH - Co-Owner: Lothlorien (Cheltenham, ON).   #5 Go Daddy Go FIFTH - Trainer: Bob McIntosh (Windsor, ON). - Owners: Robert McIntosh Stables Inc (Windsor, ON) and Dave Boyle (Bowmanville, ON).   #6 Sicily FOURTH - Trainer: Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON) - Co-Owners: Brad Shackman (Calgary, AB) and Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON).   #8 Soto NINTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and R A W Equine (Burlington, ON).   Race 6 - $400,000 Open Pace   #2 Modern Legend FOURTH - Trainer: Dave Drew (St. Catharines, ON). - Owner: Dave Drew Associates Inc (St. Catharines, ON).   #3 State Treasurer THIRD - Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore (Guelph, ON). - Owners: Sally MacDonald (Souris, PE) and Paul MacDonald (Regina, SK).   #4 Thinking Out Loud WON - Trainer: Bob McIntosh (Windsor, ON). - Co-Owners: Robert McIntosh Stables Inc (Windsor, ON) and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc (Leamington, ON).   Race 5 - $500,000 2-year-old Filly Pace   #1 Southwind Roulette NINTH - Co-Owner: Brad Grant (Milton, ON).   #8 Heavenly Bride EIGHTH -Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON).   Race 4 - $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot   #1 French Laundry THIRD - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON), Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON) and Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON).   #2 Walter White SEVENTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and R A W Equine (Burlington, ON).   #5 Pinkman WON - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #7 Guess Whos Back TENTH - Trainer: Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON). - Co-Owner: Brad Shackman (Calgary, AB)   #8 Uncle Lasse FIFTH - Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, ON).   Here are the results for the Canadian connected horses from Friday races:   Race 10 - $593,750 3-year-old Filly Pace   #1 Major Dancer SECOND - Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON). - Owners: West Wins Stable (Cambridge, ON), Mac Nichol (Burlington, ON) and Adriano Sorella (Milton, ON).   #2 Beach Gal THIRD - Trainer: David Menary (Rockton, ON). - Owners: Kenneth Ewen (Georgetown, ON), Hewvilla Farms Inc (Mount Forest, ON), Denis Breton (Welland, ON) and Menary Racing Inc (Rockton, ON).   #3 Gettiggreadytoroll NINTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON).   #6 Uffizi Hanover SEVENTH - Owners: Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON), Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband (Toronto, ON).   #10 Precocious Beauty FIFTH - Driver: Doug McNair (Guelph, ON). - Trainer: Gregg McNair (Guelph, ON).   Race 9 - $500,000 3-year-old Filly Trot   #3 Shake It Cerry WON - Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, ON).   #4 Stuck By Lindy THIRD - Co-Owners: Melvin Hartman (Ottawa, ON) and R A W Equine Inc (Burlington, ON).   #5 Cantabs Fortune FIFTH - Driver: Rick Zeron (Oakville, ON). - Trainer: Rick Zeron (Oakville, ON). - Owners: Rick Zeron Stables (Oakville, ON), Paul Marion (Marionville, ON) and Ferme Rico Limitee (Vars, ON).   #8 Riveting Rosie SEVENTH - Driver: Paul Macdonell (Guelph, ON). - Trainer John Bax (Cavan Monaghan, ON). - Owners: Parkhill Stud Farm (Peterborough, ON), Don Allensen (Wyoming, ON), Joseph Parkinson and John Hayes (Sharon, ON).   Race 8 - $500,000 2-year-old Filly Trot   #2 Wild Honey TENTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #3 Danielle Hall SECOND - Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, ON). - Trainer: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, ON). - Owners: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, ON) and Thomas Kyron (Toronto, ON).   #6 Stubborn Belle FIFTH - Driver: Paul Macdonell - Trainer: John Bax (Cavan Monaghan, ON). - Owners: Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON) and Parkhill Stud Farm (Peterborough, ON).   #7 Lilu Hanover EIGHTH - Co-Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON) and Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON).   #9 Livininthefastlane THIRD - Owners: Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband (Toronto, ON) and Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON).   #10 Smexi FOURTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC)   Race 7 - $250,000 Mare Trot   #1 Intense America SIXTH - Trainer: Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). - Owner: Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. (Montreal, QC)   #3 Bee A Magician WON - Co-Owners: Melvin Hartman (Ottawa, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #6 Charmed Life FOURTH - Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, ON). - Trainer: David Menary (Rockton, ON). - Owners: Menary Racing Inc (Rockton, ON), Brad Gray (Dundas, ON) and Michael Guerriero (Puslinch, ON)   by John Siscos, for WEG  

He has raced more than 100 different horses in the Breeders Crown, earned $6 million in purses and collected 15 trophies over the past 30 years, but for trainer Bob McIntosh the opportunity to add to his remarkable Crown ledger means more to him with every passing year. On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, McIntosh will race two homebred sons of Ponder in the Crown, two-year-old colt pacer Go Daddy Go and aged pacer Thinking Out Loud. "These chances are more special as you get older, and also because more of them are my own (homebreds). Years ago I was buying yearlings or being sent yearlings... but when you raise your own, and you look out into the field, that's what you've got, said McIntosh, 62, with a laugh. "You don't get to pick them and that's when it's special getting them here. I have homebreds with a lot of history with me, going back a few generations. This is not like the '80s or '90s for me. I had to reinvent myself a little bit." Thinking Out Loud, the 2012 North America Cup winner, is a son of Ponder and the Camluck mare Los Angeles, all of which were campaigned by McIntosh, who shares ownership with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. and C S X Stables. The five-year-old gelding will compete in the Crown against a field of seven open pacers with more than $17 million in purses between them, including all-time richest standardbred and defending champion Foiled Again. "I've been in the business 40-some years and I've never seen a year like this for aged horses. There are a bunch of monsters in here, that's for sure," said McIntosh. "He's capable of beating them if he gets the right trip. He's as good as he could be. There's not a horse in the world who can pace a quarter mile better than him," he said of Thinking Out Loud, who came home in :26.1 in last week's prep race, finishing fourth by a neck, after tinkering with his bridle. McIntosh's other homebred colt, Go Daddy Go, one of 13 Ontario-sired horses competing in the Crown Finals, has earned $373,000 as a freshman. McIntosh shares ownership of the eye-catching chestnut with Ontario's Dave Boyle. "Daddy, he had kind of a tough trip in the elimination (a winning effort in 1:51.1), but I jogged him on Tuesday and he was back in and kicking, fresh as a daisy. He's like his dad, Ponder, just tough." Both of McIntosh's starters will be teamed up with all-time leading Crown driver John Campbell, who has been handed the reins from McIntosh on hundreds of occasions, winning dozens of stakes through the years. Despite all of their individual success in the series, the trainer-driver combination have only won two titles together --Western Shooter (2001) and Artsplace (1992), which still stands as one of the most memorable performances in the Crown's 30-year history. "John and I go way back to when we were kids at Western Fair. He started driving for me 30-some years ago and I always say, when you've got John, you've got AllState -- you're in good hands," said McIntosh, who last won the Breeders Crown in 2005 with Belovedangel. The trainer, a Hall of Famer in both the U.S. and Canada, fondly remembers his first Crown winner, Sunset Warrior at Garden State Park in 1986. "That goes down as one of the special races of my career. We weren't expected to win it and it was just great to be there. I had Bill Gale driving for me and it was his first Breeders Crown, my first Breeders Crown and it's right in the top five or six races of my life." From there, McIntosh won Crowns with a dozen other horses including Camluck, Artsplace, Staying Together, Artiscape, Armbro Affair, Western Shooter Delinquent Account. "The Breeders Crown has meant an awful lot to my career. Basically, many of my horses have gotten really good in the fall so it's been a great stage for me. You know, some of them are slow starting but they finish up well in the fall and I like to think that's about conditioning," he said. "I remember Bill Wellwood saying the same thing about his horses and any time you are in the same breath as Bill Wellwood, it's a good place to be." by Lauren Lee, for the Breeders Crown  

Victory Sports Bar at the Meadowlands was the scene today of the final draws for the Breeders Crown races this Friday and Saturday. The press conference featured the post position draws for the final four divisions for the $5.4 million Breeders Crown championships. Many of the world’s top trotters and pacers will do battle in hope decent weather with a dry forecast and temperatures to be in the 30’s both nights. On Friday there are four finals and then eight on Saturday Here are the fields and early morning line odds. Friday Night $500,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Post - Horse 1. Love Me Madly  50-1 2. Wild Honey  5-2 3. Danielle Hall  8-1 4. Wiclet Hanover  30-1 5. Mission Brief  4-5 6. Stubborn Belle  12-1 7. Lilu Hanover  30-1 8. Hot Start  50-1 9. Livininthefastlane  8-1 10. Smexi  15-1 AE1. Sarcy AE2. Scented Roses $500,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Post - Horse 1. Market Rally  8-1 2. Lifetime Pursuit  5-2 3. Shake It Cerry  4-5 4. Struck By Lindy 15-1 5. Cantabs Fortune  20-1 6. Heavens Door  20-1 7. Vanity Matters  12-1 8. Riveting Rosie- 30-1 9. Cee Bee Yes  8-1 $593,750 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Post - Horse 1. Major Dancer  8-1 2. Beach Gal  15-1 3. Gettingreadytoroll  9-1 4. Gallie Bythe Beach  3-1 5. Colors A Virgin  6-5 6. Uffizi Hanover  20-1 7. Beach Story 30-1 8. Allstar Rating  20-1 9. Sayitall BB  10-1 10. Precocious Beauty  20-1 AE1. Weeper AE2. Table Talk $281,250 Mares Open Pace Post - Horse 1. Camille  15-1 2. Charisma Hanover  20-1 3. Voelz Hanover  9-2 4. Somwherovrarainbow  5-1 5. Yagonnakissmeornot  5-2 6. Shelliscape  10-1 7. Krispy Apple- 12-1 8. Anndrovette  7-2 9. Rocklamation  6-1 10. Regil Elektra  30-1 11. Venus Delight  20-1 Saturday Night $500,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Post - Horse 1. Southwind Roulette - 15-1 2. Divine Caroline - 12-1 3. JK Shesalady  3-5 4. Heart Major  8-1 5. Bettor Be Steppin  20-1 6. Well Hello There 12-1 7. Bettor N Better 30-1 8. Heavenly Bride  20-1 9. Sassa Hanover  5-1 10. Ideal Nuggets  12-1 AE1. The Show Returns Race 7 - $500,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Post - Horse 1. Cooperstown  20-1 2. Traceur Hanover  7-2 3. Lyons Levi Lewis  8-1 4. Franzo  20-1 5. Go Daddy Go  5-2 6. Sicily 20-1 7. Tomy Terror  8-1 8. Soto  30-1 9. Lost For Words- 9-2 10. In The Arsenal  4-1 Race 10 - $531,250 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Post - Horse 1. Lets Drink On It  15-1 2. Somesizesomestyle  30-1 3. McWicked  6-1 4. Always B Miki  8-5 5. Limelight Beach  3-1 6. Jk Endofanera  5-2 7. Doo Wop Hanover -20-1 8. Somestarsomewhere  30-1 9. Luck Be Withyou  20-1 10. Capital Account  30-1 $400,000 Open Pace Post - Horse 1. Bettors Edge 7-2 2. Modern Legend  8-1 3. State Treasurer 12-1 4. Thinking Out Loud- 6-1 5. Foiled Again  9-2 6. Clear Vision  5-2 7. Sweet Lou  3-1  $500,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Post - Horse 1. French Laundry 3-1 2. Walter White  50-1 3. Habitat 9-2 4. Suit And Tie  30-1 5. Pinkman -2-1 6. Muscle Diamond  4-1 7. Guess Whos Back  8-1 8. Uncle Lasse  12-1 9. Piercewave Hanover- 15-1 10. The Bank  15-1 Race 9 - $500,000 Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Post - Horse 1. Datsyuk -20-1 2. Hillustrious  50-1 3. Nuncio  6-5 4. Don Dorado  20-1 5. Il Sogno Dream  20-1 6. Father Patrick  7-5 7. Odds On Amethyst  20-1 8. Sumatra  50-1 9. Harper Blue Chip- 12-1 10. E L Titan  8-1 $250,000 Mares Open Trot Post - Horse 1. Intense America  30-1 2. Classic Martine  5-2 3. Bee A Magician  9-5 4. Handover Belle  4-1 5. Ma Chere Hall  20-1 6. Charmed Life  6-1 7. Dorsay  20-1 8. Mistery Woman  8-1 Race 11 - $500,000 Open Trot Post - Horse 1. Your So Vain 8-1 2. Market Share 7-2 3. Arch Madness 12-1 4. Maven 4-1 5. Flanagan Memory 30-1 6. Archangel  10-1 7. Creatine  9-2 8. Wishing Stone 20-1 9. Commander Crowe 3-1 10. Intimidate 8-1 By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts saw Go Daddy Go and Traceur Hanover take their repsective divisions in classic styles. Go Daddy Go and Lost For Words gave harness racing fans an exciting stretch drive in the first $25,000 division of the Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old pacing colts Saturday at the Meadowlands with Go Daddy Go winning the battle by a neck. Plenty of lead changes early on as Lyons Again (Yannick Gingras) took the early lead from Sicily (Corey Callahan) by the opening quarter mile in :27. Then driver John Campbell put Go Daddy Go first-up to take command and then it was Lost For Words and David Miller pressing and taking the lead at the half mile marker in :54.2. But the action would not end there as after the three-quarters in 1:23, Campbell came out again to go against Lost For Words. Those two then battled all the way down the stretch, neck and neck, right to the wire with Go Daddy Go just winning by a neck in 1:51.1. Franzo (Scott Zeron) was third with Sicily fourth and  fifth and making it to the final next week. “He has been a nice colt since day one,” said trainer Bob McIntosh. “I campaigned his sire, Ponder, and this colt is doing great for having a long year. He is just really tough.” The chestnut colt sports four wins this year and tonight’s 1:51.1 score is his lifetime best performance. The homebred is co-owned by the Robert McIntosh Stable with Dave Boyle. He paid $7.20 to win. Go Daddy Go The biggest payoff in the Breeders Crown elimination weekend was set by Traceur Hanover and driver Andy Miller as they upset the field in the second division at 22-1 with a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. It was a super impressive victory as race favorite In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) left from post ten to take command to the first quarter in :26.3 and the half in :54.3 with Lyons Levi Lewis (Ron Pierce) getting the dream two-hole trip.  Then here comes Traceur Hanover and Andy Miller first-over with grinding power and giving Arque Hanover (Tim Tetrick) great outside cover that they can't even keep up with to the three-quarters in 1:23. But Traceur Hanover did not know where the finish line was as he kept grinding it out down the stretch, collaring In The Arsenal and going on to win over Lyons Levi Lewis by one length. In the Arsenal held for third place and also making the final next week are Cooperstown in fourth and Tomy Terror in fifth. "Corey (Johnson) told me," said Andy Miller, " that this colts best starts were coming into this race. He told me the colt was feeling really good and that we had a shot. He felt good (scoring down). He went out there and went about his business and did it good. The trip was not what I expected. I really didn't want to be first-up but the way it ended up he took me right to the leader and then dug in." Trained by Corey Johnson, it was the fourth win this year for Traceur Hanover, who is owned by Richard Berthiaums of Quebec. He is sired by Western Ideal and paid $46.80 to win. Traceur Hanover By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Thinking Out Loud scored a seasonal best 1:49.1 en route to capturing the $179,000 American National Aged Pace for driver John Campbell and trainer Robert McIntosh. "I never did see the fence but we got to be second over, following State Treasurer," said Campbell. "Foiled Again is a very hard horse to get by and I was pretty happy to be up close in the race. I knew I had a chance at the end and my horse was giving me his best and I knew we'd have to go right to the wire if we were going to beat Foiled Again. He really didn't race that great in Lexington, but he was back to himself tonight."   Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) and Ultimately Beachboy (Ron Pierce) all scrambled to get the lead going to the :27.2 first quarter, with Foiled Again garnering the rail spot on top. State Treasurer (Tim Tetrick) came up to challenge Foiled Again around the final bend, but to no avail, with Thinking Out Loud and Campbell lurking just behind to the 1:21.2 three-quarters. The field fanned out as Foiled Again dug in gamely, but Thinking Out Loud paced hard in the stretch to nail down the win by a whisker over harness racing's richest equine athlete. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) got up for third.   Thinking Out Loud is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings. The son of Ponder-Los Angeles-Camluck has $280,415 in seasonal earnings and $1,667,564 in career earnings. Lifetime, he has 15 wins, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 50 career trips postward.   Thinking Out Loud is the fourth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to West Of LA (by Western Hanover) p,2,1:53.2 ($252,712) and to You See LA (by The Panderosa) p,3, 1:52s ($238,518).   By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

ELORA, ON - Monday (September 29) marks the final live race card of the year at Grand River Raceway, but it's already proven to be a successful year at the track. Despite fewer races and fewer cards, the average bet per race jumped 10.5 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013 and total wagering on Grand River is up 4.8 per cent from just under $6.5 million in 2013 to nearly $6,786,149 this year through Wenesday's card. All this despite a decrease in the number of races per card of nearly 10 per cent. On the track, nothing topped Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh teaming up to win the $217,140 Battle of Waterloo Aug. 4 with McIntosh's two-year-old homebred pacing colt Go Daddy Go. It was the first Battle of Waterloo victory for both men. "I haven't started that many in it, but it feels tremendous," McIntosh said in the winner's circle. "It's a real thrill." Campbell said the victory felt great. "It's been a fun day for me and it's capped off extremely well," he said. This year also marked Campbell's first trip to Grand River and he liked what he saw. "I got a tour before the races started here and it's very efficient and very convenient for fans. It looks like a very nice plant," Campbell said. The Grand River meet also saw rising star James MacDonald win his first premier stakes race at the track when he drove 20-1 longshot Win The Gold to victory in the Battle of the Belles for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. In August, Grand River's general manager Dr. Ted Clarke was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in the builders' category. That same month, Jet Airway set a track record for three-year-old pacing colts when he buzzed the Grand River oval in 1:51.1. Five other horses also set Canadian seasonal records at the track. On the drivers' side, Trevor Henry was again crowned the top Grand River driver for both wins and money. Casie Coleman was Grand River's top money-winning trainer and Richard Moreau led all trainers in wins at the track by a wide margin. And this year, we also learned important information such as what three people driver Scott Coulter would enlist to thwart a zombie apocalypse. "I'm going to take Clint Eastwood," Coulter said, "Superman and throw Sly Stallone in there, too. Why not?" We also discovered what Randy Waples would be doing if he wasn't driving horses for a living -"At one time, being a surfer sounded pretty good. I likead the idea of that." - what music trainer Casie Coleman thinks Satan has playing on repeat in her version of hell - "Anything country, probably." - and what James MacDonald does better than his two famous driving brothers, Anthony and Mark - "Golf, that's for sure, because they're both horrible." To hear our conversation with some of the most prominent drivers and trainers in the game, check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway Final Training Day at Grand River Raceway  Grand River Raceway will remain open for training every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, with all horses vacated by 1:00 p.m. This schedule will remain in effect until the final training day on October 9. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

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

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