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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday afternoon will kick-off the 2020 harness racing stakes season in Quebec with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. There are three preliminary rounds of competition culminating with $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 27. The opening round Sunday has two divisions, two for colts and two for fillies. The fillies get underway in the first race where Perfect Romi (post 5) is the morning line favorite despite being winless in four lifetime starts. The daughter of Perfect Union was a game second last week at Grand River Raceway, timed in 1:57.4. She was bred and is owned, trained and driven by Sylvain Lacaille of St-Paul-De-Joliette. Perfect Romi will be taking on On Route (post 3) who has won her last two starts at H3R, YS Big Girl (post 2) and Lady D Morgan (post 7). The third race second division for fillies features the impressive Zar E IP (post 1) for owner-trainer Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville. This daughter of Up The Credit was unraced at age two and is now making up for lost time. With Pascal Berube driving, Zar E IP sports four wins in six starts, the fastest a 1:56 lifetime mark just last week at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Her competition includes Lotus Sena (post 6), who two starts back won at H3R in 1:57.2, Acaena De Charkrika (post 4) and N C Rockabye (post 2). The colts are featured in the fourth race by Mohawk Raceway invader, My Bettors Del (post 1), who despite being winless in seven starts this year, was third last week by only a neck in 1:51.4. The Bettors Delight homebred colt will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Unbeaten Mickeymaksomespeed (post 3) is unbeaten in six starts this year, the fastest a record 1:54 triumph at Rideau Carleton for breeders, owner, trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. Other retun winners in the field include Eclat De Rire (post 7) and Shanghaigold (post 2). The seventh race second division for the colts is headlined by Retour Au Jeu (post 6), who is on a two-race winning streak for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder-owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. The son of He's Watching scored back-to-back 1:56 lifetime marks, winning from both on and off the pace. Whitecookie (post 4), a 1:54.4 winner earlier this season for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger, comes into the series off a head loss in 1:51.4 at Mohawk last week. Other contenders include PLD Needy (post 2) and Kinnder Big Boss (post 7). Track Notes: The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit took place at H3R Saturday afternoon. There were three amateur driving challenges won by Nancy Auger, Mathieu Desrochers and Roxanne Viau. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon, first race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It was all harness racing driver Marc Campbell, all night Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 'King' of Island racing took four dashes on the evening as a driver plus a pair of his trainees found the winner's circle with other pilots aboard. Rose Run Quest dazzled in the $3,100 preferred pace with Brodie MacPhee at the lines of the Campbell trainee, winning in 1:52.1 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown as the pacer preps for next week's The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer trials. Campbell was driving Time To Dance who finished second while Lisburn (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) was third. Power Of A Cruiser was another Campbell trained winner in 1:55.3 with Adam Merner in the driver's seat. Campbell's first driving win came with the Wendy MacRae trained Sports Royalty in 1:56.4 and the Winsloe reinsman followed it up with a 1:56.2 score aboard World Wonder from the Michael Gallant stable. Mayhem Man was a front end victor in race 6 for trainer Jay Noye in 1:56.3. Freddy Bear put together an incredible mile winning the preferred 2 pace in 1:53.3 for trainer-driver Campbell, pacing his own back half in 55.1. Live racing continues at the Capital oval Thursday (August 13) for the start of Gold Cup and Saucer week racing. Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the harness racing photo finish camera in order to declare the winner of the third race Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. Sir Chopin, a 22-1 longshot for owner, trainer and driver Kevin Maguire, was the first out of the gate and led nearly every step of the one-mile trot. The spoiler for the upset win was one of the mares in the race, Missionoftheheart, who sat in along the rail the entire race for driver Stephane Gendron. As horses moved to the outside in the backstretch, Gendron kept Missionoftheheart on the inside, caught up to Sir Chopin after the three-quarters and then collared the pacesetter at the wire to win by a nose in 2:00.3. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was third. It was the second win of the season for Missionoftheheart. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $6.10 to win. In the second race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the mares, driver Samuel Fillion gave D Gs Fairystars a textbook drive in scoring a mile upset. The nine-horse field was well matched as Twice An Angel (Stephane Gendron) was parked out going for the early lead by 70-1 longshot Bemmol Kalie and driver Daniel Laflamme to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Once settled on the lead, Twice An Angel was able to back down the pace to the half mile in :59.2, but that drew a first-over challenge from Hammering Haley (Stephane Brosseau) who forced Twice An Angel to pick up the pace. At this point in the mile, D Gs Fairystar was in eighth place, fourth over on the outside. As they raced down the backstretch, Brosseau dropped Hammering Haley into the pocket seat with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) left first-over and grinding it out against Twice An Angel. Meanwhile Fillion got D Gs Fairytale into high gear, moving three-wide into second over position at the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Coming around the final turn, D Gs Fairystar continued to gain ground, fanning three-wide at the top of the stretch. Then with a final late kick, Fillion urged D Gs Fairystar to collar Twice An Angel before the wire to win by a long neck in 1:58. Y C Easy was third. It was the third win this year for D Gs Fairystar. The four-year-old mare by Mach Three is trained by Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the horse with Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. She paid $10.00 to win. The fastest mile of the afternoon came in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the older horses. The race belonged to Speed To Market and driver Pascal Berube from the very start. With Maracasso (Carol Voyer) dogging the race leader, Speed To Market paid no never mind to Maracasso as he cut fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:56.1. Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) third. It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Speed To Market. The five-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron led all drivers with a triple on the day. Maxime Velaye led all trainers with two wins and is now the leading trainer at H3R with eight wins. Unbeaten Enavant ($2.80) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the 4th race pace Friday, his fourth victory of the year. On Saturday the H3R hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races. Featured will be both young horses and young men and women competing towards their professional harness racing licenses. Post time is 1:00 pm. Then on Sunday is the start of the Quebec-Bred stakes series. There will be four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two divisions for both the colts and the fillies. Post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

On August 7, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed of a confirmed case of strangles in a 5-year-old Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Testing of other horses in the barn is planned for Monday, and the trainer of the affected horse has scratched his horse that is in to go. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Charlottetown, PE - The PEI Harness Racing Industry Association and Red Shores released details of a Welcome Package being offered to all starters in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trials. The NOMINATION Deadline is Monday August 10th . 2020 marks the 61st running of one of the Greatest Shows in Harness Racing, the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, with Trials held on Saturday, August 15th and Monday, August 17th leading up to the Final Saturday, August 22nd. Many restrictions and guidelines will be in place due to COVID 19 but the horses will be ready to compete. Through the generous support of several Prince Edward Island businesses, all horses participating in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trails will be offered the following to their ownership teams. - The Nomination and Starting Fees ($800 total) have been waived - Complimentary Table of 4 in the acclaimed Top of The Park at Red Shores for either the Gold Cup and Saucer Final or James Roach MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer Consolation (whichever applicable). - A complimentary Confederation Bridge Pass - $50 Gas Card - Complimentary Golf Passes for 2 - Complimentary Gift Card from Old Dublin Pub In addition, all Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Final starters receive an invitation to the Gold Cup and Saucer Reception Friday August 21st as well as a specialized Gold Cup and Saucer jacket for all Drivers in the Final and other gifts. For Gold Cup Week, owners who wish to watch their horses race live can register to attend in a designated owners area for that night under the guidelines and limited capacity rules. Owners who travel and work with their horses in the ship in area should ensure their names are submitted by their trainers on the applicable Race Day list. More details will be announced Tuesday at the Press Conference which will be broadcast live. A Lasix program is in place for horses that require the program, and a reminder that the Standardbred Canada MVP Program has a link for discounted offers For more information please visit www.redshores.ca or contact the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park Race Office at 902- 629-6636. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores  

This Saturday, Horse Racing New Brunswick will host the Maritimes largest harness racing purse event in stake races this season as the Barrieau/McIsaac stake goes for $40,000 and has drawn a full field of starters.   Named in honor of Rufin Barrieau & Francis McIsaac, the race will go as race six on the seven dash program which gets underway at 1:00 P.M at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John.   Tobins Rebel has been listed as the morning line favourite and will be driven by Moncton native Gilles Barrieau, the nephew of Rufin Barrieau fow owner Dan Ross of Price Edward Island.   There are three New Brunswick pacers entered in the rich stake which include Little Manny, J J Austin and Bouttagetlucky. It's the largest purse of the season for stake horses and second only to the prestigious Gold Cup & Saucer in Prince Edward Island later this month.   by Scott Waddell, for Horse Racing New Brunswick    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE- In what could serve as a precursor for next week's The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer trials, the best harness racing pacers on the Eastern Seaboard will battle in the preferred pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the $3,100 preferred pace lining up in race 12. Avatar J was the boss in his latest start for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Danny MacDonald and owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. The American Ideal pacer took a pocket ride to victory in 1:52.4 last week and will leave from post 5 on Saturday. Governor's Plate runner-up Time To Dance has post 2 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell after having not raced since a fourth place finish in the Lindsay Construction Cup on July 18 in Truro, N.S. Screen Test is second choice from post 3 with Corey MacPherson in the driver's seat while Rose Run Quest will leave from post 4 with Brodie MacPhee picking up the catch drive from the Campbell stable. Rose Run Quest was out of action last week but will look to add to his seven top-three finishes in the field of six. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking a hunch that Rose Run Quest could be the one to knock off. "Rose Run Quest has an uncharacteristically low winning percentage but at the same time, a perfect top three record," MacIsaac said. "Since the week off could be just what the doctor ordered he might be sitting on a big one." Also in the field are Soccer Hanover (To be driven by Adam Merner) and Lisburn (Kenny Arsenault). Race 8 has the preferred 2 pace carrying a $2,800 purse as the evening back-up class. Freddy Bear drops out of the preferred ranks and gets his trainer, Campbell, in the bike for the first time from the outside post in the field of six. Other top entries are Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) and Jeb (Jason Hughes). Woodmere Stealdeal Back In Town  SUMMERSIDE, PE - One of the most impressive two-year-old colts the East Coast has ever seen will return to Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway Sunday afternoon for an all-stakes card. Woodmere Stealdeal headlines his $7,500 Callbeck Memorial stake division for two-year-old pacing colts in race 10 with the card kicking off at 1 P.M. Marc Campbell will drive the Danny Romo trained Woodmere Stealdeal from post 6 for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. The Steelhead Hanover pacer turned the Inverness Raceway track record into dust in his latest start as he toured the Cape Breton oval in 1:55.4 to lower the previous 1:58.1 rookie pacing record. The other colt splits are in races 4, 8 and 12. The rookie fillies will also have a quartet of divisions with the first one in race 2 for a $7,000 purse. Southfield Skye has yet to taste stakes competition but handily disposed of her foes, and her maiden status, in her career debut with a 1:58 win over the Prince County oval. Adam Merner will be back in the driver's seat for trainer Glen MacKay and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. Divisional leader Aspoonfulofsugar will leave from post 6 in the field of seven with Dale Spence at the controls of the undefeated filly for trainer Joe Baxter. The fillies also line up in races 6, 9 and 11. Race 5 is the lone Callbeck two-year-old trot division carrying a $9,850 purse. Mr Finlay Ridge will be the favourite in the field of nine for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald, who co-owns the Armbro Barrister - R Rocket Rachel colt with fellow Nova Scotianers Ian Tate and Arnold Rankin. Race 7 is the Tyndal Semple Memorial for three-year-old trotters for a $10,300 pot with the older full-brother to Mr Finlay Ridge, Mabou Ridge, the favourite in that division leaving from the second tier for trainer-driver MacDonald and owner Rankin. The Island Oceans Trot Classic, presented by JD Marine and Diving Inc, for aged trot mares line up in races 1 and 3 with $4,000 divisions. Go to Redshores.ca to access the worldwide broadcast and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - She may have been placed first but Sodwana Bay earned the harness racing's lion's share of the top purse of the evening Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The win in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace was part of a four-bagger for driver Gilles Barrieau on the evening card at the capital oval. Sodwana Bay finished second for trainer-driver Barrieau in the top event but was placed first after Berazzled (Driven by David Dowling) was set to second for a break past three-quarters. The amended time of the mile was 1:56.3 with Arc Light (Adam Merner) finishing third. Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire own Sodwana Bay. Barrieau also won with Traces Of Purple (1:57.1) for trainer Robert Phillips, Mile Hill Willie (1:59.3) for Paul Morrison and with Clare Hall Hanover (1:58.2) from the Ron Matheson stable. Leading driver Marc Campbell had a pair of winners on the night from his own stable as Live And Let Di won in 1:56.2 and former Maritime Champion Filly Forty Seven made her East Coast return a winning one in identical time. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

TORONTO/MILTON, ON - August 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment, in partnership with Kraft-Heinz Canada, today announced the launch of the Heinz Challenge, a six-week series to be contested during Racing Night Live on TSN. The Heinz Challenge pairs a top Woodbine Racetrack jockey with a top Woodbine Mohawk Park driver to create four teams competing for a $5,000 charitable donation from Woodbine. Every time one of the participating jockeys or drivers competes during a race aired on Racing Night Live, they have the opportunity to earn points towards their team's challenge score. All eight participating athletes are ranked among the best in their sport and are well-known personalities at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four competing jockeys are Rafael Hernandez, Kazushi Kimura, Justin Stein and Emma-Jayne Wilson, while the participating drivers are Jody Jamieson, Bob McClure, Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy. The team with the best 'Points Per Race' average at the end of six-weeks will win the challenge. The point system is as follows: 10 points for a Win, 5 points for a second-place finish and 2 points for a third-place finish. (Example: Team A earns 50 points over 10 races: Team A's Points Per Race is 5) Each member of the winning team will select a charity and Woodbine Entertainment will make a $2,500 donation on their behalf to make up the $5,000 winning prize. Woodbine Mohawk Park driver James MacDonald was originally scheduled to participate in the Heinz Challenge. MacDonald unfortunately suffered an injury in a racing accident on August 1 and will be unable to participate. Louis-Philippe Roy has been selected to replace MacDonald and the two will split the donation should their team win. Here are the teams for the Heinz Challenge: Team E=MC ² Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson Driver: Bob McClure #TeamEMC2 Team Club DJ Jockey: Justin Stein Driver: Doug McNair #TeamClubDJ Team Island Boyz Jockey: Rafael Hernandez Driver: James MacDonald (unable to participate due to injury) Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy #TeamIslandBoyz Team Double Double Jockey: Kazushi Kimura Driver: Jody Jamieson #TeamDoubleDouble The Heinz Challenge is the latest feature on the weekly Racing Night Live program on TSN. Racing Night Live, which airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on TSN, showcases the world-class racing from the Thoroughbreds at Woodbine Racetrack and Standardbreds at Woodbine Mohawk Park over an action-packed two-hours. The Heinz Challenge will run from August 6 to September 10. Fans can join the conversation, track the leaderboard and cheer on their favourite team through Social Media by using the hashtag #HeinzChallenge. All eight of the participating athletes can be found on various social media platforms and will be engaging with fans over the course of the six-week event. Who To Follow: Woodbine Racetrack: @WoodbineTB (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Woodbine Mohawk Park: @WoodbineSB (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Heinz Canada: @heinz_ca (Instagram) Rafael Hernandez: @hernandezrafii (Twitter) Jody Jamieson: @Jodyjamracing (Twitter) Kazushi Kimura: @kazushi0096 (Twitter), @k.kimura0906 (Instagram) James MacDonald: @jamesomac26 (Twitter) Bob McClure: @BobMcClure2 (Twitter) Louis-Philippe Roy: louisphilippe.roy.12 (Facebook) Justin Stein: @justin_steinjockey (Instagram) Emma-Jayne Wilson: @EJWilson81 (Twitter) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

On Tuesday, August 11 at 11:30 am there will be a special press conference live on Facebook for the drawing of post positions for the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park.

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R kicks-off a three-day weekend of harness racing action starting Friday afternoon with the best pacers and trotters in Quebec The track is hosting three Preferred-Handicap events on the eight-race program. The action gets underway Friday in the second race, the Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace. Returning from victory in last Sunday's event is Hammering Haley (post 6) for driver Stephane Brosseau. She led from start to finish last week in 1:59.4 over a sloppy track and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Also, in the race is rival Wild River Swan (post 8), who came up just a head shy of beating Hammering Haley last week. Other contenders include Sieras Rose, a recent 1:58 winner, Y C Easy (post 4) and Twice An Angel (post 2). The Preferred-Handicap trotter do battle in race three where Precieuse CC (post 7) is the early favorite. She is one of four mares in the race against the horses. Precieuse CC will be driven by her owner/trainer Claude Beausoleil. They won two starts back at H3R in 1:57.4. Other horses to watch are Upvote Hanover (post 6), Missionoftheheart (post 8), Lucky Promesses (post 4) and Sir Chopin (post 5). The older horse will compete in the seventh race when the Rideau Carleton invader, Speed To Market (post 5) is the early favorite. He ships in off an impressive 1:56.1 triumph for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Yves Tessier and will be going for his fifth win of the year. Last week's 1:56.4 return winner, D J Power, gets handicapped off his triumph, and starts from post eight for driver Samuel Fillion. Other contenders include Windsun Cheyenne (post 4), Maracasso (post 7) and Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 6). Track Notes: The reason all the Preferred races are on Friday is that on Sunday starts the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers and there are four divisions. On Saturday is the third round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Friday's card starts at 4:00 pm and racing on both Saturday and Sunday begin at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

The Canadian Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and online horse sales company Hoofbid are teaming up to sponsor a Leamington Raceway handicapping showdown between USHWA Youth members Nathan Bain and Nicholas Barnsdale. The handicapping contest pits Bain, 18, who writes a tip sheet for Leamington and is taking over the track's announcing duties starting with the first day of racing this Sunday, against 19-year-old Barnsdale who will be providing full-card analysis for Ontario Racing's website in the "Picks From the Pros" section. The winner will take home a $300 cash prize and the runner-up $200, intended to assist with their post-secondary educations. Both students said they are eager to get started. "I am very excited about participating in this handicapping contest as it provides us youth more experience handicapping the races," said Bain, who is starting a three-year advertising and communications program at St. Clair College this fall. "Doing this at a smaller track like Leamington is a great place to start as it's easy to learn the drivers and horses." Barnsdale, who is entering his third year in the Humber College School of Journalism this fall, concedes nothing to Bain, who is more familiar with Leamington's horses and drivers. "I can't wait to get started," he said. "Leamington's a great track, and I'm going to be bringing my A-game to the contest. I know Nathan has the edge, being the main guy at Leamington, but I think I'll be up to the challenge. It should be a good battle!" Scoring for the contest will be based on Bain and Barnsdale's top picks, with 10 points awarded for a win, 5 points for second, and 3 points for third each race. There will be a bonus of 5 points awarded for each handicapper's winning Best Bet. Leamington Raceway kicks off their season this Sunday, August 9th at 1:30 p.m (Eastern). Follow @LeamingtonRace on Twitter and visit www.lakeshorehorseraceway.com for updates. by Melissa Keith, for the Canadian Chapter USHWA

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - When it comes to aged harness racing pacing mares on the East Coast, Sodwana Bay has been the boss the past few years and will look for another victory against a deep group Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card has a 6 P.M. start time featuring the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 11. Sodwana Bay has post 4 in the field of six talented mares with trainer Gilles Barrieau back in the race bike for owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Howmac Farms Ltd of North Wiltshire. The seven-year-old No Pan Intended mare was a 13-time winner from 25 seasonal starts in 2019 and currently has a pair of victories from six starts this calendar year. Berazzled will guard the rail with David Dowling picking up the catch drive for trainer Jonah Moase after cutting out a 55.4 half in her latest to fade at the end of the mile. Woodmere Chella is the morning line favourite from post 2 with Dale Spence being called on to drive for conditioner Marvyn Webster. The Articulator lass was a runner-up in her latest race, pacing her own mile in 1:54.3 in Charlottetown while being bested by Arc Light. Adam Merner will drive Arc Light from the Marc Campbell stable with post 3 while stable mate Dreamfair Zenfire has the outside post 6 with Campbell at the lines. Post 5 belongs to Lyons Jennielee and driver Myles Heffernan Sr., who just dead-heated for second in the top class at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia her last start. Race analyst Les MacIsaac takes a hunch that Sodwana Bay will land back on top in Thursday's pacing feature. "As great as she is, the first over trip last week was simply too much to overcome," MacIsaac said of Sodwana Bay. "She's had enough starts since coming off the bench that she should be just about where she wants to be from a conditioning standpoint and a smoother journey could put her back in the winner's circle." Race 8 will see the return of Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven to the Campbell stable. The now six-year-old daughter of Proven Lover will have rail control as she makes the move back East after competing in Ontario all season. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - August 3, 2020 - Captainofrocknroll cruised to a coast-to-coast harness racing victory in Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of scratches brought the field for the second round down from 11 to eight. Trainer Casie Coleman-Herlihy's students made up more than a third of the field and didn't disappoint by taking three of the top four spots. The Captaintreacherous colt Captainofrocknroll left from the centre of the gate to grab the early-lead for driver Bob McClure. The $50,000 Harrisburg graduate cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:25.4, before pacing home in :27.2 while holding off stablemate Twin B Edge by half a length for a 1:53.1 score. Island Beach Boy, who won a first leg division, finished third, while Coleman Herlihy's third starter Amazing Bet was fourth. Captainofrocknroll is now two for two at Mohawk Park and two for three overall. His only loss was runner-up finish in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division on July 22 at The Meadows. Robert Hamather is the owner-breeder of Captainofrocknroll, who is the first foal from former Mares Preferred competitor Rock N Roll Xample ($370,055). The rookie pacing colt has now earned $31,116. He paid $3.40 to win. Coleman-Herlihy appears loaded with talent for next week's $88,500 final. Her trainee Dean B Hanover skipped Monday's second leg after scoring a 1:52.1 victory in last week's opening round. The Dream Maker Series final takes place next Monday (August 10). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for two-year-old pacing fillies headlines the action. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on August 3 sustained bouts of heavy rain during the 10-race anniversary card which boasted purses of $669,663 with nine harness racing stake events, featuring the track’s two marquee dashes. But it was a sunny finish for the Guelph, ON father-son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair who clinched their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory.  At 8-5, Bettor Sun was the co-favourite heading into post time for the $200,964 contest for rookie Ontario-sired pacing colts.  Trained by Gregg McNair for breeder/owner Willow Oak Ranch, the Sunshine Beach colt was piloted by Doug McNair, who left from post two and took control of the field by the half-mile marker. The pair finished a length ahead of Avion Seelster (Jody Jamieson) and Cantstoplying (Jonathan Drury). A 35-1 champ in last week’s maiden-breaking effort in his elimination division, Bettor Sun’s 1:54.1 finish in that dash set a Canadian season record for two-year-old pacing colts over a half-mile oval.  He bested his own record with today’s clocking of 1:53.4. “Last week he surprised a lot of people, including myself,” Doug McNair following the final. “He’s the colt I liked the most of dad’s two-year-olds this year.”  “He’s good gaited; he gets around like a hoop around a barrel.” The McNairs previously won the Battle Of Waterloo with Magnum J in 2017, Three Of Clubs in 2013, and Trail Boss in 2008. Bettor Sun’s triumph boosts his bankroll to $116,558 in three career starts. 12th annual Battle Of The Belles Scarlett Hanover and Ed Hensley left from the second tier and carved out a solid pocket trip to take the $128,149 Battle Of The Belles final in a new stakes record of 1:54.3. The mile also set a Canadian season record for rookie pacing fillies over a half-mile track and just missed the divisional track record by one-fifth of a second.  “I followed a good horse and got a great trip,” said Hensley of eventual runner-up, Ring Of Kerry, who led the field to the three-quarter marker. “My mare was getting a little rammy; she wanted out of the there and I was able to get out at the right time.” In last week’s elimination division, Scarlett Hanover wired the field to capture her maiden in 1:55.3. Ashleigh Hensley trains the Bettors Delight daughter, a $45,000 yearling purchase and winner of $101,855 in four career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Jandt Silva Purnel & Libb, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Ring Of Kerry was the runner-up with Sylvain Filion and Cyclone Seelster was close behind in third with Bob McClure. OSS undercard Three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) underpinned the card with two Gold Series divisions and five fields of Grassroots contenders. Last year’s Battle Of The Belles champ, Karma Seelster was an impressive winner in the first Gold Series division which kicked off the matinee program. Piloted by Doug McNair, the Sportswriter filly was 7-1 as she took to the front of the field early in the mile en route to clocking her 1:53 victory (just one-fifth of a second off the track record). Owned by Eileen and Keith Waples and Karen Hauver, the Gregg McNair trainee is a career winner of five races and $354,005. Sound Idea with Bob McClure and Betalady with Jody Jamieson rounded out the top three. Lauras Love took the second Gold Series division in 1:54.2 with a half-length advantage over Rose Run Vantage (Sylvain Filion) who cut out the mile. All Day Sunshine (Louis Philippe Roy) was third.  It was the second consecutive win for Lauras Love, and seventh of the season from 11 starts. John Pentland trains and co-owns the Betterthancheddar filly with Gracie Mae Barr. Her lion’s share of the $105,600 purse brings her career tally to $141,584.  Race favourite Kat captured her first season win in the first of five OSS Grassroots divisions (Race 2) for trainer James Dean. With Jody Jamieson in the bike, the pair took control of the field at the first quarter and staved off outside attackers at the final quarter, with a half-length score in 1:56. The daughter of Hes Watching is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie. Count To Three with Trevor Henry and Docs Harmony (Travis Cullen) were close behind at the wire. Free Flyin Ticket scored her second consecutive OSS Grassroots victory in Race 3. Paul MacDonell steered the Betterthancheddar filly to a three-length win in 1:54.1, elevating her to the top of the OSS division standings. Trainer Anthony Beaton co-owns with David Mercer, Gary Volpe and George Quarterone. The runner-up was High Roller Duke (Colin Kelly), while Tuggingoncredit finished third (Louis Philippe Roy). Bettorthanbobbie added another win to her burgeoning collection, with a half-length score in Race 5. Sylvain Filion steered the bettors’ top choice to her sixth season win in 1:54.4 for trainer Marcel Barrieau and owner Ian Smith. Bettorthanbobbie is a career winner of 11 races and $53,828. Doug McNair managed a wire-to-wire trip with Landry Seelster in Race 6. The race favourite posted her second consecutive OSS victory in 1:55 for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk. Jonathan Drury and Mary Kat finished second, followed by Coqui Coqui with Travis Cullen.   The final Grassroots division was the quickest, claimed by Preeminence, winning by open lengths with Bob McClure in the bike in a new career best of 1:54. Sent off at 9-5, The Sportswriter filly is trained by Marcel Barrieau for Claude Baril, Gilles Caouette and Michael Daneault.  Keystone Kalimba (Jody Jamieson) was second and race favourite Trafalgar (Sylvain Filion) rounded out the top three. The card’s only overnight race was a $15,000 Preferred in Race 4 which was contested under heavy rain. The sloppy track didn’t deter Pretty Handsome from claiming his 27th career win in 1:55. Sent off at 3-1 with Colin Kelly aboard, the five-year-old pacer began his first-over attack in the final quarter and finished a length ahead of Exit Smiling with J. R. Plante and Toot Toot N with Ed Hensley.  Pretty Handsome is trained by Lacey McCabe for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd and is a career winner of $270,975. Total handle for this year’s 10-race Industry Day was $392,062 which was down slightly from the 11-race card handle of $488,696 in 2019. From Grand River Raceway

DRESDEN, ON - AUG. 3, 2020 - One week after making their debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle, two-year-old trotting colts Stonebridge Armour, Tymal Chrome and Arch Hall collected their second provincial victories on Monday, Aug. 3 as Dresden Raceway hosted a trio of $22,000 Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite Stonebridge Armour opened the Grassroots action with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 2:04.1. Lovin Life Hanover finished second and Showme Some Muscle was third in the $22,800 test. "The gate was a little bit tricky with him in Sarnia, but I kind of knew him a little more today and he seemed to be a little more mature about it today too. He handled the gate really well and after that it was pretty much just a cake walk from there. I never pulled the plugs or nothing, I just sat on him the whole way," said driver Tyler Moore, who piloted the colt to his first Grassroots victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on July 25. "It was my 500th win too, so that was nice." Campbellville, ON resident Moore drives the Muscle Mass colt for trainer Jacques Dupont's Les Ecuries D'Orleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. A half-brother to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, Stonebridge Armour was a $45,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. With wins in both of his Grassroots starts Stonebridge Armour currently sits third in the freshman trotting colt standings with 100 points. Tymal Chrome earned his second Grassroots win with a gritty first-over trip, reeling in pacesetter Daylon Midnight and advancing down the stretch to a one length victory in 2:04.4. Doro Sogno tracked fan favourite Tymal Chrome from start to finish to secure the runner-up's share of the $22,450 purse and Diehard Seelster rounded out the top three. "He's been a nice horse all along. He just goes out, he just trots, it's like he refuses to make a mistake. He just wants to be a nice horse," said trainer Anthony Beaton. "He did the same thing in Sarnia, he went a big mile there first-up. He just seems like he wants to make you happy and not make mistakes, and that's great." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Tymal Chrome for Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The partners purchased the Muscle Mass son for $22,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With two wins and one third in Grassroots action, Tymal Chrome currently sits second in the division standings with 112 points. Division leader Arch Hall delivered his second Grassroots win off a pocket trip behind early pacesetter Insanity, who rang up fractions of :30 and 1:01.2 before being collared by Arch Hall heading by the 1:33 three-quarters. Once he was in command, fan favourite Arch Hall sailed home to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:03.1. Insanity settled for second with Willywin well back in third. "He just left out and that horse (Insanity) wanted to be on front so he just sat there. Down the backstretch he pulled him and just made sure he got through the turn fine, and then he asked him the top of the lane and he just took off again," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and anybody can drive him, he's pretty childproof right now. For a two-year-old trotting colt he's really smart." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. The Archangel colt has been no worse than fourth in four lifetime starts, with his two wins and one second putting him at the top of the Grassroots standings with 125 points. All three of Monday's winners are eligible to the Aug. 15 Balanced Image Eliminations at Hanover Raceway. The colts that make the Balanced Image Final on Aug. 22 will miss the fourth Grassroots event, which is slated for Aug. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dresden Raceway also hosted a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday. Los Ballykeelamigo scored his second Prospect Series win with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5 in the first division. The Amigo Hall son and driver Tyler Borth bested fan favourites The Reins Of Titan and driver Brett MacDonald and local colt Magnitude Ten and driver John Sullivan with the 2:02.4 effort. Cam McKnight trains Los Ballykeelamigo for his Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The second Prospect Series division saw pacesetting Northern Flame hang on for a neck victory over fan favourite Royal Jewels in 2:05.3. Goaltender rounded out the top three. Phil Hudon piloted the Muscle Mass colt to his first Prospect Series win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Prospect Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 6. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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