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Charlottetown, PE - The Host Committee of the 2019 Atlantic Breeders Crown will once again recognize Atlantic harness racing families for their long-term contribution to the industry. One family meeting the criteria will be selected from each of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Awards sponsored by the Province of Prince Edward Island will be presented as part of the Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Top of The Park, Red Shores Charlottetown. The harness racing industry and general public are invited to submit nominations to the Evaluation Committees in each province for consideration for recognition. Nominations should be in written form, and detail how the nominated family meet the suggested criteria: Fifty years of family involvement in Atlantic Harness Racing At least one family member still active in the industry in some capacity Achievements on an Atlantic /Canadian scale as a breeder, owner, trainer, driver or builder Public recognition for outstanding contribution to Atlantic Harness Racing - i.e. National or Provincial Halls of Fame) Success in major Atlantic Canadian races - i.e. track records, stakes or invitational wins, significant milestones,(i.e wins) etc. or prolific success of several family members Longevity of success of family member(s) The Evaluation Committees reserve the right to submit nominations as well. Nominations are due by September 16, 2019. The evaluation committees, which have been established in each province, will select one family per Atlantic province to be honoured. Since its initiation in 2001, the following families have been recognized: From New Brunswick The Alexander, Armstrong, Barrieau, Breau, Bishop, Doherty, Cerdic Downey and Milton Downey families, Goguen, Goodine, Irving, Jones, MacDonald, Mahar, Nicholson, Queen, Stevenson and Trites families From Nova Scotia The Daniels, Davis, Ferguson, Getto, Gillis, Haley, MacLeod, MacDonnell, MacKinnon, MacQuarrie, Pinkney, Polley, Rankin, Ratchford, Smith, Whebby and Wilson families From Prince Edward Island The Andrew, Annear, Arsenault, Bernard, Chappell, Hennessey, Kelly, Mike and Paul MacDonald, MacGregor, MacPhee, O'Brien, Pineau, Poulton, Smallwood, Cyril Smith, Don and Ian Smith, Whelan and Willis families. From Newfoundland Cliff Garland, Dennis Gallway, and the Deering, Dillon, Dooling, Downing, Forward, McDonald, Oliver, Pack, Sheppard and Williams families. Please forward nominations to: Prince Edward Island Jerry McCabe, ABC Host Committee Phone: 902-892-7510 Email: jmccabe74@gmail.com Nova Scotia Robyn Crowe, Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association Phone: 902-865-1670 Fax: 902-483-9060 Email: robyncrowenshria@gmail.com New Brunswick NBSBOA President Sam Hodgin 506-647-1888 Email: farrierhodgin@gmail.com Newfoundland Aubrey Williams, NHHOA Email: williams2000ltd@yahoo.ca From the Atlantic Breeders Crown               Lee A. Drake   Manager Marketing & Brands   Red Shores Racetrack & Casino   Charlottetown & Summerside Locations   58 Kensington Road l Charlottetown, PEI l C1A 9S8   p: 902-620-4222 Ext 4263 l c: 902-629.0836 l f: 902-620-4324   www.redshores.ca Twitter @leedrake01         This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and erase this E-mail message immediately. Le présent message électronique (y compris les pièces qui y sont annexées, le cas échéant) s'adresse au destinataire indiqué et peut contenir des renseignements de caractère privé ou confidentiel. Si vous n'êtes pas le destinataire de ce document, nous vous signalons qu'il est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer ou de le reproduire. Si ce message vous a été transmis par erreur, veuillez en informer l'expéditeur et le supprimer immédiatement.  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The fastest sophomore trotter in the history of Atlantic Canada will headline a harness racing stakes laden Thursday evening presentation at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday program featured the Lady Slipper stakes for two and three-year-old trotters with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time. The first $9,000 Lady Slipper two-year-old division lines up in race 2 as Mack Truck commands respect as the morning line favourite from post 4 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Randy Van Meer and owners Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville, Ont., and Lynda MacSwain of Stratford. The two-year-old son of Credit Winner has recorded a pair of third places finishes in his first two lifetime outings. Tequila Tuesday is favoured in the second $9,000 division in race 4 drawing the outside in the compact field of five. Myles Heffernan Sr., drives the son of Armbro Barrister for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville and trainer Myles Heffernan Jr. Tequila Tuesday will look for his second lifetime win with hopes of adding to his $16,876 bankroll. In three-year-old Lady Slipper action, Getting Messi, the fastest sophomore trotter ever in Atlantic Canada has post 3 in 6 in the first of three $8,000 divisions. Mike McGuigan drives the Len McGuigan trainee for owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The Armbro Barrister three-year-old is fresh off a 2:00 track record performance at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia for his second track record score. Last year's champion, Mile Hill Willie, has rail control in race 8 for driver Barrieau and owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. The son of Armbro Barrister has had two wins this season and has yet to miss a cheque. The final Lady Slipper three-year-old trot split is in race 10 as Ya Boy Bear leaves from post 1 looking for the lion's share of the $8,000 purse for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Michael Bailey of Morell. The Delcrest Julian gelding made a break in his latest outing in the track record mile at Inverness Raceway but was consistent in 1:59 in his prior starts. Also on the card is the race 7 D & G Younker Memorial Open Trot carrying a $2,350 purse. Majian Tango is the morning line choice from post 5 for trainer-driver Jim Ripley with other top entries Star Photo (Jason Hughes) and Buckaroo (Campbell). For race programs, promotional info and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2019 - Dining passes are now on sale for this October's Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fans can purchase tickets for the COSA Premium Lounge, make reservations for the Terrace Trackside Buffet, Mohawk Harvest Kitchen and Trackside Bar. The COSA Premium Lounge will host an exciting party and dining atmosphere during the Breeders Crown weekend. Reserve your place amongst racing elite, where you'll be right in the action and experience mouth-watering aromas, fresh & delicious chef creations and exhilarating racetrack views all from the comfort of a private VIP space. Tickets for the COSA Premium Lounge are priced at $200 a night or $350 for two-night access. Each night features a different experience in the COSA Premium Lounge. Guests will be treated to gourmet passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations (Friday), ultimate gourmet buffet dinner (Saturday), open bar, live entertainment and exclusive trackside views with lounge seating. Weekend dining passes are also available for the Terrace Buffet, Mohawk Harvest Kitchen and Trackside Bar. Space is limited in these locations due to holds for connections of horses racing in the Breeders Crown. A weekend pass for the Terrace Buffet and Mohawk Harvest Kitchen is priced at $300, while Friday only is priced at $150 and Saturday only at $200. A weekend pass in the Trackside Bar is priced at $150, while Friday only is priced at $75 and Saturday at $100. To make a reservation, call 1-888-675-7223 or 416-675-7223. Full ticket and dining pass information for the Breeders Crown is available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. The official Breeders Crown event page houses all the details for the championships, including ticket information, dining passes, news and travel options. Woodbine Entertainment has secured a special Breeders Crown discount for accommodations at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale and visiting guests can take full advantage by booking through the official Breeders Crown event page. A complimentary shuttle from the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale to Woodbine Mohawk Park will be available. The Breeders Crown championships for two-year-old pacers and trotters will be contested on Friday, October 25. The championships for three-year-olds and up will take place on Saturday, October 26. Post time for each night of championship racing is 7 p.m. Follow @WoodbineSB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for continuing coverage of the Breeders Crown. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Guelph, ON Aug. 28, 2019 - Racehorses are a big investment and we are not talking just financial. It takes time, effort and exceptional care to bring these star athletes up to peak performance. Give your groom outstanding tools to provide the best possible care to your horses. Equine Guelph offers two tuition awards for 12-week online university-accredited courses set up by families passionate about the racing industry and the welfare of the athletes within it. Applications for the 2020 tuition awards are now open.   Applications are being accepted for the Stuart Stocks Memorial Equine Award and the Roger L"Heureux Memorial Equine Award. Equine Guelph thanks both families for their support to educate future industry professionals to be champions for the health and welfare of horses. Each tuition award winner will receive two online 12-week, university-accredited courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business – six courses complete the certificate).   "Knowledge acquired in Equine Guelph online courses has opened doors for me in the industry," says, Standardbred breeder, and past recipient of both awards, Cameron Lago. "The racing industry is a tight knit community and since taking the courses, I have seen a few big name trainers pushing towards hiring Equine Guelph students and have motivated a few friends to look into them."   "Equine Guelph has forged wonderful partnerships with Ontario Racing over the past few years, launching short courses on The Horse Portal as identified as priorities by the racing industry," says Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker. "It is fantastic to see future ambassadors in the racing industry keen to carry on with the 12-week courses to further advance their scientific knowledge. A groom who can pick up on potential problems before they become health and performance issues is clearly an asset to their employer."   The candidates for Equine Guelph's 2020 tuition awards are required to write a 250 word letter demonstrating their love of horses and commitment to the industry and submit along with a reference letter. Entries will be accepted until Dec, 1, 2019. For submission details visit: https://www.equineguelph.ca/education/tuition_awards.php   by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions, for Equine Guelph  

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2019 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot take place this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park and mark the harness racing debut of a driver t-shirt giveaway series on the road to the Breeders Crown. Woodbine Mohawk Park will be hosting a trio of driver t-shirt giveaways over the next month to promote this October's Breeders Crown. Each giveaway will recognize one of the current top-three drivers in the Woodbine standings. Louis Philippe Roy will be first up for the t-shirt giveaway series. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native will be on hand Saturday evening at 6 p.m. to hand out free t-shirts and sign autographs for fans. The t-shirts for the giveaway series will match the racing colours of the driver. Fans will be able to collect t-shirts with the colours of drivers Roy, Sylvain Filion and Bob McClure. The t-shirt giveaway will begin at 6 p.m. on the main floor of the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand. Post time for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

MILTON, ON - August 27, 2019 - Harness racing's heavyweights will clash this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. Over $1.6 million in purses will be up for grabs on a stakes-filled program, including the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings joining the co-main events. The Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters has been carded as Race 5, while the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers will go as Race 8. The Canadian Pacing Derby is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing and this year's edition will feature a field of nine with $14.2 million in combined career earnings, including the defending champion and the co-fastest Standardbred of all-time. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked is returning to defend his 'Pacing Derby' title. The eight-year-old captured last year's edition in convincing fashion en route to being named the Horse of the Year in both Canada and the US. McWicked continues to add to incredible legacy with over $500,000 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $4.5 million for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. The superstar pacer led all Standardbreds in earnings last season, becoming the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He is also the oldest horse in harness racing history to receive Horse of the Year honours. David Miller, who steered McWicked to victory in last year's race, will sit behind the Coleman trainee for the first-time this season. The duo will start from the outside post-nine. Lather Up, the co-fastest Standardbred of all-time, will return to the site of his richest victory and attempt to add another lucrative victory to his dream season. The four-year-old captured last year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Park and earlier this season matched Always B Miki's world record of 1:46 at The Meadowlands. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is undefeated in six career starts at Mohawk Park. The son of Im Gorgeous is currently riding a four-race win streak, which includes victories in the Dan Patch, Sam McKee Memorial, Haughton Memorial and Graduate Series, to bring his season record to eight wins in 11 starts and career record to 23 wins in 36 starts. Montrell Teague will team up with the career-earner of $1.7 million to start from post-five. The Canadian Pacing Derby field also includes This Is The Plan (PP1, Yannick Gingras), Done Well (PP2, Andrew McCarthy), Western Fame (PP3, Louis Philippe Roy), Jimmy Freight (PP4, Scott Zeron), Courtly Choice (PP6, James MacDonald), Filibuster Hanover (PP7, Gingras) and Casimir Richie P (PP8, Sylvain Filion). The Maple Leaf Trot will feature an 'All-Star' field of ten older trotters, including four mares, competing for a purse of $600,000. Eliminations winners Crystal Fashion and Guardian Angel As carry the momentum into Saturday's final. Jim Campbell trainee Crystal Fashion will be looking to pull off the Canadian Trotting Classic-Maple Leaf Trot back-to-back. The four-year-old captured last year's marquee event for sophomore trotters and returned to Mohawk Park to win his elimination last Saturday by a pair of lengths in 1:52. Crystal Fashion is currently on a three-race win streak to bring his four-year-old record to five wins and $450,775 earned in nine starts. His career numbers sit at 18 wins and $1.7 million earned for owner Fashion Farms. David Miller will guide the Campbell trainee from post-two. Anette Lorentzon trainee Guardian Angel As has been putting together a fantastic five-year-old season and enters the Maple Leaf Trot final off a game 1:51.4 elimination score. The five-year-old has won six of nine starts and earned just shy of $400,000 this season. Guatdian Angel As has competed in many marquee events over his career. A victory in the Maple Leaf Trot would mark his first classic victory and push him over $1 million in career earnings for owners Acl Stuteri and Kjell Johansson. Driver Tim Tetrick has the assignment behind Guardian Angel As and the duo will start from post-three. A quartet of accomplished mares will compete in Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot. World champion Atlanta was just short to Guardian Angel As in last Saturday's elimination and will now have to overcome post-ten. The Ron Burke trainee captured the Armbro Flight earlier this year at Mohawk in Track Record fashion. Luc Blais trainee Emoticon Hanover will compete in her second Maple Leaf Trot final. The two-time Breeders Crown champion is the second-richest horse in the field with over $1.7 million earned. She will start from post-nine. Blais will also send out mare Dream Together, a career-earner of $835,250, from post-six. Manchego completes the mare quartet and will start from post-seven. The Nancy Johansson trained four-year-old has a pair of victories this season and will be looking to add to her career-earnings of $1.7 million. The richest horse in the Maple Leaf Trot field is six-year-old Marion Marauder at $3.3 million. The Mike Keeling trainee is winless in five starts this season but rallied in his elimination to finish second. The Maple Leaf Trot field is completed by millionaire Six Pack (PP1, Ake Svanstedt), Speeding Spur N (PP4, Jody Jamieson) and Dancer Hall (PP5, Bob McClure). Saturday's program also includes the return of Pepsi North America Cup winner Captain Crunch to Mohawk Park for the $171,503 Simcoe Stakes. Captain Crunch will tackle Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show and five other rivals in the Grand Circuit contest. Trained by Nancy Johansson, Captain Crunch will be making his first start since winning the Cane Pace on August 3. The son of Captaintreacherous has won five of seven starts this season and earned $777,027 for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. The Simcoe Stakes is carded as Race 9. A trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will also take place on Saturday's program. The second division will see the undefeated Johansson trained colt Tall Dark Stranger search for his fourth consecutive victory. The OSS Gold divisions are carded as Races 2, 3 and 6. Post time for Saturday evening's $1.6 million card is 7:10 p.m. Visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com for full event details. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - August 27, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment has released details and conditions for this October and November's Ontario Sired Harvest Series at Mohawk Park. The Harvest Series will feature eight harness racing events, four for two-year-olds and four for three-year-olds. Each event will consist of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added final. The two-year-old events will begin the week of Monday, October 14, while the three-year-old events will launch the week of Monday, October 28. Nominations are due October 1, 2019. The conditions for each event are listed below: Event A (PACE) - Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Fillies, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event B (TROT) - Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Fillies, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event C (PACE) - Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Colts & Geldings, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event D (TROT) - Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Colts & Geldings, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event E (PACE) - Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Fillies, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event F (TROT) - Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Fillies, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event G (PACE) - Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. Event H (TROT) - Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings, Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. No allowances. The nomination fee for each event is $300 (CAD). To view the nomination form online, click here. To make a nomination payment online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - AUG. 27, 2019 - Each year Tammy McNiven enrolls every member of the Twinbrook Farms broodmare band in the Ontario Resident Mare program. The Embro, ON resident enrolls both the mares bred to Ontario sires and those bred to US-based stallions. Those producing Ontario Sired horses are eligible for breeders rewards related to the Ontario Sires Stakes program and both sets of mares are eligible for the breeders rewards connected to the Grand Circuit stakes races hosted by Woodbine Mohawk Park. "It's like a stake payment in a way. That's all it is; I'm staking my bet that we'll have something come back and race in Ontario, for the American-breds anyways. For the Ontario-breds you're silly not to pay it, because that's a lot of money that could go towards a new mare," said McNiven. "That's what we try to do with all our breeder's awards, we usually try to buy a new mare, a new young mare and bring her to Ontario." A total of $1.1 million is distributed to breeders each year in the form of Ontario Bred Rewards. Each top five finish by the two and three-year-old offspring of an Ontario Resident Mare in Ontario Sires Stakes or Grand Circuit stakes action contributes to their breeder's awards. "We're going to get the benefit if - small word, big meaning - if that horse comes back and races in those stakes that are eligible," said McNiven. "And usually, if that happens, my breeder's awards basically pay for the whole next year broodmare band, to enroll. If we get somebody even that finishes about fifth in the Shes A Great Lady or something like that, we might get $3,000, which always helps to go toward your bottom line." Breeders can enroll their mares at any point before September 1 of the current foaling year, but enrollment before the mare foals lowers the cost to $100. After foaling, and before September 1, the fee increases to $300 and third party proof of residency must be provided. "I like to pay mine as soon as possible. I like to pay mine in the fall so then I know they are done for the next year," said McNiven. "If a mare comes up empty or aborts I'm out $100, but I've wasted more money frivolously." In 2018 there were 1,109 broodmares enrolled in the Ontario Resident Mare program. In order to be eligible mares must reside in Ontario for a minimum of 180 consecutive days and mares must be enrolled every year prior to the September 1 deadline. More information about the Ontario Resident Mare program is available on the Ontario Racing website at Ontario Resident Mare Program. Further questions can be directed to program co-ordinator Kathie Wilkinson at ontariomare@ontarioracing.com or 416-477-5529. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

OTTAWA, ON - AUG. 25, 2019 - Rideau Carleton Raceway hosted a battle of the three-year-old pacing filly heavyweights on Sunday evening and harness racing fans were treated to a championship display in the $158,000 Gold Series division. Division leaders Boadicea, Powerful Chris and Sunny Dee were sent off as the top choices in the 10-filly field, with Powerful Chris getting the slight edge over her rivals. Starting from Post 5 with regular driver Bob McClure in the race bike, Powerful Chris left sharply and led the field to a :26.1 opening quarter. Boadicea and driver Jonathan Drury took over heading for the :54.1 half and continued to set the tempo through the 1:21.4 three-quarters with Powerful Chris in the pocket and Sunny Dee and driver Trevor Henry looming on the outside. Boadicea turned for home with a one and one-quarter length margin, but McClure hit the accelerator when Powerful Chris reached the passing lane and the fan's top choice sprinted by the pacesetter to a one length victory in a track record 1:50.2. Boadicea finished second and Sunny Dee was another length back in third. "What can I say? She's amazing. Such a pleasure to drive," said McClure, who steers Powerful Chris for trainer John Pentland of Dorchester and his partners Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and Syllabus Stable of Georgetown, ON. "John (Pentland) has done an excellent job and she keeps improving." The mile took almost one full second off the former three-year-old pacing filly track record of 1:51.1, set by Michelles Power in an August, 2007 Gold Series event. "She's just got so many tricks, this filly. That's the beauty of her," said trainer Pentland. "She can race from off the pace, absolutely, but we rarely, rarely leave with her. I don't think it's a surprise to anybody that she's that capable of leaving, it's just not something we use very often." Sunday's victory was Powerful Chris's third in Gold action this season and boosted her lifetime earnings to $412,255. The Betterthancheddar daughter was also victorious over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval on June 22 and July 27. Heading into the last Gold Series event on Sept. 22 at Flamboro Downs, Powerful Chris and Boadicea are tied for top spot in the division standings with 175 points. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will compete in the $225,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12 and Pentland said Powerful Chris will make a couple more overnight starts in between the remaining Ontario Sires Stakes events. "She'll race once or twice. She won't be over raced for sure, but she hasn't raced a lot this year. I just want to make sure I keep her up," said the trainer. "She loves her work, she loves to race. She's funny, she loves being in her stall and played with and she's okay for half an hour out in the paddock, but she gets bored fast, she wants to come in and she knows she can jog, she loves jogging. She's kind of a hard-working homebody." In addition to the Gold Series fillies, Rideau Carleton also hosted four $22,800 Grassroots divisions for the sophomore pacing lasses and they were dominated by father and son team Gregg and Doug McNair. The McNair's kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes action in the first Grassroots division as Doug McNair guided Sports Flix to a 1:54.1 gate-to-wire effort from Post 1. Saulsbrook Jessie finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second leaving fan favourite Springbridgevision to settle for third. The Grassroots champion at two, Sports Flix did not get off to the start the McNair's expected as a three-year-old and after her July 25 Grassroots start trainer Gregg McNair decided a complete break was in order for the Sportswriter daughter. "We were expecting pretty big things out of her this year. We started her off in the Fan Hanover and she raced real big in the elimination and boy she was no good in the consolation and the next Gold," recalled the elder McNair, who trains Sports Flix for James Fraleigh of Dresden, ON. "We ended up giving her three weeks off and put the antibiotics to her. She really didn't have a lot of work in her for this start, because she'd had such a long time off, but she was real good tonight." Two races later the McNair's were back in the winner's circle with fan favourite Kylie Seelster, who floated off the gate from Post 5 and watched Freya Seelster post a :27 opening quarter. Doug McNair sent Kylie Seelster to the front before the :56 half and the Big Jim daughter fended off a challenge from Premier Cabernet heading by the 1:24 three-quarters and then repelled a second challenge in the stretch to grab a head victory in 1:52.2. Premier Cabernet settled for second and Freya Seelster was third. Guelph resident Gregg McNair shares ownership of Kylie Seelster with Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples of Durham and Dr. Chris Robson of London, ON and the two-time Grassroots winner has been a pleasant surprise for the partners this season. "She's been a bit of a surprise, she's come back better than we thought she was. I think she has anyways," admitted the trainer. "She's been a nice filly all year. Even in the overnight races she's raced good." The McNair's capped of the night of Ontario Sires Stakes action in the last Grassroots division with heavy favourite Swift Ally who took control early from Post 1 and never looked back, cruising to a three length victory in 1:53.4. Behavenmyself finished second and Red River Jane was third. Gregg McNair and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON bred and own Swift Ally, who was unraced at two due to an injury and the Big Jim daughter has been another pleasant surprise. "We had no idea what kind of a filly she was last year, so she's just been kind of like a pleasant surprise," said the horseman, a three-time winner of the Johnston Cup as the top trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes. "She's been good. She's a nice big mare and everything. "She trained in Florida last year, all three of them did. They trained back good all of them, but we had no idea they were going to work out to be decent fillies like this," he added. The other Grassroots division went to first-time OSS winner Deb, who stopped the clock at 1:52.3 for driver Trevor Henry, trainer James Dean and owners Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, ON. Crisp Mane was one and one-quarter lengths behind the Sportswriter daughter in second and favourite Twin B Tipster was another length back in third. The Grassroots fillies will wrap up their regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 10 and then the top 20 point earners will return to the Campbellville oval for the Sept. 28 Grassroots Semi-Finals. All four of Sunday's winners are currently in contention for a post season berth, with Swift Ally leading the division with 150 points. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0825ridcfn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

The following is an Open Letter from TheStable.ca concerning Flamboro Downs' recent announcement re: age restrictions Many life changing decisions have been made for all of us since the end of the Slots At Racetracks Program in Ontario. Depending on your position in racing, these decisions could be seen as negative, or positive. I want to believe these were at least meant for the betterment of racing. I suppose this makes me an optimist. Or naive. We know that in order for us to succeed together in the future, we need to attract new clients, expand our borders, and branch out to the general public in a campaign to show everyday people the unmatched affordable entertainment found within our industry. As we increase participation in the Ontario harness racing industry, we begin to see that growth represented in our overall wagering handle. This will not happen overnight, and the stance of thestable.ca on this is simple: by bolstering participation through affordable ownership, we grow on-track attendance and on-track revenue. As far as wagering is concerned, look at the money wagered on horses racing under our banner, and it isn't hard to see that this formula is a very workable model. One fractional ownership stable alone cannot change racing, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Many of our 700 clients and the majority of those who are new to the racing industry want to experience racing in-person, on-track. They attend the track when their horse(s) race. Many of them include their families in the racing experience and this is good for racing across the board. It fits perfectly with the engagement model of thestable.ca and it accomplishes what the harness racing industry purports is important for sustainability: Industry research studies deliver the same message time and time again: early exposure to harness racing and Standardbred horse racing is critical in cultivating new generations of horse racing fans and participants. You can only imagine my surprise when I read the press release last week about Flamboro's new on-site "age restrictions". I must say, I couldn't have been more disappointed. How are we to reach the next generations if they aren't welcome at the racetrack? This is straight out of the '70s and does not meet any reasonable standards in racing in 2019. The idea that your children are welcome on the tarmac, but not indoors is absurd. The bathroom is on the opposite side of the facility and your children must walk around the grandstand, past the smoking areas to access any restroom. Whom in racing is watching out for our future? Our needs? Our brand? Our legacy? We can't possibly expect a gaming company to worry about horse racing, so who ensures they do? I have spoken with Flamboro Downs management and I hope they reconsider their decision. We are in business together and I hope our best interests, at some point, intertwine and we can begin to actually operate as partners rather than forced bunkmates. Until then, we need to make our position heard clearly and ensure it is completely understood. Horse racing needs to be enabled to attract a wide swath of mainstream society. The ability for families to come out to the track is vital moving forward. One could see this decision by Flamboro as a simple oversight and one that could be corrected quite easily. Or, it could be a quiet statement of defiance signaling the lack of any interest in supporting racing's future at their facility. Let's hope Flamboro decides that the original statement was a bit premature and short-sighted, and they are indeed truly committed to racing. To be abundantly clear, the decision to close the grandstand building to all children under the age of 19 runs contrary to the current and future best interests of harness racing. And it certainly does not reflect the philosophy of thestable.ca. It undermines our efforts and the harness racing experience we provide for our clients. We operate the fastest-growing fractional ownership stable in North America and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. In 2020, we will have nearly 200 horses owned by more than 800 people. We cannot and will not support last week's announcement by Flamboro Downs in what we categorize as a sharp deviation from any positive horse racing partnership. We will not support racing in this form and NONE of our horses will race at Flamboro Downs if this decision about age restrictions at their facility is not revisited and rectified. We welcome all horsepeople to do the same. We cannot wait for the cavalry. If history is any indicator, they are not coming. This is an issue that Flamboro Downs and our racing stakeholders should be able to resolve together. A day will come when we work together to provide a better experience for all our clients. I want to believe that a resolution can be found and we can continue to build a better industry for all of us. From Anthony MacDonald, President, Co-founder for TheStable.ca

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a first-over charge heading to the half, 13-1 Na Naa Said So wore down her front end foes and earned the lion's share in the biggest stake race of the harness racing afternoon Sunday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Woodmere Skyroller was the first to the front in Sunday afternoon's mega-stakes card finale in the lone Lady Slipper Gold division carrying a $21,000 purse. Barrieau kept Woodmere Skyroller in motion with splits of 29.2 and 59 then 13-1 shot Na Naa Said So was launched to the outside by driver Adam Merner and battled to the three-quarters in 1:29.3 then took over the lead. She had to win the stretch drive over Watch Me Dance (Driven by Jason Hughes) in 1:59.1 while Woodmere Skyroller hung on for third. A two-year-old daughter of Westwardho Hanover, Na Naa Said So is trained by Robert MacLeod for owners Hugh MacEachern of Inverness, and Ali MacEachern of Truro, N.S. The 10-dash card featured a stakes event in every race including a pair of $11,000 Joe O'Brien Memorial Gold divisions for two-year-old pacing colts. Woodmere Rollnpop won his split in 1:58.1 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald and owners Morah Kerr of Greenfield and Phonsie MacEachern of Port Hood, N.S. Second went to Mr Kelly (Merner) while Red Dirt Fulofhart (David Dowling) was third. Tobins Rebel kept his perfect career intact in the other O'Brien Gold division winning his fifth lifetime start in 1:58.1 by three-and-three-quarter lengths. U Bettim Watching (Kenny Arsenault) earned second place with Krispy Krunch (Mike McGuigan) completing the triactor ticket. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives Tobins Rebel for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Trainer Earl Watts had two wins on the card as Windemere Frank (Dowling) captured a $7,000 O'Brien grassroots stake in 2:03.1 and Windemere Mcseek (Dowling) won in 2:03 in a $7,000 Lady Slipper grassroots division for rookie fillies. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Undefeated Whitecookie posted his sixth straight triumph with an easy three-length triumph in a $7,500C division of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R. Starting from post four in the third race, the first of two divisions of the Future Stars for two-year-old pacing colts, Whitecookie went right to the lead for owner, trainer and driver, Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres. Cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28.1, Whitecookie held the field at bay and then pulled away in the stretch to win in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57. The pocket-sitting Kinnder Big Boss (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) third. Sired by Windfall Blue Chip, Whitecookie looks to make a clean sweep of the Future Stars Series and will headline the $55,000C final coming up on Sunday, September 8. He paid $2.60 to win. The sixth race second colt division saw Eclat De Rire and driver Stephane Gendron do just what Whitecookie did earlier on the race card, lead from start to finish. Only the fractions were a bit slower for Eclat De Rire, who also pulled away from the field on the final turn, winning by five open lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.4. HP Beach Dragon (Stephane Brosseau) sat the pocket-trip and was second with Beach Bayama (Marc Belanger) third. It was the second win in four lifetime starts for Eclat De Rire, a son of Leader Bayama, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $2.90 to win as the race favorite. It looked like the front end was the place to be Sunday until the seventh race, $10,000C Future Stars division for filly pacers with a field of nine going to post on the half mile track. Lotus Sena and driver Pascal Berube, seeking their fourth straight win for trainer/owner Serge Nadeau, had led the field through fractions of :28.4, 1:01 and 1:31.1. That was when the pocket-sitting SOS Cupcake and driver Stephane Gendron pulled on the right line and came after Lotus Sena and passed her by the top of the stretch. She then went on to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. Lotus Sena was second with Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the first career victory for SOS Cupcake. The daughter of Shanghai Phil has finished second in her last three starts, moved the stable of trainer Francis Richard and got her first win. SOS Cupcake is owned by the Francis Richard Stable, Inc., Auclair-Gaston Bibeau Farm and Dr. John Bradbury. She paid $4.10 to win as the favorite. Track Notes: Five of the ten races Sunday saw horses score lifetime marks as the H3R track continues to be in perfect shape. Drivers Stephane Gendron and Stephane Brosseau each scored driving doubles. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday, August 30. It will be the last Friday night race card of the season. First race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - August 24, 2019 - The harness racing field is set for next Saturday's $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot after a pair of eliminations were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 13 older trotters, including five mares, competed in a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each punched their ticket to next Saturday's (August 31) rich final. Guaradian Angel As fought off Atlanta with a :27.1 final-quarter to win the first elimination in 1:51.4. The five-year-old and driver Tim Tetrick rejected a seat in the first-turn, worked up to the top and never looked back for his sixth win nine starts. "I was thinking about (tucking), but Atlanta I thought would want to follow my horse and lucky it worked out that way," said Tetrick. "My horse has raced good every start this year...my horse is strong." Atlanta cut an opening-quarter of :28 before Guardian Angel As moved to the lead. The Anette Lorentzon trainee got a favourable half time of :57.1, which allowed Tetrick to pull the plugs and put his charge into sprint mode for a back-half of :54.3. Guardian Angel As fended off Atlanta in the lane to win by three-quarters of a length. Speeding Spur N finished third, while Dream Together and Dancer Hall rounded out the top-five. Guardian Angel As has banked $399,434 this season to bring his career earnings to $921,116 for owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson. The Lorentzon trainee picked up his 22nd career victory with the elimination score. A $2 win ticket on Guardian Angel As returned $3.70. Crystal Fashion rushed to the top at the half and kept the momentum going to win the second elimination in 1:52.1. David Miller guided the four-year-old gelding to his fifth win in nine starts this season. "I feel very good about this horse (going into the final) because he's been such a good horse, we've been blessed to have a horse like him," said trainer Jim Campbell. "He gives it a good effort every time we put him out there. He's a very versatile horse, you can race him any way you want." Marion Marauder made a rally from fifth to finish second by two-lengths. Six Pack, who was the favourite, didn't fire off a second-over trip and finished third. The top-five was completed by Manchego and Emoticon Hanover. Hannelore Hanover, who won the 2017 Maple Leaf Trot, sprinted out to be the early-leader and made a rare break when sitting on the winner's back going to three-quarters. Crystal Fashion has banked $450,775 this season to bring his career totals to 18 wins and $1.7 million earned for owner Fashion Farms. The Campbell trainee's only other start at Mohawk Park prior to Saturday was a victory in last year's Canadian Trotting Classic. A $2 win ticket on Crystal Fashion returned $6.40. The draw for next Saturday's $600,000 took place following the eliminations. The connections of Crystal Fashion and Guardian Angel As were able to select their post. 1. Six Pack 2. Crystal Fashion 3. Guardian Angel As 4. Speeding Spur N 5. Dancer Hall 6. Dream Together 7. Manchego 8. Marion Marauder 9. Emoticon Hanover 10. Atlanta AE: Run Director REPLAYS: www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Races 2 and 3) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment      

MILTON, ON - August 24, 2019 - Rookie harness racing pacers got their first taste of Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation. A field of 11 colts and geldings clashed in the $228,100 Nassagaweya, while a pair of $112,239 Eternal Camnation divisions for fillies also took place. The Nassagaweya Stakes saw trainer Tony Alagna sweep the trifecta with his sons of Captaintreacherous. Capt Midnight and driver Andrew McCarthy, who started from the second-tier, took over the top spot racing to the half and finished things off with a :27 final-quarter to defeat Captain Nemo by half a length in 1:51. Captain Kirk sat third behind his stablemates for most of the mile and maintained that position at the finish. Alagna's trio started from posts one, two and eleven. Captain Kirk shot out to the early lead to post a :28 opener, while 'Nemo' and 'Midnight were out and moving from third and fourth going to the quarter. 'Nemo' cleared entering the backstretch before 'Midnight' cleared to take the field by the half in :55.2. Captain Nemo angled out to take a shot at the leader in the stretch, but Capt Midnight would not be denied. "It took me almost over until the five-eighths to get him stopped after the race," said McCarthy, who put Capt Midnight on the front for the first time. "I knew he'd be good on the front, but I had to tell him what to do at the head of the stretch and he responded well like a good horse does." A $350,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Capt Midnight's victory extends his win streak to three and improves his record to three wins in five starts with $147,850 earned for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing. Capt Midnight is three for three at Mohawk Park and heading towards further Grand Circuit action in the Champlain and Metro Pace. A $2 win ticket on Capt Midnight returned $4.50. Alicorn made an emphatic return to the win column in the first Eternal Camnation division for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Chantal Mitchell. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Alicorn cleared to the top entering the backstretch and got a soft away with a soft second-quarter to reach the half in :56.4. Lady Lou attacked the leader first-up in the third-quarter to force a :27.4 split. Alicorn was ready to roll when pressured and put away her rival at the top of the lane, powering home impressively in :26.3 for a 1:51 blowout victory of 5 ¾ lengths. The clocking matches her career-best, an Ontario Sires Stakes record she set three starts back. "She just does it so easily and is an amazing filly," said Mitchell following the race. "As long as she comes out of this good, we're going to comeback next Friday in the (OSS) Gold and then go onto the Shes A Great Lady, but we'll take it one week at a time and see how she progresses." Lady Lou finished second, while Off The Press was third. Alicorn is now three for six with $163,289 earned for owners Windermere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara. The $30,000 Harrisburg yearling has now won three of her last four, with her only defeat being runner-up finish in the Battle of Belles after making an early break. A $2 win ticket on Alicorn returned $3.30. Reflect With Me dug in to hold off Karma Seelster and capture the second Eternal Camnation division in 1:52 for the McCarthy and Alagna duo. Sent off at odds of 1/9, Reflect With Me got away fourth in the early-stages, while Kat cut out an opening-quarter of :27. Somebeachsometime made a second-quarter brush to the lead from fifth and hit the half in :55.3. McCarthy finally gave Reflect With Me her cue at the half and she marched first-up after the leader going to three-quarters, which was reached in 1:24.1. Reflect With Me powered by at the head of the lane, but wasn't home cool. Karma Seelster angled out to clear racetrack after a two-hole trip and challenged the 1/9 choice right to the wire, ultimately falling short by half a length. Kat finished third. "It was a horse race tonight and I had to come first-over tonight," said McCarthy following the victory. "She dealt with it and she fought right to the wire. "She's a very good filly and she's got so much speed it's probably not ideal coming first-up with her. She showed last week that she can go on the front and is definitely good with cover, but you got to do what you got to do sometimes." A $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Reflect With Me improved to three wins and $91,919 earned in five starts to begin her career. She is owned by Brittany Farms and Brad Grant. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. REPLAYS available at www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Races 1,5,9) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Saturday was a night of harness racing domination for 'The Maritime Magic Man' and Rose Run Quest winning the feature was the crowning moment at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau had four winners on the 13-dash Saturday program at the Capital oval including a 1:54.3 open-length score aboard Rose Run Quest in the $2,900 preferred pace. Barrieau subbed in for regular driver and trainer Marc Campbell, who was racing in stakes action in Nova Scotia, and proceeded to control the race from the start and widen his advantage. Rose Run Quest laid down front end splits of 28.2, 57.3 and 1:26.1 before winning by four-and-three-quarter lengths over Best To Hurst (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Norris Rogers). Blair Hansen of Charlottetown holds the ownership papers of the seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream. Barrieau's other wins came with Sodwana Bay in the $2,700 Fillies and Mares Open pace in 1:56.4, Dusty Lane Cortez in a six-length romp in 1:58.1 and Selkirk Echo in 2:02.1. Jason Hughes had a driving triple on the card winning with Dees Boy (2:00.2), JK Express (1:57.1) and Rockin Indy (1:57.1). For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 24, 2019 - Harness racing driver Mike Saftic piloted three freshman pacing fillies to victory in Grassroots action at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening. The fillies were serving as the opening act on Balanced Image Final night and Saftic kicked off the festivities in the first race with Preeminence. Starting from Post 4 the filly made a brief break in stride at the start and was sitting last when fan favourite Landry Seelster reached the opening quarter in :29.4. By the 1:01 half Preeminence had moved up to fifth and heading by the 1:29.4 three-quarters Saftic sent her three-wide. Preeminence turned for home four lengths behind the leaders and a solid finishing kick saw her get a head in front of Landry Seelster and Wiggle Delight for the 2:01.2 victory. "I think she was the best in there because we run early and then gathered ourselves and still win," said Saftic. "She went a big trip. I was actually impressed with her to recoup like that and come three high around the turn. If she didn't run I'm sure she could have been an easier winner." The win was Preeminence's second in Grassroots action. The Sportswriter daughter also won her July 18 division at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With a second-place result in the season opener, the Marcel Barrieau trainee currently sits in a tie for top spot in the division standings with 125 points. Barrieau trains the filly for Claude Baril of Mascouche, QC, Gilles Caouette of Sudbury, ON and Michel Daneault of Terrebonne, QC. One race later Saftic was back in front of the Hanover track photographer after another come-from-behind effort with Shiraz Seelster. The pair got away sixth from Post 4 and remained there as early leader Watch My Speed and fan favourite Capistrano battled through fractions of :29.4, :58.1 and 1:28.4. The field caught up to the duelling leaders heading into the last turn and Shiraz Seelster outsprinted them to the wire, getting a head in front for the 2:01 victory. Capistrano settled for second and Shes Magic edged out Watch My Speed for third. "They kind of got fighting on the front end and we were way back, but you know we were a little better rated back there," noted Saftic, who crafted the win for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "She showed some guts you know, she come up the inside around the last turn, but she gutted it out. It was a surprising win, but I was happy with that one." The win was the first lifetime for the Bettors Delight daughter, who was a $107,000 purchase at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Saftic completed the Grassroots hat trick with Dreamadreamforme in the fifth $22,450 division. From Post 6 the reinsman settled Dreamadreamforme in third as Bettorbeasecret led the fillies to a :30 quarter. Heading for the 1:01.1 half Saftic sent the fan favourite to the front once she took command Dreamadreamforme turned back a challenge from Trizzle Trazzle. Bettorbeasecret rallied in the stretch, but Dreamadreamforme prevailed for a three-quarter length victory in 2:00. In The News closed well to be third. "That's the one I came for. She was good," said the Campbellville, ON resident. "She kind of impressed me her first lifetime start (Aug. 19). There was some decent fillies in there. She got a nice trip second over, but she showed some guts getting home, and today she was pretty handy, she showed some talent. "I didn't know what to expect over a half, but she had no problem with it at all," he added. Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling owns and trains Betterthancheddar daughter Dreamadreamforme, who was a 1:54 winner in her Aug. 19 debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The quickest mile of the night was clocked by Queso Relleno, who cruised along on the front end to a 1:58.2 score. High Roller Duke was three and one-quarter lengths back in second and Ms Brampton Beast was four more lengths behind in third. Paul MacKenzie drove the Betterthancheddar lass to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George and his partners Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, ON, Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA, and The Flanagan Sisters of Dublin, Ireland. The win was the filly's second lifetime; she also captured her Battle Of The Belles elimination at Grand River Raceway on July 29. "She's got a lot of talent," said MacIntosh. "She raced so good in her elimination in the Battle - she was three-wide pretty much the whole last half - and then she came up flat in the final (Aug. 5). We pulled her blood and she had a high white (count) and her differentials were flipped, so we skipped the Gold (on Aug. 14) to go to the Grassroots, and I think we'll just stick with the Grassroots for the rest of the year." MacIntosh noted that Queso Relleno the first horse Sue Vernon Smith has owned and that the newcomer to harness racing is thoroughly enjoying her experience. "She's the first horse they've ever owned and they've just had a great time and love it," said the trainer. "It's nice to see new people get in the business and get lucky, have one that looks like she's going to be a nice filly." Another group made up of several new owners also celebrated a Grassroots win on Saturday. Need Ur Opinion went gate-to-wire in the fourth division for fractional ownership group TheStable Need Ur Opinion of Guelph and breeder Matthew Chapple of Chatham, ON. The Warrawee Needy daughter stopped the clock at 1:59.2, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Satdnite Jukebox and Back To Oz. "Any time you race five and don't miss the board it's a good night, when the five races are stake races that's a fantastic night," said TheStable.ca founder and president Anthony MacDonald, whose other four horses, Wiggle Delight, Capistrano, Ms Bampton Beast and In Land Beach, logged two seconds and two thirds. "Need Ur Opinion found the front end and coasted home to her first-ever win. "Over 70 owners were represented in tonight's stake races from TheStable.ca and I'm sure all left with smiles on their faces," he added. The sixth Grassroots division went to Up The Credit daughter Tuggingoncredit who delivered a 1:59.4 front-end effort for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon of Gatineau, QC and his partners Gestion Louis Latulippe Inc. of Beaupre, QC and Gestion Bruno Blouin Inc. of St-Fereol Les Neiges, QC. In Land Beach and Sunshine Hall rounded out the top three. The evening was capped off by the $56,600 Balanced Image Final which saw Aphrodite Duke romp to a four length victory in 2:01 for driver Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest. Tuckers Out finished second and elimination winner Lifeisgood Hanover was third. Holliday drove the E L Titan daughter to the win for trainer Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. The win was Aphrodite Duke's second lifetime, she was also a winner in the July 14 two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0824hnvrn.dat. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 14 with the final Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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