Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park played host to the Maritime Breeders finals over a sloppy track hit by heavy rain on the harness racing program. The track crew did a great job on the city oval. Wicked Nick, under the command of Gary Chappell, captured the two-year-old Maritime Breeders $9,000 final over Mary Leah (Danny MacDonald) for his second in a row and seventh score of the season for owners Peter Buchanan, North Wiltshire, PE and Cameron Trail, O'Leary, PE. Chappell enjoyed a big night at the track making three more trips to the winner's circle with top place finishes aboard Pictonian Spartan, Sinners In Heaven and Abner The Great. The three-year-old Maritime Breeders final in honor of Buddy Campbell, sponsored by Meridian Farms, went to Oceanview Pancho and driver Corey MacPherson. The trotter, who now has six victories this season, is co-owned by Paul Larrabee, Belle River and William Roloson, Belfast, PE. When the feature went the gate the track was rated as sloppy with a four second variant. D GS Camme, with driver and co-owner Ron Matheson in the bike, over-powered pace setter Big Surf to win in 1:56.3. Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy) was third. Sent off at 6/5 odds, D GS Camme is trained by Jackie Matheson for owners Quentin and Hal Bevan and Tom Clark, Charlottetown, PE. Corey MacPherson, Marc Campbell notched driving doubles on the rainy night. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Glencove Zani will be harness racing in defense of his Atlantic Canadian Triple Crown victory as he faces seven rivals in the Maritime Breeder's Final Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 p.m. with the Buddy Campbell Memorial Maritime Breeder's three-year-old trotting final sponsored by Meridian Farms lining up in race 6. Mike McGuigan will drive Glencove Zani, who took a full sweep of the championship finals in his two-year-old season and was victorious in leg one, the Atlantic Breeder's Crown, so far in his sophomore year. Ted Smallwood of Stratford owns and trains Glencove Zani, who has rail control but a red hot foe to contend with. Oceanview Pancho has been exceptional lately, after battling issues earlier in the year that saw him fall short of earning a spot in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown to face off with Glencove Zani. Corey MacPherson will drive Oceanview Pancho from post 3 for trainer Paul Larrabee. Other entries in the $7,600 event include Dunmore Ace (Jack Panting), Southfield Storm (Terry Gallant), Time Warp (Danny MacDonald), Oceanview Lefty (Ken Murphy), Cardigan Jack (Marc Campbell) and Mr Bower (Kenny Arsenault). The Maritime Breeder's two-year-old trot final is also on the card for $9,000 with Wicked Nick the likely favourite for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and owners Cameron Trail of O'Leary and Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire. The six-time winner has drawn post 4 after winning last week's elimination in 2:05.3. His rivals include Mary Leah (MacDonald), Hop Up (Keith Campbell), Dusty Lane Gloria (Paul Lanigan), Just A Little Tad (MacPherson), Windemerepartyman (Panting), Revenueofwindemere (Campbell) and Howmacs Survivor (Gallant). A free-for-all matchup will take place on the program with heavy hitters Big Surf, D Gs Camme and Smiley Bayama going bridle-to-bridle in race 12 for a $2,550 along with some stiff competition. The draw was kinder to D Gs Camme this week as the six-year-old son of Blissfull Hall drew post 3 with Ron Matheson in the bike behind the Governor's Plate champion, for the first time in a pari-mutuel event since a 1:54.3 victory in September of 2014. Matheson co-owns D Gs Camme with Quentin and Hal Bevan and Tom Clark, all of Charlottetown, while his son Jackie Matheson does the training. Big Surf has been hot lately and lands with rail control in his matchup while riding a three-race win streak for trainer Trevor Hicken and driver MacPherson. Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner) draws perpetually poor against the heavyweights and this week is no exception as he has post 6 in the field of as many. Other entries include Clic K (Campbell), Ramblinglily (Murphy) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Also on the card, Beaus Cowboy will seek to extend his four race win streak against aged company in race 9, after winning the Atlantic Breeder's Crown for three-year-old pacing colts in his latest outing. Front End Speed Dominates Summerside Top Class SUMMERSIDE A three-race win steak is on the line in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and driver Wade Sorrie is the only one who can keep it intact. First race post time is 1 p.m. for the Sunday afternoon card, the second last program of the season in Summerside. Minor Wisdom scored a huge upset in last week's feature event to give her three straight victories and draws post 4 this week with Sorrie in the bike for owner-trainer Kristina McCourt. Minor Wisdom likes to do her racing off the front-end, as she shows being on top every start on the program but this week might be the exception as Best Risque draws into the $2,000 event from post 2 with Jason Hughes driving for trainer Brian Ladner. The nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest was racing competitively against aged mares company all summer, so if these two hook up early on there could be fireworks. A front-end battle could play right in the hooves of the outside duo of Machinthesand (Norris Rogers) and Rash B Havior (Ken Murphy) who has both shown 1:54-1:55 speed when given proper fractions. The field also includes Painted Desert (Mike McGuigan) and Motorino (Terry Gallant). Instant Shadow returns to East Coast racing on the seventh dash of the program with Mark Pezzarello driving for trainer Sifroi Melanson and New Brunswick owners Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle. The three-year-old son of Shadow Play, who co-owns the two-year-old colt pacing record at the Summerside Raceway, was hot earlier in the season in Charlottetown including a 1:56.4 front end score, but found company tougher when he ventured to Ontario before returning home. With the clock ticking on the Summerside season, Marc Campbell leads the way with 35 wins but will be racing in Nova Scotia Sunday giving an opening for second place Jason Hughes to close the four race gap, while Ken Murphy is in the hunt in third place with 30 wins on the 2016 season. Hughes has 12 drives on the card, while Murphy will make 11 trips behind the starting gate. The 2016 trainer's race looks to be fairly safe for Terry Gallant, who has 18 victories with Ron Gass in second with 14 wins and Hughes in third with 12 victories. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 21, 2016 - It may only be for the first two races on the program, but harness racing fans at the Hippodrome 3R will be able to welcome back leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy on Sunday. Roy, whose 56 wins this season should easily stand up through the rest of the race meet that concludes on Sunday, November 13, is making a brief appearance at 3R in the first and second races before heading off to drive the full card at Rideau Carlton. "Yes, I will be at 3R this Sunday for the first two races," Roy said. "I am coming to drive Iron Phil in the first race and M G Kudos in the second. Owners Eric De Champlain and Nathalie Migneault asked me to be there to drive their horses. I am doing it for them as they have been a big part of my career when I was driving just in the fairs. It does not conflict with any races at Rideau." Roy's lead for the driving title may be sewed up at 3R. Pascal Berube is second with 34 wins but he did not have any wins last week at 3R while Stephane Gendron has been red hot, scoring driving triples or better the last few weeks and is at 32 wins. "As they say," Roy laughed, "catch me if you can." Roy is also the leading driver at Rideau Carlton and holds a 112 to 103 lead against Guy Gagnon. Both of the horses Roy is driving at 3R Sunday are the race favorites. Last Sunday, trainer Yves Tessier sent out three winners and took over the lead as top trainer at 3R, 21 to 20, over last year's champion Maxime Velaye. Velaye, who primarily trains young horses may not be able to catch the red-hot Tessier, whose Universal Training Rating (UTR) is at a very impressive .556. Also having a red-hot stable this season is trainer Alain Martin, whose UTR is at .743. Tessier has only one horse entered at 3R at Sunday. Stephane Gendron is enjoying some extra bonus money at 3R for his driving efforts. The Tour du champeau, sponsored locally by Gentilly Ford autos, offers a $100 bonus to any driver who can win three races on the program at 3R. If no one does, the bonus rises $25 per race card. But as of late, Gendron seems to take home the bonus money every week. Gendron is also closing in on his 4,000th career win. Going into Sunday's card he has 3,977 career victories. Driver/trainer Sylvain Lacaille is recuperating from his race accident, suffering mainly from fractured ribs and hopes to be in action before the end of the year. "I should be back to racing in November if all goes well." Lacaille said, "But I have to confess that my ribs still hurt. In my free time I delegate the work around the stable but I do not do too much. I'm looking forward to come back to racing." Sunday is Hot Dog Day at the Hippodrome 3R with a $2 special that includes two hot dogs and a soft drink. For a free Sunday race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Former harness racing Jewels winner Sky Major is flying out tonight to North America. Sky Major has won in 1:51.5 and won $800,000 in stakes. The horse has been staying in Perth for the last seven months with Justin Prentice after former trainer Barry Purdon sent him there to further his already impressive racing career. Unfortunately Sky Major has not been performing up to his true ability while in Australia. Owner Trevor Casey is sure the horse has been bleeding and will race him on Lasix in North America in the hopes of rejuvenating his racing performances. Once in North America the horse will be trained there by Duane Marfisi who recently announced that he is returning to Canada with his wife who has landed a top job at a University in Ontario. Duane has said that apart from Sky Major he will be looking at buying and racing claimers from which you can make a good living if you do it right and he has had some success with that strategy in the past. Lets hope we can see Sky Major race as well as Bit Of A Legend who has done very well there in recent times. Harnesslink Media
CAMPBELLVILLE, October 20 - Autumn Series preliminary round action concluded Thursday with three second leg divisions for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 11, originally 12, two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions, while nine freshmen trotting colts and geldings competed in a single division. Each division was contested for a purse of $16,000. The two-year-olds not only had to deal with each other, but also a 'Sloppy' racing surface, as rain fell all-day Thursday in Campbellville. After finishing second as the public's choice last week, Bills Fella bounced back for a convincing victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bills Fellas got away third in the early stages, while Sauble Shadow cut an opening-quarter of :28.3. Saftic gave the public's choice his cue to move in the second-quarter and the rookie responded by clearing to command just before hitting the half in :58.1. Bills Fella never looked back once taking the lead and finished off the victory by pacing a :29.1 third-quarter and a :29 final-quarter over the off-going for a 1:56.2 score. Osborne Seelster got to the winner's wheel, but had to settle for second, while Red John finished a little more than seven-lengths back in third. A gelded son of Artistic Fella, Bills Fella now has two wins in 10 starts this season. A homebred for trainer Gregg McNair and co-owner Ian Fleming, Bills Fella has now earned $28,160 in his rookie season. He paid $3.20 to win. Bills Fella Exiting out of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action, Mc Mach lived up to the 3/5 hype with a dominating victory in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee did not compete in last week's first leg, but quickly made up for lost time. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Mc Mach fired out to grab the early lead and it was lights out from there. Mc Mach posted fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:25 before drawing away for a 7 Â¼ lengths victory in 1:54.1. Dreamfair B J, who won a first leg division last week, finished second, while Thrownoutofbetter was third. Mc Mach now has four wins in 11 starts with his previous three victories all coming in OSS Grassroots action. The Mach Three colt has banked $62,450 this season for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc and Randy Liepa. The McIntosh trainee paid $3.40 to win. Mc Mach Scene A Magician proved last week's big victory was no trick by taking Thursday's lone Autumn Series division for rookie trotting colts and geldings in 1:58.4. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, Scene A Magician left from post eight and was pointed towards the front. The two-year-old gelding was parked around the first turn, but quickly cleared to command entering the backstretch. As Scene A Magician grabbed the front, Vesuvio Bi came first up from fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon. However, Vesuvio Bi could not get around Scene A Magician despite urging from Baillargeon and was left out for the duration of the middle-half. Scene A Magician stayed focused despite the outside challenger and trotted the field by the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29. In the stretch, Scene A Magician stretched out his lead to a few lengths and trotted home in :29.4 to score the victory. Upvote Hanover rallied up the rail at 35-1 to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Resita finished third. A son of Daylon Magician, Scene A Magician improved his record to a solid four wins in seven starts with his 1:58.4 score Thursday. The rookie gelding has banked $49,020 this season for trainer Jennifer Pinkerton, who shares ownership with Daylon Farms Ltd and Gordon Yeo. Scene A Magician will now have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series in next Thursday's final. He paid $6.70 to win. Scene A Magician The Autumn Series for two-year-olds will wrap up next Thursday with the finals for all four divisions taking place on the October 27th card. The Autumn Series final for pacing colts and geldings will go for a purse of $29,200, while the final for pacing fillies will be contested a purse of $28,600. The finals for trotting colts and geldings and trotting fillies will both go for a purse of $28,200. In order to be eligible to the Ontario sired Autumn Series, the two-year-olds had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2016. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt upended pace setter Doing Some Damage to capture the Thursday top harness racing class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell, who notched a driving double, rallied the pacer in deep stretch for the 1:55.3 score. Sent off a 6/1 odds, Eagle Jolt, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, has 8 wins this season. Doing Some Damage faded to second with Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson) third. Osprey Impact, Charlottetown's current trot record holder, delivered the in the open trot in 1:58.2 for Corey MacPherson. Freddie (Marc Campbell) was second with Thunderaway (Jason Hughes) third. The other trotting assignments were won by Caliban Hanover for his 55th lifetime victory for owner Wendell MacDonald, Cornwall and Suicide Shift for Steven Shepherd. MacPherson and Ken Murphy also recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Toronto, CA - October 19, 2016 - Horse people from the Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries in Ontario have joined together to form the Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario. The Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario believes that the horse people of Ontario need to empower their advocacy and representation with the government and the racetracks by at last joining together horse people of all breeds to meet their common challenges. Frank Roth, a Toronto lawyer, has been the organizer of the Alliance. Mr. Roth has represented horse people and horse people's organizations for decades and has a strong understanding of the industry and the concerns of those who have invested their lives and livelihoods to make it great. The horse people of Ontario, of all breeds, who have for years been 'putting on the show' at racetracks across Ontario would benefit enormously from a unified voice." said Roth. "Accordingly, horse people of all breeds must be recognized and be a part of any and all negotiations with both government and racetracks. "The purpose of this Alliance is not to replace any of the existing organizations, and they must continue to serve fully the interests of their membership. The time has come, however, for the Ontario government to hear directly from the horse people as to the realities they face, and for the racetracks to share decision making and revenue with those who have made the industry world class." Below are the five principles for which the Alliance stands: 1. Inform the government of Ontario as to the real industry facts from the perspective of horse people as to the difficulties and uncertainties under which they work. 2. Ensure that the government fulfills its obligations toward funding, transparency and accountability within the industry. 3. Empower horse people to be recognized as an essential and necessary element for horse racing equal to the racetracks. 4. Secure a position of equal importance with the racetracks in the decisions as to the nature and conditions of racing. 5. Return to a balanced and fair sharing of the revenues generated or provided to allow for the growth of the Ontario horse population and the incentives to own and train racehorses as once existed. To learn more about the Horse Peoples Alliance of Ontario visit OntarioHorsePeople.com. For more information, please contact: Frank Roth, Barrister & Solicitor Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario 4646 Dufferin St., Suite 6 Toronto, Ontario, M3H 5S4 T. 416-963-8776 E. info@OntarioHorsePeople.com From the Horse People's Alliance of Ontario
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of hot horses will collide in the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. with the race 11 feature carrying a $2,100 purse. Perfect Escape was exceptional last week in this class, winning in 1:54.4 for driver Ron Matheson, and draws post six this Thursday with the same driver for Charlottetown's leading trainer, Jackie Matheson, along with owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. While Perfect Escape was victorious in the Thursday evening feature last week, Doing Some Damage captured an identical class on Saturday night in Charlottetown with a 1:55.4 victory for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall. Corey MacPherson will be back in the driver's seat as the pacer looks for three wins in a row. Eagle Jolt always is a factor and draws post 7 again for trainer-driver Marc Campbell, while Mcjestic will try to play spoiler off the rail for driver Gary Chappell. Other entries include Fightmaster (Mike McGuigan), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Narragansett (Jason Hughes) and Allstar Seelster (Kenny Arsenault). Maritime Breeder's champion Glory Jean will take a rare step into overnight company in race 10 with no stakes to compete in until the Oct. 29 Island Breeder's Finals. Regular pilot Mark Bradley will put his feet in the stirrups for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The race features a hardened group of aged pacing mares including Nashurallability (Don MacNeill) and Yankee No More (Hughes). Fellow three-year-old pacing filly Atlantic Breeder's Crown starter Scarlet Safari will join Glory Jean in the jump in company. A tightknit group of six Open Trotters will battle in race 6 with Freddie back in the box trying to start a fresh win streak for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall. Freddie was a winner in his latest outing, but that race had Osprey Impact (MacPherson) absent, after she handed Freddie his first loss in weeks the start previous. Other entries include Thunderaway (Hughes), Tyne Valley (Bradley), Wedgewood (Chappell) and Frill Seeker (Arsenault). By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
CAMPBELLVILLE, October 18 - Powerful Mission will have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies after a 1:57.1 victory Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 10 rookie trotting fillies clashed in a single $16,000 Autumn Series second leg division. The first leg featured two six-horse divisions, which were captured by Powerful Mission and Lady Eagle. Driven by Phil Hudon, Powerful Mission got away fifth and sat there until things quieted down on the front end. Hudon gave the rookie her cue to march up in the second-quarter and the 2/5 favourite was a first over and a couple lengths from leader Gaelic Lass at the half in :57.2. Mario Baillargeon was not in a giving mood, as he turned up the tempo with Gaelic Lass on the far turn, forcing Powerful Mission into the two-hole. After reaching three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.2, Gaelic Lass could not sustain the momentum and surrendered the lead to Powerful Mission, who angled from the two-hole and trotted by to win by four-lengths. Gaelic Lass held on for second, while Jilona was third. Lady Eagle finished eighth. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Powerful Mission now has four wins in 10 starts and earnings of $39,200. She is trained by Kevin St. Charles for owners E C S Racing LLC. Powerful Mission paid $2.80 to win. The final of the Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-old trotting fillies will take place on Thursday, October 27. Mark McKelvie
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CAMPBELLVILLE, October 17 – Daenerys Hanover and Manhattan Play turned in sharp efforts to capture the harness racing second leg divisions of the Autumn Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An original group of 13 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $16,000 divisions. Sheer Talent, the winner of leg one, looked poised for another score Monday, but Daenerys Hanover had other plans in the first division. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Daenerys Hanover got away fifth in the field of six and sat in that spot for the opening three-quarters of the mile. Sheer Talent grabbed command in the second-quarter and posted fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.1 to lead into the stretch. Daenerys Hanover was six-lengths from the lead turning for home, but quickly erased that deficit in the lane and surged by her rivals to win in 1:56. Out Of Sight, who got a two-hole trip, finished second by just a neck, while Sheer Talent surrendered the lead and finished third. A daughter of Camluck, Daenerys Hanover is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher for owner John Mehlenbacher. The rookie pacing filly, who finished second in last week’s first leg, now has three wins in nine starts this season for earnings of $35,620. Daenerys Hanover paid $6.40 to win. Daenerys Hanover Manhattan Play scored a strong 2¾ lengths victory in the second division for driver Mike Saftic and trainer Nicky Comegna. The daughter of Shadow Play, who finished fourth last week, was put right on the front and went coast to coast for a 1:55.2 maiden-breaking score. Ask For Me finished second, while Sporty Gussie was third. Manhattan Play posted fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:26 before a :29.2 kicker to secure the victory. The Comegna trainee was winless in eight previous starts heading into Monday’s Autumn Series leg. Owned by Bruno Comegna, Manhattan Play now has earnings of $30,236. She paid $3.30 to win. Manhattan Play The two-year-old pacing fillies will get extra time to rest up before the series final, as it will take place along with three other Autumn Series finals on Thursday, October 27. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk with round two of the Autumn Series for rookie trotting fillies headlining the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 16, 2016 - While leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy is away, Stephane Gendron will play, or in this case at the Hippodrome 3R, win the majority of the races. On Sunday Gendron scored three times on the race program. Since Roy, 3R's leading driver with 56 wins this season, has elected to drive only at Rideau Carlton, where he is also the leading driver with 109 wins, Stephane Gendron has been more than happy to fill the gap, averaging three to four wins at 3R every Sunday. This Sunday Gendron started off right in the first race pace, winning with Strokin ($3.10) in 1:58, then the fifth race pace aboard Whitemountain Nemo ($2.50) in 1:57.3, which was the fastest mile on the afternoon program and then sixth race trot in the rain with Mentzer Hanover ($2.90) in 2:04.3. Gendron is currently in third place in the 3R driving standings at 32 wins, just two behind second place Pascal Berube (34), who did not win on Sunday. Beach Runner A M became the winningest horse at the Hippodrome 3R this season, leading from start to finish for driver Mario Charron in the 10th race feature over a sloppy, rain-soaked track in 2:00. It was the seventh win this season at 3R for the nine-year-old gelding by Beach Of Faith and his eighth win on the year. He is trained, owned and was bred Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC, paying $4.80 to win. The seventh victory at 3R this year by Beach Runner A M broke a tie with St Kitts and Holiday Party as the winningest horse this meet. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Summerside, PE - Minor Wisdom went to the front and held off a wall of challengers in deep stretch to win the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Summerside in 1:57.4. She was the longest shot on the board and paid $118.70 to win. Driven by Wade Sorrie, Minor Wisdom picked up her third win in a row by turning away Rash B Havior and OK Galahad. Kristina McCourt owns and trains the six-year-old mare. In other action, Baby Picka claimed the Cecil Stewart memorial race for Ken Murphy and trainer Fred Paynter, Stanley Bridge, PE. Paynter co-owns with Debbie and Neal Ramsey, Summerside, PE. The Leon Stewart memorial went to Jetster and Jason Hughes in a swift 1:57.2 for the fastest mile of the day. Ralph Sweet, O'Leary, PE owns and trains. Hughes, Ken Murphy, Gary Chappell and Norris Rogers had driving doubles on the program. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
OCT. 15, 2016 - Super Final night 2016 served as a coronation for several of the Ontario Sires Stakes program's harness racing stars and a coming out party for others. Leading reinsman Sylvain Filion, who had locked up his fourth Lampman Cup title well before the post season got under way, piloted three of his eight Super Final mounts to victory on the $2 million program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday. The Milton, ON resident guided two-year-old pacing filly Yaris Bayama, three-year-old trotting colt Warrawee Roo and three-year-old trotting filly Emoticon Hanover to victory in their respective division finals. "Every race means something, but Finals like that, it's even more," said Filion. "Like that Yaris Bayama, my dad raised her, on the farm where I was raised, so that made it quite special. I'm sure you can see many examples like that here tonight; it sure does make it special." Off a trip up the outer lane, Yaris Bayama sprinted home to a one length victory over Fade and Aint Three OK in 1:53. Carlisle, ON resident Stephane Larocque conditions the filly for Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The daughter of Sportswriter wrapped up her freshman season with a record of five wins, one second and two thirds in 10 starts for earnings of $231,820. Filion teamed up with trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC for his second and third Super Final victories. In the three-year-old trotting colt battle Filion, who is also a three-time winner of the O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver, once again used come-from-behind tactics to guide Warrawee Roo to a one length victory over Will Take Charge and Dia Monde in 1:53.4. "I feel good for them guys, they were real disappointed with the filly, she made a break, she was heavy favourite, and you know the grooms, the trainer Luc Blais, they work hard all year on them horses and it's not as easy as it looks, there's a lot of work, a lot of hours behind that," said Filion, who had finished at the back of the field with two-year-old trotting filly favourite On A Sunny Day three races earlier. "So that one there feels real good with that horse. He's always shown me a lot of talent, but he's been making breaks. Luckily tonight Luc put it all together and he was real strong." Majestic Son colt Warrawee Roo boosted his three-year-old record to five wins, one seconds and one third in 14 starts with the Super Final victory, giving him a total of $246,421 in earnings. One race later Filion stalked fan favourite Caprice Hill until the head of the stretch, when he detected a chink in the defending champion's armour and sent Emoticon Hanover after the win. The filly hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Caprice Hill, who was one length ahead of Wanaka, in a personal best 1:53.1. "Turning for home I saw Timmy (Tetrick) kind of chasing his filly and I said maybe we have a shot," said Filion. "She's a real decent filly. She can leave the gate real fast and she stuck to Timmy's helmet. I think maybe Caprice Hill wasn't quite herself tonight, that's why we got to beat her." Emoticon Hanover, a daughter of Kadabra and former Ontario Sires Stakes star Emmylou Who, will make her next start in the Oct. 22 Breeders Crown Eliminations at The Meadowlands, aiming to make the Oct. 29 Final. Saturday's victory boosted her sophomore record to seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 13 starts for earnings of $485,418. Mohawk Racetrack fans remained glued to their seats until the very last Super Final, waiting to see if three-year-old pacing colt Betting Line could extend his win streak to 14 from the outside Post 10, and the son of Bettors Delight did not disappoint. Driver David Miller and Betting Line were almost five lengths back at the three-quarters, but the heavy favourite rocketed home in :26.3 to defend his Super Final title, hitting the wire one length ahead of pocket-sitter Gerries Sport and pacesetter Sintra in 1:49.3. "A little bit worried at the head of the lane there," admitted trainer Casie Coleman in the winner's circle. "But Betting Line does that once in a while. He knows where the wire is. I've never had a horse that knows where the wire is as much as Betting Line. He just digs right in when he hits the flag poles there and makes sure he's on front at the wire." Cambridge resident Coleman and Betting Line's other owners Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON lingered in the Mohawk winner's circle following his Super Final victory, the colt's last outing on Canadian soil. He will compete in the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands at the end of October and in the Hap Hansen Pace at Dover Downs in November and then move into his new accommodations in the stallion barn at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Betting Line leaves home with a lifetime record of 20 wins, three seconds and two thirds in 27 starts and earnings of $2,238,518. Sophomore pacing filly L A Delight also defended her Super Final title, battling to a head victory over a hard-closing Bad As Leader in 1:50.3. Party In Rome rounded out the top three. "She does a lot of her own talking on the racetrack," said trainer Bob McIntosh of the filly, who went undefeated in her Ontario Sires Stakes career. "She's just a good filly, and she just wants to win, and that's something you can't teach them, it's bred right in them." "It's her attitude. She wouldn't let them by," added driver Randy Waples of Milton, who piloted the filly to the win. "But credit where credit is due, as great as she is, for him to keep her the way he has for two straight years - and every time that she's raced for big money he's had her exactly the way you want her to be - it says a lot for the trainer." Windsor resident McIntosh bred and owns L A Delight with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. In her 27 career starts the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A has recorded 20 wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $1,351,663. Like Betting Line, her next start will come in the Breeders Crown, but McIntosh added that, so long as she remains strong and healthy, fans will see her back on the racetrack in 2017. Fans will also be looking forward to seeing two-year-old trotting colt Mass Production back in action next season. The son of Muscle Mass and All Time Favorite closed out his freshman campaign with an Ontario Sires Stakes record performance, sailing home eight and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.4. Tycoon Seelster and Dream Massive finished in second and third behind the fan favourite. Trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville piloted Mass Production to the win for his partners Jim Walker of Port Perry, Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. In nine starts the gelding posted five wins, one second, one third and earnings of $285,673. "There was some stuff going on there that, you're kind of wincing, hoping that your horse can stay out of the trouble or not have anybody run into him or make a break; all those things are possible with two-year-old trotters," said co-owner Jim Walker of the race, which saw two colts make early errors. "But it was great, and, you know, we enjoyed it all year. He won three of the five Golds and this, there's nothing more you could ask for in an Ontario Sired horse; it's a great program." Winter Sweet Frost captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final title with a 1:55.4 personal best in a race that also saw several youngsters make miscues. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair, Winter Sweet Frost cruised home a one and one-half length winner over Gravitator and Holiday Promise. Paul Reid conditions the daughter of Kadabra for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. Driver Jonathan Drury recorded his first Super Final victory in the two-year-old pacing colt division, guiding longshot Arsenal Seelster to a come-from-behind 1:53 score. Drury and Arsenal Seelster hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Yogi Bayama, who was one length ahead of Machin A Trick. "It was very unexpected actually," said Drury, who crafted the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC and Ecurie JGC Enrg. of Laval, QC. "I thought I was maybe a little too far out of it at one point, but they kind of bunched up at the head of the lane and my colt kicked home strong." The Guelph, ON resident had a career-best year on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit in 2016 and is hoping to be back among the top drivers next season after recovering from a Nov. 25 shoulder surgery that will see him sidelined for three to six months. The reinsman has until May before the 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way, with this year's two-year-olds hoping to reclaim their championship form and a new crop of pacers and trotters aiming to carve out a place in the provincial history books. Mass Production L A Delight Yaris Bayama Warrawee Roo Emoticon Hanover Arsenal Seelster Betting Line Ontario Racing
Charlottetown, PE - Big Surf captured the Saturday night harness racing top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mile was an incredible 1:53.4. Driven by Corey MacPherson, Big Surf blasted off the starting gate and posted heated fractions of 26.4 to the opening quarter with the half reached in 56 seconds while the three quarter frame flashing up at 1:24.3. The 2/5 favorite recorded his third win in a row and fifth on the season for owners Perry, Luke and Robin Burke. Drivingthedragon N was second in the contest with All Turain third. The program also featured the Maritime Breeders eliminations for two and three-old trotters. Wicked Nick, under command of Gary Chappell, and Windemerepartyman, with Jack Panting driving, won their respective two-year-old assignments while Southfield Storm (Terry Gallant) and Oceanview Pancho (MacPherson) won their three-year-old eliminations. Kenny Arsenault recorded a driving double with back to back performances with The Big Bite, trained by Thane Arsenault, and Dees Boy, owned by David Kent, Hunter River, PE. Arsenault is only 43 victories away from career win 3,000. MacPherson, Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes, fresh off his third place finish at the National Driving Championship in London Ontario Friday night, also notched two winners each. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake
Horse Racing New Brunswick played host to the final harness racing card for 2016 on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway. Todd Trites was crowned the tracks driving champion on Saturday. He is a former Maritime dash winning driver and one of the most popular catch drivers on the circuit. Meanwhile, Saturdays fastest mile was turned in by the best pacer in New Brunswick this season. Dr. Mitchell Downey guided Fall Bliss to victory in the days top class in 1:59.1. A son of Blissful Hall, Fall Bliss scored his 11th win of 2016 racing campaign. Three-year-old K D Overdrive was runner up in the days main event. That wraps up the 2016 racing season that saw a total of fifteen race dates. Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank all horsemen for their support along with everyone who played a part in the success of this past season.