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The Atlantic Breeders Crown Host Committee is pleased to announce the four Atlantic Canadian harness racing families who will be honoured for their successes and longstanding contributions to the industry during the upcoming Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend at Red Shores Charlottetown on October 8-9th. It is only fitting in the 50th year of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program, that the family of Jack and brother Doug Ferguson of Nova Scotia are being recognized. Jack was a longtime proponent of the local harness racing breeding program, operating Precentor Farm and serving as the manager of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program for nearly 30 years. Brother Doug produced some of the best known products of the regional stakes program at his Kilkerran Farms in Bay Head, NS. Kilkerran Ella and Kilkerran Robbie were two of the top stars in the AtSS program in the 1970's. Two-time Atlantic Canadian Horse of the Year, Kilkerran Fury, still holds the record for career earnings by a Maritime-bred in the region. Kilkerran Ingle was the last Maritime-bred to win the Gold Cup and Saucer in 1992, while Kilkerran Scot is the richest-ever Martime -bred performer. The Pineau family from Rustico, PEI has experienced many successes in the Atlantic Sires Stakes over the decades. Brothers Alyre, John and Alphonse all developed and raced numerous stakes performers. Alyre recorded over 1000 driving wins in a long career, setting the CDP track trotting record on three separate occasions and winning numerous AtSS trot events. John was also a successful trainer and driver in later years and was breeder of a number of top Maritime-bred trotters with the Rustico prefix. One of his homebreds, Rustico Pluto was the first locally bred trotter to break the 1:55 barrier. Alphonse was also a driver and trainer who spent some time on the Grand Circuit in the 1970's. The popular blacksmith also developed several top horses for H.B. Willis. Several other Pineau family members have donned the silks over the years including Alyre's sons, David, Tommy and Joey and Alphonse's son Steve. From New Brunswick, the family of the late Sonny MacDonald has been involved with standardbreds for over 50 years. Wife Sylvia was the long-serving Clerk of the Course at Exhibition Park Raceway. Sons Clyde, Ross and Bruce all were involved in the family past-time. Ross was a top driver and trainer at EPR in the late 1980's and Bruce has found success in Ontario training some top horses for the Mardon Stables and partner Dan MacIsaac, including Card Trick Hanover, Armbro Choir and Catch The Dream. From Newfoundland and Labrador, the Dooling family will be recognized for their long involvement in the local industry there. Presentations to each of the four families will take place at the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet at the Top of the Park at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday, October 8th. The four families from each of the Atlantic Provinces will also be saluted with memorabilia on display in the "Memory Lane" room on the second level of the CDP grandstand. By Jerry McCabe

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 25, 2016 - Bali was the "fly in the ointment" towards who will be the winningest harness racing horse at the Hippodrome 3R 2016 race meet as the five-year-old gelding was given a strong drive by Mario Charron in capturing the 10th race co-feature pace Sunday. It was the sixth win at 3R this season and with the losses by both Beach Runner A M and St Kitts, all three horses are now tied with seven Sunday race programs left for the season at 3R. Bali posted his 11th victory of the season in prime fashion as Charron sent the son of Dali right to the front. They then cut fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25.4, held off a strong first-over challenge by Solid Performance (Pascal Berube) and then pulled away in the stretch to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.4. Solid Performance held for second place with the pocket-sitting SOS Mach Xreme (Stephane Brosseau) third. Trained by Marie Claude Auger for breeder/owner Denise Auger of Trois-Rivieres, it was the third straight win for Bali, who paid $9.30 to win. Then in the 11th race co-feature, St Kitts and driver Stephane Brosseau sat a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetter D G's Ninja (Jonathan Lachance) but could not catch them in the passing lane, losing by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Thus the contest continues next Sunday at 3R to see who can become the winningest horse of the year at the track. TRACK NOTES: Driver Stephane Gendron has only a handful of drives at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but he made the most of them, scoring four victories on the program from his seven drives. It was the first time this year that anyone other than Louis-Philippe Roy (3 times) has won four races on the program. Both drivers Stephane Brosseau and Mario Charron had driving doubles. Live racing resumes next Sunday at 3R with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Summerside, PE - Ken Murphy recorded his 500th victory in the bike Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The harness racing milestone came as part of a four win performance on the day. Murphy was only three scores away when he opened the card with a trip to victory lane aboard The Tominator then came back with Sandhill Star for the diving double. He reached the hat-trick and his 500th career win with Myambrose trained by Carl MacDougall, Ellerslie, PE in race 4. Reincarnate gave the pilot a grand-slam. The afternoon feature went to Machinthesand in 1:58 flat for Norris Rogers and the ownership group of Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, Middleton, PE. Sent off at 2-1 odds, Machinthesand used his closing brush to catch fraction setter Doing Some Damage (Brian MacPhee) in deep stretch. Jeb (Jason Hughes) was third. The 5-1-4 triactor paid $59.80. It was the third winner of the program for Rogers who also clicked with Momara and Sporty B Skipalong. Terry Gallant had a driving double. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 24 - Lady Shadow continued her outstanding harness racing season with a powerful 1:50 victory in the $311,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A strong group of 10 older pacing mares, with more than $8.3 million in combined career earnings, battled it out for the Milton Stakes crown. Lady Shadow has been at the top of the division all season and to no surprise was wagered down to 2-5 in Saturday's rich final. The five-year-old pacing mare showed early speed to get away near the front for driver James MacDonald. Wrangler Magic sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab command and forced a charged up Frost Damage Blues into the two-hole. After a :26.4 opening-quarter, Wrangler Magic continued to motor along down the backstretch for driver Sylvain Filion. MacDonald gave Lady Shadow her cue to move out from third at three-eighths and the heavy favourite sprinted up to take a slight lead at the half in :54.4. Filion did his best to stretch out the favourite, but Lady Shadow would clear to the front entering the far turn and ripped off a :27 third-panel to reach three-quarters in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Lady Shadow created some separation on her rivals and paced home in :28.1 for a 2¼ lengths victory. "I know with Sylvain (Filion) he wanted to stretch me out a little bit, but it doesn't matter to her" said MacDonald, who also won last year's Milton Stakes with Venus Delight. "I've seen her go some of the craziest trips you could ask a horse to go this year and she got stung pretty hard tonight and she's just such a good mare, she overcame it." Yagonnakissmeornot was able to finish second after getting away fourth and staying inside until three-quarters. Waasmula charged home for third, while Bedroomconfessions closed well from the back for fourth. Wrangler Magic faded back to finish ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow has now won nine of 16 starts and earned over $700,000 this season for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. "She's definitely having a career year," said Adams. "She's just been tough and stayed tough the whole year and she's just getting better I think every start." Lady Shadow became the first mare Saturday since Moving Pictures in 2007 to win both the Milton Stakes and Roses Are Red Stakes in the same season. She now has 25 career wins and career earnings of over $1.5 million. Adams noted in the winner's circle that Lady Shadow will now head to Lexington, Kentucky to race on Sunday, October 9th during the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile. "Hopefully it's a nice day and we can maybe go a big mile." A $2 win ticket on Lady Shadow returned $2.90, while the $2 Exacta with the winner and Yagonnakissmeornot paid $46.80.   Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 24, 2016 - Eight Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots champions were crowned at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening and fan favourites delivered impressive victories in seven of the $50,000 harness racing finals. Heavy favourite Anikadabra opened the festivities with a commanding three and one-quarter length victory over Stritch and Late Shift in the two-year-old trotting filly division. In rein to Rick Zeron of Oakville, the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee stopped the Mohawk teletimer at 1:57.4 to capture her fourth straight victory. "They're the type you love to train, she just does nothing wrong," said trainer Rob Fellows. "All summer as a two-year-old you worry about every little thing, but she's been good. "We've had a lot of luck out of that family," added the Rockwood, ON resident. "Wilsonator to Vimy Ridge to Hillsonator to Legzy, you know they just go on and on." Bred and owned by Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY, Anikadabra's mother has five siblings that earned more than $100,000, including the 2013 sophomore trotting filly Grassroots champion Legzy, and her first foal is the $1.7 million winner Resolve. Anikadabra maintained the family's winning tradition through her freshman season, posting a record of five wins and one third in seven starts for earnings of $71,840. Anikadabra P L Jerico scored the only upset of the Championships in the three-year-old trotting colt division, surviving a first-over trip to reel in fan favourite and defending champion Muscles For Life. P L Jerico hit the wire in 1:55, one-half length ahead of Muscles For Life and three-quarters of a length up on Mass Balance. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic crafted the upset for trainer Matt Dupuis of Rockwood and owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. "I was hoping to be second over behind Per (Henriksen and Windsun Missile), but he wouldn't flush, he just stayed in. We had to pull, if he (Saftic) didn't pull he had no choice, so the horse toughed it out," said Dupuis. "He has bad allergies, the heat's really hard on that horse, and this is the coolest night we've had all summer, so it worked out perfect." Like Anikadabra, P L Jerico hails from a family with a long history in the Ontario Sires Stakes. His mother, Corinas Mission, captured the Gold Series Super Final as a three-year-old in 2002. With Saturday's victory, the Manofmanymissions gelding boosted his record to five wins, four seconds - one of them in last Friday's Semi-final - and two thirds in 16 sophomore starts for earnings of $85,470. P L Jerico Dudesalady scored her third straight victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Championship, holding off Anderson Seelster by a neck. Village Jamie finished two lengths behind the duelling leaders, who hit the wire in 1:54.2. "She's just a nice filly, she looks after herself, she sleeps a lot you know," said trainer Susanne Kerwood, who conditions the filly for M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. "I really think she's going to come back to be a real nice filly, I think next year she might be a Gold. "I had a lot of confidence in her today, maybe too much," added the Rockwood resident with a laugh, "But she got the job done." The win gives Dudesalady, a daughter of Shadow Play and Accountable, a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $61,910. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted the filly to both her Semi-final and Final victories. Dudesalady Magical Steph rewarded the faith of both Mohawk Racetrack fans and trainer Gary Lance in the three-year-old trotting filly Final. The daughter of Kadabra and I Like Stephanie overcame two off-season surgeries to capture the Grassroots title with a 1:55.4 effort. "She's really good right now. She's been all summer getting over those surgeries," said Port Perry resident Lance, who also owns the filly through his GL Racing Inc. "That was a pretty good mile out there tonight; she went as fast as the colts." Magical Steph and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur finished one length in front of a charging Roadmapper and four lengths ahead of Magical Valentine. Henry also piloted the filly to victory in the Semi-final round. Magical Steph Many A Man was the only regular season division point leader to earn a Grassroots title, sailing along on the front end to a 1:57.3 personal best in the two-year-old trotting colt Final. Randy Waples crafted the victory, which saw the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of Santini and Radical Road, for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. "I was actually hoping to race him from off the pace, that's why I didn't really bomb him out of there," said Milton resident Waples. "I think that's his better trip than being in front, because he kind of gets lost sometimes when he's up there, but there wasn't a hole, so go to Plan B. The beauty of him is that you've got a Plan B; if it doesn't work out the first way then you've got another way to go, because he races good both ways. He's just a really, really nice animal." The win was the third straight and the fifth in nine starts for Many A Man, who wraps up his freshman campaign with earnings of $64,940. Many A Man The three-year-old pacing fillies delivered a thrilling finish in the sixth final, with the top five finishers crossing the wire separated by just one and one-quarter lengths. When the dust settled Semi-final winner Forever Liza emerged victorious, with Semi-final winner Free Show and Selling The Dream in a dead-heat for second, just a head behind the winner. Windsun Glory was fourth and Killean Finale rounded out the top five. "It was a little scary, we got a little stalled there with our cover, but just like always she dug in in the stretch," said trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON. "She's just a real trier." Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald engineered the 1:52.2 victory for Steacy and owners Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. In 16 sophomore starts the consistent daughter of Bettors Delight and Forever Cam has seven wins, four seconds and one third for earnings of $106,010. Forever Liza Semi-final winner Arsenic cruised to a one and one-half length victory in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, matching his 1:51.1 personal best. The other Semi-final winner, Continual Hanover, was second and Inspiration View rounded out the top three. "He showed a lot of potential last year, he just didn't come back the way I thought he would and I found out it was just a little bit of stomach problems with him, so we've kind of fixed that and he's gotten pretty good," said trainer Scott McEneny of the Bettors Delight son's late season surge. "I was going Gold at the beginning and he just wasn't right, he just wasn't himself, and we tried everything, everything. I finally found something that works on his stomach, and by then we got into a couple Grassroots." The Waterdown resident conditions Arsenic for his wife Michelle McEneny and Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. Doug McNair of Guelph piloted the colt to his fourth victory in 12 sophomore outings, which boosted his season's earnings to $74,200. Arsenic Tymal Peacemaker wrapped up Grassroots Championship Night the same way that Anikadabra kicked it off, with a commanding front-end victory. The two-year-old pacing colt sailed under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:52.4 without ever facing a challenge. The other Semi-final winner, Bet On Brett, finished second and The Dark Shadow was third. After testing his skills against the Gold colts early in the campaign, Tymal Peacemaker wrapped up his freshman season with a record of four wins in four Grassroots starts, banking $67,000 for owners Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "He didn't have much luck, he was immature, and then when we got into easier competition it seemed he started to get it more and more every start," said Carlisle-based trainer Stephane Larocque of the shift from the Gold to the Grassroots level. "And, you know, he's just shown that he's going to be really good next year." Sylvain Filion of Milton, the leading reinsman in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, piloted the son of Mach Three and Flying Colours to the win. Tymal Peacemaker In addition to the eight Grassroots Championship events, Mohawk Racetrack also hosted the $311,000 Milton Final for aged pacing mares, and former Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Lady Shadow posted her ninth win of the season, sailing home and two and one-quarter length winner in 1:50. Yagonnakissmeornot was second and Waasmula, also a former OSS champion, was third. Doug McNair piloted Lady Shadow, a daughter of Shadow Play and Lady Camella, to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON, Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and BFJ Stable of Philadelphia, PA. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 29 as the two-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Gold Series regular season. Ontario Racing

Harness racing driver Brad Forward who won both the Dash Driver and Percentage Driver of the year trophies at Hanover Raceway finished off his season with four more wins Saturday night. After his first win, the Newfoundland native said he was encouraged to come to Hanover by one of his regular owners, and he says he really loved the track.  Forward said the surface is always good and Hanover and he hopes to be back in 2017. Becky Geisel of Hanover won the Ray and Leu Leifso Trainer of the year award after a banner season.  Geisel had 39 starts with 8 wins, eight 2nds and nine 3rds for over $25,000 dollars in purse winnings.  Geisel trained two of the horse award winners. Cold Shadow won the Ab Fleishauer Horse of the year award after four wins in 13 starts and a best winning time of 1:58.   Geisel shares ownership with Shelley May of Walkerton.  May said she has always enjoyed working with horses and wanted to find a horse she could use her Massage Therapy training on to see if she could get positive results. Geisel also trained the Claimer of the year, She’s a Star Reporter who had 11 starts and a record of 3-4-3-1 and a best time of 1:58.1.  Geisel said the 4 year old daughter of Sportwriter is owned by Wil Weatherall of Flesherton and is the boss of their relationship, indicating the Star Reporter is a bit of a handful at the best of times. The other award went to Bob Walker of Owen Sound for his Trotter of the year, Margo Plicatus.  The 6 year old had 9 starts and a record of 2-2-4 and a season best winning time of 2:00.2. Bob’s sister Jean Thibideau accepted the award on his behalf. Hanover also handed out its season ending prizes including 2 lazy-boy recliners courtesy of Smittys Fine Furniture in Hanover, and the winner of a 55 inch SONY TV was Jane Bernier of Hanover.   Overall, Hanover was up about 7% in wagering compared to 2015, and was also up over 10% in Food and Beverage.     Gord Dougan

Charlottetown, PE - Clic K, with Brian MacPhee catch-driving, won the Saturday harness racing feature in 1:54.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPhee hustled the Jackie Matheson trainee to the point and laid down fractions of 27, 55.3 and 1:24.4 before cruising home to win by length over Nogreatmishief (Gary Chappell) and Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy). It was Clic K's second victory in a row and fourth of the season for ownership team Plo Stable, Donaugh, PE. Jason Hughes and Adam Merner each made two trips to the winner's circle. Hughes had his picture taken with Spirit Of America for owner Robi Hughes, Stratford, PE and Silverhill Buddy for Joanne MacRae and David Myers, Charlottetown, PE. Merner teamed up with trainer for Ron Gass for both his scores. Plumbing Princess earned her third in a row for Shelley and Alexix Gass, Cornwall, PE while Beaus Cowboy made it back to back triumphs for Merner and owner Alex MacPhee, Cornwall, PE. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 24, 2016 - With eight race days left to the harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R, the weekly battle continues this Sunday to see who will be the winningest horse of the season. Four horses are competing in two of the feature races at 3R Sunday who are all vying for the title. In the ten race pace the three favorites in the race are all contenders. SOS Mach Xtreme leads the field on the strength of nine wins this year, five of them at 3R. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard and comes into the race on a four-race winning streak. The six-year-old gelding by Mach Three was super last week at 3R for Brosseau, leading from start to finish by six open lengths in 1:56.3 and earlier this season scored a lifetime mark of 1:55. Beach Runner A M goes from post eight for driver Sylvain Lacaille and of his seven wins this year, six of them have come at 3R, which ties him with St Kitts, as the leading winning horses this season. Two starts back the nine-year-old gelded son of Beach Of Faith also wired the field at 3R in 1:56.3 and the prior week won in 1:56 for trainer Alain Martin. Bali goes from post six for driver Mario Charron and this five-year-old gelding by Bali sports an impressive ten wins in 21 starts this year, five of them at 3R. Bali has raced the last few weeks on the Quebec Fair Circuit and comes back to 3R on a two-race winning streak for trainer Marie Claude Auger. Now comes the 11th race pace where St Kitts puts her two-race winning streak on the line. She has started nine times this year, all at 3R and has six wins. St Kitts is just a three-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere who did not race at age 2. Trained by Maxime Velaye, St Kitts starts from the rail for driver Stephane Brosseau and when she minds her manners on the racetrack, is very tough to beat. According to Velaye, St Kitts has a bit of an attitude and must be handled with care before the start of the race as she has in the past refused the starting gate. Last week Brosseau, driving St Kitts for the first time, was able to get her not only up to the gate, but led the field from start to finish, winning in a moderate slow time of 1:59.1, but winning none the less and having to race against older competition. Her rival from last week, Sagawi, also a three-year-old gelding, starts alongside in post two for driver Jocelyn Gendron and figures to be in the hunt once again. The race favorite is D G's Ninja from post four for driver Jonathan Lachance. Also only age three, D G's Ninja has been racing against the best sophomore pacers in Quebec this season and has just one win in nine starts for trainer Guylaine Fortin, but he has been race timed in 1:56 in his last start. Also a contender in the race is Magster (post three) and return winners Windsong Louis (post eight) and Clinton Panic (post five). Missing from the driver's colony on Sunday is 3R's leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy and veteran reinsman Gatean Lamy. First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - September 23 - A fantastic group of older pacing mares will square off Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the $311,000 Milton Stakes. Division leader Lady Shadow headlines the field of 10 and is seeking her ninth win of the season. The Ron Adams trainee is looking to add a Milton Stakes victory to go along with her Roses Are Red score from earlier this season. The last horse to sweep both of Woodbine Entertainment's signature events for pacing mares in the same season was Moving Pictures in 2007. Lady Shadow has earned more than $556,000 this season and is nearing $1.4 million in career earnings. Last Saturday, she won her elimination for the Milton by a pair of lengths in 1:51. Yannick Gingras has been the regular driver this season behind Lady Shadow, but will not be at Mohawk this Saturday to drive her in the Milton. James MacDonald will instead get the driving assignment behind the 8-5 morning line favourite. MacDonald is no stranger to the Milton Stakes, as last season he won the event with Venus Delight. He also has driven Lady Shadow in two of her starts this season along with qualifying her on a pair of occasions. Lady Shadow's rival and former stablemate Solar Sister will start to her right in post position four. Solar Sister got the better of her rival in their last meeting on August 28th at Tioga Downs in the Artiscape. The Gregg McNair trainee came first up and grinded away at Lady Shadow before eventually taking the lead in the stretch. A four-year-old daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is having an outstanding season in her first campaign against older horses. The McNair trainee has won four of 12 starts and has only missed the board once all season. Solar Sister, a winner of over $1.1 million in her career, finished third in her Milton elimination and will have her regular tag-team partner Doug McNair in the sulky. While Lady Shadow was an expected winner in her elimination last week, Wrangler Magic stunned many at 52-1 in the other split. The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout has had her ups and downs in her four-year-old season, but may be finding her best stride at the right time for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Stephane Larocque. Wrangler Magic, a winner of nearly $800,000, will start from the rail. The 10 mares in Saturday's Milton Stakes have combined to earn $8,356,008 during their careers. Yagonnakissmeornot ($1.4 million) and Venus Delight ($1 million) join Lady Shadow and Solar Sister as the four millionaires in the field. The Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7 on Saturday's 11-race program. The $400,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championships are also taking place Saturday at Mohawk. Fans at Mohawk Saturday will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes T-Shirt with the purchase of a live racing program. The Ontario Sires Stakes will also be giving away prizes throughout the night with their Trivia Spin and Win game on the main floor of the Grandstand. Post time for Saturday's stakes card is 7:30 p.m. Below is the full field for the Milton Stakes. $311,000 Milton Stakes 1. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larcoque 2. Yagonnakissmeornot - Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard 3. Lady Shadow - James MacDonald - Ron Adams 4. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 5. Storm Point - Jonathan Drury - Casie Coleman 6. Frost Damage Blues - Jack Moiseyev - Tom Fanning 7. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 8. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 9. Bedroomconfessions - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Venus Delight - Chris Christoforou - Jeff Bamond Jr. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Charlottetown, PE - Clic K is the morning line harness racing favorite in the Saturday preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. He's earned it. The Jackie Matheson trainee is coming off a stellar performance when he toured the city oval in 1:53.3 capping off a nine win display by driver Gilles Barrieau during PEI Colt stakes week last Saturday. Barrieau is on stakes' assignment at Northside Downs in NS so Brian MacPhee gets the call to drive for the Plo stables, Donagh, PE. The cards should all line up from post five as the eight-year-old goes for his second win in a row and fourth of the season. Stable-mate Starcastic, driven by Ron Matheson, leaves along- side from post 6. Nogreatmischief, handled by Gary Chappell, is back to compete after finishing second to Clic K by three lengths the last time they met. Race analyst Les MacIsaac says the pacer has great form right now. "He seems to be getting better every week, something that could be attributed to his limited starts. His great finishing kick in a compact field makes him a major danger." Ramblinglily is back on the Island and drew post 2 in the match-up for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Allan Jones, Riverview, NB. Lily has 10 wins from 17 starts while All Turain, trained by Trevor Hicken, will have Ryan Desroche in the bike with Corey MacPherson also booked for stakes action in NS. The 18 year-old has 101 starts this year and gets to drive one of harness racing's top guns. The rail goes to Narragansett with Jason Hughes and Foxyhall Racing, Summerside, PE. Jetta Flys has had quite the streak lately. The pacer, under the command of Stephen Quinn, has recorded five straight second place finishes but moves up to take on Oh To Be Me and Spirit of America in race 9. The annual Drive for Charity is coming into the homestretch. The promotion that matches 10 drivers with businesses to raise money for local charities moves into its final month. Post time for the 12 dash card is 6pm. For entries, top picks and live broadcast go to Rash B Havior goes for feature repeat at Summerside; Gallant leading trainer Summerside, PE - The harness racing action shifts back to Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. Post time is 1pm. The feature will go in race 12 scheduled for a 4:08pm post time with Rash B Havior gunning for back to back victories from the Michael Peters stable after taking top spot in 1:56.3 fashion Tuesday under the lights. Ken Murphy, who sits fifth in the Summerside driver standings with 23, will catch-drive from post 6 against a star-studded field that includes Doing Some Damage off the rail for Brian MacPhee while Motorino, a strong triactor candidate, will start from the 7 hole for Terry Gallant. DBS Rosco (Michael McGuigan), Lucky Encounter (Gary Chappell), Jeb (Jason Hughes) and Machinthesand (Norris Rogers) round out the roster. Gallant has a slight lead in the top trainer standings at Summerside with 13 victories followed by Ron Gass (12) and Ralph Sweet (10). The Sweet stable has another new addition with Jester joining the line-up at their O'Leary operation. The son of Jeremes Jet has been perfect since arriving on the red soil after competing at Grand River raceway and Georgian Downs in Ontario. Rising Fella has also moved to PEI for trainer Jansen Sweet and co-owners Allison Sweet and Brody Ellis, Alberta. The three-year -old lines up in race 4. Here are the top driver standings going into Sunday's program. Marc Campbell (32), Corey MacPherson (26), Jason Hughes (25), Ken Murphy (23), Kenny Arsenault (22). For race programs, backstretch beat and live video go to   By Lee Drake

TORONTO, September 23, 2016 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced it has reached a long-term lease agreement with the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) for gaming operations at Mohawk Racetrack in Milton. "At Woodbine Entertainment Group, our mission is to support the foundation and lead the growth of the Ontario horse racing industry," said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. "This long-term lease agreement signifies a positive step forward for the industry and helps us pave the way for future investments at Mohawk. We look forward to fulfilling our core mandate of achieving the highest quality of horse racing and ensuring that Mohawk is a world class Standardbred racing facility." In addition, WEG and OLG were able to reach an agreement which provides for the continuation of WEG's Hospitality services for the Mohawk gaming operations. "This lease and the food and beverage agreement are great news for our employees and local horsemen and provides them with some much needed certainty," Mr. Lawson added. The completion of the lease agreement will provide reassurance to the province's Standardbred racing and breeding industry and allow Mohawk to thrive as the hub of the sport in Ontario. "This announcement provides security for horse people and horse breeders, and confirms government is committed to working with the industry," said Rob Cook, Executive Director for Ontario Racing. "Ontario Racing welcomes the Woodbine Entertainment Group's continued dedication to leveraging their expertise for the growth of our sport." The Mohawk Racetrack site has been host to horse racing since 1963 and gaming operations since 1999. It's the home of the Pepsi North America Cup, one of the continent's leading Standardbred races, and will host the Milton Stakes on Saturday evening. John Siscos

Charlottetown, PE - McJestic, with Jason Hughes in the bike, powered up the passing lane to win the Thursday harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park in 1:56.4. Troy Murray, Cornwall, PE, owns and trains the pacer who notched his fifth win of the season. Eagle Jolt was second with fraction setter Forever Paradise third. The best trotters on the East coast lined up in the open trot and Freddie, owned by the Wiseman stable, Cornwall, PE, rolled to his fourth win in a row for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The time of the mile was 2:00.1 with a closing quarter in 28.3 seconds. Thunderaway (Jason Hughes) finished second, off the leader by a length, while Westwood (Gary Chappell) rallied for third. I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee) and Paymenowpaymelater (Gilles Barrieau) won their respective trot assignments. Barrieau recorded a driving grand-slam on the card while trainer Earl Watts notched a training double on the card. Driver -trainer Mike McGuigan and owner James Whelan teamed up to make two trips to the winner's circle with scores on R Es Miss Emily and Sugar Crisp. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

One of the most amazing harness racing stallions ever with 7,000 mares bred to date, 29 millionaires produced and $234 million in progeny earnings world-wide, Bettor's Delight has nothing left to prove. Click on the link below to see what this stallion has achieved throughout the world because I do not believe any other stallion has even got close. Bettor's Delight is the current leading money winning sire in four countries, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Not just for this year but for the last four years running. Thats unreal and incredible. No other stallion in history has achieved that feat. Enjoy the read on Stallion Sphere here.  

ELORA, ON - Question: Where do trivia-loving zombies go to celebrate the Halloween season with their ghoulish friends? Answer: Grand River Raceway in Elora. Grand River Raceway will host a Terror Trivia Halloween Party on Saturday, October 22. The 19+ event challenges teams of four in three rounds of trivia related to topics that go bump in the night. The top-scoring team wins $200, and the best costumed player wins $50. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. in the Lighthouse Restaurant. The cost is $100 per team (maximum four people per team) which includes 60+ trivia questions, $10 slots gaming voucher (per person), and snacks served in three courses. A cash bar is available for the duration of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Grand River Raceway website. Kelly Spencer

SEPT. 21, 2016 - Trainer Jack Darling shipped five pacing colts to Mohawk Racetrack for the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Semi-finals last week and all five will return to the Campbellville harness racing oval on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the $400,000 Grassroots Championships. "I just trained all five of them this morning (Wednesday) and they all trained as good as they can," said Darling of three-year-olds Continual Hanover and St Lads Moonwalk and two-year-olds Master The View, The Dark Shadow and Trident Seelster. "It's just very tough; both divisions are very tough this year. We need a little bit of racing luck." Reigning division champion St Lads Moonwalk will need the largest serving of luck, as he gets the outside Post 10 for his third straight start over the Mohawk oval. On Sept. 1, in the last regular season Grassroots event, driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville guided the Mach Three son to a head victory from Post 10, and in last Friday's Semi-final driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat teamed the colt to a runner-up finish from the outside post, just a neck behind winner Arsenic. "It's just bad luck, so you just kind of roll with the flow," said a philosophical Darling. "It's going to be tough from there, but we'll see what happens." Continual Hanover won his Semi-final, his third straight victory, posting a 1:51.2 clocking for Jamieson. Milton resident Randy Waples will steer the Bettors Delight son from Post 7 in Saturday's $50,000 Championship, while Jamieson is back in the race bike behind St Lads Moonwalk. The three-year-old pacing colts square off in the ninth race on the program. The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up the Championship in Race 10, with The Dark Shadow (Shadow Play) and Jamieson starting from Post 3, Waples sending Master The View (Vintage Master) out from Post 5 and Saftic teaming Trident Seelster (Big Jim) from Post 7. The Dark Shadow and Master The View finished second and fifth behind Tymal Peacemaker in last Thursday's Semi-final round and Trident Seelster was fourth in the other split, won by Bet On Brett. "The Dark Shadow, he's my best shot in the two-year-olds. He's just a really nice colt, but there again it's a tough division," said Darling, who also owns all five colts. "And the other two, nice colts too, but we're just fighting for a cheque with them. "But you never know, it's a horse race," added the Cambridge resident. Since narrowing his focus to Ontario Sired young horses in 2012, Darling has consistently ranked among the top 10 trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, with his stable of 15 to 20 horses earning more than $400,000 in the last three seasons. "I just don't like the travelling so much anymore, as far as racing. I just kind of like to stay close to home," the trainer explained. "So I just decided to put my money into the Ontario Sired program, and just try to buy the best Ontario Sired yearlings I can and go from there." Each fall Darling sells his three-year-olds at the end of their stakes season and acquires eight to 10 yearlings. He was among the leading buyers at the season opening Canadian Yearling Sale on Sunday, Sept. 18, acquiring sale topping pacing colt Brunos From Mars (Mach Three) for $105,000 and pacing fillies Warrawee Templar (Shadow Play) for $42,000, Write Me A Song (Sportswriter) for $47,000 and Northern Roulette (Shadow Play) for $50,000. "I'm a little ahead of schedule," said Darling with a chuckle. The horseman will also be shopping at the Lexington Selected Sale Oct. 4 to 8, the Forest City Yearling Sale on Oct. 23 and the Harrisburg Yearling Sale Nov. 7 to 11. "You just never know how it's going to work out. It just turns out that I found a few that I really liked and the prices were okay, so I got them bought. Sometimes you go and things just don't click, you just can't quite find what you want, and then when you do, they just maybe go for a little bit too much." Darling will get the youngsters started and then hand them off to colleagues while he and wife Ann head to Florida for their annual winter break. By the first of April the group will be reassembled at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch and Darling will be doing what he enjoys most. "Racing horses doesn't excite me like it used to," admitted Darling, who has been training since he graduated from Exeter's South Huron District High School in 1972. "I just like the babies, I like buying the yearlings and training the two-year-olds and racing the two-year-olds. That's what I like to do." With five hopefuls prepping for Saturday's Grassroots Championship, Darling's focus on buying Ontario Sired yearlings and doing the work he enjoys most is clearly paying off. Grassroots Championship Night gets under way at 7:30 pm, with the eight Finals slated as Races 2 through 6, 8, 9 and 10. The $311,000 Milton Stakes for aged pacing mares, dominated by former Ontario Sires Stakes stars, goes postward as Race 7. In addition to the on-track excitement, those arriving early will receive an Ontario Racing t-shirt with their program purchase and fans can play the popular Ontario Sires Stakes Trivia Spin and Win game. Ontario Racing

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - One of the East Coast's elite harness racing pacers will have to battle Prince Edward Island's hottest pacer in the Thursday night 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 featured event lining up a full field of eight for a $2,000 purse. Forever Paradise has been racing the very best in Atlantic Canadian racing and now gets some class relief coupled with rail control in Thursday's contest for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The red hot Likely To Win has post 3 with Adam Merner in the bike for Nova Scotia owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell, along with Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. Likely To Win has landed in the winner's circle his last three starts, including his latest in a lifetime tying best of 1:55.4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac views rail control for Forever Paradise as too hard to ignore. "Gets a bit of class relief for this one and if that's not enough to get you interested, he gets the rail as a bonus," MacIsaac said. "That combination could spell trouble for his opposition." Other entries in Thursday's competitive top pace include McJestic (Jason Hughes), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau), Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). A track record for his gender and a three-race win streak against the top trotters East of Quebec is enough to get you assigned to post 8. Freddie has been saddled with the far outside in the race 6 Open Trot for a $1,850 purse while his other seven rivals enjoyed an open draw. Campbell trains and drives Freddie for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall, and the connections basked in the spotlight in their latest outing as he was a 1:57.4 winner giving him the gelding track record and the third fastest trot mile in the history of Atlantic Canadian Racing, just two-fifths shy of Osprey Impact's overall track record. Osprey Impact is absent this week, leaving Freddie's top competition as former Charlottetown track record holder Thunderaway (Hughes), along with Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault). For race programs and top picks go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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