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Drivingthedragon N made quick work of her harness racing feature race rivals on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. Leaving from post 7, the Jason Hughes trainee blasted off the wings, engaging in an early dual with Motorino to the opening quarter before taking complete control and drawing off to win by six. Owned by Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge, she laid down fractions of :28.1, :58.4, 1:28.2 before closing in out in 1:58.1 over a rain soaked capital city oval. The seven-year-old daughter of Sutter Hanover is making a late case for the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year award in the region. Since arriving on red soil the mare has seven wins from 13 starts, including the Atlantic Aged Mares final and knocking off invitational superstar D Gs Camme. The victory capped off another stellar day for 'The Blue Knight', in race eight he steered Dial The Bossman to his fourth consecutive victory, using first up tactics to win by three and a quarter lengths. The two-year-old son of Artistic Fella has been impressive in his young racing career for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner Doug MacPhee. It was part of a driving hat-trick who also scored with trainee First Art Down. Fresh off winning the Paul MacDonald Drivers Championship last week, Corey MacPherson picked up right where he left off scoring three victories on the card. Macpherson, who is enjoying a career best season scored with Just A Professor from off the pace and followed up with front-end victories about Jetster and Jetta Flys. Marc Campbell will have to wait another day to break his record for most wins in a season at Red Shores Charlottetown. He headed into the card just two back from breaking the record but only managed to score with his own trainee Woodmere Articblue, who picked up her third straight victory. Veteran reinsman Kenny Arsenault was in fine form on Saturday afternoon with a pair of victories aboard Frill Seeker and Dbs Rosco from his own outfit. The afternoon wager for the 16-dash card was $43,086. By Bo Ford

Charlottetown, PE - Two horses with winning streaks and one driver chasing history makes up the action packed 16 dash harness racing card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 12:30pm. Dial The Bossman, a two year-old son of Artistic Fella, rides a three race win streak into race 8. Known as "Bruce" around the barn, Dial The Bossman leaves from the rail as trainer Tom Weatherbie lists Jason Hughes to do the driving for owner Doug MacPhee, New Haven, PE. The colt has been impressive with front end tactic victories and that brisk 28.2 closer in his last start. Meanwhile, Political Crisis goes after his fourth in a row in the 11th race showdown for trainer-driver Adam Merner and his co-owner Max Sehl. The pacer has 21 wins, 16 seconds and 20 third place finishes out of 152 races lifetime. Drivingthedragon N (Hughes) has been established as the morning line favorite (5-2) in the afternoon top class in race 15. Post position 7 doesn't bother the odds maker. The mare, owned by Donald MacRae, Vernon Bridge, hasn't missed a top three finish since making her first appearance on the red soil August 27th. Motorino (Terry Gallant), Rash B Havior (Ken Murphy) and Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) are also listed as top contenders in the field. Campbell is looking to make history once again on Saturday as he attempts to break his own single-season win record of 130, set in 2012 at Charlottetown. The O'Brien award winner needs two more victories to open a new chapter at the legendary CDP oval. The two-time Gold Cup winning pilot has an impressive resume since starting his driving career in 2004 with 8,580 starts, 1,690 victories, 1,292 seconds and 1,136 thirds. His first career win was July 24, 2004 aboard Crestwave Gaze. For race programs and top picks go to www.redshores.ca   By Lee Drake

GUELPH, ON - Whatever your budget, there's plenty of opportunity to ensure you have a share of a harness racing yearling under the tree for Christmas morning. That's the message of the season at The Stable.ca, which will host a public Open House & Horse Sale and video broadcast of the event on Saturday, December 10 at Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required and a non-perishable food item for the Guelph Food Bank is appreciated. All ages are welcome. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be available. The Stable.ca, is a racehorse ownership venture launched in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent racehorse driver and a well-known harness racing industry advocate. The MacDonalds built this 'fractional ownership' stable as a bridge - a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. There are currently 62 horses and 153 active racehorse owners in The Stable.ca. During the Open House & Horse Sale event, guests are invited to meet the horses and chat with the MacDonalds, and meet other racehorse owners in The Stable.ca and industry professionals. A video broadcast, featuring a drone camera over the racetrack, kicks off at 10:45 a.m., when 40 yearlings will train on the racetrack in sets of six. Some of North America's top drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while pro TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees and conduct interviews. The broadcast will be streamed via Facebook Live on The Stable.ca Facebook page from10:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Stable.ca is inviting other trainers to participate in the event, at no cost. "It's an opportunity for trainers to showcase a horse or two of their own that they're selling shares of," said Anthony MacDonald. "They'll have a different audience than usual, and the chance to network with people who are looking to get into the game." Interested trainers must contact MacDonald no later than Dec. 7 to participate. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on Dec. 9/16, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House & Horse Sale. Complete event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. Other media about The Stable.ca: The Sun: Feb. 20/16 article and video Prime Time Sports The Fan 590 interview, March 2016 FFI: Anthony MacDonald anthony@thestable.ca (519) 400-4263

Guelph, Ontario - Equine Guelph thanks all participants so far who have given their input to help shape the future of the racing industry in Ontario.  The respondents to date have been 5% from Quarter Horse, 23% from Thoroughbred and 72% from Standardbred racing industries.    Your thoughts contributing towards a healthy and prosperous racing industry are invaluable.   So far there has been an outstanding survey completion rate of 93%!  Grooms, trainers and owners in the racing industry, already completing this survey on racehorse health and well-being have been highly engaged.  This feedback will assist Equine Guelph in directing future research and programs for the industry.    The goal of the survey is to learn more about the current challenges facing the Ontario horse racing industry in all three sectors (Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Thoroughbred). More specifically, this project explores: current racehorse health concerns (injuries and diseases of most concern), horsemanship and racehorse well-being including post racing opportunities, communications and training.  Among other topics associated with health; we want to know what factors you think are related to injuries in racehorses.  We want to know in which areas you believe more research is needed.  Help us help you by completing this important survey.   As a racing professional, your input is important to help drive new research, educational programs and outreach efforts to maintain and improve racehorse health and well-being in Ontario. The survey is anonymous; no specific identifying information will be collected.  A summary of the results of this comprehensive survey will be published.   At the end of the survey, participants have the option to enter a draw to win either one of five $100 fuel cards, one of five $50 Tim Horton's cards or one of ten $25 Tim Horton's cards.  Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 20.    Give your input before December 15, 2016!   Go to:  http://www.equineguelph.ca/racingsurvey.php    If you have any questions or concerns about your participation, please feel free to contact Diane Gibbard at (519) 824-4120 ext 53457 (or dgibbard@uoguelph.ca) or Gayle Ecker at (519) 824-4120 ext 56678 (or gecker@uoguelph.ca)  

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 29 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance would like to remind harness racing people that Winter Series nominations are due Thursday (December 1). Woodbine Racetrack is pleased to offer the Niagara and Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacers during December and the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series for three and four-year-old pacers during January. Each series features two preliminary legs and a final. The preliminary leg purses are guaranteed at $17,000, while each final will have $30,000 in added money. The nomination fee for each series is $200 CAD ($160 USD) and the nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. Nominations also close Thursday for the Alliance Holiday Claiming Series to be contested at Flamboro Downs and Western Fair. A total of six claiming series events will be contested over the month of December. The nomination fee for each series is $100 CAD ($75 USD) and the nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. Nomination fees can be paid for the Woodbine and Alliance series online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2016 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

Charlottetown, PE - Driver Corey MacPherson capitalized late with four consecutive on the board finishes to capture the annual Paul MacDonald Drivers Championship on Horsepersons Day at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The harness racing event is sponsored by the Prince Edward Island Standardbred Horseowners Association. Now known as 'The Tiger', MacPherson struck the Red Shores winner circle twice in the championship, first with Powerful Women, and then an outrageous Jetta Flys in 1:56.4. The 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes was the runner up in the event scoring a driving hat trick on the card, including two winners in the annual competition. The 'Maritime Magic Man' Gilles Barrieau made a late surge to try and knock of a pair of Island boys. He won the final two heats of the event but it wasn't enough to catch MacPherson and Hughes. It was a bounce back day for the unanimous Aged Pacer of the Year in the Maritimes, D Gs Camme. With is regular pilot, Barrieau back in the sulky, the son of Blissful Hall rolled straight the boiler from post 6 and was a going away winner in 1:56 taking the Chappell Construction Pace. The win gave Barrieau the hat trick on the day and training double for Red Shores' top trainer Jackie Matheson, who scored with newcomer Four Corners. The story lines were endless on the Saturday afternoon card, Veteran driver Gary Chappell enjoyed a marvelous day at the office cashing in on a grand slam including a winner from his own stable in Willi Ray. The 'Campbell Watch' was in full affect as well, heading into the card only five wins away from breaking his record for most wins in a single season at Red Shores, Marc Campbell cashed in with a hat trick moving him just two wins away from not only the record but 200 driving wins in the Maritimes on the 2016 season. A feat that has not been accomplished since 2008. The afternoon wage during PEISHOA Horsepersons Day was $48,105. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Bo Ford

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau will have a chance to defend his Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship trophy Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The New Brunswick reinsmen has been a regular at the capital oval in the summer months the past few years, and ended up tied for first place during the horseperson's day card in 2015. Ron Matheson was tied with Barrieau in that event, but will not compete during the annual horseperson's day card being held this Saturday in Charlottetown with a 12:30 P.M. post time for the 16-dash card. The driver with the most points in the nine race competition will be crowned champion in the Paul MacDonald Driving Championship sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association. Barrieau starts out the action in race 3 aboard Mayhem Man for trainer Jay Noye of Pleasant Valley against a field of eight other drivers. The competition features the top five dash winning drivers of 2016 in Charlottetown with Marc Campbell, Corey MacPheron, Barrieau, Jason Hughes and Gary Chappell in that category. The top two percentage drivers with over 75 starts, Adam Merner and Kenny Arsenault, will also compete, along with the top two percentage drivers with 40-75 starts, represented by Don MacNeill and Todd Walsh. Every race is sponsored on the 16-dash program with the driving championship events in races 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Freddie is sure to the be the post time favourite in the race 6 $1,850 Open trot labelled as the Emmett and Albert Bernard Memorial with Campbell training and driving for the Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall. The fout-year-old son of Majestic Son was handicapped to the outside in the field of eight that also includes Thunderaway (Hughes) and Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell). D Gs Camme and Drivingthedragon N will hook up again after the latter posted an upset in last week's feature pace. Barrieau gets the call behind D Gs Camme for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Ron Matheson, Tom Clark and Quentin and Hal Bevan from post 6. Drivingthedragon N has trainer-driver Hughes for owner Donald MacRae of Veron Bridge after not being worse than third in her last 13 starts. The field of eight, sponsored by Larry Chappell Construction, also includes Painted Desert (Wade Sorrie), Simon Said (Arsenault), All Turain (MacPherson), Someone Like You (Mike McGuigan), Eagle Jolt (Campbell), and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner). By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

A local harness racing trainer who was caught on camera injecting a horse with performance-enhancing drugs in 2010 pleaded guilty to fraud and attempted fraud over $5,000 in Superior Court Monday. According to an agreed statement of facts read in court, Chris Haskell, 39, was filmed using a syringe to give horse He’soneinamillion a tracheal and “intramuscular” injection during an OPP horse doping investigation in October 2010. The drugs were administered in the “backstretch of stalls” which had high walls to hide the illegal injections and were given hours before a race. Racegoers bet a total of $26,669 on the event where Haskell’s horse ended up finishing out of the money in ninth. Crown attorney Brian Manarin noted that tracheal injections are only used by veterinarians in urgent situations. “This was not considered an emergency,” he said. On Nov. 7, 2010, Haskell was arrested at the now shut Windsor Raceway. A search of his person revealed six “loaded syringes” full of performance-enhancing drugs which police alleged he intended to use to give his horses Enzo Seelster and Ideal Gift a boost. Bettors laid down a total of $17,722 and $24,743, respectively, in each race, but after the syringes were discovered Haskell’s horses were kept from competing. The Windsor trainer was arrested during the OPP investigation that also netted Derek Riesberry, another area trainer whose precedent-setting case marked the first time in Canada horse doping was prosecuted criminally. That case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Haskell’s case was delayed while Riesberry’s charges worked their way through the legal system, but on Monday both the Crown and defence stated Haskell should face the same fines as Riesberry — a $2,500 fine for the fraud (injecting a horse) and $1,250 for attempted fraud (being caught with drug-filled syringes). Superior Court Justice Steven Rogin agreed with the lawyers’ joint submission and said the trainer has one year to pay. Haskell’s defence lawyer, Andrew Bradie, said his client has been unable to train racehorses while waiting for his case to be concluded. Instead, the single man who has one child has been working part time with young horses. Outside of the courtroom, Haskell, who appeared in court wearing a suit with a purple shirt and patterned tie, declined to comment on his plea. by Dan Taekema Reprinted with permission of The Windsor Star

November 21, 2016 – The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has commissioned the services of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) camera company to capture footage of morning harness racing qualifying sessions at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The “drone” will be in operation on the morning of Friday, December 2nd . The intent of this pilot project is to explore innovative ways to build on the officiating capabilities of AGCO Race Officials. Currently, racetracks are required to provide the Race Officials with race patrol video throughout the race course. These live and recorded images are viewed by the officials both during and after the race in order to determine if any violations of the Rules of Racing have occurred. The unique camera angles possible from drones could provide improved fields of view that could ultimately assist AGCO judges in officiating races – focusing on potential infractions such as interference, urging violations, or horses leaving the course (pylon rule). Based on the findings of the pilot, the AGCO may request the cooperation of other tracks in Ontario. Horse people interested in participating in this December 2 pilot should contact the Race Office at Western Fair.  Greg Blanchard                       

The connections of 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder 3,1:51.3 ($1,766,518) have announced that plans to syndicate and stand the harness racing stallion at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario have changed.   Acting as agent for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid said preliminary results indicate a probability that Marion Marauder would not be able to breed a full book of mares. The Wellwoods believe it is only fair to stand the horse when he is able to service a full book of mares. Thus, they have decided to race Marion Marauder in 2017.   "Since the announcement to retire Marion Marauder to stud, the response from the breeding industry worldwide has been outstanding. Both Tara Hills Stud owner David Heffering and I have been inundated with calls to be part of the syndicate, but we wanted to let the industry know the current situation so breeders can plan accordingly," Reid said.   Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling are looking forward to racing the son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover and will resume his training duties early in 2017.   Despite fighting a virus in his last start, Marion Marauder ended the season sound and his connections expect him to return to racing at the highest level next year.   Marion Marauder will be reevaluated after his 2017 racing season for future stud duties.   Wellwood Stable

Charlottetown, PE - Drivingthedragon N made a three wide move down the backstretch and nailed pace setter D GS Camme on the line to win the Sunday harness racing top class at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a photo finish. Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) was third. Jason Hughes, who enjoyed a big day at the city track with four winners, was in the bike for the victory for owner Donald MacRae, Vernon Bridge, PE. The Sutter Hanover mare notched her eighth win from 21 starts this season. Hughes also had top honours with Whosuwinner, JK Cowboy and Dial the Bossman for the grand-slam. Adam Merner recorded a driving double. The fastest mile of the day was turned by Forever Paradise and catch-driver Corey MacPherson. The duo toured the legendary oval in 1:56.2. The pacer is trained by Kevin MacLean for owners Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie Campbell was kept off the score sheet Sunday so his magic number to set the all-time record for wins in a single season at Charlottetown is five. Racing returns Saturday at 12:30pm with the annual Horseperson's Day and the Paul MacDonald driving championship. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Smiley Bayama won the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature race at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.2. Adam Merner engineered the winning drive tracking the action from fifth then moved to outside flow past the half mile mark to mount his charge the front. The eight-year-old son of Aces Up took command of race at head of stretch and held off a late closing First Art Down (Jason Hughes) for his 7th victory of the season. Motorino (Terry Gallant) finished third. Smiley Bayama is owned by Shelley and Alexis Gass, Cornwall, PE and trained by Ron Gass. The 5-6-9 triactor paid $694.85. Three trotters were in the spotlight after posting winning scores in their respective divsions. I Ain't No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Howmacs Pride (Kenny Arsenault) and Freddie (Marc Campbell) made trips to victory lane. Campbell recorded a driving triple with Arsenault cashing in on a driving double. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

TORONTO, November 19 - Downbytheseaside got one back on harness racing rival Huntsville Saturday night in the $520,000 Governor's Cup at Woodbine Racetrack. The Brian Brown trained colt delivered a powerful performance to win the final major race of the season for two-year-olds in 1:51.1. Driven by David Miller, Downbytheseaside was unhurried at the start and got away fifth, directly behind Huntsville, the 1/5 favourite. Air Strike charged off the wings of the gate from post nine and put up an opening-quarter of :27.2. Huntsville got his cue to go from driver Tim Tetrick after the opening-quarter and rushed up to grab the front. However, Miller was not going to let the favourite get away and followed Huntsville to the front, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :55.2. Downbytheseaside and Huntsville began to edge away from their competition on the far turn, as the leader paced a solid third-quarter of :27.3 to reach three-quarters in 1:23. In the stretch, Huntsville angled off Miller's back and took his shot at glory, but Downbytheseaside was fired up and turned aside his rival to win by 3¼ lengths. Saturday's contest was the first start for both colts since Downbytheseaside finished runner-up to Huntsville in the Breeders Crown. "I was just kind of waiting to see what Tetrick did and when he moved I thought I better get with him," said Miller following the race. "My horse got to the front and he swells up when he is on the lead and he was very strong, I never pulled his plugs, he paced right through the wire." The Governor's Cup was the fifth meeting of the season between Downbytheseaside and Huntsville. The season series comes to an end with Huntsville holding a three to two advantage, but Downbytheseaside now has a signature victory to be held up against Huntsville's Breeders Crown score. "I honestly thought I was second best," Miller said post-race. "But I thought if the trip worked out or one of us got used pretty hard getting where they wanted to go, I maybe could pick it up. I was able to get to the front without too big of fractions and like I said he is a good horse." A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Downbytheseaside now has eight wins in 13 starts. The Brown trainee completes his rookie season with earnings of $644,706 for owners Country Club Acres Inc, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Huntsville's two-year-old season comes to a close with seven wins and four runner-up finishes in 11 starts. The Ray Schnittker trainee also by Somebeachsomewhere pocked over $700,000 for his connections this season.  Third in the race at least seven lengths was Filibuster Hanover also by Somebeachsomewhere to make it a clean sweep by the champion son of Mach Three. Downbytheseaside and Huntsville each finish 2016 with the title of co-fastest two-year-old of all-time, as both took a mark of 1:49 in early-October at The Red Mile. The standout rookies finished one-two in all five of their meetings this season. A $2 win ticket on Downbytheseaside in the Governor's Cup returned $6.70. The top-five finishers in Saturday's rich contest were rounded out by Filibuster Hanover, Bettors Dream and Air Strike. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 19— Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine harness racing oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $404,000 Valley Victory Final on Saturday evening. The Ron Burke-trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Snowstorm Hanover gained three lengths of separation from pocket-rider Moonshiner Hanover, as well as from first-over pursuer Jake and International Moni on his back. Trotting three-quarters in 1:25.3, Snowstorm Hanover still held a sizable lead through the stretch. International Moni fanned off cover and narrowed in on the leader while Jake chased them from third, but Snowstorm Hanover remained in front by a length. “I got to the front, just like in the elimination, and he held them off,” said Kakaley. “There was [a tense moment] in about the last sixteenth or so when I heard them coming, and he was getting a little tired, but he was still good.” Returning $4.90 to win, Snowstorm Hanover won his sixth race in 14 starts, amassing $395,919 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stables LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phillip Collura. by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

TORONTO, November 19 – Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 harness racing victory in the $447,000 Goldsmith Maid Final Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and Princess Aurora into third. After a :29.1 quarter, Princess Aurora pursued the front and struggled to clear to command. She managed to take the front before trotting a :58.1 half. Maintaining control through a 1:26.3 third-quarter, Princess Aurora was soon braced by Magic Presto emerging from the pocket. Within a matter of strides, Magic Presto trotted to the lead and clear of Princess Aurora to win by three and a quarter lengths. Temple Ruins chased the two for third and Cameron Hill finished fourth. Winning her fourth race in nine starts this season, Magic Presto, a two-year-old trotting filly by Kadabra from the Muscles Yankee mare In The Mean Time, returned $7.10 to win. “It’s a good way to end the year,” Norman said following the victory. “She gets put away in good shape and I think she’ll be a good filly next year.” Magic Presto finishes her rookie season with of $393,049 for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC and could’ve made more had it not been for a sickness last month. “Brian [Sears] actually hasn’t driven her when she’s been at her best,” noted Norman. “She had some sickness troubles during the [Ontario Sires Stakes] Super Final and the Breeders Crown, but we assured [Brian] that she was on the way back and she qualified good, so he came up. “It was a shame she got sick for the Super Final. We tried to get her healthy, and she got healthy for the Breeders Crown, but she really wasn’t fit enough and it didn’t pay off. We got paid tonight, so it worked out good.” by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

TORONTO, November 19 - Thats The Ticket charged home to win the $427,000 Three Diamonds for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies at odds of 5-1 Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Chris Ryder trained pacing filly was able to convert off a perfect third-over trip from driver David Miller for her second win in 14 starts. Idyllic Beach, the 6-5 favourite, left out hard to grab command ahead of a pesky Someomensomewhere. The public's choice posted an opening-quarter of :27.2 and was unchallenged in the second-quarter to lead the field by the half in :56.4. Caviart Ally came first up just after the half and supplied cover to Candlelight Dinner from fifth and Thats The Ticket in sixth. The first-over challenger pulled up along side Idyllic Beach at three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Thats The Ticket shot off cover and delivered a stunning stretch rally to fly by her rivals with powerful strides. The Ryder trainee crossed the wire first in 1:53.4, 3¼ lengths ahead of runner-up Idyllic Beach. Candlelight Dinner edged out Caviart Ally for third. Known as a front-end favouring racetrack, Thats The Ticket completely ignored the Woodbine track bias to win the Three Diamonds. "We had planned on just racing her off the end of it there and hopefully get some cover that takes us where we needed to go," said Miller post-race. "Passed the half when they all started moving I was hoping they would get up with the leader, which they did and everything worked out good, but I moved her over at the head of the stretch and she really dug." Thats The Ticket, a daughter of Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Art Account, has shown big closing speed throughout her rookie season, including last week's :26.4 kicker to finish second in her elimination. Miller was confident victory was within reach with an eighth of a mile to go. "About half way through (the stretch) she was almost up to the leader and starting to get wound up," noted Miller, who did not drive the Ryder trained filly in the elimination. "I was feeling pretty comfortable and she won pretty handy." Owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo and Lawrence Minowitz, Thats The Ticket now has two wins in 14 starts and earnings of $331,824 this season. She paid $13.70 to win. by Mark McKelvie    

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