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JULY 19, 2017 - Harness racing driver Trevor Henry guided a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies to Grassroots glory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, capturing the second and third of five $15,600 divisions. Climbing onto the race bike behind Hilarious Honey for the third time this season, Henry was immediately impressed by the improvement in the filly's gait since trainer Ted MacDonnell added trotting hopples to her equipment bag last week. Based on that improvement the Arthur, ON resident sent Hilarious Honey straight to the front from Post 3, and the Muscle Mass daughter rolled through fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:30 on her way to a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.4. Pocket sitter Twin B Venus trotted into second and Angies Dish was six more lengths back in third. "She raced great. She was trotting a lot better than the last time I drove her (June 20)," said Henry. "Ted's done a great job with her." Allenford, ON resident MacDonnell trains Hilarious Honey for owner-breeder Jeffrey Oborne of Jordan Station, ON. Wednesday's win was the filly's first in 15 lifetime starts and boosted her earnings to $23,800. One race later Henry lined up at Post 2 with Jilona and the reinsman once again sent his charge directly to the front. Jilona trotted through a :28.3 quarter, :58.3 half and 1:28 three-quarters and held off challenger Northern Oath to record a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.3. Fan favourite Angora Seelster was one more length back in third. "Jilona is just starting to come around. She was sick and had trouble with tying up so we used the Equiwinner patch on her and she turned right around," said Henry. "We're very happy with her." Shannon Henry handles training duties on Jilona and the couple share ownership of the filly with numbered company 1035840 Ontario Inc., also of Arthur. A Grassroots winner at two, the daughter of Johnny William had been winless through five sophomore starts prior to Wednesday's effort, which boosted her lifetime earnings to $35,233. Driver James MacDonald and trainer Mark Steacy also teamed up to record two Grassroots victories at Grand River on Wednesday. Stritch scored her first-ever Grassroots win in the fourth division, while division point leader Delcrest Magicstar earned her third of the season in the last split. Starting from Post 1, Stritch tucked in behind Whole Lot Of Sugar as that filly led the field of eight through fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.1, then slipped out in the stretch and powered home to a one-half length victory in 1:58.1. Whole Lot Of Sugar settled for second, while Ladyabra rounded out the top three. "Stritch was great. She drew good and took advantage of a great trip," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald of the Majestic Son daughter's first-ever Grassroots win. MacDonald and Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy crafted the win for owners David Reid of Glenburnie, ON, James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY, Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY and Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. Of the five previous Grassroots winners that made the trip to Elora for the third event of the three-year-old trotting filly season only Delcrest Magicstar was able to add to her trophy collection. The division point leader has been flawless in Grassroots action to date and she led from start to finish on Wednesday, sailing through fractions of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 on her way to a five length win in 1:59.3. Kendras Coco and Inner Drive completed the top three. 'She's riding a hot streak," said MacDonald. "I just took my time getting her to the front and she was really strong the rest of the way. I just had to keep her out of trouble." The driver shares ownership of Delcrest Magicstar with Peter Porter of Port Dover and Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph, ON. In eight starts this season the Majestic Son daughter now has four wins and earnings of $36,855. With her flawless record of three wins in three Grassroots starts she sits atop the division standings with 150 points, 67 points ahead of the second-ranked filly. The other Grassroots trophy went home with Millers Song, who trotted under the Grand River finish line in a personal best 1:59.3, keeping a head in front of favourite Late Shift and Bustingattheseams. Louis-Philippe Roy engineered the Windsong Espoir daughter's first Grassroots victory and fourth win of the season for trainer Tom Riley and owner Amanda Riley of Roseneath, ON. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 14. Next up on Grand River Raceway's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is a Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts, part of the Elora oval's signature Industry Day card on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 7. Post time for the Industry Day program, which also features the Battle of Waterloo for two-year-old pacing colts and the Battle of the Belles for two-year-old pacing fillies, is 1:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Nogreatmischief was in the triactor in the Governor's Plate consolation and now gets status as the morning line favourite Thursday night as harness racing resumes at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 10-dash program with Walter Cheverie driving and training Nogreatmischief from post 3 in the race 9 $2,100 featured pace. Cheverie co-owns the six-year-old son of Bettor's Delight with John Thompson of Charlottetown. Nogreatmischief was third in Saturday night's $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation at Red Shores Summerside while pacing in 1:55.4. His competition comes in the form of post 2 starter Starcastic with Brian MacPhee at the lines for trainer Jackie Matheson fresh off a nosed out finish in 1:55.1 the same night in Summerside. A pair of top pacers will ride two-race win streaks into the event including The Big Bite off the rail with Thane Arsenault in the bike and Elm Grove Kaboom with post 6 for trainer-driver Earl Smith. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of Cheverie landing in the winner's circle with Nogreatmischief in Thursday's featured event. "After three starts Nogreatmischief should be just about where he wants to be from a conditioning standpoint," MacIsaac said. "He also gets a heaping helping of class relief after tackling the bearcats for two starts at Summerside. He looks like the one they'll have to knock off." Other entries include Mach Of Ballykeel (Gary Chappell), Narragansett (Jason Hughes) and Darth Bader (Ed Harvey). The top trot of the night hits the track in race 3 as Holy Molie Maggie draws clear of Open company and gets post 4 for driver Cheverie, co-owner and trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell and co-owner Trevor MacDonald of Vernon Bridge. The $1,700 class has Chappell controlling the rail for the Glenn Claybourne trained Wedgewood while I Aint No Lady gets post 2 with Jason Hughes at the lines for Garth and Sandra Cole of Kensington. The back-up pace is scheduled for race 10 with IDK the morning line choice with Ken Murphy in the bike for trainer Deanna Clow with Tempo Seelster (Hughes) and Simon Said (Cheverie) listed as top entries. Check out Redshores.ca for live video, race programs and promotional information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

The Meadowlands is requiring that all horses entered in the stakes listed here be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius (as the crow flies) of The Meadowlands or in the stable area at Vernon Downs by 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 31 and be made available for out of competition testing as requested.   The stakes are all part of the Saturday, August 5 race card; the Cane Pace, Sam McKee Memorial (US Pacing Championship) Lady Liberty, John Cashman Memorial, Dr John Steele Memorial (Fresh Yankee).   This time frame was chosen to avoid conflict with the Spirit of Massachusetts trot and the Adios, as both of those stakes are raced the previous weekend.   There will be no charge for the stabling at Vernon and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night will again be offered to those with these stakes horses.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at 877.782.5130 of where each horse will be stabled from July 31 until the stakes have been raced.   Questions should be directed to Brice Cote at 609.558.5062.

JULY 18, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event of the season for the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday evening and both Ontario Sires Stakes trophies went home with first time winners. The first $18,800 division saw Jula Downton, a winner in the July 8 Grassroots season opener, sent off as the fans' top choice. As the starting gate pulled away from the field of eight, Smart Pick was out the fastest, reaching the quarter in :29.3. Delcrest Holiday, also a winner in the season opener, was on his heels, with Jula Downton third and Leaderofthepack fourth. Smart Pick handed the lead over to Delcrest Holiday heading for the :59.4 half and the fan's second choice rang up a 1:29.4 three-quarters. Jula Downton and Leaderofthepack started up the outside around the final turn, but as the colts entered the stretch the favourite skipped off stride, leaving Leaderofthepack with a clear view of the finish. The first-time starter found another gear and trotted under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of a hard closing Stormont Ventnor and Delcrest Holiday in 1:59.4. "He exceeded the expectations tonight, we thought he was okay, but he definitely exceeded what we thought he could do tonight, anyway," said Ryan Holliday, who drove Leaderofthepack to the win for his father David and brother Ben Holliday, all of Mount Forest, ON. "He got a nice trip, and he knew what to do actually when he got the room, so that was nice to see." The homebred son of Angus Hall and Kats Crown was scheduled to make his debut in the July 8 season opener at Georgian Downs, but developed an abscess in his hoof before the race and had to be scratched. After a brief rest to recover from the abscess, Leaderofthepack prepped for Tuesday's test with a schooling mile at Mohawk on Friday, July 14. "He was quite a bit better today than he was even the other day, so he's going the right direction, that's the main thing," noted Holliday. "He was quite strong tonight at the wire, he's very green yet, obviously, but he was well within himself." Leaderofthepack In the second Grassroots division trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen and North And South enjoyed a near identical trip to the one that propelled Leaderofthepack to the winner's circle. Also starting from Post 4, Henriksen and North And South dropped onto the rail in fourth, sitting behind fan favourite Say You Do, as second choice Radical Attempt rolled through fractions of :28.2 and :57.3. When Say You Do moved to the outside Henriksen sent North And South out in his wake and when Say You Do went off stride past the 1:29 three-quarters, North And South had an open lane to the finish. The fan's third choice powered home to a one and one-quarter length win over pocket-sitter Speed N Glide in 1:59.3. Chief Justice closed hard to be third. "It worked out perfect for him," said Henriksen. "I was ready to pull on the right line just when Doug (McNair with Say You Do) made a break so I kind of had to wait a little bit, but he picked up the lines as soon as I asked him. "It worked out perfect. Little bit of luck, you always need a little bit of luck with those baby races I find," added the Cambridge, ON resident. Henriksen shares ownership of North And South with Dr. Brett Anderson of Port Hope, ON and Kyle Anderson of Edmonton, AB. The partners acquired the son of Southwind Lustre and Queen Nora for $10,000 at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and Henriksen said the colt showed talent from his earliest lessons. "At the sale he had an outstanding video, that's kind of what sold us on him, his yearling video was just amazing, so that's kind of why we figured he was worth a shot," recalled Henriksen. "He's been excellent; he hasn't done a thing wrong. He's been so light on his feet all winter. I never pushed him. It was the end of April, beginning of May, before I started kind of pushing him. He did everything by himself all the way up to then." North And South qualified twice at Mohawk in June, finishing third on June 15 and second on June 24, so Henriksen and his partners decided to test the colt in the July 9 Gold Series event at Georgian Downs. The colt finished seventh in the Gold contest, won by Fordham Road in 1:57.1, and his connections decided a shift in strategy was in order, a decision that paid off with Tuesday's victory. "I think we did the right decision in going to the Grassroots with him," said Henriksen. "I'd rather have him as a really nice three-year-old than pushing him too hard this year." North And South North And South and Leaderofthepack will have an opportunity to double the size of their win columns when the two-year-old trotting colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on August 3 for their third Grassroots test. Next up on the Campbellville oval's action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are the two-year-old pacing colts, competing in Gold and Grassroots action on Thursday, July 20. The Grassroots colts will square off in Races 1, 5, 6, 8, and 10, while the Gold level colts battle in Races 3 and 9. Thursday's first race goes postward at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Before coming to the Hippodrome 3R back on June 20, the three-year-old trotting filly, HP Run Like Mom, was winless in seven starts, never even finishing in the top three. The daughter of Kadabra then moved into the barn of trainer Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Run Like Mom with Michel Damphousse, and the switch to racing at H3R has resulted with five straight wins. Tuesday evening was the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old filly and colt trotters. There were three divisions, all non-wagering races due to short fields. HP Run Like Mom was in the first non-wagering division and driver Stephane Brosseau wasted no time going right to the lead and holding the field at bay by five lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Then HP Run Like Mom switched into high gear, pulling away from the field to lead by ten lengths at the half mile in :59.3, then 24 lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 and cruised home to win by the length of the stretch, 25 and one-half lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:59.4. Lindas Jewell (Mario Lachance) was a distance second with Southern Queen (Mario Charron) third. The time of the race was just two fifths of a second from tying the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies. "She (HP Run Like Mom) was a normal filly as a youngster," Claude Hamel said. "As a yearling, she gave us a fright with a shoulder injury but that healed up well. "So, we then we sent her as a two-year-old to Toronto to Benoit Baillargeon to train since she was eligible for the stakes there," Hamel explained. "Benoit considered her to be special, but she only qualified once at age 2 and we were disappointed. Then at age three, she showed some speed on occasion, one mile in 1:58.4, the last quarter in :28.4, but still not good. It was then that Benoit advised us to bring her back to Quebec and that was the right decision. Jean (Tourigny) took her on and the results have been instantaneous," Hamel said. "Five straight wins, new record of 1:59.4. I think now we will consider sending her to a few stakes in Ontario while we wait for the final here on September 3." The second non-wagering division for colts saw Capteur De Reve post his first win of the 2017 season for driver Pierre Luc Roy with a hard-fought victory over undefeated Kinnder Danerous (Justin Filion) in 1:59.4. It was Bastiano and driver Stephane Gendron going to the early lead with Kinnder Dangerous sitting the pocket trip through a :29.3 first quarter and then backed it down to the half mile in 1:01. That forced driver Pierre Luc Roy come first-over with Capteur De Reve, who collared Bastiano by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 with Filion then moving three-wide on the final turn with Kinnder Dangerous. All three-horses then made it a dash to the wire with Capteur De Reve the strong horse, winning by a neck over Kinnder Dangerous with Batiano third. Sired by Muscle Mass, Capteur De Reve was the series champion last year. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the colt. In the second filly division, it was the team of driver Pierre Luc Roy and trainer Maxime Velaye returning to the winner's circle, this time with Affirmee. Affirmee shot out to the early lead with Taurus P V (Jocelyn Gendron) following right on their heels as those two horses pulled away from the field by 15 lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They raced that way past the half mile and the three-quarters with Affirmee pulling away at the finish to win by five open lengths in 2:04.1. Taurus V P was second with Magestic M (Kevin Maguire) third. It was the second straight win for Affirmee, a daughter of Angus Hall, who was also bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable. The opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting fillies and colts got underway Tuesday. In the first division for fillies, it was Precieuse CC and trainer/d river Claude Beausoleil coming first-over against pacesetter Luckys Dream (Jerome Lombart), taking command at the three-quarters and winning by two lengths in 2:06 over race favorite Magic Lady (Yves Filion) with Justice Rules (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the maiden victory for Precieuse CC, a filly by Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Counoyer of Chicoutimi. She paid $20.80 to win. Owner, trainer and driver Rosaire Renaud of Mirabel at age 76, made his first drive of the 2017 a winning one with a big upset score in the colt division with Y A Muscle Mass. Leading from start to finish, Renaud and Y A Muscle Mass was able to hold off SG Goliath King (Sylvain Grenier) by three-quarters of a length to win in 2:09.4. Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) was third. Sire by Muscle Mass, Y A Muscle Mass was overlooked by the bettors and went off at odds of 22-1, paying $46.20 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau was the top driver of the night, winning four races on the program. It is the first time he has achieved that feat this season. Brosseau widened his lead in the driving standings over Stephane Gendron, 29 to 24. Four Starz Speed, the "old man" of the field in the Invitational Trot Tuesday, showed his heels to his younger rivals, leading from start to finish for driver/trainer Kevin Maguire in 1:59.4, paying $8.70 to win. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 12:30 pm. Featured will be the opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

SUMMERSIDE – An innocent comment paved the way for a group of “hobby harness racing horsemen” from the Kensington area to realize a dream. That is winning Prince County’s most prestigious standardbred race – the $22,000 Governor’s Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge – at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday night. “It was kind of a fairy tale story,” said Matt MacKay, who assembled the 11-member Red Isle Racing group. “All the dots connected, and it went from a simple joke into winning the Governor’s Plate. It’s a pretty remarkable feeling.” MacKay has owned horses for 12 years, and recalled a business conversation he had with Rene Allard, who is known as one of the top trainers in harness racing. “Rene wanted a spot for the summer for Governor’s Plate and Old Home Week, and he also wants to retire here,” said MacKay. “I ended up being his realtor, and Rene ended up buying a house a couple of doors down from me (in North Granville). “The inside joke is I would look after his house if he found me a horse for the Gold Cup and Governor’s Plate. It was a running joke for three or four months, and one day he called me and said, ‘I found you a horse.’” This is where the four-year-old bay gelding Do Over Hanover enters the story. It was kind of a fairy tale story. All the dots connected, and it went from a simple joke into winning the Governor’s Plate. It’s a pretty remarkable feeling. Matt MacKay Click here for story on the 49th running of the Governor's Plate: Ownership group MacKay reached out to his “hobby horsemen” friends, and within 24 hours Red Isle Racing was formed and partnered with Allard and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Red Isle Racing is comprised of both veterans and newcomers to the industry. “Some of them have been hobby horsemen for 20, 30 years, and never had this chance (racing in a race like the Governor’s Plate),” added MacKay. “There are a few who are new to the business. Obviously, to win the Governor’s Plate with the first horse they had, they are hooked for life. “Out of the 11 we probably had about 100 fans who just came to see this horse.” Red Isle Racing owns 50 per cent of Do Over Hanover while Allard and MacRae each own 25 per cent. MacKay acknowledged this would not have been possible without Allard. “He loves P.E.I.,” said MacKay. “He races for $20,000 US a night in New York, and he is here with us (for the Governor’s Plate).” Click here for related story on Jordan MacKay: Marc Campbell, who drove Do Over Hanover to a 1:53.2 win in the Governor’s Plate, feels it’s great for the industry to have so many Islanders involved. “Until (Saturday) I didn’t know who all owned him,” said Campbell in a post-race interview. “One of the owners, Blaine Thibeau, his kid plays against my kid at the rink all the time. It’s pretty cool.” The ownership group is hopeful Do Over Hanover will get an invite to the Gold Cup and Saucer Trials in Charlottetown next month. “I hope we can get to the Gold Cup, it’s been a big dream,” said MacKay. “Governor’s Plate was a dream, and we accomplished it.” Group Members of Red Isle Racing: Matt MacKay Garth Cole Blaine Thibeau Gordon MacLeod Eddie Doucette Cory Sudsbury Jason Rice Mike James Ron Barrett Don MacNeill Ken Ramsay By Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer Reprinted with permssion of The Journal Pioneer

TORONTO, ON, July 17 – Preparations are well underway for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 9th. The menu has been chosen, the rings and awards will arrive any day and the auction committee is hard at work gathering a wonderful collection of items for guests to bid on as part of the live and silent auction.  This year, with the support and generosity of members of the Canadian racing industry, breedings to four top stallions will be offered as part of the evening’s live auction.  Guests will have the opportunity to bid on stallion services for the 2018 breeding season by Thoroughbred Giant Gizmo, donated by Adena Springs, as well as Standardbreds He’s Watching, donated by Tara Hills Stud; Shadow Play, donated by the Shadow Play Syndicate; and Sunshine Beach, donated by the Sunshine Beach Syndicate. Those interested in placing bids, but unable to attend, may contact linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 for more information. There will also be a wide selection of silent auction items for guests to bid on including a collection of unique racing art, memorabilia, sporting event tickets and one of a kind experience packages.  All proceeds from the live and silent auction support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame to preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of Canadian horse racing.  Additional auction donations are still welcomed and appreciated.  The gala will include the induction of Standardbred honourees Blair Burgess, Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three as well as Thoroughbred honourees, Harold Barroby, Eugene Melnyk, Curtis Stock, Quiet Resolve and South Ocean. The evening will also celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, including a nod to 2017 Legends Honouree Modesty.  The horse who won the first race on record, July 1, 1767 on the Plains of Abraham. Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  In addition to the inductions and live and silent auction, the Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, and a four course gourmet dinner. The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, with a charitable receipt for $50 per ticket or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store by clicking here, or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of the 2017 Induction Gala by Platinum Sponsor – OLG.  Other sponsors include Woodbine Entertainment Group for video production, audio visual supplier FMAV plus contributing sponsors COSA and Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program, event sponsorship packages are still available.  Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The trotters are in the limelight Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R with three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series, two divisions of the Future Stars Series plus an Invitational Trot. There is a total of 13 harness races at H3R Tuesday and eight of them are trotting races. The main focus will be on three races that are not on the wagering program but will be held between races. These are the final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly trotters. Due to short fields, these races will be held between wagering races on the program. These young trotters are vying for points in the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series. After Tuesday's races, the top eight point earners from both the filly and colt divisions return on Sunday, September 8 for their respective C$65,000 finals. The first division for fillies takes place after the second race and featured is the leading contest to sweep the entire series, HP Run Like Mom, who is going for her fifth straight victory. The daughter of Kadabra starts from post three for trainer Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Last week she tied her lifetime best mile with a 2:00.4 triumph. The second division for colts goes after the fourth race where Kinnder Dangerous is also looking to sweep the series. He starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and goes for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts in 2:00 and 1:59.3 for owner/breeder/trainer Denitza Petrova. The third division takes place after the sixth race where Affirmee and driver Pierre-Luc Roy start from post four and heads the field. Last week the son of Angus Hall wired the field for his first win of the season. The two-year-old trotters in the start of the Future Stars Series are featured in the fourth and sixth races. The fillies are first with nine starters in the fourth race. Magic Lady, who drew the rail, is the favorite, having won her baby race last week at H3R for trainer/driver Yves Filion. Another return winner is Poupee (post five) for driver Gaetan Lamy. The colts go in the sixth race headed by Nobodynosjustic from post one for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Justice Hall won two starts back at Mohawk Raceway in 2:02.2. The top trotters at H3R will do battle in the eighth race. The early favorite is Unabating, who starts from the far outside in post eight for driver/trainer Guy Gagnon. Last week Unabating made his debut at H3R a memorable one, going first-over against Caroluzzo and grinding out an impressive 1:58.3 triumph. It was his third straight win and will have his work cut out for him starting from the far outside. Torches Angel is the second choice in the race. She is one of three mares in the field and starts from post three for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. She was second to Unabating last week. Other contenders include KFB Amigo Cool (post five), Four Starz Speed (post four) and Wings Of Ballykeep (post one). Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action heats up again this week as the harness racing  trotters and pacers head to Truro Raceway as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week. The Atlantic Sires Stakes - Meridian Farms two and three-year-old trotters will convene at the Truro oval on Tuesday evening. A total of six trotting divisions will highlight the evening race card. Joining the trotters will be the two year-old pacing fillies which will meet in three 'A' division events and one 'B' event. Atlantic Sires Stakes events will continue on Thursday evening when the two year-old pacing colts gather for some friendly competition and the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts will meet on Saturday. First race post time on Tuesday at Truro Raceway is 6:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan  

Uncooperative weather through early summer hasn’t stopped the fans and supporters from coming out to Clinton Raceway to take in an afternoon of harness racing, or support the local groups and clubs taking part in the Day at the Races fundraising program. Sunday afternoon was no different, it rained, was overcast and not the most beautiful day, but the Goderich and District Collegiate Institute was able to raise just under $1000 for their robotics club. The crowd on hand bet just over $27,000 and on track, Natasha Day, Bruce Richardson and Tyler Moore all scored driving doubles on the ten race card. Standardbred Canada’s Bring a Friend event saw many new faces on track, and Dale Howe brought his group out to the Winner’s Circle following race seven for a souvenir picture. The very first showdown of the Hillbilly Horses took place following race nine, and four employee’s of Blackburn Radio took to the track to bounce their way to the finish line. Susan Chapman, Tanya Merner, Julie B and Lauren Dietrich were vying for the $200 donation to the charity of their choice. Clinton Raceway and Blackburn Radio ponied up $100 each to donate. It was a tight race from the word go, but Tanya managed to sneak out the win at the wire, with the donation being made to the Head and Neck unit at the London Health Sciences Centre. Live harness racing return Sunday July 23, with the second annual Vic Hayter Memorial Trot. Visit www.clintonraceway.com for more information. by Jessica Carnochan Reprinted with permission of the BlackburnNews.com site

JULY 16, 2017 - Trotting filly Stonebridge Rhyme may not have earned back all of her $29,000 purchase price, but on Sunday night the harness racing  two-year-old gave owner Arpad Szabo something almost as a valuable, an Ontario Sires Stakes victory at his local oval Georgian Downs. Starting from Post 1, Stonebridge Rhyme and driver Sylvain Filion were in front for most of the mile, trotting under the finish wire in 2:02.1 to take the second $19,500 Grassroots division of the evening. Division point leader Christmas Candy and fan favourite Kant Afford It were one length behind Stonebridge Rhyme in second and third. "He's a great guy and he deserves to have a nice little horse. He's from up in Bradford there so all his family was there tonight. He just loves the game, he loves the game," said Rob Fellows, who trains Stonebridge Rhyme for Szabo. "That win - at his home track, on his home turf, with all his family - that will be worth him buying that horse, and, you know, maybe she'll have a nice career ahead of her." Fellows said the daughter of Kadabra and Stonebridge Ballad has been a pleasure to train and chalked up a break in the July 6 Grassroots opener at Mohawk Racetrack to inexperience. The filly quickly resumed trotting and finished fourth, so her connections were hopeful she would rebound with a positive effort Sunday. "When she qualified the first time she kind of threw her head a little bit going into the first turn, but kept trotting. But her first race, when they were cutting over in front of her, just being green, she just tossed her head and went off stride," explained the Rockwood, ON resident. "She was better this week so hopefully she can keep going. "You always worry about them getting a little aggressive and that kind of stuff, especially trotting fillies, you have to worry about every step they take," he added. The third Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies goes postward July 30 on Clinton Raceway's Legends Day program, and Fellows hopes Szabo has another opportunity to gather his family in the winner's circle before the end of the campaign. "This is a nice little filly, I don't know if she has any total package speed to be a 1:54 trotter or anything like that as an aged horse, but right now, in this stage, she's had two starts and she's stayed trotting in one of them and she's won it, so I'm happy," said Fellows. "If I keep her in the Grassroots and manage her properly she might develop." Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron captured the other Grassroots division with fan favourite Yokomotion in a sharp 2:00.3. The John Bax trainee sailed home two and one-half lengths ahead of Bonnie Breeze and another length in front of her stablemate Gradabra. Like Stonebridge Rhyme, Yokomotion made an early break in the July 6 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack and had to settle for fifth, but Byron said she was solid, if a little aggressive, in her second lifetime start. "Last week she hit the bike and this week they put a different bike on her, but in saying that she was still a little excitable. She remembered it," Byron noted. "She was a little keener than I would want, but she did race great." Campbellville resident Bax shares ownership of Yokomotion with Goin To The Show Stable and Kenneth Andrews of Peterborough and Happy Trails Stables of London, ON. The partners acquired the daughter of Justice Hall and Yoko Hanover for $22,000 at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and she returned $9,750 with Sunday's victory. "She did that pretty easy," said Byron. "She's a big, strong, fast mare, so hopefully she keeps doing it." The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 15 with the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Rebel Voyager and driver Stephane Gendron, who had yet to race against the favorite, Wildriverbumblebee, led from start to finish, and took the sting out of unbeaten Wildriverbumblebee at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race was one of two divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. After today's race, the top eight point earners throughout the series return to H3R Sunday, September 8 for their C$65,000 finals. The colt division saw Rebel Voyager, a 12-1 long shot and Gendron fly out to the early lead, by five open lengths at the first quarter in :27.3. Majo Lou Beka (Mario Lachance) was a distance second place. Still leading by three lengths at the half mile in :57.1 was when driver Stephane Brosseau came first-over with Wildriverbumblebee to take on Rebel Voyager. Unlike last week, Wildriverbumblebee was unable to collar Rebel Voyager as passed the three-quarters in 1:26.1. On the final turn, Wildriverbumblebee has had enough and began to fade, eventually finishing in sixth place. Rebel Voyager was still well in-hand for Gendron and went on to win with ease by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.3. C L Sportaction (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Noplay (Melanie Plourde) finishing third. It was the ten victory in 20 starts this year for Rebel Voyager and the time tied his lifetime mark set at Woodbine earlier this year. The chestnut gelding by Shanghai Phil, who is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by the ICR Racing Stable of Pefferlaw. In the third race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series, YS Tallia was sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite and gave her backers at the betting window quite a scare until the final strides to the wire. The race start saw Chaleurs Melodie (Carl Duguay) leave from post six with 20-1 Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) also leaving from post seven and those two went head to head for the early with Chaleurs Melodie breaking stride. Filion then has control of the race after a :28.3 opening quarter mile and then led the field to the half mile marker in :59.1 and that is when YS Tallia with Gaetan Lamy in the sulky, coming first-over against Kinnderuntouchable. They raced neck and neck past the three-quarters in 1:29.2 with Kinnderuntouchable holding off YS Tallia around the final turn. As the two started down the stretch, YS Tallia began to bear out and Kinnderuntouchable tried to dig in but could not as YS Tallia was able to win by a half-length in 1:59.1. Sophies Cam (Pierre-Luc Roy) was third. Duguay filed an objection again Filion for interference on the first turn but it was disallowed by the judges. It was the third victory this year for YS Tallia, a daughter of Western Idea, who is trained by Michel Allard for owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin of Le Presentation. She paid just $2.10 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron had the hot hands among the drivers at H3R Sunday with a driving triple. It was the third time this year that Gendron posted a driving triple. In the 9th race, driver Simon Delisle pulled off the biggest upset of the year, winning with Calgary Seelster at odds of 41-1, paying $84.80 to win. It was the fastest win on the card Sunday, 1:54.4, and the sixth win of the year for Calgary Seelster. Live racing resumes at H3R on Tuesday evening with the third and final round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There are three division but due to short fields they will be non-wagering races held after the 2nd, 4th and 6th races on the betting card. First post is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

SUMMERSIDE, PE - It was a down the highway victory as Marc Campbell captured his second straight Governor's Plate victory in the 49th edition of the Prince County Classic Saturday night at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway at the conclusion of Governor's Plate week of harness racing. The $22,000 Governor's Plate final, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, saw Campbell cut over hard off the gate to secure the front through fractions of 26.2, 54.4 and 1:23.2 without seeing a serious challenge before an open length victory in 1:53.2. Crombie A (Driven by Gary Chappell) was second with Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan) third. Race favourite Hot Deuce (Walter Cheverie) was fourth with Invictus Hanover (Jason Hughes) getting the final cheque in fifth place. Do Over Hanover is owned by Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit, Que., Red Isle Racing of North Granville and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge and trained by Chris MacKay, who had a training triple on the card. Campbell won the 2016 Governor's Plate final with Rene Allard trainee Ys Lotus. Complete Player was in a world of his own on the undercard Saturday as the Tom Weatherbie trainee was on top at every call in his $12,940 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old colt pacers in a new sophomore track record of 1:53.4. Mark Bradley drove the colt for owner David Kennedy of Charlottetown with Lucbobski (Danny Romo) finishing second and Nameisonthehalter (Gilles Barrieau) third. Ultimate Yankee held the previous Summerside Raceway three-year-old track record of 1:54.3. The other Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divison was captured by Ashes To Ashes and Barrieau in 1:55.4 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Alan Conway of Summerside and Lynn Livingstone of Kensington. Island Energetic (Campbell) was the runner-up with Southsidelightning (Kenny Arsenault) completing the triactor. His Boy Elroy was victorious in the $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation for trainer-driver Bernard McCallum and owner Dan MacRae of Baddeck, N.S., in 1:55.2. Mr Irresistible (Hughes) was second and Nogreatmischief (Cheverie) got up for third. Ramblinglily won the $3,500 Governor's Plate Open Mares final in 1:55.4 with Cheverie in the bike over West River Ambyr (Clare MacDonald) and Woodmere Articblue (Campbell). Allan Jones of Riverview, N.B., co-owns and trains the mare with co-owner Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B. Jeb captured the $2,200 Premier's Pace in 1:55.1 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Robi Hughes, and Blair and Eric MacLauchlan, all of Stratford. A trio of $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-divisions were won by Colin N Down (Cheverie) in 1:59, Redwhiteandboots (Barrieau) in 1:59.3 and Ryans Allstar (Chappell) in 1:57.2. Hughes had four driving wins on the card but had to settle for second place behind Campbell in the Basil Whelan Memorial points standings for leading driver of Governor's Plate Week. Barrieau had a driving triple on the card while Cheverie, Campbell and Chappell all had two driving wins. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The question for this Sunday's harness racing card at the Hippodrome 3R is "Who can take the sting out of Wildriverbumblebee?" Undefeated in his first two starts, Wildriverbumblebee looks to make it three straight wins in the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. He heads a field of nine colts and geldings and starts from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau in the eighth race. Can it be Majo Lou Beka (post 4) or Rebel Voyager (post 5), maybe C L Sportaction (post seven) or perhaps Replay (post eight)? Most of the eight rivals in the race have already lost to Wildriverbumblebee. There is a lot at stake in Sunday's race as it is the last preliminary round of the series and points are much needed to insure a spot as only the top eight will go in the $65,000 Championship Finals on Sunday, September 3. Last week Wildriverbumblebee and Brosseau came first-over against race leader C L Sportaction (Jonathan Lachance) and was able to grind it out first-over from the half mile, collaring C L Sportaction at the top of the stretch and then winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. "I am pretty pleased with the way Wildriverbumblebee has started his season," said breeder/owner Dr. John Bradbury. "But every race is a new start. There are some pretty nice colts in the 3-year-old division this season. Once the gate is on its way, anything can happen!" Majo Lou Beka won his division last week in 1:57.2 for driver Jonathan Lachance and loom a definite threat to Wildriverbumblebee on Sunday as these two have not yet met face-to-face. Mario Lachance will be driving Majo Lou Beka. Rebel Voyager (Stephane Gendron) was second to Major Lou Beka last week and in the opening round of the series was a 1:57.4 winner. Noplay has the worst of post position with the eight hole but last week was a game third to Wildriverbumblebee. So, it could well be a Calvary charge throughout the race on Sunday as Wildriverbumblebee is already a shoo-in to be in the final, but everyone else in the race will be gunning for him as well as a shot at the $65,000 final in September. The fillies do battle earlier on the card in the third race, also with nine starters. YS Tallia will be the overwhelming favorite in the race as she already sports a major stake win and $43,000 earned this year in eight starts with two wins. She will start from post three for driver Gaetan Lamy and trainer Michel Allard. Last week YS Tallia lost a super game effort against Yaris Bayama by just one-quarter of a length in 1:57. The prior week, the daughter of Western Ideal won the $50,000 consolation race for the James M Lynch Memorial in a lifetime best 1:51.4 for Team Allard. Hoping for the upset victory will be Herspeedfromheaven in post two for driver Mario Charron. Last week Herspeedfromheaven won her division of the series with a game closing effort in a lifetime best mile of 1:59.1. Other possible contenders include First Kiss (post nine), Kinnderuntouchable (post eight) and Charleurs Melodie (post seven). First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Marc Campbell continued his grip on the Red Shores Summerside driver's standings Friday evening as Governor's Plate Week harness racing continued. Campbell scored in a pair of $9,160 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies with his own trainees. Elektra Express was a 1:56.1 winner for Campbell and owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, N.S., with Goodmorning Ky (Driven by Norris Rogers) finishing second and Winrlosedrnkdaboze (Gilles Barrieau) third. Filly Forty Seven was another Campbell winner in her $9,160 A-division in 1:55.4 for owners Darrly MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines, N.S. Traces Of Purple (Barrieau) was a hard closing second while Brief Interlude (Adam Merner) completed the triactor. Woodmere Finesse captured the other A-division split in 1:57.1 for trainer-driver Bernard McCallum and owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S., over Tobins Secret (Earl Smith) and Bonzai Beach (Gary Chappell). The $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial trot saw a track record performance as Osprey Impact won in 1:57.2 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. The victory eclipsed Thunderaway's 1:58.1 overall track trotting record. Ultimateflyingnun continued her win streak with three straight victories now after a 1:56.2 lifetime best performance in the Bud Ramsay Memorial Pace for driver Todd Trites, trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. The $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies were won by Gulf Queen (Mark Haig) in 1:59.4, Dusty Lane Zendaya (Ron Gass) in 1:58.2 and Woodmere Dreams (Mark Bradley) in 1:57.3. Campbell had a driving triple on the program as he also won with JJ Antonio in 2:00.3 for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Elm Grove Kaboom won the Medastar Memorial Pace in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Smith and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield while the Noonan Petroleum Pace was won by Salmonier Storm and owner-trainer-driver Ambyr Campbell in 1:58.2. Dusty Lane Jacob scored in a $1,400 trot class in memory of the late Boyd Leslie in 2:00.2 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer and co-owner Cindy MacDonald of Montague and co-owner Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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