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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 23, 2016 - After the big Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, live racing continues tonight with more stakes action. The fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly trotters takes place. After Tuesday's two divisions, the top eight point earners for each gender will return for the Super Sunday Finals on September 4. That day there will be four $55,000 finals for the two-year-olds and four $65,000 finals for the three-year-olds. Kinnder Dangerous is the horse to beat in the colt division. With Real Lucky Day not in the box, Kinnder Dangerous headlines the field with one win and two second place finishes. The gelded son of Northern Escort starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and trainer Denitza Petrova and should have it easy against only three rivals in the non-wagering race that will take place at 6:45 pm before the first race. The fillies do battle between the 5th and 6th races. Joyce Lavec looms the strong horse, having won two of her three starts this season, both in the Future Stars series. She starts from post five for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and goes against rivals Taurus P V (post 2) and Muscle Do (post one). PRIX D'ETE NOTES: Sunday's Prix D'Ete, despite the rain later in the day, was a big success according to 3R General Manager, Vincent Trudel. "Whenever we can get 5,000 people to come out to the track," Trudel said, "it is a great day. Having Hall of Famer Benoit Cote as our special Grand Marshal of the Prix D'Ete was so good. So many fans greeted him and wanted to shake his hand. And even with the rain, what a excellent Prix D'Ete race it was. Rockin Ron and Wiggle It Jiggleit gave the fans a super race. I am so pleased that the Teague Stable brought their world champion to Quebec for all the race fans to see." For driver Yannick Gingras, the home coming brought him his second Prix D'Ete win with Rockin Ron. He also won the Prix D'Ete in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. There is no doubt that if it did not rain that the all-age track record of 1:50.3 would have been broken. The race time of 1:52 by Rockin Ron over the sloppy track was still a track record for four-year-old geldings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's trainer, Clyde Frances, gave 3R management a pair of the world champions horse shoes that will be given away in a special drawing on Super Sunday, September 4. Despite his loss in the Prix D'Ete, Wiggle It Jiggleit still remains #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll. Track management at 3R went game on the wagering for the Prix D'Ete despite the five-horse field with win wagering only, exacta and trifecta betting. Rockin Ron paying $30.40 to win was higher than the trifecta payoff of $30.20 while the exacta paid a generous $16.30. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The entry box for the Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning and 10 of the harness racing sport's finest older pacers were entered in Mohawk Racetrack's signature event of the summer. No eliminations are required for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and all 10 older pacers entered advance directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. State Treasurer, the winner of last year's 'Pacing Derby', is back to defend his title against a deep field, including Always B Miki, Shamballa and Wiggle It Jiggleit. 2015 Canadian Pacing Derby Here is the full list of entrants (in alphabetical older) for the Canadian Pacing Derby. All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit The entry box also closed Tuesday for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been entered in the Metro Pace, while 15 rookie pacing fillies have been entered in the Shes A Great Lady. The eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 27). A full preview of the Canadian Pacing Derby and Saturday's eliminations for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady will be available later today. Mark McKelvie

The horses return to the legendary Red Shores Summerside harness racing oval on Wednesday night under the lights with a 7 p.m. The locally based Motorino is pegged as the morning-line favorite in the $2,000 featured Race 8. The Terry Gallant trainee comes in off of a scratch but the last time he went behind the gate he was a front-end winner in a season best 1:55.3. Gallant will be back in the driver seat, he co-owns with Eric Johnston. Foxyhall Racing's Narragansett has drawn post 5 fresh off of bang up second place finish in the Wal and Joe Hennessey for trainer and driver Jason Hughes. The seven-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover is having a bounce back season with over $7,000 made in 16 starts. Momara comes in with a three-race win streak on the line. The main land invader is owned by Ralph Harvey and trained by son Ed. Walter Cheverie picks up the catch-driving assignment. The evening finale, Race 9, sees Lucky Encounter try to extend his win streak to three when he tackles seven rivals from Post 5. The Back Stretch Beat has pegged Blu Meadow Willie to pick up his 60th lifetime victory in the 6th race. The veteran free-legged pacer has been sitting on number 59 over his past five starts. For race programs and more information visit By Bo Ford

AUGUST 22, 2016 - Two fresh faces and two repeat winners took home Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots hardware from Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening as the Campbellville oval welcomed back the talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies. P L Karis opened the Grassroots action with a 1:55.2 win in the second race. The Sportswriter daughter, in rein to Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Jr., left smartly from Post 5 and did most of the work on the front end, digging in hard down the stretch to hang on for a nose victory over Odysseus. Snappy Dresser was one and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite in third. "We're pretty high on her. She's been battling sickness through this whole summer, we really thought she was a Gold filly, but she just can't get over her sickness, so she overcame that tonight," said owner Dan Clements. "I wasn't even going to race her tonight, but decided to bring her up and you know she was all right, she was just average, but she still won, so we're happy." Currently based at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY, Clements and trainer Renaldo Morales, Jr. qualified the filly twice in June and then sent her north for the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on July 8, where she finished third. After an early miscue and fifth-place result in her July 25 Battle of the Belles Elimination at Grand River Raceway, P L Karis had a few weeks off, then re-qualified at Tioga Downs on Aug. 12. "She's got extreme speed, she just hasn't shown everything that she's got yet," said Clements, a native of Uxbridge, ON. "When I qualified her she was awesome and there was big numbers being thrown around for her, but she just hasn't shown that yet on the track. I know she's got it in her, she's just like her sister ($343,197 winner Mach It A Par) so we'll just wait on her and see what happens." Named in honour of the Clements's daughter-in-law, who is expecting their first grandchild in November, P L Karis will return home to Ontario in September to finish up her freshman season and prepare for what her connections hope will be a healthier 2017. P L Karis Like P L Karis, the second division winner, Dudesalady, prepped for the Grassroots campaign south of the border. The Shadow Play daughter qualified three times and raced twice at Vernon Downs before arriving in Ontario for the Aug. 11 Grassroots event at Mohawk, where she finished second by a nose after carving all the fractions. With Post 1 in Monday's test, driver James MacDonald opted for a covered up trip, and when he pointed Dudesalady at the leaders just after the half, the filly was ready to rumble. Reeling in pacesetter and fan favourite Shewearsthepants in the stretch, Dudesalady pulled away to a one length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Shewearsthepants finished second and Village Jamie was one-half length behind her in third. "I looked at her lines and it looked like she'd win first up once or twice. Jody (Jamieson) raced her on the front last time and she just got beat, so I kind of wanted to try and be close, but not too close, maybe first or second over if I could," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "She raced good. She hung in tough, and when I called on her she took off." The Guelph resident engineered the win for trainer Howard Okusko, Jr. of Vernon, NY and owners M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. In four starts Dudesalady now has two wins and two seconds for earnings of $15,750. Dudesalady The third $18,000 Grassroots division saw Shanghai Sugar score her second Ontario Sires Stakes win, going gate-to-wire from Post 7 in a personal best 1:55.1. Warrawee Speedy finished one length behind the favourite in second, while Cams Lucky Star was well back in third. "She gets better and better every start," said trainer-driver Travis Henry. "We gave her a week outside after the Battle of the Belles Final (Aug. 1), because she was a little sick , so that's why we missed last week, and I'm very happy with the way she came back tonight." Embro resident Henry conditions Shanghai Sugar for Craig Wood of Waterdown, his mother Linda Henry of Brantford and Glen Wark of St. Catharines, ON. In four starts the Shanghai Phil daughter has posted two Grassroots wins, a second in her Battle of the Belles Elimination and a third in the Battle of the Belles Final for earnings of $33,436. Shanghai Sugar In the final division P L Kahluaa made it two in a row over the Mohawk oval with a confident front-end steer from Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion that saw her power home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.3. Amulet Seelster and Braonach finished in second and third behind the favourite. "This filly is perfect," said trainer Richard Moreau. "You wouldn't even know she's there, and every time she shows up to race she gives 120 per cent. "The people where she come from deserve all the merit," the Puslinch, ON resident continued. "They made my job so easy." Former trainer Patrick Richer sent P L Kahluaa to Moreau after her first two Grassroots starts, a second at Mohawk in the season opener and a fifth at Clinton Raceway on July 17. The Sportswriter daughter found the winner's circle for the first time in the Aug. 11 Grassroots event at Mohawk and Monday's repeat performance put her at the top of the division standings with 130 points. Numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC owns the talented pacer. P L Kahluaa The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 30 and then wrap up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 8. The top 20 point earners after the six regular season events will return to Mohawk for the Sept. 15 Semi-finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final moving on to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. Next Monday, August 29 the Campbellville oval will host the fifth Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing colts. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 21, 2016 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured performers on the second half of Rideau Carleton Raceway's Family Day double header Sunday and the harness racing distaffers delivered impressive efforts in three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions. Goodwill Hanover posted the fastest mile of the evening in the first $105,000 Gold division, going gate-to-wire in 1:51.3. Lay Lady Lay pressed the pace through the middle stages of the race, but had to settle for second, one and one-quarter lengths behind the winner. Fan favourite Mayhem Seelster was right behind Lay Lady Lay in third. "This is the first time that, in the year or so that we've had her now, that she's gone away from home, if you like, to a race at a different track other than Mohawk, or a local track, and so we were concerned about that," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore about his cantankerous filly. "But she trucked down with Doyle Transport in a box stall, and she was pretty good, they were watching in the camera, and she's been pretty good all day. She didn't quite eat all her lunch, but not bad, so anyway we're all very happy." Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON piloted Goodwill Hanover to her first Gold Series win of 2016 for Moore and owners GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS. The win boosts the Big Jim daughter's sophomore record to four wins and one second in 11 starts for earnings of $203,469. In addition to the long trip away from home, Moore also spent some time worrying about a change in Goodwill Hanover's routine that saw MacDonell handle all the filly's on-track warm-ups Sunday. "I was in Trois-Rivieres today with Rockin In Heaven in the Prix D'Ete, so I just made it here in time for the race, just got here about a minute to post," said the trainer, who alerted the filly's caretaker Vicki Paulic once he realised he would not make it to Ottawa in time. "Paul got along excellent with her and Vicki, she's done a heck of a job with her." The Guelph resident also handed credit for the filly's victory to owners GLB Stable, who remained stalwart while Goodwill Hanover struggled to find the winner's circle in July and August. "The owners of Goodwill Hanover have been great, Karl, Stephen and Deanna Tufts and Start Rath, the GLB Stable, they've been fantastic," said Moore. "I was telling them all the options for trucking her down here and they said, well the best option is to truck her in a box stall with Doyle's and we'll pay for the whole truck, so you know, I like to see them rewarded for doing that. It makes me feel good that we, meaning the mare and all of us, can give back to them for all their support." Next up on Goodwill Hanover's schedule is the Simcoe, back at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 3, and she will wrap up her regular season Gold career at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 30. Sunday's win should assure the filly of a berth in the season ending Super Final on Oct. 15, where Moore hopes she can give reigning division champion L A Delight a run for her money. "There's only one of those (Gold) left and then hopefully the Super Final and, of course, L A Delight is going to be tough as nails, there's no doubt about that, but you know if this mare acts well and everything goes good for her maybe we'll give her a run," mused Moore. "I don't know, we'll see what happens." L A Delight extended her two-year Gold Series unbeaten streak to nine with a victory in the second $105,000 division at Rideau Carleton on Sunday. The Bettor's Delight daughter and regular reinsman Randy Waples took control of the race before the half and were easy one and one-half length winners over Divas Image and Bourbon Seelster in 1:52. Milton resident Waples piloted the heavy favourite to her fifth sophomore victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The win pushed L A Delight's career earnings to within $2,000 of the $1 million mark. In Grassroots action Glorious Delight kicked things off with a 1:54 victory that saw her step out of the pocket in the stretch and reel in pacesetter Heavenly Bet. Westsluckycam earned the third-place finisher's share of the $18,000 Grassroots purse. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic piloted Glorious Delight to the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The win was the Bettor's Delight daughter's second of the season and her first in Grassroots competition. Windsun Glory captured the second Grassroots division, capping off a successful night for driver Doug McNair, who recorded three wins, two seconds, one third and two off the podium results from eight drives on Sunday evening. A patient steer saw Windsun Glory sprint by the leaders to her 1:53.1 victory, besting Bernadette and Golden Idol by two lengths. "She raced good," said McNair. "She loves a trip like that - leave, sit and get through late." McNair drove the Mach Three filly to her third Grassroots win for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners Windsun Farm Inc. of Uxbridge, Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing and Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON. Through 18 starts Windsun Glory now has six wins, two seconds, three thirds and earnings of $88,092. The final Grassroots trophy was awarded to fan favourite Noone To Depend On, who cruised along on the front end to a three length victory in 1:54.1. Killean Finale and Diamond Tested finished second and third. Jody Jamieson of Moffat drives the Santanna Blue Chip daughter for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, and sister, Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON. Noone To Depend On has been completely dependable in the Grassroots this season, scoring three wins and one third for a total of 162 points, good enough for top spot in the division standings with one regular season event remaining. "She's a real nice filly," said driver Jamieson. "She's making a mint racing in the Grassroots circuit. It's just too bad there aren't more Grassroots Series races left." The Grassroots fillies will wrap up their regular season at Clinton Raceway on Sept. 4. The top 20 point earners through the six regular season events will advance to the Sept. 16 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final competing in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 21, 2016 - Driver Phil Hudon captured a pair of Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, guiding three-year-old trotting geldings Tough Get Going and Magic Missions to victory on the half-mile oval's 70th anniversary harness racing card. Starting from Post 6 in the third $18,000 Grassroots division with Tough Get Going, Hudon fired the trotter to the front, reaching the quarter in :29. The pair led the field of seven to a :59 half and a 1:30 three-quarters and then held on in the stretch to score a one-half length victory in 2:01.4. Willyorwonthe finished second and fan favourite Bow Ties N Bourbon recovered from an early break in stride to be third. "He raced great," said Hudon of his first trip behind Tough Get Going. "Just went to the front, trotted nice and was able to hold of Bill Megens' trotter (Willyorwonthe). He seems like a nice a trotter." James McEachern conditions Tough Get Going for Asa Farm of Norwood and Gary Smith of Ennismore, ON. Sunday's win was the Kadabra gelding's first in Grassroots action this season and boosted his sophomore record to two wins, one second and one third in 10 starts for earnings of $14,377. In the fourth division Hudon and Magic Missions left from Post 2 and landed on the rail behind early pacesetter Holiday Party. As Holiday Party was pressed through fractions of :29, :58 and 1:29.4, Hudon and Magic Missions waited patiently for their opportunity, which came as the colts squared up in the stretch. Hudon eased Magic Missions into an open lane and the gelding powered by the leader to a three-quarter length victory in 2:00, the fastest mile of the five Grassroots divisions. Holiday Party settled for second and Wildwild Men overcame an early error to grab the third-place finisher's share. "Magic Missions seems to be getting better each start," noted Hudon. "He's still green and the trip worked out perfectly; they raced up front and I sat the two-hole and was able to get out and win by a little bit." Hudon drives Magic Missions for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown and his partners Macks Stable and Joe Carnovale of Stoney Creek, ON. The Manofmanymissions gelding has made just six starts this season and Sunday's effort marked his first lifetime win. Budd added trotting hopples to Magic Missions' equipment bag after his first two sophomore starts, and the gelding has not missed a cheque since the addition. "The hopples helped Magic," said Hudon. "They just steady him a little bit, for sure." With their victories, both Tough Get Going and Magic Missions jumped up the point standings and have a shot at the Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 16. The three-year-old trotting colts have two more regular season starts remaining, Aug. 30 at Mohawk Racetrack and Sept. 7 at Grand River Raceway, where they can pad their point tallies. Gonna Fly took the first division at Clinton on Sunday and moved into second spot in the division standings with 125 points earned through two wins and one second in the first three regular season events. Iona Station, ON resident Alfie Carroll piloted the Kadabra colt to the 2:01 victory that saw him reel in the leaders through the final quarter and roll home to a four and one-half length victory over favourite Midnight Toker and Ulysses Bi. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh conditions Gonna Fly for his partner Earl Hill, Jr. of Ohsweken, ON. In nine sophomore starts the colt now has three wins and two seconds for earnings of $35,900. The second division went to Dynamic Edge and driver Chris Christoforou, Jr., who led through fractions of :30.1, 1:02 and 1:32 and then battled down the stretch to a head victory in 2:02. Defi Normand and V For Victory finished second and third. Campbellville resident Christoforou crafted the win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partner, numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. The win was the first of the season for the Muscle Mass gelding, who was the runner-up in the Grassroots Championship at two. The final Grassroots division went to Rose Run Rudi, who got a perfect pocket trip behind pacesetter Terrain Seelster, and then accelerated down the stretch to a two and one-quarter length victory in 2:03.4. Terrain Seelster had to settle for second and Galaxy completed the top three. Thornton resident Steve Byron engineered the win for trainer David Byron of Thornton and his partners James Cantelon of Thornton, David Cantelon of Bolton and Craig Wallwin of Barrie, ON. Through 10 starts the Manofmanymissions gelding has two wins, one of them in Grassroots action, one second and one third for earnings of $25,744. In addition to the five Grassroots divisions, Clinton Raceway marked its 70th anniversary with a cake and a commemorative race. Two original members of the Clinton Turf Club, Bruce Dupee and Harold (Hoot) Gibbings, were on hand to present an anniversary cooler to Race 6 winner Toureg Seelster and his connections exactly 70 years to the day after harness racing first made its debut in Clinton. Lorne House of Ingersoll guided Toureg Seelster to the 2:00 victory for trainer Peter Brickman and owner Erin Swainson Brickman of Sebringville, ON. Also participating in the 70th anniversary celebrations were members of the Huron Heat Female Hockey Association. Through a 50/50 draw, bake sale and Pork Chop BBQ the organization was able to raise just over $4,600 for team jerseys for their first season. Two Sundays remain on Clinton Raceway's 2016 schedule and the Ontario Sires Stakes will help wrap things up at the half-mile oval on Sept. 4. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their final Grassroots regular season stop as part of the racetrack's 36th annual Driver's Charity Challenge in support of the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. For more information visit Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - They race horses for a reason and that was very evident Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R as 14-1 Rockin Ron was able to defeat the 1/9 overwhelming favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (WIJI) in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. It took a herculean effort by Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras over a sloppy, rain-soaked track to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague, covering the one-mile race in 1:52. The 10th race feature saw Gringras, the sports leading money winning driver and a native of Quebec, fly to the early lead from post five to take control with WIJI content to sit in the two-hole going to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in a mild :56.3 and that was when the action heated up for the nearly 5,000 race fans that came to 3R to see the World Champion WIJI perform despite the rain. As they started down the backstretch, Teague came after Rockin Ron with WIJI and those two pulled away from the field, racing neck and neck, stride for stride to the three-quarters in 1:26 and then around the final turn. As they straighten out for the stretch drive, it seemed that everyone held their breath to see if WIJI could come back and win again as he has done so often in his career, but it was not to happen today. Coming to the wire, Gringras knew he and Rockin Ron would be victorious and did a fist-pump in triumph as they came to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths. Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson) was third with Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) fourth and ASAP Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) fifth. "Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race," Gringas said. "Everyone knew that but we got a little advantage when I was able to get right to the lead and control the race. "I knew it was the only way I could win the race if they came first-over," Gringras explained, "If they had sat behind me maybe they could have beaten us, but I was backing it down and forced his hand. I knew the only way I could beat him was to get him to come first-over." Sired by Real Desire, Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the RTC Stables, Inc. of Canonsburg, PA. Rockin Ron paid $30.40 to win. Rockin Ron, who earlier this season was undefeated at 10 straight wins, picked the perfect time for win number 11 in the Prix D'Ete. His last week was also in defeating WIJI in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He now sports 11 wins and C$424,000 in earnings this season. It is the second straight year that the Burke Stable has won the Prix D'Ete, scoring last year with All Bets Off. "Yannick drove Rockin Ron has perfect as he could," said trainer Mickey Burke. "WIJI pulled and tried to come after him and those two put on a hellva show. I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the great crowd here got to see a heck of a race." Burke did not know what racing plans were in store for Rockin Ron. Rockin Ron's time of 1:52 over the sloppy track was the third fastest mile in the history of 3R behind the last two Prix D'Ete's that were won in 1:50.3 by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). TRACK NOTES: The Hippodrome 3R trackman, Sylvain Blais did a superb job with the racing surface Sunday as despite the rain, two tracks records were set early on the program before the downpours and seven of the winners on the day recorded lifetime marks. Both track records came in the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Yannick Gingras scored his first of three winners on the day in the third race Future Stars division for colts. He sent Makasi to the lead by the opening quarter mile and never looked back, scoring in 1:55.2 in his maiden victory. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, Makasi is sired by Shanghai Phil and paid $2.40 to win. The previous track mark was set 23 years ago by Canaco Score (1993) and was tied by Hall Bro in 2013. It was the longest standing record at 3R. Then in the next division for pacing fillies, Canada's newest hall of famer, Yves Filion, also led from the quarter mile to the finish with Yaris Bayama in 1:56.4. The daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Yves and owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms, has been razor sharp all season. It was Yaris Bayama's third win in five starts and last week she had won the C$105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Her clocking erased the prior record of 1:57.3 held by HP Sissy in 2015. Yaris Bayama paid just $2.10 to win. The other colt division was won also won by Filion with Yogi Bayama ($2.10) in 1:59.1 and the filly division went to Carl Duguay's Chaleurs Melodie ($6.70), driven to victory by Daniel Dube in 2:00. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - YS Lotus overtook his stablemate and fellow trial winner Go Daddy Go down the backstretch and paced away to a 1:50.1 record victory in the 57th edition of the $60,000 Sobey's Gold Cup & Saucer to close out the Saturday, August 20 card just after midnight at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy and YS Lotus gave trainer Rene Allard his second victory in P.E.I.'s signature race while Go Daddy Go and Brad Forward completed a sweep of the top-two spots for owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, Que. YS Lotus lowered the 1:50.3 all-age track record set by the Allard-trained Crombie A during last year's Gold Cup & Saucer trials. The time of the mile also equalled the Canadian record for older pacers on a half-mile track, which was established by Rockin Ron in this year's Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. To read the rest of story click here.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - Harness racing's newest stars battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Grand Circuit action. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes put two-year-old pacers in the spotlight. Each event carried a total purse of $211,000 and saw two divisions contested. Many of the rookies battling in Saturday's stakes were preparing for next week's Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The Nassagaweya Stakes started off with a bang, as 60-1 longshot Rock This Way pulled off a stunning upset over eight other colts and geldings in the $106,250 first division. Bettors Dream was made the 1/5 heavy favourite, as the Scott McEneny trainee carried a perfect three for three record into the event. Driven by Doug McNair, the son of Bettor's Delight left hard and cleared to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.3. There was no breather for Bettors Dream in the second-quarter, as 30-1 shot Classic Pro was parked out and pressing the leader to the half in :53.4. McNair kept Classic Pro to the outside, as Bettors Dream continued to power along around the far turn and took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3. The big fractions set up well for those near the back to make a stretch bid, including Rock This Way and Mario Baillargeon. The 60-1 longshot got away last and was into the outer-flow around the final turn, but continued to sit ninth. In the stretch, Bettors Dream dug in to try and finish the job, but Rock This Way unleashed a :27.3 final-quarter to sweep by his rivals for the 1:51.3 victory. Bettors Dream was a game second, finishing 2½ lengths behind the winner. Classic Pro also showed grit and hung in to finish third. Trained by Ben Baillargeon, Rock This Way is owned and bred by Santo and Nunzio Vena. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was winless in four prior starts to Saturday, but Mario Baillargeon had plenty of confidence in the rookie after his start a week ago. "Last week he came his last three-quarters in 1:21.4," said Baillargeon. "He's been battling sickness, but he was our best colt all winter." Baillargeon noted many similarities between Rock This Way and another horse he had plenty of success with back in 2002. "I always told Ben (Baillargeon) that he reminds me of Totally Western. Totally Western was a great two-year-old and he acts exactly like him." Rock This Way, who is eligible to next week's Metro Pace eliminations, entered the Nassagaweya Stakes with just $700 earned, but exits with a bankroll of $53,825. He returned $140 to win. Rock This Way The second division of the Nassagaweya didn't feature a major upset, but saw a great three-horse finish. A field of eight clashed in the $104,750 second split. Macs Jackpot went off as the even-money favourite for new trainer Tony O'Sullivan, who also sent out Calvin K. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Macs Jackpot got away fourth, while Windsong Napoleon cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Calvin K quickly leapfrogged from second to first entering the backstretch and led the field by the half in :55.3. Filion was able to pick up cover around the final turn, as Macs Jackpot sat second-over. Meanwhile, Calvin K continued to motor along on the lead and had more than three-lengths on the field at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Calvin K had almost five-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go, but Macs Jackpot and Darlings Dragon, who was third-over on the final turn, both hit their best strides late to make it a wild finish. Macs Jackpot reached up in the final strides to score the 1:52 victory. Darlings Dragon finished second by a head, while Calvin K was beat a neck in third. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Macs Jackpot had been racing south of the border for trainer Jim Campbell and was sent up to O'Sullivan by owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder for the Nassagaweya and other stakes events. "We literally just got him this week," said O'Sullivan following the race. "I trained him a trip and he felt like he's a big powerful gelding and Jim had said that he was kind of going in the right direction, so all the credit goes to Jim Campbell." Macs Jackpot is the third foal out of Michelles Power, a winner of $1.3 million. He now has three wins in six starts and $79,569 earned. Macs Jackpot paid $4.10 to win. Macs Jackpot Over on the pacing filly side, the first $105,550 Eternal Camnation division saw Candlelight Dinner improve to four for four to start her career with a 1:52.2 score. The Casie Coleman trainee was unhurried off the wings of the gate by driver Jonathan Drury and patiently made her way towards the front. Parked by the opening-quarter in :27.4, Candlelight Dinner quickly grabbed command entering the backstretch and it was lights out from there. The daughter of American Ideal posted middle-half panels of :56.4 and 1:25, before firing home in :27.2 to win at odds of 1-9. Happy Hannah finished a length and a half behind Candlelight Dinner in second, while Everyones Watching was third. Following the Eternal Camnation victory, Drury talked about the development of Candlelight Dinner. "She qualified like a real nice filly, did everything you asked of her and did it all on her own," said Drury, who noted he wanted to make things easy for the rookie Saturday. "I didn't want to push her to the front, I wanted to try and get there as easy as I could," Candlelight Dinner sold for $110,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $86,675 earned through four starts for owners Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Howard Taylor. With victories in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final and now the Eternal Camnation, Candlelight Dinner is expected to headline next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. Candlelight Dinner In the $105,550 second division, Bettors Up made a statement of her own with a 1:52.1 victory. The McEneny trained filly was returning to Mohawk after three starts in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where she posted two victories and a runner-up finish. Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Up and driver James MacDonald got away sixth before making a second-quarter brush to the lead. Once on top, the daughter of Bettors Delight posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Bettors Up fired home in :27.2 for a convincing 1:52.1 score. Fade, who got a two-hole trip, was second, while Manhattan Play was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny, Bettors Up now has five wins from six starts and earnings of $140,730. Following the race, Scott McEneny noted that his filly is not eligible to the Shes A Great Lady and next up will be a return to Pennsylvania. "She's got one more start at The Meadows and then she's got the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final." Bettors Up paid $3 to win. Bettors Up Many of these two-year-olds will return for their respective stakes eliminations next Saturday. The Grand Circuit continues at Mohawk on Friday evening (August 26), as three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in the Casual Breeze Stakes. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club          

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing. Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but is also driving in other races on the program and won the first revival of the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014, setting the Canadian track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. "It's definitely great coming home to Quebec," Yannick Gingras said. "I will get to see my family and friends again and that is always good. As for racing Rockin Ron against Wiggle It Jiggleit, earlier this season Rockin Ron was 10 for 10 and beat WIJI in the Confederation Cup so maybe we can do it again Sunday!" Local driving sensation, Louis-Philippe Roy, is have a breakthrough year as he is the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R and is in second place at Rideau Carlton. In addition, he recently won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division and last week won an elimination division for the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park and will be in the final Saturday night on Prince Edward Island and then fly right back to race at 3R. "I'm very happy to get a drive in the Prix D'Ete." Roy said. "Two weeks ago I never thought I was going to drive in both the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday and the Prix D'ete on Sunday. I'm so grateful to the trainers and owners that have given me these opportunities. "For sure the Prix D'Ete will be the biggest purse I have ever raced for," Roy added. "From what I remember the biggest purses I had ever raced in was last year in the Quebec Series Finals for $65,000. This is going to be so great." Montrell Teague is making his first journey to Quebec and the Hippodrome 3R. He was the 2015 USHWA Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner for his superb efforts last season with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I usually have to adapt as it seems we go to a different track every week." Teague said. "I usually watch a couple of races before mine and see how they do their post parades, where all the poles are, and see where the car picks the horses up and lets them go. "Each track I race at has different times to be on the track before we race," Teague said. "So I try and stay within the pack just to make sure I do not stray too far away. I usually go a slow trip with him just to show him what size track he's on so he knows what to do. He's always smart enough to pick it up. "He's feeling good and trained great Wednesday." Montrell added. "He seems ready to roll and what a great drawing horse he is. I'm always happy to get the rail in a small field like this. I'm looking forward to coming to Quebec and meeting more harness racing fans." Jody Jamieson is no longer a stranger to the Hippodrome 3R. He is coming to 3R from the WEG circuit in Ontario and is one of the top drivers in the sport. He drove in the Prix D'Ete last year and has captured two driving tournaments at 3R, most recently on June 5, against all an-star field that featured John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion. He drives Rockin In Heaven from post three, who ships in from Mohawk Raceway where he has won his last two starts, the fastest in 1:50.4. "Anytime I can come back to 3R it's something I look forward to!" Jamieson said. "If there is ever a moment when Rockin In Heaven could beat WIJI in a race, it will be this Sunday at 3R. He's sharp and I'm hoping he can come up big." Last, but not least, is driver Daniel Dube, a native of Trois-Rivieres, who knows the 3R track like the back of his hand. In anticipation of his arrival, trainers and owners at 3R have put him up to drive in ten of the twelve races on the program Sunday. He will have his work cut out for him driving Rock N Roll World, who was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. "I always look forward to coming back to Trois-Rivieres," Dube said. "It was my home and I have so many family and friends to see and will be cheering for me. I will be at my best with Rock N Roll World and maybe I can work a trip and take home the Prix D'Ete trophy this year!" In addition to the Prix D'ete race, the Sunday program has four divisions of the third round in the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. This series has drawn another Quebec native, Sylvain Filion, the leading dash leader and top money winning driver at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario and the reigning champion in 2015. Filion will be driving for his father, Yves Filion, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Other top drivers on the card this Sunday will be Pascal Berube, Gaetan Lamy, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - One of harness racing's most popular drivers, Rick Zeron scored his 8,000th career driving victory Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Zeron, 59, entered the evening just a single win shy of the milestone. Driving three-year-old pacing filly Dixie Lullaby in the evening's seventh-race, Zeron was able to get the filly up in the final strides for the milestone victory. Nicknamed "The Whip", Zeron has been a regular driver and trainer on the WEG Circuit for over two decades. The Oakville, Ontario resident has consistently posted impressive numbers throughout his career, including driving the winners of over $3 million in 14 of the last 16 seasons. Zeron, who won his first race at Rideau Carleton Raceway in 1975, was the top driver in Quebec for many years before relocating to Ontario in 1995. His career best season for wins came in 1989, when he won 437 races and captured another Quebec driving title. Zeron's best season for earnings was recorded in 2006, when he drove the winners of over $7.7 million. Last season, he put together another solid campaign with 126 wins and earnings of nearly $3 million. The past few weeks have been memorable for the Zeron's, as Rick's son, Scott, won the Hambletonian with Marion Marauder on August 6th. The father-son duo also teamed up to capture the U.S. Pacing Championship with Rick's stable star Shamballa on the same day. A model of consistency, Rick Zeron is on pace for another solid season with 71 victories and earnings of over $1.4 million. He currently ranks ninth in the WEG Drivers standings and sixth in the Trainers standings. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Rick on his 8,000th driving victory. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - The Define The World Series Final turned into a final-quarter sprint Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack and rookie trotter Seven And Seven put on quite a display to score the harness racing  victory. Just a field of four competed in the $36,000 Define The World Series Final, but that didn't stop a pair of the rookie trotters from turning heads. Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven captured the first leg, but was outsprinted home in the second leg and finished second to Luc Blais trainee Jake. The preliminary leg winners met up again on Thursday and once again they dueled in a final-quarter sprint. Blais trainee Awol Hanover took the early lead and posted an opening-quarter of :30. Stablemate Jake and driver Sylvain Filion circled around from second to grab command and took the field by the half in 1:01. Around the final turn, trainer/driver Durand opted to angle out from third with Seven And Seven and rush towards the leader, ultimately drawing to within a neck of Jake at the three-quarter pole in 1:32. The easy fractions set up a sprint for home and both trotters unleashed a :26.3 final-quarter. Seven And Seven used his momentum from the final turn to take a slight lead at the top of the lane and was able to keep Jake half a length back for a 1:58.3 victory. Cant U Spell finished third, while Awol Hanover made a stretch break and was fourth. Seven And Seven was sent off as the 2/5 favourite and Durand noted after the race that even with only four horses, he knew the race went through his trotter. "It was me that was going to make the race one way or another," said Durand "A normal horse I would probably have pushed the pace a little early, but this horse has got so much sprinting speed that I thought I could get him from anywhere." Seven And Seven is from the first crop of sire Chapter Seven. Bred by June Durand and passing through the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale ring for $17,000, Seven And Seven now has two wins in four starts for earnings of $29,620. Allan Smith shares ownership of the rookie trotting colt with Tom and June Durand. Staked up to several upcoming Grand Circuit events at Mohawk, Durand was hopefully he would be on this path with Seven And Seven. "I thought he might make a nice New York sired colt or the course that we are on and maybe getting into the Grand Circuit," he said. "He's a colt that always did everything right, he never made breaks and he was always game to challenge other horses." The Durand stable has been well represented on the WEG and Grand Circuit by veteran trotter Whiskey Tax over the last several years. The eight-year-old is approaching millionaire status, but is also lending a helping hand to his trainer. "Strangely enough we did the last end of (Seven And Seven's) training with Whiskey Tax," said Durand. "Whiskey is such a good ol' boy, he kind of taught him the ropes of how to stay relaxed and then go when you're asked to go and stuff like that. "Normally people train their colts with other colts, but trained him with an eight-year-old and it worked out good." Durand confirmed after the race that Seven And Seven has the Champlain Stakes up next on his schedule. Seven And Seven Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 18, 2016 - Over the last month, three-year-old trotting fillies Caprice Hill and Flowers N Songs have battled the best harness racing fillies in North America, bringing home one win and three seconds between them from the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial, the historic Hambletonian Oaks and the Moni Maker Stake. The talented trotters returned to Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series action on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack and were sent off the heavy favourites in their respective divisions, and both fillies delivered resounding victories. Caprice Hill captured the first $105,000 Gold division with a commanding effort from Post 3 that saw her take control after the :27.3 opening quarter and cruise through a :57 half and 1:26 three-quarters on her way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Early pacesetter Emoticon Hanover finished second and Dottie closed well to be third, seven lengths behind the winner. "She felt like she wanted to go coming out of the turn, and she got away second, so I decided to take a shot and try to control it from there and it worked out good," said driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON. "I've got a lot of respect for the filly that was on my back (Emoticon Hanover), but I've got a whole lot of respect for the one I was driving too." Waples drove Caprice Hill to her third Gold Series win of the season for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. The reinsman said the Kadabra daughter was in great shape after her trip to The Meadowlands for the Hambletonian Oaks, where she finished second in both her July 30 elimination and the Aug. 6 Final. "I trained her here the other morning and she was really good. They do a really good job with their horses; they're always fit and healthy and ready to race when they come here," said Waples. "She's a special filly, she really is, just her gait and her manners and the fact that she's such a professional about whatever she does. She's a real, real beautiful thing." In 17 lifetime starts Caprice Hill has finished no worse than third, and this season she boasts a record of four wins and three seconds in seven starts. Thursday's victory bumped her lifetime earnings to $931,877. Caprice Hill In the second Gold division Flowers N Songs dropped into fourth spot from Post 2 and watched as Major Muscle did all the heavy lifting, leading the field through a :26.3 quarter and :56 half. Heading by the 1:25.1 three-quarters, driver Doug McNair tipped Flowers N Songs out three-wide and the filly powered by the leaders and on to a four length victory in 1:53.4. Tymal Tempest followed Flowers N Songs into second and pacesetter Major Muscle had to settle for third. "That's obviously the best she's been in the Gold. We've had a lot of bad luck in the Golds, but she's been very good all year," said McNair, adding that the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter is at her best off a helmet. Thursday's win was the filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In her first three Gold Series starts Flowers N Songs finished third, fifth and sixth. In the 20 starts since her February debut the filly has tallied eight wins, six seconds and one third for earnings of $325,989. In her mid-summer forays across the border, Flowers N Songs captured the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs on July 24, finished sixth in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and then logged a runner-up result in the Aug. 13 Moni Maker Stake at The Meadows. "She's been a great filly. She's been tougher than a two dollar steak, I mean she's just unreal how she can travel around and still race like that," said trainer Paul Reid, who conditions Flowers N Songs for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "I'm real happy with the way she's going, but that's a lot of starts on her, so hopefully we can keep her like she is," the trainer continued. Flowers N Songs Thursday's victory bumped Flowers N Songs into third spot in the division standings with 70 points, which will assure her of a berth in the season ending Super Final. Through four regular season Gold events Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover share ownership of top spot in the standings with 150 points. Before they wrap up their regular season Gold Series campaign at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 2, the sophomore trotting lasses have a series of open stake opportunities at Mohawk, including the Casual Breeze on Aug. 26, the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 2 and the eliminations and final of the Elegantimage on Sept. 9 and 17. Before those open stake events get under way, the Campbellville oval will host the fourth regular season Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Aug. 22. The fillies will battle in Races 2, 5, 7, and 9, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

The Hands on Horses Program has toured South Western Ontario over the past two weekends. This past Sunday many young harness rascing fans appeared at Clinton Raceway for Kids Day and lined up for their chance to sit behind a racehorse. The previous weekend saw the program make stops at Grand River Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park and Leamington Raceway. At all events patrons were offered the opportunity to take a ride around the racetrack between races. As an added bonus fans at Hiawatha Horse Park had the opportunity to pose and take a picture in between races with our long time program horse Hollywood Ham. Fans lined up for the unique opportunity for a picture with a racehorse. Large crowds were in attendance as legendary race announcer Roger Huston was in the house to announce the evening's races. Driver Mark Williams was thrilled to capture his 5,000th win on the card and have it announced by Roger. After the win Mark took the lines of one of the program horses and gave some happy fans a trip around the track. The following afternoon Roger met up with Mark for a congratulatory photo at Leamington Raceway where he was announcing that tracks card of racing. Roger indicated that Leamington was the 139th racetrack that he has now announced at in his illustrious career. As a special bonus Roger hopped in the jogger and gave Essex Mayor Ron McDermott a thrill as they toured the Leamington Oval together. The weekend finished off with a hockey players challenge race between the Wheatley Omstead Sharks and the Leamington Flyers. The Wannadrive team assisted with outfitting the participants and providing the two seater joggers. Special thanks to all of the trainers that provided the horse power for the event which was won by the Flyers Cale Phibbs in an exciting finish. We look forward to offering this interactive experience to racing fans across the province. For your chance to participate check out the schedule at the website Our next event will be August 27th at Georgian Downs. To see photos of all of the events visit our facebook page here. By Stacey Reinsma

Hanover Raceway plays host to its 12th annual Balanced Image Trot championship this Saturday and the harness racing night will be packed with entertainment. 24 horses will compete for 8 spots in the $61,400 dollar final on Saturday August 27th, meaning the top 2 in each of 3 divisions will advance as well as 2 of the top 3 third place finishers. This year's field includes a diverse and talented field of both top OSS and local horses. In Race 3, Mass Production is part owned trained and driven by Rick Zeron of Oakville. This 2 year old Muscle Mass Gelding has already earned over 100,000 dollars and has yet to finish out of the money in 5 starts, including a 1:56.3 mile at Mohawk in his last OSS Gold Elimination. Julie Walker, formerly of Owen Sound part owns and trains Rosberg in the same race. This 2 year old colt has 2 wins in his last 5 starts both of which were in OSS Grassroots eliminations. There are also 2 horses in that race with Hanover connections. Charmbo Chrome is co-owned by Jack and Randy Rier of Hanover, and former Hanover native Mark Etsell has partnered with Bob Newtown of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge on Mister Muscle who gets post 8 and will start behind Mass Production on the starting gate. Race 5 includes Expose Yourself part owned by the Henry stable of Arthur and trained and driven by Wayne Henry, as well as Parkhill Nocredit who is owned and trained by John Bax, and driven by Steve Byron, who have won Hanover's Dream of Glory title multiple times, but have yet to win the Balanced Image. The 3rd division includes another OSS Gold competitor in Mister Bianco. This Muscle Mass Colt won his only start in 1:57.2 for trainer Bill Budd and owner Brad Gray of Dundas and will be driven by Rick Zeron. The Bax-Byron duo have post 1 with Majestic Wanda who won her OSS grassroots start at Hanover on August 6th, and Wayne Henry co-owns, trains and drives Lady Justice from post 7. One of 3 filly's in that race, this daughter of Justice Hall has some impressive finishes in the OSS Gold this season and will have to use her early gate speed to find a good position early. Also taking place Saturday night will be a Racing under Saddle race which is always very popular in Hanover, as well as the 42nd annual Walker Memorial Trot. The Walker trot is named after Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound, who had success with many great horses in the past, particularly trotters. Allan was inducted into the Hall of Fame and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are keeping up the great Walker tradition in the industry. Hanover will also host the Deep Run Danny Pace named after a horse owned and trained by Ted and Alma McLean of Goderich, and 7 contestants are still alive in the Survivor contest which was held on August 6th and they will compete for 3 great prizes including a 55 inch Sony TV starting in Race 3. If that's not enough, the Grey Bruce Paraplegic Association will be on hand conducting a 50-50 draw, which has come close to 700 dollars for the winner in the past. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

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