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CAMPBELLVILLE, July 22 - Mayhem Seelster's first win of the season Friday was not only a big win for the three-year-old filly, but also a milestone victory for her harness racing conditioner. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan picked up his 1,000th career win Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Cambridge, Ontario resident sent out sophomore pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in an $18,000 overnight event and the daughter of Mach Three came through with her first win of the season in a career best 1:51.3. Sylvain Filion steered the winner of $244,000 to victory. O'Sullivan, 40, has been a top trainer on the WEG Circuit since breaking out on his own in 2004. The New Zealand native has sent out the winners of over $1 million in earnings in 12 of 13 full seasons operating his own barn. O'Sullivan has topped $3 million in earnings on four occasions, including last season when his stable had 105 victories. Operating a successful stable on both sides of the border, O'Sullivan's stable earned over $1.1 million in the United States and over $1.8 million in Canada last season. O'Sullivan has trained many notables over his career, including Breeders Crown winner Susies Magic, Adios winner Alsace Hanover and Ontario star Love Canal. This season, O'Sullivan has sent out the winners of 56 races and over $1 million. He currently ranks third in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 20 wins. Mayhem Seelster - Trainer Tony O"Sullivan's 1,000th winner Also on Friday evening, Sandbetweenurtoes got back to the winner's circle for the first time in six starts with a 1:50.4 score in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The Richard Moreau trainee got away fifth with driver Jody Jamieson in the field of five. Bedroomconfessions made a second-quarter move to the lead from third and posted a half-mile time of :54.3. Around the final turn, Jamieson sent his charge towards the front and the even-money favourite held a half-length lead at the third marker in 1:23. In the stretch, Sandbetweenurtoes was never really challenged and looked comfortable winning in 1:50.4 by 1 ¾ lengths over Ms Mac N Cheese, who got a two-hole trip. Bedroomconfessions finished third. A five-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Sandbetweenurtoes now has four wins in 17 outings and $80,850 earned this season. The 17-time winner has over $648,000 in career earnings and is owned by Brad Grant. Sandbetweenurtoes Live racing continues Saturday evening at Mohawk. Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line highlights the card in one of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

ELORA, ON - On Monday night, 16 colts and 20 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage of Grand River Raceway's marquee harness racing event, Industry Day. While the 26th edition of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 1, finalists in the $139,500 Battle Of Waterloo and $92,800 Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 25, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races four and eight. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the final of the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 1. Past Battle Of Waterloo-winning trainers Ian Moore, Bob McIntosh, and Gregg McNair have one hopeful in each of the two divisions. Trainer Blake MacIntosh also has two contenders: Brave World from post seven in Race 4, and Sports Column in Race 8. The Sportswriter colt holds the current North American season's record for his 1:52.1 maiden win over Mohawk Racetrack on July 4. On July 16, he was second by a neck to Happy Trio, who will start to his left, from post one, in Monday's Battle elimination division. Happy Trio won that OSS Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:53.2m bumping his career earnings to $79,870 in three starts. He is conditioned by trainer Tony O'Sullivan who also campaigns the outside starter in the first division, Calvin K, a North American season's record-setter with a 1:52.3 triumph in his second career win on July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. Silverinyourpocket (R4 #3) is the morningline favourite in the first division for Canada's leading money-winning trainer, Richard Moreau, of Puslinch, ON. The Badlands Hanover colt is fresh off a 1:53.3 win in OSS Grassroots action at Mohawk Racetrack with driver Sylvain Filion. Although he enters Race 8 with less experience than the competition, Dreamfair B J set a Canadian season's record for a freshman colt over a half-mile track when he won his lone qualifying race at Grand River Raceway on July 13 for trainer Patrick Fletcher and driver Phil Hudon. Dreamfair B J is bred and owned by John Lamers, who won the 2001 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo with Dreamfair Vogel. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, two and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the final of the 8th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 1. Past Battle Of The Belles-winning trainers Gregg McNair and Stephen Gillard each have one campaigner in Monday's elims. Eddie Green has a pair of hopefuls, including Canadian season record-holder Warrawee Speedy. Her maiden win in 1:57.1 over Hiawatha Horse Park on June 18 remains the quickest of the season over a five-eighths oval. She will start from the rail in the third division (Race 6) with Green in the bike. Village Jamie will start from post four in the second division for Green. The Mach Three miss is a half-sister to the 2010 Battle Of The Belles champ, Village Janus. Mike Weller trains the 8-5 morningline favourite in the first division, Aint Three OK. The Mach Three daughter was scratched sick in last week's OSS Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack. She was second by a neck two weeks before, with Trevor Henry, who pilots her from post five on Monday. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race nine on July 25. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 1 features an 11-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:35 p.m. 1 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 06:35 P.M. Lasix: 02:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Stonebridge Sundae M Saftic M Barrieau 7-2 (Camluck/GlacierExpress) 2 Shanghai Sugar Tra Henry Tra Henry 4-1 (ShanghaiPhil/FastLaneCruizin) 3 Sports Beauty Ja Macdonald M Steacy 5-2 (Sportswriter/ShellysDelight) 4 Treasures Pearl S Filion R Adams 5-1 (Sportswriter/StLadsTreasure) 5 Aint Three Ok Trev Henry M Weller 8-5 (MachThree/AintGivenUp) 6 Odysseus D Mcnair T Macdonnell 10-1 (MachThree/OhioAnnie) 2 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 06:55 P.M. Lasix: 02:40 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Bid Writer Ja Macdonald J Gillis 2-1 (Sportswriter/BustOutTheBid) 2 Menagerie J Jamieson A Macdonald 9-1 (BigJim/LivingWithArt) 3 Ask For Me C Christoforou B Macintosh 3-1 (MisterBig/AskForIt) 4 Village Jamie A Green A Green 8-1 (MachThree/VillageJest) 5 The Joy Luck Club Mi Horner Ma Horner 12-1 (Camluck/OhTheJoy) 6 Vintage Book D Mcnair R Adams 5-2 (VintageMaster/AttackTheBooks) 7 P L Karis D Clements R Morales 5-1 (Sportswriter/TaylorlaneAction) 4 -- Pace, purse $15,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 07:35 P.M. Lasix: 03:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 16(split) 1 Shadow Rouge C Christoforou Dr I Moore 4-1 (ShadowPlay/BuyInHanover) 2 Test Ride Trev Henry R Mcintosh 7-2 (MachThree/LAConfidential) 3 Silverinyourpocket S Filion R Moreau 2-1 (BadlandsHanover/FillysVictory) 4 Machin A Trick Ja Macdonald J Gillis 15-1 (MachThree/Tricky) 5 Aston Hill Dave D Mcnair R Mcnair 9-2 (Sportswriter/MyPreciousKatie) 6 Bet On Brett M Saftic M Barrieau 12-1 (Sportswriter/TugRiverDella) 7 Brave World B Davis Jr B Macintosh 10-1 (RoyalMattjesty/FitNBad) 8 Calvin K J Jamieson T Osullivan 5-2 (ClassicCardShark/RoadToPandalay) 6 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 08:15 P.M. Lasix: 04:00 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Warrawee Speedy A Green A Green 7-2 (WarraweeNeedy/WarraweeJangle) 2 Loves Angel D Mcnair R Mcnair 3-1 (BigJim/MossBlueChip) 3 Pl Katnisseverdeen D Clements R Morales 5-2 (MachThree/Proxahantis) 4 Twin B Cheeks S Filion R Adams 6-1 (Sportswriter/BeachBound) 5 Miss Mittzie Bee C Christoforou S Arsenault 7-1 (BadlandsHanover/OvenMitt) 6 White Dancer B Mcclure R Jones 2-1 (BigJim/DancingInthePark) 7 Fashion Writer J Jamieson S Gillard 10-1 (Sportswriter/CallMeYours) 8 -- Pace, purse $15,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 08:55 P.M. Lasix: 04:40 P.M. Horses Entered: 16(split) 1 Happy Trio S Filion T Osullivan 7-5 (MachThree/VillageJovial) 2 Sports Column C Christoforou B Macintosh 8-5 (Sportswriter/LadyLeslie) 3 Dreamfair B J Ph Hudon P Fletcher 4-1 (BigJim/DreamfairOrchid) 4 Down On My Luck B Forward R Adams 10-1 (Camluck/FalseAlert) 5 Mc Mach Trev Henry R Mcintosh 6-1 (MachThree/NorthernEmpress) 6 Classic Pro J Jamieson Dr I Moore 7-1 (ShadowPlay/Kattimon) 7 All It Takes D Mcnair R Mcnair 10-1 (MachThree/CamberHanover) 8 The Dark Shadow B Davis Jr J Darling 9-1 (ShadowPlay/Bestofbothworlds) Kelly Spencer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A trio of former Governor's Plate hopefuls will square off in Saturday evening harness racing action at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6 PM for the nine-dash program with Forever Paradise the morning line choice in the race 8 $2,200 feature with Mike McGuigan aboard for trainer Kevin MacLean and owners Reg MacPherson and David and Aaron MacKenzie. The post 3 starter was second his last outing in the $5,000 Governor's Plate consolation in Summerside after failing to advance to the final in the eliminations the week previous. Narragansett captured that consolation race and draws post 4 this week for owner Foxyhall Racing of Nova Scotia and trainer Jason Hughes, who will be competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia Saturday evening leaving the catch driving call to Gary Chappell. The other former Governor's Plate consolation starter is Doing Some Damage, who drew post 5 after a third place finish to Narragansett and Forever Paradise last week and will have Brian MacPhee in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Forever Paradise to land in the winner's circle. "It's been over a month since his last win and for him, that's an eternity," MacIsaac said. He'll likely be cutting it and if Mike (McGuigan) is able to steal a fraction somewhere throughout the mile it could be all over." Other entries include Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell) and All Turain (Leonard McGuigan). The evening back-up pace lines up in race 9 with Warrawee Phoenix being handed a heaping pile of class relief. Owned and trained by Anthony Stymest, the five-year-old son of Camluck raced last Saturday in the $22,000 Governor's Plate final and now drops into a $1,900 conditioned class and draws post 4 with Gordie Hennessey filling in the driving duties for regular pilot Mark Bradley, who will be competing in Nova Scotia. Other top contenders in race 9 include First Art Down (Ken Murphy) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Vincent Poulton). The former leading driver in Newfoundland Harness Racing will be making a rare appearance on P.E.I., as Shane Forward drives horses owned by his family in races 1 and 7 on the card. Machinthesand Looks To Remain Red Hot SUMMERSIDE, PE - The outside post in a field of fast pacers can often be a major deterrent but after the monstrous trip this Sunday's post seven feature starter unleashed last week, he may not be worried. Machinthesand has the outside post-position in the field of seven top class pacers at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 1 PM for the 10-dash program with Norris Rogers driving Machinthesand fresh off a devastating 1:55.3 performance for trainer Hughie Murphy and owners Noonan Holdings and Russell and Karen Noonan. Likely To Win has post 2 in the $2,200 contest fresh off a 1:55.4 victory during Governor's Plate Week racing in Summerside with Corey MacPherson back in the bike for trainer Adam Merner and owners Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta and Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia. The Backstretch Beat in the Sunday afternoon racing program predicts that Machinthesand is back at the top of his game. "The horse that we're used to seeing at SRW looks to be back after his last race, he'll have his work cut out for him from way out there but if he turns one in like his last, he is major danger," reads the 'Beat.' Other entries include Rash B Havior (Marc Campbell), Motorino (Jason Hughes), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), J Rs Hurricane (Kenny Arsenault) and Painted Desert (Ryan Desroche). The afternoon back-up event has a field of six mares in race 5 on the card with Hurricane Hill favoured in the $1,800 class with Corey MacPherson in the bike, with favourable odds given to Onehotvett (Desroche) and Sam (Hughes). By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing colts tackled the oval at Truro Raceway on Thursday evening, as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action. Colin N Down (Articulator) and Gilles Barrieau captured the first of four $6100 'A' division events in a time of 2:00 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. The second 'A' division event went to Mighty Cowboy and driver Darren Crowe in 2:00.1. The Bandon's Cowboy colt is owned by David MacDonald of Halifax, NS. Rinaldo 'Neldie' MacDonald and his two-year-old colt Jigtime Jones (Western Paradise) crossed the finish in 2:00 in their division. MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, shares ownership on the colt with Ian Tate of St. Andrews, NS. The final 'A' division event on the card went to Tobinator (Coastocoast Yankee) and driver Ryan Ellis. The duo came home in an impressive 1:58 for owners Robin Burke, Luke Burke, Perry Burke and Kent Livingstone. Two $2500 'B' division events rounded out the card going to IC A Free Spirit and Matts Tuition. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action resumes on Saturday evening at Truro Raceway when the three-year-old pacing colts roll into town. First race post time on Saturday is 7 pm. Lynne MacLennan

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 22, 2016 - Two and three-year-old pacing colts and fillies headline six stakes races at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. It's the fourth and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the first round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's as they vie for one of eight spots in the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 4. The pacing colts get underway in two divisions in the third race. Sports Authority heads the field after he blew away the competition last week, cutting loose for trainer Maxime Velaye and driver Mario Charron, leading from the start to finish in a six and one-half length romp in 1:55.3. It was not just a lifetime mark for the son of Sportswriter but also his fifth win in eight starts this year. He will go from post four. His main competition will come from last year's champion, Mr Mach Jimmy (post one) and Sagawi (post three). The second colt division is race eleven, where HP Patriote looks to make a clean sweep of the preliminary rounds, going for his fourth straight win. This son of Vintage Master was also at his best last week at 3R for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, romping by six lengths in a lifetime best 1:55.2. Trained by Gerard Demers, HP Patriote has an impressive seven wins in eight starts this year. He faces strong competition from YS Artistic Fella (post one), D G's Ninja (post three) and Dance With Joe (post four). The three-year-old pacing fillies do battle in the ninth race with a full field of ten starters. HP Pandora is the morning line favorite, but drew post nine and must start from the second tier behind Clodam Bayama (post one), who last week could not stay on stride as the betting favorite and finished last. HP Pandora is coming off a lifetime best performance for trainer Daniel Martin and will be driven once again by Louis-Philippe Roy. Last week the daughter of Mach Three crushed the field with a six and one-quarter length victory in 1:56.3, her second win this year. Also in the field is last week's other divisional winner, Wild River Swan, who goes from post five, Drift Panic (post eight) and Skyfall Sena (post four). There are three divisions of the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. A bulky field of ten fillies will be featured in the sixth race where two recent qualifying race winners, HP Celina Shadow (post six) takes on Kinnderuntouchable (post five). Both fillies won at 3R, HP Celina Shadow was the faster of the two in 2:03.2 and will be driven by Louis-Phillipe Roy as Kinnderuntouchable won in 2:03.3 for driver Justin Filion. The other two divisions are non-wagering races for colts. The first to be held at 1:15 pm and is a good match-up between Four Seven One (post two), Wildriverbumblebee (post five) and C L Sportaction (post three). The second non-wagering race will be featured between the 5th and 6th races with the spotlight on Histoire Enchantee from post two for driver Mario Charron. This son of Shanghai Phil recently qualified at Rideau Carlton for trainer Maxime Velaye with an impressive 2:02.2 triumph and goes against other winners, Cyclone Joe (post five) and Majo Lou Beka (post four). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm for the wagering races. For a free program and live video simulcast, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Art Major filly Candlelight Dinner turned in an impressive six-length victory in the opening leg of the Whenuwishuponastar harness racing series Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of seven rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar. The annual series has produced many top fillies, including last year's winner L A Delight. Casie Coleman trainee Candlelight Dinner entered the opening round off a strong 1:54.1 victory in her career debut July 5. With a strong debut to go with a pair of impressive qualifiers, the betting public made the Art Major filly 1/9. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Candlelight Dinner left from post five and was unhurried into the first turn. The Coleman trainee was parked around the opening bend, but cleared to the front with ease before three-eighths. After reaching the half in :58.3, Candlelight Dinner surrendered the lead to a blasting Touching Thought, who paced up from sixth to first. The new leader's time on the front end was short-lived, as Drury angled the heavy-favourite to the outside at the three-quarter pole in 1:27. Retaking the lead at the top of the lane, Candlelight Dinner pulled away from her rivals with ease and cruised home in :27.2 for a 1:54.2 victory. Black Jack Pat, who sat on the back of the favourite, finished second. Moment To Ponder was third, while Touching Thought dropped back to finish fourth. A Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Candlelight Dinner was purchased for $110,000 last fall. She is the eighth foal out of Jate Lobell mare Time N Again and a full-sister to millionaire pacing mare Romantic Moment. Candlelight Dinner is owned by Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Howard Taylor. She now has two wins in two starts and $14,000 in earnings. The second round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (July 28). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 21, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday evening and harness racing fans welcomed three first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winners back in front of the grandstand. In the first $18,000 Grassroots division, Mohawk fans wisely overlooked the mistake made by Inner Drive in the July 10 season opener and sent the Bob McIntosh trainee off as their top choice. The Kadabra daughter trotted smoothly away from Post 2 and was sitting second when Parkhill Nocredit hit the opening quarter in :29.4. Driver Paul MacDonell opted to send the favourite to the front, but Inner Drive was only in command briefly before Hab Faith came calling. Hab Faith took control just past the 1:00 half and continued to lead the field to the 1:29.1 three-quarters, but once the fillies squared up in the stretch Guelph resident MacDonell tipped Inner Drive out of the pocket and the long-legged lass was able to reel in Hab Faith and secure a neck victory in 1:59.4. Parkhill Nocredit was two and one-quarter lengths back in third. "She's a nice big filly with a great pedigree who should improve with each start," said trainer McIntosh of Inner Drive, whose mother, Urge To Splurge, is a half-sister to former Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Text Me, who was the Super Final champion in both 2010 and 2011 and earned $931,853 in his career. Windsor resident McIntosh bred and shares ownership of Inner Drive with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. In three starts the filly has tallied one win, one second and $12,500. Inner Drive The second Grassroots division saw the fan's second choice, Powerful Mission, reel in fan favourite Man Shes Hot to earn her first victory. The Manofmanymissions daughter and driver Phil Hudon sprinted down the stretch to a 1:59.2 clocking, three lengths ahead of Man Shes Hot and pacesetter Whole Lot Of Sugar. "She's a nice filly. She run last week, but I liked her a lot," said Guelph resident Hudon, who salvaged a fifth-place finish in an overnight event at Mohawk on July 14 after the filly made an early miscue. "She has a great attitude and trots nice, she was well in hand." Michigan-based trainer Kevin St. Charles conditions Powerful Mission for owner E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. Thursday's outing was Powerful Mission's second start and her first appearance in the Grassroots program. Powerful Mission The final Grassroots trophy went home with Anikadabra, who got a confident steer from driver Rick Zeron. Starting from Post 7, Zeron sent Anikadabra straight to the front and never looked back, cruising through fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.4 en route to a 1:59.3 victory. Fan favourite P C Pipe Dream was three lengths back in second and Late Shift was another length back in third. "She's a real nice filly, very, very nice," said Oakville resident Zeron, who pilots Anikadabra for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, ON. "Very sensible, very knowledgeable, very smart, everything you ask her to do she does. "Rob had said to me that he was really, really high on this filly. He really likes her a lot, and it showed tonight that Rob was right, that she's a real nice filly," the reinsman added. "She just does everything you ask her to do. She can leave the gate like a pacer, which is great because you're never going to get yourself in any trouble, and you know every time she heard a horse behind her coming, and the guys barking at their horses, she just took off by herself. I was just sitting in the cart with her tonight." A Kadabra half-sister to $1.2 million winner Resolve, Anikadabra is owned by her breeders, Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The filly is a second generation product of the partner's breeding program. Her mother Anikawiesahalee is a half-sister to their former Gold Series winner Wilsonator ($496,049) and Grassroots champion Legzy ($277,660). Anikadabra Thursday's outing was Anikadabra's second; she finished fourth in the Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs on July 10. The freshman trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on Friday, July 29. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on both Friday and Saturday evening. Friday's program features six $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies and Saturday's card will see the third Gold Series battle between the three-year-old pacing colt titans. Post time for both events is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

Charlottetown, PE - Young harness racing reinsmen Adam Merner took full advantage of some live catch drives on Thursday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Merner celebrated a career night capturing a hat-trick on the card that included a victory in the evenings feature race. Veteran pacer Smiley Bayama may have been over shadowed by his driver's performance on the night but the 8 year-old Aces Up stallion picked up his fourth consecutive victory for owners Shelley and Alexis Gass. The Ron Gass trainee scored in 1:56.1. The duo of Merner and Gass also teamed up with Caliban Hanover earlier on the card. Merner's third winner on the card was with Kyle Gillis trainee Windemere Stanley. Marc Campbell trainee Freddie returned to winning form in the Open Trot, crushing his rivals in 1:59. Campbell handed the driving duties to assistant trainer Ryan Desroche for the Three Wiseman Stable. The first year pilot made no doubt about the catch-drive, engineering a first over journey before clearing up the back side and driving away with a :28.4 closing quarter. A day shy of his birthday Gary Chappell picked up a driving double with trainee J J Dream Chasin and aboard Female Finesse. For complete results go to By Bo Ford  

JULY 20, 2016 - Long before two-year-old trotting colt Kitarro made his Grand River Raceway debut in the second of four Grassroots divisions on Wednesday evening, trainer Kyle Reibeling thought the youngster might find success on the Elora harness racing oval. "Once he got rolling and we got him working in our sets, I thought this is kind of a nice little half-mile type horse," recalled Reibeling. "He's handy, he's a professional. I'm not going to say he's a world champion, but he's a handy little horse that's going to produce and make some money." Kitarro proved Reibeling right on Wednesday, adding a Grassroots win to the third-place result he posted in the July 9 season opener. In rein to Puslinch resident Paul Mackenzie, Kitarro left smartly from Post 4 and settled into third as Northern Dazzle and fan favourite Critical Mass tussled through a :31.1 opening quarter. The pair continued to sit third as Critical Mass led the field of five to a 1:02.3 half, but joined driver Alfie Carroll and My Big Kadillac in the outer lane heading for the 1:33 three-quarters. As Mackenzie tipped Kitarro out three-wide for the stretch battle, My Big Kadillac's race bike wheel snagged Critical Mass's wheel, which took both colts out of the running. Clear of the confusion, Kitarro coasted home an eight length winner in 2:03.2. Northern Dazzle was second and Critical Mass third. "Paul did an excellent job, he had him in position, he was right up tight on Alfie's (Carroll) back and he was swelling up around the last turn," noted Reibeling, whose late father Norman served as the long-time paddock blacksmith at Elmira and Grand River Raceways. "It's hard to say what would have happened had they not hooked up, but he was in full flight when he tipped him off Alfie's back and he kind of looked like he was going to go on by anyway, and he was pretty well in command once he did." The win gives Kitarro a total of 62 points in the race toward a Grassroots post season berth and ups his earnings to $11,160, more than recouping the $8,500 BenBar Stables of Oakville offered up to bring the Southwind Lustre son home from the 2015 Canadian Yearling Sale. "The BenBar Stables, they actually picked him out as a yearling, and they're good guys," said Reibeling, who acquired a share in the colt before his first start. "It's really nice to produce results for such good people." Kitarro and his peers will make their next Grassroots start on July 28 at Mohawk Racetrack, and while Reibeling anticipates that the colt will deliver his best results over smaller ovals, he is confident the trotter will be ready for battle. "I expect this colt will get a little better as he goes on. I'm not sure Mohawk, his next sires stakes, will be his forte because he's a small colt that's quite handy," said the Campbellville resident. "But we'll just have to race him accordingly over the big track." Two of Wednesday's Grassroots divisions went to colts that had already acquired Ontario Sires Stakes trophies for their owner's display cases. Rosberg scored his second straight win in the first division, going gate-to-wire in 2:01.3 for driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat, trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle and her partners Ronald Piers of Georgetown and Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke, ON. Zorgwijk Rocket and Mr Marshmellow finished behind the fan favourite in second and third. Manofmanymissions son Rosberg has also repaid his purchase price of $13,000 US from the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale, netting a total of $19,000 with his Grassroots victories. In the third division Themanofmydreams made his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle with a front-end effort that saw him hit the wire in 2:03.3. Little Lion Man and Lexus Gilmore rounded out the top three. Denis St. Pierre drives Themanofmydreams for trainer Tiffanee Staley of Guelph, ON and her partners Alexandre and Christian Pilon of St-Eustache, QC and Jesse Legault of Lorraine, QC. The Muscle Mass son was a $22,000 acquisition from the Canadian Yearling Sale. The final Grassroots division went to the colt that finished fourth behind Kitarro in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs. Starting from Post 1 in Wednesday's test, Tougher Than Ever sat third through the first half of the mile, following Dontcrampmystyle and favourite Warrawee Shipshape, then stepped into the outer lane and powered past the leaders to a two and one-quarter length victory in 2:02.2. "He was very good," said Guelph resident James MacDonald, who engineered the Kadabra colt's first victory for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Mel Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. "He is very green, but he has a big motor. He didn't seem to mind being first up and was strong right to the wire." Warrawee Shipshape settled for second and pacesetter Dontcrampmystyle was third. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday, July 29 with Grassroots action for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Racing

Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside held a 10 dash harness racing card on Wednesday to celebrate Lobster Festival Week with PEI Seafood night. Machinthesand, owned by Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, won the evening's feature presented by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Customers and visitors to the historic oval were treated to samples of world-class seafood and harness racing. Driven by Norris Rogers, Machinthesand (Mach Three) busted the gate from post 5 to level fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:28.2. He closed his final quarter in 27.1 to win by three lengths in 1:55.3. Athletic Putnam (Dale Spence) was second with Motorino (Terry Gallant) third. In other action, driver Walter Cheverie claimed the Summerside Lobster Festival Pace aboard Capitalism for owner Kristina McCourt, Summerside,PE. Cheverie returned in the very next race with veteran pacer Blue Meadow Willie to be presented with the Arsenault's Fish Mart cooler. The 12 year-old pacer, owned by Robert and Brenda MacInnis, Summerside, recorded his 59th lifetime victory. Ken Murphy also a driving double on the program. Wager was $15,051. For complete results go to By Lee Drake   Matchup Rekindled In Red Shores Feature CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A Governor's Plate Night rivalry will be renewed Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Bazillion wants to settle the score. The Trevor Hicken trainee has drawn post 3 in the $2,200 feature event scheduled as race 11 on the Thursday evening program with the first of 12 dashes scheduled to kick off at 6:30 PM. Bazillion will have Brian MacPhee back in the bike for owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall after finishing third last Saturday during Governor's Plate night action at Red Shores Summerside. The six-year-old son of Village Jolt did all the front end road work in that start only to give way to Smiley Bayama down the stretch in a scorching 1:55 mile. With an inside post and Smiley Bayama leaving on his outside, the score could be settled this Thursday, with the post 6 leaving Smiley Bayama scheduled to have Adam Merner in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owners Shelley and Alexis Gass, of Cornwall. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Bazillion setting up shop on the front end again this week but think rail starter My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy) can leave enough to make front-end-control a dear price to pay. MacIsaac says this will all play into the game plan for Smiley Bayama to win it all and turn his three race win streak into four. "He's firing on all cylinders right now with three straight wins," MacIsaac said. "The possibility of some early mayhem up front could set things up nicely for his rallying style and give him a great chance to keep the streak intact." Other entries include Whosurwinner (Mike McGuigan), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie), Tempo Seelster (Todd Walsh), and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). The race 6 Open trot carries a $1,950 purse and see a career opportunity for a 18-year-old reinsman. With stakes action scheduled for Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia Thursday night, that leaves the race bike seat empty for the Marc Campbell trained Freddie, leaving from post 5 this week. Rookie driver Ryan Desroche will get the call to fill that void behind the 13-time winner for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall. Other top entries include Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) from post 2 and Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) with post 3. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

A strong contingent of Atlantic Sires Stakes trotters and pacers were featured at Truro Raceway on Tuesday evening, as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week of harness racing action.. Pappy Go Go and driver Marc Campbell captured their two-year-old Meridian Farms trot division for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, NS. Meanwhile B J Lorado and Paul Lanigan took first place honours in their two-year-old trot event for owner Bert Honkoop of Montague, PE. The three-year-old Meridian Farms trot events went to Mr Bower and Kenny Arsenault for owner Wade Peconi, Stanchel, PE, and to Glencove Zani and Leonard McGuigan for owner-trainer Edward Smallwood, Stratford PE. The Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies also showed what they are made of in several 'A' and 'B' division events. Elecktra Express, under the command of Marc Campbell, won her 'A' division event for owner Danica Ellis of Brookfield, NS. Kinda Like Her and Kenny Arsenault crossed the finish line first in their $7240 event for owner the Dooley Boys Racing Stable of Halifax, NS, and Woodmere Dreams and Gilles Barrieau crossed the line in 2:00.1 for Doug and Jamie Hill, PE. The three 'B' division events went to Heres The Beach (Corey MacPherson), Georgie Rose (Gary Chappell) and Positive Outcome (Darren Crowe). Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action continues at Truro Raceway on Thursday evening with the two-year-old pacing colts. First race post time is 7 pm. Lynne MacLennan

JULY 19, 2016 – On A Sunny Day and Winter Sweet Frost put some distance between themselves and the rest of the harness racing two-year-old trotting filly field with repeat Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series wins at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. On A Sunny Day made it clear from the start of the first $70,000 division that she was looking for her second Gold trophy. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Sylvain Filion left smartly from Post 7 and reached the opening quarter in :28. The fan favourites continued to lead through the :57.4 half and then held off challenger Literally through the 1:28.1 three-quarters before accelerating away to a one and one-half length win in a personal best 1:57.2. Former Grassroots winner Literally had to settle for second in her Gold Series debut, with Tropicana AS earning a third-place result in her first lifetime start. “She was a little more aggressive tonight,” noted Milton resident Filion. “There was no taking back, I had to go forward with her, but once she cleared the front she relaxed and she came back to me nice, and she was well in hand at the wire.” The leading reinsman in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Filion drives On A Sunny Day for trainer-breeder Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. The filly is a perfect two-for-two and has banked $70,000 for her connections. In the second division driver Doug McNair employed a similar strategy with favourite Winter Sweet Frost. After watching Mass Psychology ring up a :29 quarter, McNair put Winter Sweet Frost on the front and the Kadabra daughter cruised effortlessly through a :59.1 half and 1:29 three-quarters on her way to a two and one-half length victory over Gravitator and Expose Yourself. The 1:58.2 clocking was a new personal best for Winter Sweet Frost, who is also flawless through two starts. “She raced good, I was happy with her,” said McNair. “I don’t think she’s been at her best yet though.” The Guelph resident steers Winter Sweet Frost for trainer Paul Reid of De Leon Springs, FL and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The final division saw first-time starter Magic Presto demonstrate some of the potential trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman had glimpsed through the winter. Starting from Post 5 the Kadabra daughter and driver Trevor Henry landed fourth as fan favourite Sweet Of My Heart led the field to a  :28.3 quarter, then moved up to third when Hudsons Ya Ya broke stride in front of them before the :59.4 half. Heading for the 1:29.2 three-quarters Henry sent Magic Presto after the leader and was able to tuck the filly in for a brief breather behind Sweet Of My Heart before making a final charge for the wire. Employing an impressive :27.3 final quarter, Magic Presto reeled in Sweet Of My Heart and hit the wire one length the best in 1:57.2. Lady Justice was well back in third. “She trained down really good all winter, she’s always been one of our better ones,” said Norman. “She’s really good gaited and very good mannered, and the only thing that we were concerned about was she was so big and so growthy.” The New Jersey-based trainer prepped Magic Presto for her Ontario Sires Stakes debut with a pair of qualifiers at The Meadowlands, where she finished sixth in 2:02.2 on June 25 and third in 2:00.2 on July 2. “Her qualifiers had been just a little bit average at The Meadowlands. I was a little disappointed in her, she was a little weak,” admitted Norman. “But, like I said, she’s very big and very growthy, and I think she’ll just get better as we go, as she gets stronger. Good things to come hopefully.” Mel Hartman of Ottawa, ON, breeder Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY share ownership of Magic Presto, who was a $160,000 yearling purchase from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The filly is a full-sister to former Gold Series winner Could It Be Magic, who has earned $213,156 in her career to date. The two-year-old trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack in two weeks, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, for their third Gold Series start while their Grassroots peers arrive at the Campbellville oval on Thursday, July 21 for the second event on their calendar. The Grassroots trotting lasses will battle in Races 3, 6, and 10. Post time is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 19, 2016 - Holiday Party posted his fifth straight victory and was able to overcome an accident marred race, in capturing his division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday. Competing in the 6th race colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Skyflex and driver Rheo Filion was leading the race after the opening quarter mile in :29. Then, on the second turn, Slyflex went off-stride on the lead and went to the outside, causing interfering that hampered nearly all of the horses in the field of nine. Once the may lay was cleared, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau took command of the race, but driver Pascal Berube was able to get Holiday Party, the 1-4 wagering favorite, back in gear and he closed with a burst of speed to win by one length in 2:02.3. KFB Amigo Cool was second with Holiday Gift (Sylvain Fontaine) third. It was the sixth win in ten starts this year for Holiday Party. The gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Gaetan Bono Stable, Inc. of Montreal and paid $2.70 to win. In the fourth race division for fillies, the 1-2 favorite Y A Jailhouse Judy and driver Stephane Gendron made an uncharacteristic break behind the starting gate and never was able to rebound, finishing last. That enabled Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle to scoot right out to the lead from the rail with Y S Suzanne (Carl Duguay) following in second place. Eau Naturelle led the field through the three-quarters when Duguay pulled to the outside for a final challenge. Down the stretch they raced, neck and neck to the wire where Y S Suzanne just got up at the wire to win by a nose in 2:01.3. Clair Chocolat (Guy Gorbeil) was third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in six starts this year for Y S Suanne. The daughter of Angus Hall is trained by Carl Duguay and is owned by Duguay's Elevage Baie De Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC, and paid $7.90 to win. The opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters took place Tuesday evening with one division for colt and for fillies. The third race colt division saw Capteur De Reve began his career on a winning note, leading from start to finish with a three-quarter length triumph over a late closing Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) in 2:07.4. Yoan Bayam (Yves Filion) was third. Bred, owned and driven to victory by Guy Corbeil of Ecurie Provoquante of Montreal, Capteur De Reve paid $5.60 to win. He is sired by Muscle Mass and is a nephew of the great Quebec-bred trotter, Maximuscle. In the filly division for two-year-olds, all it took for Taurus P V and driver Stephane Brosseau to win the race was to stay on stride. The daughter of Val Taurus, trained by Serge Nadeau and bred and owned by Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu, QC, was the only horse in the field to stay on gait during the non-wagering race. She was able to wire the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:08.1. Affirmee (Guy Corbeil) was second with Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) third. TRACK NOTES: Jimbelina, the winningest horse at 3R this season and unbeaten in five starts for driver Roland Trudel, saw her winning ways come to an end in the 5th race pace. Pressured first-over from after the opening quarter mile by Shedonthepyschic (Louis-Philippe Roy), Jimbelina held game on the lead until mid-stretch, when the pocket-sitting Mr Sunshine Boy (Stephane Brosseau) came up the passing lane to nip Jimbelina at the wire by a head in a lifetime best time of 1:58.1. At odds of 17-1, Mr Sunshine Boy paid $36.40 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Harness racing returns this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway with a six-dash card at the Saint John half-mile oval starting at 1:00 P.M.    Dr. Mitch Downey will drive the veteran pacer Fall Bliss from post-five in the final race of the afternoon carrying a purse of $ 1350. Winner of his last three races, the pacer has been assigned the number five post versus his four rivals.    City Of The Year, runner-up in the Walter Dale Memorial will test his stable mate from post-four. Mike Downey will pilot the four-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty. Momara, driven by New Brunswick's top driver of 2015, Ed Harvey draws the coveted rail position. Other starters include Magical Alex and Coral Snake.    Post time on Saturday goes at 1:00 P.M. As always, free parking, free admission and simulcast on live racing available at all betting locations in New Brunswick.               

Hanover Raceway plays host to the 15th annual Dream of Glory Trot this Saturday night. Last year's harness racing edition was won by Hemi Seelster who also set a new track record of 1:56.4 breaking the record set in the first event by millionaire trotter Abbey Road C. Dream of Glory Elimination day will also include a visit from NHL great Keith Primeau, and OHL draftee Connor Roberts of Owen Sound who was picked 2nd overall in the last OHL draft by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Both will be available for a short autograph session at about 9:00pm. Also on Saturday the Wanna Drive people will be on site with 2 horses and 2 double seated jog carts, and draws will be done for a chance to drive a racehorse around the track in between the races. The top 4 finishers in each elimination will return for the 8 horse final on Saturday July 30th. The post position draw will be conducted with Keith Primeau and Conner Roberts after the final elimination in front of the live crowd. Dream of Glory final day will include a Beef on a bun BBQ, Live Band, and a huge Fireworks display after the races (weather permitting). Post time Saturday night July 23rd is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan               Gord Dougan       G.M.   Hanover Raceway   265 5th St.   Hanover, Ontario   N4N-3X3   519-364-2860 x 2       Virus-free.

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Seafood is on the menu as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway plays host to a special harness racing card Wednesday evening. First race post time is 7 pm for the 10-dash card with the program presented by the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Samples will be available on the tarmac all evening then the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries pace will hit the track in race 9 as Athletic Putnam looks to extend his four race win streak for driver Dale Spence, co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. The post 3 starter took a new lifetime best in his latest outing with a 1:55.4 victory with Spence in the bike during Governor's Plate week racing in Summerside and now moves to a $10,000 claimer from his previous $8,000 price tag. His credentials earned him the respect of the Backstretch Beat in the Wednesday evening race program. "The only difference today is that he has moved up in claiming price but we feel if they give him the same kind of respect they did last time in a small field he should extend it to five in a row," reads the Backstretch Beat. Other entries in the compact $2,200 field of five include Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Spirit Of America (Jason Hughes), Motorino (Terry Gallant) and Machinthesand (Norris Rogers). Race 7 on the program has the Summerside Lobster Festival pace with JJ Romeo defending a smaller win streak but again with Spence in the bike. The Spence owned, trained and driven pacer won his last two contest in 2:00 and 1:58.1 and draws post 2 to earn the respect of classifier Gerard Smith as the 5-2 morning line favourite. His top competition in the $1,300 race includes Toad River (Gallant) and Rowlock Hanover (Hughes). Arsenault Fish Mart Inc. sponsors race 8 with a cooler presentation with Woodmere No Fool the early favourite from post 3 with Brian MacPhee driving for owner-trainer Garth Cole of Kensington. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

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