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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club, the only harness racing horsemen's association in North America that is run by horse people and is a not-for-profit group, is hosting the $508,000 Super Sunday in Quebec at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. The 12-race program will feature eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. It is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The finals for three-year-old's each race for a purse of $65,000 and the two-year-old finals each go for $55,000. There is one final for two-year-old trotting fillies that will be a non-wagering event held after the first race on the card Sunday. Post time for Super Sunday is 1:00 pm and joining the leading drivers at the track, Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron, Stephane Brosseau and Pierre-Luc Roy, will be two of the top drivers in all of Canada, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. Both drivers began their careers at the Hippodrome 3R. Filion will be driving two horses that are trained by his father, Hall of Famer Yves Filion, in the finals. They are Celia Bayama (race 7) and Cadillac Bayama (race 9), both of whom are the betting favorites in their respective finals. Filion has a total of five drives in the finals. Louis-Philippe Roy has returned to drive on Super Sunday at the request of his longtime friend, trainer Francis Richard, who has five horses in the finals. They are Genetic Taurus (race 6), Ibiza Panic (race 7), YS Do It Right (race 9), Streakazana (race 10) and HP I Got To Play (race 11). Roy will drive in six of the finals. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," Roy said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. My good friend Francis (Richard) asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals, so I thought it would be a good time plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." There are two horses who are seeking sweeps of the series and finals. They are Mag N Lady and Acaena De Chakrika. Mag N Lady, a two-year-old trotting filly by Royalty For Life, headlines the non-wagering final. She has won her last three starts, all in the Future Stars Series for trainer-driver and co-owner Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario. In her last start, Mag N Lady set a track record with an amazing 1:59.2 victory, becoming the first two-year-old ever at H3R to trot under 2:00. Acaena De Chakrika goes from post 5 in the 10th race for driver Stephane Brosseau. The filly by Sunshine Beach was last year's two-year-old filly champion. This year she has swept all three preliminary legs, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. For a free race program for Super Sunday in Quebec, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Stakes Saturday was the Marc Campbell show thanks in part to the 10th straight win from Woodmere Stealdeal at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Campbell steered Woodmere Stealdeal to a 1:56.1 victory in his $12,000 Joe O'Brien Gold division for two-year-old pacing colts for the horse to remain undefeated in 10 lifetime outings. Danny Romo trains the Steelhead Hanover gelding for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey and Robert Sumarah. One of Campbell's other five wins was a $8,100 O'Brien grassroots division for rookie colt with Woodmere Beachline (1:57.3) from his own stable. The other $12,000 O'Brien Gold division saw Dustylanegoliath (1:57.3) on top at every call for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast.Gascoigne Sundae (1:57.3) hit the wire first in his $9,100 O'Brien grassroots split for the combination of driver Brodie MacPhee and trainer Wade Sorrie. Tobins Brownie recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in a $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for two-year-old pacing fillies on the Saturday card. David Dowling was in the driver's seat for trainer Jonah Moase and owners Amy Lakie of Greenfield, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Alex Quinn of York. Maggiesdelight (2:00.3) was an upset winner in the other $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division with Corey MacPherson at the lines for co-owner and trainer Michelle Myers and co-owner Roger MacDonald of Cardigan. The $8,750 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were won by Psili Ammos (2:00.1) for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and Doctor Sunshine (1:59.3) for the combo of driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

ELORA, SEPT. 25, 2020 – A perfect fall night greeted the top Prospect Series horses as they gathered at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 25 for eight $15,000 Finals. Local reinsman Bruce Richardson piloted the first Prospect Series champion, guiding A La Mode Seelster to a front-end harness racing victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Final for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner Murray Cox of Rockwood, ON. “She made front kind of easy and got things her way, and when I asked her going into the last turn she responded and win kind of handily,” said Fergus resident Richardson, who was making his first appearance in A La Mode Seelster’s race bike. “He thought she’d be decent in there, thought she’d race good, so that’s what we were hoping for.” The win was the first of the season for Sunshine Beach daughter A La Mode Seelster, who finished one length ahead of fan favourite Carnival Heart. Unfortunately Carnival Heart caused interference to three of her peers heading for the halfway marker so she was set back to sixth and Lets Roar and Century Havana were promoted to second and third. Arthur, ON  residents Wayne and George Henry teamed up to win the two-year-old trotting colt Final with Arch We Lucky, who also went gate-to-wire, cruising home four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Kiss My Mass and Willywin. Wayne Henry drives and George Henry trains the Archangel son for Arthur resident William Checkley. Sauble Attack and Anthony Haughan emerged victorious from the two-year-old pacing colt Final, stalking fan favourite Kodiak Seelster through fractions of :28.4, :59 and 1:28.3 before sprinting down the stretch to a three-quarter length win in 1:57.2. Kodiak Seelster settled for second and Dubai Seelster was third. “He has been growing a lot this summer and fall, and he has been progressing. His last few starts he’s been getting stronger every week and I thought he looked pretty strong tonight,” said trainer Otis Hall. “Everybody is happy, my parents are happy, and my family is happy and the driver was happy with him, just everybody is happy, and the horse himself is happy.” The Ayr resident bred and owns Sauble Attack, through his Nasussito Racing Inc., in partnership with his parents Larry and Marilyn Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. His children, Scott and Melanie Hall, are the Bettors Delight gelding’s primary caretakers. Like Sauble Attack, Radical J J scored her second straight win in the two-year-old trotting filly Final. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Scott Young led the field through fractions of :29.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 and then opened up a five length gap in the stretch, stopping the clock at 2:01.1. One Smart Cookie finished second and Somewhat Sacy was third. “She raced her best race tonight,” said Young. “She’s been racing well all year, but I was happy for the filly that she got the Final to end the year.” The Guelph resident piloted Radical J J to the win for trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford and owners David Reid of Sydenham, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, Carmen Chrysdale of Mississauga and Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON. Driver Travis Henry piloted two Prospect Series Final winners, with the first coming in the three-year-old pacing filly contest. Starting from Post 3 with Land of Paradise, Henry was part of a six filly stampede into the first turn as the finalists vied for early position. Land of Paradise reached the front coming off the first turn, but was quickly overtaken by favourite Watch My Speed who led the way to a :26.4 opening quarter, :56.3 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters. Land Of Paradise stepped out in the stretch and battled to one-half length win over Hallsglensmavis in 1:57.3. Southwind Bayou completed the top three. “She’s been plugging away all year. She’s really green, she just a slow learner I guess,” said Henry. “She has races where you can see that it kind of clicks in her brain, and then she’ll have races where she doesn’t even seem like she knows what she’s doing out there. Tonight obviously it clicked and she was good.” Putnam resident Scott McNiven trains the Badlands Hanover daughter for his co-owners Thomas Brodhurst of London, Bradley McNiven of Embro and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, ON. Henry’s second Prospect Series Final victory came in the three-year-old trotting colt contest with Muscle Mass son Northern Flame, who got a head in front of pacesetter Hall Of Secrets at the 2:01 finish. Traveller finished third. “Travis didn’t make it from Mohawk, so he asked if I would drive him,” said Henry, who was a last minute replacement for Travis Cullen. “He said, ‘Don’t look at the program, he should be good tonight.’ And he said, ‘He’s honest and he’s got a lot of go’. There was a ton of early speed and they were battling out to the half pretty good, so I got a second-over trip and it just kind of worked out good.” The Embro resident engineered the win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. of Montreal, QC. Driver Ryan DesRoche got his first Ontario-based stakes final victory in the three-year-old trotting filly division, guiding Muscles Aplenty to a 2:00.1 personal best for trainer Bill Shaw and owners Patricia Gibb of London and Jay Kressler of Kitchener, ON. Favourite Wheely Twicky was two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Credit Celebrity was third. “I knew if we could get away on the right foot that she was just as good as any of them in there,” said DesRoche, who had the Angus Hall daughter on the front before the quarter. “I kind of opened up a few lengths on the backside with her just because I knew she can get a little feeble late, so if I could open up enough on them I knew that she’d finish trotting the mile strong enough that they couldn’t get to her. And it worked out well.” In rein to Grand River Raceway’s leading driver Scott Coulter, Yannick Seelster clocked the fastest mile of the night in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, ringing up fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:26.3 on his way to a 1:56 personal best. Favourite Dreaming Out Loud was one and one-half lengths back in second and Modern Writer was third. “He’s been racing well. Scott’s (Coulter) done a really good job with him, so I thought off the rail he’d have a pretty good shot, but there was a couple other decent ones in there, so I didn’t know,” said trainer Ted MacDonnell. “But he raced really well. He’s been kind of a slow learner and he still is just learning, but he’s putting the pieces together now.” Allenford resident MacDonnell shares ownership of the Big Jim gelding with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at Grand River Raceway Results.   Prospect Series Administration  Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This weekend is Super Sunday (Sept. 27) in Quebec with the Hippodrome 3R hosting eight championship harness racing finals of the Quebec-bred series and three return champions from 2019 will be defending their titles. It is the richest day of racing in Quebec for 2020 with more than $500,000 in purse money on Super Sunday. The three-year-old's compete for purses of $65,000 and the two-year-old's go for $55,000. The first return winner from 2019 is in the 6th race where Babidibou (post 6) defends this trotting title for trainer Maxime Velaye and owners Isidore Russo and Guy Corbeil. The son of Royalty For Life will have his regular pilot Stephane Gendron in the sulky. This year he has won four of eight starts including a lifetime mark of 1:57 in the Breeders Trophy Series. He was a game second against older horses in the Preferred Trot last week and prior to that had won two straight legs of the series. He is listed as the 5/2 second in the race. The race favorite is Kenogami Coco (post 1), who returns to H3R off two straight wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, both in 1:56.2, his lifetime mark. The son of Wheeling N Dealin will be driven by Stephane Brosseau for trainer Dany Fountain and owner-breeder Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Laval. The next return winner is Acaena De Chakrika (post 5) in the 10th race championship for three-year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Sunshine Beach is seeking to sweep the series after winning all three of her preliminary legs for driver Stephane Brosseau, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. The race favorite and rightly so is Steakazana from post six. This daughter of Western Paradise has exploded on the scene at H3R with three straight wins. She has a record of 1:55.3 and last week at H3R defeated a field of older pacing mares in 1:58.4. She is trained by Francis Richard for the MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown, PE and will be driven by Louis-Philippe Roy, who has come back home from Ontario to compete on Super Sunday. Perhaps the toughest of all eight championship finals is the 11th race for the three-year-old pacing colts. Here is the entry from trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel of Eclat De Rire (post 2) and Retour Au Jeu (post 4). Eclat De Rire is the defending champion. The son of Leader Bayama sports three wins this year, but none of them came in the series. He barely made the final because he had two seconds and one third place finish in the preliminary rounds. Stephane Gendron will drive Eclat De Rire, who has a mark this season of 1:56.1. His stablemate, Retour Au Jeu, has five wins in ten starts already in 2020 and sizzled in the series two starts back with a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. He has won two rounds and will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. Mickymaksomespeed (post 6) has had a superb season for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. This son of Mickey Hanover sports eight wins in just ten starts. Last week he defeated a strong field of older horses, winning with ease in 1:54.3. He has a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 taken at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The field also features Whitecookie (post 5), who won a leg of the series for trainer-driver and co-owner Marie Claude Auger; return winner CL Big Beach (post 7) and HP I Got To Play (post 1). There is no return winner in the 2nd race trot final for the fillies which is headlined by Kinnder High Class (post 3), who has won two straight at H3R. The fourth race Preferred Trot at H3R Sunday nearly saw a triple dead heat finish for win in the fourth race. Keepall and driver Pascal Berube left from post five to take command with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the two-hole trip and Bucketlist Hanover (Samuel Fillion) to the opening quarter mile in :28. Stuck first-over, Bucketlist Hanover kept the pressure on as Capteur De Rive (Stephane Gendron) took advantage of the second-over cover past the half mile marker in :56.3. By the three-quarters in 1:26.3, Keepall was still strong on the lead but as Bucketlist Hanover was not gaining ground, Gendron went three-wide with Capteur De Reve and they raced three-wide around the final turn into the top of the stretch. Precieuse CC found room to come after Keepall as did Capteur De Reve and those three finished in a photo finish. Keepall ended up winning by a nose in 1:58 over Precieuse CC with Capteur De Reve third by a head. It was a lifetime mark for Keepall, a six-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and Gino Curadeau of Fermont. The winner paid $10.40. Both Precieuse CC and Capteur De Reve are former Quebec-bred Series Champions. Holiday Party ($15.80), also a former champion, won the 7th race trot in 1:59.4 for driver Pascal Berube. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Pascal Berube, had another big day with a driving triple. Live racing resumes Sunday at H3R at 1:00 pm with the $500,000 Quebec Series Championships. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best in Island breeding will take the spotlight all weekend with harness racing stakes laden programs at both Island track. Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park the two-year-old pacing colts battle in the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake and the two-year-old pacing fillies meet in the Lady Slipper Stake. The 14-dash Saturday card starts off with a 6 P.M. post time. The first Lady Slipper Gold division carries a $13,000 purse in race 8 with Southfield Skye guarding the rail with Adam Merner in the seat for trainer Glen Mackay and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. The Stonebridge Terror filly has three wins from five lifetime starts. Tobins Brownie is the favourite in the other $13,000 Gold split for rookie fillies in race 11 with post 4 for driver David Dowling and trainer Jonah Moase. A five-time winner, the Stonebridge Terror filly was bred by Wendell Williams of McNeills Mills and is owned by Alex Quinn of York, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Amy Lakie of Greenfield. The $8,750 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions line up in races 2 and 5. Woodmere Stealdeal will look to extend his undefeated career to 10 races in his $12,000 Joe O'Brien Gold division in race 12. The Danny Romo trainee had Marc Campbell at the lines for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey and Robert Sumarah. Bruce Wood of Marshfield raised the Steelhead Hanover pacer. Dustylanegoliath, a produce of Ron and Dianne Gass' Dusty Lane Farms in Cornwall, is the morning line choice in race 9 of the day in a $12,000 O'Brien Gold split. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the Steelhead Hanover colt for Daniel Ross of Belfast. The $8,100 O'Brien grassroots have divisions in races 3 and 6. Catch all the action live on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. Three-Year-Olds Take Centre Stage In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - A 12-pack of stakes races will be unloaded Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval will kick off its card at 1 P.M. featuring the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake for three-year-old pacing colts, the Lady Slipper for three-year-old pacing fillies, a single division of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series and a leg of the Island Oceans Trot Classic for aged trot mares, while the two and three-year-old trotters each have lone divisions of the Lady Slipper. Red Dirt Star is favoured in the first $13,800 Lady Slipper Gold division in race 4 from post 4 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. The eight-time winning Malicious lass was bred by Lowell Balderston of North Wiltshire. Maritime Champion Woodmere Skyroller, from Bruce Wood's Woodmere Farms of Marshfield, will look to add to her $72,000 in lifetime earnings in the second Lady Slipper gold division in race 10. Barrieau gets the catch driving call for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Lady Slipper stake has $9,100 Grassroots divisions in races 1 and 6. Tobins Rebel will attempt to stretch his win streak to nine-in-a-row in his $12,500 O'Brien Gold division for sophomore colts. Barrieau trains and drives the son of Camystic for owner Ross after already banking $59,000 so far in 2020. Wendell Williams of McNeills Mills bred Tobins Rebel. Imalookertoo, raised by Blaine Thibeau of Kensington, is the morning line choice in his $12,500 O'Brien gold division from post 2. Marc Campbell drives the Danny Romo trainee for owner Robert Sumarah of Halifax as the colt looks for his 10th lifetime win. Races 2 and 7 will feature $8,000 splits of the O'Brien grassroots. Dusty Lane Milo, raised at Ron and Dianne Gass' Dusty Lane Farms of Cornwall, rides a three-race win streak into race 3 of the program with $16,000 on the line in his Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division. Adam Merner drives the Tad The Stud colt for trainer Gass and owner Marsha Knox of Stanhope. Tequila Tuesday (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) and Go With Her (Brodie MacPhee) will face off in a compact field of five in the $16,000 Lady Slipper stake for three-year-old trotters in race 8. Maritime Champion Hop Up will have to overcome post 8 in the lone division of the Island Oceans Trot Classic presented by JD Marine and Diving Inc. Corey MacPherson is in the bike in the $5,100 event for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Victoria West. Arc Light is the favourite in the race 12 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series leg presented by Standardbred Canada for $6,140. Marc Campbell trains and drives the mare for Crossroads Racing Stable of Stratford. The race is in honor of James "Jimmy" Smith with members of the N.B. Ex and Fredericton Horseperson Association in attendance for the race. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oake, for Red Shores

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway closed the book on its 2020 harness racing season on September 25, celebrating a 25 per cent bump in handle. All source wagering on Grand River Raceway's live racing for the 2020 meet was $12,953,560 for a daily average of $269,866, an increase of 25 per cent over last season. The average nightly handle was the highest in the history of Grand River Raceway. In 2019, 48 race dates were conducted and $10,382,493 was wagered. A total of 489 races were conducted this year, one less than last year. Total purses paid for all races at Grand River Raceway were $4,747,114 - down marginally from the 2019 season. Scott Coulter won the title as the leading driver at Grand River Raceway. The Brantford, ON resident won 47 races in 271 starts. A long time participant at Grand River Raceway, Coulter has over 5,300 victories and an excess of $35 million in purse earnings throughout a career that began in 1995. Trainer Richard Moreau recorded 17 wins and trained horses to purse earnings of $112,396 to win the dash title in 2020. During the summer, Moreau eclipsed 6,000 wins and $60 million in career purse earnings. He has been named Canada's Trainer of the Year in each of the last seven years. 'In late Spring, with the COVID-19 lockdowns still in place, I did not expect to race a full season, let alone break an all source wagering record. The grooms, trainers, drivers and Grand River Raceway staff were excellent at maintaining pandemic protocols throughout the meet. I want to thank customers throughout North America for supporting our meet with their wagering dollars.' - James Martin, Director of Operations, Grand River Raceway. Dates for Grand River Raceway's 2021 race season will be released in the new year. The facility is in the process of re-opening for simulcast wagering. For information on re-opening plans, refer to www.grandriverraceway.com. From Grand River Raceway        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday (Sept. 27) the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Championship Finals with eight events for two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. It is the richest day of racing in all of Quebec with purses on the 12-race program totaling more than $500,000. The Future Stars Series Finals for two-year-old's each race for a purse of $55,000 while the Breeders Trophy Series Finals for three-year-old's race for $65,000 each. Adding to the race program is the return of world class drivers Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy to their home track. Sylvain Filion will compete in nine of the twelve races presented, including five finals, Louis-Philippe Roy in ten of the twelve races and six of the finals. No doubt they come to spice up and enhance the quality of the show offered with their presence. Here is a brief synopsis of the eight championship finals Sunday. 2YO Filly Trot Final - With only four entered, this race will be non-wagering, held after the 1st race. Also, the race is non-wagering because of Mag N Lady (Royalty For Life). She starts from post one, has swept all three legs of the series, and last week became the first two-year-old filly to trot under two minutes in the history of H3R with a track record 1:59.2 mile for trainer-driver Jean Francios Maquire. 2YO Colt Trot Final - 3rd race - Kinnder Dangerzone (Northern Escort) is the colt to beat. Has swept all three legs of the series with ease for driver Pierre-Luc Roy and owner, trainer, breeder Denitza Petrova. Hall Win (Angus Hall) in post two has a win in the series when not going against Kinnder Dangerzone. He will be driven by Pierre-Luc's younger brother, Louis-Philippe Roy. 2YO Filly Pace Final - 7th race - Sylvain Filion has come back home to H3R to drive dad's horses (Yves) and he is aboard Celia Bayama (Bettor's Delight), who ships back to H3R after taking lifetime mark at Mohawk Park with 1:54 score in Grassroots action. She has won three of her last four starts. CL Sportsexteme (Sportswriter) has been very sharp with Jonathan Lachance in the sulky. 2YO Colt Pace Final - 9th race - Yves Filion's coupled entry of Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain drives) and Colonel Bayama (Yves drives) looms way over this field. Cadillac Bayama won two legs of the series and has been super competitive in the Grassroots, race timed last week in 1:52. Colonel Bayama just won in series and they will take on contenders YS Do It Right (Louis-Philippe Roy) and The Light Speed (Pascal Berube). 3YO Filly Trot Final - 2nd race - Another Denitza Petrova standout is Kinnder High Class (post 3). Filly by Royalty For Life won two legs of the series and last week scored lifetime best 2:00 win against older trotters. Rivals include HP Starlette (post 6) and Lindas Pride (post 7). 3YO Colt Trot Final - 6th race - Kenogami Coco (Wheeling N Dealin) ships back to H3R after scoring two impressive wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, the fastest in 1:56.2. Last year's 2yo winner, Babidibou, who was last year's champion has also been very sharp and Frido PV is also a decent contender. 3YO Filly Pace Final - 10th race - Tough call here as last year's champion, Acaena De Chakrika (Sunshine Beach) takes on Streakazana (Western Paradise). Streakazana is on an impressive three-race winning streak, beating Acaena De Chakrika last week. Two top fillies plus Zar E IP (Up The Credit) will make this a tough race. 3YO Colt Pace Final - 11th race - Saving the best for last. Eclat De Rire (Leader Bayama) is the defending 2019 champion and just made it to the final. Stablemate/entry Retour Au Jeu (He's Watching) is the sharper of the two, having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. Mickeymaksomespeed (Mickey Hanover) just popped at H3R in 1:54.2 and has won three of his last four starts. Whitecookie (Windfall Blue Chip) and HP I Got To Play (Shadow Play) are also contenders in this tough field. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. Track Notes: Live racing takes place Friday at H3R with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Four former Quebec Series Champions, with a total of eight titles among them, are competing. They are Capteur De Reve (Fri post six in race four), the only trotter to win 4 championships -- 2016 2TC/G, 2017 3TC/G, 2018 4-5TH/G, 2019 4+T/HG; Precieuse CC (post four race four) 2017 2TF, 2018 3TF; Holiday Party (race six post three) 2016 3TC/G, and Stock (race seven post three) 2017 2PC/G. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the Facebook Live post-position draw Wednesday afternoon for the Super Sunday race card Sunday (Sept. 27) at the Hippodrome 3R, Claude Levesque, Chairman of the Quebec Jockey Club, announced that four additional Friday race dates have been added to the 2020 schedule. It was welcome news at the H3R Quebec City OTB where the press conference was held. "The Quebec Jockey Club is pleased that despite Covid-19 not allowing spectators at the track to view and wager on live racing," Levesque said. "The increases in simulcast wagering have been very strong and that the horse people in Quebec will enjoy four extra days of live racing this year." H3R was to conclude live racing on Friday's on October 9 and will now add four more Friday's, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6. "There are two conditions to the extra four days of racing," Levesque added. "That the bars and therefore the betting houses we have are not closed by Public Health. And second is that there are obviously enough horses to fulfill these additional programs." Post time on Fridays is 4:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Harness racing traner Luc Blais will have two horses in Saturday's inaugural Mohawk Million for 2-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park, so he is understandably excited about the event. But the trainer knows he is not alone in being pumped up about Canada's richest race since 2012. The Mohawk Million is the first million-dollar buy-in race in harness racing history. Nine spots in the 10-horse field were available for purchase for $110,000 (U.S.), with the final slot in the race given to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. Blais-trained On A Streak won the Wellwood to earn his place in the Mohawk Million. The colt is owned by Serge Godin's Determination stable, which also had purchased a spot in the race. Donna Soprano, the Blais-Determination tandem's undefeated filly, was selected by her connections to fill that spot. "It's very exciting," Blais said. "At the beginning, you've got a slot, but you don't know what horse will be there. Now, we're in. We are lucky, our horses have been racing well. You need luck in this game, and I think everything is going well right now. I hope it keeps going in that direction. "But we all feel the same this week. We all feel excited. This is something new and I think people are interested to see it. That is good for the game." The Mohawk Million carries a Canadian purse of $1.32 million, which converts to $1 million U.S. dollars. The winner of the race will receive the traditional 50-percent purse payout and all starters will receive at least one percent of the purse. Donna Soprano, undefeated in five races this year, will start the Mohawk Million from post three with regular driver Bob McClure. Her victories include the Peaceful Way Stakes, a division of the Champlain Stakes, and the Pure Ivory Series final. She has won every race by a minimum of one length and average of nearly three lengths. "I think she has a lot of character," Blais said. "She was not easy to bring here, but we figured her out, the way she wanted things. Every start is better and better, and she is more handy on the racetrack. Her last couple starts, she looks like a real professional. She acts like a special horse." Donna Soprano is a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Windsong Soprano. She was purchased for $190,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She has earned $210,820 this season. Blais and Determination selected Donna Soprano for the Mohawk Million over stablemate Macho Martini, a colt who won his first seven races before finishing third in the Wellwood Memorial and then suffering interference and going off stride in the stretch of an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division. "It was a good problem," Blais said about having to make a choice. "Macho Martini already has nine starts this year and he raced very big in the Wellwood. He had a rough mile. Donna has only five starts and she looks very hot right now." On A Streak, a son of Cantab Hall out of Habit's Best, is a half-brother to O'Brien Award winner Habitat and was purchased for $155,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He got his first win in the Wellwood, where he bested previously undefeated Southwind Tyrion by a head. A week earlier in their Wellwood elimination, On A Streak suffered a nose defeat to Southwind Tyrion. "He was second that day, but he raced big," Blais said. "I was not really surprised (when he won the Wellwood). He is getting better and better every start. It seems he is more mature and he knows what to do now, more than in the beginning. He is a nice horse, a very strong horse. He just needed a little maturity and now I think he's there." On A Streak will start the Mohawk Million from post seven with driver Scott Young. The Mohawk Million is race 10 on Saturday's card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m. (EDT). The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below: Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Slot Owner 1. Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) - Courant Inc. 2. Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) - Glengate Farms 3. Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) - Determination 4. Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) - Dreamland Farms 5. Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) - Diamond Creek Racing 6. Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) - Jeffrey Snyder 7. On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) - Wellwood Winner 8. Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) - Fashion Farms 9. Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) - John Fielding 10. Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) - Brad Grant In addition to the Mohawk Million, Saturday's card at Mohawk includes the She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Milton Stakes final for pacing mares, and Metro Pace final for 2-year-old male pacers. For more about the Mohawk Million and Saturday's stakes, click here. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 22, 2020 - Grand River Raceway wraps up its 2020 harness racing season with eight $15,000 Prospect Series Finals on Friday, Sept. 25 and local trainers Chris Matthews and Don Lindsey are hoping their colts can finish off the season on a winning note. Kodiak Seelster leads the freshmen pacing colts into the final with 100 points from two Prospect Series wins, both of them from Post 1, and Matthews and the Sunshine Beach colt will be back at the rail in Friday's sixth race. "He's horrible on the front. I don't think he even won a training trip all year on the front end," said Matthews with a laugh. "But he had the rail that start at Grand River (Aug. 21) and on the half I figured you better use your post to your advantage, and he just barely held on that night. Then at Flamboro (Sept. 15) he made front and he actually was a lot better on the front in that race. So he's maybe figuring it out." Guelph resident Matthews trains and drives Kodiak Seelster for his co-owners Desmond Scott of Orangeville, Jeff Bryan of Amaranth and Todd Williams of Guelph, ON. The group acquired Kodiak Seelster from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $29,000 for the half-brother to $1 million winner Kendall Seelster and $416,632 winner Karma Seelster. "I bought him out of the ring to be honest with you. I said, 'Holy geez, we really can't let that colt go that cheap'. I think I bid once on him and then we hit him one more time and we owned him. I didn't think we'd be able to afford him, but you know what, we're happy with him," said Matthews, who worked with Karma Seelster as part of trainer Gregg McNair's staff. "It's a tough year for colts so thank God for the Prospect Series. He can get a little experience and get a little money on his card." Kodiak Seelster started his season at the Grassroots level, finishing fourth in the July 20 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but a lackluster effort in an Aug. 13 overnight event at the Milton oval prompted Matthews and his partners to try the Prospect Series. "He was always really nice gaited, nicest gaited colt I've ever trained down. He always paced the turns great training down. We even paid the payment for the Jug, because I said if there's one thing he's going to be good at is on a half," said Matthews. "So he threw in a bit of a stinker at Mohawk and I said well, the Prospect is at Grand River and I wanted to try him on the half, so I told my partners, let's try him there and see how he handles it, and he liked it. So we'll see what happens Friday, hopefully we got lucky with the post and we can get lucky the win." Like Kodiak Seelster, Don Lindsey trainee Hall Of Secrets heads into the three-year-old trotting colt final off a win in the last regular season leg. The Angus Hall son and driver David Boughton cruised to a front end victory at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 13 and will be looking for their third win of the season from Post 3 in Race 11 on Friday. "He was very good his last start. He's been inconsistent this summer," said Fergus, ON resident Lindsey. "He's showed some really good miles and he's showed some not spectacular performances. I thought when we shut him down last year that he would fill out and be a big strong horse and be a little better than he turned out to be. He seems to be getting a little better lately, but he started off the year just a little behind where we thought he might be." Hall Of Secrets finished the regular season in second spot in the standings with 108 points, 92 behind leader Los Ballykeelamigo who went undefeated in four Prospect Series starts. Los Ballykeelamigo and driver Scott Young will start from Post 5 in Friday's final, and Lindsey is hoping Boughton can use that to his advantage. "I'm very happy that we drew inside the Ballykeel horse, he's definitely the one to beat," said Lindsey. "I imagine Dave can work something out if we're inside. He showed a good turn of foot last time, so I imagine he can race him either way." The trainer's father Paul Lindsey of Fergus, ON owns Hall Of Secrets, who was a $15,000 purchase out of the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. Post time for Grand River Raceway's 2020 finale is 6:30 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will wrap up the Friday, Sept. 25 program in Races 4 through 11. Attendance is limited to 100 registered guests (click here for registration information), but fans can download a program and watch all the action on the Grand River Raceway live stream. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The hottest harness racing filly on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will again taking a step up in competition as Temagami Seelster looks to extend her win streak to six on Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday presentation has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the featured $2,300 pace lining up in race 11. Temagami Seelster had post 3 in the compact field of five with Brodie MacPhee at the controls again this week for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Nova Scotia owners David Mercer, Wayne McGean and Joseph Lewis. The three-year-old Sunshine Beach filly won her fifth straight last week in Charlottetown. Her main rivals will be to her outside on Thursday evening. Better Be In Love gets Jason Hughes back in the bike for trainer Brendan Mullen from post 4 while 2017 Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven has post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Peter MacPhee in the Post Time Picks has Temagami Seelster on top in the evening feature. "Temagami Seelster fired off the wings and never looked back winning her fifth in a row on PEI. Has to move up and there is speed to her inside but we're confident Brodie maps out a trip and gets her to the wire first." Other entries in the pacing feature are Lean On Who (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Southwind Ion (David Dowling). The top trot of the night lines up in race 8 for a $2,150 purse with Labero the morning line choice from post 5 with Dowling driving for trainer Randy Van Meer and owner Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville, Ont. The six-year-old son of Kadabra has recorded six top-three finishes this season from 12 starts with his latest outing a third place finish to Mile Hill Willie and Hop Up while being race timed in 1:58.3. Those two foes are absent on Thursday evening but Labero will have to contend with past Open class winner Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) from post 5 and Maritime Champion Windmeredontuworry (Adam Merner) from post 6. Newcomer Cheeky Little Minx has post 2 for trainer-driver Barrieau after coming to P.E.I. from the New York racing circuit. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

MILTON, SEPT. 22, 2020 – The 2020 Grassroots regular season came to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a quartet of $22,800 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Lovedbythemasses kicked off the finale in impressive fashion, taking command at the half and sailing home to a three length victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Crossfit Mouse finished second and Charmbo Prince was third. “He doesn’t leave real good, we don’t get away great with him, but we had a good post today and I thought if I could just get away close I would try to re-move him to the front, so it kind of worked like that,” said Mike Saftic, who piloted the fan favourite from Post 4. “Scott Young (with Crossfit Mouse) went first and then I just kind of followed to the front, and when he made front he felt good. He swelled up and made a good effort. “A nice clean trip and he trotted real good, finished up strong. It was a good mile, a lifetime mark, so hopefully we’re going into the Semis in good shape.” Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI, who also bred the son of Muscle Mass. The reigning Grassroots champion, Lovedbythemasses was a two-time winner in 2020 while also squaring off on several occasions against Gold Series and open stake colts, and he heads into the postseason ranked eighth with 112 points. Leading the three-year-old trotting colts into the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals is Mikey Mass, who picked up his third Grassroots win in the second $22,800 division on Tuesday. Starting from Post 1, the fan favourite got away fifth and then stalked Ripped And Ready up the outer lane as Remember Titans put up fractions of :28.2,:57.4 and 1:25.4. Slipping out in the stretch, Mikey Mass sprinted home to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.2. Ripped And Ready was second and Remember Titans third. “He seems like he’s going into the Semis very well right now. I was happy to see him race off a helmet the way he did today. It was nice to see him follow cover. He did everything right today and Jonathan really drove him well,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the second-over trip carved out by driver Jonathan Drury. “I like how he finishes his miles, he seems like he’s as strong at the end as he is at the start.” Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass son with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The Stouffville resident said his girlfriend Karoline Nielsen handles the majority of the gelding’s care and has him in an excellent state of mind heading into the postseason. “Right now he’s really sharp, he’s enjoying life, he seems like he’s thriving on whatever she’s doing with him,” said Gallucci. “She does a lot of the track work with him, looks after him, the odd time I’ll train him, but mostly everything that happens with him is her doing. She’s doing a good job with him.” Joining Mikey Mass and Lovedbythemasses in the Semi-Final will be Life Is A Feast, who needed a win on Tuesday to extend his Ontario Sires Stakes season. The Royalty For Life gelding and driver James MacDonald left well from Post 2 and shadowed pacesetting favourite Blue Cupertino through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:28 before shifting into a big gear in the stretch and snaring a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Blue Cupertino settled for second and Your Still Up was six lengths back in third. “He pretty much had to do something tonight to get in the Semi-Final,” said Puslinch, ON resident Ben Wallace, who trains the gelding for Paul Fontaine of North Smithfield, RI. “We dropped him out of the other bunch, the Gold level, maybe we should have done it right off the bat, but he had a real good two-year-old year down in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes. Mind you it’s a different world up here and it worked out that he’s better suited in this group, so hopefully he keeps putting it together and behaves himself and goes forward.” Tuesday’s win and a Sept. 10 runner-up finish to Blue Cupertino give Life Is A Feast 75 Grassroots points and put him in a tie for twelfth, with none other than Blue Cupertino. The final $23,150 division saw Kenogami Coco post his second straight Grassroots win with a 1:56.2 personal best that saw him leave well from Post 5, sit third and then power home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Tymal Riggs and Lexus Markus. “He was way better tonight than he was in the last Grassroots he won,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph. “He was quiet in the post parade, he cleared easily early in the stretch and then was just waiting for them. I know it wasn’t the fastest division of the night, but the way he raced tonight I like his chances for the Semi-Finals.” Roy drives the Wheeling N Dealin son for trainer Dany Fontaine and breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The Grassroots Semi-Finals go postward next Thursday and Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the two-year-olds battling on Oct. 1 and the three-year-olds on Oct. 2. The top 20 point earners from each division will compete in their respective Semi-Finals with the top five finishers then advancing to the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championships. Complete results from Tuesday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, September 22, 2020 – The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of harness racing with over $2.8 million on the line this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $1,320,000 (CAD) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.  The Mohawk Million will see a field of ten two-year-old trotters under the bright lights for harness racing’s newest million-dollar race. The event is the first million-dollar “buy-in” race in harness racing history. A total of nine slots in the race were available for purchase at a cost of $110,000 (USD). The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Serge Godin’s Determination will send out a powerful one-two punch in the Mohawk Million. Undefeated filly Donna Soprano races in Determination’s purchased slot, while On A Streak won the Wellwood Memorial to secure a second starter for Godin. Both horses are trained by Luc Blais.  Donna Soprano is a perfect five for five and most recently won the Peaceful Way in dominant fashion. The regally bred daughter of millionaires Donato Hanover and Windsong Soprano has earned $278,082 to date and holds a mark of 1:53.3. She will be driven by Woodbine’s leading driver Bob McClure.  On A Streak was winless in five starts prior to upsetting in the William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Cantab Hall is five for six in the top-three and sports the highest earnings in the field at $312,601. Scott Young will make his million-dollar race debut when he sits behind On A Streak.  Woodbine’s leading owner Brad Grant has negotiated with the connections of Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Venerate to race in his slot. The Julie Miller trained son of French stallion Love You won the state final at The Red Mile last Sunday in a dazzling 1:51.4. He is now three for six with $186,766 earned for owners Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. Andrew McCarthy, who recently won both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantinage, will steer.  Donna Soprano will be joined by two other fillies in the race. Insta Glam, racing in John Fielding’s slot, and Altar for Diamond Creek Racing will take their shot in a year that has seen fillies have big success against the boys.  Insta Glam is trained by Nancy Takter for Goran Falk and Christina Takter. The daughter of Father Patrick is four for seven and earlier this season set a new track record of 1:54 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Diamond Creek Racing kept it all in the family with their Mohawk Million entry of Altar. The daughter of Muscle Hill is a homebred for Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek. She sits with a record of two wins in five starts and was this season’s New Jersey Sires Stakes champion   Anders Ström’s Courant Inc. entered their own Muscle Hill colt Iznogoud AM S. The Marcus Melander trainee is winless in six starts but has been knocking on the door with runner-up finishes in legs of the New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes.  Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out Bravado Fashion from the Jim Campbell barn. The son of Bar Hopping is looking to build off a maiden-breaking victory in his most recent start at The Red Mile.  The remainder of the field saw slot owners do some private negotiating to secure their Mohawk Million starter.  Warrawee Whisper from the Shawn Steacy barn will race in the slot of Jim Bullock’s Glengate Farms. The son of Trixton is winless in six with three runner-up finishes, including seconds in the Wellwood Memorial elimination and Champlain.  Brad Maxwell trainee Full Of Muscles has been secured to race in the slot of Gina Ghent’s Dreamland Farms. The son of Muscle Mass just missed a victory in last Saturday’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold at Mohawk Park and has four runner-up finishes in six starts.  Tokyo Seelster from the Richard Moreau barn is an OSS Gold winner with three wins in nine career starts. The son of Kadabra has been secured to race in the slot of Jeffrey Snyder.  The Mohawk Million is Race 10 on Saturday’s $2.8 million card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m.  The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below:    1 Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) – Courant Inc. 2 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) – Glengate Farms 3 Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) – Determination 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) – Dreamland Farms 5 Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) – Diamond Creek Racing 6 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) – Jeffrey Snyder 7 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) – Wellwood Winner 8 Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) – Fashion Farms 9 Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) – John Fielding 10 Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) – Brad Grant     ROOKIE PACERS READY FOR METRO PACE AND SHES A GREAT LADY   The spotlight will be bright Saturday for two-year-olds with the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady joining the Mohawk Million.  Abuckabett Hanover will have all eyes on him in the $720,000 Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee is on a four-race win streak and posted a strong 1:51 elimination score for driver McCarthy.  A son of Betting Line, Abuckabett Hanover is a perfect three for three at Mohawk Park with all three wins coming in Grand Circuit races. The rookie has displayed tremendous speed, finishing off each of his last two wins in :26.1.  Alagna will be searching for his third Metro Pace victory after winning the event in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  Amanda Fine trainee Highlandbeachsbest is the other elimination winner in the field. The Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled off a 14-1 upset in his elimination, stopping the clock in 1:51.4 for driver Trevor Henry.  Highlandbeachsbest is finding his best stride at the right time, as he’s won two of his last starts after going winless in his first five outings.  The $720,000 Metro Pace is carded as Race 8 (9:55 p.m.).  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is headlined by star pacing filly Caviart Audrey for Caviart Farms, trainer Takter and driver Gingras. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is four for five and would be undefeated if not for a disqualification in her second lifetime start.  Caviart Audrey has dazzled in three starts at Mohawk Park, most impressively winning the Eternal Camnation on August 29 in 1:51.2. She won her elimination last Saturday in 1:52.4.  Scarlett Hanover is red-hot going into the Shes A Great Lady. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won three in a row and is five for nine overall. Ashleigh Hensley trains for the rookie pacing filly in Ontario for Ron Burke.  McCarthy lands the drive behind Scarlett Hanover after Gingras opted to remain with Caviart Audrey.  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).    PACING MARES MEET IN WIDE OPEN MILTON  The Milton Stakes has the ability to be the race of the night if the final is anything like last Saturday’s eliminations. Both eliminations saw thrilling three-across finishes.  Kissin In The Sand and Trillions Hanover prevailed in the eliminations and earned the right to select their post for the final, choosing post three and four, respectively.  Six-year-old Caviart Ally is looking for a three-peat in the Milton after winning the last two editions. The Brett Pelling trainee was third by a head in her elimination, which was her first in seven weeks. She starts from the second-tier Saturday.  Roses Are Red winner Warrawee Ubeaut will look to rebound after hitting a wall late and getting picked off by Kissin In The Sand in her elimination. The Burke trained four-year-old has had an up and down year, but has enjoyed major victories in the past at Mohawk Park.  Local stars Boadicea, So Much More and Lit De Rose are also part of the ten-horse field.  The $215,000 Milton Stakes is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Post time for Saturday’s rich card is 7 p.m. Early program pages can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fans and horseplayers can watch and wager on the Mohawk Million card through HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse App. The marquee stakes events will also be broadcast live on COSATV through their YouTube channel and various social media accounts.    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered this Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $122,342.03 heading into Tuesday evening's card of harness racing. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager will be offered on every card this week leading up to the mandatory payout on Saturday. This Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is headlined by the inaugural Mohawk Million, which features a field of 10 two-year-old trotters racing for a purse of $1,320,000 (CAD). The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is carded as Race 12 (11:35 p.m.). To download early program pages for Saturday's card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, SEPT. 21, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left smartly and led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Up And Ready swept to the front heading for the :57.2 half, but just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou tipped You Will Be Queen to the outside and the fan favourite powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Up And Ready finished second and Pixies Lady was third. “She’s been good all year. She got sick on us there after the first leg of the Pure Ivory (July 23), we had to give her some time off, but she’s come back good,” said trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON. “She raced good in the Peaceful Way Final (Sept. 12) and got beat by two really good fillies, and then she raced really good tonight. She raced actually tonight like she did in her win in the Pure Ivory where Chris left with her, let a guy go and then came back out, so real happy with her.” Monday’s victory was the first Gold Series win of You Will Be Queen’s career, but not her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Royalty For Life filly won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13. She finished second in her Gold Series debut on Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway and then posted three straight third-place finishes behind Donna Soprano in the Champlain Stakes and the elimination and final of the Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “She’s very nice filly,” said Jones, who bred and owns the filly in partnership with Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal, QC. “She’s a pleasure to come to the track with.” In the second $107,200 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, Imextraspecial and driver Trevor Henry left well from Post 3 and watched from third as Dashing Muscle reached the quarter in :28.2 and then yielded to fan favourite Dicentra. As Dicentra rolled toward a :58.1 half, Henry sent Imextraspecial after the lead and once the filly reached the front she opened up a four length lead on her peers, reaching the  three-quarters in 1:26.2. Imextraspecial cruised home to a personal best 1:55 clocking, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dashing Muscle and Dicentra. “She raced really well,” said trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound, ON. “I think maybe a those couple races at Elora kind of turned her around and she’s been getting better ever since.” Like You Will Be Queen, Imextraspecial started her provincial career in the Grassroots, winning a division of the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Muscle Mass daughter went back to Elora for the Aug. 19 Gold event and added a third win to her resume. Imextraspecial also tested her skills against the Grand Circuit fillies in the Champlain and Peaceful Way. She finished fifth, placed fourth in the Champlain, second in her Peaceful Way elimination and fourth in the final. “She raced a really good race in the Peaceful Way (final), we were really pleased. She put in a real gutsy effort there. She got a bad shuffle and then come again in the stretch, so it takes a pretty good two-year-old to do that,” said Walker, who trains the filly for Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “Her mother was a very tough mare and I think she’s passed it on.” The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Gold event remaining on their schedule, Oct. 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, before the top 10 point earners compete in the Oct. 17 Super Final. Imextraspecial and You Will Be Queen currently sit third and sixth in the point standings, respectively. In the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots action, Sonadora Deo kicked things off with a 1:55.4 score in the first $23,150 division. The fan favourite held off a hard-charging Moana for the half-length victory. Noblesse Duharas was five lengths behind the leaders in third. “Dora should have been a Gold filly, but just had a lot of bad luck,” said Bob McClure, who piloted the Kadabra daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. “We’re trying to end on a good note in the Grassroots. She’s a very solid filly.” McClure, who is in a battle for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with five-time Lampman Cup winner Sylvain Filion, returned to the Grassroots winner’s circle in the last division, scoring an upset with Th Present when favourite Profound Paragon skipped offstride in the stretch. Th Present sprinted by to a six length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Scorched Romance was second and Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She’s been super in her last two since Marcel changed some gear on her,” said McClure, who steers the Royalty For Life filly for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. “She’s very sharp right now, which is good timing.” The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Th Present heads into the postseason in second with 163 points, while Sonadora Deo is sixth with 100. The other two winners, Yen and No Angel Here, also finished in the top 20. Yen got her first Grassroots win of the season in 1:56.2 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Julie Walker and owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON. The E L Titan filly bested Goddess De Vie and Magic Wanda. No Angel Here clocked a personal best 1:57.4 for driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Peter Core and owner-breeders Bet Max Stables Inc. of Casco and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Township, MI. The Archangel miss edged out Emotions Durables and Protostar for her first Grassroots win. Complete results for Monday’s program can be found at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold and Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2020 - The harness racing field for the inaugural Mohawk Million is set with each of the nine slot owners declaring a horse to race in their slot prior to Monday's noon deadline. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will take place this Saturday (September 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a full field of 10 lining up. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots in the race sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. Each of the nine slots sold were considered an entity that could be sold, traded or leased. All nine slot owners have retained their slots with several opting to privately negotiate a deal to have a horse they do not own compete in their slot. The field for the Mohawk Million is listed below by slot owner name. Slot Owner: Brad Grant Horse: Venerate Owner: Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Trainer: Julie Miller Slot Owner: Courant Inc. Horse: Iznogoud AM S Owner: Courant Inc. Trainer: Marcus Melander Slot Owner: Determination Horse: Donna Soprano (Filly) Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais Slot Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Horse: Altar (Filly) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Per Engblom Slot Owner: Dreamland Farms Horse: Full Of Muscles Owner: Farhi Standardbreds Corp. Trainer: Brad Maxwell Slot Owner: Fashion Farms Horse: Bravado Fashion Owner: Fashion Farms LLC. Trainer: Jim Campbell Slot Owner: Glengate Farms Horse: Warrawee Whisper Owner: Mark Steacy, Natasha Rivest, Stephen Klunowski and Dr. Michael Wilson Trainer: Shawn Steacy Slot Owner: Jeffrey Snyder Horse: Tokyo Seelster Owner: Michael Sergi, Sam Sergi and Braveheart Racing Trainer: Richard Moreau Slot Owner: John Fielding Horse: Insta Glam (Filly) Owner: Goran Falk and Christina Takter Trainer: Nancy Takter Wellwood Winner Slot Horse: On A Streak Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais The post-position draw for the Mohawk Million will take place this evening at 6:20 p.m. The draw will be part of the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show prior to Monday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie will host this evening's Mohawk Million coverage on Woodbine Racing Live. This evening's festivities include a message from Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, a closer look at each horse in the field and the post-position draw with Scott McKelvie, Race Secretary for Mohawk Park. The draw can be seen live on multiple platforms, including Woodbine Mohawk Park's website, Facebook, HPIbet, HPItv and all distributors carrying Woodbine's simulcast signal. The $1 million Mohawk Park is the main event of Canada's richest night of harness racing. The Mohawk Million card also includes the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Post time for Saturday's rich card is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

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